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Biden pledges no backstage talks with Russia about Nato’s eastern flank

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw December 10, 2021

US president reassures Bucharest Nine of commitment after talks with President Putin stoke fears.

Russian wines export to France, as bottlenecks tighten in Europe

bne IntelliNews December 10, 2021

Russia could see a 20-25% spike in the prices of imported wines in 2022 due to a poor harvest in Italy and France, supply chain disruptions and higher costs, RBC business portal wrote citing local distributors and retailers.

Grim plights in Belarus and Turkey underlined as Committee to Protect Journalists reports “especially bleak year” worldwide

bne IntelIiNews December 10, 2021

Prison census finds number of journalists jailed around the world in 2021 hit a new record.

Putin wins concession from Biden for Russia-Nato security deal talks

bne IntelliNews December 9, 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin won a major concession from US President Joe Biden, who has agreed to talks involving Russia and four major Nato members to discuss European security arrangements, it was reported on December 8.

Talks have begun with the US over Ukraine crisis, but the Kremlin is playing a long game

Ben Aris in Berlin December 8, 2021

The Kremlin was unusually slow to release statements following the two-hour summit on December 7 between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden, but said that talks have begun on the key issues and would continue.

Putin-Biden summit fails to resolve the Ukraine military build-up crisis

bne IntelliNews December 7, 2021

Putin’s demand that Nato offer guarantees that Ukraine will never join was never something that Biden could consent to.

Belarus to stand with Russia if war breaks out in Ukraine

bne IntelliNews December 6, 2021

Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko made it clear that Minsk’s loyalties lie with Moscow and he would back Russia in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, in a lengthy interview with RIA Novosti.

EC backs strategic gas storage reserve to hedge against future gas shortages

bne IntelliNews December 6, 2021

Europe will create its own strategic gas reserves in order to hedge against future gas shortages, European Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson said at a press conference on December 3.

EU imposes fifth round of sanctions on Belarus over the migrant crisis

bne IntelliNews December 3, 2021

Brussels imposed its fifth round of sanctions on Belarus on December 2 in response to the migrant crisis engineered by Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko in November.

Blinken and Lavrov talks break up after 30 minutes

Ben Aris in Berlin December 2, 2021

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken appealed to his Russian counterpart Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to choose diplomacy over coercion in face-to-face discussions in Stockholm but the two sides remain far apart.

EU challenges China’s Belt and Road with €300bn Global Gateway

bne IntelIiNews December 2, 2021

Bloc’s giant investment offer may appeal to countries worried by Chinese “debt-trap diplomacy”. Beijing warns against geopoliticising infrastructure.

Putin offers to start negotiations on a non-expansion of Nato to the east security deal

bne IntelliNews December 1, 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on the West to start talks on a security deal and legal guarantees that would prevent Nato from expanding East.

Last Iraqi Airline flights evacuate migrants from Belarus as crisis winds down

bne IntelliNews November 30, 2021

The last two Iraqi Airlines flights evacuated migrants from Belarus that had asked to go home, on November 29.

Russia, China slam selective invitations to US “Summit for Democracy,” call US hegemony in international politics “anti-democratic”

Ben Aris in Berlin November 29, 2021

The foreign ministries of China and Russia have slammed the selective invites to a US-sponsored “Summit for Democracy” slated for December that saw countries like Poland and India invited, but some EU allies and Nato members excluded.

More details emerge of alleged coup plot in Ukraine

Ben Aris in Berlin November 29, 2021

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told journalists at a press conference in that Kyiv had information suggesting a coup d'état was being planned in the coming months involving the country’s top oligarch and Ukraine’s richest man Rinat Akhmetov.

Russian billionaire Usmanov has been re-elected to a fourth term as the President of the International Fencing Federation

bne IntelliNews November 27, 2021

Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has been re-elected to a fourth term as the President of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) during the body’s congress in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Moldova disburses €70mn from state budget to pay gas bill to Gazprom

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 26, 2021

Russian gas major had threatened to switch off gas supplies to Moldova over unpaid gas bill.

63 dead in Siberian mine methane explosion tragedy

bne IntelliNews November 26, 2021

Over 63 miners died during a methane gas explosion in a Siberian mine on November 25. "According to preliminary information, no one is left alive in the mine," state news agency TASS

Migrants continue to try to cross Poland’s border from Belarus, but the camp has gone

Ben Aris in Berlin November 25, 2021

Middle Eastern migrants continue to try to storm the Polish border from Belarus, but security forces say the woodland camp is largely gone.

Moscow claims US rehearsing nuclear strike against Russia as East-West tensions rise further

bne IntelliNews November 24, 2021

Russia claims that US bombers flying only 20 km from Russia’s border were rehearsing a nuclear strike on Russia from two different directions earlier this month, the Defence Ministry said in a statement on November 23.