Bulgarian GERB ahead in election, but coalition outlook uncertain

Bulgarian GERB ahead in election, but coalition outlook uncertain

SOFIA, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s GERB party of ex-Prime Minister Boyko Borissov looked set for a narrow win in Sunday’s election, the fourth in less two years, as voters sought predictability from a former leader amid steep inflation and the war in Ukraine. Exit polls by Gallup International and Alpha Research showed the centre-right … Read more

Greece-Bulgaria pipeline starts operations to boost non-Russian gas flows

Greece-Bulgaria pipeline starts operations to boost non-Russian gas flows

SOFIA, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Greece and Bulgaria started commercial operation of a long-delayed gas pipeline on Saturday which will help decrease southeast Europe’s dependence on Russian gas and boost energy security. The 182-km pipeline will provide a relief to Bulgaria, which has been struggling to secure gas supplies at affordable prices since the end … Read more

North Macedonia votes to end dispute with Bulgaria, clears way for EU talks

North Macedonia votes to end dispute with Bulgaria, clears way for EU talks

SKOPJE, July 16 (Reuters) – Lawmakers in North Macedonia on Saturday passed a French-brokered deal aimed at settling a dispute with Bulgaria and clearing the way to long-due European Union membership talks. With 68 votes, the 120-seat parliament voted in favour of the agreement. Opposition lawmakers did not participate in the vote and left the … Read more

Bulgarian government loses no-confidence vote, early elections loom

Bulgarian government loses no-confidence vote, early elections loom

Disputes over fiscal policy as inflation soared Government had strong NATO stance Petkov hopes for defections to form new government SOFIA, June 22 (Reuters) – A no-confidence vote on Wednesday toppled Bulgaria’s government and Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, who had pledged to tackle corruption and took an unusually strong stance against Russia. Opposition lawmakers brought … Read more

Russia Hits Grain Terminals in Latest Attack on Ukraine’s Food Infrastructure

Russia Hits Grain Terminals in Latest Attack on Ukraine’s Food Infrastructure

Latest Attack on grain terminals deals another blow to Ukraine’s beleaguered food-export capabilities. Crash of a drone allegedly controlled by Kyiv sparks fire at a large Russian refinery. Russia has been conducting simulated missile attacks on Estonia, escalating tensions along NATO’s northeastern border. Russian troops took several villages south of the eastern Ukrainian city of … Read more

Russia’s Lavrov calls decision to block plane ‘unprecedented’

Russia’s Lavrov calls decision to block plane ‘unprecedented’

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a news conference following talks with Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani in Manama, Bahrain May 31, 2022. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register June 6 (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday described as “unprecedented” a move by … Read more

Lavrov cancels flight to Serbia after countries close airspace, Interfax reports

Lavrov cancels flight to Serbia after countries close airspace, Interfax reports

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to the media during a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan May 13, 2022. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, June 5 (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei … Read more

EU tweaks Russia oil sanctions plan in bid to win over reluctant states

EU tweaks Russia oil sanctions plan in bid to win over reluctant states

Models of oil barrels are seen in front of the displayed sign “stop”, EU and Russia flag colours in this illustration taken March 8, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register EU offers Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Rep more time to adapt Oil shipping ban postponed in bid to persuade Greece … Read more

‘Battle for Donbas’ critical for Russia, says British defence ministry

‘Battle for Donbas’ critical for Russia, says British defence ministry

KYIV, April 29 (Reuters) – The “Battle of Donbas” remains Russia’s main strategic focus in Ukraine, Britain’s defence ministry said on Friday, but it has suffered significant losses for limited territorial gains. Russia withdrew its forces from outside Kyiv last month after failing to take the capital in the initial stages of its Feb. 24 … Read more

Putin warns West of lightning retaliation; sanctions batter Russian economy

Putin warns West of lightning retaliation; sanctions batter Russian economy

Putin warns of retaliation if West interferes Ukraine says Europe should stop depending on Russia France to host EU energy ministers on May 2 Russia denies energy blackmail Canada says Russian attacks are war crimes WARSAW/SOFIA/KYIV, April 28 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of lightning-fast retaliation if countries interfere in Ukraine as European … Read more