PARIS - European Union grain exporters will be the main beneficiaries of Russia's pullback from international grain markets as Moscow races to cool domestic prices in the face of economic crisis, analysts and traders said.
BRUSSELS - European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Dec. 18 expressed anxiety over Russia's current economic troubles.
Ukrainians are knitting socks, donating scrap metal and even crowd-funding a tank to keep their woefully underfunded army going as its standoff with pro-Russian rebels in the east drags on towards the new year.
KHARKIV - Kharkiv transit camp, made of module houses for refugees, is ready for settlement. It will be opened by Dec. 20, the press service of Kharkiv City Council quoted Deputy Mayor of the city Ihor Terekhov.
Hr 4 million a year is needed to create and run the Information Policy Ministry, head of the ministry Yuriy Stets has said.
MOSCOW - Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko, imprisoned in Russia on charges of abetting the killing of Russian journalists in Donbas, is set to extend her hunger strike beyond Dec. 22, the date set for hearing the appeal against the Moscow City Court's decision to extend her custody, her defense lawyer Mark Feygin said.
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has submitted to Verkhovna Rada a bill "On changes to the Ukrainian laws, regarding the renouncement by Ukraine of its non-aligned policy" and marked this document as urgent for consideration at an extraordinary parliamentary session.
Ukroboronprom State Concern has signed a contract with U.S.-based Defense Technology Inc. on the delivery of AN/TPQ-49 anti-mortar radars for the Defense Ministry of Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin showed no signs of changing his uncompromising stance on the Kremlin’s war against Ukraine during his 3,5-hour press conference on Dec. 18.
LUBLIN - Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak has said that Poland is completely ready to accommodate Ukrainian and Lithuanian military personnel who will serve in the joint Ukrainian-Polish-Lithuanian brigade.
US carmaker General Motors said on Dec. 18 it was halting sales to dealers in Russia due to the falling ruble, following in the footsteps of a number of companies seeking to limit their risk until the currency stabilises.
BRUSSELS - Georgia's economy has been buffeted by the Russian currency crisis and the Ukrainian conflict but it is still growing strongly, President Georgy Margvelashvili said on Dec. 18.
At his year-end news conference in December 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin had plenty of reason to preen. Russian opposition to Western intervention in the Syrian conflict had won sympathy in many parts of the world. Ukraine, at that point, appeared firmly in Moscow's orbit, and his vision of a Eurasian Union rivaling Europe looked a realistic prospect.
Vladimir Putin, Russia's President, has struck out at Coca-Cola, suggesting that it may represent a health threat. Speaking at an annual press conference in Moscow, Mr Putin said he "did not know whether Coca-Cola is a harmful drink, but many experts say it is [harmful] for children".
BRUSSELS - European Union leaders met on Dec. 18 to seek solutions to two major challenges - how to jumpstart sluggish economic growth at home, and how to deal long-term with Russia.
BRUSSELS - European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Dec. 18 to radically change his attitude to the rest of the world and be more cooperative.
BRUSSELS - European Union leaders gathered in Brussels on Dec. 18 seeking common ground on a long-term strategy to deal with an unfriendly but economically wounded Russia.
European security watchdog the OSCE prolonged the mandate of its observer mission at two Russian checkpoints on the border with Ukraine by three months on Dec. 18, the longest extension so far.
Russian President Vladimir Putin faced difficult questions from the media at his annual marathon press conference on Dec. 18 in Moscow amid the country’s worst economic crisis since the 1998 default.