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Sep 25, 2013

U.S. shift needed for Syria peace deal: Putin ally

MOSCOW (Reuters) – World leaders will be able to secure a peace deal in Syria only if Washington drops demands for President Bashar al-Assad’s removal and the threat of air strikes, an ally of President Vladimir Putin said.

Russia, Assad’s main backer, has portrayed itself as the peacemaker in Syria since winning Washington’s support for a proposal that Damascus give up its chemical arms to avert U.S. military intervention over a poison gas attack.

Sep 23, 2013

Russia sends new warning to Ukraine over EU deals

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia issued a new warning to Ukraine on Monday that Moscow could respond with protectionist barriers if its former Soviet ally joins a free trade pact with the European Union.

Russia is worried it will be flooded by European goods if Ukraine removes import duties with the EU under agreements likely to be signed in November, but also fears Kiev is making a pivotal shift away from Moscow.

Sep 12, 2013

“Putin the peacemaker” tries talking to the U.S. public

MOSCOW, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin
has found many ways and places to browbeat the United States
over the years.

Munich was the venue for a 2007 speech in which he changed
the tone of Russian foreign policy by railing against U.S.
“global supremacy”. The May military parade on Red Square has
become a yearly platform to warn against U.S. hegemony and his
annual news conferences are laced with anti-American bluster.

Sep 10, 2013

Impromptu or scripted, Syria plan lets Russia play the peacemaker

MOSCOW, Sept 10 (Reuters) – If it really was just an offhand
remark by the U.S. Secretary of State that gave Russia the
chance to play peacemaker in the Syrian conflict, Moscow is
certainly not letting on.

Instead it is presenting this week’s proposal for Syria to
put its chemical arms under international control as an approach
worked out with the United States, a position that might help
U.S. President Barack Obama endorse it.

Sep 6, 2013

World leaders pressure Obama over Syria at G20 summit

PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama faced growing pressure from Russia’s Vladimir Putin and other world leaders on Thursday to decide against launching military strikes in Syria, which many of them fear would hurt the global economy and push up oil prices.

At a summit of the Group of 20 (G20) developed and developing economies in St. Petersburg, Putin greeted Obama with a thin smile and a businesslike handshake, a clear sign of the strains between them over how to respond to a chemical weapons attack in Syria.

Sep 5, 2013

Pressure mounts on Obama over Syria at G20 summit

PETERSBURG, Russia, Sept 5 (Reuters) – U.S. President
Barack Obama faced growing pressure from world leaders not to
launch military strikes in Syria on Thursday at a summit on the
global economy that was eclipsed by the conflict.

The Group of 20 (G20) developed and developing economies met
in St. Petersburg to try forge a united front on economic
growth, trade, banking transparency and fighting tax evasion.

Sep 5, 2013

China backs Russia over Syria at G20 summit

PETERSBURG, Russia, Sept 5 (Reuters) – China warned on
Thursday that military intervention in Syria would hurt the
world economy and push up oil prices, reinforcing Vladimir
Putin’s attempts to talk U.S. President Barack Obama out of air
strikes.

The rift over Syria could overshadow a summit of the Group
of 20 (G20) developed and developing economies in St. Petersburg
at which global leaders want to forge a united front on growth,
trade, banking transparency and fighting tax evasion.

Sep 4, 2013

Syria dispute set to overshadow G20 talks on economy

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – A potential showdown over Syria between U.S. President Barack Obama and Russia’s Vladimir Putin could overshadow a meeting of world leaders on Thursday on how to revive the global economy.

At a summit which Putin is hosting in a tsarist palace outside St. Petersburg, the Group of 20 developed and developing economies will try to forge a united front on growth, trade, banking transparency and fighting tax evasion.

Sep 4, 2013

Syria dispute set to overshadow G20 talks on economy

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, Sept 5 (Reuters) – A potential
showdown over Syria between U.S. President Barack Obama and
Russia’s Vladimir Putin could overshadow a meeting of world
leaders on Thursday on how to revive the global economy.

At a summit which Putin is hosting in a tsarist palace
outside St. Petersburg, the Group of 20 developed and developing
economies will try to forge a united front on growth, trade,
banking transparency and fighting tax evasion.

Sep 4, 2013

Russian protest leader gives Kremlin a headache in Moscow vote

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Alexei Navalny has thousands of Russians chanting his name within minutes of stepping onto the stage at a boisterous campaign meeting in the race to become Moscow’s mayor.

“Can we win this election?” the opposition leader, one of President Vladimir Putin’s biggest critics, shouts through a microphone on a makeshift stage outside a Moscow park.

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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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