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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Art Of The Deal: Why Putin Needs One More Than Trump

For Putin, in his 17th year of dominating the Russian political landscape, a deal with President Trump, or even an early symbolic concession such as easing minor sanctions, matters. Expected to contest a presidential election next year that could extend his time in the Kremlin to 2024, he needs sanctions relief to help lift the economy out of recession.

February 1, 2017

Putin Defends Trump’s Virtue — And Trump Serves Putin’s Interests

Putin got his big break in politics when, as a young intelligence officer, he affirmed that a murky videotape of a man cavorting with hookers was indeed a foe of Boris Yeltsin’s. Today, sleazy videos of public figures are a regular feature on Russian TV.

January 18, 2017
Trump, Russia, Nuclear Deal

How Trump Plans To Make The ‘Best’ Nuclear Arms Deal With Russia

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will propose offering to end sanctions imposed on Russia over its annexation of Crimea in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal with Moscow, he told The Times of London. “They have sanctions on Russia — let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia,” the Republican president-elect said during his interview.

January 16, 2017
Trump can be ever so polite to his paragon Putin

That Rude, Crude Trump Is Ever So Polite — To Putin, His Paragon

What exactly do Trump voters think they’re getting out of the Russian connection? Most simply don’t care. They’ve basically chosen party over country. They dislike Americans who vote Democratic far more than Putin, a distant figure. And most are too busy gloating and rationalizing Trump’s boasts to worry about the Kremlin’s arm lock on the White House.

December 21, 2016
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U.S. Senators Urge Trump To Take Tough Line On Russia

A bipartisan group of 27 U.S. senators sent a letter to Donald Trump urging him to take a tough line against Russia over its “military land grab” in Ukraine.

December 8, 2016
Russian President Vladimir Putin (theglobalpanorama via Flickr)

Jeb Bush Calls Putin A ‘Bully’

“He’s a bully,” Bush told reporters here. “And … you enable bad behavior when you’re nuanced with a guy like that.”

June 10, 2015

Ukraine Welcomes US Resolution On Arms Shipments

A House resolution passed Monday urges President Obama’s administration to provide “lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine before it is too late.”

March 24, 2015
Deputies of Ukrainian Parliament applaud a vote in favour of a bill dropping Ukraine's non-aligned status, on December 23, 2014 in Kiev

Ukraine Takes Historic Step Toward NATO

Ukraine’s move towards the west could upend peace talks with Russia.

December 23, 2014

Putin Insists Crimea Is Historically Part Of Russia

Vladimir Putin is not backing down.

December 4, 2014

Ukraine Denies Rights Group Report It Uses Cluster Bombs

Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian separatists refute the claim that they are using prohibited weapons in heavily populated areas.

October 21, 2014

Ukraine Ratifies Landmark EU Pact, Offers Rebels Self-Rule

Kiev (AFP) — Ukrainian lawmakers ratified a landmark EU pact Tuesday that steers the ex-Soviet state closer to the West, and pledged autonomy for pro-Russian rebels waging war in the east. But Russia signaled it had no intention of backing down in the most serious East-West standoff since the Cold war, with the announcement it […]

September 16, 2014

U.S. Warns It Will Not Accept Any Use Of Russian Troops In Ukraine

Washington (AFP) – The United States warned Friday it would not accept any use of Russian military forces in eastern Ukraine, amid reports they could be used to protect pro-Moscow civilians in the country. “We are monitoring the situation carefully. We will not accept the use, under any pretext, of any Russian military forces in […]

June 20, 2014

NATO Reports New Russian Troop Build-Up Near Ukraine

Kiev (AFP) – NATO on Thursday reported another build-up of Russian forces near Ukraine as its new president put in place key pieces of his pro-Western government and embraced an EU trade pact that has been bitterly fought by the Kremlin. Ukraine’s parliament unanimously confirmed as foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin — a charismatic 46-year-old ambassador […]

June 19, 2014

Leaders To Meet Putin After G7 Sanctions Warning

Brussels (AFP) – Western leaders come face-to-face with President Vladimir Putin in Paris on Thursday for the first time since Russia seized Crimea, after a blunt G7 warning that Moscow must stop destabilizing Ukraine or face further sanctions. Most of the leaders gathered for this week’s Group of Seven summit in Brussels will be heading […]

June 5, 2014

Ukraine Retakes Positions From Separatists As Unity Talks Stall

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s beleaguered “anti-terrorism operation” retook control of two strategic positions in eastern Ukraine from pro-Russia gunmen, reportedly without inflicting civilian or insurgent casualties, acting President Oleksandr Turchinov told lawmakers Thursday. The operation that drove the separatists from positions outside of Kramatorsk and Slovyansk in the turbulent […]

May 15, 2014

Fresh Violence Rattles New Europe Push For Ukraine Talks

Kiev (AFP) – Separatist rebels killed seven Ukrainian soldiers in a bloody ambush in the restive east on Tuesday, rattling efforts by Europe to step up a diplomatic push to resolve the escalating crisis on its doorstep. The violence flared as German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was in Ukraine to push Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels […]

May 13, 2014

Russia, Europe Differ On Diplomatic Path Out Of Ukraine Crisis

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — Diplomatic efforts to quell violence in Ukraine hit an impasse Tuesday, with the visiting German foreign minister warning against interference with the country’s May 25 presidential election and his Russian counterpart saying there will be no peace until Ukraine’s interim leaders agree to negotiate with the […]

May 13, 2014

Europe In Fresh Push For Talks On Ukraine Crisis

Kiev (AFP) – Europe stepped up diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine Tuesday, with the German foreign minister in Kiev pushing authorities and pro-Moscow rebels to come together at the negotiating table. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s efforts came amid guarded optimism after the OSCE East-West security body said Moscow supported its road […]

May 13, 2014

Eastern Ukraine Region Votes On Secession; Separatists Poised To Win

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times DONETSK, Ukraine — Galvanized by fear and propaganda, residents of eastern Ukraine voted Sunday in a widely condemned and unmonitored referendum on independence that is expected to be declared an overwhelming victory by its separatist organizers. Ukraine’s central government in Kiev denounced the balloting in the self-proclaimed People’s Republic […]

May 12, 2014

Putin Visits Seized Crimea Territory, Hails Its ‘Return’ To Russia

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — In the southeastern port of Mariupol, fighting flared between pro-Russian gunmen trying to seize the city’s police headquarters and Ukrainian defense troops guarding the building. Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov reported 21 dead — all but one of them “terrorists” — and the police building set […]

May 9, 2014

Russia Dismisses New Peace Push On Ukraine As Fears Of War Rise

Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) – Russia on Tuesday rejected a new peace initiative for Ukraine as fears of open war mounted over the ex-Soviet republic, whose troops are waging an increasingly deadly offensive against pro-Moscow rebels. “Chaos and the risk of civil war” are looming, French President Francois Hollande warned after Kiev announced the death toll […]

May 6, 2014

Court Blocks U.S. Plan To Buy Russian Rocket Engines

Washington (AFP) – A U.S. court has blocked a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing from buying Russian-made rocket engines, after private rocket operator SpaceX filed a lawsuit protesting the contract. The preliminary injunction against the deal between the U.S. Air Force and United Launch Systems was issued late Wednesday by Judge Susan Braden […]

May 1, 2014

IMF Approves $17 Billion Aid For Ukraine

Washington (AFP) – The International Monetary Fund approved a $17 billion aid deal for Ukraine, even as Kiev fought to prevent pro-Moscow separatists from grabbing another chunk of the country. Greenlighting a rescue program for an interim government which took power after an uprising two months ago, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said it was crucial […]

May 1, 2014

Tear Gas At Turkish May Day Protests, Red Square Rally Draws 100,000

Istanbul (AFP) – Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse May Day protesters in Istanbul on Thursday, as millions took to the streets around the world to mark International Labor Day. About 100,000 workers paraded on Moscow’s iconic Red Square for the first time since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union as the […]

May 1, 2014

Ukrainian Forces Report Killings, Ouster Of Separatist Gunmen

By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — Ukrainian government troops killed at least two pro-Russia separatist gunmen in Slovyansk on Thursday and drove away others occupying key public buildings in the city of Mariupol in an operation the Kremlin condemned as the Kiev government attacking “its own people.” Russian […]

April 24, 2014