Putin called US statements about “Putin’s inflation” stupidity

The West is using the Russian special operation as a “lifeline” that allows it to “blame its own miscalculations on others,” Putin said. According to him, the increase in imports from the US and the EU led to an increase in prices in the world. 756554722171579.jpg” alt=”Putin called the US statement about “Putin's inflation” stupid” />

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Today's rise in prices— this is the result of systemic mistakes by the United States and the European Union in economic policy, and Russia, with its special operation in the Donbass, has “absolutely nothing to do with it,” President Vladimir Putin said during a speech at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum.

“Recently, more and more often I hear <…> about the so-called “Putin's inflation” in the West. When I see this, I always think: who is this stupidity designed for? For those who can't read and write, that's all. People who can even read understand what's really going on, — he said.

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According to the president, Russia and its “actions to liberate Donbass have absolutely nothing to do with it.” «Today's rise in prices— this is the result of systematic mistakes in the economic policy of the current US administration and the European bureaucracy. Here are the reasons. And only in this»,— Putin noted.

Western countries are already using the beginning of the Russian special operation as a “lifeline” that allows them to “blame their own miscalculations on others, in this case Russia.” “They printed money in huge quantities” And then what, where did all these funds flow? Obviously, including the purchase of goods and services outside Western countries. They [the US and the EU] have literally started vacuuming, raking out the global markets. Of course, no one thought about the interests of other states, including the poorest ones, and did not want to think, — the president said. According to him, the poorest countries were left only “scraps”, and even then at “astronomical prices”.

In particular, if at the end of 2019 the volume of imports to the United States was about $250 billion per month, by now it has grown to $350 billion, Putin said. “Growth 40%” in proportion, this exactly corresponds to the unsecured pumping of the dollar mass of recent years, — he said.

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Even higher rates of increasing imports of goods, according to him, are observed in the EU. “It is clear that such a sharp increase in demand, not backed by product supply, launched a wave of shortages and global inflation” that's where it comes from, this global inflation,»,— said the head of state.

And while these countries continue to import, the balance between exports and imports has already shifted to the other side, Putin added. However, the conclusion already suggests itself that “the economy of imaginary entities will inevitably be replaced by the economy of real values ​​and assets,” he noted.

In this way, Putin reacted, among other things, to the statement of US President Joe Biden. Speaking at the Port of Los Angeles last week about inflation and his administration's price-cutting measures, he said the United States “has never seen anything like Putin's tax on food and gasoline.” “Today's inflation report confirms what America already knows: Putin's price hike is hitting America hard— gas station prices, energy and food prices account for half of the monthly price increase in May,— said the president, commenting on the report of the US Department of Labor. According to this report, consumer prices in the country rose by 8.6% in annual terms in May, and this is the largest increase since December 1981. “I'm doing everything in my power to blunt Putin's price hike and bring down the cost of gas and food,” Biden then concluded.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, commenting on the statements of the US President, noted that food prices were rising throughout 2020 and 2021, even before the start of the operation in Ukraine. “If we listen to what the White House says, Biden, calling inside himself, American prices “Putin’s”, “Putin’s tax”, “Putin’s gasoline”, “Putin’s inflation”, & mdash; yes, they live in a fantasy world»,— said the representative of the department, Maria Zakharova, in an interview with the TV channel “360” on the margins of SPIEF.

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Putin called the key to solving the tasks of a special operation in Ukraine

According to the President of Russia, the tasks of the special operation will be solved thanks to the qualities of the Russian military and the position of the citizens who supported the military operation in Ukraine

The key to accomplishing the tasks of the military special operation in Ukraine is the courage of the military, the consolidation of society and the strengthening of Russia's sovereignty. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking at the SPIEF-2022 economic forum in St. Petersburg.

The broadcast was conducted by RBC.

“All the tasks of the special military operation will be solved. And the guarantee of that— the courage and heroism of our soldiers, the consolidation of Russian society, whose support gives strength and confidence to the army and navy of Russia, a deep understanding of the rightness of our cause and the strengthening of a strong and sovereign power— Russia»,— said Putin.

According to him, Russia in Ukraine protects people and defends the right to independent development. “Today, our soldiers, officers and militias of Donbass are fighting to protect their people. They defend Russia's right to free and secure development as a large multinational country that makes its own decisions, determines its own future <…> and rejects attempts to impose pseudo-values, dehumanization and moral degradation from the outside,— added the head of state.

Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine since February 24. When announcing its beginning, Putin called the goals “denazification and demilitarization”; neighboring state, as well as protecting the population of Donbass from “genocide” from the Kyiv authorities. At the same time, the Ministry of Defense stated that it did not strike civilian targets.

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced the completion of the first stage of the special operation on March 25. Then the head of the main operational department of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Colonel General Sergei Rudskoy, said that the combat potential of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was “significantly reduced”, which allows “to focus the main efforts on achieving the main goal” liberation of Donbass. According to Rudsky, the Ukrainian Navy “ceased to exist” and the air force and air defense system were “virtually completely destroyed.”

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On June 2, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had told him about the new tasks of the special operation, “which imply the improvement of further tactics.” “The measures taken will make it possible to significantly increase the effectiveness of offensive maneuvers, which contributes to the conduct of a special operation at a faster pace,” said Kadyrov.

Moscow stated that the timing of the operation is not a priority in its implementation. According to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the duration of the special operation is explained by the order to Russian forces to categorically avoid strikes on civilian infrastructure. The minister said that the strikes were only carried out on military installations, accumulations of equipment and manpower.

Shoigu also stated that the offensive in Ukraine was deliberately slowing down. According to him, this is done due to the announcement of silence regimes and the opening of the gum corridors to enable civilians to evacuate.

Secretary of the Security Council of Russia Nikolai Patrushev noted that Moscow, in carrying out the tasks of a military operation, “does not chase deadlines.” He expressed confidence that the tasks set by Putin would be fulfilled. “Nazism must either be 100% eradicated. Or he will raise his head in a few years, — concluded Patrushev.

In turn, the head of the Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, said on June 16 that he hoped to complete the operation before the end of the year. State Duma deputy Adam Delimkhanov spoke about the same time frame earlier.

The Kremlin has repeatedly said that Russia intends to achieve the fulfillment of all the tasks of the special operation. Mariupol, the entire Kherson region, Berdyansk, Melitopol and a number of other settlements in the Zaporozhye region are now under the control of Russian forces.

In Ukraine, they called the Russian special operation an attack, introduced martial law and severed diplomatic relations with Moscow.

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Tokayev supported the creation of the Greater Eurasian Partnership

Tokayev announced a positive attitude towards the creation of the Greater Eurasian Partnership Kazakhstan supports the creation of a common space for equal cooperation of regional organizations. According to President Tokayev, the CIS can become a base for the Greater Eurasian Partnership alt=”Tokayev supported the creation of the Greater Eurasian Partnership” />

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Kazakhstan will support the creation of the Greater Eurasian Partnership, which could be based on the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). This was stated by Kazakh President Kassym-Zhormat Tokayev during the SPIEF. The broadcast was conducted by the RBC TV channel.

«On the sidelines of the St. Petersburg Forum, as I know, the topic of forming the Greater Eurasian Partnership— this is an initiative of the Russian Federation <…> Kazakhstan maintains a positive attitude towards the process of creating the Greater Eurasian Partnership, — he said.

According to him, this concept will be focused, among other things, on the creation of a common space for equal cooperation of regional organizations.

He recalled that in 2022 Kazakhstan will chair the CIS whose successful experience of functioning in difficult geopolitical conditions proves the effectiveness of multilateral dialogue tools. “I believe that the CIS can become the most suitable base for the implementation of such a mega-project as the Great Eurasian Partnership,” — concluded Tokaev.

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Tokayev refused to recognize the DPR and LPR, sitting next to Putin

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President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev refused to recognize the state sovereignty of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, calling them « quasi-state” territories. He made such a statement at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Commenting on the events in Ukraine, the President of Kazakhstan stressed that the UN Charter plays the most important role in international law. However, two principles of international law, according to Tokayev, came into conflict: the right of nations to self-determination and the territorial integrity of the state.

Tokayev said that if you follow the right of nations to self-determination, more than 500 states will appear on Earth, which will lead to chaos. Therefore, the Kazakh president noted, he does not recognize either Taiwan, or Kosovo, or South Ossetia, or Abkhazia.

As Tokayev stated, this approach will probably be applied to the DPR and LPR, which are ” ;quasi-state territories».

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Putin will hold a full-format meeting with editors-in-chief of the Russian media

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Due to schedule changes caused by DDoS attacks, Russian President Vladimir Putin was forced to hold a meeting with the editors-in-chief of the media in a shortened mode.

Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov reports that the meeting will take place in full format, but in a few weeks.

“There was a brief conversation. The President answered a number of questions. He spoke in detail separately with some correspondents who came from the front line,” the spokesman said.

It is planned that a full-scale meeting with media representatives will take place in Moscow in a couple of weeks.

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Ukrainian military on the “Azot” began to surrender

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Officer of the People's Militia of the LPR Andrey Marochko said that some of the Ukrainian servicemen who were hiding in the industrial zone at the Azot plant decided to surrender.

According to the Lugansk information center, Marochko explained that this was recorded during a special operation in Severodonetsk and, in particular, on the territory of the Azot enterprise.

“Indeed, some Ukrainian military made the right decision and began to surrender,” said the representative of the NM LPR, adding that while the number of those who surrendered and their affiliation with one or another Ukrainian unit is not disclosed, since the relatives of these soldiers may be persecuted in Ukraine.

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Sakhalin will get rid of its carbon footprint by the end of 2025

The climate experiment on Sakhalin, in which the island is going to completely get rid of its carbon footprint by the end of 2025, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1 million tons of CO2 equivalent, is advancing by leaps and bounds. This was told aif.ru by the head of the region Valery Limorenko during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

“The law on the climate experiment has been adopted, it will come into force on September 1, we are fully prepared for this, –&nbsp ; said Limorenko. – First of all, we will replace 145 coal boilers with gas ones. This year we will purchase 147 gas-powered buses to replace gasoline and diesel ones. In the next two years, we will purchase 125 electric buses, and now we will open 500 electric filling stations.

Now export companies operating in the region are buying carbon units abroad to rid their products of the carbon footprint, Limorenko noted. After the start of the experiment, they will be able to purchase the same units on Sakhalin. This ensures that you can export products that will be considered clean in terms of ecology and impact on the ozone layer.

Formerly Governor of Khabarovsk Territory Mikhail Degtyarev spoke about the advantages of turning east in the economy and the fight against forest fires.

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Putin promised to build a recreation center at the request of the “famous milker” from Yakutia

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President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin promised to build a palace of culture in the Yakut village of Krestyakh at the request of the Hero of Labor milker Vladimir Mikhailov. He stated this at the plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Recall that on June 12, the Day of Russia, the head of the Russian state personally presented Vladimir Afrikanovich Mikhailov with the highest award for special labor merits in the Kremlin.

< p> Mikhailov is called the “famous milker” at home, since he is the owner of a large number of awards: the Order of Honor, the 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.

The decree on awarding the title of Hero of Labor of the Russian Federation to Mikhailov was signed by Putin on April 29, 2022.

Recall that during his speech, the president called a large family the future of Russia. He instructed the government to take drastic measures to support families with children.

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More than 10% of waste is recycled into secondary raw materials

48% of municipal solid waste generated in Russia is sorted, and 11% of it becomes secondary material resources. This was told to aif.ru during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum by the deputy head of the PIC “Russian Environmental Operator” (REO) Aleksey Makrushin.

“The goal set by the president — to sort 50% of household waste has so far been realized only in the United States,” he said. “We again need to catch up and overtake America.”

The development of sorting and recycling household waste is constrained by low demand for secondary raw materials, Makrushin added. For example, at every third sorting station, glass — there is simply no one to sell it to. This is happening, including throughout the Far East, where there are simply no glass factories, added the deputy head of the PPK REO.

Also, as part of the SPIEF-2022 session dedicated to environmental protection, participants discussed how industry affects the environment .

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The garbage industry will place green bonds for 100 billion rubles

To finance the construction of four dozen waste management facilities that will appear in 31 regions, the Russian Environmental Operator (REO) will issue green bonds for 100 billion rubles. Their placement will take place in the near future, Aleksey Makrushin, Deputy General Director of the PPC REO, told aif.ru during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. , – he clarified.

According to Makrushin, now regional operators already understand where, how much and what kind of waste they generate, now their main task is — establish sales of secondary raw materials. To do this, the PIC REO will hold a series of consultations with industrialists and farmers in order to find places for recycled waste to be used together.

“We need to offer the market more recycled materials, then it will be easier to sell them,” he said. – When it comes to piece goods, it is more difficult to organize sales.

Earlier it was reported that more than 10% of waste is processed into secondary raw materials in Russia. 48% of municipal solid waste generated in Russia is sorted, and 11% of them become secondary material resources.

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Putin’s colleague spoke about the main mistake of Chubais in his post at Rosnano

The head of “Rosnano” Anatoly Chubais, in his post, was unable to create a system that could turn scientific ideas into a marketable commodity, said the president of the Kurchatov Institute. Mikhail Kovalchuk, who is called an associate of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

In his opinion, in Rosnano, on the one hand, there were Soviet scientists who did not know how to communicate with business, and on the other hand, innovators, boys in diamond cufflinks, expensive cashmere suits. Chubais was unable to create an effective scheme of interaction between scientists and managers, Kovalchuk added.

“Chubais, when he had not yet been appointed [to Rusnano], I called him to the dacha and said:” Tolya, I can teach you how to get rid of privatization and make an innovative economy»… We talked for four hours. Tolya was a smart guy, but he behaved incorrectly, so he didn’t create anything, — RIA Novosti quotes Kovalchuk's words.

Recall that in March Chubais resigned from the post of special presidential envoy, which he had held since December 2020. Together with his dismissal, he left the country. He headed JSC “Rosnano” from 2008 to 2020.

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Financial Security Olympiad. Who can help bring it online?

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A digital platform will be created for the International Financial Security Olympiad. PSB will take part in the development. The corresponding agreement was signed at SPIEF.

The Olympiad is designed for the participation of schoolchildren in grades 8-10 and students enrolled in bachelor's, specialist's and master's programs. 

The agreement of intent for cooperation was signed by Chairman of the PSB Petr Fradkov and Director of Rosfinmonitoring Yury Chikhanchin at the XXV St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

The cooperation of the parties includes, in particular, the organization of events for the final part of the Olympiad on the federal territory “Sirius”; in October 2022, as well as the bank's participation in the creation of the Sodruzhestvo international digital platform and joint development of educational programs in the areas of financial security and compliance control for placement on this platform. It will become a single digital space for the formation of an extensive database of knowledge and competencies, will allow holding the Olympiad in an electronic format and will ensure close interaction between the Olympiad participants from Russia, the CIS and the BRICS countries with the expert community. In addition, the digital platform will serve to strengthen cooperation and promote the integration of the countries of the Eurasian region.

“The constantly changing external environment and the intense flow of information dictate their own rules, forcing them to continuously study, learn new things, and expand their horizons. In light of this, improving information, financial and legal literacy is of particular relevance, and it is extremely important to instill money management skills already from school. The International Financial Security Olympiad allows not only to evaluate subject knowledge, but also to improve its general level. Modern digital platform “Commonwealth” will provide a convenient tool for testing and enrich the knowledge of the participants of the Olympiad through rich educational programs prepared with the participation of PSB, which has extensive expertise in the field of banking, — Petr Fradkov commented on the agreement.

“Today it is very important to show talented youth possible ways of further professional and personal growth, for example, in the field of financial security. We need a product that will become the main knowledge base and the basis for the development of competencies in the field of economics and finance. The successful International Financial Security Olympiad in 2021 showed us a high level of involvement of schoolchildren and students in financial security issues, their desire to develop and try their hand and knowledge in a competitive environment. Many of the participants of the Olympiad are now undergoing internships at Rosfinmonitoring, as well as with organizing partners, and we are glad that our “anti-money laundering” the system is replenished with young, ambitious personnel who develop it and bring new ideas. In this regard, the creation of the international digital platform “Commonwealth”, which will become the core of a large educational movement, is an important step in the development of modern teaching methods. We hope for the speedy implementation of the project», — noted Yuri Chikhanchin.

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What is the newest aircraft carrier “Fujian”, built in China?

In China, the third aircraft carrier was launched, which was named “Fujian”, in honor of the eastern province of the country of the same name. This ship was built only on the basis of Chinese technology, unlike its predecessors, created using the backlog of Soviet ships. “Fujian” became the largest Chinese aircraft carrier in this series. It is expected that in the near future it will set out to sea for sea trials. This ship is due into the Navy by 2024     

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Shanghai-based Jiangnan Shipyard, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited, hosted a brief launching ceremony for China's third aircraft carrier, the Fujian. with number 18. The launching of the third aircraft carrier is a landmark moment and de facto signifies the transformation of the Chinese navy and a symbol of Beijing's growing military power.

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It was previously thought that the displacement of the Chinese giant would reach 100,000 tons, but the developers settled on a more modest version of 85,000 tons. However, this was enough to surpass the British and French aircraft carriers.

The ship is equipped with two lifts for transporting aircraft from the hangar and three electromagnetic catapults. Their use will help to avoid losses of carrier-based aircraft during takeoff and landing, and also expand the range of carrier-based aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles used on an aircraft carrier.

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Chinese experts claim that during the construction of the aircraft carrier, technologies were used that are currently available only to the US Navy, and the Fujian itself compare in configuration with top-end American aircraft carriers. Moreover, “Fujian” bears a resemblance to the Gerald Ford-class aircraft carriers American fleet. It is expected that the Chinese aircraft carrier will take on board the J-35 fighter jets and the KJ-600 carrier-based early warning aircraft, which China is currently developing — analogues of the American F-35 and "E-2 "Hawkeye" respectively. J-15T fighter jets and J-15D electronic warfare aircraft will also be able to take off from it.

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Previously, there were two aircraft carriers in the Navy of the People's Liberation Army of China. The first of them, “Liaoning”, was created on the basis of the unfinished Soviet heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser “Varyag”, bought by China from Ukraine. The Chinese purchased the ship ostensibly for the purpose of creating a means of entertainment, but made an aircraft carrier out of it. The second, “Shandong”, — became the development of the project of the first aircraft carrier, but already with the predominance of Chinese technologies. Both ships are equipped with a non-nuclear power plant. “Shandong” differs by a larger hangar, and also by the slope of the takeoff ramp — in he is 12, and not 14 degrees. In addition, its superstructure occupies  10% less area on deck compared to the first aircraft carrier of the PLA, but it is higher one level. Also, last year, China began construction of a fourth aircraft carrier, presumably with a nuclear power plant. In total, China plans to create four aircraft carrier strike groups by 2030.

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Why is a village in Ukraine called New York?

New York — an urban-type settlement in Donetsk region of Ukraine, located seven kilometers from the border of the DPR.

From 1951 to 2021, the settlement was called Novgorodskoye, after which the Ukrainian authorities returned its historical name.

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Where did the name New York come from?

According to one of the versions, the settlement was founded in the years of the reign of Catherine the Great, who called the Germans to the Russian Empire. They were offered to settle in Novorossia and on the territories of the present-day Saratov and Samara regions.

However, the origin of the American name for the German settlement is not known for certain. There is a version that the local industrialist Jakob Ungercould call the village so in memory of his trip to New York, which had a great impression on him. According to another version, the Germans settled in Novorossia closer to the end of the 19th century, and before this land belonged to landowners Fursovs, under whom New York had already appeared.< /p>

In 1951, by decree of the Verkhovna Rada of the Ukrainian SSR, the village was renamed Novgorodskoye.

What is known about the village of New York?

New York is located in  ; Toretsk urban community of the Bakhmut district of the Donetsk region. About 12 thousand people live in it. people.

The Dzerzhinsky phenol plant is located in the village. In & nbsp; New York there is a railway station "Fenolnaya" on the line Konstantinovka—Yasinovataya».

Among the iconic places of the village  monument to Bogdan Khmelnytsky, phenol plant park and German cemetery.

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Putin said that Russia has never been against Ukraine’s accession to the EU

The European Union is not a military union, therefore Russia has never been against the admission of Ukraine into its composition, Putin said. At the same time, he criticized the statements about the civilizational choice from the Ukrainian elite, which “stole” money from the people

Russia has never opposed Ukraine's membership in the European Union, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the St. International Economic Forum, broadcasted by RBC.

“We have never been against it. We have always been against the military development of Ukrainian territory, because it threatens our security. That's what we were up against. But as for economic integration— for God's sake, it's their choice,” — explained Putin.

He pointed out that any country can make a sovereign decision to join economic associations. The question of whether it will benefit Ukraine,— this is the business of the people and the leadership of the country, Putin noted.

The President considered that the expediency of Ukraine's admission to the European Union should be determined by the countries of association.

At the same time, he criticized the statements of the Ukrainian elite about the civilizational choice.

“So called civilizational choice— what is it, excuse me for bad manners, in FIG civilizational choice? They stole money from the Ukrainian people, hid it in banks and want to protect it. And the best way to protect— is to say that this is a civilizational choice,»,— said Putin.

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Earlier in the day, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the issue of Ukraine's possible EU membership requires increased attention: “It still remains a different plane (not military-political.— RBC). Of course, this requires more attention. We all know about the intensification of discussions in Europe on the subject of strengthening the defense component of the EU— military, defense and security components».

In 2014, power was changed in Ukraine as a result of mass protests. Their reason was that President Viktor Yanukovych postponed the signing of an association agreement with the European Union. After that, spontaneous protests began in Kyiv in support of European integration.

After the flight of Viktor Yanukovych, Petro Poroshenko was elected the new president of the country. In 2014, Ukraine and the European Union nevertheless signed an association agreement. Poroshenko began to call Ukrainians a European nation that made its civilizational choice.

Ukraine's desire to join the European Union has been enshrined in the Constitution of Ukraine since 2019. However, President Volodymyr Zelensky applied for membership after the start of Russia's hostilities in Ukraine at the end of February of this year.

On June 17, the European Commission recommended granting Ukraine the status of a candidate member of the EU. The head of the organization, Ursula von der Leyen, stressed that Ukraine has shown determination to live up to European values ​​and standards, as it adopted tough laws against oligarchs and implemented 70% of the EU's recommendations for reforms regarding minorities.

Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the issue of Ukraine's possible membership in the EU requires increased attention. He explained that discussions about strengthening the defense component of the EU have intensified in Europe.

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Kovalchuk said that Chubais did not create anything in Rosnano

The head of the Kurchatov Institute said that “boys in diamond cufflinks” wanted to “peel scientists like sticky.” And so it happened, Kovalchuk noted

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Former head of Rosnano Anatoly Chubais was unable to create a system for turning scientific ideas into marketable goods, since managers saw scientists as an object for getting big money. This was stated by the President of the National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute” Mikhail Kovalchuk during SPIEF, RIA Novosti reports.

According to him, he invited Chubais to the dacha even before his appointment to Rosnano; and said that he could teach him how to “wash off privatization and make an innovative economy.”

“Tolya was a smart guy, but he behaved wrong, so he didn’t create anything,”— said Kovalchuk.

The head of the Kurchatov Institute explained that the problem was that, on the one hand, at Rosnano; there were scientists of the Soviet type who were not used to dealing with business, but on the other hand— innovators, “boys in diamond cufflinks, expensive cashmere suits.”

It was necessary to build a system for converting scientific ideas into money, Kovalchuk noted. However, the innovators only wanted to “peel the scientists like sticky”.

RBC sent a request to Chubais.

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Anatoly Chubais in the 1990s headed the State Property and oversaw the privatization project in Russia. In 2008, he headed the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies, later it was transformed into JSC Rusnano. In 2020, Chubais left Rusnano and then became the Special Representative of the Russian President for Sustainable Development.

On March 23, Bloomberg reported that Chubais had left his post and left Russia. RBC sources said that he and his wife Avdotya Smirnova left for Istanbul. Two days later, the Kremlin confirmed that Chubais resigned of his own accord.

In mid-April, the head of Rosnano Sergei Kulikov sent a letter to the Prosecutor General's Office, in which he asked to check the activities of “Rosnano” during the period when the company was headed by Chubais.

According to the head of the corporation, in 2010–2020, the volume of external borrowings by Rosnano exceeded 290 billion rubles. By the end of 2020, the company's debt amounted to more than 146 billion rubles, and the cost of servicing it in 2010–2021— 126 billion rubles

On June 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Kulikov, at which he told the head of state about “systemic errors”. According to him, in 2021 the state corporation managed to return the first 20 billion rubles.

Kulikov also informed Putin about the plan to change the implementation of the historical portfolio of the state corporation until 2024. Thus, “support of critical infrastructure, creation of alternative suppliers of the most important products and ensuring the country's technological sovereignty” will become a new priority.

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Tokayev announced “some claims” to the words of deputies about Kazakhstan

Russian President Vladimir Putin during the SPIEF-2022 meeting with Tokayev expressed the opinion that Russia and Kazakhstan have the will to solve all emerging problems

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

A number of Russian deputies, journalists and cultural figures made absolutely incorrect statements about Kazakhstan, the President of the country, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, said during the plenary session of the SPIEF-2022.

“I, using this rostrum, maybe it will not be entirely appropriate, but nevertheless, I would like to express some complaints about the statements of a number of Russian deputies, absolutely incorrect statements about Kazakhstan, inaccurate statements, I would say, of journalists and even cultural figures, — he said without drowning out specific examples.

He added that Russian President Vladimir Putin, during the SPIEF 2022 plenary meeting, “exhaustively” outlined the position of the Russian leadership in relation to Kazakhstan and other countries.

“Indeed, we do not have any issues that could be exaggerated in one way or another, sowing discord between our peoples”,— said Tokayev.

After that, he again called the statements of Russian deputies and journalists mentioned by him “not very clear.”

“As they say, whose mill are these figures pouring water on, who in some strange way sometimes comment on the decisions of the leadership of Kazakhstan or the events that take place in our country, — he added.

After that, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was also present at the meeting, said that Russia and Kazakhstan are capable of finding a solution to any problems that have arisen.

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In January, State Duma deputy Sultan Khamzaev advocated holding a referendum in Kazakhstan on the issue of "reunification" with Russia. On his Facebook page (owned by Meta, whose activities are recognized as extremist and banned in Russia), he stated that “Central Asia”; this is Russian land».

In March, Moscow City Duma deputy from the Communist Party Sergei Savostyanov proposed including Kazakhstan and a number of other countries in the “demilitarization” zone; and “denazification”. The document with this proposal on the letterhead of the Moscow City Duma was published on Facebook by a member of the federal bureau of the Yabloko party; Kirill Goncharov.

In addition, Tigran Keosayan criticized the authorities of Kazakhstan. On his YouTube channel, he was indignant at the lack of a clear position of Kazakhstan regarding the confrontation between Russia and the West, and also stated that “fraternal republics need to be determined and take sides,” and Russia “mdash; carefully look who is with us.” Keosayan also expressed the opinion that the Russian authorities need to “reconsider the level of relations” with Kazakhstan.

After Keosayan's statements, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry announced that it would include him in the list of persons whose entry into the country is undesirable, Tengrinews wrote.

The moderator of the session at which Tokayev spoke was Keosayan's wife Margarita Simonyan.

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What will give Ukraine and Moldova a recommendation for admission to the European Union

And why the European Commission has questions about Georgia The European Commission's recommendation to grant Ukraine and Moldova the status of an EU candidate country opens up a long process of negotiations and reforms. RBC figured out what milestones await countries on their way to the EU “What will the recommendation for admission to the European Union give Ukraine and Moldova” />

What was the verdict of the European Commission on the applications of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia

On Friday, the European Commission issued recommendations on granting Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia candidate status for EU membership. Three countries applied to join the European Union after the start of the Russian military special operation: Ukraine— February 28, and Moldova and Georgia— March, 3rd. The EC evaluated them according to three types of criteria: political, economic and by the ability of the country to assume the obligations of the country— member of the EU.

The press release following the meeting says that the EC recommended to grant the status of the country— EU candidate Ukraine and Moldova “on the understanding that further steps will be taken”, while Georgia was offered a “European perspective”, the EC recommended that it be granted EU candidate status after Tbilisi has fulfilled “a number of identified priority tasks. Georgia was given a deadline until the end of 2022.

“Georgia's application is strong … But for success, the country now needs to unite politically in order to determine a common line on structural reforms in EU direction»,— explained during a press conference the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

Speaking about Ukraine, von der Leyen said that she “clearly demonstrated the desire and determination to comply with European values ​​and standards.” and that its EU accession process is “merit-based”. At the same time, the head of the EC decided to support Kyiv not only with words: for a press conference, she dressed in the colors of the Ukrainian flag— she was wearing a yellow blazer and blue pants. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky immediately reacted to von der Leyen's statement, tweeting that “this is the first step towards EU membership, which will certainly bring [Ukraine's] victory closer.” He added that he is grateful to the head of the EC and each of its members for the “historic decision”; and what awaits his support during the European Council summit on 23 & ndash; 24 June.

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What lies ahead for the country

Granting Ukraine and Moldova the status of a country— candidate for the EU must be approved by the leaders of all 27 countries of association at the summit of the European Council. However, despite the recommendation of the EC, there is no unity within the European Union on this issue. Bloomberg reported that the Netherlands and Denmark opposed. In Copenhagen, they justify the refusal by the fact that Kyiv's readiness to assume the necessary obligations within the EU is still “generally at a very early stage.” At the same time, the leaders of Germany, France, Italy and Romania, following talks with Zelensky in Kyiv on June 16, called on other countries to support the granting of the corresponding status to Ukraine and Moldova.

At the same time, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Oliver Varhely reminded that the granting of candidate status for EU membership does not yet lead to membership in the union. “Today we are only making the first decision in the EU accession process, proposing to grant candidate status. We are not talking about the start of accession negotiations. When the conditions are met, we will return to the question and discuss whether all the criteria for the next step were met, but this decision is not today, — he said.

How Georgia became a special case

It was decided not to grant the candidate status to Georgia yet, although all three countries simultaneously went through previous procedures for rapprochement with the European Union. An agreement on association and the creation of a free trade zone was concluded by Brussels with Tbilisi simultaneously with the same agreements with Kyiv and Chisinau— June 27, 2014. In 2017, along with citizens of two other countries, Georgians received the right to short-term visa-free trips to the countries of the European Union. Like the governments of Ukraine and Moldova, the Georgian government has invariably declared its desire to gain membership in the European Union, and this line was supported by both the president and the cabinet of ministers. In Moldova, during the presidency of Igor Dodon (2016-2020), there were disagreements between the heads of state and government about the foreign policy. Dodon was a supporter of rapprochement with Russia.

Before the publication of the recommendation of the European Commission, experts expected that the position on Georgia would be excellent. “Georgia” it's a paradox. On the one hand, the implementation of the economic part of the Association Agreement (AA) and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with the EU is impressive. In this respect, it has surpassed not only Ukraine and Moldova, but also some candidate countries in the Western Balkans. <…> On the other hand, its political regime has for many years run counter to fundamental EU values ​​regarding the functioning of democratic institutions and the rule of law. At the heart of the problems lies the concentration of effective political power in the hands of the unelected, unaccountable oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili, embodying the paradigm of the captured state,— stated in the CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies) survey.

In 2021, the head of the European Council, Charles Michel, had to intervene in resolving the crisis between the parliamentary opposition and the ruling Georgian Dream party, because of which the parliament could not work normally, one of the elements of the agreement was early parliamentary elections, which again won “Dream”, founded by Ivanishvili. However, the term “captured state” was also used in relation to Moldova, as the European Parliament described the situation in the country in 2018. The actual “owner” country until 2019 was called the oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc. However, during the intervention of the EU and Russia in 2019, a new ruling alliance was formed within the country, and Plahotniuc fled the country. Georgia is also recommended in one of the recommendations of the European Commission “deoligarchization”.

Georgian opposition politicians expected bad news from Brussels. Chairman of the opposition party “United National Movement” Nikanor Melia stated in advance that “all responsibility will be placed on the authorities that have not complied with the latest resolution of the European Parliament.” In it, the Georgian authorities called for the transfer of ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili, who was sentenced to six years in prison, for treatment in Europe, and the founder of the opposition television company Main Channel; Niki Gvaramia should be immediately released from prison (he was sentenced to three and a half years for financial fraud). The UNM intends to hold a protest action on June 20. Georgian Ombudsman Nino Lomdzharia has previously warned that if the pro-European course is not implemented, Dream “violates the Constitution, the transitional provisions of which require the authorities to strictly pursue a policy of joining NATO and the EU.” “Georgia has been waiting for many years for official recognition by the European Commission of the European perspective. We are pleased that the European Commission has officially recognized this prospect and offered a specific guide to obtaining candidate status, — the chairman of the ruling party “Georgian Dream” commented with restraint on the decision Democratic Georgia» Irakli Kobakhidze (quote from Sputnik Georgia).

Who is one step closer on the path to the EU

Currently, the status of the country— There are five EU candidate countries: Serbia, Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Turkey. The latter applied to join the association back in 1987 (however, it received candidate status only 12 years later, in 1999), while the rest of the countries— in the 2000s. Nevertheless, none of the countries yet has specific data on how long it will be able to become a full member of the EU. Moreover, in 2020, at the initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron, the EU changed the procedure for accepting new members. If earlier obtaining the status of a candidate and initiating negotiations on the criteria that must be met for entry into the EU, it was mandatory to obtain the status of a country— union member, it is no longer guaranteed. According to the new procedure, the European Union has the right to stop negotiations at any time, terminate them or restart the negotiation process in certain areas if it is not satisfied with their course. The EU still has questions for each of the candidate countries.

In the case of Albania and North Macedonia, a high level of corruption remains one of the main obstacles on the way to the EU, while the decision to start framework negotiations with the countries was taken by Brussels only in 2020. Serbia has also been at the closed doors of the EU for a long time because of its refusal to recognize the independence of Kosovo, as well as its unwillingness to bring its foreign policy in line with the European one, including imposing sanctions on Russia, as demanded of it in Brussels.

< p> Turkey has long had a reputation as the most controversial candidate for EU membership. Unlike other countries, it is the only Muslim and densely populated, and most of its territory is in Asia. Formally, the unsettled issue of Northern Cyprus is an obstacle. At the same time, the EU also notes the deterioration of the situation with democracy in the country, including repressions against civil society, the absence of the rule of law, judicial interference and violation of human rights. This is stated in the latest report of the European Commission on the country. Currently, negotiations between Ankara and Brussels are suspended.

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Biden, after reports of captured Americans, urged not to travel to Ukraine

Biden added that the whereabouts of the two US soldiers who, according to US and British media, were captured in the Kharkiv region, is unknown

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US President Joe Biden was informed about the detention of US military in Ukraine. The head of state told reporters about this, the broadcast was conducted by C-SPAN.

“I was informed. We don't know where they are. I want to re-emphasize that Americans should not go to Ukraine now. I repeat that Americans should not go to Ukraine now,»— he said.

The capture of the Americans Alexander Dryuke and Andy Hun on June 16 was reported by The Telegraph. According to the publication, they fought on the side of the Ukrainian army and were captured near Kharkov. Their families told CNN that there was no contact with the Americans for about a week. According to the channel, Dryuke and Hyun disappeared during the battle near the village of Izbitskoye, the search yielded no results.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that the agency has information about the missing third American in recent weeks. CNN, citing the wife of the military, said that we are talking about a veteran of the Marine Corps, Grady Kerpasi.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the day before that the United States had not yet contacted the agency in connection with reports of detained citizens. “We make all information about the fate of detained mercenaries or those sentenced to trial public” hellip; Once again I want to say — I will double-check if there is any additional information on this matter, — she said.

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Izvestia and RT show video of Americans detained in Ukraine

It is alleged that both US citizens were captured in the Kharkiv region. Previously, President Joe Biden spoke about the disappearance of two Americans in Ukraine “”Izvestia” and RT showed a video with Americans detained in Ukraine” />

In the Telegram channels of “Izvestia” and RT showed videos of two men claiming to be US citizens. It is alleged that they fought on the side of the Ukrainian army and were taken prisoner near Kharkov.

The first man, with whom RT showed a recording, introduced himself as Alexander Dryuki, a native of Alabama. He said that he was alive, said hello to his mother and expressed the hope that he would return home.

On the second entry, published by Izvestiya, the man introduces himself as Andy Wien from Alabama. He claims that he used to “believe propaganda” that cast Russians in a bad light. But now he believes that the Ukrainian army is incompetent and corrupt.

The Russian Ministry of Defense, as well as the authorities of the DPR and LPR, have not yet officially reported the capture of American citizens.

Earlier this week, the US State Department reported that relatives of two Americans who fought on the side of Ukraine reported that they had stopped contacting a few days ago. The Foreign Office said it was investigating reports that two Americans may have been taken prisoner.

President Joe Biden said on Friday that he had been told that two American citizens had disappeared in Ukraine, but he did not know where they are. At the same time, he recalled that US residents are advised not to visit this country.

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Last week, two British citizens and one Moroccan, who also fought on the side of Ukraine and were taken prisoner, were tried in Donetsk. As a result, they were found guilty on a number of articles and sentenced to death. In London, the verdict was called illegal, indicating that the British entered into contracts with the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, and therefore are military personnel, not mercenaries. Authors Tags Subscribe to RuTube RBC Live broadcasts, videos and recordings of programs on our RuTube channel

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Estonian PM warns country will face ‘harsh winter’

Estonian PM says 'harsh winter' awaits country due to energy crisis Amid the highest inflation rate and energy crisis, Estonia will face 'hard times', said Estonian Prime Minister Kallas

A “harsh winter” awaits Estonia; due to the energy crisis and high inflation in the EU. This was stated by Prime Minister Kaya Kallas in an interview with Bloomberg News.

“We are in for tough times because of energy. We will probably see even higher prices than last winter, and this is very worrying,— she noted. According to the agency, inflation in Estonia reaches 20%.

Earlier, Kallas said that Estonia this year will refuse to import Russian gas. To do this, the authorities will create opportunities to receive liquefied natural gas, as well as create a state gas reserve in the amount of 1 TW.

“This is an opportunity not only for Estonia, but for our entire region, to become independent of Russian gas from next winter,” — she stressed (quote from Delfi).

At the end of April, the Minister of Economy and Infrastructure of Estonia, Taavi Aas, and the Minister of Economic Development of Finland, Mika Lintilä, agreed to cooperate in building capacities for receiving liquefied natural gas, to strengthen energy security throughout the region and stop the consumption of Russian gas.

Thus, Tallinn and Helsinki plan to rent a floating terminal with a regasification capacity of at least 30 terawatt-hours per year.

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In early April, Lithuania completely refused supplies Russian natural gas. The Minister of Energy of the country, Dainius Kreivis, called this decision a “turning point”.

“We are the first EU country among the countries— suppliers of Gazprom, which has achieved independence from Russian gas supplies, and this is the result of many years of consistent energy policy and timely infrastructure solutions, — he stressed.

On May 20, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkevich announced that the country's authorities also plan to refuse Russian gas supplies. Later, Riga refused to comply with Moscow's demands to use the new format of payment for deliveries with the opening of a ruble account with Gazprombank.

As a result, the country stopped receiving Russian gas in early April. Now gas is supplied to Latvia through the Klaipeda liquefied natural gas terminal and the Inčukalns underground gas storage facility. The head of the operator of the Latvian gas transmission system Conexus Baltic Grid, Uldis Bariss, said that this allows not to worry about the energy security of Latvia “in the next few months”.

The head of the Latvian government, Krisjanis Karins, assured that the country does not intend to resume gas imports from Russia, despite the difficulties after the refusal of supplies.

The fact that Europe could face the consequences next winter with a complete rejection of Russian gas was previously said by French President Emmanuel Macron.

He noted that if the EU imposes new sanctions, and Russia retaliates against gas, then the European authorities will have to turn to households to lower the temperature in their homes.

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Johnson offered to train 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers in four months

The training program for the Ukrainian military will include front-line combat skills, cybersecurity and anti-bomb tactics, as well as basic medical training, Johnson said

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his visit to Kyiv proposed to launch a major operation to train the Ukrainian military outside of Ukraine. This was reported on the website of the British government.

According to the report, it is planned to train up to 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers every 120 days, which could “fundamentally change the balance of power.”

The program provides for the education and training of Ukrainian military personnel, taking into account the experience of the British military, which, according to the British government's message will allow Kyiv to “rebuild its strength and increase resistance.” International partners may also be invited to participate in this program.

According to Johnson, the Ukrainian military will spend three weeks on a training course, mastering frontline combat skills, as well as basic medical training, anti-explosive tactics and cybersecurity skills.

The British government recalled that since 2015 years during the previous operation “Orbital” The UK has trained more than 22,000 Ukrainian servicemen.

Johnson traveled to Kyiv for the second time on June 17 for a meeting with Zelensky. The leaders visited the center of the non-canonical Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU)— St. Michael's Monastery, and also walked along St. Michael's Square, according to the Telegram office of the President of Ukraine.

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Earlier, on June 15, Portuguese Defense Minister Elena Carreiras announced that the country was ready to train the Ukrainian military to maneuver on Leopard tanks or on equipment that Ukraine has.

< p>On June 4, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the Russian military had attacked the artillery training center of the Ukrainian Armed Forces near the village of Stetskovka, Sumy region, the Ministry of Defense reports.

In this center, foreign instructors conducted practical training for Ukrainian military personnel in the operation and control of fire 155- M777 millimeter howitzers, the department emphasized.

At the end of April, the US Department of Defense in Germany began training Ukrainian military personnel in handling Western weapons systems supplied to Kyiv, including radar stations and armored vehicles.

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Lithuania has banned the transit of some goods to Kaliningrad by rail

From June 18, Lithuanian railways will no longer allow some cargo to pass to the Kaliningrad region and from it to other regions of Russia. The reason for the ban was the clarification of the updated EU sanctions regulation

on the border with Lithuania

Lithuanian Railways notified the Kaliningrad Railway that from midnight on June 18, they will stop passing transit trains with a number of goods that fall under EU sanctions. This was announced by the governor of the Russian region Anton Alikhanov in Telegram.

“In the afternoon we were confronted with the fact that from tomorrow these goods will not be accepted for transportation. According to our preliminary estimates, this is from 20 to 40% of the items that were transported between the Kaliningrad region and other regions of Russia. These are building materials, cement, metals, a number of other important for construction and production, — said the head of the region.

Alikhanov pointed out that such a decision violates the protocols for the accession of the Baltic countries to the EU, the rules of free transit. He stated about the “attempt to suffocate” Kaliningrad region.

“This will require us to urgently put on the Ust-Luga line”; Baltiysk» new ships, various bulk carriers. We are already working with the Ministry of Transport, Russian Railways, Rosmorport, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs»,— said the governor.

RBC sent a request to the press service of the Lithuanian Railway.

He also published a letter from the Lithuanian cargo company LTG Cargo, which refers to the explanations of the European Commission on the effect of bans under EU regulation No. .

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The Armed Forces of Ukraine reported the loss of 50% of heavy weapons by Ukraine

Ukraine has lost 1300 infantry fighting vehicles, 400 tanks, 700 artillery systems, said the logistics commander of the Ukrainian Ground Forces

Ukraine lost half of its heavy weapons in the fighting, Volodymyr, commander of the logistics of the Ukrainian Ground Forces of Ukraine, said in an interview with National Defense magazine Karpenko.

“Today we have about 30-40, and sometimes up to 50 percent of the loss of equipment as a result of active battles,” he said. According to him, Ukraine has lost 1300 infantry fighting vehicles, 400 tanks, 700 artillery systems.

Karpenko pointed out that the length of the front line is 2.5 thousand km. “The front line, where active hostilities are taking place, is more than 1,000 kilometers long. It's like from Kyiv to Berlin, & mdash; he said.

Karpenko explained that one brigade holds about 40 kilometers of front. “This means that we need 40 brigades to cover areas of active combat conflict. Each brigade— these are 100 infantry fighting vehicles, 30 tanks, 54 artillery systems— just for one brigade, and we have 40 of them, — he concluded.

On June 17, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that since the beginning of the special operation, 205 Ukrainian aircraft, 131 helicopters, 342 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3587 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 539 combat vehicles of multiple launch rocket systems, 2013 field artillery guns and mortars, 1233 unmanned aerial vehicles have been destroyed. , as well as 3,658 units of special military vehicles.

Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly asked Western countries to provide weapons, including heavy ones. At the end of April, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that partners had begun supplying Kyiv with the weapons he had requested. Then he did not specify what kind of weapons he was talking about.

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Earlier in June, the US Department of Defense reported that they had delivered 108 M777 howitzers to Ukraine. The day before, US President Joe Biden announced a new $1 billion military aid package to Kyiv, which would include artillery weapons and missile systems. At the end of April, Germany also promised to provide heavy weapons to Ukraine, but so far it has not transferred a single piece of weapons, Spiegel wrote. 1,000 155mm howitzers, 300 multiple rocket launchers (RZSO), 500 tanks and 2,000 armored vehicles to achieve parity with Russia.

Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia Vasily Miroshnichenko noted that Zelensky had put before the task of diplomats is to achieve as many deliveries of weapons as possible, including howitzers and armored vehicles.

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Scholz deemed it necessary to speak with Putin

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, in a column for Foreign Affairs, called the attempts of Western politicians to find a compromise with Moscow a mistake and called for further military assistance to Kyiv *

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called it important to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin and stated that he would continue to do so. He said this in an interview with the DPA agency.

“It is absolutely essential to talk to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, and I will continue to do so, as will the President of France,” — said Scholz.

At the same time, the German chancellor said that Moscow cannot dictate the terms of the peace agreement to Kyiv. According to him, Russia should “withdraw troops” and then reach an agreement that is acceptable to Ukraine.

Answering the agency's question about the timely delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine for military operations in the Donbass, Scholz said that they would be delivered on time. According to him, Berlin will supply an anti-missile system that “is capable of saving Odessa or Kyiv.” In addition, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States decided to supply Ukraine with multiple launch rocket systems, Scholz said.

Commenting on Western initiatives on a diplomatic solution to the situation, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, in a column for Foreign Affairs, called “erroneous” idea of ​​a possible compromise with Moscow.

“From the minute Russian troops crossed the borders of Ukraine, some Western commentators have called for a compromise with Moscow. We are used to these kinds of suggestions and have heard them many times between 2014 and 2022,— written by Kuleba.

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In his opinion, Russia “rejected” all meaningful negotiations, as he expects Western support for Ukraine to begin to wane over time. In this regard, he called on the United States and European countries to continue providing military assistance to Ukraine, which needs “more weapons” to “turn the tide.”

Russia is conducting a special military operation in Ukraine since February 24. President Vladimir Putin called its goal “denazification” and “demilitarization” neighboring country. At the end of March, the Russian Ministry of Defense stated that the main task of the Russian troops at this stage — “complete liberation of Donbass”.

Moscow and Kyiv had been negotiating a peace settlement since the end of February, but they were suspended in April. Russia declared that it was ready to return to them. The need to continue negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv was also announced in the West, including in Britain and France.

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Zelensky approved the introduction of a visa regime with Russia. What is important to know

From July 1, Ukraine will introduce a visa regime for Russian citizens. Since there are no diplomatic relations between the countries, travel for Russians to Ukraine for an indefinite period may become virtually impossible

From July 1, Ukraine will introduce a visa regime for Russian citizens. This decision was announced on the afternoon of June 17 by President Vladimir Zelensky.

“We are definitively breaking ties with Russia. To counter the unprecedented threats to the national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state, the government of <…> just decided to terminate the agreement with the Russian Federation on a visa-free regime, — Head of the Ukrainian government Denys Shmyhal wrote later in the day on Telegram.

There is a request from society and the authorities for this decision, this is very important, Andriy Yermak, head of the office of the President of Ukraine, added. On February 11, before the entry of Russian troops into Ukraine, a corresponding petition appeared on the website of the Ukrainian president, which was supported by more than 26,000 Ukrainians. Zelensky gave an instruction to work out the issue of a visa regime for Russians on May 25.

The agreement between Ukraine and Russia on visa-free travel of citizens has been in force since 1997. As Taras Melnichuk, representative of the government of Ukraine in the Verkhovna Rada, specified on Friday, for a 6-month period during which the 1997 agreement will continue to operate until the imforce is lost, the possibility for Russian citizens to enter, leave, transit, stay and move through the territory of Ukraine has been canceled without visas on the basis of a foreign passport, a diplomatic or service passport, a sailor's passport (identity card); a flight certificate of an aircraft crew member, and Russian citizens living in the border regions must enter and leave Ukraine only through international and interstate checkpoints.

Moscow plans to mirror Ukraine and also introduce a visa regime for Ukrainians did not state. Vice Speaker of the State Duma, United Russia Pyotr Tolstoy told RBC that this already “does not make sense” because “we have a different travel style now.”

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On February 24, Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with Russia. On the same day, Kyiv announced the evacuation of all its diplomats and consular workers who remained in Russia. Diplomatic property was sealed. How the work on issuing visas will be organized, the Ukrainian representatives did not say. Since there are currently no Ukrainian consular workers in Russia, it is impossible to organize the issuance of visas in the country. If Kyiv requests permission to send its consuls, Moscow will most likely refuse, a Russian diplomatic source said in a conversation with RBC.

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“Visas are processed by the consular departments of embassies. In order to start issuing visas, you need to develop a procedure for issuing visa requirements. If there are no diplomatic relations with the country, there is the possibility of registration in the consular department of another country, — says the founder of the visa center “ExpertVis” Yuri Pevzner.

Russia has an example of interaction with a country without diplomatic relations and with a visa regime— this is Georgia. True, in the case of Georgia, restrictions were introduced by Moscow. The mandate to represent the interests of Russia in Georgia and Georgia in Russia has been exercised by Switzerland since 2009. The embassies of this country have so-called sections representing the interests of Russia and Georgia. The sections function in buildings that were occupied by embassies before the termination of relations, and are mainly engaged in consular work, that is, issuing visas and other documents necessary for citizens.

“In the event that there are no diplomatic relations, but there is a decision to issue a visa, then all this is decided by opening a section of the corresponding country at the embassy of a third country, which is trusted by both countries that are in unfriendly relations,— Andrey Baklanov, Deputy Chairman of the Association of Russian Diplomats, says.— For example, a section of Ukraine can be opened at the embassy of Turkey, or Switzerland, or some other third party that will agree to take it upon itself. In fact, the embassy of a third country will not need to allocate space for employees, they can be in the same building as before, only there will be a sign “Section for protecting the interests of the Ukrainian Republic at the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey”.

Baklanov recalls that the issuance of visas in the future will depend on political will and admits the possibility, for example, of issuing visas for family reunification or travel to sick relatives.

“It may be under the auspices of an emphatically humanitarian focus. That is, in principle, all this can be done if there are two parties who agree on such a formula for getting out of the current situation and there is a third party who will take on some additional difficulties associated with the practical implementation of such a solution. There were such precedents, you don’t have to invent anything, & mdash; says the expert.

At the same time, he adds, to open the “sections” no intergovernmental agreement is needed, “because the governments will not even interact and resolve among themselves for the sake of such an issue.” “This can be formalized as an agreement between each of the interested parties with a third party. Relatively speaking, if the Republic of Turkey gives its consent, then each of the parties will have to negotiate with it. In this way, it will be possible to avoid the difficulties associated with maintaining direct bilateral contacts,»,— says Baklanov.

Earlier, there was a visa-free regime between Russia and Ukraine. Russians could stay in Ukraine for up to 90 days within 180 days from the date of their first entry into the country. It was possible to enter Ukraine if you had a passport with a validity period longer than the end of the trip.

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The pro-Russian authorities of Zaporozhye accused the Armed Forces of damaging the highway to the Crimea

The Ukrainian army shelled Vasylivka in Zaporozhye, damaged social infrastructure facilities and part of the Moscow-Simferopol road, say the pro-Russian authorities of part of the region

During the shelling of the city of Vasilyevka in the Zaporozhye region of Ukraine, a section of the Moscow-Simferopol highway was damaged. This was announced to TASS in the military-civilian administration (MCA) of the region, formed by the Russian authorities in the occupied part of the region, in Kyiv it is not recognized.

“The road surface has been damaged. The shell from the projectile is right in the asphalt, — the administration said.

Shooting was carried out by Ukrainian troops, according to the CAA, adding that the shelling caused a fire near a gas station, it was “put out in time.” Ukrainian forces regularly conduct “massive strikes against Vasilyevka,” the region's pro-Russian authorities added. The CAA explains this by the fact that the city is under the control of the Russian army and is close to the line of contact with the territory controlled by Ukrainian forces.

“There are gusts in the power grid, partially restored by the forces of the CAA by the evening. Fragments slashed both residential buildings and social infrastructure facilities, — told the agency in the CAA.

The report of the CAA does not specify the name of the route from Moscow to Simferopol, probably, it is about the M-2 “Crimea” route. It goes from Moscow through Moscow, Tula, Oryol, Kursk, Belgorod regions, then continues along Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk and Zaporozhye. Then the road goes to a section of the Russian Crimea to the Simferopol highway & mdash; Yalta.

In early May, Crimea reported the restoration of passenger and freight traffic with the Zaporozhye region; cargo traffic was interrupted in the fall of 2015 at the suggestion of Petro Poroshenko, who was then President of Ukraine. “The transport blockade of Crimea, organized by Ukrainian nationalists eight years ago, is a thing of the past,” — Oleg Kryuchkov, adviser to the head of Crimea on information policy, said.

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Trump warns of risk of World War III due to White House decisions

Trump saw the risk of World War III due to US decisions on Ukraine He pointed to a small amount of EU assistance to Ukraine

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The decisions of the US administration regarding Ukraine could lead to the outbreak of World War III, the US authorities should be “careful”, said former President Donald Trump. Broadcast of his speech to supporters at the meeting “Faith and Freedom” hosted C-Span in Nashville, Tennessee.

“We have to be careful because the way we manage this could end up in the next world war,”— Trump said (quote from RIA Novosti).

Trump repeated the assertion that the crisis in Ukraine would not have happened if he remained the President of the United States. He expressed confidence that the situation could turn into a third world war due to the decisions of the White House, noting: “we are allocating 40 billion in addition to the other 16 billion, it turns out 56 billion.” In his opinion, the assistance provided by Europe to Ukraine is only a small part of the support of the United States.

Previously, Trump has repeatedly criticized the current President Joe Biden, his administration and other presidents of the country for their policies, including— on relations with Russia. In late April, he argued that the United States and the world as a whole were at the most dangerous moment in history, and in May he said that the White House did not know how to interact with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which could lead to the death of “millions of people.”

The ex-president also called the current US authorities “complete lunatics” who are leading to the Third World War. “Despite all the weakness, cowardice and incompetence of Biden, he still has the opportunity to end this tragedy in Ukraine without involving Americans in a terrible and bloody war,” & mdash; Trump said.

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Merkel admitted the connection between her resignation and the events in Ukraine

Former German chancellor Angela Merkel did not rule out that she could become a mediator in the conflict, however, according to her, such a question is not now

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted that her resignation was at the end of the past year could have influenced the events in Ukraine, where Russia launched a special military operation. She said this in an interview with the German edition of RDN.

“My departure may have been a contribution to this, as were the elections in France, the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and the stagnation in the implementation of the Minsk agreements,” Merkel said, commenting on the suggestion that Russian President Vladimir Putin was waiting for her resignation to launch a special operation in Ukraine.

The ex-chancellor also called her attempts to take measures to avoid escalation in Ukraine a failure.

“It was clear that I would not be in office for long, and therefore I must state that various attempts in the past year had no effect,” — Merkel said.

According to her, Russian President Vladimir Putin “wasn't ready” anymore. participate in the Normandy format (negotiations between Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France on resolving the situation in Donbass.— RBC).

Merkel supported the policy of the current German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and called support for Ukraine correct. The ex-chancellor also considered it true that the West does not take a direct part in the conflict.

She did not rule out that she could act as a mediator in the conflict, but said that this issue was not yet raised.

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Angela Merkel served as Chancellor of Germany for 16 years— from November 2005 to December 2021. After the aggravation of relations between Russia and Ukraine in 2014, she, along with the then French leader Francois Hollande, made attempts to resolve the conflict in the Donbass. The Normandy format was created with the participation of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France, with the help of which the Minsk agreements were developed, later approved by the UN Security Council.

After Russia recognized the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, Russian leader Vladimir Putin stated that Minsk agreements “no longer exist” because of the refusal of the Ukrainian authorities to comply with them.

After the start of Russia's special operation in Ukraine, official Kyiv criticized Merkel because of her policy towards Moscow in previous years. Merkel herself, commenting on the events in Ukraine, called Russia's actions “a major turning point in the history of Europe after the end of the Cold War”.

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