Obama, EU leaders agree on Russia sanctions

Today @ 09:28

The leaders of Britain, France, Germany, Italy and the US held a conference call on Monday and agreed to impose economic sanctions on Russia as it continues to support the war in eastern Ukraine.

Highlights

Multi-billion losses expected from Russia sanctions

28.07.14 @ 09:49

The economic impact of 'stage three' sanctions is projected to cost the EU €40bn this year and €50bn in 2015.

EU to hit Russia with economic sanctions next week

25.07.14 @ 17:14

The EU is set to impose economic sanctions on Russia next week. Meanwhile, southern member states want the European Commission to consider any blowback effect when it assesses national deficits.

EU blacklists more Russians, prepares economic sanctions

24.07.14 @ 20:55

EU expands Russia blacklist by 15 names, ambassadors to continue talks on economic sanctions on Friday.

EU blacklist sheds light on Putin's rag-tag Ukraine army

26.07.14 @ 19:21

The latest EU blacklist on Russia sheds light on the command structures, composition, and ambitions of Putin’s east Ukraine forces.

German, Dutch firms ready to take hit from Russia sanctions

25.07.14 @ 09:25

German and Dutch companies, so far among the most reluctant to back EU's planned Russia sanctions, are ready to take a hit from possible retaliatory measures.

EU readies new sanctions on defiant Russia

24.07.14 @ 09:25

EU ambassadors meeting in Brussels on Thursday are set to discuss a raft of new sanctions on Russia, as Moscow has shown no signs of wanting to meet an EU ultimatum over Ukraine.

Russia angst sees EU energy efficiency targets watered down

23.07.14 @ 17:26

The EU commission has tabled a plan to increase the bloc's overall energy efficiency, but it watered it down amid fears of Russian gas supplies being cut in the ongoing Ukraine crisis.

EU grapples with smugglers as people fleeing conflict face torture

23.07.14 @ 09:28

The EU wants to set up a legal channels to prevent Syrians from turning to smugglers to get to European Union territory - but can it deal with the thousands already trying to reach its shores.

EU defends Israel's Gaza incursion

22.07.14 @ 20:14

EU countries have defended Israel’s use of force in Gaza, but blamed it for harming peace prospects in the longer term.

EU foreign policy faces test after MH17 shootdown

22.07.14 @ 09:18

EU foreign policy is facing a major test today as ministers gather in Brussels to consider their response to the suspected downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight by Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Rome continues to push Italian FM to replace Ashton

23.07.14 @ 16:02

Rome is continuing to push Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini to be the next EU foreign policy chief, despite opposition based on her experience and her country's perceived pro-Russia stance.

Analysis

Leaked paper: EU options on 'stage three' Russia sanctions

22.07.14 @ 20:42

Even before the MH17 disaster, EU countries were discussing a potential ban on Russian oil and gas imports if worst comes to worst.

EU threatens Russian economy after MH17 disaster

22.07.14 @ 17:47

EU ministers have threatened Russia with full-scale - "stage three" - economic sanctions in the wake of the Malaysia Airlines crash.

EU under pressure to broaden Russia sanctions

21.07.14 @ 10:25

The US and the UK are putting pressure on the EU to impose tougher sanctions on Russia in the wake of the Malaysian Airlines disaster.