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Apr 14 2014 US Condemns Russia For Provocative Behavior

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says a Russian SU-24 fighter aircraft made 12 low-altitude, close-range passes near the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea over the weekend.
U.S. defense officials say the Russian jet had no missiles and did not respond to attempts to communicate during the passes which lasted 90 minutes.
A U.S. military official said […]

 
 

Apr 8 2014 US Warns Russia Against Instigating Unrest

WASHINGTON - The United States has warned Russia against stirring separatist sentiment in eastern Ukraine, following unrest in several cities in recent days. U.S. officials said there are clear signs that pro-Russian demonstrations were orchestrated from outside. Meanwhile, recent events in Ukraine have emboldened Russian-speaking separatists in Moldova to renew their calls for independence, with […]

 
 

Apr 2 2014 NATO Suspends All Cooperation With Russia

BRUSSELS - NATO will suspend “all practical civilian and military cooperation” with Russia because of Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea.
In a joint statement following a meeting about Ukraine in Brussels, NATO foreign ministers said that the alliance’s political dialogue with Russia can continue as necessary. They said they do not recognize Russia’s seizure of Ukraine’s […]

 
 

Mar 22 2014 US Sanctions Impact Russian Economy

MOSCOW - The effect of U.S. and European economic sanctions aimed at Russia’s business and political elites is beginning to ripple through the country’s economy.
Two American credit companies, Visa and MasterCard, blocked transactions with their cards Friday at several Moscow banks. The institutions said they were complying with U.S. law after U.S. President Barack Obama […]

 
 

Mar 22 2014 Poland Speeds Up Missile Defense System

WARSAW - Poland has decided to speed up its tender for a missile defense system, the Defense Ministry said, in a sign of Warsaw’s disquiet over the tension between neighboring Ukraine and Russia.
“By the end of this year we want to already have chosen an offer. That is the acceleration by several months, compared to […]

 
 

Mar 17 2014 Crimea Declares Independence From Ukraine

WASHINGTON - Crimea’s regional assembly has declared independence from Ukraine and applied to become part of Russia, a day after a referendum in Crimea overwhelmingly supported joining the Russian Federation.
A delegation of Crimean lawmakers is set to travel to Moscow Monday to discuss additional procedures required to become part of the Federation.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s parliament endorsed […]

 
 

Mar 9 2014 Russia Boosts Military Ties With Kyrgyzstan

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Air Force base in Kyrgyzstan is packing up for closure after more than 12 years of flying troops and cargo in and out of Afghanistan, as Moscow boosts its military clout in the strategic region. Against the backdrop of the Russian actions in Ukraine, experts say Russia’s increasing economic and military […]

 
 

Mar 7 2014 Obama Imposes Sanctions Against Russia

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday took a strong stand against a planned referendum on the future of Ukraine’s Crimea region.  Obama imposed financial sanctions and travel restrictions on those the U.S. accuses of undermining democracy in Ukraine, even as thousands of Russian troops remained inside Crimea.
Congressional leaders are pledging support for those sanctions, […]

 
 

Mar 4 2014 Putin Proclaims Use Of Force In Ukraine Acceptable

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country is prepared to use all options to protect Russians in Ukraine, but that he hopes it will not have to use force.
Putin’s comments Tuesday come amid a growing crisis over Russia’s military presence in the Ukrainian region of Crimea. The United States and its European allies […]

 
 

Mar 3 2014 Threats Of War Over Ukraine Growing Daily

NEW YORK - The crisis in Ukraine is consuming Washington’s attention, with the Obama administration issuing stark warnings to Russia over its seizure of Crimea, while Ukraine mobilizes military reservists and accuses Moscow of declaring war.
With Russian troops deployed in Crimea and the threat of war in Eastern Europe growing by the day, U.S. Secretary […]

 
 

Mar 3 2014 Russia Condemned For Violating Ukraine Sovereignty

NEW YORK - Russia’s foreign ministry announced Russia and China have coinciding views on the situation in Ukraine, while the leaders of the G7 group of nations are condemning what they say is Russia’s “clear violation” of Ukraine’s sovereignty.
Russian forces have bolstered their presence in recent days on Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, where they have surrounded […]

 
 

Mar 2 2014 Russia Violates International Law Concerning Ukraine

NEW YORK - Ukraine has called up its military reservists in response to the Russian parliament’s approval of the deployment of troops to Crimea.
Andriy Paruby, Ukraine’s top security official, said Sunday the mobilization was initiated to “ensure the security and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Ramussen said NATO supports the right of […]

 
 

Mar 1 2014 Obama Warns Russia Against Invading Ukraine

WASHINGTON - As Ukrainian leaders accused Russia of carrying out an armed invasion in the Crimea region, U.S. President Barack Obama warned Moscow not to intervene militarily.
“We are deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine. Any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing,” […]

 
 

Feb 27 2014 Russia Agrees To Protect Yanukovych

MOSCOW - Russia has agreed to ensure the personal safety of Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovich, Russian news agencies quoted a source in the authorities as saying on Thursday.
“In connection with the appeal by president Yanukovich for his personal security to be guaranteed, I report that the request has been granted on the territory of the Russian […]

 
 

Feb 24 2014 US Warns Russia Against Ukraine Intervention

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is warning Russia against intervening in Ukraine after the country’s parliament ousted president Viktor Yanukovych and named an interim leader.
Appearing on U.S. television Sunday, President Barack Obama’s national security advisor, Susan Rice, was asked about the possibility of Russian intervention in Ukraine following days of bloodshed and a change of […]

 
 

Feb 24 2014 Ukraine Issues Arrest Warrant For Viktor Yanukovych

KYIV - Ukraine has issued an arrest warrant for ousted president Viktor Yanukovych, accusing him and other officials of mass murder of protesters.
Acting interior minister Arsen Avakhov announced the warrant in a Facebook statement Monday.  He said Yanukovych was last seen in the pro-Russian Crimea region of Ukraine, but the ousted leader’s exact whereabouts are […]

 
 

Feb 23 2014 Ukraine Building Unity Government

KYIV - In a special session Sunday, Ukraine’s legislature voted to give the speaker of the Ukrainian assembly temporary presidential power. Oleksandr Turchinov is an ally of of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who was freed from prison Saturday.
The whereabouts of ousted president Viktor Yanukovych remains unclear Sunday, one day after he left Kyiv.
Border guards […]

 
 

Feb 21 2014 EU Imposes Sanctions Against Ukraine

PARIS - The European Union has agreed to impose sanctions against Ukraine, including visa bans and asset freezes targeting those believed responsible for the country’s worst violence in years.
The details are still sketchy about just who will be targeted by the European Union sanctions, but the list will be drawn up in a matter of […]

 
 

Feb 19 2014 Ukraine Protests Turn Deadly

WASHINGTON - Thousands of anti-government protesters remained in the main square in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital Wednesday, after a day of fierce clashes with riot police left at least 25 people dead in the worst violence in three months of political demonstrations.
Police and opposition representatives said many of those killed were hit by gunshots. Dozens of […]

 
 

Feb 12 2014 French Jews Leaving For Israel

PARIS - Immigration to Israel has stagnated in recent years, but French Jews are bucking that trend. Last year nearly 3,300 Jews from France made their aliyah, or immigration to Israel, a 63 percent jump from 2012. The phenomenon is changing the face of Israeli immigration — and France’s own half-million-strong Jewish community.
By any standard, […]

 
 

Feb 9 2014 EU Denounces US Diplomat For Vulgar Language

BRUSSELS - The head of the European Council says U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland’s use of vulgar language about the European Union is “totally unacceptable.”
Council president Herman Van Rompuy commented during a Saturday interview with Belgian broadcasters, a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel echoed a similar sentiment.
Nuland’s comment was part of a […]

 
 

Jan 29 2014 Ukraine Government Resigns In Wake Of Protests

KYIV - Ukraine’s president on Tuesday accepted the resignation of the government in a bid to quell violent anti-government protests that have gripped the capital Kyiv. The demonstrations began two months ago after Viktor Yanukovich backed away from signing a deal with the European Union.
The Ukrainian president’s website said Mr. Yanukovych had accepted the prime minister’s […]

 
 

Jan 28 2014 Ukraine Parliament Repeals Public Protest Laws

KYIV - Ukraine’s parliament has repealed a controversial set of laws restricting public protests, while Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has offered his resignation in what the government says is an effort to encourage political compromise.
Ukraine’s government website announced the news of the resignation Tuesday, publishing a statement by Azarov that says he wants to […]

 
 

Jan 27 2014 Ukraine Revolutionaries Seize Justice Ministry

KYIV - Anti-government protesters have seized the Ukrainian justice ministry in Kyiv, after rejecting President Viktor Yanukovych’s offer to name opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk as prime minister, and former boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko as his deputy.
Yatsenyuk told a crowd that the opposition is “not afraid” of accepting more political responsibility, but that Yanukovych still has […]

 
 

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