BRUSSELS, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Greek and Turkish Cypriots
should both agree to suspend the search for offshore natural gas
until they have reached a settlement to reunify their divided
island, the chief Turkish Cypriot negotiator said on Tuesday.
The island’s hopes of a natural resources bonanza were dealt
a blow last week when it emerged that France’s Total
was likely to abandon its current search for oil and gas off
Cyprus after finding no tangible evidence of reserves.
BRUSSELS, Jan 27 (Reuters) – European Union leaders asked
their foreign ministers on Tuesday to consider possible new
sanctions on Russia in response to a rebel offensive in eastern
Ukraine, but a final decision to impose them is likely to be
left to a summit next month.
Foreign ministers have called an extraordinary meeting for
Thursday after Kiev said 30 civilians were killed in shelling of
the government-held port of Mariupol by pro-Russian rebels on
Saturday, shattering a five-month ceasefire.
BRUSSELS, Jan 26 (Reuters) – European Union hawks on Russia,
including Poland and Lithuania, called on Monday for sanctions
on Moscow to be stepped up after a new offensive by pro-Russian
rebels in eastern Ukraine, but EU power-broker Germany took a
more cautious line.
The EU called an extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers
for Thursday after separatists attacked Mariupol, a strategic
Black Sea port, on Saturday with what NATO said was Russian
support. Kiev said 30 civilians were killed.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO blamed Russian-backed separatists on Monday for a sharp escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine and called on Moscow to stop destabilising Ukraine.
Alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg criticised Russia’s actions and supported Ukraine’s independence after NATO and Ukrainian ambassadors held an extraordinary meeting in Brussels.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO has detected signs of heightened Russian involvement in fighting in parts of eastern Ukraine, the alliance’s top military commander said on Thursday.
U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s supreme allied commander Europe, said fighting in the pro-Russian separatist uprising was now more intense in some places than it was before September’s Minsk ceasefire agreement.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union foreign ministers said on Monday there were no grounds to lift economic sanctions against Russia despite conciliatory proposals from the EU’s foreign policy chief, as violence intensified in Ukraine.
Federica Mogherini had suggested in a confidential memo seen by Reuters that member states could start talking to Russia again about global diplomacy, trade and other issues if Moscow implemented the Minsk agreements to end the separatist conflict.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union said on Monday it would appeal against an EU court ruling that the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the bloc’s terrorist list.
The move was criticised by Hamas but welcomed by Israel, which had condemned last month’s decision by the bloc’s second-highest tribunal that the executive had failed to make its case for blacklisting the movement that controls the Gaza Strip.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU foreign ministers pledged on Monday to counter radical Muslims returning from Syria and Iraq with a better strategy at home and abroad, but ruled out sweeping new laws in the wake of the Jan. 7 Paris attacks.
Following the deadliest assault by militant Islamists on a European city since suicide bombers targeted London’s transport system in 2005, Europe is seeking a united response without new legislation or a prolonged military presence on its streets.
WIESBADEN, Germany, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Russia is working to
develop within a few years the capability to threaten several
neighbours at once on the scale of its present operation in
Ukraine, a senior American general said.
Lieutenant-General Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army forces
in Europe, told Reuters an attack on another neighbour does not
seem like an immediate threat because Moscow appears to have its
hands full in Ukraine for now.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A top U.S. commander voiced concern on Tuesday that Britain’s military spending could fall below a NATO target and said the country’s army did not have enough money for its needs.
The comments by Lieutenant-General Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe, reflect U.S. concern over the declining military capabilities of Britain, one of America’s staunchest allies, at a time when Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region and a pro-Russian rebellion in eastern Ukraine have caused Europe’s worst crisis since the Cold War.