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Latvia, Estonia leave China-backed East Europe forum

Aug. 12, 2022 04:51 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Latvia and Estonia say they have left a Chinese-backed forum aimed at boosting relations with Eastern European countries, in what appears to be a new setback for China's increasingly assertive diplomacy. The move follows China’s boosting of its relations with...

Give and take: West gives Ukraine weapons, bans Russian coal

Aug. 11, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — On a day of give and take, Western nations made more pledges to send arms to Ukraine while the European Union's full ban on Russian coal imports kicked in Thursday, adding to the sanctions against Moscow that intelligence claims are hurting its defense exports. ...

Latvia Parliament calls Russia a state sponsor of terrorism

Aug. 11, 2022 12:50 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Latvia’s Parliament on Thursday declared Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism” for attacks on civilians during the war in Ukraine and urged other countries to follow suit. Lawmakers adopted a strongly worded statement that accuses Moscow of using “suffering...

Western nations pledge more military support for Ukraine

Aug. 11, 2022 12:12 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Western countries agreed Thursday to continue long-term funding to help Ukraine’s military keep fighting nearly 5½ months after Russia invaded its neighbor, saying 1.5 billion euros ($1.5 billion) has been pledged so far and more is coming. The money...

Estonia to ban Russians with tourist visas from entering

Aug. 11, 2022 10:59 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Estonia decided Thursday to bar people from neigboring Russia with tourist visas from entering the northernmost Baltic country as a consequence of the war in Ukraine. “Russian citizens’ opportunity to visit Estonia in large numbers or to visit Europe...

Russia struggles to replenish its troops in Ukraine

Aug. 11, 2022 08:30 AM EDT

The prisoners at the penal colony in St. Petersburg were expecting a visit by officials, thinking it would be some sort of inspection. Instead, men in uniform arrived and offered them amnesty — if they agreed to fight alongside the Russian army in Ukraine. Over the following days,...

Austin pledges military training, support for Baltics

Aug. 10, 2022 10:37 AM EDT

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — The U.S. will conduct more military exercises with Baltic nations such as Latvia, and look to provide increased training, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Wednesday, saying the U.S. may bring in additional troops from America if needed to bolster the region against any...

Large explosions rock Russian military air base in Crimea

Aug. 09, 2022 19:24 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Powerful explosions rocked a Russian air base in Crimea and sent towering clouds of smoke over the landscape Tuesday in what may mark an escalation of the war in Ukraine. At least one person was killed and several others were wounded, authorities said. ...

Estonia, Finland want Europe to end Russian tourist visas

Aug. 09, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The leaders of Estonia and Finland want fellow European countries to stop issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens, saying they should not be able to take vacations in Europe while the Russian government carries out a war in Ukraine. Estonian Prime...

Russia halts U.S. inspections of its nuclear arsenals

Aug. 08, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Monday announced a freeze on U.S. inspections of its nuclear arsenals under a pivotal arms control treaty, claiming that Western sanctions have hampered similar tours of U.S. facilities by Russian monitors. The move reflects soaring tensions between Moscow...