Gold, oil prices surge as Putin orders troops to Ukraine
23 February 2022 | 9:30 am
Global stock markets have taken a beating as investors rush for safe havens amid an escalation in geopolitical tensions over Ukraine. Russian stocks and bonds as well as the ruble are among the biggest losers.
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In an interview with FRANCE 24, Russia's Permanent Representative to the European Union denied that the six Russian naval ships in the Black Sea have anything to do with Ukraine. Vladimir A. Chizhov also insisted that Moscow has no intention to make a move on Ukrainian territory and reiterated that the Kremlin is committed to a diplomatic outcome to the crisis.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken directly with US President Joe Biden, in the latest attempt to defuse tensions. The call comes as more and more governments tell their citizens to leave Ukraine.
The week began with Emmanuel Macron heading to Moscow for what he hopes will be the start of the long road to de-escalation over Ukraine.
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Fears that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could be imminent have sent jitters across global stock markets. In Europe, Paris's CAC 40 and Germany's DAX both fell more than 3 percent at midday. Russia's main stock market also saw a sharp decline, adding to last week's sell-off. Plus, after two years grappling with changes to their careers, a growing number of people in France are turning to the real estate sector to start a completely new job.
The German press discusses the stakes for German Chancellor Olaf Scholz as he heads to Ukraine and Russia. We also take a look at some cartoons. Meanwhile, the papers are discussing the rap-focused Super Bowl halftime show and how it "sticks it" to the NFL. We also find out why some Ugandan schools are closing for good. Finally, it's Valentine's Day and the press explains why kissing is good for us.
Dutch airline KLM announced on Saturday that it is canceling flights into Ukraine, a move that comes amid heightened tensions between Moscow and Kyiv. The airline said the decision was made after “an extensive safety analysis,” noting that it followed “adjusted travel advice to code red.”
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