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    NATO Concerned Over Russian Activity in E. Ukraine
    Nov26

    NATO Concerned Over Russian Activity in E. Ukraine

    NATO’s top military commander says a “large number” of Russian troops are still operating in eastern Ukraine, providing the “backbone” to separatists fighting government forces. U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove spoke to reporters in Kyiv on Wednesday, after meeting with top Ukrainian officials. “Inside Ukraine we still...

    Saudis Signal no Push for Oil Cut
    Nov26

    Saudis Signal no Push for Oil Cut

    OPEC leader Saudi Arabia signalled on Wednesday it was unlikely to push for a major change in oil output at the producer group’s meeting this week, a day after Russia refused to cooperate in any production cut. Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said he expected the oil market “to stabilize itself eventually” but did not comment on talks with...

    Donetsk Feels Pinch From Economic Blockade
    Nov26

    Donetsk Feels Pinch From Economic Blockade

    Daily life in Donetsk, which is controlled by Moscow-backed separatists, is unpredictable. Shell and rocket exchanges on the outskirts of the city between insurgents and Ukrainian forces have a habit of over-shooting. Last week a pump station was hit, leaving an entire district without water. What isn’t unpredictable is the hardship many...

    Critics: UN Resolution on Nazism Too Restrictive on Rights
    Nov26

    Critics: UN Resolution on Nazism Too Restrictive on Rights

    As Russia continues to deny military involvement in Ukraine, it appeared to be fighting an image war last week at the United Nations – in what has become an annual exercise in condemning Nazism and racism. For about a decade, the U.N. General Assembly committee that deals with human rights has voted each year on a Russian-drafted resolution...

    French Far-right National Front Reveals Russian Financing
    Nov25

    French Far-right National Front Reveals Russian Financing

    Amid growing evidence of links between the Kremlin and far-right groups across Europe, France’s National Front has admitted taking a multimillion-dollar loan from a bank controlled by Russia. The admission came as the French government postponed a contract to deliver two warships for Russia. In a statement Tuesday, the French...

    Merkel Hits Diplomatic Dead-end with Putin
    Nov25

    Merkel Hits Diplomatic Dead-end with Putin

    After nine months of non-stop German diplomacy to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, Chancellor Angela Merkel decided in mid-November that a change of tack was needed. Ahead of a summit of G20 leaders in Australia, Merkel resolved to confront Vladimir Putin alone, without the usual pack of interpreters and aides. Instead of challenging him on what she...

    Political Pressure Mounts on Ukraine’s Poroshenko
    Nov25

    Political Pressure Mounts on Ukraine’s Poroshenko

    Political pressure is mounting both at home and abroad on Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, with critics arguing he lacks direction in combating a pro-Moscow insurgency in the east and not moving fast enough on reform. A month after Ukraine held its first parliamentary polls since the ouster of pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych,...

    France Postpones Decision on Delivery of Mistral Carriers
    Nov25

    France Postpones Decision on Delivery of Mistral Carriers

    French President Francois Hollande delayed indefinitely on Tuesday his decision on whether to deliver the first of two Mistral helicopter carriers ordered by Russia but whose status is in limbo as a result of the conflict in Ukraine. “The President of the Republic considers that the situation in the east of Ukraine still does not permit the...

    Russian Oil Tsar to Meet OPEC as Saudis Keep Market Guessing
    Nov25

    Russian Oil Tsar to Meet OPEC as Saudis Keep Market Guessing

    Russia’s most powerful oil official, Igor Sechin, was due in Vienna on Tuesday for talks with OPEC members as the group’s leader Saudi Arabia kept the market guessing about its response to flagging oil prices. Sechin, the head of state oil company Rosneft and a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is expected to meet OPEC...

    Merits of Giving Ukraine Lethal Aid Debated
    Nov25

    Merits of Giving Ukraine Lethal Aid Debated

    US Vice President Joe Biden has condemned what he calls Russia’s “aggression” in Ukraine, but stopped short of saying the US will provide Ukraine with lethal aid. He commented before wrapping up a visit to Ukraine that included talks with President Petro Poroshenko. But the White House nominee to fill the number two position at the State...

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