EU Defence Policy

Member States’ current military capabilities and cooperation do not match the new level of ambition of the EU’s defence policy, according to a new review by the European Court of Auditors. Synergies between EU initiatives and other defence and security frameworks are essential, warn the auditors. In particular, a critical point is whether the EU…

Italy’s Suicide Diplomacy Reducing its Influence When it is Most Needed

Italy has a central role to play in Europe’s response to growing security challenges in the Mediterranean region, but the current government’s “suicide diplomacy” is reducing its influence in the European Union and NATO just when it needs their support, according to a timely new report by Friends of Europe published this week. The study…

Statement by the NATO Secretary General on MH 17 Investigation

I welcome today’s announcement by the Joint Investigation Team that four suspects will be prosecuted for crimes in relation to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in July 2014.  This is an important milestone in the efforts to uncover the full truth and ensure that justice is done for the killing of 298 people…

Noble Jump 19

A NATO force of 2,500 German, Dutch and Norwegian troops and 1,000 vehicles is currently taking part in exercise Noble Jump 19 at the Zagan training range in Western Poland.  Noble Jump is the main training opportunity for NATO’s Spearhead Force, the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), and tests how well its different units…

Russia reprimanded by UN for illegal detention of Ukraine naval officers

In a stern rebuke to Russia for breaching international law by detaining vessels belonging to Ukraine in the Sea of Azov, the International Tribunal of the United Nations for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has ordered the Russian Federation to release the Ukrainian naval vessels Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yani Kapu, and return them to…

Russia Wastes No Time in Attacking Ukraine after the Presidential Election

The President of the Russian Federation has issued  a decree  offering a simplified procedure for acquiring citizenship of the Russian Federation by Ukrainian citizens living in the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This is quite clearly a blatant interference of the Russian Federation in the internal affairs of Ukraine, and a…

Ukraine Demands Release of Illegally Detained Ships and Servicemen

Black Sea in 2019

Ukraine filed a request in the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (“ITLOS”) last week seeking provisional relief against the Russian Federation.  The Request seeks the release of the three Ukrainian naval vessels and the twenty-four servicemen unlawfully seized by the Russian Federation in the Black Sea on 25 November 2018. Under the…

Ukraine-EU mini-summit

Ukraine Summit in Brussels

As one Member State continues its arguments today to leave the EU, others are queuing up to make friends with the bloc.  Yesterday, March 20, a mini-summit for EU-Ukraine was held in Brussels with the current President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker,…

Ukraine Presidential Candidate Oleksandr Vilkul Presents Donbass Peace Plan

Presidential Candidate Oleksandr Vilkul Presents Donbass Peace Plan

“I presented my Peace Plan in the European Parliament, here in Brussels. It is clear, and it consists of concrete steps. It is completely in accordance with the framework of both the Minsk and Normandy formats. It has great popularity and support in Ukraine. I run for the presidential office in order to achieve peace…