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Poland has taken in more Ukrainian refugees than any other EU country. Local mayors say they’re running out of money. 

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Poland has taken in nearly 1.5 million Ukrainians since the war began. Local mayors say they’re now running out of money to support refugees. And the vast network of volunteers that turned up in the early months of the invasion say that they’re running out of energy, too.

The WorldNovember 1, 2022 · 1:00 PM EDT

People walk past banners with aid infomation for Ukrainians who fled the war in Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 5,2022. 

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As Europe braces for the arrival of more Ukrainian refugees this winter, many question if the continent will be prepared. 

In Poland, which has taken in more Ukrainian refugees than any other EU country — 1.5 million — some are saying the answer is no as resources quickly dry up.

“We need much bigger funding for refugees,” Rafal Trzaskowski, the mayor of Warsaw, said during a press conference last month.

Mayor of Warsaw Rafal Trzaskowski speaks to the press after meeting a Taiwan official who donated 1 million USD to help Ukrainian refugees staying in Warsaw in Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 5,2022. 


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Warsaw, which according to the city government has accepted 170,000 Ukrainian refugees since February, has already spent $80 million to help Ukrainians resettle. Under the Temporary Protection Directive (TPD), registered Ukrainians can access the labor market, free health care and the Polish school system and receive many of the same social benefits entitled to Polish citizens.

But as funding runs out, so have a number of services such as free public transport for Ukrainian refugees and subsidies for people hosting them.

Trzaskowski and other mayors across Poland have been calling on the central government for more financial assistance, but say old political games are getting in the way.

People walk past a banner with information for Ukrainians who fled the war at the Zachodnia bus station in Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 5,2022. 


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Notably, Trzaskowski has accused the far-right central government of taking money away from larger cities like his, which are run by more liberal opposition parties.

“So, paradoxically, in times of crisis, instead of giving us money, the government actually focuses on taking money away from us,” Trzaskowski said, adding, “It seems that the government doesn't have a strategy on helping refugees.”

Ukrainian vollunteers inform Ukrainiand in front of an aid tent for displaced Ukrainians who fled the Russian invasion of Ukraine next to the Zachodnia bus station in Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 5,2022. 


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Bartosz Grodecki, a member of the central government who works on the budget for refugees in Poland, refutes that claim. He argues that towns already have enough money, and that the central government has already pledged $3.4 billion in aid for this year.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's portrait hangs among aid information papers next to baby cars inside an aid tent for displaced Ukrainians who fled the Russian invasion of Ukraine next to the Zachodnia bus station in Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 5,2022. 


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While he agreed there could be more funding, he said that money should be coming from an EU level.

“We have welcomed the most number of refugees [of any EU country] … which is why we should be financially covered by the European Commission,” Grodecki said.

Bartosz Grodecki, undersecretary of state of the Ministry of the Interior and Administration of the Republic of Poland, poses for a portrait at his office in Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 4, 2022. 


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While the EU sent an additional $144.6 million earlier this month to help Poland respond to Ukrainian refugees, the interior minister criticized the amount as small compared to what the country needs.

Indeed, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OCED) estimates that Poland will have spent $8.4 billion responding to Ukrainian refugees by the end of this year, more than any other EU country.

Much of that support has been coming from individuals. The Polish Economic Institute estimates that private citizens spent as much as $2.1 billion helping Ukrainians in the first three months of the war alone.

People walk past electronic displays with Ukraine flag colours in Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 3,2022. 


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But with Poland’s inflation rate at 17.2% in September and a looming winter energy crisis, that funding source may also be running low.

Then, there’s the vast network of people who volunteered in the early days of the war but are now experiencing “refugee fatigue.”

“People are tired,” said Helen Krajewska, who works with the Warsaw-based, nongovernmental organization Polish Humanitarian Action.

She said that what people need now is support.

Helena Krajewska, press officer of Polish Humanitarian action (PAH) poses for a portrait in Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 4,2022. 


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“Not only financial support, but even support from just normal people to say that we are all in this together because help is not a sprint, it's a marathon.”

Ksawery Nałęcz-Jawecki, a 32-year-old who works in advertising, knows what the marathon feels like.

In March, he and a few friends set up a volunteer food kitchen outside one of Warsaw’s largest train stations.

Ksawery Nalecz-Jawecki is a Polish activist who independently created an aid point for Ukrainians who fled the war. He poses for a portrait in Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 3, 2022. 


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“During the busiest period, we were serving around 10,000 people a day,” Nalecz-Jawecki said.

The Polish government then stepped in to provide funding, which helped them serve more than half a million people total.

But that funding ran out in early July, forcing the operation to shut down entirely.

Nalecz-Jawecki said that part of it is understandable.

People line up to pick a free SIM card from the PLAY telecommunication company for Ukrainians who fled the war at the Zachodnia bus station in Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 5,2022. 


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For now, there are still fewer Ukrainians coming into Poland compared to the start of the war.

But with winter around the corner, and Russia’s recent barrage of missile strikes targeting key infrastructure and civilians, analysts expect those numbers to rise again.

Nalecz-Jawecki said that he’d be ready to start up his operation again.

“It’s an easy decision,” he said. “When someone is in need or in pain, it’s easy to find the strength to help.”

His only hope is that those with the potential to help fund such an operation will feel the same way.  

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Russia will not appoint a new permanent representative to the EU in the near future

Moscow does not intend to appoint a new permanent representative to the EU in the near future after the departure of Vladimir Chizhov and will be represented at the level of charge d'affaires, RBC learned 9/71/756644707963719.jpg 673w” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi) ” >

Russia will not appoint a new permanent representative to the EU in the near future

Russia's permanent mission to the EU will be headed by a charge d'affaires, Moscow does not intend to appoint a new permanent representative after Vladimir Chizhov's departure, two sources familiar with the discussion told RBC. “In the near future, Russia does not intend to appoint a new permanent representative and will be represented in Brussels at the level of charge d'affaires. The issue is suspended indefinitely»,— one of them told RBC.

Another RBC source familiar with the discussion of the issue said that such an appointment is not planned in the near future.

The press service of the Russian permanent mission to the EU told RBC that “the timing of the appointment of a new permanent representative depends on many internal and external factors.” “At the same time, it is obvious that the activity of any Russian foreign agency implies the presence of its head, appointed by presidential decree. Until that time, Russia will be represented in EU Brussels at the level of Acting Permanent Representative,— added in the Russian diplomatic mission.

The permanent mission noted that they had repeatedly heard that the EU was in favor of maintaining channels of political dialogue. “However, in the current and future work in this area, the confrontational statements of the European Union, including those made by its leaders within and on the margins of the session of the UN General Assembly in New York, also have to be taken into account,” — concluded in permanent representation.

In turn, the official representative of the EU Foreign Service, Peter Stano, told RBC that he could not publicly comment on the process of issuing agremans and nominating permanent representatives. “We also do not comment on what steps the partners are taking in this regard and when they request (agrement) from us,” — he explained.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told reporters on Thursday that Russia has not yet asked the EU for a new envoy.

RBC sent a request to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

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The new EU Ambassador to Russia, Roland Galyarag, presented copies of his credentials to Grushko on September 27, after which he was able to start working as head of the EU diplomatic mission. The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova on September 15 on the air of the Soloviev Live TV channel stated that Galyarag was already in Moscow. Stano also spoke about this to RBC. However, the diplomat did not participate in the ceremony of presenting his credentials to Russian President Vladimir Putin, which took place in the Kremlin Palace on September 20.

Vladimir Chizhov has served as Russia's Permanent Representative to the European Union since 2005. On September 26, Russian President Vladimir Putin released him from his duties by decree. Chizhov, 68, said earlier. “I am no longer comfortable acting as a living monument to the strategic partnership between Russia and the EU,” — the diplomat told reporters on 12 September. He noted that during his “farewell visits” told his European colleagues that “burning bridges is much easier than rebuilding them later.”

As early as July 25, he became a candidate for the post of senator from Karelia. On September 11, elections of the head of the region were held in the republic, according to the law, during registration, candidates propose their three candidates for the post of senator. Chizhov was a candidate for senators from the executive branch of the current head of Karelia, Artur Parfenchikov, who won the election. On September 27, Chizhov was appointed a senator.

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Oil, steel, diamonds, caviar and vodka from Russia will fall under EU sanctions

The European Commission has developed a new package of sanctions against Russia, which should satisfy all 27 participating countries. It included restrictions against oil, steel, timber, diamonds and other goods from Russia ” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

Oil, steel, diamonds, caviar and vodka from Russia

In addition to the previously announced plans to impose restrictions on the price of Russian oil, the new EU sectoral sanctions package may include the diamond mining company ALROSA, caviar, vodka and cigarettes, and the philosopher Alexander Dugin and artists Yulia Chicherina, Oleg Gazmanov, Nikolai Rastorguev may be subject to personal sanctions. .

This is reported by the publication EUObserver, which got acquainted with the internal documents of the EU on the preparation of sanctions. The EU Commission and the Foreign Service put forward these ideas on September 28 in response to “Russia's plan to annex parts of Eastern Ukraine.” after the referendums.

Sanctions will hit ALROSA but spare the rest of Russia's diamond mining sector, the newspaper writes. It also contains a ban on imports of Russian vodka, caviar, cigarettes and cosmetics.

Dugin was listed because he called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to create a “Russian-dominated totalitarian Eurasian empire that includes Ukraine by historical , religious and geographical reasons».

The list also includes artists Yulia Chicherina, Oleg Gazmanov and Nikolai Rastorguev, who supported Russia's actions in Ukraine.

Most of the 29 individuals who are planned to be included in the sanctions list— these are “little-known officials” who participated in the organization of referendums.

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Shipping companies and insurers will be prohibited from handling Russian oil unless its purchase price per barrel is “at or below a predetermined price cap set by the Price Cap Authority”.

In addition, it is planned to introduce a full a ban on imports of Russian steel, from industrial coils to sewing needles, as well as all forest products, including wood, pulp and paper, as part of an EU trade embargo worth €7 billion.

Sanctions may include a ban on EU citizens from holding senior positions in large Russian state-owned companies, as well as a ban on providing accounting, architectural, engineering, information and legal services to Russian firms and individuals. The legal prohibition applies only to “non-contentious” commercial services, so that Russians still have the right to representation in EU courts.

The commission's proposals have been crafted to appeal to all 27 EU capitals, following consultations over the weekend, the newspaper notes.

The proposals are due to be discussed by EU ambassadors and a final decision made on Friday, September 30.


On the eve of The Wall Street Journal reported that the administration of US President Joe Biden is preparing its own new series of economic sanctions, seeking to tighten the “financial cordon” around the Russian economy. The sanctions list is planned to include the Russian Deposit Insurance Agency, the Mir National Payment Card System, the National Clearing Center and the National Settlement Depository.

The White House is also considering shutting down more Russian banks from the SWIFT global financial messaging system, imposing export controls on a wider range of goods needed by the economy, and imposing sanctions on more state-owned companies.

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Bloomberg did not see the EU’s readiness to supply Ukraine with heavy weapons

Bloomberg: EU countries are unlikely to be able to increase the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine Western countries are not ready to increase the supply of weapons to Ukraine, writes Bloomberg. According to agency sources, this is due to the fact that stocks of such weapons are coming to an end. In addition, the countries are afraid of the expansion of the conflict

European countries are unlikely to be able to dramatically increase the supply of weapons to Kyiv, including because their own stocks of heavy weapons are depleted. This was reported to Bloomberg by a senior European official. In addition, according to him, they are “cautious in the supply” and the United States, so as not to provoke a new round of conflict.

Four more officials who understand the policy of European countries towards Ukraine told the agency that they do not see any signs that indicate the readiness of European countries to send new batches of heavy weapons to Kyiv. The interlocutors of the agency say that the German Leopard tanks have become the apple of a nuisance between Ukraine and Europe. They are used by several NATO countries, including Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Greece and Turkey, as well as a bloc candidate Finland.

A source familiar with the matter told the news agency that so far Berlin has not received official requests to allow the equipment to be used to help Ukraine. A spokesman for the German Economy Ministry, which handles arms export licensing, told Bloomberg that it could not comment on potential or pending applications.

Ukraine has previously received tanks from allies, including from Poland, which has supplied Kyiv with more than 250 combat Soviet-designed machines, the agency points out. Now Warsaw needs to provide for its own needs before sending new weapons to Ukraine.

Ukraine has repeatedly turned to Western countries with requests to supply more weapons. For example, in early September, Die Welt reported that the country's Prime Minister Denis Shmyhal requested the latest Leopard 2 tanks, but German Chancellor Olaf Scholz did not agree to this.

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Now, in addition to the direct transfer of military equipment and equipment, Germany is supporting Kyiv with the help of exchange schemes for Soviet equipment supplied to Ukraine from Eastern Europe to modern German for these states. In particular, according to this scheme, Soviet T-72 tanks are sent to Ukraine from Poland.

German Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht said on September 18 that the FRG would not yet send Western-style battle tanks to Ukraine, as it does not want act alone, without the consent of Western partners. Kyiv receives other weapons from Berlin — rocket launchers, including Mars multiple rocket launchers, their ammunition, machine guns, howitzers, etc.

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The largest oil trader spoke about the US plan to replace Russian oil in the EU

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The United States will supply Europe with more than 1 million barrels of oil per day. oil to replace Russian crude. This was stated by the director of the Swiss-Dutch company Vitol, which is the world's largest oil trader, Russell Hardy on the sidelines of the 38th Asia-Pacific Oil Conference, Reuters reports.

According to Hardy, they will look for a “home” for Russian raw materials outside the US, UK and EU. “[Oil] will go farther and farther and find other markets, while it will have to be sold at a discount,” — says the director of the company.

In May, the European Union agreed to a ban on sea shipments of Russian oil, but the embargo did not affect the export of raw materials through pipelines, through which EU members, including Hungary, Germany and Poland, received about a third of the oil. Due to the decision of Poland and Germany to refuse any form of Russian oil supplies (by sea and pipelines), by the end of the year it will only enter the EU through the southern part of the Druzhba pipeline, which accounts for 10% of the total volume of oil purchased by the European Union from Russia, said the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. The embargo is due to take effect in December. It will concern raw materials in their pure form and mixtures— so-called blends. If Russian and non-Russian oil is mixed in the batch, then it will be completely banned. However, if the supplier can clearly show which part of the batch is not produced in Russia, this part will be allowed on the European market.

Later, on September 23, the Financial Times, citing sources, reported that the eighth package of EU sanctions in response to partial mobilization and referendums in Donbass would include provisions for a ceiling on Russian oil prices. Bloomberg, citing sources, claimed that a decision could be made within a few weeks. The Russian authorities have repeatedly said that the country will stop supplying oil to those states that impose a price ceiling. The head of the Central Bank, Elvira Nabiullina, noted that this would lead to an increase in world prices for raw materials.

In late March, President Joe Biden announced his intention to release a record amount of crude oil— 180 million barrels— within six months to combat rising fuel prices and market disruptions. According to the plan, the US sells about 1 million barrels. oil per day. By September 16, strategic crude oil reserves in the United States fell to 427.2 million barrels, followed from a report by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The Wall Street Journal wrote that this figure was the lowest since 1984.

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Putin dismissed Chizhov from the post of permanent representative to the EU

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Vladimir Chizhov

Russian President Vladimir Putin by his decree released Vladimir Chizhov from the post of Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union. The document was published on the website of legal acts.

“Release Chizhov Vladimir Alekseevich from the duties of the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community in Brussels, the Kingdom of Belgium”, — says the document.

On plans for retiring and “completing a business trip” Chizhov, 68, said earlier. “I am no longer comfortable acting as a living monument to the strategic partnership between Russia and the EU,” — the diplomat told reporters on 12 September. He noted that during his “farewell visits” told his European colleagues that “burning bridges is much easier than rebuilding them later.”

As early as July 25, he became a candidate for the post of senator from Karelia. On September 11, elections of the head of the region were held in the republic, according to the law, during registration, candidates propose their three candidates for the post of senator. Chizhov was a candidate for senator from the executive branch of the current head of Karelia, Artur Parfenchikov, who won the election.

Chizhov has been Russia's permanent representative to the EU since 2005. He is a graduate of MGIMO. He began his diplomatic career in 1976. He worked in the central office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as in the embassies of the USSR and Russia in Greece and Cyprus. He held senior positions in various departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: he was Russia's special representative for the Cyprus settlement and the Balkans, director of the department for pan-European cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and from 2002 to 2005 he was deputy minister of foreign affairs.

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EUobserver learns about EU plans to ban Rossiya 1, NTV and REN TV

In addition to TV channels, the EU proposes to ban the broadcasts of six online broadcasters, the newspaper writes, citing a list of proposals to tighten sanctions from the Baltic countries and Poland. Ireland supported the initiatives

Poland and the Baltic States are in favor of tougher sanctions against Russia and propose, among other things, to ban the broadcasting of three Russian TV channels— NTV “Mir”, “Russia 1” and REN TV, as well as six agencies and portals – NewsFront, SouthFront, Katehon, Strategic Culture Fund, Fondsk and InfoRos. Ireland supported the initiatives, according to EUobserver, citing a nine-page document with proposals on sanctions circulated in Brussels.

The state proposes to tighten sanctions against the backdrop of the implementation in the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics, as well as on Russian forces that have come under the control of During the military operation in Ukraine, the territories of the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions of the referenda on joining Russia from September 23 to 27, the newspaper notes.

Among the proposals supported by Ireland:

  • shutdown of Gazprombank, Alfa-Bank, Rosbank and Tinkoff Bank; from the international payment system SWIFT. The publication notes that the shutdown of Gazprombank will have far-reaching consequences, since payments for Russian gas in rubles pass through it;
  • a ban on transfers of cash euros or dollars to Russia;
  • a ban on Russian financing of registered in the EU companies, NGOs, etc.;
  • ban on the sale of real estate to Russians;
  • refusal to buy, import and resell diamonds from Russia;
  • ban on the use of Kaspersky Lab technologies; in the EU and the provision of services to Russian clients by European IT companies;
  • a ban on cooperation with Russia in the field of nuclear energy;
  • a ban on the supply of high-tech goods to Russia, including smartphones, radar equipment and laser devices.

In addition, it is proposed to blacklist those who help Russia to circumvent sanctions. Their assets will be frozen, and these people will not be issued visas.

The publication indicates that, according to one of its sources, this document is considered in the EU more as a “road map” for further action.


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After the announcement of partial mobilization in Russia and referendums on accession to the country in the DPR, LPR and the territories of Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, the EU announced plans to introduce additional sanctions against Moscow. Over the weekend, the EC held talks with representatives of 27 countries to study their proposals. Ambassadors of the EU countries can discuss specific proposals for the next sanctions package on Wednesday, September 28.

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Borrell warns of new EU sanctions due to referendums in Donbass

Brussels does not recognize the results of “illegal referendums” in the DPR, LPR, as well as in the Russian-controlled territories of the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, the head of European diplomacy said

Putin said that the EU did not respond to the proposal to transfer fertilizers

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Putin said that the EU did not respond to the proposal to transfer fertilizers

The European Union has not yet responded to the Russian offer to transfer 300,000 fertilizers, blocked in the EU countries, to needy countries free of charge. This was stated by President Vladimir Putin at the ceremony of receiving credentials from the ambassadors, the broadcast was conducted by the Rossiya-24 TV channel.

countries in need blocked in European ports due to sanctions 300 thousand tons of Russian fertilizers still remain unanswered,— said the head of state.

He continued: “Well, it’s clear: they don’t want to let our companies earn money. But we want to give away for free! Give at least free to needy countries. No, and there's nothing to it. No answer».

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Media: Kazakhstan began to detain Russian trucks with goods from the EU

“Izvestia” found out the details of the detention of 8 motorways to Russia by Astana.

The media has learned that heavy trucks carrying goods from the EU countries to Russia are being detained in Kazakhstan.

According to Izvestia, about eight road trains are already being detained in the neighboring country for an indefinite period.


The media, citing the Association of International Road Carriers, reports that so far the number of cases has not reached a dozen, but the reasons for their retention are not indicated.

Vehicles are located in parking lots for violators of traffic rules, where storage is expensive. Also, road trains are delayed at the terminals at the local customs. A number of them, as ASMAP points out, were simply stopped on the road.

At the same time, the documents were confiscated from the drivers, and therefore they cannot leave Kazakhstan.

“News” specify that all road trains delivered goods to Russia from Europe, through Belarus and Kazakhstan.

The Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation noted that the country's authorities imposed requirements on Russians that cannot be recognized as legal.

According to the department, Astana requires drivers to provide documents for goods that were issued not to Russian carriers, but to their predecessors – European companies that transported goods across the EU to Belarus or the Russian Federation. However, the problem is that the companies do not transfer documents to each other.

Illegality, according to the Ministry of Transport, lies in the fact that the new rule of Kazakhstan itself violates the Agreement on International Road Transport. The agency demands to release the drivers, return their documents and not impose fines.

Due to the current situation, ASMAP recommends that Russian carriers refrain from transit for a while.

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Ex-CIA adviser: EU in the fight against Russia faced an unusual problem

The financial expert stressed that signs of a recession in Europe are already evident.

US financial expert, former CIA adviser James Rickards said that the West faced unusual problems in its desire to defeat Russia. In particular, an energy crisis is raging in Europe, provoked by economic sanctions imposed on Russia.

The publication “PolitRussia” with reference to The Daily Reckoning.

In order to somehow mitigate the problem for ordinary citizens, the authorities of Germany, Great Britain and the Czech Republic provided for the allocation of financial assistance. However, this assistance will only be a short-term relief and, in fact, involves useless steps.

The expert explained that at the moment, even subsidiary assistance will not be able to save or prevent the onset of winter for Europe, which will become the coldest in modern history .

For Europe, this means losing the economic confrontation with Russia. And the longer the economic sanctions last, the more the EU and the US will suffer, the expert stressed.

And if Italy began to show common sense, then Germany and Britain are in no hurry to do it.

At the same time, the economic downturn will directly affect the United States, since the European Union will be in a recession and will suffer from inflation, and therefore spend purchases of goods in the same quantity will be simply not capable. A global recession is not uncommon for the West at all.

“It is not unusual for one country or region to go into recession, but a synchronized global recession is extremely unusual”, — analyst says.

Signs of a recession in Europe are already evident: high energy prices, outright energy shortages and disruptions in supply chains exacerbated by sanctions, the closure of some industries due to a lack of essential components or strategic metals.

By winter, this will only get worse, the expert concluded.

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Berlusconi called for the EU to become a “world-class military power”

Berlusconi called for the EU to be made a “world-class military power” because of China and communism About 2 billion people today live under communism, while it does not guarantee political rights, and opposition is suppressed, Berlusconi said. Ex-Prime Minister of Italy called China a threat to European countries in the military sphere (max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

European countries must protect themselves from possible attacks from China, where communism brought countries “only poverty, terror and death.” This was stated by the leader of the Forza Italia party, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, during his video message, L & # 39; Unione Sarda reports.

“Europe, if it wants to be able to defend itself against any future attack, must become a world-class military power. We, our government, will work in Brussels to achieve this result,— said the politician.

Berlusconi called communism “the most criminal and most inhuman” system in human history. Today, the PRC has combined “the ancient expansionism of the Chinese empire with today's communist globalism,” he continued, pointing out the political, military, and economic risks it poses to Western countries.

“Today, almost 2 billion people still live under communist regimes, where civil rights are not guaranteed, where political rights are not guaranteed, where oppositionists can only choose between exile, prison or even a cemetery, — emphasized the former prime minister of Italy.

A week later, on September 25, early parliamentary elections will be held in Italy.

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Norway warns of worsening EU crisis with gas price cap

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Introducing a cap on gas prices could exacerbate the energy crisis in Europe, Andreas Eriksen, State Secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of Oil and Energy, told CNN.

“In government, we are skeptical about the gas price ceiling. First of all, because the fundamental problem in Europe now— lack of energy resources, and the price ceiling does not solve this problem. On the contrary, it may exacerbate the energy crisis, lead to too high demand in the market and the need for new restrictive measures. It can also divert gas flows from Europe to other markets, and this will also exacerbate the crisis in Europe this winter, — Eriksen believes.

He positively assessed some of the measures proposed by the European Commission instead of the price ceiling for Russian gas— for example, the withdrawal of excess profits from energy companies in favor of consumers.

Norway— the second largest gas exporter to the EU after Russia. The country supplies the European Union with about 40% of fuel. In June, Bloomberg wrote that Brussels had reached an agreement with Oslo to increase natural gas supplies.

The energy crisis in Europe has developed against the backdrop of sanctions imposed by Western countries against Russia due to a special operation in Ukraine. In European countries, a record increase in prices over the past 40 years is recorded, primarily for utilities.

EU fears complete cessation of gas supplies from Russia: Gazprom in September, it once again stopped pumping through the Nord Stream; due to a gas leak at the turbine. At the same time, the countries of the bloc are considering a price ceiling for Russian gas as a sanction measure.

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Financial Times wrote that at least ten European states are pushing for a price ceiling for all suppliers, not just from Russia.

So far, the EU states have not been able to reach a consensus on this issue, and the European Commission on September 14 proposed alternative measures to combat the crisis: the withdrawal of excess profits from oil, gas and coal companies, limiting the maximum profit for companies producing energy from renewable sources and lignite and nuclear energy enterprises, as well as limiting consumption.

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Finnish Foreign Minister allowed a complete EU ban on issuing visas to Russians

Finnish Foreign Minister: EU may completely ban visas to Russians If the EU decides to completely ban tourist visas, then European countries, including Finland, should have another type of visa in reserve, for example, for journalists and civil activists, the country's Foreign Ministry noted

The European Union may completely ban the issuance of tourist visas to Russians. This was stated by Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto in an interview with Helsingin sanomat.

“If the EU decides to completely ban tourist visas— which I think is quite possible in the EU,— then the EU countries, including Finland, must have a different type of visa— for example, for critical journalists, civil society activists or opposition representatives, — he said.

A ban on issuing visas to Russians would require a common EU position, Haavisto said, noting that Helsinki would be fine if the EU enforced the restrictions everywhere, which in turn would have a legal basis.

“Now we are waiting for EU policy. We are ready to tighten the measures, — assured the head of the Finnish Foreign Ministry.

Poland and the Baltic states consider every Russian as a security threat, for Finland it would be “a very dramatic interpretation,” he said. However, if the Finnish security authorities— Armed forces, police or border guards— saw a threat in the citizens of Russia, then Helsinki would have taken a similar decision.

“We in the Foreign Office cannot come to such an interpretation if the security agencies do not have such a point of view,” — emphasized Haavisto.

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On August 16, the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that from the beginning of September, Helsinki would reduce the number of applications for tourist visas from Russians by ten times. The total number of visa applications registered by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be halved— instead of 1 thousand applications, the agency will accept 500, of which 400 will be given to those who apply for a visa due to family ties, study or work.

The Finnish government has instructed to prepare proposals for a national humanitarian visa for journalists or civilians. activists.

Haavisto assured that Finland does not intend to cancel the Schengen tourist visas already issued to Russians.

The head of the consular service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jussi Tanner, in turn, 12 September announced that the country does not intend to completely refuse entry for Russian citizens. “There will be no total ban in Finland, as in the Baltics and Poland. There will also be no quick changes in visa practice,»— he said.

In the Kremlin, commenting on the discussion of a possible ban on issuing visas to Russians, they expressed the hope that “opponents will retain at least a small amount of sober thinking.” If the measures are nevertheless introduced, Russia will respond to them, they added there.

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FT learned about US and EU plans to put pressure on Turkey over Mir cards

FT: The US and the EU will put pressure on Turkish banks that have connected to the Mir system The EU intends to send a delegation to Turkey amid fears of circumventing sanctions against Russia, the newspaper writes. There are now many partners of Russia in Turkey – only some of the banks are not ready to serve Mir cards, the head of the NSPK said /756632212900866.png 673w” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

The United States and the European Union are stepping up pressure on Turkey to enforce sanctions against Russia. This is reported by The Financial Times, citing two sources.

According to the publication, Washington is focusing on Turkish banks that have connected to the Russian payment system “Mir”.

Brussels is also preparing a delegation to express their concerns to Turkish officials directly.

General Director of the National Payment Card System (NSPK) Vladimir Komlev, in turn, said that the cards of the Mir payment system, the failure of which was previously reported in Turkey, continue to function as before.

“Nothing bad has happened in Turkey, the work is going absolutely normal. Wherever the maps “Mir” were accepted, they are accepted, & mdash; he emphasized (quote from TASS).

According to Komlev, the Russian side contacted the Turkish partners, and they confirmed that there were no reasons to worry. There are many partners in Turkey now, some of the banks were not always ready to serve the cards of Russian banks that fell under sanctions before. “But these are just some of the banks,” — Komlev added.

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“There is also a card” World ” Russia. Now five of our banks are working on it. There are also very serious developments here,»,— said the Turkish leader.

After that, The Financial Times reported that Western authorities are increasingly concerned about deepening economic cooperation between Russia and Turkey and the growing risk of secondary sanctions against Ankara if it help Moscow circumvent the restrictions.

One of the European officials said that the EU is monitoring the cooperation between Moscow and Ankara “more and more closely”. “We are trying to get the Turks to pay attention to our concerns,” — stressed the source.

Turkish Deputy Finance Minister Nynus Elitash on August 21 assured the United States that official Ankara would not allow sanctions to be circumvented by any person or institution in Turkey.

In early March, Turkey refused to join sanctions against Russia, explaining this decision by the unwillingness to “burn bridges”, despite the support of Ukraine.

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Putin’s ultimatum forced the EU to back down

Restrictions on Russian gas prices will not be introduced.

InoSMI found out about the reaction of the European Union to the warning of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Russian President warned that he would suspend gas supplies if a decision was made to limit gas prices.

As Tom writes Rice for The Telegraph, after Putin's warning, the EU decided not to impose a ceiling on gas prices.

The expert found that at a meeting of the European Union, ministers asked the European Commission to create a plan to mitigate the crisis in the energy markets.

The observer confirmed that Europe is experiencing an acute crisis due to a sharp rise in energy prices and their shortage.

“Ministers in Brussels are urgently trying to prepare for a harsh winter,” – said in the material.

The EU Ministerial Meeting was held on Friday, September 9th. The heads of ministries discussed additional measures to reduce tensions in the world.

Including the option of the obligation of consumers to reduce electricity consumption during peak hours, to introduce limits on the income of companies that produce electricity at low costs and receive excess profits for due to high prices.

Earlier, Vladimir Putin reminded that the West is not in a position to dictate its terms to Moscow and impose price limits on Russian energy resources.

“Cold, freeze , wolf tail. The West is not in a position to dictate its terms to Russia, let them come to their senses”, – advised Vladimir Putin.

Putin also promised not to close himself off from Europe and said that Russia would not impose visa restrictions

As Topnews wrote earlier, Hungary delivered an ultimatum to the EU countries and demanded that sanctions be lifted from Russian entrepreneurs. In response, Budapest promised to stop stopping anti-Russian restrictions.

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The Czech Republic declared Hungary “on the edge of the abyss” and allowed its exit from the EU

Minister for European Affairs Mikulas Beck stressed that Budapest disagrees with Brussels on many issues and, against this background, “came to the edge of the abyss.” Now he needs to decide whether to jump or not, he noted

Mikulas Beck

Hungary's position on various issues, including sanctions against Russia, often differs from the position of the EU, said in an interview with radio station Český rozhlas Plus Minister for European Affairs of the Czech Republic Mikulas Beck. He admitted that this could lead to Hungary leaving the European Union.

“In the European Union, negotiations are often difficult. <…>But Hungary, in my opinion, has come a long way to the edge of some kind of abyss, and now she has to decide whether to turn back or take a chance and jump, the consequences of which I do not want to speculate on,— concluded the minister. He added that under the “jump” the country's theoretical exit from the EU is implied.

Beck stressed that he will have a lot of work to do in the coming months to keep Budapest “on European track”; (The Czech Republic currently holds the EU Council Presidency).

The Czech minister also noted that the positive signal is that Hungary has temporarily abandoned its demand to remove three Russian businessmen from the European sanctions list— Alisher Usmanov, Petr Aven and Viktor Rashnikov. Budapest's request was reported earlier in the week by the Politico newspaper, citing sources. According to her, this infuriated the representatives of the EU. Later, the publication wrote that Budapest temporarily abandoned its demand after negotiations with the Czech Republic. The EU sanctions list should be extended until September 15.

In recent years, Hungary has repeatedly found itself in opposition to Brussels, including because of the law adopted in the country to limit LGBT propaganda and withdraw frequency from the opposition radio stations. The latest reason for disagreement was the EU sanctions policy towards Russia. Hungary did not support the restrictions, and also warned that they would primarily turn against the countries — members of the European Union.

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“In the end, Europe will be on the side of the losers in this war due to economic problems. We recommended to stop the sanctions process,— Balazs Orbán, a senior adviser to the Hungarian Prime Minister, said in June.

In August, including because of Hungary, EU foreign ministers failed to reach a consensus on a visa ban for Russians. Instead, it was decided to turn to a softer measure— suspension of the simplified visa regime. Budapest also opposes sanctions against oil and gas supplies from Russia. “There is no European security of supply without Russian sources of energy”, — Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto stated.

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EU finance ministers approve €5bn aid to Kyiv

This is the second part of the €9 billion loan promised in May. €1 billion has already been sent to Kyiv, the remaining €3 billion was promised to be issued “as soon as possible.” In total, according to the EC, Kyiv and the World Bank, the restoration of Ukraine will take $ 349 billion ” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

EU finance ministers approved allocation of assistance to Kyiv for €5 billion

EU finance ministers have agreed to additionally allocate <5 billion euros in macro-financial assistance to Ukraine, Deputy Head of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis said on Twitter.

“EU ministers are ready <…> provide [Ukraine] €5 billion in loans— macro-financial assistance package [for a total amount] €9 billion»,— he wrote.

On September 7, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced plans to provide Ukraine with an additional €5 billion in the form of a loan on Twitter. “The situation in Ukraine requires our full support. Today, the European Commission proposes to allocate additional macro-financial assistance to the country in the amount of €5 billion»,— she wrote. However, after the initiative was put forward, it had to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council of the countries— members of the EU.

The allocated €5 billion are included in the package of macro-financial assistance, which the EC announced back in May. Of the promised €9 billion, it has already allocated €1 billion and €5 billion, respectively, the remaining €3 billion the European Commission promised to send to Kyiv “as soon as possible”.

The European Commission, together with Kyiv and World Bank experts, have calculated that $349 billion will be required to restore Ukraine.

After the start of the Russian military operation, the EU allocated several aid packages to Ukraine. Humanitarian assistance from EU institutions in mid-June, according to the estimates of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, exceeded $1.3 billion, financial— $11.6 billion, and the military— $ 2.1 billion. At the same time, additional packages were allocated by individual European countries. Von der Leyen on September 7 estimated total aid at €10 billion

At the end of July, Timofey Mylovanov, adviser to the head of the presidential office, said that Ukraine would need from $30 billion to $100 billion annually to fully recover from the special operation, of which $20-30 billion to support macroeconomics and so much— to support the army. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky at the end of August estimated the total cost at $600-800 billion. Prime Minister Denys Shmygal offered to finance the restoration at the expense of confiscated Russian assets. The European Union also said that they are looking for a way to use them for this purpose.

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The media reported on the imminent capitulation of the EU to Russia

The Turkish edition made an unexpected conclusion from the anti-Russian sanctions.

Countries – EU members may soon capitulate to Russia. The reason will be problems with the supply of gas, according to media analysts.

The authors of the Turkish edition of Sabah believe that at the moment the EU cannot find a worthy solution to the problems with gas supplies to Europe. This leads to the conclusion: “if you do not find a solution, then you give up.”

Journalists believe that such a defeat in the sanctions war will mean the overthrow of the previously dominant Western system.

At the same time, Europe cannot count on US assistance, because the results of the elections to the US Congress have not yet been summed up. The election of its members will take place only in November.

If the Republican Party wins, US aid to the EU may dry up. In this case, the European authorities will be left face to face in the fuel of chaos, the media writes.

It is specified that even if the conservatives win, Washington is not able to satisfy the needs of European countries.

At the same time, Sabah notes that the Russian economy has withstood the sanctions of Europe, which turned out to need gas more than Moscow needs EU money.

If the Russian Federation is able to find new buyers of fuel, then the EU has difficulty finding new full-fledged suppliers.


The authors believe that the EU will not be able to find a solution either in the long or short term.

As Topnews wrote earlier, some of the EU are counting on energy assistance from Norway, which has become a leader in gas supplies to replace Russia. But in Oslo, they are in no hurry to cut prices, preferring to profit from existing market prices.

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Erdogan saw the EU’s actions as the cause of the gas crisis

Orban made concessions to the EU for €5.8bn aid

In April, the European Commission launched a rule of law mechanism for Hungary. This allows blocking the allocation of funds from the EU budget and funds to member countries that, in the opinion of Brussels, use them for other purposes

EU countries bordering Russia decided to restrict the entry of Russians

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Finnish, Polish, Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian officials intend to meet soon to discuss introduction of visa restrictions for Russians. This is reported by Bloomberg, citing sources.

It is noted that restrictions may be imposed on citizens of the Russian Federation who enter these countries by land.

As stated by Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis , the parties will strive in the coming weeks to find solutions that will significantly reduce the flow of Russian tourists.

Earlier, the EU countries could not agree on limiting the issuance of visas to Russians at the level of the entire European Union.


Terms of issuing visas to individual EU countries will not change – expert

The terms for issuing visas to Russians in certain European countries are unlikely to change much even after the abolition of the simplified visa regime. Sergei Fedorov, a leading researcher at the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, stated this to

“The price of visas will, of course, increase, and as for everything else, I think the terms for consideration of the same Greek visas are unlikely whether they will change a lot. The same can be said about other countries that were against tightening,” the expert said.

According to him, countries where there are usually a lot of Russian tourists – Greece, Cyprus, Italy – opposed the restrictions.

Earlier, the press service of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia reported that the terms for obtaining Schengen visas by Russians could increase up to six months due to the suspension of the EU visa facilitation agreement with the Russian Federation.

August 31, EU diplomat Josep Borrell said that the EU countries, following a meeting of foreign ministers, decided to freeze the visa facilitation agreement with Russia. According to him, this was done “for the sake of the security of the countries neighboring the Russian Federation.”

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Gazprom called the damage to the EU from the minute of sanctions against Nord Stream 2

Gazprom: a minute of sanctions against Nord Stream 2 costs the EU 8 tons of CO2 Pipeline gas from Russia is considered one of the most environmentally friendly solutions, while LNG supplies from the USA to Europe have one of the highest carbon footprints »

Every minute of the sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline costs Europe 8 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This was stated by the deputy head of Gazprom Oleg Aksyutin at the Tatarstan Petrochemical Forum.

“Sanctions have really real consequences. Every minute of non-operation of this gas pipeline— this is an additional 8 tons of CO2 due to gas supplies through other carbon-intensive pipeline routes, — he pointed out.

Aksyutin added that the increase in the supply of liquefied natural gas from the United States to Europe in the first half of the year by 23 billion cubic meters. m led to an increase in CO2-equivalent emissions by 13 million tons. one of the highest, — he noted.

Referring to expert research, the deputy head of Gazprom pointed out that pipeline gas from Russia is considered one of the most environmentally friendly solutions.

«Nord Stream-2»— gas pipeline from Russia to Europe, which runs along the bottom of the Baltic Sea. It consists of two lines with a length of more than 1.2 thousand km each. Gas was supposed to be supplied to Germany through the sea territories of Russia, Germany, Finland, Sweden and Denmark.

In November 2021, Germany suspended the certification of the gas pipeline, obliging the operator Nord Stream 2 AG to bring the legal form in line with German law. In January, the company created a subsidiary, which was supposed to become the owner and operator of the German part of the pipeline.

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After Russia recognized the independence of the DPR and LPR and launched a special operation in Ukraine, the certification process was stopped, and the operator itself fell under US sanctions.

In May, Gazprom said that the infrastructure of the gas pipeline, which is located in Russia, will be used to gasify the northwestern regions.

In the summer, Gazprom sharply reduced the volume of gas supplies via Nord Stream 1; first from 167 million to 67 million cubic meters. m, and then up to 33 million cubic meters. m.

The company attributed this to the retention of the gas turbine engine by the German company Siemens due to Canadian sanctions, as well as the end of the life of other turbines. German Economy Minister Robert Habeck, in turn, considered the reduction in exports politically motivated.

On August 31, the company announced a complete halt in supplies via Nord Stream; until September 3rd due to “planned preventive work”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed launching Nord Stream 2 to solve the energy crisis in Europe. “We have one more route ready— Nord Stream 2. It can be run»,— said the Russian leader.

He said that he discussed the topic with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, but he stressed that now was not the time. Then Putin pointed out that in this case, half of the volume of gas would be directed to domestic needs.

The German Minister of Economy compared the possible launch of Nord Stream 2; with the raising of the white flag and the surrender of Europe.

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Poland and the Baltic countries allowed entry ban for Russians with EU visas

Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland will consider possible measures to reduce the number of Russians and Belarusians entering these countries, including a visa ban and a ban on border crossings for those who already have visas from other EU countries

The German Defense Ministry ruled out sending EU troops to Ukraine

Prior to this, the EU representative for foreign affairs, Josep Borrell, voiced the idea of ​​sending an EU training mission to one of Ukraine's neighboring countries. The German Ministry of Defense was skeptical of the initiative

The German Defense Ministry ruled out sending EU troops to Ukraine

The sending of military personnel from the EU countries to Ukraine from the point of view of Germany is excluded, said State Secretary of the Ministry of Defense Zimtje Möller (representing the department at a ministerial meeting in Prague), NTV reports.

The representative of the German Ministry of Defense also noted that the EU needs better coordination of measures to support Ukraine. This is how she reacted to the proposal to create a mission of “teaching and helping”; for the Ukrainian armed forces, which was planned to be deployed in a country neighboring Ukraine. EU diplomat Josep Borrell, who voiced the idea last week, noted that many Ukrainian soldiers are already undergoing training because Western states are handing weapons to Kyiv that require prior familiarization.

The newspaper Die Welt wrote about the plans of the EU to create a military mission in Ukraine last year, before the start of the Russian special operation, but against the backdrop of “continued Russian military activity”; near Ukrainian borders. Moscow criticized the initiative: the Foreign Ministry said that the purpose of the mission would be to train anti-Russian units. After Borrell confirmed the existence of such an idea in August, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused the EU of plans to create “training bases for training terrorists and Nazi fighters for the Kyiv regime.”

Germany, like many other EU countries, provided Kyiv with military assistance after the start of the conflict, although initially it refused to supply heavy weapons, for which the Ukrainian authorities criticized Berlin. Even after the supply of weapons needed by Ukraine began, former ambassador Andriy Melnyk (withdrew in July) said that Germany had left Kyiv “on a diet”; militarily.

After that, German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock and Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised that Berlin would help as much as needed. The minister admitted that Ukraine may need new heavy weapons next summer as well. According to the German government, from the beginning of the year until August 8, Berlin approved the export of arms to Ukraine for a total of €686.4 million.

Despite material assistance, Western countries have repeatedly stressed that they are not going to send Ukrainian troops, fearing a global conflict. Scholz in March called the “red line” sending any NATO military to Ukraine for any purpose.

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Estonia proposes EU to introduce new sanctions against Russia

Estonia invited the EC to strengthen sanctions against Russia and restrictions on SWIFT In particular, Tallinn proposes to introduce additional restrictions on the use of SWIFT system by Russian banks. Estonia sent its proposals to the European Commission

Estonia proposed the EU to introduce new sanctions against Russia

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Estonia submitted “concrete proposals” to the European Commission; on the eighth package of sanctions against Russia, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said in an interview with Welt.

The proposals are about “energy, trade and further restrictions on [the use of the international interbank system] SWIFT, as well as putting even more people and institutions on the list of sanctions,” the minister said. In his opinion, the sanctions already imposed against Russia are effective, but they are not enough.

«We also need to supply more weapons to Ukraine— Reinsalu added. He called Estonia “the leader in per capita military aid to Ukraine.”

In response to the special operation in Ukraine, the European Union has already introduced seven packages of sanctions against Russia, the latest of them— 22 July. The restrictions affected banks, Russian oil imports, industry, sea and air transport.

Earlier in August, Reinsalu announced that Tallinn would offer Brussels to introduce the eighth package of measures. He proposed expanding sanctions in the areas of energy and trade and restrictions on companies and individuals. According to the head of the Foreign Ministry, Estonia is also trying to reach a political consensus on the issue of Schengen visas— since August 18, the country itself has banned the entry of Russians who had previously issued such a document.

Now, for the first time, Estonia has voiced a proposal for new restrictions on SWIFT. As part of the sanctions already imposed against Russia in response to the special operation in Ukraine, several Russian banks (including Sberbank, VTB, Otkritie, MKB, Rosselkhozbank) were disconnected from the international system. Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau previously proposed disconnecting all Russian and Belarusian banks from SWIFT.

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Nehammer urges EU not to let Putin set electricity prices

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Borrell doubted the decision of the EU on a complete ban on the issuance of visas to Russians

Borrell: the ban on the issuance of Schengen visas for all Russians will be deprived of support in the EU The question of the ban on the issuance of visas to Russians will be discussed at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Prague. According to Borrell, the ministers are unlikely to agree on a complete ban, but they will discuss exceptions for certain categories of citizens jpg 673w” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

Daily Express: Russia could deal a death blow to the EU on September 2

The EU countries are afraid that Russia simply will not turn on “SP-1” after September 2.

The Daily Express analyst Thibaut Spirle believes that in early autumn, or rather, before September 2, the Russian authorities may cut off gas through “Nord Stream – 1”, which will deal a mortal blow to the European Union.

The reason will be the maintenance of the pipeline, which, preliminary, will last about three days. This, moreover, as the author reminded, that the pipeline has already stopped work for 10 days due to repairs this summer. This fact just caused a commotion in the EU, forcing them to hastily fill their storage facilities with gas to the fullest.

Today, the EU countries are afraid that Russia simply will not include “SP-1” after September 2, pumped up reserves may simply not be enough, resulting in an energy crisis that will be difficult to deal with.

“Will Russia turn on the gas? The EU is in turmoil as Russia could deliver the death blow. EU leaders have concerns that the Kremlin may extend the closure [“SP-1″] for a longer period. Deadline”, says the article translated by PolitRussia.

The observer explained that the closure of “SP-1” will lead to the complete depletion of stocks in the EU by the beginning of next year, and the alternatives in the form of new gas suppliers from the European Union are simply not enough to solve the problem.

But even in the event of a short-term shutdown of gas, it will also play a negative role in the energy market, as this will lead to an increase in the price of fuel, which is already extremely expensive in the EU.

Meanwhile, Liam Peach, an economist at a consulting company, said in an interview with Bloomberg that the Kremlin's decision to stop gas exports to the EU via “SP-1” will not negatively affect the Russian economy. All this is due to the surplus achieved on high oil prices and export levels.

Moreover, according to the expert, Russia will have enough of this for at least a year in the current market conditions. The analyst pointed out that the Russian Federation can earn up to $20 billion per quarter, despite the reduction in volumes.

The Economist explained that compared to 2021, this year, revenues from the sale of energy resources are 28% higher, and in 2023 are projected at $255.8 billion, which will show a decline, but revenue will still remain higher than in 2021.

In Europe, there will be a situation with rising energy prices, which have already risen in price three times. This trend only leads to the conclusion that “Armageddon” is approaching Europe, especially for the end consumer and enterprises.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that Chinese experts came to the conclusion that the appearance of Russian oil in New York was a slap in the face for the USA.

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