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Russia’s gas monopolist  resumed selling gas to Ukraine as Gazprom said it had received an official request from Ukraine’s state-owned Naftogaz to buy gas for the next nine months.Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that the gas price for Ukraine in the third quarter will be based on the formula under a contract signed between the two countries.

“According to preliminary estimates, the prices for gas won’t be above the market prices. Therefore, there is no need for discount on gas for Ukraine,” Novak said in an interview with TV channel Russia 24 on Tuesday.

Earlier, energy firm Naftogaz of Ukraine refused to buy Russian gas at a price of $177 per thousand cubic metres, referring to the fact that this price is higher than the offer in Europe, Xinhua news agency reported.

Novak said that the pricing formula involves the valuation of oil and petroleum products over a period of several quarters.

“The relevant calculations for the third quarter will be made in the end of the month,” he added.

 

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North Korea tensions can be settled by diplomatic means only – Lavrov

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The tensions on the Korean Peninsula can only be settled through political and diplomatic means in accordance with the Russian-Chinese roadmap, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.

He made the statement after the 15th RIC (Russia, India and China) ministerial meeting in New Delhi, TASS reported. “We shared our opinions regarding the situation on the Korean Peninsula, which remains extremely tense,” Lavrov noted.

“We pointed to the absence of an alternative to the solution of the specified problem solely by political and diplomatic means in line with the Russian-Chinese roadmap.”

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‘The murder of our national sport’: Russian athletes forced to compete under neutral flag

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Russian athletes are bitterly disappointment by the collective punishment and the option offered by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which banned the Russian national team, while allowing only individual athletes to compete under a neutral flag and anthem.

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On Tuesday, the IOC declared Russia guilty of alleged state-sponsored doping, and banned the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) from competing in the upcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Athletes who can prove they are “clean,” however, will be allowed to compete, but not under the Russian flag.

The despair and bitter disappointment were clearly visible on the faces of Russian Olympic athletes in Davos Tuesday as the IOC announced their decision. Some stared down and others left the room soon after the directives were read out.

Those who can compete are now faced with a difficult choice. On the one hand, they spent years polishing their skills to perform on the world’s premier stage, but on the other hand, their sport spirit dictates they compete as a united national team, under the Russian flag.

Irina Avvakumova, a member of the ski jumping team, does not want to go to South Korea and perform under a neutral flag. “I do not know how other athletes will react, but I did not prepare for so many years to just go and compete without representing my country,” Avvakumova said, adding, that competing as neutral lack the “sports spirit.”

Russian snowboarder Nikolai Olyunin has not yet decided whether or not he is ready to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games under a neutral flag.

“The decision of the IOC did not shock me, it was all leading to this. We were ready,” Olyunin said, adding, that the snowboard federation will now wait and see how the situation develops further. “No one understands how to proceed further. I would like to compete for our flag, but at the same time, I understand that what has happened is a great disrespect to our country. I don’t want to compete under a neutral flag, but I still have to think about it.”

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IOC bans Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics

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Geneva, Dec 6 : The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Tuesday that Russia is banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics set for next February in PyeongChang, South Korea, over doping concerns, Xinhua reported.

The IOC decided to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) with immediate effect, but Russian athletes would still be able to compete at the PyeongChang Games in uniforms bearing the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia” under the Olympic Flag, and the Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony.

Samuel Schmid, former Swiss president entitled to lead the investigation commission, said an over-17-month IOC investigation has “confirmed the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russia during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, as well as the various levels of administrative, legal and contractual responsibility”.

“This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “As an athlete myself, I’m feeling very sorry for all the clean athletes.”

The IOC “has issued proportional sanctions for this systemic manipulation while protecting the clean athletes. This should draw a line under this damaging episode and serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system led by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA),” he added.

But Russia has denied state-sponsored doping scheme alleged by WADA report.

The Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement earlier in November that “The investigation had obtained data that WADA lacked any evidence of Russia’s guilt in the mass use of doping by athletes.”

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