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    Lithuanian diplomat killed in Ukraine
    Aug23

    Lithuanian diplomat killed in Ukraine

    Lithuania has revealed that one of its diplomats has been murdered in eastern Ukraine. Linas Linkevicius, Lithuania’s foreign minister, sent out a tweet saying that “Mykola Zelenec was kidnapped and brutally killed by terrorists there [the embattled city of Luhansk]“. Zelenec was Lithuania’s honorary consul in the city. The...

    Russia aid convoy moves into Ukraine
    Aug22

    Russia aid convoy moves into Ukraine

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has accused Russia of a “flagrant violation of international law” after a convoy of aid lorries crossed the border. Poroshenko said that more than 100 Russian lorries had entered Ukraine without any customs clearance or Red Cross escort. They are heading toward the embattled city of Luhansk, and reports...

    Barroso condemns Ukraine convoy attack
    Aug19

    Barroso condemns Ukraine convoy attack

    José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, spoke with Petro Poroshenko, the president of Ukraine, on 18-19 August, and condemned the shelling of a convoy of refugees in eastern Ukraine that has claimed dozens of lives. In a statement, Barroso called for an inquiry into the attack on the convoy in the Luhansk area on Monday (18...

    EU trade with Russia hit by Ukraine tensions
    Aug18

    EU trade with Russia hit by Ukraine tensions

    Trade between the European Union and Russia fell by €13.1 billion in the first half of 2014, according to estimates published today by Eurostat. Total EU exports to Russia fell by 12% compared with the same period in 2013, from €49.6bn to €43.6bn. Imports from Russia fell by 8%, or €7.1bn. The EU still imports almost twice as much from Russia as...

    Commission pledges to help EU food producers
    Aug18

    Commission pledges to help EU food producers

    The European Commission today (18 August) announced that it will provide support for European food producers who have been affected by Russia’s ban on imports of agricultural products. A total of €125 million will be available to producers, allowing the removal of some surplus products from the market, which are then distributed free, with...

    What I learned from Vladimir Putin
    Aug17

    What I learned from Vladimir Putin

    Is Russian President Vladimir Putin, like most political leaders, predisposed to spinning the truth for his own benefit? Or does he go far beyond that, governing Russia and dealing with his neighbours and the rest of the world with reckless mendacity, abetted by a supine national media? Sometimes, in answering questions like this, we can draw not...

    EU warns Russia over entering Ukraine
    Aug15

    EU warns Russia over entering Ukraine

    European Union foreign ministers have warned Russia that they would treat any military action in Ukraine as a “blatant violation of international law” just as news broke that Ukrainian forces have attacked and destroyed part of a Russian convoy supposedly bringing humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine. A joint statement agreed by foreign ministers...

    Farm ministers to discuss Russia’s EU food ban in early-September
    Aug15

    Farm ministers to discuss Russia’s EU food ban in early-September

    Farm ministers from the European Union will hold a special meeting in Brussels in early September to discuss the effects of Russia’s boycott of Western food on the EU’s farming sector. The decision to hold the meeting was announced today (15 August) following a gathering of the EU’s foreign affairs ministers in Brussels to...

    EU foreign ministers back arms supplies for Kurdish forces
    Aug15

    EU foreign ministers back arms supplies for Kurdish forces

    Foreign ministers from the European Union’s member states have approved the sending of arms to Kurdish security forces fighting militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq. Arms will be provided by member states on an individual basis. France and the UK have announced that they will send arms to Kurdish forces....

    EU foreign ministers converge on Brussels for crisis talks
    Aug15

    EU foreign ministers converge on Brussels for crisis talks

    Foreign ministers from European Union member states are meeting in Brussels today (15 August) for an emergency summit called by Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, earlier this week. The ministers will discuss three ongoing conflicts that have come to a head: Russian troops amassing on the Ukraine border, the Islamic State...

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