Tag: Russia

Hillary Clinton says Russian-backed rebels likely shot down plane

The White House has reacted to the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine by criticising Russia’s support for separatist rebels and urging the Kremlin to take “concrete steps” to ease tensions in the country. A series of remarks by Barack Obama, Joe Biden and John Kerry stopped short of directly blaming pro-Russia […]

Putin calls for a new world order

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin and his Argentine counterpart Cristina Kirchner have called for a multipolar world order as Moscow sought to boost ties with Latin America amid heightened East-West tensions. The Russian leader is on a six-day Latin American tour seeking to increase Moscow’s influence in the region at a time when the Ukraine crisis […]

Talks with Powers Will be Extended

Iran’s foreign minister suggested on Tuesday that six world powers are leaning towards extending nuclear talks with Tehran beyond a July 20 deadline, Reuters reported. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said “serious differences” remained in nuclear talks with the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. He added, however, that the text of a […]

BRICS Nations Start Development Bank

Leaders of the BRICS emerging market nations launched a $100 billion development bank and a currency reserve pool Tuesday. The bank, aimed at funding infrastructure projects in developing nations, will be based in Shanghai. India will preside over its operations for the first five years, followed by Brazil and then Russia, leaders of the five-nation […]

Order Out of Chaos

The Middle East peace talks have been suspended. Russia has annexed Crimea. Civil war is boiling in the Ukraine. Iraq is engulfed in a full-fledged conflict between Sunni and Shia Islamists. Fifty thousand children and young people have poured across the southern border of the US so far this year. And did I mention that […]

Ukraine’s Poroshenko ‘to order unilateral ceasefire’

Ukraine’s president has set out proposals for a peace plan for eastern Ukraine involving a unilateral ceasefire by government forces. Petro Poroshenko said the temporary truce – expected “in hours or days” – would allow pro-Russian militants in the region to lay down their arms. One separatist group has already rejected the proposal. Mr Poroshenko’s […]

Kiev Says Russia Has Cut Off All Gas To Ukraine

KIEV/GORKI Russia (Reuters) – Russia cut off gas to Ukraine on Monday in a dispute over unpaid bills that could disrupt supplies to the rest of Europe and set back hopes for peace in the former Soviet republic.   After weekend violence that included the loss of 49 troops in the downing of a Ukrainian plane, Russia said Kiev missed a deadline for a $1.95 […]

Russia’s Gazprom signs Agreement to Abandon the Dollar

On June 6 2014, the official Russian news agency Itar Tass announced what many were expecting since at least the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis: Russian main energy company, Gazprom Neft has finally “signed agreements with its consumers” to switch from Dollars to Euros (as transition to the ruble) “for payments under contracts”. The announcement […]

Two U.S. stealth bombers head to Europe for first time

Two U.S. B-2 Spirit stealth bombers are being deployed to Europe for the first time. The deployment of the advanced aircraft will be used for “short term deployment” at Fairford, a Royal Air Force base in England — just three hours from Russia. “This deployment of strategic bombers provides an invaluable opportunity to strengthen and […]

Obama in Europe shows the limits of US power

Whether he likes it or not, President Barack Obama’s trip to Europe will be about Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and American power. He may not stoop to pick up the geopolitical gauntlet thrown down