The OSCE is finally seeing up close the death and damage caused by Ukraine’s war on its citizens in southeastern Ukraine… So sad. Vera Watkins, USA
The sharp cooling down of the Russian-American relations has been caused by the mistakes in the US foreign policy, Alexander Lukin, PhD in history and deputy head of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said during his interview to the Voice of Russia.
European Union leaders to meet on Wednesday to pick the bloc's new foreign policy chief after choosing Jean-Claude Juncker to head the executive European Commission, but it may take some weeks before other top EU jobs are finally carved up, Reuter's reports.
Commenting on the Ukrainian crisis Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi urged to give up calls for a new Cold War and underlined that Europe should not be built in opposition to Russia.
The US is urging the EU to impose new sanctions against Russia. Otherwise, the Obama administration is prepared to act alone on this issue, Bloomberg informs with reference to participants of yesterday's closed-door meeting with participating ambassadors of the EU countries.
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The recent scandal with the denial of British visas to more than half of the Russian delegation to FIA (Farnborough International Airshow) was characterized by the Russian foreign ministry as "clearly unfriendly." Representatives of the Russian companies hit by the denial – Rostekhnologii and United Aviation Corporation (OAK) – have also voiced suspicions that the move of the UK authorities might be a part of the unfair competition schemes used against the Russian industry by the US and the EU countries.
Seven foreign attaches refuse trip to Russian-Ukrainian border to investigate Ukrainian artillery fire
Relations between Russia and the European Union are going through difficult times, but Moscow hopes to continue developing strategic partnership, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday. Putin sent a congratulatory letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, who earlier in the day was approved to head the European Union's supreme executive body for the next five years.
Jean-Claude Juncker won the European Parliament election as the next president of the European Commission with 422 votes in favor opposed to 250 against, dpa cites the president of the legislature as saying. "I think that with (this) result, a fundamental change of direction has been achieved in the structures of the European Union," commented parliament President Martin Schulz with reference to a new process of lead candidates that was used in the nomination.
Nine European Union member states will vote against imposing new sanctions on Russia at tomorrow's EU summit in a sign of a deepening split over the issue.
Three-party gas talks between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine may be held in August, European Commission spokeswoman Sabine Berger told Interfax in Brussels today.
Poroshenko has said he wants to kill hundreds of people in eastern Ukraine in retribution for dead Ukrainian soldiers. This is not the kind of statement a sane leader of a country makes ... I have never heard of any head of state making such stupid remarks. Steve Wojcyk, Canada
Preparations to ratify the Ukraine-EU association and free trade zone agreement proceed as planned, deputy head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration Valeriy Chaly said in a program aired by the television channel Inter on Sunday evening.
The leaders of Donetsk People’s Republic (DRP) see no problem with the expansion of the EU's sanction list. DPR First Deputy Prime Minister, Andrei Purgin, told Interfax on Saturday that the inclusion of these people on the list would not affect their work. "If we talk about our leadership, about our prime minister, he doesn't have [bank] accounts or real estate in Europe and these sanctions won't harm him in any way," Purgin said.
The spy scandal that has burst out in Germany jeopardizes negotiations on creating a free trade area between the EU and the USA, Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection of Germany Heiko Maas believes.
The European Union has only added the leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics to an amended sanctions list for Russia and Ukraine. No Russian names are listed. The eleven entries are available on the official EU journal website. Consequently, the number of people on the sanctions list for Ukraine and Russia totals 72. Those listed will not be able to enter the European Union until November, any assets they hold in EU banks will also be frozen.
Next tripartite consultations at ministerial level between Russia, the European Union and Ukraine on the implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU will be held on September 12 in Brussels, said Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev on the results of the trilateral meeting on Friday.
Another Russia-European Union meeting to address the issue of gas supplies to Europe and transit through Ukraine may be held on July 17-18, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said to journalists on Friday. "The exact date has yet to be set. Most likely, it will be on July 17 or 18," he said, adding that the meeting would be held in Moscow.
Open Joint Stock Company Gazprom is taking additional measures to provide European countries with gas from subsurface storage units this winter. The company also plans to increase its active storage capacity by up to five percent of the annual amount of export supply, the company's statement says.