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    Hungary PM: Strong Diplomatic Ties with Russia, Germany a Priority
    Feb05

    Hungary PM: Strong Diplomatic Ties with Russia, Germany a Priority

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Wednesday that his main foreign policy goal was maintaining good ties with Russia and Germany, adding that the United States was an important partner but not the central focus of foreign policy. A maverick leader whose warm relations with Moscow have irked European and American partners at a time of...

    Obama Defense Nominee Favors Lethal Military Aid for Ukraine
    Feb05

    Obama Defense Nominee Favors Lethal Military Aid for Ukraine

    President Barack Obama’s pick to be America’s next secretary of defense says he favors sending U.S. military aid to Ukraine and speeding arms sales to Jordan — and lists Iran and the Islamic State as major threats in the Middle East. Ashton Carter testified at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee,...

    Russia’s Nuclear Strategy Raises Concerns in NATO
    Feb04

    Russia’s Nuclear Strategy Raises Concerns in NATO

    Concern is growing in NATO over Russia’s nuclear strategy and indications that Russian military planners may be lowering the threshold for using nuclear weapons in any conflict, alliance diplomats say. NATO officials have drawn up an analysis of Russian nuclear strategy that will be discussed by alliance defense ministers at a meeting in...

    EU Backs Call for Truce in E. Ukrainian Town
    Feb04

    EU Backs Call for Truce in E. Ukrainian Town

    The EU’s foreign policy chief threw her support on Wednesday behind a call for a temporary truce in the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve to allow for the evacuation of civilians. The current chairman of the pan-European rights and security group OSCE called this week for an immediate three-day truce in the Debaltseve area, where fierce...

    UN Agency Pushes Tight Deadline for Plane Tracking Standard
    Feb03

    UN Agency Pushes Tight Deadline for Plane Tracking Standard

    Global aviation leaders on Tuesday debated setting a tight deadline to improve the tracking of passenger planes in a push to prevent a recurrence of the still unsolved disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Officials at the United Nations safety conference also sought to tackle risks from conflict zones after another Malaysia Airlines...

    Russia, Poland Clash Over WWII Anniversary
    Feb03

    Russia, Poland Clash Over WWII Anniversary

    Russia and Poland traded diplomatic barbs on Tuesday over the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War II in a sign of Moscow’s worsening ties with Warsaw, the European Union’s leading critic of its role in Ukraine. Relations between Moscow and the West have already plummeted over the conflict in Ukraine, and Warsaw has advocated...

    US Dilemma: To Arm Ukraine Troops or Not
    Feb03

    US Dilemma: To Arm Ukraine Troops or Not

    By considering giving weapons to Kyiv, the United States could be contemplating a risky venture that advocates say would help end the conflict in Ukraine, but which opponents warn might fan the flames of war. A senior U.S. administration official said on Monday no decision had been made on whether to send arms to help Ukrainian forces fight...

    Ukraine Calls Men to War Amid Mixed Emotions
    Feb03

    Ukraine Calls Men to War Amid Mixed Emotions

    Marina’s brother and a close family friend have both been killed on the frontline in Ukraine’s east. Now she has had to say goodbye to her husband, Ruslan, called up to fight pro-Russian separatists in Kyiv’s latest conscription drive. “Our family have suffered losses already. My brother died in July. [My daughter’s]...

    Russia to Keep Oil Output Near Record Levels in 2015
    Feb03

    Russia to Keep Oil Output Near Record Levels in 2015

    The twin traumas of an economy-crippling oil price collapse and Western sanctions hobbling energy firms will not deflect Russia from keeping oil output near a record high this year, companies, officials and analysts say. Russia will likely continue to fend off Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil producer until a predicted longer-term output...

    Poll: Third of Russians Say Sanctions Causing Problems
    Feb03

    Poll: Third of Russians Say Sanctions Causing Problems

    A survey by an independent Russian polling agency has found just a third of Russians say the Western sanctions imposed on their country for its actions in Ukraine have created problems for them. In the poll conducted by the Levada Center, 27 percent of the respondents said the sanctions have created “pretty serious” problems for them and their...

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