Sunday , November 19 2017

Politics

Europe seeks tougher scrutiny of Russian natural gas deals

epa05161785 (L-R) Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo and EU Commissioner in charge of climate and energy Miguel Arias Canete talk at the start  of the European Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels, Belgium, 15 February 2016.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

Yangon / Bloomberg The European Union’s regulatory arm proposed more oversight of natural-gas contracts with Russia and other external suppliers as a part of a wider plan to boost energy security. The European Commission is also seeking closer regional cooperation among the EU’s 28 nations to prevent supply disruptions, under ...

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Russia’s Crimea grab impacts neighbours’ defense budgets

epa05096887 Ukrainians take part in the funeral ceremony of Oleksandr Ilnytsky, member of Police special battalion 'Myrotvorets' (Peacemaker) who was killed in the eastern Ukraine conflict, on the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, 11 January 2016. A defiant President Vladimir Putin defended Russia's positions on Ukraine, NATO expansion and the Crimea in an interview with Germany's Bild newspaper published Monday, describing European Union sanctions against his country as "absurd." He also rejected criticism of Russia's role in the separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine, saying the peace agreement between Kiev and the pro-Russian rebels had not been properly implemented.  EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

Bloomberg Two years after Russian President Vladimir Putin swiped Crimea, the fallout from his Ukrainian land grab continues to reverberate through nearby budgets. It’s most visible in Lithuania, whose split from the Soviet Union was among the bloodiest of the communist collapse. The government there raised defense spending by more ...

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