Ukraine by 2020 must apply for membership in the European Union, otherwise it might not happen even in 25 years, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said.
Defending soccer champion and current No. 2 Germany will have to get past the 20th ranked Czechs to earn a place in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The latest paroxysm of Greece's debt crisis has exposed growing rifts in the euro zone which, unless addressed soon, could lead to the break-up of European monetary union, the European Union's most ambitious project.
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel criticised Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in a television interview to be broadcast later on Sunday for suggesting that Greece could quit the euro zone temporarily.
Norway also enforced a similar prohibition against its trawlers from operating in worldwide waters.
Russia intends to support an economic recovery in Greece by expanding cooperation in the energy sector, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Sunday.
Skeptical euro zone finance ministers demanded on Saturday that Greece go beyond painful austerity measures accepted by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras if he wants them to open negotiations on a third bailout for his bankrupt country to keep it in the euro.
BRUSSELS - Greek government negotiators headed into bailout talks Saturday after both parliament and Athens' international creditors gave the proposals enough backing to set up a weekend of crucial negotiations to stave off financial collapse.
MOSCOW - Russia has agreed to postpone until September trilateral ministerial consultations on the Ukraine-EU association agreement, First Deputy Economic Development Minister Alexei Likhachev told journalists.
UNIAN - Ukraine should first of all address current problems before focusing on prospects for EU membership, said European Parliament President Martin Schulz in an interview with the eurointegration.com.ua online media outlet.
Greeks were voting Sunday in a referendum on their nation's financial future, with opinion polls showing that residents were evenly split on whether to accept European creditors' demands for more austerity in return for rescue loans or defiantly reject the deal.
LONDON - The Greek people are voting on a future in which they face two painful prospects: the slow grind of years more of austerity cuts or the country's potentially catastrophic exit from the 19-nation eurozone.
The fraught and ill-tempered negotiations between Greece and its European Union partners have reached boiling point with Sunday's referendum.
ATHENS - Greeks started casting ballots early Sunday in the closely watched bailout referendum, with opinion polls showing people evenly split on whether to accept creditors' proposals for more austerity in exchange for rescue loans, or defiantly reject the deal.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said in 5-6 years Ukraine should reach the criteria that will allow it to submit an application for membership in the European Union.
Petro Poroshenko and the President of the European Parliament (EP), Martin Schultz, will meet at the Ukrainian presidential administration on July 3.
BRUSSELS – The European Union, Ukraine and Russia are continuing trilateral consultations on the application of the trade part of the association agreement between Kyiv and the EU.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that the country has received large aid since the signing of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement and expressed hope that cooperation with the EU would be expanded.