Russia & Eastern Europe

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: U.S. and Russia Committed to Promoting a Peaceful Political Transition in Syria

December 8, 2012

“Clinton stressed, however, that the U.S. would insist once again that Assad’s departure be a key part of that transition, a position not shared by the Russians.”

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Report: Mortar Shell Strikes Syrian School, Killing 29 Students and a Teacher

December 4, 2012

“Although the attack was confirmed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the identity of the attackers remains unknown. Syria’s state news agency reported that an unspecified group of rebels shelled the school.”

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Former Kosovo Rebel Chief Ramush Haradinaj Acquitted of War Crimes

November 29, 2012

“A United Nations war crimes tribunal on Thursday acquitted the former prime minister of Kosovo for the second time of charges of torturing and killing Serb civilians while he was a commander of the NATO-backed Kosovo Liberation Army during its fight for independence in 1999.”

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Spokesman for Russian President Putin: U.S. President Obama has confirmed plans to visit Russia

November 13, 2012

““Putin wished his US counterpart success in forming his new team,” he said, adding that the two presidents confirmed their interest in “progressive development of bilateral relations in all spheres, including the economy.””

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United States set to overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia as the World’s #1 Energy Producer

November 13, 2012

“In an indication of how “fracking” is reshaping the global energy picture, the International Energy Agency today projected that the United States will overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer by 2017.”

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Russian President Putin: Punk Rock Band Pussy Riot “got what they deserved”

October 25, 2012

“President Vladimir Putin flatly rejected on Thursday Western criticism of the imprisonment of the Pussy Riot punk protest band, saying its three female members deserved their fate because they threatened the moral foundations of Russia.”

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Syria demands Turkey return the Seized Cargo from a Commercial Plane flying from Russia

October 11, 2012

“On Thursday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry demanded the cargo be returned “whole and safe,” and said there were “no weapons or prohibited cargo” on board.”

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Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan: Commercial Plane bound for Syria from Russia was carrying munitions for the Syrian Defense Ministry

October 11, 2012

“Earlier in the day, Turkish media speculated that security forces had seized communications equipment, radio terminals and missile components from the Syrian passenger jet.”

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Report: Turkish Security Forces made the Passangers and Flight Crew of the Grounded Plane sign fraudulent papers

October 11, 2012

“Passengers onboard the plane intercepted by Turkish jets said that security forces were making the crew and passengers sign fraudulent papers suggesting that the plane made an emergency landing and no Turkish military were involved in the incident.”

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Analysis: Western Countries accusing Russia of arming Syria to “boost the case for intervention”

October 11, 2012

“Russia of course has strategic interests in Syria, but there is still a nagging question of international law and accepted norms of international relations, and I think this is precisely the point Putin and Lavrov have made repeatedly.”

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Russia: Military-Technological cooperation with Syria conducted according to “established practice”

October 11, 2012

“Russia has maintained its military-technical cooperation with Syria, and that any arms or military equipment sales to Damascus are conducted according to established practice. Current law forbids arms sales facilitated by civilian aircraft.”

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Russian Embassy in Turkey Demands an Explanation about the Grounding of a Moscow-Damascus Passenger Plane

October 11, 2012

“Turkish officials have allowed a Syrian passenger jet which had earlier been forced to land in Ankara, to resume flight, but have confiscated its cargo.”

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Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov: Russia is capable of neutralizing the U.S. Missile Defense “threat”

October 10, 2012

“The United States, as the military powerhouse behind the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), has refused Russia’s assistance in building the latest leg of it global missile defense system, which Russia warns could spark another arms race.”

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Russia: No plans to hold talks with Georgia on the futures of the independent republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia

October 10, 2012

“South Ossetia will seek Georgian recognition of its independence, South Ossetian foreign minister David Sanakoyev told journalists.”

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Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization: No plans to fill the “NATO Vacuum” in Afghanistan

October 10, 2012

“The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has rejected reports that it is sending its Collective Peacekeeping Force into the Central Asian hotspot to replace International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).”

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