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  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, and China's President Xi Jinping shake hands before posing for a photo during the fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit, in Shanghai, China, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.  (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Mikhail Metzel, Presidential Press Service)

    China signs giant 30-year deal with Russia for natural gas

    China signed a landmark deal Wednesday to buy Russian natural gas worth about $400 billion, giving a boost to diplomatically isolated President Vladimir Putin and expanding Moscow's ties with Asia.

  • Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, has proposed legislation that would call on President Obama to provide the Ukrainian military with "direct military assistance." (associated press)

    Republicans push for bill to allow military aid to Ukraine

    A group of Senate Republicans called on the Obama administration Wednesday to take more aggressive steps toward containing Russian President Vladimir Putin and preventing military aggression in Eastern Europe.

  • Republican Senators push for bill to allow 'direct military assistance' to Ukraine

    A group of Senate Republicans called on the Obama administration Wednesday to take more aggressive steps toward containing Russian President Vladimir Putin and preventing Russian military aggression in Eastern Europe.

  • **FILE** Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, speaks to reporters in Chattanooga on Feb. 15, 2014. (Associated Press)

    Senate GOP bill pushes Obama to get tougher on Putin, Russia

    A group of influential Senate Republicans called on the Obama administration Wednesday to take more aggressive steps toward containing Russian President Vladimir Putin and preventing Russian military aggression in Eastern Europe.

  • Reagan administration warned Russian pipeline through Ukraine would weaken West

    In a memo to the White House in July 1981, advisers in the Ronald Reagan administration urged opposition to a new pipeline from Russia's oil- and gas-rich regions to Europe, warning that it would weaken the West's bargaining hand.

  • U.S. Lawmakers see exports of natural gas as a way to help Ukraine

    A growing chorus of lawmakers Tuesday urged President Obama to fully tap America's vast supply of natural gas and use it as powerful leverage against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • A worker does the preparation work for welding the first section of the South Stream pipeline in Anapa, Russia, on Dec. 7, 2012, when Russian energy giant Gazprom was due to launch the construction of the pipeline, which is expected to be delivering up to 63 billion cubic meters of Russian gas to Europe annually, starting in 2015. (Associated Press)

    Gazprom starts building Europe-bound pipeline

    Russian gas company Gazprom has formally started construction of a major pipeline that will deliver Russian gas to a large part of Europe.

  • Illustration Natural Gas by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

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  • A motorist in Philadelphia returns the nozzle to the pump after filling up recently. Oil prices rose above $104 per barrel Tuesday as traders continue to focus on international crises driving supply and demand. (Associated Press)

    Libya, Japan crises to enrich Russia

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  • Gazprom plans to halve Belarus gas supply

    MOSCOW — Russia's state-controlled monopoly Gazprom, the world's biggest gas producer, sent an unseasonable chill through European capitals yesterday, announcing that it will nearly halve supplies to Belarus over an unpaid $456 million bill.

  • Gazprom plans to halve Belarus gas supply

    MOSCOW — Russia's state-controlled monopoly Gazprom, the world's biggest gas producer, sent an unseasonable chill through European capitals yesterday, announcing that it will nearly halve supplies to Belarus over an unpaid $456 million bill.

  • BP to sell gas field stake to Gazprom

    MOSCOW (AP) — BP PLC said yesterday it has agreed to sell its stake in a giant Siberian gas field project to state-controlled gas monopoly OAO Gazprom — a widely expected move that comes as the Kremlin tightens its hold on the world's biggest oil and gas industry.

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