European Union members near deal on Russian oil price cap


EU member states are close to agreement on a $60 dollar per barrel Russian oil price cap. Meanwhile, air raid alerts were issued across all of Ukraine on Thursday, as officials warned that Russia was preparing a new wave of missile and drone strikes. Read our live blog to see how all the day's events unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).

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10:33pm: US approves $380 million anti-air missile sale to Finland

The US government on Thursday announced the approval of a $380 million sale of Stinger portable anti-air missiles and other equipment to Finland.

"The proposed sale will improve Finland's defense and deterrence capabilities," the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement.

The announcement comes more than nine months into Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which pushed both Finland and Sweden to seek NATO membership, and follows a $323 million proposed missile sale to Helsinki announced on Monday.

10:01pm: Italian government renews Ukraine arms supply law for 2023

Italy's cabinet on Thursday adopted a decree allowing it to keep supplying Ukraine with weapons for the whole of next year without seeking formal approval from parliament for each new shipment, government sources said after a cabinet meeting.

"I have no immediate plans to contact Mr Putin," Biden said at a White House news conference after talks with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

4:56: EU chief says Russia "will pay" for Ukraine war

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