The Cabinet of Ministers will finance the transfer of private houses from coal heating to gas

From the Russian budget, the transfer of private houses from coal or stove heating to gas, electric or combined heating will be financed.

This follows from the draft government decree, the regions will receive interbudgetary transfers to reduce volumes emissions into the atmosphere, TASS reports.

Aid from the federal budget will, in particular, be provided for the purchase, installation, installation of in-house gas, electric or combined equipment, metering devices, connection of equipment and facilities to gas distribution networks.

The funds will also be used to compensate for part of the cost of electricity supplied to homes.

These measures should help implement the Clean Air federal project. to reduce pollution in 12 Russian cities, including Krasnoyarsk, Magnitogorsk, Omsk, Nizhny Tagil, Norilsk, Chelyabinsk and Chita.

In mid-April, President Vladimir Putin instructed to expand the gasification program for Russian regions. It should cover the maximum number of regions, settlements and households.

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Bloomberg: US wants to lure specialists from Russia

The US authorities are considering removing some visa requirements to make it easier for qualified Russian specialists in science, engineering and mathematics to move to the country.

According to Bloomberg, the White House has asked Congress opportunities to cancel for highly educated Russians who want to get work visas, the requirement to confirm employment.

It is planned to apply concessions to masters and doctors of sciences working in the field of space, rocket and nuclear technologies, cybersecurity, the development of artificial intelligence, semiconductors and other areas.

These measures, as Washington expects, should weaken the high-tech resources of the Russian Federation in the short term and further undermine its investment base, as well as strengthen US security and benefit the American economy.

Earlier, the Russian government submitted to the State Duma a draft law on the simplified procedure for issuing a residence permit for foreigners. IT professionals and their families.

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Veterans of Donbass and liberated regions of Ukraine will receive 10,000 rubles each

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a decree on a one-time payment of 10,000 rubles to veterans of the Great Patriotic War living in the Donbass and the liberated territory of Ukraine.

«Produce in May 2022, a one-time payment to disabled veterans of the Great Patriotic War and participants in the Great Patriotic War living in the Donetsk People's Republic, the Luhansk People's Republic and the liberated territories of Ukraine, in the amount of 10,000 rubles, — says the decree signed on April 30.

Recall that at present the RF Armed Forces have completely liberated the Kherson region, as well as part of the Zaporozhye, Kharkiv and Nikolaev regions.

Earlier it was reported that more than 20 thousand Russian veterans of the Great Patriotic War received a payment in April along with a pension.

Every year in Russia, veterans of the Great Patriotic War receive payments on Victory Day. The corresponding decree was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2019. To receive a payment to the Pension Fund, you do not need to apply, the funds are received automatically.  

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Putin signed a decree on payments to the families of the dead sent to the DPR and LPR

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a decree on one-time payments of 3 and 5 million rubles to persons sent to the DPR and LPR, or their families in case of injury or death. The corresponding decree was signed and published on April 30.

Speech in the decree “On additional social guarantees for persons sent (seconded) to the territory of the DPR, LPR, and members of their families” This refers to employees of state and municipal services, employees of organizations and institutions subordinate to public authorities, employees of other organizations involved in ensuring the life of the population and (or) restoring infrastructure in the Donbass.

In case of injury (injury , injuries, concussions) when performing these tasks on the territory of the DPR and LPR, the victims will receive a lump sum payment of 3 million rubles.

In the event of death (death), family members will receive a payment of 5 million rubles. The same payment is due if the business traveler dies within a year from the date of return due to an injury received in the Donbass.

Earlier today, Putin signed a decree on a lump sum payment of 10,000 rubles to veterans of the Great Patriotic War living in Donbass and in the liberated territory of Ukraine.

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The Foreign Ministry allowed a dialogue with the United States after the completion of the operation in Ukraine

The director of the Foreign Ministry's arms control department said that Washington “frozen” the dialogue on strategic stability and there are no prospects for discussion now: the United States, according to the diplomat, is going in the opposite direction

FSB closed the exit to the Sea of ​​Azov area for small boats

Restrictions began to operate on the night of April 30, they apply to sports yachts, windsurfers and inflatable boats. The decision was made in connection with the conduct of anti-terrorist measures in the Yeisk region

The Border Department of the FSB in the Krasnodar Territory has banned all small boats from entering the Sea of ​​Azov in connection with anti-terrorist measures, writes KrasnodarMedia with reference to the administration of the Yeysk district.< /p>

The ban went into effect at 00:30 on April 30th. It is not specified how long it will be in effect. Swimming is prohibited north of the parallel 45 degrees 40 minutes north latitude. The restrictions apply to recreational and sports sailing boats, inflatable boats, windsurfing boards.

On April 11, the authorities of the Yeysk and Shcherbinovsky districts of the Krasnodar Territory introduced a yellow level of terrorist threat. It is introduced “in the presence of confirmed information about the real possibility of committing a terrorist act.” On April 21, the municipal commissions of these districts strengthened security measures: patrols were stepped up in crowded places, raids were organized on industrial, transport, fuel and utilities facilities. The authorities have tightened control over compliance with migration legislation.

On April 26, the high-level threat regime expired, and they did not extend it.

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Anadolu learned about Turkey’s refusal from NATO air exercises in Greece

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The Turkish Air Force will not participate in NATO's Tiger Meet exercises, which are due to take place in Greece in May, Anadolu reports, citing sources in the security services . According to them, Ankara notified Athens of its decision on April 22.

Reason— changes in the regulations of the exercises directed against the Turkish side, and the refusal to cancel them at the request of Ankara, the agency writes. Anadolu does not specify what specific changes are in question.

Tiger Meet— annual NATO exercises. Every year they are held in different countries of the alliance. This year, the exercises will be held from May 9 to 22 at the Greek Araxos air base.

On April 27, the Greek portal Newsbomb reported that Greece withdrew its invitation to Turkey to participate in the Tiger Meet, citing Turkish fighter incursions in its air space.

The next day, Turkey claimed that Greek planes had entered Turkish airspace “thirty times in three days”.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis accused Turkey of flying over the Greek islands without permission and said that reported on the violations of the Turkish side to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Mitsotakis said about “undermining European security and the unity of purpose of NATO” Ankara. The Turkish ambassador in Athens was summoned to the Foreign Ministry, where he was protested.

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The Turkish Foreign Ministry called on Greece to “stop provocative actions and rhetoric.” “Greece” the side that started and intensified the tension, unfounded accusations against us do not contribute to <…> good neighborly relations between countries»,— stated in the department.

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Ukrainian authorities announced the arrest of 51 Belarusian tanks with diesel fuel

Now they are planned to be transferred to the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Investigators of the Territorial Administration of the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) of Ukraine arrested 51 tank cars belonging to Belarus, according to the agency's website.

According to its data , wagons with 3 thousand tons of Belarusian and Russian diesel fuel crossed the Ukrainian border on February 23. The State Bureau of Investigation suggests that the products “were intended for oil companies within the sphere of influence” arrested opposition politician Viktor Medvedchuk.

After the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Chernihiv region, the State Bureau of Investigation applied to the court to arrest the tanks, and now the department “is taking measures to transfer the seized assets to the Agency for Tracing and Asset Management, and in further— Armed Forces of Ukraine. As noted in the statement, several tanks were damaged during the hostilities, but after repair they will also go “for the needs of the state.”

February 24, Russia has been conducting a special military an operation whose goals President Vladimir Putin called the protection of the population of Donbass, as well as “demilitarization and denazification”; neighboring state. Ukraine has introduced martial law and severed diplomatic relations with Russia.

The parties held several rounds of negotiations after the outbreak of hostilities. After the last face-to-face meeting of delegations in Istanbul on March 29, the Russian side promised to reduce military activity in the Kiev and Chernigov direction. On March 30, the Ministry of Defense announced that the armed forces had completed all the main tasks in these areas as part of a special operation and began a planned regrouping of troops.

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German finance minister ruled out paying for Russian gas in rubles

According to Christian Lindner, the country “will not succumb to blackmail” and will reduce its dependence on Russian gas

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Germany does not plan to pay for Russian gas in rubles either now or in the future, said Finance Minister Christian Lindner .

“Turning to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, I say very clearly: we will not succumb to blackmail! We will not pay for Russian gas in rubles— and in the future too, — wrote the minister on Twitter.

He stressed that Berlin would do everything possible to stop depending on Russian gas as soon as possible.

On March 23, Putin instructed to transfer payments for gas with unfriendly countries into rubles. The European Commission considered that the new payment scheme approved by Moscow contradicts anti-Russian sanctions.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on March 31 that the country would continue to pay for Russian gas in euros. In early April, the German Ministry of Economy said that they were studying Putin's decree on the procedure for paying in rubles, but they consider payment in euros and dollars according to the agreements to be relevant.

On April 25, the German energy company Uniper said that it considers it possible to pay for Russian gas In Euro. Two days later, the company said that theoretically they could pay in rubles.

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Armenian authorities warn of risk of unrest amid opposition rallies

The opposition announced that it was planning a large-scale rally on May 1 demanding Pashinyan's resignation. Against this background, the National Security Service of the country pointed to the “real danger of organizing and conducting mass riots”

In Armenia, in connection with opposition rallies, “there is a real danger of organizing and holding mass riots,” warned the National Security Council (SNB) of the Republic.

The agency appealed to citizens “not to succumb to possible provocations, to show high civic responsibility”, to refrain from spreading hatred and calls for violence in public speeches or statements.

The NSS issued a warning ahead of a massive May 1 rally announced by the opposition. According to the vice-speaker of the Armenian parliament, a deputy from the “Hayastan” faction Ishkhan Saghatelyan, supporters of the “Resistance” movement will gather on France Square in Yerevan on this day. from different regions of the country and other forces.

“All the forces that are fighting for the homeland, for the Armenian people, this decentralized, networked struggle must at some stage intersect. This point of intersection will be May 1st, and we will continue our fight, — Aysor quotes the chairman of the Motherland party, the leader of the faction “I have the honor” and ex-director of the National Security Service Artur Vanetsyan.

Protests demanding Pashinyan's resignation have been taking place in the country since mid-April. The reason for them was the prime minister's words that the international community demands from Armenia to “lower the bar”; to demands for the status of unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh. The opposition regarded them as the readiness of the authorities to recognize Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan.

Pashinyan denies accusations that he intends to “surrender” Karabakh: “Surrendering Artsakh (Armenian name of Karabakh.— RBC), on the contrary, after the war he simply did nothing, and the surrender of Artsakh essentially became a reality. On the contrary, we are investing in Artsakh in unprecedented volumes, because keeping Artsakh means that the people of Artsakh will stay there. Save Armenia— means to ensure that the Armenians live in the country and, conversely, those who have left return. And this is impossible without peace».

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The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the ownership of Nagorno-Karabakh has been going on since the 1990s. In the fall of 2020, fighting in the region resumed. On November 10, with the mediation of Russia, an agreement was concluded on the cessation of hostilities, under the terms of which a number of territories of Nagorno-Karabakh pass to Azerbaijan. In addition, Armenian armed forces should be withdrawn from the region.

In early April, Pashinyan held talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev through the mediation of European Council President Charles Michel. Based on their results, Brussels announced that Baku and Yerevan agreed on the preparation of a peace treaty between the two countries.

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The authorities of Berdyansk will begin to pay salaries and pensions in rubles

According to and.about. mayor of a city in the Zaporozhye region controlled by Russian troops, now in circulation in Berdyansk is mainly hryvnia. Saulenko added that the city authorities will apply to Russia for financial assistance

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The authorities of Berdyansk (Zaporozhye region of Ukraine) have prepared for the transition to the payment of salaries and pensions in Russian rubles, said the appointed after the transition of the city under control of the Russian military acting. mayor Alexander Saulenko to Russian and foreign journalists, TASS reports.

“We are planning to pay pensions and salaries in rubles, at the moment the hryvnia is still in circulation for the most part. But trade enterprises and entrepreneurs, we worked with them, and they responded, — Saulenko said. He explained that pensions will be paid from the budget, which is currently being formed.

The authorities offer entrepreneurs to obtain a license and pay tax to the budget. “What concerns subsidies— we will turn to Russia for help to help us with financing, because the city budget at the moment cannot provide all payments,— he added.

According to Saulenko, the city is “returning to peaceful life,” and “even cafes and entertainment moments are present.” The police began to work in Berdyansk, utilities are also doing their job. The only problem with acting The mayor named gas: due to an accident on a gas pipeline in Mariupol, a gas pipeline was damaged, he explained. Saulenko said that Russia had promised to help and this problem would probably be resolved in the near future.

From February 24, Russia has been conducting a special military operation in Ukraine, the goals of which President Vladimir Putin called the protection of the population of Donbass, as well as ” “demilitarization and denazification” neighboring state. Putin stressed that Moscow's plans do not include the occupation of Ukrainian territories.

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Berdyansk came under the control of Russian troops on February 28, after which Saulenko became acting. mayor. Oleksandr Svidlo, who was removed from this position, participated in a meeting of the Zaporozhye Regional Military Administration on April 20.

Earlier, the authorities of the Kherson region, also under the control of the Russian military, announced the transition to the ruble from May 1.

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Monument to Pushkin dismantled in Chernihiv

The bronze bust was installed in the historical center of Chernihiv on Val in 1900. The monument was transferred to the museum

In Chernihiv, the territorial defense forces dismantled the monument to the poet Alexander Pushkin, Suspіlna Novini reports. (“Public”). The demolition of the bronze bust was authorized by the authorities; it was transferred to the historical museum.

The monument was opened in 1900 on Chernigovsky Val in the historical center of the city. It is a bronze bust 1.5 m high, mounted on a granite pedestal 2.8 m high.

According to Suspilne, the demolition of the bust was carried out by the 119th Terodefense Brigade, which on April 21 dismantled the monument to Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, installed in the courtyard of school No. 10. The representative of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance Serhiy Butko said that the plaster sculpture was damaged during the shelling.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, Chernihiv was blocked by the Russian military on the second day of the military operation in Ukraine— 25 February. The head of the Chernihiv regional state administration, Vyacheslav Chaus, spoke about the shelling of the city, but the representative of the Russian ministry, Igor Konashenkov, said that “there were no Russian troops in Chernihiv and there are none.” At the end of March, the Russian military announced that they had completed the “basic tasks” in the Kiev and Chernigov directions, after which the regrouping of troops began.

On April 25, the dismantling of the Friendship of Peoples monument began in Kyiv— bronze sculpture of two workers, symbolizing the reunification of Ukraine with Russia. It was installed in 1982. The day before, a monument to the writer Maxim Gorky, which had stood in the Central Park named after Nikolai Leontovich since 1968, was demolished in Vinnitsa.

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Putin signed a decree on payments of ₽10,000 to WWII veterans in Donbass

Putin signed a decree on the payment of ₽10 thousand to participants of the Great Patriotic War from Donbass Earlier, the Ministry of Labor reported that more than 20 thousand veterans of the Great Patriotic War living in Russia received annual payments by Victory Day =”https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/media/img/5/70/756513259396705.jpg” alt=”Putin signed a decree on payments of ₽10 thousand to WWII veterans in Donbass” />

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Russia will pay 10 thousand rubles each. veterans of the Great Patriotic War who live in the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, as well as “in the liberated territories of Ukraine.” The decree was signed by President Vladimir Putin.

The lump sum payment will be made in May; the government was instructed to provide financing for these purposes.

On April 25, the head of the Ministry of Labor Anton Kotyakov announced that annual payments of 10 thousand rubles. received by veterans of the Great Patriotic War living in Russia. According to the agency, the Pension Fund transferred these funds to more than 20 thousand people, they were delivered simultaneously with the pension.

Putin approved annual payments to participants and invalids of the Great Patriotic War in the amount of 10 thousand rubles. in April 2019. The amount of payments can be increased by regional authorities. The document was also addressed to those veterans who live in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Last year, according to the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation, more than 33 thousand people from Russia and the Baltic countries received payments.

In 2020, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, the amount of payments to combatants, war invalids , their widows and former juvenile prisoners of concentration camps amounted to 75 thousand rubles. Home front workers and former adult prisoners of concentration camps received 50 thousand rubles each.

At the end of January this year, Putin instructed to simplify the receipt of social benefits for Russians who live in the DPR and LPR. On February 21, he announced the recognition of the independence of the republics, immediately after that Russia concluded treaties of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance with them. On February 24, Putin launched a military operation in Ukraine to protect the population of Donbass from “genocide”, “denazification”; and “demilitarization” countries.

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Macron promised Zelensky to increase humanitarian aid to Ukraine

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French President Emmanuel Macron intends to increase military and humanitarian assistance to Kyiv during his second term as head of state. He announced this in a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian colleague Volodymyr Zelensky, BFM TV was told at the Elysee Palace.

The conversation lasted about an hour. The President of France noted that 615 tons of equipment, including medical equipment, food and emergency vehicles, have been sent to Ukraine so far. According to BFM, Zelensky thanked Macron for his help.

Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. The next day, Macron announced that Paris would provide financial assistance in the amount of €1.2 billion and military equipment to Kyiv.

On April 13, French Defense Minister Florence Parly said that the country had sent Ukraine military equipment worth more than €100 million, and announced new deliveries. On April 22, Macron announced that Paris would increase military assistance to Ukraine and transfer Milan anti-tank missile systems and CAESAR self-propelled artillery systems to Ukraine.

In early April, Macron announced France's readiness to become the guarantor of Ukraine's security after the cessation of hostilities on its territory. After the start of the military operation, he spoke more often than other world leaders with both Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

April 24, the second round of the presidential elections took place in France. Macron won with 58.54% of the vote. Zelensky congratulated him on his re-election and called his French colleague a “true friend”.

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Kursk governor announced the shelling of the border checkpoint on the border with Ukraine

In the Rylsky district of the Kursk region, mortars were fired at a border checkpoint from the Ukrainian side, Governor Roman Starovoit said on Telegram.

"April 30, at about 3:30 pm, at the Krupets checkpoint in the Rylsky district, several mortar shells»,— Starovoit wrote. According to him, the border guards and the military returned fire and suppressed the firing point, there was no damage or casualties.

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Vucic called the conflict in Ukraine “not regional, but global”

The President of Serbia said that everyone avoids these words, but the situation in Ukraine is a “world economic and political conflict.” It is because of him, according to Vučić, that prices are rising in Serbia ” alt=” Vučić called the conflict in Ukraine “not regional, but global” />

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What is happening in Ukraine— not a regional, but a “global economic and political conflict,” said Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, RTV reports.

The inhabitants of the country have not yet fully understood what is happening in Europe and why, for example, goods in Serbia rise in price, he said. According to the President, everyone avoids the words about the “world conflict”, and no one tells citizens the truth about the causes of inflation.

The head of state assured that the authorities are doing everything possible to make the residents feel the consequences of the conflict as little as possible, including controlling fuel prices.

“This is all imported inflation, because the prices for steel, gas , oil, fertilizers are growing. This permeates [prices] for all agricultural products,” — Vucic explained. He asked the population to “understand and see how much the state does every day to maintain the standard of living.”

The President said he would issue a more detailed statement on sanctions against Russia on May 6. He emphasized that in international politics there is no concept of “friendship”, there are only the own interests of countries. “I will make decisions in the interests of Serbia, not East or West,” — Vucic promised.

On February 25, the day after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Vucic said that the imposition of sanctions against Russia was not in Serbia's interests. He later spoke of the high price Belgrade pays for refusing to impose sanctions.

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On March 13, the president said that the events in Ukraine were the most difficult conflict for Europe and the world after World War II. He said that the economic situation in Serbia is deteriorating every day, and admitted that he was in despair.

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In Finland, Russian bases near the borders were considered a consequence of joining NATO

Moscow warned that when Finland joins NATO, Russia will have to strengthen the grouping of troops along the borders with the alliance. Niiniste did not rule out the appearance of Russian military bases near Finland and the strengthening of the presence in the Baltic ” alt=”Finland considers Russian bases near the borders as a consequence of joining NATO” />

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Warnings from Russian officials about the consequences if Finland joins NATO— expected reaction, Finnish President Sauli Niiniste told Ilta-Sanomat.

“This is a fairly consistent continuation of what we heard many years ago, including from President Putin,” — he thinks. Niiniste believes that Russia can build military bases near the eastern borders of the country and begin to group troops there. The President of Finland also admits that Russia will begin to build up its military presence in the Baltic.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said earlier that Finland's accession to NATO would have “negative consequences for peace and stability in northern Europe,” while Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of the Security Council, warned that Russia would have to seriously strengthen the grouping of ground forces along the borders with the alliance and significantly deploy naval forces in the Gulf of Finland.

Finland, like Sweden, has the status of a state— NATO partner. The bloc includes 30 countries, of the Scandinavian states it includes Norway and Denmark. The Finnish authorities have previously said that they will not rush into the decision to join the North Atlantic Alliance.

The “turning point”, according to Niniiste, for him was the requirements for security guarantees that Russia announced in December 2021, including— non-expansion of NATO to the east.

“These requirements also extended to Finland and Sweden. <…> This suggests that Russia does not see us as it saw us, that is, as militarily non-aligned, fully sovereign stable states, but in a sense— as part of their interests»,— he said, adding that Russia thus tried to limit the choice of Finland and Sweden.

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The Times sources reported that Sweden and Finland are ready to join NATO this summer. According to Erkki Tuomioi, Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Finnish Parliament, Helsinki may apply in the coming weeks.

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Bloomberg called the possible timing of the EU’s refusal of Russian oil

The sixth package of sanctions against Russia may include a plan to phase out Russian oil by the end of 2022. To do this, the proposal must be approved by all EU countries, including Hungary, which opposed such a measure

The European Union intends to propose a complete phase-out of Russian oil by the end of the year with a gradual decrease in imports by this time, Bloomberg writes, citing sources. The interlocutors of the agency added that Brussels will seek to disconnect new Russian banks, including Sberbank, from the SWIFT international payment system.

In addition to these measures, restrictions on the operation of cloud services and the purchase of real estate may be included in the sixth package of anti-Russian sanctions. Military and businessmen can be added to the lists of individual restrictions.

Some countries insist on tightening restrictions on maritime trade, the sources noted.

A decision on new sanctions could be made as early as next week at a meeting of EU ambassadors. The contents of the package may change by the time it is officially announced, Bloomberg interlocutors added.

Sanctions must be approved by all 27 EU countries. At the same time, the Hungarian authorities have previously stated that Budapest will not join the sanctions against Russian oil and gas.

The New York wrote about EU plans next week to approve a phased embargo on Russian oil Times.

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Politico previously reported that sanctions under the sixth package could include a “certain ban” on the import of Russian oil and the exclusion of several Russian banks from SWIFT.

Bloomberg wrote about Germany's readiness to consider sanctions against Sberbank, although Berlin had previously opposed tough restrictions against it: the authorities feared that these sanctions would interfere with financial transactions related to energy. Recently, Germany has found alternative suppliers and is now preparing to support the phase-out of Russian oil, the agency’s interlocutors said.

The Russian authorities have repeatedly called EU sanctions illegal and warned that in the event of a phase-out of Russian oil and gas, the West will have to face with a sharp rise in prices.

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The Russian Orthodox Church called unacceptable talk about nuclear weapons in Ukraine

The representative of the Russian Orthodox Church, Vladimir Legoyda, pointed out the unacceptability of such statements both from a moral point of view and for “reasons of one's own security.” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the risks of nuclear war significant The ROC called unacceptable talk about nuclear weapons in Ukraine” />

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Statements about the use of tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine are unacceptable “from any point of view: from moral to just considerations of one's own security,” said the chairman of the Synodal Department Moscow Patriarchate for Relations between the Church, Society and the Media Vladimir Legoyda.

Materials about the possibility of using nuclear weapons were published, in particular, by The Wall Street Journal, where a column was published by former US national security adviser Robert O'Brien on how to avoid such a collision. The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, called such reports fake. Thesis, “thrown” in the public space in the West, in her words, “extremely primitive and at the same time extremely terrible: the Russians are threatening nuclear war,” but he is “extremely untrue and deceitful.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called “very, very significant” risks of nuclear war. “I really don’t want these risks to be artificially inflated, but there are a lot of people who want them,” — continued the Foreign Minister. According to Lavrov, Moscow's principled position is the thesis of the inadmissibility of nuclear war. US Ambassador John Sullivan called the Russian minister's statement “nuclear blackmail” that Washington will not fall for.

Back in March, Lavrov said that he did not believe in the possible start of a nuclear war. “I draw your attention to the fact that in the context of the events that have unfolded in Ukraine in recent years and have escalated literally in recent months and weeks, the nuclear topic has been thrown into this discourse exclusively by Western representatives, primarily NATO members,” — then the minister said.

The head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, considered statements about the possibility of using nuclear weapons dangerous and unproductive. The White House called for “lowering the rhetoric” about a possible nuclear war.

Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, Chief of the Radiation, Chemical and Biological Defense Forces of the Russian Armed Forces, said on April 23 that the United States was preparing a provocation using weapons of mass destruction on the territory of Ukraine to accuse Moscow of using “chemical, biological or tactical nuclear weapons.” p>Read on RBC Pro Pro How to grow even in a crisis. Applying Deming principles in sales Instructions Pro What Russian bloggers write about and how businesses can use it Instructions Pro What mistakes do companies make when working with job portals Instructions Pro When is it better to go on vacation so as not to lose money Instructions Pro How to transform the financial model in conditions uncertainty Instructions Pro No time to wait: three principles for mobilizing any team in a crisis Instructions Pro There is no salary in the vacancy: how to apply for the maximum at an interview Instructions Pro Should we wait for further strengthening of the ruble and what it can turn into Articles

< p>In March, the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov assured that “no one even considers the very idea of ​​using nuclear weapons.” According to him, Russia can use nuclear weapons only in case of a threat to the existence of the country, and “the existence of a threat to existence and a special military operation are in no way connected with each other.” The Kremlin representative is convinced that no outcome of the special operation will be a reason for the use of such weapons.

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Erdogan called on Russia and Ukraine to act “with common sense”

Erdogan told Guterres that Turkey is ready to support the work of the contact group for the evacuation from Ukraine and the delivery of humanitarian aid to the country and will take actions “to overcome the crisis and establish peace”

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed by phone with UN Secretary General António Guterres the situation in Ukraine, where the Russian military operation is taking place, the NTV channel reports, citing the Turkish leader's communications department.

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The UN Secretary General told Erdogan about his contacts with the Russian and Ukrainian leadership. The Turkish President, for his part, said that Ankara is ready to provide maximum support to the UN-led Contact Group on the evacuation of civilians from the territory where hostilities are taking place and humanitarian assistance.

Erdogan also said that Turkey will continue to “call on Ukraine and Russia to act with common sense and on the basis of reconciliation”; and will make efforts “to overcome this crisis and bring about peace.”

On Monday, April 25, the President of Turkey and the UN Secretary General held a meeting in Ankara. They stressed the need to create humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians and the delivery of assistance to the affected areas, and also agreed to “seek an early peace for Ukraine and create conditions that would put an end to the suffering of the civilian population.”

The next day, Guterres arrived in Moscow, where he held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Secretary General proposed to create a contact group on humanitarian corridors from Ukraine. Guterres' office later reported that Putin “agreed in principle” for the participation of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross in the evacuation of civilians from the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant; in Mariupol.

The evacuation of people from Mariupol was one of the main topics of the meeting between Guterres and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on April 28. “We're doing everything we can to make it happen,” — said the UN Secretary General, but did not provide details so that the process would not fail.

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Erdogan offered several times to become a mediator in Russian-Ukrainian negotiations. On March 10, Foreign Ministers of the two countries Sergey Lavrov and Dmitry Kuleba met in Antalya, and on March 29, negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations took place in Istanbul.

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The Russian Defense Ministry reported that a Ukrainian Su-25 was shot down near Kherson

The Ministry of Defense reported on the downed Ukrainian drones in the Kharkiv region, the interception of 12 shells of the Smerch multiple launch rocket system and the destruction of “over 200 nationalists”

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Russian air defense systems shot down a Ukrainian Su-25 attack aircraft in the Kherson region near the village of Chervony Yar, the Ministry of Defense reports.

The military shot down two Ukrainian drones over the village of Vladimirovka near Kherson and intercepted 12 rockets of the Smerch multiple launch rocket system; near the village of Kamenka.

According to the department, the Russian army hit 17 Ukrainian military facilities with high-precision air-launched missiles in a day, including areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment, artillery firing positions and installations of multiple launch rocket systems fire. The military also destroyed a command post and an arms depot in the Dnepropetrovsk region, the ministry reports.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

According to the data Ministry of Defense, “over 200 nationalists” were killed as a result of Russian air strikes and 23 armored vehicles.

The agency claims that almost 1,200 Ukrainian field artillery pieces and mortars, 2,600 tanks and other military vehicles, more than 270 anti-aircraft missile systems.

The military operation in Ukraine has been going on since February 24th. The Ministry of Defense claims that it does not strike civilian targets.

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Syrian president announces amnesty for terrorists

Citizens convicted of terrorist activities who committed their crimes before April 30 will be released from punishment. The amnesty does not apply to criminals whose actions caused the death of people alt=”The President of Syria announced an amnesty for terrorists” />

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a decree on amnesty for citizens of the country convicted of terrorist activities, SANA reports.

Amnesty applies to crimes committed before April 30, 2022, with the exception of actions that resulted in the death of people.

Since 2011, a civil war has been going on in Syria, in which several anti-government terrorist organizations are participating on the side of the opposition. One of the largest— «Islamic Front»— was created to counter the Assad government. It includes several groups, including Jaish al-Islam; and “Ahrar ash-sham”. The purpose of the organization— establishing control over Syria with the subsequent creation of an Islamic state. Other organizations involved in the conflict — “Islamic State” and “Hayat Tahrir al-Sham” (both are recognized as terrorist in Russia and banned).

In January, the head of state announced an amnesty for all deserters, including those who fled the country on condition of voluntary appearance.

< p> In May last year, Assad signed a decree on a general amnesty. Those convicted for misdemeanors, offenses, crimes, including evasion of military service, were released from punishment.

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Greek PM says Russian gas cannot be replaced ‘overnight’

European countries understand the need to reduce dependence on Russian gas, but realize that this will not happen immediately, the Greek prime minister said. Sanctions should not hurt the EU more than Russia, he pointed out alt=”Greek prime minister says Russian gas cannot be replaced 'overnight'” />

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EU sanctions against Russia are important and already bearing fruit, but should be treated with caution, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told Real News.

Europe must make sure that the restrictions that are being adopted do not cause more damage to the EU countries than to Russia, “since the European economy cannot completely replace Russian gas with gas from other suppliers,” Mitsotakis said (quoted from Reporter.gr).

“Everyone in Europe understands that we need to get rid of Russian gas as soon as possible. But it is also clear that this will not happen overnight,— he continued. Therefore, Greece has prepared short-term and long-term plans to ensure the country's energy sufficiency.

At the end of March, according to Bloomberg, Greece began to look for options to replace Russian gas in the event of a cut in supplies. In January, Mitsotakis said the country had reduced its dependence on fuel from Russia from around 40% to 33%.

On March 23, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on payments in rubles for natural gas supplies to countries that the Russian authorities consider unfriendly (the list includes all EU countries, Great Britain, the USA, Canada and others). According to the document, countries that buy gas from Russia must open accounts with Gazprombank. They pay in euros through a bank, which will then convert the currency into rubles. The scheme began to operate on April 1.

Poland and Bulgaria refused to pay for gas in rubles, which is why Gazprom suspended deliveries to these countries. Greece then announced that it would help Bulgaria: Athens said that Sofia had bought a share of supplies through the LNG terminal in the country, Kathimerini wrote.

Greece's next payment to Gazprom under a contract valid until 2026, should be produced in May. Athens did not specify exactly how the payment would be made, but noted that Greece could “avoid problems for a while, even if Russia stops deliveries,” the newspaper reported.

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Kuleba offered China to become a security guarantor for Ukraine

Ukraine wants to see five members of the UN Security Council, including China, among the security guarantors, said Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba. He expressed hope that Beijing would call Moscow for a ceasefire

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Ukraine hopes to receive security guarantees from all five permanent members of the UN Security Council (France, USA, Russia, China and Great Britain), said in an interview with the agency Xinhua Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.

“We offer China to become one of the guarantors of Ukraine's security, this is a sign of our respect and trust in the People's Republic of China”, — he said.

The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expressed the hope that Beijing would call Moscow for a ceasefire: “This will allow us to stabilize the situation and focus on ensuring the safety of citizens, including foreigners.”

According to Kuleba, the negotiation process between Moscow and Kyiv “significantly complicated”; after the last face-to-face meeting of the Russian and Ukrainian delegations in Istanbul at the end of March. On them, the Ukrainian side handed over to the Russian proposals, according to which Kyiv is ready for a non-nuclear and non-bloc status in exchange for security guarantees. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier that the talks had “stalled” as Kyiv left unanswered Moscow's latest proposals, formulated taking into account the comments of the Ukrainian side.

The head of the Kyiv delegation, David Arakhamia, pointed out that Ukraine insists on concluding an “international treaty that will be signed and ratified by all guarantors”, which, according to him, could be permanent members of the UN Security Council, as well as Turkey, Germany, Italy, Israel , Poland and Canada. The Russian Foreign Ministry agrees that Russia, the USA, Great Britain, France and China can become guarantors for Ukraine.

Readiness to take on the role of guarantors was expressed, in particular, by Germany, Italy, France and Great Britain.

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The day before, Kuleba urged the partner countries to “decide what security guarantees they are ready to provide.” President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that Kyiv requires such a format of guarantees, when the decision on assistance in case of aggression against the Ukrainian side will be made on the first day.

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Workers at the port of Amsterdam refused to unload a ship with oil from Russia

In turn, the Dutch authorities stated that they have no legal grounds to prohibit the vessel from entering the port, since the tanker sails under the flag of the Marshall Islands

Amsterdam port workers said they would not unload Sunny tanker Liger with Russian oil. Earlier, employees of the Port of Rotterdam also refused to unload the ship. This was reported by the Netherlands Broadcasting Corporation (NOS).

According to the Vesselfinder vessel tracking system, the oil tanker Sunny Liger is sailing from Primorsk and is located 40km off the coast of the Netherlands. According to the agency, the union convinced port workers not to participate in the unloading of the ship. The day before, workers at the Port of Rotterdam also refused to accept the tanker.

The municipality of Amsterdam, which is the sole shareholder of the port, said that they consider the unloading of the Sunny Liger tanker undesirable. “We support the workers of the port”, — said the mayor of the city, Femke Halsema. At the same time, the Dutch authorities said that they have no legal grounds to prohibit the ship from entering the port, since the tanker sails under the flag of the Marshall Islands and does not fall under EU sanctions, according to NOS.

On April 8, the European Union imposed new sanctions against Russia, including a ban on ships flying the Russian flag from entering EU ports and restrictions on Russian and Belarusian companies to transport goods through the EU, including transit. Later, the Federal Customs Service (FCS) reported that the EU countries had stopped letting trucks registered in Russia and Belarus pass. The UK did not exclude this either.

Earlier, the authorities of Canada, Norway, Romania, Italy and Bulgaria banned Russian ships from entering their ports. Later, US President Joe Biden announced a similar decision. According to him, this will deprive Russia of “the advantages of the international economic system, which she has so enjoyed in the past.”

First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov, in response to the sanctions, said that Western countries are trying to isolate Russia through four rings of blockade: financial, trade, transport and humanitarian, but this is impossible. “It is impossible to isolate Russia, the world's sixth largest economy, from the global economic system. And the events of the last month and a half clearly testify to this, — the First Deputy Prime Minister is convinced.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the supply of grain by Ukraine to the EU in exchange for weapons

According to a representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Kyiv supplies agricultural products to the EU despite the fact that it is not enough for its own population to feed and sow

Ukraine daily supplies food to Romania in exchange for weapons despite the shortage of products for its own population, said Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the Russian National Defense Control Center.

“According to the available data, the Ukrainian authorities on a daily basis organized a mass export by road and rail, as well as barges from the port of Izmail along the Danube of grain, corn, oil crops and farm animals to Romania. To date, about 20 million tons have been exported. By the return route, in exchange for the specified agricultural products, foreign weapons and ammunition are imported to Ukraine, — he said.

The general emphasized that Kyiv supplies agricultural products to Bucharest, despite the fact that its own population does not have enough of it to feed and conduct the spring sowing campaign.

Russia and Ukraine— one of the largest suppliers of wheat in the world, follows from the data of the Foreign Agricultural Service of the US Department of Agriculture. In the 2021/22 season, which began in July, Russia accounted for 16% of world wheat exports, Ukraine— ten%. The largest share of the European Union— 18%, another 13% in Australia, 11%— in the USA, 5%— in India, and the remaining & mdash; from other countries.

Ukraine is also one of the largest exporters of corn. The country's share in world exports is 14% (Russia has 2%). As for sunflower oil, the share of Russia and Ukraine in the world export of oil and meal in previous years was about 80%.

Against the backdrop of Russia's special military operation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly called on Western countries to increase arms supplies and ammunition for them. To date, the United States, Germany, Great Britain and other Western countries have already announced an increase in arms supplies to Kyiv.

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Earlier, world leaders said on March 24 that food problems could worsen in the world— French and US Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden after the G7 summit. According to Macron, this development of events will be a direct consequence of the Russian special operation.

Macron warned that the crisis could become unprecedented. Due to the fighting and the threat of disruption of the planting campaign, some countries that depend on grain supplies from Russia and Ukraine are already experiencing difficulties, and “the situation will become even more serious in 12-18 months.”

Biden also called the likely crisis real and noted that G7 leaders discussed measures that should reduce food shortages.

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Georgia urges US to increase its political support

Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili called on Western partners, including the United States, to “remember” Georgia and Moldova and demonstrate political support for these countries, which will be an “important signal” to Moscow

Georgia now needs the political support of Western partners, including the United States , as an “important signal” for Moscow, President Salome Zurabishvili said in an interview with The Hill.

She said she hoped to see Georgia among the talking points released by the Biden administration, saying it would send “an important message” for Moscow. Zurabishvili stressed that this is not about increasing military assistance, but about demonstrating political support for Georgia, as well as Moldova.

According to her, despite the fact that Moscow cannot now deploy troops to start a new operation, Russia “can still play on nerves,

and this is what it is doing in Transnistria, trying to sow fears, destabilize the population”

“In this way, Russia shows that even if it is focused on Ukraine, it does not forget Moldova and [Georgia]. So, again, our Western partners should, for their part, not forget Georgia, — she said.

Zurabishvili also indicated that Georgia does not intend to back down from its NATO aspirations, as it seeks security guarantees.

In early April, after announcing the resignation of Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani and his appointment as the country's ambassador to the United States, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili called Washington the most important strategic partner of Georgia. According to him, the task of Tbilisi — bring relations between the two countries to a new, higher level. “I believe David can do it,” — he said.

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In mid-February, Reuters reported that Georgian Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze, while on a visit to Brussels, said that the country's accession to NATO is the only way to preserve the country's territorial integrity. In early March, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that the issue of membership of Georgia and Ukraine in NATO is not currently on the agenda. Presidents of the United States and France Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron and Secretary General of the alliance Jens Stoltenberg also spoke about this.

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The Pentagon showed the M113 armored personnel carriers transferred to Ukraine

The M113 armored personnel carrier was developed in 1959 and is still in service with many countries of the world. In total, up to 200 such vehicles are planned to be delivered to Ukraine

The Pentagon has distributed video footage with M113 armored personnel carriers, which the US military is preparing to hand over to Ukrainian troops. The current assistance package for Ukraine includes 200 such vehicles, which have been in service with the United States and its allies since the 1960s.

“US Army personnel place M113 armored personnel carriers on motor vehicles”,— it says in the video description. The video was filmed at an army base in the state of Georgia.

M113 armored personnel carrier— developed in the USA in 1959, put into mass production in 1960 and produced until 2007. In total, more than 80 thousand cars of this class were produced.

Earlier, the US military department also announced the dispatch of M777 howitzers to Ukraine. According to a Pentagon spokesman, as of April 29, about 60% of the 90 howitzers planned for delivery were already in Ukraine along with 155-mm shells.

Finnish newspaper learned about the deadline for transferring gas payments to rubles

According to sources from Helsingin Sanomat, for Finland, as well as for other EU countries, Gazprom has set a deadline for transferring gas payments into rubles on May 20

Finnish authorities are preparing to cut off gas supplies from Russia on May 21, according to the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, citing government sources.

According to the publication, the Russian Gazprom gave time to the Finnish state gas company Gasum until May 20 on the issue of transferring gas payments into rubles. According to the newspaper's sources, the deadline is the same for many other EU countries.

It is possible that Russian pipeline gas supplies to Finland and most of Europe will be cut off on May 21, writes Helsingin Sanomat.

At the end of March, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the transfer of all payments for gas supplies into rubles, he instructed to apply the measure to “unfriendly countries”— this list includes Finland, as well as all other countries of the European Union, the USA, Japan, etc. Putin justified his decision by the desire to “refuse to use in such calculations all currencies that have compromised themselves”, which should be achieved, in his opinion, ” ;as soon as possible. The scheme began to operate from April 1.

Finland previously refused to pay for gas under the new scheme. According to the Finnish Minister for European Affairs and Corporate Governance Titti Tuppurainen, the decision was made in accordance with the recommendations of the European Commission, which considered such a measure a breach of contracts. The minister added that Finland is striving to stop importing gas from Russia as soon as possible.

April 27 Gazprom announced the suspension of gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria. As explained in the company, “Bulgargaz” (Bulgaria) and PGNiG (Poland) refused to pay for further gas supplies in rubles, as required by Russian law. At Gazprom also warned that in the event of unauthorized withdrawal of Russian gas from transit volumes to third countries, supplies for transit will be reduced by this volume. They promised to resume gas transit there at the time of payment made according to the new procedure.

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В At the same time, Bloomberg reported that four European companies had already paid for gas supplies from Russia in rubles, and ten companies had opened special accounts with Gazprombank. In total, the list of gas buyers from the list of “unfriendly” There are 23 states in the countries, the agency specified.

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Why collect pine buds?

AIF at Dacha No. 8. The seedling season has begun 04/26/2022

At the end of April — early May is the time to stock up on pine buds for the whole year. Harvest them on a sunny day until they open up and are covered in pinkish-orange scales. A pine bud is nothing but a storehouse of many useful substances; it contains a huge potential for the growth of a future branch of a plant. The chemistry is amazing. These are resins with tannins, and essential oils, and phytoncides, and vitamins B and C.

Collect the buds carefully, do not tear the entire batch from one pine, but take only a few from each. Dry them at home on a flat surface where the sun's rays do not fall, spreading them in a thin layer. Stir medicinal raw materials once a day. As soon as excess moisture leaves the kidneys, put them in a glass container, tightly covered with a lid. Store in a dark place.

Decoctions, tinctures, inhalations and potions are prepared from the kidneys. Herbalists believe that such medicines can cure a number of diseases: tonsillitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, bronchial asthma, tuberculosis, as well as gastritis and sciatica. Kidneys brewed with boiling water and infused in a thermos are good for colds and viral diseases.

However, consult your doctor before using this medicine, side effects are also possible.

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