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Jun 23, 2014

UK’s Hague says EU ready for more Russia sanctions if necessary

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague warned Russia on Monday that the EU was ready to impose tougher sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine if it is not satisfied with Moscow’s response to Kiev’s peace plan.

Speaking before a meeting in Luxembourg of European Union foreign ministers, Hague said leaders of the bloc’s 28 states would weigh Russian actions at a summit in Brussels on Friday.

Jun 21, 2014

Iran rejects ‘excessive demands’ in nuclear talks with six powers

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran told six big powers on Friday it would not accept their “excessive demands” after the latest talks on lifting sanctions against Tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear work yielded no breakthrough, with a deadline for a deal just a month away.

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman said it was Iran that would need to shift its position: “What is still unclear is if Iran is really ready and willing to take all the necessary steps to assure the world that its nuclear programme is and will remain exclusively peaceful.”

Jun 20, 2014

Nuclear talks to resume July 2, Iran says key issues unresolved

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and world powers will resume negotiations on its contested nuclear activities on July 2 after a round of talks in Vienna this week that Tehran said yielded no breakthrough on the main sticking points.

The six countries – the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – and Iran are striving to reach a comprehensive deal by their self-imposed July 20 deadline in a bid to avert the risk of a new war in the Middle East.

Jun 17, 2014

Iran, six powers push to salvage momentum for nuclear deal

VIENNA, June 17 (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers
re-launched talks on Tuesday to try to salvage a deal on
Tehran’s nuclear activity by a July deadline, striving to
prevent a long-time standoff from descending into a wider Middle
East war.

With time running short if a risky extension of the nuclear
talks is to be avoided, negotiators face formidable challenges
to bridge gaps in positions over the future scope of Iran’s
nuclear programme in less than five weeks.

Jun 17, 2014

Iran, 6 powers seek to salvage momentum for nuclear deal

VIENNA, June 17 (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers
re-launched talks on Tuesday to rescue prospects for a deal on
Tehran’s nuclear activity by a July deadline, striving to
prevent a long-time standoff from descending into a wider Middle
East war.

With time running short if a risky extension of the nuclear
talks is to be avoided, negotiators face huge challenges to
bridge gaps in positions over the future scope of Iran’s nuclear
programme in less than five weeks.

Jun 16, 2014

Iran and six powers seek to recover momentum for nuclear deal

VIENNA, June 17 (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers will
try in talks in Vienna this week to narrow differences and keep
alive hopes of ending a decade-old nuclear dispute by late July,
despite doubts the self-imposed deadline can be met.

On the sidelines of the five-day meeting in the Austrian
capital, the fast-moving crisis in Iraq could also require the
attention of U.S. and Iranian diplomats. The two countries share
concern over the ascendancy of militant Sunni rebels there.

Jun 11, 2014

EU court annuls asset freeze on Syria International Islamic Bank

BRUSSELS, June 11 (Reuters) – The European Union’s second
highest court said on Wednesday it had annulled an EU asset
freeze on Syria International Islamic Bank, dealing
another blow to EU sanctions following legal victories last year
by several Iranian companies.

The EU imposed sanctions on SIIB in 2012, alleging that it
had acted on behalf of two other banks, Commercial Bank of Syria
(CBS) and Syrian Lebanese Commercial Bank (SLCB), that were both
under EU sanctions.

Jun 3, 2014

Exclusive: Iran’s reactor fuel demand emerges as sticking point in nuclear talks

BRUSSELS/VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran has said it should be able to produce fuel for its Bushehr nuclear power plant, a demand that world powers are unlikely to agree to and which may put a July deadline for a deal to end its nuclear standoff with the West in jeopardy.

Diplomats from the major powers negotiating with Tehran said Iranian negotiators expressed the demand at the latest talks in May – identifying one reason little progress was made towards a nuclear deal that could end Tehran’s economic isolation.

Jun 3, 2014

EU open to working with Palestinian unity government

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will work with the new Palestinian unity government, on condition it sticks to the principle of peace with Israel based on a two-state solution, it said on Tuesday.

The U.S. administration has already said it would work with the unity government that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in on Monday under a reconciliation deal with Hamas, an Islamist group that advocates Israel’s destruction.

May 26, 2014

Ukraine vote slows momentum for further Russia sanctions in EU

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Sunday’s election in Ukraine, deemed a success by the European Union, is likely to ease pressure for far-reaching sanctions against Russia as Europe worries about how punitive steps might hurt its own economy.

Hours after political veteran Petro Poroshenko won an overwhelming election victory to claim the presidency, Ukraine launched air strikes and a paratrooper assault on Monday in a defiant response to pro-Russian rebels who seized an airport.

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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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