About: Black Sea

Global Europe 25-05-2022

Russia ready to allow ships leaving Ukraine with food in exchange of lifting of sanctions

Russia is ready to provide a humanitarian corridor for vessels carrying food to leave Ukraine, in return for the lifting of some sanctions, the Interfax news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko as saying on Wednesday (25 May).
Global Europe 20-05-2022

US aims to arm Ukraine with advanced anti-ship missiles to fight Russian blockade

The White House is working to put advanced anti-ship missiles in the hands of Ukrainian fighters to help defeat Russia's naval blockade, officials said, amid concerns more powerful weapons that could sink Russian warships would intensify the conflict.
Europe's East 06-05-2022

Nearly 25 million tonnes of grain stuck in Ukraine, says UN food agency

Nearly 25 million tonnes of grains are stuck in Ukraine and unable to leave the country due to infrastructure challenges and blocked Black Sea ports including Mariupol, a UN food agency official said on Friday (6 May).
Europe's East 04-05-2022

‘Russia commits agricultural terrorism in Ukraine’

Despite the Russian aggression, Ukraine continues to produce grain and oilseeds and remains an exporter, although crops are exported by land, as as Russia has blocked all Ukrainian sea ports in Black and Azov seas, writes Roman Rukomeda.
Europe's East 29-03-2022

‘The attitude of some countries of not irritating Russia has to change’

The silent attitude and fear of some NATO countries not to irritate Russia hasn’t rewarded them in any way and further weak reaction seriously complicates the security situation for the whole Europe, writes Roman Rukomeda.
Europe's East 03-03-2022

Russian troops enter strategic Ukrainian port of Kherson

Russian troops were in the centre of the Ukrainian port of Kherson on Thursday (3 March) after a day of conflicting claims over whether Moscow had captured a major urban centre for the first time in its eight-day invasion.
Europe's East 02-03-2022

Ukrainians say they are fighting on Black Sea city of Kherson

Ukrainians said they were fighting on Wednesday (2 March) on the first sizeable city Russia claimed to have seized, while Moscow stepped up its lethal bombardment of major population centres that its invasion force has so far failed to tame.
Energy 17-12-2021

Romania will start extracting gas from Black Sea in 2026, minister says

Romania could become almost energy independent when Romgaz and OMV Petrom extract the first barrels of natural gas from the Black Sea, according to energy minister Virgil Popescu.
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.
Global Europe 13-12-2021

G7 warns Russia of ‘massive consequences’ if Ukraine is attacked

Russia faces massive consequences and severe costs if President Vladimir Putin attacks Ukraine, the Group of Seven warned in a statement on Sunday (12 December).
Global Europe 09-12-2021

Biden says US will not put troops in Ukraine, as tensions with Russia ease

Joe Biden said on Wednesday (8 December) that putting US troops on the ground in Ukraine to deter a Russian invasion was "not on the table," as tension between Moscow and Washington eased slightly after a virtual summit this week.
Global Europe 03-12-2021

‘Lot of concern’ over Russian military activity near Ukraine, top US general says

The United States is tracking enough indicators and warnings surrounding Russian military activity near Ukraine to trigger "a lot of concern" and Russian rhetoric appears increasingly strident, the top US military officer said late on Thursday (2 December).
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.
Global Europe 19-11-2021

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

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 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.
Eastern Europe 22-07-2021

Associated Trio to ramp up cooperation on Black Sea security

The confrontation between Russia and the West is coming to a head, experts say. In consequence, the Associated Trio – Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova – has declared its aims to step up cooperation to strengthen security in the Black Sea...
Global Europe 29-06-2021

Russia tests Crimean air defence systems as Ukraine, US hold Black Sea drills

Russia tested the readiness of its air defence systems in Crimea, the peninsula it annexed from Ukraine in 2014, as Ukraine and NATO countries held military drills in the Black Sea, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday (29 June).
Agrifood 07-06-2021

Black Sea facing ecological disaster due to overfishing

Fish stocks in the Black Sea are dwindling and commercial fishing is causing more and more environmental damage, causing concern that has grabbed the attention of NGOs and EU lawmakers. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
Europe's East 26-05-2021

Independence Day of Georgia – a story of freedom lost and regained

On 26 May, when Georgia celebrates its Independence Day, David Zalkaliani, the country's vice prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, describes what this day means for his compatriots.
Europe's East 20-04-2021

Russia does everything to incite provocations, Kyiv warns

Russia will soon have more than 120,000 troops on Ukraine’s border, the country’s foreign minister warned on Tuesday (20 April), after the EU, US and NATO allies denounced the large build-up of Russian troops alongside Ukraine’s eastern borders. “The situation...
Europe's East 15-04-2021

Germany, US call on Russia to pull back troops from Ukrainian border

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Joe Biden called on Russia to pull back troops from the Ukrainian border to de-escalate the situation in the region, a German government spokesman said on Wednesday (14 April).
Global Europe 21-08-2020

Turkey announces historic gas discovery in Black Sea

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday (21 August) said Turkey had made its biggest-ever discovery of natural gas after completing new exploration work in the Black Sea.
Europe's East 26-02-2020

Crimean experts warn Russia has appetite for Black Sea, more Ukrainian land

Increasingly grandiose Russian military exercises in the Black Sea, compounded by the impending water crisis and a burgeoning defence industry in the Crimea, indicate that the security situation in Southern Ukraine may soon deteriorate, Ukrainian experts from Crimea warn.

Ukraine and Russia clash in The Hague over Black and Asov Sea dispute

Ukraine and Russia traded barbs this week in front of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague over Russia's alleged violations of waters around Ukraine's Crimea region in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait.