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    Russian Official: NATO Turning Ukraine into ‘Frontline of Confrontation’
    Dec24

    Russian Official: NATO Turning Ukraine into ‘Frontline of Confrontation’

    Russia said on Wednesday NATO was turning Ukraine into a “frontline of confrontation” and threatened to sever remaining ties with the Atlantic military alliance if Ukraine’s hopes of joining it were realized. The Kyiv parliament’s renunciation of Ukraine’s neutral status on Tuesday in pursuit of NATO membership has outraged...

    Ukraine, Rebels Set for Fresh Peace Talks​
    Dec24

    Ukraine, Rebels Set for Fresh Peace Talks​

    Ukraine’s government is set to meet with pro-Russian rebels Wednesday for a fresh round of talks aimed at ending the separatist war in the east. The talks in Belarus will include representatives from Ukraine, the eastern rebels, Russia, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). A representative of the OSCE, which...

    Eurasian Economic Union on Shaky Ground at Outset
    Dec23

    Eurasian Economic Union on Shaky Ground at Outset

    The Eurasian Economic Union is headed for a rough start. Officials from members of the economic alliance, which was modeled on the European Union and officially comes into effect January 1, met Tuesday in Moscow under the pain of Russia’s collapsing economy and the absence of Ukraine. Western sanctions over Ukraine and a drop in the price...

    Russia’s Prime Minister Warns of ‘Deep Recession’
    Dec23

    Russia’s Prime Minister Warns of ‘Deep Recession’

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says the country would plunge into a “deep recession” if the government abandoned its spending plans. Speaking Tuesday in Moscow before leading officials of the ruling United Russia party, Dmitry Medvedev said the government will stay focused on its strategic aims and social spending to avoid the...

    Ukraine’s Parliament Drops Non-Aligned Status
    Dec23

    Ukraine’s Parliament Drops Non-Aligned Status

    Ukraine took a further step toward seeking NATO membership Tuesday, when the country’s parliament passed a law abolishing Kyiv’s neutral, non-aligned status. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to do away with the non-aligned status. It was adopted in 2010 under Russian pressure and prevented Kyiv from making military alliances. Ukrainian...

    CPJ: Number of Journalists Killed Rises in 2014
    Dec23

    CPJ: Number of Journalists Killed Rises in 2014

    A press freedom group says at least 60 journalists have been killed this year while doing their job, with members of the international press making up a particularly high percentage of the dead. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists issued its annual report Tuesday documenting journalist deaths in 21 countries in 2014. It says local...

    Russia’s Financial Crisis Hits Ordinary Citizens
    Dec23

    Russia’s Financial Crisis Hits Ordinary Citizens

    The collapse of the Russian currency has led to increased mortgage payments for some ordinary Russians who are paying off loans based on foreign currency. Analysts predict that Russia will enter recession sometime next year as a result of declining energy prices and western sanctions against Moscow for its interference in eastern Ukraine. Zlatica...

    Ukraine, Kazakh Presidents Meet in Kyiv
    Dec22

    Ukraine, Kazakh Presidents Meet in Kyiv

    The presidents of Ukraine and Kazakhstan have discussed military cooperation and the situation in eastern Ukraine during a meeting in Kyiv. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the countries renewed their military and technical cooperation. He also said Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev agreed the principals outlined in the Minsk...

    Ex-minister Kudrin Warns of ‘Full-fledged Crisis’ in Russia
    Dec22

    Ex-minister Kudrin Warns of ‘Full-fledged Crisis’ in Russia

    Russia’s government has pushed the country into an economic crisis by not tackling its financial problems fast enough, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Monday, as evidence mounted of trouble spreading through the economy. As he spoke, President Vladimir Putin prepared to hold emergency talks with Western leaders to try to...

    Germany Sees No Need to Ease Russia Sanctions
    Dec22

    Germany Sees No Need to Ease Russia Sanctions

    Germany sees no reason to think about changes to the European Union’s sanctions regime against Moscow at the moment, a government spokeswoman said, after the foreign minister expressed concern that Russia could be destabilized if sanctions were not eased. The spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz told a news conference that the expiration of...

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