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Global Europe 24-03-2022

US making plans in case Russia uses chemical, nuclear weapons

The White House has set up a team of experts to plan how the United States could respond should Russia use weapons of mass destruction - chemical, biological or nuclear - during its invasion of Ukraine, senior administration officials said.

NATO to supply Ukraine with equipment against chemical and nuclear weapons

NATO leaders will agree on additional support for Ukraine, which will also include protective equipment against a potential use of chemical and nuclear weapons in the country, the alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday (23 March).
Global Europe 17-03-2022

US, France warn Russia any use of chemical weapons would have consequences

US and French officials warned Russia on Wednesday (16 March) that the country would bear a heavy responsibility if it used chemical or bacteriological weapons in Ukraine.
Global Europe 12-03-2022

UN says no evidence to back Russian claim of Ukraine biological weapons program

The United Nations on Friday said it had no evidence Ukraine had a biological weapons program while Washington and its allies accused Russia of spreading the unproven claim as a possible prelude to launching its own biological or chemical attacks.
Global Europe 12-03-2022

Russia squeezes Kyiv as ‘unimaginable’ tragedy looms in Ukraine

Russian forces inched towards Kyiv and pounded civilian areas in other Ukrainian cities Friday (11 March), drawing warnings of "unimaginable tragedy" as the United States and the EU moved to tighten the economic noose around the Kremlin.
Global Europe 10-03-2022

US dismisses as ‘laughable’ Russian claims of biowarfare labs in Ukraine

The United States on Wednesday (9 March) denied renewed Russian accusations that Washington was operating biowarfare labs in Ukraine, calling the claims "laughable" and suggesting Moscow may be laying the groundwork to use a chemical or biological weapon.
Global Europe 22-12-2021

Putin vows tough response over US buildup in Ukraine, Eastern Europe

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday (21 December) that Russia had no room to retreat in a standoff with the United States over Ukraine and would be forced into a tough response unless the West dropped its “aggressive line”. Putin...

Seabed activities raise risk of World War-era bombs detonating: Commissioner

Greater deep-sea economic activities have increased the risk of harm from munitions and chemical weapons dumped into European seas during the first and second world wars, EU Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius has said.
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Unexploded munitions and chemical residues in the sea: In the search for lasting and economically viable solutions

The European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament has the pleasure to invite you to an online conference on “Maritime Security and the Blue Economy – Unexploded munitions and chemical residues in the sea – in search for...
Global Europe 17-01-2019

EU envoys agree sanctions on Russians accused of Skripals’ poisoning

European Union ambassadors agreed on Wednesday (16 January) to impose sanctions on nine individuals and one entity accused of chemical weapons attacks, including two Russian men blamed for poisoning a former Russian double agent in Britain, two diplomats said.

London has become a hotbed for Russian spies, report reveals

The scale of Russian espionage in London has been revealed in a new report endorsed by the former head of MI6 on Tuesday (6 November), as Washington is eyeing a second round of US-coordinated sanctions over the Salisbury attack.

Salisbury fallout: EU adopts sanctions against chemical weapons’ proliferation

EU foreign affairs ministers in Luxembourg adopted yesterday (15 October) a new sanctions regime as response to the use and proliferation of Chemical weapons. Russia was not mentioned.
Global Europe 09-08-2018

US imposes sanctions on Russia for nerve agent attack in UK

Washington said on Wednesday (8 August) it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia by the end of August after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain.

Strikes in Syria: first and foremost a political manoeuvre

The joint strikes in Syria launched by France, the UK and the US seem to have a symbolic rather than military purpose, writes Nicolas Gros-Verheyde.

May defends British strikes in Syria against parliament critics

British Prime Minister Theresa May, facing a rowdy session of parliament on Monday (16 April), defended her decision to join US-led missile strikes against Syria without first seeking parliament's authorisation.
Global Europe 16-04-2018

Kurz promotes continuation of Syria talks in Vienna

After the recent escalation in the Syrian conflict, the Austrian government is launching an initiative to resume the Syria talks that launched in Vienna in 2015. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.

Putin predicts global ‘chaos’ if West hits Syria again

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday (15 April) that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.
Global Europe 13-04-2018

Russia UN envoy ‘cannot exclude’ war between Russia, US

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia urged the United States and its allies on Thursday (12 April) to refrain from military action against Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack but said he “cannot exclude” war between Washington and Moscow.
Global Europe 12-04-2018

EU institutions silent as world gets dangerously close to global conflict over Syria

The leaders of the EU institutions remained silent on Wednesday (11 April) while the world got dangerously close to a global conflict over Syria, with two member states, Britain and France, getting ready to go to war.
Global Europe 10-04-2018

Russia, US headed for clash at UN over Syria gas attacks probe

The UN Security Council could vote as early as Tuesday (10 April) on rival US and Russian proposals to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria, setting up a clash that could trigger vetoes of both measures, diplomats said.
Global Europe 09-04-2018

EU says ‘evidence points’ to chemical attack by Syria regime

The EU said Sunday that evidence suggested the Syrian regime carried out a chemical attack in Douma and urged Damascus's allies Russia and Iran to help prevent another one.
Global Europe 05-04-2018

Russia loses bid for joint spy poisoning probe, calls for UN talks

Russia lost a bid yesterday (4 April) at the global chemical weapons watchdog to launch a joint probe with Britain into the spy poisoning scandal, and sought to press its case at the highest level, calling for urgent UN Security Council talks.

Bulgarian PM not sure Moscow was behind Salisbury attack

Bulgaria’s Premier Minister Boyko Borissov is not sure that Russia was behind the Salisbury poisoning case and insisted that it’s more important to identify the “sponsors” of the attack.
Politics 19-03-2018

Chemical weapons experts head to Britain in Russia spy case

International chemical weapons experts were due to arrive in Britain today (19 March) to collect samples of a nerve agent used to poison a former Russian spy as London accused Moscow of stockpiling the toxin used in the attack.