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South Korea and Japan report unidentified projectile launched by North Korea

The authorities of South Korea and Japan reported that the DPRK launched a projectile towards the Sea of ​​Japan According to the Japanese Ministry of Defense, we can talk about a ballistic missile. It flew about 800 km, the maximum flight altitude is 2 thousand km. The launch was the seventh this year

Zakharova called Ukrainian diplomacy “network marketing”

Zakharova said that Ukrainian diplomacy resembles network marketing Earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba announced the need to move from “shuttle” to “network diplomacy” with the center in Kiev. Zakharova said in response that Ukraine is not engaged in diplomacy, but in “network marketing” .jpg” alt=”Zakharova called Ukrainian diplomacy “network marketing”” />

Spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova

Ukraine is not engaged in diplomacy, but in “network marketing” based on the principles of a financial pyramid, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on her Telegram channel. This is how she commented on the words of Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, who, in his column for New Times, pointed out the need for a transition as part of a strategy to contain “aggressive actions”; Russia from “shuttle diplomacy” during the Cold War to “network diplomacy”.

Kuleba said that Ukraine will launch such “network diplomacy” centered in Kiev, it will involve intensive coordination of the positions of partners within the framework of the international coalition on “deterrence”.

«Network— yes, but not diplomacy, but marketing. Network marketing in Kiev mode with an authorized capital in the form of national interests, let's call a spade a spade, — wrote Zakharova.

According to her, at the heart of such “marketing” are the principles of the financial pyramid— “receiving income by members of the network structure through constant subsidies from new participants.”

Kuleba explained in his article that “shuttle diplomacy” meant “diplomats traveling between the parties to the conflict,” but now it is necessary to act differently. The three rounds of talks on security assurances that took place in January (the United States and Russia, NATO and Russia and the OSCE and Russia) “showed network diplomacy in action,” he said. “This creates the effect of a hundred mirrors for the Kremlin: Russia hears the same position from everywhere, agreed with Ukraine,” — said Kuleba.

The Minister stressed that the diplomatic system of Ukraine in recent weeks has been working “like a modern gadget”, simultaneously solving several problems. This, in his opinion, allowed Kiev to achieve a high level of international support.

Kuleba on January 16 revealed the plan of “containment” Russia, which “took a dangerous new course of escalation.” The strategy includes “strong de-escalation diplomacy,” developing economic sanctions, and deepening Western defense cooperation with Ukraine. Now Kuleba noted that another element appeared in the plan— assistance to maintain the economic and financial stability of Ukraine.

Commenting on the strategy during its presentation, the head of the Foreign Ministry noted that the talks held in Europe from January 10 to 13 were “the culmination of <…> general deterrence diplomacy.”

“Western unity was evident,”— he said, adding that “the overseas community has shown Russia that it is firmly on the side of Ukraine.”

At three meetings, the parties discussed draft agreements on security guarantees, which the Russian side proposed to the United States and NATO in December 2021. According to Moscow, it was not possible to achieve concrete results on them: the parties did not agree on the non-expansion of the alliance to the east and the refusal of the countries of the former USSR, including Ukraine, to join it, — It is these points that Russia considers key to its security. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has repeatedly said that the alliance will not compromise on Ukraine's membership in it. At the same time, both Washington and Brussels spoke about their readiness for dialogue with Moscow. The United States noted that some of the Russian proposals could be discussed.

On January 26, the Russian side received written responses from the United States and NATO to its demands. During a conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron, Vladimir Putin said that Western countries in their responses did not take into account the requirements for non-expansion of NATO and non-deployment of weapons near Russia's borders.

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Trump urged Biden to worry about “invading” the US, not Ukraine

Former US President Donald Trump urged Joe Biden to protect the US border, not Ukraine According to him, the current administration is “fixated on protecting the Ukrainian border,” but does nothing about the influx of migrants to the United States. Trump said that Biden should send troops to the southern border of the United States, and not to Eastern Europe /756435116228003.jpg” alt=”Trump urged Biden to worry about “invading” the US, not Ukraine” />

Former US President Donald Trump

The U.S. government should prioritize protecting its own country's borders, not Ukraine's, former President Donald Trump told his supporters in Conroe, Texas.

“Before our leaders talk about invading other countries, they must stop the invasion of this country, — Trump thinks. He noted that we are talking about “the invasion of people who should not be allowed [to enter the country]”, and the current government is not trying to solve the problem of migrants.

According to Trump, during the presidency of his successor Joe Biden, 5 million people illegally crossed the border. “This is not a minor invasion. It was the largest mass invasion— perhaps in the history of the world, — says the former president.

Trump says everyone in Washington is “obsessed with protecting the Ukrainian border,” but the most important border for the US administration should be the American one.

“Before Joe Biden sends troops to protect the border in Eastern Europe, he should send troops to protect our border.” right here in Texas,— urged the ex-president.

He stated that “Biden's weakness and incompetence” create the danger of a third world war. “North Korea is testing like never before. The way they (the Biden administration.— RBC) got out of Afghanistan— it's a disaster,— Trump said.

He has previously pointed out the severity of the migration crisis in the United States and the inaction of the Biden administration more than once. In September last year, Trump announced that the United States was becoming a third world country because of migrants, and in October he said that the country was “dying from the inside”; and “no one is doing anything to stop it.” The Republican believes that in order to resolve the situation, first of all, it is necessary to complete the wall on the border with Mexico: the construction he started was stopped after Biden came to power.

Trump also argued that an escalation between Russia and Ukraine would not have been possible under his presidency, and that if he were president, Moscow would not dare to be aggressive. He called the reason for the aggravation “lack of respect.” “Our military representatives” these are not the kind of people who will be respected by Russia, China and North Korea,»— he explained.

Biden said the day before that he intended to transfer a small number of troops to Eastern Europe in the near future. Before that, the Pentagon announced its readiness to send 8,500 troops to the region in a short time. After that, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that the country had not yet begun the transfer of forces to the region.

At the same time, the White House emphasized that Biden does not plan to send troops to Ukraine, but only seeks to support US partners in the North Atlantic Alliance .

Before that, NATO reported about sending military, ships and aircraft to Eastern Europe due to the situation around Ukraine.

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Trump called one of the reasons for the situation around Ukraine

Trump: the crisis with Ukraine began because Europe under Biden began to “use” the United States reasons for the crisis around Ukraine

Former US President Donald Trump

Former US President Donald Trump said he demanded that the country's NATO allies “pay their share” for protecting their borders, but under Joe Biden, other countries decided that they could not do this— this, in his opinion, was one of the causes of the crisis in Ukraine. The Republican's speech to supporters in Conroe, Texas was broadcast by C-SPAN.

“I made it clear that if Europe is worried about its borders, it will have to pay,”— Trump emphasized. After Biden came to power, other states decided that now they do not need to “pay their bills, do their jobs and risk their lives”: instead of them, “stupid Americans” can do it, the former head of state explained

“One of the reasons why we see this dangerous situation in Ukraine is that as soon as Biden came [to power], other countries decided that the good old days had come when they could use the United States,” — Trump thinks.

The 45th President of the United States accused his successor of incompetence, which, in his opinion, could lead to a third world war. Trump also believes that the American authorities should first of all protect the borders not of Ukraine, but of the United States— from migrants “who shouldn't be allowed” get into the country.

This is not the first time Trump has criticized Biden's policies. In mid-January, he said that if he still held the presidency of the United States, then Russia would not dare to show “aggression”; towards Ukraine. According to him, Russian President Vladimir Putin is not worried about Biden, because he saw a “miserable flight” USA from Afghanistan. The former American leader believes that the aggravation between Moscow and Kiev would not have happened under his administration.

Tensions around Ukraine began to increase last fall, when the media, and then the leaders of Western states, began to express fears about a possible Russian invasion to a neighboring country. Moscow has repeatedly denied that it has aggressive plans for Kiev. Despite this, the Western countries threatened Russia with sanctions, announced the provision of military assistance to Ukraine and the buildup of forces in Eastern Europe.

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Guarantor without tools: why the president resigned in Armenia

A guarantor without tools: why President Armen Sargsyan resigned in Armenia Armenian President Armen Sarkissian announced his resignation last week. He explained this by the fact that he does not have real tools to carry out his duties. What the Armenian guarantor can and cannot do is in the RBC video


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Britain announces new sanctions against Russia over Ukraine


British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss confirmed that in the coming days London will expand sanctions against Russia due to situation around Ukraine.

This week, Britain will present measures to improve the sanctions legislation. For now, London can only impose sanctions against those “directly involved in destabilizing activities in Ukraine.”

According to Truss, the British side intends to expand the list of persons subject to restrictions so that “any company of interest for the Kremlin,” could fall under sanctions.

In general, the UK does not rule out any options for helping Kiev in the event of an aggravation of the situation. According to her, London already supports Ukraine in such areas as cybersecurity and intelligence. And the British side will train more than 20,000 Ukrainian troops.

“We will consider any option, and we will work with our NATO allies to support Ukraine,” Truss said on Sky News.


Earlier it became known that the British Foreign Office plans to announce new sanctions against Russia on January 31st. London expects to aim at the strategic and financial interests of Russia.

Prior to this, Truss herself also announced the introduction of new sanctions against the Russian Federation. She noted that the restrictions will be directed against individuals and financial organizations.


Because of the “erroneously” destroyed document in the Czech Republic, Petrov and Boshirov were remembered

The office of the Czech President accidentally got rid of the secret report on the explosions in the ammunition depots

The office of the President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman accidentally destroyed the secret document of the Security and Information Service (BIS) on the explosions in the ammunition depot ammunition in Vrbetica, which official Prague accuses the Russian special services.

“well-informed sources”, Czech Radio and Respekt, the destruction of the report became known when forensic experts decided to check whether unauthorized persons had gained access to classified materials.

In particular, according to the sources, the participants in the investigation were going to check whether any foreign genetic materials or fingerprints got on the secret document.

But in response to this request, according to the Czech media, officials of the administration of President Miloš Zeman was told that the document was destroyed “by mistake”. It is noted that this could happen at the end of November 2021.

According to journalists, the secret document, in particular, explained why the Czech police suspect GRU agents, also known under the pseudonyms Petrov and Boshirov, of involvement in the explosions .

The office of President Zeman, after the appearance of information from the Czech Radio about the destruction of the document, published an official statement in which this information is not directly refuted, but not confirmed either. At the same time, the statement, according to Deutsche Welle, says that “in accordance with applicable law” from November 29 to December 1, 2021, more than five hundred pieces of secret documents of past years were destroyed.

The head of the presidential administration, Vratislav Mynar, said that no outsiders could get access to the secret report, BBC reports. The office also added that the destruction of documents is carried out exclusively by persons with access to state secrets, in strict accordance with the protocol and under the supervision of a special commission.


It is reported that the office of the President of the Czech Republic received a report on the Vrbetica bombings in April 2021 – shortly before the government of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš published information about the incident and a diplomatic scandal erupted, leading to a sharp deterioration in relations between Prague and Moscow.

Recall that in April last year, the Czech authorities accused the Russian intelligence services of being involved in the explosions in the fall of 2014 at the weapons depots in Vrbetica.

The Czech police announced the search for two Russian citizens who, according to the police website, moved around the Czech Republic using several different passports – in the name of a citizen of Tajikistan Ruslan Tobarov and a citizen of Moldova Nikolay Popa, as well as Russian ones – in the names of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.

In the wake of the scandal, the Czech authorities expelled 18 Russian diplomats from the country – in turn, Russia announced the expulsion of 20 employees of the Czech embassies in Russia.


Snow, blizzard and sleet are expected in Moscow on January 30

Cloudy weather, light snow, blizzard in places, and sleet are expected in Moscow on Sunday, January 30, according to the website of the Hydrometeorological Center of the Russian Federation.

According to weather forecasters, during the day the air temperature in the capital will be two to four degrees below zero. On the night of Monday, the city is also expected to drop to minus four.

On the territory of the Moscow region, frosts of up to six degrees are expected during the day. At night, the thermometers in the region can drop to minus seven degrees.

South wind with gusts of up to 17 meters per second. Atmospheric pressure will be 733 millimeters of mercury.

Earlier, the scientific director of the Hydrometeorological Center Roman Vilfand also expressed the opinion that spring this year is unlikely to be early.


Irish Foreign Minister welcomed the decision of the Russian Federation to move the site of the exercises of the fleet

The head of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense of Ireland, Simon Coveney, spoke about decision Moscow to transfer the exercises of the Navy outside the exclusive economic zone of the republic. 

«Today In the evening I received a letter confirming that the Russian exercises would be moved outside of Ireland's exclusive economic zone. I welcome this answer, — wrote Coveney on Twitter. 

Earlier it became known that Russia would postpone the exercises of the Navy, such a decision was made by the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Sergei Shoigu so as not to interfere with the normal work of Irish fishermen in traditional fishing areas.

Russian Ambassador Yury Filatov noted that the Irish side received notification of the exercises in advance. However, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Cowen said that military maneuvers 240 kilometers from the coast of the state are not welcome.


“Our men are better than the Germans.” Russian woman – about life with a foreign husband

Fitness trainer and blogger Aliona Hilt was born and raised in Petersburg. By the age of  she had a good job, and and in the hometown the girl became famous as a successful model. It seemed like a bright future ahead — a dizzying career and & nbsp; a successful marriage. However, a sudden flash of feeling for a German named Arminruined all plans. Aliona moved from the northern capital with its great opportunities to the small town of Dormagen, where the chosen one lived. This union lasted eleven years, but in the end, Hilt returned to her homeland. She already celebrated last New Year in St. Petersburg. What's it like — live with a person of a different culture? How are Russian men different from Germans? And why Aliona never couldn't love Germany, she told in an interview with

This is fate

In the year I met my future husband, I worked as a translator in India. But since the visa ran out, I had to return to St. Petersburg. Only there it was possible to settle the issue with documents. I had two free weeks in hometown, and a one friend asked to replace her employee in the office. She had several businesses: a marriage agency, plus she rented large premises to foreigners. The work is not dusty, and and I agreed.

Literally on the second day, my future husband appeared on the doorstep. The boss agreed with a meeting but got in traffic and was two hours late. I had to entertain the visitor myself. We drank tea and had a nice talk, of course, in English, I didn then know German. When my friend finally got to the office, I said goodbye to the guest and left. In the evening, he unexpectedly called and offered to have dinner. It turns out that my boss gave him my phone number.

At that meeting, we chatted for several hours without stopping, I arrived home at night, and the next day Armin returned to Germany. Since then, he began to write to me, sometimes came to Russia, six months later he invited to to visit then we went on a joint vacation. Naturally, I refused to return to India.

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Groom with "surprise"

In                            Of course, now I understand that after this news, I just had to pack my suitcase and leave, but then I didn did this. The future husband very cleverly lulled my vigilance with the phrases: “We have not been living with wife for a long time”, “I don't love her”; and etc

I did not tell my parents about that I got my fiancé with a "surprise", and they were not delighted with my choice, only my friends knew the details.

I received a nanny visa through my acquaintances and went for time to                     of of       of        that       that fl&nb that&nb;ff&nb that» which» whom I whom I whom I whom I have, I went to of Dormagen. After St. Petersburg, settle in the outback, where you need to walk 8 kilometers — — real test. There is nothing to do there, so I cleaned and cooked all day. Of course, after a couple of months of such a life, I had to pose the question point-blank: either we change something in our relationship, or I leave. Nobody started to detain me: Armin quickly bought a ticket to St. Petersburg. It would    — period, but my foreign friend didn give up: a few weeks later he came to to my birthday and even asked for my parents' hand (although he was still married!) I melted.

Before the real wedding, of course, it came only after the official divorce. We signed in St. Petersburg, agreed with the head of the registry office to register the marriage as quickly as possible. Three days later the issue was settled. Only my relatives were present at the celebration, they simply could not get visas so quickly. Although, even if not this obstacle, I not sure that my future mother-in-law would have come at that moment. This woman — typical German: prim, cold and very narcissistic.

My parents paid for the wedding in full. My husband didn't give me a single penny. But with pleasure he took all the money donated to us. At the end of December 2010, I finally moved to Germany.

Big price

This move came at a great cost to me. I left in Russia my family, apartment, studies (transferred to a correspondence department), friends, and a prestigious job. I had to put an end to the cultural life: forget about theatres, museums, exhibitions. Of course, many people have a question: why did I go for this? The answer was on surface — because of love.

Meanwhile, Armin sincerely believed that he had done a good deed: he pulled me out of "the hole" under the name of St. Petersburg and brought it to the most beautiful industrial city of Dormagen, where everyone knows each other and the greatest entertainment — go to the grocery store for shopping.

By the way, many other foreigners who choose Russian women as their wives think the same as my husband. I say this with complete confidence, because I saw enough of “foreign princes” when I worked at my friend's marriage agency. They firmly believe that girls in Russia most of all dream of leaving the country, only to cook borscht for their beloved and babysit children in some godforsaken village in France or Switzerland. But this I now clearly understand, and many years ago it seemed that my husband is not at all like other foreigners.

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“Plowed during the day and” at night

When I moved, my husband did not help me to adapt, he did not even introduce me to his friends. I simply couldn't practice German with him, because he constantly made comments, laughed at my pronunciation in front of strangers. After a few inappropriate jokes about  my address, I basically stopped communicating with my husband in his native language and switched back to English. But, of course, I completed the language courses that were needed to get a residence permit. Despite many years spent in Germany, I and did not fall in love with German. Every time I hear it, it seems to me that someone creaks with chalk on the wall.

I never saw money from my husband for manicures or some small female joys , although almost immediately after the move she became pregnant and could not earn money herself. Before  the birth of my eldest daughter, I taught yoga once a week, but my income was very modest — 80 euro per month. For understanding: a manicure cost 75!

When Armin lost his business, I had no other option but to start earning more, although I continued to be on maternity leave. By then we had already moved to Lilienthal (another wilderness), bought a house on credit. I taught at a fitness club and went out to replacements if one of the coaches fell ill. She was a photographer at weddings, sewed swimsuits for competitions, and also wrote training programs. In general, she plowed during the day and at night with a baby in her arms.

Of course, the husband also tried to find a new place, but there is very high unemployment in the north of Germany. In the end, he became a night watchman with a salary of 1200 euros. Now he has returned to his main specialty — deals with renewable energy.

Financial difficulties have become a great test for our family, but it is nothing compared to the abuse that has occurred from the side of the spouse from the very first days of our marriage. He was constantly dissatisfied with something, saying that I was a bad housewife, a terrible wife and mother.

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It's a shame to come back

My life in a foreign country was far from ideal, but I could just pack my things and leave. Firstly, because of the strong dependence on my husband: over the years of our marriage, he managed to inspire me that I can represent myself and will be lost without him. Secondly, I was ashamed in front of my parents, because they were right about my spouse, and I was wrong. Thirdly, in the moments of our quarrels, I was told in plain text that I could return to Russia, but nobody would give me a child.

In 2014, I was on the edge and really returned to Petersburg, leaving my daughter with Armin. My parents did not support me and  told me to go back, I had to live with a friend for two months. She helped me understand that I live with an abuser, so I have already returned to Germany only to pack my things.

My husband met me with an expression of universal sorrow on his face (abusers know how to make a victim out of themselves). We talked with all night, he even allowed me to take my daughter and to go with her vacation to Petersburg. There I found out that I was pregnant with my second child. So all my plans for the final return to Russia and divorce collapsed in a second.

Dot after all

During my pregnancy, I started to actively engage in my instagram. Easily gained 50 thousand subscribers, there were offers for advertising, and along with extra money. I  gradually got up on my feet, although internally I was still very unsure of myself. In & nbsp; 2017, she won the Mrs. Russia contest. I had a contract with a PR-agency, according to which I had to present my title in the media. I've been invited to a lot of talk shows. I very often traveled to Moscow: for a week, two. Gradually, in life, besides her husband, many new people appeared — my self-imposed isolation, which Armin so cleverly arranged for me, is over. I understood that I live in a distorted reality.

By 2019, I was already the main earner in the family: I paid off the loan, dressed and shoes the whole family. Then on New Year's Eve, we had a huge scandal, after which I returned to Peter and decided to put an end to my marriage.  I had savings, with which I bought an apartment in St.Soon the pandemic began, we were all locked at home. I made the most of   — turned to a psychiatrist to establish a dialogue not only with her husband, but and with herself. Working with a specialist helped me a lot then, a plan for a future free life gradually formed in my head. I even thought about running away with the kids in case of emergency.

Also besides, I began to study to psychology and I used many of the techniques that were given to us on my own husband  ;— treated him like his own patient. The situation in the house was gradually getting better, we began to take the first steps in the direction of a divorce, even agreed that after parting, the youngest daughter would go with me to Russia, and the eldest would stay with dad in Germany.

Now the lawyers have drawn up a peace agreement. It says that I do not apply anything, i.e. our house, for which I also paid off a loan (about 100 thousand euros in total), remains with my husband, plus a car, and I also refuse alimony. But I went to all these conditions in order to calmly leave with daughter for Russia.

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Bad experience

Personally, I don't know a single story about a successful marriage with a foreigner. Why? Because we have completely different mentalities. My aunt was married to a Frenchman for 10 years, and the same result as in in my family. I understand that not everyone likes such reasoning, subscribers often ask: “Do you think Russians are better?”. No, I don't think so. Everywhere there are inadequate personalities: both here and abroad. But marriage with foreigners is much more difficult for women!

And if to compare our men and Germans, our — it is better. They have not yet forgotten how to open the door for a lady, to help her if she carries a heavy bag. I once arrived from Russia with three suitcases of gifts and clothes for children after a very difficult abdominal operation. My husband didn't even meet me at the station. And when I asked him why he didn't help me, I got the answer: «Your problems, you didn didn't have to type so many things».

The Germans are also very economical, I an athlete, and when I was preparing for competitions, I ate chicken breasts. My husband told me absolutely seriously then that I cost him dearly. “Expensive” — it's 10 euro per week.

I now have a friend who is divorcing a German because she didn't get vaccinated against the coronavirus. His whole family stopped communicating with her. And this is not an isolated case. For the Germans, this behavior — norm. So if you are going to marry a foreigner, I advise you to think carefully — is worth is it?

I I am sincerely glad that I left Germany because I never liked this country. Firstly, everyone is poking you there. Even children have no respect for teachers, they call   "you". I can can put up with it, I was brought up differently. The second thing what I couldn get used —  you are endlessly knocked. Neighbors consider it their sacred duty. If your friends came to pandemic, this will be reported to the appropriate authority, and you will receive a reprimand. But at the same time, the Germans will always smile in the face. And the locals also sneeze very loudly and absolutely don know how to relax culturally. For them, the main entertainment — not  theater, not museum or cinema, but food! For me personally, Germany and culture — These are two opposing concepts. And not because I lived in the wilderness. When I communicate with girls who live in big cities, they tell the same thing. So  I agree to travel to this country only as a tourist, but to live there — no for nothing!


Will farmers start using artificial rainfall?

Weekly “Argumenty i Fakty” No. 4. Crack in education 26/01/2022 Expert answer 0 + –

– Good idea, – considers ecologist, Doctor of Biology Dmitry Zamolodchikov. – Technology for artificial precipitation has been developed since the late 1940s. For a long time they were used primarily to prevent unwanted rain or hail – for example, when holding festive events in cities. Now there is increasing interest in their use where precipitation is needed. For example, last year in the UAE conducted experiments to cause rain with the help of drones during extreme heat.

But in order to apply these technologies on a large scale in agriculture, more research is needed on their potential, taking  economic indicators.


The Gaza Strip, with the support of the UAE, received a batch of vaccine against covid “Sputnik V”

Story Coronavirus pandemic of a new type that spread from China

The Ministry of Health of the Gaza Strip has received a batch of Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V from the UAE, TASS reports.

It is reported that the convoy with cargo arrived in the coastal enclave through the checkpoint ” Rafah, located in the southern part of the sector.

It is noted that this is the largest shipment of medical supplies delivered to the Gaza Strip with the support of the UAE since the beginning of the pandemic.

Formerly the representative of the World Health Organization in Russia, Melita Vujnovic said that in 2022 WHO may recognize the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V..

She noted that ten vaccines are currently on the list of drugs recommended for emergency use. In this regard, they can be used in a pandemic, which refers to health emergencies, Vujnovic explained. Together with “Sputnik V” 16 vaccines are in the process of being added to the list, she added.


SpaceX rocket launch with Italian satellite postponed due to bad weather

The SpaceX developer company has announced that the launch of the American Falcon 9 heavy rocket with the Italian COSMO-SkyMed (CSG-2) radar surveillance satellite has been postponed for a day due to bad weather conditions, Interfax reports.

The launch is now scheduled to take place at 6:11 PM EDT Friday (Saturday at 02:11 AM BST) from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

It was previously reported that SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 launch vehicle with a batch of 49 Starlink satellites.

The Starlink network is designed to provide the inhabitants of the Earth with broadband Internet access. In total, the American company is going to deploy There are 11 thousand satellites in orbit. The total cost of this project is estimated at ten billion dollars.


Minus 6 degrees Celsius expected in Moscow on Friday

Cloudy weather is predicted in the Russian capital on Friday, January 28, according to the official website of the Hydrometeorological Center of the Russian Federation.

“Snow. Blizzard in places. Black ice,” the message says.

Daytime air temperature in the city will be from minus four to minus six degrees. Atmospheric pressure – 739 millimeters of mercury.

Southeasterly wind at a speed of five to ten meters per second. In some places, its gusts can reach 15 meters per second.

On Saturday night, cloudy weather, sleet and snow are predicted in the capital. Wind southeast at a speed of five to ten meters per second. In some places, its gusts can also reach 15 meters per second.

Thermometers can drop to marks minus seven degrees. Atmospheric pressure will be 738 millimeters of mercury.

It was previously reported that about 25 centimeters of snow fell in Jerusalem over the past night and Thursday morning, which became an anomalous weather phenomenon for the city.


Zelensky appointed Lebed head of the National Guard of Ukraine

President Zelensky appointed Lieutenant General Yuri Lebed as head of the National Guard of Ukraine Earlier, the commander of the National Guard, Mykola Balan, resigned after a conscript soldier of the National Guard shot five people in the Dnieper. In his place, Deputy Yuri Lebed was appointed as acting deputy

Yury Lebed

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree appointing Lieutenant General Yuriy Lebed as Acting Commander of the National Guard of Ukraine. The corresponding decree is published on the website of the president's office.

Zelensky fired Nikolai Balan, who had previously resigned after a conscript soldier of the National Guard shot five people at the Yuzhmash enterprise, by another decree. in Dnipro.

Prior to his appointment, Yury Lebed was Deputy Commander of the National Guard, he took up this position in June 2019. In the spring of 2014, the National Guard reported that he had been kidnapped by a “group of unknown people.” A few days later he was released. Then Lebed held the position of the acting head of the department of the eastern operational-territorial association of the National Guard and was in the rank of colonel.

The incident in the Dnieper occurred on the night of January 27th. Conscript soldier Artemy Ryabchuk opened fire on his colleagues, who at that time were guarding. Among the dead— four military and one civilian.

Later, Ryabchuk said that he was part of an alarm group that had access to machine guns. According to him, he loaded the weapon and started shooting at the people who were in the guardroom. The head of the guard and his assistant were the first to die, then two colleagues. Ryabchuk also shot a female operator who was reporting on the situation at the Yuzhmash enterprise. to the unit.

After the execution, he fled from the territory of the enterprise and hid in an abandoned building. Then he was detained. A criminal case was opened against Ryabchuk for premeditated murder.

Nikolay Balan removed the command of the regiment, and also resigned himself. “Given that for any action, both good and bad, the commander or commander is serving, this morning I expressed my desire and wrote a report to the Minister of the Interior, a petition to the President for the resignation and dismissal of the commander of the National Guard,” ; he commented on the decision.

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Kadyrov called State Department employees ignorant because of the kidnapping claim

Kadyrov on the State Department's statement on abductions in Chechnya: its authors are still those ignoramuses The State Department issued a statement on “abductions and arbitrary detentions” in Chechnya. Kadyrov said that the staff who trained him are ignorant, because they do not know Russian laws

Ramzan Kadyrov

The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, called the employees of the US State Department who prepared the statement on “abductions and arbitrary detentions” citizens in the region, ignoramuses. He published his appeal in the Telegram channel.

“I expected a more sensible statement, but it turned out that the authors of the State Department’s appeal are still those ignoramuses who do not understand what powers the head of the subject of the Russian Federation has and what structures are subordinate to him, and which are not,” — written by Kadyrov. He recalled that the head of the Russian region, in accordance with the law, “cannot condemn, pardon, detain, release.”

Earlier on Thursday, the State Department released a statement on behalf of the representative of the department, Ned Price, in which he expressed concern about the situation in Chechnya. “The United States is concerned about incoming reports of abductions and arbitrary detentions carried out by the authorities of the Chechen Republic, including dozens of reports of abductions and arbitrary detentions in recent weeks against relatives of Chechen human rights activists and dissidents,” it says in the release.

The State Department also expressed concern about pressure on relatives of Chechen “dissidents” who are outside of Russia. “Such acts, which harm entire families, constitute a particularly pernicious form of repression,” added to the department. They also mentioned the situation with the wife of former judge Saydi Yangulbaev, Zarema Musaeva, who was taken from Nizhny Novgorod to Grozny on January 20.

“We reject the unfounded attempts of the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, to slander human rights activists and independent journalists, and urge him to stop persecution by the authorities dissidents, representatives of LGBTQI+, representatives of religious and ethnic minorities and other persons, including through repressions against members of their families,— added in department.


Akhmed Dudayev, Minister for National Policy, Foreign Relations, Press and Information of Chechnya, also commented on the statements of the US State Department.

“The baseless accusations of the United States against the backdrop of the atrocities that their government is doing inside and outside the states sound ridiculous and absurd . Human rights in the Chechen Republic are under the reliable protection of Ramzan Kadyrov personally,— said Dudayev on Instagram.

The Chechen minister noted that “countless” incidents of police violence, “harassment” human rights, racial discrimination, abuse of prisoners in prisons. Dudayev also recalled the murder of George Floyd (a policeman who was sentenced to 22 years in prison was found guilty of his death). He wrote that “the whole country protested against police brutality and even this did not lead to anything.”

Zarema Musaeva— wife of ex-judge Saydi Yangulbaev and mother of human rights activist Abubakar Yangulbaev. Armed men broke into her apartment and presented a decision to forcibly bring her in for questioning, after which they took the woman away.

The next day, Kadyrov confirmed that Musaeva had been taken to Grozny, and stressed that the law enforcement officers “committed lawful and agreed-upon operational actions. According to him, the summons was sent to Yangulbayev three times. The head of Chechnya also claimed that the family may have been involved in organizing an attack on a former Chechen security official in Turkey.

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Kyrgyzstan announces ceasefire agreement with Tajikistan

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan agreed on a complete ceasefire on the border Representatives of the authorities of the border regions where the conflict occurred with the exchange of fire agreed to cease fire, withdraw additional forces, unblock the Batken-Isfana road and jointly patrol the area

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan agreed about a complete ceasefire on the border after a conflict broke out the night before, ending in a shootout. This is stated in the message of the Kyrgyz border service, published in the Telegram channel of the special media headquarters of the authorities.

The release says that negotiations were held on the situation at the border, in which the representative of the President of Kyrgyzstan in the Batken region, the representative of the border service in the region, as well as the head of law enforcement agencies of the region participated. From Tajikistan, the head of the Sughd region, representatives of the Tajik border service and law enforcement agencies took part in them.

The parties agreed on the following:

  • complete ceasefire ;
  • withdrawal of additional forces and means previously pulled to the place of conflict;
  • opening of traffic along the Batken road— Isfana;
  • joint border patrols.


Negotiations were held in the Tort-Kocho area, where the conflict began, the Kyrgyz border service reported. According to her, now the traffic on the Batken highway — Isfana is carried out freely.

President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov published an appeal on his Facebook account. The head of state said that the situation on the border was under his personal control and urged citizens not to worry.

The conflict in the border areas of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan occurred the night before. Both sides accuse each other of unfriendly actions.

Thus, in Kyrgyzstan they claimed that the conflict was started by neighbors who unilaterally blocked the Batken highway— Isfana. In Tajikistan, it is believed that the cause of the conflict was the fact that a group of 50 citizens of Kyrgyzstan “forcibly” stopped the car of a citizen of Tajikistan when he was driving from one Tajik village to another.

As a result, a shootout broke out between the border guards on both sides, including with the use of mortars.

«Sputnik Tajikistan» ; wrote that at least one civilian was killed as a result. The Tajik side claimed that as a result of the conflict “there are casualties among civilians and border guards”; Tajikistan.

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FT learned about the preparation of EU sanctions against the gas sector of Russia

FT: The EU and Britain are developing sanctions against new gas projects in Russia because of Ukraine They will affect new Russian projects in the gas sector, reducing funding and technology supplies. At the same time, the FT writes that damage can also be done to Western companies that invest in projects in Russia

The EU countries and the United Kingdom, with the support of the United States, are developing a package of sanctions against new Russian gas projects, which can be activated in the event of an invasion of Ukraine, the Financial Times writes, citing sources.

According to her, the measures are aimed at to seriously cut funding and supply of technology for new Russian projects in the gas sector. The interlocutors of the publication argue that this package of measures will be part of larger economic sanctions. Their degree of severity will be adjusted depending on the scale of the “Russian offensive”.

The FT reports that this is the first time that Europe has admitted the possibility of hitting the gas sector, in which 40% of the fuel comes from Russia.

However, such sanctions could also harm Western companies, including BP, Total and Shell who invest in Russian gas projects, the newspaper writes. She recalls that the French Total, for example, is one of the largest investors in the development of fields in the Yamal, and last year Shell signed a five-year agreement with Gazprom.

The US and EU have already declared their readiness to impose sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which runs from Russia to Germany, in the event of an escalation in Ukraine. “I want to be very clear: if Russia invades Ukraine one way or another, the deal with Nord Stream 2 won't move forward,— State Department spokesman Ned Price. A similar statement was made by Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock also said that the EU has a “wide range of responses.” in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, including responses on Nord Stream 2.

On Thursday, Gazprom reported that more than three-quarters of the gas injected there in the summer had already been taken from underground storage facilities in Europe (data as of January 25). In general, European storage facilities are 40.9% full, while German and French— by 39%, according to the company.

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Moscow authorities will not introduce a lockdown due to “omicron”

The capital's mayor's office does not plan to introduce a lockdown against the backdrop of an increase in the incidence. The authorities maintain a reserve of free beds and focus on hospitalization rates, with the spread of “omicron” they are noticeably lower than with the “delta”

No lockdowns or closures

In Moscow, against the backdrop of the spread of the strain “omicron” a lockdown will not be introduced, the current measures are quite enough, two sources close to the city authorities told RBC. According to one of them, when deciding on new restrictive measures due to COVID-19, the city hall pays attention to the number of hospitalizations. By January 27, this figure in the capital reached 1.4 thousand people per day. According to the source, additional measures will not be considered if the figure does not grow to at least 3-4 thousand per day.

The interlocutor of RBC recalled that during the spread of the Delta strain, the share of hospitalizations in relation to the number of cases reached 20% daily. Now this figure is about 5.5%. There are about 7,000 beds available in the city (42% of the deployed bed fund), he specified.

The RBC interlocutor explains the refusal of the lockdown by its negative consequences for business and the labor market.« And the transfer of the educational process to a long distance mode also does not help reduce the incidence, since schoolchildren and students, due to their age and behavior, are irresponsible in observing the prescribed restrictions.

Last week, the fact that the introduction of a lockdown in Moscow due to the Omicron strain is not discussed, the Kremlin said after the meeting between President Vladimir Putin and the mayor of the capital, Sergei Sobyanin. “We talked in great detail about the coronavirus, Sobyanin informed the head of state about what was happening in the city, & mdash; Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said then. — The city, as you know, is the first to face the wave, the first to take on the incoming wave, but there was no talk of any lockdowns.

What restrictions are in place now

According to the restrictions introduced at different times, self-isolation is now in place in Moscow for citizens over 60 years old and chronically ill, their transport cards have been blocked, remote work has been introduced for at least 30% of employees, and the use of masks in public transport, shopping centers and shops is mandatory.

There is also a ban on holding public events, the work of the Moscow Longevity program has been suspended. offline and there are restrictions on holding concerts, cultural and sporting events (except those organized by the authorities), sporting events with more than 500 spectators (the presentation of QR codes is required).

A ban on visiting fan zones has been introduced , dance floors and other venues for events without seating. Theaters and museums can only be visited by owners of QR codes with no more than 70% of seats filled. There are certain seating rules in restaurants, and a ban on smoking hookahs has been introduced in cafes.

Muscovites with symptoms of SARS can now receive medical advice using the telemedicine system. Moscow schools can make their own decisions about the introduction of quarantine. On January 27, Moscow State University announced a possible transition to remote learning, but clarified that the faculties will make this decision on their own.

On January 27, Moscow set another absolute record for the number of coronavirus cases per day. Their number was 26.5 thousand, throughout Russia— 88.8 thousand. The increase in the number of diseases began with the New Year. Sobyanin warned on January 25 that the increase in cases of infection would continue for about two weeks.

How business assessed the refusal to introduce a lockdown in Moscow

Hoteliers and restaurateurs positively assessed the decision of the city authorities not to introduce a lockdown. “We are always against any lockdowns, especially against the background of the fact that all possible measures to prevent, non-proliferation are being taken by shopping centers,” — President of the Russian Council of Shopping Centers Dmitry Moskalenko told RBC.

Hotels have fully adapted to the situation caused by the pandemic, says Alexis Delaroff, CEO of the A Accor New East Europe hotel chain. “We have implemented all the security measures that were recommended by the city government,” — he says. Hotels comply with all the requirements of Rospotrebnadzor, says Vadim Prakhov, vice president of the Federation of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers of Russia. “The bulk of infections certainly do not occur in hotels, here the question is more likely to be transport, shopping centers, but not hotels,” — he says.

According to the founder of the network of restaurants «Rabli» Roman Rozhnikovsky, all normal restaurants correctly refer to the recommendations and requirements that have already been introduced, — over two years, we have trained to comply with all the requirements regarding masks, temperature, disinfection and ventilation of premises.

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German Foreign Minister rules out NATO eastward expansion in the near future

German Foreign Minister: there is no talk of NATO expansion to the East now, dialogue is important There is no talk about NATO expansion at the expense of Ukraine, therefore there is no subject for dispute, said German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock, speaking about NATO relations with Russia. According to her, she argued about this with Sergey Lavrov for a long time

Ukraine's entry into the North Atlantic Alliance and its further expansion to the East is not discussed, it makes no sense to argue about this now, said the head of the German Foreign Ministry Annalena Burbock in an interview with the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung.

“At the moment, there is no talk of NATO expansion to the east at all. That is why in Moscow I had a long discussion with the Russian Foreign Minister [Sergey Lavrov] about what we are arguing about, — she said.

According to Burbock, it is much more important now to establish a dialogue about the situation in eastern Ukraine, in the Donbass. “The people of Ukraine want to live in peace and security. Many of them have been separated from their families for years due to the conflict in Donbass. This is what we are talking about, and not about the imminent entry into NATO,»— she stressed, noting that now it is much more important to build a dialogue on the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

“As an alliance, we made it clear to the Russian government that we would not go any further. Now a small dialogue window opens. This is exactly what we should be using,— Burbock said.

Also, the head of the German Foreign Ministry noted that for several years Russia and NATO did not conduct a direct dialogue on ensuring security. “Don't expect breakthroughs within a few days. But if you talk, you don't shoot, — she said.

Burbock met with Lavrov in Moscow on 18 January. This was preceded by a short visit to Ukraine, where she met with President Volodymyr Zelensky and Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba. Russian troops in a neighboring country and threats of new sanctions. Also, the negotiations were preceded by a series of consultations between Russia and the countries — members of NATO and with the OSCE in Geneva and Brussels on mutual security guarantees.

Negotiations have not yet led to any result: Moscow demands guarantees that NATO will not expand to the east and replace weapons in adjacent borders of countries, while NATO indicates that the right of countries to decide on their own membership in various alliances should be unshakable.

Sergey Lavrov, commenting on the US response to Moscow's proposals, said that he did not see a positive reaction in Washington's answer to Russia's main question.

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UK and EU prepare sanctions against new gas projects in Russia

The UK and the EU are developing a new package of sanctions against Russian projects in the gas sector, which may be introduced in the event of an escalation around Ukraine.


The UK and the EU are developing a new package of sanctions against Russian projects in the gas sector, which may be introduced in the event of an escalation around Ukraine. This is reported by the Financial Times, citing its own sources.

The publication clarifies that the next sanctions are being developed with the support of the United States. The goal of the “gas” package is to “hard limit” the technological and financial injections that are associated with Russian initiatives in this industry.

It is clarified that the sanctions may also affect European companies, including Shell, Total and BP, which cooperate with Russian companies and invest in the gas sector of the Russian Federation.

Recall that earlier a number of European officials announced the introduction of restrictions on the construction and launch of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the event that Russia invades Ukraine.

Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov stated that Russia does not plan an invasion and does not pose a threat to anyone.


German readers asked the US to give in to Russia


Readers of the German newspaper Der Spiegel urged the US and NATO to come to a compromise with Russia on granting it security guarantees.

Most of the users came to the conclusion that Washington should give way to Moscow.

“The Americans are to blame for the ongoing nightmare,” says user Eugen_der_chinGisKahn, admitting that NATO should be dissolved and create its own defense organization in the EU.

“The US is ignoring the problem of expanding the alliance,” says Mitte.

According to commentator bukowski, it is not clear why the North Atlantic Alliance cannot promise not to accept the Russian Federation join Ukraine: “NATO could wait and see what the political development of such an unstable state as Ukraine will be.”

Another read Tel under the nickname Proton said that the Ukrainian side is behaving strangely. In his opinion, Zelensky does not see any particular danger posed by Russia, while “the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany constantly demands weapons from us for the war.”


Senate of Kazakhstan deprives Nazarbayev of lifetime chairmanship in the Security Council

At the plenary session, the deputies of the senate (upper house) of the Parliament of Kazakhstan approved the legislative amendments.

Photo: Lilia Sharlovskaya

At the plenary session, the deputies of the senate (upper house) of the parliament of Kazakhstan approved legislative amendments, according to which the lifetime chairmanship of ex-President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the Security Council of the country and the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan is cancelled.

Chambers) of Parliament Kanat Nurov said that these amendments were adopted at the plenary session. Later they were published on the website of the Senate.

Now the amendments are aimed at the transfer of powers. Among other things, the parliament is discussing the issue of introducing additions and amendments to constitutional laws that retain Nazarbayev's right to be a member of the Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan and speak in parliament and government.

Nursultan Nazarbayev headed Kazakhstan for almost 30 years and laid down his powers in March 2019. He retained the post of leader of the Nur Otan ruling party, head of the Security Council and head of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan. In April last year, he decided to leave the post of chairman of the ANC and transfer these powers to the current president of the country, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.


Medvedev explained why there are no Russian bases in Venezuela and Cuba

Russia is unable to establish its military bases in Cuba and Venezuela as these countries seek to break out of isolation and restore normal relations with the US.

Photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia cannot deploy its military bases in Cuba and Venezuela, as these countries seek to break out of isolation and restore normal relations with the United States.

“Venezuela, Cuba are our partners, countries that are close to us and conduct an independent foreign policy. But these are absolutely sovereign countries. We cannot place anything on their territory, since such actions must be consistent with their geopolitical positioning and their own national interests,” he added.

Medvedev specified that Venezuela and Cuba want to break out of isolation and restore normal relations with America. In this regard, we are not talking about the deployment of Russian military bases on the territory of these countries.

According to him, it is wrong to talk about the deployment of bases. This can provoke tension in the world.

“We have certain agreements with some states on the presence of our troops there, for example, with Syria. But getting ahead of ourselves and saying that we want to place our military base here is wrong and can provoke tension in the world,” he stressed.


Biden told Zelensky to prepare for a Russian invasion

On Thursday, Jan. an invasion is almost imminent, and that he needs to “prepare to strike”. According to Biden, Kiev could be “plundered” by Russian troops.

On the same day, before the two presidents spoke, the US Pentagon issued a chilling warning that an invasion of Ukraine “may be inevitable” amid a sharp increase in military forces on the Russian-Ukrainian border.

“Over the past 24 hours, we have recorded an increase in the military contingent that the Russians are deploying in the western part of their country and in Belarus,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said at a press conference.

Kirby also said that American military units from Fort Bragg, Fort Carson and Fort Campbell have been put on high alert for deployment to Eastern Europe as tensions escalate in the region.

The White House press office issued a discreet message after the Biden-Zelensky phone call, noting that the United States provided more than $500 million in aid to Ukraine last year, and now Washington is “exploring the possibility of additional macroeconomic support to help the Ukrainian economy under pressure.” from Russia.

The US State Department said it expected the Kremlin to attack Ukraine as early as mid-February. At the same time, Kirby declined to give a specific time frame for the invasion, but added that there was no “final decision” by Vladimir Putin to send his military to Ukraine. “We believe there is still time and room for diplomacy,” Kirby said.

“President Biden reaffirmed the readiness of the United States, along with its allies and partners, to respond decisively if Russia continues to invade Ukraine. He also emphasized the US commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” the message reads.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky published a post on his Twitter page in which he announced a long telephone conversation with the US leader.


According to Zelensky, he and Biden:

  • discussed ongoing diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the situation around Ukraine;
  • agreed on joint actions for the future;
  • we discussed the possibilities of financial support for Ukraine.


The White House called Biden’s warning to Zelensky about the Russian invasion fake

White House National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne released a statement calling CNN's report about US President Joe Biden's alleged “imminent invasion” warning during telephone conversations with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky as disinformation. Russia.

photo pixabay based on some unnamed informed sources in the Zelensky administration. However, all this turned out to be fake.

“This is not true. President Biden said there was a possibility that Russian troops could invade Ukraine in February 2022. Previously, he stated this publicly, and we have been warning about this for several months,” she stressed. official.

Hornv added that all reports of something more or different from this are completely false.

Recall, earlier it was reported that, allegedly during a conversation with Zelensky, Biden warned his interlocutor that the Russian invasion of Nezalezhnaya was “practically inevitable”, and Kiev needed to “prepare for the strike”, and the Ukrainian capital itself could allegedly be “plundered by Russian troops”.




Washington convenes UN Security Council meeting over Ukraine

The US authorities are convening a meeting of the UN Security Council because of the possible threat of the Russian army invading Ukraine. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 31st. This was reported in a statement by US Permanent Representative to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

According to the American diplomat, the decision to convene a meeting of the UN Security Council was made following lengthy consultations with Kiev and Western partners, which lasted several weeks. At this meeting, the United States wants to discuss Moscow's threatening actions against Ukraine, including the build-up of Russian military forces near the Ukrainian borders and on the territory of Belarus.

These issues, Linda Thomas-Greenfield is sure, are “of the utmost importance for international security” , so the members of the UN Security Council should carefully study the facts and consider what is at stake for Ukraine, Russia, Europe.


Russia blames US for environmental catastrophe

The United States has caused an environmental disaster in Syria. This was stated by Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN.

The Russian side believes that the state of emergency is taking place in the territories “where the Americans steal oil.”

“I would like to use the meeting to emphasizing the disastrous situation that is generally developing in the northeast of Syria, which is still illegally occupied by the United States,” the Russian representative said. He pointed out that the UN does not give any assessment of the situation. Polyansky added that in areas “where the United States is outright stealing oil, an ecological catastrophe is unfolding.”

According to Polyansky, the disaster covered the territory beyond the Euphrates River. He pointed out that the Trans-Euphrates and the Al-Tanf zone are a gray spot on the map of Syria. According to the deputy representative, the militants of “Magavir al-Saura” feel their impunity and permissiveness with the “light hand of the States”.


PFR and the Social Insurance Fund can be merged into one structure

The Government of the Russian Federation wants to merge the Social Insurance Fund (FSS) and the Pension Fund (PFR) into the Social Fund by 2023.


The Government of the Russian Federation wants to merge the Social Insurance Fund (FSS) and the Pension Fund (PFR) into the Social Fund by 2023. This is reported by Kommersant, referring to the documents of the Ministry of Labor.

It is specified that employers will be offered a common taxable base for paying various insurance premiums for social and pension insurance. The innovation will help increase the amount of several social payments for the population by one and a half times.

“The merger of the two funds will make receiving social services more convenient, since their administrative functions will be combined within a single digital platform,” the publication notes.


Among other things, the new structure, unlike the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation and the Social Insurance Fund, will receive the status of an “off-budget fund”. The Ministry of Labor will continue to coordinate the work of the new fund, but at the same time a supervisory board will be created.

This bill will be submitted to the State Duma for consideration in the spring session.


Chinese and Americans staged an underwater race for a drowned stealth fighter

US fears Chinese submarines will reach wreckage of downed F-35 jet sooner

US Navy rushes to recover F-35C fighter jet from the bottom of the South China Sea after after a plane crashed on an aircraft carrier and fell overboard, taking with it highly classified technology that could fall into Chinese hands.


As a result of the crash of the F-35C, an American fighter sank in the South China Sea. Washington is concerned that submarines from China, which lays claim to the area, may be the first to reach the wreckage that fell from the deck of an aircraft carrier.

The F-35C made an emergency landing on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson on Monday during scheduled operations, the US Navy said. As a result of the incident, six sailors and the pilot were injured, who ejected from the plane before it fell into the sea.

The most advanced U.S. fighter jet, a stealth aircraft worth more than $100 million, is packed with top-secret technology and, if found by the Chinese, would be an intelligence success for Beijing, which claims nearly all of the South China Sea is its own territory. The USS Carl Vinson was on patrol to challenge these Chinese territorial claims and protect international freedom of navigation, according to The Guardian.

The F-35C is a version of the aircraft specifically designed to fly from aircraft carriers. The fighter can collect in flight and transmit information in real time, operate in enemy airspace unnoticed. According to the BBC, this is the first carrier-based aircraft in the US Navy with a low reflection of the radar signal. The aircraft can reach speeds of up to 1,900 km/h with the world's most powerful fighter engine.

Marine experts say it could take more than 10 days for a US rescue ship to reach the crash site, which could give Chinese submarines opportunity to find him first.

“We certainly remember the value of the F-35 in every way,” said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby. “And as we continue to try to get the plane back, we are going to do so, obviously primarily with safety in mind, but obviously also in the interests of our national security.”

At the same time, in Beijing, a ministry spokesman Foreign Affairs Zhao Lijian said the Chinese government has no ambition to find the crashed plane. “I have flagged relevant messages. This is not the first US accident in the South China Sea, he said. “We are not interested in their planes. We call on the country concerned to do what contributes to regional peace and stability, and not to play muscles in the region.”

But as the BBC notes, military experts believe that the Chinese will try very hard to get to the sunken American fighter jet, while the Americans have a rescue vessel that can lift the aircraft, which is at least ten days away. As defense consultant Abi Austin explains, by then the plane's black box batteries will be dead and hard to find. According to the expert, the F-35 is essentially a “flying computer” that receives information from other combatants, processes and gives them information. The Chinese do not have such technology, and if they get the F-35, then they will probably be able to make a technological breakthrough.

Theoretically, the Americans can, as a last resort, not raise the sunken F-35C from the seabed, but destroy it, but, according to military experts, this option is not yet seriously considered.

This is not the first incident involving US military aircraft linked to China. In 2001, a heavily damaged American EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft made an emergency landing on the Chinese island of Hainan after colliding with a Chinese fighter jet pursuing it. The fighter crashed and its pilot was killed. The EP-3 crew members who were lucky enough to survive the crash were detained and interrogated by the Chinese authorities and released 10 days later. Meanwhile, the Chinese military dismantled and studied highly classified EP-3 equipment and intelligence for several months, eventually returning the aircraft piecemeal.

As The Guardian recalls, in November, the British F-35B, version short takeoff and vertical landing, crashed due to loss of power on takeoff from the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Mediterranean Sea. The pilot ejected, and a few weeks later the plane was raised from the seabed.

In April 2019, a Japanese F-35A, a conventional takeoff and landing version, crashed at over 1,000 km/h in the Pacific Ocean, resulting in which the pilot died, and only the wreckage remained.