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Britain, Germany commit to impose costs on Russia if it reneges on Ukraine agreement

Britain, Germany commit to impose costs on Russia if it reneges on Ukraine agreement

WASHINGTON, April 18 (UPI) -- Britain and Germany expressed their commitment to Ukraine, agreeing to impose costs on Russia if it fails to honor the Ukrainian de-escalation agreement.
JC Finley
Satellite photos show Russian troops massed on Ukraine border

Satellite photos show Russian troops massed on Ukraine border

BRUSSELS, April 11 (UPI) -- NATO satellite photos show over 40,000 Russian troops, and military equipment including tanks and aircraft, massed along the Russian border with Ukraine.
Ed Adamczyk
EU, Ukraine sign historic political association agreement

EU, Ukraine sign historic political association agreement

KIEV, Ukraine, March 21 (UPI) -- Leaders from the European Union and Ukraine signed a landmark political pact Friday symbolizing the bloc's support for Ukraine as it emerges from revolution.
Crimea officials release Ukraine naval officer, EU considers sanctions

Crimea officials release Ukraine naval officer, EU considers sanctions

BRUSSELS, March 20 (UPI) -- The Ukrainian naval commander detained for a day in Sevastopol was among the seven people released by Crimean authorities Thursday, officials said.
Obama consults German Chancellor Merkel on Ukraine crisis

Obama consults German Chancellor Merkel on Ukraine crisis

March 19 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday morning regarding the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
JC Finley
Ukraine's Oleksandr Turchynov: Putin mimicking 'fascists' on Crimea

Ukraine's Oleksandr Turchynov: Putin mimicking 'fascists' on Crimea

MOSCOW, March 18 (UPI) -- Russia aped "fascists of the last century" by annexing Crimea and committed "a robbery on an international scale," Ukrainian leaders said Tuesday.

Sanctions and Putin

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- We are about to see whether the successful use of sanctions against Iran can be repeated, and whether they will have sufficient impact to make the Russia of Vladimir Putin draw back from the Ukraine crisis.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Russian troops mass near Ukraine border for military drills

Russian troops mass near Ukraine border for military drills

KIEV, Ukraine, March 13 (UPI) -- Russia's military began new drills near Ukraine Thursday despite a warning from German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Russia would suffer if it didn't back off.
European soccer team Bayern Munich boss involved in tax fraud

European soccer team Bayern Munich boss involved in tax fraud

MUNICH, Germany, March 10 (UPI) -- Uli Hoeness, president of European soccer team Bayern Munich, has admitted to evading $25 million in German taxes and hiding funds in Swiss bank accounts.
Ananth Baliga

Putin tells Merkel, Cameron Crimea secession within international law

KIEV, Ukraine, March 10 (UPI) -- Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov said Monday preparations for the southern Ukrainian region to become part of Russia have begun.
Russia makes plans for Crimea, ahead of referendum

Russia makes plans for Crimea, ahead of referendum

KIEV, Ukraine, March 9 (UPI) -- A Crimean pro-Russia leader suggested Sunday Ukrainian troops in the province leave peacefully, or renounce their loyalty and join Russian troops.
Kerry: Ukraine's territorial integrity 'must be restored, respected'

Kerry: Ukraine's territorial integrity 'must be restored, respected'

PARIS, March 5 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday urged de-escalation of the crisis in Ukraine as diplomatic talks in Paris failed to resolve the situation.
U.S. moves closer to sanctions against Russia over Ukraine crisis

U.S. moves closer to sanctions against Russia over Ukraine crisis

KIEV, Ukraine, March 3 (UPI) -- If Russia continues its military incursion into Ukraine, it will be on the "wrong side of history" and violating international law, President Obama said Monday.
Putin described as out of touch, 'in another world' by German and U.S. officials

Putin described as out of touch, 'in another world' by German and U.S. officials

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed out of touch with reality when they spoke Sunday.
JC Finley
Putin claims Russian actions in Ukraine protective and commensurate

Putin claims Russian actions in Ukraine protective and commensurate

MOSCOW, March 3 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone Sunday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel regarding the situation in Ukraine.
JC Finley

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi vows to complete Jobs Act

ROME, March 1 (UPI) -- New Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi says he's shocked by Italy's high unemployment and that he is working on his promised Jobs Act.

Merkel: Germany won't boycott Israeli products

JERUSALEM, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Jerusalem Tuesday Germany will not participate in any boycott against Israel.

Despite political rift, Germany boosts military aid to Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pledged to advance peace efforts with the Palestinians after talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, whose government says it will pay one-third of the cost of Israel's sixth German-built submarine.
Russia's Medvedev calls Ukraine's overthrow an armed mutiny

Russia's Medvedev calls Ukraine's overthrow an armed mutiny

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday Moscow would not deal with what he termed armed mutineers in Kiev, Ukraine.

Germany says Israel not alone amid Middle East conflicts

JERUSALEM, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Israel "does not stand alone" in finding its way through the maze of crises and conflicts in the Middle East, Germany's top diplomat said Monday.

European Union agrees to sanctions against Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The European Union said Thursday it would impose sanctions on Ukraine where anti-government protests have turned into deadly melees with security forces.
Merkel: Wall off EU Internet from U.S. Web services

Merkel: Wall off EU Internet from U.S. Web services

BERLIN, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel endorsed blocking Europe's Web from U.S. Web services to deter U.S. spying amid a report Germany planned new anti-espionage measures.

German minister resigns over breach of confidentiality

BERLIN, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- German Agriculture Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich stepped down from his position over allegations he breached confidentiality amid a child pornography inquiry.

The changing French alliance

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- French President Francois Hollande's state visit to the United States this week (without any lady friend in tow) is being touted as a revival of America's oldest alliance. The trouble will be in the newest areas of commerce.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Merkel: U.S. diplomat's EU comment 'unacceptable'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A private comment by a U.S. diplomat, captured by Russian eavesdroppers and posted on YouTube, is "unacceptable," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday.
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