April 13, 2024 Ukraine and the World – Against russia’s Aggression. Sanctions in Action

4/13/2024
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The government of the Netherlands has decided during the year 2024 to transfer an additional EUR 400 million to Ukraine for defence against russia’s full-scale invasion. In total, the country's budget for this year allocated about EUR 2 billion for Ukraine for military support, rehabilitation of servicemen and reconstruction. The current government also budgeted EUR 1.5 billion to support Ukraine in 2025. The funds are part of an effort to increase defense spending to meet NATO's 2% of GDP target.

Norway is ready to transfer 22 F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine as part of the “fighter coalition”. With the consent of the USA, engines, auxiliary materials, aerobatic simulators and other relevant equipment will also be delivered to Ukraine.

President of Poland Andrzej Duda has promised to work out the issue of transferring soviet-era air-defense missiles to Ukraine.

Prime Minister of Poland Donald Tusk believes that the West should use all blocked russian assets to help Ukraine, not just excess profits from them. According to him, the government of Estonia supports this proposal. The Co-Leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany Lars Klingbeil also advocates the use of frozen russian assets, in particular for the purchase of weapons for Ukraine.

President of Moldova Maya Sandu, at a meeting with Minister of Defence of the Netherlands Kajsa Ollongren, called for supplying Ukraine with more air defense systems.

Ukraine and Slovakia have reached an agreement on the joint production and provision of ready-made engineering equipment for demining to our country.

Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Christopher Cavoli believes that the provision of the necessary assistance, primarily artillery ammunition, is the key to Ukraine's victory in the war, which is increasingly becoming a competition between the industrial military complexes of the adversaries.

On April 15, in Sofia, Ukraine and Bulgaria will hold the Second Black Sea Security Conference of the International Crimean Platform, with participation of 42 countries and 8 international organizations.

Chief of EU diplomacy Josep Borrell has said that he expects “bold decisions” for Ukraine from the joint meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense of the EU countries on April 22. “Words alone will not stop putin. We must deliver more military support (to Ukraine)...”, Borrell stressed.

“We will be at the meeting proposed by Switzerland, we will be with all the countries that want lasting peace, that is, peace that respects international law and rules”, said President of France Emmanuel Macron regarding his country's participation in the Peace Summit.

Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz has assured that the government of Germany welcomes the upcoming summit on Ukraine in Switzerland and is trying to help attract as many participants as possible to it.

Ukraine and Poland are negotiating a bilateral security agreement.

The Czech Republic intends to sign a security agreement with Ukraine in May-June.

The EU is preparing to approve Ukraine's reform plan in May, which will unlock the additional payment of EUR 1.9 billion of EU financial aid to our country at the end of spring.

“What Ukraine is doing is self-defense. Ukraine strikes military targets that directly provide fuel for combat vehicles that destroy people and homes in Ukraine”, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Margus Tsakhna said regarding attacks on russian oil refineries.

Greenpeace of Germany has concluded that russian armed forces are deliberately using the Zaporizhzhia NPP as a shield and part of the route during Shahed UAV attacks on communities in Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhia regions in recent months. Greenpeace is concerned that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again failed to identify russia and rosatom as the real reason for numerous nuclear safety risks at the plant.

Ukraine and Montenegro have agreed on “transport visa-free regime” for freight transportation between the countries from June 1, 2024.

White House Press Secretary Karin Jean-Pierre has called on the House of Representatives of the US Congress to take immediate steps to pass a bipartisan national security bill so that Ukraine could get more air defense systems.

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Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander de Croo has announced an investigation into russia's attempts to interfere in the elections to the European Parliament. Belgium’s Prosecutor's Office, based on data provided by intelligence services, is already investigating the rf’s possible interference in the upcoming elections to the European Parliament.

Minister of Defence of the FRG Boris Pistorius compared the war of putin's russia against Ukraine with the annexation of Czechoslovakia by Hitler's Germany in 1938 and pointed out that Europe should prepare for the rf’s possible attack.

The Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs of Latvia has obliged 27 citizens of the rf, who did not comply with the requirements of the amendments to the law on immigration and did not submit any documents for obtaining a residence permit in Latvia, to leave the country.

The countries of the European Union successfully survived the winter without russian gas: gas storages in the EU are almost 60% full as of the end of the heating season in 2024.

“As the Minister of the Interior, I have no other choice but to propose to the Riigikogu (Parliament) to declare the moscow patriarchate a terrorist organization and one that supports terrorism in its activities”, said Minister of the Interior of Estonia Lauri Läänemets. The Minister explained the need to ban the church by the fact that the russian orthodox church is subordinate to putin, who, in fact, controls terrorist activities in the world.

The Japanese companies Mitsui, Tajima Lumber and Tajima Kosan have left the list of co-owners of one of the largest russian lumber production enterprises, “tm-baikal” (irkutsk region).

In 2022-2023, the American pharmaceutical company MSD reduced the supply of medicines to russia by 25%, which resulted in its partner “msd pharmaceuticals” losing 37% of its profits in 2023 alone. In 2023, MSD was supplying 29 life-saving medications to russia (in 2022 – 38), while no longer registering new developments in russia.

The administration of the Finnish city of Kuopio will not extend the lease for the land for the oil depot of lukoil's subsidiary “teboil”, the lease expires at the end of 2024, the oil depot has been operating for more than 50 years.

According to the International Energy Agency, in March, exports of russian oil and oil products decreased by 20% to $9.3 billion.

Serbia rejects the russian fighter jets it had been buying since the soviet era and is switching to French Rafale aircrafts.

Turkish Airlines has canceled flights from tumen to Antalya for the summer season.

Between January and March, the average sea delivery time for cargo from the UAE to russia increased from 25 to 52 days. As of April, the transit time from the Jabal Ali port to novorossiysk is 45-50 days, and to st. petersburg – 65 days. The time for unloading a vessel in Jabal Ali increased from one to five days, and for loading it increased to two days. The cost of shipping between the rf and the UAE in the first quarter increased by 40% compared to last year.

Since the end of March, Chinese banks have been blocking payments from russian companies for components for electronics assembly. The first such cases in December concerned mainly finished products. Now transfers for components for servers, storage systems, and laptops are being blocked. China is actually the only supplier of components to russia, but banking institutions fear secondary sanctions, which could add to the rf's problems with procurement.

OCSiAl, “rosnano”’s portfolio company that produced single-walled carbon nanotubes, has moved its production assets and intellectual property abroad. In 2022, the company accounted for about 90% of the global market for these products, which are used, among other things, as an additive to metals to produce superconducting materials.

Against the background of problems with petrol in the rf, the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan has prepared a draft order under which the retail price of petrol and diesel for foreign citizens will increase in order to avoid the flow of fuel and its “grey” export.

Officials of rostov region will have to use “moskvich”s: the city council has announced its intention to buy 15 “moskvich-6” cars, and the scientific and research anti-plague institute – “moskvich-3”.

By his decree, putin increased the maximum number of the central apparatus of the ministry of defense of the rf by 2,460 people – to 13,200 people (without security and building maintenance personnel).

The shops of the large Dutch chain Spar have closed in minsk.

minselkhozprod of the rb has increased the minimum export prices for milk and cream for the russian market by another 5 russian rubles. Now their price will be at least 345 russian rubles per kilogram.

The council of ministers of the rb has introduced licensing for the export of grain and oil crops both to the EAEU countries and beyond for another six months. Export is allowed only with one-time licenses.

The ministry of labor of the rb has suggested that belarusians living and working abroad pay 29% of their income for pension insurance. However, in order to get the opportunity to pay contributions to the fund of social protection of the population, one will have to come to the rb and register in person at the district department of the territorial body of the fund of social protection of the population at one’s place of residence.