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Putin Makes Bold Move to Keep Ukraine in Moscow’s Orbit

Moving aggressively to keep Ukraine in Moscow’s sphere of influence, Russia’s president has offered Ukraine $15 billion in loans and a sharp discount on natural gas prices. Vladimir Putin made the offer to Viktor Yanukovych on Tuesday in an effort to block Ukraine from moving toward the European Union.  Last month, President Yanukovych unexpectedly backed out of signing a trade and political pact with the EU. Meeting in the Kremlin, the Russian president cautioned that his offer...

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