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An unseasonably warm winter in Europe threatens ski resorts, tourism

“MuiTypography-root-142 MuiTypography-h1-147″>An unseasonably warm winter in Europe threatens ski resorts, tourism

​​​​​​​Countries across Europe are experiencing unseasonably warm weather this January, causing a headache for ski resorts and broader concern for what it might mean for the year ahead.

The WorldJanuary 6, 2023 · 2:45 PM EST

Much of Le Praz De Lys in the French alps is grassy — and not snowcapped this winter.

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Christine Harrison has taken to sitting outside, barefoot, on the balcony of her chalet in the French Alps, and soaking up the sunshine.

Harrison, from Liverpool in the UK, has been visiting the French ski resort of Praz De Lys every winter for the past 25 years. The family-friendly resort is located at an altitude of 4,921 feet and boasts 31 miles of Nordic ski slopes for sports enthusiasts.

This year, she said, just finding a slope with snow has been her biggest challenge: “There’s no snow, literally, you can't ski here. There's just grass everywhere.”

Praz de Lys, like numerous ski resorts across the Alps and French Pyrenees, is struggling to cope with the unprecedented warm temperatures this month. Some resorts like A x 3 Domaines, located close to the French border with Andorra, have shut completely.

Others, like Le Gets and Morzine, in the Portes du Soleil area, have closed several of their ski runs.

Harrison said that she, along with her partner and two teenage children, went to Les Contamines that's nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc in search of better skiing conditions earlier this week. At the top of the slopes, Harrison said, they finally found snow but as they descended below 2,000 meters, the rain started to pour down and the ski run quickly turned to slush.

“It was horrible. We managed to do about four hours and it was like, what are we even doing here? It was carnage,” she said.

Le Praz De Lys in the French alps is shown on a more wintry day in 2017. 


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The conditions are not just challenging for winter sports enthusiasts, but they could prove risky, too.

Klaus Dodds, a professor of geopolitics at Royal Holloway University of London, said skiers and snowboarders will notice that piste (downhill ski trails) and snow conditions become more uncertain in warmer temperatures.

“There's more chance of avalanches, and skiing just becomes more dangerous because snow and ice is less settled,” he said.

Dodds said he isn’t surprised by the rise in temperatures at European ski resorts this winter. After all, he said, several EU countries experienced record-breaking heat waves last summer. Scientists have been warning about this for years, he said.

“We’re not just talking about climate change now, it’s climate breakdown,” Dodds said.

It’s not only winter ski resorts that are seeing unprecedented temperature hikes this month. Cities in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and France have all smashed records for the hottest start to the new year.

Warsaw, Poland, where the mercury usually hovers around freezing at this time of year, clocked up 66 degrees Fahrenheit on Jan. 1. Residents of Bilbao in northern Spain headed to the beach earlier this week as temperatures soared to highs usually seen in midsummer.

Snow loss or ice loss also has implications for water supply, according to Dodds.

Many of Europe's major rivers, such as the River Po in Italy or the Rhine in Germany, are dependent on alpine meltwater to replenish water levels. Low water levels have a negative impact on agriculture and endanger river transport, he said.

Christine Harrison (middle), with daughter Sophie and son Jack are shown at the French ski resort in snowier times in February 2020.


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Countries like France and Switzerland have also been expressing concern that they will not have enough water to act as coolant for their nuclear power stations, Dodds said.

The high winter temperatures also pose a challenge to communities in alpine towns that are dependent on winter tourism.

Sara Burdon, communications manager at the Morzine tourist office, said local businesses are worried.

“While the summer is an important and very much growing part of the tourism here, the winter is still the main season and the one in which businesses make most of their income,” Burdon said.

For the last few years, the town of Morzine has tried to address the negative impact a ski resort can have on the environment. Ski holidays can produce a large carbon footprint between visitor flights and the use of gas-guzzling equipment like artificial snow machines and ski lifts.

Sara Burdon works in the Morzine tourism office in France said that businesses are worried about the impact of warm winter temperatures on seasonal tourism.


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Burdon said the town has now installed solar panels on some of the chair lifts, while workers have adopted more sustainable ways of looking after the ski pistes, including using GPS systems to target exactly where artificial snow is required.

Last year, Morzine was awarded the Flocon Vert sustainability award — an environmental honor recognizing green development policies in European ski resorts.

Burdon said that they are still working hard to combat the heavy carbon cost of the flights.

A local environmental charity, Montagne Verte, has created a special train pass called the AlpinExpress Pass, which gives those who arrive by rail cut-price offers on their journey as well as cheaper accommodation and discounts on ski hire.

Burdon said they try to encourage their European visitors to make the journey by train whenever possible.

One silver lining from the unexpected balmy conditions this season has been lower heating bills. Last summer, the German government warned of a possible fuel shortage in the winter along with soaring energy costs — caused by the lack of a gas supply from Russia.

In December, the German economy minister, Robert Habeck, said he is optimistic the country has enough fuel to see it through the winter.

But Dodds pointed out that warmer temperatures have also been responsible for the catastrophic flooding in parts of Europe last year that devastated homes, particularly in Germany. The climate scientist said he believes that governments can still do more to prevent further temperature rises. For starters he said, nations need to stick to the targets laid out in the 2015 Paris Agreement which vowed to prevent global temperatures from rising 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels this century, and in particular, limit the increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

“We’re already 1.2 degrees past, so there’s little wriggle room left before we reach the 1.5 degree limit,” Dodds said. “That’s why we talk about a climate emergency.”

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Europe deliberates if it should keep daylight saving time

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To save on energy this winter, European nations are trying to decide if it's time to get rid of daylight saving time. But if they make different decisions, it could make keeping track of time across the continent quite chaotic.

The WorldOctober 27, 2022 · 1:15 PM EDT

A woman rides her bicycle toward Broekzijdse Molen windmill as the sun sets between the villages of Abcoude and Driemond, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday Oct. 29, 2011. The Dutch will switch back from daylight saving time in the night of Saturday Oct. 29 to Sunday Oct. 30. 

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Europe is looking for any way to save energy this winter, with the war in Ukraine disrupting supplies across the continent.

One idea has been to make daylight saving time permanent. That would require countries not to "fall back" in November. Keeping the afternoon longer would mean that people will also wait longer to turn on their lights in the evening, which would save on electricity.

But ending the semi-annual clock change is trickier than it seems, in part because, while some studies suggest that energy is saved by sticking to the summer schedule, the flip side is that, depending on when people wake up, they could just be turning the lights on earlier in the morning.

In either case, the European Union’s 27 member states may each be free to decide their own way forward. But if they all choose differently, keeping track of time in Europe could become chaotic.

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Blinken did not see the risks for Europe due to the leak in Nord Stream

Blinken: Nord Stream leaks won't affect European energy The US received preliminary information that the Nord Stream leaks could be the result of sabotage, but Washington has not yet confirmed this, said the US Secretary of State

Anthony Blinken

Leaks in the Nord Stream gas pipelines will not affect the energy sustainability of Europe, the US and allies “work day by day” over the solution of the problem of energy security of the EU. This was stated by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, reports Bloomberg.

“There are initial reports indicating that this may be the result of an attack or some kind of sabotage, but these are initial reports and we have not yet confirmed this,” Blinken said during a press conference.

He pointed out that such actions are not in anyone's interests.

The White House also said that the United States is ready to provide support to European partners investigating the incident, reports Reuters.

Thus, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that Washington would not “guess” on the causes of the leak on the Nord Stream gas pipelines; and Nord Stream 2.

The operator Nord Stream AG recorded a pressure drop in both Nord Stream 1 lines, as well as in one of the Nord Stream 1 lines. “Nord Stream-2” (they run almost parallel) 26 September. In the Nord Stream 2 pipeline a hole was discovered.

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The Danish Maritime Authority has reported a gas leak in the Baltic Sea near the island of Bornholm, which belongs to Denmark and is located near Sweden. Seismologists in Denmark and Sweden recorded powerful explosions in areas where there were leaks from the gas pipeline.

The next day, the operator Nord Stream AG called the destruction of the gas pipeline “unprecedented”; and noted that the timing of the resumption of infrastructure work cannot yet be estimated.

A number of European countries have already regarded what happened as “gross sabotage”. Thus, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called the incident a sabotage that could lead to a further “escalation of the situation we are dealing with in Ukraine.”

Swedish police issued a protocol after the leaks, qualifying the crime as ” ;gross sabotage».

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Lukashenko said that the United States is pushing Europe to confront Russia

According to the President of Belarus, military operations in Europe are beneficial to Washington. The United States is also fueling other conflicts: in Kosovo, in Syria, Nagorno-Karabakh, “tomorrow it will be Moldova or the Baltic states, Poland or Romania,” Lukashenka said

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The United States is pushing Europe into a military confrontation with Russia in Ukraine, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said at an event dedicated to the Day of National Unity (the video was published by the BelTA agency).

“They do not hide their plans. Contracts have already been signed for years to come. That is, Ukraine will be destroyed to the ground. And the goal at the same time— weakening of Russia and destruction of Belarus»,— says the Belarusian leader.

In his opinion, the US— the only country that can benefit from conflicts in Europe. “And put Europe in its place, and remove competitors, — Lukashenka described Washington's aspirations.— Today Ukraine, tomorrow it will be Moldova or the Baltic states, Poland or Romania.

Lukashenka is convinced that it is the United States that is “fueling the war in Kosovo”, “throwing coals into the smoldering conflict in Karabakh, muddying the waters in Syria”, while the White House completely ignores the internal contradictions “on the verge of civil confrontation”. For the first time since the beginning of the Cold War, humanity was on the brink of a nuclear conflict, he stated.

“The world has lost its head and is bursting at the seams. How will it all end?»— asked the President. He assured the audience that in the event of a military threat, Belarus would be able to defend its borders.

Moscow began to conduct a special military operation in Ukraine to “demilitarize and denazify” 24 February. The authorities stated that the purpose of the hostilities— protect the people of Donbass and ensure the security of Russia.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said in August that the United States was not only prolonging hostilities in Ukraine, but also stoking “conflict potential in Asia , Africa, Latin America».

Lukashenko has spoken about US involvement in the conflict in Ukraine before. According to him, “no Ukraine is at war today— Today, the entire NATO bloc and America above all are at war with Russia, and Europe would have stopped what is happening long ago if Washington, with the help of Poland, did not continue to spur hostilities.

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Putin called on Europe to lift sanctions from Nord Stream 2, “if it’s impatient”

President Putin: Europe can lift sanctions on Nord Stream 2 to solve the crisis


Russia is not the cause of the energy crisis in Europe, European countries, in order to overcome it, can, in particular, lift sanctions from the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, President Vladimir Putin said at the press conference following the SCO summit, RBC correspondent reports.

“In the end, if it’s impatient, if everything is so difficult, take and lift the sanctions on Nord Stream 2. 55 bcm m by year— just press the button, and everything went, & mdash; said the Russian leader.

“The energy crisis in Europe did not start with the start of a special military operation in Ukraine <…> It started with a green agenda»,— added by the president.

Speaking of the EC decision to lift sanctions on Russian fertilizers, Putin called it “unprecedented, ugly” and shameful, since it affected only EU countries. In addition, sanctions on freight and port calls continue to apply, he said. “EU food rhetoric” bluff to solve his own problems, — says the president.

After Moscow recognized the independence of the DPR and LPR in February, the German authorities decided to suspend the certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. On February 23, the US Treasury imposed sanctions on pipeline operator Nord Stream 2 AG and CEO Matthias Warnig. They were included in the SDN sanctions list, which provides for the blocking of assets and isolation from the dollar system.

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In the summer, Gazprom began to reduce the flow of gas through the Nord Stream, explaining this by problems with the return of the turbine from Canada, where it was being repaired. The engine is stuck there because of the sanctions of this country. Subsequently, the Canadian side agreed to deliver the turbine through Germany, but it never reached Russia. At Gazprom They explained that sending the engine to Germany “does not comply with the terms of the contract.” In Europe, Moscow's decision was considered political.

In early September, the Russian side completely stopped supplying gas, explaining this decision by the threat of an explosion due to an oil leak on the remaining turbine. In Europe, they considered the possibility of introducing a price ceiling for Russian fuel, but the countries could not agree on this norm. Putin, commenting on this initiative, threatened to cut off oil and gas.

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Kneissl called “liberalization” the cause of the energy crisis in Europe

The former head of the Austrian Foreign Ministry criticized the European policy of the last 20 years and said that due to the leadership of ideas about renewable energy, the market turned out to be “very skewed”

Karin Kneissl

The crisis in the electric power industry in Europe began in 2021 and is a consequence of the liberal reforms of the last 15-18 years. This was stated in an interview with TASS by former Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl.

“We had a crisis in the electric power industry even before the gas crisis began. This is the result of liberalization over the past 15-18 years, we have been experiencing it since April 2021, that is, for more than a year. <…> In general, this is a situation that we ourselves provoked, — she said.

Kneissl noted that the electricity market in Europe now operates “according to some incomprehensible principles”; and is not a classic supply and demand market. “He was steered towards renewable energy about 18 years ago. It turned out that the market turned out to be very skewed, & mdash; the ex-minister continued.— I do not want to go into technical details, but the fact is that the electricity market, despite the role of renewable energy sources, is still highly dependent on the price of gas. Even when electricity is generated more from renewable sources.

She recalled that after April 2021, electricity prices increased by 30-40%, and now the growth reaches 400%, as a result of which households are in decline. “For industries, for the industry, the situation is even worse. Now there is already a movement in the UK— it's not the EU, but it might spread further,— when people simply boycott their electricity bills. So we had an electricity crisis even before the gas crisis,— added the ex-head of the Austrian Foreign Ministry.

Kneisl headed the Austrian Foreign Ministry in 2017-2019 under Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. In 2018, she married Wolfgang Meilinger, Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the wedding. He stayed at the event for about an hour. In particular, during this time he danced with the bride. In June 2021, Kneisl joined the board of directors of Rosneft. as an independent director, but left that post less than a year later. In August of this year, she spoke about moving to Lebanon because of the threats she received.

The energy crisis in the EU has intensified against the backdrop of Western sanctions against Russia due to a special operation in Ukraine— restrictions affected the energy sector. This was followed by a decline, and later a complete cessation of Nord Stream traffic, rising prices for gas, oil and electricity, and record inflation. The situation in the European economy is complicated by severe drought in the central and southern parts of the region.

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In response to Western restrictive measures, Moscow transferred gas payments for unfriendly countries (the list of such states includes the entire EU) in rubles. After the refusal of some countries, including Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Denmark and Bulgaria, to pay in Russian currency, Gazprom stopped deliveries. The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, claimed at the end of July that in total gas pumping was stopped in 12 EU countries.

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The Baltic countries have decided to close the Russians travel to Europe

Russia is ready to respond “non-mirror” The three Baltic states decided to close the transit of Russians with Schengen visas through their territory to Europe, and in Russia the introduction of electronic visas for foreigners is again discussed at the highest level

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On September 7, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia agreed to introduce a ban for Russians with Schengen visas to enter the European Union through their borders with both Russia and Belarus, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said at a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Baltic and Northern European countries, held in Kaunas (Lithuania). The details of this decision are to be finalized this week, and its implementation is scheduled for mid-September. “Decisions will be made by national governments in accordance with national procedures and will take effect simultaneously,” — Rinkevics promised. It is known that an exception will be made for certain categories of Russian citizens— for humanitarian travelers, for diplomats, for those visiting relatives, and for truck drivers.

Finland, which also became one of the transit countries for Russians traveling to Europe after the cancellation of Russia's flights to the EU, did not join the initiative. As the country's Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto explained in Kaunas, Helsinki wants to wait for the official decision of the European Commission on this issue. “There is a problem of a legal nature: how to determine whether the Schengen visas of Russians are valid or not valid now. We control our own visa issuance process, but we need advice from the European Commission on what to do with visas issued by other Schengen countries, — he clarified.

Finland and Estonia have accounted for two-thirds of Russians crossing the border with the EU since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Bloomberg writes, citing data from Frontex. In total, about a million Russian citizens entered the European Union during this time.

On September 6, the European Commission submitted recommendations to suspend the visa facilitation agreement with Russia. The Committee of Permanent Representatives to the EU (COREPER) was supposed to make the final decision on September 7, this issue was on the agenda of the meeting. On Wednesday, RIA Novosti citing a European source, she said that the committee approved the document, but formally it will be adopted on Friday, September 9, at a ministerial meeting of the EU Council.

The simplified visa regime is expected to be canceled on September 12, after which the visa fee for Russians will increase from €35 to €80, the application processing time— from 10 to 15 days, in some cases up to 45 days (previously the maximum period was 30 days). Applicants will need to provide a larger package of documents for obtaining a Schengen visa (the recommendations do not say which additional documents may be needed). The European Commission also proposed issuing fewer multiple-entry long-term visas. In total, according to the EC, about a million Russians have valid Schengen visas.

The visa facilitation agreement between Russia and the EU was concluded in the spring of 2007. It stipulates the conditions for issuing short-term visas with permission to stay for up to 90 days within 180 days, the cost of issuing visas, a list of documents submitted by applicants.

This agreement was partially suspended on February 28, after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. The restrictions affected members of official delegations, the government and parliament, the Constitutional and Supreme Courts, holders of diplomatic passports, as well as entrepreneurs. In May, the European Commission issued clarifications on how the states of the union should act in relation to these categories of Russians. “These categories of persons no longer have privileged access to the EU, they need to provide documentary evidence of the purpose of the trip when obtaining a visa, as well as pay the visa fee in full— €80»,— explained in the EU. The document emphasized that the said measure would not affect ordinary Russians.

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A non-mirror answer

On Wednesday, at the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that in the issue of issuing visas to Europeans, Russia will not do anything contrary to its interests and will not impose retaliatory restrictions.

“[Foreign Minister Sergei] Lavrov will probably be angry with me— he is here in the hall just looking carefully, & mdash; because the Ministry of Foreign Affairs always acts like a mirror: they spat on us— we, too, must respond with a spit, our visas were closed, and we, too, must close visas for everyone,— Putin said.— We are interested in young people coming and studying with us. Why close them? We are interested in business coming here and working with us, despite all the restrictions. And there are a lot of such businessmen who love Russia, come here or want to work here. Here you are, please, let them come and work. Why limit them? The tutors are coming. Let them come and work! What's wrong here? Athletes, artists. Why limit? We will not cut these contacts ourselves.

According to the decree of the Russian President, since May 2022, the visa facilitation regime with the EU has been suspended for a number of categories of citizens of the association and countries belonging to the Schengen area,— European officials, diplomats, journalists, members of national and regional parliaments, governments and courts have lost preferences when processing documents for entry into Russia.

At a meeting of the State Tourism Council, held in Vladivostok the day before, the head of the Federal Tourism Agency Zarina Doguzova asked Putin to return to the issue of issuing electronic visas to foreign tourists. “They (Europeans.— RBC) they don’t want to see us, but we would be glad to see their tourists, and let them spend their money here and get to know our country. Therefore, we ask you to return to the issue of an electronic visa and instruct to consider the possibility of launching this long-awaited mechanism,— she said. Doguzova made a similar call on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum in June.

According to the law adopted in July 2020, Russia had to issue electronic visas to citizens of 52 countries, including EU members, from January 2021. However, the start of the law was delayed due to the current entry restrictions against the backdrop of the pandemic, which were lifted only in mid-July 2022. The website of the consular department of the Russian Foreign Ministry indicates that electronic visas to Russia are not currently being issued.

The Association of Tour Operators of Russia, citing statistics from the FSB Border Guard Service, reported that 57.7 thousand foreigners visited Russia in the first quarter of 2022 tourists, and for the same period of pre-pandemic 2019, the country was visited by 6.4 million foreigners.

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Named the country that overtook Russia in gas supplies to Europe

Western media believe that Russia's rival is in no hurry to rush to the EU's aid.

Western media state that in the coming winter Europe could count on gas from Norway, which managed to overtake Russia in terms of the amount of fuel supplied to the EU countries.

However, according to Telegram, Oslo does not intend to sell fuel at low prices or offer a discount to EU countries that are not members of the union.

In 2022, Norway plans to produce 122 billion cubic meters of gas by the end of the year.

According to Minister of Economy Terje Aasland, In a conversation with Reuters, the country will maintain the same level of production until 2030, relying, among other things, on an agreement with the EU on expanding cooperation in the field.

At the same time, Norwegian exports are not threatened by an increase in demand in the domestic market, i.e. to. domestically, Norway relies on electricity from hydroelectric power plants.

Security agreements and an agreement with the EU, as well as large reserves of almost unclaimed gas, make Norway a very reliable supplier, analysts say.

The country still supplies Europe with almost all of its gas (the western part of the continent) and 70% of its oil. 5 pipelines with an annual capacity of 130 billion cubic meters work for this.

Oslo's reluctance to sell gas below the market value, which is breaking records this year, is an obstacle.

According to the Minister of Energy, one must remember a simple the principle of the market: rising prices with a shortage stimulates production growth and guarantees the flow of gas to where it is needed.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that the author of the video in which “Gazprom” scoffs at fuel-poor Europe.


The Kremlin has linked the protests in Europe with the absurd decisions of the authorities

Dmitry Peskov

It is becoming increasingly difficult for people and businesses in Europe to live, and there are more and more questions for the authorities, the situation with the protests that have arisen should be commented on by the leaders of countries that accept “absurd” decision, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, RBC correspondent reports.

“Obviously, life is getting worse for people and companies in Europe, living standards are falling. Questions to the leadership will appear more and more. Let the leaders of those countries that make absurd decisions deal with commenting on this, — he said.

Rallies were held over the weekend in different cities of Europe, at which they demanded that sanctions be lifted from Russia and return directly to energy orders from the country.

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The Federation Council allowed a “big war in Europe” because of the actions of the Baltic countries

Senator Andrey Klimov: the authorities of the Baltic countries can provoke a “big war” in Europe =”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

Andrey Klimov

The actions of the Baltic countries can provoke a “big war” in Europe, Andrey Klimov, deputy chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council, wrote on his Telegram channel.

“The Baltic neighbors are clearly doing everything so that we demilitarize them too. Confident— Can. The only problem is that the Baltic political gnomes can still provoke the fourth (from Napoleon to Hitler) big war in Europe, — said the senator.

According to Klimov, then Russia “will not only have to expand the territory of the NMD, but enter into a real war with a dangerous and diverse external aggressor.” He expressed confidence that there are forces and means for this.

“But after 77 years, is it worth it for anyone to start a new war with nuclear-missile Russia, invincible in principle?”,— Klimov noted.

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Gazprom played on the requirements of Siemens and signed a “verdict” to Europe

Analysts point to an unprecedented rise in prices.

The price of gas in Europe has renewed its historical maximum due to the upcoming shutdown of the Nord Stream.

Russian energy expert Boris Martsinkevich said that Gazprom played on the requirements that Siemens presented to it. Namely, the Russian supplier was able to update the historical maximum in fuel prices on the eve of the shutdown of the “Nord Stream” gas pipeline.

Thus, according to Martsinkevich, at the end of August, the price of $3,500 mark. Already on August 29, the price went down to less than 3,000 per thousand cubic meters, but still remains extremely difficult for the modern economy of Europe.

The analyst believes that information about repairs at fields in Norway influenced prices , as well as information about the immediate stop “SP-1”.

According to “Gazprom”, the gas pipeline will be suspended on August 31 for at least three days. The reason is the repair of the last turbine, which is still working for the supply of fuel.

Such a requirement, according to Martsinkevich, was presented by the maintenance equipment company Siemens. According to its terms, the turbine should go for maintenance after 1,000 hours of uninterrupted operation.

“If the inspection does not reveal any serious defects, it will continue to work,” the expert explained.

He believes that the company simply took advantage of the terms of the contract, so there can be no talk of any political will from Moscow.

It is known that now “SP-1” operates at 20% capacity and remains the only pipeline delivering directly to Germany. Other channels, including the GTS (Poland) and Ukraine, either work in reverse or with restrictions.

Speaking on the YouTube channel of Radio Aurora, Martsinkevich joked that Siemens could send “a serious specialist' #8221; Olaf Scholz. True, in the event that the German chancellor is not at that moment somewhere in Qatar or Canada.

«Siemens… I was looking for LNG there – there is none in Canada, but Scholz came to look, ”the analyst quipped.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that according to the Finnish YLE, the Russian supplier began to burn fuel that is not in demand by suppliers . And the British edition of the Daily Express reports that Russia could deal a death blow to the EU on September 2.


Hackers sell data of Europe’s largest arms manufacturer

The hackers, operating under the name Adrastea, reported on a thematic forum that they were selling data to MBDA Missile Systems, the largest arms manufacturer in Europe.

The hackers said they had 80 GB of information, including blueprints, data on modern weapons systems and US air reconnaissance operations in the Baltics in 2020.

The hackers are asking for 15 bitcoins for the stolen materials, which is approximately 18 million rubles. According to Adrastea, at least one customer has already paid for access to the archive.

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Satanovsky supplemented the proposal to condemn the SVO when obtaining a visa to Europe

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The proposal of the German diplomat and politician Wolfgang Ischinger, to issue a Schengen visa only to those Russians who condemned the SVO, should supplement. This was stated by political scientist Yevgeny Satanovsky.

In his opinion, it is necessary to adopt the experience and high traditions of the Third Reich. Satanovsky suggested that everyone who received a visa put small tattoos on their wrists. Such distinctive signs were once widely used.

“This made it possible to avoid a lot of problems, including unwanted racial and class contacts between representatives of groups, the rapprochement or mixing of which was clearly undesirable to the authorities,” the political scientist recalled.


Of course, more modern digital markings like chips offer more benefits. Museums can again be converted into concentration camps so that tourists do not scatter.

Satanovsky advised the European Union not to neglect the color marking on clothes, which should be made mandatory.

“Large color drawings of simple geometric shapes on the back, chest and sleeves of clothes (if they are sleeves, she has them), they will allow, without any scanning, to recognize by eye who the Europeans are dealing with,” Satanovsky summed up.

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Volodin estimated the losses of Europe from restrictions on the entry of Russians at €21 billion

According to the speaker of the State Duma, the Russians “have someone to visit,” since 80% of the world's population does not support sanctions against Moscow. He also called for creating conditions for travel and recreation at home

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Europe will lose €21 billion in case of restrictions on the entry of Russians, the speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin believes.

for their own stupidity and ignorance, they punish themselves,»,— he wrote in Telegram.

The parliamentarian urged to create conditions for travel and recreation in Russia. In addition, 80% of the world's population, he said, do not support sanctions against Moscow. “There is someone to go to visit,” & mdash; Volodin added.

In early August, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russians should “live in their own world until they change their philosophy” and urged the West to close the borders to them. “This can only be viewed negatively. Any such proposals have no prospects. Their scent is also not very good,»,— the Kremlin said in response.

After that, the Baltic countries, Poland, the Czech Republic, Finland and some others advocated a ban on issuing visas to Russian tourists. At the end of August, an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers will be held in Prague, where they will discuss visa restrictions, said Anita Hipper, representative of the European Commission.

She previously explained that the EU visa code “does not provide for the possibility of stopping the issuance of such visas”, but each individual country has the right to take certain measures on its own.

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The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, did not support the proposal of some countries to ban the issuance of visas to Russians, calling it “not the best idea.” According to him, the EU should not let oligarchs in, but there are “many Russians who want to flee the country because they don’t want to live in such a situation.”

Estonia has already stopped letting Russians into its previously issued visas. Finland has also announced that it will reduce the number of applications processed per day by a factor of ten from September. Other countries also introduced a number of restrictions.

The Russian Foreign Ministry called the initiative of European countries to ban Schengen visas “discriminatory” and did not rule out that European countries could go for it.

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Member of the Supreme State Administration Rogov predicted problems with electricity for Europe due to the shelling of the Armed Forces of Zaporizhia NPP

/p> Photo: Global Look Press shutdown of the power plant. This threatens to disrupt the supply of electricity to European countries. This was announced by the head of the military-civilian administration (MCA) of the Zaporozhye region Vladimir Rogov.

“If the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is stopped due to constant shelling by Ukrainian militants, the energy balance in Ukraine will be disrupted, and as a result, this will affect the supply of electricity to the EU countries,” Rogov said.

According to him, if the ZNPP stops, then Ukraine will turn “from an electricity exporting country into an importing country.”

The shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine at Energodar and the adjacent territories of the power plant does not stop. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called on the world community to put forward an ultimatum to Russia in order to withdraw Russian troops from the station.

At the same time, the Russian side has already stated that it is ready to help in the implementation of the IAEA mission at the ZNPP.


Vucic warned Europe about the energy cataclysm

Serbian President Vucic announced an imminent energy cataclysm in Europe Serbia will monitor and “fight” daily for its own stability in the energy sector, Vucic said. In his opinion, major European countries are threatened with blackouts in the near future. Macron previously warned of “the end of abundance” 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

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The largest European countries will soon face power outages due to the energy crisis, such a situation will become a cataclysm, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said during a press conference. The broadcast was on YouTube. He is quoted by RTV.

He noted that he could not yet confirm that there would also be power outages in Serbia, but the authorities intend to “fight every day” for energy stability. Vučić pointed out that a little more than seven months remained until the end of the state of emergency in the country (it was introduced before March 31), and official Belgrade will monitor the situation every day. Under these conditions, Serbia has a good financial system, the president assured.

“In Vienna, as far as I understand, business has been stopped since December-January, because electricity bills have grown 4 times. There will be a cataclysm,— said Vučić (TASS quote).

Vučić, during his speech, recalled the words of French President Emmanuel Macron, who on the same day announced the beginning of an energy and resource crisis, after which he called on the inhabitants of the republic to unite to solve problems. In addition, he pointed to the rise and consolidation of “illiberal, authoritarian regimes,” warning that the “free regime” in France has a price and “may require sacrifices.”

“What we are experiencing right now,” it's kind of a big upheaval or a big upheaval. In fact, we are experiencing the end of abundance, the end of cheap liquidity, — said the President of France. He believes that the consequence of these events will be a shortage of technologies and products that “seemed to be constantly available.”

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Macron announced the end of abundance in Europe

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Macron announced the end of abundance in Europe

In France and Europe as a whole, the “period of abundance and carelessness” has ended, French leader Emmanuel Macron said at the opening of the Council of Ministers meeting. He urged the French to rally to resolve crises.

“I believe that what we are experiencing now, — it's kind of a big upheaval or a big upheaval. In fact, we are experiencing the end of abundance, the end of cheap liquidity— we will have to extract from this the economic consequences— the end of the availability of products and technologies that we thought were always available,— he said (BFMTV quote).

In addition, Macron mentioned the climate crisis and new risks for Europe, as well as cyber risks. Thus, in his opinion, France needs to do a lot of work on environmental planning and “make clear and decisive choices regarding the season just experienced in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, redouble the efforts that could be made, and also transform the country even faster”; .

Macron also pointed to the rise and consolidation of “illiberal, authoritarian regimes.” He pointed out that the “freedom regime” in France “has a price” and “may demand sacrifices.”

The President of the Republic also touched upon the military conflict in Ukraine, calling this period “the end of carelessness.”

The cost of energy and fertilizers in Western Europe rose amid the Russian military operation in Ukraine and retaliatory sanctions that disrupted supply chains. As a result, European countries faced a record rise in prices for several decades, including for food and utilities.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan has warned that millions of people in the UK will not be able to afford heating and food in the winter. “For many, it will not be a question of choice between heating and food — sadly, they won't be able to afford either”, — he thinks.

He showed Bloomberg's infographic, according to which the average annual electricity bill in January 2023 could exceed £ 4 thousand (280 thousand rubles).

Khan called on the British authorities to intervene so that “people can meet their basic needs” and freeze the growth of the electricity bill ceiling.

In mid-July, Romanian Deputy Prime Minister Hunor Kelemen said that Europe could face the worst winter since World War II of the war.

The harsh winter in connection with the energy crisis and high inflation in the EU was also warned by Estonian Prime Minister Kaya Kallas. “We will probably see even higher prices than last winter, and this is very worrying”, — she noted.

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Killer plastic. Expert on garbage islands and the fish we eat

In the Sakhalin region, rescue volunteers freed 105 fur seals entangled in plastic debris. These are the results of the expedition, which over the past three years has been helping injured animals on Tyuleny Island. Here is the largest reproductive rookery in the Far East of sea lions, listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation, and fur seals. The northern fur seal population in these areas totals 180,000 individuals, and approximately 1-2% of them suffer from plastic debris winding around their bodies: strong, but flexible plastic of nets and packages crashes into      ;neck and slowly begins to choke.

Filip Sapozhnikov, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Candidate of Biological Sciencestold about garbage that kills animals, and the threat that looms over our grandchildren.

Any package — this is a trap

Dmitry Pisarenko, — Volunteers who rescued seals say that half of the rookeries in Peter the Great Bay, the largest gulf of the Sea of ​​Japan off Russian coasts,is littered with garbage. Is this only in the Far East or everywhere?

Philip Sapozhnikov: — Such a picture is observed in all places where they actively fish and use net fishing gear — trawls of various stripes, fixed nets. A huge number of these networks are being lost. This happens due to various reasons: natural, man-made, with the participation of the human factor. They come down to that either the nets were not set up on time, not being focused on the weather, or they were placed in a dangerous place, or they were cut during during a storm to save the ship, because a huge trawl dragged it by  yourself and  interfere with control.

Lost or abandoned fishing gear remain free-floating in the sea. There are a lot of    it, because now, in the era of developed production of synthetic polymers, there are more available and cheap networks, and responsibility for their destiny is practically non-existent.

— So then the crew of the ship can throw the net into the sea with impunity?

— Networks are not equated to a weapon of murder or extraction of a biological resource, for which you need to obtain permission, like a hunting rifle. Even traps sometimes require permission, for a crossbow, for a bow, if you intend to get someone with its help, that is, to remove a living organism from nature. And networks are not yet subject to such licensing. They do not have to be presented once every six months, to show their condition, to show that nobody stole they drowned. Hence the attitude: lost, and okay, God bless him. Those who are engaged in fishing lay the planned loss of nets: they make up a certain percentage of their expenses, because it refers to natural factors, to strength of the elements. Chains purchase planned and, of course, keep their account, but don don value them as they would like.

Believe me, as soon as the licensing of fishing gear is introduced, the nets will immediately become the object of closer attention and care of those who use them. But so far this is not even at the level of legislation development — neither in Russia, nor in the world as a whole.

The shores are littered not only in the Far East. In northern seas — for example, in Kars — carries out fishing nets from the Ob and Yenisei lips. Nets brought by the Gulf Stream gather in the Barents Sea. There are not only fishing gear abandoned or lost by Russian or Norwegian fishermen — there is a huge amount of gear and debris that sailed from other areas of the Atlantic along the northern branch of the Gulf Stream. All this accumulates in the Barents Sea, floats on the surface and sinks in the end.

But in the Far East, the situation is really the most difficult. Firstly, there is continuous fishing, and a huge number of nets go to waste. Secondly, to south is a very populated area — garbage comes from the Japanese islands, from the coast of China. Currents carry it to the Russian coast of the Sea of ​​Japan and even further — to the shores of Sakhalin and Kamchatka. This garbage, mostly — a light synthetic polymer that floats close to the surface, it carries it to the shore, and marine mammals, the same seals, get tangled up in these nets, nylon ropes, packaging and fencing tapes, in package torn pieces.

The garbage remains on them, because it is difficult for the beast to free itself. He got confused when he was still small, and then grew up, and all this free jewelry began to cut into the skin, put pressure on the throat, belly and gradually twist and strangle him. Many animals die in the sea, they are simply not found, and only those who swam to the shore and are somehow still able to move, being wrapped in nets and already partially strangled.

— How many animals die like this, is any statistics?

— In over a year over 600 thousand marine mammals and  ; turtles. This is international data from five years ago, now there may be more victims.

The danger exists all over the world, and not only for mammals and tortoises, but even for sharks. For example, turtles are often confused in beer — you know, there are such cellular devices for & nbsp; six cans. In principle, any packaging material that gets into the sea is a trap if it has holes, loops or any cells.

A landfill the size of three France

— How much garbage is floating in the world's oceans?

                                                        The problem was exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic: a huge amount of masks and gloves got into the ocean, and and far from always used.

Part of this waste circulates in the coastal zone and returns to shore. The other part, carried out by rivers, typhoons and tsunamis, goes to the open sea and over time gets lost in large oceanic debris patches. They are in every ocean, in the central regions of oceanic gyres, in the so-called “horse latitudes”, where sailing ships that lost the wind used to go, and they could not get out of there until serious seasonal changes in the weather. And now a huge part of the garbage from the periphery is sailing there.

Garbage patches (or islands) are even in the Black Sea, hundreds of kilometers from shore — there accumulate all those inflatable mattresses and circles, plastic bottles that someone once lost on the shore, threw into the water or was blown away during during a strong wind. The most famous cluster in ocean — Great Pacific Garbage Patch. In terms of area, it already slightly exceeds three France, and the total mass of garbage accumulated there four years ago was estimated at about 80 thousand tons.

— I've heard that the size of the Pacific Garbage Patch is exaggerated and not even visible from space.

         visible from space, because the debris there doesn sticks out of water, it is immersed in     floats in surface layers, gradually sinking deeper and deeper. In the very center of the Pacific garbage island, the thickness of this layer reaches 40-50 meters. Pollution there is of different density, you can’t walk on it (the word “island” is used in a figurative sense), it’s just a zone of high concentration of large fragments of plastic.

And let it not be seen from space, but it is clearly visible up close, and the doubt the size of this garbage patch is not necessary. From 2015 to 2018, an international team of scientists conducted its large-scale research using 30 yachts, the scientific vessel "RV Ocean Starr" and  even the Hercules C-130 aircraft, which carried out photo and video shooting from  low altitude. They also went out on boats to the water area of ​​the garbage patch and there directly took the material. This group determined the true scale of pollution.

— This year there was another study: its authors came to the conclusion that we see only 0.5% of  the total amount of garbage in the ocean. What got into it once upon a time is already broke up into tiny fragments and settled to the bottom. Is that right?

    Plastic has been accumulating in the ocean since 50s of the 20th century, and most of it, indeed, by now is concentrated on the bottom: fragments of debris are gradually overgrown with algae and other marine organisms and  deeper and deeper. And due to the influence of physical factors: sun, air, water and drying salt, — they break down into smaller particles and and eventually turn into microplastics. We see on the surface of the ocean only the tip of this giant garbage “iceberg”.

But invisible plastic doesn cease to be harmful and dangerous. On the contrary, it poses a threat, the consequences of which we cannot yet assess. These 100-200 micron particles are mixed with plankton and incorporated into food chains. First, they enter the stomachs of small marine invertebrates and fish, penetrate into their tissues, and then, along with commercial species, end up on our table. This is how they get into the human digestive system.

“Let's feed plastic to our grandchildren”

—&nbsp ;But it is still unclear how microplastics affectson our body. Perhaps he is in       lingering?

— Microparticles of plastic are already found in the tissues of the human body, this is a fact. There are more and more such studies.

Inside our body, plastic cannot decompose, it needs light for this. But if it enters the organism already partially decomposed, there will be many hazardous chemical compounds on its surface. For example, polypropylene breaks down into more than 200 substances, and half of substances have not yet been described by science. The properties of these substances are unknown, but since they are mostly free radicals, they probably will not be useful. Phthalates, for example, are oncogenes, that is, they can cause cancer. A bisphenols lead to hormonal changes and affect reproductive functions. Both those and contained in decaying plastic from disposable bottles.

Now we are in the middle-way of the big way, when the amount of plastic in the world's oceans becomes tangible. But what will happen next, where will this path lead? It is estimated that by 2050 the amount of fish in the ocean will equal the amount of plastic. It becomes more and more, and fish — less and less. By mindlessly littering the ocean, we will eventually feed this plastic to future generations of people, our own grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Here is what awaits us.

— How to solve the problem?

— Need to switch to biodegradable plastic. Such types of plastic are already being created and produced, including in Russia, but in very small volumes. It is also necessary to introduce liability measures for the use of synthetic fishing gear, as I already said.

— Well well we will switch to biodegradable plastic, Europe will switch. And Asian countries, where more than half of the world's population lives, will continue to use ordinary plastic and pollute the ocean with it. So does does that make sense?

— Yes. Of course, the world is heterogeneous; it never will develop in a single way. Everywhere has its own customs, traditions, attitude to reality. But if we switch ourselves to biodegradable plastic, then at at least we will reduce this pollution in our coastal zone.

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Panther manufacturer announces plans to deliver 500 tanks to Europe

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Panther manufacturer announced plans to supply 500 tanks to Europe

Tank KF51 Panther

The largest German manufacturer of military equipment and weapons Rheinmetall plans to supply Europe with about 500 tanks by 2030, including the latest Panther KF51 (“Panther”), the head of the enterprise Armin Papperger said in an interview with Handelsblatt.

” ; In Europe, by 2030, about 1,000 of the 8,000 main battle tanks will be replaced. With our new Panther, we want to deliver at least half, that is, about 500 units, — he said.

Panther KF51 offered to 20 countries, said Papperger.

Panther KF51 was presented by Rheinmetall in June at the international exhibition Eurosatory 2022. The tank is equipped with a 130mm cannon, a fully automatic ammunition supply system with 20 rounds of ammunition, and a 12.7 mm coaxial machine gun. The tank has systems to prevent threats from the air and smoke protection. The weight of the tank is 59 tons, which makes it, according to the developers, much more mobile compared to existing counterparts, Rheinmetall noted.

The German publication Stern called the presentation of the new Rheinmetall tank “unexpected”; and described the Panther KF51 as “the West's first response” on the Russian T-14 “Armata”. In addition, the publication considered the new “Panther” a competitor to the project of the Franco-German “supertank” MGCS. The release of the latter is delayed, and the start of deliveries is expected no earlier than 2035. Thus, the Panther KF51 can take away potential customers from MGCS, the publication points out.

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Downpours and hurricane wind hit Europe after drought, there are victims

Powerful winds and downpours that hit French Corsica today caused the death of at least two residents of the island, and at least 12 more citizens were injured and are in serious condition. This was reported by TASS.

The dead were a 13-year-old girl and a 72-year-old woman. The cause of death of one of them was a tree falling on a house in a campsite.

In connection with the rampant elements, the infrastructure was seriously damaged, traffic was disrupted. More than 45,000 homes were left without electricity.

In addition, according to RIA Novosti, the drought-stricken regions of northern Italy were also hit by downpours and hurricane winds. In Tuscany, trees and roofs were demolished by a storm, two citizens died, four were injured. The media report that a hurricane-force wind spun the Ferris wheel in the commune of Piombino.

In the eastern part of Austria, a storm led to the death of two children. Another 10 citizens were seriously injured.

Earlier it was reported that 14 people were victims of heavy rains in South Korea, four more people were missing.

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The political scientist explained why Europe no longer imposes sanctions against Russia

“New sanctions will be introduced slowly and heavily”

Reuters, citing unnamed diplomats, reported on August 18 that Western countries are not proposing new sanctions measures against Russia because they fear low support these initiatives from other states. Political scientist Dmitry Zhuravlev believes that Western authorities are also afraid of people's discontent because of the sanctions and their possible consequences.

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In an interview with Vechernyaya Moskva, Zhuravlev noted that the sanctions hit Western countries hard, so they have to think about the consequences for themselves. In addition, the expert recalled that there is an election process in the West, and if, for example, the Germans are not fed, watered or given hot water, then they can vote against the current cabinet of ministers. According to the political scientist, no one needs this, so politicians are trying to slow down the sanctions.

In addition, Zhuravlev argues that support for sanctions is now also reduced. According to the expert, the exhibition “Army-2022” demonstrated who the ministers of war are, namely, they are the most conservative people in any government. The political scientist noted that many military ministers from all over the world came to the forum, which showed a real attitude towards the sanctions process. At the same time, according to the expert, none of the countries whose ministers attended the forum support anti-Russian sanctions, because they do not need it.

In addition, the expert clarified that the sanctions hit their authors so hard, that they have to think about it, but admitting it is scary, because it is much easier to say that they are not supported in the UN. Zhuravlev is convinced that new sanctions will be introduced “slowly and heavily.” The political scientist explains this by the fact that it is almost impossible to agree on them within the framework of the European Union, emphasizing that Hungary opposes them, and Germany, in turn, hesitates. The expert recalled that all decisions are made in the EU unanimously, so any sanctions measures will be agreed upon for a very long time.

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The Ministry of Defense described the consequences of the disaster at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant for Europe

The catastrophe at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant will lead to significant consequences for Europe, warns the Russian Defense Ministry, including migration and energy crises. Earlier, the department stated that Kyiv was preparing a provocation at the nuclear power plant width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

American experts assess the consequences of direct strikes on the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant as “minimal”, but in fact, a catastrophe at a nuclear power plant will have huge consequences for European countries, the Russian Ministry of Defense believes.

If there is a failure of backup diesel generators and mobile pumps and reactors will collapse, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe will release radioactive substances into the atmosphere, which will then spread hundreds of kilometers.

“Such an emergency will cause mass migration of the population and will have more catastrophic consequences than the impending gas energy crisis in Europe, which is confirmed by the forecast of a number of European specialized organizations,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Russian Ministry of Defense also said it was aware of Kyiv's plans to stage a provocation at the nuclear power plant and blame Moscow for the disaster.

According to the agency, units of the 44th artillery brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are planning to carry out artillery strikes on the territory of the Zaporizhzhya NPP, from firing positions in the cities of Nikopol and Marganets. However, the blame for their consequences will be placed on the Russian Armed Forces, the Ministry of Defense points out. The agency also emphasized that there are no heavy weapons of Russian troops in the area of ​​the station and on its territory.

The provocation can be committed as early as August 19, during the visit of UN Secretary General António Guterres to Ukraine, follows from the publication of the department. “The ultimate goal of the provocation is the creation of an exclusion zone up to 30 km, the introduction of international forces and foreign observers into the territory of the ZNPP, as well as the accusation of the Russian armed forces of nuclear terrorism,” — considers the Ministry of Defense.

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Zaporozhye NPP— the most powerful in Europe. It is located on the banks of the Kakhovka Reservoir in the city of Energodar, Zaporizhzhia region of Ukraine.

The Russian military controls the southern and central parts of this region, including Energodar and the territory of the nuclear power plant itself. A temporary military-civilian administration operates in the region. At the same time, the station is managed by Ukrainian operators.

The agency also indicated that since July 18, the nuclear power plant has been “undergoing systematic shelling by the armed forces of Ukraine.” from MLRS and artillery. By August 18, the station and the city of Energodar were shelled 12 times, more than 50 artillery shell explosions were recorded, 5 kamikaze drones were used, the publication says.

As a result of the shelling, the auxiliary support systems of the nuclear power plant were damaged, the Defense Ministry said.

If the shelling of the station does not stop, Russia may consider withdrawing to the “cold reserve” 5 and 6 power units, which will lead to the shutdown of the Zaporozhye NPP, the department indicates.

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Scholz called the “signals” of the energy crisis in Europe, which appeared in 2021

Chancellor Scholz: There were “signals” of an imminent energy crisis in Germany back in 2021 Berlin considered in 2021 as a “very serious signal” the incomplete filling of gas storages in Europe by Russian companies. After that, the development of a plan in case of interruptions in the supply of fuel began, Scholz said “(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre

Gas storage facilities in Germany owned by Russian companies were not filled last year, which made it obvious to official Berlin that there were problems and the risk of an imminent crisis. This was stated by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at a press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, broadcast on YouTube.

“We even faced the fact that instead of using existing pipelines, for example, Yamal— Europe, for gas imports to Poland through Belarus, gas was taken from gas storage facilities. And I took it as a very serious signal,»— Scholz said (quote from RIA Novosti).

The responsible departments were instructed to form an action plan if Germany does not receive enough gas, the chancellor continued. He noted that he ordered this back in December last year, shortly after he was elected Chancellor of Germany. These “signals” prompted investment in LNG infrastructure before the end of February, he stressed.

Germany at the beginning of the year took a course to reduce dependence on gas from Russia, the authorities planned to build the first two LNG terminals. Vice Chancellor Robert Habek called the construction of such terminals the main goal of official Berlin, and therefore new contracts are needed with the United States, Canada, Norway and Qatar. In March, Habek agreed with the latter country on the supply of liquefied natural gas, but the fuel did not arrive in Germany by mid-August. Doha did not make a “good offer” to Berlin, the Vice Chancellor explained.

According to Scholz, problems with energy security in Germany will stretch for several years, but the authorities are making efforts to solve this problem. “We are building pipelines, LNG terminals. We guarantee that it is stored in our gas storage tanks. And we ensure the use of coal-fired power plants to save gas, — emphasized the head of the German government.

Russia has become an unreliable gas supplier, Scholz believes, explanations for the reduction in the volume of gas supplied to Germany for Berlin are unconvincing. By the end of July, Russian gas exports via Nord Stream decreased to 20% of the nominal capacity of the gas pipeline (up to 35 million cubic meters per day). The German authorities do not rule out that Russia will completely stop supplying gas, wrote the Financial Times.

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Drought in Europe

The drought has hit more than half of Europe due to extreme heat. July 2022 in Europe was one of the driest and hottest on record. According to the European Drought Observatory, Europe's drought could be the worst in 500 years.

What Europe's waters look like now — in the photo feed.

Po River in Northern Italy © Fasani/Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press

Hesse's largest reservoir in Germany is only 20 percent full due to drought © Zucchi/dpa/Global Look Press

Germany's largest reservoir in Hesse is only 20 percent full due to drought © Zucchi/dpa/Global Look Press

River Rhine near Duisburg, Germany © Tack/Global Look Press

River Rhine in Düsseldorf, Germany © Gambarini/dpa/Global Look Press

Shallow lake Zik in Austria © Reuters/Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

River Rhine near Duisburg, Germany © Tack/Global Look Press

Shallow bed of the Rhine in Bingen, Germany © Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo/Reuters

Reservoir near the city of Malaga in southern Spain © Reuters/Jon Nazca/Reuters

Houseboats in the dry bed of the Waal River in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. © Reuters/Piroschka van de Wouw/Reuters

Shallow reservoir in Galicia, Spain © Press Agency/Global Look Press

Shallow river Verdon in France © Woitas/dpa/Global Look Press

Po River in Northern Italy © Fasani/Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press

Germany's largest reservoir in Hesse is only 20 percent full due to drought © Zucchi/dpa/Global Look Press

Hesse's largest reservoir in Germany is only 20 percent full due to drought © Zucchi/dpa/Global Look Press

River Rhine near Duisburg, Germany © Tack/Global Look Press

River Rhine in Düsseldorf, Germany © Gambarini/dpa/Global Look Press

Shallow lake Zik in Austria © Reuters/Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

River Rhine near Duisburg, Germany © Tack/Global Look Press

Shallow bed of the Rhine in Bingen, Germany © Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo/Reuters

Reservoir near the city of Malaga in southern Spain © Reuters/Jon Nazca/Reuters

Houseboats in a dry bed of the Waal River in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. © Reuters/Piroschka van de Wouw/Reuters

Shallow reservoir in Galicia, Spain © Press Agency/Global Look Press

Shallow river Verdon in France © Woitas/dpa/Global Look Press


Podolyak compared negotiations with Russia with the defeat of Europe

Zelensky's office: negotiations with Russia at the current stage will mean the defeat of Ukraine The beginning of a peaceful dialogue with Russia at the current stage will fix the defeat of Ukraine and Europe, now Kyiv has “no motives” for negotiations, Podolyak believes

Mikhail Podolyak

Kyiv now has “no motives” conduct peaceful negotiations with Moscow, Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, said in an interview with

“Negotiations with Russia today will only mean one thing” that Russia has won… Are you ready to go for it? The price that Ukraine is now paying is much higher than the possibility of a ceasefire,— he thinks.

According to Podolyak, the intensity of the fighting and the possibility of winning for Ukraine is more important than “some kind of situational pause”, and the beginning of a dialogue in the current conditions will fix the defeat of Ukraine and Europe, after which “the fall of the entire global security system and the system of democratic values” will begin.

The adviser to the head of the presidential office is convinced that even if the negotiations result in fixing a new line of demarcation, after some time Moscow will again declare the need for hostilities.

Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine since February 24. Since then, the delegations of Moscow and Kyiv have held several rounds of negotiations in person and in video format. The last face-to-face meeting took place at the end of March in Istanbul. In mid-May, peace talks were suspended, the Ukrainian side explained this by a change in the “emotional background”; after the events in Bucha (Moscow claims that reports of the death of civilians in the city, which was controlled by the Russian military, are fake).

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According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the Russian side is ready to resume dialogue, “because everyone knows that any hostilities end at the negotiating table.” However, according to Dmitry Polyansky, Russian Deputy Representative to the UN, Kyiv does not show that it is disposed towards this. On August 3, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, following a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, said that the Kremlin would like to find a way out of the situation through negotiations, it will not be possible to resolve the conflict without dialogue.

The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Dmitry Kuleba, said in mid-July that negotiations with Russia are possible only after Ukraine wins on the battlefield, since “negotiations are directly tied to the situation at the front.” Later, President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that if referendums were held in the southern regions of the country occupied by Russian forces (Kherson and part of the Zaporozhye region), as the civil-military administrations established there are talking about, this would close “any possibility of negotiations” for Moscow; with Kyiv.

In the Kremlin, responding to Zelensky’s words, they emphasize that it is not Russia that is going to hold possible referendums, these are the plans of the inhabitants of the regions. At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry insists that Ukraine, when returning to negotiations, must recognize the “existing territorial realities”, including the status of Crimea and the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.

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Europe paid for Russia for pumping oil through the territory of Ukraine

The Ukrainian side returned the money from Russia.

Oil pumping began along the southern branch of Druzhba in the direction of Hungary and Slovakia.

As it turned out, Hungary and Slovakia paid for the Russian side to resume the process.

According to RIA Novosti , according to the statement of Transneft, the pumping of oil begins at 16:00 (Moscow time) – the oil will come through the Druzhba pipeline, which runs through Ukrainian territory

Earlier, Transneft announced that it had paid for transit through the southern branch of the “Friendship” of Russian hydrocarbons for Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Soon, Ukraine refused to pay and returned the money to the Gazprombank account.

In response to the actions of Ukrtransnafta Europeans took unprecedented measures – they paid for the Russian side.

The Hungarian company MOL and the Slovak Slovnaft intervened. Thus, they circumvented the seventh package of sanctions imposed by the EU.

“Initially, the Russian Federation itself tried to pay for transit, but the payment did not go through due to sanctions, after which Ukraine stopped the pumping of oil. Well, what about the Europeans? They took and paid, do not freeze the same. For some reason, Europe agrees to sanctions in order to pay for everything later. Some kind of schizophrenia”, – ironic on the Web.

European companies explained that there were “technical problems in connection with payment from the Russian side at the level of banks.”

Ukraine confirmed that it had received payment for its transit through its territory.

As Topnews wrote earlier, in November 2021, Belarus cut off oil through the Druzhba pipeline. Poland turned out to be without supplies.


Bloomberg: Sanctions against Russia again hit Europe’s energy security

The American agency spoke about the aggravation of the energy crisis in the EU.

The American edition of Bloomberg, Europe received a new blow to its energy security.

This happened after oil supplies from Russia were suspended along the southern branch of the “Druzhba” oil pipeline.


Recall that the pumping of black gold was partially suspended due to anti-Russian sanctions that prohibit accepting payments from Russia.

As a result, “Transneft” limited in the ability to pay for the transit of fuel through Ukraine and to the EU countries.

Thus, Europe is waiting for the aggravation of the energy crisis, which will lead to higher inflation and an increase in the risk of recession.

Journalists are sure that Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic may suffer the most from the situation, and the oil industry of these states is currently trying to solve the problems that have arisen.

According to the information published in the article, European banks participating in the deal cannot make their decisions about payments from Russia.

Such transactions must be approved by national regulatory authorities.

The agency recalls that companies in Europe that previously received oil via “Druzhba” suffer losses. Also, these states are now forced to spend their reserves of black gold.

Earlier, TopNews wrote that experts expect an “energy storm and chaos” in Europe.

Disappointing forecasts for the Old World are made for the near future.

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Estonian Prime Minister urged to deprive Russians of the “privilege” to visit Europe

Estonian Prime Minister Kallas urged to deprive Russians of the “privilege” to visit Europe After the events in Ukraine, the EU stopped air traffic with Russia. And while Russians are being issued Schengen visas, the countries with which Russia has open land borders — Finland, Estonia and Latvia — bear the burden, Kallas said

Kaja Kallas

The EU authorities should stop issuing entry visas to Russian tourists, said Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.

“Stop issuing tourist visas to Russians. Visiting Europe— it's a privilege, not a human right,” — she wrote on Twitter.

Kallas recalled that after the start of the military operation in Ukraine, the European Union closed air traffic with Russia. “This means that while the countries of the Schengen zone issue visas, the burden falls on the countries neighboring Russia” Finland, Estonia, Latvia, which are the only land entry points. It's time to end tourism from Russia right now, — Prime Minister said.

Estonia has previously called for a ban on the issuance of EU visas to Russians. Foreign Minister of the Republic Urmas Reinsalu proposed to include this measure in the next package of sanctions against Russia. According to him, the EU should “isolate even more” Russia due to the ongoing military operation in Ukraine.

Again, the issue of banning the issuance of visas to Russians Kallas raised after the statement of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The day before, he called on Western countries to close the borders for Russians for a year and impose a complete embargo on the purchase of Russian energy resources. The President believes that these measures will be stronger than previous sanctions and serve as “the only way to influence [Russian President Vladimir] Putin.”

By closing the borders, Zelensky said, one can “hold all population” Russia: its citizens must “live in their own world until they change their philosophy.”

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Deputy head of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev reacted to Zelensky's words. “The last time Adolf Hitler tried to implement such ideas in relation to an entire nation. Are there any more questions about the nature of Ukrainian power?»— he said.

The European Commission, in turn, ruled out a complete ban on issuing visas to Russians. “There are always groups of people who need to be given visas. These are humanitarian cases, family members [of EU citizens], journalists and dissidents,— noted in it. As explained in the EC, the Brussels sanctions are directed primarily against the Russian authorities and elites, and not against ordinary citizens. The Kremlin promised to respond in case of “emotional decisions” according to Schengen.

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Finland threatens holders of Finnish visas for traveling to Europe in transit

Finnish Foreign Ministry: Watching Russians who only use the Finnish Schengen for transit The Finnish Foreign Ministry is aware that some Russians use the Finnish Schengen only for transit to other European countries. The consular department of the department warned that it plans to “intervene” in this situation

Finland intends to limit “transit tourism” for Russians and in the future may refuse to issue new Schengen visas to those who used a previous entry permit to enter the country only to then go somewhere else, Jussi Tanner, head of the consular service of the Finnish Foreign Ministry, said in an interview with the Yle television and radio company.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country is already drawing attention to the fact that after the lifting of coronavirus restrictions, many Russians use the Finnish Schengen only to use it to enter other countries of the agreement, for example, to the Mediterranean Sea through Finland.

"We will intervene if the Russians start traveling around the Finnish Schengen somewhere else,— promised the head of the consular service.

In addition, the Finnish Foreign Ministry has already reduced the number of tourist visas issued to Russians, limiting the possibility of making an appointment at the country's diplomatic missions in Russia. Embassies and consulates now accept only 1,000 applications daily. Tanner warned that this number could be further reduced in the future.

Finnish visas give the right to travel to other Schengen countries (there are 26 in total), including most EU countries. However, if the visa issued by Finland is clearly used only for transit to another country, the applicant may be denied the next visa, Yle points out.

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More than half of the inhabitants of Finland are in favor of stopping the issuance of tourist visas to Russians, follows from a Yle survey conducted by the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation earlier. When asked whether Finland should stop issuing entry permits to Russian citizens, 58% of respondents answered positively, 24% voted in favor of continuing the issuance of permits, and another 18% of citizens found it difficult to answer.

Tanner also previously said that the Finnish authorities are considering six options for restricting tourism from Russia: a complete cessation of issuing visas, limiting the number of applications accepted, allowing entry only for a good reason (funeral, medical treatment, visiting relatives, etc.), cancellation of previously issued visas and the closure of passenger traffic.

The sixth option, which is supported by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs itself,— is to follow the policy of the European Union. “This issue [issuance of tourist visas in Russia] should be coordinated at the level of the EU and the Schengen countries,” — stated earlier and.about. Prime Minister of Finland, Minister for EU Affairs and Public Property Tytti Tuppurainen.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, commenting on Helsinki's plans, warned that if Finland refused to issue visas to Russians, Moscow would take retaliatory measures. Agency spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that this kind of “discriminatory political measure” may lead to increased tension in Europe.

Russia and the EU signed an agreement on a simplified visa regime, which implies a simplified procedure for processing documents for officials and entrepreneurs. On February 26, Brussels partially suspended its action due to Russia's special military operation in Ukraine.

The European Commission previously ruled out a complete cessation of issuing visas to Russians, as this is contrary to EU standards. However, they recalled that the countries of the association have the right to independently decide whether to issue a visa to enter the country or not.

The issuance of short-term Schengen visas to Russians in one way or another has already been limited by the visa centers of Belgium, Malta, the Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Estonia.

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“I was exhausted, I almost died.” How to get to Europe without planes and trains?

The system of penetration of our tourist into Europe is so far — you should travel by land through the border checkpoints of the EU states closest to us: Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Finland. From there, you can fly to any desired country with a low-cost airline. Also, many travel to Lithuania through Belarus — if you drive your own car, you will have to pay a tax in bank in advance: 29 Belarusian rubles (694 our re).

The rules are constantly changing and not for the better — Recently, Latvia began to oblige Russian citizens to sign a paper at the entrance condemning Russia's actions in Ukraine. Those who disagree are turned back.  I was advised not to travel by car — hot vacation time, giant traffic jams from cars" and buses stand for 8-10 hours: it is better to cross on foot. In the case of Finland, it does  — The Finnish authorities allow you to cross the border only by car or bicycle. Therefore, it is easier to follow through Ivangorod to the Estonian Narva, plus two points in the Kaliningrad region — Sovetsk and Chernyshevskoe, from where they pass to Lithuania. Personally, I chose the last option.