Ilya Kiva explained why the “Azov” people who laid down their arms asked them not to shoot

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When the second batch of militants of the Azov nationalist extremist battalion banned in the Russian Federation prepared to hand over their weapons, they asked not to film this process.

Former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Ilya Kiva explained what was behind their desire. The surrender of the Mariupol garrison of the Armed Forces of Ukraine came as a complete surprise to the Zelensky regime. No orders were given to them.

“The Azov people who surrendered realize that now they are outlaws and their relatives will be in danger. The counterintelligence of Ukraine will make every effort to close the mouths of all those who were captured,” Kiva stressed.

Earlier, the Minister of Justice of Ukraine, Denis Malyuska, said that Kyiv had sent 363 pardoned prisoners to fight against Russia. They will not be returned back, as they “have definitely lost public danger.”

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In Latvia, a businessman was convicted on charges of spying for Russia

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The court of the Vidzeme suburb of Riga at a closed session sentenced businessman Valentin Frolov to five years in prison. The businessman was accused of direct transfer of illegally collected information to foreign intelligence.

According to the prosecution, Frolov collected intelligence about the arrival and deployment of NATO forces in the Baltic countries.

Before the verdict entered into force as measures of restraint will continue to operate a bail and a ban on leaving. The six months that the accused spent in custody during the trial will be counted towards the term of imprisonment.

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Biden decided to send US troops to Somalia

The White House is at risk of stepping on the rake of “Black Hawk Down”

US President Joe Biden is taking steps to bring US troops into Somalia. Troops will be deployed from other parts of Africa to train and provide other support to local forces in their fight against Islamist militants.

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Joe Biden signed an order on Monday to redeploy hundreds of US troops to Somalia to counter the Islamist extremist group Al-Shabaab. (recognized as terrorist and banned in several countries).

US troops will be brought in from other parts of Africa to train and provide other support to Somali forces in their fight against what is considered the largest and richest affiliate of the al-Qaeda extremist network. (a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation). As POLITICO notes, this serves as a reminder that the United States continues to wage a long struggle against Islamic extremists around the world, even as these efforts are overshadowed by the conflict in Ukraine and other events.

The decision to re-deploy US forces to Somalia is intended to “maximize the safety and effectiveness of our forces and enable them to provide more effective support to our partners,” National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said in announcing the redeployment.

According to a senior Biden administration official, US forces in Somalia will number “less than 500” and are not sent for direct participation in hostilities. Instead, US military personnel will work with Somali forces and ensure the safety of State Department and US Agency for International Development personnel in the African country.

At the end of his presidential term in January 2021, Donald Trump abruptly ordered the withdrawal of about 700 US military personnel from Somalia, which was an extension of his broader policy of pulling the US out of what the 45th President called “endless wars” around the world.

Meanwhile, the head of the US Africa Command, General Stephen Townsend, told Congress in March that the rotations, which he called “traveling to work,” are inefficient and ineffective and put US troops at greater risk.

The Biden administration believes that Al-Shabaab remains a “conspicuous priority given the threat it poses” and that “permanent” the presence of the United States in Somalia will be necessary to counter the extremist group.

Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin has requested a deployment “to re-establish a permanent US military presence in Somalia to better deal with the al-Shabab group, which has grown in numbers and poses a heightened threat,” — said an administration official.

Biden's decision to sign the order was first reported by The New York Times, which also reported that the president had approved a Pentagon request for permanent authority to prosecute about a dozen suspected al-Shabaab leaders. The group is accused of killing more than a dozen Americans in East Africa, including three in a January 2020 attack on a base used by US counterterrorism forces in Kenya. Later that year, the US accused a Kenyan who took flying lessons in the Philippines of planning a 9/11-style hijacking on behalf of the Al-Shabaab group.

In recent months, the group has made territorial gains against the federal government of Somalia, wiping out the gains of the African Union peacekeepers who once pushed the militants into the country's remote areas.

The news of the decision to deploy the US military came after how on Sunday Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Somalia's president from 2012 to 2017, was declared the winner of the presidential election.

Decades of military-political turbulence in Somalia began to fall apart in 1991, when the field the commanders overthrew the dictator Siad Barre, and then fought against each other. American soldiers were sent there in 1992 as part of a peacekeeping mission that continued until their withdrawal in 1994 — about five months after the humiliating fiasco known as Black Hawk Down in late 1993, when Somali militants shot down two American helicopters. As a result of the crash of aircraft and the subsequent rescue operation, 18 military personnel were killed.

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The political scientist assessed the chances of deploying NATO infrastructure in Sweden and Finland

The bloc's activities on their territory may be restricted

In mid-May, Sweden and Finland officially announced their intentions to join the North Atlantic Alliance, although both countries had maintained a neutral status for many years. Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that the entry of these countries into NATO does not pose a threat to Russia, but with the expansion of the bloc's military infrastructure, a response will follow. However, experts believe that military expansion may not happen, but much will depend on the development of the situation in Europe.

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In an interview with Lenta.ru, Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, said that there is a conditional Scandinavian model of participation in NATO, which implies certain restrictions on its activities on the territory of member countries from Northern Europe.

As an example, the political scientist cited Norway, which was one of the founders of the bloc, joined it in 1949, but its entry into NATO was accompanied by restrictions on infrastructure, the presence of foreign troops in Norway, and joint exercises.

According to the expert, this also applies to other Nordic countries, including Iceland and Denmark. Kortunov noted that everything depends on the specific situation that develops for different countries. Thus, the political scientist added that the same Norway, against the background of changes in the general situation in the world, began to treat NATO activities on its territory and in its territorial waters more favorably.

The specialist believes that much will depend on the development of the situation both in Europe as a whole and directly in Northern Europe. Kortunov finds it difficult to imagine that Sweden and Finland will be pushed towards deeper integration into various NATO projects. According to the political scientist, everything will depend on the firmness of these states in defending their interests, as well as their readiness to show restraint in matters of concern to Russia.

The expert stressed that the member countries of the bloc have no obligations to deploy NATO forces in their territories. According to Kortunov, states have the right to independently determine the format of interaction with other members of the Alliance. Thus, the political scientist cited Turkey as an example, which, during the American intervention in Iraq, did not allow the United States to use the NATO infrastructure deployed on its territory.

The specialist concluded that in case of conflicts there is pressure, but there are also disagreements in NATO, and on the example of the Iraq incident, you can see that there was a split inside the bloc.

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Volodin said that “Nazi criminals” should not be exchanged

Instead, captured criminals should be brought to justice, the State Duma speaker said in response to the proposal of the deputy Anatoly Wasserman to ban the exchange of Azov battalion fighters. Some of them were captured on May 16 at Azovstal

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"Nazi criminals" should not be exchanged as prisoners, their fate should be decided by the court, said the speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin in Telegram.

“Nazi criminals should not be exchanged. <…> Our country humanely treats those who surrendered or were captured. But as far as the Nazis are concerned, our position here must remain unchanged: these are war criminals, and we must do everything so that they are brought to justice, — he wrote.

Earlier on the same day, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that a day at the Azovstal plant 265 Ukrainian soldiers surrendered in Mariupol, including members of the Azov Battalion. The Ministry of Defense did not specify how many specific soldiers from this unit voluntarily laid down their arms.

Moscow and Kyiv have been conducting prisoner exchanges since March 21. The Commissioner for Human Rights Tatyana Moskalkova told about the first of them, then Russia transferred the mayor of the city of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov to Ukraine in exchange for nine Russians. The last exchange of prisoners, according to the Ukrainian authorities, took place on May 6. Then Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk announced the transfer of 41 people to Kyiv, including 28 military and 13 civilians. The Russian authorities did not report any exchanges of prisoners that day.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special military operation to “demilitarize” and “denazification” Ukraine 24 February. Also among its goals, he called the protection of the population of Donbass. At the end of March, after completing key tasks in the Kiev and Chernihiv directions, the Ministry of Defense called the main task of the special operation “the complete liberation of Donbass”.

mobilization and severed diplomatic relations with Russia.

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Peskov sent the Ministry of Defense a question about the status of evacuees from Azovstal

The evacuation of the Ukrainian military from Azovstal began the day before, they were brought to the DPR. Peskov forwarded the question to the Ministry of Defense whether they would be considered prisoners of war Peskov sent the Ministry of Defense a question about the status of evacuees from Azovstal” />

When asked if Russia considered prisoners of war evacuated from the territory of the metallurgical plant “Azovstal” the Ukrainian military in Mariupol, the Ministry of Defense can answer, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters, RBC correspondent reports.

“I will redirect you to our military. The only thing I want to remind you is [President Vladimir] Putin's statement that they will be treated in accordance with international laws, — he said.

According to Peskov, the topic of the release of the Ukrainian military from the territory of the plant was raised by Putin's interlocutors during telephone conversations, and it was also discussed “during personal contacts.” He recalled the President's order to the Russian military not to storm the plant: “Putin also guaranteed that they would be treated with the relevant international laws.”

“I do not have detailed information about about what's going on there, — answered the press secretary in response to a question about the current situation at the plant.

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The day before, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the start of the evacuation of wounded Ukrainian servicemen from the territory of Azovstal. The department said that they should be taken to a hospital in Novoazovsk in the Donetsk People's Republic through the humanitarian corridor. On the evening of May 16, as Reuters reported, about a dozen buses with Ukrainian military left the plant.

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The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine clarified that 53 seriously wounded were brought to Novoazovsk, where they will be provided with medical care. Another 211 Ukrainian servicemen were taken through the humanitarian corridor to Yelenovka, which is also under the control of the DPR. The next day, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that 265 Ukrainian soldiers had laid down their arms and surrendered, including 51 people with serious injuries.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video message: “We hope that we can save the lives of our children. <…> I want to emphasize that Ukraine needs Ukrainian heroes alive. This is our principle.

On May 10, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk announced that Azovstal more than a thousand Ukrainian soldiers remain. “There are those who have received serious injuries and need urgent evacuation,” — she emphasized. The same estimate of the number of military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was given in the DPR. The next day, Vereshchuk reported that Kyiv had offered Moscow to exchange the wounded from Azovstal. on Russian prisoners, but so far there have been no agreements on this matter.

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Scholz and Zelensky called the condition for a peaceful settlement of the conflict

Scholz and Zelensky: a peaceful settlement of the conflict is possible only with the withdrawal of Russian troops Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that Ukraine did not respond to the draft peace treaty alt=”Scholz and Zelensky called the condition for a peaceful settlement of the conflict” />

The settlement of the conflict in Ukraine is possible only if hostilities cease and Russian troops withdraw. This was stated by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky following the talks, wrote the representative of the German Cabinet of Ministers Steffen Hebeshtreit on Twitter.

“They made it clear that the solution [to the conflict] through negotiations can only be with immediate the end of hostilities by Russia and the withdrawal of military personnel,— he said.

In addition to the prospects for peace talks, the leaders discussed the situation on the front lines, further pressure on Russia, and increased sanctions, Zelensky wrote on Twitter. He thanked Germany for its defense support and expressed hope for Berlin's help on Ukraine's path to the EU.

Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. In early March, the UN General Assembly condemned the actions of the Russian authorities, demanded a ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops. The Kremlin continued to declare its desire to achieve the goals of military operations— “denazification” and “demilitarization”.

Negotiations between the delegations of Russia and Ukraine began on February 28, took place in several rounds, but did not give a result. The last face-to-face meeting in Istanbul on March 29 was the most effective. Then Ukraine offered to ensure its security to the countries from among the permanent members of the UN Security Council, including Russia, Turkey, Germany. At the same time, Kyiv noted that the system of guarantees would not operate in Crimea and part of the territory of Donbass. According to the same agreement, the guarantor countries must help Ukraine join the EU.

In exchange for these conditions, Ukraine must accept a neutral and non-nuclear status, as well as refuse to produce and deploy all types of weapons of mass destruction, including foreign military bases and troops.

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In early April, Moscow and Kyiv announced that the negotiations had stalled. On May 9, the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, said that the negotiations were taking place remotely. But they are “sluggish and ineffective,” said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

On May 12, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that Kyiv was ready for discussion, but Moscow “does not show any desire to participate in real and substantive negotiations.” The next day, Putin, in a conversation with Scholz, accused Kyiv of “essentially blocking” negotiation process.

On May 17, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Andrey Rudenko said that there were no negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow, they were not conducted “in any form”, since Ukraine did not respond to the Russian draft peace treaty and practically withdrew from the negotiation process. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pointed out that the Ukrainian delegation was led by the United States and Great Britain. The Pentagon ruled out interference in the negotiations.

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The Kremlin said there was no decision to postpone the regional elections

As RBC previously reported, the idea of ​​canceling direct gubernatorial elections this year and transferring elections to legislative assemblies is being discussed. According to Peskov, no decisions were made on this topic. “The Kremlin announced the absence of a decision to postpone the regional elections” />

Decisions to postpone the regional elections, which should be held in September, were not made, said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, RBC correspondent reports.

< p>“No, no decisions have been made on this matter,” — he said, answering the question, included such a topic in the agenda.

The question of a possible change in the usual format or timing of the Single Voting Day— postponing or canceling direct elections of governors— been discussed for the past month and a half. In March, Kommersant citing sources close to the presidential administration, said that several heads of regions had asked to cancel direct elections due to the current economic situation against the background of the military operation in Ukraine and sanctions.

The interlocutors of the newspaper argued that the elections require quite large expenditures, including from the budgets. In addition, they pointed out that it is now more difficult for governors to work with sponsors and run campaigns, which, among other things, involve changing the work schedule.

At the end of April, RBC sources also reported that the likelihood of canceling direct gubernatorial elections and the transition of regions to elections through legislative assemblies is high. One of the interlocutors clarified that direct elections could be canceled this year, and then the situation is unclear.

In addition, RBC sources allowed the postponement of elections to legislative assemblies and city dumas to 2023 or 2024, when presidential elections.

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The President will make the final decision on changing the format of the elections. It was expected that he would express his position during the meeting of the Council of Legislators in St. the question of a possible postponement of the elections was not discussed.

According to the plan, the Single Voting Day should take place in Russia on September 11th. 15 heads of regions will be elected, as well as deputies of six legislative bodies of the country's constituent entities.

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Peskov called theft the idea of ​​seizing Russian assets in favor of Ukraine

Nobody spoke to the Russian side about plans to seize its assets in favor of Ukraine, but in the event of such a development of events, Moscow will take retaliatory measures, Peskov said. “It will be, in fact, outright theft,” he believes “Peskov called the theft the idea of ​​seizing Russian assets in favor of Ukraine” />

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If foreign countries take steps to use the frozen Russian assets to restore funding for Ukraine, “this will be, in fact, outright theft.” This was stated to journalists by the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, RBC correspondent reports.

“Such a decision would be illegal, flagrant,” he said and added that such actions would require a response from Moscow.

According to the presidential press secretary, foreign states did not notify Russia that such plans existed: “No, no one told the Russian side and the Kremlin about this.”

From the beginning Russian military operation in Ukraine, Western countries have imposed sanctions against dozens of Russian entrepreneurs and top managers of companies. They were banned from entering and their assets, including shares in companies, accounts and real estate, were frozen. In addition, at the end of February, the European Union and SWA decided to block the international reserves of the Bank of Russia.

According to the Central Bank, as of April 1, 2022, the volume of international reserves amounted to 606.5 billion in dollar terms. The head of the Ministry of Finance, Anton Siluanov, previously stated that about half of the— $300 billion— got frozen. Assets in Chinese yuan, monetary gold stored in Russia (as of February 1, about $132 billion), cash reserves, as well as special drawing rights (SDR, about $24 billion) in the International Monetary Fund remain legally out of reach for sanctions.

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The head of the regulator Elvira Nabiullina said that Russia will challenge the freeze of gold reserves, and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Western countries of actually stealing assets.

The Ministry of Economic Development of Ukraine estimated the size of the frozen gold and foreign exchange reserves of the Russian Central Bank at $415 billion and stated that it was working with western partners over the mechanism of confiscation of this money in favor of Kyiv. The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, suggested that the European Union consider this issue. He cited as an example the assets “worth billions of dollars” that the United States seized from the Central Bank of Afghanistan, — in the future, according to Borrell, the funds will be used to compensate victims of terrorism and for humanitarian assistance to the country.

On May 17, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner said that the idea of ​​arresting foreign assets of the Russian Central Bank is being discussed among the countries— members of the G7 and the EU.

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Russia has notified the Council of the Baltic Sea States of its withdrawal

The Foreign Ministry called the hostile actions of other members of the organization the reason for the exit. In early March, the Council announced the removal of Russia, she was not invited to the ministerial meeting in May

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Russia is withdrawing from the Council of the Baltic Sea States, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.

“In response to hostile actions, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation S.V. Lavrov sent a message to the ministers of the CBSS member countries, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, as well as to the secretariat of the council in Stockholm with a notification of withdrawal from the organization, — The Foreign Ministry said.

At the same time, the Russian Federal Assembly decided to withdraw from the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference, the ministry added.

The ministry explained that the contradictions in the council had been brewing for a long time, Western countries were adjusting its work to the detriment of Russian interests. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that Russia was not invited to the ministerial session of the council on May 25, and Moscow's contribution to the organization's budget was “actually stolen”.

“The prospect of restoring normal work in the council, which is increasingly mired in Russophobia and lies, is not visible under these conditions. We consider the further stay of our country in the CBSS to be inexpedient and counterproductive,— added to the Foreign Ministry. The department emphasized that the termination of membership in the council will not affect Russia's presence in the Baltic region.

The day before, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin announced Russia's plans to withdraw from the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference. According to him, such a decision was made at the Council of the Duma.

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The members of the conference are Germany, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Finland, Sweden and Estonia. “Today there is no dialogue with the parliamentarians of most of these countries either in the format of this organization or through inter-parliamentary channels,” — Volodin explained.

In early March, Norway's Foreign Ministry announced that members of the Council of the Baltic Sea States had decided to bar Russia from participating in its activities. Belarus' observer status was also suspended.

The Council of the Baltic Sea States was formed in 1992. The organization provides cooperation in the region and is engaged in solving regional problems, is engaged in the implementation of the UN sustainable development goals, the Paris climate agreement and other international documents. In 2023, the chairmanship of the Council was to be transferred to Russia.

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Volodin instructed to work out in the State Duma a ban on the exchange of war criminals

According to the speaker of the State Duma, Russia humanely treats those captured in Ukraine, but if we are talking about war criminals, they should be brought to justice

State Duma committees were instructed to study the issue of a ban on the exchange of war criminals, the chairman said lower chamber Vyacheslav Volodin.

“As far as the Nazis are concerned, our position here must remain unchanged: these are war criminals, and we must do everything so that they are brought to justice,” — he wrote in the Telegram channel.

The question of the ban on the exchange of war criminals at a meeting of the State Duma was raised by deputy Anatoly Wasserman. He proposed to adopt a resolution or a law regulating this topic.

Volodin approved his proposal. “You are making the right offer. Nazi criminals should not be exchanged,— he said.

Volodin said that the Russian side humanely treats those who surrendered or were taken prisoner, and also contributes to their treatment.

On April 21, Vladimir Putin instructed Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to cancel the assault on the Azovstal plant. in Mariupol, where Ukrainian servicemen remain, and ordered to completely block it. The Ministry of Defense stated that on the territory of the plant “securely blocked” militants of the Ukrainian nationalist battalion “Azov” (recognized as extremist in Russia and banned) and foreign mercenaries.

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After that, negotiations on the evacuation of civilians from the territory of the enterprise intensified, on May 7 their removal from the plant was completed. According to the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, there are no civilians left at the plant, but about 1,200 Ukrainian soldiers are hiding there.

On the eve of the Ministry of Defense reported that from the territory of “Azovstal” began to take out the wounded Ukrainian military, they are taken to the Novoazovsk hospital in the DPR. Prior to this, the commander of the battalion “Vostok” People's Republic of Alexander Khodakovsky said that ten soldiers with white flags had left the territory of the enterprise.

According to the Ministry of Defense, over the past day, 265 soldiers and militants of “Azov”, including 51 seriously wounded, have surrendered.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said the night before that work to rescue the military from the plant and return them to the territory controlled by Kyiv continues. He stated that Ukraine “needs them alive.” The press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, forwarded the question to the Ministry of Defense whether Russia considered those evacuated from Azovstal prisoners of war. He promised that the Russian side would treat them in accordance with international laws.

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The Kremlin called the condition for the resumption of exports of fertilizers

Dmitry Peskov: it was not Russia that introduced restrictions on the export of fertilizers, the West should remove them Earlier, the UN Secretary General proposed to ease restrictions on the export of Russian and Belarusian potash fertilizers in exchange for the passage of ships with grain from Ukrainian ports. The UN fears starvation and destabilization of the situation in poor countries The Kremlin called the condition for the resumption of exports of fertilizers” />

Russia did not impose restrictions on the supply of fertilizers, such barriers should be removed by Western countries that introduced them. This was stated to journalists by the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, RBC correspondent reports.

“The Kremlin did not impose restrictions. We do not need to remove anything here, the restrictions imposed by the United States, European countries and others must be lifted here, — Peskov said, responding to a request for comment on reports of a proposal by UN Secretary General António Guterres to ease restrictions on the export of potash fertilizers from Russia in exchange for the passage of grain from Ukrainian ports.

“Our suppliers are interested to carry out their international commercial contacts, but, unfortunately, sanctions have been introduced that are boomeranging all over the world. <…> It is these limitations that do not allow moving forward, — he added.

Speaking about the possibility of using Ukrainian ports for grain supplies, a Kremlin spokesman said that they are “heavily mined and the waters are now extremely dangerous for navigation.” “A demining operation is needed there now, it is a very difficult operation. While the danger for navigation and navigation in general in those parts, for navigation, is very, very high, — said Peskov.

At the same time, he acknowledged that President Vladimir Putin and the UN Secretary General discussed the topic of fertilizer supplies at a meeting held on April 26. “This was indeed discussed at a recent meeting in Moscow between President Putin and Secretary General Guterres, and he did raise the issue that direct and indirect restrictive measures that were introduced against suppliers of Russian fertilizers are fraught with great dangers for world food security,” & mdash; said Peskov.

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In early May, Guterres said that fertilizers and products from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine must be returned to world markets to ensure food security despite the fighting. On May 16, the Wall Street Journal, citing diplomatic sources, reported that the UN Secretary General proposed to ease restrictions on the export of Russian and Belarusian potash fertilizers in exchange for the passage of ships with grain from Ukrainian ports.

The UN fears that growth grain prices and food shortages could destabilize poor countries dependent on Ukrainian grain and lead to conflict. According to Wall Street Journal sources, Guterres is currently negotiating with Russia, Turkey and other countries, and Ankara has already expressed its willingness to take part in the clearance of the Black Sea and ensuring maritime navigation.

After the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, wheat prices rose to record levels. Bloomberg attributed the jump in prices to fears that military operations in Ukraine would lead to a shortage of this cereal on the market. The fighting has cut off more than a quarter of global wheat exports, according to the agency.

In April, the Russian Defense Ministry suspended the passage of foreign warships and other vessels in three areas of the Black Sea for six months, from April 24 to October 31. We are talking about an elongated section of the water area along the Crimean coast (approximately from Sevastopol to Gurzuf), a rectangular area off the coast of the Kerch Peninsula (abeam of the Opuk Nature Reserve), as well as a small area of ​​the sea near the western tip of Crimea.

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According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Russia is the world's largest exporter of wheat, and Ukraine ranks fifth. Together they provide 19% of the world's supply of barley, 14%— wheat and 4%— corn. Almost 50 countries depend on food supplies from Russia and Ukraine, which provide at least 30% of their wheat import needs with their help.

The European Union limited the import of Russian fertilizers on April 9. The quota for potassium chloride will be 837.57 thousand tons, for other fertilizers containing potassium— 1.57 million tons. Imports of potash fertilizers are limited by the EU and from Belarus.

At the same time, the United States, on the contrary, having imposed sanctions against Russia, on February 24 excluded fertilizers, medical equipment and medicines from the sanctions list. On March 24, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Treasury issued a new general license, categorizing fertilizers, food, water, and vitamins as non-sanctioned essential agricultural products, among others. The United States allowed the export, import and re-export of these goods.

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The Ministry of Defense showed footage of the surrender of the Ukrainian military from Azovstal

During the day, 265 people laid down their arms and surrendered, 51 of them were seriously injured, the ministry said. All those in need of medical assistance will be sent to a hospital in the city of Novoazovsk. (recognized as extremist in Russia), located on the territory of the Azovstal plant; in Mariupol.

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The footage shows how soldiers with white bandages on their sleeves search those who have surrendered. The wounded are carried on stretchers, they are provided with medical care— make dressings.

According to the Ministry of Defense, over the past day “265 militants laid down their arms and surrendered,” of which 51 were seriously wounded. “All those in need of medical care were sent for treatment to the hospital of the city of Novoazovsk, Donetsk People's Republic,” — added in the department.

The Ministry announced the start of the evacuation of wounded Ukrainian soldiers from the territory of Azovstal On May 16, after a discussion with representatives of the military blocked in the industrial zone— according to the commander of the battalion “Vostok” Donetsk People's Republic Alexander Khodakovsky, 10 people in the morning of the same day left the plant with white flags and initiated negotiations. A humanitarian corridor has been opened for evacuation.

Reuters, citing an eyewitness, wrote that from the territory of Azovstal about ten buses with Ukrainian military left. Later, the RT channel reported that about 300 soldiers left the plant, of which about 50 were injured. Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malyar said that the plant “Azovstal” 274 people left, including 53 seriously injured, who are expected to be exchanged.

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On May 7, the Ministry of Defense announced the completion of the evacuation from Azovstal civilians.

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Finnish parliament approves country’s accession to NATO

188 deputies out of 200 expressed their support for membership in the alliance. The counterproposal to refuse to join NATO was put forward in the Union of Left Forces, but it was not supported

The Finnish Parliament called for an application for NATO membership. 188 deputies voted out of 200, eight— against, three were missing, writes Yle. The majority of parliamentarians rejected the proposal of the deputy of the “Union of Left Forces” Markus Mustajärvi on refusing to join the military bloc.

In their speeches, representatives of various parties emphasized that Finland's intention to become a member of the alliance is not directed against anyone. Prime Minister Sanna Marin, speaking at the opening of the meeting, formulated the goal of joining NATO as follows: “If we are attacked, we will be helped. And if others are attacked, then we will help already.

On May 14, Marin and President Sauli Niinistö announced that the Finnish government had officially decided to join the North Atlantic Alliance and would submit an application after consultations with Parliament: for such a step, its approval is necessary. Now that the positive opinion of the deputies has been received, the State Council and the President should officially announce the submission of the application— this will happen on Tuesday, according to Yle. Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said that Helsinki plans to apply on May 18.

The Swedish authorities have also announced their intention to join NATO, Foreign Minister Ann Linde has already signed the application.

Turkey opposed the membership of the two Scandinavian states in the alliance: according to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, these countries pander to organizations recognized by Ankara as terrorist — in particular the PKK. In addition, Helsinki and Stockholm imposed sanctions against the republic, so Turkey cannot support their entry into NATO, the head of state said.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who previously said that he would do everything possible for the speedy entry of Sweden and Finland to the bloc, after Erdogan's statements, he called to take into account Ankara's fears. “Turkey is a valuable ally and any security issues must be resolved. We must be together at this historic moment,»— stressed Stoltenberg.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone conversation with Niinistö called Finland's refusal of neutrality erroneous, since “no threats” there is no security in the country. Moscow will react “appropriately” in the event of the expansion of NATO's military infrastructure in Sweden and Finland, he warned.

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Zelensky’s office, following the Russian Foreign Ministry, announced the suspension of negotiations

Since the meeting in Istanbul at the end of March, Kyiv sees no change or progress in the negotiations. Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the negotiations were not going on and Ukraine had practically withdrawn from them jpg” alt=”Zelensky's office, following the Russian Foreign Ministry, announced the suspension of negotiations” />

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The process of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine on a peace agreement has been suspended, adviser to the head of the presidential office of Ukraine Mikhail Podolyak said, UNIAN reports.< /p>

“Today he (the negotiation process.— RBC) is suspended. After the Istanbul communiqué, there are no changes, no progress, — Podolyak said. He also expressed the opinion that all hostilities end at the negotiating table.

Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko announced the termination of negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv. “Negotiations are not ongoing. Ukraine has practically withdrawn from the negotiation process»,— said Rudenko, noting that the Ukrainian side has not responded to the Russian draft treaty.

Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Olaf Scholz last week that Kyiv had essentially blocked talks with Moscow.

Russian-Ukrainian consultations on a peace agreement, including security guarantees for Ukraine and its neutral status, began in late February. From that time until the end of March, several face-to-face rounds took place. At the talks of delegations in Istanbul, the Ukrainian side presented its proposals for a settlement in writing. The document, in particular, said that Ukraine was ready to be a neutral and non-nuclear state, and security guarantees for it did not apply to Crimea and Sevastopol. However, in early April, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that Kyiv had departed from the proposals made in Turkey and sent a new document. After that, the Russian authorities said that negotiations with Ukraine via video link were continuing, but were proceeding slowly. At the end of April, Russia handed over its draft document to the Ukrainian side, the Kremlin reported.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly said that he considers the negotiations of the delegations ineffective, and also advocated a meeting with Vladimir Putin “without intermediaries.” Moscow emphasizes that negotiations between the leaders are possible only after the delegations agree on the draft agreement.

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The Foreign Ministry refused to “please the West” by withdrawing from the act with NATO

Moscow will not withdraw from the Russia-NATO founding act, despite the “provocative fuss” of the alliance countries, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said. In his opinion, this document is treated with disdain in the West

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Moscow is not going to abandon the founding act Russia— NATO, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on the air of the Rossiya 24 channel. The Deputy Minister believes that Western countries are dismissive of this document and are engaged in “provocative fuss”; to bring Russia out of balance. “And at the same time, they discuss with each other what the fundamental act is, and in the end Russia came out of it. No, we won't give them that pleasure,” — he assured (quote from RIA Novosti).

Russia hears that at the upcoming NATO summit in June in Madrid, the members of the alliance are going to adopt an updated strategic concept, as well as a decision on additional deployment of forces and assets on the eastern flank, Ryabkov added. At the same time, according to him, there is a “paradoxical internal discussion” going on inside the bloc; whether it would be in accordance with the provisions of the act.

The Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between Russia and NATO was signed in Paris on May 27, 1997. The document provided for meetings and the establishment of a permanent representation of Russia to NATO in Brussels, as well as an information bureau and a military mission of the alliance in Moscow. In the fall of 2021, after NATO reduced the size of the Russian mission in Brussels, the Russian side suspended the activities of the military mission of the alliance in Moscow and the work of the Russian representation at the organization.

February 25, the day after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine , the North Atlantic Alliance said that Russia “rejected the path of diplomacy and dialogue” offered by NATO, and its actions were “a blatant rejection of the principles enshrined in the Russia's Founding Act — NATO».

In early February, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the act Russia— NATO is “virtually the only 'survivor' at the moment” an instrument of military restraint in Europe” and urged NATO Allies to keep it in mind as they develop plans for strengthening in the region. The block responded by saying that the agreement continues to exist, but “will not prevent us from doing what we have to do.”

The NATO summit will be held in Madrid on June 29-30. According to Reuters sources, members of the alliance may either before or during this meeting approve the application of Sweden and Finland to join the bloc. Prior to the accession of the Scandinavian countries to the alliance, NATO could strengthen its presence in the Baltic region, said Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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The Supreme Court will consider the recognition of the terrorist battalion “Azov”

The Supreme Court will consider the case on the recognition of the Ukrainian nationalist battalion “Azov” terrorist, the press service of the Ministry of Justice reports. In 2015, a court in Vladimir recognized the graffiti with the Azov emblem as extremist material, later it was included in the corresponding list of the Ministry of Justice. The movement itself is not on the list of extremist organizations.

(other names used: Azov Battalion, Azov Regiment) by a terrorist organization and the ban on its activities on the territory of the Russian Federation is scheduled for trial on May 26 in the building of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, — The message says.

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Euractiv announced the approaching limit of EU sanctions against Russia

On the eve of the foreign ministers of the EU countries were unable to agree on the sixth package of sanctions due to disagreements about the oil embargo. According to the source of the publication, it is difficult to imagine what restrictions could be included in the seventh package .jpg” alt=”Euractiv announces imminent limit of EU sanctions against Russia” />

The European Union is approaching the limit of sanctions against Russia, the adoption of the seventh package would be extremely difficult, a diplomatic source in Brussels told Euractiv.

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“We are very close to reaching the limit. What could be in the seventh package?»— the interlocutor of the edition asked a question. According to him, now there is a “mess with Russian oil”, the import of which the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen proposed to ban under the sixth package. “Imagine what will happen when they propose to ban gas? ..” — continued the source.

According to him, the foreign ministers at the meeting the day before took a “step back” when discussing new sanctions. On May 16, EU foreign ministers failed to agree on a sixth package of sanctions. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said he did not know how long it would take to agree on new restrictions, including an embargo on Russian oil. Hungary has repeatedly spoken out against such a measure: its authorities refuse to approve the package if it contains a ban on oil imports from Russia. Bulgaria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic also raised concerns about the embargo, according to Reuters.

An Euractiv source noted that no one, including Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, “wants to take things to the EU summit.” The diplomat suggested that progress can be expected after May 18, when the REPowerEU strategy to reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels will be announced. As part of this strategy, Hungary, as Politico wrote, will be able to receive financial compensation for the refusal of oil from Russia.

The EU introduced the first package of anti-Russian sanctions on February 23, after Moscow recognized the independence of the DNR and LNR. It included personal restrictions on 351 State Duma deputies and another 27 individuals and legal entities. Brussels approved the next four packages after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. The measures affected import and export, business, industry, the Central Bank and banks, Russian politicians, journalists and the military.

The Russian authorities call the sanctions illegitimate. President Vladimir Putin warned the European Union in May of “intractable consequences” continued sanctions pressure on Russia. He cited “short-sighted, overblown political ambitions” as the reason for the restrictions. and “Russophobia”. According to Putin, Western countries “hit their own national interests, their own economies, the well-being of their citizens,” while Russia is “confidently coping with external challenges.”

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Medvedev assessed the impact of the nuclear shield on those pushing for the Third World War

Medvedev: Russia's nuclear shield helps to calm those who are pushing towards the Third World Countries that have taken an “openly hostile position” towards Moscow, are trying to push it towards the Third World War, but they are “calmed” by the presence of Russia's nuclear shield, Medvedev said

Russia's nuclear shield helps to “calm down” those who are trying to push the country towards the Third World War “or some other problems”, said Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev.

According to him, Moscow sees such attempts “on the part of those states that have taken an openly hostile position towards our country, and those who use Russophobic rhetoric.” (quote from RIA Novosti).

“The historical merit of those who worked here lies precisely in the fact that a reliable nuclear shield was created for Russia and our allies. And this shield has ensured our independence for so many years, — he said at a meeting in Sarov about the prospects for the development of the National Center for Physics and Mathematics.

Last week, Medvedev said that the sending of Western weapons and “mercenaries” to Ukraine, as well as NATO exercises near Russian borders, “increase the likelihood of direct and open conflict.” with the North Atlantic Alliance, which “always has the risk of going into a full-fledged nuclear war.” Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded by saying that everyone wants to avoid such an outcome, but Russia will be ready to give the “most decisive answer” on any attempts to “get into Ukraine and into a special military operation.”

On April 25, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that he considered “very significant” risks of nuclear war. At the same time, a month earlier, he said that he did not believe in its possible beginning. “The nuclear topic in the context of the events that have unfolded in Ukraine in recent years and have escalated literally in recent months and weeks, the nuclear topic was thrown into this discourse exclusively by Western representatives, primarily NATO members,” — the Minister pointed out.

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Lavrov stressed that Russia is committed to the thesis of the inadmissibility of nuclear war. Medvedev noted at the end of March that a country can use nuclear weapons in four cases: if the country is hit by a missile attack using nuclear weapons; any other use of nuclear weapons against a country or allies; encroachment on critical infrastructure; an act of aggression against Russia or its allies, when the existence of the country was threatened. The Kremlin also pointed out that the use of nuclear weapons by Russia is possible only in the event of a threat to its existence, which is reflected in the concept of national security.

February 27, three days after the start of the military operation in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the containment forces, which include nuclear weapons, to be put on special alert. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to the President that the strategic forces have begun increased duty.

The Pentagon said they see no reason to change the state of the US strategic deterrence forces. At the same time, according to the head of department Lloyd Austin, the Russian nuclear arsenal presents “significant problems”; for the USA.

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The deputies of Yekaterinburg appealed to the prosecutor’s office because of the words of Solovyov

According to the chairman of the City Duma, with a request to find out how Solovyov's statements “look according to the law,” veterans and social activists turned to the deputies. After that, the city parliament filed an appeal to the prosecutor's office

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The City Duma of Yekaterinburg sent an appeal to the city prosecutor's office with a request to check the words of the presenter Vladimir Solovyov about the city. This was reported to RBC by the speaker of the city parliament, Igor Volodin.

“Veterans, social activists turned to us in the city duma in order to determine how much this all looks like according to the law and give a legal assessment. Therefore, I sent all this, all complaints to the city prosecutor's office. The Duma does not give a legal assessment. Literally recently [sent an appeal to the prosecutor's office]»,— Volodin said.

RBC turned to Solovyov for comment and sent a request to the prosecutor's office of the Sverdlovsk region.

Earlier, the deputies of the City Duma said that they had applied to the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company with a request “to assess the actions of TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov, who organized a public debate with the Urals, including the governor of the region Yevgeny Kuyvashev and Senator Eduard Rossel.” The parliamentarians considered that the presenter's statements cast a shadow on the region, and his “inappropriate polemics” with the Urals leads to the division of society.

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At the end of April, Solovyov, on the air of his program, called Yekaterinburg the center of the “vile liberota”. To these words, the governor of the Sverdlovsk region, Yevgeny Kuyvashev, answered him, advising him to “watch your language.” Solovyov commented on his reaction on the air of his program, stating: “Are you hammering an arrow for me, governor?”

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Mayor Alexei Orlov, senator from the region Eduard Rossel and head of the Yekaterinburg theater, singer Alexander Novikov, also reacted to the host's statement about the city. Rossel later argued for amendments to the media law “prohibiting the use of the media for the purpose of subjective out-of-court evaluation of citizens' actions.” He explained that “it is impossible to be rude”; and journalists should bring culture to society.

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Pranksters Vovan and Lexus announced a video with George Bush about Ukraine

In the announcement for the pranksters' conversation with George W. Bush, footage is shown where he says that he “wants to [see] Ukraine in NATO.” The video was released on Rutube, YouTube blocked their account after recording with Ben Wallace ” alt=”Pranksters Vovan and Lexus announced a video with George Bush about Ukraine” />

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On the channel of pranksters Vovan and Lexus (real names — Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov) in Rutube there was an announcement of a video conversation with former US President George W. Bush, who held this post in 2001–2009. The release of the full version of the conversation is expected on May 19 as part of the New Horizons educational marathon. society “Knowledge”.

The video contains moments from the conversation. The footage shown quotes Bush Jr., where he says that he “wants [to see] Ukraine in NATO” and also “thought Russia would be more accommodating, but then Putin changed dramatically.” The video contains an address by the former US President: “Your mission is to destroy as many Russian troops as possible”, it is not indicated to whom these words are addressed.

The video also contains footage where Bush says the phrase ” “Glory to Vovan and Lexus, connect them,” and later salutes, while his words sound off-screen: “I’m proud of you.” (addressee not specified). The video is built in such a way that at this moment frames with the prankers themselves appear on the screen.

Educational marathon “New Horizons” runs from 17 to 19 May. During the event, “outstanding speakers of Russia and the world” will speak to the participants, including Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

In late February, Bush Jr. condemned the conduct of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. He warned of “the worst security crisis on the European continent since World War II.”

Kuznetsov and Stolyarov are known for their pranks on politicians. So, in March, videos appeared on their YouTube channel with British Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace, as well as British Home Secretary Priti Patel. Both conversations were conducted by the pranksters on behalf of the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal.

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During the conversation with Wallace, the pranksters asked him about Britain's position on Ukraine's entry into NATO. The head of the Ministry of Defense stressed that London is interested in joining Kyiv to the alliance.

On March 17, Wallace tweeted about a conversation with an “impostor posing as the Ukrainian prime minister.” “He asked some misleading questions, and after I got suspicious, I ended the call,” — the minister spoke. On the same day, British Home Secretary Priti Patel said she had received a similar call earlier this week. “The same thing happened to me this week. A pathetic attempt to divide us in such difficult times. We support Ukraine»,— she wrote on Twitter.

Neither Wallace nor Patel disclosed the details of the conversations and did not say for certain who was behind the calls, but hinted that they suspected Russia of this. On March 18, Wallace ordered an internal audit in connection with the incident.

On March 23, the British Ministry of Defense sent a request to YouTube to remove the video of Wallace's conversation with Vovan and Lexus. The statement noted that the videos pose a “significant risk to the national security of the United Kingdom” and also that “the Russian state is responsible for the fake call.” ;.

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Austrian Chancellor called the question of the country’s membership in NATO irrelevant

Chancellor Karl Nehammer said he understands the desire of Sweden and Finland to join NATO, but in the case of Austria this is out of the question. According to the country's defense minister, “neutrality is in the heart of the Austrians”

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Austria's accession to NATO is not on the agenda, Chancellor Karl Nehammer said during a visit to Prague. This is reported by OE24.

“For Austria, this issue is not relevant,”— he said and added that the country is in a different position than Sweden and Finland, which share a common border with Russia. The chancellor says he understands why the Scandinavian countries want to join the defense alliance, but in the case of Vienna, “that's out of the question.”

Nehammer repeated the thesis that he expressed before the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine: “Austria was, is and will remain neutral.” declaring that “neutrality is in the heart of the Austrians”. At the same time, she added, neutrality needs to be discussed both in society and in parliament, especially given the Russian operation.

Austria has maintained a policy of neutrality since 1955, but cooperates closely with NATO. In particular, in May, Vienna resumed interaction with the block under the Partnership for Peace program. (program of NATO's bilateral military cooperation with non-alliance countries). Turkey blocked it in 2017 in response to Vienna's refusal to support the country's EU membership.

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On May 17, Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO. The documents will be considered by the North Atlantic Council, after which the agreement must be ratified in all 30 countries of the bloc. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg earlier promised that if Helsinki and Stockholm want to join the alliance, they will promptly receive a positive response. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO does not pose a threat, but the expansion of military infrastructure in the territory of the Scandinavian countries “will certainly cause our response.”

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The State Duma Committee proposed to return the draft law on withdrawal from the WTO to the authors

It was proposed to leave the organization in A Just Russia. The Economic Policy Committee indicated that withdrawal from the WTO would lead to a change in the country's financial obligations, so the bill requires the government's opinion

The State Duma Committee on Economic Policy proposed to return to the authors the draft law on the denunciation of the treaty on Russia's accession to the WTO, the review is posted on the page of the initiative in the database of the lower house of parliament.

The committee pointed out that the authors did not attach the government's conclusion to the document. They explained that the decision to withdraw Russia from the WTO would allow other countries— members of the organization to impose increased duties on the export of Russian goods. “Thus, exports from the Russian Federation may be reduced and lead, among other things, to a reduction in tax bases for VAT, excise duties, and customs duties, which are the sources of formation of the federal budget,” — members of the legal commission explained. The reduction in exports, as well as the termination of payment of membership fees to the WTO, will lead to a change in the financial obligations of the country, and the bills that entail such consequences, according to Art. 104 of the Constitution, can be submitted to the State Duma only if there is a government opinion.

The bill on Russia's withdrawal from the WTO in March was introduced by the deputies of the “Fair Russia”; For the truth. The explanatory note stated that after the deterioration of relations with the EU, the US and other countries in 2014, Russia's benefits from membership in the organization were reduced. “In order to protect the national interests of the Russian Federation, the need to pursue a protectionist policy, as a response to sanctions pressure and as a self-defense [the country should leave the WTO]”, — consider the authors.

Party chairman Sergei Mironov said that the WTO “did a lot of harm with its restrictions” Russian economy.

Russia joined the WTO in 2012. In mid-March, the organization reported that they had received a proposal from 14 countries to deprive the country of the most favored nation treatment in trade because of the military operation in Ukraine.

The Russian mission responded by stating “dangers looming over the multilateral trading system due to recent aggressive and politically motivated trade restrictive actions by some members” and criticized proposals to exclude Moscow from the WTO or suspend its membership.

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In March, Russia left the Council of Europe, in April— The UN Human Rights Council and the UN World Tourism Organization.

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Zelensky spoke about a “long and intense” conversation with Macron

The presidents discussed Ukraine's accession to the EU, the evacuation of the Ukrainian military from Azovstal, and new sanctions against Russia. Macron promised Zelensky to increase the intensity of aid supplies to Kyiv about a “long and intense” conversation with Macron” />

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held a “long and rich telephone conversation” with French colleague Emmanuel Macron.

As Zelensky reported on his Twitter, they discussed:

  • the course of hostilities and the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the territory of Azovstal;
  • prospects for the negotiation process between Moscow and Kyiv;
  • fuel supplies to Ukraine;
  • defense support from France and possible ways of exporting Ukrainian agricultural products;
  • preparation of the sixth package of sanctions against Russia;
  • consideration of Ukraine's application for EU candidate status.

The Élysée Palace said in a statement about the call that Macron “confirmed his intention to respond to all Ukraine's requests for assistance: military equipment, fuel, humanitarian aid, economic and financial support.” The French President promised that “the intensity of the supply of arms and humanitarian aid will increase in the coming days and weeks.” He said that over 800 tons of French humanitarian aid had been delivered to Ukraine since February 24.

The Macron office added that the presidents discussed security guarantees that Paris could provide Kyiv.

The President France noted that “a huge part of the world” depends on food supplies from Ukraine. He discussed with Zelensky ways to organize the export of Ukrainian grain.

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Macron said that Ukraine's application for EU membership will be considered at a meeting of the European Council, while taking into account the opinion of the European Commission provided by that time. On May 9, Macron warned that Ukraine's accession to the European Union could take several years and even decades. He, however, noted that the EU “cannot be the only means of structuring the European continent”, and proposed the creation of a new “European political community”, which would include Kyiv.

Paris from the very beginning of the Russian military operation declares support for Ukraine and advocates for a peaceful settlement of the conflict. Macron has spoken on the phone with both Zelensky and Vladimir Putin several times since late February. During his last telephone conversation with the Russian President in early May, the French leader stressed that the actions of the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine would lead to “consequences of extreme gravity”, so the fighting must be stopped immediately. Putin, in turn, pointed to the ignoring by the EU countries of the “crimes of the Ukrainian security forces”; and called for an end to the supply of arms to Kyiv. He noted the readiness of the Russian side to continue negotiations, despite the “inconsistency and lack of preparation”; Ukrainian delegation.

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Polyansky announced the “unconditional surrender” of the Azov battalion in Mariupol

He criticized the way The New York Times described the decision of Ukrainian fighters at Azovstal to surrender: the American edition wrote about the “completion of the combat mission” and the “end of the battle” at the plant

The militants of the nationalist battalion “Azov” plant “Azovstal” in Mariupol “surrendered unconditionally”, said Russian Deputy Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyansky.

He commented on a tweet from The New York Times that said Ukraine had “completed its 'combat mission'” in Mariupol and announced that the fighters were being evacuated, which meant the end of the battle at the metallurgical plant.

unconditionally surrendered,— wrote Polyansky.

The fact that the participants in the defense of Mariupol had fully completed their combat mission was announced on May 16 by the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malyar, reports Ukrayinska Pravda. “The supreme military command ordered the commanders of the units located at Azovstal to save the lives of the personnel. An operation is underway to rescue the defenders of Ukraine blocked on the territory of the plant, — she said.

The NYT tweet was published immediately after Maliar's statement. The chronicle of hostilities on the publication's website says that Ukraine “apparently surrendered control”; over Azovstal.

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Fighting in Mariupol went on from the very beginning of the military operation. In late April, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin that he had control of the city, with the exception of the territory of Azovstal, where “remnants of nationalists and foreign mercenaries” were hiding. Putin ordered to cancel the assault on the plant and block its territory.

In early May, the military department announced the completion of the evacuation of civilians from the industrial zone.

In the morning, the DPR said that on May 16 they left the territory of the plant ten soldiers with white flags. They initiated negotiations on the removal of the wounded. The Russian Defense Ministry later announced the start of the evacuation.

In the evening of the same day, Reuters reported that about a dozen buses with the Ukrainian military had left Azovstal. Malyar specified that 53 seriously wounded were taken to the hospital in Novoazovsk, another 221 were sent to Olenivka, the Ukrainian side expects to exchange them. On May 17, the Ministry of Defense announced that 265 “militants of the Azov nationalist unit” had surrendered at the plant in a day. and Ukrainian servicemen”, including 51 people with severe injuries.

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The United States called the condition for the conversation between Lavrov and Blinken

According to the official representative of the US State Department, the condition for negotiations between the heads of the two departments may be “reducing the level of violence” and improving the humanitarian situation in Ukraine

During the meeting between Anthony Blinken (left) and Sergey Lavrov in December 2021

The United States believes that a conversation between the heads of the US and Russian diplomatic departments, Anthony Blinken and Sergey Lavrov, under the current conditions “would not be constructive,” but it could take place on the condition that it would help “reduce the level of violence in Ukraine.” This was stated at a press conference by US State Department spokesman Ned Price.

“If conditions are right, and if we believe that a conversation between them [Blinken and Lavrov] will help reduce the level of violence or improve the humanitarian situation for the Ukrainians, then this will be done,” — he said.

Blinken last spoke to Lavrov on 15 February. At that time, the two diplomats, among other things, discussed proposals for security guarantees that Moscow had handed over to the US and NATO. Lavrov noted “the inadmissibility of aggressive rhetoric whipped up by Washington and its closest allies” and called for a pragmatic dialogue on the entire range of issues raised by Russia.

Russia is conducting a military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine since February 24. Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the time of the announcement that NATO's eastward expansion was of “special concern and concern.” In his opinion, the alliance has become “an instrument of foreign policy”; Washington.

Russia opposes Ukraine's plans to join NATO. In particular, this requirement became one of the key ones during the negotiations on security guarantees with NATO and the United States, which Moscow initiated in December 2021. Negotiations on this issue were not successful, as the alliance stated that this requirement was not acceptable.

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The United States condemned the special operation in Ukraine and imposed sanctions against Moscow. The restrictions included foreign exchange reserves, financial and industrial companies, as well as high-ranking officials and the military. Lavrov himself was also included in the SDN list: all his assets (if any) in US jurisdiction will be blocked.

Russia has called Western sanctions illegal and has repeatedly introduced mirror measures, including against Blinken and other top officials USA.

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Bloomberg learned about Turkey’s demands for the admission of Sweden and Finland to NATO

Ankara demands a return to the F-35 pilot training program, the lifting of sanctions for the purchase of Russian C-400s, as well as public condemnation by Sweden and Finland of the PKK banned in Turkey

For approving the inclusion of Sweden and Finland in NATO Turkey demands, among other things, the return to the F-35 pilot training program and the lifting of sanctions for the purchase of Russian C-400s. Bloomberg reports this with reference to several high-ranking Turkish sources.

Another condition— public condemnation by these two countries of Kurdish formations and the recognition of the PKK as a terrorist organization. Ankara also demands that Sweden and Finland lift restrictions on the supply of weapons to it, which have been in effect since 2019 due to Turkey's operation in Syria.

The interlocutors of the agency explained that Turkey's official consent to the return of Greece to NATO in 1980 is now is seen as a mistake that the Turkish leadership did not want to repeat with the Scandinavian countries (Turkey and Greece have disagreements over Cyprus).

Finland and Sweden decided to join NATO after the start of Russia's military operation in Ukraine. On May 17, countries submitted official applications.

NATO membership requires consideration of applications by the North Atlantic Council— NATO's main political governing body. After that, the agreement on the membership of countries in the alliance must be ratified at the national level in all 30 countries that are in the military-political bloc.

On May 16, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara “can't say yes” for Finland and Sweden to join NATO. He explained this by the fact that the countries declared their unwillingness to extradite “terrorists” to Turkey. TRT wrote that Sweden and Finland refused to extradite members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party and FETO (a movement that arose around the ideas of Turkish writer Fethullah Gülen, which Turkey considers involved in a coup attempt in 2016).

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In turn, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö noted that Erdogan's statements “confused” him, because the Turkish leader told him by phone that he would accept joining the alliance. Niinistö also announced his readiness to discuss membership issues with his Turkish counterpart.

In addition, the leader of the largest faction of the European Parliament, Manfred Weber, threatened Ankara with isolation if it impedes the admission of new NATO members. “Anyone who questions the unity of NATO will be isolated within the Commonwealth,” — he said.

Russia and Turkey signed a contract for the S-400 in December 2017. The first deliveries began in July 2019. The United States opposed Turkey's decision and excluded it from the F-35 supply program. The Pentagon feared that as a result, Russia could obtain the data necessary to counter the F-35.

In December 2020, the United States also imposed sanctions against Turkey due to the purchase of the C-400, prohibiting the issuance of licenses and export permits Turkish Defense Industry Authority (SSB), which concludes contracts for the purchase of military equipment.

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Why Hungary and Turkey interfere with the plans of the European Union and NATO

And will the two countries be able to achieve the cancellation of the initiatives criticized by Moscow The special positions of Hungary and Turkey hinder the efforts of the EU and NATO in their confrontation with Russia. What is the reason, does Budapest and Ankara have a desire to take into account the position of Moscow and how everything can end – RBC figured out

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On Wednesday, May 18, representatives of the EU countries will meet again in Brussels to discuss the sixth package of sanctions against Russia. But European leaders cannot expect that it will be adopted in the near future in the proposed form: the reason for this is the position of Hungary and the fact that decisions in the union are made on the basis of consensus.

A few days earlier, Turkey announced that he cannot agree to the admission of Finland and Sweden to NATO.

Why Hungary continues to insist on its veto

The sixth package contains a proposal to introduce a ban on the import of crude oil from Russia in six months, as well as on the import of Russian oil products from 2023. Even at the initial stage of discussing these measures, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic were against the oil embargo, since they are heavily dependent on energy supplies from Russia. The European Commission decided to meet them halfway and allowed Hungary and Slovakia to continue importing Russian oil until the end of 2024, and the Czech Republic— until June 2024. After that, Bratislava and Prague withdrew their objections. However, Budapest is still not ready to withdraw its veto.

The position of the government of Viktor Orban was sharply criticized at the EU ministerial meeting on 16 May. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis told reporters that Hungary is holding the European Union hostage. “The whole union is being held hostage by one member state that cannot help us find a consensus,” — complained Landsbergis, specifying that the EU expected that Hungary's proposed delay would be enough for it to lift the veto.

The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, stood up for Budapest, pointing out that Hungary's objections are not political, but economic. He explained that the country is concerned about the problem of creating new infrastructure and purchasing new equipment for receiving and processing oil not from Russia, for which its refineries are designed. In addition, the rejection of Russian oil will mean that Budapest will have to purchase it from other suppliers at higher prices, which will affect the Hungarian economy.

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Viktor Orban has previously compared ditching Russian oil to “a nuclear strike on the Hungarian economy.” On the air of Kossuth Radio, he recalled that Hungary has no access to the sea, and therefore it is forced to receive oil through the pipeline. “The pipeline to Hungary starts in Russia… that's the reality,” — he stated.

Hungary's dependence on Russian energy is really significant— 60% of oil and 85% of gas the country receives from Russia. Orban said the country needs five years to convert oil refineries and other infrastructure to process raw materials from non-Russian sources. This process will require huge investments, and the increase in the cost of oil will lead to an increase in unemployment and call into question the national program to reduce public utility costs, which is largely based on low prices for Russian energy resources.

The high inflation rate in the country and the budget deficit, including the blocking by Brussels of a €8 billion tranche intended for the recovery of the Hungarian economy after the pandemic (the reason was the divergence of views between Budapest and Brussels on the rule of law), carry significant risks for the country .

Against this backdrop, on May 16, Budapest decided to raise the stakes in the game: Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said that “a complete modernization of the Hungarian energy infrastructure is needed on a scale from «15 billion to»18 billion”, later specifying that Hungary has the right to expect a new proposals from Brussels. At that time, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, was in Budapest on a visit, but her negotiations with Orban ended in nothing.

According to the Euractiv portal, the clause on lifting the Hungarian veto from the sixth package of sanctions in exchange for economic preferences may be submitted to an informal EU summit scheduled for late May. The Financial Times quoted an unnamed European official as saying the EU should make the Hungarian prime minister a lucrative offer. “Orban is very pragmatic, it's business,” — he explained.

What is Turkey counting on in the dispute over NATO expansion

As for NATO expansion, Turkey's position has become an unexpected obstacle to the alliance between Sweden and Finland, says Asli Aydintashbash, senior political analyst at the European Council on Foreign Affairs (ECFR). Ankara cannot yet give a positive conclusion on the admission of the two new countries, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last Friday. “Scandinavian countries as guest houses for terrorist groups”, — he gave one of the reasons.

Indeed, Ankara has repeatedly expressed its dissatisfaction with the fact that many supporters of the PKK found refuge in Sweden and Finland. (PKK, classified as a terrorist organization in Turkey), as well as supporters of US-based preacher Fethullah Gülen (whom Ankara considers the organizer of the coup attempt in 2016).

On May 17, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö expressed hope that that the crisis can be overcome. “Turkey's statements have changed very quickly and become tougher in the last few days,” he said on Tuesday in an address to the Swedish parliament (quoted by Reuters).— But I am sure that with the help of constructive discussion we will solve the problem.

As Aydintashbash notes, it is not yet clear what exactly Erdogan wants— change the position of the US Congress on the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey (the deal was canceled after Ankara bought and received the Russian S-400 air defense system), get more money to support Syrian refugees or extradite political activists suspected of terrorist activities to Turkey.< /p>

“It is unlikely that Erdogan had one specific political goal in mind, but he will certainly expect to be persuaded, persuaded and rewarded for his cooperation, as he has been in the past,” concluded the ECFR analyst.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry describes relations with both northern countries in calm tones. As stated on the website of the department, relations with Sweden date back to the 17th century, when the Swedish king Charles XII, after being defeated in the Northern War by Russia in 1709, fled to the Ottoman Empire and ruled the kingdom from Bender and Edirne for five years. Diplomatic relations with Finland were established in 1924. Trade turnover with Sweden in 2020 amounted to about $2.6 billion, with Finland— approximately $1.3 billion.

The main problem is not in Finland, but in Sweden, says Al-Monitor. The kingdom has received several waves of Turkish migrants, including Kurds, as well as refugees from Turkey's neighboring countries, and the Swedish Foreign Ministry regularly criticizes Turkish military operations in Kurdish territories in Syria.

In 2019, Sweden and Finland imposed an arms embargo on Turkey due to military operations in Syria. By this time, both countries had become leaders among countries selling military goods to Ankara: Swedish military exports to Turkey in 2018 reached $30 million, Finnish exports in the same year amounted to $17 million. in the terrorist activities of immigrants (On Monday, the Turkish Ministry of Justice said that Ankara had requested the extradition of six members of the PKK from Finland and 11 from Sweden).

“Ankara's statements cause concern in Sweden, among other things, because they hit exactly one of the arguments that was cited by those who did not quite agree with joining NATO, — fear that Sweden will lose the right to vote in matters of human rights and democracy, — Paul Levine, director of the Institute for Turkish Studies at Stockholm University, told Al-Monitor.

“Based on the statements of the Turkish authorities, it can be assumed that Turkey will continue to insist on its position, will bargain for concessions from the two northern countries,— predicted in a conversation with RBC director of the Center for the Study of Modern Turkey, researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Amur Gadzhiev.— Will two countries go to give in, & mdash; this is a big question. We see that, on the contrary, there were marches against concessions, which indicates that the process will not be easy and it will not be easy for them to give in on these issues.

Other NATO countries no longer have leverage to influence Turkey so much, the expert notes, therefore, based on the previous experience of conflict situations involving the republic, one can expect, he believes, that a compromise option will appear, which will eventually be accepted by all parties.

According to Hajiyev, in the Turkish position, Ankara's intention to take into account Russia's negative position regarding the membership of Sweden and Finland in NATO is not traced.

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The President of Estonia called impossible the complete isolation of Russia

Moscow is more economically isolated than ever, but it still has partners, including China and India, explained Estonian President Alar Karis

The West will not be able to completely isolate Russia, even if it takes decades. This was stated by Estonian President Alar Karis in an interview with Newsweek magazine. According to him, Moscow is more economically isolated than ever, although it still has key trading partners outside the West, including China and India.

At the same time, the head of state noted that it is important to maintain a dialogue with Russia.

“Of course, we cannot completely isolate Russia. We need to find a way to communicate with Russia and do business with it. But it takes time, it can take decades, — he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in April that Russia is not going to shut itself off from the world, other states will not be able to force it to do so either. “In the modern world, it is generally impossible to strictly isolate anyone, such a huge country as Russia is absolutely impossible,” — he said.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov also said that Western countries, imposing anti-Russian sanctions because of the military operation in Ukraine, will not be able to isolate Russia, because “the world is too big.” With the refusal of the United States, the European Union and allies from relations with Russia, including economic ones, certain channels of dialogue remain for Moscow, he added.

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Venezuela confirms the lifting of US sanctions on the work of oil workers in the country

The US oil embargo on Venezuela has been in place since 2019. Negotiations to lift part of the restrictions have been ongoing since March. According to Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, this step was the beginning of the complete abolition of “illegal sanctions”

The United States abandoned restrictive measures that prevented the work of American and European oil companies in Venezuela. This was announced on Twitter by the vice-president of the Latin American country, Delcy Rodriguez.

“The Venezuelan government has verified and can confirm that the US has allowed its and European companies to negotiate and resume operations in Venezuela,” she wrote.

Rodriguez also noted that “Venezuela hopes that after this decision, the United States will start moving towards the complete removal of illegal sanctions.”

Earlier in the day, the US Treasury, in consultation with the State Department, issued a narrow license allowing US oil and gas company Chevron to negotiate a possible resumption of production in Venezuela that was halted by US sanctions.

United The states severed diplomatic relations with Caracas, imposed sanctions, and closed their embassy in 2019, accusing President Nicolás Maduro of electoral fraud. Negotiations between the United States and Venezuela on lifting the oil embargo resumed after Russia launched a special operation in Ukraine and imposed oil supply sanctions against Moscow.

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In early March, Reuters, citing sources, reported that US officials could not agree with the leadership of Venezuela on the easing of sanctions on oil exports. Proposals to ease sanctions included allowing Caracas to sell oil through Western companies. Venezuela demanded, among other things, the return of control over the state oil company PDVSA.

A few days later, US President Joe Biden announced the release of two Americans who were in custody in Venezuela. This happened after the visit of an American government delegation to Caracas.

Against the backdrop of the military operation in Ukraine and the ensuing anti-Russian sanctions, gasoline prices in the United States reached record levels. Biden has repeatedly accused Russia and President Vladimir Putin personally of rising prices and inflation, which also began to rise since the beginning of the conflict.

The Russian Embassy in the United States has previously stated that Washington is trying to earn political points through Russophobia to justify its own failures in solving domestic problems. The real cause of the fuel crisis, according to the embassy, ​​is record inflation for the United States— “unsecured trillion-dollar financial investments in the economy, as well as sanctions wars against objectionable states.”

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