Greece's foreign minister said his left-wing government wants to resolve the nation's debt squeeze with Europe.
Greece's radical new government was fine-turning details of a controversial reform deal it hopes to seal with sceptical EU creditors at critical talks.
EU foreign ministers postponed new sanctions against Russia for a week to boost the chances of success at a four-way Ukraine peace summit.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he believes Greece will be able to strike a deal with its EU partners over its massive debts.
European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker warned Greece's new government that Brussels will not change all of its rules just to solve the debt crisis in Athens.
The European Union must halt "spasmodic" action against Russia, adding Greece could not be ignored in EU affairs simply because it owes money.
The European Union's decision to extend sanctions against Russia over Ukraine is a destructive policy that will lead nowhere.
The EU agreed to add new names to a sanctions blacklist over Russia's involvement in Ukraine and will start work on possible further measures.
Greece has created a new headache for the EU by questioning sanctions against Russia over Ukraine.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan has made a statement in relation to the intensification of the Ukrainian crisis.
The European Union called Friday on Moscow to "assume its responsibility" in ending the separatist war in Ukraine.
The EU faces a "huge challenge" to reassure Jews about their future in Europe after Islamist attacks in Paris.
The European Union has not forgotten Crimea, stressing the world's "first duty" to Ukraine was to ensure it becomes a success.
EU foreign ministers agreed there would be no change in the bloc's Russia policy, including sanctions.
The EU wants to launch counter-terrorism projects with Arab nations and with Turkey in coming weeks to boost cooperation following the Paris attacks.
Marat Bisengaliev played neoclassical music for symphony orchestra and solo violin of Kazakh composer Yerkesh Shakeyev.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told the European Union they shared many values, including freedom of speech.
The EU's counter-terrorism chief said it is impossible to completely prevent new Islamist attacks like those in Paris.
Italy's Prime Minister called for the European Union to have its own intelligence agency following the bloodiest attack on French soil in half a century.
Latvia said Russia seemed more open to a negotiated solution over the conflict in Ukraine, raising the prospect of an easing of sanctions against Moscow.