Russia warns on oil import ban as little progress is made at Ukraine talks – World

Fears of an energy war between Russia and the West grew on Tuesday after the US pressured its allies to ban Russian oil imports as a punishment for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Russia warned last month that it could halt gas flow through a pipeline from Russia to Germany in response to Berlin’s controversial decision to halt the opening of its new Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Russia supplies 40% of Europe’s gas.

“We reserve the full right to make an appropriate decision and impose an embargo on the pumping of gas through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline,” Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Novak said on Monday.

Novak also warned that oil prices could more than double and soar to $300 a barrel if the United States and its allies ban imports of Russian oil, an important source of income, after Russia is effectively frozen in Western financial markets.

But analysts at Bank of America say that if most of Russia’s oil exports were to stop, there could be a shortage of more than 5 million barrels per day (bpd), pushing prices up to $200.

Oil neared a 14-year high, rising $1.06, or 0.9pc, to $124.27 a barrel at 0223 GMT after Brent futures traded to $125.19 on Tuesday.

US President Joe Biden held a videoconference with leaders of France, Germany and Britain on Monday, calling for a ban on Russian oil imports.

But if necessary, the US is willing to move on without an alliance in Europe, the two men familiar with the matter said. Reuters. Many countries on the continent are heavily dependent on Russian energy.

Russia’s invasion, the largest attack on a European country since World War II, displaced 1.7 million people, imposed many sanctions on Moscow, and raised fears of a bigger clash as the West poured military aid into Ukraine. It happened.

Ukraine claims death of Russian general near Kharkiv

Ukrainian military intelligence said on Tuesday that Ukrainian forces had killed a Russian general in the besieged city of Kharkiv.

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry intelligence chief said in a statement that Major General Vitaly Gerasimov, first deputy commander of the Russian 41st Army, had died on Monday.

The Russian Ministry of Defense was not immediately contacted for comment, Reuters Unable to check report.

Russia has called the action in Ukraine “special operations”, saying it was not intended to seize territory, but to destroy the military capabilities of its southern neighbors and capture what it considered dangerous nationalists.

Japan tightened additional sanctions on Tuesday, freezing the assets of Russian and Belarusian government officials and 32 corporate executives with close ties to the government.

Estee Lauder Companies Inc has joined the long list of withdrawals from Russia, suspending all commercial activity and closing all stores in Russia.

humanitarian pathway

Siege and bombing continued as Kyiv rejected humanitarian routes to Russia and Belarus, but some progress was made in agreeing to logistics to evacuate civilians, he said.

In the city of Irfin, in the northwestern tip of Kyiv, refugees ran with young children in strollers or with babies in their arms, while others ran with pet carriers, plastic bags and suitcases.

“It’s like a disaster, the city is almost in ruins, and the area I live in doesn’t seem to have a house that hasn’t been bombed.” A young mother held her baby under a blanket and said while her daughter stood beside her. her side.

“Yesterday was the toughest bombing, the lights and sounds are so frightening, the whole building is shaking.”

In addition to the corridor to Russia, Moscow has proposed giving residents of the Ukrainian cities of Sumy and Mariupol the option to move elsewhere in Ukraine on Tuesday and set an earlier deadline for Kyiv to agree to, Russian news agencies reported.

UNHCR said more than 1.7 million Ukrainians have fled to central Europe since the conflict began on 24 February.

After a third attempt to ease the bloodshed at talks in Belarus, Ukrainian negotiators say there has been little progress on agreeing to logistics to evacuate civilians, but the situation hasn’t changed much.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov Reuters Moscow says it will cease operations if Ukraine ceases fighting, amends its constitution to declare neutrality, and recognizes Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the independence of Russia-backed separatists.

Ukrainian officials say 13 people have been killed in a Russian attack on a bread factory in the village of Makarib in the Kyiv region. Reuters The details could not be confirmed. Russia denies civilian targets.

In the besieged southern port city of Mariupol, hundreds of thousands of people were trapped without food and water from regular shelling.

Police said 143 people have been killed in Russian bombing in the eastern city of Kharkiv since the start of the invasion. The toll could not be checked.

Ukraine said Monday it had recaptured the town of Chuyuif in the northeast and the strategic Mikolaev airport in the south after fierce fighting. Neither can be immediately confirmed.

A senior Pentagon official said that of the more than 150,000 troops that Putin had pre-deployed outside Ukraine prior to the invasion, nearly 100% had been deployed in Ukraine.