“The hour is serious” in Zaporijjia, the ban on European visas for Russians soon to be discussed… Find the news of this August 12 on the war in Ukraine

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On the 172nd day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Spanish and Portuguese governments enthusiastically welcomed German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s statements in favor of a gas pipeline linking the Iberian Peninsula to Central Europe. A visa ban for all Russians to punish Moscow for the war in Ukraine will be discussed at the end of August by the European Union.

“The situation is serious”, launched the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Thursday before the UN Security Council, demanding access to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant that Moscow and Kyiv accuse each other of to have bombarded. The Spanish and Portuguese governments on Friday enthusiastically welcomed German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s statements in favor of a gas pipeline linking the Iberian Peninsula to central Europe. A visa ban for all Russians to punish Moscow for the war in Ukraine will be discussed by the European Union at the end of August, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky, whose country chairs the EU Council, said on Friday. . Here is the information of the Ukrainian conflict to remember from this Friday, August 12, 172nd day of war.

Zaporijjia nuclear power plant: “the hour is serious”, says the head of the IAEA to the UN Security Council. “The situation is serious”launched the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Thursday before the UN Security Council, demanding access to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant that Moscow and Kyiv accuse each other of to have bombarded. “The situation is serious and the IAEA must be authorized to carry out its mission in Zaporizhia as quickly as possible”said Rafael Grossi, speaking on video during this emergency meeting of the Security Council.

Spain and Portugal strongly support the idea of ​​a gas pipeline linking them to central Europe. The Spanish and Portuguese governments on Friday enthusiastically welcomed German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s statements in favor of a gas pipeline linking the Iberian Peninsula to central Europe, in a context of energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine. This gas pipeline is “a priority” for Portugal and Olaf Scholz’s position on Thursday “reinforces the pressure on the European institutions” to move this file forward, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa told the press. “Portugal can play an important role” to help make Europe “energy self-sufficient” vis-à-vis Russia, stressed Antonio Costa, whose country has a major deep-sea port in Sines (south) with a gas terminal.

A first UN ship is due to dock in Ukraine on Friday to collect grain. A first ship chartered by the United Nations to carry Ukrainian cereals intended to support its humanitarian aid operations around the world is due to dock in Ukraine on Friday, the World Food Program (WFP) said. The MV Brave Commander, which left Istanbul on Wednesday, is due to arrive in Youzhne, east of Odessa, on the shores of the Black Sea, to then pick up the cereals purchased by the WFP. “This is the first delivery of humanitarian food aid under the Black Sea Grain Initiative”WFP spokesman Tomson Phiri told a regular press briefing in Geneva.

EU: a visa ban for all Russians discussed at the end of August. A visa ban for all Russians to punish Moscow for the war in Ukraine will be discussed by the European Union at the end of August, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky, whose country chairs the EU Council, said on Friday. . The measure, demanded by the Ukrainian authorities, divides the EU. European sanctions must be adopted unanimously by the Twenty-Seven. “The total ban on Russian visas by all EU member states could be another very effective sanction against Russia”, pleaded Jan Lipavsky. The minister will sound out 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 hit by sanctions. The Russian aluminum giant Rusal said on Friday that it was affected by international sanctions, in particular causing sluggish Russian demand, announcing a sharp decline in 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. Founded by oligarch Oleg Deripaska, the group points out that “growing geopolitical tensions since February 2022 have significantly increased volatility in commodity and currency markets”. These tensions caused by the Russian offensive in Ukraine in progress since February 24 and the international sanctions against Moscow which followed it “have negatively affected the activities of Russian companies in different sectors of the economy, leading to a drop in demand for aluminum in Russia”according to the press release.

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