Category Archives: Europe

What countries can Ukrainians visit after a full COVID vaccination – list

Citizens of Ukraine who received a full course of immunization against COVID-19, i.e. were administered two doses of the vaccine, have the opportunity to travel to a number of countries, including the European Union. The main precondition – is an international certificate of vaccination. This information is published on the Facebook page of the electronic medical system Helsi.me. UA reports

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Putin Regime Purging Western-Oriented Russians and Even Treating China as Russia’s Elder Brother, Shelin Says

Paul Goble             Staunton, July 1 – Russian rulers in the past have often sought to remove those they viewed as too European or Western in orientation, Sergey Shelin says; but Vladimir Putin’s current efforts in that direction “promises to be a record one,” something that promises to have both short-term and long-term consequences.             Some commentators have suggested that Putin himself

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Why the West Must Stand With Ukraine

In order not to lose Russia forever, the West must do everything possible and more to integrate Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe into a United Europe, and therefore into NATO and the EU. This is exactly what Mr. Putin fears. It proves that Russia too can be free and that Putin is not indispensable.  by Arseniy Yatsenyuk Berlin and Paris want to pretend that Russia is a

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Direct delivery

EDWARD LUCAS Senior Vice President, Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA, Warsaw and Washington) Only the United States can quickly strengthen Europe’s frontline countries. But this should not be taken for granted.  Anyone who doubts the US commitment to European security should watch the blurry videos of the first phase of the Swift Response exercise, which recently took place in Estonia. 400

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Enough warnings: Europe must act on Russian killings

After 10 years of assassinations and bombings, the Kremlin’s role is clear. Nicolas Tenzer is a French foreign policy analyst and guest professor at Sciences Po Paris. Even for spies, murder isn’t business as usual. So last month, Czech officials expelled 18 Russian diplomats after linking Russian military intelligence to a 2014 bombing of a weapons depot in Vrěbtice that killed two

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Don’t be fooled

For whatever reason, Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has decided to send 100,000 troops that he has massed for the last month on Ukrainian borders back to their home bases — for now. Why? Perhaps he got what he wanted: A display of military superiority, an attempt to bully Ukraine and President Volodymyr Zelensky, a show of hands among

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MEP proposes to freeze oligarchs’ accounts and disconnect Russia from SWIFT system because of Ukraine

Manfred Weber, leader of the European People’s Party in the European Parliament and political ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, believes that if new sanctions are introduced against the Russian Federation, the Nord Stream 2 project will lose its viability The head of the conservative European People’s Party faction in the European Parliament and the deputy chairman of the Christian Democratic

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Russia poses “existential threat” to U.S. – Pentagon

09:00, 25.02.21 – UNIAN All European allies are also facing the threat, General Wolters says. The Russian Federation remains a threat to the United States despite economic sanctions imposed. That’s according to U.S. European Command Commander Air Force General Tod Wolters. “Russia engages in destabilizing and malign activities across the globe, with many of those activities happening close to home [in

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Beijing’s 17+1 Summit Flop; Britain fumes over Chinese spies

Edward Lucas In this issue: Lithuania derails the 17+1 summit, Beijing bets on vaccines and Britain wakes up to spies and lies. “The East is Red” is a popular Communist Party ballad. Make that “Red-faced,” after the failure of China’s  17+1 supposed showcase summit with central and east European leaders this week. What went wrong? First, the turnout. Six of

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Macron: Impossible to have peace and stability in Europe without negotiating with Russia

It is impossible to have peace and stability in Europe without negotiating with Russia, says French President Emmanuel Macron. He said this on Thursday in an interview with Atlantic Council on February 4, 2021, posted by the Elysee Palace on February 5. “In this very sensitive region, I mean Ukraine and Belarus, we need a political discussion with Russia. When I see

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I do not see evil

Why is Europe failing to curb Russian expansionism? “And what, isn’t the war in Ukraine over?” – asks a sophomore at the University of Lyon. Smart, erudite, educated girl. “But the French press does not say that the fighting continues,” she added, confused, as if apologizing for her ignorance.The French press is really silent, with a few exceptions. “Crimea and Donbass are the two

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Containing the Kremlin: Why the West must rethink policy towards a revisionist Russia

UkraineAlert by Oleksii Reznikov After more than five years of deadlock in Russia-Ukraine peace talks, it is obvious that fresh approaches are needed in order to stop the war on Europe’s eastern border. This means exploring pragmatic modifications to the existing Minsk Process. Previous suggestions of this nature have met with resistance, but the consequences of failing to explore alternative

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Minsk deadlock: West must reject Russian bid to limit Ukrainian sovereignty

UkraineAlert by Duncan Allan While the world has been struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, Russia’s ruinous war in eastern Ukraine has entered its seventh year. Diplomatic efforts to end the ongoing conflict, which has killed more than 14,000 people since 2014, have been reinvigorated since the election last year of Volodymyr Zelenskyy as Ukraine’s president. The foreign ministers of the

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The Belarusian Approach to the Outbreak

Belarus’ defiant attitude towards the COVID-19 outbreak has caught the world’s attention. While most other European countries – including Russia – have introduced strict lockdowns, Belarus has remained open. Unlike Russia, Belarus held the Victory Day parade on May 9, rebelliously avoiding social distancing. This provoked Russian media to act, and as a result, Minsk and Moscow have been involved

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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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European Parliament pushes for Eastern partners’ greater integration, slams Russia – RFE/RL

The document is to be debated by the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee in the coming weeks and could potentially be endorsed by the full chamber in May. The European Parliament will call for the creation of a “common economic space” between the EU and the six former Soviet republics of its Eastern Partnership program as part of a process

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MEP warns Russia of sanctions to come over lack of COVID-19 response in occupied Crimea, Donbas

The diplomat considers it necessary to raise the issue of Russian responsibility at the UN platform. A European Parliament member says Russia may face new sanctions for inaction during the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas.. “Russia is an occupying power in Crimea and Donbas and as such it is bound by international

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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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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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Russia Deploying Coronavirus Disinformation to Sow Panic in West – EU Document

Russian media have deployed a “significant disinformation campaign” against the West to worsen the impact of the coronavirus, generate panic and sow distrust, according to a European Union document seen by Reuters. Pushing fake news online in English, Spanish, Italian, German and French, the Russian campaign uses contradictory, confusing and malicious reports to make it harder for the EU to communicate

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Trump announces travel ban from Europe amid growing fears of coronavirus

President Trump on Wednesday announced in a televised address that the U.S. is suspending all travel from Europe to the U.S. for 30 days beginning Friday at midnight in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.  The president struck a serious tone during his address from the Oval Office and said, “We made a lifesaving move with early action on China. Now

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