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Ukraine military clashes with separatist convoy

Ukraine says government forces have battled with a convoy of separatist armored vehicles near the Russian border.
August 25, 2014

EU compensates fruit and veg growers hit by Russian ban

The European Commission has announced emergency EU funding of 125m euros (£100m; $170m) for fruit and vegetable growers hit by Russia's ban on most imported Western food.
BBC: August 22, 2014

Greece seeks EU gas back-up plan in case of disruptions via Ukraine

Greece has asked the European Commission to set up a backup plan to ensure liquefied natural gas (LNG) is available for Balkan countries in the event of potential disruptions to Russian gas supplies stemming from the crisis in Ukraine.
Reuters: August 22, 2014

Ukraine calls Russian aid convoy movement 'direct invasion'

Ukraine is accusing Russia of conducting a "direct invasion" on its eastern border as a Russian aid convoy moves into the country without clearance from Ukrainian authorities.
August 22, 2014

Germany says limited progress in Ukraine talks

Berlin and Moscow say some progress was made in talks among the foreign ministers of Russian, Ukraine, Germany and France, but Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said there has been no headway in reaching the main goal of ending the unrest in eastern Ukraine.
August 18, 2014

Ecumenical Patriarch leads liturgy at historic Soumela monastery in Turkey

Hundreds of pilgrims responded to an invitation by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to attend a liturgy held at the Soumela monastery in Trabzon on Friday to mark the Dormition of the Virgin Mary.
August 15, 2014

Putin: Russia should build itself up, not isolate itself

President Vladimir Putin, who is on a two-day visit to Crimea on Thursday, said Russians needed to mobilize for the benefit of their country but not for conflict with outside world.
August 14, 2014

The wrong foreign policy stance

SYRIZA says so what if Russian President Vladimir Putin has turned Crimea into that region’s breakaway northern Cyprus? In a recent announcement, the leftist opposition party called on the government to press for a lifting of sanctions against Russia.
Paschos Mandravelis: August 13, 2014

Turkish markets jittery over Erdogan presidency

With the election of Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Turkey's president, speculation is growing over the future of key economic ministers and the head of the central bank.
August 13, 2014

Turkish exporters see profit from Russian ban on Western foods

Turkish companies are enjoying a rise in orders from Russia as their government eyes a lucrative long-term opportunity from Moscow's ban on imported Western foods.
World Bulletin: August 13, 2014