Contents tagged with EU

  • For the second time Cyprus blocks EU sanctions against Belarus

    On Friday, September 18, Cyprus for the second time blocked the sanctions of the European Union against Belarus, vetoing the draft punitive measures at the meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the EU countries in Brussels, reports Deutsche Welle.

    Cyprus explained that its opposition to the sanctions against Belarus is because it wants the EU to enforce the punitive measures against Turkey, which conducts gas exploration in the disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean. …

  • EU Court of Justice upholds sanctions on Russian oil giant Rosneft

    The Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg rejected the appeal and upheld the sanctions against Rosneft for violating Ukraine's territorial integrity.

    "The Court of Justice upholds the judgment of the General Court dismissing an action brought against the restrictive measures imposed on Russian oil companies that are members of the Rosneft group in the context of the Ukraine crisis. By its judgment today, the Court of Justice dismisses the companies’ appeal in its entirety," the …

  • EU decides not to impose sanctions against Lukashenko

    The European Union will not impose personal sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, reported the German newspaper Welt.

    Earlier, Reuters, citing an informed Canadian source, reported that the U.S., the EU and Canada are discussing the imposition of sanctions against Minsk because of the disputed results of the presidential elections and the actions of the security forces in suppressing the protesters.

    According to the German newspaper, Germany, France and Italy opposed …

  • EU to impose sanctions against Russia, China and North Korea for cybercrimes

    The European Union has prepared sanctions against Russia, China and North for cybercrimes against a number of countries. The security agencies of Russia, China and North Korea fell under the EU restrictions.

    “EU ambassadors have today decided to adopt asset freezes against Russia's GRU military intel & the intel services of China and NorthKorea over the cyberattacks WannaCry, NotPetya & Cloud Hopper. there will also be visa bans & asset freezes on 6 Russian & Chinese officials,” reported …

  • Russia threatens to deploy nuclear missiles near EU borders

    Russia will deploy medium and shorter-range missiles near EU borders if U.S. missiles are deployed in Europe, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told Interfax.

    According to him, the missiles will be deployed along the borders with Baltics and Poland, if the U.S. moves missiles previously deployed in Germany to these regions, as proposed by the U.S. Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher.

    "Those countries that are now literally fighting for the American military presence in …

  • Germany requests that EU impose sanctions against Russia for cyberattack

    The German government in early June proposed to the EU member states to jointly impose sanctions against Russia for a large-scale cyberattack on the German Bundestag five years ago, but a decision on this issue has not been taken yet, reported DPA news agency, citing a copy of the government's official response to the so-called minor request of the Left Party faction in the German parliament.

    The German government believes that the Russian military intelligence service (GRU) was behind the …

  • 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 …