Russian steel imports banned in EU's fourth sanctions package

bne IntelliNews March 16, 2022

The European Union has approved and enacted a fourth sanctions package against Russia for the military invasion of Ukraine, which includes an import ban on steel.

MEPs urge Bosnia's Dodik to cut Kremlin ties

bne IntelliNews March 16, 2022

Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik sought to reassure MEPs that he does not aim to break up Bosnia, but this comes in contrast to his secessionist rhetoric of recent years.

Moldova hikes refinancing rate to 12.5% amid bleaker inflation outlook

bne IntelliNews March 16, 2022

Central bank in Chisinau aims to alleviate inflationary pressures and protect the population's deposits and savings.

Russia expelled from Council of Europe

bne IntelliNews March 16, 2022

Russia has left the Council of Europe after 28 years of membership. The leading human rights body drew up the convention on human rights in the wake of WWII.

EU announces fourth wave of Russian sanctions

Dominic Culverwell in Berlin March 16, 2022

The European Union has announced the fourth package of Russian sanctions on March 15 in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Former Ukrainian presidential advisor perfectly predicted Russian invasion in 2019

Cameron Jones in Kyiv March 16, 2022

In 2019 Oleksiy Arestovych, advisor to the Office of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, eerily predicted, with stunning accuracy, how events in Ukraine would unfold in 2022.

Metals conspicuously absent from expanded western sanctions lists

bne IntellIiNews March 15, 2022

EU, US and UK sanctions are ramping up in the hope of compelling Russia to end its invasion of Ukraine. Yet Russia's metallurgy industry has so far largely avoided sanctions.

Turkmen president’s son to succeed him after election win

bne IntelliNews March 15, 2022

Serdar Berdimukhamedov’s victory marks the first successful dynastic transfer of power in post-communist Central Asia.

Central Europe 'very vulnerable' to economic impact of Ukraine conflict

bne IntelliNews March 15, 2022

Oxford Economics has cut its GDP forecasts for CEE by an average of 1 percentage point for this year and 0.5pp for 2023.

Russia agrees final points of nuclear deal with Iran

bne IntelliNews March 15, 2022

Moscow says US guarantees mean that it can agree to Iran nuclear deal, opening the way for the lifting of sanctions on Tehran.

Iran set to release 'hostages' after UK pays £400mn debt

bne IntelliNews March 15, 2022

The UK has reportedly repaid Iran around £400mn it had received for Chieftain tanks that were sold to the Shah in 1979 but never delivered. Dual nationals Nazanin Zaghari-Radcliffe and Anousheh Ashouri are now expected to be released.

Russian editor walks onto prime time evening news programme with anti-war poster and is arrested

bne IntelliNews March 15, 2022

A Russian editor at the First Channel walked on to the set during the live broadcast of the evening news on March 14 holding a poster saying: “No war. Don’t believe the propaganda. They’re lying to you here.” She was immediately arrested.

Lukashenko's plea for help

bne IntelliNews March 15, 2022

Belarus’ Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko has asked for increased economic support from Russia amidst the strong sanctions pressures.

Borrell says EU committed to launching accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 14, 2022

EU high commissioner says Russian invasion of Ukraine should be a turning point to reinvigorate the EU enlargement process.

Putin signs a law allowing Russian airlines to operate leased planes without a foreign certificate

bne IntelliNews March 14, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law allowing Russian airlines to operate leased planes without a foreign certificate, shortly after Bermuda announced it would revoke the flight licences of Russian planes registered there.

Turkmenistan claims 97% voter turnout at March 12 snap presidential election

bne IntelliNews March 14, 2022

Elections in Turkmenistan complete the transfer of power from President Gurbanguly Berdimukhamedov to his 40-year old son Serdar.

Putin takes war to Poland’s doorstep with strike on military base 20km from border

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw March 14, 2022

The strike has raised fears of direct engagement of the US-led alliance against Russia.

Phase 4 of Ukraine war starts as rockets rain down on Mariupol

Ben Aris in Berlin March 14, 2022

The war in Ukraine has entered its next phase as the Russian army starts to advance on towns and cities across the country, ramping up shelling and targeting residential objects.

Croatia questions Nato effectiveness after mystery drone crash

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia March 12, 2022

Soviet-made drone from the war in Ukraine crashed in Zagreb after crossing two other Nato members undetected.

UK expands sanctions to 386 members of Russian Duma

bne IntelIiNews March 12, 2022

The Foreign Office has imposed asset freezes and travel bans on 386 members of Russia's lower chamber of parliament in response to their support of the recognition of Luhansk and Donetsk as independent.