*Several ministers call for arms embargo on Russia. BRUSSELS, July 22- The European Union threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine that could inflict wider damage on its economy following the downing of a Malaysian airliner, but it delayed action for a few days.» Read More
The EU has made progress in improving its energy security since gas crises in 2006 and 2009, when rows over unpaid bills between Kiev and Moscow led to the disruption of gas exports to western Europe. Russia provides around one third of the EU's oil and gas and some 40 percent of the gas is shipped through Ukraine.
BRUSSELS, March 21- European Union leaders on Friday discussed accelerating moving energy supplies away from Russia, saying Moscow's annexation of Crimea made them more determined to reduce dependence on Russian oil and gas.
*Energy firms urged to do more to limit water use. *Water under strain from rising population, climate change. OSLO, March 21- Rising demand for energy, from biofuels to shale gas, is a threat to freshwater supplies that are already under strain from climate change, the United Nations said in a report on Friday.
WASHINGTON, March 20- The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee will introduce a bill on Friday that provides aid to Ukraine but will not include reforms of the International Monetary Fund requested by the Obama administration and contained in the Senate version, congressional aides said on Thursday.
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE TO FILE UKRAINE AID BILL THAT WILL NOT INCLUDE IMF REFORMS- CONGRESSIONAL SOURCES.
BRUSSELS, March 21- European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to widen the list of Russian officials subject to personal sanctions over Moscow's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine and asked the European Commission to prepare for broader economic sanctions if the crisis escalates.
WASHINGTON, March 20- The International Monetary Fund on Thursday extended talks IMF officials are holding with Ukraine on an aid package until March 25, saying progress had been made but more time was needed to wrap up the mission. Ukraine's hryvnia strengthened on the news, closing up 2.4 percent against the dollar, its strongest performance since March 5.
WASHINGTON, March 20- The International Monetary Fund on Thursday extended talks IMF officials are holding with Ukraine on an aid package until March 25, saying progress had been made but more time was needed to wrap up the mission.
IMF MISSION CHIEF SAYS UKRAINE'S REFORM PROGRAM COVERS WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES, MORE WORK NEEDED TO ADVANCE TALKS.
IMF MISSION CHIEF SAYS MISSION HAS MADE' SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS', COOPERATION WITH UKRAINIAN AUTHORITIES HAS BEEN EXCELLENT.
IMF UKRAINE MISSION CHIEF SAYS MISSION PLANS TO CONCLUDE ITS WORK ON MARCH 25.
WASHINGTON, March 20- Germany is the world's most efficient exporter and importer, the World Bank said on Thursday. In its latest trade logistics score card, the World Bank ranked seven European economies among the top 10, along with the United States, Singapore and Japan.
BRUSSELS, March 20- Influential European lawmakers backed a package of nearly 500 million euros in annual trade benefits for Ukraine on Thursday, opening the way for duty-free Ukrainian exports into the European Union from late April.
MOSCOW, March 20- Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Thursday he saw no need for the early repayment of Eurobonds bought from Ukraine. "There are no grounds for early repayment," he told journalists at a local business conference. Anyway Ukraine is working on a programme with the International Monetary Fund... and we hope they will have the resources. "
SANTIAGO, March 19- Latin American nations are looking ahead at a period of weaker regional currencies, while the widespread growth model based on commodities exports is nearing a "plateau", an International Monetary Fund official said on Wednesday.
*EU will tell Kiev it can supply Ukraine with gas. Russia's seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region has revived doubts about whether the European Union should continue to rely on Russia for nearly a third of its gas, providing Gazprom with an average of $5 billion per month in revenue.
KIGALI, March 19- The World Bank signed off on a $70 million financing package for Rwanda on Wednesday, the last tranche of a three-year aid programme, which will be partly used to make poverty-fighting programmes more effective at combating natural disasters.
BRUSSELS/ LONDON, March 19- European Union leaders are preparing to set an October deadline for agreeing on the bloc's 2030 climate and energy goals, a draft document seen by Reuters shows.
Russia's seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region has revived doubts about whether the European Union should continue to rely on Russia for nearly a third of its gas, providing Gazprom with an average of $5 billion per month in revenues.
PARIS, March 19- France's foreign minister said on Wednesday he would soon travel to Cuba, the first such visit in 30 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana.