Category Archives: Europe

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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Russian State Duma member brands European Union “Hitler’s coalition” – media

The deputy claims the EU should not be judging Russia. A member of the Russian State Duma has called the European Union “Hitler’s coalition”, where all member states had once worked for Nazi Germany. Such a statement was voiced by head of the State Duma Committee on Education and Science, chairman of the board of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, MP

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Russia’s Gazprom Says It Will Complete Nord Stream 2 Alone

January 29, 2020 06:41 GMT Russia’s state-owned Gazprom has said it will complete the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project under the Baltic Sea on its own without the help of foreign companies. “The Nord Stream 2 project, which is already 94 percent complete, will be finished by the Russian side,” Gazprom deputy head Yelena Burmistrova reportedly told the European

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The Fate Of The Gray Area In Europe – OpEd

By Emil Avdaliani There is a considerable territory between Russia and the European heartland. It runs from the Scandinavian peninsula in the north to the Black Sea in the south. These lands include Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova and the South Caucasus states, and can be provisionally called a “gray zone”: lands where Russia and Western/Central European states

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Russia’s attempts to bring separatist movements to international platforms threaten EU – think tank

21:50, 27 January 2020 The experts explain far-reaching, and troubling, intentions behind the efforts. Russia is trying to set a precedent of allowing access of representatives of unrecognized states to various international platforms. If the plan succeeds, separatist movements around the world, especially in Europe, will be given a free hand to lay claim to participation in any international platform,

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Don’t trust Russia, Sentsov warns Europe ahead of Normandy summit

Freed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov warned Europeans against attempts to thaw ties with Russia as he belatedly received his 2018 Sakharov Prize, the European Parliament’s annual human rights award, on Tuesday (26 November). Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years in prison for “plotting terrorist acts” against the Russian “de facto” rule in Crimea. Amnesty International has described the court process

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Late equaliser gives Ukraine 2-2 draw in Serbia – media

22:57, 17 November 2019 UKRAINE The Ukrainians, who had already secured a berth in next year’s 24-nation tournament, finished their campaign top of the group on 20 points from eight games. A stoppage time equaliser by late substitute Artem Besyedin gave Ukraine a 2-2 draw in Serbia after the home side led twice in an entertaining Euro 2020 Group B

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Putin Urges NATO to Halt Missile Deployments in Europe – Kommersant

Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged NATO to suspend the deployment of missiles in Europe that were banned under a recently abandoned U.S.-Russian nuclear pact, the Kommersant business daily has reported. There are increasing concerns that Russia and the U.S. are headed toward an arms race after Washington formally pulled out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) pact last

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