About: Catherine Ashton

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Europe's East 03-09-2014

MEPs test Mogherini as newly appointed EU Foreign Affairs chief

Italian Foreign minister Federica Mogherini was drilled by MEPs in the European Parliament on Tuesday, testing her skills as the newly appointed EU High Representative.
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Energy 27-08-2014

Ukraine’s Poroshenko vows ceasefire plan after talks with Putin

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin shook hands in Minsk on Tuesday, marking their first 'face to face' meeting since June.
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Energy 20-08-2014

Putin and Poroshenko to hold talks in Minsk

The European Commission confirmed on Wednesday that top EU officials will hold a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko next week in Minsk.
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Global Europe 23-07-2014

EU calls for an “immediate ceasefire” in the Middle East

On Wednesday, EU Foreign Affairs ministers expressed their concern at the continued escalation of violence in Gaza and called for “an immediate cessation” of the hostilities.
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Europe's East 23-07-2014

EU threatens Russia with tougher sanctions after MH17 disaster

EU Foreign Affairs ministers urged Russia on Wednesday to “stop the increasing flow of weapons” across the border to eastern Ukraine or face tougher sanctions.
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Europe’s diplomatic service inefficient, say EU Auditors

EU auditors warned on Monday that the European External Action Service should increase its efficiency and do more for the EU and its citizens.
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Europe's East 24-06-2014

EU tells Russia to back Ukrainian peace plan

EU Foreign Affairs Ministers urged Russia on Monday to back the peace plan for Ukraine put forward by newly elected president Petro Poroshenko.
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Europe's East 12-05-2014

EU widens sanctions against Russia

European Union foreign ministers expanded sanctions over Russia's actions in Ukraine on Monday, adding two Crimean companies and 13 people to the bloc's sanctions list, EU diplomats said.
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Europe's East 15-04-2014

EU expands sanctions list against Russia

EU Foreign Affairs chief Catherine Ashton announced on Monday that the European Union will expand its sanctions list against Russia, as pro-Russian armed forces occupied official buildings in Eastern Ukraine over the weekend.
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Europe's East 17-03-2014

EU imposes sanctions on Russian, Ukrainian officials after Crimea referendum

European ministers agreed on Monday to impose sanctions against 21 officials from Russia and Ukraine, including travel bans and asset freezes. The measures come after Sunday's controversial referendum in Crimea, when 96% of voters backed leaving Ukraine and joining Russia, according to Crimean officials. Crimea's parliament already declared independence from Ukraine on Monday and asked to join Russia.
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Europe's East 04-03-2014

EU calls emergency summit on Ukraine

In what could be seen as a bid to ease tensions between Russia and the west, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia sees no need to use military force in the Crimea region of Ukraine... for now. Putin stressed that the use force would be 'a choice of last resort'. But the Russian president warned western powers that imposing sanctions against Russia would be 'counter-productive', after the US and the EU threatened Moscow on Monday with sanctions if Russian troops do not withdraw from the region.
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Europe's East 04-03-2014

EU threatens Russia with sanctions over Crimea invasion

EU Foreign Affairs ministers urged Russia on Monday to withdraw its troops from the Ukrainian region of Crimea or face possible 'targeted measures'.
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Europe's East 03-03-2014

EU leaders condemn Russia’s invasion of Crimea, suspend G8 Sochi summit preparations

EU leaders and the international community have strongly condemned Russia's invasion of the Ukrainian region of Crimea, after thousands of Russian troops seized control of the area over the weekend. Ukraine already mobilised for war on Sunday. EU foreign affairs ministers are meeting on Monday in Brussels to seek for a common response to the crisis, which has already been dubbed the biggest confrontation between Russia and the West since the fall of the Soviet Union in the late '90.
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Europe's East 24-02-2014

EU Ashton in Kiev as new government accuses ousted Yanukovich of mass murder

The Ukrainian authorities announced on Monday that ousted president Viktor Yanukovich is wanted on an arrest warrant for mass murder, after Ukrainian police snipers shot anti-government protesters earlier last week. The Commission has so far declined to comment on the arrest warrant, as EU Foreign Affairs chief Catherine Ashton is in Kiev for discussions with party leaders about financial aid to Ukraine. The warrant was issued after Russian-backed Yanukovich fled Kiev by helicopter on Friday, in a failed attempt to reach Russia.
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Europe's East 21-02-2014

Ashton: Targeted sanctions against Ukraine

EU foreign ministers meeting in emergency session in Brussels decided on measures against Kyiv including visa bans, asset freezes and a suspension of the export of riot control equipment like water cannon, body armour and helmets.
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Europe's East 13-02-2014

EU calls for ‘free and fair’ elections in Ukraine

EU Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle called on Ukrainian leaders and opposition on Thursday to form an 'inclusive' government and urged Kiev to ensure 'free and fair elections' in the crisis-hit country. In a 3 day visit to Kiev, in which he held talks with government and opposition, Füle insisted on the need for both sides to agree on constitutional reform, potentially limiting government powers.
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Europe's East 11-02-2014

Ashton: constitutional reform key to stop crisis in Ukraine

Speaking at a press conference after the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on Monday in Brussels, the EU's High Representative Catherine Ashton said that 'a constitutional reform is a key part on trying to solve this crisis' in Ukraine. 'I have listened their issues and concerns, the importance to stopping any form of violence bringing to justice who has perpetrated that violence', Ashton added.
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Europe's East 30-01-2014

EU’s Ashton calls for ‘real dialogue’ in Ukraine

Speaking to journalists after meetings with Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, the Ukrainian opposition and civil society representatives, EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton called on Wednesday for a 'real dialogue' to find a political way out of the Ukrainian crisis. "The dialogue which has happened from time to time needs to become a real dialogue. We hope to see real progress in these coming days. Time is really of the essence," Ashton said.
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Economy & Jobs 30-01-2014

EP Best of 2013: main events and legislative work

Video highlights of the European Parliament's work throughout 2013, grouped by theme: More Europe, Legislative Work, Foreign Relations, and Education & Culture.   Comment on:  Google+ - http://tinyurl.com/orh99s6 Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/europeanparliament Twitter - https://twitter.com/Europarl_EN
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Europe's East 28-01-2014

EU calls for ‘adoption of amnesty law’ in Ukraine

After the Ukrainian Parliament abolished the 'anti-protest' laws on Tuesday, the European Commission urged the Ukrainian authorities to also grant amnesty to convicted protesters. 'Ukraine should adopt an amnesty law', European Commission spokesperson Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen said on Tuesday in Brussels.
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Agrifood 20-01-2014

‘Forgotten’ Central African Republic at risk of genocide, says UN agency

'Unhappily they [rebels] came and there are a lot of people who are dead. They came and stripped us of all our resources, our goods and all that we had. They attacked our children, our young people, and they exterminated them.' said Julienne Yasso, victim of the Central African Republic armed conflict. Julienne Yasso is only one of the thousands of civilians affected by a wave of killings and widespread looting in the Central African Republic, where a sectarian armed conflict erupted almost a year ago.
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Europe's East 12-12-2013

Ashton: Ukraine’s President Yanukovich will sign EU deal

As protestors in Kyiv continue to defy police, EU's foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said on Wednesday that Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich will sign the Association agreemtn with the EU. She also added that the people of Ukraine deserve better than their current situation, while an US envoy spoke for the first time of possible sanctions against Yanukovich's regime.
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Europe's East 11-12-2013

EU says Ukraine is ‘not a call for tender’ after PM requests €20billion in financial aid

Ukraine's Prime minister Mykola Azarov reportedly said on Wednesday that Kyiv is seeking €20 billion in financial aid from Brussels in order to sign the EU's association agreement. Reacting to the media reports, the Commission said that the future of Ukraine is 'not a call for tender'.
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Europe's East 11-12-2013

Riot police storm Kyiv protestors’ camp during Ashton visit

Ukrainian anti-riot forces took the central square of Kyiv by storm last night, clashing with protestors just hours after EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton had met Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to repeat that the door remained open for him to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union.

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