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Dutch foreign minister admits to lying about meeting Vladimir Putin
Feb12

Dutch foreign minister admits to lying about meeting Vladimir Putin

Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra has come under fire for lying about attending a meeting with Vladimir Putin in 2006, Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant reported Monday. At a party conference in 2016, the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) politician claimed he was present at a 2006 meeting in which the Russian president laid...

Debate: Ukraine: crackdown on critical media?
Feb12

Debate: Ukraine: crackdown on critical media?

The editorial offices of the Ukrainian daily newspaper Vesti have been raided because the owner of its holding company, ex-finance minister Oleksandr Klymenko, is under investigation for corruption. The building has been transferred to a managing company whose employees have destroyed the inventory, witnesses claim. Ukrainian journalists write...

How top US diplomat pushed back against Russian hacking
Feb10

How top US diplomat pushed back against Russian hacking

Subscribe to The Global POLITICO on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here. By the summer of 2016, Victoria Nuland’s “Spidey sense” told her something was very wrong. That spring, Nuland, the top State Department official charged with overseeing U.S. policy toward Russia, was one of those who had “first rung the alarm bell”...

EU takes billion-euro battle to Russia
Jan05

EU takes billion-euro battle to Russia

Brussels is ratcheting up pressure on Russia in a tit-for-tat sanctions battle that has raged since the early days of the Ukraine crisis in 2014. The European Union is now pressing to claw back €1.4 billion each year from Moscow, arguing that the Kremlin unlawfully banned imports of pork meat from Europe in January 2014, just as President Vladmir...

Tillerson asks Russia to ‘lower the level of violence’ in Ukraine

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday asked his Russian counterpart to reduce the levels of violence in eastern Ukraine, where Russian troops have intervened on the side of separatist militias in their ongoing clash with the Ukrainian government. “Underscoring the U.S. concern with the rising violence in eastern Ukraine, the...

The double-exile of Dr. Anton
Jan05

The double-exile of Dr. Anton

KIEV — At sunset, on the outskirts of Kiev, Anton lights a cigarette and looks out from his balcony, hundreds of miles from war, from home, from love. Life for this middle-aged, soft-spoken doctor had become unbearable in his hometown of Donetsk, a frontline city held by Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine. His decision to leave, however,...

[Ticker] Germany calls for UN mission in Ukraine

Germany’s foreign minister has called for setting up an armed UN peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine ahead of Russia’s March presidential election, to protect Ukraine’s territorial integrity. “This has to be a strong, armed mission that is present across the entire territory of the conflict zone,” Sigmar Gabriel...

Top of the (political) pops 2017
Jan01

Top of the (political) pops 2017

Far away from the pop charts, a handful of songs in 2017 helped push political revolutions, highlight corruption and radicalize extremists. One allegedly emerged out of the Kremlin, others from grassroots organizations. They’ve appealed to right-wing nationalists and arch left-wingers. It’s clear music has galvanized politics this...

The journalist prince
Jan01

The journalist prince

Germany Der Tagesspiegel reported on Angela Merkel’s waning support after a poll found 47 percent of Germans don’t want her to remain chancellor for another full four-year term. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung led with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko stepping down as the country’s chief World Cup organizer. The...

Sergey Lavrov to UK: Diplomatic ‘low point’ is your fault
Dec24

Sergey Lavrov to UK: Diplomatic ‘low point’ is your fault

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov blamed the U.K. for the “low point” in British-Russian relations during a strained press conference in Moscow on Friday with his opposite number Boris Johnson. “It’s no secret that our relations are at a low point, and that’s not at our initiative,” Lavrov said, according to the Guardian, urging...

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