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War in Ukraine: kyiv nears EU candidate status, Moscow continues its tussle over gas

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, Former Prime Minister Charles Michel, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen, Dimitar Kovacevski, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, French President Emmanuel Macron, Montenegrin President Milo Dukanovic, Didier Seeuws, Dzaferovic Sefik arrive at an EU-Western Balkans meeting, ahead of the European Council summit, in Brussels, Thursday June 23, 2022. — Shutterstock/SIPA

  • Russia launched its “military operation” in Ukraine on Thursday, February 24. Every evening, at 7:30 p.m., 20 Minutesoffers you its recap on the Russian-Ukrainian diplomatic conflict which has become a war that causes deaths, injuries and thousands of refugees every day.
  • Who did what? Who said what? And who supports whom and why? You will know everything about the progress of the negotiations and the events of this crisis which is shaking Russia, Ukraine, Europe and even the United States.
  • This Thursday, the European Union s met to decide whether or not to grant (but a priori rather yes) candidate status to Ukraine.

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News of the day

The European Union, meeting at the summit in Brussels, was getting ready to endorse Ukraine’s candidacy on Thursday, a highly symbolic step nearly four months after the invasion launched by the Russian army. The EU summit, dedicated to to the granting of the status of candidate to; Ukraine and to its neighbor Moldova, « is a historic moment on the geopolitical level, » the President of the European Council Charles Michel before the meeting.

The formalization could take place on Friday and, according to Paris, a « total consensus » emerged on the issue between the 27. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who constantly repeats his country’s belonging to the the “ European family », continued its « telephone marathon » with European leaders to ensure consensus in favor of yes.

Phrase of the day

We can look for ways out; the crisis situation hitting the world economy in because of the selfish and thoughtless actions of some countries. »

Vladimir Putin called this Thursday the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) at; cooperate in the face of « selfish and thoughtless actions » of Westerners. He also denounced the attempts of these countries to « use financial mechanisms to blame the whole world for their own mistakes in macroeconomic policy ».

The number of the day

9.These are the number of suspected human traffickers that a European operation has identified, during a « hackathon » May 23. These suspects are believed to be entrapping vulnerable Ukrainian victims online who fled the invasion of their country. Nine potential victims were also arrested. identified.

The trend of the day

The gas battle continues between Moscow and the West. She had started with the shutdown of Nord Stream 2 last February and continues to this day. While the European Union has decided to to reduce its imports of Russian oil by 90% by the end of the year, Moscow has counterattacked; in June.

In the middle of the month, Russia decided to drastically reduce its capacity daily delivery to Germany via the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, leading to an explosion in prices. Arguing a technical problem, the Gazprom group reduced by 40%, then by an additional 33%, its shipments to China. the approach of the European summit of 23 and 24 June with a view to granting the status of candidate to Ukraine.

This decision has a heavy impact on several European countries , in particular Germany, Italy, Austria and France, which no longer receives Russian gas at all: in the tussle between the EU and Russia Moscow, the Kremlin derives much of its muscular strength from its hydrocarbons.