GGreece and Cyprus, as EU members, can expect the Union to support them in the natural gas conflict with Turkey. The Member States have to decide together in what form and with what means it does this. If Cyprus on this matter Sanctions deems it necessary, it has to convince the partners of this. But the path it has taken is improper and even stupid.
It is also damaging the interests and reputation of Cyprus. By making its approval of sanctions against representatives of the Belarusian regime conditional on sanctions being adopted against Ankara, i.e. by linking two unrelated issues, the Cypriot government gives the impression that ME is blocked in foreign policy.
Turkey will see this as an encouragement to be even more brutal in the gas conflict. After all, small Cyprus only has a chance to protect its interests vis-à-vis the much larger Turkey if it has a truly capable EU at its side. Or is the Cypriot resistance directly related to Belarus? For many years, the Mediterranean island has been doing business with the fact that it serves as a transhipment point for all sorts of assets of post-Soviet oligarchs and politicians from murky sources. Is there money from Belarusian officials who are on the EU sanctions list?
The President of the United States believes that if he wins the presidential election, literally nine seconds after that, there will be a call from the Iranian authorities with the intentions to conclude a nuclear deal
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U.S. President Donald Trump, addressing supporters in Dayton, Ohio, statedthat if he wins the presidential elections in November, Iran will sign an agreement on nuclear weapons as soon as possible.
“When will we win [на выборах], about nine seconds after this victory, we will get a call – and it will be Iran, willing to close the deal, ”said Trump.
According to the president, the current US administration wants Iran to conclude this deal. He stressed that Washington wishes only the very best for Tehran and wants this country to be strong. “[Но] they simply cannot have nuclear weapons. That’s all. It’s very simple, ”Trump said.
(ANSA) – ROME, AUGUST 17 – The President of the European Council Charles Michel has called an extraordinary EU Summit on the crisis in Belarus for Wednesday. Michel himself announced it on his Twitter account.
“Belarusians have the right to decide their future and freely elect their leader. Violence against demonstrators is unacceptable and cannot be authorized”, wrote Michel, calling the summit for 12 pm.
Meanwhile, the German government has stated that the possibility of extending sanctions against Belarus is being considered. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said at a press conference: “Of course, the option of extending sanctions to other leading figures in the country is being considered”. (HANDLE).
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The media learned about the plans of Germany in case of sanctions against the “Nord stream-2”
The administration of German Chancellor Angela Merkel is preparing retaliatory measures in case of imposition of us sanctions against the gas pipeline “Nord stream-2”, found out by Bloomberg.
In particular, the German authorities are considering a coordinated response of the European Union in relation to possible sanctions. What exactly are these actions has not yet been disclosed.
Last week the Chairman of the Commission of the German Bundestag for economy and energy, Klaus Ernst, has suggested several possible measures in response to sanctions: a call to the American Ambassador in Germany, personal limitations against the initiators of the sanctions, the imposition of duties on American LNG.
On new sanctions against the pipeline, which was prepared by the U.S. Senate, became known in early June. According to the Ministry of economy of Germany, these restrictions may affect German and European companies, banks and government agencies.
Venediktov said the number of voters on the Constitution online
On the first day of voting on amendments to the Constitution remotely voted for almost half of all registered, have informed RBC head of the public headquarters for the monitoring and observation of elections Alexei Venediktov.
The Ambassador of Germany in Russia géza Andreas von Geir believes that the Europeans themselves should decide how to ensure its energy security. Earlier intention to impose new sanctions against the pipeline said the senators
Geza Andreas von Geir
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Threat to the United States on the application of extraterritorial sanctions to block 2 project Nord Stream (“Northern stream-2”) is unacceptable. About it RBC said the Ambassador of Germany in Russia géza Andreas von Geir. “We Germans and Europeans are well able to decide for themselves how best to ensure its energy security. We do not accept outside pressure, through extraterritorial sanctions,” he said.
In early June, a group of senators in the U.S. Congress said that it had prepared the text of the bill on new US sanctions against the “Nord stream-2”. According to the document, financial constraints may fall all vessels engaged in laying pipes for the project. The sanctions may relate to businesses, including companies insuring these vessels and their maintenance and the installation of special equipment. The sanctions prompted to enter retroactively, from December 2019. That the US imposed the first restrictions against companies involved in the construction of “Nord stream-2”, their managers denied entry to the US, and US accounts have been blocked.
USA has prepared a draft law on new sanctions against the “Nord stream-2”
On Tuesday, the Chairman of the Commission of Bundestag for economy and energy, Klaus Ernst, called upon the German government to think about their actions in case the US decides to extend sanctions against the “Nord stream-2”. In response, Ernst has proposed to introduce personal sanctions against senators — authors of the bill about the new restrictions and duties on coming from the States liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The US may break off relations with China due to the coronavirus pandemic. This was the American president Donald trump said in an interview with Fox News.
On the eve of the United States Senate introduced a bill providing for sanctions against China because of the coronavirus. Earlier, senior U.S. officials officially blamed China for hiding COVID data.
The journalist asked Trump if he had a conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping. “I have a good relationship … but right now I don’t want to talk to him,” Trump said.
The journalist noted that the Senate proposed limiting the issuance of visas to Chinese citizens, for example. “There are many things that we could do. We could completely break the relationship, ”Trump answered.
Draft Sanctions Act Against China Submitted to US Senate Due to COVID-19
Turkey’s acquisition of the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems is the main irritant in relations between Ankara and Washington. This was stated by US Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey, writes Free News.
“The S-400 is a huge problem. This is an extremely complex issue, as it concerns the largest investment in defense of the United States and its allies since World War II – the F-35 fighter. Turkey’s actions are undermining the potential of this aircraft, ”said Jeffrey during a videoconference at the Hudson Institute.
Ankara announced delayed deployment of S-400 due to coronavirus
According to him, both sides are at an impasse on this issue. “Otherwise, we get along quite well with Turkey on most issues, including Libya, NATO, the Black Sea region, Syria and Iraq,” the diplomat added.
Turkey bought S-400 systems from Russia in the fall of 2019. The cost of delivering an air defense system amounted to $ 2.5 billion. The deal aroused US discontent: Washington threatened Ankara with sanctions if it did not return or destroy Russian air defense systems.
DThe European Football Union (Uefa) firmly rejects the Belgian association’s decision to end the Division 1A season prematurely. A letter to the 55 member associations states that Uefa is convinced that “football can be resumed in the coming months under the conditions of the authorities and that any decision to abandon national competitions is premature and unjustified at the present time” . The letter is signed by Uefa President Ceferin, the Chairman of the European Club Association ECA (Agnelli) and the President of the Continental League Association EPFL (Olsson).
The letter had been sent to the Uefa member associations only a few hours after the Belgian professional league had been broken off. FC Bruges had been declared champion, with a 15 point lead at the top of the table one game day before the end of the round. However, unlike all top European leagues, Division 1A is playing its championship in a play-off round.
In their letter, UEFA threatened the national associations and the respective top clubs with sanctions if they themselves declared that the game had ended. If individual leagues were ended “without the approval of Uefa”, the letter said, teams could “be blocked from qualifying for the Champions and Europa League”, as this would be determined on the basis of the final positions in the national ranking. It was important that even a “disruptive event” like the Corona epidemic did not prevent the competitions on the field from being decided and all titles awarded based on results.
The leading football organizations in Europe would have to ensure this, the letter said, that this option would remain as long as possible and that the corresponding planning and regulatory solutions would also be made available. “A common management of the calendars is absolutely necessary, since the end of the current season has to be coordinated with the beginning of the new season.”
When talking about the Soviet legacy in present-day Russia, secrecy, the desire for strong leaders or the desire to restore the country’s global importance are often mentioned. Less attention arouses a cumbersome and obsolete system of tourist visas that has put sticks on the wheels of this source of income. Now, in a context of Western sanctions and GDP fall, almost three decades after the breakup of the USSR, and after the successful opening experiment of the 2018 World Cup, Russia is preparing to carry out its reform as a way to Boost growth and income. The electronic visa will be launched on January 1, 2021 throughout the country, after its implementation as a pilot project in three cities for three years. “Our goal is to be able to open our country, which was closed to the world for many years …. Russia has spent a very hard last 20 years and tourism was not a priority. Now we see it as a priority,” Zarina explains. Dogúzova, the president of Rosturizm, the Federal Tourism Agency of Russia, in an interview with EL PAÍS in Madrid on the occasion of a meeting of the tourism working group.
The authorities began the experiment in 2017 with an electronic visa that allowed citizens of 18 countries to visit for eight days only the city of Vladivostok, on the eastern tip of the country. The initiative was extended last summer to Kaliningrad and to tourists from 53 countries – including all those who are now part of the EU – and, in September, to the crown jewel, St. Petersburg. More than 300,000 people have made use of these visas. The experience of the visa exemption for those attending the World Cup in 2018 boosted the annual number of visits by 10%.
But the limits of the experiment were clear. Few tourists settle for visiting only one city and those who wish to travel the vast country still have to face a complex and expensive process. From next January 1 it will be enough to fill out an online form at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at least four days before receiving the visa. It will not be necessary, as now, invitation from a host or communicate the registration at the hotel, which will directly provide the information to the authorities. “We know that the visa is one of the toughest issues. Modern people want to travel freely, cross borders and make their vacations with the minimum of obstacles and we understand that, if we want to take a step forward, we need to do some things that are a trend throughout the world, such as facilitating visa procedures . It was not an easy decision for the Government, for the president, ”he admits.
The duration of the visa will go from eight days of the pilot project to 16, still far from the 90 of the visa for the Schengen area of free transit, in which Spain is located, and from the very 30 days of the majority of face-to-face Russian visas . Dogúzova defends that it is a first step and hopes that the definitive list of countries, still under study, will exceed 53 of the pilot projects, of which the United States is outside (“I would very much like more Americans to visit Russia, because it is one of the markets that Russia least knows, but it is not so much a matter of security as of having the same visa regime, “he says) and the United Kingdom, with which Moscow experienced a diplomatic crisis in 2018 due to poisoning with a chemical agent Sergey Sergey Skripal, which London attributes to Russian military espionage and that led the EU to launch the sanctions regime for chemical attacks against Moscow. The president of Rosturizm calculates that the implementation of the national electronic visa will increase in 2021 the number of tourists between 30% and 40% compared to this year.
A decade ago only 158,000 Chinese visited Russia. Today they account for the majority (19%) of the five million tourists who visited the country in 2019, a fifth more than the previous year. Chinese tourist groups of up to 50 people are visa-free and the authorities have hired personnel for airports and railway stations that dominate their language. Russia and China share a border and their presidents, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, maintain a good political and personal relationship. Both have been strengthening in recent years their strategic alliance, exemplified in the inauguration last December of the Power of Siberia macrogasoduct, to compensate for damaged relations with the United States and Europe.
The opening to Chinese tourism has not, however, liked everyone. The Vice Minister of Culture, Alla Manílova, has proposed to allocate specific days for foreign visitors in the most popular places. “Our tourists cannot enter because the Chinese groups are doing it,” Manilova said in reference to Tsarskoye Seló, the famous town of the tsars near St. Petersburg, in statements collected by the Interfax agency.