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    Russia, Ukraine, EU Leaders End Summit With No Breakthrough

    • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi arrive for a meeting on the sidelines of the ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders in Milan, Oct. 17, 2014.
    • Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and French President Francois Hollande talk after a meeting on the sidelines of the ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders in Milan, Oct. 17, 2014.
    • From left, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron meet on the sidelines of the ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders in Milan, Oct. 17, 2014.
    • Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, left, talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting on the sidelines of the ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders in Milan, Oct. 17, 2014.
    • From left, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a meeting on the sidelines of the ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders in Milan, Oct. 17, 2014
    On the Sidelines at the ASEM Summit in Milan
    VOA News

    A high-stakes meeting between the presidents of Ukraine and Russia ended Friday with few outward signs of progress in ending a months-long pro-Russian separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine.

    However, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters at a summit in Milan that a deal had been reached  - "at least for the winter" - to restart the flow into Ukraine of Russian natural gas.  He did not elaborate.  

    Moscow stopped gas shipments to its energy dependent neighbor in June over what it says are nearly $5 billion in unpaid gas bills. Putin, speaking after talks with Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, urged European countries to help the Kyiv government pay off the debt.

    Putin repeatedly referred to the embattled Ukraine region near the Russian border as Novorossiya, or New Russia, while again rejecting Western charges that the Kremlin has fueled the six-month rebellion with troops and weapons.

    Officials close to the talks reported some progress on monitoring a porous demarcation line that was agreed on last month to separate pro-Russian rebels from Ukrainian forces.  The leaders of Italy, France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia agreed on the use of surveillance drones to monitor the line.  

    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said envoys from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union will meet next week in Brussels for new talks aimed at finding an end to the crisis.

    "There will be meetings between Russia, Ukraine and European Commission to prepare very important trilateral meetings also between the government of Russia, the government of Ukraine and the European Commission next week in Brussels. So on energy, because this is a critical issue in the relationship between Russia and Ukraine also with a very important impact on all Europe," said Barroso.

    Barroso said that European Commission also “discussed the possibilities of increasing …macro financial assistance” to Ukraine in response to its commitment to reforms.

    Earlier Friday, after a sideline meeting between the Russian president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the German leader said she "can not see a breakthrough here at all so far."  She said talks will continue, but said the "main issue" of "continued violations of the territorial integrity of Ukraine" remains unresolved.

    Diplomatic ties between Russia and the West hit a post-Cold War low earlier this year over Kremlin support for the separatist rebellion and Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.  The annexation triggered the first of several rounds of U.S.-led economic sanctions against Russia.

    East-West tensions were further strained in July by the shootdown in Ukrainian airspace of a Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board.  Moscow has repeatedly denied supplying rebels with the Russian missile battery linked to the shootdown.


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    by: Media Propaganda from: Los Angeles
    October 17, 2014 9:51 PM
    Republicans want Obama to Spend More on Paranoid Americans.

    ISIS and Ebola is being Hyped across FOX, CNN, and MSNBC.

    Fear Mongering is generating support for War, Surveillance, and Big Government.

    by: roger58 from: liverpool uk
    October 17, 2014 4:16 PM
    russia is a forgotten country and is not very important to the EU and America it is ruled by the despot/dictator putin it's GDP is the size of Italy Russia threatens other country only because it has Nukes Russia seems to forget The west have Nukes to
    any western company who invests in Corrupt Russia must have a screw loose

    by: Lucy k from: Ukraine
    October 17, 2014 10:37 AM
    How long do you plan to support propaganda and keep on calling Russian proxies as pro-Russian separatists or even rebels? It took 6! Months of battles and about 3k of soldier's killed so the world sees Russian tanks in Ukraine and the BUK system that took town MH17.

    You can have a look at the very profound analysis of the current situation in Ukraine in Australian Insider on Sept 30, sorry forgot the name of the article, something about propaganda and western misconceptions. By saying rebels or pro-Russian separatists you justify thousands of people dying in Ukraine. Do you really want this to be on you?

    by: HUNG MANH from: VIETNAM
    October 17, 2014 8:51 AM
    Every one knows the true color of those Western invaders. Every one know how those Western nations are so rich. That is because of hundreds of years of robery and stealing from the poor and underdeveloped nations: China, India, Indochina, Africa, America....Now those pirates are uttering instructions about human rights and democracy
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    by: DellStator from: US
    October 17, 2014 7:33 PM
    Doubling down on others saying you can free a people from oppression so they can embrace democracy, but you can't make them.
    Much of the world is bent on pursuing centuries old grudges, yelling 'freedom' but actually only wanting to oppress "the others".
    To quickly and permanently change a culture bent on intolerance you need WWII level destruction and pain. Destruction of the military, killing all who believed in supremacy, by battle or trial, and enough civilian pain that never again would they let an insane murderer take power.
    Yet the West has over turned more regimes with corruption. Western media has spread a consumer society of comfort that requires the uplifting and cooperation of every one in it, each simultaneously producing, earning, and consuming. A dictator fears nothing more than equality, prosperity, and education of the people.
    Pity the rich and powerful are stripping those producing and consuming of the money needed to feed that cycle. But, they too thrive on pitting us against each other, just like dictators do.
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    by: meanbill from: USA
    October 17, 2014 9:40 AM
    Hey Hung Manh... The US tried to bring democracy and freedom to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, and after (16) bloody years we gave up trying to make Vietnam a democratic country, [and I just bet], you still wish we were still there, don't you?..... [if only uncle Ho Chi Minh wasn't so hardheaded?].

    by: Tom Tucker from: Scotland
    October 17, 2014 8:17 AM
    Hollande "Mr Putin please stop pestering the Ukranians!"
    Putin "I'll think about it- now when are you gonna deliver that carrier?"

    by: Oleh from: Shcherbakov
    October 17, 2014 8:12 AM
    Russia and most of its population is on the way to the former USSR.So they regard Ukraine as part of the USSR and people of Ukraine as ones who are on a wrong way to Europe.But the reality is that the most of Ukraine people are free and don't want to join Russia on its way to eval communist world that is based on KGB and brain-washing.

    by: menesis from: Vilnius
    October 17, 2014 6:03 AM
    Still talking about mysterious pro-Russian separatist rebellion? It is an undeclared war that Russia is fighting against Ukraine, starting with Russian Armed Forces occupying Crimea in late February, and later inspiring occupation of police and municipal government buildings in Donbas. Only a small part of the "rebels" are local bandits.

    Their commanders are Russian intelligence and sabotage specialists. Their guns, ammunition, tanks, infantry vehicles, multiple rocket launchers, anti-aircraft systems, fuel-supply trucks, „humanitarian aid“ (for evacuating dead bodies) trucks, drones are all supplied by Russia. With support for separatism plummeting, first volunteers, then contract soldiers, and now even conscript soldiers of Russian Armed Forces are fighting against Ukrainian army in Ukrainian territory, or shelling its positions over the border. And someone dares to call this invasion a local rebellion?
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    by: Popsiq from: Buganda
    October 17, 2014 10:46 AM
    The war WAS 'declared' - by the Kyiv junta. Not onlt declared, they mobilized forces and 'invaded' the east, firing on and killing civilians there.
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    by: Lucy from: Ukraine
    October 17, 2014 10:25 AM
    The person who is claiming that 99%of the weapon is made in Russia is terribly wrong. There's Kharkiv Tank plant that produces tanks, armored vehicles and armored shields for High angle mounting, and Kharkiv is in Ukraine:). Then there are several other military plants in Kiev, Dnipropetrivsk, Zaporozhie, so all in all Ukraine is the 4th largest weapon/armoir exporter in the world.
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    by: CDNborn from: Canada
    October 17, 2014 8:35 AM
    You do know that 99% of the Ukraine military weapons and equipment are Made In Russia, right? So anything the rebels took from the vacant Ukraine military posts is Russian made. And the Russian armed forces in Crimea, were stationed at the Russian base that has been in Crimea for decades.

    Western media depends on the ignorance of many for their propaganda to be effective.

    by: Sony from: Australia
    October 17, 2014 4:42 AM
    Russia must do this... Russia must do that...
    Why should they? What's in it for them?
    Don't expect charity from a guest when the tab has to picked up by the people who organised the event. It was Americas party...

    Everyone knows the US caused the problem for Russia - very good. But we are all waiting to see the great riches that comes with joining the west. So let us see the US put their money where their mouth is. Let us see the average Ukrainian being so much better off than the average Russian... We are waiting... Where is the money? Or is the US just full of shat like we suspect it is?
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    by: meanbill from: USA
    October 17, 2014 8:55 AM
    When the world needs a policeman to intervene in the political conflicts of countries, [the US comes to the rescue], like in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, and now Ukraine, [and the question is], what would the world be like, if the US hadn't intervened as the policemen of the world?...... [we made the world a safer place?]..... [a Caliphate?]..... [who else could police the world like we do?].
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    by: Tom Tucker from: Scotland
    October 17, 2014 8:43 AM
    Russia must do this -that etc. because they signed an Internationally agreement 1994 Budapest Memorandum in regards to Ukraine- so now they must honor it - that's why.

    It was not American troops whom entered Crimea earlier this year - it was Russian troops and armor as explicitly acknowledged by Putin himself. It is not American forces anywhere in Ukraine - can you say the same about Russian troops!

    Ukraine should do what it likes with gas flowing through its territory- sell it, take it - its in their grounds- its theirs. Arrogant Putin telling its neighbour what it can and cannot do- go catch a tiger or bear Putin and yes leave Ukraine alone.

    by: Awery
    October 17, 2014 4:25 AM
    Don't give Russia billions of dollars each year for oil and gas! Don't give money to Hitler-like government of RUSSIA!!!
    In Response

    by: DellStator from: US
    October 17, 2014 7:46 PM
    The big problem with Russian energy is that it's sold cheap to "middle men" who then bribe their gov'ts to ignore Russia's land grabs, jack the price up to full market rate, adding billions to the billions already in their Swiss bank accounts.
    The entire Eurozone relies on Russia for less than 18% of it's entire energy needs. It has two dozen LNG import terminals. Mid East and Africa are burning off gas they can't find customers for. 18% might seem like a lot, but half of that can be found in conservation and more mass transit in a few years of effort, co-generation, pyrolosis of trash (clean trash burning), temporarily increasing peat and coal burning (feel free to put stack scrubbers on them), and the rest almost as quickly via the rapid installation of alt. energy happening in Eurozone.
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    by: menesis
    October 17, 2014 12:43 PM
    Burning wood is called biomass these days and that's exactly what countries dependent on pricey Russian gas turn to to lower heating prices and by doing so they create jobs and leave money for fuel inside the country, instead of paying for imports from Russia – and there is no other option for many of countries in Eastern/Southeastern Europe.
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    by: Lucy k from: Ukraine
    October 17, 2014 10:29 AM
    Gas can be bought from Norway, Kuwait, the UAE-much cheaper, not by paying 250+$per gallon but at 85-90$ per gallon. The difference is sufficient and we'll hopefully forget about this crazy Russian all the time hungry for blood bear.
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    by: CDNborn from: Canada
    October 17, 2014 8:36 AM
    Don't give Russia money for gas, and you get no gas. Going back to burning wood for heat I guess huh? I paid my gas bill so I'll stay warm this winter.

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