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    Pentagon to boost its EU budget in response to Russian threat
    Dec07

    Pentagon to boost its EU budget in response to Russian threat

    The U.S. Department of Defense plans to increase its budget for operations in Europe “significantly” to protect the country and its allies from threats by Russia. Funding for the European Reassurance Initiative, a 2014 program under which U.S. exercises in the region have been increased following the invasion in Ukraine, will be “ramped up” in...

    Life in Ukraine’s buffer zone
    Dec06

    Life in Ukraine’s buffer zone

    The front line of the war in eastern Ukraine divides towns, villages and even families into Ukrainian territory or rebel territory. On each side, stretching for 15 kilometers, is the internationally-agreed buffer zone — an allegedly demilitarized area created as part of the second Minsk peace deal in February. On a map, the buffer zone straddles...

    Washington’s Balkan power play
    Dec05

    Washington’s Balkan power play

    BELGRADE — NATO’s invitation to Montenegro this week to join the military alliance was more than a kindness to a small ex-Yugoslav republic. It was another sign of a battle for influence in the Balkans between Russia and the U.S. And America is the one on the offensive. In recent weeks high-level U.S. and NATO officials have visited the...

    A Ukrainian oligarch’s foiled homecoming
    Dec03

    A Ukrainian oligarch’s foiled homecoming

    A controversial Ukrainian powerbroker’s rehabilitation campaign is hitting unexpected snags. Dmytro Firtash, the exiled oligarch who wants to make a comeback at home, was forced to cancel plans to return to Kiev this week after a government minister said the businessman would be arrested if he set foot in Ukraine. Firtash called the...

    Montenegro to join NATO
    Dec02

    Montenegro to join NATO

    NATO foreign ministers gave their green light for Montenegro’s accession to the military alliance Wednesday, despite opposition from Russia, which considers the enlargement a “provocation.” The integration of the 29th country into NATO is a “historic achievement,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday in Brussels....

    No desire for permanent Turkey sanctions, says Russian minister
    Dec01

    No desire for permanent Turkey sanctions, says Russian minister

    Russia’s embargo on Turkish tourism and trade is temporary, and the continuation of the sanctions depend in part on whether Russia can find alternatives to Turkish produce, Russia’s economic development minister said Tuesday. “We want to ensure that it is felt by Turkey on the one hand, but on the other hand minimize the risk for...

    Putin risks a new Afghanistan, Obama warns
    Dec01

    Putin risks a new Afghanistan, Obama warns

    PARIS — Vladimir Putin’s leadership evokes Soviet-style politics and posturing. On Tuesday, President Barack Obama suggested he take lessons from Soviet military history, too. For years, Obama has followed a “laissez-fail” policy for Syria’s Bashar Assad — a hands-off waiting for him to fall from power — that has been driven by what...

    Obama and Putin discuss Turkey, Syria
    Nov30

    Obama and Putin discuss Turkey, Syria

    President Barack Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday on the sidelines of the climate talks in Paris, their second such meeting in a month, discussing the fraught ongoing situations in Ukraine, Syria and the Middle East as a whole. According to a pool report citing a White House official, Obama expressed regret for the deaths...

    COP21: who’s who
    Nov28

    COP21: who’s who

    Each country may have its own delegation, but a lot of the negotiation is dictated by groups of like-minded countries. European Union Made up of the 28 countries tied by laws that already make their 2030 climate pledges binding, regardless of what the COP21 deal says. Miguel Arias Cañete, the EU’s climate and energy commissioner, has been a...

    Coal cutoff escalates Russia-Ukraine tensions
    Nov27

    Coal cutoff escalates Russia-Ukraine tensions

    KIEV — Russia on Friday stopped coal deliveries to Ukraine, part of an escalating series of tit-for-tat measures sparked by a recent attack on electricity transmission lines that cut off power to Crimea, annexed by Moscow last year. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk conceded that the move had left Ukraine now facing energy blackouts of...

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