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Russia Risks “Political & Economic Isolation”

Vice President, Joe Biden, said that if Russia continues on its "dark road" it faces "political and economic isolation", during his visit to Lithuania on Wednesday. "Russia has chosen to respond with military aggression, a referendum virtually rejected by the entire world, illegal efforts to annex Crimea and now reports of armed attacks against Ukrainian military personnel and installations in Crimea," he said. "I want to make it clear: we remain firmly with our Baltic partners in support of the Ukrainian people against the Russian aggression." While Russia goes down this dark path they will face a growing political and economic isolation". Biden spoke…
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Putin Calls On US to Stop Cold War Rhetoric

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, called on United States to halt the "hysteria and cold war rhetoric," during a special session with Russian parliamentarians. He said the West has "exceeded in Ukraine and behaved irresponsibly". Moreover, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia said that the sanctions will not remain unanswered, but it did not specify what measures will be taken. The European Union and United States approved Monday the freezing of assets and bans on travel for officials from Russia and Ukraine. The US President Barack Obama, said that they will be considering new sanctions if Russia does not…
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Ukraine Prime Minister Promises More Resources for the Regions

The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatseniuk, promised during a speech televised in Russian, more powers and more resources to the regions. In a speech aimed at the regions of the South and the East of the country, Yatsenyuk said that it will introduce reforms on a large scale in order to preserve the unity and sovereignty of Ukraine. Specific requirements of each region, said the Prime Minister will be taken into account in the area of education, culture and history. Russia complained on several occasions that the rights of Ukrainian citizens of Russian ethnic origin in these regions had…
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EU & US Approve Sanctions Against Russian and Ukrainian Officials

The European Union Foreign Ministers and the Government of President Barack Obama agreed to various sanctions against members of the Russian Government and several citizens of Ukraine, involved in the referendum held Sunday in Crimea. The EU approved in Brussels sanctions of travel and assets against 21 officials whose names have not been revealed yet. For his part, President Barack Obama announced the freezing of assets of 11 officials from Russia and Ukraine related to the military incursion on the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. The Treasury Department will impose further sanctions on four Ukrainians, including the deposed President Viktor Yanukovych…
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Tens of Thousands March in Moscow

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of the Russian capital, Moscow, in opposing demonstrations: those supporting the involvement of Russia in Ukraine, and those who are against it. Government supporters shouted "Crimea is Russian land", while opponents said that the presence of Russian troops on the Ukrainian peninsula was "shameful". The demonstrations are made a day before the referendum in Crimea to decide if the territory will become part of Russia or continue in Ukraine but with greater autonomy. It is expected that on Saturday the UN Security Council voted a resolution designed by United States…
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US Will Sell Oil From Strategic Reserves

The Department of Energy of the United States said it plans to sell five million barrels of oil from its strategic reserves. Government officials said the sale is a trial that has been planned for months. The decision comes at a time when global energy markets closely watch the developments of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. On the territory of Ukraine pass pipelines carrying Russian gas to the European Union. However, the White House said the two events are not connected. The decision lowered by 2% the price of crude oil on the New York Stock Exchange.
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Increased Western Pressure on Russia

Western leaders warned Russia to cease its attempts to annex the Crimea or otherwise face sanctions. President Barack Obama, said Moscow would pay a price if it continues its current path. Speaking from the White House after meeting with interim Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Obama said a referendum, scheduled for Sunday, on the annexation of Crimea into Russia, is a violation of international law. Earlier, the European Union and the G-7, said they would take action against Russia if the referendum takes place.
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Ukraine On Alert for A Russian Invasion

Officials of the interim government of Ukraine assured that the country faces the threat of a full-scale invasion by the Russian army stationed at their borders. The secretary of the Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Andriy Parubiy said that Russian troops are only two or three hours walk from the capital, Kiev, and that none of the Russian troops had retreated. Ukrainian armed forces are on high alert. The secretary urged the Ukrainian population to enroll in the new National Guard. Russian President Vladimir Putin said in recent days that it reserves the right to use force to protect…
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Ukrainian President Says Russia Does Not Want Contact With The New Government

The acting president of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, said Wednesday that the main representatives of the Russian government do not want to establish any contact with the authorities in their country. In an interview published by the news agency AFP, Turchynov noted that Ukraine will take no military action in Crimea because "it would give Russia a reason to intervene in the entire country." Interim Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk will meet Wednesday in Washington with President Barack Obama. The government said that if the referendum planned for this Sunday continues, that difficult diplomatic negotiations and new sanctions will be…
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Ukraine: Yanukovych Stated That His Removal Was “illegal”

Ousted President Viktor Yanukovych said Tuesday that his departure from the government of Ukraine, which occurred on 23 February was "illegal." He also said that he expects to return to power to restore order in the country, which is experiencing a political crisis with Russia after his departure from government. He added during a press conference, that he continues to be the current head of the Ukrainian military. After the dismissal of Yanukovych, thousands of inhabitants of the Crimea region in the southeast of the country, noted their desire to belong to the Russian Federation and called for a referendum…
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