Monday, August 03, 2015


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Kerry, Lavrov To Meet In Qatar

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Qatar to discuss Iran, Syria, and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
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Crimea Seizure Slammed At Tatar Congress

Participants at the second World Congress of Crimean Tatars have condemned Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea, as the gathering opened in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on August 1.
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Russian Ministry To Run Crimean Site

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a major archaeological site in Crimea to be placed under federal control following disagreements over the appointment of the site's director.
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Russia Vows Retaliation For Expanded U.S. Sanctions

Russia's Foreign Ministry has vowed retaliation against the United States for expanded sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
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Ukraine's 'Strong' Reforms Win Loan

The International Monetary Fund approved a second installment of loans for Ukraine despite uncertainties raised by the country's heavy debts and conflict with Russian-backed separatist forces.
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Hollande Says No Mistral Deal Yet

President Francois Hollande has denied claims by Moscow that France has agreed to pay compensation to Russia for cancelling the sale of two Mistral warships.
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Former Ukrainian Official On The Lam In Alligator Shoes?

A new luxury shoe store has opened up in Kyiv, and the owners' tracks appear to come from one of Ukraine's most wanted men.
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Ukraine Approves Decentralization Bill

Ukraine's Constitutional Court has ruled that draft constitutional amendments that would decentralize power do not violate the country's constitution.
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U.S. Extends Sanctions On Russia

The United States imposed further Russia and Ukraine-related sanctions on July 30, including on Crimean port operators, former Ukrainian officials, and a former Russian gas trader.
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Ukraine Investigates French Crimea Visit

Ukraine has launched investigations into a recent visit by French lawmakers to annexed Crimea.
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