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    Russia’s ‘V-Day’ Glory Over Nazis Overshadowed by Ukraine
    May05

    Russia’s ‘V-Day’ Glory Over Nazis Overshadowed by Ukraine

    Russia is preparing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, known since the Soviet era as “The Great Patriotic War,” with a series of events, including a massive parade of military hardware and millions of medals handed out to veterans or their relatives. But critics say the Soviet-style display of power and nationalism...

    EU: Turkmenistan Could Supply Europe with Natural Gas by 2019
    May04

    EU: Turkmenistan Could Supply Europe with Natural Gas by 2019

    A top European official says the 28-nation European Union could begin receiving natural gas supplies from Turkmenistan by 2019, as part of a push to lessen dependence on Russia for Europe’s energy needs. European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, speaking last week, stressed the importance of Turkmenistan diversifying its export...

    US, Ukraine Urge Russia to Pursue Political Solution to Ukraine Conflict
    May02

    US, Ukraine Urge Russia to Pursue Political Solution to Ukraine Conflict

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk have urged Russia to fulfill its commitments under the Minsk agreement, which calls for a political solution to the conflict in Ukraine and a de-escalation of military involvement. The White House said the two men issued the appeal Friday in a phone conversation that...

    Experts: Trip Cancellation Unlikely To Affect Moscow-Pyongyang Ties
    May01

    Experts: Trip Cancellation Unlikely To Affect Moscow-Pyongyang Ties

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sudden cancellation of a tentative trip to Moscow is not likely to affect overall relations between Moscow and Pyongyang, experts say. On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, told reporters that Kim would not be attending Russia’s Victory Day ceremony next...

    NATO Commander: Russia May Be Preparing New Ukraine Offensive
    May01

    NATO Commander: Russia May Be Preparing New Ukraine Offensive

    The NATO supreme allied commander said Thursday that the alliance needs better military intelligence on the ground in eastern Ukraine, where he said Russian forces appeared to be fortifying military gains despite a two-month cease-fire. U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington,...

    Four Leaders Discuss ‘Fragile’ Ukraine Cease-fire
    May01

    Four Leaders Discuss ‘Fragile’ Ukraine Cease-fire

    The leaders of Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia discussed the shaky cease-fire in eastern Ukraine in a four-way telephone conversation Thursday. The office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the four leaders agreed that the “fragile” cease-fire needs to be “stabilized,” and that the political process that started...

    Carter Pleased with Russia’s Embrace of Minsk Agreement
    Apr30

    Carter Pleased with Russia’s Embrace of Minsk Agreement

    Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter says he is pleased with Russia’s commitment to implement the Minsk agreement. Carter and other former global leaders met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for 2.5 hours Wednesday in Moscow. The group, called the Elders, visited at a time when Russia’s relations with the West are severely strained...

    Russian Media Play Up WWII Victory, Lash Out at ‘V-Day Snubs’
    Apr30

    Russian Media Play Up WWII Victory, Lash Out at ‘V-Day Snubs’

    Russian state media are ramping up nationalism ahead of the 70th anniversary of “Victory Day” on May 9, preparing to air films and TV programs dedicated to the glory of Soviet heroes who fought and sacrificed for the defeat of Nazi Germany during World War II. Bulletin boards with patriotic slogans and announcements of the anniversary have...

    China, Russia to Hold First Joint Mediterranean Naval Drills
    Apr30

    China, Russia to Hold First Joint Mediterranean Naval Drills

    China will hold joint naval drills with Russia in mid-May in the Mediterranean Sea, the first time the two countries will hold military exercises together in that part of the world, the Chinese Defense Ministry said on Thursday. China and Russia have held naval drills in Pacific waters since 2012. The May maneuvers come as the United States ramps...

    Report: Worldwide Conditions for Media Fall Sharply
    Apr29

    Report: Worldwide Conditions for Media Fall Sharply

    A new report says worldwide working conditions for the news media have fallen sharply to their lowest point in more than 10 years. The study says journalists are facing more restrictions from governments, militants, criminals and owners of the media. While the spread of smartphones and the internet means news is easier than ever to access,...

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