Hero of Russia, Colonel-General Mikhail Teplinskiy was appointed as the new commander of the Airborne Troops of the Russian Federation. This was reported by the Tsargrad publication.
It is reported that Mikhail Teplinskiy was appointed instead of the retired Andrey Serdyukov Before his appointment Colonel-General worked as chief of staff – First Deputy Commander of the Central Military District.
It is known that Teplinskiy is a native of Donbass. In 1995 he was awarded the title "Hero of the Russian Federation" for command of the reconnaissance company of the 137th parachute regiment during the assault on Grozny and forcing the Sunzha River. In addition, the Colonel-General was awarded the Gold Star medal, the Order of Courage.
Earlier the Ministry of Defense showed footage of the movement of the Airborne Troops during the offensive during the special military operation in Ukraine.
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Left coalition candidate Gustavo Petro received more than 50% of the vote, his liberal rival Rodolfo Hernandez just over 47%, he has already admitted defeat. Petro ran for president for the third time
In Colombia, the second round of the presidential elections was held, it was won by the candidate from the left-wing coalition “Historic Pact “Colombia Can” Gustavo Petro, according to the local newspaper El Tiempo.
After counting 99.86% of the ballots, Petro received 50.47% of the vote, his liberal rival (from the Anti-Corruption Rulers League) Rodolfo Hernandez— 47.27%. Francia Marquez, who represents the movement for human rights and environmental protection, became vice president under Petro.
The turnout was about 58%.
Hernandez has already conceded defeat in the election. “Today, the majority of citizens who voted chose another candidate. As I have repeatedly stated, I accept the result as it should be if we want our institutions to be strong,— he said. The candidate thanked his supporters and wished Petro “not to disappoint those who expressed their confidence in him.”
The first round of presidential elections took place on 29 May. Petro won over 40% of the vote, Hernandez — 28%, another candidate, leader of the right-wing coalition “Team for Colombia” Federico Gutierrez — 23%. The incumbent president, Ivan Dukeu, has already congratulated Petro on his victory.
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Gustavo Petro is 62 years old. As a student, he was a member of the radical left-wing partisan “April 19 Movement”, with his support in 1991 he became a member of the House of Representatives of Colombia (the lower house of Congress — the country's parliament). From 1994 to 1998 he worked at the Embassy of Colombia in Belgium, then again became a member of the House of Representatives. From 2006 to 2010, he was a member of the Senate (upper house of parliament).
In 2010, he ran for president for the first time, but did not receive significant support (gained 9% of the vote). A year later, he became mayor of Bogota— capital of the country. At the same time, he began to strengthen himself as the leader of the leftist political forces in Colombia. In 2018, he re-participated in the presidential elections, entered the second round, but lost to the conservative Duque, who won 54% of the vote.
Among the political decisions that Petro plans to implement,— abandonment of oil production in Colombia; tax reform to reduce the burden on agricultural businesses operating with clean energy; government use of money from private pension funds, etc.
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According to him, Kyiv will defend itself even if the West stops supplying weapons. At the same time, he stressed that the sooner weapons arrive, the more it will help Ukraine .jpg” alt=”Kuleba said that Ukraine would “fight with shovels” without supplying weapons” />
Even if Western countries stop supplying weapons to Ukraine, military countries will still fight, fighting even with shovels, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in an interview with the ARD TV channel, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports.
“If we don't have weapons, fine, then we'll fight with shovels, but we'll defend ourselves,” — he stressed.
Kuleba explained that the sooner weapons are sent to the Ukrainian military, the more help it will provide to the country. “If the weapons are sent later, we will still say “thank you”, but then a lot will be wasted, many people will die,” — he added.
The Minister emphasized that the West should not believe that without the supply of weapons, Ukraine will be more willing to make concessions to Russia. At the same time, he pointed out that Ukraine has significantly fewer weapons than Russia.
Arms deliveries are now one of the most acute issues in relations between Ukraine and Western countries, in particular the European Union. So, Kyiv criticized, for example, Germany, for the lack of supplies of heavy weapons. Berlin, in turn, replied that it was supplying Ukraine with weapons, including modern howitzers, but could not satisfy all the desires of Ukraine.
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On June 11, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk said that Berlin would fulfill part of its promises on supplies by the end of summer. We are talking about the transfer of seven self-propelled howitzers (they will be delivered before June 22) and 30 Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns. (15 will arrive by the end of July, another 15 by the end of August).
Moscow believes that arms supplies to Ukraine only delay the conduct of hostilities on its territory. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov claimed that the country was being “pumped up” weapons. “In any case, the goals of the special military operation will be achieved, they will simply cause more suffering to Ukraine, which is just a tool in the hands of those countries that supply [weapons] there,” — he said.
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The loss of the majority by the presidential coalition “Together!” may prevent Macron from reforming. Some political forces, in particular Republicans, have already refused to support the head of state
Coalition of French President Emmanuel Macron “Together!” during the second round of elections to the lower house of the country's parliament— National Assembly— won 245 seats out of 577, missing the majority by more than 40 seats. The final data of the vote, which summed up the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the country, was published by the BFMTV channel.
French Prime Minister Elisabeth Born, commenting on the results of the vote, called them unprecedented. “This situation represents a risk for our country due to the problems we have to face both nationally and internationally,” — she said.
Nevertheless, she pointed out the need to respect the results of the vote and “draw conclusions”. Bourne called on the political forces to unite and work to “guarantee stability in France and carry out the necessary reforms.”
To carry out reforms, Macron will have to seek support from deputies not from his coalition, however, some parties have already expressed their unwillingness to help the head of state— for example, Republicans, indicates TF1. Its representatives announced that they would continue to adhere to the opposition line towards Macron.
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During the first round of the parliamentary elections, Macron's coalition managed to take the lead by a small margin: it received 25.7% of the vote, Nupes Mélenchon— 25.64%, the third was the “National Association” Le Pen with 18.72% of the vote.
In April, presidential elections were held in France. They also went through two rounds. Macron won in the second round with 58.54% of the vote, in second place was Le Pen— 41.46%. Melenchon participated in the first round, he was third.
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We are talking about the November elections to the US Congress. At the same time, officials acknowledge that the likelihood of interference is “hypothetical”. Russia has previously denied all accusations of interference in the affairs of the country
The blow was inflicted on the village of Suzemka. Due to shelling, the district electrical network was damaged there, so the village was partially de-energized, one person was injured, three houses were damaged
The village of Suzemka was shelled in the Bryansk region, according to preliminary data, there is a victim, the governor of the region Alexander said in Telegram Bogomaz. According to him, the shelling was carried out by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“At the same time, the enemy’s firing point was quickly suppressed. As a result of the shelling, several objects were damaged, — he wrote. In particular, the district electrical network (RES) was damaged, and electricity is partially absent in the village. Operational and emergency services are on site.
Later, the governor clarified that an employee of the RES was injured as a result of the shelling, he received a slight shrapnel wound of soft tissues, he did not need hospitalization. In addition, windows in two three-story apartment buildings and one private house were damaged in the village.
Suzemka is located in the south of the Bryansk region, less than 15 km from the border with Ukraine.
In June, this was the third shelling of the territory of the Bryansk region by Ukraine. At the beginning of the month, the Armed Forces of Ukraine, according to the governor, shelled the village of Sluchevsk in the Pogarsky district, as a result of which one person was injured, he received a slight shrapnel wound. Shells hit two houses, they caught fire.
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On June 14, the village of Zaimishche came under shelling, from which it is more than 40 km to the border with Ukraine. Six people were injured and about 50 houses were damaged. The village was hit with a Tochka-U missile, while Bomogaz pointed out that there were no military facilities in the village.
The territories of other Russian regions bordering Ukraine also came under fire. For example, four incidents were reported in the Kursk region this month. The last one took place the day before, June 19. As Governor Roman Starovoit said, a Ukrainian drone flew into the airspace of the region and dropped ammunition near the Kucherov farm, one residential building was damaged. Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia Alexander Bastrykin instructed to initiate a criminal case on this fact.
The Ministry of Emergency Situations expects to receive 15 billion rubles. from the federal budget for the deployment of a security system in the Crimea, Belgorod and Voronezh regions. It will analyze data to identify threats of sabotage
The Ministry of Emergency Situations plans to launch a pilot version of the “Safe City” system in a number of regions bordering Ukraine. because of the risk of sabotage, Kommersant writes; with reference to sources close to the project.
The system is planned to be deployed within a year and a half in the Crimea, Sevastopol, Voronezh and Belgorod regions, as well as in the Krasnodar Territory, 15 billion rubles should be allocated from the federal budget for these purposes, the ministry calculates. In “Safe City” includes environmental monitoring, industrial motion sensors, video surveillance cameras and specialized software.
The key element of the system— video analytics capable of recognizing accidents, weapons or fights, indicated the source of the publication in the market of “smart” video surveillance systems.
The interlocutor of the newspaper in the Ministry of Emergency Situations noted that the introduction of the system has acquired “extreme relevance”; against the backdrop of a special operation in Ukraine and because of the “multiple increase in threats of sabotage attacks on civilian infrastructure.” According to him, “Safe City” will help to reduce the “impact of threats to the population and civilian infrastructure”, as well as to ensure “fast decision making”.
Development of “Safe City” in the ministry started eight years ago— in 2014, Rostec became the technical operator. As tasks for the system, the aggregation of data on incidents was determined, the source of the newspaper in the Ministry of Emergency Situations explained that dispatchers now do not have ready-made scenarios for responding, municipal authorities can hide information about, for example, a forest fire for their own benefit, and then the fire becomes a big fire.
By 2020, 12 regions reported on the launch of the system; more than 16 billion rubles were allocated from regional budgets. The cost of creating the entire system was estimated at 150 billion rubles, the ministry proposed to modernize it and integrate it into the new state information system (GIS), which will require another 97 billion rubles by 2030.
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At the same time, the initiative was criticized in the Ministry of Economy, indicating that the costs of private enterprises would become “very significant,” the newspaper wrote in early February. The interlocutor of the publication clarified that in the end the financing of the project was not approved. The Ministry of Emergency Situations has now proposed to launch a pilot version of the project in the border areas to demonstrate the effectiveness of the system.
The website of the Ministry of Emergency Situations states that “Safe City” planned to be implemented as a “complex of risk management systems” from probable external threats in the ecological, technogenic, natural, socio-biological, criminal spheres. The ministry emphasized that they insist on the preventive focus of the “Safe City”, while noting that the name is conditional, since a “high level of risks” has also been identified in rural areas; technogenic and natural character.
“The meaning of the project is not so much to fix the fact of the incident as to warn it, to find out that the trouble is looming before its immediate moment of occurrence”,— said in the message.
In «Rostec» also planned as part of the “Big City” create special software for predicting rallies and riots, which can be used by regional and municipal executive authorities. The system will be able to analyze publications in the media and social networks and data from “smart cameras”. If the riots have already begun, then artificial intelligence will study the number of their participants and police officers, the behavior of the instigators and the direction of the crowd.
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Commander-in-Chief of the German Air Force Ingo Gerharz said that NATO countries need to be ready for the use of nuclear weapons “in in an emergency.
In an interview with the German Bild, when asked how the alliance would react “if Putin drops nuclear weapons,” the NATO general said that for a reliable deterrence, “we need both means and and political will. These, according to Gerhartz, are necessary for the implementation of nuclear deterrence “if necessary.”
He believes that “when it comes to fighting” his country should also use American nuclear bombs, “stored in Germany».
Earlier, Germany announced the purchase of new F-35 stealth fighters. Bild writes that these aircraft should be used to continue participating in the nuclear program.
Meanwhile, the Russian side has repeatedly stressed that the possibility of using nuclear weapons is ruled out. The only reason to use it would be a direct attack on Russia.
The mother of one of the conscripts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU) Stanislav Kovalchuk, whose column was broken back in February, brought him surrender to the Russian military. She noted that this is the only way he can get security from the escaped commanders of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“On the very first day of the special operation, no one needed him, the Ukrainian commanders. The commanders themselves ran away, and the children were simply left to die. They say that Russia is evil, but the real evil is when our children are told to die, not to surrender,” the mother of the conscript told the representative of the military-civilian administration of the region.
The mother also noted that this decision was made jointly with his son.
According to the serviceman himself, on his military card he has the specialty of a radiotelephone operator, but no one gave him knowledge in this direction. He noted that for a month and a half of training, where they were trained for service in the reconnaissance battalion of the Marine Corps, they “only built and cleaned, they did not teach anything military.”
The Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov announced the preparation of another contact between President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko.
“Indeed, a contact between the two presidents is being prepared,” said Peskov.
He added that journalists would be separately informed on this topic.
Earlier, Lukashenko said that In the near future, he intends to discuss the situation with Ukraine with the President of the Russian Federation.
The Polish Foreign Ministry does not have information about its citizens taking part in the hostilities in Ukraine, said the Deputy Foreign Minister departments of the country Marcin Przydacz.
According to Przydacz, there are Poles who cross the Polish-Ukrainian border in both directions for different purposes – these are thousands of people. At the same time, Przydach has no information about those participating in hostilities.
Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that most of the mercenaries arrived in Ukraine from Poland – 1831 people, of which , on June 17th, 378 destroyed and 272 returned.
Kremlin speaker Dmitry Peskov said that the issue of the CSTO's participation in the special operation in Ukraine was not considered. At the same time, he confirmed the importance of this organization for Russia.
According to Peskov, the CSTO in the recent past demonstrated “effectiveness, efficiency and relevance.” The development of the organization, as Peskov pointed out, is one of the priorities in the field of foreign policy and security.
Chernigov Mayor Vladislav Atroshenko told the Ukrainian media that today he was detained at the Koakovets customs checkpoint, when he tried to leave for Poland. According to the official, he had a business trip planned, for which he received all the necessary permits.
The mayor said that he was going to visit the city of Ryakhiv, hold a speech there and sign a partnership agreement. He added that he was heading across the border as part of a delegation, but the border guards “only had questions about documents for me.” The official also stressed that he had a complete set of documents in his hands, allowing him to travel abroad, but the customs officers seized the documents and offered to “talk to the authorities.”
Atroshenko told reporters that he considered the reason for his detention a personal conflict with one of employees of the Office of President Volodymyr Zelensky, but certainly not with the head of state himself. The mayor stressed that this incident is a “whim” of individual officials who want to “assert themselves”, but only “discredit the president with such actions, demonstrating signs of a telephone right to the customs border.”
Archival photo taken shortly after Zelensky took office
The British edition of The Guardian chose the spouse of the President of Ukraine as the heroine of its Saturday issue Elena Zelenskaya. The photo of the first lady was placed on the cover of the issue, inside readers were presented with an interview with the president's wife and fresh photos.
It is alleged that the pictures were taken in Kyiv, in the office of the President of Ukraine, moreover, in secrecy and maximum security. The photo really shows elements of the furnishings of the premises, similar to the interior of the office of Vladimir Zelensky. It can be seen that some “decorations” were added for the photo shoot. So, in one of the pictures, Zelenskaya poses on a staircase, on both sides of which there are fortifications made of bags.
Photo: Social networks
In another photo, Zelenskaya is standing against the background of window curtains, a man in camouflage with a machine gun was partially captured in the frame.
Another shot, as if by chance, captured Vladimir and Elena Zelensky together: they are talking, the wife is holding her husband by the hand , and he takes a step, about to leave the frame.
Photo: Social networks
Presumably, this photo was supposed to confirm that the first lady of Ukraine remains in the capital with her husband: Zelensky declares every day that he does not leave the city, and Every evening he records video messages from his office or in other recognizable locations.
Former diplomat Rostislav Ishchenko said that the transport blockade of Kaliningrad organized by Lithuania is a reason for the start of hostilities.
Ex-diplomat Rostislav Ishchenko, in an interview with the Ukraina.ru portal, said that the transport blockade of Kaliningrad organized by Lithuania is a reason for starting hostilities.
According to him , Vilnius violated Moscow's right to access its territory.
Recall that the day before, Lithuanian Railways announced that transit of certain types of goods that fell under EU sanctions to the Kaliningrad region was being stopped.
“This decision is suicide. This can be seen as a ready casus belli (reason for declaring war). International law states that any state must have access to its exclave. The restriction of this right can be interpreted as aggression,” Ishchenko added.
He stressed that Russia still has access to Kaliningrad by sea, so Lithuania's allies may try to ignore this legal norm. At the same time, such a position is untenable, since international law also requires the preservation of land transit.
Earlier, Vladimir Evseev, an expert from the Institute of CIS Countries, said that possible NATO attempts to take control of the Kaliningrad region could provoke Russia into a harsh response, up to the use of nuclear weapons.
Former Rada deputy Ilya Kiva said that the words of Polish President Andrzej Duda regarding the situation in Ukraine speak of Warsaw's ongoing attempts to seize the western territories of Ukraine.
Former Rada deputy Ilya Kiva said on social networks that the words of Polish President Andrzej Duda regarding the situation in Ukraine speak of Warsaw's ongoing attempts to seize the western territories of Ukraine.
Recall that earlier Duda said that soon there would be no “borders between Ukraine and Poland.”
“At the moment, representatives of Poland continue to actively prepare for the seizure of territories located in western Ukraine” , – said Kiva.
Kiva added that earlier the head of Poland said that in the future, Poles and Ukrainians will be able to “live together on this land.”
Earlier, ex-diplomat Rostislav Ishchenko said that the transport blockade of Kaliningrad organized by Lithuania is a pretext for starting hostilities. He clarified that the representatives of Vilnius violated Moscow's legal right to access the territory of the state.
“Kyiv's false propaganda flies quickly under artillery fire”
Ukrainian militants located on the territory of the Azot plant in Severodonetsk are signaling that they are ready to continue negotiations. This was announced in his Telegram channel by the Ambassador of the LPR in Russia, Rodion Miroshnik. According to him, by disrupting the ceasefire agreements, the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine only worsened their situation. In the village of Metelkino near Severodonetsk, militants of the Aidar national battalion surrendered (a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation. – “MK”). Military expert Yevgeny Linin, in an interview with MK, spoke about the state of affairs and moods. prevailing in the Ukrainian army.
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– Now, more than ever, we are witnessing a general decline in the morale of Ukrainian armed formations. This applies not only to the army, but also to representatives of the nationalist battalions and other “elite” units. The surrender of the Aidar militants into captivity, in fact, is evidence of an obvious turning point that is now taking place in the ranks of their military units.
No matter how the propaganda of the Ukrainian mass media works and no matter what their virtual general headquarters says, Ukraine does not have any “win”. Their troops are suffering serious losses, both on the front line and in the rear. And as a gesture of desperation, they terrorize the civilian population of Donbass with inhuman shelling. The strikes on Donetsk that we have all seen over the past week, when a total of more than one and a half thousand shells and rockets of multiple rocket launchers were fired, suggests that Kyiv has no other ways to influence the situation.
I myself often visit the line of contact and hear the conversations of people who are on the other side at combat posts. For understanding, the distance between the trenches sometimes reaches only 25 meters. So the Ukrainian soldiers openly say that they are already quite tired of everything that is happening, and that this is not their war. They have long understood that the authorities are using them as hostages and cannon fodder for the Kyiv regime.
On the other side, ordinary people are sitting in the trenches, and the propaganda that has been brainwashing them for many years quickly flies into time of artillery or mortar attack. Only bare facts remain – there is no hot food, no timely delivery of ammunition, no modern ammunition, no fuel and lubricants.
In the rear, the families of the defenders of the “square” do not receive the promised allowance, there is no money for educating children, and so on. Purely domestic issues are now coming to the fore. And no matter what the Ukrainian media broadcast there, the economy does not work, and the country lives on handouts from the West. And therefore, there is no prospect for the Ukrainian army here in the Donbass and cannot be.
– Kyiv can say whatever it wants, but today the front, even in the Donetsk region, has advanced 28 kilometers in some places. The enemy is pushed back from the borders of the city. There are places where the line of defense on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine acts as a deterrent, because it is simply impossible to break through it in the forehead. For example, Avdeevskoe and Maryinskoe directions. We all understand that now in these settlements the coverage of the Ukrainian groups located in them is taking place. The same is happening in the Luhansk People's Republic.
In the forehead of the city is no longer stormed. First, the troops of the People's Militia and Russian servicemen cut the transport arteries through which weapons, ammunition, fuel and lubricants are delivered to the enemy. No reserves made on the eve of the special operation will help the Armed Forces to hold on forever.
It is clear that the tactics and strategy of the “human shield” of the civilian population, which are actively used by the Ukrainian military, plays a huge role in the liberation of these territories. Proceeding from humane principles, our troops cannot use artillery and aviation on the scale on which it would be expedient to do so. But, one way or another, we note that the territory of the LPR has almost been liberated. Those agglomerations that still remain under Ukrainian influence can rather be perceived as a formality. Today, the pressure on those units that defend these cities is so great that surrender is the only reasonable way out for them.
– Ukraine still makes big bets on weapons supplied from the United States of America and NATO countries , but we must understand that his transfer, in fact, does not give Zelensky's army any advantage. Yes, Kyiv terrorizes the cities of Donbass and kills civilians, but they do not cause crushing harm to our forces. These supplies are needed to arrange terror, and the Ukrainian government agrees to this. It cannot play any other role, because the Ukrainian army has neither the technical capabilities nor the required amount of ammunition. And the main thing they do not have is the human resource. Ukraine did not have a reserve capable of replenishing the units that were out of action. And sooner or later they will have to admit it.
Former militant becomes South American country's first left-wing head of state
Former guerrilla Gustavo Petro wins Colombian elections to become the country's first left-wing president. The former M-19 fighter defeated populist business magnate Rodolfo Hernandez in the second round on Sunday.
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Colombia has elected former guerrilla Gustavo Petro as president, making him the first left-wing head of a South American country.
According to The Guardian, Petro defeated Rodolfo Hernandez, the former mayor of Bucaramanga and business mogul, with 50.47% of the vote in Sunday's second round of elections to take office in July amid a host of challenges, not the least of which is growing discontent over about inequality and the rising cost of living. According to the results released by the electoral authorities, Hernandez had 47.27%, with almost all ballots counted.
Petro's election marks a dramatic shift for Colombia, a country that has never before had a leftist president, and follows similar left victories in Peru, Chile and Honduras.
“Today is a party for the people,” the winning candidate wrote on social media on Sunday evening after the announcement of the results of the vote. “May so much suffering be mitigated by the joy that fills the heart of the motherland today.”
During his victory speech, Petro called for unity and extended the “olive branch” to some of his harshest critics, declaring that all members opposition will be welcomed to the presidential palace “to discuss the problems of Colombia”.
“From this government that is starting, there will never be political persecution or legal persecution, there will be only respect and dialogue,” the newly elected head of state said, adding that he would listen to everyone, including “this silent majority of peasants, indigenous people, women, youth.”
Outgoing conservative President Ivan Duque congratulated Petro shortly after the results were announced, and Hernandez quickly conceded defeat.
“Today, the majority of citizens have chosen another candidate. As I said during the campaign, I accept the results of this election,” Hernandez said in a video posted on social media. “I sincerely hope this decision benefits everyone.”
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken congratulated “the people of Colombia for having their voices heard in a free and fair presidential election.”
“We look forward to working with President-elect Peter to further strengthen U.S.-Colombian relations and move our countries towards a better future,” he said in a statement.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador called the former guerrilla's victory “historic”. “Colombian conservatives have always been tough and tough,” López Obrador wrote on Twitter.
Peter's path from M-19 guerrilla fighter in the 80s to president also saw him become a senator and mayor of the capital city of Bogotá.
The losing Hernandez looked like a very real contender, but could not avoid an almost constant stream of scandals. He called Hitler “the great German thinker” and was caught on camera walking with models on a yacht in Miami. His social media posts were full of profanity and he refused to participate in any debate ahead of Sunday's vote.
The new leader's agenda will have an unstable peace process in the country with left-wing rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (RCF) , which was cemented by a 2016 agreement that formally ended five decades of civil war that has killed more than 260,000 people and displaced more than 7 million. Outgoing President Ivan Duque is accused of stalling the agreement in order to undermine it .
Another headache for Petro will be neighboring Venezuela, which has been in a social, political and economic crisis for years. At the same time, Petro advocates the resumption of relations with the Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro, speaking out against the policy of isolating the Bolivarian Republic pursued by the Duque government.
The semiconductor industry is facing hardships due to Russian export restrictions on rare gases
Global chip makers are bracing for new challenges as Russia restricts the export of rare gases badly needed by the industry. And the semiconductor industry expects a lot of big difficulties.
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After dealing with supply bottlenecks caused by the coronavirus pandemic, chipmakers are facing a new headache as Russia, one of the world's largest suppliers of gases used to manufacture semiconductors, has begun restricting exports, according to CNN Business.
In late May, Moscow reportedly began restricting the export of inert or “noble” gases, including neon, argon and helium, to “unfriendly” countries.
All three of these gases are used to make tiny electronic chips that can be found in a plethora of consumer products, from smartphones to washing machines and cars, which have been in short supply for months.
This is one of Russia's latest volleys against countries that have imposed sanctions on Moscow in response to a special operation in Ukraine. Before the conflict, Russia and Ukraine together accounted for about 30% of neon supplies for the chip industry, according to Bain & Company.
The export restrictions came just as the semiconductor industry and its customers were beginning to shed the worst of the supply crisis. Automakers built 10 million fewer vehicles last year due to chip shortages, according to LMC Automotive, but shipments are expected to improve in the second half of this year.
“Obviously we don’t need another drama with the supply of chips, which could affect and possibly slow down the recovery,” says Justin Cox, director of global production for an automotive consulting company.
He told CNN Business that neon export restrictions were “a concern” but didn't take chipmakers by surprise. Since Russia annexed Crimea eight years ago, the industry has been preparing for further supply disruptions from the region, he said.
Neon plays a critical role in semiconductor manufacturing, in a process called lithography. The gas controls the wavelength of the light emitted by the laser as it etches patterns into the silicon wafers that make up the chip.
Before the Ukrainian conflict, Russia received raw neon as a by-product from its steel mills and then shipped it to Ukraine for refining. The two countries have been top producers of inert gases since the days of the Soviet Union, when the superpower used them to build its military and space technologies, Jonas Sundqvist, senior technology analyst at research firm Techcet, told CNN Business.
The conflict has caused irreversible damage to capacity. Intense fighting in some Ukrainian cities has destroyed industrial facilities and made it extremely difficult to export goods from the region.
“Now we have the irretrievable loss of some sewage treatment plants in Mariupol and Odessa,” Sundqvist states.
But semiconductor makers have been reducing their reliance on the region since 2014.
Peter Hanbury, Bain & Company's manufacturing practice partner in the Americas, told CNN Business that chip makers have redoubled their efforts since the start of the Ukrainian market in February. conflict.
Hanbury said the industry's reliance on Ukraine and Russia for neon has been “historically very high” at 80% to 90%. But since 2014, chip makers have reduced that figure to less than one-third.
“The industry has recognized the risk associated with the region and has begun to primarily qualify new sources by developing new countries and specific vendors,” he added. .
It is too early to tell how Russian export restrictions will affect semiconductor manufacturers.
According to Hanbury, so far the conflict in Ukraine has not affected the production of chips. “I don't think we're going to see an impact for at least a few months… I do think the impact we're seeing is likely to be somewhat minimal,” he said.
However However, even if chipmakers can make up for lost supplies from the region, they will likely end up paying much more for the gases vital to chip manufacturing.
It's difficult to track the price of neon and other gases, Sundqvist said, because most of them are traded in private long-term contracts. But Techcet estimates that contract prices for neon have already risen five-fold since the crisis began and will remain at that elevated level in the near term.
Russia's export restrictions “will definitely affect any new contracts,” Sundqvist said. He added that South Korea, home to giant chip maker Samsung (SSNLF), would be the first to feel the pain, as it depends on inert gas imports and, unlike the US, Japan and Europe, does not have major gas companies to ramp up production. .
Micron Technology (MU), another of the world's largest chip makers, told CNN Business that inert gas prices have risen but it has “enough inventory for the next few months” and does not plan to reduce production in the short term.
“We are taking steps to secure additional supplies for a longer period,” a company spokesman said.
Now countries are looking to ramp up their chip manufacturing capacity after two years of being severely exposed to global volatility. supply chains.
Increased microchip production is likely to increase demand for noble gases. As Russia threatens to cut its exports, China could benefit greatly. Sundqvist says it has the “largest and latest” manufacturing facility.
Since 2015, the country has been investing in its own semiconductor industry, including equipment needed to separate noble gases from other industrial products. China is currently a net exporter of these gases and claims to be self-sufficient, he said.
Sundqvist added that global demand for noble gases is likely to be concentrated in China, and the country will “get a good price for their products.”
Recent events, Defense Ministry reports, comments, sanctions
Russia continues its special operation in Ukraine. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in his video message promised to respond to the Russian army's strikes on his country's oil refineries. US President Joe Biden, meanwhile, has urged oil and gas producers around the world to ramp up output to drive down prices. The Russian army in the Izyum direction eliminated the commander of the volunteer battalion “Carpathian Sich” Oleg Kutsin. Read online of the previous day of the special operation here.
Photo: Donetsk News Agency
12:46 Kremlin Speaker Dmitry Peskov spoke about the possibility of involving the CSTO forces in a special operation in Ukraine. According to him, this option was not considered. He also stressed that the Kremlin considers Lithuania's decision to suspend the transit of goods subject to EU sanctions to the Kaliningrad region illegal. They promised to analyze it within a few days before deciding on retaliatory measures.
12:40 In Ukraine, the court banned the party "Opposition Platform – for life.” Its political council is headed by Viktor Medvedchuk, who was detained in the country.
12:38 The head of the Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergei Naryshkin, said that Russia and Donbass would win in a special military operation. According to him, the population of the Russian Federation admires the courage and resilience of the population of Donbass.
12:35 Dmitry Medvedev said that the US needs to be pacified in Khrushchev's way. In particular, he spoke about the prospects for extending the START-3 treaty with Washington. According to him, now it makes no sense. He also pointed out that there is another effective way to communicate with Washington: “… a shoe on the UN podium. Once upon a time…",” he concluded.
12:30 According to German Air Force Commander-in-Chief Ingo Gerharz, NATO countries need to be ready to use nuclear weapons in case of emergency situations. He also believes that “when it comes to fighting”, his country should also use the American nuclear bombs that are stored in Germany.
12:20 DPR leader Denis Pushilin temporarily gave the right to the administrations of districts and cities of republican significance to assign names to settlements. They can also rename them, TASS reports.
12:06 The administration of the Zaporozhye region announced on the air of Soloviev Live that a missile attack on a command post in the Dnepropetrovsk region managed to destroy 57 Ukrainian high-level officers, including those responsible for the Zaporozhye direction.
11:56 The EU Council extended for 12 months the sanctions against Crimea and Sevastopol, which were originally introduced in June 2014. This was done as part of the community's strategy of not recognizing the entry of the peninsula into Russia.
11:45 The Ministry of Defense also reports that as part of the counter-battery fight in the Donetsk direction, 11 platoons of Grad multiple rocket launchers were hit in a day. And about 800 Ukrainians refused to go to the area of hostilities. They accused the officers of bribery and nepotism.
Also, about 100 scouts of the 10th mountain assault brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were removed from combat missions due to disobedience to command.
11 :34 The Russian Ministry of Defense held a regular briefing on the events in Ukraine. According to the agency, air defense systems shot down a Ukrainian MiG-29 aircraft in the Dnipropetrovsk region. In addition, the Russian Armed Forces used the Oniks missile and attacked the Artsyz airfield in the Odessa region. As a result, the Bayraktar control station was destroyed.
In addition, Russian aviation destroyed the illumination and surveillance locator of the Ukrainian S-300 air defense system. And the Buk-M1 installation was also destroyed. At the same time, Russian air defense systems intercepted nine Uragan MLRS shells. in the Kharkiv region and the DPR.
And the Ukrainian troops suffer significant losses. So, in a month of fighting, one mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine lost more than 2,100 people killed and wounded.
11:20 Lithuanian Foreign Minister explained the ban on the transit of goods to the Kaliningrad region. It is noted that it was introduced after consultations with the European Commission and under its leadership.
10:46 Official representative of “Gazprom” Sergei Kupriyanov said that Russia is supplying gas to Europe in transit through Ukraine in the amount of 41.7 million cubic meters per day through the Sudzha gas measuring station. But the application for pumping through "Saved" was rejected by Ukraine.
10:35 TASS reports that the topic of anti-Russian sanctions will be on the agenda of the G7 summit on June 26. And the topic of Ukraine and the consequences of restrictive measures will be a priority at the G7 summit.
10:25 The head of the Federation Council Commission for the Protection of Sovereignty, Klimov, said that if the European Union does not correct the situation with the blockade of Kaliningrad, then Brussels itself will disavow the documents on Lithuania's membership in the EU for Russia. According to him, this is direct aggression against the Russian Federation.
10:12 Josep Borrell, head of the EU foreign policy service, refused to answer the question of whether Moldova and Ukraine would be able to start negotiations on before the end of 2023.
10:00 Josep Borrell, head of the European Union's foreign policy service, made a number of statements. According to him, everyone who wants to buy Russian food and fertilizers can do it completely freely.
In addition, he hopes that Russia, Turkey and Ukraine, through the mediation of the UN, will reach an agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain by sea. He also declined to answer the question whether Ukraine and Moldova would be able to start EU accession negotiations before the end of 2023.
9:50 According to RIA Novosti, powerful explosions are again heard in the center of Donetsk. No casualties or damage have been reported yet.
9:33 As reported by the LPR JCCC, as a result of the shelling of Tochka-U, and from the MLRS “Hurricane” On the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, two schools were damaged in the LPR, as well as a kindergarten, a cultural center, power lines and about 40 houses.
9:18 Internet and communications were restored in Kherson. And in the districts of the region, work is still ongoing, as reported by the press secretary of the military-civilian administration of the region Sergey Moroz.
9:14 Over the past day, more than 17.5 thousand residents of Donbass crossed the Russian border in the Rostov region. This was reported by TASS.
9:10 Assistant Minister of Internal Affairs of the LPR Vitaly Kiselev spoke about taking control of the village of Toshkovka. It is located south of Severodonetsk. Kiselev stressed that the cleansing of the village of Metelkino was also completed.
As TASS reported, the commanders of the Azov terrorist battalion who surrendered in Mariupol are in the SIZO "Lefortovo" in Moscow. Later, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, announced that a new group of militants had surrendered in the LPR. at the command post of Ukrainian troops in the Dnepropetrovsk region. As a result, more than 50 generals and officers were destroyed. And ten 155-mm M777 howitzers and up to 20 armored fighting vehicles delivered to Ukraine by the West were destroyed on the territory of the transformer plant in the city of Nikolaev.
US Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen said that the American economy will slow down, but the recession doesn't seem inevitable. According to her, the US Treasury also believes that “unacceptably high” inflation — global phenomenon, it will not be possible to bring it down immediately. She also acknowledged that Washington's sanctions against Moscow hit the United States itself.
The Governor of the Bryansk region, Bogomaz, announced the shelling of the village of Suzemka. As a result, the infrastructure is damaged, and there is still a victim. All operational and emergency services are on site.
The United States positively assessed the results of the referendum on amendments to the Constitution of Kazakhstan
The United States supports the reforms carried out by the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, in the areas of protecting human rights and political modernization of the republic. This is stated in a letter from Uzra Zeya, Deputy Head of the US State Department, who oversees issues of democracy and human rights in the department.
“The United States fully supports the reforms of the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, on political modernization and reform of the human rights protection system, and also assesses the referendum held on June 5 as the next step in the implementation of these reforms,” the Kazakh Foreign Ministry quotes the representative State Department.
Washington added that the United States is always ready to assist Kazakhstan “on the difficult path of democratizing the state system of government”, as well as in creating “open and receptive institutions” and strengthening “the sphere of human rights protection together with an independent civil society.”
In addition, the message of the representative of the State Department notes that Washington wants to see Kazakhstan peaceful, stable, prosperous and democratic.
June 5, a referendum was held in Kazakhstan to amend the Constitution of the republic. According to the CEC of the republic, more than 77 percent of the citizens who came to the polling stations supported the changes to the main document of the country.
The amendments, in particular, finally abolished the death penalty in Kazakhstan. Also, provisions on the status of the first president of the republic, Nursultan Nazarbayev, were excluded from the document.
Last week, Tokayev took part in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). During his speech, he stated in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin that Kazakhstan is not going to recognize the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, calling them “quasi-state” territories.
The exodus from Ukraine to Spain is actively used by various scammers
Ukrainian refugees in Spain in the coastal towns of Valencia are urged to leave the resort areas for the summer to make room for tourists. Meanwhile, various crooks are actively taking advantage of the refugee situation.
Photo: Global Look Press
As it turns out, many Ukrainians who have taken refuge in the coastal cities of Valencia are being asked to leave their homes as the summer season approaches, according to the Spanish English-language resource Olive Press.
Refugees who fled conflict-torn Ukraine and were initially welcomed in coastal towns in Spain, the owners of their property are now saying they are looking for a new place to live for the summer.
The Kalina Association, created to help Ukrainians settled in the province of Castellón in Valencia, has reported a surge in requests for relocation assistance people as summer approaches.
“Most of those who applied for relocation assistance were given shelter in Benicássim and Oropes, two of the most popular tourist towns in the province of Castellón, where holiday home prices have skyrocketed since the end of the pandemic,” the organization told Spanish newspaper El Mundo. .
The group said that those who went through official organizations such as the Red Cross and Caritas were safer, while those who arranged accommodation privately were more at risk. be evicted.
The Kalina association says that the people who offered to accommodate refugees were “promised that they would receive some kind of assistance from the institutions, but the truth is that several months have passed and this has not happened.”
The charities emphasize that the level of support needed to work with these vulnerable women and children remains significant as the conflict in Ukraine continues and more help is needed from the Spanish authorities.
Meanwhile, the other day, according to Olive Press, more than a dozen people in Alicante were arrested for impersonating Ukrainians and using fake documents to stay illegally in Spain.
The National Police said that 14 people aged between 18 and 34 from Morocco, Cuba and the Dominican Republic were convicted of fraud using Ukrainian documents in Alicante on the Spanish Costa Blanca.
The arrested scammers used the documents to apply for temporary protection in Spain as refugees at a documentation office set up in the city due to the conflict in Ukraine.
EU rules state that third-country nationals who can prove that they lived in Ukraine prior to the start of the Russian special operation on February 24, they will be offered the same refugee status and assistance as Ukrainian citizens fleeing the country, and it was these opportunities that the arrested crooks tried to use.
Suspicions arose when it turned out that although the documents showed that the holders lived in Ukraine before the start of the conflict, those who presented them did not speak a word of Ukrainian.
An investigation conducted jointly with Kyiv, came to the conclusion that the documents were not issued to the indicated persons, and the details did not match.
However, there are cases when crooks try to cash in on refugees from Ukraine who got to Spain in other ways. A swindler posing as a police officer attacked a frightened Ukrainian refugee in the city of Alicante and stole 1,000 euros from her. The bogus “servant of the law” approached the unsuspecting woman and told her in a mixture of English and Spanish that she was suspected of drug dealing.
The dumbfounded refugee gave her backpack to the pseudo-cop for a search, but finding nothing of value, he demanded that the woman open her fanny pack. The suspect looked through the tapes, pretending to call his “bosses” and arranged to meet the Ukrainian woman at the same location the next day to check her identity documents. It was only after the woman returned home that the refugee realized that 1,000 euros in cash had been stolen from her.
The Ukrainian woman turned to the National Police to report the crime, and video surveillance footage showed that the suspect was known to officers from previous Offenses: The 46-year-old Romanian tried to avoid arrest but was eventually captured, and officials are looking into whether he could have been involved in similar scams involving vulnerable individuals.
Nur-Sultan stated that the information is not true
The press service of the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of Kazakhstan responded to rumors that 1,700 wagons were allegedly blocked in the republic with Russian coal. The department said that this information is not true.
Photo: Olga Shuklina
“In the media space of the CIS, fake information is actively spreading that Kazakhstan has allegedly blocked 1.7 thousand railway cars with Russian coal on its territory. In this regard, the Transport Committee of the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan officially declares that these messages are a fake stuffing,” the ministry said in a statement.
It was also noted in Kazakhstan that there are not so many wagons with Russian coal on the territory of the republic. The department noted that work with the Russian Railways (RZD) is going on as usual, there are no delays in imports and exports on both sides.
The department stressed that they consider the appearance of reports of blocking cars with coal “deliberate stuffing”, the authors of which are trying to discredit the “good neighborly and partner” relations between Russia and Kazakhstan.
Earlier, the Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan, Bolat Akchulakov, said that work in the area of the facilities of the “Caspian Pipeline Consortium” (CPC) in the water area of the port of Novorossiysk will not affect the export of Kazakh oil.
The day before, Kommersant reported that Russia had imposed restrictions on the operation of the CPC in the port of Novorossiysk, through which Kazakhstan exports its oil. In turn, Akchulakov confirmed that planned work is being carried out in the port waters to clear ammunition from the Second World War.
Senator Klimov: Russia will have a “free hand”
The Lithuanian authorities, having started the “blockade” of the Kaliningrad region, “knocked out the chair” on which Vilnius was sitting as a member of the European Union. This was stated by the chairman of the Interim Commission of the Federation Council for the Protection of State Sovereignty and Prevention of Interference in the Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, Senator Andrey Klimov.
Andrey Klimov Photo: Global Look Press
A member of the Federation Council demanded that the European Union force Lithuania to lift restrictions on the transit of Russian goods to the Kaliningrad region, noting that otherwise Russia would have “a free hand” to solve this problem.
“The European Union, if it does not immediately correct Vilnius' impudent trick, disavow for us the legitimacy of all documents on Lithuania's EU membership and untie our hands to solve the Kaliningrad transit problem created by Lithuania by any means we choose,” Klimov wrote in his Telegram channel.
Klimov also said that Lithuania, by its decision to limit almost half of the transit of goods that go from Russia to its westernmost region, thereby “knocked out the chair” on which it sat for many years as a member of the European Union.
The senator added that the actions of the Lithuanian authorities jeopardize NATO as well, since Lithuania was admitted to the alliance taking into account the problem of Kaliningrad transit.
A member of the Federation Council noted that, in his opinion, NATO, through the hands of one of its members, actually declared a blockade Russian region.
“The latter can be assessed as direct aggression against Russia, literally forcing us to immediately resort to proper self-defense,” Klimov concluded.
Last week it became known that the Lithuanian railways notified the authorities of the Kaliningrad region about the termination of the transit through its territory of a large group of goods that fell under anti-Russian sanctions of the European Union.
According to the governor of the Kaliningrad region Anton Alikhanov, we are talking about 40 up to 50 percent of the range of goods, including building materials and metals.
This is due to the unprofessional work of ambassadors
Experts have repeatedly stated that the West is largely responsible for the growth of anti-Russian sentiment in Ukraine. However, the former chairman of the Supreme Council of the RSFSR, Ruslan Khasbulatov, believes that Ukraine has gained “anti-Russian speed”, including due to the fact that Russian ambassadors Mikhail Zurabov and Viktor Chernomyrdin failed in their work in the country.
Photo: Alexander Kornyushchenko
In a conversation with NEWS.ru, Khasbulatov noted that Zurabov after his appointment as ambassador to Kyiv, he did nothing useful there. In his opinion, in such a huge country neighboring the Russian Federation, the most experienced Russian diplomat with a huge analytical apparatus should work. However, as Khasbulatov noted, what Zurabov did in Ukraine is known only to him.
The politician recalled that before Zurabov, Viktor Chernomyrdin worked as an ambassador. He admits that he knew this man well and wondered what he could do in Ukraine. According to Khasbulatov, Chernomyrdin was not drawn to the role of ambassador primarily because of his intellectual qualities. He summed up that the two “great ambassadors” failed their work.
In addition, Khasbulatov specified that after the start of the Maidan in Ukraine, European countries immediately intervened in the situation, President Yanukovych was overthrown, and the ambassadors, in turn, reported to Russian President Vladimir Putin that ” ;everything is fine, everything is fine. The politician believes that because of this, Russia does not need to “relieve itself of part of the blame” for what is happening in Ukraine.
Khasbulatov also added that Ukraine, to some extent, repeats the mistakes of Russia in the 1990s, hoping for help from the West. In his opinion, there is now “unbridled faith” in the country; to Western countries, which was repeated there in a more difficult and lengthy phase.
Read also: The Federation Council threatened Lithuania with the loss of sovereignty due to transit to Kaliningrad
They will “sit” and “nag”, but not free
Russian economist, State Duma deputy Mikhail Delyagin said that in the coming months the Russian elites will face a large-scale purge. His words are quoted by the Tsargrad TV channel.
Photo: Global Look Press that many high-ranking Russian officials may lose their freedom in the next six months.
«I think that in six months they will still sit and saw, but they will sit in other places and saw other materials»,— said the parliamentarian.
The presenter objected to him, calling his forecast fantastic. Delyagin also recalled that few people could have imagined last December that Russia would demand that NATO return to the 1997 borders.
“And who among those who do not have access to maps, arrows and everything else, could imagine February 23 in the afternoon on the morning of February 24? We are living in a time of realization of fantasies,” — said Delyagin.
Earlier, the economist suggested that the former president of Russia, now deputy chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev may again become the head of state: only not Russian, but updated Ukrainian.
“This is a classic scam”
Despite the fact that the United States and the European Union jointly oppose Russia against the backdrop of what is happening in Ukraine, experts believe that the Americans are pursuing their own goals in the current situation. Thus, political scientist and economist Mikhail Khazin said that the US provoked the EU to impose sanctions against the Russian Federation in order to take a significant part of its capital in the future.
Photo: Global Look Press
In an interview with the Federal Business Journal, Khazin noted that the events that are now unfolding in the geopolitical arena are “a provocation brilliantly organized by the United States.” According to the expert, its meaning is to force the EU to impose sanctions against the Russian Federation that are absolutely not beneficial to it, and Washington's tactics have already brought results.
The political scientist explained that by opposing the Kremlin, the European Union plunged itself into a severe crisis. At the same time, according to Khazin, the US itself suffers from a confrontation with the Russian Federation, but the EU in this situation is much worse off. According to the specialist's forecast, soon the Americans will “drag to themselves” most of the capital from the European Union, and in the future, they may even lift sanctions against Russia altogether.
According to Khazin, the US actions are a “classic trick”. The political scientist explained that in this situation, the “rich fool” begins to be frightened by someone and told how he will have to fight back, they express support for him, and then it turns out that because of this “mythical struggle” he was left without money.
The expert believes that approximately 70% of the EU capital will go to the United States, another 20% to Russia, and 10% will go to the UK. Khazin concluded that in the context of the “degradation of the liberal model of the West”, the sanctions confrontation with the Russian Federation was necessary for the States only to maintain their economy at the expense of their own “European partners”.
Read also:Ruslan Khasbulatov called the reason why Ukraine decided to turn its back on Russia
The ex-president remembered the shoe and the rostrum at the UN
Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev spoke about the prospects for extending the START-3 Treaty with the United States (on measures to further reduce and limit strategic offensive weapons). He noted that now he does not see much point in this.
Photo: Gennady Cherkasov
Medvedev wrote in his Telegram -channel that the issue of extending START-3 will depend on the position of the current head of state Vladimir Putin.
“In turn, as a person who was directly related to START-3 and signed it in 2010, I consider the time the most unsuitable for new negotiations,” — said the ex-president.
According to Medvedev, back in 2021 the situation was different, as Putin spoke about. Then, by exchanging notes with US President Joe Biden, the agreement was extended for five years.
Now, the member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation noted, relations with the United States are virtually absent and are “at zero Kelvin.” Medvedev also sees no point in unfreezing these relations, since, according to him, this is harmful for Russia.
“Let them come running or crawling themselves and ask about it. And they appreciate it as a special favor,” — emphasized the politician.
In conclusion Medvedev added that there is another effective way to communicate with Washington. The ex-president in this case turned to the experience of the Soviet General Secretary Nikita Khrushchev.
“By the way, there is another proven method of communicating with America on this topic – shoe on the UN podium. It used to…», — he summarized.
London and Warsaw are in the role of those who want to “make hara-kiri”
Strange and ominous (or not very strange, but definitely ominous) information was at the disposal of the British corporation BBC. The new head of the British Army General Staff, Sir Patrick Sanders, demanded that his subordinates be ready for war with Russia. The general's private address says, among other things: “Now it is imperative to create an army capable of fighting alongside our allies and defeating Russia in battle … We are the generation that must prepare the army to fight again in Europe.”
Forced again – for the third time – to change my position: the appeal of the head of the British General Staff is still very strange. And this strangeness is not at all in the fact that General Sanders considers a war between Russia and NATO possible in principle. The real oddity is that Sir Patrick Sanders seems to think this war could be non-nuclear.
Why did the acute conflict between the warring superpowers never turn into a hot stage during the Cold War? The secret lies in the so-called doctrine of mutually assured destruction.
Washington knew that America had the ability to destroy the USSR. But at the same time, only heaps of radioactive ash will remain from the United States itself.
In Moscow, everything was also similar or, perhaps, it would be more correct to say, in a symmetrical way.
Why did I use the past tense in the previous sentence? It's really a matter of questions. In theory, what was true and relevant for the era of the Cold War, which has sunk into oblivion, remains relevant for the current era of the Hot Peace.
Vladimir Putin's address in connection with the start of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine on February 24 this year: “Now a few important, very important words for those who may be tempted to intervene in ongoing events from the outside. Whoever tries to stop us, let alone create threats for our country, for our people, should know that Russia's response will be immediate and will lead you to consequences that you have never experienced in your history. We are ready for any development of events. All necessary decisions in this regard have been made. I hope that I will be heard.”
Special repeat for those who “didn't hear the first time.” A meeting of the President of the Russian Federation with the Minister of Defense and the Chief of the General Staff a few days later: “You see that Western countries are taking not only unfriendly actions against our country in the economic sphere, I mean illegitimate sanctions, which everyone is well aware of, but the highest officials faces of the leading NATO countries also make aggressive statements against our country.
Therefore, I order the Minister of Defense and the Chief of the General Staff to transfer the containment forces of the Russian army to a special mode of combat duty. Sergei Shoigu: Yes. Valery Gerasimov: “Yes.”
It would seem, what else can remain incomprehensible here? It turned out a lot. It follows from the context of Sir Patrick Sanders' statement that the general is convinced that a direct armed conflict between London and Moscow may well develop according to the canons of wars in the 19th century – the era before the invention of nuclear weapons. Otherwise, all the arguments of the head of the British General Staff make no sense: in the event of an exchange of nuclear missile strikes, there is no need to “prepare the army to fight again in Europe” .
And this very “prepared army” and unprepared civilians will go together to the forefathers in the time range of several minutes. Is all this strange? Much stranger is that General Sanders is not the only one.
Deputy Prime Minister (actually shadow supreme leader) of Poland Jarosław Kaczynski: The West should not get hung up on avoiding a military solution to the conflict, as this makes it weaker compared to “the opposite side, more uncompromising…
Please note that the defeat of the West, primarily America in Ukraine, will be something more serious than Vietnam, not to mention Afghanistan.
Of course, Jarosław Kaczynski has nothing to lose but his own life and the lives of his beloved cats: in the best (or worst) tradition of political eccentricity, Poland's shadow leader has no children, has never been married, and has never even been in a relationship.
But after all, the Polish political elite is not all made up of “secular hermit monks.” However, Kaczynski's views in Warsaw do not seem particularly strange or dangerous to anyone. Of course, it is somewhat reassuring that the key decisions about NATO's strategy are not made in Warsaw or even in London. Here, the “big boys” continue to demonstrate commendable political sobriety.
Authorities in the US capital regularly state that the US does not intend to go to war with Russia. However, to say that the “big boys” (and “big girls”) in the American upper classes are not at all inclined to extreme forms of adventurism is also not necessary. For example, I was very alarmed by the statement by the US Permanent Representative to NATO, Julianne Smith, expressing support for the creation of a separate military alliance of Great Britain, Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic states.
Can you imagine what such a separate military alliance can do? I imagined for a second – and somehow I suddenly felt sick. Like all Western figures quoted above, I also grew up in the Cold War era. But unlike them, I don't really believe that a direct military conflict between Russia and NATO can be non-nuclear.
Does that make me an optimist or a pessimist? I suspect a realist. Sorry to have to end on such a sad note. But I have no other planet Earth for you (and for myself).
Oil was exported to Europe through the port of Novorossiysk.
The Russian Federation imposed restrictions on oil supplies from Kazakhstan.
Hydrocarbons were exported to Europe through the port of Novorossiysk.
This became known after the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced the non-recognition of the LDNR.
According to “Kommersant”, the official reason for blocking the expert is the suddenly discovered mines of the Second World War in the port water area.
The water area is completely closed, and the Caspian Pipeline Consortium cannot send oil to Europe.
On June 20, it is expected that mine clearance work will be carried out in the water area, and they can continue until the end of the month.
Kazakhstan supplies to Europe through the Russian Federation 67 million tons of oil per year. After the imposition of sanctions against Russia, the export grade “black gold” Urals was renamed by Kazakhstan.
Earlier, TopNews wrote that Tokayev did not accept the award from Russia.
Also, the President of Kazakhstan did not recognize the LDNR.
On Against this backdrop, in the CIS Affairs Committee, Konstantin Zatulin threatened that retaliatory measures would be taken against Kazakhstan.