President of Russia Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on June 17 will hold talks with the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart TokayevPresident of Armenia Vahagn Khachaturianas well as with the Serbian member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Milorad Dodik. “During the forum, after the plenary session (June 17), the president will hold bilateral contacts. These will be negotiations with Tokayev, a meeting with the new president of Armenia. Putin will also receive a member of the Presidium of Bosnia and Herzegovina from the Serbian people, Milorad Dodik. Putin has already met with him several times during the forum in St. Petersburg,” the assistant to the President of Russia told reporters. Yuri Ushakov. The Kremlin spokesman also recalled that Armenian President Khachaturian “is the new president of Armenia, his inauguration was on March 13.” “Putin will meet with him. This will be their first meeting,” he stressed. He added that the meetings of Russian President Vladimir Putin with the heads of the LPR and DPR Leonid Pasechnik and Denis Pushilin on the sidelines of the SPIEF are not yet planned, but “everything is possible on the legs.”
More than 40 countries of the world are sending their official delegations to the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) this year. This was stated to journalists by the assistant to the President of Russia Yuri Ushakov. “For objective reasons, it is quite difficult to get to St. Petersburg, but nevertheless, a fairly large number of guests are expected. If we talk about high-ranking delegations from abroad, official government delegations, we expect these delegations to come from more than 40 countries of the world,” Ushakov said. He added that the delegations of Armenia and Kazakhstan will be headed by the presidents of these countries, in addition, there will be “numerous delegations headed by vice-presidents, deputy prime ministers, ministers, governors, various senators” at the forum. “We counted more than 40 countries. This is truly representative participation, given the situation, which we all understand very well, ”added the Kremlin spokesman. The XXV St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will take place on June 15-18, 2022.
Participants of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) will discuss the scale of economic changes in the world, as well as try to soberly and comprehensively comprehend the situation with sanctions pressure on Russia, the presidential aide for international affairs told reporters Yuri Ushakov. “The forum will have to analyze the scale of socio-economic changes in the world, soberly and comprehensively comprehend the ongoing situation with sanctions pressure on our country, given that this sanctions pressure is unlikely to be short-term,” Ushakov said. According to him, the forum will also provide additional considerations on how Russia “move forward in a radically changed economic and political environment.”
Chancellor of Austria Carl Nehammer on Tuesday, June 14, reminded the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk on the fulfillment of certain criteria necessary for entry into the European Union. Speaking before the Austrian National Council on Tuesday, Stefanchuk urged Vienna to reconsider its decision to accelerate Ukraine’s EU candidate status. Then the speaker of the Ukrainian parliament met with Austrian politicians, including the chancellor. “Thank you, Stefanchuk, for an open conversation. We exchanged views on current events. I emphasized that Ukraine is part of Europe, and we will continue to help in any way we can. However, progress in the EU accession process requires the fulfillment of existing criteria,” Nehammer said on Twitter. Austria opposes the accelerated procedure for the admission of Ukraine to the EU, especially at the expense of the countries of the Western Balkans, whose possible membership in the European Union it actively supports.
The United States is concerned about the situation of Ukrainian troops and is working “24/7” to provide them with everything they need, the head of the State Department said on PBS Anthony Blinken. In an interview, he was asked to comment on Ukraine’s complaints about the overwhelming superiority of Russian forces in firepower, the shortage of weapons and ammunition. “There is tremendous suffering on the front lines, on the battlefield. Ukrainians feel it, they suffer from it. We are deeply concerned about this, but we are working 24/7 to provide them with everything they need,” Blinken replied, referring to “very intense fighting in Donbas and southern Ukraine.” He recalled that the US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Wednesday, June 15, will discuss in Brussels with colleagues from dozens of countries the defense needs of Ukraine. “We are determined to give Ukraine what it needs to cope with this aggression and ultimately strengthen its position in any negotiations when they happen,” Blinken said.
Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki urged NATO colleagues to provide Ukraine with more weapons. “We are not doing enough to protect Ukraine, to support the Ukrainian people in their defense of freedom and sovereignty. Therefore, I urge you to do much more in the supply of weapons, artillery weapons to Ukraine,” Morawiecki said after a meeting of representatives of NATO countries – EU members in The Hague on June 14. At the same time, the Polish prime minister insists that weapons must be delivered to Ukraine urgently. “It is important to focus on effective assistance and support to Ukraine here and now, and not in a few weeks or months,” he said.
Kyiv offers Washington to conclude an agreement on lend-lease for the supply of American liquefied natural gas to Ukraine. This was reported on June 14 by Foreign Policy magazine. As the head of Naftogaz told the publication Yuri Vitrenko, who traveled to Washington last week to meet with US administration officials, Ukraine needs $8 billion in funding to pay for imports of 6 billion cubic meters of gas before winter. “They are trying to find a way to get the amount of supplies they need from Western traders at the cost they can afford because prices are going through the roof and the Ukrainian economy is in pretty bad shape,” an expert from the US Naval War College told the magazine. Emily Holland. According to Foreign Policy, one of the new proposals put forward by representatives of the Ukrainian energy sector is to secure supplies under the lend-lease agreement.
The Russian oil embargo is detrimental to the German economy. This was stated in an interview with Izvestia by a member of the German Bundestag committee on climate protection and energy. Steffen Kotre. “We are already experiencing production constraints simply because of high energy prices. The deindustrialization of Germany will accelerate. Some medium-sized enterprises have said that they will have to raise their prices by 20-30% due to rising energy prices, and that this will make them less competitive than foreign competitors,” the deputy noted. According to him, from an economic point of view, Germany, moreover, cannot do without Russian gas. “There are alternatives, but full replacement will take time, since the supplier countries have long-term contracts with other customers. Finding new and more expensive exporters will take a year or two,” the politician added.