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July 8, 2014, by James Brooke VOA Moscow Bureau Chief

Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region unnerved Russia’s neighbors from Kazakhstan in the south to the Baltic states in the north. Lithuania’s newly re-elected President spoke about her neighbor to […]

Latvia wary of Russian moves

July 3, 2014, by James Brooke VOA Moscow Bureau Chief

Latvia is 1,000 kilometers north of the separatist war in southern Ukraine. But what Latvia and Ukraine shares is a neighbor – Russia. And that ...

US reassures Baltics against Russian threat

July 2, 2014, by James Brooke VOA Moscow Bureau Chief

At a new NATO-standard airbase in Estonia, four F-16s train over the Baltic Sea, sometimes coming within 100 meters of Russian war jets that tail them ...

Sanctions threat weighs on Russian oil industry

June 24, 2014, by James Brooke VOA Moscow Bureau Chief

Russia’s economy runs on oil and gas, but with Russia’s economy on the edge of recession, a new threat has emerged: possible sanctions against ene ...

  • Russia arms Ukraine secessionists, again
    June 19, 2014, by James Brooke VOA Moscow Bureau Chief

    When Crimea broke away from Ukraine, after the uprising in Kyiv that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, Russia denied sending soldiers and weapons to boost the secessionist forces. Now the Kremlin […]

  • Russia, Nato spar over military forces in Central Europe
    June 3, 2014, by James Brooke VOA Moscow Bureau Chief

    With Russia pulling most of its roughly 40,000 troops away from its border with Ukraine, NATO and Russia have started sparring over the nation’s new cross-border tactic. As armed units […]

  • Putin kicks off Eurasian Union, without Ukraine
    May 29, 2014, by James Brooke VOA Moscow Bureau Chief

    Moscow increasingly speaks of Russia’s “sphere of influence.” And, on Thursday, President Vladimir Putin took a major step in securing that position by creating a shared market of former Soviet […]

  • With Russia, fight fire with fire
    March 16, 2014, by James Brooke VOA Moscow Bureau Chief

    Vladimir Putin is right. The West has interfered massively in Ukraine. Let me explain. Last year, about 15 per cent of Russian adults traveled outside the former Soviet Union. By […]