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

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

World Bank to offer $30 bln as Ukraine war threatens food security

World Bank to offer  bln as Ukraine war threatens food security

The United States Department of the Treasury is seen in Washington, D.C., U.S., August 30, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BONN, May 18 (Reuters) – The World Bank said on Wednesday it will make $30 billion available to help stem a food security crisis threatened by Russia’s war … Read more

Biden visits Japan, South Korea carrying warning to China

Biden visits Japan, South Korea carrying warning to China

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attends a virtual meeting with the U.S. President Joe Biden at his official residence in Tokyo, Japan January 21, 2022, in this photo released by Japan’s Cabinet Public Relations Office via Kyodo. Japan’s Cabinet Public Relations Office via Kyodo/via REUTERS Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited … Read more