22nd Mar 2023


EU imports South African coal to replace Russian fossil fuels

European companies imported 40 percent more coal from South Africa in the first five months of this year than over the whole of 2021, figures obtained by Reuters showed on Wednesday. Russian coal imports will be banned in the EU in August as part of wide-ranging sanctions on Moscow. Companies in the Netherlands, Italy, France, Spain, Denmark, Poland, Germany, and Ukraine have received coal from South Africa this year.

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How much can we trust Russian opinion polls on the war?

The lack of Russian opposition to the Russo-Ukrainian War is puzzling. The war is going nowhere, Russian casualties are staggering, the economy is in trouble, and living standards are declining, and yet polls indicate that most Russians support the war.

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