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  • EU fears Moscow's increasing influence in Serbia

    Moscow is increasing its influence in Serbia, which is a candidate for joining the European Union.

    This was stated by David McAllister, German politician and Chair of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, reports Die Welt.

    "Russia is deliberately pursuing a strategy of destabilization in Serbia. This is a cause for serious concern," he told Die Welt in an interview.

    According to McAllister, who represents the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, "Moscow is trying to exert a …

  • Mogherini: EU would be glad to lift sanctions on Russia if Minsk agreements are implemented

    The countries of the European Union "would be happy" to lift sanctions imposed on Russia once they have reached the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements, but at the moment it cannot be done, said the head of EU diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, during her visit to the United States.

    "We would be happy to lift sanctions against Russia if the Minsk Agreements were fully implemented," she said, speaking at an event at the Carnegie Institute in Washington.

    On the topic of US-Russia relations, …

  • Kosovo forms army despite NATO’s protests

    In spite of the sharp objections of NATO, the EU and the US, the Kosovo authorities are not backing down from their intention to create their own army. As reported by the Zeri newspaper published in Pristina on Saturday March 18, 51 million euros are to be allocated to the creation of the army.

    According to the publication, this amount will grow annually by 5 million euros.

    According to the plan, the army will consist of 8 000 military personnel, 3 000 of whom will be reservists, the …

  • Georgia’s visa-free travel privileges with the European Union will start on March 28

    The resolution on the introduction of a visa-free regime for Georgian citizens was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on the 8th of March. This resolution will enter into force 20 days after publication on the 28th of March.

    The abolition of visas with the European Union will allow Georgian citizens who have biometric passports to enter the territory of Schengen countries visa-free for the period of 90 days in six months. The policy does not grant the right to employment …

  • Lithuanian Foreign Minister: EU is partially responsible for annexation of the Crimea

    Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius believes that the EU bears partial responsibility for the annexation of the Crimea by Russia and the war in the east of Ukraine. According to him, the European Union, and the West could have reacted more quickly and done more.

    "We are not consistently consistent, we reacted inappropriately. Sometimes our reaction is too late, sometimes too weak, "he said.

    Linkevičius believes that the West has chosen a comfortable position, the "golden mean," for …

  • Medvedev: Russia should be prepared to live under sanctions for the 'indefinite future'

    Russia should be prepared to live under the sanctions regime for the indefinite future, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with TV channel Russia 1.

    According to him, the United States and the EU are trying to “perpetuate” their legislation.

    “We must be prepared to live under sanctions for the indefinite future. Just look at what our friends overseas and in Europe are doing! They are enshrining these sanctions in law, they are codifying them. They are initiating a great deal …

  • EU member states will begin deliberations in two days on an interim agreement on visa-free travel for Ukraine

    As a result of the consultations of the EU member states, representatives of the European Parliament and the European Commission, an agreement was reached on the launch of visa liberalization for Ukraine's citizens. The update was provided by the Maltese EU Presidency, a representative of which participated in the meeting, according to Evropeiska Pravda.

    "The representatives of the Maltese Presidency and the European Parliament reached an interim agreement on visa liberalization for Ukrainians, …

  • The EU said Russia's recognition of DPR and LPR documents is inconsistent with the spirit of the Minsk agreements

    Russia’s recognition of passports to separate areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions (ORDLO) contradicts the Minsk agreements and such documents will not be recognized in the European Union.

    "The decree is not consistent with the spirit of the Minsk agreements," said the EU Delegation to Ukraine in response to a request made by Interfax-Ukraine to comment on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to recognize the documents as legitimate.

    The Delegation noted that the EU remains …

  • EU representative: Russia carries full responsibility for the resolution of the crisis in the Donbas

    Russia is responsibile for the resolution of the crisis in the Donbas, Maltese Parliamentary Secretary for the EU Ian Borg said during a session of the European parliament.

    “Two years later we see that the Minsk agreement has not been fully implemented. We are seeing a large number of violations of the ceasefire regime, the use of heavy weapons, including artillery and tanks, and restrictions on the activities of the OSCE monitoring mission,” he said.

    “Russia bears full responsibility for the …

  • Mogherini to Lavrov: The fighting in Ukraine should be stopped

    During a telephone conversation with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, stressed the need to stop the fighting in eastern Ukraine immediately, the European External Action Service reported.

    "Mogherini and Lavrov discussed the escalation of violence in the east of Ukraine in detail. The High Representative – Vice-President of the European Commission stressed the need to stop the fighting …