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    Ukraine heads into the abyss
    Feb16

    Ukraine heads into the abyss

    This week, Ukraine’s ruling political elite is doing what it does best: behaving irresponsibly. On this occasion, Ukraine’s leaders have plunged the country into a potential political crisis that comes at a time when Ukraine faces strains on its hard currency reserves, weak economic performance, and signs of an upsurge in violence on...

    An Eastern European frozen conflict the EU got right
    Feb16

    An Eastern European frozen conflict the EU got right

    Even as Russia and the West rang in the new year still publicly at loggerheads over Ukraine, the EU sealed a deal with Russia over another Eastern European frozen conflict zone: Transnistria. The unrecognized statelet of Transnistria broke away from newly independent Moldova in 1990, and is famous as a Soviet nostalgia theme park. Its statues of...

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko urges PM Yatsenyuk to resign
    Feb16

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko urges PM Yatsenyuk to resign

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Tuesday he wanted Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to step down, following a series of high-profile resignations from his increasingly unpopular government. Presidential spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko tweeted: “In order to restore trust in the government, the president asked the prosecutor general and...

    EU lifts most sanctions against Belarus
    Feb15

    EU lifts most sanctions against Belarus

    EU countries agreed Monday to lift most of the sanctions the bloc had imposed against Belarus in recognition of steps taken by the former Soviet state over the past two years, but said some human rights concerns remain. Foreign ministers meeting in Brussels decided not to extend restrictive measures against 170 individuals and three companies in...

    Ukraine and Russia in truck stand-off
    Feb15

    Ukraine and Russia in truck stand-off

    Ukraine banned Russian trucks from crossing its territory Monday, following a similar move by Moscow over the weekend. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday that “madmen and bandits … are trying to stop our heavy goods vehicles,” after activists in western Ukraine began stopping trucks on Thursday. Russian trucks are now stopped in...

    McCain: Putin using refugee crisis as a weapon
    Feb15

    McCain: Putin using refugee crisis as a weapon

    Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to worsen the refugee crisis in order to split Europe and America and undermine the EU, U.S. Senator John McCain said Sunday. “Mr. Putin is not interested in being our partner,” the 2008 Republican presidential candidate and chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee told the Munich Security...

    3 ways to stop ‘revisionist, militaristic’ Russia
    Feb11

    3 ways to stop ‘revisionist, militaristic’ Russia

    MUNICH — The great and the good of the Atlantic security elites, and a few of their adversaries, face an unusually complex series of challenges as they gather for their annual summit in Munich this week. It was here, in February 2007, that President Vladimir Putin first threw down the gauntlet to the West, although his language was relatively...

    NATO boots in Central Europe to tackle Russian threat
    Feb10

    NATO boots in Central Europe to tackle Russian threat

    NATO will deploy troops to frontline states menaced by Russia’s actions in Ukraine, defense ministers agreed Wednesday, in what the head of the alliance called “the most significant boost to our collective defense since the end of the Cold War.” The alliance will not set up military bases in a bid to counter Russian military aggression, but...

    IMF chief Lagarde warns Ukraine
    Feb10

    IMF chief Lagarde warns Ukraine

    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, warned Ukraine Wednesday that unless the country cracks down on corruption and enacts promised reforms, it runs the risk of losing an IMF-led $40 billion bailout program crucial to saving the economy from collapse. “I am concerned about Ukraine’s slow progress in...

    German-Turkish refugee request ambushes NATO talks
    Feb09

    German-Turkish refugee request ambushes NATO talks

    Military alliances don’t like surprises, which is why NATO was taken aback by an apparently impromptu German and Turkish proposal that it should take on a new role in the refugee crisis, such as sea patrols against human traffickers in the Aegean. The initiative — fruit of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Prime Minister Ahmet...

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