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Putin calls on Lukashenko to start dialogue with Belarusian opposition

Ben Aris in Berlin November 19, 2021

The Russian president’s proposal was quickly knocked back by opposition-in-exile, which says Lukashenko must free political prisoners before any such talks can be considered.

Russian President Vladimir Putin accuses West of escalating military tensions, calls for security guarantees

Ben Aris in Berlin November 19, 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of "escalating" military tensions by selling arms to Ukraine, holding unscheduled naval drills in the Black Sea and flying bombers near its borders in a speech on November 18.

Tension on Belarus-Poland diminishes, but refugees not out of the woods yet

Ben Aris in Berlin November 19, 2021

Tensions on the Belarus-Polish border diminished as the first 500 refugees were flown home and most of the remainder were moved to a warehouse for food and shelter, but hundreds remained in the camp in the woods by the fence as night closed in.

Scandal over delayed payments grows as Ukraine’s Guaranteed Buyer confirms payment delay of debt to DTEK Renewables

bne IntelliNews November 18, 2021

Ukraine’s state-owned Guaranteed Buyer (GarPok) that is responsible for paying power producers confirmed on November 16 it had delayed settling its green power debt with DTEK Renewables.

SPB Exchange partners with Refinitiv as IPO approaches

Theo Normanton in Moscow November 18, 2021

Poland’s judiciary slides down global independence ranking

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw November 18, 2021

Poland drops from 118th to 61st in the global ranking of the countries with the highest risk to judicial independence, overtaking Hungary as the worst-performing country in the EU.

Lukashenko demands EU recognise him as president, withdraw sanctions during Merkel call

bne IntelliNews November 18, 2021

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko demanded that the EU recognise him as the legitimate President of Belarus and told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the EU should withdraw its sanctions on his country during a telephone call on November 16.

EBRD suspends all new business in Belarus

bne IntelliNews November 17, 2021

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has suspended making any new private sector investments into Belarus to synchronise its actions with Europe's efforts to increase pressure on Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko.

Sberbank extends additional $800mn in 7-year loans for Turkey's first nuclear plant

Akin Nazli in Belgrade November 17, 2021

Pace of construction said to have reached next level. But controversies at the building site have become a matter of everyday news for Turks.

Stranded migrants clash with Polish soldiers on border with Belarus

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw November 17, 2021

Migrants stranded between Belarusian border guards and Poland’s border fence guarded by military and police began rioting on November 16 in what Polish authorities described as an “attack on Poland”.

Russia strikes deal on Iran's multi-trillion dollar Chalous gas field as ‘final act securing control over European energy market’

bne IntelIiNews November 16, 2021

Tehran said to be expecting geopolitical payoff by giving up control of field that makes Iran holder of world’s biggest gas reserves.

German regulator Bundesnetzagentur suspends the approval of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, gas prices spike

bne IntelliNews November 16, 2021

In a surprise decision, the German Bundesnetzagentur, responsible for awarding the certification that would allow the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, has suspended the process, killing off hopes for an early start to the pipeline's work.

FSUOGM: Sechin warns of energy “super cycle”

bne IntelliNews November 16, 2021

Russia’s state-owned Rosneft has followed other oil and gas majors in reporting a surge in profits in the third quarter on the back of higher prices, with its CEO Igor Sechin predicting a “super cycle” in energy markets.

EU slaps Belarus with new sanctions for stoking migration crisis at Poland’s border

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw November 16, 2021

A list of people and entities to be hit by asset freezes and travel bans is expected to be finalised in the coming weeks.

Russia's Sber pulls out of VK (Mail.ru) stake, JVs overshadowed

bne IntelliNews November 15, 2021

Russia's largest lender Sber has sold its 36% stake in MF Technologies, which controls 57.3% of VK (former Mail.ru Group) for RUB12.8bn ($175mn) to Gazprombank.

EU to expand the scope of sanctions on Belarus as migrant crisis deepens

bne IntelliNews November 15, 2021

EU foreign ministers in Brussels said on November 15 they will expand the scope of sanctions on Belarus in response to the migrant crisis on the border with Poland, where thousands of refugees are trapped in rapidly deteriorating conditions.

Cabinet fires GarPok director allegedly for attempt to pay to all green energy producers

Cameron Jones in Kyiv November 15, 2021

Cabinet fires GarPok director allegedly for attempt to pay to all green energy producers

Lukashenko threatens to cut gas supplies to Yamal-Europe gas pipeline if EU imposes new sanctions, promises to send refugees dry firewood

bne IntelliNews November 11, 2021

Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko threatened to cut off gas transit to Europe through his country by shutting down the Yamal-Europe pipeline if the EU imposes new sanctions on the country.

EU prepares fresh sanctions on Belarus in response to the refugee crisis

bne IntelliNews November 11, 2021

The EU accused Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko of running a “gangster state” and is preparing fresh sanctions ahead of a meeting of the foreign council on November 15.

Poland, Lithuania close borders with Belarus as Lavrov suggests EU pay Minsk to keep refugees

bne IntelIiNews November 10, 2021

Lithuania’s parliament declared a state of emergency at the country’s border with Belarus on November 9. It has closed the border to prevent migrants seemingly deployed by Minsk crossing.