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18/01/2017

New Russian missiles in Kaliningrad ‘are answer to US shield’

Topic: Ukraine crisis


Elections 18-01-2017

Outgoing president warns Bulgaria may lose EU Presidency

Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev, whose term expires on Sunday, warned in his last speech in parliament today (18 January) that the country may lose its EU Presidency, "if it contributes to the division of the Union".
Global Europe 18-01-2017

Russian activist: If Putin regains Ukraine, the Baltics are next

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.
Global Europe 18-01-2017

The Kremlin ‘full of enthusiasm’ to interfere in EU elections

Full of enthusiasm for Brexit and Trump's election, the Kremlin will actively interfere with this year’s elections in Europe, first and foremost in France and Germany, but also in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, an opponent to Russian President Vladimir Putin told EurActiv.com yesterday (17 January).
Europe's East 17-01-2017

Poroshenko says Ukrainians at risk of losing faith in EU path

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.
Global Europe 17-01-2017

Germany says NATO concerned about Trump ‘obsolete’ remark

Germany's Foreign Minister said yesterday (16 January) that US President-elect Donald Trump's comments that NATO was obsolete had aroused concern across the 28-member alliance.
Global Europe 16-01-2017

Lithuania to build Kaliningrad border fence with EU money

Lithuania said today (16 January) it plans to use EU funds to build a fence on the border with Russia's highly militarised Kaliningrad exclave to boost security and prevent smuggling. Baltic states have repeatedly voiced their concern at the Russian military build-up in the territory sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania, both EU and NATO members. http://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/lithuania-reintroduces-conscription-over-perceived-russian-threat/ Construction of …

Global Europe 16-01-2017

NATO, Russia, Merkel, Brexit: Trump unleashes broadsides on Europe

NATO is "obsolete", Germany's Angela Merkel made a "catastrophic mistake" on refugees, Brexit will be "great" and the US could cut a deal with Russia: Donald Trump unleashed a volley of broadsides on Sunday (15 January) in interviews with European media.
Global Europe 11-01-2017

Former Eastern EU leaders warn Trump on Russia

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.
Europe's East 23-12-2016

Ukraine’s rising Euroscepticism

Ukraine’s pivot towards the West has barely begun, yet Euroscepticism could already set in, writes Borja Lasheras.
Global Europe 20-12-2016

NATO urges Russia to persuade Ukraine rebels to honour truce

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.
Europe's East 19-12-2016

Ukraine says five troops killed in worst clash in months

Ukraine said five of its troops were killed yesterday (18 December) by pro-Russian insurgents in the bloodiest clash in the war-scarred ex-Soviet republic in months.
Global Europe 19-12-2016

NATO reassures Russia over troop deployments

NATO will seek to reassure Russia today (19 December) that its troop deployments in the Baltics and Poland next year are purely defensive, in a rare meeting of the alliance's and Kremlin's envoys that is unlikely to resolve long-standing grievances.
Global Europe 16-12-2016

Stoltenberg: NATO to hold talks with Russia

NATO will hold a fresh round of formal talks with Russia on Monday (19 December) to discuss European security and the Ukraine conflict, according to alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg.
Future EU 13-12-2016

EU keen to move on with ‘life after Britain’

The EU is keen to move on with life after Britain, and Thursday's summit - which one official described as "very complicated" - will deal with most of the crises affecting the bloc.
Energy 12-12-2016

Russia: ‘Illegal’ Ukrainian fining of Gazprom puts EU consumers at risk

Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak has called a $6.6 billion fine imposed by a court in Ukraine on his country’s gas export monopolist Gazprom illegal, and warned of “new risks for European consumers”.
Europe's East 07-12-2016

Tusk: EU's credibility at risk over Ukraine visa debate

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.
Europe's East 07-12-2016

Court of Auditors unable to say how EU money was spent in Ukraine

The EU has disbursed billions of euros to Ukraine, largely for budget support, but the European Court of Auditors (ECA) admitted yesterday (6 December) it was unable to say how the money was spent.
Global Europe 07-12-2016

EU, NATO cement ‘transatlantic bond’ before Trump takes office

NATO and the European Union overcame years of rivalry yesterday (6 December) to agree a seven-point plan to counter tactics such as cyber attacks, information warfare and irregular militia from Russia and other potential aggressors.
06-12-2016

Stoltenberg: EU-NATO cooperation best way to preserve US ties

Strengthening EU-NATO cooperation is the best way to respond to doubts over the future of transatlantic security ties, NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday (6 December).
Energy 06-12-2016

Ukraine ready to join trilateral gas talks in Brussels

Ukraine is ready to join trilateral talks to discuss gas issues with Russia on 9 December in Brussels, the country’s state energy company Naftogaz said on its Twitter account yesterday (5 December).
Global Europe 02-12-2016

Putin curbs anti-Western rhetoric, says wants to get on with Trump

President Vladimir Putin struck an unusually conciliatory tone in his annual state of the nation address yesterday (1 December), saying Moscow wanted to get on with the incoming US administration and was looking to make friends not enemies.
Global Europe 23-11-2016

President Trump and international relations

America’s new president has the potential to thoroughly shake up international relations. Volker Perthes lays out five theses that researchers and policymakers will need to address.
Global Europe 23-11-2016

Putin will pay a high price for Trump's friendship

If Donald Trump indeed improves relations with Russia, Vladimir Putin may soften his anti-Americanism, but in doing so, he risks losing one of his few dependable sources of national unity, writes William E. Pomeranz.
Global Europe 21-11-2016

New Russian missiles in Kaliningrad ‘are answer to US shield’

Moscow will deploy S-400 surface-to-air missiles and nuclear-capable Iskander systems in the exclave of Kaliningrad in retaliation for NATO deployments, a senior pro-Kremlin lawmaker was quoted as saying today (20 November).