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

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

Explainer: Why is India facing its worst power crisis in over six years?

Explainer: Why is India facing its worst power crisis in over six years?

NEW DELHI, May 19 (Reuters) – India is facing its worst power crisis in over six years as a heatwave bakes vast swathes of South Asia, causing widespread power outages. read more Here is a summary of the factors behind the crunch. WHY IS INDIA FACING A POWER CRISIS? A surge in air-conditioning demand due … Read more