Moscow turned off the gas due to sending weapons to Ukraine from the west, reports the New York Times. Fears in Europe that prices for households will jump, according to the Guardian. Frozen Russian funds will be used for the reconstruction of Ukraine, Ukrinform reports. Russia will respond with “speed of light”, Putin threatened, RT writes. Payments in rubles do not stop the Balkan flow, reports Politika
(illustration, Europe was on the brink of a major crisis yesterday that could raise gas prices in households, after Russia cut off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria and threatened to do the same to other countries)
Russia has stopped the supply of gas to Poland and Bulgaria “in retaliation for the growing shipments of weapons to Ukraine from the West and economic sanctions.” Fears are spreading in Europe that gas prices for households will rise further. The funds of Russian businessmen, which were frozen by Washington, will be used for the reconstruction of Ukraine. If foreign interference in the Ukrainian conflict does not stop, Putin will respond “at the speed of light”. Paying for gas in rubles did not stop the Balkan flow.
Revenge for helping Ukraine
“Russia is threatening further retaliation for helping Ukraine,” is the headline on the front page of the New York Times. The consequences of the war in Ukraine on Wednesday also affected energy markets around the world “after Russia responded to the growing shipments of weapons to Ukraine from the West and economic penalties by stopping gas supplies to two European countries and threatening further retaliation, which she did not specify.” stands in the text. Top EU officials called the move blackmail. “Although the current strike is limited, the stoppage of supplies is the Kremlin’s biggest retaliation so far, against the US-led alliance that Vladimir Putin has accused of waging war to weaken Russia,” the paper said.
The New York Times publishes as a central photograph a scene from Demidov, where residents deliberately flooded their own village to prevent the passage of Russian tanks and heavy weapons. This slowed the advance of Russian troops, which gave the Ukrainian army time to prepare for defense. What would normally be another catastrophe, is now a “tactical victory”, the paper states.
Rise in price due to Russian gas turning
“Fear of energy crisis, Russia will complete gas supplies,” is the main headline in the British Guardian. The central photo shows the demolition of a Russian sculpture in Ukraine, next to which a young man is pictured on social networks.
Yesterday, Europe was on the verge of a major crisis that could increase gas prices in households, after Russia stopped supplying gas to Poland and Bulgaria and threatened to do the same to other countries, and European leaders pointed out that it was blackmail. The immediate consequence of Gazprom’s decision was that the price of gas increased by 20%. The Polish Prime Minister called this a “direct attack” on his country, and the Kremlin justified it with a previous request that gas be paid in rubles. The President of the European Commission, however, warned that any country that agrees to this will be the target of already imposed sanctions.
At the top of the first page, the Guardian also writes that an investigation has been launched for another sex scandal in the parliament, since it was reported that one of the deputies watched porn on his mobile during the session. Conservatives were forced to launch an investigation because several MPs complained about criticism caused by sexism and misogyny.
Frozen funds for the reconstruction of Ukraine
The Russian army redistributed forces and transferred up to 500 units and military equipment to the city of Izium in order to increase the capacity for the attack, the main command of the Army of Ukraine announced, and the state news agency Ukrinform reports. It was noticed that the main focus of the Russian troops was directed towards Izium. The enemy is trying to carry out an attack in the direction of Sulihovka and Andriivka. Military operations in the eastern zone of the attack also continued, because Russia is trying to establish full control over the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and to keep the land corridor with the temporarily occupied Crimea.
In a separate news item, Ukrinform also reports that the American body has adopted a proposal to use the frozen funds of Russian businessmen for the reconstruction of Ukraine. According to the agency, “this will encourage the use of funds of oligarchs from Russia to support the continuation of the Ukrainian struggle for freedom.”
Putin: We will respond “at the speed of light”
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned foreign forces not to interfere in the Ukrainian conflict, promising that otherwise he would respond “at the speed of light” with the most advanced weapons from Moscow, the Rasha Tudej news agency reports. He added that the Russian authorities have already made all the necessary preparations for such a possible response. In the same text, RT reminds that Moscow tested the Sarmatian intercontinental ballistic cruiser last week. “Unlike Russia, neither the United States nor NATO currently have hypersonic weapons in use. At least for now “, writes RT.
In a separate text, the agency quotes the statement of the American Secretary of State Antonio Blinken, who said that it was up to Ukraine to decide whether to expand the conflict with Russia “outside its borders”. Blinken reacted after Moscow condemned the statement of the British official that it was “legitimate” for Kiev to use NATO weapons to attack Russian territory.
After Russia stopped the supply of gas to Poland and Bulgaria, RT states that Finland also refused to pay for gas in rubles. Russia has rejected claims that it is using gas to “blackmail Europe”. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov pointed out on Wednesday that the new rules were introduced as a reaction to “unprecedented hostile moves against us.”
The ruble did not stop the Balkan flow
“Can the EU withstand the gas strike from Moscow?” Politika asked in a central announcement on the front page. The energy crisis between the West and Russia has entered an unpredictably aggravated phase with Gazprom’s announcement of new conditions for the possible further supply of natural gas to Poland and Bulgaria. Until February 24, the world’s leading exporter provided 40 percent of the gas needed by the EU, covering 55 percent of the needs of the German market, and yesterday it officially announced that it would cut off supplies to the mentioned countries. The subtitle states that “the ruble has not yet stopped the Balkan flow.”
“The issue of sanctions against Russia is now on the table in front of Serbia,” is the headline of another text at the top of the page, which publishes a conversation with Karen Donfried, the highest official of the State Department for Europe and Eurasia, who visited Belgrade. “It is important that Belgrade voted against Russia at the United Nations. “Vučić is very clear about where he sees the future of Serbia, and that is the European Union,” she says.
Alarm in Serbia due to suspension
Bulgaria and Poland are the first EU countries to which Russia has stopped the supply of blue energy because they will not pay in rubles, Danas writes with the headline “Alarm in Serbia due to Russia’s gas suspension”. An illustration of the main announcement on the first page is Koraks’ caricature, in which the Russian president turns the valve on the pipe, while the Serbian head of state jumps out of the hole in the gas pipeline. For now, Bulgaria promises not to keep the gas intended for Serbia, which flows through the pipes of Turkey on its territory. Bloomberg claims that four customers have already paid Moscow in rubles, and that 10 of them are preparing to do so.
The former state secretary of the Ministry of the Interior claims that “on the order of the Minister of Police, she did not send the expertise of Belivuk’s mobile to the prosecutor’s office,” is another piece of news at the top of the page. “Diana Hrkalović blamed Nebojsa Stefanović”, is the title of the text.
Source: Balkan Magazin – Aktuelnosti by www.balkanmagazin.net.
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