Tuesday, June 30, 2015


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Firefighters Battle Forest Fire Near The Chernobyl Plant

Firefighters have been trying to contain a raging forest fire that started on the evening of June 29 in the exclusion zone near the destroyed Chornobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine.
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U.S. Export Bank, Expiring June 30, May Be Revived In Senate Vote

The supporters of the U.S. Export-Import Bank have enough votes in the Senate to revive it and will get a chance to do so, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said June 29.
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Russia Offers Ukraine Lower Gas Price

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says natural-gas prices for Ukraine will be reduced to $247 per 1,000 cubic meters.
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Pro-EU Chisinau Mayor Reelected

The pro-Western incumbent mayor of Chisinau has been declared the winner in a second-round mayoral election in Moldova.
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Moldovans Choose Between East, West

Moldovans are voting in runoffs for local elections which are considered a test of whether the country is committed to European integration or will seek closer ties with Russia.
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U.S. Compares Chinese Moves To Russia's

The U.S. State Department's no. 2 diplomat has compared China's moves to claim new territory through island-building in the South China Sea to Russia's moves in eastern Ukraine.
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Russia Slams U.S. State Department Report

The Russian Foreign Ministry said on June 26 that an annual human rights report released by the United States was politically motivated and ignored rights violations by Ukraine.
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Video Armenian Protesters Chafe At Comparisons To EuroMaidan

Many observers in Russia and the West are comparing the ongoing Armenian protests against rising electricity prices to the Euromaidan movement in Ukraine. But spokespeople in Yerevan are resisting this attempt to broaden the framing of their project.
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Estonian Defense Chief: NATO Must 'Neutralize' Putin's Perceived Advantage

Estonia's defense chief has welcomed the U.S. decision to preposition military equipment in the Baltics and other countries on the eastern edge of the alliance, saying that a strong presence is required to diminish the potential threat of a Russian attack.
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U.S. Loans For Big Eurasian Projects May Soon Dry Up

A crucial source of financing may soon no longer be available for purchasing expensive equipment needed for farming in Ukraine, earth-moving in Kazakhstan, and oil and gas operations in Russia and Iraq.
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