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Putin is trying to rebuild Soviet Union, former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan tells CNBC.
*FireEye shares decline after secondary offering. *Cerberus Capital to buy Safeway; Safeway shares slip. President Barack Obama over Moscow's military intervention in Crimea, saying Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine.
Diplomacy is far less important than stock movements in Russia, says Alan Greenspan, former Federal Reserve chairman, sharing his thoughts on the growing crisis in Ukraine and its impact on the Russian economy.
*Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates. LONDON, March 7- Oil held around $108 a barrel on Friday as investors balanced supply concerns arising from the Ukraine crisis with seasonally slowing crude demand and forecasts for only modest U.S. jobs growth in February.
*Putin harnesses Russian Orthodox Church to support Ukraine policy. MOSCOW, March 7- As troops loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin were seizing control of Crimea, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow deduced that an "internal political crisis" in Ukraine was threatening its territorial integrity.
PARIS, March 7- European shares slipped in early trade on Friday as investors trod a cautious path in case of another escalation in tensions between Russia and Ukraine over the weekend.
CNBC's John Harwood provides perspective on the likely conversation between President Obama and Russian President Putin on the growing crisis in Ukraine
*Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates. LONDON, March 7- Oil edged lower to around $108 a barrel on Friday as seasonally slowing crude demand and forecasts for only modest U.S. jobs growth in February trumped supply concerns arising from the Ukraine crisis.
*Rosneft raises stakes in struggle with Gazprom. MOSCOW, March 7- Russia's top crude oil producer Rosneft wants to break the monopoly of another state-owned energy champion, Gazprom, to export gas via pipelines, sources said on Friday, signalling a flare-up between powerful clans.
*Stocks with big exposure to Russia under renewed pressure. PARIS, March 7- European shares slipped in early trade on Friday as investors were wary of the risks of another escalation in tensions between Russia and Ukraine over the weekend.
*Ukraine tensions rumble on, gold heads for weekly gains. With the tussle between Ukraine and the West and Russia over Crimea expected to drag on, investors turned their focus to non-farm payrolls due at 1330 GMT, though there was a sense they would still be distorted by the recent icy U.S. weather.
BERLIN, March 7- After one of her first encounters with Vladimir Putin in 2002, Angela Merkel joked to aides that she had passed the "KGB test" by staring straight into his eyes without averting her gaze.
BERLIN, March 7- The German public has little appetite for imposing economic sanctions on Russia for its incursion into Ukraine but supports the new government in Kiev and has very little confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a new poll.
MOSCOW, Mach 7- Russia's central bank is taking steps to prevent the bankruptcy of Moskomprivatbank, the Moscow subsidiary of Ukraine's Privatbank, the Bank of Russia said on Friday.
LONDON, March 6- As bankers, traders and investors gathered at Gazprom's London offices for its annual champagne reception, the message from the world's most powerful gas trader was clear: the Russians don't want another gas war with Ukraine.
SEOUL, March 7- U.S. crude oil futures reached $101.80 a barrel on Friday in early Asian trade as the market watched for any supply disruption of oil and gas from Russia to Europe as tensions in Crimea intensified.
*Threat of imminent Ukraine conflict eases. TOKYO, March 7- Asian stocks edged up and the dollar index slumped on Friday, as investors looked toward the U.S. nonfarm payrolls report later in the session for confirmation that the U.S. employment picture has improved.
Crimea's parliament voted on Thursday to join Russia, setting a referendum in 10 days, drawing a sharp riposte from U.S. President Barack Obama.
*Washington looking at ways to overhaul approval process. WASHINGTON, March 6- There are discussions going on at high levels within the U.S. government on how to use U.S. natural gas resources as the country addresses the crisis in Ukraine, U.S.
WASHINGTON, March 6- President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered sanctions on people responsible for Moscow's military intervention in Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula, including travel bans and freezing of their U.S. assets, and said a referendum by the region to join Russia would violate international law.