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US congressmen approve sanctions against Russia and subsidies for Ukraine

The US House of Representatives has approved new sanctions against violators of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and Russian officials responsible for mass corruption. The sanctions need President Barack Obama’s signature, ITAR-TASS reports.The sanctions will also affect partners and families of the said officials.

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The Washington Post  publsihed an article headlined "The Obama administration is underestimating Putin’s ambitions." According to the authors of the article, former advisors to Georgia’s government Molly McKew and Gregory Maniatis, the US authorities still don't have a clear understanding of Russia's policies.

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Experts on John Kerry's visit to Azerbaijan

US Secretary of State John Kerry is going to pay a visit to Azerbaijan soon. Vestnik Kavkaza discussed the coming visit with Azerbaijani lawmakers Asim Mollazade and Rasim Musabekov and Deputy Head of the Plekhanov Russian Economic University Sergey Markov.

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Expert on Ukraine's presidential campaign

Ukraine's Central Electoral Commission stopped receiving applications of potential presidential candidates this weekend. 46 people submitted their applications. Among them are former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko and chocolate tycoon Petro Poroshenko.

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Berlin, Paris, Warsaw offer to host conference on Ukraine

Foreign Ministers Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Germany), Laurent Fabius (France) and Radoslaw Sikorski (Poland) met in Weimar today and offered to host an international conference on Ukraine in one of their capital cities, Interfax reports.The …

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Nagorno-Karabakh conflict remains topical problem – OSCE

According to the OSCE report for 2013, the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict remains one of the main conflicts in the region, Trend reports.The document states that over 20 years have passed since the start of the conflict, yet no sustainable political solution has been made. The OSCE has hailed progress of the OSCE Minsk Group in encouraging dialogue between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry have recently discussed the situation over Crimea at a meeting in Paris. US President Barack Obama has expressed an interest in a strong Russia and spoke out against a new Cold War, according to White House spokesman Jay Carney. He added that no new sanctions will be imposed on Russia for annexation of Crimea.

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Council of Federation backs scrapping of Black Sea Fleet deal with Ukraine

The Council of the Federation adopted a draft on determination of agreements on the Black Sea Fleet of the RF in the territory of Ukraine. The chairman of the Committee for International Affairs of the Council of the Federation, Mikhail Margelov, noted that “today when Crimea has become a constituent of Russia, the agreements lost any sense.”  “We are not leasing anything anymore,” ITAR-TASS cites him. The senator also added that determination of the agreements doesn’t contradict international obligations, and Russia has a right to stop them.

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Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said at a session with SCO military authorities that the so-called Arab Spring scenario in Ukraine may undermine the country, RIA Novosti reports.The minister noted that the people at power in Kiev were Neo-Nazis and Russophobes that could become a tragedy for both Ukraine and Europe as a whole. He reminded that nationalists were trying to suppress the Russian-speaking population in the eastern and southern parts of the country.

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Gazprom sets gas price of $385.5 per thousand cubic meters for Ukraine

Alexey Miller, chairman of the board of Gazprom, said that the gas price for Ukraine was increased from $268.5 to $385.5 per thousand cubic meters, starting in Q2 2014, Interfax reports.The new prices were set due to Ukraine’s gas debt of $1.711 billion. Ukraine will increase the fee for gas transit by 10%, according to the transit contract signed in 2009. Gazprom is ready to pay the new fees.

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Yulia Tymoshenko, leader of the Fatherland Party of Ukraine, said that Kiev needed to activate military cooperation to strengthen forces and stabilize the country, ITAR-TASS reports.She stated that other countries should provide equipment and …

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US not planning new sanctions against Russia

Spokesman of the US White House Jay Carney said that the United States was not planning to impose new economic sanctions on Russia. They would only be imposed for a further violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, ITAR-TASS …

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the federalization of Ukraine in Paris last week. Lavrov emphasized that not all problems could be solved without consent. Deposed Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych urged the country's regions to demand a referendum to decide their status. The referendum may be announced by the parliament, the president, or 3 million citizens.

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Andrey Kelin: "OSCE observers should reduce tensions in Ukraine"

Russian Envoy to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Andrey Kelin talks about the special mission sent to Ukraine and the steps OSCE is taking in order to stabilize the situation in the country. The OSCE decided to send a group of observers to Ukraine on March 21, 2014.

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Putin and Merkel discuss stability issues in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has discussed by telephone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel the opportunities for international help to restore stability in Ukraine, noting the importance of constitutional reform in the country, the press service of the Kremlin reports.

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Russian senators discuss integration of Crimea

Valery Ryazansky, head of the Federation Council committee for social policy of Russia, and Andrey Isayev, head of the Duma committee for labour, social policy and veterans, have discussed Crimea's integration into Russia today. Isayev said that executives were checking the inventory of social elements and preparing to integrate the region into Russia by January 1, 2015. He said Crimea may need a special status to solve all its problems. Crimea may also implement regional norms similar to the ones in 16 Russian regions.

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