The Kremlin has now banned companies in the financial, fuel and energy sectors from leaving the country.
Failure to make the up-front payment may result in disruption of gas supplies in the first days of September.
Hungary's MOL group pays for Transneft's transit fee to Ukrtransnafta, ending cut-off caused by 'administrative glitch'.
Justice officials say it was probable that Shahram Poursafi was attempting to avenge US killing of Iranian ‘Shadow Commander’ Qasem Soleimani.
The United States is to send Ukraine financial assistance totalling $5.5bn. This includes $4.5bn for urgent budgetary needs and $1bn in military support.
Actor who calls himself a “son of the Balkans” plans to set up film and music studios in North Macedonia’s capital to shoot Hollywood-calibre movies.
Kremlin responds that plant would obviously be target for its missiles.
A huge explosion rocked a Russian airbase in the Crimea in what may have been the first Ukrainian missile strike deep in the occupied peninsula on August 9.
Cut-off will hit the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia hardest, as they rely heavily on imports via the Druzhba pipeline.
Often criticised for his soft stance on Moscow, President Zoran Milanovic claims sanctions are hurting Croatia but not Russia.
Albin Kurti claims Russia contributed to recent standoff between Kosovo and Serbia, and fears new wars could break out in Moldova and the Western Balkans.
And there’s no guarantee they will be forthcoming.
Mindful of Turkey’s own economic and strategic interests—and his poor re-election prospects—the Turkish leader met his Russian counterpart in Sochi.
Serbia’s Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo’s Albin Kurti to meet after Pristina’s decision not to recognise Serbian ID documents escalated tensions.
British newspaper The Guardian confirmed some aspects of the highly controversial report released last week by Amnesty International claiming that the tactics of Ukraine’s forces were endangering civilians and could be considered war crimes.
Suspicions President Rumen Radev picked new cabinet to bring Bulgaria back into the Russian orbit.
The half-brother of ousted UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will bring a $50mn lawsuit against Mongolia to try to recover an investment into a mining project that went horribly wrong.
New governor calls halt to interest rate rises after nine hikes.
Inflation reached 31.8% in June and the outlook is gloomy as energy price hikes have yet to be fully passed through to consumer goods prices.
US said to be wary of Nato member country turning into an anything-goes bolthole for Russians looking to shield business and assets from Western sanctions.