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.
Russia expressed "deep concern" today (2 July) over Ukraine's plans to decentralise power as part of a peace deal with separatist rebels, underlining the gulf between Moscow and Kyiv as the conflict rumbles on despite a ceasefire.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko yesterday (1 July) proposed constitutional changes designed to give sweeping new powers to the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, but critically fails to address demands of pro-Russian fighters in the separatist east.
Russia envisages concessions in talks concerning the gas price for Ukraine, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday. Trilateral gas talks between the EU, Russia and Ukraine will be held in Vienna today (30 June).
The United States said yesterday (22 June) it would contribute special operations forces, intelligence and other high-end military assets to a new NATO rapid response force that aims in part to deter any future actions by Russia.
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.
European Union governments agreed today (17 June) to extend economic sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine by six months until 31 January, diplomats said, maintaining unity in the West's tough stance towards Moscow.
Members of the European Parliament this week adopted a resolution criticising Moscow's interference in European politics, particularly its support of certain extreme right parties. EurActiv France reports .
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.
Russia's Gazprom has reaffirmed its plans to cut off gas transits through Ukraine to western Europe in 2019 and urged the European Union to speed up a decision on Russian gas delivery routes to ensure it receives supplies after that time.
The Group of Seven (G7) leaders vowed at a summit in the Bavarian Alps on Sunday to keep sanctions against Russia in place until President Vladimir Putin and Moscow-backed separatists fully implement the terms of a peace deal for Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday (4 June) that there were 9,000 Russian servicemen on Ukrainian territory and warned of the threat of a "full-scale invasion" by Russia along the whole joint border.
During a visit to Tirana on 27-28 May, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić said that Serbia would join a US-backed pipeline that would transport gas from Azerbaijan, while Minister of Energy Aleksandar Antić said that a gas interconnection with Bulgaria are priorities. EurActiv Serbia reports.
The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) reports a spike in asylum seekers from Ukraine, which started in March 2014, at the time of the Crimea invasion, and has continued growing. EurActiv reports from Malta.
EXCLUSIVE/ The second gay pride demonstration in Ukraine’s history will be cancelled for the second time in as many years, unless promises of police protection are made for the marchers before this Saturday (6 June).
Ukraine's government needs to investigate and prosecute corruption at all levels and implement difficult political reforms to retain the support of the United States, US Vice President Joe Biden said yesterday (27 May).
The Kremlin’s refusal to grant entry to German MP Karl-Georg Wellmann has taken a new toll on strained relations between Berlin and Moscow, causing Bundestag Vice President Johannes Singhammer to postpone his own trip to the Russian capital. EurActiv Germany reports .