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    Renzi blocks smooth extension of Russia sanctions
    Dec10

    Renzi blocks smooth extension of Russia sanctions

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday stayed firm on blocking a planned extension of the EU’s economic sanctions against Russia, forcing EU governments to discuss the issue at a much higher level next week. Sanctions were set to be extended on Wednesday, but that did not happen after the Italian government instructed its...

    NATO’s ‘Obama problem’
    Dec10

    NATO’s ‘Obama problem’

    LONDON — Set against the backdrop of escalating challenges to European security from Russia and the Middle East, NATO’s recent announcement that Montenegro is to be the transatlantic Alliance’s 29th member might seem an inconsequential footnote. This tiny Balkan state in the southern Adriatic will add just 2,000 active military...

    Ukrainians to travel visa-free in the EU by 2016
    Dec09

    Ukrainians to travel visa-free in the EU by 2016

    Ukrainian and Georgian citizens will soon be able to travel freely within the EU without needing a visa, Die Welt reports. Visa-free access to the EU is a key goal of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s government and EU support for the measure would be welcomed in Kiev as tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalate. The Commission is...

    Strains test EU, U.S. unity on Russia
    Dec09

    Strains test EU, U.S. unity on Russia

    WASHINGTON — When the U.S. Treasury Department’s top sanctions official visits Europe this week, he’ll get one more chance to urge Europeans to renew the punishing sanctions regime against Russia. By all accounts, he won’t need it. It’s a point of pride among U.S. and European officials that in an otherwise fractious...

    Joe Biden: Corruption eating Ukraine ‘like a cancer’
    Dec08

    Joe Biden: Corruption eating Ukraine ‘like a cancer’

    “Corruption eats Ukraine like cancer,” U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told that country’s parliament Tuesday. Addressing the Verkhovna Rada in Kiev, Biden said Ukraine needed to do more to fight corruption, or else risk losing international support. The U.S. pledged $190 million in extra aid to Ukraine Monday, but Biden warned it had only...

    Biden gives Ukraine ‘one more chance’ to reform
    Dec07

    Biden gives Ukraine ‘one more chance’ to reform

    The United States pledged an extra $190 million in aid to Ukraine Monday, but Vice President Joe Biden warned that Kiev has just “one more chance” to root out corruption or lose the funding. Biden held talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, pledging support for Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression and urging the country’s...

    Vladimir Putin: ‘No touching, licking or biting’
    Dec07

    Vladimir Putin: ‘No touching, licking or biting’

    Some may find Vladimir Putin and his policies hard to swallow, but that’s not a problem with a life-sized chocolate statue of the Russian president. Artist Nikita Gusev created the 154-pound statue as part of the Festival of Chocolate fair in St. Petersburg. It shows Putin alongside his dog Connie. The artist says chocolate is the perfect...

    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...

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