Russia’s Blockade of Ukraine Is ‘War Crime,’ Top E.U. Official Says

The remarks by the official, Josep Borrell Fontelles, were among the strongest language from a Western leader in describing the Kremlin’s tactics to subjugate Ukraine.

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Russia Was Behind Cyberattack in Run-Up to Ukraine War, Investigation Finds

The February attack rattled Pentagon officials and private industry because it revealed new vulnerabilities in global communications systems.

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Iran Nuclear Talks Paused Following Russian Demands to Ease Sanctions

A deal to revive the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran is “essentially ready,” a top E.U. official says, but has run into complications because of Russia’s war against Ukraine.

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Poland’s Fraught Offer: Fighter Jets for Ukraine, but Only Through U.S. Hands

Neither Poland nor the United States wants to make itself — or NATO — a target of Russia. And providing MIG fighters might cross over Putin’s invisible line.

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On Ukraine’s Border, Moldovans Wonder: Where Will Putin Stop?

Moldovans fear that Transnistria, a region run by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Moldova, might be the next target after Ukraine.

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NATO Countries Pour Weapons Into Ukraine, Risking Conflict With Russia

Brussels is proud to be providing military aid, but Moscow may see it as a dangerous intervention and could move to disrupt the flow of arms through Poland.

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On Ukraine, Biden Flusters European Allies by Stating the Obvious

The president laid bare divisions over Russian meddling in Ukraine, even if they have long been there for all to see.

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U.S. and Russia Will Discuss European Security, but Without Europeans

The coming talks in Geneva are bilateral, reviving old fears that the two Cold War powers will forge a deal on their own.

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Europe Adopts New Sanctions Against Belarus

A confrontation at the Polish-Belarusian border, a funeral for a dead Syrian boy trapped in between and a new round of E.U. sanctions mark the struggle with Aleksandr G. Lukashenko.

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Blinken, in Paris, Tries to Restore Trust After Submarine Snub

The American secretary of state met privately with the French foreign minister for more than an hour. But French anger remained palpable, even as both sides tried to move on.

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Memory of Migrant Crisis Haunts Europe as First Afghan Refugees Land

With elections looming in Germany and France, European politicians are terrified of another mass movement of migrants. But experts say the comparison with 2015 is flawed.

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Gaza War Deepens a Long-Running Humanitarian Crisis

The Palestinian enclave was already in a dire state. The war with Israel has made it worse, damaging the health and sewage systems, closing schools and displacing tens of thousands.

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Europe Calls for Immediate Cease-Fire in Israel-Palestinian Fighting

European Union foreign ministers, save Hungary’s, want the fighting to stop now and decry “unacceptable” civilian casualties in Gaza.

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Foreign Leaders Attend Funeral for President Idriss Déby of Chad

President Emmanuel Macron of France traveled to the ceremony, signaling the strategic importance that Paris has attached to the central African nation.

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Europe Struggles to Defend Itself Against a Weaponized Dollar

Despite warm words from Biden, U.S. secondary sanctions against Iran, Russia and others punish European companies and prompt new calls for strategic autonomy.

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Europe Welcomes Biden, but Won’t Wait for Him

The European Union is eager for “a political climate change” and cooperation, but if the new president is consumed with domestic problems, it won’t put its own agenda on hold.

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E.U. Failure to Impose Sanctions on Belarus Lays Bare Its Weakness

E.U. foreign policy moves require unanimous support from the member nations — a rule that continually undercuts the bloc’s bold ambitions for global influence.

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