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  • A look at Ukraine's fast-growing Russian gas bill

    MOSCOW (AP) — The amount Russia says it is owed by Ukraine's cash-strapped government for natural gas has ballooned as if by magic — from $1.7 billion at the beginning of April to a staggering $35.4 billion, according to a letter sent by President Vladimir Putin this week to 18 European...

  • Lawmakers urge Jack Lew, John Kerry to stop U.S. purchases of Russian helicopters

    Dozens of lawmakers have signed a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew urging them to impose sanctions on a Russian arms exporter that the Pentagon is procuring helicopters from. The effort to rally opposition to Russian company Rosoboronexport, which the...

  • NATO's chief: Russia's actions are illegitimate

    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has urged Russia to pull back its troops from Ukraine's borders and enter a dialogue respecting Ukraine's sovereignty. The alliance's chief said Russia's attempts to draw new dividing lines in Europe by force, to limit the...

  • EU to weigh broadening sanctions against Russia

    BRUSSELS (AP) — A senior European Union official says the 28-nation bloc's foreign ministers will consider broadening the list of people sanctioned because of Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula. The official said Friday some EU governments want to beef up the sanctions to...

  • Obama calls Angela Merkel to 'check in' on Ukraine crisis

    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has discussed the situation in Ukraine with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Obama spoke to Merkel from aboard Air Force One on Thursday as he returned to Washington from Texas. White House spokesman Jay Carney...

  • US warns Russia of tougher sanctions over Ukraine

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told his Russian counterpart on Thursday that Russia could face tougher economic sanctions because of its actions in Ukraine. The U.S. Treasury said that Lew warned Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov that the United States is prepared to...

  • Report: Russia withheld intel before Boston attack

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A yearlong review of information the U.S. intelligence community had prior to the Boston Marathon bombing found that the investigation could have been more thorough, but the intelligence agencies' inspectors general said it is impossible to know whether anything could have...

  • Putin: Ukraine debt threatens Europe gas supplies

    MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin warned Europe on Thursday that it may face a shutdown of Russian natural gas supplies if it fails to help Ukraine settle its enormous Russian gas bill — a debt that far exceeds a bailout package offered by the International Monetary Fund. The Russian president's...

  • Putin turns up economic heat before Ukraine talks

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin turned up the heat on Ukraine on Wednesday by threatening to demand advance payment for gas supplies, a move designed to exert economic pressure as Ukraine confronts possible bankruptcy, a mutiny by pro-Russian separatists in the east and a...

  • Russia rejects US warnings over oil deal with Iran

    MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat on Wednesday angrily rejected U.S. warnings against striking an oil-for-goods contract with Iran, saying that Moscow wouldn't be intimidated by threats. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said in remarks carried by the state RIA Novosti news agency...

  • Vladimir Putin's creeping war of aggression

    This week, ethnic Russian agitators in eastern Ukraine marched on camera, building barricades and demanding political unification with Mother Russia. One group in Donetsk demanded the Kremlin send "temporary" peacekeeping troops.

  • Russia threatens Ukraine on gas supply

    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has threatened that Russia's state-owned gas company could ask Ukraine to pay for gas in advance, according to Russian state news agencies. In a meeting Wednesday with government ministers, Putin said that asking for advance payments "corresponded with...

  • Aided by U.S. weakness, Vladimir Putin wants to party like it's 1989

    In a speech to Russia's parliament while formally annexing Crimea from Ukraine, Vladimir Putin cited history to legitimize his decision for “reunification.”

  • Ukraine tries to quell pro-Moscow uprisings

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities moved to quell pro-Moscow uprisings along the Russian border with mixed results Tuesday, retaking one occupied regional headquarters and watching protesters consolidate their hold on another. In a third city, Luhansk, Ukraine's Security Service...

  • Russia oil talks pose new hurdle to Iran nuke pact

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States could impose economic sanctions if Iran and Russia move forward with a reported oil-for-goods contract, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday, discussing with a Senate panel an emerging threat to talks designed to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran. The...



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