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Nov 22, 2013

Russia steals “Ukrainian bride” at the altar

MOSCOW/KIEV, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s abrupt decision to
return to Mother Russia’s bear hug after a flirtation with
western Europe can be traced back to a secretive meeting of
their two presidents two weeks ago.

The country of 46 million, squeezed between the European
Union and Russia, on Thursday froze plans to sign a trade pact
with the EU which would have marked a historic shift away from
its former Soviet masters in Moscow.

Nov 1, 2013

Russian PM plays down ‘gas war’ talk, warns Ukraine on EU

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he saw no reason for Moscow to cut gas supplies to Ukraine over an unpaid bill for now, playing down talk of an imminent “gas war” that might disrupt flows to Europe.

In an interview with Reuters, he denied Russia’s demands for payment had anything to do with opposition to Ukraine signing agreements with the European Union this month which would mark a historic shift away from former imperial master Moscow.

Nov 1, 2013

Russian PM wants cheaper credit to stimulate economy

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia must boost the flow of credit to businesses to promote an investment-led recovery but will not throw fiscal caution to the wind to overcome the drag on the economy from weak exports, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

In an interview with Reuters, the former president said he saw no contradiction between fiscal consolidation and economic development, and said the government would press on with privatization at the right price.

Nov 1, 2013

Russian PM sees Syria peace talks by end of year

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia hopes an international peace conference on Syria will be held before the end of this year, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, despite reported differences with the United States over opposition representation.

He appealed to both sides in Syria’s civil war to compromise and criticized the opposition for demanding assurances of President Bashar al-Assad’s departure as a condition for the talks.

Nov 1, 2013

Russian PM guarantees security at Sochi Olympics

MOSCOW, Nov 1 (Reuters) – The Russian government and security services will overcome security threats and can guarantee safety at the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

In an interview with Reuters, Medvedev said Russia had taken a number of safety measures around the city, which borders the volatile North Caucasus region where Islamist insurgents wage nearly daily violence.

Nov 1, 2013

Russian PM plays down talk of gas wars, warns Ukraine on EU

MOSCOW, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry
Medvedev said he saw no reason for Moscow to cut gas supplies to
Ukraine over an unpaid bill for now, playing down talk of an
imminent “gas war” that might disrupt gas flows to Europe.

In an interview with Reuters, he denied Russia’s demands for
payment had anything to do with opposition to Ukraine signing
agreements with the European Union this month which would mark a
historic shift away from former imperial master Moscow.

Oct 28, 2013

Risking Russia’s ire, Georgia seeks closer ties with Europe

TBILISI (Reuters) – Georgia’s new president said on Monday he would press ahead with efforts to deepen the former Soviet republic’s ties with the West despite Russian concerns.

European leaders and observers hailed Sunday’s “clean” election won by Georgy Margvelashvili, an ally of billionaire Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, as a sign that democracy is maturing in the small South Caucasus state.

Oct 27, 2013

Incoming Georgian president is no ‘superman’

TBILISI (Reuters) – Georgia’s next president, Georgy Margvelashvili, fits in perfectly with Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili’s vision of a nation free of politicians who want to be “superman”.

Margvelashvili, a little-known confidant of the billionaire premier, won a landslide victory in the former Soviet republic’s presidential election on Sunday after only a year in politics.

Oct 27, 2013

Billionaire PM cements grip in Georgia, ally elected president

TBILISI (Reuters) – A little-known ally of billionaire Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili won a landslide victory in Georgia’s presidential election on Sunday, cementing the ruling coalition’s grip on power after Mikheil Saakashvili’s 10-year rule.

Georgy Margvelashvili’s triumph concentrates power and will make policy-making easier in the former Soviet republic because Ivanishvili’s Georgian Dream coalition now controls both the presidency and the government for the first time.

Oct 27, 2013

Ex-Soviet Georgia votes for president after Saakashvili era

TBILISI (Reuters) – Georgia voted for a new president on Sunday after Mikheil Saakashvili’s decade in power, but the election is unlikely to end political uncertainty in the former Soviet republic.

The front-runner to replace Saakashvili, a pro-U.S. leader who has served the maximum two terms, is Georgy Margvelashvili, a little-known member of the Georgian Dream coalition which ousted the president’s cabinet at the polls a year ago.

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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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