Moscow turns off the gas: 'Supplies will resume only if the sanctions are lifted'. And Gazprom looks to the Asian market

Moscow announces that it will no longer send gas to Europe until the sanctions are lifted: Gazprom is already evaluating the Asian market. The last reactor in operation in Zaporizhzhia disconnected from the Ukrainian network

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Gazprom accelerates gas exports to Asia: it will no longer send gas to Europe until sanctions are lifted. The EU replies: 'Support for Ukraine continues whatever the blackmail'. The last reactor of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was disconnected from the Ukrainian grid. From Kiev alarm to citizens of occupied areas: 'Set up bunkers and stock up on water'. Moscow updates the blacklist of undesirables: there are also Sean Penn and Ben Stiller. - Photo | video

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WAR FRONT - The Kiev counter-offensive in Donetsk continues to reap success. This was stated by the Ukrainian General Staff on Facebook, according to which Zelensky's army has faced 25 Russian missile attacks and more than 22 air strikes against military targets. Local emergency services, on the other hand, denounce a raid against Karpiv, district of Kryvorizk, in the south-eastern Ukrainian region of Dnipropetrovsk, where an oil depot was centered in the evening: the fuel stocks that had been stored there were destroyed. Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the president, appeals to the population on Twitter: “The inhabitants of the territories temporarily occupied by the Russians, including Crimea, must follow the recommendations of the officials during the liberation of the areas. In particular, we invite them to set up bunkers, stock up on sufficient water and charge the power banks ”. The pro-Russian referendum in the Kherson region has been suspended, as the head of the occupation administration Kiril Stremooussov says on TV: 'We were ready for the vote, we wanted to organize the referemdum soon, but due to the events in progress I think we will take a break for the moment'. Moscow is also watching carefully what is happening in Afghanistan, where a bomb on its embassy in Kabul caused 25 deaths. Kremlin Foreign Minister Sergej Lavrov said: “A series of measures were immediately taken to strengthen the protection of the external perimeter. Additional forces from the Taliban authorities have been deployed and the intelligence and counter-intelligence capabilities of Afghanistan have been used. ' And the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, added: “We are certainly talking about a terrorist attack. We strongly condemn such terrorist attacks. Of course, the main thing to do now is to receive information from where our representatives, our diplomats are located ”.

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THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT - The report by Rafael Grossi, director general of the IAEA, on the inspection of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is awaited for today in Vienna: an international team of experts found it 'violated in its integrity'. In a telephone conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky, Emmanuel Macron reiterated 'the need to preserve the safety of the nuclear power plant, which can only happen with a withdrawal of Russian forces'. Meanwhile, the last reactor in operation at the plant has been disconnected from the Ukrainian electricity grid.

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GAZPROM STAY CLOSED - And, as most feared, Gazprom will not reopen gas flows to Europe for reasons that are political and not related to breakdowns and maintenance. Peskov himself admitted this and, while recalling that a turbine continues to fail, tells reporters: “The reasons that led to the suspension of the Nord Stream pipeline have not disappeared and are attributable to the sanctions against Russia. Only one unit remained in operation, and it is not working properly, failures occur. This leads to the interruption of pumping through the Nord Stream. With the sanctions in force it cannot be done otherwise ”. During the night, more became known: Gazprom is considering speeding up the redirection of gas supplies from west to east. This was said by the Russian Energy Minister, Nikolay Shulginov, explaining that 'the materials to start the construction of the gas pipeline to China through Mongolia are almost ready'. Moscow also sees the markets of Africa and the Middle East as promising. The EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, at the end of the EU-Ukraine Association Council, does not shift the objectives in the slightest: 'The European Union will continue to support Ukraine, whatever the threat, blackmail that Russia can do about it. We will provide our support, political, financial, humanitarian and military, for as long as necessary and for what is necessary ”.

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UNWANTED ACTORS - Two other novelties arrive from Moscow. The first is the sentence of the journalist Ivan Safronov to 22 years in prison. He was accused of high treason and his trial took place behind closed doors. The second change concerns the updating of the Moscow blacklist, or the list of people who are forbidden to enter Russia. Among the 25 people added (politicians, officials and entrepreneurs) there are also two Hollywood stars: Sean Penn and Ben Stiller.