During a telephone call the pair agreed to cooperate on possible steps to “restore stability” in Ukraine, and also discussed the breakaway Moldovan region of Transdniestria.
Putin pulls a battalin from the border ~ link ~ Russia pulled back a battalion from along the Ukrainian border today after sending its prime minister to shower promises on Crimea, pledging quick funds to improve power supplies, water lines and education on its newly annexed peninsula.
One battalion - about 500 troops - that had been sent to the Rostov region next to Ukraine was being withdrawn to its permanent base in the central Samara region, Russian news agencies quoted the Defence Ministry as saying.
PM Dmitry Medvedev visits Crimea as Russia's Army begins border withdrawal ~ link ~ Russia flaunted its grip on Crimea on Monday, with the prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, flying in to the newly annexed territory for a cabinet meeting, cementing the sense of resignation in Kiev and the west that the seizure of the territory is irreversible.
The developments came after a four-hour meeting on Sunday between the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, and the US secretary of state, John Kerry, in which both sides put their visions for resolving the Ukraine crisis on the table. After the meeting in Pairs, Lavrov said Ukraine should introduce federalisation of power.
Russian Prime Minister Medvedev angers Ukrainian Coup Government by visiting the Crimea ~ link ~ Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev flaunted Russia's grip on Crimea by flying to the region and holding a government meeting there on Monday, angering Ukraine and defying Western demands to hand the peninsula back to Kiev.
But in a gesture that could ease tension in the worst East-West stand-off since the Cold War, Russia pulled some troops back from near Ukraine's eastern frontier - a move which the United States said would be a positive sign if it is confirmed as a withdrawal.
US not talking about its role in the Ukraine coup ~ link ~
This $1 billion for Ukraine is a rip-off for the America taxpayer, but it is also a bad deal for Ukrainians. Not a single needy Ukrainian will see a penny of this money, as it will be used to bail out international banks who hold Ukrainian government debt. According to the terms of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)-designed plan for Ukraine, life is about to get much more difficult for average Ukrainians. The government will freeze some wage increases, significantly raise taxes, and increase energy prices by a considerable margin.
But the bankers will get paid and the IMF will get control over the Ukrainian economy.
Amazingly, Stone claims that metadata within the photo yields evidence confirming “100 percent” that Phillip Wood sent the photo, along with a brief voice activated text, from GPS coordinates which put Wood only a few miles away from the U.S. controlled Diego Garcia military base which is located on an island south of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. In his post Stone claims that the coordinates may be off by a few miles (see update below post), proving that the iPhone actually sent the otherwise blank black picture revealing nothing else. Stone speculates the picture was taken in a dark room or in some position in which Wood’s hands were bound.
Scale of Guinea's Ebola epidemic unprecedented says aid agency ~ link ~ Guinea faces an Ebola epidemic on an unprecedented scale as it battles to contain confirmed cases now scattered across several locations that are far apart, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Monday.
The warning from an organization used to tackling Ebola in Central Africa comes after Guinea's president appealed for calm as the number of deaths linked to an outbreak on the border with Liberia and Sierra Leone hit 80.
Ebola death toll hits 82 ~ link ~ Also see ~ link ~ and ~ link ~ and ~ link ~ New cases confirmed as virus that kills 90 per cent of infected people spreads from Guinea to Liberia with suspected cases in Sierra Leone
French President Hollande appoints new Prime Minister ~ link ~ Hollande announced the appointment in a televised speech on Monday. He decided to axe current Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault after his Socialist Party lost more than 150 towns and cities in municipal elections.
Experts say a stagnant economy, high unemployment and falling living standards in France are the main reasons behind the Socialists' lackluster performance in the vote.