Volodymyr Zelenskiy addressed the Venice Film Festival describing Russia’s war against Ukraine as “a primitive conspiracy in three acts” that the world makes three dramatic mistakes: get used to the war, endure the war, forget the war.” Zelenskiy told the audience “not to be silent” and “not to remain neutral” on the war.
Russia has stopped gas flow to Europe through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, citing the need to make repairs. The German government rejects the claim, calling it a “pretense”. It said Nord Stream was “fully operational” and there were no technical issues. The shutdown of the Baltic Sea pipeline at 5 a.m. on Wednesday would last three days, Russia’s state energy company Gazprom said.
Estonia aims to stop most Russians within weeks, His foreign minister, Urmas Reinsalu, said so on Wednesday. “It takes some time, but I think timing is also critical, given the large number of Russian citizens coming in,” Reinsalu said in Prague.
The EU has agreed to suspend a visa travel deal with Moscow to curb the number of Russian nationals entering the block for vacations and shopping, without a complete ban on tourist visas. At their meeting in Prague, the EU’s 27 foreign ministers pledged to suspend the 2007 visa facilitation agreement with Russia, which makes it relatively easy to obtain travel documents.
Zelenskiy welcomed the EU visa measure. “I think it is humiliating for Europe to think of it as one big boutique or restaurant,” he said in his latest national speech. “If the citizens of the state that wants to destroy European values use Europe for their entertainment or shopping, for the holidays of their mistresses while they themselves work for the war or just quietly awaiting the immoral fall of Russia.”
The US has been ordered to seize a $45 million plane owned by Russian energy company Lukoil, the US Department of Justice said, although the plane is currently believed to be in Russia. The plane has reportedly flown in and out of Russia in violation of US Commerce Department sanctions.
G7 finance ministers will discuss Biden administration’s proposed price cap for Russian oil when they meet Friday, the White House said. “We believe this is the most effective way to crack down on Putin’s earnings and it will lead not only to a drop in Putin’s oil revenues, but also to a drop in global energy prices,” said Karine Jean- Pierre, spokesman for the White House. a briefing on Wednesday.