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  • BRUSSELS, April 16- NATO said on Wednesday it would send more ships, planes and troops to eastern Europe to reassure allies worried by Russia's annexation of Crimea but shied away from new permanent bases in the east as Poland wanted.

  • Latvia, Lithuania ban Russian state TV broadcasts Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 9:42 AM ET

    VILNIUS, Lithuania— Latvia is joining Lithuania in banning Russian state television broadcasts because it found that several programs about the Ukraine crisis were tendentious and not in the Baltic nation's security interests.

  • *Ex-Communist countries economically reliant on Russia. The EU's ex-Communist camp, on the face of it, should be a natural backer of tough action: they have been occupied by Russia in the past and, after Moscow's annexation of Crimea, many of them have reason to fear they could be next in line.

  • *But they say loyalties are to Latvia, Estonia over Russia. DAUGAVPILS, Latvia/ TALLINN, March 23- In the former Soviet republics of Latvia and Estonia, there is unease over events in Crimea, which was formally annexed by Moscow last week on the pretext of safeguarding its Russian minorities.

  • *Biden warns Russia is on "dark path" to isolation. SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine/ MOSCOW, March 19- The United States warned Moscow it was on a "dark path" to isolation on Wednesday as Russian troops seized two Ukrainian naval bases, including a headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol where they raised their flag.

  • *Biden warns Russia is on "dark path" to isolation. *Russia says OSCE has exhausted military inspections. The dramatic seizure came as Russia and the West dug in for a long confrontation over Moscow's annexation of Crimea, with the United States and Europe groping for ways to increase pressure on a defiant Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • For three hours Yanukovich cajoled and bullied anyone who pushed for Ukraine to have closer ties to Russia. A handful of deputies from his Party of Regions complained that their businesses in Ukraine's Russian-speaking east would suffer if Yanukovich didn't agree to closer ties with Russia.

  • *Russia confirms discussing loan with Ukraine. *Deal also possible on cutting gas price for Ukraine. MOSCOW, Dec 16- Russia signalled on Monday it was about to agree a loan deal with Ukraine to help its indebted neighbour stave off economic chaos and keep it in its former Soviet master's orbit.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 16- Russia signalled on Monday it was about to agree a loan and gas deal with Ukraine to help Kiev stave off economic chaos and keep it in its former Soviet master's orbit.

  • Georgia eyes 5 pct growth with 2014 budget Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | 2:46 PM ET

    TBILISI, Dec 11- The Georgian government said on Wednesday it expected the economy to grow by 5 percent next year, rebounding from an economic slowdown in 2013..

  • MOSCOW, Dec 2- Massive protests against Viktor Yanukovich hammered Ukraine's financial markets on Monday, increasing the risk of a currency crisis as the president tries to hold on until an election in early 2015..

  • Ukraine protests increase risks of currency crisis Monday, 2 Dec 2013 | 9:44 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 2- Massive protests against President Viktor Yanukovich have done yet more damage to Ukraine's already-poor investment case, increasing the risk of a currency crisis before an election in early 2015..

  • Ukrainian students join EU rallies, smart phones in hand Wednesday, 27 Nov 2013 | 10:05 AM ET

    KIEV, Nov 27- Student Taras Zagorbenskyy jumped on a bus from western Ukraine as soon as he saw on a social networking site that others were gathering in Kiev to protest President Viktor Yanukovich's walking away from a landmark deal with the European Union.

  • MOSCOW, Nov 27- A Ukrainian bank has sought to restructure its Eurobonds, becoming the first casualty of jittery markets since President Viktor Yanukovich walked away last week from a free trade pact with the European Union.

  • TBILISI, Nov 27- Five years after it fought a war with Russia, Georgia is preparing to defy its former Soviet masters again by initialling an accord on strengthening ties with Europe.

  • KIEV, Nov 26- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said on Tuesday he would attend an EU summit this week, but, criticising the bloc for a' humiliating' financial aid offer, declared he would sign a free trade pact only when it suited Ukraine's interests.

  • *Ukraine to work out economic "roadmap" with Russia. KIEV, Nov 26- Ukraine said on Tuesday it would not let itself become an East-West' battleground' and that its president would attend an EU summit to explain why he had walked away from a landmark trade deal in favour of closer cooperation with Moscow.

  • BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Nov 25- The European Union expressed strong disapproval on Monday of Russian pressure on Ukraine to reject an EU trade deal, while police fired tear gas at pro- Europe protesters in the former Soviet republic, torn once more between East and West. Moscow has accused the European Union of putting the squeeze on Kiev, too.

  • BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Nov 25- The European Union expressed strong disapproval on Monday over Russia's pressure on Ukraine to reject an EU trade deal, while police fired tear gas at pro- Europe protesters in the former Soviet republic's capital, Kiev. At the same time, Moscow has accused the European Union of putting the squeeze on Kiev, too.

  • *Ukraine turns its back on EU deal, looks to Russia. *Ukraine economy in trouble, investors on edge. BRUSSELS, Nov 22- In post-Soviet Europe, Russia looks to have won a decisive victory by convincing Ukraine to reject a trade deal with the European Union and deepen ties with Moscow instead.

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