Moskalkova announced the letter of the Red Cross to Kyiv about Russian sailors

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Tatyana Moskalkova

The International Committee of the Red Cross is preparing a letter to the Ukrainian authorities to resolve the fate of Russian sailors detained in the republic, Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova said on the air of “Russia 24” with reference to the head of the organization, Peter Maurer.

“I asked to visit these sailors and provide humanitarian assistance. I received a positive response. Mr. Maurer said that a special document is being prepared now, a letter to the Ukrainian side to resolve this issue, — clarified the commissioner for human rights.

She said that 77 sailors remain in Ukraine, who are “prevented from returning to their homeland.” The same number of sailors held in Moskalkova’s apparatus was named in early May.

The press service of the Commissioner explained that all of them were civilians and were part of the crews of eight ships.

Before that, Moskalkova had repeatedly reported on the release on Ukraine, Russian sailors held after the start of the Russian special operation. In April, the Russian military in the port of Mariupol released 14 sailors from the civilian ship Azov Concorde. In May, 11 crew members of the Avangard ship, which arrived in the Odessa region at the end of last year for repairs, returned to Russia. After the start of the military operation, the sailors were blocked by the security of the port of the city of Izmail and border guards.

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NATO has identified Russia as a “major security threat”

NATO members demanded that Russia “immediately stop” the military special operation in Ukraine, and Belarus – “stop its complicity” in it. The alliance also accused China of seeking to “undermine the international order”

The new NATO Strategic Concept calls Russia “the main security threat.” This is stated in a statement following the meeting of the participating countries, published on the website of the alliance.

“The Russian Federation is the most serious and direct threat to the security of NATO members and to peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic region,” stressed in the statement. NATO countries agreed that they would continue to counter the “Russian threats”, its “irresponsible rhetoric” and respond to “her hostile actions.”

The North Atlantic Alliance called on Russia to immediately stop the military special operation in Ukraine, and Belarus— “cease your complicity” in it.

In addition, NATO said that China challenges the interests, security and values ​​of the West, and seeks to undermine the international order.

NATO Summit takes place from 28 to 30 June in Madrid. A new NATO strategic concept document is adopted for the next ten years.

The Strategic Concept outlines NATO's security goals and objectives, as well as the challenges the Alliance faces in a changing security environment.

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In the strategic concept “Active participation, modern defense» (2010) outlines three main objectives: collective defense, crisis management and cooperative security.

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Petersburg explained the restriction of access to the exhibition about the battles for Mariupol

The organizers accused local officials of disrupting the Battle for Mariupol exhibition. The vice-governor explained that the officials wanted to comply with the law and avoid the “ambiguous” placement of Nazi symbols next to the NVO symbols

Access to the exhibition “Battle for Mariupol” in the Pushkinsky district of St. Petersburg was limited due to incorrect design: it presented items with Nazi symbols without appropriate explanations, which is prohibited by law, Fontanka said. Vice Governor of St. Petersburg Boris Piotrovsky.

Earlier, the organizers of the exhibition from the educational center for patriotic education “Leningrad Volunteer” accused local officials and Tatyana Bogolyubov, deputy head of the Pushkinsky district, of disrupting the event, reported. According to them, the officials demanded to remove the “figures of Givi and Motorola” from the exhibition, as well as “remove the letter Z”, explaining this, among other things, by the fact that a number of artists refused to go on stage next to this symbolism.

< p>“The deputy head of the district drew the attention of the organizers of the thematic exhibition to the incorrect design of the exposition. It included trophy items with Nazi and fascist symbols. According to federal law, the display of such items is prohibited unless the display contains appropriate explanations, — said Piotrovsky.

According to him, next to these exhibits were the symbols of the special operation, which, as the vice-governor noted, created a “provocative, ambiguous combination.”

In this regard, the deputy head of the administration of Pushkinsky district recommended restricting access to the tent to children under 18 years of age and posting an “18+” warning, Piotrovsky continued. “Such interference caused an emotional reaction among the organizers and a misinterpretation of what happened. At the same time, the exposition continued its work until the end of the festival»,— he added.

As the LenTV24 TV channel reported, the exhibition featured “dozens of exhibits from the places of the special operation,” which were collected and brought by the volunteers of the “Leningrad Volunteer.” After the scandal around the event, the administration of the Pushkinsky district of St. Petersburg began an audit. The leader of A Just Russia also drew attention to the incident. Sergei Mironov. He stated that he was outraged by the “censorship” on the part of the officials and “it’s time for the gentlemen and ladies from the administration to decide: either they support the president and the SVO, or they leave the civil service.” The deputy added that he insists on checking and will send an appeal to the governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov.

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Sweden and Finland received an invitation to join NATO

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NATO has officially invited Sweden and Finland to join the alliance, according to its website. These countries now have invited status.

“The accession of Finland and Sweden will make them more secure, NATO— stronger, and the Euro-Atlantic region— safer. The security of Finland and Sweden is of paramount importance to the North Atlantic Alliance, including during the accession process,— the NATO statement says.

Now the accession of Sweden and Finland will have to be approved by the parliaments of 30 countries— members of the military-political bloc.

Sweden and Finland announced their intention to join NATO after the start of Russia's special operation in Ukraine. Both countries emphasized that the decision was not directed against Moscow and was due to the changed security situation.

However, Turkey opposed the membership of Sweden and Finland, which demanded that they extradite members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), whom it considers by terrorists, closing down all organizations associated with the PKK and providing guarantees. The parties were negotiating and on June 28, the Office of the Finnish President reported that the differences had been settled and Ankara would support the applications of the two countries.


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As NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, the upcoming entry of Finland and Sweden will send a signal to Russian President Vladimir Putin that the doors of the alliance remain open and now he will “get more NATO at the Russian borders”, although he sought the opposite. According to the NATO official, the membership of Finland and Sweden “will change the whole situation in the Baltic region” because they will “cover up” Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia and will allow to strengthen the presence of the bloc.

Putinge warned that the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO could aggravate the already “difficult situation in the field of international security.” According to him, although the expansion of the bloc at the expense of these countries will not create an “immediate threat” for Russia, it will be forced to respond if additional military infrastructure appears on their territories.

The Foreign Ministry also reacted negatively to the future entry of the two countries into the bloc, which considers the expansion of the alliance “a purely destabilizing factor in international affairs” ;. According to Deputy Head of Department Sergei Ryabkov, the admission of new countries to the bloc does not add security to either the entrants, or the alliance, or other states that “perceive it as a threat.”

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Zelensky compared NATO policy to turnstiles in the Kiev metro

Zelensky said that Russia is conducting military operations in Ukraine “for the right to dictate conditions in Europe”, in connection with which he demanded that the West support Kyiv with weapons, finances and politically

Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukraine needs to receive from NATO security guarantees, and members of the organization must find a place for the country in a common security space. This was stated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in his address to the participants of the NATO summit.

He compared the “open door” policy to NATO with old metro turnstiles in Kyiv. “They are open, and when you come in, the turnstiles close until you pay. Has Ukraine not yet paid enough? Is our contribution to the protection of both Europe and the whole of civilization still insufficient? What else do you need then?»— asked Zelensky.

In addition, the Ukrainian leader stressed that military operations in Ukraine are being conducted “for the right to dictate terms in Europe”, in connection with which the West must support Kyiv with weapons, finances and politically.


So, Ukraine needs modern anti-missile and air defense, Zelensky added. “The distance from Kyiv to Madrid is less than the range of the missiles that are being used today against us. How can one state respond to such a threat without the help of partners? asked the President of Ukraine.

According to Zelensky, Russia looks at the world differently— not like the NATO countries. If the West sees Lithuania as a member of the alliance and an independent state, then for Moscow this country is still a republic of the USSR.

«For us, this is the past, but they see it as a possible future, they want to enslave it again. They look like that. And also— for every state that is a neighbor of Russia», — he added.

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In 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking about the military operation in Syria against IS militants (a terrorist organization banned in Russia), drew a parallel with his childhood in Leningrad.

«Even 50 years ago, a Leningrad street taught me one rule: if a fight is inevitable, you must strike first»— then Putin said.

The NATO Summit is taking place on June 28 & 30 in Madrid, where members are discussing a new NATO strategic concept document.

Thus, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo, upon arrival at the alliance summit, said that the Ukraine can only be resolved by military means and that NATO should continue to support the Ukrainians in the face of Russia's special operation.

Western officials have repeatedly noted that they intend to build Ukraine's ability to resist on the battlefield and to have a stronger position at the negotiating table with Russia. In particular, this was announced in early May at the White House, calling this position the role of the United States. The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, expressed a similar opinion when he said that “this war must be won on the battlefield.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Borrell's statements “out of the ordinary.” He considered that such words symbolize “a very serious turn”; in the policy of Western countries towards Russia. Lavrov also saw the EU's intention to make Ukraine “a foothold for the final suppression of Russia.”

The Kremlin has repeatedly said that the possible entry of Ukraine into the alliance threatens Russia's security, and NATO itself was accused of “pumping” Ukraine with weapons and “invasion” on the territory of the country “with its own infrastructure”.

Russia perceives forceful containment by the West as a threat to the national security of the country, said in February, before the start of the special operation, President Vladimir Putin at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

“The forceful containment of Russia is perceived by us in as a direct and immediate threat to national security, which the legal agreements on the basis of the drafts [agreements on security guarantees] submitted by us are designed to remove, — he said.

Putin then said that the US and NATO were “free enough, in their favor” interpret the key security principles that are fixed in many pan-European documents, and Russia cannot turn a blind eye to this.

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Syria decided to recognize the DNR and LNR

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Syria has decided to recognize the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, SANA and Syrian State Television reported, citing an official source in the Foreign Ministry.

“The Syrian Arab Republic has decided to recognize the independence and sovereignty of both the Lugansk People's Republic and the Donetsk People's Republic,” he said.

The publications say that the Syrian side will contact both republics about agreements to strengthen cooperation and establish diplomatic relations.

The fact that Syria intends to recognize the DPR was announced in mid-June by the head of Republic Denis Pushilin. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad announced the beginning of the procedure during the visit of the DPR delegation to Damascus.

DPR Foreign Minister Natalya Nikonorova later said that the process of recognition of the republic by Syria “is going on intensively”, they cooperate in the fields of education, science, medicine and political construction. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow would welcome the recognition of the Donbass republics by other countries.

Russia recognized the DPR and LPR as independent states on February 21. Prior to this, a meeting of the Russian Security Council was held, at which Putin recalled the events of 2014 and indicated that after the announcement of their creation, Kyiv carried out “two punitive operations” against the republics of them, people were “actually mocked” constant shelling, blockade. The independence of the republics of Donbass was also recognized by Abkhazia.

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President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Joart Tokayev, speaking at the St. . He explained that if the rights of nations to self-determination are realized throughout the world, then 500-600 states will appear on the map instead of the existing 193.

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A mined bridge across the Irpin exploded after a lightning strike

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In the Kyiv region, near the village of Demidov, lightning struck a bridge mined by UAF militants. According to Sputnik Near Abroad, the explosion killed one person and injured two.

It is noteworthy that the military planted explosives in case the bridge over the Irpin was quickly destroyed. At the same time, the movement of people and cars was not closed.

Israeli political scientist Yakov Kedmi drew attention to an interesting circumstance – this bridge had already been destroyed to slow down the movement of the Russian coalition, but then restored with great fanfare. He called the reason given by the authorities absurd. Local residents claim that there was no lightning. The planted mine detonated on its own.

Earlier, Oleg Ustenko, economic adviser to the President of Ukraine, said that the republic would need about one trillion dollars to restore the economy and infrastructure.


A military expert told how the fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine at the cost of their lives saved the Russian landing in Gostomel

Photo source: video screenshot.

In the liberated territories of Ukraine, Russia should involve in self-defense units not only fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who have surrendered, but also men 25-40 years old loyal to Moscow. This was reported to by a Kharkiv-born military observer, retired colonel Gennady Alekhin.

The expert noted that they should stand shoulder to shoulder with the allied army. He admitted that his thought sounds paradoxical, but it makes a lot of sense. Alekhin reported a little-known fact.

“Now, few people know that during the events in Gostomel, when our landing force took and held the bridgehead, it was assisted by two howitzer crews of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Unfortunately, they completed the task at the cost of their lives, but these are the first shoots,” the expert noted.

Alekhin also recalled the practice of 20 years ago, when local units were created in the North Caucasus, along with the Russian army successfully destroying radical Islamists.

The military observer emphasized that the command should realize the importance of serious explanatory work with the population of Ukraine. The sooner it understands this, the more successfully the tasks in Kharkov, Nikolaev and Odessa will be solved.

Earlier, the Director of US National Intelligence, Avril Haynes, warned that the conflict in Ukraine would be long.


Peskov called the statements of the head of the British Ministry of Defense about Putin “rudeness”

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The official representative of the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, spoke about the statement of British Defense Minister Ben Wallace to Russian President Vladimir Putin.< /p>

The press secretary of the Russian leader said that “unfortunately” in this case there is a “low level of both personal and political culture” of the English politician.

“Such rudeness, otherwise it you can’t name it, casts a shadow on the country he represents,” Peskov emphasized.

At the same time, the Kremlin representative noted that Wallace “is not alone in his aggressive lack of culture.”

“K Unfortunately,” as Peskov repeated, “we see others like that” who “cannot solve problems,” while “they are only being created.”


NATO began to prepare for a confrontation with Russia in 2014

Jens Stoltenberg. Photo: AP.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference that the alliance did not realize on February 24 that “Russia is dangerous.”

“NATO has been preparing for this for a long time,” he said.

“The reality is that we have been preparing for this since 2014,” the head of the North Atlantic bloc added.

He noted that as part of this preparation, the presence of troops and equipment in the east of the alliance was strengthened , in addition, the organization began to invest more in defense.

According to Stoltenberg, the West tried to talk with Russia before the special operation, but Moscow “decided to continue to implement its plans.”

Recall that Today, at the NATO summit, a new strategic concept of the alliance was approved, in which Russia is called “the most significant and direct threat to security.”

Recall that Russia sent draft agreements on security guarantees with the United States and NATO. However, after several rounds of consultations, the US and NATO replied that they refused to sign these documents.


Kadyrov: “Advanced” military units of the Russian Federation have already entered Lisichansk

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The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said on Wednesday that advanced military groups had already entered Lisichansk.

< p>In his telegram channel, the leader of the Chechen Republic described what was happening: “Hero of Russia Zamid Chalaev is inspecting Lisichansk from afar, which has already included the first advanced groups, and which will soon be liberated from the Ukrainian occupiers.”

Kadyrov believes that “it won’t take much time.”

However, he writes that, as expected, “Ukrainian Nazis will again tell us fairy tales” about the Bandera people who have dug in on the territory of the city, and also that they, according to them, “They will beat off the attacks of the allied forces with shovels.”


NATO has turned Ukraine into a “dump” of obsolete weapons

Ukrainian Armed Forces instructed to dispose of unnecessary Western military equipment

The NATO summit is intended to become a factor in supporting Kyiv in the confrontation with Russia. However, it seems that this support is more and more in words. At least, with real deliveries of Western weapons to Kyiv, everything does not look so encouraging for Ukraine.

Photo: < p>Terrible statements are being made these days not only by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, but also by other Western politicians. For example, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo urged “to continue to support President Zelensky and the population of Ukraine so that they win on the battlefield.”

Support, presumably, is Western weapons and equipment. But in fact, the flow of Western weapons to Ukraine has noticeably decreased compared to the first months. Then, transport planes from the USA, Britain with weapons went to Polish Rzeszow in an endless stream.

Now, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the European Union, for example, will provide Ukraine with more than 90 off-road military trucks. And Germany and the Netherlands intend to supply Ukraine with six more German-made Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled guns. In this news, the key word is “intention”. Even if this intention is implemented, it will not radically affect the balance of power.

“Europeans are already openly mocking the Ukrainian Nazi regime,” the Kedmi Telegram channel comments on this information.

Another example of the true attitude of Western countries towards Kyiv is the delivery of VAB armored personnel carriers with weapons promised by Paris. They were announced by the French Minister of the Armed Forces Sebastien Lecornu. We are talking about “several dozen” armored personnel carriers from the storage bases of the French army.

It is worth recalling that the French armed forces received 4151 VAB (4×4) wheeled armored personnel carriers from 1976 to 1988. That is, the “freshest” armored vehicle of this brand is 34 years old. Not the first freshness. The rest are generally of “Balzac age”. Approximately 2,500 armored vehicles are considered fit, most of which are at storage bases. Now several dozen armored personnel carriers from the bases will be sent to the Donbass.

As told to MK Director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) Ruslan Pukhov, despite good mine protection, the VAB armored personnel carrier – this is a very outdated technique.

– The armored car has a capricious engine, and the whole system as a whole is not very reliable. That is, it turns out – on you, God, what is useless for us, – the expert said.

Loudly declaring support for Kyiv, NATO countries are turning Ukraine into a dump of obsolete weapons. NATO, apparently, does not think about what such a “utilization” of the Western “second hand” leads to. It's a pity. Military reporter Alexander Sladkov announced, for example, the number of losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – 50 thousand dead. And tens of thousands of wounded, thousands of prisoners. Did Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo think about these victims when he called to “continue to support President Zelensky”? The question is rhetorical.


“Bow before the tyrant”: Swedish Kurds condemn Turkey’s deal with NATO

Official Stockholm was accused of surrendering to “Despot Erdogan”

Turkey pulled a big surprise by abruptly reneging on its promises to block Finland and Sweden from joining NATO. It is clear that Ankara does not smell of any charity and just good will towards the future NATO allies. Erdogan's office openly stated that the Turks got “what they wanted”. And numerous Kurds living in Scandinavia believe that they were betrayed and sold out for the sake of the geopolitical ambitions of the Swedish government.

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Perhaps someday the undercover agreements between Turkey, Finland and Sweden (and, perhaps, the United States, which so far denies this) will become known. But what lies on the surface is enough: Stockholm and Helsinki have promised to break off relations with Kurdish groups that Ankara calls “terrorist” (they are the PKK, the Syrian Kurdish organizations YPG/PYD, and the Gulenist movement FETÖ). The Scandinavians have promised to fight the terrorist threat together with the Turks.

The icing on the cake for Erdogan was the promise of the Finns and the Swedes to lift the arms embargo imposed after Turkish troops intervened in northern Syria (again, mainly against Kurdish formations).

In the context of the deal, the topic (especially, however, not emphasized) of extradition was also mentioned: Helsinki and Stockholm promised to promptly respond to Turkish requests for the deportation of suspected terrorists. According to AFP, Turkey is demanding the extradition of 33 terrorist suspects from Sweden and Finland. And, as Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson told Aftonbladet, any extraditions will take place “within the framework of national and international law.”

Many were satisfied with the outcome of the deal. The leaders of Sweden and Finland rejoice at the last-minute green light given to them by their future NATO allies. The leadership of the alliance is happy that everything will be dignified and noble at the Madrid summit, without two important applicants left behind. Most of all, of course, Erdogan has reasons to rub his hands – he achieved a foreign policy breakthrough, struck a blow at Kurdish groups, and agreed to lift the arms embargo. And, of course, in the eyes of his compatriots, he confirmed his reputation as a heavyweight politician who knows how to make proposals to Western democracies that they cannot refuse.

But the Kurds, who have found a new home in Scandinavia, are dissatisfied with the conciliatory position of their politicians, to put it mildly. The news about the settlement of the conflict between Ankara and Stockholm over the Swedish application for NATO membership was received by representatives of the large Kurdish community living in the Scandinavian kingdom (estimated to be about 100-150 thousand people) with great disappointment and anxiety. However, they are not the only ones.

Member of the Riksdag (parliament) and leader of the Left Party Nushi Dadgostar (her parents once fled to Sweden from Iran to escape persecution) believes that the Swedish government should explain what it was it that now agreed.

“First, the government should convene the leaders of the parties and explain what they have agreed on,” Svenska Dagbladet quoted her as saying. “Based on media reports, it looks like a foreign power should be allowed to decide who should be deported and what should be published in Swedish newspapers.”

“We warned in advance of the dangers of leaving Swedish security policy in the hands of Despot Erdogan,” resents Nushi Dadgostar. “But the government denied that this would happen. Now we need to put the cards on the table. Should Sweden arm Turkey in its war of aggression against Syria? Which critic of the regime should be deported?”

Another member of the Swedish parliament, former Kurdish guerrilla Amine Kakabawe, is deeply disappointed with the deal between Sweden and Turkey and calls it a betrayal of the Kurds.

She threatened to launch a no-confidence vote against Foreign Minister Ann Linde, who had a hand in a controversial deal with Turkey. However, the head of the Swedish government, Magdalena Anderson, stood up for her head of the Foreign Ministry: “More than 80 percent of the members of the Riksdag represent parties wishing to join NATO. It would be very difficult to explain to the Swedish people why they voted for a vote of no confidence in the very minister who participated in the negotiations, so that we can take this step.”

“This is a betrayal on the part of the government of Sweden, the NATO countries and Stoltenberg, who are deceiving an entire group (we are talking about the movements of the Syrian Kurds YPG/PYD – “MK”), which liberated itself and the whole world from DAISH (ISIS, “Islamic State” – banned in the Russian Federation terrorist organization), the Swedish edition of Dagens Nyheter quotes the reaction of Amine Kakabave, whose extradition, according to media reports, is demanded by Turkey. “Especially when it comes to the struggle of women, which Sweden allegedly supports. Thousands of women sacrificed themselves to free the world from ISIS.”

Recall that earlier Kakabawe, who recently supported Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson with her decisive vote during a vote of no confidence, reached an agreement with the government that Sweden will continue to support the Syrian Kurdish militia YPG (“People's Protection Units”) and deepen cooperation with its political wing, the Democratic Union Party (PYD). But now, for the sake of joining NATO, Sweden and Finland have promised not to support these organizations. Thus, past agreements crumbled.

There was a place in criticism from a member of the Swedish parliament, which the Turkish edition of En Son Haber called “a supporter of terrorists”, and personally for NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who welcomed Turkey's agreement with Finland and Sweden to the extent that these countries are ready to work with Ankara over the extradition of terrorist suspects in the future.

“Stoltenberg himself feels warm and safe. He doesn’t know how the rest of us saved our lives by escaping imprisonment and executions,” says Amine Kakabava.

At the same time, the Kurdish activist believes that Sweden will legally never be able to extradite people who fled from persecution and face imprisonment in Turkey. In her opinion, the deal with Ankara has a much more negative impact on Sweden, which, according to Kakabava, “bowed before the tyrant” (that is, Erdogan), in terms of morality.

When asked by Dagens Nyheter, does she understand politician that Stockholm still had to negotiate in order to join NATO, Amine Kakabava replied: “Yes, a settlement must be negotiated, but why at the expense of the Kurds? Why use the Kurds as a bargaining chip?


Mass media that allowed discrediting the army will be given a period for correction

Instead of immediate closure of the editorial office, the deputies proposed to suspend the activities of journalists

approved on Wednesday by the Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications of the State Duma. Now the media that allowed the publication of fakes about the Russian army will have the “right to make a mistake” – they will not immediately lose their license.


At first, the “fined” media are waiting for the suspension of their activities. The request to suspend activities may be issued by the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation or his deputies for a period not exceeding three months. The demand is immediately sent to the federal executive body exercising the functions of control and supervision in the field of mass media, mass communications, information technologies and communications. However, if it was a repeated violation, the period will be no more than 6 months.

The federal executive body exercising the functions of control and supervision in the field of mass media, after receiving the request to suspend activities, enters into the register no later than 24 hours registered mass media, the corresponding entry and notifies the founder, editorial office or organization producing the mass media about this.

During the period of suspension of activities, the editorial office, editor-in-chief, journalist, publisher and distributor of mass media products are not entitled to carry out professional activities.

The activities of the media may be resumed by decision of the federal executive body exercising the functions of control and supervision in sphere of mass media in case of termination of dissemination of information prohibited by law.

During the discussion, representatives of the industry had a question, what should journalists from the media, whose activities have been suspended for at least three months, live on? Will they not be able to work as a journalist anywhere?

Ekaterina Larina, Director of the Department for the Development of Mass Communications and International Cooperation of the Ministry of Digital Development, said: “During the suspension of the license, the status of their accreditation is also suspended. This means that journalists will not be able, using accreditation, to work for another publication.” This did not add clarity.

According to the head of the Information Policy Committee Alexander Khinshtein, it is expected that the bill will be adopted in the third final reading on Thursday, June 30.


Guests of the NATO summit in Madrid were surprised by the “Russian salad” for 8 euros

Serious battles unfolded around the name of the appetizer

At the NATO summit in Madrid, despite the euphoria over the removal of obstacles for Turkey to join the alliance between Sweden and Finland, a scandal broke out with gastronomic and political overtones. The reason for it was the appearance of the Russian salad in the cafe menu for the participants of the meeting.


International officials and journalists were stunned to find “Russian salad” at the top of the menu at a restaurant waiting for world leaders at a highly secure NATO summit site on the outskirts of Madrid, Reuters reported.

In fact, a salad of peas, potatoes, carrots and mayonnaise, a bit reminiscent of Olivier salad, has long become one of the main dishes on the menu of Spanish restaurants, but on the eve of the NATO summit, at which Russia is expected to be called a “security threat” in the new strategic concept of the alliance in connection with the conflict in Ukraine, the presence of a harmless snack on the menu caused bewilderment.

“Russian salad at the NATO summit? I'm a bit surprised by this choice of dish,” journalist Iñaki López told Spanish publication La Sexta.

As noted by Reuters, the dish's attractively high carbohydrate content seemed to outweigh its “dubious” name, and reportedly the salad was sold out within a few hours. The cost of a serving of “Russian salad” (Ensaladilla Rusa) is 8 euros according to the menu.

More diplomatic thoughts were applied to the menu served to NATO defense and foreign ministers at a banquet at the baroque Santa Cruz Palace in central Madrid on Tuesday evening.

José Andrés, Spanish chef from the Netflix series The “chef's table” that coordinated the ministerial meal served this classic tapas, but added “tomato dumplings” to it and renamed the dish “Ukrainian salad” as he did in his restaurants throughout Spain.

Be that as it may, at the NATO summit, someone showed “political myopia”, giving the wits a reason to change the line from the old fable of Sergei Mikhalkov: “But Russians eat salads!”

In general, about that the traditional “Russian salad” began to be renamed in Spanish catering establishments into “Ukrainian” or “Kyiv”, the media reported back in March.

It all started when the Mesón Martín restaurant in Malaga changed the name of the salad on its menu, calling it “ensaladilla Kiev” instead of “ensaladilla rusa” and added a small image of the Ukrainian flag next to it. The initiative was quickly picked up, and other bars and restaurants renamed their “Russian” salad into “Ukrainian”. And the owner of one of the establishments decided to rename the “Russian salad” into “Olivier salad”, apparently not suspecting that this is the most popular New Year's snack in Russia.

By the way, during the fascist dictatorship of Generalissimo Franco in Spain, they already tried to rebrand the popular salad, which has been known in this country since at least 1858, when it was mentioned as part of the menu proposed in the book “Modern Cuisine” according to the French and Spanish school Spanish chef Mariano Munoz. After the Civil War, attempts were made in some Francoist circles to change the name “Russian” to “national salad” or “imperial salad” in order to avoid any association of the dish with the Soviet Union or communist ideas. Nevertheless, even during the life of Franco in the 1950s, one could find information about the “Russian salad” in cookbooks.

In general, the “Russian salad” (this is how its Spanish name can be literally translated) is popular not only in the Iberian Peninsula, but also in other countries – for example, in Scandinavia (russisk salat).

In principle, there is nothing new in boycotting the names of dishes – suffice it to recall that during the US aggression in Iraq, Americans changed the name of french fries from “French fries” (that is, French fries” to “Freedom fries” (that is, “freedom of fries”) after the French government opposed the intervention in 2003. Subsequently, however, everything returned to full circle.

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Switzerland urged to stop the policy of blockade and sanctions against Russia

Europe should start negotiating with Putin

Voices are multiplying in the international community criticizing the blockade, boycott and sanctions policies of the US, EU and NATO against Russia. In particular, a member of the Swiss People's Party and entrepreneur Magdalena Martullo-Blocher called for an end to the blockade of Russia and start negotiating with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

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In an interview with Die Freie Welt, the politician said that the heads of European states need to realize their responsibility and recognize their dependence on Russian gas instead of fueling the conflict. Martullo-Blocher is convinced that Europe needs to negotiate with the Russian president not only about a stable gas supply until at least next spring, but also about peace.

The Swiss politician stressed that the sanctions did not have any effect on Russia effect, but gas in Europe at the same time became seven times more expensive, which leads to huge problems in Germany. According to a study by the German Institute for Macroeconomic Research, a gas shortage could cause a 12% drop in the country's gross domestic product.

Moreover, Martullo-Blocher added that the energy shortage in the neighboring state could affect Switzerland, which , in turn, depends on electricity imports from other countries. According to the politician, if there is not enough gas abroad, then the exported electricity will decrease, and the Swiss will have to “sit in the dark.”

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Turkey won the conflict in Ukraine

Erdogan has become a master at using the Kremlin to his advantage

The music didn't last long, Turkish President Erdogan didn't please the Kremlin for long by blocking Finland and Sweden from joining NATO. Having achieved everything he wanted from Helsinki and Stockholm, the Turkish leader gallantly stepped aside. Masterfully using Moscow's actions to its advantage,

Did Ankara win a landslide political victory? True 100%. By failing to keep Erdogan's veto in its former place, has Russia suffered a political defeat? This is which side to look at.

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If we proceed from the premise that Turkey did not let the Finns and Swedes into the North Atlantic Alliance out of the goodness of their hearts – based on the desire to please Moscow, then yes, there is a strategic defeat.< /p>

But I'm even curious: is there at least one such simpleton in the political circles of our capital? If there is, then here is another piece of news that will allow him to get rid of his “last illusions”: as Zelensky’s Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov said, Kyiv and Ankara are going to build a plant on Ukrainian territory where Turkish Bayraktar drones will be produced.

If initially there was no chance of winning, then you should not talk about defeat. Instead, it is worth talking about how many political, economic and image dividends Turkey has managed to earn from the Ukrainian conflict.

One of the main concerns of Erdogan (and all his predecessors and, I suspect, all his successors) is the fight against Kurdish separatist groups. Until February 24, 2022, it was unthinkable that Turkey could force Finland and Sweden to commit to helping her in this fight. Where Erdogan saw “villains and terrorists”, Finns and Swedes saw “persons subjected to political persecution” who should be granted asylum.

But remember what old Archimedes said: “Give me a foothold, and I will move the Earth!” By launching a special military operation in Ukraine, Russia gave Turkey such a foothold. In Finland and Sweden, they wanted so badly to hide under the NATO defense umbrella that they suddenly “wiped their glasses and began to see clearly”: they say, where have we seen “freedom fighters” before? They are terrorists, real terrorists!

Cynical than that? First, how it happens. And secondly, in the “language” spoken by politicians all over the world, the word “cynicism” is just another synonym for the word “pragmatism”.

Erdogan approached the issue of Finland and Sweden joining NATO with the utmost pragmatism. And here's what's really important now: Can the Kremlin be able to do the same? Recently, I rarely get aesthetic (as well as political and any other) pleasure from Dmitry Medvedev's public speeches. In blissful times, when Dmitry Anatolyevich was president, this happened, I will not deny it. But in the rank of Putin's deputy in the Security Council, Medvedev, for my taste, is too generous with expressions like “some regular idiot, a former minister from Latvia”, “Pindostan political pygmies (non-Pelevin)”, “bastards and degenerates”.< /p>

However, there are exceptions to every rule. Sometimes the former president of the Russian Federation still behaves like a responsible statesman capable of sending important political signals. And such a signal was sounded in an interview published even before Erdogan's “surrender” by the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council to “Arguments and Facts”: “The accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO does not threaten us with anything particularly new. These countries previously had relations with Russia that can be called quite respectful and mutually benevolent. Although in the past, of course, different things happened. Now we do not have and are not expected to have territorial disputes with these countries, and even reasons for them. If they feel better and calmer by joining an alliance, good luck. NATO is already next to our country, without Sweden and Finland.

Of course, as is customary in politics, having given the offenders a “carrot”, Medvedev immediately “clicked the whip”: “In the event of such an expansion of NATO, the length of its land borders with Russia will more than double. We will have to strengthen these lines. The non-nuclear status of the Baltic will become a thing of the past, and the grouping of ground forces and the navy in the northern directions will be seriously increased. No one is happy about this, and neither are the citizens of the two NATO candidate countries.”

There really is no “delight” – here Dmitry Anatolyevich is right again. But there is no horror either. It was during Medvedev's presidency that “the disappearance of the non-nuclear status of the Baltic States” could be perceived as a painful political drama. Against the backdrop of what is happening ten years after the end of this presidency, sadness over this seems somehow out of place.

What general conclusion can be drawn from all this? Probably like this: Russian politicians and diplomats should perhaps learn from Erdogan the art of winning. For some reason, he has been constantly succeeding in this lately – moreover, effortlessly, without much effort. Interesting: maybe someone knows why?

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The accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO returned the Baltic to the “pre-Petrine times”

Experts assessed the new threats to Russia from the West

During the NATO summit in Madrid, Turkey, Finland and Sweden nevertheless came to a compromise. Ankara no longer objects to the admission of the Scandinavians to the Alliance. The issue of NATO expansion can be considered resolved. It is clear that this changes the balance of power in the northwest of Europe. How exactly the situation is changing, and what Russia will be forced to do in this regard, “MK” found out from experts.

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The entry of Sweden and Finland into the Alliance for the Russian General Staff did not come as a surprise. As our military say, it was only a matter of time. For 10-15 years, these countries have been actively cooperating with NATO, buying NATO weapons. They also participated in joint maneuvers with the Alliance, which were carried out according to the same scenario: Russia attacks one of the Western countries, the Swedes and Finns, together with NATO, stand up for its defense, and then together celebrate the victory over the “Russian aggressor”.

Reality, as everyone understands, if something happens, it will, of course, be somewhat different. And Russia will have to prepare for it.

According to Igor Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of the National Defense magazine, we will have to reckon with the fact that Finland, and Sweden – especially Sweden – are serious military powers that have their own defense industry. They have great capabilities in the field of electronic intelligence and cyber operations. This addition to the Alliance will have to be taken seriously.

In order to additionally cover the state border and form new units in the structure of the Western Military District, time and considerable expenses will be required. Korotchenko believes that we will be able to quickly eliminate the obvious imbalance with NATO in terms of the number of troops, the ratio of weapons and military equipment only by relying on tactical nuclear weapons.

For this, he says, it will be necessary to equip the troops of the Western Military District and the Baltic Fleet with tactical nuclear weapons. These warheads should be installed on Iskander missile systems and Kalibr missiles on ships and submarines as a means of deterring the Alliance.

Yes, in this case we will have to forget about the non-nuclear status of the Baltic Sea, but this, as they say, was not our choice. We simply have to respond to NATO expansion.

And in general, one must understand that in the event of a war with NATO, Stockholm and Helsinki become potential targets for strikes by our nuclear missiles, along with Washington, London or Berlin. What they fought for, they ran into.

With the entry of Sweden and Finland into the Alliance, a special situation is developing for Russia in the Baltic, which is turning into NATO's inland sea.

“Here, for a fundamental solution to the problem, apparently, it will be necessary to reincarnate Peter I, since the situation is returning to pre-Petrine times,” military expert Captain 1st Rank in the reserve Vladimir Gundarov jokes bitterly. – Access to the Baltic Sea for Russia comes down to a narrow strip of land in the Kaliningrad region, which is already blocked from Lithuania, and to the eastern coast of the Gulf of Finland. In addition, the entire Baltic Sea is already becoming NATO.

This means, the expert clarifies, that the submarine forces of the Baltic Fleet will be trapped in the Gulf of Finland. The distance between the Finnish (in the north) and Estonian (in the south) islands is less than 16 nautical miles. NATO members have the opportunity to establish an anti-submarine line in a narrow corridor of neutral waters.

In addition, Gundarov recalls, we have several major shipyards in St. Petersburg, including the Baltic Shipyard, which has experience in building nuclear cruisers. And we plan to continue building them. For example, the following situation may arise: we have built a promising nuclear destroyer of the Leader project for the ocean zone, and NATO members forbid it to enter the Baltic Sea. There can be any pretext for this.

And that's not to mention access to the North Atlantic through the straits between Denmark and Sweden. Previously, one of the shores of these straits (Sweden) was not NATO, which we used. Now, not only to the North Atlantic, but also to the Baltic Sea, they will try to block the exit. Civil shipping, the expert believes, will also be completely dependent on the “good” will of the neighbors. And their kindness is well known to us.

– In the entire post-war history, – says Gundarov, – the Swedish aviation lost only one pilot in the confrontation with the ships of the Baltic Fleet. He flew around our nuclear cruiser Peter the Great, which was released for testing, did not calculate the height and crashed into the sea. All that remained of him was a headset, which we handed over to the Swedish authorities. This incident is detailed in the cruiser's secret Historical Log. The crashed aircraft was called the Saab 37 Viggen, Swedish for “bolt”. So, now a situation is being created where the number of incidents at sea will grow exponentially. They won't get off with one “bolt”.

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Named the consequences of Norway’s ban on passing cargo for Russians in Svalbard

Difficulties in supplying compatriots in the archipelago are pushing Moscow to take forceful steps

Oslo rejected Moscow's application for the passage of goods for Russian settlements on Svalbard through the only Storskog checkpoint on the Russian- Norwegian border. Thus, now there are about 20 tons of Russian goods at the checkpoint. In Russia, they said that by their actions Norway violates the Svalbard Treaty of 1920. The actions of the Norwegian authorities and the prospects for the development of the situation were assessed by the expert.

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Moscow and Oslo conduct joint economic activities in the Svalbard archipelago. Typically, goods from the Russian Federation destined for the Russian mining village of Barentsburg with a population of about 500 people are delivered from Murmansk to the city of Tromsø through the only Storskog checkpoint on the border between the countries. Every ten days, a single cargo ship transports produce to the islands.

In April, Norway decided to close the checkpoint for the passage of trucks from the Russian Federation, and also banned Russian ships from entering Norwegian ports. An exception is made for fishing vessels.

Earlier it became known that the Norwegian authorities still refused to allow Russian cargo to Svalbard. This was reported to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the kingdom. The department stressed that the Russian Embassy asked to pass 20 tons of food for the residents of Barentsburg.

Against this background, Vice Speaker of the Council of Federations Konstantin Kosachev accused Oslo of violating the Svalbard Treaty of 1920. The treaty established Norwegian sovereignty over this territory, and the participating states, including Russia, were given the right to exploit the territorial waters of the archipelago and its natural resources.

Moreover, in 1947, the Norwegian Parliament recognized that that the USSR is a country that, along with them, has special economic interests in Svalbard. In 1991, these rights were transferred to Russia.

Andrey Klishas, ​​Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation, for his part, said that the refusal to let Russian cargo to Svalbard “casts doubt on Oslo's sovereignty over the archipelago.” He pointed out that the Russians staying there should be provided with everything necessary. Also, the authorities of the Russian Federation must guarantee their safety.

Klishas said that in modern conditions, sovereignty is not only “the ability and right to exercise the fullness of state power in a certain territory”, but also “the right and ability to guarantee and protect the rights of its citizens.”

At the same time, the general Russian Consul Sergey Gushchev assured that the situation in Svalbard remains normal for the time being. However, Moscow will still ask for permission to supply goods for humanitarian purposes.

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“Norway is not just violating the provisions of the 1920 treaty,” Andrey Baklanov, deputy chairman of the Association of Russian Diplomats, comments to MK. – In this case, we are also talking about a very understandable and significant humanitarian aspect – about supplying almost 500 people. Therefore, putting forward some things related to sanctions in the current situation looks absolutely far-fetched and absurd. And here, of course, we cannot but be embarrassed by the fact that it fits into the mechanism of actions of the West and, in particular, NATO countries in the northern direction.

Now Russia has two alternatives in the issue of the Arctic region in connection with warming and an increase in the number of ships passing there: either we will follow the path of cooperation between countries, or the Western states will strive to maximally politicize the northern region and create an atmosphere of militarization there.

According to the expert, the current incident really fits into the general logic of the West to create a situation of increased politicization, obstruction against Russia, its citizens and courts. For Moscow, this is actually a very serious signal.

“Preserving Russia's presence in Svalbard is a matter of principle,” Andrey Baklanov continues. – Now the Western countries are trying to squeeze some of our opportunities in the northern region. The question is raised about the legitimacy of many decisions. They are still legitimate in relation to the extension of our sovereignty in the territory of the North, which extends far beyond the border of the economic zone.

There is indeed a very complex political struggle going on here with elements of pressure on the Russian Federation. Therefore, on no issue should we be allowed to step on our heels and squeeze our economic and humanitarian interests in the northern region. If necessary, we will respond to what is happening, including rather harshly.”

The diplomat stressed that the situation is completely unique, so it is difficult to talk about retaliatory measures from Moscow.

“Here except that there may be measures to unblock this particular situation,” Andrey Baklanov added. “The negotiation process will begin now. If it does not lead to anything, Russia will have to take tougher, perhaps even forceful steps in order to ensure the life and health of our citizens. They may consist in the fact that the Russian military will deliver the appropriate humanitarian cargo so that our miners can feed themselves.”


A lawyer who knows a Moroccan sentenced to death in the DPR assessed his psyche

“Adequate, albeit odd”

Psychopathy, which was diagnosed in a Moroccan sentenced to death in the Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) Brahim Saadoun, will not help to avoid the execution of the sentence . According to Russian lawyer Igor Vagin, who spoke with the foreigner during the preliminary investigation, Saadoun seemed to him quite adequate, albeit with oddities.


Recall that information about psychopathy in Brahim Saadoun appeared in the Russian media on Wednesday, July 29. “Moroccan citizen Brahim Saadoun suffers from psychopathy. This result was shown by a psychiatric examination,” a source familiar with the case materials told TASS.

One of the Russian lawyers, Igor Vagin, who participated in the interrogation of a foreigner during the preliminary investigation, told our publication what impression his client made:

– To be honest, I doubt that he has a psychopathy. During one of the interrogations, I spoke with Saadoun one-on-one from 9 pm to 5 am. In my opinion, in terms of character, he is something in between, between phlegm and sanguine. Such a smiling guy, with a share of self-irony, – said the lawyer.

However, one phrase that Saadoun repeated more than once cut the ear.

Answering one of the questions, he said that he joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine in order to “train”. He then said that his father was also a military man, a paratrooper, so he decided to follow in his footsteps. When asked why he didn’t go to “train”, for example, in Sudan, he replied that they were killed there for mercenarism … Perhaps he used the phrase “train”, because Russian is not his native language, and he could not pick up a more appropriate word,” Vagin said.

During the interrogation, it seems that Saadoun also demonstrated some ingenuity – he did not want to interrupt the night interrogation and return to the cell, because he seemed more comfortable in the investigator’s office.

– He was offered to interrupt the interrogation and take him away, but he refused, they say, it is warm in the investigator's office, there is a toilet, food and a soft sofa.

According to Vagin, the psychopathy that Saadoun was diagnosed with will not affect the sentence.

– During the forensic psychiatric examination, the question is raised: “Could the diagnosis affect the ability to realize the social danger of actions and lead them?” If, as such, there is a peculiarity of the nervous system, but Saadoun was aware of what he was doing, that is, he was sane, then he could not escape the sentence.

Recall that in early June, 21-year-old Moroccan Brahim Saadoun was found guilty in the crimes provided for by the articles of the Criminal Code of the DPR “Training for the purpose of carrying out terrorist activities”, “Forcible seizure of power or forcible retention of power.” The foreigner came to Ukraine in 2019, a year later he entered the faculty of aerodynamic and space technologies of the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. In December 2021, he dropped out of school and signed a contract with the Armed Forces of Ukraine for three years, joining the ranks of the 36th Marine Brigade.


The Public Council visited the recruiting center of the Northern Fleet

There are special requirements for those wishing to serve on a warship

On June 29, a delegation of the Public Council under the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation visited the reception and distribution center for conscripts in Severomorsk. It is here that recruits of the spring conscription from different regions of the country are now arriving. From here they will be sent to warships of the most powerful of the Russian fleets. However, not everyone will be able to get to serve as a sailor on a ship, as representatives of the Northern Fleet told the public.

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Conscription commissions in the regions send to serve in the Northern Fleet on the basis of medical indications and the conscript's own desire. But this, as practice shows, is not enough. At the reception and distribution point, the arrived conscripts are checked for two days. They undergo a medical examination again, after which they communicate with psychologists.

As the officers of the fleet told the members of the Public Council, the requirements for future military sailors are quite high. Therefore, up to twenty percent of the newcomers are eliminated. Sometimes more than at the recruiting office. The guys themselves admitted that each of them really wants to be “fit”.

Those who did not pass the selection at the reception and distribution center in Severomorsk are waiting for service on land. The Northern Fleet is not only ships. This is a whole huge military district with many units on the coast – air defense units, aviation, motorized riflemen, tankmen.

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The recruits were interested in the conditions of service, how leisure is organized, what about food. The guys are happy with everything.

And then the members of the Public Council went to sea on the base minesweeper “Yadrin”, in order, according to the old maritime tradition, by throwing flowers and wreaths into the sea, to honor the memory of the North Sea sailors who died during the Second World War.

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An important part of the trip plan – communication with the personnel of the heavy nuclear missile cruiser “Peter the Great”. In the spotlight – conditions of service for military personnel, social security. The main task – do everything so that the defenders of the Russian Arctic and their families do not need anything, so that nothing interferes with the difficult naval service. 

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The ex-mayor of Kherson Kolykhaev was accused of undermining security: “Adapter and beast”

Underground bandits are being identified in the region

A series of terrorist attacks in the Kherson region seems to have forced the military-civilian administration of the region to seriously attend to the security problem. Over the past two days, two underground cells that were preparing terrorist attacks have been liquidated in the region. The former mayor of the city, Igor Kolykhaev, who was detained by the commandant's office of Kherson the day before, also fell under the distribution. Now the ex-official is waiting for a criminal case and, possibly, a prison. According to Deputy Chief Executive Officer Kirill Stremousov, Kolykhaev made attempts to influence the processes in the region and will now be punished for this.

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The closer the referendum on joining the Russian Federation scheduled for autumn in Kherson, the hotter the situation in the city. At the funeral of Dmytro Savluchenko, an employee of the Kherson State Administration, local authorities announced a real blitzkrieg to Ukrainian terrorists, promising to find and punish all those responsible. Today there was information about the detention of members of the territorial defense of Ukraine, who were preparing new terrorist attacks in Kherson. A cache with RPG-22 and ammunition was found in the basement of a private residential building. The saboteurs were led by an employee of the SBU, located in the western region of Ukraine. A video of the work of law enforcement agencies on the detention appeared on Telegram channels. “Where's the ammo?” – the security forces ask the detainee. “They are buried somewhere here, I dug it myself, well, it’s not mined here, guys,” he justifies himself.

The day before, an even more impressive arsenal with weapons was confiscated from another group, which also came to the attention of the security forces, including hand and anti-tank mines, grenade launchers and Igla MANPADS, as well as a stock of explosives. For operational work, employees of the Krasnodar OMON, working on the territory of the Kherson region, were involved.

As for the former mayor Kolykhaev, who continued to work in the city despite the fact that a military-civilian administration was already operating in Kherson, he is suspected of fraud with the budget. “I cashed out the budget of the City Council, stole millions, and gave people a penny,” Stremousov believes, “I sincerely believe that the law enforcement system will deal with the activities of this individual, against whom a criminal case was initiated in Ukraine for collaborationism.” Many residents of Kherson believe that Kolykhaev is indeed very corrupt. He is remembered as the man who closed two maternity hospitals in the city, thereby giving a monopoly on obstetrics to his close friend, the owner of a private maternity hospital, Yuri German, as well as repeated increases in public transport fares and poor performance of public utilities. It is proposed to punish Kolykhaev, for example, by deprivation of property: “He is a large landowner in the Kakhovka district,” says Elena, a resident in the Telegram channel, “And for some reason, his farms have not yet been nationalized, these lands still do not work for the people, why or who slips many thousands of hectares through their fingers?”

Deputy head of the CAA Kirill Stremousov in his next message stated that the Russian side and the Kherson region are guided not by a thirst for retribution, but by a fair attitude towards all people who have contributed to the creation or destruction of human morality. The head of the military-civilian administration, Vladimir Saldo, spoke more harshly about the former mayor: “an opportunist, ready, like a beast, to jump out and bite at any moment.”


The Ministry of Defense proposed to keep the former salaries of the shell-shocked military

Servicemen will be appointed to positions in the commissariats and military units

The Ministry of Defense proposed to keep the previous salaries of combat veterans who were forced to leave for a “decrease” for health reasons. The corresponding draft government decree is published on the portal of normative and legal acts.

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According to the draft resolution, it is proposed keep veterans of military operations salaries for their previous military positions, if the salary is lower at a new place of forced assignment. We are talking about military personnel who, during a special operation in Ukraine, received contusions, injuries, injuries and are now recognized as unfit for military service, but want to continue serving. and compensation. Wounded military personnel can also count on a monthly cash bonus in the amount of two monthly salaries for a military position. This, according to the military department, will allow “to ensure the maintenance of the level of monetary allowance not lower than the level of monetary allowance received before the injury.”

Recall that earlier, on the basis of a branch of the military hospital named after Vishnevsky, the first rehabilitation and educational center was opened for military personnel who, due to injury, will not be able to perform their duties in their main specialty. After complete recovery and completion of qualification courses, servicemen will be appointed to military positions in military commissariats, military units, institutions and organizations of the Russian Ministry of Defense.


Western media smashed G7 leaders for “failed” initiatives

“The G7 has a high level of cohesion when it comes to rejecting Russia”

The German-led G7 summit in the Bavarian castle of Elmau was the worst in recent some years. This position was expressed by observers of the American publication Politico. Journalists came to the conclusion that the leaders of the G7 countries did not agree on any issue brought up for discussion. An expert reveals whether the landmark summit really failed.

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The publication emphasized that the leaders of the G7 countries were not able to cope with any of the problems they considered during the summit. This, in particular, is about the situation in Ukraine, the food crisis, problems in the energy sector and the uncontrolled rise in prices. Moreover, the initiatives they proposed in most cases looked “contradictory” and “obviously doomed to failure.

Earlier, the German newspaper Die Welt also questioned the fact that the G7 countries are unanimous in their opinions. According to the publication, the differences became especially obvious during the last interview with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who once again declared complete unity and agreement in the association.

At the same time, it is noted that the G7 member states failed to agree on many issues, including the introduction of cap prices for Russian oil and limiting the import of gold from the Russian Federation.

“At the Western media there is one peculiarity: they tend to dramatize the splits in the ranks of their own politicians, – Alexei Makarkin, first vice-president of the Center for Political Technologies, professor at the Higher School of Economics, comments on MK. “Actually, there are various reasons for this. Including, if you write about splits, intrigues, then, as you know, this will attract more interest from readers.

The fact is that splits in the West have been written about for a long time. And, if you look at the number of such forecasts, then the NATO bloc should have collapsed long ago. Somehow this does not happen, the countries still agree.

There is another problem here. This is not so much about a split, but about the desire of Western countries to understand what is happening. Now the rules of the game are changing very quickly and seriously. If you remember, last year the main topic in the West was ecology. Today it is a confrontation with Russia. Therefore, probably, including in the G7, there are disputes about how to get out of this situation, how to match the old and new agendas. What to do if you seem to have already come to the conclusion that for the sake of the environment it is necessary to abandon coal, but for the sake of confrontation with Russia it is necessary to return to it? Moreover, all this happens not within a sufficiently long period (at least 5–10 years), but within one year.

According to the expert, one should not forget about the traditional contradictions between the United States and continental Europe. For example, it was really difficult for Washington to promote the program of deploying its missiles in Western Europe in the early 80s.

“There were numerous demonstrations because of this,” the political scientist continues. – A significant part of the political class was against, and the other expressed doubts. How difficult it was for America to mobilize the very same Germany for sanctions against the USSR because of Afghanistan, when mutually beneficial cooperation was established between the countries. It was difficult, but ultimately the collapse did not happen.

You need to understand that such criticality is part of Western political culture. It would be a mistake not to pay attention to these problems. But it is also wrong to exaggerate their role so as not to indulge in excessive optimism.

If we look, the G7, despite the fact that it cannot now reach any positive consensus decisions, at the same time, has a high level of cohesion when it comes to rejection of Russia. That same “collective West” that we talk about so much has now appeared. For example, even the possible accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO is supported by all members of the North Atlantic Alliance members of the G7.”

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Putin conquered Ashgabat with his saber

For the first foreign visit since the beginning of the special operation, the Russian president chose the Caspian summit

Vladimir Putin made a foreign visit for the first time since the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine, confirming his handshake. The leaders of the Caspian states — Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Iran, who expressed their readiness to develop cooperation and implement new joint projects with Russia, were at the same, and very large, table with the Russian president.

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Vladimir Putin began his visit to Ashgabat with a visit to the ruling dynasty of the Berdimuhamedovs. Father – Gurbanguly – just turned 65 on June 29, and it is clear that this is an important national holiday in Turkmenistan. The President brought gifts traditional for the East to Arkadag – inlaid sabers, testifying to the valor and courage of the ruler, as well as gilded chess, hinting at his wisdom. In return (already according to the Soviet tradition), the hero of the day put a small change in the hand of the VVP – a guarantee that sharp edged weapons would not become a cause for contention. Commitment to good-neighborly relations was already verbally confirmed by the son of Arkadag, the current president of Turkmenistan, Serdar. However, Putin spoke with Berdimuhamedov Jr. for just a few minutes: the leaders met less than three weeks ago, so there are no new topics for full-fledged negotiations yet.

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The main reason for Putin's visit to sunny (and the thermometer rose to 45 degrees Celsius) Turkmenistan was participation in the 6th summit of the Caspian states. This is the second departure of the Russian leader outside the Russian Federation in 2022 and the first since the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine. The GDP itself drew attention to the unusual format of the summit. “This is almost the first face-to-face meeting since the beginning of the pandemic,” he clarified in an interview with Serdar. Despite the fact that for two years Turkmenistan stubbornly denied the existence of problems with the coronavirus and recommended its citizens to chew licorice root for prevention, sanitary measures at the summit were very strict. Journalists were not let out beyond the press center at all. And between the leaders and members of the delegations admitted to the meeting room, such an impressive social distance was observed that the table in the Kremlin, which gave rise to numerous memes, began to seem like just a toy.

Against the backdrop of passions raging at the recent G7 meeting in Bavaria, the agenda of the Caspian summit looked completely cloudless. (Especially since the conflict in Ukraine was not mentioned in principle). According to the organizers, the heads of Russia, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Iran and Azerbaijan gathered to “exchange views on a wide range of issues” relating to the Caspian region. As a result, the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, said that the special importance of the Caspian Sea is growing in the face of “an unprecedented global storm.” Serdar Berdimuhamedov spoke in favor of ensuring strong, long-term and indivisible security in the region. And Vladimir Putin called for deepening cooperation between the countries of the “five” in all areas – from politics to environmental protection. The Russian President offered the partners several concrete and easy-to-implement ideas, such as organizing a joint film forum and a traveling carpet exhibition. For this, according to him, it is necessary to instruct the ministries of culture “to bring together the masterpieces of carpet weaving, which all our countries are proud of.” More complex and long-term projects, designated by GDP, include the development of transport corridors and the growth of tourist flows.

It is really difficult to overestimate the transit value of the Caspian Sea for Russia in the current geopolitical situation – this is the main part of the North-South route, on which great hopes are placed under the sanctions. However, as has been noted more than once, neither Russian nor Iranian ports in the Caspian are now ready for an increase in cargo flows. As for the development of tourism, Russians can easily visit only one Caspian country – Kazakhstan. And that is thanks to its membership in the EAEU. They may not be allowed into Azerbaijan after visiting Armenia. In Iran, you must follow a strict dress code and refrain from alcohol (you can’t import it, there’s nowhere to buy it). And Turkmenistan does not welcome tourists in principle. However, after the new bans introduced by Berdymukhammedov Jr. and restricting the right of women to ride a taxi, wear tight clothes and dye their hair, it is unlikely that anyone but supporters of a rigid housing construction will want to go there…

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All leaders in their speeches emphasized the importance of the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea, adopted in 2018. However, none of them mentioned that this most important document for the region is still not in force, since it has not been ratified by the Iranian parliament. For Russia, the convention is of fundamental importance, since it stipulates a ban on the presence in the Caspian of the armed forces of non-littoral states. Based on this provision, Moscow hopes to conclude an agreement with partners “on the development of confidence-building measures regarding the military activities of the Caspian states” (in other words, on military cooperation). However, other countries are more interested in the economic use of the Caspian, the shelf of which contains up to 6.5 billion tons of oil and gas reserves in oil equivalent. Tehran, which received a smaller piece of this pie than neighboring states, feels offended and has not ratified the convention for the fifth year. Vladimir Putin was supposed to discuss this sensitive and delicate issue at a personal meeting with Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi on the sidelines of the summit.


The news about the exchange of 144 prisoners was vigorously discussed in social networks

The main claim is the lack of information

The head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, confirmed the information about a major exchange of prisoners with Ukraine. That is, at first, Kyiv reported about the fact of the exchange of 144 of our soldiers for 144 captured Ukrainian soldiers. That is, again, the information “overcome” remained with the Kyiv authorities. Why?


So, 144 of our servicemen are returning home from captivity, including fighters from the DPR, as well as the Russian army. Among them there are mobilized, that is, non-professional military, most – wounded who need help.

They were exchanged for 144 Ukrainian soldiers, among whom, according to Pushilin, there are ordinary nationalist battalions. “Their condition is deplorable: severe injuries, with amputation of limbs and other complications,” the head of the DPR specified. He explained why we took this step: “the enemy turned out to have very valuable servicemen.”

The explanations are very concise. Perhaps there are reasons for this. But the lack of official information always gives rise to rumors. So even now, on the networks, you can see information that among our military returned home are two Su-34 pilots, which, allegedly, was shot down back in March. Lots of bedridden. Among the returned mobilized in the DPR, it seems, there is even one musician.

What are they arguing about in social networks? No one objects to the fact that it is necessary to return their prisoners to their homeland. Indeed, it is enough to put yourself in the place of a mother, father or wife of a captured military man to understand how important it is – rescue from captivity.

But the fact that among those issued to Kyiv there are militants from the national battalions, including from Azov (recognized as terrorist, banned in the Russian Federation), outraged many. Military blogger Yuriy Podolyaka formulated this idea even harsher: “The Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine reports that among the 144 exchanged in the Zaporozhye region, 95 fought for Azovstal, and 43 of them were Azov militants. If this is true, and everything is very similar, then it is very difficult to come up with a greater spit in the face of soldiers at the front and residents of Donbass. …If this is called "denazification" Ukraine, then maybe it was not worth starting?»

On this occasion, the publicist Yulia Viyazeva wrote on the Telegram channel: “What are you dissatisfied with? By the fact that the leadership of the DPR sent to Ukraine those who would not go to Bandera today or tomorrow, while rescuing their fighters in need of treatment? …Personally, I am sincerely happy for those who have already hugged or are just preparing to hug their relatives.

Military reporter Alexander Sladkov also shared his opinion on social networks: there will be people who found it easier to kill the enemy than to take him prisoner. How will they be explained the topic: “You shed blood, and then it’s none of your business?”

In general, one conclusion suggests itself from the controversy in social networks, which was formulated in one of the paramilitary Telegram channels: why not clearly explain the situation with the exchange to the Russian society?

“We are very, very happy with each exchange and each of our servicemen who returned home. Just one question: why do we learn about this from Ukrainian sources? – the MIG Telegram channel asks. 


LPR officer appreciated the plans of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to replace Tochki-U with American missiles

“Ukrainian military has almost no ammunition left for Soviet weapons”

Ukrainian armed formations for the first time attacked the territory of the Lugansk People's Republic using the American HIMARS multiple launch rocket system (MLRS). This was announced by the official representative of the LPR. The blow was delivered on June 28 at 07.20 from Artemovsk (Bakhmut) to Perevalsk. Ltd. Colonel of the People's Militia of the LPR Andrey Marochko commented on this unprecedented case.


– The shelling of the Luhansk People's Republic with the use of the HIMARS complex was recorded for the first time, – says the military leader. – Fragments were found at the impact site, ammunition was identified. Its range is 70 kilometers. He was equipped with a cluster warhead. Guidance is by GPS. This case suggests that now even the deep rear of the republic can be subjected to attacks from rocket systems, since ammunition for this complex is available at various ranges, up to 500 kilometers.

– No. This is a peaceful settlement, deep rear. However, it contains critically important civilian infrastructure facilities, on which the enemy tried to strike.

– The Armed Forces of Ukraine use the scorched earth tactics. The more civilian infrastructure they destroy, the more difficult and longer it will be to restore the republic. It is this goal that is being pursued.

– Of course, the amount of ammunition for Soviet weapons in Ukraine is depleted, which makes them beg for more and more new weapons in the West. But so far these are single samples that do not play a special role. The ammunition supplied to HIMARS is comparable to the Tochka-U complexes. Based on this, it can be assumed that Ukraine will systematically replace “Points” to American systems. It turns out that Kyiv is hitting civilians using American weapons. These are terrorist methods, and in this case the United States acts as a sponsor of the terrorists.


Zelensky’s adviser called the shocking amount needed to restore Ukraine

Commented by Oleg Ustenko.

According to Oleg Ustenko, economic adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the country will need a colossal amount of money to restore the economy and infrastructure.

About a trillion dollars will be needed for these purposes.

He estimated the direct losses of Ukraine from the NWO at $650 billion.

If we add indirect damage to this figure, the amount will increase by $1 trillion.

“We need these amounts&#8221 ;, – he said on television.

He estimated this amount at five annual GDP of Ukraine, noting that in 2021 this figure amounted to the maximum 200 billion dollars.

Currently, Kyiv receives about $5 billion in grants every month.

Before that, Zelensky cited the amount of $600 billion needed to restore the economy and infrastructure of Ukraine.

Earlier, TopNews wrote that the representative Zelensky announced his desire to return Crimea by military means.

It turned out that Kyiv has changed its approach to the issue of returning the peninsula.


Media: China has reduced the supply of goods to Russia by almost 40%

After the start of the NWO, exports to Russia from China fell sharply.

After the start of the NWO, there was a sharp decrease in the export of goods from China to Russia.

At the same time, the PRC authorities did not support Western sanctions against Moscow.

A study by scientists reports a decrease in exports to the Russian Federation Peterson Institute for World Economics (Washington).

At the same time, there is a record growth in hydrocarbon imports from Russia to China.

Thus, after the start of the NWO, China became the second after the EU in terms of reducing the expert in the Russian Federation .

Experts are sure that the situation with China is connected with Beijing’s unwillingness to fall under the secondary sanctions of the West and drew attention to the risks of violating the expert’s control.

In total, China’s exports to Russia decreased by 38 % compared to the second half of 2021.

This corresponds to the average of countries that have not joined anti-Russian sanctions.

Earlier, TopNews wrote that China banned Russian & #8220;Boeing”.

At the same time, the media reported possible problems with Aliexpress.