Serbian leaders have voiced anger at the EU amid a dispute with Croatia. The opening of chapter 26 (education and culture) is to be delayed after Croatia voiced objections. Serbian foreign minister, who met Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in the Serbian capital the same day, told press: “If Croatia is the one to decide about whether Serbia will enter the EU, then my interest just dropped somehow”. Source EUObserver
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A new pipeline from Russia’s Arctic fields to Germany will boost Moscow’s share of the European gas market despite competition from Qatar and the United States, and will also mean much less fuel goes via Ukraine, Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said. Source Reuters
A Greek appeals court on April 25 rejected the extradition of three Turkish soldiers out of eight who requested asylum in the country after fleeing following Turkey’s failed July 2016 coup attempt, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported. Source Hurriyet Dailynews
Ukraine has cut off the supply of electricity to an eastern part of the country controlled by pro-Russian separatists, saying bills need to be paid. Now, Moscow is stepping in. Russian officials announced on Tuesday they were supplying electricity to rebel-held areas in Luhansk one day after Ukraine said it was cutting off the supply in response to unpaid bills. Source DeitscheWelle