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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 said.

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 territory.

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 Ukrainian crisis.

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.