June 18, 2024

(Bloomberg) — Elon Musk’s X was cited as the biggest outlet for Russian disinformation as European Commission Vice President Vera Jourova warned of Slovakia being targeted by pro-Kremlin narratives ahead of an election Saturday.

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The European Union’s chief trade negotiator, Valdis Dombrovskis, also issued some of the bloc’s strongest criticism yet on China’s failure to condemn Russia’s war in Ukraine, saying it was damaging Beijing’s investment opportunities.

In Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy discussed increasing the production of drones during a meeting with military commanders and officials. The authorities had earlier suspended operations at a Danube River border checkpoint with Romania after a Russian drone strike damaged port facilities in the region overnight.

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Russia is still relying on European shipping to transport its oil even as the country’s supplies exceed Group-of-Seven price caps, according to the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air. Roughly two-thirds of Russian crude and petroleum products is being transported by vessels insured or owned in nations implementing price caps imposed by the G-7 and its allies, the Helsinki-based researcher said.

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  • Ukrainian Agriculture Minister Mykola Solskyi plans to speak with this Polish counterpart Wednesday

  • Foreign ministers of Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary are due to hold a briefing in Vienna on Wednesday

  • The Helsinki Security Forum opens on Friday

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