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    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...

    Countries, Human Rights Abuses in US Report
    Jun25

    Countries, Human Rights Abuses in US Report

    In addition to serial abusers Iran and Cuba, the State Department Human Rights report listed numerous other countries where similar behavior occurs. Here’s a look at those countries and what the State Department says they did: Middle East Syria: Massacres by government and allied militias, civilian neighborhoods bombarded, prisoner abuse,...

    NATO Warns Heavy Fighting Could Resume in Ukraine
    Jun25

    NATO Warns Heavy Fighting Could Resume in Ukraine

    NATO’s head warned on Thursday of a risk of a return to heavy fighting in Ukraine but said it would be unwise to declare a cease-fire agreement dead, despite repeated violations, because it remained the best hope for peace. The Ukrainian military on Tuesday accused pro-Russian rebels of conducting long-range artillery attacks on villages in...

    Ukraine Talks Show Little Progress on Cease-fire, Political Deal
    Jun24

    Ukraine Talks Show Little Progress on Cease-fire, Political Deal

    Overnight talks on the Ukraine conflict ended late in Paris and with little sign of progress on a February peace deal agreed on in Minsk. Though foreign ministers of France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine underscored their support for the cease-fire plan, fighting between Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces threatens to derail it. German...

    Military Experts Question New Russian Tank Capabilities
    Jun24

    Military Experts Question New Russian Tank Capabilities

    Russia has been showing off its new combat tank design, which officials claim is 20 years ahead of current Western designs. But military analysts question those assertions, and warn the cost could be too heavy a burden for Russia’s struggling economy. During Russia’s Victory Day military parade on May 9, as fighter jets roared...

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