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RIA Novosti: More Than Half of Americans Fear Tensions With Russia – Survey

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NEW YORK, August 29 (RIA Novosti) – More than half of Americans view growing tensions between Russia and its neighbors as a major threat to the United States, among a wide range of security fears that are revealed in a recent survey. “As the public’s views of global threats have changed, so have opinions about

As Russia and U.S. Struggle, China Rejoices

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexander Panin – August 25, 2014) With multi-billion dollar energy deals between Moscow and Beijing recently being pushed through, China, the world’s second-biggest economy, is benefiting the most from the spiraling tension between Russia and the West over the violence in Ukraine. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban earlier this month

Russian consumers hardest hit by sanctions

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Kira Tverskaya, special to RBTH – August 19, 2014) Economists point out that the Russian government’s recent food ban is likely to backfire as restaurants and consumers look for new sources for favorite products Moscow’s home cooks and restaurateurs alike have spent the past two weeks scrambling to

RIA Novosti: US Department of State Ignores All Information on Ukraine Coming From Russia – Moscow

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MOSCOW, August 19 (RIA Novosti) – Russia is systematically providing the US Department of State, which continues accusing Russia of escalating tensions in Ukraine, with selections of publications, reports by Russian and foreign media from hot spots, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Tuesday. “We have started gathering facts; we have started collecting publications,

Moscow’s Food War With West Could Hurt Russia Most

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(RFE/RL Explainer – rferl.org – Charles Recknagel - August 21, 2014) Moscow’s sweeping ban on food imports is meant as a slap in the face to Western powers for imposing sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine. But the ban is also causing food prices to rise in Russia, which is a major importer of food and has few immediate supply alternatives. Here

Business New Europe: The west has no plan for an end game in the Ukraine conflict

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Ben Aris MOSCOW BLOG – August 14, 2014) What does the west hope to achieve in its show down with Russia over the fate of Ukraine? An increasing number of articles have appeared recently arguing that the west has no long-term strategy to end this conflict and is being

Russian Foodies React To Import Ban With Patriotism, Some Gloom

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(RFE/RL  – rferl.org – Tom Balmforth – MOSCOW, August 7, 2014) Moscow’s upmarket food shoppers are reacting variously with patriotic approval and gloomy resignation at the prospect of going without some of their favorite foreign foods for a year. The Russian government on August 7 approved a lengthy shopping list of foods and produce that cannot be imported

White House Transcript: Remarks by the President at Press Conference After U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit [excerpt re: Russia]

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The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release August 06, 2014 Remarks by the President at Press Conference After U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit [excerpt re Russia] Q Thank you, Mr. President. Russia said today that it is going to ban food and agricultural product imports. That was about $1.3 billion last year. At

Interfax: Proposal to ban Western airlines from using trans-Siberian routes is “on the table” – Medvedev

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MOSCOW. Aug 7 (Interfax) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said that Russia is considering a potential ban on European and U.S. air carriers using trans-Siberian routes as a possible retaliatory step against Western sanctions targeting Russia’s low-cost airline Dobrolet. “The government of the Russian Federation is considering a number of retaliatory steps. But

Russians’ Regard for the West Has Plummeted, Poll Shows

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Allison Quinn – August 7, 2014) Anti-Western sentiments in Russia have hit a fever pitch amid the ongoing conflict in neighboring Ukraine, a survey conducted by independent pollster the Levada Center revealed Wednesday. A mere 18 percent of respondents harbor favorable attitudes toward the U.S., a significant decrease from January’s

Sanctions on Technology Imports Leave Russia Playing Catch Up

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexander Panin – August 4, 2014) The impact of the EU’s latest and harshest sanctions on Russia will be felt most keenly in the country’s economic sectors that are largely dependent on state-of-the-art Western technology, ranging from the extraction of hydrocarbons to civil aircraft production, analysts said. The European Union

Russia Beyond the Headlines: Tefft calls for working with the Kremlin

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Nikolai Litovkin, RBTH – July 31, 2014) The man likely to be the next U.S. ambassador to Russia indicates that options for cooperation must remain open On July 29, the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held an unannounced meeting in which its members unanimously approved John Tefft’s

Russia Beyond the Headlines: Ukraine, sanctions and ammo: Finding the angle to engage local audiences

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Lara McCoy Roslof, RBTH – July 29. 2014) Lara McCoy Roslof, RBTH’s Executive Editor for the Western Hemisphere, writes about how seeing the news from a different social and geographical perspective reinforces the importance to news organizations of finding meaningful links between news stories and their target audience.

Russia Beyond the Headlines Press Digest: U.S. and EU sanctions are pushing Moscow toward Beijing

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Sofia Savina, special to RBTH – July 30, 2014) RBTH presents a selection of views from leading Russian media on the latest developments in Ukraine, featuring widespread reaction to the imposition of yet another wave of sanctions against Russia by the U.S. and the EU, as well as

Russia Beyond the Headlines: Russians less afraid of sanctions

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Kira Egorova, RBTH – July 30, 2014) A new survey shows that the number of Russians concerned about economic restrictions imposed by the West is steadily decreasing A new poll from the Levada Center has revealed that Russians are becoming less afraid of sanctions. The most recent survey,

Evolving Ukraine Crisis Tests Obama Foreign Policy

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(Voice of America – Catherine Maddux – July 25, 2014) Just hours after reports that Malaysian Airlines flight 17 had been shot down over eastern Ukraine, the stark reality that 298 civilians from nearly a dozen nations had just become the latest victims in a Russian-backed separatist movement came as somewhat of a jolt. All

RIA Novosti: Kiev Secures Political, Economic Backing from US

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KIEV, July 29 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, who is on an official visit to the United States secured its backing to strengthen Ukraine’s defense capabilities, restoring the country’s economy and stabilizing the situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. “The US Vice President emphasized the United States’

Interfax: U.S. partner status to give Ukraine new cooperation opportunities – Ukraine foreign minister

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KYIV. July 29 (Interfax) – The issue of granting Ukraine a special partner status is currently being discussed in the United States, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said. Readiness to provide further assistance to Ukraine exists in the Congress and Senate and the U.S. already provides such help, Klimkin said in an interview with Voice

RIA Novosti: US Undecided on Lethal Weapons Supplies Requested by Kiev – Report

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MOSCOW, July 28 (RIA Novosti) – The United States have not made the final decision on whether to favor Ukraine’s request for lethal weapons, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told CNN Sunday. “We haven’t made the decision to provide a certain type of weapons, but intelligence – we do provide intelligence,” Rhodes said. “The

RIA Novosti: Flight MH17 is Trump Card in US’ Information War with Russia

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(RIA Novosti – Ekaterina Blinova – July 25, 2014) Praising the ruthless military operation by Kiev against both armed rebels and unarmed civilians, American neocons have also been inciting Washington to launch wide-raging economic warfare against Russia in recent months. Thus, unsurprisingly, when the Ukrainian government released information on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 catastrophe,

Obama’s Reluctance to Arming Rebels Stiffened by Airliner Strike

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Margaret Talev – July 23, 2014) The downing of a Malaysian passenger aircraft in Ukraine may stiffen Obama administration resistance to providing heavy armaments to rebels — or even besieged governments — seeking U.S. help in hotspots around the world. In the wake of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) disaster, President Barack

RIA Novosti: Medvedev Says US, EU Companies Clearly Show Intention to Continue Work in Russia

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MOSCOW, July 23 (RIA Novosti) – Moscow has received «clear signals» from US and European companies about their intention to continue work in Russia, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday. «We have received quite clear signals that European and American companies are set to continue work with Russian partners. Time is ripe now to use

RIA Novosti: The Disaster, Lies and Video. And Obama’s Fueling it All

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(RIA Novosti - Dmitry Babich - July 22, 2014) The latest breaking news about the agreement of the insurgents in eastern Ukraine to permit Dutch forensics experts on Monday to search the wreckage of the downed Malaysia Airlines jetliner and to transfer the bodies of the victims, as well as the plane’s flight recorder boxes to the

Russian Billionaires in ‘Horror’ as Putin Risks Isolation

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Henry Meyer, Irina Reznik, Ilya Arkhipov – July 21, 2014) Russia’s richest businessmen are increasingly frantic that President Vladimir Putin’s policies in Ukraine will lead to crippling sanctions and are too scared of reprisal to say so publicly, billionaires and analysts said. If Putin doesn’t move to end the war in

Russia to Challenge U.S. Sanctions at WTO

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Mark Lammey – July 21, 2014) Russia is planning to complain to the World Trade Organization, or WTO, abou t sanctions imposed by the U.S. over Russia’s perceived failure to help de-escalate the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, media reports said. The U.S. on Wednesday let rip with its third and

RIA Novosti: US Conclusions on Boeing Crash in Ukraine Resemble Statements on Iraq’s Weapons – Rogozin

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MOSCOW, July 19 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin compared Washington’s hasty conclusions on the cause of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777 crash in Ukraine to its statement on Iraq’s possession of weapons of mass destruction made years ago. “The White House has established the guilty even before the investigation of the Boeing

How will new round of sanctions affect Russia?

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Alexei Lossan, RBTH – July 18, 2014) The U.S. Department of the Treasury has included large Russian companies in its list of sanctions, including the main institute of development VEB (Vnesheconombank), the major oil company Rosneft, and several defense-industrial enterprises. Experts consider these to be the most serious

RIA Novosti: West Suspends Fighting Terrorism, Drugs With Russia Over Ukraine

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MOSCOW, July 16 (RIA Novosti) The pause in NATO’s collaboration with Russia in fighting terrorism and drug trafficking because of Moscow’s position on the Ukrainian crisis “punishes” primarily the people of the involved territories and points out the shortsighted approach of a range of Western countries, Ilya Rogachev, director of the department of new challenges

Moscow formally approves new U.S. ambassador Tefft

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Nikolai Litovkin, RBTH – July 10, 2014) The Russian Foreign Ministry has given its approval to American diplomat John Tefft’s appointment as the new ambassador to Russia. According to Russian political scientists, the career foreign service officer is known for his anti-Russian position – so how will his

TRANSCRIPT: [DoD Senate Testimony:] “Security Assistance and Support for Ukraine”

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US Department of Defense “Security Assistance and Support for Ukraine” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Testimony by Assistant Secretary of Defense Derek Chollet July 9, 2014 TESTIMONY FOR THE RECORD Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, and Committee Members: Thank you for inviting me to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, which was precipitated by Russia’s occupation

TRANSCRIPT: [Steve Hadley Senate Testimony:] Russia and Ongoing Developments in Ukraine

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Testimony Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Statement of Stephen J. Hadley July 9, 2014 Russia and Ongoing Developments in Ukraine It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to appear before the committee this morning. I would like to discuss briefly what Russian President Putin is seeking to achieve by his actions in

TRANSCRIPT: [Zbigniew Brzezinski Senate Testimony:] Russia and Developments in Ukraine

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Statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee “RUSSIA AND DEVELOPMENTS IN UKRAINE” A Statement by Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski Counselor and Trustee Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) July 9, 2014 More than three months have passed since Putin’s triumphalist speech to the Russian Parliament. In it, he exalted in his military seizure of Crimea

TRANSCRIPT: [Treasury Department Senate Testimony:] Russia and Developments in Ukraine

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US Department of the Treasury Testimony of Assistant Secretary Daniel L. Glaser Senate Foreign Relations Committee Russia and Developments in Ukraine Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, and distinguished Members of this Committee, thank you for inviting me to speak to you again about the Administration’s response to Russia’s occupation and purported

TRANSCRIPT: Russia and Developments in Ukraine; Nuland Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

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(US Department of State – July 9, 2014) Testimony of Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Washington, DC As prepared Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker and members of this committee-thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today on the situation in Ukraine and for

TRANSCRIPT: Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on Russia and Developments in Ukraine

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(US Senate Foreign Relations Committee – Washington, DC – July 9, 2014) U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement, as prepared for delivery, at today’s hearing titled “Russia and Developments in Ukraine.” “This hearing will come to order. We have two distinguished panels today to help

VIDEO: Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on “Russia and Developments in Ukraine”

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Watch the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on “Russia and Developments in Ukraine” here: foreign.senate.gov/hearings/070914 … or here: businessweek.com/videos/2014-07-09/nuland-glaser-chollet-testify-on-ukraine-pt-dot-1  [note from web producer: C-Span version embedded below]

A Bogeyman In Russia, U.S. Envoy Appears Poised For Moscow Job

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org – Carl Schreck – July 5, 2014) In Moscow they have called him a regime-change expert, a “diplomatic diversionist” dispatched by Washington to foment unrest in Russia’s neighboring states. And now he appears to be headed to Russia, where Kremlin surrogates warn he may try to do the same. Meet John Tefft, the man who has

VIDEO: How does the U.S. make the case for its interests in Ukraine? (Interview with Michael McFaul)

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PBS interviews former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul about unfolding events in Ukraine and the U.S. response. They spoke with McFaul at a conference in Colorado. Click here for transcript. Said McFaul: The biggest, obvious point, you know, fork in the road for Ukraine is to end the violence. If Poroshenko or some configuration

RIA Novosti: U.S. sanctions a new kind of offensive weapon – Russia’s Ryabkov

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(RIA Novosti – Moscow, July 3, 2014) The US has turned the tool of sanctions into a new kind of offensive weapons. Russia will not get involved in this kind of arms race but has the right to seek ways to protect itself, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has said. “It seems that the

RIA Novosti: US Exports to Russia Hit Record Levels in May Despite Sanctions

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MOSCOW, July 4 (RIA Novosti) – US exports to Russia rose 21 percent and reached a record high of $1.25 billion in May, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, an arm of the US Department of Commerce. During the same month, American exports to the EU and China increased by only 2.5 percent and

RIA Novosti: Putin Tells Obama Russia, US Should Cooperate to Protect Global Stability

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MOSCOW, July 4 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday congratulated his US counterpart Barack Obama on Independence Day and said Russia and the US share the responsibility of protecting global security and stability, and should cooperate to the benefit of the world. “Russia and the United States, being the powers with special

RIA Novosti: U.S. Advisors Design Strategy for Kiev – Russian Security Council

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MOSCOW, July 2 (RIA Novosti) – Advisors from the United States are actively working in Ukraine and developing Kiev’s strategy, Russian Deputy Security Council Secretary Evgeny Lukyanov told RIA Novosti Wednesday. “We could say without a doubt that we’re not just talking about American mercenaries, but also intensive activities on Ukrainian territory by the so-called

Interfax: Poroshenko ready for political talks on settling situation in Donbas without any additional conditions

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KYIV. July 3 (Interfax) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said during a telephone conversation with U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden that he was ready to start profound political talks on settling the situation in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions without any additional conditions. The parties have discussed further possible international efforts to support Ukraine’s position,

Interfax: Political situation should not affect contacts among Russian, U.S. scientists – Academy of Sciences

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(Interfax – July 2, 2014) The president of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Vladimir Fortov, is set to develop the Academy’s cooperation with American scientists regardless of the political situation. “I will do whatever I can to develop our contacts, despite the winds blowing in one direction or another,” Fortov told a press conference

McDonald’s to Open for First Time in 30 Russian Cities

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com - July 2, 2014) McDonald’s plans to open 70 restaurants in 30 Russian cities by the end of this year, significantly expanding its reach into cities that were never home to the fast food empire before, McDonald’s development director in Russia told ITAR-Tass on Tuesday. “We’ll have restaurants in Siberia, in the

Interfax: USA must respect Russian interests for better relations – ambassador

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(Interfax – July 1, 2014) The United States must respect Russia’s interests if there is to be any possibility of an improvement in Russian-American diplomatic relations during the Obama administration’s tenure, Russia’s ambassador to Washington Sergey Kislyak has said, privately-owned Russian news agency Interfax reported on 1 July. “I think all the possibilities exist for

RBTH: U.S. choice of new ambassador to Russia may cause chill in relations

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Dmitry Agnin, special to RBTH – July 1, 2014) The United States has asked the Russian Foreign Ministry for approval to John Tefft’s appointment as the new U.S. ambassador to Moscow. Experts polled by RBTH believe that Tefft’s appointment has already been approved in principle, although it is

Putin lambasts West as violence escalates in Ukraine

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Ben Aris in Moscow – July 2, 2014) Russian President Vladimir Putin lambasted the West in a speech to assembled diplomats call on July 1, although he stopped short of making new military threats against Ukraine as Kyiv resumed its antiterrorism operation in the east of the country. The

Washington Asks Moscow to Approve John Tefft as new U.S. Ambassador

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Ivan Nechepurenko – July 1, 2014) Washington has requested Moscow’s formal approval of its appointment of John Tefft as U.S. ambassador to Russia, a source in the Foreign Ministry told The Moscow Times on Monday. Tefft served as ambassador to both Ukraine and Georgia in the past decade, and as

Russians Suffer from Three Misconceptions about Western Sanctions over Ukraine, Analyst Says

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, June 27, 2014) Russians must recognize that sanctions are “the new economic and political reality” in which they live and overcome three widespread and government-promoted misconceptions about such sanctions if the country is going to be able to cope with them as well as possible, according to

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