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    Are Chinese/Russian Military Exercises an Effort to Offset US Primacy?
    May22

    Are Chinese/Russian Military Exercises an Effort to Offset US Primacy?

    China and Russia conducted joint naval exercises this week in the Mediterranean Sea — a sign, some security experts say, that the two countries are stepping up defense cooperation to offset U.S. military primacy. The Russian Defense Ministry said a total of 10 warships from the Russian Navy and China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy...

    Merkel: Russia at Economic Summit ‘Unimaginable’
    May21

    Merkel: Russia at Economic Summit ‘Unimaginable’

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it is “unimaginable” for Russia to participate in a meeting of the world’s leading industrialized countries as long as it is involved in the conflict in Ukraine. Speaking to the German Parliament in Berlin Thursday, Merkel said next month’s Group of Seven meeting in Bavaria will not...

    EU Careful Not to Tread on Moscow’s Toes at Eastern Summit
    May21

    EU Careful Not to Tread on Moscow’s Toes at Eastern Summit

    European Union leaders will again try to draw Russia’s neighbors closer at their Eastern Partnership summit starting Thursday in what has become a rite of geopolitical gamesmanship on the future of the continent. The last summit with six eastern nations turned into a dramatic standoff over Ukraine, with then-leader Viktor Yanukovych...

    EU Summit Courts Former Soviet States Amidst Simmering Ukraine Conflict
    May20

    EU Summit Courts Former Soviet States Amidst Simmering Ukraine Conflict

    Six former Soviet bloc countries will attend the European Union’s Eastern Partnership Summit that opens Thursday in Latvia’s capital, Riga. The meeting comes amid high tensions between Europe and Russia over the conflict in Ukraine and what that may mean for the future of the region. Henry Ridgwell reports from London. …read...

    Ukraine Conflict Simmers as EU Courts Former Soviet States
    May20

    Ukraine Conflict Simmers as EU Courts Former Soviet States

    Six former Soviet bloc countries will attend Thursday the European Union’s Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, Latvia. The meeting comes amid high tensions between Europe and Russia over the future of the region. Communicating through translators, soldiers from the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade train Ukrainian national guardsmen in...

    Skopje Protests Underscore Balkan Tensions
    May20

    Skopje Protests Underscore Balkan Tensions

    Protest marches on consecutive days in the Macedonian capital, Skopje, brought tens of thousands of people into the streets this week, some to call for the government’s resignation and others to show their support. The flare-up of political strife is in part related to the frustrations of all the Balkan states at the long timeframe for...

    Poroshenko: Ukraine in ‘Real War’ With Russia
    May20

    Poroshenko: Ukraine in ‘Real War’ With Russia

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Ukraine is in a “real war” with Russia, not just pro-Russia separatists. In an interview with the BBC, Poroshenko warned that he believes Russia is preparing a military offensive for which Ukrainians must be ready. He said Ukraine must not give Russia “any tiny chance for...

    To Russia’s Annoyance, US Hones Ukrainians’ Fighting Skills
    May19

    To Russia’s Annoyance, US Hones Ukrainians’ Fighting Skills

    Tense Ukrainian soldiers with assault rifles creep stealthily around mock houses before bursting in to clear out gunmen, while others practice setting ambushes or infantry assaults, all under the watchful eyes of U.S. Army trainers. Dotted around the vast, wooded Yavoriv military training area in western Ukraine, soldiers of the U.S. 173rd...

    NATO Chief Meets Russia’s Lavrov, Urges Ukraine Withdrawal
    May19

    NATO Chief Meets Russia’s Lavrov, Urges Ukraine Withdrawal

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Russia’s foreign minister met Tuesday for the first time in three months, and Stoltenberg said he restated the “very strong NATO position” against Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. Speaking later to journalists, Stoltenberg said he called on the...

    US Official: Ukraine Cease-fire Being Violated ‘Daily’
    May18

    US Official: Ukraine Cease-fire Being Violated ‘Daily’

    A senior U.S. diplomat says a cease-fire deal in eastern Ukraine “is being violated on a daily basis.” U.S. Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland made the statement Monday after talks in Moscow with Russian officials. Nuland said the violations of the Western-brokered deal agreed to in February in Minsk...

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