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Solidarity with Ukraine is overshadowed by the political and economic agenda of the powers

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SAO PAULO, SP (FOLHAPRESS) — Since Russia invaded Ukraine, sparking a proxy conflict between Moscow and Washington/European Allies, governments and multilateral organizations have mobilized to respond to one of Europe’s biggest humanitarian emergencies with times of World War II.

By the end of September, according to the UN, more than 13 million Ukrainians had crossed the border to escape the war, of which 7.5 million had taken refuge in European countries.

However, the official narrative of solidarity and benevolent participation hardly obscures traditional political and economic interests in this type of transnational response to clashes that affect many civilians. A reminder from Luisa Mateo, professor of international relations at PUC-SP (Pontifical Catholic University).

It is clear that initiatives such as the EU-approved device allowing Ukrainian refugees to stay in the bloc’s 27 countries for up to three years, with access to education, work and social security (and without the need for a visa) are important. Or British Homes for Ukraine, a similar program but which makes the issuance of a visa a prerequisite for the entry of citizens displaced by the war.

Or the roughly $8 billion (41 billion reais) already donated by USAID, the North American Agency for International Development, to support basic services (notably hospitals, schools, access to electricity, food, and housing). 3 billion dollars (15 billion reais) in August alone.

But these transfers pale in comparison to the contribution of Washington and Brussels to strengthening the response of the Ukrainian military to Russian attacks. The United States alone has pledged to send more than $13.5 billion (73 billion reais) in arms and ammunition since February this year. At least 19 military aid packages have been received in the past 12 months.

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“This help [com armas e munições] it fuels the conflict,” says Mateo. “Humanitarian aid ends up as a simple response to public opinion to try to balance the participation of these countries in the war machine.”

Another knot in humanitarian aid, according to the professor, is the distance between the amounts promised by the powers that fund the main UN agencies and what is actually allocated.

“Many countries end up opting for a two-way route [de governo para governo, sem a intermediação de órgãos multilaterais]. This allows, for example, tighter control over the allocation of resources and the involvement of carefully selected private partners, consolidating the aid industry machine,” notes Mateo.

According to the researcher, the donation tap should remain open while the conflict is active, since the theater of war, it is worth remembering, takes place in the backyard of the European Union, and not in some remote latitudes. But the context of the global economic crisis should become an element of pressure on the remittances of new billionaires.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government announced in July that rebuilding the country would cost 750 billion euros. Even if this budget is inflated, it will indeed take several more rounds of packages (in the form of grants, low-interest loans and foreign debt freezes, among other things) to lift the Black Sea country out of the swamp.

Brazil Offers Humble Help Brazilian aid to Ukraine received its main chapter at the start of the conflict, in March of this year. The FAB plane delivered more than 11 tons of food, medicines and water purifiers to Poland, from where the shipments were sent to the border region with a neighboring country.

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The shipment was donated by a fast food company. But the main task of the aircraft, in fact, was to return the Brazilians displaced by the war.

Since then, the world’s fourth-largest colony of Ukrainians (after Russia, the US and Canada) has had a limited response to the humanitarian emergency. It is estimated that there are about 500,000 descendants of Ukrainians in Brazil, most of them in Paraná.

The Ukrainian-Brazilian central office, for example, collected about 600,000 reais from folklore shows and coffee producers exporting to the European country, which were donated to the Ukrainian embassy in Brasilia.

According to the president of the organization, lawyer Vitorio Sorotyuk, an agreement was also made with the Paraná government foundation for the arrival of 16 teachers from the troubled country (from fields such as biological sciences, history and pedagogy).

The agreement between the largest children’s hospital in Kyiv and the Latin American hospital Pequeno Príncipe based in Curitiba is also part of the mission’s working group. The idea is to promote the exchange of doctors and the education of pediatric nurses.

There is no summary data on the arrival of Ukrainian refugees in Brazil.

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The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario

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Yesterday, financial agents evaluated the opposite decision of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) regarding the so-called secret budget. In addition, a decision was made by STF Minister Gilmar Méndez to issue an injunction that would exclude the Bolsa Família from the spending cap rule, with investors trying to understand how this measure would affect the processing of the transitional PEC in the Chamber of Deputies. Oh this PEC!!!!

Since he is an exchange investor, any reading that the budget will be exceeded or become more flexible will negatively affect the exchange market, whether through the PEC or in any other way. We will continue with volatility today.

Looking beyond, the US Central Bank (Fed), although slowing down the pace of monetary tightening at its December meeting, issued a tougher-than-expected statement warning that its fight against inflation was not yet over, raising fears that rising US interest rates will push the world’s largest economy into recession.

The currency market continues to react to political news. The voting on the PEC is saved for today. It is expected that it will indeed be reviewed to open the way tomorrow for discussions on the 2023 budget.

Yesterday, the spot price closed the selling day at R$5.3103.

For today on the calendar we will have an index of consumer confidence in the eurozone. Good luck and good luck in business!!

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Andrés Sánchez consults with the Ministry of Sports, but refuses a political post.

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The former president of the Corinthians dreams of working for the CBF as a national team coordinator. He was consulted shortly after Lula’s election.

Former Corinthians president Andrés Sánchez was advised to take a position in the Ministry of Sports under the administration of Lula (PT). However, he ruled out a return to politics. dreams of taking over the coordination of CBF selectionHow do you know PURPOSE.

No formal invitation was made to the former Corinthian representative, only a consultation on a portfolio opportunity with the new federal government, which will be sworn in on January 1, 2023.

Andrés was the Federal MP for São Paulo from 2015 to 2019. At that time he was elected by the Workers’ Party. However, the football manager begs to stay in the sport, ruling out the possibility of getting involved in politics again.

Andrés Sanchez’s desire is to fill the position of CBF tackle coordinator, which should become vacant after the 2022 World Cup. Juninho Paulista fulfills this function in Brazil’s top football institution.

The former president of Corinthians was in Qatar to follow the World Cup along with other figures in Brazilian football. During his time in the country, he strengthened his ties with the top leadership of the CBF.

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The EU has reached a political agreement on limiting gas prices – 19.12.2022

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BRUSSELS, DECEMBER 19 (ANSA). European Union countries reached a political agreement on Monday (19) to impose a natural gas price ceiling of 180 euros per megawatt hour (MWh). The main sources of income for Russia and the minimization of the use of energy as a weapon by the regime of Vladimir Putin.

The agreement was approved by a supermajority at a ministerial meeting of member states in Brussels, Belgium, after months of discussions about the best way to contain the rise in natural gas prices in the bloc caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. .

The value set by the countries is well below the proposal made by the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, in November: 275 EUR/MWh. However, the countries leading the cap campaign were in favor of an even lower limit, around 100 EUR/MWh.

Germany, always wary of price controls, voted in favor of 180 euros, while Austria and the Netherlands, also skeptical of the cap, abstained. Hungary, the most pro-Russian country in the EU, voted against.

The instrument will enter into force on 15 February, but only if natural gas prices on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange exceed 180 euros/MWh for three consecutive days. In addition, the difference compared to a number of global benchmarks should be more than 35 euros.

Italy, the EU’s biggest supporter of the ceiling, has claimed responsibility for the measure. “This is a victory for Italy, which believed and worked for us to reach this agreement,” Environment and Energy Minister Gilberto Picetto tweeted.

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“This is a victory for Italian and European citizens who demand energy security,” he added.

Currently, the gas price in Amsterdam is around 110 EUR/MWh, which is already a reflection of the agreement in Brussels – in August the figure even broke the barrier of 340 EUR/MWh.

However, Russia has already threatened to stop exports to countries that adhere to the ceiling. (ANSA).

See more news, photos and videos at www.ansabrasil.com.br.

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