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  • EU leaders to warn Putin against ‘repressive tendencies’

    Global Europe 03-06-2013

    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.

  • Gazprom, Shell ink Arctic cooperation deal

    Trade & Society 09-04-2013

    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.

  • Kremlin seeks to protect Cyprus amid ‘dirty money’ claims

    Economy & Jobs 21-03-2013

    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.

  • EU leaders brainstorm on Russia, prepare energy summit

    Europe's East 15-03-2013

    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.

  • Yanukovych prepared to offer Putin a gas deal

    Energy 04-03-2013

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych hinted that he might be ready to cede some control of his country's gas pipeline system that transports Russian gas to Europe ahead of a meeting today (4 March) with his Russian counterpart.

  • Putin slams Barroso: ‘You know you are wrong, you’re guilty’

    Energy 21-12-2012

    The EU-Russia summit ended today (21 December) with no major decisions, but Russian President Vladimir Putin staged a show for the press, telling Commission President José Manuel Barroso that he was “not right” in his interpretation of energy liberalisation rules.

  • Ukraine cancels gas talks ahead of EU-Russia summit

    Energy 18-12-2012

    Ukraine's president pulled out of gas price talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin at the last minute on Tuesday (18 December), raising concern about the reliability of supplies to Europe before a Russia-EU summit.

  • Russian human rights report points to EU ‘deterioration’

    Europe's East 07-12-2012

    The human rights situation in the EU has deteriorated with the economic crisis, a Russian envoy said yesterday (6 December), citing xenophobia, racism, violent nationalism, police abuse and neo-Nazism among others. “We believe that nobody should have the monopoly to assess the human rights situation in other countries,” the envoy insisted.

  • EU denounces Russian ‘treason’ law

    Europe's East 26-10-2012

    The EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton expressed concern yesterday (25 October) over Russia's recent adoption of a Cold War-style law, which could potentially imprison citizens in contact with foreigners for up to 20 years.

  • BP turns to government in Russian venture

    Energy 22-10-2012

    BP is ending a stormy relationship with Russian tycoons from a company known as AAR and is instead targeting a partnership with government-owned Rosneft. The deal, worth over $25 billion (€19.18 billion) could give the British oil company a stake of between 16% and 20% in the Russian oil giant. 

  • Russia joins WTO after 19-year wait

    Economy & Jobs 22-08-2012

    Russia officially joined the World Trade Organization today (22 August), ending a 19-year wait to become part of the global club.

  • World condemns Putin following punk group sentencing

    Europe's East 20-08-2012

    Europe and the United States condemned Russia over the two-year prison sentences handed down to three members of the Pussy Riot punk band, while protestors took to the streets in 60 cities around the world after the verdict.

  • Russia, Ukraine in gas-for-influence tug of war

    Energy 13-07-2012

    Russian President Vladimir Putin refused to lower the price of gas for Ukraine yesterday (12 July) during his first visit to the former Soviet republic since returning to the Kremlin in May, a meeting which Kyiv had hoped would resolve the energy stalemate.

  • Putin appoints ombudsman for Western entrepreneurs

    Economy & Jobs 22-06-2012

    In a major speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, also known as “the Russian Davos”, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he had appointed an ombudsman to help Western entrepreneurs.

  • Putin promotes Eurasian union at EU summit

    Europe's East 05-06-2012

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin made it clear that his country cannot advance negotiations on a new basic treaty with the EU, unless Brussels formalises relations with the so-called "Common Economic Space" - its Customs Union with Belarus and Kazakhstan. 

  • Syria crisis tops EU-Russia summit agenda

    Global Europe 04-06-2012

    Russian President Vladimir Putin's stance on Syria will be in the spotlight today (4 June) at his first summit with the EU since he returned to the Kremlin last month.

  • Russian Ambassador: ‘EU is like a crocodile’

    Global Europe 30-05-2012

    The Russian Ambassador to the EU slammed the bloc's inability “to move backwards” on some issues, but also pleaded for reaping the complementarity of European and Russian economies. The remarks were made yesterday (29 May) at a briefing in preparation of the 3-4 June EU-Russia summit.

  • Russia’s Putin tones down Serb rivalries

    Enlargement 29-05-2012

    The transcript of a discussion between new Serbian President Tomislav Nikoli? and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin appears to suggest that Moscow is preparing to work with a government led by Nikoli?'s rival, former President Boris Tadi?, as Prime Minister.

  • Ukraine PM warns of ‘foreign plot’ against Kyiv

    Europe's East 16-05-2012

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said his country was “taken hostage” over the case of his imprisoned predecessor, Yulia Tymoshenko, which he said was overblown because of a “foreign plot” to prevent the country from getting closer to the EU.

  • EU ponders ‘losing Ukraine to Russia’

    Europe's East 15-05-2012

    EU ministers held an animated discussion in Brussels yesterday (14 May), evaluating the risks of “losing Ukraine to Russia” if too much pressure is put on the country over the treatment of imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

  • Putin starts new term winking to the US

    Central Asia 08-05-2012

    Moscow will seek closer ties with the United States but will not tolerate interference in its affairs and wants guarantees a US missile shield will not be used against Russia, under terms of a decree signed by Vladimir Putin yesterday, as he took office as President (7 May) for the third time. 

  • More consistent EU-Russia relationship ‘absolutely essential’

    Global Europe 02-05-2012

    It is absolutely essential to have more coherent, structured, well-framed relations between the EU and Russia, said Thierry de Montbrial, founder and Director General of the French Institute for International Relations IFRI, in an exclusive with EURACTIV, on the occasion of Putin's coming inauguration on 7 May for a new mandate as president.

  • Putin fears shale gas competition

    Energy 12-04-2012

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has urged his country's gas industry to "rise to the challenge" of shale gas as the United States and some European countries forge ahead with developing the controversial energy source.

  • Outgoing Russian president renders Putin last services

    Europe's East 04-04-2012

    Outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed yesterday (3 April) a new law officially designed to open up the political system to competition, but which according to critics would instead create "chaos". At the same time it became clear that he would not pardon jailed anti-Kremlin tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.