Will Putin turn off Moldova’s gas taps?
29 October 2021 | 12:29 pm
Moldova has declared a state of emergency amid skyrocketing gas prices, after Russia decreased its exports of natural gas. It's not the first time the Kremlin has used its resources for political leverage.
Russia's president has said banning oil imports from his country would be impossible for some dependent European states, after the EU failed to reach consensus to impose the measure.
Russian President Vladimir Putin visited wounded soldiers from the war in Ukraine for the first time on May 25. Following this visit to a Moscow hospital, users claimed that Putin used secret service bodyguards as extras to pose as "'injured soldiers" as he's extremely paranoid about his safety. Is there any truth to these claims? We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
A decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin stipulates that Western countries must start paying for gas through a Russian bank that will transfer foreign currency into rubles.
Macky Sall has told the Russian leader the ban on grain and fertilizer is causing a food crisis on the African continent. Russia says the blame lies elsewhere.
With the war in Ukraine now in its 100th day, we focus on the situation in Transnistria, a small breakaway region of Moldova on Ukraine’s south-western border. Western countries suspect the region of acting as a rear base for the Russian military. The separatist enclave, which has claimed its independence since the fall of the Soviet Union, is located near the strategic Ukrainian port city of Odesa on the Black Sea. Our reporter Lauriane Dherbecourt gained rare access to Transnistria, which for now refuses to take part in the conflict in Ukraine. She discovered a land whose people are torn between East and West.
We take a look at how the papers are treating Vladimir Putin's threat of more air strikes across Ukraine. We also find out how the papers are covering former French PM Manuel Valls's latest political defeat and his adieu to Twitter. The Spanish press is widely congratulating Rafael Nadal on his 14th French Open win, but Mediapart tells us of the tournament’s dark side. Finally, after the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, British PM Boris Johnson is fighting for his political life.
Marco Buschmann told DW that Germany is collecting evidence against Putin and others for war crimes prosecutions. He said a structural investigation has been opened to collect evidence in Russia's war of aggression.
Austria's Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg speaks to FRANCE 24 about the latest comments by the Russian president that his country needs to "take back" lands that were once claimed by Russia – saying that Vladimir Putin "will probably never stop" denying the existence of Ukraine.
The German government is planning to expand the powers of its antitrust authorities. The move comes after recent measures to compensate for rising gasoline prices have turned into a profit windfall for oil companies.
Already-strained global gas supplies have been shaken once again. An LNG terminal in Texas will remain offline for longer than expected after a fire last week, while Russia's Gazprom has said it's cutting supplies to Europe by some 40 percent. Also in the show: investors look ahead to a possible 0.75% interest rate hike as the US Federal Reserve tries to rein in spiralling inflation, and farmers in Ukraine worry about this year's harvest.
"What a special moment," European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said after signing the gas memorandum. Europe is looking for alternate sources of energy since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
An Italian energy firm says the Russian company is slashing its deliveries by 50%. France's gas operator says it has not received any natural gas from Russia via its pipeline from Germany for more than a month.
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