Politics Vladimir Putin

  • A bipartisan group of senators is urging President-elect Donald Trump to reject Russia's aggression toward Ukraine. In a letter sent to Trump on Thursday, the 27 Republicans and Democrats say the U.S. should increase political, economic and military support for Ukraine. Moscow annexed the Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and supports a pro-Russian insurgency in...

  • MOSCOW— A surprise decision by Russia to sell a fifth of its state-controlled oil company to, among others, a Swiss company has raised questions about the impact of Western sanctions and who is behind the deal. The CEO of Rosneft said late Wednesday that it had agreed to sell a 19.5 percent stake to Swiss commodities giant Glencore and Qatar's sovereign wealth...

  • BERLIN— Russia is trying to destabilize German society with propaganda and cyberattacks ahead of the country's general election, Germany's domestic intelligence agency said Thursday. "There is growing evidence of attempts to influence the federal election next year," said the BfV's head, Hans-Georg Maassen, citing "increasingly aggressive cyberespionage"...

  • LONDON/ MOSCOW, Dec 8- Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo is expected to provide a large chunk of funds to a consortium of Qatar and commodities trader Glencore to finance their purchase of a stake in the Kremlin oil major Rosneft, two sources familiar with the transaction said. Russia said on Wednesday it had sold a 19.5 percent government stake in Rosneft for 10.5...

  • President-elect Donald Trump is visiting Moscow to meet businessmen and politicians, a Russian state-owned news agency reported on Thursday. RIA Novosti on Thursday quoted Carter Page, one of Trump's foreign policy advisers during his election campaign, as saying that he has arrived in Moscow and will stay through Tuesday for talks with "influential...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 7- Russia said on Wednesday it sold a minority stake in oil giant Rosneft for 10.5 billion euros to Qatar and commodities trader Glencore, confounding markets which believed the Kremlin's standoff with the West would scare off major investors. The deal-- which has yet to be confirmed by Qatar or Glencore-- suggests the lure of taking a share in one of the...

  • Worker at Vankor Field, operated by Russian national oil company Rosneft, in Igarka, Russia.

    The sale is part of the Russian government's efforts to privatize some state assets to help balance the budget amid a two-year recession.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 7- Commodities trader Glencore and Qatar's sovereign wealth fund are together buying a 19.5- percent stake in state-controlled Russian oil company Rosneft, the Kremlin said in an unexpected announcement late on Wednesday. "It is the largest privatization deal, the largest sale and acquisition in the global oil and gas sector in 2016," President...

  • MOSCOW— Commodities giant Glencore and Qatar's sovereign wealth fund have together acquired a 19.5 percent stake in Russia's top state-controlled oil company, Rosneft, in a deal worth 10.5 billion euros, officials said Wednesday. The acquisition represents a surprising turnaround for Glencore, which only last year faced doubts about its ability to handle...

  • DUBLIN— A Dublin judge on Wednesday ordered Irish authorities to unfreeze 100 million euros in cash belonging to an exiled Russian oligarch, ruling that police had provided no evidence that the funds were illegally gained as Russia contends. Ireland froze the funds in 2011, while Khodorkovsky was still imprisoned in Russia, at the start of an Irish police...

  • US political changes may lower anti-Russia perceptions: MOEX CFO

    Moscow Exchange Chief Financial Officer Evgeny Fetisov talks about how the interest rate environment, politics and other macro-economic factors will affect the market in 2017.

  • Tony Blair

    Blair sees a common thread from Brexit's passage to Trump's election to support for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, USA Today reports.

  • President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence stand onstage together at U.S. Bank Arena on December 1, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Donald Trump's conversation with Taiwan's president was not intended to show a shift in U.S. policy on China, Mike Pence said.

  • Donald Trump says that the Green Party is dropping its recount lawsuit in Pennsylvania, but that's not the whole story. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has spearheaded a recount effort in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states where Trump won narrowly over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump tweeted Sunday that "the Green Party just dropped...

  • President-elect Donald Trump is a clever man and will quickly understand his new responsibilities, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with NTV TV. Putin has spoken previously of his hope that Trump will help restore U.S.- Russia relations, and analysts said he was unlikely to want to dial up anti-Western rhetoric before Trump's...

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin

    For Putin, relief from sanctions is a gateway to the goal of establishing Russia as the political and economic equivalent of the U.S.

  • ANKARA, Dec 3- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday repeated his call for lower interest rates and said the government would take steps to ensure cheaper borrowing costs to promote consumption and economic growth. International investors have said Turkey needs more aggressive rate hikes to combat inflation and put a floor under the currency.

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stephen Weiss of Short Hills Capital Partners reviews the main factors driving stocks and how investors should be positioned for next week.

  • Dec 2- Aixtron SE's takeover by China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund may soon be on the list of deals called off due to increased U.S. regulatory scrutiny. --China's Unisplendour Corp Ltd scrapped a $3.8 billion investment in Western Digital Corp after CFIUS said it would investigate the transaction. --China's Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd abandoned its offer to buy...

  • Putin says Russia needs to be friends with US

    President Vladimir Putin says Russia has not looking to get involved in any geopolitical conflict.