NEWS WATCH: Moscow Warns of Escalation after US Closes Consulate, Missions


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Moscow is considering its response to what some Russian politicians have called a "diplomatic war" with the United States. The developments came after the U.S. ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and two trade missions in retaliation to what Washington called "unwarranted" Russian action.

NEWS WATCH: Thousands Mourn Assassinated Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

ManyrememberMOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife) Tens of thousands of people have come out in Moscow to mourn former deputy prime minister and opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot and killed late Friday. Many carried Russian flags and the photo of the 55-year-old politician, who was one of the most vocal opponents of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine foils Russian-backed terror plot

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KIEV/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Ukraine’s security service says it has foiled a Russian-backed terrorist plot aimed at causing mass casualties in the capital Kiev. The alleged plot added to tensions between the West and Russia, which on Saturday threatened to retaliate for new sanctions and warned it would never give up the Crimean Peninsula it annexed from Ukraine.

NEWS WATCH: Russia’s Putin “Welcomes” Ukraine-EU Ties Amid Mediation Efforts

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Russian President Vladimir Putin says he would welcome closer economic ties between the European Union and Ukraine, in what appears a departure from his previous stance.

NEWS WATCH: Lithuania Condemns Russia’s Border Measures

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LithuaniaVILNIUS/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- EU member state Lithuania has made a formal protest to Russia over supplementary border checks amid growing tensions between Moscow and neighboring states that seek closer ties with the European Union.

NEWS WATCH: Moscow Mayor Re-elected In First Direct Mayoral Election

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navalny_08_13_2013MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Moscow's Mayor Sergei Sobyanin was re-elected with at least nearly 58 percent of the vote in the first direct mayoral election in a decade, though he faced an opposition challenge

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine Says Russia Launching ‘Trade War’ Over EU Ambitions

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KIEV/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Russia has denied it is waging a trade war with Ukraine to keep its former Soviet neighbour from establishing closer political and economic ties with the European Union.