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  • Moscow says it does not want to absorb Belarus. Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to Russia «n’a[vait] not interested” Belarus, its closest ally, is highly dependent on Moscow for gas and oil supplies. Following the talks in Minsk, Mr Putin spoke at a press conference with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. The Kremlin master emphasized the close ties between the two countries. “Close Allies and Strategic Partners” Who opposes “In a useful way” Western barriers.
  • Both countries agreed to strengthen their cooperation “All Domains”, and the Kremlin leader announced, especially in the defense sector. These are “General Measures to Ensure Safety” of both countries, “Reciprocal Arms Distribution”, as well as the joint production of weapons, Putin said. According to the same source, Russia will continue to train Belarusian servicemen to fly Soviet-designed Belarusian aircraft capable of carrying nuclear bombs.
  • The Russian military says it has shot down four US-made missiles near Ukraine. “Four US HARM anti-radar missiles shot down in airspace over Belgorod region”, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a daily statement posted on Telegram, without further details. Asked by Agence France-Presse, the Pentagon said: “Unable to confirm this information”.
  • Canada to seize assets of Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich The Canadian government announced Monday that it has begun the process of seizing $26 million from a company owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich under sanctions in retaliation for Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Several Western countries have already seized yachts and frozen assets linked to Russian oligarchs to put pressure on Vladimir Putin and his entourage.
  • EU ministers agree gas price cap. It says EU energy ministers have agreed to a cap on gas prices on Twitter Spokesman for the Czech Presidency of the European Union (EU) Dimitrij Chernykov. According to a document seen by Reuters news agency, the cap will be triggered if the price of monthly contracts on the TTF benchmark gas market exceeds 180 euros per megawatt hour (MWh) for three consecutive days. The limit will come into effect from February 15 and will initially not concern over-the-counter purchases, the document notes.
  • Moscow described the decision of the twenty-seventh as “unacceptable”. “This is a violation of the market process of price formation”Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.
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