Representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova and two Russian experts were supposed to take part in a meeting of the information committee at the UN headquarters in the United States, but Zakharova's visa was issued late, and the experts did not receive them at all
The United States did not issue visas to two of the three Russian delegates who were supposed to take part in a meeting of the United Nations information committee in New York, Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the organization, said at the committee meeting.
“Due to the actions of the American side, participation in the session of the committee of the Russian delegation from the capital was actually disrupted. The head of our delegation, Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, received her visa only yesterday afternoon. The remaining two experts do not have visas at all yet,— he said (quote from RIA Novosti). The diplomat called the practice “unacceptable”.
The UN secretary-general's spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said at a May 4 briefing that the organization had already raised the issue of obtaining US visas for Russian representatives and would continue to do so. “It is important that anyone with business at the UN be given the opportunity to come to the US to attend these meetings,” — Dujarric emphasized.
In November last year, Russia asked UN Secretary-General António Guterres to start an arbitration procedure due to problems with the issuance of visas to Russian diplomats by the United States. The Russian representative in the Sixth Committee of the UN General Assembly, which deals with the consideration of legal issues, Sergey Leonidchenko, pointed out that the Russian delegation has been facing similar problems for more than four years. He said that Washington's actions indicate that the United States is not going to correct the situation. In February 2022, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the same demand.
The US State Department noted that “seriously” relate to obligations under the agreement with UN Headquarters. According to the document, it is considered a territory belonging to all states— members of an organization that falls under US judicial jurisdiction. Materials for the article Authors Tags Subscribe to RuTube RBC Live broadcasts, videos and recordings of programs on our RuTube channel
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Americans can save up to $500 a year by switching to renewable energy, said US President Joe Biden.
He promised citizens tax breaks for buying electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, including used ones. This will save drivers $80 a month by not having to pay for gas at the gas station.
“Tax credits are offered for people who buy solar panels, heat pumps and energy-efficient windows and doors, which will save on average $500 a year, — Biden said.
In early March, gasoline prices at gas stations in the United States broke a historical record, a gallon (3.785 liters) rose to $4.17. At the same time, Washington imposed a ban on the import of oil and gas from Russia. The previous record was $4.11 and was set in July 2008.
The American leader called the jump in fuel prices “an increase in the price of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin” and linked to military operations in Ukraine. Although he acknowledged that the growth began even before the events in Ukraine.
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, commenting on Biden's words, said: “You ask how Putin can raise gasoline prices in the United States? <…> Indirectly and having prepared in advance, he could. The plan was not difficult, but it required patience: in 2020, Moscow recognized Biden's victory in the elections, thus dooming the United States to various sufferings, including rising gasoline prices.
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In addition, Russian air defense shot down six drones and two Smerch multiple rocket launchers, rockets and artillery hit a Grad multiple rocket launcher battery
The Aerospace Forces (VKS) of Russia destroyed three weapons depots and an American counter-battery radar station in Ukraine, according to a Defense Ministry briefing posted on the department's Telegram channel.
“During the day, high-precision air-based missiles of the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed: four artillery batteries in firing positions, three ammunition depots in the areas of Mirnaya Dolina, Bakhmutskaya and Tashkovka, 20 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment, as well as in the area of the settlement Popasnaya radar station US-made counter-battery combat,— said in the message.
In addition, the Russian military hit 160 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment, a battery of BM-21 Grad multiple launch rocket systems. As a result, up to 310 nationalists and 36 units of weapons and equipment were destroyed.
The air defense system shot down six drones in the Luhansk People's Republic and over Zmeiny Island in the Black Sea and two Smerch multiple rocket launchers in the Kharkiv region.
In total, since the start of the special military operation, about 150 aircraft, more than 110 helicopters and 700 drones, about 300 anti-aircraft missile systems, over 2.8 thousand tanks and other armored combat vehicles, more than 300 multiple rocket launchers, about 1.3 Thousand field artillery pieces and mortars, as well as over 2.6 thousand units of special military vehicles, the military department added.
At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.
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As of May 4, the Russian military control the Kherson region, along with the regional center, Berdyansk, Melitopol, Vasilievka and some other settlements of the Zaporozhye region, cities Izyum and Balakleya in the Kharkiv region.
In the Donetsk region, Russian troops, together with the forces of the Donetsk People's Republic, took control of Volnovakha and Mariupol, but Ukrainian forces remained in the latter, blocked on the territory of the Azovstal plant. Almost the entire territory of the Luhansk region is already under the control of the Luhansk People's Republic.
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The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused the Kyiv authorities themselves of this, which came to power “through a neo-Nazi coup in 2014.” She urged to respect the “legal and informed choice” of people
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, invited Ukraine and other countries to recognize Crimea as part of Russia and the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics. She said this in an interview with the Spanish newspaper ABC, published on the website of the Foreign Ministry.
“These are already established territorial realities that Kyiv and other countries need to recognize. They arose because of the policy of the Kyiv authorities themselves, who came to power through a neo-Nazi coup in 2014, Crimea returned to Russia, the DPR and the LHP became independent states, — Zakharova said.
The diplomat urged to respect “the legitimate and informed choice of peoples and the right of nations to self-determination, enshrined in the UN Charter.”
Answering the question at what stage the negotiations with Ukraine are, Zakharova said that they are ongoing, the parties are discussing the neutral, non-nuclear and non-bloc status of Ukraine, its demilitarization and denazification, which Moscow is seeking, as well as security guarantees, which Kyiv insists on. At the same time, the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed regret over the position of the Ukrainian delegation, which, according to her, is “very volatile”, and the negotiations themselves “are accompanied by aggressive rhetoric from Kyiv and the West, the supply of Western weapons, which does not contribute to reaching agreements.”
She repeated the words of the Russian authorities that Moscow “was left no other choice” than to recognize the independence of the DPR and LHP and launch a military operation “to protect the people living in Donbass, demilitarize and denazify” neighboring country, these objectives will be “certainly met.”
In early March, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed Kyiv's readiness to find a compromise on the status of Crimea, the DPR and the LPR, but believes that the opinion of people who want to be part of Ukraine should be taken into account. The Kremlin, in response to his words, said that the Russian position is “well known”; and “repeatedly brought to the attention of the Ukrainian side, and to the telephone interlocutors of the Russian president.” “As for the Crimea” this is a Russian region, it must be recognized de facto and de jure, — said the press secretary of the head of the Russian state Dmitry Peskov.
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In early April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that Kyiv had presented a new draft agreement, which “disappears from the most important provisions recorded at the meeting in Istanbul.” Lavrov also pointed to the slow progress of the negotiations and the inability of the Ukrainians to negotiate. The fact that after the events in Bucha Ukraine “dramatically changed” Vladimir Putin also stated his position, moving away from his intentions regarding the Crimea and the republics of Donbass.
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President Vladimir Putin awarded the title of Hero of Russia to test cosmonaut Ivan Vagner. The decree is posted on the official Internet portal of legal information.
“For the courage and heroism shown during a long-term space flight on the International Space Station, to award the title of Hero of the Russian Federation to Ivan Viktorovich Wagner”,— the message says.
The cosmonaut was also awarded the honorary title of pilot-cosmonaut of Russia.
Ivan Vagner made one space flight on April 9, 2020 on the Soyuz MS-16 manned spacecraft. The flight duration was 195 days 18 hours 49 minutes. The spacecraft's descent module landed on the territory of Kazakhstan southeast of the city of Dzhezkazgan on October 22.
Wagner was born on July 10, 1985 in the village of Severoonezhsk, Plesetsk District, Arkhangelsk Region. From 2002 to 2008 he studied at the Baltic State Technical University Voenmehim. D.F. Ustinov. He received a master's degree in engineering and technology in the field of “aircraft and rocket science”.
From November 2010, Vagner began training as a candidate for test cosmonauts on the basis of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “NII TsPK im. Yu.A. Gagarin ". In January 2011, he was transferred to the Roscosmos cosmonaut corps.
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In the course of his first space expedition, he made two spacewalks, including the most difficult examination of the outer surface of the ship, the head of state noted.
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Kaspersky and Group-IB commented on the circular with the advice to replace their software in Italy Group-IB and Kaspersky Lab guaranteed the fulfillment of obligations to Italian customers, and also declared compliance with local laws. The Italian Cybersecurity Agency recommended that government agencies replace their software Kaspersky” responded to the advice to state institutions in Italy to replace its services” />
The diversification called for by the Italian National Cyber Security Agency (ACN) does not mean the removal of products, but involves an integrated approach to the choice of computer protection for public institutions. This is how Kaspersky Lab commented on the agency's circular recommending replacing Russian software.
The company noted that the ACN document does not call into question the security and quality of Kaspersky's services, it also states that there are no cases of ” malicious use of company products».
“Kaspersky Lab” drew attention to the fact that in the circular the main risk factor is “geopolitical tensions, which may limit the ability to quickly update IT products.” The company noted that its team and technical infrastructure are distributed around the world and this ensures high resilience. “Kaspersky” guarantees the fulfillment of all obligations to partners, including the delivery of updates and technical support around the world.
Group-IB told RBC that the ACN circular is focused on the Italian public sector and is purely advisory in nature. “Group-IB does not manufacture most of the products listed in the circular. It concerns only one of them, namely EDR. However, we regret this and consider it important to emphasize that Group-IB has always complied and will comply with the laws and regulations, as well as the orders and recommendations of each country in which it operates,— noted in the company.
Group-IB promised to continue working in the region and fulfill its obligations to customers in Italy, assuring that it receives support from Italian partners.
The circular of the National Cyber Security Agency of Italy came into force on April 26. It states that public administrations “to prevent damage to the security of networks, information systems and IT services” should start diversifying products. The document states that “companies producing products and services in the field of IT security technologies associated with the Russian Federation will not be able to provide services and updates for their products.” because of the sanctions. It is recommended to look for new solutions to replace the products of the Russian companies Kaspersky Lab, Group-IB and Positive Technologies.
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Before that, Reuters, citing sources, said that the Italian authorities intend to limit the use of Russian antiviruses in the public sector due to fears of cyber attacks . The interlocutor of the agency indicated that the new rules will allow the authorities to replace any potentially dangerous software without imposing any sanctions.
In mid-March, find an alternative to Kaspersky Lab applications. recommended by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). The developer called this decision political.
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The gum corridors will operate on May 5-7 from 8:00 to 18:00. Civilians will be allowed to evacuate both towards Russia and towards Ukraine
During the daytime on May 5, 6 and 7, the Russian military will open humanitarian corridors from the territory of the Azovstal plant. in Mariupol, the Russian Interdepartmental Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response (MKSH) said.
“The Armed Forces of Russia from 8:00 to 18:00 (Moscow time) on May 5, 6 and 7, 2022 open a humanitarian corridor from the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant” for the evacuation of civilians (working personnel, women and children), whose presence in the underground facilities of the plant is once again announced by the Kyiv authorities,— the report says.
The MKSH noted that during these periods the military of Russia and the Donetsk People's Republic “unilaterally” cease hostilities and withdraw troops to ensure the exit of civilians both towards Russia and towards Ukraine.
Plant “Azovstal” remained the only place in Mariupol that is under the control of the Ukrainian armed forces. On April 21, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin about the capture of Mariupol, with the proviso that “the completion of work at Azovstal” the Russian army needs about three to four days. Putin ordered to cancel the assault on the plant.
The Ministry of Defense has been opening humanitarian corridors for evacuation from Azovstal since mid-April. Earlier, the department indicated that Ukrainian servicemen and “militants of nationalist formations” who voluntarily laid down their arms could use the corridors. Ukrainian media reports that Azovstal there is a “large number of civilians”, the military department called “information stuffing”.
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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that evacuation of people from Azovstal began on May 1, on this day, according to him, about 100 people came out of there. The Red Cross reported that the evacuation is being carried out with the participation of their employees, as well as the UN.
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The former president of LUKOIL received the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, I degree, for his great contribution to the fuel and energy complex of Russia
PresidentVladimir Putin awarded the former President of LUKOIL Vagit Alekperov with the Order “For Services to the Fatherland” I degree. The decree is posted on the official Internet portal of legal information.
“For services to the state, a great contribution to the development of the fuel and energy complex and many years of conscientious work, award the Order of Merit for the Fatherland” I degree Alekperov Vagit Yusufovich»,— the text of the document says.
Alekperov has been president of LUKOIL since 1993. On April 21, he announced his early resignation: Alekperov left the board of directors of LUKOIL and the post of head of the company.
He explained that he left the company due to personal sanctions from Great Britain and Australia, which could hinder the development of LUKOIL. According to him, the company is no longer associated with him “in no way”.
Earlier, London and Canberra banned Alekperov from entering their territory and blocked all assets.
The ex-president of LUKOIL said that after leaving office he would remain in Russia and continue to do charity work. “I am a Russian, I am a patriot of my country, I am not going to leave the country. I have many plans for the development of social projects, I love and will continue to develop the city of Kogalym and other northern cities,— said Alekperov.
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Forbes magazine estimates Alekperov's fortune at $10.5 billion. He ranks tenth among the richest Russians.
The Board of Directors appointed acting LUKOIL President Vadim Vorobyov. Prior to that, he served as the first executive president and was a member of the board of the company.
Relations between Russia and Israel escalated after the words of Sergei Lavrov about the possible Jewish origin of Hitler. How the diplomatic scandal will affect Tel Aviv's position on Ukraine – in the material RBC jpg” alt=”Will Israel's position on Ukraine change after the scandal because of Lavrov's words” />
Why Israel called Lavrov's statements inadmissible
Russia and Israel continue to exchange mutual accusations, which began after the statements of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the topic of anti-Semitism and the situation in Ukraine. On Wednesday, May 4, the official representative of the Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, on the air of Rossiya24 stated that Israel ignored the situation with the spread of neo-Nazism in Ukraine, while Moscow drew its attention to this problem. “You can cling to words and phrases as much as you like. But why, with the same zeal, was it not to cling to the Nazi literature that circulates, is distributed among the nationalist battalions? Why not cling to the symbols of “Azov”? said Zakharova.
Earlier, Lavrov gave an interview to the Mediaset television company founded by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, in which he commented on the Jewish origin of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the context of a Russian special operation. “He [Zelensky] puts forward an argument: what kind of Nazism can they have if he is a Jew? I may be wrong, but Hitler also had Jewish blood. It means absolutely nothing. The wise Jewish people say that the most ardent anti-Semites are usually Jews, — said the Russian minister in an interview published on May 1.
The next day, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid reacted to Lavrov's words, calling them outrageous. According to him, the statements of the Russian official “are a terrible historical mistake.” “Jews did not kill themselves during the Holocaust. The accusation of the Jews themselves of anti-Semitism— this is the lowest level of racism against the Jews,” — Lapid continued. Russian Ambassador to Israel Anatoly Viktorov was summoned to the country's Foreign Ministry for an explanatory conversation.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett also spoke out, calling Lavrov's words “unforgivable”. “His words are not true, and their message is wrong. The purpose of such lies is to blame the Jews themselves for the most heinous crimes in history that have been committed against them, and thereby exonerate Israel's enemies from accountability. said in a statement released on Monday. The Israeli prime minister stressed that “the use of the Holocaust of the Jewish people as a political tool must be stopped immediately.”
On May 3, the Russian Foreign Ministry on its Telegram channel published a response to Lapid's statement, calling them “anti-historical”; and “largely explaining the course of the current Israeli government to support the neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv.” On the same day, Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar called Lavrov's words “shocking”; and said the minister should apologize. “I do not consider myself entitled to give advice to the head of Russian diplomacy, but it would be nice if he apologized to the Jews and simply admitted his mistake,” — he said.
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Will Israel continue to try to mediate
After the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, Israel tried to remain neutral, refusing to impose sanctions on Russia. Prime Minister Bennett paid a brief working visit to Moscow on March 5 for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The leaders of the two countries also spoke on the phone on numerous occasions. As early as April 27, the Kremlin reported that Israel offered its mediation services to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. Bennett was also asked to mediate by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The Ukrainian authorities stated that Israel could become one of the countries— guarantors of Ukraine's security in the event of a peace agreement between Moscow and Kyiv.
“Relations between Russia and Israel were previously as warm as the two sides could afford, and can only cool down to the level that the two sides can afford, given that neither Israel nor Russia seem to yet intend to fight each other another, in Syria, at least, no further escalation is expected yet. But at the diplomatic level, the situation does not look very decent. This is unlikely to contribute to mutual understanding, & mdash; Zeev Khanin, professor at Ariel University in Samaria, told RBC.
The escalation of diplomatic relations was a rather unexpected development of events, the previous conflict situations in bilateral relations were of an objective nature— there were specific events to which there was a reaction, but this time the scandal happened because of the statement, and not because of the action; in the last 15-20 years, this has not happened, said Dmitry Maryasis, a leading researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in an interview with RBC. In his opinion, it is rather difficult to predict the development of relations in the current conditions, however, previous experience shows that in the event of the detention of an Israeli citizen Naama Issachar in Russia in 2019, and in the event of an Il-20 disaster in Syria, in which the Russian side blamed the Israeli , ways out were found, disagreements were overcome, relations did not fundamentally suffer. Therefore, Mariasis believes that Israel's attempts to play the role of mediator will not stop.
In turn, Khanin is convinced that Israel's mediation efforts have exhausted themselves a few weeks ago: “We do not know what exactly Bennett and [Zeev] Elkin were talking about in Moscow and what exactly the Israeli representatives were saying in Kyiv, but it seems that that no proposals that would suit the Ukrainian side satisfied the Russian side. And vice versa, it is not a fact that the Russian side had any new proposals. Today, if some conversations are going on, then they can go on for a slightly different reason and no longer on one channel. Ultimately, one must assume that Israel fulfilled its mission at this stage.
The theory that Adolf Hitler may have had Jewish roots is based on the fact that his father was born out of wedlock and the identity of Hitler's grandfather was never revealed. Thus, there remained the possibility that he was a Jew, and then Hitler would also be a quarter Jew. At the same time, according to Jewish tradition, nationality is transmitted through the maternal line.
The information that Hitler's grandfather was Jewish was first presented by the Nazi Governor-General of Poland, Hans Frank, during the Nuremberg Trials, and then repeated in his memoirs “In the Face of the Gallows”, published in 1953, seven years after The Nuremberg Tribunal sentenced him to death. Frank, who in the late 1920s was a lawyer for the NSDAP and represented Hitler at trials, allegedly found out Hitler's real family tree in 1930, as the Fuhrer's half-nephew began to blackmail him, threatening to reveal his Jewish origin. According to Frank, Hitler's paternal grandfather was a Jew from the Austrian city of Graz. As evidence, Frank cited correspondence between Hitler's grandmother, Maria Anna Schicklgruber, and a Jewish man named Frankenberger, for whom she worked. According to the correspondence, Schicklgruber allegedly became pregnant by his 19-year-old son, and his family was forced to pay child support.
Most historians question the accuracy of Frank's claims. Also, there is no evidence of the existence of the mentioned correspondence. Moreover, the British historian Ian Kershaw, who carefully studied the biography of Hitler, pointed out in one of his works that a Jewish family with the surname Frankenberger never lived in Austria. He found one family with that last name, but they were not Jewish. He also found no evidence that Hitler's grandmother ever lived in Graz.
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Zakharova: in the event of joining NATO, Finland and Sweden will become a place of confrontation between NATO – not a defensive alliance, these words are a “fiction”, Zakharova claims, and the entry of Sweden and Finland into the bloc threatens to “unbalance” European security. The operation in Ukraine is considered by the Foreign Ministry to be a consequence of US policy The Foreign Ministry called Finland and Sweden a place of confrontation with NATO” />
NATO's raison d'être is a geopolitical confrontation with Russia that will affect Finland and Sweden if they join the alliance, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in an interview with Spanish newspaper ABC. The text is quoted by the press service of the ministry.
“If Finland and Sweden join the alliance, they will become a space for confrontation between the North Atlantic bloc and Russia, with all the ensuing consequences, including for our time-tested good neighborly relations. Is this what the inhabitants of Sweden and Finland aspire to?»— asked Zakharova.
In her opinion, the claims that NATO is a defensive organization, “a sham” because the bloc seeks to contain Moscow, “radical change” military-political situation in Europe, as well as undermining the strategic balance of power.
Zakharova added that NATO has been “processing” Helsinki and Stockholm to influence their policies, and this was achieved by the fact that the alliance “carefully molded the image of the enemy out of Russia.” At the same time, she is sure, it was NATO that posed a threat to Russian security. Moscow has warned Sweden and Finland before that “drawing into the NATO orbit threatens to unbalance” the security of Europe, said the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“Russia's special operation in Ukraine should be perceived as a consequence of the aggressive expansionist policy of NATO, led by the United States, and not vice versa,”— added Zakharova.
The Foreign Ministry later accused the Spanish newspaper of censorship, saying that the publication first intended to publish an abbreviated version of the conversation in print, and publish the entire conversation on the website. ABC then reported that “in this format” the interview with Zakharova will not be published. “There is no doubt, there is a fact of undisguised censorship. With which ABC correspondent R. Moreno Manueco could not but agree, who confirmed this in a telephone conversation,— approved by the ministry.
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Now the issue of applying for membership in NATO is being discussed in the Finnish Parliament, the Academician. According to the head of the Finnish government, Sanna Marin, what is happening in Ukraine has changed the security environment, and “there is no turning back.” Helsinki is now working on various scenarios for Russia's reaction to the country's accession to the alliance. Earlier, she explained her desire to see Finland in NATO by saying that Russia turned out to be “not the neighbor we thought it was.”
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has already promised support for the applications of Sweden and Finland, indicating that he cannot guarantee that Moscow will not use force next time. He called obvious the impossibility of changing state borders by force. “Now that Russia is trying to do it in Ukraine, there is no guarantee that it will try to do it somewhere else,” Scholz explained.
The Kremlin assured that Moscow does not consider the accession of the Scandinavian countries to NATO as an existential threat to itself. “We will have to make our western flank more and more sophisticated in terms of our security,” noted at the same time the representative of the President Dmitry Peskov. Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said that the membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO threatens with “the most undesirable consequences.”
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'Nikol has to leave, and then we'll talk,' opposition leaders say On Wednesday, protesters in Yerevan were able to reach the country's parliament building. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, whose resignation is being sought by the protesters, spoke there. However, the opposition does not plan to discuss anything with him
How was the protest action
On Wednesday, May 4, opposition actions continued in Armenia. The protesters demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, whom they consider guilty of “surrendering” Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijan.
In the afternoon, the protesters in Yerevan gathered on France Square, which is crossed by several main highways of the Armenian capital, and moved northwest, along Marshal Baghramyan Avenue. With the beginning of the procession, the square was empty, only tents remained on it. The avenue was blocked by protesters. From the avenue, the procession led by the former head of the National Security Council of Armenia, one of the leaders of the opposition Artur Vanetsyan turned towards Derenik Demirchyan Street, at the intersection with which the country's parliament is located, but the procession was blocked by law enforcement officers. Stopping, the protesters began to chant slogans, one of the main ones was “Armenia without Nikola.” Other slogans were addressed to the police — they were shouted that each of them was a brother or a distant relative of the demonstrators.
About an hour later, the police opened traffic along Demirchyan Street, the opposition moved along it from the parliament building. The protesters reached the building of the country's Foreign Ministry, located in the southern part of the center of Yerevan, where they hoisted the flag of Nagorno-Karabakh. Some of the protesters tried to enter the building of the ministry, but they were not allowed in.
The police have not yet given an estimate of the number of protesters. According to local media estimates, several thousand people took part in the action. News Agency “Novosti-Armenia” reported small skirmishes between protesters and police and arrests.
How the protesters assess their capabilities
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Protests in Armenia continue for about two weeks, they were provoked by Pashinyan's words about the need to “lower the bar of expectations”; on the issue of ownership of Nagorno-Karabakh, but the protests took on a large-scale character only in early May. On the 1st, the opposition announced the start of actions of disobedience and pitched tents in France Square, and the next day it began to block the streets in the center and highways leading from the capital to the airport and other cities of the country.
Artur Vanetsyan said RBC that protests are taking place throughout the country. When asked how he sees a solution to the Karabakh problem, he replied: “Nikol Pashinyan must leave, and after that we will talk about everything.” To criticism of the opposition about the absence of constructive proposals for solving the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, he replied: “And with whom to discuss constructive proposals? With those who surrendered Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh. — RBC), with those who do nothing for Armenia, for Artsakh? These are incomprehensible people.
One of the protesters, Armen, says that he sees a “capitulatory smell” in Pashinyan’s actions: “The war in Artsakh was lost precisely because of Pashinyan and his actions. He constantly lies to us, both about negotiations with the Azerbaijanis and about the prisoners who have not yet returned home. Another participant in the protests in Yerevan, Levon, agrees with him. he is sure that as a result of the protests, the Armenians will get a new prime minister.
In late 2020 and early 2021, Vanetsyan and other oppositionists have already held protests against the policies of Prime Minister Pashinyan. However, they failed to achieve his resignation, and in the early parliamentary elections in June 2021, the Prime Minister's party “Civil Contract” received 53.9% of the votes, the bloc “Armenia” ex-president Robert Kocharyan— 21.9% of the votes, and Vanetsyan “I have the honor” & mdash; 5.2%.
Ex-president Robert Kocharyan and his son Levon have now also joined the protests. Levon Kocharyan was briefly detained on 3 May. Several protesters interviewed by an RBC correspondent found it difficult to answer whether they were ready to consider Kocharyan a politician capable of resisting Pashinyan. “We get the feeling that the opposition cannot rally for larger actions. Same Place de France— a small place in the territory, and even then it is not filled to the end, & mdash; said one of the protesters.
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While the protesters were protesting outside the parliament building, Prime Minister Pashinyan spoke to the deputies inside the building. MP from the ruling party “Civil Contract” Vahagn Aleksanyan asked the prime minister's opinion on the protests. Pashinyan called democracy the main international brand of Armenia and promised to keep it. “But this does not mean that there are no lines, crossing which democracy will not reserve the right to act, using all its legal, legal, institutional mechanisms, and with all its might and rigor,” — continued the head of government (quoted by News.am). He also denied accusations of the failure of negotiations with Azerbaijan. President Serzh Sargsyan failed them in 2018, which he then announced, Pashinyan believes.
In November 2020, a military conflict began between Azerbaijan and Armenia (the second Karabakh war). The hostilities were ended by a joint statement by Pashinyan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russian peacekeepers were brought into the conflict zone, and Azerbaijan received a significant part of the territories of Nagorno-Karabakh, including the city of Shushi, and the areas adjacent to it, previously controlled by the Armenian side. The parties also pledged to start negotiations on unblocking transport communications in the region.
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Chinese agencies are using Western actions against Russia as a basis for developing potential responses if the West does the same with Beijing, writes the Guardian
China decided to stress test in case of imposition sanctions similar to those imposed by the West on Russia, the Guardian writes, citing people familiar with the matter.
Checking the stability of the Chinese economy began in late February— March, when Western countries imposed sanctions against Russia because of the military operation in Ukraine. It involves several key departments of the country— from banking regulation to international trade.
They use the West's actions against Russia as a basis for developing responses if the West does the same with Beijing.
Beijing called such a stress- “natural reaction” test taking into account close relations with Moscow.
However, according to former U.S. State Department sanctions specialist Edward Fishman, the potential economic conflict between the West and China is likely to be smaller than in the case of Russia and will focus “on the struggle for leverage.” in strategic areas such as cutting-edge technology, rather than “trying to cause massive economic disruption.”
Earlier, the Financial Times, citing sources, wrote that the Chinese authorities held an emergency meeting with local and foreign banks to discuss how to protect foreign assets from possible US sanctions.
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Officials fear that the same measures that were taken against Russia are expected by the PRC in the event of a regional military conflict or other crisis, for example, in the event of a Chinese invasion to Taiwan. According to a senior official in the Chinese Ministry of Finance, the Xi Jinping administration was alarmed by the ability of the US and its allies to freeze some of the reserves of the Bank of Russia.
The US has repeatedly threatened to impose sanctions against China in the event of military or economic support for Russia. Beijing called restrictive measures against Moscow unacceptable, and stated that it did not circumvent sanctions, but maintained trade relations with Moscow.
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Before contracting the coronavirus, the Secretary of State did not meet with Biden in person for several days, the State Department said. Blinken has mild symptoms, but he will still be quarantined and working from home
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has tested positive for the coronavirus, State Department spokesman Ned Price said during a briefing.
“Secretary Blinken tested positive for COVID. The good news is that he was fully vaccinated, he received a booster shot against the virus and has only mild symptoms, — Price said, noting that the secretary of state had not met with President Joe Biden in person in several days.
A State Department spokesman specified that Blinken would be in quarantine and working from home.
Earlier, on March 31, the coronavirus was detected in the director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, William Burns, who met with Biden the day before, on March 30. “Their interaction is not considered close contact as defined by CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines,” clarified in the press service of the CIA. According to the CIA, Burns had mild symptoms and was placed in isolation for five days. CNBC also reported that the head of the CIA was vaccinated against COVID-19, and during a meeting with the president he kept his distance and was wearing a mask.
In March, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was also diagnosed with COVID-19. And this was the second time she was diagnosed with coronavirus. This time she had “mild symptoms” but had to refuse to accompany Biden on the trip to Europe. The president himself also passed the test, as he met with Psaki twice the day before. in the end, Biden's result was negative.
According to Johns Hopkins University, during the pandemic in the United States, coronavirus was found in 81.5 million Americans, about 996 thousand people died.
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One of the journalists asked the White House press secretary about the possibility of imposing sanctions against Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. She replied that “no one is safe from this”
No one can escape American sanctions, said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
One of the journalists asked her if it was possible that Washington would add Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the sanctions list.
Earlier that the head of the Russian Orthodox Church could fall under EU sanctions against Russia, which is preparing the sixth package of restrictions , reported AFP and The New York Times. It was Lithuania who proposed that the patriarch be subjected to sanctions, since, according to the authorities of the republic, he supports the Russian military operation in Ukraine.
“No one is safe from our sanctions,”— Psaki answered the question.
According to her, the American side is studying options for new restrictive measures.
At the end of April, a group of deputies of the Verkhovna Rada proposed imposing restrictions on representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, including Patriarch Kirill. Prior to this, a bill was submitted to the parliament to ban the activities of the Russian Orthodox Church on the territory of Ukraine and seize its property.
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This week, the patriarch said during a sermon that Russia does not want to fight anyone and “never attacked anyone.” “It is amazing that a great and powerful country has never attacked anyone— she only defended her borders, — he claimed.
Pope Francis, in an interview with the Corriere della Sera newspaper after a conversation with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, said that for the first 20 minutes he “read from a piece of paper”, listing the reasons for the military operation. “I listened to him, and then answered: I don’t understand anything about this. Brother, we are not state clerics, we must speak not in the language of politics, but in the language of Jesus, — the newspaper quoted Pope Francis.
In the Department for External Church Relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate, commenting on the words of the Pope, they stated that he “choose an incorrect tone to convey the content of this conversation.”
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The head of the DPR, Pushilin, announced Kiriyenko's “full trip” to Mariupol and Volnovakha. Kiriyenko, together with Turchak, visited Mariupol and Volnovakha, Pushilin said, they, among other things, opened a monument to the “famous grandmother with the Banner of Victory.” Kiriyenko previously began to supervise Moscow's interaction with the DPR instead of Kozak The DNR reported on Kiriyenko's visit to Mariupol” />
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Sergey Kiriyenko, First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Russia, visited Mariupol and Volnovakha as part of a “rich trip to the liberated territories,” Denis Pushilin, head of the Donetsk People's Republic, said on Telegram.
Mariupol— plant them. Ilyich, seaport, United Russia assistance center, opening of a monument to the famous grandmother with the Banner of Victory, visiting veterans of the Great Patriotic War. And also Volnovakha and a visit to a chemical and metallurgical plant in the town of Donskoye»,— written by Pushilin.
Mariupol and Volnovakha, together with Kiriyenko, were also visited by the Secretary of the General Council of the “United Russia” Andrey Turchak, said the head of the DPR.
Kiriyenko became the curator of the Donbass republics instead of Dmitry Kozak, five sources close to the Kremlin told RBC at the end of April. According to them, the work with the LPR and the DPR is no longer the department for border cooperation subordinated to Kozak, but the department for domestic policy (UVP) headed by Kiriyenko.
Part of the work of the UVP is the interaction with the subjects of Russia, each of which has its own curator. One of RBC's interlocutors clarified that a new department is now being created in the department, whose employees will deal with interaction with the LPR and DPR. Another source said that this department has already been formed, and those responsible for working with the republics have been appointed.
TASS reported on April 23 about Kiriyenko's visit to Donetsk, where he met with the heads of the republics. During the conversation, according to an informed interlocutor of the agency, “issues of interaction with the republics of Donbass were discussed”, after which Kiriyenko returned to Moscow.
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Turchak visited the DPR earlier, in early April. Together with Pushilin, he hoisted the Russian flag and the Red Banner in the village of Rozovka in the Zaporozhye region in Ukraine. The video shows how Pushilin removes the Ukrainian flag and installs the Red Banner instead, the Secretary of the General Council of the United Russia broadcasts the Russian flag on the same building. The servicemen present at the installation of the flags said that “big Russia is here forever.”
Mariupol has been in the combat zone almost from the very beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, which has been carried out since 24 February. The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, spoke at the end of March about the beginning of the assault on Mariupol, by mid-April he said that Russian forces had established control over 98% of the city. In the Russian Ministry of Defense in mid-April, they spoke about the encirclement of the remaining Ukrainian military. About a week later, on April 21, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to the president about the capture of the city. At the same time, Vladimir Putin instructed to cancel the assault on the Azovstal plant, where Ukrainian forces are located.
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Sweden will receive US security guarantees during NATO application review
The US is ready to provide Sweden with security guarantees during the NATO application and review process, Foreign Minister Ann Linde said in an interview with local SVT television after meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
“I can conclude from talking with Anthony Blinken and a number of senators who are in charge of these issues that there is a lot of interest on the part of the US in Sweden and Finland joining NATO. It is believed that in the Arctic and the Baltic region there would be a positive situation in terms of security policy. Thus, everyone is ready to provide various types of security insurance,»— said Linde.
The head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry stressed that she understands that these will not be the same security guarantees that exist for full members of the North Atlantic Alliance.
“It would mean that Russia understood that if it did negative actions towards Sweden, which it threatens, then there is nothing that the US would simply leave unnoticed by doing nothing,” — she pointed out, explaining what is meant by “types of security insurance.”
At the moment, Sweden has the status of a country— NATO partner. Now the bloc includes 30 countries, of the Scandinavian states it includes Norway and Denmark. However, against the backdrop of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, an active discussion began on the possible entry of Sweden, as well as Finland, into the alliance. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg promised to promptly accept both countries in case of a request from them.
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson announced her intention to apply for membership in early June, the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reported, citing sources in parliamentary circles. kingdoms.
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The procedure for joining the alliance should be discussed in the Swedish Parliament The head of the Left Party of Sweden, Nushi Dadgostar, proposed a referendum on this issue. “Because of NATO, not only the sons and daughters of politicians, but also the Swedish people may be on the battlefield,” — she declared. On April 28, the head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry said that the government opposed the referendum.
The Russian authorities reacted negatively to Sweden's plans to join NATO. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the Russian side had informed Stockholm about the consequences of this decision and about the response measures.
Speaking of the measures that Russia can take when Sweden and Finland join NATO, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev announced the strengthening of the grouping of ground forces along the borders with the alliance and the significant deployment of naval forces in the Gulf of Finland.
The Kremlin assured that Moscow does not consider the entry of the Scandinavian countries into NATO as an existential threat to itself. “We will have to make our western flank more and more sophisticated in terms of our security,” noted at the same time the representative of the President Dmitry Peskov.
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The American authorities recognize the connection between the rise in fuel prices in the United States and the sanctions imposed against Russian energy carriers, the Russian embassy said. The diplomatic mission urged the United States to redirect forces to solve their own problems The Russian Embassy called on the United States to redirect “irrepressible energy” />
International sanctions against Russia are counterproductive, with US officials acknowledging that restrictive energy measures will lead to instability in the energy market and higher fuel prices, the Russian embassy said.
“We recommend that America's ruling circles send their irrepressible energy to solve their own problems in the United States, — said in the message.
Sanctions will be ineffective, they are confident in the diplomatic mission, they said that the strengthening of the Russian currency speaks of the stability of the economy and the financial sector of the country. “This is recognized by the experts themselves from Western countries,” — say the embassy.
The ruble began to strengthen against the dollar and the euro in mid-March against the backdrop of statements by the Russian leadership about Russia's intentions to continue delivering oil and gas abroad in the national currency. After President Vladimir Putin signed the corresponding decree at the end of March, the dollar exchange rate reached 83 rubles, the euro— RUB 87.7
Then the Russian currency continued to strengthen: at the end of April, the dollar exchange rate for the first time since November last year fell below 71 rubles, and on May 4, for the first time since March 2020, it fell to 66.6 rubles. The euro exchange rate during the auction fell below 70 rubles— up to 69.8 rubles— for the first time since February 2020.
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At the White House, during a briefing in early April, the strengthening of the ruble was explained by “artificial pumping”; The Central Bank and the government of Russia, expressing confidence that the exchange rate of the Russian currency cannot be considered a real indicator of the state of affairs in the economy. White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield then expressed confidence that the sanctions against Russia are working.
The Kremlin did not agree with this assessment at the time. “You can focus [on the ruble exchange rate],” — said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian president.
In early March, the United States imposed a ban on oil and gas supplies from Russia, President Joe Biden announced this. He pointed out that this decision was supported by representatives of both parties of the Congress— Republican and Democratic. Then the cost of Brent oil exceeded $130, and the price of gasoline in the United States broke a historical record, the cost of a gallon (3.785 liters) reached $4.17. The last record was set in July 2008, when the price per gallon of gasoline was $4.11. At the end of March, the American president called the increase in gasoline prices “Putin's rise in price”.
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Congressman Crowe: Kyiv asked the US to give missiles against ships to release ports Kyiv asked Washington to transfer more powerful drones and multiple launch rocket systems, as well as missiles against ships to release ports. Now there are 12 million tons of food in the ports of the country, stressed in the United States alt=”US congressman who visited Kyiv spoke about Zelensky's request” />
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked US President Joe Biden to provide Kyiv with anti-ship missiles to ensure the security of Ukrainian ports in order to export food. Zelensky conveyed this request through members of the US House of Representatives who visited Kyiv, Jason Crowe, a member of the delegation, told NBC.
The Ukrainian authorities also would like to receive reusable drones with precision-guided munitions. In addition, they are asking to transfer multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), Crowe recounted the content of Zelensky's request.
According to him, Kyiv is interested in American Harpoon anti-ship missiles or similar armed, with its help, the Ukrainian authorities intend to ensure the use of the port in Odessa and other cities of the country. Crowe pointed out that one of the biggest problems for Ukraine was the inability to continue exporting food.
“They have 12 million tons of food products, wheat grain, sunflower oil, and these supplies are needed both by the Ukrainian economy and in order to prevent famine in Africa and the Middle East, in particular,” — Crowe said.
Zelensky warned at the end of March about the risk of food shortages in different countries. According to him, deliveries of corn, vegetable oil and other goods are disrupted.
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Then a possible food crisis was announced in Paris and Washington. French President Emmanuel Macron pointed out that a number of states that depend on grain exports from Russia and Ukraine have already faced problems, citing Egypt as an example. In his opinion, the situation risks worsening in 12-18 months. US President Joe Biden agreed with him, he said that “food shortages will be real.”
In early May, the UN stated that about 4.5 million tons of grain had accumulated in Ukrainian ports, which could not be exported.
The French president raised the issue of food supplies from Ukraine on May 3 in a conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. He indicated that Paris was ready to cooperate in lifting the “Russian blockade of Ukrainian food exports through the Black Sea”, noting that it risks leading to consequences for global food security.
Russia and Ukraine are among the world's largest grain suppliers, according to a report by the US Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service. According to the latest data from the agency, Russia accounted for 16% of world wheat exports, Ukraine — ten%. At the same time, Ukrainian suppliers — one of the main world exporters of corn, they account for 14%, Russian — 2%.
Russian authorities warn against Western countries supplying weapons to Ukraine. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu warned that Moscow considers any NATO transport with weapons that arrive in Ukraine as a legitimate target. According to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, NATO countries, by supplying weapons to Kyiv, are actually entering into a state of “proxy war”; with Russia. If this happens, the minister concluded, “then in war as in war.”
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Protests resumed in Yerevan on the morning of May 5, the participants of which demand the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, News.am reports.
According to the news portal, the protesters blocked traffic in the Davitashen administrative district , as well as at the intersection of Kochar and Vagharshyan streets in the administrative district of Arabkir and several roads in Nor Nork, Sputnik Armenia clarifies. According to the Novosti Armenia agency, the demonstrators are chanting “Armenia without Nikola”, “Let's stand up for the Motherland”, “Unity. Fight. Victory”, and on Vagharshyan Street, law enforcement agencies began to detain protesters.
Later, by 9:30 local time (8:30 Moscow time), local police reported that there were no blocked streets or interchanges in the capital.
Protests in Armenia continue for about two weeks, they were provoked by the words of Nikol Pashinyan about the need to “lower the bar of expectations” on the issue of ownership of Nagorno-Karabakh, but the protests took on a large-scale character only in early May. On the 1st, the opposition announced the beginning of actions of disobedience and pitched tents in France Square, and the next day began blocking the streets in the center and highways leading from the capital to the airport and other cities of the country.
The day before, May 4 , the protesters in Yerevan approached the country's parliament. There, the procession was blocked by law enforcement officers.
Stopping, the protesters began to chant slogans, one of the main ones was “Armenia without Nikola.” The opposition then moved away from the parliament building. The protesters went to the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country, located in the southern part of the center of Yerevan, where they hoisted the flag of Nagorno-Karabakh. Some of the protesters tried to enter the ministry building, but they were not allowed in. Agency “News Armenia” reported small clashes between protesters and police and arrests.
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Head of OMV Stern: Austria is not ready to ban gas imports from Russia According to Stern, without gas supplies from Russia in Austria there will be problems in industry and energy production, as they consume more than 70% of the gas supplied per year
Austria is not yet ready to impose a ban on gas imports from Russia, because without supplies it is impossible to ensure the necessary level of gas supply, Alfred Stern, head of the Austrian energy company OMV, said in an interview with the Kurier newspaper.
“I don't think we're ready for an embargo today. Unless we're willing to accept the consequences. Because you need to clearly understand one thing: our gas supply is provided not by our own production in Europe, but by supplies from Russia,— he said (quote from RIA Novosti).
The head of OMV pointed out that in case of refusal of Russian gas, Austria will face problems with maintaining economic activity. According to him, the country will be able to provide heat to households (they consume about 20% of gas per year), but industry (40%) and energy production (35%) need much more energy. According to Gazprom, in 2020 Austria bought more than 13 billion cubic meters of gas from Russia. m of gas, ranking fourth in terms of this volume among European countries (Germany was in the first place).
Stern noted that a task force on gas was created to analyze the supply issue.
Speaking about the oil embargo that the EU plans to introduce as part of the sixth package of sanctions, Stern pointed out that Austria is no longer using oil from Russia in its refineries. However, he admitted that the embargo would cause high oil prices, since Russia provides large volumes of production. Earlier, the ZDF TV channel reported that Austria had withdrawn its veto on the imposition of an embargo on oil imports.
The EU called different deadlines for the rejection of Russian gas. In March, the European Commission presented the REPowerEU plan, which provides for a phase-out by 2030. In April, Austrian Energy and Climate Minister Leonore Gewessler indicated that the EC had revised the timeline and 2027 was the new target.
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In Italy, they admitted that they could refuse Russian gas supplies by the second half of 2024. The German government has said the country plans to phase out Russian gas as soon as possible, but replacing it will take a long time. French President Emmanuel Macron noted in April that his country “does not need” Russian gas, but Europe as a whole is dependent on supplies.
Gewessler pointed out that the European Union is 80% dependent on Russian gas. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said in March that Russia provides 40% of gas imports.
The Kremlin noted that if Europe decides to abandon Russian gas, the country will find new buyers. “As for gas, we will try to export it to other countries. A lot of people need gas, & mdash; Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.
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Zhuravlevka and Nekhoteevka in the Belgorod region are being shelled from Ukraine, Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said. The border regions of Russia have already been shelled since the start of the special operation in Ukraine. ” alt=” The head of the Belgorod region announced a new shelling from Ukraine” />
From the side of Ukraine, the villages of Zhuravlevka and Nekhoteevka are being shelled, Governor of the Belgorod Region Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Telegram.
According to him, a house and a garage were destroyed in Nekhoteevka, and there are no casualties at the moment.
“The shelling continues”, — the governor wrote, promising to post more information later.
This is not the first time these settlements in the Belgorod region have come under fire from Ukraine. They are located a few kilometers from the border with the Kharkiv region of Ukraine. Russia has been conducting a military special operation on the territory of Ukraine since February 24.
Zhuravlivka came under fire on April 14, along with another village on the border with Ukraine, Spodaryushino. Later, the governor reported one casualty, as well as damage to 46 residential buildings and 36 cars.
Also, Zhuravlevka and Nekhoteevka were shelled on April 25. Residents of Nekhoteevka were not injured. In Zhuravlevka, two civilians were injured: a man— hand wound, and the woman's — trauma in the neck. According to Gladkov, the shelling was also conducted by the Ukrainian military.
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In mid-April, two Ukrainian helicopters launched an air strike on the village of Klimovo in the Bryansk region. As a result, eight local residents were injured, including a pregnant woman and a child. The governor of the Bryansk region Alexander Bogomaz reported that about 100 houses were damaged due to shelling.
On April 1, the Ministry of Defense reported that two Ukrainian helicopters attacked an oil storage facility in Belgorod. The press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations clarified to RBC that the fire occurred at the oil depot of Belgorodnefteproduct JSC, where fuel tanks caught fire.
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In Ukraine, Shariy is a defendant in a case of treason and inciting hatred. In recent years, he lived in Europe, but in 2022 Lithuania deprived him of his refugee status
In Spain, at the request of the Security Service of Ukraine, a Ukrainian journalist, blogger and chairman of the party named after him Anatoly Shariy was detained, reported press service of the SBU.
“Law enforcement agencies of Spain detained A. Shariy on May 4, 2022”,— it is said in a message on the website of the SBU.
It specifies that the detention of Shariy happened “thanks to close cooperation” The SBU with the office of the President of Ukraine and international partners as a result of a “multi-level special operation”.
In Ukraine, Shariy is involved in two criminal cases— on treason and incitement of national, racial or religious enmity and hatred (Articles 111 and 116 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).
According to the investigation, Shariy “carried out illegal activities to the detriment of the national security of Ukraine in the information sphere” . The investigation has grounds that he acted “by order of foreign structures.”
Shariy was charged in February 2021. Then the SBU reported that since 2012, with the help of social networks, the media and Russian TV channels, “contributed to state and non-governmental structures of the Russian Federation in conducting special information operations.”
Ukraine, deliberately and purposefully disseminated manipulative, distorted information about government initiatives and events in the east of the country.
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Shariy announced his departure from Ukraine in 2012. Then he told Ukrayinska Pravda that because of the “persecution” on the part of law enforcement and hooliganism decided to seek political asylum in the Netherlands, but due to the fact that he had a Lithuanian visa, the Dutch authorities sent him to Lithuania. There he received refugee status, but he was deprived of it in 2021 and recognized as an “undesirable person,” Delfi wrote. He appealed this decision, but in 2022 the Lithuanian court made a final decision to deprive him of his refugee status.
Shariy maintains a blog on YouTube, where he has 2.95 million subscribers. He is known for his criticism of the Ukrainian authorities and his regular collaboration with Russian state TV channels. In 2015, he created a party called the Sharia Party, which ran in elections in 2019 and managed to win seats in several city councils. Shariy himself was denied registration as a candidate for deputy on the grounds that he does not live on the territory of Ukraine. In 2021, the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine imposed sanctions against Shariy and his wife Olga. In March 2022, during martial law in Ukraine, the National Security and Defense Council suspended the activities of 11 political parties, including the Shariy Party.
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Russian Defense Ministry: Air defense shot down Ukrainian Su-24, Su-27 and Su-25 aircraft Su-25 attack aircraft, Su-27 fighter and Su-24 front-line bomber were shot down during the night, it was shot down with the help of air defense systems near Zmeiny Island *
Front-line bomber Su-24
Russian armed forces destroyed three Ukrainian aircraft and more than 600 people during a special operation in Ukraine. This was announced at a briefing by the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov.
“More than 600 nationalists and 61 units of weapons and military equipment were destroyed. Russian air defense systems shot down three aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force in the air: one Su-24 in the area of Zmeiny Island, one Su-27 in the area of the village of Ingulets in the Kherson region and one Su-25 in the area of the village of Koshevoye in the Dnepropetrovsk region, — said Konashenkov.
Also, a representative of the Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of 14 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles during the night, including one Bayraktar-TB2; near Zmeiny Island, and the interception of two rockets of the Smerch multiple launch rocket system.
Konashenkov said that aviation equipment was destroyed by high-precision air-based missiles at a military airfield near Kirovograd, in the city of Nikolaev— a large ammunition depot, and in the Zhovtneve— storage of fuel for Ukrainian military equipment. Also, strikes were made on the forward command post of the 17th separate tank brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, four areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment, as well as two warehouses of military equipment at a military airfield near Kramatorsk.
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Russian operational-tactical and army aviation attacked 93 areas of concentration of manpower and Ukrainian military equipment. “During the night, the missile forces hit two command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, an artillery battery in a firing position, as well as two launchers and one transport-loading vehicle of the Tochka-U tactical missile system,” said Konashenkov.
Artillery units attacked 32 command posts, five ammunition depots, 403 strongholds, areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment, as well as 51 positions of Ukrainian artillery.
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 total, since the start of the military special operation in Ukraine, according to the Ministry of Defense, the following have been destroyed:
Ukraine announced the loss of control over Zmeiny Island on February 25, the day after the start of the Russian special operation. Initially, the Ukrainian president reported that the defenders of the Zmeiny Island were killed during shelling and they would be awarded the title of Heroes of Ukraine posthumously. However, the Russian Ministry of Defense later stated that 82 Ukrainian servicemen laid down their arms and voluntarily surrendered to the Russian armed forces. They were promised to be returned to their families after the signing of obligations to refuse to participate in hostilities.
Russia has been conducting a special operation in Ukraine since February 24th. The Ministry of Defense stated that it does not strike at civilian targets.
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FT: Finland doesn't want its possible NATO membership to be understood as a “punishment of Russia” Finland doesn't want to send any signals to Russia with its possible NATO membership, the FT learned. In this regard, a number of clauses of the agreement with the alliance will be hidden
Finland wants to avoid the impression that it is “sending a signal” to Russia by its possible entry into NATO. or “punishes” her— instead, the country wants to show that its goal is to improve its own security, senior Finnish officials told the Financial Times.
In this regard, a number of clauses of the agreement between Finland and NATO will probably not be advertised, the newspaper writes. Thus, the political declarations of the main allies, as well as the alliance itself, will be public. However, some of the defense agreements with Finland will remain secret, a senior NATO official said. «Ambiguity— important part of deterrence,— he said.
Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced in mid-April that Finland would make a decision on NATO membership in the coming months. According to President Sauli Niinistö, the turning point for Helsinki was Russia's demands for security guarantees, which called for NATO's non-expansion to the east. He believes that in this way Russia wanted to limit the choice of Finland. In addition, what is happening in Ukraine has also changed the security sphere, Marin noted. According to her, after these events, “there is no going back.”
So far, the issue of Finland's possible membership in the military bloc is being discussed in the country's parliament. According to Iltalehti's sources, Niinistö will announce the decision to apply for NATO membership on May 12.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly criticized Finland's intention to join the bloc. As stated in the Foreign Ministry, the raison d'être of NATO— it is a “geopolitical confrontation with Russia.” And Finland, by joining the alliance, will also become “the space for this confrontation with all the consequences that follow”, including the consequences for the “time-tested good neighborly relations”; with Moscow.
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This year, a memorial procession in Alma-Ata will be held under the name “Let's bow to the heroes.” The participants of the action were asked not to politicize the holiday and not to use this “holy day” for PR .jpg” alt=”In Alma-Ata, the action “Immortal Regiment” was renamed” />
Procession of the “Immortal Regiment” in Alma-Ata will be held under the new name— «Batyrlarga tagzym» (“Let's Bow to the Heroes”). This was announced at a briefing in the regional communications service of Alma-Ata by representatives of public organizations, Sputnik Kazakhstan reports.
The format of the event itself will not change: residents of the city will walk along the streets from the Park of Culture and Leisure to the Eternal Flame at the monument in the Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen with photographs of relatives who participated in the Great Patriotic War.
At the same time, the participants of the action were asked to “not politicize” May 9 holiday and not to arrange provocations. “There are 364 days a year in which you can engage in politics, you can PR. But this holy day should not be used for that,— said Murat Abdushkurov, head of the Coordinating Council of Public Associations of Veterans and Disabled Veterans of the War in Afghanistan and Local Military Conflicts.
The action “Immortal Regiment” has been held since 2012. Participants of the procession on Victory Day come out with photographs of their relatives— WWII participants. In addition to Russia, the event is held in dozens of other countries.
In 2019 and 2020, the action in Russia was held online due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year it will be held as usual in the form of processions in the cities. However, those whose relatives died during a special operation in Ukraine will also be able to participate in the action, said press secretary of the movement Olga Baibulova. Such participants will march in a common formation, there will be no separate procession for them.
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The episodes with the purchase of Azart radio stations at inflated prices with billions of rubles in damage were removed from the final charge in the case of the former deputy head of the General Staff Khalil Arslanov, Kommersant writes
In the accusation approved by the Prosecutor General's Office in a criminal case, the main defendant of which is the former deputy chief of the General Staff, ex-head of the main communications department of the armed forces, Colonel-General Khalil Arslanov, did not include data on alleged fraud in the purchase of Azart radio stations for the army, Kommersant reported.
According to the newspaper, the indictment in the case, approved by the Prosecutor General's Office, contains episodes related to supplies under military contracts with Voentelekom. At the same time, most of the damage, totaling 6.7 billion rubles, was due to alleged fraud in the purchase of new-generation Azart radio stations. at, as the investigation believed, inflated rather than market prices. During the preliminary investigation, Arslanov was charged with both episodes.
According to the episode with «Azartami» The defense presented evidence that there was no market for such means of communication, after which these charges were removed from the case, and the case itself was divided into two parts, while the investigation of the episode with the radio stations continued. Since this happened at the final stage of the preliminary investigation, the defense plans to petition for the return of the case to the prosecutor's office, the newspaper writes.
As a result, the case was based on accusations of embezzlement of the funds of the Ministry of Defense in the execution of contracts with Voentelekom. We are talking about the purchase of routers, wires and other consumables for 1.6 billion rubles. Products, according to investigators, in violation of contracts were of Chinese origin and were purchased at inflated prices. The investigation also believes that Arslanov and his accomplices stole 191.4 million rubles. out of almost 250 million rubles allocated to Voentelecom to “a set of works on designer's supervision of monitoring and network management centers, monitoring systems for communication satellites.”
At the same time, as the newspaper notes, the damage in this episode was fully repaid by Voentelekom, and the investigation learned about the alleged fraud from pre-trial agreements between the alleged accomplices and the prosecutor's office.
The case of embezzlement during the conclusion of state contracts for the maintenance and repair of special military equipment was initiated in August 2013. In October 2019, Kommersant said that Arslanov had taken a written undertaking not to leave, and Pavel Kutakhov, the head of the department of orders for improving the technical basis of the command and control system of the armed forces — arrested. The crimes imputed to the latter were related to the supply of special communications. According to investigators, Arslanov's control equipment could have been supplied at inflated prices.
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One person involved in several criminal cases, the former head of Voentelekom Alexander Davydov, who made a deal with the investigation.
In January 2020, Arslanov was charged with two fraud charges totaling almost 6.7 billion rubles, TASS wrote, in September of the same year— one more — accepting large bribes. Arslanov has been under arrest since February 2020, he denies his guilt.
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The Danish ambassador was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry, where he was informed of Moscow's decision to expel seven embassy employees, the ministry said. This was a response to Denmark's decision to declare 15 employees of the Russian embassy persona non grata. In addition, another Danish diplomat was denied a visa.
Diplomats expelled by Moscow must leave Russia within two weeks.
“The Russian side noted that the openly anti-Russian policy of the kingdom causes serious damage to bilateral relations»,— said in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The material is being supplemented.
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Exchangers began to buy dollars from the Russians at a predatory rate.
The ruble exchange rate has recently fixed against the dollar thanks to support measures taken by the Russian authorities.
For example, such measures include currency restrictions, the sale of foreign exchange earnings by exporters, and a trade surplus after blocking the export of foreign currency abroad.
However, the situation may change after the May holidays.
Financial analyst Vladislav Antonov spoke about this.
In an interview with Life, he said that a strong ruble would not suit the Ministry of Finance for budget layouts. In addition, geopolitical factors are putting pressure on the ruble, which could lead to a fall in the Russian currency.
“By mid-May, we expect the dollar to recover to 80. Before growth, it is able to test the level of 70 rubles. By mid-May, the euro exchange rate is expected to rise to the zone of 80-82 rubles & # 8221;, & # 8211; he said.
Against this background, economist Igor Nikolaev spoke about new trends in Russian exchange offices.
He pointed out that Russian citizens carry small banknotes of currency there, while they themselves exchangers offer more and more extortionate rates.
In general, Igor Nikolaev considers the current exchange rate to be beneficial, but at the same time, the economist urges to take into account the likelihood of introducing severe restrictions at any time, writes “MK”.
Nikolaev recalled that the ruble remains the national currency , so in Russia we will live with our currency.
The expert said that we should not panic and calmly observe the situation.
At the same time, in exchange offices, despite the unfavorable rate for selling, Russians are increasingly selling foreign currency.
According to the expert, the last time he saw this was in the 2000s, when people brought $10, $20 or $50 banknotes to exchange to buy something immediately after leaving the exchanger.
“In a branch of one of the large banks, they offer to buy a dollar for 76 rubles, and sell it for only 65. The same situation with the euro: buying for 80 rubles versus selling for 68” ;, – said the economist, urging not to sell dollars and euros unnecessarily.
Earlier, TopNews wrote that the dollar fell below 69 rubles for the first time in two years. This happened the day before at the opening of trading at the Moscow Exchange.
This was announced by the adviser to the head of the Crimea, Oleg Kryuchkov.
Oleg Kryuchkov, adviser to the head of Crimea on information policy, told the media that the Ukrainian transport blockade of Crimea had been broken.
In an interview with RIA “Novosti” he stated that there was no blockade by Ukraine. He recalled that it was created by the Kyiv authorities eight years ago, but now it is “in the past”.
At the moment, as the official explained, the freight and transport communications of the peninsula are being restored, and this is for objective reasons.
So, according to Kryuchkov, the local private business set to work, which “ instantly,”,
Already now, as the adviser explained, the railway lines that connect the peninsula and the Kherson region have been restored, and passenger trains will be launched in the near future.
He also explained that in the regions controlled by the Russian military together with the authorities of the LDNR, urban and intercity transport links have been fully restored.
“This is the first indicator that life is entering a peaceful course” , — quote Kryuchkov RIA Novosti.
Recall that Kyiv has been blocking transport links with the peninsula since 2014. The movement of bus and rail transport, as well as trucks, was suspended. The road was opened only to passenger cars.
In response to such a policy, the Russian authorities built a new terminal of Simferopol airport and the Crimean bridge.
Earlier, Topnews wrote that Crimea announced which Ukrainian territories would be included in RF composition.
The publication reports on measures within the sixth package of EU sanctions.
The international publication Bloomberg, which refers to the draft proposal of the European Commission, reports that the EC intends to ban any transactions of both individuals and legal entities of the Russian Federation with real estate in the EU.
In addition, according to the media , it is planned to introduce a ban on the transfer of property, the rights to which cannot be delegated to residents and companies registered in Russia.
They will also not be able to sell and acquire real estate, which is located on the territory of the EU countries, in the property,
The same applies to actions with “parts of collective investments”, which are banned.
All measures will be included in the sixth package of sanctions, which may be introduced by the EU this week.
As Topnews wrote earlier, the EU intends to expand restrictive measures against Russia.
According to the head of the European Committee Ursula von der Leyen, it is planned to phase out Russian oil completely.
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