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    Under Siege, Ukraine Awaits Decision on Lethal Aid
    Feb05

    Under Siege, Ukraine Awaits Decision on Lethal Aid

    The Obama administration is considering whether to provide defensive weapons to Ukraine for its fight against Russian-backed rebels. The West has been providing only humanitarian aid and nonlethal military supplies. Along the former cease-fire line, Ukrainian troops are holding on but are outgunned and taking heavy casualties. From Papasna, less...

    US, Allies Could Split Over Supplying Weapons to Ukraine
    Feb05

    US, Allies Could Split Over Supplying Weapons to Ukraine

    Several European defense ministers spoke out on Thursday against sending weapons to the Ukrainian army, pointing to a potential transatlantic split if Washington decides to supply arms. The United States is considering whether to provide weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists, although no decision has been made, senior...

    Ukraine’s Hryvnia Plunges After Foreign Currency Auctions Scrapped
    Feb05

    Ukraine’s Hryvnia Plunges After Foreign Currency Auctions Scrapped

    Ukraine’s hryvnia currency plunged about 30 percent against the dollar on Thursday, traders said, after the central bank abandoned the foreign currency auctions that had effectively pegged the exchange rate. The central bank scrapped the daily auctions, which had set an unofficial peg for banks to follow, and also raised its main interest...

    Kerry in Ukraine for Talks with Poroshenko
    Feb05

    Kerry in Ukraine for Talks with Poroshenko

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Kyiv for talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who is making a fresh appeal for Western weapons to help fight pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. Ahead of Kerry’s arrival, a senior State Department official announced the U.S. is providing Ukraine with an additional $16.4 million in...

    Nuclear Issues, Russia-Ukraine on NATO Ministers’ Agenda
    Feb05

    Nuclear Issues, Russia-Ukraine on NATO Ministers’ Agenda

    NATO defense ministers will meet Thursday in Brussels to discuss nuclear issues, the conflict in Ukraine and the threat of Russian aggression near NATO’s eastern border. Also on the agenda are Georgia’s aspirations to join the 28-member alliance. This will be the fifth defense ministers meeting for Chuck Hagel, who is making his final...

    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...

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