Russia

Biden says hopes to meet Putin during June trip to Europe

Global Europe 05-05-2021

US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday (4 May) he would like to hold his proposed summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his June trip to Europe.

Global Europe 10-05-2021

Putin on WWII Victory Day vows to ‘firmly’ defend Russian interests

President Vladimir Putin on Sunday (9 May) vowed Russia will "firmly" defend national interests and denounced the return of "Russophobia", as the country marked the 76th anniversary of victory in World War II.
China 05-05-2021

G7 seeks common front on China in first talks since pandemic

The Group of Seven wealthy democracies on Tuesday (4 May) discussed how to form a common front towards an increasingly assertive China in the foreign ministers' first in-person talks in two years.
Global Europe 04-05-2021

US and Britain tell China and Russia: the West is not over yet

The Group of Seven western democracies aims to court new allies to counter challenges from China and Russia without holding Beijing down and while pursuing more stable ties with the Kremlin, two of its top diplomats said.
Global Europe 04-05-2021

Russian military in Armenia reinforce areas near Azeri border

Russia's military occupied two new sites in the south of Armenia near the Azeri border as an "additional security guarantee" following last year's conflict, Russian news agencies reported, citing Armenia's acting prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan.
Global Europe 04-05-2021

EU summons Russian envoy over travel bans on Brussels officials

The European Union summoned Russia's ambassador to the bloc on Monday to condemn Moscow's decision to bar eight officials from entering the country, which the Kremlin said was in retaliation for sanctions imposed on Russian citizens by the EU.
Global Europe 03-05-2021

The Brief – With Russia, the worst is yet to come

The tensions between Russia and the West are increasing. Unfortunately, we have reason to suspect that the worst is yet to come.
Global Europe 03-05-2021

Lessons to be learned from Kremlin’s vaccine diplomacy and Vrbetice attack

It seems that Russian vaccine diplomacy is better at triggering political crises than at convincing people to get vaccinated by Sputnik V, writes Miroslava Sawiris. Miroslava Sawiris is a Research Fellow for Democracy and Resilience at the GLOBSEC Policy Institute....
Global Europe 03-05-2021

Sweden summons Russian ambassador over sanctions

Sweden summoned Russia's ambassador to Stockholm on Saturday (1 May), denouncing Moscow for sanctioning European Union officials including a Swedish researcher in an escalating row between Russia and the West.
Global Europe 03-05-2021

Blinken in UK as G7 foreign ministers discuss in-person Russia, China

Britain this week hosts the first face-to-face meeting of G7 foreign ministers in two years, joined by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, as world powers tackle pandemic recovery plus growing tensions with Russia and China.
Global Europe 02-05-2021

Moscow decries ‘unfriendly actions’ as US ends visa services for most Russians

The Kremlin accused Washington on Friday (30 April) of fuelling tension with “unfriendly actions” after the US embassy in Moscow said it was cutting staff and stopping processing visas for most Russians.
Global Europe 01-05-2021

Russia bars EU officials as latest row escalates

Tensions between Russia and the European Union escalated on Friday (30 April) as Moscow barred eight EU officials from entering the country and Brussels warned it could respond in kind.
Global Europe 30-04-2021

Mainstream parties block ECR resolution to force vote on Nord Stream 2

An attempt by right-wing Polish MEPs to force a plenary vote on the controversial gas pipeline between Russia and Germany was blocked for a second time by the two largest groups in the European Parliament on Thursday (29 April), Parliament...
Global Europe 30-04-2021

Russia-Brazil spat erupts over Sputnik vaccine snub

Brazil's health regulator said Thursday (29 April) its decision to reject the Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine was based on the developer's own data, after the latter threatened to sue for defamation.
Global Europe 30-04-2021

EU should impose anti-corruption sanctions on Russians, MEPs say

The European Union should follow Britain's example and impose new anti-corruption sanctions on Russians suspected of fraud and graft, the European Parliament said on Thursday (29 April) in a resolution that reflected hardening attitudes to Moscow.
Global Europe 29-04-2021

Navalny network disbands as gaunt Kremlin critic appears in court

Alexei Navalny's political network said Thursday (29 April) it is disbanding, as the jailed Kremlin critic appeared in court, gaunt and shaven headed, for the first time since ending his hunger strike.
China 29-04-2021

Hungary eyes multiple vaccine passport deals, holds talks with China

Hungary will pursue bilateral agreements recognising COVID-19 vaccine certificates that would allow citizens to travel among participating countries, the prime minister's chief of staff said on Thursday (29 April).
Global Europe 29-04-2021

EU report accuses Russia, China of sowing mistrust in Western vaccines

Russian and Chinese media are systematically seeking to sow mistrust in Western COVID-19 vaccines in their latest disinformation campaigns aimed at dividing the West, a European report said on Wednesday (29 April).
Global Europe 29-04-2021

Russia expels two Lithuanian diplomats in tit-for-tat move

The Russian foreign ministry has expelled two diplomats from the Lithuanian embassy in Moscow, as well as one employee each from the embassies of Latvia and Estonia.
Global Europe 28-04-2021

Russia expels seven EU diplomats over ‘solidarity’ with Czechs

Moscow on Wednesday (28 April) expelled seven European diplomats after their countries ordered Russian diplomats to leave in solidarity with the Czech Republic, which is engulfed in a diplomatic row with Russia.
Global Europe 28-04-2021

Bulgaria investigates four arms depot blasts for Russian covert action

The Bulgarian prosecution announced on Wednesday (28 April) it suspects sabotage carried out by Russian intelligence as the probable reason behind four blasts in Bulgarian military depots. The blasts appear similar to the one in the Czech Republic, which recently led to a major diplomatic scandal with Russia.
Global Europe 28-04-2021

Russian court slaps sweeping bans on Kremlin critic Navalny’s group

A Russian court on Tuesday (27 April) imposed sweeping bans on Alexei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), its director said, as Russia inches toward shutting down the jailed opposition figure's movement.
Global Europe 27-04-2021

Bellingcat connects the dots between Czech explosion and Bulgaria poisoning

Vladimir Putin dismissed as "absurd" Prague's accusations against Moscow after Czech authorities accused the Russian secret services of being behind a deadly arms depot blast in 2014. But the investigative website Bellingcat connected the dots back to Russia.
Global Europe 27-04-2021

Orban blocks harsh V4 declaration on Russia, accepts softer version

Visegrad countries approved an official statement on Monday condemning the recently revealed Russian military intelligence activities in Czechia, after rejecting a harsher version of the statement was deemed unacceptable by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Global Europe 26-04-2021

Romania to expel Russian diplomat in solidarity with Prague

Romania said Monday (26 April) it will expel a Russian diplomat, the latest European country to do so in solidarity with the Czech Republic, which is involved in a spat with Moscow.