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euractiv | MEPs, Ukraine representatives call for oil embargo and broader sanctions, 20 Apr "rational system of govenment"
"The last five packages didn't work," said MEP Witold Jan Waszczykowski (European Conservatives and Reformists), chair of the European Parliament's committee tasked with liaising with Ukraine's legislative.
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However, high energy prices and the continued purchase of Russian gas and oil in the first quarter of 2022 led Russia to the highest current account surplus in recent history, according to last week's data from the Central Bank of Russia.
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Moreover, several MEPs expressed concerns over Russia's capacity to circumvent sanctions through partnerships [sic] with [165] third countries, in particular China.
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However, the oil embargo [sic] would have a damaging impact on the economies of the [EU] member states that largely depend on Russia for their imports, such as Germany and Italy. To limit such impact, Renew MEPs called on the Commission and the EEAS for compensation measures[?] to support these EU member states
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While they welcomed the EU's "ambitious plan" to impose an oil embargo [sic], Ukraine representatives invited to the debate called on the EU to focus on other forms of sanctions as well, like roaming and cyber sanctions.

Ban Russian cultural institutions

Moreover, culture should be included in the sanction regime, said Olena Khomenko, chair of [Ukraine's] sub-committee on External Economic Relations and Efficient Use of International Aid of the Verkhovna Rada.

archived Farewell, Global Gateway
by Cat on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 10:30:25 PM EST
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We are going for a win!

Johnson en route to India ...

Boris Johnson casts doubt on possibility of negotiated peace in Ukraine

"I really don't see how the Ukrainians can easily sit down and come to some kind of accommodation," he added. "How can you negotiate with a crocodile when it's got your leg in its jaws?"

Instead, Johnson said Nato would "keep going with the strategy" of supplying Ukraine with weapons to defend itself.

England does not negotiate ...

Rees-Mogg: The UK will "reform" the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol if the EU will not, he warned, raising the possibility of a dramatic intervention after the assembly elections in a fortnight's time.

The Brexit opportunities minister said he could not reveal any more due to the sensitivities of the Stormont election in Northern Ireland.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 10:53:39 PM EST
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Earth Day 2022 Ration messages, collected by Off-Guardian, 22 Apr
"Do we want to have peace or do we want to have the air conditioning on?"
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"This Earth Day, We Could Be Helping the Environment--and Ukraine"
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"During the Second World War, victory demanded more oil [...] In the wars dominating the globe today -- Putin's land grab in Ukraine, and the global land grab caused by rising sea levels and spreading deserts -- victory demands getting off fossil fuels as fast as we possibly can."
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"Everyone who can work from home could continue to do so, at least on, say, Mondays, knocking a day off the national commute. Carpools could be organized, taking special advantage of the fact that there are now two million electric cars on the road. More bike paths could be made available, and, when air-conditioning season begins, Americans could turn their thermostats up a degree."
by Cat on Fri Apr 22nd, 2022 at 08:35:23 PM EST
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