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Apr 9, 2014

U.S. warns on Iran ‘breakout’ capability as nuclear talks start

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.

Apr 8, 2014

Iran, powers seek to narrow gaps in new round of nuclear talks

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.

Apr 5, 2014

EU weighs new approach towards Russia in wake of Ukraine crisis

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.

Apr 4, 2014

EU must be ready with Russia sanctions over Ukraine: Britain

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.

Mar 24, 2014

Obama opens crisis talks in Europe as Ukraine pulls forces from Crimea

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.

Mar 23, 2014

G7 leaders to hold crisis talks on Ukraine during nuclear summit

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.

Mar 21, 2014

European Union signs landmark political deal with Ukraine

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.

Mar 20, 2014

Ukraine’s PM warns over Russian plans in Ukraine and region

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.

Mar 18, 2014

EU defends Ashton’s meeting with Iranian human rights activists

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Tuesday defended her talks with human rights activists during a recent visit to Iran, saying meeting dissidents is a central part of her official travels.

Speaking on the sidelines of talks in Vienna between Iran and six world powers on Tehran’s contested nuclear program, coordinated by Ashton, her spokesman said meetings with civil society representatives abroad were “quite normal”.

Mar 18, 2014

Ukraine crisis not seen hurting Iran nuclear talks: EU

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers sought on Tuesday to make headway toward resolving their decade-old nuclear dispute, with Western officials expressing hope talks would not be further complicated by the Ukraine crisis.

So far, diplomats said, there is little sign that the worst East-West confrontation since the Cold War would undermine the quest for a deal over Iran’s atomic activity and avert the threat of a Middle East war.

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