Contents tagged with Europe

  • Lithuanian president calls Trump’s pressure on NATO allies 'positive aggression'

    On the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė described the pressure placed by US President Donald Trump on NATO allies with respect to defense financing as “positive aggression” which resulted in success, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

     “We confirm once again that President Trump’s pressure worked. Something I call ‘positive aggression’, in a good sense,” Grybauskaitė said.

    This was the Lithuanian president’s take on the unplanned meeting of NATO leaders …

  • NATO Commander claims Baltic presence is vital to counter Russian aggression  

    NATO's deployment of additional resources to the Baltic region despite Russia's opposition was a "necessary step" based on Moscow's "aggressive actions," the NATO supreme commander Europe, Curtis Scaparrotti says.   Speaking to Radio Liberty on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels on July 12, Scaparrotti said that "four battalions is not a threat to Russia," referring to the additional forces stationed on the alliance's eastern flank and in Poland in recent months. According to him, it …

  • Head of European Council: Crimean Bridge one of the reasons for extending sanctions against Russia

    The Crimean Bridge has become one of the reasons for extending the economic sanctions of the European Union against Russia, stated the Head of the European Council, Donald Tusk after the EU-Ukraine Summit.   Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko also took part in the negotiations with the leaders of the European Union at the meeting that took place in Brussels. “The sanctions made the Kremlin pay a high price, and they will continue to pay,” the President said after Summit.     Earlier, when …

  • Germany suspects two companies of delivering titanium ore to Crimea

    Two German companies, Hansa Heavy Lift and Heinz Corleis are suspected of violating sanctions regarding the Crimea, German radio station Deutschlandfunk reported, prompting the Prosecutor’s Office of Hamburg to file criminal charges against them.

    Allegedly, the companies were to deliver titanium ore to the Russian mainland but cargo ended up in the Crimea instead, Deutschlandfunk say.

    The HHL Mississippi cargo ship belonging to Hansa Heavy Lift was in Kavkaz port in Krasnodar on November 23, 2 …

  • European Commission confirms date for gas transit negotiations with Ukraine and Russia

    The trilateral negotiations between Ukraine, the EU and Russia on gas transit will take place on July 17. Unofficial information about this appeared on Wednesday, July 4, and on Thursday it was confirmed by European Commission (EC) Vice President Maroš Šefčovič in a statement on the EC’s official website. “Constructive and stable co-operation between Russia and Ukraine in the field of energy is of utmost importance for both countries and the European Union. The need for a continued, long-term …

  • President of the European Parliament approves allocation of 1 billion euro for Ukraine

    President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani signed the decision to allocate one billion euro of macro-financial assistance for Ukraine. This was stated by the representative of Ukraine to the European Union, Mykola Tochytskyi.

    "Decision of the EP and the Council providing the Macro-financial assistance to Ukraine amounting 1bn EUR has been signed today by President Tajani and Austrian Presidency on the  eve  of 20th UA-EU Summit. Thanks a lot for the support to all friends of Ukraine …

  • Europe to abandon Russian Soyuz launch vehicles

    By 2023, Europe plans to stop using Russian Soyuz-ST launch vehicles for launches from the Kourou Space Center, RIA Novosti news agency reports with reference to a source in the European space industry.

    According to the source, Europeans will replace the Soyuz with their own carrier rocket, Ariane 6 that has two lateral accelerators. The source of RIA Novosti reports that the first launch of Ariane 6 is scheduled for July 16, 2020. The launch could be postponed for a year, and given the …

  • Europe cuts back on Russian oil purchases by 20% due to poor quality

    Europe continues to cut back on its oil purchases from Russia due to the dropping quality of the Urals variety.

    At the end of January-May, shipments to the EU through the primary ports of export fell by double-digit figures, Transneft vice president Sergey Andronov told Vedomosti.

    European clients bought 24% less from Primorsk than last year (16.1 million tons). Shipments out of Novorossiysk fell by 17% (to 7.7 million tons), and shipments from Ust-Luga by 26%.

    Only the export volumes to …

  • Media: NATO to create rapid response force in Europe to counter Russia

    In addition to the existing forces, NATO intends to create a 30,000 strong rapid response force in Europe in case of a Russian attack, writes the German news outlet Welt am Sonntag (WamS).  

    Representatives of 23 EU governments have signed a declaration on their intentions to participate in a “permanent structured security and defense collaboration”. The final decision is scheduled to be made in December.

    There are plans for the rapid response forces to have several hundreds of military …

  • European MP: there is evidence that Putin pays those who support him in European Parliament

    Supporters of the Russian President Vladimir Putin, who receive money from Moscow, are operating actively in the European Parliament, Ukrinform reports, with reference to a statement by the Lithuanian MEP and chairman of the EU Informal Group “Friends of European Ukraine”, Petras Auštrevičius.

    “We have a lot of people with impartial views, and we have information about the situation in Ukraine—we are Ukraine's strong supporters,” Auštrevičius stated. “We do our best in this respect. At the …