Tag Archive for Europe

Borderlands: The View Beyond Ukraine

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(Stratfor.com - George Friedman - June 10, 2014)  Editor’s Note: This is the final installment in George Friedman’s recent series written during his journey from the Baltics, through Central and Eastern Europe and then east to Turkey and Azerbaijan. I traveled between Poland and Azerbaijan during a rare period when the forces that shape Europe appear to be in flux, and most of the countries I visited are

NEWSLINK: Russian gas keeps flowing to Ukraine as deadline passes

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[“Russian gas keeps flowing to Ukraine as deadline passes” - Reuters - June 10, 2014] Reuters reports that Russian gas supplies to Ukraine and the EU have remained stable, despite the passing of a deadline over disputed Ukrainian gas bills.  Meanwhile, the European Commission continues to broker related negotiations. Natural gas supplies to Ukraine and the European Union were stable on Tuesday after a Russian deadline passed for

NEWSLINK: In Europe, Obama gets second chance to explain his Russia policy

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[“In Europe, Obama gets second chance to explain his Russia policy” – Reuters 6.1.14] Reuters covers President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to Europe, including a visit to Poland for their celebration of Freedom Day, a G7 meeting in Brussels and a D-Day commemoration in France. Of particular interest is whether Obama can offer a more robust response to Russian aggression against Ukraine and whether his

U.S. Airborne Lands in Eastern Europe as Ukraine Tensions Rise

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(VOA News - April 23, 2014 4:50 AM) U.S. Army paratroopers landed Wednesday in Poland, at the start of military maneuvers aimed at easing anxieties in allied eastern European countries alarmed at Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. The Pentagon said the exercises, slated to last about a month, initially involve about 600 troops, including 150 members of an airborne combat team based in Italy. Additional

UKRAINE: Pulse of Ukraine – Headlines & Newslinks – Sunday 3.23.14

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:: VIDEO: Romney critical of Obama “naivete” and “bad judgment” over Ukraine, Russia and Crimea; video, links, article – SCW 3.25.14 :: NATO: ‘Sizable’ Russian Force At Ukraine Border – AFP/Defense News 3.23.14 :: Russia ‘may be preparing to invade Ukraine.’ White House says Russia may be poised to invade as Ukraine warns prospect of war continues to grow – Irish Times 3.23.14 :: Visa

VIDEO: Ukraine and the Economy – Ukraine Conflict: What Does it Mean For the U.S.?

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In this USA Today video, some of the potential economic repercussions of unfolding events in Ukraine are examined. Some relevant factors include Ukraine being a crossroads and energy hub between Russia and Europe, Ukraine’s status as a corn and wheat exporter, Ukrainian national debt, the ripple effects of sanctions between major global economies and the impact on oil and gasoline prices. Ukraine is an important

Ukrainians Stage Mass Unity Rally in Kyiv

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(VOA News – March 23, 2014 – voanews.com) Thousands of Ukrainians gathered on Sunday in Kyiv’s Independence Square calling for unity, a day after Russian forces seized the last major Ukrainian military base in Crimea. The rally participants gathered to hear pro-Ukraine speeches, display flags, and place flowers at the site of a makeshift memorial to anti-government protesters killed last month in clashes with security

NATO: Russian buildup threatens Ukraine’s neighbor

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USA Today reports on a Russian troop builder that a U.S. NATO commander says could be primed to threaten Ukrainian neighbor Moldova. Russian forces massed along Ukraine’s eastern border could threaten stability in a separatist region of neighboring Moldova, the American general who serves as NATO’s top military commander said Sunday. “The force that is at the Ukrainian border now to the east is very,