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    Ukraine’s Poroshenko Offers Ex-British PM Tony Blair a Job
    Jun18

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko Offers Ex-British PM Tony Blair a Job

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has offered former British prime minister Tony Blair a job as an advisor as he continued his overhaul of government staff, seeking to increase his country’s effectiveness in responding to Russian aggression. Since last summer, in a bid to increase Kiev’s political ties with the West and strengthen...

    Senate Passes Defense Bill Over White House Objections
    Jun18

    Senate Passes Defense Bill Over White House Objections

    The U.S. Senate has passed, over White House objections, a $612 billion defense policy bill that calls for arming Ukraine, prevents another round of military base closures, and makes it harder for President Barack Obama to close the prison for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    US, EU ready tough Russia sanctions, in case they’re needed
    Jun18

    US, EU ready tough Russia sanctions, in case they’re needed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and European governments have readied a new round of penalties against Russia targeting its energy and financial sectors as part of a sanctions-in-waiting strategy that officials hope will enable the West to respond immediately if Moscow-backed insurgents seize more territory in Ukraine. …read more...

    The Undiplomatic Diplomat
    Jun18

    The Undiplomatic Diplomat

    Russia hawks on Capitol Hill love Victoria Nuland, the State Department’s point person for Ukraine. Many European diplomats feel the opposite. …read more Source: Foreign...

    Senate passes $612 billion defense policy bill
    Jun18

    Senate passes $612 billion defense policy bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Over White House objections, the Senate on Thursday passed a $612 billion defense policy bill that calls for arming Ukraine forces, prevents another round of base closures and makes it harder for President Barack Obama to close the prison for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. …read more Source: CNS...

    Putin’s Ally Suggests Russian Leader Could Hold Early Vote
    Jun18

    Putin’s Ally Suggests Russian Leader Could Hold Early Vote

    Aleksei Kudrin, a longtime ally of Vladimir Putin, suggested on June 18 that the Russian president could order an early vote to win a mandate for much-needed economic reforms. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Russian And Saudi Arabian Officials Meet In St. Petersburg, Raising Questions About Possible New Alliance
    Jun18

    Russian And Saudi Arabian Officials Meet In St. Petersburg, Raising Questions About Possible New Alliance

    Saudi Arabian and Russian officials took part in a series of high-level talks this month, something which analysts say raises questions about a possible new alliance between Saudi Arabia and Russia — a close American ally and its old, and re-emerging, geopolitical foe. A close relationship between Riyadh and Moscow also could hinder U.S....

    Chinese Banks Closed For Russian Business
    Jun18

    Chinese Banks Closed For Russian Business

    Here’s still more evidence that at least the financial part of the sanctions on Russia is having an effect: Yuri Soloviev, the deputy chairman of VTB, Russia’s second largest lender, wrote an op-ed to complain about how Chinese financial firms are declining to work with their Russian counterparts these days. In his piece in Finance...

    Putin Ally Proposes Early Election to Get Through Russia’s Storm
    Jun18

    Putin Ally Proposes Early Election to Get Through Russia’s Storm

    A former finance minister proposed on Thursday bringing forward the next presidential election to give his ally, Vladimir Putin, a stronger mandate to reform the economy and guide Russia through a financial “storm”. Russia is sliding into recession, with economic sanctions imposed by the West over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine...

    Russia tries to shrug off crisis as West snubs investment forum
    Jun18

    Russia tries to shrug off crisis as West snubs investment forum

    Saint Petersburg (AFP) – Russian officials tried to play down fears about the country’s economic crisis Thursday as tensions with the West over Ukraine cast a pall over its showcase investment forum.Once billed as Russia’s answer to Davos, the three-day Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum has Greek Prime Minister...