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    Macron to tell Putin EU sanctions to stay
    May29

    Macron to tell Putin EU sanctions to stay

    New French leader to tell Russian president that he wants political solutions in Ukraine and Syria, but EU sanctions are to stay in place. …read more Source:...

    [Ticker] G7 back Russia sanctions but not climate pact
    May28

    [Ticker] G7 back Russia sanctions but not climate pact

    The G7 group of wealthy nations said in a communique in Italy on Saturday that sanctions on Russia should stay in place until it leaves east Ukraine and that they “stand ready to take further restrictive measures” if need be. US leader Trump declined to recommit to the Paris Agreement on climate change. The US “is not in a...

    EU wary over Ukrainian weapons in South Sudan
    May22

    EU wary over Ukrainian weapons in South Sudan

    Ukraine, which had signed an EU arms embargo on South Sudan, has since sold attack helicopters used by the government forces in Juba against civilians and hospitals. …read more Source:...

    [Ticker] France to host Russian president
    May22

    [Ticker] France to host Russian president

    French president Emmanuel Macron will host his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, for a round of talks on 29 May at the Versailles palace outside of Paris. The two are set to discuss Syria and Ukraine, among other issues. The scheduled meeting follows reports of Russian attempts to obstruct the French presidential election against Macron, in...

    [Ticker] Ukraine bans Russian websites
    May17

    [Ticker] Ukraine bans Russian websites

    Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, has banned several Russian internet services on Tuesday (16 May), as part of sanctions over Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The ban includes social media popular among Ukrainians, such as VKontakte, and search engine Yandex. Russia’s foreign ministry condemned the ban. Shortly after its...

    [Ticker] EU states adopt Ukraine visa-free travel
    May12

    [Ticker] EU states adopt Ukraine visa-free travel

    EU states on Thursday adopted a regulation enabling Ukrainians with biometric passports to enter the EU (but not Ireland or the UK) without a visa for up to 90 days for “business, tourist or family purposes”. The visa-free regime is to enter into force 20 days after the European Parliament signs off on the accord on 17 May. Ukrainians...

    EU visa waiver looms for Russia-annexed Crimeans
    May11

    EU visa waiver looms for Russia-annexed Crimeans

    Visa liberalisation for Ukrainians entering the EU will also apply to inhabitants of the peninsula taken over by Moscow in 2014. But the issue poses administrative as well as political problems. …read more Source:...

    [Ticker] Merkel to hold Sochi talks with Putin
    May02

    [Ticker] Merkel to hold Sochi talks with Putin

    German chancellor Angela Merkel will meet Russian president Vladimir Putin on Tuesday in her first visit to Russia since 2015. The meeting, at Putin’s summer residence in Sochi, officially concerns the G20 summit to be held in Hamburg in July. Merkel is also expected to ask Putin to seek an end to the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria by using...

    Russia threat triggers European military spending hike
    Apr24

    Russia threat triggers European military spending hike

    Russia’s annexation of Crimea in Ukraine has intensified military and defence spending throughout much of Central Europe, according to a new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. …read more Source:...

    [Ticker] Land mine kills OSCE observer in Ukraine
    Apr24

    [Ticker] Land mine kills OSCE observer in Ukraine

    One American paramedic working with the European security watchdog, OSCE, was killed and two field officers – one German and the other Czech – were wounded when their vehicle struck a land mine on Sunday while on patrol in eastern Ukrainian. The area is controlled by Russia-backed separatists. It is the first death of an OSCE official...

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