Biden announces U.S. will close its skies to Russian aircraft

In his State of the Union speech, Biden also vowed to work alongside allies to seize assets from Russian oligarchs, including yachts, luxury apartments and private jets. President Joe Biden announced Tuesday during his State of the Union address that the U.S. would close its skies to Russian aircraft while promising more pain to Russia and itsContinue reading “Biden announces U.S. will close its skies to Russian aircraft”

Poland and Lithuania say Ukraine deserves EU candidate status due to ‘current security challenges’

Ukraine deserves European Union candidate status, and Poland and Lithuania will support it in this goal, the presidents of the two countries said in a joint declaration with the Ukrainian president on Wednesday. “We emphasize that, given the significant progress in the implementation of the Association Agreement and internal reforms, as well as the currentContinue reading “Poland and Lithuania say Ukraine deserves EU candidate status due to ‘current security challenges’”

Germany urges ‘prudence’ in potential sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

Germany’s leader has urged Europe and the United States to think carefully when considering sanctions against Russia for any aggression against Ukraine in a crisis pitting Berlin’s main gas supplier against its biggest security allies. Among a range of possible Western sanctions against President Vladmir Putin’s government, Germany could halt the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia if itContinue reading “Germany urges ‘prudence’ in potential sanctions against Russia over Ukraine”

US sends first shipment of military aid to Ukraine amid standoff with Russia

The United States says the first shipment of military aid promised by President Joe Biden to Ukraine amid the standoff with Russia has arrived in Kyiv. Washington has also endorsed a move by the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to send US-made weapons to Ukraine. Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted on Saturday to saluteContinue reading “US sends first shipment of military aid to Ukraine amid standoff with Russia”

European gas prices hit record as Russian flows via Yamal reverse

European gas prices hit a new record high on Tuesday after a pipeline that brings Russian gas to Germany switched to flow east, a move the Kremlin said had no political backdrop, while two big German customers said Gazprom was meeting supply obligations. Westward gas flows through the Yamal-Europe pipeline, one of the major routesContinue reading “European gas prices hit record as Russian flows via Yamal reverse”

State Department Warns Americans Against Ukraine Travel Over Russian Threats

The State Department updated its travel advisory for Ukraine Monday to “do not travel,” warning Americans not to make trips there due to “increased threats from Russia” as it continues to build up its forces along Ukraine’s borders. “U.S. citizens should be aware of reports that Russia is planning for significant military action against Ukraine,”Continue reading “State Department Warns Americans Against Ukraine Travel Over Russian Threats”

Russia Cuts Gas Supplies to Europe as Temperatures Drop

Russia’s state-controlled Gazprom slashed its gas supplies to Europe over the weekend, sending prices surging as the continent prepares for a week of sub-zero temperatures. Shipments through the Yamal pipeline — which runs through Belarus and Poland to Germany — were at their lowest for at least a month over the weekend, Interfax reported, citing marketContinue reading “Russia Cuts Gas Supplies to Europe as Temperatures Drop”

Exclusive: Zelensky “surprised” and “disappointed” by Biden pipeline move

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he learned through the press — not any direct heads-up — that President Biden had decided to stop trying to block a Russian pipeline that Ukraine sees as a dire national security threat. Driving the news: Zelensky used an hourlong Zoom interview with Axios on Friday to beseech Biden to meetContinue reading “Exclusive: Zelensky “surprised” and “disappointed” by Biden pipeline move”

The West waits for Putin’s next move as Russia-Ukraine tensions rise

A significant rise in tensions between Russia and Ukraine in recent weeks is prompting fears of a revival of the military conflict. Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, there have been ongoing skirmishes between Ukraine’s troops and pro-Russian separatists in Donbass. The fighting is believed to have killed around 14,000 people. AContinue reading “The West waits for Putin’s next move as Russia-Ukraine tensions rise”

Germany’s Greens vow to scrap Russian gas pipeline after election

Germany’s Greens have enshrined in their election programme plans to abolish the contested Nord Stream 2 pipeline to ship Russian gas to Europe’s biggest economy, creating a hurdle to a potential alliance with the conservatives. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, who have backed the Nord Stream 2 pipeline opposed by the United States, are leading inContinue reading “Germany’s Greens vow to scrap Russian gas pipeline after election”

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