BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russian aid to eastern Ukraine must be vetted and distributed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to make sure it is not used for political ends, the European Union’s humanitarian aid chief said on Tuesday.
A Russian convoy carrying food, water and other aid set off on Tuesday for eastern Ukraine, but Kiev said it would not allow the vehicles to cross onto its territory.
BRUSSELS/DONETSK (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Monday Russia is sending an aid convoy to eastern Ukraine despite urgent Western warnings against using humanitarian help as a pretext for an invasion.
With Ukraine reporting Russia has massed 45,000 troops on its border, NATO said there was a “high probability” that Moscow could intervene militarily in the country’s east, where Kiev’s forces are closing in on pro-Russian separatists.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO will soon be forced to take a decision on a total pullout from Afghanistan unless a deadlock over the country’s election ends and a new president signs an agreement allowing foreign forces to stay, the head of the alliance said on Monday.
Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told Reuters the Sept. 4-5 NATO summit in Wales would be very close to a deadline for taking that decision.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday he saw a “high probability” that Russia could intervene militarily in eastern Ukraine and that NATO detected no sign that Moscow was pulling back thousands of troops from close to the Ukrainian border.
Asked in a Reuters interview how he rated the chances of a Russian military intervention, Rasmussen said: “There is a high probability.”
BRUSSELS/DONETSK (Reuters) – NATO said on Monday there was a “high probability” that Russia could launch an invasion of Ukraine, where the government said its troops have been closing in on Donetsk, the main city held by pro-Russian rebels.
Kiev said it was in the “final stages” of recapturing Donetsk, by far the biggest city under the control of the pro-Russian rebels. The battle for the city could be a decisive turning point in a conflict which has caused the biggest confrontation between Russia and the West since the Cold War.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union reached outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behaviour in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector.
The sanctions on access to capital markets, arms and hi-tech goods are also likely to apply only to future contracts, leaving France free to go ahead with the controversial delivery of Mistral helicopter carriers being built for Russia.
BRUSSELS, July 25 (Reuters) – European Union ambassadors
reached a preliminary agreement on Friday to push ahead with
hard-hitting economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine
crisis but details remained to be worked out, diplomats said.
The 28-nation EU has toughened its stance towards Moscow
since last week’s downing of a Malaysian airliner in an area of
eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks vital to financing Moscow’s faltering economy in the most serious sanctions so far over the Ukraine crisis under proposals considered by EU governments on Thursday.
Ambassadors of the 28-nation bloc met in Brussels to discuss options drafted by the executive European Commission in response to the downing of a Malaysian airliner in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists.
BRUSSELS, July 23 (Reuters) – European Union ambassadors
will debate proposals on Thursday on restricting Russian access
to Europe’s capital markets and defence and energy technology
but are not expected to make a quick decision.
Ambassadors from the 28 EU nations are expected to agree on
Thursday to add the names of some Russian companies that are
helping to undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty to the bloc’s
sanctions list, using new expanded criteria.
BRUSSELS, July 23 (Reuters) – The European Union on
Wednesday froze the assets of two oil- trading firms accused of
organising covert shipments of oil to Syria.
They were among nine organisations and three people added
to the EU’s Syria sanctions list, published in the bloc’s
Official Journal. Also listed were branches of the Syrian