Volodymyr Zelensky asks the G7 to “limit Russian oil prices”

Volodymyr Zelensky asks the G7 to "limit Russian oil prices"

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2:41 p.m. : On the Russian side, the sanctions are being felt. The Russian Finance Ministry has admitted that due to sanctions imposed on Russia by Western countries, two installments did not reach creditors until yesterday, which was the payment deadline. However, the ministry rejected any idea of ​​default.

2:33 p.m. : “Together, these measures constitute the biggest overhaul of our collective defense and presence since the Cold War.”

NATO will “transform your Reaction Force”40,000 strong, and bring the number of its forces to a high level of readiness “well above” 300,000 military“, specified the secretary general of the Atlantic Alliance, the Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg, during the presentation of the stakes of the summit.

2:33 p.m. : They will move up a gear. The leaders of NATO are going to decide, during the summit in Madrid which will take place the day after tomorrow, to bring “far above” of 300,000 high-readiness troops, the Alliance’s Secretary General announced on Monday. “We will also build our ability to be stronger in the event of conflict, with more pre-positioned equipment, forward deployed capabilities, such as air defense, and with forces pre-assigned to defend certain allies.”added the Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg.

2:29 p.m. : “A consistent position of the G7 countries on sanctions is important. They must be further strengthened, by limiting the price of oil exported by the aggressor.”

On his Telegram account, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked the G7 to strengthen sanctions against Russia.

2:18 p.m. : Here is the update on the news at 2 p.m.:

“I am not an assassin.” At the trial of the November 13 attacks, Salah Abdeslam and his co-defendants pronounced their last words before the Special Assize Court, in Paris. The verdict is expected Wednesday evening.

• Gathered at a summit in Germany, the G7 countries pledged “to continue to provide financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support” to Ukraine “as long as it takes”. For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked the leaders of the G7 “to do the best” to end the war.

“There is such an urgency that everything we implement must be geared towards the general interest”, alerted the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres. He called on all citizens to mobilize to preserve the threatened health of the oceans and avoid catastrophic consequences of climate change for the environment and humanity.

• Probing whether a “government agreement” is possible: the new mission entrusted by Emmanuel Macron to Elisabeth Borne for the week promises to be difficult. Follow the progress of the negotiations live with us.

1:00 p.m. : G7 leaders pledged “to continue to provide financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support” to Ukraine “as long as it takes”, in a joint statement issued at their summit in southern Germany. They also expressed their “deep concern” after Russia’s announcement that it may transfer nuclear-capable missiles to Belarus.

12:54 p.m. : They gave the green light. Meeting in Luxembourg, European energy ministers validated their targets for filling gas stocks, without revising them, despite the recent drastic drop in deliveries from Moscow. However, members of European governments remain cautious about the possibility of a price cap on Russian hydrocarbons.

1:04 p.m. : According to the Ukrainian president, the bombardments affecting the capital are intensive. In all, 62 missiles were fired yesterday. During his address to European leaders, he also addressed security issues and called for food security guarantees. Finally, he asked the Europeans to step up sanctions against Russia and aid for the reconstruction of Ukraine.

12:39 : As @G7 we stand united on Ukraine’s side and will continue our support. For this, we all have to take tough but necessary decisions. Thank you, @ZelenskyyUa, for your participation today. We will continue to increase pressure on Putin. This war has to come to an end. #G7GER https://t.co/avuvN5auPB

12:39 : For its part, the G7 will “keep increasing the pressure” on Russian President Vladimir Putin, assured German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in a tweet addressed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “As the G7, we are united with Ukraine and we will continue to support it. For that, we all have to take difficult but necessary decisions. (…) We will continue to increase the pressure on Putin. This war must end”.

12:38 : We told you about it a little earlier in this live, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged the heads of state and government of the G7 “to do the best” to end the war, sources within the G7 said. The leaders of the seven major industrialized countries are currently meeting at Elmau Castle in southern Germany.

12:29 : Vladimir Putin will visit Tajikistan tomorrow, announces the Kremlin. This is his first trip since the start of the offensive against Ukraine.

12:08 : Here is the update on the news at noon:

End of a river hearing, after ten months of debates. At the trial of the attacks of November 13, the special assize court of Paris left to deliberate after having given the floor to the accused one last time. The verdict is expected Wednesday evening.

• Probing whether a “government agreement” is possible: the new mission entrusted by Emmanuel Macron to Elisabeth Borne for the week promises to be difficult. Follow the progress of the negotiations live with us.

• Gathered at a summit in Germany, the G7 countries want to further tighten the economic vice against Russia, by reflecting in particular on a “mechanism to cap the price of Russian oil at the global level”according to the White House.

• A 15 year old boy was killed shot last night in a poor neighborhood of Arles (Bouches-du-Rhône), known for its drug trafficking.

11:40 a.m. : As expected, Volodymyr Zelensky spoke by videoconference to the leaders of the G7 shortly after 10 a.m. (Paris time). The Ukrainian leader, who will also attend the NATO summit in Madrid from tomorrow, wants to pressure the seven leaders for increased support from them, the day after new Russian strikes on kyiv.

11:23 : The G7 will undertake to further tighten sanctions against the Russian economy, targeting the defense industry in particular, the United States announced this morning. The major powers also intend to develop a “mechanism to cap the price of Russian oil at the global level”, according to a senior White House official. The G7 will finally “coordinate to use customs duties on Russian products to help Ukraine”according to Washington.

09:09 : Here is the update on the news:

• Volodymyr Zelensky must speak by videoconference in the middle of the morning before the G7 leaders meeting in Germany. The Ukrainian president should take the opportunity to demand more weapons for his country and a further strengthening of Western sanctions against Moscow.

• The fourteen defendants of the trial of the attacks of November 13 present before the special assize court of Paris have one last chance to speak today. The professional judges will then begin their deliberations and should deliver their verdict on Wednesday evening.

• The week promises to be busy for Elisabeth Borne, who must probe whether a “government agreement” is possible with some opposition members. The Prime Minister must discuss this with the parliamentary groups from today.

• Truck drivers’ unions call for the blocking of all industrial zones in France this morning, to demand negotiations on wage increases.

08:29 : Illicit drug manufacturing could take advantage of the war in Ukraine to thrive. In any case, this is explained by a UN report, which is based on the experience of conflicts in other areas. More information in our article.

07:42 : We indicated it earlier: Volodymyr Zelensky must speak by videoconference in the middle of the morning before the leaders of the G7 meeting in Germany. A speech that comes at a key moment: for the first time in weeks, the Ukrainian capital was hit yesterday morning by Russian missiles, while fierce fighting continues in the east of the country. What can the Ukrainian president ask for (and get)? Response elements.


(UKRAINE PRESIDENCY / AFP)

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