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    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...

    Dollar Grows Elusive as Russian Ruble Plunges
    Dec16

    Dollar Grows Elusive as Russian Ruble Plunges

    The official exchange rate was still in the 60s, and the sign on the currency exchange kiosk’s door said there were U.S. dollars on sale at 80 rubles. The woman at the window wanted 85. At the exchange points that are a fixture across the Russian capital, those seeking dollars to protect their savings from the ruble’s collapse were...

    Kerry Cites ‘Constructive Moves’ by Russia on Ukraine
    Dec16

    Kerry Cites ‘Constructive Moves’ by Russia on Ukraine

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says “Russia has made constructive moves” on the Ukraine crisis that could open the path to resolving the conflict and easing or lifting international economic sanctions. While holding a series of meetings on world issues, Kerry said improvements in the eastern Ukraine cease-fire, progress on negotiating a line...

    Autopsy Ordered on German MP Who Criticized Russia
    Dec16

    Autopsy Ordered on German MP Who Criticized Russia

    A German court has ordered an autopsy on a conservative member of parliament, who was a prominent critic of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, in order to rule out any link between his death and his hardline stance towards the Kremlin, state prosecutors said. Andreas Schockenhoff, a deputy parliamentary floor leader for Chancellor Angela...

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko Hails First Full Overnight Truce in Rebel East
    Dec16

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko Hails First Full Overnight Truce in Rebel East

    Ukraine’s separatist east passed the night into Tuesday without any shooting, President Petro Poroshenko said, hailing the first such stretch of calm as a positive signal for the next steps in a peace plan. Army chief of staff Viktor Muzhenko also stressed progress had been made on the implementation of the cease-fire, but said one...

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