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Deadlock over Nord Stream 2 takes the shadow of war to Europe – 11/11/2021 – Nelson de Sá

At the top of French Le Monde, “Poland and Ukraine send troops” to the border, against Belarus and Russia. Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin talked for the second day in a row, to try to contain the escalation.

In the dispute between Poland and Belarus, which made its headlines, the New York Times avoided defending one side, in contrast to other Western newspapers — which sided with the Polish side, against the entry of Kurdish immigrants trapped at the border.

The NYT highlighted the lack of information, “Belarus, Poland and Lithuania [aliada da Polônia] they refuse to allow the world to see the immigrant impasse up close.” The entire area “has been declared banned for news media.”

On the other front, via Bloomberg, “US warns Europe that Russia may plan invasion of Ukraine,” citing anonymous officials and an increase in Russian troops. It was a day after the secretary of state emerged saying something similar, by CNN and others, alongside the Ukrainian chancellor.

The chancellor, on the other hand, emphasized to the Ukrainian news agency, Ukrinform, that he had spoken with the US secretary about the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany, whose “success will make Moscow bolder in its actions”. He said that he will now raise the issue with his European Union colleagues on Monday.

Argumenty i Fakty, among other Russian newspapers, also highlighted the background of the “new threat” to European approval of the pipeline. Nord Stream 2 is ready, but under pressure from the United States and Eastern European countries, mainly Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine, it may still be unfeasible, according to German Süddeutsche Zeitung.

BIDEN & XI

On the other hand, Washington’s Politico website reports that Joe Biden and Xi Jinping have scheduled their promised “virtual summit” for Monday night, in principle. It must culminate weeks of thawing.

On Thursday, there was the “unexpected”, according to the Guardian, a Sino-American agreement on emissions. Over the weekend, Biden’s National Security adviser told CNN that the White House does not want a Cold War and will not “repeat the mistakes of the past in trying to transform China.” Days earlier, the Treasury secretary said in an interview with Reuters that lowering tariffs on Chinese goods could have a “desirable” “disinflationary” effect.

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