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    Nato reports sightings of Russian tanks and troops entering eastern Ukraine
    Nov12

    Nato reports sightings of Russian tanks and troops entering eastern Ukraine

    Kiev preparing for fresh combat operations in east after latest in a string of sightings of military movements near frontlineNato has observed columns of Russian tanks, artillery and combat troops entering eastern Ukraine in the past two days, the military alliances supreme allied commander has said.Observers from the Organisation for Security...

    Tony Abbotts shirtfront threat to Putin was a brain snap, says Bill Shorten
    Nov12

    Tony Abbotts shirtfront threat to Putin was a brain snap, says Bill Shorten

    Opposition leader says Abbotts diplomatic faux pas put focus on silly words rather than the substantive call for cooperationBill Shorten has described Tony Abbotts threat to shirtfront the Russian president as a brain snap and a diplomatic faux pas that undermined Australias attempts to seek Vladimir Putins cooperation.The opposition leader said...

    New Look quits Russia and looks east for expansion
    Nov11

    New Look quits Russia and looks east for expansion

    Fashion chain to pull out of Russia and Ukraine in the next few days to focus on expanding in China and PolandFashion chain New Look is to focus on expanding in China and Poland but will pull out of Russia and Ukraine amid political instability in the region.Anders Kristiansen, New Looks chief executive, said he expected to complete the closure...

    Crimeas rapid Russification means pride for some but perplexity for others
    Nov11

    Crimeas rapid Russification means pride for some but perplexity for others

    Eight months after annexation, the former Ukrainian peninsula is undergoing a massive social and bureaucratic overhaulThe hotels in Simferopol are packed. It is late autumn and the administrative capital of Crimea has been overrun, not by holidaymakers the season and political climate are hardly suitable but by Russian officials. Even in summer...

    MH17 victims remembered in Amsterdam ceremony – video
    Nov10

    MH17 victims remembered in Amsterdam ceremony – video

    Friends and relatives of those who died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine remember the dead in a ceremony in Amsterdam. The Dutch prime minister spoke, along with some of those left behind following the tragedy. All 298 people on board the plane died after a Russian separatist missile allegedly hit the flight, bound for Kuala...

    Cameron warns Putin against ripping up international rulebook over Ukraine
    Nov10

    Cameron warns Putin against ripping up international rulebook over Ukraine

    British PM promises to warn Russian president of consequences when two leaders meet at G20 summit in AustraliaDavid Cameron has cautioned Vladimir Putin against ripping up the international rulebook by destabilising Ukraine and promised to warn the Russian president of the long-term economic consequences if he pursued this course when the two...

    Obama indicates US may ask Australia for more help to combat Isis in Iraq
    Nov10

    Obama indicates US may ask Australia for more help to combat Isis in Iraq

    US president makes comments after meeting with Tony Abbott in Beijing on sidelines of Apec summitAustralia could be asked to commit more to help the fight against Islamic State (Isis) militants, US president Barack Obama has indicated after after a bilateral meeting with prime minister Tony Abbott.President Obama has recently authorised the...

    Tony Abbott steps back from promise to shirtfront Vladimir Putin over MH17
    Nov10

    Tony Abbott steps back from promise to shirtfront Vladimir Putin over MH17

    PM says talks with Russian leader over downing of Malaysia Airlines flight only part of Australias Apec and G20 agendaThe Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, has stepped back from his earlier promise to shirtfront the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, over Moscows response to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, saying that the...

    Stakes are high as US plays the oil card against Iran and Russia | Larry Elliott
    Nov09

    Stakes are high as US plays the oil card against Iran and Russia | Larry Elliott

    Washington is trying to drive down prices by flooding the market with crude but risks collateral damage to its own shale industryImagine that at the start of 2014 you were an investor who liked to dabble in the commodity markets. You could sniff something going seriously wrong in Ukraine and you were alarmed by early reports of groups of...

    At least the last cold war was a clash of ideologies  now there are no big ideas | Zoe Williams
    Nov09

    At least the last cold war was a clash of ideologies now there are no big ideas | Zoe Williams

    The standoff between Russia and the west, that Gorbachev warns us about, feels at times like a petulant Twitter spat. Except its still deadly seriousIs it shocking to hear Mikhail Gorbachev say were on the brink of a new cold war? Or somehow reassuring, a familiar figure giving a familiar name to a familiar problem? Commemorating the fall of the...

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