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Global Europe 29-04-2022

Security body OSCE ends eight-year Ukraine mission after Russian veto

The world's largest security body said on Thursday (28 April) it was officially winding up its observer mission in Ukraine after eight years, after Russia vetoed its extension.
Europe's East 14-04-2022

Russia says blast cripples Black Sea flagship, Ukraine claims missile strike

Russia said on Thursday (14 April) the flagship of its Black Sea fleet was seriously damaged and its crew evacuated following an explosion that a Ukrainian official said was the result of a missile strike.
Global Europe 26-01-2022

Latvia accuses Russia of COVID ‘pretext’ to cancel arms control inspections

Latvia's defence ministry on Tuesday (25 January) accused Moscow of using the "pretext" of Covid to cancel a scheduled arms inspection in two regions in western Russia this week.
Global Europe 14-01-2022

Russia says Ukraine talks hit ‘dead end’, Poland warns of risk of war

Poland's foreign minister said that Europe was at risk of plunging into war as Russia said it was not yet giving up on diplomacy but that military experts were preparing options in case tensions over Ukraine could not be defused.
Global Europe 13-01-2022

More tense Ukraine talks loom at OSCE meet in Vienna

The permanent council of the world's largest security body will meet in Vienna on Thursday (13 January), hoping to push Russia, the United States and its European allies towards dialogue to defuse the mounting crisis on Ukraine's border.
Global Europe 10-01-2022

US, Russia set firm lines ahead of Ukraine, security talks

The United States and Russia set out firm lines Sunday (9 January) ahead of talks on Ukraine, with Washington warning of the risk of confrontation and Moscow ruling out concessions.
Global Europe 31-12-2021

‘Serious’ talk between Biden and Putin sets stage for diplomacy

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday (30 December) exchanged warnings over Ukraine but conveyed some optimism that diplomatic talks in January could ease spiraling tensions.
Global Europe 29-12-2021

Geneva to host US-Russia talks in early January

The United States and Russia will hold much-anticipated talks in early January on European security and the Ukraine conflict after Moscow demanded NATO halt its eastward expansion.
Global Europe 24-12-2021

Germany, France urge ‘all sides’ to respect eastern Ukraine ceasefire

Germany and France called on both the Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to respect the restoration of a full ceasefire, their foreign ministries said in a joint statement on Thursday (23 December).
Global Europe 02-12-2021

US, Russian foreign ministers to meet as Ukraine tensions soar

The chief diplomats of the US and Russia are to meet in Sweden on Thursday (2 December) as tensions soar after Washington expressed concern about Russia's military buildup near Ukraine and warned of "high-impact" sanctions.
Europe's East 01-11-2021

Georgian opposition vows ‘biggest ever’ protests, decries vote fraud

Georgia's opposition parties on Sunday (31 October) announced plans for a mass anti-government protest rally next weekend, denouncing as fraudulent local election runoffs won by the ruling party.
Global Europe 18-10-2021

OSCE mission in eastern Ukraine suspends operations amid protests

The Organization for Security and Cooperation on Europe has suspended its monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine following protests near its headquarters in separatist-controlled Donetsk, the chief monitor said on Sunday (17 October).
Europe's East 04-10-2021

Georgia ruling party leads polls, opposition alleges fraud

Georgia's ruling party was leading on Sunday (3 October) in local elections the opposition criticised as fraudulent, deepening a long-running political crisis in the Caucasus country exacerbated by the arrest of ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili.
Global Europe 08-09-2021

OSCE rights meeting stalled, western powers blame Russia

The OSCE acknowledged Tuesday (7 September) that it had been unable to organise an annual human rights conference, a day after Western countries accused Russia of blocking attempts to hold it.
Global Europe 02-12-2020

EU’s Helga Schmid to help fill vacuum in Cold War security body OSCE

The international security body OSCE is expected to fill an unprecedented leadership vacuum, during meetings Thursday and Friday (3 and 4 December), after it failed to reappoint four of its top leaders in July.
Central Asia 23-11-2020

Expert: Multi-party democracy has potential in Kazakhstan

The upcoming elections for the Majilis, the lower chamber of Kazakhstan's Parliament, are a clear improvement in terms of representation and legislative changes, Samuel Doveri Vesterbye told EURACTIV in an interview.
Europe's East 10-11-2020

Georgia opposition defies crackdown, stages new protests

Fresh protests took place Monday (9 November) in Tbilisi as thousands of people hit the streets a day after police cracked down on demonstrations against Georgia's recent general elections.
Europe's East 09-11-2020

Police in Tbilisi fire water cannons, tear gas at protesters

Police in Georgia fired water cannons and tear gas on thousands of demonstrators who have vowed permanent protests until a snap vote is called as the opposition accused the ruling party of rigging tightly contested parliamentary elections.
Global Europe 06-11-2020

Election observer accuses Trump of ‘gross abuse of office’

The head of the OSCE observer mission to the US elections accused Donald Trump on Thursday (5 November) of a "gross abuse of office" after the president alleged he was being cheated and demanded that vote counting be halted.
Global Europe 05-11-2020

OSCE observer mission says US election ‘tarnished’ by Trump allegations

The head of an international observer mission to the US elections on Wednesday (4 November) criticised President Trump's allegations of fraud in the election, and expressed concern over attempts by his campaign to stop vote counting, saying it "undermined public trust" in democracy.
Europe's East 18-09-2020

Seventeen OSCE nations appoint team to probe Belarus election fraud, torture

Seventeen members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have appointed an independent team of experts to investigate alleged rights violations in Belarus' August presidential election.
Europe's East 18-08-2020

Belarus engulfed in ninth night of protests as Lukashenko heckled

Demonstrators descended on the Belarusian capital on Monday (17 August) for a ninth night of protests against strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko, who was heckled by factory workers as pressure grows on him to step down.
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Azerbaijan 31-07-2020

Dangerous trends in Armenia – Azerbaijan conflict

Although currently it seems that there is “relative calm” on the border, Armenia and Azerbaijan continue fighting verbally on the social media and, more dangerously, physically in foreign countries where they have settled, writes Vasif Huseynov.
Europe's East 23-07-2020

Ukraine’s government and pro-Russian separatists agree ceasefire deal

Ukrainian, Russian and negotiators from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) reached an agreement on Wednesday (22 July) for a full ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine from 27 July.