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Moscow sees most snowfall in one day since records began

bne IntelliNews December 6, 2023

Moscow experienced an unprecedented snowfall on December 3, setting a record as the heaviest in the city's 145-year history of weather observations.

Zelenskiy video appeal to Congress for more help cancelled as Republicans present Biden with funding ultimatum

Ben Aris in Berlin December 6, 2023

An appeal Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy had been due to make to the US congress for more money via video link on December 5 was cancelled at the last minute as the Speaker of the House issued an ultimatum to US President Joe Biden

Western brands’ adverts fund Russian disinformation in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews December 6, 2023

Disinformation poses threats to stability and democracy and contributes to tensions and violence in the multi-ethnic communities of Bosnia and Kosovo, says report by Balkan Free Media Initiative and CRTA.

Lukoil mulls sale of Bulgarian refinery, petrol stations

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia December 5, 2023

Russian oil company to reassess its presence in Bulgaria and could sell its business after Bulgarian parliament banned imports of Russian oil from March 2024.

Orban raises stakes on Ukraine's EU accession ahead of summit

Tamas Csonka in Budapest December 5, 2023

Rejection of Ukrainian accession would deal a significant blow to the country's morale amidst the ongoing war with Russia, particularly given the hold-up in the US Congress to further US aid.

Bulgaria’s president vetoes armoured vehicles for Ukraine

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia December 4, 2023

Radev has become openly pro-Russian since the start of the war in Ukraine and strongly opposes military aid for Ukraine.

Russia responds to Moldova’s pro-EU steps with warnings of “hybrid war”

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest December 4, 2023

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's rhetoric indicates a change in plans on Russia’s side.

North Macedonia says OSCE 'saved' at Skopje summit

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje December 3, 2023

Crucial decisions made on chair for 2024, budget and key appointments at meeting controversially attended by Russia's foreign minister.

Half a dozen EU members want new sanctions on Russia watered down

bne IntelliNews December 1, 2023

Half a dozen EU member states want new sanctions in the twelfth sanctions package watered down to limit the economic damage they will do to their economies, Reuters reported on November 30.

Training of “Tajik Taliban” suicide bombers shows threat to Central Asia from Afghanistan is growing, say analysts

bne IntelIiNews November 30, 2023

Ranks of Jamaat Ansarullah movement based near border with Tajikistan said to be swelling.

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov lashes out at West at OSCE meeting in Skopje

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 30, 2023

North Macedonia's decision to open airspace to allow Lavrov to attend sparked a boycott by Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic states.

Court ruling may free jailed Ukrainian oligarch Kolomoisky

bne IntelliNews November 30, 2023

Corruption case against Ukraine oligarch Kolomoisky to be dropped. Another big fish looks like he will escape justice as the fraud case against top Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky looks like it will be dropped following a court ruling.

Croatia’s Fortenova to get rid of sanctioned Russian shareholders in €660mn deal

bne IntelliNews November 29, 2023

New ownership structure is intended to prevent further financial damage and operational difficulties from the presence of sanctioned equity-holders in the company.

Jailed oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky loses control of stake in Ukraine’s leading privately owned oil and gas company JKX Oil & Gas Ltd.

bne IntelliNews November 29, 2023

JKX Oil & Gas’ subsidiary, Poltava Petroleum Company, is a leading non-state oil and gas producer in Ukraine, holding five production licences and one for geological study, including pilot production.

China dragging its heels on Power of Siberia 2 gas pipeline investment, price deal

bne IntelliNews November 29, 2023

China is dragging its heels on committing to investments into the Power of Siberia 2 gas pipeline as it pushes for deeper discounts for Russian gas.

Host UAE planned to use COP28 for oil deals

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles November 29, 2023

COP28 host, the United Arab Emirates, has planned to use its status at the UN annual climate conference in Dubai to make new oil and gas deals with as many as 15 member nations, according to leaked briefing documents obtained by the BBC.

Baltic foreign ministers boycott OSCE meeting to be attended by Russia's Lavrov

bne IntelliNews November 29, 2023

Host North Macedonia and Bulgaria have suspended Western sanctions to allow Lavrov to fly into the Nato member state for the OSCE conference.

Protest at Polish-Ukrainian border escalates as farmers join in

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw November 29, 2023

Protesters said they are not ruling out escalating the blockade to cover all eight Polish-Ukrainian border crossings.

Turkey equipping Moscow’s war machine, data shows

bne IntelIiNews November 27, 2023

While Ankara records show “dual-use” goods going to Central Asia and Caucasus, trade registry discrepancies across region indicate items actually go to Russia.

EC President Michel to hold key talks with Orban in Budapest

Tamas Csonka in Budapest November 27, 2023

Orban has continued to threaten to block additional support for Ukraine, the start of Ukraine's EU accession negotiations, and a new round of sanctions against Russia.