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RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER MEDVEDEV SAYS UKRAINE OWES RUSSIA $16 BLN IN TOTAL.
MOSCOW, March 21- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday Ukraine should pay back $11 billion to Russia because an agreement under which Russia provided cheap gas would cease to be valid, RIA news agency reported.
MOSCOW, March 21- President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia should for the time being refrain from imposing sanctions on Americans in retaliation for punitive measures announced by the United States, Russian news agencies reported.
RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV SAYS DEAL TO SEND OSCE MONITORS TO UKRAINE "PRACTICALLY AGREED"- INTERFAX.
LONDON, March 21- World markets steadied on Friday after a volatile run driven by speculation over shifts in U.S. monetary policy, with stocks up slightly, Bunds flat and the euro at a two-week low against the dollar.
RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER MEDVEDEV SAYS UKRAINE SHOULD PAY RUSSIA BACK $11 BLN ON GAS AGREEMENT THAT SHOULD BE SCRAPPED- RIA.
*Li& Fung up 21.2 percent on good earnings. HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, March 21- Chinese shares rallied on Friday, led by banks and property shares, amid speculation the country's securities regulator would reveal details of a preferred pilot scheme and news of looser finance restrictions for developers.
PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA SHOULD REFRAIN FROM RETALIATING AGAINST U.S.
*Yuan ends slightly firmer after hitting lowest since Feb 2013. HONG KONG, March 21- China's yuan hit a 13- month low on Friday and posted its biggest weekly drop after the central bank stepped up efforts to shake out hot money from the market, although traders said there were signs the currency may be finding a base.
PUTIN MOCKS SANCTIONS, IRONICALLY SAYING NEEDS TO AVOID ALLIES TARGETED AS THEY ARE "COMPROMISING US"- INTERFAX.
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN SAYS HE INTENDS TO OPEN AN ACCOUNT IN SANCTIONS-HIT BANK ROSSIYA- IFAX.
BEIJING, March 21- China's soybean imports are expected to reach a record 66-67 million tonnes over the 2013/ 14 marketing year, up 13 percent year on year, a senior executive with the country's state-owned grain reserve company said on Friday.
BEIJING, March 21- China's February crude oil imports from Iran rose 6 percent from a year ago to 552,613 barrels per day, customs data showed on Friday, keeping imports in 2014 close to levels before Western sanctions were applied more than two years ago.
LONDON, March 21- The dollar hovered near a three-week peak against a basket of major currencies on Friday, but struggled to extend gains as investors awaited more clarity on the Federal Reserve's policy path.
BANGKOK, March 21- Thailand's Constitutional Court on Friday annulled last month's general election, leaving the country in political limbo without a full government and further undermining a prime minister faced with impeachment over a failed rice subsidy scheme.
*Washington adds 20 prominent Russian business men to sanctions list. SINGAPORE, March 21- Brent crude held steady above $106 per barrel on Friday, on track for a fourth weekly loss, weighed down by a stronger dollar and seasonal slump in demand, while fresh U.S. sanctions against Russia could inject a new risk premium into the market.
*Bonded copper premiums in China fall by $10 to $105- $125- Shmet. SYDNEY, March 21- London copper climbed on Friday but was set to close the week flat, not far above 3-1/ 2- year lows, as worries about China's economy clouded the outlook for demand.
PARIS, March 21- European shares were steady in early trade on Friday, with tensions over the crisis in Crimea rising after Washington announced sanctions against some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's closest allies.
BANGKOK, March 21- Thailand's central bank cut its 2014 forecasts for economic growth and exports, and sees only fractionally higher inflation, suggesting it has room to keep monetary policy easy to help the economy cope with the country's protracted political crisis.
HONG KONG, March 21- Hong Kong shares ended up, lifted by a rally in Chinese shares in the afternoon session on gains led by Li& Fung and the property sector. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong rose 2.44 percent on the day and 1.4 percent for the week, its largest weekly gain in five weeks.