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Tatiana Rizzante, CEO of Reply SpA, says companies need to invest more to counter cybersecurity threats.
Oleg Deripaska, CEO of Rusal, says the cost and access to capital for Russian companies is a "key issues".
Vladimir Yakunin, chairman of Russian Railways, says being sanctioned is like a "quarrel in the kitchen" and is a "foolish" move.
European shares had a muted open Friday with investors showing little appetite for buying amid voting for the next European Parliament which will be announced on Sunday.
Viatcheslav Pivovarov, CEO of Altera Capital, says he is "optimistic" that the inflation spike in Russia will be temporary.
Ruslan Alikhanov, CEO of Fesco, says the impact of the sanctions on Russia are psychological and does not impact companies' core business.
Moritz Kraemer, chief sovereign rating officer at Standard & Poor's, says Spain's upgrade is the results of structural reforms implemented by the government.
Ukrainian presidential candidate Olga Bogomolets, who is also a professor at Bogomolets National Medical University, says Ukraine needs a strong president to "create a good country from the inside".
Daniel McCormack, head of European and U.K. economics at Macquarie Securities, says listed companies will "leverage up" and there will be more mergers and acquisitions among listed firms.
Russian Finance Minister, Anton Siluanov, says Russia and Ukraine have "very close" trade relations and the country is more orientated to the East.
Ding Xuedong, chairman of the China Investment Corporation, says the investment picture in emerging market is "mixed" and "divergent".
Anatoli Annekov, senior European economist at Société Générale, says mainstream parties will still dominate the European elections, but fringe parties will gain ground.
Ukraine election frontrunner, Petro Poroshenko, says Russia has become "absolutely unpredictable" in recent years.
Ding Xuedong, chairman of the China Investment Corporation, says he would consider further investment in European assets if the European Central Bank implemented further stimulus measures.
Western CEOs not attending SPIEF 2014 are making a mistake, says Jean-Francois Decaux, co-CEO of JCDecaux, as Russia is a large market and being prepared for crisis is part of investing there.
Alexey Mordashov, CEO of Severstal, discusses the structural issues in the metal sector and says the group has no plan to pull out of the U.S..
Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of RDIF, discusses the Sino-Russian deals signed recently and how Russia is increasingly looking east for investments and says many investments can be made around the Gazprom deal.
The sanctions against Russia have had minimal impact short-term but they could be "detrimental" long-term as trust deteriorates, Alexey Mordashov, CEO of Severstal, tells CNBC.
Marc Faber, publisher of The Gloom, Boom & Doom report argues that a fall in the U.S. equity market could happen soon and says investors should brace for a "general asset deflation."
There is "nothing attractive" about Treasurys at the moment says Marc Faber, publisher of The Gloom, Boom & Doom report, but investors should still hold them to offset risks.
Cutmore anchors CNBC’s flagship "Squawk Box" in EMEA; the three-hour show bookends the opening of European equity markets.
Based in London, Tso co-anchors CNBC flagship show in EMEA, Squawk Box, a show that sets the news agenda every trading day.
Sedgwick co-anchors CNBC's flagship program "Squawk Box" (Europe) and is also CNBC's OPEC reporter covering major meetings.