Petro Poroshenko

EU Sanctions on Russia to Be Enforced, US could follow

Fresh sanctions targeting key sectors of Russia's economy are to be introduced on Friday, with the EU adding it could lift them in case of a continuous deescalation in Ukraine.

New measures will see the current blacklist expanded by 24 more Russian officials and rebel leaders, who will be imposed visa bans and asset freezes.

Croatian MEP to Head EU-Ukraine Delegation

Plenkovic said on Monday that the delegation would show solidarity with Ukraine and support "the European choice of the Ukrainian people".

His appointment comes amid continued violence in the country which erupted after pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February after weeks of protests against his decision not to sign an Association Agreement with the EU.

Western Companies Allowed to Use Ukraine Gas System

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a bill allowing the concession of underground gas depots to EU and US companies especially created for that purpose.

Under the new legislation Ukraine's gas transmission grid will remain state-owned, but companies will be able t have shares and to manage its depots and pipe system.

Basescu: I categorically disagree with Poroshenko as to Russia possible incursion into NATO eastern flank

Romanian President Traian Basescu said at the presidential Cotroceni Palace late on Sunday that he 'categorically' disagrees with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, who had said on Saturday Russia could shortly conquer Bucharest.

NATO summit opens as US, Britain rally allies

A NATO summit billed as the most important since the Cold War got underway Thursday with calls to stand up to Russia over Ukraine and confront Islamic State extremists.
      
The Ukraine crisis tops the agenda but the 28 leaders must also tackle new threats posed by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and oversee a problematic withdrawal from Afghanistan.
      

EU gives Russia new sanctions ultimatum

European Union leaders on Aug. 31 gave Russia a week to reverse course in Ukraine or face a new round of sanctions as Kiev warned it was on the brink of "full-scale war" with Moscow.

Fears are growing that the confrontation on the EU's eastern borders could engulf the whole continent after Russia sent troops to back a new offensive by pro-Kremlin rebels in southeastern Ukraine.

Russian troops 'intervening directly' in Ukraine fighting: US ambassador

The United States accused Russia Aug. 28 of being directly involved in the Ukraine conflict after pro-Kremlin rebels seized swathes of territory from government forces in a new southeastern front.
      
"An increasing number of Russian troops are intervening directly in fighting on Ukrainian territory," the US ambassador to Kyiv Geoffrey Pyatt wrote on Twitter.
      

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