Category Archives: Europe

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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With Friends Like These: The Kremlin’s Far-Right and Populist Connections in Italy and Austria

A blend of new threats and opportunities is causing Moscow to take greater risks and embrace more flamboyant policies in Europe. The Kremlin’s relationships with Italy and Austria shine a spotlight on how Europe’s domestic troubles have opened many doors for Moscow. Introduction Russian foreign policy has been growing more assertive in regions that the Kremlin largely neglected in the

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US conducted exercises in case of Russian nuclear strike, outraged in Russia

The United States conducted military exercises in the event of a possible Russian nuclear strike on Europe. This was reported by the press services and the Ministry of Defense of the USA. The training took place at a military base in Nebraska. Pentagon CEO Mark Esper and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry attended. In the same time The Russian Foreign Ministry condemned US training in delivering a nuclear strike on targets in Russia. The department noted that the States “began

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Russian fraud at the Munich Security Conference: How far is the dialogue possible?

BOHDAN BEN Russia’s return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), despite its failure to implement PACE resolutions; Putin’s dominating presence at the January 2020 World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, where he promulgated his historical narrative; and finally the 2020 Munich Security Conference (MSC) held 14-16 February, promoting the notorious pro-Russia plan regarding Ukraine, under the statement’s neutral title

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“Don’t take it so seriously”: Ischinger on controversial “Munich Plan” for Donbas settlement

Ischinger believes that Europe shouldn’t accept Russia’s isolation and should instead strengthen dialogue with Moscow. Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ishinger, has commented on the scandalous “Munich Plan “Twelve Steps toward Greater Security in Ukraine and the Euro-Atlantic Region”, which was developed, including, by the Russians. Ischinger believes that Europe should not accept Russia’s isolation and should instead

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BORYSPIL AIRPORT RANKED NO. 1 IN EUROPE FOR PASSENGER GROWTH

Aviation industry association ACI Europe has ranked Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport as the continent’s number one airport in terms of passenger growth during 2019 in the 10-25 million passenger category as Ukraine’s air travel boom continues Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport was Europe’s number one airport for passenger growth during 2019 among airports in the 10 to 25 million passenger category,

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‘Change course before it’s too late’: Lavrov calls on Europe to reject false notion of ‘Russian threat’ in Munich speech

This article contains huge amounts of BS, propaganda and hypocrisy. In other words, Lavrov opened his mouth. NATO’s eastward expansion and large-scale drills near Russian borders may lead to unpredictable consequences and it’s time for Europe to change course, Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov told the Munich Security Conference. Europe is where the “crisis of confidence” in international relations is felt

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