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    Rouble Crisis Could Shake Putin’s Grip on Power
    Dec17

    Rouble Crisis Could Shake Putin’s Grip on Power

    MOSCOW—Russia failed to halt the collapse of the rouble on Tuesday, leaving President Vladimir Putin facing a full-blown currency crisis that could weaken his iron grip on power. A 6.5 percentage point interest rate rise to 17 percent overnight failed to prevent the currency hitting record lows in a “perfect storm” of low oil prices, looming...

    Obama to Approve New Russian Sanctions
    Dec17

    Obama to Approve New Russian Sanctions

    President Barack Obama has decided to sign legislation authorizing more sanctions on Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis, the White House said Tuesday. The bill, which cleared the Senate last week, also gives the president authority to provide $350 million in lethal and nonlethal military aid to the Ukrainian government. That potential aid...

    Obama ‘intends’ to sign Russia sanctions bill
    Dec17

    Obama ‘intends’ to sign Russia sanctions bill

    New sanctions bill require the American president to impose at least three sanctions on Russia-owned arms firms or related entities. …read more Source: Anadolu...

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko hails first full overnight truce in rebel east
    Dec16

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko hails first full overnight truce in rebel east

    KIEV: Ukraine’s separatist east passed the night into Tuesday without any shooting, President Petro Poroshenko said, hailing the first such stretch of calm as a positive sign for the next steps in a peace plan. Ukraine is under pressure from Western backers to defuse the conflict, which has left many people struggling to survive the frigid...

    Kerry Cites ‘Constructive Moves’ by Russia on Ukraine
    Dec16

    Kerry Cites ‘Constructive Moves’ by Russia on Ukraine

    LONDON—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says “Russia has made constructive moves” on the Ukraine crisis that could open the path to resolving the conflict and easing or lifting international economic sanctions. While holding a series of meetings on world issues, Kerry said improvements in the eastern Ukraine cease-fire, progress on negotiating...

    Kerry says Russia has made ‘constructive moves’ on Ukraine in recent days
    Dec16

    Kerry says Russia has made ‘constructive moves’ on Ukraine in recent days

    …read more Source: The Jerusalem...

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko Hails First Full Overnight Truce in Rebel East
    Dec16

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko Hails First Full Overnight Truce in Rebel East

    KYIV—Ukraine’s separatist east passed the night into Tuesday without any shooting, President Petro Poroshenko said, hailing the first such stretch of calm as a positive signal for the next steps in a peace plan. Army chief of staff Viktor Muzhenko also stressed progress had been made on the implementation of the cease-fire, but said one...

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko hails first full overnight truce in rebel east
    Dec16

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko hails first full overnight truce in rebel east

    Kiev military highlighted a decline in the intensity of attacks – to an average of 8-10 incidents of shelling per day from a previous 70-80. …read more Source: World...

    Russia carried out snap military drills in Kaliningrad region
    Dec16

    Russia carried out snap military drills in Kaliningrad region

    By Thomas Grove President Vladimir Putin ordered snap military drills in Russia’s westernmost Kaliningrad region earlier this month, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday. The drills, which mobilised 9,000 soldiers and more than 55 naval ships, were carried out to test the military’s combat readiness in Kaliningrad, an exclave that...

    Ukrainian PM appeals to EU for immediate financial aid
    Dec16

    Ukrainian PM appeals to EU for immediate financial aid

    Asked when Ukraine needed new financial assistance, Yatseniuk told reporters in Brussels: “Let me put it in a nutshell – yesterday.” …read more Source: World...

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