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Europe's East 01-07-2022

Land mines: EU efforts needed across Eastern Partnership

The 2020 conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, as well as the more recent war in Ukraine, has refocused attention on the need for enhanced EU de-mining assistance across Eastern Partnership countries, writes Samuel Doveri Vesterbye.

Macron says deep-sea mining must not go ahead

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday (30 June) a legal framework was needed to stop deep-sea mining from going ahead and urged countries to put their money on science to better understand and protect the world's oceans.
Global Europe 01-07-2022

EU says it may not be possible to cross finish line on Iran nuclear deal

Senior Western officials voiced doubts about reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal on Thursday (30 June), with the European Union saying it “might not make it over the finishing line” and a US official saying the odds had lengthened after...
Global Europe 29-06-2022

Dozens missing after strike on Ukraine mall, Russia presses attacks on east

Dozens of people were still missing on 29 June after a Russian missile strike on a shopping mall in central Ukraine two days ago, while a regional governor said the situation was "very difficult" in Lysychansk in the east.
Europe's East 28-06-2022

G7 denounces ‘war crime’ as Russia missile strike kills 16 in shopping mall

A Russian missile strike on a crowded mall in central Ukraine killed at least 16 people in what Group of Seven leaders branded "a war crime" at a meeting in Germany where they looked to step up sanctions on Moscow.

Long road ahead to hammer out UN biodiversity blueprint

Delegates from almost 200 nations have made little progress towards hammering out a blueprint for a global pact to protect nature from human activity, after almost a week of difficult talks in Nairobi.
Global Europe 17-06-2022

Bolsonaro blamed as UN, activists denounce Amazon murders

The UN as well as environmental and rights groups expressed outrage at the murder of British journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, which they linked to President Jair Bolsonaro's willingness to allow commercial exploitation of the Brazilian Amazon.
Global Europe 15-06-2022

Donbas battle will determine course of war: Zelenskyy

Ukraine's battle against Russian troops in Donbas will determine the course of the war, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on 14 June, asking his nation to stay strong in the face of Moscow's devastating attack against two key cities.
Global Europe 15-06-2022

Biden touts temporary silos in Poland to help Ukraine grain exports

US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday (14 June) that temporary silos would be built along the border with Ukraine in a bid to help export more grain and address a growing global food crisis.
Global Europe 07-06-2022

Russia’s UN envoy storms out of Ukraine meeting over Charles Michel statement

Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia stormed out of a UN Security Council meeting on 6 June as European Council President Charles Michel addressed the 15-member body and accused Moscow of fueling a global food crisis with its invasion of Ukraine.
Global Europe 01-06-2022

UN had ‘constructive’ talks in Moscow on Russian grain, fertilizer exports

A senior UN official had "constructive discussions" in Moscow with Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov on facilitating Russian grain and fertilizer exports to global markets, a UN spokesman said on Tuesday (31 May).
Global Europe 27-05-2022

China and Russia veto the US push for more UN sanctions on North Korea

China and Russia vetoed on 26 May a US-led push to impose more UN sanctions on North Korea over its renewed ballistic missile launches, publicly splitting the Security Council for the first time since it started punishing Pyongyang in 2006.
Global Europe 20-05-2022

Blinken accuses Russia of using food as a weapon in Ukraine

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Russia on Thursday (19 May) of using food as a weapon in Ukraine by holding "hostage" supplies for not just Ukrainians, but also millions around the world.
Global Europe 17-05-2022

US backs UN push to get Ukraine grain back to global market

The United States supports efforts by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to get Ukrainian grain back into the international marketplace amid the war, the US ambassador to the United Nations said on Monday (16 May).
Food and nutrition security
EU-Africa 09-05-2022

Ukraine war risks causing African food and energy crisis, says UN official

The knock-on effects of the war in Ukraine risk plunging African states into a toxic spiral of debt distress, food and energy poverty, a senior UN official has told EURACTIV.
Global Europe 07-05-2022

US sending Ukraine more weapons, dozens evacuated from Azovstal steelworks

US President Joe Biden announced another package of military assistance for Ukraine on Friday (6 May) as dozens of civilians were evacuated from Mariupol's besieged steelworks, the last pocket of resistance against Russian troops in the pulverized port city.
Global Europe 06-05-2022

Battles rage at Mariupol steel plant as UN tries to evacuate civilians

Scores of Ukrainians remained trapped on 5 May in Mariupol steel works that has been rocked by heavy explosions as Russian forces fought for control of Ukraine's last stronghold in the ruined city and the UN rushed to evacuate civilians.
Enlargement 05-05-2022

Berlin says it will work for EUFOR Bosnia extension amid Russia concerns

Germany will work for an extension of the EU's peacekeeping mission in Bosnia as concerns mount about instability spilling over from the Ukraine war, but has not yet decided whether to provide troops, Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said.
China 03-05-2022

US relieved as China appears to heed warnings on Russia

Two months after warning that Beijing appeared poised to help Russia in its fight against Ukraine, senior US officials say they have not detected overt Chinese military and economic support, a welcome development in the tense US-China relationship.
Global Europe 03-05-2022

Ukraine evacuees flee to safety after Mariupol ordeal

The first evacuees from the ruins of Mariupol's Azovstal steel works were expected to arrive in the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhzhia later on Monday (2 May) after weeks of cowering from Russian shelling in underground bunkers.
Global Europe 02-05-2022

Palestinians warn against plans to weaken their UN agency

A proposal by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees to delegate some services to other United Nations agencies has sparked outrage among Palestinians, who have warned of a plot to "dismantle" the body.
Europe's East 30-04-2022

Ukraine warns talks with Russia may collapse as battles rage

Ukraine warned on Friday (29 April) that peace talks with Moscow were in danger of collapse and said Russia was pounding areas in the east as US lawmakers vowed to swiftly approve a massive new weapons package for Kyiv.
Global Europe 29-04-2022

Russia strikes Kyiv with missiles while UN chief visits, Biden seeks $33bn for Ukraine

Russian forces bombarded Ukraine's capital late Thursday (28 April) during a visit by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who decried the "absurdity" of war in the 21st century, as US President Joe Biden asked for $33 billion more to support Kyiv.
Europe's East 27-04-2022

Zelenskyy accuses Russia of attempting to drag Moldova into war

Ukraine accused Moscow on Tuesday (26 April) of trying to drag Moldova's breakaway region of Transnistria into its war on Kyiv after authorities in the Moscow-backed region said they had been targeted by a series of attacks.