Russia's intervention in Syria has provided Putin with a laboratory to test his country's cruise missiles.
The Netherlands has withdrawn landing rights for a plane carrying a Turkish government minister who wanted to address a rally in support of a controversial referendum giving more power to the president.
All too often, Russian policy in the Middle East is perceived as tied mainly or exclusively to Syria and its ongoing civil war. But in fact, Moscow has long sought to expand its influence across the entire region; its intervention in Syria, in turn, has greatly heightened Russia’s ability and willingness to conduct that regional policy. That said, there has been relatively little foreign recognition of the country’s actual advances into the Gulf to date, even though Moscow has all along been using the traditional instruments of Russian diplomacy: arms sales, energy deals, clever and persistent diplomacy and, of course, force or the threat of its use.
Another meeting on the Syrian settlement could possibly take place in Kazakhstan’s capital city of Astana on March 14-15, while its format and level are being discussed, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said.
Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has said he is open to having “constructive cooperation” with Russia, and “break the impasse” between the two countries.
European Union leaders meeting in Brussels on March 9 confirmed Poland’s former Prime Minister Donald Tusk for his second term as the president of the European Council.
Joint press point with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Prime Minister of Estonia, Juri Ratas
So Prime Minister Ratas, welcome to NATO headquarters....
The European Court of Justice has ruled that refugees do not have to be granted humanitarian visas to the EU. The ECJ's top adviser had called for EU states to provide papers if people were at certain risk of torture.
Serbian presidential elections will be held 2 April, the speaker of the Serbian Parliament announced on Thursday (2 March). EURACTIV Serbia reports.
The European Parliament has passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the reintroduction of visa requirements for American citizens, raising the stakes in a long-running battle over the United States’ refusal to grant visa-free access to citizens of five European Union countries.