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After hours of "candid and frank" discussions, Russia made it clear that it would not take any decisions on Crimea until after Sunday's referendum, while the U.S. reiterated it viewed this event as illegitimate, says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
European shares closed lower on Friday after another volatile week dominated by events in Ukraine, with a referendum this weekend in Crimea.
The international reaction to the outcome of the Crimean referendum will be very important on Monday, says Pavlo Sheremata, Ukrainian economy minister.
Wolfango Piccoli, managing director at Teneo Intelligence, describes the upcoming referendum in Crimea as "a joke" as, he says, the question only allows for voters to choose unification with Russia.
Brian Hayes, Ireland's deputy finance minister, comments on the country's "very successful" bond auction on Thursday and says investors shouldn't read too much into the negative GDP reading.
Natalie Sauber, consulting analyst at Frost and Sullivan, says that some auto makers are making a comeback, such as Volkswagen, which has a "more aggressive approach" in 2014.
European stocks closed sharply lower on Thursday, continuing a volatile week that has been dominated by concerns over China's growth as well as the crisis in Ukraine.
David Bloom, global head of foreign exchange strategy at HSBC, says the market want the euro to move higher despite its "proper value" being much lower.
Sweden's foreign minister, Carl Bildt, discusses the West-versus-Russia confrontation ongoing in Ukraine's Crimea region.
European stocks closed lower on Wednesday amid lingering worries over China's economy and concerns ahead of the referendum in Crimea this weekend.
Kokou Agbo-Bloua, head of European equity strategy at BNP Paribas, expects "pretty significan" upside for European banks over the coming two to three years.
Simon Ballard, the head of credit strategy at National Australia Bank, disputes George Soros' assertion that now is the time to punt on peripheral Europe.
Vincent Bolloré, CEO of Bolloré Group, hopes to solve London's traffic and pollution problem with an electric car rental service.
Concerns over Ukraine accentuated a flight to safe havens on Wednesday, with global stock markets hitting the brakes.
European stocks closed mixed on Tuesday, as the crisis in Ukraine curbed enthusiasm for riskier assets.
Cyprus's finance minister, Harris Georgiades, concedes there were "problems in the past" between the Cypriot government and the central bank governor, who has just resigned.
Riccardo Barbieri, chief European economist at Mizuho International, says UniCredit could be vulnerable the turmoil in Ukraine, given its exposure to eastern europe.
The U.K. recovery remains fragile says BT chairman, Michael Rake, adding that weak investments and political instability continue to weigh.
BT chairman, Sir Michael Rake, tells CNBC that the group has improved its financial position and credibility by providing competition in the TV space.
CNBC's Julia Chatterley reports on the resignation of the Cypriot central bank governor, citing long-existing tensions between the governor and the government due to the handling of the island's bailout.