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EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 21/06/2022

EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 21/06/2022

Financial Times – Max Seddon, Henry Foy and Richard Milne / Russia threatens retaliation against Lithuania following rail ‘blockade’

  • Moscow has threatened to retaliate against Lithuania after the Baltic state halted the rail transport of Russian goods under EU sanctions to the exclave of Kaliningrad.
  • Russia’s foreign ministry summoned Lithuania’s chargé d’affaires in Moscow on Monday to “demand an immediate cancellation of the restrictions” or face “actions to defend [Russia’s] national interests”, it said in a statement.
  • Grigory Karasin, a former senior diplomat who chairs the foreign affairs committee in Russia’s upper house of parliament, said the démarche was “harsh” and warned any response would be “quite decisive”, according to the Russian news agency, Interfax.
  • Lithuania, which controls the only overland rail route linking Kaliningrad with mainland Russia, at the weekend began limiting the export of goods covered by EU sanctions in retaliation for president Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • Euractiv – Alexandra Brzozowski / EU says Lithuania acted ‘by the book’ in Kaliningrad standoff with Russia

The Guardian – Bethan McKernan / Israel set for government election after collapse of weakened government

  • Israel’s weakened coalition government has announced that it intends to dissolve the Knesset, setting the stage for the country’s fifth election in three years and a potential return to office for longtime prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • A statement released by the office of the prime minister, Naftali Bennett, on Monday night said that “attempts to stabilise the coalition had been exhausted” and his fractious government, made up of eight ideologically disparate parties, will submit a bill next week to dissolve parliament.
  • If approved as expected, the legislation will force new elections and mean the foreign minister Yair Lapid takes over as caretaker leader as per an existing agreement.
  • In comments in a joint media conference after the unexpected announcement, Bennett said that dismantling the government “isn’t an easy moment”. “Over the past weeks, we did whatever we could to save this government, not for us, but for the benefit of the country,” he said.
  • Haaretz – Anshel Pfeffer / Netanyahu has edge in race, but Lapid has proven he can beat him

Financial Times – Sam Fleming and David Sheppard / EU warns against fossil fuel ‘backsliding’ as coal replaces Russian gas

  • The European Commission president has warned EU member states not to backtrack on their long-term drive to cut fossil fuel use, as Germany, Austria and the Netherlands said they would fire up coal plants after Russia moved to limit gas supplies.
  • Ursula von der Leyen said governments need to stay focused on “massive investment in renewables”.
  • “We have to make sure that we use this crisis to move forward and not to have a backsliding on the dirty fossil fuels,” she said in an interview. “It’s a fine line and it’s not determined whether we are going to take the right turn.”
  • Countries are concerned about further cuts to gas supplies, which EU leaders claim have been orchestrated by the Kremlin.
  • Deutsche Welle – Insa Wrede / Explainer: why Germany is reviving dirty coal to counter Russian gas cut

The Washington Post – Rosalind S. Helderman / Trump campaign documents show advisers knew fake-elector plan was baseless

  • The convening of the electoral college on Dec. 14, 2020, was supposed to mark the end of the wild, extended presidential election that year.
  • But when the day arrived, a strange thing happened. In seven swing states won by Joe Biden, when the Democrat’s electors assembled to formally elect him president, Trump supporters showed up, too, ready to declare that their man had actually won.
  • “The electors are already here — they’ve been checked in,” a state police officer told the group in Michigan, according to a video of the encounter, as he barred the Republicans from the Capitol in a state Biden won by more than 154,000 votes.
  • In Nevada, a state Biden had won by about 33,600 votes, a photo distributed by the state Republican Party showed Trump supporters squeezing around an undersized picnic table dressed up with a bit of bunting, preparing to sign formal certificates declaring that they were “the duly elected and qualified” electors of their state.
  • Financial Times – Edward Luce / Hillary Clinton: ‘We are standing on the precipice of losing our democracy’

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The selected pieces do not necessarily reflect the views of Javier Solana and EsadeGeo. The summaries above may include word-for-word excerpts from their respective pieces.


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