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.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United States plans by the end of next year to station around 150 tanks and armored vehicles in Europe for use by U.S. forces training in Europe as part of the U.S. response to the Ukraine crisis, according to a U.S. military commander.
Some of the tanks and vehicles – enough to equip an armored brigade – could be “pre-positioned” in Poland, Romania or the Baltic states, Lieutenant-General Ben Hodges, commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, said in a telephone interview with Reuters from Wiesbaden, Germany.
BRUSSELS, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The Netherlands, Poland and
Norway are to negotiate with Airbus to buy four
military in-flight refuelling planes, European defence officials
said on Friday.
The three countries are interested in buying a variant of
the Airbus A330 that can be used for aerial refuelling, as well
as for passenger transport, strategic airlift and medical
evacuation operations, the European Defence Agency (EDA), the
European Union’s defence arm, said.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Luxembourg acceded on Thursday to the
demand of the European Commission to release data to further EU
antitrust regulators’ investigation into whether it allowed
multinationals to pay excessively low taxes.
The European Commission launched investigations this year
into whether U.S. retailer Amazon and a unit of Italian
carmaker Fiat benefited from unfair state aid to the
detriment of competitors as a result of Luxembourg’s tax
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s foreign policy chief urged President Vladimir Putin to adopt a “radical change in attitude” and begin cooperating as EU leaders gathered to map out a long-term strategy for dealing with an economically wounded Russia.
Federica Mogherini said the financial crisis hitting Moscow as a result of falling oil prices and Western sanctions was “not good news” and was adding to dangerous global instability. She spoke as she arrived on Thursday at an EU summit in Brussels.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Georgia’s economy has been buffeted by the Russian currency crisis and the Ukrainian conflict but it is still growing strongly, President Georgy Margvelashvili said on Thursday.
Margvelashvili spoke to Reuters from Strasbourg, where he watched the European Parliament ratify an EU-Georgia trade and cooperation accord, describing this as an important step toward Georgia’s eventual goal of EU membership.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union banned investment in Crimea on Thursday, halting European help for Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and outlawing European cruise ships from calling at Crimean ports.
The new measures, which EU governments have signed off on and will take effect on Saturday, reinforce the EU’s policy of not recognizing Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region in March.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders will discuss Russia’s currency crisis on Thursday amid worries it could impact their own economies, but they will not relax sanctions imposed against Moscow over Ukraine, diplomats said.
On the contrary, the EU plans this week to widen a ban on investment in Crimea to target Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and the tourism sector. Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will widen its ban on investment in Crimea to target Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration, EU officials said on Wednesday, tightening sanctions first imposed over Moscow’s annexation of the region.
At a summit on Thursday and Friday in Brussels, EU leaders meeting in the European Council will announce the punitive measures that are also expected to be coordinated with similar steps by the United States, officials have told Reuters.