Saturday, July 02, 2016


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Putin Hints At Troop Movements If Finland Joins NATO

President Vladimir Putin has indicated that Russia would move troops toward its border with Finland if the Nordic country became a member of NATO, whose eastward expansion since the fall of the Soviet Union has long angered the Kremlin.
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PM: Ukraine In EU In 10 Years

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman has predicted Ukraine will join the European Union within the next 10 years.
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Ukraine Soldier Killed In Fresh Fighting In East

One Ukrainian soldier has been killed and four wounded in attacks over the past 24 hours by Russia-backed separatists in the east of the country.
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EU Extends Sanctions Against Russia

The European Union has officially decided to extend its economic sanctions against Russia to January 31, 2017.
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Putin Vows To React To NATO Buildup But Avoid Costly Arms Race

NATO's military buildup near Russia's borders has thrown off the balance of forces there, President Vladimir Putin said, vowing to respond without getting into a costly arms race.
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Kerry To Travel To Tbilisi, Kyiv Next Week

The U.S. State Department says Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Georgia next week for talks on Tbilisi's push for closer ties with NATO and the European Union.
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Armenia Ratifies Joint Air-Defense With Russia

Armenian lawmakers have approved the cabinet's decision to join Russia's air-defense system amid protests by the opposition.
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France: Russia Agrees To NATO Talks After Summit

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says Russia has agreed to hold a Russia-NATO Council meeting after the alliance holds its July Warsaw summit.
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Video Ukrainian Opera Singer Killed While Fighting In Eastern Ukraine

A Ukrainian opera singer who left the Paris Opera two years ago to fight Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine has reportedly been killed.
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Lithuania Won't Extradite Fugitive Kazakh

Lithuania has refused to extradite the brother-in-law of fugitive Kazakh tycoon Mukhtar Ablyazov to Kazakhstan and Ukraine, Russian media reported.
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