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    Kerry to Meet With Iranian Negotiators, Russia’s Lavrov
    Feb26

    Kerry to Meet With Iranian Negotiators, Russia’s Lavrov

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Iranian nuclear negotiators in Montreux, Switzerland, next week, a State Department spokeswoman said Thursday. During his trip, Kerry also is scheduled to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday in Geneva to discuss Ukraine and Syria, department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told...

    US Intelligence Chief Says He Backs Arming Ukraine
    Feb26

    US Intelligence Chief Says He Backs Arming Ukraine

    The top U.S. intelligence official said Thursday that supplying Ukraine with weapons to fight Moscow-backed separatists would provoke a “negative reaction” from Russia’s president, but that he personally backed the idea of providing “lethal assistance” to Kyiv. Appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee,...

    Russia Slams Western Threats of Fresh Sanctions Over Ukraine
    Feb26

    Russia Slams Western Threats of Fresh Sanctions Over Ukraine

    Russia is warning Western countries against imposing more sanctions against Moscow, saying such threats show the West is opposed to following through on a truce for eastern Ukraine. Both the United States and some leaders in Europe have threatened to impose tougher sanctions against Moscow if it does not stop supporting pro-Russian separatists in...

    US General: No Red Line in Ukraine to Trigger NATO Response
    Feb26

    US General: No Red Line in Ukraine to Trigger NATO Response

    The top U.S. general in Europe has indicated there is no red line that Russia can cross that would lead NATO to step in and help Ukraine militarily. “NATO is after all first a political alliance, and then a military alliance,” General Philip Breedlove, head of U.S. European Command, told reporters Wednesday at the Pentagon. Some NATO nations now...

    Putin: The ‘Lonely’ Leader Bent on Restoring Russian Power
    Feb25

    Putin: The ‘Lonely’ Leader Bent on Restoring Russian Power

    Despite Russia’s crisis-hit economy, approval ratings for President Vladimir Putin are near record highs. Western sanctions against Moscow have failed to curb Russian interference in Ukraine. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, Putin analysts say the former spy is determined to restore Russia to what he sees as its rightful place in the...

    Russia, Ukraine Journalists Seek Penalties After Attacks
    Feb25

    Russia, Ukraine Journalists Seek Penalties After Attacks

    Russian and Ukrainian journalist unions have called for penalties after recent attacks on media members in both countries. Following a meeting in Vienna Wednesday, union representatives also urged reporters to avoid what they called the ongoing information war in the conflict in Ukraine. OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović...

    Georgia Plans Reform Drive to Cope with Economic Crisis
    Feb25

    Georgia Plans Reform Drive to Cope with Economic Crisis

    Georgia plans a reform drive including privatizations, budget cuts and restructuring of foreign currency bank loans to contain the country’s economic crisis, officials said on Wednesday. The former Soviet republic’s economy has been battered by a plunge in the Russian rouble and the conflict in Ukraine. Declining foreign investment...

    British Blogger Raises Awkward Questions on Russia’s Role in Ukraine
    Feb25

    British Blogger Raises Awkward Questions on Russia’s Role in Ukraine

    It was not an unusual evening for war blogger Eliot Higgins. As he was rocking his infant son to sleep in his bedroom in the English city of Leicester, Higgins, who has written in-depth reports on the conflict in eastern Ukraine, was engaging in an online war of words with a pro-Kremlin blogger over Twitter. This time he and his Bellingcat...

    Ukraine Reports ‘Significant Reduction’ in Fighting
    Feb25

    Ukraine Reports ‘Significant Reduction’ in Fighting

    Ukraine’s military is for the second consecutive day reporting a “significant reduction” in attacks by pro-Russian rebels, but says a cease-fire has not yet taken hold in eastern Ukraine. Rebels carried out 19 attacks on government-held territory and targets over the previous 24 hours, according to a Facebook statement Wednesday...

    US, British Lawmakers Discuss Response to Russia’s Aggression
    Feb25

    US, British Lawmakers Discuss Response to Russia’s Aggression

    French and German leaders still hope to salvage the shaky truce between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists in the east. But officials in the United States and Britain are accusing Russia of working to further destabilize the region. Zlatica Hoke reports that lawmakers in both countries are discussing how to respond to what they...

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