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Swedes told to prepare for conflict in Cold War-style booklet

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STOCKHOLM Sweden will send out instructions to its citizens next week on how to cope with an outbreak of war, as the country faces an assertive Russia across the Baltic Sea.

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Merkel, Poroshenko discuss gas transit through Ukraine and Minsk agreement May 21 2018

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke by telephone on Monday about Merkel's visit to Russia last week, efforts to implement the Minsk agreement and gas transit through Ukraine, a spokeswoman said.

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Putin seeks common cause with Merkel over Trump May 18 2018

SOCHI, Russia Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday that he would stand up to any attempts by U.S. President Donald Trump to block a Russian-German gas pipeline project.

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Proponent of 'grain OPEC' returns to Russian government May 18 2018

MOSCOW A veteran of the Russian farm sector who once lobbied for the creation of a "grain OPEC" was appointed deputy prime minister in charge of agriculture on Friday.

Russia ready for talks with Ukraine on gas transit, Putin says May 18 2018

SOCHI Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Moscow was ready for talks with Ukraine on continued gas transits through the country.

Good relation with Russia are a German interest: Merkel May 18 2018

SOCHI, Russia Germany has a strategic interest in good relations with Russia, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday after talks with President Vladimir Putin, adding that this did not go against the continuation of a firm trans-atlantic friendship.

Putin says detention of Russian news agency head in Ukraine 'unprecedented' May 18 2018

SOCHI, Russia Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that the detention of a local director of Russia's state news agency RIA in Ukraine was "unprecedented".

Putin says diplomats to mull multinational peacekeepers for east Ukraine May 18 2018

SOCHI, Russia Russia's President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that German and Russian diplomats would look again at options for using a multinational peacekeeping contingent in Eastern Ukraine.

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Russia's Putin, France's Macron to discuss Iran in St Petersburg: Kremlin May 18 2018

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss Iran, Syria and Ukraine when Macron visits St Petersburg on May 24-25, the Kremlin said on Friday.

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U.S. driven by self-interest in wanting to block Russia pipeline: German minister May 18 2018

BERLIN A close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a stark warning to the United States about the risks of placing "America First", accusing Washington of seeking to block a planned Russia-Germany gas pipeline to shore up its own exports.

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Trump urges China to maintain tight North Korea border ahead of summit

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday urged China on Monday to maintain a secure border with North Korea, pressing Beijing ahead of his anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month aimed at denuclearization.