As deadlines loom, Russia says EU gas clients open payment accounts

As deadlines loom, Russia says EU gas clients open payment accounts

Russian gas payments due from May 20 European Commission advises against opening rouble account Kremlin says half Gazprom clients open accounts LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) – Half of Russian gas giant Gazprom’s 54 clients have opened accounts at Gazprombank, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said on Thursday, as European companies approach imminent payment deadlines. … Read more

Spain’s former King Juan Carlos to arrive in Spain after two-year exile

Spain’s former King Juan Carlos to arrive in Spain after two-year exile

MADRID, May 19 (Reuters) – Former Spanish King Juan Carlos is due to land in Spain on Thursday for his first visit since he departed to Abu Dhabi in 2020 under a cloud of financial scandals that shook the Royal House. The former monarch is expected in the city of Vigo on Spain’s northwest coast … Read more

Biden cheers Finland, Sweden NATO plans as Turkey balks

Biden cheers Finland, Sweden NATO plans as Turkey balks

WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden met with the leaders of Finland and Sweden at the White House on Thursday to offer robust U.S. support for their applications to join NATO, while Turkey threatened to block the Nordic nations from becoming members of the alliance. Biden, who has rallied the West to stand … Read more

Russian soldier asks for forgiveness in Ukraine war crimes trial

Russian soldier asks for forgiveness in Ukraine war crimes trial

KYIV, May 19 (Reuters) – A 21-year-old Russian soldier asked a Ukrainian widow to forgive him for the murder of her husband, as a court in Kyiv met for a second hearing on Thursday in the first war crimes trial arising from Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion. Vadim Shishimarin, a tank commander, pleaded guilty on Wednesday … Read more

Turkey has told allies it’s a ‘no’ to Sweden and Finland’s NATO bid – Erdogan

Turkey has told allies it’s a ‘no’ to Sweden and Finland’s NATO bid – Erdogan

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan holds a news conference during the NATO summit at the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 14, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register ISTANBUL, May 19 (Reuters) – Turkey has told allies that it will reject Sweden and Finland’s membership to NATO, Turkish President Tayyip … Read more