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Feb 27, 2014

NATO, Russia moving ahead with talks on Syria chemical arms mission-U.S

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Talks between NATO and Russia on a possible joint mission to protect a U.S. ship that will destroy Syria’s deadliest chemical weapons are moving ahead despite tensions over Ukraine, a top U.S. commander said on Thursday.

U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, commander of U.S. forces in Europe, said NATO and Russia were discussing a possible joint naval operation in the Mediterranean to protect the U.S. cargo ship Cape Ray due to destroy Syria’s toxins.

Feb 27, 2014

NATO to plan for all options in Afghanistan, including pullout

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO defense ministers agreed on Thursday to plan for all options for the alliance’s future presence in Afghanistan including a possible pullout of all its troops this year, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

With foreign troops due to end combat operations in Afghanistan at the close of 2014, NATO has been planning to keep a slimmed-down force there to train and assist Afghan forces who continue to battle Taliban insurgents.

Feb 27, 2014

NATO commander plays down tension with Russia over Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO’s top military commander played down tension with Russia over Ukraine on Thursday, saying the Western military alliance had made no plans to respond to any Russian intervention in Crimea and appealing for a peaceful resolution of the crisis.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered 150,000 troops on Wednesday to be ready for war games near the border of the former Soviet republic once ruled from Moscow after pro-Russian Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was toppled by protests over his rejection of closer ties with the European Union.

Feb 26, 2014

NATO chief still hopes to salvage new Afghan mission

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO’s chief said on Wednesday he still hoped plans to keep troops in Afghanistan beyond this year could be salvaged despite objections by President Hamid Karzai that have called the mission into question.

NATO plans to keep a scaled-down training mission with around 8,000 to 12,000 soldiers in Afghanistan after international troops end combat operations by year-end.

Feb 20, 2014

EU hits Ukraine with sanctions, threatens more over bloodshed

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on Thursday to impose sanctions on those responsible for deadly violence in Ukraine and warned it would ratchet up the pressure if the situation there got worse.

As Ukraine suffered its bloodiest day since Soviet times, EU foreign ministers meeting in emergency session in Brussels decided on measures against Kiev including visa bans, asset freezes and a suspension of the export of riot control equipment like water cannon, body armour and helmets.

Feb 20, 2014

EU hits Ukraine with sanctions, threatens more

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on Thursday to impose sanctions on those responsible for deadly violence in Ukraine and warned it would ratchet up the pressure if the situation there got worse.

As Ukraine suffered its bloodiest day since Soviet times, EU foreign ministers meeting in emergency session in Brussels agreed measures against Kiev including visa bans, asset freezes and restrictions on the export of anti-riot equipment.

Feb 20, 2014

EU prepares to hit Ukraine with sanctions, arms embargo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union was preparing on Thursday to impose sanctions on those responsible for deadly violence in Ukraine as well as to impose an arms embargo on the country, according to a draft ministerial statement obtained by Reuters.

However, EU officials cautioned that the text was subject to revisions and that the final decision will be taken by EU foreign ministers who will hold an emergency meeting in Brussels later on Thursday.

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.

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