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    Serbia Takes Step Toward EU Membership
    Dec15

    Serbia Takes Step Toward EU Membership

    Serbia has taken an “irreversible” step towards European Union membership, with the first two chapters of accession talks between the bloc and the former Yugoslav nation opening in Brussels. Analysts say the opening of EU talks Tuesday is a reward for Belgrade’s cooperation in normalizing bilateral relations with Kosovo and handing over...

    Kerry to Focus on Syria, Ukraine During Russia Trip
    Dec14

    Kerry to Focus on Syria, Ukraine During Russia Trip

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will use a visit to Russia to frame the next meeting of the International Syria Support Group, which is expected to take place Friday in New York, a senior State Department official said. The official said Kerry also will discuss efforts to get full implementation of the Minsk agreement, which includes a...

    US to Russia: Let Badly Needed Aid Reach Eastern Ukraine
    Dec12

    US to Russia: Let Badly Needed Aid Reach Eastern Ukraine

    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is urging Russia to honor the Minsk peace deal and allow badly needed humanitarian aid into Ukraine. “Few relief organizations are able to work in the separatist-controlled areas because … the separatists suspended and expelled U.N. and international humanitarian organizations in July,”...

    Ukraine Lawmaker Manhandles PM Yatseniuk in Rowdy Parliament Scenes
    Dec11

    Ukraine Lawmaker Manhandles PM Yatseniuk in Rowdy Parliament Scenes

    Fighting broke out among members of Ukraine’s ruling coalition in parliament on Friday after a member of President Petro Poroshenko’s bloc physically picked up Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk and pulled him from the podium. Yatseniuk was defending his embattled government’s record when lawmaker Oleh Barna walked over to him,...

    Unrest in Syria, Ukraine Focal Points of Latest Kerry Trip
    Dec11

    Unrest in Syria, Ukraine Focal Points of Latest Kerry Trip

    In spite of differences with the United States over the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Secretary of State John Kerry says Russia has been “constructive” in the multi-national effort to find a political settlement for Syria. On the sidelines of the climate change summit in Paris, Kerry said he intends to travel to Moscow next week for...

    Unrest in Syria, Ukraine are Focal Points of Latest Kerry Trip
    Dec11

    Unrest in Syria, Ukraine are Focal Points of Latest Kerry Trip

    Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that in spite of differences with the United States over the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia has been “constructive” in the multinational effort to find a political settlement for Syria. Kerry commented on the sidelines of the climate change summit in Paris as he announced plans to...

    Diplomats See EU Extending Russia Sanctions Next Week
    Dec10

    Diplomats See EU Extending Russia Sanctions Next Week

    The European Union is likely to extend economic sanctions against Russia next week before leaders of the bloc meet for a summit, diplomats said, after unexpected opposition by Italy blocked the rollover earlier this week. The EU targeted Russia’s energy, banking and defense sectors in July 2014, blaming Moscow for driving a separatist...

    Economists Slam Russian PM’s Optimistic Growth Forecast
    Dec10

    Economists Slam Russian PM’s Optimistic Growth Forecast

    Russian economists have slammed Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s optimistic outlook on his country’s economy. In a group interview with five Russian television channels Wednesday, Medvedev claimed Russia’s economy was no longer receding and, by his estimation, would begin growing in 2016. “Based on the data that are available to...

    Russian Journalist Suspected of Espionage Forced to Leave Poland
    Dec10

    Russian Journalist Suspected of Espionage Forced to Leave Poland

    A Russian journalist who has come under suspicion of espionage in Poland – but who has never been confronted with specific spying accusations by Polish authorities – is being forced to leave Poland. Leonid Sviridov told The Associated Press on Thursday that he will leave Warsaw on Saturday after running out of legal options for...

    Ukraine Says Breaks Up Armed Insurgent Group in Kyiv, 2 Killed
    Dec10

    Ukraine Says Breaks Up Armed Insurgent Group in Kyiv, 2 Killed

    Ukraine’s security service said on Thursday it had broken up an armed insurgent group that operated out of Kyiv and other major Ukrainian cities and that two people had been killed during the operation. The SBU security service said it had detained three Russian and four Ukrainian citizens after a shootout in which a special forces officer...

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