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    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...

    Eastern Ukraine, Europe’s West Bank
    Dec15

    Eastern Ukraine, Europe’s West Bank

    During a recent visit to France, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sent out a controversial tweet saying that terrorism is a “daily reality for Ukraine.” The tweet triggered vociferous condemnations for trying to tie Ukraine to the Paris tragedy, as well as essays and op-eds in the Ukrainian media defending Poroshenko’s comparison....

    The battle for civilization is happening in Paris
    Dec15

    The battle for civilization is happening in Paris

    On a recent trip to Paris just before that city’s most tumultuous month in years—one that began with terrorist slaughter and ended with Saturday’s historic 195-nation climate accord—I noticed that the hottest item being hawked on the streets was the “selfie stick.” Parisian street vendors carry bronze replicas of the Eiffel Tower and...

    Obama officials are talking to Putin more than ever
    Dec14

    Obama officials are talking to Putin more than ever

    An Obama administration debate about whether to engage Vladimir Putin or treat him like a pariah has tilted in the engagement camp’s favor—even as critics and some officials worry that it’s become too easy for the Russian president to get a stature-enhancing meeting with U.S. leaders. When Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Moscow...

    Bouquet and brawl in Ukrainian parliament
    Dec11

    Bouquet and brawl in Ukrainian parliament

    Scuffles are not unknown in Ukrainian politics but they rarely involve flowers. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk was interrupted during his annual address in the Verkhovna Rada Friday in which he appeared to suggest that the government was not responsible for tackling corruption. Oleg Barna — an MP and member of the President Petro...

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