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How the conflict in Ukraine affected the economies of post-Soviet countries

Experts warn of a possible increase in unemployment and falling incomes of exporters and the population Anti-Russian sanctions have already affected the economy of Moscow's partners in the EAEU. The dependence of agriculture on imported seeds and equipment has affected, supply chains have been disrupted, the fall of the ruble reduces the income of exporters

The sanctions imposed after the start of Russia's special military operation have already begun to affect the economies of Moscow's partners in the post-Soviet space, and their consequences will be even more more noticeable, economists warn.

Thus, Moody`s experts in a report on how the restrictions imposed on Moscow will affect the economies of the CIS countries (available to RBC), among other things, predict an increase in unemployment and a decrease in remittances from Russia (this is an important source of income for Central Asian countries) . There are already problems with the transit of goods from the CIS through Russia, which is especially sensitive for Kazakhstan. Given the rising inflation, these problems will lead to a slowdown in GDP growth throughout the post-Soviet space, concludes Moody`s. Experts from Renaissance Capital have already adjusted forecasts for GDP growth in 2022 for the countries— partners of Russia: for Kazakhstan— from 5.3 to 3–4%, Uzbekistan— from 6 to 4–5%, Armenia— from 5.5% to 1–2%.

Logistical difficulties

The business of the countries of Central Asia, primarily Kazakhstan, suffers largely because its logistics are tied to Russia. Kazakhstan exports most of its oil products through Russian ports, including the port of Novorossiysk. Oil from Kazakhstan gets there through the Caspian oil pipeline: out of 1.5 million barrels. daily pumping through it 91%— from Kazakhstan. In total, Kazakhstan exports about 1.5 million barrels. per day.

At the same time, many countries refuse to accept oil delivered from Russian harbors, according to Reuters. The Ministry of Trade of Kazakhstan confirmed that “due to the introduction of a package of anti-Russian sanctions and the absence of new mechanisms for determining the country of origin of goods, there are facts of delays in a number of seaports of Kazakh cargo transiting through Russia to the markets of the EU countries.”

Kazakh businessman, co-owner of the Kusto Group company Kanat Kopbaev, in his open letter to the business community of the country, described the situation with the transit of Kazakhstani cargo through Russia as a “catastrophe”: “I have been doing international business for 20 years, but I have never seen anything like this in my life.” ;. The authorities of Kazakhstan have begun negotiations with Latvia to redirect the goods in Russia to the ports of Latvia. In addition, a special “operational headquarters for responding to problematic issues in the field of transport and logistics” was launched under the government of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan is more dependent on the Russian economy than other Central Asian countries, says Temur Umarov, a Carnegie Moscow Center researcher and expert on China and Central Asia. “Kazakhstan is included in almost all integration projects of Russia. And the tenge is actually pegged to the ruble. If you look at the chart of currency depreciation, we will see an almost identical picture,»,— he says. Another effect of sanctions against Russia— a blow to the technological development of the countries of Central Asia, continues Umarov. “Most of their imports are from Russia” technological products, engineering goods,— he explains.— From Russia, they received agricultural products and components for existing combines, machine tools, and so on. But now, when Russia itself cannot provide itself with these goods, naturally, it will not be able to export them.

Weaker ruble and lower remittances from Russia

Together with the tenge, the positions of the Armenian dram, the currencies of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan weakened. The authorities of Kazakhstan had to carry out foreign exchange interventions, last week they imposed a ban on the export of more than $10,000 of foreign currency from the country. As TengriNews reported, most exchange offices in the country's capital Nur-Sultan and other cities stopped selling dollars to the population.

The possible growth of unemployment in Russia will also inevitably affect the economies of the Central Asian countries. The weakening ruble means that the citizens of these republics who work here will be able to transfer less money to their families at home. At the same time, 7.8 million labor migrants from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan worked in Russia in 2021. In the same year, 98% of all remittances to Kyrgyzstan (about $2.8 billion) came from Russia. The World Bank estimated the volume of remittances from Russia over the past year at 30% of GDP for Tajikistan, at 28%— for Kyrgyzstan and 11%— for Uzbekistan. In Tajikistan, 70% of families depend on money that comes from relatives working in Russia.

According to Umarov, Uzbekistan will suffer the least as a result, because Tashkent has always pursued a tough protectionist policy and developed its own production. “The country has high import duties, and therefore there are Uzbek manufacturers of almost everything,” — the expert explains. However, he continues, Uzbekistan faces other risks. “Only according to official data, there are more than 4 million labor migrants from Uzbekistan in Russia, and the total working-age population is about 20 million. If unemployment starts to grow in the country, then political instability will increase,” — says Umarov.

The weakening of the ruble also hits exporters from the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) who sell products to Russia, in particular, producers of vegetables in Kazakhstan or alcohol in Armenia, said an RBC interlocutor familiar with the problem.

How are the economies of Russia and Armenia interconnected

In mid-March, Moscow imposed a temporary embargo on the export of grain and sugar to the EAEU countries. At the same time, Armenia is highly dependent on imported wheat, more than 90% came from Russia. It has also invested heavily in the mining industry in Armenia, but because of the sanctions, the Teghut deposit, which is owned by the sanctioned Russian bank VTB, has already been suspended. This is the country's second deposit in terms of copper and molybdenum reserves. Export of precious metals— the main source of income for Armenia. At the same time, the share of remittances from Russia for Armenia, as well as for Azerbaijan, is more than 50%.

Strengthening regulation in the EAEU

In early March, the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission— Regulatory body of the EAEU— proposed the creation of a high-level working group to develop measures to stabilize the commodity, currency and financial markets of the countries— participants (Armenia, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan). The initiatives of the Council of the Economic Commission for Europe to unite markets and unify the rules of the game in a situation of isolation, as Kommersant wrote, have 33 positions, including measures to form new logistics chains and dispatch export and import supplies up to the creation of joint operators of sea container lines , joint logistics warehouses and distribution centers on the territory of the union.

For all EAEU countries, Russia is the main trading partner. Russia's share is 20% (about $20 billion) of the total trade turnover of Kazakhstan, more than 28% ($2.9 billion) of Armenia's total external trade turnover. Russia accounts for almost 32% of Kyrgyzstan's trade turnover. Last year, the two countries traded $2.3 billion, of which $1.8 billion was imported from Russia. 21.3% of Tajikistan's trade turnover ($1.4 billion) also falls on Russia. In addition, in 2021, Russia became the main trading partner of Uzbekistan, which is not part of the EAEU,— 17.9% of the total turnover, or $7.5 billion

Members of the EAEU are already experiencing problems in the agricultural sector. The main problem arose with the delivery of seeds, a source in the business community who is familiar with the problem told RBC. The EAEU countries import most of the seeds of sugar beet, rapeseed, sunflower and corn. Trucks with seeds are already being detained at the border, although they have been paid for, says RBC's interlocutor. According to him, there may be problems with the supply of spare parts for imported agricultural machinery. “In the EAEU, more than half of the— imported harvesters. Beet harvesters in general are all 100%, mostly German CLAAS»,— he adds. In addition, there may be problems with poultry meat, because the countries of the EAEU import fertilized eggs “and a lot of those countries that have imposed sanctions.” “If you don't replace it quickly, there will be a shortage,” — sums up the interlocutor of RBC.

What positions did the post-Soviet countries take on the conflict in Ukraine

  • Together with Russia against the resolution of the UN General Assembly condemning Russia's actions in Ukraine, only Belarus voted among the CIS countries.
  • The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, after the start of the operation in Ukraine, said that “the issue of recognizing the DPR and LPR by Kazakhstan is not on the agenda.” and that “a bad peace is better than a good quarrel.”
  • Uzbekistan spoke out in support of the “independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”
  • President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Zhaparov said that Kyrgyzstan— “little republic” and cannot “influence to stop the war.” “Therefore [we] must remain neutral,” — he said on March 9.
  • Azerbaijan insists that the conflict must be resolved peacefully. “The situation that has developed in Ukraine must be resolved peacefully and diplomatically in accordance with the norms and principles of international law, including respect for the sovereignty of states, territorial integrity, inviolability of borders,” — Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov said at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on February 24.
  • In Georgia, with which Russia has no diplomatic relations, Ukraine is officially supported, but the country has not joined the sanctions against Russia. The Georgian lari first fell in price after the start of the conflict in Ukraine, but after the country's central bank carried out foreign exchange intervention by almost $40 million, it stabilized.
  • Moldovan President Maia Sandu condemned Russia's special operation in Ukraine, but also said that Chisinau does not intend to change its neutral status and enter into a conflict between Kiev and Moscow.


Gladkov announced the exceeded state of emergency limit in the Belgorod region

On the night of March 24, several explosions occurred in the Belgorod region, Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said. The day before, a projectile fired from Ukraine exploded in the region. announced the exceeded state of emergency limit in the Belgorod region” />

Vyacheslav Gladkov

Several new explosions occurred on the night of March 24 in the village of Zhuravlevka, Belgorod Region, where a state of emergency had been declared earlier. This was announced by Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov in his Telegram channel with reference to the report of the operational headquarters.

“There are no wounded or injured among the civilian population,”— he stressed, adding that information on the number of destroyed or damaged buildings will be announced later.

The day before, a shell fired from Ukraine exploded in the village of Zhuravlevka. Gladkov reported on the victims. For the safety of residents, an emergency mode was introduced in Zhuravlevka and the Nekhoteevka farm.

He later clarified that three civilians were injured, two of them are in the hospital. So, late at night, a resident of Zhuravlevka turned to the Belgorod trauma center with a wound that she received due to a shell explosion, Gladkov said.

-I think there have been so many emergencies that we have exceeded the annual limit, — concluded the head of the region.

On February 24, Gladkov reported on the explosion of several shells that had flown into the territory of the region. Then two adults and a child born in 2015 were injured, seven houses were damaged. The Investigative Committee opened a case on the attempted murder of two or more persons.

Explosions of shells were also recorded in other regions of Russia. So, on March 19, the FSB reported that two shells hit the territory of the Rostov region, 2 km from the border with Ukraine. According to the Investigative Committee, the shelling of the border area of ​​the region was carried out “by Ukrainian paramilitary formations.”


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WP learned about FBI advertising for recruiting employees of the Russian embassy in the United States

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The FBI began to use Russian-language advertising on Facebook social networks (recognized as extremist in Russia, blocked and prohibited) and Twitter and platforms Google to persuade employees of the Russian embassy in Washington to cooperate, writes the Washington Post. The Bureau of Investigation expects that some of the staff of the diplomatic mission does not support the military operation in Ukraine and therefore will want to help American intelligence.

Targeted advertising appears when using mobile devices only on the territory of the embassy and in the immediate vicinity. Its creators use quotes from Russian President Vladimir Putin. So, in one of the ads, against the background of the image of Putin and the director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Sergei Naryshkin, the phrase said by the head of state at the meeting of the Security Council on the bills on the recognition of the republics of Donbass is written: “Speak directly, Sergey Evgenievich!” And in the lower part pictures already the FBI calls: “Speak directly … we are ready to hear you.”

“Information provided to the FBI by the public is the most effective means of dealing with threats. If you have information that could help the FBI, please contact us,— says the ad on Facebook on behalf of the intelligence agency's official page.

If you're interested, you can follow the link in the ad to the FBI's counterintelligence program page, where potential whistleblowers are invited to visit the bureau's office in person.

On March 19, The Telegraph reported that the British government's Government Information Cell (GIC) was buying ads on Russian social media, including VKontakte, to combat “Russian disinformation” and promoting London's position on military operations in Ukraine. VK denied this information, assuring that all advertising on its platforms undergoes mandatory moderation.


The Pentagon announced the refusal of the Ministry of Defense from contacts with colleagues from the United States

Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the United States has several times tried to arrange a telephone conversation between Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin and Defense Secretary Sergei Shoigu, but was refused, Washington said

The Ministry of Defense showed footage of the destruction of warehouses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by Su-34 bombers

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The Russian Ministry of Defense published a video of the destruction of military facilities of the Armed Forces Ukraine with strikes from Su-34 aircraft.

«Practical bombing of identified ground targets was carried out singly from medium heights»,— reported in the department. The military hit the parking lots of military equipment, armored vehicles and warehouses with weapons. After that, the bombers returned to their base airfields.

Since February 24, Russia has been conducting a special military operation in Ukraine with the aim of “demilitarization and denazification”. The Ministry of Defense states that military personnel only strike at military infrastructure.

According to the latest data from the Ministry, as of March 24, a total of 257 drones, 203 anti-aircraft missile systems, and 1,572 tanks have been destroyed since the beginning of the special military operation.

Martial law is in force in Ukraine, Kyiv has severed diplomatic relations with Moscow.

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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The Russian Ministry of Defense declared full control over the city of Izyum in Ukraine

Control over Izyum was established by the morning of March 24. The Ministry of Defense also announced the destruction of 13 S-300 and Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile systems near Kiev

The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that the Russian armed forces took full control of the city of Izyum in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine .

“By the morning of March 24, units of the Russian army completely took control of the city of Izium in the Kharkov region”,— Major General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, said at a briefing.

According to him, Russian aviation over the past night struck 60 military targets of Ukraine, including two command posts, two multiple launch rocket systems, four ammunition depots, 47 areas of accumulation of weapons and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).


Russian air defense forces shot down two Ukrainian drones near Kharkiv and the village of Staraya Markovka, near Kiev, 13 anti-aircraft missile systems of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were hit by high-precision weapons.

“On the evening of March 23 and the night of March 24, military installations of the Ukrainian armed forces were attacked by high-precision long-range sea and air-based weapons. As a result of blows, <…> nine S-300s and four Buk-M1s in the village of Danilovka, south of Kyiv, the headquarters of the formation and the warehouse of rocket and artillery weapons in the village of Bakhmut, Donetsk region, as well as a temporary deployment point <…> in the city of Lisichansk»,— Konashenkov said.

He said that since the beginning of the special operation, the Russian military had destroyed 257 drones, 202 anti-aircraft missile systems, 1,572 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 160 multiple rocket launchers, 633 field artillery pieces and mortars , as well as 1379 units of special military vehicles.

The day before, the Ministry of Defense reported that during a special operation in Ukraine, Russian forces advanced 2 km and were fighting on the southern outskirts of Novomikhailovka. The DPR detachments, in turn, fought for the capture of Kamenka and Novobakhmutovka. On the same day, the Russian military reported a strike by a “sea-based high-precision long-range weapon” on military installations near the Ukrainian city of Rivne.

Russia has been conducting a special operation since February 24th. Russian President Vladimir Putin called it forced and necessary for “denazification” and “demilitarization” country, as well as to save its population from “genocide”. He later stated that Russia intends to fulfill all the objectives of the operation. At the same time, the Ministry of Defense stated that it did not strike civilian targets.

Martial law was introduced in Ukraine and diplomatic relations were broken with Moscow.

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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Latvian Foreign Ministry blacklisted 25 Russian cultural figures

Nikita Mikhalkov, Vladimir Mashkov, Polina Gagarina, Denis Matsuev and Valery Gergiev were banned from entering Latvia

Nikita Mikhalkov

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has included 25 Russian cultural figures on the list of undesirable persons for the country, LSM reports .lv.

TV presenters and journalists Maria Sittel, Dmitry Guberniev, Tina Kandelaki, actor Vladimir Mashkov, artists Polina Gagarina, Nikolai Rastorguev, Natalia Podolskaya, Anastasia Makeeva, Victoria Daineko, pianist Denis Matsuev, director Nikita Mikhalkov, conductor Valery Gergiev, dancer Sergei Polunin, artists Victoria Tsyganova, Stas Mikhailov and others.

The decision provides for a ban on entry into Latvia for an indefinite period. The Latvian Foreign Ministry explained that these persons supported Russia's conduct of a special military operation in Ukraine.

Earlier, the Minister of Culture of Latvia, Nauris Puntulis, proposed to ban more than 20 Russian artists from entering the republic because of their position regarding Russia's special operation in Ukraine. In an address to the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he spoke about the artists who performed at a concert in Moscow on March 18 on the occasion of the annexation of Crimea. a celebratory rally took place. It was attended by President Vladimir Putin.

On March 1, the Bavarian State Opera announced that they had stopped working with singer Anna Netrebko and conductor Valery Gergiev due to their “insufficient distancing” ; from the Russian authorities.

Prior to this, the Munich mayor's office announced the termination of the contract with Gergiev, who served as chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, for the same reason.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the attacks on Russian cultural figures in the West. “Together we must build world peace, not [wage] wars. Adding fuel to the fire will not help anyone, — he emphasized.

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NYT has learned that the United States is preparing a plan in case of a Russian nuclear strike

The United States has created a group that will prepare a plan in the event of a possible Russian nuclear strike. Lavrov said that the nuclear issue was “thrown” exclusively by the West.

The White House has formed a team of officials to develop a response plan for Washington and its allies in the event that Moscow uses nuclear weapons, citing The New York Times reported on sources. At the same time, officials from the group consider such a scenario unlikely.

According to the sources of the publication, we are talking about the so-called “Tiger” group. This name has been used for many years to designate the National Security Council emergency task forces, writes the NYT.

The creation of the current group was signed by US national security adviser Jake Sullivan on February 28, four days after the start of Russian special operations in Ukraine. According to the NYT, the group has already played a “central role” in its last line-up; in developing scenarios for imposing tough sanctions, building up troops in NATO countries and arming Ukrainian troops.

The recently formed group is studying responses to possible Russian use of nuclear weapons, in particular in Ukraine, as well as a potential Russian attack on convoys of weapons and aid destined for Ukraine on NATO territory. She is also considering options for “distributing” hostilities against neighboring countries, including Moldova and Georgia, and is studying how to prepare European countries for the influx of Ukrainian refugees, sources say.

In addition, “Tiger” is also trying to define the line, the crossing of which could prompt NATO to use military force in Ukraine. At the same time, officials believe that the chances of Russia using nuclear weapons are small, writes the NYT.

Russia has been conducting a military special operation in Ukraine since February 24. Three days after it began, President Vladimir Putin ordered the containment forces, which include nuclear weapons, to be placed on a special alert regime. On February 28, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported that the order had been carried out.

At the same time, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that he did not believe in the possibility of starting a nuclear war. According to him, in recent months, the nuclear issue has been “thrown exclusively by Western representatives, primarily NATO members,” while Russia itself has never raised it.

In the Kremlin, answering a question about the possibility of Russia using nuclear weapons, they noted that the authorities can take such a step only if there is a real threat to the existence of the country.


Britain imposed sanctions against Tinkov, Gref and Russian banks

The British sanctions list includes 59 Russian officials, entrepreneurs, banks and companies.

German Gref

Great Britain has expanded sanctions against Russia, the list includes 59 individuals and organizations, according to the government website.

Sanctions included, in particular, Alfa-Bank, Gazprombank , Rosselkhozbank and Alrosa, Sovcomflot, RusHydro and Russian Railways.

The list of individuals against whom restrictions are introduced contains, in particular, the names of the head of Sberbank; German Gref, businessman Oleg Tinkov, former first deputy chairman of the board of Sberbank Lev Khasis, business partner of Roman Abramovich Yevgeny Shvidler, as well as the son of Igor Sechin Ivan and the son of Nikolai Patrushev Andrey.

Sanctions provide for a ban on entry into the country and the blocking of all funds and assets. They were introduced “for actions that threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine.”

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Sobyanin will allocate grants up to ₽100 million for import-substituting industries

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Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has established grants of up to 100 million rubles. on the creation of import-substituting industries, according to its website.

“Funds can be used to offset the costs of establishing a new or expanding existing production within three years, including the year of application,” — the message says. A quarter of the grant amount will be available in advance.

Companies will be able to cover up to half of the cost of acquiring capital construction projects, equipment, intellectual property and software, as well as connecting to utilities with the grant. Up to 25% of the grant can be used to compensate for the cost of paying salaries.

The grant can be received by a company from any sector of the economy that produces goods and services needed by the residents of Moscow. First of all, the authorities will support projects that provide for the daily needs of citizens in the field of healthcare, housing and communal services, transport, security and construction.

The authorities decided to establish grants against the background of a break in existing production chains, including including due to the refusal of some foreign companies to fulfill their obligations for the supply of raw materials, components and equipment, the report says.

The day before, on March 23, the Moscow authorities announced measures to support import substitution in the pharmaceutical industry. Capital companies, among other things, will be provided with land plots for the construction of new industries at a rate of 1 rub. per year, will allocate subsidies from the City Industrial Development Fund, and will also increase the advance payment for the purchase of medicines for state needs up to 70%. According to Sobyanin, these measures are necessary due to sanctions pressure, problems related to logistics, as well as changes in the ruble exchange rate.

In addition, the Moscow authorities announced grants to support domestic fast food chains. Condition for receiving a grant— opening new catering outlets in the segment of inexpensive fast-food cafes and hiring new employees.

The City Hall also expanded the program for co-financing the cost of purchasing equipment for participants in the Moscow Innovation Cluster who are implementing projects in the field of science, industry and information technologies.

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Senator Klimov warned about measures against the “fifth column” in Russia

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March 29 a number of other issues, countering the destructive activities in the country of the so-called “fifth column”. Senator Andrei Klimov, head of the commission, told reporters about this.

—Our senatorial commission at its scheduled meeting will consider in more detail the pressing issues of ensuring Russian sovereignty, including those directly related to countering the destructive activities of the so-called “fifth columns,” the parliamentarian emphasized.

Recall that this commission of the Federation Council began its work in 2017. Andrey Klimov, formerly a State Duma deputy, and now a senator from the Perm Territory, deputy general secretary of the United Russia party, has headed this commission from the very beginning of its work. One of the key specializations of the senator is the fight against foreign influence inside Russia; in particular, it was Klimov who introduced the well-known bill of 2020 on the regulation of educational activities.

Russia's special military operation on the territory of Ukraine is accompanied by a significant tightening of legislation on combating foreign influence inside Russia and enemy propaganda. So, soon after it began, additional amendments were made to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, providing for significant prison terms for fakes and discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, as well as calls for sanctions. Russia also blocked several global social networks and services, and the profile American corporation Meta was recognized as an extremist organization and banned in the Russian Federation.


Kuleba urged Europeans not to comply with Russia’s requirements to pay for gas in rubles

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba urged European countries not to comply with the requirements of the Russian authorities to pay for energy supplies in rubles . He published such a statement on social networks.

“I call on these countries to make a wise and responsible choice,” the minister wrote. According to Kuleba, demands to pay for oil and gas in rubles are “humiliating” for Europe.

The day before, Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a meeting with the government, announced that all gas and oil supplies to “unfriendly countries” would be calculated in rubles.


The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia allowed citizens of the DPR, LPR and Ukraine to work without a patent

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Citizens of the DPR, LPR and Ukraine will have the opportunity to work in Russia without a patent. On Thursday, March 24, following the results of a meeting on the work of internal affairs bodies under external sanctions pressure, they were notified at the press center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.

First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Russia Alexander Gorovoy earlier drew attention to the organization of work with citizens of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics and Ukraine arriving in the Russian Federation. He called on law enforcement officers to provide them with maximum assistance in obtaining the necessary documents and renewing their status.

In addition, the press center emphasized that the driver's licenses of citizens of the DPR, LPR and Ukraine, as well as their registration certificates vehicles will be recognized throughout the Russian Federation.


Lavrov discussed the situation in Ukraine with the President of Switzerland

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On March 24, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Swiss President Ignazio Cassis. The conversation was devoted to the situation around Ukraine.

“The main attention was paid to the situation in Ukraine and around it, the tasks of solving acute humanitarian problems, including measures to protect the civilian population”, — according to the official statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs . According to the representative of the ministry, Lavrov gave the President of Switzerland a detailed information about the history of this crisis, explained Russia's principled position regarding the goals and reasons for the special military operation.

The negotiation process between the delegations of Russia and Ukraine, which started on 28 February in full-time format. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the parties continue the dialogue, while Switzerland expressed its readiness to “make a feasible contribution to achieving a realistic result.”

Recall that Switzerland – one of the few countries in Europe that are not members of the European Union – joined a significant part of the EU sanctions against Russia, announced after the start of the special operation in Ukraine on February 24. According to the opinion of the majority of Russian politicians, which is indirectly confirmed by the statements of Western leaders, we are talking about a full-scale economic war unleashed against our country.


Poland blocks accounts of Russian embassy over ‘financing terrorism’


The Polish authorities blocked the bank accounts of the Russian embassy. They cite “terrorist financing” as the reason for this move. This was announced by Russian Ambassador Sergei Andreev.

According to the diplomat, the blocking of accounts occurred at the end of February. He stressed that these measures violate the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

“The accounts were blocked by decision first of the Ministry of Finance, and then by the decision of the Polish prosecutor on the grounds that the funds from these our accounts could allegedly be used for laundering illegally received funds, or to finance terrorism,” Andreev said on Channel One.

Earlier, the Polish Foreign Ministry expelled 45 Russian diplomats. The department said they were suspected of espionage. The corresponding note was handed to Andreev on Wednesday morning.

The Russian ambassador noted that at the moment the department has not filed specific claims against the expelled embassy employees.


TV2: Stoltenberg to remain NATO Secretary General for another year

Jens Stoltenberg. Photo: Social media

Jens Stoltenberg's term as NATO Secretary General is expected to be extended for another year. This was reported by TV2 (Norway).

The TV company quotes Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, who confirms that if NATO makes a positive decision on Stoltenberg, Norway will support the alliance.

It is known that the term of Jens Stoltenberg as Secretary General of NATO expires in September.

“We see that the allies of the alliance are satisfied with the work of Stoltenberg as Secretary General,” TV2 quotes the Prime Minister of Norway. Jonas Gahr Støre also said that he had discussed this topic with Stoltenberg, and believes that his powers will undoubtedly be extended.

The TV2 report is quoted by RIA Novosti.

How It has just become known from the media that Jens Stoltenberg himself did not comment on the prospect of extending his powers in his post for another year. “I leave this decision to the leaders of the 30 NATO countries,” he told reporters at an alliance summit currently taking place in Brussels.


Portal Sina: Russia’s use of the Kinzhal missile was a “slap in the face” for NATO

The Chinese portal stated that NATO was slapped in the face by the use of the Russian Kinzhal hypersonic missile system.


The Chinese portal stated that the use of the Russian Kinzhal hypersonic missile system was a slap in the face for NATO.

It is specified that the alliance has long questioned the real characteristics of the Kinzhal missiles , so the successful use of these missiles was a slap in the face for NATO.

Among other things, the authors of the article argue that the attack by the “Dagger” on targets located near the territory of the member countries of the North Atlantic Alliance is aimed at deterring NATO.


Recall that earlier the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense Igor Konashenkov said that in the Ivano-Frankivsk region (Ukraine) a hypersonic missile “Dagger” was destroyed storage of warheads for tactical complexes “Tochka-U” and fuel depots in the Nikolaev region.

Earlier, President of the United States Joe Biden commented on the first use of the Russian hypersonic missile “Dagger”. The American leader declared her invulnerability. According to him, the Kinzhal has the same warhead as any other missile. However, it is almost impossible to stop it.


Vučić: Western accusations against Russia are ‘stupid and shameful’

According to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, all Western accusations against Russia in connection with the operation in Ukraine are stupid and shameful. He recalled that in 1999, 19 NATO countries bombed the territory of Serbia. On March 24, the country celebrates the tragic anniversary of the war in Yugoslavia.

“No one can return the human lives lost then. Serbian journalists, children, civilians, as well as our military and policemen who did not commit aggression died under the bombs against any country. After 23 years, you can see how terrible, misguided, illegal and immoral this NATO operation was. How shameful today and, pardon the word, how stupid it sounds that they attacked Serbia because of an alleged humanitarian catastrophe.” , — stressed the President of Serbia.

Vučić recalled that the then German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said that they were preventing another Auschwitz. “Because of the West, there were senseless losses then, there was a lie they created. Therefore, it’s so stupid when they blame Russia today because of the aggression against Ukraine, and someone reminds them that they did the same thing and even worse,” he added.


Japan says they don’t understand how to pay Russia for gas in rubles

The Japanese government is now studying the situation and has not yet seen a solution to this problem.


Japanese Finance Minister Shun'ichi Suzuki said that the country's authorities currently do not understand how Russia's demand to pay for gas in rubles in relations with unfriendly countries will be met.

According to him, the Japanese government is now studying the current situation and do not yet see solutions to this problem.

“We do not quite understand what Russia’s intentions are and how it is going to fulfill its demand,” Suzuki said.

He clarified that the authorities countries are closely monitoring the “side effects” of the sanctions that Japan has imposed on Russia.

It was previously reported that the German gas industry was concerned about the statement of President Ro Vladimir Putin's proposal to convert payments for Russian natural gas supplies into rubles.

At the moment, it is not clear what specific consequences this will have for gas trade.


Russian special operation in Ukraine: online broadcast March 24

Official reports, sanctions, economic situation

Russia continues its special military operation in Ukraine. It's her 30th day. The Federal Air Transport Agency extends the temporary restriction of flights to airports in the south and central part of Russia until April 1, 2022. US President Joe Biden arrived in Brussels for a series of meetings on the Ukrainian crisis. Western companies continue to leave the Russian market. Meanwhile, the Russian government held a meeting on the economy with Vladimir Putin. A number of important decisions have been made.

Photo: Donetsk News Agency

And London also introduced measures against the Ministry of Defense of Belarus and Minsk tractor factory. Sovcomflot also got on the list.


Ruthless sanctions and bombing: what Madeleine Albright will remember

First female US Secretary of State dies of cancer

Madeleine Albright, who went down in history not only as the first female US Secretary of State, but also as a politician, has died at the age of 84 supporting ruthless sanctions against states unfriendly to Washington and NATO aggression against Yugoslavia.

Photo: Global Look Press

A statement from the family of the deceased said: “We are heartbroken to announce that Dr. Madeleine Albright, 64th U.S. Secretary of State… passed away this morning. The cause was cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends. We have lost a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.”

White House Chief Joe Biden described Madeleine Albright as “a force of goodness, grace and decency – and freedom.” “Her hands changed the course of history,” said the President of the United States.

Madeleine Albright was born in Prague in 1937 as Marie Yana Korbelova. Her family, who fled from the Nazis, took the future head of American diplomacy to London in 1939, and after the war, in 1948, Albright ended up in the United States. She grew up Catholic and only discovered decades later that her parents were Jewish and that several family members died in the Holocaust. It is said that in addition to English and Czech, Albright was fluent in Russian and French, and also read Polish and Serbo-Croatian.

After Bill Clinton was elected President of the United States in 1992, Albright was first the American Permanent Representative to the UN, then became Secretary of State. The dominant foreign policy themes of the time were the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the war in the former Yugoslavia, the search for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and the rise of fundamentalist Islam in the years leading up to the 9/11 attacks.

Even while serving as US Ambassador to the UN, Madeleine Albright was a zealous supporter of sanctions against Iraq – so much so that she made scandalous statements in the public sphere. During an interview with Leslie Stahl on the CBS television program 60 Minutes in 1996, Albright was asked about the impact of the Iraq sanctions: “We heard that half a million children died. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And do you think it's worth it? To which Albright replied: “I think it's a very hard choice, but the price – we think it was worth it.” Later, however, she expressed regret over these words.

Albright became secretary of state in 1997, when she was the highest-ranking woman in the history of the US government. This theoretically placed her fourth in line for the presidency, although, like her predecessors Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski, she could not have filled that role without being a US citizen by birth, as defined in the US constitution.

Madeleine Albright, at the head of American diplomacy, was clearly not a dove, although she traveled to North Korea to meet with Kim Jong Il. At the same time, she personally participated in the choice of bombing targets during the NATO aggression against Yugoslavia and generally advocated the further expansion of the North Atlantic Alliance – of course, for the sake of upholding democracy throughout the world.

Actively pushing the idea of ​​Western armed intervention in the Balkans, motivating this by the need to stop ethnic cleansing there. Albright did nothing to stop the genocide in Rwanda, which claimed the lives of at least 800,000 people. Years later, Albright would call it “the biggest regret of the time.”

In an interview with The Guardian, Albright said there was a problem with women in politics in the US. “Honestly, I don’t understand it,” she said. “We're very good at being #1 at a lot of things, but not at this one, and I don't know why. Because, of course, there are very qualified women. When I was appointed secretary of state, you would have thought I was an alien, you know. In fact, people said: “Arabs will not deal with a woman.”

Albright was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. Presenting the award, Obama said, “One day, at a naturalization ceremony, [Albright] was approached by an Ethiopian and said, 'Only in America can a refugee meet the Secretary of State.' And she replied: “Only in America can a refugee become Secretary of State.”

Albright will also be remembered for her brooches, with the help of which she from time to time “broadcast” her foreign policy ideas. When Saddam Hussein called her a “snake”, she began wearing a gold snake pin; when she was called a “witch”, she wore a brooch with a miniature broom.

After leaving the post of Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright served as chair of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Washington from 2001 until her death and taught at Georgetown University. She has also been a prolific author, writing several books, including a 2003 memoir titled Madam Secretary. She also worked in the private sector for some time.


Chubais, who left Russia, retained one post

Ex-official spotted in Istanbul

Former Russian special representative for international relations, ex-head of the Rosnano state corporation Anatoly Chubais, who, according to some reports, left the Russian Federation, retained one post. This is reported by TASS.

Photo: Gennady Cherkasov

According to the agency, Chubais is still co-chairman of the Renewable Energy Development Association (ARVE).

“At the moment, the decision to elect Anatoly Chubais as co-chairman of the association, adopted by the general meeting of members of the association, remains in force. There have been no applications for withdrawal from the membership of the association,” the organization told TASS.

ARVE is a non-profit organization that represents the interests of participants in the renewable energy sector. She is also involved in creating a favorable investment climate in Russia for this industry.

On the eve it became known that Chubais left the post of Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Relations with International Organizations to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals, which he had held since December 2020.

There is also information that Chubais and his wife Avdotya Smirnova, according to some sources, left for Istanbul.


The Chinese pointed to the benefits of the United States from the troubles of Ukraine

“Typical Mafia Approach”: Washington Caught Playing Cunning Game Over Ukraine Crisis

“Washington Benefits from Ukraine's Trouble” – under this heading, an editorial was published in the Chinese edition of the Global Times, dedicated to the month since the start of the Russian military operation.

Photo: Global Look Press

The United States and NATO, which hold the key to resolving the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, have not taken any practical steps to end it, the Chinese publication notes: “Instead, they continue to escalate contradictions and exacerbate confrontation, creating obstacles to negotiations between Russia and Ukraine.” .

US President Joe Biden left for Europe on Wednesday, where he will attend the NATO summit, the G7 summit and the meeting of the European Council, reminds Global Times. According to media reports, Biden will work with European allies to coordinate the next round of military assistance to Ukraine and announce a new round of sanctions against Russia.

Speaking of Biden's trip to Europe, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said there are tough days ahead in Ukraine as the conflict “will not end easily or quickly.” “This is not so much a US ‘judgment’ as Washington’s carefully calibrated direction,” the Chinese publication comments, adding that Washington wants the conflict not to end because it can make the most of the Ukrainian crisis for geopolitical gain: “In other words, it seeks to capitalize from the misfortune of Ukraine.”

Because of this, it may seem that the positions of the US and Europe are close, but their significant differences are deepening, according to the Global Times. “While Washington is obsessed with dragging out Russian-Ukrainian talks, Europe wants security and stability,” writes the Chinese edition. – Anti-war voices are emerging in Europe, including disapproval of Washington's arms supplies to Ukraine. More and more Europeans are realizing that the blind shipment of arms to Ukraine is going in the opposite direction of the security goals they are pursuing. In addition, the result of long-term extreme sanctions should be that the US will get rich, Europe will have to pay the bills, and Ukraine will bleed. Washington can't hide these petty ideas.”

“It also forces Biden to 'stabilise' Europe when its intentions fluctuate,” the Global Times editorial continues. – It is not difficult to imagine that Washington will pull “transoceanic friendship”, “democratic alliance” and other small cards out of its pockets and distribute them to friends as passes to the world VIP club, using the illusory “honor” to extract high “contributions”. Washington is also putting strong pressure on neutral countries that “do not join the club”, criticizing India for being “shaky” on the one hand, and exaggerating the Chinese “threat” to the world on the other. Isn't this a typical mafia approach?”

According to the Global Times, “The Russian-Ukrainian conflict is the result of an escalating conflict between the United States and Russia, and the key to solving the problem lies in the hands of the United States. If Washington really wants the “hard days” of the Ukrainian people not to continue, then why did it prefer to “coordinate” with Europe the shipment of weapons to Ukraine and sanctions against Russia and refused to talk directly with Russia? The answer is clear: the US does not want real peace talks. Hence this absurd scenario: despite the fact that Washington knows where the exit from the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is, it is still desperately erasing the sign that reads “No entry” at the end of the dead end.

“Washington is good put on a show by promoting hegemony under the guise of “democracy” and profiting from the war in the name of “peace”. However, this does not mean that this approach will never become obsolete. Over time, people will eventually see it,” the Chinese publication predicts.


LPR officer told how the onset of spring will affect the course of the special operation

“This increases the risks many times over”

The Russian special operation to denazify and demitalize Ukraine has been going on for a month now. Just a couple more weeks — and the winter landscape will be replaced by spring. And consequently, the first greenery will appear, leaves will begin to bloom on shrubs and trees. How will the appearance of “brilliant green” affect on the course of hostilities in Ukraine, “MK” Fedor Sergeev, an officer of the People's Militia of the LPR, said.

Photo: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

– First of all, let's figure out what “green” is. It is not a grass, as many mistakenly assume. «Zelenka» – these are shrubs and low trees that go along the roads and in which you can easily hide, for example, for sabotage and reconnaissance groups. The point is that when the greenery blooms, it is really very difficult to detect the enemy in such conditions.

A trained and well-equipped fighter becomes almost invisible. No thermal imagers or other means of detection help here. Just sit and watch, suddenly the enemy somehow unmasks himself. Such tasks are usually solved by snipers.

This is one moment. The second – on the «zelenka» easy to leave. That is, you can quietly appear and also hide. And if the conflict is protracted, then the “brilliant green” just provides the enemy with the opportunity to carry out sabotage. In a word, “zelenka” this is the factor that is a threat to the advancing troops and helps enemy saboteurs and reconnaissance.

– None. Dense greenery is beneficial for defenders and for sabotage. The newcomers do not need such advantages. They just need open spaces so that everything is visible, and the enemy can be seen from a distance. Russia has a clear advantage in heavy weapons – in tanks and aircraft. What can the enemy do to counter this? Against tanks only portable missile systems, and against low-flying air targets – tactical anti-aircraft systems “Stinger”. And it is better to use them from the closest possible distance. It is easy to hide in the forest belt, to set up an ambush. It allows you to quietly approach the desired distance.

I repeat, “zelenka” beneficial only for saboteurs, for small groups and small forces of the defending side. Because when you go on the offensive, you can’t hide equipment in the bushes, and tanks don’t drive through the forest. There are no such forests where a tank could be hidden in central, eastern and southern Ukraine. And individuals, small groups can hide. They are not visible. And the closer you sneak up with the Javelin towards the tank, the more likely you are to hit it. Because this anti-tank missile hits only 2-2.5 kilometers. A tank can hit a target five kilometers away, but for this it is necessary that he “sees” this is the distance.

instrument sensitivity. At night, greenery creates a curtain effect. Thermal imagers are effective in open space.

– Only set up outposts, put stretch marks, mine. But you need to use it carefully so that your own people don’t get hurt.

– I don’t think that the course of the special operation will slow down much, but the Zelenka significantly increases the risks for our side.

Lugansk, LPR.


The political scientist predicted the imminent lifting of part of the US sanctions against Russia

This could happen against the backdrop of a congressional election

In early November 2022, the United States will have a congressional election. Political analysts suggest that the Democratic Party, on the eve of this, may decide to advocate for a partial lifting of the sanctions against Russia in order to raise its own rating.


In an interview with, he spoke about the possible lifting of anti-Russian sanctions Head of the Center for Global Studies and International Relations of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry Vadim Kozyulin. According to the expert, current forecasts show that the effect of sanctions against Russia has begun to manifest itself only now.

At the same time, Kozyulin stressed that the split in society is deepening in the United States, and the standard of living among the main part of the population has not been observed for a long time . This, according to the expert, complicates the likelihood of the victory of the US Democratic Party in the upcoming elections to Congress.

The political scientist believes that the continuation of the policy of sanctions against Russia will not help the current administration, so he assumes that part of the sanctions against our country still filmed. Kozyulin added that this would be done not at all for Ukraine or NATO, but to resolve internal economic problems, for example, to reduce fuel prices.

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“Many, many new problems”: the consequences of selling gas from Russia to Europe for rubles are announced

According to the expert, much will depend on the details of the calculation.

The day before, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed to move to the calculation in rubles for gas in relation to unfriendly countries.

The head of state noted that the Russian Federation would continue to supply blue fuel in accordance with contractual obligations and set aside a week for the Central Bank of the Russian Federation and the Russian government to determine a new procedure for operations in rubles.

According to economist Sergei Pikin, the an attempt to switch to rubles in paying for energy.

However, in the end, preference was still given to settlement in dollars.

“Now the time has come to transfer our gas trade to rubles best time”, – Pikin is sure.

He noted that further everything will depend on the implementation mechanism.

With a strict scheme, according to which buyers will be obliged to buy rubles on the Moscow Exchange, European buyers are unlikely to do this en masse.

This will lead to the fact that European consumers will actively look for alternative suppliers, and the Russian Federation will have to reduce supplies.

“If the mechanism for switching counterparties to rubles is softer and more comfortable, step-by-step, then it will work successfully”, – sure expert. His words are quoted by “Moskovsky Komsomolets”.

O recalled that the sale of oil and other goods for export for rubles is out of the question.

At the same time, he called gas the most painful issue for European consumers.

In the meantime, the reaction of some countries to Moscow’s decision to transfer mutual settlements for gas into rubles has already become known.

Thus, Austria and Italy are still are studying the situation, expressing doubts about the possibility of paying for gas in a currency other than the contract.

“My opinion is that you need to pay in euros, because paying in rubles would be a way to get around the sanctions. Therefore, I think we will continue to pay in euros”, – Francesco Javazzi, economic adviser to the Italian prime minister, said.

The situation in Germany is also being studied. There is also no understanding yet how payments for Russian gas in rubles will be made.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic acknowledged that Russia's decision to sell gas in rubles will create many problems.

According to him, Bulgaria, through whose gas transmission system Russian gas is supplied to Serbia and Hungary, has already declared its unwillingness to pay for gas from the Russian Federation in rubles.

ingenious in the geopolitical game to counter the petrodollar along with the yuan, the Germans have already said that this is the reason for the termination of the contract, so I'm not sure. All this brings us only many, many new problems, ”RIA Novosti quotes the words of the Serbian president.

But Moldova announced its readiness to switch to rubles when paying for gas, since the agreement between & #8220;Gazprom” and “Moldovagaz” provides for payments both in dollars and in euros or rubles.

“No consequences in relations with “Gazprom” will not”, – assured the Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova Andrei Spinu.

Earlier, TopNews wrote that Vladimir Putin instructed to pay for gas in Europe in rubles.


Bloomberg reported Putin’s refusal to dismiss Nabiullina from the post of head of the Central Bank

The Kremlin said that “it is better to ask Nabiullina.”

Bloomberg, citing several sources, announced the intention of Russian President Vladimir Putin not to dismiss the head of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina after February 24, the date when Russia's military special operation in Ukraine began.

The head of the Central Bank herself allegedly asked for her resignation.

A media source explained that Putin would consider such a step “a betrayal”, although employees of the financial profile of the regulator feel insecure in their capabilities in the context of Russia's isolation.

Bloomberg also reports on mass layoffs that affected the Central Bank. The agency believes that the regulator was counting on milder sanctions than happened, including a shutdown from SWIFT.

They called this step “too extreme”, because after the decision of the European Union and the United States, the Central Bank lost access to $ 300 billion out of $643 billion of the gold and foreign exchange reserve.

The Central Bank denied the information about the intention of the head to step down, saying that the information of the agency “is not true”, according to RIA Novosti.

In turn, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the same agency that he would not comment on her wishes.

“It’s better to ask Nabiullina,” he told the agency.

Previously, Topnews wrote that earlier the media reported on a record rise of the Central Bank of the key rate. It exceeded 20%.

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The United States is ready to punish companies from China for supplying chips to Russia bypassing sanctions

The US claims that China is using their programs.

The head of the US Department of Commerce, Gina Raimondo, told the media that the American side may deny Chinese companies access to US programs for supplying to Russia.

According to Raimondo, we are talking about that Chinese manufacturers sell semiconductors in the Russian Federation, thereby circumventing US sanctions.

Meanwhile, they also use software that is produced in the States.

In an interview with Reuters, the politician said that the Chinese could be denied access if the supply could be proven.

“We can essentially shut them down…and are absolutely willing to do so”, – Raimondo said.

She added that all countries that try to circumvent export restrictions on Russia imposed by the United States due to Russia's special operation in Ukraine will be subject to Washington sanctions.

According to Raimondo, all Chinese semiconductor manufacturers use American software.

As Topnews wrote earlier, China has said it doesn't need lectures from the violator of international law, which is the United States itself.


Media: Zelensky stood up to the US for Abramovich

The politician's opinion was not taken into account by the European Union and Great Britain.

American media report that President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, in a telephone conversation with US President Joe Biden, advised for some time to limit himself from imposing sanctions against Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.

The politician called the help of a businessman the reason in Russian-Ukrainian negotiations, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Referring to its sources, the publication says that in early March, restrictive measures against Abramovich were prepared by the US Treasury, then they were submitted to the country's Security Council, who asked them to refrain from introducing them for the time being.

The publication through its sources found that in a recent conversation with Biden, Vladimir Zelensky advised Abramovich to refrain from taking measures.

He said that Abramovich could become “an important mediator for Russia in peace talks”.

It is known that at that moment the United States intended to agree on joint sanctions against the oligarch with Great Britain and the EU.

Predst The representative of Abramovich, according to the WSJ, declined to comment on his participation in the talks.

He said that Abramovich, as a representative of all Jewish organizations in Ukraine, is doing everything to restore peace as soon as possible, he stressed.


As Topnews wrote earlier, on March 10, it became known about the imposition of sanctions against 7 Russian entrepreneurs, including Abramovich, and later he was included in the EU sanctions list.

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