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Mar 22, 2014

EU’s Ashton says ‘biggest fear’ is over Ukraine’s economy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton voiced deep concern on Saturday over the fragility of Ukraine’s economy and urged the rest of the world to rally round to support it.

“We have to make sure that Ukraine, economically, does not fall over … My biggest fear right now is the state of economy and the need for us all to offer the support that they need,” Ashton told an event organized by the German Marshall Fund think tank. “How do we make sure this economy holds together?”

Mar 22, 2014

Putin completes Crimea’s annexation, Russia investors take fright

MOSCOW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia’s annexation of Crimea on Friday as investors took fright at a U.S. decision to slap sanctions on his inner circle of money men and security officials.

Putin promised to protect a bank partly owned by an old ally, which Washington has blacklisted, and his spokesman said Russia would respond in kind to the latest financial and visa curbs after producing one blacklist of its own.

Mar 21, 2014

Putin signs laws annexing Crimea as Russia investors take fright

MOSCOW/BRUSSELS, March 21 (Reuters) – President Vladimir
Putin signed laws completing Russia’s annexation of Crimea on
Friday, as investors took fright at a U.S. decision to slap
sanctions on his inner circle of money men and security
officials.

Putin promised to protect a bank partly owned by an old
ally, which Washington has blacklisted, and his spokesman said
Russia would respond in kind to the financial and visa curbs.

Mar 21, 2014

European Union signs landmark political deal with Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union and Ukraine signed a landmark political cooperation accord on Friday, committing to the same deal former president Viktor Yanukovich rejected last November, a decision that led to his overthrow.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, EU presidents Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso, and the leaders of the bloc’s 28 nations signed the core chapters of the Association Agreement during an EU summit in Brussels.

Mar 21, 2014

European Union signs landmark association agreement with Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union and Ukraine signed the core elements of a political association agreement on Friday, committing to the same deal former president Viktor Yanukovich rejected last November, a move which led to his overthrow.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, EU leaders Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso, and the leaders of the bloc’s 28 nations signed the core chapters of the Association Agreement on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels.

Mar 21, 2014

Europe adds 12 names to Russia sanctions, plans broader move

BRUSSELS, March 20 (Reuters) – European leaders added 12
people to a list of those subject to travel bans and asset
freezes for their part in Russia’s seizure of Crimea on Thursday
and begin preparations for economic sanctions if Russia expands
its footprint in Ukraine.

French President Francois Hollande declined to give details
of the names added to the list, which was agreed among the EU’s
28 leaders after six hours of talks, but said it included
Russians and Crimeans and raised the total number of people
subject to EU sanctions to 33.

Mar 20, 2014

Europe set to add names to Russia sanctions list, weigh energy issues

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European leaders will agree to expand a list of those subject to travel bans and asset freezes on Thursday but stop short of harder-hitting measures against Russia over Crimea, biding their time to retain EU unity and gauge Moscow’s reaction.

With Russian officials so far mocking the EU’s response to the seizure of Crimea, leaders are expected add around a dozen names to the 21 Russians and Crimeans placed under EU travel bans and asset freezes last week.

Mar 19, 2014

After Crimea, West plans for Russia military threat

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – For defense planners in Washington, London and Brussels, the sight of Russian forces pouring into their second neighbor in six years will overturn two decades of strategic assumptions.

The result of Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine, following its 2008 war with Georgia, could be a modest reversal of years of European defense cuts and a bigger U.S. military presence in the NATO members of central and eastern Europe.

Mar 19, 2014

Crimean crisis pushes NATO back to Russian focus

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – For defense planners in Washington, London and Brussels, the sight of Russian forces pouring into their second neighbor in six years will overturn two decades of strategic assumptions.

The result of Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine, following its 2008 war with Georgia, could be a modest reversal of years of European defense cuts and a bigger U.S. military presence in the NATO members of central and eastern Europe.

Mar 18, 2014

U.S., EU set sanctions as Putin recognizes Crimea “sovereignty”

SIMFEROPOL/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United States and European Union imposed personal sanctions on Monday on Russian and Crimean officials involved in the seizure of Crimea from Ukraine as Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the region as a sovereign state.

The moves heightened the most serious East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War, following a disputed referendum in the Black Sea peninsula on Sunday in which Crimea’s leaders declared a Soviet-style, 97-percent vote to secede from Ukraine.

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