Post Tagged with: "Eastern Europe"

Dutch government wins time to renegotiate EU-Ukraine agreement

April 20, 2016 11:30 am
Dutch government wins time to renegotiate EU-Ukraine agreement

Dutch lawmakers attend a parliament sessionin The Hague, The Netherlands, March 14, 2016. (Photo by AFP) Dutch lawmakers have narrowly rejected a motion calling on the government to immediately withdraw a law ratifying an association agreement between the European Union (EU) and Ukraine. Seventy-five legislators, mostly form Dutch Prime Minister […]

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Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko says Russia to free pilot in prisoner swap

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Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko says Russia to free pilot in prisoner swap

Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savchenko during a court hearing in Russia. (File photo by AFP) Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko says an agreement has been reached with Moscow to free a detained Ukrainian pilot in exchange for two Russian nationals held by Ukraine. “I initiated a conversation with Putin yesterday (Monday), […]

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Russian President Vladimir Putin still has the power of surprise

March 18, 2016 9:00 am
Russian President Vladimir Putin still has the power of surprise

Russian pilots arrive at an air base in Primorsko-Akhtarsk, southern Russia, their Syrian mission over for now. Photo / AP Russian President Vladimir Putin, with his sudden move to withdraw Russian forces from Syria, and declare the putative end of his country’s main military operations there, once more caught many […]

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Vladimir Putin blamed for crisis by NATO

March 3, 2016 1:00 pm
Vladimir Putin blamed for crisis by NATO

President trying to drive Europe to breaking point with refugees, Nato says. Countries across Europe are trying to stem the flow of refugees and migrants. Photo / AP Vladimir Putin is purposefully creating a refugee crisis in order to “overwhelm” and “break” Europe, Nato’s military commander in Europe has warned. […]

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Nanny parades little girl’s ‘decapitated’ head through Moscow streets

February 29, 2016 9:00 pm
Nanny parades little girl’s ‘decapitated’ head through Moscow streets

Gyulchehra Bobokulova carried the head through Moscow streets yelling “Allahu Akbar”. Photo / Twitter A nanny decapitated the little girl in her care before walking through Moscow carrying the child’s severed head. The woman shouted “Allahu Akbar” as she appeared near Oktyabrskoye Pole metro station in the northwest of the […]

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North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un refuses Moscow invitation

May 2, 2015 4:00 am
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un refuses Moscow invitation

Kim Jong Un may also have been reluctant to antagonise China further by holding talks with Putin before he meets with Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader. Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, refused an invitation to visit Moscow to mark the Soviet Union’s victory in World War II because […]

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Mother of Ukrainian helicopter pilot jailed in Russia seeks global help

April 21, 2015 7:00 am
Mother of Ukrainian helicopter pilot jailed in Russia seeks global help

The mother of a Ukrainian helicopter pilot imprisoned in Russia is on a global campaign seeking support from world leaders to pressure President Vladimir Putin to free her daughter. Maria Shavchenko said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday (local time) that her daughter is a political prisoner […]

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Pope Francis Easter call for peace in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Nigeria, Libya, Kenya, Yemen, Sudan and Congo

April 5, 2015 4:53 pm
Pope Francis Easter call for peace in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Nigeria, Libya, Kenya, Yemen, Sudan and Congo

Peace is needed and important for growth and development of any country. As a result, Pope Francis has called for peace “above all” in Syria and Iraq during his traditional Easter Sunday message. He urged the international community to address the “immense humanitarian tragedy” in both countries. The Pope also […]

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Vladimir Putin reappears in joking mood after 10-day absence

March 17, 2015 6:26 am
Vladimir Putin reappears in joking mood after 10-day absence

So far so good for Mr Putin’s show of strength after vanishing for an unprecedented 10 days. His face glowing and healthy, or waxen and pale, depending on the proximity of the observer to the Kremlin, Mr Putin had made his long-awaited return. “He’s alive,” whispered some of those gathered […]

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The expansionism of Russia could pose ‘existential threat’: NATO Gen. Adrian Bradshaw

February 21, 2015 6:29 pm
The expansionism of Russia could pose ‘existential threat’: NATO Gen. Adrian Bradshaw

Russia could try to seize territory from NATO states off the back of fighting in Ukraine, the military alliance’s deputy commander in Europe said Friday. Gen. Adrian Bradshaw, NATO’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, spoke as Germany and France pushed for the crumbling cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels […]

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