EU to suspend visa deal with Russia – Financial Times
The European bloc’s foreign ministers are reportedly ready to reduce the number of Russian tourists
In response to Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine, several EU member states have actively been lobbying for a ban or heavy restrictions on the number of ordinary Russian citizens entering the bloc on tourist visas.

50,000 Ukrainian refugees face homelessness in UK – media
Despite the pleas of activists, it is unclear whether increased payments to host families can avert the problem
Some 50,000 Ukrainians could be homeless in the UK next year, as the government’s scheme to match refugees with British families breaks down, The Guardian reported on Sunday. With the cost of living spiraling, the opposition wants the government to boost payments to host families.

Analysis by the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats and children’s charity Barnardos found that, based on feedback from British hosts, between 15,000 and 21,000 Ukrainians could be homeless by the winter, rising to more than 50,000 by mid-2023, the newspaper reported.

To date, 83,900 refugees have arrived in the UK since March under the government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme, under which British households are paid £350 ($411) per month to house refugees for six months. However, as of earlier this month, 1,330 Ukrainian households in England – 385 single refugees and 945 families with children – have left the scheme and are now homeless.



Sanctioned Russian diamonds flowing to global market – Bloomberg
Mining giant Alrosa is reportedly selling large amounts of precious stones to India and Europe
Russian mining giant Alrosa has quietly revived exports to almost pre-sanctions levels, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, noting that the company is selling more than $250 million-worth of diamonds per month.

According to the report, citing people familiar with the matter, the Russian firm’s sales are currently only about $50 to $100 million a month below pre-sanctions levels.

The sales have restarted as some Indian banks become more comfortable with how to facilitate transactions in currencies other than US dollars, the sources explained to Bloomberg.

They said that most of the Russian gems are heading to manufacturers in India, “where hundreds of mostly family-owned businesses cut and polish rough stones into the finished products, ready to be used in earrings and engagement rings.” The sources also said Alrosa has been selling diamonds to buyers in India and Europe, mostly in exchange for Indian rupees.




Hungary issues Russia sanctions warning to EU
Budapest tells Brussels it won’t even talk about adding more restrictions

Budapest refuses to negotiate any further EU restrictions targeting Russian energy because there is no current alternative to supplies from Moscow, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Saturday.

The EU has slapped several rounds of sanctions on Moscow in response to the conflict in Ukraine, and is pushing for a complete phasing-out of energy supplies from Russia.

“We’re not even willing to negotiate any sanctions on energy, be it oil or gas,” Szijjarto said at an economic forum in Tihany, adding that “the courage of the Hungarian government” has helped Budapest to withstand pressure from Brussels.

“There is no security of energy supply to Europe without using Russian sources,” Szijjarto stated, arguing that Russian gas cannot be replaced in the foreseeable future.

The foreign minister added that the “largely misguided sanctions response” to Russia’s military campaign is one of the factors driving up inflation and contributing to a global recession.





Serbia says Russia saves it from ‘bankruptcy’
‘Fantastic price’ of Russian gas vital for functioning of Balkan state’s economy, president explains





War, fatalism, even some heavy drinking: Here are the modern movies you should watch to understand the mysterious ‘Russian soul’
As Russia celebrates its Cinema Day – RT tells you which flicks deserve your attention
ロシアは映画の日を祝う - RTはあなたの注意に値する映画を教えてくれます。
‘Russian longing,’ fatalism, existential reflections, intellectual conversations on abstract and eclectic topics, kitchen conversations – all this is an integral part of the international image of Russian culture, perhaps most amplified by the success of the country's 19th century literature.

Today, Russian cinema is enjoying a renaissance. Eternal themes which Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov and Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote about, back in their time, are merged with the legacy of the brilliant Andrei Tarkovsky and the Soviet school of directing. Throw Konstantin Stanislavsky’s acting method into the mix – and other innovations of the Russian theater – and you have the ingredients of modern Russian film.

A new generation of young, successful filmmakers are ready to present a wide variety of topics to modern audiences, not only in Russia, but globally as well.

In honor of Russian Cinema Day, RT has put together a selection of the country’s most striking modern cinema, which will help people understand the mysterious ‘Russian soul’ just as well as the multi-volume classics of the renowned writers of old.
The ‘Russian Soul’ in Contemporary Cinema

Russian cinema has been around for more than a century. The first screening of a domestic film took place back in 1908 under Emperor Nicholas II. But despite its long and rich history, its birth only began to be celebrated relatively recently – in 1980. The date has shifted many times, and only in 2001 did it finally come to rest on August 27. It was on this day in 1919 that a decree on the nationalization of the USSR’s film department was adopted.

Russia’s eventful history has left a big mark on cinema. Pre-war films, as well as those made during the ‘thaw’ period, were full of optimism, while in the 1970s there was more realism. After the collapse of the USSR, priorities changed and new filmmakers appeared to speak on their own topics. Despite the global changes in the country and society, Russian cinema did not stand still and tried to find new ways to communicate with its audiences. Finally, we can safely say that, in the last decade, the art form has been rejuvenated






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This man lobbied the US to invade Iraq over ‘WMDs’, but had the courage to admit his mistake
David Kay, the seasoned weapons inspector who said “We were all wrong” about the pretext of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, was a man of integrity
by Scott Ritter
Known for his aggressive inspection style and strong views regarding Iraqi compliance with their disarmament obligations, at the end of the day, David Kay showed his true grit by standing up to the world and confronting them with the fact that they all got it wrong on Iraq.

By the time I arrived in New York, in mid-September 1991, weapons inspectors from the United Nations Special Commission, or UNSCOM, had been on the ground in Iraq on 16 separate occasions, starting in May. Most of the inspections had been conducted in accordance with the on-site inspection template born of the American experience in implementing the intermediate nuclear forces (INF) treaty, which had entered into force in July 1988 and represented the world’s first foray into on-site inspection as a means of arms control compliance verification.

This template amounted to a gentleman’s agreement, so to speak, where one side provided a thorough declaration of the locations and materials covered by an agreement giving the inspections authority (in the case of Iraq, this meant Security Council resolution 687, passed in April 1991, mandating the creation of UNSCOM and its disarmament mission), and the other side agreed to verify the completeness of that declaration, and oversee the disposition of the material involved, in a manner which respected the sovereignty and dignity of the inspected party.

But there had been some notable exceptions to this template. When Iraq provided UNSCOM with its declaration regarding its holdings of proscribed chemical, biological, nuclear, and long-range ballistic missiles (collectively known as weapons of mass destruction, or WMD), many nations who examined this declaration were taken aback by what was not included – Iraq had denied any involvement in either nuclear or biological weapons activities, and had significantly under declared its chemical and long-range ballistic missile capabilities.

American intelligence had detected evidence of the existence of large devices known as calutrons, which had been used by Iraq to enrich uranium. These devices were not declared by Iraq. In June 1991, an inspection team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), operating under the authority granted to UNSCOM, conducted an inspection of a facility where the calutrons had been observed by US intelligence satellites. The team, led by an experienced safeguard inspector named David Kay, arrived at the location identified by the Americans, but were denied entry for three days. Once the team was allowed to go inside, there was nothing to be found – all the materials had been removed by the Iraqis.

The American satellites located a convoy of vehicles which were loaded with the calutrons at a military camp west of Baghdad. Inspection protocol called for the inspection team to provide the Iraqis with advanced notice of their intention to visit a site designated for inspection. This time, however, David Kay led his team to the designated site without providing the Iraqis the courtesy of advanced notice. Upon their arrival, the team was prevented from entering the site by armed guards. Two inspectors climbed a nearby watchtower, from where they could see inside the facility. They observed the Iraqis driving the vehicles out of the back of the camp and radioed this fact to the rest of the team. An inspection vehicle gave chase, and soon found itself alongside nearly 100 heavily-laden trucks, some of which carried the calutrons which, in the rush to leave the camp, the Iraqis had failed to properly cover. The inspectors took dozens of photographs, before they were forced to stop by Iraqi soldiers who fired warning shots over their heads.

The damage was done. A lengthy diplomatic standoff between the inspectors and Iraq ended once the UN Security Council threatened to authorize the use of military force. Ultimately, Iraq was compelled to admit that it had an undeclared program dedicated to the enrichment of uranium but denied that this effort had anything to do with a nuclear weapons program.

In a follow-up inspection in July, David Kay was able to ferret out enough inconsistencies in the Iraqi version of events which, when combined with an emerging technical picture drawn from the results of detailed forensic investigation and analysis, pointed to the existence of a weapons program.

In September, David Kay led another team of inspectors into Iraq. This inspection was different – instead of IAEA safeguards inspectors and nuclear specialists, the team consisted of a large number of US special forces and CIA paramilitary operatives trained in the art of sensitive site exploitation – in short, how to uncover documents and other materials hidden in a site. Armed with precise intelligence provided by Iraqi defectors, David Kay’s team was able to discover an archive of sensitive nuclear documents, including some which proved the existence of a nuclear weapons program. Kay’s team took possession of the documents but was prevented from leaving the site by armed Iraqi guards.

This standoff played out live on television, with David Kay becoming a household name through his numerous interviews conducted via satellite telephone. After several days, the Iraqis once again relented, releasing the inspectors and the documents, and were forced once again to rewrite their nuclear declaration, this time admitting to the existence of a nuclear weapons program.

The man who was single-handedly responsible for this accomplishment was David Kay.

I first “met” David Kay while serving as the UNSCOM duty officer during the September crisis, talking to him over the telephone. Later, when David arrived in New York for consultations, I watched him brief the UNSCOM staff about his exploits but was too intimidated by this legendary figure to approach him.

David Kay’s high profile proved too much for the stolid bureaucracy of the IAEA, and soon afterwards, he left the IAEA for calmer pastures in civilian life.

Meanwhile, my own profile grew as an inspector. By the summer of 1992, I was involved in my own standoff with Iraq as the team I had organized and on which I served as the operations officer was involved in a days-long standoff when Iraq denied us entry into a ministry building where its archive of WMD-related material was stored. That fall, I conceived, organized, and led a pair of inspections which helped uncover the truth about Iraq’s undeclared ballistic missile force. Later, I took the lead in investigating Iraq’s so-called concealment mechanism, used to hide information and material from the inspectors. In the execution of this mission, the teams I led were often involved in difficult standoffs with Iraqi authorities and security forces, often involving Security Council intervention similar in nature to that which David Kay triggered back in the summer of 1991.

When people accused me of being just like David Kay, I took it as a compliment of the highest order.

Following my resignation from UNSCOM, in August 1998, David’s and my paths diverged considerably. Based upon my seven years of work leading UNSCOM inspections in Iraq, I was convinced that Iraq’s WMD holdings had been largely accounted for, and that nothing of significance remained.

David, acting from the foundation of his personal experience, took a different approach, accusing Iraq of concealing its WMD from inspectors who, in his opinion, were simply not up to the task of disarming Iraq in such a contentious environment.

As the person responsible for conceiving and implementing the methodologies, technologies, and tactics used by UNSCOM to counter Iraq’s concealment efforts, I took umbrage at David Kay’s denigration of the work done by myself and my fellow inspectors, and watched in growing frustration as he was able to successfully lobby the US Congress and the mainstream media into embracing his school of thought – that Iraq retained significant quantities of WMD, and this fact represented a threat worthy of US military intervention.

Thanks in large part to the lobbying efforts of David Kay, whose credibility as a former inspector was unimpeachable, the administration of President George W. Bush was able to get the US Congress to greenlight the invasion of Iraq, which occurred in March 2003. Shortly after formal Iraqi resistance collapsed, in April, David Kay was selected to head up a CIA-run organization known as the Iraq Survey Group, or ISG, which was tasked with hunting down Iraq’s WMD programs.

While many people familiar with David Kay’s biography refer to his time as an IAEA inspector as his greatest achievement, I have another perspective. By the end of 2003, David Kay was confronted with the daunting reality that the Iraqi WMD that he was tasked with uncovering, and whose existence Kay had adamantly testified before the war as existing, in fact did not. Faced with this hard truth, David Kay resigned from his position as the head of the ISG and, in a testimony before Congress in February 2004, had the courage and integrity to admit that, when it came to the existence of Iraqi WMD, “it turns out that we were all wrong, probably in my judgment, and that is most disturbing.”

David Kay passed away on August 12, 2022. He was 82 years old.

I will forever remember him as the man who, in the fall of 1991, intimidated this battle-hardened former Marine by his presence and reputation and, despite our disagreement over the pre-war disposition of Iraqi WMDs, as a man who had the integrity to stand up and be held accountable for his mistakes.

David Kay will, to me, always represent the epitome of physical and moral courage. It is something the world could do with more in these trying times, and for which the world will be a lesser place now that he is gone.







アメリカの衛星は、バグダッド西部の軍事キャンプで、カルトロンを積んだ車列を発見した。査察の手順として、査察団が指定された場所を訪れる際には、事前にイラク側に通告することになっている。しかし、今回、ケイはイラク側に事前通告することなく、視察団を指定された場所に連れて行った。到着すると、武装した警備員によって敷地内への立ち入りが阻まれた。しかし、2人の査察官は近くの監視塔に登り、施設内を見渡した。そして、イラク人が収容所の裏側から車両を走らせているのを確認し、無線で連絡した。その中には、イラク人が収容所からの退去を急ぐあまり、適切な被覆を施さなかったカルトロンを積んだトラックもあった。しかし、イラク兵が頭上から威嚇射撃をしてきたため、やむなく停車した。 注:車の台数や写真の枚数の記述が抜けています。














ケイ氏の経歴を知る人の多くは、IAEA査察官時代を彼の最大の功績として挙げるが、私は別の見方をしている。2003年末、ケイは、戦前ケイが断固として存在すると証言したイラクの大量破壊兵器が、実は存在しないという厳しい現実に直面した。この厳しい現実に直面したケイは、ISGの責任者を辞し、2004年2月の議会での証言で、イラクの大量破壊兵器の存在について、"おそらく私の判断がすべて間違っていたことが判明し、それが最も気がかりだ "と認める勇気と誠実さを持ったのである。





1991 年 9 月中旬に私がニューヨークに到着するまでに、国連特別委員会 (UNSCOM) の兵器査察官は、5 月から 16 回にわたってイラクの地上に出ていました。査察のほとんどは、1988 年 7 月に発効し、世界で初めて現場に進出した中間核戦力 (INF) 条約の実施におけるアメリカの経験から生まれた現地査察テンプレートに従って実施されていました。軍備管理コンプライアンス検証の手段としての検査。

このテンプレートは、いわば紳士協定に相当し、一方の側が査察権限を付与する協定の対象となる場所と資料の完全な宣言を提供しました(イラクの場合、これは 1991 年 4 月に可決された安全保障理事会決議 687 を意味します)。 、UNSCOMの創設とその軍縮任務を命じる)、反対側は、その宣言の完全性を検証し、被査察者の主権と尊厳を尊重する方法で、関連する資料の処分を監督することに同意した.

しかし、このテンプレートには注目すべき例外がいくつかありました。イラクが禁止されている化学、生物、核、および長距離弾道ミサイル (まとめて大量破壊兵器、または WMD として知られている) の保有に関する宣言を UNSCOM に提出したとき、この宣言を検討した多くの国は、そうではないことに驚いた。含まれる - イラクは、核兵器または生物兵器の活動への関与を否定し、化学および長距離弾道ミサイル能力を大幅に過小評価していました。

アメリカの諜報機関は、ウランを濃縮するためにイラクで使用されたカルトロンとして知られる大型装置の存在の証拠を検出しました。これらのデバイスは、イラクによって宣言されていません。 1991 年 6 月、国際原子力機関 (IAEA) の査察チームは、UNSCOM に付与された権限の下で活動し、カルトロンが米国の諜報衛星によって観測された施設の査察を実施しました。デビッド・ケイという名の経験豊富なセーフガード検査官が率いるチームは、アメリカ人が特定した場所に到着しましたが、3日間立ち入りを拒否されました.チームが中に入ることを許可されると、何も見つかりませんでした。すべての資料はイラク人によって持ち出されていました。

アメリカの衛星は、バグダッドの西にある軍事キャンプでカルトロンを搭載した車列を見つけました。査察プロトコルは、査察チームが、査察のために指定されたサイトを訪問する意図をイラク人に事前に通知することを求めていました。しかし今回は、デビッド・ケイは、イラク人に事前通知の礼儀を提供することなく、指定された場所にチームを導きました。彼らが到着すると、チームは武装警備員によってサイトへの立ち入りを妨げられました。 2 人の検査官が近くの見張り塔に登り、そこから施設内が見渡せました。彼らは、イラク人がキャンプの裏から車を運転しているのを観察し、この事実をチームの他のメンバーに無線で伝えました。検査車が追跡し、すぐに100台近くの重荷を積んだトラックの横にいることに気づきました。そのうちのいくつかは、キャンプを離れようと急いで、イラク人が適切にカバーできなかったカルトロンを運びました。検査官は数十枚の写真を撮ったが、頭上に警告射撃を行ったイラク兵に立ち寄らざるを得なくなった。



9月、デビッド・ケイは別の査察団を率いてイラクに向かった。この査察は異なっていた - IAEA 保障措置査察官と核専門家の代わりに、チームは多数の米国特殊部隊と CIA 準軍事工作員で構成され、重要なサイトの搾取の技術で訓練された - 要するに、どのように秘密裏に隠された文書やその他の資料を明らかにするかサイト。デービッド・ケイのチームは、イラクの亡命者から提供された正確な情報を武器に、核兵器計画の存在を証明するものを含む機密核文書のアーカイブを発見することができました。ケイのチームは文書を手に入れたが、武装したイラクの警備員によって現場を離れることを妨げられた。



私が最初に「会った」デビッド・ケイは、9 月の危機の際に UNSCOM の当直将校を務めていたときに電話で話しました。その後、デビッドが相談のためにニューヨークに到着したとき、私は彼がUNSCOMのスタッフに彼の功績について簡単に説明しているのを見ましたが、この伝説的な人物にあまりにも怖がって彼に近づくことはできませんでした.


その間、私自身のプロファイルは検査官として成長しました。 1992 年の夏までに、私が組織し、作戦担当官を務めていたチームが、イラクがそのアーカイブが保管されている省庁の建物への立ち入りを拒否したとき、数日間の膠着状態に巻き込まれたため、私はイラクとの膠着状態に巻き込まれました。の大量破壊兵器関連資料が保管されていました。その秋、私は、イラクの宣言されていない弾道ミサイル戦力についての真実を明らかにするのに役立つ一対の査察を構想し、組織し、主導しました。その後、私は情報や資料を査察官から隠すために使用される、イラクのいわゆる隠蔽メカニズムの調査を率先して行いました。この任務の遂行中、私が率いたチームは、しばしばイラク当局や治安部隊との困難な対立に巻き込まれ、1991 年の夏にデビッド・ケイが引き起こしたのと同様の性質の安全保障理事会の介入を伴うことが多かった。


1998 年 8 月に私が UNSCOM を辞任した後、David と私の道は大きく分かれました。イラクで UNSCOM の査察を指揮してきた 7 年間の仕事に基づいて、私は、イラクの大量破壊兵器の保有は大部分が説明されており、重要なものは何も残っていないと確信していました。


UNSCOM がイラクの隠蔽工作に対抗するために使用する方法論、技術、および戦術を考案し、実行する責任者として、私は、私自身と私の仲間の査察官によって行われた仕事に対する David Kay の誹謗中傷に憤りを感じ、彼が苛立ちを募らせるのを見ていた。彼は、米国議会と主流メディアに対し、イラクが大量の大量破壊兵器を保有しており、この事実は米国の軍事介入に値する脅威であるという彼の考え方を受け入れるよう働きかけることに成功した。

ジョージ・W・ブッシュ政権は、2003 年 3 月に行われたイラク侵攻を米国議会に許可させることができた。正式なイラクのレジスタンスが崩壊した後、4月にデビッド・ケイは、イラク調査グループ(ISG)として知られるCIAが運営する組織のトップに選ばれ、イラクの大量破壊兵器プログラムの追跡を任された.

デビッド・ケイの伝記に精通している多くの人々は、IAEAの査察官としての彼の時間を彼の最大の業績と呼んでいますが、私は別の見方をしています. 2003 年末までに、デービッド・ケイは、イラクの大量破壊兵器の発見を任され、その存在を戦前に断固として証言していたイラクの大量破壊兵器が実際には存在しないという恐ろしい現実に直面した。この厳しい真実に直面して、デービッド・ケイは ISG の長官としての地位を辞任し、2004 年 2 月の議会での証言で、イラクの大量破壊兵器の存在に関しては、勇気と誠実さを持って認めました。おそらく私の判断では、私たち全員が間違っていたことが判明し、それが最も気がかりです。」

David Kay は 2022 年 8 月 12 日に亡くなりました。享年 82 歳でした。

私は、1991 年の秋に、彼の存在と評判によって、この戦いで頑固な元海兵隊員を威嚇した男として、そして、イラクの大量破壊兵器の戦前の処分に関する意見の相違にもかかわらず、誠実さを持った男として、彼を永遠に覚えています。立ち上がって、自分の過ちに責任を負うこと。

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Japanese hospitals have issued the highest level of warning

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Слуцкий назвал условием к переговорам готовность Украины к капитуляции и денацификации
Как заявил глава комитета Госдумы по международным делам, Киев также должен быть готов "к качественному сокращению своих вооруженных сил"

МОСКВА, 27 августа. /ТАСС/. Россия готова обсуждать возможность переговоров с Украиной в случае ее капитуляции, качественного сокращения украинских вооруженных сил и ее денацификации. Об этом заявил председатель комитета Госдумы по международным делам, лидер ЛДПР Леонид Слуцкий.

"Мы готовы рассматривать переговорный процесс, если украинская сторона будет готова к безоговорочной капитуляции, если украинская сторона будет готова к качественному сокращению своих вооруженных сил, полной, абсолютной и безоговорочной денацификации, освобождению от нацизма территории Украины", - сказал Слуцкий в ролике в своем Telegram-канале.

"Никакие другие переговорные позиции Киева после тех чудовищных преступлений, которые им совершались и продолжают совершаться, после убийства [политолога и журналиста] Даши Дугиной, заказанного киевским режимом, конечно же быть не может", - подчеркнул он.

Президент России Владимир Путин объявил 24 февраля о проведении специальной военной операции на Украине в связи с просьбой руководителей республик Донбасса о помощи. Он подчеркнул, что в планы Москвы не входит оккупация украинских территорий, а целями являются демилитаризация и денацификация страны.





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mRNAワクチン接種者の一定割合に遺伝子に組み込まれてしまった人がいる 一生体内でスパイクを産出し続ける? 子供には?





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Rising gas prices could drive Polish energy firms into bankruptcy
Companies may be forced to pay more on the spot market, Petr Wozniak says
Soaring natural gas prices may push smaller energy companies in Poland into bankruptcy, according to Petr Wozniak, the former head of the country’s state oil and gas company PGNIG.

Wozniak said the problem stems from the fact that energy companies buy gas on the European spot market, where prices have been on the rise for months.

“Thus, the prices that companies will have to pay on the spot market to buy gas will grow higher and higher... There is a serious threat here that companies will not have enough money to pay collateral. Then such a company will be forced to drop out of the bidding... If it has nowhere to buy gas, it cannot sell it to the end customer. Individual companies can go bankrupt,” Wozniak warned in an interview with RMF FM radio station, adding that “at the turn of the year, we can expect very serious price increases.”

Earlier, it was reported that PGNiG is actively taking out loans to buy on the spot market after refusing to pay rubles for Russian gas supplies. Over the past two months, the company has signed four loan agreements with various financial institutions worth several billion euro.
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India negotiates resumption of LNG supply from Russia
Some agreed imports haven’t been shipped since May due to Russia-Ukraine conflict

India is currently in talks with Russia to resume gas supplies under the long-term import deal between Russian state energy giant Gazprom and India’s state-controlled GAIL, according to GAIL chairman Manoj Jain, as cited by Reuters.

GAIL, the largest gas distributor and operator of pipelines in the country, couldn’t receive the previously agreed imports since May and was forced to cut supplies to clients as a result.

“There are some immediate issues which we are trying to tackle both at the company level and also at G2G [government to government] level,” he said at an annual shareholder meeting on Friday.

Jain highlighted that the volumes under the Gazprom deal, which amounts to about a fifth of GAIL's overall overseas gas portfolio of 14 million tons per year, have been hit by the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

“So, overall it is not affecting us in a significant way. The only affect is to the extent of ten to 15 percent,” the top manager said, adding that the addition of domestic gas reduces the impact on local supplies to about 7-8%.

GAIL signed a 20-year deal with Gazprom back in 2012. Under the terms of the contract, the company was to purchase an average 2.5 million tons of LNG, Liquefied Natural Gas, annually. Supplies under the contract began in 2018.

Gazprom Marketing Singapore (GMTS) had signed the deal on behalf of Gazprom. However, GMTS was a unit of Gazprom Germania, and was seized by Berlin as part of Western sanctions over Russia's military operation in Ukraine.

EU nation wants to resume buying Russian gas
Bulgaria rethinks its stance after rejecting Moscow’s ruble payment demand in April
The Bulgarian government is considering holding talks with energy giant Gazprom on resuming Russian natural gas imports, Energy Minister Rosen Hristov told Nova TV on Friday.

“There are still no active talks with Gazprom… but we have given an indication that we want to start negotiations, or rather to continue them to clarify some controversial terms of the contract. We simply sent information that we were ready to negotiate and asked them to resume contact,” he said, specifying that Sofia expects a response from the Russian supplier on Friday, or Monday next week at the latest.

The minister stressed: “We are only talking about the old contract; we will not re-sign or negotiate a new contract.”

According to Hristov, Sofia is seeking to extend the deadline to supply the remaining volumes of gas under the contract until 2023.

In April, Bulgaria rejected the ruble-for-gas payment method introduced by Russia in response to Western sanctions. Under the new regulation, buyers from countries that imposed restrictions on Moscow are obliged to pay for Russian natural gas in rubles. Sofia’s refusal to accept the new terms prompted Gazprom Export to halt fuel supplies to its Bulgarian partner, Bulgargaz.

US comments on American fighter death in Ukraine
The State Department has urged US citizens to leave the country if they can
Another American has died in fighting in Ukraine, the US State Department revealed on Friday, confirming previous claims made by Russian officials.

“We can confirm the death of a US citizen in Ukraine,” a US State Department spokesperson told Newsweek on Friday. “Out of respect for the privacy of the family, we have no further comment at this time.”

On Friday, Oleg Kozhemyako, who serves as the governor of Russia’s Far Eastern Primorsky Region, said that the ‘Tiger’ military unit from his area had eliminated an American while repelling an attack from a group consisting of mercenaries from several countries.

“An American mercenary was destroyed in Ukraine,” he said on his Telegram, attaching photos of both a US passport and Ukrainian military service card, apparently issued in the name of Joshua Alan Jones. The ID documents say he was born in Tennessee and joined the Ukrainian Army on July 14 with the A3449 military unit.
According to Andrey Rudenko, a Russian military reporter, the fighter was killed not by Russian or allied forces, but by his fellow soldiers while “fleeing from the position.”

The State Department spokesperson offered a reminder that “US citizens should not travel to Ukraine, due to the active armed conflict and the singling out of US citizens in Ukraine by Russian government security officials.”

“US citizens in Ukraine should depart immediately if it is safe to do so using any commercial or other privately available ground transportation options,” the representative reiterated.

Southern African state may join Russia’s Mir Payment System – envoy
Angolan ambassador to Russia says national currencies will be used for mutual settlements
Angola may join the Mir payment system, developed by Russia in response to Western sanctions, and allow the use of MIR cards in the country, RIA Novosti reported on Saturday, citing Luanda’s Ambassador to Russia Augusto da Silva Cunha.

“Technically, the use of the Mir system in Angola is possible ... I believe that Angola can join this system, but under condition of worthwhileness,” he said.

“This will crucially depend on the level of our financial and economic relations as well as on the amount of investments in the country. The Angolan government is fully open to Russian investors, and if their share is significant, then, of course, it would be rational and logical to join this system and accept it,” da Silva Cunha added.

The envoy also said that the two nations may switch to mutual settlements in national currencies, adding that the Russian ruble could easily be used for this purpose.

Ukraine may come to regret 'de-Russification'– Politico
It needs a cool-headed examination as about a quarter of the country’s population identify as Russian speakers, the outlet writes

Eradicating Russian linguistic and cultural influence amid the ongoing conflict is understandable but risks future trouble for Ukraine, as it will not only “give fodder to Kremlin propagandists” but also will make it harder for Ukrainians to live together peacefully, Politico has claimed.

“Ukrainians’ firmer sense of nationhood and identity, fueled by fury at what is befalling them, risks becoming less inclusive and more Russian-hating,” Jamie Dettmer, opinion editor at Politico Europe, wrote in a piece published Friday.

While blaming Moscow for “laying the groundwork” for what could become a long-running “ethnic conflict,” the author admits that de-Russification in Ukraine needs a “cool-headed examination.”

“The process of removing Russian cultural and linguistic influence from the country is not an easy – or necessarily equitable – thing to do, when around a quarter of Ukrainians still identify as Russian speakers,” Dettmer, who previously worked as foreign and war correspondent for Voice of America, pointed out.

This process – that had often merged with de-communization – started well before Russia launched its military operation in late February, the author noted. Back in 2015, for instance, Kiev banned Soviet symbols, including flags, street names and monuments commemorating Communist leaders. Since 2016, Dettmer wrote, all information on notice boards at railway stations and airports could only be given in Ukrainian and English but not in Russian.



「ウクライナ人の約4分の1がロシア語を話すと言われている中で、ロシアの文化や言語の影響を排除することは容易ではなく、また必ずしも公平なことではない」と、以前Voice of Americaの海外・戦争特派員として働いていたデトマー氏は指摘している。


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