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    New US sanctions law could undermine relations with Russia: Lavrov
    Dec19

    New US sanctions law could undermine relations with Russia: Lavrov

    New US legislation authorising sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis could undermine relations between Moscow and Washington for a long time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Friday. …read more Source: Channel...

    New US sanctions law could undermine relations with Russia: Lavrov
    Dec19

    New US sanctions law could undermine relations with Russia: Lavrov

    MOSCOW – New US legislation authorising sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis could undermine relations between Moscow and Washington for a long time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Friday.In a phone call with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Lavrov said that the new legislation “threatening new...

    Russian military has close calls with civilian jetliners
    Dec19

    Russian military has close calls with civilian jetliners

    Recent close shaves between Russian military planes and civilian aircraft highlight the dangers of the cat-and-mouse game being played out between Moscow and the West in European skies amid the crisis in Ukraine, analysts say. In the latest incident, Sweden said Dec. 12 that a Russian military jet nearly collided with a passenger plane south […]...

    EU leaders ready long confrontation with Russia
    Dec19

    EU leaders ready long confrontation with Russia

    European Union leaders warned Moscow they were ready to exercise their combined muscle over the long haul in a confrontation with an economically wounded Russia if President Vladimir Putin refused to pull back from Ukraine. “We must go beyond being reactive and defensive. As Europeans we must regain our self-confidence and realize our own...

    EU needs long-term Russia strategy lasting ‘years’
    Dec19

    EU needs long-term Russia strategy lasting ‘years’

    BRUSSELS: New EU president Donald Tusk said Thursday the bloc needs a strategy on Russia lasting years, not just weeks or months, to cope with the problems raised by its intervention in Ukraine. “We need a long perspective strategy… plans for years. We need to be realistic, we have to treat this as a long-term game,” Tusk said...

    Ukraine peace talks to resume Sunday, or Monday: Hollande
    Dec19

    Ukraine peace talks to resume Sunday, or Monday: Hollande

    Peace talks between Ukraine’s leaders and Kremlin-backed rebels will “happen on Sunday or Monday,” French President Francois Hollande said after an EU summit on Thursday (Dec 18). …read more Source: Channel...

    EU needs years-long Russia strategy, new leader warns
    Dec19

    EU needs years-long Russia strategy, new leader warns

    New EU president Donald Tusk said the bloc needs a strategy on Russia lasting years to cope with the problems raised by its intervention in Ukraine. …read more Source: Channel...

    Putin says economy will rebound after rouble’s fall, but offers no remedy
    Dec19

    Putin says economy will rebound after rouble’s fall, but offers no remedy

    President Vladimir Putin assured Russians on Thursday that the economy will rebound after the rouble’s dramatic slide this year but offered no remedy for a deepening financial crisis. Defiant and confident at a three-hour news conference, Putin blamed the economic problems on external factors and said the crisis over Ukraine was caused by...

    Politics no problem, say US and Russian spacefarers
    Dec19

    Politics no problem, say US and Russian spacefarers

    PARIS – US-Russian ties may have returned to Cold War levels, but an astronaut and a cosmonaut gearing up for the longest flight on the International Space Station said Thursday politics would not disrupt their work of helping a future trip to Mars.NASA’s Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos are to...

    Hollande: Ukraine peace talks to resume Sunday, or Monday
    Dec19

    Hollande: Ukraine peace talks to resume Sunday, or Monday

    BRUSSELS: Peace talks between Ukraine’s leaders and Kremlin-backed rebels could take place Sunday or Monday in the Belarussian capital Minsk in the presence of Russian and OSCE envoys, French President Francois Hollande (pix) said. These talks will “happen on Sunday or Monday,” Hollande said after an EU summit on Thursday,...

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