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    Stephen Harper says Russia can’t rejoin G-7 with Putin in power
    Jun05

    Stephen Harper says Russia can’t rejoin G-7 with Putin in power

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday that Russia should never be allowed back in the Group of 7 as long as Vladimir Putin is president. Harper said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press that he expects the group won’t ever let Putin back in. He made the remarks ahead of his trip to Ukraine and the Group of 7 meeting in...

    Ukraine’s President Tells Military To Prepare For ‘Full-Scale’ Russian Invasion
    Jun05

    Ukraine’s President Tells Military To Prepare For ‘Full-Scale’ Russian Invasion

    By Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk KIEV, June 4 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s president told his military on Thursday to prepare for a possible “full-scale invasion” by Russia all along their joint border, a day after the worst fighting with Russian-backed separatists in months. His address in parliament was one of the first...

    G-7 leaders seek answers from Obama on Russia, Islamic State issues
    Jun05

    G-7 leaders seek answers from Obama on Russia, Islamic State issues

    With European euphoria for President Obama now just a memory, leaders of the G-7 summit that begins Sunday in Germany are hoping simply for the president to lead on emergencies ranging from Russia’s aggression in Ukraine to the Islamic State terrorist group. Mr. Obama, who was greeted by hundreds of … …read more Source: The...

    Obama to urge Europe not to waver from Russia sanctions
    Jun05

    Obama to urge Europe not to waver from Russia sanctions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to urge European leaders this weekend not to waver from sanctions against Russia, pursuing what the White House is calling a “steady as she goes” policy while accusing Moscow of flagrantly violating a ceasefire agreement in Ukraine. …read more Source: CNS...

    Eastern Ukraine Tense After Outbreak of Fighting
    Jun05

    Eastern Ukraine Tense After Outbreak of Fighting

    DONETSK, Ukraine — Separatist and government troops in east Ukraine stood nervously poised hundreds of meters apart Thursday in the wake of bloody battle that has threatened to demolish what remains of the brittle cease-fire there. Underscoring anxieties in the Ukrainian capital, President Petro Poroshenko warned of a possible large-scale...

    AP Interview: Canada’s Harper says Russia can’t rejoin G-7
    Jun04

    AP Interview: Canada’s Harper says Russia can’t rejoin G-7

    TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday that Russia should never be allowed back in the Group of 7 as long as Vladimir Putin is president. Harper said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press that he expects the group won’t ever let Putin back in. Harper noted Russia has ramped up its long-range bomber...

    A Short History of Russian Poisoning
    Jun04

    A Short History of Russian Poisoning

    On May 23, 1938, a Soviet intelligence agent named Pavel Sudoplatov assassinated the Ukrainian nationalist leader Yevhen Konovalets in Rotterdam. The order for the murder had come personally from Josef Stalin. The method was none too subtle: Sudoplatov had given his victim a box of chocolates, containing a bomb.Subtler forms of liquidation had...

    Roger Cohen: How Putin bested America
    Jun04

    Roger Cohen: How Putin bested America

    It was not a surprise that President Vladimir Putin of Russia came out in strong support of FIFA against the “blatant attempt” of the United States “to extend its jurisdiction to other states.” Institutionalized corruption is Putin’s thing. The governing body of world soccer has become a near-perfect illustration of how such a system works,...

    Ukraine’s President Warns Of Russian Invasion
    Jun04

    Ukraine’s President Warns Of Russian Invasion

    Petro Poroshenko, addressing parliament, said there is a “colossal threat” of an upsurge in attacks by pro-Russia separatists and a “full-scale invasion” by Moscow’s forces.» E-Mail This …read more Source:...

    Obama To Press EU On Russia Sanctions, Meet Abadi At G7
    Jun04

    Obama To Press EU On Russia Sanctions, Meet Abadi At G7

    U.S. President Barack Obama will urge EU leaders at the upcoming Group of Seven (G7) summit to maintain economic sanctions against Russia over its involvement in eastern Ukraine. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...