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    Russian pipeline plan draws EU fire
    Dec18

    Russian pipeline plan draws EU fire

    Plans to double the capacity of the Russia-backed Nord Stream gas pipeline to Germany would only serve to consolidate Moscow’s grip on the European gas market, European Council President Donald Tusk warned Friday. Central and Eastern European countries, together with Italy, forced the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline expansion onto the agenda...

    Trump heaps more praise on Putin: ‘At least he’s a leader’
    Dec18

    Trump heaps more praise on Putin: ‘At least he’s a leader’

    Donald Trump on Friday expanded upon his welcoming of praise from Russian President Vladimir Putin, remarking that “when people call you brilliant, it’s always good, especially when the person heads up Russia,” even when that person happens to be not so friendly to journalists. In an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Joe...

    Kharkiv, city of vagabonds and poets
    Dec18

    Kharkiv, city of vagabonds and poets

    I was recently in Kharkiv for a conference on how to build dialogue in times of conflict. It seemed the right sort of place to have this conversation. During the revolution and subsequent war in Ukraine, Kharkiv — the country’s second largest city just 40 kilometers from the Russian border — saw violent clashes between pro-Russian and...

    Report: Renzi planning to fire Italy’s EU ambassador
    Dec17

    Report: Renzi planning to fire Italy’s EU ambassador

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is planning to fire his ambassador to the European Union, Stefano Sannino, according to newspaper Il Corriere della Sera. The news, which has not yet been officially announced, came only hours before the start of an EU summit at which Renzi is expected to vent his frustration with Europe at a time of mounting...

    Vladimir Putin: Political solution on Syria is possible
    Dec17

    Vladimir Putin: Political solution on Syria is possible

    Vladimir Putin will support U.S. efforts to defeat Islamic State but Moscow would never agree to outside forces deciding who should govern Syria, the Russian president said Thursday. Speaking at his end-of-year news conference, Putin said Moscow supports the draft United Nations Security Council resolution to strengthen sanctions against those...

    IMF rules Ukraine must repay Russian bond
    Dec17

    IMF rules Ukraine must repay Russian bond

    The International Monetary Fund ruled Wednesday that Ukraine must repay a $3 billion bond bought by Russia in 2013. Kiev had been trying to force Moscow to accept restructuring terms agreed with U.S. investment firm Franklin Templeton but Russia insisted that the debt, which matures Sunday, must be paid in full. The IMF has decided that the money...

    Why Europe shouldn’t cooperate with Russia’s economic bloc
    Dec17

    Why Europe shouldn’t cooperate with Russia’s economic bloc

    There are several encouraging developments in the European Union’s position on Ukraine and Russia. This week, EU leaders are expected to renew sanctions against Russia for its ongoing invasion of and aggression against Ukraine. Effective next month, the EU’s trade deal with Ukraine will kick in, after a year’s delay to placate...

    Hollande sees glimmer of hope for 2017
    Dec17

    Hollande sees glimmer of hope for 2017

    PARIS — For the first time in three years, François Hollande can contemplate the slim possibility that he might have a chance to be reelected as France’s president in 2017. The outcome of regional elections on December 13, which highlighted divisions between the far right and the mainstream opposition conservatives, gives the French...

    Matteo Renzi’s pipeline politics
    Dec16

    Matteo Renzi’s pipeline politics

    MILAN — Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is expected to vent his frustration at the EU summit Thursday at what he sees as German duplicity about energy policy and sanctions on Russia. Italian officials claim Berlin is on the one hand demanding unified EU action when it comes to sanctions on Russia for its military takeover of Crimea and parts of...

    Kerry: Russia a ‘significant contributor’ to progress in Syria
    Dec15

    Kerry: Russia a ‘significant contributor’ to progress in Syria

    “Russia has been a significant contributor to the progress” the world has made on Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday in Moscow. U.S. officials have repeatedly criticized Russia’s intervention in Syria as “counterproductive” — designed more to bolster President Bashar Assad than to degrade the Islamic State. But the tone of...

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