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Russian Government and Gazprom to continue hydrogen energy development | Source: Neftegaz.RU

Russian government and Gazprom signed an Agreement of Intent of «Development of hydrogen energy & decarbonization of industry and transport on the basis of natural gas». Russia is signalling its interest in joining the global hydrogen race, taking advantage of a favourable geographical position allowing for exports of hydrogen to areas featuring likely centres for its consumption in Europe and in the Asia-Pacific region. Hydrogen is one of the most promising energy sources of the future, and a potential alternative to fossil fuels

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Russia Calls on EU to Give Up on Deployment of Military Mission in Ukraine | Source: Fars News

The EU and Ukrainian leaders were considering the possibility of establishing the EU military training mission as well as further participation of Ukrainian servicemen in the EU foreign missions. The initiative, which directly contradicts the Minsk agreements, will contribute to Ukraine’s militarization as well as the escalation of the Donbass conflict, Russia warned.  

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Russia concerned with US, EU interference in internal affairs of Belarus, says Lavrov | Source: TASS

Russia is concerned with the continual brazen interference of the United States and the European Union in the internal affairs of Belarus, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. After the presidential elections in Belarus in August 2020, a number of European countries and the US did not recognize the election results and deemed that the actions of Belarusian law enforcement against protesters were excessive. Against this background, the West has repeatedly imposed sanctions and other restrictions aimed at Belarus.

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Russia offers to ease Europe’s gas crisis, with strings attached | Source: Energy Voice

Russia could potentially export record volumes of gas to Europe to ease prices and help stabilise the situation in the continent, after European benchmark gas surge 40% in a few minutes. With winter fast approaching and a stunning energy price surge pummelling Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin chose an opportune moment to use his country’s leverage as an oil and gas superpower.

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Gazprom cuts gas to EU via Belarus by 70 percent | Source: EU Observer

Russian firm Gazprom is continuing to reduce gas supplies to Europe via Belarus, potentially aggravating tense market conditions. The new figures come after supplies via the Yamal pipeline, which runs from Russia via Belarus to Poland, fell by half last week. Analysts, such as US investment bank Goldman Sachs, have said the Yamal cuts could lead to higher gas prices in winter.

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Russia using gas-price crisis to bully EU, Ukraine says | Source: EU Observer

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Russia is manipulating gas prices to force EU concessions on energy security, Ukraine has warned, adding that Russia is really manipulating prices to make them use Nord Stream 2 (Russia’s new gas pipeline to Germany) to stabilise the prices’. Russia is pushing to operate the pipeline as its own monopoly, harming EU energy security by enabling it to cut gas to Western allies such as Poland and Ukraine in future.

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Russia to send air defense missile systems to Serbia amid escalation on Kosovo border | Source: UA Wire

Russia will deploy air defense forces to Serbia for joint military exercises, which will be held in October amid the escalation in Kosovo. Kosovo police units were dispatched to two border crossings in the north of the country, home to predominantly ethnic Serbs who do not recognize the government in Pristina.

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China to Form Two Rare Earth Giants to Strengthen Pricing Power | Source: BLOOMBERG

China is planning to create two rare earth mining giants in an effort to gain better pricing power in global markets. Beijing has been restructuring the industry for years, to maintain its dominance in the production of the strategic metals, of which it controls 70%, as the U.S. and Europe look to develop their own production and supply chains and diversify away from China.

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Gazprom Rejects Gas Transit Increase as Europe Faces Winter Fuel Crisis | Source: The Moscow Times

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Russian gas giant Gazprom has turned down an option to maximize gas shipments to Europe as the continent faces a looming energy crisis amid surging natural gas prices. The decision sparked a further surge in wholesale gas prices in Europe, which have doubled over the last two months. Politicians in both Europe and the U.S. have criticized Gazprom, sensing a geopolitical move by Russia. The price surge comes at a crucial time in energy relations between the EU and Russia. Gazprom’s controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has just been completed and is awaiting certification by German regulators.

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EU launches ‘Global Gateway’ to counter China’s Belt and Road | Source: Politico

The European Union will launch “Global Gateway” as a scheme to compete with China’s Belt and Road Initiative — the massive, geopolitically influential network of infrastructure and transport investments that Beijing uses to link its exporters to western markets. The priority would be for the EU to discuss connectivity projects with Africa during a regional summit in February. China has been criticized by the West for extending its strategic reach and creating debt dependence through its multibillion-dollar infrastructure and investment scheme.

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