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Russia withdrew from the Council of Europe without waiting for exclusion

European Convention on Human Rights is the first to be denounced

And yet it happened. Russia initiated a withdrawal from the Council of Europe. “The corresponding letter from the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov was handed over to the Secretary General of the organization,” said Vice Speaker of the State Duma, head of the Russian delegation to PACE Petr Tolstoy.

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The exit procedure has begun, it is unlikely that anything will be able to stop it now. And yet it is not simple and rather lengthy, it will require the denunciation of about 80 Conventions that we have concluded as part of our membership in the Council of Europe. The main “side effect” of the denunciation by Russia could be the fact that the FSIN system would be destroyed – the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the FSB would manage the colonies and pre-trial detention centers.

Last week, the Russian Foreign Ministry on its website emotionally announced that it would not participate in the Council of Europe. But one thing – words, quite another – actions in accordance with the established procedure. So, her first step is to send a statement to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe. And now, according to Tolstoy, it has already been completed.

The next step should be the repayment of all Russia's debts on contributions. This is – neither more nor less – about 33 million euros. “Due to the unprecedented political and sanctions pressure on our country, Russia does not plan to pay an annual contribution to this organization,” Petr Tolstoy explained.

It is also possible to start the denunciation procedure (denunciation is a duly executed refusal of the state from the international treaty it has concluded) only after paying off the debt. On the other hand, you can do it in the wrong way…

The head of the international committee of the State Duma, Leonid Slutsky, said that Russia was forced to denounce the European Convention on Human Rights. This is the main document that was adopted by Russia as part of its membership in the Council of Europe. But it must be borne in mind that Article 58 of the Statute states: “The High Contracting Party” may denounce the Convention only six months after notification has been sent to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe. So, for at least six months, Russia will have to comply with the Convention. But even here everything is not clear: our country is going to adopt its own federal law on denunciation.

In general, events may take a different path – Russia will be expelled from the Council of Europe on the recommendation of the Cabinet of Ministers on an emergency basis. And then no deadlines, no payment of contributions, no one will demand. The PACE will consider the corresponding draft on March 17. An explanatory note is attached to the document, which says that, they say, yes, the Russians in this case will lose the opportunity to apply to the ECHR, but Russia executed the decisions of the Strasbourg Court inefficiently.

It looks, frankly, like a betrayal of the cause of protecting human rights. In recent years, I will correct Russia to pay compensation to Russians on their claims. In addition, for many people, the possibility of applying to the ECHR and admitting that they were right could be saving (allowed them to restore faith in justice).

Another danger of what is happening is that all correctional institutions can be transferred to the jurisdiction of the security forces. Recall that the FSIN system was created as separate from the investigating authorities. And all because, according to paragraph 71 of the European Prison Rules, the subordination of the penitentiary system to the military department, the police or the department of criminal prosecution is not allowed. In addition, in the opinion of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe of 1996, an obligation was fixed, according to which, I quote, “the management of penitentiary institutions and supervision of the execution of sentences should be transferred to the competence of the Ministry of Justice.”

But if all agreements are destroyed, then there are no more obligations. But it is precisely about getting full power over those against whom they are investigating criminal cases that the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the FSB have long dreamed of.


EU imposes new sanctions against Abramovich, Ernst and Sheinin

The European Union also introduced a ban on investments in the energy sector.

The European Union, as Topnews wrote earlier, introduced the fourth package of sanctions against Russia.

Later, personal sanctions were also introduced against 15 individuals and 9 legal entities from Russia.

Now in “blacklisted” were Roman Abramovich, German Khan, Viktor Rashnikov, Alexei Kuzmichev, Alexander Mikheev, Alexander Shokhin, Andrey Ryumin, Armen Gasparyan, Artem Sheinin, Dmitry Kulikov, Konstantin Ernst, Marina Sechina, Suleiman Kerimov, Tigran Khudaverdyaa and Vladimir Rashevsky.

Among legal entities, “blacklisted” enterprises associated with the defense industry: Rosoboronexport, UralVagonZavod, Rosneft-Aero, High-Precision Systems, Kurganmashzavod, Russian Helicopters, United Aircraft Corporation, United Shipbuilding Corporation, Zelenodolsk Plant named after AM Gorky”.

Thus, the European Union introduced a ban on investments in the energy sector. The exception is nuclear energy and the transportation of certain energy resources to the EU.

In addition, the import of some steel products from the Russian Federation was also banned.

According to European experts, new sanctions measures will lead to loss of income from exports by 3.3 billion euros.

The EU also banned the import of luxury cars over €50,000 and motorcycles over €5,000.

The import of spirits, alcohol, household appliances, clothes and other goods worth more than €300 each.


The Guardian learned of Britain’s refusal to send swords to an exhibition in the Kremlin

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London refused to transfer swords from the British Royal Collection to the exhibition in the Moscow Kremlin Museums, reports The Guardian.

We are talking about the exhibition “Duel. From God's Judgment to a Noble Crime”, which was supposed to open on March 4th. The event was planned with the support of businessman Alisher Usmanov's Art, Science and Sports Foundation. The exposition was to include 140 exhibits from 18 Russian and foreign museums, including the Louvre, the Prado in Madrid and the Museum of Art History in Vienna. The Kremlin Museums announced the postponement of the exhibition.

According to the newspaper, the Royal Collection planned to donate three swords of the 17th century to the exhibition, one of which belonged to King Charles I, but withdrew its decision in mid-February.

“The decision to postpone the transfer of three swords from the Royal Collection to the Kremlin Museums was made in mid-February,” — said a representative of the British collection, without giving details.

In addition, six exhibits were donated to Moscow by the British Royal Armories, including a 17th-century dueling glove, a cavalry helmet and a breastplate. After the escalation of the situation in Ukraine, the chamber asked for the return of the items, they are already on their way back to Europe. “This reflects the process that other major European collections have gone through with respect to items from their collections provided for this exhibition,” — The newspaper cites a message from the Armory.

The press service of the Moscow Kremlin Museums told RBC that they are considering the possibility of holding an exhibition without the participation of European exhibits. “We express our gratitude to the Russian museums, which have expressed their readiness to provide their exhibits. Now work is underway on an exhibition with an updated concept, the opening dates are still unknown»,— said the press service.

RBC sent a request to the Art, Science and Sports Foundation.

On March 9, Le Monde announced that France had also decided to withdraw 15 exhibits provided for this exhibition. “Our presence could be interpreted as a sign of differences among Europeans,” — said the representative of the Ministry of Culture of France. At the same time, according to him, communication with the Kremlin Museums took place “without any hostility.” Spain and Austria also withdrew their exhibits, the newspaper wrote.

Alisher Usmanov founded the Art, Science and Sports Foundation, with the support of which an exhibition about duels was organized, in 2006. The businessman also served as president of the International Fencing Federation (FEI) since 2008, but at the end of February he decided to leave him due to EU sanctions imposed against him. “I am convinced that this decision is unfair, the reasons for the sanctions are based on fabricated and unfounded accusations that offend my honor, dignity and business reputation,” — he commented on EU restrictions. On March 3, sanctions against Usmanov were also imposed by the United Kingdom, which froze his assets and banned him from entering the country.

On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine. Its goal, President Vladimir Putin called “denazification” and “demilitarization” country, as well as the protection of the civilian population of Donbass from genocide by Kyiv. After the start of the operation, Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with Russia and introduced martial law.


The Ministry of Defense showed footage of attacks on armored vehicles and warehouses in Ukraine


The Russian military destroyed military equipment and ammunition depots of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Chernihiv region of Ukraine, an unmanned aerial vehicle was used to correct artillery fire, the Ministry of Defense published a video. The ministry clarified that up to 20 units of military equipment and weapons, as well as a warehouse of rocket and artillery weapons of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, were destroyed as a result of a precise hit.

In addition, Russian drones hit armored vehicles and fortifications of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with a precision strike, added to Ministry of Defense. “An unmanned complex destroyed a tank unit, armored and automotive vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine”, — said the department.

Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on the night of February 24, President Vladimir Putin called his decision forced and said that otherwise Moscow would have faced an even greater threat . According to him, the goals of the Russian operation were the “denazification” of and demilitarization of a neighboring state. Putin assured that the occupation of Ukraine was out of the question.

In Kyiv, in response, they severed diplomatic relations with Moscow and declared martial law and mobilization.

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that strike only at the objects of the military infrastructure of Ukraine, there is no threat to civilian objects. By March 14, more than 3.9 thousand Ukrainian military facilities were disabled, the department reported.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the battles on the streets of Severodonetsk and for Verkhnetoretsk

The DPR and LPR military are fighting for Severodonetsk and Verkhnetoretskoye, Stavki, Mikhailovka and Betmanovo have already been taken. Earlier, the LPR said that the forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were drawn to Severodonetsk and Lisichansk, and called the situation “quite tense”


The troops of the Luhansk People's Republic are attacking positions of Ukrainian forces, fighting is underway in the city limits in the east, northwest and northeast of Severodonetsk, the Ministry of Defense reported.

In turn, units of the Donetsk People's Republic are fighting for the village of Verkhnetoretskoye, Mikhailovka, Headquarters, Betmanovo (Red Partizan) and Vasilyevka have already been taken under control.

Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been deployed to Severodonetsk, Lisichansk and Rubizhne, the offensive of the People's Militia of the LPR is now focused on these settlements, said the head of the republic Leonid Pasechnik, the Luhansk Information Center reported. He also pointed out that by March 14, the LPR servicemen occupied up to 80% of the territory of the Lugansk region of Ukraine. “The situation on the front line today is quite tense. The enemy puts up fierce resistance, — noted Pasechnik.

In total, over the past day, by March 16, Russian aviation and air defense systems shot down four UAVs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, two Su-25 attack aircraft in the Chernihiv region and one MiG-29 fighter in the Novaya Bykovka area. During the same period, 128 military infrastructure facilities were hit, including four command posts, 68 military equipment accumulation sites, four radar detection stations, seven ammunition depots and one Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile system.

Since the beginning of the special operation, 160 drones, 1,353 tanks, 111 aircraft, 159 anti-aircraft systems, 493 field artillery pieces, 68 helicopters and 129 multiple launch rocket systems of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been destroyed, the agency added.

Russia launched a military operation on the night of February 24. President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow will carry out “denazification” and the demilitarization of Kyiv due to the “genocide” civilians of Donbass. He called his decision forced and assured that there was no question of the occupation of a neighboring state. Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with Russia, martial law and mobilization were declared in the country.

The Ministry of Defense stated that they were striking only at military infrastructure facilities. By March 14, more than 3,900 Ukrainian military facilities were hit, the ministry said.


“Bring significant income to the authorities”: how the EU explained the new sanctions

On March 15, the EU introduced the fourth round of sanctions against Russia. Among the new defendants are Roman Abramovich, Konstantin Ernst and Alexander Shokhin. How the European Union explained the blacklisting of new names – in the RBC review .jpg” alt=””They bring significant income to the authorities”: how the EU explained the new sanctions” />

How the EU explained the sanctions against billionaire Roman Abramovich

The EU calls him “a Russian oligarch with long and close ties to Vladimir Putin,” noting that this has helped him “preserve capital.” The document notes that Abramovich is a key shareholder in the metallurgical and mining company Evraz. and that the company— one of the largest taxpayers in Russia.

How the EU explained the sanctions against Andrei Ryumin (head of Rosseti), Vladimir Rashevsky (general director of the Eurochem group), Tigran Khudaverdyan (Managing Director of Yandex Group) and Senator Suleiman Kerimov

Everyone mentions participating on February 24, 2022 in the “oligarchs meeting with Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin to discuss the course of action after Western sanctions.” “The fact that he was invited to this meeting suggests that he is a member of the ‘inner circle’; oligarchs close to Vladimir Putin and that he supports or carries out actions or policies that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine”, — says the document.

Andrey Ryumin is also said to be “one of the leading businessmen involved in the economic sector, which is a significant source of income for the government of the Russian Federation.”

About Rashevsky it is mentioned that between 2004 and 2020 he led the SUEK coal company. “There are large Russian companies, co-owned by billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, that bring significant income to the Russian government. They also cooperate with the Russian authorities, including Vladimir Putin,— the authors of the document explain.

The justification for including Khudaverdyan on the list mentions the policy of Yandex; in providing information during the Russian special operation.

Kerimov is called the owner of the Nafta group in the document. and claim that he “received large amounts of money from Sergei Roldugin.”

How the EU explained the sanctions against Alexander Shokhin (head of the RSPP)

The document explains that the — “a lobbying group that promotes business interests in Russia.” An extended explanation about the sanctions states that “after the annexation of Crimea to Russia, Shokhin publicly announced the need to send more Russian investments to Crimea in order to circumvent a possible economic blockade by the West.” The description also mentions a meeting on February 24 in the Kremlin.

How the EU explained the sanctions against Marina Sechina

The European Union in the document indicates that this is the ex-wife of the head of Rosneft; Igor Sechin, and believes that she “used connections with various actors in the Russian government and Russian business structures, including her ex-husband, for personal gain.” It also mentions that “the business owned by Sechina was involved in the preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.”

How the EU explained the sanctions against Konstantin Ernst, CEO of Channel One

Channel One the sanctions document calls it “one of the largest Russian media companies that has been used for propaganda purposes by the Russian authorities for years.” "<…> He also received state awards, including the Order of Merit for the Fatherland. <…> and the medal “Participant in the military operation in Syria”.

How the EU explained the sanctions against political consultant Dmitry Kulikov

The EU calls Kulikov a “pro-Kremlin propagandist”, referring to his “comments on state TV channels in line with the Kremlin's line on the situation in Donbass”.

How the EU explained sanctions against TV presenter Artem Sheinin

“In his broadcasts, Sheinin promotes ethnic strife between Ukrainians and Russians, denies the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and denigrates Putin’s opponents in Russia,” — concludes the EU in the document.

How the EU explained the sanctions against Armen Gasparyan

The document says that he “consistently disseminated installations in accordance with the Kremlin propaganda» and “used false conclusions to explain international relations.” It also mentions Gasparyan's participation in the radio show “Full Contact”; Vladimir Solovyov.

How the EU explained the sanctions against entrepreneurs Herman Khan and Alexei Kuzmichev

Herman Khan and Alexei Kuzmichev are “considered among the most powerful people in Russia,” according to the EU sanctions document. “Like the other owners of Alfa Bank (Mikhail Fridman and Pyotr Aven), [Khan and Kuzmichev] do business with Putin.” Alfa-Bank is named one of the largest taxpayers in Russia in the document.

Earlier, on March 15, it became known that Kuzmichev and Khan withdrew from the co-owners of Alfa-Bank.

How the EU explained the sanctions against Viktor Rashnikov (Chairman of the Board of Directors of MMK)

The extended list of restrictions from the European Union says that the tax burden on the company has recently increased, resulting in “significantly more revenue to the Russian state budget.”

How the EU explained the sanctions against Alexander Mikheev (general director of Rosoboronexport)

Rosoboronexport»— the only Russian official intermediary in the import and export of military and dual-use products,” the document says, and “arms sales are an important source of income for the Russian government.” “From 2000 to 2020, Rosoboronexport” sold weapons to foreign buyers for $ 180 billion,— noted in the text.

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Tourists stuck in Egypt spoke about the problems with returning to Russia

One of the tourists told RBC that people had run out of cash and essentials, but there is no data on exactly when they will be able to leave Egypt. ANEX Tour reported that tourists were accommodated in 4-5 star hotels


More than 100 Russian tourists are stuck in Egypt and cannot return to Russia. What difficulties they have to face in everyday life and how their return to their homeland will be organized, the tourists told RBC.

“We were settled in the Charm Bright Hotel, which had not worked at all before. It was opened for tourists like us. It was already night, many people with children, crush. They started to move in. The first people who were given a number began to return, asking to change the number. Turns out there is no hot water in these rooms. Some do not have cold water, bed linen. Somewhere the bed linen is dirty»,— tourist Anton Khristev told RBC.

He added that before checking into this hotel, tourists traveled around Sharm el-Sheikh for several hours and visited several hotels, but there were no places in each of them.

“We are in the Sharm Bride hotel, only approximately 140 people, of which about 30 children and one woman in the position <…>. People have already run out of cash, transfers do not work, Visa, Mastercard are blocked. Plus, the ANEX Tour operator categorically refuses to extend visas at the expense of the company,— told RBC tourist, who asked not to indicate his name.

RBC's interlocutor clarified that all tourists were accommodated in a hotel on March 12. Since then, they have been unable to leave the country due to constant flight delays. First, the flight was postponed to March 16, then the flight was postponed for another three days. According to the latest data, tourists should fly to Russia on March 21.

According to the source, these are not all tourists who are stuck in Egypt. Other Russians remaining in the country are staying at Dreams Vacation Resort, Dreams Beach.

Tourists have already tried to contact the competent government agencies, the interlocutor told RBC. So, they left a request for assistance in returning to their homeland, but after three days the answer did not come. People also made a collective appeal to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Russian Embassy in Cairo and the Federal Tourism Agency.

The Russian Embassy in Cairo told RBC that the problems with the transportation of tourists are associated with the threat of seizure of aircraft by foreign lessors and the closure of airspace.

“According to our information, currently there are export flights organized by tour operators and air carriers. In this regard, passengers should contact the original carrier (i.e., the airline from which the return ticket from Egypt to Russia was purchased), — the embassy said.

Tourists from organized groups were advised to seek assistance from tour operators. “Also, Russians can leave the country on their own, using the services of foreign air carriers,” — specified in the diplomatic mission.

Azur Air told RBC that they promised to return all their passengers to their homeland. “We ask passengers to stay in touch with the airline and representatives of the tour operator in order to clarify the current date and time of flight departure,” — reported by the company.

The press service of ANEX Tour told RBC that the tourists were accommodated in various 4-5 star hotels in Egypt. “Under the conditions of this particular hotel, we requested comments from the host office. Regarding the dates of the postponement of departure & mdash; Indeed, currently the export is under high load from the carrier and receiving offices, given the current and changing circumstances. The schedule is adjusted based on the possibilities of organizing export flights on specific dates and from a specific country,— told the press service.

According to Rostourism, most Russian organized tourists are in Egypt. The Russians are also stuck in Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the Dominican Republic, Vietnam and Thailand. Charter flights from the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Vietnam are being coordinated.

According to the agency, tour operators returned more than 80% of organized tourists, that is, about 75 thousand people. “In the last 24 hours alone, more than 1,500 organized tourists have been transported out. Tour operators return tourists home either by special charter flights or regular connecting flights through third countries, — The ministry said.

Russian airlines, whose aircraft are leased, have stopped flying abroad due to the threat of seizure of aircraft by foreign lessors. The corresponding recommendation was issued by the Federal Air Transport Agency. In turn, the Federal Tourism Agency acknowledged that the process of returning fellow citizens to their homeland will take a long time.

The public services portal has created a special section for collecting data from Russians stuck abroad. The organization of the export of Russians on behalf of the government should be carried out by the Federal Air Transport Agency, Rostourism and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Lavrov saw more realistic assessments of the situation in Ukraine by Zelensky

Ukraine has moved from confrontational statements to more realistic ones, the minister noted. In his opinion, at the talks between the delegations of Russia and Ukraine there are specific wordings that are close to agreement /img/4/65/756474206461654.jpg” alt=”Lavrov saw more realistic assessments of the situation in Ukraine by Zelensky” />


President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky began to more realistically assess the situation with negotiations with Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with RBC TV channel.

“President Zelensky himself made a number of interesting statements not so long ago. <…> This is a more realistic assessment from the lips of Mr. Zelensky of what is happening, because before that, of course, he made quite confrontational statements, — he said.

The day before, Zelensky said that the positions of the delegations of Russia and Ukraine, which are negotiating to de-escalate the situation, began to “sound more realistic.”

Lavrov also said that in negotiations with Ukraine there is ” “concrete absolutely wording”, which, in his opinion, are close to agreement. The neutral status of Ukraine is being seriously discussed in conjunction with security guarantees for Kyiv and other countries, the minister noted.

Negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations have been going on since the end of February. Three rounds of negotiations have been held in Belarus, and this week they are held in the format of a video conference call. Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, said that under the most successful scenario, an agreement with Russia could be reached within a week or two, at the latest— in May.

On February 24, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine, the purpose of which President Vladimir Putin called the demilitarization and denazification of the country. Kyiv then severed diplomatic relations with Moscow.

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Lavrov told why the situation around Ukraine could not be resolved by the world

According to him, the question is not so much in Ukraine, but in what the world order will be like. In recent years, the West has ignored Russian proposals


The situation around Ukraine could not be resolved peacefully, because the West did not want it. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated this in an exclusive interview with RBC TV.

“This is not about Ukraine at all. Or rather, not so much about Ukraine, but about the world legal order. The United States took over the whole of Europe. This is an epochal moment in modern history. It reflects the battle for what the world order will look like, — Lavrov said.

According to the minister, Western countries invented the term “world order based on certain rules.” “These rules were written in a narrow circle. In parallel, narrow, informal structures were created. There is humanitarian law and a special UN agency. And in the EU they created a special partnership on the same issue, where decisions are made without taking into account the world community.

“You asked why the world could not decide. We offered to solve the world for many, many years, & mdash; Lavrov said.

Last December, Russia submitted proposals to the US and NATO on security assurances. Moscow insisted on the fulfillment of eight points: not harming each other's security, refusing to use other states to prepare an armed attack, NATO refusing to expand eastward, NATO refusing to establish bases in the countries of the former USSR, mutually refusing to deploy armed forces in a number of countries, refusing to deploy intermediate and shorter-range missiles, as well as nuclear weapons outside the national territory.

Moscow indicated that NATO and the United States eventually ignored Russia's proposals.

Announcing the start special operation on the morning of February 24, Putin stated that it was carried out in the Donbass in order to save the local population from “genocide”.

The Russian Foreign Ministry later stated that the Russian operation was not is the beginning of a war with Ukraine and it is necessary to prevent a global war. At the same time, the Foreign Ministry emphasized that this was not Moscow's choice, but was “the logical conclusion of the purposeful Russophobic policy of the Kiev authorities.”

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Estonia will restrict access to the websites of TASS,, NTV and Pervy

Seven resources, including the websites of TASS and Channel One, will be blocked in Estonia for a year. Resources are engaged in the dissemination of propaganda, the local regulator believes restrict access to the websites of TASS,, NTV and Pervy />

The Estonian Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority (TTJA) has ordered telecommunications companies to block access to seven Russian media websites for a year.

«TTJA determined that these websites -websites disseminate military propaganda, justify and support criminal aggression and incite hatred,— the message says.

Block access to sites prescribed:

  • NTV—;
  • REN TV—;
  • “Channel Five”—;
  • TV channel «78»—;
  • «Channel One»—;
  • “”.—;
  • TASS—

RBC sent inquiries to the editors of, NTV, TASS, Channel One, Channel Five, REN TV and 78 .

Earlier, due to a Russian special operation in Ukraine, the broadcasting of several Russian TV channels was also banned in Poland— Russia Today, RT Documentary, RTR-Planeta, Soyuz TV, Russia 24.

In Latvia, the National Council for Electronic Media ;Russia» and “Russia 24” over five and four years, respectively. The country also banned the rebroadcasting of the international version of the TVCenter TV channel, which will stop broadcasting for three years. The authorities explained this decision as a “threat to national security”; Latvia.

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Lavrov said that the Ukrainians have no claims to Russia

The Russians have never had claims against the Ukrainian people, and Ukrainians have never had any claims against Russia, Lavrov believes. However, in his opinion, after gaining independence, the inhabitants of Ukraine began to be “debilitated” and set against the Russians

The Ukrainians never had claims against Russia, however, after Ukraine gained independence, the citizens of this country began to turn against the Russians, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in an interview with RBC TV.

“We have never had any claims against the Ukrainian people. <…> I am sure that the overwhelming majority of our citizens have no problems and claims against the Ukrainian people, just as the Ukrainian people have never had any claims against Russia,— the minister said, answering the question whether the military operation did not turn the Ukrainian people away from Russia.

Lavrov noted that he himself has many friends in Ukraine, he loves Ukrainian culture, cuisine, humor, which is “somewhat self-ironic” ;.

At the same time, according to the minister, Ukrainians “began to be debilitated”; and in every possible way to set up against the Russians. “This happened long before the coup, shortly after independence,” — he said.

On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine with the aim of denazifying and demilitarizing the country, as well as protecting the civilian population of Donbass from genocide by Kyiv. As Lavrov explained, the policy of Nazification of Ukraine is enshrined in a number of laws, and all discriminatory restrictions imposed on the “Russian language, Russian education, culture, Russian media” must be abolished.

So, according to the minister, in Ukraine, after the adoption of the law on the state Ukrainian language, “the rest of the languages ​​were infringed in one way or another.” As a result, Russia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania began to “express dissatisfaction”, and Kyiv made an exception for the languages ​​​​of the EU countries, but Russian remained “completely disenfranchised”.

Removal of restrictions associated with the Russian language , — one of the demands of Russia, which are put forward in the peace talks with Ukraine. Moscow is also seeking a neutral status of the country from Kyiv; the Ukrainian side is in favor of providing it with security guarantees.

Ukraine broke off diplomatic relations with Russia after the start of the military operation. The day before, President Volodymyr Zelensky also signed a law criminalizing cooperation with this country.

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Medinsky announced the “Austrian” or “Swedish” option for Ukraine

DPR and LPR military to be trained to use captured Javelins and NLAWs

Russia will train the LPR and DPR military to handle Javelin and NLAW anti-tank systems, an initiative previously approved by Putin. These weapons were supplied to Kiev by Western countries


Captured Javelin anti-tank missile systems (ATGM) and NLAW guided missile systems are being transferred to servicemen of the Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics for use in combat against Ukrainian forces, they are already being trained in handling these samples, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

« Tanks, other armored vehicles and weapons, received in significant quantities by the Donetsk and Lugansk military personnel, were abandoned at their positions and warehouses by the retreating Ukrainian nationalists, — the ministry said.

During the special operation, the Russian military had previously reported on the destruction of warehouses with Javelin and NLAW. So, on March 5, a storage facility with missile systems in Zhytomyr was hit by a high-precision weapon. On March 15, near the village of Guta-Mezhigorskaya in the Kiev region, the Russian military seized a stronghold of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, where there were ten Javelin complexes and “a number of other types of weapons supplied by Western countries to Ukraine”, they promised to transfer them to the republics of Donbass.

Earlier, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu suggested that President Vladimir Putin transfer captured Ukrainian weapons to Donetsk and Lugansk, in particular tanks, artillery, Javelin anti-tank missile systems, Stinger man-portable air defense systems, and air defense systems. “It is also proposed to transfer them to the Lugansk and Donetsk republics so that they can more effectively carry out the defense of their republics,” — said the minister.

Putin then supported this initiative. “Please do it. If you need any solutions here at my level— please, I'm ready,— said the Russian president.

Javelin systems have been supplied to Kiev by the American authorities under bilateral agreements since the spring of 2018. Then Ukraine received 37 such complexes and more than 200 missiles. Ukraine signed an agreement with the United States on the supply of the second batch of Javelins at the end of 2019, and in September last year, US President Joe Biden instructed Ukraine to provide assistance in the amount of $60 million, which included Javelin complexes. In early February, eight aircraft with military assistance from the United States arrived in Ukraine, they delivered more than 650 tons of equipment to the country.

The third-generation FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank systems were developed in the United States in 1989, they were adopted by the American army in 1996. The delivery of anti-tank systems abroad occurs after the approval of the State Department. The Javelin complex is equipped with an infrared homing head, its feature is the ability of the projectile to hit the target from above— in the least protected place of armored vehicles.

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Lavrov saw “adequacy” in Zelensky’s words about NATO

The leadership of Ukraine is gradually beginning to more adequately assess the situation, and the influence of “sane people” from the alliance with whom Zelensky negotiated is also affecting, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov believes


The change in the rhetoric of President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to which Kyiv understands that the country is not expected to join NATO, is due to the fact that now the country's leadership more adequately assesses the situation. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated this in an interview with RBC TV.

“The change in rhetoric is probably due to the fact that this very adequacy is making its way into the minds of the Ukrainian leadership,” — said the head of the Foreign Ministry, answering the question of what Zelensky’s corresponding statement is connected with.

At the same time, Moscow has not forgotten how Zelensky called for closing the sky over Ukraine and sending mercenaries to fight for Kyiv, noted Lavrov. “But, apparently, the reaction of the allies, among whom there are still sane people, cooled this ardor,” — considers Lavrov.

Lavrov also recalled that in the declaration of independence (state sovereignty) of Ukraine, adopted even before the creation of the CIS, it was “written in black and white” that it would be a non-bloc and military-neutral state. It formed the basis of the statehood of Ukraine and is indicated as basic in many later adopted fundamental documents.

« documents»,— Lavrov said.

The Declaration on State Sovereignty of Ukraine states that the Ukrainian SSR intends to “become in the future a permanently neutral state, not participating in military blocs and observing the three non-nuclear principles: not to accept, not to produce or acquire nuclear weapons (Chapter IX).

The fact that Ukraine needs to recognize the impossibility of joining NATO, Zelensky said on March 15. According to him, Kyiv “heard for years” about «open doors» alliance, but also realized that he “cannot enter there, and he must admit it.” “Ukraine is not a member of NATO. We understand this, we are adequate people,»,— said the president.

The next day, the president of Ukraine said that the positions of the delegations negotiating the settlement “have become more realistic.” “Meetings continue, I am told, the negotiating positions sound more realistic. But it still takes time for the decisions to be in the interests of Ukraine,»,— he said.

Russia calls Ukraine's refusal to join the North Atlantic Alliance one of the conditions for normalizing relations between the countries. As Russian President Vladimir Putin explained, if Ukraine is accepted into NATO, then, according to the agreement on the formation of the bloc, all other members of the alliance will have to support it in the event of a military conflict. “They are conducting military operations in the Donbass, they will also climb into the Crimea, and then we will have to fight with the entire NATO organization. What is this?»— noted the Russian leader.

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The Telegraph learned about the creation by London of a service to search for “Putin’s assets”

A division of the British National Crime Agency will search for assets associated with the Russian president and his entourage, writes Telegraph. The Kremlin has stated that Putin has no foreign assets

Medinsky revealed Ukraine’s proposed version of a demilitarized state

Photo: Gennady Avramenko

In negotiations with the Russian delegation, the Kiev authorities offer Ukraine the status of a country demilitarized along the lines of Sweden. They also talked about the Austrian option.

According to the head of the Russian delegation, presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky, this option implies that Ukraine will not be part of military alliances. Nevertheless, it will have the right to have a full-fledged army and navy at its disposal.

According to Medinsky, this is being discussed at the level of the leaderships of the defense ministries of the two countries. And the head of the Russian delegation stressed that Kyiv still has a neutral status. He pointed out that it was on the condition of neutrality that Ukraine withdrew from the USSR in 1991. This status is recorded in the Declaration of Sovereignty of Ukraine.

For the Russian Federation, questions about the status of Crimea and Donbass remain key. Also important are the rights of the Russian-speaking population and denazification. In the latter case, he denied statements from Kyiv about the exclusion of this item from the agenda of the talks.

In general, Vladimir Medinsky, aide to the President of the Russian Federation, said that the Russian delegation is doing everything to achieve a peaceful future.

"MK" hosts online events in Ukraine


Lavrov: I love Ukrainian culture, language and humor, I have Ukrainian friends

Photo: Gennady Cherkasov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed the opinion that Russians, at least the overwhelming majority, “ there are no claims against the Ukrainian people”, emphasizing that the Ukrainian people have never had any claims against Russia. However, after the country gained independence, that is, long before the coup in 2014, the Ukrainians, according to Lavrov, began to “set up against the Russians in every possible way.” He even used the term “debilitate” in this context – this is exactly what, in his opinion, the Kiev authorities have been doing with the people of Ukraine all this time.

At the same time, Sergey Lavrov admitted that he loves “Ukrainian culture, cuisine, humor, which “always with self-irony and often reveals the cunning inherent in the Ukrainian character.” He added that he himself has many friends in Ukraine. Lavrov quotes RBC.


Lavrov announced a significant decrease in confidence in the dollar

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov expressed the view that the role of the dollar in the world community is decreasing, and confidence in this currency is declining . According to the head of the foreign policy department, the question of whether to widely trade in dollars is being asked, including in Western countries. Lavrov also said that “Saudi Arabia wants to trade in yuan, not dollars.”

According to Lavrov, the role of the dollar in the world will continue to fall.

On March 2, the official dollar exchange rate exceeded 100 rubles for the first time after the denomination of 1998 — immediately after it, it was 5.9 rubles. Now the American currency costs 111 rubles and 48 kopecks.


Lavrov commented on the arrest of yachts and mansions of Russian oligarchs

Photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke about the arrest of yachts and mansions of Russian oligarchs. According to him, private property should be inviolable, “whatever we think about the oligarchs.”

“Whatever we think about our oligarchs, but when just like that, without court decisions, but simply at the click of the executive power, mansions are arrested, people invade mansions, yachts are arrested … Expropriation, that's right, — he said in an interview with RBC TV.

He also added that in this matter apply the presumption of innocence.

In addition, Lavrov said that Europe is ready to accept “in any form” the world order that Washington is imposing. Only French President Emmanuel Macron recalls the need for strategic autonomy of the EU, while the rest of the countries “fell under the Americans.”


Rogozin explained how to help the Russian army

According to Dmitry Rogozin, General Director of Roskosmos, the only way the Russians can help their belligerent army now is to clean out the “fifth column”.

“The only way we can help our belligerent army now is to clean out the fifth column. And this task is no less important than the speed of advance of our troops,” he said in his Telegram channel .

The military operation in Ukraine began on February 24th. As the head of state Vladimir Putin noted, the purpose of this special operation is to protect people who have been subjected to bullying and genocide by the Ukrainian authorities for 8 years. Russia plans to carry out “demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine”.


Kaczynski offered to send an armed NATO mission to Ukraine

Poland's representative at the talks in Kyiv, Yaroslav Kaczynski, offered to send NATO fighters to Ukraine.

photo State Department photo by Michael Gross

According to TV channel Telewizja Polska, Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, founder and chairman of the ruling conservative Law and Justice party Yaroslav Kaczynski, following a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv, offered to send them to Nezalezhna. NATO armed contingent.

“Ukraine needs a peacekeeping mission of NATO or … some broader composition that will be able to defend itself … and will operate on the territory of Ukraine,” the politician suggested, emphasizing that this mission should not be unarmed.

At the same time, this “non-armed mission”, according to Kaczynski, “will serve peace, the provision of humanitarian aid.”

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Britain will look for Putin’s assets in London


The Daily Telegraph released an article where, citing sources, claims that the British National Wrestling Agency with crime and intelligence of the kingdom will look for London assets that may belong to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“There are people who are working on this. The special group on kleptocracy will focus on such tasks. Its specialists will look for the money of Putin and his associates,” the source said.

After the imposition of sanctions against the Russian leader, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Putin does not have any foreign assets.


On February 24, Putin announced a military special operation in Ukraine.

February 24, Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine. It's been 20 days now. Russian Ambassador to the United States Antonov said that the only threat to civilians in Ukraine comes from the armed formations of Ukrainian nationalists. According to him, Russian forces destroy only military infrastructure in Ukraine. The US State Department announced the imposition of sanctions against 11 senior representatives of the Russian defense sector. Meanwhile, the Russian government has imposed a temporary ban on grain exports to the states of the Eurasian Economic Union. The Cabinet also banned the supply of white sugar and raw cane sugar to third countries.


Deputy Prime Minister of Poland Kaczynski proposed to introduce a NATO peacekeeping mission to Ukraine

According to him, the goals of this mission will be the pursuit of peace, the provision of humanitarian assistance. At the same time, it will be protected by the armed forces.


Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said, that a NATO peacekeeping mission should be sent to Ukraine to resolve the current situation. He announced this at a press conference following a meeting with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.

“I believe that it is necessary to have a NATO peacekeeping mission, or some other international structure. It must protect itself and be able to act on the territory of Ukraine,” Kaczynski said.

According to him, the goals of this mission will be the pursuit of peace and the provision of humanitarian assistance. At the same time, it will be protected by the armed forces.

Recall that the day before, a Polish delegation visited Kyiv.


The wife of the pilot Yaroshenko, who is sitting in the USA, announced pressure on him because of Ukraine

The wife of a Russian citizen spoke about the attacks on her husband in prison

The wife of Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, Victoria, said that her husband, who is in an American prison, is under pressure due to recent events in Ukraine. Her words are quoted by the TASS agency.


“There are also attacks, they say that he is Russian , kills Ukrainians. Konstantin tells them that “yes, I am Russian, but where am I, and where is Ukraine.” Now there are “political debates” going on there,” Victoria said, adding that her husband is proud to be Russian.

The pilot's wife added that her husband does not suffer because of such attacks and maintains a positive mood, so as not to attract the attention of the Danbury prison administration: according to Victoria, they use any excuse to send a Russian to a punishment cell.

Another problem was the inability of Victoria to send money to her husband in the United States due to Western sanctions. She intends to contact the Russian embassy to resolve this issue.

Yaroshenko was imprisoned in the US in 2011, having previously been brought to the US from Liberia. The Russian was accused of conspiracy to smuggle drugs and sentenced to 20 years in prison.


Russia, Ukraine, sanctions: online broadcast March 16

Official statements given by world media, analysts' opinion

The Russian authorities have imposed sanctions against US President Joe Biden and other top US officials and politicians. In turn, the European Union announced new sanctions against Russian businessmen and investments in Russia. The DPR announced a missile attack on Makeevka. According to representatives of the republic, the strike was carried out by a Tochka-U missile at the Solnechny microdistrict. Air defenses intercepted the missile, debris fell to the ground.

Photo: Donetsk News Agency

11:50 Switzerland joined the EU sanctions against Belarus. In particular, the export of goods that could contribute to the military-technical improvement of the republic or the development of the defense and security sector will be prohibited. And transactions with the Belarusian Central Bank are also prohibited. In addition, Switzerland will disconnect a number of Belarusian banks from the SWIFT system.

11:47 Ukraine's prosecutor's office charged Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos, in absentia.

11:44 A hacker attack is underway on the website of the CEC of Russia, said Ella Pamfilova. According to her, there is no sound in the broadcast of the commission meeting.

11:40 Lavrov also claims that the Russian Federation is ready for contacts with the Ukrainian side in the future. However, it is important to understand what the added value will be. Now in the process of negotiations there are already specific formulations that are close to being agreed upon. In particular, the neutral status of Ukraine is being seriously discussed at the talks in conjunction with Russia's demands for security guarantees.

11:27 Sergey Lavrov said that negotiations with representatives of Ukraine are not easy. However, there are hopes for a compromise. He urged to give the negotiators of the Russian Federation and Ukraine the opportunity to work in a calm atmosphere and not to whip up hysteria. According to Lavrov, NATO's response to Ukraine's calls has cooled Zelensky's ardor.

11:20 The Russian Ministry of Defense reports that the retreating Ukrainian forces are abandoning a significant amount of armored vehicles and weapons that were handed over to them by Western countries. These are, in particular, the JAVELIN and NLAW anti-tank missile systems. Now the captured weapons of the Russian Federation are being transferred to the military of the LPR and DPR. The soldiers undergo special training and retraining courses.

10:59 The head of the Dutch Ministry of Defense said that while hostilities are going on in Ukraine, it is too early to talk about NATO's peacekeeping mission.

10:53 The Russian Ministry of Digital Development proposes to cancel the import duty on computers and electronic components that are subject to sanctions and are not produced in Russia at all or in the required volume, for six months. The department is confident that this will help support domestic manufacturers of equipment until “new supply and production chains are formed inside Russia.”

10:49 Aksakov also claims that the prerequisites and there are no grounds for Russia's default now. At the same time, according to him, the question is whether it is necessary in principle to fulfill obligations to “partners”.

10:46 The head of the State Duma committee on the financial market, Aksakov, noted that banks that fell under sanctions could start working in Crimea. According to him, there are no reasons for this not to happen.

10:35 Naryshkin reports that the decision to launch a special operation in Ukraine was based on an extremely accurate assessment of the situation in the world. According to him, the slightest delay in relation to the “Russophobic Kiev regime” would turn into a great tragedy in the near future.

The head of the Foreign Intelligence Service also stressed that sovereignty remains the main core of Russia's thousand-year history. He added that sovereignty is a guarantee of the well-being and dignity of Russians and the future of the country's children. According to Naryshkin, “in such matters, Russia has never retreated and will not retreat, because otherwise it will cease to be Russia.”

10:30 DNR Head Denis Pushilin called the issue of borders between Russia, the DPR and the LPR is irrelevant. According to him, he faded into the background.

10:17 New reports of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Over the past day, aviation and air defense systems of the Russian Aerospace Forces shot down two Ukrainian Su-25 aircraft in the Chernihiv region, as well as one MiG-29 in the Novaya Bykovka region. In addition, four unmanned aerial vehicles were destroyed. Also during the day, Russian aircraft hit 128 military targets in Ukraine.

DPR units managed to take control of the settlements of Mikhailovka, Stavka, Botmanka, Vasilievka. Now they are fighting for Verkhnetoretsk.

As for the group of troops of the LPR, it is fighting in the city limits in the northwest, northeast, and east of the city of Severodonetsk.

More than 1,350 tanks and other armored vehicles of Ukraine have been destroyed since the beginning of the special operation.

10:12 SVR Director Sergei Naryshkin said that the fate of Russia is now being decided. Her future place in the world is currently being determined.

10:10 The Russian Foreign Ministry promised to respond to Montenegro's decision to expel a Russian diplomat. As the director of the fourth European department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Yuri Pilipson, said, “this is not an isolated case in recent years.”

10:08 Moscow Mayor Sobyanin allocated grants to support domestic fast food chains. Applications will be accepted until June 30.

10:05 On the Moscow Exchange, at the opening of trading, the ruble did not change against the dollar. Against the euro, it weakens by 0.42%.

10:02 YouTube video hosting continues to block Russian channels. This time, the account of the Orthodox TV channel "Spas" stopped working. It has more than 1 million subscribers.

9:56 The Headquarters of the Territorial Defense of the DPR reports that the Armed Forces of Ukraine attacked a residential building in Vasilievka. Now there are people under the rubble. Two without signs of life.

9:50 It is reported that the Slack messenger has started disconnecting its customers in Russia. Now customers who used the service at a paid rate will be transferred to a free one. Their options will be limited. In particular, only 10 thousand messages will be available in the archive of correspondence. And it will also be impossible to add new members from Russia in the corporate messenger.

9:42 AvtoVAZ management postponed the planned corporate vacation, which was scheduled from July 25 to August 14, for the period from April 4 to April 24. This is due to short supply of electronic components. This is also done in order to prevent the reduction of employees' earnings.

"AvtoVAZ" restored the assembly of cars on the line Lada Granta and Lada Niva. It was previously suspended due to the ongoing crisis in the supply of electronic components.

9:35 The Foreign Ministry said that Russia's operation in Ukraine will achieve its goals. Europe will have to pay for the damage to bilateral relations with Moscow, said Yury Pilipson, director of the Fourth European Department of the Foreign Ministry. Moreover, the dispatch of mercenaries and the supply of weapons to Ukraine interfere with normalization and “rock” the situation.

At the same time, he noted that the Russian Federation is ready for any formats of dialogue on Ukraine, if they make it possible to find a solution.

9:32 Vyacheslav Volodin said that Russia this year did not transfer the contribution to the Council of Europe. According to him, this money will go to support citizens and the economy. The amount is about 4.2 billion rubles.

9:25 Representatives of the countries of the Group of Seven (G7) will hold online negotiations. On March 16, they will discuss the situation around Ukraine, as stated by Japanese Finance Minister Shun'ichi Suzuki.

9:22 The Austrian company OMV announced that they no longer consider Russia as a key region for of their future investments.

9:18 Crimea intends to file a lawsuit against the Ukrainian authorities in connection with the damage from the water blockade. As they said in the State Council of the Republic, the damage for 1.5 trillion rubles has already been documented. The total amount may be many times greater.

9:15 State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin argues that without Russia, the Council of Europe will have nothing to do. Thus, according to him, there is only one way out for CE — dissolve itself.

Britain has also imposed personal sanctions. Mishustin, Sobyanin, Medvedev, Peskov, Turchak fell under them. In total – 350 Russian individuals and legal entities. Including Zakharova, Solovyov, Ernst, Margarita Simonyan.

Russia has announced that it is leaving the Council of Europe. When leaving the CE, Russia will be forced to denounce the European Convention on Human Rights. Despite the denunciation, all the rights of Russians will be guaranteed unconditionally.

Vladimir Zelensky met with the prime ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia in Kyiv. She passed through a room that looked like a bunker. Polish Deputy Prime Minister Yaroslav Kaczynski proposed sending a NATO mission to Ukraine. And Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, following the results of the talks, called on the leadership of the European Union to grant Independent candidate status for EU membership as soon as possible.

The next round of negotiations between the Russian Federation and Ukraine has ended. They will continue tomorrow. As Podolyak noted, it was “a very difficult and viscous negotiation process.” According to him, there are fundamental contradictions. However, there is certainly room for compromise. At the same time, Putin, during a conversation with the head of the European Council, Michel, said that Kyiv does not demonstrate “a serious attitude towards finding mutually acceptable solutions”; in negotiations.

Online of the previous day of the Russian special operation in Ukraine read here


Ukraine crisis: China ‘avoided the American trap’

Chinese experts criticize US stance on Ukraine and Taiwan

The US failed to trap China over Ukraine at a meeting between top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi and national security adviser to the US president Jake Sullivan, according to the Chinese press.


On the same Monday that a seven-hour meeting between top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi and U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan took place in Rome, which some media outlets described as “tense,” U.S. Air Force General Kenneth Wilsbach openly threatened to teach China a lesson from the situation in Ukraine. , which can be applied to the Taiwan question.

According to the Chinese edition of the Global Times, “Such vanity was belied by the first direct high-level meeting between Chinese and American officials over the situation in Ukraine, about which Washington tried to mislead Beijing into serving its interests, although not I was able to do this because the Chinese side emphasized its consistent position on this issue. question and urged the American side to correct their wrong words and deeds.

In the run-up to the meeting, the US has been constantly spreading misinformation about China's role in the Ukraine conflict, and some US officials have tried to confuse the Ukraine crisis with the Taiwan issue, trying to trap China in the matter and creating a false image of a “Sino-Russian alliance,” writes the Global Times. All these “malicious tactics”, according to Chinese experts, reflect the US's not too benevolent approach to constructive negotiations, and their contradiction between their words and deeds weakens the prospects for a healthy and stable China-US relationship.

After a few hours after Yang and Sullivan's meeting ended, China released an 850-word text reaffirming its position on key issues such as the Taiwan issue and the current situation in Ukraine.

Rejecting Washington's constant pressure to mislead Beijing about the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, Yang Jiechi called for a long-term stance, actively advocating the vision of common, comprehensive, common and sustainable security, encouraging the parties concerned to engage in equal dialogue and create a balanced, effective and sustainable structure of the European security, based on the principle of indivisible security, in an effort to maintain peace in Europe and throughout the world.

“The Chinese side strongly opposes any words and actions that spread false information, distort and discredit China's position,” — said the representative of the People's Republic of China.

In the wake of the summit, some US media, citing unnamed US officials, inflated China's role in the crisis, saying that “Russia has asked China to provide it with military equipment and support in the war.” In connection with this disinformation, Sullivan expressed “deep concern” during the meeting; China's close ties with Russia, notes the Global Times.

In addition, some other Western media also hyped China's willingness to provide “military assistance to Russia”, and before meeting with Yang Jiechi, Jake Sullivan warned of the so-called consequences, if China helps Russia evade Western sanctions.

Some Chinese experts believe that the meeting in Rome gave a senior Chinese official an opportunity to bluntly state the country's consistent position on the Ukraine issue as the West, led by the US, continued to pressure China to “choose a side.” The US not only misunderstood the essence of Sino-Russian relations, but also maliciously linked the Ukraine crisis to the Taiwan issue, despite the different nature of the two issues, some Chinese experts said, noting that with strategic composure, China did not fall into this trap.

While the Ukrainian issue was a priority for the US during Monday's meeting to force China to take a stand, it appears that the effort has failed, Wu Xinbo, dean of Fudan University's Institute of International Studies, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

“China's position not only remained unchanged, but also refuted the rumors and false information that the United States spread. This means that the US goal at this meeting has failed,” — thinks Wu Xinbo.

Compared to the report from China, the US summarized the meeting in just 80 words, a statement released on the White House website showed, and this shorter-than-expected report shows that the US did not achieve any fruitful results from the meeting. experts noted, noting that this also reflects Washington's focus only on its own issues of concern, which makes the recent conversation between China and the United States superficial.

The experts noted that it is worth noting that when Yang Jiechi spoke about Sino-American relations, he specifically touched on the Taiwan issue, since after the start of the conflict in Ukraine, many Western media hyped the relevance of the Ukrainian issue with the Taiwan problem, but these are two fundamentally different issues, and attempts to combine them are considered “villainous”, writes the Global Times.

On the same day as the Rome talks were taking place, senior US Air Force general Kenneth Wilsbach linked the situation in Ukraine to the issue of Taiwan, saying that one of the “key lessons” the Chinese are learning from the situation in Ukraine is “solidarity”. world community,” and that if China behaves in a similar way with regard to the island or another neighbor, “something more reliable will happen,” — he said in an online discussion, according to Air Force magazine.

“From this perspective, we can say that the Sullivan team did not speak with the Chinese side in good faith and continued to increase pressure, forcing China to give in to its will. But I think they are seriously underestimating China's firm stance,” Lu Xiang, a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times.

The crisis in Ukraine is part of a continuation of the Cold War, which is also the result of a long-standing strategic conflict between the US and Russia, but the Taiwan issue concerns China's core interests, on which neither excessive pressure nor inflated international opinion can shake the Chinese position,  says Lu Xiang

Stressing that the Taiwan issue concerns China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, Yang Jiechi said during a meeting with Jake Sullivan that in the three joint Sino-US communiqués, the US side explicitly recognized that there is only one China and that the principle of one China is a prerequisite for diplomatic relations. between Beijing and Washington, as well as the political basis of their relationship. According to him, the current US administration has pledged to adhere to the principle of one China and not support “Taiwan independence”; on the Taiwan issue, but her actions are clearly inconsistent with her statements.

Responding to a question about the Yang-Sullivan meeting, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a routine press conference on Tuesday that China is demanding The United States clearly recognize the high degree of sensitivity of the Taiwan issue, adhere to the principle of one China, and avoid failure on the wrong path.

The Taiwan issue is China's main concern and concern, so we should emphasize this to the US at this time. It also shows that China is very unhappy with the Biden administration's stance on the Taiwan issue, said Wu Xinbo, dean of Fudan University's Institute of International Studies. “Because the Biden administration has not changed its fundamental approach to dealing with China, and its diplomacy towards China is hawk-controlled, I hardly see any significant improvement in Sino-US relations,” — said the expert.

Analysts believe that Washington's attempts to use the Ukrainian crisis to demonize China's image or hinder the process of China's reunification will be futile. “No matter how much the US tries to bluff public opinion or threaten potential sanctions [on China], it will have no effect on China's core interests,” — Lu Xiang said.


Abramovich was unable to pay tax on a house in London

Due to sanctions, he cannot pay the rent of the plot

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is unable to pay the rent of the plot on which his house stands in the prestigious Kensington district of London.

Photo: ru.wikipedia.orgMarina Lystseva

According to RBC, formally the land plot on which the businessman's mansion stands, belongs to the monarch. Abramovich has to pay 10,000 pounds (1.4 million rubles) to the British treasury annually for land lease.

However, now the billionaire cannot pay the rent, as his assets in the UK were frozen due to sanctions .

This is an elite mansion built in 1848, which is located in the gardens of Kensington Palace, not far from the home of Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton.

It is noted that in the event of rent arrears the billionaire risks losing his property.

On March 10, the UK imposed sanctions against a number of Russian businessmen, including Abramovich. They froze assets in the country, banned transactions with British individuals and legal entities, and banned entry into the territory of the kingdom.

The businessman was also affected by the ban on owning, registering, moving and using sea and air vehicles.


Message from Zhomart Tokayev: Kazakhstan has chosen a new path of development

No tightening, solid democratization

President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev delivered a Address to the people on Wednesday morning. Two months after the bloody resolution of the January conflict and the actual change of power, the head of the country told how Kazakhstan would now live. In fact, he proposed a reform of a radical reorganization of the country. And first of all, this “perestroika” will affect the political system of Kazakhstan. Here are the main points of his speech.


About January events:According to Tokayev, it was an attempted coup. “It was a huge test for our government agencies. However, their malicious intent was not carried out. I have always said that I will be with my people to the end. Among them were famous personalities. There were leaders of the military and special agencies. They even took control of communications. We used all actions to destabilize the situation”

About the political structure of the country: Kazakhstan is moving from a super-presidential form of government to a presidential republic. This means that the Parliament of the country will receive its share of power. “Today everything revolves around the President. And this is wrong.” The President also announced that he would leave the post of chairman of the ruling Amanat party. Because “political domination needs to be blocked.”

About the power device:As the head of state stated, no relative of the president should henceforth have the right to hold public office. All forms of political favoritism must also be left behind. “Political transformation is aimed at the formation of fair and just “rules of the game”, the eradication of favoritism and monopolies in all spheres of life.” Also, according to Tokayev, business officials should be removed from politics. Therefore, “it is necessary to legally prohibit akims and their deputies from holding positions in party branches.”

About the powers of the president: According to Tokayev, it is necessary to change the “rules of the game”, creating a solid foundation for the further democratization of society. In his opinion, “Rejection of excessive presidential powers will be an important factor that will ensure the irreversibility of political modernization in the country.”

About the country's parliament:The legislature will now be formed according to a mixed system: “70 percent on a proportional basis, 30 percent on a majoritarian basis.” It will also become easier to register political parties in Kazakhstan. To do this, the party must have at least 5,000 members. Tokayev also demands to adopt a law on the inadmissibility of foreign interference in elections.

About freedom of speech.According to Tokayev, the media should not work on the orders of individuals. To do this, it is necessary to revise the law on the media. “The media must be competitive and independent. This principle is now especially important for any civilized country”

About the administrative structure: The President proposed to create several new regions in Kazakhstan to simplify management – Abai region with the center in Semey and Ulytau region with the center in Zhezkazgan. The Almaty region is divided into two parts – Almaty and Zhetysuy.

About the government. Amid the general crisis, Tokayev recommended that the government make prompt decisions without red tape. which conducts real-time analysis of information, as well as the development of specific emergency measures. The President promised to sign a decree on debureaucratization of the state apparatus.

About the Constitution.According to the President, “We need to make about 30 amendments to the Constitution in order to implement all my initiatives proposed today.”


Media: Russia fell into an “oil hole” due to the impossibility of selling to China and a cheaper barrel

The price of Brent oil fell below $100 per barrel.

The media voices the opinion of experts who predict the consequences of Russia falling into a “black oil hole”, which was generated by rapidly falling oil prices and China's refusal to buy Russian oil.

As Topnews wrote earlier, analysts previously predicted that oil would rise in price to record levels, and politicians called it one of the main “allies” Russia. But already on February 25, the day after the start of the special operation in Ukraine, China temporarily refused Russian oil.

Experts, whose opinion is quoted by “MK”, report that record March prices per barrel falling just as fast. By the middle of the month, the price has dropped by $30 and continues to fall.

The reason is called a new wave of coronavirus in China (5,000 infected, quarantine) and well-known geopolitical factors. As a result, now the price per barrel – $100 (March 7 – $130).

China's GDP growth will decline to negative levels in the second quarter, according to Morgan Stanley analysts, which will lead to a drop in oil demand.

Noting that the ruble has so far fixed at around 115-120 per dollar, 120-125 per euro, but the stability was affected by emergency measures of the Central Bank, including an increase to 20% of the key rate, regulation of exchange trading and currency interventions. But in the long term, the situation may repeat the scenario of 2014: the collapse of the ruble was provoked by the fall in oil prices and a package of Western sanctions.

If the trend of abandoning Russian oil by the EU countries, like the United States, continues, then Russia will lose its current advantage in the form of oil windfalls.

Referring to Bloomberg, Russian companies already have problems with the shipment of marketed oil in the Baltic ports. According to some versions, the United States is ready to lift the moratorium on Iranian oil supplies, which will further reduce Russian oil revenues.

According to Maxim Biryukov, senior analyst at Alfa Capital, despite the maximum discount on the Russian brand Urals, its buy reluctantly. Esperio Senior Analyst Anton Bykov believes that new sanctions could lead to a decrease in the annual GDP of the Russian Federation by 1.5-2%. Retail sales may fall by 7-10%, inflation will be up to 14-16%, the unemployment rate – 6%.

Against the background of the situation on the oil market and the reduction of funds from obtaining exports, half of the country's gold and foreign exchange reserves are needed, but Russia was deprived of access to it.

“ The domestic economy will have to go through the most severe crisis in the modern history of our country,” Bykov believes.

According to him, peak critical values ​​u200bu200bmay be: Russia's GDP – drop by 6-8%, inflation – over 20% growth, retail sales – 15% drop, unemployment – growth 8-10%.


Media: Kadyrov arrived in the special operation zone in Ukraine

Photo: Frame from video

According to Russian media, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, arrived in Ukraine in the zone of a special military operation and met with Chechen military. There is no official confirmation of this information yet.

The Operative Reports telegram channel has published footage showing Ramzan Kadyrov, surrounded by Chechen security forces, standing in a room next to the image of his father, Akhmat Kadyrov.

The report says that Kadyrov accepted the report on the special operation and admonished the Chechen special forces with the words: “Bandera and Chechen-speaking shaitans will not see mercy!”.

Also, on the video, you can hear Kadyrov speaking : “Our main task is to take Kyiv.” From the conversation, it can be assumed that Kadyrov and the Chechen military are 7 km from Kyiv in the vicinity of Ivankovo.

Journalists note that Martynov is next to Kadyrov, the head of his power bloc, who really was in Ukraine for the last two weeks .