Contents tagged with EU

  • Ukraine, Norway, Montenegro and Albania extend sanctions against Russia

    The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini announced that Ukraine, Montenegro, Albania and Norway have aligned themselves with the European Union's decision to extend sanctions against the Russian Federation. European Union imposed these sanctions due to the violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

    In September, these four countries supported the European Union Council’s decision, which extended the restrictions on Russia …

  • EU prepares to impose 'chemical' sanctions on Russia

    At today’s session in Luxembourg, the Council of the European Union intends to ratify a new sanction regime against the physical and legal entities responsible for the use and proliferation of chemical weapons. The new sanctions were proposed by the UK and France following the incidents in Syria and in Salisbury which Russia is held responsible for.

    The drafting of the new restrictions began at an EU summit at the end of July which was held directly after an extraordinary session of the …

  • Latvia accuses Russia of cyber attacks

    Latvia’s Constitution Protection Bureau reported that Russian military intelligence service GRU has attempted to gain access to the Latvian government's information using phishing attacks against their computer networks.

    "The cyber attacks in Latvia were carried out by the GRU for the espionage purposes. The most frequent attacks were directed against state institutions, including the defense and foreign affairs sectors," said the statement.

    Less commonly, the GRU attacks were aimed at the …

  • EU demands Sentsov’s release and medical treatment

    The EU is demanding that Russia “not only provide Oleh Sentsov with quick and appropriate medical treatment, but also immediately release him, together with the other Ukrainians being held illegally in Russia and Crimea”.

    A statement to this effect was made by Maja Kocijančič, spokeswoman for the European External Action Service, on the department’s official website on October 7.

    “Oleg Sentsov has shown incredible courage, determination and selflessness during his 145 days of hunger strike. …

  • President of the European Commission not ready for a ‘huge fight’ with Russia

    In an interview with the Austrian newspaper Der Standard, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker stated that the European Union should maintain a dialogue with Russia even after the Russians were accused of cyber-attacks.

    "Despite the increasing dissatisfaction with Russia nowadays, we should again realize that for reasons of security architecture, we should maintain a dialogue with Russia and partly work together,” Juncker said.

    "I am not ready for a huge fight with …

  • Russia's Gazprom announces plans to build new pipelines to Europe

    Even before completing the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and disassembling the redundant gas corridor for South Stream, Gazprom is dreaming of new multi-billion dollar projects.

    The company plans to build new gas pipelines to the EU in order to meet the increased demand for Russian gas, said Alexander Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, at the Russian Energy Week forum on Wednesday.

    “New transport routes need to be created,” he emphasized, adding that this is supposedly “ …

  • EU to restrict cash movement for Russian oligarchs and officials

    The EU authorities have decided to control more strictly the movement of large sums of cash in light of an incident in which Russian senator and billionaire Suleyman Kerimov is believed to have brought nearly €900 million in cash into France in order to launder it through purchasing property on the French Riviera.

    On Tuesday, the Council of the EU confirmed a new customs control regulation to combat the movement of shady capital and money laundering. Persons bringing amounts greater than €10,00 …

  • Polish President reminds that signatories of Budapest Memorandum pledged to protect Ukraine

    After Kyiv acceded to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in 1994, the United Nations made a clear violation of the Budapest Memorandum, by which Russia, the US and Great Britain guaranteed Ukraine's security and respect for its sovereignty and territorial integrity, said Polish President Andrzej Duda in his speech at a meeting of the UN Security Council.

    He believes that in order to be respected, it is very important that the international community abide by its obligations …

  • Hungary wants to ease Russian sanctions

    In an interview with the Russian channel RT, Hungarian Prime Minister Péter Szijjártó said that he believes that there is a need to discuss anti-Russian sanctions instead of automatically renewing them.  

    At the same time, the head of the Hungarian diplomacy substantiates his position by the fact that the sanctions are allegedly useless.

     “Let’s analyze the facts, did the sanctions help the European economy or the Russian economy or, conversely, helped to put pressure on the Russian economy, …

  • Ukrainian Parliament amends the Constitution to reflect Ukraine’s determination to join the EU and NATO

    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine sent draft bill Number 9037 to the Constitutional Court on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine regarding the country’s strategic course to acquire full-fledged membership in the European Union and NATO. 321 People’s Deputies voted for this decision, which was a first step towards amending the Constitution.

    According to the proposed amendments, the Verkhovna Rada’s powers will include "the implementation of the strategic course of the state to acquire full- …