A bill under discussion in Russia provides that companies that leave the country could be nationalized. The proposal is from the Ministry of Economy and should be voted on in the legislature in the coming days and received public support from President Vladimir Putin this Thursday (10th).
After Russia invaded Ukraine, more than 330 companies announced that they intended to leave the country, according to a survey by the yale university. The list includes multinationals such as Microsoft, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Starbucks.
At a ministerial meeting on Thursday, Putin said the country needed to act “decisively” and “introduce external management and then transfer these ventures to those who want to work”.
The decision on nationalization would also pass through a decision of the Russian judiciary. Owners would have five days to resume activities or sell their stake.
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US Vice President Poland View
After an impasse involving the donation of Polish fighter jets to Ukraine, US Vice President Kamala Harris visits Poland on Thursday and met with the president. Andrzej Doubt.
“I want to be very clear. The United States and Poland are united in what we have done and are prepared to help Ukraine and the people of Ukraine — period,” said Harris, who announced the donation of two Patriot missile defense systems to the Europeans.
Earlier this week, Poland offered to donate its Soviet MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine free of charge and asked the United States for “used aircraft with corresponding operational capabilities”.
The Pentagon rejected the initiative on account of “complexities” and for not being “sustainable” because it could indicate a possible meddling of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the war.
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UN says Russia has already bombed 3 Ukrainian hospitals, says UN
The head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Ukraine, Jaime Nadal, said the Russians had already attacked two other children’s hospitals in addition to the bombed one in Mariupol.
“In Zhytomyr, the maternity hospital was completely destroyed. In Saltivsky, in the city of Kharkiv, the maternity hospital was also destroyed,” Nadal told a news conference.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shared footage of a damaged hospital, which he claimed was in Mariupol, and accused the Kremlin of war crimes.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov presented Moscow’s version of the Mariupol incident after a meeting that ended with no agreement with his Ukrainian counterpart.
“This hospital was retaken some time ago by the battalion [neonazista] of Azov and by other radicals”, declared the Russian chancellor. “All the women who were going to give birth, all the nurses and all the support staff had been expelled.”
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Former German Chancellor Meets Putin
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (1998-2005) is in Moscow to meet Putin and try to mediate a peace effort, but there is no further information on the outcome of the conversation.
“Ukraine wanted to see if Schröder could build a bridge for dialogue with Putin,” said one of the sources with knowledge of the agenda heard by the site Polticowho broke the news.
Schröder has board positions at major Russian state-owned energy companies such as Rosneft and Gazprom.
Editing: Rodrigo Durao Coelho