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Europe's East 27-01-2022

US, NATO provide ‘written responses’ to Russia as Ukraine tensions mount

Both US and NATO on Wednesday (26 January) said they had set out a diplomatic path to address sweeping Russian demands in Eastern Europe, as Russia intensified its military build-up near Ukraine with new drills.
Global Europe 26-01-2022

Biden warns Putin with personal sanctions as West steps up defences

US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he would consider personal sanctions on President Vladimir Putin if Russia invades Ukraine, as Western leaders stepped up military preparations and made plans to shield Europe from a potential energy supply shock.
Energy 25-01-2022

US in talks with energy producers to supply Europe if Russia invades Ukraine

The United States is in talks with major energy-producing countries and companies around the world over a potential diversion of supplies to Europe if Russia invades Ukraine, senior Biden administration officials said on Tuesday (25 January).
Global Europe 25-01-2022

Assange gets chance to take extradition case to UK’s top court

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday (24 January) was given the chance to challenge at Britain's highest court a decision allowing him to be extradited to the United States to face 18 criminal charges including breaking a spying law.
Global Europe 24-01-2022

EU says not following US diplomat families’ withdrawals from Ukraine

The EU is not following the US in withdrawing its diplomats' families from Ukraine, top European diplomat Josep Borrell said on Monday (24 January), adding that there was no need to "dramatise" the situation while talks with Russia continue.
Global Europe 24-01-2022

Blinken to join EU foreign ministers teleconference as Ukraine tensions rise

Amid rising fears of Russian military action against Ukraine, EU foreign minister on Monday (24 January) will seek to align their response with Washington, as US Secretary of State Anthony is set to join their virtual meeting.
Global Europe 20-01-2022

US clears Baltic states to send US-made weapons to Ukraine

The US State Department has cleared Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to send US-made missiles and other weapons to Ukraine, three sources familiar with the decision said, as President Joe Biden predicted Russia would move on Ukraine.
Global Europe 20-01-2022

Biden sees Russia moving on Ukraine, sows doubt on Western response

US President Joe Biden predicted on Wednesday (19 January) that Russia will make a move on Ukraine, saying Russia would pay dearly for a full-scale invasion but suggesting there could be a lower cost for a "minor incursion."
Global Europe 19-01-2022

‘We want peace’: Blinken to meet Russian, Ukrainian officials, US says

US President Joe Biden's top diplomat will seek to defuse a crisis with Moscow over Ukraine when he meets the Russian foreign minister in Geneva this week following visits with Ukrainian leaders in Kyiv and European officials in Berlin.
Global Europe 17-01-2022

US talks to EU energy firms on contingency gas supply in case of Russia conflict

The US government has held talks with several international energy companies on contingency plans for supplying natural gas to Europe if conflict between Russia and Ukraine disrupts Russian supplies, two US officials and two industry sources said.
Global Europe 14-01-2022

Cruz’s Nord Stream 2 sanctions bill fails in US Senate, Menendez tables alternative legislation

The US Senate on Thursday (13 January) failed to pass a bill to slap sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline sponsored by Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a day after Democrats unveiled their own legislation.
Global Europe 14-01-2022

Russia says Ukraine talks hit ‘dead end’, Poland warns of risk of war

Poland's foreign minister said that Europe was at risk of plunging into war as Russia said it was not yet giving up on diplomacy but that military experts were preparing options in case tensions over Ukraine could not be defused.
Global Europe 13-01-2022

More tense Ukraine talks loom at OSCE meet in Vienna

The permanent council of the world's largest security body will meet in Vienna on Thursday (13 January), hoping to push Russia, the United States and its European allies towards dialogue to defuse the mounting crisis on Ukraine's border.
Europe's East 12-01-2022

NATO meets with Russia amid tug-of-war over Ukraine

NATO and Russian officials are set to meet for talks in Brussels on Wednesday (12 January) to discuss Moscow’s military build-up along the Ukrainian border and European security. Wednesday’s meeting constitutes the first talks in the NATO-Russia Council since 2019. NATO...
Global Europe 11-01-2022

Biden administration calls in on Democrat senators ahead of Nord Stream 2 vote

Several Democratic US senators said late on Monday (10 January), after meeting with Biden administration officials, that they believe sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline backed by Republican Senator Ted Cruz could harm relations with Germany. Under Secretary of...

US, Russia make no breakthrough or concessions in security talks, commit to keep talking

After nearly eight hours of negotiations in Geneva on Monday (10 January), talks between US and Russian officials over European security offered no sign of a major breakthrough.
Europe's East 10-01-2022

Residents question Ukraine’s absence from talks about its future

As officials from the United States and Russia began talks on Monday (10 January) over Ukraine's security, Kyiv resident Oleh was among those who questioned why the country at the centre of the crisis was not at the negotiating table.
Energy 10-01-2022

Greece fumes as Washington loses interest in EastMed gas pipeline

The United States is no longer supporting the construction of EastMed gas pipeline project as Washington’s interest is now switching to renewable energy sources, according to a State Department statement. According to Greek media, the move profits Turkey.
Global Europe 10-01-2022

US, Russia set firm lines ahead of Ukraine, security talks

The United States and Russia set out firm lines Sunday (9 January) ahead of talks on Ukraine, with Washington warning of the risk of confrontation and Moscow ruling out concessions.
Global Europe 05-01-2022

Borrell visits Ukraine frontline in show of support amid Russia fears

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell arrived in Ukraine Tuesday (4 January) in a show of support for Kyiv, as the West warns Russia against launching any attacks on its ex-Soviet neighbour.
Global Europe 04-01-2022

Russia, China, Britain, US and France say no one can win nuclear war

China, Russia, Britain, the United States and France have agreed that a further spread of nuclear arms and a nuclear war should be avoided, according to a joint statement by the five nuclear powers published by the Kremlin.
Global Europe 03-01-2022

Biden tells Ukraine that US will ‘respond decisively’ if Russia further invades

US President Joe Biden on Sunday (2 January) told Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy the United States and its allies will "respond decisively" if Russia further invades Ukraine, the White House said in a statement.
Global Europe 31-12-2021

‘Serious’ talk between Biden and Putin sets stage for diplomacy

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday (30 December) exchanged warnings over Ukraine but conveyed some optimism that diplomatic talks in January could ease spiraling tensions.
Global Europe 30-12-2021

Biden and Putin speak amid Ukraine tensions for second time this month

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak on Thursday (30 December), the White House said, as Washington crafts a common response to Russia's military build-up on the Ukraine border with European allies.