Moscow delays reopening of gas pipelines, West backs Russian oil price cap


ZAPORIZHIA, Ukraine—The rich nations agreed on Friday to keep the world price of Russian oil down, but Russia delayed the reopening of a major gas pipeline to Germany.

Russia’s state-owned energy giant Gazprom has accused the Nord Stream 1 pipeline of technical flaws.

The announcement came as Moscow and Kyiv exchanged denunciations over their actions at one of the most dangerous frontlines of the Ukrainian war, the Russian-occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. potential disaster.

Gazprom said it could no longer provide a timeframe for resuming deliveries through the pipeline.This will deepen the difficulty of securing fuel for the winter in Europe, which faces soaring costs of living due to energy. It is an announcement.

Nord Stream 1, which runs under the Baltic Sea to supply Germany and others, was due to resume operations at 0100 GMT on Saturday after a three-day shutdown for maintenance.

Moscow accuses Western countries of sanctions imposed after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, hampering the day-to-day operation and maintenance of Nord Stream 1. Brussels and Washington accuse Russia of using gas as an economic weapon.

The US said it is working with Europe to ensure that it has enough supplies for the winter.

Earlier on Friday, the finance ministers of the wealthy G7 democracies (UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US) said Russia’s oil price cap would “… reduce Russia’s ability to raise funds. He said he intended to While limiting the impact of Russia’s war on global energy prices, its “war of aggression” has skyrocketed.

The Kremlin, which has called the conflict a “special military operation,” said it would stop selling oil to countries that implemented the cap.

nuclear terror

A team of inspectors led by UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi braved heavy artillery fire to arrive at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant on Thursday.

Grossi said the physical integrity of the plant was breached several times after returning to Ukrainian territory. On Friday, he said a report is due early next week and that two IAEA experts will remain at the plant for the long term.

The site is located on the southern bank of a huge reservoir of the Dnipro River, 10 kilometers (6 miles) across the water from the Ukrainian positions.

Both sides have accused the other of firing near facilities that are still run by Ukrainian staff and provide more than a fifth of Ukraine’s electricity during peacetime. Kyiv also accuses Russia of using it to protect its weapons, which Moscow denies. has resisted international calls to demilitarize

Ukraine’s state-owned nuclear company said Russia had barred an IAEA team from its nuclear power plant crisis center. Russian troops are stationed there, Kyiv said, making it difficult to give an impartial assessment.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged the IAEA team to go further despite the difficulties it faced.

In a video streamed to an Italian forum, Zelensky said, “Unfortunately, we have not heard the main thing from the IAEA that Russia is asking for the station to be demilitarized.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Ukraine continues to shell factories using weapons from its Western allies, increasing the risk of a nuclear catastrophe. He rejected Kyiv and Western allegations that Russia deployed heavy weapons at the factory.

Zaporizhia Regional Council Mayor Mykola Lukashuk said several towns near the factory came under shelling by Russian troops on Thursday. Reuters was unable to independently confirm this.

Energoatom said the site’s reactor was reconnected to the Ukrainian power grid on Friday, a day after it was shut down by shelling near the site.

counterattack

Ukraine has launched offensives this week, mainly to recapture territory in southern Ukraine further down the Dnipro River in neighboring Kherson province.

Both sides claim early battlefield successes that Ukrainians say could mark a turning point in the war, but details have so far been scarce and Ukrainian officials have given little information. has not been published.

Natalia Khmenyuk, spokesperson for the Ukrainian Southern Command, said on Friday that Ukrainian forces destroyed an ammunition depot and a pontoon bridge, preventing the movement of Russian reserves.

“Our success is compelling and we will be able to disclose more information soon,” she said.

Moscow denied reports of Ukrainian advances and said its forces had routed Ukrainian forces.

Reuters was unable to independently verify these claims.

On Friday, the Ukrainian General Staff said Russian forces had shelled dozens of cities and towns, including Kharkov, Ukraine’s second largest city in the north, and the Donetsk region in the east.

Reuters

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