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

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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.

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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.

< p>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.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that the media data appeared about billionaires who are part of Nazarbayev's entourage.

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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.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that the head of the Pentagon’s intelligence spoke about Putin’s change in the goals of the NWO.

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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

Norway's ministry warns of worsening crisis in EU due to gas price ceiling Deputy Energy Minister Andreas Eriksen explained that the price ceiling will not solve the fundamental problem – lack of resources. Instead, demand will increase, and the authorities of the EU countries will have to restrict consumption even more severely =”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

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.

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“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

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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)” >

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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.

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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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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.

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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

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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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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

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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

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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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France and Germany will support the continuation of the issuance of EU visas to Russians

Countries believe that entry permits should be given to people “not affiliated with the state”, including students and scientists

France and Germany intend to advocate continuing to issue EU visas to Russians, they will announce this during an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Prague next week, writes Bloomberg, citing document prepared by the countries for the meeting.

In it, Paris and Berlin express their confidence that the EU should continue issuing visas to Russians “not affiliated with the government”, in particular students, artists, scientists and professionals.

“Understanding the concerns of some countries members of the [EU] in this respect, we must not underestimate the transformative power of the experience of living in democratic states, especially in relation to future generations,— says the document.

During the meeting in Prague, it is also planned to discuss a compromise option on visas for Russian citizens, which was previously proposed by the Czech Republic: to suspend the simplified visa regime with Russia and Belarus. This means that citizens of these countries will have to collect more documents for applying for a visa, it will take longer to process them, and the visa fee will increase from €35 to €80.

This option should become an alternative to the complete cessation of the issuance of European visas to Russians, which was previously proposed by the Czech Republic. However, so far there is no unity in the European Union on this issue. Such drastic measures were opposed by several members of the union, including Germany and Austria. Chancellor Olaf Scholz urged to remember the Russians who do not agree with the policy of Moscow and leave the country because of this. In the event of a ban on entry into the European Union, they may be in a vulnerable position, he stressed.

At the same time, Brussels explained that it was impossible to make a decision at the level of the entire association, since the EU Visa Code does not contain the possibility of stopping the issuance of short-stay visas. “There are always categories of citizens for whom visas must be issued, for example in humanitarian cases, for family members, journalists or dissidents,” — clarified the representative of the European Commission Anita Hipper.

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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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FT learns of EU readiness to suspend visa agreement with Russia

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Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the countries The EU will support the idea to suspend the visa facilitation agreement with Russia, writes the Financial Times.

Three EU officials involved in the talks on the topic told the newspaper that political support for such a decision would be expressed during a two-day meeting starting in Prague on Tuesday. If the decision to suspend the current agreement is eventually made, Russians applying for visas from countries— EU members, more documents will have to be collected, their processing will take longer, and the cost of filing an application will increase.

“It is inappropriate when Russian tourists walk around our cities, along our shores” ;,— said one of the newspaper's interlocutors.

He stressed that European countries are “in an exceptional situation” that “requires exceptional steps.” “We want to go beyond the visa facilitation suspension,” — the source added, specifying that more serious steps in this direction could be made by the end of the year.

However, there is still no consensus in the EU on what additional measures that will lead to the reduction or suspension of visas for Russian citizens, Brussels can take, as well as what to do with respect to Belarus, writes FT.

The agreement between Russia and the European Community on visa facilitation for citizens of the Russian Federation and the European Union was ratified by Russia in March 2007. It entered into force on June 1 of the same year. It covers the issuance of visas for stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period. The document does not regulate issues such as refusal to issue a visa, recognition of travel documents, proof of sufficient means of subsistence, refusal to enter the country or expulsion from it.

The agreement also establishes a single fee for issuing visas— €35. It rises to €70 if the visa application is submitted less than three days before the expected date of departure. The parties to the agreement are given 10 calendar days to make a decision on issuing a visa, however, if there is a need for additional study of the application, the period can be extended up to 30 working days. In urgent cases, the time for issuing a visa can be reduced to three days.

Each of the parties to the agreement may suspend its operation in whole or in part “for reasons of protecting national security, public order or public health.” The other party must be notified at least 48 hours in advance. The agreement terminates 90 days after receipt of the relevant written notice from the initiator of the suspension.

After the start of the operation in Ukraine, Russia twice— in April and May— suspended certain clauses of the agreement in response to “unfriendly actions”; EU countries, as well as a number of others, such as Iceland and Liechtenstein. These points concerned the simplified entry of members of official delegations and journalists, the issuance of multiple entry visas for members of governments and parliaments, constitutional and supreme courts, employees of diplomatic missions and consulates, exemption from visa fees for members of official delegations, etc.

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Complete Suspension the operation of a simplified visa regime between the EU and Russia was proposed by the Czech Republic. The country considered it necessary to completely abolish the issuance of short-term visas for Russians, however, faced with the resistance of some countries— EU members, proposed an alternative. Among those who opposed a complete ban were Germany, Austria and a number of southern European countries, wrote Bloomberg.

Brussels, for its part, also pointed out that the complete abolition of extradition visas are not provided for in the visa code of the union, since there are always categories of citizens who must receive visas, & mdash; for example, journalists or those who leave the country for fear of political persecution.

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The Czech minister saw the risk of a revolution in the EU due to the energy crisis

Czech Minister Blazek warned of the risk of a revolution in the European Union due to the energy crisis The Czech Republic has the most dramatic situation in the social sphere since the Velvet Revolution in 1989 due to rising energy prices, warned the Ministry of Justice of the republic. Minister Blazek urged the authorities to urgently take action

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The energy crisis threatens to have extremely negative consequences for the political system of the Czech Republic, if a pan-European solution is not found, the situation will begin to threaten the European Union and risk turning into a revolution. This opinion was expressed by the Czech Minister of Justice Pavel Blazek in a speech in the Chamber of Deputies, iDnes reports.

“If the government does not solve the crisis in the energy sector, it will not stay here for long,” — said Blazek.

The state of affairs in the social sphere and the mood of citizens are the most dramatic in more than 30 years— since 1989, added the head of the Czech Ministry of Justice. In that year, the Velvet Revolution took place in Czechoslovakia— peaceful actions of the inhabitants of the republic led to the removal of the Communist Party from power and the election of Vaclav Havel as president.

Blažek considered that the situation was even worse than opposition representatives believe, but did not agree with their proposal to the Chamber of Deputies to take measures to limit price increases. The Minister called instead to limit the margins of fuel producers and traders, expressing confidence that such a decision would not give rise to claims for damages.

Opposition party ANO warned of plans to vote no confidence in the coalition government of Prime Minister Petr Fiala with the help of the Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) party. The first political force occupies 72 seats in the Council of Deputies of the Czech Republic, the second— 34.

Alyona Schiller, head of the ANO and ex-Finance Minister, called Blazek's speech meaningful, calling on the head of government or representatives of the Ministry of Finance to speak with similar words.

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The cost of energy and fertilizers in Europe has risen against the backdrop of the Russian military operation in Ukraine and sanctions that disrupted supply chains. As a result, the EU countries faced a record rise in prices for several decades, including for food and utilities.

The Czech Republic on the eve initiated an emergency meeting of EU energy ministers to discuss measures to resolve the situation. “Rising energy prices indicate a clear market failure. <…> All experts agree that if we want to find a solution, it must be agreed upon at the European level,— urged Prime Minister Fiala. He pointed out that this problem “haunts the whole of Europe.”

The energy market “to some extent” out of control, its stability ceases to respond to good news, said the Czech Minister of Industry and Trade Josef Sikela, Náš Region.

Prague authorities called the energy crisis the reason why from September they will stop paying compensation to hotels for accommodating Ukrainian refugees. Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib explained that the funds should be redirected to mitigate the sharp rise in energy prices, the Prahian portal wrote. Prague paid for these purposes 140 kroons per person per day, state support on behalf of the Czech government for the same purpose is 250 kroons per person per day.

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The Czech Republic proposed a compromise on EU visas for Russians

After the EU refused to completely restrict the issuance of visas to Russians, the Czech Republic proposed another option: to suspend the simplified visa regime. In this case, obtaining a visa for Russians will become more expensive, longer and more difficult

The Czech government proposed to completely suspend the action simplified visa regime between EU countries and Russia, as well as Belarus, said Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky, Bloomberg reports.

If the measure is adopted, Russians and Belarusians will still be able to apply for visas, but for this they will need more documents, the processing time will increase, and the visa fee will increase from €35 to €80.

The Czech Republic, which currently holds the EU presidency, will submit a proposal for discussion at an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers to be held in Prague next week.

The Czech initiative should be a softer alternative to the complete ban on the issuance of European visas to Russians, which the Baltic countries proposed earlier. Then it was not supported by a number of countries, including those whose economy depends to varying degrees on tourism.

In addition, Brussels pointed out the impossibility of making such decisions at the union level. They noted that the EU visa code does not provide for the possibility of stopping the issuance of short-stay visas. “There are always categories of citizens for whom visas must be issued, for example in humanitarian cases, for family members, journalists or dissidents,” — explained European Commission spokeswoman Anita Hipper.

According to Bloomberg, officials expect a fierce debate in Prague next week, as they believe that Germany, Austria and some southern European countries will oppose the suspension of visa facilitation. However, no official conclusions will be made at the meeting, the agency clarifies, as it will take weeks for any action to be taken.

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The fact that the participants of the meeting in Prague will discuss visa issues and possible restrictions for the Russians was known earlier. A TASS diplomatic source in Brussels reported that one of the topics could be a potential ban on issuing visas to certain categories of citizens, but there is no talk of a complete ban yet.

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CNN learned about fears in the EU about the destruction of the consensus on support for Ukraine

CNN: There are fears in the EU and NATO that the consensus on support for Ukraine could collapse According to the channel, officials in the EU and NATO are concerned about the possible collapse of the consensus on Ukraine, as Europeans face rising food and electricity prices, and Europe itself is under threat recessions

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The European Union (EU) and NATO fear a possible collapse of the consensus on support for Ukraine due to the energy crisis, rising food prices and the prospect of an economic recession. This is reported by CNN with reference to European officials and representatives of the alliance.

“Things will be very difficult in the European Union, and at the same time we will have to stick to our promise to cut Russia off from any income from gas and other sources,” — one of the European diplomats told the TV channel.

Officials also fear that the Western strategy of arming Kyiv is becoming a short-term solution to a long-term problem, “a war without a clear end point.” “At first, the reaction of the West was harsher than Russia expected. Tactically, the Kremlin was mistaken in many ways. From a political point of view, it was quite easy to rally around Ukraine and justify the donation of weapons and money, — a NATO official told CNN.

However, according to him, over time, it became necessary to send more sophisticated types of weapons to Ukraine that require more effective training. “The good news is that guns help Ukrainians hold on. Bad— the longer the war goes on, the fewer such weapons will be available and the more difficult it will be to agree to their transfer, & mdash; an alliance source said.

Russia announced the start of a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. President Vladimir Putin called its goals “denazification and demilitarization.” neighboring state, as well as protecting the population of Donbass from “genocide” from Kyiv.

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Against the backdrop of anti-Russian sanctions, annual inflation in the eurozone in June reached a record 8.6%, while the most expensive energy— by 41.9% in annual terms. In July, the country— EU members agreed to reduce gas consumption by 15% compared to the average for the past five years from August 1 to March 31, 2023.

The Russian authorities called the restrictive measures announced against the country illegal and promised to give an equivalent response . In particular, against the backdrop of a freeze of almost half of the Central Bank's gold and foreign exchange reserves abroad, President Vladimir Putin converted payments for Russian gas into rubles. Speaking about the rise in prices in Europe, he noted that it was not the actions of Russia in Ukraine that led to this, but the systemic mistakes of the United States and the European Union in economic policy.

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Portugal, following Germany, opposed the ban on the entry of Russians into the EU

Portugal, following Germany, opposed the ban on the issuance of visas to Russians Some EU countries earlier called for a halt to the issuance of Schengen visas to Russians, the discussion of this issue has already begun at the EU level. The initiative was opposed by the authorities of Germany and Portugal

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Portugal opposes the ban on entry into the EU for Russian tourists and believes that sanctions should not be directed against the Russian people. This was reported in a commentary to the Eco newspaper by the press service of the Portuguese Foreign Ministry.

“Portugal believes that the main purpose of the sanctions regime should be to punish the Russian war machine, not the Russian people. Portugal will participate in the discussion of this issue at the European level, contributing to the development of a common position of the EU member states,— The report said.

After the start of the special operation in Ukraine, several EU countries immediately called for the cessation of issuing Schengen visas to Russian citizens. Among them: Belgium, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Finland. The European Commission considers such a ban impossible, but the discussion of this issue has already begun at the EU level.

At the same time, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz warned against extending sanctions against Russian “oligarchs” for all citizens of the country. He called such restrictions unjustified. “Many are fleeing Russia because they don't agree with the Russian regime,” — pointed out by the head of Germany.

The Russian Foreign Ministry warned that if the EU or its individual countries ban the issuance of visas to Russians, Moscow will respond to this. In turn, Tatyana Moskalkova, Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia, noted that such a ban by the European Union would grossly violate the fundamental principle of freedom of movement enshrined in universal and regional international legal acts.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Russia led list of countries whose citizens have applied for a visa to the Schengen countries. In 2019, Russians filed approximately 4 million applications for Schengen visas, or more than 23% of all applications.

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US and EU countries request UN Security Council meeting over Ukraine

The US and EU countries requested a meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in Ukraine They asked to hold it on August 24th. Among other issues, members of the Security Council can discuss the results of António Guterres' visit to Ukraine

The United States and several European countries sent a request for a meeting of the UN Security Council in connection with the situation in Ukraine, TASS and RIA Novosti report citing sources in the UN.

According to RIA Novosti, the request, in addition to the United States, was joined by France, Great Britain (they have the status of permanent members of the Security Council), as well as Ireland, Norway, Albania (they have the status non-permanent members). Meeting requested for 24 August.

The interlocutor of TASS specified that, among other issues, the results of the visit to Ukraine of UN Secretary General António Guterres will be discussed. He arrived in Lviv on Wednesday. Guterres is scheduled to have trilateral talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In addition, the Secretary General plans to visit one of the three ports involved in the grain deal.

After the start of the Russian operation in Ukraine, the UN Security Council repeatedly held meetings both at the request of Western countries and Russia. At the end of June, at one of the meetings, Zelensky said that Russia has no right to continue to remain a member of the Security Council (the country has the status of a permanent member), and called for depriving the Russian delegation of powers in the UN General Assembly. At the same time, the charter of the organization does not provide for the procedure for expelling a permanent member from the Security Council.

After that, the representative of the chairman of the 67th session of the General Assembly, Polina Kubiak, recalled that the decision to expel a country from the assembly is made only by the UN Security Council.

On August 10, Russia demanded to convene a meeting of the Security Council because of the shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. During a session held on August 11, Russia's permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, said that the accusations of the Russian military in attacks on nuclear power plants are absurd.

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Analysts from Germany said that the EU for the first time did not give military promises to Kyiv

Politico: in July, six European countries for the first time since the beginning of the NWO did not make military promises to Ukraine Experts from the Kiel Institute for World Economics from Germany note that a downward trend in the number of promises from Europe has been observed since April The leader in terms of military aid, according to the Institute, is the United States max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

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In July, six major European countries for the first time did not make any new bilateral military promises to Ukraine, writes Politico, citing data from the Kiel Institute for World Economics (Germany).

Christophe Trebesh, head of the team that collects data on aid to Kyiv with the beginning of the special operation, noted that the downward trend in Europe's promises has been observed since the end of April.

“Despite the fact that [the special operation] is entering a critical phase, new initiatives to provide assistance have dried up”, — he stated.

On August 12, the Western allies agreed to allocate about «1.5 billion to Ukraine for military purposes, but Trebesh called this amount «minor» compared to previous promises. In his opinion, hundreds of billions should be sent to help Kyiv.

Trebesh indicated that the EU allocated €800 billion to the fund for recovery after the pandemic, and assistance to Ukraine should be comparable to this amount, but in reality Kyiv received “tiny” amount compared to this.

In July-August, several states made statements about the supply of weapons to Kyiv. In addition to the promise of 26 European countries, given on August 12, in July the European Union agreed on a tranche in the amount of €500 million. The United States also announced further military assistance to Ukraine. We are talking about at least four packages worth from $400 million to $1 billion (the amounts in euros are approximately equivalent).

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According to the Kiel Institute, Washington is the leader in the supply of weapons to Ukraine, from January 24 to August 3 of this year, the amount of tranches of military assistance amounted to €25 billion (it is important that the last tranche of $1 billion was allocated on August 8). Military assistance from EU institutions in the same period amounted to ten times less, namely €2.5 billion.

Among the EU member states, Poland provided the most support (€1 .8 billion), followed by Germany (€1.2 billion). Assistance from other countries is less than one billion. Among other states, the United Kingdom (€4 billion) and Canada (about €1 billion) provided significant support.

In July, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that as the West pumps more and more long-range weapons into Ukraine, the geographic objectives of the special operation will move even further from the current line (includes Donbass and southern Ukraine).

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FT learns of EU requests to Turkey to explain trade with Russia

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Some EU countries have begun to turn to Ankara with inquiries regarding the growing trade turnover between Russia and Turkey, writes The Financial Times. European officials are irritated by the fact that Turkey does not support the restrictions imposed against Russia.

The states — EU members are increasingly worried about Turkey's booming trade with Russia and how it could help Moscow replace European imports and exports, two officials told the publication. “We are following this. This is not good and is not well received in the EU. It's an irritant, — said one of the interlocutors FT.

From May to July, Turkish exports to Russia totaled $2.04 billion, up $642 million from the same period in 2021, according to data from the Turkish Ministry of Commerce cited by the FT. Over the past month, Turkey's exports to Russia in value terms increased by 75% year on year — from $417 million in July 2021 to $730 million this July. Turkey has not had such a surge in trade with any other country.

Since April, the Federal Customs Service (FCS) and the Bank of Russia have not published data on foreign trade. According to the FCS, as of January 2022, Russian exports to Turkey amounted to $4.261 billion, imports— $618 million. Compared to January 2021, the trade turnover between the two countries as a whole increased by 235% in value terms, imports from Turkey— by 164%.

According to the Turkish Foreign Trade Assembly, cited by the FT, in terms of value in the list of goods that Turkey supplies to Russia, chemical industry products ($166.5 million) are in first place, followed by fruits and vegetables ($90 million), products textile industry ($78.5 million).

In general, Turkish exports in July increased by 13% compared to last year. According to the FT, Turkish exports have recently been on the rise due to rising inflation in the country and the fact that the Turkish Central Bank adheres, despite this, to a loose monetary policy. The lira has lost a quarter of its value against the dollar this year.

European officials also see it as a threat that Turkish businesses see the withdrawal of Western companies from Russia as an opportunity to enter the Russian market. Criticism of the expansion of business ties with Russia was also heard at the official level. “At a time when the EU is curtailing its ties with Russia in response to its aggression against Ukraine, it is not entirely appropriate to expand ties or engagement with Moscow,” — FT quotes Peter Stano, EU Speaker for Foreign and Security Policy.

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“This is Turkey, everyone [in the EU] needs them for one reason or another. And the EU needs to be aware of its capabilities… we can't just tell [Erdogan] that he has to follow our rules,— says one of the FT interlocutors.

In early August, the FT already reported that EU countries were concerned about the rapprochement between Russia and Turkey against the backdrop of sanctions. Then one of the interlocutors of the publication said that Western countries could encourage businesses to leave the Turkish market or reduce their presence on it if official Ankara adheres to agreements with Moscow on transferring oil and gas payments into rubles and cooperation in the political sphere. According to the publication, if Western companies and banks comply, this could cause economic damage to Turkey in the amount of $ 800 billion. According to the FT source, such a measure can be approved “in light of the risk that will be created due to Turkey's expansion of its relations with Russia.” ;.

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Scholz, when discussing visas in the EU, urged to remember about “disagreements with the regime”

When discussing the visa ban for Russians, Scholz urged to remember about “disagreements with the regime” The German Chancellor said that when discussing the visa issue, the EU countries “have room for maneuver.” He urged not to limit the issuance of visas to Russians who disagree with the authorities max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz believes that during the discussion of a possible ban on entry into the European Union, Russian citizens at the pan-European level should not forget about Russians who do not agree with the policy of the authorities of their country and may find themselves in a vulnerable position. He stated this after a meeting with the leaders of the Nordic countries in Oslo, reports Reuters.

“It is important that we understand that many are fleeing Russia because they do not agree with the Russian regime. The decisions we make should not make it difficult to leave the country, to get away from the leadership and dictatorship, — he urged.

Speaking of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, because of which the EU began to discuss the ban on tourist visas for Russians, Scholz said that “this is a war of Putin, not the Russian people.” The chancellor believes that the visa issue needs to be discussed, for individual EU states “there is room for maneuver.”

Scholz has previously said that he is skeptical about the idea of ​​a general ban on the entry of Russians into Europe and does not consider imposing sanctions against all citizens of the country justified. He pointed out that the restrictions “should not be directed against innocent people,” ZDF wrote. The German Chancellor doubts that the European Union will completely stop issuing visas to Russian citizens.

The authorities of Lithuania, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Poland are in favor of making the decision on visa sanctions at the pan-European level, and Finland is also calling for toughening. These and other European countries soon after the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine limited or stopped issuing individual entry documents to Russians. From August 18, Estonia will stop letting Russians with Schengen visas that the country previously issued.

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The idea of ​​a complete ban on entry into the European Union is not supported by large states— members of the association, including Germany, France and the Netherlands, recognized in Warsaw. The European Commission noted that the EU visa code does not provide for the possibility of stopping the issuance of short-stay visas, since there are certain categories of citizens who must obtain permission to enter (for example, family members, journalists or dissidents). However, the EU countries can independently “examine each issue of issuing short-stay visas in a particular situation.” Despite this, the Russian Foreign Ministry did not rule out that citizens of the country would stop issuing Schengen visas.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky made a call to completely stop issuing visas to Russians. In an interview with The Washington Post, he said that the citizens of the country should “live in their own world until they change their philosophy” as they “take away someone else's land.” Later, Zelensky clarified that the call for visa restrictions does not apply to Russians who are persecuted in their homeland, and suggested giving them refugee status.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba called on the G7 countries to stop issuing visas to Russians. The United States, which is part of the group, said they do not want to do this and harm the Russian people, because “we do not disagree with them.”

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