Ukraine approves budget to unlock Western aid

Dec 26, 2015

Ukraine approves budget to unlock Western aid

The Ukrainian parliament on Friday adopted a budget for next year with a deficit of 3.7 percent of GDP, crucial for unlocking much needed aid from the IMF and Western countries. The 2016 budget was passed after an acrimonious all-night debate and was finally ...

Georgian Prime Minister Garibashvili resigns

Dec 24, 2015

Georgian Prime Minister Garibashvili resigns

Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili resigned on Wednesday after two years in power, with the ruling coalition struggling to boost its popularity ahead of parliamentary polls next year. “I took the decision to leave my post,” Garibashvili, head of the Georgian Dream coalition, said ...

Russia issues arrest warrant for Putin foe Khodorkovsky

Dec 24, 2015

Russia issues arrest warrant for Putin foe Khodorkovsky

Russia said on Wednesday it had issued an international arrest warrant for top opposition leader Mikhail Khodorkovsky, as Moscow ramped up the pressure on a leading critic of President Vladimir Putin. The announcement from the Investigative Committee, a top law enforcement body that reports ...

Dec 21, 2015

Putin: We don't want the USSR back, but no one believes us

Russia is not trying to bring back the USSR, President Vladimir Putin said in a documentary aired Sunday, but the problem is that “nobody wants to believe it.” Since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis, which saw pro-Russian leader Viktor Yanukovych ousted by pro-European ...