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May 25, 2022

Poland proposes to introduce duties for EU countries importing Russian oil

EU countries that have not refused oil supplies from Russia should not be in a better position due to the purchase of cheap energy resources than the EU member states that have stopped importing Russian oil, said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

May 23, 2022

UN: 6.5 million people have left Ukraine since February

After the start of the Russian military operation on the territory of Ukraine, more than 6.5 million Ukrainian citizens became refugees and arrived in neighboring countries, according to the UN High Commissioner (UNHCR) for Refugees. It is noted that 8 million Ukrainians were forced to move to the western regions of the country.

May 22, 2022

Duda: Poland will do everything possible for Ukraine’s accession to the EU

President of Poland Andrzej Duda spoke at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine as part of his visit to Kyiv. He said that his country is ready to support Ukraine in its aspiration to join the European Union.

May 21, 2022

Zelensky estimated the number of Ukrainian troops at 700 thousand people

The strength of the Ukrainian army is 700 thousand people, President Volodymyr Zelensky said. He said that last year he signed a decree on increasing the armed forces of Ukraine by 100,000 people.

May 20, 2022

Lithuania refused Russian electricity

The exchange operator of electricity Nord Pool has decided to suspend trading in Russian electricity from its only importer in the Baltic countries, the Inter RAO group of companies. From May 22, there will be no imports of Russian oil, electricity and natural gas in Lithuania.

Lithuania receives gas through the Klaipeda LNG terminal, where cargo is delivered from the United States. Electricity is generated by local enterprises, there is also import from the EU countries, according to the Lithuanian Ministry of Energy.

May 19, 2022

Biden announces new military aid package for Ukraine

US President Joe Biden said he would provide Ukraine with a new military aid package. It will include artillery, radar and “other equipment already effectively used on the battlefield.” His statement was published on the White House website. Earlier today, the US Senate approved a record $40 billion in aid to Ukraine. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said the new package would cost $100 million.

May 18, 2022

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs closed the Russian point of the Canadian CBC

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the correspondent office of the Canadian broadcasting company CBC was closed in Russia. She added that the site was closed in response to the closure in Canada of RT.

“A decision was made to introduce retaliatory measures in connection with the actions of Canada, namely the closure of the Moscow office of the Canadian state broadcasting corporation CBC, including the cancellation of accreditation and Russian visas for journalists,” Ms. Zakharova said at a briefing. The broadcast was conducted on the YouTube channel of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry accused Ottawa of censorship.

May 16, 2022

Macron appoints Elisabeth Born as new French prime minister

Emmanuel Macron today accepted the resignation of former Prime Minister Jean Castex and appointed the head of government with whom he will begin his next five-year period. This is the minister of labor in the Custex government, Elizabeth Bourne.

May 15, 2022

Blinken said that the United States will soon resume the work of the embassy in Kyiv

“The American diplomatic mission is returning to Ukraine after many weeks of work from the territory of Poland. We are reopening the embassy in Kyiv. We are taking all the necessary precautions, but such work is already underway. We will resume our activities very soon,” Mr. Blinken said at a press conference following an informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin.

American diplomats left Kyiv about two weeks before February 24, when Russia launched a military special operation in Ukraine. First, part of the embassy was moved to Lvov, and then its representatives moved to Poland.

May 13, 2022

Zelensky criticized Macron’s attempt to find a compromise between Ukraine and Russia

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky expressed dissatisfaction with the attempt of French President Emmanuel Macron to find a way out of the situation between Russia and Ukraine. Mr. Zelensky noted that it is “not very correct” to offer anything related to concessions regarding the sovereignty of Ukraine on the part of some leaders.

“We should not look for a way out for Russia, Macron is doing this in vain … Macron wanted to find certain results in mediation between us and did not find it. And not from our side, but from the side of the Russian Federation,” the President of Ukraine said on the air of the Italian channel Rai 1 (quote from RIA Novosti ). “And for me to offer some things related to concessions regarding our sovereignty in order to save Putin’s face, it seems to me that this is not very correct on the part of certain leaders,” Mr. Zelensky said, noting that Ukrainians “are not ready save something for someone and lose their territories for it.

May 12, 2022

US flags to half-mast in memory of one million COVID-19 deaths

US President Joe Biden said that a million Americans have died in the country since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. To honor the memory of the dead, the head of state will issue a directive according to which state flags will be flown at half mast throughout the country.

“Today we celebrate a tragic milestone: one million American lives lost due to COVID-19,” Joe Biden said in a statement posted on the White House website. “We must remain vigilant in the fight against this pandemic.<…> It is very important that Congress support these initiatives (initiatives of the administration. – “Kommersant”) in the coming months,” he added.

May 10, 2022

The WHO European Committee adopted a resolution proposing to close the office in Moscow

The Regional Committee for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted a resolution proposing to explore the possibility of moving the WHO office for combating noncommunicable diseases outside Russia. This resolution was initiated by more than 35 WHO member countries. The Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation believes that the suspension of the work of the WHO office will cause direct damage to all countries.

The resolution was considered at a special session of the WHO committee. The EU countries, Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey, Moldova, and Israel voted in support of the initiative. The resolution was opposed by Russia, Belarus and Tajikistan. Armenia and Kazakhstan abstained from voting, RIA Novosti reports .

May 9, 2022

Medinsky: negotiations with Ukraine continue remotely

Assistant to the President of Russia and head of the Russian delegation at the talks with Ukraine, Vladimir Medinsky, said that the negotiations did not stop and are currently taking place “in a remote format.”

May 8, 2022

Croatian PM arrives in Kyiv for talks with Zelensky and Shmyhal

Croatian Prime Minister Andrei Plenkovic arrived in Kyiv on a visit. During the trip, he plans to meet with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, Prime Minister Denys Shmygal and Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk.

“On the eve of Europe Day (May 9 – “Kommersant” ), I visit Ukraine, which has become a victim of Russian aggression. In Kyiv, I met with Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk,” wrote Mr. Plenkovich on Twitter.

May 7, 2022

The Croatian Foreign Ministry confirmed the detention of its citizen by the Russian military in Mariupol

The Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that it “is aware of the detained citizen of Croatia” in Ukraine, Zagreb is in contact with Kyiv to resolve the situation. The Croatian ministry did not provide details due to the “delicacy of the situation,” AP reports. Earlier, the media reported about the detention in Mariupol by the Russian military of a Croatian citizen who fought together with the military of Ukraine.

May 6, 2022

FIFA and IFAB are exploring the possibility of reducing the time of a football match to 60 minutes

The International Football Federation (FIFA) and the International Football Association Board (IFAB) are exploring options to introduce “clean playing time” in football and reduce the match from 90 to 60 minutes. This was reported by former FIFA referee Mark Clattenburg in an opinion column in the Daily Mail .

According to Mark Clattenburg, during his time as a referee, he often received complaints from players due to the fact that he added too many or too few minutes to the main time of the match. Now, according to him, the head of the UEFA refereeing committee Pierluigi Collina, UEFA and IFAB (this organization has the right to change the rules of the game in football) are trying to solve this problem.

Peskov urged to filter reports that the Russian elite did not know about the start of the special operation

Commenting on the words of the Bellingcat investigative journalist (recognized as a foreign agent) Hristo Grozev, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that such information “needs to be filtered.” At the same time, Mr. Peskov added that “a very, very limited circle” has access to information about the military operation. Earlier, Mr. Grozev said that the inner circle of Russian President Vladimir Putin did not know about the upcoming military operation in Ukraine.Bellingcat(recognized as a foreign agent) Hristo Grozeva, said that such information “needs to be filtered.” At the same time, Mr. Peskov added that “a very, very limited circle” has access to information about the military operation. Earlier, Mr. Grozev said that the inner circle of Russian President Vladimir Putin did not know about the upcoming military operation in Ukraine.

May 5, 2022

In Russia, the number of hospitalizations with coronavirus increased by 132.3% per day

Over the past day, 5,011 cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in Russia, which is 1.61% less than the previous figure (5,093). During the day, 3,248 patients were hospitalized, which is 132.3% more than in the previous day (1398).

May 4, 2022

Bloomberg: EU intends to ban Russians from conducting real estate transactions in Europe

The European Union included a ban on real estate transactions for Russian citizens in its sixth package of anti-Russian sanctions. This is reported by Bloomberg , citing an official document.

The proposal of the European Commission, according to the agency, provides for the termination of transactions with Russian citizens, residents and legal entities, prohibiting them from selling or transferring, directly or indirectly, “ownership rights to real estate located on the territory of the European Union, or shares in collective investment enterprises that provide access to such immovable property.

May 3, 2022

Johnson announces £300m military aid to Ukraine

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke via video link in the Verkhovna Rada. Mr. Johnson announced the provision of military assistance to Kyiv for £300 million, as well as weapons.

May 2, 2022

The Finnish Hockey Union will not allow KHL players to play for the national team

The Finnish Hockey Union will not allow players who play in Russia to play for the national team, said general manager of the Finnish national team Jere Lehtinen. We are talking about hockey players playing in the Continental Hockey League (KHL).

April 30, 2022

In Russia, 7363 cases of COVID-19 were registered per day

Over the past day, 7363 cases of coronavirus infection have been registered in Russia. This is 4.5% less than the day before (7710). The number of daily hospitalizations was 2574 – 0.62% less than yesterday (2558).

April 28, 2022

Naryshkin believes that Poland plans to send peacekeepers to Ukraine

According to the head of the Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergei Naryshkin, the Polish authorities are considering the deployment of peacekeeping forces to the territory of Ukraine, under the pretext of “protection against Russian aggression.” According to intelligence, Poland will place the peacekeeping contingent where the likelihood of a collision with Russian troops is minimal.

April 27, 2022

Bulgarian President opposed military aid to Ukraine

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev spoke out categorically against providing military assistance to Ukraine. In his opinion, this would mean the involvement of Bulgaria in the conflict. He also did not support the trip to Kyiv of a group of Bulgarian deputies.

April 26, 2022

US authorities will support the initiative to send seized Russian assets to help Ukraine

S Attorney Secretary Merik Garland said he would support legislation that would allow seized Russian assets to be used to help Ukraine. After the start of the military conflict, about half of Russia’s gold and foreign exchange reserves, which amounted to $643.2 billion, fell under Western sanctions.

April 25, 2022

Kyiv demands from the West to impose sanctions against the Georgian billionaire Ivanishvili

The head of the parliamentary faction of the pro-presidential Servant of the People party ruling in Ukraine, David Arakhamia, plans to appeal to Western countries with a request to impose sanctions against Bidzina Ivanishvili, the former prime minister of Georgia and the founder of the ruling Georgian Dream party (GM). Mr. Arakhamia, who leads the Ukrainian delegation in negotiations with the Russian Federation, is sure that the oligarch Ivanishvili is “closely connected with the Russian political elite.” In support of his words, he refers, in particular, to a new audio recording in which a man with a voice similar to the voice of the former head of the board of directors of AFK Sistema Yevgeny Yevtushenkov congratulates Bidzina Ivanishvili on his birthday.

April 24, 2022

UK to supply Ukraine with 20 AS-90 howitzers

The UK will send 20 AS-90 mobile self-propelled howitzers and 45,000 high-explosive fragmentation shells to Poland for training of the Ukrainian armed forces. Ukrainian military personnel will be trained to handle weapons before being sent to the war zone, according to the Daily Express .

AS-90 is a British howitzer with a caliber of the main gun 155 mm, developed by Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering. Used since 1992. It is in service with Britain and Poland.

April 23, 2022

20 countries agreed to the proposal of the Pentagon to discuss military assistance to Ukraine at the Ramstein base in Germany

Representatives from 20 countries will take part in US-sponsored consultations on military assistance to Ukraine on April 26, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. The meeting will take place at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany and will be hosted by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

A Pentagon spokesman at the briefing said that an invitation had been sent out to 40 countries, of which 20 had confirmed their participation. Mr. Kirby specified that the topic of conversation would be, in particular, the modernization of the military sphere of Ukraine. According to him, security guarantees will not be discussed, reports AFP .

April 22, 2022

The European Commission allowed the payment of Russian gas in rubles

European companies can pay for Russian gas in rubles, and this will not be considered a violation of the sanctions, follows from the document of the European Commission, which was sent to EU member states.

According to Reuters , citing the document, gas companies may agree to Russia’s proposed system of payment for energy, but “the procedure for derogating from the restrictions imposed by sanctions” is not yet entirely clear.

April 20, 2022

Cyprus to revoke citizenship of four more Russians subject to sanctions

Another four Russians who fell under sanctions are deprived of Cypriot citizenship. This month, the Cypriot authorities have already deprived the “golden passports” of four Russians for “connections with the Kremlin.” The names of these individuals are not disclosed in accordance with the policy of the Cypriot government.

April 19, 2022

Software maker SAP plans to leave Russia

The German software maker SAP plans to withdraw from the Russian market. Clients in Russia using local software now will be able to use SAP products, the company noted.

“Today, we are announcing further steps to exit our operations in Russia in an orderly manner, where we have been operating for over 30 years and have built a great team,” says SAP.

April 18, 2022

Moldova may terminate the contract with Russia for the repair of turbines

Moldova may terminate the contract with the Russian company Power Machines, which won the tender for the repair of turbines at a thermal power plant in Chisinau, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Infrastructure Andrei Spinu said. This company came under Western sanctions. Earlier, Moldovan President Maia Sandu said that the specialists of this company will repair the turbines of the thermal power plant in Chisinau, since no one else has applied.

April 16, 2022

Zelensky spoke about his vision of a peace treaty with Russia

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky believes that a peace treaty with Russia could consist of two documents. The first one should concern security guarantees for Ukraine, the second one – its relations with Russia. According to Mr. Zelensky, this is due to the fact that not all countries are ready to negotiate directly with Russia.

April 15, 2022

The White House denied Biden’s plans to go to Kyiv

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said today that the visit of the American president to Ukraine is not yet planned. Earlier, US President Joe Biden himself publicly announced such plans.

April 14, 2022

Bloomberg: Zelensky demanded $7 billion a month from the EU

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen last week that Ukraine needs $7 billion in monthly bailouts. It is reported by Bloomberg , citing its sources.

April 13, 2022

Roskomnadzor demanded that Wikipedia remove information from the article about Putin

Roskomnadzor sent two notices to the Wikipedia administration about the dissemination of information in violation of the law in the main article about Russian President Vladimir Putin. The regulator demanded the removal of information containing “inaccurate information”.

“Yesterday, Roskomnadzor sent two more notifications, both under the article “Putin, Vladimir Vladimirovich.” They do not like the sections on Relations with Ukraine (2021-present) and “After the invasion of Ukraine (2022),” the Russian Wikipedia says on Twitter.

April 12, 2022

Asos will not count the profits due to Russia

Asos’ decision to stop operations in Russia due to Russia’s military operation in Ukraine will result in a loss of £14 million ($18 million) in profit over the next six months, company management has warned shareholders. For the same reason, sales growth rates will decrease by 2%.

The situation is aggravated not only by the military conflict, but also by the reduction of their expenses by buyers in the EU and the USA against the backdrop of rising inflation. This, according to Asos management forecasts, will also negatively affect the company’s financial performance in 2022.

April 11, 2022

Traditional British fast food has risen in price due to the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine

The rise in prices for many foodstuffs, which occurred after the outbreak of the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine, has put fast food companies in the UK serving a traditional dish – fried fish and chips (fish and chips) in a difficult situation. Due to rising prices for potatoes, fish, flour and especially vegetable oil, many of them may go bankrupt. According to the National Fish Fryers Federation (NFFF), up to 3,000 out of 10,000 fish and chips serving businesses may close.

One of the popular chains, Chunks, reported a fall in sales of about £1,000 in just one week after another increase in prices for products from suppliers. The situation is further complicated by rising energy prices. “Our industry has been directly affected by the situation in Ukraine,” says NFFF President Andrew Crook. “All four ingredients of our dishes (potatoes, butter, flour, fish) have increased in price.”

April 10, 2022

Slovakia allowed the transfer of Zuzana howitzers and MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine

Slovak Defense Minister Yaroslav Nagy said that the country is negotiating the sale of Zuzana self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine. Also, according to him, Slovakia can help with the repair of tanks in service with Ukraine and provide the country with MiG-29 fighters.

April 9, 2022

Ukraine announced the exchange of prisoners with Russia

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration Irina Vereshchuk announced the exchange of prisoners with Russia. According to her, there was a third exchange since the beginning of the “special military operation”, 12 soldiers are returning home. How many Russians were released, Mrs. Vereshchuk did not say.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia, Tatyana Moskalkova, announced the release of 14 Russian sailors in Ukraine. Now Mrs. Moskalkova has announced the return of 32 Russian drivers to their homeland.

April 8, 2022

“Yandex” in the search results began to mark Google resources as violating the laws of the Russian Federation

The search engine “Yandex” in the issue began to mark Google resources as sites that violate Russian law. According to the company, this is being done at the request of Roskomnadzor due to the violation of the “landing law” by Google. The search engine Mail took the same measures.

“According to the law “on landing”, we are obliged to inform users in the search results that the owner of this resource violates the legislation of the Russian Federation, if such a measure is introduced by Roskomnadzor. Today we received a request from the RKN obliging us to show such a plate, ”the company said in a statement (quoted by Interfax ).

April 7, 2022

Spotify will stop working in Russia on April 11

Music streaming service Spotify will stop working in Russia on April 11. The company announced this on its official website.

Spotify does not know when the service will be available again in Russia. Users who left Russia will be able to change their location and continue using the service. Premium subscribers will only be able to change regions after April 11th. Earlier on March 3, Spotify closed its office in Russia and removed Russian media content in response to Russia’s military operation in Ukraine. Nevertheless, the service continued to work.

April 6, 2022

Finland announced violations of the border by passenger planes of Russia

The Central Police of Finland is investigating four cases of violation of the country’s airspace by Russian passenger aircraft. According to police, all incidents lasted up to 2 minutes and occurred in March.

According to the press service of the police, all cases occurred near the city of Loovisa in the Gulf of Finland. The police suspect that this is how Russian airlines violated the sanctions imposed by the European Union in response to the military operation in Ukraine.

April 2, 2022

Accor hotel group will remain in Russia and Ukraine

The French hotel operator Accor (brands Ibis, Mercure, Novotel, Movenpick and others) will continue to work both in Russia and Ukraine, said the company’s CEO Sebastien Bazin. According to him, in the 50 years of its existence, the group has never closed hotels in the zone of military conflicts.

“Around the world, we continue to work even in difficult moments. In the 50 years of its existence, Accor has never closed a hotel in a conflict zone,” Mr. Bazin said on the air of the France Inter radio station (translated by Interfax). According to him, the work of the network in Russia “is vital for the media, charitable organizations, foreign delegations coming to the talks.”

April 1, 2022

Ukraine announced the exchange of prisoners with Russia in the format “86 to 86”

Russia and Ukraine exchanged prisoners: 86 servicemen from one side were exchanged for 86 servicemen from the other. The Ukrainian side announced the exchange, but there were no comments from Russian representatives. The exchange took place in the Zaporozhye region today, April 1.

Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk said that among the 86 prisoners of war participating in the exchange, there were 15 women. According to her, the exchange of women was the principled position of Kyiv, according to Ukrayinska Pravda.

March 31, 2022

Zelensky’s Office says Ukraine’s military industry is practically destroyed

Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the Office of President Volodymyr Zelensky, said that Ukraine was suffering significant losses during the Russian military special operation. In particular, according to him, the Russian troops “virtually destroyed the military industry and are largely finishing off the civilian industry.”

March 30, 2022

Times: Britain may supply self-propelled artillery to Ukraine

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson intends to provide Ukraine with larger weapons, the Times reports, citing sources. As one of the supply options, the newspaper’s sources call the AS-90 Vickers self-propelled artillery mount.

March 27, 2022

Israel sends medics to build ‘most advanced’ field hospital in Ukraine

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said his country sent the best medical teams to build the “most advanced” field hospital in Ukraine. Mr. Bennet said that doctors sent to Ukraine have already treated more than 500 patients.

“We have already sent the best medical teams to create the most advanced field hospital in western Ukraine. I was informed that they had already treated over 500 patients. At this very moment, doctors and nurses are risking their lives to save the lives of those in need,” said Mr. Bennett (cited by CNN ) at a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Jerusalem.

March 26, 2022

Russians have become a third less likely to go to Instagram

For a month (from February 24 to March 24), Russians began to use Instagram less frequently (owned by Meta, recognized as extremist in Russia). According to Brand Analytics , the time spent using this social network was reduced by a third (-30%). In addition, the number of active Instagram users decreased by a third (-31%). But Russians, on the contrary, began to use Telegram and VKontakte more often.

March 24, 2022

UK expands sanctions against Russian companies and bankers

The British authorities have expanded the sanctions against Russia imposed due to the military operation in Ukraine. A total of 59 individuals and organizations from Russia, as well as six from Belarus, were blacklisted. The sanctions included, in particular, the head of Sberbank German Gref, the founder of Tinkoff Bank Oleg Tinkov, as well as Gazprombank, Alfa-Bank, Russian Railways, ALROSA, and RusHydro.

March 23, 2022

ESPN: Boxer Usyk will leave Ukraine for the fight with Joshua

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk will leave the country to fight Briton Anthony Joshua this summer, ESPN reports, citing sources. According to him, Usyk will travel across the border with Poland and begin training at a training camp. The dates of his departure, as well as the expected date of the fight, are not given.

March 16, 2022

Germany’s largest energy company stops buying Russian gas

Germany’s largest energy company E.ON has stopped buying natural gas from Russian suppliers due to the military operation in Ukraine, the company’s press service said.

“We buy our gas from wholesale markets in Europe. E.ON does not have long-term supply contracts directly with manufacturers. However, a small amount of natural gas in our portfolio was purchased from Gazprom’s trading companies in Europe,” the company’s press service reports the words of CEO Leonard Birnbaum ( TASS quote ).

March 12, 2022

English Premier League removes Abramovich from Chelsea management

The Council of the English Premier League (EPL) has disqualified the owner of the London “Chelsea” Roman Abramovich from the post of director of the English club. This happened after the UK government imposed sanctions against the Russian businessman. Meanwhile, Chelsea management has warned the authorities that the club will not be able to complete the current season in the Premier League due to the arrest of Mr. Abramovich’s accounts.

“Following the imposition of sanctions by the UK government, the Premier League Council disqualified Roman Abramovich from the post of director of the Chelsea football club,” the Premier League said in a statement . The board’s decision does not affect the club’s ability to train and play its matches, as stated in the terms of the license issued by the government, which expires on May 31, 2022.

March 10, 2022

Estonia suspends the issuance of tourist visas to Russian citizens

Estonia suspends the issuance of tourist visas to Russian citizens in connection with the events in Ukraine. This was reported to the head of the Estonian Foreign Ministry Eva-Maria Liimets. This decision was made because of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, and also because of the inability to pay the state duty.

“Today, our plans include a temporary suspension of the issuance of tourist visas to citizens of the Russian Federation. This concerns, first of all, new visas for the period until Russia’s military activities in Ukraine are terminated,” Liimets said at a press conference (quoted by RIA Novosti ).

March 7, 2022

Hungary allowed to deploy NATO troops on its territory

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban signed a decree allowing the deployment of NATO troops in the west of the country and the supply of weapons through its territory to other NATO member states. At the same time, a decree was also signed prohibiting the supply of weapons to Ukraine from the territory of the country. Mr. Orban said that this decision was made at a meeting of the National Security Operations Headquarters today, March 7.

“We have assessed the situation, a decree has been issued that makes it clear that it is impossible to supply weapons from the territory of Hungary to the territory of Ukraine,” Mr. Orban said in a video message posted on Facebook (quoted by RIA Novosti ).

March 3, 2022

Variety: Netflix has suspended its Russian film projects

Streaming service Netflix has stopped work on Russian original projects. It is reported by Variety magazine , citing a knowledgeable source. The decision was made in connection with the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine.

March 1, 2022

Russia is summoned to the world police

Ukraine and Britain want to exclude Russia from Interpol, but do not yet know why

Ukraine has proposed to suspend Russia’s membership in Interpol. Britain supported her in this. The procedure itself can be launched at an emergency session of the general secretariat of the international police organization. Experts interviewed by Kommersant believe that the exclusion will only bring harm, since no one has canceled the international fight against crime, and in troubled times, as a rule, only an increase in crimes is recorded.

February 28, 2022

“Finally, the outflow of capital will stop”

The damage to business from Western sanctions has yet to be assessed. Earlier, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs assumed that the reorientation of Russian players would take two to three years. However, while not even all sanctions have come into effect, some measures will be supplemented and clarified, the RSPP noted. Kommersant FM columnist Mikhail Gurevich talks about the long-term effect of special operations.

February 27, 2022

Russia is left without the Council

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on Friday suspended Russia’s membership in the Council of Europe (CE) in connection with the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. So far, this has not led to the exclusion of Russia from the pan-European organization, but already on our initiative it can be used as a reason for leaving, the expert explains. However, Russian politicians perceive this decision as a final break with the Council.

February 26, 2022

The ghost of negotiations

Despite assurances from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about his readiness to discuss the neutral status of the republic, the first attempt to establish contact between Kiev and Moscow since the outbreak of hostilities failed. According to the Kremlin, the Ukrainian authorities initially agreed to talks in Minsk, but then demanded that they be held in Warsaw, and then “generally left the connection and took a break.” But without any pause, the Ukrainian leadership continues to try to get the allies to urgently build up military assistance to Kiev and tighten sanctions against the Russian Federation. The West agrees with the need for this and is preparing new packages of sanctions. On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and President Vladimir Putin fell under the restrictive measures of the European Union and Great Britain.

February 25, 2022

Central Bank: cards of sanctioned banks will not work with ApplePay and GooglePay

Bank cards of VTB Group, Sovcombank, Novikombank, Promsvyazbank, Otkritie will not work with ApplePay and GooglePay payment services, the Central Bank said. In Russia itself, the cards will work normally, and all funds of customers of all Russian banks on accounts linked to cards are saved and available to customers at any time, the Bank of Russia assured.

February 1, 2022

Kommersant: Ukraine, Poland, UK working to form trilateral alliance

London, Warsaw, and Kiev will soon announce the creation of a political alliance, the purpose of which is to strengthen regional security, the parties announced on Tuesday during visits to Ukraine by Prime Ministers Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom and Mateusz Morawiecki of Poland, respectively. Meanwhile, Warsaw confirmed the supplies of Grom air defense systems, mortars, drones, and other weapons to Ukraine. According to Kommersant, Ukrainian officials saw all of this as an indication that the West is willing to lend a helping hand to the country.

So far, little is known about the budding alliance. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba stated that Kiev proposed the plan in October of last year, and Warsaw and London just now responded to it. According to him, the countries are connected, among other things, by a desire to expand trade. In response, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denis Shmygal emphasized the importance of the alliance in boosting regional security in the face of “ongoing Russian aggression.”

Meanwhile, London is drafting legislation to impose more sanctions against Russia in the event of a “Russian invasion of Ukraine.” The United Kingdom also continues to provide weapons to Ukraine. Furthermore, both countries want to assist Kiev with the energy crisis. This way, London and Warsaw have made it clear that they intend to further strengthen diplomatic support for Kiev, according to Kommersant.

On Wednesday, the British PM is expected to call Putin. Some members of the UK government could visit Moscow next week. In turn, Polish Foreign Minister, OSCE Chairman-in-Office Zbigniew Rau will visit Washington this Wednesday, Donbass on February 9, and Russia in the middle of the month.

Kommersant: Europe increases gas purchases from Gazprom

In February, Gazprom began expanding gas shipments to Europe via Ukraine. The Russian gas giant was fully utilizing the contract capacity of the Ukrainian system in the first two days of the month, most likely due to increased customer demand, which may be due to the reduction in the average cost of supply, as spot gas prices were much lower in January than in December, Kommersant writes.

Despite the decline, gas prices remain at historical highs, with January’s averages hovering around $1,000 per 1,000 cubic meters. Because of the high prices in January, European buyers were more active in purchasing LNG and taking gas from underground storage facilities.

According to Fitch’s Dmitry Marinchenko, the February gas supply scenario will depend on whether Europe can get more gas from Russia. “It appears that supplies in January were primarily constrained to minimum contract levels. It cannot be ruled out that the volume of supply will correlate with the geopolitical backdrop, which can change quickly,” he said.

Maria Belova from Vygon Consulting believes that global LNG output is unlikely to expand much in February, while gas prices in Europe are anticipated to be higher than in Asia, resulting in the redirection of some LNG shipments. She told the newspaper that consumers will not be interested in boosting gas purchases to fill storage facilities expecting some price reduction in Q2. “We see no significant reason to increase Russian gas exports in February,” she concluded, adding that if the average temperature in Europe remains the same over the next two months as it did in January, the level of gas reserves in storage by April will fall below 10%.

January 18, 2022

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Foreign Ministry announced threats to Russian diplomats in Ukraine. Russian diplomats and their families are receiving threats, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said. This applies to employees of representative offices who work in Ukraine.