The head of the Pentagon said that no one wants a conflict between NATO and Russia

According to Lloyd Austin, Moscow does not want such a clash either. If Russia nevertheless decides to attack any of the NATO members, this will “change everything,” the Pentagon chief warned

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If Russia decides to attack one of the countries— members of NATO, this will “dramatically change everything,” no one would want such a development of events, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said at a congressional hearing. A fragment of his speech is published by Newsweek.

“But <…> my point of view <…> is that Russia does not want to fight NATO, — said the Pentagon chief. He explained his assumption by the military power of the alliance: NATO has 1.9 million soldiers “the most advanced capabilities <…> in the field of aviation, ships, types of weapons. “This is not the kind of battle he [Putin] wanted,” — Austin says.

According to the head of the Pentagon, the clash between Russia and the alliance “will quickly develop into another kind of struggle, and no one wants to see it.”

Austin stressed at the hearing that Russia “remains a strong threat requiring close and ongoing coordination within NATO to prevent further aggression in Europe.” Moscow's nuclear arsenal poses significant problems for the United States, he said.

After the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the authorities of the United States and other countries of the North Atlantic Alliance emphasized that they did not want war with Russia. In March, the administration of US President Joe Biden stated that he was striving to avoid conflict with Russia at all costs and was determined to resolve issues diplomatically. A similar position was expressed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Moscow sees Western support for Kyiv as a threat and attempts to drag out hostilities in Ukraine, in particular, they criticize the supply of foreign weapons to Ukraine. On May 12, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said that “inflating Ukraine” Western weapons, “sending mercenaries” and other NATO actions increase the likelihood of a direct conflict between Russia and the alliance. “Such a conflict always has the risk of turning into a full-fledged nuclear war,” — he warned.

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The Foreign Ministry promised “military-technical” measures when Finland joins NATO

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Russia will take retaliatory steps, including military-technical ones, if Finland joins NATO , the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. This is how the Foreign Ministry reacted to a joint statement by Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin, who called for an application for membership in the alliance “immediately”.

“The accession of Finland to NATO will cause serious damage to bilateral Russian-Finnish relations, maintaining stability and security in the Northern European region. Russia will be forced to take retaliatory steps, both of a military-technical and other nature, in order to stop the threats to its national security that arise in this regard, — says the message of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The statement of the Finnish leadership was called “a radical change in the country's foreign policy”, and the desire to join NATO — violation of its international legal obligations. The Russian Foreign Ministry considered that NATO was “assertive” urged Helsinki to join the alliance in order to “continue to expand towards the borders of Russia, create another flank for a military threat to our country.”

“We will respond according to the situation,”— concluded at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In their statement, Niinistö and Marin explained that NATO membership would enhance Finland's security, as well as strengthen the alliance itself. “We hope that the steps at the national level necessary to implement this decision will be quickly taken in the coming days,” they said.

After this message, the Kremlin said that Russia considers Finland's decision to apply for membership in NATO as a threat. According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, this does not make the continent more stable and secure.

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Russia has previously criticized Helsinki's intention to join NATO, warning that it would exacerbate the situation in the region. In mid-April, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said that in such a case, the land border would more than double as an alliance and would have to be “strengthened.” “Seriously strengthen the grouping of ground forces and air defense, deploy substantial naval forces in the waters of the Gulf of Finland,” he explained.

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In Russia, they opened a case against the “archive of the entire Internet”

The Internet Archive aims to provide universal access to the information accumulated on the Web. According to the suit of Roskomnadzor, the non-profit organization refused to remove content prohibited in Russia

On June 16, the World Court in Moscow will consider the protocol of Roskomnadzor demanding to fine the American non-profit organization Internet Archive for refusing to remove prohibited content, according to the court's website.

The maximum fine under Art. 13.41 part 2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of Russia (violation of the procedure for restricting access to information, information resources, access to which is subject to restriction in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation) is 4 million rubles.

The Internet Archive aims to provide public access to information accumulated on the Web. The Internet Archive collection consists of large arrays of archived websites, digitized books, audio and video files, games, and software.

Since the beginning of this year, Roskomnadzor has blocked more than 135,000 websites. materials containing prohibited information, almost half of them— according to user complaints. More than 46 thousand publications from this number belonged to the categories “Drugs”, “Suicide Promotion”; and “Children's pornography”, explained “RIA Novosti” agency representative.

In particular, at the end of April, Roskomnadzor restricted access to the site of the online encyclopedia of fine arts WikiArt under Art. 15.3 of the Law “On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection”.

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Moskalkova reported dozens of sailors held in Ukraine

According to the Ombudsman, more than 80 crew members of civilian ships are being held in Ukraine. The press service of the Commissioner for Human Rights reported 77 sailors who cannot return home

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Dozens of Russian sailors are being held in Ukraine, human rights commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova told reporters, RIA Novosti reports. .

“Today we received two appeals about detained sailors and crews. According to my data, there are more than 80 of them today. Dialogue continues on the release of illegally detained civilian sailors who contacted me,— Moskalkova said.

The press service of the Ombudsman clarified to RBC that there is information about 77 sailors in total, all of them civilians. Crews of eight vessels are held in Ukraine, in addition, three sailors from the Chelsea-4 vessel were included in the list. (the ship itself left the port, so the shipowner— a citizen of Ukraine) and one superintendent— a person appointed by the shipowner to oversee the repair of the ship.

In early April, Moskalkova announced the release of 14 crew members of the Azov Concorde civilian ship, who had been held by the Ukrainian military in the port of Mariupol since February 24.

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

In early May, 11 sailors from the Avangard dry cargo ship were returned home. The ship has been under repair in Izmail, Odessa region since December 1. After the start of the Russian military operation, the crew “was blocked by the port security and Ukrainian border guards and deprived of the opportunity to return to their homeland,” the ombudsman said. According to her, 60 sailors from the Russian ships Omsky-6, Chelsea-4, Volgo-Balt-244, Volgo-Balt-193, Volgo-Balt- 225″, “Rondo”, “Svir”.

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Germany warns of increase in gas prices due to Russia’s retaliatory sanctions

Russia approved the sanctions list, which included the former “daughters” of “Gazprom”. According to the head of the Ministry of Economy of Germany, due to sanctions, Germany will be forced to conclude new contracts for the supply of gas, possibly at a higher price

Russian retaliatory sanctions against Gazprom Germania GmbH and its subsidiaries mean the need to conclude new contracts, possibly at higher prices, said the Vice-Chancellor of Germany, Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck in the Bundestag, reports FAZ.

“Inclusion in the sanctions lists” subsidiaries ” Gazprom Germania means they have to re-conclude supply contracts. These contracts will probably be awarded at higher prices,— said the deputy head of government.

According to Habek, Russia's sanctions deprived Germany of 10 million cubic meters. m of gas per day, but the German government has already developed a plan to replace supplies.

RBC sent a request to a representative of Gazprom.

In early May, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Russia's response to the sanctions. The document says that they are introduced in order to protect the national interests of the country and in response to unfriendly and contrary to international law actions of the United States and its affiliated states aimed at “illegal deprivation” of or restriction of property rights to Russia, Russians and Russian legal entities.

On May 11, the Russian government approved a list of foreign companies subject to retaliatory Russian sanctions. The list includes former Western subsidiaries; Gazprom, including Gazprom Germania. This company manages the former European assets of Gazprom, which are also included in the sanctions list: Gazprom NGV Europe, Wingas, Astora, Gazprom Marketing & Trading, Vemex and others.

It is forbidden to make transactions with sub-sanctioned enterprises, including those that involve the entry into Russian ports of ships associated with these legal entities, as well as making payments and transactions with securities in favor of these companies.

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

The first level of the emergency prevention 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 is announced 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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Russian sanctions made it impossible to transit gas through Poland

The sanctions imposed by Russia against a number of foreign companies made it impossible to transit gas through the Yamal-Europe pipeline, through which Russian gas was transited through Poland to Germany

Russian sanctions imposed on EuRoPol GAZ, which owns part of the Yamal&mdash gas pipeline; Europe, means a ban for Gazprom use the power of this highway. This was announced by the official representative of the company Sergey Kupriyanov, his comment was published in Gazprom's Telegram.

“A ban on transactions and payments in favor of persons under sanctions, in particular for Gazprom this means a ban on the use of the gas pipeline owned by EuRoPol GAZ to transport Russian gas through Poland,— said Kupriyanov.

EuRoPol GAZ— joint venture of “Gazprom” and the Polish company PGNiG, the owner of the Polish section of the Yamal pipeline— Europe. The Polish company owns 51.18% of the joint venture, the Russian— 48.82%. Through the Yamal pipeline— Europe Russian gas flows through Belarus to the EU, specifically Germany.

At the end of April, Gazprom suspended gas supplies to Poland, as Warsaw refused to pay in rubles under the current contract, while gas transit through the Yamal pipeline; Europe has not been reduced. At Gazprom also warned that in the event of unauthorized withdrawal of Russian gas from transit volumes to third countries, supplies for transit will be reduced by this volume.

On May 11, by presidential decree, the Russian government approved a list of 31 companies that fell under retaliatory Russian sanctions . The list is mainly former "daughters" Gazprom, including EuRoPol GAZ and Gazprom Germania. Its participation in the European “daughters” “Gazprom” ceased April 1.

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A representative of the German gas regulator said that the suspension of gas transit through the gas pipeline Yamal— Europe will not affect the energy security of the country. “For several weeks, almost no gas was delivered to Germany through this pipeline,” — quotes a statement from a spokesman for the regulatory body Reuters.

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Ministry of Emergency Situations proposed to stop burning dry grass

Chupriyan explained his initiative by the acting head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations by the fact that during the fires in Siberia, houses remained intact in those territories where dry grass is removed, and not burned

In Russia, it is necessary to ban the practice of burning dry grass, which often causes fires in settlements, said Acting Minister of Emergency Situations Alexander Chupriyan on the air of the Russia 24 TV channel.

“The practice of setting fire to dry vegetation must be stopped,”— he said.

Chupriyan explained that during the fires in Siberia, houses remained intact in those areas where dry grass is harvested. “If the authorities had started clearing the vegetation, there would have been no centers [of fires],” — stressed the interim minister.

Chupriyan noted that it is easier to prevent a fire than to put it out. According to him, it is careless handling of fire that often leads to tragic consequences.

On May 10, speaking at a meeting on the situation with wildfires in the regions, President Vladimir Putin said that significant material damage from wildfires in Russia this year is “already obvious.” The head of state also proposed to discuss and take additional measures in order to make the situation with natural fires in the regions less acute. “I consider it necessary to establish a target indicator that can be used to evaluate both the efficiency of work and a specific result, namely, the reduction in the area of ​​​​forest fires for each subject of the Federation and the country as a whole,” — said Putin.

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Chupriyan, speaking at the meeting, clarified that forest fires destroyed almost 1.3 thousand buildings in the Kurgan region, Krasnoyarsk region, Kemerovo, Irkutsk, Omsk and Novosibirsk regions, 16 people became victims, 18 more were injured. In turn, the head of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Alexander Kozlov, specified that this year 14.2 billion rubles were allocated to fight forest fires, which is 8.2 billion more than in previous years.

Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko then also proposed to toughen the punishment for burning and burning grass. “Almost 100% of cases of natural fires in the spring” through the fault of man. These are agricultural burns, arson, violation of fire regulations and careless handling of fire. A sobering responsibility should be introduced, and not a fine of 2 thousand rubles.»,— she said.

From the beginning of spring, forest fires began in many regions of the country. According to “Avialesookhrana” As of May 12, there were 107 forest fires on the territory of Russia on the area covered by the fire of 25,562 hectares. Most active fires were recorded in the Krasnoyarsk Territory (17), Primorsky Territory (10), and Khabarovsk Territory (15). The state of emergency has now been introduced in five constituent entities of Russia: throughout the Kurgan region, in the Emelyanovsky municipal district of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, in the Sut-Kholsky municipal district of the Republic of Tyva, in the Askizsky municipal district of the Republic of Khakassia, in the Mazanovsky municipal district of the Amur region.

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Kyiv called the condition for the resumption of gas transit through Sokhranivka

According to the head of the GTS Operator of Ukraine Serhiy Makogon, Ukraine will not resume gas pumping through the Sohranivka station in the Lugansk region until it gains control over its gas transmission system

Ukraine will not resume the transit of Russian gas through the Sohranivka gas distribution station; in the Luhansk region until Kyiv gains control of its gas transmission system, the head of the “GTS Operator of Ukraine” told Reuters. Sergei Makogon.

According to him, Gazprom has enough capacity for deliveries to Europe through the Sudzha station.

May 10 “GTS Operator of Ukraine” warned about the impossibility of pumping Russian gas through the GIS “Sokhanovka” and compressor station (CS) “Novopskov”, citing force majeure circumstances. They proposed to redirect power from the station “Sohranovka” on the GIS “Sudzha”, which is located on the territory controlled by Ukraine. Technical capabilities of GIS «Sudzha» (244 million cubic meters of gas per day) allow continuing the supply of the missing volumes of gas under contracts, the company said. The next day Gazprom cut off the fuel supply through the Russian Soyuz gas pipeline— thus, transit through the GIS Sokhranivka was suspended, the Ukrainian operator said.

In Gazprom, stated that they had not received confirmation of force majeure and did not see any obstacles to the continuation of transit through the Sokhranivka station. The company reported the impossibility of transferring transit to the GIS “Sudzha” due to the peculiarities of the Russian streaming scheme. May 11 Gazprom reduced gas transit through Ukraine by 25%, to 72 million cubic meters. m against 95.2 million cubic meters. m the day before.

May 12 “GTS Operator of Ukraine” stated that Gazprom did not take advantage of the opportunity to increase transit to the EU through the Sudzha GIS.

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The Rada announced the liquidation of Medvedchuk’s faction

Oleksiy Goncharenko, deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, announced the liquidation of the parliamentary faction. At the end of March, the National Security and Defense Council suspended the activities of the Opposition Platform – For Life and ten other parties for the period of martial law

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One of the factions of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine “Opposition Platform” For life» (OPLE) was officially liquidated, Ukrainian parliament member Oleksiy Goncharenko said on Telegram.

"OPLJ faction in the Verkhovna Rada officially liquidated",— he wrote.

On March 20, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of the country had suspended the activities of 11 political parties, including the Opposition Platform— For life» for the period of martial law, which Ukraine introduced at the end of February after the start of the Russian special operation. On April 15, UNIAN news agency, citing MPs Yaroslav Zheleznyak, Kira Rudyk, and Oleksiy Goncharenko, reported that the activities of the Opposition Platform for Life in the Ukrainian parliament were temporarily suspended.

OPPL is considering criminal cases against Medvedchuk with “punishment of political opponents” and the attempt by Zelensky and his entourage to establish “absolute dictatorship”.

On February 27, Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, announced that Medvedchuk had escaped from house arrest. A few days later, the politician was arrested in absentia by the Lychakovsky District Court of Lviv. On April 12, Zelensky published footage of Medvedchuk in handcuffs, his detention was confirmed by the Security Service of Ukraine.

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Zelensky turned to the Russian authorities with a proposal to exchange Medvedchuk for captured Ukrainian soldiers. In the Kremlin, after the arrest, the politician noted that Medvedchuk did not have Russian citizenship and that he had nothing to do with the special operation in Ukraine.

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Matvienko considered the bulldozer a symbol of Euro-democracy because of the monument in Riga

So Matvienko reacted to the decision of the Seimas of Latvia to allow the demolition of the monument to Soviet soldiers in Riga and the harvesting of flowers that city residents brought to the monument on May 9, using a tractor

The bulldozer has become a new symbol of European democracy, said Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko during a trip to Ashgabat, according to the Telegram channel of the upper house of parliament.

“It seems to me that the bulldozer is already a symbol of the so-called European democracy. There is no excuse for this, — she said.

Russian Ambassador summoned to Romanian Foreign Ministry over article on NATO

Russian Ambassador to Romania Valery Kuzmin was summoned to the country's Foreign Ministry because of an article about NATO, according to the website of the Foreign Ministry.

“In connection with the publication by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Bucharest <…> articles titled “About the barking of NATO at the borders of Russia and the main source of disinformation in the world”; foreign minister Bogdan Aurescu ordered the Russian ambassador to be summoned <…> Valery Kuzmin to the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs»,— said in the message.

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Matvienko announced her support for any decision on the status of the Kherson region

Matvienko: Russia will support any decision of the inhabitants of the Kherson region on the status of the region On the eve of the intention to appeal to Putin with a request to join the Kherson region to Russia, said a representative of the military-civilian administration of the region. According to Matvienko, Russia will support any decision of the inhabitants of the region

The decision on the status of the Kherson region should be made only by its inhabitants, Russia will support it in any outcome. This was stated by the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko.

“Such a decision (on the status of the Kherson region.— RBC) can only be accepted by the residents of the Kherson region. What decision will they make when— it is their right. What will be the power, what will be the structure of power, how they see their future, they will have to determine for themselves, no one is forcing, no one is putting pressure on them. It will be their will, their decision. What will it be, we will agree with it, & mdash; she said (TASS quote).

According to the speaker of the Federation Council, today the Kherson region can already make decisions “without regard to the Kyiv authorities and Nazi battalions.” “I would like to say a huge thank you to the people of Kherson for the fact that, despite the difficult conditions, they were able to quickly decide on the authorities, successfully carried out the sowing campaign, enterprises and institutions are working,” — emphasized Matvienko.

The intention to apply to President Vladimir Putin with a request to annex the Kherson region to Russia on May 11 was announced by the deputy head of the military-civilian administration of the region, Kirill Stremousov. He explained that the world community did not recognize the 2014 referendum on the entry of Crimea into Russia. “Therefore, this will be one single decree based on the appeal of the leadership of the Kherson region to Russian President Vladimir Putin, there will be a request to include the Kherson region into a full-fledged subject,” — he added.

At the same time, in early May, he claimed that the region intends to “live as part of the Russian Federation”: “No one will force anything, but the primordially Russian lands must return to their historical channel of culture and values.”

< p> In turn, the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov noted earlier that the issue of including the Kherson region in Russia should be decided by the inhabitants of the region. At the same time, the question should be “clearly and carefully verified by lawyers and lawyers,” he added.

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The Russian military took Kherson on March 2, on March 15 control was established over the entire territory of the region. Later, military-civilian administrations were created there and in the south of the Zaporozhye region. From May 1, the Kherson region is switching to the use of the ruble. Broadcasting of Russian TV channels has been launched in the region.

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Lithuania recalled the ambassador from Russia

Lithuania has decided to recall its ambassador Eitvydas Bayarunas from Russia, LRT reports.

Bajarunas will leave the country on June 1.

In addition, from June 7, the Consulate General of the Republic in St. Petersburg.

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“They arrange food requisition and famine”: Lavrov explained the blocking of ships with wheat in the ports of Ukraine

Biden announced the search for an opportunity to deliver 20 million tons of grain.

The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, at a briefing in the capital of Oman, said that the Ukrainian authorities block dozens of ships in their ports, including heavy cargo with wheat.

According to the diplomat, Kyiv is thwarting all attempts by Russia to withdraw the ships along the humanitarian corridors. At the same time, wheat must be delivered to various countries of the world, according to “Izvestia”.

Lavrov explained that the exit routes of ships from the ports are mined, so they cannot leave without the consent of Kyiv. And proposals to create corridors “for the withdrawal of these ships with the necessary goods “are ignored by Russia.

“The Ukrainian side does not cooperate, and its Western masters do not react to this in any way”,– the head of the Foreign Ministry explained.

Earlier, US President Joe Biden said that the country is trying to export 20 million tons of grain from Ukraine.

The politician recalled the soaring food prices, which reached record values.

Biden believes that the reasons are that both Russia and Ukraine – the world's largest suppliers of grain and corn.

“We are exploring ways to bring this grain back to the global market,” Biden told CNBC.

According to Politico, U.S. lawmakers have urged the Biden administration to create a black sea gumcoride that could The blocked ships would get out.

The media explains that local farmers will simply have nowhere to store the new crop. And the corridor at sea remains the only option to overcome the crisis.

Lawmakers are confident in the need to supply enough food in the face of “sky-high global costs for food and delivery”. And Washington has a “narrow window of action” against the backdrop of the deteriorating situation in Ukraine.

In turn, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said that it was the United States that was dragging out hostilities in Ukraine and “satisfied” in the country “surplus requisition and famine.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that in early April, Deputy Head of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev urged compatriots not to buy products “unfriendly countries”.

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Media: 20 companies in Europe opened accounts with Gazprombank to pay for gas

Against this background, it became known that several subsidiaries of Gazprom in Germany stopped receiving gas from Russia.

According to the American media, 20 accounts of European companies have already been opened with Gazprombank.

With their help, Russian gas consumers intend to pay for blue fuel in rubles.

According to Bloomberg quoting informed sources, the same number of European companies that previously opened accounts with Gazprombank joined the 10 European companies that had previously opened accounts with Gazprombank.

In addition, 14 more companies requested the necessary data in order to open accounts with Gazprombank in the future.

It is reported that such companies will pay for gas from Russia in foreign currency.

The names of 20 companies that opened accounts with Gazprombank are not specified.

Against this background, it is reported that several subsidiaries former daughter “Gazprom” Gazprom Germania GmbH does not receive gas after the imposition of sanctions against Western companies in Russia.

According to the German Vice-Chancellor and Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habek, the market is able to compensate for the shortage of gas from Russia, and Germany found an alternative supplier. At the same time, he did not specify the details, TASS writes.

Earlier, TopNews wrote that Gazprombank did not accept payments for gas in rubles for Austria and Germany. According to media reports, ruble payments from Gazprom Germania were rejected.

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Siemens announces exit from joint ventures with Russian Railways

The subsidiary of Siemens produced Lastochka electric trains, freight electric locomotives in Russia, and also served the Sapsan. Siemens Mobility associated its departure from the country with Western sanctions against Moscow ” alt=”Siemens announces withdrawal from joint ventures with Russian Railways” />

Siemens Mobility Company from May 13, it withdraws from all joint ventures with Russian Railways, stops maintenance and terminates contracts with the Russian monopolist. This was reported to TASS in the press service of the Siemens group.

“In view of the magnitude of the European Union sanctions against the Russian Federation, as well as the measures taken and potential retaliatory measures and their serious consequences for the day-to-day operations of Siemens Mobility, the decision was made to wind down business in Russia, including the exit from existing joint ventures and termination of service contracts for maintenance with Russian Railways; from May 13 & raquo;, & mdash; reported by the company.

RBC in the company clarified that the sanctions and the requirements following from them make it “impossible to further fulfill our contractual obligations to Russian Railways.”

«Siemens Mobility»— “daughter” Siemens group. Engaged in the production of rolling stock, electric locomotives, automation and electrification of railways, etc.

In Russia, the company has created a network of depots for the maintenance and repair of Sapsan trains. and Lastochka, while its subsidiaries produce frequency converters and traction motors.

A Russian Railways representative told RBC that the maintenance of Sapsan trains and “Swallow” will continue under the current Russian legislation under the direction and control of the holding.

According to Rollingstock Editor-in-Chief Sergei Belov, the cessation of supplies of Sapsan is unlikely to be critical, and the Russian side will be able to overcome the problems of production and reorientation of supplies during the year. “The current situation creates all the prerequisites for the implementation of a large-scale program for the construction of high-speed lines [high-speed lines] in Russia, according to the experience of China, as a strong measure to support the economy,” — the expert clarified.

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According to him, producing “Swallows” and electric locomotives plant “Ural locomotives” has been operating for more than ten years and a fairly high level of localization has been ensured, and a significant part of the intellectual rights already belongs to the Russian side. “Moreover, in recent years, work has been carried out regarding the export of rolling stock— electric locomotives began to be delivered to Kazakhstan, deliveries of Lastochka were in a serious stage of development; to Serbia»,— Belov added.

He also suggested that Siemens Mobility's service personnel would move to either RZD or Sinara. “Siemens will have to pay dearly for withdrawing from all agreements with Russian partners by selling a stake at a very low price, transferring technical documentation, etc., since the Russian side is unlikely to be willing to buy out a share of a partner that does not fulfill its obligations,” — summed up the expert.

RBC sent a request to the press service of the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Siemens announced its withdrawal from the Russian market “because of the war in Ukraine” 12 May. In early March, the company suspended deliveries to Russia and the work of all new business projects. The Financial Times, citing a source, wrote that the company would continue to perform only “a small amount of service work” in Russia; and that Siemens is assessing the consequences of the sanctions imposed against Russia after the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine.

Chairman of the Board of JSC “Russian Railways” Oleg Belozerov said on March 22 that Siemens had notified them of the suspension of the contract for the purchase of Sapsan. According to him, the electric trains “Lastochka” “import-substituted by almost 88 percent.” Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko then said that the German company could be replaced by other organizations. She suggested that the company made the decision under duress.

Siemens has been operating in Russia since 1852— At that time, the company was engaged in laying telegraph lines. According to the FT, today Russia accounts for about 1% of all sales of the conglomerate. In the parent company of the concern in Russia— OOO «Siemens»— employs about 2.7 thousand employees, the turnover in the 2020 fiscal year amounted to €723 million.

After the start of the military operation in Ukraine, many companies announced the suspension of work in Russia, including Nokia, Ericsson, General Electric and others.

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Russia convenes UN Security Council meeting on US biolaboratories in Ukraine

According to Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Representative to the UN, the Russian side at the meeting on May 13 intends to present new facts confirming the activities of American military laboratories in Ukraine

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Russia intends to present new evidence of military biological programs of the US laboratories in Ukraine, said Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Representative to the UN, in Telegram.

“We demanded an open meeting of the UN Security Council to present new evidence of military biological programs in US biological laboratories in Ukraine. The meeting is scheduled for 10:00 (17:00 Moscow time) May 13,— Polyansky wrote.

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

The Russian Ministry of Defense claims that in Ukraine there was a network of 30 biological laboratories that worked on the order of the Pentagon. There, military biologists studied the causative agents of the Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever and leptospirosis, as well as hantaviruses, since these pathogens have natural foci both in Ukraine and in Russia, and “their use can be disguised as natural outbreaks of diseases,” said the head of the troops radiation, chemical and biological protection of the Russian Armed Forces, Lieutenant-General Igor Kirillov. Scientists have also explored the transmission of diseases through bats, he said. The Russian military believes that Ukraine tried to create biological weapons components.

The Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case under Art. 355 UK— on the development and production of weapons of mass destruction. The head of the UK, Alexander Bastrykin, claims that US funding for biological programs in Ukraine has exceeded $224 million since 2005.

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The Ministry of Defense accused of involvement in the activities of American laboratories in Ukraine manufacturers of coronavirus vaccines Pfizer and Moderna, as well as pharmaceutical companies Gilead and Merck & Co (MSD).

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The State Department and the Pentagon denied involvement in the development of biological weapons. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that he— “president of an adequate country” and weapons of mass destruction are not developed in Ukraine.

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The Ministry of Defense announced a downed drone and interception of missiles over Zmein

Tochka U missiles were intercepted over Zmeiny Island, a drone was shot down in the same area. In addition, the Russian military destroyed an American-made counter-battery radar and an S-300 air defense system. /756523748484680.jpg” alt=”The Ministry of Defense announced a downed drone and interception of missiles over Zmeiny” />

In total, according to the Ministry of Defense, since the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine, Russian troops have destroyed 164 aircraft, 125 helicopters, 304 air defense systems and 827 drones. In addition, the military hit 3,022 tanks and other armored vehicles, 366 MLRS installations, 1,479 field artillery pieces and mortars, and 2,832 special military vehicles.

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Russia announced a change of position on the issue of Ukraine’s accession to the EU

The Kremlin previously pointed out that the topic of Ukraine's accession to the EU “lies on a different plane” than membership in NATO. Now, according to Dmitry Polyansky, Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Moscow's position has changed alt=”Russia announced a change of position on the issue of Ukraine's accession to the EU” />

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Russia's position on Kyiv's desire to join the EU has changed, now it is similar to the position on Ukraine's accession to NATO. This was stated by Deputy Ambassador to the UN Dmitry Polyansky in an interview with UnHerd.

So, in response to a journalist's question about Russia's position on Ukraine's accession to the EU, Polyansky said that the position changed after the statement of the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, that “this war must be won on the battlefields.”

According to him, Russia's position on Ukraine has also changed after the increase in arms transfers from the EU, which “became more like NATO.”

Borrell tweeted April 9 : “This war must be won on the battlefield.”

On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, naming its goals the protection of the population from “genocide”, “denazification”; and “demilitarization”. President Vladimir Putin called this operation a necessary measure. He stressed that the occupation of the country is not included in Moscow's plans.

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After the outbreak of the conflict, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for the country's accession to the European Union and invited Brussels “immediately” start this process under the accelerated procedure. Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, in particular, supported Ukraine's early entry into the EU.

Also, Russia and Ukraine have already held several rounds of peace talks. For Moscow, the key topic of these negotiations & mdash; the return of Ukraine to a neutral status, that is, the refusal of the country's entry into NATO.

On March 29, the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, said that Kyiv proposed to include in the agreement with Russia the wording that Moscow would not be against Ukraine's entry into the European Union. The press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said that the topic of Ukraine's accession to the EU “lies on a different plane.” In turn, Kyiv stated that it was ready to discuss the issue of a neutral status along with the issue of providing security guarantees to Ukraine.

During an informal European Union summit in Versailles on March 11, European leaders said that a quick entry of Ukraine into the EU is impossible. At the same time, French President Emmanuel Macron noted that “to close the door” in front of Ukraine and say “never” It would be unfair.

At the same time, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna said earlier that Ukraine could receive the status of a candidate member of the European Union by June 2022.

Ukraine's desire to join the EU has been officially enshrined in the country's Constitution since 2019.

In 2014, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a law on the abolition of Ukraine's non-bloc status, enshrined in the law “On the Fundamentals of Domestic and Foreign Policy”. Last summer, a new strategy for the country's foreign policy was adopted. This strategy, according to Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, excludes the non-bloc status of the state, since one of the directions of foreign policy in accordance with the document is the desire for membership in the EU and NATO.

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The British Minister announced the purchase and transfer of Soviet weapons to Kyiv

Defense Minister Ben Wallace said that the UK is buying Soviet and Russian-made weapons from all over the world for subsequent transfer to Ukraine. According to the minister, 23 countries have stockpiles of such weapons. The British Minister announced the purchase and transfer of Soviet weapons to Kyiv” />

Great Britain buys equipment and equipment of Russian and Soviet production in different countries in order to transfer them to Ukraine, said the head of the British Ministry of Defense Ben Wallace, quoted by the American edition The Wall Street Journal.

“A significant part of [the employees of the Ministry of Defense] and military attachés around the world are engaged in such searches. Sometimes, by the way, we run into Russians who are also looking for some of their samples [weapons and equipment], because <…> their reserves are rapidly depleted, — Wallace told reporters during a trip to Washington.

The Minister said that, according to his data, 23 countries have Russian equipment. “If you want to deliver something to the Ukrainians tomorrow morning so that they can immediately continue to fight, <…> find out what they were trained on and what they need, & mdash; Wallace explained.

He suggested that there are Soviet-made equipment in Afghanistan, but no one would dare to buy weapons there.

Earlier, the US and British authorities called on countries that have Soviet or Russian weapons to send such equipment to Ukraine in exchange for security guarantees or compensation. On April 8, it became known that Slovakia gave Ukraine its only anti-aircraft missile system (SAM) S-300. Earlier, the Slovak Ministry of Defense stated that they would transfer the air defense system to Kyiv if they received something in return. The Netherlands and Germany have agreed to supply Patriot systems to Slovakia.

At the end of March, Wallace announced the inexpediency of supplying tanks and weapons systems to Ukraine that require special operator training, so the UK is trying to help the Ukrainian Armed Forces upgrade Russian and Soviet equipment. But the country decided to send its own weapons to Kyiv, and later the minister announced its readiness to send the British Starstreak man-portable anti-aircraft missile systems. He also said that London had reached an agreement with the allies on the supply of additional air defense systems, long-range artillery, ammunition and protective equipment for soldiers to Kyiv. Before that, portable anti-tank installations NLAW were transferred to Ukraine.

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On April 8, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the Kingdom intends to transfer weapons to Ukraine for a total of £100 million, including additional Starstreak MANPADS, missiles for them, “high-quality military equipment”, 300 anti-tank missiles and precision-guided munitions, as well as night vision devices, body armor and helmets. The Times also reported that London was ready to supply Kyiv with Harpoon anti-ship missiles, Switchblade disposable drones and anti-tank guns.

On April 9, Johnson visited Kyiv and promised new deliveries: 120 armored vehicles and anti-ship systems, as well as additional $500 million loan guarantees from the World Bank. According to him, the continuation of the armament of Ukraine— it is “the best thing world leaders can do” in the current situation.

On April 27, London announced its readiness to send high-tech Brimstone missiles (air & surface class) to Ukraine in the next few weeks. These missiles are designed to destroy land and sea targets, including moving ones.

Other Western states, including the United States, also supplied Ukraine with weapons. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that one day Kyiv will have to pay for such supplies, calling them free cheese that lies in a mousetrap. Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov stressed that the supply of weapons to Ukraine by Western countries will not prevent Russia from achieving its goals.

In mid-April, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent notes of protest to some countries that supply weapons to Kyiv. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov indicated that “any cargo that enters the territory of Ukraine and which we consider to be transporting weapons” will become a legitimate target for the Russian military, since the purpose of the special operation— “eliminate any threat against Russia that comes from the Ukrainian territory.”

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Russian Deputy Representative to the UN called the condition for the use of nuclear weapons

Deputy Ambassador of Russia to the UN Polyansky: Russia can use nuclear weapons in case of a threat According to Dmitry Polyansky, Russia can use nuclear weapons in the presence of an “existential threat”. President Vladimir Putin has the authority to decide how critical such a threat is for the country. ” alt=”Deputy Representative of Russia to the UN called the condition for the use of nuclear weapons” />

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Russia can use nuclear weapons if there is a critical threat to the existence of the country. This was stated by Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Dmitry Polyansky in an interview with the British portal UnHerd.

“I am a diplomat, I am not involved in making decisions on nuclear strategy, but I can say: yes, we have nuclear weapons. And if an existential threat arises for Russia, then, I am sure, we can use nuclear weapons, — he said.

Responding to a question about what Russia might consider an “existential threat,” Polyansky said he was “not the right person to define it.” “These are people who get paid for solving military problems. I get my pay for dealing with diplomatic matters,— he added.

Answering a clarifying question whether President Vladimir Putin can make a decision on the use of nuclear weapons if he decides that an “existential threat” hangs over the country, the diplomat said: “He is the Supreme Commander, of course, he has every opportunity to decide. <…> Once again, if you threaten us with nuclear forces, you must consider all the risks, — said Polyansky.

The discussion about the possibility of using nuclear weapons intensified in the spring of 2022, after President Vladimir Putin ordered on February 27 that deterrence forces, which include nuclear weapons, be put on special alert. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu the next day reported to the President that the strategic forces had begun increased duty.

On March 22, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on CNN that Russia could use nuclear weapons only if there was a real threat for the existence of the country, which is indicated in the concept of national security.

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On May 6, Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexei Zaitsev said that Russia would not use nuclear weapons in military operations in Ukraine. “The scenarios for our possible use of nuclear weapons are clearly spelled out in Russian doctrinal documents. They are not applicable to the implementation of the tasks set in the course of a special military operation in Ukraine,»,— said the diplomat at the briefing.

The conditions for the use of nuclear weapons by Russia are described in paragraph 27 of the Military Doctrine. It states that Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to the use of nuclear and other types of weapons of mass destruction against it or its allies, as well as in the event of aggression against Russia with the use of conventional weapons, “when the very existence of the state is threatened.” ;.

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Iltalehti has learned about the possible shutdown of gas supplies to Finland

Gas supplies from Russia may stop on Friday, May 13, the newspaper writes. This will cause problems in the industry and in the production of products. Earlier in Helsinki, they declared their desire to join NATO learned about a possible shutdown of gas supplies to Finland” />

The Finnish publication Iltalehti reported on a possible shutdown of Finland from gas supplies from Russia as a response to the announcement of its intention to join NATO. This may happen on Friday, May 13.

RBC sent a request to a representative of Gazprom.

“The country's key politicians have been warned that Russia could cut off gas supplies on Friday. Finland does not intend to comment on this yet, but is waiting to see if the gas supply stops. If this is implemented, then there will be serious problems for part of the Finnish industry and the food production industry. reports the publication.

Previously, it was assumed that Russian gas supplies to the country could stop between May 21 and May 23, after Helsinki refused to pay for fuel in rubles. The newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reported that local authorities are preparing to cut off supplies from May 21st. According to the publication, the Russian “Gazprom” gave time to the Finnish state gas company Gasum until May 20 on the issue of transferring payment for gas into rubles. According to the newspaper's sources, the deadline is the same for many other EU countries.

On April 27, the Finnish authorities announced their refusal to pay for gas in rubles. European Affairs and Corporate Governance Minister Titti Tuppurainen said this was in line with the decision of the European Commission, which considered such a measure a breach of contracts. The minister then expressed confidence that Moscow intends to divide the European countries and establish control over them. “This can be regarded as blackmail by Russia and part of [its] geopolitical ambitions,” — she added.

However, according to Iltalehti, the postponement of the cut-off date from supplies to an earlier one occurred after Finland confirmed its intention to join NATO as soon as possible.

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On 12 May, President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced that Finland should immediately apply for NATO membership. In their opinion, this should strengthen the security of Finland. The reasons that prompted Finland to change the policy of not joining military alliances were explained by Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto. He stated that the hostilities launched by Russia created a danger to the stability of the whole of Europe. Also, according to him, since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine on February 24, the question of how the events will affect the country's security has been raised in Finland.

In response to the decision to join NATO, the Russian Foreign Ministry promised that Moscow would take retaliatory steps, including those of a military-technical nature. The ministry called this step causing serious damage to bilateral Russian-Finnish relations, maintaining stability and security in the region. The Russian Foreign Ministry felt that NATO was “assertive” urged Helsinki to join the alliance in order to “continue to expand towards the borders of Russia, create another flank for a military threat to our country.”

The transfer of all payments for gas supplies into rubles was announced at the end of March by Russian President Vladimir Putin, he instructed to apply this measure to “unfriendly countries”— this list includes Finland, all other EU countries, the USA, Japan, Micronesia, San Marino and others. Putin justified his decision by the desire to “refuse to use in such calculations all currencies that have compromised themselves,” which, in his opinion, should be achieved “in the very near future.” The scheme began to operate on April 1.

European countries and companies are divided in their assessments of Moscow's decision. The European Commission has repeatedly said that following the requirements for payment in rubles would be a violation of the sanctions imposed against Russia. “Companies with such contracts should not agree to Russian demands. This would be a violation of the sanctions, which means that there is no high risk for companies, — EC head Ursula von der Leyen said at the end of April.

Disagreement with Russia's demand was expressed in Paris, Berlin, London and other capitals, including Warsaw and Sofia. “Gazprom” announced the suspension of deliveries to Poland and Bulgaria “due to non-payment in rubles.”

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VKontakte, Odnoklassniki and My World will be blocked in Latvia

The decision was made due to EU sanctions imposed against Yuri Kovalchuk and Vladimir Kiriyenko, whom the Latvian authorities call the owners of social networks

The National Council for Electronic Media (NCEMS) has decided to block Russian social networks in Latvia, the head of the NCEMS, Ivars Abolins, said on Twitter.

“In accordance with the sanctions imposed by the European Union, the NSEMS decided to restrict activities of “VKontakte” (vk.com), “Odnoklassniki” (ok.ru) and “My world” (my.mail.ru) in Latvia»,— he wrote and specified that the platforms would be blocked next week.

According to him, the decision was made because of the evidence that the NSESM allegedly has that the platforms are owned and controlled by Yuri Kovalchuk and Vladimir Kiriyenko, who previously fell under Western sanctions.

Chairman Board of Directors of Bank Rossiya Yuri Kovalchuk fell under EU sanctions as a person from the “inner circle” President Vladimir Putin in mid-March. At the same time, the son of the first deputy head of the presidential administration Sergei Kiriyenko, VK CEO Vladimir Kiriyenko, was included in the sanctions list.

The press service of VK then clarified that the inclusion of the CEO in the EU sanctions list “will not affect the operational and financial activities of VK, as well as interaction with partners.”

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The Baltic countries, including Latvia, have supported the territorial integrity of Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict and joined the EU sanctions. The Latvian authorities also canceled the registration of the Yandex.Taxi service. and blocked the Yandex Go app since March 23. On April 21, the Latvian Seimas approved the law on the deprivation of citizenship for supporting the operation in Ukraine.

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Polyansky did not rule out that Finland and Sweden could become “the goal of Russia”

This will happen if NATO troops appear on the territory of these countries after they join the bloc, said the first deputy representative of Russia to the UN. According to him, NATO membership “would be the worst solution for them, but not for Russia”

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Sweden and Finland, who want to join NATO, could become Russia's target if NATO troops appear on the territory of these countries, Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, said in an interview with the British online magazine UnHerd.

“They know that as soon as they become members of NATO, this will require certain mirror steps from the Russian side,” — he said. “If there are NATO units in these territories, these territories will become the target— or possible target— for hit»,— the diplomat added.

Polyansky called NATO an “unfriendly bloc”; and “enemy”. Finland and Sweden, becoming part of it, must take all the risks. “They lived with us normally, like good neighbors, for decades; if they suddenly decide to become part of this hostile bloc— it's their business, — he noted.

At the same time, the first deputy representative of Russia to the UN does not believe that the accession of these countries to NATO will be a blow to Russia's security. According to him, “this will be the worst decision for them, but not for Russia”, which is ready to confront threats from the alliance and has taken the necessary precautions for this.

Previously 12 May Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced the need to immediately apply for the country's accession to NATO.

Sweden, according to the newspaper Expressen, is going to do it on May 16th. Helsingin Sanomat reported that Finland and Sweden plan to submit applications at the same time, which will indicate agreement between the two countries and the desire to protect each other. Niinistö is scheduled to visit Sweden on May 17.

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Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, speaking about the desire of Helsinki to become a member of the alliance, he said that the Kremlin regards this as a threat. According to him, Moscow's actions will depend on how the “expansion process” will be expressed; and how the military infrastructure of the alliance will move.

Now Sweden and Finland have the status of states— NATO partners. 30 countries are members of the bloc, including Denmark and Norway.

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Foreign Ministry considers attempts to remove Russia from Middle East issues nonsense

This is how the department reacted to the decision of Western countries not to invite the Russian delegation to the meeting of the Interim Coordinating Committee (TCC) for assistance to the Palestinians, which was held in Brussels

Attempts to remove Russia from the process of resolving the crisis in the Middle East— this is political nonsense, according to a statement on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

This is how the department reacted to the decision not to invite the Russian side to the meeting of the Interim Coordinating Committee (TCC) for assistance to the Palestinians, which was held in Brussels on May 10–11 under the co-chairmanship of Norway and the EU.

“Any attempts to turn Russia off from the process of resolving the Palestinian-Israeli, Syrian or any other Middle East crisis— political nonsense»,— noted in the department.

The Kremlin rejected the data on Ukraine’s ultimatums on Azovstal

You should not take information from sources that reported Ukraine's “ultimatum” to Russia on the military at Azovstal, Peskov advised. More than 1 thousand military Armed Forces of Ukraine remain on the territory of the industrial zone

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The Kremlin advises not to accept information from Telegram channels that disseminate information that Kyiv has put forward an ultimatum to Moscow regarding those at the Mariupol Azovstal plant. Ukrainian military. About this “RIA Novosti” said the representative of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov.

“Don't read these Telegram channels”,— he said.

The agency does not specify which Telegram channel is in question and what, according to its data, was contained in the conditions put forward by Ukraine. “RIA Novosti” at the same time, he writes that the channel is “Russian”, it talked about threats to Russian prisoners of war.

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

Mariupol has been in the war zone since the end of February— from the very beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. On April 21, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported on the capture of the city, noting that the Ukrainian military remained only on the territory of the Azovstal plant. President Vladimir Putin then instructed to cancel the assault on the plant, calling it inappropriate. “You don't need to climb into these catacombs,” — said the Russian president, ordering to block the industrial zone in such a way “so that the fly does not fly by.”

In Kyiv, it was reported that Azovstal more than a thousand Ukrainian soldiers remain. “There are those who have received serious injuries and need urgent evacuation,” — emphasized the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk. The same estimate of the number of military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was given in the DPR, the head of the republic, Denis Pushilin, announced that there were 1.2 thousand Ukrainian military at the plant. He noted that civilians on the territory of Azovstal not left, and therefore “the hands of our units are untied.”

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The Ukrainian side offers Moscow to exchange Russian prisoners of war for seriously wounded military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from Azovstal, insisting that it is impossible to unblock the territory of the plant, and the units occupying it do not want to surrender. Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky warned that Kyiv would stop dialogue with Moscow to resolve the conflict in the event of the death of the military at the plant. According to him, Russia has refused several proposals for the evacuation of the Ukrainian military from the plant, including the exchange of prisoners or the participation of intermediaries.

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced several times that it would open a corridor for civilians to leave the plant. The Kremlin emphasized that they see no reason to negotiate with Kyiv on this issue, since the military may leave Azovstal. together with civilians, provided that they lay down their arms. “They will save their lives,” — stressed Peskov in early May.

The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that on the territory of Azovstal there are a large number of “characters” that will confirm the presence of mercenaries among the Ukrainian military. In mid-April, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said that those “mercenaries” and their “mentors from Bandera” who do not surrender will have to “be fully responsible for their actions.” “Of course, if they survive,” — he added.

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Austria threatens to take gas storage facility in Salzburg from Gazprom

Austria may transfer the Haidach UGS facility, operated by a subsidiary of Gazprom Germania, to other companies if Gazprom refuses to fill it, the chancellor said, proposing to act on the principle of “use it or lose it”

Federal Chancellor Austria Karl Nehammer threatened “Gazprom” transfer Haidach underground gas storage to other companies if he refuses to fill it. Nehammer stated this in an interview with the Kronen Zeitung newspaper.

“If the Russian” Gazprom ” will not fill our largest storage, we will take it for other suppliers,— he said.

The publication clarified that it was the Haidach UGS facility in Salzburg, which is currently de facto empty.

UGS facility Haidach is operated by Astora GmbH— a subsidiary of Gazprom Germania. At the end of March, Gazprom withdrew from the capital of the German Gazprom Germania (its sole founder is OOO Gazprom Export) and all its assets. Later, Gazprom Germania and Astora came under Russian sanctions, after which the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habek said that the “daughters” Gazprom Germania stopped receiving gas.

The chancellor announced plans for the first time in the country to create a “state strategic reserve” gas in UGS facilities and proposed to act on the principle of “use it or lose it”. If Gazprom will not pump gas into the storage, other companies will do it, he explained in an interview with Kleine Zeitung.

RBC sent a request to a representative of Gazprom.

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Earlier, the Austrian authorities refused to switch to the gas payment scheme proposed by Russia— for rubles. At the same time, the head of the Austrian energy company OMV, Alfred Stern, pointed out that the country is not yet ready to impose a ban on the import of Russian fuel due to the inability to provide the necessary level of gas supply. “I don't think we're ready for an embargo today. Unless we're willing to accept the consequences. Because you need to clearly understand one thing: our gas supply is provided not by our own production in Europe, but by supplies from Russia,— he said.

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US Congress blocks vote on $40 billion aid to Ukraine

Senator Rand Paul blocked consideration of $40 billion in aid to Ukraine Total US aid to Ukraine in two years could reach $60 billion, which is higher than the State Department's budget, said Senator Rand Paul. He blocked the adoption of the relevant bill without adding his proposals to the document

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The US Senate has postponed the final vote on providing Ukraine with a $40 billion aid package due to the decision of Senator Rand Paul, who demanded amendments to the text of the document, writes Bloomberg.

Paul indicated that if the bill is passed, total US aid to Ukraine since last year will reach $60 billion, which is more than the State Department budget, such an amount could accelerate the rapid growth of inflation.

“Inflation does not appear out of nowhere. <…> This is due to deficit spending,»— the senator explained.

As Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader and Democratic Party member, put it, Paul suggested “My way or the highway” (an American idiom meaning to fully demand full acceptance of the speaker's terms without a desire to discuss alternative options. — RBC).

The senator demands a change in the bill to oblige the Office of the Inspector General to control the costs associated with Ukraine. Reuters points out that without his consent, the Senate is required to follow a longer process to pass the bill.

According to Bloomberg, this plan includes:

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  • $6 billion in direct security assistance to Kyiv and $8.8 billion in economic support;
  • $9.05 billion to replenish the stockpiles of weapons supplied to Ukraine by the Pentagon;
  • $4 billion for other countries to help buy weapons they will supply to Ukraine;
  • $4.35 billion in global food and humanitarian assistance to be administered by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID);
  • $700 million in global food funding by the State Department;
  • funds to repair the US embassies in Kyiv and other expenses.

A number of representatives of the Republican Party expressed concern that measures related to the global food crisis should not be included in the bill, the agency points out. Republican Senator John Cornyn says the Senate will approve the relief package early next week.

The budget of the US State Department in 2022 amounted to $58.5 billion, for 2023 the presidential administration requested an increase in funding for the department by $1.9 billion (3%)— to $60.4 billion. This budget includes $1.6 billion, which is planned to be sent to Ukraine and other countries in Europe and Central Asia, which are “threatened by regional instability”; According to the State Department website.

Since February 24, total US assistance to Ukraine has amounted to $3 billion, Reuters wrote, and the volume of funds frozen under personal sanctions has amounted to $30 billion over the same period .

At the end of April, US President Joe Biden asked Congress to allocate another 33 billion to Kyiv to support “in its struggle for freedom.” “The cost of this struggle is not cheap, but yielding to aggression will be even more expensive,” — he explained. The US President also announced his intention to ask Congress for permission to use the frozen property of Russian oligarchs to finance aid to Kyiv.

The lower house of the US Congress, the House of Representatives, approved Biden's initiative on May 11, increasing the amount of aid to $40 billion. 368 people voted in favor congressmen, voted against 57.

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Serbia to convene Security Council over Kosovo’s bid to join the Council of Europe

Kosovo's intention to apply for membership in the Council of Europe violates the UN Security Council resolution and other agreements, Vučić said. Earlier, he promised that Belgrade would immediately respond to Pristina's actions and “show its teeth” .jpg” alt=”Serbia will convene the Security Council because of Kosovo's application to join the Council of Europe” />

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Serbia will convene a meeting of the country's Security Council in connection with the application of partially recognized Kosovo to join the Council of Europe, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said.

The intention to apply for membership in the Council of Europe was confirmed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo, Donika Gerwalla-Schwarz, Vučić told reporters after a dinner organized in Brussels for the leaders of the Western Balkans by the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borel.

“I said that this violation of not only the principles of international public law, but also the norms of some agreements, including UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and the Washington Accords (an agreement on the normalization of economic relations between Serbia and Kosovo, concluded in Washington in 2020.— RBC< /em>)»,— quotes Serbian President Dnevnik.rs.

“We will start to react politically. If someone thinks they can blackmail us and break Serbia <…>, it won't be so easy»,— he added.

On May 6, Vučić promised that Belgrade would give an answer the same day it learned that Pristina had officially applied for membership in the Council of Europe. In the words of the Serbian leader, “the reaction will be much stronger than they think”: “Believe me, we will show you our teeth.” On the same day, the Kosovo news agency RTK reported that an “influential European country”, whose name was not given, was ready to send an invitation to Pristina to the Council of Europe.

In March, the European Stability Initiative think tank called on Kosovo to apply for CE membership after Russia announced its decision to withdraw from the organization, writes Euractiv. The center believes that the republic has every chance of joining the Council of Europe, given that 34 out of 46 of its members recognize the independence of Kosovo.

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Kosovo— member of the World Bank, IMF, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Olympic Committee; a partially recognized republic is not a member of the UN, WTO and other international organizations.

Kosovo declared its independence in 2008, before that it was an autonomous republic within Serbia. Kosovo has been recognized by most EU countries and more than a hundred countries— UN members. Serbia, China, Iran and a number of other countries do not recognize Kosovo as a separate state. Russia also does not recognize Kosovo as a separate state, there is a Russian diplomatic office in Pristina, which is a division of the embassy in Belgrade.

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