Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed peacemaking efforts in Ukraine and Syria during a conference call yesterday (18 January), a Kremlin statement said.
Vladimir Putin's strategy is to install pro-Moscow politicians in Ukraine. If Europe consents, his next stop will be the Baltic countries, with NATO incapable of defending them, which will put an end to the organisation, Ilya Yashin told EurActiv.com in an exclusive interview.
Moldova's president said today (17 January) he hoped the ex-Soviet state's Association Agreement with the European Union would be cancelled if his party obtains a parliamentary majority, paving the way for an alliance with Moscow.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said yesterday (16 January) Ukrainians risked becoming disillusioned with Ukraine's pro-European path if there are further delays to plans to cement its closer integration with the European Union.
Seventeen leaders of EU member states, among which only Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev is still in office, wrote to President-elect Donald Trump, asking him not to improve relations with Russia.
Belarus will allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries, including the United States and members of the European Union, for visits of up to five days, according to a presidential decree signed yesterday (9 January).
As the EU and Azerbaijan begin negotiating a “comprehensive agreement”, the Azerbaijani Ambassador to Belgium, Fuad Isgandarov, provided insight into the way his country sees the future of its relationship with the Union and its member states.
An official with Ukraine's Naftogaz told EurActiv.com today (6 January) that EU countries need not fear a disruption of gas supplies, despite Russian warnings that a harsh winter may trigger a crisis similar to those of 2006 and 2009.
Ukraine indicated on Wednesday (4 January) that it would bar French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen from entering the country after comments she made that appeared to legitimise Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.
In mid-January, further negotiations will be held on the Ukraine conflict, within the framework of the OSCE. Time is of the essence as the situation remains dramatically unchanged. EurActiv Germany reports.
Vladimir Chizhov, Russia's ambassador to the EU, warned in an interview published on Tuesday (3 January) of the risk for European countries of remaining in the cold, as Ukraine is pumping gas from the underground storage intended to ensure the security of supply in winter.
NATO yesterday (19 December) urged Russia to use its clout with insurgents in Eastern Ukraine to make a troubled truce stick, as the two sides held talks to defuse what are the worst tensions since the Cold War.
In signing four projects with Ukrainian officials in Brussels today, EIB will have fulfilled its €3 billion obligation to Ukraine. Instead of providing general aid, the EIB supports very specific projects, writes Vazil Hudák.
Many countries are not happy with the arrangement to push through the EU-Ukraine pact following the Dutch referendum, in which a majority of votes rejected the deal, a diplomat said ahead of tomorrow’s (15 December) EU summit.
The European Union is putting its credibility and reputation at risk by letting internal political wrangling stall a promised easing of visa requirements for Ukraine and Georgia, the head of the European Council said.