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    US Adds to Russian, Ukrainian Sanctions
    Jul31

    US Adds to Russian, Ukrainian Sanctions

    The United States imposed further Russia- and Ukraine-related sanctions on Thursday, adding associates of a billionaire Russian gas trader, Crimean port operators and former Ukrainian officials to its list of those it is penalizing in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine. The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets...

    Poland’s Future President Wants More NATO Presence
    Jul31

    Poland’s Future President Wants More NATO Presence

    Polish President-elect Andrzej Duda, who takes office next week, says his priority is to have NATO troops and armaments permanently placed in Poland as a safety guarantee. The comments made Wednesday night to state TVP television suggest he will continue Poland’s current pro-Western policy and ties within NATO, especially in the face of the...

    Ukraine: Mysterious ‘Roaming Tank’ Reportedly Takes Aim at Smugglers
    Jul30

    Ukraine: Mysterious ‘Roaming Tank’ Reportedly Takes Aim at Smugglers

    Ukraine’s TV, print media and vibrant Facebook community are abuzz with reports a “roaming tank” is on the loose, destroying the vehicles of those involved in smuggling goods from the country’s mainland into the eastern regions controlled by pro-Russian separatists. There is even a hashtag devoted to the mystery tank –#блуждающийтанк;...

    Moldova Narrowly Approves New Prime Minister
    Jul30

    Moldova Narrowly Approves New Prime Minister

    Moldova’s parliament voted in legislator and businessman Valeriu Strelet as prime minister by the slimmest of margins on Thursday and approved his pro-Europe government after he pledged to try to extricate the country from financial crisis. A three-party, pro-European Union alliance, which holds a slender majority in the 101-seat assembly,...

    Ruble Extends Slide, Reviving Economic Concerns
    Jul30

    Ruble Extends Slide, Reviving Economic Concerns

    The Russian ruble is falling under the pressure of cheaper oil, reviving concerns over the country’s economic outlook, particularly the perniciously high inflation rate. The ruble was down 0.9 percent in Moscow trading on Thursday, at 59.2 rubles against the dollar. The decline comes a day after the Russian central bank halted daily...

    Russia Vetoes UN Resolution on Malaysian Plane Crash
    Jul30

    Russia Vetoes UN Resolution on Malaysian Plane Crash

    Russia has vetoed a United Nations resolution seeking creation of an international criminal court to prosecute those responsible for shooting down the Malaysia Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine. The incident took place July 17 last year in the territory controlled by pro-Russian insurgents. All 298 people on board were killed. Zlatica Hoke...

    Ukraine Wants to Use US Guarantees to Borrow $1B in November
    Jul30

    Ukraine Wants to Use US Guarantees to Borrow $1B in November

    Heavily indebted Ukraine may borrow $1 billion in November via a new sale of U.S.-backed bonds, part of a broader international support package Kyiv expects to receive by the end of the year. The finance ministry said on Wednesday it anticipated international assistance worth more than $3.2 billion up to the end of 2015, including $1 billion of...

    UN Security Council to Vote on MH17 Draft Resolution
    Jul29

    UN Security Council to Vote on MH17 Draft Resolution

    The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a draft resolution establishing an international tribunal to try those suspected of shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine a year ago. Malaysia, the Netherlands, Australia, Ukraine and Belgium have expressed their support for such a tribunal, and Malaysia...

    Russia Names US NGO ‘Undesirable’
    Jul28

    Russia Names US NGO ‘Undesirable’

    Russian prosecutors Tuesday designated the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a Washington-based non-profit group funded by the U.S. Congress, as “undesirable” — making it the first foreign NGO to be banned in Russia under a controversial new law. In a statement posted on its website, the Prosecutor General’s office said an...

    Russian Help on Iran Less Promising on Syria, Ukraine
    Jul27

    Russian Help on Iran Less Promising on Syria, Ukraine

    U.S.-Russian collaboration to secure a deal on Iran’s nuclear program has raised hopes of closer cooperation on other world issues, but analysts say any progress is likely to be slow in coming. A Kremlin statement issued shortly after the July 14 nuclear deal said Presidents Obama and Vladimir Putin had agreed in a telephone conversation to...

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