Contents tagged with EU

  • Russia refuses to recognize captured Ukrainian sailors as prisoners of war

    On Saturday, the Head of the Russian Investigative Department of the FSB, Mikhail Shishov stated at a broadcasted briefing that Russia would not recognize the Ukrainian sailors detained on November 25 in the Kerch Strait as prisoners of war.

    “The Ukrainians are trying to present their soldiers as prisoners of war, but these Ukrainian citizens were accused of a criminal offense. In accordance with the Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War, signed at Geneva on August 12, 1949, they …

  • EU Ambassadors agreed to impose sanctions because of the elections in Donbas

    Ambassadors of twenty-eight EU countries agreed to impose sanctions against nine individuals responsible for the organization and holding of elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, reported TASS and RIA Novosti, citing sources in Brussels.

    “Ambassadors agreed on sanctions against nine individuals who are responsible for the so-called elections in Eastern Ukraine,” TASS’s source reported. The decision to impose sanctions will be ratified by the EU Council, …

  • European Union developed a plan against Russia’s disinformation

    The European Commission has developed a plan to tackle disinformation from Russia. Its main goal is to prevent the Kremlin from interfering during the European Parliament elections in May 2019, as well as during the elections in the European Union countries in 2020.

    The European Union is convinced that Russia is one of the main threats in regards to the production of disinformation, reports Radio Liberty.

    "Disinformation campaigns related to the war in Syria, the crash of flight MH17 in …

  • EU prepares new sanctions on Russia after Kerch Strait incident

    The EU is considering imposing additional sanctions on Russia due to a recent incident in the Black Sea in which Russian border guards fired on and seized three Ukrainian military boats, injuring three sailors, as announced on Tuesday by Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, following talks with her German colleague Heiko Maas.

    “We’ll see about the issue of further sanctions. Everything depends on this examination of the facts,” said Kneissl, as cited by Bloomberg.

    Kneissl noted that the …

  • EU working on ‘more extensive’ response to Russia’s aggression in Kerch Strait

    The situation surrounding the seizure of Ukrainian military vessels in the Kerch Strait and the wounding of sailors is completely unacceptable, and the EU is working on a “more extensive” international response to Russia’s aggression in the Kerch Strait. A statement to this effect was made today by Maja Kocijančič, official spokesperson of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini.

    “We demand that Russia immediately release the ships and the personnel on board who are in …

  • Ukrainian Parliament supports the bill on the course of Ukraine to NATO and EU

    Based on data from the Ukrainian parliament the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved in the first reading the draft law on amending the country’s constitution.

    The changes, in support of which 311 deputies voted, concern Ukraine’s strategic course on Ukraine’s membership to the European Union and NATO. Twenty-one deputies voted against, three abstained, and 16 did not vote. In total, 351 people participated in the meeting; the rest were not registered in time for the meeting.

    The document …

  • EU prepares new sanctions for ‘elections’ in eastern Ukraine

    The European Union intends to impose sanctions on those who are politically responsible for the holding of so-called elections in the Donbas. Specific decisions are expected soon.

    The so-called elections organized by pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas, will in all likeliness entail new sanctions from Brussels. The EU High Representative for foreign policy and security Federica Mogherini, after consulting with foreign ministers of EU countries, stated that the EU adheres to a unified …

  • Kyiv: US supports Ukraine joining NATO

    The US is expecting Ukraine to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), according to a joint statement by the Ukraine-US Strategic Partnership Commission published on the Ukrainian embassy’s website on Saturday, November 17.

    “Ukraine once again confirmed that NATO membership remains its strategic priority, which was recently consolidated in national legislation. The United States welcomes Ukraine’s aspiration to join NATO, which was set out in the Bucharest Declaration of 2008, and …

  • Poroshenko calls on EU and the United States to increase pressure on Russia because of interference in Ukrainian elections

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with the delegation of the US National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the European Parliament. During the meeting, he called on the EU and the US to increase pressure on Russia because to interventions in the electoral processes in Ukraine, stated the press service of the president.

     “The head of the state discussed with the representatives of NDI and the European Parliament the pre-election situation in the country and the latest development …

  • NATO: elections in the DPR and LPR contradict the Minsk Agreements

    NATO refuses to legitimize the elections that took place in the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics, stated the NATO Press Office on their website on November 11. "They run contrary to the letter and spirit of the Minsk Agreements and undermine efforts towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict,” the statement reads.

    "NATO fully supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. We continue to call on Russia to withdraw …