Zelensky said he was ready for negotiations with Putin, but without intermediaries

The President of Ukraine said that he was ready to speak with Putin directly, without intermediaries and ultimatums. Contacts between the negotiators from the delegations are ongoing, but so far without result, the Kremlin reported earlier * .jpg” alt=”Zelensky said he was ready to negotiate with Putin, but without intermediaries” />

Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was ready to hold direct talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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“I am ready to speak with Putin. But only with him. Without any intermediaries. And on the terms of dialogue, and not on the terms of ultimatums, — Zelensky said in an interview with the Italian TV channel Rai 1 posted on his Telegram.

After the start of Russia's military special operation in Ukraine, Moscow and Kyiv held several rounds of negotiations to resolve the conflict as part of delegations.

Zelensky has repeatedly stated that he is ready to speak personally with Putin. In mid-March, he said that Kyiv, during negotiations with Moscow on a settlement, was seeking a meeting between the leaders of the two countries. “The task of our delegation” do everything so that the meeting of the presidents takes place,— Zelensky said then. Proposed to hold direct talks between the leaders of the two countries and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.

In March and early April, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that in order to hold a face-to-face meeting between Putin and Zelensky, it was necessary for the delegations to formulate a specific document as a result of joint work. “Not a set of ideas, but a specific written document. Then it will be the turn of such a meeting,»,— he emphasized. Peskov also noted that Putin “never refused” from a meeting with Zelensky and that it is “hypothetically possible.”

Negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv as part of the delegations took place both in person and via video link, but the parties have not yet been able to develop a unified approach to the terms of the settlement. The greatest progress was achieved during the meeting of representatives of Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul on March 29. Then Kyiv handed over to Moscow proposals for a peace treaty providing for security guarantees for Ukraine, their non-proliferation to the Crimea and Donbass, and the country's refusal to seek to return these territories by force. Moscow, in turn, promised to reduce military activity near Kyiv and Chernigov.

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However, after the withdrawal of Russian troops from these directions and the publication of materials from Bucha, Kyiv tried to interrupt the negotiations, and also handed over to Moscow a new draft of peace agreements, which differed from that presented in Istanbul, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, explained that the process became more complicated after the events in Bucha, Mariupol, Volnovakha and the Kyiv region. “The emotional background in which the negotiations are taking place today gives grounds for a slightly different look at the situation as a whole,” — he said.

Zelensky, commenting on the Kremlin’s statements about the need to agree on settlement documents as part of the delegations before the meeting of the presidents, admitted the idea that such a meeting might not happen. “You need to pull yourself together and work. I have no other choice. <…> But it may happen that there will be no meeting. It may not be her,— he said.

In late April, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Moscow had lost confidence in the Ukrainian negotiators, as Kyiv was changing its position and demonstrating a “non-independent” attitude to the fact of the negotiations themselves, and invited Ukraine to find a “realistic option” agreement with Russia.

On May 9, the head of the Russian delegation, presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky, said that the negotiations were being conducted remotely. Peskov also spoke about the fact that they are going, but “sluggishly and ineffectively.”

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The Foreign Ministry recommended that Russians refuse to travel and visas to Britain

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, British officials are delaying the processing of visa applications from Russians. Also, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs complained about the inability to pay visa fees with cards of Russian banks =”The Foreign Ministry recommended that Russians refuse to travel and visas to Britain” />

The Russian Foreign Ministry recommended that Russians refrain from traveling to the UK and issuing British visas. This is stated in the message of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

«Until the normalization of the situation, we will act in the same way with respect to the British»,— the message says.

The ministry explained that they made such a recommendation because of the “unfriendly course of the UK towards our country”, and also in order to avoid “possible problems”. The report also says that recently the Foreign Ministry has been receiving “numerous complaints from Russian citizens that it has become virtually impossible or extremely difficult for them to obtain a visa to the UK,” and this applies to both tourist visas and visas for traveling abroad. work or reunion with relatives.

The Foreign Ministry reports that it has reported problems to the British Embassy in Moscow and demanded “clear clarifications” from it. The diplomatic mission, according to the Foreign Ministry, replied that at present the UK visa service gives priority to the processing of visa applications for Ukrainian refugees, which is why the consideration of applications for British visas of Russians is significantly delayed.

“The situation is aggravated by the aspect associated with the obligatory prepayment of the consular fee by bank transfer after filling out the electronic questionnaire. Taking into account the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by London, it will not be possible to pay with Visa or Mastercard cards of the Russian issuing bank, since this must be done on the British website,— notes the Russian ministry, calling the position of British officials “a politicized infringement of the rights of Russian citizens.”

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The British Embassy in Russia on February 14 reported on its Telegram channel about “extremely high demand” for on all types of British visas, which the mission explained by the mitigation of the “coronavirus” rules for entering the UK, including the lifting of mandatory self-isolation upon arrival. The embassy recommended that Russians plan their trips in advance and reminded that a visa application can be submitted three months before the trip.

After the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, the British authorities announced the launch of the Ukraine Family Scheme program, which simplifies the reunification of Ukrainian citizens with relatives in Britain. The British Embassy in Moscow reports that, as of May 11, more than 104,000 visas were issued to refugees from Ukraine under this program.

The international payment systems Visa and Mastercard on March 6 announced their decision to suspend work in Russia . This affected the cards of all Russian banks, and not just those that are under sanctions. You can make payments with Russian cards within Russia and on Russian websites— their work is provided by the National Payment Card System.

Britain did not impose visa restrictions against Russians and companies not on the sanctions list. Also, Britain did not expel Russian diplomats after the start of Russia's special operation in Ukraine, despite numerous expulsions of employees of Russian embassies from European countries and the introduction of visa restrictions by some EU countries.

On February 24, Latvia announced that it would stop issuing visas to Russians and recall the ambassador for consultations. The same step was announced in the Czech Republic. Belgian Refugee Minister Sammy Mahdi suggested that EU members stop issuing any Schengen visas to Russians, but this was not done. This idea was supported by Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki.

At the same time, on February 28, the European Union partially suspended the simplified visa regime with Russia. It was a short-term visa with the right to stay no more than 90 days within 180 days. But the decision concerned only members of official delegations, the government and parliament, the Constitutional and Supreme Courts, holders of diplomatic passports, as well as entrepreneurs. Russia adopted mirror measures on April 4.

In early March, Norwegian visa application centers in Russia stopped accepting applications for a Schengen visa or residence permit due to “technical problems, including payment on the Norwegian portal, and other unforeseen restrictions related to the current situation. On April 4, the centers resumed work.

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Foreign Ministry declares 11 Romanian and Bulgarian diplomats persona non grata

Ten employees of the Romanian embassy and one employee of the Bulgarian diplomatic mission in Moscow have been declared persona non grata. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that they are taking symmetrical measures in response to the expulsion of Russian diplomats by these countries .jpg” alt=”The Foreign Ministry declared 11 Romanian and Bulgarian diplomats persona non grata” />

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The Foreign Ministry summoned the Bulgarian Ambassador to Russia, Atanas Krystin, and handed him a note declaring one of the staff of the country's embassy persona non grata in Moscow, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

“This measure is a response to the <…> the Bulgarian side's unmotivated decision to declare a diplomat of the Russian Embassy in Sofia persona non grata, — said in the message.

On the same day, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Romania to Russia, Cristian Istrate, was summoned to the ministry, he was also handed a note saying that ten employees of the diplomatic mission of the state in Moscow were declared persona non grata. This is a symmetrical measure in response to the expulsion of ten Russian diplomats from Bucharest in April, the ministry said.

“The Russian side resolutely rejects the groundless attempts of the Romanian side to unfoundedly lay the blame for war crimes in Ukraine on Russia,” —

On March 18, Bulgaria declared ten Russian diplomats persona non grata, as, according to local authorities, they were engaged in work incompatible with their status. Before that, on March 2, two more Russian diplomats were expelled from the country, who were suspected of espionage. The government refused to expel Russian Ambassador Eleonora Mitrofanov because of the risk of breaking off diplomatic relations.

The Russian Foreign Ministry called “an outright provocation” actions of the Bulgarian side. The official representative of the department, Maria Zakharova, said that all the expulsions of Russian diplomats “staged” Washington, and promised a response. On April 8, the ministry declared two Bulgarian diplomats persona non grata, and ten days later expelled several more employees of Bulgarian diplomatic missions. The ministry did not name the exact number of exiled diplomats.

Romania decided to expel ten employees of Russian diplomatic missions on April 5. Toga in the country's Foreign Ministry said that their activities “contradict the provisions of the Vienna Convention on the Diplomatic Service of 1961.” The department did not specify what specific violations are in question.

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Putin discussed with the Security Council the threat from the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO

Dmitry Peskov: Vladimir Putin discussed with members of the Security Council the expansion of NATO and Ukraine The Russian President discussed at a meeting with members of the Security Council the possible threats from the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO, as well as a special operation in Ukraine, the progress of which was reported by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

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Vladimir Putin at a meeting with the permanent members of the Security Council (via videoconference)

At a meeting with the permanent members of the Security Council, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed possible threats from the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO. This was announced to journalists by the press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov.

“An exchange of views took place on the topic of the decision of Finland and Sweden to join NATO and the potential threats to the security of Russia arising in this connection”, — said a Kremlin spokesman (TASS quote).

The meeting participants also discussed the course of the military special operation in Ukraine. “Along with current issues, Defense Minister [Sergey] Shoigu informed the meeting participants about the progress of the special military operation,” Peskov noted.

“A number of issues were also touched upon in the context of the upcoming CSTO summit on Monday,”— he added.

The Kremlin spokesman said that the meeting was attended by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Deputy Head of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, Head of the Presidential Administration Anton Vaino, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov, Foreign Intelligence Service Head Sergei Naryshkin and Special Representative Sergey Ivanov, President for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport.

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On May 12, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced the need to immediately apply for the country's entry into NATO. Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto explained this decision by the fact that “the hostilities launched by Russia endangered the stability of all of Europe.” Sweden, according to the Expressen newspaper, is going to apply for NATO membership on May 16. Now Sweden and Finland have the status of states— NATO partners. 30 countries are members of the bloc, including Denmark and Norway.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, speaking earlier about Helsinki's desire to become a member of the alliance, 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 alliance's military infrastructure will move.

Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Dmitry Polyansky said on May 12 that Sweden and Finland, who want to join NATO, could become Russia's target if alliance troops appear on the territory of these countries. “They know that as soon as they become members of NATO, this will require certain mirror steps from the Russian side,” — he said, calling NATO “an unfriendly bloc”; and the “enemy”.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, stated that the raison d'être of NATO is geopolitical confrontation with Russia, therefore, if Finland and Sweden become members of the alliance, they will also become a space of confrontation.< /p>

Russia has been conducting a special operation in Ukraine since February 24th. Vladimir Putin called it forced and necessary for “denazification” and “demilitarization” Ukraine, as well as to save its population from “genocide”. The Ministry of Defense stated that it does not strike civilian targets.

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Britain imposes sanctions against Putin’s relatives and ex-wife

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The UK has added 12 more people to the sanctions list. Under the sanctions, in particular, the ex-wife of President Vladimir Putin, Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, fell. The report claims that “there is reason to believe that she was involved in the destabilization in Ukraine.”

Alina Kabaeva, an Olympic champion in rhythmic gymnastics (as head of the board of directors of the National Media Group) and her grandmother, were also subject to restrictions Anna Zatsepilina. Zatsepilina, according to the British authorities, received the property from Gennady Timchenko.

Relatives of the president fell under the sanctions: a cousin, the former vice-president of Master Bank; Igor Putin (according to the British authorities, director of the port of Pechenga), his son Roman Putin (according to the British authorities, head of the board of directors of the MRT group), cousin of the president and deputy chairman of the board of SOGAZstrakhovanie; Mikhail Putin, nephew of the head of state, shareholder of Rossiya Bank, key shareholder of the National Media Group Mikhail Shelomov.

In addition to them, Vladimir Putin’s classmate Viktor Khmarin (owner of Nefteproduktservis ;), the head of the port “Gelendzhik” Vladimir Kolbin, co-owner and head of Vital Development Corporation Alexander Plekhov, an old acquaintance of Putin, member of the board of directors of SOGAZMikhail Klishin, head of Gazfond Yuri Shamalov (son of an old friend of the president, Nikolai Shamalov).

In total, 1,267 Russians have already fallen under British sanctions. Among them are Russian politicians, businessmen, representatives of state publications.

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Turkey did not see any positive in the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO

Turkish President Erdogan: “We don't see any positives in Finland and Sweden joining NATO” Turkish President Erdogan said that the Scandinavian countries are a “guest house for terrorists”, referring to the Kurdistan Workers' Party. “We cannot look at it positively,” he stressed

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Turkey does not consider the possibility of Finland and Sweden's accession to NATO to be positive. This was stated by Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Anadolu reports.

“Now we are following the developments in relation to Sweden and Finland, but we do not see [in this] positive”,— he said.

According to Erdogan, the Scandinavian countries are “guest houses for terrorist organizations.” He noted that members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party banned in the republic live in Sweden, the Netherlands and even participate in parliament. “We can't look at it positively,” — he concluded.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin on May 12 announced the need to apply immediately to NATO. Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto explained this decision by saying that “the hostilities launched by Russia endangered the stability of the whole of Europe.”

Expressen wrote that Sweden, in turn, plans to submit a corresponding application on May 16.

In addition to Turkey, Croatia spoke out against the entry of the two Scandinavian countries into the alliance. Croatian leader Zoran Milanovic dismissed the Swedish and Finnish bids for NATO membership as a “dangerous gamble”. In his opinion, these countries cannot join the bloc until the election law in Bosnia and Herzegovina is changed in the interests of the Bosnian Croats.

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At the same time, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the United States will support Finland and Sweden joining NATO.

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin regards the desire of Helsinki to become a member of NATO 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.

The Russian Foreign Ministry recalled that the raison d'être of NATO is geopolitical confrontation with Russia, therefore, if Finland and Sweden become members of the alliance, they will also become a space of confrontation.

On May 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed at a meeting with the country's Security Council possible threats from the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO.

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The President of Poland announced the need for Russian indemnity to Ukraine

Andrzej Duda believes that Ukraine should compensate for the damage caused during the Russian special operation, and the “accomplices” of the actions that led to the damage should pay compensation

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Polish President Andrzej Duda believes that Russia should pay indemnity for the damage the country faced during the special operation. The Polish leader stated this while speaking at a conference in the Estonian capital of Tallinn.

“Russia must be immediately and completely cut off from profiting from the aggressive war they waged against Ukraine, and the accomplices must face all the consequences their actions, including compensation for the damage caused by them,»,— said Duda.

At a joint press conference with Estonian President Alar Karis, Duda clarified that Russia “should pay indemnity for what it destroyed in Ukraine.”

According to the Polish president, Western countries should find funds to support both Ukraine and refugees who have found shelter in other countries. “It is necessary to think about restoring the infrastructure of Ukraine”, — he said.

Duda also spoke about the need to accelerate the integration of Georgia and Moldova with the European Union, calling this process “expanding the European perspective”, and also opposed the restoration of any relations with Russia even after the end of the special operation.

“We repeat that after the cessation of Russia's attacks, there should not be any relations with it in the usual mode. It doesn't matter what it costs us. <…> I cannot imagine the possibility of doing business normally with Russia, with Russian companies, — said Duda.

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Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that he estimated the cost of restoring the country at about $600 billion. For the first time, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal called the amount of $600 billion. He stated that this amount will be needed to restore the economy and infrastructure in the long term.

The Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly said that foreign funds from the Bank of Russia, frozen as a result of sanctions, could be used to restore the country. The Ministry of Economy of Ukraine has estimated their size at $415 billion and asks Western partners to develop a mechanism for the confiscation of this money in favor of Kyiv. According to Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, the West has frozen about $300 billion of the $640 billion in Central Bank reserves abroad.

At the same time, the World Bank estimated the damage to Ukraine from the Russian special operation at $60 billion. Bank President David Malpass specified that this is a preliminary estimate that does not include economic costs, we are talking about damage caused by the destruction of infrastructure and buildings. As the fighting continues, losses will increase. At the same time, according to the head of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Werner Hoyer, trillions of euros may be required to restore the destroyed Ukraine.

The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, supported the idea of ​​transferring the reserves of the Russian Central Bank for the restoration of Ukraine. According to him, the European Union should consider the issue of confiscation of the frozen assets, just as the United States confiscated the assets of the Central Bank of Afghanistan, which are planned to be used to compensate victims of terrorism and for humanitarian assistance to the country.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused Western countries of actually stealing Russia's gold and foreign exchange reserves. “When, after the start of a special military operation in Ukraine, our Western “friends” stole from us more than $ 300 billion, in fact they stole what they paid themselves for gas. In other words, they have been using our gas for free all these years, — the minister emphasized.

The readiness to participate in the restoration of Ukraine after the end of the conflict was announced by the US State Department. The representative of the department, Ned Price, also said that Washington will continue to provide humanitarian, military and short-term economic assistance to Kyiv.

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Minsk called the consequences of limiting Russia’s participation in world politics

Belarusian Foreign Ministry: Russia's restriction on the world stage will jeopardize negotiations on Ukraine The Foreign Ministers of Russia and Belarus also discussed the interaction of countries in the international arena and the prospects for resolving the conflict in Ukraine rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/media/img/3/56/756524477743563.jpg” alt=”Minsk called the consequences of limiting Russia's participation in world politics” />

Meeting of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers

Limiting the participation of Belarus and Russia in international affairs will jeopardize the prospects for negotiations on the situation in Ukraine. This was stated by Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, participating in a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the CIS.

“The head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry emphasized that attempts to limit the participation of Belarus and Russia in international affairs will not only not contribute to the settlement situation in Ukraine, but also puts the prospects for a peaceful negotiation process at additional risk, — said the press service of the department.

He also recalled that Minsk is in favor of a speedy settlement of the conflict through diplomacy.

Makei also discussed with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov joint opposition to Western sanctions, and they exchanged views on the situation in the region, the prospects for resolving the conflict in Ukraine and interaction between the two countries in the international arena.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly called for Russia to be expelled from the UN Security Council. However, British Permanent Representative to the organization Barbara Woodward said that there were no grounds for suspending Russia's membership.

Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya explained that it was impossible to deprive a country of membership in the Security Council according to the charter. US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield confirmed that it is impossible to exclude Moscow.

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«Security Council— it is the result of the creation of the UN after World War II. They [Russia] are members of the Security Council. It is a fact. We cannot change it, but we can certainly isolate them in the Security Council, — she said.

According to Thomas-Greenfield, the UN had already isolated Russia when the General Assembly held two votes on resolutions condemning Moscow's actions in Ukraine.

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Former FSB lieutenant colonel sentenced to 13 years in prison for treason

The reserve officer was stripped of his military rank and fined 300,000 rubles. The court found that he passed information containing state secrets to the intelligence of a foreign state

The Second Western District Military Court sentenced a reserve FSB lieutenant colonel to 13 years in a strict regime colony for treason (Article 275 of the Criminal Code) , RBC was told in the press service of the court.

The convict was fined 300 thousand rubles, he was deprived of his military rank.

As reported by RIA Novosti, in court, defendant— Dmitry Kazakov. During the meeting, it was established that he worked for foreign intelligence. The case was heard behind closed doors, so no other details were given to the agency.

Source of “Interfax” said that Kazakov began to cooperate with the intelligence of an unnamed state on his own initiative and passed on official information constituting a state secret. According to the interlocutor of the agency, the defendant pleaded guilty in full, but refused to testify on the circumstances of the case.

TASS, citing the press service of the court, reports that the verdict was announced on April 28.

< p>At the end of February, against the backdrop of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the Prosecutor General's Office recalled that the provision by Russians of financial or other assistance to other countries in their activities “directed against the security of the Russian Federation” can be qualified as treason and punishable by imprisonment for up to 20 years.< /p> Read on RBC Pro Pro Defective – on the way out: which managers will survive in the next two years How to build communications for the remaining Pro instructions When the employer's generosity in bonus payments will interest the Federal Tax Service – cases Cases Pro Why Amazon shares collapsed and what will happen next Articles Pro How to look for a job right now for a top manager: four tips Pro instructions recession of the 1930s Articles Pro Russian foreigners: who will replace the departed fashion brands for Russians Articles

On March 14, Abramov Yu.N. was arrested in Moscow on suspicion of treason. On May 6, a similar preventive measure was chosen by the Lefortovsky District Court against Vitaly Krivoshlyk.

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The Foreign Ministry announced an attempt by the United States to recruit the head of the bureau of the Russian media

The FBI agents tried to recruit the head of the correspondence center of one of the Russian media, the Foreign Ministry said. Washington is also trying to interfere with the work of journalists who do not cover events the way the United States would like, according to the department

Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States tried to recruit the head of the correspondent office of one of the Russian media outlets in Washington, according to a comment by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

According to Zakharova, the United States is trying to make it as difficult as possible for the activities of Russian accredited journalists or intimidate them into leaving.

“The next example of this unprecedented pressure was two “approaches” agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to the head of the bureau of one of the Russian media in Washington. The goal is obvious— unbalance the journalist and try to involve him in compromising “collaboration”,— said the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Didn't work,” — she said.

The pressure, according to Zakharova, is subjected to correspondents who cover events “not in the way that Washington agitprop would like.” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs demanded an immediate end to the “treatment of Russian journalists” by providing them with normal working conditions in accordance with “free speech standards.”

In March, the Washington Post reported that the FBI used Russian-language advertising on social media Google platforms to persuade employees of the Russian embassy in Washington to cooperate. The secret service allegedly expects that some of the staff of the diplomatic mission does not support the military operation in Ukraine and therefore wants to help American intelligence.

Targeted advertising appeared when using mobile devices only on the territory of the embassy and in the immediate vicinity. A person interested in the advertisement can follow the link in the advertisement to the page of the FBI counterintelligence program, where potential informants are invited to visit the office of the bureau.

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Serbian Foreign Ministry announces readiness of four countries to revoke recognition of Kosovo

The Security Council of Serbia gave the head of state Vucic the right to announce which four countries are ready to withdraw the recognition of Kosovo in question

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Four countries that previously recognized Kosovo are ready to withdraw their decision due to violations by Pristina agreements with Belgrade. This was announced by Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovich, reports novosti.rs.

“Today, I handed over to President Vucic the diplomatic notes of four states that revoke the recognition of the so-called Kosovo, and the Security Council authorized the president, at the moment he deems it necessary, to inform the public about which states are in question,” — he said.

Selakovic added that Belgrade received information about the support of Pristina by two large states, without specifying which countries were in question. According to him, there will be “stormy and important days” ahead.

The day before, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced that Belgrade would convene a meeting of the country's Security Council in connection with the application of partially recognized Kosovo for accession to the Council of Europe.

According to him, Kosovo Foreign Minister Donika Gerwalla-Schwartz confirmed her intention to apply for membership in the Council of Europe. “We will begin to react politically. If someone thinks they can blackmail us and break Serbia <…>, it won't be so easy»,— he emphasized.

Kosovo's Prime Minister Albin Kurti on March 24 ordered the dismissal of Serb judge Liliya Stevanovic from Kosovo's institutions of government. After that, the authorities were supposed to dismiss all Serbian commanders and policemen who were present at the meeting of the Security Council of Serbia. The next day, Serbs living in Kosovo took to the streets to protest.

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Vučić said that Kurti destroyed the peace agreements concluded in Brussels with Serbia. “We'll see what happens next, it's a matter of time, will everything collapse further or someone will try to blind it somehow”, — he added.

According to the Serbian leader, thanks to the Brussels agreements, the parties managed to “preserve peace for nine years.” These agreements were reached by the parties on April 19, 2013. According to them, a Community of Serbian Municipalities (a body of self-government for Serbs living in Kosovo) should be created in Kosovo. Other paragraphs also state that the judiciary must be made up of a majority of Serbs living in Kosovo.

Kosovo was formerly an autonomous republic within Serbia, but declared its independence in 2008. It was recognized by most of the EU countries and more than a hundred countries— UN members. Russia, China, Iran, Serbia and a number of other countries have not recognized Kosovo as a separate state.

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

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The Riga City Council approved the demolition of the monument to Soviet soldiers

In February, the Ministry of Justice of Latvia called the monument a threat to national security; on May 12, the Saeima of the Republic removed the legal barrier to its demolition. Residents of Riga on May 9 and 10 brought flowers to the monument, but they were removed with a bulldozer

The monument to the soldiers of the Soviet Army – the liberators of Soviet Latvia and Riga from the Nazi invaders

The Riga City Council voted for the dismantling of the monument to the liberators of Riga, having held 13 May extraordinary meeting on this issue. Radio LSM reports this.

“39 deputies of the Riga City Council voted for the draft decision, against— 13»,— reports the radio station.

The City Legislature instructed the Metropolitan Monuments Office, with the support of the City Property Department and the municipal police, to “take all necessary measures for the dismantling.” memorial.

The mayor of Riga, Mārtiņš Stakis, said at a City Council meeting that now the city authorities will have to assess the cost of the demolition of the monument, noting that it will cost “not cheap”.

On the eve of the Saeima of Latvia adopted a bill terminating the article of the agreement with Russia, guaranteeing the safety of military memorials and, as a result, allowing the country's authorities to demolish the monument to Soviet soldiers. The bill, in particular, states that “some monuments in Latvia, including the monument to Soviet soldiers— to the liberators of Soviet Latvia and Riga from Nazi invaders, are often used not to perpetuate the memory of the fallen in World War II, but to glorify the Soviet occupation and support Russia's policy of expanding territory using illegal military force.

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After the entry into force of the law, the fate of the monument will be decided by the Riga City Council, since the memorial is located on the territory of the city. On May 11, Mārtiņš Stakis expressed doubt that the memorial would be demolished before the country's parliamentary elections on October 1.

On February 26, the country's Minister of Justice, Janis Bordans, said that the monument to the liberators of Riga poses a threat to Latvia's national security. “The occupation monument has no place in the center of Riga, and it poses a threat to national security. Symbols of the evil empire should not be in the center of the capital,— he wrote then on Twitter.

Representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova reacted to the decision of the Seimas on the monument with a post on Telegram. «Ghouls»,— she wrote.

The Russian Embassy in Latvia sent a note of protest to the country's Foreign Ministry. Russian diplomats called the actions of the Seimas illegal and referred to Article 15 of the same interstate agreement. In accordance with this paragraph, the signatories of the document should not take unilateral actions on the issues raised in it. The embassy believes that with such actions, Latvia “settles scores with its own historical past.”

Mikhail Shvydkoi, special presidential envoy for international cultural cooperation, believes that Russia can prevent the demolition of the monument if it uses diplomacy. If this cannot be avoided, according to Shvydkoy, “it would be expedient” take the monument to Russia.

Earlier, on May 9 and 10, local residents twice held commemorative actions near the memorial and brought flowers to it, which the local authorities harvested with a tractor. Three criminal and 20 administrative cases were opened against those who gathered at the monument, including one against a man who came to the monument with a Russian flag, and another for resisting a representative of the authorities. The LETA news agency reported that about 500 people gathered at the monument on May 10 were noisy: they sang songs and shouted slogans “glorifying Russia and the Soviet army.”

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“Crimean Human Rights Group” included in the register of undesirable organizations

The Russian Ministry of Justice included the Ukrainian “Crimean Human Rights Group” in the register of undesirable organizations.

The organization was declared undesirable in Russia on May 6. The Prosecutor General's Office considered that the organization poses a threat to the constitutional order and security of the country.

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Shoigu held talks with the head of the Pentagon for the first time since the beginning of the special operation

The last time the defense ministers of the two countries spoke was on February 18. Since then, the United States has repeatedly reported unsuccessful attempts to contact Sergei Shoigu to discuss the situation, including around Ukraine

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US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin held talks with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Reuters reported, citing a statement from the Pentagon.

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the telephone conversations and said that they were initiated by the American side. “Topical issues of international security were discussed, including the situation in Ukraine”, — said the defense department.

The talks between the two ministers were the first since the beginning of the Russian special operation in Ukraine. Earlier, the heads of the Pentagon and the Ministry of Defense communicated on February 18, they held telephone conversations. Then Austin called on Shoigu to “de-escalate” around Ukraine, in particular to “the return of Russian troops that surrounded Ukraine to their places of permanent deployment”.

That conversation took place against the backdrop of an escalation in the situation in the Donbass: on February 17, Ukraine and the republics of the DPR and LPR accused each other of shelling. Prior to this, each of the parties stated that the other was transferring equipment and military forces to the line of contact. The situation escalated against the backdrop of reports from Western media, as well as from the US and British authorities about the threat of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

After Russia launched a special operation in Ukraine on February 24, Austin tried several times to contact Shoigu, but to no avail. On March 24, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby first reported on Austin's unsuccessful attempts to contact his Russian colleague against the background of the unfolding special operation. According to him, over the course of a month, the leadership of the Russian Defense Ministry several times refused the American side, which appealed to dialogue. Both Austin and the head of the Committee of the Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, General Mark Milley, tried to contact Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov.

On April 7, Austin himself said that he could not contact Shoigu, which was extremely disappointing. According to him, the Russian Defense Ministry has not entered into contacts with the Pentagon since mid-February. According to Austin, he and Millie “often” appealed to Shoigu and Gerasimov, but there was no answer.

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Washington has repeatedly stated that contacts between high-ranking military leaders are necessary to avoid unnecessary escalation.

Moscow and Washington maintain contact to resolve conflicts through a direct telephone line, but its functionality is limited. The Pentagon called it a “tactical mechanism” that avoids miscalculations, especially when it comes to protecting NATO airspace or territory. According to a representative of the US defense department, this communication channel was not created to “just call and grumble for any reason.”

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Latvian Foreign Ministry blacklisted Pankratov-Cherny and 101 other Russians

Russian actors Alexander Pankratov-Cherny, Vasily Livanov, Igor Petrenko, Boris Galkin, and director Yuri Kare are now banned from entering Latvia

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Latvia banned the entry of 102 Russian citizens, including famous actors and directors. This was announced by the country's Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevich on Twitter.

“I have decided to put 102 citizens on the list of undesirable persons, which means a ban on entry into Latvia for an indefinite period,” — he wrote.

According to the list published on the website of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, actors Vasily Livanov, Nikolai Burlyaev, Alexander Pankratov-Cherny, Boris Galkin, Alexander Pashutin, Igor Petrenko and director Yuri Karu were blacklisted.

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“These persons of Russian culture, industry workers actively support the President of Russia [Vladimir Putin]”, — explained the decision at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia.

Actor Boris Galkin told RBC that the ban on entry to Latvia imposed on him would directly affect his life.

“I won’t be able to come to the graves of my relatives” my father, mother, grandmother, sister, my very close friends <…> This, of course, is an insult to me and to the memory of my relatives and friends, who also worked and lived not only for the sake of the Soviet Union, but first of all for the sake of Latvia, — he noted.

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Galkin stressed that he did nothing wrong with Latvia. He recalled that he had lived there for 16 years. “Nothing has changed in Latvia, such topics [negative attitude towards Russians] were still in my youth, I came across this,” — actor added.

Actor Alexander Pashutin, in turn, considered the decision of the Latvian authorities to ban him and other Russians from entering “stupid and short-sighted”, emphasizing that they do not threaten Riga in any way.

“Forbidden and banned. Unfortunately, they do stupid things. We had tours in Latvia. There is a Russian theater in Latvia, on the stage of which we played. There were shootings in Latvia. This is another not-so-smart solution. One must live in harmony with neighbors, & mdash; he noted in a conversation with RBC.

According to the actor, he went to Latvia on tour with the Ensemble of the Moscow City Palace of Pioneers. Pashutin stressed that he had always treated this country very well.

At the end of March, Rinkevich included 25 Russian cultural figures, including TV presenters and journalists Maria Sittel, on the list of undesirable persons for the country , Dmitry Guberniev, Tina Kandelaki, actor Vladimir Mashkov, artists Polina Gagarin, Nikolai Rastorguev, director Nikita Mikhalkov and others.

The Latvian Foreign Ministry then also explained its decision by the fact that they supported Russia's conduct of a special military operation in Ukraine .

Prior to this, the Minister of Culture of Latvia, Nauris Puntulis, proposed to ban Russian artists from entering the republic who performed at a concert in Luzhniki. in Moscow on March 18 on the occasion of the annexation of Crimea. President Vladimir Putin also delivered a speech at this concert.

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Deputies of the Sverdlovsk Legislative Assembly complained about Vladimir Solovyov

Regional parliamentarians contacted Vladimir Solovyov's “inadmissible” statements to the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, on whose channels the TV journalist's programs are broadcast. The deputies' letter concerns the host's statements about Yekaterinburg

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Deputies of the Legislative Assembly of the Sverdlovsk region declared the “inadmissibility of controversy” TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov and in this regard contacted the VGTRK broadcasting company, on whose channels his programs are broadcast. This was announced to RBC by three deputies of the Legislative Assembly, the Kommersant publication was the first to report on the appeal of parliamentarians.

“Yes, such an appeal is gone. I signed the letter, of course. It is very constructive, not in the nature of a complaint or claim. In the letter, we believe that such polemics on the part of a journalist are unacceptable, — said RBC deputy from the faction “United Russia” Vyacheslav Wegner.

Deputy Mikhail Zubarev (United Russia) told RBC that the letter was written and sent last week. “The Essence of the Letter” put an end to the discussion of the popular VGTRK host with the residents of the city of Yekaterinburg, — he said.

Another deputy, who asked not to be named, also confirmed to RBC that his colleagues turned to the leadership of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company in connection with the statement of Vladimir Solovyov.

According to Kommersant, the appeal was sent to the general director of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company Oleg Dobrodeev, it contains a request to “assess the actions of TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov, who organized a public debate with the people of the Urals, including the governor of the region, Yevgeny Kuyvashev, and senator Eduard Rossel.” /p>

The deputies, the newspaper writes, also note that “many worthy people live in the Middle Urals who work for the benefit of their fellow countrymen and all of Russia,” and also that the region “always supported and continues to support President Vladimir Putin, which is also said the number of participants in large-scale patriotic events».

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“Parliamentarians believe that the statements of TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov cast a shadow on the region, and the inappropriate polemic that the journalist is waging with the Urals only leads to the disunity of society,” — writes Kommersant.

The publication notes that the chairman of the legislative assembly, Lyudmila Babushkina (United Russia), who participated in writing the letter, forbade sharing its content with journalists.

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The conflict between Solovyov and the Sverdlovsk authorities began because of his statement in the Full Contact program. During a conversation with the presidential envoy to the Urals Federal District, Vladimir Yakushev, the host said that a “center of a vile liberota” had formed in Yekaterinburg. After that, the governor of the Sverdlovsk region, Yevgeny Kuyvashev, recorded a video message in which he advised Solovyov to “watch your language.” and expressed the hope that he spoke in a rash and thoughtless way. The TV presenter responded by lashing out at the governor, saying that if he had questions for him, he could call in person and ask them. “Are you trying to show me according to the concepts, chtoli? <…> This is what happened now— “watch your tongue”? Are you shooting an arrow, governor? »— Soloviev said.

The head of the Ural State Variety Theater, singer Alexander Novikov intervened in the conflict. He also recorded a video message in which he asked Solovyov to follow the words, as advised by Kuyvashev. “And you switched to insults and began to blather with something. <…> The governor on concepts, the governor on show-offs. What did you mess with? You are a presenter who is watched by the whole country, and therefore, when representing the opinion of the government, the opinion of the Kremlin, you must especially watch your language, — said the singer.

The ex-governor of the Sverdlovsk region and senator from the region, Eduard Rossel, proposed to ban journalists from being rude, advocating the introduction of appropriate amendments to the legislation. “You can’t be rude, journalists should carry culture in society, and not be rude,” — he noted.

The mayor Alexei Orlov also defended the city. He stated that he lived and lives “for the sake of the security and prosperity of his country: without leaving the machines, he creates weapons, sends his sons to the front.”

The Kremlin said that they did not follow this conflict. “Honestly, we wouldn’t want to have anything to do with this or comment on it in any way,” — Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

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Why Russia changed its position on Ukraine’s accession to the European Union

Moscow has changed its position on Kyiv's accession to the European Union. Experts interviewed by RBC note that it is too early to talk about the real accession of Ukraine to the EU, but Moscow already refuses to see the nuances in Western policy

What was said in Russia about Ukraine's accession to the EU

Chapter Foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov on Friday questioned the harmlessness of Ukraine's entry into the European Union. “This is the problem of Kyiv's relations with the European Union. But the harmlessness of such a desire of Kyiv raises serious doubts, & mdash; he said Friday in Dushanbe. He added that the EU has gone from “a constructive economic platform it was created to serve as an aggressive, militant player that is already declaring its ambitions far beyond the European continent.”

A day earlier, Russian Deputy Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyansky said that Moscow's position on the issue of Kyiv's entry into the European Union had changed and became similar to the position on Ukraine's entry into NATO. “I think at that time (during Russian-Ukrainian talks in Istanbul. — RBC) we were not very worried about the European Union. But the situation changed after M. Borrell's statement that “this war must be won on the battlefield.” And after the fact that the EU is the leader in the supply of arms,— Polyansky said in an interview with the British online publication UnHerd News. In March, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on Kyiv's stated desire to gain EU membership more calmly and did not link the issue to the NATO issue. «European Union— not a military-political bloc,»— pointed out then the representative of the Kremlin.

Ukraine's membership in the EU was discussed at the talks in Istanbul, and in the provisions drawn up by the Ukrainian side, Moscow was asked not to object to Ukraine's aspirations to join the EU. Since then, however, the negotiation process has practically ceased. On May 11, Peskov, commenting on the course of negotiations with the Ukrainian side, said that they were continuing “very sluggishly and ineffectively.”

What are the prospects for Ukraine's entry into the EU

On February 28, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for the country's accession to the European Union, after which the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, handed him a questionnaire to start negotiations on this issue. On May 11, the European Commission confirmed that it had received answers to the questionnaire from Kyiv. The official representative of the EC, Eric Mamer, during the briefing, said that the European Commission intends to present its opinion as soon as possible, based on the answers of the Ukrainian side. According to him, this should happen in June.

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In turn, French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking in Strasbourg, said that the process of Ukraine's accession to the EU could take years or even decades. “Even if we grant it the status of a candidate country tomorrow— I hope we move quickly to provide it, — even if we did, we all know only too well that the accession process will take several years, in truth, it will probably take several decades. And it's true, unless we decide to lower our accession standards and rethink the unity of our Europe, and in part the principles that we adhere to, — he said.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that if Ukraine does not receive the status of an EU candidate country, this will mean that it has been deceived. “We're not going to put up with this,” — Kuleba said in an interview with the Financial Times.

Why Russia has changed its position

So far, it is impossible to say for sure whether there have really been fundamental changes in the Russian position on Ukraine's accession to the EU, since different points of view have been expressed regarding the interaction between Kyiv and Brussels, Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), believes. “In any case, this question is a bit theological, since at the moment we are not talking about Ukraine's entry into the European Union in full. We can only talk about including it in the number of candidate countries for entry. We must proceed from the fact that this question cannot yet be put on a practical plane,»,— he concluded.

Over the past two months, it has become clear that Russia and the EU are actually in a state of indirect war, since almost all European countries provide active military assistance to Ukraine, the editor-in-chief of the Russia in Global Affairs magazine told RBC. Fedor Lukyanov. “European countries talk a lot about it. It was in Europe that the point of view was first voiced that Russia should be defeated on the battlefield. Accordingly, Russia decided to no longer make a difference between NATO and the European Union, and the attitude towards Ukraine's integration into any European and Euro-Atlantic structures is negative, — he said. According to Lukyanov, this has little effect on anything. “If the European Union decides to accept Ukraine in some distant future, then it will accept it. Russia clearly shows that it is no longer going to distinguish any nuances in Western politics, — he concluded.

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Russia will use the bioweapons convention in the situation with Ukraine

Russia will use Art. 5 and 6 of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. These articles relate to cooperation and the possibility of filing a complaint with the UN Security Council if a convention party violates its provisions

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Russia will use Articles 5 and 6 of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) in launching an investigation about US biolaboratories in Ukraine, Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said at a meeting of the Security Council.

“Given that the American side refuses any constructive discussion on this topic, we plan to use the mechanisms provided for in Articles 5 and 6 of the BTWC,— said Nebenzya.

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He said that the Russian side had already collected “a significant amount of materials” proving that the United States and Ukraine had violated the BTWC, while the collection and analysis of this data would continue, after which they would be submitted to the Security Council for investigation.

According to Art. 5 BTWC, states — the parties to the Convention “undertake to consult and cooperate with each other in the solution of any questions that may arise in relation to the purpose or in connection with the implementation of the provisions of the Convention.”

In Art. 6 of the BTWC states that any party to the Convention that claims a violation of the obligations of its provisions may file a complaint with the UN Security Council. This complaint was to indicate “all possible evidence confirming its validity, and a request for its consideration by the Security Council.”

The fact that on the territory of Ukraine there was a network of 30 biological laboratories that worked on the order of the Pentagon was announced in early March by the head of the troops of radiation, chemical and biological protection Igor Kirillov. According to him, it was, among other things, the collection and export to the United States of strains of dangerous microorganisms and the study of potential agents of biological weapons.

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

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The US State Department called Moscow's accusations disinformation, and the Pentagon and the White House also rejected them. The head of the US National Intelligence, Avril Haynes, stressed that the laboratories existing on the territory of Ukraine are engaged in biosecurity and research in the field of public health.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also rejected the development of weapons of mass destruction in the country. He said that the laboratories on the territory of the country have remained since the times of the USSR, they are “engaged in ordinary science”, and not military technologies.

On May 12, the first deputy representative of the UN, Dmitry Polyansky, said that Russia demanded a meeting of the Security Council UN to present new evidence of military biological programs in the US biological laboratories in Ukraine.

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Aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit three command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The Ministry of Defense reported that Russian aviation hit three command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine The Russian Aerospace Forces also destroyed an ammunition depot in the Kharkov region, rocket troops and artillery hit 17 command posts

Russian tactical and army aviation hit three command posts of the Ukrainian Armed Forces , as well as 52 areas of concentration of Ukrainian military and military equipment. This is reported by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

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In addition, high-precision air-launched missiles destroyed the headquarters of the territorial defense and the battalion of the 24th mechanized brigade in the areas of the settlements of Zolote and Vrubovka of the LPR. An ammunition depot in the Krasnopavlovka district of the Kharkiv region was also hit.

Missile troops and artillery hit 17 command posts, 370 military and military equipment concentration areas, and five artillery units.

Russian air defense systems destroyed three Ukrainian drones in the areas of the settlements of Krasnopolye, Malaya Kamyshevakha of the Kharkiv region and Gorlovka of the DPR.

In total, since the beginning of the special military operation in Ukraine, the following have been destroyed:

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  • 3039 tanks and other combat armored vehicles;
  • 369 multiple rocket launchers;
  • 1498 field artillery pieces and mortars.
  • At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information Russian official sources.

    Also on May 13, for the first time since the start of the military operation, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held talks with Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin. The Russian Defense Ministry clarified that they were held on the American initiative.

    “Topical issues of international security were discussed, including the situation in Ukraine”,— The defense department said.

    Earlier, Austin said that he and the head of the Committee of Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, General Mark Milli, tried several times to contact Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov, but there was no answer.< /p> Article content Authors Tags Subscribe to Telegram

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    Spiegel learned about G7 plans to allocate about €30 billion to Ukraine

    The European Union also plans to provide Ukraine with €500 million in military assistance. It will include heavy weapons, including tanks and artillery

    The G7 countries plan to provide financial support to Ukraine in the amount of about €30 billion, Spiegel reports, citing sources. The decision is expected to be announced at a meeting of G7 finance ministers in Germany next week.

    The amount of €30 billion was calculated on the assumption that hostilities in Ukraine would end within a year, Spiegel notes. Financial assistance will be provided to Kyiv in the form of loans and grants, the Ukrainian side will not have to repay the entire amount.

    EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said on May 13 that the Union will provide Ukraine with additional military assistance in the amount of &euro ;500 million

    He specified that the deliveries would include heavy weapons, including tanks and artillery. Thus, the total amount of EU military assistance to Ukraine will be €2 billion.

    Borrell also said that the EU embargo on Russian oil could be agreed in the coming days. “I'm sure we'll come to an agreement. We need it and we'll get it. We must get rid of oil dependence on Russia,»,— he explained (quoted by Reuters).

    Earlier, the US House of Representatives passed a bill on additional assistance to Ukraine for $40 billion. The package includes the supply of weapons and humanitarian aid to Kyiv.

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    Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, warned that the money that Washington could allocate to Kyiv is huge and “there will be many hunters to share it in the American military-industrial complex.” He added that the Americans can thank “their Russophobic authorities” for rising prices for gasoline and groceries.

    Nevertheless, the US Senate on May 13 postponed the final vote on a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine due to Senator Rand Paul's demand for amendments.

    The senator indicated that if the bill is passed, the total US assistance to Ukraine from 2021 will reach $60 billion, which is more than the State Department budget. This could accelerate inflation, he explained.

    Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Washington has transferred more than $3.5 billion worth of weapons to Kyiv. about $13.6 billion.

    Russia has repeatedly warned Western countries that convoys with foreign weapons on the territory of Ukraine will become legitimate military targets for it.

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    The Ministry of Internal Affairs put the blogger Belotserkovsky on the wanted list

    They are looking for a blogger on charges of violating the law on fakes about the actions of the Russian Armed Forces. The reason for the accusations was a post posted on the social network in March about the situation in Ukraine

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    The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs put the businessman and blogger Veronika Belotserkovskaya on the wanted list. This is stated in the ministry's database.

    It is indicated that the blogger is wanted under an article of the Criminal Code. RBC turned to Belotserkovskaya for a comment.

    On March 16, the main investigative department of the Investigative Committee opened a case against Belotserkovskaya under an article about the dissemination of fakes about the actions of the Russian Armed Forces.

    According to the investigation, in March, Belotserkovskaya on her Instagram (the social network is owned by Meta Platforms, the Tverskoy Court of Moscow recognized the company as extremist and banned its activities in Russia) published several posts in which “under the guise of reliable messages, they contained deliberately false information about the use of the Russian Armed Forces for the destruction of cities and the civilian population of Ukraine, including children,” in the course of a special operation. Thus, the blogger “discredited public authorities” and the Russian Armed Forces, the UK said.

    A case was opened against Belotserkovskaya under paragraph "d" Part 2 of Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code (public distribution of fakes about the actions of the Russian military based on political hatred or enmity). She may face a fine of up to 5 million rubles, as well as forced labor for up to five years or imprisonment for up to 15 years with deprivation of the right to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for up to five years.

    According to the Investigative Committee, Belotserkovskaya is abroad, and the investigators had previously promised to “solve the issue of putting her on the international wanted list.”

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    Article on punishment for public dissemination of information about the actions of the Armed Forces , which may be recognized by law enforcement agencies as unreliable, appeared in the Criminal Code on March 4. After the start of the military special operation in Ukraine, which has been ongoing since February 24, Roskomnadzor also ordered the media to rely only on data from official Russian sources.

    For the first time, the arrest under this law became known on March 22, when the Presnensky Court of Moscow arrested and sent to the pre-trial detention center the technician of the emergency control center of the capital's main department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Sergey Klokov.

    Belotserkovsky became one of the first public figures against whom this rule was applied. Also, on May 4, the journalist Alexander Nevzorov was put on the wanted list for this article (on April 22, the Russian Ministry of Justice put Nevzorov on the list of natural persons-foreign agents). The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against him for the public dissemination of fakes about the actions of the Russian Armed Forces because of the post about Mariupol. Nevzorov himself told RBC that “he is outside the Russian Federation and the Russian legislation.”

    On May 11, the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced that the Ministry of Internal Affairs had put the player “What? Where? When? and journalist Rovshan Askerov. A case was initiated against him under the article on the rehabilitation of Nazism (part 4 of article 354.1 of the Criminal Code). Under this article, a fine of up to 5 million rubles can be imposed. or imprisonment for up to five years. Askerov himself told RBC that there was no slander or rehabilitation of Nazism in his publication.

    Belotserkovskaya— cookbook author, blogger. Born in Odessa. She was married to a businessman, the owner of Yuvenko, the largest vending operator in Russia. Boris Belotserkovsky. At the end of 2017, after 17 years of marriage, the couple divorced.

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    Michelson’s superyacht vanishes from radar in the Caribbean

    The last time Pacific transmitted its coordinates was on May 8th. According to Bloomberg, the yacht was moving towards the Bahamas

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    The yacht Pacific, owned by NOVATEK CEO Leonid Mikhelson, has stopped transmitting its coordinates, writes Bloomberg, citing data from a service that provides information on vessel movements. The cost of a superyacht— $150 million, its length— 85m.

    According to the agency, Pacific left one of the ports of Costa Rica on May 5. The last time the geolocation of the yacht was recorded on the evening of May 8th. Then the ship was in the Caribbean Sea and sailed at almost full speed towards the Bahamas.

    According to the head of the law firm I.R. Ian Ralby's Consilium, “It is unlikely that a vessel that could face sanctions enforcement would risk entering the Bahamas,” whose authorities are cooperating closely with US law enforcement. “It is more likely that it will be in another place nearby, more favorable to Russia, — in Cuba or in Venezuela»— the expert believes.

    NOVATEK is under US sectoral sanctions. Michelson is not on the US sanctions list, the UK and Canada have introduced restrictions against him.

    After Western countries imposed sanctions against Russia because of the military operation in Ukraine, yachts and real estate of Russian billionaires began to be arrested in different countries of the world.

    Mikhelson is ranked fourth in the Forbes ranking of the richest Russians. In addition to the board of NOVATEK, he also heads the board of directors of Sibur Holding.

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    The President of South Ossetia has set a date for a referendum on unification with Russia

    President of South Ossetia Bibilov scheduled a referendum on unification with Russia for July 17 Anatoly Bibilov scheduled a referendum for July 17, explaining the need for the region to join Russia as a “historical aspiration of the people.” Previously, Bibilov lost the election to the leader of the opposition Nykhas party, Alan Gagloev =”The President of South Ossetia has set a date for a referendum on unification with Russia” />

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    President of South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov ordered a referendum on unification with Russia to be held on July 17 in the region. This is stated in the decree of the head of the unrecognized republic dated May 13.

    The decision to announce a referendum was made by the head of the region “guided by the historical desire of the people of the Republic of South Ossetia to reunite with Russia and in accordance with paragraph 16 of article 50 of the Constitution of the republic” , the decree says.

    One question will be included in the ballot: “Do you support the unification of the Republic of South Ossetia and Russia?” the court of South Ossetia has already considered the package of documents necessary for holding a referendum and gave a positive opinion on the initiative.

    RBC sent a request to the press service and reception of the president of the unrecognized republic.

    A member of the largest United Ossetia party in the republic, who tried to be elected for a second presidential term, Bibilov lost the election to the leader of the opposition Nykhas party Alan Gagloev. The first round of elections took place on April 10, the second— May 8 As expected, the inauguration of the new president may take place after May 20.

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    According to the head of South Ossetia, the Ossetian people are divided, and their historical and strategic goal is “unification within the framework of one state.” «This is a state— Russian Federation»,— he emphasized.

    Then Bibilov announced the need for a referendum on this issue. Later, the Speaker of the Parliament of South Ossetia, Alan Tadtaev, specified that a referendum on joining Russia would take place in the near future.

    Bibilov allowed the subsequent unification of South and North Ossetia within Russia. He clarified that in Russia there are legal procedures necessary for the unification of regions, and he called the unification itself “necessary.” According to him, a referendum should also be held on this issue.

    The Kremlin previously stated that it would respect the results of the referendum in South Ossetia on the issue of joining Russia, and noted that Moscow would take legal action in this regard did not undertake. Deputy head of the commission “United Russia” for International Cooperation Andrei Klimov and Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Artem Turov did not see any obstacles to this step.

    The Georgian Foreign Ministry called the discussion of such a referendum unacceptable, “as long as the territory of Georgia is occupied by Russia.” Under such conditions, the results of the referendum will not have any legal force, Tbilisi noted.

    US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Washington does not recognize any actions “to divide Georgia.” “Neither the current authorities nor the Russian government can make decisions about the future of the people of South Ossetia, which is part of Georgia,” — Price said.

    Authorities in another partially recognized republic, Abkhazia (like South Ossetia was part of Georgia, Moscow recognized both as independent states in 2008), have said they are not considering joining Russia.

    In response to the recognition of the independence of the two regions, Georgia severed diplomatic relations with Moscow and declared that the regions were occupied by Russia.

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    Scholz ruled out recognition of the “imposed peace” in Ukraine

    The German Chancellor said that peace can only come if Kyiv and Moscow reach an agreement. He promised to continue helping Ukraine, but stressed that Berlin's actions should not lead to a clash between Russia and NATO

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    Peace in Ukraine will be possible only if “an understanding, an agreement” is reached, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said at a campaign event for the Social Democratic Party, reports Zeit. “We will not accept the peace imposed on Ukraine”, — he emphasized.

    The head of the German government called Moscow's goal in Ukraine “strengthening its influence and expanding its territory.” “Revanchism and imperialism will not determine reality in Europe,” — Scholz promised.

    In his opinion, Ukrainians will feel the consequences of the current conflict “and in 100 years”.

    Scholz assured that Berlin would continue to help Kyiv, but this assistance should not escalate into a military clash between Russia and NATO.

    On Friday, the chancellor spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He pointed to Moscow's responsibility for the world food situation, called for a ceasefire in Ukraine, and called “the claim that the Nazis rule there is incorrect.” Putin, in turn, informed Scholz that negotiations between Russia and Ukraine were “essentially blocked by Kyiv.” He talked about “measures to ensure the safety of civilians”; and evacuation of civilians from Azovstal in Mariupol. The Russian leader spoke about “continued gross violations of the norms of international humanitarian law by militants professing the Nazi ideology.”

    At a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron on May 9, Scholz called for the resumption of talks between Moscow and Kyiv to become “more concrete”; and for agreements to be reached. “It is impossible to imagine” that Ukraine would agree to a “peace dictated to it” and on the situation in which she is “imposed” conditions that it cannot accept for reasons of sovereignty and territorial integrity, he noted.

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    Russia has been conducting a special military operation in Ukraine since February 24. Since then, the parties have held several rounds of negotiations. The last face-to-face meeting was held in Istanbul on March 29, at which the Ukrainian delegation handed over to the Russian draft document on the settlement. Moscow sent its proposals to Kyiv in April. Among the demands that the Russian leadership had previously put forward as possible provisions of the peace agreement, — “demilitarization and denazification” Ukraine, its refusal to join NATO, the recognition of Crimea by Kyiv as Russian, and the DPR and LPR — independent.

    After the March talks, the Russian side has repeatedly stated that Ukraine has departed from the Istanbul agreements, and the discussion has reached a dead end. Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, explained that the process became more complicated after the events in the Kyiv region, Mariupol, Volnovakha.

    On May 9, presidential aide and head of the Russian delegation Vladimir Medinsky said that remote negotiations had not been terminated.

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    The Pentagon warned of possible interruptions in aid to Kyiv

    A spokesman for the department said that difficulties could begin next week, and the Pentagon would like uninterrupted supplies. Earlier, the Senate postponed the vote on $40 billion assistance to Kyiv, sending the draft for revision

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    A delay in approving a new aid package for Ukraine could lead to a disruption in arms supplies to Kyiv, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby warned at briefing. According to him, difficulties may begin as early as May 19.

    “We have about $100 million <…>, we would really like to get approval for additional powers by the beginning of the third week of this month in order to continue the uninterrupted flow of assistance to Ukraine,” — Kirby said. According to him, the department continues to urge the Senate to “act as quickly as possible.”

    On May 10, the House of Representatives of Congress approved a bill for additional humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine for $40 billion. President Joe Biden requested assistance in the amount of $33 billion , but the amount was subsequently increased. The bill was supported by 368 congressmen, 57 opposed.

    After the adoption of the document by the lower house of parliament, it was sent to the Senate. There, the final vote on the aid package was postponed: Rand Paul demanded that changes be made to the text of the document. He pointed out that the total assistance to Ukraine since last year, if the bill is passed, will reach $60 billion— this is more than the State Department's budget ($58.5 billion in 2022), and, according to the senator, this amount could accelerate inflation.

    According to Bloomberg, the aid package includes:< /p>

    • $6 billion in direct military assistance to Kyiv;
    • $8.8 billion in economic support;
    • $9.05 billion to replenish stockpiles of weapons supplied by the Pentagon;
    • $4 billion for other countries to help purchase weapons they will supply to Ukraine;
    • $4.35 billion for global food and humanitarian aid;
    • $700 million in State Department global food funding;
    • funds to renovate the US embassy in Kyiv and other expenses.

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    According to Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, such the volume of assistance to Kyiv is explained “not at all by love for Ukraine”, but by the desire to continue the “proxy war”; against Russia and limit its development and influence. Medvedev warned that Washington's “printing press would break faster”.

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    Gas stations associated with Medvedchuk nationalized in Ukraine

    Glusco's gas station network has been handed over to the state and will be managed by the state-owned Naftogaz Ukrainy. Ukrainian media associated Glusco with Viktor Medvedchuk

    The Government of Ukraine has decided to transfer to the management of the state company “Naftogaz of Ukraine” 172 Glusco filling stations, according to a statement on the website of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers.

    The Ukrainian media associated this company with the former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada and the leader of the Opposition Platform— For life» (OPLE) Viktor Medvedchuk, who is now in custody in Ukraine on suspicion of treason.

    “We have a court decision providing for the transfer of the relevant property to the state. We are fulfilling it. The position here is clear: the assets of Russia and related companies in Ukraine should go to our state and work for the benefit of our country and all Ukrainians, — Prime Minister Denis Shmyhal is quoted in the message.

    The government statement does not say anything about the connection between the gas station network and Glusco with Medvedchuk.

    The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine announced on May 13 that, as part of a criminal investigation, the court arrested a total of more than 234 Glusco facilities in several regions of the country: 145 gas stations, eight oil depots, 38 warehouses and other premises, nine land plots.

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    In the message, Glusco is mentioned as “associated with the People's Deputy of Ukraine II & ndash; IV and IX convocations.” “It has been established that the ultimate owners of these companies are residents of the Russian Federation. In order to hide property from possible special confiscation, during 2021-2022 they carried out a number of imaginary contracts for the sale and purchase of corporate rights of the companies —founders of non-residents»,— the message says.

    Glusco was registered in Ukraine in 2016, its website says that it is a “daughter” of Swiss Greenenergo Trading. Glusco owns a network of stores and gas stations that sell motor fuel and gas, as well as oil depots.

    The fact that Glusco, which was a subsidiary of another Swiss company, Proton Energy Group, is associated with Medvedchuk, was reported by Liga.net and Ukrayinska Pravda.

    Liga.net reported that the official owner of Proton Energy Group— Israeli businessman Nisan Moiseev, he has been working on the Ukrainian oil market since 2009. The publication published an investigation in which the businessman was connected with Medvedchuk. The Medvedchuks of Moiseev denied this.

    In February 2021, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine imposed sanctions against Medvedchuk. In March of the same year, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) conducted searches at all Glusco facilities on suspicion of illegal distribution of excisable goods and tax evasion. The press service of the SBU reported that the special service exposed a large-scale “shadow” scheme sales of low-quality petroleum products, in particular from Russia.

    In December 2021, the company announced that SNEL Energy, owned by Greek entrepreneur Dimitrios Anifantakis, had acquired 100% of its shares.

    Medvedchuk in Ukraine is accused of high treason and violation of the rules of war, in May 2021 he was placed under house arrest. The investigation believes that Medvedchuk, being a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, transmitted information about the whereabouts of the “secret military unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine” party member Taras Kozak, who was then in Russia. Medvedchuk is also suspected of creating an organization that, according to the Ukrainian authorities, collected data about Ukrainians and recruited them under the guise of helping with employment. Kyiv also believes that Medvedchuk was a participant in a conspiracy against Ukraine and wanted to undermine its energy security.

    OPLE is considering criminal cases against Medvedchuk with “reprisals against political opponents” and the attempt by President Volodymyr Zelensky and his entourage to establish an “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, and on April 12, Zelensky published footage of Medvedchuk in handcuffs, his detention was confirmed by the Security Service of Ukraine.

    Zelensky turned to the Russian authorities with a proposal to exchange Medvedchuk for captured Ukrainian military. The detainee himself also asked for an exchange. After the arrest, the Kremlin noted that Medvedchuk did not have Russian citizenship and that he had nothing to do with the special operation.

    In Ukraine, there is a law on the forced confiscation of Russian property, which was signed by President Zelensky on March 10. The property of Russian organizations or organizations associated with Russia is confiscated without any compensation for its value. According to this law, gas stations were transferred to the management of the state-owned company Glusco.

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    The Pentagon announced the rotation of US troops in Europe

    10.5 thousand troops will return to the United States, while the other 10.5 thousand will go to bases in Europe. The Pentagon spokesman stressed that American soldiers are not sent there to participate in hostilities in Ukraine

    The United States plans to rotate the military contingent in Europe in the near future, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said at a briefing. Washington continues its course to strengthen the defensive capabilities on the eastern flank of NATO against the backdrop of events in Ukraine, he explained.

    “For this reason, Secretary [of Defense Lloyd] Austin has ordered the dispatch of approximately 10,500 troops in the coming months to replace the previously sent army units that serve in the European zone, — told Kirby.— This is a one-on-one replacement of military units. Thus, the total number of American soldiers stationed in Europe will remain the same— about 100,000. Replacements will be carried out gradually over the summer.

    Kirby stressed that the newly arrived military “won't fight in Ukraine” and the deployment of troops is not permanent.

    In April, US Charge d'Affaires in Estonia Brian Roraff said that Washington allows the deployment of troops in Europe not only on a rotational basis, but also on a permanent basis.

    Army Chief of Staff James McConville said at the end of March that the United States would not increase its military presence in Europe to the level of the Cold War (350 thousand).

    The American authorities emphasize that US troops are in the region to protect allies for NATO, and not for the war with Russia and participation in hostilities in Ukraine.

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    The President of Finland announced plans to call Putin

    Sauli Niinistö noted that he is “not the kind of person who does something from around the corner”, therefore he intends to call his Russian colleague to discuss the country’s desire to join NATO

    Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said that he was going to call his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin. He said this in an interview with the Swedish agency TT and a number of other media, his words are quoted by the newspaper Hallandsposten.

    He noted that relations between Helsinki and Moscow are changing.

    “We will not be able to return to what they are used to, but Russia should be interested in ensuring that we do not have a lot of tension on the border, — pointed out by Niinistö.

    For him, the turning point in relations came when, late last year, Putin demanded that NATO stop moving east, which the Finnish leader considered a violation of the right of Finland and Sweden to determine their own security policy, he said. “Last straw” was the Russian military operation in Ukraine.

    “I'll call him [Putin]”,— said the president, without specifying when. “I'm not the kind of person who does things around the corner. I intend to call him and let him know that the situation has changed, as we both know, — he added.

    On May 12, Niinistö and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin issued a statement that the country should immediately apply to join NATO, which, in their opinion, will strengthen the country's security.

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    The last time the presidents of Russia and Finland spoke by phone was on 11 March. Then, as the Kremlin press service reported, Putin “explained in detail the reasons for the Russian special military operation to protect the Donbass, its goals and objectives, and also informed about the ongoing negotiations with Ukrainian representatives.” Niinistö demanded an immediate ceasefire.

    On May 13, US President Joe Biden called Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and the Finnish President. Biden said he supported NATO's openness and the right of Sweden and Finland to “determine their own future, foreign policy and security arrangements.” Niinistö wrote on Twitter that he told his American colleague about the country's next steps towards joining the alliance, noting that Finland appreciates the support from the United States. Sweden cherishes the same, Andersson said.

    First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Dmitry Polyansky, speaking about the desire of Sweden and Finland to become part of NATO, did not rule out that these countries could become a “target for strike”, if alliance troops appear on their territory. According to the diplomat, “this will be the worst decision for them, but not for Russia”, which is ready to confront threats from the bloc.

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    Zelensky announced that the embassies of 37 countries returned to Kyiv

    37 diplomatic missions have resumed work in Kyiv, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said. In February, a number of countries moved their diplomatic missions to the west of Ukraine, many did this after the start of the Russian military operation

    The embassies of 37 countries have resumed work in Kyiv, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said in his address on the Telegram channel.< /p>

    “And I'm grateful to all of them because it— 37 proofs that Ukraine stands strong and has prospects, unlike the Russian Federation. I am sure that soon other foreign missions will return to the capital, — he said.

    Zelensky also felt that it is worth returning to work and Ukrainian business, which has not yet resumed activities, although it can do so in safe territory. According to the Ukrainian president, providing jobs and adjusting economic activity to the existing conditions— it is also a great job for the defense and the future of the country.

    A number of states moved their embassies from Kyiv to western Ukraine even before the start of the Russian military operation in the country on February 24. The United States and Australia, after Russia recognized the independence of the Donbass republics, on February 21 transported employees of their embassies from Lviv to Poland. Turkey moved the embassy to the west of Ukraine after the outbreak of hostilities, but on April 6 returned the diplomats to the Ukrainian capital. Russia began evacuating employees of the embassy and consulates general in Kyiv on February 23.

    On March 7, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkevics, announced that the Latvian embassy was resuming work in Kyiv. “Latvian diplomats resumed their work at the embassy in Kyiv this evening, the ambassador will join them after consultations in Riga,” he wrote on Twitter.

    On March 21, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa said that part of the diplomatic mission that left Ukraine after the start of the special operation would voluntarily return to Kyiv. This decision was made due to the fact that Kyiv needs “direct diplomatic support in order to put an end to aggression and establish peace as soon as possible.” Jansa urged other EU countries to send their diplomats back to Ukraine as well.

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    On April 8, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on foreign states to return their embassies to Kyiv. On April 18, Spain announced the imminent resumption of the work of the diplomatic mission in the Ukrainian capital.

    On April 19, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry announced that the embassies of 16 states had returned to Kyiv. At the end of April, Great Britain joined them. On May 8, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires a.i. in Ukraine Christina Quinn, while in Lviv, said the embassy expects to reopen in Kyiv by the end of May, if circumstances permit. “We listen to the opinion of the security experts, and when they tell us that we can return, we will do it,” — she said.

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