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EU to hit Russian steel and IT industry with sanctions, but spare diamonds

EU to hit Russian steel and IT industry with sanctions, but spare diamonds

The European Union aims to ban imports of several steel products from Russia and ban the export of certain semiconductors to Russia, according to the latest sanctions proposal from the European Commission, seen by POLITICO. One item omitted from the list, however, is Russian diamonds – an omission that will bring joy to Belgium and …

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Slovak PM warns energy crisis 'will kill our economy'

Slovak PM warns energy crisis ‘will kill our economy’

Soaring electricity prices leave Slovakia’s economy in danger of “collapse”, Prime Minister Eduard Heger told the Financial Times. In an interview published on Wednesday, the Slovak leader said the huge price increase following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “would kill our economy” unless Bratislava received billions of euros in support from Brussels. Heger added that he …

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Putin grants Russian citizenship to US whistleblower Snowden

Putin grants Russian citizenship to US whistleblower Snowden

Russian President Vladimir Putin granted citizenship to US whistleblower Edward Snowden in a presidential decree issued on Monday. Snowden has lived in Russia since 2013, after the United States indicted the former intelligence analyst under the Espionage Act of 1917 for leaking highly classified documents on government surveillance programs. He was granted permanent residency in …

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Russian conscript shoots military officer during mobilization protest

Russian conscript shoots military officer during mobilization protest

A gunman shot dead the head of a local military committee in a Siberian town on Monday, local authorities reported, in an apparent protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s mobilization order. In a graph video posted on social media, a gunshot is heard and a man falls to the ground, while the shooter also identifies …

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Russian opposition to Putin's mass mobilization grows

Russian opposition to Putin’s mass mobilization grows

Opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s mobilization of 300,000 more troops to fight in Ukraine continues to grow after two prominent Russian politicians raised concerns and local police arrested hundreds of protesters across the country. country. Valentina Matviyenko, head of Russia’s upper house of parliament and a close ally of Putin, said on her social …

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EU Foreign Minister: Must Take Putin's Nuclear Threat Seriously

EU Foreign Minister: Must Take Putin’s Nuclear Threat Seriously

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threats to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine are serious, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has said. In an interview with the BBC on Saturday, Borrell said Russia’s war in Ukraine has reached a “dangerous moment” as the Russian military struggles in the seventh month of its invasion. “It’s definitely a …

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Flights from Russia sell out after Putin mobilization announcement

Flights from Russia sell out after Putin mobilization announcement

Flights from Russia have exploded in price – and are selling out – following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech on Wednesday in which he called for a partial mobilization of troops to fight in the war against Ukraine. Putin said the decree was aimed at trained and experienced reservists. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said …

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High Ukrainian General: 3,000 square kilometers of territory recovered

High Ukrainian General: 3,000 square kilometers of territory recovered

Ukrainian military forces this month recaptured 3,000 square kilometers of territory occupied by Russia, the country’s top military commander said on Sunday. “In the direction of Kharkiv, we began to advance not only to the south and east, but also to the north,” General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi said on Telegram. “Since the beginning of September, more …

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