April 11, 2024 Ukraine and the World – Against russia’s Aggression. Sanctions in Action

4/11/2024
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Germany has handed over another batch of military aid to Ukraine, which included 6 thousand 155 mm artillery rounds, 16 Vector and 30 RQ-35 Heidrun reconnaissance UAVs, 30 anti-UAV systems, 70 infrared cameras, 680 MK556 assault rifles, 120 CR308 rifles, 50 HLR338 sniper rifles, 1 Warthog tracked command all-terrain vehicle, 2 WISENT 1 mine-clearance vehicles, 11 mobile mine-clearance systems, 3 mine trawls, 24 outboard motors, one million small arms rounds, 5,000 detonators.

According to the German government, three quarters of German arms exports go to Ukraine.

“…It is inconceivable that we could not provide them, given that Western armies have about 100 Patriot batteries. And yet we cannot provide the 7 they (Ukrainians) are desperately asking for”, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell criticized the West for delaying aid to Ukraine. Also, chief of EU diplomacy  Josep Borrell said that russia should leave the ZNPP.

Ukraine and Portugal plan to start negotiations on the conclusion of a bilateral security agreement in the near future.

Ukraine and the United Kingdom have signed a framework agreement on cooperation in defense and industrial issues.

UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron during his visit to the USA, once again called on American lawmakers to unblock the aid package for Ukraine. At the same time, Cameron said that he sees progress in the discussion of how to use blocked russian assets in the G7 countries for the benefit of Ukraine.

The US Department of State has greenlighted an emergency $138 million in foreign military sales to provide critical repairs and spare parts for Ukraine’s Hawk missile systems.

“Ukraine can win the war (with the rf)”, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said. The head of the Pentagon also called on Congress to approve a package of additional funding for Ukraine. At the same time, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken reminded the US House of Representatives that the bill with the support for our country “is urgent and absolutely necessary”.

According to Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden  Tobias Billström, eight countries of Northern Europe and the Baltics will form a group of experts who will help Ukraine at the negotiation stage of the EU accession process.

The European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade has approved the extension for one year of the agreement on duty-free trade in food products with Ukraine.

Switzerland intends to strengthen the economic development and long-term reconstruction of Ukraine over the next twelve years – by  2036,  it is planned to allocate a total of 5 billion Swiss francs (over EUR 5 billion) for this purpose.

Over the past two years, the Ukraine Energy Support Fund has attracted more than EUR 410 million from 13 countries-partners and international organizations.

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Vice President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis has confirmed that the EU has started work on the 14th package of anti-russian sanctions.

“If you are strong, you will restrain them (the russians). If you want to have peace with the rf, be strong”, Minister of Defence of Lithuania Laurynas Kasčiūnas called on NATO allies to increase defense spending to at least 2% of gross domestic product. Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sánchez also called for increased investment in EU defense.

The USA has imposed sanctions on six Chinese companies, two from the UAE and three from the rf, including “odk-star”, “delta aero” and “aerosila”. It was emphasized that russian companies are engaged in the purchase of aerospace components used for the production of iranian Shahed drones. The Bureau of Industry and Security of the US Department of Commerce believes that this is facilitated by the Chinese company Shenzhen Jiasibo Technology, which is also included in the “black list”.

For reasons of national security, the United States plans to ban the use of the russian “kaspersky lab” software by American companies and citizens.

The government of Spain will cancel the “golden visa” program, a scheme that allowed foreigners to receive a three-year residence permit in the country in exchange for an investment of EUR 500,000 or more. According to the Spanish government, more than 14,500 visas were issued between 2013 and 2023. Chinese and russian citizens became the main recipients of “golden visas” related to the purchase of real estate. Many EU countries have already scrapped such investment schemes, and the European Commission stated that issuing “golden visas” and “golden passports” “opens the door to corruption, money laundering and tax evasion”.

valery lazarev, accused of attacking a boy with a Ukrainian flag, has been sentenced to two years of actual imprisonment in Latvia.

rosneft has announced an “unreasonable increase in the tax burden on the oil industry” and asked the authorities to cancel the use of russian oil urals quotations in European ports for calculating oil taxes. At the same time, the government of the rf believes that in the conditions of the difficult filling of the budget of russia, the revision of the formula for calculating oil taxes is impractical.

In the rf, at the legislative level, state authorities have been obliged to buy (and not receive for free, as it was before) from “roskosmos”  the data of remote sensing of the Earth; only the ministry of defense will be provided with  the data of remote sensing of the Earth free of charge. At the same time, market participants believe that such a decision “will limit competition and innovation in this industry”.

According to the russian research holding “romir”, in the first week of April, the average receipt for the purchase of goods of daily demand was by 23.8% more than a year ago, and by 21.7% – a week earlier.

Due to the increase in the price of trips to foreign resorts for russians and the closure of tourist trips to most European countries, russians began to travel in the rf. At the same time, according to the latest survey of the all-russian center for studying public opinion, “the traditional problem of domestic tourism remains the discrepancy between  recreation and expectations, the lack of high quality infrastructure and the high cost of trips in the rf”.

In the khanty-mansi autonomous okrug, they promised to send stray dogs to help the occupiers in the zone of the “special military operation”.

The rb could not get to the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, where its representatives have been present since 2010. At the vote, Albania and Latvia were elected to the Commission from the Eastern European group.

In March, prices for paid services in the rf increased by 7.1% year-on-year (to the same month of 2023). Food products rose in price by 6.2%, and non-food products – by 3.5%. According to economists, if prices continue to grow at such rates, there is a risk that inflation will exceed the government's forecast of 6% at the end of the year.

The committee on healthcare of the minsk city executive committee has stated that only doctors of the first and highest qualification categories are planned to work in the capital's private medical centers. However, the committee does not know where to find so many high-class medical professionals.

Authorities of the rb are replacing belarusian doctors who left with migrants.