The US State Department concluded that Moscow should give rise to a meeting between US and Russian diplomats Anthony Blinken and Sergey Lavrov. Now in Washington they believe that such contact is not appropriate yet.
“We would like Russia to give a reason for a bilateral meeting with Minister Lavrov,” a representative of the department said.
Earlier in The State Department stated that such a meeting is not planned.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the European Union and NATO are gathering a full-fledged coalition for, in fact, a war with Russia. According to him, the Third Reich did almost the same. “We will look at all this very carefully,” the Russian minister says.
Lavrov also said that the OSCE Minsk Group had ceased its activities at the initiative of the United States and France.
The authorities and residents of the liberated territories of the Kharkiv region are striving for the region to become part of Russia, Vitaly Ganchev, head of the Regional Administration of the Region, told TASS .
According to him, residents ask a lot of questions about obtaining Russian citizenship.
Ganchev added that it is planned to bring Russian mobile operators here and establish communication with the help of towers that previously worked with Ukrainian Kyivstar and Vodafone operators. TASS writes about this.
According to Ganchev, about “20% of the territory of the Kharkiv region has been liberated.” But the situation in this part remains tense.
The territory is under shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Halve emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere by 2030 as part of the Clean Air federal project; now they will be in 41 cities instead of 12. Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko said this in an interview with aif.ru.
The Clean Air federal project stipulates that in the cities most affected by harmful emissions, the content of hazardous substances in the atmosphere must be reduced by at least half by 2030.
The first list includes Mednogorsk, Novokuznetsk, Norilsk, Omsk, Bratsk, Krasnoyarsk, Lipetsk, Cherepovets, Chelyabinsk, Magnitogorsk, Nizhny Tagil and Chita. After the start of work, it turned out that the situation is not equally bad in all these cities.
In addition, for several years in a row, officials did not have time to bring budget money to the regions, which is why the implementation of the project significantly lagged behind the plan. Now it was decided to increase the list of participants by three and a half times.
“Cities with an acute air quality problem need all the mechanisms to reduce emissions and improve the environmental situation. This includes the modernization of communal infrastructure and the environmental modernization of industrial enterprises. Solutions will be required to switch private households to environmentally friendly types of heating, as well as the purchase of environmentally friendly public transport, – Abramchenko said.
The list of measures will be developed for each city individually, and severe penalties await polluters, the Deputy Prime Minister warned.
From 2023, emissions quotas can be set for all industry in cities on the Clean Air List. If these limits are exceeded, companies will have to pay money, which will then be used to solve environmental problems.
Candidates for inclusion in the list of cities participating in the Clean Air became Gusinoozersk, Selenginsk and Ulan-Ude (Buryatia), Makhachkala, Kyzyl, Abakan and Chernogorsk (Khakassia), Barnaul, Petrovsk-Zabaikalsky (Transbaikal Territory), Achinsk, Lesosibirsk and Minusinsk (Krasnoyarsk Territory), Astrakhan, Ussuriysk (Primorsky Territory) , Komsomolsk-on-Amur and Chegdomyn (Khabarovsk Territory), Angarsk, Zima, Irkutsk, Svirsk, Usolye-Sibirskoye, Cheremkhovo and Shelekhov (Irkutsk region), Kemerovo, Kurgan, Iskitim (Novosibirsk region), Novocherkassk and Rostov-on-Don (Rostov region) and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
It was previously reported that Roshydromet recorded 406 cases of high air pollution in 2021, which is a quarter more than the record set in 2020.
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For the first time, electromagnetic systems Stupor, said a TASS source in law enforcement agencies.
«Russian electromagnetic complexes «Stupor» for the first time were successfully used during a special operation in Ukraine against Ukrainian drones,” the source said.
He noted that portable complexes are an effective means of combating UAVs. In addition, they are convenient to use. According to the source, you need to point the sight at the drone and press the “Stupor” button. After that, the control signal between the operator and the drone begins to be jammed, the UAV is forced to land.
“The need for such portable anti-drones became obvious due to the large number of UAVs and various small copters used by the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” the agency's interlocutor said.
According to him, the novelty has already been successfully used in the west of the DPR.
Earlier it was reported that the Armed Forces of Ukraine were forced to reduce the use of drones due to their ineffectiveness against Russian air defense systems and electronic warfare.
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Governor Alikhanov believes that with the consent of Vilnius, it is possible to build a dedicated railway line and a highway to Kaliningrad. He proposed to negotiate with the EU on the creation of a corridor to the region without entering the territory of Lithuania jpg” alt=”Alikhanov proposed to build a dedicated track to Kaliningrad” />
Governor of the Kaliningrad region Anton Alikhanov believes that it is possible to build a dedicated railway and road from the main territory of Russia to Kaliningrad. This will be possible only with the consent of Lithuania and on the basis of joint agreements between Moscow and Vilnius, he told RIA Novosti.
“We need a railway line. In fact, it already exists, — said the head of the region. According to Alikhanov, it would be possible to build a parallel branch for freight transportation, “to allocate it to some separate enterprise, to make some kind of international regime for its operation” in order to connect the region with the rest of Russia.
The governor believes that it is also possible to consider the possibility of movement of citizens, “make a road inside this corridor, which would be limited by some kind of dedicated corridor”: “The highway is such a — Kaliningrad».
On the eve of the channel «Russia 1» Alikhanov proposed to negotiate with the European Union on the creation of a corridor through which it would be possible to proceed to the region without entering the territory of Lithuania.
In mid-June, Lithuanian Railways banned the transportation to and from the Kaliningrad region of goods that fell under EU sanctions. As stressed by the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, Vilnius was guided by the restrictive measures taken by Brussels, and there is no talk of a blockade of the region. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis also pointed out that the country is implementing the European sanctions that came into force on June 17, this is done after consultations with the European Commission. EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer emphasized that the transit of non-sanctioned cargo “is working normally.”
The Kremlin called the decision of the Lithuanian side illegal, “a violation of everything and everyone” and said that Moscow was considering various options for retaliatory measures. The Russian Foreign Ministry promised to give Vilnius a “practical” rather than a diplomatic answer.
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Spiegel said that the European Commission may allow Moscow to use transit for all goods to Kaliningrad as early as July 10, as it believes that the ban could lead to an escalation of the conflict. Lithuania, according to the newspaper, reacted negatively to this decision.
On July 4, Alikhanov said that he had submitted to the Russian government a draft response to the ban on transit to Kaliningrad through Lithuania, but added that he considered the introduction of the measure premature. According to him, the issue of transit can be solved in two more ways. The first option provides that through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs it will be possible to achieve changes in the sanctions package. The second involves the launch of new ships on the sea route linking the Kaliningrad region with the main territory of Russia, while subsidizing the sea tariff so that products do not become more expensive. After that, the Kremlin said that they were counting on a favorable resolution of the situation, but “thinking about various scenarios in the event of a worse development of events.”
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The agency reported that RaHDit hackers released the data of 1,000 Ukrainian intelligence officers. Information about the activities of the group began to appear since March. RBC's source noted that it was impossible to confirm its existence “RIA Novosti” reported on the disclosed data of “Ukrainian intelligence officers” />
The RaHDit hacker group has made publicly available the data of 1,000 employees of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, RIA Novosti reports. Their authenticity was confirmed to the agency by a source in one of the Russian special services, saying that the materials “are beyond doubt.”
According to the agency, among the disclosed intelligence officers are representatives of embassy residencies in Russia, India, Austria, Vietnam, South Africa, Italy, Turkey, and Iran. The database also contains data from military intelligence curators in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Slovakia. According to RIA Novosti, the list was formed due to flaws in the protection of the GUR central control networks.
The first mention of this hacker group appeared shortly after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. March 3 Telegram channel «Kremlin washerwoman» reported that RaHDIt hacked 755 websites of Ukrainian authorities, mostly local.
“RIA Novosti” repeatedly published news with reference to the members of the group, in particular about “Ukraine's information and psychological operations in Russia.” On June 1, the agency reported that RaHDIt had released the data of 700 members of the Security Service of Ukraine to the public.
The group's website reports that RaHDit stands for Russian angry Hackers Did it (“Angry Russian hackers did it”). It claims to publish data “on the Nazis of the 21st century and their collaborators, inhuman crimes and the criminals who commit them.”
Kaspersky Lab cybersecurity expert Dmitry Galov, in a conversation with RBC, drew attention to the fact that the most high-profile incidents related to these hackers appeared in March. According to him, RaHDIt is “rather a group of like-minded people, and not a hacker group in the classical view.” In turn, RBC's source in a company in the information security market noted that RaHDIt is as non-public as possible and it is impossible to confirm its existence.
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Mohammed Barkindo was 63 years old. He headed OPEC in 2016, the term of office of the Secretary General ended at the end of July ” alt=”The head of the national oil company of Nigeria announced the death of OPEC Secretary General” />
Secretary General of the Organization of Nations— Oil Exporter (OPEC) Mohammed Barkindo has died at the age of 63, the head of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, said on his Twitter.
Barkindo passed away on the evening of Tuesday, July 5, Kyari said, without stating the cause.
“Of course, this is a great loss for his immediate family, NNPC, our country Nigeria, OPEC and the global energy community,”— wrote the head of the corporation.
On the day of his death, July 5, Barkindo met with Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari, who thanked him for his achievements as OPEC Secretary General, according to the organization's website, and also delivered a speech at the Nigerian oil and gas conference in Abuja.
Barkindo became the head of OPEC in July 2016 and served two terms in a row. His powers were to expire on July 31, and the representative of Kuwait, Haytham al-Gais, was elected as the new secretary general of the cartel.
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Before heading OPEC, he held key positions in the organization for several years – in 1986 he was appointed to the Nigerian delegation to OPEC, then became acting. Secretary General of the organization and represented Nigeria on its Board of Governors.
For more than 20 years, he worked in various positions at NNPC, and from 2009 to 2010 he was a managing director of a group of companies and an executive director of a corporation.
Graduated from Nigeria University. Ahmadu Bello with a bachelor's degree in political science. He continued his education at the University of Oxford and Washington.
This spring, against the backdrop of Western sanctions against Russia due to the military operation in Ukraine, the head of OPEC warned the European Union that restrictive measures could cause serious shocks in the oil market due to the inability to compensate for the missing volume. “Obviously, the export of Russian oil and oil products in the amount of more than 7 million barrels per day cannot be replaced from somewhere else. There are no free capacities,— he said in May.
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State Duma Speaker Volodin demanded compensation from the United States “for the spread” of COVID-19 Previously, WHO called the version of a virus leak from laboratories extremely unlikely
The United States must pay compensation to all countries that have suffered losses from the coronavirus pandemic, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin wrote on Telegram.
“Millions of sick and dead people, the global economic crisis, the fall in the standard of living of people— consequences of COVID-19 for which Washington needs to be held accountable, — he wrote.
Volodin urged to stop and declassify US military biological developments around the world.
The United States is in first place in the number of cases of infection with COVID-19, follows from WHO data. More than 86 million people have been ill with coronavirus in the country, which is 43 million more than cases in India. More than 1 million people have died from the effects of COVID-19 in the United States.
This is how the speaker of the State Duma reacted to an interview with the chairman of the commission of the Lancet scientific journal for the study of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2), professor of economics Jeffrey Sachs, to the Teheran Times.
Sachs named two hypotheses for the origin of coronavirus: natural distribution or creation in the laboratory. He noted that the US government has funded many dangerous genetic manipulations with SARS viruses and has not yet disclosed information about it.
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“There are worrying signs that this study could create SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19. We may suspect this because American scientists have declared their intention to manipulate viruses in such a way that they can create a virus, — said the chairman of the commission.
At the same time, he refused to believe that the coronavirus appeared as a biological weapon. The professor suggested that the spread could have occurred during research into the creation of drugs and vaccines, but there is no complete information yet.
“Biden is silent. Afraid that the world will find out the truth about the true culprit of the pandemic, & mdash; said Volodin.
Experts identified the first outbreak of the latest coronavirus in December 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Politicians and journalists put forward the version that the virus could spread as a result of a leak from the laboratory, China rejected such a possibility.
In March 2021, a team of experts from China and other countries conducted a study in Wuhan as part of a WHO mission. They identified four theories for the origin of COVID-19. Experts considered the most likely transmission of the virus to humans from bats through an intermediary animal. At the same time, they considered that direct transmission of the virus from bats is also possible. The version of transmission through frozen or chilled foods was called unlikely, and the option of the virus leaking from a laboratory in Wuhan was called “highly unlikely”.
Later, the head of the US National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins, stated that evidence of the spread of COVID-19 after there is no leak from the Chinese lab. “There was another idea that maybe it was an accidental leak from the laboratory <…>. I never ruled it out, although there was no evidence, — he said.
On June 10 this year, the SAGO Scientific Advisory Group on the Origin of New Pathogens at the WHO reported that gaps remain in data on coronavirus infection that make it difficult to reconstruct the picture of the spread of the virus.
Experts noted that the virus was found in patients who were associated with a seafood market in Wuhan, but the source of the infection and its route to the market remain unknown. They recommended to study the version about laboratory origin again.
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Assistant Interior Minister Sergei Umnov is suspected of exceeding his authority and taken to the temporary detention center on Petrovka. He does not admit his guilt. High-ranking officers of the St. Petersburg police are also involved in the case. assistant to Kolokoltsev, ex-head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of St. Petersburg” />
Assistant to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Lieutenant-General Sergey Umnov, was detained and is now in a temporary detention center (IVS) on Petrovka. This was reported to RT by the Public Monitoring Commission (POC).
“They were charged with abuse of power. I plead not guilty, — the observers conveyed the words of the detainee.
A member of the PMC of Moscow, Eva Merkacheva, told RBC that Umnov was taken to the detention center the night before. “Apparently, a preventive measure will be chosen today, it will most likely be the Basmanny Court,” — she said.
From March 2012 to February 2019, Umnov headed the department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for St. Petersburg. Then he was appointed assistant to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, Vladimir Kolkoltsev.
According to Kommersant, on the eve of Umnov's house and office searches were carried out, investigative actions are connected with the investigation of the case under Part 3 of Art. 285 of the Criminal Code (abuse of power), initiated in July 2020. The Ministry of Internal Affairs confirmed this, specifying that the investigative actions were carried out by employees of the main department of internal security of the department and the FSB.
According to the police, from 2016 to 2020, officials from among the senior staff of the St. acquired property with funds from the Fund for Assistance to Programs of the Central Internal Affairs Directorate of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region.
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The head of the St. and the Leningrad Region Alexei Semyonov and the former deputy head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region Ivan Abakumov, they were also detained.
The 47news portal reported on the searches at Semenov's the day before. Abakumov recently lived in the Crimea, a year ago he was involved in the case of forgery or circulation of forged documents, but escaped punishment due to the statute of limitations. Petersburg and Leningrad region was founded in 2008. According to 47news, it was created on the initiative of Dmitry Mikhalchenko, the ex-head of the Forum holding, who was sentenced on June 28 to 20 years in a strict regime colony and a fine of 1 million rubles. in the case of embezzlement of 1.2 billion rubles. during the construction of the presidential residence in Novo-Ogarevo.
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The politician cited five provisions from documents to support his words:
At the end of June, Norway refused to allow 20 tons of food for the Russian mining village of Barentsburg in the polar archipelago of Svalbard at the request of Russia. She referred to European sanctions, to which she partially joined.
The Foreign Ministry considered Oslo's decision unacceptable, and the State Duma responded by proposing to denounce the agreement with Norway on cooperation in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean. The Norwegian side replied that this was impossible, since the document “does not contain a termination clause.” “A common practice in this case is that this type of agreement is valid indefinitely,” — said Norwegian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anne Haavardsdatter, adding that both countries are interested in maintaining this agreement.
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France “leaked” the recording of the presidents' talks unilaterally and violated diplomatic ethics, the Russian Foreign Minister considered
Paris violated diplomatic ethics when it released recordings of President Emmanuel Macron's talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. The briefing following the talks with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son was broadcast on YouTube.
“Diplomatic ethics, of course, does not imply such a one-sided leak of the recording,”— said Lavrov.
At the same time, the minister added that Moscow always negotiates “so that there is no shame.” “We always say what we think, and we are ready to answer for these words and explain our position,” — he declared.
At the same time, Lavrov recalled that the Russian Foreign Ministry also published a record of negotiations with his colleagues from France— Jean-Yves Le Drian and Germany— Heiko Maasompo Normandy Format. “But before we published the content of my negotiations, we warned them three times, and they answered with silence,” — explained the diplomat.
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During the conversation, the Russian president accused his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky of lying to Western leaders about preparing to implement the Minsk agreements. In addition, Putin pointed out to the French president his statement about the right of Kyiv not to comply with the Minsk agreements. Macron denied this information and confirmed his commitment to the opinion that the parties to the conflict must adhere to the agreements.
“Listen, Emmanuelle, I don't understand what your problem is with the separatists. At least they did everything necessary, at our insistence, to start a constructive dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities, — said Putin.
Then the presidents argued about the right of the “separatists” draw up a roadmap on the situation in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which, under the Minsk agreements, were to be considered by the Ukrainian authorities.
“I don’t know what lawyer could tell you that in a sovereign state, the texts of laws are separatist groups, and not democratically elected authorities,” — Macron stressed. In response, Putin pointed out that the government of Ukraine came to power as a result of a coup and is not democratic.
At those talks, Macron suggested that Putin hold a meeting of all parties to the Ukrainian conflict. The Russian President promised to study the proposal after talking and consulting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense.
The French leader asked the Russian President to “calm down” their troops near the border with Ukraine. Putin promised that the military exercises would end on the evening of February 20, but indicated that the contingent would remain at the border until the situation in Donbass was resolved. At the end of the call, Macron conveyed to Putin the words of US leader Joe Biden that he was ready to meet in Geneva in the next few days.
After the publication, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused France of violating the secrecy of the negotiations.
The businessman withdrew his divorce suit from the president of the All-Russian Federation of Rhythmic Gymnastics Irina Viner. The couple has been married since 1992. Since the end of February, the US, Britain and the EU have imposed sanctions against Usmanov =”Alisher Usmanov withdrew his divorce suit from Irina Viner” />
Alisher Usmanov and Irina Viner
Businessman Alisher Usmanov withdrew his divorce suit from rhythmic gymnastics coach Irina Viner-Usmanova, RIA Novosti reports. . The court terminated the proceedings.
RBC sent a request to the judicial department of the Justice of the Peace No. 205. Usmanov's representative declined to comment.
The businessman filed a lawsuit on May 4. Two weeks later, the representatives of the parties held a conversation, after which the spouses were given time to make a final decision.
The couple have been married since 1992.
Usmanov, after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, fell under the sanctions of the United States, Great Britain and the European Union. The businessman called the decision of these countries unfair, saying that they were based on “trumped-up and unfounded accusations” that hurt his “honor, dignity and business reputation.” In May, he decided to appeal his inclusion on the EU sanctions list to the European Court of General Jurisdiction. Due to restrictions, the businessman suspended his powers as president of the International Fencing Federation (FIE).
Usmanov— founder and main shareholder of the USM group (49%), which owns the Metalloinvest company; and MegaFon. According to Forbes, his fortune is $15.4 billion. In May, The Times estimated Usmanov's fortune at £10 billion ($11.97 billion). The billionaire dropped out of the top ten richest people in the UK according to the newspaper: compared to 2021, he lost six positions, being in the 11th line of the rating.
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Irina Viner-Usmanova has been the president of the All-Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation since 2008. Among her pupils— Alina Kabaeva, Irina Chashchina, Laysan Utyasheva, Evgenia Kanaeva and others.
The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, rejected plans to fight with Russia The European Union will not fight with Russia in response to a military operation in Ukraine, Borrell said. He considered the sanctions against Russia quite effective, which will only increase in the near future. jpg” alt=”Borrell rejected EU plans to fight Russia” />
The European Union has no plans to fight Russia, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said in an interview with the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri.
“The EU does not want war with Russia, and economic sanctions are central to its response to aggression (military action in Ukraine.— RBC). These measures have already begun to operate and will be intensified in the coming months,— said the diplomat.
According to him, sanctions against Russia are already affecting the country's military-industrial complex. They limit the production of such missiles as the Iskander. and X101, Borrell said. He considered such sanctions to be of decisive importance in the context of military operations in Ukraine.
Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. Kyiv introduced martial law. Representatives of 141 countries in the UN General Assembly condemned the actions of the Russian authorities, demanded a ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops.
In response to Russia's actions, Western countries, including members of the European Union, have imposed unprecedented sanctions against Russian companies, banks, the Central Bank, officials, imports and exports of a number of goods. As a result, Russia ranked first in the world in terms of the number of sanctions imposed. The Kremlin called them illegal and accused the West of unleashing the conflict by supplying weapons to Ukraine.
In the third month of hostilities, Borrell called on the European Union to make great efforts to defend itself and create a unified armed force. He later stated that Europe must learn to use the language of force— be able to respond to threats, but not necessarily with the help of military equipment.
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In mid-June, the head of European diplomacy said that coexistence with Russia would be very difficult after its actions in Ukraine, but the EU must continue to talk with the Russian authorities.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov then called Borrell's statements “out of the ordinary”; and pointed to the serious reversal in politics that Western countries have been conducting since the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine.
The minister later accused the EU and NATO of forming a coalition for the war with Russia. He saw “aggressive ideological underpinnings”, primarily Russophobic, in the changes in the European Union.
Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized that “sanctions obsession” The European Union will lead to dire consequences for the Europeans themselves. He said that the EU has lost political sovereignty, and politicians began to live in isolation from reality. Putin predicted the organization's degradation and change of elites.
It will not be possible to arrange a “show trial” over Russia, therefore “the filthy dogs of war stop with their disgusting barking,” the deputy chairman said. The idea of punishing a country that has nuclear weapons will endanger humanity, he believes jpg” alt=”Medvedev responded to calls to create a tribunal over Russia with a phrase from the Bible” />
The United States, which has waged a series of “wars away from home” will not be able to arrange a “show trial”; over Russia, wrote Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev in the Telegram channel.
“With Russia, this will not work. They understand this very well. Therefore, the filthy dogs of war stop by with their disgusting bark. But the USA and their worthless mongrels must remember the words of Scripture: “Judge not, lest you be judged, for by what judgment you judge, you will be judged.” (Bible. Matt. 7:1–2). So that one day “the great day of his wrath shall not come to their house, and who can stand?” (Bible. Rev. 6:17)»,— wrote Medvedev.
The deputy chairman recalled that he had previously called “delusional” attempts to arrange a tribunal to investigate the actions of Russia. “The idea of punishing a country that has the largest nuclear capability is absurd in itself. And potentially poses a threat to the existence of mankind,»,— Medvedev noted.
According to Medvedev, the entire history of America since the conquest of the Indians— “these are bloody wars of annihilation.”
In early March, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Karim Khan, announced his decision “as soon as possible” start investigating violations on the territory of Ukraine. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov drew attention to the fact that Russia is not a participant in the court and categorically rejects the assumption of involvement in war crimes in Ukraine.
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In 2015, Academician Pivovarov became a defendant in a negligence case due to a fire at INION, and two years later he was suspected of fictitious employment of two employees. The scientist denied guilt
The Investigative Committee filed a petition with the Basmanny Court for the arrest in absentia of the former director of the Institute for Scientific Information on Social Sciences (INION) of the Russian Academy of Sciences Yuri Pivovarov in the case of embezzlement. The case card is published on the court website.
The Basmanny Court confirmed receipt of the petition to RBC.
Criminal case against Pivovarov under Part 4 of Art. 159 Criminal Codes were opened in March 2017. The scientist said that he was suspected of hiring two employees who actually did not work, but at the same time received a salary. According to investigators, one of them was paid 1 million rubles, the other— 500 thousand rubles
At that time, the ex-director of the institute said that the institution had been checking its financial activities for several months, the premises of INION were searched, and his foreign passport was confiscated from him. In addition, according to Pivovarov, the investigators came to his mother's apartment and to the apartment at the place of registration, where he does not live.
Pivovarov headed INION in 1998. On January 30, 2015, a fire broke out in the building of the institute, as a result, thousands of books were damaged, part of the building was destroyed. In April of the same year, Pivovarov, who at that time left the post of director and assumed the position of scientific director of the institute, was charged with negligence. The scientist denied his guilt and emphasized that, in conditions of insufficient funding, he could not ensure the fire safety of the building.
Until 2015, INION and its library were located at the address: Nakhimovsky Prospect, 51, next to the Profsoyuznaya metro station; . After the fire, the Institute moved to Krzhizhanovsky Street. In March 2019, INION employees told RBC that the Ministry of Education and Science offered the institute to give up the rights of the developer to the burned-out building.
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Pivovarov— political scientist and historian, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, doctor of political sciences, author of more than 500 scientific publications. On the website of INION, he is also listed as the scientific director of the institute.
In April 2017, the Free Historical Society (founded in 2014 by scientists in the humanities) supported Pivovarov, stating that criminal cases against him were opened on political reasons.
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The Ministry of Finance of Kazakhstan has published a draft order banning the supply of goods to Russia and Belarus that fell under Western sanctions. The Kremlin noted that Moscow and Nur-Sultan, on the contrary, are aimed at developing cooperation
The building of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan has not yet made decisions to support anti-Russian sanctions, the countries, on the contrary, intend to expand cooperation, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
Earlier, the Ministry of Finance of Kazakhstan published for public discussion a draft order regulating the implementation of sanctions on the supply of certain goods to Russia. Peskov was asked if the Kremlin was following the discussion of this initiative.
“Our governments are in constant contact,”— the spokesman replied. “Therefore, no decisions have been made so far. So far, on the contrary, an absolute intention is being declared to further develop our interaction,— he said, speaking about relations between Moscow and Nur-Sultan.
Peskov was also asked if Kazakhstan remains a friendly country. “Certainly, of course,” — This was stated by the Kremlin representative.
The draft order of the Ministry of Finance of Kazakhstan published for public discussion is called “On approval of the rules for the implementation of a pilot project to record the movement of certain types of goods when they are exported from the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the territory of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus. Kommersant was the first to pay attention to him.
The list of goods, in respect of which the state revenue authorities of Kazakhstan (the joint tax and customs service) must ensure the prohibition of third countries on exports to Russia and Belarus, “is formed and published by the authorized body <…> in open access on the official Internet resource www.traderadar.kz”, the document says. At the same time, the state revenue bodies “within one working day” must certify copies of electronic invoices submitted by them or refuse to certify them, “if the country of origin of the goods is a country” that has banned the export of certain types of goods to Russia and Belarus. Refusal to certify invoices actually closes the possibility of supplying such goods to these countries.
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In June, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev became one of the few foreign politicians who visited the St. economic forum. At it, Tokayev stated that Nur-Sultan does not recognize the DPR and LPR, which he considers “quasi-state territories.” His press service also reported that the president did not accept the Order of Alexander Nevsky, which the Russian side offered to award him. At the same time, the Kremlin did not confirm the plans to present this award to the President of Kazakhstan.
At the same forum, Tokayev said that Kazakhstan would follow Western restrictive measures in order not to fall under secondary sanctions. However, the country “in no case renounces its allied obligations,” he added.
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Two HIMARS launchers were destroyed, Ukrainian authorities reported about their delivery to the combat zone in Donbass at the end of June
HIMARS multiple launch rocket system
In the DPR, Russian high-precision air-launched missiles destroyed two launchers of American HIMARS systems, reported official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense Igor Konashenkov.
“In the area of the settlement of Malotaranovka of the Donetsk People's Republic, high-precision air-launched missiles destroyed two US-made HIMARS multiple rocket launchers and two ammunition depots for them,” said a representative of the department.
At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.
In addition, he said, a Russian Su-35 fighter in an air battle over the Nikolaev region shot down a Ukrainian Su-25 attack aircraft and two Mi-24 helicopters. “During one air battle in the area of the settlements of Nikolaevka and Snegirevka of the Nikolaev region, the Russian Su-35 fighter shot down two Mi-24 helicopters and one Su-25 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force,” & mdash; he said.
According to Konashenkov, another Ukrainian helicopter— Mi-8— shot down by the Russian air defense system. This also happened in the Mykolaiv region.
Also, Russian air defense shot down 11 Ukrainian drones and intercepted nine Tochka-U missiles.
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US President Joe Biden announced the provision of HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems to Ukraine on June 1. The Pentagon clarified that we are talking about five MLRS. Three weeks later, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov announced that the complexes had arrived in the country. Later, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny said that HIMARS were already being used in the Donbass.
In early July, the United States announced a new assistance package to Ukraine, which should include shells for these MLRS.
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The Kremlin has not yet developed a position on this issue, the State Duma should also study the issue. However, the authorities are considering all possible scenarios for the development of the fate of the agreement, Peskov said. =”Peskov responded to the initiative to denounce the Treaty on Svalbard” />
The Kremlin has not yet developed a position regarding the initiative to denounce the agreement with Norway on cooperation in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean, but the authorities are considering all possible options, the press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, RBC correspondent reports.
“As far as we understand, the Parliament is talking about studying this issue. Do not formulate a position, but formulate a question. <…> Of course, all possible scenarios are considered. There is no official position on this matter,»— Peskov answered the question about the Kremlin's support for the denunciation or suspension of the agreement.
The Kremlin representative expressed the hope that the issue could be resolved through diplomacy, and advised to seek further clarification from the Foreign Ministry.
At the end of June, Norway refused to allow 20 tons of food for the Russian mining village of Barentsburg in the polar archipelago of Svalbard at the request of Russia. Norway reported that it complies with European sanctions, to which it has partially acceded.
Russian cargo, as a rule, is brought to Svalbard from Murmansk to the city of Tromsø by trucks through the only Storskog checkpoint; on the border between Russia and Norway. Cargo is delivered to the islands by the only cargo ship Bring, which regularly goes to Svalbard every ten days. About 500 people live in Barentsburg, including shift workers-miners working in the coal mines of the Russian Arktikugol trust.
The Russian Foreign Ministry called the decision of the Norwegian authorities unacceptable, and State Duma deputy from the Communist Party Mikhail Matveev at the plenary session proposed to denounce the agreement with Norway on the delimitation of maritime spaces and cooperation in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean. He claimed that in 2010 Russia ceded 175 thousand square meters to Norway. km of the Barents Sea, which today prevents the delivery of goods to Svalbard. State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin agreed with his position and instructed the Committee on International Affairs to study the proposal.
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Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced the need to prepare additional measures to help Russians, including families with children and single parents. His speech was published on the government's Telegram channel.
“We need to analyze the current measures, work out additional tools to help people,”— he called.
According to the prime minister, for a stable situation on the labor market, attention should be paid to “planning the training of personnel for the needs of enterprises.” and develop “instruments for labor mobility for young people.”
Mishustin also believes that it is necessary to modernize employment institutions “so that they become more modern and meet the needs of our people.”
On the need to develop additional measures of a “cardinal nature”; to support families with children in mid-June, said President Vladimir Putin, calling the demographic situation in Russia extremely difficult. According to him, this is not only about direct financial support, but also about adjusting healthcare and education systems to the needs of families.
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Among the measures already in place in Russia to support families with children— maternity capital (in 2022, it is 524.5 thousand rubles for the first child, 693 thousand rubles for the second child), a lump sum payment at the birth of a child in the amount of 20.4 thousand rubles, a monthly allowance for child care in in the amount of 7.6 thousand rubles. Allowances are issued for children from three to seven years old and from eight to 17 years old, and a payment in the amount of 450 thousand rubles is also due. for mortgages for families with many children.
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Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov commented on the words of Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, who threatened to leave Japan without oil and gas. This was reported by the RIA_Kremlinpool Telegram channel.
According to the Kremlin speaker, Japan currently occupies an extremely unfriendly position towards the Russian Federation. He added that Tokyo's actions in any case do not contribute to the development of trade and economic relations, including energy dialogue.
And Peskov also expressed doubts about the possibility of implementing the initiative of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to limit the price of oil from the Russian Federation. According to him, this is only a voiced initiative, and “no consolidated decisions have been made on this matter.”
Prior to this, Dmitry Medvedev reacted sarcastically to Japanese Prime Minister Kishida's statement about the possibility of dictating prices for Russian oil. The ex-premier of the Russian Federation said that in the future Japan could expect life without gas, oil and participation in the Sakhalin-2 LNG project. In conclusion, the deputy head of the Security Council of the Russian Federation even spoke Japanese. “Arigato,” he wrote to the Japanese prime minister.
The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on media reports that Kazakhstan could join Western sanctions or is de facto already contributing to them. Earlier, the Kazakh Ministry of Finance published a draft order regulating the implementation of sanctions on the supply of certain goods to the Russian Federation.
According to Medvedev, relations between Moscow and Astana have not changed so far.
“Our government is in constant contact,” Peskov told Mayak, adding that “literally the day before yesterday” intergovernmental negotiations took place and that contacts are being conducted “absolutely on a regular basis.”
According to Peskov's statement, in the field of sanctions, Kazakhstan no decisions were made”, “on the contrary”, the neighboring country declares its “intention to expand interaction” and jointly “respond to challenges”, as well as “to minimize the consequences of these unfriendly actions”.
“So far we proceed from this”, Peskov added.
To the question of whether Kazakhstan remains a country friendly to Russia, he answered in the affirmative: “Of course, of course.”
/p> Photo: Global Look Press in the air, a Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter and 11 drones. This was announced by the official representative of the Ministry of Defense of Russia, Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov, during a regular briefing.
“Russian air defense systems shot down one Mi-8 helicopter of the Ukrainian Air Force near the village of Pervomayskoye, Mykolaiv region. Also, 11 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were shot down,” Konashenkov said.
In addition, it is noted that 11 Ukrainian UAVs were shot down in areas of settlements
Zeleniy Guy in the Nikolaev region, Vernopolye, Dolenkoe, Small passages, Toplskoe, Chervonaya, Grushovka in the Kharkiv region, Chernobaevka, Grozovoe, Novovladimirovka in the Kherson region and Alexandropol in the LPR.
The officer also reported that Russian air defense intercepted nine Ukrainian Tochka- U” in the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR), as well as the Kherson region. In addition, 8 MLRS shells were shot down with the help of air defense.
Photo: Global Look Press
Turkey sent a written demand to Sweden and Finland to extradite members of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) ), as well as the organization of the Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen (FETO). This was announced by Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdaga on the air of the state TV channel RTR Haber.
Recall that on the eve of the NATO summit, which was held in Madrid, Turkey, Sweden and Finland signed a security memorandum. According to the document, the start of negotiations on the accession of Sweden and Finland to the North Atlantic Alliance is unlocked.
As a result of the negotiations, the countries agreed to strengthen cooperation in the fight against terrorism, including measures against the PKK, which is banned in Turkey.
No new strikes are planned in the Norwegian oil and gas industry. The decision was taken as part of a mandatory arbitration convened by the authorities, the country's managerial staff union Lederne said.
There are no legal ways in the Norwegian system to circumvent the government's so-called 'compulsory arbitration'. Lederne fully supports this system and will not call for new strikes,” the union said.
They added that there had previously been cases when the country's authorities used coercive measures against strikers. This week, two conflicts have already been stopped with the help of binding arbitration. Many citizens support such government intervention, while others believe that it infringes on the rights of workers.
Compulsory arbitration deals with labor disputes between employers and employees.
Deputy head of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev commented on the proposal of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to set a price ceiling for Russian oil, which would not exceed half of its current price.
In his telegram channel, Medvedev described the statement made by the Japanese prime minister as “blotting out”, and also “translated from Japanese into Russian” for his subscribers.
According to Medvedev, if Kishida's proposal is implemented, the volume of oil on the market will decrease, and its price will rise “above the predicted astronomical price of 300–400 dollars.”
“But Japan will not have any oil , no gas from Russia,” the former Russian prime minister added, “as well as participation in the Sakhalin-2 LNG project.”
He ended his post with a Japanese expression of gratitude: “Arigato!”
Photo: The official portal of the Republic of Tyva/rtyva.ru
Deputy from Tuva Roman Tamoev said that he could not talk with Muscovites about his native republic. According to the regional parliamentarian, he wanted to walk around Red Square with the Tuvan flag in yellow and blue colors, but the police advised him not to do this.
In an interview with Rise, Tamoev said that he came to the center of the capital with flag, but before throwing it on his shoulders and walking around like that, he asked the law enforcement officers who were on duty near the Kremlin if it was possible for him to perform such an “action” – in order to find out what Muscovites know about Tuva. The police ban on unfurling the yellow-blue flag upset the deputy.
“To fly several thousand kilometers, and this is the situation,” Tamoev said. “It's just unpleasant for me as a citizen.”
V.Putin and S.Shoigu like to visit Tyva for the purpose of recreation Photo: kremlin.ru
The deputy noted that “the policeman said about the law”, but he himself did not quite understand what was meant: “Where, by what decree are flags banned?”
According to Tamoev, now he is going to send deputy inquiries together with his colleagues to find out on what basis citizens are forbidden to walk with a flag.
MoD reports, sanctions, politicians' statements
Russia continues to conduct a special operation in Ukraine. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that all tasks will be completed. He said that the West, in the hope of dragging out the conflict in Ukraine, continues large-scale supplies of weapons to Kyiv, and some of it ends up on the black market. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes for the result of negotiations on grain with Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky within a week. The US authorities do not change their approach to the Ukrainian crisis, they intend to continue trying to provide Kyiv with the strongest position for negotiations with Moscow. Read online the previous day of the special operation here.
Photo: Donetsk News Agency
12:50 The European Commission in July will present an emergency plan of action for the European Union in the event of a Russian shutdown of gas. This was announced by EC President Ursula von der Leyen.
12:42 pm The Australian Prime Minister is forced to make excuses for his decision to leave for Ukraine at a time when 30,000 Australians have fled their homes due to powerful floods.
12: 36 The Turkish authorities sent a written request to Sweden and Finland to extradite members of the PKK and FETO banned in Turkey. This is reported by the Turkish Ministry of Justice.
12:24 As part of the preparation of the seventh package of anti-Russian sanctions, the European Union is studying a ban on the import of gold from the Russian Federation. This was stated by the head of the European Council Charles Michel.
12:20 Izvestia newspaper reports that the FSB of the Russian Federation detained two residents of Kherson, Andrei Serezhenko and Oleg Pronko. On the instructions of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, they participated in organizing the explosion of the car of the head of the USIN in the Kherson region, Yevgeny Sobolev. The detainees have already confessed.
12:04 Dmitry Peskov considers “a wake-up call” persecution of former Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl. She left the country due to death threats. “Naturally, these are bad symptoms. Evidence that society is unhealthy. As far as we know, indeed, she was subjected to harassment, the practice of cancellation,” he said. At the same time, Kneisl did not turn to the Russian authorities for help.
12:00 Dmitry Peskov said that Kazakhstan did not make any decisions to join the sanctions against Russia. According to him, it remains a friendly country for the Russian Federation.
11:55 A new briefing of the Russian Defense Ministry took place.
It is reported that the Russian Aerospace Forces attacked the point of temporary deployment of a motorized infantry battalion in Kharkov. As a result, up to 100 nationalists were destroyed. And the Russian Aerospace Forces with high-precision missiles destroyed two launchers of the US-made HIMARS multiple launch rocket system in the DPR. The Russian Armed Forces also destroyed the S-300 guidance station and the temporary deployment of foreign mercenaries in the Nikolaev region.
A Russian Su-35 fighter shot down two Mi-24 helicopters and one Su aircraft during an air battle in the Nikolaev region -25 Air Force of Ukraine. In addition, Russian air defense intercepted nine Ukrainian Tochka-U missiles. in the Kherson region, the DPR and the LPR, as well as eight MLRS shells.
11:40 Bulgarian Military reports that Ukrainian servicemen sold French CAESAR self-propelled guns at an extremely cheap price. They went to the buyer for $120,000 apiece, while the real cost of one howitzer is approximately $7 million.
11:24 Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev noted in his Telegram channel that the idea of punishing Russia, which has the largest nuclear potential, is absurd in itself. It potentially poses a threat to the existence of mankind.
The former prime minister stressed that the entire American history, "starting from the time of the conquest of the Indians, – these are bloody wars of annihilation.” And "during World War II, the United States thus destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki– only to justify the huge costs of the nuclear “Manhattan Project”.
According to Medvedev, “the number of victims of the criminal policy of the United States today is comparable to the victims of the Nazi regime.” “So who's going to give us a show trial?” he asked.
“But the USA and their worthless mongrels must remember the words of Scripture:” Judge not, lest you be judged, for by what judgment you judge, you will be judged. (Bible. Matt. 7:1–2). So that one day “the great day of His wrath will not come to their house, and who can stand?”, (Bible. Rev. 6:17),” he wrote in Telegram.
11:04 Russia has sent a note to the OPCW's technical secretariat about provocations planned by Ukraine at the Slovyansk thermal power plant in Nikolaevka. This was announced by the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation.
10:51 Air defense again worked over Donetsk. This was reported by the Ministry of Information of the Donetsk People's Republic.
10:46 YouTube was turned off in the Kherson region, as well as Instagram, owned by Meta, which is recognized as extremist in Russia and banned. This was told by the press secretary of the local military-civilian administration Sergei Moroz. “But it's okay, we're getting along, it's okay,” he pointed out.
10:25 Only the Ukrainian authorities initiated the denunciation of the agreement with Russia on the recognition of diplomas. This was stated by RIA Novosti in the Ministry of Education and Science. Other countries did not make such a decision
10:22 The governor of the Kaliningrad region, Alikhanov, said that nothing threatened the Suwalki corridor. According to him, this corridor “from the point of view of logistics, nobody needs it.” in an interview with RIA Novosti, he said that the assumptions about the threat of a strip about 100 km long between Belarus and the Kaliningrad region are NATO mythology, formulated for the sake of militarization of Poland and Lithuania.
10:12 The dollar is also flying up. In the morning it rose above 63 rubles, and in a few minutes it had already overcome the bar of 64 rubles! The euro is above 66 rubles.
10:02 At the start of trading, the euro rose to 65 rubles.
9:58  ;Sergey Lavrov said that the West should be aware of its responsibility for the deaths of civilians in the Donbass and Ukraine.
9:40 The people's militia of the LPR reported that the Belarusian nationalist Ivan Marchuk, who fought on the side of Kyiv, was eliminated near Lisichansk.
9:32 Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Kyiv's statements a lie about the fact that the Russian Federation allegedly shells its cities itself in order to disrupt the supply of weapons to Ukraine.
9:20 IKEA offered to purchase goods at an online sale through applications. However the submission form does not work. The site cannot be restored for the second day.
9:14 Head of Roscosmos" Dmitry Rogozin said sanctions had “zero impact” on Russian rocket science, as well as combat missile systems and fuel. However, he acknowledged their impact on the industry. According to Rogozin, the impact of restrictions is being felt on microelectronics, oils and paints.
9:06 The Russian government approved a draft agreement on the mutual recognition of education, qualifications and academic degrees between Russia and LPR.
The Ukrainian authorities have acknowledged that military products coming from the West are being sold. The Bureau of Economic Security of Ukraine noted that “even military goods are sold for cash.”
Yum! stated that it sells only 70 Russian KFC restaurants. There are more than 1,100 establishments in Russia, but most of them do not belong to Yum! and continues to work.
Denis Pushilin said that after the liberation of the Luhansk People's Republic, units of the DPR and LPR are being transferred to the Donetsk direction.
State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said that Ukraine and the West are leading everything to ensuring that Russian troops do not stop at the borders of the LPR and DPR. He added that strikes on the regions of the Russian Federation are delivered from the territory of the Kharkiv region and other regions of Ukraine. And the people's militia of the LPR noted that the troops of Ukraine must be “pushed back” to the Kyiv region. This is necessary so that their missiles cease to threaten the population of Donbass.
U.S. military develops use of high-altitude balloons against hypersonic missiles
The U.S. military has a new weapon against China and Russia: hot air. The Pentagon is slowly transferring high-altitude balloon projects to military service.
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High-altitude inflatable aircraft flying between 60,000 and 90,000 feet will be added to the Pentagon's extensive surveillance network and could eventually be used to track hypersonic weapons.
As POLITICO says, this idea might sound like science fiction, but Pentagon budget documents show the technology is moving from the Department of Defense science community to the military.
“High-altitude and very-high-altitude platforms have a great advantage due to their on-station endurance, maneuverability, and flexibility for multiple payloads,” says Tom Caraco, senior fellow at the International Security Program and director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Training.
The Pentagon continues to invest in these projects because the military can use balloons for various missions.
The Pentagon has spent about $3.8 million on ballooning projects over the past two years, and plans to spend $27.1 million in fiscal 2023 to continue work on numerous projects, according to budget documents.
Meanwhile The Pentagon is working on its own hypersonic weapons program despite the failure of Wednesday's latest test.
The highlight for the US is that balloons can help track and deter hypersonic weapons being developed by China and Russia, POLITICO notes.
In August, China surprised the Pentagon by testing a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile. Russia began ramping up development of hypersonic weapons in response to the US withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002. The Russian government said it had fired a hypersonic missile during the conflict in Ukraine in March, marking its first combat use, POLITICO claims.
One way the US military uses balloons is to supplement expensive satellites to track missiles. Teardrop balloons collect complex data and move using artificial intelligence algorithms.
For years, the US Department of Defense has been conducting tests using high-altitude balloons and solar-powered drones to collect data, provide ground troops with communications, and troubleshoot satellites. The Pentagon is discreetly transferring balloon designs to the military to collect data and relay information to aircraft, POLITICO found in DoD budget justification documents.
In 2019, the Covert Long-Dwell Stratospheric Architecture (COLD STAR) project, designed to detect drug traffickers, was widely reported. At the time, the Pentagon launched 25 observation balloons from South Dakota as part of a capability demonstration.
The Pentagon confirmed to POLITICO that the COLD STAR program had transitioned to services. The Department of Defense does not release details about these efforts because they are classified.
Another initiative aims to tie all technologies together. The Pentagon is holding demonstrations to evaluate how to use high-altitude balloons and commercial satellites in what is known as a “kill chain” attack.
“They can be trucks for any number of platforms, whether they be communications and data hubs, reconnaissance, tracking air and missile threats or even various weapons – and without predictable satellite orbits, ”says Tom Karako.
The Pentagon is also working on using drones equipped with “stratospheric payloads” along with balloons to track moving ground targets, provide communications and intercept electronic signals. The idea is for the technology to be transferred to the US Army and Special Operations Command, according to budget documents.
Finding other ways to track ground targets is a Pentagon priority as the Air Force retires spy planes.
Raven Aerostar, a division of Raven Industries, manufactures hot air balloons. They reportedly consist of a flight control unit powered by batteries that are charged using renewable solar panels. They also have an electronic payload package that controls flight safety, navigation and communications, Russell Van Der Werff, Raven Aerostar's CTO, said in an interview.
Wind currents keep the balloon on the desired flight path, and the company takes advantage of different wind speeds and directions to move the balloon to a given area.
But that's not all, POLITICO continues. According to Van Der Werff, the Raven Aerostar uses a proprietary machine learning algorithm that predicts wind direction and combines incoming sensor data in real time. The company also uses software to pilot and monitor its fleet of balloons, and has a flight control center staffed by trained flight engineers 24 hours a day, seven days a week, he added.
Balloons can complement the work done by traditional aircraft and satellites, and stratospheric balloons can be built and launched at less cost and time. For example, the cost of launching and operating balloons over weeks or months is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, compared to the millions or tens of millions required to launch and operate airplanes or satellites.
NASA launched helium-filled stratospheric balloons as early as the 1950s, and in recent years the Army has been experimenting with these systems at lower altitudes.
The private sector is also investing in the balloon market. Alphabet deployed balloons in 2017 to provide mobile connectivity to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
In the mid-2010s, the US Army invested in a spy airship program, which it eventually canceled in 2017. This work is known as the Joint Surface Attack Cruise Missile Elevated Network Sensor System, or JLENS.
The airship was tethered, unlike high-altitude balloons, and is designed to track boats, ground vehicles, drones and cruise missiles . The balloons currently used by the Department of Defense are smaller, lighter, and can fly significantly higher than a spy airship.
Starting in 2015, the Army conducted a three-year exercise to determine whether to continue buying JLENS airships from Raytheon company. But the airship blew off a dock near Baltimore, flew for three hours, and eventually landed near Moreland, Pennsylvania.
The Army decided to abandon the program. The development of JLENS cost almost $2 billion and was intended to be deployed in a region administered by the US Central Command.
“If we just grow up and overcome our doubts about the JLENS event, airships, balloons and balloons could have a bright future,” says Tom Karako.
He will visit Russia after all coronavirus restrictions are lifted
During a recent telephone conversation, Russian President Vladimir Putin invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Russia, but his visit cannot take place at the moment. Political scientist, director of the International Institute of Recent States Alexei Martynov said that the Chinese leader has several reasons for postponing his trip to Russia.
In an interview with Life.ru, Martynov noted that Russia has been lifting the last restrictive measures against coronavirus since July 15, while in China, in turn, no measures have been lifted at all. According to the political scientist, the PRC continues to exist “in pandemic mode.”
In addition, the expert does not recall that Xi Jinping has traveled somewhere on official visits over the past two years. The political scientist stressed that the Chinese leader, of course, participates in various events, but, as a rule, he does it remotely.
In addition, Martynov explained that the Chinese leader began a responsible period, which is associated with party re-elections . The political scientist is convinced that after the removal of all coronavirus restrictions in China, Xi Jinping is likely to visit Russia. The expert concluded that relations between the countries are at a good level, so there are no prerequisites for a different development of events.
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Another Yum! Brands product, Pizza Hut, has already been sold to a Russian operator.
On the “Yum! Brands” (USA) there was information that the management intends to leave the Russian market, and before that, sell Russian restaurants of the KFC chain to a local operator.
The message says that “Yum!” is negotiating the transfer of ownership, including franchised restaurants, franchise and operating system.
It is also known that already in June “Yum! Brands” awarded the rights to Pizza Hut to the new owner, including all franchising assets.
At the moment, a Russian company is rebranding and recruiting employees.
It is known that the number of Russian restaurants of the brand reaches about fifty establishments.
As for KFC, the number of outlets is about 1,100.
The company has already reported that they are suspending investment programs in Russia due to SVO in Ukraine, and part of the profit from sales on its territory will be directed to help refugees, reports “Profil”.
Topnews wrote that on March 9, the company announced the closure of 70 KFC restaurants in Russia.
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