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  • Minsk agreement: Must be implemented Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 5:00 AM ET
    Minsk agreement: Must be implemented

    Discussing the ceasefire deal reached between Russia and Ukraine, Rob Carnell, chief international economist at ING, says while it's a positive start, there needs to be an "implementation on the ground" to ensure that the agreement follows through.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 12- Russian assets strengthened sharply on Thursday after leaders at four-party talks in Minsk said a ceasefire had been agreed to halt fighting in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said a general ceasefire would come into place at midnight on Feb 15 and that there was a commitment for all foreign military to be withdrawn from...

  • Putin: Leaders agree on Ukraine cease-fire Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 4:40 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin attends peace talks over Eastern Ukraine.

    A cease-fire between Russia and Ukraine will start Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin says.

  • Ukraine deal: A 'necessary' start, not a solution Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 4:30 AM ET
    Ukraine deal: A 'necessary' start, not a solution

    It appears that Russia's Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko have reached an agreement on peace in Ukraine. Christopher Granville, managing director at Trusted Sources, discusses.

  • MINSK, Feb 12- The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France may be close to agreement following all-night talks on resolving the Ukraine conflict, diplomatic sources said on Thursday. The discussions came as pro- Moscow separatists tightened the pressure on Kiev by launching some of the war's worst fighting on Wednesday, killing 19 Ukrainian soldiers in...

  • MINSK, Feb 11- The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine held peace talks in Belarus on Wednesday, while in Ukraine pro- Moscow separatists tightened the pressure on Kiev by launching some of the war's worst fighting. Fighting has already killed more than 5,000 people, and Washington is now openly talking of arming Ukraine to defend itself from "Russian...

  • MINSK, Feb 11- The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine held peace talks in Belarus on Wednesday, while in Ukraine pro- Moscow separatists tightened the pressure on Kiev by launching some of the war's worst fighting. Fighting has already killed more than 5,000 people, and Washington is now openly talking of arming Ukraine to defend itself from "Russian...

  • *Kiev says 19 soldiers killed in assaults near Debaltseve. MINSK/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 11- The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine began peace talks in Belarus on Wednesday, while in Ukraine pro- Moscow separatists tightened the pressure on Kiev by launching some of the war's worst fighting. Fighting has already killed more than 5,000 people, and...

  • *Kiev says 19 soldiers killed in assaults near Debaltseve. MINSK/ DONETSK, Ukraine Feb 11- The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine were due to attend a peace summit on Wednesday, with Ukraine's pro- Moscow separatists tightening the pressure on Kiev by launching some of the war's worst fighting in an assault on a government garrison.

  • DONETSK, Ukraine Feb 11- The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine were due to attend a peace summit on Wednesday, but Ukraine's pro- Moscow separatists diminished the chance of a deal by launching some of the war's worst fighting in an assault on a government garrison. Kiev said 19 of its soldiers were killed in a day of pro-Russian separatist assaults at a...

  • *Leaders of Germany, France, Russia, Ukraine to hold summit in Minsk. *Sources say IMF bailout for Ukraine could be expanded up to $40 billion. Advances by pro-Russian rebels diminished hopes of a deal when Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany hold a summit in Minsk on Wednesday under a new Franco-German initiative to halt fighting in a war that has killed more than...

  • WASHINGTON/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 9- U.S. President Barack Obama made clear he was some way from a decision on whether to arm Ukraine in its conflict against Russian-backed rebels, saying on Monday he still hoped for a diplomatic solution. Russia had violated a September peace deal by sending more tanks and artillery into eastern Ukraine, Obama said, adding that he...

  • Obama: Not ready to send arms to Ukraine...yet Monday, 9 Feb 2015 | 1:47 PM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with President Obama in the Oval Office, Feb. 9, 2015.

    President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirm sanctions until Moscow complies with international law.

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 9- Rich nations provided nearly $15 billion over a decade from 2003 to 2013 to fund exports of coal-fired power plant and coal mining technology, data seen by Reuters shows, defying calls to end subsidies for the most polluting of the fossil fuels. A document prepared late last year by the Paris- based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and...

  • WASHINGTON/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 9- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to argue in Washington on Monday against arming Ukraine in its conflict against Russian-backed rebels, while in Brussels EU ministers held off tightening sanctions to give peace talks a chance. But critics of Obama's cautious foreign policy approach are already demanding decisive...

  • WASHINGTON/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 9- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to argue against arming Ukraine in its conflict against Russian-backed rebels in Washington on Monday in the face of intense U.S. But critics of Obama's cautious foreign policy approach are already demanding decisive U.S. action to help Kiev fight the separatists in eastern Ukraine,...

  • *Europeans spar with U.S. senators over arming Ukraine. MUNICH, Feb 8- The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agreed to meet in Belarus on Wednesday to try to broker a peace deal for Ukraine amid escalating violence there and signs of cracks in the transatlantic consensus on confronting Vladimir Putin. After the call, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko...

  • MUNICH, Feb 7- Germany's Angela Merkel said on Saturday that sending arms to help Ukraine fight pro-Russian separatists would not solve the crisis there, drawing sharp rebukes from U.S. politicians who accused Berlin of turning its back on an ally in distress. The heated exchanges at a security conference in Munich pointed to cracks in the transatlantic...

  • ROME/ PARIS, Feb 7- In Paris and Rome, it was sugar coated; in Berlin and Frankfurt unequivocal. But the message from European capitals to Greece's new leaders was the same at every stop on last week's tour- stick to your commitments. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will head to his first European summit on Thursday duly warned that it will be near impossible, as Athens...

  • Russia talks: Will we see a ceasefire? Friday, 6 Feb 2015 | 11:20 AM ET
    Russia talks: Will we see a ceasefire?

    Angela Merkel and Fran├žois Hollande are in Russia to discuss a ceasefire. Joseph Dayan, head of markets at BCS Financial Group, weighs in on whether it will successful.