Russian Opposition Leader Granted Asylum in Bulgaria

Bulgaria granted political asylum to Russian opposition leader Evgeny Chupov 16 months after he applied for it.  Thus, he has refugee status in our country. He himself posted his info on the social network, along with the decision of the State Agency for Refugees. The Russian's wife and their four children will stay in Bulgaria with him.

US Intelligence Accuses Russia of Cyber-hacking

US intelligence agencies have said they believe Russia was behind the "serious" cyber compromise revealed in December.

In a joint statement, the intelligence bodies say they currently believe fewer than 10 US government agencies saw their data compromised, although other organisations and private companies outside of government were also affected.

WB revises downwards its projections for Romanian economy's 2021 recovery

The Romanian economy is expected to grow 3.5 percent this year, after a contraction of 5 percent in 2020, and is next seen picking up to 4.1 percent in 2022, according to the World Bank's January 2021 Global Economic Prospects, the financial organization's latest report on the outlooks for the world economy.

Putin and Merkel Discuss Possible Joint Vaccine Production

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin has discussed possibilites for closer cooperation in the coronavirus pandemic situation. The two leaders are said to have discussed possible ways of jointly producing vaccines during a phone call.

The health ministries of thw two countries will continue the talks on the matter together with exeprts.

Serbia Starts Vaccination with the Russian Vaccine

Vaccination against the coronavirus with Russia's Sputnik V will begin in Serbia on January 5, state oficial Mirsad Djerlek told reporters on Monday.

"During this week, 2,400 doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine will be used. Most likely, the first batch of this vaccine will be used tomorrow," Djerlek was quoted by Tanjug news agency as saying.

Total inflow to Turkish gas system up 6.38 pct in 2020

Natural gas inflow to Turkey's gas network saw a year-on-year increase of around 6.38 percent to 50 billion cubic meters (bcm) in 2020, according to data from the Turkish Petroleum Pipeline Corporation (BOTAŞ).

In 2019, around 47 bcm of natural gas was carried through the Turkish natural gas system.