Separatists in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday proclaimed a new state that aspires to include not only the areas they control but also the rest of the country.
Italy warned that the European Union must keep its doors open to eventual membership for Western Balkan countries.
The day before Trump met with Putin, he acknowledged the possibility of Russian interference in the election, but said other countries could have been responsible as well.
President Donald Trump is breaking with tradition by visiting Poland, an ex-communist country in central Europe, before making a presidential visit to longtime allies Britain, France or Germany.
Moscow has only once before suspended the hotline, which was established in October 2015 to prevent conflict between the different forces operating in Syrian airspace.
Serbia has formed an international legal team to file a lawsuit against NATO over its alleged use of depleted uranium munitions/
Hundreds were arrested, including opposition leader and protest organizer Alexei Navalny, who was seized outside his Moscow residence while heading to the rally in the city center.
NATO has been informed of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada's decision to codify Kyiv's course toward entry into the alliance.
Ambassadors of the European Union’s 28 member states have approved the decision to extend sanctions against Crimea for another year.
Thousands of troops from NATO and its partner nations are training on land and sea in central and eastern Europe.
Though he denied the Russian state had been involved in hacking, Putin said individual "patriotic" hackers could mount their own attacks.
Russian state gas exporter Gazprom, which supplies around a third of the EU's gas, is keen for Nord Stream 2 to be built by 2019.
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