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    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...

    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...

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