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    Merkel, Hollande Worried About Ukraine Conflict Ahead of Meeting With Putin
    Sep01

    Merkel, Hollande Worried About Ukraine Conflict Ahead of Meeting With Putin

    Germany and France are “extremely concerned” about the situation in eastern Ukraine, especially along the line of contact between pro-Russian separatists and government forces, the two countries’ leaders said on Thursday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande spoke ahead of an expected meeting...

    Relatives of MH17 Victims Seek EU Help in Getting Radar Data
    Aug31

    Relatives of MH17 Victims Seek EU Help in Getting Radar Data

    Frustrated relatives of those killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine are appealing to the EU’s top diplomat to put pressure on Russia, Ukraine and the United States to hand over intelligence and radar data to investigators. An international team of investigators is seeking to file criminal...

    Putin to Visit Japan in December
    Aug30

    Putin to Visit Japan in December

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Japan in December, Moscow and Tokyo confirmed Tuesday. The schedule for the visit could be decided when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets Putin later this week at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, Japan’s top government spokesman said. “I believe the most important thing in...

    Lithuania FM: EU Sanctions on Russia Should Stay
    Aug30

    Lithuania FM: EU Sanctions on Russia Should Stay

    EU sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine should stay in place as long the situation on the ground does not improve, Lithuania’s foreign minister said on Monday, dismissing calls from EU’s rotating president Slovakia for them to be lifted. The European Union imposed energy, financial and defense sanctions on Moscow after it...

    Human Rights Activists Condemn Secret Detentions in Ukraine
    Aug29

    Human Rights Activists Condemn Secret Detentions in Ukraine

    International rights group are raising the alarm about secret detentions in Ukraine. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch published a report this summer detailing the use of torture and secret detentions by both the Ukrainian government and the Russia-backed separatist rebels it is fighting in the country’s east. The two groups said...

    Kerry, Russian Counterpart Try to Hammer Out Syria Plan
    Aug26

    Kerry, Russian Counterpart Try to Hammer Out Syria Plan

    The United States and Russia renewed efforts Friday to negotiate a peaceful end to the fighting in Syria in light of a more volatile and complicated situation with the introduction of Turkish forces on the ground. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are meeting in Geneva, trying to come to an agreement...

    German Minister Urges New Arms Control Pact With Russia
    Aug26

    German Minister Urges New Arms Control Pact With Russia

    Germany’s foreign minister has called for a new arms control deal with Moscow to avoid an escalation of tensions in Europe, where intensified military exercises by Russia and NATO have raised concerns that a war could inadvertently be triggered. In an apparent reference to Russia’s annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine,...

    Russia’s New Education Minister Gives Stalin a Nod
    Aug26

    Russia’s New Education Minister Gives Stalin a Nod

    President Vladimir Putin’s choice of Olga Vasilyeva as Russia’s education and science minister is proving to be one of his more controversial cabinet appointments, at least for the country’s human rights activists and some representatives of religious minorities. Vasilyeva, historian of the Russian Orthodox Church, wrote her...

    Promised Prosperity Never Arrived in Russian-held Crimea, Locals Say
    Aug25

    Promised Prosperity Never Arrived in Russian-held Crimea, Locals Say

    More than two years after Russia annexed Crimea and promised its 2 million people a better life, residents say prices have soared, wages and pensions have stagnated and tourists have fled. The sunny and mountainous Black Sea peninsula is back in the news, with Russian President Vladimir Putin accusing Kyiv of sending infiltrators across the...

    Russia Begins Military Exercises on Land, at Sea
    Aug25

    Russia Begins Military Exercises on Land, at Sea

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced snap military exercises on land, and in the Black and Caspian Seas, the defense ministry said in a statement. The drills began at 7:00 a.m. (0400 GMT) Moscow time Thursday in Russia’s southern, western and central military districts where troops have been put on combat alert, the statement...

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