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    US Senate Set to Ratify Montenegro as NATO Member
    Mar28

    US Senate Set to Ratify Montenegro as NATO Member

    The U.S. Senate is set to ratify Montenegro’s admission into the NATO alliance, an event many lawmakers viewed through the lens of a deepening struggle between Western nations and Russia. “This is more than the accession or non-accession of a small, 650,000-person nation,” said the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Republican...

    EU Top Court Upholds Sanctions Against Russia’s Rosneft
    Mar28

    EU Top Court Upholds Sanctions Against Russia’s Rosneft

    Europe’s top court on Tuesday upheld European Union sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine conflict, including on its largest oil group Rosneft, in a ruling that asserts the court’s jurisdiction over the bloc’s foreign policy. The EU slapped sanctions on Russia after it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and stepped them up as...

    Montenegro’s Bid to Join NATO Advances With US Senate Vote
    Mar28

    Montenegro’s Bid to Join NATO Advances With US Senate Vote

    Montenegro is one step closer to becoming NATO’s 29th member. Ratification of the treaty on Montenegro’s admission into the alliance cleared a procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate Monday, setting the stage for a final vote later this week. Approving the treaty requires a two-thirds’ vote in the Senate, after which the president...

    Baltics’ Russian Media Use Online Humor to Combat Propaganda
    Mar28

    Baltics’ Russian Media Use Online Humor to Combat Propaganda

    Russia’s nationalist propaganda machine kicked into high gear after the 2014 annexation of Crimea sparked the worst East-West tensions since the Cold War. State media quickly fell behind the Kremlin line while Russia’s few independent media came under increasing pressure to conform or self-censor. As Russian authorities shrank the...

    Baltics’ Russian Media Use Online Humor to Combat Propaganda
    Mar27

    Baltics’ Russian Media Use Online Humor to Combat Propaganda

    Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the Kremlin’s propaganda machine has shrunk the field for independent media and increased cynicism about politics and current events. To combat the problem, one group of Russian journalists, “The Meduza Project,” moved operations to Latvia and focuses on online content and humor to...

    Clear Winner Unlikely in Bulgaria’s Third Election in Four Years
    Mar26

    Clear Winner Unlikely in Bulgaria’s Third Election in Four Years

    Bulgarians began voting in a snap general election Sunday with the center-right GERB party challenged for power by Socialists who say they will improve ties with Russia even if it means upsetting the country’s European Union partners. Opinion polls put the GERB party of former Prime Minister Boiko Borisov, 57, narrowly ahead of the...

    Belarus Police Arrest Hundreds Defying Protest Ban
    Mar26

    Belarus Police Arrest Hundreds Defying Protest Ban

    Riot police in Belarus launched a massive crackdown Saturday on protesters trying to hold a banned march in Minsk. Hundreds were reported arrested, and a human rights leader said many of the detainees had been beaten by police and needed medical attention. An estimated 700 people were trying to march through a central part of the capital, part of...

    Trump Administration Reviewing What Role US Nuclear Weapons Should Play 
    Mar25

    Trump Administration Reviewing What Role US Nuclear Weapons Should Play 

    The United Nations begins negotiations Monday on a legally binding treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons. This comes as the United States commences a review of what role its nuclear weapons should now play. “Shortly after taking office, the president directed a new Nuclear Posture Review to ensure that the United States nuclear deterrent is modern,...

    Cyber Firm Rewrites Part of Disputed Russian Hacking Report
    Mar25

    Cyber Firm Rewrites Part of Disputed Russian Hacking Report

    U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has revised and retracted statements it used to buttress claims of Russian hacking during last year’s American presidential election campaign. The shift followed a VOA report that the company misrepresented data published by an influential British think tank. In December, CrowdStrike said it found...

    Latvia-Russia Ties Shaped by Soviet History, Marred by Politics
    Mar24

    Latvia-Russia Ties Shaped by Soviet History, Marred by Politics

    Russia justified its 2014 annexation of Crimea, and ongoing support for rebels in east Ukraine, by claiming ethnic Russians there were threatened by nationalists and faced discrimination. But while Russian rhetoric, frequent military drills, and the legacy of Soviet aggression raise concerns, there is surprisingly little tension within the...

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