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Apr 23, 2014

U.S. will allow just “days” for implementation of Geneva deal

BRUSSELS, April 23 (Reuters) – Russia has not fulfilled its
part of an international agreement to defuse tension in Ukraine
and Washington will only wait “days” more for the accord to be
implemented, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.

“Russia has not taken the steps that it needs to take” under
the agreement reached in Geneva last week, Daniel Baer, the U.S.
Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in
Europe (OSCE), said.

Apr 22, 2014

EU gives Geneva deal a chance before adopting new Russia sanctions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is holding off imposing further sanctions on Russia for now over its actions in Ukraine until it sees if a deal reached in Geneva last week works, EU diplomats said on Tuesday.

EU foreign ministers agreed on April 14 to step up sanctions by expanding their list of 33 people targeted with asset freezes and visa bans for their roles in Moscow’s seizure and annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in February.

Apr 17, 2014

NATO to send ships to Baltic to bolster defense of eastern European allies

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO is sending part of its naval rapid reaction force to the Baltic Sea as part of a drive to step up the defense of eastern European allies in response to the crisis in Ukraine, the military alliance said on Thursday.

Separately, Canada said it had offered six CF-18 fighter planes as its contribution to NATO efforts to beef up its presence in eastern Europe and reassure nervous allies there that NATO would protect them in the event of any Russian aggression.

Apr 17, 2014

NATO to send ships to Baltic to bolster defence of E.European allies

BRUSSELS, April 17 (Reuters) – NATO is sending part of its
naval rapid reaction force to the Baltic Sea as part of a drive
to step up the defence of eastern European allies in response to
the crisis in Ukraine, the military alliance said on Thursday.

Separately, Canada said it had offered six CF-18 fighter
planes as its contribution to NATO efforts to beef up its
presence in eastern Europe and reassure nervous allies there
that NATO would protect them in the event of any Russian
aggression.

Apr 16, 2014

NATO to bolster security of eastern allies worried over Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO said on Wednesday it would send more ships, planes and troops to eastern Europe to reassure allies worried by Russia’s annexation of Crimea but shied away from new permanent bases in the east as Poland wanted.

“You will see deployments at sea, in the air, on land to take place immediately, that means within days,” NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told a news conference after NATO ambassadors agreed the measures.

Apr 15, 2014

Russia’s Ukraine tactics sharpen EU split on sanctions

PARIS/LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Russia’s tactics of fostering instability in Ukraine without further overt military intervention are sharpening divisions in the European Union over whether to impose economic sanctions, making an early decision to get tough very unlikely.

EU foreign ministers decided on Monday to expand their list of 33 individuals targeted with asset freezes and visa bans for their roles in Moscow’s seizure and annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in February.

Apr 15, 2014

NATO chief accuses Russia of deep involvement in east Ukraine

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Russia is deeply involved in the crisis in eastern Ukraine where pro-Moscow separatists have seized control of a number of government buildings, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Tuesday.

The frank remarks from the head of the western military alliance underline rising tensions with Moscow, which says it is not involved in the armed pro-Russian protests in eastern Ukraine.

Apr 14, 2014

EU agrees to expand Russia sanctions, may hold emergency summit on Ukraine

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on Monday to step up sanctions against Russia over Ukraine by expanding a list of people targeted with asset freezes and visa bans, and said the bloc could hold an emergency summit next week to adopt further measures.

EU foreign ministers acted in response to a deepening of the crisis in Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists ignored an ultimatum on Monday to leave occupied government buildings in the east of the country.

Apr 14, 2014

EU could hold emergency summit to agree new sanctions on Russia

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – The European Union could hold an emergency summit next week to impose further sanctions against Russia if there is no breakthrough at talks with Ukraine scheduled for Thursday in Geneva, France’s foreign minister said on Monday.

At a meeting in Luxembourg, several EU foreign ministers threatened Moscow with new sanctions over its actions in eastern Ukraine, although some said diplomacy should be given time before firm decisions are taken.

Apr 14, 2014

EU threatens Russia with more sanctions over Ukraine

LUXEMBOURG, April 14 (Reuters) – The European Union
threatened Russia with more sanctions on Monday over its actions
in eastern Ukraine, which Britain said was being destabilised by
Moscow, although some EU states said diplomacy should be given
more time.

Ukraine dominated talks among EU foreign ministers after
Kiev threatened military action against pro-Russian separatists
occupying government buildings in the east.

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