Gazprom threatens to cut off gas supplies to Moldova on January 21

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 20, 2022

With one day left to pay $63mn gas bill, Moldovan Deputy PM Spinu claims 'change of attitude' by Russian gas giant since pro-EU government came to power in Chisinau.

Montenegro’s government in crisis as deputy PM's party files no confidence motion

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia January 19, 2022

The government had been in a state of crisis for months as the divisions between its members — ranging from pro-EU to far-right and pro-Russian — became harder to bridge.

US warns Belarus to keep its commitment to neutrality

bne IntelliNews January 19, 2022

US warns Belarus to keep its commitment to neutrality in wake of increasing Russian military presence along the Belarus-Ukraine border.

US Secretary of State Blinken in Kyiv, warns Russia could attack “at very short notice”

Dominic Culverwell in Berlin January 19, 2022

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, announced America's support for Ukraine and warned Russia could attack “at very short notice” amidst the Russian military buildup on Ukraine’s borders

Defence agreement between Slovakia and the US divides politics and society

bne IntelliNews January 19, 2022

The DCA would allow the US airforce to use two Slovak military airports and potentially other facilities without a request of rental payment for a period of 10 years.

Uzbekistan launches production of military drones

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent January 19, 2022

Unmanned aerial vehicles will be dual-use, with some civilian purposes. Flying drones has been banned in country since 2015.

New impetus between Bulgaria and North Macedonia at top-level Skopje meeting

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 18, 2022

Newly appointed prime ministers of both countries agree to a fresh approach as Skopje seeks to unblock its EU accession process.

Poland begins to suffer fifth wave of coronavirus pandemic

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw January 18, 2022

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Poland jumped 72% week-on-week

Kazakhstan's Nazarbayev appears for first time since unrest

Nizom Khodjayev in Nur-Sultan January 18, 2022

Former president denies in video address that there is conflict among the country’s elite.

Mongolia's environment minister fired for failing to solve Ulaanbaatar's air pollution dilemma

Anand Tumurtogoo in Ulaanbaatar January 18, 2022

When Urtnasan Nyamjav sent drones to assess the blight, choking city dwellers wondered why they didn’t merit a visit.

Who are the group responsible for last week's hacker attack against Ukrainian websites?

bne IntelliNews January 18, 2022

The hacker group UNC1151 have been blamed for last weeks cyber-attack on Ukrainian government sites, but who are they?

Chemical group Chimcomplex plans Romania's largest international corporate bond issue

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 18, 2022

€350mn bond issue and €225mn capital increase to finance relaunch of chemical production lines.

Iran-backed Houthis claim drone strike on UAE same day Tehran diplomats return to Saudi Arabia

bne IntelIiNews January 17, 2022

Three dead in attack near Abu Dhabi airport. Escalation of Yemen conflict could derail efforts to defuse Middle East tensions.

Kazakh officials decline to confirm or deny death of Nursultan Nazarbayev

Nizom Khodjayev in Nur-Sultan January 17, 2022

Not a word has been heard from ex-president since country was plunged into turmoil by unrest.

Crisis eases in Bosnia as Dodik says Serbs to return to state institutions

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo January 17, 2022

Bosnian Serb leader backs on withdrawal of Serbs from army and other state institutions under pressure from Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

FPRI BMB Ukraine: Poroshenko’s comeback

FPRI BMB Ukraine January 17, 2022

Publicly charged with high treason on December 20, former President Petro Poroshenko has been abroad since then and is currently still in Warsaw. Kyiv’s Pechersk Court ruled in absentia on January 6 that Poroshenko’s assets should be seized.

Belarus hackers behind the Ukraine cyberattack, Russia arrests ransomware hacker at US request

Ben Aris in Berlin January 16, 2022

Belarus hackers were behind the Ukraine cyberattack, it was announced as Russia arrests ransomware hacker at US request

Kosovo’s parliament bans voting in Serbian referendum in Kosovo

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 16, 2022

Voting underway in Serbian referendum on constitution aimed at boosting independence of the judiciary, but MPs in Pristina vote to ban ethnic Serbs from voting on Kosovan territory.

Tajikistan, Uzbekistan make deals with Taliban, but watch border warily

Eurasianet January 15, 2022

A power outage illustrates in stark terms how much leverage Uzbekistan enjoys over its troubled neighbour to the south.

Website of Iranian leader showcases animation of robot calling in drone strike to assassinate Trump

bne IntelIiNews January 14, 2022

Revenge video submitted in contest to mark two-year anniversary of US killing of Iran’s then second most powerful official and most influential general, Qasem Soleimani.