About: Ukraine crisis

Languages & Culture 23-05-2017

Ukraine backs tough TV language rules to limit Russian

Ukraine's parliament ratched up its cultural war against Russia yesterday (22 May) by backing television language quotas requiring major channels to broadcast at least three-quarters of their programmes in Ukrainian language.

Europe's East 17-05-2017

Ukraine accuses Russia of attack on president’s website after sanctions decision

Ukraine accused Russia yesterday (16 May) of carrying out an organized cyber-attack on President Petro Poroshenko's website in response to Kyiv's decision to impose sanctions against a number of major Russian internet businesses.

Global Europe 11-05-2017

US Defence Secretary criticises Russian build-up near Baltic states

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday (10 May) that a Russian missile deployment near the Baltic states was "destabilising", and officials suggested the United States could deploy a Patriot missile battery in the region for NATO exercises in the summer.

Europe's East 03-05-2017

Putin, Merkel struggle to move past differences in tense meeting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on a rare visit to Russia, said that Berlin and Moscow had to keep talking despite their disagreements, but those same differences overshadowed her talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday (2 May).

Europe's East 02-05-2017

Merkel makes rare Russia visit as Putin backs warmer ties

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will today (2 May) meet President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in her first visit to Russia since 2015, signalling renewed dialogue between Berlin and Moscow.

Global Europe 26-04-2017

US F35s fly into Estonia in show of NATO solidarity

Two of the US Air Force's newest and most advanced jets landed in the Baltic state of Estonia for the first time yesterday (25 April), a symbolic gesture meant to reinforce the United States' commitment to the defence of NATO allies that border Russia.

Europe's East 25-04-2017

Mogherini seeks better ties on first official visit to Russia

The European Union's top diplomat said yesterday (24 April) that the bloc wanted better ties with Russia but could not pretend Moscow did not annex Ukraine's Crimea in 2014 and that EU sanctions would stay in place.

Global Europe 12-04-2017

Putin says trust erodes under Trump as Moscow receives Tillerson

Vladimir Putin said today (12 April) that trust had eroded between the United States and Russia under President Donald Trump, as Moscow delivered an unusually hostile reception to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a face-off over Syria.

Global Europe 05-04-2017

EU official says no sign Trump plans to ease Russia sanctions

A senior European Union official said yesterday (4 April) he had seen no sign that US President Donald Trump planned to lift sanctions on Russia over its activities in Ukraine, and warned that American sanctions could destabilise some European energy markets.

Politics 03-04-2017

Lithuania says Russia has ability to launch Baltic attack in 24 hours

Russia has developed the capability to launch an attack on the Baltic States with as little as 24 hours' notice, limiting NATO's options to respond other than to have military forces already deployed in the region, Lithuania's intelligence service said today (3 April).

Global Europe 28-03-2017

Trump son-in-law met executives of sanctioned Russian bank, will testify

A Russian bank under Western economic sanctions over Russia's incursion into Ukraine disclosed on yesterday (27 March) that its executives had met Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a top White House adviser, in December.

Global Europe 23-03-2017

Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘state terrorism’ after former MP shot in Kyiv

Ukraine accused Russia of "state terrorism" after a former Russian lawmaker and key witness in a treason case against former leader Viktor Yanukovich was shot dead in broad daylight outside a hotel in central Kyiv today (23 March).

Europe's East 23-03-2017

Ukraine-Russia conflict engulfs Eurovision song contest

The host of this year's Eurovision song contest, Ukraine, has banned Russia's entry from the country after it emerged that she performed in Crimea back in 2015.

Global Europe 21-03-2017

Bulgarian election candidates hit out at Turkey meddling

The two main candidates in Bulgaria's upcoming parliamentary election singled out Turkey yesterday (20 March) in separate interviews with AFP for what they see as interference in the campaign.

Global Europe 17-03-2017

Austrian bank helps Russia provide passports to Donetsk, Lugansk inhabitants

The Russian arm of Austria's Raiffeisen Bank International is preparing to offer services to people holding passports from two self-proclaimed republics in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, the head of the bank said yesterday (16 March).

Economy & Jobs 17-03-2017

Merkel to also meet Trump ‘as envoy of Europe’

Donald Trump hosts Germany's Angela Merkel at the White House today (17 March), a meeting delayed by a snowstorm and still clouded by a storm of words between the two ostensible allies.

Europe's East 17-03-2017

Crimea annexation anniversary triggers reactions in US, EU

The US yesterday (16 March) condemned once again Russia's Crimea annexation, vowing to maintain sanctions until Moscow returns the Black Sea peninsula to Ukraine. The EU prolonged personal sanctions and the European Parliament passed a resolution supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Energy 15-03-2017

Chizhov: Don’t ask me if Russia plans to have an ambassador in Edinburgh

In a wide-ranging interview, Vladimir Chizhov, the Russian ambassador to the EU, spoke to EURACTIV.com about energy relations, sanctions and eastern Ukraine, multi-speed Europe, elections, referendums, covert action, and Donald Trump.

Energy 14-03-2017

Sefcovic debriefs following landmark US visit

Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič told the Brussels press yesterday (13 March) about his visit to the US last week (6-9 March), which was also one of the first meetings of the EU executive with the new administration of Donald Trump.

Europe's East 03-03-2017

Russia ready to open up Ukraine talks to Trump

Russia has indicated it is ready to open the so-called ‘Normandy’ negotiation format over the crisis in eastern Ukraine to the United States, which appears to be a major shift in relations between Moscow and Washington after the election of Donald Trump.

Europe's East 02-03-2017

Ukraine hopes to join Poland in challenging EU pipeline decision

Ukrainian state energy company Naftogaz is seeking to join Polish gas firm PGNiG in a court case challenging the European Union's decision to give Russia's Gazprom more access to the Opal gas pipeline in Germany.

Global Europe 23-02-2017

NATO, the Middle East and Eastern Europe

Interests within NATO diverge, particularly between the United States and many European countries. George Friedman takes a closer look.

Austrian extradition could spell trouble for Trump

An Austrian court on Tuesday (22 February) approved the extradition of Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash to the United States in a bribery case, overturning an earlier ruling that had said the US request was politically motivated.

Enlargement 22-02-2017

Montenegro: Opposition riding the referendum caravan

As Montenegro pushes ahead with its bid to join NATO, the pro-Russian hardline opposition, hoping to block the country's accession, is using "neutrality" as ammunition to fight what it calls a pro-Western "mafia regime".