Renault Sells Its Stake In Russia’s Avtovaz Leaving Some Options For A Return

Renault is reportedly selling its majority ownership in Avtovaz (AVAZI p.MM) to a Russian science institute for one rouble, with a six-year option to buy it back, leaving the door open for the French automaker to return. To save thousands of jobs, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced that Renault’s plant in the city would be…

Tesla Halts India Entry Plan Following Deadlock On Tariffs: Reuters

Tesla Inc has put plans to sell electric vehicles in India on hold, abandoned a search for showroom space, and transferred some of its domestic staff after failing to achieve reduced import duties, according to a report published by Reuters based on sources familiar with the matter. The decision comes after more than a year of impasse…

Analysts Predict Gazprom Might Lose One-Third Of Its Gas Supplies To Europe By 2022

Kremlin-controlled According to economists, Gazprom’s gas supplies to Europe could drop by a third this year as a result of the Ukraine situation, competition from liquefied natural gas, and plans to switch to rouble payments. Russia supplies over 40 per cent of European gas, but the West has been attempting to wean itself off Russian energy…

Poland Does Not Want To Take Or Pay For Additional COVID-19 Vaccines For Now

Poland’s health minister announced on Tuesday that it will not accept or pay for more doses of COVID-19 vaccine under the European Union’s supply contract, laying the groundwork for a legal battle with makers. During the coronavirus pandemic, Poland and other EU members received COVID-19 vaccines under supply contracts negotiated by the European Commission with…

As Police Struggle With Enraged Protestors, Sri Lanka’s President Announces A State Of Emergency

Sri Lanka’s president proclaimed a state of emergency in the island nation on Friday, a day after angry protestors demanded his resignation near his home and as plans were being prepared for a nationwide rally over the country’s worst economic crisis in recent memory. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa used parts of the Public Security Ordinance to…

Rationing Of Gas Is Being Considered In Germany And Austria

Germany and Austria have activated emergency plans in the event of a gas supply disruption due to a payment dispute with Russia. From March 31, Russia demanded that “unfriendly” countries pay for its gas in roubles, but the EU, which primarily pays in euros, rejected the proposal. Moscow appeared to soften its stance later, indicating…

Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Claims That The OPEC+ Oil Cartel Will Keep Politics Out Of Output Decisions

OPEC+ will keep politics out of its decision-making, according to Saudi Arabia’s oil minister, in favour of the “common good” of stabilizing energy prices. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, governments and international organisations around the world imposed punitive sanctions and severed economic ties with the country, but OPEC — the intergovernmental organisation of 13 oil…