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  • EU's Barroso says Ukraine-Russia gas deal 'within reach'
    European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso said Thursday a deal to resolve a bitter Russia-Ukraine supply dispute was "within reach" as he urged the two sides to settle their differences.
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:58:00 +0200.
  • France Denies It Has Agreed to Deliver Mistral-Class Warship to Russia
    The government of François Hollande rejected claims that it would hand over the first of two vessels in November, saying conditions in Ukraine had not been met.
    By David Jolly.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:23:38 GMT.
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  • Russia Demands EU Guarantee Ukraine Pays For Gas
    Russia says its dispute with Ukraine over natural-gas supplies will not be resolved unless the European Union guarantees cash-strapped Kyiv pays up front for gas it wants from Russia this winter.
    Radio Liberty.  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:54:53 +0000.
  • New Nato boss on challenges ahead
    Nato's Stoltenberg insists there is no new Cold War with Russia.
    BBC News.  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:30:23 GMT.
  • France Says Conditions Still Not Met to Deliver Warship to Russia
    France said on Thursday that the conditions were not yet met to deliver the first of two controversial Mistral warships to Russia, contradicting reports that Russia had received an invitation to take delivery on Nov. 14.
    By Reuters.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:27:44 GMT.
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  • Ukraine-Russia gas talks stall
    EU-brokered talks to resolve a bitter gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine on Thursday appeared stalled as Moscow demanded that Brussels and Kiev first agree on how Ukraine will pay its huge bill to Moscow. ...
    Yahoo.  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:01:06 -0400.
  • Ukraine, Russia Extend Gas Deal Talks After Impasse
    Trilateral talks in Brussels to restart the delivery of Russian gas to Ukraine will continue on Thursday after the parties failed to reach an agreement on the first day of negotiations. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:14:50 -0400.
  • Russia 'steps up' military flights
    Nato reports an "unusual" increase in Russian military aircraft conducting manoeuvres over European airspace over the last two days.
    BBC News.  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:33:38 GMT.
  • EU: 50-50 Chance Ukraine-Russia Gas Talks Will Succeed
    Russia, the European Union and Ukraine have resumed talks aimed at ending a Russian natural gas supply cut as winter approaches. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:48:12 -0400.
  • Sweden's Submarine Future: Commander Lindén
    LONDON, October 29, 2014 -- In the view of the Scandinavians, as well as that of many other countries, Russia has not, as hoped, turned away from its past. ...
    PR Newswire.  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 04:00:00 EDT.
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The Russian Federation is a republic which occupies much of eastern Europe and northern Asia.  Russia is governed by a President, a Premier, and a bicameral Federal Assembly.  Its capital city is Moscow, and its national currency is the Rouble.  Russian is the primary language used by Russians, and in 2007, Russia's estimated population was 141,378,000.

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