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Russian secret services wage information war, says Prague

Topic: Ukraine crisis

Global Europe 26-10-2016

Russia beefs up Baltic Fleet with cruise missile-armed ships

Russia is reinforcing its Baltic Fleet in Kaliningrad with two small warships armed with long-range cruise missiles to counter what it sees as a worrying NATO build-up in the region, Izvestia reported today (26 October).
Global Europe 26-10-2016

MEPs call on Tusk to end EU summits ‘paralysis’

During a debate held today (26 October) in the European Parliament, MEPs criticised the European Council for its inability to decide on issues such as CETA and EU-Russia relations, with calls for Council President Donald Tusk to “end paralysis in the Council”.
Global Europe 26-10-2016

NATO builds up battle groups to deter Russia

NATO will press allies today (26 October) to contribute to its biggest military build-up on Russia's borders since the Cold War, as the alliance prepares for a protracted quarrel with Moscow.
Energy 26-10-2016

EU to rule on Gazprom pipeline link to Germany by 31 October

The European Union will decide by Monday whether to ease restrictions on Russia's access to a gas pipeline link to Germany, two people close to the issue said yesterday (25 October).
Global Europe 25-10-2016

Canada looks to cooperate with Russia in the Arctic

Despite tensions over conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, Russia and the West have maintained a strong working relationship in the Arctic and Canada's new Liberal government is looking to further bolster that cooperation.
Europe's East 18-10-2016

Merkel to host Putin for Berlin summit on Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin heads to Berlin tomorrow (19 October) for a summit on Ukraine amid escalating tensions between Moscow and the West over Russia's role in Ukraine as well as Syria.
Global Europe 17-10-2016

Russia Today's bank accounts closed in UK

Kremlin-funded television network RT said today (17 October) that Britain's NatWest bank is closing all its accounts in a unilateral decision.
Europe's East 14-10-2016

France urges elections in Eastern Ukraine

French President François Hollande called on all parties in the Ukraine conflict to draw up a roadmap to end the crisis, after talks with his Ukrainian counterpart yesterday (13 October) in which he urged early elections to be held in rebel-held Eastern Ukraine.
Global Europe 13-10-2016

Britain, France seek more EU sanctions on Syria, Russia over Aleppo

Britain and France are leading EU efforts to impose more sanctions on Syrians close to President Bashar al-Assad in response to the devastating bombing of Aleppo, diplomats said on Wednesday (12 October), signalling that Russians may eventually be added to the list.
Global Europe 12-10-2016

Putin cancels Paris visit in Syria row

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday (11 October) cancelled a visit to France in a furious row over Moscow's role in the Syrian conflict.
Global Europe 11-10-2016

Putin in Berlin - and Paris? - on 19 October for Ukraine talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Berlin on 19 October for talks with some leaders of the European Union and Ukraine to discuss a solution to the Ukrainian crisis, a Kremlin aide told reporters yesterday (10 October).
Global Europe 10-10-2016

Germany, France harden tone on Russia over Aleppo bombings

Germany is mulling sanctions against Russia over the Syria and France is considering asking the International Criminal Court's prosecutor to launch an investigation into war crimes it says have been committed by Syrian and Russian forces in eastern Aleppo.
Energy 10-10-2016

Putin in Turkey to push energy deals

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Turkey today (10 October) for talks with counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, pushing forward ambitious joint energy projects as the two sides try to overcome a crisis in ties.
Europe's East 10-10-2016

Row over Moscow 'blocking' Ukrainian journalists at Euronews

The Russian service of the French broadcaster Euronews – which is financed by Moscow – has refused to provide jobs to journalists from the Ukrainian service, in violation of French labour legislation, after the department was shut down and 17 journalists made redundant.
Global Europe 05-10-2016

Russia details plutonium agreement suspension

Russia's Ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, has provided an explanation of Moscow's 3 October decision to suspend a  US-Russia agreement, signed in 2000, which commits the two sides to dispose of surplus plutonium originally intended for use in nuclear weapons.
Global Europe 26-09-2016

EU summit to consider how to improve Russia ties without dropping sanctions

Next month, European Union leaders will explore the possibility of improving strained ties with Russia in response to growing irritation among some member states over economic sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role in the 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).