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Russian President Meets with Austrian Leaders

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Earlier this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Austria to meet with government and business leaders to discuss European Union (EU) sanctions on Russia. The sanctions were a response to the annexation of Crimea by the Russian government for years ago (Reuters 1). While the sanctions contributed to the two-year recession in Russia, the […]

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 […]

Ukrainian President Endorses State Referendum

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that he is open to hold a referendum leading to a more decentralized state. (BBC) The Minsk ceasefire accord signed in February called for the creation of a new constitution in Kiev by the end of 2015. This includes decentralization of power. It is unclear whether or not this alone […]

Russia and Ukraine Seek Gas Deal

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On Tuesday, Russian and Ukrainian officials met in Brussels to discuss an agreement that would restart Russian deliveries of natural gas during the upcoming winter (NYT). Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in June after failing to arrange a deal on the unpaid bills and the price (Reuters1). Unfortunately, Moscow and Kiev failed to […]

Ukraine’s New President

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Saturday, June 7, Petro Poroshenko was sworn into office as Ukraine’s new president. His inaugural speech outlined the future he envisions for the country, as well as his plan of action for separatists in the east. Poroshenko said, “I don’t want war. I don’t want revenge” (CNN). Poroshenko promised amnesty for those who put down […]