Politicians Talk – Friday 13/05/2022

TURKEY Recep Tayyip Erdogan – Turkish President Turkey cannot regard Sweden and Finland’s potential NATO membership positively due to numerous “terrorist organizations” residing in the countries, Erdogan stated on Friday. “We are following the developments regarding Sweden and Finland, but we don’t hold positive views,” he stressed. RUSSIA – GERMANY Vladimir Putin – Russian President Olaf Scholz – German Chancellor According to the

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Politicians Talk – Thursday 12/05/2022

GERMANY Robert Habeck – Economy Minister Germany will not raise the alert level despite losing around 10 million cubic meters of gas daily after Russia’s decision to halt gas supplies to the country, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck noted during a press conference on Thursday. The minister described the situation as “manageable” since this is a “compensable” amount of energy that can be

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Politicians Talk – Wednesday 11/05/2022

RUSSIA Sergei Lavrov – Foreign Minister Lavrov criticized on Tuesday during his press conference in Algeria his European Union counterpart Josep Borrell’s suggestion that the money from the seized Russian assets should be used to rebuild Ukraine. Russia’s top diplomat previously accused the West of “stealing” $300 billion to “punish” Russia. S. KOREA  Yoon Suk Yeol – President South Korea’s new President

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Politicians Talk – Tuesday 10/05/2022

US Joe Biden – United States President At a closed-door fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee Biden expressed his concern that  Russian President Vladimir Putin can’t find a way out of Ukraine. “I’m confident that Putin believed that he could break up Nato, that he believed he could break the European Union,” Biden said according to CNN. RUSSIA Maria Zakharova – Foreign

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Politicians Talk – Monday 09/05/2022

RUSSIA  Vladimir Putin – Russian President Russia is not a “weak country” anymore, and the United States is going to have a tough time influencing its decisions,  Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday, in a speech during the Victory Day commemoration. Putin also accused the West of forcing Russia to invade Ukraine by turning it into an “absolutely unacceptable threat.” JAPAN

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Politicians Talk – Friday 06/05/2022

HUNGARY Viktor Orban – Hungarian President Sanctions on Russian oil would be an “atomic bomb” on the Hungarian economy, Victor Orban told Hungarian Kossuth Radio. The Hungarian President repeated that the oil embargo is a “red line” for his government and explained that overhauling the country’s energy system would take five years and require significant funds. Orban also said that the conflict

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Politicians Talk – Wednesday 27/04/2022

BULGARIA Alexander Nikolov – Minister of Energy  Bulgaria has provided “alternative quantities [of gas] for a sufficiently foreseeable period,” Novinite news agency quoted Nikolov as saying on Wednesday after Russia announced it will suspend its gas deliveries to the country. INDIA  Subrahmanyam Jaishankar – External Affairs Minister Nikkei Asia quoted Jaishankar as saying on Tuesday that the ongoing conflict in Ukraine “could

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