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  • US, EU levy sanctions on Russia despite cease-fire

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unsatisfied with a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine, the United States and the European Union levied new sanctions Friday against major Russian banks and defense companies, as well as penalties aimed at curtailing Russia's ability to develop oil and gas projects. But the...

  • Ukraine will delay implementation of EU deal

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — European leaders said Friday that they would allow Ukraine to delay putting a landmark trade deal into effect, a major concession to Russia which has repeatedly threatened retaliation if Kiev implements the measure. "I'm happy that today, with a trilateral meeting we had in...

  • Poland resumes gas deliveries to Ukraine

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has resumed deliveries of gas to Ukraine that it had halted after its own supplies from Russia dropped this week, the state pipeline operator said Friday. The statement by Gaz-System S.A. suggests gas flows from Russian supplier Gazprom are once again meeting...

  • Obama administration sanctions Russia's largest bank

    The Obama administration Friday announced new penalties against Russia's largest bank and expanded sanctions on the nation's energy and defense sectors, pledging additional economic punishment if Russian President Vladimir Putin continues his incursions in Ukraine.

  • EU sanctions hit Russian oil companies, lawmakers

    BRUSSELS (AP) — New European Union sanctions against Russia announced Friday toughen financial penalties on the country's banks, arms makers and its biggest oil company, to punish Moscow for what the West sees as efforts to destabilize Ukraine. The EU measures, details of which were released...

  • Putin pounces as Obama focuses on Mideast

    It's a pattern many analysts have noticed in Putin's behavior: wait until the U.S. is tied up with another crisis -- this time with mounting tensions against the Islamic State -- then pounce.

  • Poll: Most Americans fear oil exports would raise gas prices

    Fifty-two percent of respondents to a survey by the Morning Consult said they think sending crude abroad would cause more pain at the pump, though more support (38 percent) rather than oppose (34 percent) ending a 39-year-old ban on exporting oil.

  • Obama: U.S. placing tougher sanctions on Russia

    President Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. would "intensify" sanctions against Russia's financial, energy and defense sectors, as western powers ratchet up their showdown with Russian President Vladimir Putin over his incursions in Ukraine.

  • Russia cuts gas supplies to Poland

    Russia's natural gas supplies to Poland have dropped by 45 percent this week, Poland's state gas company told the BBC, a move many analysts saw as punishment for Poland sending gas to Ukraine.

  • Obama to lawmakers: Crimea is 'gone'

    "I was in a meeting in the White House a few weeks ago, and the president was giving us a synopsis of the problems around the world, and I said, 'You didn't mention Crimea. Is that just gone?' And the basic answer was, 'Yeah, that's gone,'" Rep. Buck McKeon told an audience at the American...

  • GOP senator: Obama 'hot air' won't stop Putin's attack on Ukraine

    A key Senate Republican closely tied to Ukraine on Thursday said that the United States has abandoned its ally and that "hot air" from President Obama won't stop Russia's move into its western-leaning neighbor.

  • U.S., EU crafting hardest-hitting energy sanctions against Russia so far

    These sanctions would handcuff Russia's ability to raise revenue, as its government derives more than half its budget from oil and gas.

  • Putin promises new weapons to fend Western threats

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will counter military moves by the U.S. and NATO with an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday as the military successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile from a nuclear submarine. At the same time, he...

  • Ukraine president invited to address Congress next week

    Speaker John Boehner said President Petro Poroshenko's address, scheduled for Sept. 18, would serve as "a signal of our steadfast commitment to the aspirations of his people," adding, "It will be an honor and a privilege to welcome him to the United States Capitol."

  • Ukraine pledges more autonomy to rebellious east

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president promised Wednesday to introduce a bill as early as next week that would offer greater autonomy to the pro-Russian east, where separatists have been battling government troops for almost five months. But President Petro Poroshenko said the regions would...



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