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    U.S. and Russian Defense Chiefs Talk for the First Time in Over a Year, Discussed Syrian Military Buildup
    Sep18

    U.S. and Russian Defense Chiefs Talk for the First Time in Over a Year, Discussed Syrian Military Buildup

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter called his Russian counterpart Friday, the first step in direct military talks proposed by Russia about Moscow’s military buildup to support the Syrian government against the Islamic State group. The 50-minute conversation marked the first time that American and Russian defense chiefs have...

    OSCE warns of breakdown of central heating in east Ukraine
    Sep18

    OSCE warns of breakdown of central heating in east Ukraine

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe is raising the alarm about a potential breakdown of central heating systems across war-torn eastern Ukraine. …read more Source: CNS...

    US and Russian militaries launch talks on Syria
    Sep18

    US and Russian militaries launch talks on Syria

    Washington (AFP) – The United States and Russian militaries renewed high-level contacts on Friday to discuss their roles in the conflict in Syria.US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke by telephone, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said.”The secretary and the minister talked about areas...

    U.S. Plans Military Talks With Russia Over Syria
    Sep18

    U.S. Plans Military Talks With Russia Over Syria

    LONDON (AP) — The U.S. is planning direct talks between Russian and American military officials over Russia’s growing involvement in Syria.Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in London that President Barack Obama believes such discussions are an important next step as the U.S. and its allies seek to resolve a worsening Syria...

    Putin, Berlusconi in Ukraine Probe for Drinking Crimea Wine
    Sep18

    Putin, Berlusconi in Ukraine Probe for Drinking Crimea Wine

    Ukrainian prosecutors are reportedly preparing charges against the director of a winery in Russian-occupied Crimea for uncorking a 240-year-old bottle for Russian President Vladimir Putin and former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi.Putin and his old friend Berlusconi spent… …read more Source:...

    Crimea winery director faces investigation for opening 240-year-old bottle of wine for Putin, Berlusconi
    Sep18

    Crimea winery director faces investigation for opening 240-year-old bottle of wine for Putin, Berlusconi

    When the winery was Ukrainian property, two separate presidential decrees were required to approve the sale of vintage wine from its collection …read more Source: Vancouver...

    Corruption alleged  at top government rungs
    Sep18

    Corruption alleged at top government rungs

    KYIV – When it comes to reforms, Ukrainians are more concerned about corruption than any other issue, according to a poll conducted in late July by Kyiv’s Razumkov Center and the Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Fund. When asked to choose five spheres of reform as most important, about 65 percent of the 2,011 respondents cited...

    Saakashvili, Yatsenyuk spar over Ukrainian reforms
    Sep18

    Saakashvili, Yatsenyuk spar over Ukrainian reforms

    A war of words has erupted between Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, now governor of Ukraine’s Odesa Oblast, over the pace and depth of reforms being implemented by the government in Kyiv. Mr. Saakashvili lashed into Mr. Yatsenyuk’s reform agenda during a September 3...

    Ukraine’s pro-government parties join forces ahead of local elections
    Sep18

    Ukraine’s pro-government parties join forces ahead of local elections

    The parties of President Petro Poroshenko, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk have joined forces ahead of the local elections scheduled for October 25. This is in order to defeat the Opposition Bloc, which is associated with the government overthrown in February 2014; oligarchic groups such as the Ukrainian Alliance...

    Action plan to end war in Ukraine charted at Berlin meeting
    Sep18

    Action plan to end war in Ukraine charted at Berlin meeting

    An overall consensus, in broad outline, seems to have taken shape among the main European players, pre-eminently Moscow and Berlin, to accelerate a solution to the conflict in Ukraine by the end of this year, on Russia’s terms. German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted a meeting in Berlin on August 24, in an unprecedented “Normandy minus […]...