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    Britain: New Russian Travel Ban Shows Western Sanctions Working
    Jun01

    Britain: New Russian Travel Ban Shows Western Sanctions Working

    Former British Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind says Russia’s entry ban on 89 European politicians and military leaders shows Western sanctions imposed on Moscow for its March 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula are working. Rifkind told British radio Sunday that Russian officials “would not have reacted unless they felt very...

    IMF Lowers Ukraine Growth Forecast, Cites Progress on Kyiv Reforms
    Jun01

    IMF Lowers Ukraine Growth Forecast, Cites Progress on Kyiv Reforms

    The International Monetary Fund has lowered its growth forecast for Ukraine’s moribund economy to minus 9 percent, while citing progress toward a deal with Kyiv on reforms that could clear the way for further IMF help. The negative growth projection – down from a 5 percent estimate in April – was announced Sunday in Kyiv, along...

    Russian Lawmaker Asks for EU Blacklist to Be Made Public
    May31

    Russian Lawmaker Asks for EU Blacklist to Be Made Public

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov needs to explain why 89 European politicians have been banned from entering Russia and confirm their names, an opposition lawmaker said Sunday in a formal inquiry. Dmitry Gudkov, the sole member of Russia’s parliament who opposes the Kremlin, also told Lavrov that while he understood such a step might...

    Ukraine Names Georgia’s Saakashvili as Governor of Black Sea Hotspot
    May31

    Ukraine Names Georgia’s Saakashvili as Governor of Black Sea Hotspot

    Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko has appointed former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili to be governor of Ukraine’s southern Odessa region, in a surprise move that is certain to raise hackles in Moscow. President Poroshenko made the announcement on Saturday, standing alongside Saakashvili at a ceremony in Odessa, where he described him...

    Steinmeier: Russian Travel Ban Damaging to Ukraine Peace Efforts
    May30

    Steinmeier: Russian Travel Ban Damaging to Ukraine Peace Efforts

    Germany’s foreign minister said Saturday that a Russian travel ban on 89 top European Union officials could damage peace efforts in Ukraine. Speaking to reporters during a visit to Dnipropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine, Frank-Walter Steinmeier criticized the ban and called on Russia to be more transparent. “I can only say that, apart from...

    Russian Anti-Corruption Campaigner Slams Putin’s Crackdown on Dissent
    May29

    Russian Anti-Corruption Campaigner Slams Putin’s Crackdown on Dissent

    Russian anti-corruption campaigner and opposition blogger Alexei Navalny on Thursday slammed President Vladimir Putin’s move to intensify a crackdown on dissenting voices with a law against “undesirable NGOs.” The measure allows Russia’s prosecutor general to ban any foreign or international organizations that are deemed a threat to...

    Russia’s Military Preparations Raise Concerns in Europe, Ukraine
    May29

    Russia’s Military Preparations Raise Concerns in Europe, Ukraine

    Russia this week held surprise, massive military exercises as members of NATO, the western military alliance, took part in its own drills. Military analysts say the military muscle-flexing increases the chances for incidents that could spark a wider conflict. The drills come as the Reuters news agency reports a Russian military build-up on the...

    Putin Classifies Information on Deaths of Russian Troops on ‘Special Missions’
    May28

    Putin Classifies Information on Deaths of Russian Troops on ‘Special Missions’

    President Vladimir Putin on Thursday declared all deaths of Russian soldiers during special operations to be classified as a state secret, a move that comes as Moscow stands accused of sending soldiers to fight in eastern Ukraine. Putin, who has repeatedly denied any involvement of Russian troops in a pro-Russian rebellion there, amended a decree...

    Biden: US Stands With Ukraine to Fight Russian Aggression
    May27

    Biden: US Stands With Ukraine to Fight Russian Aggression

    The United States will stand by Ukraine to fight Russian aggression, which has become a prominent consideration for European security, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday. Speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, Biden said that supporting Ukraine is important for the future of the country, for the future of European security...

    US Lawmakers: Russia Incinerating Dead Troops in Ukraine
    May27

    US Lawmakers: Russia Incinerating Dead Troops in Ukraine

    Two U.S. lawmakers say Russia is using mobile crematoriums to hide its military involvement in eastern Ukraine. The charge came in an interview of House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA) with Bloomberg News, excerpts of which were published Tuesday. The congressmen were part of a fact...

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