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Moldova wants to be a bridge, not a battleground, between East and West

Vladimir Plahotniuc, CHISINAU, Moldova — While many Eastern Europeans welcome the Trump administration’s promise to improve American relations with Russia, we hope it doesn’t come at the expense of our dream for deeper ties to the West. As a small, landlocked former Soviet Republic, sandwiched between NATO nations to the West and Ukraine to the

For needy children in darkness, the gift of light

Michal Frank, This past week I was in New York on business and experienced the city’s storied holiday season in full swing—Christmas lights twinkling, the bustling holiday market in Union Square, and my friends and family in the Jewish community preparing to celebrate Chanukah, our festival of lights. As I was picking out a gift

Voters Pull Emergency Brake on the Globalism Express

Rachel Marsden, As America heads toward the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, and as Britain faces its exit from the European Union in the wake of a popular referendum, the backlash against globalization continues around the world. Austria will hold a presidential election on Dec. 4, and polls are predicting a victory for far-right Freedom

Ukraine Scrambles Fighter Jets, Intercepts Airplane Carrying Russian Deputy Premier

 A few short hours ago, a Russian delegation which contained the deputy premier of Russia Dmitry Rogozin was flying back from Moldova’s capital Chisinau following his visit to Tiraspol as part of May 9 celebrations, when Ukraine scrambled fighter jets to intercept the Yak-42 carrying the Russian vice premier and forced it to promptly land back

Three dead in east Ukraine, Putin warns of ‘abyss’

 Separatists attacked a Ukrainian national guard base overnight and Kiev said three of them were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10-day pro-Russian uprising, accompanied by tough words from Vladimir Putin that overshadowed crisis talks. Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats arrived for the emergency meeting in Geneva, but there was little hope of any

Russian forces are capable of moving swiftly into eastern Ukraine

 The concern of Nato’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe that Russian forces are capable of moving swiftly into eastern Ukraine underscores the uncertain course of this crisis, with Nato and Western diplomats unable to predict Russian intentions. Nato has been watching Russian exercises and deployments since the outset of the crisis. US sources indicate that

Putin Calls Obama to Discuss Resolving Ukraine Crisis

 Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Barack Obama today to talk about a U.S. proposal to resolve the conflict over Ukraine and the two leaders dispatched their top diplomats to continue discussions. Obama asked for a written response from the Russian leader to the plan that Secretary of State John Kerry presented to Russian Foreign

NATO commander warns of Russian threat to separatist Moldova region

NATO’s top military commander said on Sunday that Russia had a large force on Ukraine’s eastern border and he was worried it could pose a threat to Moldova’s separatist Transdniestria region. The warning comes a day after Russian troops, using armored vehicles, automatic weapons and stun grenades, seized the last military facilities under Ukrainian control