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Dec 3, 2013

Defense chief could sign Afghan pact instead of Karzai: Kerry

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on Tuesday that Afghanistan’s defense minister or government, instead of a reluctant President Hamid Karzai, could sign a security pact enabling some U.S. troops to stay in the country after 2014.

An assembly of Afghan elders, the Loya Jirga, last month endorsed the security deal with the United States, but Karzai said he might not sign it until after elections next April.

Dec 3, 2013

NATO urges Afghan president to sign U.S. security pact quickly

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO leaders urged Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday to swiftly sign a security pact that would enable some U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan after 2014, saying failure to do so could jeopardize security and foreign aid.

U.S. and NATO officials have warned that if Karzai does not sign the security deal with the United States promptly, both the United States and the alliance would have to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and abandon plans to leave behind a smaller training and advisory force.

Dec 2, 2013

NATO says Karzai failure to sign pact would end Afghan mission

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO would have to pull all its troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014 if Afghan President Hamid Karzai does not sign a security pact with the United States, alliance chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday.

An assembly of Afghan elders, the Loya Jirga, last month endorsed the security pact intended to shape the U.S. military presence in the country beyond 2014. But Karzai said he might not sign it until after elections in April.

Nov 29, 2013

Ukraine’s Yanukovich vetoes EU push to save trade deal

VILNIUS, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Viktor
Yanukovich vetoed last-minute attempts by the European Union to
rescue a trade deal that could have been signed at a summit on
Friday and would have signalled a historic shift away from
Russia, EU diplomats said.

Under pressure from Moscow, Yanukovich abandoned plans last
week to sign the agreement, preferring closer ties with
Ukraine’s former Soviet master and dealing a blow to EU efforts
to build closer relations with its eastern neighbours.

Nov 29, 2013

Ukraine’s Yanukovich vetoes last-minute EU push to save trade deal

VILNIUS, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Viktor
Yanukovich has vetoed last-minute attempts by the European Union
to rescue a trade deal that could have been signed at a summit
on Friday and would have signalled a historic shift away from
Russia.

Under pressure from Moscow, Yanukovich abandoned plans last
week to sign the agreement in favour of closer ties with his
country’s former Soviet master, dealing a blow to EU efforts to
build closer relations with its eastern neighbours.

Nov 29, 2013

Ukraine, EU fail to salvage trade pact

VILNIUS, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s President Viktor
Yanukovich failed on Thursday to salvage an ambitious free-trade
pact with the European Union despite a warning that Ukraine was
risking its future by turning its back on the deal.

Ukraine and the 28-nation EU had aimed to sign an ambitious
trade and cooperation agreement at Thursday’s summit in the
Lithuanian capital Vilnius, which would have marked a historic
westwards shift by the former Soviet republic away from Russia’s
orbit.

Nov 28, 2013

EU leaders set for tough table-talk with Ukraine’s Yanukovich

VILNIUS (Reuters) – The European Union told Ukraine it was risking its economic future by rejecting a free-trade deal in favor of closer ties with Russia, hours before a likely frosty encounter on Thursday evening between EU leaders and President Viktor Yanukovich.

Yanukovich flew into the Lithuanian capital Vilnius in time for a dinner in honor of the Eastern Partnership, the EU’s four-year-old outreach program for former Soviet republics, including Ukraine.

Nov 19, 2013

EU takes step towards launching drone programme

BRUSSELS, Nov 19 (Reuters) – European states took a first
step on Tuesday towards developing a drone that could challenge
U.S. dominance of the unmanned aircraft sector.

Defence ministers meeting in Brussels instructed the
European Defence Agency (EDA), the European Union’s defence arm,
to start studying the military requirements and costs of a
future EU surveillance drone that could be produced after 2020.

Nov 18, 2013

EU urges Yanukovich to intervene to save Ukraine trade pact

BRUSSELS, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The European Union urged
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to intervene personally to
end a stand-off over jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko
that is threatening to derail plans to sign an EU-Ukraine trade
deal.

With less than two weeks to go before the agreement is due
to be signed at a summit in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, EU
foreign ministers made clear Ukraine had not yet done enough to
meet the conditions the bloc has laid down for signing.

Nov 17, 2013

EU launches new drive to end deadlock over Ukraine’s Tymoshenko

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union envoys will make another attempt this week to break a deadlock over jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko that has jeopardized plans by the EU and Ukraine to sign a landmark trade and cooperation deal.

The envoys, former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and Irish politician Pat Cox, will return to Kiev for a session of parliament on Tuesday that will try again to pass a law allowing the 52-year-old Tymoshenko to go to Germany for medical treatment of her chronic back pain.

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