Putin at a meeting with the Security Council called for decent elections in September

According to the president, it is necessary to ensure security during the single voting day. The election campaign for the elections scheduled for September 11 began in early June

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President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with the permanent members of the Security Council, according to the Kremlin website. At the online meeting, in particular, the preparation of a single voting day was discussed. Putin noted that “this major domestic political event” must be carried out with dignity and with the necessary security conditions.

The meeting was attended by Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, heads of the Federation Council and the State Duma Valentina Matvienko and Vyacheslav Volodin, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and his deputy Dmitry Medvedev, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and others.

The single voting day will take place on 11 September. Governors will be elected in 14 subjects. Remote electronic voting will be used in Kaliningrad, Kaluga, Kursk, Novgorod, Pskov, Tomsk, Yaroslavl regions and Moscow. For the first time, an electronic voter list will be used in Moscow municipal elections. Due to sanctions imposed on Russia, applications for electronic voting will be placed only in Russian RuStore and NashStore stores. Only voters with a verified account on the “Gosuslugi” will be able to vote electronically. or mos.ru. For security purposes, the system provides for blocking the ability to log in from IP addresses outside of Russia, and for the time of voting, users of Gosuslug will make it impossible to change the mobile phone number in the profile without access to the previously specified one.

In the spring, RBC and other media, citing sources, reported on the discussion of cancellation or postponement September elections. According to Kommersant, the heads of several regions asked to cancel the vote due to the economic situation that developed against the backdrop of the military operation in Ukraine and sanctions.

However, in May, sources close to the presidential administration told RBC about the decision to hold elections on time. On June 4, the CEC announced the start of the election campaign.

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Nazarbayev’s nephew testifies in case of protests in Kazakhstan

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Former First Deputy Head of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan (KNB) Samat Abish testified in the case of protests in the country in January this year. This was announced by the acting deputy chairman of the National Security Committee Askar Amerkhanov, ORDA reports. Abish's boss, Karim Massimov, was detained on charges of treason.

“Samat Abish is also under investigation. He testifies, I don't know his status. He is in Kazakhstan. I didn't see him myself. I think that the investigation is underway, it must be, — said Amerkhanov.

Samat Abish is the nephew of former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. In mid-January, it was reported that he continued to work as deputy chairman of the KNB, but was temporarily sent on vacation. He was later relieved of his post.

Earlier, the current president of the country, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, dismissed the head of the KNB, Karim Massimov. Later Massimov was detained on suspicion of treason. Massimov — former prime minister of Kazakhstan, he led the government from 2007 to 2012 and from 2014 to 2016. Between the two terms, he served as head of the presidential administration.

Tokayev called what was happening a “terrorist war”; and accused the KNB that the department “failed to see the critical threat” for Kazakhstan.

On January 2, mass protests began in Kazakhstan, which broke out in the west of the country, and then spread to other cities. The reason for the protests was the rise in gas prices. The demands of the protesters soon became political. Among other things, they demanded the resignation of Nazarbayev from the post of head of the Security Council.

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In early June, a referendum was held in Kazakhstan on changes to the Constitution. Among other things, the mention of the former president was removed from there, Nursultan Nazarbayev was deprived of privileges and the status of elbasy (head of the nation), and the death penalty was abolished in a new edition.

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Putin spoke about the idea to open Indian chain stores in Russia

The President said that under the sanctions, Russia is developing relations with “reliable international partners” – the BRICS countries. He also noted the expansion of the Russian presence in these states

Under the sanctions, Russian business circles are intensifying contacts with businesses from Brazil, India, China and South Africa, President Vladimir Putin said in his greeting to the participants of the BRICS Business Forum. In particular, they are discussing an increase in the share of Chinese cars in the Russian market and the opening of Indian chain stores in the country.

The Russian presence in the BRICS countries is also expanding, the head of state noted. “The volume of Russian oil deliveries to China and India is growing noticeably. Cooperation in the field of agriculture is developing dynamically. Russia exports significant volumes of fertilizers to the BRICS countries. Russian IT companies are expanding their activities in India and South Africa, and our satellites provide TV broadcasting to 40 million Brazilians,— he listed. In addition, together with BRICS partners, Russia is developing “reliable alternative mechanisms for international settlements”, the Russian analogue of SWIFT, a system for transmitting financial messages, is open for connecting banks from the countries of the group, and the geography of using Mir cards is expanding.

To reduce the negative impact of Western sanctions, Russia is reorienting its trade flows and foreign economic contacts “on reliable international partners, and primarily on the BRICS countries,” the president added. “Russian business circles, in coordination with the business communities of the BRICS states, are taking prompt steps to develop transport infrastructure, rebuild logistics routes, and create new production chains,” — Putin said.

The United States, the European Union and other countries have imposed sanctions against Russia because of the military operation in Ukraine. After that, the Russian authorities announced a reorientation to the East and strengthening relations with those countries that want it.

In particular, in May, Russia became the leader in oil supplies to China and ranked second in supplies to India, in both cases overtaking Saudi Arabia. In mid-June, Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed by telephone to expand cooperation in energy, industry and transport.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said at the end of March that the BRICS countries would become the basis of the new emerging world order. He noted the role of the association in the fight against the sanctions policy of Western states.

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On June 23–, the 14th BRICS summit will be held online under the chairmanship of China. Its theme is: “Promotion of quality partnership BRICS, the beginning of a new era of global development”. 

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Kaliningrad urged not to “freeze ears to spite grandmother” with a response to Lithuania

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The Kaliningrad region's response to the “sanctions blockade” should redirect the economic flow of the Baltic states to Russia. About this on the air «Soloviev Live» said the governor of the region Anton Alikhanov.

“I believe that these proposals should be aimed at ensuring that the economic flow and money that Lithuania and the Baltics as a whole earn should be redirected to Russia. We have such proposals. <…> We are not going to “freeze your grandmother's ears to spite”, we will make sure that the money that they used to earn, we will earn, — said Alikhanov.

As an example, Alikhanov cited the delivery of imported alcohol to the Kaliningrad region through the Baltic states. He stated that in such cases, all imported alcohol is actually marked with a Russian excise stamp abroad.

“This led to the fact that almost 100% of imported alcohol was supplied to Lithuania or Latvia and stored there. That is, the importers who carried, paid the Lithuanians and Latvians for storage in warehouses, for the accumulation of consignments. The second time they paid for labeling, it also cost money. And the third time they paid them for the fact that their Lithuanian companies, in particular, the well-known company Girteka, delivered these products to Russia, — Alikhanov said.

The governor noted that these flows can be redirected towards Russian economic operators.

The day before, Alikhanov said that work on response measures was already underway. They will be sent to the federal center in the near future. According to him, the response measures to Lithuania that Russia can take can be varied, and their consequences for the country's economy— essential.

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Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis explained that the country took this measure as part of the implementation of European sanctions that came into force on June 17, and did not introduce restrictions on its own. The Kremlin called these measures illegal.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow's response would lie not in the diplomatic, but in the practical plane. However, the representative of the department, Maria Zakharova, did not specify what specific measures were in question.

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Lithuania called the condition for expanding the transit restrictions of Kaliningrad

Lithuania is ready for Russia's retaliatory measures, including a possible disconnection from the regional power grid, President Gitanas Nauseda said

Lithuania will expand the list of trade restrictions on transit between the Kaliningrad region and the rest of Russia while expanding the sanctions of the European Union, said the President of the Republic Gitanas Nauseda, reports Reuters.

He also stated that Lithuania is ready for retaliatory measures from Russia, including the possible disconnection of Lithuania from the regional energy system.

“We are ready for unfriendly actions from Russia, such as disconnection from the BRELL system and others,— Nauseda said.

BRELL— system for integrating power grids in Belarus, Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Against the backdrop of deteriorating relations between Russia and the West, the Baltic countries announced plans to withdraw from it.

At the same time, Nauseda said that he did not expect a military confrontation with Russia. “I don't believe Russia will challenge us militarily because we are a member of NATO,” — he believes.

Lithuania announced a ban from June 18 on the transit between the Kaliningrad region and the rest of Russia of sanctioned goods, including wood, metals, cement and other products. The Russian Foreign Ministry protested to Vilnius and demanded that restrictions be lifted immediately.

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The head of the Kaliningrad region, Anton Alikhanov, called the ban on the transit of sanctioned goods a violation of the international obligations of both Lithuania and the EU, saying that the neighboring country would face consequences. At the same time, he said that the inhabitants of the region do not expect a shortage of goods, since the products that fell under the restrictions can be delivered by sea.

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry, commenting on Moscow's claims, stated that it complies with EU sanctions and does not introduce any unilateral restrictions. They also said that the transit of goods that do not fall under EU sanctions continues.

The Federation Council called the actions of Lithuania “blockade”; Kaliningrad region and promised “tough” retaliatory measures, and the Russian Foreign Ministry said that they would be “practical”, not diplomatic in nature.

EU sanctions affecting the import of timber, steel and iron, cement and other goods from Russia were introduced in the spring after the start of the military operation in Ukraine.

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The pro-Russian head of Chernobaevka reported the assassination attempt

Yuri Turulev's car was blown up by a high-explosive shell when the head of the administration went to work with security. He received minor shrapnel wounds

In the Kherson region, an assassination attempt was made on the head of the military-civilian administration of the village of Chernobaevka, Yury Turulev. He told about this on the air of Vesti Krym.

“They tried to undermine me, the guards that were with me when I left for work. A high-explosive projectile fired on a turn, — Turulev said.

According to him, only the car was damaged, all the people are alive. The head of the administration himself has minor shrapnel wounds and a slight concussion.

The TV channel says that the explosive device was planted between the flower beds and went off when Turulev drove by. After the explosion, his car drove a few more meters by inertia, the correspondent noted.

Turulev was appointed head of the military-civilian administration of Chernobaevka in early May, the village council reported.

Earlier in June, the personal car of the head of the Kherson department of the penitentiary service Yevgeny Sobolev was blown up. He was hospitalized, there is no threat to life.

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At the end of May, Andriy Shevchik, the head of the city administration of Energodar in the Zaporozhye region, was injured as a result of an assassination attempt. There was an explosion in the entrance of his house, two guards were also injured. The Russian Investigative Committee reported that Shevchik received threats after he took a pro-Russian position.

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German Defense Minister reported on the supply of artillery to Ukraine

Mars II MLRS

Germany will supply three Mars II multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) to Ukraine, Ukrainian soldiers will begin training in handling them in June, German Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht said during a speech in the Bundestag, Spiegel reports .

Lambrecht said that on June 22, Ukraine received the first batch of heavy weapons— seven PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers, the Ukrainian military were trained in their use in Germany, Welt points out. The next delivery will be the Mars II MLRS. In addition, the US and UK will supply seven more artillery pieces.

According to the minister, Germany is also negotiating the supply of arms to Ukraine with Poland, Greece, Slovakia and Slovenia. Lambrecht promised that in the future, Berlin will make open the list of all weapons that have been delivered and will be delivered to Kyiv.

The minister expressed confidence that Ukraine will use the military equipment transferred to it by the West only for defense. “We didn’t need to demand [confirmation] of this from Ukraine, they themselves stated this. We have confidence that Ukraine will use weapons only for defense, — said Lambrecht (quoted by Focus).

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba pointed out that the sooner weapons are sent to the Ukrainian military, the more help it will provide to the country. “If the weapons are sent later, we will still say “thank you”, but then a lot will be wasted, many people will die,” — he said. Kuleba also said that even if the West stops helping Ukraine with weapons, the country will still defend itself, “fight with shovels.”

The Kremlin noted that “inflating” Ukraine weapons will not change the parameters of the special operation. “In any case, the goals of the special military operation will be achieved, they will simply cause more suffering to Ukraine, which is just a tool in the hands of those countries that supply [weapons] there,” — Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the President of Russia, said.

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Thailand extradited a Russian to the United States after the decision to extradite him to Russia

Dmitry Ukrainsky in the United States is accused of embezzling $ 30 million. The Thai authorities, where he was detained in 2016, approved the extradition of the Russian to both Russia and the United States. His wife informed human rights activists about the extradition of the Ukrainian to the USA

The Thai authorities have extradited Russian citizen Dmitry Ukrainsky to the United States, who is accused of embezzling funds from American citizens with subsequent legalization in Thailand, TASS reports citing Ivan Melnikov, deputy chairman of the Russian branch of the International Committee for the Defense of Human Rights.

The human rights activist told the agency that Ukrainskiy's wife turned to him with a letter about the violation of her husband's rights. “Her husband was extradited from Thailand on June 16, 2022, despite two conflicting rulings from the Kingdom of Thailand to extradite him to the United States and simultaneously to Russia and an additional trial, in an atmosphere of extreme secrecy, which was more like a kidnapping.” ,— explained Melnikov.

He stressed that, according to the protocol to the consular convention between Russia and the United States of 1964, when a Russian was detained or arrested, the consular person should have been notified of this within three days, but this did not happen. Therefore, Melnikov asked US Attorney General Merrick Garland to provide Russian diplomats with information about the places of detention of Ukrainian in custody and the charges against him and arrange a meeting with the consul for him.

RBC sent inquiries to the press services of the Thai police and the Russian embassy in Thailand and turned to Ivan Melnikov for comment.

Ukrainian was arrested in Pattaya in 2016 at the request of the FBI. The authorities of the kingdom sentenced him to 10 years in prison. In the summer of the same year, the Russian side turned to the Prosecutor General's Office of Thailand with a request to extradite Ukrainian. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a note to the kingdom about the inadmissibility of the extradition of a Russian to the United States.

In 2017, the court approved his extradition to Russia, and in 2019, the Thai authorities allowed the extradition of the Russian to the United States. The court concluded that the hacker group to which the accused belonged stole more than $30 million from the cards of citizens of the United States, Australia, Japan, Italy, Great Britain and Germany. US authorities have been investigating the Russian since 2014, when they discovered several suspicious transfers of funds to Thai accounts. Ukrainian denies his guilt.

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In 2019, a Russian went on a hunger strike for more than a month to get a review of the case.

In In Russia, he is also accused of fraud: according to the investigation, from April to May 2013, Ukrainian as part of a group stole more than 7.5 million rubles. «by deceit and breach of trust».

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The United States called legitimate part of the fears of Russia in the field of security

At the same time, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman called “absurd” the proposal to return NATO to the 1997 borders for the sake of ensuring the security of Russia

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The U.S. understands Russia's legitimate security concerns and sees many ways to address them, deputy chief said State Department Secretary Wendy Sherman at the US-EU Defense Forum. Streamed on YouTube.

“I personally met with Russian colleagues to say: yes, we understand that you have some legitimate security concerns, and there are many ways in which we can solve them” ;,— she said.

Sherman called “absurd” the demand to return NATO borders by 1997, which, according to her, the Russian side called “the only way”; move forward in security talks.

She also said that countries wishing to join NATO make their own decisions about it, other states do not have to do it for them.

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In Kaliningrad, they will test the power system in an isolated mode

The region is part of the electric ring of Belarus, Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (BRELL). Four new power plants were built in the region to ensure energy security in case a country withdraws from BRELL

In the Kaliningrad region, on June 25, the power system will be tested in isolated mode, Kaliningrad.Ru reports. with reference to the press service of the regional government. Testing will take place from 9:00 to 18:00 local time (8:00— 17:00 Moscow time).

Inter RAO— Power generation”, “Rosseti Yantar”, regional executive authorities and the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia, territorial grid companies and telecom operators.

The authorities noted that before the tests, they conducted emergency training for the personnel of the regional energy system facilities, the Baltic Regional Dispatch Office, as well as telecom operators and electric power industry entities to work out interaction; checking the operation of backup power sources.

The regional government warned that short-term power outages are possible during the tests.

Tests of the region's power system in an isolated mode were already held in 2019 and were recognized as successful. They were held against the background of the possible withdrawal of the Baltic states from the BRELL unified energy system (the electric ring of Belarus, Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), which could leave the Russian region without electricity.

To ensure the energy security of the region, four new thermal power plants (TPPs) with a total capacity of 1 GW were put into operation. Mayakovskaya TPP in Gusev and Talakhovskaya TPP in Sovetsk were opened in 2018, in 2019— Pregolskaya TPP in Kaliningrad, in 2020— Primorskaya TPP in Svetly. As Putin noted, the launch of these four stations ensured a doubling of the power generation capacity in the region.

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The Kaliningrad region, which is an exclave, is dependent on the Baltic countries that separate it from Russia, not only in the energy sector, but also in the transport sector. On June 18, Lithuania announced a ban on the transit between the Kaliningrad region and the rest of Russia of sanctioned goods, including timber, metals, cement and other products. Moscow protested to Vilnius and demanded that the restrictions be lifted immediately. After that, Lithuania stated that it was ready for retaliatory measures from Russia, including the possible disconnection of Lithuania from BRELL.

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Biden asks Congress to temporarily remove fuel tax

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US President Joe Biden has asked Congress to temporarily abolish the country's fuel tax. This was reported by the press service of the White House.

According to Biden, the fuel tax in the United States should be canceled for three months. This will help stabilize fuel prices in the country. Currently, American citizens are facing a sharp rise in the cost of gasoline and diesel fuel.

Previously, US President Biden said that Americans are paying a “Putin tax” on gasoline and food. The head of the White House believes that fuel prices have risen due to the events in Ukraine, but ignores the impact of anti-Russian sanctions on them.

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Politician: “Uralvagonzavod” began to study the self-propelled guns captured in Ukraine CAESAR

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French lawyer and politician Régis de Castelnau reported on social networks that he became aware of the capture by the Russian military in Ukraine of two CAESAR self-propelled artillery mounts, which Paris handed over to Kyiv.

As de Castelnau noted in his statement , the Russian military managed to get two installations fully operational. At the moment, they have already been delivered to Uralvagonzavod, where engineers are studying them by completely disassembling them.

“Another achievement of Macron,” the politician noted with irony.

“Thank you, Macron. But we pay we are for this,” he added.

There was no official confirmation from the Russian Ministry of Defense about the capture of French CAESAR self-propelled guns.

In France, CAESAR self-propelled guns began to be operated in 2008. This is a fairly new development of the French company Nexter.

The 155-mm self-propelled artillery mount has fully automatic guidance and automatic feeding of projectiles. The installation is capable of firing 3 shots in 18 seconds. The maximum firing range for a high-explosive fragmentation projectile ERFB is 41 km, for an active-rocket projectile (for example, Excalibur) – 46-49 km. The long-range projectile M2005 V-LAP with a range of 54 km can also be used.

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American military expert called Ukraine a “failed” country

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Ukraine is a failed state that ceased to exist due to the policies of its President Volodymyr Zelensky. This was stated by an American military expert, former adviser to the US Secretary of Defense, retired colonel Douglas McGregor, in an interview with the Youtube channel Judging Freedom.

According to McGregor, Ukrainian nationalists cannot resist Russian troops, even despite assistance from side of the West. Ukraine “irrevocably lost” the war with Russia, the expert believes.

McGregor stressed that it is stupid to say that Ukraine did not lose in the conflict with Russia. The United States, in his opinion, is seriously mistaken when it sends big money and weapons to help the Ukrainian regime.

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Biden: US knew anti-Russian sanctions would trigger price hikes

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US President Joe Biden addressed the nation in connection with the sharp rise in fuel prices.

He noted that sanctions against Russia could not pass without consequences for the energy market.

“The US and Europe knew

To solve the problem, he asked Congress to cancel the fuel tax for three months. In addition, he appealed to refiners to increase gasoline production.

Biden also said that the United States produced 12 million barrels of oil per day this month and is on track to set a new record next year.

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Drones that attacked the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery were identified as Bayraktars

Although experts differ on this matter

The fire at the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in the Rostov region could have been caused by a Bayraktar drone strike. This version was proposed by a military expert, editor of the Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine Alexei Leonkov.

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The fire at the refinery in Novoshakhtinsk occurred early in the morning on June 22. According to the rescue services, no one was hurt. The fire was quickly contained.

Several videos can be found on the Web, which, presumably, filmed an unmanned aerial vehicle flying up to the plant. Some voiced the version that a Ukrainian kamikaze drone or loitering ammunition worked. These small disposable vehicles carry a warhead, seek out a target, and then swoop down on it. They operate at a distance of several tens of kilometers.

However, Aleksey Leonkov believes that in this case, another drone struck. “Kamikaze drones or loitering munitions don’t fly that far,” he wrote on his Telegram channel. – According to the previously published video, this is most likely Bayraktar-TV2, which, as I assume, was able to penetrate our territory during the shelling of the LDNR.

Indeed, in a straight line from Donetsk Avdiivka, where a large grouping of the armed forces of Ukraine (APU) is located, to Russian Novoshakhtinsk is 170 kilometers. The range of the “Bayraktar”, limited by the ability to control it by the operator, is about the same. It is from Avdiivka that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are constantly shelling Donetsk.

The Turkish drone has a peculiar fuselage shape and a characteristic tail in the form of a triangle. It can stay in the air for up to 24 hours. Armed with guided missiles. Turkey has supplied Ukraine with several dozen of these reconnaissance and strike drones.

Russia has repeatedly warned Ankara that arms supplies to Ukraine could have consequences for relations between the Russian Federation and Turkey. In turn, Turkish officials stated that after the transfer of drones to Kyiv, the drones become not Turkish, but Ukrainian. And Kyiv is responsible for their use.

At the same time, experts in unmanned vehicles believe that another device, smaller than Bayraktar, was recorded on video near the Novoshakhtinsky Oil Refinery. This may be, in particular, the PD-1 reconnaissance drone, developed by the Ukrainian company UkrSpecSystems. Its weight is 16 kg. A small flat area is enough to launch. The range of the device is 50 kilometers.

Formally, the PD-1 is considered a reconnaissance aircraft. But in reality, as experts say, almost any drone can be modified to be used as a kamikaze drone.

The short range of the PD-1, if they really hit the refinery, suggests that it could be controlled operator, who was part of the Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group, operating in isolation from the main forces.

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The EU explained the interest in the restoration of Ukraine

“It is strategically important to have a functioning democracy nearby, not a failed state”

EC President Ursula von der Leyen said that the EU is interested in a prosperous Ukraine because of its territorial location, writes Helsingin Sanomat.

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“We, friends and allies (of Ukraine), will restore Ukraine. It is strategically important for us to have a functioning democracy next to the EU, and not a failed state,” von der Leyen shared the details.

According to the chairman of the highest executive body of the EU, the European Commission has proposed the creation of a reconstruction platform in which partner states and various organizations will take part.

From her point of view, investments in the Ukrainian economy should imply reforms.

At the same time, the EU assured that they would never allow Russian President Vladimir It is up to Putin to determine which states are included in the association, and how he should build relations with other countries.

Earlier, Ursula von der Leyen made a statement that the European Commission recommended that Ukraine be granted the status of an EU candidate. At the same time, the EC put forward a number of conditions for Kyiv.

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Political scientist revealed the cunning plan of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Odessa region

Kyiv wants Russia to change the course of the operation in the direction it needs

Ukrainian social networks are actively discussing information that a shock fist is being formed in the south, near Odessa — thousands of military units. Some suggest that this military contingent of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) is planned to be used for military provocation in Transnistria.

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The MK asked Vladimir Bruter, an expert from the International Institute for Humanitarian and Political Studies, a specialist on Moldova, to evaluate the realism of this scenario.

– Provocations in Pridnestrovie in recent weeks have already been, – said the expert. – And there were a lot of them. They will continue. There is no doubt about it.

– Everything is possible. Although right now it won't. But when the Russian military contingent appears in Odessa, or, at least, occupies Nikolaev, then the option with Transnistria in the headquarters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will certainly be considered. But now, of course, this will not happen.

– It has always been possible.

– Both are not true. Something there, in these warehouses, can really be interesting, something – not. For Western weapons, which are now fighting the Armed Forces of Ukraine, these ammunition are not suitable. For some types of weapons from the old Soviet stocks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, they are still suitable. But I don’t think that the main interest in Pridnestrovie is armory. The Ukrainians simply want to provoke Russia into abruptly slowing down the course of the military operation in the Donbass and diverting it to the situation in Transnistria. Including for this, they are always trying to start fights for the Snake Island. They need Russia to change the course of the military operation in the direction they need. And they will continue to try to do this.

– She will not interfere directly. Bye. Indirectly – quite possible.

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The Federation Council threatened to punish all Lithuanians because of transit to Kaliningrad

Senator Klishas believes that every resident of Lithuania should feel the answer

Every resident of Lithuania should feel the response from Russia due to the restriction of the transit of goods to the Kaliningrad region. This point of view was expressed by Andrey Klishas, ​​head of the Federation Council Committee on constitutional legislation and state building.

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&laquo ;Every citizen of Lithuania should feel Russia's retaliatory measures for violating transit obligations. The time for some diplomatic demarches is over. Western sanctions are directed directly against our citizens — the response should be directed against citizens of the European Union and Lithuania, including», — the senator wrote in his Telegram channel.

Earlier, the Lithuanian authorities notified that , that since June 18, the republic has been restricting the transit of goods transported to the Kaliningrad region by rail.

Later, Vilnius announced that similar restrictions were being introduced for goods transported by road.

< p>Lithuania insists that these restrictions are not a unilateral decision of Vilnius, but only the implementation of the sanctions that were imposed by the European Union against the Russian Federation.

The authorities of the Kaliningrad region believe that the restrictions affected a significant part of the goods, which are imported into the region — from 20 to 50 percent of the entire range. Building materials and metals were banned, in particular.

Moscow, in turn, promised at various levels that retaliatory measures would be taken against Lithuania. 

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The EU has prepared a “symbolic” candidate status for Ukraine: it is far from membership

Kyiv will have to sweat a lot because of its European ambitions

The European Union summit opens in Brussels on Thursday, at which Ukraine is expected to be granted the status of an official candidate for EU membership. Despite the fact that European politicians announced the unanimous approval of this step, the West admits that this is a “symbolic”, albeit “strengthening morale” decision for Kyiv.

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EU leaders in Brussels are about to sign a recommendation presented last week by the European Commission, the union's executive body.

Expectations for a positive response rose after four EU leaders, including the French president and German chancellor, who were seen as among the most skeptical about Ukraine's admission to the European Union, visited Kyiv last week. Diplomatic sources told Reuters that after several days of internal discussions in the European Union, there was no opposition among the 27 member states to granting Ukraine the status of a candidate country.

At the same time, the representative of France, which presides over the EU until the end of June, told reporters at a briefing that he was sure that none of the 27 candidates would block the status of the candidacy of Ukraine and Moldova: “We are reaching a consensus. At the moment, I cannot say that all 27 have been agreed, but there is a reasonable hope of quickly reaching an agreement on Ukraine and Moldova in the Council of the EU.

Apparently, granting Kyiv a “candidate degree” is a done deal. As Foreign Minister of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn said on the eve of the meeting with European colleagues, the goal of the ongoing work is to prove that “Ukraine belongs to Europe, that we will also defend the values ​​that Ukraine defends.”

If EU leaders approve Ukraine's request, it will be the first time the bloc has granted candidate status to a country in a state of military conflict. And many officials say it's unrealistic to expect Ukraine's membership bid to move forward until peace is restored to the country.

According to sources, Moldova will also almost certainly receive the status of a candidate, but Georgia was not lucky – European politicians demand that it ensure a way out of the political impasse that has arisen in this Transcaucasian republic.

Despite the earlier concerns of representatives of the northern member states EU that accepting Ukraine, which suffers from widespread corruption, is unrealistic, the Danish foreign minister said he welcomes the granting of candidate status to Kyiv.

A poll released by the European Council on Foreign Relations this week showed that 57% of Europeans supported Ukraine's membership bid. The greatest support was expressed in Poland (70%). And in Germany, France and Italy, support was significantly lower – respectively 48%, 47% and 46%.

But all the enthusiasm that is carefully portrayed both in European capitals and in Kyiv on the eve of the “historic” summit, fades with a clear-cut consideration in Europe: yes, candidate status for Ukraine will mark the EU's strategic shift to the east, yes, this is an expression of solidarity with Ukraine , but it will likely take years for Kyiv to become a member of the pan-European bloc, if it ever does.

Before the Ukrainian conflict, EU membership was not even an option for a country of 41 million people riddled with corruption, admits The Guardian. The EU association agreement with Kyiv describes Ukraine as a “European country that shares a common history and common values”, but does not mention membership.

Awarding a PhD is the first official step towards EU membership, but the path can be long and difficult, and there is no guarantee that a candidate will eventually be accepted into the “club,” Politico stresses. Candidate status does not automatically start accession negotiations – this usually happens later and, again, requires the approval of all EU member states. At the end of last week, European Commission officials made it clear that Ukraine and Moldova have hard work to do before membership talks begin.

And the well-known example of Turkey clearly does not inspire the Kiev leadership. Ankara received candidate status as early as 1999 and began accession negotiations in 2005. But over the years, the application for membership has stalled tightly. Montenegro, which began official negotiations in 2012, has not advanced in 10 years to a full-fledged “registration” in the European home.

According to the procedure, potential EU members enter into negotiations that last for years. Candidate countries must adopt democratic norms and implement reforms to comply with EU rules, regulations and standards in a wide range of areas, including the economy and the rule of law.

Negotiations are grouped into “chapters” for different policy areas, and the candidate can complete the “chapter” only when all EU members agree that the country in question has ticked the required boxes.

When a country is deemed to have closed all chapters, once again all EU governments must sign their consent before that country can be finally admitted to the EU. It is known that some European states have become deeply skeptical about the expansion of the Union and are looking for ways to slow down any steps to add new members.

In some cases, Member States have argued that some new EU countries that met all the criteria on paper did not meet them in practice upon adoption. At least privately, some officials in Europe are wondering if, say, the states of the Western Balkans will ever fulfill the requirements for EU membership.

So it's time for one or another country to join in the EU depends on how quickly the negotiations start and how smoothly they go. And this, in turn, depends on both potential members and national governments of the EU.

Among the countries that joined the EU the fastest were Sweden and Finland. It took them approximately three years from applying to joining the bloc. Some of the new EU members took much longer to go through this process – more than a decade for Romania (11.5 years), Bulgaria (11.1) and Croatia (10.4). Cyprus and Malta (13.8 years) became the “champions” for the longest period between application and admission to the European Union.

However, in any case, the status of the candidate has a great symbolic meaning, because it means “the first seal of approval.” Understanding that the road to the EU, even with such a “seal”, will be long, Kyiv finds interesting France’s proposals to create a “European political community” that unites the EU countries with former (currently the UK) and potential members on security, energy and opportunities for young people.

While a premonition of a holiday in connection with the candidacy reigns in Kyiv, on the eve of the EU summit, a scandal has ripened in the Balkans – countries that have long been jostling in the hallway of the common European house were outraged that they were bypassed by assertive Ukrainians.

And the presence of representatives of Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia at the meeting on integration with the EU raised doubts. All three countries have received candidate status for EU membership, but none have made significant progress in recent years. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama wrote offendedly in a microblog: “It seems that what we will hear at the end will be another “No, sorry!”

North Macedonia received the status of a candidate country in 2005, Serbia – in 2012 and Albania in 2014. Of these three states, only Serbia has started official accession negotiations. And in Skopje and Tirana, whose applications for EU membership are considered “joint”, they are waiting and can not wait for the start of negotiations. The problem lies in the veto by Bulgaria, which has a number of historical and cultural demands on North Macedonia. And to start negotiations on EU membership, unanimity between 27 EU member states is required.

However, North Macedonia, Albania, and Montenegro supported Ukraine's candidacy. But their opinion, however, is optional.

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US explains NATO’s fear of Iskanders

The most modern Russian platform for launching ballistic and cruise missiles

The United States explained the fear of the North Atlantic Alliance of the Russian OTRK 9K720 Iskander. The Russian-made operational-tactical missile system is highly accurate, writes the 19FortyFive portal.

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According to observer Wesley Culp, the Iskander (the 9P78 launcher, capable of carrying two missiles for three people) remains the most modern Russian platform for launching ballistic and cruise missiles.

The target range of the 9M723 quasi-ballistic missile is 500 km, and the circular probable deviation using the homing head does not exceed 5 meters, the author of the publication noted. The missile has the ability to carry a warhead weighing up to 700 kg. Also, the operational-tactical missile system can use R-500 cruise missiles.

Iskander, the development of which began in 1988, and the first test launch is dated 1996, is designed to destroy air defense and missile defense systems, as well as important enemy targets.

It was previously reported that Iskander missiles can carry special elements that allow you to deceive air defense systems.

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The probability of an APU strike deep into Russia by HIMARS systems was estimated

“The chances are great that all missiles will be destroyed on approach”

If Ukraine is supplied with HIMARS MLRS, attempts may be made to strike deep into Russian territory, including Moscow and resort towns. This point of view was voiced by military political scientist Alexander Perendzhiev.

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According to the expert, in If HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems appear near Kyiv, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will indeed be able to strike further into the depths of Russia. The Ukrainian army can hit social, administrative and industrial complexes, Perendzhiev shared his point of view. Although, as he noted, strikes can also be made against crowded places, for example, the resorts of the Kuban.

The political scientist also allowed attempts to strike at Moscow, but added that the capital is well protected, air defense systems will be able to repel all possible attacks.

“The chances are high that all the missiles will be destroyed on approach,” the specialist concluded.

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To attack the oil refinery in Novoshakhtinsk, Ukraine turned Bayraktars into kamikazes

“The Kyiv authorities are deliberately getting rid of drones in order to ask the United States for new ones”

A drone attack from the Ukrainian side led to a fire at the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in the Rostov region this morning. There was no large-scale disaster: the fire area was 50 square meters, and the Ministry of Emergency Situations dealt with it quite quickly. According to preliminary data, there are no victims, but the question remains – how to secure the country's borders from enemy attack drones?

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The incident occurred in the Krasnosulinsky district of the Rostov region, on the 882nd kilometer of the federal highway A-270.

A video of the incident appeared on the Web, which depicted how the UAV purposefully flies to the side factory, and then crashes into an iron support, after which there is a strong explosion. According to media reports, the drone hit the first boiler of the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery.

According to the governor of the Rostov region Vasily Golubev, fragments of two drones were found on the territory of the plant. Presumably, these were Turkish Bayraktars, but there were disagreements among Internet users about the UAV model. Residents of the Rostov region suggest that both a PD-1 and another foreign UAV could have been a ram. Many of them are wondering why the air defense did not work. Yuri Knutov, a well-known military expert and director of the Museum of the Air Defense Forces, answered these questions to Moskovsky Komsomolets.

“This Bayraktar,” the expert believes, “is a fairly simple target, and more than a hundred of them have already been destroyed, including on the ground. Another thing is that to cover all objects, a large number of air defense systems are needed, in particular Pantsir and Tor, and due to their shortage, some objects may be uncovered, and Bayraktars can work more or less successfully on them.

– This is the know-how of Ukraine, which speaks of their despair and that they are unhappy with them. These UAVs performed poorly in Ukraine, and this, by the way, is noted almost everywhere abroad. The losses among the Bayraktars are huge, and they can only perform their tasks where there are no air defense systems.

Now there is such a theory that the Kyiv regime is specifically trying to get rid of the Bayraktars in order for the United States to give them their drones , and things will supposedly go smoothly.

– For example, the American “Predator” significantly exceeds them in range and height, the bomb load is more than a ton. These are weapons of a different class and type.

– In my opinion, even without the Tor and Pantsir systems, it is possible to deploy air defense posts equipped with binoculars and anti-aircraft gunners armed with portable Igla MANPADS, and somewhere even install 23 mm anti-aircraft guns so that they can also fire at kamikazes. The targets are large, the wingspan is like that of a maize plant, so it is quite possible to hit them with MANPADS.

– We track and find such stations, just the other day in Odessa, at the Shkolny airfield, such a station was liquidated management of “Bayraktar”, from where the UAV raided the island of Zmeiny.

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Google dealt another dastardly blow to Russian media

Western propaganda awaits users instead of news

The information war is not only a war of propaganda, fakes and fakes. It's also technology. On June 22, treacherously and without warning, Google dealt another blow to the Russian media. Links to the largest Russian resources have disappeared from the search results, they are not in the recommendations and Google news.

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It is worth recalling that back in March, Google limited the display of Russian government publications on its platforms and in the recommendations of its services. The company's president of global relations, Kent Walker, said at the time that this was done to “derail disinformation campaigns online.” However, what is considered disinformation in the West is actually a reflection of the real state of affairs during the Ukrainian crisis. It simply does not fit into the anti-Russian agenda and the Western picture of the world.

Obviously, the reality that does not suit our geopolitical opponents is reflected not only in propaganda or government resources, but in general in Russian media that respect themselves and their audience. That is why the blow was struck.

Its scale has yet to be assessed – many colleagues from many publications write that links to their resources have disappeared. For the media, this means a decrease in the size of the audience, and hence the deterioration of the financial situation. For readers, this means that they will have difficulty finding information.

“Of course, we are working not only to reduce the availability of false information, but also to make reliable and reliable information easily accessible,” Walker said in a statement. However, now in the search results of the “Russian” Google, links are displayed either to domestic entertainment resources, or to Ukrainian, or openly anti-Russian “liberal” publications, most of which are recognized by foreign agents.

The state succeeds in butting heads with the IT giant not really – the time when it was necessary to bring Google to its senses and force it to comply with Russian laws, alas, was lost. Having received huge fines, Google simply declared bankruptcy of its Russian division and curtailed its activities here. The Google.News service, blocked by Roskomnadzor for anti-Russian activity, opens perfectly.

Now Google.News is full of Ukrainian and anti-Russian publications. Now the same thing is happening in the usual search engine. And in order to preserve mental health, it is better to forget the phrase “google”.

How the state will get out of the stalemate is not yet very clear. However, it is obvious that the media now need the support of domestic platforms like air.

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Military expert explained how Russia can protect the borders from the Armed Forces of Ukraine

A retaliatory strike should cause much more damage to the enemy

On the morning of June 22, the media reported a fire at the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery (refinery) in the Rostov region, which, presumably, was due to strikes two Ukrainian drones. Military expert, senior researcher at the Academy of Military Sciences Vladimir Prokhvatilov named several main ways how Russia could protect its borders from attacks by the Armed Forces of Ukraine and drones.

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In an interview with NEWS.ru, Prokhvatilov said that Russia needs to increase the number of border troops, and also noted that they should be allowed to raid enemy territory to destroy firing points and push back troops the enemy from the borders at such a distance that they could not even carry out shelling from the ground.

As for drones, according to a military expert, their effectiveness is significantly reduced when the objects are protected, and combat objects are simply masked . Prokhvatilov stressed that it is impossible to disguise the refinery, so such strategic facilities must be provided with a strong air defense system.

In addition, the specialist believes that Russia should start striking at the administrative centers of Kyiv. Prokhvatilov explains this by saying that a retaliatory strike should inflict much more damage on the enemy so that it would be unprofitable for him to hit Russian territory. Bayraktars” in kamikaze

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Escaped prisoner of “Azot” told about what is happening at the plant

Our special correspondent reports from the special operation zone

The military of the Luhansk People's Republic, with the support of Russian forces, took control of the village of Metelkino, which is located southeast of Severodonetsk. The MK correspondent was one of the first to visit the liberated village and found out what its inhabitants had to endure.

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The village of Metelkino is located just five kilometers from Severodonetsk. The shelling of the city that began in late February did not bypass it. There are no surviving houses, almost all residents left their homes and evacuated. Who is on the side of the Luhansk People's Republic, who is on the side of Ukraine.

Despite the fact that, according to the military, there are now 7-8 people left here, we were able to find only one. The rest of the people are so frightened that they simply do not leave their houses.

Gennady's house, as well as the neighbors' houses, is all dotted with fragments. The window panes are broken, the door is warped. The fence, which once encloses the territory of the dwelling, is scattered on the ground with tin sheets.

Gennady worked all his life in Severodonetsk at the Azot chemical plant. On June 1, he himself came to the territory of the plant, but he could not go back. So the man was taken hostage by the Ukrainian armed formations, who settled in the plant's bomb shelters.

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—Very tense, – the interlocutor admits. “People were crying in fear all the time. There was no food, there was practically no drinking water.

– The shelter was not to say that it was full, about 22 people. The shelter itself is large, it was built during the Soviet Union. You yourself know the scale of what they were then.

When asked if Ukrainian servicemen provided at least some support to civilians who found themselves in a hopeless situation, Gennady replies that the Armed Forces of Ukraine were simply indifferent to the civilian population.

– They did not treat us in any way, they went about their business. The military did not offer food or medicine to civilians.

– Until June 1, despite the shelling, I went to work. I didn’t want to hide in a bomb shelter, I delayed it to the last. Then it became very noisy, they were shooting incessantly, so I decided to go for cover.

According to the interlocutor, he, as an employee of the plant, knew the scheme of shelters from the very beginning. Using the water supply map, I cut off the water supply in a number of premises where it was necessary. On the contrary, I turned it on where necessary.

— There were two wells at the plant, we switched them to generators and pumped water ourselves for some time.

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“No way,” the man admits. – As soon as heavy shelling began, the water supply stopped. There was simply no one to service the generator. Most of the Ukrainian military, while there was an opportunity, left the city in the direction of Lysichansk. This I saw with my own eyes. From the first day they massively began to leave the territory of the plant. Only the Nazis and foreigners remained.

– The evacuation to the other side was only at the very beginning, as soon as the connection was lost, the issue of evacuation was no longer raised. No one knew that a few days ago there was an agreement on a “green” corridor to the territory of the LPR.

Gennady said that for the past two months, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been constantly on the territory of the plant. They went in, they went out. Shooting regularly. A howitzer was located outside the plant, which fired at the peaceful areas of Severodonetsk. About ten days ago, Ukrainian troops brought equipment to Azot.

– Howitzers fired, Rapira cannons, there were two tanks on the territory, Cossack drove (Ukrainian armored personnel carrier – “MK”). The military communications antenna of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was on the largest pipe there, and they controlled it.

— I saw what was happening at Azovstal when people tried to leave from there. I didn’t want to repeat it, but it wasn’t safe to be there either. So I just plucked up the courage and decided – come what may.

I'm lucky to be local. At the exit from the territory of the plant, the Ukrainian military stopped me, began to check my documents and asked where I was going. I said that I live nearby and I want to run home for things. They consulted, twisted my documents and eventually allowed me to leave. I think I'm just lucky. These were probably the remaining Veseushniks, because the Nazis would most likely have shot them on the spot.

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— “Aidar” was mainly located in Severodonetsk. There they committed atrocities, anyone will tell you about it. We rarely have.

Before the shelling began, they stood in the village for several days. They were not engaged in assault, but we heard constant insults from them. They went into any yard: “Why are you sitting here, waiting for the Russian world?” – and away we go. They themselves spoke some in Russian, some in Ukrainian, but they demanded that we only answer in “movie”.

—Nope. They “bombed” the stores, there was enough good. And what should we take? – Gennady spreads his hands.

When asked what he personally thinks about the change of power, the interlocutor answers with caution.

—What do I think? Just a couple of days since we were released. The LPR guys seem to be good, they helped with products. And what kind of “new power” it is, it will be seen further.

Metelkino, LPR.

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Biden promised Russia and Europe a terrible survival game

It will be hungry, cold and uncomfortable

Now this is for a long time. Do you feel it? You don’t even have to explain what is hidden behind the word “this” – it’s vague for everyone, but understandable. It becomes even clearer after the words of Joe Biden: “What I really think is that at some stage this will turn into a waiting game to a certain extent – in terms of what the Russians can endure and what Europe will be ready to endure.”< /p>

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Let's start at the end of the sentence. There's not a word about America. An experienced politician Biden speaks about Europe, removing the United States from the list of those who will have to “endure” in advance. Yes, America is having a hard time – exorbitant gas prices, problems with baby food, bidenflation (no matter how they tried to call inflation in the United States Putin's – nothing happened, it did not take root). But resisting, enduring, surviving – Biden assigned this role to Europe in the confrontation with Russia. Comfortable. Good move.

It is clear that the hot phase of the crisis will end the way Russia wants it to. But it is naive to think that the crisis will also end there – balloons and white doves will fly into the blue sky, and all the people on the planet will begin to hug and, smiling embarrassedly, say to each other: “Well, somehow we parted ways. too, let's be friends.”

“Yes, it will be a protracted crisis, we will never trust the West again,” said Dmitry Peskov, the presidential press secretary.

In fact, the point is not even trust. And in the global divergence of the worlds.

Here we have a single carrot, and we eat it. We just eat – and everything is prescribed by nature. And they have a carriage of carrots. And another wagon, and another. There is nowhere to put it, there is an excess, and at some stage they inevitably begin to put this carrot where they shouldn’t. And then they begin to suffer: is it convenient for carrots there? And how to make it comfortable for her and no one discriminates against her? And for those who discriminate, begin to doubt the correctness of eating carrots, there is a culture of cancellation. And everything would be fine, but the cult of sticking carrots becomes a religion, and therefore the only true way of life.

Soviet propaganda has long guessed about the decaying consumer society. Not materially decaying, but in a completely different way. It is here that the division of the worlds takes place: between putting your “I” in the center of the world and “love your neighbor as yourself.”

There will be no mutual understanding. At best, it will come when there will be only one carrot in the West for many years. It will be hungry, cold and uncomfortable. That is what they will have to endure and endure. Biden spoke about this game of waiting “in terms of what the Russians can endure and what Europe will be ready to endure.”

The only surprise is his complete misunderstanding of a simple fact. This game has already been lost by Europe. We live with a single carrot for generations. We are no strangers.

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Military expert Khodarenok named the place for launching drones at the Novoshakhtinsk refinery

An expert suggested intensifying the fight against saboteurs

In social networks, they continue to discuss the attack on the Russian Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in the Rostov region. Despite the fact that there were no casualties and great destruction, the very fact of the arrival of Ukrainian drones on Russian territory is an alarming phenomenon.

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According to military expert Mikhail Khodarenko, the strikes of the armed forces of Ukraine (AFU) on Russian territory are more like PR campaigns. “These pinpricks are really only painful in terms of public perception,” he wrote on Telegram. The purpose of such sorties is to show that “Ukraine is capable of snapping back.”

According to the expert, the type of drones used to strike the refinery has not yet been precisely established. He suggested that this is either a small Ukrainian device PD-1, or a modified Chinese Skyeye 4450 drone, which is on sale. Both could have been filled with explosives and used at the refinery, the expert points out.

At the same time, according to him, both drones are small and have a limited range, which means that they could hardly have been launched from the territory controlled by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

“Most likely, (the device) was used from the DPR or LPR, in a short distance from the refinery, by a Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group,” Khodarenok believes. He also did not rule out that the saboteurs could have launched the drone from the territory of Russia.

Based on this, the military expert proposed protective measures. Firstly, “to provide all key objects of interest for the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the border areas of the Russian Federation with drone protection systems.” For this, the Pantsir anti-aircraft missile and gun systems, as well as electronic warfare stations and anti-aircraft artillery, are suitable. According to him, this “will reduce the likelihood of recurrence of incidents to a minimum.”

In addition, he believes, it is necessary to step up efforts to combat enemy sabotage and reconnaissance groups. “Underestimation of the enemy must be completely excluded. We are confronted by the Mi-6 (British intelligence – “MK”) and the CIA (USA), and not just Ukrainian services,” the expert concluded.

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Anniversary of outstanding jet aircraft tester Fedotov to be celebrated in Zhukovsky

The pilot who put the MiG-25 alcohol-carrying aircraft on the wing did not drink or smoke

In the city of aviators Zhukovsky, on June 23, solemn events dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the birth of the Hero of the Soviet Union will be held , Honored Test Pilot of the USSR, Major General of Aviation Alexander Vasilievich Fedotov. He rightfully takes a place of honor among such aces as Valery Chkalov, Mikhail Gromov, Alexander Pokryshkin.

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It is enough to get acquainted with the list of aircraft, which he “put on the wing”, that is, he made the first flight on them, in order to appreciate Fedotov's merits in the history of domestic aviation. For a long time he worked in the company of Artem Ivanovich Mikoyan, including the chief pilot.

Fedotov was the first to take to the skies the SM-9/3T, E-8/2, E-150, MiG-23, MiG-23S, MiG-23M, MiG-23B, MiG-25R, MiG-25RU, MiG-29, MiG-31. The Design Bureau appreciated that Fedotov rarely put himself and the plane in emergency conditions, and when he got into such, he always kept his composure and skill, found the right solution and saved the plane.

In total, during his flight biography, Alexander Fedotov mastered and tested 114 types of aircraft for various purposes. He made 8998 flights. The total flight time is 4818 hours 11 minutes, that is, during his life he spent 200 days in the air.

Fedotov has 18 world aviation records, some of which have not yet been surpassed by anyone.

< p>Alexander Vasilyevich died on April 4, 1984, together with test navigator V.S. Zaitsev. They tested the MiG-31 fighter-interceptor. These aircraft are still in service with the Russian Air Force. They became carriers of the Kinzhal hypersonic missiles.

Here is what the representative of the Mikoyan Design Bureau, the son of the famous designer Ovanes Artemovich Mikoyan, told MK about Fedotov in a blitz interview.

– I consider him the most outstanding pilot of the beginning of the era of combat jet aviation. Not its very beginning, but a very important stage. He made the greatest contribution to its development. He owns many records.

– I know that he did not drink or smoke. Every year, test pilots of our company came to our country house. My mother invited them on August 5, the birthday of Artem Ivanovich Mikoyan, the general designer, for whom they all worked. They made barbecue, drank a glass of wine, played football, volleyball. The atmosphere was friendly, almost family.

– Once I know for sure that I ejected. In general, I know only one pilot who has never ejected, and in general has never jumped with a parachute. This is Stepan Anastasovich Mikoyan. When he was in flight school, they had a parachute jump scheduled for June 23, 1941. But it didn't work out. So he never spoke with a parachute. Nevertheless, he worked as a test pilot for decades.

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“Boyfriends were called suitors”: Matvienko instructed to prepare a law banning anglicisms

A foreign language is my enemy

The ideological conflict with the West has accelerated the language reform, which the Russian authorities have long been craving for. The Federation Council, following the State Duma, spoke in favor of the legislative regulation of the use of anglicisms in the Russian language. “Our responsibility is to preserve the language of Pushkin, the language that we are proud of, and stop all these new trends that are absolutely inappropriate,” Valentina Matviyenko said at a meeting of the chamber. Previously, attempts to introduce such restrictions were considered ineffective (Dmitry Medvedev, in particular, publicly stated this), but now everything (including Medvedev) has changed.

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The conversation about Anglicisms at the next meeting of the Federation Council came at the suggestion of the senator from the Crimea, Sergei Tsekov. He said that at the beginning of June, the international festival “The Great Russian Word” was held in the republic, one of the topics of which was the dominance of foreign words. “Their voluntary or involuntary use humiliates the Russian language,” Tsekov said. He invited the senators to develop measures to eliminate “this shameful phenomenon in our lives.” Even before the meeting, Tsekov handed out to his colleagues a collection of options with which the borrowed words should be replaced. For example, instead of “gadget”, Russians are invited to say “digital device”, instead of “low-cost airline” – “carrier with cheaper tickets”, instead of “wow” – “cheers” or “ah”.

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The poetic part of the brochure attracted the attention of Valentina Matvienko, and she read with feeling: “In nostalgic sadness, we recall how boyfriends were called suitors, instead of casting, our mothers held bridesmaids, and not exchanges, but men gave flowers to girls. The party was the party, the improvement was the upgrade. Maybe we still have enough Russians to offend people? According to the head of the Federation Council, “everything is written correctly” in the brochure: one must speak Russian, and now Anglicisms are abused even in power structures. “Here is the “cashback” as it was, it is, it’s all pronounced at the government level,” she complained. “There are analogues in Russian, why are we grasping at these borrowings?”

It should be noted that this is not the first time Matvienko has been indignant at cashbacks. Last winter, she reprimanded the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, for using this and other anglicisms. However, the matter did not go further than criticism. But now the situation has changed dramatically. Matviyenko said that the problem “should be looked at at the legislative level.” According to her, the corresponding instruction will be given to the committee of the Federation Council on science, education and culture. “We must stop these new trends, which are absolutely inappropriate in relation to the Russian language,” the speaker emphasized, noting that there are similar restrictions, in particular in France, where the authorities do not allow foreign innovations to clog the language.

The language reform is advocated not only in the Federation Council, but also in the State Duma, where a bill has already been developed to ban advertising (and other) signs in foreign languages. “In Russia, all signs must be written in Russian, and for tourists (and those who feel like a tourist in Russia), you can place a translation in small letters,” said Vice Speaker Pyotr Tolstoy. According to him, entrepreneurs will be given time to replace, and those who do not want to engage in Russification of brands will be forced. “Freedom of business today should not run counter to national interests,” the deputy emphasizes. In 2013, the LDPR, headed by the late Vladimir Zhirinovsky, proposed to punish the use of anglicisms with fines. Now these proposals may well be used as basic in the preparation of amendments to the Federal Law “On the state language of the Russian Federation.”

It is worth noting that 10 years ago the situation was exactly the opposite. Dmitry Medvedev, as president, said that “attempts to replace anglicisms with some Russian words will have no effect.” “We will simply be recorded in a well-known category of Internet residents – I will not name it, and we will remain there. Therefore, you need to be modern in this sense, but not stupid, ”Medvedev explained to members of the Public Chamber in 2011. Many officials have the habit of using anglicisms to this day, not only Denis Manturov, but almost all ministers of the economic bloc sin with this. And this is quite understandable from the point of view of linguists: the financial sector, the foundations of which were invented abroad, is one of the main sources of English borrowings. But the head of the Cabinet, Mikhail Mishustin, once criticized an interlocutor who used the word “workshop” in his presence. “The Russian name for the workshop is a seminar. It seems to me that it is more sonorous and more tunes in to fundamental research,” the prime minister said, noting that he advocates that “English terms should not cover Russian ones.”

As for Vladimir Putin, he almost never uses foreign words in his speeches, but until recently he was quite tolerant of this phenomenon. “Vladimir Volfovich, I draw your attention to the fact that you yourself used the word “lockdown”. So life makes you,” – this is how the president reacted last year to Zhirinovsky’s demand to ban Anglicisms. Earlier, Putin said that the abuse of foreign terms is an attempt to raise one's importance in the eyes of interlocutors. However, now his opinion regarding Anglicisms may have changed.

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Latin American leaders gave Biden a scandal

The Divided Countries of America

Dissatisfaction with US claims to hegemony in the world is typical not only for our latitudes, but also for our neighbors on the continent. This is evidenced by the results of the meeting of the heads of state and government of the Western Hemisphere, which took place in Los Angeles from June 6 to 10. Such high-level meetings, or summits, are convened regularly under the auspices of the Organization of American States (OAS), created in 1948. The first list was initiated by Bill Clinton in 1994 in Miami. They have not been held in the US since.

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This time the host was Joe Biden. For him, this was an extremely important event, because he intends to put an end to the discriminatory course of his predecessor Donald Trump in relation to his southern neighbors. The theme of the ninth summit was “Building a Sustainable and Equitable Future for the Western Hemisphere”. In addition to officials, leaders of civil society and business organizations were present. It was supposed to discuss in detail the issues of health, climate, environmental protection, economic and trade relations, the aggravated problem of migration from Central America.

But on the eve of the meeting, a scandal erupted, the echo of which has not subsided to this day. The reason was the lack of invitations to the leaders of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, due to the systematic violation of human rights in these countries. Brian Nichols, Undersecretary of State for Latin America, tried to explain this circumstance, considering observance of democracy as a prerequisite for participation in the summit.

However, he did not find understanding. There was a boycott of the event. Argentine President Alberto Fernandez, interim chairman of the Commonwealth of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), protested strongly. Andres Manuel López Obrador, President of Mexico, stressed that in the absence of these countries he would not come himself, but would send Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard. Venezuelan colleague Carlos Faria thanked the Mexican for his firm position. A similar opinion was shared by the Organization of the Caribbean Commonwealth of Nations.

The Commission on Foreign Affairs of the Cuban Parliament considered it an aggressive act to refuse to invite the country, despite participating in meetings in Lima and Panama in 2015 and 2018. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile joined these demands, although she emphasized that everyone knows “Chile's position on the violation of human rights in a number of countries.” For other reasons, the Brazilian Jair Bolsonaro joined the protests, holding a grudge against the American leader for persistent requests to strengthen the opposition to the pandemic.

Daniel Ortega, the head of Nicaragua, elected for another five-year term, said he was not interested in the summit. It is preferable to act within the framework of CELAC, where there is no US. His point of view was shared by Miguel Diaz-Canel, President of Cuba, who assured that he would not come to the event under any circumstances. He stressed that the country is successfully developing in the conditions of the blockade started by the northern neighbor.

Luis Arce, head of Bolivia, said that the refusal to invite sovereign countries shows that the leader, advocating for democracy in words, in fact ignores those who prefer to go their own way. Guatemalan President Alejandro Giamatti doubted his presence. Chilean leader Gabriel Boric said that exclusion is not a way to solve problems.

This kind of passion has never flared up around a meeting.

In an attempt to defuse the situation, a representative delegation visited Mexico on May 18 to discuss the situation. Speaking with ex-Senator Christopher Dodd, appointed special adviser to the summit, the Mexican president said: “I dream that the summit will open a new period in the history of relations, will help bring our peoples closer together, and Joe Biden can play an important role in this. ”.

To be present or not – a sharp controversy flared up around the fundamental issue. Arguments for and against were put forward. But most experts leaned towards the first option. It was believed that a chance should be given to the president, who continues the course of Barack Obama regarding the region, in particular Cuba, who restored diplomatic relations and personally visited Havana.

According to analyst Thomas Lopez, in order to achieve success in the negotiations, the parties had to make certain concessions. He was confident that Biden would not give up his support for opposition leader Juan Guaidó.

On May 23, the US authorities, indirectly reacting to the boycott, released an ornate formula, saying that they were thinking about a way to adequately represent Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua in the forum. In the meantime, these and other countries participated in the 21st summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, held in Havana on May 27.

Many Latin American experts considered that the refusal to invite countries was the administration's biggest strategic miscalculation.

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15 deputies of the Lower House of Congress, all Democrats on May 25 turned to the head of state with a letter. It contained a request to reconsider the decision. According to parliamentarians, it undermines the prestige of the United States in the Western Hemisphere and around the world.

But the summit passed and ended without the personal participation of the heads of state of a number of countries. The US pledged to invest $2 billion to curb migration from Central America. This was informed by Vice President Kamala Harris. Head Mauricio Claver Corone said that “the continent is capable of becoming a sea of ​​peace, turning into a supplier of manufactory for Asia and food for Europe.” We discussed the problem of more active participation of women in all areas of life. A project arose to create a sanitary corps to train 500,000 highly qualified doctors capable of successfully treating serious diseases. On the final day, 20 countries signed a Declaration containing specific measures to streamline migration. The US intends to accept 20,000 refugees within 2 years. So Biden tried to fulfill the promises made to his neighbors.

But the bitter aftertaste remained. The American leader intended to invite everyone, but, according to the Mexican president, he could not resist the pressure of the Republican lobby and influential Cuban immigrants.

It is a paradox: compared to previous meetings, the summit was less representative in terms of the number of top officials, but it turned out to be richer in terms of the number of discussed issues that concern the public of the region. The Chinese news agency claimed: “The final nail has been driven into the coffin of an obsolete system.” The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico believed that it was time to radically reform the OAS, bring it into line with reality. And he initiated the creation of a commission to prepare proposals.

In turn, Maduro put forward the idea of ​​convening CELAC with Biden's invitation. With such a request, he addressed the interim chairman of the Commonwealth, emphasizing: “We were not invited to Los Angeles, we are ready to meet on our territory.”

After the meeting, the American president continues to reflect on the results. It cannot be ruled out that in the future it may accept such an invitation. Juan González, adviser for Latin America, spoke about this possibility. Joe Biden knows the region well. From 2009 to 2017, he visited these states 16 times.

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