Moscow received an invitation for Putin to take part in the November summit and “responded positively,” said presidential aide Yury Ushakov. Zelensky was also invited to the meeting, but he has not yet responded “The Kremlin has announced Putin's participation in the G20 summit in Indonesia” />
Russia has received an invitation to take part in the G20 summit to be held in Indonesia in November, presidential aide Yury Ushakov said, RBC correspondent reports. According to him, the participation of President Vladimir Putin “is envisaged.”
“Yes, we have confirmed that our participation is envisaged. We responded positively, we replied that we were interested in taking part,— Ushakov explained.
He added that it is planned to discuss issues on the agenda of the summit, as well as touch on topics that were raised at the April meeting of the heads of central banks and finance ministers of the G20 countries. The Russian delegation was then headed by Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.
17th meeting of heads of state— G20 members will be held in Bali on November 15 & 16. Indonesia is the current chair of the G20.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also received an invitation to the summit, although his country is not part of the G20. Bloomberg wrote that such a proposal was made by some member states, including the United States, after it became known that Putin had been invited to the meeting. The Ukrainian president has not yet given an answer about his participation.
In April, during Siluanov's video conference speech at the G20 meeting, the delegations of the UK, the US and Canada left the meeting. Chancellor of the British Exchequer Rishi Sunak explained that the delegates did so because of what is happening in Ukraine.
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Regarding the November summit, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said she would not boycott the event if she participated in it Putin. “I think it would be better if he [Putin] comes, then we can tell him to his face what we think,” — she explained, adding that the G20 summit was “too important.”
On June 30, Indonesian President Joko Widodo will visit Moscow, and before that— Ukraine. “My mission is to invite the President of Ukraine, President Zelensky, to open up space for dialogue in the context of peace,” — Widodo explained, adding that he would turn to Putin with the same proposal.
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The ban was introduced as part of the sixth EU sanctions package. Earlier, Finland also banned the import of gasoline in cans
In accordance with EU sanctions, it was forbidden to import strong alcohol from Russia to Finland, Yle TV channel reported, citing the country's Customs Service.
The restriction affected vodka, gin and whiskey, as well as liqueurs, while low-alcohol drinks such as beer, cider or wine are not subject to sanctions, explained Jarkko Keskinen, senior Finnish customs inspector.
He clarified that Alcohol cannot be brought into Finland either privately or as part of a commercial supply. The ban also applies to drinks bought at duty free shops on the border between Finland and Russia.
The ban on the import of strong alcohol from Russia was included in the sixth package of EU sanctions, which began to operate in early June. In total, in 2021, European countries imported alcoholic beverages from Russia in the amount of €80.3 million.
This sanctions package also includes a ban on the import of crude oil and petroleum products. In connection with it, Finland in mid-June banned drivers from importing fuel from Russia in cans and bottles. Prior to this, the so-called gasoline tourism was distributed between countries. Fuel was transported in canisters due to the difference in price: in Finland, a liter of gasoline costs about 150 rubles, while in Russia— RUB 51.27
The Russian authorities consider EU sanctions illegal. According to the press secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, sanctions weapons— This is a double-edged sword, and the cost of these restrictive measures for European citizens “will increase every day.”
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Upon arrival in Ashgabat on June 29, Vladimir Putin will go to the upper house of the Turkmen parliament to congratulate him on his anniversary its current chairman, and in the recent past, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
«At 13.30 we arrive and go to congratulate (the speaker) in the building of the upper house,» said Yuri Ushakov, assistant to the president for international affairs.< /p>
Following the meeting with Arkadag, Putin is scheduled to have contact with his son and successor, Serdar Berdimuhamedov.
As previously reported, Putin will visit Ashgabat on June 29 to attend the 6th Caspian Summit. “It is expected that it will confirm the strategic nature of multilateral cooperation in the Caspian Sea, as well as adherence to the principles enshrined in the convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea,” Ushakov said.
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov headed Turkmenistan from 2006 to 2022 year.
In March of this year, according to the results of early elections, the presidency passed to his son Serdar. At the same time, Arkadag himself retained the post of speaker of the Khalk Maslakhaty (upper house) of Milli Gengesh (parliament).
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Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov said that special attention during the visit of Vladimir Putin to Tajikistan, which will take place on -June 29, will be given to the situation in Afghanistan. According to him, this is the main problem for Dushanbe.
“Given the current difficult situation in this country, it is planned to discuss joint measures to ensure the border security of Tajikistan, prevent the infiltration of radicals from Afghan territory and issues of defense construction,” – Ushakov said, noting that Russia and Tajikistan are making vigorous efforts to combat terrorism and the drug threat emanating from Afghanistan.
He stressed that Moscow is helping Dushanbe in the military sphere, in particular, is participating in the modernization of the Tajik army.
Speaking about the possibility of recognizing the Taliban (the Taliban is recognized as a terrorist organization and banned in the Russian Federation), Yuri Ushakov stressed that the conditions set by the UN Security Council must be met for this.
He recalled that Russia has working and trade contacts with representatives of the Taliban. However, official recognition, according to him, depends on the fulfillment of the conditions indicated by the UN.
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In Kyiv, the police issued 219 draft notices to men who visited nightclubs or walked around after the curfew began. city. The press service of the National Police of Ukraine reported on the massive delivery of subpoenas.
Law enforcement officers conducted night raids in the capital, checking parks, squares, and nightclubs. It is noted that of the nightclubs that the police bypassed, only two were working. They revealed 413 violators of the curfew, of which 219 turned out to be of military age. The men were handed summons to the military enlistment office right on the spot.
Defense Minister Oleg Reznikov said earlier that Ukraine needs to ensure the number of military personnel involved in hostilities to a million.
Air defense crews are likely to come from Lithuania
The United States is going to supply medium and long-range missile defense systems to Ukraine. This is reported by CNN, citing an informed source. Earlier, it was about possible deliveries of American Patriots to Ukraine. Later, the idea somehow came to naught. According to experts, the Pentagon decided not to risk it. If these advertised complexes perform poorly in Ukraine, then this may damage their export history.
So what systems are the US planning to supply to Ukraine? This was told to MK by a military expert, ex-commander of the anti-aircraft missile forces of the Special Forces Command (Moscow Air Defense), retired colonel Sergey Khatylev.
“The United States promises to deliver the Norwegian NASAMS complex to Ukrainians,” the expert explained. – More precisely, this is a joint production complex – the Norwegian and American company Raytheon. It is clear that the Ukrainian air defense servicemen are absolutely not familiar with these complexes.
– They have not yet trained anyone for these complexes. Combat crews need to be prepared for at least six months. And even then, given that these people already have preliminary training, that is, they are already air defense officers or civilian specialists.
– I think that in this case, foreign combat crews will almost certainly be used. Most likely Norwegian. In general, this complex was purchased by nine countries, including Australia and Lithuania. Therefore, the calculations can be not only Norwegian, but also from one of these countries. I do not exclude, for example, that from Lithuania.
– Here's the thing: rockets with a range of up to 180 kilometers are actually being developed for NASAMS. But this does not mean at all that the complex will be delivered with such missiles. This is the same as it was with the HIMARS complex: they promised missiles with one range, but they sent them with a completely different one. It's the same here.
For NASAMS, there are rockets of various modifications. Basically, these are former American aircraft missiles that were converted for an air defense system. The range of such a NASAMS with one type of rocket is 20 kilometers, with another – 40. According to my information – and I used the information that the United States officially provides regarding these deliveries – they plan to send NASAMS to Ukraine in the version with a range of 20-40 km. Well, that is, it is approximately an analogue of our “Shell” or “Thor”. Also, of course, nothing good, but, as in a joke – “not horror-horror.”
American politicians make money on their creation
The new Partners in the Blue Pacific (PBP) block, which was created by the United States in partnership with Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, according to a political scientist Evgeny Satanovsky, directed against China. Despite the fact that it does not yet include South Korea and Taiwan, sooner or later they may appear there. Moreover, the expert believes that Russia may face this bloc in the future, however, the goals of the formation of this partnership are obvious to the political scientist.
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On his telegram channel, Satanovsky noted that the United States is “obsessed” with creating targeted blocs and alliances, of which a huge number were created after the Second World War. However, the political scientist emphasized that all of them were created against someone specific, but later “crashed” disintegrated without reaching the desired goals.
According to Satanovsky, first of all, American politicians make money on the creation of military blocs, using schemes for personal enrichment. The expert believes that money allows the right people to put it in the right pockets. At the same time, as the political scientist noted, there can be any formal goals, and no one has canceled the issues of earning “big” on anything and anyone. Satanovsky added that the same applies to the “horde of experts” from the United States.
In addition, the political scientist specified that the advantage of the tactics chosen by the United States to create blocs is the impact on the arms market. Satanovsky explained that by his actions, Washington is pushing the military-industrial complexes of partners into the background, at the same time advertising its own developments and gaining control over supply chains. The expert added that ports, airports, bases, cargo and passenger terminals, as well as raw materials of all types and types are under the control of the Americans.
According to the political scientist, if this does not help to cope with China, then at least delay “America's Sunset” Satanovsky believes that this is “also a goal”, in which there will be no sentimentality, as is always the case with Americans.
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“Within an hour I was trained to work on a crane installation, took all financial responsibility”
Snake Island, which is located in the north of -western part of the Black Sea. It has long passed under our control, but the Ukrainian armed forces have already made several attempts to retake the island, which is of great importance. Deputy Andrey Gurulyov, citing his sources, spoke about one of the episodes of the defense of the island.
In his Telegram channel, the deputy said how exactly the anti-aircraft systems were delivered to the Zmeiny to defend the island. He highlighted the role of Deputy Commander of the Black Sea Fleet for Logistics, Major General Mikhail Yasnikov. Judging by the deputy's story, this general deserves special respect.
The task was set to deliver the Russian anti-aircraft systems “Pantsir” and “Tor-M” to Zmeiny. They are able to protect the island's garrison from air strikes and missiles. However, the delivery of heavy anti-aircraft systems ran into problems. A floating crane was needed to load the complexes onto the ship, and then to unload them onto the island. But on the floating crane SPK-54150, the team is made up of civilian sailors, who cannot be sent on a combat mission.
And then Major General Mikhail Yasnikov personally, together with a civilian crane operator, first by helicopter and then by boat, arrived at the floating crane, which was at sea. During the loading of the Pantsir-S anti-aircraft complex, it turned out that it was too heavy for a landing craft. The only way out is to go to the island on a floating crane.
The civilian crane operator refused to take any chances. And then Major General Yasnikov, as Gurulev writes, “was trained to work on a crane installation within an hour, took all financial responsibility.”
16 members of the boatswain's team with two fast boats arrived to help. The transition of the crane to the island was covered by anti-aircraft missile systems of support vessels. Already during the unloading, the enemy attacked the island with a Tochka-U missile. She hit by, no one was hurt.
Already 20 minutes after mooring, the Pantsir anti-aircraft missile and gun system, unloaded onto the pier personally by the “crane operator”, took up combat duty and almost immediately released three anti-aircraft guided missiles against Tochka-U.
After that, Yasnikov unloaded the Tor-M2 complex onto the island. At the moment of unloading, Pantsir again opened fire and shot down a Ukrainian missile above the surface of the water. Presumably, it was the Neptune anti-ship missile, which was heading for a floating crane.
The determination and courage of Mikhail Yasnikov, who took full responsibility, led the people behind him, the courage and heroism of all the crew members and the boatswain's team, writes the deputy, they allowed to save all the military personnel who guard the Snake Island. We need control over this island, it is a strategically important object.
Ukrainian special services wrote off military drugs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for “intrigues of Russian spies”
The absurd version is designed to cover up the collapse of the Ukrainian army
In Kyiv — another loud revelation. The SBI of Ukraine (analogous to the American FBI) reported on the exposure of a gang that supplied “combat drugs” & nbsp; to the front. The fact that the fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and various nationalist battalions are sitting on “drugs” became known after the capture of “Azovstal”: deposits of empty packages of “stimulating substances” were found in the bunkers of the plant; foreign production.
According to the Ukrainian State Bureau of Investigation, the supply of these “drugs” to the troops — is nothing but … RF special operation.
Well, who else could pump Ukrainian soldiers with drugs so that they would go into battle without fear and reproach? However, everything worked out in the minds of Ukrainian investigators: it is reported that a group was exposed, “which produced drugs in large volumes and distributed & hellip; mainly to the military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who are fighting in the east of Ukraine».
According to the RBI report, the gang included more than 40 people who “controlled an extensive network of production and distribution of methadone, amphetamine and marijuana.” Moreover, they produced them in their laboratories, distributed them through the “branched channels” of “operators”; and through the mediation of one of the mailers.
In addition, “sustainable illegal relations were built with officials of law enforcement agencies, who were paid” tribute “; for not bringing to responsibility».
As in this well-coordinated chain, where both Ukrainian manufacturers and distributors, and even “protectors” — local policemen, Russian special services wormed their way — unclear. It remains only to rejoice at the depth of penetration of Russian special services into Ukrainian reality. Is it a joke — not only to create laboratories and an extensive network of distributors, but also to entangle law enforcement agencies, together with post offices, with their influence. And most importantly — made their way to the very heart of Ukraine: investigative actions were reportedly carried out in the Dnepropetrovsk, Kyiv and Cherkasy regions.
The leaders of the gang were detained. And according to investigators, they face up to 10 years in prison. Question — why not 15 years? After all, this is exactly how much is due for “treason.” But apparently “tying the strings” is not included in the work of the State Bureau of Investigation. The main thing is to loudly declare intrigues & nbsp; RF. There is no way without it now.
The commander of the brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine “Volyn” told who ordered the surrender of “Azovstal”
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Commander of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Sergey Volynsky with the call sign “Volyn”, who was on the territory of the metallurgical plant ” Azovstal” in Mariupol, spoke about the order of the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian army Valery Zaluzhny to surrender, writes the Military Chronicle Telegram channel.
According to Volyn, Zaluzhny called military communications and from the command post said to stop conduct defensive operations and surrender, finding exits on their own or through the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine.
According to the commander of the Ukrainian marine brigade, the order was a shock for the military. Volynsky hoped to the last that the military would be given a corridor to leave the plant.
Volynsky also said that he had contacted the head of the Ukrainian state, Volodymyr Zelensky. “He said that we have a critical situation, that we need to take some measures, look for some kind of political solution, go to some negotiations, because people are dying and the situation is getting worse all the time,” Volyn shared the details, noting that Zelensky asked the fighters to hold on. When the order to surrender was received from Zaluzhny, he again got in touch with the president, who told him that the defense of Mariupol was ending.
Sergey Volyn's transformations: from a coat with fur to the surrender of Azovstal
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And named the key know-how of tactics in 4 months
Four months have passed since the start of the special military operation. Experts analyze its intermediate results and tactics. Thus, military expert Ilya Kramnik highlighted several key points in the actions of our troops.
Estimating the estimated time frame conducting a special operation, the expert notes its “protracted nature” and suggests that the armed forces of Ukraine (AFU) will continue to resist for some time. At the same time, as Kramnik reminded on the social network, the Armed Forces of Ukraine rely on military assistance from the West, including fuel, ammunition, and cash.
Among the factors that ensure the superiority of the Russian troops, the expert named two: an artillery offensive, due to the ability to concentrate a significantly larger number of artillery systems and use an order of magnitude more ammunition than the enemy; an operational maneuver under artillery cover.
In his opinion, the acceleration of the operation could be facilitated, for example, by an increase in the use of high-precision weapons, drones and armored vehicles.
Studying the course and results of a special military operation will help optimize the structure of the Ground Forces, the Navy and military aviation in the future. The undoubted achievements of the fleet Kramnik attributed the presence of the Caliber cruise missiles, as well as the equipment of the fleet forces with the UKKS universal ship-based firing system, which makes it possible to unify the Navy's missile armament.
As part of the Air Force, the expert noted the high quality of Su-34 front-line bombers and Ka-52 multipurpose attack helicopters. At the same time, according to him, it will be necessary to increase the number of special-purpose aircraft and helicopters in the Air Force – air command posts, reconnaissance vehicles, electronic warfare carriers.
Kramnik did not rule out that, as a result of the special operation, the Airborne troops will be reformatted into airmobile or light infantry units, allowing airborne landings, operating on standard armored vehicles of motorized rifle units, and having additional training in order to carry out helicopter and tactical parachute landings, if necessary.
North Atlantic Alliance is going to strengthen its eastern flank
From 28 to 30 June, the NATO summit will be held in Madrid. Particular attention at the meeting of NATO leaders will be given to the Ukrainian theme. The parties will discuss the possibility of strengthening support for Kyiv. But among the members of the association on this issue there are a number of disagreements. The expert assessed whether the parties would be able to close the cracks in the desired “foundation of unity”, and also told what Russia should expect from the upcoming landmark meeting.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called the upcoming summit outstanding. “It will be historic, firstly, because the meeting of 30 allies will take place in the midst of the biggest security crisis in Europe since the end of World War II, – Stoltenberg noted. – Secondly, it will be historic, because we will make many important decisions.
NATO Secretary General also stressed that the parties will agree on the largest since the end of the Cold War; transformation of the collective defense of the alliance.
It is expected that the summit will discuss the issue of joining the block of Finland and Sweden. Consideration of these applications is actively blocked by Turkey. Ankara accuses Helsinki and Stockholm of supporting terrorists.
On the eve of the summit, Turkey once again confirmed that it was not going to join the anti-Russian sanctions of the West, as its economy would be seriously affected by this decision. Moreover, the official representative of the Turkish leader, Ibrahim Kalyn, said that the launch of the Russian special operation in Ukraine was not accidental, since it was preceded by decisions by NATO and the West.
“Over time, China quickly rose to the top of the economic pyramid, – Kalyn noted in an interview with journalists on the Haberturk TV channel. – Suddenly it became the second largest economy in the world. Russia began to doubt the pyramid in geostrategic and military terms, proposed to renegotiate the terms and sign a new balance agreement in 30 years. Those who wanted to suppress those trying to get out from below said: let's go the way of conflict.
Meanwhile, Stoltenberg announced that at the Madrid summit Russia would be declared a “threat to peace and stability.” In the new Strategic Concept, special attention will be paid to strengthening the military position against the “become more aggressive” Moscow.
According to preliminary data, the updated NATO concept will outline longer-term and multifaceted challenges to Euro-Atlantic security from China, as well as the alliance’s approach to transnational threats in the climate and space spheres, in the field of cybersecurity, etc.
In addition, according to the White House, the United States “will announce steps to strengthen European security. Major new commitments are also expected regarding Allied contributions.
comments “MK” President of the Euro-Atlantic Cooperation Association Tatiana Parkhalina. – The previous one from 2010 stated that one of the main goals of NATO is to form a genuine strategic partnership with the Russian Federation. However, now, for the first time since 1967, Russia will be recognized as an enemy and threat to the alliance.
The importance and seriousness of this concept should not be underestimated, despite the fact that it will be implemented at a declarative level. The consequence of this will be the further strengthening of the eastern flank of the association. For understanding: until February 24, there were 4,500 NATO forces there, but now there are 40,000. For the first time, an alliance rapid reaction force has been deployed on the eastern flank and in Europe.
Moreover, we are talking about a serious increase in the presence and weapons. Moreover, in conditions when none of the parties withdrew from the founding act of 1997. On paper, it still formally exists. If this document spoke about the possible presence of NATO units on a rotational basis, now, apparently, we will talk about the presence on a permanent basis.
There has never been a unified position on all issues in such structures as NATO and the European Union, and, most likely, never will be, the expert believes. There is always compromise diplomacy, ongoing negotiations and discussions, which sometimes take considerable time.
“About” poured concrete ” the community need not say, – continues Tatyana Parkhalina. – The vitality and effectiveness of an organization is determined not by whether problems arise, but by how they are solved. There have always been disagreements in NATO on various occasions and issues. I think to some extent they persist. What would I pay attention to in this regard: on Sunday, June 26, on the sidelines of the G7 summit; French President Emmanuel Macron met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Politicians represent two schools in the collective West and two approaches to resolving the situation in Ukraine. In short, in the “victory party of Kyiv” includes the UK, Poland, the Baltic states and part of the American establishment. In “the party of the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian peace talks” – France, Germany, Italy and Hungary.
The agreements that were reached between Macron and Johnson just indicate that a common position has now been developed: the parties promised to provide assistance to Ukraine as much as needed, and also not to resolve the Ukrainian issue without the country itself. Only Kyiv, according to Western representatives, will depend on the conditions under which it will or will not sign peace agreements. In addition, the head of the British government urged not to exert any pressure on Ukraine under the terms of a possible agreement.
Thus, the existing cracks between these two countries were covered with concrete putty. The parties managed to eliminate these disagreements.
According to the expert, in recent years, “enfant terribl” The North Atlantic alliance is Turkey. In this sense, she took the place of France. Ankara, unlike most NATO members, has refused to impose sanctions against Russia. Moreover, the country opposed the possible entry into the alliance of Finland and Sweden.
“However, in the last two days there has been information that Ankara’s veto over Helsinki and Stockholm may still be overcome, – the expert continues. – As for economic sanctions, NATO does not deal with them. This is being done by the European Union, the G7 (G7). And just these days in the Bavarian Alps there is a talk about how to further strengthen the restrictions on Russian oil, gold, etc.
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The Polish army is quite large and well-armed, it received good equipment from the United States: Abrams tanks, Zentin Patriot missile systems and F-16 fighter jets. Yuriy Knutov, a military expert and director of the Museum of Air Defense Forces, announced this in an interview with Ukraina.ru.
Earlier, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki made a statement during the opening of a new shooting range that in the event of an attack by the Russian Federation, it would be resisted 40 million Poles.
According to the interlocutor of the publication, the Polish army is equipped with modern models of US weapons that allow you to fight effectively. Knutov pointed out that the Poles got rid of the remnants of Soviet weapons, completely transferring them to the Ukrainian side. At the same time, the specialist stressed that the volume of American weapons is not enough to conduct active hostilities.
“All they can do is conduct a police operation, taking control of Western Ukraine and thus annexing it. This is supported by the fact that Kyiv is considering a bill on the special status of Polish citizens in Ukraine,” Knutov shared his opinion.
From his point of view, the Russian Federation cannot interfere with Warsaw’s plans to seize Western Ukraine, but now it does not matter so much, since the establishment of control by Poland in the medium term will provoke serious conflicts between Poles and Ukrainians, and Moscow should not interfere with this.
The West has developed three scenarios
Ukraine became one of the main topics at the G7 summit. According to some reports, Germany, France, Italy and part of the American political establishment are inclined to believe that the country needs peace talks with Russia. Like, only the semblance of “Minsk 3” will save the remnants of Nezalezhnaya. However, Britain believes that Zelensky should not make concessions. MK tried to figure out how the West sees a solution to the Ukrainian crisis.
The G7, which includes the UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, France, Japan and the United States, are united in their determination to continue supporting Ukraine economically, diplomatically and militarily. The most active at the summit was British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said that Ukrainians need the support of the G7 “more than ever”; and urged Kyiv not to agree to a “bad peace”.
The British position is also emphasized in a joint article by the Foreign Ministers of Britain and Ukraine. This curious document explicitly states that countries should ignore “defeatist voices that say people are getting tired and that offer to sell Ukraine in order to quickly end the ongoing horror.” That is, British and Ukrainian diplomats do not intend to resolve the issue through diplomacy.
France's position somewhat contrasts with this approach. As you know, France, along with Italy, is considered a supporter of establishing contacts between the parties and a more compromise treaty solution to the Ukrainian issue. The White House also reports that US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz consider it necessary to resolve the Ukrainian problem through negotiations. Who will Zelensky listen to in such a situation and what compromises are his European leaders inciting?
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In the coming days, it will become clear whether the fuse can be extinguished
Every summer, this situation always happens to me: I definitely need to write about something, and writing, it seems to me, especially about nothing. In the hot summer of 2022, a similar misfortune happened to me this Monday. On the information front – a complete beggar. Bloomberg, however, reported that Russia defaulted for the first time since 1918 (and what about 1998?). But it's “symbolic”, and symbolic defaults are not considered defaults.
At their summit in Germany, the G7 countries also decided to “cut off Russia from world markets”: deprive Moscow of income from the sale of gold, set a “ceiling” for Russian energy prices, and so on and so forth. However, this decision still needs to be implemented (or, from our point of view, by no means necessary) to be implemented, and the US and the EU have recently had big problems with this. No, forgive me, ladies and gentlemen, but there is absolutely nothing to write about this Monday.
Are you snickering, daddy? No, the “my friend” didn’t get drunk, but just got used to the “new normal”, which in fact is anything but normal.
A few weeks ago, a Russian diplomat friend told me exactly how the procedure for the departure of employees of our embassies expelled from the EU countries took place. “Person non grata” was taken to Brussels airport, where they had to walk to the plane through a corridor of police officers with sheepdogs. Is it normal? By the standards before February 24 – not just abnormal, but blatantly abnormal. By the standards after February 24, the language still does not turn out to be normal, but it is also something surprising and unexpected.
Why all these philosophical (or pseudo-philosophical) reflections? Moreover, a distinctive feature of the current moment extended in time is a sharp decrease in the political pain threshold. And it's very dangerous. After all, pain is, as you know, not just pain. In our body, pain acts as an early warning system. In politics, it's exactly the same.
The “routinization of abnormality” carries an obvious danger. As I'm already tired of repeating, it can always be worse. And if our (and also not our) brains take the abnormal for granted, we may miss another political fork, after which the interim period after February 24 will also begin to be perceived as another “lost paradise”. I will say more: we (in the sense of Russia and the West) are close to this fork. We hover around it, deciding whether or not to turn there.
What exactly am I talking about? Sorry, again about Kaliningrad. In recent days, a very strange fuss has been going on around this Russian exclave (an exclave is a region separated from the main territory of its country by the territory of other states).
The European Commission threatens to turn its anger to mercy: modify sanctions against the Russian Federation in such a way that they did not interfere with “transit from Russia to Russia”.
But Lithuania, a country that is directly in the center of this conflict, threatens to anger at mercy not change and veto the corresponding decision of the main executive body of the EU.
Not being a deep connoisseur of the mechanisms of the European bureaucracy, I do not I undertake to predict who exactly will win in this internal conflict. But my political early warning system is up and running. We are at the red line, which is better not to cross.
It would seem that everything that could happen has already happened a long time ago. Russia is conducting a special military operation on the territory of Ukraine, a country that has been an associated member of the Western world since at least 2014. But here is an important detail: in practice, the difference between the status of an associate member and a full member is as big a difference as between a mistress and a wife.
Lithuania behaves so recklessly because it is a full member of NATO. From the point of view of official Vilnius, this gives him a 100% guarantee of security from any problems associated with Moscow's actions.
But did someone forget to tell the Kremlin that Lithuania has a “100% guarantee”? Vladimir Putin is, as we all know, a big fan of humor. But the sovereignty of Russia is definitely not a topic for jokes in his eyes. Meanwhile, from the Kremlin's point of view, Lithuania is encroaching on exactly this – on the completeness of the sovereignty of the Russian Federation in one particular Kaliningrad region.
Although no, the wording about “one particular region” is clearly inappropriate here. I will formulate everything more clearly and convexly – taking into account the very respected GDPR rule “one for all, all for one”: from the point of view of the Kremlin, Lithuania has thrown an open, even deliberate challenge to the sovereignty of the Russian Federation. Should I continue to unwind the logical chain?
The European Commission seems to understand that it is better not to test Putin for strength in this way. But in Lithuania, judging by the statements of the president of this state, there is no such understanding. We are therefore waiting for which concept will win in the EU. I really hope that a new “nuclear explosion” in relations between Moscow and the West will still be avoided. For the sake of this, I am even ready to put up with the situation again when I “have nothing to write about.”
How the National Battalions and the Armed Forces of Ukraine treated the civilians of Severodonetsk
On the territory of the Azot industrial zone in Severodonetsk, all the hostages were released, said LPR Ambassador to the Russian Federation Rodion Miroshnik. Only on Monday, June 27, the combined forces of the Russian Federation and the LPR took 500 civilians out of the plant. Most of them were delivered to the distribution point in Starobelsk. But a third of the townspeople decided to stay in Severodonetsk in order to take part in the restoration of the city.
Maxim Grigoriev, chairman of the International Public Tribunal for Ukraine, member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, told MK about what they had to endure.
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— We have collected a lot of evidence that Ukrainian troops and national units used civilians as hostages, which is a war crime, — says Maxim Grigoriev. — People were not physically allowed to leave the enterprise. So they said: “Try to escape from Azot” — we will bury you. Behind the fence you have only one road — at the cemetery. They put heavy equipment right at the entrance to the bomb shelter and basements. They were covered by civilians, like a human shield. For any disobedience — threatened to kill. They were not told about any humanitarian corridors organized by the Russian army together with the LPR.
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— Civilians were at the plant in different places, sitting not only in bunkers, but also in the basements of workshops and in various technical rooms. The territory of “Azot” huge, covering an area of about 500 hectares. The workshops are scattered on an industrial site of 3 by 2.5 kilometers. During hostilities, it is difficult to control the entire territory.
And then the Ukrainian military units began to retreat, to surrender. Some of the employees of the enterprise with their families managed to get out of the enterprise.
I want to note that not all Ukrainian military behaved like scoundrels. Among them were those who did not lose the remnants of conscience. They, as a rule, were not from the leadership, but simple, demobilized soldiers. We were told that one of them went to meet the prayers and requests of women, let them go with their children from the territory of the enterprise. They went out in small groups. There were also such cases.
— Evacuation from the farthest areas of the plant from the city was difficult because of the shelling. The Ukrainian military attacked the industrial zone from Lisichansk, from the opposite, high bank of the Seversky Donets. It was possible to slip there only in cars, on which people were delivered food, water and medicines.
Cleansing operations were going on at the plant itself, the Ukrainian units, retreating, left a lot of mines, traps and stretch marks. The militants of the national units hid in the labyrinths of workshops and communications. When the combined allied troops entered there, they began to shoot at them from behind the backs of civilians. We know many examples when the “Azov” and «Aidarovtsy» (organizations banned in the Russian Federation) threw away their uniforms, dressed in civilian clothes and tried to mix with civilians.
— There was some kind of food supply in the bomb shelters. People brought some food with them. There were separate cases when the Ukrainian military shared with civilians stocks of food from among those that were stolen from the destroyed shops.
We were told about cases when people, at their own peril and risk, managed to get out one by one from the factory in order to find some food in the city and bring it to the basement. Women from among the hostages said that they ate mainly rice and canned food. Someone managed to bake something like cakes from the remnants of flour. They divided each of them into small parts so that everyone got a piece. There were those who ran out of food and were starving.
They drank mostly industrial water. Of course, there was nothing good in it, it was musty, but there was still water.
— The underground rooms were damp. At some point there was no electricity. The people sat in the dark. The children caught a cold, got sick. But there were no medicines. Older people who ran out of life-saving medicines simply died in basements without medical care. One man lost his leg due to complications from diabetes. He ran out of insulin, and the militants did not let him out of Azot. People said that when they saw that the fighters of the Russian army and the LPR were entering the basement, they cried with happiness.
— For those who want to leave, buses are provided, they are helped to transport things in army Urals. I talked with many people in Severodonetsk, many of them want to stay at home, take part in the restoration of the city and the enterprise.
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MK Special Correspondent reports from the LPR
The forces of the People's Militia of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), with the support of Russian troops, completely liberated Severodonetsk and the Azot plant. This was stated by the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov. On the second day, civilians are being evacuated from the territory of the plant, who have been in Azot shelters for the past weeks. The MK correspondent visited the scene and found out in what conditions civilians had to survive.
Photo: Lina Korsak < p>It is unusually quiet in Severodonetsk. The sounds of war are heard only in the distance, from Lysichansk. However, this, of course, is no reason to relax. The enemy, as the military say, although driven out of the city, is still trying to “snarl” at a distance.
People are crowding near the entrance to the shelter. Some, waiting for the bus, which is supposed to take people from the industrial zone to the city, are already sitting “on their suitcases” in full readiness. Others fussily carry their meager, miraculously surviving belongings out of the dungeons into the street. Despite the haggard look, people smile and even try to joke with each other and with the military.
I'm going down. The dungeon is dark and a little stuffy. After the exit is opened, the air enters there only naturally. There is no longer any need to force it manually.
Photo: Lina Korsak- Do not shine in the eyes, we have already lost the habit of bright light, – a hunched old woman asks to turn off the camera flashes.
People hastily pack their things between the densely set bunk beds.
– Where is my cat? – cries a girl of eight years old, smearing tears over her dirty face. – I won’t go without a cat.
The mother tries to calm the child, assuring that the tailed one, most likely, frightened by the fuss that began, hid, but will definitely return soon.
– There were sleeping places or did you set everything up yourself? – interested in a middle-aged woman.
– Sami. They brought something from the house when they ran here, something was already found here.
The beds are separated from each other by rags or cellophane. Not God knows what, but still personal space.
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It becomes harder to breathe in the depths of the basement . The smell of dampness and unwashed bodies hits the nose.
– Do you want to see how we took water all this time? – a middle-aged man in a work jacket with an “Nitrogen” patch on the sleeve calls out to me. As the interlocutor later said, he is an employee of the plant. During heavy shelling in March, he hid in a shelter with everyone. Then he simply could not leave, the Ukrainian military stopped letting people out.
Together with the escort, we go into the room with the inscription “Well”. There is a gaping hole in the middle of the floor, next to it is a metal, cylinder-like bucket with a thick rope tied.
“There used to be a pump here,” the man explains. – I had to dismantle it because there is no electricity. Look in the middle of the bucket, there is a sledgehammer. We did this ourselves to make it heavier.
– What is the depth here? – I'm interested, leaning over the well.
– 12-15 meters. There was no other option to get water.
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A commanding male voice asks the rest to pack up quickly. This is one of the soldiers providing evacuation. His request brings revival.
– How long have you been here? – I ask a middle-aged woman standing nearby.
– Since March 27. I don’t even know what date it is today, – the interlocutor smiles sadly, trying not to show excitement.
According to Natalya, she came to the shelter on her own, together with her neighbors. The house where they hid earlier was bombed, and people had no choice but to look for a new shelter. We thought the plant would be quieter. We made a mistake.
– How did the Ukrainian military treat you?
– They didn't really come down here to see us. Once they came with a proposal to evacuate to the side of Ukraine, they even made a list of some kind. But so no one came for the people. Someone said that it's already too late. The second time they came just to count us.
According to the woman, no one told people that a “green” corridor was organized on the side of the LPR, which the Ukrainian side disrupted.
Together with Natalia, we rise to the surface.
Photo: Lina Korsak
Military men help those gathered to load things into the Ural. After that, everyone is asked to get on the bus.
– Do you have any water? – an elderly woman asks, clutching a large plastic bag to her chest.
I bring a bottle of water from the car.
– Do you need to give it back? – as if hoping for a negative answer, the woman asks.
– No, leave it to yourself.
– I buried my son Vitalka here, – she shares with tears in her eyes. . I have him, you know what a handsome man he was. And what a good one! Didn't leave me anywhere. We changed three shelters.
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A woman wipes her tears with the sleeve of a jacket thrown over her shoulders.
– We all cried, – a pensioner standing nearby intervenes in the conversation. – 39 years in total. They could not do anything, he bled out.
The heartbroken mother said that one day Vitaly, along with other men, went out of the shelter to the surface just to breathe. Then even the Ukrainian military allowed people to rise from the dungeon at least for a short time. After a while there were explosions. The man was already brought down with multiple wounds.
– Some of the guys ran to the military for help, – the woman cries. – They came, looked, said that now they would return with a doctor and be taken to the hospital. So no one else came. He was conscious until the very end. Here they were buried. And now how to find. Not even a mound. When will I find him? Dear son…
In Ulyanovsk, the drivers competed in the “tram bowling”, according to the publication Podyom on its Telegram channel.
This game completed the competition of professional skills, which is held in the city Every year. According to the deputy director of MUE “Ulyanovskelectrotrans” Victor Trepalin, first the drivers passed the theory, and then took part in a series of creative tests.
In total, 12 people took part in the competition, which consisted of four stages. During the last stage, the tram drivers had to pick up speed of 30 km/h and stop in front of a big ball so that it rolled and knocked down the skittles.
The winners of the competition were given prizes, in addition, the participants who took the first six places , increased the class of competence.
Formerly, the head of Roskosmos; Dmitry Rogozin spoke about the new Russian “missile” tram without foreign components, created by a state corporation.
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A criminal case was opened against the ambulance doctors who transported Yuri Shatunov from the hospital in the village of Rastunovo to the Domodedovo hospital. representative of the singer Arkady Kudryashov.
“Now a criminal case has been opened against the ambulance doctors. Therefore, at first we were not allowed to bury Yura, we were not given the body. Well & nbsp; let them check, though Shatunov will no longer be returned & nbsp; & nbsp; & mdash; cites the words of Kudryashov «Komsomolskaya Pravda».
Shatunov died on the night of 23 June in 49th year of his life. Death occurred as a result of acute heart failure caused by a massive myocardial infarction, said Andrei Osipov, head physician of the Domodedovo Central City Hospital, to RIA Novosti.
What are the claims against doctors?
According to Kudryashov, Shatunov became ill at the table: suddenly he grabbed his chest and it became difficult for him to breathe. The artist's comrades, who were vacationing with him in the Moscow region, called an ambulance. As the representative of the singer notes, the dispatcher said that the ambulance would have to wait a long time and they advised to bring Shatunov to the hospital on their own. Friends took the performer to the nearest emergency room, the doctors examined Shatunov and came to the conclusion that the case was serious and it was necessary to take him to the hospital. For this, an ambulance brigade was assigned, “just some kind of ancient gazelle without equipment,” Kudryashov noted.
In the end, Shatunov died along the way. In & nbsp; the hospital tried to “start” him, but it didn't work out, the representative of the artist added. He believes that the singer could no longer be saved, since his “heart swelled and broke”. At the same time, as Kudryashov notes, Shatunov suffered for about forty minutes before his death, “couldn't stand on his feet.”stated that Shatunov was brought in in a serious condition. According to him, the ambulance team that delivered the artist from the village of Rastunovo reacted quickly, there are no complaints against her. But on the road Shatunov became «very ill», a heart attack caused a heart rhythm disturbance, and the process spread to the entire heart muscle, the head physician noted.
Also, earlier, the Moscow Regional Ambulance Station denied reports from some media and Telegram channels that the ambulance dispatcher refused to send a brigade to Shatunov. The medical institution told Life.ru that the administration of the organization listened to the records of calls received at the ambulance console during the period when Shatunov's comrades turned there. It turned out that the caller specified the location of the nearest hospital. The dispatcher provided an exhaustive answer and offered to issue a call. But the caller refused and stated that he would take the patient to the medical facility, the regional ambulance station noted.
The institution also reported that at 23:46 an ambulance was called to the Rastunov hospital for medical evacuation of the patient to the regional vascular center.
“Three minutes later, the ambulance was on the ;place and immediately started providing emergency assistance and medevacuation», — told the publication.
According to the representative of the medical institution, the ambulance arrived was fully equipped with medical equipment in accordance with the regulations. It included a resuscitation kit, ventilators, ECG and defibrillators.
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No one was hurt, according to emergency services. As a result of the previous strike of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the drilling rigs of the company in the Black Sea, three people were injured and burned, seven more were missing
Chernomorneftegaz platform in the Black Sea came under fire, a spokesman for emergency services confirmed to TASS. According to him, no one was hurt.
RBC sent a request to the press services of the Ministry of Defense and the Main Directorate of the Russian Emergencies Ministry for the Republic of Crimea.
Earlier, about the shelling of the Chernomorneftegaz tower, Telegram-channel Baza reported. According to him, the blow was delivered at night on the Tavrida self-elevating drilling rig. (presumably by a rocket), the projectile hit the helipad and left a hole with a diameter of almost 5m.
On June 20, the Crimean authorities reported that three towers of Chornomorneftegaz were hit by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. at the Odessa deposit, 71 km from Odessa. As a result, a fire started. There were 109 people on the platforms, three were injured, seven were missing. Senator Olga Kovitidi said that the workers managed to “turn off the gas” before the impact — otherwise, a large-scale explosion would have occurred, in which Odessa could have suffered.
The families of the missing were promised to pay compensation— 6.5 million rubles
«Chernomorneftegaz»— one of the Ukrainian companies that the authorities nationalized after the annexation of Crimea to Russia in 2014. The enterprise is managed by the Crimean Ministry of Fuel and Energy. In 2014, the company produced 2 billion cubic meters. m of gas, in 2020— about 1 billion.
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Blinken: Russia will lose about $19 billion annually from the G7 ban on gold imports The US Secretary of State stressed that the sanctions already imposed on Russia are seriously affecting its economy. Following the summit in Germany, the G7 plans to announce a ban on Russian gold imports were announced by American leader Joe Biden
The losses of the Russian economy from the ban on Russian gold imports by the G7 countries will amount to about $19 billion a year, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in an interview with CNN. “This is the second most profitable export item after energy resources,” — he said.
Russia— one of the world's largest exporters of gold. According to the Ministry of Finance, in 2021, Russian gold mining companies produced 346.4 tons of gold. Of these, 302.2 tons were exported and, according to FCS statistics, brought Moscow $17.4 billion.
The head of the State Department called the effect of the sanctions already imposed against Russia because of the special operation in Ukraine “colossal”. “What we have been doing since the beginning, these unprecedented sanctions and export restrictions are having a significant impact on Russia even with oil revenues amid rising prices. She can't spend this money because of export restrictions,” — Blinken explained. According to him, as a result, over time, Moscow will lose the tools for mobilizing the defense sector, technology and resource extraction. noted the Secretary of State.
On June 25, US President Joe Biden announced that the G7 countries (USA, UK, Germany, Canada, France, Italy and Japan) would announce a ban on Russian gold imports. G7 Summit takes place from 26 to 28 June in Germany. The UK government has indicated that the value of gold for Russian elites has grown in recent months due to demand from big businessmen who are trying to avoid the financial consequences of international sanctions.
The EU said it was ready to consider joining the G7 in ban on the import of Russian gold. The head of the European Council, Charles Michel, stressed that the restrictions should be studied for damage to the EU economy.
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The Russian authorities have repeatedly called the sanctions imposed because of the special operation illegitimate and emphasized the harm of restrictions for those states that impose them.
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Bloomberg learned about the decision of the G7 to provide military assistance to Ukraine indefinitely
Against the backdrop of statements about the possibility of a protracted conflict in Ukraine, the leaders of the Seven, following the summit in Germany, plan to announce their intention to help Kyiv “as much as it takes”
G7 countries (Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, USA, France and Japan) in a statement following the summit that began on June 26 in Germany, they will announce their intention to provide unlimited support to Ukraine, writes Bloomberg with reference to the draft document.
“We will continue to provide financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support and be with Ukraine for as long as necessary,” says the text.
According to the agency, the G7 states are also considering using customs revenues to help Ukraine.
Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. Its goal is called “demilitarization and denazification” by the authorities; neighboring state, as well as the protection of the DNR and LNR. Moscow emphasizes that the special operation will end when its goals are achieved.
On June 19, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg admitted that the conflict could drag on for years, and stressed that the alliance should be is ready to assist Kyiv in the conditions of protracted hostilities. Similar forecasts were voiced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The Washington Post, citing sources, reported that the United States and its allies were preparing for a protracted scenario. The Kremlin also agreed with this assessment.
An attempt by Western leaders to resolve the conflict now will give Russia the opportunity to manipulate “sovereign countries and international markets,” Johnson warned French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G7 summit. Macron, after the outbreak of hostilities, often called up Russian President Vladimir Putin and in early June said that he had talked with his Russian colleague about Ukraine for “a hundred hours.” At the talks, Johnson and Macron agreed that in order to change the course of the conflict, it is necessary to continue to help Kyiv to strengthen its negotiating and military position.
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The Russian leadership accuses Western countries of trying to prolong the hostilities by supplying Ukraine with military aid. At the same time, the Kremlin emphasizes that the tasks of the special operation will be completed, despite the “pumping” Kyiv with Western weapons.
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The G7 Global Infrastructure Partnership will implement “groundbreaking projects” in developing countries. The US will send $200 billion to the project; the total investment of the G7 countries will amount to $600 billion by 2027 =”G7 will launch a competitor to China's 'One Belt, One Road' project” />
G7 leaders at the summit at Elmau Castle in Bavaria, Germany
G7 countries (G7, uniting the UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, France, Japan and the US) are launching the Partnership for Global Infrastructure (PGII), the White House said. According to Reuters, it should become a competitor to China's “One Belt, One Road” initiative.
The partnership will implement “groundbreaking projects” that will address infrastructure gaps in developing countries, strengthen the global economy and supply chains, and advance US national security interests. Its launch will be officially announced at the G7 summit, which takes place in the Elmau castle in the south of Bavaria from June 26 to 28.
The White House said the US will allocate $200 billion over the next five years to fund the necessary infrastructure in developing countries as part of the project. Funds are planned to be raised through grants, federal funding and private investment. In total, the G7 countries are expected to contribute $600 billion to the initiative by 2027.
PGII will focus on four priorities:
- fighting change climate;
- development of digital infrastructure;
- promoting gender equality and equity;
- development and modernization of health systems.
Biden will present several specific projects at the summit along with the leaders of the UK, Japan, Canada and the EU. According to Reuters, French President Emmanuel Macron will not join them, as he previously supported China's One Belt, One Road program. In 2019, Xinhua reported that Macron pledged to help align China's initiative with the EU's Europe-Asia connectivity strategy, and to promote green energy. development of the Belt and Road.
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Reuters, citing officials in the White House, writes that Xi Jinping's initiative has brought “little tangible benefits” many developing countries. According to them, within the framework of the project, the main jobs go to employees from China, at the same time, they say, cases of forced labor are growing.
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The Prime Minister of Great Britain, in particular, counts on the help of the OPEC countries with the supply of energy resources instead of Russian
G7 countries realize that the “party” for Russian hydrocarbons has come to an end, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in an interview with CNN.
“I think here at the G7 [summit] we all realize that the party is over for Russian hydrocarbons. Everyone is trying to find ways to adapt, — Johnson said.
In the short term, countries need to find hydrocarbons “somewhere else,” he said. At the same time, the British Prime Minister pointed to the heroic efforts of some states in the current situation. “However, in the long term, we need to work together on green solutions we all believe in,— he added.
Johnson is counting on help with energy supplies from other sources, including OPEC countries.
In early March, the UK and the US announced their decision to stop importing Russian oil (both countries are less depended on Russian supplies, unlike Europe).
The EU decided to impose a partial embargo on Russian oil only at the beginning of June. The ban will affect only maritime shipments. The European Union has not yet begun to restrict imports through the Druzhba oil pipeline, on which Hungary depends. Brussels for a long time could not agree on a ban on oil imports from Russia because of the position of Budapest.
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Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak warned at the end of March that “without Russian hydrocarbons, the gas and oil markets would collapse” ;. Russia has already begun to increase supplies to other markets.
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The Times has learned that Prince Charles received from the Prime Minister of Qatar € 3 million in bags
Between 2011 and 2015, Prince Charles personally accepted donations to the charitable foundation from the Qatari sheikh. Their total amount was €3 million, cash was packed into bags and a suitcase .jpg” alt=”The Times has learned that Prince Charles received €3 million in bags from the Prime Minister of Qatar” />
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Prince Charles of Wales, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, personally received € 3 million in cash as a donation to his charitable foundation from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, who was Prime Minister of Qatar in 2007-2013. This is reported by The Sunday Times.
According to the newspaper, the money was donated between 2011 and 2015, with Charles accepting donations three times. In one case €1 million cash was packed in a travel bag, in another — in bags from the elite British department store Fortnum & Mason.
In addition, the Qatari sheikh gave the British prince a suitcase with €1 million during a personal meeting at the Westminster residence of members of the British royal family, Clarence House. There were banknotes of €500; bills are called “Osama bin Laden's money” (the leader of the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda, banned in Russia, who was liquidated in 2011), as they are believed to be most often used in the financing of terrorism, the newspaper notes. The issue of banknotes was stopped in 2014.
The money went to the accounts of the Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation (PWCF), which provides grants and scholarships to hundreds of people and organizations. According to the Times, “there is no suggestion that the payments were illegal.” A spokesman for Clarence House confirmed to the publication that the donations “were immediately handed over to one of the Prince's charities, which <…> assured us that all due process had been followed.
At the same time, the newspaper notes that according to the policy of members of the royal family regarding gifts, they can accept a “check” from donors, and nothing is said about cash.
One of Charles's former advisers, who handled the Qatari sheikh's money, told the newspaper that “everyone felt very uncomfortable about this situation.” But, in his words, “the only thing we could do” it is to count the money and report on their actions.
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In February 2022, Scotland Yard launched an investigation into the foundation following reports that the organization had offered assistance to a Saudi citizen in obtaining British citizenship. The Foundation emphasized that the Prince of Wales has nothing to do with the situation.
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The Prime Minister of Britain jokingly suggested that his colleagues undress to show that they are “cooler” than the President of Russia. “We will demonstrate bare-chested riding,” said the Prime Minister of Canada. Putin has been photographed more than once with a naked torso on vacation
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson jokingly suggested that colleagues from the G7, who had gathered at Elmau Castle in Germany, undress for a photo, The Washington Post writes, accompanying the publication of a video before their lunch meeting.
< p>“In jackets? No jackets? Let's undress?»— Johnson joked as he sat down at the table. “We all have to show that we are cooler than [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,” — he added.
“We will demonstrate bare-chested riding,” — said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“Here! Here! We have to show them our chest muscles!"— supported by the British Prime Minister.
In August 2009, President Vladimir Putin was vacationing in Tuva. Then photos appeared in the media, in which, in particular, he rides naked to the waist.
Putin was next seen bare-chested fishing in Tuva with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in August 2017. In one of the photographs, the president, bare-chested and wearing dark glasses, is sitting sprawled on a chair, along with Shoigu, in another— posing with a caught fish.
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The journalist clarified with Putin: “ Are you saying that people like it when you are photographed without a shirt?"
To this he replied:"You know, I saw pictures of myself when I ride a bear. But I haven’t ridden a bear yet, but there are such photos.
According to the speaker of the Federation Council, Moscow is ready to negotiate with Kyiv “on realistic terms”, which are known. “Clearly and clearly stated our conditions must be accepted,” she said
Russia is ready to negotiate with Ukraine “on realistic terms”, said Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko in an interview Belarusian TV channel STV.
“They [the conditions] are known. We also announced them publicly. These are the conditions that have been declared for the purpose of a special military operation, and, of course, Russia will not negotiate under any other conditions, because it is Ukraine that has crossed the red line, — Matviyenko said when asked what conditions are needed to resume the negotiation process.
According to her, Western countries, if they wish, could “seat Kyiv at the negotiating table and force them to reach peace agreements”, but they had “completely different goals, different tasks.” Nevertheless, Moscow did not shy away from negotiations with Kyiv, the speaker noted.
She is convinced that “not Russia is at war”, but the West and NATO “at the hands of Ukrainians are at war with Russia”. Moscow had to do everything to defend itself.
Returning to the negotiations, the chairman of the Federation Council stressed that Russia was not ready to “engage in boltology”. Negotiations should not be “declarative”. “Clearly and distinctly stated our conditions must be accepted. And this will become the basis for negotiations, during which the nuances and so on can be clarified, — she added.
Matvienko called the President of Ukraine “a puppet in the hands of the United States”, who is not allowed to negotiate, but “ordered to fight”.
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“This is not a pro-Ukrainian president, that this is a president who does not think about the fate of his country, which is already destroyed and continues to crumble. <…> In order to preserve peace, tranquility, the lives of his citizens, he was obliged to sit down at the negotiating table and look for mutually acceptable solutions, taking into account the already existing realities, — concluded the speaker.
The Russian side had previously insisted on the demilitarization and denazification of the neighboring country, as well as on its non-bloc and non-nuclear status. The parties suspended negotiations in May. The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergey Lavrov, blamed Kyiv for this, which, in his words, “was poked by the Americans, the British primarily, because it is the Anglo-Saxons who are now in charge.” there. He doubts that Ukraine will return to the negotiation process in the near future. Kyiv at the same time allowed the resumption of negotiations with Russia in August. According to the head of the Ukrainian delegation, David Arakhamia, Ukraine is preparing a counteroffensive, which will strengthen its position in the negotiations. He ruled out resuming the dialogue in the current situation.
Matvienko, speaking about the sanctions, said that “this is a serious attempt to maintain the hegemony of the United States, an attempt by the countries of the West, this is a struggle for this hegemony, which means that the collective West should decide how to develop, in which direction to move.” So, “without trial, without investigation” part of the currency reserves of the Bank of Russia was frozen, the accounts of Russians and Belarusians are being blocked “on an ethnic basis”. “This is discrimination, this is genocide,” — she thinks.
According to her, “discredit” dollar and euro forces Russia to get rid of “unreliable currencies”, switching to settlements in national currencies. “And in general, today the Russian Federation, both with Belarus and with other states, is increasingly switching to payment in national currencies. But this movement must be phased, smooth, gradual, so as not to harm, so that there is a return from such a transition, — added the speaker of the Federation Council.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, commenting on the freezing of part of the Russian reserves, stated that “illegitimate actions” West “draw a line under the reliability of the so-called first-class assets.” In his opinion, by their actions, the US and the EU have actually declared “a real default on their obligations to Russia.” “Now everyone knows that financial reserves can simply be stolen,” — Putin spoke.
The Swiss authorities have identified 18 cases of violation of the sanctions imposed against Russia because of the military operation in Ukraine. It is reported by Bloomberg with reference to the Federal Office for Customs and Border Security. The department did not give details.
The country, despite its neutral status, decided to join the restrictive measures that the European Union introduced against Russia. On June 10, Switzerland supported the sixth EU sanctions package, which includes a partial embargo of Russian oil, as well as imposing financial restrictions and banning 100 people from entering. Among them are citizens of Russia and Belarus — military personnel, politicians, businessmen, “persons involved in the dissemination of disinformation.”
Now the European Union is preparing the sixth package of sanctions. According to Reuters, Russian gold may be included in it.
On June 21, Bloomberg, citing Swiss customs data, reported that Switzerland had imported Russian gold for the first time since the beginning of the Russian military operation. About 3 tons of metal were imported into the country from Russia, which accounted for 2% of all gold imports. The agency noted that most enterprises refused to accept Russian metals after the London Bullion Market Association deprived six Russian plants of the status of suppliers of gold and silver.
The Swiss Federal Office for Customs and Border Protection later clarified that the gold of Russian origin arrived in the country from the UK. The agency did not disclose data on importers for legal reasons, but announced a check for compliance with existing sanctions.
Erdogan's representative Kalin: Turkey does not intend to join sanctions against Russia According to Erdogan's representative, Turkey periodically receives Western requests for anti-Russian sanctions, but Ankara protects its interests and does not intend to impose sanctions against Russia
Turkey does not intend to join the sanctions that the West has imposed on Russia, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on the air of the Haberturk TV channel.
According to him, Turkey periodically receives requests from the West regarding the need for sanctions against Russia, however, Ankara “adheres to a policy of balance.”
“We do not impose sanctions [against Moscow] and will not be connected to them. We must protect our interests. If everyone destroys the bridges, who will end up talking to Russia? Our economic relations with Russia are of such a nature that the imposition of sanctions will cause more damage to the Turkish economy than to Russia. We have taken a clear position [on the issue of sanctions]. In the West, it was accepted, & mdash; Erdogan's spokesman said.
Besides, Kalyn continued, Western sanctions have not pushed Russia to the negotiating table, on the contrary: “[Russian President Vladimir] Putin has further strengthened his position inside, and the ruble has recovered economically.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special military operation in Ukraine on the morning of February 24. According to him, the purpose of the operation — “demilitarization and denazification” Ukraine, as well as protecting the population from “genocide” in Donbass. Ukraine, in response, introduced martial law and announced mobilization.
Since the beginning of the conflict, the Turkish authorities have called on the parties to peace talks. So, at the end of March, the last face-to-face meeting of the Russian and Ukrainian delegations took place in Istanbul, where the parties agreed on the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Kyiv and Chernihiv directions, as well as the organization of gum corridors. However, later the parties announced the termination of negotiations.
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Ankara also acts as an intermediary in negotiations on the export of Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea ports. The Milliyet newspaper reported on June 20 that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the creation of a “grain corridor” with UN Secretary General António Guterres. According to the publication, this mechanism assumes that ships within a month will begin to export grain from the ports of Ukraine through the Dardanelles and Bosporus. The parties intend to export up to 40 million tons of grain within 6-8 months, the newspaper noted. Quadripartite meeting on the “grain problem” with the participation of Kyiv, Ankara, Moscow and the UN is planned in Turkey “in the coming weeks”.
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