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What has happened in the last hours

On the 120th day of the war initiated by Russia against Ukraine, these are the key data at 8:00 p.m. this Thursday, June 23:

The European Parliament approves a plan to accelerate gas storage before winter. The European Parliament has approved this Thursday a plan to accelerate the storage of natural gas in the countries of the European Union before winter with the aim of protecting homes and companies in case Russia decides to suspend the supply in retaliation to the economic sanctions for the war in Ukraine. Approved with 490 votes in favor, 47 against and 55 abstentions, the new regulation aims to “shield” the reserves against “external interference” and sets as a goal that the strategic gas reserves are at least 80% of their capacity before November 1, according to a statement from the European Parliament released this Thursday.

Russia attacks Mikolaiv with three missiles. Three cruise missiles have hit the port city of Mikolaiv in southern Ukraine on Thursday. Anti-aircraft defenses have shot down another two missiles near the city of Odesa, also in the south of the country, as reported by the Ukrainian armed forces. The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed using high-precision weapons to attack Ukrainian army fuel tanks and military equipment near Mikolaiv, according to the Interfax news agency.

The Finnish president confirms that he will attend the NATO summit in Madrid. The Finnish president, Sauli Niinistö, will travel to Spain on June 28 to attend the NATO summit to be held on June 29 and 30. Niinistö will participate in the meeting of heads of state and government of the Atlantic Council on June 29, at which, in addition to the 30 member countries of the Alliance, will also be attended by Finland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and the European Union as preferred partners.

Metsola believes that granting Ukraine candidate status places the EU “on the right side of history”. The President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, assured this Thursday that the imminent decision of the Heads of State and Government of the European Union (EU) giving Ukraine and Moldova accession candidate status puts the EU bloc “on the right side of history”. At a press conference after participating in the summit of heads of state and government that is being held today and tomorrow, Friday, in Brussels, Metsola celebrated the “historic decision”, which is expected to be taken throughout this afternoon.

Sánchez on the entry of the Western Balkans into the EU: “When this enlargement can take place, Spain will be in favor of addressing it”. “We are going to convey the unity of all the allies of the Atlantic Alliance and the Member States of the European Union in our rejection of Putin’s brutal aggression against Ukraine. And secondly, solidarity and reinforcement with economic, material and humanitarian services to the Ukrainian society that is suffering the consequences of the war in its country”, said the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, this Thursday in Brussels before the meeting of the European Council.

Putin calls for “honest cooperation” to get out of the global economic crisis. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called for “honest cooperation” to get out of the global economic crisis, caused in his opinion by the “foolish and selfish actions of certain states.” “Only through honest and mutually beneficial cooperation can a way out of the crisis situation that has been created in the world economy be found,” the Kremlin chief said at the virtual summit of leaders of the BRICS Forum, made up of Russia, Brazil , India, South Africa and China.

In Hannibal Hanschke’s photo for Reuters, the terminus of the NordStream 1 pipeline, which transports gas from Russia to Germany.

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