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Feb 20, 2014

EU likely to hit Ukraine officials with sanctions over crackdown

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union, which just three months ago hoped for a historic new alliance with Ukraine, is likely to call on Thursday for sanctions on Ukrainian officials who ordered a crackdown that killed at least 26 protesters.

A bloody assault on protesters occupying Kiev’s Independence Square spurred a dramatic change of heart by EU governments, which until then had been largely skeptical about the effectiveness of imposing sanctions as a way to spur change in Ukraine.

Feb 19, 2014

Reluctant EU shifts course towards sanctions on Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union shifted course on Wednesday and moved to impose financial and travel restrictions on Ukraine after the death of two dozen protesters in Kiev, even though diplomats have doubts about the effectiveness of sanctions.

Having said less than a week ago that the time was not right for sanctions on President Viktor Yanukovich and his government, officials changed tack after a police crackdown in Kiev left at least 26 people dead on Tuesday.

Feb 17, 2014

EU eases Zimbabwe sanctions, keeps them on Mugabe

BRUSSELS, Feb 17 (Reuters) – The European Union suspended
sanctions on eight of Zimbabwe’s most powerful military and
political figures on Monday, but kept them on President Robert
Mugabe and his wife, in a cautious easing of policy after last
year’s disputed elections.

The 28-nation EU, which imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in
2002 in protest at human rights abuses and violations of
democracy under Mugabe, has gradually eased sanctions over the
last few years to encourage political reform.

Feb 16, 2014

EU halts research, educational talks with Switzerland

BRUSSELS/ZURICH, Feb 16 (Reuters) – The European Union said
on Sunday it has postponed negotiations with Switzerland on its
participation in multibillion-dollar research and educational
schemes in the latest fallout from a shock Swiss vote in favour
of immigration curbs.

The decision follows Switzerland’s announcement that the
result of last week’s referendum on immigration means that it
will not be able to sign a labour market pact with new EU member
Croatia on July 1 as planned.

Feb 14, 2014

Exclusive: Russia, NATO plan joint operation on Syria’s chemical weapons

MOSCOW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russia and NATO are drawing up plans for a rare joint naval operation in the Mediterranean to protect the U.S. ship that will destroy Syria’s deadliest chemical weapons, officials and other sources said.

The operation would be a symbolic breakthrough at a time when NATO-Russian relations are strained over NATO’s anti-missile shield and East-West tensions are running high over Ukraine.

Feb 14, 2014

Russia, NATO plan joint operation on Syria’s chemical weapons

MOSCOW/BRUSSELS, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Russia and NATO are
drawing up plans for a rare joint naval operation in the
Mediterranean to protect the U.S. ship that will destroy Syria’s
deadliest chemical weapons, officials and other sources said.

The operation would be a symbolic breakthrough at a time
when NATO-Russian relations are strained over NATO’s
anti-missile shield and East-West tensions are running high over
Ukraine.

Feb 13, 2014

EU force to create ‘safe haven’ in Central African Republic

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The small military force the European Union plans to send to violence-torn Central African Republic will focus on swiftly creating a safe haven in part of the capital Bangui, its French commander said on Thursday.

The 500-strong force will have just six months from when it becomes fully operational to help improve security and so “must attain visible results very quickly,” Major-General Philippe Ponties told a news conference.

Feb 11, 2014

EU to ease sanctions on Zimbabwe, but not on Mugabe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is to further ease sanctions on Zimbabwe next week, but will keep a travel ban and asset freeze on President Robert Mugabe and his wife, EU sources said on Tuesday.

But the EU has held out an olive branch to Mugabe, inviting him to take part in an EU-Africa summit in Brussels in April and granting him an exemption from sanctions to visit Europe.

Feb 5, 2014

NATO raps Russia for expanding border into Georgia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO criticized Russia on Wednesday for expanding its border deeper into Georgia’s breakaway Abkhazia region, a move Moscow has portrayed as a temporary step to expand a security zone around the Sochi Winter Olympics.

“We have noted the recent decision to temporarily extend the so-called border zone of Abkhazia further into Georgian territory without the Georgian government’s consent,” NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

Feb 4, 2014

Georgia says Russian pressure will not divert it from EU goal

BRUSSELS, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Georgia is determined to sign a
trade and cooperation agreement with the European Union by
August and will not be pushed off course by Russian pressure as
Ukraine was, Georgian Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili said on
Tuesday.

“Nothing will stop us … We see our future in the European
Union,” Garibashvili told Reuters during his first visit to
Brussels since he became prime minister in November.

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      "I am part of Reuters UK reporting team, writing mainly about UK politics and foreign policy. My previous postings with Reuters were in Spain, Belgium, the United States, Colombia, Nicaragua and South Africa."
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