(ANSA) - ZAGREB, JAN 26 - After Croatian president Zoran Milanovic ruled out yesterday the participation of the Croatian military in a mission in Eastern Europe to support Ukraine, the embassy of Kyiv in Zagreb has reacted, calling "completely unacceptable the Croatian president's statements." Milanovic…
(ANSA-AFP) - ROME, JAN 26 - Russian President Vladimir Putin spent more than two hours Wednesday in a virtual meeting with top Italian executives, despite Rome's opposition due to escalating tensions over Ukraine. The event organised by the Italian-Russian Chamber of Commerce included energy giant Enel,…
(ANSA) - BOLZANO, JAN 26 - Austria lifted the lockdown for the unvaccinated that had been in place for several weeks. Chancellor Karl Nehammer announced the decision in a brief statement. "'Our top priority is to limit the restrictions as much as possible. The lockdown for the unvaccinated is one of…
(ANSA-AFP) - KYIV, JAN 26 - Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Wednesday that the number of Russian troops deployed along his country's border was not enough for a major attack. Kyiv and the West have accused Russia of massing tens of thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border in preparation…
(ANSA) - ROME, JAN 26 - Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said Wednesday that Italy would continue to work to help preserve Ukraine's territorial integrity amid Russian invasion fears. "We will continue to work to support the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and to liaise with our…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JAN 26 - The OECD Council decided to open accession discussions with six candidates to OECD Membership, including Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania, the OECD informed on Tuesday. Individual roadmaps for the assessment process will now be prepared "provided those countries confirm their…
(ANSA-AFP) - FRANKFURT AM MAIN, JAN 26 - The German government on Wednesday lowered its economic growth forecast for 2022 as an Omicron-fuelled surge in coronavirus cases holds back Europe's industrial powerhouse. The country's gross domestic product is now estimated to expand by 3.6 percent, down from…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, JAN 25 - "There is no place in Europe for the denial of the genocide of Srebrenica, nor for the glorification of war criminals. To tolerate or even publicly support those who deny genocide, celebrate war crimes or undermine the territorial integrity and unity of Bosnia and Herzegovina…
(ANSA-AFP) - MOSCOW, JAN 25 - The Russian military said Tuesday it had launched exercises involving some 6,000 troops and at least 60 fighter jets in southern Russia near Ukraine and in Moscow-annexed Crimea. Russian news agencies quoted the southern military district describing the live-fire drills…
(ANSA-AFP) - BELGRADE, JAN 25 - Italy has overtaken Germany and has become the first Bosnia and Herzegovina supplier country in 2021, the Italian Embassy in Sarajevo announced. The value of Italian exports has reached 1,329.6 million euros, as against 1,312.3 million euros of Germany, according to the…
(ANSA-AFP) - BRUSSELS, JAN 24 - The European Union is drawing up an emergency 1.2-billion-euro aid package for Ukraine, EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said Monday, as fears mount over the buildup of Russian forces at its border. "This package will help Ukraine now to address its financing needs due to…
(ANSA-AFP) - WASHINGTON, JAN 24 - The United States has ordered the families of its diplomats in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv to leave the country "due to the continued threat of Russian military action," the State Department said Sunday. Washington has also authorized the "voluntary" departure of its…
(ANSA) - BOLZANO, JAN 24 - On the occasion of the Shoah Remembrance Day, the Italian Cultural Institute in Vienna is hosting a conference entitled 'Vienna-Trieste-Shanghai. A Journey of Remembrance', to be held on January 25 from 10 am. Through this conference, the Embassy intends to recall the story…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JAN 24 - NATO countries are "putting forces on standby and sending additional ships and fighter jets to NATO deployments in eastern Europe, reinforcing Allied deterrence and defence as Russia continues its military build-up in and around Ukraine," NATO said in a statement today. "I…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JAN 21 - Air Serbia, the national airline of Serbia, will launch flights between Belgrade and Trieste on June 2 and a Belgrade-Bologna service on June 6, the company said today. Flights to both destinations in Italy will operate three times a week With the introduction of flights…
(ANSA-AFP) - BELGRADE, JAN 21 - Serbian authorities have abandoned plans to build a controversial lithium mine, the prime minister said Thursday, following weeks of protests against the project set to be built by Rio Tinto. "Serbia has fulfilled all demands from the environmental protests and has put…
(ANSA-AFP) - MOSCOW, JAN 21 - Moscow wants foreign NATO troops to leave Romania and Bulgaria as part of security demands it is seeking from the US-led alliance, Russia's foreign ministry said Friday ahead of Russia-US talks in Geneva. Russia wants the "withdrawal of foreign forces, hardware and arms"…
(ANSA-AFP) - VIENNA, JAN 20 - Austria's parliament on Thursday approved making Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for adults from next month, becoming the first European country to do so despite a wave of protests opposing the measure. Tens of thousands have demonstrated against mandatory vaccination in…
(ANSA-AFP) - KYIV, JAN 20 - Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday that there was no such thing as "minor incursions", after US President Joe Biden sparked controversy by suggesting a "minor" Russian attack could invite a lesser response. "We want to remind the great powers that there…
(ANSA-AFP) - BEIJING, JAN 20 - Beijing on Wednesday hit out at Slovenia after the European Union country said it plans to strengthen ties with the self-ruled island of Taiwan. China claims democratic Taiwan as its territory, to be retaken one day by force if necessary, and has stepped up efforts to…
(ANSAmed) - TANAGRA, 19 GEN - Greece on Wednesday received six Rafale jets from France as part of a multibillion-euro agreement for the acquisition, according to Athens and Paris, to increase the EU's defense capacity. Many observers however think the accord is mainly aimed at countering Turkish ambitions…
(ANSA-AFP) - KYIV, JAN 19 - The United States confirmed Wednesday that it authorised an additional $200 million in security aid to Ukraine as it faces threats of a Russian invasion. President Joe Biden's administration "last month approved the provision of $200 million in additional defensive security…
(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, JAN 19 - Germany's daily toll of new Covid-19 cases topped 100,000 for the first time on Wednesday, according to data from the country's public health agency. Europe's biggest economy recorded 112,323 new infections over the past 24 hours and 239 fatalities, the Robert Koch Institute…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JAN 19 - Slovenia recorded 12,286 coronavirus infections on Tuesday, the highest number since the beginning of the pandemic. The previous record was registered just on Monday, with 8,681 people testing positive that day, the Slovenian news agency STA reported today. On Tuesday, 63.2%…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JAN 18 - The Western Balkan route saw a 124% increase of reported detections of irregular border-crossings by migrants and refugees in 2021 compared to 2020, Frontex said in a recent report. "The majority of detected illegal border crossings can be traced back to people who have been…
(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, JAN 18 - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday he had invited Russia and allies of the North Atlantic alliance to new talks to ward off a possible Russian attack on Ukraine. The proposed series of talks in the NATO-Russia Council would be held "in the near future" and aim to…
(ANSA-AFP) - STRASBOURG, JAN 18 - EU lawmakers on Tuesday elected centre-right Maltese politician Roberta Metsola the new head of the European Parliament, despite controversy over her anti-abortion stance. Metsola won a large majority with 458 votes to become the third woman to head the chamber after…
(ANSA) - ISTANBUL, JAN 18 - Serbian Head of State Aleksandar Vucic will travel to Ankara this afternoon to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an official visit. Vucic received an invitation from the Turkish leader. Anadolu Agency reported. The third meeting of the High-Level Cooperation Council…
(ANSA-AFP) - MOSCOW, JAN 18 - Belarus said Tuesday that Russian troops had begun arriving in the country for military drills announced against the backdrop of tensions between the West and Russia over neighbouring Ukraine. The Belarusian defence ministry said it was hosting the combat readiness drills…
(ANSA-AFP) - BELGRADE, JAN 17 - Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic arrived back home in Belgrade Monday after his deportation from Australia over his coronavirus vaccination status demolished his dream of earning a record 21st Grand Slam title in Melbourne. The unvaccinated men's world number one…