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Putin says West taking Russia’s ‘red lines’ too lightly

Global Europe 19-11-2021

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday (18 November) that the West was taking Russia's warnings not to cross its "red lines" too lightly and that Moscow needed serious security guarantees from the West.

Global Europe 25-11-2021

Ukraine launches ‘special operation’ on Belarus border, holds anti-tank drills

Ukraine, which has accused Russia of massing troops and says Belarus could send migrants over its borders, launched an operation on Wednesday (24 November) to strengthen its frontier, including military drills for anti-tank and airborne units.
Global Europe 24-11-2021

Putin tells EU chief concerned about Ukraine ‘provocations’: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday (24 November) told European Council President Charles Michel he was concerned by Kyiv's "provocations" to inflame tensions in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin said.
Global Europe 24-11-2021

Moscow says US rehearsed nuclear strike against Russia this month

Russia's defence minister on Tuesday (23 November) accused US bombers of rehearsing a nuclear strike on Russia from two different directions earlier this month and complained that the planes had come within 20 km (12.4 miles) of the Russian border.
Global Europe 24-11-2021

Biden invites around 110 countries to virtual summit on democracy

President Joe Biden has invited around 110 countries to a virtual summit on democracy in December, including most of Western allies but not Hungary and Turkey, according to a list posted on the State Department website on Tuesday (23 November)....
Global Europe 23-11-2021

US imposes further sanctions on Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Russia calls them ‘illegal’

The Kremlin on Tuesday (23 November) said new sanctions imposed by the United States in connection with the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline were illegal and wrong, especially at a time when Moscow and Washington are attempting to rebuild dialogue.
Global Europe 23-11-2021

Only nine EU countries still escape the US ‘Do Not Travel’ COVID-19 warning

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State Department added Germany and Denmark to a list of European countries where US nationals are advised not to travel, because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases.
Europe's East 22-11-2021

US ‘deeply concerned’ by Bulgarian president’s Crimea comment

The United States waited until Rumen Radev's victory was confirmed in Bulgaria's presidential election run-off but then voiced its "deep concern" on Monday (22 November) over Radev's comment in a televised debate last week that “Crimea is Russian for the time being”.
Europe's East 22-11-2021

Kremlin accuses West of artificially whipping up Ukraine tensions

The Kremlin accused the West of artificially whipping up tensions around Ukraine with repeated statements suggesting Russia was poised to launch an attack on its neighbour and told Washington and its allies to stop a military build-up nearby.
EU-China 22-11-2021

China downgrades diplomatic ties with Lithuania over Taiwan

China downgraded its diplomatic ties with Lithuania on Sunday (21 November), expressing strong dissatisfaction with the Baltic State after Taiwan opened a de facto embassy there, escalating a row that has sucked in Washington.
Global Europe 19-11-2021

Analyst: EU must force Gazprom to supply gas to Russia-Ukraine border

In an exclusive interview, Ilian Vassilev, a former Bulgarian ambassador to Russia who became an entrepreneur and analyst, discussed the stakes around Nord Stream 2 pipeline and provided useful insights at a time when the European Commission should certify the controversial gas project.
Europe's East 19-11-2021

France, Germany say Russia’s publication of notes breaks diplomatic rules

France and Germany accused Russia on Thursday (18 November) of breaking diplomatic protocol after Moscow published their confidential correspondence over Ukraine, the latest sign of deteriorating ties between Moscow and the West.
EU-China 18-11-2021

Germany may have been naive on China at first, Merkel says

Germany may at first have been naive in some areas of cooperation with China, but should not sever all connections in reaction to growing tensions, Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Reuters.
Global Europe 18-11-2021

Polish PM scolds Germany on Nord Stream 2 as Warsaw ‘defends EU border’

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Germany should stop the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Europe if it wants to work for peace, linking the project to his country's handling of migrants on the Belarus border.
Europe's East 18-11-2021

Russia publishes Ukraine-related diplomatic correspondence with France, Germany

The Russian foreign ministry published on Wednesday (17 November) a number of diplomatic letters it exchanged with Germany and France to try to show that its diplomatic stance on talks over east Ukraine has been misrepresented.
Global Europe 16-11-2021

EU eyes more sanctions on Russian mercenaries Wagner

EU foreign ministers agreed Monday (15 November) to draw up more sanctions on shadowy Russian mercenary group Wagner over its involvement in a string of hotspots, the bloc's foreign policy chief said.
Global Europe 16-11-2021

Biden promises candor, Xi greets ‘old friend’ in US-China talks

US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping stressed their responsibility to the world to avoid conflict as the heads of the two top global economies gathered for hours of talks on Monday (15 November).
Global Europe 16-11-2021

Macron warns Putin as EU prepares sanctions on Belarus

France told Russia on NATO would be prepared to defend the sovereignty of Ukraine, near where Moscow has been staging a troop buildup, while Western leaders sought to tackle a migrants crisis on the eastern borders of the EU.
Global Europe 16-11-2021

German regulator admits Ukraine as part of Nord Stream 2 certification process

Germany's energy regulator BNetzA said on Monday (15 November) that the Ukrainian gas companies Naftogaz and GTSOU will be included in the ongoing German certification procedures of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline for which they have applied.
Global Europe 15-11-2021

Putin says no need to escalate Black Sea tensions with NATO, rejects snap drills

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview that he had rejected a defence ministry proposal to hold snap Black Sea military drills in response to NATO activity because he did not want to escalate tensions in the region.
Global Europe 12-11-2021

EU Commission, Council of Europe deplore closing down of Russian NGO Memorial

Closing down respected Russian rights group Memorial would deal a "devastating blow" to civil society in the country, the secretary general of pan-European rights body the Council of Europe said Friday (12 November).
Global Europe 12-11-2021

Russia, West trade barbs at UN over Belarus migrant crisis

Russia traded barbs with Western members of the UN Security Council on Thursday (11 November) over a crisis on the border between Belarus and Poland, with Russia's deputy UN envoy suggesting his European colleagues have "masochist inclinations."
Global Europe 11-11-2021

The Brief, powered by The Martens Centre — Games politicians play

The current stand-off at the Belarus-Polish border will enter geopolitics textbooks. At least we hope so, because the alternative is that it might trigger an outright war, and then we will forget about textbooks.
Global Europe 11-11-2021

Neighbours of Belarus say migrant crisis risks military clash

Countries bordering Belarus expressed concern on Thursday (11 November) that a crisis over growing numbers of migrants trying to break through its frontiers into the European Union could escalate into a military confrontation. Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia condemned “the deliberate...
Europe's East 11-11-2021

EU considers sanctions on Minsk airport over migrant crisis

The European Union is considering imposing sanctions on Belarus' main airport in a bid to make it more difficult for airlines to bring in migrants and exacerbate a crisis on the bloc's borders, two diplomats said on Thursday (11 November).