About: Minsk agreement

Global Europe 13-11-2018

US join EU in condemning ‘sham’ Donbas elections

The United States on Monday (12 November) dismissed leadership elections in separatist-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine as a "sham" one day after voters cast their ballots.
Global Europe 02-11-2018

Merkel, in Ukraine, vows to uphold Russia sanctions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Kyiv on Thursday (1 November) she was determined to uphold sanctions against Russia for its role in the Ukraine conflict.
Europe's East 27-07-2018

Russia tests the waters for Donbas referendum

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said on Thursday (26 July) that the question of holding a referendum in eastern Ukraine was touched upon at a meeting of representatives of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine in Berlin, the RIA news agency reported.
Global Europe 07-06-2018

UN seeks ‘immediate’ heavy arms pullout in Eastern Ukraine

The UN Security Council condemned yesterday (6 June) "continuous violations of the ceasefire" in Ukraine's east and called for an immediate withdrawal of heavy weapons.
Politics 27-03-2018

Salisbury attack: new economic sanctions would be counterproductive

Sanctions introduced in 2014 following Russia’s annexation of Crimea have had a mixed impact on the country and have come at a cost for the EU. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Europe's East 19-01-2018

Ukraine recognises war as ‘temporary Russian occupation’

Ukraine's parliament yesterday (18 January) formally recognised its eastern war as a "temporary Russian occupation" in a vote that an outraged Moscow said was preparation for a new wave in the conflict.
Europe's East 10-11-2017

Ukraine ambassador: Hybrid war is not only in Ukraine, it’s across Europe

In a wide-ranging interview, Ukraine's Ambassador to the EU, Mykola Tochytskyi, discussed his country’s EU agenda, the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit, the sensitive relations with Russia and the new language law which has antagonised Hungary.
Central Asia 02-11-2017

Kazakhstan hosts Jordan king in flurry of diplomatic activity

A flurry of diplomatic activity continued in Astana on Wednesday (1 November), marked by the visit of the King of Jordan, Abdullah II, who was awarded a prize for fighting against nuclear proliferation.
Europe's East 12-09-2017

Russia sanctions should be phased out if Ukraine ceasefire holds: Germany’s Gabriel

European sanctions imposed on Russia over its role in the Ukraine crisis should be phased out gradually if an internationally agreed ceasefire deal was implemented, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said yesterday (11 September). The conflict between Ukrainian forces and...
Enlargement 04-09-2017

Ukraine reform plans: Away from Russia and towards European integration

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Ivanna Klympush-Tsynadze, tasked with European integration, described in an interview the importance of the country's Association Agreement with the EU. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Europe's East 25-07-2017

No end in sight to Ukraine fighting as Normandy format stumbles

The phone call lasted two hours. Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin on Monday (24 July) tackled the question of how to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine, with little success. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Europe's East 29-06-2017

Germany urges lasting ceasefire in eastern Ukraine

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Wednesday (28 June) called for Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to extend a harvest-related ceasefire, saying it could help pave the way for a political solution.
Europe's East 27-06-2017

Macron puts faith in Minsk accords

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday (26 June) he saw no better way of negotiating an end to the Ukraine conflict than through the Minsk agreements, sharply differing with comments made by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Global Europe 20-06-2017

Poroshenko to meet Trump before US president sees Putin

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will meet US counterpart Donald Trump in Washington Tuesday (20 June) for talks on security, political and economic issues, Poroshenko's office said.
Europe's East 03-05-2017

Putin, Merkel struggle to move past differences in tense meeting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on a rare visit to Russia, said that Berlin and Moscow had to keep talking despite their disagreements, but those same differences overshadowed her talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday (2 May).
Europe's East 25-04-2017

Mogherini seeks better ties on first official visit to Russia

The European Union's top diplomat said yesterday (24 April) that the bloc wanted better ties with Russia but could not pretend Moscow did not annex Ukraine's Crimea in 2014 and that EU sanctions would stay in place.
Global Europe 24-04-2017

American OSCE monitor killed in rebel east Ukraine

An American monitor with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe died after a mission patrol vehicle hit a landmine in the Russian-backed separatist east, eliciting sharp words towards Moscow from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday (23 April).
Europe's East 03-03-2017

Russia ready to open up Ukraine talks to Trump

Russia has indicated it is ready to open the so-called ‘Normandy’ negotiation format over the crisis in eastern Ukraine to the United States, which appears to be a major shift in relations between Moscow and Washington after the election of Donald Trump.
Europe's East 21-02-2017

EU and Russia at loggerheads over Ukraine separatist passports

Russia said yesterday (20 February) that President Vladimir Putin's decision to recognise passports issued by separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine complied with international law, after the move drew criticism from France, Germany and the European Union.
Europe's East 03-02-2017

Ukraine appeals for help against Russia as fighting flares

Ukraine's president appealed for more global pressure against Russia yesterday (2 February) as Moscow-backed rebels and government forces clashed around a frontline town in an upsurge of fighting that has claimed a reported 25 lives.
Global Europe 02-02-2017

NATO calls on Russia to help stop spike in violence in eastern Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on Russia yesterday (1 February) to use its "considerable influence" with rebels in eastern Ukraine to end what he described as "the most serious spike in violations" of a shaky truce there in a long time.
Europe's East 31-01-2017

Military situation in eastern Ukraine worsens

The foreign ministry of Ukraine expressed deep concern Monday night (30 January) over the “intensification of the Russian-terrorist forces in Donbas”. Other reports, however, speak of a “creeping offensive” of Ukrainian forces in an attempt to create “new facts on the ground”.
Global Europe 19-01-2017

Putin, Merkel and Hollande discuss Ukraine, Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed peacemaking efforts in Ukraine and Syria during a conference call yesterday (18 January), a Kremlin statement said.
Europe's East 23-12-2016

Ukraine’s rising Euroscepticism

Ukraine’s pivot towards the West has barely begun, yet Euroscepticism could already set in, writes Borja Lasheras.