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    ‘Fragile’ Cease-Fire Holds in Ukraine
    Dec12

    ‘Fragile’ Cease-Fire Holds in Ukraine

    Ukraine’s president says a “fragile” cease-fire is actually in place for the first time in his country’s seven-month conflict between government troops and Russian-back separatists. Petro Poroshenko said Friday that 24 hours had passed without any deaths or injuries of his soldiers. Poroshenko said if the cease-fire held...

    Poland Reports ‘Unprecedented’ Russian Maneuvers in Baltic
    Dec12

    Poland Reports ‘Unprecedented’ Russian Maneuvers in Baltic

    Russia’s military is engaging in an unprecedented amount of activity around the Baltic Sea, Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said Thursday. The minister said that Poland, a member of the NATO defense alliance, was not under threat of attack and the Russian maneuvers were most likely designed to test how NATO forces in the region...

    Russian Ruble Continues Its Slide in Value
    Dec11

    Russian Ruble Continues Its Slide in Value

    The value of the Russian ruble has sunk to new lows against the U.S. dollar and the euro, even as Moscow’s central bank raised its key interest rate again in an effort to bolster the country’s faltering economy. The Russian currency moved above 55 rubles to the dollar for the first time Thursday, and also to new depths against the...

    Obama Cautious on More Russia Sanctions Unless Europe Agrees
    Dec11

    Obama Cautious on More Russia Sanctions Unless Europe Agrees

    President Barack Obama expressed caution on Thursday about the possibility of the United States adding more sanctions against Russia for its incursion into Ukraine because it could cause divide Washington and Europe. With some lawmakers on Capitol Hill considering more sanctions, Obama told the President’s Export Council that the current...

    Yatseniuk Urges International Donor Conference
    Dec11

    Yatseniuk Urges International Donor Conference

    Ukraine risks defaulting on its debt unless Western donors come up with more funds on top of the financial aid already promised, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Thursday. A year of revolution and war with pro-Russian separatists has pushed Ukraine’s hryvnia currency to record lows and crippled the economy, which was already near...

    Russia-Turkey Pipeline Has Economic, Strategic Motives
    Dec11

    Russia-Turkey Pipeline Has Economic, Strategic Motives

    Russia’s decision to cancel a gas pipeline to Bulgaria in preference to Turkey is being heralded as an important victory for Ankara in its ambitions to become a regional energy hub. But there are growing doubts over how advantageous the pipeline will be for Turkey. The memorandum of understanding signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin...

    Russia Urges Expediency in Ukraine Peace Talks
    Dec11

    Russia Urges Expediency in Ukraine Peace Talks

    Russia is sparing no effort to convene another round of peace talks on the conflict in east Ukraine, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday, criticizing Kyiv’s reluctance to do so. Kyiv’s envoy to the talks, which also bring together Moscow, pro-Russian separatists and the OSCE European watchdog, said on...

    Crimean Leader in New Delhi During Putin Visit
    Dec11

    Crimean Leader in New Delhi During Putin Visit

    The leader of Crimea, the former Ukrainian territory annexed by Russia, arrived for unofficial talks in New Delhi on Thursday as President Vladimir Putin met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a summit. Sergey Aksyonov met a Mumbai businessman to discuss boosting trade with the Black Sea region. India does not support Western sanctions against...

    Ukraine President Urges Russia to Withdraw Troops
    Dec11

    Ukraine President Urges Russia to Withdraw Troops

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is pleading with Russia to remove its troops from war-torn eastern Ukraine. President Poroshenko made his comments Thursday at the outset of a three-day visit to Australia, a key Western ally. Speaking to reporters, he said if Russia closes its border with Ukraine, there will be “peace and...

    Russia: Western Integration Not Bosnia’s Only Option
    Dec11

    Russia: Western Integration Not Bosnia’s Only Option

    Russia broke with the West on Wednesday on an initiative to encourage reform in Bosnia with the carrot of European Union membership, saying that integration with the West was not the Balkan country’s only option. Britain and Germany have proposed unlocking EU cash and putting economic measures before political reforms in a bid to raise...

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