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Section: Voice of America (USA)

    Russia, Ukraine Trade Barbs Over Politics, Gas
    Jul02

    Russia, Ukraine Trade Barbs Over Politics, Gas

    Russia expressed “deep concern” on Thursday over Ukraine’s plans to decentralize power as part of a peace deal with separatist rebels, underlining the gulf between Moscow and Kyiv as the conflict rumbles on despite a cease-fire. Differing interpretations of a February peace agreement signed in Minsk, Belarus, to end the fighting...

    Russia: New US Military Strategy Is Confrontational
    Jul02

    Russia: New US Military Strategy Is Confrontational

    Russia said Thursday a new U.S. military strategy was confrontational and would not help improve relations with Moscow, strained by the crisis in Ukraine. The strategy, released by the Pentagon on Wednesday, said Russia had repeatedly demonstrated it does not respect the sovereignty of its neighbors and that it was willing to use force to achieve...

    Russia’s Prosecutor General to Review Legality of Baltics Independence
    Jul01

    Russia’s Prosecutor General to Review Legality of Baltics Independence

    The office of Russia’s Prosecutor General is reviewing the legality of independence granted to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in 1991 by the State Council of the former Soviet Union. The move, announced by the office Tuesday, has alarmed the Baltic States and strained even further their increasingly tense ties with Moscow, since Russia...

    Russian Opposition Leader Campaigns Against Voter Apathy
    Jul01

    Russian Opposition Leader Campaigns Against Voter Apathy

    Alexei Navalny, the opposition leader who organized massive street protests in Moscow against Vladimir Putin four years ago, had a much harder time drawing a big crowd in Siberia’s largest city last month. Maybe it was the scorching heat of the short Siberian summer that kept the size of the weekend rally to about 1,000 people. Maybe it was...

    Talks Collapse; Ukraine Halts Purchases of Russian Gas
    Jul01

    Talks Collapse; Ukraine Halts Purchases of Russian Gas

    Ukraine suspended its purchases of Russian natural gas after European Union-mediated price talks collapsed Tuesday. Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak said he was “surprised” that Ukraine was demanding a much deeper discount than what he was offering. He said the price the Ukrainians wanted was out of line with current market...

    US House Speaker Visits Lithuania, Commits to Countering Russia
    Jun29

    US House Speaker Visits Lithuania, Commits to Countering Russia

    House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner has returned from a visit to Lithuania, where he affirmed Congress’ commitment to offering military assistance to the region to counter Russian aggression. The Republican led a bipartisan delegation of House members marking the 25th anniversary of Lithuania’s independence. Their visit came...

    Can Nuclear Power Warm Russian-Saudi Relations?
    Jun29

    Can Nuclear Power Warm Russian-Saudi Relations?

    Just weeks ago, Saudi Arabia and Russia traded diplomatic barbs over the conflicts in Yemen and Syria. Now, the world’s two top oil producers have reached a series of agreements spanning everything from housing to space exploration. One of those deals inked at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum calls for Russia to help Saudi...

    US Urges Greece to Resolve Financial Crisis Within Eurozone
    Jun29

    US Urges Greece to Resolve Financial Crisis Within Eurozone

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew urged Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to find ‘a sustainable’ solution to the Greek financial crisis for the sake of the global economy. Markets are reacting negatively to the closure of Greek banks and the impasse between Athens and the European Union as Tuesday’s deadline for a Greek loan...

    Putin Calls Obama to Discuss Ukraine, Middle East
    Jun26

    Putin Calls Obama to Discuss Ukraine, Middle East

    Russian President Vladimir Putin called U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss continued tensions in eastern Ukraine and various areas of concern in the Middle East. The White House said Obama told his Russian counterpart that he needs to remove all “troops and equipment” from Ukrainian territory. The call came on the same day...

    State Department: Russia Restricted Freedoms, Prosecuted Critics Last Year
    Jun25

    State Department: Russia Restricted Freedoms, Prosecuted Critics Last Year

    Restrictions on freedom of expression, politically-motivated prosecutions, and government discrimination against minorities were among the most significant human rights problems in Russia last year, the U.S. State Department says in its newly-released human rights report for 2014. The report, released Thursday, says Russia’s government last...

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