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  • YEREVAN, Armenia— French President Francois Hollande says he has still not decided on whether France will deliver a Mistral-class warship to Russia amid growing speculation that he could choose to refund it. France suspended the delivery "until further notice" last year because of the conflict in Ukraine. The Mistral-class helicopter carrier was part of a 1.2...

  • Russia, France close to deal on Mistrals - source Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 10:13 AM ET

    YEREVAN, April 24- Russia and France are close to reaching an agreement for Paris to cancel a frozen contract on the sale of Mistral helicopter carriers and reimburse Moscow, a Russian source close to talks indicated on Friday. France suspended the delivery of the warships last year after the European Union decided to impose sanctions on Russia over the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 24- Former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander has asked the U.S. intelligence agency to review patent filings by his company to make sure that they do not reveal any secrets or misappropriate any government work. Alexander told Reuters he took the step to head off additional controversy about IronNet Cybersecurity, a...

  • UPDATE 2-Russia deepens energy cooperation with Argentina Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:56 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 23- Russia and Argentina signed documents deepening energy cooperation on Thursday, underlining Moscow's drive to develop ties with South America since coming under Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Russian state-owned gas producer Gazprom signed a memorandum on cooperation with Argentinian state oil company YPF, while Russia's...

  • MOSCOW, April 23- Russia and Argentina signed several cooperation documents in the energy sector on Thursday, underlining Moscow's drive to deepen ties with countries in South America since coming under Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Russian state-owned gas producer Gazprom signed a memorandum on cooperation with state oil company YPF, while...

  • MOSCOW, April 23- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russian gas producer Gazprom was looking into the possibility of jointly developing hydrocarbon deposits in Argentina.

  • After workers asked Putin for help, corruption uncovered Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 11:43 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russian investigators opened a new corruption case Wednesday against subcontractors building a space center where workers have gone unpaid for months and have appealed directly to President Vladimir Putin for help. The Vostochny Cosmodrome, under construction in a remote area in the Far East, is a priority project that will give Russia its own...

  • *Gazprom calls charges "unfounded", seeks political agreement. BRUSSELS, April 22- The European Union launched a legal attack on Gazprom on Wednesday, stoking tension with Moscow as it accused the Russian gas giant of overcharging buyers in Eastern Europe and hindering competition. The EU's new antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, who a week ago announced a...

  • EU charges Russia's Gazprom gas giant with market abuse Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 6:01 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union on Wednesday charged Russian state energy giant Gazprom of abusing its dominant position in central and eastern EU nations in an antitrust case that will further test tense relations between Brussels and Moscow. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Gazprom is strong-arming customer nations ranging from...

  • MOSCOW, April 22- President Vladimir Putin has appointed Alexander Tkachev, governor of the southern Krasnodar region, as Russia's new agriculture minister, the Kremlin said on Wednesday, a move that could strengthen the ministry. Russia's former agriculture minister, Nikolai Fyodorov, was appointed as an adviser to Putin, the Kremlin said in a statement.

  • MOSCOW, April 22- President Vladimir Putin has proposed appointing Alexander Tkachev, governor of the southern Krasnodar region, as Russia's new agriculture minister, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

  • ATHENS, April 21- Greece held "constructive" talks with the head of Russian gas giant Gazprom who visited Athens on Tuesday and hopes that the two sides would soon reach a deal on a pipeline that will bring Russian gas to Europa via its territory. Greece expressed interest in the pipeline during talks between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian President...

  • Kazakh leader to extend long rule, promises stability Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 9:57 AM ET

    ALMATY, April 21- President Nursultan Nazarbayev will extend his nearly 26- year rule of Kazakhstan in an election on Sunday which investors hope will maintain stability in the Central Asian state despite criticism of his rights record. The 74- year-old former steelworker has held power since 1989 when the oil-producing nation of 17 million stretching from...

  • LONDON, April 20- Britain on Monday ordered Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman to sell his newly acquired North Sea gas fields within six months, ratcheting up the pressure on one of Russia's most influential businessmen just two weeks before the May 7 national election. Upping the ante in a standoff that some Russian businessmen say shows Russian capital is...

  • MOSCOW— Russia's leading environmentalist, whose fierce campaigning once threatened the interests of some of the country's richest men, has moved to Estonia to ensure she is not separated from her children. "It is difficult to work in Russia because they can come for you at any moment like they blackmailed me once with my children," she told The Associated Press on...

  • MOSCOW/ BERLIN, April 18- Russia denied on Saturday a German media report suggesting that it could sign a gas pipeline deal with Greece as early as Tuesday which could bring up to five billion euros into Athens' depleted state coffers. During his visit to Moscow, Tsipras had expressed interest in participating in a pipeline that would bring Russian gas to Europe...

  • SINGAPORE, April 17- U.S. crude futures slipped towards $56 a barrel on Friday as soaring oil production from OPEC members stoked concerns over a global glut, but Middle East tensions kept a floor under prices. It climbed 32 cents to settle at $56.71 the day before, after hitting a 2015- high of $57.42. *Russian President Vladimir Putin said Iran's flexibility over...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- President Vladimir Putin tried to reassure Russians over the ailing economy and said Washington wanted "vassals" rather than allies in his annual phone-in on Thursday, but offered no new financial remedies and gave no ground over Ukraine. For nearly four hours, the Russian leader fielded mostly tame questions from across the country on...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy could return to growth in less than two years, despite Western sanctions which he said were intended to "contain" his country. In a confident performance during a televised call-in show, Putin sounded defiant and patriotic, assuring viewers that Russia will survive an economic crisis...

  • Pro-Russian journalist gunned down in Ukraine's capital Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 7:50 AM ET

    MOSCOW— A Ukrainian journalist known for his pro-Russian views was gunned down Thursday in broad daylight in Kiev, local police said, a day after a pro-Russian lawmaker was found dead. Russian President Vladimir Putin, during his annual televised call-in show, was informed by the moderator of reports of Buzyna's death and immediately said "this is not the first...