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Western allies sending Ukraine arms, but not Germany

bne IntelliNews January 25, 2022

With the fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine mounting, many of its allies have ramped up arms deliveries to the embattled nation – but not all.

Kosovo defends tough COVID-19 rules that sparked complaints from neighbours

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 24, 2022

Officials from Albania and North Macedonia say Pristina’s new rules requiring booster jab or PCR test for entry to the country hinder freedom of movement in the region.

Turkey exempts pharma, meat and milk industries from gas cuts but country's energy crisis snowballing

Akin Nazli in Belgrade January 24, 2022

Rolling power restrictions applied to factories. Situation worse than what was seen during Turkish balance of payments crisis at end of 1970s.

Baltics to send weapons to Ukraine as fears of Russian invasion rise

bne IntelliNews January 24, 2022

Estonia will send Javelin anti-armour missiles, while Latvia and Lithuania will send Stinger antiaircraft missiles.

Komarek's lottery operator Allwyn Entertainment to enter NYSE

bne IntelliNews January 24, 2022

Czech billionaire's lottery company expected to be valued at around $9.3bn.

Polls show Russian public opinion united on Ukraine

Theo Normanton in Moscow January 23, 2022

Data from surveys show that Russian sentiment is more homogeneous than in recent years on questions surrounding a potential conflict with Ukraine. Fears of war are high, America's allies are largely held responsible, but appetite for conflict is low.

Armenian President Sarkissian resigns

Neil Hauer in Yerevan January 23, 2022

Sarkissian had appeared frustrated by his lack of influence and the way he was left out of key negotiations.

Nato rejects Russian request to withdraw from Bulgaria and Romania

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2022

Both Nato and the governments in Bucharest and Sofia have firmly rejected Russia’s request that Nato forces withdraw from countries that joined after 1997.

Russian troops concentrate in southeastern Belarus, increasing fears of invasion of Ukraine

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2022

Western fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine from Belarus are increasing as Russian troops concentrate in Belarus’ Gomel region. Meanwhile, Zelenskiy is playing down war fears, saying that no war is imminent.

US charges four Belarusian state officials with conspiracy to commit aircraft piracy

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2022

Yesterday, a federal grand jury in New York returned an indictment which charged four Belarusian state officials with conspiracy to commit aircraft piracy.

Serbia revokes licences for Rio Tinto’s $2.4bn lithium project

bne IntelliNews January 21, 2022

Huge lithium project cancelled following weeks of mass protests in Serbia.

Georgian Airways files for insolvency, put up for sale

Giorgi Lomsadze for Eurasianet January 21, 2022

The flag carrier was hit hard by a 2019 Russian ban on direct flights, but the knockout blow was the pandemic.

Poland’s largest drug maker Polpharma reportedly in talks to take over Czechia’s Zentiva

bne IntelliNews January 21, 2022

Advent International, which bought Zentiva for €1.9bn in 2018 is reportedly considering selling the generic drugmaker for €3.5bn.

Zelenskiy plays down war fears as tensions continue to rise

bne IntelliNews January 21, 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy played down war fears calling on the people to stop the runs on banks and food stockpiling, saying no war is imminent in a video released on January 20.

Moscow court lifts US investor Michael Calvey's restrictions on leaving home

bne IntelliNews January 21, 2022

The Meshchansky District Court of Moscow has lifted the house arrest restrictions on US fund manager Michael Calvey and the founder of investment fund Baring Vostok after he was arrested three years ago.

The UN’s civil aviation agency (ICAO) is not convinced by the Belarusian authorities' explanations

bne IntelliNews January 21, 2022

The UN’s civil aviation agency (ICAO) announced the completion of a report about the investigation into Belarus's diversion of a Ryanair flight in May last year, but is not entirely convinced by the Belarusian authorities' explanations.

Baltics boost own military capacities and pledge to send arms to Ukraine as tension mounts

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius January 21, 2022

Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have pledged to offer Ukraine assistance, including in cyber security.

Slovakia faces latest COVID-19 wave with one of lowest vaccination rates in EU

bne IntelliNews January 21, 2022

Slovakia's poor vaccine performance is being blamed on the government's unclear policy direction, but the opposition has also played its part.

​Hungary’s opposition alliance collects 470,000 signatures for referenda

bne IntelliNews January 21, 2022

The government is expected to refuse to allow the referenda to be held on the same day as the general election, at which it is already holding an anti-LGBT vote.

Hungary infringed EU rules in blocking VIG-Aegon merger, says EU Commission

bne IntelliNews January 21, 2022

Brussels says it has exclusive competence to deal with EU-wide mergers and that it doubts that decision was aimed at protecting Hungary's legitimate interests.

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