Contents tagged with EU

  • Ukraine intends to join EU Digital Single Market

    European Union Assessment Mission has started its work in Ukraine. Its goal is to test the readiness of the telecommunications sector of Ukraine for integration into the EU Digital Single Market (DSM), reports the press service of Ukrainian President.

    On August 17, Zelensky's adviser Mikhail Fedorov had a meeting with an Assessment Mission in the President's Office. The representatives of the General Directorate of the European Commission DG Connect also participated in the meeting.

    "The …

  • EU develops guidelines for Russian passports issued in Donbas

    The EU official representative stated that the European Union is developing "unified guidelines" to "help identify and prevent the use" of Russian passports issued to residents territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian militants, reports Deutsche Welle.

    The European Commission works on the instructions for EU member countries and their consulates in cooperation with the European External Action Service, as well as EU delegations in Kyiv and Moscow. The …

  • Lithuania demands that all EU members stop recognizing Russian passports issued to Donbas residents

    Lithuania intends to demand that the EU does not recognize Russian passports issued to residents of the territory of the Donbas which is not under Ukraine’s control, said the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry as reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

    "At the moment we are actively working on a coordinated response at the EU level to the ongoing violations of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, including illegally issued documents to the residents of Ukraine in the temporarily occupied by Russia …

  • European Commission steps in to save Russian gas transit through Ukraine

    The European Commission has proposed a 10-year contract for the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine as of January 1, 2020. The initiative will be discussed during trilateral ministerial negotiations that the European regulator intends to hold on September 16, reports TASS news agency, citing a diplomatic source in Brussels.

    The source claims that Maros Sefcovic, Vice President of the European Commission’s Energy Union, sent the relevant letter to Moscow and Kyiv last week. “Both parties …

  • Russia and Belarus to strengthen control over import of products from EU

    Russia and Belarus will strengthen control on the common border of the Eurasian Economic Union with the EU countries due to the outbreak of African swine fever in Eastern Europe, reads the message of the Rosselkhoznadzor (Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision).

    Rosselkhoznadzor, together with the Department of Veterinary and Food Supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Belarus, will provide additional control measures. Special attention will be …

  • EU condemns detention of protesters in Moscow

    A spokesperson for EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Maja Kocijančič commented on the arrest of more than a thousand participants of the uncoordinated protest in Moscow.

    According to her, the actions of the Russian Security Forces are a violation of the rights to freedom of assembly, expression, and association that are established in the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

    Kocijančič noted that well-known opposition representatives and journalists were among the detainees and called …

  • Russia classifies all data on economic activity in Crimea

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin told the Glavcom news agency that Russia has now classified all information on economic activity in Crimea.

    “[The Russian authorities in Crimea] have even classified all data on economic activity within Crimea. I understand that many people who held different positions there in 2014 have now realized that all the people who do something there are paratroopers from Russia,” the Ukrainian diplomat remarked.

    He believes that maintaining internal stability …

  • Denmark gives go ahead to Baltic Pipe construction to Poland

    The Baltic Pipe, a project to supply Norwegian gas to Poland, has received its first approval from the Danish government, while Copenhagen is delaying giving consent to the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The Danish Environmental Protection Agency announced on its website that it has authorized the construction of the Baltic Pipe.

    The Danish gas transit operator Energinet now needs to obtain authorization from the 13 municipalities whose territory the land-based portion of the …

  • Ukraine extends embargo on Russian goods

    The Ukrainian government has extended the embargo on a number of Russian products until 2020, the press service of the Ukrainian cabinet of ministers announced on Monday 15 July. Originally the embargo was imposed at the end of 2015 as a response to similar restrictions imposed by Russia. On 15 May 2019, Kyiv decided to significantly expand the list of goods that may not be imported from Russia.

    Since 1 July 2019, the embargo has applied to the raw materials for producing cement, all prepared …

  • Putin expresses hope for full restoration of relations with EU

    At a press conference after the meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Rome, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia hopes that the new EU leadership will be interested in restoring full-fledged relations with Moscow.

    "About the assessment of Ursula Von der Leyen (the candidate for the post of the European Commission President) ... We do not know how she will present herself," he said as quoted by RBC news agency.

    "We have been used to the fact that Russia should take …