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    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...

    To Deter Refugees, Norway Readies Fence on ex-Cold War Border
    Aug24

    To Deter Refugees, Norway Readies Fence on ex-Cold War Border

    Norway is putting up a steel fence at a remote Arctic border post with Russia after an influx of migrants last year, sparking an outcry from refugees’ rights groups and fears that cross- border ties with the former Cold War adversary will be harmed. The government says a new gate and a fence, about 200 meters (660 feet) long and 3.5 meters...

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko Strikes Martial Tone on Independence Day
    Aug24

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko Strikes Martial Tone on Independence Day

    Troubled Ukraine put on a show of its military strength on independence day on Wednesday and President Petro Poroshenko said the country had to rely on its own might rather than international guarantees. A march-past of army, navy and airforce units and hardware in the capital was intended to highlight the capability of Ukraine’s military,...

    Russia’s Embattled Opposition Hopes for Voice in Parliament after Elections
    Aug23

    Russia’s Embattled Opposition Hopes for Voice in Parliament after Elections

    Russia’s embattled opposition political parties hope to win a voice in the Kremlin-dominated parliament in the upcoming September 18 elections. Allegations of fraud during the 2011 parliamentary elections sparked mass protests against President Vladimir Putin’s rule. But the crackdown that followed was bolstered by nationalist fervor...

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