On 14th September, EU Observer reported that the Faroe Islands – a semi-autonomous nation of 18 islands in the North Atlantic – has refused to support EU sanctions on Russia imposed after Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. The reason given is the islands’ salmon farming, with exports to Russia are now booming due to the EU sanctions.
The Guardian on 16th September reported that more than $16 million in cash and luxury watches were seized at an airport in Brazil in the luggage of a delegation accompanying the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea. Teodorin Nguema Obiang arrived on a private aircraft as part of an 11-person delegation and local media reported that federal police found $1.5 million in cash in one bag and watches worth an estimated $15 million in another. Brazilian law prohibits people from entering the country with more than £1,800 in cash.