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    Crimean Trade Struggling to Recover After Russia’s Annexation
    Mar21

    Crimean Trade Struggling to Recover After Russia’s Annexation

    One year after Russia controversially annexed Crimea from Ukraine, sparking the worst tensions with the West in decades, the Black Sea peninsula is largely cut off from mainland Ukraine. Trade is faltering and most goods have to be brought in by ferry, raising prices and waiting times, and lowering the quality of products available. As...

    Journalists Say Press Freedom Has Suffered in Crimea
    Mar21

    Journalists Say Press Freedom Has Suffered in Crimea

    The Committee to Protect Journalists says it is alarmed by the media environment in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine one year ago. The New York-based global watchdog group said in a statement published on its website Thursday that the climate for press freedom had steadily deteriorated in Crimea since March 2014....

    Crimea’s Remaining Ukrainians Under Pressure to Become Russian
    Mar21

    Crimea’s Remaining Ukrainians Under Pressure to Become Russian

    After Russia controversially annexed Crimea from Ukraine a year ago, Ukrainian citizens and military were pushed to choose between becoming Russian or leaving. Most chose Russian citizenship, and troops joined the Russian military. And some of the Ukrainians remaining in Crimea find themselves under increasing pressure to switch sides....

    In Balkans, threat of Islamic Radicalization, Russian Influence Converge
    Mar20

    In Balkans, threat of Islamic Radicalization, Russian Influence Converge

    The White House says violent extremism and Russian aggression in Ukraine are two of the greatest challenges to U.S. national security. And one place those threats converge is the Balkan region, where political instability, outstanding ethnic tensions and economic fragility make the countries of the area particularly vulnerable. Large Muslim...

    EU Leaders Vow Support for Stability in Tunisia, Libya
    Mar20

    EU Leaders Vow Support for Stability in Tunisia, Libya

    European leaders said they would work to enforce stability just across the Mediterranean in Tunisia and Libya, even as they moved on to other problems, pushing debt-burdened Greece on reforms and agreeing to keep sanctions against Russia. They announced the initiatives at the conclusion of a two-day summit in Brussels. With Tunisia still reeling...

    Threat of Islamic Radicalization, Russian Influence Converge in the Balkans
    Mar20

    Threat of Islamic Radicalization, Russian Influence Converge in the Balkans

    The White House says violent extremism and Russian aggression in Ukraine are two of the greatest challenges to U.S. national security. And one place those threats converge is the Balkan region, where political instability, outstanding ethnic tensions and economic fragility make the countries of the area particularly vulnerable. …read more...

    Russia Vows Response to EU Sanctions Extension
    Mar20

    Russia Vows Response to EU Sanctions Extension

    Russia has denounced the European Union’s move to maintain sanctions against Moscow over its role in the Ukraine conflict, calling Thursday’s decision to extend the measures “destructive.” Speaking to reporters Friday in Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov refused to specify how Russia would respond, but said it would...

    In Crimea, Adjusting to New Citizenship, New Political Realities
    Mar20

    In Crimea, Adjusting to New Citizenship, New Political Realities

    A year after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula, its people are adjusting to new citizenship, new political conditions, and new economic realities. Russian navy and special forces blockaded and stormed Crimea’s Ukrainian bases a year ago, giving the troops inside a choice: join us or leave. With a powerless government in Kyiv,...

    US Urges New Natural Gas Links for Southeastern Europe
    Mar20

    US Urges New Natural Gas Links for Southeastern Europe

    U.S. energy envoy Amos Hochstein urged southeast European states to build new gas links and focus on smaller projects to curb reliance on supplies from Russia, rather than blockbuster pipeline deals. Countries in the region such as Hungary, Serbia and Croatia are looking to boost energy security following the collapse of the Kremlin-backed South...

    Report: Fragment From MH17 Crash Site Supports Missile Theory
    Mar19

    Report: Fragment From MH17 Crash Site Supports Missile Theory

    A metal fragment from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 matches a surface-to-air BUK rocket, a Dutch broadcaster said on Thursday, supporting a theory that the plane was downed by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The fragment was recovered by a Dutch journalist from the village of Hrabove several months ago near to where...

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