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    Putin Peppered with Tough Questions During Annual Show
    Jun16

    Putin Peppered with Tough Questions During Annual Show

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual marathon call-in show, Direct Line, is usually a carefully crafted production designed to show how the Kremlin’s top guy cares about ordinary people’s concerns and quickly responds to resolve issues that local officials ignore. The nationwide show has state television reporters in...

    US Senators Back Legislation Strengthening Russia Sanctions
    Jun13

    US Senators Back Legislation Strengthening Russia Sanctions

    A group of U.S. Senators agreed Monday on legislation to strengthen sanctions against Russia, including a provision that would require congressional review if the White House relaxed, suspended or terminated sanctions already in place. The bipartisan agreement comes in the form of an amendment to legislation the Senate is already considering on...

    Mattis: No Indication Russia Wants Positive Relationship With US
    Jun13

    Mattis: No Indication Russia Wants Positive Relationship With US

    U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday there was no indication that Russia wanted a positive relationship with the United States, saying it had chosen to be a strategic competitor. “At this time … I do not see any indication that Mr. Putin would want a positive relationship with us. That is not to say we can’t get...

    Ukrainians Celebrate First Day of Visa-Free Travel to EU
    Jun11

    Ukrainians Celebrate First Day of Visa-Free Travel to EU

    Ukrainians celebrated the first day of visa-free travel to the European Union Sunday in what President Petro Poroshenko called “a final exit of our country from the Russian empire.” “The visa-free regime for Ukraine has started! Glory to Europe! Glory to Ukraine!” he tweeted from his official account Sunday morning. The...

    US, Partners Plan European Military Exercise with 25,000 Troops
    Jun07

    US, Partners Plan European Military Exercise with 25,000 Troops

    About 25,000 military forces from the United States and 23 other countries will take part in a large-scale military exercise called Saber Guardian planned in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania next month. In addition, several U.S. B-1B heavy bombers have arrived in Britain in support of two separate multinational exercises planned in the Baltic region...

    Poland, Ukraine Develop Gas Hub for Independence From Russia
    Jun06

    Poland, Ukraine Develop Gas Hub for Independence From Russia

    Poland and Ukraine said Tuesday they are working toward developing a regional gas hub that would end Central and Eastern Europe’s dependence on Russian supplies and keep prices in line with European standards. The region still relies to some extent on Russian natural gas and has been exposed to political pressure from Moscow, which has at...

    NATO Chief: ‘Have to be Strong’ in Response to Russia But Dialogue Important
    Jun06

    NATO Chief: ‘Have to be Strong’ in Response to Russia But Dialogue Important

    The head of NATO says members of the alliance are united in their stance toward Russia in a way they have not been for many years. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday in an interview with VOA’s Serbian Service that NATO is committed to stepping up its defense while at the same time continuing dialogue with Russia. “The dual...

    Bracing for Russian Military Exercise, Lithuania Puts Up Border Fence
    Jun06

    Bracing for Russian Military Exercise, Lithuania Puts Up Border Fence

    Lithuania has began constructing a two-meter-high wire fence along its border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad ahead of military exercises Moscow is planning to hold there in September. While the 45-km-long (30- mile) fence will provide little defense against a full-scale attack, it aims to prevent provocations and incidents, Lithuanian...

    Ukrainian NGO Works to Stop Spread of HIV Among Sex Workers
    Jun05

    Ukrainian NGO Works to Stop Spread of HIV Among Sex Workers

    During a recent visit to Kyiv, Michel Kazatchkine — the U.N. special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia — toured the Ukrainian capital’s various harm-reduction programs, aimed at stopping the spread of HIV. Among those was the nongovernmental organization Eney (Aeneas), which specializes in providing medical and legal...

    Saint’s Relics Are Miraculous Must-see in Secular Russia
    Jun05

    Saint’s Relics Are Miraculous Must-see in Secular Russia

    In the three weeks since St. Nicholas came to Moscow, more than 300,000 people have stood in huge lines for up to 10 hours to visit a gilded ark thought to carry his bone fragments. Yet the queues stretching down the Moscow River embankment from Christ the Savior Cathedral are something of their own marvel. The massive turnout to see the...

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