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(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUN 30 - According to the European Mediterranean Seismological Center, an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.7, 4.8 according to other sources, struck Siroki Brijeg, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, near Mostar, early this morning. The earthquake struck at 8:07 a.m. local time, and it was felt throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. People in Sarajevo, Mostar, Siroki Brijeg, and Zenica reported feeling the quake. No damages were reported. (ANSA).
(ANSA-AFP) - MOSCOW, JUN 30 - A ship carrying 7,000 tonnes of grain has sailed from Ukraine's port of Berdyansk, currently controlled by Russian forces, the region's Moscow-appointed official said on Thursday. "After numerous months of delay, the first merchant ship has left the Berdyansk commercial port, 7,000 tonnes of grain are heading toward friendly countries," Evgeny Balitski, the head of the pro-Russia administration, said on Telegram. (ANSA-AFP).
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, 29 GIU - The Port of Trieste "follows the government's global line, which seems to be Atlanticist," said the president of the Eastern Adriatic Sea Port System Authority, Zeno D'Agostino, focusing on some of the controversies following the increase in rail traffic in the Port, also involving China's Cosco. "There is a war - D'Agostino pointed out on the sidelines of a meeting - some are on one side, and some on the other. Our government knows this situation very well. The Port Authority…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUN 29 - Montenegrin Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic said on Wednesday that his trip to Belgrade is "turning a new leaf" in relations between Serbia and Montenegro and that it is not normal for there to be "noise in communication," as reported by the agency Fonet, local media said today. At a press conference after his meeting with Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, Abazovoc said, that the "visit starts a new cycle, which means we are ready to deal with all open issues in a very…
(ANSA-AFP) - MADRID, JUN 29 - NATO leaders agreed Wednesday to formally invite Finland and Sweden to join the alliance after Turkey struck a deal with the Nordic duo to drop its objections, a statement said. "Today, we have decided to invite Finland and Sweden to become members of NATO, and agreed to sign the Accession Protocols," a declaration from a summit in Madrid said. NATO leaders on Wednesday decried Russia's "appalling cruelty" in Ukraine and pledged more support for Kyiv as it faces the…
(ANSA-AFP) - VIENNA, JUN 29 - Rescuers in western Austria were searching for two people Wednesday who went missing after landslides caused by heavy rains cut off access to several communities and waged widespread damage. "Three villages have been completely cut off... the army and firefighters are trying to clear the streets" to gain access, said Melanie Reiter, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross in Carinthia state. Two people were reported missing, one who was travelling in a car, and another who…
(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, JUN 29 - Germany will reinstate its so-called debt brake in 2023 after suspending it for three years to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, sources in the finance ministry said Wednesday. The government will borrow 17.2 billion euros ($18.1 million) next year, adhering to the rule enshrined in the constitution that normally limits Germany's public deficit to 0.35 percent of overall annual economic output, despite new spending as a result of the war in Ukraine,…
(ANSA-AFP) - MADRID, JUN 29 - President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced US reinforcements of NATO forces in Europe, saying the alliance is needed more today "than it ever has been." NATO will be "strengthened in all directions across every domain -- land, air and sea," he said at a summit of the transatlantic alliance being held in Madrid. (ANSA-AFP).
(ANSA-AFP) - MADRID, JUN 29 - NATO leaders meeting in Madrid Wednesday are set to label Russia a menace to their security as they overhaul the alliance's defences in response to the war on Ukraine, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said. "We'll state clearly that Russia poses a direct threat to our security," Stoltenberg said ahead of the unveiling of NATO's strategic blueprint. NATO leaders were set Wednesday to invite Finland and Sweden to join after Turkey dropped objections, as the alliance looked…
(ANSA-AFP) - LUXEMBOURG, JUN 29 - The European Union approved a plan to end the sale of vehicles with combustion engines by 2035 in Europe, the 27-member bloc announced early Wednesday, in a bid to reduce CO2 emissions to zero. The measure, first proposed in July 2021, will mean a de facto halt to sales of petrol and diesel cars as well as light commercial vehicles and a complete shift to electric engines in the European Union from 2035. The plan is intended to help achieve the continent's climate…
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, 28 GIU - Turkey withdraws veto for Sweden and Finland to join NATO. The three countries signed a memorandum of understanding. Turkey "got what it asked for" from talks with Sweden and Finland on their NATO membership. This was reported by the Turkish presidency, stressing that it got "full cooperation" from Helsinki and Stockholm against the PKK and its allies. "NATO's open door policy is a success, we have shown that we can solve problems through negotiations, with Sweden and…
(ANSA) - ROME, JUN 28 - This week's Group of Seven summit was a great success because it showed unity and cohesion on helping Ukraine defend itself from the Russian invasion, Italian Premier Mario Draghi told a press conference Tuesday. "This G7 has really been a success, our countries have reaffirmed their full and great cohesion, great unity of views in particular on the war in Ukraine and its consequences," he said. He told the press conference at the summit venue, Elamu Castle in Germany, that…
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, JUN 28 - 'Pasolini100,' a dance-theater creation produced and staged by Collettivo Terzo Teatro of Gorizia, featuring the Friulian poet's world through intensely evocative scenes, is about to arrive in Udine, Pordenone, and Nova Gorica. The work is named after the namesake festival, taking place throughout the summer and until the end of 2022, and offering a broad cross-section of the artistic activity of the Friulian intellectual, in several locations across the FVG region on…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUN 28 - The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) praised Bosnia and Herzegovina's enhanced legislative and regulatory framework against human trafficking, but urged for strengthened implementation, particularly in terms of victims' access to justice and appropriate remedies, the Council of Europe said in a statement today. The majority of the 306 potential victims of human trafficking identified between 2017 and 2021 were children used for begging,…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, JUN 28 - Hungary has responded to the notification letter sent two months ago by the European Commission. This step initiated the conditionality mechanism that allows the EU to suspend direct payments to a state when the rule of law violations threaten to harm the European budget. Hungarian Minister of Justice, Judit Varga, announced on Facebook. "We have answered all the Commission's questions professionally, despite - Varga complained - at some points we found Brussels' concerns…
(ANSA-AFP) - LONDON, JUN 28 - The new head of the British Army warned Tuesday it must mobilise in response to the threat posed by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, invoking the Allies' struggle against Nazi Germany. Patrick Sanders, a general who became the army's top officer this month, said Moscow's attack on its neighbour represented "a clear and present danger" to Western "principles of sovereignty and democracy". In a wide-ranging speech to mark taking over the role, he argued Britain's armed forces…
(ANSA-AFP) - MOSCOW, JUN 28 - The Kremlin said Tuesday that Russia would halt its offensive as soon as Ukraine surrenders, urging Kyiv authorities to order their troops to lay down arms. "The Ukrainian side can stop everything before the end of today," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. "An order for the nationalist units to lay down their arms is necessary." (ANSA-AFP).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUN 28 - Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti stated that he "would not accept a second Republika Srpska in Kosovo" like the one in Bosnia and Herzegovina. "I am not against the Serbs, but Serbia is against us and I cannot allow a second Republika Srpska, in Kosovo, similar to the one in Bosnia because they have begun uniting Serb-dominated municipalities there aimed at creating an autonomous entity that is sabotaging the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina," said Kurti, the portal KoSSev…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUN 28 - US officials told CNN that White House officials are losing faith in the fact that Ukraine will ever be able to regain all of the territory it has lost to Russia during the previous four months of war, even with the more advanced weaponry the US and its partners intend to provide. President Joe Biden's advisors have also begun arguing whether or not Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky should modify his definition of "winning" to account for the potential that his country…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUN 28 - On Monday, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov stated that continued weapons shipments from Washington to Kiev exacerbate the conflict and heighten the risk of further escalation with unforeseeable results, the news agency TASS reported. "The reckless and unanswered flooding of Ukraine with arms only tightens the conflict spiral and increases the threat of the further escalation with unpredictable consequences," the Russian Embassy's Telegram channel…
(ANSA-AFP) - KYIV, JUN 28 - The toll from a Russian missile strike on a shopping mall in the central city of Kremenchuk has risen to 16 dead and 59 wounded, the head of Ukraine's emergency services said early Tuesday. "As of now, we know of 16 dead and 59 wounded, 25 of them hospitalised. The information is being updated," Sergiy Kruk said on Telegram. He said the main tasks were "rescue works, debris removal, and elimination of fires" following Monday's strike on the shopping centre. "All response…
(ANSA) - BRUXELLES, 27 GIU - The decision to recognize EU candidate status for Ukraine and Moldova as well as Georgia's European prospect "seemed unlikely to many a few months ago, but the historic moment has produced historic decisions," said the European Commissioner for Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi ahead of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament. "Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia see EU membership as the most important and reliable element for long-term security and prosperity,"…
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, 27 GIU - Chinese shipping giant Cosco opened a rail link with Slovenia today at the Port of Trieste. "It's a company train, for a single firm, every week, for now." Soon Cosco will also be running its trains to Hungary. The president of the Eastern Adriatic Sea Port System Authority, Zeno D'Agostino, announced. "The trains to Hungary," D'Agostino explained, "will carry goods from multiple customers daily." The port of Trieste, he added, "is an all-round rail hub. There is now no…
(ANSA-AFP) - VILNIUS, JUN 27 - Lithuania was hit Monday by an "intense" cyberattack, which Russia was "probably" behind, said Jonas Skardinskas, the head of the National Cybersecurity Center. The attack comes as Russia ratchets up threats against the Baltic nation after last week Vilnius imposed restrictions on the rail transit of certain goods to Kaliningrad that were affected by European Union sanctions against Moscow. (ANSA-AFP).
(ANSA-AFP) - KYIV, JUN 27 - A Russian missile strike on Monday hit a crowded mall in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky said, killing at least two and injuring dozens more. "The occupiers fired missiles at a shopping centre where there were over a thousand civilians. The mall is on fire, rescuers are fighting the fire. The number of victims is impossible to imagine," Zelensky wrote on Telegram. A video shared by Zelensky showed the mall engulfed in flames…
(ANSA) - GORIZIA, JUN 27 - The Poetry Festival curated and promoted by Fondazione Pordenonelegge in a partnership with the FVG Region and GO! 2025 Nova Gorica - Gorizia, and the Municipality of Pordenone (as part of the local summer season), crosses the Slovenian border this year. The first stage is scheduled for Friday, July 1, in Nova Gorica, Slovenia, at the music and art Mostovna Hall (Cesta IX. korpusa 99a, 5250) at 9 pm. The focus of the evening is "GO 25! Poets on the Border", featuring six…
(by Stefano Giantin) (ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUN 27 - "There is no doubt that the US-EU-UK sanctions and other Asian allies of the US have hit Russia hard. GDP is facing a sharp drop, inflation is rising, and Russia's productive capacity is severely hampered. These effects will be felt in the medium to long term, undermining the Russian economy's chances for sustained growth." Riccardo Alcaro, research coordinator and director of the Global Actors Program at the International Affairs Institute (IAI),…
(ANSA-AFP) - ELMAU, JUN 27 - President Volodymyr Zelensky told G7 leaders on Monday that the time has not yet come to open negotiations with Russia, as Kyiv is still seeking to consolidate its positions, the French presidency said Monday. "President Zelensky gave a very clear response that now is not the time for negotiations. Ukraine will negotiate when it is in a position to do so, that is, when it has basically re-established a position of strength," the French presidency said after the Ukrainian…
(ANSA-AFP) - ELMAU, JUN 27 - The Group of Seven rich nations vowed enduring support for Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression, in a statement from its summit in Germany on Monday. "We will continue to provide financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support and stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes," the G7 said. G7 leaders on Monday expressed "serious concern" over Russia's plans to deliver missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads to Belarus in the coming months. "We urge…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUN 27 - The European Commission has activated its new rescEU emergency reserves in response to a request from the Government of Ukraine for medical supplies, protective gear, and specialised equipment for public health concerns like chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats. Among the supplies provided by the EU are 300,000 protective suits, 5,600 litres of decontaminants, and 850 pieces of equipment for decontamination operations. The EU is also giving patient…