No Evacuation for Now of U.S. Citizens in Ukraine: State Dept.

The United States is not “at this time” organizing an evacuation of American citizens from Ukraine despite rising fears of an unspecified military action by Russia, a State Department spokesperson said Saturday.  In the event matters deteriorate, however, “American citizens should not anticipate that there will be U.S. government-sponsored evacuations,” the spokesperson said, speaking on…

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Russia, U.S. Agree to Talk Security Demands Next Week

Moscow has secured a deal that the United States will provide a written response to its European security demands next week, Russia’s top diplomat said following high-stakes talks with his U.S. counterpart Friday.  Washington previously dismissed Moscow’s “binding” demands — including barring Ukraine from joining NATO and withdrawing the alliance’s forces and weapons from Eastern…

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Get Out of Romania and Bulgaria, Russia Tells NATO Amid Ukraine Tensions

Moscow is seeking the withdrawal of NATO forces and weapons from Romania and Bulgaria as part of its sweeping security demands from the U.S.-led alliance, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Friday. Russia demands written responses from the United States on its proposed security guarantees, which includes the withdrawal of NATO’s infrastructure from eastern European countries that…

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Ukraine Says Russia Increasing Arms, Equipment for Separatist Regions

Kyiv on Friday accused Russia of increasing supplies of weapons, ammunition and military equipment to separatist-held territory in eastern Ukraine, ahead of key talks between Moscow and Washington. The breakaway regions bordering Russia, collectively known as Donbass, have been locked in armed conflict with Kyiv’s army since a Kremlin-backed insurgency following Russia’s annexation of Crimea…

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Russia Sends S-400 Battalions from Far East to Belarus for Drills

Russia is sending two S-400 surface-to-air missile system battalions to Belarus to join military drills there next month, Interfax reported Friday, citing Moscow’s Defense Ministry as tensions with the West over neighboring Ukraine continue to escalate.  Russian military forces and hardware began arriving in Belarus days after the two countries announced snap military drills, named…

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Ukraine Standoff Threatens to Derail Russia’s Domestic Battle Against Inflation

The standoff between Russia and the West over Ukraine threatens to compromise Russia’s domestic economic plans and accentuate the country’s cost of living crisis — even if a diplomatic solution is eventually found — economists told The Moscow Times. Russian markets have been hyper volatile in recent days as high-stakes talks between Russian and American…

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Russian Lawmakers to Decide on Recognizing Ukraine Separatist ‘Republics’

Russian lawmakers have scheduled a hearing next week on whether to recognize the independence of two pro-Russian separatist regions of Ukraine, Russia’s parliament speaker said Friday as pro-Kremlin lawmakers suggested the move would trigger full-scale war between Moscow and Kyiv. Russia’s Communist Party submitted a resolution this week calling on President Vladimir Putin to formally recognize the self-proclaimed…

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Severstal ad Crédit Agricole CIB sig Climate Memoradum, “Together towards a low-carbo future”

January 21, 2022 Severstal announces that Crédit Agricole CIB has joined the steel company’s Climate Memorandum, “Together for a low-carbon Future”. The Memorandum aims to support global efforts to prevent further climate change. The memorandum was signed by Crédit Agricole CIB on 21st January 2022 in Moscow during the Climate Memorandum’s first Steering Committee meeting.…

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Russian Central Bank Seeks to Ban Crypto Mining, Investment

Russia’s Central Bank proposed Thursday to ban cryptocurrency investment and mining as governments around the world crack down on the decentralized currencies, citing threats to monetary stability. The Central Bank said “speculative demand” is driving the rapid growth of decentralized cryptocurrencies and risks creating a bubble in the market. “Cryptocurrencies also have signs of a financial pyramid as…

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Biden’s Sanctions Threats ‘Destabilizing,’ Kremlin Says

The Kremlin warned Thursday that U.S. President Joe Biden’s threats of sanctions if Russia invades Ukraine destabilize European security. “All these statements can contribute to the destabilization of the situation,” Interfax quoted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov as telling reporters. “We believe that they don’t contribute in any way to defusing tensions that…

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Putin Hails Strong Russia-Iran Ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi hailed bilateral ties during a meeting in Moscow Wednesday, as pressure mounts for a decision on the Iran nuclear deal. Raisi said he had presented Moscow with draft documents on strategic cooperation that would cement joint collaboration for the next two decades. “We in Iran…

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Navalny Accuses West of ‘Falling Into Putin’s Trap’ on Ukraine

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has urged Western governments to ignore Russian President Vladimir Putin’s security demands instead of “falling into his trap” of trying to prevent a possible invasion of Ukraine through negotiations.  Washington and its allies have voiced increasingly grave concerns that Russia plans to attack Ukraine with the 100,000 troops it has…

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As the Dust Settles on Kazakhstan’s Unrest, Reports of Torture and Violence Surface

ALMATY, Kazakhstan — When anti-government protests erupted across Kazakhstan, seasoned activist Kulbarshin Erezhepova didn’t think twice about heading to the main square in the country’s commercial capital Almaty to show her opposition to the regime. What she didn’t know was that among the hundreds gathered there on Jan. 5 was her 20-year-old nephew Margulan Bektersin,…

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Russia-Led Peacekeeping Force Completes Pullout From Unrest-Hit Kazakhstan

A Russian-led regional military bloc has completed its withdrawal from Kazakhstan following violent unrest that rocked the ex-Soviet nation this month, Russia’s Defense Ministry announced Wednesday. The contingent of Russian, Belarusian, Armenian, Tajik and Kyrgyz peacekeepers was deployed to Kazakhstan on Jan. 6 at the request of its president as protests over a New Year energy…

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Nazarbayev Denies Split Among Kazakh Elite, Says Tokayev Has ‘Full Power’ in First Post-Protest Comments

ALMATY – Former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said Tuesday that there was “no conflict or confrontation” among Kazakhstan’s elite in his first appearance since deadly protests rocked the former Soviet country earlier this month. Nazarbayev, 81, has not been seen in public since the worst unrest since Kazakhstan’s independence broke out earlier this month, leading to…

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Belarus Announces Joint Drills With Russia in February

Belarus’ strongman leader announced that his country and its close ally Russia will stage joint military exercises near NATO’s eastern borders and Ukraine in February, media reported Monday. President Alexander Lukashenko and his top brass disclosed details of the so-called “Allied Resolve” drills amid high tensions over Russia’s troop buildup near the border with Ukraine.  The…

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