BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO is sending part of its naval rapid reaction force to the Baltic Sea as part of a drive to step up the defense of eastern European allies in response to the crisis in Ukraine, the military alliance said on Thursday.
Separately, Canada said it had offered six CF-18 fighter planes as its contribution to NATO efforts to beef up its presence in eastern Europe and reassure nervous allies there that NATO would protect them in the event of any Russian aggression.
BRUSSELS, April 17 (Reuters) – NATO is sending part of its
naval rapid reaction force to the Baltic Sea as part of a drive
to step up the defence of eastern European allies in response to
the crisis in Ukraine, the military alliance said on Thursday.
Separately, Canada said it had offered six CF-18 fighter
planes as its contribution to NATO efforts to beef up its
presence in eastern Europe and reassure nervous allies there
that NATO would protect them in the event of any Russian
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO said on Wednesday it would send more ships, planes and troops to eastern Europe to reassure allies worried by Russia’s annexation of Crimea but shied away from new permanent bases in the east as Poland wanted.
“You will see deployments at sea, in the air, on land to take place immediately, that means within days,” NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told a news conference after NATO ambassadors agreed the measures.
PARIS/LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Russia’s tactics of fostering instability in Ukraine without further overt military intervention are sharpening divisions in the European Union over whether to impose economic sanctions, making an early decision to get tough very unlikely.
EU foreign ministers decided on Monday to expand their list of 33 individuals targeted with asset freezes and visa bans for their roles in Moscow’s seizure and annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in February.
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Russia is deeply involved in the crisis in eastern Ukraine where pro-Moscow separatists have seized control of a number of government buildings, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Tuesday.
The frank remarks from the head of the western military alliance underline rising tensions with Moscow, which says it is not involved in the armed pro-Russian protests in eastern Ukraine.
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on Monday to step up sanctions against Russia over Ukraine by expanding a list of people targeted with asset freezes and visa bans, and said the bloc could hold an emergency summit next week to adopt further measures.
EU foreign ministers acted in response to a deepening of the crisis in Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists ignored an ultimatum on Monday to leave occupied government buildings in the east of the country.
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – The European Union could hold an emergency summit next week to impose further sanctions against Russia if there is no breakthrough at talks with Ukraine scheduled for Thursday in Geneva, France’s foreign minister said on Monday.
At a meeting in Luxembourg, several EU foreign ministers threatened Moscow with new sanctions over its actions in eastern Ukraine, although some said diplomacy should be given time before firm decisions are taken.
LUXEMBOURG, April 14 (Reuters) – The European Union
threatened Russia with more sanctions on Monday over its actions
in eastern Ukraine, which Britain said was being destabilised by
Moscow, although some EU states said diplomacy should be given
Ukraine dominated talks among EU foreign ministers after
Kiev threatened military action against pro-Russian separatists
occupying government buildings in the east.
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – European Union foreign ministers will hold talks on Monday to discuss how to toughen sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine without losing the support of some EU governments worried about antagonizing a power with an energy stranglehold over Europe.
Under discussion are possible new economic sanctions, as well as an EU mission to train police and other law-enforcement officials in Ukraine and the bloc’s approach to issuing visas and trade with the Crimean peninsula, which was annexed by Moscow in March after popular protests toppled pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich.
BRUSSELS, April 11 (Reuters) – Five European countries
interested in buying eight to 10 military refuelling and
transport planes have asked for information on products and
pricing from Airbus and Boeing, a European
defence official said on Friday.
A contract for the planes is expected to be signed around
the middle of next year, an official with the European Defence
Agency (EDA), the European Union’s defence arm, told reporters,
speaking on condition of anonymity.