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Mar 2, 2014

EU not seen matching U.S. threat of sanctions against Russia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is unlikely to match the United States in threatening sanctions against Russia when its foreign ministers meet to discuss Ukraine on Monday, instead pushing for mediation between Moscow and Kiev, officials say.

The emergency talks, convened after Russian President Vladimir Putin secured parliamentary approval on Saturday to invade Ukraine, are expected to result in a strongly worded statement of condemnation, but no immediate punitive measures.

Mar 2, 2014

NATO deplores Russia’s actions, but no hard response seen

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russia’s seizure of Crimea is a threat to peace in Europe and the situation must be “de-escalated”, NATO’s secretary-general said on Sunday, but diplomats said the alliance was unlikely to agree on major steps to rein Russia in.

Speaking before chairing an emergency meeting of ambassadors from the 28 NATO member states, known as the North Atlantic Council, Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned that Russia’s actions were unacceptable and could destabilize the continent.

Mar 2, 2014

NATO meets on Ukraine, says Russia risks destabilizing Europe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO’s secretary-general warned Moscow on Sunday it was threatening peace in Europe with its seizure of Crimea and should “de-escalate tensions”, but diplomats said the alliance was unlikely to agree on major steps to rein Russia in.

Speaking moments before chairing an emergency meeting of NATO ambassadors, Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned that Russia’s actions in Ukraine could destabilize the continent.

Feb 27, 2014

NATO to plan for all options in Afghanistan, including pullout

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO defense ministers agreed on Thursday to plan for all options for the alliance’s future presence in Afghanistan including a possible pullout of all its troops this year, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

With foreign troops due to end combat operations in Afghanistan at the close of 2014, NATO has been planning to keep a slimmed-down force there to train and assist Afghan forces who continue to battle Taliban insurgents.

Feb 24, 2014

EU examining immediate and long-term aid for Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe is discussing a range of options for short- and longer-term financial assistance to Ukraine, but any comprehensive package is only likely to take shape after elections in May and in coordination with the International Monetary Fund.

Ukraine’s finance ministry said on Monday it needed $35 billion to survive 2014 and 2015 and asked for the first payments to be made in the next one to two weeks, possibly alongside a donors’ conference.

Feb 20, 2014

World powers and Iran make ‘good start’ towards nuclear accord

VIENNA (Reuters) – Six world powers and Iran made a “good start” in talks in Vienna towards reaching a final settlement in the decade-old stand-off over Tehran’s nuclear program, but conceded their plan to get a deal in the coming months was very ambitious.

By late July, Western governments hope to hammer out an accord that would lay to rest their suspicions that Iran is seeking the capability to make a nuclear bomb, an aim it denies, while Tehran wants a lifting of economic sanctions.

Feb 19, 2014

Iran, powers seek to agree basis for final nuclear deal

VIENNA, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Six world powers and Iran strived
at a second day of talks in Vienna on Wednesday to hammer out an
agenda for reaching a ambitious final settlement to the
decade-old standoff over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

The United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and
Germany want a long-term agreement on the permissible scope of
Iran’s nuclear activities to lay to rest concerns that they
could be put to developing atomic bombs. Tehran’s priority is a
complete removal of damaging economic sanctions against it.

Feb 19, 2014

Iran, six big powers seek to agree basis for final nuclear accord

VIENNA (Reuters) – Six world powers and Iran strived at a second day of talks in Vienna on Wednesday to map out a broad agenda for reaching a ambitious final settlement to the decade-old standoff over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

The United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany want a long-term agreement on the permissible scope of Iran’s nuclear activities to lay to rest concerns that they could be put to developing atomic bombs. Tehran’s priority is a complete removal of damaging economic sanctions against it.

Feb 19, 2014

Iran, 6 world powers tackle agenda for final nuclear accord

VIENNA, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Six world powers and Iran strived
at a second day of talks in Vienna on Wednesday to map out a
broad agenda for reaching a ambitious final settlement to the
decade-old standoff over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

The United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and
Germany want a long-term agreement on the permissible scope of
Iran’s nuclear activities to lay to rest concerns that they
could be put to developing atomic bombs. Tehran’s priority is a
complete removal of damaging economic sanctions against it.

Feb 19, 2014

Iran, world powers work out details of nuclear talks in Vienna

VIENNA (Reuters) – Six world powers and Iran started a second day of talks in Vienna on Wednesday on Tehran’s contested nuclear program, seeking to close a vast gap in expectations about what a final agreement should look like.

The meeting, which began on Tuesday, aims to set out a broad agenda for talks that could in time produce an agreement on the permissible scope of Iran’s nuclear activities and lay to rest Western concerns about their possible military dimension.

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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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