LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – The European Union threatened Russia with more sanctions on Monday over its actions in eastern Ukraine, which Britain said was being destabilized by Moscow, although some EU states said diplomacy should be given more time.
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.
VIENNA (Reuters) – The United States said on Tuesday Iran has the ability to produce fissile material for a nuclear bomb in two months, if it so decided, as Tehran and six world powers swung into a new round of talks in Vienna on resolving their atomic dispute.
Secretary of State John Kerry’s comments in Washington highlighted Western concerns about Iran’s nuclear intentions and the wide divisions between the two sides that could still foil a deal. Iran says its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful.
VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers began a new round of negotiations on Tuesday aimed at settling the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program by late July, despite wide differences on how to get there.
Chief negotiators from Iran, the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia started a two-day meeting around 9:45 a.m. at the U.N. complex in Vienna, where they have held two previous such sessions since February.
ATHENS, April 5 (Reuters) – European Union foreign ministers
tried to map out a new strategy towards Russia at talks in
Athens on Saturday, pledging to keep a tough stance over its
tensions with Ukraine, while steering clear of provoking Moscow
into further conflict.
Since Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of
Crimea, the European Union has imposed sanctions against the
closest allies of President Vladimir Putin, and Group of Seven
governments have suspended top-level contacts with Russia.
ATHENS (Reuters) – Britain urged its European Union partners on Friday to press ahead with preparing tough economic sanctions against Russia, saying large numbers of Russian forces remained on Ukraine’s eastern border and there had been only a “token” withdrawal.
“We haven’t seen real de-escalation by Russia and therefore Europe must not relax in preparing a third tier of sanctions and making sure we continue to have a strong and united response,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague told reporters as he arrived for a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Athens.
THE HAGUE/FEODOSIA, Ukraine, March 24 (Reuters) – - U.S.
President Barack Obama began crisis talks with his European
allies on Monday after Ukraine announced the evacuation of its
troops from Crimea, effectively yielding the region to Russian
forces which stormed one of Kiev’s last bases there.
Obama, who has imposed tougher sanctions on Moscow than
European leaders over its seizure of the Black Sea peninsula,
will seek support for his firm line at a meeting with other
leaders of the G7 – a group of industrialised nations that
excludes Russia, which joined in 1998 to form the G8.
THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Leaders of the G7 nations are to hold talks on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in The Hague on Monday to consider their response to Russia annexing Crimea, amid doubts that sanctions can constrain President Vladimir Putin.
Since the emergency 1-hour meeting was announced last Tuesday, Putin has signed laws completing Russia’s annexation of the peninsula on the Black Sea and his troops seized a Ukrainian airbase there.
BRUSSELS, March 21 (Reuters) – The European Union and
Ukraine signed a landmark political cooperation accord on
Friday, committing to the same deal former president Viktor
Yanukovich rejected last November, a decision that led to his
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, EU presidents
Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso, and the leaders of
the bloc’s 28 nations signed the core chapters of the
Association Agreement during an EU summit in Brussels.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to destabilize Ukraine’s presidential election in May and has been preparing for possible military action in eastern Ukraine, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said.
In an interview with Reuters, Yatseniuk, 39, said Putin wants to extend his hold on Ukraine outside the Crimea peninsula, which he took over earlier this month, into other areas where the majority of the country’s Russian speakers live.