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No respite for candy factory caught up in Russia-Ukraine crisis

The fortunes of the Russian outpost of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's candy empire have ebbed and flowed with the Russian-backed separatist conflict in the east of his country.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) with French counterpart Francois Hollande

No decision yet on Mistral, France's Hollande says

No decision has yet been taken on the future of France's suspended contract to deliver Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia, French President Francois Hollande said on Friday after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

Russia denies German report it is ready to sign gas deal with Greece

Russia denied on Saturday a German media report suggesting that it could sign a gas pipeline deal with Greece as early as Tuesday which could bring up to five billion euros into Athens' depleted state coffers.

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Russia-Iran relationships

Russia lifts ban on missile deliveries to Iran, start oil-for-goods swap

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday paved the way for long-overdue missile system deliveries to Iran and Moscow started an oil-for-goods swap with Tehran, showing the Kremlin's determination to boost economic ties with the Islamic Republic.

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Russian leaders

Film directors plan Russian chain to rival McDonald's: paper

Two leading Russian film directors are seeking state support to set up a domestic chain of cafes to compete with Western fast food restaurants such as McDonald's, a newspaper said on Thursday.

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Yanis Varoufakis

Greek finance minister to discuss reforms with IMF chief

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis will meet International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde in Washington on Sunday to discuss a set of planned reforms that Athens hopes will unlock much-needed bailout funds.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Russia, Greece to discuss EU sanctions, economy in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras plan to discuss economic ties and the European Union's sanctions against Moscow when they meet for talks next week, a Kremlin spokesman said on Friday.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Russia's Putin calls for regional currency union

Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed on Friday creating a regional currency union with Belarus and Kazakhstan, Russia's main partners in a union of ex-Soviet states facing growing economic challenges.

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Maros Sefcovic

EU energy chief: still no confirmed date for Ukraine-Russia gas talks

The European Union has yet to receive confirmation that Ukraine and Russia will meet on March 20 to discuss gas supplies, the bloc's Energy Commissioner Maros Sefcovic said on Friday.

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Brent Crude

Brent approaches $61, set to end seven-month losing streak

Crude oil futures rebounded on Friday, with Brent heading for its biggest monthly gain since May 2009, as supply outages in North Sea and renewed fears of gas supply disruption in Europe supported prices.

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Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Russia's Khodorkovsky: Putin is a 'naked king' facing economic ruin

Former Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky said on Thursday Vladimir Putin was a "naked king" presiding over an economy that will weaken further, eventually provoking a battle between rival clans in Moscow.

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Sweden

Swedish quantitative easing surprise, Russia-Ukraine deal lift gloom

A surprisingly aggressive dose of monetary stimulus from Sweden's central bank on Thursday injected life back into world markets which had been numbed by the stalemate in talks between Greece and its euro zone creditors.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (front, 2nd L)

Russians write open letter to Putin over foreign-currency mortgages

Russians with foreign-currency mortgages have written an open letter to President Vladimir Putin seeking help with repayments that have soared because of the ruble's plunge, saying they were misled by banks.

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Rosneft

Rosneft's 2015 budget based on $50 per barrel oil price - CEO

Russia's top oil producer Rosneft is basing its budget for this year on an average oil price of $50 per barrel, the company's Chief Executive Officer Igor Sechin said on Wednesday.

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Rosneft raising money from Swiss trader as debt payment looms

Rosneft is raising money from Swiss trader Trafigura days before it must repay a $7 billion debt and squeezed by sanctions, industry sources said, seeking new options after a foray into the bond market fueled a devaluation of the rouble.

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