Finland’s flag carrier Finnair has reportedly become the latest casualty of the sanctions war between Russia and the West. The airline suffered heavy financial losses due to the forced necessity to fly around Russia, after the country closed its airspace in retaliation to Western sanctions.

Since the beginning of 2022, the operating loss of one of the world’s oldest airlines amounted to €133 million, of which €51 million in expenses fell on fuel costs, the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reports.

Lithuania will maintain the ban on the transit of sanctioned goods between Kaliningrad Region and mainland Russia, President Gitanas Nauseda has said.

“It is absolutely clear that Lithuania must and will implement EU sanctions,” Nauseda wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday.

“Lithuania must and will maintain control over the goods passing through its territory, and there cannot be any ‘corridors’, nor can there be any appeasement of Russia in response to the Kremlin’s threats. I have made clear to the president of the European Commission how Lithuania sees the situation.”

Moldova’s membership in the EU is possible, not directly, but through creation of the "new Greater Romania," Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev says.

"Moldova has entered the long queue for accession to the EU, stretched across decades. Bon voyage! But [they] want is sooner! Therefore, there is another way to obtain the EU membership: creation of a new Greater Romania (Romania Mare)," the politician said on his Telegram channel, answering a question from TASS as to how soon Moldova could join the Union.

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Libyan diplomat and writer Giuma Bukleb looks at how the legacy of chaos and the political vacuum seeded by the regime of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, coupled with Libya’s geostrategic location and its oil wealth, turned the country into “a battleground for competing local and foreign interests” and “led to the emergence of new opportunistic political elites lacking the necessary qualifications and tools, helped by militias”.

Hundreds of members of the security forces were injured, five of them seriously, during their intervention to prevent the migrants from entering Melilla.

An army of over 2,000 migrants staged an attack on Friday at 6:40 am on Melilla’s border fence in Spain. They used shears to break through the gate to the border control and then jumped through the roof to enter the city. Spanish officers deployed to the Chinatown border were injured fighting off the “perfectly organized and violent” group of sub-Saharans illegals.

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday blamed the US for Lithuania’s decision to enforce EU sanctions on goods traveling through its territory bound for Kaliningrad, the Russian enclave sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland.

“The so-called ‘collective West’, with the explicit instruction of the White House, imposed a ban on rail transit of a wide range of goods through the Kaliningrad region,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday said he believes NATO and the European Union (EU) are building a coalition that could eventually wage war with Russia.

© Photo by Aziz Karimov/Getty ImagesRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed NATO and the EU are forming a coalition against Russia. In this photo, Lavrov is seen speaking during a joint news conference with his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Baramov following talks on June 24, 2022 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Russia may cut off gas to Europe entirely as it seeks to bolster its political leverage during the Ukraine crisis, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) said, adding Europe needed to prepare now.

“I wouldn’t rule out Russia continuing to find different issues here and there and continuing to find excuses to further reduce gas deliveries to Europe – and maybe even cut it off completely,” IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said in a statement on Wednesday to Reuters news agency.

US foreign policy critic Scott Ritter pointed out that far from achieving the Pentagon's stated aim of 'weakening' Russia, Washington's proxy war in Ukraine was gradually disarming the militaries of NATO member states.

Russian victory over Ukraine will spell the end of the US-led NATO alliance — so says a former UN weapons inspector.