Ukraine warns Iran over arms supplies to Russia

       

This undated photograph released by the Ukrainian military's Strategic Communications Directorate shows the wreckage of what Kyiv has described as an Iranian Shahed drone downed near Kupiansk, Ukraine. (UKRAINIAN MILITARY'S STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTORATE VIA AP) KYIV – Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Tuesday warned Iran of the "consequences" of the arms supplies to Russia, the Ukrainian government-run Ukrinform news agency reported. "Our signal to …

Venezuela blasts EU’s decision to renew sanctions

       

The shadows of synthetic macaws are cast on the pavement backdropped by a mural of a macaw as pedestrians wearing protective face masks walk past, in the Petare neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, June 5, 2020.(ARIANA CUBILLOS / AP) CARACAS – The Venezuelan government on Saturday lambasted the decision of the European Union (EU) to renew sanctions against the South American country for another year. "With …

Hungary stays out of EU Ukraine military training mission

       

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto arrives at the EU Informal Meeting of EU Foreign Ministers (Gymnich) in Prague, Czech Republic on Aug 30, 2022. (MICHAL CIZEK / AFP) BUDAPEST – Hungary was the only European Union member state not to back the proposal for the European Union to start a training mission for Ukrainian military personnel, the country's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter …

UK foreign minister calls ousting PM Truss a ‘bad idea’

       

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit shows Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss (center) speaking, flanked by, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng (left) and Britain's Foreign Secretary James Cleverly during her first weekly Prime Minister's Questions session at the House of Commons, in London, on Sept 7, 2022. (PRU / AFP) LONDON – Changing Britain's leader would …

Greek, Egyptian foreign ministers meet over Türkiye-Libya gas deal

       

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias (left) and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, hold a joint press conference, at the foreign ministry headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, Oct 9, 2022. (NARIMAN EL-MOFTY / AP) CAIRO – Foreign ministers of Egypt and Greece held talks in Cairo on Sunday, following recent oil and gas exploration deals signed between Türkiye and the Libyan Government of National Unity. Greek Foreign …

Russia expels Lithuanian charge d’affaires in retaliatory move

       

This photo shows a view of the Russian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Moscow on April 29, 2021. (NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP) MOSCOW – Russia has declared the charge d'affaires of Lithuania in Russia, Virginija Umbrasiene, "persona non grata," the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. An employee from the Lithuanian Embassy was summoned to the foreign ministry on Wednesday over the "unjustified expulsion of the …

Zelensky meets French foreign minister on support for Ukraine

       

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, left, and French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna pose for a photograph during their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sept 27, 2022. (UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS OFFICE VIA AP) KYIV – Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday met with visiting French Foreign Affairs Minister Catherine Colonna to discuss support for Ukraine, according to the …

Chinese and Indian foreign ministers stress dialogue on dispute at BRICS session in New York

       

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets with Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G20) foreign ministers' meeting in Bali, Indonesia, July 7, 2022. (Xinhua/Xu Qin) Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar highlighted the importance of peaceful resolution of differences and disputes between countries through …

Dublin hopeful N.Ireland protocol talks to resume in weeks

       

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney attends press conference with his German counterpart (unseen) in Berlin, Germany, Dec 11, 2020. (FABRIZIO BENSCH / POOL / AFP) DUBLIN – Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Friday that he was optimistic that talks between Britain and the European Union on overhauling Northern Ireland's post-Brexit trading arrangements could resume within weeks. We are very clear, both the Irish …

EU’s Borrell: Visa ban for all Russians would lack support

       

In this file photo dated June 25, 2022, Josep Borell, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy speaks during a joint press conference with the Iranian Foreign Minister at the foreign ministry headquarters in Iran's capital Tehran. (ATTA KENARE / AFP) VIENNA / PRAGUE – European Union foreign ministers meeting later this week, are unlikely to unanimously back a …

EU’s Borrell: Visa ban for all Russians would lack necessary support

       

In this file photo dated June 25, 2022, Josep Borell, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy speaks during a joint press conference with the Iranian Foreign Minister at the foreign ministry headquarters in Iran's capital Tehran. (ATTA KENARE / AFP) VIENNA – European Union foreign ministers meeting later this week, are unlikely to unanimously back a visa ban …

Putin bans ‘unfriendly’ investors from selling key energy stakes

       

This general view taken on July 8, 2018, shows the Kremlin and Moscow State University (back) in Moscow, Russia. (MLADEN ANTONOV / AFP) MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Friday banning "unfriendly" investors from making transactions with their shares in strategic Russian enterprises and projects until the end of the year. The measures will be taken to protect Russia's national interests, …

After Griner gets jail, Russia ready to discuss swap with US

       

In this photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attends the 12th East Asia Summit foreign ministers' meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Aug 5, 2022. (RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY PRESS VIA AP) Russia and the United States said on Friday they were ready to discuss a prisoner swap, a day after a Russian court sentenced basketball star Brittney Griner …

Poland summons Belarus envoy over jail sentence for journalist

       

WARSAW – A Belarusian charge d'affaires was summoned to the Polish foreign ministry on Thursday after a journalist for Polish broadcaster Belsat TV was sentenced to five years in jail, foreign ministry spokesman Lukasz Jasina said on Thursday. The journalist, Iryna Slaunikava, was found guilty of setting up an extremist group and organizing mass unrest, a verdict Warsaw described as unacceptable and one that it …

EU agrees additional 500m euros in military aid for Ukraine

       

High representative of the EU for foreign affairs and security policy, Josep Borrell, speaks to the media as he arrives for a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on, July 18, 2022. (VIRGINIA MAYO / AP) BRUSSELS – The foreign ministers of the European Union member states on Monday agreed to grant Ukraine an additional 500 million euros ($507.7 million) in EU military aid. …

Scholz: EU can no longer afford national vetoes on foreign policy

       

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz delivers a speech during the inauguration event at German carmaker Volkswagen's (VW) first own battery cell factory "SalzGiga" in Salzgitter, central Germany, on July 7, 2022. (RONNY HARTMANN / AFP) BERLIN – The European Union can no longer afford to keep national vetoes when deciding on European Union foreign and security policy if it wants to maintain a leading role in …

British Foreign Secretary Truss enters prime minister race

       

Britain's Foreign Secretary Liz Truss arrives at 10 Downing Street, to attend Cabinet Meeting, in London, June 14, 2022. (ALBERTO PEZZALI / AP) LONDON – British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss entered the race to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister on Monday, taking the number of candidates in an increasingly bitter and unpredictable contest to 11. Truss, who has held ministerial jobs in a number …

Russia’s Lavrov calls for efforts to protect international laws

       

In this photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, and Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son shake hands during their meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, July 6, 2022. (RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY PRESS SERVICE VIA AP) HANOI – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday called on all parties in the world to make efforts to protect international laws as …

Moscow ready to consult Baku, Yerevan on border controls, lines

       

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov looks on during a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart at the foreign ministry headquarters in Iran's capital Tehran on June 23, 2022. (ATTA KENARE / AFP) BAKU – Visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday expressed Moscow's official readiness to consult Azerbaijan and Armenia on delimitation and demarcation of borders. The Russian foreign minister also expressed Moscow's …