Cyprus financial crisis

Associated Press
Cyprus' Finance Minister Michalis Sarris, center back to camera, speaks to the media after his meeting with Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov at the building of Russian Finance Ministry in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Cyprus' finance minister is in Russia for talks with the Kremlin over financial aid for the troubled island nation. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

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Russia rebuffed Cypriot entreaties for aid on March 22, leaving the island's increasingly isolated leaders scrambling to strike a bailout deal with the European Union or face the collapse of its financial system.

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