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  • EU warns Russia against using gas for politics

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is warning Russia that interfering with gas deliveries to Ukraine to apply political pressure would backfire by damaging its reputation as a reliable supplier for the EU. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in a letter on behalf of the...

  • Ukraine, US work to reduce tensions with Russia

    GENEVA (AP) — Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest. The carrot-stick strategy emerged as diplomats from Ukraine, the U.S., the European Union and...

  • Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow...

  • Vladimir Putin to Edward Snowden: Russia's surveillance not on such a massive scale as the U.S.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking in a televised call-in show, took a video question from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, whom Russia granted asylum last year. Asked by Snowden about Russia's surveillance programs, Putin said that Russian special services also tap on communications in their...

  • Ukraine: 3 killed after Black Sea base attack

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Three pro-Russian protesters were killed and 13 injured during an attempted overnight raid on a Ukrainian National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine's authorities said. The Interior Ministry said a mob of around 300 people armed with stun grenades and...

  • Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero's welcome. Responding to what it sees as...

  • NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday. Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO's air policing aircraft will fly more sorties over the Baltic...

  • Obama must defend NATO's real red lines from Vladimir Putin's aggression in Ukraine

    Last week masked men, in camouflage garb with no insignia, dressed and equipped like Russian special forces, started taking over police stations and other government buildings in the Donets basin in eastern Ukraine. They appeared to be working in tandem with local militias in defying the...

  • US readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S. officials said Wednesday, as Ukraine struggles to contain a pro-Russian uprising in its eastern cities. Officials said they had no...

  • Obama: Russia supporting militias in Ukraine

    President Obama on Wednesday accused the Kremlin of providing support to pro-Russian militias in Ukraine and pressed Moscow to de-escalate the situation. “What is absolutely clear is that not only have Russians gone into Crimea and annexed it in illegal fashion, violating the sovereignty and...

  • US: Russia facing diplomacy or new sanctions

    GENEVA (AP) — A senior U.S. official says high-stakes diplomatic meetings in Geneva on Thursday to try to ease burgeoning violence in eastern Ukraine will mark Kiev's final attempt to engage with Russia before the West hits Moscow with additional economic sanctions. It was not immediately...

  • White House: U.S. has 'prepared' new sanctions for Russia

    The White House on Wednesday said that the U.S. has prepared new sanctions against Russia amid growing concerns over Ukraine's territorial sovereignty.

  • U.S. lists demands before Geneva meeting with Russians, Ukrainians

    With tensions mounting over Ukraine's stability, the Obama administration is readying additional sanctions for Russia ahead of a Thursday meeting between U.S., Ukrainian, Russian and European Union officials aimed at resolving the crisis.

  • Indiana Gov. Mike Pence raises 2016 possibilities with Berlin speech

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence jumped into the debate over foreign policy Wednesday during a trade mission to Germany, saying the Obama administration's policy of "conciliatory diplomacy" toward Russia has failed. It's the clearest sign so far that Pence, who flirted with a run in 2008 while leader...

  • Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's economy slowed sharply at the start of the year as the crisis in Ukraine spooked investors into pulling money out of the country. But with Russian President Vladimir Putin still enjoying high popularity ratings, the economic damage is not yet likely to soften his...



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