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Dec 3, 2013

U.S. urges Ukraine to listen to its people

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Ukrainian government on Tuesday to “listen to the voices of its people” after President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision to spurn a pact with the European Union sparked mass protests.

Kerry said Ukrainians had demonstrated “in unbelievable numbers” in favor of the accord on closer ties with Europe, which Yanukovich rejected last week in favor of Russian incentives.

Nov 29, 2013

Ukraine’s Yanukovich vetoes EU push to save trade deal

VILNIUS, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Viktor
Yanukovich vetoed last-minute attempts by the European Union to
rescue a trade deal that could have been signed at a summit on
Friday and would have signalled a historic shift away from
Russia, EU diplomats said.

Under pressure from Moscow, Yanukovich abandoned plans last
week to sign the agreement, preferring closer ties with
Ukraine’s former Soviet master and dealing a blow to EU efforts
to build closer relations with its eastern neighbours.

Nov 29, 2013

Ukraine’s Yanukovich vetoes last-minute EU push to save trade deal

VILNIUS, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Viktor
Yanukovich has vetoed last-minute attempts by the European Union
to rescue a trade deal that could have been signed at a summit
on Friday and would have signalled a historic shift away from
Russia.

Under pressure from Moscow, Yanukovich abandoned plans last
week to sign the agreement in favour of closer ties with his
country’s former Soviet master, dealing a blow to EU efforts to
build closer relations with its eastern neighbours.

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
orbit.

Nov 27, 2013

Iran success of EU’s Ashton keeps Brussels in the game

BRUSSELS, Nov 27 (Reuters) – When U.S. Secretary of State
John Kerry wrapped his arm around Catherine Ashton as they
boarded his plane on Sunday after they clinched a breakthrough
nuclear deal with Iran in Geneva, it capped a turnaround in her
career as Europe’s top diplomat.

Insiders say Ashton, a one-time second-tier British
politician whose surprise elevation to European Union foreign
policy chief in 2009 was greeted with condescension, managed to
exceed expectations as shepherd of the six global powers that
agreed with Iran on Sunday to curb its nuclear programme.

Nov 24, 2013

Six powers clinch breakthrough deal curbing Iran’s nuclear activity

GENEVA, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers
clinched a deal on Sunday curbing the Iranian nuclear programme
in exchange for initial sanctions relief, signalling the start
of a game-changing rapprochement that could ease the risk of a
wider Middle East war.

Aimed at ending a long festering standoff, the interim pact
between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain,
China and Russia won the critical endorsement of Iranian
clerical Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Nov 24, 2013

Iran, six world powers clinch breakthrough nuclear deal

GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers reached a breakthrough agreement early on Sunday to curb Tehran’s atomic ambitions in exchange for limited sanctions relief, in a first step towards resolving a dangerous decade-old standoff.

The deal between the Islamic state and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia was nailed down after more than four days of negotiations.

Nov 23, 2013

Kerry joins Iran talks to push for nuclear breakthrough

GENEVA, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Foreign ministers from Iran and
six world powers laboured on Saturday to overcome remaining
difficulties and clinch a breakthrough deal aimed at allaying
Western suspicions over Tehran’s atomic ambitions.

With the sides edging closer, U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry and foreign ministers of the five other nations joined the
talks with Iran as they entered an unscheduled fourth day.

Nov 20, 2013

US says “very hard” to clinch deal as Iran nuclear talks resume

GENEVA, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Big powers resumed talks on
Wednesday on a preliminary agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear
programme with the United States warning it would be “very hard”
to clinch a breakthrough deal this week and Tehran citing “red
lines”.

Keen to end a long standoff and head off the risk of a wider
Middle East war, the United States, Russia, China, France,
Britain and Germany came close to winning concessions from
Tehran on its nuclear activity in return for some sanctions
relief at negotiations in Geneva earlier this month.

Nov 19, 2013

World powers, Iran make new attempt to clinch nuclear deal

GENEVA (Reuters) – World powers aim to clinch a preliminary deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program in politically charged talks resuming in Geneva on Wednesday to end a long standoff and head off the risk of a wider Middle East war.

The United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany came tantalizingly close to winning concessions from Iran on the scope of its nuclear work in return for some sanctions relief at negotiations in the Swiss city on November 7-9.

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      "Justyna covers EU foreign policy in Brussels with a focus on Balkans and Turkey, as well immigration, security and human rights in the European Union. Previously she was a bureau chief in Romania and Bulgaria, and wrote about financial markets in London and economic policy in Poland."
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