Ukraine’s opposition will hold talks tomorrow with President Viktor Yanukovych’s party after thousands of people joined protests against his rejection of a European Union trade pact that paralyzed Kiev.
Russia will offer cheaper natural gas to Ukraine if the government in Kiev opts to join a Moscow-led economic bloc after halting free-trade talks with the European Union, according to First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov.
Opponents of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych blocked state buildings and thousands of demonstrators crowded streets in subzero temperatures to protest his refusal to sign a European Union trade accord.
Ukrainian police clashed with demonstrators after hundreds of thousands of people protested against President Viktor Yanukovych’s refusal to sign a deal bringing the former Soviet state closer to the European Union.
OAO Alrosa, Russia’s diamond producer, raised about $1.3 billion in an oversubscribed share sale from investors including Oppenheimer Funds Inc. and Lazard Ltd., First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said.