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Publico learned about the arrest in Portugal of Abramovich’s house worth €10 million

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Roman Abramovich

Portuguese authorities with On March 25, businessman Roman Abramovich's €10 million property was frozen in the Algarve in the south of the country, local newspaper Publico reported.

The house is located in Quinta do Lago, one of the richest communities in the Algarve. Abramovich's property was frozen at the request of the Portuguese Foreign Ministry.

Millhouse Views LLC tried to sell the house to a British citizen in February, according to the publication. The man asked for a loan of €5 million to buy real estate. The operation attracted the attention of the Portuguese State Banking Corporation (CGD), which established that the company belongs to Abramovich's holding, and alerted the Judicial Police.

RBC sent a request to Abramovich's representative.

Great Britain on March 10 imposed sanctions against Abramovich. The sanctions include an asset freeze and a travel ban. On March 15, the EU announced the fourth package of sanctions against Russia, the restrictions also affected billionaire Roman Abramovich.

The Wall Street Journal wrote that the administration of US President Joe Biden was also preparing to impose sanctions against Abramovich, but the US National Security Council instructed the Treasury to refrain from imposing sanctions against him.

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According to the publication, this happened after Ukrainian President Zelensky advised Biden to wait with a decision on sanctions, as he could become an intermediary in negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv.

However, Bloomberg sources later said that senior US officials once again insist on imposing sanctions against the billionaire after his trip to Kyiv to resume negotiations did not lead to significant results.

In mid-April, the American magazine Fortune wrote that Abramovich visited Kyiv to discuss the possibility of resuming the deadlocked Russian-Ukrainian talks. Nevertheless, the representative of the businessman then denied these data.

The fortune of Abramovich, according to Forbes, is $ 6.9 billion, he ranks 17th in the ranking of the richest businessmen in Russia. In the Real Time Billionaires ranking of the richest people on the planet, which is compiled by Forbes, he is on the 219th line.

Roman Abramovich is the main owner of the Millhouse investment company.

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Zakharova called Western sanctions the reason for the rise in food prices in the world

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This is how the diplomat reacted to the words of German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock, who said that the situation in Ukraine could cause global famine. In addition, the German politician believes, “Russia creates the ground for new crises.” and deliberately organizes a “blockade of food exports” within the “hybrid war”.

"Prices are rising due to sanctions imposed by the collective West under US pressure. This is if we talk about the direct reason. Misunderstanding this— a sign of either stupidity or deliberate misrepresentation of the public,— Zakharova wrote back.

Earlier, on May 9, the German TV program Tagesschau aired a story stating that German food associations expressed concern about rising prices for raw materials against the backdrop of the crisis in Ukraine, followed by rising prices for food itself. Industry associations have warned that prices for dairy products could rise by 20% and for baked goods— up to 30%. In turn, the head of the Federal Food Industry Association, Christian von Betticher, warned that the problem might not be the price of raw materials, but the very possibility of supplying them.

The head of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Svenja Schulze, spoke about the threat of global hunger. The minister warned. that due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, drought and the situation in Ukraine, the most serious famine since the Second World War could begin. In turn, German Interior Minister Nancy Feather advised citizens to stock up on essentials in case of emergency.

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Finland says they are ready for Russia’s response to joining NATO

Finnish Minister Tuppurainen said she is not afraid of Russia's reaction to NATO membership Finland is ready for Russia's response to the country's NATO membership, it is her choice, and she is not afraid of possible threats, the minister said. Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned of a response taking into account the infrastructure that the alliance will deploy in this country .jpg” alt=”Finland said they were ready for Russia's response to joining NATO” />

Finland is not afraid of threats due to its intention to join NATO and is ready for Moscow's response, Tytti Tuppurainen, Minister for European Affairs and Property Management, said on Sky News.

“We don't have any panic, we don't we are afraid. We are preparing for any kind of action. This is our choice, we should not limit ourselves to maneuvering space due to threats, — she said.

Canadian authorities have declared their readiness to help export grain from Ukraine

Canadian Foreign Minister said that if there are problems with the supply of grain from Ukraine, millions of people could face hunger

Melanie Jolie

Canada is ready to send ships to European ports to export grain from Ukraine. This was stated by the head of the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Melanie Joly, reports CTV.

“We must make sure that this grain will be sent around the world. If this does not happen, then millions of people will face hunger, & mdash; she told reporters.

She made such a statement following a meeting of the G7 foreign ministers in the Wangels commune in northern Germany.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on May 9 that Ottawa will help Kyiv develop grain export options to ensure global food security.

According to the representative of the UN World Food Program, about 25 million tons of grain “stuck” in Ukraine due to infrastructure problems and “blocked Black Sea ports”, including the port in Mariupol, which is under the control of the Russian military.

Trudeau noted that ports on the Danube River in the south of the country could be used to export Ukrainian grain. He did not name other options.

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Joly previously pointed out the importance of Turkey's cooperation in finding a solution for the export of grain from Ukraine. “We will work with different countries, including Turkey, because we know that the Bosphorus is fundamental to access to the Black Sea,” — she said.

U.S. President Joe Biden also spoke about finding an opportunity to return 20 million tons of Ukrainian grain to the world market and to reduce world prices. State Department spokesman Ned Price said food insecurity is being exacerbated by Russia's actions in Ukraine.

Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said that Washington distorts the facts, accusing Russia of provoking a global food crisis. He called such attacks on Russia “extremely destructive”; and recalled that the country, “despite adverse external circumstances”, will continue to supply agricultural products.

Against the backdrop of the conflict in Ukraine, world food and fertilizer prices have risen. In March, food prices increased by 12.6% to 159.3 points, which was a record for more than 30 years— since 1990, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

Russia and Ukraine— one of the largest grain suppliers in the world. In the 2021/22 season, which began in July, Russia accounted for 16% of world wheat exports, Ukraine— ten%. At the same time, Ukraine is among the leaders in the export of corn in the world, its share is 14% (Russia has 2%).

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The Ministry of Defense announced the interception of the Ukrainian “Tochka-U” in the Sumy region

Ministry of Defense: Russian air defense intercepted “Tochka-U” in the Sumy region The Russian Aerospace Forces also destroyed 28 company strongholds of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and two ammunition depots in the areas of the settlements of Petrivske and Zhovtneve

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Russian air defense systems intercept Ukrainian Tochka-U ballistic missile near the village Khleborob in the Sumy region. This is reported by the Ministry of Defense of Russia.

In addition, three rockets of the Smerch multiple launch rocket system were intercepted. in the Kamenka district of the Kharkiv region.

«During the day, six Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were shot down in the areas of the settlements of Russkaya Lozovaya, Pitomnik, Izyum of the Kharkov region, including one over Zmeiny Island»,— according to the report of the Ministry of Defense.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

During the day, the Russian Aerospace Forces hit 28 company strongholds of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and two ammunition depots in the areas of the settlements of Petrivske and Zhovtneve.

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Also, rocket troops and artillery hit six command posts, 178 concentration areas of Ukrainian military personnel, three fortified bunkers and 28 artillery units, including the Smerch launcher. near the settlement of Berezovka in the Odessa region.

In total, since the beginning of the special military operation in Ukraine, according to the Ministry of Defense, the following have been destroyed:

  • 165 aircraft, 125 helicopters, 864 drones;
  • 304 anti-aircraft missile systems;
  • 3,067 tanks and other armored vehicles;
  • 372 multiple rocket launchers,
  • 1,514 field artillery pieces and mortars.

Formerly 14 May, Ministry of Defense Russia was informed about the destruction of the pontoon crossing and units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who were trying to cross the Seversky Donets River. The agency clarified that the drone detected the Ukrainian military, after which they opened fire from artillery.

“Enemy armored vehicles with crews that managed to cross the pontoons during the battle were destroyed by fire from Russian artillerymen and crews of infantry fighting vehicles” ,— specified by the ministry. In addition, part of the armored vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was seized by the Russian military.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military operation in Ukraine, among the goals of which he named the protection of the population of Donbass, as well as the denazification and demilitarization of the country.

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Medvedev said that Russia “doesn’t care” about non-recognition of the G7 borders of Ukraine

Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Medvedev: Russia “doesn't care” about the non-recognition of the new borders of Ukraine by the G7 countries This is how he reacted to the statement of the G7 Foreign Ministers (Great Britain, Germany, Canada, Italy, France, Japan and the USA), where they stressed that they “reject direct attempts to redraw borders by force”

Dmitry Medvedev

Russia “doesn't care” if the G7 countries (G7, Great Britain, Germany, Canada, Italy, France, Japan and the USA) do not recognize the change in the state borders of Ukraine, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said in Telegram.

So he answered the joint statement of the foreign ministers of these countries , which they released following the results of a three-day summit (held from May 12 to 14). In it, the heads of departments noted that “they reject direct attempts to redraw the borders by force in violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of [Ukraine].”

“Let's put it mildly: our country does not care about the non-recognition of new borders by the G7, the true will of the people living there is important. Don't forget the Kosovo precedent, Western friends,— wrote Medvedev.

Turkish Foreign Minister Says Turkish People Are Against Sweden’s NATO Membership

Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu: the Turkish people are against the membership of Sweden and Finland in NATO The Foreign Ministers of Turkey, Finland and Sweden will hold talks in Berlin on the entry of the two Scandinavian countries into NATO. Ankara considers the support of the Kurdistan Workers' Party by the Nordic countries as an obstacle to this

The Turkish people asked the country's leadership to block the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO. This was announced by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, reports Reuters.

“The vast majority of the Turkish people oppose the membership of these countries <…> and asks us to block their entry [to NATO],” — he told reporters during a visit to Berlin.

According to the agency, the foreign ministers of Finland, Sweden and Turkey will hold talks in Berlin on May 14 to “resolve differences.” on the entry of the two countries into NATO.

Earlier on May 14, a spokesman for the Turkish leader, Ibrahim Kalin, said that Turkey wants to negotiate with the Nordic countries and stop what Ankara considers terrorist activities. According to him, this is a matter of Turkish national security.

He said that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) designated as a terrorist organization in Turkey “is engaged in fundraising and recruiting in Europe”, especially in Sweden. According to him, the Swedish authorities should do away with various forms of PKK presence.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on May 13 that he did not consider the possibility of Sweden and Finland joining the bloc as a positive, since the Scandinavian countries, according to him, are “a guest house for terrorist organizations. He recalled that PKK members live in Sweden and are represented in Parliament.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin on May 12 announced the need to immediately apply to NATO. Sweden could also apply as early as May 16, Expressen wrote.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said it was a mistake for Finland to abandon its traditional policy of neutrality and join NATO, warning that this step could negatively affect Russian-Finnish relations . He also held a meeting of the Security Council, where the possible risks in connection with the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO were discussed. dangerous adventure. They cannot join the alliance until the election law in Bosnia and Herzegovina is changed in the interests of the Bosnian Croats, the Croatian president emphasized.

At the same time, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the United States will support the entry of Finland and Sweden to the North Atlantic Alliance.

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Russian Ambassador to the United States reported on incoming threats against diplomats

Russian Ambassador to the US Antonov: Diplomats receive death threats The Russian embassy in Washington operates in a hostile environment and resembles a besieged fortress, Ambassador Antonov said. He added that they are trying to push Russian diplomats to betrayal

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Employees of the Russian Embassy in the United States receive threats, including physical violence. This was stated by Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov on the air of Soloviev Live.

“Every day, anti-Russian actions are held at our diplomatic mission, hooligan antics, acts of vandalism take place. My comrades, the embassy staff, are receiving threats, including physical violence,»,— he said.

Antonov pointed out that the Russian embassy operates in a hostile environment and agreed with the comparison that the diplomatic mission resembles a besieged fortress. Nevertheless, the Russian embassy in Washington continues normal diplomatic work, he stressed.

According to him, Russian diplomats in the United States are also trying to push for betrayal: politicians publish in the American media calls for embassy employees and the military to “go over on the side of the so-called democracy.

Earlier on May 14, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Western countries were trying to find traitors among Russian diplomats both inside Russia and abroad.

“Traitors could not be found among diplomats,”— he declared. Lavrov stressed that Russian diplomatic representatives continue to fulfill their professional duties in accordance with the requirements of the time.

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So, on May 9, Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergey Andreev was doused with red syrup when he took part in the ceremony at the Soviet military cemetery in Warsaw. The crowd did not allow the ambassador to lay a wreath, and he was forced to leave the memorial.

The Russian Foreign Ministry protested to the Polish authorities and demanded an apology from Warsaw. The head of the Polish Foreign Ministry called the incident “an incident that should not have happened and which, of course, is regrettable.”

Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminsky, in turn, said that the emotions of the Ukrainians who attacked the Russian ambassador ” ;understandable».

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The head of the DPR allowed the import of goods from Kharkiv and Kherson regions

The ban on the import of goods from Ukraine to the DPR was introduced in 2017. With a new decree, Pushilin lifted restrictions on the import of a number of goods from the Kharkiv, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions of Ukraine

The head of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin lifted the ban on the import of a number of goods from Kharkov, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions of Ukraine to the territory of the DPR. The corresponding decree is published on the website of the head of the republic.

According to the Donetsk News Agency, the ban introduced in 2017 in accordance with Decree No. 73 has been lifted by new Decree No. 206. According to the new decree, residents of the DPR and LPR are allowed to conclude foreign economic transactions with non-residents of Kharkiv, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions without customs procedures.

It is noted that the import and export of goods on the basis of such transactions is allowed without customs duties, while the import of alcohol and tobacco products into the single customs zone of the DPR and LPR remains prohibited.

At the end of April, the head of the DPR already announced the beginning of trade relations between the republic and the territories of Ukraine controlled by the Russian Armed Forces. “This work (trade and economic relations with the territories of Ukraine under the control of the Russian Armed Forces — RBC) is already underway, the exchange of products in a test mode is already underway, and products are being shipped from the territory of the DPR to those directions, and from there, too, products are already being delivered here,»,— Pushilin said then.

Russia launched an operation in Ukraine on February 24. President Vladimir Putin called its goals “demilitarization and denazification”; neighboring state. Kherson, as well as part of the Kharkiv and Zaporozhye regions are currently under the control of the Russian military.

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The authorities of the provisional military-civilian administrations of the Kharkiv and Kherson regions did not previously rule out holding a referendum on the political future of the regions. Kirill Stremousov, deputy chairman of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region, in particular, announced his intention to turn to Putin with a request to annex the region to Russia.

In turn, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov previously noted that the issue of including the Kherson region in Russia should be decided by the inhabitants of the region. At the same time, the issue should be “clearly and carefully verified by lawyers and lawyers,” he added.

After the outbreak of hostilities, Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with Russia, introduced martial law and announced mobilization. The parties have held several rounds of negotiations since the end of February. The Ukrainian authorities deny the existence of “neo-Nazi formations,” said Vladimir Medinsky, head of the Russian delegation. In Kyiv, they warned that they would withdraw from the negotiation process if referendums were held on Ukrainian territory occupied by Russia.

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Zelensky signs law banning “pro-Russian” parties in Ukraine

President of Ukraine Zelensky signed a law banning “pro-Russian” parties in the country. A pro-Russian party will be considered a party that “denies aggression against Ukraine” does not recognize the “temporary occupation” of certain territories of the country or glorifies the “militia”. The court will liquidate the party. “pro-Russian” parties in Ukraine” />

Vladimir Zelensky

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed a law banning the activities of political parties with a “pro-Russian” position, says the page of the law on the website of the Verkhovna Rada.

The law will come into force on May 15— the day after publication. Earlier, on May 3, the draft document was approved by the Verkhovna Rada.

The Parliament’s Telegram channel explained that any political party that conducts “anti-Ukrainian activities” can be banned. The law expands the list of grounds for such a ban in court. Party activity can now be terminated if:

  • "justifies, justifies or denies the armed aggression against Ukraine";
  • calls the conflict “internal”;
  • denies “temporary occupation” parts of the country;

Antonov announced US plans to limit the use of Sarmat missiles

According to the Russian ambassador to the United States, Washington “really dislikes” Russia's Sarmat intercontinental missiles and Poseidon unmanned underwater vehicles, so they insist on limiting their use

Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov

Washington “doesn't like” Russia's strategic weapons, including the intercontinental ballistic missile “Sarmat” and the carrier of unmanned underwater vehicles “Poseidon”, they insist on the restriction or complete ban on their use. About this on the air «Soloviev Live» said Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov.

«Poseidon» they really don't like, they really don't like Sarmat, and in all the meetings that we have with academia, we are told all the time that in a future arms control agreement, these Poseidons should be banned, of course, it is necessary to limit the use of “Sarmatians” and so on»,— said the diplomat.

«Sarmat»— complex with a heavy intercontinental missile, its weight exceeds 200 tons. Firing range— 18 thousand km. The missile has a short active flight segment, which complicates the process of intercepting it by means of air defense.

According to the director general and designer of the State Missile Center. Makeev (the developer of Sarmat) Vladimir Degtyar, the rocket is capable of providing a flight path around the entire globe.

On April 20, the Ministry of Defense announced the first successful launch of the Sarmat. The launch was carried out from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, the warheads of the rocket reached the test site in Kamchatka, and the design characteristics of the rocket were confirmed at all stages of the flight, the ministry said. Head of Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin then stated that the first Sarmat missiles will be put into service in the Krasnoyarsk Territory no later than the autumn of 2022.

On the development of the missile “Sarmat” first told by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2018. He called the rocket “unique” a weapon that can ensure the security of Russia from external threats, and also stated that there are no analogues “in the world and will not be for a long time to come.” He repeated these words, congratulating the military on the launch in April this year.

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Khusnullin announced the start of assistance in restoring the infrastructure of the LPR

According to the Deputy Prime Minister, the first column of equipment and specialists from Russia has already arrived on the territory of the republic

Russia has begun to assist the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) in restoring infrastructure, the first column of equipment and specialists has already arrived in the region . This was stated by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin on his Telegram channel.

“We have begun active assistance to the LPR in restoring infrastructure! The first convoy of 70 vehicles and about 350 specialists arrived in the region today! The plans include the repair of housing, roads and infrastructure,»,— he wrote.

According to him, “this is only the first step.” He promised to continue to cooperate with the authorities of the republic.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special military operation in Ukraine in the early morning of February 24. According to him, the main goals of the operation— “demilitarization” and “denazification” Ukraine, as well as protecting the population of the republics of Donbass. Ukraine, in response, imposed martial law and announced mobilization.

On May 9, Minister of Construction and Housing and Public Utilities Irek Fayzullin said that the Ministry of Construction was assessing the costs required to restore the infrastructure of Donbass. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky previously estimated the restoration of Ukraine's damaged infrastructure at $600 billion.

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Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly stated that foreign funds from the Bank of Russia, frozen as a result of sanctions, can be used to restore the country. The Ministry of Economy of Ukraine has estimated their size at $415 billion and asks Western partners to develop a mechanism for the confiscation of this money in favor of Kyiv. According to Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, the West has frozen about $300 billion out of $640 billion in Central Bank reserves abroad.

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US diplomat called an acceptable version of the agreement between Russia and Ukraine

According to the US Charge d'Affaires in Ukraine, Washington is counting on a diplomatic solution to the conflict, but it must first of all be acceptable to Kyiv

Chargé d'Affaires of the United States in Ukraine Christina Quinn (center)

The United States is ready to support a peace agreement between Moscow and Kyiv, in which Ukraine will emerge victorious from the conflict. This was stated by Chargé d'Affaires of the United States in Ukraine Christina Quinn on ICTV.

“I would like to see a diplomatic solution to this [conflict], but obviously there cannot be a diplomatic solution where Ukraine loses and Russia wins. This is an unacceptable way to end this unilateral aggression. Yaby wanted Ukraine and Russia to reach an amicable agreement that would be acceptable to Ukraine. And if it is so, then the United States will support it, — she declared.

Earlier on May 14, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said that Russian diplomats “firmly and clearly” declared the United States of the impossibility of capitulation of Moscow in Ukraine. “The Americans, in principle, are pushing us to negotiate from all sides, but under certain conditions, and I would name three such conditions. This is, firstly, to stop hostilities in the course of a special military operation. Second— withdraw our troops behind the line until February 24 of this year. And the third — “repent for everything you have done,” — he said and clarified that “there will never be such a surrender.”

Antonov also expressed confidence that all the tasks set by Russian President Vladimir Putin for the armed forces would be completed.

Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine on a peace agreement and security guarantees for Kyiv began a few days after the start of the special operation. Several meetings were held in person at the end of February— early March. On March 29, delegations from both sides met in Istanbul, then Ukraine submitted written proposals to Moscow to resolve the conflict.

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According to the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, Kyiv confirmed Ukraine's desire to remain a neutral and non-nuclear state. The theses on the status of Donbass and Crimea have disappeared from the list of provisions on security guarantees. In addition, Kyiv decided not to return the peninsula under its control by military means.

In early April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that after the publication of materials on the situation in the Ukrainian city of Bucha, Kyiv tried to interrupt the negotiation process and abandon its proposals. Since then, the Russian authorities have repeatedly said that negotiations have stalled. On May 11, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov described them as “sluggish and ineffective”, and a day later said that the results of the meetings “have nothing to brag about.”

In turn, the head of US national intelligence, Avril Haynes stated that Washington sees no prospects for successful negotiations around the situation in Ukraine in the near future. “Given that both Russia and Ukraine believe they can continue to make military gains, we see no viable way forward through negotiations.” at least in the short term,»— she said. In addition, in her opinion, in Ukraine there is the possibility of a “potential escalation” in the next few months.

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Blinken discussed with Stoltenberg a new strategic concept of NATO

The new concept of the North Atlantic Alliance should be adopted at the summit in Madrid, which will be held from 28 to 30 June. This document will guide the alliance over the next decade discussed NATO's new strategic concept with Stoltenberg” />

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, during a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, discussed support for Ukraine and the defense potential of the alliance, according to the website of the American diplomatic department.

“[They] reaffirmed their support for the Ukrainian people and the territorial integrity of Ukraine and discussed the importance of maintaining NATO's credible deterrence and defense policy,” said in the message.

Blinken and Stoltenberg also discussed preparations for the upcoming NATO summit in Madrid on June 28-30, including a new NATO Strategic Concept Paper. This document will guide the alliance for the next decade.

NATO's Strategic Concept defines the Alliance's long-term strategy. It sets out NATO's purpose, nature and fundamental security missions, and the challenges and opportunities the Alliance faces in a changing security environment.

In the current Strategic Concept “Active Participation, Modern Defense” (2010) outlined three main objectives: collective defence, crisis management and cooperative security.

Against the backdrop of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, NATO countries have already held extraordinary congresses several times and announced the redeployment of troops. On April 10, Stoltenberg said that NATO was “in the midst of a fundamental transformation”; and is working on plans to send a permanent and full-scale military force to the eastern borders to defend against Russia.

At the same time, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stressed that NATO does not want a direct confrontation with Russia. According to the head of the Pentagon, the clash between Russia and the alliance “will quickly develop into another kind of struggle and no one would like to see it.”

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Russian Ambassador to Germany expressed hope for the launch of Nord Stream 2

At the same time, the diplomat noted that in Germany there is a “political order” not to use gas from Russia and reduce dependence on Moscow

Russian Ambassador to Germany Sergei Nechaev expressed hope that the German authorities will eventually return to the Nord Stream gas pipeline project; 2". The diplomat stated this on the air of Solovyov Live.

“The time will come to return to this project, at least I hope so,”— he said.

According to him, technically the project is completed, the pipes are not only laid, but also filled with process gas. He explained that Nord Stream— 2″ can start supplying gas to Germany at any moment.

“On the other hand, there is a political order not to use gas from Russia in any way, on the contrary, to follow the path of reducing imports from Russia,”— added by Nechaev.

Germany suspends Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline certification February 22, the day after Moscow recognized the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.

On February 23, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck allowed the project to be completely stopped. In his opinion, it was wiser not to build the gas pipeline at all, because it turned out to be a “lump of risk”; in the Baltic Sea, and energy policy “should be assessed from a security policy and geopolitical perspective.” On the same day, US President Joe Biden instructed his administration to impose sanctions against the project.

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The Kremlin expressed hope that the suspension of certification by the German regulator would be temporary. At the same time, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak did not rule out that Moscow had the right to respond to the refusal to certify Nord Stream 2 stopping the flow of gas through Nord Stream 1.

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline consists of two strings of pipes with a length of about 1200 km. Their total power— 55 bcm m of gas per year. The preliminary decision to start construction of the gas pipeline with the participation of an international consortium, which included ENGIE, OMV, Royal Dutch Shell, Uniper and Wintershall, was made in 2012. The construction of the gas pipeline was completed in September 2021.

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German business called a catastrophe the cessation of gas supplies from Russia

Stopping Russian gas supplies will have devastating consequences for the country. This was stated in an interview with the Bild am Sontag newspaper by the head of the German industrial union, Siegfried Ruswurm.

“To date, the consequences of cutting off Russian gas supplies would be catastrophic. We must proceed from the fact that with a shortage of such volumes, gas would no longer enter the final branches of our gas pipeline system at all, — he said.

According to him, with the introduction of an embargo on energy resources from Russia, a number of German enterprises would have to stop production.

Since the beginning of the Russian operation in Ukraine, Berlin has already imposed several packages of sanctions against Moscow, and the country's top officials have repeatedly spoken about their intention to get rid of energy dependence on Russia. The head of German diplomacy Annalena Burbock, in particular, on May 10 announced the country's intention to completely and forever abandon energy from Russia in the future.

Prior to this, the G7 countries (G7), which includes Germany, agreed to gradually abandon the import of Russian oil or impose an embargo after the United States. At the same time, the German Ministry of Economy noted that the rejection of Russian oil would be a “heavy burden”, but indicated their readiness to take this step.

Earlier, the fact that some subsidiaries of Gazprom Germania GmbH do not receive gas due to retaliatory sanctions that Russia has imposed on the West was announced by the Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habek. According to him, due to Russian sanctions, the country receives less than 10 million cubic meters. m of gas per day.

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The first level of the emergency prevention regime is introduced if there are signs of a future deterioration in the gas supply situation. If they are implemented, a second level is introduced. The third is announced in case of a significant disruption of gas supply. In this case, the government takes measures to provide gas to citizens, hospitals, fire services and the police.

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Czech Republic supports Finland and Sweden joining NATO

The Czech Republic fully supports the entry of Finland and Sweden into the North Atlantic Alliance, said Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky.

“We warmly welcome Finland and Sweden, and support their interest in joining [NATO], we believe them with their friends», — he said.

At the same time, the diplomat recalled that time is needed to expand the alliance through the two Scandinavian countries. “We still need to reach a political agreement. As soon as we have it, the question of ratification in the national parliaments will remain, — indicated by the head of the Czech Foreign Ministry.

On May 12, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin issued a statement that Helsinki should immediately apply to join NATO. According to the Finnish leader, his decision was influenced by Russia's demand from NATO to abandon the advance to the east and the start of a military operation in Ukraine.

On the same day, the Swedish newspaper Expressen reported on Stockholm's plans to apply for membership in the North Atlantic Alliance in Monday, May 16 the next day, the President of Finland is scheduled to visit Sweden, during which he will hold talks with Andersson.

Today, Sweden and Finland have the status of states— NATO partners. 30 countries are members of the bloc, including Scandinavian Denmark and Norway.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin considered it a mistake for Finland to abandon its traditional policy of neutrality and join NATO, warning that this step could negatively affect on Russian-Finnish relations. He also held a meeting of the Security Council, where they discussed possible risks in connection with the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO.

As stated by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, Finland and Sweden, having joined NATO, “will become a space of confrontation between the North Atlantic bloc and Russia with all the ensuing consequences. According to her, the alliance has been “processing” Helsinki and Stockholm to influence their politics, “carefully sculpting the image of the enemy from Russia.”

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Biden announced his intention to cut the US budget deficit by $1.5 trillion

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The US authorities intend to cut the US budget deficit by a record $1.5 trillion this year. This was stated on his Twitter by American President Joe Biden.

“Under my predecessor, the deficit increased every year. This year we [the administration] are on track to reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion— biggest one-year cut in history,— he wrote.

Biden stressed that deficit reduction— one of the main ways to ease inflationary pressure.

By the end of 2020, the US budget deficit increased by $3.12 trillion, and by the end of 2021— for $2.77 trillion. In early February 2022, the total US national debt for the first time exceeded $30 trillion, the amount became equal to $30.012 trillion.

Last December, Biden signed into law an increase in the national debt limit by $2.5 trillion to $31.4 trillion. If not for this measure, the funds in the federal budget could run out by December 15, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned.

On May 4, the US Federal Reserve System (FRS) announced the largest interest rate hike since 2000— immediately by 0.5 percentage points, up to a range of 0.75 & ndash; 1% per annum. At the same time, the American regulator pointed to the appropriateness of further tightening of its policy. Thus, in March, the growth rate of prices in the US broke a 40-year record, rising to 8.5%. Nevertheless, inflation slowed down in April and, according to the US Department of Labor, amounted to 8.3%. For 2022, the Fed predicts inflation of 4.3% with US GDP growth of 2.8%.

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on May 10 that the US labor market may be experiencing the biggest supply-demand imbalance since World War II. Unemployment in the US rose to 6.1% in April from 6% in March, according to the country's Department of Labor. At the same time, in the first quarter of 2022, the US economy shrank by 1.4% year-on-year, according to preliminary data from the US Department of Commerce.

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UK authorities will oblige realtors to disclose the names of home buyers

The UK government will soon introduce a new bill as part of the fight against the oligarchs, which will oblige realtors to disclose the names of the end buyers of real estate in the country. This was stated in an interview with The Telegraph by Michael Gove, UK Housing Minister.

“We want to put an end to the fraudulent use of ill-gotten funds that have flooded the British property market. Our market will no longer be open to corrupt officials and regimes laundering their money and hiding their identities,— he said.

Under the bill, the British authorities will be able to require any company, trust or other legal entity involved in a real estate transaction to provide the Land and Real Property Registry with information about the ultimate owner of the home in order to complete the sale. It is noted that the changes will also allow the regulator to request information about the source of origin of property buyers' funds.

According to The Telegraph, the relevant amendments will affect, among other things, a number of Russian businessmen who, after the imposition of sanctions by the UK, “began to transfer their property to various trusts.”

The UK has already introduced several packages of sanctions against Russia in connection with the recognition of the DPR and LPR and the military operation in Ukraine. The restrictions, among other things, included the first persons of the state and large businessmen. The sanctions provide for the freezing of assets in the UK and a ban on entry into the country.

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British Foreign Minister Liz Truss said earlier that the property of the “Russian oligarchs” in London may be confiscated under the forthcoming draft of tougher sanctions. Also, the British authorities did not exclude measures against law firms that would begin to provide assistance to Russian businessmen who fell under sanctions and wished to challenge their inclusion in the sanctions list.

In addition, the British authorities introduced a limit of £50 thousand ( $66.8 thousand) on the amount of money that Russians can keep in British bank accounts.

The Russian authorities have repeatedly called the sanctions imposed against Moscow illegal.

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Zelensky promised to do everything for Eurovision to be held in Mariupol

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated the Kalush Orchestra on their victory at Eurovision and promised to do everything for the song contest to be held in Mariupol one day. The Ukrainian leader wrote about this in his Telegram.

«Our courage amazes the world, our music conquers Europe! Next year Ukraine will host Eurovision! For the third time in its history. And I believe— not the last one. We will do everything so that one day Ukrainian Mariupol will host Eurovision participants and guests. Free, peaceful, rebuilt,"— Zelensky said.

He also expressed his gratitude to everyone who voted for Ukraine.

The Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision 2022 with the song Stefania. She scored 631 points. Second place went to — Great Britain (466 points), third & mdash; Spain (459).

At the end of the performance in the final of the competition, the group asked to help Mariupol and the people who are at the Azovstal plant.

The organizers did not disqualify the group. “We understand the strong feelings when it comes to Ukraine these days, and we consider the statements of the Kalush Orchestra and other artists in support of the Ukrainian people more as a humanitarian gesture than as a political one,” & mdash; they said.

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Fighting in Mariupol has been going on almost since the beginning of the Russian military special operation in Ukraine. At the end of March, the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov announced the storming of the city, in mid-April he announced control over 98% of Mariupol. On April 13, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the encirclement of “the remnants of Ukrainian troops and Nazi units located in the city.” at Azovstal.

On April 21, the head of the Ministry of Defense, Sergei Shoigu, reported to President Vladimir Putin about the capture of the city. According to the minister, only on the surrounded “Azovstal” “the remnants of nationalist formations” remained. Putin then explained that it was necessary to think about saving the life and health of the Russian military, so he ordered the assault to be canceled. After that, civilians who remained there began to be evacuated from the territory of the plant.

On May 7, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk announced that Azovstal evacuated all women, children and the elderly, without specifying their number. On the same day, the Ministry of Defense announced the completion of the operation to evacuate civilians from the enterprise.

necessary for this heavy weapons. Zelensky promised to decide the fate of the city through diplomacy.

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International Criminal Court to send more than 40 investigators to Ukraine

Next week, 42 ​​investigators from the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, including forensic experts and analysts, will arrive in Ukraine. ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan stated this in an interview with the French newspaper Le Monde.

“Next week, 42 ​​investigators will be sent to Ukraine. This is the largest shipment my institution has ever undertaken. 30 of them were seconded by the Dutch government, including forensic experts and analysts,— he said.

The prosecutor noted that the first thing to do was to “investigate the facts and establish the truth.” Khan added that the ICC has a cooperation agreement with a joint investigation team set up by Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine. “The main thing is that the investigations are credible, honest and independent, and that the judge can then make a decision,” — emphasized the prosecutor.

The ICC is not part of the UN structures, it was established in accordance with the Rome Statute, signed in 1998. The court is mandated to try not states, but individuals, its competence includes bringing to justice for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

Ukraine and Russia signed the Rome Statute in 2000, but have not ratified this document .

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special military operation to “denazify” and “demilitarization” Ukraine 24 February. He called the protection of the population of Donbass from “genocide by the Kyiv regime” one of the goals of the operation.

On February 27, Ukraine filed a lawsuit against Russia with the International Court of Justice in The Hague. President Volodymyr Zelensky demanded that Moscow be held accountable “for manipulating the concept of 'genocide'” to justify aggression. Also, the Ukrainian authorities asked the ICC to initiate proceedings, applying for recognition of the court's jurisdiction over crimes allegedly committed in eastern Ukraine and Crimea, Khan said in early May.

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On March 16, the International Court of Justice demanded the termination of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. “The Russian Federation must immediately suspend military operations that it launched on February 24, 2022 on the territory of Ukraine,” — called on the court. 13 judges supported this decision, two voted “against”.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative Maria Zakharova said earlier that the court has no jurisdiction in considering the issue of a special operation.

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New York to tighten gun laws after Buffalo shooting

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On Tuesday, May 17, New York City officials will introduce a package of laws to combat gun trafficking, said State Gov. Kathy Hokul, CBS reports. .

This is how the Governor reacted to the shooting at the Buffalo supermarket near New York. Ten people were killed in the attack, and three more were injured.

“This must be stopped. On Tuesday, we already planned to announce a comprehensive package (of laws. — RBC) to combat arms trafficking in order to eliminate the remaining loopholes in the current legislation,— she said.

Hokul vowed that New York State would do “everything possible to keep laws tough to give law enforcement the resources they need.”

Shooting at Tops Friendly Supermarket Markets in Buffalo, New York took place on May 14th. According to the latest police reports, ten people were killed and three others were injured. At the same time, 11 out of 13 victims were African Americans.

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The police specified that the attacker was an 18-year-old white man who was heavily armed, wearing a helmet and other equipment. After the shooting, he was apprehended.

BNO News reported that the shooter broadcast his attack on Twitch and published an extremist manifesto. “In the document, he identified himself as an 18-year-old male and identified himself as a white supremacist, racist and anti-Semite,” published the publication. Twitch temporarily blocked the man's account and promised to take measures to prevent the distribution of the record, follows from the company's statement.

Later, the New York prosecutor's office charged the man with first-degree murder— the state's most serious allegation, Attorney John Flynn said at a news conference. The article provides for life imprisonment without the right to parole. The suspect was assigned a medical examination and may be charged with terrorism, said the prosecutor.

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Finland plans to apply for NATO membership on May 18

The Permanent Representative of Finland to NATO in Brussels is likely to apply to join the alliance on Wednesday 18 May. Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told the Aftonbladet newspaper about this.

“For our part, this [application] will be done by the NATO ambassador in Brussels physically, probably on Wednesday. Then, if negotiations with NATO begin, they will be dealt with by a delegation headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Defence. said Haavisto.

Earlier, Finland's intention to apply for NATO membership “in the coming days” said President Sauli Niinistö during a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

On May 12, Niinistö and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin stressed in a joint statement the need to apply for NATO membership. Haavisto explained this decision by the fact that “the hostilities launched by Russia created a danger to the stability of the whole of Europe.” Similar plans are being considered by Sweden, which, like Finland, has the status of a state— NATO partner.

The next day, Putin held a meeting of the Security Council, where they discussed possible risks in connection with the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier that Moscow views such a scenario as a threat and Russia's actions will depend on how the “expansion process” is expressed. and how the military infrastructure of the alliance will move.

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Volodin announced bills to counter sanctions

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Initiatives aimed at protecting the citizens and economy of Russia will be considered during the spring session of the State Duma. Speaker of the lower house of parliament Vyacheslav Volodin stated this on his Telegram channel.

“Many of your appeals are devoted to the questions of what measures are being taken to counteract the sanctions imposed against our country. <…> These initiatives, aimed at protecting our citizens and the economy, will be considered without fail during the spring session,— he wrote.

One of the bills concerns the security of personal data. It provides for the commission of cross-border transfer of personal data, and also establishes the possibility of interference by the Russian authorities in the processing of data of Russian citizens on the territory of other countries.

Another bill allows the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, when identifying “unfriendly” actions of a foreign state against Russian media to block or restrict the activities of publications of this country in Russia. Also, the work of these media outlets may be terminated if materials are published that discredit the Russian armed forces or call for sanctions against Russia.

In addition, the authorities intend to simplify obtaining a residence permit for foreign IT specialists, as well as increase the number of state-funded places in the magistracy of Russian universities. Also, the concept of “compatriot abroad” will be changed in the legislation. They will be considered all persons who speak Russian and belong to the peoples “historically residing on the territory of the Russian Federation, and those whose direct ancestors were born on the territory of the Russian Federation.” “At the same time, from the definition of the concept of“ compatriot ” the connection with the citizenship of the USSR is excluded, — notes Volodin.

The State Duma will also consider a draft law on the external management of companies that have left the Russian market. It is noted that the initiative will affect only those companies that are “essential for the Russian economy and left without obvious economic reasons, based on anti-Russian sentiments abroad.” The State Duma also intends to support lessees: companies will be able to repay leasing ahead of schedule without penalties and fines.

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The bills will also affect fiscal changes. The State Duma intends to extend the period for reducing income tax rates until January 1, 2024. The term now ends on January 1, 2023. In addition, the State Duma intends to simplify the treasury support of contracts. Funds will be credited to the supplier's settlement account without opening an account of a treasury support participant. And the government will have the opportunity, without changing the law, to use revenues from oil and gas exports to replace government borrowings and pay off the public debt.

Sanctions against Russia began to be actively introduced after February 24 due to the start of a special military operation in Ukraine. Simultaneously with the sanctions, foreign companies began to leave the Russian market.

Senior economist at the Bank of Finland Institute for Economies in Transition (BOFIT, an institute specializing in the analysis of the Russian economy) Heli Simola estimated that due to sanctions, Russia's GDP could decrease by 4– eighteen%. “Trade sanctions could have a significant negative effect if Russia fails to find alternative markets for imports and exports,” — BOFIT economist states.

According to the World Bank, by the end of 2022, the Russian economy may shrink by about 11.2%. According to the authors of the document, “the severe consequences of the already imposed sanctions” may lead to the fall of the Russian economy, including due to a reduction in domestic demand. In 2023 and 2024, according to the report, Russia's GDP should grow by 0.6% and 1.3%, respectively.

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German Foreign Minister urged to quickly accept Sweden and Finland into NATO

Annalena Burbock emphasized that there should be no “grey zone” between countries applying for NATO membership and their acceptance, the allies should ensure their security after the initiative of Helsinki and Stockholm

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Germany will do everything to speed up the process of Finland and Sweden joining NATO, Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock told reporters ahead of a meeting of the alliance's foreign ministers in Berlin, Reuters reports. She emphasized that the period between countries submitting applications and their inclusion in NATO should be minimal.

“If they decide to join, they can join quickly <…>. We must give them security guarantees, there should be no transitional period, no gray area, when their status would be indeterminate,— underlined Burbock.

The process of ratifying countries' applications to join the alliance could take up to a year, Reuters explains. During this time, candidates are not covered by the article of the North Atlantic Treaty on collective defense, according to which an armed attack on any of the participating states is regarded as an attack on the entire alliance.

On the need for security guarantees from allies for the period between The Swedish Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist previously spoke about the application and its ratification.

Helsinki and Stockholm have started talking about possible NATO membership amid the escalation in Ukraine. Finnish President and Prime Minister Sauli Niinistö and Sanna Marin on May 12 announced the need to immediately apply for the country's accession to NATO. Edition Helsingin Sanomat wrote that Finland and Sweden plan to apply at the same time. Niinistö is scheduled to visit Sweden on May 17.

The Finnish President spoke about his intention to make a decision in the near future to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a telephone conversation on May 14. Niinistö explained that in this way his country “strengthens its own security.” Finland's desire to become a member of the North Atlantic Alliance was influenced by “Russia's massive invasion of Ukraine in February 2022,” the head of state noted. Putin called Finland's refusal of neutrality a mistake. The country's minister for European affairs and property management, Tytti Tuppurainen, said that Helsinki is not afraid of threats and is ready for Moscow's response.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of S-300 launchers near Sumy

In the same region, a radar station was destroyed. Air defense systems shot down 15 drones during the night, while missile forces and artillery destroyed “up to 150 nationalists” and disabled 26 units of military equipment

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Russian tactical and army aviation struck 32 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Defense Ministry said. The military destroyed two launchers of the S-300 air defense system and a radar post in the Shpilevka area (Sumy region).

During the night, air defense systems shot down 15 Ukrainian drones “in the areas of the settlements of Novotroitskoye, Vladimirovka, Luganskoye of the Donetsk People's Republic; Epifanovka, Kudryashovka, Verkhnyaya Duvanka of the Luhansk People's Republic, as well as the villages of Chkalovskoye, Velikie Prokhody, Vysshee Salt in the Kharkiv region and over Snake Island. A Tochka-U missile was intercepted near the village of Stepnoye in the Kherson region. “In the districts of Kamenka, Malaya Kamyshevakha, Brazhkovka of the Kharkiv region and Chernobaevka of the Kherson region, 11 rockets of the Smerch multiple launch rocket system were intercepted, — continued in the department.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

Missile forces and artillery hit six command posts, 123 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment, 13 artillery batteries of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on fire positions. As a result, “up to 150 nationalists were destroyed, 26 units of military equipment were disabled.”

During the night, airborne missiles of the Aerospace Forces hit two command posts, 11 company strongholds and four weapons and ammunition depots near the villages of Zaporozhye, Paraskovievka, Konstantinovka and Novomikhailovka in the DPR.

In total, since the beginning of the special operation, destroyed:

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  • 165 aircraft;
  • 125 helicopters;
  • 879 unmanned aerial vehicles;
  • 306 anti-aircraft missile systems;
  • 3098 tanks and other armored fighting vehicles;
  • 381 installation of multiple launch rocket systems;
  • 1525 field artillery guns and mortars;
  • 2934 units of special military car plentiful equipment.

The Russian military operation in Ukraine began on February 24th. Its goal is called “demilitarization and denazification” by the authorities; neighboring state. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky introduced martial law in the country and severed diplomatic relations with Moscow.

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Croatian Foreign Ministry says Turkey is on the right path in NATO issues

Ankara's talks with Finland and Sweden on their entry into NATO are going in the right direction, Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlich-Radman said. Turkey objects to the entry of these northern European countries into the alliance

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Negotiations between Turkey, Finland and Sweden over Ankara's concern about their desire to join NATO are moving in the right direction, Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlich-Radman said, quoted by Reuters.

“And we hope that today we will have a good result to demonstrate solidarity and speak with one voice,— Grlich-Radman told reporters at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin.

Earlier, the Hungarian minister expressed hope that the meeting would resolve all Turkey's doubts about the membership of these northern European countries in the North Atlantic Alliance. According to him, he hopes that the NATO countries will be able to reach an agreement on this issue. At the same time, Croatian President Zoran Milanovic threatened to veto Finland and Sweden joining NATO. Grlic-Radman does not agree with the position of the head of state.

Turkey objects to the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO. The President of the Republic, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, called these countries “a guest house for terrorist organizations”: members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party banned in the country, according to him, live in Sweden, the Netherlands and even participate in parliament. “We can't look at it positively,” — he noted. Later, the official representative of the Turkish leader, Ibrahim Kalin, explained that Ankara “does not close the doors”; for Sweden and Finland in NATO, but wants negotiations with the Nordic countries.

On May 12, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin issued a statement that the country should immediately apply to join NATO. On the same day, the newspaper Expressen reported on Sweden's plans to do so on Monday 16 May. The next day, Niinistö is scheduled to visit the neighboring country, during which he will hold talks with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson. Edition Helsingin Sanomat wrote that the countries plan to apply to NATO at the same time. The day before, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said that Helsinki was going to apply to NATO on Wednesday, May 18.

Finland's refusal of neutrality and its entry into the bloc would be a mistake, since there are no threats to Helsinki's security, the president said Russian Vladimir Putin during a telephone conversation with a Finnish colleague.

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Latvia terminated the agreement with Belarus on the transportation of military cargo

An agreement on the transportation of military cargo from Belarus through Latvian ports was signed even before the republic joined the EU and NATO. Against the backdrop of the military operation in Ukraine, Riga is reviewing relations with Moscow and Minsk alt=”Latvia terminated the agreement with Belarus on the transportation of military cargo” />

The Ministry of Transport of Latvia terminated the agreement with Belarus on the transportation of military cargo from this republic to third countries through Latvian ports. This was reported on the agency's website.

They noted that the agreement was signed by the government in January 1994, when Latvia had not yet joined the European Union. The Republic became a member of the EU on May 1, 2004, and on March 29 of the same year— a member of NATO.

“In this regard, Latvia is bound by the legal norms of these international organizations, and the agreement with Belarus does not apply to these norms”,— The Ministry of Transport said in a statement.

After the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the Latvian authorities are reviewing relations with Moscow and Minsk, the ministry noted.

In the spring of last year, Belarus began to reorient trade flows from the Baltic ports to Russian ones. The country shipped the first batches of oil products— gasoline and fuel oil— to Russian ports. Gasoline will be transshipped through the Portenergo terminal in the port of Ust-Luga, fuel oil— through the Petersburg oil terminal in the port of St. Petersburg. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko announced a possible reorientation of cargo flows from the Baltic ports back in 2020, after the expansion of sanctions against Minsk. In February last year, Russia and Belarus signed an intergovernmental agreement on transshipment of Belarusian oil products for export through Russian ports. The country will be able to transship more than 9.8 million tons of oil products in 2021-2023.

At the end of March, the Latvian authorities announced plans to close their ports to Russian ships. According to the Minister of Transport of the country, Talis Linkaits, in this case, with a pessimistic forecast, the cargo turnover in the port of Ventspils will be reduced by two thirds, in Riga— by 45%, in Liepaja— by 20–30%.

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In early April, the European Union imposed new sanctions against Russia due to the military operation in Ukraine. In particular, the restrictive measures include a ban on Russian-flagged ships from entering EU ports. In addition, Brussels restricted the entry of trucks with Russian and Belarusian license plates.

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In Lvov, they reported the destruction of a military facility by Russian missiles

According to the head of the local administration, the facility is located near the border with Poland. No one was hurt during the rocket attack. The Russian Ministry of Defense did not report strikes in the Lviv region

Maxim Kozitsky

Four Russian missiles hit one of the military infrastructure facilities in the Lviv region, it was completely destroyed, said the head of the regional administration Maxim Kozitsky. According to preliminary information, there were no victims or injured.

Subsequently, Kozitsky clarified that this was a facility in the Yavoriv district— near the border with Poland.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has not reported any attacks on the military infrastructure of the Lviv region.

From February 24, Russia has been conducting a special military operation in Ukraine to “demilitarization and denazification”. Martial law is in effect in Ukraine, diplomatic relations between Moscow and Kyiv have been severed.

The Lviv region is located in the west of the country and borders on Poland. In March, the agency said it had killed up to 180 foreign mercenaries in the region. Kozitsky in the same month reported on the rocket attack on the Yavorovsky military training ground. According to the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov, foreign instructors work there.

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Roskomnadzor restricted access to news portals Germania.One and USA.One

As a reason for blocking, the regulator calls the article of the law on information about sites that publish calls for extremism and inaccurate socially significant information

Roskomnadzor restricted access to Germania.One and USA news portals. One, which publish news about Germany and the United States in Russian.

Access to Germania.One is limited on the basis of six decisions of the Prosecutor General's Office at once— dated May 3, April 29, April 25, April 20, March 31 and February 24, follows from the register of the regulator. The site of the publication is included in the register in connection with the violation of Art. 15.3 of the law on information, which implies restricting access to Internet resources that disseminate calls for participation in illegal mass events and extremist activities, as well as false socially significant information disguised as reliable.

The USA website falls under the same article .One. It is blocked on the basis of the decision of the Prosecutor General's Office of May 14.

When you try to access these portals, a warning from the provider appears on the screen, stating that they are included in the register of prohibited sites of Roskomnadzor or access to he was blocked by a court decision.

After the start of the military operation in Ukraine, Roskomnadzor ordered the media to cover the hostilities based on information from Russian official sources. Subsequently, the regulator, referring to Article 15.3 of the law on information, blocked the websites of many media outlets: Meduza (included by the Ministry of Justice in the register of foreign agents), Kholod, Ekho Moskvy; (liquidated), Novaya Gazeta. Europe» and others.

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