Contents tagged with Europe

  • Ukrainian President warns Europe against Russia's gas blackmail

    The Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline is a geopolitical tool to pressure Western Europe. European countries’ dependence on Russia’s gas supplies opens a large field for blackmail, said president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in an interview with the publication Rheinische Post.

    According to him, the Nord Stream-2 project makes no economic sense. "This is Russia’s attempt to weaken Ukraine, but above all, Putin wants to put geopolitical pressure on Western Europe," believes the Ukrainian president.

    In …

  • Media: Ukraine will not receive next IMF loan tranche this year

    The International Monetary Fund is ready to consider the allocation of the next tranche to Ukraine after the adoption of the state budget for 2019, reported the Ukrainski Novyny news agency with a reference to a source close to the talks.

    The IMF mission worked in Kyiv for two weeks and left Ukraine in the evening of September 19. Neither the Fund nor the government and the National Bank have made any comments on the outcome of the talks.

    According to the agency, the discussions held by the …

  • Lithuania promises not support the EU sanctions against Poland

    Lithuania will oppose the sanctions against Poland imposed by the European Union, stated the Lithuanian Foreign Minister, Linas Linkevičius during the meeting in Vilnius with his Polish colleague, Jacek Czaputowicz, Polish Radio reports.

    "We will oppose the sanctions against Poland. This dialogue is very complicated but we believe that the result will be positive. Our neighbors also want to improve relations with the European Union in the context of the rule of law. Ultimatums and strong …

  • Czech authorities do not see reasons to lift sanctions from Russia

    The authorities of Czech Republic are convinced that there is not yet a reason to lift anti-Russian sanctions of the EU. The Czech leadership came to this conclusion during consultations regarding the implementation of the course of foreign policy of the country, held on Wednesday, in the presidential residence, reports Ceske Noviny.

    During a meeting held at the Prague Castle, all politicians agreed that the reasons, on which anti-Russian sanctions were introduced, still exist. In a joint …

  • Berlin calls on Moscow to stop attacks on Idlib

    Berlin called on Moscow and Tehran to stop the planned attack on the Syrian government troops in the province of Idlib. “Russia and Iran have a special responsibility,” stated the official representative of the German government Steffen Seibert on Wednesday, September 12th. According to him, Moscow has enough influence on the Syrian government to prevent the catastrophe.

    “The chances of a truce depend on Russia,” he indicated. A meeting of the foreign ministers of Germany, Heiko Mass and …

  • Czech President calls sanctions against Russia 'ineffective'

    The sanctions of the European Union against Russia are ineffective and not beneficial, said the President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman during a meeting with Ambassadors of the country, Zpravy news outlet reports.

    The President expressed his approval of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s earlier statement on the need to lift sanctions against Russia. "These sanctions benefit no one. I am pleased that the Prime Minister publicly stated that they are not effective," he said. Zeman also stated …

  • Ukraine prepares sanctions against builders of the Crimean Bridge

    The Ukrainian Government prepared the draft regulation on the application of sanctions against those involved in the construction of the Crimean Bridge.

    The Cabinets of Ministers will send to the National Security and Defense Council for consideration the list of organizations to be subjected to the restrictions, as stated by the Ukrainian Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons. The government plans to introduce sanctions against nineteen Russian entities. …

  • Foreign Ministry of France: It’s too early to send UN peacekeepers to Donbas

    French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said during his speech at the annual gathering of French ambassadors in Paris, on Wednesday, August 29 that it would be premature to send UN peacekeepers to the Donbas,Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    According to the minister, there is not enough political will to enforce the move. "Let's be honest. Without local political will, it’s premature or even counterproductive to consider the possible dispatch of the UN mission," said Le Drian. The Minister added …

  • Peskov: terminating Russian-Ukrainian Friendship Treaty unwise

    Denouncing the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation would be an unwise step for the Ukrainian state. At the same time, the countries’ relations are in a severe crisis, and it would be difficult to make them worse, said Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov, as reported by RBC.

    “Bilateral relations are in a situation which would probably be very difficult make worse, [they are] in the most severe crisis, and there are not yet any …

  • Latvia: Nord Stream-2 pipeline is dangerous for transatlantic relations

    Latvian Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkēvičs believes that Nord Stream-2 can become a big problem in transatlantic relations, as stated in a report on the results of the meeting in the Norwegian city of Stavanger which was published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia.

    Rinkēvičs said that the Nord Stream-2 project threatens to increase dependence on a single gas supplier, which contradicts the principles of the Energy Union.

    “Energy is not only a question of European …