“the situation is dangerous”The Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Thursday launched before the UN Security Council his demand for access to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which Moscow and Kiev accuse each other of bombing. The Spanish and Portuguese governments on Friday enthusiastically welcomed German Chancellor Olaf Schulz’s comments in favor of a gas pipeline linking the Iberian Peninsula with Central Europe. Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky, whose country is chairing the Council of the European Union, said on Friday that the European Union would discuss a visa ban for all Russians to punish Moscow for the war in Ukraine at the end of August. Here is information about the Ukrainian conflict to remember from Friday, August 12, the 172nd day of the war.
Zaporizhia nuclear power plant: “The time is dangerous,” says the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency before the UN Security Council. “the situation is dangerous”The Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Thursday launched before the UN Security Council his demand for access to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which Moscow and Kiev accuse each other of bombing. “The situation is serious and the IAEA must be authorized to carry out its mission in Zaporizhia as soon as possible.”said Rafael Grossi, speaking by video link during this emergency meeting of the Security Council.
Spain and Portugal strongly support the idea of building a gas pipeline connecting them with Central Europe. The Spanish and Portuguese governments on Friday enthusiastically welcomed German Chancellor Olaf Schulz’s statements in favor of a gas pipeline connecting the Iberian Peninsula with Central Europe, in the context of the energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine. This gas pipeline “priority” On the position of Portugal and Olaf Schultz on Thursday “Reinforces pressure on European institutions” To push this file forward, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa told the press. ‘Portugal can play an important role’ To help make Europe “energy self-sufficiency” As for Russia, said Antonio Costa, whose country has a major deep-sea port in Sines (south) with a gas station.
The first UN ship is scheduled to dock in Ukraine on Friday to collect grain. The World Food Program said that the first ship chartered by the United Nations to transport Ukrainian grain aimed at supporting humanitarian aid operations around the world is scheduled to dock in Ukraine on Friday. The ship MV Brave Commander, which left Istanbul on Wednesday, is scheduled to arrive in Yuzhny, east of Odessa, on the shores of the Black Sea, to pick up grain purchased by the World Food Program. “This is the first delivery of humanitarian food aid under the Black Sea Grain Initiative”WFP spokesperson, Thompson Phiri, said during a regular press conference in Geneva.
EU: Visa ban for all Russians to be discussed at the end of August. Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky, whose country is chairing the Council of the European Union, said on Friday that the European Union would discuss a visa ban for all Russians to punish Moscow for the war in Ukraine at the end of August. This measure, demanded by the Ukrainian authorities, divides the European Union. European sanctions must be adopted unanimously by the 27 countries. “A comprehensive ban on Russian visas by all EU member states could be another very effective punishment against Russia”Jan Lebowski defended. The Minister will speak with his counterparts during an informal meeting at the end of August in Prague. “In this period of Russian aggression, which the Kremlin continues to intensify, there can be no question of tourism as usual for Russian citizens”he argued.
Russian aluminum giant Rusal is subject to sanctions. The Russian aluminum giant Rusal said, on Friday, that it was affected by international sanctions, especially what caused the slowdown in Russian demand, announcing a sharp decline in its net profit in the first half. Net profit fell 16.7% in the first half year on year to $1.68 billion, according to figures released Friday in a statement. The group founded by oligarch Oleg Deripaska indicates this “The heightened geopolitical tensions since February 2022 have significantly increased volatility in the commodity and currency markets.”. These tensions are caused by the Russian attack on Ukraine that has been going on since February 24 and the international sanctions against Moscow that followed “Negatively affected the activities of Russian companies in various sectors of the economy, which led to a decrease in the demand for aluminum in Russia”according to a press release.