The antitrust chief of the European Union, Joaquin Almunia, discusses coming charges against Gazprom, the Russian natural gas monopolist.
The European Union accuses Russia of "weaponizing" gas prices in order to "bully" Moldova after negotiations between the two countries failed following the expiration of a Moldovan contract with Gazprom. The Kremlin denied the accusations.
A court in Russia orders the arrest of Alexei Navalny's ally Leonid Volkov for "appealing to minors to join illegal protests". Volkov, who lives in the European Union and who will not be extradited, said on Facebook that he will "ignore the charges".
The European Union files antitrust charges against Amazon, accusing the company of abusing its position as the top online retailer in France and Germany by using data from sellers to determine what offers to make and what products to launch for their own branded goods. The antitrust commission also opens a second investigation into similar charges against Amazon.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sends letters to the P5+1 leaders of the United Kingdom, China, Russia, Germany, France and the European Union announcing the country's partial withdrawal from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement. Furthermore, Iran announces that it will stop exporting uranium and heavy water from its nuclear program.
Russia announces it will fast-track citizenship applications from people living in conflict areas in eastern Ukraine. The European Union calls the move an attack on Ukraine's sovereignty that would undermine any peace agreement.
A member of Iran's Expediency Council calls on the European Union, Russia and China to support the deal and guarantee economic and banking relations with Iran. He warns that Iran would likely exit the deal if it doesn't benefit Iran.
The European Union extends Russian sanctions for interference in Ukraine another six months, until 31 July 2016. The EU says it's extending the sanctions because the Minsk peace accords would not be fully implemented by the end of this year.
Russia's Gazprom halts gas supplies to Ukraine until the Ukrainian government pays in advance for future supplies to replenish the current supplies of gas that it has used up; Ukraine says it has stopped buying from Gazprom because it can get cheaper gas from Europe. Roughly 15% of the gas used in Europe travels through Ukraine, and a previous cut-off of gas supplies in 2009 caused serious disruptions in shipments to EU countries at the height of winter.