Stories under this heading cover Russia, as well as countries in the eastern part of the European continent, such as Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova.
The first Russian shipment of fertiliser left the Dutch port of Terneuzen on Tuesday (29 November) after days of negotiating to ensure it would not be snagged by Western sanctions. The ship was commissioned by the UN’s food security agency, the World Food Programme, and the cargo is part of some 260,000 tonnes of Russian fertiliser stored in European ports.
Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom has stopped supplying Latvia with gas after previously cutting off the supply to some European countries. According to Gazprom, Latvia has violated the "conditions for gas withdrawal”, without giving any further details.
It is unclear which conditions are being violated, but it might be related to the refusal of Latvia to pay for Russian gas in roubles. Payment in roubles is a demand of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Gazprom.