Putin and Xi during a meeting in the Kremlin
The EU has approved a plan for the purchase of shells for Ukraine; Putin and Xi Jinping started negotiations in the Kremlin. Perild.com highlights the main events of yesterday.
The EU approved a plan for the purchase of shells for Ukraine
EU member states approved the decision to supply Ukraine with 1 million shells over the next 12 months. This was announced by the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, calling this decision “historic”. He added that 18 countries have joined the project to consolidate orders for the production of shells and place them in the industry. He noted that there are three approaches: first, 1 billion euros for immediate delivery; secondly, 1 billion euros for joint purchases; thirdly, a commission to increase production capacity. President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the European partners, saying that this is a strategic step that gives confidence in the unity and future victory over the terrorist state.
Putin and Xi Jinping start talks in the Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping began three-day talks in the Kremlin. The main program is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21st. However, already on the first day of the visit, shares of Chinese companies collapsed. The fall affected almost all sectors of the economy, but most of all affected the sale of alcohol, tourism and pharmaceuticals.
On the eve of his visit to Moscow, Xi Jinping published an article on Sino-Russian relations, in which he expressed confidence in the possibility of a peaceful settlement of the “conflict” between Russia and Ukraine. In turn, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine stated that the surrender or complete withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine should be the first item in the PRC plan.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping that he “respects” China’s position on Ukraine. “We are always open to the negotiation process. We will discuss, of course, all these issues, including your initiative, which we certainly respect,” the head of the Kremlin said.
The United States called China’s “peace plan” an attempt to freeze the war in Ukraine. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken urged the world community not to accept China’s “peace plan”. With such initiatives, the PRC may try to freeze the war in Ukraine.
The United States announced a new aid package for the Armed Forces
The US authorities have decided to allocate 34 tranches of military assistance to Ukraine in the amount of $350 million. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said. According to him, this package of military assistance includes ammunition for US-provided HIMARS installations and howitzers, as well as for Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, HARM missiles, anti-tank weapons, river boats and other military equipment.
Putin put forward a condition for the extension of the grain deal, the Foreign Ministry responded
Russian President Vladimir Putin again threatened to terminate the grain corridor if “Moscow’s key requirements are not met.” The Russian Federation insists on a “package nature and full compliance with the requirements of the” grain agreement “. The head of the Kremlin claims that most of the grain along the Black Sea corridor goes to the” well-fed countries of Europe “and not to Africa. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that Putin is spreading misinformation about the export of grain to “well-fed countries” in order to disrupt the “grain deal.” The representative of the Ukrainian department stressed that the information voiced by Putin is manipulative and aimed at disrupting the Black Sea Grain Initiative.
World justice ministers meet in London to discuss warrant for Putin’s arrest
Ministers of Justice from various countries of the world met in London to discuss support for the International Criminal Court’s investigation of war crimes against Russians in Ukraine. They decided to provide $4.9 million to support the investigations.
Caliber missiles destroyed in Crimea – GUR
In the temporarily occupied Dzhankoy, on the evening of March 20, Russian Kalibr missiles were destroyed during their transportation. This was reported by the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. Before that, social networks reported on the explosions of Dzhankoy.
Gas prices at a new low in Europe
Natural gas prices in Europe fell below $450 per thousand cubic meters amid warming. This is evidenced by the data of the London Stock Exchange ICE. Thus, futures at the TTF hub in the Netherlands fell by 7% to 39.8 euros per megawatt-hour. Prices fell below 40 euros per MWh for the first time since July 2021.
Germany sent Marder infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine, and Norway – Leopard tanks
Germany has begun deliveries of Marder infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine. This was stated by Defense Minister Boris Pistorius. According to him, Marder BMPs are on their way. And the Norwegian Ministry of Defense reported that they had handed over eight Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. They were delivered to the Ukrainian military using An-124 Ruslan aircraft.
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