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Moscow warns European cities prime targets for Russian missiles

Moscow has enough capabilities to counter such hostile moves by Washington as its just-announced deployment of new missiles to Europe, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has stated.

EU says to send €1.4bn in Russian money to Ukraine amid war

The European Union approved the transfer of €1.4 billion ($1.5 billion) in profits from Russia’s frozen assets as military assistance to Ukraine, the bloc’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell has announced.

Moscow responds to EU sanctions

Russia has expanded its travel ban list and vowed a “proper response” to any further unfriendly acts from Brussels after the EU announced an expansion of unilateral restrictive measures against Moscow.

Russia says Western property could be seized

Moscow has a “wide arsenal” of political and economic countermeasures to respond to the potential confiscation of its sovereign assets, including a tit-for-tat seizure of Western property in Russia, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has warned.

EU member states disagree on new sanctions against Russia: Report

Brussels has failed to agree on the new round of sanctions against Russia because of Germany’s opposition to the proposed plan to punish companies doing business with Moscow, Reuters has reported, citing EU diplomats.

EU seeking to hit Russia with stronger tariffs: Report

The European Union is considering imposing tariffs on up to €42 billion ($46 billion) worth of imports from Russia that until now have been spared from the bloc’s sanctions regime, Financial Times has reported.

Moscow blasts EU decision to use income from Russian assets

Moscow has castigated the decision by the EU to use income from frozen Russian sovereign assets to help Ukraine as expropriation, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has stated.

EU agrees to arm Ukraine using profits from Russian assets

The European Union has agreed on the expropriation of revenue generated from frozen Russian assets to continue funding and arming Kiev, Brussels announced. The bloc’s ambassadors agreed on the course of action “in principle”, but the legal text still must be ratified by the EU Council.

EU reveals profits from blocked Russian assets

EU clearinghouse Euroclear has accrued €1.6 billion ($1.7 billion) in interest from frozen Russian assets in just three months of this year, its CEO Valerie Urbain disclosed. She warned however, that tapping the funds would have a severe impact on global financial markets.

EU proposes new choice to tap Russian money amid war: Report

The European Union will reportedly allow neutral member states to opt out of its plan to use the revenue generated from frozen Russian central bank reserves to buy weapons and ammunition for Ukraine and limit themselves to providing non-military aid to the country.

Russia summons British, French ambassadors

The UK and French envoys in Moscow were summoned by the Russian Foreign Ministry amid rising tensions over the Ukraine conflict.

Some EU states still consider Russia ‘good friend’: Top diplomat

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, has admitted that not every EU member state agrees to view Russia as Europe’s “most existential threat”. He argued that such differences are jeopardizing the bloc’s policies, especially the resolve to provide military aid to Ukraine.

Russia warns West of ‘retaliatory blow’

Any Western-backed Ukrainian attack against "Russia’s Crimean Bridge or Crimea itself" will be met with a powerful revenge strike from Moscow, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has cautioned.

Russia says its response to West’s seizure of frozen assets to be tough

Moscow will give a harsh response if the West opts to seize its frozen assets, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has stated.

US says west exploring all options on frozen Russian assets

No option has been taken off the table as the G-7 countries continue to discuss the possibility of using the Russian assets frozen by the West to aid Ukraine, Reuters has reported, citing a senior US Treasury official.

EU introduces sanctions against Russian judges, prison staff over Navalny death

The European Union has introduced sanctions against correctional facilities Nos. 6 and 3 and thirty-three individuals within the framework of sanctions related to the death of Aleksey Navalny, the EU Council announced in its decree posted in the Official Journal.

Putin warns west Russia ready for nuclear war

President Vladimir Putin of Russia warned the West on Wednesday that Moscow was technically ready for a nuclear war and that if the U.S. sent troops to Ukraine it would be considered a significant escalation of the conflict.

EU officials say Russia’s response to asset seizure could trigger global financial collapse

While Brussels is searching for legal loopholes to send frozen Russian assets to Ukraine, it must keep some of the cash as a “safety buffer”, should its clearing house Euroclear get in trouble, potentially jeopardizing the entire global financial system, a senior EU official has told Reuters.

Ex-Russian president says EU envoys should be ‘kicked out’

Ambassadors from the European Union member states must be expelled from Russia, former President Dmitry Medvedev has stated, citing their refusal to discuss "election meddling" with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

EU seeking to completely stop Russian gas transit via Ukraine

The European Commission is working hard to abandon Russian gas supplies it receives through Ukraine, the commission’s spokesperson, Tim McPhie, has stated. The EU’s gas transit contract with Moscow expires at the end of 2024.

EU agrees on 13th package of sanctions against Russia, blacklisting companies in China for first time

The EU has approved its 13th package of sanctions against Moscow, the EU’s Belgian presidency announced on Wednesday on X (formerly Twitter).

EU summons Russian envoy, demands independent investigation into opposition figure’s death

The European Union has summoned Russia's representative to the EU and called for an independent international probe into the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the EU's diplomatic service announced.

EU bought almost €30bn worth of Russian energy in 2023: Report

Russia supplied just over €29 billion ($31.2 billion) worth of energy to the EU last year, according to data from the bloc’s statistics office, Eurostat, as cited by the Russian business daily RBK.

Russia says EU threats against Moscow serving own interests

The recent statements by the European Union politicians about the possibility of a war with Russia serve their own domestic interests aimed at distractinh the population from internal issues like tanking economies, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has stated. At the same time, claims of an allegedly imminent conflict with Moscow also help to justify continued funding for Kiev, he stressed.

EU says opposes Ukraine truce, calls for more weapons for Kiev, further sanctions on Moscow

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell has rejected the notion of peace negotiations and a ceasefire in Ukraine, instead demanding that the bloc’s member states cough up “whatever it takes” for Kiev to defeat Moscow.

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