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    • EU prolongs economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine by six months

      EU prolongs economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine by six months

      The European Council announced on Monday that it has decided to prolong the sanctions targeting specific economic sectors of the Russian Federation for a further six months, until 31 January 2022. The Council decision follows the latest assessment of the state of implementation of the Minsk agreements - initially foreseen to happen by 31 December 2015 - at the European Council of 24-25 June 2021. On that occasion EU leaders called on Russia to fully assume its responsibility in ensuring the full implementation of the Minsk agreements as the key condition for any substantial change in the EU’s stance.

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    • Belarus shuts border with Ukraine on suspected coup

      Belarus shuts border with Ukraine on suspected coup

      Belarus closed its border with neighboringUkraine as Minsk claimed that there was detected plot to initiate a coup. Belarus also claimed that there were large volumes of arms smuggled to its territory, BBC elaborated. President Alexander Lukashenko said his country was a victim of an attempt by outside powers to overthrow his regime.

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    • Ukraine's lawmakers approve a law to jail officials for hiding wealth

      Ukraine's lawmakers approve a law to jail officials for hiding wealth

      Ukrainian parliament approved a law on Thursday to impose jail sentences on officials who make false asset declarations. The legislation was a requirement for the government to secure more loans from the IMF under a $5bn programme, Reuters reported. The legislation stipulates that officials who do not submit their asset declarations or fail to declare assets worth more than 4.2 million hryvnias ($150,000) face two years in jail.

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    • German FM Maas rejects idea of weapons  deliveries to Ukraine

      German FM Maas rejects idea of weapons deliveries to Ukraine

      German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday firmly rejected the idea of weapons deliveries to Ukraine, after the country’s president  Volodymyr Zelenskyy indicated that he would like military help from Berlin, news wires reported. Germany, along with France, has led Western diplomatic efforts to resolve the long-running conflict between Kiev and Russia-backed separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. But efforts toward a political settlement are stalled.

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    • Ukraine bans flights to and from Belarus

      Ukraine bans flights to and from Belarus

      Ukraine will ban flights to and from Belarus from Wednesday and prevent passengers arriving from Belarus from passing through its airports, Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said on Tuesday in a statement on Telegram messenger, Reuters reported. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy had announced such a move on Monday amid the growing international condemnation of Belarus’ move to intercept a Ryanair plane and arrest a dissident journalist.

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    • Biden, Merkel speak by phone, urge Russia to cut troops near Ukraine

      Biden, Merkel speak by phone, urge Russia to cut troops near Ukraine

      US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed to call on Russia to reduce its troops on the border with Ukraine, Merkel’s office said Wednesday. During a phone conversation on Wednesday, the two leaders both agreed that scaling down Russian troops there would help bring “a de-escalation” of tension in the region, the statement, cited by AFP, said.

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