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    Russia’s Long-time UN Ambassador Dies Suddenly
    Feb20

    Russia’s Long-time UN Ambassador Dies Suddenly

    Russia’s long-time U.N. Ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly on Monday in New York, a day before he would have turned 65 years old. The Russian foreign ministry announced his death in a statement, giving no details on the circumstances. An operator at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center confirmed he had been received at...

    Ukraine Cease-fire in Effect But Doubts Persist as to Sustainability
    Feb20

    Ukraine Cease-fire in Effect But Doubts Persist as to Sustainability

    A cease-fire in eastern Ukraine aimed at halting fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Moscow-backed separatists went into effect Monday. Ukrainian officials, however, warn it is at risk of falling apart. Under the cease-fire announced in Munich by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, both sides are supposed to abide by the...

    On Maidan Anniversary US Demands Russia Honor Minsk Agreements
    Feb20

    On Maidan Anniversary US Demands Russia Honor Minsk Agreements

    As Ukrainians mark the third anniversary of the Maidan uprising that toppled former president Viktor Yanukovich, the U.S. is demanding that Russia honor the Minsk agreements, intended to end the violence in eastern Ukraine. Speaking to leaders gathered at Munich Security Conference, Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday “the United States will...

    US Seeks ‘New Common Ground with Russia’
    Feb20

    US Seeks ‘New Common Ground with Russia’

    Vice President Mike Pence says the United States will “continue to hold Russia accountable,” but that President Donald Trump has directed a search for ways to find “new common ground with Russia.” Pence’s comments came Monday in Brussels alongside European Union Council President Donald Tusk. “In the wake of Russian...

    Kremlin Defends its Recognition of Ukraine Rebel Passports
    Feb20

    Kremlin Defends its Recognition of Ukraine Rebel Passports

    The Kremlin says its decision to recognize passports and other documents issued by separatist authorities in eastern Ukraine is a response to Ukraine’s blockade of rebel regions. The weekend’s move by Russian President Vladimir Putin has drawn sharp criticism from Ukraine, which called it a violation of a two-year-old peace deal....

    US Slams Russia’s Move to Recognize Ukraine Rebel Documents
    Feb19

    US Slams Russia’s Move to Recognize Ukraine Rebel Documents

    The United States says it is disturbed by Russia’s decision to recognize passports and other documents issued by rebel authorities in eastern Ukraine. The recognition, in an order signed by President Vladimir Putin that was announced Saturday, “is alarming and contradicts the agreed-upon goals of the Minsk Agreement,” the U.S....

    Europeans Wonder if Trump Will Act on Pence’s Reassurances
    Feb19

    Europeans Wonder if Trump Will Act on Pence’s Reassurances

    Vice President Mike Pence was the latest in a trio of high-ranking Trump emissaries to tell European allies in person that the United States will steadfastly support NATO and demand that Russia honor its commitments to end fighting in Ukraine. Some European leaders, however, remain skeptical of whether Pence and the U.S. secretaries of state and...

    Merkel, Pence Vow Strong NATO Support
    Feb18

    Merkel, Pence Vow Strong NATO Support

    While German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed that European nations strengthen their multilateral ties, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence praised NATO but made no mention of the European Union, fueling concerns about America’s new approach to international affairs. At the Munich Security Conference Saturday, Merkel delivered a speech...

    Pence: US Will Hold Russia Accountable, Stand With Europe
    Feb18

    Pence: US Will Hold Russia Accountable, Stand With Europe

    Vice President Mike Pence said the United States will “hold Russia accountable” even as President Donald Trump searches for new common ground with Russia at the start of his presidency. Pence, speaking at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, said that with regard to Ukraine, the international community must hold Russia accountable and...

    NATO Officials Say Russian ‘Fake News’ Seeks to Undermine Alliance
    Feb18

    NATO Officials Say Russian ‘Fake News’ Seeks to Undermine Alliance

    Emails accusing German soldiers stationed in Lithuania of rape were sent this week to local news outlets, the latest incident in what NATO officials say is a Russian “fake news” campaign aimed at eroding public support for the military alliance. The emails, which were sent to several Lithuanian media outlets on February 14, claimed...

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