Türkiye warned Greece to stop militarizing the Aegean islands
Türkiye's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has warned Greece on Tuesday (6 December) to stop militarizing the Aegean islands, or Ankara “will take the necessary steps on the ground.” He said Türkiye had sent a letter to the United Nations in July 2021 laying out its arguments against Athens, which he said had violated the agreements of Lausanne and Paris. Greece denied these accusations, saying it has not provoked its neighbour nor amassed a large landing fleet on its shores.
Maximiliaan va… Tue, 12/06/2022 - 19:23
Hungary vetoes €18 billion aid package for Ukraine, EU seeks alternative solution

The Hungarian government has blocked an €18 billion aid package for Ukraine, forcing the European Commission and other EU countries to seek an alternative solution. The Commission is looking into providing an alternative mechanism for channeling funds to Ukraine in January, but this will require national budgetary guarantees which may take some time.

Maximiliaan va… Tue, 12/06/2022 - 16:23
Exiled Russian broadcaster TV Rain ordered to close by Latvian media regulator

Russia's last remaining independent television channel station, Dozhd TV, commonly known in English as TV Rain, has been ordered to close by Latvia's media regulator less than five months after moving operations to Riga.

Latvia's media regulator, The National Electronic Media Council (NEPLP), announced the ruling on Tuesday (6 December), ordering TV Rain to cease operations by Friday 8 December. It said the decision to order the station to close was taken "in connection with threats to national security and public order."

patrickn97 Tue, 12/06/2022 - 14:01
EU agrees legislation preventing import of products linked to deforestation

The European Union has reached a provisional deal to prohibit the import and sale of products that are linked to deforestation. This would apply to items such as beef, timber, rubber, coffee, soy, cocoa, and palm oil and their derived products.

Maximiliaan va… Tue, 12/06/2022 - 12:47
Ukraine faces emergency power blackouts as Russian military bases targeted

Following continued Russian strikes on Ukraine's critical energy infrastructure on Monday (5 December), President Zelensky announced on Tuesday that the country would begin implementing emergency power shutdowns in order to stabilise its power grid.

He added that regions throughout Ukraine would be affected, and that about half of Kyiv region would remain without electricity for the coming days.

patrickn97 Tue, 12/06/2022 - 10:59
Monday Commentary: NATO’s new sense of purpose well reflected during last week’s Bucharest Ministerial Meeting
The Foreign ministers of NATO member states met in Bucharest on Tuesday and Wednesday,  (29 – 30 November), at a time when, as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Europe faces one of the most serious security challenges since the alliance came into being in 1949. It was not NATO that triggered the Ukraine crisis. Indeed NATO, in its’ past quest not to alienate Russia, is sometimes accused of being overcautious in its relations with Ukraine prior to February. The Russian invasion has tested the alliance in many ways – the political will and unity of the member states; the capability of the alliance to support an ally who is not a member through a hybrid response; and the speed with which it could bolster its military capability on its Eastern flank to reassure member states. So far one can say that NATO has performed well, writes Dennis Sammut in today's Monday Commentary on commonspace.eu. This response however needs to be sustained. NATO comes out from the Bucharest Ministerial meeting strengthened and resolute. It is an alliance that is on the move as it responds to new challenges. But NATO also remains rooted in its principles. As the foreign ministers declared in their final statement, NATO is a defensive alliance. “We will continue to strive for peace, security and stability in the whole of the Euro-Atlantic area”, they declared.
dennis2020 Mon, 12/05/2022 - 04:54
Russia to ban oil sales under price cap

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak stated on Sunday that Moscow will not adhere to the price cap of $60 per barrel imposed by the G7 on the sale of Russian oil to non-EU countries, and will reduce production in order to make up for lost exports.

Novak also argued that the price cap mechanism contravenes World Trade Organization rules, would cause a decrease in energy investment, and could potentially lead to worldwide shortages and further market disruption.

Maximiliaan va… Sun, 12/04/2022 - 17:47
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk starts four-day visit to Ukraine

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, embarked on a four-day visit to Ukraine on Sunday (4 December), arriving there at the invitation of the Ukrainian government.

Türk will be making stops in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Izyum and Uzhhorod to meet with both national and regional government officials and civil society, as well as the families of missing civilians and captured soldiers, among others.

Türk will hold a news conference in Kyiv at the end of his mission, on Wednesday (7 December) at around 13:00 hours local time. 

Maximiliaan va… Sun, 12/04/2022 - 14:28
Estonia to buy US rocket artillery system in country's largest ever defence contract

EU member country, Estonia is investing $200 million for the purchase of six HIMARS missile systems from the United States. The deal was signed on Friday (2 December). This is the country's largest-ever defence acquisition, and it includes ammunition, training, maintenance and communication equipment.

Estonian authorities would not say how many missiles are being purchased, but the missiles have a range of up to 300 kilometres.

Maximiliaan va… Sun, 12/04/2022 - 11:09