About: Crimea annexation

Estonia’s president calls on EU to work with Russian civil society

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid was in Paris for the French military parade on Bastille day (14 July). She participated in a working lunch organised at the Elysée on European defence issues. As a champion in cyber defence and digital services, Estonia is an important ally for France. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
Global Europe 05-07-2019

Putin, visiting Italy, says wants Rome to help mend Moscow-EU ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday (4 July) he hoped Italy would battle to restore fully fledged relations between the European Union and Russia and help persuade the bloc's new leadership that sanctions on Moscow were counter-productive.
Global Europe 05-07-2019

PACE’s Russian restoration will set a dangerous new precedent in Europe

Despite its continued meddling in European affairs, Russia has been reinstated in the Council of Europe, with full voting powers. The decision will only encourage Moscow to continue its erratic behaviour on the European continent while others, like Turkey, may follow its example, writes Mark Temnycky.
Europe's East 04-07-2019

Ukraine hopes for a dedicated EU Commissioner from Europe’s East

In a wide-ranging interview, the Ukrainian ambassador to the EU Mykola Tochytskyi discussed the wide range of topics ahead of the EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv on 8 July, and beyond.
Global Europe 28-06-2019

Latvia might quit Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly as Russia returns

Latvia said Thursday (27 June) that lawmakers will vote next month on whether to suspend its participation in the Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly after the rights body agreed to reinstate Russia.
Europe's East 26-06-2019

Ukraine’s message: Values mean values, without any ‘buts’

Who are those ready to forgive Russia thousands of killed Ukrainians and millions of internally displaced persons, and pardon Moscow for the occupation of 7% of Ukraine’s territory, Mykola Tochytskyi asks in this exclusive opinion piece.
Global Europe 26-06-2019

Ukraine slams Russia’s reintegration into the Council of Europe

Ukraine on Tuesday (25 June) slammed as an “unacceptable concession to Russia” the decision of the Council of Europe to re-admit Russia, after the country was stripped of voting rights following the 2014 annexation of Crimea.
Global Europe 25-06-2019

France hosts Russia’s Medvedev in rare high-level visit

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Monday (24 June) held talks with Russia's premier Dmitry Medvedev, in a rare high-level visit at a time of frosty ties between Moscow and the West.
Global Europe 25-06-2019

Council of Europe assembly authorises Russia’s return

The Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly agreed Tuesday (25 June) to allow Russian representatives to return to the body, five years after it was stripped of its voting rights over the annexation of Crimea.
Europe's East 21-05-2019

High fives, selfies and a snap election as Zelenskiy takes power in Ukraine

Television comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy took the oath of office as Ukraine’s new president on Monday (20 May), promising that as hard as he had worked in the past to make Ukrainians laugh, he would now work to keep them from crying.
Europe's East 10-05-2019

Ambassador: For Georgia, the Eastern Partnership means a lot

In a wide-ranging interview, the Ambassador of Georgia to the EU talked about the lessons learned from 10 years of Eastern Partnership, her country’s reforms, relations with neighbours, including the biggest one – Russia.
Global Europe 06-05-2019

Council of Europe turns 70 amid Russia crisis

The Council of Europe, a pan-continental rights watchdog, on Sunday (5 May) marked its 70th anniversary at a time of mounting populism and a standoff with Russia as well as doubts over its own role in the modern world.
Global Europe 03-04-2019

Pompeo snubs G7 ministerial in France, relevance of the format questioned

France this week kicks off meetings under its presidency of the club for the world's seven most developed nations as questions mount over the relevance of the group at a time of tension between Europe and the United States.

Russia to deploy nuclear-capable strategic bombers to Crimea

Russia has decided to deploy nuclear-capable Tupolev Tu-22M3 strategic bombers to the Crimean peninsula in response to the US rolling out missile defense systems in Romania, the RIA news agency cited a senior Russian lawmaker as saying on Monday (18 March).
Europe's East 19-03-2019

Putin in Crimea as Russia marks five years since ‘reunification’

Russian President Vladimir Putin flew into Crimea on Monday (18 March) to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Moscow's annexation of the strategic peninsula from Ukraine which was condemned by the West but remains popular among Russians.
Europe's East 18-03-2019

Russia slams ‘hypocrisy’ of new Western sanctions ahead of Crimea anniversary

Ahead of the fifth anniversary of Moscow's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, condemned by the West but celebrated by most Russians, the United States, Canada and the EU slapped new sanctions on more than a dozen Russian officials and businesses in response to Moscow's "continued aggression in Ukraine."
Global Europe 13-03-2019

Russia can’t be considered strategic partner of EU anymore, MEPs say

The EU should be ready to impose further sanctions on Russia if the country continues to violate international law, EU lawmakers said in a resolution adopted in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday (12 March).
EU Elections 2019 26-02-2019

Daughter of Putin’s spokesman works as intern to French eurosceptic MEP

A daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman is working as an intern with a deputy on the European Parliament's security and defence sub-committee, the French MEP told AFP Monday (25 February).
Europe's East 22-01-2019

Russian Orthodoxy, a security issue in Ukraine

The politico-spiritual move away from Russian Orthodoxy, presented by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko as a major national security issue, has deeply angered Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has political ambitions in the region, writes Willy Fautré.
Europe's East 21-01-2019

Russian senator says US warship in Black Sea should keep its distance

Visits to the Black Sea by US warships have nothing to do with US security and are motivated by domestic politics, prominent Russian senator Alexei Pushkov said on Sunday (20 January), warning they should stay away from the Russian coast.
Global Europe 18-01-2019

Russian MPs prolong payments freeze to Council of Europe

Russia's parliament voted Thursday (17 January) against sending delegates or paying contributions to the Council of Europe, increasing the risk of ultimate exclusion from the rights body and the European Court of Human Rights.
Central Asia 17-01-2019

Kazakhstan advocates closer ties between EU and Eurasian Economic Union

A senior official from Kazakhstan, one of the five members of the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), has called for greater cooperation between EEAU and the EU, ultimately aiming to create a single economic space from the Atlantic to Pacific. But a Commission spokesperson made clear it could only be a long-term goal, depending on political developments.
Global Europe 17-01-2019

Putin to receive a rock star welcome in Belgrade

With T-shirts, mugs and murals bearing his face, Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to receive a rock star welcome on Thursday (17 January) when he lands in Serbia, Moscow's key ally on the edge of Europe.

Kerch Strait attack testifies that Kremlin’s aggression has no limits

The leniency of the West encouraged Russia to take its aggression against Ukraine to a new level, writes Mykola Tochytskyi, who puts forward several recommendations.

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