Oct 14, 2014

Abe to promise Kiev coordination over Ukraine crisis

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to promise Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that Tokyo will closely coordinate with Kiev to help peacefully resolve the Ukraine crisis if they meet later this week on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Meeting summit in Milan, according to Japanese ...

Ukrainian president fires third defense minister this year

Oct 13, 2014

Ukrainian president fires third defense minister this year

President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday dismissed Ukraine’s third defense minister since the March seizure by Russia of Crimea and the subsequent uprising by pro-Kremlin insurgents in the separatist east. The Western-backed leader’s official website said he would nominate a new defense chief on Monday ...

Oct 9, 2014

Abe may meet Putin for informal talks next week in Italy

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering making informal contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Asia-Europe Meeting summit in Milan, Italy, on Oct. 16 and 17, according to government sources. Abe hopes that staying in touch with the Russian leader will help make ...

Ukraine lobbies NATO, IMF as deaths mount, truce teeters

Oct 9, 2014

Ukraine lobbies NATO, IMF as deaths mount, truce teeters

Ukraine dispatched top envoys to Washington and Brussels on Wednesday to secure help in the face of a surge in clashes with pro-Russian insurgents that killed eight more civilians and troops. A one-month truce in Ukraine is teetering on the verge of collapse just ...

Oct 8, 2014

Russian hacking attack takes aim at leadership in Moscow

A hacker targeted a Russian regional parliament’s website on Tuesday with a statement berating authorities in Moscow and declaring the southern Volga region’s Astrakhan province was leaving the Russian Federation. Russians largely support President Vladimir Putin’s policies and his popularity received a boost after ...

Oct 7, 2014

Abe, Putin to meet on APEC sidelines in November

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet Russian President Vladmir Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing in November, the two leaders agreed Tuesday, a Japanese official said. The decision comes as Abe tries to walk a fine line between ...

Oct 5, 2014

Ukraine truce strained amid airport battle

Despite a cease-fire declared a month ago between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels, the biggest city in eastern Ukraine remains embroiled in fighting that includes daily artillery and rocket barrage hitting residential areas. The fighting focusing on the airport of the rebel-held city of ...