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03/06/2014

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Russia Preparing Response to U.S. and EU Sanctions

The Federation Council is drawing up a bill that would allow the government to confiscate the property of U.S. and European companies in the event of Western sanctions, though political analysts dismiss both actions as intimidating rhetoric unlikely turn into action.

Ukraine Uncertainty Depressing Growth and Investment

As world leaders increase or trash their political clout depending on their audience and the statements they make about the situation in the Ukraine, some analysts were revising Russian GDP growth estimates to as low as 1.1 percent for the year.

Crimean Leader Rejects Talks With Ukraine's Central Leadership

RIA Novosti
The recently appointed head of the southern Ukrainian republic of Crimea says his government refuses to negotiate with newly installed central authorities in the capital, Kiev.

Ukrainians in Moscow Torn Over Crisis

The prospect of an armed conflict between two "brotherly nations" has shaken Moscow's Ukrainian community, whose mixed allegiances leave them torn between their homeland and country of residence.

U.S.-Russian Cosmic Cooperation Unhampered

Despite a looming collapse of U.S.-Russian bilateral relations, the standoff over Ukraine has not had any impact on commercial space ventures and intergovernmental space projects, such as the International Space Station, or ISS.

What the Papers Say, March 5, 2014

BBC Monitoring
The only English roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers.

Armed Men Threaten U.N. Special Envoy in Crimea

Reuters
Armed men stopped a special representative of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Ukraine's Crimea region on Wednesday, Ukraine's foreign ministry said.

Diplomats' Kiev Snipers Phone Conversation Leaked

A telephone conversation that purportedly took place between the European Union's representative for foreign affairs Catherine Ashton and Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet about sniper-related deaths during demonstrations in Kiev has been leaked.

OSCE Military Monitoring Mission Sent to Crimea

The Moscow Times
TheOrganization ofSecurity andCooperation inEurope, or OSCE, said Wednesday that 18 ofits member states were sending atotal of35 unarmed military personnel toUkraine's Crimea region onthe request ofthe interim government inKiev with theaim ofmonitoring thepresent situation.

International Diplomats Face Trouble in Crimea

The Moscow Times
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said Wednesday that Crimea's pro-Russian authorities have blocked a group of military observers from entering the peninsula, putting a dent in hopes that the standoff there will end peacefully.

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