After the election of French President Francois Hollande in May, it seemed thatviews of the EU’s foremost political duo could not be further apart.
The threat of economic sanctions by the EU as a result of Russia's policy in the Crimea were received in the Kremlin seriously enough. After his visit to Berlin Ivan Grachev , Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Energy has expressed intentions of the United States to lift restrictions on export of liquefied natural gas to Europe and Ukraine.
The people, who were the first in European history to fight at the barricades for European values, eventually may say good bye to the illusions not only in relation to Russia, but to Europe as well.
Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has met US President Obama in the Hague to discuss further strengthening of the bilateral trade and economic ties, Tengrinews.kz reports, citing President Nazarbayev’s Press Service.
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, on a state visit to Poland, met with his Polish counterpart Bronisław Komorowski today and both stressed the need to boost NATO’s visibility and credibility in the face of the crisis in Ukraine.
Ukraine signed a deal with the EU in Brussels on Friday, committing both to closer political ties, as President Putin signed legislation in Moscow to incorporate Crimea into Russia.
The tiny Baltic State of Latvia fears that after Crimea, they may be next to receive Russian 'protection'/
The United States pledges military support to Lithuania but also calls on the Baltic country to increase defense funding which is now one of the lowest among NATO countries.
On March 4, Stefan Fule, the European Union’s Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, came to Georgia on an official visit. He held high-level meetings with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, and Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze (Channel 1 TV, Rustavi 2, March 4). Moreover, on February 24, during an official visit to the United States, Prime Minister Garibashvili met with US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Although both meetings with the top White House officials were preplanned, the meeting with the US president was not publicized beforehand. In fact, President Obama joined the Georgian prime minister’s talks with Vice President Biden later on, for about 20 minutes, giving the occasion a more semi-formal flavor (civil.ge, February 25).
The EU and US have announced sanctions against individuals involved in the current crisis engulfing Ukraine and Russia. EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels said they wanted to send a strong signal to Moscow.