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Russian oil giants, Kalashnikov top new EU sanctions list

The Russian targets in the latest EU sanctions which have now come to light. The latest restrictions tighten the screws on 5 Russian state-owned banks already under sanctions. The length of loans they now can get from Europe has been reduced to 30 days.

Russian oil giants, Kalashnikov top new EU sanctions list

Poroshenko to sign Association Agreement with the EU and send it to parliament on Monday

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko is planning to sign the Association Agreement with the EU and send it to parliament on Monday, September 15.

French favour booting Brits from EU: Poll

A new poll says a majority of French people believe Britain should be booted out of the European Union, rather than have its concerns taken into account by Brussels. It's a question sparked by a possible referendum on Britain's membership in the EU.

EU maintains 'radio silence' over Italy migrant crisis

So far this year the Italian government has saved more than 106,000 boat migrants, as part of its “Mare Nostrum” (“Our Sea”) operation, costing the country millions of euros every month.

Libya is becoming a terror hub at EU's door

French leaders have called on the world to take action in Libya over worries the chaos there is turning the country into a "terrorist hub" that's a short flight or boat ride from Europe.

Italy’s Berlusconi accuses Western leaders of irresponsible policy towards Russia

Italy’s former Prime Minister and leader of the opposition party Forza Italia Silvio Berlusconi on Sunday accused NATO and Western leaders of irresponsible attitudes towards Russia.

EU adopts new sanctions against Russia to come into force in 'next few days'

A new package of sanctions against Russia has been adopted by the EU. Previous reports said the "further restrictive measures" were aimed at targeting three major oil companies, as well as the defense sector.

Additional EU sanctions against Russia might hurt Slovenian economy

Additional European Union’s sanctions against Russia might have an extremely detrimental effect on the national economy of Slovenia, Ales Cantarutti, the chairman of the Slovenian Trade and Industry Chamber, said on Thursday.

Serbian Foreign Minister: The European Union Will Try to Make Serbia to Sanction Russia

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said that he expects the EU to increase pressure on Serbia to introduce sanctions against Russia as the Ukrainian conflict grows more violent, adding that he believes that Serbia will build the same relationship of understanding and partnership with the new High EU Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini as with her predecessor Catherine Ashton.

EU admits Putin’s comment on ‘storming Kiev’ taken out of context

The EU has admitted that Vladimir Putin’s words about “taking Kiev in two weeks” had been “made public out of context,” said a spokeswoman for the European Commission President in a written response to The Wall Street Journal.

US, EU preparing new round of economic sanctions against Russia

The United States is planning a new round of sanctions aimed at the Russian Federation over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the White House said on Thursday, and the European Union is reportedly on the verge of doing the same.

UK seeking to bar Russia from using SWIFT banking network

The British government will press other European nations at a meeting in Brussels on Saturday to block Russia from using the SWIFT banking network, Bloomberg reported, in what could be a dramatic expansion of sanctions.

EU to Discuss More Russian Sanctions, Possible Weapons Embargo – Danish Foreign Minister

The European Union plans to discuss more sanctions against Russia and is ready to consider a weapons embargo, Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard told reporters Friday.

Russian Gas Sector Should Be Exempt From EU Sanctions – EU Energy Chief Oettinger

The Russian gas sector should be exempt from the EU sanctions against Russia, EU Energy Chief Gunther Oettinger said Thursday.

Europe Does Not Expect Ukraine to Halt Russian Gas Transit – EU Energy Chief

The European Union is not concerned by the possibility of Kiev halting Russian gas transit via Ukraine, the vice-president of the European Commission responsible for energy, Gunther Oettinger, said in Minsk Tuesday.

Energy ballet: Iran, Russia and 'Pipelineistan'

A fascinating nuclear/energy ballet involving Iran, Russia, the US and the EU is bound to determine much of what happens next in the new great game in Eurasia.

When it comes to austerity, Germans want it both ways

Dr Eckhard Lubkemeier, the outgoing German ambassador to Ireland, who explained that it had been in Ireland's best interests to take the EC/ECB/IMF bailout rather than burn the bondholders and walk away.

The Ukraine, Corrupted Journalism, and the Atlanticist Faith

The European Union is not (anymore) guided by politicians with a grasp of history, a sober assessment of global reality, or simple common sense connected with the long term interests of what they are guiding. If any more evidence was needed, it has certainly been supplied by the sanctions they have agreed on last week aimed at punishing Russia.

EU Shot Itself in Foot With Russia Sanctions – Hungarian Prime Minister

The European Union shot itself in the foot by introducing economic sanctions against Russia, Reuters reported quoting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Friday radio interview.

The whole eurozone is sick, not just France

Critics of France’s Socialist government were quick to point the finger at president François Hollande and his ministers on Thursday after the latest figures on the economy made for some sorry reading.

Latin America will not bow to EU pressure, will tighten ties with Russia

The EU is reportedly planning to put pressure on Latin America to stop it from boosting its agricultural exports to Russia. In response to sanctions, Moscow imposed a food embargo on a range of EU products, and countries like Brazil and Chile are being canvassed to step in and fill the gap.

Food Fight: ‘Latin America will not bow to EU pressure, will tighten ties with Russia’

Moscow Retaliates Against Western Sanctions With Bans on Agricultural Imports

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday banning imports of agricultural products from countries that imposed sanctions on Russia for one year, the Kremlin press service said.

Russia Could Limit Flights Over Its Territory for European Airlines

Russian lawmakers consider limiting or even banning transit flights for European airlines from Europe to Asia over Russian territory, Vedomosti newspaper reported Tuesday citing a high-ranking government official.

Putin Urges Government to Prepare Response to Western Sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he has told the government to retaliate against Western sanctions.

Switzerland will not blindly follow EU sanctions against Russia – economy minister

For Switzerland to copy and paste EU sanctions against Moscow is unwise, and would jeopardize the country’s role as a mediator, said Swiss Economy Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann.

The West’s Reckless Rush Towards War With Russia

“Moscow has a Nuclear Arsenal as large as Washington’s”

US, EU push Russia toward war

American and European governments are saying that they are not seeking to confront Russia militarily. But what else can you make of their latest broadside of sanctions aimed at the heart of the Russian economy?

The Emperor’s Rage: Let Chaos Envelop the World!

Chaos reigns and spreads as enraged leaders in the US, Europe and their clients and allies pursue genocidal wars.

IMF warns of adverse effects of anti-Russia sanctions

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that the sanctions imposed on Russia over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine would have adverse effects on a global scale.

US and EU may introduce new sanctions against Russia later this week

The U.S. and the EU may introduce new restrictive measures against Russia this week over the situation in Ukraine, Tony Blinken, a deputy national security advisor told a news briefing on Monday.

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