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Russia warns Europe of gas supply cuts over Ukraine debt


By Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW, April 10 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin warned European leaders on Thursday Russia would cut natural gas supplies to Ukraine if it did not pay its bills and said this could lead to a reduction of onward deliveries to Europe. In a letter to the leaders of 18 countries, he demanded urgent talks with Europe on pulling Ukraine’s ...

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Russia says wants answers on NATO troops in eastern Europe

Ukrainian officer

By Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Thursday it wanted answers from NATO on its activities in eastern Europe after the Western military alliance promised to beef up defenses for its eastern members. Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region last month has caused the deepest crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War, leading the West to impose sanctions and ...

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Western leaders gather in bid to isolate Russia


THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — President Barack Obama gathered with world leaders in a day of delicate diplomacy, as he sought to rally the international community Monday around efforts to isolate Russia following its incursion into Ukraine. Nuclear terrorism was the official topic as Obama and other world leaders streamed in to a convention center in The Hague for a ...

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U.S., Russia impose dueling travel bans; Obama opens door to Russian energy sanctions


WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday sanctioned several top Russian politicians and key business oligarchs with ties to Vladimir Putin, raising the stakes in a blossoming international crisis and opening the door for targeting Russia’s vital energy sector. Three days after targeting 11 of Putin’s ideological allies in response to his plans to annex the Crimean peninsula, the White House ...

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Russian oil exec defiant in face of sanctions

Simferopol, Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — The chief executive of Russia’s largest oil company and a close ally of President Vladimir Putin has spoken defiantly of possible sanctions by Western powers against him, threatening to move business elsewhere. The United States and the European Union announced Monday asset freezes and visa bans against Russian and Ukrainian officials involved in the Crimean crisis. They ...

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Dems grapple with dilemma on Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are grappling with an election-year dilemma posed by the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Wealthy party donors are funding candidates who oppose the project — a high-profile symbol of the political debate over climate change. But some of the party’s most vulnerable incumbents are pipeline boosters, and whether Democrats retain control of the Senate after the 2014 ...

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Oil prices steady as Ukraine crisis jitters ease


Oil prices were little changed Wednesday as concerns over Russia’s military advance into Ukraine eased, but the situation remained tense overall. Benchmark U.S. crude for April delivery was up 3 cents to $103.36 a barrel at 0800 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $1.59 to close at $103.33 on Tuesday. Brent crude, used ...

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Ukraine PM vows stability after Moscow deal

Ukraine vows stability

Ukraine PM promises financial stability after Moscow deal KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s prime minister says that a bailout deal reached with Russia will guarantee financial stability in the economically troubled country. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday pledged to buy $15 billion worth of Ukrainian government bonds and sharply cut the price of natural gas, moving to bail out ...

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