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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RBC sent a request to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Among the proposals supported by Ireland:

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

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

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


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

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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.


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Norway warns of worsening EU crisis with gas price cap

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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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.


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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Nehammer urges EU not to let Putin set electricity prices

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

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

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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