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    FP’s Situation Report: The Kurds set sight on Mosul; Former DoD brass take aim at Obama on Capitol Hill; Russia has a friend in Greece; and much more from around the world.
    Jan28

    FP’s Situation Report: The Kurds set sight on Mosul; Former DoD brass take aim at Obama on Capitol Hill; Russia has a friend in Greece; and much more from around the world.

    By David Francis with Sabine Muscat The Kurds set their sights on Mosul after taking back Kobani. The Islamic State appeared unstoppable when it swept Mosul with ease last June. Now, a senior Iraqi Kurdish official says government forces are readying to oust the extremists. But the Kurds are going to need help. FP’s Elias Groll: “Mosul is...

    EU to Extend Russia Sanctions
    Jan28

    EU to Extend Russia Sanctions

    The European Union will extend by six months sanctions imposed on Russia last March over its annexation of Crimea, add new people to those under sanctions and prepare new measures, draft conclusions for an EU foreign ministers meeting showed. EU foreign ministers will meet on Thursday in Brussels for emergency talks to address renewed fighting in...

    Russia considers condemning “annexation” of East Germany
    Jan28

    Russia considers condemning “annexation” of East Germany

    MOSCOW (AP) — The speaker of the Russian Duma has asked a parliamentary committee to study a proposal to condemn the reunification of Germany in 1990. Sergei Naryshkin earlier this week faced scathing criticism of Russia’s annexation of Crimean peninsula when he spoke at the Parliament Assembly of Europe. Russian news agencies say Communist...

    Russia considers condemning “annexation” of East Germany
    Jan28

    Russia considers condemning “annexation” of East Germany

    Sergei Naryshkin earlier this week faced scathing criticism of Russia’s annexation of Crimean peninsula when he spoke at the Parliament Assembly of Europe. Russian news agencies say Communist deputy Nikolai Ivanov on Wednesday proposed a resolution to condemn what he called the “annexation” of East Germany in 1990. …read...

    UN agency signs pact with Russia as West deplores new Ukraine aggression
    Jan28

    UN agency signs pact with Russia as West deplores new Ukraine aggression

    Even as the West is considering tighter economic sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s Russian Federation for its sharply increased military aggression in Ukraine, the United Nations’ flagship anti-poverty agency has signed a new development partnership with Moscow “focused on cooperation at the regional and global level,” according to the...

    EU Mulling ‘Terrorist’ Designation For Pro-Russian Rebels In Ukraine
    Jan28

    EU Mulling ‘Terrorist’ Designation For Pro-Russian Rebels In Ukraine

    With European leaders calling for potential new sanctions against Russia, officials in Brussels are considering adding pro-Moscow rebel groups in Ukraine to an EU terrorist list. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Russian govt details spending cuts in view of crisis
    Jan28

    Russian govt details spending cuts in view of crisis

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government, facing its worst economic crisis in a decade, on Wednesday detailed how it intends to cut spending over the next three years in all parts of the economy except military and social programs. Russia’s economy has been battered by lower energy prices, a collapse in the value of the ruble and Western...

    Kremlin: Ukraine gas networks idled by 2019
    Jan28

    Kremlin: Ukraine gas networks idled by 2019

    Daniel J. GraeberVIENNA, Jan. 28 (UPI) — European natural gas consumers need to prepare the infrastructure needed to avoid Ukrainian territory by 2019, an official from Russia’s Gazprom said Wednesday. …read more Source: United Press...

    How Ukraine’s outgunned ‘cyborgs’ lost Donetsk airport
    Jan28

    How Ukraine’s outgunned ‘cyborgs’ lost Donetsk airport

    The Ukrainian platoon commander sat in a burned-out armored vehicle on the edge of the Donetsk airport runway with the body of his comrade in the driver’s seat next to him. He could hear the separatist fighters who had killed the man just yards away in the thick fog. …read more Source: Los Angeles...

    Here’s What’s Really Behind Greece’s Complicated Relationship With Russia
    Jan28

    Here’s What’s Really Behind Greece’s Complicated Relationship With Russia

    Back in 2013 the Greek government under then prime minister Antonis Samaras was attempting to implement a package of reforms that included the sale of state-owned assets to the private sector. Among these one of the perceived “jewels in the crown” was Greek gas firm Depa, which was purportedly being targeted by Russian gas giant...