FT reports EU concerns over Russia-Turkey rapprochement

The West is increasingly concerned about the rapprochement between Russia and Turkey in trade and energy spheres, Ankara is urged to pay attention to this concern, writes FT. The day before, Putin and Erdogan agreed to pay for Russian gas in rubles ” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/800xH/media/img/6/54/756598175385546.webp 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/590xH/media/img/6/54/756598175385546.webp 590w" type="image/webp" >

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Western authorities are increasingly concerned about deepening economic cooperation between Russia and Turkey and the growing risk of secondary sanctions against Ankara if it helps Moscow bypass the restrictions. This is reported by the Financial Times, citing six sources among Western officials.

The newspaper calls the statement of Russian Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made after a meeting on Friday, August 4, in Sochi. They declared their readiness to expand cooperation in trade and energy spheres.

One of the European officials said that the EU is monitoring the cooperation between Moscow and Ankara “more and more closely.” In his opinion, Turkey is increasingly becoming a platform for trade with Russia. Another assessed Ankara's actions towards Moscow as “very opportunistic”. “We are trying to get the Turks to pay attention to our concerns,” — he emphasized.

Western countries may call on businesses to leave the Turkish market or reduce their presence in it if official Ankara sticks to the agreement with Moscow announced on August 4, one of the senior Western officials interviewed by the Financial Times said. 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.” ;.

However, other Western officials interviewed by the newspaper did not agree that such a decision could be made. They noted the lack of clarity on how the mechanism of restrictions against Turkey would work from a practical and legal point of view, and also “would such a move be a good idea,” writes the FT.

“There are very significant economic interests [of Western business in Turkey] that are likely to conflict with such malevolent activities,” emphasized one of the interlocutors of the newspaper. At the same time, he noted that excluding “any negative actions” it is impossible in case of “too close proximity” Russia and Turkey. According to him, secondary sanctions against Turkey will be a difficult decision for the EU against the backdrop of disagreements among member countries, but a number of countries can take restrictive measures on their own.

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We are talking about the talks between the presidents of Russia and Turkey, which took place in Sochi 5th of August. The meeting lasted about four hours. According to the adopted statement, part of the payment for Russian gas supplies to Turkey will be converted into rubles. Puti and Erdogan also advocated the full implementation of the agreement on grain exports, including the supply of Russian food and fertilizers to the world market, agreed to defend the sovereignty of Libya and the territorial integrity of Syria.

“We agreed with Putin on payment in rubles [on trade in natural gas]. We hope that this will bring financial benefits to both countries,— Erdogan then said. He added that over the start of using the MIR card; there are five Turkish banks. “There are also very serious developments here,” — emphasized the President of Turkey

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EU approves decision to cut gas consumption by 15% this winter

The Council of the European Union approved the decision to cut gas consumption by 15% this winter By reducing consumption by 15%, the EU wants to “save in anticipation of winter in order to prepare for possible interruptions in gas supplies from Russia.” The measure will be voluntary, but in case of a serious threat to supplies, it may become mandatory /webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/800xH/media/img/8/99/756597092315998.webp 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/8/99/756597092315998.webp 1200w" type="image/webp" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi) " >

The Council of the EU has approved a plan to combat the energy crisis, which involves reducing gas consumption by 15% this winter, according to its website.

The voluntary reduction in gas consumption in the EU will be valid until March 31, 2023, after which the European Commission will consider the possibility of its extension. The purpose of this measure— “to save in anticipation of winter in order to prepare for possible interruptions in gas supplies from Russia, which constantly uses energy as a weapon,” the Council of Europe said.

The EU countries agreed to reduce gas consumption by 15% on July 26 . The reduction is based on the average consumption of a particular country over the past five years.

The measure will be voluntary, and the countries themselves will choose the ways in which the result will be achieved. However, the plan also provides for the possibility of declaring “Allied Alert”— it can be introduced if there is a serious threat to the stability of supplies. In this case, the restriction of consumption for countries— Member States will become mandatory.

The plan also provides for a number of exceptions. In particular, EU countries that are not connected to the gas networks of other EU countries are exempted from the requirement. In addition, merger members can request easing if they have exceeded storage capacity targets or if their critical industries are heavily dependent on gas.

The European Union agreed to reduce gas consumption against the backdrop of a reduction in pumping through Nord Stream 1— one of the main routes for Russian gas supplies to Europe.

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Gazprom said it needs official clarification from the EU and the UK that the repair and transportation of turbines will not fall under sanctions (clarifications from the UK are needed, since it is the British “daughter” of Siemens Energy that maintains the turbine on an ongoing basis). In this way, the company wants to insure its property, the Kremlin explained.

Siemens Energy and the European Union also believe that Russia uses gas as a political weapon, constantly finding “some reasons” due to which it is not can take the turbine. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied these accusations, saying that anti-Russian sanctions were the cause of supply problems.

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Zelensky blamed the EU for “artificial delay” with €8 billion in aid

Volodymyr Zelensky said that the EU is “artificially delaying” €8 billion assistance to Ukraine The President urged not to make ordinary Ukrainians hostages of the “indecisiveness or bureaucracy” of some EU leaders. According to him, he believes that “this is still a mistake that will be corrected”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused the EU of “artificial delay” with the provision of financial assistance to the country for €8 billion. He stated this in his next appeal in Telegram

“Eight billion euros for Ukraine is still on hold. And such an artificial delay in macro-financial assistance for our state— or a crime, or a mistake. And it's hard to say which of these is worse,»,— Zelensky said.

He urged not to make ordinary Ukrainians hostages of “indecision or bureaucracy” some EU leaders. The Ukrainian leader did not specify which European country is delaying the provision of assistance to Kyiv, noting that he believes: “this is still a mistake that will be corrected.”

At the end of June, the EU countries approved the provision of additional financial assistance to Ukraine for €9 billion. Brussels was going to transfer the funds in 2022. However, later, the Minister of Finance of Ukraine, Serhiy Marchenko, in an interview with the Corriere della Sera newspaper, said that some states “are not ready to support Ukraine with such an amount.” “The European Union agreed on financial assistance to Ukraine in the amount of €9 billion, but what do we see at the moment? Maybe a billion this month. Then there may be a pause: there is no agreement between the EU governments,— Marchenko said.

Corriere della Sera, citing sources, wrote that Germany was blocking the provision of an aid package worth €9 billion to Ukraine. It provides for almost interest-free loans to Kyiv with repayment in 25 years at the expense of its own European debt obligations. Germany is also the largest guarantor of these Eurobonds. German Finance Minister Christian Lindner is unhappy that Brussels is resorting to a pan-European debt for the sake of Kyiv, and agreed only with the allocation of the first tranche of €1 billion, the publication reported.

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Estonian Foreign Minister proposed to ban the issuance of EU visas to Russians

Estonian Foreign Minister proposed to include a ban on issuing visas to Russians in the new EU sanctions Estonian Foreign Minister believes that the ban on Russians entering the EU should be included in the next package of sanctions. The European Commission previously pointed out that such an idea is contrary to EU norms, and the sanctions are not directed against Russian citizens webp 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/7/46/756596235249467.webp 1200w" type="image/webp" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi) " >

The EU should include in the next package of sanctions against Russia a ban on issuing visas to Russians in the countries of the association, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu told Bloomberg.

According to the minister, who is currently visiting Kyiv, the EU should ” ;isolate even more» Russia due to the ongoing military operation in Ukraine.

According to the head of the Estonian Foreign Ministry, he is counting on the support of other EU countries in anticipation of the preparation of the next, eighth round of sanctions.

The Estonian government, led by Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, is in favor of imposing tough restrictions on Russia and increasing support for Ukraine. According to ERR, in total, Tallinn donated about €20 million to Kyiv for humanitarian aid and about €245 million for military assistance, which is a third of Estonia's annual defense budget. More than 48,000 Ukrainians have arrived in the country since the start of hostilities.

In March, shortly after the entry of Russian troops into Ukraine, Estonia restricted the issuance of tourist visas to Russians: they could only be received by those who have relatives in the country, as well as people who need to come to Estonia for “humanitarian reasons”; or for medical purposes. In July, entry restrictions were tightened: Tallinn banned Russians from obtaining a temporary residence permit or visas to study in Estonia.

The issuance of visas to Russian citizens was suspended by the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Latvia, the latter also canceled the simplified travel format for Russians living near the border. Prior to this, the Latvian State Security Service (SSS) reported on thorough checks of Russians and Belarusians who enter Latvia in order to support military operations in Ukraine; according to the LSM portal, the border guards demanded to sign a document condemning the Russian military operation.

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According to Reinsalu, other EU countries should also be banned from issuing tourist visas to Russians in order to “stop wandering across the border,” which is “unthinkable in wartime conditions.” The authorities of other countries, such as Poland and Belgium, also called for stopping issuing entry permits to Russian citizens.

As stated in the European Commission, the proposal is contrary to EU standards; the decision to issue a Schengen visa is made by one or another EU country, which must consider whether the arrival of a tourist will threaten national security or international relations. It is impossible to stop issuing visas when it comes to humanitarian cases, family members of EU citizens, journalists and dissidents, the EC pointed out, adding that the sanctions are directed against the government and business, not Russian citizens.

In the Kremlin believe that the termination of the issuance of Schengen visas to Russians cannot be ruled out, but they promise to take retaliatory actions if such measures of an “emotional nature” are will be approved.

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Khudaverdyan filed a lawsuit to lift EU sanctions against him

Tigran Khudaverdyan, former director of Yandex in Russia, files suit to lift EU sanctions .rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/673xH/media/img/8/66/756593750618668.webp 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/800xH/media/img/8/66/756593750618668.webp 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/590xH/media/img/8/66/756593750618668.webp 590w" type="image/webp" >

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Former director “Yandex” In Russia, Tigran Khudaverdyan filed a lawsuit with the European Court in Luxembourg against the EU Council, which imposed sanctions against him. RTVI drew attention to the lawsuit.

Khudaverdyan demands to lift the sanctions, explaining that the grounds given by the EU for their imposition “are insufficient and there is no reliable evidence in support of them.” In the lawsuit, Khudaverdyan emphasizes that he does not support the actions of the Russian authorities in Ukraine.

In addition, the ex-head of Yandex calls the Council of the EU’s assertions that the company is a “significant source of income for the Russian government” erroneous; and that Yandex is “a key element in hiding information from the Russians”; about military operations in Ukraine.

Khudaverdyan came under EU sanctions on March 15. The explanations to the sanctions list said that in early March, the former head of the Yandex.News service Lev Gershenzon accused the company of being “a key element in hiding information”; from users about the operation in Ukraine.

“On February 24, 2022, Khudaverdyan attended a meeting of oligarchs in the Kremlin with Vladimir Putin, where they discussed a plan of action against the backdrop of Western sanctions. The fact that he was invited to this meeting indicates that he is a member of the inner circle of oligarchs close to Vladimir Putin and that he supports or implements actions that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as the stability and security in Ukraine»,— The document says.

Khudaverdyan served as managing director of the Yandex group of companies. Hours before he was sanctioned, he was also named CEO of a company in Russia. He was supposed to replace Elena Bunina in this post. The day after the imposition of sanctions, Khudaverdyan left the board of directors and the post of deputy general director of Yandex N.V. (the parent company of the Yandex group, registered in the Netherlands). On July 8, he also came under Canadian sanctions.

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Ankara called TANAP an alternative to Russian gas supplies to the EU

TANAP was opened in 2018 and is part of the Southern Gas Corridor project from Azerbaijan to Italy.

The Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline (TANAP) is an alternative to Russian gas supplies to Europe, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said, Axar reports.

“One of the two main alternatives [to Russian gas for the EU] is TANAP, a joint project between Turkey and Azerbaijan,” — he said.

According to him, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, in a conversation with his Turkish counterpart Reyzhep Erdogan, called for “filling the gap” on the European gas market.

At the same time, Kalyn recalled that alternative projects such as Nabucco (a gas pipeline project from Iran, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan to Europe) have not been implemented in the past.

1850 km gas pipeline to transport Azerbaijani gas from the Shah field -Deniz to Europe was opened in June 2018. Its throughput capacity is about 16 billion cubic meters. m of gas, 10 billion of which were planned to be supplied to the EU countries.

TANAP is part of the Southern Gas Corridor project (SGC) with a length of 3.5 thousand km: from Baku to the south of Italy. The project consists of three parts: South Caucasian gas pipeline Baku— Tbilisi— Erzurum, running through the territory of Azerbaijan and Georgia to the border with Turkey, the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP), running through the territory of Turkey, and the Trans-Adriatic gas pipeline (TAP), passing through the territory of Greece, Albania and Italy. The cost of the Southern Gas Corridor was estimated at about $40 billion.

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July 27, Gazprom decommissioned another gas turbine engine at the Portovaya compressor station, after which the volumes of gas pumped through the Nord Stream decreased to 20% of the design capacity, or about 33 million cubic meters. m per day (with the planned 167 million cubic meters).

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On August 1, a ban on the import of Russian coal to the EU came into force

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On August 1, a ban on the import of Russian coal into the European Union came into force. This decision was made by the EU countries on April 8 as part of the fifth package of sanctions against Russia in connection with its military special operation in Ukraine.

The message said that from August 2022, “the EU introduces a ban on imports coal and other solid fossil fuels to the EU if they are exported from Russia.”

In addition, the same package of sanctions established a ban on access to EU ports for vessels registered in Russia and other restrictions, already in force.

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The Foreign Ministry announced the frozen US and EU dialogue with Moscow on anti-terror

Russian Foreign Ministry: The US and the EU have frozen the dialogue with Moscow on combating terrorism According to the director of the Foreign Ministry department Vladimir Tarabrin, cooperation between Russia, the EU and the US in the field of counterterrorism is actually frozen. He pointed out that today “we need such a dialogue no more than Westerners” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/800xH/media/img/2/32/756593163552322.webp 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/590xH/media/img/2/32/756593163552322.webp 590w" type="image/webp" >

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The United States and EU countries, under far-fetched pretexts, froze the dialogue with Moscow on the fight against terrorism, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Director of the Department for New Challenges and Threats of the Russian Foreign Ministry Vladimir Tarabrin.

“Cooperation between Russia and the United States in the field of anti-terror is now virtually frozen,”— he said.

Tarabrine recalled that Washington “under false pretenses” unilaterally decided to suspend the profile meetings within the framework of the dialogue under the auspices of the foreign ministries of Russia and the United States, which were held in 2018-2019 in Vienna. “A similar situation has developed with the European Union through its fault,” — he added.

“For our part, we proceed from the fact that we need such a dialogue no more than Westerners, and if someone is not ready for it due to their own phobias and distorted ideas about its equal basis , then this is no longer our problem,»— underlined Tarabrin.

After the start of the military operation in Ukraine, Western countries have already introduced several packages of sanctions against Moscow, and the US Senate also called on the State Department to include Russia in the list of countries— sponsors of terrorism. Now the list of sponsors of terrorism in the United States includes four countries— Iran, North Korea, Cuba and Syria.

Being on the list means strict restrictions on interaction with this state, a ban on the export of defense goods, control over the export of dual-use products, financial and other restrictions— these measures are included in the list of anti-Russian sanctions. In addition, sanctions are envisaged against other states that maintain trade relations with a sponsor of terrorism.

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July 28, the Senate passed a resolution with an appeal to the head of the US State Department, Anthony Blinken, to include Russia in the list of such states. The document mentions military operations in Ukraine, as well as the “brute force” that Russia used “against civilians during the Second Chechen War”; and Moscow's support for “separatists in acts of brutality against Ukrainian civilians in the Donbass” and some other reasons.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned that Moscow would not leave such an “idiotic” measure unanswered. In the Kremlin “very negatively” assessed the potential consequences of such a move, noting, however, that it would be difficult to spoil relations between the United States and Russia even more.

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Latvian Foreign Minister urges EU to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians

Rinkevics called for limiting the issuance of only tourist visas. Earlier, he said that this idea had already been discussed in the European Union, but it was not possible to agree on this matter. The EU has previously ruled out a total visa ban for Russians< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/800xH/media/img/0/75/756592073415750.webp 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/0/75/756592073415750.webp 1200w" type="image/webp" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi) " >

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EU countries should stop issuing visas to Russian citizens, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said on Twitter.

“I repeat the proposal to introduce a ban on EU tourist visas for [Russian] citizens»,— he wrote.

Earlier, on July 24, he wrote on the social network that such an initiative had already been discussed at the EU level, but to achieve a “common position” failed. The day before, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu made a similar proposal to the European authorities. He explained this by the fact that Russian citizens still enter the country on visas of other states, although Estonia has stopped issuing them. “This mouse hole needs to be plugged,” — he declared.

Belgian Refugee Minister Sammy Mahdi and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki proposed to stop issuing visas to Russian citizens, but the European Commission ruled out such a possibility. In the Russian representation of the European Union, RBC said that the issue of a ban on issuing visas to Russians in the EU is not being discussed.

Latvia stopped issuing visas to Russian citizens after the start of a special operation in Ukraine. Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic and Estonia did the same. On July 25, a similar initiative was supported by the main parliamentary parties in Finland, including the Social Democratic Party of Finland (SDP), the Coalition Party, the True Finns party; and “Finland Center”, however, according to their idea, the measure should only apply to tourist visas.

The day before, the State Security Service (SSS) of Latvia said that its employees are more carefully checking the citizens of Russia and Belarus to make sure they do not threaten the country's national security. “The purpose of the inspections is to identify those who support Russian military aggression against Ukraine,” — officials said. More carefully than others, border guards began to check foreigners who served in the power structures of the two countries and those who “publicly demonstrate symbols praising” actions of Russian troops in Ukraine.

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In addition, the Latvian authorities demanded that the Russians confirm in writing that they condemned the special operation and sign the corresponding document. This was told to RBC by the president of the All-Russian Union of Insurers Igor Yurgens. LSM cited a similar story from the words of a Latvian citizen named Svetlana. Woman's husband— a Russian citizen with a residence permit in Latvia— forced to sign a document when returning to the country from the funeral of his mother.

The Russian Foreign Ministry did not rule out that the EU countries could completely stop issuing Schengen visas to Russians, although now it seems “incredible”.

July 18, RBC wrote that in the visa centers of France, Greece and Spain in July, the free windows for making an appointment for filing documents ended. Chairman of the Board of Directors of the travel company “Vip Service” Dmitry Gorin linked this to the lifting of anti-COVID restrictions by individual European countries and Russia itself, including on border crossings. In addition, some Russians have decided to extend expired five-year tourist visas issued in 2016-2017, he said.

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Von der Leyen says Russia has cut gas supplies to 12 EU countries

The head of the European Commission did not specify what kind of countries. She admitted that supplies would stop completely, and accused Russia of unleashing an “energy war” against the EU webp 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/7/55/756591909561557.jpg 1200w" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi)" >

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Russia “deliberately cut off supplies” gas to 12 EU countries, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in an interview with Diario de Noticias.

She did not specify which countries she had in mind. Von der Leyen did not rule out a complete cessation of the flow of Russian gas and urged to prepare for “further failures.” She called Moscow's actions an “energy war,” which, she said, “creates difficulties.” for residents of European countries.

After Western countries imposed sanctions on Russia because of a special operation in Ukraine, Moscow developed a new scheme for paying for gas with “unfriendly states”, obliging them to pay in rubles. Some EU countries (Bulgaria, Poland, Latvia and others) refused to pay for gas in Russian currency, and Gazprom stopped deliveries there.

In June Gazprom reduced supplies via Nord Stream, citing a delay in sending a Siemens turbine to Russia, which was being repaired in Canada and could not be returned due to anti-Russian sanctions. Ottawa, at the request of Berlin, agreed to transfer the turbine for Nord Stream to Germany, but from there the unit has not yet been transported to Russia, because the Russian side, fearing sanctions, did not give official consent to this. Now the company supplies only 33 million cubic meters through the pipeline. m of gas per day out of the planned 167 million.

Against this background, energy prices rose in Europe, and the authorities of the EU countries started talking about the threat of an energy crisis and insufficient gas reserves for the winter. Denmark and the Netherlands have introduced the first level of the emergency alert regime in gas supply due to possible interruptions in supplies. The second warning level is valid in Germany. Hungary declared a state of emergency in the energy sector in July.

On July 26, the EU countries came to a “political agreement” on a voluntary reduction in gas consumption by 15% compared to the average for the past five years. The measure will be in effect from August 1, 2022 until the end of March 2023. Countries will decide for themselves exactly how to reduce gas consumption.

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Von der Leyen, in an interview with a Portuguese publication, noted that this agreement will become binding if Russia completely cuts off gas supplies to Europe.

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Estonia proposes to ban Russians from entering the EU

Foreign Minister Reinsalu: Estonia will offer to ban Russians from entering the EU In August, the Estonian Foreign Ministry will raise this issue at a ministerial meeting with representatives of other countries. The head of the Foreign Ministry also proposed, following the example of Latvia, to demand from the Russians in some cases a document condemning Moscow's policy 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/800xH/media/img/7/01/756591043814017.webp 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/590xH/media/img/7/01/756591043814017.webp 590w" type="image/webp" >

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Estonia will offer to block Russians from entering the EU, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said on Vikerraadio. According to the Foreign Minister, at the end of August in Prague he is scheduled to meet with foreign ministers of other states, at which he will present a plan for pan-European restrictions on Russian citizens.

Reinsalu also called on other countries in the region to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians , “that is, to stop wandering across the border.” According to him, the issuance of such permits is normal in a normal situation, but “unthinkable in wartime conditions.”

Estonia in March suspended the issuance of tourist visas to Russian citizens. At the same time, those who have relatives in Estonia, as well as those who apply for a visa for “humanitarian reasons” or for medical purposes can still apply.

In late July, Tallinn tightened its rules by banning Russians from applying for a temporary residence permit or visa to study in Estonia.

However, Reinsalu said, Russian citizens still enter the country on visas of other states. “This mouse hole needs to be plugged,” — he noted. According to him, with the lifting of coronavirus restrictions in Russia, the flow of Russians going through checkpoints in Estonia, as well as in Finland and Latvia, has grown.

In addition to the pan-European ban, Estonia needs to introduce measures at the national level, the head believes Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He cited Latvia as an example, where upon entry, Russian citizens must sign a document condemning the military operation in Ukraine. “Such a principle could also be taken as a basis for obtaining [Estonian] citizenship through naturalization,” — Reinsalu explained.

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The European Commission stated that EU norms do not allow to completely stop issuing visas to citizens of a particular country, meaning that there is a issuance of permits for humanitarian reasons , family members of a citizen of an EU country, journalists and those who left for political reasons. They also emphasized that the EU sanctions are directed primarily against the Russian government and elites, and not against ordinary citizens.

In addition to Estonia, Latvia and the Czech Republic reported on the suspension of visa issuance, and the European Union decided to partially suspend the simplified visa regime with Russia.

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Diplomats say they are not discussing stopping the issuance of EU visas to Russians

Earlier, Finland called for a ban on issuing visas to Russians. The European Commission ruled out the ban, as it is impossible under EU law. The EU Delegation also assured RBC that there was no discussion of this issue image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/7/89/756590308552897.webp 1200w" type="image/webp" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi) " >

The European Union is not discussing the issue of stopping the issuance of Schengen visas to Russians, RBC was told at the EU Delegation to Russia.

Earlier, several EU countries made calls to stop issuing visas to Russian citizens at once , and some of them have suspended the issuance of visas to Russians.

“No, there is currently no such decision and is not being discussed at the EU level”,— diplomats answered the corresponding question of RBC.

They also indicated that “in connection with the above, they do not intend to answer hypothetical questions.”

After the start of the special operation in Ukraine, the European Union suspended the simplified visa regime with Russia, that is, the issuance of short-term visas for officials and entrepreneurs under a simplified procedure. In addition, some EU countries, including Belgium, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Poland, called for the cessation of issuing visas to Russian citizens.

On July 25, the main parliamentary parties in Finland (the Social Democratic Party, the Coalition Party, the True Finns and the Finland Center) also spoke in favor of refusing to issue tourist visas to Russians. The representative of the Coalition Party, a member of the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, Elina Valtonen, called it absurd the possibility for Russian citizens to travel to the West “as if nothing had happened.” Green Party member Saara Hürkkö said the best option would be an EU-level decision: it “would have the most impact”.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry warned Helsinki about retaliatory measures in case of refusal to issue Schengen tourist visas to Russians. “Restricting the travel of Russian citizens for political reasons will be another step towards aggravating the confrontation in bilateral relations,” — said the representative of the department, Maria Zakharova. She warned of growing tensions in Europe in the event of such a move by the Finnish authorities and wondered if this initiative was a “NATO entry fee”.

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia would respond to such measures of an “emotional nature”; by the EU states.

At the same time, the European Commission ruled out a complete ban on the issuance of Schengen visas to Russians. According to the EC, the Brussels sanctions are aimed “first and foremost” at against the Russian government and the economic elites of the country, and not against ordinary Russians. They also reminded that EU rules do not allow to completely stop issuing visas to citizens of a particular country.

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Austria finds EU embargo on Russian gas impossible

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A European Union (EU) embargo on gas from Russia is not possible, Austria has always advocated that sanctions harm those against whom they are imposed more than those who impose them. This was stated by Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, reports APA.

According to him, Austria, like other EU countries, is largely dependent on Russian gas, and with the introduction of the embargo, the Austrian and German industry “will lose stability.” He noted that the “tilt” of the German economy will lead to mass unemployment in Austria.

“Sanctions should hit more on those against whom they are directed, and not harm those who take them”,— emphasized Nehammer.

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The European Union has introduced several packages of sanctions against Russia since the end of February. The latter was announced in early June. This package included a partial embargo on Russian oil imports.

Now the EU is preparing the seventh package of sanctions. However, restrictions on the supply of Russian gas will not be included in it, since the EU members could not reach an agreement on this issue in such a short time, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said.

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In addition to Austria, Hungary, Serbia and Germany opposed the embargo on Russian gas supplies. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban noted that such a ban would “destroy the European economy.”

The Russian authorities consider the sanctions of the EU and other Western countries illegal. The Foreign Ministry stated that restrictive measures “turned into a boomerang for Western economies”, while Moscow has the right to tighten its “special measures”.

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Poland rejects European Commission proposal to share gas with EU countries

Poland will not agree to this measure without ensuring its own energy security. The Polish minister also did not approve of the EU's idea of ​​limiting gas consumption. The European Commission previously proposed to redistribute fuel between countries

Poland refuses to share gas with European countries under the scheme proposed by the European Commission, Polish Minister of Climate and Environment Anna Moskva said at a press conference, Interia Wydarzenia reports.

Moscow also criticized the European Commission's gas consumption reduction scheme and said the document was “written on its knees in a few days.”

AP learned of unsuccessful attempts in the EU to agree on gas savings

On the eve of an emergency meeting on the issue of limiting fuel consumption by 15%, EU ambassadors tried to reach a compromise, but those states that are less dependent on Russian gas object to the EC proposal

EU countries still cannot agree about reducing gas consumption by 15%, AP reported, citing an unnamed diplomatic source.

Ahead of an emergency meeting in Brussels on fuel economy, EU ambassadors tried to reach a compromise. The EC proposal is objected to by those states that are less dependent on Russian gas and do not want to force the population to save.

According to the interlocutor of the agency, the ambassadors also discussed the possibility of limiting the powers of the European Commission.

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Poland does not agree with the EC proposal, said Anna Moskva, Minister of Climate and Environment of the Republic. She explained that the EC is imposing “certain tools” on member states instead of allowing them to coordinate their response to the crisis. “In this regard, we support voluntary cuts, not mandatory cuts,” Moscow said. The minister pointed out that Poland, without waiting for instructions from Brussels, has already limited gas consumption this year, and it has also managed to fill storage facilities with gas. In her opinion, the priority task of the EU should be to ensure the energy security of countries and diversify supplies.

Last week, the EC prepared a plan to reduce gas consumption, according to which EU countries must reduce fuel use by 15% from August 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023. At the same time, the European Commission will have the opportunity to limit gas consumption without obtaining the consent of all states— members. Spain, Greece and Portugal immediately objected to this. Reuters, citing sources, reported that at least 12 countries expressed doubts about the EC plan, while Bloomberg wrote that Italy, Poland and Hungary made comments. Later, the EC allowed the requirement to be relaxed.

The EU fears that Russia will shut off the gas. “Gazprom” reduced the volume of pumping through Nord Stream; to Germany, first from 167 million to 100 million cubic meters. m of gas per day, and then up to 67 million cubic meters. m due to the situation with the return of the turbine from Canada. On July 25, the company announced a reduction in deliveries from July 27 by half again— up to 33 million cubic meters m.

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EC Head Ursula von der Leyen urged countries to prepare for a possible shutdown of Russian gas, saying that fuel pumping has already been reduced or stopped in 12 EU states.

EU countries « made mistakes, and now they are looking for the guilty and asking citizens to save on energy resources in order to “anger Putin,” the Russian president said. “The picture, the person is depicted and at the bottom is the signature:“ Do you want to annoy Putin— mine is only these four places. And shown— here, here, here, here. Well, what is it? They went completely crazy, you understand, & raquo;, & mdash; noted by Vladimir Putin.

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EU countries demanded exemptions from the EC plan to reduce gas consumption

EU countries demand exceptions to EC plans to reduce gas consumption by 15% Previously, the EC proposed to reduce gas consumption in Europe by 15% until next spring. According to the FT, EU member states demanded to take into account the degree of dependence of each country on Russian gas and provide exceptions for some of them

EU countries seek exemptions from Brussels' plans to reduce demand for natural gas, the newspaper reports Financial Times with reference to the draft document.

On July 20, the European Commission invited EU member states to voluntarily reduce gas consumption by 15% from next month over fears that Russia could cut off supplies. This corresponds to 45 billion cubic meters. m of gas.

According to the FT, the EU countries said (the paper did not name specific countries) that the mandatory targets should take into account the degree of dependence of each country on Russian gas, as well as the volumes of gas already sent to storage. According to EU member states, those who have the ability to supply gas to others can receive exemptions. A number of sectors considered critical to the EU's single market should also be exempt from stringent requirements, they argue.

“Member countries should be free to choose appropriate measures to achieve demand reduction,”— newspaper quotes words from draft document.

According to the document, at least five countries must make a special request for the EU-proposed readings to become mandatory. At the same time, the majority of member states will have to approve this requirement, notes the FT.

This week, the European Commission presented a plan that provides for voluntary reduction by countries — EU member states to use natural gas by 15% from August 1 of the current year to March 31, 2023. Three countries have officially opposed the proposal of the European Commission: Spain, Greece and Portugal. However, in reality, at least 12 EU countries expressed concern, Reuters reported.

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Nevertheless, Gazprom July 21 resumed deliveries. Gas is supplied in the amount of 40%, about 67 million cubic meters. m per day, as it was before prevention. To this level of supply have been reduced since mid -June. & laquo; Gazprom & raquo; He explained the decision by the fact that Siemens did not return the turbine from the repair. They are being repaired in Canada, and it was impossible to return the engine due to the sanctions that the country imposed against Russia. But after the request of Germany, Canada agreed to transfer to the turbine. However, in Gazprom emphasized that they had not received the necessary documents from Siemens.

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Orban called on the EU for a new strategy on Ukraine due to non-working sanctions

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced non-working sanctions against Russia Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban expressed doubts that Russian-Ukrainian peace talks are possible, and considered that the conflict can be resolved only through a dialogue between Moscow and Washington

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The European Union needs a new strategy to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, as sanctions against Russia do not work, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said during a speech in Romania, Reuters reports.

“A new strategy is needed that should focus on peace negotiations and crafting a good peace proposal <…> instead of winning the war, — he said.

The Western military strategy, according to Orban, was based on four pillars:

  • Ukraine will be able to win with NATO weapons.
  • Sanctions will ease Russia.
  • Europe will avoid the economic consequences of sanctions.
  • All countries will line up in support of Ukraine.
  • The strategy proved unworkable, and, in his words, if “all four tires of the car are flat, then they need to be changed.” In the situation in Ukraine, the main thing is not victory, but the establishment of peace, and we must not support Ukraine, but stand between Russia and Ukraine, the Hungarian prime minister said, the Nepszava newspaper writes.

    During the military actions in Ukraine, according to Orban, 86 Hungarians were killed. Hungary should not be allowed to be drawn into the conflict, he stressed.

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    The situation can only be resolved through a dialogue between Moscow and Washington, he believes. Europe lost the opportunity to mediate after the Minsk agreements initiated by France and Germany were not implemented, Orban said.

    The Hungarian prime minister expressed the opinion that the reason for the conflict was the refusal of the West to provide Russia with the security guarantees it demanded. “Russians speak such an old language<…>, but that doesn't mean that what they say doesn't make sense,”— said Orban.

    In his opinion, hostilities in Ukraine would not have happened if Angela Merkel remained German Chancellor and US President— Donald Trump.

    Russia launched a special operation in Ukraine on February 24. President Vladimir Putin called its goals the protection of the population of Donbass, ensuring the security of Russia, “denazification”; and demilitarization of Ukraine. Before the start of the operation, Putin expressed the opinion that a “puppet regime” was operating in Ukraine, and also called it “a foregone conclusion” the question of a neighboring country joining NATO.

    In December 2021, Russia sent proposals on security guarantees to the United States and NATO countries. They proposed refusing to accept the former Soviet countries, in particular Ukraine, into the alliance and withdrawing NATO forces in Eastern Europe to the positions of 1997.

    In January 2022, the United States, NATO and Russia held several rounds of negotiations on draft security guarantees, but they did not lead to results. NATO says it has an “open door policy” and all countries should decide on their own whether to join the alliance.

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    Europol allowed cases of arms smuggling from Ukraine to the EU

    According to the European police, criminals can be engaged in smuggling, they organize hiding places near the border. The EU also suspects that Ukrainian refugees may be involved in the transport of weapons ” alt=”Europol allowed cases of smuggling of weapons from Ukraine to the EU” />

    The EU police service, Europol, has data indicating cases of smuggling of firearms from Ukraine by criminal groups, Tagesschau reports.

    “EU Member States and operational partners reported instances of criminal networks operating in the region and carrying out or planning to smuggle significant quantities of firearms and ammunition, including military weapons,” quotes the Tagesschau letter from Europol to the Council of the European Union.

    According to the assumption of the European authorities, weapons caches can be equipped along the EU-Ukraine border, and criminals can use official border crossings in their movements. Ukrainian refugees are also suspected of involvement in arms smuggling. Europol indicated that some of them could covertly transport weapons across the border, and the European police also fear that the weapons that refugees left in the border zone when leaving for the EU could fall into the hands of criminals,

    The head of Interpol, Jurgen Stock, warned in early June that the conflict in Ukraine would lead to the illegal distribution of weapons, but, according to Stock, this should have happened “in the post-conflict stage.” The stock assumed that even heavy weapons would end up on the black market.

    In early July, the Bureau of Economic Security of Ukraine reported on the sale of military and humanitarian aid that comes to the country from the West. Bureau director Vadim Melnyk said that the department opened about ten criminal cases of this kind, in addition, other Ukrainian law enforcement agencies noted similar facts.

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at the same time pointed out that some of the Western weapons for Ukraine had already hit the black market and “spread” across the Middle East. Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev also noted that the weapons that Kyiv receives from Washington are spreading “through the hands of various criminals around the world.”

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    Named the Russians and organizations included in the seventh package of EU sanctions

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    As part of the seventh package of sanctions against Russia, approved by the European Union on Thursday, the list of Russian citizens was expanded, including against whom restrictive measures are being introduced.

    As follows from the document, the list, in particular, included actors Sergei Bezrukov and Vladimir Mashkov, as well as Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov, State Duma deputy Adam Delimkhanov, presidential envoy to the North Caucasus Federal District Yury Chaika, son of the head of Rostec Sergey Chemezov, leader of the Night Wolves motorcycle club Alexander Zaldostanov (Surgeon).

    In addition to individuals, sanctions are imposed on a number of Russian organizations, in particular, against Rossotrudnichestvo and Yunarmiya, as well as Sberbank, the Russkiy Mir Foundation; and the Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Foundation.

    As previously reported, the package included a ban on the import of Russian gold, excluding finished jewelry. At the same time, a number of media outlets wrote that the EU had rejected a proposal to impose sanctions against a Russian company, the world's largest titanium producer. It was also decided to soften the regime for agricultural products and oil transportation.

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    WSJ learned about the EU’s refusal to support sanctions against VSMPO-Avisma

    European Union “last minute” rejected a proposal to impose sanctions against the Russian steel company VSMPO-Avisma, the world's largest producer of titanium, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing European diplomats.

    Brussels blocked the initiative after it was not supported by France and other countries because of fears that Russia would retaliate by banning the export of titanium to the European Union.

    «VSMPO-Avisma» is an important supplier to the Airbus shipbuilding corporation, which has previously called on the EU to refrain from a ban on titanium imports from Russia, the newspaper notes.

    Airbus— In March, Boeing suspended the purchase of titanium from VSMPO-Avisma.

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    Putin linked the EU’s mistakes with the neglect of traditional energy sources

    Europe neglected traditional energy, relying on renewable sources, the President of Russia said, calling European countries “great specialists in the field of non-traditional relations”

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of trying to shift responsibility for its energy mistakes onto Gazprom, calling the move unfounded. He stated this following a working visit to Iran.

    At the same time, Europe itself neglected traditional energy, relying on alternative sources, he pointed out.

    “They are great experts in the field non-traditional relationships. So in the field of energy, they decided to rely on non-traditional types of energy: the sun, wind energy. The winter turned out to be long, there was no wind— that's all, — Putin said.

    He assured that Gazprom ready to “pump as much as you need.”

    The Europeans because of the sanctions on the Yamal gas pipeline— Europe» only lost, the head of state is convinced. In May, Russia imposed retaliatory sanctions against Europe, which affected the Polish EuRoPol GAZ, which owns a section of the Yamal gas pipeline; Europe, going through Poland, as well as the former “daughters” Gazprom, including Gazprom Germania. As a result, Gazprom stopped pumping gas through the Polish section of the pipeline.

    Putin also recalled the decision on Ukraine's decision to stop the pumping of Russian gas through the GIS “Sokhravovka” and compressor station (CS) “Novopskov”, citing force majeure.

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    In early June, Putin said that the West overestimated the possibilities of renewable energy sources and downplayed the importance of traditional forms of energy, primarily hydrocarbons. “This is in the future, probably, but today it is not in the proper volume and of the proper quality and at the right prices,” — he noted.

    Later, the president pointed out that the Western countries “everyone was making noise, making noise about the environment and limiting emissions,” and now they are again turning to coal energy. The EU decided to return to this fuel in an attempt to replace Russian energy sources.

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    Bloomberg learned about the EU proposal to cut gas consumption by 15%

    The EU is set to invite member states to voluntarily cut gas consumption by 15% from next month over fears that Russia could cut off supplies, Bloomberg reported, citing three knowledgeable diplomatic sources.

    The European Commission on Wednesday , July 20, plans to unveil a plan to save gas before the winter. El País wrote about it earlier. The day before, this information was confirmed by EC spokesman Eric Mamer on Twitter. According to El País, European officials, in particular, propose to limit the heating of public buildings to 19 degrees, and air conditioning— to 25 degrees.

    In the event of a cold winter, the EU's GDP could fall by 1.5%, Bloomberg reports citing EC data.

    According to the agency, Brussels also wants to secure the right to oblige countries to reduce gas consumption. However, many states object to forced austerity, arguing that national governments already have contingency plans in place.

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    EU begins talks on accession of Albania and North Macedonia

    Albania and North Macedonia, already in candidate status, have moved on to the next stage of the EU accession process. According to von der Leyen, both countries “showed an unwavering commitment to the values” of the EU

    The European Union has begun negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia on the entry of these countries into the union, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Twitter.

    “Albania and North Macedonia are starting EU accession talks today, and I'm very happy to be here with you,” she said at a press conference attended by the prime ministers of North Macedonia, Albania and the Czech Republic.

    According to the head of the European Commission, this is a “historic moment” that was the result of the hard work of Albania, North Macedonia and their citizens. “You have shown an unwavering commitment to our values,” — said von der Leyen.

    The European Commission and negotiating teams from the two countries will now begin the first phase of the process, which involves Albania and North Macedonia “familiarizing themselves with the rights and obligations of EU members,” she said.

    The procedure for countries to join the European Union consists of several main stages. First, they submit an application, then they receive the status of a candidate, after which the parties proceed to negotiations. Ratification and integration follow.

    North Macedonia and Albania already have country status— candidate for EU membership. The first received it in 2005, and Albania— in 2014.

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    In June of this year, the EU granted candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova. Georgia also submitted an application, but the European Commission postponed consideration of the status of a candidate for this country until the necessary reforms were carried out.

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    WSJ learned about Abramovich’s demand to the EU for $1 million due to sanctions

    According to the publication, Abramovich is demanding that the EU authorities pay this amount to his charitable foundation. The businessman believes that the European Union should protect his rights violated by sanctions, since he is a citizen of Portugal

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    Businessman Roman Abramovich, in his lawsuit against the Council of the EU, demanded that Brussels contribute $1 million to created by him after the sale of the Chelsea football club; charitable foundation, writes The Wall Street Journal.

    The businessman wants compensation for damages due to sanctions imposed by the European Union against him. According to Abramovich, the restrictions violate his fundamental rights, which the EU should protect, as he is a citizen of Portugal.

    In turn, businessman Alisher Usmanov and his sister Gulbahor Ismailova challenged the claims that they provided assistance for a special operation in Ukraine to the EU. They demanded $20,000 to cover legal costs.

    According to the newspaper, Usmanov asked to expedite the proceedings on the lawsuit, as he was no longer able to conclude several deals due to sanctions, and three of his companies are facing bankruptcy , but in June the court rejected this request.

    Abramovich and Usmanov challenged the EU's decision to impose sanctions against them in the spring. In Brussels they were called “oligarchs” with “close ties” with President Vladimir Putin.

    In early June, The Times reported that the head of the Ukrainian delegation to the talks with Russia on a peace settlement, David Arakhamia, wrote a letter in support of the lifting of sanctions against Abramovich, noting his “positive role” in the dialogue between Moscow and Kyiv.

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    Bloomberg wrote that the EU is discussing the lifting of individual sanctions against some Russians because of their involvement in the conflict in Ukraine, according to lawyers, not very well substantiated. In addition to Abramovich and Usmanov, Gennady Timchenko, Petr Aven, Mikhail Fridman, Alexei Mordashov, Andrey Melnichenko— according to the agency, about 30 people filed a lawsuit in total.

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    Abramovich demanded that the EU transfer a million dollars to his charitable foundation

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    Billionaire Roman Abramovich demands a transfer of $1 million from the European Union to the account of his charitable foundation. The Wall Street Journal introduces the details of the Russian businessman's lawsuit.

    The entrepreneur, who has Portuguese citizenship, believes that the restrictions violate his fundamental rights protected by the European Union, of which Portugal is a member.

    Abramovich due to sanctions, he was forced to sell the Chelsea football club, which he owned for 20 years. Soon the billionaire created a charitable foundation and promised to invest in it all the net proceeds from a deal with a group of investors led by American billionaire Todd Boely.

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    Former Lithuanian Foreign Minister considers EU sanctions against Russia unproductive

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    EU sanctions against Russia are unproductive— the new seventh package of restrictions will also be the same, former Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius wrote on Twitter.

    “The seventh package of sanctions is being prepared. Who cares? The EU has now sent exponentially more money to Russia for oil, gas and coal purchases than it has sent to Ukraine in aid,— he noted.

    Linkevičius pointed out that oil prices are rising, and the ruble is strengthening.

    Earlier, on July 11, Bloomberg, citing sources, said that the EU may introduce the seventh package of sanctions against Russia in the coming weeks.

    According to the agency's sources, the EU countries continue to discuss the mechanism for limiting prices for Russian oil, but this decision is unlikely to be made in the near future. Some countries are pushing for sanctions that would affect Russian gas, but most do not support this.

    The European Union has imposed six rounds of sanctions against Russia since late February. The restrictions affected various sectors of the Russian economy, large banks and companies, including Sberbank, VTB, Gazprom, Rostelecom, Russian Railways, government officials and businessmen.

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    The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the EU was preparing the seventh round of sanctions in early June. According to Bloomberg and Reuters, they will affect Russian gold.

    Russia considers the restrictive measures illegal. President Vladimir Putin called the measures “crazy and thoughtless”, called the sanctions an “economic blitzkrieg” that failed.

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    Euractiv announced the timing of the approval of the seventh package of EU sanctions

    According to the publication, as part of the next set of restrictions, Brussels will ban the import of Russian gold, expand the list of dual-use goods prohibited for export to Russia, and impose sanctions on companies and individuals

    EU countries can approve and submit the seventh package of sanctions against Russia within a week, writes Euractiv, citing several European diplomats.

    According to the publication, Brussels plans to ban the import of Russian gold and expand the list of dual-use goods prohibited for export to Russia, as well as other sanctioned goods. The sanctions list will be supplemented by several individuals and legal entities connected in one way or another with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Some of Euractiv's interlocutors suggested that the new document would contain references to the recently published clarifications of the European Commission on the transit of goods to Kaliningrad.< /p>

    Bloomberg reported on July 11 that the EU could introduce a seventh package in the coming weeks.

    The EU announced a sixth round of sanctions against Russia in early June. Talks about the seventh package began even before that: in May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Eva-Maria Liimets, proposed to start preparing it immediately after the adoption of the sixth. On June 4, Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland Pawel Jablonski announced that the European Union is working on another set of restrictions.

    After that, discussions began on the content of the seventh package. Reuters wrote that gold could be subject to sanctions. The Estonian authorities proposed to include energy in the set. According to Bloomberg, the EU countries continue to discuss the mechanism for capping Russian oil prices, but a decision on this matter is unlikely to be made in the near future. In addition, some members of the association insist on sanctions against Russian gas, but, according to the agency, most states do not support such a measure. Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said that there would be no restrictions on Russian gas supplies in the seventh package.

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    Interfax learned about the plans to ban the entry of trucks from the EU from October 1

    His sources said that the departments concerned are not opposed to such a response to the ban imposed by the EU in April on the entry of Russian trucks. RBC's interlocutor clarified that a trial period is being discussed – until the end of the year =””Interfax” learned about plans to ban the entry of trucks from the EU from October 1″ />

    The ban on the entry of heavy vehicles from the EU into Russia may come into force on October 1, writes “Interfax” with reference to sources.

    RBC's source clarified that the draft presidential decree and government decree are being adjusted, but final decisions have not yet been made. The introduction of a restrictive regime from October 1 is now being discussed, and so far it is planned that it will last until the end of 2022. This period will be a test period to test the operability of the scheme with overhauling or reloading trucks at the border.

    According to one of Interfax's interlocutors, the relevant documents are under interdepartmental coordination. “In general, the departments do not object to the imposition of retaliatory sanctions against European carriers,” — he noted. By August 1, the Ministry of Transport will submit to the government a draft presidential decree and some other documents. Another agency source indicated that the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Industry and Trade are preparing lists of goods whose transportation will not be subject to restrictions.

    RBC sent inquiries to the representative of First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov, to the press services of the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

    In April, the EU, as part of the fifth package of sanctions against Russia, banned Russian and Belarusian trucks from entering the EU. After that, “Kommersant” reported that the heads of eight associations of food manufacturers asked Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin not to introduce mirror measures. In the same month, the Ministry of Transport decided not to ban trucks from the European Union from entering Russia for the time being, RBC sources said. Entrepreneurs at a meeting in the department indicated that such a measure could disrupt important supplies of equipment. The Kremlin, commenting on the situation, noted that Russia would take measures in response to Western sanctions that best suit its internal interests.

    In April, the Association of International Road Carriers (ASMAP) in a letter to Andrei Belousov asked to develop response measures to the EU ban. The organization pointed out that the additional costs of re-binding and reloading goods are not comparable “with the increased level of costs of Russian participants in foreign economic activity”; due to the increase in the cost of services of foreign transport companies. According to the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, the problem requires balanced solutions.

    Belarus, in response to the sanctions, banned the entry of cars registered in the EU. Cars from the European Union can only pass through certain checkpoints to specially designated places for cargo operations and transfers. Subsequently, the authorities of the republic clarified that the restrictions do not apply to cars with humanitarian supplies and medicines.

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    Moscow said it still had questions to the EU about transit to Kaliningrad

    The Russian Foreign Ministry welcomed the decision of the European Commission to withdraw rail transit to Kaliningrad from sanctions. The Ministry stated that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is studying the proposals of European officials stated that she still had questions to the EU about transit to Kaliningrad” />

    The Russian side still has questions about the proposals of the European Commission regarding transit to Kaliningrad, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

    «We still have questions about the content of this document. Undoubtedly, the Russian side will closely monitor how these steps of the EU will be implemented in practice, — she said.

    The Foreign Ministry called the decision to remove restrictions on certain products transported by rail through the Russian exclave a manifestation of realism and common sense.

    Zakharova also said that the Foreign Ministry is carefully studying the proposal of the European Commission.

    Lithuania banned the transit of sanctioned products to Kaliningrad on June 18. Moscow called the restriction illegal. The governor of the Kaliningrad region, Anton Alikhanov, presented the government and presidential administration with a draft response that would be “very critical for Lithuania.”

    Earlier, the European Commission published clarifications on transit. The document says that motor transport enterprises registered in Russia are prohibited from transporting goods by road across the EU, including in transit. “However, this prohibition does not apply to the transportation of goods in transit through the territory of the EU between the Kaliningrad region and Russia, provided that the transportation of such goods is not prohibited in accordance with the regulation. The transit of sanctioned goods by road is therefore not allowed,— declared in the document.

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    Medvedev said that the EU was afraid of losing profitable transit through Russia

    According to the deputy head of the Security Council, the European Union recognized that the requirements for transit to the Kaliningrad region are fair. According to Medvedev, this is “a rare case when cretinism and cave Russophobia in Brussels defeated the gaps of reason”

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    Recognition by the European Union of Russian demands for transit to the Kaliningrad region speaks of the victory of reason over the “cave Russophobia". This was stated by Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev.

    “The EU reluctantly admitted that the requirements for transit to OUR Kaliningrad region are fair. A rare case when cretinism and cave Russophobia in Brussels defeated the gaps of reason, — wrote Medvedev.

    According to Medvedev, the countries of the European Union “got diarrhea from fear”; from the possibility of losing transit through Russian territory that is beneficial for them.

    Lithuania banned the transit of sanctioned products to Kaliningrad on June 18. Moscow called the restriction illegal. Governor of the Kaliningrad Region Anton Alikhanov submitted to the Government and Presidential Administration a draft of response measures that would be “very critical for Lithuania”.

    The European Commission published clarifications on transit July 13. The document says that motor transport companies registered in Russia are prohibited from transporting goods by road across the EU, including in transit.

    “However, this prohibition does not apply to the transportation of goods in transit through the territory of the EU between the Kaliningrad region and Russia, provided that the transportation of such goods is not prohibited in accordance with the regulation. The transit of sanctioned goods by road is therefore not allowed,— declared in the document.

    The special regime does not apply to rail traffic, but EU countries “reserve the right to exercise effective control” behind him. The European Commission banned the transit of military or dual-use goods and technologies under sanctions, regardless of the method of transportation.

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    The Foreign Ministry said they are carefully studying the proposal of the European Commission. However, the Foreign Ministry noted that Moscow still has questions.

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