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.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union said on Friday it had reached an agreement with the United States to use a U.S. firm’s air ambulances to evacuate European doctors or nurses from West Africa if they caught Ebola.
The agreement is one of a range of measures the EU is working on to try to encourage more European healthcare workers to go and care for sick people in Ebola-hit countries of West Africa by reassuring them they would quickly be evacuated for treatment in European hospitals if they contracted the disease.
BRUSSELS, Oct 16 (Reuters) – European Union health ministers
agreed on Thursday to try to improve the systems put in place by
West African nations to screen departing passengers for Ebola,
but disagreed on the need to check travellers arriving in their
Ministers met in Brussels to discuss ways to strengthen
Europe’s defences against a disease that has killed around 4,500
people in West Africa in the latest outbreak, the worst on
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO’s new leader offered an olive branch to Russia on Wednesday, saying he saw no contradiction between a strong alliance and building a constructive relationship with Moscow.
Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who took over on Wednesday as NATO secretary-general, struck a more conciliatory tone towards Moscow than his Danish predecessor Anders Fogh Rasmussen.