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
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine that could inflict wider damage on its economy following the downing of a Malaysian airliner, but it delayed action for a few days.
Efforts to forge a united front were hampered by a French announcement that the planned delivery of a warship to Moscow would go ahead despite U.S. and British pleas to halt it.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union foreign ministers threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, but tougher talk may not be matched by much action after France’s president signaled the disputed delivery of a warship to Moscow would go ahead.
The 28 EU ministers met under growing pressure from the United States and Britain to step up sanctions after the downing of a Malaysian Airlines plane last week in an area of eastern Ukraine controlled by Russian-backed separatists.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders agreed on Wednesday to sanction Russian companies that help destabilise Ukraine and to block new loans to Russia through two multilateral lenders.
The decision is a significant ratcheting-up of European pressure on Russia although it falls short of the hard-hitting economic measures against Russia for which the United States and hawks in the EU were pushing.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders want to block loans for new projects in Russia by two multilateral lenders and broaden the scope of other sanctions in response to Moscow’s actions in Ukraine, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters.
The EU leaders, who meet in Brussels later on Wednesday, will step up sanctions because pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have not met their demands to end the violence there.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders, under U.S. pressure to take a tougher stance towards Russia over the Ukraine crisis, could give the go-ahead on Wednesday to new sanctions but they will fall short of the far-reaching economic measures Washington wants.
EU leaders, who meet in Brussels on Wednesday evening, are likely to give a green light to expanding the list of Ukrainians and Russians targeted with EU asset freezes and visa bans, diplomats said.
BRUSSELS, July 8 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s deputy prime minister
told international donors on Tuesday that a $17 billion
International Monetary Fund bailout was “not enough” because of
“unprecedented Russian-inspired aggression”.
Vice Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman urged international
donors at a meeting in Brussels to support a “Marshall Plan” for
economic recovery that the government will present at a donors’
conference expected to be held in the autumn.
BRUSSELS, June 27 (Reuters) – Ukraine signed on Friday an
historic free-trade agreement with the European Union that has
been at the heart of months of violence and upheaval in the
country, drawing an immediate threat of “grave consequences”
Georgia and Moldova signed similar deals, holding out the
prospect of deep economic integration and unfettered access to
the EU’s 500 million citizens, but alarming Moscow which is
concerned about losing influence over former Soviet republics.
BRUSSELS, June 26 (Reuters) – European Union leaders will
urge Russia on Friday to stop the flow of weapons and militants
across its border with Ukraine and will threaten tougher
sanctions, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters.
EU officials said it was unlikely however that the leaders
would actually give the go-ahead to new sanctions at the summit,
when they will be briefed by Ukrainian President Petro
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s response to a peace plan for Ukraine will decide whether the United States and Europe step up sanctions, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.
The United States was delighted that Putin had asked the upper chamber of Russia’s parliament to retract a law enabling him to intervene militarily in Ukraine, Kerry said, “but it could be reversed in 10 minutes.”