EU green light to new sanctions. There is an oil price cap
Agreement between the 27 on the new package of sanctions against Russia, including the price cap on oil. The green light, according to what is learned, came in the morning during Coreper, the meeting of the Representatives of the member countries. The formalization of the approval of the eighth package will come by written procedure.
Kellogg: “Nuclear could be Putin’s desperate move”
In an interview with Courier, General Keith Kellogg – former veteran, Trump adviser and now co-chair of the Center for American Security – explains that Putin’s use of nuclear hooks “could be the desperate move to try to reverse the situation”, seen the withdrawal of the Russians in Ukraine. He also criticizes the Biden administration for not having clearly stated “that, in the event of a nuclear attack, the US will react as if Ukraine were part of NATO” and the European countries, which “did not oppose Putin enough as they should have done since since 2014, with the first attack on Ukraine ”. And he recalls the priority of political involvement in China for the solution of the conflict.
Kiev: “Missiles on Zaporizhzhia, risk of attacks”
“Russian troops have launched a missile attack on the city of Zaporizhzhia, there is a risk of repeated attacks”. This was reported by the head of the Regional Military Administration Oleksandr Starukh, as reported by Ukrinform.
Von der Leyen: “Price cap on gas is a temporary measure”
“We must also consider gas prices beyond the electricity market. Such a ceiling on gas prices must be properly designed to ensure security of supply. And this is a temporary solution to cope with the fact that Ttf, our main reference parameter for prices, is no longer representative of our market, which today includes more LNG ”. This was stated by the president of the European Commission speaking at the plenary of the European Parliament.
Putin signs laws for the annexation of Ukrainian territories
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the four laws ratifying the annexation to the Russian Federation of the occupied Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson. Tass reports it. The text of the law reads: “The borders of the new subjects of the Federation, as shown in the treaties, will be determined by the borders that existed on the day of their formation and acceptance in the Russian Federation”. Until the election of the heads of the new regions they will be led by temporary interim officials appointed by Putin. Russian forces do not fully control any of the four areas.
“Iranian drone attacks near Kiev”
Attacks with Iraqi kamikaze drones in the night in Bila Tserkva, in the Kiev region: the mayor Hennadiy Dykiy announced this, quoted by the Ukrainian media. “Kiev region. We have information on several explosions in Bila Tserkva. According to initial information, the city was attacked by Shahed-136 kamikaze drones. There are fires, one person is injured, damage to infrastructure. It is the first such attack in the area, ”the head of the regional military administration Oleksiy Kuleba wrote on social media. .
Gazprom, “gas solution found in Italy”
Gazprom has found the solution to resume gas supplies to Italy through Austria. According to a statement by the Russian group, cited by Bloomberg, the Austrian regulatory authority is ready to confirm the request.
Borrell: “War enters a new dangerous phase”
“The war has entered a new phase, but a dangerous phase, because it is a traditional war against a nuclear power: it is a worrying scenario and we must show that we will continue to support Ukraine. Russia continues to have superiority of fire and of personnel ”. This was stated by the high representative of EU foreign policy Josep Borrell. “Now we will have a clear foreign policy towards Ukraine, whereas before it was subsidiary to our policy towards Russia because it was dependent on Russian energy”.