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    The west must talk to Vladimir Putin about Ukraine | Letters
    Feb09

    The west must talk to Vladimir Putin about Ukraine | Letters

    I have no love for modern capitalist Russia, or for Vladimir Putin, but there are always two sides to a conflict. Regrettably, the Guardian gives credence mainly to the anti-Putin version. In that narrative, the Russian leader is alleged to have violated Ukraine’s sovereignty, though no hard evidence is offered. For those who support...

    Obama backs off Ukraine military option but backs German diplomatic effort
    Feb09

    Obama backs off Ukraine military option but backs German diplomatic effort

    US president sidesteps issue of sending arms to Ukraine during joint news conference with Angela Merkel on how to counter Russian aggressionBarack Obama has thrown his support behind German diplomatic efforts to contain Russia in Ukraine, hinting that military alternatives under consideration by the White House remain largely symbolic and fraught...

    Obama, Merkel Vow to Push for Diplomatic Solution to Ukraine Conflict
    Feb09

    Obama, Merkel Vow to Push for Diplomatic Solution to Ukraine Conflict

    The United States and its European allies remain committed to finding a diplomatic solution to tensions with Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, US President Barack Obama said on Monday. “Even as we continue to work for a diplomatic solution we are making it clear again today that if Russia continues on its current course, which is ruining the...

    Ukraine crisis: Barack Obama and Angela Merkel show united front ahead of Minsk summit while holding off on tricky question of military aid
    Feb09

    Ukraine crisis: Barack Obama and Angela Merkel show united front ahead of Minsk summit while holding off on tricky question of military aid

    President Barack Obama and his German counterpart Angela Merkel played a delicate duet today obscuring divisions between them over sending lethal arms to Ukraine to help it counter Russian aggression at its eastern borders while sending a message to Moscow that it is not off the table either. …read more Source: The...

    US ‘developing legislation’ on weapons to Ukraine
    Feb09

    US ‘developing legislation’ on weapons to Ukraine

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    Ukraine crisis: Obama ‘may send weapons to Ukraine’
    Feb09

    Ukraine crisis: Obama ‘may send weapons to Ukraine’

    US President Barack Obama says sending lethal arms to Ukraine is an option being considered if diplomacy fails …read more Source: The...

    Obama meets Merkel and keeps open mind on whether to send weapons to Ukraine
    Feb09

    Obama meets Merkel and keeps open mind on whether to send weapons to Ukraine

    President Barack Obama says the US and its European allies remain committed to finding a diplomatic solution to tensions with Russia over the Ukraine… …read more Source:...

    Kyiv pessimistic over peace talks
    Feb09

    Kyiv pessimistic over peace talks

    Though peace plans are in the pipeline, there is little hope on the streets of Kyiv for a quick resolution to the conflict in the east of… …read more Source:...

    US Move to Arm Ukraine Will Break Intl Accords, Russia’s UN Envoy Says
    Feb09

    US Move to Arm Ukraine Will Break Intl Accords, Russia’s UN Envoy Says

    The United States would violate a number of international agreements if it started supplying weapons to the Ukrainian military at the request of the government in Kiev, Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin said on Monday. “The US has taken a selective approach to international law many times. Therefore, such a decision /on weapons/...

    Portugal’s 2014 trade deficit rose to €10.6 billion
    Feb09

    Portugal’s 2014 trade deficit rose to €10.6 billion

    Last year’s December exports rose 4.9% compared to the year before but this was not sufficient to mitigate the effect of those months in which Portugal’s companies exported less than expected. In a year that was marked by a delayed recovery in the eurozone, the crisis in Ukraine, sanctions for Russia and a sharp decline in oil prices,...

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