Moscow threatens NATO member Lithuania over transit ban on goods to Russia’s European exclave Kaliningrad

Moscow threatens NATO member Lithuania over transit ban on goods to Russia’s European exclave Kaliningrad

Lithuania’s decision to ban the transit of certain goods between Russia and its isolated exclave of Kaliningrad has provoked wrath among top officials in Moscow, and even a threat of retaliation against the European nation. Kaliningrad shares land borders with two NATO nations, Lithuania and Poland, but not Russia. Captured from Nazi Germany by the … Read more

Saudi crown prince, Erdogan meets in Turkey with ‘full normalization’ in sights

Saudi crown prince, Erdogan meets in Turkey with ‘full normalization’ in sights

Ankara halted Khashoggi murder trial to warm ties Official says talks going slow on possible FX swap line Erdogan faces tough elections with strained economy ANKARA, June 22 (Reuters) – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Turkey for the first time in years on Wednesday for talks with President Tayyip Erdogan aimed at … Read more

Russia pounds eastern Ukraine, Putin to mark WWII anniversary

Luhansk region the toughest place, says Ukraine president Russia has artillery edge as Ukraine pleads for heavy weapons Putin to mark day in 1941 when Hitler invaded the Soviet Union June 22 (Reuters) – Ukrainian and Russian forces were entrenched in eastern Ukrainian battlegrounds on Wednesday, a day of commemoration in both countries to mark … Read more

American fighter in Ukraine glad to see friends alive, even in captivity, warns against underestimating Russia’s military

Kharkiv, Ukraine – As the brutal battle for control of the strategically essential city of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine rages, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has predicted that Russia will escalate its attacks across his country’s east this week. Despite the US government warning against all travel to the country, Americans have been part of the fight, … Read more

Ukraine president expects Russia attacks to intensify with EU summit this week

EU to decide on Ukraine membership bid Zelenskiy says Battle for Donbas to intensify City of Sievierodonetsk focus of Russian attacks NATO’s Stoltenberg says war could last for years KYIV, June 20 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy predicted Russia will escalate its attacks this week as European Union leaders consider whether to back his … Read more

Exclusive: Pioneering Russian journalist sells Nobel Peace medal for Ukraine

Veteran journalist laments Russia’s loss of independent media Muratov says he wanted to give up something valuable for Ukraine Editor says public support for military campaign is dwindling But Putin “will remain for as long as he sees fit” June 17 (Reuters) – Russian journalist and Nobel Peace laureate Dmitry Muratov is auctioning off his … Read more

Ukraine gets major boost from European Union as war rages on

Ukraine EU candidacy signals major shift in European geopolitics Putin seeks to play down EU issue Battle for Sievierodonetsk grinds on Russian media say two Americans caught fighting for Ukraine BRUSSELS / KYIV, June 18 (Reuters) – As war rages in Ukraine’s east, Kyiv received a major boost on Friday when the European Union recommended … Read more

Europe steps up support for Ukraine as Russia presses offensive

Zelenskiy thanks EU leaders for solidarity visit Leaders tour ruined town of Irpin Fighting rages in Sievierodonetsk and southern Ukraine KYIV / IRPIN, Ukraine, June 17 (Reuters) – Britain will host talks on rebuilding key infrastructure in Kyiv on Friday, a day after the leaders of Germany, France and Italy visited Ukraine and offered it … Read more

Russian gas flows to Europe fall, hindering bid to refill stores

Nord Stream 1 pipeline capacity down to 40% Europe’s gas price jumps up to 30% after disruption news Gazprom blames cuts on equipment delays from Canada Freeport LNG terminal in US offline until September LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) – Russian gas supply to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline fell further on Thursday and … Read more

EU leaders criticized for bringing tepid support ‘message of unity’ to Ukraine

Arms needed to fend off Russian advances in south and east Ukrainian troops, civilians holed up in Sievierodonetsk plant KYIV, June 16 (Reuters) – The leaders of Germany, France and Italy – all criticized in the past by Kyiv for support viewed as too cautious – made a joint visit to Ukraine on Thursday, touring … Read more