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Putin and Lukašenko ready to launch new Russian-Belarusian union | Source: Asia News

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukašenko and his “big brother” Vladimir Putin are ready to launch the long-awaited union between Russia and Belarus. The agreements will permit the formation of a single gas and fuel market. Belarus (a buffer country between Russia and Western Europe, close to the Baltic States) has always purchased Russian oil and fuels at a low price, without export taxes, importing about 23 million tons of fuels each year.

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Poland will terminate gas supply contract with Russia | Source: The First News

Poland will no longer need Russian gas supplies delivered by the Yamal pipeline next October owing to the start of deliveries of North Sea gas via the new Baltic Pipe, through a Polish-Danish strategic gas infrastructure project, that will bring Norwegian gas to the Polish markets, and will help Poland diversify natural gas supplies.

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Russia, Belarus Start Joint Military Drills | Source: The Defense Post

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his Belarus’ counterpart Alexander Lukashenko walk in as they attend a session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 3, 2015.

Russia and Belarus kickstarted massive joint military drills on the EU’s border, closely monitored by NATO as tensions between Belarus and its western neighbors rise. The drills come a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin and his increasingly isolated Belarusian ally Alexander Lukashenko said they agreed to deepen the integration of their ex-Soviet countries, including in areas of defense.

Source: The Defense Post


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Russian Gazprom stock surges in Moscow as Nord Stream 2 construction completed | Source: RT

Gazprom stock increased in value by 1.48% shortly after Gazprom’s management announced that the construction of the gas pipeline had been fully completed, despite numerous roadblocks, with the US government threatening companies and states involved in the construction with sanctions. EU member states also persistently expressed disapproval of Nord Stream 2. Ukraine, which used to benefit from the transit of gas from Russia to Europe, is also opposing the project.

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Russia to be affected the most by EU carbon border tax | Source: Cyprus Mail

The world’s first carbon border tax proposed by the European Union is likely to hit Russia the hardest but leave Chinese trade relatively unscathed, according to a joint study by two European climate think tanks. The EU proposed in July a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), or CO2 tariff, on polluting goods from 2026, forcing some companies importing into the EU to pay carbon costs at the border on carbon-intensive products such as steel and aluminium.

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Russia is preparing for a hydrogen energy future | Source: Mint

The country’s plan to focus on hydrogen production over the long term attempts to take advantage of its ample renewable energy resources and adapt to an expected shift in the energy market amid efforts to cut carbon emissions. Russia made it clear that Russia would maintain its export position on the European market using blue hydrogen deliveries.

Source: Mint


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EU extends sanctions against Russia | Source: UA Wire

The European Union extended the economic sectoral sanctions against Russia for six months, for not ensuring the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, drawn-up by the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine, which consisted of representatives from Ukraine, Russia, and the OSCE.

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EU to open military training mission in Mozambique | Source: Anadolu Agency

The EU will open a training mission in Mozambique to train local forces in counter-terrorism operation. An armed group locally known as al-Shabaab has wreaked havoc in northern Mozambique since late 2017. The fighting has brought a $20 billion natural gas project led by oil giant Total to a grinding halt. The northern province is rich in natural gas.

Source: Anadolu Agency


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Lukashenko says Belarus wraps up major counterterrorism operation | Source: Tass

Belarusian president noted that there were attempts to destabilize and demoralize the Belarusian society through information means, as well as attempts to stage a color revolution and mock Belarusian symbols.

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Putin To Help Belarus Overcome EU Sanctions | Source: Telesur

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin promised to help President Alexander Lukashenko overcome the economic problems caused by European Union sanctions against Belarus. Last week, the EU imposed restrictions on Belarus’ trade in petroleum derivatives, among others.

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