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  • Failed Diplomacy: NATO Hardliners Push for Firmer Stance against Russia
    After months of failed telephone diplomacy between Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, hardliners are gaining the upper hand in discussions over the appropriate response to Russia. ...
    Spiegel Online.  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:14:00 +0200.
  • Ukrainian Woman Tells Of Public Abuse At Hands Of Pro-Moscow Separatists
    After enduring a night of beatings at the hands of rebel forces, she was wrapped in a Ukrainian flag, forced to stand at a Donetsk intersection, and subjected to public humiliation and physical attacks. ...
    Radio Liberty.  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:28:17 +0000.
  • Nato plans rapid response force
    Nato is to approve a rapid response force at a summit in Wales this week to deter any Russian threat to Eastern European members, the alliance's chief says.
    BBC News.  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:28:51 GMT.
  • VIDEO: BBC's Sweeney catches Putin at talks
    As negotiators meet in Minsk to discuss the Ukraine crisis, Russia's President Vladimir Putin says the process of direct negotiations is "the beginning of a very important process".
    BBC News.  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:06:09 GMT.
  • Russia has 'severed' partnership with Europe, says Germany
    Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said Monday. ...
    Yahoo.  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:09:55 -0400.
  • Putin urges Europeans to have 'common sense' over sanctions threat
    Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the EU on Sept. 1 to show 'common sense' and not to engage in mutually destructive sanctions
    Hurriyet.  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:59:00 +0200.
  • China opposes sanctions against Russia
    China says the EU's proposed additional sanctions on its key ally Russia will not solve the current problems in Ukraine.
    Mail & Guardian.  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:39:00 +0200.
  • Once More On Russia And Ukraine
    I recently wrote an article arguing that the West should let Russia annex a sliver of Ukraine in exchange for integrating the rest of the country in NATO and, eventually, the EU. Surprisingly (cough), this proposal proved controversial. ...
    By Pascal-emmanuel Gobry.  Forbes.  Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:00:00 GMT.
  • China May Be Biggest Winner From Ukraine Crisis
    Thousands of miles away from the Ukrainian battlefields of Donetsk and Novoazovsk sits the country that may end up being the largest beneficiary of the turmoil along Russia’s southwest border: China. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:26:09 -0400.
  • Sinosphere Blog: Ukraine Conflict Has Been a Lift for China, Scholars Say
    As the United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Russia over the unrest in eastern Ukraine, China has been able to stand apart and gain concrete advantages, experts on foreign policy say.
    By Jane Perlez.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:18:32 GMT.
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