At the Warsaw summit, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius welcomed the decision to deploy a NATO battalion to his country, but said the alliance must do more to help Eastern allies like Ukraine and Georgia.
Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili told RFE/RL that decisions made at the NATO summit in Warsaw enhanced security for his country, the wider Caucasus region, and the world.
About 5,000 people set off on a 110-kilometer-long march to remember the victims of the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica.
Ramin Mazur is an award-winning photographer born in Moldova to a Ukrainian mother and an Afghan father. He has worked throughout Eastern Europe, but it's the changing face of his native Moldova that most often captures his lens.
Reporting on the Warsaw summit, Brian Whitmore says that it’s a whole new NATO.
Commenting on the Warsaw summit, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said, "Contrary to the objective interests of maintaining peace and stability in Europe... the alliance concentrates its efforts on deterring a nonexistent threat from the east."
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has accused NATO of preparing for a “hot” war against Russia, and says rhetoric from the alliance’s leaders is pushing the two sides toward a military confrontation.
The New York-based Human Rights Foundation has rescinded a prize honoring creative dissent to Pyotr Pavlensky after the controversial performance artist pledged to devote the $42,000 in prize money to the legal defense of convicted police killers in Russia's Far East.
EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn announced on July 11 that the European Parliament is expected to adopt a decision in October 2016. (In Ukrainian)
Anti-terrorist legislation passed by the Russian Duma last week has been condemned by rights defenders as a mechanism intended to limit citizens’ private freedoms in contradiction to the Federation’s constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights. The package contains criminal penalties for the “non-reporting” of illegal activities, as well as provisions requiring mobile operators to document and store telephone conversations and messages. (In Russian)
Ukraine’s military reported that pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Donbas region opened fire on their positions 94 times on July 10. The separatists claim that Ukraine has mobilized 30 tanks and 2,000 soldiers around the village of Schastya. (In Ukrainian)
Seeking to take advantage of the thaw in Russian-Turkish relations, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has demanded that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan order the handover of 12 Chechens he’s identified as "terrorists."
Russian President Vladimir Putin has disappeared from public view, cancelling his plans for the week. Russian commentator Vladimir Voinovich, speculating on the virtual reality of Russian TV, says that as long as Putin is on TV, he will remain real for a majority of Russians. (over 80K views on Russian Service website)