The Federal Minister of Economics makes a price cap for gas from Russia dependent on other EU countries. Russia bombs a hospital in Ukraine.
Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki travels to Kyiv
The Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki surprisingly traveled to Kyiv. There he will discuss the geopolitical situation, military developments and energy security with the Ukrainian side, his government spokesman Piotr Müller said on Friday on the Polsat television channel. He is also attending a conference. For the politician national conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS) it is the third visit to the neighboring country's capital since Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine began.
For security reasons, information about the visit was delayed. The trip will not bring any far-reaching changes, but should be understood as a political signal to the Kremlin, emphasized Müller. "Defending Ukraine is also defending our security," the government spokesman said. At the same time, he admitted that the situation on the Ukrainian eastern front continued to be difficult. In addition to Morawiecki, former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski also left for Kyiv on Friday. (dpa)
Hospital hit in Russian attack
A Russian airstrike hit a hospital in the north-eastern Sumy region, according to Ukrainian sources. The building was destroyed in the morning and several people were injured, said the governor of the region, Dmytro Schwyzkji, on the short message service Telegram.
The hospital is located in the Velyka Pysarivka district, which borders with Russia. The airstrike was launched across the state border. The Russian government repeatedly denies that civilian targets are being targeted. (rtr)
Russia denies access to prisoners of war
According to the United Nations (UN), Russia denies access to Ukrainian prisoners of war. There is also evidence of torture, says Matilda Bogner, head of the UN mission to monitor the human rights situation in Ukraine. "The Russian Federation has not granted access to prisoners of war held on its territory or in areas under its occupation," Bogner explained to the press in Geneva.
"This is all the more worrying as we have documented cases of torture and ill-treatment of prisoners of war held by the armed forces of the Russian Federation or by armed groups associated with it in the sphere of the Russian Federation." Russia denies torture or other ill-treatment of prisoners of war. (rtr)
Habeck names the condition for the upper price limit
Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck wants to support a push by the EU Commission to limit Russian income from gas transactions - but only if states like Hungary agree. If countries that are currently still getting gas from Russia are willing to take the risk of a complete supply stop by Russia, he would be happy to do that, said the Green politician on Friday at the sidelines of an EU meeting in Brussels.
If countries do not want this, that should be respected. "How presumptuous would it be to say: Germany always asks for leniency, but the other countries don't get any?" he said. According to Habeck, Germany can now manage without Russian gas. This is "gigantic".
At the meeting of energy ministers, the EU Commission proposed the introduction of a price cap for gas from Russia in order to limit the country's financial resources for the war against Ukraine. This would mean that gas that exceeds a certain price limit could no longer be bought in Russia.
Commenting on EU deliberations this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin said: "If any political decisions are taken that contradict the treaties, we will simply not fulfill them." contradicts (...). We will deliver neither gas, nor oil, nor coal.” (dpa)