Ukraine and the EU
Latest business news about Ukraine and the European Union.
- Ukraine peace talks to resume Sunday, or Monday: Hollande — 19 December 2014, 13:45 CET
Peace talks between Ukraine's leaders and Kremlin-backed rebels could
take place Sunday or Monday in the Belarussian capital Minsk in the
presence of Russian and OSCE envoys, French President Francois Hollande
- EU needs years-long Russia strategy, new leader warns — 19 December 2014, 13:00 CET
The European Union must thrash out a strategy for Russia that lasts for many years, and looks past sanctions that have hammered Moscow's economy, the bloc's new leader Donald Tusk warned Thursday.
- EU could 'de-escalate' sanctions if Russia shifts on Ukraine: France — 18 December 2014, 18:22 CET
The EU could de-escalate sanctions against Russia if Moscow delivers on
commitments to end the crisis in Ukraine, French President Francois
Hollande said Thursday.
- Mogherini urges Putin to make 'radical change' in attitude — 18 December 2014, 17:53 CET
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Thursday urged Russian
President Vladimir Putin to make a "radical change" in attitude to end
the crisis sparked by Moscow's intervention in Ukraine.
- EU leader wants 'tough, responsible' Russia strategy — 18 December 2014, 17:41 CET
EU president Donald Tusk said leaders meeting at a summit in Brussels on
Thursday must adopt a "tough and responsible" strategy toward Russia
following its intervention in Ukraine.
- EU leaders press Russia, urge new investment — 18 December 2014, 22:01 CET
European Union leaders urged Vladimir Putin to make a "radical change" in his stance on Ukraine Thursday as they boosted sanctions against Crimea despite fears of economic blow-back from Russia's spiralling financial crisis.
- EU approves new Crimea sanctions — 18 December 2014, 13:42 CET
The EU imposed additional sanctions Thursday on Crimea, banning all
investment and cruise ships from its ports to force home the message the
bloc will not recognise Russia's "illegal annexation" of Ukraine
- Merkel says Russia sanctions remain 'unavoidable' — 18 December 2014, 10:57 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed Thursday that Europe's goal
remains a free and whole Ukraine and that Western sanctions against
Russia remain unavoidable until that goal is reached.
- EU summit to discuss crisis-hit Russia, economic plan — 18 December 2014, 13:13 CET
EU leaders on Thursday will discuss tense relations with Russia and punishing sanctions imposed over Moscow's actions in Ukraine at a summit led for the first time by Poland's Kremlin-wary former premier Donald Tusk.
- EU 'united' on Ukraine despite split over Russia sanctions — 17 December 2014, 00:37 CET
The European Union's foreign policy chief said Tuesday the 28-nation
bloc would stay united on Ukraine despite pressure from some members to
drop or ease its sanctions on Russia.
- EU to 'ban investment in Crimea' — 16 December 2014, 18:02 CET
The European Union is to ban all investment in Crimea, annexed by Russia
in March, to keep up the pressure on Moscow and show that the issue is
not being forgotten, EU diplomatic sources said Tuesday.
- Ukraine ministers pledge corruption fight to win aid — 16 December 2014, 21:04 CET
Top Ukraine ministers vowed Tuesday to root out graft in what they called the most corrupt country in Europe to meet the demands made by international partners before they stump up more aid.
- Ukraine presses EU for more aid, blasts Russia — 15 December 2014, 23:48 CET
Ukraine used the first meeting Monday of a landmark council with the EU to press for more financial support as it pushed ahead with reforms in the face of Russian "aggression."
- IMF deputy 'impressed' by Ukraine's move toward reform — 14 December 2014, 16:05 CET
The International Monetary Fund's number two said on Saturday he was "impressed" by war-torn Ukraine's plans for economic changes aimed staving off bankruptcy and a foreign debt default.
- Ukraine urges EU to be ready to impose more sanctions on Russia — 13 December 2014, 00:21 CET
Ukraine urged the European Union Friday to be ready to hit Russia with more sanctions if necessary and not to be hoodwinked by Moscow's claims the crisis is easing.
- EU may have to drop sanctions on ex-Ukraine officials — 12 December 2014, 17:54 CET
The European Union may be forced for legal reasons to drop sanctions on some members of the ousted Ukraine regime of president Victor Yanukovych, an EU official said Friday.
- IMF calls on donors to 'step up' for Ukraine — 11 December 2014, 18:57 CET
The International Monetary Fund called Thursday for the international
community to come forward with fresh funds for Ukraine, teetering on the
edge of default on its huge debts.
- Russian PM warns against 'hysterics' over rouble collapse — 10 December 2014, 21:19 CET
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev urged Russians to be patient Wednesday as the rouble plunged further due to falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine, and said the currency was now undervalued.
- Gorbachev urges US and EU to "defrost relations" with Russia — 10 December 2014, 08:27 CET
The last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Tuesday urged the United
States and the European Union to "defrost" relations with Moscow despite
tensions over Ukraine.
- EU hints at more aid for Ukraine — 09 December 2014, 20:15 CET
The EU left the door open Tuesday to provide more aid for Ukraine's struggling economy, with officials saying Kiev's finances were in a "very critical" situation.
- EU tells Russia to keep Balkans out of Ukraine crisis — 05 December 2014, 21:42 CET
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called on Russia Friday not
to involve the Balkans in tensions between Brussels and Moscow over the
- EU's Russian sanctions should be proportional, Italy warns — 05 December 2014, 14:38 CET
The European Union isn't a "sanctions geyser" and its restrictions
imposed on Russia in the wake of the Ukraine crisis should be "proportional
and reversible," Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni said Friday.
- Russia is 'strategic problem' for EU, Juncker says — 04 December 2014, 15:53 CET
Russia is now a "strategic problem" for the EU amid the crisis in Ukraine, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday, but he insisted Brussels would not be blackmailed by the cancellation of a huge gas pipeline.
- Putin's pipeline 'gambit' leaves West unimpressed — 04 December 2014, 12:13 CET
Was he flexing his muscles or beating a retreat? Opinions are divided over Russian President Vladimir Putin's surprise announcement to abandon Moscow's $50 billion South Stream gas pipeline.
- EU releases EUR 500m in aid to Ukraine — 03 December 2014, 15:19 CET
The European Union released 500 million euros in loans to Ukraine on Wednesday, the latest portion of a 1.6 billion aid programme launched in March to rescue an almost bankrupt Kiev government.