EXCLUSIVE EU nears compromise deal to defuse standoff with Russia over Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad depends on rail and road through Lithuania Clampdown on sanctioned freight angers Moscow EU seeks compromise with Lithuania to resume normal trade VILNIUS / BRUSSELS, June 29 (Reuters) – Trade through Lithuania to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad could return to normal within days, two sources familiar with the matter said, as European officials … Read more

Putin promises Belarus nuclear-capable missiles to counter ‘aggressive’ West

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko in Saint Petersburg, Russia June 25, 2022. Sputnik / Mikhail Metzel / Kremlin via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine MOSCOW, … Read more

EU grants Ukraine candidate status in ‘historic moment’

EU leaders launch Ukraine’s membership process Zelenskiy urges West to speed up heavy weapons deliveries Battle for Donbas twin cities reaches critical stage KYIV, June 23 (Reuters) – Ukraine became a candidate to join the European Union on Thursday, a bold geopolitical step triggered by Russia’s invasion that Kyiv and Brussels hailed as an “historic … Read more

Battle for Donbas twin cities reaches ‘fearsome climax’, says Ukraine

Zelenskiy urges West to deliver heavy weapons EU leaders to start Ukraine membership process Battle for Donbas twin cities reaches critical stage KYIV, June 23 (Reuters) – President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Moscow’s massive air and artillery attacks were aimed at destroying the entire Donbas region and urged Ukraine’s allies to accelerate the shipment of heavy … Read more

Lithuania: We’re ready if Russia cuts us out of common power grid over Kaliningrad disruptions

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda speaks during an interview in Vilnius, Lithuania June 22, 2022. REUTERS / Ints Kalnins Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Russia ‘threatens us in a cocky manner’ -Lithuania leader But military escalation with Russia not expected -Nauseda Lithuania in standoff with Russia over supply blockage Barred rail shipments … Read more

Moscow’s response to Lithuania over transit ban will not be only diplomatic -official

Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova speaks during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia June 16, 2022. REUTERS / Maxim Shemetov Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register June 22 (Reuters) – Moscow’s response to Lithuania’s ban on the transit of goods sanctioned by the … Read more

Drone attack may have caused Russia refinery fire near Ukraine governor

Fire broke out on Wednesday morning Blaze has been put out Russia investigating attacks on its oil installations This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine MOSCOW, June 22 (Reuters) – The Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in Russia’s Rostov region, bordering Ukraine, suspended operations on Wednesday after … Read more

Russia pounds eastern Ukraine, Putin to mark WWII anniversary

Luhansk region the toughest place, says Ukraine president Russia has artillery edge as Ukraine pleads for heavy weapons Putin to mark day in 1941 when Hitler invaded the Soviet Union June 22 (Reuters) – Ukrainian and Russian forces were entrenched in eastern Ukrainian battlegrounds on Wednesday, a day of commemoration in both countries to mark … Read more

Lithuanians near Kaliningrad put faith in NATO after Russia’s threats

Direction signs are seen in the border railway station in Kybartai, Lithuania June 21, 2022. REUTERS / Ints Kalnins Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register KYBARTAI, Lithuania, June 21 (Reuters) – Russia’s threat to punish Lithuania over blocked rail shipments to Moscow’s enclave of Kaliningrad jangled nerves on Tuesday for residents living … Read more

Russia tells Lithuania: your citizens will feel the pain over Kaliningrad

LONDON, June 21 (Reuters) – One of President Vladimir Putin’s top allies warned Lithuania on Tuesday that Russia would respond to a halt in the transit of EU-sanctioned goods to the exclave of Kaliningrad in such a way that the citizens of NATO and EU member would feel the pain. With East-West relations at a … Read more