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Putin says he dreams to finish his career successfully

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with factory workers in Chelyabinsk said his dream was to "successfully finish his career." He also admitted that he enjoys traveling, RBC reports.

One of the employees asked Putin if he had a dream.

"I want to successfully end my career," said Putin.

When asked about a hobby, Vladimir Putin said that he was fond of traveling.

"Today, all of my travels are reduced to coming to the airport, then moving to a building, then back to the airport, and this is pretty much it," the president said.

He would like to travel in a "different way, to see nature and historical sites."

 

Liquified natural gas won't liquify Russia's solid ambition

According to international experts, a quarter century later, the share of liquified natural gas (LNG) in the world gas trade will increase up to 53 percent from the current 40. Yet, it appears that even in 25 years, LNG supplies will not pose any serious competition to Russia's Gazprom and its natural gas shipments to Europe. Liquefied natural gas is much more expensive. This product is for those who either do not want to buy from Russia, or do not have anything else to buy.

What does an increase in the share of liquified natural gas mean for Russia? Last year, most Western media outlets were predicting "apocalyptic consequences" for Russian gas supplies to Europe after the US threatened to start exporting its liquefied natural gas to the continent. If the USA could squeeze Gazprom out from the European gas market, the losses of the monopoly would count tens of billions of dollars annually.

A year has passed, and, miraculously, Europe has not switched either to the American or the Qatari liquified natural gas. Well, Poland and the Baltic States have, but these countries are known for their rabid aversion to Russia. They would rather suffer huge losses, but they will not buy from Russia.

Still, the alternative fuel comes from Qatar, but not the USA. The blue fuel costs Warsaw $270 per thousand cubic meters - $100 more expensive than Russia's natural gas that the country still receives under long-term contracts.

 

Russia, China veto ‘counterproductive’ UNSC resolution on Aleppo ceasefire

Russia and China have vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on an immediate seven-day ceasefire in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The Russian Foreign Minister described the draft resolution as counterproductive to a practical outcome.

Venezuela also voted against the resolution while Angola abstained. The remaining 11 members of the UNSC, voted in favor of the document. The draft resolution, submitted by Egypt, Spain and New Zealand, proposed an initial ceasefire period of seven days, to allow for the delivery of humanitarian cargo and to pave the way for the resumption of settlement talks.

Russia, which warned its colleagues in advance that it would veto the text, was criticized by the US-led block. The Russian envoy said that the UNSC should not undermine efforts made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his counterpart John Kerry, who agreed on a settlement plan for Aleppo in Rome on December 2. The plan includes the withdrawal of militants from the eastern part of the city.

Taking the floor, Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi said Rycroft was “poisoning” the atmosphere and “abusing” the forum with his remarks.


Friday, Dec 09, 2016 11:36 am


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