Russia-exposed European shares slide on new sanctions
* Raiffeisen, Metro fall after sanctions on Russia
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By Sudip Kar-Gupta
LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) - European stock markets fell on Thursday as new Western sanctions on Russia and some weaker-than-expected corporate results dented investors' appetite for equities.
Stocks with high exposure to Russia were among the top fallers after the European Union and the United States increased sanctions over what Washington says is Moscow's failure to curb violence in Ukraine.
Among stocks exposed to Russia were Austrian bank Raiffeisen , which fell 3.1 percent, while German retailer Metro shed 2 percent and Italy's Unicredit declined by 1.3 percent.
The STOXX Europe 600 Oil & Gas Index also fell 0.7 percent. Energy companies are likely to feel the impact of the sanctions because Europe imports much of its oil and gas from the region. Continuación...