Zelensky accused Moscow of waging an ‘open gas war against a united Europe’ and called on the EU to ‘retaliate’

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Cover image: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in his office. July 23, 2022. STR / AFP

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  • Gazprom has announced a new sharp reduction in gas deliveries to Europe. The Russian gas giant announced on Monday that it will significantly reduce from Wednesday, to 33 million cubic meters per day, the deliveries of Russian gas to Europe through the Nord Stream gas pipeline, citing the need for maintenance operations. This represents approximately 20% of the gas pipeline’s capacity, while it is only used for 40%.
  • Berlin criticized a political decision after Gazprom’s announcement and ensured that there is “no technical reason” to further reduce the delivery of Russian gas. The German government considers it a “pretext” to influence Westerners.
  • On his part, the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, felt that Russia was conducting a open gas war against United Europe » and called him to “fight back” by increasing penalties.
  • Gas and gasoline prices ended up higher, on Monday, fears of a reduction in the supply of hydrocarbons from Russia returned again. the Dutch FTTthe benchmark for natural gas in Europe, is over to 8.60% at 176.45 euros per megawatt hour (MWh). In terms of oil, barrels of Brent from the North Sea for September delivery earned 1.88% at $105.15. the barrels of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) US for same month delivery up 2.11% at $96.70.
  • Moscow says it wants to end the “unacceptable food” of Zelensky in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday at the annual Arab League summit in Cairo. “We are determined to help the people of eastern Ukraine free themselves from the burden of this totally unacceptable regime” said Sergei Lavrov, before adding: We will undoubtedly help the Ukrainian people to remove the regime, which is completely anti-popular and anti-historical. »
  • Sloviansk, a city in Donetsk oblast, is on the brink of a major Russian attack. its mayor, Vadym Liakh, asked the residents to leave the community immediately, near Kramatorsk. Sloviansk is partly ruined, although it has many historical buildings before Russia invaded Ukraine.
  • Russian missiles hit the port of Odessa on Saturdayaccording to Ukraine, which accuses Vladimir Putin of having “spit in the face” of the United Nations (UN) and Turkey, and jeopardized the application of the agreement signed the previous day to resume grain exports blocked by the war. Westerners and the UN condemned the strike, which Moscow denied in Turkey.
  • Before announcing the missile launch in Odessa, the African Union has “congratulations” Saturday of the grain export agreement, welcome an event “welcome” for the continent, which faces an increased risk of famine. The agreement, the signing of which lowers wheat prices, should be able to export 20 million to 25 million tons of grain blocked in Ukraine.

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