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Mar 25, 2014

Obama says U.S. needs to win back trust after NSA spying

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that U.S. intelligence agencies were not snooping on ordinary citizens, but admitted it would take time to win back the trust of European governments and people after revelations of extensive U.S. surveillance.

Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the sweep of the National Security Agency’s monitoring activities triggered a national debate over privacy rights but also damaged relations with some European governments.

Mar 24, 2014

Former Norwegian prime minister tipped to take over as NATO leader

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has emerged as the favorite to take over the leadership of NATO later this year as the Western military alliance faces a challenge from a newly assertive Russia, diplomats said on Monday.

Several diplomats said Stoltenberg, who served for a total of nearly 10 years as Norway’s prime minister before losing power in elections last September, has the backing of the United States, NATO’s dominant power, and Germany. A number of other countries were also rallying around his candidacy.

Mar 23, 2014

NATO commander warns of Russian threat to separatist Moldova region

BRUSSELS/FEODOSIA, Ukraine (Reuters) – NATO’s top military commander said on Sunday Russia had built up a “very sizeable” force on its border with Ukraine and Moscow may have a region in another ex-Soviet republic, Moldova, in its sights after annexing Crimea.

Russia was acting more like an adversary than a partner, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove said, and the 28-nation alliance should rethink the positioning and readiness of its forces in eastern Europe.

Mar 23, 2014

NATO says Russia has big force at Ukraine’s border, worries over Transdniestria

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO’s top military commander said on Sunday that Russia had built up a large force on Ukraine’s eastern border and he was worried Moscow may be eyeing Moldova’s mainly Russian-speaking separatist Transdniestria region after annexing Crimea.

NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, voiced concern about Moscow using a tactic of snap military exercises to prepare its forces for possible rapid incursions into a neighboring state, as it had done in the case of Ukraine’s Crimea region.

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.

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      "I am part of Reuters UK reporting team, writing mainly about UK politics and foreign policy. My previous postings with Reuters were in Spain, Belgium, the United States, Colombia, Nicaragua and South Africa."
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