EU, NATO create coalition ‘for war’ with Russia, Lavrov says

The European Union and NATO are gathering a coalition for war against Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday, commenting on the granting of EU candidacy status to Ukraine and Moldova. Speaking at a news conference in Baku following a meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov, Lavrov said the situation reminds the … Read more

EU leaders agree to grant candidate status to Ukraine, Moldova

The European Union leaders on Thursday agreed to grant “candidate status” to Ukraine and Moldova, setting in motion a potentially yearslong process that could pull the embattled region further away from Russia’s influence and bind it more closely to the West. Meeting at a summit in Brussels, leaders of the EU’s 27 nations mustered the … Read more

EU leaders agree to grant candidate status for Ukraine, Moldova

The European Union leaders on Thursday agreed to grant “candidate status” to Ukraine and Moldova, setting in motion a potentially yearslong process that could pull the embattled country further away from Russia’s influence and bind it more closely to the West. Ukraine applied for EU membership less than a week after Moscow invaded on Feb. … Read more

Nike to make full exit from Russia in coming months

Nike is making a full exit from Russia three months after suspending its operations there, the US sportswear maker told Reuters on Thursday, as the pace of Western companies leaving the country accelerates. Nike said on March 3 that it would temporarily suspend operations at all its Nike-owned and -operated stores in Russia in response … Read more

Russian drone found by villagers after crashing in Turkey’s Gümüşhane

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) believed to belong to Russia crashed in the rural area of ​​​​the Kürtün district of Turkey’s Black Sea Gümüşhane province. The wreckage was collected by security forces and sent to the capital Ankara to be examined. When villagers saw that there was a damaged UAV in the rural area between … Read more

Russia tells Lithuania: Your citizens will feel pain over ban on goods transit

A top ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin told Lithuania on Tuesday that Moscow would respond to its ban on the transit of goods sanctioned by the EU to Russia’s exclave of Kaliningrad in such a way that citizens of the Baltic state would feel the pain. With relations between Moscow and the West at … Read more

Poland excludes player from World Cup plans after new Russia deal

The Poland national football team has said it will exclude defender Maciej Rybus from its Qatar 2022 World Cup plans after the player signed a new contract with Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow. The Polish football federation said Monday that coach Czesław Michniewicz has told Rybus he would be left out of the squad for Nations … Read more

Foreign arrivals in Turkey jump 308.48% in May

The number of foreigners visiting Turkey increased by 308.48% in May compared to the same month of the previous year, according to data released by the Culture and Tourism Ministry on Monday. The ministry revealed that some 3,824,555 people visited the country in the month. The top five provinces whose border gates were used the … Read more

Russian tennis player switches nationality to avoid Wimbledon ban

A Russian tennis player has changed her nationality to Georgian to avoid a Wimbledon ban on all competitors from her country, according to a report in The Times newspaper. Natela Dzalamidze, a 29-year-old doubles player ranked No. 44 in the world, will compete in the women’s doubles with Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic when the tournament starts … Read more

Kazakh president at odds with Putin over separatist republics

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said at the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg Friday that Kazakhstan will not recognize the eastern Ukrainian separatist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent states. The right to self-determination guaranteed by the United Nations collides with the right of states to territorial integrity, which is why Taiwan, Kosovo, Abkhazia … Read more