The Russian President, Vladimir Putinvisit “In time” the region of Donbas in eastern Ukraine, which it claims to have annexed, the Kremlin told Russian news agencies on Saturday.
“This will happen in due time, of course. This is a region of the Russian Federation”said the Kremlin spokesman provocatively, Dmitry Peskovwithout indicating when it might happen.
The official also stated that Russia “will not accept the imposition” of a maximum price for its oil decided by the Western powers to limit the financial means of their offensive in Ukraine.
“We will not accept that limit”, declared Peskov, quoted by Russian agencies, to which the Russian ambassador to international organizations in Vienna added, Mikhail Ulyanovwho assured that Russia will stop supplying oil to Europe this year.
“Starting this year, Europe will live without Russian oil. Moscow has already made it clear that it will NOT supply oil to countries that support price caps against the market,” he commented, adding that “very soon, the EU will blame Russia for using oil as a weapon.”
For its part, Ukraine predicted this Saturday that the oil price ceiling decided by the Western powers will sink Russia and called on the population toendure” the privations imposed by the bombardments against their energy plants.
“We always achieve our goal and Russia’s economy will be destroyed, and Russia will have to take responsibility for all its crimes,” the presidential chief of staff in kyiv said on Telegram. Andriy Yermak.
The 27 countries of the European Union (EU), the G7 of the most advanced economies and Australia agreed on Friday to impose a maximum price of 60 dollars a barrel of oil from Russia, the world’s second largest exporter of fuel.
The measure will take effect on Monday, along with an EU embargo on Russian crude, in a new twist to the sanctions applied since President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to invade Ukraine on February 24.
The G7 (United States, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Japan) assured that it intends in this way “prevent Russia from gaining from its aggressive war against Ukraine” Y “support stability in global energy markets”.
Poland, a close ally of Ukraine, wanted the EU to impose a much lower cap to speed up the demolition of the Russian economy, and Yermak regretted that this had not happened.
“It would have had to be reduced to 30 dollars [el barril] to destroy it more quickly,” he wrote.
The Russian bombardments of the last weeks against the energy infrastructures of Ukraine have deprived millions of families of light, water and heatingat times of rapid cooling of temperatures due to the arrival of boreal winter.
“we have to hold on”, said the governor of the southern region of Mykolaiv, Vitaliy Kimon Telegram.
Putin considered that these bombings are “necessary and inevitable in the face of the provocative attacks from kyiv,” the Kremlin said on Friday.
According to Putin, kyiv is responsible for the explosions that partially destroyed the Russian bridge in Crimea at the beginning of October, which would enable Russia to bomb energy infrastructure in the former Soviet republic.
Putin complained again, in a conversation with the German head of government, Olaf Schölzof Western financial and military support that has allowed Ukraine to inflict humiliating defeats on Russia in the biggest European conflict since the end of World War II.
But the Ukrainian counteroffensive apparently stopped advancing as quickly.
The fighting is especially “hard” in the eastbecause “the Russians had time to prepare” after the setbacks suffered in recent times, said the governor of the Lugansk region, Sergei Gaidaito Ukrainian television.
The situation is also “difficult” near Bakhmut, in the eastern Donetsk region, says a report by the Ukrainian army. The Russians have been trying to conquer this town since the summer and controlling it would represent a success for Moscow after recent withdrawals.
The American President, Joe Bidensaid on Thursday that he was “willing to talk” with Putin, but only if the Russian leader sought “a way to end the war” and withdraw his troops from the country.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, noted that Russia rejected those conditions. “The special military operation will continue”, he insisted, using the official Russian terminology to refer to the offensive in Ukraine.
The White House qualified Biden’s position on Friday.
The US president “has no intention of speaking with Mr. Putin at this time” because “Putin has shown absolutely no inclination to be interested in any kind of dialogue. In fact, quite the opposite,” said the US National Security adviser, John Kirby.
(With information from AFP)