Foreign policy & defence

BBC World News: Russia vetoes UN resolution deploring invasion of Ukraine

26 February 2022
Zach Meyers spoke to BBC World News and explained that UK/US were prepared to cut off Russian banks from USD/GBP clearing, devastating Russia's ability to trade internationally - but EU sanctions still allow much trade with Russia.

Newstalk: Reaction on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

25 February 2022
Sobering analysis from Ian Bond on why we have to be honest about the prospects for a Ukrainian insurgency. "The Russians have a record of extraordinary brutality in suppressing insurgencies in Chechnya & Syria - bombing everything that moves and intimidating."

iNews 24: EU agrees to freeze assets linked to Putin

25 February 2022
Camino Mortera-Martinez says the EU is preparing to welcome an influx of refugees from Ukraine. She emphasises that Poland not asking for COVID passports or even ID cards shows this crisis is truly unprecedented

Sky News: President of Ukraine says the country will remove sanctions from all citizens who are "ready to defend our state with weapons in their hands"

24 February 2022
Ian Bond says the layout of Russian forces and attacks across Ukraine show Putin's plan to control the whole country.

La guerra de Putin: lo idiotas que fuimos

24 February 2022
El Periodico
Lo mejor que nos puede pasar es que los ucranios se defiendan y haya los menores muertos posibles, pero la toma de Kiev y la derrota del gobierno pro-europeo de Zelensky es inevitable.

Newstalk: The latest on what’s been happening with the crisis in Ukraine

23 February 2022
The breaking news overnight as The White House says President Biden will no longer be holding a summit with Vladimir Putin The summit had been mooted last weekend in an attempt to deescalate tensions in the region.  Ian Bond is director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform and spoke to Shane this morning with more on this breaking story. Listen here.

LBC: Ex-Diplomat warns of danger of Russian false flag operations

22 February 2022
Ex-Diplomat Ian Bond warns ordering troops into rebel-held regions of Ukraine is 'the latest and another dangerous step' from Putin. Watch here.

The west knows the cost of appeasement. We can’t rule out any option for stopping Putin

22 February 2022
The Guardian
The Russian leader has shown he cares enough about Ukraine to shed blood over it. He needs to know the gain won’t be worth the pain.

FT Podcast: How Russia's Ukraine threat galvanised western alliances

17 February 2022
After a week of frenetic diplomacy, the Ukraine crisis has yet to be resolved. But it has had a significant impact on reshaping western alliances. Gideon Rachman talks to Charles Grant, director of the CER about the impact of the Russian threat on US ties with Europe, and on Nato and the EU.
CER podcast: The Russia-Ukraine crisis as seen from Kyiv and Paris

CER podcast: The Russia-Ukraine crisis as seen from Kyiv and Paris

Ian Bond, Khrystyna Parandii, Marie Dumoulin
16 February 2022
Ian Bond speaks to Marie Dumoulin and Khrystyna Parandii about the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

Sky News: UK ready to impose some severe economic consequences on Russia

15 February 2022
Ian Bond said the UK should keep supporting the Ukrainians, who are best-placed to defend their country...but it's too late to be thinking about sending armed forces in. 

European diplomacy and the crisis over Ukraine: Limited options and the cohesion test

14 February 2022
Aspenia Online
As Vladimir Putin demands a new security order in Europe and Russian troops mass along Ukraine’s borders, the threat of a major conflict on the continent is real.

Judy Asks: Do the Europeans trust France?

10 February 2022
Carnegie Europe
The issue is partly a question of motives, partly a question of process. French President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly made surprising foreign policy pitches and in turn had to face criticism from partners who feel they should have been consulted.

DW News: Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France hold talks

10 February 2022
The hope for talks between France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine would be to come to a diplomatic solution for the Russia-Ukraine crisis, says Sophia Besch.

Ask CER - Episode 3: Strategic autonomy, the EU's taxonomy and the French election

26 January 2022
You asked, we answered: the third episode of our ‘Ask CER’ podcast series.

This is a moment when the maximum amount of consolidation of society is very important for the survival of both Georgia and Ukraine

21 January 2022
Europe Time
ET: What are your expectations from the dialogue between the US and its allies and Russia? My expectations are very low because the two sides are talking about completely different subjects.

Franco-British relations shouldn’t be a circus

06 December 2021
Encompass
Relations between the UK and France are a mess. Boris Johnson has told Emmanuel Macron in cod French to “Prenez un grip”.

CER podcast: Poland and Belarus: What can and should the EU do?

25 November 2021
Charles Grant speaks to Camino Mortera-Martinez and Katia Glod about the latest developments in Belarus and Poland.

On defence, the ball is in Europe's court

18 October 2021
Encompass
This summer’s US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the subsequent announcement of the AUKUS submarine deal should show Europeans three things.

Ask CER - Episode 1: EU integration, democratic backsliding & UK financial services regulation

29 September 2021
You asked, we answered: introducing the first episode of our new ‘Ask CER’ podcast series.