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EU Sanctions Russian, Chinese ‘Cyber Attackers’

The European Union imposed its first ever sanctions against alleged cyber attackers on Thursday, targeting Russian and Chinese individuals and a specialist unit of Moscow’s GRU military intelligence agency. An export firm based in North Korea and technology company from Tiajin, China, were also listed. The member states said measures would be taken against six individuals and three entities involved

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EU urges Russia to fully implement Minsk accords, use its influence on armed formations it backs

At the same time, Borrell reaffirmed that the EU’s sanctions against the Russian Federation remain in place. High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell has urged Russia to fully implement the Minsk agreements and uses its influence on the armed formations it backs. During a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in

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Coronavirus: Wrangling over huge EU recovery plan enters fourth day

EU talks aimed at reaching an agreement on a huge post-coronavirus recovery fund have stretched into a fourth day. There are reportedly deep differences between the leaders, who are trying to negotiate the deal at the same time as the bloc’s next long-term budget. Some member states believe the proposed €750bn ($857bn; £680bn) package is too large and should come

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‘Minsk’ accords should lead to restoration of Ukraine‘s territorial integrity – EU

The Minsk agreements remain the only basis for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. This is said in the EU statement on Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine and illegal occupation of Crimea, which was made public at the OSCE Permanent Council meeting in Vienna, an Ukrinform correspondent reported. “The Minsk agreements remain the only basis for a peaceful settlement,

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Germany vows to make reviving Normandy format talks key to its EU Council presidency

Reviving talks with Ukraine and Russia will be among the priorities of Germany’s EU Council Presidency, the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the EU Parliament’s Foreign Affairs (AFET) committee on Monday. Germany assumed the EU Council Presidency on July 1 amid a very challenging moment for the European Union, with the bloc’s fiscal response to the Coronavirus crisis and

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EU expects Russia to end pressure on Crimean Tatars

22:59, 08 July 2020 – UNIAN The EU expects all illegally detained Ukrainians to be released without delay. The European Union has commented on recent detentions in Russia-occupied Crimea, saying it expects Russia will end the pressure on Crimean Tatars. “The EU expects Russia to end the pressure on the Crimean Tatar community. International human rights standards must be guaranteed

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EU criticizes Russia vote that could extend Putin’s rule until 2036

Voters were denied access to ‘balanced information,’ says EU spokesperson The European Union on Thursday criticized a vote in Russia that could allow Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036. “We expect all reports and allegations of irregularities, including voter coercion, multiple voting, violation of secrecy of the vote and allegations of police violence against a journalist who was

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Zelensky congratulates Germany on assumption of EU Council presidency

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has congratulated Germany on the beginning of its presidency of the Council of the European Union. “Congratulations to Germany with the assumption of the presidency of the EU Council. Ukraine shares European values and moves towards the EU. With new challenges of the COVID-19 everyone needs old friends – to learn our lessons, reshape and

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Russia: High Representative Josep Borrell spoke with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell held a video conference with the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday 16 June. They discussed EU-Russia bilateral relations as well as a range of pressing regional and international issues. The High Representative/Vice President stressed that the coronavirus response requires international cooperation and solidarity, particularly as regards diagnostics, treatments and a vaccine,

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Coronavirus: Backlash after Trump signals US exit from WHO

President Donald Trump has been criticised at home and abroad after announcing he is ending US ties with the World Health Organization (WHO). The EU urged him to reconsider the decision, while Germany’s health minister called it a “disappointing setback for international health”. The head of the US Senate’s health committee, a Republican like Mr Trump, said now was not

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Implementation of Minsk deal in Russian interpretation a disaster for Ukraine – Yatsenyuk

The implementation of the Minsk deal in the Russian interpretation is a disaster for the Ukrainian people and for the Ukrainian state, former Ukrainian Prime Minister and founder of the Open Ukraine Foundation Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said. “Under current circumstances, I strongly believe that the Minsk deal is not even the deal with the way to nowhere, this is the

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Urging to reconsider Russia sanctions: peace at the cost of European integrity

The International Crisis Group (ICG) recently published the report “Peace in Ukraine I: A European War” which recommends Europe to engage Russia in discussions of European security while “adjusting the current sanctions regime to allow for the lifting of some penalties if Russia contributes to real progress toward peace.” ICG argues that the West has “sought to compel Moscow to

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The Weakest Link: Russian Influence Operation in the Netherlands Reveals Vulnerabilities in EU Foreign Policy Powers

The Dutch television news program Zembla recently uncovered WhatsApp messages appearing to show the new leading far-right populist in the Netherlands discussing payments he received from Russia. The politician in question, Thierry Baudet, rose to prominence in 2016 when he successfully led a referendum campaign against the European Union signing an association agreement with Ukraine. This coincided with the discussion

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COVID-19 Without Independent Journalism

Imagine a coronavirus crisis with no journalists to report and hold authorities accountable. Such a reality exists: in Russia, a journalist with Novaya Gazeta, Elena Milashina, has first been beaten; then threatened by the leader of the Russian region of Chechnya; been denied support and, finally, seen an article about COVID-19 with her byline removed from the newspaper’s website, following a demand by Russian federal authorities. “Death from coronavirus is a

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ICG says easing sanctions against Russia to help bring Donbas war to end

That’s only “if Russia contributes to real progress toward peace,” the report adds. The Brussels-headquartered International Crisis Group (ICG) NGO says the Russian Federation views the war in Ukraine as “one component of a broader conflict with the West,” therefore it is necessary to make Russia “feel far safer,” in particular, by easing the sanctions against it over the armed

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France Plans to Reset Its Relationship With Russia. Will That Work?

A deal to reduce the risk of the most catastrophic security scenario in Europe is in the interests of both sides. by John Deni France is once again pushing for improved relations with Russia. During a meeting of European Union officials this week, France’s foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, pushed to broaden Europe’s engagement with Russia, and this came on

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“To Challenge Russia’s Ongoing Disinformation Campaigns”: The Story of EUvsDisinfo

With this article, we invite our readers on a tour behind the scenes of the output you see on the EUvsDisinfo website, including the public disinformation database; our presence on Facebook and Twitter and our weekly newsletter, the Disinformation Review. We go through some key moments of our history in changing contexts; from the 2015 decision to set up the East StratCom

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EU watchdog for disinformation debunks 8,000 cases in 6 years

The EUvsDisinfo database has now surpassed 8,000 disinformation cases. In just four months, the database has grown by more than a thousand cases of pro-Kremlin disinformation, covering over 20 languages – from English to Russian and Serbian to Arabic – and averaging about 60 new cases per week. It likely comes as no surprise that a significant proportion of these latest thousand

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EU says drafting Crimean residents in Russia’s army violates international law

20:59, 13 April 2020 The EU continues to expect Russia to stop all violations of international law in the Crimean peninsula. The European Union (EU) says drafting residents of the Russia-occupied Crimean peninsula in the Russian army violates international law. “The Russian Federation is carrying out conscription in the illegally-annexed Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to

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Gazprom blocking gas transit to European companies via Ukraine, GTS operator says

23:50, 08 April 2020 The Ukrainian side has not imposed any restrictions. Russian gas monopoly Gazprom has not allowed a number of European companies to receive gas at the Ukraine-Russia border for its subsequent delivery to Europe via Ukraine. That’s according to the press service of the state-owned Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine, citing CEO Serhiy Makogon. A number

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EU: Putin’s order banning non-Russian citizens from owning land in Crimea violates law

00:55, 02 April 2020 The EU does not recognize the decree. The European Union says that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent order banning non-Russian citizens from owning land in Russia-occupied Crimea violates international humanitarian law. “Russia has recently added, by a presidential decree, most of Crimea and Sevastopol to the list of border territories of the Russian Federation in which

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Italy may exit EU due to delay in assistance against coronavirus

Leader of Italian political party ‘League’, former vice-premier of Italy called EU ‘den of snakes and jackals’ The leader of the Italian political party League, former Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, announced the possible withdrawal of his country from the European Union due to the delay in helping to overcome the coronavirus epidemic, as Affar Italiani reports. “This is

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