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    Putin Says he Approved Plan to Shoot Down Hijacked Passenger Plane in 2014

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in a new documentary that he approved of a plan to shoot down a hijacked passenger jet four years ago. A Ukrainian man tried to hijack a Turkey-bound flight and demanded that it go to Sochi as the Winter Olympics were about to start there in February 2014. The Sochi Games were Putin’s pet project...

    EU Extends $1.2 Billion Loan to Ukraine
    Mar12

    EU Extends $1.2 Billion Loan to Ukraine

    The European Union’s foreign policy chief says the EU will extend a 1 billion-euro ($1.2 billion) loan to struggling Ukraine. Federica Mogherini, who was visiting the capital Kyiv on Monday, told reporters the loan should “support Ukraine’s economic stability and structural reforms.” Ukraine is trying to improve its...

    Poroshenko: Ukraine Seeking NATO Membership Action Plan
    Mar11

    Poroshenko: Ukraine Seeking NATO Membership Action Plan

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has reiterated that Kyiv is seeking a Membership Action Plan (MAP), a formal step toward joining NATO. Poroshenko, in a post on Facebook Saturday, said a MAP was Ukraine’s “next ambition” on the path toward eventual membership in the 29-country Western alliance. “This is what my letter...

    Georgian President Touts Tbilisi’s Contributions to NATO: ‘We Deserve It’
    Mar10

    Georgian President Touts Tbilisi’s Contributions to NATO: ‘We Deserve It’

    Georgia’s membership in NATO could contribute to the stability of the alliance and Europe as a whole, President Giorgi Margvelashvili has said. In an interview with RFE/RL Saturday in Brussels, Margvelashvili outlined Georgia’s main objectives for an upcoming NATO summit in Brussels in July. “We want [NATO] membership. We say we want...

    Putin ‘Couldn’t Care Less’ if Russians Meddled in US Election
    Mar10

    Putin ‘Couldn’t Care Less’ if Russians Meddled in US Election

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said he “couldn’t care less” if Russian citizens sought to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, insisting that the Kremlin had nothing to do with the efforts. “Why have you decided the Russian authorities, myself included, gave anybody permission to do this?” Putin asked in...

    Latvian FM: Putin’s ‘Global Catastrophe’ Remarks ‘Irresponsible’
    Mar10

    Latvian FM: Putin’s ‘Global Catastrophe’ Remarks ‘Irresponsible’

    Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics says Vladimir Putin’s recent comments on retaliating against nuclear-armed adversaries, which the Russian president acknowledged would lead to a “global catastrophe,” represent a level of animosity not seen since the early Cold War. Speaking to a staunch pro-Kremlin TV host in a...

    Britain Urged to Target Russian Money, Assets in London
    Mar09

    Britain Urged to Target Russian Money, Assets in London

    Saying Britain is being “pushed around” by the Kremlin, Britain’s defense secretary has joined a chorus in London calling for retaliation against Russia, as a former Russian double agent and his daughter fight for their lives after being struck down by a toxic substance. Gavin Williamson’s remarks came as British police...

    Defense Officials: Russia Poised to Challenge US for Military Dominance
    Mar09

    Defense Officials: Russia Poised to Challenge US for Military Dominance

    Russia’s campaign to modernize and strengthen its armed forces is increasingly putting U.S. and European forces at risk, with some defense officials raising concerns Moscow’s military soon could challenge the U.S. and its allies for dominance across the continent. Most of the focus in recent weeks has been on Russia’s newfound...

    Georgia Mulls Expedited NATO Membership Strategy
    Mar09

    Georgia Mulls Expedited NATO Membership Strategy

    Georgian legislators in Tbilisi are mulling an expedited North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) membership strategy following nearly a decade of frustrated efforts to join the military alliance. NATO leaders pledged in 2008 to secure membership for Georgia and Ukraine but stopped short of granting the former Soviet republics Membership Action...

    Europe Split on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline as US Warns Against Dependence on Russian Gas
    Mar08

    Europe Split on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline as US Warns Against Dependence on Russian Gas

    A number of eastern European states have ramped up their opposition to a new gas pipeline linking Russia with Germany. The Nord Stream 2 project will bring Russian gas directly to Western Europe, but critics say it will increase dependence on Russia and enrich its state-owned energy firms, at a time when Moscow stands accused of undermining...

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