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    Russian media turn attention to Syria as Ukraine conflict dies down
    Oct01

    Russian media turn attention to Syria as Ukraine conflict dies down

    State television coverage appears designed to boost support for military campaign that surveys show is not popularThere was a time not long ago when turning on Russian state television of an evening would almost always mean viewing a heated discussion about the war in east Ukraine and the horror of Kiev’s attempts to win back territory from...

    The real story behind Putin’s Syria strikes
    Oct01

    The real story behind Putin’s Syria strikes

    The roots of Russia’s bold intervention in Syria — which began in earnest on Wednesday with airstrikes against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad’s government near the city of Homs — extend to the beginning of the Arab Spring in early 2011, when Vladimir Putin served as prime minister nominally under his protégé and hand-picked...

    Syria and Ukraine: two fronts in Russian war for influence
    Oct01

    Syria and Ukraine: two fronts in Russian war for influence

    BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia’s air strikes in Syria are in part designed to extract concessions from the West over Ukraine by making Moscow a key player in any attempts by world powers to hammer out a post-conflict settlement in Damascus, some Western officials believe. …read more Source:...

    An open letter to the European media
    Oct01

    An open letter to the European media

    Dear editors, We recognize, don’t we, that Europe — the countries of Europe, the European Union as an entity, the very idea of Europe — is facing the worst collective threats in living memory? These crises — of economics, of public finances, of migration and refugee flows, of the multiple security threats around our borders and even inside...

    Lithuania and Ukraine renew science and technology co-op agreement
    Oct01

    Lithuania and Ukraine renew science and technology co-op agreement

    Lithuania and Ukraine have signed an agreement on cooperation in the area of science and technology (S&T) in 2016-2020, writes LETA. …read more Source: The Baltic...

    As Russia enters war in Syria, conflict in Ukraine begins to wind down
    Oct01

    As Russia enters war in Syria, conflict in Ukraine begins to wind down

    The conflict in Ukraine sees less shelling each week, while hawks and rebel leaders are being told by Moscow to pipe down and toe the lineAt a highly fortified separatist position near the village of Peski outside Donetsk, the pro-Russia fighters have been getting used to an unusual sound in recent weeks: silence.Shelling and exchanges of fire...

    Hungary and Malta call for ‘global migrant quotas’ to ease Europe burden
    Oct01

    Hungary and Malta call for ‘global migrant quotas’ to ease Europe burden

    Ukraine and Malta calls for a ‘global system of refugee quotas’ based on post-WW2 Bretton Woods deal, as Europe cannot handle migrant numbers alone …read more Source: The...

    Belavia to offer new flight to Odessa, may increase Kiev flights frequency
    Oct01

    Belavia to offer new flight to Odessa, may increase Kiev flights frequency

    “The airline plans to open a new flight Minsk-Odessa-Minsk. We worked on this flight for a long time. Perhaps we will offer more than one flight, but this decision is not connected with what is happening in our closest neighbors. We may also increase the frequency of flights to Kiev,” Yevgeny Rogachev noted. …read more Source:...

    Latvian president criticizes UN Security Council over Ukraine and Syria
    Oct01

    Latvian president criticizes UN Security Council over Ukraine and Syria

    Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis in his speech at the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 30 criticized the UN Security Council for lack of timely and decisive action, stressing that past failures should be lessons for the future, the Latvian president’s press service said. …read more Source:...

    Putin blindsides Obama
    Oct01

    Putin blindsides Obama

    On Monday afternoon, President Barack Obama grudgingly sat down with Vladimir Putin in part to gain a clearer understanding of the Russian leader’s opaque plans for Syria. Less than 48 hours later, Putin unpleasantly surprised Obama with new clarity: airstrikes that are scrambling the U.S. president’s plans for Syria and escalating...

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