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Russia looks to crypto-currencies to evade EU sanctions

Sergey Glazyev, a Kremlin aide on an EU visa-ban and asset-freeze list, said in Moscow on Tuesday that Russia was looking to use crypto-currencies, such as Bitcoin, to evade EU economic sanctions, according to Russian news agency Kommersant. Glazyev said that sanctions, also imposed by the US over Russia's invasion of Ukraine, created an "objective need" for novel financial systems, including the creation of a Russian national crypto-currency in 2018.

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A missed opportunity in Kazakhstan

Tokayev received congratulations on his election victory from presidents Xi, Putin, Erdogan, and Lukashenko. However, the phone in the Akorda, Kazakhstan's presidential palace, did not ring with congratulatory calls from Berlin, Paris, London, or Washington.

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EU's Hungary funds, China, energy, and Frontex This WEEK

In the European Parliament, MEPs will hear from ECB president Christina Lagarde, Kyiv's Vitali Klitschko, and from the three candidates proposed by the EU Commission to be the new boss of EU border agency Frontex.

Sweden says 'no' to EU asylum relocation pledges

Sweden won't make any pledges to relocate asylum seekers under a French-inspired EU plan because there is no legal basis, says Sweden's ambassador to the EU. But Sweden's new right-wing government is also tightening migration rules.

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