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Europe's East 18-09-2020

Cyprus blocks EU’s Belarus sanctions plan

Plans by the European Union to slap sanctions on Belarus have fallen into disarray, sources say, a hostage to internal politicking that one EU official described as a threat to the bloc's credibility.
Global Europe 17-09-2020

Russia says Navalny sanctions talk is affecting its borrowing plans

Russia said on Wednesday (16 September) that talk of possible sanctions over the case of Alexei Navalny was affecting its plans to borrow money on international markets, acknowledging the risk of harmful economic fallout from his poisoning.
Global Europe 04-09-2020

How might West respond to Russia over Navalny poisoning?

Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany will consult its NATO allies about how to respond to findings by a German military laboratory that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Soviet-style nerve agent.
Europe's East 03-09-2020

Canada, US, EU and Britain discussing sanctions against Belarus

Canada, the United States, the European Union and Britain are discussing possible sanctions against Belarus over its crackdown against protests following a disputed election, a Canadian source directly familiar with the matter said on Wednesday (2 September). If sanctions were...
Europe's East 02-09-2020

New protests in Belarus as opposition squabbles, US weighs sanctions

Thousands of students boycotted the start of the school year in Belarus on Tuesday (1 September) and signs of a possible rift appeared in an opposition alliance that has led weeks of rallies and protests against veteran President Alexander Lukashenko....
Europe's East 01-09-2020

Baltic states ban Lukashenko amid crackdown on opposition

The Baltic states on Monday (31 August) banned embattled Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko as he cracked down further on the opposition movement following another huge rally at the weekend.
Europe's East 26-08-2020

Russia warns US, EU against Belarus sanctions, interference

Russia's foreign ministry said on Tuesday (25 August) it had warned the United States and European Union against imposing sanctions on its ally Belarus and interfering in its internal affairs.
Global Europe 14-08-2020

EU approves Belarus sanctions, debates Turkey crisis

EU foreign affairs ministers agreed on Friday (14 August) to draw up a list of targets in Belarus for a new round of sanctions in response to strongman Alexander Lukashenko's post-election crackdown.

Germany bristles at US sanctions threat over Russia pipeline

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Monday (10 August) he had expressed "displeasure" to his US counterpart Mike Pompeo about Washington's threat of sanctions against a German port over a gas pipeline from Russia.
Europe's East 10-08-2020

What is happening in Belarus cannot be called elections

After 9 August Belarus will have a totally illegitimate president, and the West must be prepared for the perspective of the illegitimate Lukashenko, writes Andrius Kubilius.
Europe's East 24-06-2020

Ukraine’s success is the best deterrent against the Russian revanche

There is no better strategy for the West in dealing with Russia than strength and unity, and there should be no appeasement and no return to “business as usual”, writes Kostiantyn Yelisieiev.
Global Europe 09-05-2020

Chizhov: Coronavirus cannot diminish the significance of Victory Day

In a wide-ranging interview, Russian Ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, discussed Victory Day, Russia’s relations with its wartime allies, conspiracy theories about COVID-19, sanctions, disinformation and more.
Europe's East 17-04-2020

COVID-19 as an excuse for lifting sanctions on Russia?

There has been an increased number of calls for rolling back the EU sanctions against Russia in order to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, but this idea is dangerous, argues Inna Sovsun.
Europe's East 03-02-2020

EU needs to expand sanctions to Russian elites who are flying below the radar

Just like the United States has done, the EU must sanction Russians who have become rich by breaking the law or using force in their country, writes Anna Talimonchuk.

EU ministers break ground on European ‘Magnitsky Act’

EU foreign ministers on Monday (9 December) cleared the way to start work on a European ‘Magnitsky Act’, modelled along the lines of a similar-named US sanctions framework targeting individuals involved in human rights abuses worldwide who could face EU asset freezes and  travel bans.
Global Europe 22-11-2019

EU urges end to Iran protest violence

The European Union on Thursday (21 November) called on Iran to show "maximum restraint" in handling protests that have rocked the country, leaving several people dead, and urged an end to violence.
Global Europe 16-10-2019

Turkey pushes offensive in Syria, while Russia moves in where US moved out

Turkey vowed to press ahead with its offensive in northern Syria on Tuesday (15 October) despite US sanctions and growing calls for it to stop, while Syria's Russia-backed army moved on the key city of Manbij that was abandoned by US forces.
Global Europe 14-10-2019

Macron, Merkel call for end to Turkish invasion in Syria

The leaders of France and Germany called Sunday (13 October) for an end to Turkey's offensive against Kurds in northern Syria, warning of dire humanitarian consequences and a boost for the Islamic State group.
Europe's East 07-10-2019

EU divisions over Russia mount as France, Germany seek peace in Ukraine

French and German attempts to end the conflict in east Ukraine risk increasing tensions that were already rising in the European Union over how to handle Russia and which could complicate peace efforts.
Eastern Europe 26-09-2019

Russia’s Lavrov favours resumption of direct flights to Georgia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov supports the resumption of direct flights from Russia to Georgia that Moscow suspended in July, the Kommersant daily cited him as saying in an interview published on Wednesday (25 September).
Europe's East 26-09-2019

Trump slammed EU over lack of support for Ukraine, Zelenskiy agreed ‘1000%’

In a July telephone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Donald Trump attacked European countries for failing to support Ukraine in its conflict with Russia, a transcript showed Wednesday (25 September).
Global Europe 24-07-2019

Turkey suspends deal with the EU on migrant readmission

The Turkish government has announced its suspension of the readmission agreement concluded with the EU in 2016, the so-called 'EU-Turkey deal'. This was a response to the EU sanctioning Turkey's gas drilling operations in Cypriot waters. EURACTIV's partner Euroefe reports.

US lawmakers urge Trump to sanction Turkey, treat it as adversary

Republican and Democratic US lawmakers pressed President Donald Trump on Thursday (18 July) to impose sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of a Russian missile defense system, saying he should follow a law mandating penalties for doing business with Russia’s military.
Global Europe 05-07-2019

Putin, visiting Italy, says wants Rome to help mend Moscow-EU ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday (4 July) he hoped Italy would battle to restore fully fledged relations between the European Union and Russia and help persuade the bloc's new leadership that sanctions on Moscow were counter-productive.
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