The Kalina is intended to give Lada a foothold in the European market. It’s certainly making an impact on the price front. It’s available as a hatchback version for under €7,000 on the German market.
As a German coalition government may emerge soon, a key issue that undid an earlier deal may now create more political havoc. Will Berlin accept a worsening of relations with eastern neighbors while securing cheaper gas?
World leaders are weighing in with praise as well as harsh criticism for Putin's re-election victory in Russia. Officials say the president garnered almost 77 percent of the vote, with an estimated turnout of 67 percent.
The top diplomats from both countries want to limit Russian gas — in part because it gives Moscow political influence. But energy sales also drive the economy, which helps the Kremlin finance foreign military ventures.
Ukraine's security forces detained Volodymyr Ruban while he was transporting weapons from the conflict zone in the country's east. Officials claimed he planned to kill top Ukrainian leaders, including the president.
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