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Mogherini suggests détente with Russia

Location: Crimea

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.
Europe's East 22-06-2015

Russians go to fight in Ukraine ‘out of emotions’

The secretary of Russia's security council said today (22 June) it is impossible to stop Russians from going to fight in Ukraine because they are guided by "emotions."
Europe's East 19-06-2015

Ukraine protests Czech MEP's visit to Crimea

Ukraine denounced Czech MEP Miroslaw Ransdorf's trip to Crimea on Friday (19 June) as “discrediting” to the European Parliament. The Commission said it was up to national authorities to take action in cases which contravene EU sanctions on the Russian territory.
Europe's East 11-06-2015

European Parliament adopts tough resolution on Russia

Two days ahead of Russia’s National Day, on 12 June, the European Parliament adopted a tough resolution, in which they appeal to the EU to reassess its relations with Russia in the context of the Ukraine crisis.
Europe's East 28-04-2015

Russians seethe over Western snub of WWII parade

One of Boris Lisitsyn's happiest memories is of being swept by a huge, joyous crowd through the streets of Moscow and onto Red Square in spontaneous celebrations when World War Two ended in Europe.
Europe's East 03-04-2015

West's ties with Russia frozen after year of Ukraine conflict

Relations between the West and Russia remain at their lowest since the Cold War, on the first anniversary of the start of the Ukraine conflict. But all bridges have not yet been burned, analysts say.
Europe's East 26-03-2015

Juncker chooses Ukraine for first trip abroad

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker yesterday (25 March) said he will visit Kyiv next week on his first bilateral trip since taking office in November, in a show of support for Ukraine's embattled government.
Europe's East 25-03-2015

Refat Chubarov: Crimean Tatars are the missing piece in Putin’s puzzle

Like Stalin, Putin views Crimea's Tatars as a threat, and is sowing fear in the peninsula's population, to help facilitate their ethnic cleansing, Refat Chubarov told EurActiv.
Europe's East 16-03-2015

Putin was ready to put nuclear forces on alert over Crimea, says film

Despite being missing for ten days, Vladimir Putin still managed to grab headlines yesterday (15 March), after an interview recorded before his disappearance, in which the Russian president said he was ready to put nuclear forces on alert to ensure the annexation of Crimea, was broadcast.
Europe's East 10-03-2015

Yelisieiev: The EU should send a CSDP mission to Ukraine

Ukraine has asked the EU to dispatch an EU-led Security and Defence (CSDP) mission to Donbas, which, according to Kyiv, should be the biggest ever, Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, Ukraine's Ambassador to the EU told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 04-02-2015

Humanitarian situation in Ukraine becoming ‘untenable for millions of people’

A senior United Nations official warned Tuesday (3 February) that the humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine was becoming untenable for millions of people, and urged “all sides” to halt the dangerous escalation in the fighting in eastern Ukraine.
Global Europe 15-01-2015

Mogherini suggests détente with Russia

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has suggested EU states could re-engage with Russia on global diplomacy, trade and other issues in return for gradual steps to defuse the crisis over Ukraine.