On Tuesday 12 March, the European People’s Party (EPP) Vice President Sandra Kalniete presented a report to the European Parliament calling for the EU to reassess its relationship with Russia. It was a small intervention which many will have missed. Kalniete said that “the EU should stand ready to consider adopting further sanctions if Russia's violation of international law continues.” The EPP is right to highlight the aggressive behaviour of Russia. The recognition of the need to sanction Russia, however, invariably raises another more worrying issue: the links between Russia and Iran, and the ways in which sanctions on the two countries are intertwined. It is the nature of these relationships that warrants more than ever our very close attention. Like Russia, Iran has proved itself again and again to be both blatantly two faced and a serial bad actor on the world stage, posing a threat to Europe’s interests domestically and abroad. The regime openly supports … [Read more...] about Dark money flows between Russia and Iran show how vital EU sanctions are against both ǀ View
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LISBON (Reuters) - Germany does not envision EU sanctions against Russia over its conflict with Ukraine as long as de-escalation efforts continue, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Friday. "At this time I believe it would be wrong to talk about new sanctions, because efforts are being made to reduce tensions," he told a briefing after meeting his counterpart in Lisbon. "From the German side, there will be no proposal for new sanctions," he added. "I don't see a consensus in the EU for new sanctions." (Reporting by Sergio Gonaclves, writing by Andrei Khalip) … [Read more...] about Germany sees no new EU sanctions on Russia for now
Italy's Interior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini holds a press conference in Moscow on July 16, 2018. Vasily Maximov/AFP. Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said during a visit to Moscow on Monday that he wanted to see EU sanctions against Russia dropped "by the end of the year". Salvini said he would use any means possible to convince European partners to scrap sanctions brought in over Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 and subsequent activity in the east of Ukraine. "Vetoes are only a last resort but I am not excluding anything," he told a press conference. "Italy is the European country that has suffered the most from these sanctions against Russia." He said he wanted to create opportunities for small- and medium-sized businesses in the two countries to work together. Russia banned most food imports from the EU in 2014 as a counter-measure to the Ukraine sanctions. Salvini also said Russia's … [Read more...] about Italy’s Salvini calls for EU sanctions against Russia to be lifted by end of 2018
News / UK and world by Press Association October 18, 2018, 12:03 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Theresa May is to call for a “robust” new EU sanctions regime to deter cyber attacks. Speaking at the European Council summit in Brussels on Thursday, the Prime Minister will call for a “proportionate” response to those inflicting harm on the economies and democracies of the EU. And she will tell fellow leaders it was time to “impose costs on all those who seek to attack us, regardless of the means they use to do so”. Mrs May’s call comes shortly after the exposure of four suspected spies from Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency attempting to hack into the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague. And it comes amid growing concern at Russia’s use of internet troll factories to disrupt elections and foment divisions within Western countries. … [Read more...] about May calls for new EU sanctions regime to hit back at cyber attacks
The new European Union proposal to impose sanctions is part of the bloc’s escalating response to alleged malicious Russian activity in Europe. Sanctions against states behind cyberattacks on European nations are supported to some degree by all members except Italy, according to a confidential EU document seen by Reuters this week. Britain, France, Estonia, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland have called for the introduction of sanctions, the document reportedly says. Other states including Finland and Sweden support a “gradual response” to any future attacks, which could mean taking other measures before resorting to sanctions. “Responding to large-scale cyberattacks from foreign actors, in particular when they are aimed at our elections, is vital,” EU Security Commissioner Julian King told Reuters. EU diplomats said the plan was also aimed at preventing cyberattacks from other states including China and North Korea. … [Read more...] about Why is Italy resisting EU sanctions against Russia over cyberattacks?