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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

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

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.

Nov 15, 2013

EU says Spanish controls at Gibraltar border do not break law

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – There is no evidence Spain broke EU law by imposing tight controls at its border with Gibraltar, the European Union executive said on Friday, urging both sides to act to ease bottlenecks that strained relations between London and Madrid.

The European Commission sent inspectors to the British territory in September after Britain and Gibraltar complained to Brussels that Spain was applying over-zealous border controls, causing long lines for workers and tourists entering and leaving the rocky outcrop near the tip of southern Spain.

Nov 13, 2013

NATO backs keeping Patriot missiles in Turkey

BRUSSELS/ANKARA (Reuters) – NATO allies backed keeping Patriot missiles in Turkey on Wednesday, agreeing with Ankara that threats from the civil war in Syria remained serious, an alliance official said.

The Netherlands, Germany and the United States, which deployed the missiles to Turkey, must now take national decisions on keeping them there, the official said.

Nov 13, 2013

NATO builds $1 billion HQ as allies cut military spending

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO is building a new, state-of-the-art headquarters in Brussels, but critics say the $1 billion project seems extravagant at a time when austerity is forcing many alliance members to slash military spending.

The vast steel-and-glass structure is taking shape in the outskirts of Brussels, across the road from the old headquarters, built as a temporary home for the alliance in 1967 and which NATO officials say has outlived its useful life.

Nov 7, 2013

NATO plans bigger exercises as it winds down Afghan mission

DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland (Reuters) – NATO plans to sharply increase the size of its exercises in Europe in coming years to ensure allies keep working smoothly together despite winding down combat operations in Afghanistan, senior NATO commanders said on Thursday.

More than 40,000 soldiers may take part in war games planned for Spain and Portugal in 2015, according to U.S. Army Lieutenant-General Frederick Hodges, NATO’s land forces commander.

Nov 6, 2013

NATO’s top commander questions Turkish missile deal with China

ADAZI, Latvia, Nov 6 (Reuters) – NATO’s top military
commander urged Turkey on Wednesday to buy a missile defence
system that is compatible with other NATO systems, questioning
whether the $3.4 billion Chinese system that Ankara is leaning
towards is suitable.

The comments by U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove,
NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, add to pressure on
Ankara to rethink its decision to build a missile defence system
with a Chinese firm.

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