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UNIAN: Latvian envoy explains NATO move to reinforce contingent in Baltics

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Without participation in such major international unions as the EU and NATO, it would be very difficult for Latvia to retain its independence in the current geopolitical situation, according to the country’s ambassador to Ukraine Juris Poikans. Read more here. The post UNIAN: Latvian envoy ...

Reuters: Why Poland fell out of step with Europe (Special Report)

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WARSAW – Last winter, Monika Pawlik spent her days crawling through mud and digging trenches in frozen ground, training for Poland’s home guard. Her daughter, Helena, hadn’t yet turned 2 years old. Read more here. The post Reuters: Why Poland fell out of step with Europe (Special Report) ap...

RFE/RL: Italian minister says Rome will oppose extension of EU sanctions on Russia

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Italy’s deputy prime minister says his country will oppose a renewal of European Union sanctions against Russia, but he suggested Rome is not ready to break with the rest of the EU and veto a rollover of the sanctions. Read more here. The post RFE/RL: Italian minister says Rome will oppose ...

Reuters: Italy renews pro-Russia push ahead of EU summit

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BRUSSELS – Italy’s euroskeptic government is pushing for a reduction of tensions between the European Union and Russia but risks isolation in Brussels as EU partners seek instead stronger measures to deter Moscow from interfering in EU affairs. Read more here. The post Reuters: Italy renews...

UNIAN: Poland’s PGNiG challenges EU decision on Russia’s Gazprom

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Poland’s largest state-owned oil and gas company PGNiG has challenged the decision of the European Commission on the antitrust case of Russia’s gas monopoly Gazprom. Read more here. The post UNIAN: Poland’s PGNiG challenges EU decision on Russia’s Gazprom appeared first on...

Time: A Ukrainian who faked his own death was recently found living in a castle with a Rolls Royce

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French police arrested an unnamed “high-profile” Ukrainian who used forged death certificates to evade the authorities, Europol said in a statement on Oct.16. Read more here. The post Time: A Ukrainian who faked his own death was recently found living in a castle with a Rolls Royce appeared first...

RFE/RL: ‘High-profile’ fugitive from Ukraine who faked death held in France

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A “high-profile fugitive” from Ukraine who faked his death and lived a “lavish lifestyle” in France has been arrested, Europol says. Read more here. The post RFE/RL: ‘High-profile’ fugitive from Ukraine who faked death held in France appeared first on KyivPost.

EU Council adopts new sanctions regime to counter chemical weapons

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The European Union Foreign Affairs Council, which is meeting in Luxembourg on October 15, has adopted a new set of restrictive measures to address the use and proliferation of chemical weapons, the council said in a communique. “The EU will now be able to impose sanctions on persons and ent...

RFE/RL: Italy expected to propose reviving EU funding for small Russian businesses

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Italy will propose that the European Union revive funding for small- and medium-sized private businesses in Russia when EU leaders meet in Brussels this week, several sources have told RFE/RL. Read more here. The post RFE/RL: Italy expected to propose reviving EU funding for small Russian busines...

CNN: Ukraine and Russia step up a confrontation, and the US is not a bystander

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In Europe, a shadow conflict is capturing headlines: The Salisbury poisonings and the unmasking of alleged Russian agents in the Netherlands suggest a return to Cold War-style spy games between Russia and the West. In Ukraine, the picture is more stark. A hot war is continuing in the eastern Donb...

Deutsche Welle: EU paves way for Russia sanctions over chemical weapons

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The European Union on Oct. 15 unveiled a legal framework to allow sanctions against the use of chemical weapons. Read more here. The post Deutsche Welle: EU paves way for Russia sanctions over chemical weapons appeared first on KyivPost.

UkrInform: Ukraine supports new EU’s sanctions regime to address use and proliferation of chemica...

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Ukraine is ready to cooperate within a framework of a new EU’s sanctions regime to address the use and proliferation of chemical weapons. Read more here. The post UkrInform: Ukraine supports new EU’s sanctions regime to address use and proliferation of chemical weapons appeared first on KyivPost.

Reuters: Boris Johnson calls for PM May to ditch Brexit border backstop

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BELFAST – Brexit hardliner Boris Johnson, a former foreign minister, called on Prime Minister Theresa May on Oct. 13 to rebuff the European Union’s demand for a special “backstop” deal to avoid a hard border in Ireland after Brexit. Read more here. The post Reuters: Boris Johnson calls for ...

Ukrinform: Ukraine reduces gas imports from EU by almost 25 percent

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In January-September, Ukraine decreased natural gas imports by 24.7 percent compared with the corresponding period last year due to significant gas reserves in the underground storage facilities. Read more here. The post Ukrinform: Ukraine reduces gas imports from EU by almost 25 percent appeared...

Reuters: Italy resisting EU push to impose sanctions over cyberattacks

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BRUSSELS – Italy is resisting a European Union push to impose sanctions on states who carry out cyberattacks, a move that appears in line with Rome’s calls to de-escalate tensions with Russia but that could alienate Italy from its EU allies. Read more here. The post Reuters: Italy resisting...

Bloomberg: Russia presses Europe to break with Trump and help rebuild Syria

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Russia is urging Germany and France to break ranks with their American ally and help rebuild Syria so that refugees can go home, a senior adviser to the Russian government said. Read more here. The post Bloomberg: Russia presses Europe to break with Trump and help rebuild Syria appeared first on ...

Bloomberg: UK, Netherlands lead EU push for new cyber sanctions

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The U.K., the Netherlands and other European Union governments are pushing the bloc to expand the scope of its sanctions regime to include cyberattacks, following alleged attempts by Russian and Chinese operatives to infiltrate the computer systems of agencies in Europe and the U.S. Red more here...

EU Observer: Ukraine activist risks jail at home after EU visits

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Ludmila Kozlowska, a Ukrainian activist barred by Poland from entering the EU on security grounds, is under investigation by Ukrainian security services, the SBU, for treason in a case that could lead to 15 years’ prison, Ukrainian website Stopcor.org has said, citing SBU documents. Belgium...

UkrInform: Minister Semerak says EU should move to ‘more for more’ approach towards Ukraine, Mold...

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Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia have a more ambitious agenda than other Eastern Partnership countries and implement it. Therefore, the EU should proceed to ‘more for more’ approach towards these countries. Read more here. The post UkrInform: Minister Semerak says EU should move to ‘more for more’ ap...

UkrInform: Ukroboronprom, Czech company Excalibur sign memorandum of cooperation

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Ukraine’s State Concern Ukroboronprom and the Czech company Excalibur have signed a memorandum of cooperation to develop, manufacture and promote innovative products in the field of armored vehicles. Read more here. The post UkrInform: Ukroboronprom, Czech company Excalibur sign memorandum of coo...

UkrInform: Klympush-Tsintsadze discusses issuance of British visas to Ukrainians

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Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze has thanked the UK Government for its firm stance on Ukraine and continuation of sanctions against the aggressor. Read more here. The post UkrInform: Klympush-Tsintsadze discusses issuance of Bri...

Reuters: EU’s Sefcovic warns fellow easterners on laws, EU funds

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BRUSSELS – Governments in ex-communist states will face growing budgetary pressure from Brussels if they fail to respect rules on judicial independence, the Slovak commissioner who is running to head the EU executive said on Oct. 8. Read more here. The post Reuters: EU’s Sefcovic warn...

Parubiy: Center for monitoring information space, cyber attacks will start work in Ukraine with s...

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An analytical center will soon start functioning in Ukraine with the support of the United States, which will daily monitor the information space, identify fake news and cyber threats, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy has said. “In the near future, one of the analytical centers of our...

UkrInform: EU calls on Russia to provide proper treatment to Sentsov and release him

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The EU calls on Moscow to provide Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov with proper medical treatment and release him immediately along with other Ukrainians, who have been detained illegally in Russia and Crimea. Read more here. The post UkrInform: EU calls on Russia to provide proper treatment t...

112.ua: EU Parliament to consider situation in the Sea of Azov on October 23

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Deputies will consider the situation in the Sea of Azov at the plenary session of the European Parliament on Oct. 23. Journalist Rikard Jozwiak reported this on Twitter on Oct. 4. Read more here. The post 112.ua: EU Parliament to consider situation in the Sea of Azov on October 23 appeared first ...