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UK is still sending arms to Russia, say MPs

Today @ 09:12

The UK is still exporting millions of euros worth of arms to Russia, despite fears that Moscow has been arming separatists in Ukraine. A report by MPs, published Tuesday (23 July), said that 251 licences worth around £ ...

AnalysisLeaked 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. A text, drafted by the European Commission in late April, outlines what the EU is ...

EU threatens Russian economy after MH17 disaster

22.07.14 @ 17:47

EU foreign ministers on Tuesday (22 July) gave Russia a few days to stop arming Ukrainian rebels, believed responsible for the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane, or face sanctions on its financial, high-tech, and ...

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 Moscow-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine. The plane ...

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 Malaysia Airlines disaster. The calls come ahead of an EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Tuesday (22 ...

OpinionPutin's real war

21.07.14 @ 09:44

Just how many unmarked tanks, rocket systems, and fighters have to cross the Ukrainian/Russian border before the international community calls it an “act of war”?   How many tonnes of bullets, guns, and cash have to be ...

Air disaster puts spotlight on French warship for Russia

18.07.14 @ 19:30

France risks “international ridicule” if it delivers a warship to Russia despite the Malaysia Airlines disaster, but its intentions remain unchanged in the immediate aftermath. The ship, a “Mistral” assault vessel which ...

Merkel: Russia partly responsible for Ukraine crash

18.07.14 @ 14:59

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday (18 July) said Russia must acknowledge its share of responsibility in the Ukraine plane disaster. "It is important to have an international investigation as soon as possible. ...

LetterNato reacted quickly to Ukraine crisis

18.07.14 @ 09:21

In in recent opinion piece, Nato puts brakes on enlargement, the author Matthew Turner's comment that “when Russia annexed Crimea, Nato failed to make itself heard, as heads of state chose either the European Union or ...

EU threatens Russian oligarchs, as US hits banks and oil firms

17.07.14 @ 00:46

EU leaders have threatened to go after Russian companies and oligarchs deemed to be helping the Kremlin wage its covert war on Ukraine. They agreed at a summit in Brussels on Wednesday (16 July) to blacklist “entities, ...

Germany backs more EU sanctions on Russia

16.07.14 @ 21:03

German and British leaders have voiced support for tougher EU sanctions on Russia. Chancellor Angela Merkel told press at the start of an EU summit in Brussels on Wednesday (16 July) that Russia did not fulfill the four ...

EU leaders may expand Russia sanctions

16.07.14 @ 09:12

The EU has provisionally agreed to start listing Russian companies over the Ukraine crisis ahead of Wednesday’s (16 July) summit. Member states’ ambassadors at a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday clinched a deal to alter ...

US and Ukraine urge tougher EU sanctions on Russia

15.07.14 @ 09:17

The US and Ukraine are pushing EU leaders to impose economic sanctions on Russia at Wednesday’s (16 July) summit. The US state department on Monday published a “fact sheet” which accuses Russia of sending heavy weapons ...

Italian EU presidency backs South Stream

10.07.14 @ 19:13

The Italian EU presidency is in favour of a controversial Russian pipeline, South Stream, which would circumvent Ukraine to bring gas to south-east Europe. "We think South Stream should go ahead, as it would improve the ...

Russia seeks new veto on EU-Ukraine pact

10.07.14 @ 19:12

Russia is hoping to use new talks on the EU-Ukraine trade treaty to alter the pact and to get a say on when it is implemented. Its economic development minister, Alexei Ulukayev, is to hold the first round of the three- ...

Russia's image nosedives, as EU adds 11 names to blacklist

10.07.14 @ 09:29

A new survey shows that Russia’s image has taken a battering over the Ukraine crisis, as the EU added another 11 names to its blacklist. The survey, published by US pollsters Pew Research Center on Wednesday (9 July), ...

InvestigationSeveral EU states impose arms ban on Russia

07.07.14 @ 09:30

Most of the EU’s top arms exporters have imposed a quiet ban on sales to Russia, but Ukraine’s military embargo could have a bigger impact on the crisis. EU countries are still in talks on whether to impose a collective ...

Putin accuses US of 'blackmail' on French bank fine

02.07.14 @ 09:21

Russia has accused the US of using bank fines to “blackmail” France on arms sales, amid Western division on Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin made the claim in a speech to Russian ambassadors in Moscow on Tuesday (1 ...

EU countries delay Russia sanctions despite ultimatum

01.07.14 @ 18:13

EU countries have opted not to impose extra sanctions on Russia despite the expiry of an ultimatum, citing “positive developments”. Their ambassadors, meeting in Brussels on Tuesday (1 July), put off the decision until ...

Soros to EU: Help 'new Ukraine' against 'new Russia'

01.07.14 @ 09:12

US investor and philanthropist George Soros on Monday (30 June) told an audience in Brussels' Fine Arts Museum that the EU is a model of international governance which needs to support "new Ukraine" in its struggle ...

AnalysisRussia & Austria: a friendship built on history, skis and gas

30.06.14 @ 09:26

When Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Austria’s capital Vienna last Tuesday (24 June), there was not enough time to go skiing, but he probably would have liked to. There is maybe no better symbol for the ...

EU diplomats unsure of next step on Ukraine

30.06.14 @ 09:26

EU leaders last Friday (27 June) gave Russia a new ultimatum on sanctions, but opinion differs on when the ultimatum is due and what the reaction will be. The leaders said they will take "further steps" unless Russia ...

EU issues Russia sanctions ultimatum

27.06.14 @ 18:05

EU countries have given Russia and pro-Russia forces in Ukraine until Monday (30 June) to meet four conditions or face extra sanctions. They said at a summit in Brussels on Friday the rebels must: give full access to ...

Austria rolls out red carpet for Putin

25.06.14 @ 09:44

Austria has criticised Western sanctions on Russia and signed a contract to build a Russian pipeline despite EU concerns. The developments came on a visit to Vienna by Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Tuesday (24 June). ...

Sikorski attacks Cameron in latest Polish leak

23.06.14 @ 19:23

Poland believes the British government has “fucked up” its EU policy and that the UK will leave the Union. The information, and the blunt language, came out on Monday (23 June) in Polish news magazine Wprost, which is ...

EU threatens more Russia sanctions, prepares to sign Ukraine pact

23.06.14 @ 18:00

EU countries have threatened to impose more sanctions on Russia if it does not help to stop violence in the run-up to the Ukraine treaty signature on Friday (27 June). Foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday endorsed ...

AnalysisWill Sikorski be the next EU foreign policy chief?

23.06.14 @ 10:37

With leaders haggling over EU top jobs this week, Polish FM Radek Sikorski is the most talked-about candidate for the next foreign policy chief. His reputation just took a blow in a Polish eavesdropping scandal. But ...

Nato says Russia funding anti-shale NGOs

20.06.14 @ 09:29

Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has accused Russia of funding NGOs which oppose shale gas. He made the controversial statement in a Q and A session at Chatham House, a London-based think tank, on Thursday (19 June). “I ...

EU gas flows 'normal' despite Ukraine pipeline explosion

18.06.14 @ 09:59

A pipeline explosion caused by a suspected “terrorist” attack has not disrupted gas flows to the EU. The European Commission told EUobserver on Wednesday (18 June) morning that "according to its information" Ukraine ...

Russia to stop gas to Ukraine, rejects EU proposal

16.06.14 @ 09:28

Russian firm Gazprom is stopping gas supplies to Ukraine after talks on a new price broke down in the small hours of Monday (16 June). It said in a statement published at 10am Moscow time – its deadline for Ukraine to ...

Barroso agrees new Russia talks, as warfare escalates

14.06.14 @ 16:36

The EU is to mediate new talks between Moscow and Kiev, as fighting continues to escalate in east Ukraine. The talks were agreed on Friday (13 June) in a phonecall between European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso ...

Bulgaria freezes work on South Stream pipeline

09.06.14 @ 19:10

Bulgaria has frozen construction on Russia’s strategic South Stream gas pipeline due to EU and US pressure. Bulgarian PM Plamen Oresharski announced the move on Sunday (8 June) after meeting three US senators in Sofia. ...

Germany backs France on Russia warship contract

05.06.14 @ 09:48

Germany has defended France’s plan to deliver a warship to Russia in October despite US criticism of the move. Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday (4 June) in Brussels that interruption of delivery might only ...

Obama pledges to defend Poland's security

04.06.14 @ 16:37

US leader Barack Obama has promised to defend Poland and other Nato allies against potential Russian aggression. “I’ve come to Warsaw today - on behalf of the United States, on behalf of the Nato alliance - to reaffirm ...

Uncertainty on date of EU-Ukraine treaty signature

04.06.14 @ 09:11

Ukraine has asked to sign a landmark EU treaty this weekend, but EU countries expect to do it at the end of the month. The “deep and comprehensive free trade agreement” - a 5kg box of technical documents - is at the ...

EU commission scales up rhetoric against Russian gas pipeline

03.06.14 @ 10:05

The European Commission has indicated it will obstruct the building of a new Russia-EU gas pipeline to bypass Ukraine. Its energy chief, German Gunther Oettinger, told the Frankfurt Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung over the ...

AgendaObama back in Brussels this WEEK

02.06.14 @ 09:28

US President Barack Obama is back in the EU capital this week for a summit of G7 wealthy nations to be dominated by Ukraine. The event was originally due to take place in Sochi, Russia, in a G8 format including Russian ...

EU unveils plan to curb reliance on Russian gas

28.05.14 @ 19:48

The EU has unveiled plans to reduce its reliance on Russian gas, with increased imports from Norway and energy efficiency at the top of its wish-list. Launching the European Commission's paper on European Energy ...

EU gives 'space' for Russia to make peace with Ukraine

28.05.14 @ 18:05

EU countries are keen to "give space" for Russia to come to terms with Ukraine's new leader, after Russia's failed attempt to derail the Ukraine elections. EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Tuesday (27 May) praised ...

EU endorses Ukraine election, awaits Russian reaction

26.05.14 @ 17:48

European election monitors and EU officials have endorsed Ukraine’s new, pro-Western leader, but doubts remain on Russia’s next move. “According to our observers, in 98 percent of the polling stations we observed, the ...

FeatureUneasy calm in Kiev on eve of Sunday elections

24.05.14 @ 17:29

Andrei, 44, walks up and down Khershchatyk Street in Kiev city centre, dressed in jeans and a polo shirt, with a pistol in a holster on his belt. The former businessman, from Zaporizhia, in south-east Ukraine, is a mid- ...

Barroso warns Russia against cutting Ukraine gas

21.05.14 @ 19:55

The EU on Wednesday (21 May) warned Russia against interrupting gas supplies to Ukraine amid threats by state-owned Gazprom to cut flows. “As long as the trilateral talks are on-going, gas flows should not be ...

Nato chief describes 'outrageous' Russia as threat to Europe

20.05.14 @ 09:08

Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said Russia’s partition of Ukraine has created “a completely new security situation in Europe.” “What we have seen in Ukraine is outrageous”, he told a regular press briefing in ...

EU energy chief aims for Ukraine-Russia gas deal by end-May

19.05.14 @ 19:01

EU energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger has promised to try to resolve a gas price dispute between Russia and Ukraine by the end of May. Speaking on Monday (19 May) after holding talks with Russian energy minister ...

Opinion'Ruscism' is threat to European stability

14.05.14 @ 09:24

Even as Russia's covert war against Ukraine claims new victims each day, European and US leaders keep pushing back red lines on economic sanctions. There is nothing new under the sun. Bolshevik Russia in 1917 to 1920 ...

EU keen to sign Moldova pact despite Russia threats

13.05.14 @ 12:56

The EU and Russia are locked in a Ukraine-type tug of war on Moldova, with an overflight scandal highlighting Russia’s effort to destabilise the country. Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's deputy PM and special envoy on ...

US says French warships to Russia 'unhelpful'

13.05.14 @ 09:30

The US has criticised France for planning to deliver two warships to Russia despite its actions in Ukraine. State department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told press in Washington on Monday (12 May) "we have expressed our ...

EU blacklists more Russians, warns on elections

12.05.14 @ 19:06

EU countries have expanded their Russia blacklist and warned Moscow they will trigger economic sanctions if it disrupts elections in Ukraine. Foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday (12 May) added 13 individuals and two ...

AgendaEastern neighbourhood in the forefront this WEEK

12.05.14 @ 09:20

The EU this week will see a flurry of visits to and from the eastern neighbours - Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia - as Russia continues to stir trouble in the region. On Monday (12 May), foreign affairs ministers in ...

FocusEurovision winner seen as political message

11.05.14 @ 16:39

Forget about hipster moustaches and Movember. This year, it will be all about fake beards. Conchita Wurst, the bearded drag queen from Austria, on Saturday (10 May) won the Eurovision song contest with "Rise like a ...