News Dima Litvinov became the first member of the so-called 'Arctic 30' to leave Russia; boarding a train at a railway station in St. Petersburg

The first of 30 Greenpeace activists arrested after a protest over Arctic oil drilling has left Russia, the environmental group said on Thursday, with all expected to get clearance to leave Russia by Friday.

EU mobilises over gas supply crunch as Ukraine accuses Russia of "manipulation"

Representatives from all 27 European Union member states met in Brussels yesterday to discuss the implications of Ukraine's gas crisis for its Western neighbours.

Russia-Ukraine gas row disrupts supplies to EU

Russia and Ukraine looked no closer to compromise today over a gas row that has disrupted supplies to at least four European Union countries as they face freezing winter temperatures.

Gas war prompts crisis talks in Brussels

Europe starts to feel the pinch as Russian and Ukrainian state-run energy giants trade blows. David Randall reports

Ukraine 'steals gas owned by EU' says Russia

European countries began to suffer from reduced gas supplies yesterday after Russia cut deliveries to Ukraine in a contract dispute.

Blackout fear for EU as gas row escalates

Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine yesterday in a dispute over unpaid bills that rang political alarm bells across the European Union, which imports up to 40 per cent of its natural gas from Russia, the bulk of it through Ukraine.

Russia sharply reduces gas supplies to Ukraine

Russia sharply reduced gas supplies to neighbouring Ukraine today after a row over unpaid bills and prices, raising the spectre of supply disruptions to the European Union.

Russians cut off gas supplies to Ukraine

Russia's state gas monopoly Gazprom said it would cut off gas supplies to Ukraine today after the two sides failed to reach an agreement on how much Ukraine will pay in 2009.

Paying the piper: Gazprom stokes Europe's concerns

As Russia again threatens to cut Ukraine's gas supply, Sarah Arnott surveys a battleground of economics and power politics

Former Soviet states bring new intrigue to England's campaign

In the hills above Yerevan stands Tsakhadzor, the old Soviet Olympic training complex. Five years ago it was an eerie place, the crumbling accommodation blocks and moss-covered swimming pools standing like a ruined Inca city, abandoned in haste after some long-forgotten catastrophe.

BP faces endgame

The struggle for control of BP's Russian joint venture TNK-BP has escalated into open warfare, with a restriction on working visas that could see some of the company's most senior expat staff sent home

BP dismisses $250 oil, Russia row grows

Peter Sutherland, the chairman of BP, has branded as "apocalyptic" predictions of $250 for a barrel oil from Gazprom, Russia's state-backed energy giant, as the tortuous negotiations between BP and its own Russian partner took yet another twist.

An ominous warning that the rapid rise in oil prices has only just begun

The chief executive of the world's largest energy company has issued the most dire warning yet about the soaring the price of oil, predicting that it will hit $250 per barrel "in the foreseeable future".

Fresh pressure on BP as its chief in Russia faces inquiry

TNK-BP chief executive to be interrogated by Russian investigators over 'corporate tax evasion'

Gazprom plots UK expansion, but buying Centrica is a pipe dream

Gazprom plans to grow its UK market share by a factor of 10 within five years but has no near-term plans to buy Centrica, the chief of the UK business said.

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