Sep 17, 2014

Ukrainian people make history with EU pact, U.S. says

The United States on Tuesday welcomed Ukraine’s ratification of a landmark EU pact and new laws granting self-rule to the east, urging Moscow to implement a cease-fire deal in return. “We congratulate the people of Ukraine on making history today,” State Department deputy spokeswoman ...

Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pact

Sep 16, 2014

Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pact

Ukraine’s parliament on Tuesday ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union, and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal. The ratification vote draws a line under the issue that last ...

Fearing Russian ire, Israel reneges on arms deal with Ukraine: report

Sep 16, 2014

Fearing Russian ire, Israel reneges on arms deal with Ukraine: report

A proposed sale of Israeli weapons — including drones — to Ukraine has been blocked for fear of antagonizing Russia, Channel Two television reported Monday. The broadcaster said a Ukrainian delegation had visited Israel with a view to acquiring military hardware, including drones to ...

Sep 16, 2014

Gymnast rumored linked to Putin leaves parliament

Alina Kabayeva, the Olympic gold gymnast whose relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin is the subject of wide speculation, is resigning from her seat in the national parliament. Russian news reports say Kabayeva on Monday asked to step down in order to undertake other ...

U.S., EU hit Russia with fresh round of sanctions

Sep 13, 2014

U.S., EU hit Russia with fresh round of sanctions

The United States and the European Union hit Russia with tough new sanctions Friday in a coordinated riposte to Moscow’s “unacceptable behavior” in Ukraine despite a fragile truce. Moscow responded by accusing its foes of seeking to derail the peace push aimed at halting ...

Ukraine, rebels exchange prisoners in peace deal

Sep 12, 2014

Ukraine, rebels exchange prisoners in peace deal

Government and rebel forces early Friday exchanged dozens of prisoners captured during fighting in Ukraine, as part of a cease-fire agreement sealed earlier this month. The transfer took place in the dark outside the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk under the watch of international ...

U.S. foreign policy train wreck

Sep 12, 2014

U.S. foreign policy train wreck

by William Pfaff

If the cease-fire and negotiation terms Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has signed with the country's pro-Russian insurgents in the southeast of his country and their friends in Moscow hold, U.S. President Barack Obama should thank him for an invaluable gift of peace to Americans ...

Sep 12, 2014

NATO's new missions won't solve Ukraine, Iraq crises

NATO leaders emerged from a summit in Wales with a plan to protect eastern members from a resurgent Russia, a pledge to reverse the decline in their defense spending, and an embryonic Western coalition to combat Islamic militants in Iraq. Yet despite ringing declarations ...

Sep 12, 2014

Obama unveils new sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

President Barack Obama said Thursday that the United States would intensify sanctions in the defense, finance and energy sectors to punish Russia over its “illegal actions” in Ukraine. The move was coordinated with the European Union, which earlier also agreed to slap a new ...

Sep 12, 2014

Estonia enraged as Russia charges 'abducted' policeman with spying

An Estonian policeman detained by Russian security services has been charged with espionage in a case that has sent tensions soaring between Moscow and its small NATO-member neighbor. Tallinn has accused Moscow of abducting Eston Kohver at gunpoint from Estonian territory. He now faces ...