Top stories of the morning: Gazprom paid Naftogaz $ 2.9 billion, 11 people released from custody in Odesa for exchange with ORDLO, US gave 30 days to contractors to phase out work on Nord Stream 2
Russian energy company PAO Gazprom paid $ 2.9 billion to oil and gas company Naftogaz of Ukraine pursuant to a decision of the Stockholm arbitration in a transit contract dispute. On his Facebook page, President Volodymyr Zelensky informed, that “money is already in Ukraine’s accounts.”
The Ukraine’s Head of state signed the Electoral Code, adopted taking into account the presidential proposals. It provides for a proportional electoral system with open regional lists, the ability to simultaneously hold elections for the president, parliament and local authorities, and other.
In Odesa, 11 people were released from custody – for the future exchange of detained persons between Ukraine and Russia. The released were suspected of carrying out a dozen bombings (mainly at volunteer centers), an explosion outside the regional administration of the SBU, and so on. According to media reports, all 11 people will be taken to the Mayorske entry/exit checkpoint, where an exchange is to take place tomorrow.
All companies involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2 must stop work within 30 days, otherwise Washington will apply new sanctions against them, as provided for in the US defense budget law. This follows from a statement by the US State Department.
“Then the final formula will be modelled [for exchange of prisoners – Ed.]. However, as long as the verification of the majority of the exchange participants has not been carried out, it can be assumed that will be possible to exchange a little more than 200 people in total,” the message says.