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    Montenegro Awaits Ratification of Its NATO Bid; US Senate Set to Vote
    Dec30

    Montenegro Awaits Ratification of Its NATO Bid; US Senate Set to Vote

    Next month, the U.S. Senate could vote on ratification of Montenegro’s long-standing bid to become 29th member of NATO. The Alliance officially endorsed the accession bid at its July conference in Warsaw. So far, 19 of 28 NATO allies have officially approved. The endorsement of United States lawmakers could signal others to give the green...

    Europe Faces 2017 With Great Deal of Uncertainty
    Dec30

    Europe Faces 2017 With Great Deal of Uncertainty

    Europe’s leaders are not expecting a smooth ride in 2017 following a year marked by political upheaval, extremist attacks, unchecked immigration, and a rising military threat from Russia. Britain is suing for divorce, the far-right is on the march, some former Soviet satellites seem disillusioned with the West even as Russia seeks to regain...

    USAID Ends Funding for Troubled Ukraine Customs Reform
    Dec30

    USAID Ends Funding for Troubled Ukraine Customs Reform

    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has ended funding for a flagship customs reform project in Ukraine’s Odessa region, as the government’s ambitious plans to tackle bribe-taking at its Black Sea ports stalled. USAID and other institutions have supported Kyiv’s Western-backed government, which took power after...

    Russia Foreign Minister Suggests Expelling US Diplomats
    Dec30

    Russia Foreign Minister Suggests Expelling US Diplomats

    Russia’s foreign minister has suggested expelling 35 U.S. diplomats in response to a new round of U.S. sanctions against Moscow. The suggestion comes after U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services in retaliation alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, as...

    Ukraine Says Hit by 6,500 Hack Attacks, Sees Russian ‘Cyberwar’
    Dec29

    Ukraine Says Hit by 6,500 Hack Attacks, Sees Russian ‘Cyberwar’

    Hackers have targeted Ukrainian state institutions about 6,500 times in the past two months, including incidents that showed Russian security services were waging a cyberwar against the country, President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday. In December, Ukraine suffered attacks on its finance and defense ministries and the State Treasury that...

    Ukraine Says Hit by 6,500 Hack Attacks, Sees Russian ‘Cyberwar’
    Dec29

    Ukraine Says Hit by 6,500 Hack Attacks, Sees Russian ‘Cyberwar’

    Hackers have targeted Ukrainian state institutions about 6,500 times in the past two months, including incidents that showed Russian security services were waging a cyberwar against the country, President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday. In December, Ukraine suffered attacks on its finance and defense ministries and the State Treasury that...

    Obama Set to Hit Russia With New Sanctions
    Dec29

    Obama Set to Hit Russia With New Sanctions

    The Obama administration is poised to hit Russia with new sanctions in response to alleged Russian hacking and interference in the November U.S. presidential elections. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the White House had been debating how to quickly punish Russia using an executive order that President Barack Obama signed last year....

    Lithuanian ‘Elves’ Combat Russian Influence Online
    Dec28

    Lithuanian ‘Elves’ Combat Russian Influence Online

    Elves against trolls—it sounds like something out of “The Lord of the Rings.” But to Ricardas Savukynas, the battle he’s fighting is no fantasy. The 43-year-old business consultant and blogger is part of an informal internet army of Lithuanians trying to counter what they describe as hate speech and pro-Russia propaganda....

    Putin: New Gas Pipeline Will Boost Annexed Crimea’s Economy
    Dec28

    Putin: New Gas Pipeline Will Boost Annexed Crimea’s Economy

    Russia on Tuesday activated a pipeline carrying Russian gas to Crimea with President Vladimir Putin hailing it as a step that would power economic growth on a peninsula Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014. Crimea has no land border with Russia, and Moscow has struggled to meet its energy needs, which were previously met by Ukraine. Putin, who...

    McCain, in Estonia, Defends Need for NATO to Deter Russia
    Dec27

    McCain, in Estonia, Defends Need for NATO to Deter Russia

    A leading American senator is telling Baltic state leaders they can count on continued U.S. support from the incoming Donald Trump administration in the event of any Russian aggression. Sen. John McCain, a member of President-elect Trump’s Republican party, also said Tuesday in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, that he does not foresee any...

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