Factbox: Where have Russians been fleeing to since mobilisation began?

BERLIN, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Russians have piled across the border to neighboring states since President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization on Sept. 21 for the war in Ukraine. Here is a guide on how many people have crossed and how countries are reacting: HOW MANY HAVE FLED RUSSIA SINCE MOBILISATION WAS ANNOUNCED? Getting … Read more

Turkey summons Swedish envoy over ‘insulting content’ about Erdogan on TV -Anadolu

ISTANBUL, Oct 5 (Reuters) – NATO member Turkey summoned the Swedish ambassador over “insulting content” about President Tayyip Erdogan aired on Swedish public service television, Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu Agency said on Wednesday. Sweden and Finland applied for membership in NATO earlier this year following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. So far 28 of the current 30 … Read more

Exclusive: Europe braces for mobile network blackouts

PARIS/STOCKHOLM/MILAN, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Once unthinkable, mobile phones could go dark around Europe this winter if power cuts or energy rationing knocks out parts of the mobile networks across the region. Russia’s decision to halt gas supplies via Europe’s key supply route in the wake of the Ukraine conflict has increased the chances of … Read more

Slovak parliament approves NATO membership for Finland, Sweden

Sept 27 (Reuters) – Slovakia’s parliament on Tuesday ratified the entry of Finland and Sweden to NATO, becoming one of the last countries to back the military alliance’s expansion. Finland and Sweden sought to join NATO this year in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. NATO’s 30 members have been ratifying their entry since accession … Read more

‘I am leaving Russia’: young men flee draft, Finland to restrict entry

VAALIMAA, Finland, Sept 23 (Reuters) – When 27-year-old Nikita watched Russian President Vladimir Putin announce a military mobilization while visiting his uncle in St Petersburg, he decided to leave his homeland. Two days later, he was crossing the border into Finland. “It’s just insane. All my friends (are) in danger,” said the sound engineer, minutes … Read more

Russian draft prompts exodus by some men as air fares jump

Air tickets from Moscow sell out Heavier traffic at Russia’s land borders ‘Panic demand’ for air tickets – source TBILISI/VAALIMAA, Finland, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Some Russian men headed swiftly to the borders on Thursday after President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilisation, with traffic at frontier crossings with Finland and Georgia surging and prices … Read more

Finland says traffic ‘intensifying’ on border with Russia

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register VAALIMAA, Finland, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Traffic arriving at Finland’s eastern border ordered with Russia “intensified” overnight after President Vladimir Putin a partial military mobilization and elevated on Thursday but was under control, the Finnish Border Guard said. At the Vaalimaa border crossing, roughly three hours’ … Read more

Putin comments spark EU minister talks on new sanctions, weapons

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with heads of the country’s leading engineering schools and their industrial partners in the city of Veliky Novgorod, Russia, September 21, 2022. Sputnik/Gavriil Grigorov/Pool via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 (Reuters) – European Union foreign ministers will urgently meet … Read more

Biden says U.S. forces would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register WASHINGTON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden said US forces would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, his most explicit statement so far on the issue, something sure to anger Beijing. Asked in a CBS 60 Minutes interview broadcast on Sunday … Read more

Portugal’s parliament backs NATO membership for Finland and Sweden

Members of Portugal’s Parliament vote on the 2022 state budget draft in Lisbon, Portugal, October 27, 2021. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register LISBON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Portugal’s parliament ratified the entry of Finland and Sweden to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Friday, bringing the most significant … Read more