Volodymyr Zelensky is getting impatient, Russia is on the brink of default

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news of the day

Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday called on Westerners to send him fighters “as soon as possible”, starting with the Mig-29s offered by Warsaw, despite a warning from the Kremlin. “Make a decision as soon as possible, send us planes! “The Ukrainian president launched for Westerners in a new video posted on his Telegram channel. He thanked Warsaw for the offer to send these planes to Ukraine and regretted that “no decision has been made (yet). The day before, Poland had surprised the Americans by saying that it was “ready to move all its MiG-29 aircraft without delay and free of charge to the Ramstein base (in Germany) and make them available to the United States government. .”, so that the latter delivers them to Ukraine.

The United States fears an extension of the conflict as Russia has warned that it will consider sending such aircraft through a third country as a direct involvement in the conflict. Washington therefore flatly rejected the Polish proposal.

The number of the day

160. This is the number of Russian oligarchs and parliamentarians added to the European Union’s blacklist of persons and entities denied entry and whose assets have been frozen in Europe. The Twenty-seven decided on Wednesday to extend their sanctions against Moscow and Minsk after the invasion of Ukraine by targeting 14 oligarchs and businessmen involved in key sectors of the Russian economy (agriculture, steel industry, telecom, etc. as well as 146 members of the Russian Federation Council (Upper House of the Russian Parliament) The European blacklist, drawn up since the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, now includes a total of 862 individuals and 53 entities.

The sentence

‘I don’t think Putin ever thought that financial sanctions could be so powerful’

These are the words of Josep Borrell, launched at the end of a debate on security in Europe in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. “When we said there would be ‘serious consequences’, Putin laughed, now he is no longer smiling,” said the head of European diplomacy.

The trend of the day

Western sanctions are increasingly being felt in Russia. For example, the rating agency Fitch has again downgraded the rating it gives to Russia’s debt, a decision that means that the risk of a sovereign debt is “imminent” in its view. A bankruptcy of Moscow would be the first since the great financial crisis of 1998. Another effect of the sanctions: according to the Russian daily KommersantMoscow may soon run out of drugs, including insulin, among other foreign-made products.

According to Cyrille Bret, associate researcher at the Jacques Delors Institute, whom we receive live on Instagram to answer questions from our readers, it is this “economic suffocation” that could really stop Vladimir Poutine. “The Europeans have taken an absolutely extraordinary and historic series of sanctions. It is the resistance and solidarity of the Europeans among themselves, and with the Ukrainians, that can make the Russian troops stop their operations, this is the bet that the Europeans are taking.”

The Kremlin denounced the “economic war” declared by the United States against Russia, following Washington’s announcement of an embargo on Russian oil and gas imports, among other sanctions. And tomorrow, Thursday, diplomacy will try to regain its rights, with an announced meeting in Turkey of Russian foreign ministers Sergei Lavrov, Ukrainian Dmytro Kuleba, with their Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Cavusoglu as mediator. Meanwhile, continental European stock markets recovered about 7% on Wednesday evening. In Paris, the CAC 40 rose by 7.13%.