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Russian warship fires warning shot at Turkish vessel
The Russian Defence Ministry
says one of its warships has been
forced to fire warning shots at
a Turkish fishing vessel in the
Aegean Sea to avoid a collision.
The ministry says it has
summoned the Turkish military
attache over the incident.
The Interfax news agency said
that the Turkish vessel failed to
respond to earlier warnings from
the destroyer Smetlivy and had
sharply changed course after shots
were fired before passing within
500m of the Russian warship.
The incident, which occurred
yesterday morning, is likely to
heighten tensions between the
two nations who are seriously at
odds over Syria and the Turkish
shooting down of a Russian
military aircraft last month.
Russian President Vladimir
Putin, who called the downing
of the plane a “stab in the back”,
has since imposed economic
sanctions on Turkey as a
Earlier this month, Turkey
complained to Russia over an
incident in which a Russian
sailor was pictured brandishing
a rocket launcher on the deck
of a naval ship passing through
Istanbul. — Reuters
in deal to
A proposal to give the European Union
executive the power to send forces unbidden
into member states to defend the common
European frontier will face resistance from
some countries when it is published this week.
The European Commission wants to be able to
deploy personnel from a new European Border
and Coastguard Agency without, as currently
required, the consent of the State concerned,
EU officials said, reflecting frustration with
Greek reluctance to seek help with migrants.
EU officials call the plan a largely theoretical
“nuclear option” and stress that any infringement
of national sovereignty would be balanced by
the power of a majority of member States to
block commission inter vention — similar to
checks agreed during the euro debt crisis.
The commission will set out the plan tomorrow
night to reinforce its Frontex agency with up to
six times more staff, EU officials said, following
a commitment to an EU border guard in
September by President Jean-Claude Juncker.
“ We think the current situation justifies
a certain ambition,” the commission’s chief
spokesman said, expressing confidence about
backing from member states.
Failure to strengthen the EU’s external
borders, senior officials argue, will see more
States reimpose frontier controls inside the
bloc, wrecking its cherished Schengen free-
movement zone, and foster the rise of anti-EU
nationalists like France’s National Front.
But while big powers France and Germany
support such EU power, other EU leaders may
voice concerns at a summit on Thursday. Italy
has pushed for a “Europeanisation” of external
frontiers to relieve the costs on itself and Greece
of policing the Mediterranean. But the plan
may go too far for many leaders.
“This idea will face opposition from most
member States,” an EU diplomat said. “ We
believe such a solution would interfere
too deeply in member States’ internal
“The commission is testing our limits,” another
He compared it to the commission’s push to
oblige States to take in mandatory quotas of
asylum seekers, which set furious east Europeans
against German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Poland, a staunch opponent of mandatory
refugee quotas, was quick to come out against
the EU border force proposal.
“This means creating an institution, which
would decide arbitrarily on its actions without
the (concerned) member State’s participation,”
Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told
private Polish radio RMF overnight.
“ It is one of the decisions we will protest
Germany and France, alarmed at the threat
to the Schengen open-borders system from up
to a million undocumented migrants arriving by
sea and trekking north from Greece and Italy
this year, have called for central control over the
zone’s external frontiers and, as a last resort such
as now in Greece, emergency powers to send in
European forces uninvited.
But even supporters of the plan among
diplomats in Brussels acknowledge it will face
resistance. “Everyone supports strengthening
Frontex,” one said, “ but when it comes to a
common border guard, we’ ll have to see. There
have been concerns. ”
Governments are reser ving judgment on a
proposal they have yet to see. But diplomats said
many were likely at least to demand stronger
safeguards against being forced to act by the
EU executive. Existing powers that effectively
can suspend a country from the Schengen
agreements if it fails to protect the external EU
border are mandatory enough, some diplomats
argue. — Reuters
Ecuador and Sweden have signed a
pact that would allow Wikileaks founder
Julian Assange to be questioned at
Ecuador’s embassy in London where he
has been for more than three years, the
Quito government said.
The legal agreement was signed in the
Ecuadorean capital after half a year of
“ It is, without doubt, an instrument that
strengthens bilateral relations and will
facilitate, for example, the fulfilment of
judicial matters such as the questioning
of Mr Assange,” the foreign ministry
said in a weekend statement.
Assange, 44, took refuge in the
embassy building in June 2012 to avoid
extradition to Sweden, where he is
wanted for questioning over allegations
of sexual assault and rape against two
women in 2010. The Australian denies
Assange says he fears Sweden will
extradite him to the United States where
he could be put on trial over Wikileaks’
publication of classified military and
diplomatic documents five years ago, one
of the largest information leaks in US
Britain has accused Ecuador of per verting
the course of justice by allowing Assange
to remain in its embassy. — Reuters
used to carry
At first glance, it appeared to be a stack
of wooden pallets being used to transport
dozens of bags of charcoal from South
America into Europe.
But police and forensics experts had
intelligence that told them other wise.
In fact, the consignment was a haul of
330 million euros ($540 million) worth
of cocaine that had been chemically
altered, then dyed to make it look like
Expert “cooks” in Colombia had poured
1.5 tonnes of the cocaine mixture into
moulds, with the plan to then reverse
the process at an industrial-sized drugs-
processing plant in the Spanish port of
The international drug-smuggling ring
behind the plan was broken with arrests
across Europe, police revealed.
But the seizure is just the latest
in a number of cases that show the
increasingly extreme lengths to which
smugglers are going. In October, police
seized 300kg of cocaine from a container
loaded with pureed bananas that arrived
in Valencia from Costa Rica.
Spain’s close ties with its former
colonies in Latin America have made it
the main entry point for cocaine arriving
in Europe. — EF E
Chancellor Angela Merkel said overnight she
wanted to “drastically decrease” the number
of refugees coming to Germany, signalling a
compromise to critics of her open-door policy
from within her conser vatives on the eve of a
Merkel has resisted pressure from allies within
her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) to
put a cap on the number of refugees entering
Germany, which is expected to top one million
“At the same time we took on board the
concerns of the people, who are worried about
the future, and this means we want to reduce,
we want to drastically decrease the number of
people coming to us,” Merkel said.
Merkel, whose popularity has fallen over her
handling of the refugee crisis, said the word
“ limit” did not feature in the CDU’s main
resolution which will be debated at the two-day
party congress starting tonight in the southern
city of Karlsruhe.
The chancellor added there was broad support
in the CDU for her strategy to reduce the
This included working with Turkey to fight
traffickers, improving the situation at Syrian
refugee camps in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan,
and strengthening control of the European
Union’s outer borders.
Merkel’s conser vative critics want her to get
the number of arrivals down before three State
elections in March and say her hopes of running
for a fourth term in 2017 would be in danger.
Her strategy also includes finding a solution
to the migration crisis on the EU level, where
she is meeting resistance from member States
opposed to a quota system to distribute refugees.
Merkel signals big drop
in refugee influx
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