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Nothing should impede normalization of Russia-West relations – Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Royal Dutch Shell's CEO Ben Van Beurden in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, April 18, 2014. AP

President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said nothing should impede the normalization of relations between Russia and the West, after ties hit a post-Cold War low due to the standoff over Ukraine.

Posted: April 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama calls for irregular forces to lay down arms in Ukraine

President Barack Obama. AP FILE PHOTO

US President Barack Obama urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday to press pro-Moscow groups to lay down their arms in Ukraine amid escalating tensions.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US, Russia talks fail to end Ukraine deadlock

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before the start of their meeting at the Russian Ambassador's residence about the situation in Ukraine, in Paris Sunday March 30, 2014. Kerry traveled to Paris for a last minute meeting with Lavrov. AP

The United States and Russia agreed Sunday that the crisis in Ukraine requires a diplomatic resolution, but four hours of talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov failed to break a tense East-West deadlock over how to proceed.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Putin, Obama discuss solution to Ukraine crisis

A Ukrainian serviceman holds a Ukrainian flag before leaving the Belbek airbase near Sevastopol, Crimea, Friday, March 28, 2014. Ukraine started withdrawing its troops and weapons from Crimea, now controlled by Russia. Russia's president says Ukraine could regain some arms and equipment of military units in Crimea that did not switch their loyalty to Russia. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)

Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss a diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian crisis, while Ukraine’s fugitive leader urged a nationwide referendum that would serve Moscow’s purpose of turning its neighbor into a loosely knit federation.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Putin: no need for further retaliation against US

Russian President Vladimir Putin AP FILE PHOTO

President Vladimir Putin says there is no need for Russia to further retaliate against United States sanctions.

Posted: March 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Ban Ki-moon heading to Russia and Ukraine—UN

UN leader Ban Ki-moon. AP PHOTO/THE UNITED NATIONS, MARK GARTEN

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was on Wednesday preparing to set off for Russia and the Ukraine to encourage a peaceful settlement of the crisis threatening conflict between them.

Posted: March 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Ukraine grapples with despair in Crimea takeover

An elderly woman holds a calendar depicting Soviet leader Josef Stalin while watching a broadcast of Russian President Vladimir Putin's speech on Crimea in Sevastopol, Crimea, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, as thousands of pro-Russian people gathered to watch the address. Fiercely defending Russia's move to annex Crimea Putin said Russia had to respond to what he described as a western plot to take Ukraine into its influence. AP

Ukraine’s leadership simmered with a mix of hopelessness and anger at losing Crimea, tempering an influx of eager young men signing up as reservists with the growing certainty that no savior would deliver them from the Russian takeover.

Posted: March 19th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Putin signs treaty to add Crimea to map of Russia

People rally in support of Crimea joining Russia, with banners and portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin, reading "We are together," in Red Square in Moscow, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. With a sweep of his pen, President Vladimir Putin added Crimea to the map of Russia on Tuesday, describing the move as correcting past injustice and responding to what he called Western encroachment upon Russia's vital interests.  AP

In a gilded Kremlin hall used by czars, Vladimir Putin redrew Russia’s borders Tuesday by declaring the Crimean Peninsula part of the motherland — provoking a surge of emotion among Russians who lament the loss of empire and denunciations from Western leaders who called Putin a threat to the world.

Posted: March 19th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Putin notifies Russian officials of Crimea’s bid

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during an awards ceremony in Sochi on Monday, March 17, 2014. AP

President Vladimir Putin has formally notified the government and the parliament of Crimea’s request to join Russia hours before he is to speak on the topic.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama to host new Ukrainian PM at White House

A man walks past a poster reading "On March 16 We Vote Or," in Sevastopol, Crimea, Ukraine, Tuesday.  AP

In a diplomatic dig at Russia, President Barack Obama is hosting the new Ukrainian prime minister at the White House, a high-profile gesture aimed at cementing the West’s allegiance to Ukraine’s fledgling government.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama vs Putin: Getting personal over Crimea

Russia's president-elect Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama. AP PHOTOS

Now it’s personal. By upping the ante with his threat to isolate Russia with sanctions over Crimea, US President Barack Obama risks setting off a cycle of confrontation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Pro-Russians rally in Ukraine as Putin holds firm

AP FILE PHOTO

Pro-Russian activists rallied in the eastern heartland of Ukraine’s ousted leader on Saturday after Moscow threatened to cut off gas to its ex-Soviet neighbour following its tilt toward the West.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Putin: Ukraine move in line with international law

Russian President Vladimir Putin AP FILE PHOTO

The Russian president has defended the country’s moves in Ukraine consistent with international law during a phone call with President Barack Obama.

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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