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    EU Extends Russia Sanctions for 6 Months
    Dec21

    EU Extends Russia Sanctions for 6 Months

    The European Union has renewed its economic sanctions against Russia for six months, after concluding that Moscow has failed to fully respect a peace agreement in eastern Ukraine. The sanctions target Russia’s financial, energy and defense sectors as well as some dual-use goods. The EU Council said in a statement Monday that the measures...

    Ukraine Imposes Moratorium on Repaying $3 bln Russian Bond
    Dec18

    Ukraine Imposes Moratorium on Repaying $3 bln Russian Bond

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Friday Ukraine had imposed a moratorium on the payment of a $3 billion Eurobond held entirely by Russia that matures on Dec. 20 and on $507 million of Ukrainian commercial debt held by Russian banks. The moratorium would be in place “until the acceptance of our restructuring proposals or the...

    IMF Says Ukraine Loan Program Under Threat
    Dec18

    IMF Says Ukraine Loan Program Under Threat

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Friday it was concerned by signs Ukraine’s parliament might reject a proposed tax code and budget for 2016, warning that this could further disrupt its $17.5 billion bailout program. Disagreement in parliament over critical tax reforms and the draft budget has held up the disbursement of a third...

    Putin Slams Turkey, Voices Support for US Syria Plan
    Dec17

    Putin Slams Turkey, Voices Support for US Syria Plan

    President Vladimir Putin said there was little hope for improving relations with Turkey after it shot down a Russian bomber jet in November along its border with Syria. “On the level of bilateral state relations I don’t see prospects to improve ties with the current Turkish leadership,” said Putin at his annual press briefing...

    Ukraine Says it Can’t Pay Off Debt to Russia
    Dec17

    Ukraine Says it Can’t Pay Off Debt to Russia

    Ukraine faces a looming debt default after the country’s finance ministry said Thursday that the country cannot make a $3 billion debt due to Russia this weekend without violating a debt-restructuring deal with other international creditors. Ukraine, which is supposed to pay down the debt by Sunday, said it is ready to keep negotiating with...

    Putin Wants Better Relations With Next US President
    Dec17

    Putin Wants Better Relations With Next US President

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said he wants to develop better ties with the United States no matter who wins next year’s U.S. presidential election. In his annual news conference with international reporters, Putin said he is ready to work with any president the American people elect. He said his talks with U.S. Secretary of State John...

    Putin’s Policy Expanding Russia’s Influence But at a Cost
    Dec17

    Putin’s Policy Expanding Russia’s Influence But at a Cost

    Attempts to isolate Russia over its actions in Ukraine appear to have failed as President Vladimir Putin expanded the need to negotiate with Moscow after it began airstrikes in Syria. While Putin has forced Western attention, political analysts say the cost to Russia’s security, relations and economy is significant and means tougher times...

    Ukraine to Suspend Trade with Crimea
    Dec16

    Ukraine to Suspend Trade with Crimea

    Ukraine says it will suspend trade with Russian-occupied Crimea by mid-January. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said in televised comments Wednesday the ban will begin in 30 days and will affect everything but humanitarian aid. The prime minister added there was no decision as to whether Ukraine would supply electricity to Ukraine. “As far...

    US, Russia Pledge to Cooperate on Syria
    Dec16

    US, Russia Pledge to Cooperate on Syria

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States and Russia can make a significant difference in Syria if they work together. He spoke Tuesday in Moscow, where he met with top Russian officials to discuss Russia’s role in Syria and Ukraine. Zlatica Hoke reports the two sides are trying to iron out their disagreements on Syria...

    Kerry in Moscow to Discuss Syria, Ukraine
    Dec15

    Kerry in Moscow to Discuss Syria, Ukraine

    Secretary of State Kerry has arrived in Moscow, where he is soon to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Kerry headed to Russia after talks in Paris with his European counterparts, where they discussed the latest efforts to counter Islamic State in Syria. He is expected to use the visit to frame the next meeting of the International...

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