MOSCOW Aug 8 Russian shares rose after a senior Russian security official said in an interview released on Friday that Russia would continue efforts to de-escalate the Ukraine crisis.
Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russia's Security Council, told state-run RIA Novosti news agency: "Russia will continue to make all efforts for a very fast de-escalation of tensions."
Russia's RTS index rose almost 1 percent after the interview was released to trade up 2 percent on the day by 1207 GMT. The rouble also strengthened. (Reporting by Alexander Winning; Editing by Dmitry Zhdannikov)