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Poroshenko, a 48-year-old former cabinet minister, had said Sunday he would work immediately to end a bloody pro-Russian insurgency that prevented voting across swathes of the industrial east and to fix a recession-hit near bankrupt economy.
A candidate must win half of the votes cast with a turnout of at least 50% to win in round one.
Kiev and its Western backers see Moscow’s main aims as making sure Ukraine’s east holds a planned “referendum” on Sunday calling for autonomy, and sabotaging all possibility of a nationwide presidential election two weeks later.
By Dr. César Chelala As fear increases in the west about Vladimir Putin’s imperial ambitions, the Russian president has to confront at home his most powerful enemy: vodka. Russians’ love for vodka has a long history in the country. Legend holds that vodka arrived in Moscow in the 14th century, brought by Genovese merchants to Prince Dmitry Ivanovich. …
The United States and Europe have prepared fresh sanctions on Russia they could activate as soon as April 18 over the crisis in Ukraine, where tensions spiked as rebels detained an international team of military observers.
Oleksandr Turchynov’s impassioned charges against Ukraine’s historic master came only hours after a “frank and direct” exchange on the crisis between US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
Despite a vow by the country’s premier to cede more power to the regions
Ukraine mounted a counteroffensive on Tuesday by vowing to treat the separatists as “terrorists” and making 70 arrests in a nighttime security sweep aimed at proving the Kremlin’s involvement in the secessionist movement.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday that he has formed a group of legal experts to help in the “complicated, difficult and slow work” of drafting a deal.
Ukraine is now entering a crucial phase in its development after the fall of pro-Kremlin president Viktor Yanukovych in February, as the clock ticks down to 25 May presidential elections which are expected to cement Kiev’s pro-West course.
Ukraine’s government estimates there are 25,000 people in Crimea like Anastasiya who want to flee the region after its Russian takeover.
Denmark’s foreign ministry held a special briefing for about 130 companies, including drugs firm Novo Nordisk and brewer Carlsberg on Friday after being inundated with inquiries about the business implications of the crisis.
The Russian strongman was due to address both houses of parliament at 1100 GMT after he signed a decree on Monday recognising Crimea’s independence.
Ukraine’s new government and most of the international community except Russia have said they will not recognise a result expected to be overwhelmingly in favour of immediate secession.
Waving Ukrainian flags and shouting slogans heard during the Maidan protests in Kiev, the demonstrators urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull troops back.
Turchynov said Russian President Vladimir Putin had so far resisted intense international pressure and refused all contacts with Kiev aimed at resolving the worst breakdown in East-West relations since the Cold War.
Yanukovych still enjoys Moscow’s recognition and remains a political wildcard who the Kremlin says is pushing for Russia’s immediate invasion of Ukraine in the most explosive east-west standoff since the Cold War.
The future fifth-generation, or 5G, network will enable a full-length film to be downloaded on the Internet in one second, Cameron said at the official CeBIT inauguration in the northern city of Hanover, attended also by Chancellor Angela Merkel.
AFP – Russia has no need yet to send troops into Ukraine but reserves the right to use “all means” to protect citizens should the necessity arise, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday. “We reserve the right to use all means to protect” Russian and Ukrainian citizens in Ukraine, Putin said in comments live on state television, …
AFP – No “solution is in sight” on the Ukraine crisis, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Tuesday after a “difficult” talk in Geneva with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. “I had a difficult, long and very serious talk but it wasn’t enough to say that a solution is in sight,” Steinmeier told reporters after the meeting with Lavrov …
Although Netanyahu would like the talks with Obama on Monday to focus on Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the White House appears to have a different agenda.
Russia’s parliament voted Saturday to allow President Vladimir Putin to send troops into its western neighbour – a decision US President Barack Obama swiftly branded a “violation of Ukrainian sovereignty”.
The new government was dealt a new jolt when Russia’s energy giant Gazprom bluntly warned Kiev that it had accumulated a “huge” debt for unpaid natural gas that needed to be urgently paid.
Turkish PM’s remarks on Egypt fall on deaf ears in Cairo, says foreign ministry
The 59-year-old Egyptian field marshal has not actually declared his presidential ambitions but is overwhelmingly predicted to run in elections
“It’s a very responsible decision,” Putin said
The European Union and United States cranked up pressure on Yanukovych to impose serious reforms to end a standoff that has turned parts of Kiev into a war zone patrolled by masked protesters and that has left three activists dead.
Russia, which backs Assad, and the United States, which supports the opposition, announced plans in May to convene a “Geneva 2” conference to try to end the Syrian conflict
Foreign minister meets acting US ambassador in light of Russian delegation’s visit, Putin invited to Egypt
Fahmy congratulates Russian diplomacy following US-Russia agreement on Syria chemical weapons