The 80th day of the war in Eastern Europe was marked by diplomatic tensions that extrapolate Russian territory. This Saturday (14), the supply of energy from Russia to Finland was suspended, due to the imminence of the Nordic country’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Meanwhile, the G7, a group of the world’s seven most industrialized countries, is promising even more sanctions on the Russians.
In Ukrainian territory, disputes north of Kharkiv move the news. Ukraine claims that there is a “fierce Ukrainian counter-coup, which has reclaimed several villages in the area east of Kharkiv”, which would be “pushing Kremlin forces back to their border”, while the Russians do not admit the alleged retreats. imposed by opposing forces. Check out:
Russian state-owned company cancels gas supply to Helsinki
Russian gas supplies to Finland are due to be suspended on Saturday, according to RAO Nordic, a subsidiary of Russian state-owned Inter RAO. The announcement is a sign of the increasingly evident differences between Russia and the Nordic country, resulting from the decision of Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin to urgently request (23), last Thursday, their accession to NATO.
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Sweden and Finland are not officially aligned militarily with NATO, but they maintain a partnership relationship, participating in exercises and exchanging information. In February, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said that a possible Finnish entry into NATO “would have serious military and political repercussions”.
The country shares about 1,300 km of border with Russia. According to representatives from Finland, however, less than 10% of the energy consumed in the country is Russian. In an interview with DWa spokesman for the Finnish state energy company said Russia’s cut could be offset with more imports from Sweden and Norway.
Ukrainians say Russia retreats in Kharkiv region
In a statement released last Friday (13), the Ukrainian Armed Forces said that Russian forces were focused on ensuring the withdrawal of troops from the northern region of Kharkiv. These soldiers are under increasing pressure from Ukrainian counterattacks along a broad front to the west of their supply lines.
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The Ukrainians allege that there is a “fierce Ukrainian counter-coup, which has recaptured several villages in the area east of Kharkiv”, which would be “pushing Kremlin forces back to their border”.
“West will fight to the last Ukrainian,” says Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday, according to TeleSur, that Western countries are ready to fight Russia “to the last Ukrainian”. “At first glance, it seems like a very convenient position, especially for the US, which is directing processes across the ocean. [Atlântico] and at the same time weakening Europe by freeing up its markets for its goods, technology and military. technical products,” he declared.
G7 vows to extend sanctions against Russia
The G7, group of the seven most industrialized countries in the world, also demonstrated on Saturday (14). The bloc said it would never recognize the borders that Russia intends to forcefully impose with the war in Ukraine and promised to expand sanctions against Moscow targeting vital sectors of the Russian economy.
“We will never recognize the borders that Russia is trying to change through military aggression and we will maintain our commitment to supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said ministers from Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and United Kingdom after a meeting.
Editing: Lucas Weber