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Ukraine says panel has jurisdiction to hear Russia case

Jun. 11, 2019 5:40 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ukraine on Tuesday accused Russia of "wholesale violations" of its mineral resources and fishing rights in the Black Sea and other waters bordered by the two countries as Kiev urged international arbitrators to hear a case about alleged Russian breaches of a United Nations...

Russia urges arbitration panel to toss out Black Sea case

Jun. 10, 2019 5:49 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Russia urged an international arbitration panel Monday to throw out a case filed by Ukraine linked to mineral and fishing rights in waters around the Crimean Peninsula. Preliminary hearings at the Permanent Court of Arbitration stem from Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, a...

Merkel party leader rejects call to end Russia sanctions

Jun. 8, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party is rejecting a state governor's call for an end to sanctions against Russia. Saxony state Gov. Michael Kretschmer, a member of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, met President Vladimir Putin at an economic forum in Russia on Friday....

The Latest: Putin says no plan for Belarus merger

Jun. 7, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin at an investment forum (all times local): 7:20 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin says there is no plan for a full merger of Russia and Belarus. Speaking Friday at an investment forum in St. Petersburg, Putin said the two...

Putin says he is open for talks with Ukraine's new president

Jun. 7, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is open for talks with Ukraine's newly-elected president. Asked Friday why he didn't congratulate comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy on taking the office of Ukrainian president last month, Putin pointed at Zelenskiy's statements in which he...

Pope to meet Putin before Vatican Ukraine meeting

Jun. 6, 2019 6:20 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Vatican next month, a day before Catholic leaders from Ukraine gather at the Holy See to discuss the continuing conflict there and the fallout from the schism between the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches. The...

New Ukraine president calls for tougher sanctions on Russia

Jun. 5, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is urging the European Union to step up sanctions against Russia amid continued tensions in the eastern Donbass region and Crimea. After talks Wednesday with European Council President Donald Tusk, Zelenskiy thanked the bloc for its "unwavering...

Europeans offer support to Ukraine, urge further reforms

May. 30, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Top European diplomats offered Thursday to support Ukraine's newly elected president, while calling for further reforms in the corruption-plagued country. Speaking before traveling to Kiev with his French counterpart, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said his country and France won't cease...

New Ukrainian President Zelenskiy visits eastern war zone

May. 27, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's new president has visited military positions in the country's east, where the army has been fighting Russia-backed separatists for five years. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who was inaugurated a week ago , went to two positions Monday in the Luhansk region, according to his office. At one...

Lithuanian economist wins presidential election

May. 26, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Prominent economist Gitanas Nauseda won Lithuania's presidential election after his opponent conceded defeat Sunday. "I am grateful to the people who voted today and I can promise that politics will be different now in Lithuania. Everybody deserves a better life in our beautiful...