Cosmonaut Anna Kikina will leave on the American ship Crew Dragon to the International Space Station at the end of September, according to the Telegram channel of Roscosmos.
As recalled by the state corporation, on Thursday NASA announced that the launch of the Crew Dragon spacecraft of the Crew-5 mission, the crew of which includes Russian woman Anna Kikina, is planned no earlier than September 29, 2022.
“Anna Kikina will go to the ISS no earlier than the end of September”, &ndash ; clarified in “Roscosmos”.
Before, Anna Kikina was recognized as fit for space flight at a meeting of the Main Medical Commission, the cosmonaut will continue to prepare for the 68th expedition to the ISS.
Kikina may become the first representative of Russia to fly into space on an American apparatus.
Meanwhile, Roskosmos and NASA signed an agreement on cross-flights of cosmonauts on American ships and astronauts on Russian Soyuz to the ISS.
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Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemiev and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti completed a spacewalk that lasted more than seven hours, according to the Roscosmos Telegram channel.
“The cosmonaut and the astronaut completed a joint spacewalk under the Russian program”, – follows from the message.
Extravehicular activity began on Thursday at 17:52 Moscow time, the exit hatch of the Poisk module was closed at 00:54 Moscow time. For Artemyev it was the sixth spacewalk in his career, and for Cristoforetti – the first.
During this time, specialists manually launched eight YuZGU-55 nanosatellites; and two Tsiolkovsky-Ryazan nanosatellites, as well as carried out a number of other technical works, including switching the external EMMI control panel of the ERA manipulator into storage mode and installing an adapter for the ERA manipulator on Poisk.
Thus, the cosmonaut and astronaut set a new world record for the number of small spacecraft launched during one spacewalk.
It is worth recalling that the Russians have not gone outside the ISS for the past 13 years together with foreigners.
Earlier in "Roskosmos" announced the timing of the flight of Anna Kikina to the International Space Station on the American ship Crew Dragon.
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The law on silence prohibits noisy entertainment from 22:00 to 7:00 in the morning, violators who are caught “in the act” face a fine of up to 3,000 rubles. About this in an interview with the agency «Prime» lawyer Elena Kuderko said.
According to the lawyer, in the event of a complaint from neighbors received by the district police officer or by calling 112, a squad should arrive at the scene of events and draw up a protocol on an administrative violation.
If the noise is accompanied by the consumption of alcoholic beverages or smoking, then reports will be drawn up for these violations.
“The perpetrators face a fine of 500 to 3,000 rubles and 500 to 1,500 rubles, respectively.” , – Kuderko clarified.
The expert drew attention to the fact that damage to common house property, for example, flower beds and green spaces, is also fraught with a fine and compensation for the cost of the damage caused.
At the same time, to fix systematic violations, the specialist advises to apply to the administration, the management company or the police station, they will include a noisy place in the patrol route after 22:00. Then all violations will be recorded automatically, without calling law enforcement agencies.
It became known earlier how to collect compensation from smoking neighbors.
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The American company SpaceX canceled the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket 46 seconds before launch, the reasons for the cancellation of the launch were not disclosed.
It is planned that the rocket will be launched tomorrow and will put 46 mini- satellites of the orbital constellation of the global Internet coverage of the Starlink system.
The launch is planned to be carried out from the Vandenberg US Space Force base in California. The reusable first stage of the rocket will be used for the fourth time.
The stage is expected to smoothly descend on the automatic offshore platform Of Course I Still Love You (“Of course I still love you”) in the Pacific Ocean .
This will be the 53rd launch of a group of Internet satellites into orbit as part of the Starlink project. In total SpaceX is going to deploy 11,000 Starlink satellites in orbit. The total cost of the project is estimated at ten billion dollars.
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A Moscow specialist flew in to save a polar bear in the north of the Krasnoyarsk Territory because of the high risk to the health of the animal. Veterinarian Yevgeny Tsyplenkov spoke about this in an interview with the NTV channel.
Tsyplenkov emphasized that zoo veterinarians are taught to euthanize wild animals.
“The whole point is not even in the operation, but in competently done at a distance anesthesia. After all, one mistake can cost the life of either an animal or a person,” – he explained.
The expert also expressed hope that everything would be fine with the she-bear soon.
Recall that the she-bear earlier independently went out to people from the village of Dikson, she had a can of condensed milk stuck in her mouth, because of which she could not eat normally. Specialists from the Moscow Zoo went to her aid. On Thursday, within ten minutes, they were able to immobilize the animal and then remove the ill-fated jar from the animal's mouth. Doctors also treated cuts on the predator's tongue.
The condition of the she-bear rescued in the Krasnoyarsk Territory is stable, the veterinarians decided to call her Monetochka. After the rescue operation, the animal was loaded onto a helicopter and sent for rehabilitation away from the settlement.
At the same time, veterinarians have little concerns now, since it is not known how the animal will endure anesthesia, so at first the veterinarian will be nearby and monitor the status of the Coin. A supply of fish has already been prepared for the predator, because the she-bear is not yet able to hunt on her own due to exhaustion.
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Attack aircraft A-10 “Warthog”
The United States may abandon the Cold War A-10 Warthog (“Warthog”) attack aircraft and transfer them to Ukraine, US Secretary of the Air Force Frank Candell said at the Aspen Institute Security Forum, broadcast of his speech was broadcast on YouTube- organization channel.
The forum moderator first asked Candell what “obsolete” military equipment could be abandoned by the US Air Force. Candell replied that they could be “venerable” A-10. “This isn't really the kind of system we'll need against the opponents we're most concerned about right now,” — the minister noted. Later, he clarified that there is support from Congress regarding the abandonment of some obsolete systems (which ones, Candell did not specify).
Then the moderator asked him, “why not transfer these A-10s to Ukraine.” Candell did not answer the question directly, pointing out that the transfer of weapons and equipment is “largely” depends on the interests of Ukraine. At the same time, the minister noted that there are a number of different options for military support for Kyiv, including the possibility of giving away “older systems to the United States.” “We will be open to discussing with them their requirements and how we can satisfy them,” — added by Candell.
The A-10 Warthog is a single-seat, twin-engine attack aircraft that is capable of providing air support to ground forces, hitting tanks, armored vehicles and other ground targets. It has been in service with the US Air Force since 1976.
Since the beginning of the special operation, the West has been providing military assistance to Kyiv, but there has never been an aviation supply, despite the requests of the Ukrainian side. CNN reported that in March, Kyiv asked for Su-25 attack aircraft “similar to the American version of the A-10 Warthog” to be handed over to him. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said in early July that “no one expects this or that aviation any more.” from the partners of the country.
Nevertheless, various Western politicians did not rule out the supply of aircraft to Kyiv. At the same forum, US Air Force Chief of Staff Charles Brown Jr. admitted that Ukraine could receive American, French or Swedish fighters such as the Gripen, Eurofighter or Rafale. Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger said in early July that Bratislava could provide Kyiv with MiG-29 fighters, but in return it wants American F-16 fighters.
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According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, 260 Ukrainian planes and 144 helicopters have been destroyed since the beginning of the special operation. The Kremlin noted that the supply of Western weapons will not prevent Russia from achieving the goals of the special operation in Ukraine.
The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the unrecognized republic said that “the vector of Pridnestrovie is unchanged” – to achieve recognition of independence and joining Russia. Moldova expressed hope for a settlement of the conflict and joint accession to the EU “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Transnistria announced the plans of the republic to become part of Russia” />
Foreign Minister of the unrecognized Transnistria Vitaly Ignatiev told RIA Novosti that Tiraspol intends to seek independence with subsequent accession to Russia.
According to Ignatiev, “the vector of Pridnestrovie has remained unchanged throughout the years of the republic's existence”, which is reflected in the results of the referendum of September 2006: then, according to the Pridnestrovian Central Election Commission, 97% of the participants voted for the independence of the republic and joining Russia.
Ignatiev added that the authorities of Transnistria will act “pragmatically and honestly” and will not make decisions “to the detriment of the country's half-million people.”
In early May, the head of Transnistria, Vadim Krasnoselsky, said that the republic should be recognized not by military means, but by peaceful means, “at the negotiating table, in dialogue.” He noted that no one needs an armed conflict, the inhabitants of Transnistria “know what war is and value peace.” A few days earlier, several objects were attacked in the PMR, including the headquarters of the Ministry of State Security of the republic, local authorities introduced a red level of terrorist threat.
At the same time, Moldovan President Maia Sandu expressed hope that the country would be able to resolve the conflict with Transnistria and join the European Union together with the republic (Moldova received the status of a candidate member of the EU on June 23). Sandu also called on Russia to withdraw troops from the region following the PACE decision that recognized the area as “Russian-occupied”. In addition, the conflict on the territory of Transnistria in 1992 was considered by PACE to be “an act of military aggression”; Russia vs Moldova. About a thousand Russian peacekeepers are in Transnistria as part of the Operational Group of Russian Forces (OGRF). The Russian Foreign Ministry called the PACE wording “unacceptable”.
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Russia has expanded the first list of unfriendly countries with restrictions on embassies This is the 2021 list, which involves restrictions on embassies in response to unfriendly actions. In 2022, another list of unfriendly countries was created related to Russia's financial obligations to them
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The government expanded the list of countries that commit unfriendly actions against Russian diplomats.
Greece, Denmark, Slovenia, Croatia and Slovakia got there. They will be limited in their ability to hire employees in embassies, consulates and government offices located in Russia.
“Greece has a limit of 34 people, Denmark— 20, for Slovakia— 16»,— the message says. Slovenia and Croatia will be banned from hiring employees.
In April 2021, Vladimir Putin signed a decree “on the application of measures to influence (counter) unfriendly actions of foreign states”, restricting hiring in diplomatic missions of countries unfriendly to Russia. In May of the same year, the United States and the Czech Republic were included in the list. The Czech Republic was allowed to enter into employment contracts with only 19 individuals in Russia, the United States— with no one.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that Moscow would not indiscriminately include any country on this list, such decisions would be made on the basis of an analysis of the situation and the study of opportunities to deal with the country in an alternative way.
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Vacations of deputies should be reduced to a minimum of 28 calendar days instead of the prescribed 42, Volodin believes. He advised taking an example from Putin, who is “always at work”, and stated that “politicians don’t have vacations”
Vacations of officials and deputies of the State Duma should be reduced taking into account the current situation, said the chairman of the lower house of parliament Vyacheslav Volodin, his words are quoted by the press service.
“It would be right, given the challenges of the time, the responsibility that deputies and officials take on, to reduce their vacations to the minimum required by the Labor Code,” — he said.
Switzerland has developed a plan to save electricity and gas, which at the first stage includes calls for saving resources. If this does not help, more stringent measures will be taken, up to blackouts for 4–8 hours
The Swiss government, together with industrial companies, has been working for several months on a plan that should help the country cope with the crisis energy consumption, according to the Basler Zeitung.
According to the director of the Association of Swiss Electricity Companies (VSE), Michael Frank, in the event of a shortage of electricity, the government will put this plan into action and set the appropriate tasks for industry, the electric power industry and business.
The plan includes several steps, from calls for energy austerity, such as turning off shop window lights or heaters, to rationing electricity consumption quotas for about 30,000 large energy consumers.
If these measures are not enough, the fourth The stage of the plan provides for the possibility of power outages in certain areas of the country for 4-8 hours a day.
A four-stage plan has also been developed to save gas nationwide, writes Basler Zeitung. Government experts estimate that calls for austerity of this resource in the first stage will help reduce its consumption by 5%. The second stage provides for the transition of enterprises to oil products instead of gas, where possible. The government estimates the cumulative effect of these measures on reducing consumption at 20%.
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As the newspaper explains, citing data from the Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, Switzerland is now fully provided with electricity: maintenance work on Nord Stream 1; do not affect Switzerland, and the gas reservoirs intended for electricity generation are full. Whether the plan to save electricity and gas will be implemented depends on whether Russia will supply gas to Europe and in what volume.
Germany suspended the certification of Nord Stream 2 after the Russian authorities recognized the independence of the DNR and LNR. The pipeline, completed in the fall of 2021, had to obtain permits from German and European regulators before launch.
The day after the suspension of the gas pipeline certification process, the United States imposed sanctions against the operator of the Nord Stream 2 AG project, registered in Switzerland, and company officials. The executive director of the operating company, Matthias Warnig, was included in the SDN sanctions list, which provides for the blocking of assets and isolation from the dollar system.
Both strings of another gas pipeline— “Nord Stream-1” — stopped on July 11 for scheduled maintenance. The project operator Nord Stream AG noted that “the schedule and work plan were agreed in advance with the partners.”
Financial Times wrote that Berlin fears that by closing the Nord Stream for two weeks for maintenance, Moscow may subsequently cut off supplies entirely. According to members of the German government, Germany will face a gas shortage in the winter if it is left without Russian gas, Bild reported. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that Russia strictly fulfills its obligations and “is very, very careful about its reputation, the reputation of a responsible supplier.” On July 21, Russia resumed pumping gas through Nord Stream 1.
HIMARS Multiple Launch Rocket System
Ukrainian troops shelled the village of Khoroshee in the Lugansk People's Republic from the HIMARS multiple launch rocket system, the republic's representative office in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) reported on Telegram.
The shelling took place around 3:00 local time (coincides with Moscow time), three rockets were fired at the village.
Information about the victims and damage is being specified, said the official representative of the People's Militia of the LPR Ivan Filiponenko.
At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.
HIMARS— multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) of American production. They are supplied to Kyiv by Washington's allies and the United States itself. In total, they promised to transfer 20 such installations to Ukraine, 12 MLRS are already at the disposal of Kyiv. At the end of June, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) Valeriy Zaluzhny said that HIMARS were already being used in Donbass.
The authorities of the republics of Donbass and the military-civilian administrations of the regions occupied by the Russian military have repeatedly accused Ukraine of shelling infrastructure using HIMARS. In mid-July, the deputy head of the administration of the Kherson region, Kirill Stremousov, said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired several times at the Antonovsky bridge— the only road bridge across the Dnieper in Kherson. Kherson region has been under the control of the Russian military since mid-March.
On the night of July 12, the LPR representative office in the JCCC reported that Luhansk was fired on by the Ukrainian Armed Forces from HIMARS. In total, nine rockets were fired in the direction of the city.
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Russia criticizes the West for delivering military aid to Ukraine. Moscow claims that the supply of weapons will not prevent Russia from achieving the goals of the special operation.
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The Ministry of Defense of the country said that the consequences of the operation in Ukraine “shaken the foundations” of the international order in Europe and Asia. They suggested that as a result of hostilities, Russia's national power may decrease
Japan is concerned about the possibility that the consequences of the Russian operation in Ukraine will spread to the Indo-Pacific region, says the new version of the Defense White Paper Japan, which was released by the Ministry of Defense of the country.
It says that Tokyo considers the operation “a serious violation of international law, which prohibits the use of force.” “There are fears that the effects of such a unilateral change in the status quo by force could spill over into the Indo-Pacific,” the document says.
White paper— report of the Ministry of Defense of Japan, in which it gives its vision of the current situation in terms of security and threats to the country. The White Paper also contains information about the Japanese defense forces, the principles and methods of ensuring its security.
The Ministry of Defense also emphasizes that Russia's actions in Ukraine “shook the very foundations of the entire international order, not only in Europe, but also in Asia».
“It is possible that Russia's national power in the medium and long term may decline, and the military balance in the region, as well as its military cooperation with China, may change,” — suggested in the Ministry of Defense.— In addition, since the international situation may also be affected, including the strategic rivalry between the US and China, as well as the consequences in Asia, the accompanying trends must be closely monitored.
Japan has also included China's actions among the concerns in the Indo-Pacific region. According to Tokyo, Beijing is trying to create a “world-class military force” by the middle of the 21st century. The White Paper states that the PRC has been increasing its military budget for more than 30 years, as well as developing military power “in qualitative and quantitative terms, with an emphasis on nuclear, missile, naval and air forces.”
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Tokyo condemned Moscow's actions after Russia launched an operation in Ukraine. The country provides assistance to Kyiv, including supplying the equipment necessary for combat operations, allocating financial assistance for humanitarian needs. In addition, Japan introduced many sanctions packages against Russia and promised to persuade neutral countries to follow its example.
Russia called the goals of the operation in Ukraine the protection of the population of Donbass from the actions of the Kyiv authorities, as well as the “denazification” and “demilitarization” countries. The Ministry of Defense has repeatedly stated that they strike exclusively at military facilities, without touching civilian infrastructure. The Russian government has also listed Japan as an unfriendly country.
Tokyo, among other things, is in favor of limiting the marginal price of Russian oil, which, according to the G7 countries, will not allow Moscow to receive windfall profits from energy exports. The Kremlin called the position of Japan “extremely unfriendly” and emphasized that it “does not at all contribute to the development of trade and economic relations, which include the energy dialogue too.”
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The reason for the criminal case was the statement of the Novosibirsk deputy Helga Pirogova about the Russian military killed in Ukraine. The case was initiated under the article on discrediting the Russian Armed Forces opened a criminal case because of a tweet of a Novosibirsk deputy about the military” />
The Office of the Investigative Committee for the Novosibirsk Region opened a criminal case against the Novosibirsk deputy Helga Pirogova because of her statements about the Russian military killed in Ukraine. The case was opened under the article on discrediting the Russian Armed Forces (part 1 of article 207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), the agency said in a statement.
“It has been preliminarily established that on July 15, 2022, Helga Pirogova, a deputy of the Council of Deputies of the city of Novosibirsk, published in one of the social networks, under the guise of a reliable message, deliberately false information containing data on the use of the Russian Armed Forces,” — The report says.
Earlier, the head of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, instructed to initiate a case against Pirogova following the results of the audit. The investigation is under the control of the central office of the Investigative Committee, it was noted in the message of the department.
Helga Pirogova— Member of the City Council of Novosibirsk. The reason for the criminal case was her post on Twitter, where she commented on the funeral of the Russian military who died in Ukraine. She later deleted the post, calling it “too emotional”.
First Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of the Novosibirsk Region Andrey Panferov addressed an open letter to the regional governor Anatoly Lokt and the head of the Novosibirsk City Council Dmitry Asantsev, alleging “blasphemous behavior” ; Pirogova. He called her words “defaming the honor and defiling the memory of Russian soldiers.”
The press service of the city council of Novosibirsk told the newspaper MK that in connection with the statements of Pirogova, a meeting of the commission on ethics will be held on July 22. It will be held behind closed doors.
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On the evening of July 21, Pirogova was detained and taken to the police station, where a protocol was drawn up against her about the discrediting of the Russian army (part 1 of article 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses, punishment & mdash; a fine of 30 thousand to 50 thousand rubles), the deputy's lawyer Yegor Solunin reported.
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From July 5 to July 20, four launchers and one HIMARS multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) were destroyed in Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry reports on Telegram. These MLRS were handed over to Ukraine by the United States.
“Of these, two launchers were liquidated in the area of the settlement of Malotaranovka, another” HYMARS ” and a transport-loading vehicle in the Krasnoarmeysk region and a fourth launcher— on the eastern outskirts of Konstantinovka of the Donetsk People's Republic, — clarified the department.
MLRS were destroyed by “high-precision ground and air-based weapons”, the Ministry of Defense explained.
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The order must be completed by July 25. Officially, Putin announced the reduction of the preferential mortgage rate in mid-June “Putin instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to ensure the reduction of preferential mortgages to 7%” />
President Vladimir Putin instructed the government to ensure changes in the conditions of preferential mortgages, establishing that the rate on it when buying housing on the primary market should not exceed 7%. The corresponding instruction was given by the President following the results of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), which was held in mid-June.
Deadline for execution of the instruction— July 25.
In March, the preferential mortgage rate was increased from 7 to 12% against the backdrop of a record increase in the key rate by the Central Bank to 20%. However, then the key rate began to decline: first— up to 17%, then— up to 14%. The preferential mortgage rate went down as well— up to 9%.
Speaking at SPIEF, Putin announced further measures to ensure housing affordability— lowering the rate to 7%. “After a sharp rise in the spring, interest rates in the Russian economy are gradually declining, the Central Bank lowers the key rate. In this regard, I consider it possible to once again reduce the rate on preferential mortgages, now to 7%,— he explained.
The government signed the corresponding decree on June 22.
The maximum mortgage rates remained: 12 million rubles. for Moscow and St. Petersburg and 6 million rubles. for other subjects. The program is valid until the end of 2022.
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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is heading to Istanbul to sign agreements on the export of Ukrainian grain, Reuters reports citing three sources. TASS, citing the Turkish TV channel Haberturk, writes that the minister has already arrived in Turkey.
According to TRT, the signing will take place at the Dolmabahce Palace at 16:30 (coincides with Moscow time). Head of the Ministry of Infrastructure Alexander Kubrakov is flying from Ukraine to Istanbul.
In addition to representatives of Russia and Ukraine, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN Secretary General António Guterres will take part in the ceremony.
TASS source, close to the move negotiations, said that it was not planned to organize military escort for grain-carrying ships.
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Roskomnadzor unblocked the Tor website in Russia, following the decision of the Saratov Regional Court. This was reported by the lawyer of the human rights project “Roskomsvoboda” Ekaterina Abashina, who represented the interests of The Tor Project, Inc. in court.
“Roskomnadzor, of course, indecently delayed the site unblocking, because the blocking decision was canceled on May 19, and since then there was no basis for finding The Tor Project website in the register of prohibited information. We even specifically sent a separate notification about this, although the RKN participated in the process. Only a month later we received the answer that “soon we will unblock this site”, and finally it happened! she said.
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The Government of the Russian Federation has added five more states to the list of unfriendly countries. It included Greece, Denmark, Slovenia, Slovakia and Croatia.
Since the beginning of the special military operation in Ukraine, political pressure from Western countries and the United States on Russia has increased even more. In this regard, the government of the Russian Federation created a list of unfriendly countries, which includes 48 states, including countries of the European Union (EU).
This list includes countries such as Australia, Albania, Andorra, UK, Iceland, Canada, Liechtenstein, Micronesia, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, San Marino, North Macedonia, Singapore, USA, Taiwan (China), Ukraine, Montenegro, Switzerland, Japan.
Among the EU countries, such states as Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia , Slovenia, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Sweden and Estonia.
The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that four launchers of the American MLRS HIMARS. The department also said in a statement about the destruction of one transport-charging vehicle.
“Two launchers were eliminated near the settlement of Malotaranovka,” the statement said.
One launcher and a loading vehicle were destroyed in the Krasnoarmeysk region, the fourth – on the eastern outskirts of Konstantinovka in the DPR, the Ministry of Defense also said.
Source: UFSB for Crimea and Sevastopol Petersburg, who intended to join the Ukrainian armed formations to participate in their operations. A criminal case has been initiated against the detainee on the fact of attempted participation in an illegal armed formation, which provides for a penalty of imprisonment for up to 15 years.
“A 35-year-old resident of the city of St. Petersburg was detained on the territory of the Republic of Crimea who intended to illegally cross the state border of the Russian Federation to join an illegal armed formation on the territory of Ukraine,” the regional department of the FSB said in a statement.
According to preliminary data, the detained citizen quit his job, purchased camouflage and a medical kit, passed a short course of medical, tactical and fire training. He kept in touch with the militants, whom he planned to join to participate in actions, including those of a sabotage and terrorist nature.
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Russia continues its special operation on the territory of Ukraine. On Friday, as announced the day before in Turkey, the next meeting in Istanbul on the “grain issue” will be held – the signing of the final document is expected. Turbine for “Nord Stream” during the transit from Canada “stuck” in Germany, according to the media. The EU introduced the seventh package of sanctions, making a number of easing. The Russian government announced plans to cancel parallel imports by product groups.
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12:53 Peskov denied Russia's unwillingness to take back the Nord Stream turbine: “This is complete nonsense. The company that fixed it knows very well & nbsp; where the turbine is located. This is an absurd statement from the source. According to him, “as of the night before yesterday” Russia has not received any documentation for this turbine.
12:51 Peskov: "Yes, we can confirm that Defense Minister Shoigu went to Turkey, we can confirm that the signing (of the grain agreement) is being prepared today, but let's wait, we won't get ahead of ourselves yet forward".
12:36 Roskomnadzor has unblocked the Tor browser (The Tor Project) and removed it from the register of prohibited information pursuant to the decision of the Saratov Regional Court dated May 19.
12:27 Russian Defense Minister Shoigu arrived in Istanbul to sign an agreement on grain, TASS reports with reference to Turkish television.
12:14The Investigative Committee fulfilled Bastrykin's order and opened a criminal case on “fakes” against the Novosibirsk deputy Helga Pirogova – the reason was her tweet about the Russian military. The day before, the deputy was detained and taken to the police department, an administrative protocol was drawn up on her about “discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation”; – because of the same tweet. After the arrest, Pirogova announced her pregnancy, and at night she was released from the police.
11:52 The Port of Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe and one of the largest in terms of cargo turnover in the world, announced stopping container traffic to and from Russia.
11:44 The Russian Ministry of Defense says that 4 HIMARS installations and one loading vehicle were destroyed in Ukraine in July.
11:37 Reuters: Energy concern Uniper, Finnish Fortum and the German and Finnish governments have agreed to save Uniper from the financial crisis.
11:21 Google is blocked on the territory of the DPR, Pushilin said: "It has begun far from yesterday. I think that this situation should no longer be tolerated <…> This is what they do in any society with criminals: they are isolated from other people. The day before, it was reported that a search engine was blocked in the LPR.
11:20 Belarus is changing its ambassador in Moscow: instead of 72-year-old Vladimir Semashko, the head of the embassy will be 41-year-old Dmitry Krutoy, who previously worked as deputy head of Lukashenka's administration and “at one time was directly involved in the development of allied programs to deepen integration,” Belta reports.
11:10 The annual NATO Breeze military exercise is taking place in the Black Sea off the coast of Bulgaria. According to Bulgarian media, 11 countries of the alliance are taking part in the maneuvers, 24 ships (ships and boats), five aircraft, four helicopters and 1390 military personnel are involved.
11:07 Lavrov: Moscow's accusations that it “exports hunger” are absolutely groundless, Russia will continue to fulfill its obligations under international contracts for the supply of food, fertilizers and energy in good faith.
11:04 Transnistrian Foreign Minister Vitaly Ignatiev said that the region intends to join Russia in the future.
10:41 The Pension Fund of Russia has officially started working in the Russian-controlled settlements of the Kharkiv region.
10:10 In Russia, five more states have been added to the list of unfriendly countries. It includes Greece , Denmark, Slovenia, Slovakia and Croatia.
10:00 Turkish journalist Levent Yılmaz, in his article published in YeniSafak, allowed Turkey to resell Russian gas to Europe under an embargo.
09:40 The Ministry of Defense of Japan presented the annual report “White Paper of Defense”. It notes that Tokyo is concerned about the growing number of Russian weapons in the Far East.
09:10 Rosaviatsia again extended the restriction of flights to 11 airports in southern and central Russia, for this times until July 30.
09:00 Poland has decided to place new garrisons near the border with Belarus. It is assumed that 106 garrisons will operate throughout Poland, including two new ones – Biala Podlaska and Katowice.
Beijing hints at military response to US House Speaker's visit to Taipei
China is extremely annoyed at the possibility of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan. Washington fears that the trip could provoke Beijing into decisive action. Chinese commentators, for their part, are hinting at a “military response.”
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Biden administration officials are concerned that China may attempt to declare a no-fly zone over Taiwan ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's possible visit to disrupt the trip, which could further heighten tensions in the region, a US official told CNN.
Beijing could also retaliate by sending fighter jets further into Taiwan's self-proclaimed air defense zone, which could provoke reactions from Taipei and Washington, the official added. They didn't elaborate on exactly what a possible response would entail.
In recent months, China has repeatedly deployed warplanes to Taiwan's self-declared air defense zone, which does not violate any international law, but usually results in Taipei taking precautions, including occasionally taking off its own fighters.
Chinese aircraft did not enter the territorial airspace of the island — an area extending 12 nautical miles from its coastline.
The US State Department urged China to stop bullying Taiwan.
As CNN notes, citing three people familiar with the planning process, Nancy Pelosi is planning a trip to Taiwan in the coming weeks.
While other members of Congress and former US officials visited the island this year, Pelosi will become the highest-ranking US lawmaker to visit Taiwan in 25 years, after then-Speaker Newt Gingrich visited Taiwan in 1997.
In recent months, tensions have escalated between Washington and Beijing over the Taiwan issue. The Chinese Communist Party has long claimed that Taiwan is part of its territory and has repeatedly vowed to “reunite” with an island of 24 million people — by force if necessary. The US has committed to providing Taipei with the means to defend itself, although recent arms sales to Taiwan have been slow to come in, raising concern among US lawmakers.
The Chinese Embassy in Washington referred in a comment to CNN to a statement by a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman in which he strongly objected to Pelosi's possible visit when asked to comment on airspace concerns.
President Joe Biden mentioned US military concerns about Pelosi's possible trip earlier this week. “I think the military thinks this is a bad idea right now, but I don’t know what the status is, — Biden said Wednesday when asked if it was a good idea for Pelosi to visit Taiwan.
Colonel Dave Butler, a spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the military “generally” inform decision makers about military action assessments. “We talk about what the enemy can do, discuss logistics, military plans and readiness,” — Butler said. He declined to say whether the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, had spoken to Pelosi about the proposed trip to Taiwan.
Nancy Pelosi said it was important to show support for Taiwan but declined to discuss any travel plans, citing security concerns. Pelosi said she “accidentally” heard about Biden's comments about her possible visit, but claims that she did not hear anything directly from the president.
“I think the president meant that perhaps the military is afraid that my plane will be shot down , or something like that. I don't know for sure, — Pelosi said.
State Department officials also have some concerns, two sources said. State Department spokesman Ned Price on Thursday sidestepped questions about the trip, calling it “hypothetical” for now. Price said when asked about the State Department's position on her possible visit.
Ned Price reiterated that the Biden administration remains committed to its one-China policy, noting that the US does not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but does have “reliable unofficial” ones. relations with the island.
While expressing disagreement with Pelosi's possible visit, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Tuesday that such a trip would “seriously violate the One China principle and the provisions of the three joint Sino-U.S. damage to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China».
Sabine Chang, a spokeswoman for Taiwan's official DC office, told CNN that Taipei “has not received any information about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's planned visit to Taiwan.”
In China, the US administration's doubts about the appropriateness of Pelosi's provocative trip from Beijing's point of view were perceived as a response to China's dissatisfaction. Chinese observers believe the Biden administration has clearly taken China's message of a possible diplomatic and military response that the United States cannot afford, writes the Beijing-based Global Times.
Amid the risks of worsening relations with China and a 40-year high inflation, the Biden administration urgently needs to seek high-level engagement with China, but Chinese observers warn that Biden could use that engagement in exchange for China's compromise on future bilateral trade agreements or concessions on its stance on the Russia-Ukraine conflict rather than out of intentions to sincerely correct their mistakes, but “China will not buy such a ploy.”
As Yang Xiyu, a senior fellow at the China Institute of International Studies, told the Global Times, Biden may share the US military's concerns about the planned trip. Pelosi as the US government knows that Pelos' planned visit and “playing with fire” and could seriously exacerbate tensions on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, possibly triggering a reaction from the Chinese military.
In June, the United States handed over 10 HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems to Ukraine with the expectation that the Ukrainian side would be able to turn the tide of the Russian special operation with their help. However, according to a military expert, retired colonel Anatoly Matviychuk, the real effectiveness of American systems is significantly overestimated.
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In an interview with NEWS.ru, Matviychuk noted that he no longer even considers the aggravation of the situation around HIMARS complexes to be ridiculous. According to a military expert, of the ten installations received by Ukraine, half are “already gouged” and they do not affect the development of the front-line situation in any way.
The colonel is convinced that the transfer of missile systems by the Americans to Ukraine is “absolutely propaganda activity” , which has nothing real under it.
Matviychuk recalled that the artillery group of the Russian Armed Forces on the territory of Ukraine has “two thousand guns”, therefore all statements by the United States and Ukraine about HIMARS are absurd and represent only “ profanity.”
See also:A military expert spoke about the hunt for long-range weapons of the Ukrainian Armed Forces
Subs may stay in region until 2040
The UK will send a flotilla of nuclear submarines to Australia as a warning to China in the Asia-Pacific region. This step was taken within the framework of the military-political alliance AUKUS (Australia, Great Britain and the USA). Meanwhile, Beijing is closely watching the unfolding struggle for the post of a new British prime minister.
The UK will send a fleet of nuclear submarines into the Pacific as a decisive step to thwart “Chinese aggression” in the region, writes the Daily Mail.
This dramatic decision could see British submarines based in Australia until 2040 and operating within range of China.
Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, Commander of the Armed Forces, is negotiating an agreement at a naval conference in Sydney next week. Sending submarines to patrol the South China Sea would be Britain's most assertive move against Beijing.
According to reports in Australia, Royal Navy submarines will be based in Perth on the western coast of the Green Continent and Australian submariners will be included in British crews to improve their skills.
The Royal Navy's boat base thousands of miles off the coast of Britain is part of the AUKUS (Australia, United Kingdom and United States) military-political alliance, which was created last year primarily to counter, according to Western capitals, Chinese military expansion into the Indo-Pacific region. Australia has been embroiled in a trade war and a diplomatic standoff with China. Deepening defense ties with the UK are likely to further anger Beijing, which is vehemently opposed to AUKUS, writes the Daily Mail.
The Royal Navy declined to say how many of its submarines could be redeployed to Australia, as all operational details of the British submarine fleet are classified.
“Pacific lurch” was noted last year as part of the UK Department of Defense Comprehensive Review. The review set a goal for the UK to be “the European partner with the broadest and most integrated presence in the Indo-Pacific.”
But given that China has the world's largest navy, some question the merits of such a deployment, arguing that the Chinese would vastly outnumber and outgun the British ships.
The British MoD said: “It is UK policy that we do not comment on matters relating to submarine activity or operations.”
Meanwhile, Beijing is closely watching the process of electing a new leader of the British Conservatives (and, accordingly, the future prime minister of the country). According to the Chinese edition of Global Times, one of the two candidates, Rishi Sunak, has an economic and financial background, and his policy could be more pragmatic. Such pragmatic principles can be applied to his foreign policy, including relations with China, Zhao Junjie, a researcher at the Institute of European Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, comments to the Global Times.
According to the Chinese edition, in July 2021 Sunak, in his speech, insisted that the UK strengthen its trade relations with China. He called for a “mature and balanced relationship” with Beijing and complained that the China debate was “lacking nuance.”
But his rival, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, has repeatedly attacked China over Xinjiang and Hong Kong and has a reputation as a hawk on China.
Truss formulated the so-called freedom web strategy as a way to contain the rise of China and said in a recent Spectator interview that “we have refocused on foreign policy, on the freedom web and are taking a much tougher stance towards both Russia and China.”
Zhao Junjie noted that Truss's provocative remarks against China left her with a very limited opportunity to adjust her policy towards China, while Sunak could act more subtly.
Pointing to a deeper problem in British politics behind difficult Sino-British relations, Zhao noted that Brexit was not only a difficult moment, but also an opportunity for the UK to become more independent in its politics, including diplomacy, but Westminster and 10 Downing Street looked at the White House, not looking for their own path. According to him, the UK was fully aligned with the US in its strategic goals, forgetting about the needs and interests of the British people.
Carlos Martinez, a British writer and independent political commentator, wrote in an article for the Global Times that the UK had effectively handed over its outsourcing foreign policy to Washington, following the new Cold War policy against China and Russia – a policy that serves the interests of the US military-industrial complex, but directly contradicts the interests of ordinary people in Britain.
According to the mercenaries, they always carry self-destruction equipment with them so as not to be captured.
The American television channel NBC spoke with foreign mercenaries who take part in the fighting on the side of Ukraine against the People's Militia of the DPR and LPR, as well as the Russian army.
According to the mercenaries, they always wear bring self-destruction equipment with him so as not to be captured.
One soldier, a veteran of the United States Army, added that he always carries a hand grenade with a rope tied to the ring. If there is a danger of being taken prisoner, he will be able to quickly pull out the pin.
Other mercenaries added that if they run out of ammunition, they will rush at the Russian servicemen with a knife. For critical situations, they have a “special bullet” in store.
In turn, former US Army staff sergeant James Vasquez said that he himself trained soldiers to self-destruct when threatened with capture.
Tokyo worries about deepening relations between Russia and China
The Japanese Ministry of Defense sees a growing threat to Taiwan in its annual report against the backdrop of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine. Also, Japan's military department is concerned about the prospect of deepening relations between Beijing and Moscow amid expectations that Tokyo will increase defense spending.
Japan's Ministry of Defense said it was alarmed by “new threats” from Russia and growing concerned about Taiwan in an annual report released as Tokyo is considering a significant increase in military spending.
According to The Guardian, the document includes a chapter on Russia's actions in Ukraine, which, according to the authors of the report, could send a signal “that an attempt to unilaterally change the status quo by force is acceptable.” In this regard, fears are expressed about the consequences for Taiwan, which Beijing considers its own territory.
The document, released on Friday, looks at the global security picture and specific threats to Japan, and warns that Russia will take the path of “further strengthening and deepening relations with China.”
The Japanese Defense Ministry report also warns that Moscow may increasingly rely on its nuclear capability as a deterrent, which in turn could mean a surge in activity around Japan, where Tokyo claims Russian nuclear submarines operate regularly.
Japan has backed U.S. and European Union sanctions against Moscow and has witnessed increased Russian military activity near its territory, writes The Guardian. In May, Chinese and Russian warplanes flew jointly near Japan following a meeting in Tokyo of leaders from the US-led regional alliance Quad.
The document of the Japanese Ministry of Defense also pays significant attention to Taiwan. The report includes the most detailed overview of the security situation on the island and notes that since the start of the Russian operation in Ukraine, “Taiwan is working to further strengthen its self-defense efforts.”
At the same time, PRC military aircraft regularly infiltrate air defense zone of the island. Earlier this month, Chinese fighter jets crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, an unofficial buffer zone between China and Taiwan, a maneuver Taipei criticized as a “provocation.” Beijing claims to have sovereign rights and jurisdiction over this waterway.
This year's Japanese Defense Ministry document was released amid growing expectations that Tokyo will significantly increase military spending. While the defense budget has grown over the years, Japan still has the lowest ratio of military spending to gross domestic product among the G7 countries.
Premier Kishida has publicly supported an increase in military spending, and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party has set a long-term goal of bringing the defense budget to 2% of GDP, although experts say it may be difficult to reach this figure quickly.
Japanese military the force is not officially recognized under the country's post-war “pacifist” constitution, and spending is limited to funding the nominally defensive Self-Defense Forces.
The report continues to describe China as Japan's “serious security concern”, while pointing out that the risk, emanating from Beijing is “increasing in recent years.”
The report also reiterates that North Korea is an ongoing “serious and imminent threat,” which, according to the drafters of the document, is also “increasing.”
Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi last month described Japan as being on the front lines and surrounded by nuclear forces.
Most Japanese seem to share the same concerns Government response to Japan's deteriorating security situation: Recent opinion polls show support for higher defense spending at over 50 percent, Al Jazeera notes.
Analysts predicted a complete defeat for the Armed Forces of Ukraine
Ukraine decided to launch a counteroffensive in the south in order to capture the cities liberated by Russia. How the Ukrainian General Staff will try to achieve these unrealistic goals was described by The New York Times.
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She published a statement by representatives of Ukraine, which says that on July 21, the artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired at 200 Russian objects and military units. According to unconfirmed reports, six armories were destroyed.
However, there is virtually no chance that this attack will give Ukraine a significant advantage over Russian forces, the publication concludes. Kyiv's recent statement that Ukraine's combat potential is on par with Russia's is not shared by Western military analysts. However, in exactly the same way as the optimistic position of the majority of Ukrainians regarding the situation on the line of confrontation. Foreign experts note that it is too early to talk about a radical change in the course of the military clash between Russia and Ukraine.
At the same time, Russian military analysts, evaluating Ukraine's plans for the declared counteroffensive, issue an unequivocal verdict – the defeat of the Armed Forces is inevitable. Zelensky's attempt to return the territory liberated by Russia is doomed to failure due to the insufficient number of troops, and primarily aviation. Experts predict that losses on the part of Ukraine in the event of an attempted counteroffensive will be huge.
At the same time, they note that today Ukraine has a reserve in the form of military personnel trained in NATO countries, as well as a large number of foreign mercenaries, and therefore the battle of Russian troops against the Armed Forces of Ukraine will not be easy. The situation is complicated by the fact that the West regularly supplies heavy artillery, weapons and equipment to Ukraine.
At the same time, both Western and Russian military experts agree that the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the south is likely to be for the government Zelensky to no avail. Even despite the fact that the Russian Armed Forces are opposed by the army, backed by the United States and Europe.
Then it will be possible to peacefully resolve territorial issues
As part of the special operation of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine, the Russian Armed Forces continue to liberate settlements, fulfilling the tasks set by the country's leadership. Military expert, director of the Museum of Air Defense Forces Yuri Knutov believes that by mid-September the Russian Armed Forces will liberate the main settlements of Donbass, after which the chair will wobble under Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.
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In an interview with Ukraina.ru, Knutov suggested that the impending liberation of Donbass could lead to the fact that the Ukrainian military, who, according to experts, already “hate” Zelensky, will attempt to remove the president from power.
As the military expert noted, the change of power is accompanied by political destabilization, against which it may be possible to peacefully resolve territorial issues. At the same time, Knutov is convinced that the successful completion of the special operation cannot be said until the Sumy, Kharkiv, Poltava, Dnepropetrovsk and Odessa regions are liberated.
The specialist added that at the moment the fate of the central regions is unknown. Nevertheless, Knutov stressed that the conflict in Novorossiya cannot be resolved peacefully without anti-fascist authorities.
See also:Colonel Matviychuk assessed the real effectiveness of HIMARS complexes in Ukraine
Two foreign ministers sang in unison
One foreign minister made a transparent hint, and the second foreign minister “expanded and deepened” this hint. The head of the Foreign Ministry of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, Vitaly Ignatiev, said in an interview with RIA Novosti: “The vector of Pridnestrovie has remained unchanged throughout all the years of the existence of the republic, which is reflected in the results of the referendum on September 17, 2006, where it is clearly indicated: independence with subsequent free accession to the Russian Federation.” News? Not really.
As follows from the same statement by Ignatiev, this vector has been in a state of “political suspended animation” for almost 16 years. But now it is not 2006, when the agenda of relations between Moscow and the European Union included further deepening of integration and movement towards the introduction of a visa-free regime.
The slogan of today was quite clearly formulated by Sergei Lavrov during his interview with Margarita Simonyan a few days ago: “Now the geography is different. This is not only the DPR, LPR, it is also the Kherson, Zaporozhye regions and a number of other territories. This process continues, and continues consistently and persistently.
And here is another curious moment from the conversation between Lavrov and Simonyan. Russian Foreign Minister: “Now we must work hard with our colleagues on preparations for the second Russia-Africa summit. The first one was in Sochi in 2019. The second one is planned for next year. Question: “In Odessa, for example?” Answer: No. Probably not in Odessa. We will announce it later.”
Did you pay attention to this word – “probably”? That is, the minister is not sure and in theory admits the possibility that this event can take place in Odessa.
Of course, this theory will not be put into practice in the foreseeable future. Even if Odessa ends up under the control of the Russian armed forces, inviting foreign guests there means putting these guests in an extremely uncomfortable position and thereby knowingly dooming the action to failure.
But the conversation is not really about choosing a venue for the next Russia-Africa summit. The conversation is about the expansion of the geographical scope of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, which has already taken place long ago.
And now, talking about Odessa in this context, the interlocutors shift the conversation from a purely theoretical plane to a plane that may well become practical. What does Transnistria have to do with it? The answer will become clear if you take a look at the map. In order for the physical possibility of Transnistria becoming part of Russia, the Odessa and Nikolaev regions should also be under the control of the Russian Federation.
And this is where the intriguing conversation started almost simultaneously by the two ministers ends. Although no, probably not quite yet. Vitaly Ignatiev's interview with RIA Novosti also contains the following meaningful phrase: “Pridnestrovie will not make any decisions to the detriment of the half-million people of the country, it will act pragmatically and honestly.”
The emphasis here should be on the word “pragmatically”. Like, there will be an opportunity – we will join. There will be no such possibility – we will remain in the status of an unrecognized republic, in which Pridnestrovie has been for more than thirty years. Such is the peculiarity of the current political moment (what's the “moment” – just 2022): the words, statements and hints of foreign ministers mean much less than the actions of the military on the battlefield. Diplomats suggest, soldiers dispose.
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Dmitry Peskov urged not to believe anonymous sources who claim that Moscow did not issue documents for the return of a turbine that was under repair in Canada ” Nord Stream-1″ and did not say which customs point it should be delivered to.
Now the unit is in Germany.
“This is complete nonsense. The company that repaired it knows perfectly well where this turbine is installed. This is an absurd statement from the source,” Peskov said.
He noted that “as of the night before yesterday” Russia had not received any technical or other documentation on this turbine.
“Any reproaches in this situation are unfounded,” the Kremlin speaker emphasized
According to him, such information is disseminated by “some wrong sources.”