BRUSSELS (Reuters) – With a week until negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program resume in Geneva, Western diplomats are playing down any suggestion that Iran’s new openness on the world stage will result in any immediate or broad loosening of sanctions.
At the same time, they hope a new tone is being established and that the talks on October 15-16 will at last deliver an opportunity to make progress on ending the decade-long dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Western governments are considering allowing Iran to continue some uranium enrichment, as part of a possible deal to resolve a decade-old dispute that Tehran says it wants to reach within six months, a senior EU diplomat said.
The new stance – a reaction to President Hassan Rouhani’s overtures to the West – would mean easing a long-standing demand that Iran suspend all enrichment, due to concerns Tehran could be developing nuclear weapons.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Lithuania could block Russia’s road and rail access to its enclave of Kaliningrad if Moscow keeps pressuring its neighbors over their ties to the European Union, the Baltic state’s foreign minister said.
Vilnius, which currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, will host a summit in November between the bloc and six states in eastern Europe and the Caucasus that are negotiating closer trade ties with Brussels.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – When Russia wants to get its point across, it tends not to leave room for misunderstanding.
Put out by Europe’s efforts to build closer relations with six countries in east Europe and the Caucasus – former Soviet republics that Russia regards as in its sphere of influence – Moscow has been steadily turning up the heat.
BRUSSELS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – When Russia wants to get its
point across, it tends not to leave room for misunderstanding.
Put out by Europe’s efforts to build closer relations with
six countries in east Europe and the Caucasus – former Soviet
republics that Russia regards as in its sphere of influence -
Moscow has been steadily turning up the heat.
BRUSSELS/LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The European Union’s
efforts to impose economic sanctions on Iran suffered a new
setback on Monday when a top court ruled that measures against
the Islamic Republic’s biggest cargo carrier should be lifted.
The ruling by Europe’s second-highest court follows similar
decisions in favour of some dozen Iranian companies in the last
year, which have raised alarm in Europe and the United States.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission is likely to punish Croatia next week in a row over extradition rules that has marred the former Yugoslav state’s first months as a member of the European Union and may endanger EU aid for border control improvements.
The Adriatic state’s entry to the EU in July was celebrated as a mark of recovery from years of war during the bloody collapse of Yugoslavia.
VILNIUS/PARIS (Reuters) – The European Union blamed the Syrian government on Saturday for an August 21 chemical weapons attack in Syria but urged waiting for a report from U.N. weapons inspectors before any U.S.-led military response.
The carefully worded message from foreign ministers of 28 EU governments stopped short of endorsing possible U.S. and French military action against Syria ahead of the report, which France’s president said could come by the end of the week.
WASHINGTON/VILNIUS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday to back him in launching an attack on Syria, as diplomatic pressure grew on the United States to wait for a U.N. report expected in a week’s time before beginning military action.
Fresh from a European trip in which he failed to forge a consensus among global leaders, Obama plunged into a campaign on radio and television to try to convince a skeptical U.S. public and Congress of the need for a military strike on Syria.
VILNIUS (Reuters) – The European Union on Saturday laid the blame for an August chemical attack in Syria on the government of President Bashar al-Assad, but stopped short of explicitly supporting a military response by the West.
The carefully worded message from foreign ministers of 28 EU governments meeting in Vilnius allowed France to claim victory in its push to get the EU to agree that Assad was responsible for the attack in which more than 1,400 may have been killed.