Friday, July 01, 2016


News and Features from Eastern Europe

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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Video U.S. Envoy Praises NATO Accomplishments

The U.S. ambassador to Russia has tried to allay Moscow's concerns about NATO's intentions ahead of a crucial summit next week while offering an impassioned defense of the alliance, which he says has been forced to respond to Kremlin aggression in Ukraine.
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Small Change: After Two Decades, Belarus Brings Back Its Coins

Belarus hopes its currency makeover will help curb inflation, but Minsk's record invites doubt as to whether it's anything more than cosmetic.
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Moldova's Ex-PM Jailed For Nine Years

Former Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat has been sentenced to nine years in jail on corruption charges.
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Eastern Angst: Brexit Vote Sends Jitters Through Countries On EU's Fringe

As Europe grapples with Britain's decision to leave the EU, the bloc's eastern partners are weighing the implications of a Brexit for their own countries.
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