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    MH17 Investigators Seek Local Help at Ukraine Crash Site
    Nov06

    MH17 Investigators Seek Local Help at Ukraine Crash Site

    Investigators looking into the July crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine said on Thursday they would probably hire local contractors to collect wreckage still beyond their reach because of a continuing pro-Russian insurrection. The crash of flight MH17 as it flew over the conflict zone stirred angry mutual accusation between...

    Russia Nixes More ‘Geneva Format’ Talks on Ukraine
    Nov06

    Russia Nixes More ‘Geneva Format’ Talks on Ukraine

    Moscow says it would be counterproductive to return to talks on settling the conflict in east Ukraine in a “Geneva format,” which would include Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States. An agreement reached in this format in Geneva April 17, 2014, has been “grossly violated” by Ukraine, a Russian Foreign Ministry commentary...

    NATO Stages Military Drill in Lithuania
    Nov06

    NATO Stages Military Drill in Lithuania

    More than 2,500 NATO troops are taking part in exercises on two training grounds in Lithuania. Nine countries have sent soldiers to train as part of Exercise Iron Sword, Czech Republic, Estonia, the U.S., U.K., Canada, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary and Germany. Originally the exercise was to have involved only Lithuanian troops but was expanded...

    Few Changes Predicted in US-Russia Relations After US Elections
    Nov06

    Few Changes Predicted in US-Russia Relations After US Elections

    The crisis in Ukraine has damaged relations between Washington and Moscow, with some experts believing they are at their lowest point in decades. Now that the Republican Party controls both houses of Congress, will that have an effect on U.S.-Russia relations? John Parker, a Russia expert at the National Defense University in Washington, said,...

    Russia Tells US It Will Not Attend 2016 Nuclear Security Summit
    Nov06

    Russia Tells US It Will Not Attend 2016 Nuclear Security Summit

    Russia has told the United States that it will not attend a 2016 nuclear security summit, the State Department said on Wednesday, in the latest sign of frosty ties between Washington and Moscow. Explaining why it would stay away, Moscow said it doubted the value of the summit, which is to be held in Chicago in 2016, and believed the views of...

    Forbes Magazine Names Putin World’s Most Powerful Person
    Nov05

    Forbes Magazine Names Putin World’s Most Powerful Person

    For the second year in a row, the U.S. business magazine Forbes has named Russian President Vladimir Putin the most powerful person in the world. The magazine said its editors picked the Russian leader over President Barack Obama, with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel rounding out the top five. Forbes...

    Georgia’s Pro-West Foreign Minister Quits
    Nov05

    Georgia’s Pro-West Foreign Minister Quits

    Georgian Foreign Minister Maja Panjikidze resigned on Wednesday over what she called threats to the ex-Soviet republic’s pro-Western policies, deepening a crisis in the coalition government. A junior minister overseeing integration with Europe also quit, a day after Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili fired his Western-leaning defence...

    Ukraine Stops Funding for Rebel-Held Regions
    Nov05

    Ukraine Stops Funding for Rebel-Held Regions

    Ukraine on Wednesday announced it will halt government funding to its eastern regions controlled by Russian-backed separatists. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Wednesday the cutoff will apply as long as the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk are held by “terrorists.” Yatsenyuk, who made his comments during a cabinet meeting,...

    Gazprom Says It Received First Debt Repayment From Ukraine
    Nov05

    Gazprom Says It Received First Debt Repayment From Ukraine

    Russia’s top natural gas producer Gazprom said on Wednesday it had received $1.45 billion from Ukrainian energy firm Naftogaz in repayment for unpaid debt, the first step toward Russia resuming gas supplies to Ukraine. The payment by Naftogaz is the first to Gazprom since May, when a row over gas pricing and unpaid debts escalated between...

    Dutch PM: Thorough, Independent Probe Needed of Downed Flight MH17
    Nov05

    Dutch PM: Thorough, Independent Probe Needed of Downed Flight MH17

    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday stressed the importance of a thorough, independent investigation of the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 before any decision on where those responsible should face trial. The Dutch have the lead role in investigating the downing of the Boeing 777 aircraft, which crashed over rebel-held...

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