BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union countries should be required to defend each other given the growing conflicts on their borders, center-right EU lawmakers said on Wednesday, urging governments to consider a collective defense policy similar to NATO.
As the EU confronts the failure of its neighborhood policy and faces conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, the biggest political grouping in the European Parliament called for an EU equivalent of NATO’s Article 5, which considers an attack on one member as an attack against all.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will impose sanctions on four officials close to Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza in protest at his third term in office that has provoked a deep political crisis, diplomatic sources said.
The travel bans and asset freezes on the four men were agreed by EU ambassadors last week and will be formally adopted on Thursday, likely taking effect on Friday, people familiar with the discussions said on condition of anonymity.
KIEV, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Ukraine pressed NATO on Tuesday
for Western weaponry to help defend itself against pro-Russian
separatists but the head of the alliance resisted for fear of
threatening a fragile ceasefire with Russian-backed rebels.
In Kiev’s imposing Soviet-era government buildings,
Ukraine’s political leadership told NATO Secretary-General Jens
Stoltenberg that their armed forces were no match for Russia,
and needed help.
KIEV (Reuters) – The head of NATO pledged to help Ukraine defend itself against pro-Russian separatists on Tuesday but disappointed some in Kiev who seek supplies of defensive weaponry that the West fears would threaten a fragile ceasefire with the rebels.
In an opulent gilded state room in the presidential palace, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told Ukraine’s National Security Council it had no closer partner than the U.S.-led military alliance and he signed agreements to modernize the armed forces.
LVIV, Ukraine (Reuters) – NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday an ebb in violence in eastern Ukraine was not enough to bring peace and demanded Russia withdraw heavy weapons the alliance accuses it of providing in support of separatists.
Ukrainian diplomats said Stoltenberg’s two-day visit, his first to Ukraine as NATO Secretary-General, held strong symbolic importance for the country in its drive for Western integration in the face of a pro-Russian rebellion in eastern territories.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – With a troubled peace plan for the Ukrainian conflict nearing its deadline, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg will attempt a balancing act to reassure Kiev of the West’s support without antagonizing Moscow when he visits Ukraine on Monday.
Ukrainian diplomats say Stoltenberg’s visit, his first there, is symbolic in their quest for Western integration as Russia backs a rebellion in eastern Ukraine 18 months after it seized Crimea.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is likely to lift some sanctions on Belarus, including its travel ban on President Alexander Lukashenko, after he freed a group of political prisoners last month, diplomatic sources say.
An arms embargo against the former Soviet republic would remain. But in an overture to the man the West calls Europe’s “last dictator”, diplomats are looking at suspending visa bans and asset freezes on most of around 200 people under sanctions for rights abuses, some since disputed elections in 2004.
BRUSSELS, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The European Union is likely
to lift some sanctions on Belarus, including its travel ban on
President Alexander Lukashenko, after he freed a group of
political prisoners last month, diplomatic sources say.
An arms embargo against the former Soviet republic would
remain. But in an overture to the man the West calls Europe’s
“last dictator”, diplomats are looking at suspending visa bans
and asset freezes on most of around 200 people under sanctions
for rights abuses, some since disputed elections in 2004.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s trade chief
outlined a plan on Wednesday for a new European court system to
settle trade disputes, aiming to unblock negotiations with the
United States and achieve the world’s biggest free-trade
Fears that U.S. multinationals could use private arbitration
rules in the proposed trade pact to challenge European food and
environmental laws have overshadowed a transatlantic project
meant to ease business and compete with China’s economic might.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ukraine will renew its calls for lethal defensive weaponry from its Western allies if the Minsk peace deal fails, the country’s top official to NATO said on Tuesday, urging help to reestablish control over its eastern border with Russia.
Providing lethal weapons to the Ukrainian army is one of the most sensitive issues for Western governments, Russia having warned this would mark a serious escalation of the conflict and pose a threat to its security.