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Global Europe 19-11-2020

EU warns Hungary against use of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine

Hungary's plans to import and possibly use Russia's touted Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine raise safety concerns and could damage trust in potential shots, the European Commission said, opening a new front in the EU's fraught relations with Budapest.

Putin, extending Russian footprint, approves new naval facility in Sudan

President Vladimir Putin on Monday (16 November) approved the creation of a Russian naval facility in Sudan capable of mooring nuclear-powered surface vessels, clearing the way for Moscow's first substantial military foothold in Africa since the Soviet fall.
Global Europe 09-11-2020

What future for EU-Russia relations?

The EU and Russia will not be able to overcome their disagreements in the coming decade. But if they so choose, they can come to a pragmatic partnership that safeguards peace and stability in Europe, write Sabine Fischer and Ivan Timofeev.
Global Europe 02-11-2020

Moldova election headed for runoff in Russia-West tug of war

Moldova's pro-Moscow President Igor Dodon won the most votes the presidential election on Sunday (1 November), according to partial results, but looks set to face his longtime pro-Western rival Maia Sandu in a second round later this month.
Energy 30-10-2020

How Bulgaria gave Gazprom the keys to the Balkans

It was a well-kept secret that Gazprom, Russia's oil and gas juggernaut, has laid its hands on key gas connections along the borders of Bulgaria until a journalistic investigation by EURACTIV Bulgaria exposed this.
EU-China 29-10-2020

Biden, if elected, would consult allies on future of US tariffs on China

Democrat Joe Biden would immediately consult with America’s main allies before deciding on the future of US tariffs on China, seeking “collective leverage” to strengthen his hand against Beijing if he is elected president, Biden top advisers said.
Europe's East 29-10-2020

Ukraine launches ‘Crimean Platform’, Russia also invited

In an exclusive interview, Emine Dzhaparova, Ukraine's first deputy minister of foreign affairs, told EURACTIV about her country’s new initiative to keep the international community attention's focused on the occupation of Crimea by Russia.
Global Europe 27-10-2020

Lavrov: US-led Russophobes in Europe hinder Moscow-Zagreb relations

Some “Russophobe” EU member states directed by Washington are hindering the strengthening of the relations between Russia and Croatia, Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov has been quoted as saying ahead of his tour of the Balkans, which excluded Croatia.
Global Europe 23-10-2020

Trump, US intelligence chief push to declassify document on Russia’s 2016 election role

US President Donald Trump and his intelligence chief have pushed for quick declassification of a document disputing the 2017 intelligence community finding that Russia acted to help Trump get elected in 2016.
Global Europe 23-10-2020

EU, UK slap sanctions on Russian spies for hacking German parliament

The EU and Britain imposed sanctions Thursday (22 October) on senior Russian intelligence officers for their alleged role in hacking the computer network in the German parliament in 2015.
Global Europe 22-10-2020

US intelligence agencies say Iran, Russia have tried to interfere in 2020 election

US Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said on Wednesday (21 October) that Russia and Iran have both tried to interfere with the 2020 presidential election.
Global Europe 22-10-2020

Germany’s tentative crackdown on Russia: A hint of strategy

After years of balancing pressure and dialogue with Russia, Germany is becoming noticeably more confrontational, a process that was sparked a year ago by a shooting in Berlin. But the country still lacks a long-term strategy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 22-10-2020

Ukraine is a valuable ally in defeating Russian disinformation

Ukraine, the laboratory of Russia’s disinformation techniques, wants to work closely with the EU and NATO to defeat disinformation together, writes Andriy Yermak.
China 20-10-2020

As the Arctic’s attractions mount, Greenland is a security black hole

On a windy August afternoon in 2017, Akitsinnguaq Ina Olsen was relaxing in the old harbour of Nuuk, Greenland’s capital, when a Chinese icebreaker sailed unannounced into the Arctic island’s territorial waters.
Global Europe 16-10-2020

Moscow withdraws from MH17 talks with Netherlands, Australia

Russia said Thursday (15 October) it would withdraw from consultations with the Netherlands and Australia over the MH17 flight shot down over Ukraine in 2014, complaining of "vicious" attempts to pin blame on Moscow.
Global Europe 15-10-2020

EU sanctions senior Putin aides over Navalny, Libya

The EU on Thursday (15 October) sanctioned senior aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin, including the man known as his chef, over the poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny and Kremlin meddling in Libya's civil war.
Europe's East 12-10-2020

EU agrees to sanction Lukashenko, impose Russia sanctions over Navalny poisoning

EU foreign ministers on Monday (12 October) agreed to impose sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and move forward with a sanctions framework against the culprits involved in the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Global Europe 08-10-2020

France, Germany and UK seek Russia sanctions over Navalny poisoning

Germany, France and Britain on Wednesday (7 October) directly accused Russia of "involvement and responsibility" in the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, announcing that they will seek EU sanctions over the case.
Azerbaijan 08-10-2020

Half Karabakh population displaced as mediators set for Geneva talks

Clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces have displaced half of the population of the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, an official said on Wednesday (7 October) as international mediators were set to hold their first meeting in Geneva.
Global Europe 07-10-2020

Poland slaps €6.45 billion fine on Gazprom over Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Poland's anti-monopoly watchdog on Wednesday (7 October) said it was demanding Russian gas giant Gazprom pay a €6.45 billion fine over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline linking Russia to Germany.
Global Europe 07-10-2020

Sanctions ‘unavoidable’ unless Russia sheds light on Navalny poisoning: Germany

Germany warned Russia Wednesday (7 October) that sanctions were "unavoidable" if it failed to cooperate and shed light on the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Europe's East 07-10-2020

EU, Ukraine hold live summit in Brussels to discuss trade ties, reforms and security

During the first live summit with international partners in Brussels following the outbreak of the pandemic on the continent, the EU and Ukraine leaders met on Tueasday (6 October) to take stock of cooperation amid what critics say is a...
Azerbaijan 07-10-2020

Russia warns that Nagorno-Karabakh could become Islamist militant stronghold

The Kremlin issued a new appeal for an end to hostilities in and around Nagorno-Karabakh on Tuesday (6 October) after Moscow’s foreign intelligence chief said the mountain enclave could become a launch pad for Islamist militants to enter Russia.
Global Europe 07-10-2020

Navalny demands EU crackdown on oligarchs close to Kremlin

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny called on the European Union to take tough action against oligarchs close to the Kremlin as he continues his recovery in Germany after being poisoned by a nerve agent in the banned Novichok family.
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