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03/12/2016

Tensions with Russia could prompt NATO strategy rethink

Location: Crimea


Global Europe 27-10-2016

Yazidi women win Parliament's Sakharov prize

Yazidi activists Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, victims of sexual slavery carried out by Islamic State, have won the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize. EurActiv Spain reports.
Europe's East 27-10-2016

Crimean Tartars 'worse off' under Putin than Stalin

The leader of the Crimean tartars, who is up for the European Parliament's Sakharov prize, has said that his people are worse off under the Russian occupation than they were during the Soviet era. EurActiv Spain reports.
Global Europe 04-10-2016

Crimea: The cost of sanctions and the risk of retaliation

Sanctions have already cost Russia one third of its GDP. As they come up for renewal, the EU must be wary of backing Putin into a corner and forcing him to take drastic action, writes John Dale Grover.
Global Europe 26-09-2016

EU summit to consider how to improve Russia ties without dropping sanctions

Next month, European Union leaders will explore the possibility of improving strained ties with Russia in response to growing irritation among some member states over economic sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role in the Ukraine crisis.
Trade & Society 21-09-2016

German economy minister to discuss EU sanctions with Putin

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, heading to Moscow for talks about trade with President Vladimir Putin, said on Wednesday (21 September) that he favoured a lifting of EU sanctions on Russia but that would require making progress on peace in Ukraine.
Europe's East 09-09-2016

Crimea cannot be returned to Ukraine, Czech president says

Ukraine cannot get back the Crimea peninsula, although Russia took it by annexation, Czech President Milos Zeman was quoted as saying on Friday (9 September).
Global Europe 26-08-2016

German minister calls for new arms control agreement with Russia

Germany's foreign minister has called for a new arms control deal with Moscow to avoid an escalation of tensions in Europe, where intensified military exercises by Russia and NATO have raised concerns that a war could inadvertently be triggered.
Europe's East 22-08-2016

Putin flies into Crimea amid war games and tension

Vladimir Putin flew into annexed Crimea on 19 August, a day after staging war games there, and said he hoped Ukraine would see "common sense" when it came to resolving a diplomatic crisis over the peninsula.
Europe's East 19-08-2016

Merkel: No end to EU sanctions against Russia

There is no reason to lift the European Union's sanctions against Russia, as Moscow has not fulfilled all of its commitments under the Minsk peace plan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview published on Friday (19 August).
Europe's East 12-08-2016

Ukraine on high alert over Crimea tensions with Russia

Ukraine put its forces around Crimea on high alert Thursday, as tensions soared after Moscow accused Kiev of attempting to mount armed incursions into the disputed peninsula.
Europe's East 11-08-2016

Russia says Ukraine attempted to 'destabilise' Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday (10 August) accused Ukraine of waging "terror" over alleged attempted incursions into annexed Crimea that Kiev has fiercely denied.
Enlargement 01-07-2016

Groysman: Ukraine will join EU within 10 years

Ukraine will join the EU within the next decade, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said Friday, adding that his country still believed strongly in the bloc despite Britain's vote to leave.
Europe's East 27-05-2016

Germany: EU faces 'difficult' talks on Russia sanctions

Germany said on Thursday (26 May) that the EU is facing difficult talks on extending sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine due to the increased resistance of some member states, and denied that a new Cold War was afoot.
Global Europe 18-05-2016

Council of Europe can do without Russia

In light of human rights violations in Crimea and a new law allowing Russia to ignore rulings of the European Court of Human Rights, there is no justification for the country to remain in the Council of Europe, writes Susan Stewart.
Global Europe 07-04-2016

Austria attempts to bridge gap between Brussels and Moscow

A warming of relations between Brussels and Moscow could be on the cards, as President Vladimir Putin suggested that there could be room for cooperation on the refugee crisis, during a state visit by the Austrian president. EurActiv Germany reports.
Europe's East 21-03-2016

Crimea: Not Russia’s and not forgotten

Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukraine has destabilised the region and put European security at risk. We must stand firm and show Russia that such behaviour will not be tolerated, writes David Lidington.
Europe's East 23-11-2015

Crimea without power from Ukraine after electricity pylons 'blown up'

Crimea was left without electricity supplies from Ukraine on Sunday (22 November) after pylons carrying power lines to the Russia-annexed peninsula were blown up the previous night.
Europe's East 19-11-2015

East Europeans wary of Russia diplomatic thaw after Paris attacks

With signs growing of a thaw between Moscow and Western capitals after the Paris attacks, some of Russia's neighbours fear that European resolve to keep up economic sanctions and military pressure over the Ukraine crisis may be waning.
Global Europe 12-11-2015

Why EU guidelines on Israeli settlements are welcome

EU guidelines on the "indication of origin of goods from the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967" are a long overdue step forward, writes MEP Alyn Smith.
Europe's East 21-10-2015

No European army now, says S&D VP

During a meeting with journalists on Tuesday (20 October), Knut Fleckenstein, the Vice-President of the Socialists and Democrats, said that now was not the time to discuss a European army, arguing that it would provoke Russia.
Europe's East 09-10-2015

EU mulls suspension of Belarus sanctions

The EU is ready to suspend sanctions against Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, in a shift following the release of the country's last political prisoners, European sources told AFP today (9 October).
Europe's East 19-08-2015

EU slams Russian sentencing of Estonian officer

The European Union demanded Russia release an Estonian police officer sentenced on Wednesday to 15 years in jail for spying, nearly a year after the EU says Eston Kohver was abducted by Russian agents from Estonia territory.
Global Europe 29-07-2015

French MPs provoke anger across Europe with visit to Crimea

A group of pro-Russian French MPs has provoked outcry across Europe on a visit to Crimea. EurActiv France reports
Europe's East 06-07-2015

Tensions with Russia could prompt NATO strategy rethink

NATO is preparing for a long standoff with Russia, reluctantly accepting that the Ukraine conflict has fundamentally transformed Europe's security landscape and that it may have to abandon hope of a constructive relationship with Moscow.