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(ANSA) - BELGRADE, DEC 1 - Kosovan Premier Albin Kurti has stressed that he is against the creation of a Community of Serbian municipalities in Kosovo, adding that such a body would constitute a "state of Serbia within Kosovo". "In Belgrade they would like Kosovo not to be a state and for the Community of Serbian municipalities to be a state of Serbia within Kosovo. Their objective is a destructive one, they don't want anything for the Serbians of Kosovo but they want something against us", said…
(ANSA-AFP) - WASHINGTON, DEC 1 - French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday he would speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin soon, expressing hope that negotiations over ending the war in Ukraine were "still possible." On an official trip to Washington, Macron said he planned to talk with his Russian counterpart "in the coming days." "I want first to have this state visit and have in-depth discussion with President Biden and our teams together," the French president told ABC's "Good Morning…
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, 01 DIC - An operational protocol to start up the rail-customs corridor between the Port of Trieste and Fürnitz Freight Village in Austria was signed today in Vienna by the Excise, Customs and Monopolies (ADM) agency, the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea (Ports of Trieste and Monfalcone) and Austrian Customs. A statement from the ADM reported that the agreement marks the beginning of "a unique project" in Europe. The plan will speed up the transit process of goods…
(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 1 - The breeding of Lipizzaner horses gets Unesco recognition. ANSA found this by attending the 17th session of the Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage in Rabat, Morocco, until tomorrow and chaired by Italian Pier Luigi Petrillo. The recognition of the Lipizzaner horses, Unesco underlined, is a nomination multinational that gives light to a very ancient but still alive that unites different peoples with a shared cultural identity connected to the love of animals. In the…
(ANSA-AFP) - LODZ, DEC 1 - EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said at regional security talks Thursday that he plans to discuss with his counterparts any available legal means to ensure Russia pays for the reconstruction of war-torn Ukraine. Borrell spoke at the start of this year's two-day ministerial conference of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)in the central Polish city of Lodz. "I will meet with my colleague foreign ministers today... We will explore all legal…
(ANSA-AFP) - MOSCOW, DEC 1 - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday described as "un-Christian" recent comments by Pope Francis that Russian ethnic minorities were among the "cruellest" actors in Moscow's military ranks in Ukraine. "Pope Francis calls for talks but also recently made an incomprehensible statement, completely un-Christian, singling out two Russian nationalities into some category from which atrocities can be expected during hostilities," Lavrov said in televised remarks.…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, DEC 1 - The traditional Serbian plum spirit'sljivovica' has been added to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations heritage agency UNESCO. The spirit is made "across Serbia's territory and is recognized as a community's local identity trait," according to the application for the list. Sljivovica is also made in the region, most notably in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, North Macedonia, Slovenia, and Central Europe. UNESCO also included…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, DEC 1 - Russia's strikes "continue to cause power shortages resulting in indiscriminate, widespread humanitarian suffering across Ukraine. However, its effectiveness as a strategy has likely been blunted because Russia has already expended a large proportion of its suitable missiles against tactical targets," the UK Ministry of Defence said in its latest intelligence update today. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - SOFIA, NOV 30 - More than 30 delegates from South-eastern European countries gathered in Sofia for the "Health Diplomacy Course" - Building health resilience in the SEE Region through bridging science, policy, and diplomacy to advance the SDG Agenda Diplomacy course: Health Unites People, promoted and supported by the Central European Initiative, and co-organized by the South East European Health Network (SEEHN), the Ministry of Health of Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Diplomatic Institute, and…
(ANSAmed) - BUCHAREST, 30 NOV - "This (Italian) government wants to welcome migrants who can integrate themselves in our country and those who are fleeing from war". These are the words of Antonio Tajani, Italy's Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the end of the NATO ministerial meeting in Bucharest, in Romania. "We do not want irregular migration or flows that are only destined to Italy. We have reiterated once again that the issue of migration must be shared with all of Europe", specified the Minister.…
(ANSA-AFP) - BRUSSELS, NOV 30 - The European Commission on Wednesday recommended 13 billion euros ($13 billion) in EU funds for Hungary be frozen because Budapest is falling short on its commitments to meeting European rule of law. The EU executive said Hungary had in particular failed to make good on promised reforms to ensure a fair judicial system when it comes to prosecutorial decisions. EU member states will now have until December 19 to vote on whether to back, reject or change the commission…
(ANSA-AFP) - BUCHAREST, NOV 30 - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned Tuesday that Russia was using winter as a "weapon of war" against Ukraine, as Western allies meeting in Bucharest planned to help Kyiv mend its ravaged power grid. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was to announce "substantial" financial aid to help Ukraine deal with damaged infrastructure on the sidelines of a meeting of NATO's foreign ministers. A senior US official said the assistance would "not be the end" and pointed out…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, NOV 30 - The first European international customs corridor, connecting the port of Trieste in Italy with the Fürnitz freight terminal in Carinthia, Austria, will open in January. The containers will be transferred directly from the ship to the cargo train, which will travel through Northern and Central Europe without being checked by customs until it reaches Austria. This is a significant benefit for goods, as they will travel faster and with fewer administrative procedures and…
(ANSA-AFP) - BRUSSELS, NOV 30 - The eurozone annual inflation rate fell to 10 percent in November compared to 10.6 percent the month before, the first fall in 17 months, the EU statistics agency said Wednesday. Boosted by soaring energy and food bills triggered by Russia's war in Ukraine, the rate of price increases had hit a new historic record every month since November 21. (ANSA-AFP).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, NOV 30 - The EU took an important step toward visa liberalization for Kosovo, Europe's only state without free movement. The ambassadors of EU member states approved the Council's negotiating mandate on a visa-free regime for holders of Kosovo passports today. On the basis of this mandate, the Czech Republic's presidency of the EU Council will begin negotiations with the European Parliament. The new rules would allow Kosovo passport holders to visit EU countries without a visa…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, NOV 30 - "Russia must pay for its horrific crimes, we will work with the ICC and help set up a specialised court to try Russia's crimes," the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said on Twitter today. "With our partners, we will make sure that Russia pays for the devastation it caused, with the frozen funds of oligarchs and assets of its central bank," she added. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - PRAGUE, NOV 29 - The Italian-Czech Space Business Forum opens today at the Congress Center in Prague, organized by the Embassy of Italy and ICE (ITA). The Forum is within the framework of Czech Space Week, promoted by the Ministry of Transport and the Czech Invest agency. It's the most significant event in the Czech Republic dedicated to the space industry, which this year is part of the official programming of the Czech presidency of the EU Council and is the only bilateral event. The…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, NOV 29 - "Dear Sanna Marin, between true friends there is no need to ask to clear the air: Hungary has never linked and will never link any other issue to the matter of EU funds," the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Twitter today. "This is also true for the NATO accession of Finland, among other issues. The Hungarian government supports it, and the National Assembly will put its ratification on the agenda as soon as the 2023 session begins," Orban added. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - ROME, NOV 29 - Ukraine's defeat by Russia would amount to surrender and not peace, Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani said Tuesday. "There is no peace without justice for the Ukrainian people," he said on his arrival at a NATO foreign ministers' meeting in Bucharest. "We must work for peace but as long as Ukraine is invaded it will be hard to be able to sit at a negotiating table. "Right now Ukraine's defeat means surrender and does not mean peace". (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, NOV 29 - "We are gathering in Bucharest at a crucial juncture for our security, and today's message is clear: NATO is present and NATO is vigilant," NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said in Bucharest, at the Aspen congress. "We will support Ukraine to the end, we will not back down. Putin's war has not made us forget about other partners, such as Georgia, Moldova and Bosnia-Herzegovina, which we will support, so they can defend themselves," Stoltenberg added. (ANSA).
(ANSA-AFP) - DOHA, NOV 29 - Qatar has agreed to send Germany two million tons of liquefied natural gas a year for at least 15 years, officials said Tuesday, as Europe's biggest economy scrambles for alternative supplies after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. With the deal, Qatar aims to "contribute to efforts to support energy security in Germany and Europe" said Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, Qatar's energy minister and CEO of QatarEnergy. (ANSA-AFP).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, NOV 29 - The Kyiv Independent reported today that the UN estimates at least 6,655 civilian deaths and 10,368 civilian injuries have resulted from Russia's war against Ukraine. The UN's human rights agency notes that the actual figures are likely to be much higher because information from some locations is delayed and many reports of civilian casualties have yet to be confirmed, according to the portal. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, NOV 28 - "Vladimir Putin wants to use winter as a weapon, and we need to prepare for new attacks, which is why we gave Ukraine more air defense systems," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on the eve of the foreign ministers summit in Bucharest. "I expect the message from the foreign ministers here in Bucharest to be not only to increase supplies of these systems, but also spare parts and training operations," Stoltenberg added. (ANSA).
(ANSA-AFP) - THE HAGUE, NOV 28 - Russia's invasion of Ukraine has increased the threat from weapons of mass destruction including chemical munitions, the head of the world's toxic arms watchdog said on Monday. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine, its chief Fernando Arias told the regulator's annual meeting. "The situation in Ukraine has again increased the real threat posed by weapons of mass destruction, including chemical…
(ANSA) - MILAN, NOV 28 - Russian gas will be replaced entirely by 2025, said ENI CEO Claudio Descalzi during 'Lombardia 2030'. "We started immediately last February to look for diversification based on what we had in our portfolio in Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, and the U.S." "The problem has been solved - he added - because we managed to cover 50 percent of Russian gas of 21/23 bn cubic meters, and in 2025, we will replace 100 percent. However, 2023 will be a complex year - he underlined…
(ANSA) - ROME, NOV 28 - Pope Francis has confirmed he is ready to try to broker peace between Ukraine and Russia. "The Holy See's position is to seek peace and seek understanding" between the sides, Francis said in an interview with the journal of American Jesuits (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, NOV 28 - Slovenia's ruling coalition has deflected a major challenge from the opposition, with voters confirming three laws in a referendum on November 27 that was seen by some as a vote of confidence in the left-liberal government, though one law is likely to undergo constitutional review, potentially delaying its entry into force even further, according to Slovenian news agency STA. Despite being challenged by the Democrats (SDS) on the grounds that they were harmful, all three…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, NOV 28 - "We support the NATO accession of Sweden and Finland," Hungarian prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Twitter today. Orban confirmed that the issue will be debated in Hungary's Parliament next year. (ANSA).
(ANSA-AFP) - VIENNA, NOV 28 - Trains across Austria ground to a halt Monday as rail workers went on a 24-hour strike to demand higher pay. Usually bustling train stations were left deserted with about a million travellers left stranded. "The railway union vida is on strike today from 00:00 to 24:00. For this reason, no trains can run all day throughout Austria and across borders," rail operator OeBB wrote on its website. Vida said that negotiations to increase the salary of 50,000 railway workers…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, NOV 28 - Lipa was born in London in 1995 to Kosovo-born immigrant parents Anesa and Dukagjin Lipa. Before Albania's 110th anniversary of its independence from the Ottoman Empire, Lipa was granted citizenship, according to Albanian President Bajram Begaj on Sunday. According to The Guardian, the British pop star Dua Lipa, who is of Albanian descent, has been granted citizenship by Albania's president in recognition of her contribution to the internationalization of Albanian fame…