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Ukraine leader urges pro-Europe drive despite Kremlin pressure

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich urged parliament on Tuesday to pass laws to underpin the country's pro-Europe drive, even as Russia renewed pressure on Kiev to halt its westward course.


Russia threatens Belarus with months of oil supply cuts

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Tension between Russia and Belarus rose on Thursday as Moscow warned oil supply cuts to its energy-poor neighbour could last for months, and Minsk threatened to open a criminal case against a Russian tycoon with Kremlin ties.


EU urges China to free arrested activist Xu Zhiyong

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union called on China on Wednesday to release one of the country's most prominent rights activists, Xu Zhiyong, telling Beijing to respect international standards on freedom of expression.


Russia orders oil cut to Belarus after potash clash

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia ordered its oil firms on Wednesday to cut supplies to neighbouring Belarus by around a quarter, in a major escalation of a trade and diplomatic dispute following the arrest in Minsk of the boss of Russian potash firm.


Russia orders oil supply cut to Belarus

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's state pipeline monopoly Transneft has ordered a cut in oil supplies to Belarus by 400,000 tonnes, or nearly one-quarter of previously planned deliveries for September, the firm and trading sources said on Wednesday.


Ukraine leader ignores Putin warning on EU path

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on Saturday re-affirmed his commitment to signing key agreements with the European Union, including on trade, despite a threat by Russia's Vladimir Putin of possible retaliatory measures.


Russia readies tighter customs if Ukraine signs EU deal - report

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is preparing tighter customs controls with Ukraine in case Kiev makes the "suicidal" move of signing an association agreement with the European Union, an aide to President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying on Sunday.


China slaps anti-dumping tax on EU chemicals

BEIJING: China has announced it would impose anti-dumping tariffs on a chemical imported from the European Union, the latest twist in a series of bitter trade disputes between the two economic giants.


China opens EU wine probe Trade dispute threatens to escalate towards a trade war

BEIJING: Beijing has begun an anti-dumping probe into European wine, the commerce ministry said yesterday after the EU imposed tariffs on solar panel imports from China, in a dramatic broadening of their trade dispute.


China hits back at EU wine over solar panel duties

BEIJING (Reuters) - China hit back at European wine exports on Wednesday in response to the European Union's decision to impose duties on imports of Chinese solar panels, as tensions mounted between two of the world's biggest trading partners.