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    Putin’s Aggressive Stance On The West And Ukraine Unlikely To Change Even As Economy Plummets
    Dec16

    Putin’s Aggressive Stance On The West And Ukraine Unlikely To Change Even As Economy Plummets

    The Russian ruble has experienced its biggest single-day collapse since Russia defaulted on its debt in 1998, and the Russian economy, hit by Western sanctions, is shrinking — but that crisis is unlikely to change President Vladimir Putin’s aggressive approach towards the West and Ukraine, analysts said. …read more Source:...

    Putin’s Popularity Is Stronger Than the Ruble
    Dec16

    Putin’s Popularity Is Stronger Than the Ruble

    There’s an old Russian proverb that goes, “The economy is a good servant, but a bad master.” Apparently, the saying doesn’t apply to Vladimir Putin. The Russian ruble is currently in the midst of an historic landslide; Russia’s central bank jacked interest rates up nearly seven points on Tuesday to counter the...

    Dollar Grows Elusive as Russian Ruble Plunges
    Dec16

    Dollar Grows Elusive as Russian Ruble Plunges

    The official exchange rate was still in the 60s, and the sign on the currency exchange kiosk’s door said there were U.S. dollars on sale at 80 rubles. The woman at the window wanted 85. At the exchange points that are a fixture across the Russian capital, those seeking dollars to protect their savings from the ruble’s collapse were...

    With Russia’s Ruble in Free Fall, U.S. Plans New Sanctions
    Dec16

    With Russia’s Ruble in Free Fall, U.S. Plans New Sanctions

    As the Russian ruble continues its tumble against the dollar, President Barack Obama plans to sign a bill imposing new sanctions against Moscow, adding more pressure to a Russian economy already headed toward recession. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Tuesday that although the president has concerns about the Ukraine Freedom...

    Obama To Sign New Russian Sanctions Bill By End Of Week
    Dec16

    Obama To Sign New Russian Sanctions Bill By End Of Week

    The White House says U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to sign legislation implementing new sanctions on Russia over its activities in Ukraine by the end of the week. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Russians react to ruble freefall
    Dec16

    Russians react to ruble freefall

    MOSCOW— Vladimir Putin woke up this morning to a piece of good news and a piece of bad news The good news? Russians had named their president Man of the Year for the fifteenth year in a row. The bad news? The country’s currency, the ruble, had continued its downward spiral, hitting its lowest level since the beginning of the year. At 3:13...

    Kerry Cites ‘Constructive Moves’ by Russia on Ukraine
    Dec16

    Kerry Cites ‘Constructive Moves’ by Russia on Ukraine

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says “Russia has made constructive moves” on the Ukraine crisis that could open the path to resolving the conflict and easing or lifting international economic sanctions. While holding a series of meetings on world issues, Kerry said improvements in the eastern Ukraine cease-fire, progress on negotiating a line...

    13 Deaths Per Day in Ukraine Despite Peace Deal
    Dec16

    13 Deaths Per Day in Ukraine Despite Peace Deal

    An average of 13 people are dying each day in the Ukraine conflict despite the existence of a peace agreement, according to the United Nations. The New York Times reports that fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels in the country’s east has claimed 1,357 lives since the “ceasefire” deal in early September. More than 4,700...

    Obama to approve new sanctions for Russia
    Dec16

    Obama to approve new sanctions for Russia

    The White House says President Barack Obama will sign congressional legislation slapping new sanctions on Russia and providing aid to Ukraine.Click to Continue » …read more Source: The Bellingham...

    Harper says balanced budget still on target
    Dec16

    Harper says balanced budget still on target

    QUEBEC – Falling oil prices will reduce Ottawa’s fiscal flexibility but will not prevent the government from posting a balanced budget next year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday.”You should be under no doubt that the government will balance its budget next year,” he said in Quebec City after a local...