BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO’s planned new fast-reaction force, centerpiece of its response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, is proving harder to set up than expected because of shortages of vital equipment and arguments over funding, diplomats say.
NATO leaders meeting in Wales in September agreed on a new “spearhead” force of up to 5,000 ground troops with air, sea and special forces support as part of a plan to reassure eastern European allies nervous about Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
BRUSSELS, (Reuters) – European Union governments may agree to impose personal sanctions on more Russian-backed rebels on Monday in response to a separatist vote in eastern Ukraine, but are unlikely to discuss new steps against Russia itself until mid-December, officials said.
EU foreign ministers discussed how to respond to the Nov. 2 separatist election, which they say has no legal basis, as well as ways to launch reforms in Ukraine and engage Russia in finding a solution to the conflict.
BRUSSELS, Nov 14 (Reuters) – The European Union is refusing
to organise a donors’ conference to help cash-strapped Ukraine
until Kiev produces a detailed blueprint for the country’s
economic development, a top EU official said on Friday.
Brussels has said previously it was ready to host a donors’
conference to raise funds for Ukraine, particularly eastern
regions torn by a separatist uprising.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – With European Union governments divided, a decision on whether to tighten economic sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine conflict is likely to be left to EU leaders, who next meet in mid-December, diplomats said on Thursday.
EU foreign ministers will discuss Ukraine at a meeting in Brussels on Monday, the first chaired by the EU’s new foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. But no decisions on ratcheting up economic sanctions on Russia are expected despite the deteriorating security situation in eastern Ukraine.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Kazakhstan is concerned about falls in the oil price, which have had a “tangible” impact on the Central Asian oil producer, the country’s foreign minister said on Wednesday.
Economic uncertainty, due to fallout from the Ukraine crisis and the drop in oil prices, led Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Tuesday to tap some of the country’s $77 billion oil fund to bolster economic growth.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russia has moved troops closer to the border with Ukraine and continues to support rebels in the country’s east, NATO’s chief said on Tuesday, after an election held by the pro-Russian separatists and condemned by Kiev and Western leaders.
Ukraine’s president said Sunday’s vote flouted terms of a plan to end a war that has killed more than 4,000 people, and that newly formed army units would be sent to defend a string of eastern cities against a possible new rebel offensive.
BRUSSELS, Oct 27 (Reuters) – The European Union warned
Britain on Monday it would put the country’s cherished EU budget
rebate at risk if it tried to change the rules in response to a
surprise 2.1 billion-euro ($2.66 billion) bill from Brussels.
British Prime Minister David Cameron responded angrily last
week to an EU calculation, based on British statistics showing
that the country was wealthier than previously thought, that
London owed more money to the EU budget.
MONS Belgium (Reuters) – Russia still has troops in eastern Ukraine and retains a very capable force on the border despite a partial withdrawal, NATO’s military commander said on Friday.
“We’ve seen a pretty good withdrawal of the Russian forces from inside Ukraine but, make no mistake, there remain Russian forces inside eastern Ukraine,” U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove told reporters at NATO’s military headquarters near Mons in Belgium.
BRUSSELS, Oct 23 (Reuters) – The European Union appointed a
coordinator on Thursday to lead its drive to fight Ebola in West
Africa following criticism that European efforts so far to
contain the world’s worst recorded outbreak of the disease have
Christos Stylianides, who takes over on Nov. 1 as the EU’s
commissioner for humanitarian affairs and crisis management,
will also be the 28-nation bloc’s point man on Ebola.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union imposed sanctions on Tuesday on 12 Syrian government ministers, two senior military figures and a United Arab Emirates company it accused of helping supply oil to Syria.
The moves were part of a gradual tightening of EU sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has clung to power despite a three-year-old civil war in which close to 200,000 people have been killed.