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G7 Meets Without Russia for First Time in 17 Years

President Barack Obama landed in Brussels to meet with other leaders at their annual meeting of the now-G7. It was originally the G8, but Russia was kicked out after aggression towards Ukraine. It is the first time in 17 years Russia will not be in attendance. Jun 4, 2014 5:23 PM PT

Barack Obama Meets with Ukraine President-Elect Petro Poroshenko

President Barack Obama met Ukraine’s President-elect Petro Poroshenko in Warsaw, Poland, and said Poroshenko represents everything Ukraine needs to triumph over Russia. East Ukraine encounters daily violence between pro-Russian forces and the Ukrainian army. Jun 4, 2014 1:39 PM PT

Ukraine, Russia Approach Gas Deal

There is some hope Ukraine and Russia will come to a gas deal by the end of the week. Russia’s gas giant Gazprom granted Ukraine an extension after gas supplies from February and March were paid off. Russia has been using gas and energy as a political tool since Ukraine ousted Russia-backed President Viktor Yanukovych in February. Jun 3, 2014 2:01 PM PT

Russia Bullies Sweden, Finland away from Joining NATO

Moscow’s aggression toward Ukraine is forcing countries around Russia to reconsider security options. Sweden and Finland are toying with the idea of joining NATO, but Russia issued a stern warning during Finland’s National Defense Courses Association. Jun 2, 2014 6:38 PM PT

Gazprom Issues Ukraine Extension to Pay Gas Debt

Russia’s gas giant Gazprom decided to give Ukraine an extension to resolve the gas dispute between the countries after Ukraine’s Naftogaz paid $786 million for February and March supplies. Russia was going to turn off Ukraine’s gas on Tuesday. Jun 2, 2014 12:14 PM PT

Two Attacks in Luhansk, Ukraine Leave at Least 10 People Dead

Luhansk was attacked twice on Monday. Pro-Russian forces attacked a Ukrainian border patrol post in Luhansk at 12:30AM and exchanged fire with each other for several hours. In the afternoon, an explosion occurred at the Luhansk Regional State Administration building. Jun 2, 2014 11:08 AM PT

Obama, Ukraine President-Elect Poroshenko to Meet in Poland

President Obama will meet with Ukraine’s president-elect Petro Poroshenko on his trip to Europe next week. The men will meet in Poland when Obama speaks in Warsaw to celebrate Poland’s 25th anniversary break from communism. May 31, 2014 11:21 AM PT

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