About: EU-Russia summit

Europe's East 25-11-2014

Russia’s EU strategy is to isolate member states

Russia’s strategy with the EU is to isolate the member states from one other, so Europe has to remain united when it negotiates with Moscow, writes Siim Kallas.
Europe's East 03-11-2014

Why the West will never understand Russia

?Moscow will look for every way to circumvent the sanctions and encourage divisions within the European Union before the question of economic sanctions returns, writes Siim Kallas.
Europe's East 15-05-2014

EU-Russia trade drops sharply, as bilateral relations sour

In a new sign of chilling relations between the EU and Russia, trade between the two blocs dropped considerably in the first quarter of 2014, while the EU trade deficit with Moscow slightly declined, according to Eurostat figures to be published on Friday (16 May).
Europe's East 31-01-2014

Berlin urged to step in over EU’s relations with Ukraine, Russia

Berlin must take on an active, coordinative role between Brussels and Moscow, said an official from Germany's Eastern European economic relations committee, adding that an EU-Russia summit, like the one that happened on Tuesday (28 January), is definitely not constructive, EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Global Europe 29-01-2014

Putin reaffirms loan, energy offer to Ukraine at EU-Russia summit

In his first meeting with EU leaders since violent anti-government protests began in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin travelled to Brussels on Tuesday to deliver one clear message: Russia's offer to Ukraine of a $15 billion loan and gas price reductions still remains on the table, even if the new government is run by the opposition. But Putin also warned that Russia would closely monitor Ukraine's economic policies to make sure it gets its money back.
Global Europe 29-01-2014

Spirit of ‘détente’ prevails at EU-Russia summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his EU hosts appeared in a conciliatory mood following a two-hour summit held in Brussels on Tuesday (28 January). Surprisingly, Putin made no political accusations against the EU for meddling in its neighbourhood, and obtained bilateral consultations aimed at reassuring Russia on the economic consequences of the EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative.
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Europe's East 28-01-2014

EU’s Barroso welcomes abolishment of anti-protest law in Ukraine

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels after the EU-Russia summit on Tuesday, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso welcomed the decision of the Ukrainian parliament to abolish an 'anti-protest law' approved last week.
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Europe's East 28-01-2014

Putin: Russia will support Ukraine regardless of government

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels after the EU-Russia summit on Tuesday, Russia's president Vladimir Putin said that Russia will not review current agreements on loans and gas price cuts with Ukraine, even “if the opposition will take power”.
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Europe's East 28-01-2014

EU ‘strongly’ condemns violence in Ukraine and calls for restrain

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels after the EU-Russia summit on Tuesday, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy 'strongly' condemned recent violent episodes in Ukraine and 'call for restrain'. 'We want fundamental freedoms, such as the freedom of expression and assembly, preserved', Herman Van Rompuy added.
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Europe's East 28-01-2014

EU condemns violence in Ukraine and calls for restrain

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels after the EU-Russia summit on Tuesday, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy 'strongly' condemned recent violent episodes in Ukraine and 'call for restrain'.  We want fundamental freedoms, such as the freedom of expression and assembly, preserved, Herman Van Rompuy added.  
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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.
Global Europe 28-01-2014

What should the EU-Russia summit be about?

The battlefield for defending European values has shifted to the East, to the streets of Kiev, Tbilisi and other Eastern neighbours. While these regions are willing to take full responsibility for this push for freedom, this is not only their battle and the European Union should signal this loudly and clearly in its dialogue with Russia, writes Salome Samadashvili.
Europe's East 28-01-2014

Political suspense grows in Ukraine as protesters radicalise

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich agreed to talks with opposition leaders to the repeal of some anti-protest laws and to discuss the fate of the current government at a crunch session of parliament today (28 January), called to end two months of unrest against his rule. The EU and the United States warned the authorities against introducing a state of emergency.
Global Europe 27-01-2014

Russia, EU set to clash on causes of Ukraine turmoil

EU leaders will tell Vladimir Putin when they meet for a summit in Brussels tomorrow (28 January) that the present Ukrainian crisis was prompted by Russian pressure on Kyiv. The Russian president is expected to counter by saying that the EU made the first move by offering Ukraine a free trade agreement and for meddling in its internal affairs.

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