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Russia accuses US of 'smear campaign'

Russia yesterday called the latest US accusations of Moscow's involvement in the Ukrainian conflict a baseless "smear campaign" and said Washington bears responsibility for the bloodshed. "Due to the smear campaign against us that the US Administration has begun... we reject the unfounded public insinuations that US deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf is spreading on a daily basis," a statement by the Russian foreign ministry said. Harf on Thursday said that latest evidence suggests that Russian troops are firing artillery...

Russian businesses fear lasting damage from MH17 crash

Russian businesses fear lasting damage from MH17 crash

Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the crash of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and lasting economic damage. Throughout the Ukrainian crisis, US and European sanctions had mainly targeted a handful of individuals, sparing economic...

MH17 Crash

Rebels hand over bodies, black boxes

Rebels hand over bodies, black boxes

Dutch experts yesterday prepared to fly out bodies recovered from downed Malaysian flight MH17, as Europe moved to punish Russia for fanning the rebellion in east Ukraine that it believes led to the crash. A train carrying the remains of the victims arrived in the government-held Ukrainian city of Kharkiv five days after the...

Major challenges for next World Cup hosts

Major challenges for next World Cup hosts

After what was largely considered to be a successful World Cup in Brazil, international attention now turns to the next hosts, Russia. Whether current political tensions between Russia and the West will have any bearing on the staging of the tournament remains to be seen. What does seem assured is that the 2018 World Cup...

Who shot down the plane and why?

Who shot down the plane and why?

MALAYSIAN Airlines is probably going through the most difficult period of its existence. Within about four month's time -- after the mysterious disappearance of MH370 enroute from Malaysia to China -- a second disaster struck the airline, claiming 298 lives. The two accidents together claimed over 500 lives. The point relating to the...

Kerry points finger at Russia over MH17 crash

Kerry points finger at Russia over MH17 crash

US Secretary of State John Kerry says there is overwhelming evidence of Russian complicity in the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine. Kerry called on Russia to take responsibility for the actions of the rebels, saying their handling of the dead had been "grotesque". All 298 people on flight MH17 died when it...

Putin blames others for exploiting MH17 crash

Putin blames others for exploiting MH17 crash

Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out Monday against those who he said were exploiting the downing of a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine for "mercenary objectives." Putin said Russia was doing everything possible to allow a team of experts from the International Civil Aviation Organization, a UN agency, to investigate the scene. He also...

World demands answers

World demands answers

World leaders called for a rapid investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine and justice for nearly 300 deaths that could mark a pivotal moment in deteriorating relations between Russia and the West. As Ukraine sought to rally international support against Russia, two US officials said Washington strongly suspected...

Russia must cooperate in jet inquiry: Australia

Russia must cooperate in jet inquiry: Australia

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Saturday called for an independent, international investigation into the downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Ukraine and demanded Russia's full cooperation. Abbott repeated his assertion that all evidence suggests that the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came from an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists, using...

Ukraine crisis shows divisions in old Soviet bloc

Ukraine crisis shows divisions in old Soviet bloc

Poland's foreign minister had sharp words on the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jumbo jet in Ukraine — blaming the crash on Russia-backed "bandits." But throughout most of central and eastern Europe, leaders withheld judgment, expressing shock but refusing to say more until more facts are in. The caution is not surprising: Several former Soviet...

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