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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”

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Ukraine war: Let us rapidly join EU and cut Russia from SWIFT, says Ukrainian president Zelenskyy

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pushed for Ukraine’s urgent ascension to the European Union and Russia to be cut from the SWIFT international electronic bank payment system amid the ongoing invasion. “Residential buildings destroyed by missiles and artillery are the final argument for the world to stop this occupational invasion together with us,” he said in aContinue reading “Ukraine war: Let us rapidly join EU and cut Russia from SWIFT, says Ukrainian president Zelenskyy”

Japan announces sanctions on Russia after Ukraine crisis escalation – DW News Asia

The US, the EU and Japan have all taken steps to restrict Russia’s capacity to borrow on international markets. “We’ve cut off Russia’s government from Western financing,” Biden said. “It can no longer raise money from the West and cannot trade in its new debt on our markets or European markets either.” Von der LeyenContinue reading “Japan announces sanctions on Russia after Ukraine crisis escalation – DW News Asia”

NATO won’t create ‘2nd-class’ allies to soothe Russia, alliance head says

NATO has said it is ready for talks on reciprocal arms control with Moscow, but added that the alliance is united against the “real” risk of Russian aggression against Ukraine. NATO foreign ministers met by video conference Friday to discuss Russia’s military presence on Ukraine’s borders, as alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the troop buildup continues.Continue reading “NATO won’t create ‘2nd-class’ allies to soothe Russia, alliance head says”

EU starts legal steps against Poland over constitutional court ruling

The European Commission launched an infringement procedure against Poland on Wednesday over rulings by the country’s constitutional tribunal in July and October that challenged the primacy of EU law over national law. “The Commission considers that these rulings of the Constitutional Tribunal are in breach of the general principles of autonomy, primacy, effectiveness and uniformContinue reading “EU starts legal steps against Poland over constitutional court ruling”

EU advises border closures over new Covid variant as European case confirmed – BBC News

Countries around the world are taking steps to tighten travel restrictions after a new coronavirus variant was identified in southern Africa. The European Commission has recommended that EU countries introduce an “emergency brake” on all travel from the region in response. The World Health Organization (WHO) is meeting to discuss the new variant.

Germany urges unity as crisis worsens for migrants at Poland-Belarus border

German interior minister says Poland needs support to deal with ‘hybrid threat’ of politically organised migration Germany needs to get the “whole of the democratic world” onboard to support orderly immigration to Europe, its interior minister has said, amid a worsening crisis at the Poland-Belarus border. Horst Seehofer accused Belarus and Russia of exploiting refugeesContinue reading “Germany urges unity as crisis worsens for migrants at Poland-Belarus border”

Hundreds of migrants and refugees camped at Belarus-Poland border – Al Jazeera

Hundreds of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa remain gathered at Belarus’s border with Poland in an escalating crisis. The Polish government has called a crisis meeting and deployed troops to the region. Poland has closed part of its border with Belarus, accusing it of urging the migration flow, in retaliation againstContinue reading “Hundreds of migrants and refugees camped at Belarus-Poland border – Al Jazeera”

Minsk committing ‘crimes against humanity’, says Lithuanian PM

Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė had a phone call with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Monday evening to discuss the situation at the EU’s border with Belarus. According to the government’s press release, Šimonytė told von der Leyen that the Belarusian authorities have “cleansed” of irregular migrants and directed them towards Poland.Continue reading “Minsk committing ‘crimes against humanity’, says Lithuanian PM”

EU court fines Poland 1 million euros a day for judiciary row – DW News

In breaking news from Brussels, the European Union’s top court has ordered Poland to pay one million euros a day over a legal dispute with the bloc. The European Court of Justice says Warsaw failed to heed an earlier EU ruling that demanded changes to some of Poland’s judicial reforms. The EU decision in JulyContinue reading “EU court fines Poland 1 million euros a day for judiciary row – DW News”