Five events when kyiv’s intelligence chief says the war will be over by Christmas

4. The US and Russia hold high-level talks for the first time since the invasion

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke to US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Friday after months of refusing direct contact with his American counterpart.

The call, initiated by Austin, marked the highest-level US contact with a Russian official since the invasion in late February. In recent months, Pentagon officials have repeatedly said that Russian leaders have refused to take calls from Mr. Austin and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

A senior US defense official said that while Austin believes the hour-long conversation with Shoigu was important in the effort to keep the lines of communication open, it did not resolve any “acute problems” or lead to any change. in Russian politics.

5. Europe could cap gas prices

The European Commission wants to waive EU competition rules to allow governments to cap prices for consumers in the event of a complete disruption of Russian gas supplies, German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported on Saturday, citing a document from the commission on “short-term interventions in the energy market”. “.

According to the document, member states of the European Union should be allowed to regulate consumer prices during a transition period to protect them from spikes even before an acute shortage, Welt reported.

“The financing of this intervention requires important sums,” the newspaper cites the document.

In March, the EU warned that trying to limit wholesale gas prices would cause problems and undermine efforts to switch to green energy.

The European Commission is due to reveal a detailed plan this month to phase out Russian fossil fuels by 2027, in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which supplies 40 percent of the EU’s gas.

Listen to the latest episode of our daily Ukraine podcast

Leave a Comment