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21.04.2017

Online media outlets report on an attack in Paris and its possible impact on France's Presidential elections.

Kommersant, MK, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Vedomosti report on the first round of the Presidential election in France.

RIA-Novosti quotes EU Ambassador to Russia Vygaudas Usackas as saying that at their talks on 24 April in Moscow, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will discuss EU-Russia relations, the situation in Syria and Ukraine.

Kommersant addresses Lithuania's bill on the protection of the country's electricity market which would ban the sale of electricity from unsafe nuclear power plants located in third countries.

Kommersant reports on Poland's plans to reduce its dependence on Russian gas.

 

19.04.2017

Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, RBK daily, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Vedomosti report on British PM Theresa May's announcement of a snap general election on 8 June against the background of the UK's decision to quit the European Union.

In an editorial, Vedomosti addresses France's Presidential elections and the snap general election in Britain.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Rossiyskaya Gazeta provide the EU reaction to Turkey's referendum and reflect on EU-Turkey relations.

In a supplement, called 'NG-Religion', Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on the closing of churches in European countries.

 

7.02.2017

Kommersant reports that the situation in Ukraine was high on the agenda of the EU Foreign Ministers' meeting on 6 February in Brussels.

Profil weekly magazine runs an article by Yaroslav Shimov on Russia's relations with the West.

Online media report that 28 Russian media outlets have been blacklisted in Estonia for 'anti-Estonian propaganda'. Channel One, Rossiya 1, Rossiya 24, NTV TV channels, TASS, Gazeta.ru, Lenta.ru, RBC are included in the list.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Poland

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports that Merkel was officially nominated as the Christian Democrats' candidate for Chancellor.

Profil reports about the Social Democrats' candidacy of Martin Schulz for German Chancellor (Der Spiegel report).

Profil, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report about main candidates for France's Presidential elections.

RBK daily reports on ongoing protests in Romania despite the government's decision to scrap a controversial decree decriminalizing some graft offenses.

Kommersant reports on a court hearing of the case against the former leader of Catalonia Artur Mas accused of disobedience for staging an independence referendum.

 

2.02.17

Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Vedomosti report on allegations against French Presidential candidates Francois Fillon and Marine Le Pen.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Turkey.

Izvestia addresses Germany's migration policy.

Izvestia and Kommersant report on developments around the UK's exit from the EU.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports that Finland has set up a working group to elaborate possible reaction to the appearance of military servicemen without insignia (so-called 'little green men').

Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Alexei Portansky which addresses US President Donald Trump's views on relations with the European Union.

 

16.01.2017

In an interview with MK, Swedish Ambassador to Russia Peter Ericson addresses bilateral relations, the migrant crisis, terrorism, democratic rights and freedoms and other issues.

Link: http://www.mk.ru/politics/2017/01/15/posol-shvecii-utrom-begayu-po-krasnoy-ploshhadi.html

Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report that Russian Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev, who is on the EU's sanctions list, will be able to attend a G20 Ministerial meeting in Berlin on 22 January.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports that the EU plans to finance construction of refugee camps in Belarus.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports that British PM Theresa May is expected to unveil on 17 January plans on Britain's exit from the EU.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta ('NG-Dipkurier') publishes an article by expert Vladimir Shveitser about Euroscepticism in EU countries.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta addresses German authorities' intention to combat fake news.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Vedomosti report that Members of the European Parliament have proposed to grant robots the legal status of 'electronic persons.

 

13.01.2017

Kommersant and RBK daily report on the conference in Geneva to discuss the Cyprus settlement.

Commentators, cited by Kommersant, express the view that the Cyprus problem is unlikely to be resolved in the nearest future.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on candidates for European Parliament President.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta addresses the political standoff in Poland and developments around the 2017 budget.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on Hungary's plans to crack down on NGOs financed George Soros.

 

10.01.2017

Rossiyskaya Gazeta provides data by the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) on EU countries' losses from EU sanctions against Russia and Russia's counter-sanctions.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on the US military buildup in Europe.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on Germany's upcoming elections.

RBK daily reports that the Polish ruling party has retracted from its plans to limit media access to Parliament.

 

9.01.2017

RT [Russia Today] publishes a number of publications on challenges for the EU in 2017.

https://www.rt.com/shows/worlds-apart-oksana-boyko/364723-russia-eu-passivity-challenges/

https://russian.rt.com/world/article/348185-bloomberg-predskazaniya-analitiki

https://russian.rt.com/world/article/347571-referendum-slovakiya-yevropa

Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on arrival in Europe of a US armoured brigade.

Kommersant reports that the European Commission has launched the procedure of registration of hot-rolled flat steel products originating in Russia and Brazil as part of anti-dumping proceedings concerning imports of certain hot-rolled steel products originating in Russia, Brazil, Iran, Ukraine and Serbia.

Izvestia reports on developments within France's Socialist Party ahead of the Presidential elections.

Gazeta.ru, 3 January

'Waiting for disaster'

In spite of numerous speculations about possible collapse of the European Union, expert Alexander Tevdoy-Burmuli does not foresee significant changes in the EU in 2017. In his view, leader of France's National Front Marine Le Pen has almost no chances to win elections in France, and under Francois Fillon France will strict to the position of further integration within the EU. In Italy and Germany, even if populists manage to win elections, they will forget their populist rhetoric as soon as they come to power. The expert sums up by saying that although the EU faces many problems, they are still not enough to lead to the collapse of the Union.

https://www.gazeta.ru/comments/2017/01/03_a_10450691.shtml 

 

27.12.2017

Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on the Berlin terror attack and a legislative proposal to increase video surveillance in public places in Germany.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on the British economy in the wake of the Brexit vote.

 

23.12.2016

In an interview with MK, German Ambassador to Russia Rudiger von Fritsch addresses the Berlin terror attack, the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, German-Russian relations, the Ukrainian conflict, coverage of events by German media and Russian media, Europe's migration crisis and German-US relations.

Link: http://www.mk.ru/politics/2016/12/22/posol-germanii-izmenitsya-li-otnoshenie-k-rossii-posle-vyborov2017.html

Kommersant and Nezavisimaya Gazeta report on developments between the European Commission and Poland.

 

22.12.2016

Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on an investigation of the Berlin terror attack.

RBK daily runs an article by expert Olga Gulina on political consequences of the Berlin attack.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports briefly on adoption by the European Commission of a package of measures in the fight against the financing of terrorism and organized crime.

In an editorial, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on developments in Poland.

Vedomosti reports on the European Court of Justice's ruling concerning mortgage customers of Spanish banks.

 

20.12.2016

Newswires report on an attack at a Christmas market in Berlin. Russian President Putin has expressed condolences to German President Gauck and Chancellor Merkel in connection with the attack.

Press reports on the extension by the EU of economic sanctions against Russia until 31 July 2017.

Kommersant reports on the recent visit to Moscow by a delegation of Austria's Freedom Party, including Norbert Hofer who has lost Austria's Presidential elections.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports that a number of Members of the European Parliament accused Euronews of distorting facts in their news reports in the Russian language.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on the EU-Ukraine Association Council meeting.

Vedomosti reports on a political crisis in Poland.

 

16.12.2016

Kommersant reports on the EU summit in Brussels and mentions the issue of Dutch concerns on the EU-Ukraine association agreement.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta addresses prospects for granting to Ukrainians and Georgians of visa-free travel to the EU.

Kommersant reports on developments around Nord Stream 2 project and addresses Sweden's position.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta mentions a proposal by German MPs to toughen punishment for disinformation and fake news.

Articles on the EU 19.12.2016

Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports that EU leaders have agreed on an addendum to the EU-Ukraine association agreement. The addendum was initiated by the Netherlands.

Gazeta.ru, Kommersant, MK, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on a political crisis and anti-government protests in Poland.

Izvestia addresses Brexit discussions.

 

14.12.2016

Kommersant reports on Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's visit to Belgrade and highlights that Croatia has blocked EU-Serbia accession negotiations on Chapter 26 (education and culture).

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on a meeting on Tuesday in Berlin between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, ahead of the EU summit. Both leaders spoke out for the extension of sanctions against Russia.

MK addresses next year's Presidential elections in France.

Kommersant comments on Gazprom's activities in the European gas market.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on a meeting of the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee on 14 December in Strasbourg in the light of Igor Dodon's victory in Moldova's Presidential elections. 

 

13.12.2016

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports that in a letter to EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, a group of Members of the European Parliament called to impose EU-wide sanctions on Russians included in the 'Magnitsky List'.

In a supplement, 'NG-Energy', Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an interview with German Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Barbara Hendricks, which addresses the Paris climate agreement, cooperation with Russia in the area of environment and other issues.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on the outcome of Romania's Parliamentary elections.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on a nationalist march in the Polish city of Przemysl and anti-Ukrainian slogans during the action.

Kommersant reports on early Parliamentary elections in the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia and mentions EU mediation in reaching agreement to hold elections.

 

12.12.2016

Interfax and TASS news agencies and Rossiyskaya Gazeta cite Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who has dismissed as 'nonsense' German media reports on Russia's attempts to destabilize the situation in Germany.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports that Estonia has adopted the law which bans people implicated in human rights abuses from entering the country.

Kaliningrad-based media outlets report broadly on cancelation of a planned meeting between EU Ambassador to Russia Vygaudas Usackas and acting governor of the Kaliningrad region Anton Alikhanov due to the governor's urgent mission to Moscow.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on appointment of Italy's Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni for the country's new PM following the resignation of Matteo Renzi.

Expert weekly magazine comments on the outcome of Italy's referendum on constitutional reform. 

 

8.12.2016

Interfax news agency quotes EU Ambassador to Russia Vygaudas Usackas as saying that relations between the EU and Russia are gradually kicking off from the bottom.

Vedomosti publishes an article dedicated to former French PM Francois Fillon, who won the Republican primary election.

In an interview with Izvestia, leader of Italy's Lega Nord party Matteo Salvini addresses the recent referendum on constitutional reform in Italy, the anti-Russian sanctions and expresses his view on the future of the EU.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta cites a report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) on results of EU assistance to Ukraine. 

 

7.12.2016

Gazeta.ru quotes German Chancellor Angela Merkel as saying at the party congress of the Christian Democratic Union that the situation in the world requires a revision of the approaches towards relations with Russia.

Gazeta.ru and Kommersant report on a meeting in Brussels of NATO Foreign Ministers and EU High Representative Federica Mogherini to discuss steps to strengthen cooperation between NATO and the EU, including in the area of countering hybrid threats.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on a government reshuffle in France. 

 

5.12.2016

The media cites a statement by Italian PM Matteo Renzi, who announced his intention to step down after Italians voted against constitutional reforms in Sunday's referendum. Commentators underline the importance of Italy's referendum for the EU.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Vedomosti published articles on the issue.

Gazeta.ru, Kommersant and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on Alexander Van der Bellen's victory in Sunday's Presidential election re-run in Austria.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta cites French President Francois Hollande's statement that he will not seek another term.

Kommersant-Vlast weekly magazine reports on Francois Fillon's victory in the Republican primary election in France.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on a party congress of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on discussion of relations with Russia at the ALDE party congress in Warsaw.

Kommersant-Vlast addresses the Polish government's plans to control NGOs.

Kommersant-Vlast reports that Member of the European Parliament Paul Nuttall has become the new leader of the UK Independence Party (Ukip). 

 

2.11.2016

MK reports on French Economy Minister Michel Sapin's visit to Moscow.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on the ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) party congress ion Warsaw and mentions that representatives of the Russian opposition party Parnas intend to raise the issue of Russia's relations with the West.

Novaya Gazeta publishes an article by French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law.

In an interview with Izvestia, Member of the European Parliament Knut Fleckenstein addresses next year's Parliamentary elections in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel's election campaign, as well as the issue of European integration.

Izvestia addresses a study by Bertelsmann Foundation which named 'globalization fears' among main reasons behind growing popularity of right-wing and populist parties in Europe.

Kommersant reports on the upcoming referendum on constitutional reform in Italy on 4 December.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an interview with former economic advisor to Italian PM Matteo Renzi, Carlotta de Franceschi, which addresses the referendum in Italy and the situation in the banking sector.

Izvestia speculates about possible changes of US policy towards the Baltic states under the incoming US administration.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on Romania's policy towards Moldova.

 

1.12.2016

News agencies and RBK daily report on the judgement by an EU court on EU personal sanctions imposed on Russian businessman Arkady Rotenberg.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on a proposal to create a European defense fund.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta provides Eurostat data on residence permits issued to non-EU residents.

Kommersant reports about the candidacy of Norbert Hofer of Austria's Freedom Party in Austria's Presidential re-run on 4 December.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses discussions of post-Brexit.

 

30.11.2016

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports briefly on the European Commission's proposal to increase defense spending, including on cyber security (TASS report).

Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article, called 'From Italy to Greece – one referendum', which reports on the upcoming referendum on constitutional reform in Italy and cites concerns of a crisis in the banking sector.

Vedomosti reports on Russian gas supplies to Bulgaria.

Vedomosti reports on hearing of the Uber case at the European Court of Justice.

 

29.11.2016

Profil weekly magazine reports on the European Parliament's resolution on countering 'Russian propaganda' and publishes an interview with Member of the European Parliament Eugen Freund.

Russian press reports widely on Francois Fillon's victory in France's conservative Presidential primary runoff.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta comments on developments in the EU and points to a proposal by German President Joachim Gauck who has called for a 'pause' in European integration.

Izvestia and Nezavisimaya Gazeta address next year's Parliamentary elections in Germany.

The New Times magazine publishes an article dedicated to German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on talks between Polish PM Beata Szydlo and British PM Theresa May.

Vedomosti reports on the impact of Brexit on international law firms.

 

28.11.2016

Rossiyskaya Gazeta and TASS news agency cite European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as saying that US President Barack Obama made a big error when he called Russia a 'regional power'.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta quotes Juncker as saying that the sanctions against Russia are unlikely to be lifted in the nearest future.

Novaya Gazeta mentions adoption by the European Parliament of a resolution calling for the immediate release of Russian opposition activist Ildar Dadin who had been convicted of violating the law on public assemblies.

The media reports on Francois Fillon's victory in the French Republican primaries on 27 November.

Kommersant-Vlast weekly magazine addresses the issue of defense spending by Europe's NATO countries and mentions that the European Commission has warned eight countries, among them NATO member states, over budget deficit.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on draft amendments to Latvia's law on education, which would provide for loyalty to the state and the constitution. 

 

press release

Moscow, 25 November 2016

Vice-President Maroš Šef?ovi? visits Moscow, announces hosting of gas trilateral in Brussels

Today, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šef?ovi? on a working visit in Moscow, Russia, has discussed topics related to energy policy.

In meetings with Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Gazprom Deputy Chairman Alexander Medvedev, Vice-President Šef?ovi? has reiterated the readiness of the European Commission to continue discussing gas supplies for the ongoing winter in the trilateral format involving Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission.

In this context, Vice-President Šef?ovi? said: I look forward to hosting gas talks with Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission. The next round of talks should happen in Brussels soon. In the past, this forum has proven its usefulness: it is better for all to sit down together around one table. Russia as an exporter, Ukraine as a transit country and the EU as the main importer share a common interest of predictability. The trilateral format remains the most suitable for discussing gas supplies for the upcoming winter heating season.

On the significance of energy relations between the EU and Russia, Vice-President Šef?ovi? said: The European Union and the Russian Federation are interdependent in energy matters. The European Union is the key customer for Russia´s fossile fuel exports: We pay on time. We pay in hard currency. And we also want to buy Russian gas in the future.

The European Union and the Russian Federation have had a long-standing relationship in energy - one of mutual interdependence, beneficial to both. Energy has been a key element in Europe's trade with Russia for many years and it will continue to play an important role in the future. Europe has been a major, stable market, and a reliable customer for Russia. As Russia's key customer, and a major energy consumer, the EU would wish to continue to see Russia as a reliable energy partner. Despite the number of issues relating to bilateral gas trade today, the EU also wishes to continue to see Russia as a reliable supplier of natural gas.

In the same manner as producers are fully entitled to explore possibilities of developing new markets, consumers are fully entitled to seek competitive prices, and diversification of energy sources and routes. Stability and predictability are beneficial for both the EU and Russia.

The EU has embarked on a major project of developing an Energy Union and is fully committed to its objectives, including energy security of all of EU members, as well as Ukraine and other countries.

 

25.11.2016

Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an op-ed by European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic which addresses the EU's Energy Union project, EU-Russia energy relations and the role of Ukraine as a transit country for Russian gas.

Link: http://www.ng.ru/world/2016-11-25/8_6869_es.html

Izvestia and Nezavisimaya Gazeta report on the upcoming second round of the French Republican primaries. Special attention is paid to the candidates' positions on relations with Russia.

Vedomosti addresses the situation in Italy's banking system and a referendum on constitutional reform in Italy on 4 December.

MK reports on the re-run of Austria's Presidential elections, set for 4 December.

Kommersant, RBK daily, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Vedomosti report on adoption by the European Parliament of a resolution to suspend the accession negotiations with Turkey.

Komsomolskaya Pravda comments on a migrant crisis in Europe and its impact on European values such as tolerance.

 

Editorial lines

Gazeta.ru, 24 November

Mk, 25 November

'European Parliament harmed himself'

Commenting on the European Parliament's resolution on countering 'Russian propaganda', the authors claim that in this way the EU indirectly admitted its weakness and tried to shift the responsibility for the internal crisis to an external 'enemy'. Moreover, this could lead not only to the information warfare between Russia and the EU, but also to the strengthening of the right-wing populism in Europe.

https://www.gazeta.ru/comments/2016/11/24_e_10369139.shtml#page1

http://www.mk.ru/politics/2016/11/24/lyudi-drugogo-sorta-rezolyuciey-pro-rossiyskie-smi-evroparlament-vyporol-sebya.html 

 

23.11.16

In a supplement, called 'NG-Scenarios', Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by political scientist Nikolai Kaveshnkov which addresses possible scenarios for the development of the European Union.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports that the US State Department has warned Americans of the risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.

Vedomosti reports on EU plans to propose new rules for big foreign banks operating in the EU.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses Finland's and Sweden's plans to strengthen their defense capabilities.

 

22.11.2016

Izvestia cites a statement by EU Ambassador to Russia Vygaudas Usackas on EU-Russia cooperation in science, research and innovations and the role of the Kurchatov Institute in international scientific cooperation.

Russian press reports widely on the victory of former French PM Francois Fillon in the first round of primaries held by France's Republican party. It is mentioned that Fillon spoke in favour of lifting anti-Russian sanctions. The media also highlights a defeat in the primaries of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Gazeta.ru, Komsomolskaya Pravda, MK, RBK daily, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Vedomosti published articles on the issue.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on Angela Merkel's plans to seek a fourth term as German Chancellor in the 2017 elections.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses the upcoming referendum on constitutional reform in Italy and possible implications for the EU.

Vedomosti comments on the impact of Brexit on financial markets.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

'Europe to launch counterpropaganda'

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on a planned discussion by the European Parliament of measures to combat 'Kremlin propaganda'. A draft resolution declares that Russian state media pose a threat to traditional European values and are part of Russia's strategy of weakening and dividing Europe. Among instruments to counter Russian propaganda, the draft names creation of the European Russian-language media as well as financing of such resources as East Stratcom.

http://www.ng.ru/politics/2016-11-21/1_6865_kontr.html

 

21.11.2016

Vedomosti reports that at their meeting on Friday in Berlin, US President Barack Obama and leaders of EU countries agreed to extend the anti-Russian sanctions. In the view of Russian expert Viktoria Zhuravlyova, US President-elect Donald Trump would not be able to lift sanctions against Russia at his sole discretion.

Izvestia quotes Italian lawmaker from the Lega Nord party Paolo Grimoldi as saying that the Lega Nord plans to appeal to the next US President Trump to consider a possibility of lifting sanctions against Russia.

Russian press reports on the outcome of the first round of primaries held by France's Republican party. According to preliminary results, former French PM Francois Fillon is leading, while former President Nicolas Sarkozy came third.

Gazeta.ru, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and RBK daily published articles on the Republican party's primaries.

Kommersant, MK and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's plans to seek a fourth term as German Chancellor in the 2017 elections.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports, with reference to The Washington Post, that after Donald Trump's victory in the US Presidential election, Latvia will be ready to defend itself from Russia to the last.

Vedomosti addresses Germany's position ahead of Brexit talks.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta cites a statement made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who suggested that Turkey's accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization could become an alternative to EU membership.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses projects to supply Azerbaijani gas to Europe.

 

28.05.15

Novye Izvestia publishes an article by Konstantin Nikolayev which reports, with reference to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Meshkov, that Russia may disclose its 'blacklists'. The statement was made following Moscow's decision to deny entry into Russia to lawmaker from German Chancellor Merkel's Christian Democrats Wellmann.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta-Nedelya addresses a possibility of Russia loosening its embargo on agricultural products from Greece, Cyprus and Hungary.

Kommersant runs an article by Pavel Tarasenko which reports on EU plans to relocate migrants from Italy and Greece to other EU member states.

Moskovsky Komsomolets and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report that Greece is close to defaulting on its loans.

Kommersant reports that Britain will hold a referendum on EU membership within the next two years.

The Moscow Times reports that Latvia's military claimed on Wednesday that a Russian submarine and naval ship were spotted in the Baltic Sea near Latvia's territorial waters

 

25.02.14

Eastern Partnership

17) EU to discuss AA with Kiev after elections: Media quote European Commission spokesman Olivier Bailly as saying that the EU-Ukraine association agreement could be signed after the Presidential election in Ukraine, set for 25 May. (MT, RBK daily)

 

Moskovsky Komsomolets announces a press conference on 25 February by the Head of the EU Delegation to Russia Vygaudas Usackas.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Igor Naumov which reports on talks between Gazprom and Austria's OMV on Austria's return to the South Stream gas pipeline project.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on the Russia-UK Year of Culture 2014 in an article by Yadviga Yuferova.

In an article by Alexei Nevelsky, Vedomosti reports, with reference to Graham Secker of Morgan Stanley, that Europe is recovering from the recession.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev, reports that Iceland plans to withdraw its application to join the EU. 

 

20.02.14

Nezavisimaya Gazeta carries an article by Daria Tsilyurik which reports on EU citizens' public initiative in the field of water supply and sanitation.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Vladimir Olenchenko which comments on Latvia's draft bill criminalizing the denial of Soviet and Nazi occupation.

Editorial lines

Vedomosti, 20 February, 2014

In an article entitled Ukraine at the edge, Vedomosti looks at the recent bloodshed in Kyiv. Trying to objectively attribute the question of guilt, the article states that both sides were preparing for escalation in the conflict and the precarious truce declared just on the eve has obviously crashed.

An interesting statement is that both the authorities and opposition leaders are losing legitimacy. The parties have become caught in a game of chess where each subsequent move worsens the situation.

Regarding the application of possible sanctions, the authors say that this would only worsen EU's image in the eyes of the Ukrainian population as only two months ago Brussels were offering them association and trade deals.

The current situation further deteriorates the state of the economy, and further stagnation in stabilization would simply result in restoring Ukraine on Russian taxpayer money. That is the reason why the authors call for common international implication in conflict settlement and sharing of the responsibility.

Blogs monitoring

The main discussion in the Russian blogosphere surrounds the recent events in Ukraine. Most of the bloggers agree that both the Ukrainian authorities and the opposition are to blame for the human casualties. They attribute it to the greed of President Yanukovych and opposition leaders, saying that even in this terrible situation, they try to benefit as much as possible.

A widely quoted opinion is that Yanukovych loses support from the elites in the eastern part of the country, who would be happy to exchange him for a different leader. He is allegedly losing influence and, thus, control of the situation due to the failure to consolidate the elites in eastern Ukraine.

On a different note, some bloggers suggest that the opinion of the population has been split not solely on the basis of political views, but also by simple human concepts of good and evil, truth and lie, indifference and compassion.

http://echo.msk.ru/blog/echomsk/1262440-echo/

http://echo.msk.ru/blog/troitsky/1262466-echo/

http://echo.msk.ru/blog/aiderm/1262556-echo/

http://besttoday.ru/subjects/1855.html

 

14.02.14

Novye Izvestia publishes an article by Arina Raksina which reports on the international conference 'Russia - Customs Union - European Union' yesterday in Moscow to discuss the issues of technical regulation and standardization.

In an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports that the European Parliament has rejected a proposal to protect fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta runs an article by Yekaterina Zabrodina which cites British Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne as saying with reference to a referendum on Scottish independence referendum that if Scotland walks away from the UK, it walks away from the pound.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an interview with President of Montenegro Filip Vujanovic which addresses, among other issues, Montenegro's EU accession talks.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports briefly on the EU's goal to help developing countries provide 500 million people with access to sustainable energy services by 2030 and cites in this context EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs (Interfax).

Gazeta.ru reports on Italian PM Enrico Letta's decision to resign.

RBK daily mentions briefly the outcome of Switzerland's referendum on immigration from the EU.

Novaya Gazeta runs an article by Alexander Mineyev which reflects on European legislation on the protection of animals and the recent killing of a giraffe in Copenhagen's zoo.

 

13.02.14

Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev which addresses Russian-German relations ahead of the planned visit to Moscow by German Foreign Minister Steinmeier.

Novye Izvestia reports on the Cyprus settlement talks in an article by Sergey Manukov.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on a European Commission proposal of reforming Internet governance. The newspaper cites a statement by EU Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes (Interfax).

Novye Izvestia reports briefly that Switzerland has lifted its ban on weapons ownership for nationals of Croatia and Montenegro. 

 

12.02.14

Kommersant and Nezavisimaya Gazeta report on French President Hollande's visit to the US.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes a commentary by expert Fyodor Lukyanov on the outcome of Switzerland's referendum on immigration from the EU and the upcoming European Parliament elections in May.

Novaya Gazeta addresses the EU's Anti-Corruption Report in an article by Alexander Mineyev.

In an article by Igor Zubkov, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on new EU rules on disclosing the size of illegal industries in EU Member States.

Kommersant reports on Cyprus settlement talks in an article by Olga Kuznetsova.

Izvestia carries an article by Maria Gorkovskaya which reports on anti-Government protests in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the situation in Montenegro in the context of the two countries' EU aspirations.

 

11.02.14

Novye Izvestia publishes an article by Sergey Putilov which addresses the South Stream gas pipeline project.

Profil weekly magazine speculates that Sberbank CEO German Gref may replace Alexei Miller as CEO of Gazprom and recalls disagreements between Gazprom and the EU, including on South Stream.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Oleg Nikiforov on Russian-German relations and the career of Rudiger von Fritsch-Seerhausen who will become Germany's new Ambassador to Russia.

Izvestia, in an article by Mikhail Vignansky, addresses the issue of the EU's financial assistance to Georgia and prospects for signing an association agreement between the EU and Georgia.

Izvestia, Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on a possible impact of the outcome of a referendum in Switzerland on immigration from the EU on the country's relations with the EU.

In an article by Alexei Smirnov, Novye Izvestia reports on a diplomatic row between Stockholm and Bucharest over Romanian Roma people who are coming to Sweden to beg for money on the streets.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta cites briefly Greek Finance Minister Stournaras as saying that there is no need for a third bailout package for Greece (Interfax).

Nezavisimaya Gazeta carries an article by Yevgenia Novikova on the Cyprus settlement.

 

10.02.14

Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes on its website an article by head of the Federal Agency for CIS, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) Konstantin Kosachyov which comments on EU-Russia relations. Link: http://rg.ru/2014/02/10/kosachev.html

Novaya Gazeta addresses the state of EU-Russia relations in an article by Alexander Mineyev.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev which provides reactions in Europe to a leaked conversation between senior US diplomats during which US Assistant Secretary of State Nuland used obscene language about the EU's policy on Ukraine.

In an article by Alexander Polotsky, RBK daily reports that Luxembourg will not block the EU's savings directive.

Kommersant-Vlast weekly magazine reports on the EU's Anti-Corruption Report.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta, in an article by Vladislav Vorobyov, reports on circumstances behind the resignation of British Immigration Minister Mark Harper.

 

7.02.14

Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an interview with Czech Ambassador to Russia Vladimir Remek.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta carries an article by Svetlana Gamova on Moldovans' attitudes toward European integration and integration with the Customs Union.

In an article by Niva Mirakyan, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on Italy's intention to file a lawsuit against ratings agencies for downgrading the country's credit rating in 2011.

Izvestia, in an article by Maria Gorkovskaya, reports that the EU has expressed concern over Turkey's bill toughening control of the Internet.

 

05.02.14

Argumenty i fakty weekly newspaper publishes an interview with Italian Ambassador to Russia Cesare Maria Ragaglini which addresses, among other issues, the visa rules.

Argumenty i fakty publishes an interview with German expert Alexander Rahr on EU-Russia relations.

In a commentary published in Argumenty i Fakty, observer Maxim Shevchenko expresses criticism towards the EU over support for Ukrainian nationalist and far-right groups who staged riots in Kiev.

RBK daily reports briefly on allegations voiced by Member of the European Parliament Rebecca Harms that former Ukrainian PM Azarov has Austrian citizenship.

In an article by Giorgi Dvali, Kommersant reports that European Commission President Barroso has called on the Georgian authorities to intensify dialogue with Moscow.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta carries an article by Duma deputy Vasily Likhachev which comments on the consolidated position of EU countries during voting in the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE).

Izvestia publishes an article by Oleg Bondarenko and Rossiyskaya Gazeta a comment by Fyodor Lukyanov on the outcome of the referendum in the Moldovan autonomous region of Gagauzia [on integration with the EU and the Customs Union].

In an editorial, Nezavisimaya Gazeta voices concern about the situation in the breakaway region of Transdniestria.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and The Moscow Times address the EU Anti-Corruption Report. The report estimated the total cost of corruption to the European economy at about 120 billion euros per year.

 

 

EU-Russia summit

Brussels, 28 January 2014

The media provide broad coverage of the EU-Russia summit held on 28 January in Brussels in a reduced format. Nezavisimaya Gazeta remarks that the summit was held against the background of a deterioration of EU-Russia relations following Ukraine's decision to delay an association agreement with the EU. The daily recalls that Brussels accused Moscow of pressuring Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries which are considering strengthening relations with the EU in the framework of the Eastern Partnership. Nezavisimaya Gazeta suggests that policy towards former Soviet republics has become one of the major irritants and cites expert at the Brussels-based Centre for European Policy Studies Michael Emerson, who served as EU Ambassador in Moscow in 1991-1995, as saying that EU-Russian relations have not been so tense since the 2008 war in South Ossetia. In the view of analyst Fyodor Lukyanov, the fact that a two-day summit was reduced to three-hour talks could be a signal to Moscow that Brussels needs another agenda.

Meanwhile, Governmental newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta says that the sides managed to address a variety of topics ranging from the Eastern Partnership to the EU's third energy package and an idea of a united Europe. Expert Sergey Utkin, contacted by Vedomosti, said that the summit went unexpectedly well. Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports that the sides also raised human rights issues and exchanged views on international issues, including Syria and Iran's nuclear program, and mentions the adoption of a statement on cooperation in combatting terrorism.

Ukraine: At a joint press conference, President Putin stressed that Moscow will not interfere in Ukraine's internal affairs and rebuked EU officials for visiting the opposition protests (MT). The Russian leader was quoted as saying that too many mediators could have a negative impact. Izvestia, meanwhile, notes that just several hours after the summit, EU HR/VP Ashton left for Kiev.

Putin also said that Russia will not revise agreements with Ukraine on providing Kiev with $15 billion loan and on reducing gas price even if the opposition comes to power in Ukraine. At the same, Putin noted that Moscow is not uninterested in what economic policy a future Ukrainian government will pursue. First Deputy PM Shuvalov later indicated that if a new Ukrainian Government announces a different agenda, this could create grounds for Russia to revise the agreements with Kiev.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports that although both Moscow and Brussels have called to stop violence in Ukraine, no joint statement on the outcome of the summit was adopted. This is not the summit about Ukraine, said Russian envoy to the EU Chizhov, but added that both Russia and the EU are concerned about dramatic events in this country.

Eastern Partnership, free trade: Putin admitted that Moscow and Brussels have different views on the Eastern Partnership's goals (Gazeta.ru). However, media report that Russian and EU experts may hold consultations on the Eastern Partnership. Vedomosti cites Putin's proposal that experts could discuss a creation of a free-trade zone between the EU and the Eurasian Economic Union. Although First Deputy PM Shuvalov clarified that formal talks on a free trade area between the EU and the Customs Union are not under consideration, expert Sergey Utkin expressed the view that the proposal could ultimately defuse tensions between the sides.

New agreement: The EU and Russia agreed to resume talks on a new agreement. First Deputy PM Shuvalov expressed the hope that the new agreement could be discussed at the next EU-Russia summit in Sochi on 3 June 2014.

Visas: Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes that the Russian side hoped to sign a document on simplifying visa rules with countries of the Schengen area. Brussels, however, requested additional consultations on a deal that had been already, as Moscow argues, finalized by last May. The daily names among obstacles Russia's requirement that European airlines provide air passengers' personal data. Nezavisimaya Gazeta also adds that Brussels makes clear that visa free travel remains a remote prospect

WTO: First Deputy PM Shuvalov said that Russia was prepared for arbitration litigation with the EU in the WTO over the recycling fee. Shuvalov told reporters that the EU also complained about the Russian Government's subsidies to the automotive sector. He argued that any kind of Government assistance was provided and would be provided to Russian industries on the basis of WTO principles.

Energy: While saying that Russia and the EU are moving forward their bilateral relations, Putin complained about anti-dumping measures against Russian products applied by the EU and the EU's third energy package, but admitted that these issues are technical disagreements.

Ahead of the summit, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported that riots in Ukraine pose a threat to Russian gas supplies to Europe and suggested that political instability in this country could speed up EU-Russian negotiations on South Stream.

At the press conference after the EU-Russia summit, Putin said that the two sides 'have reached agreement in principle' on using 100% of the capacity of OPAL, which is the branch of Nord Stream. Kommersant reports that none of the sides commented on what terms Gazprom gained access to 100% of OPAL.

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30.01.14

Novye Izvestia addresses the EU-Russia summit on 28 January in Brussels in an article by Sergey Manukov and Artyom Lunkov.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta, in an article by Stefania Dzini, reports on a press conference by Italian Ambassador to Russia Cesare Maria Ragaglini dedicated to the Russia-Italy Bilateral Year of Tourism and issuance of multiple visas to Russians.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports briefly that the French Foreign Ministry has spoken in favour of liberalization of visa requirements for Russian citizens (Interfax).

In an article by Alexander Krotkov, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports about the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at the European Parliament on 27 January in Brussels and the speech by President of the European Jewish Congress Kantor.

Vedomosti carries an article by Tatiana Bochkareva on the situation in the EU's banking sector.

 

28.01.14

Kommersant publishes on its website an online interview with Head of the EU Delegation to Russia Vygaudas Usackas. Link: http://kommersant.ru/doc/2393193

Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Yury Paniyev which reports on the EU-Russia summit today in Brussels. The author says that diplomatic sources in Moscow and Brussels linked the changed format of the summit to a crisis in Russian-EU relations aggravated by the situation surrounding Ukraine.

Expert weekly magazine reports on the South Stream project in an article by Alexei Khazbiyev.

The Moscow Times (RIA-Novosti) reports on prospects for Russian-British cooperation on defense projects.

Vedomosti addresses ECB measures against deflation in an article by Alexei Nevelsky.

In an article by Maria Gorkovskaya, Izvestia reports on a protest action yesterday in Paris against President Hollande's leadership.

 

23.01.14

ITAR-TASS cites Russian envoy to the EU Vladimir Chizhov as saying that Russian and EU officials are scheduled to meet in Brussels to discuss the South Stream gas pipeline project (see also economic headlines).

Gazeta.ru and Ekho Moskvy quote Russian Foreign Ministry's human rights commissioner Konstantin Dolgov, who wrote on Twitter that Members of the European Parliament have interrupted his report.

The Moscow Times carries an article, entitled Europe's Failure in Ukraine, by Sergey Markov, which comments on the Eastern Partnership and the EU's policy toward Ukraine.

In an article by Nadezhda Yermolayeva, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports that the Lithuanian authorities reacted negatively to Russia's plans to create a network of Russian-language schools abroad, including in the Baltic states.

Izvestia runs an article by Maria Gorkovskaya on the state of play in EU-US negotiations on a free trade agreement.

Vedomosti reports on the economic situation in Spain in an article by Yekaterina Kravchenko.

Prepared by the press and Information and Economic Sections for the Head of Delegation

 

21.01.14

Kommersant publishes on its website an online supplement on EU-Russia relations with a focus on joint projects. The supplement includes articles on EU-Russia visa dialogue and on the problem of refugees in the EU and Russia and a video clip on refugees. http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2383864

The project is backed by the EU.

Kommersant also publishes an announcement of an online conference by Head of the EU Delegation to Russia Vygaudas Usackas: http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2387044

Interfax and ITAR-TASS report that Rospotrebnadzor (Russia's consumer rights watchdog) has lifted restrictions on the import of dairy products of the Lithuanian company Rokiskio suris.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Daria Tsiryulik which reports on agreement reached by EU Foreign Ministers to deploy a European force to the Central African Republic.

Novye Izvestia runs an article by Alexei Smirnov which addresses a legislative initiative in Finland which would restrict the purchase of real estate in the country by Russians.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Yevgenia Novikova, reports on Turkish PM Erdogan's visit to Brussels for talks with EU officials.

In an article by Svetlana Gamova, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on developments between Romania and Moldova.

 

17.01.14

Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Anna Terekhova on the issue of South Stream on the agenda of EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger's visit to Moscow on 17 January.

The Moscow Times publishes an article, entitled EU and Russia Shrink Planned Summit (AP), which quotes EU HR/VP Catherine Ashton's spokesperson, Maja Kocijancic, as saying that the format of the EU-Russia summit was changed in light of recent developments and that participants will have an in-depth reflection about EU-Russia relations.

Interfax quotes a statement by Head of the EU Delegation to Russia Vygaudas Usackas on the changed format of the EU-Russia summit, set to be held on 28 January in Brussels.

Kommersant publishes an interview with Germany's new coordinator for relations with Russia Gernot Erler which addresses Russian-German relations.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports briefly on the appointment of Rudiger von Fritsch-Seerhausen as Germany's new Ambassador to Russia.

In an article by Tatiana Ivzhenko, Nezavisimaya Gazeta mentions that the EU is not considering sanctions against Ukrainian officials.

The Moscow Times publishes an article, entitled EU Should Maximize Its Soft Power, by John Lough, which comments on the EU's position on relations with Ukraine.

Kommersant, in an article by Galina Dudina, reports on criticism expressed by Members of the European Parliament towards Malta's plan of granting Maltese passports to foreigners.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev on revelations of US spying in Europe.

 

13.01.14

Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev which comments on the expected appointment of Social Democrat Gernot Erler as Germany's new coordinator for relations with Russia.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta runs an article by Anna Roze which reports on the number of asylum seekers in Germany. The author refers to the German Interior Ministry, which said that 15,473 Russian nationals applied for asylum in Germany in 2013, adding that 90% of applications have been submitted by Chechens.

The Moscow Times (Reuters) reports that Dutch PM Mark Rutte, as well as King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands plan to attend the Olympics in Sochi.

In an article by Konstantin Volkov, Izvestia reports on Georgia's relations with the EU, focusing on Germany, and with Russia.

Novaya Gazeta reports on Latvia's accession to the euro zone on 1 January 2014 in an article by Alexandra Taranova.

Komsomolskaya Pravda and RBK daily report on the lifting of restrictions to work in all EU countries for workers from Bulgaria and Romania.

Kommersant and Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on Moldova's integration with the EU, developments between Romania and Moldova and their impact on internal developments in Moldova.

The Moscow Times carries an article, entitled The Shifting Challenges in the Global Economy, by George Soros, which addresses, among other issues, the financial situation in the euro zone.

 

9.01.2014

Gazeta.ru reports that the EU has expressed concern over developments in Turkey, including the dismissals of senior police officers.

 

8.01.2014

Forbes.ru cites British PM Cameron, who has called for a cap on the number of immigrants from other EU countries.

Gazeta.ru quotes Romanian President Basescu as saying that Romania should unite with Moldova. At the same time, Basescu admitted that the idea of unification was supported by 70% of Romanians and only 30% of Moldovans.

RIA-Novosti reports on the nomination of Laimdota Straujuma for the post of Latvia's new PM.

Prepared by the press and Information Section for the Head of Delegation

 

1-3.01.2014

Interfax news agency reported that Rospotrebnadzor (Russia's consumer rights watchdog) has lifted restrictions in relation to dairy products of Lithuanian company Pieno Zvaigzdes.

The Russian press reports on Latvia's accession to the euro zone on 1 January 2014. 

 

25.12.13

The Moscow Times carries an article, entitled Russia, EU To Face Off At WTO (Reuters), which reports on a trade dispute between Russia and the EU.

The Moscow Times (Reuters) reports that Russia is preparing to lift its ban on imports of Lithuanian dairy products.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an article by President of the Russian International Affairs Council Igor Ivanov which addresses Russia's foreign policy in 2013, including relations with the EU.

In an editorial, Vedomosti addresses the EU-Ukraine-Russia relations.

In an article by Oleg Sukhov, The Moscow Times comments on developments between the EU, Ukraine and Russia.

The Moscow Times runs an article, entitled Why Gazprom Likes to Thumb Its Nose at Kiev, by Joe Parson, which mentions the EU's anti-monopoly investigation of Gazprom.

 

20.12.13

Rossiyskaya Gazeta runs an article by Yevgeny Shestakov which quotes statements by EU HR/VP Catherine Ashton and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the EU-Russia-Ukraine relations.

The Moscow Times carries an article, entitled EU Leaders Will Reflect On Kiev Debacle Friday (Reuters), which reports on the agenda of the EU summit, including the issue of Ukraine's decision not to sign the association agreement with the EU.

Kommersant and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on talks yesterday in Warsaw between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski.

The Moscow Times reports that Russia has banned imports from 13 Dutch dairy companies for failing to meet sanitary requirements.

Kommersant and RBK daily report on agreement reached by EU Finance Ministers on a mechanism to deal with failing banks.

In an article by Tatiana Baikova, Izvestia reports on the upcoming opening of accession negotiations between EU and Serbia.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an interview with French economist Jacques Sapir which addresses internal developments in the EU.

In a supplement, 'Energy', Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an article on the South Stream gas pipeline project.

Vedomosti publishes a Wall Street Journal article on an investigation launched by the European Commission into alleged illegal aid to Spanish football clubs, including Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

 

9.12.13

Interfax news agency cites statements Russian Ambassador at Large Anvar Azimov on EU-Russia discussions of visa-facilitation and visa-free travel.

The Moscow Times (Reuters) reports that EU regulators expect to make a decision in early 2014 on how much Russian gas can flow from the Nord Stream pipeline through Germany's Opal link.

The Moscow Times publishes an article, entitled Germany Boycotts Sochi (AP), which reports that according to Der Spiegel, German President Joachim Gauck has decided to boycott the Sochi Olympics in protest against human rights violations and the harassment of Russian opposition figures.

In an article by Artur Blinov, Nezavisimaya Gazeta ('NG-Dipkurier') addresses the issue of Scottish independence.

Izvestia and Kommersant report on a French military operation in the Central African Republic

 

6.12.13

Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Anna Gushchina which comments on plans by far-right parties in Europe for next year's elections to the European Parliament.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta carries an article by Anna Gushchina which reports on a meeting in Brussels between EU Commissioners Cecilia Malmstrom and Stefan Fule with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to discuss a readmission agreement.

The Moscow Times (Reuters) reports that according to leaked documents from the US National Security Agency, Sweden has allegedly been a key partner for the US in spying on Russia and its leadership.

 

02.12.13

Izvestia publishes an article by Natalia Bashlykova which addresses a proposal to make Russian an official language in the EU.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Alexei Gorbachev which reports on the possible adoption by the European Parliament of a new resolution on Russia.

RBK daily runs an article by Yulia Kalachikhina on downgrading by S & P of the Netherlands' top credit rating to AA+.

In an article by Maria Gorkovskaya, Izvestia reports on Bulgarian draft legislation allowing non-EU citizens to obtain residence permits in Bulgaria.

Izvestia, in an article by Maria Gorkovskaya, reports on consideration by the European Court of Human Rights of France's ban on wearing full-face veils in public places.

Eastern Partnership summit: In an editorial, Nezavisimaya Gazeta argues that experts virtually unanimously assessed last week's Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius as a failure, adding that only two countries – Moldova and Georgia – have initialled agreements with the EU. In his commentary published in Kommersant, analyst Dmitry Polikanov expresses the view that the Eastern Partnership project might have counted on success only on the basis of 'permanent politicization'. The expert defends the option of trilateral negotiations Brussels-Kiev-Moscow. (Kommersant, NG, RG)

Protests in Ukraine over decision to delay EU deal: Protests in Ukraine in the wake of the Ukrainian Government's decision to suspend the signing of an association agreement with the EU and clashes between pro-EU protesters and police in Kiev are the focus of most media reports, both printed and electronic. Kommersant notes that the Ukrainian capital found itself on the brink of a new revolution, adding that according to different estimates, between 150,000 to up to 400,000 people took to the streets. RBK daily adds that there have been no such massive protest actions in Ukraine since the 2004 'orange revolution'. On Saturday, riot police violently dispersed protesters. Media cite calls for the ouster of President Yanukovych. Ukrainian expert Vladimir Fesenko, contacted by Vedomosti, says in a comment that by dispersing the opposition rally, the authorities have made a principal mistake. Fesenko considers the reported resignation of Presidential Administration head Levochkin, who is close to businessman Dmitry Firtash, evidence of a split within the Ukrainian authorities. Meanwhile, Yanukovych plans to visit Russia soon for signing a roadmap for cooperation between the two countries. President Putin's spokesman Peskov, however, called it premature to speak of the exact date for Yanukovych's visit. Moskovsky Komsomolets remarks that some Ukrainian commentators have found Moscow's hand in the dispersal of the Euro-Maidan in Kiev. In the view of Russian expert Vladimir Zharikhin, Kiev's U-turn has sparked an aggressive reaction by supporters of Ukraine's European integration and perplexity by its opponents. Zharikhin, however, does not see reasons to disperse the protesters as the Euro-Maidan was fading away. In an editorial, Vedomosti calls it difficult to make forecasts for further developments. The newspaper does not rule out introduction of a state of emergency in Ukraine, but notes that Yanukovych may decide to launch negotiations with the opposition. (Gazeta.ru, Izvestia, Kommersant, MK, MT, NG, RG, Vedomosti)

Russia's reaction to developments in Ukraine: The only official Russian statement on Ukraine has been made Deputy Foreign Minister Nebenzya on Friday. However, this short statement is limited and only confirmed Moscow's readiness for trilateral negotiations between Russia, Ukraine and the EU. Foreign Minister Lavrov is expected to hold a meeting with Ukrainian counterpart Kozhara during his planned visit to Kiev for the OSCE Council of Foreign Ministers on 5 December. The press cites a joint statement by the Polish and Swedish Foreign Ministers condemning Russia for pressuring Ukraine not to sign the EU deal. (Gazeta.ru, Interfax, RIAN)

 

26.11.13

EU accuses Russia of pressuring Ukraine: Kommersant reports that Ukraine's decision to delay an association agreement with the EU has led to new tensions in Russian-EU relations. In the statement by European Council President Van Rompuy and European Commission President Barroso, the EU accused Russia of exerting pressure on Ukraine. The daily cites Federation Council speaker Matviyenko as having dismissed allegations that Russia exerts pressure on Ukraine in the issue of Kiev's accession to the EU and adding that the Ukrainian authorities have evaluated the risks and took the decision.

Kommersant adds that the EU still hopes for a successful outcome of the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius. According to some sources, the EU is ready not to demand the immediate release of Ukraine's jailed former PM Tymoshenko as a mandatory condition for signing the deal with Ukraine. At the same time, Kommersant notes that the EU is not ready to provide Kiev with multi-billion loans. In his address to the nation on Monday, Ukrainian President Yanukovych called economic problems the most difficult issue on Ukraine's way to European integration. Kommersant does not rule out that Ukraine may face a budget crisis already next year. (Interfax, Kommersant, MT; Ekho Moskvy)

Vedomosti publishes an interview with British Business Secretary Vince Cable which addresses, among other issues, British companies' work in Russia and projects in the filed of nuclear energy.

In a supplement, called 'NG-Scenarios', Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Giovanni Bensi on nationalism in Europe.

 

 

25.11.13

Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an interview given to Rossiyskaya Gazeta and the ITAR-TASS news agency by Italian PM Enrico Letta which addresses bilateral cooperation, the Italian Presidency of the EU in the second half of 2014, the situation in North Africa and the Middle East and other issues.

In a special supplement, called 'NG-Dipkurier', Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an interview with Cypriot Foreign Minister Yannis Kasulidis on Cyprus settlement.

Izvestia runs an article by Maria Gorkovskaya which reports on a proposal by Members of the European Parliament to scrap the European Parliament's second headquarters in Strasbourg.

In an article by Alexander Gasyuk, Rossiyskaya Gazeta addresses next year's Scottish independence referendum.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta comments on the issue of immigrants in Denmark in an article by Nadezhda Yermolayeva.

Kommersant reports on talks on the formation of a new Czech Government in an article by Yaroslav Shimov.

Ukraine: Media, including some dailies in front-page articles, report on protest actions in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities against the Ukrainian Government's decision to suspend preparations for signing an association agreement with the EU at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius. Experts, contacted by Kommersant, suggested that no repetition of Ukraine's 2004 'orange revolution' could be expected. In an interview with Russia's Channel One broadcast on Sunday, Ukrainian PM Azarov described as a pittance to a beggar the financial assistance offered by the EU to Ukraine in the amount of 1 billion euro after the signing of the AA.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta cites President Putin, who accused the EU of pressuring and blackmailing Ukraine to sign the deal at the Vilnius summit. Putin also reiterated Russia's readiness to hold trilateral talks with the EU and Ukraine. The statement was made at a press conference following talks with Turkish PM Erdogan on Friday in St. Petersburg. The Lithuanian Presidency of the EU has rejected Kiev's proposal to hold trilateral talks.

Izvestia quotes EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Fule as saying in an interview that the issue of association will be discussed [with Ukraine] only bilaterally. Press cites allegations by Ukrainian opposition leader Yatsenyuk that Ukrainian President Yanukovych had received guarantees from Russia that he would be re-elected for a new term in 2015, gas price discount and $20 billion.

RBK daily, meanwhile, does not rule out that Gazprom may grant a gas price discount to Ukraine in the near future.

According to a poll by the Levada-Centre, provided by Izvestia, 30% of Russians said they view the possible signing of the EU-Ukraine AA as a 'betrayal of Slavic unity' of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. The same poll showed that 50% of Russians consider the signing of the deal with the EU Ukraine's internal affair and only 3% support Ukraine's integration with the EU. (Gazeta.ru, Izvestia, Kommersant, MT, NG, RBK daily, RG; Channel One)

 

20.11.13

Izvestia publishes an article by Daria Tsoi, Tatiana Baikova and Maria Gorkovskaya on Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports briefly on the approval by the European Parliament of the EU's budget for 2014-2020.

Kommersant mentions briefly the EU's decision to join consultations within the WTO on Ukraine's duties on imported cars.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Anna Gushchina which reports on British businessman Paul Sykes' promise to provide financial support to the UK Independence Party (Ukip) during next year's European Parliament elections. Ukip backs Britain's exit from the EU.

Eastern Partnership (political and economic aspects)

Ukraine seeks to reduce dependence on Russian gas: Media cite European Commission spokeswoman Marlene Holzner as having expressed the hope that an agreement will be signed soon to ship gas through Slovakia to Ukraine. Kommersant refers to a statement by Charge d'affaires of the EU in Turkmenistan Denis Daniilidis, who spoke of favourable conditions for construction of a Trans-Caspian gas pipeline. The daily notes that the issue of the Trans-Caspian pipeline was raised by the EU against the background of new disagreements on the gas issue between Moscow and Kiev. (Kommersant, MT/Reuters)

Belarus unlikely to be represented at Vilnius summit at very high level: On a visit to Moscow on Tuesday, Belarus Foreign Minister Makei said that the level of Belarus' representation at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius on 28-29 November will not be very high. (NG)

European Economic and Social Committee head comments on Eastern Partnership: In an article published in Kommersant, President of the European Economic and Social Committee Henri Malosse views integration of Eastern Partnership countries as a real chance for Russia and the EU to become closer and calls for a broader regional integration. (Kommersant; article in Russian is available on the website: http://kommersant.ru/doc/2347708)

 

19.11.13

EU Foreign Ministers take no decision on Ukraine: (i) Izvestia cites Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linkevicius, who confirmed that at their meeting yesterday in Brussels, EU Foreign Ministers did not take any decision [on the possible signing of an EU-Ukraine association agreement].

Rossiyskaya Gazeta does not rule out that the final decision could be made during the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius on 28-29 November. EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Fule is scheduled to visit Ukraine on 21 November.

The Moscow Times (Reuters) quotes German Chancellor Merkel, who said that Ukraine must take credible steps' to clinch a trade agreement with the EU.

(ii) Nezavisimaya Gazeta comments on Azeri President Aliyev's visit to Ukraine in the context of energy relations, as well as relations with Georgia and Turkey.

 

12.11.13

Izvestia (11 November) published an article by Olesya Yelkova which reported on the Russian Transport Ministry's decision to soften demands to carriers on passengers' personal data. The daily recalled that the EU earlier proposed to impose a moratorium on the Transport Ministry's order on transferring passengers' personal data. Interfax news agency quotes spokesman for the EU Delegation to Russia Soren Liborius who has called the Transport Ministry's decision to soften its demands a positive step in the right direction.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an interview with Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Viktor Yevtukhov which addresses, among other issues, the EU's practice of anti-dumping duties on Russian metal and chemical products.

The Moscow Times (RIAN) cites Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans as saying in an interview with RIA-Novosti that homosexuals are not being prosecuted in Russia, so there is no ground for asylum in the Netherlands.

Kommersant publishes articles on EU migration policy.

In a special supplement, 'NG-Energy', Nezavisimaya Gazeta carries an article by Oleg Nikiforov and Natalia Spivak on cooperation between Rosatom and partners in EU Member States in the field of nuclear energy.

Kommersant runs an article, entitled The Atlantic union is becoming economic, by Tatiana Yedovina, which reports that the EU and the US have resumed negotiations on a trans-Atlantic free trade agreement.

 

 

24.10.13

Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an article by Vitaly Petrov on a ceremony yesterday in the Kremlin to hand over credentials of newly appointed ambassadors to President Putin. The daily mentions the participation of the Head of the EU Delegation to Russia Vygaudas Usackas in the ceremony and cites Putin as saying that Russia is interested in preparing a new agreement with the European Union and creating in the future of a single economic and humanitarian space from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Federal TV channels showed the highlights from the ceremony.

Vedomosti reports on the economic situation in Spain in n article by Yekaterina Kravchenko.

Vedomosti carries an article by Alexei Nevelsky which reports on European Central Bank plans to scrutinize the eurozone's 128 biggest banks.

Kommersant runs an article by Galina Dudina which reports on possible changes in France's immigration law.

In an article by Maria Gorkovskaya, Izvestia addresses European Commission proposals on toughening the legislation on firearms.

Izvestia and Nezavisimaya Gazeta (RIA-Novosti) report on an initiative by Latvian Justice Minister Bordans to demolish a WWII memorial to Soviet soldiers in Riga and provide the Russian Foreign Ministry's reaction to the proposal.

 

08.08.13

Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Viktor Litovkin on the recent meeting between the Russian and Italian Foreign and Defense Ministers in Rome in the 2+2 format.

Vedomosti carries an article by Margarita Lyutova which reports on a meeting between head of the Federal Customs Service Belyaninov and representatives of the Association of European Businesses to discuss Russia's decision on TIR arrangements

Kommersant runs an article by Mikhail Serov and Kirill Sarkhanyants which addresses pipeline projects TANAP (Trans Anatolian Gas Pipeline), TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline) and South Stream to supply gas to Europe.

In an article by Tatiana Ivzhenko, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on Ukraine's European integration course.

RBK daily publishes a Handelsblatt article on the auditing by the European Court of Auditors of European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund projects in the field of constriction of roads in 2000-2013.

 

31.07.13

ITAR-TASS new agency and Novye Izvestia report that the EU and Russia held first consultations on Russia's recycling fee on imported cars after the EU requested such consultations in the WTO.

Izvestia, Kommersant and Nezavisimaya Gazeta (Interfax) report on EU HR Catherine Ashton's meeting with deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi during her visit to Egypt.

Vedomosti publishes an interview with EU Employment Commissioner Laszlo Andor which addresses the recent meeting in Moscow of G20 Labour and Finance Ministers, employment in the EU, the problem of illegal migrants and other issues.

In an article by Yanina Sokolovskaya, Izvestia reports on a three-day visit to Ukraine by heads of the European Parliament's observation mission Cox and Kwasniewski and their plan to meet with Ukraine's jailed former PM Yulia Tymoshenko.

 

30.07.13

Rossiyskaya biznes-gazeta publishes an article by Andrei Yevplanov which mentions the EU's action in the WTO over Russia's recycling fee on imported cars.

Interfax news agency quotes Russian Ambassador at Large Anvar Azimov as having expressed the hope that a visa facilitation agreement between the EU and Russia may be signed before the end of 2013. Azimov also said that Russia and the EU might start negotiations on visa-free travel in the beginning of 2014.

The Moscow Times publishes an article entitled Cargo airlines brace for EU regulations, which reports on the possible impact on Russian carriers of new EU regulations on air cargo transportation that come into force on 1 July 2014.

Rossiyskaya biznes-gazeta publishes an interview with French Minister in charge of French Nationals Abroad Helene Conway-Mouret which addresses, among other issues, French businessmen's work in Russia.

Gazeta.ru reports on EU HR Catherine Ashton's visit to Egypt and her meeting with deposed Egyptian President Morsi.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Daria Tsilyurik which addresses EU plans to create an intelligence and security agency.

In an article by Vera Sitnina, Kommersant-Vlast weekly magazine mentions the Eurofisc database for the fight against VAT fraud in Europe.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta and RBK daily report on a compromise reached by the EU and China to resolve a trade dispute over Chinese solar panel imports.

 

19.07.13

Kommersant runs an article, entitled Europe and Gazprom have found a common idea, by Mikhail Serov and Kirill Sarkhanyants, which addresses the EU's third energy package and developments around the OPAL pipeline.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev which reports on yesterday's visit to Greece by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and the Greek Government's new austerity measures.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports briefly that Lithuania plans to submit an application for entry to the euro zone in spring 2014 (RIA-Novosti).

In an article by Natalia Savisko, Izvestia reports on Hungary-IMF relations.

 

 

18.07.13

In an editorial, Nezavisimaya Gazeta comments on the shale gas revolution and Russia's gas supplies to Europe.

Novye Izvestia publishes an article by Sergey Manukov which reports on the Greek Government's plans of job cuts in the public sector.

Novye Izvestia, in an article by Adel Kalinichenko, provides reactions in Germany to Edward Snowden's revelations of surveillance programs.

Izvestia and Kommersant report on a meeting by a group of Members of the European Parliament with Georgia's jailed former PM Vano Merabishvili and the prospects for signing an association agreement between the EU and Georgia at the EU's Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius in November.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses EU-Belarus relations in an article by Anton Khodasevich.

Kommersant runs an article by Pavel Tarasenko which reports on EU-Israel relations and the EU's tough stance on Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

RBK daily carries an article by Alexander Polotsky on the possible ban on Mercedes's sales within the EU.

In an article by Nadezhda Dmitriyenko, Vedomosti reports on a European Commission proposal to limit credit card transaction fees of 0.2%.

 

17.07.13

Kommersant publishes an interview with Italian Consul General in Russia Gabriele Papadia de Bottini which addresses visa issues and EU-Russia discussions of visa-free travel.

The Moscow Times (Reuters) quotes EU HR Catherine Ashton as saying that world powers hope to resume negotiations with Iran on its controversial nuclear program as soon as possible.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes a front-page article by Svetlana Gamova which reports on the visit by Romanian President Traian Basescu to Moldova, focusing on military cooperation between Moldova and Romania.

In an article by Andrey Chaplygin, Novye Izvestia reports on a scandal over the financing of Spain's People's Party and Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy's rejection of calls to step down.

Novye Izvestia runs an article by Sergey Manukov which addresses the relationship between Hungary and the IMF.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta carries an article by Vladimir Olenchenko on Latvia's accession to the euro zone on 1 January 2014 and Russian investment in Latvia.

Izvestia, in an article by Maria Gorkovskaya, reports on developments between Mercosur countries and some EU Member States following an incident with Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane.

Novye Izvestia reports briefly on data which revealed that car sales in the EU plunged in the first half of 2013.

 

15.07.13

Vedomosti (RIA-Novosti) cites French President Francois Hollande as saying that there will be no exploration for shale gas in France as long as he is President.

In an article by Vladimir Vodo, Novye Izvestia reports on Poland-Ukraine relations in the light of the 70th anniversary of the Volyn massacre of Poles.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta, in an article by Vladislav Vorobyov, reports on an incident involving Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski during his visit to the site of the Volyn massacre.

Novaya Gazeta addresses developments between the EU and Belarus in an article by Alexander Mineyev.

Moskovskie Novosti publishes an article by Sergey Shklyudov on the upcoming general election in Germany.

Kommersant-Vlast weekly magazine reports on the resignation of Luxembourg PM Jean-Claude Juncker in an article by Nikolai Zubov.

 

12.07.13

Kommersant publishes an article, entitled Russia and the EU checked each other's visas, by Yelena Chernenko, which reports on yesterday's meeting by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with Ambassadors of the EU Member States and the Head of the EU Delegation to Russia Fernando M. Valenzuela and focuses on a draft agreement on visa facilitation between the EU and Russia. The author also mentions that Mr Valenzuela will soon be replaced by former Lithuanian Foreign Minister and the current Head of the EU Delegation to Afghanistan Vygaudas Usackas.

The Moscow Times carries an article, entitled Lithuania Takes EU Helm With Wary Eye on Russia (Reuters), which addresses Lithuania's Presidency of the EU in the second half of 2013 and the country's relations with Russia.

Rossiyskaya biznes-gazeta publishes an interview with Energy Minister Alexander Novak on energy relations with the EU and the situation on the LNG market.

In an interview with Kommersant, Novak addresses, among other issues, the European Commission's anti-trust investigation of Gazprom.

Gazeta.ru and RIA-Novosti report, with reference to the British media, that the UK Home Office has banned 60 Russian officials implicated in the death of lawyer Sergey Magnitsky from entering the UK.

Izvestia runs an article by Maria Gorkovskaya which reports on revelations by former CIA employee Edward Snowden that Germany cooperated with the US in surveillance programs.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta comments on European countries' actions during a recent incident with Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane in an article by Vladimir Kotlyar.

The Moscow Times (RIA-Novosti) cites Federation Council member Mikhail Margelov as having accused Estonia's political elites of encouraging neo-Nazism.

In an article by Yekaterina Kravchenko, Vedomosti reports on economic problems in Greece, Portugal and Cyprus.

The Moscow Times carries an article, entitled Europe Feels the Squeeze as Urals Oil Heads East (Reuters), which reports that Russia is squeezing oil supplies to Europe

Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Svetlana Gamova which reports on developments around the breakaway region of Transdniestria ahead of the next round of negotiations in the 5+2 format on the Transdniestian conflict resolution on 16-17 July in Vienna.

In an article by Tatiana Ivzhenko, Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses Poland-Ukraine relations in the light of the 70th anniversary of the Volyn massacre.

Izvestia and Nezavisimaya Gazeta report on the resignation of Luxembourg PM Jean-Claude Juncker amid a spying scandal.

Vedomosti runs an article by Yulia Gribtsova on approval by a European Parliament committee of the ban on menthol and other flavoured cigarettes.

 

 

11.07.13

In an article by Yekaterina Zabrodina, Rossiyskaya Gazeta cites Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei who slammed EU sanctions against Belarus. The statement was made following talks with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov yesterday in Moscow.

Kommersant publishes an article by Galina Dudina on revelations of alleged cooperation between the special services of Germany and the US in surveillance programs.

RBK daily runs an article by Alexander Polotsky which addresses the spending on research in the EU and plans by the EU, its Member States and European industry to invest 22 billion euro in the next seven years in research and innovation.

 

9.07.13

Kommersant publishes an article, entitled Russia and the EU checked each other's visas, by Yelena Chernenko, which reports on yesterday's meeting by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with Ambassadors of the EU Member States and the Head of the EU Delegation to Russia Fernando M. Valenzuela and focuses on a draft agreement on visa facilitation between the EU and Russia. The author also mentions that Mr Valenzuela will soon be replaced by former Lithuanian Foreign Minister and the current Head of the EU Delegation to Afghanistan Vygaudas Usackas.

The Moscow Times carries an article, entitled Lithuania Takes EU Helm With Wary Eye on Russia (Reuters), which addresses Lithuania's Presidency of the EU in the second half of 2013 and the country's relations with Russia.

Rossiyskaya biznes-gazeta publishes an interview with Energy Minister Alexander Novak on energy relations with the EU and the situation on the LNG market.

In an interview with Kommersant, Novak addresses, among other issues, the European Commission's anti-trust investigation of Gazprom.

Gazeta.ru and RIA-Novosti report, with reference to the British media, that the UK Home Office has banned 60 Russian officials implicated in the death of lawyer Sergey Magnitsky from entering the UK.

Izvestia runs an article by Maria Gorkovskaya which reports on revelations by former CIA employee Edward Snowden that Germany cooperated with the US in surveillance programs.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta comments on European countries' actions during a recent incident with Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane in an article by Vladimir Kotlyar.

The Moscow Times (RIA-Novosti) cites Federation Council member Mikhail Margelov as having accused Estonia's political elites of encouraging neo-Nazism.

In an article by Yekaterina Kravchenko, Vedomosti reports on economic problems in Greece, Portugal and Cyprus.

 

28.06.13

Novaya Gazeta publishes an article by Alexander Mineyev which reports on an investigation by Europol of Russian mafia money laundering through EU banks. A tax fraud scheme has been exposed by late lawyer Sergey Magnitsky.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes a special supplement dedicated to Russian-German relations. The supplement contains an interview with German Ambassador to Russia Ulrich Brandenburg.

Kommersant, RBK daily and Vedomosti report on agreement reached by EU Finance Ministers on rules to rescue troubled banks.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Yury Paniyev, reports on the agenda of the EU summit in Brussels on 27-28 June.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Daria Tsilyurik which reports that Germany has requested explanations from Britain over UK surveillance programs.

In an article by Maria Gorkovskaya, Izvestia reports on developments around Turkey's bid to join the EU against the background of anti-Government protests.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Rossiyskaya Gazeta comment on developments in Moldova (in Gagauzia and the breakaway region of Transdniestria). Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses the situation in the context of Moldova's rapprochement with the EU.

Izvestia and Nezavisimaya Gazeta report on the Trans Adriatic Pipeline project.

 

25.06.13

Rossiyskaya biznes-gazeta publishes an article by Executive Director of the International Energy Agency Maria van der Hoeven which addresses Russian gas supplies to Europe.

The Moscow Times carries an article, entitled Russia May Miss Out on the Golden Era of Gas, by Peter Kiernan, which addresses Russia's gas exports, including to Europe.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on developments in the global gas market in an article by Oleg Nikiforov.

In an article by Olga Gorbacheva, Novye Izvestia reports on the EU decision to suspend visa sanctions in relation to Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta (Interfax) reports briefly that Estonia plans to propose at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius later this year to create a common economic space between the EU and Eastern Partnership countries.

Kommersant and Nezavisimaya Gazeta report on the presentation of the election program of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats.

Novye Izvestia, RBK daily and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on the sentencing by a Milan court of former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi to seven years imprisonment in the so-called Ruby case.

 

24.06.13

Kommersant (Saturday's issue), Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and The Moscow Times (Reuters) report on a meeting on Friday on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum between President Putin and Chancellor Merkel.

Novaya Gazeta carries an article by Alexander Mineyev which reports on alleged involvement of banks in some EU Member States in laundering the money stolen from the Russian state budget. The laundering scheme was exposed by lawyer Sergey Magnitsky, who died in Moscow's pre-trial detention centre in 2009.

RBK daily publishes an article by Yulia Kalachikhina and Alexander Polotsky which reports that EU Finance Ministers have failed to agree on new bank rules.

RBK daily addresses developments between the EU and the IMF in an article by Andrey Kotov.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Yevgenia Novikova, reports on Germany's position on accession talks between Turkey and criticism of the Turkish authorities' response to protests in Turkey.

In an article by Tatiana Ivzhenko, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on EU-Ukraine relations and the possible medical treatment of Ukraine's jailed former PM Yulia Tymoshenko in Germany.

 

13.06.13

Kommersant publishes an interview with Italian Ambassador to Russia Antonio Zanardi Landi on bilateral relations.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on the visit by speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko to Britain for meetings with British Parliamentarians in an article by Anna Zakatnova.

RBK daily publishes an article by Gleb Kostarev which reports that Greece was removed from MSCI's index of developed countries and cut to emerging-market status.

In an article by Natalia Savisko, Izvestia reports on attitudes in Latvia toward the country's expected accession to the euro zone.

Izvestia runs an article by Maria Gorkovskaya which reports on reactions in EU Member States to the US National Security Agency's surveillance programs.

 

10.06.13

In an editorial, Nezavisimaya Gazeta comments on the EU-Russia summit last week in Yekaterinburg.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Sergey Kulikov which addresses developments between the EU and Gazprom on the OPAL gas pipeline.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Alexei Gorbachev which reports on a planned discussion by the European Parliament of a draft resolution criticizing the Russian authorities over the so-called 'Bolotnaya case'.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes a supplement dedicated to France and Russian-French cooperation. The supplement carries an interview with French Ambassador to Russia Jean de Gliniasti which addresses the euro-zone crisis, EU-Russia visa discussions and other issues.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev which cites recent statements by German President Joachim Gauck on Russia

In an article by Alexander Mineyev, Novaya Gazeta cites EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fule's criticism of the Turkish authorities' actions during protests.

Novye Izvestia, in an article by Sergey Manukov, reports on the floods in several EU Member States and cites EU Commissioner for Budget and Financial Planning Janusz Lewandowski as saying that there are no resources in the European Solidarity Fund for providing aid to flood-affected regions.

 

 
22.05.13
RBK daily publishes an article by Svetlana Makunina which cites Council of Europe SG Thorbjorn Jagland as having spoken in favour of 'Greater Europe without visas'.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta (RIAN) reports briefly on France's plans to open visa centres in several Russian regions.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta (RIAN) cites briefly the Latvian Foreign Ministry's response to Russian diplomats' criticism of the amendments to Latvia's law on citizenship.
The Moscow Times runs an article, entitled Kremlin Grapples With Series of PR Disasters, by Ivan Nechepurenko, which addresses Russia's image abroad, the use of soft power and recalls last month's visits by President Putin to Germany and the Netherlands.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Daria Tsilyurik, reports on the EU summit on 22 May in Brussels to discuss, among other issues, measures against tax evasion.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev, addresses a spat between Germany and Hungary.
In an article by Irina Khalip, Novaya Gazeta reports on Member of the European Parliament Marek Migalski's campaign to cancel the men's ice hockey world championships in Belarus in 2014.
 
16.04.13
Noviye Izvestia publish an article entitled New German Political Party is Against Euro
Kommersant prints a story entitled Anti Euro Party May Cost Elections to Chancellor Merkel
Vedomosty prints article entitled Lehman Brothers won't betray European investors
Rossiskaya Gazeta runs an article Russia introduces meat ban
 
15.04.13
Vedomosty publish an interview with the director of WTO Pascal Lamy, entitled Russia needed more time to get ready for WTO
Vedomosty prints investigation article entitled Is there any alternative to Cyprus?
Nezavisimaya prints an article by Paul Krugmann of NYT entitled European Leaders ignore anti economic logic.
Kommersant prints an interview with the Finland's Foreign Minister on the eve of his visit to Russia
RBK Daily runs an article by Andrey Kotov on EU MS initiative to exchange data on citizen's banking accounts.
 
12.04.13
Izvestiya publishes an article entitled Luxembourg Waves Accounts Anonymity
Izvestiya runs a story called Foggy Vail about Putin's visits to Germany and the Netherlands. runs a story called about Putin's visits to Germany and the Netherlands.

 

11.04.13
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Oleg Nikiforov which reports on the recent visit by President Putin to Germany and attitudes towards the Russian President in Germany.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Alexei Gorbachev which comments on a possible impact of the issue of a long-awaited border treaty between Russia and Estonia on introduction of visa-free travel between the EU and Russia.
In an article by Yelena Chernenko, Kommersant reports on Britain's visa rules for members of Russian official delegations ahead of the G8 summit.
The Moscow Times (AP) reports briefly that President Putin's name was mistakenly placed on Finland's secret criminal register.
The Moscow Times (AP) reports on ceremonies in Poland to commemorate the victims of the 10 April 2010 crash of the Polish Presidential plane that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on the euro crisis in an article by Anastasia Bashkatova.
In an editorial, Nezavisimaya Gazeta comments on the Transdniestrian conflict resolution and EU involvement in the process.
Kommersant addresses Bulgaria's stance on the South Stream gas pipeline project in an article by Mikhail Serov and Nikolai Marchenko.
In an article by Vladimir Dzaguto, Kommersant reports on planned talks between Slovakia and Russia's Rosatom on Rosatom's possible participation in the project of a nuclear power plant in Slovakia.
Novye Izvestia carries an article by Olga Gorbacheva on developments between Sweden and Belarus.
Izvestia, Kommersant and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on the approval by the French Senate of the legislation which would legalize same-sex marriage.
In a special supplement, called 'NG-Energy',Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes articles which address the situation in European gas markets, Russian gas supplies to Europe and the issue of shale gas.
Vedomosti (Interfax) quotes Lithuanian PM Algirdas Butkevicius as saying that Lithuania does not plan to sign a new long-term contract with Gazprom after the construction of a LNG terminal in Lithuania by the end of 2014.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Daria Tsilyurik, cites a secret report by the Greek Finance Ministry which argues that Germany should pay Greece for the reparation of damages inflicted to the country during WWII.
In an article by Natalia Timashova,Novye Izvestia addresses the problem of unemployment in Spain.
Kommersant, in an article by Galina Dudina, reports on a scandal over lobbyists' contacts with Members of the European Parliament.
 
10.04.13
Novye Izvestia, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and The Moscow Times report on President Putin's recent visits to Germany and the Netherlands.
Izvestia publishes an interview with Member of the European Parliament Werner Schulz which addresses German-Russian relations, the Russian law on NGOs, liberalization of the visa rules and the Cyprus crisis.
Ahead of the G8 Ministerial meeting in London, Kommersant publishes an article by British Foreign Secretary William Hague which focuses on an initiative on preventing sexual violence during conflicts.
Novaya Gazeta publishes an interview with Polish Ambassador to Russia Wojciech Zajaczkowski which addresses the investigation of the Polish Presidential plane crash near Smolensk, Poland's position on visa-free travel between the EU and Russia, missile defence and other issues.
RBK daily publishes a commentary by Arnaud Leclercq which addresses, among other issues, the Cyprus crisis and EU-Russia relations.
Novaya Gazeta,Nezavisimaya Gazeta andThe Moscow Times (Reuters) report on Ukrainian President Yanukovych's decision to pardon former Ukrainian Interior Minister Lutsenko and EU-Ukraine relations.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses developments between the EU and Belarus in an article by Anton Khodasevich.
In an article by Yury Paniyev, Nezavisimaya Gazeta provides Austria's and Luxembourg's positions on the bank secret.
RBK daily runs an article by Alexander Polotsky which reports that a Forsa poll forHandelsblatt revealed that 69% of Germans would like to keep the euro and 27% back the reintroduction of Deutsche Mark.
In an article by Mikhail Malykhin,Vedomosti cites the ILO World in Work 2013 report which revealed a deficit of 5.9 million jobs in the EU to return to pre-crisis employment rates.

 

 

8.04.13
Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on President Putin's visit to the Netherlands on 8 April and bilateral energy cooperation in an article by Igor Naumov.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novaya Gazeta, Novye Izvestia and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to pardon several convicts, including former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, in the context of EU-Ukraine relations.
The Moscow Times publishes an article, entitled EU Is Stuck in a Vicious Circle of Perpetual Crisis, by Yannos Papantoniou, which addresses the Cyprus bailout deal and the euro-zone crisis.

 

5.04.13
Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and The Moscow Times (Reuters) address plans to build a second branch of the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline. Kommersant provides a reaction by the Polish authorities.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta (RIA-Novosti) cites briefly Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich's statement on Estonia's decision to deny visas to five Russian citizens.
Vedomosti reports on the Cyprus crisis in an article by Dmitry Kazmin and Margarita Lyutova.
In an article by Tatiana Zamakhina, Moskovsky Komsomolets mentions a fish row in the EU.
Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Rossiyskaya Gazeta on possible consequences of a scandal over former French Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac's offshore bank account for the French Government.
 
4.04.13
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an article by Anna Zakatnova which reports on Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin's visit to Finland and mentions the issue of EU-Russia discussions of visa-free travel.
 
3.04.13
Nezavisimaya Gazeta (Interfax) cites a statement by Russian Ambassador at Large Anvar Azimov who has called on the EU not to politicize the dialogue with Moscow on visa issues and not to link it to other issues, primarily human rights.
Kommersant publishes an article by Mikhail Serov which addresses President Putin's upcoming visit to the Netherlands and possible cooperation between Gazprom and Gasunie to enlarge the Nord Stream gas pipeline.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Sokhbet Mamedov which reports on the Nabucco-West concept.
Kommersant and Vedomosti report on the Cyprus crisis.
Kommersant and Novye Izvestia mention the resignation of Cypriot Finance Minister Michalis Sarris.
Vedomosti (Prime) provides unemployment rates in the euro zone in February.
In an article by Galina Dudina, Kommersant reports on the ratification by the Slovenian Parliament of Croatia's EU accession treaty.
 
2.04.13l
Gazeta.ru portal and Interfax news agency quote head of the Directorate-General for Home Affairs of the European Commission Stefano Manservisi as saying that inspections of NGOs across Russia might affect the EU-Russia negotiations on the liberalization of visa rules.
In an article by Igor Dunayevsky, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on the introduction by Croatia of visa rules for Russians as of 1 April in connection with the country's preparations for accession to the EU in July 2013.
Kommersant publishes an interview with head of the European Strategic Intelligence and Security Centre Claude Moniquet which addresses the threat of terrorism in Europe.
Izvestia, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novye Izvestia and Vedomosti report on Cyprus' crisis.
Novye Izvestia runs an article by Sergey Manukov which comments on the economic situation in Slovenia and cites concerns that the country could become the next nation to need a euro-zone bailout.
In an article by Sergey Manukov, Novye Izvestia addresses the political uncertainty in Italy and its possible consequences for the EU.
Expert weekly magazine publishes an insert dedicated to the Northern Dimension.
 
1.04.13
Novye Izvestia, RBK daily, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Vedomosti address Cyprus' debt crisis.
The Moscow Times publishes an article, entitled A New Business and Political Model for Cyprus, by Javier Solana, which comments on the Cyprus banking crisis.
Itogi weekly magazine publishes an article by Konstantin Ugodnikov which reports on Latvia's plans to join the euro in 2014.
Itogi publishes an interview with Latvian Finance Minister Andris Vilks.
Kommersant (Saturday's issue) reported on the situation in Slovenia's banking sector in an article by Tatiana Yedovina.
Kommersant (Saturday's issue) and Nezavisimaya Gazeta ('NG-Dipkurier') report on Ukraine's relations with the EU and Russia.
In an article by Polina Stroganova, RBK daily reports on an increase in Gazprom's gas supplies to Europe in the first quarter of 2013.
Kommersant carries an article by Alexei Tarkhanov which provides statements by French President Francois Hollande in a televised interview.
In an article by Arnaud Dubien, Nezavisimaya Gazeta ('NG-Dipkurier') reports on France's strategy in Africa.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on developments around the formation of a new Italian Government in an article by Giovanni Bensi.
Kommersant-Vlast weekly magazine runs an article by Vyacheslav Belash on electoral success of little-known parties in some EU Member States.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Svetlana Gamova, reports on a proposal by Romanian Parliamentarians to grant Romanian citizenship to all Moldovan nationals.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta ('NG-Dipkurier') runs an article by Alla Yazkova on the Hungarian minority in Romania.
 
29.03.13
Izvestia, Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novaya Gazeta, RBK daily, The Moscow Times and Vedomosti report on Cyprus' crisis and the re-opening of the country's banks.
RBK daily publishes an interview given to Handelsblatt by EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Michel Barnier which addresses Cyprus' crisis.
RBK daily publishes an article by Vladimir Pavlov which reports on the situation in Slovenia's banking sector and does not rule out that the country could become the next candidate for a bailout.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta mentions developments between the EU and Ukraine in an article by Tatiana Ivzhenko.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta runs an article by Vyacheslav Prokofyev which comments on British PM David Cameron's proposal to toughen regulation of the press.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Giovanni Bensi, reports on developments around the formation of a new Italian Government.
In an article by Vladislav Vorobyov, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on the decision by the European Court of Human Rights which ruled that Estonia pay 50,000 euro to participants in protest actions in Tallinn in 2007 in support of the 'Bronze Soldier' monument.
 
28.03.13
Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Vedomosti report on Cyprus' debt crisis.
The Moscow Times publishes an article, entitled The Bankruptcy of EU's No-Default Policy, by Boris Kagarlitsky, which addresses the euro-zone solvency crisis.
Izvestia and Novye Izvestia cite EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele as saying that Croatia will be ready to join the EU on 1 July 2013.
In an article by Pavel Tarasenko, Kommersant addresses the terrorist threat in Europe.
Izvestia and Kommersant report on a diplomatic crisis between Italy and India.
 
27.03.13
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an interview with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara which addresses Ukraine's relations with Russia and the EU (see also economic headlines).
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Tatiana Ivzhenko, recalls a statement by EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger who expressed the EU's interest in participating in a trilateral consortium for the management of Ukraine's gas transportation system.
The Moscow Times carries an article, entitled Ukrainian Threat to Buy More EU Gas Dismissed (Reuters), which reports on Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller's reaction to Ukraine's plan to buy more gas from Europe.
Cyprus' debt crisis and the rescue plan are addressed by Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novaya Gazeta, Novye Izvestia, RBK daily, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Vedomosti.
In an article by Konstantin Volkov, Izvestia reports on trade relations between the EU and Japan.
 
26.03.13
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an article by Sergey Karaganov which addresses Cyprus' crisis, austerity measures in euro-zone countries and European solidarity. 
In a special supplement, 'NG-Scenarios', Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an interview with Karaganov which comments on developments in Europe.
Expert weekly magazine comments on Cyprus' crisis in an editorial and in an article by Alexander Koksharov, Sergey Sumlenny and Dmitry Yakovenko.
Rossiyskaya biznes-gazeta publishes an article by Alexei Baliyev on Dutch investment in Russia.
In an article by Ariadna Rokossovskaya, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on the Russian-Polish economic forum.
RBK daily, in an article by Andrey Kotov, provides Dealogic data on sovereign bond issuance from the euro-zone periphery.
Vedomosti (Prime) reports briefly that Gazprom has withdrawn one of its lawsuits against Lithuania – on the introduction of tariff regulation for Kaunas Heat and Power.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on developments between the EU and Ukraine in an article by Tatiana Ivzhenko.
In an article by Yaroslav Shimov, Kommersant reports on Polish PM Donald Tusk's political plans.
Kommersant and Nezavisimaya Gazeta address Britain's plans to toughen immigration rules.
Vedomosti publishes a Wall Street Journal article which reported on complaints submitted by some telecoms operators to the European Commission over Apple's iPhone activities.
Expert publishes an insert dedicated to Wallonia.
 
25.03.13
Izvestia publishes an article by Maria Kiseleva which reports on discussions between the EU and Russia of aviation security regulations.
Novaya Gazeta publishes an article by Alexander Mineyev which cites Member of the European Parliament Kristiina Ojuland as having suggested that no steps should be made on relaxing visa rules between the EU and Russia without approval by the EU Member States of legislation banning Russian officials implicated in human rights violations.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta carries an article by Olesya Zakharova on Russia's relations with Europe.
Media provide broad coverage of Cyprus' financial problems.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an interview with former Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini which addresses European integration, the Schengen area, prospects for visa-free travel between the EU and Russia and some other issues.
Kommersant, in an article by Alexei Tarkhanov, reports on France's tax policy.
In an article by Yulia Kalachikhina, RBK daily reports on Britain's plans to toughen immigration rules.
Kommersant-Vlast weekly magazine runs an article by Vladimir Solovyov on political developments sin Moldova and EU-Moldova relations.

 

 

Novye Izvestia reports briefly that six EU Member States have joined forces to investigate suspected money laundering that could be linked to the Magnitsky case.
Izvestia, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Vedomosti mention the EU-Ukraine summit today in Brussels and cite statements by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in the run-up to the meeting.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novye Izvestia and Vedomosti report that Moody's has cut Britain's top AAA credit rating.
RBK daily and Vedomosti address European Commission conclusions on the euro-zone recession.
Kommersant-Vlast weekly magazine provides the results of a poll on a referendum on Britain's EU membership.
In an article by Natalia Timashova, Novye Izvestia reports on the horsemeat scandal in Europe.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Novye Izvestia report on Italy's general elections.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta (Interfax) and Kommersant report on the second round of Cyprus' Presidential elections.
Kommersant-Vlast weekly magazine reports on the resignation of the Bulgarian Government.

 

 

Review of articles 7-19.02.13
? Moscow changing strategy at visa talks with EU?
? Doubts cast over legality of proposed European 'Magnitsky list'
? First sequester of Europe
Ahead of talks between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and EU HR Catherine Ashton on 19 February in Brussels, Kommersant addressed ongoing discussions by the EU and Russia of visa issues. The daily cites a recent statement by Russian envoy to the EU Vladimir Chizhov, who has accused the EU of dragging on liberalization of visa rules with Russia and spoke of difficulties on both tracks of negotiations – on visa facilitation and visa-free travel. The daily adds that it remains unclear whether the issue of so-called service passports could be solved by a planned meeting between members of the Russian Government and the European Commission in the second half of March in Moscow. Meanwhile, the daily argues that Moscow is not hoping any more to reach agreement on visa-free travel with the EU by the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Russian diplomats have expressed the hope that the sides might agree on visa-free travel by the end of 2014.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta comments on an address to EU HR Ashton by Members of the European Parliament (Guy Verhofstadt, Kristiina Ojuland, Marietje Schaake and Alexander Graf Lambsdorff) in support of EU sanctions on Russian officials implicated in the death of lawyer Sergey Magnitsky. The daily notes that there is no unanimity in Europe on possible sanctions as some commentators cast doubts over the legality of such a step.
The Russian press reported broadly on agreement reached by EU leaders at their summit on 7-8 February to cut the EU's 2014-2020 budget. Nezavisimaya Gazeta puts an additional emphasis on the discussion by EU leaders of external trade and comments on planned talks between the EU and the US on a free trade agreement. Some observers (RBK daily), while speaking of disagreements between France and Germany on a comprehensive Transatlantic free trade area agreement, compare the creation of a free trade area between the EU and the US to the appearance of the WTO in 1995.
 
18.02.13
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes a commentary by Andrey Zhuravlev on the EU summit on 7-8 February.
In an editorial, Vedomosti addresses prospects for a bailout package for Cyprus.
Vedomosti publishes an article by Konstantin Sonin on Latvia's planned accession to the euro zone on 1 January 2014.
RBK daily publishes a Handelsblatt article on EU plans to cap bankers' bonuses.
Kommersant runs an article by Vladimir Solovyov which reports on developments in Moldova and Moldova's relations with the EU.
Kommersant (Saturday's issue) published an article by Georgy Dvali which cited a statement by President of the European People's Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament Wilfried Martens and Vice-President of the EPP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski on relations between the EU and Georgia.
The Moscow Times (Reuters) reports briefly that Russia has requested that European consumer protection authorities share the results of their investigation in the horsemeat scandal.
In an article by Vyacheslav Prokofyev and Anna Roze, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on the horsemeat scandal in Europe.
RBK daily addresses projects on the development of renewable energy sources in Europe in an article by Yevgeny Basmanov.
Kommersant, in an article by Gennady Sysoyev, reports on Cyprus' Presidential elections.

 

 

13.02.13
Izvestia, RBK daily and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on yesterday's talks between President Vladimir Putin andFinnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto.
Novye Izvestia publishes an article by Sergey Manukov which reports that euro zone's Finance Ministers have decided to conduct a check of Cyprus' banks for breaches of money-laundering rules.
In a special supplement, 'NG-Science', Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on ESA's programmes.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta addresses the horsemeat scandal in Europe in an article by Alexei Aronov and Yelena Kukol.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta comments on Ukraine's relations with the EU and the Customs Union in an article by Alexander Strizov.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Anton Khodasevich, mentions the Eastern Partnership meeting in Tbilisi.
In an article by Yury Paniyev, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on possible negative consequences of Scottish independence.

 

 

25.01.13
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Alexandra Samarina which mentions that Estonia is conducting an inquiry into the alleged transfer to Estonian bank accounts of Russian budgetary funds connected to the suspected embezzlement uncovered by lawyer Sergey Magnitsky.
In an article by Artyom Rumyantsev, Izvestia reports that Croatia plans to introduce visas for Russians from 1 April in view of Croatia's planned accession to the EU in July.
Vedomosti, in an article by Yekaterina Kravchenko, reports on a proposal by EU Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier to revise the 'one-share one-vote' principle used in European companies.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Rossiyskaya Gazeta address Britain's relations with the EU.
Kommersant and Novye Izvestia report on adoption by Catalonia's parliament of a declaration of sovereignty.

 

 

18.01.13
Kommersant publishes an article by Galina Dudina which reports on yesterday's discussion by EU Foreign Ministers of the situation in Mali and France's military operation against Islamist militants in Mali.
In an interview with Kommersant, Member of the European Parliament Arnaud Danjean addresses the EU's position on Mali.
Izvestia reports on France's operation in an article by Igor Yavlyansky.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Nikolai Surkov, addresses the French operation and the hostage crisis in Algeria.
The Moscow Times (Reuters) cites a spokesman for EU HR Catherine Ashton as saying that no date for talks between Iran and six world power had yet been set.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on approval by the European Parliament of a proposal on new regulations for credit rating agencies in an article by Dmitry Kosarev.
In an article by Mikhail Serov and Oleg Gavrish, Kommersant reports on Russian gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine and the Nord Stream pipeline.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Anton Khodasevich which reports on Belarus' intention to participate in an informal meeting of the EU's Eastern Partnership set for 12-13 February in Tbilisi.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on Britain's relations with the EU in an article by Daria Tsilyurik.
In an article by Konstantin Nikolayev, Novye Izvestia reports on Estonia's education policy.
 
15.01.13
Vedomosti publishes an article by Sergey Karaganov which addresses, among other issues, European integration and developments in the EU.
The Moscow Times carries an article, entitled EU Plants Could Be Banned, which reports that Russia's plant and animal health watchdog might ban imports of plant products from all nurseries in the EU except some nurseries in Poland and Hungary.
Vedomosti reports briefly on developments between Gazprom and Lithuania (Interfax).
Vedomosti reports that Fitch Ratings forecasts that Gazprom's sales to Europe are likely to fall further in 2013 (Interfax).
In a special supplement, called 'NG-Energy', Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes articles dedicated to Europe's energy security, the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme and other issues.
In an article by Alexei Chichkin, Rossiyskaya biznes-gazeta reports on Norway's projects in the Arctic to supply gas to the EU.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta runs an article by Nikita Krasnikov on the unified list of documents to be submitted for obtaining Schengen visas.
In an article by Yevgeny Basmanov, RBK daily refers to a publication in the Financial Times which reported on a proposal on future bailouts from the EU's European Stability Mechanism (ESM).
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an interview with French Labour Minister Michel Sapin which addresses the problem of unemployment in France and the euro zone in general.
Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Vedomosti comment on France's military operation in Mali.

Novye Izvestia and Nezavisimaya Gazeta report on massive protests in France against a proposal to legalize gay marriage.

 

11.01.13
Kommersant, in an article by Yevgeny Khvostik, cites briefly ECB President Mario Draghi who has spoken of signs of stabilization in the euro-zone economy.
RBK daily runs an article by Alexander Polotsky and Yevgeny Basmanov which reports that some German politicians are against the provision of a financial aid package to Cyprus.
Izvestia reports on developments between Serbia and the EU and the issue of Kosovo in an article by Maria Gorkovskaya.
In an article by Yaroslav Shimov, Kommersant reports on the first direct Presidential elections in the Czech Republic.
In an article by Tigran Oganesyan, Izvestia mentions relations between the EU and Armenia.
Kommersant, in an article by Yevgeny Khvostik, cites briefly ECB President Mario Draghi who has spoken of signs of stabilization in the euro-zone economy.
RBK daily runs an article by Alexander Polotsky and Yevgeny Basmanov which reports that some German politicians are against the provision of a financial aid package to Cyprus.
Izvestia reports on developments between Serbia and the EU and the issue of Kosovo in an article by Maria Gorkovskaya.
In an article by Yaroslav Shimov, Kommersant reports on the first direct Presidential elections in the Czech Republic.
In an article by Tigran Oganesyan, Izvestia mentions relations between the EU and Armenia.

 

 

21.12.12
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Yury Paniyev on the EU-Russia summit today in Brussels.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta runs an article by Ariadna Rokossovskaya which cites head of the Polish National Security Bureau Stanislaw Koziej as saying that there is no evidence of foreign interference in the investigation of the Polish Presidential plane crash near Smolensk in 2010 that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others.
In a special supplement, 'Energy', Izvestia publishes an article by Duma deputy Ivan Grachev on EU-Russia energy dialogue.
In a supplement dedicated to energy, Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an interview with vice chairman of GDF Suez Jean-Francois Cirelli which addresses energy cooperation with Russia.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Daria Tsilyurik, reports on the situation of illegal immigrants in some EU Member States and refers to a report by Amnesty International which slammed Greece's treatment of illegal immigrants

 

 

30th EU-Russia Summit
The European Union and the Russian Federation will hold their 30th bilateral summit on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 December 2012 in Brussels. The EU will be represented at the summit by President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso. Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the Commission, along with European Commissioners Günther Oettinger (Energy) and Karel De Gucht (Trade), will also take part. Russia will be represented by President Vladimir Putin, accompanied by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Minister for Energy Alexander Novak and Minister for the Economy Andrei Belousov.
Speaking ahead of the summit, Herman Van Rompuy said: “The hosting of our 30th summit is tribute to the indispensable nature of our partnership and is once again an important opportunity to take stock of progress and to discuss open issues and concerns across the broad span of EU-Russia relations. We have good prospects for enhancing our solid political cooperation – from domestic judicial reform and the fight against corruption to the situation in the Middle East or the issues of Afghanistan or Iran – alongside concerns over developments affecting civil society and fundamental rights. We want to deepen our cooperation at a global level: on challenges such as global economic governance, climate change or cooperation at the UN, together the EU and Russia can make a decisive contribution to global governance and regional conflict resolution.
José Manuel Barroso said: “The value of close EU-Russia cooperation is clear to all - our regular exchanges are a sign of this. We share a continent and many common interests, which is why we want to develop this strategic partnership further. A comprehensive New Agreement should provide the best basis for us to move forward towards our common goals, while respecting our values. Mutual benefit and mutual respect are the basis of our cooperation. We need to build on the progress achieved so far and on our international commitments, be it on trade as WTO members, energy or transport. In other areas, like science and research, our very good cooperation should be developed further. At this summit I also look forward to discussing progress made on our mobility agenda.
Summit participants meet for dinner on the evening of Thursday 20 December. The plenary meeting will take place on Friday morning, 21 December, followed by a working lunch and a press conference. Leaders will discuss the political and economic situation in Russia and in the EU, along with strategic perspectives for EU-Russia relations. A wide range of bilateral issues will be on the agenda, including work on the New EU-Russia Agreement; the EU-Russia Partnership for Modernisation; trade issues following Russia's WTO accession in August 2012; energy cooperation; visa issues and mobility; aviation; crisis management and civil protection cooperation; human rights and the rule of law.
Leaders will also discuss Russia's G20 presidency as well as regional and international issues, with discussions expected to focus on the situation in Syria, the Middle East and North Africa, the Middle East Peace Process; the Iranian nuclear programme; Moldova/Transnistria, Georgia and Nagorno-Karabakh and the Western Balkans.
 
20.12.12
Ahead of the EU-Russia summit on 21 December in Brussels, Kommersant publishes a supplement on EU-Russia relations. Link: http://www.kommersant.ru/apps/75023
Vedomosti publishes an article, entitled To renew the agenda, by Yekatreina Kuznetsova and Andrey Zhuravlev, which addresses EU-Russia relations and areas of cooperation.
The Moscow Times carries an article, entitled Tough Talks Expected At EU-Russia Summit, by Nikolaus von Twickel, on the upcoming EU-Russia summit.
In an article by Galina Dudina, Kommersant reports on a possibility of Britain's exit from the EU.
Novye Izvestia and Vedomosti report on the upgrading by S & P of Greece's credit rating by six levels.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on Greece's debt crisis in an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses developments between the EU and Ukraine in an article by Tatiana Ivzhenko.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Andres Landabaso, comments on separatist sentiment in Catalonia.
 
14-15.12.12
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Energy Minister Alexander Novak on EU-Russia energy relations.
In a front-page article by Andrey Kotov, RBK daily addresses a report by RepRisk which mentioned an EU antitrust investigation against Gazprom and accused Gazprom of inflicting damage to the lifestyle of indigenous people of the North during the construction of the Nord Stream gas pipeline.
Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, RBK daily and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on agreement reached by EU Finance Ministers on euro-zone banking supervision and approval of the latest tranche of bailout funds for Greece.
RBK daily publishes a Handelsblatt article on Chancellor Angela Merkel's statements in the Bundestag, including on the euro-zone debt crisis and EU enlargement.
In an article by Konstantin Novikov, Rossiyskaya Gazeta quotes head of the Central Elections Commission Vladimir Churov as criticizing the organisation of elections to the European Parliament.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Mikhail Solopov on developments between the EU and Belarus and Belarus and Russia.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Tatiana Ivzhenko, mentions facilitation of EU visa rules for Ukrainian nationals.

 

 

22.11.12
Kommersant publishes an article by British PM David Cameron on priorities during Britain's G8 Presidency in 2013.
RBK daily publishes an article by Andrey Kotov which addresses expert assessments of the risk of a euro-zone break-up.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev, reports that despite expectations, euro-zone Finance Ministers at their meeting on Tuesday delayed the approval of the 31.5-billion-euro loan for Greece.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Svetlana Gamova which provides the results of a poll on Moldovan citizens' attitudes towards the country's hypothetical accession to either the EU or the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan).
The Moscow Times publishes an article, entitled Gazprom to Build South Stream Starting in 2014, which reports on plans by a Gazprom-led consortium to start construction of the South Stream gas pipeline in 2014.
In an article by Sokhbet Mamedov, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP) project to supply gas to Europe.
Kommersant publishes an article by British PM David Cameron on priorities during Britain's G8 Presidency in 2013.
RBK daily publishes an article by Andrey Kotov which addresses expert assessments of the risk of a euro-zone break-up.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev, reports that despite expectations, euro-zone Finance Ministers at their meeting on Tuesday delayed the approval of the 31.5-billion-euro loan for Greece.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Svetlana Gamova which provides the results of a poll on Moldovan citizens' attitudes towards the country's hypothetical accession to either the EU or the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan).
The Moscow Times publishes an article, entitled Gazprom to Build South Stream Starting in 2014, which reports on plans by a Gazprom-led consortium to start construction of the South Stream gas pipeline in 2014.
In an article by Sokhbet Mamedov, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP) project to supply gas to Europe.

 

 

22.10.12
In an editorial, Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses EU-Russia discussions of visa issues.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novaya Gazeta, RBK daily and Vedomosti report on EU leaders' agreement at their summit last week in Brussels to set up a single banking supervisor for the euro zone.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Anton Khodasevich on developments between the EU and Belarus.
Kommersant, in an article by Yaroslav Shimov, reports on the outcome of recent Parliamentary elections in Lithuania and Senate elections in the Czech Republic.
In an article by Pavel Tarasenko, Kommersant addresses the regional elections in Galicia and the Basque Country.
The Moscow Times publishes an article, entitled Europe Is Moving Eastward, by Dominique Moisi, which compares the agendas of recent demonstrations in Madrid (economic) and Warsaw (political and cultural reasons).
 
18.10.12
Rossiyskaya Gazeta, in an article by Vladimir Kuzmin, cites PM Dmitry Medvedev who criticised, during his visit yesterday to Kaliningrad, some EU countries' position on visa facilitation between the EU and Russia.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta and RBK daily report on the EU summit in Brussels on 18-19 October.
Novye Izvestia reports on negotiations between Greece and international lenders (the EU, IMF and ECB) in an article by Sergey Manukov.
Kommersant publishes an article by Tatiana Yedovina which comments on EU-US talks on a free-trade area agreement.
Izvestia, in an article by Konstantin Volkov, mentions that Ankara has asked the EU for aid to Syrian refugees in Turkey.
In an article by Yury Matsarsky, Izvestia addresses developments around an initiative to hold a referendum on granting Latvian citizenship to non-citizens in Latvia.
 
17.10.12
Novaya Gazeta publishes an article, entitled The European Union and peace, by Alexander Kustarev, which comments on the decision to award the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the EU.
Moscow News published an edited version of European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas' speech to this year's International Rail Business Forum in Sochi.
In an article by Dmitry Butrin, Kommersant reports on a general law on tolerance presented by the European Council for Tolerance and Reconciliation in the European Parliament.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Tatiana Ivzhenko on EU-Ukraine relations ahead of Parliamentary elections in Ukraine on 28 October.
Novaya Gazeta addresses developments between the EU and Ukraine in an article by Olga Musafirova.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article, entitled 'A fiscal bomb for Portugal, by Yury Paniyev, which reports on Portugal's budget for 2013.
Novye Izvestia, in an article by Sergey Manukov, reports on France's draft budget for 2013 which provides for a 75-% tax on millionaires.
In an article by Natalia Zhuravlyova, Novye Izvestia cites Panama President Ricardo Martinelli as saying at a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin that his country wants to adopt the euro as another currency of legal circulation.
Vedomosti publishes an article by Alexander Silonov which reports that EU data protection regulators have asked Google to change its new privacy policy.
In an article by Viktor Feshchenko, Rossiyskaya Gazeta comments on European integration and mentions separatist sentiment in Europe.
Novaya Gazeta reports on Belgium's local elections in an article by Alexander Mineyev.

 

 

2.10.12
Expert weekly magazine reports on Spain's crisis budget, protests in Madrid against spending cuts and separatist sentiment in Catalonia.
Expert publishes an article, entitled An endless Greek tragedy, by Sergey Sumlenny, which addresses Greece's debt crisis.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta provides Eurostat data on unemployment in the euro zone in August (Bloomberg).
RBK daily publishes an article by Anastasia Sotnikova on Bulgaria's position on financing the construction of its section of the planned South Stream gas pipeline.
In an article by Olga Mordyushenko, Kommersant cites Moldovan PM Vlad Filat as saying that Chisinau will ask the EU to move the terms for the implementation by Moldova of its commitments under the EU's second and third energy packages.
RBK daily runs an article by Yulia Yakovleva which reports that residents of the Domodedovo district of the Moscow region have asked the European Union to recognise the independence of a so-called 'Russian Democratic Republic' on the territory of the district.
 
28.09.12
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an interview with EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgievawhich addresses the EU's humanitarian aid to Syria, interaction with Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry and other issues.
The Moscow Times cites briefly Russian Ambassador at Large Anvar Azimov as saying that the EU was trying to politicize talks on visa-free travel by linking the issue to Russia's human rights record.
Komsomolskaya Pravda addresses EU-Russia discussions of visa facilitation and quotes Azimov's statement in an article by Viktor Sokirko and Yevgeny Lukyanitsa.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article, entitled Poland is tired of Gazprom, by Anastasia Bashkatova, which reports on Gazprom's gas supplies to Poland and the 'shale gas revolution'.
In an article by Anton Khodasevich, Nezavisimaya Gazeta mentions that EU Foreign Ministers are expected to discuss the situation in Belarus at their meeting in October.
RBK daily reports on Spain's crisis budget for 2013 in an article by Yevgeny Basmanov.
RBK daily and Vedomosti comment on the situation in Europe's automotive industry against the background of the current crisis.
 
25.09.12
Izvestia publishes a special supplement dedicated to Finland. In an interview, Finland's Ambassador to Russia Hannu Himanen addresses inter alia the issuance of visas for Russian tourists.
Rossiyskaya biznes-gazeta carries an article by Ulyana Vylegzhanina on implementation of the Russian-Polish local border traffic agreement.
Rossiyskaya biznes-gazeta publishes an interview with Duma deputy Valery Yazev which addresses, among other issues, EU-Russia gas relations and the EU's third energy package.
Expert weekly magazine runs an article by Andrey Konoplyanik on gas relations between Russia, the EU and Ukraine.
In an article by Tatiana Yedovina, Kommersant reports on the economic situation in Germany's eastern lands.
 
20.09.12
Vedomosti publishes an article by Margarita Lyutova and Ekaterina Kravchenko on developments between the EU and Gazprom. (See also economic headlines)
In a special supplement on investment, Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes articles by Vadim Tkachenko and Yevgenia Noskova which report on a possible impact of the euro crisis on investment projects in Russia.
Kommersant, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novye Izvestia, RBK daily and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on a proposal by Foreign Ministers of 11 EU Member States on organisational and structural changes in the EU. Media also recall European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso's proposal to create a federation of nation states.
Novye Izvestia publishes an interview with former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski which addresses Russian-Polish relations, EU-Ukraine relations and Europe's energy security.
Kommersant runs an article by Pavel Tarasenko which reports on separatist sentiment in Catalonia.
In an article by Daria Tsiryulik, Nezavisimaya Gazeta provides reactions to the publication in a French magazine of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
 
19.09.12
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an interview with Italian Agriculture Minister Mario Catania which addresses bilateral cooperation in the context of Russia's accession to the WTO.
The Moscow Times publishes an article, entitled St. Pete Volunteers Form Project to Ease Visa Rules, by Galina Stolyarova, on a project called No Visa which was launched in St. Petersburg with the goal to provide information support for the cancellation or easing of visa requirements between Russia and the EU.
In an article by Vladimir Dzaguto, Natalia Skorlygina and Nikolai Marchenko, Kommersant reports on developments between Russia's Rosatom and Bulgaria after the cancellation of the Belene nuclear power plant project.
RBK daily (Handelsblatt) and Vedomosti address the European Central Bank's policies.
Izvestia runs an article by Yury Matsarsky on a march of unionists in Moldova in support of Moldova's unification with Romania.

 

 

26.07.12
Interfax news agency and Nezavisimaya Gazeta cite Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as expressing the view that it should not take more than 18 months for Russia and the EU to switch to visa-free travel.
The Moscow Times publishes an article, entitled Cypriot Minister in Moscow for Bailout Talks, which reports on the visit by Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis to Moscow.
Moskovskie Novosti, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and The Moscow Times report that Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has been denied accreditation to the London Olympics. Press recalls that Lukashenko was blacklisted by the EU.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports briefly that agreement was reached on a meeting between EU HR Catherine Ashton and head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili
Izvestia and Nezavisimaya Gazeta report on the downgrading by Moody's of its outlook on the European Financial Stability Facility from stable to negative.
RBK daily reports on the euro-zone debt crisis.
In an article by Maria Yakovleva, Kommersant reports on proposals by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on investments in hedge funds.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta, in an article by Niva Mirakyan, reports that 10 Italian cities are at risk of bankruptcy.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Daria Tsilyurik which addresses cooperation between France and Britain on the use of military drones.
Vedomosti reports briefly on a possible settlement deal between the European Commission and Google to resolve an anti-trust case (Reuters).

 

 

23.07.12
Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Vedomosti report on Italian PM Mario Monti's visit to Russia.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an interview with PM Monti which addresses bilateral relations, EU-Russia relations and the euro-zone debt crisis.
Vedomosti reports that a deal is expected to be signed, under which Italy's Rizzani de Eccher could invest up to 1 billion euro for the development of North Caucasus resorts.
Vedomosti quotes briefly EU HR Catherine Ashton's statement on the vote of the UN SC resolution on Syria.
The Moscow Times carries an article, entitled South Stream Start Set for December (Reuters).
Moskovskie Novosti publishes an interview with Jonathan Stern of the Oxford Energy Research Institute which addresses developments on European gas markets.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes a commentary by Pavel Gritsak on EU-Ukraine relations.
 
20.07.12
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev which reports on the euro-zone crisis and yesterday's session of the German Bundestag to discuss a 100-billion-euro bailout for Spanish banks.
RBK daily reports on the situation in the euro zone in an article by Yulia Kalachikhina.
Vedomosti runs an article by Ekaterina Kravchenko which addresses the IMF's report on Britain's economy.
Kommersant, Moskovskie Novosti and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report that France may reviewthe country's membership of NATO's integrated military command and relations with the US.
In an article by Svetlana Gamova, Nezavisimaya Gazeta mentions Chancellor Angela Merkel's plans to visit Moldova before the end of the summer.\
 
19.07.12
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Svetlana Gamova on discussions of the Trasndniestrian conflict resolution in the 5+2 format.
Kommersant publishes an article by Maxim Yusin which reports on developments between the European Commission and Romania.
In an article by Sergey Manukov, Novye Izvestia reports on the Italian Government's concerns that Sicily could default on its debt.
Vedomosti carries an article by Ekaterina Kravchenko which mentions nostalgia of German citizens for the D-Mark.
 
18.07.12
Novaya Gazeta publishes an article by Alexander Mineyev which reports that in her Twitter micro blog, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom expressed concern over the Russian bills on NGOs and on blacklisting websites.
In an editorial, Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses French President Francois Hollande's economic programme.
Novaya Gazeta, in an article by Alexander Mineyev, addresses Belgium's draft law on tighter rules for obtaining citizenship in Belgium.
 
17.07.12
Rossiysakay biznes-gazeta publishes an article by Yulia Voronina on Russian-German cooperation in the area of energy efficiency.
Moskovskie Novosti reports briefly that Spain will receive up to 100 billion euro to bailout the country's banks.
RBK daily publishes a Handelsblatt article on the EU's banking sector.
In an article by Sergey Manukov, Novye Izvestia reports on a Tax Research survey on the shadow economy in Britain.
Novye Izvestia provides Eurostat data on consumer prices in the euro zone.
 
16.07.12
Kommersant-Vlast weekly magazine, in an article by Sergey Minayev,addresses EU leaders' decision to set up a supervisory body for euro-zone banks.
In an article by Ekaterina Kravchenko, Vedomosti reports on Italian Government anti-crisis measures.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Novye Izvestia on a survey by Bank of America Merrill Lynch which suggested that Italy and Ireland could benefit in case of the voluntary withdrawal from the euro zone.
RBK daily publishes an interview given to Handelsblatt by chairman of the board of UniCredit banking group Giuseppe Vita on the euro-zone debt crisis and EU anti-crisis measures.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Svetlana Gamova which reports on the latest round of talks on the Transdniestrian conflict resolution in Vienna. The author highlights EU involvement in the settlement process.
RBK daily reports on laws on rallies in some EU Member States (France, Germany and the UK).

 

 

11.07.12
Moskovskie Novosti, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novye Izvestia, RBK daily and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report that the Finance Ministers of the Eurogroup approved aid for Spanish banks.
Novye Izvestia reports briefly on a protest by EU dairy farmers against low milk prices.
In an article by Pavel Tarasenko, Kommersant reports that Romanian President Traian Basescu yesterday handed over power to Parliament speaker Crin Antonescu.
 
Review of articles on the EU in Russian media, 3-10 July 2012
? Euro-zone debt crisis remains high in the news
? Belarus withdraws from EU-initiated 'Dialogue for Modernization' as Belarusian official from EU 'blacklist' to travel to Europe
Decisions by the EU summit remain high in the news as more countries have asked for a bailout. Vedomosti writes that investors view the outcome of the summit and latest actions by the ECB as 'modest' and anticipate that after summer holidays, a new threat of the euro-zone breakup would emerge and an additional large-scale aid could be needed. Special attention is paid to Cyprus' requests both to the EU and Russia for financial help. RBK daily cites Piraeus Bank head Constantinos Loizides, who expressed the view that with Russia's loan Cyprus would be able to win time at negotiations with Brussels. In his commentary in Moskovskie Novosti, editor of 'Russia in Global Affairs 'Fyodor Lukyanov says that the European Union is experiencing the deepest crisis in its history, adding that Cyprus' EU Presidency in the second half of 2012 has symbolic meaning for developments in the EU. Mr Lukyanov notes that external partners are reacting to the EU's 'malfunction' with a growing irritation and recalls a statement at last month's G20 summit by European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso who asked not to lecture Europe.
Commenting on President Vladimir Putin's call to create a common market from the Atlantic to the Pacific, Mr Lukyanov told Nezavisimaya Gazeta that in the past two years, not much has advanced in Russia's cooperation with the West. In his view, by ratifying the new START Treaty, Russia and the US have concluded a reset, while there is nothing for Russia to talk with the EU about due to an internal chaos in EU.
Kommersant comments on Belarus' withdrawal from the 'Dialogue for Modernization' project launched by the EU in March. Belarusian experts, contacted by the daily, suggest that President Lukashenko's tough line in relation to the EU could be explained by expectations of support from Moscow. Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in turn, speaks of the success of Minsk's eastern policy and believes that Lukashenko is imitating a dialogue with the West to get access to Russian market and cheap energy resources. The newspaper, meanwhile, reports that the head of Belarus' Central Elections Commission Lidia Yermoshina, who is on the EU's blacklist of Belarusian officials, plans to visit Vienna this week to take part in the OSCE conference on 'Democratic Elections and Election Observation'.
 

 

 

5.07.12
Novye Izvestia publishes an article by Gennady Petrov which reports on the process of signing by Russia with EU Member States of implementing protocols to the EU-Russia readmission agreement. Novye Izvestia and Nezavisimaya Gazeta report on the signing of the implementing protocol between Russia and Bulgaria.
Komsomolskaya Pravda publishes an article by Nina Kuzmina on EU nationals who seek to work in Russia.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev, reports on talks in Rome between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian PM Mario Monti to discuss anti-crisis measures.
Vedomosti runs an article by Margarita Lyutova which reports on French Government plans to raise taxes on big business and the rich.
Moskovskie Novosti reports on the amount of financial aid to Cyprus.
RBK daily publishes a Handelsblatt article on the impact of the debt crisis on Greece's tourism industry.
Kommersant reports that the European Parliament has rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
In an article by Sergey Manukov, Novye Izvestia addresses the Iraqi Parliament's decision to ban the forced return from Europe of deportees.
Izvestia, Moskovskie Novosti, Novye Izvestia and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on searches by French investigators of former President Nicolas Sarkozy's home and office in the framework of a probe into suspected illegal financing of Sarkozy's Presidential election campaign of 2007 by L'Oreal heiress Lilliane Bettencourt.

 

 

21.06.12
Kommersant and RBK daily report on the formation of the new Greek Government led by PM Antonis Samaras.
Vedomosti publishes an article by professor at University of Athens Aristides Hatzis on the general election and debt crisis in Greece.
RBK daily publishes a Handelsblatt article on French President Francois Hollande's new initiatives of structural reforms.
RBK daily, in an article by Yevgeny Basmanov, reports that leading hedge fund managers anticipate that the German fiscal position may deteriorate.
The Moscow Times publishes an article, entitled Cyprus Looking East and West for Financial Salvation (Reuters), which addresses Cyprus' financial problems.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Svetlana Gamova which cites head of the EU Delegation to Moldova Dirk Schuebel who called incompatible the rules of the EU and the rules of the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) and Eurasian Economic Community.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta provides statements on relations with Ukraine made by some Members of the European Parliament in an article by Tatiana Ivzhenko.
In an article by Alexei Grivach, Moskovskie Novosti addresses developments around Russian gas supplies to EU Member States.
In an article by Ekaterina Kozhevnikova, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on a statement by British PM David Cameron, who ironically said that Britain would welcome French rich people if France introduces a 75-% income tax rate on annual incomes beyond one million euro.
 

 

 

14.06.12
Itogi weekly magazine and Nezavisimaya Gazeta in an editorial address the outcome of the EU-Russia summit in St. Petersburg, focusing on the visa issue.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta comments on the euro-zone debt crisis in an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev.
RBK daily publishes a commentary by former Greek PM Lucas Papademos in Handelsblatt in which he stressed that Greece's withdrawal from the euro zone would be a catastrophe for Greece.
Vedomosti (Interfax) cites briefly Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller, who pointed to a decrease in gas consumption not only in European countries experiencing problems but also developed countries of the euro-zone.
Novye Izvestia publishes an article by Alexei Smirnov which reports on xenophobic and right-ring extremist views in EU Member States.
In an article by Igor Yavlyansky, Izvestia reports that a court in Lithuania has found the leader of the Socialist People's Front Algirdas Paleckis guilty of denying Soviet aggression [in January 1991] and fined him 10,400 litas (about 3,000 euro).

 

 

7.06.12
Rossiyskaya Gazeta-Nedelya addresses recent visits by President Putin to Germany and France and the EU-Russia summit in St. Petersburg in an article by Sergey Yuryev.
Novye Izvestia reports briefly on a statement by Members of the European Parliament Graham Watson and Astrid Thors on the Russian bill increasing fines for violations at rallies.
Moskovskie Novosti runs an article by Alexei Grivach which provides critical remarks by Gazprom deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev on EU energy policy.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta, in an article by Vyacheslav Prokofyev, reports on issuance of Russian visas to French citizens.
Kommersant publishes an article by Oleg Sapozhkov on a European Commission document outlining the idea of a banking union.
In an article by Ekaterina Kravchenko, Vedomosti reports on the economic and financial situation in the euro zone.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an interview with leader of Greece's Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA), Alexis Tsipras on the upcoming elections in Greece, the debt crisis and anti-crisis proposals.
Kommersant and Novye Izvestia report that Moody's has cut the credit ratings of six German banking groups and three banks in Austria.
Novye Izvestia reports briefly that former President of the European Parliament Kox and former Polish President Kwasniewski will be monitors from the European Parliament at the trial of Ukraine's former PM Yulia Tymoshenko.
Novye Izvestia reports briefly on a Transparency International survey on corruption in Europe.

 

 

31.05.12
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article, entitled Europe is a natural vector for Russia, by Yevgeny Grigoryev, which addresses upcoming visits by President Putin to Germany and France and the EU-Russia summit in St. Petersburg.
RBK daily reports on Putin's European tour in an article by Inga Vorobyova.
Gazeta.ru publishes an interview with Head of the EU Delegation to Russia Fernando M. Valenzuela on EU-Russia relations. Link: http://www.gazeta.ru/interview/nm/s4598117.shtml
Moskovskie Novosti publishes an article, entitled A Greek echo, by Alexandra Ponomaryova, which reports on possible scenarios for the euro zone and implications for the Russian economy.
In an article by Andrey Kotov, RBK daily reports on the European Commission's call for a banking union of the euro-zone countries.
Kommersant runs an article by Yury Barsukov which reports on a European Commission proposal to bail out troubled banks directly from the European Stability Mechanism.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on Russia's gas supplies to Europe in an article by Taras Fomchenkov.

 

 

24.05.12
Moskovskie Novosti, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Novye Izvestia report on the informal EU summit yesterday in Brussels to discuss anti-crisis measures.
In an article by Konstantin Novikov, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko's visit to Bulgaria.
Vedomosti runs an article by Yelena Mazneva which addresses the reduction in Russian gas supplies to some EU countries last winter.
Vedomosti, in an article by Polina Khimshiashvili and Anton Osipov, reports about Serbian President-elect Tomislav Nikolic and his views on Serbia's path toward EU integration.
Kommersant reports on the forthcoming Parliamentary elections in France in an article by Alexei Tarkhanov.
 
23.05.12
Nezavisimaya Gazeta and RBK daily report on the agenda of an informal EU summit today in Brussels.
In an article by Tatiana Yedovina, Kommersant cites OECD forecasts for the eurozone economy.
RBK daily publishes an interview given by ECB executive board member Jorg Asmussen to Handelsblatt on the euro-zone debt crisis.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Rossiyskaya Gazeta address developments between the EU and Ukraine. Nezavisimaya Gazeta focuses on the European Parliament's draft resolution on Ukraine. Rossiyskaya Gazeta cites EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule.
Kommersant and RBK daily report that the European Commission may impose a huge fine on Google for abusing by the company of its market dominance.
 
10.05.12
Media report widely on Socialist Francois Hollande's victory in the French Presidential election on 6 May. The following dailies have published articles on the issue: Izvestia, Kommersant, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Moskovskie Novosti, RBK daily, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Vedomosti.
Kommersant, Moskovskie Novosti and RBK daily address the outcome of the early Parliamentary elections in Greece.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an interview with former President of the European Commission and former Italian PM Romano Prodi which comments on the euro-zone debt crisis and EU anti-crisis measures.
Rossiyskaya biznes-gazeta runs an article by Ulyana Vylegzhanina on the Russian-Polish agreement on local border traffic.
The Moscow Times (Reuters) cites Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko as having called for dialogue with the European Union and described the EU as an important partner.
 

 

 

3.04.12
Expert weekly magazine publishes articles on the EU's ETS system in the aviation sector.
The Moscow Times runs an article, entitled France Backs Off Visa Rule, which addresses recent developments around the issuance of visas by the French Consulate in Moscow.
Gazeta.ru portal and The Moscow Times report on Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves' attendance of a concert in Tallinn in support of the arrested members of the Russian female punk band Pussy Riot.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Sokhbet Mamedov which reports on a session of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly in Baku with participation of representatives of the EU and countries participating in the EU's Eastern Partnership.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta mentions EU projects in Crimea (e.g. on the development of tourism) in an article by Tatiana Ivzhenko.
Vedomosti, in an article by Maria Amirdzhanyan and Margarita Lyutova, reports on unemployment rates in EU Member States.
In an article by Alexander Baranov and Igor Kryuchkov, Moskovskie Novosti reports on British Government plans to reinforce control over online correspondence.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Novye Izvestia report briefly on the resignation of Hungarian President Pal Schmitt over allegations of plagiarism in his doctoral thesis.

 

 

29.03.12
Gazeta.ru portal publishes an article by EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid Kristalina Georgieva on the Professional Football Against Hunger campaign which focuses on the food crisis in the Sahel region of Africa. Link: http://www.gazeta.ru/comments/2012/03/28_a_4108409.shtml
Rossiyskaaya Gazeta runs an article by Ekaterina Zabrodina which addresses, among other issues, EU-Russia visa facilitation negotiations.
The Moscow Times publishes an article, entitled EU Visa Deal Held Up Over 'Official' Passports, which reports, citing a Kommersant publication, that an agreement between the EU and Russia on easing visa requirements is being held up due to EU concerns over Russia's insistence on granting visaless entry to holders of so-called 'official' passports.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Tatiana Ivzhenko, reports on the planned initialing of the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine on 30 March in Brussels.
In an article by Pyotr Kozlov, Izvestia cites Member of the European Parliament from Latvia Alexander Mirsky on commemorations of Latvian troops who fought on the side of Nazi Germany during WWII.
Kommersant addresses Russian-Latvian relations in an article by Pavel Tarasenko.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev on Europe's debt crisis and the upcoming informal meeting of EU Economic and Finance Ministers in Copenhagen on 30-31 March.
In a supplement, Kommersant publishes an article by Alexei Lossan on Greece's plans to sell off some of state assets.
Novye Izvestia reports on a general strike today in Spain against labour reforms in an article by Natalia Timashova.
 

 

 

26.03.12
Kommersant, Moskovskie Novosti, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novaya Gazeta and Novye Izvestia report on the expansion by the EU of sanctions against Belarus.
RBK daily publishes an article by Tatiana Glazkova and Alexander Polotsky which addresses European Commission proposals on the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) and the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).
Kommersant-Vlast weekly magazine, Moskovskie Novosti and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on an anti-terrorist operation in Toulouse. Moskovskie Novosti highlights President Nicolas Sarkozy's call to punish visitors of extremist websites.
Vedomosti publishes a Wall Street Journal article about French Socialist Party Presidential candidate Francois Hollande.
The Moscow Times (AP) cites briefly new Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti as saying that membership of the EU is an ambitious task for Moldova.

 

 

21.03.12
In the run-up to a trilateral meeting today in Berlin between the Russian, German and Polish Foreign Ministers, Kommersant publishes an interview with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle which addresses relations between the EU and Russia, European security, the Nord Stream gas pipeline project and Syria.
Kommersant publishes an interview with Member of the European Parliament Hannes Swoboda which addresses, among other issues, the outcome of Russia's Duma and Presidential elections.
The Moscow Times publishes an article, entitled Top Leftist Says A Just Russia Should Embrace Protests, by Nikolaus von Twickel, which cites statements by MEP Swoboda, who is also the European Parliament's rapporteur on Russia, at a press conference yesterday in Moscow.
Vedomosti runs an article by Ekaterina Sobol on revision by Russia and Cyprus of an air transport agreement.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports briefly on reactions in Kazakhstan on the European Parliament's resolution on the human rights situation in Kazakhstan, including after unrest in Zhanaozen in December 2011.
Izvestia, Kommersant, Moskovskie Novosti and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report that French authorities have raised terrorism alert to the highest level in south France after Monday's attack at a Jewish school in Toulouse.
In an article by Anton Osipov, Vedomosti reports about new German President Joachim Gauck.
RBK daily publishes an article by Andrey Kotov on Deutsche Boerse's intention to legally challenge the European Commission's decision to block a merger between Deutsche Boerse and NYSE Euronext.

 

 

16.02.12
Izvestia, Novye Izvestia, RBK daily and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on the postponement of a Eurogroup meeting on Greece's bailout.
Moskovskie Novosti and Nezavisimaya Gazeta comment on Greece's debt crisis.
RBK daily publishes an interview given to Handelsblatt by Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann, which addresses, among other issues, the Greek debt problems.
Kommersant and Vedomosti mention that Iran on Wednesday denied reports alleging that the country has stopped its oil supplies to six EU countries.
Moskovskie Novosti reports briefly that Russia's Transneft could consider a possibility to build an oil pipeline to Greece through Turkey, bypassing Bulgaria. Bulgaria earlier quit the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline project.
Izvestia and Kommersant report on a referendum organised by Serbs in northern Kosovo, the Serbian Government's attitude to the referendum and Serbia's EU aspirations.
In an article by Svetlana Gamova, Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses developments between Romania and Moldova.
Moskovskie Novosti and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on President Nicolas Sarkozy's announcement of his plans to run in the forthcoming Presidential election in France.

 

 

13.02.12
Kommersant and The Moscow Times quote EU HR Catherine Ashton's statement on Syria.
Kommersant and Nezavisimaya Gazeta report on the visit to Minsk by high-ranking EU official Gunnar Wiegand to discuss the state of EU-Belarus relations.
Moskovskie Novosti addresses developments between Gazprom and Lithuania in an article by Alexei Grivach.
Vedomosti and The Moscow Times (Bloomberg) report on Gazprom gas supplies to Europe this year.
Kommersant runs an article by Vladimir Vodo and Dmitry Belikov on a project to build the Gas Interconnection Poland-Lithuania (GIPL) pipeline between Poland and Lithuania
Izvestia (Marker-Weekly) and Nezavisimaya Gazeta report on a 130-billion-euro bailout from the EU and the IMF for Greece and protests in Greece against new austerity measures.
In an article by Alexei Smirnov, Novye Izvestia reports on Swedish PM Fredrik Reinfeldt's proposal to raise retirement age in Sweden.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev, reports on protest actions in Europe against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
 

 

10.02.12
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev on Russian-German economic relations in the context of the forthcoming Presidential election in Russia.
Moskovskie Novosti publishes an article by Mikhail Vignansky which reports on the visit to Sukhumi by Head of the EU Delegation to Georgia Philip Dimitrov and provides critical statements by Abkhaz officials on the EU's approach towards Abkhazia.
In an article by Vitaly Gaidayev, Kommersant cites ECB President Mario Draghi who said that there was evidence indicating some stabilization in the euro zone.
RBK daily and Vedomosti report that agreement has been reached by Greece's major political parties on new austerity measures.
RBK daily runs an article by Tatiana Glazkova which addresses European Commission proposals on retirement age.
RBK daily publishes an interview with famous Hungarian blogger Andor Jakab which addresses, among other issues, relations between Hungary and the EU.
 
9.02.12
Kommersant and The Moscow Times (AP, Reuters) report on EU plans to impose tougher sanctions on Syria.
In an interview with Kommersant, French Ambassador to Russia Jean de Gliniasty explained Paris' position on the Syria issue and said that France understood many concerns of Moscow over the situation in Syria. He expressed the view that disagreements between Russia and France on Syria would not lead to a crisis in bilateral relations.
Kommersant publishes an article by Maria-Luiza Tirmaste which reports on a hearing yesterday in Brussels organised by the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee and dedicated to the December 2011 Duma elections and the forthcoming Presidential election in Russia. The author says that Russian envoy to the EU Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov, as well as co-leader of the unregistered party PARNAS Mikhail Kasyanov, Solidarity movement activists Ilya Yashin and head of the independent election watchdog Golos Lilia Shibanova took part in the hearing.
The Moscow Times (Reuters) reports that Gazprom has reassured Italy that the 10-% gas flow shortfall would be met by the end of the week.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, RBK daily and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on Greece's debt crisis and talks with international lenders on new austerity measures.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Novye Izvestia report on the EU's visa sanctions against Belarusian officials.

 

7.02.12
Moskovskie Novosti, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novye Izvestia and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on talks between Greece and the troika of lenders (the European Commission, ECB and IMF) on reforms as part of an aid package for Greece.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Vladimir Skosyrev on Chinese investment in various sectors in Europe.
In an article by Yevgeny Basmanov, RBK daily reports on IMF forecasts of the impact of the euro-zone debt crisis on China's economic growth rate.
Moskovskie Novosti reports briefly on Eurostat data on government debt in the euro zone in the third quarter of 2011.
Vedomosti publishes an interview with President of the Russian-German Chamber of Commerce Heinrich Weiss which addresses, among other issues, the euro-zone debt crisis.
Moskovskie Novosti publishes an article by Mikhail Kukushkin which addresses China's decision to ban its airlines from paying charges on carbon emissions imposed by the EU's ETS (Emissions Trading Scheme).
In an article by Sergey Kulikov, Nezavisimaya Gazeta cites Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as saying at a meeting with Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov in Sofia that the US is a partner in helping advance Bulgaria's energy security.
Izvestia and Nezavisimaya Gazeta cite an interview given by President Nicolas Sarkozy to the Politique Internationale magazine in which he comments on France's foreign policy.
In an article by Ekaterina Zabrodina, Moskovskie Novosti reports on the resignation of Romanian PM Emil Boc amid anti-Government protests.
Izvestia, Kommersant, Novye Izvestia and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on the victory of Sauli Niinisto in Sunday's second round of the Presidential election in Finland.
CORRECTION: The item in 'Articles on the EU' of 6 February should read: Novye Izvestia reports on the second round of Finland's Presidential election in an article by Alexei Smirnov. The author highlights the issue of the environmental protection of the Baltic Sea raised during the campaign.

 

30.01.12
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev which reports on the agenda of the EU summit on 30 January in Brussels.
RBK daily publishes articles which address the euro-zone debt crisis.
Kommersant-Vlast, Novye Izvestia and Rossiyskaya Gazeta comment on the EU's decision to impose an oil embargo against Iran.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Svetlana Gamova which comments on the Transdniestrian conflict resolution and mentions the planned meeting in the 5+2 format in February in Dublin.
In an article by Alexander Silonov, Vedomosti reports on the signing by the EU and 22 of its Member States of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
Kommersant-Vlast reports on developments between the EU and Hungary over new Hungarian laws.

 

27.01.12
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Alexander Deryabin, cites PM Putin as saying at yesterday's meeting with Federal Migration Service officials that the introduction of visa-free travel between the EU and Russia remains a priority for Russia.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an interview with head of the Duma's International Affairs Committee Alexei Pushkov on Russia's foreign policy, including relations with the EU.
Kommersant publishes an article by Sergey Strokan which reports that Iran may stop oil exports to Europe following the EU's decision to impose an oil embargo against Tehran.
In an article by Anton Khodasevich, Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses developments between the EU and Belarus.
Vedomosti runs an article by Alexander Silonov which reports on the European Commission's proposal to amend the data privacy legislation to better protect Internet users.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on a proposal to hold a referendum on Scottish independence in 2014.
Kommersant, in an article by Pavel Tarasenko, reports on an international conference yesterday in Moscow, called 'Never again: the memory of the Holocaust and prevention of crimes against humanity'. The author focuses on the rise of the far-right in Europe.
 
24.01.12
Moksovskie Novosti publishes an article, entitled Barriers for Gazprom, by Alexei Grivach, which reports on EU-Russian energy relations.
Rossiyskaya biznes-gazeta reports on the Danish Presidency of the EU and Russian-Danish trade and economic relations in an article by Alexei Chichkin.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Novye Izvestia report on the EU Finance Ministers' meeting in Brussels to discuss the restructuring of Greece's debt
Vedomosti addresses the euro-zone debt crisis in an article by Ekaterina Kravchenko.
Izvestia, Kommersant and Novye Izvestia report on the outcome of a referendum in Croatia at which 66% of voters backed Croatia's accession to the EU
In an article by Anton Khodasevich, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on developments between the EU and Belarus.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta runs an article by Nadezhda Yermolayeva which reports on the outcome of the first round of Finland's Presidential election.
Izvestia and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on an election programme unveiled by Socialist candidate for France's Presidential election Francois Hollande.

 

23.01.12
Novye Izvestia and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on developments around the South Stream gas pipeline project in the context of Russian-Ukrainian gas talks.
In an article by Igor Yavlyansky, Izvestia reports on the expected decision by the EU to toughen sanctions against Tehran over Iran's controversial nuclear programme.
Moskovskie Novosti and Vedomosti report on the adoption by the Italian Government ofa package of reforms for economic growth.
Kommersant carries an article, entitled Forward, to Euroslavia, by Maxim Yusin, which reports on a referendum in Croatia on the country's accession to the EU.
Izvestia, in an article by Kirill Zubkov, mentions results of polls on support for Serbia's accession to the EU.
Moskovskie Novosti publishes an article by Innokenty Andreyev on energy infrastructure in EU Member States.
In a special supplement, called 'NG-Dipkurier', Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Alexei Fenenko which comments on Britain's foreign policy.
Kommersant-Vlast reports on the EU's reaction to Hungary's reforms in an article by Nikolai Zubov.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports briefly on a rally on Saturday in Budapest to support Hungarian PM Viktor Orban.
In an article by Pavel Tarasenko, Kommersant reports on Finland's Presidential election.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes articles on far-right parties in Europe.

 

14.12.11
Kommersant publishes an interview with EU HR Catherine Ashton whichaddresses EU-Russia relations, PM Vladimir Putin's proposal of creating the Eurasian Union, EU-Georgian relations.
Kommersant publishes an interview given to Interfax by Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski on bilateral relations and the visa issue between the EU and Russia.
Kommersant runs an article by Elena Chernenko which comments on the position of Members of the European Parliament on EU-Russia relations ahead of the EU-Russia summit in Brussels.
In a front-page article by Mikhail Sergeyev, Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses a survey by Rosstat which compares some economic and social indicators in EU Member States and Russia.
Moskovskie Novosti carries an article, entitled South Stream is bypassing Austria, by Alexei Grivach, which comments on the route of the planned South Stream gas pipeline.
Vedomosti reports briefly that the Nord Stream gas pipeline has been suspended until 21:00 (Moscow time) on 15 December due to planned maintenance (Interfax).
Izvestia, Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and RBK daily report on the euro zone debt crisis.
The Moscow Timespublishes an article, entitled EU Envoy Nudges Yanukovych (Reuters), which reports on developments between the EU and Ukraine and cites EU Commissioner Stefan Fuele as having expressed serious concern during his visit to Kiev over the jailing of former Ukrainian PM Yulia Tymoshenko.

 

12.12.11
Kommersant, Moskovsky Komsomolets, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novye Izvestia, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Vedomosti report on the outcome of the EU summit in Brussels.
Kommersant, in an article by Dmitry Butrin, reports on a meeting in November in Brussels in the framework of EU-Russia dialogue on financial and macroeconomic policy.
In an article by Tatiana Ivzhenko, Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses Ukraine's relations with the EU.

 

9.12.11
Kommersant, Moskovskie Novosti, RBK daily, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Vedomosti report on the EU summit in Brussels to discuss proposals to save the euro.
Kommersant reports on President Medvedev's visit to the Czech Republic in an article by Vladimir Solovyov.
 
8.12.11
Izvestia publishes an article, entitled INSOR has prepared for Dmitry Medvedev a new report on relations with the EU, by Pyotr Sidibe, which mentions the upcoming EU-Russia summit in Brussels on 15 December and addresses a report by the Institute for Contemporary Development (INSOR) on EU-Russia relations.
Izvestia, Kommersant, Moskovsky Komsomolets, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, RBK daily, The Moscow Times and Vedomosti report on the euro-zone debt crisis and the EU summit on 8-9 December to discuss anti-crisis measures.
In an article by Yevgeny Krasnikov, Moskovsky Komsomolets mentions Russia's dialogue with the EU on the visa-free travel issue.
Moskovsky Komsomolets publishes an article by Ekaterina Petukhova which reports on a scandal involving Estonian officials and lawmakers who helped rich people from Russia and other CIS countries to obtain residence permits in Estonia.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on the EU's relations with Belarus in an article by Anton Khodasevich.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta addresses developments in the Balkan countries in an article by Vladislav Vorobyov.

 

28.10.11
Kommersant, Moskovskie Novosti, Moskovsky Komsomolets, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novye Izvestia, RBK daily, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Vedomosti report on the outcome of the EU summit to discuss anti-crisis measures.
Kommersant and Moskovskie Novosti report on a European Parliament resolution on Ukraine and relations between the EU and Kiev.
Novaya Gazeta publishes an article by Alexander Mineyev which reports on the laureates of the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Daria Tsilyurik, reports on Ireland's presidential election on 27 October.
In an article by Pavel Tarasenko, Kommersant addresses new proposals by the British authorities on immigration.
 
27.10.11
Gazeta.ru and RBK daily cite a publication in The Wall Street Journal which reported that during his recent visit to Tbilisi, high-ranking EU diplomat Gunnar Wiegand called on Georgia to accept Russia's bid to join the WTO.
Izvestia, Novye Izvestia, RBK daily and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on Europe's debt crisis and the EU summit yesterday in Brussels.
RBK daily carries an article by ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet, published in Handelsblatt, in which he spoke of the need of solid leadership for Europe to ensure that all countries are oriented towards common goals.
In an article by Sergey Manukov, Novye Izvestia addresses developments between France and Italy over the appointment of Italy's Mario Draghi as the next President of the ECB.
 
26.10.11
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novaya Gazeta, RBK daily and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on the planned meeting of EU leaders today in Brussels to discuss measures to solve Europe's debt crisis.
Vedomosti publishes an article by Alexander Grigoryev which comments on Greece's debt crisis.
Izvestia, in an article by Kirill Zubkov, reports on the cancellation of EU Finance Ministers' meeting.
Vedomosti compares the costs of building the Nabucco and South Stream gas pipelines.
Moskovskie Novosti, Novye Izvestia and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report that Britain's Parliament rejected a proposal to hold a referendum on the country's membership in the EU
 
25.10.11
Expert weekly magazine publishes an insert on Russian-Finnish cooperation and an interview with Finland's PM Jyrki Katainen.
In an article by Alexei Chichkin, Rossiyskaya biznes-gazeta reports on the Finnish Business forum in Moscow and Finland's investment projects in Russia.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes a supplement dedicated to Italy and Russian-Italian relations.
Izvestia, Moskovskie Novosti and Nezavisimaya Gazeta report on discussions by EU leaders of Europe's debt crisis and cite disagreements on how to solve the debt problems.
In an editorial, Vedomosti addresses EU measures to deal with the debt crisis and mentions a second meeting of EU leaders planned for 26 October.
In an article by Vasily Voropayev, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on Greek Government austerity measures.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses developments between the EU and Ukraine in an article by Tatiana Ivzhenko.
 
24.10.11
Novye Izvestia, RBK daily and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on the EU summit on 23 October in Brussels.
RBK daily publishes an article by Tatiana Glazkova on EU plans to change regulation of credit ratings.
In an article by Sergey Manukov, Novye Izvestia cites a warning by Moody's rating agency that France's credit rating could be at risk.
Moskovskie Novosti and Vedomosti report on discussions by EU Finance Ministers of re-capitalization of banks.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Yevgeny Primakov on developments in the Balkan region.
Kommersant-Vlast weekly magazine publishes an article by Vladimir Solovyov which addresses the Tymoshenko case and Ukraine's relations with the EU.
 
21.10.11
Nezavisimaya Gazeta cites EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, who said that the EU and Ukraine have reached agreement on a free trade deal and added that the realization of the agreement would depend on the Ukrainian leadership's political will (Interfax).
The Moscow Times reports on the same issue in an article, entitled Politics Holding Ukraine Trade Deal With EU (Reuters).
Kommersant, Moskovskie Novosti and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on massive protests in Greece against the Greek Government's austerity measures.
Izvestia, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Vedomosti report on discussions by France and Germany of the EU's EFSF and on the upcoming EU summit on 23 October to discuss Europe's debt crisis.
Moskovskie Novosti runs an article by Olga Shamina which reports that the EU may ban rating agencies from publishing ratings of EU Member States in difficulty.
Ahead of the London Conference on Cyberspace on 1-2 November, Kommersant publishes an article by British Foreign Secretary William Hague.
In an article by Vladimir Skosyrev, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on a proposal by some members of Britain's Conservative Party to hold a referendum on EU membership.
 
Review of articles 17-26 October 2011
Russia, EU fail to reach understanding on EU's third energy package
Russia, EU agree on final terms for Russia to join the WTO
EU looking for ways to solve Europe's debt crisis as disagreements persist
A number of statements have been made recently by Russian officials on the EU's third energy package. Following talks with Dutch PM Rutte last week in Moscow, President Medvedev stressed that the EU's internal directives should not hamper energy cooperation between the EU and Russia. Earlier this month, Medvedev, while saying at a meeting of the Russian Security Council that Russia is determined to implement all energy agreements with European partners, admitted that a number of recent developments had created problems for Russia's gas cooperation with European countries and called on the Energy Ministry and Gazprom to work out proposals on developing gas relations with EU countries taking into account the EU's third energy package. This week, Energy Minister Shmatko announced that Russia and the European Commission failed to reach an understanding on the third energy package as Gazprom opposes the unbundling rules, seeking to build its presence in gas distribution and marketing. In addition, the Energy Ministry indicated that the European Commission has rejected an idea to sign an agreement with Russia on the legal framework for 'trans-border energy projects', including South Stream (Interfax, Kommersant, Rossiyskaya Gazeta).
Commentators note that the EU's attempts to 'restrict' Gazprom's expansion in Europe prompt the Russian side to look more actively for customers outside of Europe. This explains the domination of oil and gas issues on PM Putin's agenda during his recent visit to China (Nezavisimaya Gazeta). Russian officials (e.g. Deputy Energy Minister Yanovsky) have confirmed Moscow's intention to diversify gas supplies and re-direct part of them to the Asia-Pacific region, including South Korea and China. Meanwhile, observers highlight difficulties in negotiations with new customers of Russian energy resources and mention in this context a failure by Moscow and Beijing to agree on the price of Russian gas supplied to China. Despite a deadlock in talks, Russia and the EU will have to look for common ground on gas prices and on restructuring of Gazprom's European subsidiaries (Novye Izvestia).
Media report widely on agreement reached by the EU and Russia on the outstanding bilateral issues in the process of Russia's WTO accession, first of all on the terms of industrial assembly regime in the car industry. Russia also provided guarantees that the system of Siberian charges would be changed in the coming weeks. Maxim Medvedkov, Russia's chief WTO negotiator, clarified that the system of Siberian over-flight charges could be reformed, but not abolished.
As the EU leaders meet today in Brussels for a full summit, the press cites disagreements within the European Union on how to solve Europe's debt crisis. Russian experts express the view that Europe has lost the momentum when it was possible to resolve the financial problems successfully should the EU officials dared to exclude Greece from the euro zone 1.5 or 2 years ago (Vedomosti, Novye Izvestia).
 
19.10.11
Ahead of Dutch PM Rutte's visit to Moscow, Vedomosti and The Moscow Times publish supplements dedicated to Russian-Dutch cooperation.
The Moscow Times (Reuters) reports on Russian-European space cooperation and the planned launch of Russian Soyuz rocket from French Guiana on 20 October.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Anton Khodasevich which reports on an intention by Belarusian businessman Vladimir Peftiyev to sue the EU over the imposition of sanctions against some Belarusian enterprises.
In an article by Mikhail Kukushkin, Moskovskie Novosti addresses the EU's Rail Baltica project.
The Moscow Times publishes an article by Vladislav Inozemtsev on the euro zone debt crisis.
RBK daily reports on the economic situation in France in an article by Yulia Kalachikhina.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on Portuguese Government austerity measures in an article by Yury Paniyev.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta, in an article by Viktor Feshchenko, provides the results of a Eurobarometer survey on whether Europeans are satisfied with their life.
 
18.10.11
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an interview given by Dutch PM Mark Rutte to Russian media on bilateral relations, the eurozone debt crisis, multiculturalism and other issues.
Expert weekly magazine publishes an interview with Mr Rutte which addresses the development of the agricultural sector in the Netherlands, the country's position on the EU's EFSF and on activity of Dutch right-wing groups.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Vedomosti report on the upcoming EU summit, set for 23 October, to address the European debt crisis.
RBK daily carries an article by Tatiana Glazkova which cites a proposal by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso to impose individual criminal responsibility for financial players who are accused of being behind the current economic crisis.
In an article by Sergey Sumlenny, Expert comments on the eurozone debt crisis and on the EU's EFSF.
Novye Izvestia publishes an interview with Russian Ambassador to Spain Alexander Kuznetsov on bilateral cooperation and the visa issue.
Itogi weekly magazine publishes an article by Svetlana Sukhova which reports on the Schengen area's Visa Information System (VIS).
Dailies (Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Moskovskie Novosti, Novye Izvestia, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Vedomosti) report on the election of Francois Hollande as the French Social Party's candidate for next year's Presidential election in France.
In an article by Yury Paniyev, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on the process of formation of Latvia's new Government and a rally in Riga in support of the Harmony Centre party.

 

12.10.11
In an article by Yevgeny Devyatyarov, Izvestia reports on disagreements between the EU and Russia over EU plans to introduce an emissions tax on airlines.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Vedomosti addressGreece's debt crisis. Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports that the EU summit has been postponed to 23 October.
RBK daily publishes an interview given to Handelsblatt by Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn on EU measures to overcome the euro zone debt crisis.
In an article by Yulia Kalachikhina, RBK daily cites an article in The Financial Times by former British Foreign Secretary David Owen in which he comments on the euro sovereign debt crisis and proposes to non-members of the euro zone to establish a “Non-Eurogroup” (NEG).
Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and The Moscow Times (Reuters) report on Turkmenistan's South Iolotan gas field and on perspectives for the EU-backed Nabucco gas pipeline project.
In an article by Anna Fedyakina, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on the EU's toy safety directive which came into force on 20 July 2011.

 

3.10.11
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an article by Teimur Abdullayev and Alexei Chichkin which reports on last week's inspections by EU antitrust authorities of offices of Gazprom subsidiaries and partners in EU Member States and Turkey's decision not to renew a contract on Russian gas supplies through the western pipeline via Ukraine, Bulgaria and Romania.
Kommersant addresses developments between Russia and Bulgaria over the Belene nuclear power plant project in an article by Nikolai Marchenko.
Izvestia publishes a supplement on Russian-German cooperation.
Vedomosti runs an article by Ekaterina Kravchenko which reports on statements made by EU officials on conditions under which the EU could provide financial aid to Belarus.
Kommersant (Saturday's issue) and The Moscow Times (Reuters) report on the Eastern Partnership Summit in Warsaw.
Komsomolskaya Pravda, Moskovskie novosti, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and RBK daily cite proposals put forward by investor George Soros on how to deal with Europe's debt crisis.
RBK daily publishes a Handelsblatt article on Greece's debt crisis.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta ('NG-Dipkurier') comments on Ukraine's relations with Russia and the EU in an article by Sergey Tolstov.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Sokhbet Mamedov on energy projects to supply gas to the EU.
In a supplement, 'NG-Dipkurier', Nezavisimaya Gazeta carries an article by Viktoria Panfilova on the EU-backed Trans-Caspian gas pipeline project.
In an article by Valery Masterov, Moskovskie Novosti reports on upcoming Parliamentary elections in Poland and Russian-Polish relations.

 

Russia would welcome cooperation with EU under Eastern Partnership project on acceptable terms - Lukashevich
MOSCOW. Sept 30 (Interfax) - Russia does not rule out cooperation with the European Union under the Eastern Partnership program if a pattern of relations acceptable for Russia is created in this format, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich.
I would like to confirm our wish to cooperate constructively with the European Union and with our nearest neighbors, if a pattern of generating and integrating concrete joint projects, transparent for Russia and taking each other's interests into account, is created and yields a concrete added value to equitable cooperation within the framework of our common agenda, Lukashevich said at a press briefing in Moscow on Friday.
On the current Eastern Partnership summit in Warsaw, Lukashevich said that Moscow is closely following it, as it has brought together the nearest neighbors interacting with Russia within the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Customs Union and the common economic space under construction.
We hope that the outcome of the summit will not be at variance with the above-mentioned projects, the Russian diplomat said.
Belarus refuses to take part in Eastern Partnership summit - Foreign Ministry
MINSK. Sept 30 (Interfax) - Belarus has decided not to take part in an Eastern Partnership summit, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Belarus has actively worked on the summit preparations and was planning to take part in its events. However, our participation is impossible in these conditions: partnership cannot be based on discrimination, it said.
In the run-up to the Eastern Partnership summit, its organizers resorted to unprecedented discriminatory measures in relation to Belarus, the Foreign Ministry said.
They refused to send an invitation to the head of the Belarusian state. After that, the leader of the Belarusian delegation appointed by Belarus was limited in participation in the summit events, the statement says.
These actions grossly violate the basic principles of Eastern Partnership agreed upon at the first summit in Prague in 2009, it said.
By taking these steps, the summit organizers damage this regional initiative's efficiency and bear responsibility for this, it said.
Any decisions affecting Belarus's interests made at the summit without our country's direct consent will be illegitimate, it said.
The partnership's significance will be considerably reduced without Belarus, it said.
At the same time, Belarus is willing to work together in strengthening and developing this regional initiative, but it will do so only based on principles of genuine rather than virtual partnership, it said.
Belarus no-show at Eastern Partnership summit due to 'discrimination'
30/09/2011
Belarus will stay away from the ongoing Eastern Partnership summit in Warsaw because of unprecedented discrimination, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
Warsaw is hosting a two-day summit (September 29-30) on the Eastern Partnership, an initiative to bring the EU's eastern neighbors closer to the 27-nation bloc.
Summit organizers refused to send a formal invitation to the Belarusian head of state, the ministry said in a statement, adding that the head of the delegation was restricted from participation in some of the summit's activities.
Partnership cannot be based on discrimination, the ministry said.
Poland on Thursday criticized the refusal by the Belarusian foreign minister to attend the summit as yet another step toward the country's 'self imposed isolation'.
Belarusian Foreign Minister Sergei Martynov declined the invitation. The country was to be represented at the summit by the Belarusian ambassador to Warsaw.
The Eastern Partnership program, initiated by Poland and Sweden in 2008, seeks to bring the six post-Soviet countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine closer to the democratic and economic workings of the EU.
The summit is expected to produce a declaration on the European aspirations of the EU's partners in the program.
Situation in Ukraine, Belarus to be reflected in Eastern Partnership summit documents - EU
BRUSSELS. Sept 29 (Interfax) - The trial of Ukraine's ex-prime minster Yulia Tymoshenko and the situation in Belarus in the context of political reprisals against opposition leaders, rights campaigners and civil activists will be discussed at the Eastern Partnership summit opening in Warsaw on Thursday, spokesperson for the European Union's foreign policy service Maya Kocijancic told Interfax.
Ukraine and Belarus will each be addressed in a special section of the summit document, she said.
Kocijancic confirmed that the summit will launch talks on agreements on association with Georgia and Moldova.
Hopefully, this will happen alongside finalization of the talks with Ukraine, she said.
The Eastern Partnership project's member-states are Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Eastern Partnership summit opening in Warsaw
BRUSSELS. Sept 29 (Interfax) - An Eastern Partnership summit is opening in Warsaw on September 29 and it will close on September 30.
It will be chaired by European Union Council President Herman Van Rompuy.
The summit will bring together European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule and European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek.
Polish President Donald Tusk and other EU officials will attend, too.
The six members of the Eastern Partnership project will be represented by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat. Belarus will be represented by its ambassador to Poland.
The summit aims to update the political obligations of all members on the key goals of the partnership project, says a statement circulated in Brussels on Wednesday.
The participants will also discuss progress, made in implementing the Eastern Partnership project over the past few years and based in the common values of democracy and human rights.
It will also map out further steps to guarantee the member countries' deeper political association and economic integration with the EU, the statement says.
The progress made in dealing with the free trade zone project and in the sphere of mobility, and deeper economic cooperation in the transport, energy and agricultural sectors, will be the center of discussions.
The summit will highlight the recognition of the member-countries' European aspirations and choice, it said.
 
30.09.11
Dailies report widely on the Eastern Partnership Summit in Warsaw: Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Vedomosti have published articles on the issue.
Izvestia, Moskovskie Novosti, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, RBK daily and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on the approval by Germany's Bundestag of the expansion of the EU's European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) bailout fund.
RBK daily, in an article by Yevgeny Basmanov, provides expert assessments of the euro zone debt problems.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an interview given by Dutch PM MarkRutte to Russian journalists in the run-up to his planned visit to Russia on 19-21 October.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an article by head of the Duma's International Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachyov which addresses Russia's foreign policy, including relations with the EU.
In an article by Yury Shpakov, Moskovskie Novosti reports on a discussion by German Parliamentarians of the visa regime issue with Russia.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta runs an article by Yevgeny Shestakov on the European External Action Service's activity in conflict prevention. The author points to recent developments in northern Kosovo and between Cyprus and Turkey.
Moskovskie Novosti and Rossiyskaya Gazeta cite EU Energy Commissioner Oettinger as saying that the European Commission will launch infringement procedures against those EU Member States which have not adopted their national legislation to the EU's third energy package.
Vedomosti reports briefly that Poland intends to veto any attempt by the EU to develop an EU-wide regulation on shale gas (WSJ).

 

11.08.11
Izvestia, Kommersant, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Moskovskie Novosti, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novye Izvestia and Rossiyskaya Gazeta comment on the reasons behind riots in British cities.
Kommersant publishes an article by Yevgeny Khvostik which cites worries that France's credit rating could be cut and statements by the French Government and credit rating agencies that France's rating was not under threat.
Moskovskie Novosti publishes an article by Charles Wyplosz on the eurozone debt crisis.
Kommersant reports on developments around the Belene nuclear power plant project in Bulgaria in an article by Vladimir Dzaguto, Anna Zanina and Nikolai Marchenko.
Vedomosti (Interfax)and The Moscow Times (Reuters) report on a ruling by a top Bulgarian court on Lukoil's Bulgarian refinery.
Rossiyskaya biznes-gazeta, in an article by Nadezhda Yermolayeva, reports on the procedure for applying for a Schengen visa at the Estonian Consulate-General in St. Petersburg.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta and The Moscow Times provide reactions in the US and the EU to the arrest of former Ukrainian PM Tymoshenko.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.08.11.
Kommersant publishes an article by Konstantin Ganin on the visit to Riga of the Presidential Administration head Sergey Naryshkin and the current state of Russian-Latvian relations.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an interview with an Italian expert which addresses the South Stream, Nabucco and some other pipeline projects to supply natural gas to Europe.
The Moscow Times (Bloomberg) reports briefly on resumption by Lukoil of output at a refinery in Bulgaria after winning a court case against the country's decision to revoke storage permits held by the company.
Kommersant, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Vedomosti report on the coming into force in the Czech Republic of a legislative amendment which allows journalists to publish material prepared on the basis of officials' private telephone conversations.
 
1.08.11.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Svetlana Gamova and Yury Simonyan which reports on Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski's visits to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova to discuss, among other issues, the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh and Transdniestrian conflicts.
In an editorial, Nezavisimaya Gazeta comments on pipeline projects to supply natural gas to Europe.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Vedomosti (Prime) and report on developments around the Belene nuclear power plant in Bulgaria.
Rossiyskaya biznes-gazeta publishes an article by Alexei Chichkin on Russian-Estonian cross-border cooperation.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on Greece's debt crisis and European integration in an article by Tatiana Zykova.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses eurozone financial problems in an article by Sergey Kulikov.
Komsomolskaya Pravda and Rossiyskaya Gazeta address developments between Belgrade and Pristina and on Serbia's EU bid.
The Moscow Times publishes an article, entitled EU Proposes Simplifying Travel From Kaliningrad (Reuters), which reports on a European Commission proposal allowing the states bordering Russia's Kalinin grad region to negotiate bilateral agreements to make border crossings easier for people living within 30 t0 50 kilometres of the EU frontier.
Kommersant-Vlast weekly magazine publishes an article by Vladimir Solovyov on developments around the breakaway region of Transdniestria. The author also provides EU data on the smuggling of cigarettes from Moldova.
Kommersant-Vlast reports on right-wing parties in some EU Member States in an article by Alexander Delfinov.
In an editorial, Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses consequences of the terror attacks in Norway for Europe.
RBK daily runs an article by Alexander Polotsky and Andrey Kotov on Spain's economic problems and an announcement by Spanish PM Zapatero of an early election in the country on 20 November.
 
28.07.11.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an article by Ariadna Rokossovskaya which reports about the planned presentation today of Poland's version of the 10 April 2010 plane crash near Smolensk that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article, entitled The EU is awaiting gas guarantees from Ashgabat, by Victoria Panfilova, which addresses EU-Turkmenistan relations and mentions the recent visit to Ashgabat of EU SR for Central Asia and Georgia Pierre Morel.
Kommersant, Novaya Gazeta, Moskovskie Novosti and Rossiyskaya Gazeta comment on possible consequences of the terror attacks in Norway for Europe.
Izvestia, in an article by Kirill Zubkov, reports on statements made by Member of the European Parliament from Italy Mario Borghezio who initially supported some of the ideas expressed by suspected Norwegian gunman Anders Breivik. Borghezio later apologised to the victims and the Norwegian people.
Izvestia and Kommersant report on licensing problems Lukoil-controlled Neftochim refinery in Bulgaria.
Izvestia, Kommersant, Moskovskie Novosti, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Novye Izvestia cite EU criticism towards Kosovo authorities over the border operation and address further escalation of tensions in the northern part of Kosovo.
In an article by Kirill Zubkov, Izvestia reports on a possible successor for PM Silvio Berlusconi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15.07.11
RBK daily publishes a Handelsblatt article on the debt crisis in the euro zone and developments around a second aid package for Greece.
Vedomosti reports on stress tests on 91 European banks in an article by Tatiana Bochkareva.
In an article by Anton Khodasevich, Nezavisimaya Gazeta cites a proposal by a Lithuanian Parliamentarian who has suggested that Lithuania should open its door to the Belarusian citizens who had been sentenced over the post-election protests in Belarus.
The Moscow Times (Reuters) reports briefly on Russia's possible restrictions on meat imports from Germany.
 
13.07.11
Vedomosti publishes an article, entitled A visa-free plan, by Polina Khimshiashvili, which reports on discussions yesterday in Brussels by Russian and EU officials of a list of common steps required for introducing visa-free travel.
Expert weekly magazine, Izvestia, Kommersant, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Vedomosti address eurozone debt problems and pay special attention to Italy's economic problems.
The Moscow Times publishes an editorial in The Wall Street Journal Europe which addresses the relationship between the EU and credit rating agencies.
In an article by Pavel Tarasenko, Kommersant reports on developments in Cyprus following explosions at a naval base.
 
12.07.11
Rossiyskaya biznes-gazeta publishes an article by Alexei Chichkin on a recent Russian-French forum to discuss public private partnership in the development of regional and municipal infrastructure. The author also addresses the experience of public private partnerships in the EU.
In an article by Alexei Baliyev, Rossiyskaya biznes-gazeta reports on economic cooperation between Russia and Cyprus.
Kommersant, Novye Izvestia, RBK daily and Vedomosti report on the debt crisis in the euro zone and focus on the economic situation in Greece and Italy.
RBK daily reports briefly on a proposal by EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Michel Barnier to protect eurozone countries under a bailout programme from the downgrade by international credit rating agencies.
In an interview with Moskovskie Novosti, First Deputy Chairman of Russia's Central Bank Alexei Ulyukayev addresses, among other issues, the EU's handling of the debt crisis in the euro zone.
Vedomosti carries an article by George Soros on internal developments in the EU.
Komsomolskaya Pravda, Moskovskie Novosti, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Rossiyskaya Gazeta cite a statement by French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet, who called for negotiations between the Libyan rebels and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's Government.
 
11.07.11
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an article by Alyona Uzbekova which cites concerns expressed by Russia's Federal Agency for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) over the safety of food imported from Germany.
Komsomolskaya Pravda publishes an article by Dmitry Voskoboynikov which addresses developments in the EU, including Greece's debt crisis and reform of the Schengen rules.
Kommersant-Vlast weekly magazine runs an article by Sergey Minayev on Greece's debt crisis.
Kommersant publishes an article by British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Britain's Bribery Act which came into force on 1 July.
Moskovskie Novosti and Rossiyskaya Gazeta address a scandal around the tabloid News of the World and the arrest of a former aide to British PM David Cameron.
The Moscow Times (AP) reports briefly that Latvia's new President Andris Berzins was sworn in on Friday.
 
8.07.11
Moskovskie Novosti publishes an article by Yury Shpakov which reports on German businessmen's call for introducing visa-free travel between Russia and Germany and refers in this context to Chairman of the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations Eckhard Cordes.
Vedomosti quotes briefly EU HR Catherine Ashton as pointing to some encouraging signs in Russia in the run-up to the Duma and Presidential elections. She mentioned President Medvedev's call for economic and political modernization and Finance Minister Kudrin's call for free and fair elections.
Novaya Gazeta publishes an interview with British Minister for European Affairs David Lidington which addresses bilateral relations, including the visa issue.
The Moscow Times cites Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's comment on Lidington's statement on the main suspect in the Litvinenko murder case, Andrey Lugovoi.
Komsomolskaya Pravda, in an article by Vladimir Zibrov, reports on a conference in Italy to discuss EU-Russia relations after 2012.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Kaliningrad region lawmaker Solomon Ginzburg on the issue of Kaliningrad in EU-Russia relations.
In an article by Leonid Florentyev, Novaya Gazeta comments on a statement by Estonian Defence Minister Mart Laar who said that Estonia would be able to stop Russian tanks in a case of a hypothetical conflict.
 
7.07.11
Kommersant publishes an article by Pavel Tarasenko which cites statements by Polish PM Donald Tusk yesterday in the European Parliament on reforming of the Schengen rules. The author also quotes the Head of the EU Delegation to Russia Fernando Valenzuela.
Moskovskie Novosti, in an article by Igor Kryuchkov, reports on the visit to Moscow of British Minister for European Affairs David Lidington and comments on Lidington's statements on the Litvinenko murder case and the simplification of visa rules for Russian nationals.
Interfax news agency and Moskovskie Novosti report that eight EU Member States may soon resume vegetable supplies to Russia.
Interfax cites Polish Ambassador to Russia Wojciech Zajaczkowski as having expressed the hope at a press conference yesterday in Moscow that Russia will soon lift its ban on the import of Polish vegetables.
Kommersant, in an article by Daria Lyubinskaya, reports briefly on the signing in Brussels by France, Germany and Poland of an agreement to set up a joint European combat group. The group could be deployed in crisis zones from 2013
Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Anastasia Bashkatova on EU-Russia relations in the energy sector.
 
 
In an article by Kirill Zubkov, Izvestia reports on reactions in Berlin and Brussels to Denmark's decision to re-establish border controls.
Kommersant, Novye Izvestia, RBK daily and Vedomosti report on the rating by Moody's of Portugal's bonds as 'junk'.
 
6.07.11
In an editorial, Nezavisivimaya Gazeta addresses the EU's policy in the post-Soviet space.
Novye Izvestia reports briefly that a Polish delegation plans to visit Moscow this week to discuss the situation around Polish vegetable supplies to Russia (RIA-Novosti).
Moskovskie Novosti runs an article by Valery Masterov on forthcoming Parliamentary elections in Poland, set for 9 October.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta and The Moscow Times (Reuters) report on a suspended sentence given by a court in Belarus to Gazeta Wyborcza correspondent Andrzej Poczobut who was found guilty of defaming Belarus President Lukashenko. The press recalls Poland's criticism of a crackdown on the Belarusian opposition.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Vladimir Skosyrev which reports that China is purchasing bonds of EU countries hit by the debt crisis.
In an article by Polina Potapova, Trud reports on possible consequences of Croatia's EU accession for Russian tourists.
Komsomolskaya Pravda publishes the second part of an article by Alexander Kots and Dmitry Steshin on Serbia's EU aspirations and the issue of Kosovo.
RBK daily publishes a commentary by lawyer Ruslan Kozhura on Britain's Bribery Act.
 
5.07.11
Kommersant publishes an article by Dmitry Belikov and Seda Yegikyan on a German court decision to suspend the construction of the NEL gas pipeline which is designed to connect the Nord Stream pipeline to Europe's gas pipeline network.
Vedomosti reports briefly that Nord Stream will supply not only gas, but also gas condensate to Europe (Interfax).
Moskovskie Novosti and Vedomosti comment on Greece's debt crisis.
RBK daily runs an article by Yulia Shishkova which reports on Greece's privatization programme. The author refers to a New Europe publication which reported on Gazprom's possible interest in acquiring a stake in the Greek natural gas company DEPA.
Novye Izvestia reports on Greece's austerity measures in an article by Viktor Ivanovsky.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta carries an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev on debates in the German Bundestag which addressed, among other issues, the current state of Russian-German relations.
Moskovskie Novosti publishes an article by Maria Yefimova which addresses European Commission plans to reform the EU's fishing industry.
The Moscow Times publishes an article, entitled Europe's Test for Ukraine, by F. Stephen Larrabee and Taras Kuzio, on the trial of former Ukrainian PM Yulia Tymoshenko and EU-Ukraine negotiations on a free trade agreement.
Komsomolskaya Pravda publishes an article by Alexander Kots and Dmitry Steshin which addresses Serbia's EU bid and Belgrade's attitude towards Kosovo.
In an article by Olga Dmitriyeva, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports on the coming into force on 1 July of Britain's new Bribery Act.
 
4.07.11
The Moscow Times publishes an article, entitled France, Russia to Ease Visa Rules, which reports that France and Russia announced last Friday that they would introduce five-year multiple-entry visas by the end of this year.
Novye Izvestia reports briefly that Russia has lifted the ban on vegetable imports from Denmark and Spain.
In an editorial, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on developments in the EU, including Greece's debt problems and the reform of Schengen rules, and addresses their possible impact on EU-Russia relations.
Izvestia and Kommersant report on priorities of the Polish Presidency of the EU.
Novye Izvestia and Vedomosti report on the Eurogroup's decision to provide Greece with the next tranche of loans to avoid the country's default.
Itogi weekly magazine reports on the future of the European currency euro in an article by Konstantin Ugodnikov.
RBK daily publishes an interview given to Handelsblatt by German Deputy Foreign Minister Werner Hoyer which addresses the EU's budget proposed by the European Commission.
In an article by Mikhail Kryuchkov and Yevgenia Zubchenko, Novye Izvestia mentions unemployment rates in the EU.
Novaya Gazeta runs an article by Alexander Mineyev which reports on the completion by Croatia of negotiations to join the EU. Croatia is expected to become the EU's 28th member in 2013.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Vladimir Skosyrev, reports on the new rail freight route from China to Europe.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Oleg Nikiforov on the E.coli outbreak in Europe.
 
1.07.11
Kommersant publishes an article by Ivan Buranov which mentions EU-Russian discussions of common steps required for introducing visa-free travel.
Novye Izvestia reports on Poland's Presidency of the EU in an article by Gennady Savchenko and Viktor Shankov.
Izvestia, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Vedomosti comment on Greece's debt crisis.
RBK daily, in an article by Tatiana Glazkova and Yulia Kalachikhina, addresses the economic situation in Italy.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by German and Norwegian Foreign Ministers, Guido Westerwelle andJonas Gahr Store, on cooperation in the Baltic Sea region.
Novaya Gazeta publishes an article by Olga Derkach and Vladislav Bykov which reports on immigration to Finland, including the repatriation of Ingermanland Finns.

 

30.06.11.
Kommersant, Moskovskie Novosti, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novye Izvestia, RBK daily, Rossiysjaya Gazeta and Vedomosti report on yesterday's vote in the Greek Parliament in favour of the austerity measures against the background of an ongoing 48-hour strike in the country.
Moskovskie Novosti and Vedomosti report on Poland's Presidency of the EU as of 1 July and pay special attention to Russian-Polish and Russian-EU relations.
In an article by Nikolai Biryukov, Rossiyskaya Gazeta addresses joint environmental projects in the Baltic Sea region between Russia, Finland and Sweden.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev which addresses Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao'sthree-country tour ofEurope and focuses on Beijing's cooperation with Germany.
The Moscow Times publishes an article, entitled Kaczynski's Brother Faults Russia for Jet Crash (Reuters), which cites the leader of Poland's Law and Justice Party Jaroslaw Kaczynski who said on Wednesday that Russia bore the main responsibility for the April 2010 plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski.

 

 

 

23.06.11.
Kommersant and Nezavisimaya Gazeta report on the EU summit on 23-24 June in Brussels to discuss, among other issues, the Greek debt crisis and EU entry negotiations with Croatia.
Izvestia, Kommersant, Novye Izvestia and RBK daily report on vote of the confidence in the Greek Government, reshuffled by PM George Papandreou, against the background of the country's debt crisis.
Moskovskie Novosti publishes an article, entitled Sisyphus and Democracy, by Fyodor Lukyanov, which comments on the EU's handling of Greece's debt crisis.
Kommersant reports on developments between Gazprom and Lithuania in an article by Olga Mordyushenko, Dmitry Belikov and Vladimir Vodo. The authors mention a possible delay in the reorganisation of Lietuvos dujos until 1 July 2013.
Izvestia, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and The Moscow Times report on a decline of the number of tourists to Russia from some EU Member States.
Novye Izvestia and Rossiyskaya Gazeta provide Eurostat's ranking of countries on the basis of their per capita GDP. According to the list, Luxembourg is the richest country in the EU in terms of GDP per capita.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an interview with chief editor of Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza Adam Michnik which addresses, among other issues, Poland's foreign policy and relations with Russia.

 

22.06.11.
Kommersant publishes an article by Vladislav Kagan and Yelena Chernenko which reports on the EU's decision to impose sanctions against several Belarusian companies and on Belarus authorities' intention to respond to the sanctions.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on new EU sanctions against Minsk in an article by Anton Khodasevich.
Kommersant, in an article by Vladimir Solovyov, reportson consultations in the 5+2 format on the Transdniestrian conflict resolution yesterday in Moscow. The EU and the US hold observer status in the Transdniestrian settlement talks.
In an article by Vladimir Solovyov, Kommersant addresses Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's statements on relations with the EU.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on the Western countries' position on Syria.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by British Foreign Secretary William Hague on the Libya crisis.
The Moscow Times publishes an article, entitled The EU Should Follow Russia's Fiscal Restraint, by Anders Aslund, which addresses the EUs' handling of the current euro-zone crisis and comments on Russia's fiscal policies.
Izvestia reports on the euro currency and Greece's debt crisis in an article by Maria Sarycheva and Alexei Nadezhdin.

 

21.06.11.
In an article by Oleg Shevtsov, Izvestia reports on PM Putin's visit to France.
Rossiyskaya biznes-gazeta reports on Moscow's ban on EU vegetable imports and its impact on the situation on the Russian internal market in an article by Andrey Yevplanov.
Komsomolskaya Pravda and Vedomosti report on the EU's decision to impose new sanctions against Belarus, including sanctions against companies Beltechexport, Beltelecom and Sport-Pari.
Rossiyskaya biznes-gazeta publishes an insert on cooperation between Russia and Cyprus.
Expert weekly magazine, Moskovskie Novosti, Novye Izvestia and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on the economic situation in the euro zone, focusing on Greece's debt crisis and forecasts of an inevitable default in Greece.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports briefly that an extraordinary Eurogroup meeting on Greece is planned for 3 July.
In a special supplement, called 'Energy of Europe', Moskovskie Novosti addresses discussions of nuclear power development in Europe.
In an interview with Moskovskie Novosti ('Energy of Europe'), President of the Russian Gas Society Valery Yazev comments on reactions to the accidents at Japan?\u0421\u Gas gu0415\u04ima 1 nuclear power plant andiety Vaas gu04gy Yexportts at JapEU.
Expert, in an article by Ivan Rubanov, ns tdentsEU docuns to the Japuse of biofuels.
Nezavisimayaeryzeta publishes an article, s tdtled After Gaullism, by Alexei Fenenko, whichctions to theFranceas gu04cooperatden with Britain en security issues andeFranceas gu04role in European politics.

 

<=edong>15.06.11.
Novayaeryzeta andeRoy Vyskayaeryzeta report the JapEU-ety Va summit in Nizhny Novgorod the9-10 June.
Novye Izvestia, in an article by Sergey Putilov, tions to theety Vaas gu04ban theEU vegetable importt.
In an article by Maria-Luiza Tirmaste andeMaxim Ivanov, Kionsrsant addresses yesterdayas gu04hearing in JapEuropean Parlians t the Japforthtioing elecidentsiheety Va
Nezavisimayaeryzeta publishes an article by Svetlanaerymova the JapTransdniestrValeconflicte asolutden ahead of Japplanned negotiaidentsihe Jap5+2pformat the21 JunesiheMoscow.
Nezavisimayaeryzeta runs an article by ViktorVa Panfilova whichcns tdents Japrecs t visits atTajikistan by Member of JapEuropean Parlians t Sedian Stevenson.
Izvestia, RBK daily andeVedomosti report the Japdowngrading by S & P of Greecss at Japworst sovereighe aidng in Japworld.
Nezavisimayaeryzeta andeVedomosti citapforecasts by econioist Nouriel Roubini of Japeuro zoneas gu04fu&nod.
Kionsrsant,eMoskovskie Novosti andeNovye Izvestia report the Japouttioe of apreferendum in Italy, including Japrejeciden of PM Silvio Berlusconias gu04nuclear power plant.
In an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev, Nezavisimayaeryzeta tions to thecalls by JapSudetelerermano the JapCzechcP as#3923s atapologizapfor Japexpulsden of rermano from Jan-Czechoslovakia after WWII.

 

<=edong>14.06.11.
Moskovskie Novosti publishes an article, s tdtled ety Va andeEurope: nothing at alk about, by Artyom Kobzev, whichctions to theEU-ety Va dialogud.
TJapMoscow Times publishes an article, s tdtled Cucunbers Over Contelt, by YekaterinaeKuznetsova, whichctions to the JapEU-ety Va summit in Nizhny Novgorod ande Japstate of play in EU-ety Va relaident.
TJapMoscow Times publishes a special supplens t d
Expert weekly magazinespublishes an insert d
Moskovskie Novosti reporto theSpainas gu04debt problems in an article by Olga Shaoina.
 
<=edong>Review of articles 3-14 Junes2011
EU-ety Va summit in Nizhny Novgorod ends with no major b ackthrough
Moscow says it will lift4ban theEU vegetable importt
European Parlians t asolutden disagrees with restrVcidentsthe agistratden of oppositden partietsiheety Va
TJapEU-ety Va summit the9-10 June in Nizhny Novgorod ended with no major b ackthrough. Kionsrsant writets Jat Japs#3904have not agreed upen a docuns t thecionen stepts awardts Japinedoduciden of visa-free travel andehave not acched agreens t thecindiidentsfor ety Vaas gu04an&essden at JapWTO. Moskovskie Novosti addts Jat nat angible resultt werapanhieved in Jappartnsrshipsfor mRusrnizaiden initiaidve andein Japwork en a new bilateral agreens t. Expert of JapFinnish Institute of Internaidenal Relaident ArkadypMoshes remarkts Jat Japannounced cr
At a joine presseconferencssafter Japsummit,cP as#3923sMedvedevpannounced Jat ety Va wa04 acdyp atlift4it04ban theEU vegetable importt under suffici923sguarantees by JapEU. ety Vaas gu04nhiefpsanitary docior Onishchenko, who hy Ybetioe tJapmain newsmaker in Nizhny Novgorod, old reporters the Japs#39lines of Japsummit tJat Moscow agreed atresume supplies of certain types of vegetablessafter a saf comcertificate i04adopted. However, natdatetsfer lifting Japban have beehespecified by ety Valeofficials. An unnansd source in Japety Valedelegaiden aldeRBK daily Jat ety Va hy Yused Japcucunber issue in an attenp3s atb ack Japimpasse in Jappro&ess ef ety Vaas gu04WTO4an&essden.
Meanwhile, sioe tions taiors (e.g. ArkadypMoshes, Timofei Bordcchev, YekaterinaeKuznetsova andeFraser Cansdon)espeak ef Japdegeneratden of EU-ety Va summits, whichchave betioe routine eventss Jat rarelypproduce b ackthrought. ArkadypMoshes expressets Japview in his article fer ryzeta.ru Jat Japs#3904have betioe an&ustomed atstagnaiden in Japrelaident, arguing Jat Japlack ef progresseis not cons#39red as a problem. On Japeve of Japsummit in Nizhny Novgorod, tions taiors again raised Japissue of Japneed atreduce JapEU-ety Va summitts atoncssa year. In his tions tary in Kionsrsant, direcior of JapCs tre fer European andeInternaidenal Studie\u042 JapState Undversity-Higher School of Econioics Bordcchev suggests Jat both ety ValeandeEuropean repress tatdvetsallegedlypagree with Jis #39a but neither s#39ei04 acdyp atbe Japfirst atannounces Japinitiaidve. Bordcchev explainse Japstratagic problem [ihe JapEU-ety Va relaidenthip] by Japabsencssef precindiidentsfor a real econioicpineegratden betweeheety Va andeEurope betause Japs#3904do not competetihe Japinternaidenal edadapspherapandehave nopinterest in reducing expensetsarising from Ja competiiden. In Japexpertas gu04view, an impetutsfor rappro&hens t couldebe b ought by realizaiden by political elitetsen both s#3904 Jat mRusrn challengetsarss aatseriousp atbe dealt with alone. However, suchcunderstanding is not seeh. Bordcchev cineinu904 Jat ety Va ande JapEUsarssundergodng internal edansformatdentswhichcresult inter alia in growdng protecidenismsandeegodsm in foreighepolicy. Moskovskie Novosti expressets Japview Jat JapEUsis dapfacio curtaildng ccidvity beyondeit04borders andefo&usetsmore en internal problems. Head of European programme\u042 JapCs tre fer Post-IndustrVal Studie\uiheMoscow YekaterinaeKuznetsova says in her article in TJapMoscow Times Jat it wouldebe wdong atsay Jat Brty els hy Ycompletelyplost interest in ety Vaaquot;, adding Jat Japinterest it4do904have i04hardlypaecause fer optimism. TJapexpertcns tdentsihe Jis tintext a resolutden adopted by JapEuropean Parlians t the Japeve of JapNizhny Novgorod summit voicing concsrn over restrVcidentsthe Japfreedom of oppositden partiets atregister for Japelecident. ryzeta.ru reporto tJat Menbers of JapEuropean Parlians t have thu04backed a number of ety Vaas gu04unregistered partietsandens tdentsamong Jam as guOther ety Vaas gu led by Eduard Limonov, as guRot Fdontas gu led by Sergey Udaltsov ande JapPeopleas gu04Freedom Party led by Mikhail Kasyanov, Boris Nemtsov, Vladimir Ryzhkov andeVladimir Milov.

  

<=edong>10.06.11.
In an Nezavisimayaeryzeta addressets Japuptioing PolishcP as#392cy of JapEU.
Parlans tskayaeryzeta and Roy Vyskayaeryzeta report thedevelopns to a ounde JaE-colipoutb ack in Europe.
RBK daily runs an article by Yulia KalanhikhinaewhichcaddressetsECBsmonetary policy.
RBK daily publishes a Handelsblait article theGreecsas gu04debt crisis.
Novye Izvestia publishes an article by GennadypSavchenkoswhichcreporto tJat EUsInterior Ministers have postponed Bulgariaas gu04andieomaniaas gu04s try at JapSchengensarsa duss atoppositden from Ja Netherlands.
Vedomosti report04briefly the Japs#gning by Nabuccoery YPip9lineeInternaidenal GmbH of bilateral projeci support agreens ts with fdve edansit cou triets(Interfax).
In view of Japsummit in Nizhniy Novgorod,<=edong> Roy Vyskayaeryzeta published a supplens t on EU-ety Va relaident under aecinedcci with JapDelegaiden.
TJapsupplens t fo&usetson Partnsrshipsfor MRusrnizaiden projecit. TJapSupplens t fea&nodspinterviews with HumanitarValeAid Cionissdener Georgieva, Ambassadormmentnzuela, at well at high-danking ety Valeofficials including ForeigheMinister Lavrov andeInvestigaidve Cionittee head Ba=edykin.

 

<=edong>9.06.11.
Roy Vyskayaeryzeta publishes a special supplens t on EU-ety Va relaident. Special emphy iseis gdven atpartnsrshipsfor mRusrnizaiden projecit.
TJapMoscow Times publishes an article, s tdtled TJapVegetable Summit, by direcior of JapEU-ety Va Cs tre in Brty els Fraser Cansdon, the JapEU-ety Va Summit in Nizhny Novgorod.
In an article by Yevgeny Grigoryev, Nezavisimayaeryzeta reporto theapmeeidng in Berlin over JapE.colipoutb ack with Japparticipatden of EU Health Cionissdener John Dalli.
RBK daily publishes a Handelsblait article the Japeconioicpsituaiden in SlovenVa.
Kionsrsant runs an article by Nikolai MarchenkosandeVladimir Dzagu atonedevelopns to a ounde Ja Bentne nuclear power plant projeci in Bulgaria.
 
<=edong>8.06.11.
Arguns ty i Fakty,eMoskovskie Novosti, Nezavisimayaeryzeta, TJapMoscow Times (Bloomberg) andeVedomosti report theoutb acks of an E.colipinfeciden in Europe andiety Vaas gu04ban tf Japimport of vegetablessfrom Ja EU. Moskovskie Novosti reporto theyesterdayas gu04meeidng betweehehead of Roypotrebnadzor GennadypOnishchenkoeandeEuropean Cionissdeneofficials.
Moskovskie Novosti andeTJapMoscow Times tions t theFranceas gu04plant atask JapUN SC atvote theapdraft asolutden cindemning SyrVa for it04cdcckdown the Japuprising against Ba=har al-Assadas gu04regime.
Roy Vyskayaeryzeta publishes articles the Jap&henical weapens4desedit&den in ety Va whichcns tden funding provided by JapEU andeindividual EU Member Statet.
In an article by Taidanaerlazkova, RBK daily addressetsan
Novayaeryzeta runs an article by Alexander Mineyev the Japuse of solar energy in Europe, s.g. by JapedcintsiheBengium.

 

<=edong>7.06.11.
ryzeta.ru publishes an article, s tdtled TJapSummit with cucunber, by KsenVa Solyanskayaewhichcaddressets Japuptioing EU-ety Va summit the9-10 June in Nizhny Novgorod. Experts suggest Jat Japety Valeban tf Japimport of vegetablessfrom Ja EU couldebetioe tJapmain issue ohe Japagsnda.
TJapMoscow Times publishes an article, s tdtled RacssOn atEndeSpat Over Vegetable Ban, whichcreporto tJat EUsandeety Valeofficials have expressed hopes Jat a dispute over Moscowas gu04ban tf European vegetablessduss atan E.colipoutb ack wouldebe asolved befores Japuptioing EU-ety Va summit.
Interfax newspagsncy citetsP as#3923sMedvedevpastsaying oheMonday Jat Japmay4bring up Japissue of Japety Valelanguagssat JapEU-ety Va summit.
P as#3923sef Jap&s guRty ValeWorld fund Vyccheslav Nikonov is quoted by Roy Vyskayaeryzeta Jat 6% of EU citizentsspeak Rty Val.
In an article by YevgenVa Reshetnikova, Roy Vyskayaebiznes-gyzeta citets JapHead of JapEU Delegaiden atety Va Fernandommentnzuela ohe Japagsnda of Japsummit in Nizhny Novgorod, including internaidenal issues (North Africa, JapMiddle Ea=e etc) andebilateral cooperatden betweehe JapEU andeety Va.
Moskovsky Komsomolets runs an article by EntnapMishinaetheEU-ety Va discussdens of visapfacilitatden.
Interfax quotes a statens t by PM Putin, who stressed Jat ety Va do904not want excepidentsfor any regien in Japnegotiaidentswith JapEuropean Unden ons Japvisapissue.
In an article by Seda Yegikyan andeIvan Buranov, Kionsrsant reporto theplanned discussdens today by EU Agricul&nod Ministers of an E.colipoutb ack.
KiosomolskayaePravda,Moskovskie Novosti, Novye Izvestia andeRoy Vyskayaeryzeta report theGermanpexpertsas gu work atestablish Japsource of outb acks of an E.colipinfeciden.
Expert weekly magazinespublishes an insert d
Moskovskie Novosti tarries an article by Mikhail K5\u04kin ons JapInternaidenal Air Transport Asszevaidenas gu04(IATA) positden theEU plant atchargssairlines for tarben enissdens.
Nezavisimayaeryzeta tions to theAzerbaij Gas gu04poy Vble participatden ihe JapEU-backed Nabuccoegy Ypip9lineeprojeci in an article by Sokhbet Mamedov.
Expert andeVedomosti report theeurozone4debt problems.
Nezavisimayaeryzeta andeVedomosti report thea defea& of Portugalas gu04azevalist Party in Japciu tryas gu04early Parlians tary elecident.
Vedomosti report04about new LatvValePBerzins in an article by Polina Khimshiashvili.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta, in an article by Nadezhda Yermolayeva, cites Latvia's recently-elected ombudsman Juris Jansons as saying that a complete ban on school education in the Russian language does not violate human rights.
 
3.06.11.
Kommersant and The Moscow Times report on EU-Russia discussions of visa facilitation. Kommersant pays special attention to the visa issue for residents of the Kaliningrad region.
The Moscow Times publishes an article, entitled There Goes the Eastern Neighbourhood, by Peter Rutland and Kateryna Shynkaruk, which reports on a review of the European Neighbourhood Policy released by EU HR Catherine Ashton on 25 May.
Moskovskie Novosti, RBK daily and Vedomosti report on a proposal by President of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet to establish a finance ministry in the euro zone.
In an article by Dmitry Marunich and Alexei Grivach, Moskovskie Novosti comments on EU-Ukrainian talks in Brussels to discuss gas transit.
Vedomosti reports briefly on the same issue (Interfax).
Vedomosti cites briefly Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller as saying that Europe seeks more gas for power generation (Interfax).
Kommersant addresses developments around the Nabucco gas pipeline project in an article by Olga Mordyushenko.
RBK daily publishes an interview with Wingashead Gerhard Koenig which addresses, among other issues, Gazprom's role in European energy markets.
Parlamentskaya Gazeta reports on a Russian-Polish forum of regions on 1-2 June in Moscow in an article by Anatoly Anisimov.
In an article by Tatiana Ivzhenko and Victoria Panfilova, Nezavisimaya Gazeta mentions Ukraine's plans to sign a free trade agreement with the EU.
Moskovskie Novosti and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on the election by Latvia's Parliament of Andris Berzins as the country's new President.

 

2.06.11
Gazeta.ru Internet portal, Interfax and RIA-Novosti news agencies cite the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's European Cooperation Department Vladimir Voronkov as saying that Russia and the EU reached agreement on long-term visas, for up to five years, to some categories of citizens.
Novye Izvestia reports on President Medvedev's visit to Italy in an article by Nadezhda Krasilova.
Kommersant publishes an interview with Polish Senate Marshal Bogdan Borusewicz on bilateral relations, Belarus, missile defence and other issues.
Izvestia and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on developments around an outbreak of the stomach infection in Germany.
Moskovskie Novosti and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on the arrest of former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic and Serbia's hopes for EU membership.
RBK daily publishes a Handelsblatt article on the economic situation in some EU Member States, including Greece, Spain and Ireland.
Vedomosti, in an editorial, comments on Germany's decision to abandon nuclear power.
In an article by Vladimir Dzaguto, Kommersant reports on two bids received by Lithuania from Japanese and US companies to build a nuclear power plant.
 
1.06.11
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes a special supplement on Russia-Italy cooperation.
Moskovskie Novosti publishes an article, entitled Harmful European cucumbers, by Elena Danilovich and Anna Levinskaya, which reports that Rospotrebnadzor may halt vegetable imports from all EU Member States if the situation with outbreaks of a stomach infection does not change.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs a front-page article, entitled Gazprom's catastrophic successes, by Anastasia Bashkatova, which reports on Germany's plans to phase out all nuclear power plants in the country by 2022 and comments on Russia's plans to increase gas supplies to Europe.
The Moscow Times publishes an article, entitled Shortest Route From China to Russia Is Via EU, by Vladislav Inozemtsev, which compares some economic parameters of Russia and the EU.
In an article by Arkady Dubnov, Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses a postponement by the European Parliament of consideration of the partnership and cooperation agreement with Turkmenistan over the country's human rights record.
Izvestia and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on the extradition by Serbia of former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic to The Netherlands where he will be tried at The Hague tribunal on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Observers comment on the arrest of Mladic in the context of Serbia's EU membership hopes.
RBK daily publishes an article by Yulia Kalachikhina and Tatiana Glazkova on a possibility of additional EU aid for Greece.
Kommersant and Nezavisimaya Gazeta report on a defeat of PM Silvio Berlusconi's ruling coalition in local elections in Milan and Naples.
Izvestia, Moskovskie Novosti and Rossiyskaya Gazeta report on the temporary closure by Iran of its airspace for a plane carrying Chancellor Angela Merkel to India.
In an article by Igor Naumov, Nezavisimaya Gazeta provides the results of an Observatoire Cetelem survey on consumer behaviour in some EU Member States and in Russia.

 

Review of articles 23-31 May 2011
EU, Russia unlikely to agree on terms for visa-free travel at their summit next month
Russia seeks the EU granting South Stream a priority status as EU calls for an end to Gazprom's gas export monopoly
Dailies last week addressed EU-Russia discussions of a list of common steps required for introducing visa-free travel. Initially, the document was planned to be signed at the EU-Russia summit in Nizhny Novgorod in June. However, despite the fact that Moscow and Brussels agreed in principle on a plan for a gradual introduction of visa-free travel, the document is unlikely to be adopted next month. A source in European structures said vaguely that work is going on and that it is impossible to say whether the document will be ready for the summit. Vedomosti writes that Moscow is not ready to abolish temporary registration for foreigners and to comply with EU anti-corruption requirements. A European diplomat told Vedomosti that the Russian side is against the mentioning of the word corruption in the document. Kommersant quotes an unnamed EU official as saying that the EU countries are concerned about securing their borders against those who would enter illegally. Schengen-area countries should be confident in the reliability of the issuance of passports and in the officials who issue those passports. Russian diplomats add that the EU side is concerned over a possible influx into the European Union (in case of introduction of visa-free travel) of extremists, criminals and terrorists. Although both sides do not want to discuss the timing for launching the talks on the cancelation of visa requirements, Russian and EU representatives report on progress in the discussions of visa facilitation which go in parallel with the talks on visa-free travel. Kommersant writes that both sides already issue long-term visas – for up to five years – to some categories of citizens, e.g. sportsmen. Commenting on the visa-free travel issue, expert Arkady Moshes warns of an impression that Moscow's steps for promoting the visa-free regime is linked solely to Russian elites' desire to travel to Europe on weekends or, if the things get worse, to leave Russia.
Media comments on the presentation by the Russian Energy Ministry and Gazprom of the South Stream gas pipeline project to the EU in Brussels on 25 May varied from more to less factual ones. Observers remark that the presentation took place against the background of the indefinite postponement of the implementation of the EU-backed Nabucco gas pipeline project (Moskovskie Novosti) and amid some European countries' decision to abandon nuclear energy (RBK daily). In Kommersant's view, another attempt by Russia to promote the South Stream project in the EU did not yield obvious successes. While Russia seeks the EU granting South Stream a priority status, analysts point out that the very idea of South Stream contradicts the EU's third energy package (Nezavisimaya Gazeta). Although EU Energy Commissioner Oettinger pledged that the EU will not impose unreasonable restrictions on South Stream, he made it clear that the pipeline on EU territory will be subject to the third energy package. At the same time, observers do not rule out that the EU may seek preferences in the gas sector in exchange for granting South Stream a priority status. Oettinger named among conditions for Brussels' favourable attitude towards South Stream liberalization of Russia's investment climate and called for an end to Gazrpom's gas export monopoly. Moskovskie Novosti writes in a comment that the European Commission hinted that it is ready not to apply EU energy rules to South Stream in exchange for fantastic trade-offs only.
It is to be mentioned that on the day of the Russian presentation, Kommersant published an article by Commissioner Oettinger calling for further development of energy relations with the Caspian and Central Asian countries and enhancing the EU's Southern Corridor strategy.

 

31.05.11
Expert weekly magazine reports on the presentation of the South Stream gas pipeline project last week in Brussels and cites EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger, who has recalled that South Stream on EU territory will be subject to the EU's third energy package.
In an article by Vasily Lebedev, Expert addresses Gazprom's investment plans in Europe and the EU's third energy package.
Kommersant, Moskovskie Novosti, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novye Izvestia, RBK daily (Handelsblatt), Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Vedomosti report on Germany's plans to close the country's nuclear power plants by 2022.
RBK daily runs an article, entitled A chance for Gazprom, by Elena Shatilova, which comments on possible consequences for Gazprom of some European countries' decision to abandon nuclear power. EU Energy Commissioner Oettinger is quoted as saying that Europe needs more gas.
In a supplement, called 'NG-Energy', Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Member of the European Parliament Hannes Swoboda, which comments on EU energy policy.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta ('NG-Energy') reports on the EU's interest in developing energy cooperation with Turkmenistan in an article by Sergey Zhiltsov.
Expert, Moskovskie Novosti, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Vedomosti address eurozone financial problems, focusing on Greece's debt crisis.
In an article by Polina Khimshiashvili, Vedomosti reports on protests in Spain over the economic crisis.
Expert reports on the arrest of Ratko Mladic in the context of Serbia's EU aspirations.
Moskovskie Novosti publishes a commentary by Fyodor Lukyanov on EU aspirations of the West Balkan countries.
Kommersant publishes a commentary on Serbia's EU bid by a Serbian journalist.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Novye Izvestia cite criticism in France toward President Sarkozy in connection with the NATO-led military campaign in Libya.

 

26.05.11
Kommersant publishes an article by Vladimir Solovyov which addresses EU-Russia discussions of a list of common steps required for introducing visa-free travel between the EU and Russia. According to the author, the EU and Russia are unlikely to sign a document on common steps at the EU-Russia summit in Nizhny Novgorod next month.
Kommersant publishes a commentary by expert Arkady Moshes on the EU-Russia visa issue and visa liberalization
Kommersant publishes an article, entitled Europe is waiting for NOVATEK instead of South Stream, by Dmitry Belikov,on yesterday's presentation by the Russian Energy Ministry and Gazprom at the EU headquarters in Brussels of the South Stream gas pipeline project. EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger stressed that the EU will not impose unreasonable restrictions on South Stream. The author highlights Oettinger's call for an end to Gazrpom's gas export monopoly.
Moskovskie Novosti reports on the same issue in an article by Alexei Grivach.
Vedomosti addresses the Nord Stream and South Stream gas pipeline projects in an article by Elena Mazneva.
Vedomosti reports briefly on Gazprom's interest in some assets slated for privatization in Greece (Prime-TASS).
Nezavisimaya Gazeta runs an article by Sokhbet Mamedov on developments around the planned AGRI project (Azerbaijan-Georgia-Romania-Interconnection project to transport LNG from Azerbaijan to the EU).
RBK daily publishes a Handelsblatt article on eurozone debt problems and the stability of the euro.
In an article by Maria Yefimova, Moskovskie Novosti reports on the candidacy of French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde for the next head of the IMF.
Izvestia publishes an interview with the leader of France's Front National Marine Le Pen.

 

19.04.11
Izvestia, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Trud report on a row between Italy and France after a train carrying North African immigrants from Italy was stopped at the French border. Experts, contacted by Trud, do not rule out that Schengen rules could be toughened.
Rossiyskaya biznes-gazeta runs an article by Yevgeniya Reshetnikova which addresses EU Energy Strategy and EU-Russia energy relations.
In an article by Tatiana Ivzhenko, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso's visit to Kyiv.
Izvestia, Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novye Izvestia, Moskovskie Novosti, RBK daily, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Vedomosti report on an election success of the populist True Finns party which gained 19% of the vote in Finland's general election on 17 April.
Novye Izvestia, in an article by Sergey Manukov, refers to a publication in Greek daily Eleftherotypia which reportedon Greece's plans to restructure its debt. Greek authorities, however, denied the report.
 
13.04.11
The Moscow Times (Reuters) cites briefly Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who said in an interview with Die Welt that Europe's closer ties with PM Putin weaken the cause of democracy in Russia.
In a special supplement 'NG-Energy', Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Svetlana Melnikova and Yevgenia Gavrilova which comments on the EUs Third Energy Package.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta ('NG-Energy') publishes an article, entitled An Azeri angle, by Uwe Halbach and Kamran Musayev, which addresses energy relations between the EU and Azerbaijan.
Novye Izvestia publishes an article by Gennady Savchenko and Yana Sergeyeva which addresses unsettled territorial issues between Russia and some of its neighbours, including Estonia. The authors mention a controversy over the map printed on Estonia's euro coins and cite Estonian human rights activist Sergey Seredenko, who argued that the map included part of Russia.
Vedomosti publishes an interview with France's Economy Minister Christine Lagarde which addresses, among other issues, the eurozone debt crisis.
In an article by Olesya Elkova, RBK daily reports on EU import duties on Russian and Belarusian potash and a request by potash producers from some EU Member States to the European Commission to extend the duties.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta carries an article, entitled Migrants from Africa split the European Union, by Olesya Khantsevich, which cites Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni as having accused other EU governments of lack of solidarity with Italy in tackling the problem of migrants from North Africa.
Moskovskie novosti reports on the issuance by Italy of visas to migrants from North Africa in an article by Yury Shpakov and Maria Efimova.
Izvestia and Nezavisimaya Gazeta comment on France's involvement in Libya and Ivory Coast.
RBK daily publishes a Handelsblatt article on the situation in the German economy.
Vedomosti publishes a Wall Street Journal article which reports on pressure by US and EU officials on Germany to close down the European-Iranian Trade Bank AG based in Hamburg.

 

11.04.11
Kommersant publishes an article by Maria-Luiza Tirmaste which mentions the participation of MEPs Heidi Hautala and Kristiina Ojuland at a conference in Moscow to discuss election monitoring.
In an article by Alexei Shapovalov, Kommersant addresses Denmark's position on the joint implementation projects with Russia under the Kyoto Protocol.
The Moscow Times (Reuters) publishes an article, entitled EU Potash Producers Give Russia Warning, which reports on plans by potash producers in some EU Member States to ask the European Commission to keep import duties in place on Russian and Belarusian potash.
Kommersant runs an article by Nikolai Marchenko on developments around the Belene nuclear power plant.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses Russian gas supplies to the EU in an article by Sergey Kulikov.
In a special supplement, called 'NG-Dipkurier', Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Alla Yazkova which comments on Moldova's EU aspirations and the Transdniestrian conflict resolution.
RBK daily reports briefly, with reference to EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn, that the EU will offer Portugal an 80-billion-euro bailout.
In an article by Yevgeny Khvostik, Kommersant reports on stricter rules of planned stress tests in which 90 European banks are due to take part.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Olesya Khantsevich, reports on the coming into force today of a new French law which bans the wearing of full-face veils in public.
 
6.04.11
In a special supplement on energy, Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes articles which address Russian energy supplies to the EU, EU energy strategy and pipeline projects.
Kommersant runs an article by Elena Chernenko which reports on a debate on the role of Islam in French society launched by President Nicolas Sarkozy's Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party. The author comments on the issue in the context of the 2012 Presidential election in France.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta, in an article by Vyacheslav Prokofyev, reports on French rules requiring Internet companies to keep their users' personal data for a year. The data could be requested by authorities.
Izvestia publishes an interview with the leader of the Socialist People's Front of Lithuania, Algirdas Paleckis, in which he expresses his point of view on the tragic events in Vilnius on 13 January 1991. In Lithuania, Paleckis is accused of claiming that Soviet soldiers were not responsible for shooting at demonstrators in Vilnius.
Izvestia publishes an interview with Ivo Lucic of the Croatian Institute of History which comments on developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the positions of the EU and the US.

 

Review of articles 24-31 January 2011
Normalization of relations between EU and ?
Facing EU sanctions, releases opposition figures
Last week, Russian dailies (e.g. Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novaya Gazeta and Novye Izvestia) paid special attention to Uzbek President Islam Karimov's visit to Brussels for talks with EU and NATO officials. This was his first official visit to the EU after the violent suppression by Uzbek authorities in 2005 of the unrest in Andijan. Observers recall that after the Andijan events, the European Union imposed sanctions against Tashkent , which were lifted in 2009. In Brussels, Karimov and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso signed a memorandum of understanding in the energy sector, while with NATO SG Anders Fogh Rasmussen Karimov discussed details of the NATO cargo transit to through . Observers note that is gaining strategic importance for the EU and NATO, adding that the relations between Tashkent and the West have improved recently as the EU and the are diverting attention from the issue of human rights to security, including military cooperation. Dailies write that the EU is trying to diversify sources of gas supply with a view to reduce dependence on , while could provide a resource base for the Southern Corridor, including the Nabucco pipeline. Nezavisimaya Gazeta recalls Uzbekistan's proposal to form under the UN aegis the 6+3 contact group (Russia, the US, NATO and the countries bordering Afghanistan) to discuss the Afghan settlement. However, neither Moscow , nor the Western countries backed the proposal. E.g. Europe rejects the proposal because it does not envision the participation of 's representatives. An Uzbek expert did not rule out that the idea of the 6+3 format may be revived in new conditions. and ) paid special attention to Uzbek President Islam Karimov's visit to Brussels for talks with EU and NATO officials. This was his first official visit to the EU after the violent suppression by Uzbek authorities in 2005 of the unrest in Andijan. Observers recall that after the Andijan events, the European Union imposed sanctions against Tashkent , which were lifted in 2009. In Brussels, Karimov and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso signed a memorandum of understanding in the energy sector, while with NATO SG Anders Fogh Rasmussen Karimov discussed details of the NATO cargo transit to through . Observers note that is gaining strategic importance for the EU and NATO, adding that the relations between Tashkent and the West have improved recently as the EU and the are diverting attention from the issue of human rights to security, including military cooperation. Dailies write that the EU is trying to diversify sources of gas supply with a view to reduce dependence on , while could provide a resource base for the Southern Corridor, including the Nabucco pipeline. recalls Uzbekistan's proposal to form under the UN aegis the 6+3 contact group (Russia, the US, NATO and the countries bordering Afghanistan) to discuss the Afghan settlement. However, neither Moscow , nor the Western countries backed the proposal. E.g. Europe rejects the proposal because it does not envision the participation of 's representatives. An Uzbek expert did not rule out that the idea of the 6+3 format may be revived in new conditions.
As Nezavisimaya Gazeta says, Europe accentuates its economic and military interests. An unnamed European lawmaker told the daily that the EU is more interested in maintaining direct dialogue and developing relations with . In experts' view, Karimov's visit to Brussels signals normalization of relations between and the EU after the Andijan events. At the same time, Novaya Gazeta mentions that although there was no joint press conference after talks with Karimov, EU and NATO officials assured the press that the human rights records had been says, Europe accentuates its economic and military interests. An unnamed European lawmaker told the daily that the EU is more interested in maintaining direct dialogue and developing relations with . In experts' view, Karimov's visit to Brussels signals normalization of relations between and the EU after the Andijan events. At the same time, mentions that although there was no joint press conference after talks with Karimov, EU and NATO officials assured the press that the human rights records had been discussed at the meetings. Observers also remark that Karimov's visit took place amid EU plans to impose sanctions on Belarusian officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko, after the crackdown of post-election protests in December. The press reports broadly on Minsk's decision to release several opposition figures, including former Presidential candidate Vladimir Neklyaev and journalist Irina Khalip, the wife of former Presidential candidate Andrey Sannikov, ahead of today's meeting of EU Foreign Ministers to consider possible sanctions against Belarus. Observers, however, say that the move is unlikely to make the West backtrack on its plans to introduce new sanctions on Belarusian officials.

 

31.01.2011
Novye Izvestia runs an article by Sergey Manukov on the situation on 's labour market and demand for highly qualified workers.
In an article by Ksenia Fokina, Izvestia reports on an appeal by a group of Members of the European Parliament who called on authorities of the French city of Montpellier to remove a statue of Lenin. reports on an appeal by a group of Members of the European Parliament who called on authorities of the French city of Montpellier to remove a statue of Lenin.
 
28.01.2011
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Andrey Terekhov which reports on the European Gas Conference in Vienna and polemics between Russian (Duma deputy speaker Valery Yazev) and European officials ('s former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer) on gas pipeline projects to supply gas to Europe .
The Moscow Times (Reuters, AP) reports on planned EU sanctions on in an article, entitled EU Readies Penalties, Lukashenko Sneers.
In an article by Alexander Mineyev, Novaya Gazeta reports on Uzbek President Islam Karimov's recent visit to Brussels for talks with EU and NATO officials. reports on Uzbek President Islam Karimov's recent visit to Brussels for talks with EU and NATO officials.
 
27.01.2011
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an article by Kira Latukhina which reports on separate meetings held by acting Belgian PM Leterme with President Medvedev and PM Putin yesterday in Moscow to discuss, among other issues, energy cooperation.
Finansovye Izvestia publishes an article by Arina Orlova which addresses the EU-Russia visa issue.
In an article by Anton Khodasevich, Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses ' relations with and the European Union. addresses ' relations with and the European Union.
Novye Izvestia compares inflation rates in and the EU in an article by Anzhela Druzhinina.

 

26.01.2011
Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on possible EU sanctions against in an article by Anton Khodasevich.
In an article by Viktoria Panfilova, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on EU-Uzbekistan relations. reports on EU-Uzbekistan relations.
Kommersant runs an article by Natalia Grib and Oleg Gavrish which cites EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger's statement on the issue of modernization of 's gas transport system.
Izvestia and Kommersant report on a PACE resolution calling for investigations into Kosovo PM Hashim Thaci's alleged involvement in organ trafficking. The report by PACE rapporteur Dick Marty calls on the EU's mission in Kosovo (EULEX) to investigate the allegations.report on a PACE resolution calling for investigations into Kosovo PM Hashim Thaci's alleged involvement in organ trafficking. The report by PACE rapporteur Dick Marty calls on the EU's mission in Kosovo (EULEX) to investigate the allegations.
Vedomosti reports on the placement by the EFSF of bonds for an amount of 5 billion euro in an article by Ekaterina Kravchenko and Tatiana Seiranyan.
 
25.01.2011
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an article by Maria Zhebit which reports on the issue of harmonization of Russian and EU veterinary and phitosanitary requirements.
Novye Izvestia and The Moscow Times report on Uzbek President Islam Karimov's visit to Brussels and his meetings with EU officials. report on Uzbek President Islam Karimov's visit to Brussels and his meetings with EU officials.
Rossiyskaya biznes-gazeta runs an article by Alexei Chichkin on energy relations between the EU and .
Izvestia and Nezavisimaya Gazeta report on a march in Brussels to demand a Government to put an end to political impasse. report on a march in Brussels to demand a Government to put an end to political impasse.

 

24.01.2011
Izvestia runs an article by Alexei Aronov which reports on 's ban on imports of German pigs, pork and foods containing pork and mentions today's meeting in Brussels of EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministries to discuss the dioxin issue.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta publishes an article by Viktoria Panfilova on Uzbek President Islam Karimov's visit to and his planned talks with EU officials.
The Moscow Times (Bloomberg) cites Italian Industry Minister Paolo Romani as saying that the South Stream, ITGI and Nabucco pipelines are incompatible.
In an article by Sergey Kulikov, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports on developments around the Nabucco gas pipeline project. reports on developments around the Nabucco gas pipeline project.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta, in an article by Elena Bugaiskaya and Vladislav Rilsky, report that the and the EU do not plan to interfere in the investigation of the causes of the Polish Presidential plane crash near Smolensk in April 2010.
 
21.01.2011
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an interview with Deputy Interior Minister Sergey Bulavinov which addresses cooperation between law enforcement agencies of and the EU.
In an editorial, Nezavisimaya Gazeta comments on the EU's role in the Transnistrian conflict resolution process. comments on the EU's role in the Transnistrian conflict resolution process.
RBK daily publishes in Russian a Handelsblatt article on 's debt crisis and claims that is working on measures in the event of a Greek default.article on 's debt crisis and claims that is working on measures in the event of a Greek default.
In an article by Andrey Lipsky, Novaya Gazeta reports on Wednesday's discussion at a session of 's Sejm of the final report issued by the Interstate Aviation Committee on the causes of the 10 April 2010 crash of the Polish Presidential plane near Smolensk. reports on Wednesday's discussion at a session of 's Sejm of the final report issued by the Interstate Aviation Committee on the causes of the 10 April 2010 crash of the Polish Presidential plane near Smolensk.

 

20.01.2011
Kommersant publishes an interview given to Interfax by Lithuanian Foreign Minister AudroniusAzubalis, which addresses bilateral relations, including in the energy sector, and the visa issue. by Lithuanian Foreign Minister AudroniusAzubalis, which addresses bilateral relations, including in the energy sector, and the visa issue.
Izvestia, Kommersant and Nezvisimaya Gazeta report on EU plans to impose a travel ban on a number of Belarusian officials following a crackdown on the opposition after the Presidential election.report on EU plans to impose a travel ban on a number of Belarusian officials following a crackdown on the opposition after the Presidential election.
In an article by Tatiana Glazkova, RBK daily reports on raids byEU investigators of the offices of Daimler, Volvo and some other truckmakers over possible violations of EU anti-trust rules.reports on raids byEU investigators of the offices of Daimler, Volvo and some other truckmakers over possible violations of EU anti-trust rules.
Finansovye Izvestia reports on 's position on a plan to increase the EFSF funds in an article by Lyubov Tsareva.
The Moscow Times (Bloomberg) cites Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin as saying that could buy bonds from European rescue funds.
In an article by Sergey Kulikov, Nezavisimaya Gazeta addresses the economic situation in the EU. addresses the economic situation in the EU.
RBK daily publishes a Handelsblatt article on 's economic problems.article on 's economic problems.
Finansovye Izvestia reports briefly on EU plans of stress tests on banks in 2011.
RBK daily, in an article by Yulia Shishkova, mentions European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso's recent visit to .
 
19.01.2011
Kommersant, Novaya Gazeta, Novye Izvestia and Vedomosti report on possible EU sanctions against following a crackdown of the opposition after the 19 December Presidential election in . has imposed a travel ban on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and a number of other officials.report on possible EU sanctions against following a crackdown of the opposition after the 19 December Presidential election in . has imposed a travel ban on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and a number of other officials.
The Moscow Times runs an article, entitled Latvian Police Impose Travel Ban on Luzhkov, by Nikolaus von Twickel, which reports that has declared Moscow 's former mayor Yury Luzhkov persona non grata..
Novye Izvestia reports on discussion by EU Economic and Finance Ministers of debt problems.
Novye Izvestia and Rossiyskaya Gazeta cite 's Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin as saying that could be interested in buying bonds issued by the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF). cite 's Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin as saying that could be interested in buying bonds issued by the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF).
In an article by Natalia Grib, Kommersant reports on the situation in European gas markers. reports on the situation in European gas markers.

 

18.01.2011
Kommersant publishes an article by Natalia Grib on European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso's visits last week to and to discuss energy relations.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta, in an article by Tatiana Shadrina, cites director of 's Federal Migration Service Konstantin Romodanovsky who said that in 2011 plans to sign executive protocols under the readmission agreement with the EU.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta publishes an interview with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and chief economist for Deutsche Bank Thomas Mayer which addresses Europe's debt crisis, 's WTO bid and other issues.
Expert weekly magazine carries an article by Alexander Koksharov and Sergey Sumlenny on eurozone economic problems and mentions 's accession to the euro zone.
Novye Izvestia runs an article by Alexei Smirnov which addresses 's reaction to 's ban on land property sales to foreigners in 380 Russian border areas.
In an article by Anastasia Savinykh, Izvestia reports on the Year of Spain in and the Year of Russia in in 2011.reports on the Year of Spain in and the Year of Russia in in 2011.
Kommersant reports on 's decision to impose a travel ban on President Alexander Lukashenko and some other Belarusian officials.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in an article by Olesya Khantsevich, reports on the North European Summit in London on 19-20 January with the participation of leaders of nine countries to discuss a proposal to create a northern mini-NATO alliance.
In an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta, founder and former leader of 's Front National party Jean-Marie Le Pen speaks against EU technocrats in Brussels . founder and former leader of 's Front National party Jean-Marie Le Pen speaks against EU technocrats in Brussels .
Expert publishes an interview with the Moscow Patriarchate's representative to the Council of Europe Hegumen Filaret (Bulekov) which addresses the religious and public situation in Europe
 

 

 



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