Contents tagged with EU

  • Russia bans entry to 8 EU politicians

    Russia has banned entry to eight citizens of the European Union in response to the restrictive measures imposed by the EU Council on March 2 and 22 this year against six Russian citizens, said the Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement.

    The list includes:

    -Ivars Abolins, Chairman of The National Electronic Mass Media Council ofthe Republic of Latvia on ;

    -Maris Baltins, Director of the State Language Centre of the Republic of Latvia;

    -Jacques Maie, member of the French delegation at the …

  • European Parliament calls for oil and gas embargo on Russia in the event of invasion of Ukraine

    The European Parliament has adopted a tough anti-Russian resolution, which provides for a halt in imports of Russian oil and gas to the EU, and the disconnection of Russia from SWIFT payment system in the event of a direct Russian invasion of Ukraine, reported Deutsche Welle.

    The document was supported by 569 MEPs, 67 opposed, 46 abstained.

    The European Parliament regards as "threatening and destabilizing" Russia's build-up of troops near the border of Ukraine and in the annexed Crimea. …

  • European MPs call for disconnecting Russia from SWIFT

    The head of the leading European Parliament’s faction, the European People's Party, Manfred Weber called for tougher sanctions against Russia in case of escalation in eastern Ukraine or deterioration of the health of Alexei Navalny, who is on a hunger strike in the penal colony.

    Russia is "continuing the course of dangerous provocations" and "strengthening the military presence around eastern Ukraine is a test for the West," Weber said in an interview with the Funke media group.

    The answer, …

  • Lavrov: EU relations with Russia destroyed by ‘Brussels’ unilateral decisions’

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia has no relations with the European Union. According to him, the EU has destroyed all mechanisms and infrastructure with its unilateral steps, reports the Russian news agency Interfax.

    "We have a good neighbor China, and the European Union is also our neighbor We have always been interested in promoting our relations across all directions. Europe has severed these relations, simply destroying all the mechanisms that were created for many years. …

  • EU prepares new sanctions against Russia

    Ambassadors of the 27 EU member states have agreed on new sanctions against individuals, including Russian citizens, responsible for human rights violations, reported TASS, citing its source in the delegation of one of the European countries in the EU Council.

    "Permanent representatives have tentatively agreed on a new blacklist over human rights violations, which includes individuals from different countries, including China, Libya and Russia," he said. According to the diplomat, it is …

  • EU: Germany is the main target of Russian disinformation campaign

    Germany has become the target of Russian disinformation campaigns more often than other EU countries, said the European External Action Service (EEAS) in a report.

    The report was prepared by the working group on strategic communications "East StratCom" created to counter disinformation from Russia.

    "No other EU Member State is attacked more fiercely through disinformation than Germany," the report says. According to EEAS, this is a campaign both at the political level and in the pro-Kremlin …

  • U.S. and EU slam sanctions on Russia over Navalny’s prosecution

    The U.S. and the European Union, after almost a month and a half of deliberations, decided on retaliatory measures in connection with the poising of the Russian opposition politician, Alexei Navalny. Navalny was poisoned in the summer with the Novichok nerve agent and was sentenced to 3 year in penal colony after returning to Russia from Germany.

    Almost every top official of the Russian security agencies came under personal sanctions with freezing of assets and visa bans.

    The head of the …

  • EU prepares to impose sanctions on Russia over Navalny’s prosecution

    The European Council may impose new sanctions against the Russian authorities in connection with the persecution of Alexei Navalny, said the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn.

    According to him, the new measures should be legally indisputable and directed against officials from Russian law enforcement agencies.

    Asselborn noted that during his tenure, the crisis in relations between Russia and the EU has never been so deep. The Minister believes that Alexei …

  • Lavrov: Russia's relations with EU started to deteriorate after Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity

    After talks with his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the deterioration of relations between Russia and the European Union has been going on for a long time, and the EU initiated this.

    According to Lavrov, "anyone who is not interested in the situation in Europe" understands that this process began many years ago”.

    Lavrov believes that it all started in 2014, after the Ukrainian the Revolution of Dignity.

    According to Lavrov, it was then …

  • Estonian PM: Russia has humiliated Europe

    Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas believes that the results of the visit of the EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell to Moscow are humiliating. "Russia has humiliated the representative of Europe, humiliated Europe," said Kallas speaking in the country's parliament.

    "I think all this will cool down people who naively hoped that a dialogue with Russia is possible. Russia definitely does not want dialogue, and we must proceed from this fact," …