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  • Eastern hopes for NATO bases stymied by Russia

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — On the eve of a NATO summit, President Barack Obama gave the alliance's eastern European members a soaring assurance of protection from any Russian threat. But Poland and the Baltic states are seeking more than lofty words: They want permanent bases with troops on their...

  • Russia, Ukraine working on cease-fire plan

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia and Ukraine said Wednesday they are working on a deal to halt months of fighting in eastern Ukraine, but Western leaders expressed skepticism — noting it wasn't the first attempt to end the deadly conflict. On the eve of a crucial NATO summit, Ukrainian President...

  • Vladimir Putin's goal is to reconstruct a 'Greater Russia'

    Events in Ukraine since mid-August demonstrate that the Russian dictator knows how to create operational and tactical options in order to achieve long-range, history-shaping strategic goals.

  • France backs off sale of warships to Russia, for now

    France on Wednesday put on hold the delivery of the first of two major warships to Russia, saying "conditions ... are not to date in place" to go forward with the $1.6 billion deal in light of recent events in Ukraine.

  • EU looking to deepen sanctions against Russia

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations will be looking to give existing penalties against Russia more bite by the weekend rather than expanding sanctions to include sport events to punish Moscow for its involvement in the Ukraine crisis. Several member states came out on Wednesday against the...

  • Obama: Russia is paying the price

    "We will defend the territorial integrity of every single ally," the president pledged. "An attack on one is an attack on all."

  • Former senators to lobby for Russian bank

    Former GOP Senate leader Trent Lott and former Democratic Senator John Breaux are lobbying for a Russian bank sanctioned by President Obama.

  • Obama: 'Too early to tell' what cease-fire means in Ukraine

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday announced a "lasting cease-fire" with Russia, but the Kremlin later insisted that they had not entered into such an agreement.

  • Obama reassures NATO's eastern allies as they eye Russian moves in Ukraine

    The visit comes at a defining time for NATO, whose leaders must reinforce the message that they are committed to defending all of its members to preserve the alliance's credibility.

  • Editorial cartoon: Putin's JV team

    Cartoon by Michael Ramirez/Creators Syndicate.

  • Ukrainian troops routed as Russia talks tough

    NOVOKATERYNIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — The ferocity of the attack on the fleeing Ukrainian troops was clear, days after the ambush by Russian-backed separatist forces. More than 30 military vehicles lay in charred piles Tuesday. Villagers said dozens were killed, and some remained unburied. One...

  • Russia Expert: Obama's 'impossible' Task

    Tensions in Ukraine show no signs of easing as President Barack Obama leaves for a 3-day Europe trip. A former U.S. intelligence officer says the inability of NATO to stop Russian President Putin is compounding fears near Russia's borders. (Sept. 2) SHOTLIST: AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY...

  • AP Analysis: Putin digs in for long Ukraine fight

    MOSCOW (AP) — Riding a wave of military gains by Russia-backed rebels, President Vladimir Putin has made it exceedingly clear that he wants a peace deal for Ukraine on his terms and will not be stopped by economic costs. The four-month conflict has now reached a breaking point, where Russia and...

  • Russia's gains cloud Obama's assurances to Baltics

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time this year, President Barack Obama will travel to Russia's backyard to assure nervous nations of his ironclad commitment to their security. But his objectives will be clouded by the West's inability to halt the Russian aggression in Ukraine that has stoked...

  • President Obama heads to Europe

    President Obama is headed overseas Tuesday for the remainder of the week, making stops in Estonia and Wales.



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