US rallies global allies to help Ukraine repel Russia – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article It’s not quite the Coalition to Defeat Putin just yet — and the name is admittedly tame if not lame: the Ukraine Defense Consultative Group. Still, if the US ends up forming a global alliance to actively fight against Russia, the roughly 40 countries convened by US Defense … Read more

Germany says Russia oil embargo would be ‘manageable’ – POLITICO

Berlin could handle an embargo on Russian oil imports, Germany’s Climate and Economy Minister Robert Habeck said on Tuesday, suggesting the country could end its dependence on Moscow within “days.” Habeck, speaking at a press conference in Warsaw, said that Germany had managed to slash its reliance on Russian oil by two-thirds in recent weeks, … Read more

EU celebrates, and frets, over Macron’s victory – POLITICO

No need for any more conferences: Emmanuel Macron is the future of Europe. With his decisive electoral victory over right-wing challenger Marine Le Pen on Sunday, Macron not only clinched five more years as president of France but also secured his place — for better or worse — at the center of EU decision-making through … Read more

Russia targets Ukrainian railway stations – POLITICO

Five railway stations in central and western Ukraine came under Russian fire within the space of an hour Monday morning, according to the head of Ukrainian Railways, a state-owned rail transport company. Russian troops are “systematically” destroying rail infrastructure, Oleksandr Kamyshin said in a Telegram message, adding that multiple people were injured. The attacks come … Read more

Trolling Russia, Ukraine registers Moskva shipwreck as ‘underwater cultural heritage’ – POLITICO

Ukraine has registered the shipwreck of Russia’s Moskva vessel as “underwater cultural heritage” — in a move described as “trolling” Moscow rather than having a basis in international law. “The ‘Moskva’ missile cruiser was the flagship of the Russian fleet, and became number 2064 in the register of underwater cultural heritage of Ukraine,” the country’s … Read more

How Lithuania cuts its ties to ‘toxic’ Russian gas – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Twelve years ago, Lithuanian company administrator Rokas Masiulis was handed a new job with an ambitious target: end his country’s reliance on Russian gas. In his new post as head of Klaipėdos Nafta, a state-controlled oil terminal operator, Masiulis was to oversee the commissioning and delivery into service … Read more

Diversification from Russian gas ‘possible and feasible,’ says Draghi – POLITICO

Europe can limit its dependence on Russian energy through diversification “in a relatively short time,” Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi said in an interview with Corriere della Sera published on Sunday. “We no longer want to depend on Russian gas, because economic dependence must not become political subjugation,” he said. “To do this, we need … Read more