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Reuters: EU to hold off on new Russia sanctions if Navalny released

23:59, 25.01.21 – UNIAN EU leaders could discuss any further steps at a planned summit on March 25-26. The European Union will hold off from imposing fresh sanctions on Russian individuals if the Kremlin releases pro-democracy campaigner Alexei Navalny, EU foreign ministers said on Monday, sending the bloc’s top diplomat to Moscow next week. Reuters reports that despite calls from Baltic

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European lawmakers approve resolution calling for an end to Nord Stream 2

On Jan. 21, European lawmakers overwhelmingly voted against the completion of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline in response to the weekend arrest of Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny. A total of 581 out of 705 lawmakers voted to adopt a resolution calling on the European Union to “immediately stop the completion” of the $11 billion Baltic Sea pipeline that would allow

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EU Parliament Set To Demand Halt To Nord Stream 2 Over Navalny Arrest

European lawmakers are expected to pass a resolution on January 21 calling on the European Union to halt construction on the nearly complete Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would carry Russian natural gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea. Members of the European Parliament are calling for expanded sanctions against Russia over the weekend arrest of opposition figure Aleksei Navalny

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It is All in the Headline: the Subtle Art of Information Manipulation

Pro-Kremlin media are drumming up support for the Sputnik V vaccine by creating the perception that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has initiated negotiations with the developer of the Russian vaccine, the Gamaleya Centre. A Moldova-based fact-checking website StopFals(opens in a new tab) found that multiple(opens in a new tab) pro-Kremlin media outlets carried a story claiming that the European

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The EU, the “Magnitsky Act” and targeting autocrats in the Eastern neighborhood. Analysis by Dionis Cenușa

From December 2020, the EU will have at its disposal a unique regime for sanctioning perpetrators of human rights crimes, globally. The resurgence of current autocratic repressive practices in Belarus predisposes to the first transposition of new European sanctions in the Eastern Neighborhood. In the same region, other governments severely restrict democratic freedoms, as evidenced over many years by the

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EU’s annual report on Ukraine released: Reforms, progress, tough challenges

Ahead of the informal meeting of the members of the EU-Ukraine Association Council on 8 December, the European Union has published its annual Association Implementation Report on Ukraine, pointing out some positive developments in the reforms and acknowledging serious challenges facing the country. The report was published on the website of the European Commission. “Despite Russia’s destabilising actions, conflict in

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EU Mulls Sanctions On State Actors For Spreading Disinformation

November 30, 2020 14:28 GMT – By Rikard Jozwiak The European Commission (EC) will propose for the first time that the European Union impose sanctions on “foreign actors” from states such as Russia or China spreading disinformation as it pushes for a tougher oversight mechanism for online platforms, according to a draft document seen by RFE/RL. The European Democracy Action Plan,

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Belarus expands sanctions against EU

The Belarusian authorities decided to include representatives of the leadership of the European Union and a number of European countries in the sanctions lists and to suspend the dialogue with the EU on human rights, said the Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei in an interview with Belarus-1 TV channel. “If we are affected, if any sanctions are imposed against us,

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Don’t Wait

Edward Lucas The EU should act to support Moldova, despite its impotence in the Caucasus. Three big events tell sharply different stories. In the Caucasus, Russia has cemented its geopolitical grip by brokering a ceasefire to end the six-week war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. In Belarus, the death of 31-year-old Raman Bandarenka after a police beating underlined the regime’s ruthlessness

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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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