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EU member states on Skripal attack: «Highly likely» Russia was responsible

Friday, March 23, 2018

The European Union has stated it would recall its ambassador to Moscow for consultations after heads of member states and their governments agreed it was very likely that Russia was responsible for the attack with a chemical weapon on a Russian-British double agent. British public broadcaster BBC reports that in a statement after talks held on Thursday, March 22, in Brussels, the European Council of EU leaders agreed «there is…

Trump replaces H.R. McMaster as national security adviser with John Bolton

Friday, March 23, 2018

National security adviser H.R. McMaster has resigned and will be replaced by former US ambassador and Fox News analyst John Bolton, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet on Thursday. “I pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will…

Fears Russia could move to unmask British spies in bitter ‘tit-for-tat’ over poison attack

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Security officials are deeply concerned that the Kremlin may reveal the identities of British intelligence officers in the escalating and bitter confrontation following the Salisbury nerve agent attack, The Independent has learned. The disclosure could start, it is feared, with those who work for MI6 among the 23 British diplomats being thrown out of Moscow in retaliation for the same number being expelled from the UK. Doing so would break…

EU parliamentary committee OKs legal changes that could hit Nord Stream 2

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Members of the European Parliament’s energy and industry committee on Wednesday approved proposed changes to the EU’s Gas Directive that could hinder the construction of Nord Stream 2, a controversial planned gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. The Eurodeputies voted to accept a report on “common rules for the internal market in natural gas” by Polish MEP Jerzy Buzek, head of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.…

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy: ‘I am accused without physical evidence’

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy says there is no evidence to support allegations he illegally accepted money from Libya to finance his 2007 election campaign. “I am accused without any physical evidence,” Sarkozy wrote in an opinion piece published Thursday in French Newspaper Le Figaro. A source close to the case told CNN Wednesday that the 63-year-old had been placed under formal investigation for illicit campaign financing, passive bribery —…

US Navy and its allies train for undersea fights in the Mediterranean

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Ten allied navies have converged in the Mediterranean Sea this month to practice fighting submarines and surface warships, as a resurgent Russia expands its naval presence in the region. Dynamic Manta is an annual, 11-day NATO exercise meant to improve coordination between participating navies. The exercise off the coast of Sicily ends Friday. Linking technologies, crews and vessels is a complex challenge but crucial in submarine warfare within the vast…

NATO expresses support for UK after suspected Russian nerve gas attack

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Russia’s nerve agent attack in the United Kingdom demands a response, NATO’s top official said Thursday, but the alliance has not been asked to provide direct support as Britain continues its investigation. “I am absolutely certain the U.K. will respond, and is responding, in a measured way,” Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said during a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels. “I fully support that there is a need for a…

NATO is moving to a new “cutting-edge” building

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

On March 19, NATO began the final part of its move to a new headquarters situated on Boulevard Leopold III in the north-east of Brussels, according to a report published on the Alliance’s official website. The new building is going to be a key element and a strong symbol of the transformation carried out by the Alliance, the message reads. It is situated opposite the old headquarters where NATO has…

EU and UK agree terms for Brexit transition deal

Monday, March 19, 2018

UK makes series of concessions to Brussels to strike agreement but more work needed on issues including the Irish border The UK has struck a deal on the terms of the Brexit transition period after making a series of concessions to Brussels and accepting the “back stop” plan of keeping Northern Ireland under EU law to avoid a hard border with the Republic of Ireland. After an intense few days…

Putin secures record win in Russian presidential election

Monday, March 19, 2018

Putin wins 76.6% of vote with 67% turnout amid accusations of vote rigging and monitor abuse Vladimir Putin is set for another six years in power after winning a record victory in Russia’s presidential election, despite opposition activists highlighting a number of cases of vote rigging. Final results released on Monday morning showed Putin had won his fourth presidential term with 76.6% of the vote, his highest score ever. The…