Russia

Global Europe 14-10-2021

Putin blames EU green policies for energy price spike

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday (13 October) that the reason for the energy price spike is the shortage of electricity as a result of increased use of renewable energy.
Global Europe 13-10-2021

Russia excluded from 30-country meeting to fight ransomware and cyber crime

Russia was not invited to attend a 30-country virtual meeting led by the United States that is aimed at combating the growing threat of ransomware and other cyber crime, a senior administration official said.
Global Europe 12-10-2021

Navalny says prison has changed his status to ‘terrorist’

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Monday (11 October) that a prison commission had designated him an extremist and a terrorist, but officially no longer regarded him as an escape risk.
Global Europe 12-10-2021

EU to study joint natural gas buying as response to energy price spike

The European Union will look into an option for member states to jointly buy natural gas as the bloc considers ways to protect itself against surging energy prices, according to a draft document.
Global Europe 08-10-2021

Putin says Ukraine gas pipeline system can ‘burst’ at any time

In the context of skyrocketing gas prices and calls for Russia to supply more gas to the EU, Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to exclude Ukraine as a transit country for such additional supplies. However, he said Russia would fully comply with its present contractual obligations for the transit of gas through Ukraine to Europe.
Global Europe 08-10-2021

Nord Stream 2: Security and climate wrecking ball

Nord Stream 2 is a wrecking ball hurling towards Europe at an ever accelerating pace, it promises to improve the stability of gas supplies but will undermine it instead, writes Mykhailo Gonchar.
Global Europe 07-10-2021

Moscow invites Taliban to Afghanistan talks on 20 October

Russia will invite representatives of the Taliban to international talks on Afghanistan that it plans to host in Moscow on 20 October, President Vladimir Putin's special representative on Afghanistan said on Thursday (7 October).
Global Europe 07-10-2021

NATO expels eight ‘intelligence officers’ from Russian mission to alliance

NATO has expelled eight members of Russia's mission to the alliance who were "undeclared Russian intelligence officers", a NATO official said on Wednesday (6 October), the latest deterioration in East-West ties that are already at post-Cold War lows.
Global Europe 06-10-2021

Germany seeks competition assurances over Nord Stream 2

Germany's energy regulator said the Nord Stream 2 pipeline must show it would not break competition rules by limiting which suppliers used it and could face a fine if it started pumping Russian gas to Germany without securing necessary approvals.
Europe's East 05-10-2021

Nord Stream 2 operator begins filling controversial pipeline

The operator of the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany -- criticised by some Western countries as a geopolitical weapon -- said on Monday (4 October) it had begun filling the pipeline with gas.
Global Europe 01-10-2021

US and Russia say they held ‘substantive’ arms control talks in Geneva

The United States and Russia said in a joint statement that they had held "intensive and substantive" talks in their second meeting within a framework that is aimed at easing tensions between the world's largest nuclear weapons powers.
Global Europe 27-09-2021

Lavrov says Mali asked private Russian military company for help

Mali has asked a private Russian military company to help it fight against insurgents, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday (25 September) at the United Nations.
Global Europe 23-09-2021

US, Russian military chiefs meet in Helsinki for six hours

The top US military officers from United States and Russia held six hours of talks in Helsinki, in the first face-to-face meeting between them since 2019 as both nations adjust to the US pullout and Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.
Energy 21-09-2021

The weaponisation of Nord Stream 2 has already started

Global market trends surely play a role in explaining the current gas price rally, but the shell game played by the Kremlin is here for everyone to see unless we choose to look the other way, writes Mykhailo Gonchar.
Global Europe 21-09-2021

Russia ‘responsible’ for killing dissident Litvinenko: Europe rights court

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday (21 September) ruled that Russia was "responsible" for the 2006 killing in London of the dissident former agent Alexander Litvinenko with the radioactive substance Polonium.
Global Europe 21-09-2021

Rivals allege mass fraud in Russia election, EU refuses to recognise the Crimea poll

Opponents accused Russian authorities of mass fraud on Monday (20 September) after the ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, won a bigger than expected parliamentary majority despite unease over living standards.
Global Europe 21-09-2021

EU foreign policy chief warns Mali against Russian mercenary deal

European Union ties with Mali could be seriously affected if it allows Russian private military contractors to operate in the country, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell warned on Monday (20 September).
Global Europe 20-09-2021

Russia’s ruling pro-Putin party wins majority after crackdown but loses some ground

Russia's ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, retained its parliamentary majority after an election and a sweeping crackdown on its critics, despite losing over a tenth of its support, partial results on Monday (20 September) showed.
Global Europe 17-09-2021

MEPs prepare the ground to cut ties with Russia’s parliament

The European Parliament passed a resolution on Thursday (16 September) making a clear distinction between the Russian people and the regime of President Vladimir Putin, which it called a “stagnating authoritarian kleptocracy led by a president-for-life surrounded by a circle of oligarchs”.
Digital & Media 17-09-2021

Google, Apple remove Navalny app from stores as Russian elections begin

Alphabet's Google and Apple have removed jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's tactical voting app from their stores, his team said on Friday, after Russia accused the US tech firms of meddling in its internal affairs.
Global Europe 16-09-2021

Brussels should follow Biden’s lead in engaging Russia

Putin's Russia is a consistent source of tension among EU countries, but a certain degree of engagement with this country could deliver tangible benefits for the EU on increasingly urgent issues such as climate change, the Arctic, and cybersecurity, writes Nick Lokker.
Global Europe 15-09-2021

Putin meets Assad, takes swipe at US and Turkish forces in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin received his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad for the first time since 2018 and criticised foreign forces that are in Syria without permission or a UN mandate - a rebuke of the United States and Turkey.
Global Europe 14-09-2021

Deal allowing Russian mercenaries into Mali is close – sources

A deal is close that would allow Russian mercenaries into Mali, extending Russian influence over security affairs in West Africa and triggering opposition from former colonial power France, seven diplomatic and security sources said.
Europe's East 10-09-2021

Ukrainian president says war with Russia a worst-case possibility

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Friday (10 September) that all-out war with neighbouring Russia was a possibility, and that he wanted to have a substantive meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.