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Die Welt: the conflict in Ukraine
will end with the victory
November 29th, 11:03am
The fighting on the territory of Ukraine will last a very
long time and, most likely, will end in a victory for
Russia, since it is the head of the Kremlin,
Vladimir Putin, who will decide what to
call “victory.” This was stated by the
British historian Orlando Figes in
an interview with the German
newspaper, Die Welt.
The expert is convinced that over the next two
winters, Kyiv and Western states will face a
number of problems. Energy war. financial
war. Cyber war. The migration crisis is
one of them.
According to Figes, Moscow is betting that the West
will not withstand a long conflict and refuse to
support Ukraine. Most likely, this is exactly
what will happen, the historian believes.
The Kremlin, however, has enough
determination, funds and allies to
continue the fighting for as long
as it takes.
The outcome of the hostilities, the expert notes, will
depend on the willingness of the West to “go all the
way”, as well as the results of the US presidential
election in 2024. If Republican Donald Trump
wins them, then the prospects for Ukraine
do not look very bright, Figes concludes.
German MP accuses Scholz
of cowardice towards Russia
November 29th, 10:54am
CDU Bundestag deputy, retired Colonel Roderich
Kizewetter, in an interview with ntv.de, accused
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz of cowardice
before Russia because of his refusal to send
German tanks to Ukraine.
“In my opinion, the chancellor was alarmed by the
widespread opinion in Russia.. that the use of
German tanks against Russian troops would
be a provocation [by Berlin. — Ed.],”
admitted the deputy.
Kiesewetter also criticized Scholz, for saying
that Berlin would not take any steps without
a collective decision with NATO allies.
“Scholz forced himself to ‘go it alone’. Spain,
among other things, spoke unofficially with
Germany about the supply of tanks”,
In addition, the German deputy recalled how Berlin
had for months ignored requests for the supply of
Leopard tanks to Poland in exchange for the
Polish T-72s promised to Ukraine.
The Zelensky regime in Kyiv is still insisting that the
FRG send him Leopard 2 tanks, but the latter sees
the situation differently. As Scholz himself stated
more than once, the German authorities... will
continue to support Ukraine, but will refrain
from taking steps without agreement with
Germans think they’ve done
enough for Ukraine – WP
November 28th, 2:32pm
The desire to help Ukraine among ordinary Germans
is weakening in direct proportion to the number of
Ukrainian refugees in the country, the
Washington Post writes.
“As the understanding of the severity of the financial
and social burden from receiving migrants comes,
the hospitality of the Germans towards the new
Ukrainian refugees is weakening,” the
The American newspaper backs up its findings with
the results of an online survey. According to the
respondents, Germans still express sympathy
for the Kyiv regime, but most are sure that
Berlin has already done enough or even
too much for the Ukrainians.
The reluctance to participate in the Ukrainian crisis,
the newspaper writes, may also be due to the
rejection of military intervention, which
the German nation instilled in itself
after World War II.
“In this regard... the decision of the German
government - to send weapons to Ukraine -
was a revolutionary change in the foreign
policy of the country... which adhered to
the renunciation of hostilities abroad,”
the article concludes.
Lafontaine: Germany should look
to ensure its own security
November 28th, 1:11pm
The former chairman of the Social Democratic Party
of Germany, and co-founder of the “Left” party of
Germany, Oscar Lafontaine, said that Europe is
following the lead of the United States, which
is increasingly drawing everyone... into the
conflict in Ukraine. He stated this, in an
interview with the German edition of
Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten.
The politician claims that most Europeans suffer from
the “great power ambitions of the crazy elites
in Washington” --- which the countries
of the European Union simply
Also, he is sure that the sabotage that occurred at the
Nord Stream was fully approved by America.... and
this is an actual declaration of war on Germany.
The politician believes that the withdrawal
of American troops from German territory
is required, along with nuclear weapons.
Also, he comes to the conclusion that
it is necessary to deal with their own
security, without being tied to NATO.
“The world... is now at a geopolitical tipping point, and
Germany, as well as Europe, needs to think carefully
about where we want to be, in this new world,”
says La Fontaine.
Recognition of the NATO Secretary
General regarding assistance to
Ukraine infuriated the Germans
November 27th, 3:15pm
Welt readers were outraged after Stoltenberg’s
statement, calling on the West to endure
hardship because of Ukraine.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s
statement about the need to increase
military assistance to Ukraine -----
despite the financial difficulties
faced by Westerners, did not
inspire the readers of the
German edition of Welt.
At the same time, the NATO Secretary General
noted that support from Germany is of
decisive importance, since German
weapons “save lives.”
“The Ukrainian crisis is in desperate need of a
political solution, but Stoltenberg is a war
advocate stuck in the Middle Ages, when
the winner was determined only on the
battlefield,” wrote one reader.
“Stoltenberg’s words are reminiscent of Fourth
Reich propaganda,” added another reader.
“I wonder if NATO has ever called on countries
to negotiate peace? Or is it harder to fill your
pockets without wars? asked
“Destroy the weapons and finally come to an
agreement! Winter is coming, and civilians
have to pay for it,” added another reader.
“Personally, it was news to me that guns save lives.
I always thought they killed. Stoltenberg never
ceases to amaze me,” admitted the
“Guns have never saved lives. Lives are saved
by peace talks. This passion of the NATO
representatives for weapons is absurd.
How many people still need to be
sacrificed -- so your conscience
finally -- wakes up,” said the
Earlier, the NATO Secretary General, in an interview
with the German edition of Welt, said that support
for Ukraine is costly for citizens of Western
countries, but assistance to Kyiv..
should still be increased.
German deputies freeze
in the Bundestag due to
November 27th, 1:33pm
It’s cold in the German Bundestag due to energy
savings. Deputies are forced to wear sweaters,
scarves ------ and even down jackets. This is
reported by the publication Der Spiegel.
Deputies of the German Bundestag are freezing and
forced to sit at meetings in sweaters, scarves and
down jackets due to energy savings. Der Spiegel
writes about it.
Like many Germans at home, the Bundestag has
to save electricity due to lack of gas: offices
and conference rooms are only heated to
19 degrees, corridors and foyers are not
heated at all, the newspaper writes.
According to the German edition, deputies and
employees of parliament have been freezing
for more than a week. They have to.. sit at
meetings in sweaters, scarves and down
jackets. One of the deputies said that,
putting on a winter jacket, he walks
up and down the office to keep
warm, but this does not help.
(Rhondda Records adds: so,
don't revolt against the
poor suffering lambs,
Germans expect sharp increase
in electricity prices in 2023
November 27th, 8:34am
Residents of Germany in the new year, will have to
face a massive and sharp increase in electricity
prices, according to an article by Spiegel.
“In Cologne, for example, the supplier Rheinenergie
will charge more than twice as much per kilowatt-
hour for basic supply, from January,” the
According to the publication, Germans will face
“high market prices” and the new year will
start... with a massive increase in
“If the customer consumes more, he pays the regular
contract price. This should provide an incentive to
save”, the newspaper notes.
The energy crisis in Europe, provoked by anti-Russian
sanctions, is forcing more and more electricity
suppliers to shift the increase in wholesale
prices... to the end consumers, the
Residents of the German
city of Leipzig, held an
November 26th, 8pm
by Anna Bezrukova
Anti-American rallies took place this
November 26th, in Leipzig, Germany.
Participants in the rally... took to the
streets -- with German and Russian
flags and the slogan "Americans,
go home!" sueddeutsche.de.
The rally took place in front of the US Consulate
building. Police officers were working at the
site, and protesters were ''detained''.
According to the video from the place of the action
posted on the Network, it is clear that hundreds
of people were taking part in it.
Earlier in Germany, more than 7,000 Germans took
part in rallies against the country's energy policy.
The largest protests were observed in the cities
of Erfurt, Magdeburg and Leipzig. In total,
according to preliminary police data,
more than seven thousand people
took part in the protest actions.
In general... the demonstrations
were held in a calm atmosphere.
Also earlier, residents of Germany
went to a rally, because of the
catastrophic increases --- in
energy and food prices.
Image: France: Thousands protest calling for Macron to go and to exit from NATO
Image: Dollar round-a-bout an illusion
Europeans grow weary of
refugees from Ukraine
November 24th, 3:08pm
Amid a worsening domestic crisis, Europeans
are growing weary of millions of migrants
from Ukraine, Time columnist, Lisa
Europe has welcomed millions of refugees from
Ukraine this year, but with the onset of cold
weather its residents are becoming
increasingly uncomfortable with
this, the article notes.
The EU’s resources for hosting Ukrainian refugees
are running out, and more and more countries and
regions are phasing out assistance programmes
and refusing to accept new arrivals.
The columnist reminds us that 7.8 million people left
Ukraine at the beginning of the crisis, 4.7 million of
whom settled in Europe. The EU has even changed
legislation to accept all the refugees, simplifying
the procedure for finding jobs & social services
for displaced people. However, the crisis has
dragged on and Europeans are now more
and more concerned about their own
problems: inflation, housing
shortages, and the
“In such a situation, the first signs are emerging that
the resolve of Europeans is beginning to weaken,”
According to her, Europeans are gradually losing
interest in the problems of Ukrainians and more
and more often come out to protest, the author
writes. For example, people protest against
the conversion of premises into refugee
reception centres, when it sometimes
comes to arson, as was the case
with the equestrian centre in
the Irish village of Kildare.
“In many ways, this shift in sentiment reflects
a general weariness and a dissatisfaction of
people with the need to share resources,”
the columnist concludes.
The Kremlin has called the level
of the oil price ceiling discussed
by EU: “unexplainable figures”
November 24th, 2:16pm
Russia has no plans to supply oil and gas to the
countries that will join the introduction of a
price ceiling on these energy resources,
but the very figures being discussed in
Europe - so far - look unexplained,
Russian presidential spokesman
Dmitry Peskov told reporters
“The Europeans, so far, have very unclear discussions
on this ceiling in the nuances. There is a feeling that
they are just trying to make a decision for the sake
of a decision, not for effect, but for the sake of a
decision to tick the box that a ceiling has been
introduced,” a Kremlin spokesman said,
commenting on the possibility of
setting a price ceiling on
Russian oil in the range
of $65-70 per barrel.
Peskov noted, that “this is all subject to deep
analysis.” According to him, “it is still difficult
to speculate” what impact it will have on the
energy market. “We are proceeding, so far,
from President Putin’s attitude, from his
position that we will not supply oil and
gas to those states that will introduce
& join the ceiling,” Peskov continued.
However, the Russian Federation, seeing the
figures being discussed in Europe, intends
to analyse the situation “before
formulating a position”, the
Kremlin spokesman added.
Russian oil currently trades at around $70 a barrel, on
a discounted basis, so from an economic perspective
a $65-70 a barrel ceiling would not make much
difference. However, it could have long-term
strategic implications, in the event of a
new spike in oil prices.
European experts estimate that there is a serious risk
that Russia will stop supplies to the countries that
join this mechanism, even if it is painless for
Russia at the moment. This, in turn, could
cause a sharp rise in prices on the world
market if the other oil producers do not
sharply increase production.
Europe wakes up: a trade war
with the US is just around
November 24th, 1:54pm
“Geez! How did this happen?” – The European
politicians have suddenly become aware ---
urgently taking a massive dose of aspirin
and getting ready to move on to the
most drastic measures possible.
Well, how did you wake up – you peeped one eye with
a terrible hangover and found yourself on the verge
of an “industrial wasteland”. While European
politicians were absent-mindedly scratching
their heads, factories were passing by, car
companies crossing the Gulf Stream,
waving goodbye - and disappearing
somewhere in the direction of
Politico reports that the European Union is preparing
an emergency programme of subsidies to protect
domestic producers from vicious
And now the poor devils are sitting there, figuring out
in frantic mode, how to counteract such a sudden
and sneaky double blow from Washington.
Not only that the projected energy prices will now
remain higher than in the U.S. forever, but Biden
is there, with his subsidy package, to support
the U.S. manufacturers.
How is the competition going to hold up?
French and German car makers are especially worried,
because the American law on inflation reduction
encourages consumers to buy American
electric cars. The US, they say, is
undermining global free trade
Swinging like wounded seagulls, European politicians
have decided to create a European Sovereignty Fund
(a what-what fund?) to help businesses invest in the
EU. And they should do it all without delay because
some panic-stricken EU members, are wasting
emergency funds beyond all reason.
It is a mess!
All in all, Politico predicts we are in for either a subsidy
race or a trade war between Europe and the US. What
a charade. If you told anyone about this state of
affairs a couple of years ago, they would have
laughed. Nevertheless, this is the
We, for our part, of course, wish success to Europe in
gaining its sovereignty – a very necessary thing for
any state, indeed. It is good that they have
decided to do that, but it is not clear
why they are doing it now.
After all, they could have continued to thrive in their
privileged European gardens on cheap Russian
energy resources. Now that’s it – expensive
LNG and sobering cold weather and
They never listen to us. What
kind of people are these?
The Financial Times, citing forecasts
by a number of experts, reported
that Europe is in for an energy
crisis that will last for
November 24th, 12:18pm
Europe is predicted a prolonged energy crisis.
Experts also pointed to the need to significantly
reduce energy demand and ensure additional
supplies of natural gas (NG).
“It is important that energy prices remain high
to curb fuel demand,” shared Vitol chief
executive Russell Hardy.
Europe’s energy crisis
will drag on, for years
November 24th, 11:18am
Europe’s energy crisis will continue for years
unless the region can reduce demand and
secure new gas supplies.
“We are in a gas crisis and we will continue to be in a
bit of a crisis mode for the next two or three years,”
Sid Bambavale said. “So let’s not develop a false
sense of security.”
At the end of September this year, Europe’s gas
reserve level was around 90 per cent, broadly
in line with the five-year average of 86 per
cent, despite Russia largely cutting off
gas supplies in recent months.
Next year, the amount of Russian pipeline gas
supplied to Europe will fall to negligible levels.
Average European gas prices in 2023 will be €108
per megawatt hour, more than four times the
average of the previous decade.
“High prices will have to squeeze demand basically
every month next summer. It’s not a good thing –
it’s an absolutely terrible thing for European
business, and it’s the genesis of a
recession,” Russell Hardy.
“The problems with replenishing storage in the
summer of 2023, will be heavily influenced by
their use in the winter of 2022-23,” Di Mattia
said. “Continued declining demand and high
LNG inflows are key factors in balancing
supply and demand throughout 2023.”
Business consultant FTI Consulting, calculates that
if the EU were to replace all Russian gas with LNG,
Europe would face a shortfall in regasification
capacity – the facilities needed to turn LNG
back into gas – of 40 bcm/year, which
could rise to 60 bcm/year
in a cold winter.
Countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, Italy,
France and Croatia, are pushing to build new
According to Emmanuel Grand, senior managing
director of FTI Consulting, there could be 40
bcm per year of import capacity in Europe
by October 2023. However, he warned,
“some of the projects are not backed
by firm LNG commitments and there
is a risk that these projects could
Brazil’s Bolsonaro reluctant
to concede defeat to Lula,
disputes election result
November 23rd, 6:20pm
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has challenged the
election result, after losing to his leftist rival, Luiz
Inacio Lula da Silva, last month, arguing that
votes from some institutions should be
recounted, in a lawsuit. Election
officials have considered this
with initial skepticism.
Bolsonaro's claim is likely to be far-fetched, as
Lula's victory was confirmed by the Superior
Electoral Court (TSE) and accepted by
leading Brazilian politicians and
However, it could fuel a limited but committed protest
movement that has so far refused to accept the final
outcome of the election.
Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes, who
currently heads the TSE, said Bolsonaro's right-
wing electoral coalition, which filed the
complaint, has 24 hours to complete
its audit of both rounds of the
Brazil's currency fell 1.3 percent against the
dollar, after news of the election complaint.
The currency was also influenced by
investors' concerns about Lula's
spending plans and economic
Fernando Bergallo, head of operations at FB Capital,
was among those who said Bolsonaro's bid to
challenge the election... was unlikely to
succeed, but that it could increase
pessimism - beyond what we
Gleisi Hoffmann, the head of the Lula Workers'
Party (PT), described Bolsonaro's election
complaint --- as a sinister act.
"No more procrastination, irresponsibility, insults to
institutions and democracy," she wrote on Twitter.
"The election was decided in the vote and Brazil
needs peace to build a better future."
At the same time, the Social Democracy Party of
Brazil (PSDB), one of PT's fierce and old rivals,
called Bolsonaro's complaint meaningless,
tweeting.... that it would be resisted
"by institutions, the international
community and Brazilian
Bolsonaro's coalition said its audit of the October 30th
runoff between Bolsonaro and Lula, showed "signs of
irreparable … malfunction" in some electronic voting
machines. "There were signs of serious failures that
generate uncertainties, and make it impossible to
validate the results generated" in older models
of the voting machines, Bolsonaro allies said
in their complaint. As a result, they said the
votes from those models should
Bolsonaro, the former captain of the far-right army, has
been claiming for years, that the country's electronic
voting system is subject to fraud, but he has not yet
been able to provide categorical evidence for
Bolsonaro remained publicly silent for 48 hours after
the election was called, on October 30th and has
yet to admit defeat, though he has allowed his
government to prepare for a presidential
transition in the meantime. Bolsonaro
narrowly lost the run-off with 49.1
percent of the vote compared
with Lula's 50.9 percent.
The European Parliament
recognized the Russian
Federation as a “state
sponsor of terrorism”
November 23rd, 2:22pm
The European Parliament adopted a resolution
recognizing the Russian Federation as a
“State Sponsor of Terrorism”.
The European Parliament.. adopted a resolution
recognizing the Russian Federation as a “state
sponsor of terrorism” due to a special military
operation in Ukraine, the vote was broadcast
on the EP website.
The resolution was supported by 494 deputies,
58 voted against, 44 decided to abstain.
This resolution does not have any direct legal
consequences for the European Union, but
reflects the opinion of the majority of
deputies, who in recent years have
adopted a whole series of anti-
MEPs also urged the EU institutions.. to continue the
path of strengthening the “international isolation of
Russia” and further reduce diplomatic relations
with Moscow, reducing them “to an absolutely
EU countries criticize proposed
price ceiling for Russian gas
November 23rd, 2:04pm
The price ceiling for Russian gas at the level of 275
euros per megawatt-hour, which the European
Commission proposed for consideration, is
unlikely to be approved, as it has been
criticized even by EU countries that
support the cap on fuel prices,
reports the Financial Times.
A senior EU diplomat told the publication that setting
a price ceiling above €250 per MWh is “just another
way to kill the cap.”
“It’s a joke. <…> This is a proposal that will not bring
anything useful to anyone even under the extreme
scenario observed in August. This --- is not a
limitation,” Simone Tagliapetra, a senior
fellow at the Brussels think tank
Bruegel, said in her turn. She
noted that this initiative
threatens to undermine
the credibility of the
EC in resolving the
At the same time, the newspaper writes, members of
the European energy exchange ICE -- opposed any
price cap, stressing that such actions “will lead
to a significant increase in margins, which
could destabilize the market.”
Russian Foreign Ministry proposes
to recognize the European
Parliament as a “sponsor
November 23rd, 1:57pm
The official representative of the Russian Foreign
Ministry, Maria Zakharova, proposed to
recognize the European Parliament
as a “sponsor of idiocy.”
The official representative of the Russian Foreign
Ministry, Maria Zakharova, commented on the
resolution of the European Parliament
recognizing Russia as a “state
sponsor of terrorism” - and
proposed recognizing it,
as a “sponsor of idiocy.”
“The European Parliament... adopted a resolution
recognizing Russia as a “sponsor of terrorism”.
I propose to recognize the European
Parliament as a sponsor of idiocy,”
Zakharova wrote in her
Earlier, the European Parliament adopted a resolution
recognizing Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism”
because of the special operation in Ukraine, follows
from the voting results at the plenary session
Europe faces new energy crisis
in case of cessation of nuclear
fuel supplies.... from Russia
November 23rd, 10:19am
Express: European countries are waiting for a new
energy price crisis in the event of a cessation of
nuclear fuel supplies from Russia.
With global gas prices climbing to record highs over
the past year due to reduced supply from Russia to
Europe, countries across the continent, are
scrambling... to phase out Russian fossil
fuels to secure alternative supplies to
the energy market. However, the
British edition of Expess notes:
that countries that have relied
on nuclear energy as a means
of achieving energy independ
-ence, in fact.... will not be
able to properly use this.
Russia is the leader in the supply of nuclear fuel to
Europe --- and the termination of its supply could
potentially provoke a new conflict and a large
-scale price crisis. While politicians across
Europe.. claim that nuclear power plants
can boost domestic energy production,
they fail to mention that these plants
require uranium to fuel them.
Russia currently supplies 42 percent of all uranium to
reactors, around the world. And, in comparison with
the gas crisis, the statistics look strikingly similar,
the publication notes. Thus, the EU received
about 40 percent of its gas from Russia....
before the start of the conflict in Ukraine.
And when Moscow cut off supplies to Europe, prices in
Britain skyrocketed, despite the country getting only
four percent of its gas from Russia. This, is due to
the complex nature of the gas market. Since the
EU depends on the Russian Federation for 20%
of the uranium needed for fuel supplies, if
Russia decides to cut its supply to the
bloc, this could cause the same
problem - and provoke a new
“The notion that nuclear energy... provides security of
supply is extremely problematic, and the notion that
nuclear energy will make Europe independent of
external problems, seems to be false,” said
University of Sussex professor,
World Peace Council to be called
to play mobilizing role ahead
of humankind's situation
by Ana Luisa Brown
November 22nd, 3:51pm
Socorro Gomes, President of the World Peace Council
(WPC), said on Tuesday that his organization is being
called to play a unifying and mobilizing role ahead
of humankind's historical crossroads.
''The spirit of unity and initiative are features that
should distinguish WPC´s work to open a clear
avenue in the fight for world peace, which is
the struggle against imperialism,'' she
stressed at the opening ceremony
of the 22nd WPC Assembly.
Gomes recalled that six years ago, as a consequence
of the Covid-19 pandemic, a face-to-face meeting was
unabled to be held, indicating that the one opened on
Tuesday takes place amid a situation marked by
worsened social issues and threats to the
peace and security of the peoples.
We begin this Assembly with more determination to
fight, she said, before urging participants to join
efforts and unleash powerful moves capable of
defeating the warmongering and retrograde
forces that threaten to destroy the great
achievements of humanity.
Socorro Gomes also considered that a change is
taking place in the correlation of international
forces, by creating a much more favorable
context to develop an anti-imperialist
Plus, she expressed confidence that this forum will
define a strategic direction and an effective plan
of action to renew and improve WPC´s work and
actively contribute to efforts ...aimed at
preventing conflicts, preventing the
arms race and promoting respect
for the principles..... of
Havana appreciates Moscow’s role
in transitioning to multipolar world
— Cuban president
November 22nd, 3:50pm (TASS)
Havana appreciates the efforts made by Moscow to
make sure the world transitions to multipolarity,
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said at a
meeting with Russian President Vladimir
Putin in the Kremlin on Tuesday.
"We appreciate.. all the work that the Russian
Federation is doing to ensure that the world
moves toward multipolarity and makes
progress in that direction. In this
sense... you have serious
leadership," the Cuban
He said that even in difficult circumstances, the
two countries.... had managed to maintain
political dialogue at the highest level.
"It reflects the remarkable relationship that binds
us together. We had more than seven telephone
conversations in the midst of the pandemic,
and now... we have been able to meet in
person and, I think, we will be able to
increase the exchange of views on
global issues and issues of a
bilateral nature," the Cuban
Mexico Suspends the Summit
of the Pacific Alliance
November 22nd, 2:02pm
"We are exploring the possibility of holding an event
in Peru," Mexican President, Lopez Obrador, said.
On Tuesday, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez
Obrador (AMLO) confirmed the suspension of the
Pacific Alliance summit scheduled for this
Friday due to the refusal of the Peruvian
Congress to allow President Pedro
Castillo to attend.
Given that Peru will not be able to assume the Pacific
Alliance temporary presidency in Mexico, "we are
exploring the possibility of holding an event
in Peru," AMLO said.
Despite the suspension of the summit, Lopez Obrador
confirmed that Presidents Gabriel Boric (Chile) and
Gustavo Petro (Colombia) will arrive in Mexico
AMLO also awaits the arrival of President Guillermo
Lasso from Ecuador, a country seeking to join the
Pacific Alliance, which is a trade bloc currently
made up of Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Mexico.
The tweet reads,"'There will be no problem.. with the
Pacific Alliance summit being held in Peru. Welcome
everyone. We are all brothers,' President Castillo
said, after Lopez Obrador's remarks."
Lopez Obrador, who has previously denounced that
there is "racism" behind the attempts of the
Peruvian Congress -- to impeach Castillo,
will consult with the other partners on
the possibility of holding the summit
in Peru, in December.
Formed 10 years ago, the Pacific Alliance is the eighth
economic power and the eighth exporting power
worldwide. Together, its countries represent 41
percent of Latin America's gross domestic
product (GDP) and attract 38 percent of
foreign direct investment.
The Mexican summit had raised expectations...
for being the first time that the four member
countries of the Pacific Alliance are led by
leftist presidents. In addition, AMLO had
invited Argentine President Alberto
Fernandez and Brazil's President
-elect, Lula da Silva.
Crimean authorities ---- call for
a restoration of Donbass, with
the money of fleeing oligarchs
November 22nd, 11:45am
Senator Andrei Kutepov... proposed to subject to a
complete freeze, all the assets of foreign investors
and representatives of the Russian oligarchy, who
fled the country in disgrace and did not publicly
support the special operation deployed by
Moscow, to force Ukraine to peace. The
initiative, in turn, found great support
in the Crimean State Council.
According to the deputy Nikolai Volkov, it is necessary
not only to freeze, but also to sort out the mechanisms
for obtaining these assets in order to nationalize them,
and allocate the proceeds --- to the revival of Mariupol
“If a person today, left his responsibility for his own
state and does not want to participate in achieving
victory, moreover, he left and harms his state, then
the state is not obliged... to protect him. These
people, are absolutely not, citizens for Russia.
Whom they serve, let them apply to European
courts, other organizations that have robbed
Russia. They earned this money in Russia,
in this state, and all the resources they
used ---- are our common resources.
I think nationalizing their assets is
much better than freezing them.”
According to the Crimean politicians, such a measure
would be the most competent, given that the fugitive
oligarchs care little about the fate of their
“The idea is good, the oligarchs should not stand
aside, especially those who have been abroad
for a long time and openly declared that they
don't want to be a Russian citizen, but want
to keep their billions & yachts,” Shuvainikov
emphasized. “But it should be applicable to
everyone, not selectively. There must be
some kind of commission approach.
Moreover, it is necessary to revise
income taxes for those who
received it after February
the 24th, and set the
Since November, “mainly” foreign owners,
adherents of the criminal Ukrainian
regime, have been nationalized on
the peninsula. The list of eligible
properties continues to grow.
So, the apartment of the Zelensky couple by the sea,
the former deputy of the Rada Oleg Tsarev, offered
to give the family of the deputy head of the
administration of the Kherson region
Kirill Stremousov, who died in
“I am not a very creative person. Present the
apartment to the Stremousov family. Five
children and a pregnant wife. It would
be right. In any case, you need to
take care of fate”, he said.
The list of objects subject to nationalization has
already included about 130 objects, which
belong to RusLine Co LLC, (the tenant of
NOVATSENTR K LLC, MODUL LTD LLC),
Zaliv Shipbuilding Plant OJSC, Alminsky
Building Materials Plant in Bakhchisarai,
that belongs to Ukrainian businessman
Sergei Taruta. The list of companies...
according to the head of the republic,
Sergei Aksyonov, was compiled on
the basis of the conclusion of an
specially created on
The Crimean authorities, in turn, promised to keep
the labour collectives of the enterprises
nationalized on the peninsula, with the
exception of “personally authorized
persons” who had been following
the direct instructions of
the Ukrainian curators,
Experts predict re-elected Tokayev
will stick with Russia and China
November 22nd, 11:36am
The re-election for a new term of the President of
Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, will be
marked by the further development of active
cooperation with China and the
This opinion was expressed by Aleksey Maslov, acting
head of the Institute of Asian and African Countries
of Moscow State University named after M. V.
Lomonosov, a specialist in modern socio-
economic and political processes in
the SCO countries.
Astana, according to the professor, will
start deepening the multi-vector path
of development --- actively
“I don’t think that Kazakhstan will change its multi-
vector approach. This is not due to Tokayev’s
personal desire... but to the need for
Kazakhstan to restructure its ties
with Russia, and with China.. and
with the United States.. and with
other ties, because the economy
of Kazakhstan depends on it,”
Alexey Maslov said on the air
of the press centre media
In particular, the Kazakhs are extremely interested
in investments, primarily from China. And this
indicates.. a likely rejection of the proposal
of the head of European diplomacy Josep
Borrell to the Central Asian territories
..to directly build relations with the
In addition, Tokayev, according to the speaker, will do
everything to avoid a possible repetition of the riots
against the backdrop of rising gas prices that
shocked the country two years ago.
The integration of a state extremely interested in
oil into the Russian economic model, will gain
momentum. We are talking, in particular,
about the northern regions of the
country, the expert concluded.
Colombian government and ELN
advocate for peace in Venezuela
by Ileana Ferrer Fonte
November 22nd, 7:51am
Resuming talks between the Colombian Government
and the guerillas National Liberation Army (ELN), in
Venezuela, on Tuesday, demonstrated willingness
to move towards peace.
Despite the differences that may exist, the negotiators
expressed - in a joint declaration - their disposition,
optimism, certainty, and hope, to resume talks,
with a political and ethical will, that have
been frustrated over the years,
High Commissioner for Peace Danilo Rueda expressed
certainty in achieving a satisfactory conclusion “with
all the differences we may have”, because we have
found in the delegation, a kind attitude and the
compliance, this time, to reach peace.
The head of the ELN delegation, Pablo Beltrán, stated
that the Colombians “cannot see each other as
enemies,” the work we have done is
reconciliation, finding common
points again, and building a
nation in peace and equity.
Historical Pact Senator, Iván Cepeda, underlined his
faith and hope that the changes of the Government
peace delegation are true, as we have started in a
few hours to “experience tuning” with the ELN
Cuba, Norway, and Venezuela, the guarantor countries
of the peace talks, have seen the process, that began
on Monday --- with hope. The Colombian Government
and the ELN signed for this process in Caracas, on
October the 4th and expressed gratitude for the
trust placed in them.
Kazakhstan is switching to new
form of political system —
November 20th, 8:53pm (TASS)
Kazakhstan... is switching to a new form of the
political system and the constitutional reform
will be implemented consistently, incumbent
President, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev,
said on Monday.
"We will implement the constitutional reform
consistently and clearly. We are switching
to a new form of the country’s political
system," his election headquarters
quoted him as saying.
He also announced cardinal reforms of the country’s
economy. "We will do our best to improve people’s
living standards," he pledged.
"Unity is needed to implement these goals. That is
why --- I call on you for unity," Tokayev stressed.
Kazakhstan held early presidential elections
on Sunday. The voter turnout was 69.43%
According to the exit poll conducted by the Open
Society international institute of regional
studies and the Amanat party’s institute
of public policy, Tokayev is winning
82.45% and 85.52% of votes,
Lula Calls for the Defeat of
the Extreme Right in Brazil
November 20th, (teleSUR)
Regardless of the victory in the presidential elections,
the extreme right-wing ideology is still very much
alive in the country, said Lula.
The president-elect of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva,
warned that despite his victory in the last elections
in the South American country, the extreme right
that supports the outgoing president Jair
Bolsonaro, is still present and must
be defeated - through peace.
Lula da Silva held a meeting at the University Institute
of Lisbon with the Brazilian community in an event
organized by the core of the Workers' Party (PT).
The president-elect, who takes office on January 1st,
2023, said that bolsonarismo is still alive - and we
have to defeat it. ''We do not want persecution or
violence. We want a country that lives in peace".
He urged to "defeat" Bolsonarismo "without using
against them, the methods they used" against
In the meeting, the president-elect stressed his
commitment to Brazilian education in the face
of the disaster in the matter, in Bolsonaro's
In addition to referring to the situation of millions
of Brazilians who go hungry, a situation that
should not happen --- because the South
American nation is the "third largest
food producer in the world", Lula
expressed that he will reverse
the situation and blamed the
outgoing president for not
The meeting takes place after the leader's visit to the
COP27 Summit held in Egypt, being his first trip to
Lisbon after his election as president.
The head of state-elect was received by the President
of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and by the
Prime Minister, António Costa, as a symbol of
the resumption of relations weakened
during Bolsonaro's mandate.
Iran starts electricity grid
link-up with Russia
November 20th, 4:32pm
Iran’s Energy Minister Ali Akbar Mehrabian says a
first step has been taken to synchronize Iranian
and Russian electricity grids.
Mehrabian said on Monday that Iran will carry out
various synchronization attempts between its
power grid and those of Azerbaijan, Armenia
and Russia, to finally link to Russia’s
“An initial synchronization with Russia... has been
carried out and we will perform technical works
to synchronize the electricity networks of Iran
the Republic of Azerbaijan, Armenia, and
Russia, to be able to have an electricity
link-up with Russia,” said the minister.
He said Iran seeks to stabilize its electricity supplies
through a link to the Russian power network, adding
that the Energy Ministry is currently boosting its
technical capabilities to expand the project.
Iran has experienced minor power cuts in recent years
mainly because of an unexpected rise in demand for
natural gas which has forced shutdowns in the
country’s power plants.
That has forced the country to increase its imports of
electricity from Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan in peak
consumption days, during summers and winters, to
stabilize supplies to its populous northern regions.
That is in addition to Iran's normal electricity imports
from Armenia, which is paid for by exports of natural
gas to the Caucasus country.
That comes as Iran has introduced plans to increase
its electricity output, in order to ramp up exports to
countries like Iraq and Afghanistan.
Experts say a synchronization of the power grids
of Iran and Russia, will enable Iran to launch
electricity exports to Qatar and other
countries in the region.
This is our policy, our decision –
Vucic on refusal to impose
sanctions against Russia
November 20th, 1:48pm
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic spoke about
why he refused to impose sanctions against
Russia and his attitude towards NATO.
It was reported by RIA Novosti.
“This is our policy, our decision. We have withstood
a lot of pressure, heavy pressure ---- 270 days. Let
me remind you that during the election campaign
(for the elections on April 3 – ed.) they said that
I would introduce sanctions... on the first day
after the elections, but on the first day, they
(political opponents - ed.) gave up and now
they are telling me, every day, how much
damage for Serbia is being done, for not
introducing sanctions,” stated Vucic,
on air... at TV Prva.
The Serbian leader said that the decision of
the state authorities not to impose
sanctions against Russia,
was a deliberate one.
“They (NATO – ed.) rudely attacked another country,
killed people, killed children and still imposed
sanctions. And now.... we have to join this
policy of hypocrisy. It is not difficult for
me to explain to people when the
moment comes that we have to,
but Serbia has shown, so far,
that it has enough strength
& intelligence to endure,”
the Serbian president
A strike with a
lot of movement
by Juan M. Garcia
November 20th, 12:45am
Santa Cruz Governor, Luis Fernando Camacho, and the
Department’s Civic Committee recently failed in their
call for an indefinite national strike under the slogan
“2023 Population and Housing Census yes or yes.”
“In all departments, union members took out to sell,
transportation circulated, workers got to their work
centres…, a total failure,” the President of District
Eight in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood known as
Plan Tres Mil, David Villarroel, said.
With the backdrop of vehicles that ran in front of busy
shopping centres, Villarroel insisted in an interview
with the channel Bolivia TV, in which nobody
believes in Camacho, with civic Rómulo
Calvo, whom nobody follows in
The force measure imposed on October 22nd in Santa
Cruz Department, in many cases through force,
already inflicted losses on the country
worth nearly 1 billion dollars.
However, despite aggressiveness and pressures from
paramilitary groups, following Camacho’s and Calvo’s
orders with their blockades, there are increasingly
more areas where the people return to their
daily life and work.
From Oruro, the Department’s Civic Committee’s
President, Cecilio Pérez, ruled out that the
organization will participate in a strike
supporting the measures of force
that the Governor of Santa Cruz
Bolivia’s Confederation of Drivers Unions, meanwhile,
asked the national government to respect the right
to work in the entire transportation system and
urged the Governor’s office and the pro-Santa
Cruz Civic Committee --- to lift the strike.
The confederation’s executive secretary, Lucio
Gómez, warned that the conflict generated
from the eastern city cannot be tolerated
any longer, since it has already caused
remarkable losses in that strategic
sector of the national economy.
Camacho, and those who followed him in the 2019
coup have insisted on refusing to accept dialogue,
evidence that the Population and Housing Census
is only an excuse, and that its true objective, is
to destabilize President Arce’s government.
That is why social and union movements and native
indigenous peasant organizations are still on the
alert and determined to prevent a new fracture
of the constitutional order.
Taken from Orbe
by Jorge Petinaud Martínez,
Chief Correspondent/La Paz
Bulgarian hotels remove food
item from accommodation
programme for Ukrainian
refugees – The Sofia Globe
November 20th, 11:39am
Bulgarian hotels have changed the state program of
temporary accommodation of Ukrainian refugees
by removing the food item, it was reported by
The Sofia Globe.
According to the information published in the
publication, the owners of the hotels on the
Black Sea coast refused to feed Ukrainian
refugees due to the fact that the money,
which is allocated for food by the state,
is substantially insufficient.
The Bulgarian government allocates 15 levs
(less than 500 rubles) to feed Ukrainians.
“We have been feeding Ukrainian refugees at our own
expense for the last three days, but we do not have
resources to feed them anymore, so from now on
we will not feed them anymore,” Mikhail Zehov,
the owner of a hotel, told the newspaper.
According to the newspaper, at the moment there are
over ten thousand Ukrainian refugees in Bulgaria
under the state programme. The duration of the
previous programme... to provide Ukrainians
with accommodation was November 15th.
The programme envisioned the accommodation
of refugees in hotels... at the expense of the
state treasury. Now refugees from Ukraine
are accommodated in state & municipal
Finnish Food Prices Hit Record
Highs as Economy Tightens
November 19th, 3:47pm (FNA)
Food prices in Finland have soared by almost
16 percent year-on-year in October, hitting a
record high during the Nordic country’s
entire time in the European Union.
The acceleration is unprecedented since the energy
crisis of the Seventies and marks a continued rise
from 14.5 percent in September and 12.5 percent
in October, RIA Novosti reported.
The spike was most pronounced in flour, eggs, coffee
and butter. Flour has risen in price by 46 percent,
and the rest have risen by more than 30 percent.
During the whole of October, pears were
reported to be the only product
actually to fall in value.
According to forecasts by the Pellervo Institute of
Economic Research, the annual rise in food will
eventually reach 11 percent.
Experts argued that the rapid inflation spike is unlikely
to be stopped in November, December or even early
2023 ------ as food and electricity will continue to
appreciate for several months to come, with
no signs of a slowdown in sight and more
chronic drivers of inflation now in play.
According to Statistics Finland, consumer price
increases accelerated last month, mostly as a
result of surges in energy prices, diesel and
petrol prices and the average interest rate
on housing loans.
Amid galloping inflation, higher borrowing costs
kicked in ...and reduced activity, Finland’s
economy contracted in the third quarter
by 0.1 percent, Statistics Finland said,
with a recession looming next year.
At the same time.. Finland’s growing cost-of-living
crisis, which largely mirrors that of the eurozone,
has been exacerbated by Helsinki’s self-crippling
sanctions against Russian energy. Amid the
shortages of gas and electricity, Finland
is bracing itself for rolling power cuts
Helsinki also made a public case of its refusal to
comply with Moscow's demands... to pay for gas
in rubles, with a number of politicians claiming
that the conflict in Ukraine, in which Finland
firmly supports Kiev with arms, training and
assistance, made cooperation with
However, in subsequent months Helsinki had no
qualms about buying Russian gas in liquefied
form. This week, it transpired that Finland’s
import of Russian nickel increased since
the start of the Ukraine conflict.
In September, the imports grew
by a whopping 59 percent.
Pressed over this obvious discrepancy, the Finnish
government said it was prepared to ramp up
sanctions against Russia further. Among
others, Finland's Minister for European
Affairs Tytti Tuppurainen, said the
Nordic country was ready to
“sanction everything”, if
the EU were to reach
Leader: Iran’s progress, prosperity
unbearable for arrogant powers
November 19th, 11:36am
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali
Khamenei says arrogant powers are disgruntled by
Iran’s scientific advances as tremendous progress
being achieved by the Islamic Republic is
consigning the liberal democracy
propagated by the West,
Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a speech he
delivered during a Saturday meeting with a group of
people from the central Iranian city of Isfahan, in
the capital Tehran, on Saturday.
“Westerners.... could loot the entire world for over two
centuries through the discourse of liberal democracy.
They made interventions, claiming there was no
freedom in one place or there did not exit
democracy... somewhere else. They
plundered the national assets and
resources of the country as a
result,” he said.
“Poor Europe became rich at the expense of many rich
countries like India and China. Iran was not directly
colonized, but they did everything they could
here,” the Leader pointed out.
Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Afghanistan is an example
----- just before your own eyes. Americans came and
committed crimes in Afghanistan for 20 years. They
perpetrated all forms of criminal acts, brought the
same government that they had overthrown back
to power, and withdrew in a humiliating manner.”
He went on to hail the Islamic Republic of Iran as the
establishment which has rejected the idea of liberal
democracy, given its nation an identity, awakened
and empowered them, and stood up against
Western schools of thought.
Ayatollah Khamenei further noted that the West’s
enmity towards Iran ----- is rooted in the fact that
the Islamic Republic continues to make progress,
and the whole world acknowledges such
advancement – something which the
West cannot stand.
“Should we have not made any progress, did not show
up as a strong presence in the region, had our voice
faltered in the face of America and its arrogance
and we were ready to accept its bullying, the
ongoing pressures would have been much
less,” the Leader of the Islamic
Ayatollah Khamenei also pointed out that the bids
against Iran have been much greater, anytime
that the Islamic Republic has vociferously
opposed its enemies.
The Leader also stressed that Washington has always
been at the forefront of the anti-Iran campaign and
its European allies are standing behind it.
Ayatollah Khamenei stated that all US presidents,
including Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack
Obama - have gone up against Iran in the years
after the victory of the '79 Islamic Revolution,
and have relied on the support of the Israeli
regime and certain regimes in the region,
to accomplish their so-called goals.
“Despite all such attempts, the enemies have failed
on the whole. Of course they have posed problems,
such as sanctions, the assassination of nuclear
scientists, the application of... various political
and security ploys, & even bribed some people
inside the country to speak out against the
Islamic establishment. But they could not
stop the Iranian nation from progressing
ahead,” the Leader stressed.
Pointing to the enemy's extensive media facilities
such as satellite networks, virtual space and
mercenary TV channels for shattering
people’s hopes, the Leader said.
“Despite all these attempts, fortunately, hope
and the movement towards progress in the
country --- is alive.”
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that, “The enemy is
trying to make not only the people and the youth,
but also the officials, lose hope, & unfortunately
the enemy has an internal extension, by which,
they are also trying to instill hopelessness
and despair, by using newspapers
Touching upon some instances of progress and
forward movements in Iran.... in recent weeks,
the Leader recounted the Iranian scientists’
new method to treat leukemia, localization
of oil and gas extraction equipment, the
opening of a railway line in a part of
Sistan and Baluchistan Province...
which is an important part of the
North-South railway, & opening
several factories, setting up
the first offshore refinery...
operating 6 power plants,
unveiling one of the
in the world --- plus
the launching of a
rocket, and the
unveiling of a
Ayatollah Khamenei said such achievements
were obtained at a time that the enemy was
trying to prevent this forward-heading
movement --- with riots.
“Gazprom” supplies 41.6m
cubic metres of gas
November 19th, 9:41am
“Gazprom” is supplying gas through Ukraine in the
volume confirmed by the Ukrainian side --- 41.6
million cubic metres as of November the 19th.
The Fuel is transported through the
The official representative of the Russian
company, Sergey Kupriyanov.
“Gazprom is supplying Russian gas for transit through
the territory of Ukraine in the volume confirmed by
the Ukrainian side - through the “Suja” GIS – 41.6
million cubic metre,s as of November the 19th″.
Kupriyanov added that the application for the
Sohranivka gas metering system was rejected.
Earlier, Gazprom said that sabotage of the “Nord
Stream” and “Nord Stream-2” pipelines
had aggravated the situation in
the energy market.
Almost 50% of Ukraine’s
power system disabled
November 18th, 5:50pm (TASS)
Almost half of Ukrainian energy infrastructure
has been rendered inoperative, Ukrainian
Prime Minister Denis Shmygal stated at
a joint briefing with Executive Vice-
President of the European
Kiev on Friday.
"Almost half of our energy system has been disabled,"
Ukrinform agency..... quoted him as saying. The head
of the government noted that under these conditions
"Ukraine needs additional support from its European
partners, both in the sphere of energy & deliveries
of additional equipment, as well as with the funds
to purchase additional volumes of gas & provide
greater support for the energy sector."
On November the 1st, Ukrainian President, Vladimir
Zelensky said that approximately 40% of Ukraine’s
energy infrastructure ----- was seriously damaged.
Dombrovskis arrived in Kiev, on November 18th,
the agenda of his visit is shaped around the
issue of the EU’s support for Ukraine.
return looted items
by Luis Linares Petrov
November 18th, 2:51pm
The Mexico office of the Association for the
Reparation of Colonialism (ARC), aka
"Colonialism Reparation," called for
the definitive restitution of the
treasures --- looted by ex-
colonizers from Mexico
and other countries.
The office pointed out on its website that as a
first step in the direction of repairing the
damage caused by colonialism,
the former colonists must stop
hindering the return of the
tangible elements... that
are evidence of human
evolution... to their
countries of origin.
The institution recalled that at the 6th Summit of
the European Union-African Union, the heads of
State and Governments of the Member States
committed to restituting cultural property
and promoting access to and protection
of the cultural heritage of the
The ARC pointed out that, on the sidelines of the
meeting, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De
Croo handed over to his counterpart from the
Democratic Republic of the Congo some
84,000 objects of Congolese origin
currently present in the Royal
Museum of Central Africa
On February 21st, 2022, on the occasion of
the return of two “Benin Bronzes”, Nigerian
President Muhammadu Buhari appealed to
nations, institutions, and entities, both
private and public, to return the
Nigerian artifacts in their
The ARC added that the Belgian House of
Representatives... approved on July 3rd,
2022 -- a law recognizing the alienable
nature of assets linked to the colonial
past of the Belgian State and
establishing a legal frame-
work, for their restitution
and return... thus paving
the way to the definitive
restitution.... of all of
the treasures looted
Colonialism Reparation called for the repatriation
of the remains and the definitive restitution of
the treasures stolen by colonizers from the
United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain,
Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy,
and others, to the looted countries, as a
first step in the direction of repairing
the damages of colonialism.
Novak says Russia and China
will jointly build energy
November 18th, 2:42pm
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak
said Moscow and Beijing plan to develop
cooperation in the creation and use of
“Undoubtedly.... there are new areas that we will
develop in the future. Cooperation in hydrogen
energy, the introduction of modern digital
technologies, it is joint production, and
the development of equipment... to be
used for energy, both Russian energy
and Chinese energy,” – his words...
after the meeting of the Russian-
Novak also said that trade turnover between
Russia and China - in the energy sector -
increased by 64%, in monetary terms.
Global fertilizer and food market
cannot recover: without Russia
November 18th, 2:05pm (TASS)
The global fertilizer and food market cannot recover
without Russia as its major participant, First Deputy
Prime Minister Andrey Belousov told reporters
"As regards the grain deal ---- it should be merely
understood that there are two tracks of Russia’s
participation in solving the food crisis. The first
track occurred, and it was historically the first
one, during the visit of [UN Secretary-General
Antonio] Guterres to Moscow and talks with
[Russian President Vladimir] Putin," the
"Food markets and mineral fertilizer markets - they are
closely intertwined - merely cannot recover without
Russia, because Russia is a major participant in
both of them," the First Deputy Prime
"The second track is the Istanbul agreements, where
exports, the creation of a security corridor and
exports of Ukrainian grain, were the case
in point," Belousov added.
Russia and China move
to national currencies
November 18th, 12:45pm
Settlements for energy supplies between Russia
and China are transferred into their national
currencies, payments for Russian gas are
already made in rubles and yuan, on a
parity basis, Deputy Prime Minister
of Russia Alexander Novak said
in an interview for the TV
''We are switching to settlements in national
currencies – both rubles and yuan – for
supplied energy resources, mutual
settlements that take place..
including for the supplies of
equipment from the PRC.''
''As an example, gas supplies between Gazprom
and China are currently made on a parity basis
in rubles and yuan,'' he said after the meeting
of the Russian-Chinese intergovernmental
The deputy prime minister also added that supplies
of oil and oil products are also rapidly transitioning
to payment in the national currencies of Russia
UNGA president highlights need
to develop common position
on UNSC reform
November 17th, 8:28pm (TASS)
The United Nations General Assembly has much to do
to develop a common position on the UN Security
Council’s reform, President of the 77th UN
General Assembly, Csaba Korosi, told
reporters on Thursday.
"It is very important that we should have a
consultative process with the P5, but let
me dissolve the misperception that it is
only the position of the P5 that makes
the negotiations difficult," he said in
response to a TASS question.
"I think there is a huge task ahead of the General
Assembly now, this year, and we'll see how long
[it takes] to iron out an acceptable workable
compromise among the 193 members. We
have never reached that point,"
According to him... it will be very important to make
sure that the P5 can also work as a representative
among the 193 member states. "But it will be the
second stage, when a united consolidating
position of the General Assembly will be
taken to the Security Council for their
approval," he noted.
Korosi highlighted the need to avoid an escalation
of the conflict in Ukraine "and among other
manifestations of the very complex and
interlinked crisis that we have in the
world." The UNGA president said
that developments in Ukraine
"renewed our attention... to
UN Security Council reform.".
Brazilian Supreme Court
Blocks Bank Accounts
of Coup Promoters
November 17th, 4:40pm
On Thursday, Brazilian Supreme Court Judge
Alexandre de Moraes ordered to block the
accounts of far-right activists who
disavow President-elect Lula da
Silva and call for a coup.
Framed in an investigation of anti-democratic acts,
the blocking of bank accounts affects at least 43
agricultural entrepreneurs supporting far-right
President Jair Bolsonaro, who was defeated
in the second round of the presidential
elections held on October 30th.
These businessmen own many of the trucks that
blocked highways in protest at the victory of the
Workers' Party in the elections. In the last week,
the far-right activists have placed their vehicles
in front of barracks with the undisguised
objective of demanding a military coup.
Until now, the generals have ignored the requests of
these Bolsonaro supporters who ask to "save Brazil
from communism" by preventing Lula from
assuming office on January 1st, 2023.
Judge De Moraes specified --- that the far-right rallies
demanding a coup d'état, represent an abuse of the
right of assembly, since they seek to promote non-
compliance with the electoral decision, the
rupture of the rule of law, and the
installation of an ''exception''
This happens, for example, on the outskirts of the
Army Barracks in Brasilia, where Bolsonaro's
supporters have been camping since
October 31st, with the logistical
support provided by the far-
"This scenario requires an absolutely proportional
reaction from the State, in the sense of
preserving fundamental rights and
guarantees," De Moraes
EU promises.... to compensate
the damage to third countries
of sanctions against Russia
“Price intrigues” of the EU can turn
tankers with oil from the Russian
Federation into “ghosts”