A man passes by a currency exchange office in Moscow, March 3, 2014. (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov)
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Russian stock indexes fell sharply on Friday as investors digested the impact of U.S sanctions over Ukraine, including possible moves by Washington to target whole sectors of Russia's economy.At 0720 GMT the rouble-denominated MICEX was down 3 percent to 1,281 points while the dollar-denominated RTS index had fallen 3.6 percent to 1,109 .EU leaders, meeting in Brussels, have said they will introduce more asset freezes and visa bans against Russian officials, and are mulling wider economic sanctions if Russia further destabilises the situation in UkraineOn Friday, Bank Rossiya said Visa and Mastercard had stopped providing services for payment transactions for the bank.Shares in Sberbank, Russia's largest bank, were down 2.9 percent on Friday, while shares in VTB were down 4.3 percent.
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