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Yesterday, a court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced Ukrainian citizens Muslim Aliyev, Refat Alimov, Enver Bekirov, Arsen Dzhepparov, Emir-Useyn Kuku and Vadym Syruk to lengthy prison terms. They are accused of belonging to an organisation that is banned in Russia but not in Ukraine. The excessive sentences, ranging from 7 to 19 years imprisonment, constitute the latest targeting by the Russian Federation of Ukrainians from the Crimean peninsula including Crimean Tatars and human rights defenders. 

Today, High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini met in Brussels with the Prime Minister of Somalia, Hassan Ali Khayre.

They discussed the strong cooperation between the European Union and Somalia at all levels, from peace and security, to economic development and support for the strengthening of democracy.

Journalist Ahmet Altan, who was kept in detention like many other journalists and representatives of media organisations in Turkey, was re-arrested yesterday, only a week after his release, on the grounds that there was a flight risk. He had not even been served the decision when some media were already reporting on it.

The fourth session of the Security Dialogue between the European Union and Indonesia was held on 12 November in Brussels. The Dialogue was established under the 2014 Partnership Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and Indonesia, enabling constructive discussions on a wide range of security issues of common interest.

The fourth session of the European Union-Indonesia Political Dialogue took place on 12 November 2019 in Brussels. The agenda focused on a number of topics of mutual interest, ranging from ASEAN-EU relations to multilateralism, and regional issues such as the Korean Peninsula, the Middle East Peace Process, Iran (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – JCPoA), Afghanistan, Syria, and Myanmar.

1-2019 Call for Contributions for the European Union Civilian CSDP Mission in the Central African Republic (EUAM CAR) - Deadline for applications: Friday, 22 November 2019 at 17:00 CET - Late applications will not be accepted.

In a world that has become increasingly complex and contested, Europe has stepped up its work on defence over the past few years. Permanent Structured Cooperation on security and defence is one of the new instruments in the EU’s toolbox. Under this framework, 13 new projects for European cooperation on defence have just been agreed by EU Ministers.

The Council focused in particular on PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation) and adopted a decision launching thirteen new PESCO projects. Defence ministers also discussed the coherence between PESCO and the other EU defence initiatives, including the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD) and the European Defence Fund.