Russia

EU ministers to discuss militarisation of Azov Sea

EU foreign ministers will discuss a range of issues in Brussels on Monday (19 November), including for the first time the militarisation of the Azov Sea, which according to diplomats has been effectively blockaded by Russia.
Global Europe 15-11-2018

European court says Navalny was a political prisoner

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday (15 November) that Russia’s repeated arrests and detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny were politically-motivated and breached his human rights, a decision certain to displease the Kremlin.
Global Europe 14-11-2018

US warns Hungary and neighbours against Turkish Stream

The US has repeatedly taken position against Nord Stream 2, a Russia-sponsored pipeline planned to bring gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea. But this time Washington took position against another such pipeline, bringing Russian gas under the Black Sea.
Global Europe 13-11-2018

Opposition chief Navalny barred from leaving Russia, departs on second try

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Tuesday (13 November) he was prevented from flying out of Moscow for a European court ruling on whether his recent detentions have been politically motivated.
Global Europe 13-11-2018

US join EU in condemning ‘sham’ Donbas elections

The United States on Monday (12 November) dismissed leadership elections in separatist-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine as a "sham" one day after voters cast their ballots.

Stoltenberg opposes EU defence duplicating NATO, Putin likes the idea

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned Europe against undermining transatlantic ties, following a defence spat between US President Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron.
Global Europe 02-11-2018

Merkel, in Ukraine, vows to uphold Russia sanctions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Kyiv on Thursday (1 November) she was determined to uphold sanctions against Russia for its role in the Ukraine conflict.

Mattis looks to calm European allies nervous about INF treaty

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday (28 October) that the United States was in consultation with its European allies on an arms control treaty, as NATO members urge Washington to try to bring Russia back into compliance with the pact rather than quit it.
Global Europe 26-10-2018

Macron, Trump confer ahead of Istanbul Syria summit with Putin

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone Thursday (25 October) with US counterpart Donald Trump about strategy ahead of a four-way summit on Syria in Istanbul this weekend, the Élysée palace said.
Global Europe 26-10-2018

NATO urges Trump officials not to quit nuclear treaty

European members of NATO urged the United States on Thursday (25 October) to try to bring Russia back into compliance with a nuclear arms control treaty rather than quit it, diplomats said, seeking to avoid a split in the alliance that Moscow could exploit.

Nord Stream 2 exposed as Russian weapon against NATO

Polish and other speakers at the Warsaw Security Forum on Wednesday (24 October) exposed the Gazprom-sponsored Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a security threat for the EU and NATO.
Europe's East 25-10-2018

MEPs send message to Russia by giving Sakharov prize to Sentsov

The European Parliament awarded on Thursday (25 October) the prestigious Sakharov human rights prize to Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who has been jailed by Russia.

NATO in mock defence of Norway against Russian attack

NATO’s largest exercise since the end of the Cold War will focus on the mock defence of Norway. "Trident Juncture" starts on Thursday (25 October) and involves 50,000 military personnel from 31 countries – the 29 NATO members plus Sweden and Finland.
Global Europe 24-10-2018

Putin-Trump Paris meet in preparation for 11 November

President Donald Trump said Tuesday (23 October) he "probably" will meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Paris on 11 November. Both Trump and Putin already are planning to be in the French capital that day to mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I.
Brexit 24-10-2018

UK government: No evidence of Russia influencing our voters

The UK government told the House of Commons that it has "not seen evidence of successful use of disinformation by foreign actors, including Russia, to influence UK democratic processes", which without any doubt includes the Brexit referendum.
Global Europe 23-10-2018

Novaya Gazeta is sent funeral wreath and ram’s head in latest threats

A funeral wreath, a severed ram's head and threatening notes were sent to the Novaya Gazeta's Moscow office this week in what the newspaper said in an editorial statement were the latest threats against its journalists.

EU urges US, Russia talks to ‘preserve’ nuclear treaty

The European Commission on Monday (22 October) urged the United States and Russia to pursue talks to preserve a nuclear weapons treaty after President Donald Trump said Washington was withdrawing from the deal. 
Central Asia 22-10-2018

Russia, Uzbekistan hail $11 billion nuclear plant project during Putin visit

Russia and Uzbekistan on Friday (19 October) hailed the construction of an $11 billion nuclear power plant that should help solve an energy deficit in the Central Asian country while binding it tighter to Moscow politically.

Trump says US to exit landmark nuclear arms pact, Russia threatens retaliation

President Donald Trump said Washington would withdraw from a landmark Cold War-era treaty that eliminated nuclear missiles from Europe because Russia was violating the pact, triggering a warning of retaliatory measures from Moscow.
Global Europe 19-10-2018

Russia: Western pressure on Macedonia crossed all boundaries

The Russian ministry of foreign affairs published on Thursday (18 October) a communiqué blasting what it called “roughest interference” by the US and leading EU states in pushing through the Skopje parliament the Macedonia-Greece name dispute agreement.
Elections 19-10-2018

Ukraine sets up group to stop any attempt by Russia to influence elections

Ukraine has set up a group to stop any attempt by Russia to influence next year’s elections, a state security body said on Thursday (18 October).
Central Asia 19-10-2018

EU spearheads multilateralism at ASEM summit

European leaders sought to build support from Asia on Thursday (18 October) in defence of free trade and the fight against climate change, to counter the growing protectionism of President Donald Trump's America.
Global Europe 18-10-2018

Twitter publishes tweet trove from Russia, Iran trolling campaigns

Twitter published a trove of some 10 million tweets that it said are potentially the product of state-backed operations by Russia and Iran, shedding new light on the scale and nature of misinformation campaigns mounted by the two nations.
Global Europe 18-10-2018

Salvini ‘at home’ in Moscow, denounces EU sanctions on Russia

Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini denounced the "madness" of western sanctions against Russia, during a trip to Moscow Wednesday (17 October), and launched a fierce attack on the European Union.