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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Mar 08 2018

Italy to propose EBRD resuming lending to SMEs in Russia: ambassador

MOSCOW Italy plans to propose to other European Union members that the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) resume lending to small- and medium-sized enterprises in Russia, on hold since 2014, the Italian ambassador to Russia said.

Feb 28 2018

Ratings test for state funds will help Russian private banks: ACRA head

MOSCOW Russia's use of credit ratings to determine which banks may be trusted to hold state funds should help ensure the health of the banking sector following a clean up by the central bank, the head of Russian rating agency ACRA said.

Feb 18 2018

Russian lawmaker Kerimov strikes deal to buy Vozrozhdenie bank: sources

MOSCOW Russian businessman and lawmaker Suleiman Kerimov has reached an agreement to buy Vozrozhdenie bank from its majority owners, brothers Dmitry and Alexei Ananyev, three sources close to the deal told Reuters.

Jan 30 2018

Russia's elite dismiss U.S. list as 'telephone book' of the wealthy

MOSCOW Russia's elite on Tuesday shrugged off U.S. publication of a sweeping list of oligarchs close to the Kremlin as simply a "telephone directory" of the rich, though a Kremlin spokesman said it could even harm the image of Russia's political leaders. | Video

Jan 22 2018

Russia's VTB bank head Kostin shrugs off U.S. sanctions risk

MOSCOW Andrey Kostin, the head of Russian state bank VTB and an ally of President Vladimir Putin, said there was a high risk his name would be added to a new U.S. list of people close to Vladimir Putin, but that he was unfazed by the prospect.

Jan 22 2018

Russia's VTB CEO says ready to provide loan to CEFC for Rosneft stake

MOSCOW VTB, Russia's No.2 bank, is ready to provide a loan to China's CEFC so it can buy a stake in Rosneft, the country's top oil producer, VTB Chief Executive Andrey Kostin told Reuters in an interview.

Jan 22 2018

VTB sets aside extra $900 million for potential loan losses

MOSCOW Russian bank VTB has set aside an additional 50 billion rubles ($882 million) to cover potential loan losses and agreed with the central bank to monitor a number of higher risk loans, VTB's chief executive told Reuters.

Jan 22 2018

VTB says in talks to prolong Angola's $1.5 billion loan to 10 years

MOSCOW Russia's VTB is in talks with Angola on changing the terms of a $1.5 billion loan and extending it, the bank's Chief Executive Andrey Kostin told Reuters in an interview authorized for publication on Monday.

Jan 22 2018

Russian new Eurobond should have 'FX amnesty' option: VTB CEO

MOSCOW Russia's sovereign Eurobond this year should offer a "foreign currency amnesty" option so Russian businesspeople can use it to repatriate funds from abroad, said Andrey Kostin, the head of the country's second-largest bank, VTB.

Dec 21 2017

Russia's Globex bank says hackers targeted its SWIFT computers

MOSCOW/TORONTO Hackers tried to steal 55 million rubles ($940,000) from Russian state bank Globex using the SWIFT international payments messaging system, the bank said on Thursday, the latest in a string of attempted cyber heists that use fraudulent wire-transfer requests.


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