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Defeating trip to Moscow

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8.2.2021 – After a defeating trip to Moscow, EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell on Sunday (7 February) tried to explain and justify his controversial trip to Moscow but admitted that relations between the EU and Russia have hit rock bottom. Borrell’s controversial visit to Moscow, which ended on Saturday, had raised eyebrows among EU diplomats [...]

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Summit between EU and Ukraine


8.7.2019 – The 21st bilateral summit between the European Union and Ukraine takes place in Kyiv this afternoon, with Ukraine’s progress in its reform path, supported by the European Union, high on the agenda. The summit will be the first since the new President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, took office on 20 May, and follows [...]

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WTO confirms Russian duties on EU vans are illegal


23.3.2018 – The WTO Appellate Body yesterday dismissed Russia’s appeal and upheld the EU’s arguments in the dispute on the anti-dumping duties imposed by Russia in 2013 on imports of European light commercial vehicles (LCVs). “I am glad to see that the WTO Appellate Body confirms the 2017 WTO ruling. It’s important that every member [...]

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The Return of the Balkan Question

“One must Europeanize the Balkans, in order to avoid the Balkanization of Europe.” I wrote those words with the French political scientist Jacques Rupnik in 1991, just as war was breaking out among Yugoslavia’s successor states. The fighting would last until the end of the decade, claim thousands of lives, and twice require the intervention [...]

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The Battle for Russia

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When I heard the news about the assassination of the Russian politician Boris Nemtsov in Moscow, I was reminded of a conversation I once had with a Soviet dignitary before the fall of the Berlin Wall. We were walking alone in the park at Versailles, talking in general terms about the twentieth century and its [...]

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Latest news from Ukraine


Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Russian opposition politician, and Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, was killed because he was going to reveal evidence of Moscow’s involvement in the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine. Slowly, the West is realizing that Ukraine needs help to prevail in Russia’s war against the nation. Several countries are now sending military [...]

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Member States uncoordinated on South Stream project


Following the surprise announcement by Vladimir Putin to end the South stream project in Europe, representatives of Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Romania and Slovenia met with European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič to discuss gas infrastructure priorities for Central- and South-Eastern Europe. Member States directly concerned and the Vice-President discussed the announcement and [...]

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Post-Soviet Confidence Games

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By Stefan Wolff LONDON – It is starting to look like a pattern. After painstaking talks, the parties in the Ukraine conflict come to an agreement – only to have it fall apart or fail to be fully implemented. At least three separate deals to resolve the crisis have been struck, and each has quickly [...]

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Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the latest developments in Ukraine

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“The most recent reports  ( november 9) by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine about convoys in separatist held areas with substantial amounts of heavy weapons, tanks and troops without insignia moving westwards represent a very worrying development. This comes in addition to reported heavy outgoing shelling overnight from the Donetsk area and reports [...]

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Debate on EU – Russia

At 19:30 on the 21st October, deBuren will be hosting a debate on the relationship between Europe and Russia, with a special focus on the Ukrainian situation. This debate will be in English and take place in deBuren’s premises at Leopoldstraat 6, 1000 Brussel. Entry will cost €5 and links to the ticket reservation can be found below.

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Russia responded to EU sanctions


Russia responded to the tightening of sanctions by the European Union with a total ban on imports for fruit, vegetables, meat, milk and dairy products from the U.S., EU, Australia, Canada and Norway. The EU has decided to tighten sanctions against Russia after the downing a Malaysian aircraft over Ukraine by militant separatists, which are [...]

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The choices are “yes, now” or “yes, later”

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Voters in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea who will vote in the March 16 referendum, have two choices – join Russia immediately or declare independence and then join Russia. Acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov has annulled the referendum as illegal and unconstitutional, but the pro-Kremlin Crimean authorities, who took power on Feb. 27, do not recognize the legitimacy of [...]

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Putin’s Anschluss of Crimea

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Putin’s administration has prepared a law on the accession of Crimea to Russia and expecting Duma to pass it.  A brief summary:  1.When it is impossible to conclude an international agreement due to lack of effective foreign state sovereign government, there is an obligation to protect the citizens, to respect their rights and freedoms, providing [...]

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