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Sep 11, 2014

New sanctions against Russia to take effect on Friday

BRUSSELS/LONDON, Sept 11 (Reuters) – European Union
governments agreed on Thursday that new economic sanctions on
Russia will take effect on Friday but held out the prospect of
cancelling some or all of them next month if they believe a
peace plan is working.

EU ambassadors agreed in principle to the new sanctions last
Friday but implementation was held up by a dispute over whether
they should take effect now or whether the EU should give more
time for a ceasefire in Ukraine to take hold.

Sep 10, 2014

Most Europeans in poll think EU should offer Ukraine membership

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A majority of Europeans think Ukraine should be offered membership of the European Union but they are divided about whether it should be admitted to NATO, according to a major public opinion survey published on Wednesday.

Ukraine, fighting a war against pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, is at the center of the most serious East-West confrontation since the Cold War.

Sep 9, 2014

EU must keep up pressure on Russia over Ukraine, Britain says

MILAN (Reuters) – The European Union must keep up pressure on Russia over its involvement in the Ukrainian war because sanctions are having an effect, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said on Tuesday.

EU ambassadors delayed implementation of a new package of sanctions on Russia on Monday to allow time to see if a ceasefire in Ukraine will hold.

Sep 8, 2014

EU delays enforcing new Russia sanctions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union adopted new sanctions against Russia over its involvement in the Ukraine war on Monday, but delayed enforcing them to leave time to assess whether a ceasefire in Ukraine is holding.

The sanctions, which target the ability of Russia’s top oil producers to raise capital in Europe, were originally due to take effect on Tuesday.

Sep 8, 2014

Independent Scotland would have to reapply to EU, NATO, officials say

BRUSSELS, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Scotland would have to reapply
for membership of both the European Union and NATO if Scots vote
to leave the United Kingdom in a referendum this month,
officials said on Monday.

With 10 days to go to a referendum on Scottish independence,
a poll published on Sunday showed for the first time this year
that supporters of independence took the lead over people in
Scotland who favour keeping the 307-year-old union with England.

Sep 8, 2014

EU restates position: an independent Scotland would have to reapply

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission said on Monday it stood by its position that Scotland would have to leave the European Union and reapply for membership if Scots vote to leave the United Kingdom in a referendum this month.

With 10 days to go to a referendum on Scottish independence, a poll published on Sunday showed for the first time this year that supporters of independence took the lead over people in Scotland who favor keeping the 307-year-old union with England. [ID:nL5N0R808H]

Sep 7, 2014

Analysis – NATO’s new missions won’t solve Ukraine, Iraq crises

NEWPORT Wales (Reuters) – NATO leaders emerged from a summit in Wales with a plan to protect eastern members from a resurgent Russia, a pledge to reverse the decline in their defence spending, and an embryonic Western coalition to combat Islamic militants in Iraq.

Yet despite ringing declarations of resolve, the U.S.-led alliance cannot fix the conflict between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists, and the West is still a long way from having a strategy to defeat Islamic State insurgents in Iraq and Syria.

Sep 7, 2014

NATO’s new missions won’t solve Ukraine, Iraq crises

NEWPORT Wales (Reuters) – NATO leaders emerged from a summit in Wales with a plan to protect eastern members from a resurgent Russia, a pledge to reverse the decline in their defense spending, and an embryonic Western coalition to combat Islamic militants in Iraq.

Yet despite ringing declarations of resolve, the U.S.-led alliance cannot fix the conflict between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists, and the West is still a long way from having a strategy to defeat Islamic State insurgents in Iraq and Syria.

Sep 5, 2014

NATO backs spearhead force to boost eastern defenses

NEWPORT Wales (Reuters) – NATO approved wide-ranging plans on Friday to boost its defenses in eastern Europe, aiming to reassure allies nervous about Russia’s intervention in Ukraine that the U.S.-led alliance will shield them from any attack.

The plan, adopted at a summit in Wales, includes creating a “spearhead” rapid reaction force and pre-positioning supplies and equipment in east European countries so they can be reinforced within days in a crisis.

Sep 5, 2014

Ukraine and rebels back peace plan, ceasefire from Friday

NEWPORT Wales/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the main pro-Russian rebel leader said they would both order ceasefires on Friday, provided that an agreement is signed on a new peace plan to end the five-month war in Ukraine’s east.

The breakthrough came after a week in which the pro-Moscow separatists scored major victories with what NATO says is the open support of thousands of Russian troops.

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