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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 14-04-2014

EU calls on Russia to withdraw troops from Eastern Ukraine, considers further sanctions

EU foreign ministers called on Russia on Monday to withdraw its troops from a 'threatening posture' in Eastern Ukraine, after pro-Russian separtists occupied official buildings over the weekend about 150 km from the Russian border.
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Obama: Ukrainian crisis “is not another Cold War”

In a 35 minutes speech at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels on Wednesday, US President Barack Obama lashed out at Russia over the Crimea invasion, calling on western powers to stand united over Russia's “brutal force” in Ukraine.
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Europe's East 26-03-2014

Obama: EU-US united in isolating Russia

In his first visit to Brussels since he took office in 2009, US President Barack Obama spoke about the Ukrainian crisis and warned Russian President Vladimir Putin of “growing consequences for the Russian economy” over its annexation of the Crimean peninsula earlier this month.
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Europe's East 21-03-2014

Yatsenyuk: Russia decided to impose a new post-Cold War order

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk and EU leaders signed today the “political chapters” of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (AA), in a low-key ceremony orchestrated by the protocol to downplay the importance Kyiv attaches to the pact.
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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 06-03-2014

Juncker on Ukraine: ‘the old European debate between peace and war is not behind us’

Speaking at the EPP's electoral congress in Dublin, candidate to the EU Commission presidency and former prime minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker said that the Ukrainian crisis has shown that 'the old debate between peace and war in Europe is not behind us'. Juncker added that the EU has to prove it is a stability factor within the European continent.  'We have to become an active part in the resolution of this conflict.' Juncker said.
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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 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 27-02-2014

EU says trade deal with Ukraine ‘still on the table’, as Kiev hopes to sign it at March summit

Ukraine’s new government wants to sign its Association Agreement with the EU on the occasion of the 20-21 March summit of the Union’s leaders, a high-ranking diplomat told EURACTIV on Thursday. Asked if there was a technical obstacle for Brussels that the AA would be signed by the present caretaker government,  Commission spokesperson Olivier Bailly said that the new government was not yet sworn in, and would “look at the options” regarding the AA once this will happen.