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Global Europe 22-10-2020

Germany’s tentative crackdown on Russia: A hint of strategy

After years of balancing pressure and dialogue with Russia, Germany is becoming noticeably more confrontational, a process that was sparked a year ago by a shooting in Berlin. But the country still lacks a long-term strategy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 15-10-2020

EU sanctions senior Putin aides over Navalny, Libya

The EU on Thursday (15 October) sanctioned senior aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin, including the man known as his chef, over the poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny and Kremlin meddling in Libya's civil war.
Coronavirus 15-10-2020

Paris goes under curfew as Europe ramps up virus restrictions

France on Wednesday (14 October) became the latest European country to toughen anti-coronavirus measures, imposing a curfew in Paris and eight other cities from Saturday, while Germany and Ireland also ramped up restrictions.
Azerbaijan 08-10-2020

Half Karabakh population displaced as mediators set for Geneva talks

Clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces have displaced half of the population of the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, an official said on Wednesday (7 October) as international mediators were set to hold their first meeting in Geneva.
Global Europe 07-10-2020

Navalny demands EU crackdown on oligarchs close to Kremlin

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny called on the European Union to take tough action against oligarchs close to the Kremlin as he continues his recovery in Germany after being poisoned by a nerve agent in the banned Novichok family.
Global Europe 07-10-2020

High-stakes ‘Russian hitman’ trial opens in Berlin

A German court on Wednesday (7 October) puts a Russian man on trial over the assassination of a former Chechen commander in a Berlin park allegedly on Moscow's orders, a case that risks worsening acrimonious ties between Germany and Russia.
Azerbaijan 02-10-2020

Macron demands Turkey explain ‘jihadists’ in Azerbaijan

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday (2 October) demanded that Turkey explain what he said was the arrival of jihadist fighters in Azerbaijan -- and urged NATO to face up to its ally's actions.
Azerbaijan 01-10-2020

Putin, Macron call for ‘complete’ halt to fighting in Karabakh

Russian President Vladimir Putin and French leader Emmanuel Macron called for a "complete" halt to fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh and said they were ready to intensify diplomatic efforts to help solve the conflict.
Europe's East 28-09-2020

Macron: ‘It is clear Lukashenko has to go’

French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday (27 September) that Belarus's leader Alexander Lukashenko must step down, after the EU refused to recognise him as the legitimate president of the ex-Soviet country.
Europe's East 15-09-2020

Putin throws $1.5 billion lifeline to Belarus leader

Russian President Vladimir Putin bestowed a $1.5 billion loan on Belarus in a gesture of support for its leader Alexander Lukashenko, who flew to entreat his patron for help after five weeks of mass protests demanding his resignation.
Global Europe 14-09-2020

Kremlin set for election wins, but Navalny supporters make rare gains in Siberia

The ruling United Russia party looked set for an array of local election wins on Sunday (13 September), but was also on course for some setbacks as stricken Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s supporters made rare gains in city politics in Siberia.
Europe's East 09-09-2020

Russian intervention in Belarus is already a fact

The international community is reluctant to act and prefers to stick to empty condemnations of Vladimir Putin’s toxic acts. But Putin is ready to intervene in Belarus and the West cannot shy away, as it did in Ukraine. Only a 'big stick' policy can turn the tide, argues Hans van Baalen.
Global Europe 02-09-2020

Novichok found in Russia’s Navalny, says German government

The German government announced on Wednesday (2 September) that tests performed on samples taken from Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is lying in a coma in Berlin after a suspected poisoning in Siberia last month, showed the presence of the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok.
Global Europe 31-08-2020

‘Putin, have some tea’: Russian city holds eighth anti-Kremlin protest

Thousands of people took to the streets on Saturday in Russia’s far eastern city of Khabarovsk to protest against President Vladimir Putin’s handling of a regional political crisis and the suspected poisoning of his most vocal critic.
Eastern Europe 27-08-2020

Putin vows military support for Belarus’ Lukashenko

Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed military support for embattled Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday (27 August), while urging a peaceful resolution to unrest and demonstrations that erupted after a disputed election. EU ambassadors in the capital Minsk on Thursday...
Global Europe 20-08-2020

Russian opposition politician Navalny in hospital after suspected poisoning

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is in a serious condition in a Siberian hospital after suffering severe symptoms of what his spokeswoman on Thursday (20 August) said she believed was a deliberate poisoning.
Europe's East 20-08-2020

Putin’s unexpected dilemma: What to do with Lukashenko?

The eruption of anti-government protests in Belarus has presented an unexpected dilemma for President Vladimir Putin, with the Kremlin strongman cautiously weighing his options at a sensitive moment for Russia.
Europe's East 18-08-2020

Macron urges Putin to promote dialogue in Belarus

French President Emmanuel Macron urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to foster "calm and dialogue" in Belarus, where protests are growing against President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election, the Élysée Palace said.
Global Europe 16-08-2020

Trump says he probably would not participate in Putin Iran summit

US President Donald Trump on Saturday (15 August) all but dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s call for a summit of world leaders to discuss Iran, saying he probably would not participate.
Europe's East 16-08-2020

Belarus leader says Putin offers help as pressure builds

Vladimir Putin has offered to help ensure Belarus's security, according to its president Alexander Lukashenko, as pressure builds on the strongman leader and opposition protesters prepare for a show of force Sunday (16 August).
Coronavirus 12-08-2020

Russia vaccine claim faces scepticism as nations renew virus battle

Russia claimed Tuesday (12 August) it has developed the world's first vaccine offering "sustainable immunity" against the coronavirus, despite mounting scepticism about its effectiveness as fears grow over a second wave of infections across the globe.
Global Europe 27-07-2020

Germany rejects Trump’s proposal to let Russia back into G7

Germany has rejected a proposal by US President Donald Trump to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin back into the Group of Seven (G7) most advanced economies, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a newspaper interview published on Monday (27 July).
Global Europe 30-06-2020

Entering a new, more Putin-like, Russia

On 25 June 2020, the Russian citizens embarked on a journey that might transform their country in many ways and keep the Russian president Vladimir Putin and his apparatchiks in power until 2036, writes Pavel Havlicek.
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.
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