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Global Europe 24-02-2020

Erdogan announces Syria summit with France, Germany and Russia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday (22 February) said he would hold a summit with the leaders of Russia, France and Germany on 5 March to discuss the escalating violence in Syria's last rebel enclave of Idlib.
Global Europe 21-02-2020

At EU summit, Merkel and Macron call Putin over Syria crisis

The leaders of Germany and France called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday (20 February) to express their concern about the humanitarian situation in Syria’s Idlib region, expressing their readiness to meet in an effort to defuse the conflict.
Global Europe 21-02-2020

US intelligence told lawmakers Russia tries to help Trump’s re-election

US intelligence officials told lawmakers last week that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election campaign by aiming to cast doubt on the integrity of the vote and boost President Donald Trump’s re-election, a person familiar with the briefing said on Thursday (20 February).
Eastern Europe 21-02-2020

Georgia reports massive cyber-attack ‘carried out by Russia’

Georgia’s foreign ministry announced on Thursday (20 February) that a massive cyber-attack had taken place against its state institutions and media, and that investigations have shown that Russia was responsible for it. “On 28 October 2019, a large scale cyber-attack...
Global Europe 18-02-2020

Dutch appeals court reinstates $50 billion awarded to Yukos shareholders

A Dutch appeals court on Tuesday (18 February) overturned the annulment of a $50 billion award to shareholders in the now defunct Russian oil giant Yukos, a surprise ruling 13 years after the assets came under control of the Kremlin.
Global Europe 18-02-2020

Russian spy agency played role in Berlin murder of Georgian man: Bellingcat

Russia’s FSB security service planned and organized the murder of a Georgian man in Berlin last summer, a killing that triggered diplomatic expulsions from Germany and Moscow, the investigative website Bellingcat said on Monday (17 February).
Europe's East 14-02-2020

The Kremlin is pushing Belarus to merge with Russia: Lukashenko

The Kremlin is pushing Belarus to merge with Russia in exchange for cheap energy, the Belarusian leader said Friday (14 February), as Russian strongman Vladimir Putin is believed to be maneuvering to extend his stay in power.
Global Europe 14-02-2020

Russia tells Turkey to refrain from provocative statements on Syria

Russia's foreign ministry on Thursday (13 February) called on Turkey to refrain from making provocative statements about events in Syria amid rising tensions over the Syrian province of Idlib.
Global Europe 14-02-2020

Polish PM seeks visit to Russia for Smolensk plane crash and Katyn anniversaries

Poland’s prime minister said he wants to visit Russia to commemorate the victims of a World War Two massacre and 2010 plane crash, amid heightened tensions with Moscow after recent comments by Vladimir Putin about Poland’s historical role.
Europe's East 13-02-2020

Facebook says it dismantles Russian intelligence operation targeting Ukraine

Facebook on Wednesday (12 February) said it had suspended a network of accounts used by Russian military intelligence to seed false narratives online targeting Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe.
Europe's East 13-02-2020

German arrested for illegal military exports to Russia

German prosecutors said Thursday (13 February) they had arrested a businessman on suspicion of exporting millions of euros in machinery to Russia that could be used for military purposes, in violation of EU sanctions.

What to expect as world leaders meet in Munich for ‘Davos of global security’

High-ranking security leaders descend on Bavaria this weekend for the Munich Security Conference, often dubbed the 'Davos of global security, as flashpoints across the world multiply and the rift between Europe and Washington widens. Here are a couple of issues to watch.
Global Europe 13-02-2020

UN Security Council calls for ‘lasting ceasefire’ in Libya

The UN Security Council on Wednesday (12 February) adopted a resolution calling for a "lasting ceasefire" in war-torn Libya, where a fragile truce has been in place since January.
Europe's East 12-02-2020

Senior appointments in Moscow and Kyiv point to tentative thaw

New senior appointments in Moscow and Kyiv on Tuesday (11 February) pointed towards a tentative thaw in ties, after the Ukrainian president's new chief of staff offered guarded praise for the man put in charge of the Ukraine file in the Kremlin.
Enlargement 12-02-2020

US envoy warns Russia seeks to divide Balkans

The US envoy for the Western Balkans warned on Tuesday (11 February) that Russia is seeking to divide the region and hinder its integration with the West.
Climate change 07-02-2020

EU’s anti-climate-dumping tool worries Russia 

In a sign that Moscow has taken note of the EU’s plan to deploy a carbon border tax, a top Kremlin adviser has urged Russia’s business giants to start adapting now if they want to continue selling their wares in the single market.

Russia says alarmed by US deployment of low-yield nuclear missiles

Russia is alarmed by the US Navy’s decision to deploy low-yield nuclear missiles on submarines since they heighten the risk of a limited nuclear war, a Russian official said on Wednesday (5 February).
Competition 03-02-2020

Bulgaria mulls re-opening Gazprom antitrust probe

Because of Bulgaria's discontent, Gazprom risks re-opening the antitrust case the European Commission had led against the Russian gas export monopoly over suspected abuse of its dominant position in the Eastern European gas market, EURACTIV.bg has learned.

Russia not target in US army’s massive Europe deployment: NATO

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg insisted Monday (3 February) that a massive transfer of US and allied troops to Eastern Europe as part of a military exercise was not aimed at Russia.

Top EU diplomat to visit Tehran amid nuclear tensions

Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell was Monday (3 February) due to visit Iran, said officials in Tehran and Brussels, on his first trip there since taking office, aiming to reduce rising tensions over the Islamic republic's nuclear programme.
Global Europe 30-01-2020

Supreme Ruler Putin? Kremlin non-committal on proposed new job description

The Kremlin said on Wednesday (29 January) that President Vladimir Putin had no view on a proposal that would see his job description change to Supreme Ruler from head of state after a government commission said it was considering the idea.
Europe's East 29-01-2020

In surprise move, Borrell says will visit Ukraine’s disputed region of Donbas

EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said on Tuesday (28 January) he intends to visit Ukraine in the coming weeks, including the disputed region of Donbas which is under the control of pro-Russia separatists.
Global Europe 27-01-2020

Will Brexit see European division at the UN Security Council?

In a recent UN Security Council vote on extending cross-border aid to Syria, Britain aligned with the United States and abstained in a rare split with its European partners that could herald others to come after Brexit.
Global Europe 24-01-2020

Bulgaria accuses two more Russian diplomats of spying

Bulgarian officials said Friday (24 January) that two Russian diplomats spied in the EU member country and would probably be expelled.

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