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Kremlin aide says U.S. may face consequences if sanctions imposed

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Kremlin aide said on Tuesday that if the United States were to impose sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, Moscow might be forced to drop the dollar as a reserve currency and refuse to pay off any loans to U.S. banks. Sergei Glazyev, an adviser to the Kremlin who is often used by the authorities to stake out a hardline stance but does not make policy, added that if Washington froze the accounts of Russian businesses and individuals, Moscow would recommend that all holders of U.S. treasuries sell them.

Russia in 'unenviable' position over Snowden: Kremlin advisor

Russia is an "unenviable" position over deciding the future of fugitive US leaker Edward Snowden who remains holed up at a Moscow airport after applying for asylum, the Kremlin rights advisor said Tuesday. Moscow was caught between its obligations towards a refugee but also a desire not to ruin relations with the United States, the head of the advisory Kremlin rights council Mikhail Fedotov said. "Russia is the injured party in the Snowden saga. There is no national interest for us at all," he said, quoted by the Interfax news agency.

Putin 'has more important things' than Snowden

Russian President Vladimir Putin has much more important matters on his hands than the fate of Edward Snowden, the US intelligence leaker stranded for almost a month at a Moscow airport, the Kremlin said Friday. "We have a lot to do. You've seen the working schedule of the president. These are much more important things than Snowden," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, quoted by the ITAR-TASS news agency.

In first, Russia to shut off Kremlin lights for Earth Hour

Russia will turn off the lights on the Kremlin for the first time later on Saturday as part of worldwide events for the Earth Hour campaign against climate change, officials said. The lights illuminating the red brick walls of the iconic landmark in the heart of Moscow will be shut off for an hour starting at 8:30 pm local time (1630 GMT) following a decision by President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Blaze hits showcase skyscraper in Moscow

* Second fire since last April in landmark district * Tower is part of Kremlin-backed finance centre project MOSCOW, Jan 25 (Reuters) - A fire broke out at a partly-built Moscow skyscraper on Friday, Russian officials said, the second in the Kremlin-backed Moskva City business centre development in less than a year. The blaze erupted before noon on the 24th floor of the Oko ('Eye') tower, but was put out quickly put out, according to a statement on the Emergency Ministry's website.
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