Category Archives: EU

U.S., EU, NATO call on Ukraine to create Rada committee to oversee intelligence agencies

The parliament may have a committee to oversee Ukraine’s intelligence / Photo from UNIAN

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Limited sanctions are doing more harm than good.

Katia Glod On October 2, the European Union (EU) imposed sanctions on 40 Belarusian officials identified as responsible for “repression and intimidation against peaceful demonstrators, opposition members, and journalists in the wake of the 2020 presidential election in Belarus, as well as for misconduct of the electoral process.” The restrictive measures include a visa ban and an asset freeze. The

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EU Sanctions FSB Chief, Senior Kremlin Officials Over Navalny Poisoning

The European Union has slapped sanctions on senior Kremlin officials and the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, according to a decision published on the EU’s legal portal Thursday.  The EU banned travel and froze the assets of FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov, as well as President Vladimir Putin’s first deputy chief

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EU Agrees Russia Sanctions Over Navalny Poisoning

The EU on Wednesday agreed to impose sanctions on six people and one entity over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny with a Novichok nerve agent, diplomats told AFP. Ambassadors from the 27 EU countries approved sanctions after France and Germany proposed measures last week, saying Russia was responsible for the poisoning. In line with usual EU practice, those targeted

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Russia may stop conducting dialogue with EU leaders

The Russian Foreign Minister pointed out the need for the EU and Germany to fulfill their international legal obligations in the case of Navalny’s poisoning, in particular, the Convention on Assistance in Criminal Matters and its supplementary protocols. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said about the likelihood of the termination of communication between Moscow and EU leaders, complaining about the

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France and Germany prepare sanctions against Russia over Navalny’s poisoning

The governments of France and Germany are preparing to expand sanctions against Russia due to the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny with the military nerve agent Novichok, said French Foreign Ministry in a statement. This statement was preceded by the confirmation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) of the results of tests provided by

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EU says criminal prosecution for fraud with Privatbank matter of credibility for Ukraine

The European Union says that criminal prosecution for fraud with Privatbank is a matter of Ukraine’s credibility among international partners. A European official said this on Monday in Brussels on the eve of the Ukraine-EU summit. “Tomorrow, EU leaders will look for strong commitments regarding the continuation and irreversibility of efforts in fight against corruption and also in the judiciary.

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Russia imposes sanctions against EU in revenge for Belarus

Moscow considers the EU sanctions to be unilateral and illegitimate, and regards it as pressure on the Belarusian authorities ussia decided to impose the same sanctions against the EU countries as Belarus. This is stated in the commentary by Maria Zakharova, published on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry. “We would also like to draw attention to the fact

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Belarus threatens to break off diplomatic relations with EU

The country has also put into effect a relevant sanctions list The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus doubts the expediency of maintaining diplomatic relations with the European Union if sanctions against the Belarusian authorities are maintained. The relevant statement was posted by the ministry’s press service. “Further promotion of the EU’s ‘sanctions flywheel’ could lead to even more serious

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Belarus announces retaliatory sanctions against the EU

The Belarusian authorities decided to impose sanctions against the European Union in response to the imposition of restrictive measures by Brussels. The statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus says that the official Minsk opposes the confrontation, but will decisively respond to “unfriendly actions.” “ In connection with the visa sanctions adopted by the EU against a number of Belarusian officials, the Belarusian side

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Macron explains why Lukashenka is not on the EU sanctions list

French President Emmanuel Macron said that Alexander Lukashenko is not on the EU sanctions list, as this would mean refusing to dialogue with Belarus. He said this at a briefing following the first day of the EU summit. According to Macron, the EU plans to start a dialogue with Belarus through the OSCE. In addition, he called on Lukashenka on behalf of the EU

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EU leaders agree on sanctions against Belarus: They will come into force next week

The decision on sanctions measures against 40 Belarusian officials became possible due to the fact that they managed to convince Cyprus, which demanded first of all to punish Turkey After weeks of discussions, EU leaders agreed to impose sanctions on Belarus over controversial election results and the crackdown on protests in that country. Deutsche welle reports about it following the

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U.S. awaits EU move before slapping sanctions on Belarus

The U.S. set of sanctions has reportedly been prepared, while there is no certainty as to the timing of their announcement. The United States has refrained from joining Britain and Canada in the move to impose sanctions on Belarus, hoping the European Union will be able to tackle an internal dispute, thus greenlighting a coordinated U.S.-EU effort, four sources said

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EU to approve new anti-Russian sanctions for construction of Kerch Bridge

The sanctions might be approved in the next few weeks The European Union will approve the imposing of the sanctions against people involved in the construction of the Kerch Bridge as Radio Liberty journalist Rikard Jozwiak reported on Twitter. According to the journalist, the sanctions for the construction of the Kerch Bridge might be approved in the next few weeks.

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Moscow Expands List of European Officials Banned From Russia

Moscow said Wednesday it was expanding a list of European officials who are banned from entering Russia as a response to what it said were aggressive EU actions. A Foreign Ministry statement did not specify what the sanctions were a response to, but referred to “hostile steps” against Russia and its citizens. Russia’s ties with European countries have worsened since

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Russian Foreign Intelligence Service head expecting EU states to be pragmatic about Nord Stream 2

Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Director Sergei Naryshkin has said that the termination of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project would be disadvantageous for EU member states and has expressed hope that European partners will not act to the detriment of their own interests in dealing with the issue. “Most Europeans realize that they will incur substantial losses from terminating

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Cyprus vetoes draft EU sanctions against Belarus

Cyprus explained its veto by the fact that it wants to achieve sanctions against Turkey On Friday, September 18, a meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the EU countries was held in Brussels, at which they voted for the introduction of sanctions against Belarus. The representative of Cyprus vetoed the draft sanctions, as DW reports, citing a European

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6 ways Germany could kill the Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Germany has multiple options if it decides to try and halt the project, but they carry costs Germany has long argued that the 1,230-kilometer pipeline that is supposed to send an extra 55 billion cubic meters of Russian gas a year under the Baltic Sea is a commercial venture, not a political one. That position is increasingly under strain in

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Deep concerns in Brussels about the fight against corruption in #Ukraine

Brussels observers of the fight against corruption in Ukraine have expressed deep concerns about the efficiency of policies put in place in the last five years, during an online dialogue between the Polita think tank in Kyiv and the Brussels Press Club on 2 September, writes Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers. On 28 August, the Constitutional Court declared a

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Belarus Leader Lukashenko to Avoid EU Sanctions Over Protest Crackdown – Die Welt

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is poised to escape personal sanctions the European Union is drafting in response to his post-election crackdown, the German daily Die Welt reported Friday. EU foreign ministers agreed in mid-August to draw up a list of targets in Belarus for a fresh round of asset freezes and travel bans expected in the coming weeks. EU members

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The West Is Outraged By Navalny’s Novichok Poisoning. That’s No Guarantee of Tough Sanctions

Looming U.S. elections and disparate EU interests could translate into a symbolic response. Lawmakers across Europe and the U.S. are scrambling to respond to the revelation that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was poisoned with Novichok — a lethal Soviet-era military nerve agent — with the possibility of fresh sanctions against Russia on the cards. In Germany — where Navalny remains

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Belarus could close borders outside Brest, Grodno to western countries – Lukashenko

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has said he believes major European countries have not imposed sanctions on Belarus because they know that Belarus could close its borders outside Brest and Grodno, so they ordered the Baltic States to attack. “More experienced countries understand that they shouldn’t bully Belarus, because it could close its borders outside Brest and Grodno, and German cargo

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EU foreign ministers agree to move forward on Belarus sanctions

By Alexandra Brzozowski EU foreign ministers reached a political agreement in Berlin on Friday (28 August) on punitive measures against high-ranking supporters of Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko to pressure him into holding new elections. According to the political agreement, the future measures on Belarus are meant to mainly target those accused of being responsible for the fraudulent elections and the

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