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  • Russian president Putin says that Moscow’s aim is to restore political unity in Ukraine (Reuters)
  • Russia president Putin says that the situation in Eastern Ukraine is a punitive operation led by Kiev (Reuters)
  • Russian president Putin says that NATO’s eastward expansion is like building a new Berlin Wall (Reuters)
  • Russia president Putin says that foodstuff prices need to be taken care of (Reuters)
  • Russia president Putin says that the current unfavourable situation can continue for the next two years but it may improve faster (Reuters)
  • Putin:central bank and government are taking adequate measures(Reuters)
  • Russian president Putin says that GDP in first 10 months of the year is up by 0.6/0.7% – He says that the current economic situation is provoked by external factors (Reuters)
  • Russian president Putin says that despite turbulent financial markets, Russia’s revenues will be higher than spending (Reuters)

John Kerry’s nomination as President Barack Obama’s new secretary of state has sailed through the US Senate. The vote was 94 to 3 in favour. Two Senators from Texas and one from Oklahoma were the only “no” votes.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted unanimously in favour of his appointment earlier in the day.

The Senate agreed to vote quickly after Kerry’s confirmation hearing last week. Kerry, who has been a senator for 28 years, will make a final speech to the floor on Wednesday.

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