As British voters appear more willing to leave EU, markets across the Atlantic brace for a fall.
RUSSIA EXECUTES EUROPEAN AERIAL MANEUVERS “Russian military aircraft conducted aerial maneuvers around Europe this week on a scale seldom seen since the end of the Cold War, prompting NATO jets to scramble in another sign of how raw East-West relations have grown. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization said that more than two dozen Russian aircraft in four groups were intercepted and tracked on Tuesday and Wednesday, an unusually high level of activity that the alliance said could have endangered passing civilian flights.” Ukraine and Russia will resume talks today. [WSJ]
The United States and six other Western nations voted to effectively kick Russia out of the G8 in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, a White House statement said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov downplayed the significance of the move.
“G8 is an informal organization that does not give out any membership cards and, by its definition, cannot remove anyone,” he said at a news conference. “All the economic and financial questions are decided in G20.”
Foreign ministers — including those from Russia and Ukraine — meeting today in Paris “agreed to continue intense discussions in the coming days” to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.
Their goal is “to see how we can help normalize the situation, stabilize it and overcome the crisis,” he said.
Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met three times today in the French capital. One of those meetings included a “brief and informal discussion” among Kerry, Lavrov, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, an official said.
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