It is the duty of parliamentarians to contribute to re-opening the dialogue between the EU and Russia, argues Knut Fleckenstein, saying it was “a serious mistake” to block the Russian State Duma speaker from entering Finland.
Europe should be prepared to commit hard defence in support for Ukraine and maintain sanctions against Russia, writes Richard Howitt ahead of a UN Security Council meeting over the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 one year ago.
The Russian government has approved a draft bill that would allow it to seize foreign state assets, without warning. The move is seen as a tit-for-tat gesture, following Western court cases involving Russian firms.
The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine held talks on Thursday (23 July) over the conflict in east Ukraine, with all sides calling for the full implementation of a ceasefire deal, the French presidency said.
Dutch flowers represent a sanitary "threat" to Russia and could be banned in the country, its agricultural watchdog said yesterday (21 July), as Moscow's relations with The Hague have reached their nadir.