MOSCOW May 19 President Vladimir Putin has ordered military forces that took part in drills in three regions bordering Ukraine to return to the places where they are permanently deployed, the Interfax news agency reported on Monday.
It was not immediately clear whether the order meant there would be fewer soldiers near the border with Ukraine, where NATO has said Russia has amassed some 40,000 troops. NATO and the United States said there were no signs of reductions after Putin said on May 7 that forces had been withdrawn from the border. (Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Elizabeth Piper)
UPDATE 2-China industrial profits rise most in 3 years as economy stabilises
* August industrial profits up 19.5 pct yr/yr vs 11 pct in July
COLUMN-Oil exporters focus on supply, but what of China demand?: Russell
LAUNCESTON, Australia, Sept 27 Major oil exporters clearly would like higher crude prices and may even be getting closer to some sort of coordinated action, but they should be careful what they wish for as they may choke off demand growth in top importer China.