Belarus announced the deployment of troops on the border with Ukraine

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The General Staff of Belarus reported details of the activities within the framework of the announced second stage of checking the combat readiness of the troops.

According to reports, troops are moving to the western and southern borders of the country, which is explained by the need to respond to increased NATO activity. The Ministry of Defense of Belarus announced, among other things, the formation of territorial defense units in the Grodno and Brest regions. It also follows from the statements that Minsk intends to respond to the activity of not only NATO.

Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus Viktor Gulevich said that the grouping of up to 20,000 people created by the Ukrainian Armed Forces “also requires a reaction from us.” According to him, in order to ensure the security of the country in the southern direction, units of the “special operations forces are deployed in three tactical directions.”

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The United States said there was no “viable negotiating path” on Ukraine

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U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haynes said Washington does not currently see a “viable negotiating path” to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. According to her, Russia and Ukraine believe that they can continue to achieve military success.

Speaking at a hearing in the US Senate Armed Services Committee, Haynes noted that during the next few months, in the context of the situation around Ukraine, “a move towards greater unpredictability and potential escalation” is possible.

Earlier, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that Russia and Ukraine should resume negotiations in order to quickly reach a peaceful settlement. The negotiations themselves should be made more specific. 

He noted that the demand of Berlin and Paris is to resume negotiations.

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US intelligence director announced Russia’s plans to withdraw to Transnistria

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American intelligence agencies have information that Russia is supposedly going to expand the land corridor in Transnistria. This was stated by the Director of National Intelligence of the United States, Avril Haynes.

According to the head of the American intelligence service, Russian President Vladimir Putin is allegedly preparing for a protracted armed conflict in Ukraine. Therefore, victory in the Donbass will not complete the special military operation in Ukraine.

Haynes also noted that in the coming months of 2022 the situation in Ukraine will become even less predictable and potentially escalatory.

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Lukashenko wanted to leave the Russian S-400 air defense systems in Belarus

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Belarus hopes to keep Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems and Iskander missile systems on its territory. This was stated by the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.

As the head of the Belarusian state noted, he agreed with Russia that, probably, the S-400 air defense systems will remain in Belarus. From the territory of the republic, this anti-aircraft missile system “sees to Berlin.” Lukashenka called the S-400 “good equipment” and noted that several groups of servicemen who would be able to work with these systems would be trained.

Lukashenko also announced his desire to purchase Iskander missile systems from Russia. He called them “weapons we need very much.” The President of Belarus stressed that he was ready to buy Iskanders from Russia: this equipment will not be withdrawn from the country either, it will be used to defend the Belarusian space.

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DPA learned about the EU’s refusal of sanctions on the transportation of Russian oil

The decision has been postponed for now. At the same time, according to the interlocutors of the agency, the ban on European companies from insuring oil tankers carrying Russian oil is still part of the planned sanctions

The ban on the transportation of Russian oil is no longer included in the new package of European Union (EU) sanctions being developed against Russia. This was reported by the DPA agency, citing diplomatic sources in the EU.

According to the agency, in order to make a decision to include this provision in the sanctions package, further coordination is required at the international level, including agreement within the G7. (G7). At the same time, Greece, Cyprus and Malta oppose this measure, as they fear that it could unilaterally put their shipping companies at a disadvantage.

However, according to DPA interlocutors, the ban on European companies to insurance for oil tankers carrying Russian oil is still part of the planned sanctions against Russia.

The day before, on May 9, Bloomberg also reported on the EU plan to soften the sixth package of sanctions and reject the ban on the transportation of Russian oil. The lack of a unified position among the G7 countries played a major role in the decision to abandon this ban, the agency's sources specified.

Since the beginning of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, the EU has already introduced five packages of sanctions that affected Russian companies, banks, government officials, and assets of the Central Bank. However, the EU has not been able to resolve the issue of a ban on the import of Russian oil since March, fearing a lack of oil reserves and rising prices for it.

In early May, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced that the sixth package of EU sanctions should include phasing out Russian oil by the end of 2022 and cutting off a number of banks from SWIFT. Bloomberg and Reuters also reported that Brussels is proposing to ban European courts from providing services related to the transportation of Russian oil to third countries.

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The press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, speaking about the possible refusal of the EU from Russian oil, warned that this decision would “hit everyone.” . At the same time, the United States, which had previously refused supplies, according to him, will remain on its own and “will feel much better than the Europeans.”

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Berlin announced plans to “forever” abandon energy resources from Russia

According to the head of the German Foreign Ministry, economic dependence on Russia “does not lead to security”, therefore Germany will completely abandon Russian energy sources in the future

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Germany will completely and permanently abandon energy carriers in the future From Russia. This was stated at a joint conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba by the head of German diplomacy Annalena Berbock, FAZ reports.

“We are reducing our dependence on Russian energy resources to zero with all the consequences. And this is forever, — she said.

Burbock also stated that there could be no agreements with Russia behind Ukraine's back. In addition, she promised Kyiv support for EU accession, emphasizing that “no shortcut” not possible here.

Burbock became the first member of the German Cabinet to visit Ukraine after the start of the Russian special operation on February 24. In mid-April, the Bild newspaper reported that German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier also wanted to come to Kyiv, but Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky refused to accept him. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called the rejection annoying. He also said that the position of the Ukrainian authorities in relation to Steinmeier interferes with the chancellor's visit to Kyiv. Later, Zelensky phoned Steinmeier, and, according to the German side, the politicians “removed the annoying factors that were in the past.”

Since the beginning of the special operation, the EU countries have introduced five packages of sanctions against Moscow. The restrictions affected, among other things, the top officials of the state, large industrial and financial organizations, the reserves of the Central Bank and the supply of certain types of energy resources. At the same time, the sanctions did not affect the import of Russian oil and gas.

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Scholz previously indicated that sanctions against Russia could be lifted only after agreement with Ukraine . “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.

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Senators consider Lithuania’s decision to recognize Russia as terrorist as Russophobic

Lithuania followed Russophobic sentiment when it recognized Russia as a terrorist state, the senators said. They believe that Russia is fighting terrorism, while Lithuania should check the EU and the US *

The decision of the Lithuanian Seimas to recognize Russia as a terrorist state— this is an act of Russophobia, senators Vladimir Dzhabarov and Sergey Tsekov told RBC.

“I think this is an absolutely ugly action. To accuse the great neighbor of being a terrorist state— just immoral. It was Russia that fought international terrorism in the Middle East, Syria, Iraq, and the North Caucasus,— said Vladimir Dzhabarov, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs.

According to him, the Seimas of Lithuania completely thoughtlessly “works out the task as part of another Russophobic action.” He believes that recognition as a terrorist country will clearly worsen relations between Russia and Lithuania, but the latter will regret such a decision.

“It is clear that Russian-haters have gathered in Lithuanian politics, this was confirmed by many their previous decisions, including this one. Of course, they dream that Russia would disappear altogether as a state, believing that they will then live well, but they are mistaken,— said Sergei Tsekov, member of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs.

He proposed to the Seimas of Lithuania to assess the activities of the EU countries. “Now they boast of a developed economy, but all this is at the expense of hundreds of millions of lives of the citizens of their colonies, who for many years were actually in their slavery,” — Tsekov noted.

The United States did not remain without the senator's attention, which, in his opinion, has unleashed more than a dozen military operations and wars against other countries over the past 70 years.

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“They could be condemned for the invasion of Iraq, for the situation in Libya, in Syria, for the bombing. But they don't. They— a two-faced dwarf state, which is trying to somehow declare itself with such decisions. As they say: “Pug, know that she is strong, that she barks at the elephant”, — Tsekov counted.

On May 10, the Seimas (Parliament) of Lithuania adopted a resolution recognizing Russia as a state that “supports and carries out terrorism.” This decision was connected with Russia's military actions in Ukraine and “systematic serious war crimes and crimes against humanity, against the Ukrainian people.”

Parliamentarians mentioned in the document the cities of Bucha, Irpen, Mariupol, Borodianka and Gostomel, where Ukrainian authorities found the bodies of civilians. At the same time, the Russian side denied the involvement of the Russian Armed Forces in the killings.

The Sejm also called the Russian military operation in Ukraine a genocide and called for the creation of a Special International Military Tribunal to “investigate and assess war crimes” following the example of the Nuremberg or Tokyo Tribunals.

The Lithuanian parliament called for the Russian leadership to be held accountable and invited other countries to apply the principle of universal jurisdiction to crimes in Ukraine. It allows the use of national law in relation to certain crimes, if necessary in the interests of the international community.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has not yet commented on the decision. However, at the end of April, the official representative of the department, Maria Zakharova, said that Russia would not leave the measures of an “idiotic nature” unanswered. Then US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the United States was considering the possibility of recognizing Russia as a country— sponsor of terrorism.

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Belarus deployed special operations forces in three directions

Belarus is checking the readiness of troops due to a number of exercises on the territory of European NATO countries and the Ukrainian military grouping, which is located in the southern direction

Belarus sees a threat in the group of Ukrainian military, which has been created in the south. This was stated by the Chief of the General Staff of the country Viktor Gulevich, BelTA informs.

“In the southern operational direction, the grouping created by the armed forces of Ukraine with a total number of up to 20 thousand people also requires a response from us. Special Operations Forces, which are deployed in three tactical directions, ensure the security of Belarus, — Gulevich said, explaining the second phase of the surprise test of the reaction forces.

He pointed out that Defender Europe exercises are being held in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (translated from English. “Defender of Europe”. —RBC), where up to 20 thousand people and a large amount of equipment should be involved. Along with this, seven more exercises are taking place on the territory of countries bordering Belarus. On them, the military practice the use of reconnaissance and sabotage forces, special operations forces and landing troops. According to Gulevich, this clearly does not mean a “peace-loving orientation”; teachings.

At the same time, the US and its allies continue to build up their military presence, the chief of the General Staff said. According to him, the grouping of troops near the border of Belarus has more than doubled over the past six months, and groups with sea-based air-launched cruise missiles have appeared in the waters of the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas. At the same time, aviation forces have increased in Poland and the Baltic countries.

Gulevich said that because of the actions listed above, Belarus advanced battalion tactical groups to the western and northwestern directions. They will be reinforced by air defense units, missile troops and artillery. In addition, since May 10, two areas of territorial defense have been inspected in the republic. Territorial troops will guard important facilities.

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The Ministry of Defense of Belarus announced the start of a surprise inspection of troops on May 4th. Military units and subunits had to come to combat readiness, make marches and perform combat training tasks. At that time, the department stated that the maneuvers did not threaten either the European community as a whole or neighboring countries.

On May 10, Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin announced the start of the second stage of a surprise inspection. He called it “an adequate response”; for military exercises Defender Europe. President of the Republic Alexander Lukashenko noted that the check is needed in order to “unexpectedly withdraw units in case of war.”

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The WHO European Office will study the issue of closing the organization’s office in Moscow

The resolution to move the WHO Office for Noncommunicable Diseases from Moscow was supported by Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey, Moldova and the EU countries, among others. Russia, Belarus and Tajikistan voted against

The Regional Committee for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO) during a special session adopted a resolution that proposes to explore the possibility of moving the WHO office for combating noncommunicable diseases located in Moscow outside Russia, Reuters reports.

Special session of the WHO committee, dedicated to the situation in the healthcare sector in Ukraine, was convened at the request of 43 states— members of the WHO European Office. Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey, Moldova, Israel, as well as the EU countries voted for the draft resolution. Russia, Belarus and Tajikistan opposed the resolution, Armenia and Kazakhstan abstained.

The resolution invites WHO Regional Director for Europe (EBR) Hans Kluge to “explore the possibility of relocating the above office [noncommunicable diseases in Moscow] outside the Russian Federation.” At the same time, the document contains a call to consider the possibility of suspending all regional meetings in Russia, as well as conferences and seminars whose participants are determined by the WHO European Office, until a peaceful resolution of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

A Reuters source previously reported that WHO is avoiding tough measures against Russia. The closure of the office in Moscow is more of a political nature and was undertaken to increase the isolation of Russia, one of the interlocutors of the agency specified.

Deputy Minister of Health of Russia Andrei Plutnitsky, who spoke during the session via video link, said that the resolution was built to please the political ambitions of some countries in the region and could jeopardize the health of the population of Europe. “We strongly oppose the adoption of the submitted draft resolution, it is aimed at undermining the work of WHO in the Eurasian space. Its adoption will inevitably lead to the curtailment of programs for the provision of medical care to the countries concerned, the destruction of interaction in the interests of ensuring the health of the population of the WHO European Region and the whole world, which is completely inconsistent with the WHO charter,— he said (TASS quote).

The closure of the office will not affect the provision of medical care to residents of Russia, as well as scientific activities, Alexei Kuznetsov, assistant to the Minister of Health, later said.

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The Regional Office for Europe is one of six WHO Regional Offices located in different parts of the world. EURO serves the WHO European Region, which includes 53 countries, including Russia, Ukraine and EU states.

The WHO office in Moscow for combating noncommunicable diseases was opened in December 1998. In Russia, the world organization implements programs to combat tuberculosis, HIV, AIDS and other activities. In total, 26 employees work in the Moscow office.

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. Later, Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, visited Ukraine. He visited medical facilities in Lviv and met with Ukraine's Health Minister Viktor Lyashko. During the meeting, Kluge reaffirmed WHO's readiness to provide continued support to the country in addressing urgent health system problems and taking long-term measures to restore it. He assured that WHO is committed to helping with the elimination of the consequences of serious damage to the Ukrainian healthcare system, and will ensure its restoration on the principle of “better than it was.”

Also in early April, WHO put the question of inspection on hold at enterprises in Russia on the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. According to the head of the organization, Tedros Ghebreyesus, the inspection team was originally supposed to go to Russia a few days before the start of the special operation in Ukraine, but now “there is no way for action, so everything has been put on hold.”

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The United States did not see prospects for successful negotiations on Ukraine

At the same time, according to the head of US national intelligence, neither side will be able to win in the conflict in Ukraine, and the risks of escalation are constantly increasing

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The United States saw no prospects for successful negotiations over the situation in Ukraine in in the foreseeable future, while still allowing the conflict to escalate. This was stated by the head of US national intelligence, Avril Haynes, speaking at a hearing in the Committee on the Armed Forces of the Congress, the broadcast was led by C-SPAN.

“Given that both Russia and Ukraine believe that they can continue to seek military success, we see no viable way forward through negotiations— at least in the short term,»— she said.

In addition, according to her, over the next few months in Ukraine, there may be a “movement towards greater unpredictability and potential escalation.”

Russian and Ukrainian delegations have held several meetings since late February rounds of peace talks, both face-to-face and remotely. The greatest progress was made during the meeting in Istanbul on March 29, after which Russian forces were withdrawn from the Kyiv and Chernihiv directions.

In early April, Moscow announced that it wanted to complete the military operation in Ukraine precisely through negotiations and was interested in President Vladimir Zelensky agreeing to its proposals.

Nevertheless, on April 26, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the position of the Ukrainian authorities on the terms of the settlement had changed dramatically after the talks in Istanbul. “They [the Ukrainian delegation] moved away from their previous intentions to put out of brackets the issues of security guarantees [status] of Crimea, Sevastopol and the republics of Donbass. They just gave it up,»,— stressed the Russian leader.

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Lavrov considered theft possible transfer of Russian reserves to Ukraine

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Possible transfer of Russia's frozen gold and foreign exchange reserves to Ukraine— this is theft, said Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a press conference following his visit to Algeria. The video was published on the YouTube channel of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“This is, one might even say, theft that they don’t even try to hide,” — Lavrov answered the question of whether the proposal to transfer Russian money to Kyiv for the restoration of the country was a robbery.

He stated that for the West, theft is becoming “something like a habit”, and cited the example of freezing the money of the Afghan Central Bank in the United States. “They want to use them not for the needs of the people of Afghanistan, who have suffered from the consequences of the 20-year stay of NATO countries, but they want to use them for some other purposes that are not related to the restoration of the Afghan economy,” — he stressed.

The US presidential administration explained the freeze as an attempt to close access to money to the Taliban that came to power; (a terrorist organization banned in Russia). In February, President Joe Biden committed $7 billion of the $9 billion in these assets to humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and the families of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Lavrov also said that the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, who owns the idea of ​​transferring money for the restoration of Ukraine, “is known not only for his ideas in the field of confiscation of other people's property.” The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry advised Borrell not to forget that he is the chief diplomat, and not the military leader of the EU, because of his words about a military solution to the Ukrainian crisis.

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After the start of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, Western countries, including the European Union, froze about $300 billion— half of Russia's gold and foreign exchange reserves, the Finance Ministry reported. The head of the Central Bank, Elvira Nabiullina, said that the Russian side would challenge the freeze in court.

The Ukrainian authorities spoke of a desire to receive money from Russia's frozen reserves and use them to restore the country's infrastructure and economy. President Volodymyr Zelensky estimated the cost of recovery after the Russian special operation at $600 billion. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal reported on negotiations with the United States and partners regarding the transfer of funds.

On May 9, Borrell suggested that EU countries consider sending frozen reserves to pay for the costs of restoring Ukraine after hostilities. He called the idea logical and expressed the hope that the “military compensation” initiative will come from Russia itself.

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Spain sacks intelligence chief over spying scandal

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The Spanish government has fired the head of Spain's National Intelligence Center (CNI), Paz Esteban López, following reports of Pegasus phone spyware being used to spy on Spanish officials, sources told Reuters, El País and El Español.

Suspicions against Paz Esteban arose after Canadian digital rights group Citizen Lab published the results of its investigation. Together with Catalan civil society groups, the researchers said they found at least 65 people with Pegasus and Candiru programs on their phones. These are the phones of members of the European Parliament, the presidents of Catalonia, legislators, lawyers and members of civil society organizations, Citizen Lab indicated.

According to the interlocutors of the agency, Paz Esteban, during a hearing in the Congress of Deputies of Spain (lower house of parliament) last week, admitted that the agency was listening to 18 leaders of the Catalan independence movement, but in each case & mdash; in accordance with the law and by order of the court. The agency writes that Paz Esteban, in her speech to the Spanish Congress of Deputies, did not touch upon the rest of the wiretapping allegations, the government of the country noted that it was investigating them.

As a result of the investigation, the Spanish authorities discovered Pegasus spyware on mobile phones of several ministers: Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Interior Minister Fernando Grande Marlaschi, Defense Minister Margarita Robles, and Agriculture Minister and former Ambassador to Morocco Luis Planas, Spanish Cabinet spokeswoman Isabel Rodriguez said during a briefing.

Paz Esteban will take over the National Intelligence Center in 2020. Defense Minister Margherita Robles has announced that Secretary of State for Defense Esperanza Castelleiro will replace her, El Periodico reports.

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The Pegasus software was developed by the Israeli company NSO Group. The company insists that the Pegasus software is designed to combat terrorism and crime.

Nevertheless, in the summer of 2021, the non-profit journalistic organization Forbidden Stories and The Washington Post, The Guardian, Haaretz and Les Echos who joined the investigation reported, that the authorities of some countries used Pegasus to hack the phones of journalists and activists around the world.

Among those countries whose governments authorized the use of Pegasus against the press, they named Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, India, Israel, Bahrain, Mexico, Morocco, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

The US Department of Commerce blacklisted the NSO Group on November 3, 2021 for activities in cyberspace that “threaten national security and foreign policy interests.” countries.

A month later, Bloomberg and the Financial Times, citing sources, reported that the NSO Group was considering selling the company or closing its Pegasus division.

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The head of Rosstat became a candidate for the post of governor of the Ryazan region

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The head of Rosstat, Pavel Malkov, may leave his post. He became the main candidate for the post of governor of the Ryazan region, a source familiar with the discussion of the issue told RBC. Malkov can apply for any governor's chair, there is a possibility that he will take the position of the head of the Ryazan region, but options are possible— in turn, claims a federal official familiar with the discussions.

The current head of the Ryazan region, Nikolai Lyubimov, announced on May 10 that he would not run for a new term.

Malkov was born on January 29, 1980 in Saratov.

In 2001, he graduated from the Saratov State Technical University with a degree in computer technology and automated systems software. In 2004, he underwent professional retraining at the Volga Region Academy of Public Administration named after V.I. Stolypin with a degree in state and municipal management.

From 2006 to 2009— Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Saratov Region. In 2010, he became the head of the Informatization Committee of the Saratov Region. In 2012, he took the post of Deputy Director

Department of State Regulation in the Economy of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia.

In 2017–2018— Director of the Department of Public Administration of the Ministry of Economic Development.

Rosstat headed in 2018.

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Kremlin official became the main candidate for the post of Kirov governor

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The main candidate for the post of governor of the Kirov region was the assistant of the Kremlin Department for ensuring the activities of the State Council, Alexander Sokolov, told RBC two sources familiar with a discussion of the issue. Prior to joining the presidential administration, Sokolov worked as vice-governor of the Kostroma region.

On May 10, the governor of the region, Igor Vasiliev, announced his resignation and his intention to continue working at the federal level. In total, five heads of Russian regions announced their resignation or plans to resign on Tuesday.

Alexander Sokolov was born in 1970 in Kostroma. Graduated from the Kostroma Pedagogical Institute. ON THE. Nekrasov with a degree in history, as well as MGIMO. Since 2005— Chairman of the National Council of Youth and Children's Associations of Russia. In 2014, he was appointed to the post of First Deputy Governor of the Kostroma Region for Domestic Policy, in 2017 — head of a department in the presidential administration.

Five governors have already announced their early resignations in Russia over the past 24 hours. These are the governor of the Kirov region Igor Vasiliev, the head of Mari El Alexander Evstifeev, as well as the heads of the Tomsk, Saratov and Ryazan regions Sergey Zhvachkin, Valery Radaev and Nikolai Lyubimov.

After leaving, Vasilyev announced that he intended to continue working at the federal level. According to him, President Vladimir Putin supported the decision. “In connection with the approaching end of the term of office for which you elected me, I have made an important decision to leave the post of governor of the Kirov region and continue working at the federal level,” — he wrote.

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Chairman of the Government of Kalmykia became Acting Head of Mari El

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Yuri Zaitsev

Chairman of the government of Kalmykia Yuri Zaitsev headed the Republic of Mari El, the decree on his appointment was signed by President Vladimir Putin.

In the afternoon of May 10, the head of the Republic of Mari El, Alexander Evstifeev, announced that he did not plan to run for a new term.

Yuri Zaitsev was born in 1970. Graduated from the Military University of the Ministry of Defense with a degree in foreign language. with the qualification “translator-referent, specialist in information and analytical field”. Fluent in Italian and French. Prior to his appointment in 2019 to the post of head of the government of Kalmykia, he served as CEO of PJSC IDGC of the North Caucasus.

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Putin appoints five new heads of regions

On May 10, the governors of the Republic of Mari El, Kirov, Ryazan, Saratov and Tomsk regions announced their decision to leave office ahead of schedule. Putin accepted their resignations and appointed interims

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees on the appointment of interim heads of the Republic of Mari El, Kirov, Ryazan, Saratov and Tomsk regions.

    < li>Yuri Zaitsev, Chairman of the Government of Kalmykia, has been appointed Acting Head of the Republic of Mari El.
  • Acting Governor of the Kirov Region— assistant of the Kremlin Department for ensuring the activities of the State Council Alexander Sokolov.
  • Acting Governor of the Ryazan Region— head of Rosstat Pavel Malkov.
  • Acting Head of the Saratov Region— chairman of the government of the region, vice-governor Roman Busargin.
  • Acting head of the Tomsk region— Vladimir Mazur, deputy head of the Kremlin Department for Internal Policy.

In each of the documents, the president accepted the resignation of the previous head of the region with the wording “of his own free will.”

On May 10, five governors announced their early resignations. These are the governor of the Kirov region Igor Vasiliev, the head of Mari El Alexander Evstifeev, as well as the heads of the Tomsk, Saratov and Ryazan regions Sergey Zhvachkin, Valery Radaev and Nikolai Lyubimov.

After leaving office, Vasilyev announced that he intended to continue working at the federal level. Radaev said he plans to focus “on another area of ​​work,” without specifying which one. Zhvachkin recalled that he recently turned 65 and that the law limits governors to two terms of service. Lyubimov expressed the hope that he would be able “in this difficult time” be useful to the country in a new position, without specifying what position it is.

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Earlier, two sources familiar with the discussion of the issue told RBC that an assistant to the Kremlin Office for Ensuring the Activities of the State Council, Alexander Sokolov, could be appointed to the position of the Kirov governor. Before joining the presidential administration, Sokolov worked as vice-governor of the Kostroma region and chairman of the National Council of Youth and Children's Associations of Russia.

In addition, RBC sources reported that it was the head of Rosstat, Pavel Malkov, who was the main candidate for the post of governor of the Ryazan region . Malkov headed Rosstat in 2018, before that he worked in positions in the Ministry of Economic Development, including holding the post of director of the department of public administration of the ministry.

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Died the first President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk

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Leonid Kravchuk

The first president of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk died after a long illness, Ukrainian News reported. citing a family source. He was 88 years old.

Kravchuk's death was confirmed by MP Irina Gerashchenko, UNIAN reported.

The ruling Servant of the People party expressed condolences to his relatives and noted that Kravchuk made a great contribution to the development of Ukraine.

“During his presidency, the Ukrainian emblem, flag, anthem were created, the Armed Forces of Ukraine were formed, and the independence of Ukraine was recognized by the whole world,” — said in a message in Telegram.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko described Kravchuk as a talented person with a strong character and knowledge. “We will preserve the sovereignty and freedom that we received over 30 years ago,” — he wrote on Telegram and thanked the first president for his love for Ukraine, wisdom and courage.

At the end of June 2021, Kravchuk underwent a complex heart operation. After the operation, he spent more than a month in intensive care on a ventilator. He was sent for rehabilitation to Germany, in November he began to recover, writes “Strana UA”.

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Leonid Kravchuk was born on January 10, 1934 in the village of Veliky Zhitin near Rivne. Graduated from Kyiv State University with a degree in Political Economy. He was a candidate of economic sciences.

In March 1980 he was elected to the Supreme Council of the Ukrainian SSR. From June to September 1990 he was the second secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine. Since July 23, he headed the Supreme Council, but after the August coup in 1991, he left the party.

Under his leadership, the Supreme Council of the Republic adopted an act declaring the independence of Ukraine on August 24, 1991. Until December 5, he was chairman of the Verkhovna Rada.

In November, he refused to sign the draft of the new Union Treaty, which, in his opinion, had no prospects.

On December 1, Kravchuk became president of independent Ukraine with 61.6% of the vote. A week later, on behalf of the Ukrainian state, he signed the Belovezhskaya agreement on the termination of the existence of the USSR together with Russian President Boris Yeltsin and the head of the Supreme Council of Belarus Stanislav Shushkevich. The latter died on May 4 due to the coronavirus.

During his tenure as president, Kravchuk signed a law excluding references to the USSR from the Constitution of Ukraine, the Helsinki Final Act on Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the Massandra Agreement on nuclear weapons deployed in Ukraine and the Black Sea Fleet.

On January 14, 1994, he agreed to sign the Tripartite Statement of the Presidents of Ukraine, Russia and the United States on the immediate removal of all nuclear weapons to Russia, which ended on June 1, 1996. At the same time, it did not document security guarantees and financial compensation to Ukraine.

In July 1994, Kravchuk lost in the second round of early presidential elections to Leonid Kuchma, gaining 45.1% of the vote. The elections were held against the background of the economic crisis and after the strike of miners in December 1993, who demanded payment and increase in wages, the establishment of special economic ties between Donbass and Russia.

After the presidential term, he was a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the “Social and Market Choice” faction, the deputy group “Constitutional Center”, “Social Democratic Party of Ukraine”.

In 2015, Leonid Kravchuk became chairman of the public organization ” “Movement for Ukraine in NATO”. From July 28, 2020 to February 21, 2022, he was the chairman of the contact group for resolving the situation in Donbass.

In March 2021, the first president accused the Kremlin of wanting to destroy Ukraine, and later called Ukraine an enemy of Russia, and Belarus— “slack” Moscow. He promised to “shoot to the last” if a paratrooper with a Russian flag parachuted into his yard.

A few months later, Kravchuk said that his biggest mistake— trust in Russia, which he thought was changing and would use diplomacy rather than force. The first Ukrainian president said that after he came to power, Russia prevented him from building an independent Ukraine. He also accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of trying to falsify history in order to justify territorial claims against Ukraine.

On February 27, together with former presidents Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Yushchenko, he published an appeal to Ukrainians about Russia's military actions in Ukraine . “Together we will win. We will stand,— they wrote.

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Gazprom did not see evidence of force majeure with gas transit in Ukraine

Gazprom sees no obstacles to the continued operation of the Sokhranovka GDS in Ukraine Gazprom sees no obstacles to the further transit of Russian gas through the Sokhranovka GDS and the Novopskov CS in Ukraine. Kyiv has previously announced the termination of transit through this station, which is not controlled by the Ukrainian side ” alt=” “Gazprom” did not see any evidence of force majeure with gas transit in Ukraine” />

“Gazprom” did not receive confirmation of the circumstances of “force majeure”, which was previously reported by the operator of the gas transmission system of Ukraine, announcing the termination of gas transit through the Sohranivka gas distribution station; May 11th. The Russian company said that they do not see any obstacles for the continuation of the operation of the Sokhranivka GDS. in the previous mode.

«Ukrainian specialists have been working quietly at the Sokhranivka GDS all this time; and CS «Novopskov» and continue to do so, transit through “Saved” was provided in full, there were no complaints from counterparties, and no, — emphasized in Gazprom.

Also, the company considered it impossible to transfer capacities from the connection point “Sohranivka” to the Sudzha point, based on the Russian flow scheme. “The distribution of volumes is clearly spelled out in the cooperation agreement dated December 30, 2019, and the Ukrainian side is well aware of this,” — noted in Gazprom.

The Russian company stated that it fully fulfills all its obligations to the European consumer and supplies gas for transit in accordance with the contract and the operator agreement.

Earlier, the Ukrainian GTS operator announced that from May 11 it would stop the transit of Russian gas to Europe through gas distribution station “Sohranivka” in the Lugansk region due to “force majeure”.

The message said that this station was not controlled by the Ukrainian side.

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The Ukrainian operator also found it impossible to further transport gas through the Novopskov border compressor station (CS), through which almost a third of gas (up to 32.6 million cubic meters per day) from Russia to Europe.

The Ukrainian side proposed to temporarily transfer inaccessible capacities from the connection point i «Saved» to the Sudzha point.

«Gazprom» and Naftogaz in 2019, we signed a five-year agreement on gas transit to Europe. His term expires in December 2024. During this period, Russia pledged to pump through Ukraine 225 billion cubic meters. m of gas.

At the end of March, the head of the Ukrainian “Naftogaz” Yuriy Vitrenko said that gas transit through Ukrainian territory will continue as long as it is technically possible. At Gazprom more than once reported about the regular transit of gas through Ukraine.

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The Russian Defense Ministry announced the downed Ukrainian Su-25 and Mi-8

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Russian military shot down Ukrainian Su-25 in the area the village of Shirokoye in the Dnipropetrovsk region and the Mi-8 helicopter near the village of Novodmitrovka, Kherson region. This was reported by the Ministry of Defense.

According to the agency, the Russian military also destroyed four Ukrainian drones near the city of Lisichansk in the Donetsk region, Krivoy Rog in the Dnipropetrovsk region and Kulinovka in the Kharkiv region (on the maps of Ukraine such a settlement cannot be found succeeded, it is only in the Belgorod region of Russia).

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

Operational-tactical and army aviation struck 74 targets, including two command posts, 20 “areas of concentration of human forces and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine”, two depots of rocket and artillery weapons, the Ministry of Defense said.

Rocket troops and artillery attacked 223 “areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.” Three command posts and two ammunition depots were destroyed, 19 units of military equipment were put out of action. According to the Ministry of Defense, more than 100 “nationalists” were killed.

Since the beginning of the military operation, 164 aircraft, 125 helicopters, 798 drones, 302 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2983 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 351 rocket launchers have been destroyed volley fire, 1440 field artillery guns and mortars, as well as 2796 units of special military vehicles.

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Russia started hostilities in Ukraine on February 24th. President Vladimir Putin said that the purpose of the operation was “denazification” and “demilitarization” Ukraine. Kyiv denied support for the Nazis and plans to attack the Donbass or Crimea. The UN General Assembly demanded that Russia cease fire and withdraw its troops.

The Ministry of Defense published the latest data on losses on March 25. At that time, 1351 Russian soldiers were considered dead, wounded— 3825. According to the department, the losses of the Ukrainian side amounted to about 30 thousand people— 14 thousand dead and about 16 thousand wounded. On April 16, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky estimated losses at 2.5-3 thousand soldiers. About 10 thousand more people were injured, he said.

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NATO chief Stoltenberg infected with coronavirus

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has tested positive for COVID-19. This was announced by his spokesman Sissel Kruse Larsen, reports NTB.

“He is fully vaccinated and has mild symptoms. He is following the guidelines and will be working from home in the coming days,— emphasized the press secretary (quote from VG).

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US, EU and Britain suspected Russia of cyberattacks on Europe

The UK Foreign Office said the Russian-backed cyberattack affected Viasat's operations in Ukraine, but also disrupted the Internet in Central Europe. Russia has previously denied involvement in cyberattacks

Russia has been behind a series of cyber attacks since the start of a military special operation in Ukraine, the EU, UK, US and other allies believe.

“The most recent the attack on the communications company Viasat in Ukraine had a wider impact across the continent, disrupting wind farms and Internet users in Central Europe,— said the British Foreign Office.

According to the UK National Cyber ​​Security Centre, Russian military intelligence may be involved in the attack on Ukrainian government websites on January 13 and the deployment of Whispergate malware, as well as in the cyber attack on Viasat on February 24.

The US State Department said that Washington supports Kyiv, strengthening the country's cyber defense. Thus, the FBI provides direct support to law enforcement agencies in Ukraine, including informing Ukrainian partners about the “cyber operations of the Russian special services.”

Also, the FBI, the State Department and other US government agencies provided assistance to Ukraine in the purchase of equipment and software to support network protection.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided more than 6.7 thousand emergency communication devices, including satellite phones and data terminals, government officials and critical infrastructure operators in key sectors such as energy and telecommunications.

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The US government has worked closely with Ukrainian ministries until February of this year to ensure Ukraine's cyber resilience, including by providing more than $40 million in aid since 2017.

In mid-January, hackers attacked at least 70 Ukrainian websites, including the portals of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Sports and other departments of Ukraine. On the pages of departments, unknown people posted messages in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish. They urged Ukrainians to “be afraid and expect the worst.” The Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine stated that Russia was involved in the cyber attack.

After that, on February 13, representatives of the White House, US intelligence, the US Department of Homeland Security and other US agencies discussed preparations for repelling cyber attacks in Ukraine, CNN reported quoting sources in the US administration.

The Russian embassy in the United States said that Moscow categorically rejects accusations from the administration of US President Joe Biden of involvement in cyber attacks on Ukrainian government websites.

&laquo ;Russia has nothing to do with the mentioned events and, in principle, has never carried out and does not conduct “malicious” operations in the virtual space»,— assured in the diplomatic mission.

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Putin appointed interim heads of five Russian regions

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees appointing interim heads of the country's five regions. The governors who previously held these posts announced their resignations.

In particular, Yuri Zaitsev has been appointed acting head of the Republic of Mari El. Pavel Malkov will act as governor of the Ryazan region. Alexander Sokolov will temporarily lead the Kirov region. In addition, in the Saratov region, Roman Busargin will become the acting head of the region, and in the Tomsk region – Vladimir Mazur.

Yuri Zaitsev was previously the head of the government of Kalmykia. Roman Busargin headed the government of the Saratov region. Vladimir Mazur worked as deputy head of the Kremlin's department for domestic policy. Alexander Sokolov was a referent of one of the Kremlin departments. Pavel Malkov served as head of Rosstat.

Earlier on Tuesday, five heads of regions announced their resignation. In particular, the head of the Ryazan region, Nikolai Lyubimov, announced the decision not to run for another term. The head of the Kirov region, Igor Vasiliev, also resigned.

The governor of the Tomsk region, Sergei Zhvachkin, was the first to announce his resignation. Also, the head of the Saratov region Valery Radaev announced the early resignation of powers. The decision to leave the post ahead of schedule on the same day was also announced by the head of Mari El, Alexander Evstifeev.

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UN criticizes EU decision not to invite Russia to conference on Syria

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Deputy official representative of the UN Secretary General Farhan Haq said that the decision of the European Union not to invite Russia to participate in the donor conference Syria “Brussels-6” is regrettable.

“The Russian Federation is a member of the United Nations and a permanent member of the UN Security Council, as well as a key partner,” he recalled.

At the same time, Haq noted that the UN could not influence the decision of the EU, since it is not one of the co-organizers of the Brussels conference this year. The EU has decided not to invite the Russian Federation and contact them to find out the reason,” he said

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US will give Ukraine a second batch of Mi-17 helicopters

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According to CNN, on May 10, the US authorities began deliveries to Ukraine of another batch of Mi-17 helicopters. In total, 11 such aircraft will be sent.

The Pentagon clarified that the Ukrainian military had already received a batch of Mi-17 helicopters from the United States earlier.

The plans to deliver these helicopters to Kyiv were announced in January by an official representative White House Jen Psaki. It was then about helicopters in the Pentagon's stocks.

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Prime Minister of Moldova called for the withdrawal of Russian troops from Transnistria

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Moldova, relying on the UN platform, calls for the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Transnistria. This was stated by the Prime Minister of Moldova, Natalia Gavrilitsa.

According to the head of the Moldovan government, Chisinau, relying on the UN, wants to achieve the withdrawal of Russian troops from Transnistria, as well as draw attention to alleged violations of human rights in controlled Transnistrian Moldavian Republic territories.

As Gavrilitsa stated, Moldova wants to find a peaceful solution to the Transnistrian conflict. The presence of the topic of Pridnestrovie on the UN agenda indicates the preservation of this problem in the list of important topics of the world community, the head of the Moldovan government emphasized.

Recall that in April 2022, a number of terrorist attacks were committed in the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, including shelling from grenade launchers the building occupied by the Republican Ministry of State Security. An attempt was also made to blow up the radio tower using drone strikes.

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Kadyrov thanked Biden for “helping Bandera”

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Chechen special forces began to actively clear the shelters abandoned in Popasnaya by Bandera, as well as the base located in the city.

They reported that almost every house or street was littered with modern weapons. The nationalists abandoned him at the first threat.

The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said that machine guns, dry rations and even food stores were found. All of them were placed at the disposal of the Russian military. The vaunted assistance of Europe and America will benefit them, the politician noted.

“I thank Mr. Biden for his firm position on the issue of re-equipping the Bandera forces. Thanks to his integrity, our fighters are provided with additional food and weapons,” Kadyrov addressed the US President on the TG channel.

Earlier, the media reported that a 55-year-old Dutch mercenary was killed in eastern Ukraine. In total, there are about 70 “soldiers of fortune” from the Netherlands on the territory of the republic.

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The White House does not yet see China’s violations of sanctions against Russia

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The United States of America has not yet seen violations of sanctions against Russia by China. This statement was made by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, PRIME reports.

“I don’t think we have seen sanctions violations yet,” she said during a briefing.

Psaki She added that the United States is closely monitoring China's actions for possible assistance to Russia. Earlier, the White House threatened Beijing with “consequences” when trying to support Moscow in conducting a special military operation in Ukraine or circumventing Western sanctions.

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Russian Ambassador Antonov accused the West of ignoring the requirements of the Russian Federation on security guarantees

On May 9, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov, at a reception in honor of Victory Day, stated that Russia's demands for security guarantees were ignored by Western countries. The diplomat added that in parallel with this, the NATO countries consistently created a threat to the Russian border. Anatoly Antonov, Russian Ambassador to the United States, recalled this.

“No one in the West wanted to hear the fair and justified demands of the Russian Federation on security guarantees,” Antonov said.

A special military operation continues Russia on the territory of Ukraine to protect the DPR and LPR.

The day before, US First Lady Jill Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Ukraine. After that, the United States announced the introduction of new sanctions against Russian TV channels and the management of the largest banks.

The G7 countries committed themselves to refusing to import Russian oil. And the UK additionally imposed increased duties on platinum and palladium from Russia.

The office of the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky announced the impossibility of unblocking Mariupol.

Follow with us the main events of Monday, May 9th.

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Reuters reported on the preparation of Germany’s plan in the event of a Russian shutdown of gas

It may include gas consumption rationing, primarily for households, as well as economic support measures for enterprises, including loans and guarantees

Germany is developing an action plan that it will implement if Russia suddenly decides to cut off gas supplies, Reuters reports, citing sources.

As one of the possible measures, the rationing of gas consumption is called, and the first may be obliged to limit the use of gas by households, and not industry, the agency writes. According to him, this will mean a change in the current policy, according to which in such cases enterprises are the first to be subject to restrictions.

Reuters sources also say that Berlin will support the provision of additional loans and guarantees to companies involved in the energy sector in order to support them in the face of rising prices. In addition, the government can “take under the wing” critical companies such as oil refineries.

Germany is approaching the limit of the sanctions it can impose without sending its economy into a spiral fall, the sources said. According to them, even those members of the ruling coalition who support sanctions pressure on Russia are afraid to impose a ban on gas supplies.

According to one of the sources, the heads of the largest companies in the German industrial sector asked the government not to refuse gas from Russia. Another interlocutor clarified that the business assured the country's leadership that it would independently reduce ties with Russia, but asked “not to force it to do it immediately.”

In late March, Germany introduced the first of three levels of the warning regime gas emergency. It involves the maximum reduction of gas consumption and monitoring the situation on the gas market.

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The first level of the emergency warning regime is introduced if there are signs of a future deterioration in the gas supply situation. If they are implemented, a second level is introduced. The third level is introduced in case of a significant disruption of gas supply. In this case, the government takes measures to provide gas to citizens, hospitals, fire services and the police.

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