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ICJ Rejects Some Ukrainian Accusations against Russia

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) rejected a Ukrainian request to block Russian support for the rebels in eastern Ukraine on April 19 (AP; Reuters). The case brought forward in March accused the Russian government of breaching the Terrorist Financing Treaty by supporting armed groups in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (BBC). The ICJ […]

Syrian Chemical Attack “Fabricated,” Assad Claims

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On April 13, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad claimed that western countries fabricated reports of a chemical attack to justify a U.S. missile launch on a Syrian airbase (BBC; Guardian). In an interview with Agence France-Presse, Assad stated “there was no order to make any attack” and that government forces gave up their chemical arsenal in […]

Emergency UN Meeting after Syrian Chemical Attack

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On April 5, the United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting to discuss the recent air raid and chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians (Al Jazeera; AP; BBC; Reuters; NYT). Russian UN representatives denied Bashar al-Assad’s involvement and reaffirmed Russian support for the Syrian leader, blaming rebels for the attack (Reuters). Russian Defense Ministry […]

Lavrov to Take Measures against NATO Activities

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On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his Finnish counterpart he is ready to take preventive measures to counter NATO’s increased activities in the Baltic Sea (Reuters). The warning came after Finland’s government agreed to allow NATO Baltop 16, an annual naval exercise (Reuters). Although NATO has been carrying out naval exercises in the […]