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  • Belarusian President Orders Trade With Russia Only In Euros, U.S. Dollars
    Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has ordered his government to switch to U.S. dollars and euros in trading with Russia. ...
    Radio Liberty.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:24:53 +0000.
  • Swiss Pay The Price For Being A Safe Haven
    The Swiss National Bank set negative interest to stem inflows of capital by investors seeking a safe haven for the current turmoil around the Ukraine crisis, Russian rouble rout and the falling oil price. ...
    By Marcel Michelson.  Forbes.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:57:00 GMT.
  • Putin says Ukraine must remain 1 political entity
    Russian President Vladimir Putin is voicing hope that the crisis in Ukraine could be solved through peace talks.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:51:46 EST.
  • The Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine
    The ordinary Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine.
    BBC News.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:27:16 GMT.
  • It’s dangerous to corner Russia too much
    When President Vikto Yanukovych of Ukraine fled his capital Kiev on Feb. 21, 2014, after the Maidan protests, very few could have predicted that it would unfold into a second Cold War between Moscow and the West.
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:01:00 +0200.
  • Economic Fears May Push Russia Into Ukraine Deal
    Officials and analysts say that the ruble’s nose dive has put pressure on the Russian president to take a more flexible position on Ukraine.
    By Alison Smale.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:21:48 GMT.
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  • Russian Sailors Finish Training at French Port, but Will Leave Without Warship
    Amid tensions over Ukraine, France continues to delay the delivery of a Mistral-class warship, one of two ordered by Russia and built in the French port city of Saint-Nazaire.
    By Aurelien Breeden and MaÏa De La Baume.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:28:21 GMT.
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  • Ukraine Leader Wants to Join 'Euro-Atlantic' Security Alliance
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday he had decided his country should set out on a course towards Euro-Atlantic security integration, and would press for that in parliament soon. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:40:02 -0500.
  • Obama to Approve New Russian Sanctions
    President Barack Obama has decided to sign legislation authorizing more sanctions on Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis, the White House said Tuesday. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:40:59 -0500.
  • Slavery arrests in factory raid
    An anti-slavery raid on a factory in Greater Manchester finds immigrants from Eastern Europe allegedly paid £2 an hour and working 80-hour weeks, police say.
    BBC News.  Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:00:56 GMT.
Czech map, showing Prague, its capital city, as well as other cities in the Czech Republic
Poland map, showing Warsaw, the capital city of Poland, and parts of adjoining eastern European nations
Ukraine map, showing Kiev, its capital city, and other Ukrainian cities

Facts About Eastern Europe

Eastern European States include Belarus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Moldova as well as Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine.  The government websites listed below provide official news and travel information about each of these Eastern Europe countries.

The Republic of Belarus' capital city is Minsk, and its national currency is the Belorusian Rouble.  Belorusian and Russian are the primary languages used in Belarus, and in 2007, the population of Belarus was estimated at 9,725,000.

The Czech Republic's capital city is Prague, and its national currency is the Koruna.  Czech is the nation's official language, and in 2007, the Czech Republic's estimated population was 10,229,000.

The Republic of Hungary's capital city is Budapest, and its currency is the Forint.  Magyar is the primary language used by Hungarians, and in 2007, the nation's estimated population was 9,956,000.

The Republic of Moldova's capital city is Chisinau, and its currency is the Leu.  Moldovan's official language is Moldovan, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 4,329,000.

The Republic of Poland's capital city is Warsaw, and its currency is the Zloty.  The primary language used in Poland is Polish, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 38,518,000.

Romania's capital city is Bucharest, and its national currency is the Leu.  Romania's official language is Romanian, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 22,276,000.

The Slovak Republic's capital city is Bratislava, and its currency is the Koruna.  Slovakia's official language is Slovak, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 5,448,000.

Ukraine's capital city is Kiev, and its currency is the Hryvnia.  Ukrainian and Russian are Ukraine's primary languages, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 46,300,000.

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