Russia expands retaliatory list

Russia has made a decision to expand on a parity basis the retaliatory list of EU officials banned from entering the country, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement spokesperson Maria Zakharova read out at a news briefing on September 23. Moscow to expand retaliatory list of EU officials banned from entering Russia —…

Russia-Bulgaria diplomatic raw

Bulgarian Prosecutor’s Office reported on its website on January 24 that pre-trial probes involving two Russian diplomats as part of an espionage case had been launched. Moscow said Russia reserves right for tit-for-tat measures after diplomats’ expulsion from Bulgaria:https://t.co/I1jDQ0rfZc pic.twitter.com/jjLt0tIANW — TASS (@tassagency_en) January 25, 2020 Diplomats from Russian Federation who were declared personae non…

Ukraine receives €500 million EU loan

This week the European Union will release a first tranche of the EU macro financial assistance to Ukraine, European Commission Vice-President for Euro  Valdis Dombrovskis wrote in his Twitter micro blog. “Today the EU disburses EUR 500 million of macro-financial assistance to Ukraine. The EU continues its strong engagement in Ukraine, and support for its people,”…

Russia expels two Greek diplomats

Russian Foreign Ministry had summoned Greece’s ambassador to Moscow and informed him it was responding in kind to what it called an unfriendly decision by Athens to expel two Russian diplomats. The Russian Foreign Ministry said it had summoned Greek Ambassador Andreas Friganas and handed him a diplomatic note informing him of “tit-for-tat measures taken by…

EU targets Crimea bridge constructors

The Council added six entities to the list of those subject to restrictive measures over actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. They are listed because of their involvement in the construction of the Kerch Bridge, connecting Russia to the illegally annexed Crimean peninsula. Through their actions they supported the consolidation of…

Lavrov: Russia and US Presidents will not allow confrontation

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump will not allow armed confrontation between Russia and the US, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said while interviewed by RIA  Novosti news agency. “Speaking about risks of a military confrontation, I am 100% sure that militaries won’t allow this, and of course neither will President  Putin or President Trump,” Lavrov said….

US-Russia diplomatic expulsions quid pro quo

Russia will expel 60 US diplomats and close the US Consulate General in St. Petersburg, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. #Lavrov: We will retaliate in kind, but there will be more. These include the expulsion of the same number of US diplomats and our decision to withdraw our consent to the operation of @USinStPete https://t.co/fBjicEuykk…

Russia: UK is “beneficiary” of Skripals provocation

Moscow does not have any doubts the UK and the US took synchronized actions against Russia in the situation unfolding around the #Skripals poisoning case, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said, according to TASS News Agency. #Zakharova: Almost 20 years have passed, but the methods of our Western colleagues have not changed. They…

Russia blames NATO for expulsions of diplomats wave

NATO is behind the actions of the European Union, using baculine discipline and seeking to demonize Russia, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said. The diplomat blamed expulsions of Russian baculine discipline in the European Union, imposed by NATO, while participating in Rossiya1 TV programme. “The European Union is an attractive political construct, with the…

Zaharieva optimistic over Western Balkans EU membership

Today MEPs had an exchange of views with Ekaterina Zaharieva, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria, at the hearing of the Committee of Foreign Affairs (AFET). The issue of Western Balkans has evoked keen attention of MEPs, both for its paramount importance for the EU, but also for its special place for…