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  • France sees no progress in relations with Russia

    France's attempts to build new relations with Russia and return it to the ranks of leading industrialized countries have not yet yielded results, said French Defense Minister Florence Parly.

    French President Emmanuel Macron believes that pushing Russia away is a "big strategic mistake" and wants to enlist Moscow's help in resolving various crises in the world, while reducing the level of mistrust between Russia, NATO and the EU.

    In September, Macron sent defense and foreign ministers to …

  • EU extends economic sanctions against Russia

    The European Union has extended economic sanctions against Russia for another 6 months in connection with the situation in eastern Ukraine, said the Council of the European Union in a statement.

    The decision was taken after the latest assessment of the state of implementation of the Minsk agreements, which require Russia to hand over control of the border in the Donbas region to Kyiv.

    During a video conference on June 19, EU leaders stated that the agreements concluded in 2015 remain …

  • Ukraine hopes to renegotiate Association Agreement with EU

    Now is a very good time for Ukraine to renegotiate the terms of the Association Agreement with the EU and deepen cooperation with European countries, Vadym Prystaiko, Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, told DW.

    "Now is a very good time, because it is just almost a ten-year period, when we can revise the terms and renegotiate the conditions. Our manufacturers have been waiting for it. Because most of the quotas that are set, they no longer suit us, we …

  • Russia asks Italy for a favor in return for coronavirus aid

    The representative of the Italian Five Star Movement and the president of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Vito Petrocelli received a letter from his colleague in the Russian State Duma Leonid Slutsky, in which Slutsky asks that Italy help lift the sanctions, writes the Italian newspaper Linkiesta.

    "Finally, Moscow sent a bill for the aid (including military) which was sent to Italy to fight the coronavirus," the newspaper writes.

    In the letter, Slutsky point out to Russia’s assistance …

  • EU allocates 80 million euros to Ukraine to fight coronavirus

    The European Union has allocated 80 million euros to Ukraine to fight the coronavirus, as reported on the website of the EU Mission in Ukraine

    "Ukraine, which continues to suffer from Russian aggression and illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, has also been adversely affected by the pandemic in all spheres of life. The European Union welcomes the preventive measures taken by the Ukrainian government in response to the spread of COVID-19. We recognize the complexity of some of these …

  • European Union extends sanctions against Russia for another six months

    The Council of Europe extended the sanctions imposed in 2014 against Russian companies and individuals until September 15, 2020.

    It is noted that restrictive measures will continue to apply to 175 individuals - citizens of Russia and Ukraine - and 44 organizations and companies.

    According to RBC news agency, the deputy chairman of the Russian Federation Council, Evgeny Bushmin, who died on October 6, 2019, and Valery Medvedev, chairman of the Sevastopol City Electoral Commission, who died on …

  • U.S. urges EU to impose sanctions on ‘Putin’s Chef’

    Senate senior minority leader Chuck Schumer and four other senators have asked the European Union to impose sanctions on Russian businessman Evgeny Prigozhin because his of involvement in the meddling in the upcoming presidential election, the Foreign Relations Committee said in a statement.

    The senators accused the businessman and his companies of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

    "As the presidential election in the United States draws closer, our concerns about foreign …

  • Polish Foreign Minister: Russia a threat to the EU

    Russia is a "serious threat" to the European Union, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said during the 56th Munich Security Conference, RFM24 reports.

    "We believe that Russia is a very serious threat, that it is a serious player acting to the detriment of the interests of the West, at the expense of democracy. Therefore, Europe and the European Union should unite here with other countries, first of all with the United States," Czaputowicz said.

    In addition, the Polish minister …

  • EU imposes sanctions against Sevastopol Governor and head of Crimean cabinet of ministers

    The EU has imposed personal sanctions on the officials who were involved in the organization of elections in Crimea, including the chairman of the council of ministers of Crimea, the current governor of Sevastopol, and several members of the City Election Commission.

    The EU’s Ukraine-related sanctions will now apply to seven people whose actions relating to elections the EU believes undermined or threatened the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, and whose …

  • Russian gas deliveries to Europe drop by 20 percent

    Gazprom started 2020 by significantly reducing its gas deliveries to Europe. During the first eight days of January, Russian gas exports dropped by 20%, writes Kommersant, citing statistics from gas operators.

    Transit through Ukraine has dropped by nearly two thirds, from 262 to 91 million cubic meters per day. On January 7, Gazprom supplied only half the average volume stipulated by its transit contract with Ukraine (180 million cubic meters), even though it will still have to pay for the …