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Russia will not give away gas for free – Kremlin

Russia will not supply free natural gas to countries that refuse to switch to the new ruble payment scheme, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. “Obviously, no one will supply anything to anyone for free,” Peskov told reporters. Peskov was asked whether the delivery of gas to Finnish company …

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G7 wants to cap Russian oil price – US Treasury

The Group of Seven (G7) countries, represented by their respective finance ministers and central bank governors, on Thursday discussed the creation of a cartel of buyers in order to control the price of Russian oil. This was announced by US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in comments to reporters between G7 …

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Russians didn’t want to join NATO, US claims

Russia “decided” it didn’t want to join NATO in the 1990s, even though “people talked about” it, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told television host Stephen Colbert on his show on Thursday. Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, have maintained that their nation’s attempt to join the bloc was …

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Ex-German chancellor quits Russian oil giant

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Matthias Warnig, the executive director of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, are stepping down from their positions on the board of Russian oil giant Rosneft, the company reported on Friday. The two directors said they cannot keep their positions, a statement from the company …

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US considers offer to Belarus – media

The US is considering granting Belarus a six-month waiver from sanctions imposed on its potash industry last year, in exchange for opening up the railroads to start shipping grain from Ukraine to Lithuania, the Wall Street Journal has reported, citing unnamed US officials. The sanctions were slapped on Minsk over opposition protests …

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Kiev wants the word ‘Russians’ erased from memory

One of the top negotiators representing Ukraine in the stalled peace talks with Russia has called for the word ‘Russians’ to be erased from people’s memory in the regions in the east and south under Moscow’s control, once they are retaken by Kiev. Speaking to Ukraine’s ICTV on Thursday, Mikhail …

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Ruble smashes four-year high against US dollar

The Russian ruble reached a four-year high on the US dollar and a seven-year high against the Euro on Friday. The ruble is being propelled by capital controls, the new ruble-based gas payment scheme and looming corporate tax dues, which are pushing up domestic demand for the currency. Reaching 57.67 …

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Canada reveals Huawei decision

The authorities in Canada will not allow Chinese companies Huawei or ZTE to use the country’s growing 5G telecommunications networks, citing “serious” national security and privacy concerns. The long-delayed decision was announced on Thursday by Ottawa’s Office of Innovation, Science and Industry, which stated the two firms would be barred …

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US buys millions of vaccine doses for new virus

The US health authorities have signed a deal for $119 million in vaccine doses against the monkeypox virus, after a Massachusetts man was diagnosed with the rare but potentially serious illness earlier this week.  The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) – a government agency devoted to combating pandemics …

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Police respond to ‘ongoing violent incident’ in Norway

Police in Norway are responding to a stabbing incident in the Numedal district 85km West of Oslo, they said on Twitter on Friday. The attack left three people injured, including one in critical condition, the report said. Norwegian authorities labeled the incident “PLIVO”, which stands for “ongoing life-threatening violence” in police …

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