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Rouble firms, Russian stocks pare some losses after U.S.-Russia talks

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MOSCOW, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The rouble edged up on Friday, pulling away from 77 versus the dollar, while Russian stocks pared some losses following high level talks between Moscow and Washington to discuss soaring tensions over Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met in Geneva amid Western fears that Russia may invade its neighbour. Russia denies planning an attack, but says it could take unspecified military action if a list of demands are not met, including a promise from NATO never to admit Ukraine. read more

By 1315 GMT, the rouble was 0.2% stronger against the dollar at 76.54 . It had strengthened by as much as 0.5% after the two sides agreed that dialogue should continue, with Blinken describing Friday’s discussion as frank and useful. read more

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