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  • Leader of Russia-annexed Crimea backs Scottish 'yes' vote

    Leader of Russia-annexed Crimea backs Scottish 'yes' vote MOSCOW/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - The recently-installed leader of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March, on Thursday supported the Scottish independence vote and accused the West of double standards…

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  • Russia demands changes to Ukraine-EU association deal

    Russia has demanded changes to a landmark political and economic pact between the EU and Ukraine in order to meet Moscow's concerns, according to a letter seen by AFP on Friday. The European and Ukrainian parliaments on Tuesday simultaneously ratified the association agreement, the rejection of…

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  • G20 nations want Putin at leaders' summit

    G20 nations want Putin at leaders' summit Cairns (Australia) (AFP) - Vladimir Putin is set to attend the G20 leaders' summit in November despite alarm over Russia's actions in Ukraine with host Australia Saturday saying it was the "emphatic" wish of member nations.

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  • Sweden protests against airspace violation by Russian planes

    Sweden said two Russian warplanes entered its airspace this week, calling the intrusion a "serious violation" and sending a protest to Moscow's ambassador in the Nordic country. Countries in the region have become increasingly wary of Russia's military ambitions since Moscow annexed Ukraine's…

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  • Russia demands changes to Ukraine-EU trade deal

    By Robin Emmott and Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russia has demanded changes to a free-trade deal between Ukraine and the European Union, underlining that Moscow was not satisfied by a last-minute concession from the EU to delay implementing the pact at the heart of the conflict in…

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  • Buffer zone agreed on in Ukrainian peace talks

    Negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early Saturday to create a buffer zone to separate government troops and pro-Russian militants and withdraw heavy weapons and foreign fighters in order to ensure a stable truce in eastern Ukraine. The deal reached by representatives of Ukraine, Russia,…

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  • IKEA to invest 2 billion euros more in Russia by 2020

    Swedish furniture retailer IKEA plans to invest about 2 billion euros more in new and existing Mega shopping malls in Russia by 2020, it said on Thursday, reaffirming long-term expansion plans for the country despite an economic downturn. The head of IKEA Shopping Centres Armin Michaely, presenting…

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  • Russia says backs U.N. draft resolution on 'terrorist fighters'

    Russia says backs U.N. draft resolution on 'terrorist fighters' MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow endorses a draft resolution on combatting foreign "terrorist fighters" proposed by Washington at the U.N. Security Council, Interfax news agency quoted a Russian Foreign Ministry official on Friday as saying.…

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  • US welcomes Poroshenko for symbolic visit

    The United States welcomed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Thursday on a visit ringing with symbolism, which nevertheless underlined the limits of Western support for Kiev in its showdown with Russia. Poroshenko sat side-by-side with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office and drew multiple…

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  • Russia 'moves troops in Crimea' ahead of Ukraine-US meet

    Russia 'moves troops in Crimea' ahead of Ukraine-US meet Kiev (AFP) - Kiev accused Moscow on Thursday of massing its troops in annexed Crimea on the Ukraine border, rattling nerves just as President Petro Poroshenko prepared to meet US counterpart Barack Obama.

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  • New Ukraine peace talks after Obama rebuffs Poroshenko pleas

    Warring parties in Ukraine meet on Friday to try to find a lasting solution to a brutal conflict that has killed around 3,000 people and stoked Western alarm about Russia's territorial ambitions. The talks take place in Minsk two weeks since a fragile European-brokered ceasefire aimed at halting…

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