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    EU Adopts Tighter Investment Sanctions on Crimea
    Dec18

    EU Adopts Tighter Investment Sanctions on Crimea

    European Union governments adopted tighter restrictions on European investment in Crimea onThursday, targeting Russian Black Sea oil and gas explorationand tourism, an EU official said. According to the official, the new restrictions, approved by the EU’s 28 governments just before the bloc’s leaders discuss the Ukraine crisis and...

    Putin Addresses Russia Amid Economic Crisis
    Dec18

    Putin Addresses Russia Amid Economic Crisis

    President Vladimir Putin is holding his end-of-year news conference Thursday amid a growing economic crisis in Russia. It is expected to be dominated by debate over the ruble, with Russia’s national currency struggling to cope with falling oil prices and sanctions. The Kremlin leader is also expected to take questions on Ukraine and on...

    Russia’s Ruble Partly Recovers as Consumers Spend on Inflation Fears
    Dec18

    Russia’s Ruble Partly Recovers as Consumers Spend on Inflation Fears

    Russia’s currency, the ruble, has recovered by about 10 percent, after falling sharply in value this week, as the government pressured exporters not to hoard their foreign currency. Consumers in Moscow have been on a spending spree, on fears of price hikes, after a massive interest rate increase failed to stop the ruble’s decline. The...

    Ukraine’s President: Peace Talks Could Resume Dec. 21
    Dec17

    Ukraine’s President: Peace Talks Could Resume Dec. 21

    Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko says his government could resume peace talks with Russian-backed separatists and Russia’s government Sunday in Minsk. Poroshenko told reporters in Warsaw members of the so-called “contact group,” made up of representatives of the Ukrainian and Russian governments, the separatists in...

    Ukraine Leader Wants to Join ‘Euro-Atlantic’ Security Alliance
    Dec17

    Ukraine Leader Wants to Join ‘Euro-Atlantic’ Security Alliance

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday he had decided his country should set out on a course towards Euro-Atlantic security integration, and would press for that in parliament soon. Poroshenko, who was speaking on a visit to NATO member Poland, did not mention the U.S.-led military alliance by name, but his comments are...

    No Signs of Foul Play in German Putin Critic’s Death
    Dec17

    No Signs of Foul Play in German Putin Critic’s Death

    A conservative member of the German parliament and prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin died of heart failure or overheating after falling asleep in a sauna and there are no signs of foul play, state prosecutors said on Wednesday. Andreas Schockenhoff, a deputy parliamentary floor leader for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s...

    Rouble Crisis Could Shake Putin’s Grip on Power
    Dec17

    Rouble Crisis Could Shake Putin’s Grip on Power

    Russia failed to halt the collapse of the rouble on Tuesday, leaving President Vladimir Putin facing a full-blown currency crisis that could weaken his iron grip on power. A 6.5 percentage point interest rate rise to 17 percent overnight failed to prevent the currency hitting record lows in a “perfect storm” of low oil prices, looming recession...

    Court Rejects Russia’s Appeal Over Oil Company Compensation
    Dec17

    Court Rejects Russia’s Appeal Over Oil Company Compensation

    Europe’s top human rights court said Tuesday that it had rejected an appeal from Russia over a ruling that it must pay 1.9 billion euros in damages to shareholders of defunct oil giant Yukos. Yukos, once worth $40 billion, was broken up and nationalized a decade ago, with most of its assets eventually handed to Rosneft, an energy giant run...

    Obama to Approve New Russian Sanctions
    Dec17

    Obama to Approve New Russian Sanctions

    President Barack Obama has decided to sign legislation authorizing more sanctions on Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis, the White House said Tuesday. The bill, which cleared the Senate last week, also gives the president authority to provide $350 million in lethal and nonlethal military aid to the Ukrainian government. That potential aid...

    Italian Shoemakers Urge EU to Tread Carefully on Sanctions
    Dec17

    Italian Shoemakers Urge EU to Tread Carefully on Sanctions

    Bad relations between the EU and Moscow have helped cut exports of Italian shoes to Russia by around a fifth, the sector said in a letter to the bloc’s foreign policy chief, urging consideration of economic effects before more sanctions are imposed. The EU has imposed measures including economic sanctions in response to Moscow’s...

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