Top stories of the morning: Georgia and Poland do not recognize “elections” in Crimea, Ukraine has accumulated a record amount of gas, in France almost 1.5 thousand people have died due to the heat
Georgia does not recognize the so-called “local elections” in the Russian-occupied Crimea. A similar statement was made by the Polish government: “Poland invariably supports the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The annexation of Crimea – which is part of the territory of Ukraine – in March 2014 by the Russian Federation was a gross violation of international law.”
Gas reserves in Ukrainian underground storage facilities exceeded the seven-year maximum. Reportedly, at the moment more than 18.7 billion cubic meters of gas has been accumulated, which is the maximum level of reserves in storage over the past seven years. Also, Ukrainian oil and gas company Naftogaz noted that they continue to pump 78 million cubic meters of gas per day.
The record heat in June and July of this year caused the death of 1,435 people in France, said the country’s Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn. According to her, half of the dead were over 75 years old. According to the French Ministry of Health, 567 people died during the first heat wave in France – from June 24 to July 7, and 868 more – during the second wave – from July 21 to July 27.
Before his visit to Moscow, French Foreign Minister Jean–Yves Le Drian, said that lifting sanctions against Russia is not yet relevant. He noted that this requires progress in stabilization in Ukraine: “Then the sanctions can be gradually reviewed, but we are not at this stage yet.”