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Barroso: Ukraine is not ready to become EU member

Ukraine is not yet ready for membership of the European Union, the head of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso said."Ukraine is not ready (for becoming a member of the EU). This is the current state of affairs and it will remain the …

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Lavrov and Steinmeier discuss Ukraine

Today the foreign ministers of Russia and Germany, Sergei Lavrov and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, discussed the situation in Ukraine in a telephone conversation, the Russian Foreign Ministry reports."The foreign ministers discussed the current …

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Pushkov: powers of Russian Federation in PACE to be discussed on April 10

The head of the Russian delegation to the PACE session in Strasbourg, the chairman of the Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs, Alexei Pushkov said after a meeting of the Bureau of the Assembly that the powers of the Russian delegation at PACE will be discussed on April 10. He said that the Bureau had decided to reschedule discussions about Ukraine for April 9 and discuss Russia on April 10, ITAR -TASS reports.

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March Crimea followed by April Donetsk?

This weekend rallies in support of the federalization of Ukraine took place in the cities of South-Eastern Ukraine such as Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv. The deputies of the Donetsk region today proclaimed the independence of the Donetsk People's Republic and appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a request to impose a temporary peacekeeping contingent.In response, Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Turchynov promised "anti-terrorist activities", while Prime Minister Yatsenyuk warned of using all legal methods to stabilize the situation in the south-east of the country.As political analyst Alexei Poltorakov said in an interview to Vestnik Kavkaz, Kiev should have introduced a state of emergency at least a month ago. He also stressed that election campaigns cannot be held during an emergency situation according to the constitution of Ukraine. "Moreover, a state of emergency is the first step towards martial law, which Kiev has been trying to avoid, because it would mean de facto a civil war." Poltorakov believes that events in Donetsk will develop according to the Crimean scenario, but with far less unpredictable results. "It is unlikely that this region will be kept under control," the expert says.This weekend rallies in support of the federalization of Ukraine took place in the cities of South-Eastern Ukraine such as Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv.

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Fogh Rasmussen urges West to spend more on defense

Britain and its NATO allies must respond to Russia’s “illegal aggression” against Ukraine by spending more on defense, the alliance’s secretary general wrote in his article published by The Telegraph.Anders Fogh Rasmussen appealed to NATO members to modernize their armed forces:

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Right Sector punishes judges over corruption in Ukraine

About 30 members of the Right Sector entered the Supreme Court of Ukraine and started searching for judges through the building today, RIA Novosti reports.Judges arriving are not allowed inside. According to the Right Sector, the activists …

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Mubariz Ahmedoglu, director of the Center for Political Innovations and Technologies, told News Azerbaijan that no military, economic or geopolitical sanctions against Russia would have a big impact. The West does not have enough resources in the Black Sea to curb Russia. The expert predicts that the North Caucasus would become the second region for global players to make a stand off. This includes the Circassian issue connecting Syria and the North Caucasus, Turkey and Syria. Azerbaijan may become a target for both Russia and the West.

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Supreme Court of Ukraine blocked

Alexey Pushkov, head of the Duma Committee for International Affairs, believes that the protests in Donetsk proved that there would be no stability in Ukraine without federalization, RIA Novosti reports.Mass protests were organized under …

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Russia encourages Ukraine to federalize

Alexey Pushkov, head of the Duma Committee for International Affairs, believes that the protests in Donetsk proved that there would be no stability in Ukraine without federalization, RIA Novosti reports.Mass protests were organized under …

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Sanctions against Russia aren't off the table, Merkel says

Addressing attendees of the national convention of the ruling Christian and Democratic Union (CDU), German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the possibility of imposing additional sanctions against Russia is still being considered by the federal government.

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Expert comments on Erdogan's meeting with Ilham Aliyev

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent visit to Azerbaijan undertaken right after the municipal elections, which were a major challenge for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), is a remarkable event in the history of the two countries' bilateral relations, Professor at the Western University Fikret Sadykhov and Associate Professor at the University of Economics and Technology Togrul Ismail believe.

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Ukraine to buy Russian gas at old prices only

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk says Ukraine will only continue buying Russian gas at old prices. Otherwise the country will buy gas in Europe, the head of the Ukrainian cabinet says.

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