Russian vodka on the rocks in Europe – POLITICO

European countries and supermarket chains have started banning Russian vodka to show their distaste for Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The government-controlled alcohol monopolies in Finland and Sweden were the first to ban liquor sourced from Russia on Monday, followed by the authorities in Norway on Tuesday. Major supermarket brands across the three Baltic states … Read more

Europe seeks a legal route to switch off Russian TV – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article The EU has vowed to ban Kremlin-backed media outlets RT and Sputnik. Now it just has to figure out how to execute the politically risky move – legally. Less than 24 hours after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced the news organizations would be taken off … Read more

European markets as Russian armored convoy appears to head for Kyiv

LONDON – European stocks are expected to open lower on Tuesday amid reports that a significant armored Russian convoy is heading towards Ukraine’s capital Kyiv. The UK’s FTSE index is seen opening 46 points lower at 7,414, Germany’s DAX 129 points lower at 14,351, France’s CAC 40 down 63 points at 6,600 and Italy’s FTSE … Read more

Western leaders agree new Russia sanctions, including SWIFT curbs – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Western leaders agreed Saturday to impose more financial sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, including removing “selected Russian banks” from the SWIFT international payments system. The measures were part of a broader ratcheting-up of international support for Ukraine and pressure on Moscow over Russia’s all-out military … Read more

Putin’s miscalculation – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Watching Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine play out, it seems the Russian president has vastly underestimated and misunderstood Ukrainians and their president. Putin, a one-time KGB operative who in 2004 said “there is no such thing as a former KGB man,” has made clear that he lives in … Read more

For Europe, Putin’s invasion is a before and after moment – POLITICO

Paul Taylor, a contributing editor at POLITICO, writes the “Europe At Large” column. PARIS – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s all-out attack on Ukraine is the biggest rupture in Europe’s security order since the end of the Cold War. It will have far-reaching consequences for our Continent and our lives. The unprovoked use of military power … Read more

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: What we know so far – POLITICO

Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a massive military assault Thursday morning on Ukraine with strikes involving missiles, warplanes and tanks hitting targets across the country. Here’s what we know so far: – Just before 6 am Moscow time, Putin announced what amounted to a declaration of war on Ukraine. “We have taken the decision to … Read more

European markets watch as Russia-Ukraine tensions escalate

LONDON – European stocks are expected to open sharply lower on Tuesday as global markets are shaken by developments in the Russia-Ukraine crisis. The UK’s FTSE index is seen opening 67 points lower at 7,413, Germany’s DAX 264 points lower at 14,451, France’s CAC 40 down 94 points at 6,680 and Italy’s FTSE MIB 405 … Read more

Escalating crisis, Putin recognizes breakaway territories in Ukraine as independent – POLITICO

Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized two breakaway territories in eastern Ukraine as independent on Monday in a dramatic escalation of a crisis triggered by Moscow that Western leaders have warned is a pretext for a Russian invasion of its western neighbor. Putin announced his decision at the end of a televised speech to the Russian … Read more

Biden, Putin agrees in principle to France’s summit proposal

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have accepted in principle a French proposal for a diplomatic summit, France said, potentially offering fresh hope for a peaceful solution to pull Russia and Ukraine back from the brink of war. The meeting, proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron, would occur only if Russia does … Read more