Vučić says Putin’s words about Kosovo complicated Serbia’s position

Putin's words, comparing the situations of Kosovo and Donbass, complicated the situation for Serbia, Vučić said. He also drew attention to the statement of Scholz, who noted that all countries of the Western Balkans should enter the EU, “including Kosovo”

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Statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin to UN Secretary General António Guterres about The analogy of the situation in Kosovo and Donbas has complicated the position of Serbia, President Aleksandar Vucic told reporters. A video of the press approach has been posted on his YouTube channel.

On April 26, Putin held talks with Guterres. During the meeting, he recalled that Kosovo was recognized by the International Court of Justice and its decision “was supported by all.” “If this is so, then the republics of Donbass <…> have the same right, without turning to the central authorities of Ukraine, to declare their sovereignty, because the precedent has been created, right? said the Russian president.

Vučić, commenting on this statement, noted that it complicated the position of Serbia. The President is on a working visit to Germany, where he held talks with Chancellor Olaf Scholz and is due to meet with Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock.

Scholz had previously met in Berlin with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti. At a joint press conference after the talks, the Chancellor declared that “the Western Balkans belong to Europe”; and “all these states should join the EU in the future, including Kosovo.”

“Did you hear Olaf Scholz, what exactly does he say? And who does he think is responsible for what is happening in Bosnia, what he thinks should happen in Kosovo, and also on the issue of sanctions? <…> The statements barely reflect what is going on at the meeting. Our position is complex, terribly complex, and further complicated by President Putin's statements. <…> In the political sense, it has never been harder, and I am afraid that with everything that lies ahead in the economic sense, it has never been harder, — Vucic noted after that.

Serbia did not impose sanctions against Russia. At the same time, she joined the UN General Assembly resolution condemning Russia's actions in Ukraine.

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In 2008, the Parliament of Kosovo unilaterally announced independence, the International Court of Justice recognized this decision as legal. Kosovo's independence is recognized by 98 countries, including the United States, Great Britain, France and Germany. Serbia itself, Russia and a number of other states do not recognize it. Serbia considers Kosovo an autonomous province, whose parliament does not have the authority to secede.

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The EC made recommendations to stop the simplified entry of officials from Russia

The Council of the European Union decided to partially suspend the visa facilitation agreement with Russia at the end of February. Russia responded to this mirror

The European Commission has recommended that EU countries abolish the simplified visa regime for Russian officials and businessmen, the commission said in a statement. The EU Council partially suspended the visa facilitation agreement with Russia on 25 February.

“The partial suspension [of the visa facilitation agreement] is directed against certain categories of persons close to the regime: it applies to Russian citizens who are members of official delegations of the Russian Federation, members of the federal and regional governments and parliaments of the Russian Federation, the Constitutional and Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, citizens of the Russian Federation with valid diplomatic passports, as well as businessmen and representatives of business organizations,— the EC said in a statement.

These categories of persons no longer have privileged access to the EU, they need to provide documentary evidence of the purpose of the trip when obtaining a visa, and also pay the visa fee in full— €80, the European Commission noted.

The agreement between the European Union and Russia on the simplified issuance of visas has been in force since the summer of 2007. This is a short-term visa with the right to stay no more than 90 days within 180 days.

The measures do not affect ordinary citizens of Russia, all visa benefits for them remain in force, the report specifies.

“Today’s recommendations will help Member States and their consulates apply the partial suspension [of the agreement on facilitation of issuance of visas], explain the procedures and conditions for issuing visas to Russian citizens in any EU consular office and ensure the possibility of issuing visas on humanitarian grounds,— declared in the commission.

The EU partially suspended the visa facilitation agreement with Russia at the end of February, following the start of a Russian special operation in Ukraine. Brussels' decision affected certain categories of Russian citizens— members of official delegations, government, parliament, as well as businessmen.

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On May 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin suspended the visa facilitation agreement with the EU for certain categories of citizens . Thus, the simplified entry for members of official delegations and journalists, as well as the issuance of multiple-entry visas for up to a year, has been canceled. The issuance of multiple-entry visas for up to five years for members of national and regional governments and parliaments, constitutional and supreme courts is also suspended.

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Lukashenka considers nuclear strike in conflict with Ukraine unacceptable

The President of Belarus believes that the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine can “tear off our globe”, which “will fly away to no one knows where.” At the same time, he expressed the opinion that Putin does not want a global clash with NATO ” alt=”Lukashenko considers a nuclear strike in the conflict with Ukraine unacceptable” />

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The use of nuclear weapons in the conflict with Ukraine is unacceptable, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview with The Associated Press. A fragment of the conversation was published by the state agency BelTA.

The journalist asked Lukashenka if it was possible to use nuclear weapons if the hostilities dragged on. “I absolutely believe that the use of nuclear weapons is unacceptable, also because it is next to us. We are completely here, we are not across the ocean, like the United States of America. And that's why it's unacceptable… This can disrupt our earthly ball from orbit, and we will fly away to no one knows where. The use of nuclear weapons is unacceptable,— the president replied.

At the same time, he emphasized that the question of whether Russia can launch a nuclear strike should be ask Moscow. “Most likely, Putin does not want a global clash with NATO. Take advantage of this and do everything so that this does not happen,— he added.

Moscow has previously ruled out plans to use nuclear weapons in connection with the operation in Ukraine. At the end of March, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that any outcome of hostilities would not be a reason for a nuclear strike. At the same time, he emphasized that, according to the Russian concept of security, nuclear weapons can only be used in the event of a real threat to the existence of the country. Peskov also clarified that “the presence of an existential threat and a special military operation are in no way connected with each other.”

The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, also spoke about whether Russia can use nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Answering a related question, he recalled that the START-3 treaty was signed on Russia's initiative, and emphasized that it was Moscow that initiated the discussion of additional obligations in this area in the UN Security Council.

The possibility of a nuclear strike on Ukraine was also rejected by Russia's permanent mission to the UN. “These stuff [about the possibility of Russia using nuclear weapons] do not have the slightest rational basis, they are aimed at whipping up a degree of anti-Russian hysteria and are designed for a public that is not familiar with the basics of Russian security and defense policy, which is purely defensive in nature,” — Dmitry Polyansky, Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, stated.

On February 27, Putin ordered the Russian deterrence forces to be put on special alert.

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Zelensky’s office called the deadline for the readiness of Ukrainian forces for a counteroffensive

Aleksey Arestovich announced Ukraine's possible readiness for a “counteroffensive” by the end of June Advisor to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine Aleksey Arestovich said that Ukraine could prepare for a counteroffensive by the end of June or early July. He linked the possibility of this with significant deliveries of foreign weapons. Zelensky's office called the deadline for the readiness of Ukrainian forces for a counteroffensive” />

Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian president, believes that Ukraine may be ready for a counteroffensive by early July, provided that foreign arms supplies continue. Arestovich stated this in an interview with the TV channel “Ukraine 24”.

“A counteroffensive is possible with the accumulation of a large number of Western weapons, which is enough for several brigades, completely rearmed, trained, well-coordinated. After that we can advance. In terms of timing, this will most likely be the end of June— beginning of July»,— Zelenskiy's office adviser said.

According to his forecasts, the first artillery pieces will arrive in Ukraine in late May or early June. «And in order to attack— not earlier than the second half of June»,— added Arestovich.

In April, Western countries began to increase their supply of weapons to Ukraine after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked the United States to provide Ukraine with heavy weapons earlier this month because the military “does not want to receive bulletproof vests and helmets.” Arestovich, in turn, stated that during the special operation of Russia in Ukraine, almost all of its own defense industry was destroyed.

On April 21, the US announced the delivery of additional military aid to Ukraine, including 72 howitzers and 121 Phoenix Ghost tactical drones. For American howitzers, 144 thousand shells and 72 tactical vehicles for towing will also be sent to Ukraine. In addition, Kyiv will receive field equipment and spare parts. On April 22, the US State Department announced the supply of multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) and spare parts for military aircraft to Ukraine.

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US President Joseph Biden announced a new aid package for Kyiv. According to him, the security assistance package is estimated at $800 million, and Washington will allocate another $500 million as direct economic support.

On April 22, the Canadian authorities also announced the transfer of heavy weapons to Kyiv after Zelensky's request. It was about several M-777 howitzers and their ammunition, as well as Carl Gustaf anti-tank grenade launchers. These howitzers are capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 30 km.

On the same day, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the transfer of 155-mm Caesar self-propelled artillery guns and Milan anti-tank missile systems to Ukraine. As the French publication Ouest-France found out, France will transfer 12 such guns, they are capable of hitting targets at a distance of 40 km.

The authorities of the Netherlands have promised to send long-range armored self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine. In Germany, they said that they are considering the possibility of supplying self-propelled guns to Kyiv. The newspaper Welt am Sonntag, citing sources in the Ukrainian ruling circles, wrote that the German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) was ready to send 100 Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled howitzers to Kyiv for €1.7 billion.

The Russian authorities have a negative attitude towards the supply of Western weapons to Ukraine. The Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, called the deliveries “pumped”, expressing confidence that a significant part of the weapons in Ukraine falls into the hands of “bandits, Nazis, terrorists and criminals.” The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, considered the supply of weapons “another mousetrap”, pointing out what kind of “this junk” Ukrainian citizens will pay.

At the same time, the Kremlin is confident that the supply of weapons to Ukraine from the West does not carry risks for Moscow to achieve the goals of the special operation. “These weapons are not enough to stop our advance,” — spoke earlier the representative of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov. Russia will consider any shipments of Western weapons in Ukraine a “legitimate target”, warned Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on May 4 declared any NATO transport with weapons that arrived in Ukraine to be a legitimate target and ammunition. According to him, the United States and its NATO allies continue to “pump Ukraine with weapons.”

The Russian Ministry of Defense almost daily reports attacks on warehouses that contain foreign weapons supplied to Ukraine, as well as on electrical substations on iron the roads along which such weapons are transported.

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Nice-Matin announced the arrest of the Friedman family villa in France

According to Nice-Matin, the property is owned by a company 99% owned by the entrepreneur's daughters. The arrest is related to the sanctions imposed by the European Union against Fridman, according to the publication

Mikhail Fridman

French authorities have arrested the Copab villa, writes Nice-Matin. The publication calls it owned by the family of the founder of Alfa Group. Mikhail Fridman. The area of ​​the villa— 580 sq. m, it is for rent.

The newspaper explains that the property was purchased by Akinita in the late 1990s, later renamed SNC COPAB. According to Nice-Matin, until 2015 this company was owned by the businessman's ex-wife Olga Aiziman, and then 99% of its shares were transferred to Fridman's daughters Laura and Katya.

The European Union imposed sanctions against many Russian businessmen from the end of February, including Friedman. In addition, the founder of Alfa Group was included in the sanctions list of London.

RBC sent a request to Alfa-Bank.

Based in the UK, Friedman compared life under sanctions to life under house arrest. He accused the authors of the sanctions of misunderstanding Russia: according to the entrepreneur, it is impossible to stop the special operation by pressure on business, businessmen cannot influence the president.

After the restrictions, Fridman left the boards of directors of Alfa-Bank, LetterOne, Veon, X5 Retail Group.

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After the imposition of sanctions, the authorities of European countries began to freeze the property of Russian billionaires. France, in particular, seized the property of one of the founders of Alfa Group; Alexei Kuzmichev, Roman Abramovich, Arkady Rotenberg and other businessmen. In France and other countries, several yachts were confiscated, which the authorities of these states associated with Russian entrepreneurs.

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Lukashenko said there is no threat to the West because of the exercises in Belarus

Alexander Lukashenko: exercises in Belarus threaten no one, the West can sleep peacefully Belarus began testing its rapid reaction forces on May 4. President Alexander Lukashenko assured that the country, checking the readiness of the troops, does not threaten anyone and is not going to do this

Checking the rapid reaction forces of the Belarusian army does not pose a threat to anyone, in the West “they can sleep peacefully” ;, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in an interview with The Associated Press.

“We do not threaten anyone, we are not going to threaten and we will not do so. Moreover, we cannot threaten— we know who is opposing us, so to unleash some kind of conflict here, some kind of war <…> absolutely not in the interests of the Belarusian state. So the West can sleep peacefully,— said the Belarusian president.

On May 4, the Ministry of Defense of Belarus announced the start of a sudden check of the readiness of the reaction forces. During the inspection, military units and subunits will be put on alert, make marches and perform combat training tasks. At the same time, the Belarusian Ministry of Defense stated that “the ongoing activities <…> do not pose any threat either to the European community as a whole, or to neighboring countries in particular.

Belarus also announced participation in the verification of a “significant amount of military equipment”, the photo published by the Ministry of Defense shows moving along the roads armored vehicles, including armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles.

The last time the exercises in Belarus were held from February 10 to 20, they were joint Russian-Belarusian and were called “Allied Resolve-2022”. At that time, the Russian Ministry of Defense stated that the exercises were carried out “as part of an inspection of the response forces of the Union State.”

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In the early morning of February 24, Russia launched a military special operation in Ukraine. The Ministry of Defense stated that during its implementation, the military does not strike at civilian targets. In Ukraine, they said that Russia was conducting a special operation “with the support of Belarus.” Lukashenko said in response that the Belarusian troops do not take any part in the Russian special operation.

On February 25, Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko said at a meeting with his Russian counterpart Mikhail Mishustin that the Belarusian armed forces ensure the security of the western borders of the Union State in the context of the buildup of NATO forces in the east.

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SBU announced the arrest of one of the leaders of Medvedchuk’s movement

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The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) announced the arrest of one of the leaders of the NGO “Ukrainian Choice”; right of the people”, founded by Viktor Medvedchuk, the intelligence service said in a statement. The name of the detainee was not released.

According to the SBU, the detainee was preparing to “overthrow the constitutional order in Ukraine”, coordinating his actions with the Russian special services. The detainee developed the “concept of” people's autocracy “, which involved a violent seizure of power, the destruction of the financial and economic system and a change in the state border of Ukraine, the SBU said. “These ideas were promoted through an extensive network of controlled public organizations,” — claim in service.

The investigation also believes that the detainee in 2014 applied to the administration of the President of Russia with a request for a personal reception in order to “report” about “preparation of measures of subversive activity in Ukraine”.

During the searches, according to the release of the SBU, documents of “public organizations”, prohibited symbols, a letter from the presidential administration Russia, computer equipment, means of communication, as well as records proving the criminal intent of the detainee, they report there.

Movement “Ukrainian Choice” was founded in 2012 by Viktor Medvedchuk, who is now the head of the political council of the Opposition Platform— For life". Medvedchuk is also the leader of the Ukrainian Choice. According to the movement's manifesto, it advocates the implementation of all forms of direct democracy in Ukraine, and also considers it necessary to establish public control over the elected government. One of the main forms of expression of the will of the people in a public organization is the referendum.

Medvedchuk himself was detained by the SBU in early April. In the middle of the month, he was sent under arrest without the possibility of bail. In Ukraine, cases of treason and violation of the rules of warfare were initiated against him. Medvedchuk turned to President Vladimir Putin with a request to exchange him for “defenders and residents of Mariupol.”

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Scholz allowed the lifting of sanctions against Russia only in agreement with Ukraine

The chancellor noted that only Ukraine can enter into negotiations with Russia on a peace agreement. The State Department previously assumed that the easing of sanctions would be included in the peace treaty between Moscow and Kyiv jpg” alt=”Scholz allowed the lifting of sanctions against Russia only in agreement with Ukraine” />

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Sanctions against Russia can only be lifted after agreement with Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in an interview with Stern magazine.

“We can and are going to lift our sanctions only in agreement with Ukraine. I think many in the Kremlin have not realized this yet. For Russia, this has devastating consequences, — he said (quoted from Focus).

The Chancellor added that only Ukraine can negotiate a peace deal with Russia and “no one else.” “It should not be so that others make decisions for Ukraine or about Ukraine,” — said Scholz.

Earlier, Washington also associated the lifting of sanctions with the decision of Kyiv. If Ukraine decides that this will lead to the end of hostilities, “if this would require the lifting of sanctions” of course,” said State Department chief Anthony Blinken. Deputy Secretary of State José Fernandez noted that the easing of restrictions against Russia could be included in the Russian-Ukrainian peace agreement, and they are introduced “with the understanding that, if necessary, they can be lifted.”

Other US and European officials, in particular the foreign ministers of Germany and Britain, called a ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops from Ukraine as a condition for lifting sanctions.

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Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev noted that sanctions are not fatal difficulties for the country, they cannot be compared with « terrible trials in the 20th century. At the same time, he noticed that there are difficulties and they will have to be overcome.

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Ilya Ber responded to messages about the check because of the post about Bucha

Beru has not yet been contacted by the police, but he is ready for the possibility of such a development of events, the deputy said. Baza previously wrote about the check against the municipal deputy

Ilya Ber

Former Editor-in-Chief “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” about the check against him, but the police did not contact him.

The Baza Telegram channel previously wrote about the check against Ber, it is conducted by the police department in the Preobrazhenskoye district. According to the resource, the check is connected with publications about events in Ukrainian Bucha. The article under which it is conducted was not specified.

“The police did not contact me, and that they were interested in me, or rather, in my publications, I learned, like you, from the Baza Telegram channel. I'm not at all surprised by this, — Behr said.

According to him, after the adoption of the law on responsibility for fakes about the actions of the Russian Armed Forces, he understood the risks, but did not close his project “Checked”.

“If I was afraid of such a development of events, then I would have closed the project on February 24, and also stopped posting on Facebook (its owner Meta Platforms Inc. has been recognized as extremist and banned in Russia). I did not do this and, accordingly, I was ready for the possibility of such a development of events, — said the deputy.

RBC sent a request to the press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for Moscow.

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Photos and videos from the city of Bucha near Kyiv were distributed by the Ukrainian authorities and Western media in early April, they show the bodies of people in civilian clothes. The mayor of the city, Anatoly Fedoruk, also reported on the found mass graves. The Ministry of Defense called the published materials staged and stated that during the period when the city was under the control of the Russian military (they left Bucha on March 30), “not a single local resident was harmed.”

Article 207.3, providing for liability for fakes about the actions of the Russian army, appeared in the Criminal Code in early March. It faces a fine of up to 5 million rubles. and up to 15 years in prison.

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Zelensky spoke with Steinmeier after canceling his visit to Kyiv

The conversation between Zelenskiy and Steinmeier helped overcome “annoying factors” in relations between the two countries. In mid-April, Steinmeier said that he wanted to go to Ukraine, but he was informed that he would not be welcome in Kyiv

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier had a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the press service of the German President said.

“Both leaders called the conversation very important and very good. Annoying factors that were in the past are eliminated. The two presidents agreed to remain in close contact,— the message says.

Steinmeier intended to visit Kyiv in April along with the presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The visit, which took place without Steinmeier, was supposed to demonstrate “pan-European solidarity”; with Ukraine.

However, as Steinmeier himself said, “Kyiv did not want this.” According to the president, he “wasn't ready” to such a reaction of the Ukrainian authorities.

According to Bild sources, the reason for refusing to receive Steinmeier in Kyiv was “close ties”; President of Germany with Russia in recent years, as well as his support for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz then said that Kyiv's decision “causes irritation” and it would be more correct to accept Steinmeier. On May 4, Scholz said in an interview with ZDF that he himself could not come to Kyiv until President Steinmeier had been there. “The fact that the President of the Federal Republic was refused to be invited is a problem. And this is on the agenda,»— Scholz said. He recalled that Berlin provides financial and military assistance to Kyiv and can become a potential guarantor of its security. “You can't say: the president can't come,” — concluded the Chancellor.

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Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk then called German Chancellor Olaf Scholz “an offended liver sausage”. Earlier, the diplomat criticized Germany for the fact that not a single representative of the federal government of the country has visited Ukraine since the start of hostilities. In his opinion, this indicates the “sluggishness of German policy.” The ambassador clarified that his criticism does not concern Scholz personally, but the entire German government. In the situation in which Ukraine finds itself, quick solutions are needed, but “Germany is still fighting with itself,” the Ukrainian ambassador believes.

In 2021, Steinmeier spoke publicly about the need to maintain ties with Russia, despite difficult relations with Western countries and the annexation of Crimea.

However, in mid-February 2022, before the start of the special operation, Steinmeier said that the risk of war over Russia was growing in Eastern Europe, and called on President Vladimir Putin to ” ;untie the noose around the neck of Ukraine». In early April, he called supporting Nord Stream 2 a mistake. “We have failed in our attempt to include Russia in the overall security architecture”, — said Steinmeier.

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Japan will impose sanctions against 140 Russians

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced the decision after meeting with the British prime minister in London, without naming the individuals affected by the sanctions. Their assets in Japan will be frozen

Japan will expand sanctions against Russia, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said after meeting with his British counterpart Boris Johnson in London, Reuters reports.

According to Kishida, the list will include 140 more individuals, their assets in Japan will be frozen. In addition, Tokyo will expand export restrictions on Russian defense companies. He did not provide details.

After the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Japan imposed several packages of sanctions against Russia. In particular, the country joined Western sanctions against the Central Bank and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Tokyo blocked the assets of VEB, Promsvyazbank and Rossiya Bank. The government banned transactions with Russian sovereign debt in the primary and secondary markets and imposed a ban on the supply of products to the Russian defense structures, as well as limited the export of dual-use goods and semiconductors to the country.

On May 4, Russia retaliated by banning 63 Japanese citizens from entering. The restrictions included Kishida, Cabinet Secretary General Hirokazu Matsuno, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, Finance Minister Shun'ichi Suzuki, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and Justice Minister Yoshihisa Furukawa, as well as members of both houses of the Japanese Parliament. Prior to that, back in March, Moscow refused to negotiate a peace treaty with Tokyo.

Kishida called the new sanctions unacceptable, since the responsibility for the aggravation of relations between Japan and Russia, I think it lies entirely with Moscow.

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Zelensky called on the countries to take patronage over the regions of Ukraine

The President said that the authorities are preparing a recovery plan after the Russian military operation and for this Ukraine needs an international support plan similar to the Marshall Plan

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called on the countries of the world to take patronage over the Ukrainian regions affected by the hostilities, cities and industries to ensure their full recovery.

“Such a patronage project can create a new <…> a historical example of interaction and partnership between the states of the free world, between regions, cities and companies of Europe and democratic countries, — he said, speaking online at an international donor conference in support of Ukraine.

According to him, Kyiv is already preparing a large-scale plan for rebuilding the country after the hostilities, and this requires a “strategic international support plan for Ukraine, which will be a modern analogue of the historical Marshall plan.” (a plan to help Europe after the Second World War). “This is money and not only— it is the technology, skills and growth opportunities that are needed to return to a safer life, for modernization and social development,— listed the president.

Earlier, Zelensky estimated the cost of restoring the Ukrainian economy and infrastructure after the hostilities at $600 billion, the same amount that Prime Minister Denys Shmygal had mentioned before him. The Ukrainian authorities stated that foreign funds of the Bank of Russia, frozen due to sanctions, could be used to restore the country: according to the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine, this is $415 billion (in turn, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that the country had lost access to about $300 billion gold reserves). Kyiv, together with Western partners, is developing a mechanism for the confiscation of these funds in favor of Ukraine, said First Deputy Economy Minister Denis Kudin.

In April, the World Bank preliminary estimated Ukraine's losses from the Russian special operation at $60 billion.

The European Council has agreed to set up a “Ukraine Solidarity Trust Fund” to continue helping Kyiv after the end of hostilities. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in March that Western countries would develop a “Marshall Plan” for the restoration of Ukraine.

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Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine since February 24, the authorities call its goal ” “demilitarization and denazification” neighboring state and protecting the population of the DNR and LNR from “genocide by the Kyiv regime.” First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council and Secretary of the General Council of United Russia Andrei Turchak stated that after the end of the special operation, Russia would restore Mariupol, which had been seriously damaged by the hostilities. In the Kremlin, these words of Turchak were called an initiative at the party level.

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Reuters learned about the possible closure of the WHO European office in Russia

According to the agency, representatives of the EU countries will discuss this initiative at a meeting on May 10. We are talking about the WHO European Office for Noncommunicable Diseases, the closure of the country office in Moscow is not discussed now

Diplomats of the EU countries, at the request of Kyiv, prepared a resolution on the transfer of the WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases located in Moscow, as well as the suspension of meetings in Russia, Reuters reports citing a document available to the agency. This proposal will be considered on May 10, a representative of the WHO regional office confirmed to the agency, expressing the hope that Russia will be represented in the discussion. The document, in addition to Ukraine, was signed by at least 38 countries, including Turkey, France and Germany.

At the same time, diplomats refrained from the proposal to exclude Russia from the WHO or limit its voting rights in the organization. There are no plans to close the WHO country office, which is also located in Moscow. A diplomat familiar with the discussions on this issue explained that the organization avoids tougher sanctions because it fears a threat to the health of the country's population.

According to the agency, the step proposed in the resolution is more of a political isolation of Russia— it will not affect the country's healthcare system.

The document notes the emergency situation in Ukraine in the healthcare sector and condemns Russia's military actions in the country, Reuters writes.

At the end of February, shortly after the start of the Russian military operation, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine asked WHO to stop cooperation with Russia.

In March, WHO postponed the inspection of the production of the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V. indefinitely, citing “limited flight opportunities”; to the country and the “finance and credit card” situation. The organization promised to set new dates for the visit as soon as possible. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus subsequently explained that the inspection team was supposed to go to Russia a few days before the start of the military operation in Ukraine, but now “there is no way for action” and “everything is on pause.”

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Putin spoke with Israeli Prime Minister after Lavrov’s words about Hitler and Jews

Vladimir Putin and Naftali Bennet expressed their interest in further friendly relations between the countries. Earlier, Israel demanded an apology for the words of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about Jews and anti-Semitism jpg” alt=”Putin spoke with the Prime Minister of Israel after Lavrov's words about Hitler and the Jews” />

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Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on the Independence Day of his state, The Kremlin press service reported.

“Mutual interest was expressed in the further development of friendly Russian-Israeli relations and maintaining useful contacts between the leadership of the two countries,”— the message says.

Putin and Bennett also stressed the importance of Victory Day. The Russian president reminded the Israeli prime minister that out of the 6 million dead Jews, 40% were citizens of the USSR. In turn, Bennett noted the decisive contribution of the Red Army to the victory over Nazism.

In addition, the heads of Israel and Russia discussed the situation in Ukraine, paying special attention to humanitarian aspects, including the evacuation from the territory of the Azovstal plant. civilians. The Kremlin noted that the Russian military remains ready to ensure the safe exit of civilians, and the authorities should order the remaining militants at the plant to lay down their arms.

Last week, Lavrov, in an interview with Italy's Mediaset, suggested that Nazi Germany's leader Adolf Hitler may have had Jewish roots, and said that “the most ardent anti-Semites are usually Jews.” Thus, he reacted to the question of why Ukraine needs “denazification”; (Russian authorities call it one of the targets of the military operation) if the president of the country, Vladimir Zelensky, is a Jew. According to Lavrov, this argument “means absolutely nothing.”

These statements caused indignation of the Israeli authorities. Bennet called them lies, the purpose of which — “to blame the Jews themselves for the most heinous crimes in history that were committed against them, and thereby exonerate the enemies of Israel from responsibility.”

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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid considered Lavrov's words unforgivable, stressing that accusing Jews of anti-Semitism— it is to exhibit “the lowest level of racism against the Jews.” He also demanded that the Russian government apologize to Israel and the Jewish people, noting that these words “crossed the line” while Jerusalem is making every effort to maintain good relations with Moscow. The Russian Ambassador was summoned to the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, called Lapid's statement “anti-historical”; and “largely explaining the course of the current Israeli government to support the neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv.”

Lavrov's statements were also condemned by the leaders of other states: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called them “absurd and unacceptable”, the Italian prime minister Mario Draghi— obscene, and US State Department spokesman Ned Price— “the lowest form of racism.” Zelensky, in turn, considered Lavrov's words an “anti-Semitic attack”, which indicates that “in Russia they forgot all the lessons of the Second World War, and maybe they never learned these lessons.”

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The President of Kazakhstan set the date for the referendum on amendments to the Constitution

The referendum, in which the citizens of Kazakhstan will vote on changing a third of the provisions of the Constitution, will be held on June 5. Tokayev previously called these amendments fundamental

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The referendum on changing the Constitution of Kazakhstan is scheduled for June 5, the decree was signed by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

“Hold a republican referendum 5 June 2022»,— says the document.

Tokayev released a video message to the citizens of Kazakhstan, in which he stated that the amendments to the Constitution are of “life-changing significance” for the country. “The universal vote of citizens on the draft constitutional amendments will demonstrate our firm commitment to democratic principles,” Tokayev noted.

He also said that the Constitutional Council gave an opinion on the compliance of the draft law on amending the Constitution with its provisions— thus, the implementation of the reform has reached the finish line.

Tokayev proposed holding a referendum on constitutional amendments at the end of April. According to him, the amendments to the Basic Law are of a fundamental nature and will affect one third of the provisions of the country's Constitution. He called the renewed political system “the second republic”.

In mid-March, Tokayev proposed a program for the comprehensive modernization of Kazakhstan's political system, in particular the transition from a super-presidential form of government to a presidential republic with a strong parliament. He called for the introduction of the obligation for the head of state to terminate party membership for the period of office and the introduction of a ban on his closest relatives from holding positions of political civil servants and heading state-owned companies.

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U.S. removes copyright deals from sanctions against Russia

Under the new license, Russian citizens and organizations are allowed to apply for, obtain and challenge intellectual property rights, including patents and trademarks

The US Treasury issued a general license that excludes anti-Russian sanctions transactions related to intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights.

According to the document, it is allowed to apply for a patent, trademark, copyright or other form of intellectual property, their direct receipt and renewal of rights. In addition, the general license covers filing and litigation in case of infringement of intellectual property rights.

At the same time, the document does not cancel the restrictions, according to which Russian institutions that have fallen under sanctions cannot open or use correspondent accounts, including the Central Bank, the National Welfare Fund (NWF) and the Ministry of Finance.

The United States has previously issued general licenses to ease sanctions imposed since the start of the operation in Ukraine. So, at the end of February, the Ministry of Finance included organic and inorganic fertilizers, seeds, products, bottled water, animal feed, food additives and vitamins, medicines and equipment in the list of goods that are not subject to sanctions. After the publication of this license, the United States imposed new sanctions against Russia, therefore, on March 24, the Ministry of Finance issued a clarifying license, which stated, among other things, that operations with goods from the list are prohibited if the Central Bank, the FNB, the Russian Ministry of Finance or other sanctioned institutions.

In early April, the US issued a license that allowed Russian citizens and sanctioned companies to use communications services, including instant messengers, social networks and file storage. Paid versions of Zoom and Dropbox were also exempted.

In addition, the United States withdrew telecommunications and Internet equipment from sanctions.

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Britain imposed sanctions against Evraz

The British Foreign Office explained that Evraz produces a significant part of the wheels for trains and almost all the rails in Russia, and the railway is vital for Moscow, as it carries military supplies to Ukraine

Great Britain imposed sanctions against the steel company Evraz, according to the website of the British Foreign Office.

“The metallurgical and mining company operates in industries of strategic importance to the Russian government,” — explained in the department. They added that Evraz produces 28% of all railway wheels in Russia and 97% of rails. “This is of vital importance, since Russia uses the railroad to deliver military supplies and troops to the front line in Ukraine,” — The release says.

RBC sent a request to Evraz representative.

The company's largest but non-controlling shareholder is Roman Abramovich, who owns 28.64%. Also, significant shares in the company belong to Alexander Abramov (19.32%), Alexander Frolov (9.65%), Gennady Kozovoy (5.74%) and Maxim Vorobyov (3.01%).

On March 10, Abramovich fell under British sanctions, which include freezing assets and a ban on entry into the country. At the same time, the UK Financial Conduct Authority announced that it had temporarily suspended the listing of Evraz on the London Stock Exchange.

After that, all non-executive directors, including Frolov and Abramov, left the board of directors of the company.

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Against this background, Evraz announced that it was suspending the spin-off of Raspadskaya, Russia's largest coal producer, into a separate company. (Evraz has 93.24% of voting shares). In early April, it became known that the company had completely abandoned this project. Evraz then explained that in the context of sanctions against Russia and Russian retaliatory measures, the transaction on Raspadskaya “became technically impossible.”

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Israel says Putin apologizes for Lavrov’s words about Jews

Lavrov had previously stated that “the most ardent anti-Semites are, as a rule, Jews” and Hitler had Jewish blood. The Israeli authorities demanded an apology. In a telephone conversation, Putin, according to Bennett's office, made these apologies alt=”Israel reported that Putin apologized for Lavrov's words about the Jews” />

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, apologized for Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's words about Jews and anti-Semitism, Bennett's office reports.

The Kremlin's message following the conversation between Putin and Bennett about apologies no information from the Russian president.

RBC sent a request to the presidential press secretary, Dmitry Peskov.

Lavrov, in an interview published on May 1 by Mediaset, stated: “[Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky puts forward an argument: what kind of Naziification can they have if he is a Jew. I may be wrong, but Hitler also had Jewish blood. It means absolutely nothing. The wise Jewish people say that the most ardent anti-Semites are usually Jews. So he answered the question of how Russia can engage in “denazification” Ukraine, if its president— Jew.

Zelensky said that the words of Lavrov— “anti-Semitic attack” and the head of the Russian diplomatic mission “transfers the blame for the crimes of the Nazis to the Jewish people.” Bennet called Lavrov's statements a lie.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said the Russian government should apologize to Israel and the Jewish people for the minister's words. Lapid called Lavrov's remarks “unforgivable and outrageous” and declared that they were “a terrible historical error.” “The accusation of the Jews themselves of anti-Semitism” this is the lowest level of racism against the Jews,” — he emphasized.

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Chief Rabbi of Russia Berl Lazar called Lavrov's statements shocking: “It would be nice if he apologized to the Jews and simply admitted his mistake.”

After the statement of the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Russian Ambassador to Israel was summoned to the Foreign Ministry for clarification.

May 3, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement in response to the words of Lapid. It said that Israel was supporting Kyiv, where a “neo-Nazi regime” was taking shape and anti-Semitism “flourished”. The statements of the Israeli minister in the Foreign Ministry were called “anti-historical.” not a guarantee of protection against rampant neo-Nazism in the country, — confident in the ministry.

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Lukashenko said that Minsk will not participate in the operation in Ukraine

There is no need for Belarus to participate in a special operation in Ukraine, the Belarusian president believes. Earlier, Lukashenka called the Russian military operation “protracted”

Belarus is not going to take part in the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview with the Associated Press.

“We are not going to take part in a special operation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in Ukraine. 'Cause there's no need for it,” — Lukashenka is quoted by BelTA.

According to the agency, he also noted that Russia has “everything that Belarus could and can offer.”

Lukashenka has repeatedly rejected the intention of Belarus to participate in the Russian special operation. So, on March 1, at a meeting with members of the Belarusian Security Council, he explained that Moscow had never raised the question of participation in hostilities before the Belarusian side. “The question —why? Do they not have these weapons that we have? Do they lack human resources? Enough. Ability to fight? Enough. We are not going to continue to participate in this special operation in Ukraine,»,— pointed out by Lukashenko then.

Two weeks later, the President of Belarus said that evidence of attempts to “draw” country into a special operation was a strike on Belarusian territory with a Tochka-U missile; from the Ukrainian side, it was intercepted and destroyed over Pripyat. “But why is this being done? In order to excite us so that we begin to respond. But we are not that simple. If we answer, we will answer decently already. What everyone will feel. While we endure»,— Lukashenka said then.

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Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine since February 24. Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that it is on schedule and its goals, including the protection of the population of Donbass, the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine, will be fulfilled.

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Lukashenka called the condition for ending the conflict in Ukraine in a week

Interest in such an outcome of Washington and London is necessary, but, according to Lukashenka, they do not want an end to the conflict. He stated that Ukraine and Russia could resolve the differences peacefully, but Kyiv's provocations prevented this

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The military conflict in Ukraine could have ended within a week or even earlier, if the United States and Great Britain were interested in this , Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview with the Associated Press, BelTA informs.

“If you are talking about some atrocities in Ukraine, address it primarily to the Poles, for example, the United States of America, Great Britain: if you, the United States and Great Britain, are interested in stopping the war in Ukraine, this can be done within weeks. Even earlier. But you're not interested in that, — he said.

According to the head of the republic, if Ukraine complied with the Minsk Protocol signed in 2014, “today it would exist within the borders of the Soviet era.” “Already the third elections were held in the Donbass. Excuse me for being frank, if the Ukrainians had done it the way they needed, — convinced Lukashenka.

He said that Russia and Ukraine could agree on all issues without military action, if provocations from the Ukrainian side had not started— “Starting from personal insults to the leadership of Russia and to all sorts of economic provocations, pressure and mockery of the Russian people in Ukraine.” The United States pushed Kyiv to the conflict, because such a development of events was beneficial to them, he added. Ukraine “got what it wanted,” says Lukashenka.

In the same interview, the President of Belarus said that the Russian military operation in Ukraine, in his opinion, was dragging on.

The fact that the United States is not interested in resolving the “crisis situation” in Ukraine, on February 26, they spoke at the Russian Foreign Ministry. This, according to the ministry, is evidenced by “NATO's intention to continue pumping weapons into Ukraine, including air defense systems.”

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On April 19, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced the start of the “battle for Donbass”. On the same day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that “the next stage is beginning”; special operations. The Ministry of Defense called the goal of the next, second phase “the establishment of complete control over the Donbass and Southern Ukraine.”

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The Ministry of Defense reported that Bayraktar TB2 drone was shot down near Zmeiny Island

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Russian air defense systems shot down a Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the area Snake Islands in the Black Sea, the Ministry of Defense reported. During the day, two more drones were shot down: over the settlements of Malaya Kamyshevakha (Kharkiv region) and Seversk of the Luhansk People's Republic (there is a settlement with the same name in the Donetsk region).

In the area of ​​Seversk, high-precision air-launched missiles destroyed two “munitions depots of nationalists”, and in the area of ​​the village of Loskutovka (Luhansk region), the command post of the 24th separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was hit, the ministry said. “Operational-tactical and army aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit 45 military facilities of Ukraine during the day. Among them are two command posts, 41 areas of concentration of manpower and Ukrainian military equipment, as well as a warehouse of missile and artillery weapons in the Voevodka region of the Luhansk People's Republic, — according to the message of the Ministry of Defense.

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

Missile forces hit an artillery battery near the village of Zarozhnoye in the Kharkiv region; in the Nikolaev area, as well as “four areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment.”

Artillery units destroyed up to 190 personnel and 43 pieces of weapons and military equipment, the Ministry of Defense added.

< p>Total destroyed since the start of the military operation in Ukraine:

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  • 149 aircraft;
  • 112 helicopters;
  • 729 UAVs;
  • 288 anti-aircraft missile systems;
  • 2,846 tanks and other armored combat vehicles;
  • 327 multiple rocket launchers;< /li>
  • 1323 field artillery pieces and mortars;
  • 2662 units of special military vehicles.

The military operation began on February 24 . On April 19, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced the “beginning of the next stage” military actions. In the Ministry of Defense, the goal of the second phase of the operation was to take control of the Donbass and Southern Ukraine.

Martial law is in effect in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the severance of diplomatic relations with Russia.

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Lukashenka called Ukraine’s loss of integrity and independence unacceptable

According to the President of Belarus, such a threat comes from Poland. Lukashenka did not rule out that Kyiv, Moscow and Minsk would oppose the West together, defending the integrity of Ukraine, but he called such a scenario a very serious escalation *

“Individual figures and politicians” in Warsaw they “sharpen sabers and sabers and see Western Ukraine as part of Poland,” but the destruction of Ukraine, the loss of its integrity and independence are unacceptable, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview with the Associated Press, BelTA informs. According to the head of state, if Poland “continues to behave like this”, then Belarus, Russia and Ukraine will fight together to protect the integrity of the latter.

“They themselves, the Ukrainians, will not be able to resist the so-called current allies,” — Lukashenka is convinced. He promised to do everything to keep Ukraine within its borders, and said that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also sees this. “Therefore, here is such an unusual crazy idea that we will together confront the Poles there or someone else… Who are the Poles? It's you, it's the Americans. On the one hand — England, on the other hand – Poland, and you have taken the European Union in a vise and hold it so tightly that they do not move. So time will tell, — he said. The head of the republic stressed that it would be “a very serious escalation, so we need to stop.”

Lukashenko expressed confidence that Vladimir Putin is not going to occupy and “bring to his knees” Ukraine, including “so as not to tear Ukraine apart altogether.” The President of Russia wants to see an integral Ukraine, but friendly, “which does not create problems for its neighbors”— this, according to the head of Belarus, is the goal of the Russian military operation.

“Putin was offered, before my eyes, it happened, to go to Transnistria from Donetsk and take the whole south of Ukraine, cut off from the sea, for which they are now fighting. Putin said: no, I cannot agree to that. <…> He could do it in 2015, in 2014 very easily,— Lukashenka said.

On February 24, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine, the tasks of which President Vladimir Putin called the protection of the population of Donbass, the “demilitarization” and “denazification”. The Russian authorities have repeatedly stressed that there is no talk of occupying the territory of a neighboring state.

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The US will buy 60 million barrels. oil to replenish reserves

The US intends to replenish the strategic oil reserve, which is the world's largest reserve of this fuel. Biden announced the release of 180 million barrels of oil from there. within six months

The US administration plans to submit an application for the purchase of 60 million barrels of oil in the fall. crude oil as part of the plan to replenish the strategic petroleum reserve (SPR), according to the website of the US Department of Energy. The agency has unveiled a long-term plan for replenishing oil reserves.

“Bids will be accepted in the fall of 2022 to ensure [oil] supply in future years, when prices are expected to be significantly lower than now,” ; noted in the department.

By means of a buyback, the American authorities intend to replenish the strategic reserves of 180 million barrels put on the market, the Ministry of Energy indicated.

“The US Strategic Petroleum Reserve represents the world's largest emergency [oil] reserve and is a valuable tool for protecting the American economy and consumers from supply disruptions,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said. The US needs to think strategically when it comes to resupplying, she said, to be ready to provide assistance when needed most.

On the US administration's plans to apply for a purchase 60 million barrels oil previously told a CNN source. According to the channel, Washington will purchase significant volumes of this fuel for the first time since the 2000s. As an official from the ministry explained, payment will be made from the proceeds from the sale of oil released from strategic reserves.

Biden announced the release of 180 million barrels. oil from US stocks at the end of March. The American president indicated that the United States would send an average of 1 million barrels of oil to the market from the strategic reserve. per day for six months.

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Then he called the rise in the price of a gallon of gasoline in the US market “Putin's rise in price”, recognizing that the price jump began even before the events in Ukraine. Biden explained that there is too little supply in the US market to meet demand, due to the refusal of Russian oil.

March 8, when Washington imposed a ban on oil and gas imports from Russia, the retail price of a gallon of gasoline in The USA broke the record and exceeded the mark of $4.17. The Kremlin noted that Russia plans to compensate for falling oil orders with an easterly direction.

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Gazprom decided the fate of Nord Stream 2

Leading expert Yushkov commented on Gazprom's decision.

Russian gas company “Gazprom” found a new use for the onshore part of the capacities of “Nord Stream – 2”, having decided to redirect it to supply gas to the North-West of Russia, according to the company's Telegram channel.

This decision was made due to the fact that, due to the political situation and the Western sanctions policy, the offshore part of the gas pipeline is not used today, and the nearest date for the start of operation of the second string of the gas pipeline is possible no earlier than 2028.

Moreover, the company stressed that with German approval of the commissioning and full certification (was suspended after Russia recognized the LPR and DPR) of the offshore gas pipeline & # 8220; SP-2 & # 8221; only one string with 100% load will work.

Note that today both strings of the gas pipeline are completely filled with gas and are ready for commissioning and full operation.

Leading expert of the Financial University and the Fund Igor Yushkov commented on the decision of “Gazprom”.

He confirmed that the North-West region is indeed poorly supplied with gas and the region needs it. However, in reality, in order to fully provide the region with gas, it is necessary to build a completely new pipeline.

And here is the decision of “Gazprom” in this situation, it is an attempt to avoid criticism from the Russians for the construction of a gas pipeline that, as a result, does not work.

“These are not mutually exclusive projects for gasification of the North-West and Nord Stream 2, or the processing complex in Ust-Luga”.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that the media reported Gazprombank's refusal to accept payments for gas in rubles for Austria and Germany.

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Cosmonaut Wagner was awarded the title of Hero of Russia

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President Vladimir Putin awarded the title of Hero of Russia to test cosmonaut Ivan Vagner. The decree is posted on the official Internet portal of legal information.

“For the courage and heroism shown during a long-term space flight on the International Space Station, to award the title of Hero of the Russian Federation to Ivan Viktorovich Wagner”,— the message says.

The cosmonaut was also awarded the honorary title of pilot-cosmonaut of Russia.

Ivan Vagner made one space flight on April 9, 2020 on the Soyuz MS-16 manned spacecraft. The flight duration was 195 days 18 hours 49 minutes. The spacecraft's descent module landed on the territory of Kazakhstan southeast of the city of Dzhezkazgan on October 22.

Wagner was born on July 10, 1985 in the village of Severoonezhsk, Plesetsk District, Arkhangelsk Region. From 2002 to 2008 he studied at the Baltic State Technical University Voenmehim. D.F. Ustinov. He received a master's degree in engineering and technology in the field of “aircraft and rocket science”.

From November 2010, Vagner began training as a candidate for test cosmonauts on the basis of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “NII TsPK im. Yu.A. Gagarin ". In January 2011, he was transferred to the Roscosmos cosmonaut corps.

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In the course of his first space expedition, he made two spacewalks, including the most difficult examination of the outer surface of the ship, the head of state noted.

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Kaspersky responded to advice to state institutions of Italy to replace its services

Kaspersky and Group-IB commented on the circular with the advice to replace their software in Italy Group-IB and Kaspersky Lab guaranteed the fulfillment of obligations to Italian customers, and also declared compliance with local laws. The Italian Cybersecurity Agency recommended that government agencies replace their software Kaspersky” responded to the advice to state institutions in Italy to replace its services” />

The diversification called for by the Italian National Cyber ​​Security Agency (ACN) does not mean the removal of products, but involves an integrated approach to the choice of computer protection for public institutions. This is how Kaspersky Lab commented on the agency's circular recommending replacing Russian software.

The company noted that the ACN document does not call into question the security and quality of Kaspersky's services, it also states that there are no cases of ” malicious use of company products».

“Kaspersky Lab” drew attention to the fact that in the circular the main risk factor is “geopolitical tensions, which may limit the ability to quickly update IT products.” The company noted that its team and technical infrastructure are distributed around the world and this ensures high resilience. “Kaspersky” guarantees the fulfillment of all obligations to partners, including the delivery of updates and technical support around the world.

Group-IB told RBC that the ACN circular is focused on the Italian public sector and is purely advisory in nature. “Group-IB does not manufacture most of the products listed in the circular. It concerns only one of them, namely EDR. However, we regret this and consider it important to emphasize that Group-IB has always complied and will comply with the laws and regulations, as well as the orders and recommendations of each country in which it operates,— noted in the company.

Group-IB promised to continue working in the region and fulfill its obligations to customers in Italy, assuring that it receives support from Italian partners.

The circular of the National Cyber ​​Security Agency of Italy came into force on April 26. It states that public administrations “to prevent damage to the security of networks, information systems and IT services” should start diversifying products. The document states that “companies producing products and services in the field of IT security technologies associated with the Russian Federation will not be able to provide services and updates for their products.” because of the sanctions. It is recommended to look for new solutions to replace the products of the Russian companies Kaspersky Lab, Group-IB and Positive Technologies.

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Before that, Reuters, citing sources, said that the Italian authorities intend to limit the use of Russian antiviruses in the public sector due to fears of cyber attacks . The interlocutor of the agency indicated that the new rules will allow the authorities to replace any potentially dangerous software without imposing any sanctions.

In mid-March, find an alternative to Kaspersky Lab applications. recommended by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). The developer called this decision political.

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Russia announced three days of open gum corridors with Azovstal

The gum corridors will operate on May 5-7 from 8:00 to 18:00. Civilians will be allowed to evacuate both towards Russia and towards Ukraine

During the daytime on May 5, 6 and 7, the Russian military will open humanitarian corridors from the territory of the Azovstal plant. in Mariupol, the Russian Interdepartmental Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response (MKSH) said.

“The Armed Forces of Russia from 8:00 to 18:00 (Moscow time) on May 5, 6 and 7, 2022 open a humanitarian corridor from the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant” for the evacuation of civilians (working personnel, women and children), whose presence in the underground facilities of the plant is once again announced by the Kyiv authorities,— the report says.

The MKSH noted that during these periods the military of Russia and the Donetsk People's Republic “unilaterally” cease hostilities and withdraw troops to ensure the exit of civilians both towards Russia and towards Ukraine.

Plant “Azovstal” remained the only place in Mariupol that is under the control of the Ukrainian armed forces. On April 21, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin about the capture of Mariupol, with the proviso that “the completion of work at Azovstal” the Russian army needs about three to four days. Putin ordered to cancel the assault on the plant.

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The Ministry of Defense has been opening humanitarian corridors for evacuation from Azovstal since mid-April. Earlier, the department indicated that Ukrainian servicemen and “militants of nationalist formations” who voluntarily laid down their arms could use the corridors. Ukrainian media reports that Azovstal there is a “large number of civilians”, the military department called “information stuffing”.

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that evacuation of people from Azovstal began on May 1, on this day, according to him, about 100 people came out of there. The Red Cross reported that the evacuation is being carried out with the participation of their employees, as well as the UN.

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Putin awarded Alekperov with an order

The former president of LUKOIL received the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, I degree, for his great contribution to the fuel and energy complex of Russia

Vagit Alekperov

PresidentVladimir Putin awarded the former President of LUKOIL Vagit Alekperov with the Order “For Services to the Fatherland” I degree. The decree is posted on the official Internet portal of legal information.

“For services to the state, a great contribution to the development of the fuel and energy complex and many years of conscientious work, award the Order of Merit for the Fatherland” I degree Alekperov Vagit Yusufovich»,— the text of the document says.

Alekperov has been president of LUKOIL since 1993. On April 21, he announced his early resignation: Alekperov left the board of directors of LUKOIL and the post of head of the company.

He explained that he left the company due to personal sanctions from Great Britain and Australia, which could hinder the development of LUKOIL. According to him, the company is no longer associated with him “in no way”.

Earlier, London and Canberra banned Alekperov from entering their territory and blocked all assets.

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The ex-president of LUKOIL said that after leaving office he would remain in Russia and continue to do charity work. “I am a Russian, I am a patriot of my country, I am not going to leave the country. I have many plans for the development of social projects, I love and will continue to develop the city of Kogalym and other northern cities,— said Alekperov.

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Forbes magazine estimates Alekperov's fortune at $10.5 billion. He ranks tenth among the richest Russians.

The Board of Directors appointed acting LUKOIL President Vadim Vorobyov. Prior to that, he served as the first executive president and was a member of the board of the company.

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Will Israel’s position on Ukraine change after the scandal over Lavrov’s words

Relations between Russia and Israel escalated after the words of Sergei Lavrov about the possible Jewish origin of Hitler. How the diplomatic scandal will affect Tel Aviv's position on Ukraine – in the material RBC jpg” alt=”Will Israel's position on Ukraine change after the scandal because of Lavrov's words” />

Why Israel called Lavrov's statements inadmissible

Russia and Israel continue to exchange mutual accusations, which began after the statements of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the topic of anti-Semitism and the situation in Ukraine. On Wednesday, May 4, the official representative of the Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, on the air of Rossiya24 stated that Israel ignored the situation with the spread of neo-Nazism in Ukraine, while Moscow drew its attention to this problem. “You can cling to words and phrases as much as you like. But why, with the same zeal, was it not to cling to the Nazi literature that circulates, is distributed among the nationalist battalions? Why not cling to the symbols of “Azov”? said Zakharova.

Earlier, Lavrov gave an interview to the Mediaset television company founded by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, in which he commented on the Jewish origin of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the context of a Russian special operation. “He [Zelensky] puts forward an argument: what kind of Nazism can they have if he is a Jew? I may be wrong, but Hitler also had Jewish blood. It means absolutely nothing. The wise Jewish people say that the most ardent anti-Semites are usually Jews, — said the Russian minister in an interview published on May 1.

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The next day, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid reacted to Lavrov's words, calling them outrageous. According to him, the statements of the Russian official “are a terrible historical mistake.” “Jews did not kill themselves during the Holocaust. The accusation of the Jews themselves of anti-Semitism— this is the lowest level of racism against the Jews,” — Lapid continued. Russian Ambassador to Israel Anatoly Viktorov was summoned to the country's Foreign Ministry for an explanatory conversation.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett also spoke out, calling Lavrov's words “unforgivable”. “His words are not true, and their message is wrong. The purpose of such lies is to blame the Jews themselves for the most heinous crimes in history that have been committed against them, and thereby exonerate Israel's enemies from accountability. said in a statement released on Monday. The Israeli prime minister stressed that “the use of the Holocaust of the Jewish people as a political tool must be stopped immediately.”

On May 3, the Russian Foreign Ministry on its Telegram channel published a response to Lapid's statement, calling them “anti-historical”; and “largely explaining the course of the current Israeli government to support the neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv.” On the same day, Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar called Lavrov's words “shocking”; and said the minister should apologize. “I do not consider myself entitled to give advice to the head of Russian diplomacy, but it would be nice if he apologized to the Jews and simply admitted his mistake,” — he said.

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Will Israel continue to try to mediate

After the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, Israel tried to remain neutral, refusing to impose sanctions on Russia. Prime Minister Bennett paid a brief working visit to Moscow on March 5 for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The leaders of the two countries also spoke on the phone on numerous occasions. As early as April 27, the Kremlin reported that Israel offered its mediation services to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. Bennett was also asked to mediate by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The Ukrainian authorities stated that Israel could become one of the countries— guarantors of Ukraine's security in the event of a peace agreement between Moscow and Kyiv.

“Relations between Russia and Israel were previously as warm as the two sides could afford, and can only cool down to the level that the two sides can afford, given that neither Israel nor Russia seem to yet intend to fight each other another, in Syria, at least, no further escalation is expected yet. But at the diplomatic level, the situation does not look very decent. This is unlikely to contribute to mutual understanding, & mdash; Zeev Khanin, professor at Ariel University in Samaria, told RBC.

The escalation of diplomatic relations was a rather unexpected development of events, the previous conflict situations in bilateral relations were of an objective nature— there were specific events to which there was a reaction, but this time the scandal happened because of the statement, and not because of the action; in the last 15-20 years, this has not happened, said Dmitry Maryasis, a leading researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in an interview with RBC. In his opinion, it is rather difficult to predict the development of relations in the current conditions, however, previous experience shows that in the event of the detention of an Israeli citizen Naama Issachar in Russia in 2019, and in the event of an Il-20 disaster in Syria, in which the Russian side blamed the Israeli , ways out were found, disagreements were overcome, relations did not fundamentally suffer. Therefore, Mariasis believes that Israel's attempts to play the role of mediator will not stop.

In turn, Khanin is convinced that Israel's mediation efforts have exhausted themselves a few weeks ago: “We do not know what exactly Bennett and [Zeev] Elkin were talking about in Moscow and what exactly the Israeli representatives were saying in Kyiv, but it seems that that no proposals that would suit the Ukrainian side satisfied the Russian side. And vice versa, it is not a fact that the Russian side had any new proposals. Today, if some conversations are going on, then they can go on for a slightly different reason and no longer on one channel. Ultimately, one must assume that Israel fulfilled its mission at this stage.

The theory that Adolf Hitler may have had Jewish roots is based on the fact that his father was born out of wedlock and the identity of Hitler's grandfather was never revealed. Thus, there remained the possibility that he was a Jew, and then Hitler would also be a quarter Jew. At the same time, according to Jewish tradition, nationality is transmitted through the maternal line.

The information that Hitler's grandfather was Jewish was first presented by the Nazi Governor-General of Poland, Hans Frank, during the Nuremberg Trials, and then repeated in his memoirs “In the Face of the Gallows”, published in 1953, seven years after The Nuremberg Tribunal sentenced him to death. Frank, who in the late 1920s was a lawyer for the NSDAP and represented Hitler at trials, allegedly found out Hitler's real family tree in 1930, as the Fuhrer's half-nephew began to blackmail him, threatening to reveal his Jewish origin. According to Frank, Hitler's paternal grandfather was a Jew from the Austrian city of Graz. As evidence, Frank cited correspondence between Hitler's grandmother, Maria Anna Schicklgruber, and a Jewish man named Frankenberger, for whom she worked. According to the correspondence, Schicklgruber allegedly became pregnant by his 19-year-old son, and his family was forced to pay child support.

Most historians question the accuracy of Frank's claims. Also, there is no evidence of the existence of the mentioned correspondence. Moreover, the British historian Ian Kershaw, who carefully studied the biography of Hitler, pointed out in one of his works that a Jewish family with the surname Frankenberger never lived in Austria. He found one family with that last name, but they were not Jewish. He also found no evidence that Hitler's grandmother ever lived in Graz.

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