Russian Foreign Ministry: the idea of ​​transferring nuclear weapons to Ukraine endangers the people of Poland

The Russian Foreign Ministry criticized the proposal of former Polish Foreign Minister Rodoslav Sikorsky. Now a member of the European Parliament has asked Western countries to transfer nuclear weapons to Ukraine.

The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, quoted Sikorsky's words in her Telegram channel. He believes that our country has violated the Budapest Memorandum. And therefore, in his opinion, the West has the right “to give Ukraine nuclear warheads to protect its independence.”

Polish politicians, controlled by the American transmission belt, display an extremist ideology, Zakharova reacted. They spread hatred and foment conflicts, and now they threaten the planet with “violation of the nuclear non-proliferation regime,” wrote the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Maria Zakharova emphasized that “the most important thing is that they endanger the Polish people, who is being drawn into the nuclear redivision of the world.”

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Moskalkova: mothers of Ukrainian prisoners are asked not to return them

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Mothers of Ukrainian prisoners of war held in the Russian Federation began to ask not to return their sons back to Ukraine. Relatives fear that young people will either be sent back to the front or subjected to repression. Tatyana Moskalkova, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, told reporters about this.

“When I held a reception of Ukrainian citizens, prisoners of war in Sevastopol, most of them asked me to inform their families about their fate,” the Ombudsman said. “My staff and I fully complied with the requests,” she said. Now Moskalkova receives new appeals from Ukrainian mothers. They ask not to return their sons, because, according to the mothers, “they will either be sent back to the front, or they will be subjected to repression.” Similar appeals were received from two prisoners, the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation added.

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Putin announced successes in the fight against cancer in Russia

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President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, during an informal conversation with the Heroes of Labor and laureates of state awards, noted the success of Russian medicine in the fight against cancer.

Putin said that earlier only 7% of children could be cured of cancer. Now this number has increased to 85%. He recalled the words of Alexander Rumyantsev, the winner of the State Prize, that in 30 years the results of treating patients have been improved tenfold.

Putin also said that the field of combating cancer in Russia is developing, unique results are appearing even in provincial centers . Putin noted that a German specialist he knew advised a Swiss family with a child with leukemia to undergo treatment in Yekaterinburg.

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Finnish President Says He’s Surprised By Turkey’s Unwillingness To Join NATO

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Turkey's objections to Finnish accession to NATO came as a surprise to President Sauli Niinistö.

“I was surprised by Turkey's position, but we must take the topics of concern seriously,” Niinistö told reporters on Sunday.

He said he hopes “that we can find a solution that suits everyone.”

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who is currently in Finland on a visit, added to this that “any fears need to be dispelled.”

Earlier, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded that Finland and Sweden prove their non-involvement in supporting the Kurdish rebels, whom Ankara considers terrorists. Then only Turkey will remove objections regarding the possibility of joining the two countries to the alliance.

The Erdogan administration reported, in particular, that Sweden supplied weapons to terrorists who committed terrorist attacks in Turkey.

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Kravtsov: schoolchildren of Zaporizhia will continue to study the Ukrainian language

Schoolchildren of the Zaporizhia region will continue to study the Ukrainian language, following the example of how it is done with languages ​​in the national republics that are subjects of the Russian Federation, Minister of Education of the Russian Federation Sergey Kravtsov said, TASS reports.

Also, Kravtsov noted that graduates from the Zaporozhye region who want to enter Russian universities will be provided with places to study.

Russia's efforts will be aimed at ensuring that schools in the region open and work according to Russian standards from September 1, the minister added education.

Earlier it was reported that the authorities of the Zaporozhye region plan to maintain the status of Russian and Ukrainian languages ​​as state languages ​​in the liberated territory, the issue may be put to a referendum.

Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov also said that the Ukrainian language will remain in the status of the state language in the liberated territories.

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Russia Day celebration in 2022

The State holiday Day of Russia has been celebrated every year since 1992. By tradition, on this day, festive events, solemn & nbsp; concerts are held in the country and abroad, fireworks are launched. This year several                     in the aif.ru photo feed.

Oleg Gazmanov at a concert dedicated to the Day of Russia in Minsk. © RIA Novosti/Viktor Tolochko

Tricolor of flowers in Krasnodar. © RIA Novosti/Vitaly Timkiv

Action on the occasion of the Day of Russia in Lugansk. © RIA Novosti/Maxim Zakharov

Day of Russia in Melitopol. © RIA Novosti/Alexey Maishev

June 12 in Melitopol. © RIA Novosti/Alexey Maishev

Day of Russia in Yekaterinburg. © RIA Novosti/Pavel Lisitsyn

The largest copy of the Victory Banner was unfurled on Russia Day near the walls of the Victory Museum on Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow. © RIA Novosti/Anton Denisov

The newlyweds after the solemn wedding ceremony at the Mayakovskaya station of the Moscow metro, June 12, 2021 © RIA Novosti/Evgeny Odinokov

Two submarines were laid down at JSC Admiralty Shipyards on the Day of Russia. © RIA Novosti/Press Service of JSC “Admiralty Shipyards”

On June 12, the President of the Russian Federation presented State Prizes and gold medals to the Hero of Labor. In the photo: Vladimir Putin and conductor Yuri Bashmet. © RIA Novosti/Evgeny Biyatov Estimated reading time: less than a minute

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How Afrikanych became a Diamond. The story of a unique milker from Yakutia

In the late 1940s, 6 km from the Yakut village of Krestyakh, on the Sokolina Spit, the first diamond crystals were found. Today, the city of Mirny is primarily associated with the mining of minerals, and Krestakh, like the entire Suntarsky district, — purely agricultural area. And revered here is a diamond of a different kind — by nickname "Africa".

Greeting with friendly lowing

An exotic patronymic of the milkers of the agricultural production cooperative “Krestyakh” Mikhailov is indebted to the priest who baptized his father in the 1920s. Now in & nbsp; the village of Mikhailov is called exclusively Afrikanych, and & nbsp; more often simply Africa. He is not upset, reconciled.

At official the same events, he is presented as follows: “famous milker”, because the enumeration of all the regalia does not fit into one regulation. Cavalier of the Order of Honor, Order of Labor Glory I, II, III degrees, the highest award of Yakutia — Order of the Polar Star, Honored Worker of the National Economy of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Laureate of the Lenin Komsomol Prize of Yakutia … And Hero of Labor of the Russian Federation. The highest award for special labor merits Vladimir Afrikanovich was presented in the Kremlin on June Day of Russia.

He applies to titles and awards with gratitude, but calmly. He is extremely shy when he is asked to wear a formal “uniform” for official events. And while waiting the reception of the President in Moscow     was most worried about how his cows were. Are they milked on time, conscientious did they clean up, are they full? And most importantly, have did the Burëns received their due portion of kind words?

Afrikanych's cows smell from afar and greet with friendly lowing. And no wonder: Mikhailov spends more time with them than with his family.

“Farm, cows”— this what he lives by, — says spouse Elizaveta Petrovna.    wakes up at 3.30 and, after a hasty breakfast, goes to farm and returns home by 8–9 in the evening. And so all year round. Vladimir with cows, as with children, nurses. He feeds himself, he cleans them himself, although there are other people for this. He takes care of their health, massages the udder himself. And with heifers he is generally a personal obstetrician. And so — childhood».

The first production record for milk — 2 thousand l s s one cow per year — Mikhailov beat in the early 1970s. And  manager of all the milkers of the Komsomol-youth farm "Sardana" They are with & nbsp; a half turn: "Forward!" The author of the call himself milked 3413 l — an unheard-of result at the time. Today Vladimir Afrikanovich is still in record holders— last year, for example, milked more than 4.5 thousand liters. And not fame and not for the sake of money (in   Kresty&rdash; payment according to the laws of the USSR — each according to work), he can otherwise cannot 

Vladimir Afrikanovich Mikhailov. Photo: Press service of the Ministry of Agriculture of Yakutia

And in fire, and in water

And & nbsp; after all, a noble milker could become a dancer. No seriously! Once, a commission came to his native village of Bordon in search of young talents. Little Vova impressed them with his natural flexibility. “You must do ballet. Such data! Do you want to go to Yakutsk?» He wanted something, but the parents said a categorical "no" — the eldest of seven children was the main assistant.

And Volodya continued to help on state farm — worked as a milk collector, and then a milker. After graduating from 8 & nbsp; classes, I didn’t even think about going in & nbsp; in search of a & nbsp; better life. In & nbsp; his native village, life for him and so was a miracle how good. Although Vladimir Afrikanovich today no, no, yes, he will remember about the failed career of a ballet dancer. But at the same time, every time he says: "I and no regret".

In  Kresty, only the closest people know about the youthful exploits of Africa. As a ten-year-old boy, he saved more than a dozen state farm cows, managing to knock out the closed door of a burning barn. Six years later, he rushed into the river to the drowning boy. On the shore, he pumped out the baby, making artificial respiration. (The kid today is already an adult man, and when he visits his native lands, he invariably visits Vladimir Afrikanovich with a bow.) A year later, he pulled a helpless man out of a burning house.

Africa shares everything that it earns with honest and very hard work with those who need it at the moment: it brings money for treatment, it helps poor families with children with money or food, at regional sports competitions it gives its prize. And during the collective contract on self-support he rejected personal record performance in in favor of collectivity». Ask him now why? He will say: “At that moment, it was the only right way.”

He and his wife often remember the times of the USSR with a kind word, but and in the present   everything suits them. "And it was good — says Mikhailov, — and not bad now". And & nbsp; true, SHPK "Krestyakh" in Yakutia, there is hardly the only such large dairy and meat-processing farm — several thousand heads.

Almost office romance

In Krestyakh Mikhailov moved from Bordon in 1999 when the economy there began to fall apart. Doyar suggested ways out of the crisis to the then management of the farm, but they did not listen to the authoritative opinion of Vladimir Afrikanovich. And & nbsp; here is the chapter "Crosses" called to them to move — don't go to  a fortune teller, I was waiting for this moment. Mikhailov agreed.

This is how Vladimir Afrikanovich and Elizaveta Petrovna met. He by by by that time already free from family ties      her  "history" — divorce and three children. At first we talked about work, then feelings appeared. We met secretly (for him, for a second, it’s good for 50, for her — to 40). In the Yakut village, the attempts of a divorced woman with children to establish a personal life are still disapproving. “There was a case, they were hiding, — laughs Elizaveta Petrovna. — Even the closest people didn know about our relationship. When we legalized them in the registry office, it was like a bolt from the blue for everyone. Many didn't even believe it, thought — rumors.

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If anyone in the  village and discussed-condemned this “incident”, then delicately, respecting the merits of Africa. Today, however, the villagers often say: “It is good that Africa chose Elizabeth. Nice couple».

Yes   what what to talk about when Vladimir Afrikanovich and Elizaveta Petrovna released three older children into a great life. "We have 8 grandchildren"" — Elizaveta Petrovna shares with pride. But she and her husband not only grandma and grandfather, but also and young parents. Their common daughter, 11-year-old Violetta, is growing up in the family. "Farm Helper?" — I guess. "No, no, her father does allow to cows — — Elizaveta Petrovna confesses. — Says her main work — to study. And she is smart with us, she loves mathematics most of all».

Returning from the capital, Vladimir Afrikanovich with relief hung up his dress suit —  — and immediately to the farm! The title of Hero of Labor is not a reason for idleness — on the contrary, an incentive to & nbsp; new records. By the way, Mikhailov dedicated this award to his wife.

Just the facts:

The village.800 people live in Kresty. «Cross» — literally “with” a cross. There is a new comfortable school in the village.

Cattle.In the farm of the cooperative — 600 dairy cows. The farm recently purchased Kalmyk cows — a breed that adapts perfectly to a sharply continental climate. Doesn't require an insulated barn. Even considering that in winter in Yakutia the air temperature drops to minus 50-55 degrees.

Salaries. In SHPK they are worthy. A novice milker, who still cannot boast of experience and large milk yields, receives 60,000 rubles. rub. — This is the minimum wage. The record holder's salary reaches 300 thousand and higher.

Transport. There is a Toyota Land Cruiser in Vladimir Mikhailov's garage, but he does drive and does have a driving   — wife. A powerful SUV in Yakutia is not a luxury, but a necessary means of transportation.

Economy.The Mikhailovs do not have — once. The couple spend all day on the farm. Elizaveta Petrovna is currently working in a managerial cooperative.

Traditions. Each family has national costumes that the villagers wear on holidays.

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The domain of the new McDonald’s is being sold for almost 300 million rubles

An advertisement for the sale of the vkusno-i-tochka.ru domain appeared on the Web, the seller is asking for 298,700,000 rubles for it.

The domain name coincides with the name of the Vkusno restaurant chain and dot», which opened on the basis of McDonald’s.

The site address was registered on June 10th. The domain is paid for a year in advance, its owner's data is hidden.

Now there is a site with culinary recipes at vkusno-i-tochka.ru. In the press service of "Tasty and point" The RBC agency was informed that they did not buy this domain.

Recall that today in Moscow and the Moscow region, the former restaurants of the McDonald's chain opened under the Vkusno i Tochka brand. So far, only 15 cafes will be open. According to the owner, now the company faces the main task – to open in the regions of the country all restaurants that have been idle for three months.

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Putin called what makes the Russian people invincible

According to the President, the connection between city and countryside, the connection between science, creativity, production, art and concern for people “in the broadest sense of the word” makes Russians “a united, powerful, invincible, future-oriented people”

Vladimir Putin

Care for people in the broadest sense makes the Russian people united, powerful and invincible, said President Vladimir Putin during the ceremony of awarding the Heroes of Labor and laureates of state prizes.

the connection between the city and the countryside, the connection between science, creativity, real production, art, caring for people in the broadest sense of the word, the connection between our traditional brotherly, sisterly confessions— all this makes us a united, powerful, invincible, future-oriented Russian people, — Putin said.

Before the ceremony, Putin congratulated the Russians on Russia Day. He emphasized that “age-old traditions, moral values, spiritual foundations” have great power. “They were born and grew stronger throughout the thousand-year history of Russia and today unite our multinational people, for whom at all times sincere deep feelings of patriotism have been and remain sacred,” — Putin continued.

Putin also noted that Russia is proud of the accomplishments of its ancestors, who “sought and knew how to move forward, discover new things, achieve progressive development of the Fatherland, defend the homeland in battles and assert its worthy role in the world».

June 12 is the day of adoption of the declaration on the state sovereignty of the country in Russia.

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Moskalkova said that relatives of the prisoners of war of the Armed Forces of Ukraine ask not to return them

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Mothers of Ukrainian prisoners of war held in Russia began to request not to return their sons to Ukraine because of fears that young people would either be sent back to the front or subjected to repression. Tatyana Moskalkova, Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia, told journalists about this, RIA Novosti reports.

“When I held a reception of Ukrainian citizens, prisoners of war in Sevastopol, most of them asked me to inform about their fate [their families]. Me and my staff did it to the fullest. Today I receive new appeals from Ukrainian mothers. They ask not to return their sons, because they believe that they will either be sent back to the front, or they will be subjected to repression, — Moskalkova said.

In addition, according to her, similar appeals were received from two Ukrainian prisoners of war. “A new category of appeals appears that were previously not inherent to us, related to the military theme,” — explained the Ombudsman.

Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, 6.5 thousand Ukrainian soldiers have surrendered to Russian captivity, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on June 7. On May 19, the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Igor Konashenkov, reported the largest number of Ukrainian soldiers who surrendered per day. According to him, 771 fighters of the Ukrainian battalion “Azov” surrendered to the Russians then. (the symbols are recognized as extremist in Russia and banned, and the battalion itself is going to be declared a terrorist organization).

In total, according to the Ministry of Defense, from the blocked plant “Azovstal” 2439 fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine came out in Mariupol. The head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, said earlier that those who had surrendered from Azovstal a tribunal inevitably awaits.

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

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24 announced a special military operation to “demilitarize and denazify” Ukraine and the protection of the population of Donbass. At the same time, the Ministry of Defense stated that the Russian military did not strike at civilian targets.

In response to the Russian special operation, Ukraine declared martial law and general mobilization. Kyiv also severed diplomatic relations with Moscow, and Western countries began to impose sanctions against Russia.

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Volodin warned of a nuclear conflict after the words of the ex-Minister of Poland

Volodin: statements about the transfer of nuclear weapons to Kyiv could provoke a conflict in Europe Former Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorsky earlier proposed to “gift” nuclear weapons to Kyiv, because, according to him, Russia violated the provisions of the Budapest Memorandum. Volodin responded by warning about the risk of nuclear war in Europe Volodin warned about a nuclear conflict after the words of the ex-Minister of Poland” />

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The statement of the ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, and now a member of the European Parliament, Radoslaw Sikorski, that the West has the right to “give” Ukraine nuclear weapons could provoke a nuclear conflict in the center of Europe. Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin stated this in his Telegram.

“Sikorsky provokes a nuclear conflict in the center of Europe. He does not think about the future of either Ukraine or Poland. In the event that his proposals are implemented, these countries will not, however, like Europe, & raquo;,— Volodin wrote.

According to the speaker, the Polish ex-minister needs to “be examined by a psychiatrist, surrender his mandate and stay at home under supervision.” Volodin noted that it was precisely because of people like Sikorsky that the need for “liberation and demilitarization” remained. Ukraine.

Sikorsky said that Russia had violated the provisions of the Budapest Memorandum, so Western countries have the right to “give” Ukraine nuclear weapons. “Since Russia violated this Budapest Memorandum, I believe that we, as the West, would have the right to donate nuclear warheads to Ukraine. So that she can defend her independence,— said the politician.

The Budapest Memorandum was signed on December 5, 1994 by Ukraine, Russia, Great Britain and the USA. The document provided security guarantees for Ukraine in exchange for its renunciation of nuclear weapons. The signatory countries pledged to respect the independence, sovereignty and borders of Ukraine, to refrain from threats to its territorial integrity.

On February 19, a week before the start of the Russian special operation, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced his desire to convene a summit of countries— members of the Budapest Memorandum for consultations. If the summit does not meet, Ukraine may invalidate the document, he argued.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin replied that Moscow understood that these words were addressed to her, and that she “heard” position of Ukraine. A few days after Putin's words, Moscow launched a special operation to “denazify and demilitarize” Ukraine.

On February 27, the Russian leader ordered the strategic deterrence force to be placed on a special alert regime, noting that top officials of leading NATO countries made aggressive statements against Russia. A day later, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported that the strategic forces had begun increased duty.

Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Dmitry Polyansky had previously said that Russia could use nuclear weapons if there was a critical threat to the existence of the country. Answering a clarification question whether the president can make a decision on the use of nuclear weapons if he decides that an “existential threat” hangs over Russia, the diplomat said: “He is the supreme commander, of course, he has every opportunity to decide. <…> Once again: if you threaten us with nuclear forces, you must take into account all the risks, — Polyansky said.

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Zakharova accused ex-Foreign Minister of Poland of inciting hatred

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The US-controlled Polish politicians are spreading hatred and endangering the Polish people by threatening to violate the nuclear non-proliferation regime. This was after the statement of the former head of the Polish Foreign Ministry Radoslaw Sikorski, who called for “give” Kyiv nuclear weapons, said the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

“Polish politicians, controlled by an American transmission belt, are displaying extremist ideologies, spreading hatred, fueling conflict, and now threatening the planet with a violation of the nuclear non-proliferation regime. But the most important — they endanger the Polish people, who are drawn into the nuclear redistribution of the world, — she wrote in her Telegram.

Sikorsky previously said that Russia violated the provisions of the Budapest Memorandum, so Western countries have the right to “give” Ukraine nuclear weapons. “Since Russia has violated this Budapest Memorandum, then, I believe, we, as the West, would have the right to donate nuclear warheads to Ukraine. So that she can defend her independence,— said the politician.

After Sikorsky's words, State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin warned of the risk of a nuclear war in Europe. “Sikorsky provokes a nuclear conflict in the center of Europe. He does not think about the future of either Ukraine or Poland. In the event that his proposals are implemented, these countries will not, however, like Europe, & raquo;,— said Volodin.

The Budapest Memorandum was signed on December 5, 1994 by Ukraine, Russia, Great Britain and the USA. The document provided security guarantees for Ukraine in exchange for its renunciation of nuclear weapons. The signatory countries pledged to respect the independence, sovereignty and borders of Ukraine, to refrain from threats to its territorial integrity.

On February 19, a week before the start of the Russian special operation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced his desire to convene a summit of countries— members of the Budapest Memorandum for consultations. If the summit does not meet, Ukraine may invalidate the document, he argued.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin responded by saying that the Ukrainian authorities had announced their nuclear ambitions and in Moscow “they were heard.” A few days after that, Russia launched a special operation to “denazify and demilitarize” Ukraine.

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NATO rejects deadline to host Sweden and Finland at Madrid summit

Stoltenberg: NATO does not consider the Madrid summit as a deadline for hosting Finland and Sweden According to Stoltenberg, NATO does not see the summit as a deadline for hosting Finland and Sweden. He once again stressed that Turkey's concerns are legitimate

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NATO does not consider the Madrid summit from 28 to 30 June as a deadline for hosting Finland and Sweden, said Secretary General organization Jens Stoltenberg at a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö.

“We don't see the Madrid summit as a deadline for Sweden and Finland to join,” — Stoltenberg said, answering a journalist's question, whether NATO will be able to remove Turkey's objections to the admission of these two countries by the time it is held.

According to the Secretary General, Turkey's security concerns are legitimate.

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At the same time, Niinistö said that Turkey's objections to his country's accession to NATO came as a surprise to him. “I was surprised by the position of Turkey, but we must take seriously the topics on which it expresses concern. Let's hope that we can find a solution that will suit everyone,— he said.

Finland and Sweden decided to join NATO after the start of Russia's military operation in Ukraine. The countries officially applied to join the alliance on May 18.

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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.

Turkey opposed the entry of Sweden and Finland. According to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, these countries gave asylum to members of organizations recognized as terrorist by Ankara, in particular the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), and also imposed sanctions against the republic. Stoltenberg had previously urged that Ankara's concerns be taken into account and that “any security-related problems” be resolved.

Negotiations were held between the parties at the end of May, but they were unsuccessful. Erdogan then called the representatives of Sweden and Finland “dishonest and insincere.” Later, Turkish presidential adviser Fahrettin Altun said that Finland and Sweden should not waste time negotiating with NATO, as Turkey's position remains unchanged.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, speaking about the desire of Sweden and Finland to become members NATO, said that the Kremlin regards this as a threat. According to him, Moscow's actions will depend on how the “expansion process” will be expressed; and how the military infrastructure of the alliance will move.

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

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Berlusconi spoke about two unanswered calls to Putin

The former Prime Minister of Italy called the Russian President at the beginning of the special operation, but the conversation never took place. Earlier, Berlusconi indicated that he was disappointed with Putin's actions in Ukraine Berlusconi spoke about two unanswered calls to Putin” />

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Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi called Russian President Vladimir Putin twice after the start of a special operation in Ukraine, but received no answer, according to Il Messaggero.< /p>

Berlusconi said he hadn't talked to Putin lately, even though they were “good friends”.

“I made two phone calls at the beginning of this operation, but did not receive a response,” said the Italian politician. He refrained from further attempts to get in touch with Putin.

According to Berlusconi, the situation in Ukraine is dangerous, since there is no possibility of an immediate cessation of hostilities, and losses on both sides of the conflict amount to “100 deaths a day” . As the ex-premier pointed out, if he had been in power, this conflict would not have happened.

Berlusconi said that in 2008 he was able to keep Putin from “invasion” to Georgia. For five hours, he talked to him, during the conversation, emphasizing that with such a development of events, Russia would face a “divorce”; with the EU, US and NATO. After that, Berlusconi said, an order came from Moscow for the retreat of the troops. The politician did not specify what moment of events in Georgia he is talking about.

Earlier, Berlusconi has already commented on the situation in Ukraine. In early April, he said that he was “deeply disappointed and upset by the behavior” Putin, “who took on a very serious responsibility to the world.” As the Italian politician noted, before that he considered Putin “a man of democracy and peace.”

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The Russian president pointed out that the conduct of the special operation made it possible to “prevent the real danger” looming over Russia and “prevent a large-scale conflict”; on its territory “according to other people's scenarios”.

According to Berlusconi, because of its positions on Ukraine, Russia found itself isolated from the West (by which he meant the US, EU, Japan and Australia), and the West— from the rest of the world, since “China, India, Russia and dozens of other Asian, African, Latin American states at the moment” not on his side. The former prime minister also noted that now there is “no leader” in the world who could negotiate with Putin.

Berlusconi said that he had known Putin for 20 years. The Russian president pointed out in 2019 in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere dell Sera that they were “connected by many years of friendly relations.” The politicians last met in the same year in Rome, and the last telephone conversation they had last year, on Berlusconi's birthday, follows from the Kremlin's messages.

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Putin spoke about his ancestors

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, during the ceremony of presenting the medals of the Hero of Labor, said that his ancestors were “simple peasants”, and then— “simple workers”.

He mentioned that the director Nikita Mikhalkov, who spoke earlier, told an “amazing story about the connection of generations”, that his ancestor was the keeper of the seal of the first of the Romanovs.

< p>“From about the same time” documented by church records— my ancestors were simple peasants, and then just simple workers, and it is a great honor for me to be present at today's ceremony, — noted the head of state.

Putin stressed that, as they used to say, “it is the connection between the city and the countryside”, as well as the connection between science, art, care for people, that makes the Russian people “united, powerful and invincible».

Vladimir Putin's fatherVladimir Spiridonovich Putin— participant in the Great Patriotic War, in the 1950s he served in the guards of a car building plant, later he was a foreman at the plant.

“I come from a simple family, and I have lived this life for a very long time, almost my entire conscious life. I lived like an ordinary normal person, and I always have this connection, — recalled the head of state.

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In October 2020, Putin announced that he was hiding any information about his family due to security reasons. Nevertheless, he spoke about communicating with his grandchildren.

“I have grandchildren, I am happy. They are very good and sweet. I get great pleasure from communicating with them»,— he said.

For the first time, the President of Russia spoke about his grandchildren in an interview with American journalist Oliver Stone. Then Putin said that he loves them very much, but he does not have enough time to play with them. He also noted that he was proud of his daughters.

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WSJ learns about Biden’s upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia

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The White House may announce Joe Biden's visit to Saudi Arabia, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported, citing sources.

“White House plans to announce President Biden's trip to Saudi Arabia as early as Monday [June 13,”— said in the publication.

According to sources, the American leader next month will visit several states in the Middle East, including Israel. One of the highlights of the trip will be a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.

Biden is currently making attempts to improve relations with Riyadh in the framework of energy cooperation. Thus, the head of the White House plans to simultaneously reduce oil prices and eliminate fuel dependence on Russia, writes WSJ.

In early June, The New York Times, citing its own sources, also reported on the decision of the American president to travel to Saudi Arabia and personally meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. During the visit, the American president is going to restore relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia, which deteriorated after the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, the newspaper wrote.

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Jamal Khashoggi was a journalist for The Washington Post. He has been critical of the Saudi authorities and has lived in the United States since 2017. In October 2018, he went to the consulate of the kingdom in Istanbul and disappeared. Riyadh denied allegations of Khashoggi's murder, but later acknowledged the incident. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has claimed responsibility for Khashoggi's murder. He claimed that his subordinates acted without his knowledge.

Then, on June 2, Reuters reported a possible meeting with the Saudi prince, citing its own sources. According to them, it was to be held at the summit of the Cooperation Council for the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf. Biden himself said on June 12 that he had not yet decided to travel to Saudi Arabia.

Against the background of the Russian military operation in Ukraine and the imposition of an embargo on oil and other energy resources from Russia, the United States decided to call on Saudi Arabia to increase oil production. In March, The Wall Street Journal reported on attempts by the White House to contact the authorities of the UAE and Saudi Arabia, but the conversation was denied. At the end of May, Axios learned that two Biden advisers went to Riyadh for secret talks.

Financial Times previously reported that a significant reduction in Russian production could become a condition for Saudi Arabia to increase oil production. At the same time, the sources of the newspaper clarified that the leadership of Saudi Arabia is aware that the market is overloaded and oil prices are at a high level, but they also believe that “there is no real shortage [in the market] yet.” Another source told the FT that the increase in Saudi Arabia's oil production, scheduled for September, will be postponed to July and August, although OPEC + will have to approve this change.

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Finland rules out NATO membership without Sweden

Both countries applied to join the alliance on May 18. Turkey opposes their membership. Russia said that NATO expansion in the region does not pose a “threat”, but retaliatory measures will be taken

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Finland will not join NATO without Sweden, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said during a press conference with the General NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg, who arrived on a visit to Finland. On June 13, Stoltenberg will visit Sweden.

“I say that the Swedish thing— our. This means that we will go forward hand in hand,— said Niinistö (NRK quote).

Helsinki and Stockholm applied to join the alliance on 18 May. All member countries must approve their membership in NATO, but Turkey opposed the accession of these northern European countries to the bloc. Ankara is unhappy with the fact that they gave asylum to members of organizations recognized as terrorist in Turkey— for example, the Kurdistan Workers' Party – and did not issue them at the request of the Turkish side. In addition, Sweden and Finland imposed sanctions against the republic.

Stoltenberg stressed at a press conference that the allies, when considering applications from Helsinki and Stockholm, would take into account the concerns of all parties, including Ankara. “Therefore, I remain in close contact with you, Sauli, and your colleagues, with Sweden and with our ally Turkey on this issue. My staff is also in close dialogue with officials from all three countries to resolve legitimate Turkish issues and move forward with your entry into our alliance,— he told the Finnish leader.

Sweden and Finland, previously pursuing a policy of military neutrality, decided to become members of the alliance against the backdrop of a potential “Russian threat”. Both countries plan to join NATO on the condition that no military bases or nuclear weapons will be placed on their territory.

For the rapid accession of the two states to the alliance, US President Joe Biden spoke. He supported Stoltenberg's efforts in resolving this issue, but emphasized that it is necessary to take into account the security interests of all allies. French leader Emmanuel Macron, commenting on Turkey's objections, said that it should “respect the sovereign choice” candidates for membership of the alliance, and expressed hope for a speedy resolution of the issue.

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Swedish authorities have banned the export of Tetra Pak products to Russia

Dagens Nyheter: Swedish authorities banned Tetra Pak from exporting goods to Russia The company warned that due to the Swedish authorities' export ban, its assets could be nationalized and this would give Russia “access to technologies that it does not currently have”

Swedish authorities banned Tetra Pak from exporting its products to Russia. This is reported by the newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

According to the newspaper, two weeks ago, several Swedish companies, including Tetra Pak, asked the Swedish authorities to exempt them from EU sanctions in order to continue exporting to Russia. Tetra Pak explained its request on humanitarian grounds, as the company produces “seven out of ten milk and juice cartons,” including baby food.

convincing enough and do not confirm that the export is necessary for humanitarian reasons,»,— stated in the written refusal of the Swedish authorities.

Tetra Pak's head of communications for Northern Europe, Eva Rodlich, said in response to the refusal that the company is now evaluating what options exist to challenge the decision. “We are of our opinion that the cessation of exports will have consequences from a humanitarian point of view,” — she stressed.

The company warned that a halt in exports could result in nationalization of the company's assets, giving Russia “access to technology it doesn't currently have.”< /p>

At the end of March, the Kommersant newspaper learned that Tetra Pak decided to suspend the production of two-liter packages for wine and drinks in Russia due to the lack of certain components. The publication wrote that this would not affect the production of packaging for socially important products, including milk and baby food.

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Founder of the company “Molvest”, which produces products under the brand name “Vkusnoteevo”, “Tender Age” and “Fruate”, Arkady Ponomarev spoke in an interview with RBC on April 19 about the problems with packaging for a number of dairy products.

“The multinational company Tetra Pak, which is located in Sweden, behaves ugly towards Russia. It prohibits the plant from printing packaging for such national products as kefir and fermented baked milk,— he said.

In May, the source of “RIA Novosti” reported that the head office of the Swedish company severed ties with the Russian JSC “Tetra Pak” due to anti-Russian sanctions. However, later the company denied this information.

Tetra Pak in 1959 signed the first contract with the USSR for the supply of packaging. In 1994, CJSC “Tetra Pak JSC”— subsidiary in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Central Asia.

Tetra Pak has a plant in Lobnya in the Moscow region, which, according to the company, “is by far the largest plant in Russia and in Eastern Europe for the production of packaging material for liquid food products.

Among the consumers of these products— PepsiCo (“House in the Village”, J7, “Favorite”, Coca-Cola HBC (“Dobry”, Rich), Danone (“Prostokvashino”, Alpro).

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Erdogan will discuss the creation of a “grain corridor” with Putin and Zelensky

According to Erdogan, he intends to negotiate the creation of a “grain corridor” with Putin and Zelensky next week. At the same time, he stressed that Turkey itself has no problems with grain: 5 million tons of wheat are stored in stocks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that during the upcoming contacts with the presidents of Russia and Ukraine Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky intend to discuss the issue of creating a “grain corridor” from Ukraine. The Turkish leader spoke about his plans at a meeting with young people in the city of Van.

According to Erdogan, he intends to hold talks with Putin and Zelensky next week. During them, the President of Turkey intends to discuss problems with grain blocked in Ukraine and the issue of creating a “grain corridor”.

At the same time, he stressed that Turkey itself has no problems in ensuring food security. “The whole world is in an economic impasse <…> We have no problem. We have 5 million tons of wheat in stocks. We intend to ship grain to third countries in order to take this business to a new level. These negotiations are already underway, — Erdogan said.

After the start of the Russian special operation, Ukraine announced the closure of shipping in the north-west of the Black Sea. The US estimates that more than 20 million tons of grain have accumulated in Ukrainian ports during the conflict. In Ukraine, Russia is accused of obstructing the exit of ships, the UN called on Moscow to unblock the harbors and announced the threat of aggravating the food crisis in the world due to the impossibility of supplies.

The Russian side has repeatedly stated that it does not interfere with the exit of ships – they cannot leave the ports, because the coastal waters are mined by Ukrainians.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Russia is the world's largest exporter wheat, and Ukraine occupies the fifth place. Together they provide 19% of the world's supply of barley, 14%— wheat and 4%— corn.

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The issue of Ukrainian grain exports was discussed in Turkey on June 8 by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. However, negotiations with Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu failed to resolve the problem, and the ministers did not announce any agreements at a joint press conference. Moscow insists that the export of grain is hindered by mines located near the Black Sea ports of Ukraine and the Ukrainian side must clear all areas necessary for navigation.

Lavrov said that Moscow's position on this issue “has no alternative, Kyiv must understand this.” According to the minister, Turkey is trying to convince Ukraine to stop dragging out this process.

Vladimir Putin has previously proposed ways to export Ukrainian grain, alternative to the sea. to the Baltic ports, to the Baltic Sea, further & mdash; to anywhere in the world.

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Zakharova told what distinguishes the real intelligentsia in Russia

According to Maria Zakharova, representatives of the real intelligentsia will never allow a single offensive word against Russian servicemen

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Representatives of the true intelligentsia, who know the history of Russia, will not be able to afford a single insult towards the soldiers defending the country. About this on the air of the TV channel “Russia 1” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

“Their voice <…> was distributed with criticism, with misunderstanding or simply with some kind of insults against our country, our people from those people who call themselves our intelligentsia. No, this is not intelligence. Intelligentsia— These are people who first of all know the history of the country. Those who know the history of our country will never in their lives be able to afford a single insulting word addressed to our defenders and our soldiers, — she said.

Zakharova stressed that this “voice” is not inherent in the majority, comparing it with “mosquito, unpleasant.”

After the start of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine, a number of cultural figures opposed its conduct. In particular, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta called to stop the hostilities. Dmitry Muratov, singers Valery Meladze and Kristina Orbakaite, writer Boris Akunin, literary critic Galina Yuzefovich, TV presenters Ivan Urgant and Maxim Galkin and others.

After that, Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin said that the position of cultural figures who condemn the Russian military operation in Ukraine is unacceptable. According to him, such people were born “with a golden spoon in their mouth”; and live abroad. The politician urged them to return to Russia and “work for its benefit”, and not “squander” parents' money.

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In April, the Ministry of Justice added rapper Face (real name Ivan Dremin), political scientist Ekaterina Shulman, journalist Yuri Dudya and cartoonist Sergei Yolkin to the list of foreign agents. In May, the ministry recognized rapper Alisher Morgenstern, oppositionists Vladimir Milov and Lyubov Sobol as foreign agents.

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US senators reach agreement on tougher gun control

US Democratic and Republican Senators Agree on Key Measures to Reduce Gun Violence

U.S. senators have reached a bipartisan agreement on the main provisions of a bill to tighten gun control in the United States, reports The New York Times.

According to the report, a group of 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans approved proposals to fund mental health resources; improving school safety; providing grants to states to implement the so-called “red flag” law, which allows the confiscation of weapons from people who may pose a potential danger.

Senators also propose tougher checks if the buyer of weapons is people under the age of 21.

“Today we are announcing a sound bipartisan proposal to protect American children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence across our nation,”— said in a joint statement by 20 senators.

They emphasized that now American families are scared, and their duty— help restore their sense of safety and security in society.

Now a group of senators must finalize the bill and gain enough support in both houses to pass the law, the newspaper notes.

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In early June, US President Joe Biden called on Congress to tighten control over the circulation of firearms in the country. He proposed to ban the sale of assault weapons and magazines for a large number of cartridges to ordinary citizens.

If a ban is not possible, in his opinion, it is necessary to raise the age at which you can buy weapons from 18 to 21 years. Biden also pointed to a “serious mental health crisis” in the USA.

May 24, there was a shooting at a school in Uvalda, Texas. The fire was opened by 18-year-old former student Salvador Ramos. He was carrying a pistol and a semi-automatic rifle. As a result, 19 children and two adults were killed, the shooter himself died during the arrest.

After that, the US President announced that he was tired of inaction on the issue of tightening gun laws and called for resisting the gun lobby. He recalled that since 2012 there have been more than 900 cases of mass shooting in the country.

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Beijing authorities have identified a new focus of COVID-19 in the “prestigious” part of the city

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In the “prestigious” part of Beijing's Chaoyang District, where many foreigners live, authorities have identified a new outbreak of COVID-19 for the first time in a long time. This is reported by Reuters, citing local government spokesman Xu Hejian.

“To date, about 166 cases are associated with an outbreak [COVID-19] in a bar in Chaoyang District,— said the official.

According to him, from June 13 to 15, mass testing of citizens for coronavirus will begin in this area. Hejiang added that the current outbreak is “tough”.

In China, a new outbreak of COVID-19 infections has been observed since the beginning of the year. So, in Shanghai, where about 25 million people live, at the end of March, 3.4 thousand asymptomatic cases of infection and 50 patients with symptoms of the disease were detected, which was a record for a long time. After that, the authorities announced an outbreak of coronavirus, and on March 28, a hard lockdown was introduced in the city.

All residents of the city had to comply with strict quarantine, they were only allowed to use the services of contactless delivery of essentials. The use of public transport was prohibited. Factories for the production of essential goods and enterprises that provide life support have switched to work in a closed management mode, the rest have transferred employees to remote work. Restrictions were partially lifted only in mid-May.

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There was a terrorist attack in Berdyansk

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There was an explosion in Berdyansk. This was announced by the deputy head of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Zaporozhye region, Alexei Selivanov.

Ukrainian nationalists staged an undermining of an electrical substation. This caused a blackout in some areas of Berdyansk.

Earlier, a terrorist attack occurred in Melitopol. Here, an explosive device was planted in a garbage can near the building of the city police department. As a result of the explosion, according to the latest data, four people were injured.

As Selivanov noted, the attacks in Melitopol and Berdyansk were directed against civilians. As a result of the explosions, it was ordinary people who suffered, and not officials or servicemen of the Russian army.

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Macron’s party loses first round of French parliamentary elections

French leader Emmanuel Macron may not win a majority in the country's parliament as Jean-Luc Mélenchon's Left Union bypasses his party. This is reported by Reuters with reference to exit polls.

The agency clarifies that if Macron does not have a parliamentary majority, he will not be able to implement the entire range of planned reforms, including pension reform, without which public finances cannot be put in order . Macron's political opponents insist on lowering the retirement age and launching a large-scale campaign to increase social spending.

In the first round of parliamentary elections, the left had 26.20% of the vote, the Macron bloc had 25.8%, and in third place was the Rassemblement national Marin party Le Pen with 19.3% of the vote.

The second round of elections will take place on June 19.

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Pushkov believes that a shift is planned in the West’s position on Ukraine

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Member of the Russian Federation Council Alexei Pushkov commented on his Telegram channel on the statement of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who admitted, that Ukraine will have to make territorial concessions in order to restore peace.

According to Pushkov, this statement by the NATO Secretary General was not accidental.

“A shift is planned in the position of the Western alliance on Ukraine. The first sign was Kissinger's statement at the Davos forum, where he called on Kyiv to make concessions in order to prevent a larger war involving the United States and Russia,” the senator wrote.

The member of the Federation Council added that a number of European capitals have already realized the inability the Kyiv regime to win the conflict with Moscow, so they are “thinking through options for overcoming the crisis.” However, he acknowledged that a number of Western countries are still “betting on the maximum prolongation of the conflict.”

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Russia does not intend to leave the world food market

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The head of the Russian delegation at the ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization, Deputy Minister of Economic Development Vladimir Ilyichev called on Western countries to abandon creating artificial obstacles to food supplies in the world.

He stressed that Russia is a major supplier of food and intends to remain so in the future, supplying its products to partners.

“But in order to the system worked, it is necessary that all participants in the process strive for results … Eliminate the consequences that you artificially create by breaking supply chains, preventing grain from being transported and food transportation being insured,” Ilyichev addressed Western countries.

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Ex-Vice President of Gazprombank Volobuev joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine and poses in a bulletproof vest

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Former vice-president of Gazprombank Igor Volobuev joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He poses in a bulletproof vest and distributes photos on social networks.

As it became known, Volobuev joined the Legion “Freedom of Russia”, which operates on the side of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

50-year-old Volobuev comes from from Akhtyrka, Sumy region of Ukraine. He left for Ukraine shortly after the start of the special military operation of the Russian armed forces.

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China’s defense minister says US should stop slandering China

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China has demanded that the US government stop vilifying it and stop attempts to contain it.

This was stated by Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe at the Shangri-La Dialogue security conference in Singapore. His speech can be viewed live on the forum's YouTube channel.

“Persistently pursuing a policy that sees China as a threat, an adversary, and even an enemy, could be a historical and strategic mistake. We demand that the United States stop slandering China and stop trying to contain China,” he said.

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China has never helped Russia financially – Chinese Defense Minister

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Beijing has not provided any material assistance to Russia at any time, Chinese Defense Minister Wei said Fenghe.

Speaking at the ongoing Shangri-La Dialogue security conference in Singapore, the minister answered a question about whether Beijing has provided material support to Moscow in connection with the situation in Ukraine.

“China has never provided any material support to Russia,” he said.

At the same time, Wei Fenghe noted that Beijing supports Russia's dialogue with Ukraine, the United States and NATO. According to him, China is counting on the US and NATO to hold talks with the Russian Federation for an early ceasefire.

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