Austria finds EU embargo on Russian gas impossible

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A European Union (EU) embargo on gas from Russia is not possible, Austria has always advocated that sanctions harm those against whom they are imposed more than those who impose them. This was stated by Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, reports APA.

According to him, Austria, like other EU countries, is largely dependent on Russian gas, and with the introduction of the embargo, the Austrian and German industry “will lose stability.” He noted that the “tilt” of the German economy will lead to mass unemployment in Austria.

“Sanctions should hit more on those against whom they are directed, and not harm those who take them”,— emphasized Nehammer.


The European Union has introduced several packages of sanctions against Russia since the end of February. The latter was announced in early June. This package included a partial embargo on Russian oil imports.

Now the EU is preparing the seventh package of sanctions. However, restrictions on the supply of Russian gas will not be included in it, since the EU members could not reach an agreement on this issue in such a short time, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said.

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In addition to Austria, Hungary, Serbia and Germany opposed the embargo on Russian gas supplies. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban noted that such a ban would “destroy the European economy.”

The Russian authorities consider the sanctions of the EU and other Western countries illegal. The Foreign Ministry stated that restrictive measures “turned into a boomerang for Western economies”, while Moscow has the right to tighten its “special measures”.

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Nehammer says there are no discussions about Austria joining NATO

Nehammer said that Austria is not discussing joining NATO following the example of Sweden and Finland According to the chancellor, joining NATO is not being discussed in Austria. The country adheres to the common foreign and security policy of the European Union, and also plans to invest more in its own defense, he said. 8/77/756581688605778.jpg” alt=”Nehammer stated that there were no discussions about Austria joining NATO” />

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Austria is not going to join NATO following the example of Sweden and Finland, the chancellor said at a press conference Karl Nehammer, Pravda reports.

Nehammer held talks in Vienna with Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger. According to the chancellor, they also discussed the situation in Ukraine.

As Nehammer said, Austria is not going to follow the example of Sweden and Finland, which, in connection with the events in Ukraine, have revised their neutral status and seek to join NATO. In Austria, such a discussion “is not taking place,” he stressed.

According to the Chancellor, “Austria adheres to the common foreign and security policy of the European Union, and also plans to invest more in its own defense.”

In mid-May, Nehammer had already said that the possibility of his country's membership in NATO was not on the agenda. He then emphasized that “Austria was, is and will remain neutral.”

Finland and Sweden decided to join the alliance against the background of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. They applied in mid-May and received an official invitation at the end of June after settling relations with Turkey, which objected to their membership in the bloc. Now the entry into the ranks of NATO of these Nordic countries must be approved by the parliaments of all 30 countries of the alliance.

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Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has again threatened to prevent Finland and Sweden from joining NATO if they do not keep their promises. Ankara's demands are related to the activities in these camps of members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which the Turkish side considers a terrorist organization.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that NATO expansion at the expense of Sweden and Finland would not create an “immediate threat” ; For Russia. At the same time, he warned that “in the event of deployment of military contingents and infrastructure there” Moscow will be forced to “respond in a mirror image and create the same threats for the territories from which the threats are created.” her.

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Austria reminded Speaker of the Rada of the criteria for joining the EU

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Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk spoke in the Austrian Parliament on June 14, and also met with Austrian politicians, including the Chancellor of the country of Karl Nehammer.

Stefanchuk insisted that the Austrian authorities agree to grant Ukraine the status of a candidate for joining the EU. At the same time, Vienna opposes the accelerated granting of such a status to Kyiv, since this violates the rights of the countries of the Western Balkans, whose possible EU membership is actively supported in Austria.

On his Twitter, Nehammer thanked Stefanchuk for an open conversation, stressing that Ukraine is part of Europe, and his country will continue to provide the necessary assistance to Kyiv. “However, progress in the EU accession process requires the fulfillment of existing criteria,” the Chancellor added.


Austria freezes assets of Russians for €254 million

In total, they were on 97 accounts. The special interdepartmental group responsible for the freezing of assets reported that in a number of cases attempts were made to hide the ownership of assets. government. The money was in 97 accounts in total.

Investigation and identification of accounts belonging to Russian citizens included in the sanctions lists is carried out by an interdepartmental group specially created for this purpose under the Department of State Security and Intelligence of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

According to the federal chancellery, during the investigation, the group discovered attempts to hide the ownership of the assets. They clarified that the work to identify the accounts of Russian citizens is difficult due to the creation of various companies and the use of nominees to mask the accounts.

The authorities promised a new report on freezing the accounts of Russians at the end of May.

In total, since the start of the Russian operation in Ukraine, the EU has introduced five packages of sanctions. After the last expansion of the sanctions lists, 1,091 people and 80 legal entities (including those that have been sanctioned since 2014) have been restricted. Now the EU is discussing the sixth package of sanctions.

The freezing of the accounts of Russians and Russian institutions was previously reported by many countries and territories. The Netherlands has frozen assets for €200 million, Luxembourg— for €2.5 billion, the Cayman Islands— for $7.3 billion, Switzerland— for $8 billion, France— for €850 million, Germany— for €95 million, Italy— for €900 million

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In early April, the European Commission estimated the value of Russian assets frozen in the EU at €29.5 billion. This amount included not only money, but also various property. Among the property frozen were ships, helicopters, real estate, works of art worth almost €6.7 billion.

Special interdepartmental groups to identify Russian assets were also created by the EU and the USA. The American Association, in particular, was created under the Ministry of Justice. Its head, Andrew Adams, said countries were operating at “all-time high” level of cooperation to track the property of the Russian elite.

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Media: Gazprombank did not accept payments for gas in rubles for Austria and Germany

Bloomberg announced the rejection of the ruble payment from Gazprom Germania.

Bloomberg agency, citing its sources, stated that “Gazprombank” rejected payment for the supply of gas fuel to Germany. It is noteworthy that the payment was made by the trading company Gazprom Marketing & Trading Ltd in rubles.

The publication reports that payment was transferred for a number of purchases for April and May this year under a contract between the German company and “Gazprombank”.

It is indicated that the advance payment concerns gas for Germany and Austria, but the bank rejected it, although, at the request of the Russian side, the payment was made in ruble currency.

The source of the publication said that now the German company insists that division “Gazprom” accepted the payment, and is now discussing it with representatives of the Russian company.

Recall, as Topnews wrote, at the end of March, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree according to which the states included in the list of unfriendly countries are obliged to pay for the supply of Russian fuel to rubles.

Bloomberg, referring to the data he received, speaks of 10 European countries that agreed to the conditions proposed by the Russian Federation.

Also, according to RIA Novosti, on March 31 &#8220 ;Gazprom” 31 withdrew from the capital of LLC “Gazprom Export Business Services”, and is not involved in the activities of Gazprom Marketing & Trading Ltd.

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Austria announces EU plans to phase out Russian gas by 2027

The Austrian Minister of Energy stressed that the European Union must get rid of dependence on gas imports from Russia, and listed what needs to be done for this

The European Commission has decided on the goal of phasing out Russian gas by 2027, Austrian Energy and Climate Minister Leonore Gewessler said in an interview with OE24. She called the task “very ambitious.” According to the minister, all EU countries will have to stop importing gas from Russia, but the goal “will be achieved only if they work harmoniously.”

According to Gewessler, the EU is 80% dependent on Russian gas. “We must free ourselves from this [addiction], because addiction makes us vulnerable to blackmail and raises prices,” said the minister.

To achieve this result, it is necessary to follow three steps, she noted. First— switch to alternative energy sources and reduce gas consumption, the second— independently produce biogas and renewable hydrogen, the third— arrange supplies from other countries. For this, Gewessler, in particular, plans to visit Qatar.

In March, the European Commission presented the first version of the REPowerEU plan, which provides for the phase-out of Russian gas by 2030. To do this, it is planned to diversify gas supplies by increasing the volume of imports of LNG and pipeline gas from other countries, increasing production and imports of renewable hydrogen and biomethane, and reducing the use of fossil fuels.

According to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, the share of Russian gas in the European Union accounts for 40%. He expressed hope that the EU would not have to completely stop importing oil and gas from Russia in the event of further escalation in Ukraine.

At the end of March, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed to transfer payments for gas with unfriendly countries into rubles. The European Commission believes that the new payment scheme is contrary to the European sanctions regime. The only country that allowed payment for Russian gas in rubles,— Hungary.

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