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Japanese PM calls Abe’s condition grave

Abe is receiving emergency assistance, Kishida said. On the morning of July 8, an assassination attempt was made on the former prime minister. After leaving office, he remains one of the most influential politicians in Japan

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that the condition of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after the assassination attempt was grave. Kishida was answering a question from reporters, the broadcast was broadcast by Asahi TV channel.

“I know that the condition is now serious. He is receiving emergency assistance, — Kishida said. He expressed hope that the ex-premier would be able to survive.

The Prime Minister added that all the details of what happened are still unknown. He called the attack vile, barbaric and unforgivable.

Abe was assassinated on the morning of 8 July. When the former prime minister was giving a campaign speech to the upper house of parliament in the city of Nara, he was shot at. The attacker turned out to be 41-year-old local resident Tetsuya Yamagami, who previously served in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Nihon TV reported. The man was detained.

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Abe is hospitalized. According to the Nikkei, the ex-premier was diagnosed with cardiac arrest.

Abe was Prime Minister of Japan from 2006 to 2007 and from 2012 to 2020. Despite leaving office, he remains one of the most influential politicians in the country: since November 2021, Abe has headed the largest faction in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

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Lavrov expressed his condolences after the assassination attempt on former Japanese Prime Minister Abe

Shinzo Abe (left) and Sergey Lavrov (center) in 2019

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, answering journalists' questions following the meeting of the G20 Foreign Ministers, expressed his condolences in connection with the assassination attempt on the former Prime Minister Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, TASS reported.

“I don’t know what is behind this assassination. I learned about this during the G20 meeting. I was, in general, the first to start my speech by expressing condolences to my Japanese colleague in connection with what had happened. There will probably be an investigation. I have nothing more to add»,— said the minister.

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Russian Ambassador to Japan Mikhail Galuzin also expressed condolences on behalf of the Russian diplomatic mission, his statement was published on Twitter.

“We pray for the health of the former Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe. We resolutely condemn the barbaric attempt on his life,»,— wrote a diplomat.

The attempt on the life of the former Prime Minister of Japan on the morning of July 8 was carried out, according to the Nihon TV channel, by a former employee of the country's maritime self-defense forces, Tetsuya Yamagami. According to local media and police, the former soldier fired several shots at Abe with a pistol when he was making a speech as part of the election campaign for the upper house of parliament. The detainee said that he was dissatisfied with Abe's policy and that's why he himself was going to kill him.

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida confirmed to the media that Abe is in critical condition. Data on the injuries of the ex-premier differ. A representative of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, which was previously headed by Abe, said that the politician was shot in the chest. The Nikkei wrote that the shot was fired from a shotgun in the back, but the Nara Prefectural Police specified that it was a pistol shot. According to Nippon TV, Abe received a gunshot wound to the right neck, after which he developed subcutaneous bleeding in his left chest. The ex-premier was taken to Nara Prefectural University Hospital by helicopter.

Abe's heart and lungs went into cardiac arrest, according to the fire department.

Lavrov said that the West does not allow Kyiv to proceed to negotiations

The West is forcing Kyiv to take up arms and destroy cities and people, but Russia will not put up with this. According to Lavrov, the split opinions of Western countries on Ukraine speaks of concern for ideology, and not for the country's security

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Russia is not ready to put up with the fact that the West does not allow Ukraine to move to a peaceful settlement of the conflict, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said following the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting (G20), reports TASS.

“He(West.— RBC) with these approaches does not allow Ukraine to move on to the peace process, but forces it to take its weapons, use them for the bombing of cities, the destruction of the civilian population, which we observe daily and, of course, we cannot put up with,— said the minister.

According to Lavrov, the divided opinions of Western countries on the Ukrainian issue suggests that they are not concerned about Ukraine and its security, but about ideology.

“If the West does not want negotiations, but Ukraine's victory over Russia on the battlefield, because both those and other opinions are heard, then, probably, there is nothing to talk about with the West, — he added.

The minister said that at the meeting, the heads of the ministries of foreign affairs of Western states “were moving away from following the G20 mandate, dealing with issues of the world economy, finding agreements <…> and got lost almost immediately” when they began to criticize Russia because of Ukraine.

According to the agency, at the meeting Lavrov sat next to the foreign ministers of Mexico and Saudi Arabia, and not with Western colleagues.

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The G20 Foreign Ministers Summit opened on the Indonesian island of Bali on July 7, with main events scheduled for July 8.

The day before, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said that the foreign ministers of the — members of the G7 (G7, USA, UK, Germany, Italy, France, Canada, Japan, also in the G20) refused to have dinner with Lavrov during the summit. She emphasized that she “understands their position and wants to create a comfortable atmosphere for everyone.” The Japanese agency Kyodo, interviewed by Marsudi, claimed that G20 members take different positions regarding the hostilities in Ukraine, and therefore “there are already signs of a split” between Western participants and “other countries such as China, India and Indonesia”.

Russia's relations with Western countries have escalated since the start of a special operation in Ukraine at the end of February. Many of them imposed sanctions against Moscow and announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats under various pretexts.

Kyodo says Abe shows no signs of life

Kyodo: Ex-Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe shows no signs of life The assassination attempt on Abe was committed in the morning. He was shot during a performance

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shows no signs of life, Kyodo reported, citing a source in emergency services.

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The assassination attempt on Abe was made on the morning of July 8. When the former prime minister was giving a campaign speech to the upper house of parliament in the city of Nara, he was shot at. A local resident, former military man Tetsuya Yamagami, was detained on suspicion of assassination, Nihon TV reported. According to the Nikkei, the ex-premier was diagnosed with cardiac arrest.

Abe served as prime minister in 2006–2007 and 2012–2020—longer than all his predecessors, and he explained the decision to resign due to health problems.

Nevertheless, Abe remained one of the most influential politicians in Japan: so, in November, he led the largest faction in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

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Lavrov reacted to Johnson’s resignation with the words “left and gone”

The Russian Foreign Minister did not express regret over the resignation of the British Prime Minister, saying that he pursued an anti-Russian policy, as well as “chasing external effects” and “holding on to power”

Zelensky said that Ukraine is not ready to “give away its land”

Zelensky ruled out the option of a peaceful settlement of the conflict with territorial concessions. Previously, he called the return of the territories lost after February 24 a condition for resuming negotiations with Moscow jpg” alt=”Zelensky said that Ukraine is not ready to “give away its land”” />

Kyiv does not intend to cede its territories for a diplomatic settlement of the conflict, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with CNN.

“Ukrainians are not ready to give up their land, to agree that these territories belong to Russia. This is our land. We are all talking about it and intend to prove it,»,— he said.

On February 24, Russia launched a military special operation in Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin called this step forced and explained it as a “real threat” For Russia. He declared the goals of the special operation to be “denazification” of and “demilitarization” of the neighboring state and the protection of the inhabitants of Donbass from “genocide”.

After the start of the special operation, Ukraine introduced martial law, declared general mobilization and severed diplomatic relations with Moscow.

After the outbreak of hostilities, the Russian and Ukrainian delegations held several rounds of negotiations both in person and online. The last face-to-face meeting took place at the end of March in Istanbul. As a result, Kyiv sent Moscow proposals for a peaceful settlement.

Moscow later sent a response document, but did not receive a response from Kyiv. And in May, both sides announced that the talks had been suspended. According to Vladimir Medinsky, aide to the president and head of the Russian delegation, the discussion was frozen at the initiative of Kyiv. Negotiations stopped after the events in Bucha, which the Russian authorities consider a provocation. President Vladimir Putin also emphasized that Ukraine had departed from the Istanbul agreements.

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According to the head of the Ukrainian delegation, David Arakhamia, in August Kyiv may conduct “counter-offensive operations in some places.” and return to dialogue, but from a position of strength. The Kremlin criticized this statement, calling it “an eloquent demonstration of Ukrainian-style negotiations.” And Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the West, which “forces” Ukraine, does not allow Ukraine to move to a peaceful settlement of the conflict. her “to take their weapons”.

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The suspect in the attack on Abe explained the intention to kill the ex-premier

According to the man detained on suspicion of attempting to assassinate Abe, he was dissatisfied with the ex-premier and wanted to kill him. Now the politician is in serious condition in the hospital

Detention of a suspect in the attack on Shinzo Abe

A man detained after the attack on former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wanted to kill the politician because dissatisfied with his policies, NHK reports, citing the police.

Suspect— A 41-year-old resident of Nara, where Abe was attacked. His name is Tetsuya Yamagami, he served in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in the early 2000s, NHK reports citing a source. This was also confirmed by a Nihon TV source.

Abe is showing no signs of life, according to NHK.

The ex-premier was shot during a speech he gave in city ​​of Nara in support of the Liberal Democratic Party, which he previously headed. NHK, citing the police, writes that Abe received injuries to the chest and neck.

Japanese media, citing emergency services and representatives of the Liberal Democratic Party, reported that the politician allegedly suffered a cardiac arrest, but doctors have not yet reported the death of Abe.

The current Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, said that Abe is in serious condition.

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The politician was initially reported to have been shot with a shotgun, but police later clarified that a handgun was used in the assassination attempt. NHK, citing a source familiar with the investigation, said the gun found at the scene was homemade. A Kyodo correspondent reported that the barrel of the weapon was wrapped with duct tape.

Abe was Prime Minister of Japan from 2006 to 2007 and from 2012 to 2020. He was in office more than other heads of government, and also more than other leaders of the Liberal Democratic Party.

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The Federation Council banned access to the buildings of the British ambassador after the boycott of diplomats

Access to the buildings of the Federation Council was forbidden to British Ambassador to Russia Deborah Bronnert and other members of the diplomatic mission. Earlier, the parliament of this country banned Russian Ambassador Andrei Kelin and other diplomats from visiting its building

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The Federation Council banned British Ambassador Deborah Bronnert from entering their buildings in response to London's similar restrictions on Russian diplomats, Vyacheslav Timchenko, chairman of the Federation Council committee on regulations, said at its meeting, TASS reports.

“The Committee of the Federation Council on the Rules and Organization of Parliamentary Activities, as a response, decided to deny the opportunity to visit the building of the Federation Council and the presence [in it] of the British Ambassador to Russia and other employees of the diplomatic embassy,” — he said.

The senator added that the decision was unanimous.

In turn, the head of the Federation Council committee on international affairs, Grigory Karasin, noted that members of the British diplomatic mission and the ambassador have not visited the Federation Council in recent years.

Lavrov responded to the refusal of ministers to be photographed with him at the G20

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, after the US Secretary of State and ministers of some other countries refused to be photographed with him in one group photo at the G20 meeting, said that he didn’t invite anyone to take pictures with him.

“As for meetings with me, statements that they would not be photographed with me, I didn’t invite anyone to be photographed. And he didn't invite anyone at all. I was invited by Indonesia»,— explained Lavrov.

The G20 Ministerial Summit was held on July 7 and 8 in Bali. According to Kyodo, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, as well as some other representatives, avoided filming with Lavrov. In addition, as Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said, the ministers of the G7 countries refused to take part in the gala dinner during the G20 meeting because of Lavrov's presence there. In the “Big Seven” includes USA, UK, Germany, Italy, France, Canada and Japan.

“There was a reception yesterday, the Indonesians had such a welcome reception with a concert, they didn’t come there. Well, this is their desire, their understanding of the protocol, and simply courtesy, the rules of ethics. Everything is going as we expected, but we, I am sure, have been heard, — the minister commented.

Lavrov also explained that, for his part, he did not consider it necessary to “make some gestures, organize an affront” or boycott someone.

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Representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, commenting on the actions of Western ministers at the G20 meeting, stated that Lavrov did not notice their absence and held a number of bilateral contacts.

According to the department, on the sidelines of the G20 summit at the ministerial level, Lavrov met with the foreign ministers of Brazil, Argentina, India, Indonesia.

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Ryabkov announced the request of the United States for the Americans detained in the battles in Ukraine

Ryabkov: US asked to recognize Americans detained in battles in Ukraine as combatants According to Ryabkov, the participation of foreign mercenaries on the side of Ukrainian forces is “one of the most serious new problematic moments” in Russia's relations with the US and other Western countries

The United States asked to recognize the American mercenaries detained in Ukraine as combatants, but there is no dialogue on this issue, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.

“As far as I understand, the topic has not been continued. There was a certain signal from the American side, mainly focused on the fact that these persons should be classified as combatants within the meaning of the Geneva Conventions, they should be subject to appropriate obligations, — said Ryabkov.

Combatants— these are those who directly participate in the fighting as part of one of the parties to the conflict and receive a special legal status in this capacity. Once in the hands of the enemy, such persons have the right to be treated as prisoners of war, they are also exempt from criminal liability, since, according to international law, the military is only liable for crimes not caused by military necessity.

According to Ryabkov, the investigation into the mercenaries detained in Ukraine continues. It also turns out how they got into the war zone and what role they played there.

According to the Deputy Minister, the factor of foreign mercenarism and the actions of mercenaries on the side of the Ukrainian forces— “one of the most serious new problematic points” in Russia's relations with the United States and other Western countries. At the same time, the Russian authorities have repeatedly warned citizens from unfriendly countries “to refrain from adventurous plans” to prove themselves on the battlefield. in Ukraine,” he noted.

“Those who ignore these warnings reap the fruits of their own misanthropy and unwillingness to perceive the reality that has developed in this region,”— said Ryabkov.

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In early June, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that foreign mercenaries who are participating in hostilities on the side of Ukraine will not be able to claim to be treated as prisoners of war. “In accordance with international humanitarian law, mercenaries are not combatants, and the best that awaits them, — criminal liability»,— said the department.

Foreigners for participating in the fighting on the side were detained, including British citizens Sean Pinner and Aiden Aslin, as well as Moroccan Saadoun Brahim. They were tried in the DPR, where they were sentenced to death for mercenarism.

London called this sentence fictitious, saying that it considers the convicted prisoners of war. The representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, compared the UK's reaction to hysteria, noting that the country had not previously applied to the DPR about its citizens, from which we can conclude that so far their fate has not “essentially interested” anyone.

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Shinzo Abe dies after attack

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Doctors have confirmed the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after he was attacked during a speech in Nara, NHK reports. The politician was shot from behind.

Emergency services, as well as representatives of the Liberal Democratic Party, previously reported that Abe “presumably had a cardiac arrest”, but death had not yet been confirmed. After the attack, the ex-prime minister was in serious condition.

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The Foreign Ministry called the assassination attempt on Abe “an act of terrorism for which there is no justification”

Russian Defense Ministry reported downed Ukrainian MiG-29 and Su-25

The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that during a special operation in Ukraine, Russian Su-35s shot down Ukrainian MiG-29s and Su-25s in the Mykolaiv region of Ukraine.

In addition to this air defense system, a Ukrainian MiG-29 was shot down at Golubovka in the DPR, as well as nine drones in the Kharkiv and Kherson regions.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of Harpoon complexes in the Odessa region

Installations of the Harpoon coastal missile system, delivered from the UK, were destroyed near the village of Liman in the Odessa region, the Ministry of Defense reported. /img/0/82/756572738760820.jpg” alt=”The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of Harpoon complexes in the Odessa region” />

The Russian military destroyed two installations of the Harpoon missile system delivered from the UK, an official said at a briefing representative of the Ministry of Defense Igor Konashenkov.

“Sea-based high-precision weapons in the area of ​​​​the settlement of Liman, Odessa region, destroyed two installations of the Harpoon coastal missile system delivered from the UK,” — he said.

In Kramatorsk, two launchers of the Tochka-U missile system were struck by the Russian Aerospace Forces in Kramatorsk, in the village of Mayaki in the DPR— six combat vehicles of multiple launch rocket systems BM-21 Grad; and an ammunition depot.

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

According to the Ministry of Defense, over the past day, the Russian military also suppressed four MLRS batteries and four artillery batteries in the areas of the settlements of Novoluganskoye, Semigorye, Pershetravnoye, Zaitsevo and Kodema in the DPR. Aviation, rocket troops and artillery attacked 156 areas with military equipment and manpower, as well as a fuel storage facility for armored vehicles in the village of Annovka, Dnepropetrovsk region, the agency reported.

In total, since the beginning of the special operation, according to Konashenkov, 237 aircraft, 137 helicopters, 1,488 drones, 353 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,964 tanks and other armored vehicles, 730 MLRS combat vehicles, 3,112 artillery pieces and mortars, as well as 4,076 units of special military vehicles have been destroyed. .

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The Russian special operation in Ukraine has been going on for more than four months. President Vladimir Putin announced its beginning on February 24. He called the goals of the special operation “demilitarization” and “denazification” neighboring country, as well as protecting the population of Donbass from “genocide”.

After the start of the special operation, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the severance of diplomatic relations with Russia. Martial law was introduced in Ukraine and general mobilization was announced.

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Shinzo Abe dies after assassination attempt

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Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has died after an assassination attempt.

The death of a politician is reported by the Japanese media. According to nikkei.com, Abe, 67, died at the Nara Medical University Hospital from injuries sustained as a result of shooting during his street performance in Nara city.

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41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami, a former member of the maritime self-defense forces, shot the ex-premier twice with a homemade sawn-off shotgun. Abe was wounded in the neck and chest.

Medics did everything possible to save the life of the former head of government. However, the wounds turned out to be incompatible with life.

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Daily Express: EU gift to Putin infuriates Ukraine

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The EU's decision to classify natural gas and nuclear energy as “green” energy sources outraged Ukrainian politicians. According to them, the verdict was a huge “gift to Putin” and will allow Europe to continue to spend billions of euros on the purchase of Russian gas.

As British Daily Express columnist Anthony Ashkenaz wrote, the EU taxonomy is a classification system to decide which investments are “green” by giving certain industries access to additional funding.

The decision on gas and nuclear was preceded by months of heated debate. But the proposal of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was accepted.

Ukrainian MP Inna Sovsun wrote on social media: “Putin is rubbing his hands happily today.” She thanked 278 “brave” MEPs who objected.

Svetlana Krakovskaya, a Ukrainian climatologist and member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said she was shocked by the decision.

Germany, which receives a third of its gas from Russia, required that natural gas be included in the taxonomy. Berlin tried to justify its position by saying that gas would become a transitional fuel, the use of which would make it possible to abandon the most “dirty” sources of energy.

Nuclear energy does not release carbon directly into the atmosphere, but it has become the subject of lively debate as a source of radioactive waste. On declaring her “green” investment, insisted France, which gets 70% of its energy from nuclear energy.

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Ukraine has assembled a 70,000-strong group for the defense of Seversk

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The Ukrainian command gathered around Seversk in the Bakhmutsky district a group of 70 thousand people to confront the troops of the Russian Armed Forces and the soldiers of the LPR and DPR participating in the special operation.

According to the publication “Military Affairs” citing sources, a reserve of 40 thousand people arrived near Seversk. In addition, mercenaries from the Foreign Legion were deployed near Seversk.

Also, the surviving units from Lysychansk retreated to Seversk.

The report says that the Ukrainian military has already occupied several heights on the outskirts of the city, hoping that this will give an advantage in defense.

Recall that on July 4, Assistant Minister of Internal Affairs of the Luhansk People's Republic Vitaly Kiselev reported that units of Russia and the People's Militia of the DPR and LPR are now attacking Seversk in two directions . He explained that taking Seversk under control would allow developing an offensive against Kramatorsk and Slavyansk. According to him, Seversk — is "the key to Kramatorsk and Slavyansk". 

The allied offensive against Seversk was allowed by taking control of a number of settlements in the Donetsk region, to the south and south of west of Lisichansk.

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The mayor of the Latvian Daugavpils got into a scandal because of the celebration of the Independence Day of Belarus

participation in the solemn feast dedicated to the Independence Day of Belarus, reports Sputnik – Latvia  with reference to local news resources.

July 5 at the restaurant in the hotel  "Latgola" in Daugavpils, the Consulate General of the Republic of Belarus arranged a solemn reception, to which were invited, in particular, not only Mayor Andrei Elksninsh, but also Vice Mayor Alexei Vasiliev, head of the local Ukrainian society “Mriya” Nadezhda Stakhovskaya, representatives of business and public organizations.

After the event, the mayor was asked for an explanation. It is reported that such a request was made, for example, by the Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Arturs Toms Plešs.

Local media explain this reaction by the negative attitude of officials towards Belarus, recalling that the Latvian State Security Service believes that in the current geopolitical situation, the participation of officials in the events held by Belarus does not correspond to the interests of national security.

Elksnins explained his visit that diplomatic relations with Belarus were not broken, and hundreds of citizens of Belarus and thousands of ethnic Belarusians with citizenship live in the city Latvia. “Logically, all these people, along with me, should be immediately deported. True, there will be no people left in the city, but maybe this is the goal? Or is it still better for me to hurry and resign before everyone is jailed? – the mayor joked in response.

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Russian military destroyed two British Harpoon installations in Ukraine

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The Russian Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of two British installations of the Harpoon coastal complex by high-precision naval weapons.

“High-precision sea-based weapons near the settlement of Liman, Odessa region, destroyed two installations of the Harpoon coastal missile system delivered from the UK,” the department said.

In Kramatorsk Russian Air Force strikes destroyed two launchers of the Tochku-U missile system; and over 150 enemy soldiers and officers.

In the village of Mayak in the DPR, Russian servicemen destroyed six BM-21 Grad multiple launch rocket systems. and an ammunition depot.

Earlier, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Peskov, explained that Vladimir Putin’s words that “nothing is serious” in Ukraine not yet, mean the incommensurability of the military potential of Moscow and Kyiv.

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Russian air defense shot down Ukrainian MiG-29

/p> Photo: Global Look Press Ukrainian MiG-29 fighter, as well as nine unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). This was announced by the official representative of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov.

“Russian air defense systems shot down in a day: a MiG-29 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force near the village of Golubovka in the Donetsk People’s Republic, as well as nine Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles,” the message says.

In addition, Konashenkov stressed that Russian troops destroyed Ukrainian UAVs in the areas of the settlements of Zhovtnevoe Boldyrevo, Kovalevka, Petrovka, Dolgenkoe, Kapitolovka in the Kharkiv region, as well as Kuibyshevo in the Kherson region.

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Finland’s President approves amendments allowing to build a fence on the border with Russia

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Finnish President Sauli Niinistö approved amendments that allow the installation of barriers on the country's border. The amendments will enter into force on July 15, according to the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the country.

“The President of the Republic approved the amendments on July 8, the decree will enter into force on July 15, 2022,” the message says.

Amendments were made to the law on the protection of borders. Barriers will be able to be built at the borders in order to “better prepare for various threats to border security.”

Earlier, Interior Minister Krista Mikkonen said that the construction of border barriers is part of Finland's operational preparations for a new country security report.

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Recall that on July 5, at the headquarters of the North Atlantic Alliance in Brussels, permanent representatives of NATO countries signed protocols on accession to the bloc of Finland and Sweden.

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The Kremlin announced the ability of Russia to guarantee the energy security of Europe

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Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russia is capable of guaranteeing Europe's energy security.

He noted that Moscow consistently fulfills all its obligations.

“Russia is still able to guarantee the complete energy security of Europe,” the head of the Kremlin press service stressed, adding that Russia is also able to guarantee “absence of sky-high bills for electricity, heat” that European taxpayers are now receiving.

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“Does not show signs of life”: Abe, who attempted to assassinate ex-Prime Minister of Japan, was detained

The attack on a prominent politician came as a shock to the Land of the Rising Sun

An attempt was made on the life of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan. A shot was fired at the politician during his speech. According to the first reports, the victim was hospitalized, but “showed no signs of life.” Abe was reportedly conscious when he was flown by helicopter to the hospital.

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Japanese media reported that former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in a state of cardiopulmonary failure after he was injured during a campaign speech Friday in western Japan.

In Japan, the media often use the term “in a state of heart failure”; to describe situations in which the victim is no longer alive but the doctor has not yet signed the death certificate. Whether this happened in the case of Abe is not yet clear. In any case, according to one of the latest reports from the NHK television company, the former prime minister came to his senses after he lost consciousness. The wounded politician was taken to the hospital by helicopter.

The incident occurred during a speech by Shinzo Abe in the western city of Nara in Japan, near Osaka, on Friday at about 11:30 local time. According to one information, he was wounded in the back, according to another — the shot was fired in the chest.

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The public broadcaster NHK showed footage showing how Abe passed out in the street, and several guards run towards him. He was reportedly shot a few minutes after he started talking outside the main train station.

Shinzo Abe was making a speech when shots rang out. He clutched his chest as he collapsed to the ground, his shirt stained with blood, but  he was able to speak before passing out.

Police detained the man on suspicion of attempted murder and confiscated his gun. Photos posted to social media on Friday show a male suspect being held on the ground with his hands tied.

Shinzo Abe arrived in Nara to give a campaign speech on the street in support of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) candidates ahead of the upcoming upper house elections scheduled for Sunday, according to NHK.

After that, the politician planned to go to Kyoto and then to Saitama Prefecture, which neighbors the capital Tokyo.

Local firefighter Makoto Morimoto said Abe went into cardiac arrest after being shot and was taken to the prefectural hospital. NHK reports that Abe was later transferred to a Nara Medical University clinic.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno called the attack on the former head of government “inexcusable”, adding that current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has canceled campaign events in northeast Japan and is returning to the Liberal Democratic Party headquarters in Tokyo.

Coming from a family of well-known politicians (his grandfather Nobusuke Kishi was also the country's prime minister), Shinzo Abe went down in history as the longest-serving prime minister of Japan. In terms of premiership, he surpassed the record of his great uncle Eisaku Sato, who served as head of government for 2,798 days from 1964 to 1972.

The time of Shinzo Abe's premiership came with efforts to rebuild after a catastrophic earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant accident in Fukushima. Just during the period when Abe was at the head of the government, Emperor Akihito abdicated the throne of Japan for the first time in the last 200 years, and a new monarch, Emperor Naruhito, ascended the throne.

Shinzo Abe retired in 2020, citing health reasons. Abe has been reported to have suffered from colitis, an incurable inflammatory bowel disease, since adolescence. The same illness was also responsible for his previous abrupt resignation as prime minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats in 2007, after just over a year in office. In 2012, he nevertheless returned to the post of party leader and head of government.

“For almost eight years I had my chronic disease under control, but this year, in June, I had another check-up and I had signs of the disease,” — informed the public by Shinzo Abe in August 2020, announcing his resignation.

The attack on a prominent politician came as a shock to a country that is one of the safest in the world and has some of the strictest gun control laws. Unlike the US, Japan has a near-zero tolerance to the possession of weapons by citizens — which, according to experts, contributes to the extremely low rate of gun crime. Japan recorded six gun deaths in 2014, according to the National Police Agency, a number that rarely exceeds 10 in a year in a country of 126 million people. In 2006, only two people were killed in a shooting.

Among the few exceptions — guns for hunting and sports. Even so, prospective owners must attend classes and take written and practical exams. Then the potential owners of the “trunks” must undergo a psychological assessment to determine if they are qualified to own a firearm. Police background checks are exhaustive and even include questioning relatives of gun owners.

The few gun violations reported in the media usually involve members of yakuza crime syndicates. According to the police, in 2020 there were 21 arrests for the use of firearms, 12 of which are connected with organized crime gangs, according to Nikkei Asia. p style=”text-align: center;”>

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Russian special operation in Ukraine: online broadcast on July 8

Reports of the Ministry of Defense, sanctions, statements by politicians

Ukrainians began to actively resist the attempts of the authorities to drive them to the front. In Transcarpathia, women were not allowed to enter the farm by military registration and enlistment office staff who had come to pick up their men. Soldiers who raised the flag of Ukraine were killed on Snake Island. The neo-Nazis refused to follow the orders of Kyiv, which sent them to the front line of battles, and deserted. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost his post with a scandal, but finally promised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky London's help for as long as it is needed. Ex-deputy of the Rada Ilya Kiva and head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov said that the British politician would resign, taking with him the money he received as a “kickback” from Kyiv. Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to equate the servicemen of the DPR and LPR with the Russian military and demanded that consolidated public support be provided to the Russian army.

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12:43 from the morning briefing of the Russian Ministry of Defense:

– Two installations of the Harpoon coastal missile system delivered from the UK were destroyed in the Odessa region;

– Russian pilots shot down two Ukrainian MiG-29s and Su-25s in the Nikolaev region;

– Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed two launchers of the Tochka-U complex in Kramatorsk; and more than 150 Ukrainian military;

– The Russian Armed Forces destroyed up to 290 military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and 29 pieces of equipment in the area of ​​the city of Ochakov;

– Russian air defense shot down a MiG-29 aircraft of the Air Force in a day Ukraine in the DPR and nine drones in the Kherson region;

– The Russian Armed Forces destroyed six Ukrainian MLRS BM-21 “Grad” in the DPR and an ammunition depot.

12:40 The Kremlin explained Putin's phrase about the special operation “they haven't started in earnest yet.”

11:45  Ukraine has assembled a 70,000-strong group for the defense of Seversk.

11:44 Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov said that the United States of America appealed to Russia with a request to recognize the mercenaries participating in hostilities  on the side of Ukraine, combatants. However, the diplomat noted, the topic was not continued.

11:15 Kedmi explained why Kyiv did not declare war on Russia.

08 :51 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Kyiv is not ready to give up its territory to Russia. NATO is the only guarantor of the country's security.

03:28 Ukraine has asked Canada not to give Russia the turbines needed to resume gas supplies through Nord Stream. to Germany.

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The Ministry of Defense recalled the experience of the liberation of Odessa: the operation lasted 3 weeks

The troops acted simultaneously from three directions

The Russian military department decided to recall the experience of liberating Odessa from the German-Romanian occupation in the spring of 1944. It posted on its resources a new batch of digitized archival documents from the period of the Great Patriotic War. The experience of the operation to liberate Odessa is all the more interesting because, according to a number of military experts, Odessa and neighboring Nikolaev may become the target of another offensive by our troops during a special military operation. Although no one has officially confirmed this information.

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Odessa was occupied by German and Romanian troops for almost three years, from September 1941 to April 1944. The operation to free her took about three weeks – from March 26 to April 14, 1944. During this time, the coastal grouping of Nazi forces between the Southern Bug and Dniester rivers was defeated.

Reports and combat logs, award materials tell about the course of the operation. In addition, there are registration cards of military graves and documentary evidence of the crimes of the Nazi regime, including a diary of Romanian soldiers.

Odessa was liberated by troops of the 2nd and 3rd Ukrainian fronts. The main difficulty was the terrain – a large number of water barriers – rivers, estuaries, indented and heavily fortified coastline. Troops moved from several directions. On March 28, Nikolaev was released. German troops were forced to retreat to the Dniester River. On March 30, amphibious assault liberated Ochakov.

Two armies bypassed Odessa from the northwest. To the north of them, the cavalry-mechanized group of General Issa Pliev was advancing. She was supposed to go to the Dniester estuary behind enemy lines. The 5th shock army marched on Odessa from the northeast, along the Black Sea coast.

In three years, German and Romanian troops equipped four lines of defense. As noted in the report on the actions of the 5th Army, the western shore of the Tiligul estuary became the first line of defense. The enemy mined the approaches to the estuary and destroyed the only crossing, blowing up bridges on a 3.5-kilometer dam.

On the night of April 1, our troops crossed the Tiligul estuary ford. The depth of the water in some places reached the shoulders. At the same time, the enemy fired on the advancing troops from the high western shore. The infantry drove the enemy out of the occupied coast and firmly entrenched themselves on it.

During the assault on Odessa, the Red Army relied on the support of local residents, the troops were helped by guides who knew the city and the enemy's defenses well. On the night of April 9, 1944, the assault began on the northern outskirts of Odessa. On the night of April 10, troops from two more armies joined the street fighting from the northwestern direction.

At 10:00 on April 10, Odessa was liberated. Huge damage was inflicted on the German and Romanian troops: the Nazis lost 160 thousand soldiers and officers near Odessa. Among the trophies there are 169 tanks, 273 guns.

According to the above documents, Odessa was taken by ground forces that attacked from the northern, northeastern and northwestern directions. The fleet solved auxiliary tasks. The amphibious assault did not land in Odessa itself. Most likely, because the water area and the coast were mined.

In the report of the Main Political Directorate of the Red Army dated April 11, 1944, it is noted that “the residents of the soldiers and officers of our units who entered the city hugged – they cried with joy, asked if they needed any help.

During the occupation, 82,000 inhabitants died in Odessa, 78,000 people were deported to forced labor in Germany. In the last days of their stay in the city, “German and Romanian soldiers opened machine-gun and automatic fire on women, children and the elderly who appeared on the streets of the city,” the report says. In the city itself, during the occupation, 2,290 buildings were looted and destroyed.

The diaries of the Romanian soldiers preserved the following entries: “On October 23, the executions of Jews and communists began. At 11 o'clock in the morning, 20 gallows were set up in the park (near the port), on which communists were hanged, and on the streets, at every intersection, there were shot men, women, girls. Their corpses lay around all day for the rest of the population to see.

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Named the weak point of the “Asian NATO” against China and Russia

The US is trying to unite allies in Asia against “aggressive” Beijing

To contain China and Russia, the US is trying to create a military-political alliance, which Beijing calls “Asian NATO”. Washington considers Japan and Australia to be its main pillars, while India's position remains uncertain.

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The US can rely on regional partnerships with Japan and Australia to curb Chinese ambitions in the region as the two Indo-Pacific countries develop closer ties and build military capabilities, former officials told Fox News Digital.

“Japan and Australia share a common position on the need to balance China's power in the Indo-Pacific region, and we have indeed held this position for many years, — former Australian foreign minister Alexander Downer told Fox News Digital. – China under Xi Jinping has become incredibly aggressive and is trying to dominate the region, and if they succeed, it will completely destabilize the region. We need to make sure China understands that we are happy to work with China and trade with China, but we are not going to be bullied by China.

The US faces a difficult attempt to contain Beijing's regional ambitions in the Indo-Pacific. Officials previously told Fox News Digital that the US is relying on overlapping bilateral treaties to create similar cooperation that much of Europe uses through NATO.

Alexander Downer, Australia's longest-serving foreign secretary, claims that it is best to assume that China's political system “will not change from now until my death.”

America's most credible form of deterrence remains the Quadruple Security Dialogue (or QUAD) between the US, Japan, Australia, and India. Although the QUAD format does not involve the same military obligations between the participants as NATO, China still condemned this alliance as an “Asian NATO”.

“QUAD came out of what we originally called the trilateral security dialogue that was with the United States, Australia and Japan, and actually the Japanese added India to it, which is very reasonable, — Downer explained. – Japan has been a very reliable ally in the Indo-Pacific for both Australia and the United States.

Ambassador Mikio Mori, Japan's Consul General in New York, explained to Fox News Digital that, aside from a treaty alliance with the United States, Japan has no single “best” an ally in the region, Tokyo instead relies on a mosaic of partnerships with different partners in different roles.

But the US sees Japan-Australia relations as a critical component of its containment of China policy in the Indo-Pacific. Former director of Japan at the State Department, Kevin Maher, told Fox News Digital that, “outside of the US,” Australia is “obviously” is Japan's most important partner.

China's Belt and Road Initiative, through which Beijing invests in small developing countries, has helped China secure influence in “Tier 2 and Tier 3 countries” important to the supply chain, especially in “military areas, cyber-hacking, and company acquisitions.” ;, claims Fox News. Beijing even cut Japan off from rare earth resources in alleged retaliation for a dispute over fishing boats and waters in 2010. At the time, Japan was almost entirely dependent on China for these metals.

Since then, Japan has been working to expand its military capabilities, which the US government has “greatly welcomed.” Japan currently boasts some of the largest spending on its military, spending around $49 billion a year — seventh place, ahead of Russia and South Korea, but behind the UK and Germany, according to Fox News.

“In 2015, the then prime minister changed his fundamental policy to allow the so-called collective self-defense, — Kevin Maher explained. – Until then, operational planning… was very limited because they could only engage in so-called individual self-defense, which means — they were limited solely to actions to protect Japan».

Measure of “collective defense” qualifies in situations where Japan is facing an “existential crisis”, defined in Article 2 of its Constitution as “an armed attack occurs against a foreign country in close relations with Japan, and as a result of which” threatens the survival of Japan.

"This is a direct attack on Japan, for example the Taiwan Strait scenario or the Korean Peninsula scenario, — Maher said. — So there is a lot more joint training and joint planning going on between the US and Japan».

The biggest unknown for the United States in the region remains India's position and orientation in the region: Downer expressed concern about the position of New Delhi, saying that it “still maintains a fairly close relationship with Russia.”

“I I do not see an ally in India, — Downer said. – I see it in the sense that I would say that obviously the United States is our main ally, but I would see Japan as a very similar ally. He acknowledged that “on the issue of China, India has been quite firm politically.”

“I think we probably feel that their relationship with China and Russia is a function of history that won’t change very quickly,” — Downer said.

Downer believes Australia and Japan should continue to build coalitions in the region, such as with Singapore and Indonesia, which he believes could one day “dominate the region.”

These unions will add to the already “huge amount” of military strength in the region, with both Australia and Japan boasting significant support for US military bases. If China tries to take more aggressive actions in the region, such as trying to invade Taiwan, Downer believes that the current alliances and military capabilities can counter these efforts.

“If they tried to take over Taiwan, it could would be fantastically difficult and incredibly expensive in terms of lives lost and equipment destroyed and the impact it would have on China, — he said.

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Satanovsky said that only Zelensky would be sad about Johnson’s resignation

He's faced a lot of crises

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced his own resignation as head of the Tory Party and as prime minister following the resignation of more than 35 British government officials. Political scientist Yevgeny Satanovsky is convinced that Johnson's resignation was inevitable, but only Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will be sad about it.

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In his Telegram channel, Satanovsky noted that Johnson “got” everyone, both in their own government and in their own party. The political scientist recalled that the British Prime Minister at first categorically refused to leave, but then “made a 180” turn, saying that he was not going to suffer with “a useless cabinet of ministers.” At the same time, the expert clarified that it was not at all a matter of “absolute professional incompetence”; Johnson as a politician, but the numerous crises he faced.

Satanovsky explained that in the UK at the moment there is both a domestic and foreign political crisis, and there are also big problems in the economic sphere. In addition, as the political scientist noted, issues were not resolved either with the Scots and Irish, or with migrants and refugees, including Ukrainians. The expert stressed that the situation is aggravated by Johnson's ardent support for the Ukrainian president. Johnson, according to Satanovsky, on the classic, Soviet-type “immoral” The expert recalled the drunken trick of a high-ranking member of the ruling Conservative Party of the House of Commons, Christopher Pincher, which was not the first thing the British prime minister was aware of.

The political scientist added that in the West they always talk about tolerance, but in this situation&nbsp ; even British moral standards could not stand it. According to Satanovsky, Johnson, being the head of government, forbade a lot to everyone, but not to himself. The expert believes that in the current situation, it will not be easy for the President of Ukraine Zelensky. The political scientist ironically said that “such a partner in the show” selected «evil fate» from the Ukrainian leader.

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The Japanese on the Web condemned the actions of Shinzo Abe’s guards during the assassination attempt

Experts dismantled photos and videos from the crime scene

The assassination attempt on former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shocked the inhabitants of prosperous Japan. In this country, murders are extremely rare, especially political figures. Suspected Tetsuya Yamagami fired at least two shots at Abe's back and was detained. The condition of the Japanese politician is extremely difficult. The first comments on the state of emergency appeared on social networks.

A Japanese analyst with the nickname “Jay-san” analyzed photos and videos from the scene of the assassination and posted an analytical comment on social networks as follows: “Judging by the size of the weapon, this is clearly not a pistol, even if the police try to convince us otherwise. The photo shows two white parts, similar to parts of a homemade shotgun, which was assembled from two cut-down guns. It is possible that after the second shot the weapon jammed. The video also shows white smoke behind Shinzo Abe at a distance of 5 to 8 meters.

A military expert with the nickname “daikibokougeki” is also sure that homemade weapons were used: “Firstly, by law, attaching handles to hunting rifles is prohibited in Japan. Secondly, in the photo you can see a rubber band attached to the weapon and a metal pipe. Finally, the amount of gunpowder during the firing is different each time.”

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The Japanese Yusuke Takimoto wrote: “I doubt that an amateur is able to shoot a gun so accurately. I think that the shooter was inspired to kill: they gave him a weapon, taught him how to use it, and told him about Shinzo Abe's schedule. But for what purpose was the assassination organized? To protect Japan from the globalists?”

User Qiang left a dissatisfied comment: “Why didn’t the guards react to this after the first shot? Were they waiting for the intruder to shoot again?”

Chinese lawyer Zhu Xuuan suggested the following: “If Shinzo Abe dies, his death will lead to the rise of extreme right-wing forces in Japan. This is a terrible thing for China and Russia.”

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Orientalist suggested that he may be hiding behind the assassination attempt on Shinzo Abe

Part of Japanese political circles might be dissatisfied with him

In Japan, on June 8, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died after an assassination attempt. He was shot with a homemade shotgun by 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami, who was detained immediately after the attack. Political scientist, orientalist and director of the Center for Comprehensive, European and International Studies at the National Research University Higher School of Economics Vasily Kashin noted that crimes motivated by mental illness are quite common in Japan, but it could also be a planned act.

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In conversation with Profile magazine Kashin said that Abe was very popular with the more nationalistic right-wing of Japanese society. The political scientist explained that the former Prime Minister of Japan revived the country's military power, pursued a strong regional policy, and also carried out a number of important economic reforms.

The orientalist emphasized that Abe is a very large figure, and the attempt on his life – this is a major event. According to the expert, the question is whether the action here is a loner, a madman, or we are dealing with something more. Kashin believes that there was no point in organizing the assassination, since Abe, being a major figure, had already left the stage. However, the political scientist suggests that a certain part of the Japanese political circles could be dissatisfied with him.

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At the moment, according to the expert, it is difficult to track any trends, because it could be just crazy. In addition, Kashin added that such strange crimes against the background of mental illness take place in Japan. The Orientalist added that, as far as he knew, Abe's attacker did not have a real weapon, and he himself made “some kind of ridiculous shotgun.”

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