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26/09/2016

MH17 families prepare for legal fight on second anniversary

Topic: Ukraine crisis


Europe's East 22-09-2016

How EU firms skirt sanctions to do business in Crimea

Products for sale in the Crimean stores of two European retailers are being shipped there from Russia via a ferry and port subject to EU sanctions, transportation employees said, indicating that companies are finding ways to dodge the punitive regime in place since 2014.
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.
Security 19-09-2016

Fico: Ukraine doing 'even less than Russia' to meet Minsk agreement

Ukraine is doing less than Russia to meet its obligations under the Minsk peace plan, Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Saturday (17 September), stepping up calls for the European Union to end sanctions against Moscow.
Europe's East 15-09-2016

German, French FMs push peace bid in war-torn Ukraine

The German and French foreign ministers made their first visit to Ukraine's war-torn east on Thursday (15 September), saying they wanted to push a new bid for peace after a recent surge in violence.
Europe's East 13-09-2016

Ukraine reports death of three soldiers as EU pushes for peace

Ukraine said today (13 September) that pro-Russian insurgents had killed three of its soldiers in violation of a truce the foreign ministers of Germany and France will try to revive in Kyiv this week.
Future EU 07-09-2016

Visegrad group to table proposals at Bratislava summit

Four eastern European countries will stake out a joint position at next week's  Bratislava summit on the EU's post-Brexit future, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło said yesterday (6 September).
Europe's East 06-09-2016

Ukraine draws Western ire for attack on 'pro-Russia' TV

Ukraine drew rare Western anger yesterday (5 September) after the studio of one of its most popular TV channels was set ablaze by protesters unhappy with its alleged support for Russia.
Global Europe 02-09-2016

Russian secret services wage information war, says Prague

Russian intelligence services are conducting "an information war" in the Czech Republic, building a network of puppet groups and propaganda agents that could be used to destabilise the country, the BIS counterintelligence service warned yesterday (1 September).
Global Europe 01-09-2016

Japan woos Russia with deeper economic ties

Japan is hoping the lure of deeper economic ties with Russia will strengthen strategic relations in the face of a rising China, but sceptics question whether the approach will generate a breakthrough in a decades-old territorial dispute.
UK & Europe 30-08-2016

Putin to meet May, Merkel, Hollande and Erdogan in China

Russian leader Vladimir Putin will hold a number of high-level bilateral meetings on the sidelines of 4-5 September summit in Hangzhou, China, a Kremlin aide told reporters on Tuesday (30 September).
Global Europe 25-08-2016

Fico to act as Putin’s messenger to the EU

Slovak Prime Minister Vladimir Fico, who will dine with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow today (25 August), will carry Russia’s messages to the EU ahead of crucial meetings concerning the Union’s future, the Russian press reports.
Trade & Society 22-08-2016

WTO backs EU in row over Russian import ban on pigs, pork

A World Trade Organization (WTO) panel on 19 August backed the European Union (EU) in a two-year dispute over Russia's ban on pig and pork imports from the bloc.
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 19-08-2016

Ukraine could introduce martial law if eastern fighting worsens

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said yesterday (18 August) he did not rule out introducing martial law and a new wave of military mobilisation if the conflict with pro-Russian separatists worsened.
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.
Europe's East 22-07-2016

For Pavel Sheremet, Ukraine was a ‘freedom project’

The EU should help speed up the investigation of the gruesome murder of Pavel Sheremet, writes Jana Brovdij.
Europe's East 20-07-2016

Pro-Western journalist killed in Kyiv car bomb

A car bomb in Kyiv today (20 July) killed a pro-Western reporter from a news site, whose founder was beheaded 16 years ago after probing the alleged crimes of Ukrainian leaders.
Energy 20-07-2016

Ukraine requests Commission’s help to secure winter gas

In an apparent U-turn, Ukraine has requested the Commission’s mediation for securing its gas purchases from Gazprom, it emerged today (20 July).
Global Europe 15-07-2016

Kerry meets with Putin about cooperating against Islamic State in Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian President Vladimir Putin about boosting military and intelligence cooperation against Islamic State and al Qaeda in Syria and told him that without "concrete, near-term steps," diplomatic efforts to end the war could not go on indefinitely.
Global Europe 14-07-2016

Stoltenberg says no 'meeting of minds' at NATO-Russia Council

NATO and Russia failed to overcome deep differences over Ukraine yesterday (13 July) in their first talks since the alliance approved a troop boost in Eastern Europe, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said.
Global Europe 14-07-2016

Commission: Russian propaganda has deeply penetrated EU countries

A European Commission official has said that Russian propaganda was now powerful in all EU member states – but in some of them Moscow barely needed to make the effort, as local politicians were delivering its messages.
Europe's East 14-07-2016

MH17 families prepare for legal fight on second anniversary

The families of the 298 people who died when flight MH17 was downed over Ukraine are steeling themselves for a slew of bitter legal battles, on the eve of the tragedy's second anniversary.