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Enlargement 16-08-2016

Biden hails gold medal for a country Serbia says doesn’t exist

US Vice-President Joe Biden has chosen this week to come to what is still Europe’s great unfinished business – the West Balkans. Can Biden knock any sense into his Serb hosts? Unlikely, says Denis MacShane.
Europe's East 21-10-2015

No European army now, says S&D VP

During a meeting with journalists on Tuesday (20 October), Knut Fleckenstein, the Vice-President of the Socialists and Democrats, said that now was not the time to discuss a European army, arguing that it would provoke Russia.
L’adversaire de Vladimir Poutine sur la photo n’est autre qu’Arkadi Rotenberg, concerné directement par les nouvelles sanctions européennes, 11 septembre 2011 [Jedimentat44/Flickr]
Europe's East 31-07-2014

Putin’s judo partner hit by EU sanctions

The European Commission has published the names of eight Russians, including some of President Vladimir Putin's associates, and three companies which will have their assets frozen as part of sanctions against Russia's actions in eastern Ukraine.
Europe's East 07-03-2014

EU blamed for mishandling Ukraine trade pact agreement

EXCLUSIVE / The EU finds itself in the embarrassing situation of having mishandled a deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Ukraine’s landmark Association Agreement, and the new Kyiv government is furious, EURACTIV has found. 
Global Europe 07-03-2014

Putin and Obama discuss Ukraine and ‘Realpolitik’

In a telephone conversation with US President Barack Obama, his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin pleaded that Russian-US relations should not be sacrificed by “disagreements on individual issues”, such as Moscow's de facto annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.
Europe's East 04-02-2014

Russia, West say new Ukraine government is condition for aid

The United States and the European Union are in preliminary discussions on possible financial assistance for Ukraine once a new government is formed, a State Department spokeswoman said yesterday (3 February). Russian President Vladimir Putin has also said Moscow would wait until a new government was formed before releasing aid to Ukraine. 
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.
Armenia 03-12-2013

Protestors boo Putin in Armenia

Hundreds of people marched through the capital of Armenia yesterday (2 December) to denounce visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin and protest against plans to join the Moscow-led Customs Union.
China 03-12-2013

Yanukovich flies to China, Russia as Ukraine crisis deepens

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich is set to head to China today (3 December), leaving a country plunged into crisis by his decision to forego a free trade deal with the EU under pressure from Russia. After China, Yanukovich will travel to Russia, his prime minister confirmed.
Europe's East 22-11-2013

Opposition leader: Yanukovych traded Ukraine’s EU future for $20 billion

Ukrainian opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk said that the country’s president, Viktor Yanukovich, had traded the country’s EU future against guarantees from Russia concerning his re-election in 2015, lower gas prices and $20 billion.
Europe's East 23-09-2013

Russia’s response to Ukraine’s European choice: what is next?

Great hope remains that after the Vilnius Summit in November, Brussels will keep its word and will not leave Ukraine one on one with Russia, whose president, Vladimir Putin, will aspire for geopolitical revenge and a return of Kyiv to the Eurasian area at any price, writes Roman Rukomeda.
Global Europe 09-09-2013

Russian opposition leader denounces ‘falsifications’ at Moscow election

An ally of President Vladimir Putin was heading for victory in a Moscow mayoral election on Sunday (8 September) but opposition leader Alexei Navalny's unexpectedly strong showing could alarm the Kremlin and fuel Russia's flagging protest movement.
Global Europe 05-09-2013

Syria to eclipse trade, economy at Russia’s G20 summit

A potential showdown over Syria between US President Barack Obama and Russia's Vladimir Putin could overshadow a two-day meeting of world leaders beginning today (5 September) in St Petersburg initially dedicated to reviving the global economy.
Europe's East 30-08-2013

Putin ‘deserves medal’ for pushing Ukraine towards EU

A Ukrainian opposition leader jokingly said yesterday (29 August) that by staging a trade war against Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin “deserved a medal” for boosting Kyiv's chances of signing its Association Agreement with the EU in November.
Energy 14-08-2013

Putin fails to undermine Azerbaijan as gas competitor

Russian President Vladimir Putin failed to clinch a concrete energy deal on a rare trip to Azerbaijan yesterday (13 August), dashing Moscow's hopes to challenge the dominance of Western energy majors in the former Soviet republic.
Europe's East 19-07-2013

Protestors call Putin ‘dictator’ following Navalny’s conviction

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to five years in jail for theft yesterday (18 July), an unexpectedly tough punishment which supporters said proved President Vladimir Putin was a dictator ruling by repression.
Global Europe 18-06-2013

Putin faces isolation over Syria at G8 summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin faced further isolation on the second day of a G8 summit today (18 June) as world leaders lined up to pressure him into toning down his support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Global Europe 14-06-2013

Putin slams EU for ‘dependency mentality’

Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking ahead of the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland on 17-18 June, said his country would not follow the mistakes of Europe that led to the eurozone crisis. In a wide-ranging interview he blamed the EU’s "mentality” for endangering the economy and the “moral basics of society”.
Global Europe 05-06-2013

‘Values gap’ on display at EU-Russia summit

EU and Russian leaders appeared sharply divided over civil liberties in Russia and ways to resolve the Syrian crisis during a two-day summit that ended on Tuesday (4 June).
Global Europe 03-06-2013

EU leaders to warn Putin against ‘repressive tendencies’

The 31st EU-Russia summit will be held today (3 June) in the Ural city of Yekaterinburg. No breakthroughs or surprises are anticipated, but EU representatives are expected to warn President Vladimir Putin about “repressive tendencies” in Russia.
Trade & Society 09-04-2013

Gazprom, Shell ink Arctic cooperation deal

Russia’s export monopoly Gazprom and the Anglo-Dutch energy giant Royal Dutch Shell have signed a tentative deal to develop hydrocarbons in the Russian Arctic, Russian and Dutch media reported.
Economy & Jobs 21-03-2013

Kremlin seeks to protect Cyprus amid ‘dirty money’ claims

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who is meeting Commission President José Manuel Barroso in Moscow today (21 March), slammed the EU for behaving "like a bull in a china shop" on the proposed Cyprus bailout. Meanwhile, a prominent Russian opposition leader said the Kremlin was conducting an operation to save its “dirty money” in Cyprus.
Economy & Jobs 21-03-2013

Russian politician: Dirty money taints the EU

Russian dirty money is influencing the European Union and corrupting its élite, Vladimir Ryzhkov, co-leader of the opposition Republican Party of Russia – People’s Freedom Party (RPR-PARNAS) told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 15-03-2013

EU leaders brainstorm on Russia, prepare energy summit

EU leaders concluded their two-day summit today (15 March) with an informal discussion on Russia, largely intended as a brainstorming session to prepare an EU visit to Moscow next week aimed at ‘exploring areas of mutual interest'. Much of the debate focused on energy, which EU leaders will discuss during a special summit on 24 May.

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