Gazprom and VNG discuss cooperation-related issues

Background According to preliminary data, Gazprom’s gas supplies to Germany in the period from January 1 to November 11, 2021, amounted to 45.7 billion cubic meters, which is 20.6 per cent (or 7.8 billion cubic meters) more than in the same period of 2020 (37.9 billion cubic meters). VNG is engaged in natural gas imports, underground storage and consumer supplies in Germany’s eastern federal states and in Berlin. The company…

Closing Russian NGO Memorial Would Be ‘Devastating Blow’ – Council of Europe

Closing down respected Russian rights group Memorial would deal a “devastating blow” to civil society in the country, the secretary-general of pan-European rights body the Council of Europe said Friday. The closure of “Memorial would deal a further devastating blow to civil society, which is an essential pillar of any democracy,” said Marija Pejcinovic Buric,…

Russia Not Among EU’s Sanctions Targets for Belarus Migrant Crisis – Brussels

Russia is not among the countries the European Union is considering sanctioning over the migrant crisis on the Poland-Belarus border, a senior EU official said Thursday after reports suggested Brussels could punish Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot for what it called “human trafficking.” Bloomberg previously reported that the European Commission was considering sanctioning Aeroflot alongside Belarus’ Belavia,…

Staff of Shuttered Kyiv Post Announce ‘Independent’ Relaunch Effort

The staff at Ukraine’s English-language newspaper The Kyiv Post announced efforts to relaunch as an “independent” publication Thursday, days after its owner shuttered it amid a dispute over editorial independence. The Kyiv Post’s publisher, real estate developer Adnan Kivan, made the shocking announcement Monday that the newspaper will close “for a short time” after 26 years…