The first round of talks between Moscow and Kyiv delegates on the war declared by the Kremlin lasted about six hours in a secret location on the border between Ukraine and Belarus and was updated in the second round with some signs of opening. Russian negotiator Vladimir Medinsky said: “We have found some points on the basis of which it is possible to identify a site.” The delegations are now returning to their respective capitals for talks. Among them, according to the Jerusalem Post, also Roman Abramovich. The presence of a Russian millionaire with an Israeli passport will be requested by Ukraine.
Putin’s condition: He wants Crimea and Ukraine to be neutral
But during the first round of talks around the table set by the Minsk government over the phone with French President Macron, Putin outlined his conditions for silencing weapons and halting the advance of tanks toward Kiev: recognition of a neutral Ukraine and Crimea as a Russian territory. Ellis, on the other hand, has pledged the Kremlin’s number one commitment to “suspend all attacks on civilians and homes and keep in touch in the coming days to prevent the situation from deteriorating.” On the ground, however, according to the Pentagon, Russia still does not dominate the skies over Ukraine and has so far launched 380 missiles. It goes without saying that the military situation does not support surrender at the negotiating table.
Sanctions are being imposed on the Russian economy
International sanctions are beginning to have an impact on the Russian economy. Moscow’s central bank has raised fears of a dramatic change in the country’s economy, saying it has raised interest rates by up to 20% to “support the attractiveness of deposits and protect family savings against devaluation”, Governor Elvira Nabiulina said. And, when the Moscow Stock Exchange closes, stocks of Russian economic giants fall in London: Sberbank 74%, Gazprom 51%, Lukoil 62.8%, Rosneft 42.3%, Magnit 74%.
UN Secretary General: “War must stop”
“The war in Ukraine must end now. They have become furious across the country from the sky, land and sea. Enough. The troops must return to their barracks, “said UN Secretary-General Guterres at the opening ceremony of the General Assembly at UN headquarters. “Leaders must move towards peace. Civilians must be protected, he added, noting that the Russian nuclear threat is “a cool development, simply unimaginable.” Europe is at risk of the worst humanitarian and refugee crisis in decades.
Italy has given the green light to help Ukraine
In Italy, meanwhile, the cabinet unanimously approved new decrees, including military assistance to Ukraine, and the reopening of coal plants, if necessary, with rules to diversify energy sources. Gas rationing is possible even if it is unnecessary in case of emergency. The text also provides for the addition of 16,000 new places to welcome refugees from Ukraine.
Finland and English Gaff
Russia, a country bordering Finland, has also made the historic decision to supply arms to Ukraine to protect itself from aggression. Thus the international measures against Moscow were strengthened. However, they must not go beyond the bounds of common sense. That’s why Downing Street had to run for cover, saying Boris Johnson’s spokesman had misrepresented himself when he reported the prime minister’s remarks that Western sanctions were “aimed at overthrowing Putin’s regime.” “Just a slip”, clarification after the sensational gaff. EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Borel also said that Ukraine’s accession to the EU is not on the agenda in the near future.
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