BRUSSELS, April 19 (Reuters) – The European Union’s plan to
ease an oil embargo to help Syrian rebels is a “pragmatic
experiment” that could lead to further lifting of sanctions to
tilt the balance of the conflict against President Bashar
al-Assad, a senior EU official said on Friday.
Next week, EU governments will allow purchases of oil from
the opposition, as part of a broader effort to help rebels
waging a two-year uprising against Assad in which an estimated
70,000 people have died. The conflict is broadly in stalemate.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Serbia and its former province of Kosovo struck an historic deal on Friday to settle their fraught relations, opening the door to European Union membership talks for Belgrade in a milestone for the region’s recovery from the collapse of Yugoslavia.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the prime ministers of both sides had initialled an agreement during talks in Brussels, capping six months of delicate negotiations after over a decade of deep animosity since Kosovo broke away in war.
BRUSSELS, April 18 (Reuters) – EU ministers must avoid
fruitless debate over which of two rival pipeline projects is
the way to cut reliance on Russian gas and both pipelines could
be built one day, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said
in a letter seen by Reuters.
The EU executive is anxious to present a united front, while
dominant supplier Russia attempts a divide-and-rule strategy by
negotiating gas supplies with individual EU member states with
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is expected to lift all sanctions on Myanmar next week, except for an arms embargo, in recognition of the “remarkable process of reform” in the country, a document seen by Reuters showed on Wednesday.
The EU agreed a year ago to suspend most of its sanctions against Myanmar for a year, but it is now expected to go further by agreeing “to lift all sanctions with the exception of the embargo on arms”, the document said.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union governments are expected to ease an embargo on Syrian oil next week to allow for purchases of crude from the opposition in an effort to tilt the balance of the conflict against President Bashar al-Assad.
At a meeting on Monday, EU foreign ministers will also agree to lift restrictions on selling equipment for the oil industry to the opposition and investing in the major Arab state’s oil sector, EU diplomats said on Wednesday.
BRUSSELS/PRISTINA (Reuters) – The European Commission was set to delay a keenly-awaited report on Tuesday on Serbia’s readiness for accession talks in an apparent last-ditch push for a deal to tackle the ethnic partition of its former province Kosovo.
A senior Kosovo official said leaders of the two countries would meet in Brussels on Wednesday, as Belgrade races to strike an accord that might salvage its chances of starting membership talks with the European Union this year.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – World powers believe there are enough grounds to keep talking to Iran about its disputed nuclear program, a senior Western diplomat said on Monday, even though the latest round of negotiations made little apparent progress.
“There is enough substance for these negotiations to continue,” the diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters. “I would not expect a breakdown.”
ALMATY (Reuters) – World powers and Iran failed again to end the deadlock in a decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program in talks that ended in Kazakhstan on Saturday, prolonging a standoff that could yet spiral into a new Middle East war.
No new talks were scheduled but big power negotiators, who earlier this year were insisting that time was running out, were at pains to say the diplomatic process would continue.
ALMATY, April 6 (Reuters) – Iran enters a second day of
talks with world powers on Saturday no closer to resolving a
nuclear dispute that has led to sanctions on its oil exports and
talk of a new Middle East war.
The final day of negotiations is unlikely to achieve more
than a willingness to keep talking, after Iran responded on
Friday to a limited offer to ease sanctions with a proposal of
its own that puzzled Western diplomats and which Russia said
raised more questions than answers.
ALMATY (Reuters) – World powers and Iran still appeared far apart on Friday in negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear programme that were aimed at calming tensions which could boil over into war.
As talks got under way in Kazakhstan, the six nations – the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – sought a concrete response from Iran to their February offer to ease sanctions if it stops its most sensitive nuclear work.