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  • MOSCOW, April 14- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday there needs to be a long-term solution to a conflict between Armenian-backed forces and Azerbaijan over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

  • Russia's President Putin labeled media reports surrounding the Panama Papers as “provocation” on Thursday.

  • MOSCOW, April 14- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he does not see Western sanctions on Russia being lifted in the near future.

  • MOSCOW, April 14- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday extreme statements by regional officials don't promote stability in Russia.

  • MOSCOW, April 14- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday foreign powers should not dictate terms to Russia from a position of strength.

  • MOSCOW, April 14- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he wanted a prominent liberal, ex-finance minister Alexei Kudrin, to play a bigger role on a panel of economic experts that advises the Kremlin, in what might signal a change of tack in policy. Kudrin, who served as finance minister between 2000 and 2011, is admired by investors because of his...

  • MOSCOW, April 14- President Vladimir Putin assured ordinary Russians on Thursday that he was trying to relieve the hardships they face, with the economy in recession and consumer prices pushed up as a consequence of the Kremlin's standoff with the West. Putin used a televised phone-in, an annual event when he fields questions from ordinary citizens around the...

  • MOSCOW, April 14- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia needed to improve its work with international sporting organisations and react promptly to their requests. Putin, in his annual televised phone-in, was referring to a scandal involving a large number of Russian sports people who had tested positive for the banned meldonium substance.

  • MOSCOW, April 14- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia views Turkey as a friend but has problems with some Turkish politicians. "We consider Turkey our friend," Putin said in his annual televised phone-in. "We have problems with a few politicians whose behavior we consider inadequate."

  • MOSCOW, April 14- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he highly valued Russia's liberally-minded former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin as a member of the presidential expert council on the economy. "He is one of our strongest and most useful experts," Putin said in his annual televised phone-in. "We agreed that he will work more actively in the presidential...

  • MOSCOW, April 14- The situation in the Russian economy has not been solved and the government expects a small fall in gross domestic product this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his annual televised phone-in on Thursday.

  • April 14- The following are highlights from Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual phone-in on Thursday. "A lot of resources are being spent inappropriately. "The rise in food prices is a man-made result of measures taken to develop the agricultural sector in conditions of sanctions.

  • A gas flare is seen at an oil well site outside Williston, North Dakota.

    Producing nations risk an oil bust if they don't reach a freeze agreement of some sort when they meet in Doha, Qatar, this weekend.

  • PANAMA CITY, April 12- Panama's attorney general late on Tuesday raided the offices of the Mossack Fonseca law firm to search for any evidence of illegal activities, authorities said in a statement. The Panama- based law firm is at the center of the "Panama Papers" leaks scandal that has embarrassed several world leaders and shone a spotlight on the shadowy world of...

  • MOSCOW, April 12- Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Tuesday that the country's budget deficit could reach up to 4 percent of gross domestic product this year if oil prices stay at current levels. Hit by falling prices for crude oil, the country's main export, which together with a small basket of other commodities make up half of government revenues,...

  • *Russia faces 2nd year of recession in 2016. MOSCOW, April 12- Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Tuesday that the budget deficit could reach up to 4 percent of gross domestic product this year if oil prices stay at current levels. Hit by falling crude prices- the country's main exports, which together with a small basket of other commodities make up...

  • Saudi Defence Minister and Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman

    Saudi Arabia's 30-year-old deputy crown prince may have already tanked any hope of an oil deal.

  • Will we see Putin's name in Panama Papers?

    Insight to just how the Panama Papers leaked a game changer for Russia and President Putin, with Bill Browder, Hermitage Capital Management CEO, and author of "Red Notice." "All these guys are effectively trustees for Vladimir Putin," says Browder.

  • *Geneva prosecutor opens criminal inquiry linked to Panama Papers. *Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca has bureaux in Zurich, Geneva. Four decades of documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which specialises in setting up offshore companies and has offices in Zurich and Geneva, showed widespread use of those instruments by global banks and triggered...

  • ATHENS, April 7- Cyprus is enhancing requirements on commercial banks and intermediaries to know the identity of their customers, days after a massive data leak detailing how the world's rich skipped through loopholes to park cash in low-tax jurisdictions. Britain's Guardian newspaper reported on Sunday a network of secret offshore deals and loans helped...