Putin signed a decree on new Russian response to sanctions

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree “On the application of retaliatory special economic measures in connection with the unfriendly actions of certain foreign states and international organizations”. The document is posted on the official Internet portal of legal information.

The decree states that the measures are introduced in order to protect the national interests of the country and in response to unfriendly and contrary to international law actions by the United States and its affiliated states aimed at “illegal deprivation” of or restriction of property rights by Russia, Russians and Russian legal entities.

According to the text of the decree, federal state authorities, state authorities of the constituent entities of the country, other state bodies, local governments, organizations and individuals under the jurisdiction of Russia , it is prohibited:

  • to make transactions (including the conclusion of foreign trade contracts) with persons under sanctions;
  • fulfill obligations to persons under sanctions under the transactions, if the obligations are not fulfilled or not fulfilled in full;
  • carry out financial transactions that benefit persons under sanctions. The Central Bank of Russia was given the right to give official clarifications on this issue.

It also introduces a ban on the export of products and raw materials outside Russia, the production and extraction of which are carried out in the country, in the event that they are supplied in favor of persons under sanctions, or persons under sanctions, — in favor of third parties.

Putin instructed the Russian government to approve the list of persons under sanctions within 10 days.

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The countries of America, Europe and Asia are introducing new sanctions against Russia since the end of February. For example, the EU, USA, Canada, Japan, and Australia imposed restrictions on Russian banks (including VTB and Sberbank), exports of high-tech products to Russia, the Central Bank, the Ministry of Finance, RDIF and large state corporations.

In addition, some countries have imposed sanctions personally against Putin, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, members of the Russian Security Council and State Duma deputies.

The EU froze almost half of the Central Bank's gold and foreign exchange reserves, and also banned the import of coal from Russia. The US banned the import of Russian energy products, including crude oil.

Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko warned on February 25 that Russia was preparing a series of retaliatory sanctions. According to her, they will not be mirrored, but will hit the weak points of Western countries.

Russia adopted personal sanctions on March 15. He proposed a ban on entry into the country for US President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and other US politicians.

On March 21, Russia refused to continue negotiations with Japan on a peace treaty on the ownership of the Kuril Islands.

Later, Putin transferred payment for gas exports to “unfriendly countries” in rubles.

The director of the Department of Economic Cooperation of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Dmitry Birichevsky, said at the end of March that Moscow had practically not yet begun to use retaliatory measures against Western sanctions.

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Pope spoke about Orban’s words about Russia’s plan to end the operation

Pope: Orban announced Russia's plans to end the special operation in Ukraine by May 9 Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said that the Russian military would not artificially adjust their actions to Victory Day

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Pope Francis told the Corriere della Sera newspaper that Hungarian President Viktor Orban told him that Russia plans to complete a special military operation in Ukraine by May 9.

“Orban, when I met him, told me that the Russians have a plan that everything will end on May 9th. I hope so, — said the pontiff. He called himself a pessimist, but emphasized that everything possible must be done to end hostilities.

On May 1, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Russian military would not artificially tailor its actions to a specific date, including May 9 Victory Day. According to him, the pace of the special operation in Ukraine depends “on the need to minimize any risks for the civilian population and Russian military personnel.”

Prior to this, Lavrov said that the condition for ending hostilities in Ukraine is the achievement of the set goals.< /p>

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special military operation in Ukraine. He called its goals the denazification, demilitarization of the country and the protection of the inhabitants of Donbass from genocide.

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In late March, the head of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff, Sergei Rudskoy, reported that Russian troops occupied more than 90% of the territory of the LPR and almost half of the DPR , and also established control over the Kherson region and most of the Zaporozhye region.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu noted a significant decrease in the combat potential of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and therefore, according to him, now there is an opportunity to focus on achieving the main goal— liberation of Donbass.

Nevertheless, on April 22, Major General Rustam Minnekaev, deputy commander of the Central Military District for military-political work, announced that during the second phase of the special operation, the Russian military was going to take control of southern Ukraine. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on issues related to the special operation.

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The Ministry of Defense of Russia reported that the Armed Forces of Ukraine took up firing positions at Azovstal

The Ukrainian military occupied firing points during the regime of silence at Azovstal, this regime was established for the evacuation of civilians, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The department indicated that the military of the DPR and Russia are destroying these positions = “The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the Armed Forces of Ukraine were occupying firing positions at Azovstal” />

Ukrainian military and fighters of “Azov” (recognized as extremist in Russia and banned), located at the Azovstal plant; in Mariupol, took up firing positions during the silence regime introduced for the evacuation of civilians, said the press officer of the Russian Ministry of Defense Vadim Astafyev, the Zvezda TV channel reported.

“They came out of the basements, they occupied firing positions on the territory and in the buildings of the plant. Now units of the Russian army and the DPR, using artillery and aircraft, are beginning to destroy these firing positions, — said Astafiev (quote from RIA Novosti).

Evacuation of civilians from the territory of the metallurgical plant “Azovstal” became one of the main topics of the meeting of UN Secretary General António Guterres with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. The Ukrainian authorities asked Guterres to become the initiator and guarantor of the withdrawal of civilians from the plant, he offered Putin the mediation of the UN and the Red Cross. After the consent of the Russian president, the UN began to form a group whose purpose was to coordinate the evacuation.

The Russian side suspected that the Ukrainian authorities intended to withdraw all the people at the plant to the territory controlled by Kyiv in order to hide the presence of mercenaries among them, this version was voiced by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in early May. He said that on the territory of “Azovstal” there are a large number of “characters who will confirm the presence of both mercenaries, and perhaps active officers of the Western armies, on the side of the Ukrainian radicals.”

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced the evacuation from Azovstal 46 people for 30 April. The next day, May 1, 80 civilians were taken out of the plant, 69 of them wished to go to the territory controlled by Kyiv, they left in the direction of Zaporozhye, accompanied by UN and Red Cross employees.

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The Kremlin insists that civilians have the right to freely leave the territory of Azovstal; and “go in any direction”, the Ukrainian military should hand over their weapons and also leave, they will be spared their lives. In mid-April, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev warned that “mercenaries” who did not surrender to Russian forces “are subject to denazification in the first place.” “Of course, if they survive,” — he added.

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The Foreign Ministry accused the Israeli authorities of supporting the “neo-Nazi regime”

The Foreign Ministry accused the Israeli authorities of supporting the “neo-Nazi regime” in Ukraine Earlier, Lavrov said that the presence of a Jewish president in power in Ukraine does not guarantee the absence of Nazism in the country. In Israel, the statement was considered “racist”. The Russian Foreign Ministry then stated that Israel supports neo-Nazis

Putin told Macron that Moscow is open to dialogue with Kyiv

Kyiv negotiators show “inconsistency and unpreparedness” for serious work, but Russia is open for dialogue, Putin says

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Russia is open to negotiations with the Ukrainian side, despite “inconsistency and unpreparedness” representatives of Kyiv to serious work. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, the Kremlin press service reports.

“The President of Russia outlined the principled approaches to negotiating with Ukrainian representatives”, — the message says.

EU countries ignore “crimes of Ukrainian security forces” and their massive shelling of cities and towns in the Donbass, Putin said during the conversation, expressing confidence that Western states are able to make efforts to “stop these atrocities.” The Russian president noted that this could be achieved by “having an appropriate impact on the Kyiv authorities, as well as stopping arms supplies to Ukraine,” the Kremlin said.

Putin also told his French counterpart about «about the liberation of Mariupol» and spoke about the process of evacuating civilians from the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant.

Macron, during the conversation, expressed concern about the “emerging problem of ensuring global food security.” In response, Putin said that this situation is aggravated primarily because of international sanctions against Russia. The President of Russia also pointed out the importance of the smooth functioning of the global transport and logistics infrastructure.

The conversation between Putin and Macron lasted 2 hours and 10 minutes, BFM journalist Patrick Sos said earlier.

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At the end of April, the French leader discussed the situation in Ukraine with President Volodymyr Zelensky, the conversation lasted about an hour. Macron said that a total of 615 tons of equipment was transferred to Kyiv, and promised during his second presidential term to increase the volume of supplies of military and humanitarian supplies. Before, he said that France was ready to become a security guarantor for Ukraine, subject to the withdrawal of Russian troops from its territory.

Security guarantees for Ukraine became one of the requirements of Kyiv in negotiations with Moscow, the first rounds of meetings of delegations were held at the end of February in Belarus. The parties achieved the greatest progress a month later, during a meeting in Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace.

Putin called the results of the meeting a breakthrough. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the end of the talks that they had given a significant “impetus to the peace process.” The head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, said that Moscow had taken “two huge steps towards peace.”

After the events in the city of Bucha, the Ukrainian side reported a change in the emotional background at the talks. “It leaves a certain imprint,” — said adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian president Mikhail Podolyak, explaining that the country's residents have become more negative about any negotiation concept.

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Patriarch Kirill declared Russia’s unwillingness to fight with anyone

He expressed the hope that the Lord would keep “the Russian land from internecine strife and from the invasion of foreigners”

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Russia did not attack other countries, but only defended its borders, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said at a sermon in the Archangel Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin.

“We don’t want to fight anyone. Russia has never attacked anyone. It is amazing that a great and powerful country has never attacked anyone— she only defended her borders, — said the patriarch.

He expressed the hope that the country would be “strong, mighty and at the same time loved by God”, the Lord would keep “the Russian land from internecine strife and from the invasion of foreigners” and to strengthen the Orthodox faith as “the only spiritual force capable of really holding our people together.”

The patriarch, serving in the Archangel Cathedral, where Russian princes and tsars from Ivan I to Peter II are buried, noted that «among them there was not a single traitor— everyone served the Motherland to the best of their ability. and now people turn to them with a prayer for the country, “so that our sacred borders are impregnable, so that we always have the wisdom, strength and honor to defend them if necessary.”

In his Paschal address, Patriarch Kirill urged the faithful to pray fervently for “lasting peace to triumph.” Pope Francis, congratulating the head of the Russian Orthodox Church on Easter, expressed the hope that spiritual leaders will be able to become peacemakers.

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Pridnestrovie announced the prevention of a new terrorist attack

The authorities reported that they had neutralized a drone with explosives, which was intended for a terrorist attack on a television and radio center in Mayak

In Transnistria, another terrorist attack was prevented at a television and radio center in the village of Mayak, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the unrecognized republic reported in Telegram. The agency also published a photo of the drone, with which, according to its data, they were supposed to organize a terrorist attack. Attached to the drone were explosives and a radio device that was supposed to serve as a detonator. Drone neutralized.

“The drone with a diameter of one and a half meters is assembled from various components,” — reported to the Interior Ministry. It was stuffed with 2 kg of plastid and carried a five-liter container with an incendiary mixture. In total, the drone could carry a load of up to 20 kg and cover a distance of up to 30 km.

“A drone with such a dangerous load, according to experts, was launched from the Ukrainian side”,— reported in the department.

At the end of April, a series of explosions took place in Transnistria, which the authorities of the unrecognized republic called terrorist attacks. Explosions occurred near the building of the Ministry of State Security in Tiraspol and in the village of Mayak, where two antennas of the center that relayed Russian radio were disabled. A military unit in the village of Parkany was also attacked.

On April 26, the Transnistrian authorities introduced a red level of terrorist threat. They considered that the attacks were carried out by unknown people who illegally arrived from Ukraine.

Moldovan President Maia Sandu, in turn, said that the explosions are connected with “various forces inside Transnistria” that are interested in destabilizing the situation.

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President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky considered that the situation in the region is “trying to destabilize” Russia. Moscow regarded these incidents as terrorism and an attempt to involve the region in what is happening in Ukraine.

Aleksei Arestovich, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, said that Chisinau should turn to Kyiv and Bucharest for help in resolving conflict in Transnistria. According to him, in this case, the Ukrainian forces will be ready to take control of the unrecognized republic.

However, the Moldovan authorities responded that the solution to the conflict in Transnistria would be achieved only through the negotiation process, and not by force.< /p> Materials for the article Authors Tags Subscribe to RuTube RBC Live broadcasts, videos and recordings of programs on our RuTube channel

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The Russians were reminded of the rules for making a fire in the country

It is allowed to make a fire and make barbecue in the country in specially prepared places. About this in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta recalled State Duma deputy, chairman of the Union of Summer Residents of the Moscow Region Nikita Chaplin.

According to the interlocutor of the publication, it is allowed to burn dry branches on the territory of the site, but there must be at least 5 meters from the fence. This can be done both in a barrel and in a specially designated place.

It is clarified that kebabs should be fried at a distance of 5 meters from the house and away from neighbors in order to avoid a fine of 5 thousand rubles.

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At the same time, it is generally forbidden to burn anything in the common area, so you need to order a waste container. In this regard, Chaplin urged SNT to conclude an agreement on garbage collection.

Soon, standards for garbage collection may appear in the Moscow region, the specialist warned.

Earlier, a nutritionist told whether hypertensive patients can eat barbecue .

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Where is the grandmother now, who met the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with a red banner?

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The grandmother, who became famous after she went to the Ukrainian military with the Banner of Victory, lives in the Kharkiv region. This is reported by &laquo ;Fifth channel» with reference to Telegram channels.

Earlier, there were rumors on the Web that a pensioner evacuated to Russia. It was reported that she moved to live with her daughter in Barnaul, however, the authorities of the Altai Territory denied this information. 

What is known about grandma?

It is reported that my grandmother's name is Anna, she lives with her husband in the Dvurechensky district of the Kharkov region, 12 kilometers from the border with the Russian Federation.

The Ukrainian military offered the elderly couple to evacuate to the territory controlled by Kyiv, but they were refused and explained to the military for a long time why they planned to stay at home.

In addition, Anna and her husband were not explained the procedure for evacuation. Due to their age, they can hardly move, and their neighbors in the village left on their own. According to Channel Five, the Ukrainian military advised the pensioners to leave, but they only allowed them to go to Kharkiv, and not “to the Russians.”

“Grandma refused the persistent demands for evacuation to Kharkov again. I stayed at home with my dogs and cats, — reports  Troika Telegram channel.

It is also noted that anti-tank hedgehogs are standing near the pensioners' house. This means that the Ukrainians can take the fight in this very place of the village.

What was grandma famous for?

A grandmother from Ukraine became widely known after she shamed the Ukrainian military who trampled on the Victory Banner of the Soviet army. The video of the pensioner's brave act quickly spread on the Web.

In its footage, you can see an elderly woman who went out to the Ukrainian military with a Soviet flag, believing that she was meeting Russian troops. She told the guests that she was waiting for them and “we prayed for you and for Putin, and for all the people.”

After these words, one of the soldiers gave the woman a bag of food with the words: “This is for you for the Russian peace and for Putin. At first, my grandmother refused, saying that the military needed food more, but then she nevertheless agreed to help. At that moment, the soldier suddenly took the banner from her hands, said “Glory to Ukraine”, threw it on the ground and began to stomp it with his feet.

food back and said: “This is the banner with which my parents fought, and you stepped on. Give it back.

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The RF Armed Forces began to destroy the firing positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine at Azovstal

The armed forces of the Russian Federation and the army of the Donetsk People's Republic began to destroy the firing positions of the militants of the Azov National Battalion* on the territory of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol. This was stated by the representative of the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense Vadim Astafiev.

According to him, Ukrainian servicemen used the silence mode to leave the basements and take up firing positions on the territory and in the buildings of the plant. Aviation and artillery were used to destroy them.

Astafyev explained that the ceasefire was declared at the moment when it was necessary to evacuate civilians from the territory of the Mariupol plant. 

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Earlier it was reported that from the territory of the plant “Azovstal” in Mariupol, 80 civilians, including women and children, were evacuated. As the Ministry of Defense explained, a humanitarian corridor was opened for this and a silence regime was established.

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The Ministry of Emergency Situations issued a warning about strong winds in Moscow

Strong winds with gusts of up to 15 m/s are expected in Moscow today.

The Moscow Emergencies Ministry issued a warning, which is valid until 18:00 on May 3.

The department emphasized that drivers should be especially careful on the roads, and pedestrians should better avoid shaky structures.

Recall that on Tuesday, the “yellow” the level of weather danger.

Earlier, in the Phobos weather center, they said that the beginning of May in the central part of the Russian Federation would be cool. During the May holidays, the air temperature will be three to four degrees below normal.

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The Ministry of Defense spoke about the feat of Senior Lieutenant Lipchenko during the SVO in Ukraine

Senior Lieutenant Sergei Lipchenko, together with a subordinate unit brought a bridge across the river under enemy fire. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation told about the feat of Lipchenko company in the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

The department reported that Ukrainian nationalists were continuous shelling of the approaches to the river, trying to prevent the building of the bridge crossing. Despite the shelling,  the company Lipchenko provided the advancement of columns of Russian units.

It is noted that selfless actions senior lieutenant Sergey Lipchenko and subordinate unit allowed to units of the RF Armed Forces overcome  attack on the positions of Ukrainian nationalists.

Earlier, the Ministry of Defense reported about the feat of soldier Ilya Kochengin. He was wounded during a massive flamethrower strike, but continued to fight.

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NASA expects Russia to participate in the ISS program until 2030

The United States hopes that Russia will continue to participate in the ISS program until 2030. This was stated by the head of NASA Bill Nelson, reports TASS.

“We see every reason to believe that the Russian Federation will continue to work on the ISS in the near future”, – he said, speaking in one of the committees of the US Senate.

Nelson added that the international situation did not affect the professional relations of American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts.

Earlier, Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin said, that the authorities of the Russian Federation have already decided when the participation of the Russian side in the ISS project will be terminated. He did not name the exact dates.

We note that, according to experts, the ISS will not be able to function without Russia, so NASA representatives are asking Roscosmos not to leave the project. Nathan Eismont, a leading researcher at the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told AiF.ru about this.

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The Crew Dragon will return to Earth on May 6

The Crew Dragon spacecraft will undock from the ISS on May 5 and return to Earth on May 6. This was announced by the head of the NASA manned program, Steve Stich, RIA Novosti reports.

It is planned that the landing will take place off the coast of Florida. NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Mashburn, Kayla Barron and ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer are on the ship.

Recall that in April, Crew Dragon delivered space tourists to the ISS. Businessmen from the USA, Israel and Canada have been in space. It was the first fully commercial flight to the ISS.

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Macron secretly hosted Sarkozy before talking to Putin

The newspaper Le Monde wrote about a possible “coalition agreement” between the ex-president and Macron in the upcoming parliamentary elections in exchange for the support of the latter. The deal would allow Sarkozy to nominate Prime Minister secretly received Sarkozy before talking with Putin” />

Nicolas Sarkozy and Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron secretly received former head of the republic Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace, Le Figaro newspaper writes.

The meeting took place on Tuesday, May 3, before a telephone conversation between Macron and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. The content of the conversation is being kept under wraps. However, the entourage of Macron and Sarkozy suggested that it was about the upcoming parliamentary elections in the summer.

Earlier, Sarkozy said that he intends to vote for Macron in the second round of the presidential election, which took place on April 24. Then the incumbent president won with a score of 58.55% of the vote, and his rival, the leader of the “National Association” Marine Le Pen scored 41.45%.

The Le Monde newspaper, on the eve of the second round, wrote that between Sarkozy and Macron, during the latter's five-year presidential term, “a special relationship has developed.” Former colleagues regularly called each other, consulted with each other on important issues, Macron invited Sarkozy to dinners at the Elysee Palace. Sarkozy became his ally on the way to re-election for a second term, the publication noted.

As the newspaper wrote, we are talking about a possible “coalition agreement”; between Sarkozy's “Republicans” party and “macronists” in the upcoming elections, which the ex-president is counting on in exchange for Macron's support. The deal would allow Sarkozy, in particular, to nominate the French prime minister. Macron denied the existence of an agreement.

Putin, during a conversation with Macron, congratulated him on his re-election as head of state. The presidents discussed the situation in Ukraine.

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The Pope said about “NATO barking at the door of Russia”

He said that Patriarch Kirill told him for 20 minutes about the reasons for the special operation, while the heads of the two churches should seek peace

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The start of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine could be caused by “NATO barking at Russia's door”; and anger that “may have been fueled,” said Pope Francis in an interview with Corriere della Sera.

The Pope noted that he did not know how to relate to the supply of weapons by Western countries to Ukraine, indicating that he was “too far away.” “What is clear is that weapons are being tested on this earth. <…> Wars are fought for this: to test the weapons that we have created,— Francis sure.

The pontiff added that two or three years ago, a ship arrived in Italian Genoa that was carrying weapons for Yemen, the cargo was supposed to be taken on board by another ship. However, according to him, the workers at the port refused to do so, urging them to “think about the children of Yemen.” According to Francis, “there should be more like this.”

Francis added that after the start of the Russian special operation, he had a video conversation with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, which lasted 40 minutes. According to him, for the first 20 minutes of the conversation, the patriarch “read out all the justifications with a map in his hands.” for a special operation. “I listened and told him: I don’t understand anything about this. Brother, we are not government clergy, we cannot use the language of politics, only the language of Jesus,— said the Pope.

According to Francis, the heads of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches are “pastors of the same holy people of God”, and therefore they should look for ways to establish peace and a ceasefire.

The Pontiff added that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban had informed him of Russia's plans to end the special operation in Ukraine by Victory Day. “Told me that the Russians have a plan that everything will end on May 9th. I hope so, — he said.

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Patriarch Kirill and the Pope first met in person in Cuba in 2016, they talked via video link in mid-March of this year. The parties planned the second face-to-face meeting of the pontiff and the patriarch, it was to be held in mid-June in Jerusalem. At the end of April, the meeting was postponed because it “could lead to even more confusion at this time.” At the same time, the Pope offered to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Vatican sent a corresponding proposal to the Kremlin in March, after a month and a half there was still no answer. “We haven't received a response yet, and we're still pushing [for a meeting], although I'm afraid Putin can't and doesn't want to have that meeting right now,” said the pontiff.

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Macron told Putin about the “extreme severity” of the consequences of the operation in Ukraine

The President of France, during a conversation with Putin, drew attention to the situation in the Donbass, urging Moscow to allow the continuation of the evacuation from Azovstal in Mariupol. According to Macron, the consequences of the operation will be extremely severe told Putin about the “extreme severity” of the consequences of the operation in Ukraine” />

The actions of Russian forces in Ukraine will lead to “consequences of extreme severity”, the fighting should be stopped, French President Emmanuel Macron said in a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, according to the website of the Elysee Palace.

“[Macron] expressed deep concern about Mariupol and the situation in Donbass and called on Russia to allow the continuation of the evacuation from the Azovstal plant, which began in recent days,” it was reported.

Paris is ready to cooperate with competent international organizations to help lift the “Russian blockade of Ukrainian food exports through the Black Sea”, indicating that it risks leading to consequences for world food security.< /p>

The conversation between Putin and Macron lasted two hours and ten minutes, BFM journalist Patrick Sos said earlier.

The Kremlin previously said that Putin said during a conversation with Macron that the EU countries were ignoring the “crimes of the Ukrainian security forces,” as well as their shelling of settlements in the Donbass. The countries of the West, the Russian president considered, should make efforts to stop such “atrocities.” In his opinion, this can be achieved, in particular, by stopping the supply of arms to Ukraine.

“Despite Kyiv's inconsistency and unpreparedness for serious work, the Russian side is still open to dialogue”,— the Kremlin said.

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Concern about grain supplies from Ukraine was expressed also in the WTO. “The impact of food prices and hunger this year and next could be significant. Food & Energy— the two biggest items in the consumer basket of the world's poor, — WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala pointed out.

In early May, the UN reported that about 4.5 million tons of grain had accumulated in Ukrainian ports, they could not be withdrawn.

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The Verkhovna Rada adopted a bill to ban “pro-Russian” parties

If a party “denies aggression against Ukraine” or glorifies the “militia”, then it will be considered pro-Russian, the Ukrainian parliament said

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a bill that prohibits the activities of “pro-Russian” parties, according to the Parliament's Telegram channel. 330 deputies out of 450 voted for the adoption of the law.

Parties whose programs or activities:

  • recognize as legitimate or deny “armed aggression against Ukraine”, call the conflict “internal”, deny “temporary occupation” parts of the territory of the country;
  • justify “the actions and omissions of persons who have carried out or are carrying out armed aggression against Ukraine”; (in particular, armed groups, gangs and mercenaries), advocate their glorification, call them “rebels”, “militias”, “polite people”.

The decision to ban the parties will to take court in administrative cases. If a positive decision is made on the issue, the property and other assets of the party will become the property of the state.

The law will not prohibit parties from maintaining relations with parties and public organizations of other states and concluding agreements with them, but only if such documents do not “place a political party in a subordinate or dependent position in relation to any other foreign organization or political party.” ;.

The bill was submitted to the Rada on March 29 by a deputy from the presidential party “Servant of the People” Olga Sovgirya. Chairman of the Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk pointed out that in Ukraine “apart from pro-Ukrainian parties, there can be no others”; and associations that act in the interests of other countries do not have the right to be represented either in the political elite or in society.

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On March 20, Ukraine suspended the activities of 11 political parties that, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky, have ties to Russia. The decision affected the “Opposition Platform” For life» (OPZZH), the Shariy party, the Opposition Bloc, the Left Opposition, the Union of Left Forces, the Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine, etc. Zelensky then stated that “any activity of politicians aimed at splitting or collaborating, will not be successful, but will receive a harsh response.

On April 12, the head of the political council of the Opposition Platform for Life, Viktor Medvedchuk, was detained by the Security Service of Ukraine. Zelensky then offered to exchange the politician for Ukrainian “boys and girls in Russian captivity.”

The Kremlin, commenting on the possibility of an exchange, said that Medvedchuk was not a citizen of Russia and had nothing to do with the military operation in Ukraine. He leads an opposition party that “had its own view and position”; and “was against the war, against the expansion of the conflict in the Donbass,” the Kremlin noted.

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New EU sanctions package to include measures against ‘subjects of disinformation’

According to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, the sixth package of sanctions will target “listing subjects of disinformation”, as well as Russian banks and oil imports

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Europe is developing a new package of sanctions against Russia, in addition to banks and oil imports, they will affect persons spreading “disinformation”, wrote the head of diplomacy of the European Union Josep Borrell on Twitter.

< p>“We are working on a sixth package of sanctions, which aims to cut off more banks from SWIFT, list the subjects of disinformation and limit oil imports,” & mdash; the diplomat pointed out.

Borrell added that the measures must be approved by the EU Council. Its next meetings are scheduled for May 10 and 16. Earlier on May 3, the diplomat noted “that, at least with regard to oil imports, this agreement will be possible to reach by the next meeting of the EU Council.”

After the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, Europe has already taken some measures in the fight against “disinformation”. On February 27, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced that the “Kremlin media machine” would be banned in the EU. On March 1, the ban came into force, it affected RT in English, French, German and Spanish, as well as the Sputnik agency. Operators are prohibited from “broadcasting or providing, facilitating or otherwise assisting the broadcasting of any content” these media “by any means”.

Some countries have announced restrictions on other Russian media. For example, in Estonia in mid-March, telecommunications companies were ordered to block access to the websites of NTV, REN TV, Channel Five, Channel 78, Channel One, and Lenta.ru. and TASS. The local regulator justified this by saying that the resources “spread military propaganda, justify and support criminal aggression and incite hatred.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in February that Western countries are aiming to slow down the development of Russia and are looking for reasons to do so. “Sanctions will be imposed in any case. There is some reason today, connected there, with the events in Ukraine, or there is no such reason, it will be found, because the goal is different. The goal in this case — slow down the development of Russia»,— Putin said.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of the Ukrainian “Tochka-U”, “Osa” and “Grad”

Russian air defense systems shot down a Ukrainian drone, hit a Tochka-U ballistic missile mid-air, and intercepted nine Smerch multiple launch rocket launchers, the agency reported *

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Russian troops using high-precision missiles destroyed three Ukrainian radar stations for illumination and guidance of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems, the Tochka-U tactical missile system, the Osa-AKM anti-aircraft missile system, and also three installations of BM-21 Grad multiple launch rocket systems, the Ministry of Defense reported.

Near the settlements of Krasny Liman, Kramatorsk and Kamyshevakha, four radar stations for detecting air targets, six ammunition depots and missile and artillery weapons, as well as a US-made counter-battery radar.

Aerospace Forces aviation attacked 39 military facilities of Ukraine, including two command posts and “36 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment” armed forces of Ukraine, artillery troops destroyed 11 command posts, 54 Ukrainian firing positions, two depots of fuel and lubricants, 342 strongholds, and liquidated “up to 190 nationalists” and 31 weapons.

In addition, Russian air defense systems shot down a Ukrainian drone near the village of Rudnya, Chernihiv region, and hit a Ukrainian Tochka-U ballistic missile in the air near Novaya Dmitrovka. Near the settlements of Aleksandrovskoye, Kamenka of the Donetsk People's Republic, as well as Semenovskoye, Donetskskoye, Malaya Kamyshevakha, Chervony Shakhter of the Kharkiv region, nine rockets of the Smerch multiple launch rocket systems were intercepted.

In total, since the beginning of the military operation, the Russian military has destroyed 146 aircraft, 112 helicopters, 697 drones, 287 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2,793 tanks and other armored vehicles, 319 multiple rocket launchers, 1,267 field artillery pieces and mortars, as well as 2,598 special military vehicles. technique.

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Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. President Vladimir Putin has designated as its goal the protection of the inhabitants of Donbass, the “demilitarization” of and “denazification”. Moscow is not going to occupy a neighboring state, he said. The Ministry of Defense claims that they strike only at military targets.

After the start of the special operation, Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with Russia, declared martial law and announced mobilization.

Earlier On May 3, the Russian military launched a strike with Onyx precision-guided missiles. through a logistics center at a military airfield near Odessa, through which foreign weapons were supplied. As a result, hangars with Turkish Bayraktar TB-2 drones, as well as missile weapons and ammunition from the United States and European countries, were destroyed, the Russian military department reported.

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Croatia vows to veto Finland and Sweden joining NATO

The Croatian President has previously noted that the country will not approve any state joining the alliance until Western countries influence the change in the electoral law in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina in the interests of local Croats

Zoran Milanovic

Croatia will veto accession of Finland and Sweden to the North Atlantic Alliance, said the country's President Zoran Milanovic.

“As president of the state representing Croatia at the NATO summit, I will veto the invitation, that's what I can do,” — said the Croatian leader. However, he expressed doubt that if a decision is made at a lower level, for example, in the Council of Representatives of Member States, he will be able to force the Ambassador of Croatia to express the same position. “He will have to remain neutral,” — Milanovic believes.

This is not the first time the head of state has spoken out against the membership of the two Scandinavian countries in the bloc. He had previously called the idea of ​​them joining NATO a “dangerous gamble”; and pointed out that the Croatian parliament would not ratify anyone's accession to NATO until the electoral law in Bosnia and Herzegovina was changed to benefit the Bosnian Croats.

“Until the Americans, the British and the Germans force [the Bosnian authorities] to change the electoral law in the next six months and give the Croats basic rights, the Croatian parliament must not ratify anyone's accession to NATO,” Milanovic spoke on 26 April.

In mid-April, it became known that Sweden and Finland intended to apply to join the alliance soon. The Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, citing sources in the ruling party, reported that Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson plans to apply in early June. Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin indicated that Helsinki would decide the issue of joining NATO within nine weeks. Germany announced on May 3 that it would support both states' decision to join the bloc.

Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of the Russian Security Council, noted that the entry of these two countries into NATO would force Russia to seriously strengthen its borders with the alliance: to strengthen the groupings of ground forces and air defense, to deploy “substantial naval forces”; in the Gulf of Finland. “In this case, it will no longer be possible to talk about any non-nuclear status of the Baltic.” the balance must be restored, — warned the politician.

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Oliver Stone described the scenario with a provocation with nuclear weapons in the Donbass

According to Stone, the world will accuse Russia of using nuclear weapons without investigation. Thus, Washington will be able to set against Moscow those who do not currently take an anti-Russian position, the director concludes

Oliver Stone

Director Oliver Stone, who released a film about Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2017, wondered if the United States was not preparing to arrange a provocation with nuclear weapons in the Donbass in order to blame Russia for this. He expressed his opinion on Twitter.

“I wonder if the United States was preparing the ground for a low-yield nuclear explosion of unknown origin somewhere in the Donbass, which would kill thousands of Ukrainians? Of course, if this happened, God forbid, then the whole world, trained like Pavlov's dog, would blame Russia. This fault was already set in advance, regardless of who started the device,— considers Stone.

“Russia would be Satan, Beelzebub. Keep in mind that it's hard to know where a nuclear device came from, especially in such a fast-paced situation. said the director.

According to Stone, such actions are necessary for Washington to influence “the remaining 50% of world public opinion that does not belong to the Western camp” and also “isolate China from Russia.” The director is sure that after the “fall” Moscow, Beijing will be “the next target”.

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In 2015–2017, Putin gave Stone several interviews that formed the basis of the film Interview with Putin. It was shown both in the West and in Russia. In the film, the Russian president spoke about US interference in the elections in Russia, his “wealth”, the perception of Russia as a “threat” and other issues.

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UN Security Council to hold next meeting on Ukraine on May 5

On May 5, the United Nations Security Council will hold a new meeting on Ukraine, follows from the program of work published on the UN website.

The United States chairs the Security Council in May.

In early March, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky demanded that Russia be expelled from the UN Security Council because of its “war crimes.” But members of the Security Council, in particular the United Kingdom and the United States, noted that this was impossible.

The White House said they “didn't see such a possibility,” London's UN representative Barbara Woodward pointed out that there were “no grounds” for this. Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya explained that the exclusion of the country from the UN Security Council is not provided for by the charter of the organization.

In early April, Zelensky again called for Russia's exclusion from the Security Council. If this is not possible, then, as an alternative, the Ukrainian president suggested that the Security Council be “reformatted”; or “self-dissolve”.

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Russia decided to withdraw from the council ahead of schedule. The country's permanent representative to the UN office and other international organizations in Geneva, Gennady Gatilov, said that “the modern HRC is monopolized by one group of states, which does not hesitate to use it for its own opportunistic purposes.”

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Prime Minister of Finland reported on discussions in Parliament on NATO membership

Finnish Prime Minister Marin: There is a discussion in Parliament about applying to NATO In the Finnish Parliament, discussions are underway on the issue of NATO membership, various scenarios of Moscow's reaction are being worked out, Marin said. The Russian Foreign Ministry has previously warned about the “most undesirable consequences” “Finnish Prime Minister reported on parliamentary discussions on NATO membership” />

Discussions continue in the Finnish parliament about the country's likely accession to NATO, what is happening in Ukraine has changed the security environment and “there is no turning back.” This was stated by Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin after a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Associated Press reports.

“We must decide whether to apply for NATO membership or continue our current path,” Marin told.— This is the discussion that we are now having in our national parliament.

Helsinki is working on different scenarios of Russia's reaction in case Finland joins NATO, Marin added, Helsingin Sanomat reports. “We need to be brave together, we must not let such threats influence our own decisions,” she stressed.

As Scholz said, it is clear to Germany and Finland that state borders cannot be changed by the use of force. “Now that Russia is trying to do it in Ukraine, there is no guarantee that it will try to do it somewhere else,” pointed out the German chancellor.

In his opinion, Russian President Vladimir Putin seeks to “restore Russia's former importance in a changed world.”

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The Russian Foreign Ministry had previously stated that Finland's entry into NATO would lead to “the most undesirable consequences that must be avoided.” Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko noted that the length of the border between Russia and Finland is 1.3 thousand km, because of which Moscow intends to “take measures to ensure our security and defense.” The Kremlin announced plans to “balance the situation” in the event of Finland's membership in NATO, while indicating that this issue is not an existential threat for Russia.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö called Moscow's warnings about the consequences of the expected reaction, assuming that Russia will start building military bases near the border and build up its military presence in the Baltic.

According to sources in the Finnish newspaper Iltalehti, Niinistö will announce support for Finland's entry into NATO on May 12, which will be supported by the parties in parliament. Until that date, Finnish parliamentary committees will complete their discussion of the report on foreign and security policy. Then, the interlocutors of the publication said, the application for membership in the alliance will be submitted to NATO without additional discussions in the committees and without voting.

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Putin discussed with Lukashenka issues on “promotion of union building”

The presidents discussed “certain aspects” of interaction within the framework of integration associations in the Eurasian space, as well as preparations for the upcoming meeting of the leaders of the CSTO member states

During a telephone conversation with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed, among other things, issues of “promotion of union building”, the Kremlin press service reported.

“In continuation of the Russian-Belarusian talks at the highest level on April 12, some issues of the bilateral agenda and the promotion of union building were considered. Certain aspects of interaction within the framework of integration associations in the Eurasian space were touched upon, including in connection with the preparation of the upcoming meeting of the leaders of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)»,— The report said.

In addition, the leaders of Russia and Belarus discussed the situation in Ukraine in the context of the ongoing special military operation there, and also confirmed the “mutual attitude” for the further strengthening of Russian-Belarusian allied relations.

Russia and Belarus signed an agreement on the creation of the Union State in December 1999. The agreement implies the creation of a single economic, foreign policy, budgetary and tax space, as well as the unification of the energy, transport and customs systems of both countries. On November 4, 2021, Putin and Lukashenko approved 28 union programs and signed the corresponding document.

On April 28, Lukashenko said that Russia and Belarus are building the Union State on new principles, and other countries of the former USSR will be ready to join this union in the future. “We have such cooperation and are trying to build a single Union State on new principles so that no one is offended, so that sovereign independent states develop— Belarus and Russia. I am sure that other republics of the former Soviet Union will also join such a union, — noted the Belarusian leader.

Earlier, Lukashenko spoke about joining the Union State of Armenia and explained that this country “has nowhere to go.” According to the president, it could also include Kazakhstan, Ukraine, “if we don't make mistakes,” and “the rest of the perimeter,” such states as Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. After that, Belarusian Ambassador Alexander Konyuk was summoned to the Armenian Foreign Ministry.

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In July last year, speaking of the Union State with Belarus, Putin compared it to the European Union, while noting that the EU has a much deeper level of integration. The Russian President noted that the EU has a single currency, a very powerful customs union and a common space for movement between countries. “There is everything that we have not yet achieved. At the same time, while maintaining full sovereignty»,— pointed out by the head of state.

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The court in Fiji allowed to confiscate the superyacht “associated with Kerimov”

The Supreme Court ruled to confiscate the yacht Amadea. The confiscation was sought by the US authorities. The defense intends to appeal, but fears that the yacht is ready to be immediately towed by the US authorities jpg” alt=”Court in Fiji allows confiscation of superyacht “associated with Kerimov”” />

Superyacht “Amadea”

The Supreme Court of Fiji has allowed the confiscation of the Amadea superyacht under a US warrant, reports FijiVillage, but this decision has not yet been registered.

Millemarin Investment Limited claims to be the real owner of the superyacht, represented by its defense lawyer Faisal Haniff asked the court to stay the decision pending an appeal against that decision.

There is good reason to believe, the lawyer said, that the FBI, US Coast Guard and other agencies have already arrived in Fiji to take her away. According to FBC, Haniff expressed concern that the superyacht could be towed in the evening, while he plans to file an appeal the next day, May 4.

At the request of Judge Justice Deepti Amaratunga, a spokesman for the Fiji Prosecutor's Office commented on Haniff's concerns, assuring that Amadea would not be moved anywhere on May 3rd. The judge emphasized that he would register his decision on May 4, which would give the lawyer time to apply for a stay of the decision.

The Yacht publication in April was associated with Suleiman Karimov, who has been under US sanctions since 2018. In mid-March, Washington added the senator to the list of persons for whom sanctions control will be carried out as a priority. In addition, restrictive measures against Kerimov were also introduced in the European Union, they imply an asset freeze and a ban on entry.

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Amadea moored in the port of Lautoka in mid-April, the Fiji authorities ruled that the vessel had entered Fiji's exclusive economic zone without a permit upon arrival in the port was delayed. The Amadea crew was left on board pending the completion of the investigation. Later, the superyacht was banned from leaving territorial waters.

In late April, the Fiji prosecutor's office asked to close the lawsuit, obliging journalists and anyone present at the meetings not to publish confidential information about the yacht.

< p>Amadea flies the flag of the Cayman Islands. The yacht was built at a shipyard in Hamburg in 2017, according to data from the German shipbuilder Lürssen. Amadea is 106m long and has a crew of 36. The Superyacht Fan service estimated the cost of Amadea at $325 million.

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Yerbol Nazarbayev was fired from the Anti-Corruption Service of Kazakhstan

Yerbol Nazarbayev, whom the Kazakh media call the nephew of the country's ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev, was fired in April from the Anti-Corruption Agency. This was announced in connection with the publication of a video with a tinted car

Yerbol Nazarbayev was fired from the Kazakh anti-corruption agency, whom the local Forbes calls the nephew of the former president of the republic Nursultan Nazarabev, this is stated on the agency's website.

< p>Yerbol Nazarabayev was the deputy head of the Agency's Special Department, the head of the agency dismissed him from his post on January 26. About two months later, on April 14, he was fired from the bodies of the Anti-Corruption Service, according to the publication of the press service of the agency.

The department noted that the message about the dismissal of Nazarabayev was published “in connection with the video circulating in public” , without specifying which video is in question.

According to the portals Orda.kz, Vlast.kz Turantimes.kz, this is a video in which police officers stop a car with tinted windows, which is associated with Yerbol Nazarbayev, the son of ex-president Bolat Nazarbayev's brother. The video was published by the Telegram channel of the resource for creating online petitions EGOV.PRESS. According to the channel, the young man who sits in the driver's seat of the car— Erbol.

The Orda.kz portal notes that it is reliably known about the existence of Nurbol Nazarabayev, the son of Bolat Nazarbayev. Moreover, in a report dated January 2019 on affiliated with the “Almaty plant of heavy engineering” The names of the persons listed are Yerbol Bolatovich Nazarabaev, the portal writes, while in the report of April 2016, Nurbol Bolatovich Nazarabaev was mentioned in the list of affiliates. At the same time, their dates of birth are completely the same— November 14, 1983.

The decision to dismiss Yerbol Nazarabayev from his post was made by Marat Akhmetzhanov, who headed the agency in January 2022, and now he is the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. At the same time, the current chairman of the agency, Olzhas Bektenov, dismissed Nazarabayev from the department.

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Nursultan Nazarabayev headed Kazakhstan for about 30 years, he left the presidency in March 2019, retaining a number of privileges as the owner of the unique status of the country's first president, which were enshrined in the constitutional law “On the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan” Elbasy”, adopted in 2000. In 2010, he received the title of Elbasy— leader of the nation.

In January of this year, mass protests took place in Kazakhstan, which escalated into riots, clashes, battles and seizures of government buildings. Among the demands of the protesters was the departure of Nazarabayev from politics. After the protests were suppressed, the three sons-in-law of the Elbasy, his nephew and other relatives lost their posts, and the current Kazakh president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, promised to carry out large-scale reforms in the country.

In late January, the Senate of Kazakhstan proposed to adjust the law on the first president, so as not to coordinate with him the key directions of foreign and domestic policy. Nazarabayev resigned as head of the ruling Nur Otan party, which was later renamed Amanat. According to the forthcoming amendments to the Constitution of Kazakhstan, the first president will lose most of his personal privileges.

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Biden called the crisis in Ukraine a “turning point in history”

According to the President of the United States, the events in Ukraine became the “first real battle” between democracy and autocracy in modern conditions

The crisis in Ukraine was a turning point in history that happens once every six to eight generations. This was during his trip to the Lockheed Martin plant in Alabama (USA), where Javelin anti-tank missile systems are produced, said US President Joe Biden, the broadcast was hosted by The Washington Post YouTube channel.

“We are at a turning point in history. Actually. This happens about once every six to eight generations, — he said.

According to the President of the United States, the events in Ukraine were the “first real battle”; between democracy and autocracy in modern conditions.

In addition, Biden once again called on the US Congress to approve additional financial assistance to Ukraine for $ 33 billion, and also stated the need to complicate Russia's access to the semiconductor markets. “Semiconductors are especially important for defense manufacturing capabilities. Therefore, we are acting in such a way that it would be difficult for Russia to gain access to them, — indicated by the head of state.

Russia has been conducting a special military operation in Ukraine since February 24. As its goals, President Vladimir Putin called the need for “demilitarization and denazification”; neighboring state, as well as the protection of civilians in Donbass from “bullying, genocide” from Kyiv (later he designated this goal as the main one). He also assured that Russia does not intend to occupy the territory of a neighboring state.

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After that, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky introduced martial law in the country and announced mobilization. Western countries, including the US and the EU, condemned Russia's actions, imposed sanctions on it, and also stepped up arms supplies to Kyiv.

In particular, on April 21, the US authorities announced that they were going to transfer another package of military assistance to Ukraine with a total cost of $ 800 million. It was supposed to include 72 howitzers, 144 thousand artillery shells for them, 72 tactical vehicles for towing, 121 Phoenix Ghost tactical drones, field equipment and spare parts.

On April 28, Biden asked the US Congress to allocate an additional $33 billion to support Ukraine. Of the total amount, $20 billion should be directed to weapons and equipment for military personnel, as well as the purchase and supply of other military equipment, $8.5 billion— for direct economic support, $3 billion— on humanitarian aid and food security, the White House specified.

As Reuters pointed out, since February 24, total US assistance to Ukraine has amounted to $ 3 billion. The amount of funds frozen under personal sanctions amounted to $30 billion over the same period.

The Kremlin considers arms supplies to Ukraine to be a destabilizing factor that will not contribute to stability and order in that country. Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov pointed out that a significant part of the weapons could fall into the hands of “bandits, Nazis, terrorists and criminals.” On April 25, Moscow sent a note to Washington demanding to stop supplying weapons to Kyiv.

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Le Matin learned about the desire of Bulgaria and the Czech Republic to withdraw from the oil embargo

Countries want to follow the example of Hungary and Slovakia, for which the EC wants to make an exception. A gradual ban on oil supplies is expected to be included in the sixth package of EU sanctions against Russia

Bulgaria and the Czech Republic want to follow the example of Hungary and Slovakia and ask the European Commission to exclude them from the embargo on Russian oil supplies, according to the Swiss newspaper Le Matin, citing unnamed European diplomats.

A gradual ban on oil imports is expected to be included in the sixth package of EU sanctions against Russia. They want to make an exception for Hungary and Slovakia, which are completely dependent on Russian supplies, an unnamed European official said. According to him, the EU should try to avoid a situation where other countries will demand relief and find the right solution.

Earlier about that the EC may allow Hungary and Slovakia to import Russian oil, Reuters reported, citing two representatives of the European Union. According to one of them, the European Commission can either allow these countries not to join the embargo, or offer them a long transition period. At the same time, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck expressed the country's readiness to support the embargo on Russian oil. At the same time, Germany “will take more time to become independent of natural gas imports,” the German authorities said.

NBC, citing European and American diplomats, reported that Brussels would announce new restrictive measures against Russia , including a ban on oil supplies, this week. The New York Times also called similar terms.

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Kadyrov proposed to start the second stage of the special operation “throughout Ukraine”

The second stage of the special operation must be carried out not only on the territory of the Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics, but also throughout Ukraine. This was stated in his Telegram channel by the head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov.

«The main thing— you need to start the second step. And specifically to conduct a special operation not only in the territory of Luhansk and Donetsk, but throughout the territory of Ukraine. Why? Because all world states that are armed with the best weapons— so according to them— brazenly provide Ukraine. And these weapons are already being sold to local residents. This is world chaos, lawlessness. In order for this not to last, we must put an end to it, we must begin the second stage, — he said.

He added that after that it is necessary to establish a new government everywhere, which will normally manage its people. “And continue to conduct a dialogue with all the other states that want to (build. — Ed. note) certain relations with us. They want sanctions— we will fight against sanctions, they want war— we will fight»,— Kadyrov specified.