Saturday, December 20, 2014

Europe Prepares For A Long Confrontation With Russia

(L-R) Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Brey, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, French President Francois Hollande and Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho meet European Union leaders summit in Brussels, on December 18, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Emmanuel Dunand/Pool

EU Leaders Prepare For Long Confrontation With Russia -- Reuters

(Reuters) - European Union leaders warned Moscow they are ready to flex their combined muscle and "stay the course" in a long confrontation with Russia if President Vladimir Putin refuses to pull back from Ukraine.

"We must go beyond being reactive and defensive. As Europeans we must regain our self-confidence and realize our own strengths," said Donald Tusk, the former Polish premier who chaired a brief EU summit in Brussels on Thursday.

In comments that were part warning to Russia, where falling oil prices and Western trade sanctions have brought financial havoc, and part exhortation to an EU bloc divided between hawks and doves, Tusk said a united European front was vital.

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More News On The EU Preparing For A Long Confrontation With Russia

Europe finds unity on Russia -- Global Post
The EU needs a complete rethink on Russia -- The Telegraph
Tusk: EU Needs Long-Term Strategy To Deal With Russia -- Radio Free Europe
EU needs long-perspective Russia strategy -- Daily Times/Xinhua
EU needs long term Russia strategy -- First Post
EU Leaders on Russia: After Sanctions, What Next? -- VOA


James said...

It's the foursome that was in front of me yesterday! They of course played from the reds, hit everything short and to the left. Took forever to decide whose turn it was and tried to borrow some balls from us.

War News Updates Editor said...

Tried to borrow some golf balls!?!?!?!

Cheer up James .... the golf courses around Montreal now have a foot or two of snow .... and it is -13C outside right now.

James said...

Didn't say golf.

On a side note, I did play a "PGA" course recently (from the TIPPS) and found out something about my short game, I don't have one.

War News Updates Editor said...

James .... thank you for my first laugh this morning.

Consider yourself lucky James. Man-o-man .... do I want to hit a golf course right now.

Have to go to a funeral this afternoon. This is going to be a long and rough day.

James said...

Aha! I knew there was something about this photo that I just couldn't quite put my finger on!
Guy second from left it's Woody Allen, I've wondered what he's been up to the last few years.