Europe's East

14-08-2020

Tens of thousands rally in Belarus against post-vote crackdown

Tens of thousands of Belarusians staged a wave of peaceful protests on Thursday (13 August) against President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election and an ensuing brutal police crackdown.
13-08-2020

Belarus starts to release prisoners as EU weighs sanctions

Belarusian authorities on Thursday (13 August) began releasing some of the thousands of people detained in a crackdown by strongman President Alexander Lukashenko that has prompted the European Union to consider imposing sanctions.
13-08-2020

Belarus should not be a province of the Russian neo-empire

On the eve of the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council this Friday (14 August), there is need for urgent contacts between EU representatives and the Belarusian Foreign Ministry to clarify and resolve issues related to the political crisis in Belarus, writes Petro Poroshenko.
12-08-2020

EU says Belarus vote not free, threatens sanctions

The European Union declared Tuesday (11 August) that the Belarus presidential election that returned authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko to office had been "neither free nor fair".
11-08-2020

Belarusian opposition leader Tikhanovskaya taken to Lithuania

Belarusian opposition politician Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has travelled to Lithuania from Belarus amid the protests and is safe, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said in a Twitter post on Tuesday (11 August). Tikhanovskaya emerged as Alexander Lukashenko’s main rival at Sunday’s...
10-08-2020

Poland calls for extraordinary EU summit following tainted Belarus election

Poland on Monday (10 August) called for an emergency European Union summit on the situation in Belarus after clashes in the night in Minsk following a disputed presidential election.
10-08-2020

Europe must not allow Lukashenko to continue his manipulations

The EU must shape at least two different policies towards Belarus - one for the regime that stole the elections and one for the civil society, writes Urmas Paet.
10-08-2020

What is happening in Belarus cannot be called elections

After 9 August Belarus will have a totally illegitimate president, and the West must be prepared for the perspective of the illegitimate Lukashenko, writes Andrius Kubilius.
10-08-2020

Belarus police crackdown on mass protests against strongman president after election

Belarus police fired water cannons, tear gas and stun grenades in a crackdown on protests that erupted on Sunday (9 August) as President Alexander Lukashenko was set to claim another election win in the face of the biggest challenge in years to his grip on power.
07-08-2020

Zelenskiy’s oligarch friend accused by US of stealing, laundering billions

The Justice Department of the United States accused on Tuesday (6 August) Ihor Kolomoysky, an oligarch considered close to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, of stealing billions from a bank he owned, and of laundering this money over the world.
07-08-2020

Ukraine expects to swap 100 prisoners with Russian-backed separatists

Ukraine expects to exchange around 100 prisoners on each side with Russian-backed separatists within weeks, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's chief of staff told Reuters on Thursday (6 August) on a visit to eastern Ukraine.
07-08-2020

Rising star shakes up Belarus strongman’s re-election bid

Belarus holds presidential polls on Sunday (9 August) with a novice opposition candidate posing the greatest challenge in years to long-ruling strongman Alexander Lukashenko.
05-08-2020

Belarus leader claims opposition ‘massacre’ plot ahead of vote

Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday (4 August) accused the opposition and Russia of planning violent unrest and vowed to defend his regime as early voting began in presidential elections.
Energy 04-08-2020

Ukraine says no plans to resume gas purchases from Russia

Ukraine's state energy firm Naftogaz said it would not resume buying natural gas from Russia, suspended since late 2015, until Moscow offered it competitive prices and conditions.
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Azerbaijan 31-07-2020

Dangerous trends in Armenia – Azerbaijan conflict

Although currently it seems that there is “relative calm” on the border, Armenia and Azerbaijan continue fighting verbally on the social media and, more dangerously, physically in foreign countries where they have settled, writes Vasif Huseynov.
Armenia 30-07-2020

Report: Preventive communication needed on Armenia-Azerbaijan border

A communication channel set up in 2018 to discuss incidents along the front lines could be used for sharing preventative information to protect farmers and minimise risks of escalation on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, a recent report from the International Crisis Group  (ICG) suggests.
30-07-2020

Georgia: continued EU support needed to fight ‘information disorder’

Anti-Western messages in Georgia have doubled in number, with a particular increase in anti-American and anti-NATO messages related to the US support on security issues and the post-Soviet country’s integration into the transatlantic defence alliance, a recent report has found....
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Azerbaijan 27-07-2020

Caucasus: Armenia’s ‘New war for new territories’

While Europe and the rest of the world is trying to cope with the coronavirus and searching for ways to re-energise their pandemic-affected economies, fighting broke out on 12 July on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Armenia would appear by any rational analysis to have the only motive for starting the recent border skirmishes, writes James Wilson.
23-07-2020

Ukraine reassures EU as Brussels and Kyiv sign loan package

The European Commission's economy boss, Valdis Dombrovskis, and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal signed on Thursday (23 July) a large loan package supposed to stabilise the ex-Soviet country's ailing finances amid international concern that its leadership is backtracking on reforms.
23-07-2020

Ukraine’s government and pro-Russian separatists agree ceasefire deal

Ukrainian, Russian and negotiators from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) reached an agreement on Wednesday (22 July) for a full ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine from 27 July.
Azerbaijan 23-07-2020

Borrell in three-way call with Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers

In a three-way call on Wednesday (22 July) with the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia, the EU's top diplomat, Josep Borrell called for an end to armed confrontations following a flare-up of tensions last week along the international state border between the two countries.
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Azerbaijan 21-07-2020

Five reasons why Armenia is resorting to military provocation

Azay Guliyev explains why recent clashes at the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan must be taken seriously by the international community.
Azerbaijan 16-07-2020

Clashes resume on Azerbaijan-Armenia border

Border clashes erupted again early on Thursday (16 July) between arch-foes Azerbaijan and Armenia after a brief pause the previous day, officials in both countries said, amid a flare-up over a decades-long territorial dispute.
Azerbaijan 15-07-2020

Azeri official: EU should distinguish between aggressor and subject of aggression

In an exclusive interview, Hikmat Hajiev, head of the foreign affairs department of Azerbaijan’s presidential administration, explains the stakes of a recent armed clash at the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which he calls a deliberate provocation from Yerevan.
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