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Nov 19, 2014

Putin greets new U.S. envoy with demand not to interfere

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin greeted the new U.S. ambassador to Russia on Wednesday with a demand for Washington to treat Moscow as an equal partner and stay out of its internal affairs.

The new envoy, John Tefft, said in a written statement after presenting his credentials that he wanted to strengthen “people-to-people” ties but there were serious differences over Ukraine.

Nov 17, 2014

Isolated at G20, Putin shows he will do it his way in Ukraine

MOSCOW, Nov 17 (Reuters) – It may have looked in the West
like Russian President Vladimir Putin fled this weekend’s G20
summit early with his tail between his legs after being berated
over Ukraine.

But it was a different story in Russia, where pliant media
praised Putin for being courageous enough to “enter the lion’s
den”, stand up to his critics and defend national interests, and
accepted his excuse that he faced a long trip home.

Nov 10, 2014

Russia launches new media to lead “propaganda war” with West

MOSCOW, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Russia launched on Monday a
state-of-the-art media organisation with hundreds of journalists
abroad intended to wean the world off what it called aggressive
Western propaganda – dubbing it with echoes of the Cold War,
Sputnik.

In a hi-tech presentation in a media centre once used to
host Cold War-era press conferences, one of President Vladimir
Putin’s favourite journalists outlined plans meant to repair the
damage done to Russia’s image during the crisis in Ukraine.

Nov 6, 2014

Putin blames politics for falling energy prices

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin has suggested that the fall in global oil prices that is hurting Russia’s economy was caused in part by political manipulation.

In an interview with Chinese media published on Thursday, Putin did not blame any particular country for the price drop, but some Russian political commentators have depicted it as a Saudi-U.S. plot against Moscow.

Nov 4, 2014

Russians march in defiance of West and display of unity

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people marched through Moscow under flags and banners hailing Russia as a great power on Tuesday in an annual parade which this year amounted to a show of defiance to the West over Ukraine.

President Vladimir Putin did not join the march marking “Unity Day” but later delivered a speech portraying Russia as morally superior in the standoff with the West and saying it had united in the face of “difficult challenges”.

Oct 29, 2014

Insight – Sanctions bind Russia’s energy elite to Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – An offer by Gazprom to help rival Rosneft salvage an Arctic oil project shows how tightly sanctions have bound Russia’s political and business elite together in the Ukraine crisis – an unintended consequence of the West’s punitive measures.

Some Gazprom executives now say this month’s little noticed proposal to loan Rosneft a drilling rig was “theoretical”. It was quietly made after U.S. sanctions put in doubt a project with ExxonMobil to drill for oil in the Kara Sea.

Oct 29, 2014

Sanctions bind Russia’s energy elite to Putin

MOSCOW, Oct 29 (Reuters) – An offer by Gazprom to help rival
Rosneft salvage an Arctic oil project shows how tightly
sanctions have bound Russia’s political and business elite
together in the Ukraine crisis – an unintended consequence of
the West’s punitive measures.

Some Gazprom executives now say this month’s little noticed
proposal to loan Rosneft a drilling rig was “theoretical”. It
was quietly made after U.S. sanctions put in doubt a project
with ExxonMobil to drill for oil in the Kara Sea.

Oct 28, 2014

U.S. and EU hail pro-West election outcome in Ukraine, Russia guarded

KIEV (Reuters) – Pro-Western parties will dominate Ukraine’s parliament after an election handed President Petro Poroshenko a mandate to end a separatist conflict and to steer the country further away from Russia’s orbit towards mainstream Europe.

U.S. President Barack Obama hailed Sunday’s election as “an important milestone in Ukraine’s democratic development” while top European Union officials said on Monday it represented a “victory of the people of Ukraine and of democracy”.

Oct 27, 2014

Ukraine leader wins pro-West mandate but wary of Russia

KIEV (Reuters) – Pro-Western parties will dominate Ukraine’s parliament after an election handed President Petro Poroshenko a mandate to end a separatist conflict and steer the country further out of Russia’s orbit into Europe’s mainstream.

Poroshenko planned to start coalition talks on Monday after exit polls and partial results showed most of the groups that were holding up democratic and legal reforms demanded by the European Union had been swept out of parliament on Sunday.

Oct 26, 2014

Ukraine votes in poll likely to elect pro-West assembly

KIEV (Reuters) – War-weary Ukrainians voted on Sunday in an election that is likely to install a pro-Western parliament and strengthen President Petro Poroshenko’s mandate to end separatist conflict in the east, but could fuel tension with Russia.

People wrapped up warmly on a cold, clear day to vote in the first parliamentary poll since protests in the capital Kiev last winter forced Moscow-backed leader Viktor Yanukovich to flee and ushered in a pro-Europe leadership under Poroshenko.

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      "Timothy Heritage is Brussels Bureau Chief and European Affairs Editor, responsible for coverage of the European Union. He has previously been based in Moscow, Jerusalem, Paris, London, Warsaw and Belgrade, covering events ranging from the fall of Communism and conflict in the Balkans and Middle East to the euro zone debt crisis."
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