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    Putin’s Eurasian Economic Union starts in 2015 with curtailed ambitions
    Dec23

    Putin’s Eurasian Economic Union starts in 2015 with curtailed ambitions

    MOSCOW — It was to have been Russian President Vladimir Putin’s top foreign policy triumph: a grand alliance to rival to the European Union, stretching from Ukraine to the Pacific.But with conflict engulfing Ukraine, the pact that will go into effect on Jan. 1 is a more modest version of Putin’s lofty vision. On Tuesday, the leaders...

    Ukraine takes step toward NATO membership
    Dec23

    Ukraine takes step toward NATO membership

    Ukraine’s parliament voted 303-9 on Tuesday to abandon its nonaligned status. …read more Source: USA...

    Russia, 4-ex-Soviet nations finalize new alliance
    Dec23

    Russia, 4-ex-Soviet nations finalize new alliance

    MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and four other ex-Soviet nations have completed the creation of a new ambitious alliance intended to bolster their economic integration. The Eurasian Economic Union, which includes Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, comes to existence on Jan. 1. In addition to free trade, it’s to...

    Ukraine Inches Closer to NATO in Important Vote
    Dec23

    Ukraine Inches Closer to NATO in Important Vote

    Ukraine took a major step on Tuesday in a parliamentary vote to drop its “non-aligned” status, which made the country ineligible to participate in military alliances and war—a status more famously upheld by Switzerland. As a result, Ukraine’s government could now apply to join NATO. The move has angered the Russian government, which...

    Ukraine votes to ax nonaligned status, eyes NATO
    Dec23

    Ukraine votes to ax nonaligned status, eyes NATO

    Ukraine’s parliament votes for the country to renounce its “nonaligned” status and work towards membership of the NATO alliance. …read more Source:...

    PRESENTING: Art Cashin’s Annual Christmas Poem Featuring The Fed, Putin, Oil, And Kim Kardashian
    Dec23

    PRESENTING: Art Cashin’s Annual Christmas Poem Featuring The Fed, Putin, Oil, And Kim Kardashian

    Legendary New York Stock Exchange floor trader and director of floor operations for UBS Art Cashin has sent out his annual Wall Street Christmas poem. This year he wove in some of the financial and political highlight of 2014: Wall Street waiting for the Fed rate hikes, Putin’s annexation of Crimea, and the oil plunge… But he also...

    Ukraine’s rebel university goes Russian
    Dec23

    Ukraine’s rebel university goes Russian

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — In eastern Ukraine, where the country’s pro-Russian insurgency has claimed thousands of lives, the region’s top university is a major victim of the bitterness and rifts the fighting has caused. The conflict has not only split the university in half and forced many students and professors … …read...

    Ukrainian Parliament Angers Russia By Scrapping ‘Non-Aligned’ Status
    Dec23

    Ukrainian Parliament Angers Russia By Scrapping ‘Non-Aligned’ Status

    KIEV, Dec 23 (Reuters) – The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday renounced Ukraine’s “non-aligned” status with the aim of eventually joining NATO, angering Moscow which views the Western alliance’s eastward expansion as a threat to its own security Kiev first announced its intention of seeking the protection of NATO...

    Is Ukraine Joining NATO? Kiev Closer To Military Alliance After Abandoning ‘Non-Aligned’ Status
    Dec23

    Is Ukraine Joining NATO? Kiev Closer To Military Alliance After Abandoning ‘Non-Aligned’ Status

    Ukraine is closer to joining NATO after the Eastern European nation’s parliament voted Tuesday to end the country’s neutral status toward military alliances. Russia called the move “an unfriendly step toward us.” …read more Source: International Business...

    Ukraine votes to take step toward NATO, immediately angering Russia
    Dec23

    Ukraine votes to take step toward NATO, immediately angering Russia

    MOSCOW –In a sign of Ukraine’s hardening attitude toward Russia, Ukrainian lawmakers on Tuesday voted to remove a legal barrier to joining the NATO defense alliance. The move swiftly provoked an angry response from Russia, even though NATO itself shows few signs of accepting Ukraine as a member any time soon. But this year’s bloody...