Ukraine

Enlargement 13-05-2022

Ukraine’s integration can start today, EU Parliament chief says

The EU should open its doors to Ukraine, paving the way for immediate access to trade, programs, funding, transport, movement, and more, European Parliament President Roberta Metsola told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. Asked by EURACTIV what her thoughts are...
Europe's East 02-05-2022

Ukraine ‘highly prepared’ for next steps in EU bid, deputy PM says

Ukraine will complete by the end of this week the second part of a questionnaire on the ability of Ukraine to assume the obligations of membership and expects a positive answer in June, the country's Deputy Prime Minister for European integration, Olha Stefanishyna, told EURACTIV but added that Kyiv understands "there is no fast track" for EU membership.
Economy & Jobs 20-04-2022

CoR President: Regions must be involved in crisis response

The EU must shrink the gap between its institutions and regional actors to respond to contemporary crises and challenges effectively, Apostolos Tzitzikostas told EURACTIV Slovakia.
Global Europe 08-04-2022

If Turkey was an EU member, Ukraine war might have been prevented, says minister

Turkey's leaders have recently increased talk about their will to return to the negotiating table with Brussels. But what has prompted this new momentum? EURACTIV Slovakia spoke to Faruk Kaymakci, Turkey's deputy minister of foreign affairs and director for EU affairs.
Europe's East 22-03-2022

Ukraine will need ‘staggering’ financial support, says World Bank MD

The World Bank is ready to provide “staggering” sums of financial support to Ukraine amid the Russian invasion and the aftermath, Managing Director for Operations, Axel van Trotsenburg, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Europe's East 22-03-2022

Moldova’s FM asks EU support for Ukraine’s ‘most fragile neighbour’

With hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees flooding into the country and a Russian army advancing in Ukraine toward the border with breakaway region of Transnistria, Moldova’s stability is at risk, Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu told EURACTIV. With a population...
Enlargement 18-03-2022

Analyst says if Putin was a candidate in Serbia, he would get over 70% of the vote

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić knows that “Russia has become completely useless for Serbia”, but he will keep up his pro-Putin rhetoric to please his electorate in the run-up to the elections on 3 April, says Orhan Dragaš, a security expert in Belgrade.
Europe's East 15-03-2022

Former Ukrainian PM: Eight years of Franco-German diplomacy were a complete failure

Paris and Berlin must acknowledge that the eight years of diplomacy, which they have been conducting with Moscow, only led to escalation and ultimately the current war, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. Groysman,...
Europe's East 14-03-2022

‘Nobody can tell me if Kazakhstan can sell yogurt to Russia’

The EU and the US should draw a clear red line between what is sanctioned and goods that can be continued to be traded with Russia, Kairat Torebayev, vice-minister of trade and integration of Kazakhstan, told EURACTIV.
Technology 14-03-2022

Russia multiplies fake reports to further escalate the conflict, senior EU official warns

Russia's attack on Ukraine is also being fought in the information space. While the narratives to justify the aggression have not changed significantly, the growing number of Russia's fake reports might be used to justify even more dramatic actions, a senior official of the EU's diplomatic service told EURACTIV.
Agrifood 10-03-2022

EU farmers boss: War might hit our food supplies, but will hit Africa, Middle East harder

The EU is unlikely to go hungry as a consequence of the war in Ukraine, but it could have a devastating impact on areas of Africa and the Middle East, according to farming boss Pekka Pesonen, who called on an 'enhanced' Green Deal package to maintain both quality and quantity in the European food supply.
Europe's East 05-03-2022

Situation ‘getting worse’ in Romania: 50,000 refugees in two days

Emil Boc, the former prime minister of Romania, spoke with EURACTIV about the influx of Ukrainian refugees, the EU's dependence on Russian gas and the EU's unity on the sidelines of a summit of the regions and cities in Marseille.
Europe's East 28-02-2022

If Kyiv falls, expect ‘domino effect’ in Europe’s neighbourhood, Janša warns

The West must stop Russia's President Vladimir Putin now, because if Kyiv falls, we will have consequences for Europe's whole East, Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Janša told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 25-02-2022

Russian ambassador Chizhov: Nord Stream 2 is not dead, it’s a sleeping beauty

In a wide-ranging interview, the Russian ambassador to the EU discussed his country’s military operation in Ukraine, plans to return to negotiations under another government in Kyiv, sending to court Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the effect of Western sanctions and more.
Europe's East 25-02-2022

European Parliament VP Šimečka: Doors for Ukraine’s EU accession must remain open 

As Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to destroy the current security order in Europe, solidarity and unity remain our most potent weapons, but we cannot leave Ukraine to Russia and shut the doors for its EU accession, said Vice-President of European Parliament, Michal Šimečka
Europe's East 25-01-2022

Ukraine’s Deputy PM: Unlikely Russian troops will ‘simply’ withdraw from our borders

Russia's military pressure at Ukraine's borders, targeted to destabilise the country and undermine its economy, is an illustration of the 'new normal' Vladimir Putin is trying to impose on world affairs, Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Olha Stefanishyna told EURACTIV.
Global Europe 14-01-2022

Stoltenberg: Big powers cannot decide about smaller ones

The big powers, including Moscow, cannot decide about the smaller ones, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told EURACTIV's partner efe in an interview in the midst of a crisis triggered by Russian forces amassing near Ukraine and Moscow's demands that no Eastern European countries join the Alliance.
Eastern Europe 14-01-2022

Expert: NATO membership is not an option and arming Ukraine is a tricky issue

NATO membership in the near future is not possible for Georgia and Ukraine, and the alternative - arming Ukraine - is a tricky issue, ECFR expert Kadri Liik told EURACTIV in an interview.
Central Asia 22-12-2021

Kazakhstan ambassador: 2021 has been a ‘special year’ in Kazakh-EU relations

In an exclusive interview, Margulan Baimukhan, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the EU, discussed tensions between major geopolitical players, Central Asian cooperation, and his country's traditions in promoting international understanding.
Global Europe 22-12-2021

Juncker: EU should speak to Russia

In an exclusive interview he gave to ‘Groupe d’études géopolitiques’, former Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker advocated for the EU to directly engage with Russia, instead of simply relying on Russia-US relations to solve the continent’s security threats.
Europe's East 20-12-2021

Ambassador: Ukraine succeeded to put security at the centre of Eastern Partnership

In an interview with EURACTIV, Vsevolod Chentsov, the Ambassador of Ukraine to the EU, discussed last week’s Eastern Partnership summit and EU summit, tensions with Russia, Nord Stream-2, NATO aspirations, and his country's security strategies.
Europe's East 15-12-2021

Moldovan president to Russia: joining the EU is our choice

Moldova aspires to join the European Union and the former Soviet republic has told Russia that this is its choice, Moldovan President Maia Sandu said on Tuesday (14 December), ahead of the Eastern Partnership summit.
Eastern Europe 13-12-2021

Georgia wants ‘new elements’ in Eastern Partnership, its ambassador says

In an exclusive interview Vakhtang Makharoblishvili, Georgia’s Ambassador to the EU, discussed his country’s political situation and EU agenda, the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit on 15 December, and the more ambitious format of Associated Trio.

NATO chief: There will be consequences if Russia attacks Ukraine again

There are reasons to be concerned about Russia’s amassing of troops near Ukraine, but there should be no doubt about NATO’s resolve to “defend all allies in the region”, the alliance’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview....