Contents tagged with EU

  • Former President of Ukraine: The European Union has brought Ukraine to its knees

    The European Union has brought Ukraine “to its knees” and considers it as simply a supplier of raw materials. The country needs to unite to facilitate further development rather than walk around the world with an outstretched hand, former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma believes. He said this during a speech at the opening of the international forum, reports TV channel 112 Ukraine.

    “Our economy has been neglected, we are falling apart! We are becoming a raw material colony. All we have left …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Ministry thanked the EU Council for the extension of sanctions against Russia

    Ukraine is grateful for the consistent policy of the EU on the non-recognition of the annexation of the Crimea by Russia and the adoption by the EU Council of a decision to extend the term of the ‘Crimean package’ of sanctions against the ‘aggressor state’ for 12 months ‘without discussion,’ as stated in the commentary of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, published on their official website.

    “We highly appreciate the constant attention of the EU to the situation in the occupied Crimea, which is …

  • EU advised Ukraine not to think about membership yet

    As reported by DW, the EU advised Ukraine not to think about membership yet. The EU is confident that the Ukrainian state needs to concentrate on reforms, and any other questions will create "illusions in Ukraine," said Hugues Mingarelli, the Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine.

    According to Mingarelli, the issue of Ukraine's membership in the EU is not on the European Union’s agenda. "This issue is not on our agenda, to put it bluntly. And I do not think that anyone should raise this issue," …

  • US, EU and Amnesty International condemn Russian authorities for mass detentions of demonstrators

    The international human rights organization Amnesty International has condemned the crackdown on oppositional mass actions that took place in Russian cities yesterday.

    "A crackdown on peaceful protests across Russia in which hundreds of people were arrested and numerous others beaten by police demonstrates the authorities’ utter contempt for fundamental human rights," the human rights activists said in a statement.

    Amnesty's Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia, Denis Krivosheev, …

  • Russia's Permanent Representative to the EU: European Union is preparing to review its position towards Russia

    Conditions have become favorable for the EU to soften its policy towards Russia in general, and particularly with regards to sanctions, said Vladimir Chizhov, Russia's permanent representative to the EU, in an interview with the newspaper Izvestia.

    According to Chizhov, toward the end of the month there will be another discussion of one of the three sets of anti-Russian sanctions, which deals with economic measures. These measures expire on July 31st. Along with this, Chizhov stressed that the …

  • EU is considering to allocate 50 million euro to Ukraine

    The President's Humanitarian Envoy at the Minsk peace talks regarding the war in the Donbas, Iryna Herashchenko stated on Facebook that the European Union Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn made an announcement about the consideration of the allocation of 50 million euros to Ukraine for humanitarian and infrastructure projects.

    "Today, Commissioner Hahn has announced that allocation of another 50 million is being considered, which should …

  • Lithuanian foreign minister pushes for new sanctions against Russia

    Western countries must impose additional sanctions on Russia, since the existing ones are not working well enough to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, as stated by the Lithuanian Foreign Minister, Linas Linkevičius, at the GLOBSEC security forum in Bratislava.

    According to him, discussions on the lifting of sanctions are premature since the situation in Ukraine is not changing, and Russia is providing military support to militia in the Donbas.

    Since Lithuania borders with Russia, the situation …

  • EU allocates Ukraine €10 million for reform of state administration

    The European Union allocated Ukraine the first tranche amounting to €10 million in the context of the EU program to “support a thorough reform of the state administration in Ukraine”, the press service of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers reported.

    The European partners noted that they highly appreciate the government’s efforts to reform the state administration, and noted the presence of a political will to implement these changes,” the report states.

    The report notes that at the government …

  • European Union approves visa-free travel for Ukrainians

    The EU council has decided to offer Ukraine a visa-free regime  , wrote Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko  on  his Facebook page on May 11.

    “The EU Council of Ministers has just accepted a final decision to offer us Ukrainian citizens the right to travel without a visa. On May 17 in Strasbourg, in the European Parliament building, as we agreed with our European friends, the relevant legislative act will be signed. This will probably be one of my most important visits in my three years of …

  • EU approves visa-free travel for Ukrainians

    The EU Council approved the final resolution to grant Ukraine a visa-free regime, reports RIA Novosti citing the press service of the EU Council.

    The EU Council resolution will have to be signed by the President of European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, and the Prime Minister of Malta which currently holds the EU Parliament presidency, Joseph Muscat. The resolution will then be published by the EU Official Journal, and the visa-free regime will enter into force 20 days later.

    As stated by the …