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Separatist turn to conquering all of Ukraine

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.

Should the EU keep the door open to Balkan members?

Italy warned that the European Union must keep its doors open to eventual membership for Western Balkan countries.

Donald Trump shakes hands with Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit

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.

Here’s why Britain can’t count on Donald Trump

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.

Russia warns US after Syrian warplane downed, cancels hotline

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 to sue NATO for use of depleted uranium munitions in 1999 bombing

Serbia has formed an international legal team to file a lawsuit against NATO over its alleged use of depleted uranium munitions/

Mass anti-corruption rallies across Russia

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.

Ukraine leader eager to join the EU and NATO

NATO has been informed of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada's decision to codify Kyiv's course toward entry into the alliance.
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EU extends sanctions against Crimea for another year

Ambassadors of the European Union’s 28 member states have approved the decision to extend sanctions against Crimea for another year.
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NATO holds exercises in eastern Europe

Thousands of troops from NATO and its partner nations are training on land and sea in central and eastern Europe.
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Putin denies Russian hacking activities

Though he denied the Russian state had been involved in hacking, Putin said individual "patriotic" hackers could mount their own attacks.

Russian gas pipeline divides EU member states

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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