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Roskomnadzor blocked the website of the “New story-gazeta”

Roskomnadzor restricted access to the website of the Novaya rasskazh-gazeta magazine, owned by the Novaya Gazeta team. This is evidenced by the data of the service of the department, which allows you to check access restrictions to sites. 

The Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation turned to Roskomnadzor with a demand to block the “New story-gazeta”; on the territory of Russia due to the website's calls for riots, extremism and participation in illegal mass actions. 

'The Prosecutor General's Office decided that our new website Novaya.no should be closed. <…> They demanded to block not a single text or texts, but the entire site at once, – representatives of the magazine told in the Telegram channel.

Earlier it was reported that the website of the service for ordering premium cars with Wheely drivers was included in the register of prohibited information. The corresponding decision was made due to the conduct of commercial activities by a legal entity without accredited branches in the Russian Federation.

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Consequences of severe flooding in Sochi

Due to bad weather in Sochi, the first floors of buildings were flooded, over 50 cars were washed away. A woman also died due to heavy rains in the city. The press service of the city administration noted that the main impact of the disaster fell on the Central District, where 16 streets were damaged.

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In Zaporozhye, they said that the Russian military base will become a guarantor of security

The authorities of Zaporozhye announced that the permanent military base of Russia will become a guarantor of security It will be possible to talk about specific actions for the deployment of a permanent military contingent after the referendum and the entry of the Zaporozhye region into Russia, the CAA said

The authorities of the Zaporozhye region want Russian military bases to be placed on the territory of the region on a permanent basis. This was stated by a member of the main council of the regional administration (operating on the territory occupied by Russian troops) Vladimir Rogov in a conversation with RIA Novosti.

"Permanent deployment of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the Zaporozhye region will become a guarantor of the security of the region from attempts of external aggression and terror of Ukrainian nationalists»,— he explained.

According to him, it will be possible to talk about concrete steps to deploy permanent Russian military units after the referendum and the entry of the Zaporozhye region into Russia.

Rogov once again pointed out the desire of the region to become part of Russia and expressed confidence that Moscow would not withdraw its troops from the territory of the Zaporozhye region.

At the same time, the head of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Oleksiy Reznikov, said that the Ukrainian president had instructed to recapture the south of Ukraine: the plan for this, according to him, is already is being developed, and the Armed Forces of Ukraine intend to assemble “millions of fighting forces” equipped with Western weapons.

At the end of April, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that if referendums were held in the territories occupied by Russian forces, Kiev would withdraw from the negotiation process with Moscow. Now negotiations between the parties are suspended. Russia blamed the Ukrainian side for this.

Russia has been conducting a military special operation in Ukraine since February 24. The southern and central parts of the Zaporozhye region, including the cities of Berdyansk, Melitopol, Vasylivka and Energodar, are under the control of Russian forces.

Capital of the Zaporozhye region— the city of Zaporozhye— remains under the control of Ukrainian forces.

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Blinken accused Russia of shelling the port of Odessa

Head of the State Department Blinken: US condemns the shelling of the port of Odessa According to the US Secretary of State, the shelling of the port of Odessa undermines confidence in the obligations under the “food deal”. The Turkish Ministry of Defense, after contacts with colleagues from Russia, reported that Moscow was not involved in the attack ” alt=”Blinken accused Russia of shelling the port of Odessa” />

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US authorities condemn the attack on the port of Odessa and blame Russia. This was stated by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Twitter.

“The United States strongly condemns today's Russian attack on the port of Odessa. This undermines efforts to bring food to the hungry and the credibility of Russia's commitments to the deal closed yesterday to allow Ukrainian exports, — he wrote.

A missile attack on Ukrainian armed formations in the port of Odessa was previously reported by Segodnya.ru. According to the publication, at least five explosions were heard. The Russian Ministry of Defense did not report missile strikes on the port of Odessa.

Later, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar relayed the words of Russian officials that Russia was not involved in the missile strike near the port of Odessa.

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“During our contact, the Russians told us that they had absolutely nothing to do with this attack and that they were studying this issue very carefully and in detail,”— he emphasized.

However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky blamed Russia for the missile attack. According to the Ukrainian leader, Russia has demonstrated that it does not intend to fulfill the agreements on the export of grain. He warned that “famine and chaos” would threaten the world if the deal fell through.

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres also “clearly condemned” rocket attacks on the port of Odessa. According to the representative of the Secretary General, the attack jeopardizes the agreements reached the day before on the export of grain from Ukrainian ports.

The agreement on the export of grain from three Ukrainian ports— Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny— was signed by Russia and Ukraine separately with Turkey on 22 July. The signing of the agreement was preceded by negotiations in Istanbul, during which it was decided to establish a coordination center for the export of grain.

The UN specified that special inspection teams in Ukrainian ports would monitor the shipment of grain. At the same time, Ukrainian pilot ships will escort ships through the mined Black Sea, after which they will exit through the Bosphorus along the corridor.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stressed that the inspection of ships involved in the export of Ukrainian grain will be carried out at leaving and entering the Black Sea to prevent the transport of weapons and ammunition.

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US congressional delegation visits Kyiv and pledges continued support

The US and allies are providing economic, military and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and will continue to look for ways to support Kyiv in the confrontation with Russia, the delegation says in a statement against Russia, Reuters reports.

“The United States, along with allies and partners around the world, supports Ukraine with economic, military and humanitarian assistance,”— the delegation said in a statement.

They assured that they would continue to look for ways to support Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the Ukrainian people “as effectively as possible.”

The fact that the delegation of the US Congress arrived in Kyiv, Zelensky announced the day before. He thanked the members of the delegation for the latest announced security assistance package. “Especially— for our much-needed HIMARS launchers, projectiles and unmanned aerial vehicles,»,— he emphasized.

During the presidency of Joe Biden, the United States provided Ukraine with a total of $8.2 billion in aid. The latest aid package was announced on July 22, it will include $270 million in supplies and will be the 16th since August 2021. The package will include four additional HIMARS installations and their ammunition, vehicles, anti-tank weapons and spare parts for them, as well as Phoenix Ghost drones.

The United States has been supplying Ukraine with HIMARS since the end of June. The Armed Forces of Ukraine claimed that they had already begun to use installations in hostilities.

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UK Defense learned about the increase in the number of flights of British reconnaissance aircraft

The number of British RC-135 Rivet Joint reconnaissance flights has tripled in six months after Russia began hostilities in Ukraine. This was reported by the UK Defense Journal, citing data from the Ministry of Defence.

The number of sorties increased from six in December last year to 18 in March, and then decreased to 14 in May. “Great Britain increases the frequency of such flights to collect intelligence with the presence of American aircraft,” noted the publication.

This week, British RC-135 aircraft continue to fly over the Black Sea near Ukraine to spy on Russian troops, according to him.

At the same time, the UK does not have aircraft that could refuel the RC-135, the publication indicated. A number of British and American aircraft are regularly refueled from close allies, the MoD explained.

RC-135W Rivet Joint— This is an electronic radar reconnaissance aircraft for strategic and tactical missions. Its sensors “absorb” electronic emissions from communication systems, radars and other systems. The UK operates three of these aircraft.

Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24 after months of warnings from foreign media and politicians. Representatives of 141 out of 193 countries of the UN General Assembly condemned the actions of the Russian authorities, demanded a ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops.

The UK has become one of those countries that imposed unprecedented sanctions against Russian politicians, businessmen, enterprises and banks, as well as provided military and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.

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The site of the “New story-gazeta” was blocked a week after the launch

Before the blocking, the site worked for a week, the editors noted. The reason for blocking “New story-gazeta” calls “discredit”. However, what it consisted of, the publication was not told. “New story-newspaper” was blocked a week after the launch” />

Roskomnadzor, at the request of the Prosecutor General's Office, blocked the site of the magazine “No” (short for “Novaya rasskaz-gazeta”), which was created by the journalists of “Novaya Gazeta”, which ceased publication after the start of the operation in Ukraine.

In the database of the Roskomnadzor service, there is a record about the blocking of the entire Novaya.no website based on the decision of the Prosecutor General's Office of July 22. On the morning of July 24, the website “But” was unavailable, when you try to access it, a message appears about the restriction of access to the information resource.

RBC sent a request to the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office.

The blocking of the site is carried out on the basis of the standard in such cases article 15.3 of the Federal Law “On Information”. It allows you to block resources that contain information with calls for mass riots, extremism, participation in unauthorized rallies, as well as disseminating unreliable socially significant information.

In his Telegram channel «New story-newspaper» reported that the site was blocked for “discrediting”. “The Prosecutor General's Office has decided that our new website Novaya.no needs to be shut down. For “discrediting”. Without explaining what it consists of, — the publication said.

They noted that the resource worked for seven days and nine hours. On Saturday evening, the publication received a notification from Roskomnadzor about the blocking, and the immediate restriction of access to the site began two hours later.

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left for Europe, where she created the Novaya Gazeta. Europe". It was supposed to finance its work through crowdfunding platforms, Kirill Martynov became the editor-in-chief, who at Novaya Gazeta was the policy editor. However, at the end of April, Roskomnadzor blocked the website of the new publication.

On the creation of the New Story-newspaper In early July, the editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, Nobel Peace Prize winner Dmitry Muratov announced. Sergei Kozheurov is in charge of the editorial policy, the journalists of Novaya Gazeta, who remained in Moscow, are working on a new edition.

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The Telegraph learned about the role of Russia in Truss’s election plan

Prime Ministerial candidate Liz Truss will present herself as a “hawk” towards Russia and China in order to beat former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, who is accused of softness towards these countries, in the fight for the prime minister's seat

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British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will present herself as a “hawk” towards Russia and China in the fight for the post of prime minister, The Telegraph reported.

According to the newspaper, Truss drew attention to the fact that the British accuse her rival— ex-Finance Minister Rishi Sunak— softness towards Russia and China, including caution in sanctions. So she decided to pose as a “hawk” and Sunak to pose as a “dove”.

One of her allies noted that Truss is ready from the first day as prime minister to take on the fight against threats from Russia and China. He believed that she would insist on revising economic relations with China and extending sanctions against Russia.

Meanwhile, Sunak's supporters began to say that it was under his leadership that the British Treasury Department imposed tough sanctions against Russia in response to the military operation in Ukraine. Campaigner Sunaka told The Telegraph that he will focus on ensuring that economic relations with China do not threaten the national security of the UK.

The UK government, led by Boris Johnson, has begun to introduce unprecedented sanctions against Russian politicians, businessmen, companies and banks in response to Russia's military actions in Ukraine. It also provided significant military and humanitarian assistance to the leadership of Ukraine.

Against the background of the military operation, China began to actively conduct exercises near Taiwan, which it considers its territory. Then the US and the UK held talks on closer cooperation to reduce the risk of a war between China and Taiwan, the Financial Times wrote, citing sources.

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He remained in office while a new prime minister was elected and promised that the British authorities would continue to support Ukraine's fight for freedom.

By July 20, only Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss remained in the race. According to the results of the last parliamentary round, Sunak was ahead of Truss. Voting will run until September 2nd. The name of the new Prime Minister of Great Britain will be announced on September 5.

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Russia has included the Bahamas, Guernsey and Maine in the list of unfriendly countries

The islands of Guernsey and Man made the list for supporting British sanctions, and the Bahamas for banning transactions on all Russians subject to Western restrictions

Isle of Man The Bahamas, the Isle of Man and Guernsey are included in the list of countries unfriendly to Russia, which allows Russian individuals and legal entities to pay their obligations to foreign creditors from the list in rubles. The Cabinet of Ministers published a message about this.

Guernsey and Maine were included in the list, as they supported British sanctions against Russia, and the Bahamas— for the fact that they imposed a ban on any transactions with the Bank of Russia, the Russian Ministry of Finance and a number of credit organizations.

Now there are almost 50 states on the list, including all EU countries, Australia, Canada, Ukraine, Switzerland, Japan, South Korea, USA, UK. In addition to the latter, the list includes the crown possession of the British Crown, the island of Jersey and controlled overseas territories (the Anguilla Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Gibraltar). The Isle of Man and Guernsey are also Crown Dependencies of the British Crown.

President Vladimir Putin instructed the government to create a list of countries committing unfriendly actions against Russia on March 5. The government submitted the list two days later.

On July 22, the government expanded another list of unfriendly countries, but created a year earlier, in April 2021. It includes states that commit unfriendly actions against Russian diplomats. Adding a country to the list allows the Russian government to restrict the work of diplomatic missions of this country in Russia, including prohibiting the employment of employees in embassies, consulates and representative offices.

Greece, Denmark, Slovenia, Croatia and Slovakia were the last changes to the list . Slovenia and Croatia were banned from hiring employees, Greece was cut down to 34 people, Denmark— up to 20, Slovakia— up to 16.

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24.02–24.07. infographics

What happened in Russia and the world over the past five months – in RBC infographics

Special military operation

June 30 The Ministry of Defense stated that the Russian military left Zmeiny Island in the Black Sea “as a goodwill move” to show the world community that there are no obstacles to the export of grain from Ukraine. (Three weeks later, July 22,in Turkey, under the testimony of UN Secretary General António Guterres, agreements were signed on the export of grain across the Black Sea. Russia signed a document with Turkey, a similar document was signed by the Ukrainian side.)

July 3 Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to Putin about taking control of the territory of the LPR.

July 16the minister gave instructions to increase the actions of Russian groupings of troops “in all operational directions.” In the message, the department noted that this is necessary to “exclude the possibility of the Kyiv regime to launch massive rocket and artillery strikes on civilian infrastructure and residents of settlements in Donbass and other regions.”

What happened in the economy

How many sanctions were imposed against Russia

July 21 The EU imposed another package of sanctions against Russia— “sixth and a half”, since in many ways it clarifies the measures and brings them into line with British and American ones.

June 28 Bulgaria announced expulsion of 70 Russian diplomats, suspecting them of working for the special services. This is the most massive expulsion since the spring wave of declarations of diplomats as persona non grata. The Russian Foreign Ministry promised to respond to these measures.

How the president's rating changes

How politicians communicated with each other during these months

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Israel warns of the consequences of closing the Jewish Agency in Russia

Prime Minister Yair Lapid stressed that relations between Russia and Israel are important for the country's leadership. Israel also intends to send a delegation to Russia to negotiate on the issue of “Sohnut” ” alt=”Israel warned about the consequences of closing the Jewish Agency in Russia” />

The closure of the Jewish Agency in Russia (Sokhnut; deals with repatriation to Israel and assistance to repatriates) will affect relations between Russia and Israel, said Prime Minister Yair Lapid.

During the discussion of the situation under his chairmanship, Lapid said that relations with Russia are important to Israel. In addition, he stressed, the Jewish community in Russia is large, and its problems are discussed at all official negotiations with Moscow.

“The Prime Minister instructed the legal delegation to be ready to travel to Moscow as soon as Russian approval of the negotiations is received, and to make every effort to maximize the legal dialogue, while at the same time continuing to promote high-level political dialogue on this issue,” & mdash; The report says.

On July 21, the Ministry of Justice asked for the liquidation of the Russian representative office of the Jewish Agency ANO Sokhnut. It has offices and partners in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Samara, Rostov, Pyatigorsk, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk and Khabarovsk.

The Jerusalem Post later reported, citing sources, that the organization was developing a plan to relocate the office. According to the publication, “the agency has secretly launched a plan to move its operations from Russia to Israel and remotely control the repatriation process.” It clarified that the agency's management cannot yet regulate its legal status, therefore, it is working on the creation of a remote appeal mechanism.

The Kremlin argued that the demand to liquidate the Jewish Agency was related to compliance with Russian law and had nothing to do with a possible brain drain. Prior to this, the Israeli channel «13Reshet» claimed that the requirement of the Ministry of Justice is connected with the departure of businessmen and scientists from Russia to Israel, because of which “the scientific and business potential of Russia is significantly reduced.”

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The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of the ship and missile depot in the port of Odessa

The Russian military attacked objects in the seaport of Odessa, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported.

As a result, a Ukrainian warship was destroyed on the territory of a shipyard, as well as a warehouse of Harpoon missiles.

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

The material is being supplemented.

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Israeli Prime Minister: Closing the Sokhnut agency in Russia will have serious consequences

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid held a meeting on the situation with the agency "Sohnut" in the Russian Federation. During the meeting, the Israeli prime minister noted that relations with Russia are important for his country, the office reported.

Meanwhile, Lapid said that the closure of the agency “Sohnut” in Russia will have serious consequences for relations between Israel and Russia.

«Sohnut» is engaged in repatriation to Israel and assistance to repatriates. Representative offices of the agency have been operating on the territory of the former USSR since 1989.

On July 21, the Ministry of Justice asked to liquidate the representative office of the agency in the Russian Federation.

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Zakharova answered Zelensky that they were destroyed in the port of Odessa

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In response to a statement by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, who called the shelling of the Odessa port barbaric, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova explained what exactly was liquidated there.

“Caliber missiles destroyed the military infrastructure of the Odessa port, sending a Ukrainian military boat to the address beloved by the Kyiv regime with a high-precision strike,” she specified in her TG channel.

Earlier, after the attack on the port of Odessa, the US State Department accused Russia of disrupting agreements on the export of Ukrainian grain.

The day before, an agreement was reached between Russia, Turkey, the UN and Ukraine to create opportunities for the export of grain from three ports. Including from Odessa.

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Trump says there are only two genders in the world

Former US President Donald Trump, speaking at a student conference in Florida, said that there are only two genders in the world: female and male.

"We believe in the existence of two genders — there are men and there are women. Two genders",– Trump said. These words were met with loud applause by the students.

Also, the former head of the White House said that the Republicans “will return the country back very soon.” According to him, since the end of his presidential term, the United States from “the strongest and most respected around the world” power has become in terms of "recognition and respect" in the world to "perhaps the weakest" country. “Nobody respects us anymore,” — added Trump.

According to analysts, in the election campaign, the Republicans intend to focus on the current state of the US economy and the racial and gender agenda.

Trump's words can also be regarded as a hint of participation in the presidential race in 2024.

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Stalin in Potsdam achieved his goal by pushing through the West: today they say “thank you”

The historian spoke about some episodes from the meeting of the leaders of the three powers in the summer of 1945

In these July days, 77 years ago, one of the most important political events of the 20th century took place – the Potsdam Conference. The leaders of the three victorious world powers that gathered there made decisions that determined the picture of the post-war world order for many decades. Some of the nuances associated with this long-standing summit meeting may now “sound” quite differently, sending “hints” that allow us to better assess what is happening in modern relations between Russia and the West.

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We talked with researcher-historian Boris Ivanishin about the lessons and “tails” of the Potsdam Conference that have reached our days.

– If we evaluate “according to the Hamburg account”, the main results of the negotiations between the leaders of the USSR, the USA and England in Potsdam in the summer of 1945 come down to several positions. Solving problems with defeated Germany, agreeing on the new borders of Poland, reaching a consensus on the issue of reparations, agreements adopted on the upcoming military operations of the allies against Japan … But after all, behind this “main” content there are many nuances that already then indicated not at all bright prospects for relations our country with its mighty Western “partners”…

There are quite a lot of such “nuances”. And many of them look very instructive now, in the current conditions of aggravated international tension, provoked in many respects by the USA and England.

Some events and discussions at the highest level in Potsdam seem to give a hint: what is the traditional style of behavior and methods of “persuading” our current main Western opponents, how to achieve the desired result in negotiations with them.

Of course, it would be too much to draw direct analogies, but some kind of “hint from the past” is quite possible. Let's just recall the individual episodes related to the meeting in Potsdam, and each MK reader can draw conclusions based on such facts and draw parallels with our current reality.

However, you can start with events dating back to the spring of 1945. On April 23, the new US President Truman met with the Soviet People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs Molotov, who arrived in America. The “Polish question”, which is extremely important for us, was discussed (the Craiova Army, so attractive to overseas “partners”, undertook active military and terrorist actions in the rear of the Red Army, the leadership of the USSR was very interested in neutralizing this dangerous force, which could eventually take power in neighboring Russia state). Truman immediately demonstrated a very tough position.

American “confidants” later recalled that the new owner of the White House had decided in advance that for the representatives of the Russian side the most convincing argument was “power”, and therefore the more assertive they were in dealing with them, the more pliable they would be. Therefore, starting a conversation with Molotov, the president immediately stated that the USSR should take into account Washington's arguments. They say that relations between our countries can no longer be built on the basis of “one-way traffic.” In response, the people's commissar said that the only acceptable way of cooperation is the equal treatment of the governments of the allied countries to each other, without the desire to impose their will. And in response I heard: “Follow our demands on Poland, and we will speak in a less rude manner.”

Molotov emphasized that the Soviet side understood the importance of the Polish question for the United States, but for the USSR the situation in the border state was vital. Reacting to this, Truman turned to outright “power pressure.” He stated that if the Soviet Union was so uncompromising, the US leadership might decide to reconsider the issue of providing economic assistance to the Russians.

Isn't this a threat of economic sanctions? But the hardest war, in which we were allies, was still going on!

Another “piquant” moment connected with the events preceding the Potsdam summit.

Two months before it began, Joseph Grew, then Acting Secretary of State, prepared a memorandum, the text of which declared the inevitability of war between the US and the USSR. In this regard, Grew argued, it is necessary that “American policy towards Soviet Russia immediately tighten on all lines.”

The facts mentioned help to understand how acute the diplomatic struggle unfolded between the main actors of the Potsdam Conference and what “stones in the bosom” were kept at the same time by its participants – representatives of the West. The former allied relations that had been established over 4 years of the war were already “bursting at the seams.” And this “crack” was “heard” during the discussion of literally every item of the conference program.

Reading her documents, one can notice the tactics of achieving their goals in negotiations with the Russians, which have been preserved from then to our time by American and British politicians.

Then, 77 years ago, the Soviet leadership managed to counteract it very effectively.

This was the case, for example, when discussing the fate of the essentially pro-fascist Franco regime in Spain. When Stalin declared that “it would be good to create conditions for the Spanish people to establish such a regime as they like,” Churchill began to object: “I am against the use of force in such cases. I believe that we should not interfere in the internal affairs of a state with which we differ in views … ”At the same time, Sir Winston hypocritically“ forgot ”how just a few months ago the British were in charge in Greece liberated from the Nazis,“ uprooting ”the local pro-communist People's -liberation army to prevent the “reds” from coming to power in the country.

The British Prime Minister was supported by the President of the United States. Both leaders feared that as a result of the overthrow of the Franco dictatorship, the left would come to power in the country. Stalin tried to explain that he did not mean a forceful solution of the problem on the part of the allied countries: “I do not propose military intervention, I do not propose to unleash a civil war there. I would only like the Spanish people to know that we, the leaders of democratic Europe, have a negative attitude towards the Franco regime … We have only to say that we do not sympathize with the Franco regime and consider the Spanish people's desire for democracy to be just, … and nothing from the Franco regime will remain.” But even such reasoning of the Soviet leader did not help change the position of his Western colleagues. As a result, the Spanish dictator was not “disturbed”, and he led the country for almost 30 more years.

Our Generalissimo had to make a lot of efforts and show real talent as a negotiator in order to succeed on another issue – the division between the winners of the German fleet.

At that time, almost all warships of the Third Reich were captured by the British and Americans. Stalin declared at the conference that these trophies should be divided fairly among the three victorious states.

Churchill responded by talking about the fact that the Nazi ships should be destroyed. This was followed by Stalin's immediate reaction: “The fleet must be divided. If Mr. Churchill prefers to sink the fleet, he can sink his share, I do not intend to sink my share.

The “master of the Kremlin” flared up further (and very wordy on the American and British sides) discussion with a very specific and rigidly formulated question: “I would like clarity to be made on the question of whether the Russians have the right to maritime and merchant fleet of Germany?”

Such a direct question demanded an equally direct answer. As a result, a decision was made that suited the Soviet side quite well.

At one of the first meetings in Potsdam, the leader of the USSR announced his intention to reconsider the borders of defeated Germany and annex part of East Prussia to Russia, and transfer some other territories to Poland.

Churchill immediately clung to the wording: “What does it mean now“ Germany “? Is it possible to understand it in the same sense as it was before the war?..”

Truman suggested: “Maybe we will still talk about Germany as it was in 1937?”

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Here is the answer to this from Iosif Vissarionovich: “Formally, it can be understood this way, in essence it is not so … I find it very difficult to say what Germany is now. This is a country that has no government, that has no definite borders, because the borders are not drawn up by our troops. Germany does not have any troops, including border troops, it is divided into occupation zones. So define what Germany is. This is a broken country…”

After a rather long, sometimes very tense discussion of the German territorial problem, the conference participants adopted precisely the Soviet version of the proposal to redraw the borders. In particular, the western border separating the German and Polish states was now supposed to pass along the Oder and Neisse rivers, and a significant part of East Prussia, which formed the current Kaliningrad region, went to the RSFSR.

There is one more point related to decisions taken at the Potsdam Conference, which eventually influenced the current situation.

The Allies agreed on the issue that the post-war border between Poland and the Soviet Union would pass in the same place where it was established in the autumn of 1939 as a result of the Red Army's campaign in Western Ukraine and Western Belarus. As a result, the USSR retained these rather impressive territories. However, some of this “territorial wealth” was “flawed”. At least it was in Western Ukraine that there were many nationalists – supporters of “independence”, who actively collaborated with the Nazis during the war years and continued the terrorist war against the “soviets”, against the “power of Muscovites” even after their collapse. This cruel, bloody epic stretched out for many years. It is from the western regions of Ukraine that waves of frenzied nationalism in our time have spread over it.

But imagine for a moment that then, in the summer of 1945, a different decision would have been made in Potsdam, and the main part of Western Ukraine would have gone to Poland. In this case, the atrocities of the Bandera detachments would turn out to be a problem not of the Union, but of a neighboring country, and the state border would reliably isolate the population living in Central and Eastern Ukraine from the influence of these “forest brothers”. Probably, then many of the events that covered independent Ukraine during the years of its existence after the collapse of the USSR would not have happened.

But the history of the subjunctive mood does not know. Stalin, having entered the battle of “diplomatic heavyweights” at the Potsdam Conference and seeking the acceptance of his demands and claims, of course, wanted to do the best for the Land of Soviets.

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Political scientist Kedmi predicted Zelensky the role of a “sacred victim”

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has become waste material for the West and no longer brings dividends. There are more and more problems from him, so the role of a “sacred victim” is best for him.

This was stated by Israeli political scientist Yakov Kedmi on the Solovyov Live TV channel.

“That is” liquidate it, write it off as “evil Putin”, who eliminates all his enemies. Although Zelensky cannot be considered an enemy, he is such a petty nonentity that there is nothing to consider him at all, — the expert noted.

The political scientist emphasized that Zelensky should be most afraid of his own environment. Those who put him in this place, who play him like a card, and those who benefit from his death.

Earlier, ex-deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ilya Kiva admitted that after the resignation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, world will begin the decline of the era of non-systemic, eccentric politicians. The politician admitted that he was waiting for a military coup and the death of Zelensky.

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Russian special operation in Ukraine: online broadcast on July 24

Events, politicians' statements, Defense Ministry reports

The Armed Forces of Ukraine dealt another blow in the area of ​​the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that Europe needs a new strategy in the Ukrainian conflict, aimed at peace. In the Zaporozhye region, a decree was signed on the creation of a commission that will hold a referendum on joining Russia. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the export of grain via the Black Sea will begin in the coming days. The US is ready to provide Ukraine with as many HIMARS as needed. Read online of the previous day of the special operation here.

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12:19 Chapter In Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov urged Ukrainians to “get rid of the Zelensky noodles of pseudo-patriotism” in order to avoid a declaration of war by Russia.

12:06State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said that the regions of the LPR would be assigned to the Russian deputies. People's deputies will receive voters in accordance with the concluded patronage agreements.

11:16 Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky Andriy Yermak announced the US intention to transfer 25-30 rocket systems to Kyiv salvo fire HIMARS and MLRS, spare parts and other equipment.

11:11Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that a Ukrainian military boat was destroyed by a Kalibr missile in the port of Odessa.

10:47 and Kherson regions. Rosgvardeytsy ensured the safety of nine humanitarian convoys of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation. 330 tons of food were distributed in settlements of Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. More than 45,000 civilians received food and basic necessities.

10:21“Gazprom” through Ukraine supplies gas in the volume confirmed by the Ukrainian side to the GIS “Sudzha”. As of July 24, this is 41.2 million cubic meters. Application for GIS “Sohranivka” was rejected. The data were reported by the official representative of “Gazprom” Sergey Kupriyanov.

9:45 Kyiv again shelled the area of ​​the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station in the Kherson region. There is damage to the bridge, the power plant itself was not damaged. The shelling was carried out from the American HIMARS MLRS.

9:24 Four foreigners who fought on the side of the Ukrainian military were killed in the Donbass in a week, Politico reports. These are Swedish citizen Edward Patrignani, Americans Luc “Skywalker” Lucishin and Brian Young, as well as Canadian Emile Antoine Roy-Sirois. They died as a result of shelling on July 18 near the village of Grigorievka. The data on two dead US citizens was confirmed by the US State Department.

9:00 Former US President Donald Trump said that the States continue to withdraw money from the country and help Ukraine, despite external debt of $35 trillion.

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Mercenaries in Ukraine suffered losses: Americans, a Swede, a Canadian were killed

Kyiv plugs holes with foreign fighters with experience of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan

As a result of the attack of Russian tanks in eastern Ukraine, another foreign mercenaries who fought on the side of Kyiv were killed – two US citizens, a Canadian and Swedish

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Two Americans, a Canadian citizen and a Swedish citizen, were killed this week when a Russian tank opened fire on them during hours of fighting in the Donbas, the commander of foreign mercenaries fighting for Ukraine confirmed exclusively to POLITICO.

Ruslan Miroshnichenko , a foreign fighter commander, said on Saturday that two US citizens, Luke “Skywalker” Luciszyn and Brian Young, were killed. He said they were killed along with Émile-Antoine Roy-Sirois of Canada and Edward Selander Patrignani of Sweden on July 18.

According to Miroshnichenko, the men were part of the special operations forces of the territorial defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Their unit is based near Seversk.

According to POLITICO, foreign fighters have been transferred to the village of Grigorovka, two miles northwest of Seversk. where they were tasked with taking up firing positions. However, at the end of the mission, the mercenaries were ambushed by Russian tanks, their commander says.

A State Department spokesman confirmed the deaths of two Americans on Friday, but did not name them. “We are in touch with families and provide all possible consular assistance. Out of respect for the families, we have nothing more to add at this difficult time,” a spokesman for the US Foreign Office told POLITICO.

Foreign fighters were sent to the Seversk region to reinforce Ukrainian troops and were deployed precisely because of their skills and experience, according to the situation report received by POLITICO.

To fulfill the task set by the Ukrainian command, a group of professionals with relevant experience in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was created. Two scouts checked the territory, they were supported by a machine-gun and grenade launcher group in case of a military clash and the need to cover the exit of the reconnaissance group. As the militants moved forward, the report said, “the cover group came under heavy mortar fire from enemy 120mm or larger artillery and cluster munitions.”

“Luke was wounded during the shelling. The rest of the group… provided appropriate first aid. Taking advantage of the break between shelling, it was decided to evacuate to the nearest shelter. During transportation, as a result of a direct hit by a tank shell, Brian, Edward, Emil, Luke received injuries incompatible with life,” the report says.

It is also noted that another militant named Finn “was wounded in the left arm and leg.” The other, named Oskar, “was hit multiple times [and] both moved independently to the extraction point.”

According to the report, Russian forces continued to bombard the group with heavy artillery “corrected by drones” for more than two hours. Only a few hours later the situation calmed down enough that the team was able to advance and pick up the bodies of foreign fighters.

According to Miroshnichenko, Luke “Skywalker” Lyutsyshyn, a Ukrainian-American born in 1991, worked as a police officer in the United States. “He had difficulty pronouncing his last name Lyutsishin,” he joked, “but he insisted on his Ukrainian roots: his grandmother emigrated from Ukraine to the United States after World War II.”

Miroshnichenko described Brian Young, born in 1971 , as an “American military man” who was wounded and transferred to the reserve. When the current conflict began, he decided to come to Ukraine because he “sworn to defend the free world.”

31-year-old Canadian Sirois, according to Miroshnichenko, was a paramedic with experience in the French Foreign Legion.

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And Swedish national Edward Selander Patrignani, born in 1994, was a reserve lieutenant, economist and philosopher who, according to Miroshnichenko, wanted to form a “platoon of Swedes.”

As POLITICO recalls, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced in March about the creation of the International Legion. Legion officials told POLITICO on Saturday that “thousands” of foreigners, including “hundreds” of Americans, have flocked to Ukraine to join its fight against Russian forces.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration has repeatedly warned US citizens against trips to Ukraine and urged all who are there to leave the country immediately.

At least three other Americans have died since Russia launched a special operation in Ukraine on February 24th. Two more US citizens, Alexander Dryuke and Andy Hyun, were captured by Russian troops during the fighting in the east of the Kharkiv region and are currently in custody in Donetsk, reminds POLITICO.

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Rushing to power, Liz Truss was going to expel refugees to Africa

UK Prime Minister Candidate Talks About Russia and Migrant Policy

UK Prime Minister Candidate Liz Truss Promises Tougher Refugee Policy If She Wins and protect Britain's borders. If she leads the government, she will send even more migrants to Africa, she said.

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Lise Truss vows to take a hard line on immigration if she wins the keys to 10 Downing Street, including expanding a scheme that sees migrants crossing the English Channel small boats can be sent to Rwanda, writes the Daily Mail.

In an interview on Sunday, the British foreign secretary, in an effort to secure an advantage over rival prime minister Rishi Sunak, promised to increase border guard personnel by 20 per cent and make deals (like the one she made with Rwanda to send refugees to “overexposure” 😉 with more countries.

Her pledges came after Rishi Sunak laid out his own ten-point plan to combat immigration, which he promised would be one of the “Five Essential Emergency Responses” he would take during his first 100 days. as prime minister.

Liz Truss called the “Rwandan” scheme to send migrants to Africa seeking asylum in the UK the “right policy”: “I am determined to bring it to full implementation, and also to explore other countries with which we can work in similar partnerships. This is right. I am also determined to make sure we have the right level of forces on our border. I am going to increase the border forces to provide adequate protection directly at the border.

The Foreign Minister promises that if she defeats her rival in the Conservative Party vote on September 5, she will increase the border troops from 9,000 to 10 800 people.

Liz Truss will also introduce an enhanced Bill of Rights to provide a “solid legal basis” for to fight illegal immigration: “I am determined to put an end to the terrible human trafficking we are seeing. I make sure everything gets done and I will work with my colleagues to make it an absolute priority. I understand that this is a priority for the people and we need to make sure our immigration system is fair and this illegal immigration that we are seeing across the channel is unfair and incredibly dangerous».

“The borders of Great Britain will be protected under my direction, – generously distributes campaign promises to Liz Truss, – and I will do my best to ensure that the deal with Rwanda is fully implemented, and will also consider other arrangements with other countries.

Her rival Rishi Sunak's plan includes new laws to tighten the definition of who is obtaining asylum, imposing a parliamentary annual limit on the number of refugees the UK accepts, and ending aid to countries that do not cooperate on the return of migrants.

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer also vowed to hold “the French accountable for stopping the boats”; with illegal migrants, putting an end to the “farce” using hotels to accommodate migrants. Rishi Sunak stated: “Our immigration system is broken and we have to be honest about it… Now the system is chaotic: law-abiding citizens see boats full of illegal immigrants coming from the safe country of France, and our sailors and coast guard seem to be powerless stop them. This must stop and if I become prime minister I will stop it.

The Rwandan government has admitted that it currently only has the capacity to take in 200 migrants from the UK, although spokeswoman Yolanda Makolo said that Rwandan officials will be able to “quickly scale up” and ready to “accept as much as the UK is willing to send.”

The UK paid Rwanda £120m up front as part of the deal.

Officers also confirmed that migrants are free to leave Rwanda upon arrival and can attempt to return to the UK.

More than 10,000 migrants arrived in the UK on small boats since the signing of the agreement in mid-April. In total, more than 15,000 people crossed the English Channel this year, almost double the number of arrivals by this time last year.

Last week, a report by Chief Border Inspector David Neal revealed that the Channel migrants who triggered alerts in security databases were allowed to disappear after arriving in the UK. Some of them were found to have arrived with firearms or other weapons. This message comes a month after the first scheduled flight to Rwanda for asylum seekers in the UK was blocked following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.

Lise Truss is not limited to refugees and migrants in her campaign rhetoric : “In all areas for which I am directly responsible, whether it is the imposition of the most severe sanctions on Russia, the solution of problems in Northern Ireland and the introduction of the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill in Parliament, whether it is the trade deals that I negotiated, I'm someone who gets things done and I'm ready to challenge the Whitehall orthodoxy, I'm ready to challenge the skeptics and doubters across the country.

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Boris Johnson plans last visit to Zelensky

Ukrainian president's 'biggest patron' wants to say goodbye to him in person

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is 'planning one last trip to Kyiv to visit Volodymyr Zelensky before he leaves 10 Downing Street in September. In a telephone conversation with Zelensky on Friday, the British politician stressed the UK's “endless determination” to support Ukraine.

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly planning a third trip to Ukraine before he leaves office to say goodbye to President Zelensky.

As the Daily Mail recalls, Boris Johnson is known as a “staunch supporter” of Ukraine and has earned its approval.

On Friday, Johnson had a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian ally Volodymyr Zelensky, who told the British prime minister that he had looked his last speech in Parliament last week and endorsed his farewell comment: “Hasta la vista, baby”.

According to one insider, Boris Johnson “feels the burden of responsibility for being [Zelensky’s] biggest backer. He can't just walk away and not make sure the world has his back. He hopes to see him again before he leaves office.”

The prime minister's spokesman declined to comment on “hypothetical trips to Ukraine” when asked about it on Thursday. Meanwhile, the other day Boris Johnson was spotted visiting Ukrainian troops who are being trained by British soldiers in North Yorkshire.

Speaking to Zelensky on Friday, Johnson said British support “will not waver” no matter who becomes Britain's next leader.

The prime minister also welcomed the news of the Ukrainian grain deal, hoping that the agreement would help avoid a global food crisis.

According to a Downing Street spokesman, “President Zelensky thanked the Prime Minister for his strong support for Ukraine and for the kind words in his latest address to Parliament. The Prime Minister spoke about the recent steps taken by the UK to increase the resistance to Ukraine, including the training of thousands of Ukrainian troops in the UK. The UK is working to scale up these training activities, including by bringing in international partners. President Zelensky said that the military support provided by the UK and other countries really makes a difference in the conflict.”

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Hungarian Prime Minister called the condition for ending the conflict in Ukraine

Viktor Orban admitted the failure of Western sanctions against Russia and called for a new strategy

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says that Western sanctions against Russia have failed and there is no peace in Ukraine chances if the US does not negotiate with Moscow. According to the head of the Hungarian government, instead of sanctions, the EU needs a new strategy focused on a peaceful settlement.

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, described by the British Daily Mail as “pro-Putin”, said that the conflict in Ukraine would end only when peace talks were held between Russia and America.

According to Viktor Orban, sanctions did not work against Moscow and that the European Union needs a new strategy to end the Ukrainian conflict.

“A new strategy is needed that should focus on peace negotiations and develop a good peace proposal,” Orban urged in his speech .

Although Hungary is a member of NATO, Orban, according to the Daily Mail, maintained a close relationship with Vladimir Putin throughout the conflict in Ukraine and constantly advocated a softer stance from the West towards Russia.

Viktor Orban also confirmed that Hungary will not be involved in an armed conflict in neighboring Ukraine.

Until now, Budapest has not supported an EU embargo or restriction on Russian gas imports, as this would undermine the Hungarian economy, which is approximately 85% dependent on Russian gas imports .

In his speech, Viktor Orban said that the Western strategy towards Ukraine is built on four pillars: Ukraine can win the confrontation with Russia with the help of NATO weapons, sanctions will weaken Russia and destabilize its leadership, sanctions will hurt Russia more than Europe, and that the world will line up in turn to support Europe.

Orban claims that this strategy has failed as governments in Europe are falling “like dominoes”, energy prices have skyrocketed and a new strategy is needed now.

“We are sitting in a car with all four tires punctured,” Orban said, adding that Ukraine will never win a conflict in this way “simply because the Russian army has an asymmetrical superiority.”

At the same time, Orban said there was no chance for peace talks between Russia and Ukraine. As Moscow wants security guarantees, he said, the conflict “can only be ended by peace talks between Russia and America.”

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Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled Donetsk with incendiary shells

The main goal is to cause a massive fire in the city

A video of the night shelling of Donetsk has appeared on the Web. It shows that streams of sparkling fire pour out onto the cities. As a military expert, editor of the Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine Oleksiy Leonkov told MK, this time the Armed Forces of Ukraine used 9M27S Abrikos cluster incendiary munitions from the Uragan multiple launch rocket system in the city.

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As confirmed by the people's militia of the DPR, the Armed Forces of Ukraine used incendiary ammunition on the residential area of ​​Donetsk.

According to Leonkov, the caliber of rockets “Hurricane” — 220 mm. The incendiary warhead is marked 9H128S. These shells  designed to destroy people and equipment with the fire of a mass fire.  

At a given height, incendiary combat elements are released. Their fall can cause a fire over a large area. The temperature of the burning fire mixture — about a thousand degrees Celsius.

“Hurricane” — still a Soviet development. Ukraine got them after the collapse of the USSR from the warehouses of the Odessa, Kyiv and Transcarpathian military districts.

Maximum firing range — 35 km. Considering that the demarcation line runs a few kilometers from the suburbs of Donetsk, this range is enough to shell residential areas of Donetsk from Avdiivka, Novomikhailovka and other settlements that are still under the control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

In the recommendations on the use of incendiary shells indicate that there should be no rain in the area of ​​impact for ten days. At the same time, the wind must be directed towards the enemy so that the fiery shaft of the fire does not turn to its own positions.

According to weather forecasters, dry hot weather will be in the Donbas in the coming days. And this for sure is taken into account by Ukrainian artillerymen, covering the cities of Donbass with incendiary shells. The cardinal solution to this problem — move the demarcation line as far as possible.

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Named the reasons for the irritation of the White House by Erdogan: “Headache”

The Biden administration has been infuriated not only by the cadres of the NATO leader with colleagues from Russia and Iran

Despite helping to achieve a deal to export Ukrainian grain, Turkish President Erdogan remains a headache for Biden, alarming US officials on other fronts. This also applies to relations with Russia and Iran, and events in Syria, and the situation within NATO.

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When Russia and Ukraine reached an agreement on Friday to unblock Ukrainian grain exports, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan played the role of a benevolent statesman, writes The New York Times.

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Sitting next to the Secretary General of the United Nations in an Ottoman palace in Istanbul, Erdoğan said the deal Turkey helped broker would benefit “all mankind.”

The Biden administration has welcomed the agreement, which could ease the global food crisis exacerbated by the conflict in Ukraine and the blockade of its ports. And while a White House spokesman has praised Erdogan for his efforts, in private the Turkish president remains a major annoyance to Biden administration officials.

Days before presiding over the grain deal, the Turkish autocrat, as The New York Times calls him, again warned that he could veto NATO plans to admit Sweden and Finland into its ranks in the coming months, which would the awkward position of the North Atlantic Alliance and the Biden administration while they work against Russia. And the US Congress this month expressed misgivings about Joe Biden's pledge at the NATO summit in Madrid last month to sell dozens of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey.

On Tuesday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan traveled to Tehran for meetings with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The footage of America's two main rivals, along with Erdogan, the leader of the NATO nation, runs counter to the Western narrative of “deeply isolated” countries, analysts say. Tehran and Moscow.

Then on Friday, a White House spokesman reiterated US concerns about Ankara's threats to launch a new invasion of northern Syria against US-backed Kurdish fighters whom Turkey considers terrorists.

In aggregate, The New York Times continues, the actions Erdogan — and Joe Biden's limited ability to contain them — underscore the Turkish leader's unique position as a military ally that is often at odds with the agenda of his Western allies. For US officials, this is often a maddening role.

“Erdogan — this is, in fact, Joe Manchin from NATO, — said Elizabeth Shackelford, a former Foreign Service official, referring to the conservative Democratic senator from West Virginia who stymied Biden in domestic politics. – He is in our team, but then he does things that are clearly not good for our team. And I just don't see it changing.

But Biden administration officials say writing off Erdogan entirely would be doomed to failure. The position of his country, located at the crossroads of East and West, is of strategic importance and allows him to be an interlocutor with even more problematic neighbors — as evidenced by the grain deal that created a demilitarized corridor across the Black Sea for Ukraine's agricultural exports.

A senior US official said Erdogan's problematic behavior was largely due to his political weakness in Turkey, where inflation rose to nearly 80 percent last month. Hoping to divert attention from his runaway economy, Erdogan turned to outright displays of nationalism and demagogy about the threat posed by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Kurdish groups in Syria.

Major NATO initiatives, such as the proposed expansion of the alliance from 30 members at the expense of Sweden and Finland, require the unanimous consent of all the countries included in the bloc. In May, Mr. Biden said he hoped the two northern European countries could “quickly” join the alliance, which will be a serious strategic blow for Russia.

But, The New York Times recalls, Erdogan raised objections, complaining that both potential new NATO members provided political and financial support to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which the United States has designated as a terrorist organization. US and NATO officials are concerned that the planned expansion of the North Atlantic Alliance could fail in what would be a major propaganda victory for the Russian leadership.

NATO leaders breathed a sigh of relief at their summit last month when Erdogan reached an agreement with the leaders of Sweden and Finland, who pledged to act against terrorist organizations and join extradition agreements with Turkey, which wants to prosecute PKK members living in those countries.

Biden looked particularly grateful for the breakthrough. “I want to especially thank you for what you have done to settle the situation regarding Finland and Sweden,” — he told the Turkish president in the presence of journalists.

The two-page agreement broadly stated that Sweden and Finland would consider “Turkey's pending requests for the deportation or extradition of terrorist suspects promptly and thoroughly.”

But Turkish officials said they were expecting more than 70 people to be extradited. It remains unclear whether Stockholm and Helsinki will agree to these demands and how Erdogan will react if they do not agree.

Last Monday, Erdogan warned that he could still “freeze” NATO expansion if its demands are not met.

John Biden also told Erdogan in Spain that he supported the sale of 40 American F-16 fighter jets that Ankara requested last fall, along with technological upgrades to dozens of fighter jets the Turks already own. Turkey needs the jets in part because the Trump administration canceled plans to sell the country advanced F-35 fighter jets in 2019 after Erdogan, in one of his most baffling recent moves, according to The New York Times, bought a Russian anti-aircraft gun. – the S-400 missile system, despite US protests.

Biden denied offering the planes to buy Erdogan's support for NATO expansion. “And there was no quid pro quo; we just had to sell, — he said. – But I need Congressional approval for that, and I think we can get it.

Congressional approval may not be a given, The New York Times notes. And it's not clear whether Erdogan will be able to block the proposed NATO expansion until he reaches an agreement on the F-16 aircraft.

This month, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to the annual military policy bill requiring President Biden to certify that any sale of fighter jets is in America's vital national interest and that Turkey will not use the jets to violate Greek airspace in the Aegean.

Rep. Chris Pappas, Democrat of New Hampshire and author of the amendment, also referred to Turkey's purchase of a Russian missile system and its ambiguous stance on the conflict in Ukraine. Erdogan called the Russian special operation “unacceptable”, but did not join the sanctions imposed by the US and its allies against Russia.

“Turkey played on both sides of the barricades in Ukraine, — said Congressman Pappas. – They have not proved to be the reliable ally we could count on. I think the Biden administration needs to take a tougher stance.

Once the White House formally asks Congress to approve the sale of the planes, President Biden will need the support of other powerful members who have been highly critical of Erdogan, including Democratic Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez.

Senator Menendez previously asked whether Turkey is a member of NATO at all. And at a hearing last month on the proposed expansion of the North Atlantic alliance, he said that the actions of Ankara, “standing in the way of this process, serve only the interests of Putin.”

Menendez also issued a statement last month along with fellow Republican on the Committee on Foreign Relations Senator Jim Rish. He sternly warned Erdogan against the threat of an invasion of northern Syria. In a statement, US lawmakers said a potential Turkish invasion would have “catastrophic consequences,” threatening local operations against Islamic State remnants. (ISIS – a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation. «MK») and exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

A Pentagon spokesman recently joined the American warnings. “We strongly oppose any Turkish operation in northern Syria and have made our objections clear to Turkey,” — Dana Strowl, deputy assistant secretary of defense, told the Washington Institute for Near East Policy this month.

Some of Mr. Erdogan's harshest critics warn of an endless cycle in which the Turkish leader wrests concessions from the United States and other allies on NATO, such as new fighter jets and a harder line on Kurdish militias, only to tighten their demands for the future.

"These dances around the F-16 — it's jet fighter diplomacy and it's a mask for what's really going on here — says Mark Wallace, founder of the Turkish Democracy Project, a group that has been highly critical of Erdogan. – Good ally — all the more a good NATO ally — does not use blackmail to get what he wants at key moments in the history of the alliance.

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Spectator: Burbock played into Putin’s hands in the Nord Stream situation

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By asking Canada to return the turbine for Nord Stream, German Foreign Minister Annalene Burbock played into the president's hands Russia to Vladimir Putin. The diplomat acknowledged that Germany would stop supporting Ukraine in the event of a gas shortage.

Spectator journalist Katya Hoyer came to this conclusion. She said that Burbock confirmed the reasons why she urged Ottawa to return the equipment. The minister said that otherwise Berlin would not receive gas and instead of helping Ukraine, it would have to deal with major social unrest.

According to Katya Hoyer, the authorities are terrified of an impending energy crisis.

“Germany is still visibly nervous: it is not clear whether it will have enough gas to survive the winter,” the article says.

Earlier, Annalena Burbock, in response to accusations, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland spoke about the difficulties with circular supplies of tanks to Ukraine, previously promised to Warsaw.

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Kadyrov announced the compulsion of Russia to start a full-scale war in Europe

Iskander missile system. video frame, source: social networks

Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov pointed out in his telegram channel that Europe is pursuing the goal of forcing the Russian Federation to start a full-scale war.

According to him, “Europe, with its statements and military support” wants “force Russia to switch from a special operation to a full-scale war using all types of weapons along the entire front line.”

Kadyrov also wrote that NATO countries are “naive”, assuming that a possible war would weaken Russia. The head of Chechnya stressed that Russia “throughout its history” was ready for any military action.

At the same time, he turned to the Ukrainians: “It will suit us if Russia is confronted by NATO helmets, but your fathers will be sent instead , husbands, brothers and sons.”

According to Kadyrov, it is precisely the Ukrainians who can prevent the war, who, in his opinion, should “remove the Zelensky noodles of pseudo-patriotism from their ears” and change the government that pushes his citizens to an allegedly heroic death.

The politician also said that Western aid that comes to Ukraine ends up in the pockets of the Kyiv authorities and still does not lead to the results expected by the West.

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Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation: a warship of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and a warehouse of Harpoon missiles were destroyed in Odessa

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A Ukrainian warship and a warehouse of US-supplied Harpoon anti-ship missiles were destroyed by sea-based high-precision long-range missiles in the dock of the port of Odessa.

The Russian Ministry of Defense also reported that the production facilities of an enterprise in Odessa were disabled on the repair and modernization of the ship structure of the Ukrainian Navy.

The Russian Aerospace Forces hit the military warehouses of the 28th mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the 123rd territorial defense brigade on the territory of a diesel locomotive repair plant in Nikolaev. Over 3,000 munitions and more than 50 Ukrainian soldiers were destroyed.

Aviation equipment was hit by sea- and air-based missiles at the Kanatovo military airfield in the Kirovograd region.

In a day, Russian air defenses destroyed five Ukrainian drones and 10 HIMARS missiles.

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The Russian military destroyed 70% of the personnel of two battalions of the 10th brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

video frame, source: social networks mountain assault brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donetsk People's Republic.

This was reported on Sunday in the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

It is noted that as a result of these strikes, more than 70% of the personnel of the battalions were destroyed.

The 108th and 109th battalions of the 10th Mountain Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were located in the area of ​​​​the settlement of Verkhnekamenskoye DPR, the Russian defense department noted.

They also reported that in the DPR Russian military aviation destroyed two units of the Ukrainian military and two M777 howitzers.

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The former director of the CIA laughed at the question of Washington’s interference in the elections of other countries

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Former CIA director James Woolsey has publicly admitted that Washington interferes in elections in other countries.

On Fox News, Woolsey said that the United States has been interfering in the internal affairs of other states since 1947. He cited Greece and Italy as historical examples. When asked what is currently — the former director of the CIA just  laughed.

Earlier, the former national security adviser to the President of the United States, John Bolton, publicly admitted that the American government around the world is organizing coup d'état.

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The West was alarmed by the activity of Russia in Africa against the backdrop of the Ukrainian conflict

Sergey Lavrov went on an important tour of the Black Continent

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov went on a tour of African countries. The activity of Russian diplomacy in the African direction causes serious concern in the West, which sees a threat to its plans to arrange total isolation of Russia on the world stage.

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“President of Russia Vladimir Putin positions himself as the leader of a global movement rebelling against the dominance of the United States and its allies,” – writes The New York Times in connection with the start of Minister Sergey Lavrov's visit to the Black Continent.

According to the American edition, the Russian Foreign Minister made it clear that he would use this trip to try to blame food shortages in African countries to the West and present Russia as a true ally of the continent.

“We know that African colleagues do not approve of the overt attempts by the United States and its European satellites to gain the upper hand and impose a unipolar world order on the international community,” — The New York Times quotes an article by Lavrov published in newspapers in the four countries he planned to visit (Egypt, Ethiopia, Uganda and the Republic of the Congo).

In Egypt, Lavrov was scheduled to meet with officials in Cairo, who are trying to link deep ties with Russia to a close relationship, and with the United States, which, along with other Western powers, is seeking to isolate Russia with tough sanctions after the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine, Reuters reports.

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Egypt has important strategic and economic ties with Russia, which in recent years has been a key source of wheat, weapons and — before the Ukrainian conflict, which complicated travel — tourists, reminds Reuters. This week, the Russian state energy corporation Rosatom began construction of Egypt's first nuclear power plant, the largest bilateral project with Cairo since the completion of the Aswan Dam on the Nile in 1970.

According to diplomats, close Russian-Egyptian ties have caused discontent among Western states, a group of which before the visit Lavrova appealed to the Egyptian government and the League of Arab States demanding “not to play along with the Russian version of events in Ukraine.”

At the same time, as Reuters notes, the West's position on the Ukrainian conflict has received limited support in the Arab world and Africa, where governments are receptive to non-Western alternatives, H.A. Hellyer of the Royal United Services Institute. Egypt “realizes that the world is becoming more and more multipolar, and it does not want to limit itself to relationships that put the West above everything,” — said an expert from a British think tank.

Political scientist Jamal Shakra said Lavrov's visit to Egypt was in line with an “open-minded position” Cairo on the Ukrainian-Russian conflict. The expert expects Lavrov to use this visit to clarify Russia's views on the situation and to attract allies outside the West.

According to Arab News, the Russian Foreign Minister's African tour follows US President Joe Biden's first visit to the Middle East, during which the head of the White House visited Israel, the Palestinian territories and Saudi Arabia. In this regard, a member of the Egyptian Foreign Affairs Council, Hussein Haridi, said that Lavrov's visit “is not a response” Biden, because in this case, Russia is pursuing its interests in Africa, and not in the Middle East. Haridi added that Moscow has a “big presence in the region” and that Arab and African countries are seeking to strengthen relations with Moscow but will avoid becoming involved in the conflict in Ukraine. A former Egyptian diplomat said that the course of Egyptian-Russian bilateral relations is “completely independent” from Ukrainian events.

After meeting with Arab League officials in Cairo, the Russian minister will travel to Ethiopia and Uganda, two countries whose relations with the West have soured, according to Reuters, as well as the Republic of the Congo.

In Africa, Russia has found opportunities to regain its influence by offering security assistance on lower terms than the West and political cover from Western criticism, says Theodore Murphy, Director for Africa at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

One of the countries with which Moscow established ties was the second most populous country in Africa – Ethiopia, with which Western relations deteriorated after conflict erupted in the northern Tigray region in 2020, causing the European Union to suspend budget support and the United States to suspend a trade deal that gives Ethiopia preferential terms of market access.

Relations between oil-rich Uganda and the West have also soured over allegations against Kampala of human rights abuses by state security forces, electoral violence and rampant corruption, Reuters notes.

Governments in Africa and the Middle East found themselves between Russia and the West since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, facing pressure from the West to express disapproval of the Russian special operation, while trying to maintain access to Russian grain and other export goods.

US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Mike Hammer is also set to visit the region on Sunday, traveling to Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Ethiopia for diplomatic talks, The New York Times notes.

For months, the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union sharply blamed Russia for cutting off the supply of Ukrainian grain to the world through the Black Sea, blaming Moscow for the global food shortage.

On Friday, Russia agreed to a deal brokered by the UN and Turkey that would allow Ukraine to export its grain.

Public opinion in African countries seems to be swinging between support for Ukraine and sympathy for Russia's justification of its special operation.

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While not many African leaders have publicly supported Russia, no African country has joined the US or European sanctions against Moscow, The New York Times admits.

This balance became clear last month when the head of the African Union, Senegalese President Macky Sall, met with Vladimir Putin. The Senegalese president has asked his Russian counterpart to release blocked Ukrainian grain, but he also echoed Moscow's argument that Western sanctions have exacerbated the food crisis and explicitly called for the lifting of restrictions on Russian wheat and fertilizer exports.

While the sanctions don't really apply to these goods, shipping companies, insurers, banks and other businesses are nonetheless reluctant to do business with Russia for fear of breaking rules or damaging their reputation, according to The New York Times.

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In his article, Minister Lavrov praised African leaders for resisting Western pressure to join the sanctions against Russia. “Such an independent path deserves deep respect,” — wrote the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Commenting on Moscow's activity in Africa, The New York Times claims that for President Putin, “the idea that Russia is leading a worldwide uprising against Western hegemony has become the basis of his appeal to world public opinion.” in the context of the current crisis. He, continues the American edition, has repeatedly described the United States and its allies as a “golden billion”, which lives well at the expense of everyone else.

“Why should this golden billion, which is only a part of the world's population, dominate all the rest and impose its own rules of conduct based on the illusion of exclusivity? — said the Russian leader on Wednesday at a forum in Moscow. – He mostly accomplished this by plundering other peoples in Asia and Africa.

As Muriti Mutiga, director of the Africa program for the International Crisis Group, says Russia has several advantages as it seeks to win the hearts and minds of the continent: the network elites who studied in the Soviet Union, “enduring loyalty” groups it has supported in the fight against apartheid in South Africa and in supplying weapons to many African governments.

“However, Moscow will be disappointed if it expects other African governments to offer its full support , — Mutiga thinks. – The overwhelming instinct of the authorities on the continent — remain non-aligned and stay away from confrontation between Russia and the West.

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