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Feb 9, 2015

EU delays sanctions by a week to support Ukraine peace talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union delayed putting more Ukrainian separatists and Russians on its sanctions list on Monday to give a Franco-German peace plan for Ukraine time to work.

The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany will meet in Minsk, Belarus, on Wednesday to try to broker a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.

Feb 9, 2015

EU backs Ukraine peace drive, hawks urge no easing of sanctions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union foreign ministers lined up behind a Franco-German effort to end the Ukraine war on Monday but some said the EU must maintain sanctions on Russia until the situation in eastern Ukraine improved.

The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France have agreed to meet in Belarus on Wednesday to try to broker a peace deal for Ukraine amid escalating violence there.

Feb 9, 2015

U.S. arms might fan Ukraine war – OSCE chief

MUNICH (Reuters) – The United States risks provoking a more direct intervention by Russia in the separatist conflict in Ukraine if it sends weapons to Kiev, the head of the OSCE security watchdog said on Sunday.

The United States has said it is considering helping Ukraine defend itself in the face of increasingly confident pro-Russian separatists, whom the West believes have been armed by Moscow.

Feb 8, 2015

U.S. arming of Ukraine would not bring rift with Europe: Mogherini

MUNICH (Reuters) – The European Union’s foreign policy chief said on Sunday she did not expect any transatlantic rift with Washington over Ukraine if the United States went ahead with proposals to supply arms to Kiev.

With pro-Russian separatists making gains in eastern Ukraine, discussions are under way in Washington about whether the United States should send weapons to the Ukrainian army.

Feb 6, 2015

UK concerned over “threatening” Russian nuclear strategy

MUNICH (Reuters) – Britain’s defence minister voiced concern on Friday that Russia may have “lowered the threshold” for using nuclear weapons and said Britain must update its own deterrent in response to Russian modernisation of its nuclear forces.

Russia’s nuclear strategy in a hypothetical future war is coming under greater scrutiny among NATO members as tensions between the Western alliance and Moscow hit their highest level since the Cold War over the Ukraine conflict.

Feb 5, 2015

European defence ministers oppose sending weapons to Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European defence ministers spoke out on Thursday against sending weapons to the Ukrainian army, pointing to a potential transatlantic split if Washington decides to supply arms.

The United States is considering whether to provide weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists, although no decision has been made, senior administration officials said on Monday.

Feb 5, 2015

NATO strengthens forces in eastern Europe against Russia risk

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO defence ministers met on Thursday to sign off on a network of command centres in eastern Europe to rapidly reinforce the region in the event of any threat from Russia, as well as a bigger rapid reaction force and two new regional headquarters.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the measures,

part of the alliance’s response to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, amounted to “the biggest reinforcement of our collective defence” since the end of the Cold War 25 years ago.

Feb 5, 2015

NATO meets to approve strengthening forces in eastern Europe

BRUSSELS, Feb 5 (Reuters) – NATO defence ministers met on
Thursday to sign off on a network of command centres in eastern
Europe to rapidly reinforce the region in the event of any
threat from Russia, as well as a new regional headquarters and a
bigger rapid reaction force.

They were expected to agree to more than double the size of
NATO’s existing rapid reaction force – to 30,000 soldiers from
13,000 – and to flesh out details of a 5,000-strong “spearhead”
force with a faster reaction time of only a few days.

Feb 4, 2015

NATO to strengthen its presence in eastern Europe

BRUSSELS, Feb 5 (Reuters) – NATO defence ministers will on
Thursday strengthen the alliance’s presence in eastern Europe by
setting up a network of small command centres that could rapidly
reinforce the region in the event of any threat from Russia.

Ministers will also decide on the make-up of a new rapid
reaction force and agree to expand a corps-level headquarters in
western Poland as part of a plan to bolster NATO’s eastern flank
in response to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea.

Feb 4, 2015

Insight – Russia’s nuclear strategy raises concerns in NATO

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Concern is growing in NATO over Russia’s nuclear strategy and indications that Russian military planners may be lowering the threshold for using nuclear weapons in any conflict, alliance diplomats say.

NATO officials have drawn up an analysis of Russian nuclear strategy that will be discussed by alliance defence ministers at a meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

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