Europe may not be able to block a potential bid by the Russian group to use the TAP pipeline.
Kyiv is encouraged by tougher US line on Crimea, Donbas conflict.
EU also warns of a "vast energy crisis" in the country as power output is threatened.
While Russians like their country's renewed international clout, it comes at a high cost for the state budget.
Decree exempts RT broadcaster, hotels, bookshops, and office supply store from tighter anti-corruption and transparency measures.
Verdict knocks anti-corruption campaigner out of 2018 presidential race.
Iconic Children’s World chain closed Russia's second-largest IPO in three years.
White House still finding its feet in the nuances of the almost three-year-old rebellion in East Ukraine.
"We can do without Russian oil," defiant Belarusian president says in response to "humiliation" by Moscow.
Tensions between Minsk and Moscow have steadily risen over energy and border control disputes, and the rejection of Russia's request to build a military airbase in Belarus.
Controlling shareholders of Pavlovskgranit say Russian state bank and its ex-finance minister head entered secret deal to illegally seize company and ensure its elimination.
The warring parties have agreed to participate in a further round of negotiations to be held in Geneva on February 8.
During the Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearings, Steven Mnuchin said he is 100% committed to enforcing the sanctions against Russia.
The discovery of offshore gas had raised hopes that Turkey might accept reunification of the island.
Kyiv will continue to be heavily dependent on Western donor aid in the coming years, and the US’s stance towards its reform programme will remain crucial.
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