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    NATO-Russia Talks Fail, but Raise Hopes
    Apr22

    NATO-Russia Talks Fail, but Raise Hopes

    NATO and Russia held their first dialogue in two years this week. The meeting among ambassadors of the alliance and Russia in Brussels Wednesday failed to produce agreements, but analysts say it has raised hope that Russia may be making a new effort to emerge from isolation following its annexation of Crimea and support for separatist rebels in...

    OSCE Urges Ukraine to Refrain From ‘Laws Limiting Free Media’
    Apr22

    OSCE Urges Ukraine to Refrain From ‘Laws Limiting Free Media’

    The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has called on Ukraine’s government to refrain from laws limiting free media and free flow of information. The OSCE issued a statement Friday in response to amendments that Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko signed earlier this week to the country’s law on cinema....

    Why Russia Is Rocking the European Boat
    Apr22

    Why Russia Is Rocking the European Boat

    In an April 6 referendum in the Netherlands, a majority of participants voted against approving an association agreement between the European Union and Ukraine. The results were greeted with concern in the West, but with delight in Moscow. Russia’s government saw the vote as evidence that it was “on the same page” with Europe’s far...

    Thirty Years On, Chernobyl Evacuees Yearn to Return to ‘Death Zone’
    Apr22

    Thirty Years On, Chernobyl Evacuees Yearn to Return to ‘Death Zone’

    April 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster – when a reactor at a nuclear power plant in then Soviet-controlled Ukraine exploded, releasing huge amounts of radiation. 116,000 people living around the plant were evacuated, and a further 220,000 were forced to leave in subsequent years as the “death zone” of...

    Gorbachev to West: Stop Isolating Russia
    Apr21

    Gorbachev to West: Stop Isolating Russia

    Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev called on Western countries to stop isolating Russia and end the use of individual sanctions all together in an article published in the Rossiyskaya Gazeta government daily on Thursday. The 85-year-old Gorbachev wrote that Russia plays an “important and positive” part in international relations, and said the...

    US, European Leaders to Hold Summit in Germany
    Apr20

    US, European Leaders to Hold Summit in Germany

    U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with leaders from the United States, France, Britain, Germany and Italy next week for an informal meeting expected to cover topics including Syria, Libya and migration. Obama will attend Monday’s talks with French leader Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain’s David Cameron...

    EU Proposes Visa-Free Travel for Ukrainians
    Apr20

    EU Proposes Visa-Free Travel for Ukrainians

    The European Union is considering a proposal to offer visa-free travel up to 90 days in the 28-nation bloc to Ukrainians, rewarding the country for its judicial and security reforms. EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said Wednesday in Brussels, the Ukrainian government has successfully achieved “far-reaching and difficult reforms”...

    Ukraine Central Bank Gets Tough With Owners of Private Banks
    Apr20

    Ukraine Central Bank Gets Tough With Owners of Private Banks

    Ukraine will closely track assets belonging to owners of banks to stop the offering of sweetheart loans to shareholders – a practice that helped bankrupt 40 percent of the banking sector, a deputy governor of the central bank said. So far the regulator has been praised for its clean-up of banks, required under a $17.5 billion IMF-led bailout...

    30 Years After Blast, Desolation and Activity at Chernobyl
    Apr20

    30 Years After Blast, Desolation and Activity at Chernobyl

    Thirty years after the world’s worst nuclear accident, the Chernobyl power plant is surrounded by both desolation and clangorous activity, the sense of a ruined past and a difficult future. The plant is derelict. After the No. 4 reactor exploded in the early morning hours of April 26, 1986, its other reactors were gradually taken out of...

    NATO, Russian Officials Meet For First Time in Two Years
    Apr20

    NATO, Russian Officials Meet For First Time in Two Years

    The NATO-Russia Council has convened for the first time since 2014, with recent tensions between Russia and the United States high on the agenda. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says Wednesday’s meeting is especially important because of last week’s incidents, when the United States accused Russian warplanes of flying within a...

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