Iraq balks at greater Chinese control of its oilfields

Iraq persuaded Lukoil to halt sale to Sinopec – sources Baghdad concerned China becoming too dominant – sources Western firms not happy with terms of Iraqi deals LONDON / BASRA, May 17 (Reuters) – Iraq’s oil ministry thwarted three prospective deals last year that would have given Chinese firms more control over its oilfields and … Read more

UAE’s newly elected ruler sees Iran, Islamists as threat to Gulf safe haven

De facto ruler elected president after brother’s death MbZ forged new axis with Israel against Iran, Islamists Perhaps the Gulf’s ‘savviest’ ruler, Obama wrote DUBAI, May 14 (Reuters) – United Arab Emirates strongman Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who was formally elected president on Saturday, led a realignment of the Middle East that created a … Read more

Europe’s gas supply crisis grows after Russia imposes sanctions

Russia imposes sanctions on European Gazprom subsidiaries Polish firm operating Yamal-Europe section also hit Germany to lose 10 mcm / day of gas supply Dutch gas prices rise by up to 20% BERLIN, May 12 (Reuters) – Pressure on Europe to secure alternative gas supplies increased on Thursday as Moscow imposed sanctions on European subsidiaries … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Top EU official backs multi-trillion plan to rebuild Ukraine

Rebuilding Ukraine will cost trillions of euros – top EU banks EIB chief Hoyer calls for Marshall-style Plan for Ukraine Urges West and its banks to underwrite Ukraine finances BRUSSELS, May 11 (Reuters) – A top European official has backed a multi-trillion-euro “Marshall” -style plan to rebuild Ukraine, pledging the firepower of the EU lending … Read more

NATO to welcome Nordic members as Ukraine pushes back Russian forces

Finland expected to announce bid to join NATO Ukraine halts major route for Russian gas to Europe Russia imposes sanctions on Gazprom units in Europe, US Ukrainian forces seek to cut Russian battlefield supply lines KYIV / BRUSSELS, May 12 (Reuters) – Finland is expected to announce on Thursday its intention to join NATO with … Read more

Exclusive: Germany prepares crisis plan for abrupt end to Russian gas

BERLIN, May 9 (Reuters) – German officials are quietly preparing for any sudden halt in Russian gas supplies with an emergency package that could include taking control of critical firms, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The preparations being led by the Ministry of Economic Affairs show the heightened state of alert about … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Biden sidelined global energy partners with record emergency oil release

LONDON, May 9 (Reuters) – The United States announced a record-sized release of emergency crude oil reserves in March without consulting partners in the International Energy Agency, leaving them scrambling to match with releases of their own, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Unilateral action by Washington to address global supply or price … Read more

Russia unleashes rockets after Mariupol ceasefire, EU eyes oil sanctions

Russian rockets pound parts of eastern and southern Ukraine Western powers pledge heavier weapons to boost Ukraine defenses ‘This is Ukraine’s finest hour,’ UK’s Johnson says, echoing Churchill ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine, May 3 (Reuters) – Russia launched an assault on the encircled Azovstal steel works in Mariupol, Ukraine’s last redoubt in the port city, after a … Read more