Jorge Mariscal, Regional CIO, Emerging Markets at UBS, says internal weaknesses among BRICS nations was likely the main catalyst for the creation of the new development bank.
Luca Silipo, Chief Economist for Asia Pacific at Natixis, explains why emerging countries will need a multilateral institution that oversees issues like financing.
Jim Rickards, Senior Managing Director at Tangent Capital, explains how the new bank differs from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Ukraine's deputy minister of foreign affairs Danylo Lubkivsky, says Russia wants to stop Ukraine moving closer to the EU for fear of losing control in the region.
Ukraine's deputy minister of foreign affairs Danylo Lubkivsky, says the government is ready to "conduct open and transparent" dialogue with Russia.
Jan Randolph, director of sovereign risk at IHS, says Putin's strategy to create a "Eurasian dream" has been a "disaster".
For those interested in putting money into the oil-rich nation, a new directive has made it more appealing.
Slovakia's proximity to Ukraine, which is in conflict with Russia, poses dangers, the Slovak deputy prime minister told CNBC.
Daragh McDowell, senior Russia analyst at Maplecroft, says pro-separatist fighters in Ukraine may lay down their arms if they realize their campaign is hopeless.
Overreliance on Russian gas leaves Europe vulnerable if the Ukraine conflict escalates, analysts warned.
Peter Kazimír, deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Slovakia, says the country is "fully dependent" on Russian oil and gas.
Pavlo Sultansky, Ambassador of Ukraine to Singapore, says the retake of Slaviansk by Ukrainian forces indicates that order being restored. He is confident that other territories will be recaptured soon.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary general of NATO, says Russia's "illegal" military action in Ukraine is a "wake-up call" for Europe to spend more on defense after years of budget cuts.
Russia's Lavrov urged a halt to Ukraine's military operation against separatist rebels in the east, warning of a new round of bloodshed.
Erik Nielsen, global chief economist at UniCredit, says Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine are "brutal leadership" and not done out of commercial motivation.
Ukrainian President Poroshenko said government forces would renew offensive operations against pro-Russian rebels and "free our lands".
David Hauner of BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research comments on the bank runs in Bulgaria, and says they are likely related to the Ukraine/Russia crisis.
Both food and gas prices are on the rise, and the link between them could cause more consumer headaches this summer.
Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine have freed 4 international observers they were holding, reports CNBC's Simon Hobbs; and Michelle Caruso-Cabrera points out the bottom in Russia's market.
Ukraine has signed a landmark trade deal to bind itself to the EU in a direct rebuke of Russian efforts to block the country from turning westward, reports CNBC's Julia Chatterley.