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Top diplomats for U.S., Russia meet in Geneva on soaring Ukraine tensions

4:46am EST

GENEVA The top diplomats of Russia and the United States were to meet in Switzerland on Friday to discuss soaring tensions over Ukraine after a flurry of meetings between officials on both sides in the last week produced no breakthroughs.

'Decisive' moment nears as West sees only weeks to salvage Iran nuclear deal

Jan 20 2022

PARIS/BERLIN The United States and its European allies said on Thursday that it was now just a matter of weeks to salvage the 2015 Iran nuclear deal after a round of talks in which a French diplomatic source said there had been no progress on the core issues.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-"Decisive" moment nears as West says weeks left to salvage Iran nuclear deal

Jan 20 2022

PARIS/BERLIN, Jan 20 The United States and its European allies said on Thursday that it was now just a matter of weeks to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal after a round of talks in which a French diplomatic source said there had been no progress on the core issues.

Biden sees Russia moving on Ukraine, sows doubt on Western response

Jan 20 2022

WASHINGTON/KYIV U.S. President Joe Biden predicted on Wednesday that Russia will make a move on Ukraine, saying Russia would pay dearly for a full-scale invasion but suggesting there could be a lower cost for a "minor incursion." | Video

Ukraine's ex-president avoids detention in treason case as thousands rally

Jan 19 2022

KYIV (Reuters) -Former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko won a court ruling on Wednesday allowing him to remain at liberty while being investigated for treason in a probe he says was cooked up by allies of his successor, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. | Video

'We want peace': Blinken to meet Russian, Ukrainian officials, U.S. says

Jan 18 2022

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden's top diplomat will seek to defuse a crisis with Moscow over Ukraine when he meets the Russian foreign minister in Geneva this week following visits with Ukrainian leaders in Kyiv and European officials in Berlin. | Video

Exclusive-U.S. talks to energy firms over EU gas supply in case of Russia-Ukraine conflict

Jan 15 2022

By Dmitry Zhdannikov, Ron Bousso, Simon Lewis and Timothy Gardner

Analysis-U.S. rallies a united front against Russia as Putin seeks cracks

Jan 14 2022

WASHINGTON A week of diplomacy by U.S. President Joe Biden failed to defuse tensions between Russia and Ukraine, but has maintained unity with European allies against Moscow as Russian President Vladimir Putin seeks to expose cracks, foreign policy analysts say.

Veteran U.S., Russia diplomats to tackle Ukraine tensions in Geneva

Jan 07 2022

WASHINGTON Talks between U.S. and Russian diplomats begin in Geneva on Monday after a weeks-long standoff over Russian troop deployments near its border with Ukraine, with veteran envoys on each side trying to avert a crisis.

Blinken accuses Russia of 'false narrative' on Ukraine ahead of talks

Jan 07 2022

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday accused Russia of "gaslighting" and pushing a "false narrative" that it was under threat from Ukraine and NATO to justify a troop build-up near its border with the former Soviet republic. | Video

World News

New Zealand ship arrives with water for parched Tonga

A New Zealand navy ship carrying 250,000 litres of water arrived in Tonga on Friday, bringing life-saving supplies for the South Pacific archipelago six days after it was devastated by a volcanic eruption and tsunami that polluted its water sources.