Category: <span>Europe</span>

Erdogan blanks Greek prime minister over US remarks
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Erdogan blanks Greek prime minister over US remarks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he no longer recognises the leader of neighbouring Greece and will refuse to meet him at a planned summit. Mr Erdogan accused Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of seeking to block the sale of American-made F-16 fighter jets to Turkey while visiting the US. “There’s no longer anyone...

Ukrainian troops in Mariupol refuse to surrender as Russian deadline passes
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Ukrainian troops in Mariupol refuse to surrender as Russian deadline passes

A Russian ultimatum for the last remaining Ukrainian troops holding out in the besieged port city of Mariupol to surrender has passed, as Moscow edged closer to full control of the city in what would be its biggest capture since it invaded Ukraine in February. The city has been facing a humanitarian catastrophe for weeks, as Russian...

Joe Biden to address ‘stakes of this moment’ in Ukraine speech from Warsaw
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Joe Biden to address ‘stakes of this moment’ in Ukraine speech from Warsaw

Joe Biden is due to give a “significant speech” on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Saturday after arriving in Warsaw, where he will meet with the Polish president, Andrzej Duda. Biden and Duda are expected to discuss Warsaw’s wish for more US troops bolstering Nato’s eastern flank, as well as the idea of an international...

EU mulls kicking Russia out of IMF
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EU mulls kicking Russia out of IMF

European Union officials are reportedly looking at how to curb Russia’s influence within the International Monetary Fund (IMF), even to the extent of exploring the possibility of kicking the country out of the global organisation entirely. The EU, seeking to up the economic pressure on Moscow following President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, is considering...

EU Council imposes additional sanctions on Belarus
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EU Council imposes additional sanctions on Belarus

The EU Council has imposed additional sanctions on Belarus because of the country’s involvement in the invasion of Ukraine. The Council cited the sanctions the EU imposed on Belarusian military personnel on 24 February in announcing its new measures targeting 22 high-ranking military officials. The listed officials had a role “in the decision making and...

Russian dissident Kasparov urges harsher strategy against Moscow
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Russian dissident Kasparov urges harsher strategy against Moscow

Russian human rights activist and former chess champion Garry Kasparov called on Thursday for world powers to adopt a harsher strategy against Russia’s President Vladimir Putin over his invasion of Ukraine. Kasparov urged the western countries to intensify their military and economic strategies against the Kremlin, calling on all countries to recall their ambassadors from Moscow, to...

Macron says Putin intent on seizing all of Ukraine
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Macron says Putin intent on seizing all of Ukraine

France’s President Emmanuel Macron’s phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin today has led him to conclude that “the worst is yet to come” for Ukraine. Reportedly, the Russian president was the one who initiated the call, using it to restate his determination to achieve “neutralisation and disarmament of Ukraine,” whether by diplomatic means...

Ukraine urges west to be ‘vigilant and firm’ in Russia talks
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Ukraine urges west to be ‘vigilant and firm’ in Russia talks

Kyiv has urged the west to remain “vigilant and firm” in its talks with Russia, as Joe Biden announced a small troop deployment to eastern Europe amid fears Moscow could invade Ukraine. Washington’s top defence officials warned on Friday that the Kremlin had massed enough troops and hardware at the border to threaten the whole of Ukraine, but...

Ukraine talks: Russia sees no grounds for optimism ahead of Nato meeting
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Ukraine talks: Russia sees no grounds for optimism ahead of Nato meeting

The Kremlin has said it sees “no significant reason for optimism” about diplomatic solutions for the Ukraine crisis, ahead of a meeting in Brussels between Russia and Nato’s 30 member states. As Moscow was playing down the chances for success at the negotiating table after initial US-Russian talks in Switzerland on Monday, Russian forces deployed near Ukraine conducted a...

Death toll of refugees attempting to reach Spain doubles in 2021
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Death toll of refugees attempting to reach Spain doubles in 2021

An estimated 12 people a day died or disappeared while trying to reach Spain in 2021, more than double the total for the previous year. The 4,404 refugees who perished included 205 children, according to Caminando Fronteras (Walking Borders). In a report published on Monday, the NGO noted that the number of deaths was more than twice the...