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.

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.