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Jun 11, 2014

Ukraine president ready for talks if pro-Russia rebels lay down arms

KIEV, June 11 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s new president signalled
on Wednesday he would be ready to hold talks with opponents in
eastern Ukraine if pro-Russian separatists waging an insurgency
there agreed to lay down their weapons.

The rebels show no sign of giving up their arms, but opening
talks would be a big step on the road to peace, building on
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s meetings this week with
Moscow’s envoy and with Russian President Vladimir Putin in
France last week.

Jun 9, 2014

Ukraine sees “understanding” with Russia on peace moves

KIEV, June 9 (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Monday it had
reached a “mutual understanding” with Moscow on parts of a plan
proposed by President Petro Poroshenko for ending violence in
the east of the country.

Kiev gave no details and Russia did not comment directly but
two days of talks, following a brief encounter in France last
week that broke the ice between Poroshenko and Russian President
Vladimir Putin, have given momentum to peace moves.
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Jun 4, 2014

Unrepentant on Ukraine, Putin prepares to meet his critics

MOSCOW, June 4 (Reuters) – Whether he is made to feel like
an unwelcome guest or the Prodigal Son returning, Vladimir Putin
is relishing the chance to show his defiance over Ukraine at his
first meetings with Western leaders in months.

With his ratings soaring at home, the West showing no taste
for a fight over Crimea and Europe reluctant to hit Moscow with
new sanctions, the Russian president feels he has the upper hand
as he sets out for World War Two anniversary events in France.

May 28, 2014

Putin builds new union on ashes of Soviet empire

MOSCOW, May 28 (Reuters) – It won’t exactly mean going back
to the USSR, but Vladimir Putin is laying the foundations of a
huge trading bloc which opponents see as an attempt to recreate
at least part of the lost Soviet empire.

The Russian president and the leaders of two other former
Soviet republics, Belarus and Kazakhstan, will sign a treaty on
Thursday that brings to life his dream of uniting like-minded
countries in a Eurasian Economic Union.

May 27, 2014

Analysis – Ferocity of Ukraine clashes increases risks for Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – An army assault on pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine will not have taken Vladimir Putin by surprise, but the ferocity of the clashes may have – and could be a game-changer if they spin out of control.

In the last two weeks, with Western sanctions starting to bite, the Russian president has softened his tone against the pro-European leadership in Kiev and promised to pull troops back from the frontier with Ukraine.

May 27, 2014

Ferocity of Ukraine clashes increases risks for Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – An army assault on pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine will not have taken Vladimir Putin by surprise, but the ferocity of the clashes may have – and could be a game-changer if they spin out of control.

In the last two weeks, with Western sanctions starting to bite, the Russian president has softened his tone against the pro-European leadership in Kiev and promised to pull troops back from the frontier with Ukraine.

May 23, 2014

Putin signals he will work with Ukraine leader, but blasts US

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 23 (Reuters) – President Vladimir
Putin appeared to hold out an olive branch on Friday by
suggesting he will work with whomever is elected Ukraine’s next
president and calling for better ties with the West.

But at the same time he fiercely criticised U.S. foreign and
economic policy.

In a speech to foreign and Russian businessmen at Russia’s
answer to the Davos World Economic Forum on the shores of its
elegant former imperial capital, Putin acknowledged that U.S.
and European Union sanctions were hurting the country’s economy.

May 22, 2014

Putin tries to woo investors to Russia but many stay away

ST PETERSBURG, May 22 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin
tried on Thursday to warm up relations with foreign investors
chilled by the crisis in Ukraine, but many senior executives
snubbed him by boycotting a conference billed as Russia’s answer
to Davos.

The St Petersburg International Economic Forum has for years
drawn global business leaders to the elegant former imperial
capital on the shores of the Baltic Sea, and deals worth
billions of dollars have been signed at it.

May 8, 2014

Putin keeps Russians, West guessing with Ukraine shift

MOSCOW (Reuters) – One of Vladimir Putin’s most influential supporters was up early on Thursday explaining to puzzled Russians why the president has softened his stance on Ukraine.

Vladimir Solovyov, the outspoken host of a popular radio call-in, enthusiastically portrayed Putin’s unexpected appeal to separatists in east Ukraine to suspend a planned autonomy referendum as a masterstroke.

May 7, 2014

Western investors report Russian business trouble due to Ukraine crisis

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Western investors from a bank to a brewer reported trouble in their Russian operations on Wednesday due to the Ukraine crisis, while the Kremlin suggested Washington was trying to sabotage President Vladimir Putin’s flagship economic forum.

French Bank Societe Generale wrote down the value of its Russian subsidiary, Danish brewer Carlsberg blamed the ruble’s weakness for lower profits, and Britain’s Imperial Tobacco Plc said conditions in Russia had hurt its overall business in growth markets.

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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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