The Verkhovna Rada set out to mine the border with Russia and Belarus

The initiative of Ukrainian deputies may lead to new civilian casualties

Deputies of Volodymyr Zelensky's Servant of the People party submitted a bill to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on strengthening the borders with Russia and Belarus, within which it is planned to expand the border strip, where they will equip defense equipment, including minefields.

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The changes will affect the Law on the State Border of Ukraine, according to the current version of which land plots 30-50 meters wide are provided for permanent use along the state border line on land, along the bank of the Ukrainian part of the border river, lake or other body of water.

40 Ukrainian parliamentarians propose to supplement this article with words about the allocation of additional territory up to two kilometers along the border line with Belarus and the Russian Federation. A special border regime will also be established, prohibiting the free entry, stay, residence, movement of persons and the performance of work not related to the defense or protection of the state border of Ukraine.

Such a strengthening of the country's borders by the Ukrainian leadership allows once again to doubt rationality of the actions of the Kyiv regime. The massive mining of one's own territory creates, first of all, a danger to its own population.

The very idea to mine the border strip for the post-Soviet space is absolutely not new. For example, in 2001-2002, engineering barriers and anti-personnel mines were installed on the Uzbek-Tajik border. According to the official version, Uzbekistan thus wanted to protect itself from the influx of militants from illegal armed groups. In 2019, it was decided to remove the mines. It has been estimated that over almost two decades, according to the National Mine Center of Tajikistan, 374 people have died and 485 have been injured.

The exact number of dead and wounded on the border on both sides is not known. But it is known that not only the military, but also quite peaceful citizens became victims of minefields every year. For example, in 2009, on the Tajik side, a husband and wife, residents of the Sughd region, died. A year earlier, a 35-year-old Tajik shepherd, a resident of the Penjikent region, Amon Turaev, was blown up. Every year, dozens of people died from mines and unexploded ordnance in Tajikistan.

In addition, Ukraine has its own sad experience of mining the Odessa beach, which, apparently, Kyiv decided not to take into account. A mine screen from an imaginary Russian landing led to the death of at least one citizen who was resting there.

If such a law is nevertheless adopted in Ukraine, it will inevitably entail new victims. The expected coverage of mining areas is not small. The length of one Belarusian-Ukrainian border is more than 1,000 km. And here it remains only to regret that in the near future it will be possible to sow and harvest crops in Ukrainian grain fields only with a mine detector.


Bloomberg: Russia is hours away from first default in 100 years

The American media announced Russia's technical default on its external debt tomorrow, June 27

Russia is “a few hours away from default”, and this will happen in the first 100 years, According to Bloomberg.

As the news agency explains, the grace period for paying interest on government bonds in the amount of about $100 million expires on June 26.

If investors do not receive the due funds by Monday, it will be fixed « the fact of non-fulfillment of obligations”, and already on June 27 there will be a technical default on the external debt.

Such an event will occur for the first time in 100 years – the last time Russia defaulted on its external debt was in 2018.

However, under the current circumstances, the Russian authorities will not officially declare a default, the agency notes.

Recall that in April the United States banned Russia service external debt without renewing a license allowing holders of Russian sovereign bonds to receive payments. The license expired on May 25.

On May 27, the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation announced that the National Settlement Depository, using frozen reserves, paid out two issues of dollar Eurobonds in the amount of $ 71.25 million and 26.5 million euros maturing in 2026 and 2036.

On May 30, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov announced that Russia would settle accounts with holders of Russian Eurobonds using a mechanism similar to the payment scheme for Russian gas in rubles.

Similar payments in rubles were made on Eurobond coupons maturing in 2027 and 2047.

At the same time, the head of the Ministry of Finance refused to consider the termination of payments on external debt in foreign currency as a default, since this became impossible due to sanctions imposed by the West.

Formerly, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the payment of foreign currency debt in rubles. To do this, ruble accounts of the “I” type were opened for all foreign investors without their personal presence.

The very next day, the Ministry of Finance paid off Eurobonds in rubles for the first time under the new scheme.

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Russian Defense Ministry reported downed Ukrainian Su-25 and MiG-29

The Russian Ministry of Defense reported the downed Ukrainian Su-25 during an attack on Zmeiny Island There are no casualties or destruction, the Ministry of Defense reported *


Ukrainian forces attempted to strike at Zmeiny Island in the Black Sea using multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) and aviation, the Russian Pantsir-S missile and gun system during the repulse of the attack, he shot down a Su-25 attack aircraft. This was stated by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

The Ministry claims that the attack of the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not reach the targets, 12 rockets were also shot down. “There are no casualties among the personnel of the garrison and no destruction,” — said in the message of the Russian department.

In addition, a Ukrainian MiG-29 fighter was shot down during an air battle near the city of Zelenodolsk in the Dnipropetrovsk region of Ukraine.

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

Also missiles “Caliber” and high-precision weapons hit the territory of the 169th, 184th and 199th training centers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, they are located in the Lviv, Zhytomyr and Chernihiv regions of Ukraine, the ministry added. According to the agency, the 65th, 66th motorized infantry brigades and the 46th airmobile brigade from the strategic reserves of the Ukrainian forces have completely lost their combat capability, plans for their transfer to the combat zone have been thwarted.

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Aviation, artillery and rocket troops hit 12 tanks and other armored vehicles, 16 vehicles and more than 720 people. Eight Ukrainian drones and 19 MLRS shells were shot down.

Russian special operation in Ukraine began more than four months ago— on the night of February 24th. President Vladimir Putin, who made such a decision, justified his actions by the desire to carry out the demilitarization and “denazification” of the neighboring state. He called Russia's actions a “preemptive rebuff”, considering “a clash with neo-Nazis, Bandera” inevitable.

Martial law and general mobilization have been declared in Ukraine, and diplomatic relations have been severed with Russia.

< p>According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, during this period, Russian forces destroyed in Ukraine 215 aircraft, 132 helicopters, more than 3.8 thousand tanks and other armored vehicles, more than 1.3 thousand drones, 682 MLRS combat vehicles, more than 3 thousand field artillery guns and mortars and 350 anti-aircraft missile systems.

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El País learned about NATO’s plans for the largest deployment in Europe in 30 years

NATO may decide during the Madrid summit to increase the number of troops stationed in Europe, which will be the bloc's largest deployment since the end of the Cold War. Countries close to Russia are asked to form divisions

NATO countries during the upcoming summit will discuss a possible strengthening of the alliance's presence in Europe, if approved, the number of military personnel deployed on the continent of the bloc will be the largest since the end of the Cold War, El País writes, citing sources.

“Some countries want to move from the current presence in the east of the alliance, consisting of battle groups, to brigades, & mdash; informed interlocutors of the newspaper reported.

Currently, the combat groups stationed in Eastern Europe number from 1-1.6 thousand military, the brigade formation implies an increase in their number at least twice, the newspaper writes. New units can also be armed with more sophisticated weapons, they will be given greater autonomy of action. Members of the alliance closer to Russia insist on the need to form divisions under the command of generals, the number of soldiers in it can reach 15 thousand.

Discussions on the largest deployment took place on Saturday, June 25, at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, El País sources said. According to them, the countries of the bloc intend to update the provisions of the “Position of Defense and Deterrence”, based, in particular, on the set of weapons and troops available to NATO to respond to potential security threats to the Euro-Atlantic region. The Alliance thus intends to demonstrate its readiness to protect its members, the newspaper writes.

El Pa&iacute's sources also noted that the new NATO strategic concept, which is planned to be adopted at the summit, actually “buries ties” with Russia, which have developed until recently. Unofficially, the document is already called the “Madrid Concept”, they note.

In the current strategic concept “Active participation, modern defense” (2010), in relation to Russia, it was said that the country “does not pose any threat”, and cooperation with official Moscow was recognized as “strategically significant”. The new version of the document classifies Russia as a direct and immediate threat due to fear of aggression against members of the alliance, El País interlocutors told.

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NATO's Strategic Concept defines the alliance's long-term strategy. It outlines NATO's goals and fundamental security objectives, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing the Alliance. The NATO Summit will be held in Madrid next week — from 28 to 30 June.

Alliance officials have spoken about changing NATO's strategic concept at the Madrid summit more than once. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called the forthcoming document “the basis for the era of strategic rivalry.” The U.S. representative to the alliance, Julianne Smith, said: “We basically agree that Russia is the top challenge, the top threat that NATO is currently facing.” The White House announced “broader balance-of-power announcements.”

At the same time, the United States, NATO and other European countries have repeatedly stated that they do not want a military confrontation with Russia. US President Joe Biden pointed out that such a scenario would lead to a world war. This, in particular, he explained the decision not to send US troops to Ukraine. At the same time, after the start of the special operation in Ukraine, NATO reinforced its military contingent in a number of Eastern European countries— Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. Bloomberg sources said that Germany intends to increase the number of alliance military deployed in the Baltics.

Russia, for its part, accuses NATO and the United States of ignoring key security issues. In early February, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow was “thrown, well, just deceived”; in connection with the broken promise not to expand the alliance to the east. He called Russia’s special operation in Ukraine in early May a “preemptive rebuff,” since Western countries were supplying weapons to Kyiv and everything indicated that “a clash with neo-Nazis, Bandera, on whom the United States and its younger partners staked, would be inevitable.”

NATO denied Russia's promises not to expand the alliance to the east. “There is no solution anywhere in which the NATO countries agreed to abandon what is written in the founding NATO treaty, the Washington Treaty” — explained Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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Johnson called Macron the reasons not to settle the conflict in Ukraine now

Johnson: attempts to resolve the conflict in Ukraine now threaten to prolong instability Moscow will be able to manipulate countries and markets if they try to resolve the conflict now, Johnson said in an interview with Macron. The President of France noted that he had spoken with Putin for more than a hundred hours since December alt=”Johnson gave Macron reasons not to resolve the conflict in Ukraine now” />

Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson

Russia, in the event of attempts by European leaders to resolve the conflict in Ukraine now, will be able to manipulate markets and states, said the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Germany.

“The Prime Minister emphasized that any attempt to resolve the conflict now would only lead to prolonged instability and allow [Vladimir] Putin to endlessly manipulate both sovereign countries and international markets,” — Johnson's office said in a statement.

Macron and Johnson agreed that the conflict in Ukraine is now at a critical point and “there is an opportunity to reverse” his move. They noted the need to continue to support Kyiv in order to strengthen its negotiating and military position.

According to the French president, the British prime minister showed “great enthusiasm” on the creation of a European political community proposed by Macron, reports TF1.

Macron has been in frequent contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin since late last year. Moscow then demanded security guarantees from the United States and NATO, while the alliance and Washington refused to satisfy Russia's demands (among them was a guarantee of non-expansion of the military bloc). As of the end of May, Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz were Putin's most frequent interlocutors.

Macron noted that he had spent a total of more than a hundred hours in conversations with Putin since December and had lost count. Private contacts between the presidents of France and Russia became a reason for criticism of other European leaders. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas noted: “I feel that if everyone is constantly calling him, he does not get the message that he is isolated.” Macron insisted that maintaining contact with Moscow was his duty.

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Johnson had previously urged Western countries to prepare for the protracted nature of the conflict in Ukraine. He is sure that the situation depends on whether Kyiv has time to strengthen its defense capability. “Our task” attract time to the side of Ukraine»,— he said. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed a similar opinion, assuming that the conflict could last for years.

The Kremlin agreed that the crisis in Ukraine would last for a long time. “Yes, it will be a long crisis, but we will never trust the West again,” Dmitry Peskov, representative of the President of Russia, spoke.

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In Romania, Medvedev’s words about Moldova were called “false rhetoric of the Kremlin”

Medvedev, commenting on the assignment of the status of a candidate to the EU to Chisinau, spoke about the “dance” of Romanian politicians around Moldova. Bucharest considered that the reaction of the deputy chairman of the Security Council speaks of the correctness of the decision of Brussels ” alt = “In Romania, Medvedev's words about Moldova were called “false rhetoric of the Kremlin”” />

Recent statements by Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev about attempts by Romanian politicians to “absorb” Moldova— part of the “false rhetoric of the Kremlin”, to which Bucharest is already accustomed, the Romanian Foreign Ministry said.

On the eve of Medvedev, in his Telegram channel, he reacted to Moldova receiving the status of a candidate member of the European Union. He, in particular, expressed the opinion that Chisinau would have to wait decades for accession to the EU and “much more relevant” way to get membership— “creation of a new Greater Romania”. Romanian politicians, in his words, “have been leading political round dances around Moldova for a long time.” and “openly stepping up multi-format legal efforts” absorption of the country.

“This reaction <…> says one thing for sure: the decision of the European Council to grant Moldova the status of a candidate— correct»,— says the message of the Romanian Foreign Ministry (quote from the Romanian Television Society).

Moldova became a candidate for EU membership together with Ukraine. This decision was announced in the European Council on June 23.

The Kremlin representative Dmitry Peskov called the event “internal European affairs”. He, however, noted that Moldova “wants to become Europeans more than the Europeans themselves” and that candidate status is “associated with anti-Russianness.” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova considered that the decision of Brussels was made out of the interests of the political situation, and not because of the two countries' compliance with the criteria in the field of the rule of law, the fight against corruption and economic development. She announced “active geopolitical development of the CIS space”; The European Union in order to contain Russia.

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Putin will pay the first foreign visits since the beginning of the special operation

The President will attend the Caspian Summit in Turkmenistan on June 29, and then travel to Tajikistan, where he will hold talks with President Emomali Rahmon

Vladimir Putin and Emomali Rahmon

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Dushanbe next week, according to the Moscow. Kremlin. Putin» on the channel “Russia 1”. He will hold talks with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, a conversation and a working lunch are planned.

After that, Putin will travel to Ashgabat to attend the Caspian summit. His press secretary Dmitry Peskov previously announced the head of state's plans to take part in the event on June 29.

The trips will be Putin's first foreign visits since the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine. Prior to this, the President was abroad for the last time in early February— he attended the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in China and held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Upon his return to Russia, the president will meet with his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo, according to the Vesti Telegram channel. Widodo is planning a trip to Moscow on June 30, and the day before he will visit Kyiv, where he will hold talks with Vladimir Zelensky. To Putin, according to reports from the Indonesian side, the President of Indonesia plans to offer to start a dialogue about peace and stop the military operation in Ukraine.

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon was the only foreign leader to attend the May 9 Victory Parade in Moscow. The day before, he held a meeting with Putin to discuss the problems of labor migrants.

In June, Putin's first meeting with the new president of Turkmenistan, Serdar Berdimuhamedov, took place in Moscow.

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Italy will send the fourth batch of weapons to Ukraine

The list of weapons will be finalized after the NATO summit, which will be held at the end of June. It will mainly include armored vehicles and artillery, Rome will not send long-range weapons to Kyiv .jpg” alt=”Italy will send the fourth batch of weapons to Ukraine” />

The Italian government is working on a new package of military assistance to Ukraine and is preparing to send the fourth shipment of weapons to the country since the beginning of the Russian military operation, Il Messagero newspaper reports.

The list of weapons will be classified. According to government sources, it will include mainly armored vehicles and artillery, including FH-70 howitzers with a range of up to 25-30 km, ammunition and machine guns, including Beretta MG42/59 and supplies such as camping tents and medical equipment. . Rome will not send long-range weapons to Kyiv.

The authorities are also discussing the possibility of increasing Italy's contribution to the training of the Ukrainian military in the use of Western weapons.

The final list of weapons will be formed after the NATO summit, which will be held in Madrid from 28 to 30 June. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg promised that the Allies would agree on a package of assistance to Ukraine.

First Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Alexander Kornienko said earlier that Ukraine needs long-range artillery, anti-tank weapons, multiple launch rocket systems and air defense systems, reminds Il Messagero.

The issue of arms supplies to Ukraine of Western weapons caused controversy in the Five Star Movement party, which had 227 seats in the Italian parliament. The leader of the movement, Giuseppe Conte, spoke out against these supplies, since, in his opinion, they only prolong the conflict. Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio disagrees. On June 22, he left the party, following him, according to the publication

Il Sole 24 Ore, at least 62 other parliamentarians decided to do so.

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Di Maio emphasizes that the weapons sent to Kyiv cannot be used to hit targets in Russia. The US authorities, who have sent $6.1 billion worth of military aid to Kyiv since the end of February, also speak about this. The Ukrainian authorities also ruled out such a scenario, but Russia opposes the supplies. Authorities accuse Western states of pumping weapons to Ukraine and warn that convoys with them will become “legitimate targets” Russian army.

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Scholz expressed concern about the G7 situation in the global economy

The leaders of the G7 countries at the summit noted rising inflation, disruption of supply chains and other current problems. German Chancellor discussed with US President Joe Biden measures to support the economy, as well as the situation in Ukraine

Olaf Scholz and Joe Biden

All the leaders of the G7 countries worries about the global crisis against the backdrop of rising inflation and economic slowdown, said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz after a session on the global economy at the G7 summit.

“All members of the [G7] are concerned about the crisis we are facing: slower growth in some countries, rising inflation, shortages of raw materials, disrupted supply chains— these are serious difficulties,— said the head of the German government (quoted by Reuters).

The agency, citing a White House spokesman, writes that Scholz discussed with US President Joe Biden the need to support economic development in countries around the world. In addition, the chancellor and the American leader expressed their readiness to continue military assistance to Kyiv and talked about ways to mitigate the damage to world food and energy security due to military actions in Ukraine.

According to the official , Scholz and Biden did not have a detailed discussion about the marginal prices for Russian oil, which the G7 countries discussed the day before wrote Reuters, Scholz and Biden did not conduct. and this is a “clear signal” Russian President Vladimir Putin. He attached a joint photo with US President Joe Biden to the entry, signing that he was glad to see him in Germany, where the summit was being held from June 26 to 28. At a meeting before the summit, the US President told the head of the German government that Putin's calculations for a split in " Big Seven» and NATO failed.

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Nationalists destroyed the bodies of 120 foreign mercenaries at the Azovstal plant

Azovstal plant Photo: Global Look Press A crematorium was discovered at the Azovstal plant, where Ukrainian militants destroyed more than 120 bodies of foreign mercenaries.

crematorium inside “Azovstal”

The journalist assumes that the Azov militants (criminal cases are being investigated against the Azov members in Russia, – “MK”) were ordered to destroy the foreigners after it became clear that they could not avoid captivity.

Steshin said that the documents and personal belongings of the mercenaries were burned. However, the executors of the order in a hurry, apparently, “did not check the result.” “Or maybe due to their stupidity,” the military commander does not exclude.

Thus, some of the documents burned to the ground, but “the remnants of a US citizen’s passport and many other interesting pieces of evidence” survived.

Steshin notes that “this bunker is the first, but not the only one with such surprises for the world community.”


Pushkov caustically answered Johnson about the establishment of a “new energy” in Europe


Russian Senator Alexei Pushkov commented in his Telegram channel on the statements of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson regarding Western attempts to abandon energy “dependence” from Russia and “find hydrocarbons somewhere else.”

“Somewhere else”, if Johnson is not in the know, there is no free and affordable carbon fuel. Establishment of “new energy” in Europe will be extremely painful for many countries and will require many years of restructuring,” Pushkov wrote.

The member of the Federation Council cited Hungary as an example and added that it was not by chance that the authorities of this country refused to follow this path.


The head of the EC is against a boycott of the G20 summit if Putin comes there

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that she does not support the idea of ​​boycotting the G20 autumn summit if Russian President Vladimir Putin will participate in it.

In an interview with ZDF, she explained that in this case, it is necessary to carefully consider whether such a decision would paralyze the entire work of the G20.

” Therefore, I do not support this. The G20 is too important, including for developing countries, emerging markets,” she stressed.


The military expert named the following goals of the Russian army in the special operation

Vladimir Evseev. Photo: Frame from video.

Military expert Vladimir Evseev spoke about what tasks the Russian group participating in the special operation on the territory of Ukraine can assign after all the territories of the DPR and LPR are taken under control.

“The liberation of Donbass will continue for about another one to one and a half months,” the specialist said in an interview with

He added that after that, significant forces could be used in other areas.

“For example, for the liberation of the city of Zaporizhzhia,” the expert suggested.

He called this direction important, since it is necessary to “cut the communications, railways, roads” in the direction of Kharkov. Then it will be possible to quickly take control of Kharkiv as well.

Vladimir Evseev named the southern direction as another priority. In his opinion, the troops may be tasked with entering the Nikolaev region and Odessa.


Johnson called the price of refusal to support Ukraine

Boris Johnson. Photo: AP.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who arrived at the G7 summit in Germany, made a statement regarding the price that the West will have to pay if it refuses to support Ukraine.

As the head of the British government noted, it is necessary to honestly discuss the pressure that individual partners and friends feel in order to protect the unity of the position of the West, Reuters notes.

At the same time, he noted that if Russian President Vladimir Putin is allowed to win during the special operation, then Ukraine a huge territory will be separated, and Russia will “continue the program of conquest”.

In this case, the price that the West will pay “will be many, many times higher”.

“All those present here they understand this,” Johnson added.

Note that the three-day talks between the leaders of the G7 countries, which are taking place in Elmau Castle in southern Germany, will mainly be devoted to the situation in Ukraine and the consequences of the sanctions imposed against Russia. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to speak via video link.


Kandelaki brought Zakharova to tears with a version about an object on Putin’s desk

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Tina Kandelaki, acting director of the TNT channel, published a photo of President Vladimir Putin from one of the meetings on her Telegram channel.

According to her, the experts noticed that there was a mysterious black object on the head of state's desk. Kandelaki said that experts are now wondering about the purpose of this item.

“I'll break in with the version that this is a Bluetooth speaker in which the same song by Lucy Chebotina plays),” the journalist shared her opinion.

Kandelaki meant the song June Song, which Chebotina released on the night of June 25th. The text of the song in English was written by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova.

The diplomat noticed this publication by Kandelaki and reacted to it in her Telegram channel.

“Aaaaaaaa Tina! To tears!! !”, – wrote Maria Zakharova.


Putin issues final warning to Europe

The news of the week reminded us of Phoebe's run from Friends

In Friends – and during the week, due to a number of events, it was fashionable to remember how young we were – so Phoebe was on Friends. And she ran very funny – her arms, legs and head in the process wrote out a pretzel and dangled as they had to. Here in our week the whole world (well, okay, not all, but the parts we are interested in) was like that Phoebe on the run.


Let's start from the ocean. There, it seemed, the transformation into Sodom and Gomorrah was going on, nothing foreshadowed trouble. First, Jennifer Lopez, speaking at a concert in Los Angeles, called her daughter on stage and addressed her as “they”. That is, the girl thinks that she is not a girl. But not a boy either. Unknown animal. Sorry – non-binary person. Then Elon Musk's son Xavier, a normal man with a normal woman, also announced that he did not want to be a son, but wanted to be a daughter. That is, everything is according to the plan of degeneration: the inculcation of the idea that sex is the free choice of a free person in a free country, climbed out of all the cracks. And then – as if poured from the soul: America abolished the constitutional right to abortion at the federal level (that's what propaganda does – almost wrote the right of women to have abortions). Directly the best undertakings of Stalin were taken into service. And then a number of “republican” states introduced a ban on abortion. In Washington, a road repair was urgently started near the White House to prevent the protests (did you think this was a purely Russian invention?). But the protests have begun nonetheless, and many are predicting America's summer will be no less fun than it was during the heyday of BLM. And some boring political scientists believe that all this was done on purpose to distract US citizens from sideline inflation. Biden, by the way, said that this decision of the US Supreme Court “thrown America back 150 years”, although in 2006 he said that abortion is bad.

But Biden is generally progressing. If in March of this year he had a cheat sheet with theses for answers to journalists, then this week, June 23, in the cheat sheet of the US President for a meeting with representatives of “green” energy, elementary physical actions were already prescribed. For example: YOU take YOUR seat (YOU take YOUR seat). And it would also seem that everything is clear with Biden. An no. During the week, he gives out a very clear, clear idea that explains a lot of what is happening: an endurance contest begins between Russia and Europe. “What can Russia endure and what will Europe's willingness to endure hardship?”. That is, the winner will be the one who can withstand the most inconvenience longer. Here we have a clear advantage. But European politicians decided to demonstrate the wonders of masochism.

No sooner had Moldova (together with Ukraine) become a candidate for EU membership than its boss Sandu immediately announced that the country would support the anti-Russian sanctions of the European Union. But this is still half the trouble. Lithuania generally took a run to jump off a cliff. The chronology is important here. So, first Lithuania announced that it would restrict transit to the Kaliningrad region. Russia promised problems. Lithuania made round eyes and began to nod at the EU – they say, we only comply with their sanctions. The European Union (and there they also guess about the “Squid Game” with Russia) began to point fingers at Lithuania – this is all Baltic amateur performance. But. There were no immediate problems from Russia. And Lithuania got excited again – we will block it, we will not let it in, we are not afraid of threats. This very chronology is, after all, a purely Ukrainian case. Then Russia, too, exhorted, asked, warned for a long time. But Lithuania is stepping on the Ukrainian rake. Will they notice there (in Lithuania in particular, and in Europe in general) Putin's last warning or not? A very simple warning made at a meeting with Lukashenka: Iskander complexes will be delivered to Belarus in the near future. Those who wish can independently familiarize themselves, even on Wikipedia, with the capabilities of the complex and with what warheads can be installed on its missiles. It would be better if they listened, because time has accelerated, and times have changed: the limit of trust has been exhausted – Russia no longer believes in promises, even in writing, only in actions. Peskov spoke about this last week (“Yes, it will be a protracted crisis, but we will never trust the West again”) and Patrushev (“You cannot trust not only the oral statements of the West, but also written ones”).

Well, as they once said on TV – news of culture. There were many of them, of course, but there were only two popular ones. The same ones, because of which the boomers began to remember how they rewound cassettes on a pencil. Tsoi would have turned 60 in a week, and Yuri Shatunov died at the age of 48. One is the hero of the generation, the other is the idol. And it seems they are not at all alike, but both are loved by the people. Tsoi sang about the blood group on his sleeve and a star named the Sun, and Shatunov about white roses and gray night. In my youth, it seemed to me that they sing about different things. And now I understand – they sang about one thing.


The hostages of “Azot” spoke about the months of horror in the dungeons: “I buried my son here”

MK Special Correspondent reports from the LPR

The forces of the People's Militia of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), with the support of Russian troops, completely liberated Severodonetsk and the Azot plant. This was stated by the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov. On the second day, civilians are being evacuated from the territory of the plant, who have been in Azot shelters for the past weeks. The MK correspondent visited the scene and found out in what conditions civilians had to survive.

Photo: Lina Korsak < p>It is unusually quiet in Severodonetsk. The sounds of war are heard only in the distance, from Lysichansk. However, this, of course, is no reason to relax. The enemy, as the military say, although driven out of the city, is still trying to “snarl” at a distance.

People are crowding near the entrance to the shelter. Some, waiting for the bus, which is supposed to take people from the industrial zone to the city, are already sitting “on their suitcases” in full readiness. Others fussily carry their meager, miraculously surviving belongings out of the dungeons into the street. Despite the haggard look, people smile and even try to joke with each other and with the military.

I'm going down. The dungeon is dark and a little stuffy. After the exit is opened, the air enters there only naturally. There is no longer any need to force it manually.

Photo: Lina Korsak- Do not shine in the eyes, we have already lost the habit of bright light, – a hunched old woman asks to turn off the camera flashes.

People hastily pack their things between the densely set bunk beds.

– Where is my cat? – cries a girl of eight years old, smearing tears over her dirty face. – I won’t go without a cat.

The mother tries to calm the child, assuring that the tailed one, most likely, frightened by the fuss that began, hid, but will definitely return soon.

– There were sleeping places or did you set everything up yourself? – interested in a middle-aged woman.

– Sami. They brought something from the house when they ran here, something was already found here.

The beds are separated from each other by rags or cellophane. Not God knows what, but still personal space.

Photo: Lina Korsak

It becomes harder to breathe in the depths of the basement . The smell of dampness and unwashed bodies hits the nose.

– Do you want to see how we took water all this time? – a middle-aged man in a work jacket with an “Nitrogen” patch on the sleeve calls out to me. As the interlocutor later said, he is an employee of the plant. During heavy shelling in March, he hid in a shelter with everyone. Then he simply could not leave, the Ukrainian military stopped letting people out.

Together with the escort, we go into the room with the inscription “Well”. There is a gaping hole in the middle of the floor, next to it is a metal, cylinder-like bucket with a thick rope tied.

“There used to be a pump here,” the man explains. – I had to dismantle it because there is no electricity. Look in the middle of the bucket, there is a sledgehammer. We did this ourselves to make it heavier.

– What is the depth here? – I'm interested, leaning over the well.

– 12-15 meters. There was no other option to get water.

Photo: Lina Korsak

A commanding male voice asks the rest to pack up quickly. This is one of the soldiers providing evacuation. His request brings revival.

– How long have you been here? – I ask a middle-aged woman standing nearby.

– Since March 27. I don’t even know what date it is today, – the interlocutor smiles sadly, trying not to show excitement.

According to Natalya, she came to the shelter on her own, together with her neighbors. The house where they hid earlier was bombed, and people had no choice but to look for a new shelter. We thought the plant would be quieter. We made a mistake.

– How did the Ukrainian military treat you?

– They didn't really come down here to see us. Once they came with a proposal to evacuate to the side of Ukraine, they even made a list of some kind. But so no one came for the people. Someone said that it's already too late. The second time they came just to count us.

According to the woman, no one told people that a “green” corridor was organized on the side of the LPR, which the Ukrainian side disrupted.

Together with Natalia, we rise to the surface.

Photo: Lina Korsak

Military men help those gathered to load things into the Ural. After that, everyone is asked to get on the bus.

– Do you have any water? – an elderly woman asks, clutching a large plastic bag to her chest.

I bring a bottle of water from the car.

– Do you need to give it back? – as if hoping for a negative answer, the woman asks.

– No, leave it to yourself.

– I buried my son Vitalka here, – she shares with tears in her eyes. . I have him, you know what a handsome man he was. And what a good one! Didn't leave me anywhere. We changed three shelters.

Photo: Lina Korsak

A woman wipes her tears with the sleeve of a jacket thrown over her shoulders.

– We all cried, – a pensioner standing nearby intervenes in the conversation. – 39 years in total. They could not do anything, he bled out.

The heartbroken mother said that one day Vitaly, along with other men, went out of the shelter to the surface just to breathe. Then even the Ukrainian military allowed people to rise from the dungeon at least for a short time. After a while there were explosions. The man was already brought down with multiple wounds.

– Some of the guys ran to the military for help, – the woman cries. – They came, looked, said that now they would return with a doctor and be taken to the hospital. So no one else came. He was conscious until the very end. Here they were buried. And now how to find. Not even a mound. When will I find him? Dear son…

Lugansk, LPR.


In Ulyanovsk among drivers there were competitions in “tram bowling”

In Ulyanovsk, the drivers competed in the “tram bowling”, according to the publication Podyom on its Telegram channel.

This game completed the competition of professional skills, which is held in the city Every year. According to the deputy director of MUE “Ulyanovskelectrotrans” Victor Trepalin, first the drivers passed the theory, and then took part in a series of creative tests.

In total, 12 people took part in the competition, which consisted of four stages. During the last stage, the tram drivers had to pick up speed of 30 km/h and stop in front of a big ball so that it rolled and knocked down the skittles. 

The winners of the competition were given prizes, in addition, the participants who took the first six places , increased the class of competence.

Formerly, the head of Roskosmos; Dmitry Rogozin spoke about the new Russian “missile” tram without foreign components, created by a state corporation.

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Why was a criminal case opened against the ambulance doctors who saved Shatunov?

A criminal case was opened against the ambulance doctors who transported Yuri Shatunov from the hospital in the village of Rastunovo to the Domodedovo hospital. representative of the singer Arkady Kudryashov.

“Now a criminal case has been opened against the ambulance doctors. Therefore, at first we were not allowed to bury Yura, we were not given the body. Well & nbsp; let them check, though Shatunov will no longer be returned & nbsp; & nbsp; & mdash; cites the words of Kudryashov «Komsomolskaya Pravda».

Shatunov died on the night of 23 June in 49th year of his life. Death occurred as a result of acute heart failure caused by a massive myocardial infarction, said Andrei Osipov, head physician of the Domodedovo Central City Hospital, to RIA Novosti.

What are the claims against doctors?

According to Kudryashov, Shatunov became ill at the table: suddenly he grabbed his chest and it became difficult for him to breathe. The artist's comrades, who were vacationing with him in the Moscow region, called an ambulance. As the representative of the singer notes, the dispatcher said that the ambulance would have to wait a long time and they advised to bring Shatunov to the hospital on their own. Friends took the performer to the nearest emergency room, the doctors examined Shatunov and came to the conclusion that the case was serious and it was necessary to take him to the hospital. For this, an ambulance brigade was assigned, “just some kind of ancient gazelle without equipment,” Kudryashov noted.

In the end, Shatunov died along the way. In & nbsp; the hospital tried to “start” him, but it didn't work out, the representative of the artist added. He  believes that the singer could no longer be saved, since his “heart swelled and broke”. At the same time, as Kudryashov notes, Shatunov suffered for about forty minutes before his death, “couldn't stand on his feet.”stated that Shatunov was brought in in a serious condition. According to him, the ambulance team that delivered the artist from the village of Rastunovo reacted quickly, there are no complaints against her. But on the road Shatunov became «very ill», a heart attack caused a heart rhythm disturbance, and  the process spread to the entire heart muscle, the head physician noted.

Also, earlier, the Moscow Regional Ambulance Station denied reports from some media and Telegram channels that the ambulance dispatcher refused to send a brigade to Shatunov. The medical institution told that the administration of the organization listened to the records of calls received at the ambulance console during the period when Shatunov's comrades turned there. It turned out that the caller specified the location of the nearest hospital. The dispatcher provided an exhaustive answer and offered to issue a call. But the caller refused and stated that he would take the patient to the medical facility, the regional ambulance station noted.

The institution also reported that at 23:46 an ambulance was called to the Rastunov hospital for medical evacuation of the patient to the regional vascular center.

“Three minutes later, the ambulance was on the  ;place and immediately started providing emergency assistance and medevacuation», — told the publication.

According to the representative of the medical institution, the ambulance arrived was fully equipped with medical equipment in accordance with the regulations. It included a resuscitation kit, ventilators, ECG and defibrillators.


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In Crimea, they announced a new shelling of the Chornomorneftegaz platform

No one was hurt, according to emergency services. As a result of the previous strike of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the drilling rigs of the company in the Black Sea, three people were injured and burned, seven more were missing

Chernomorneftegaz platform in the Black Sea came under fire, a spokesman for emergency services confirmed to TASS. According to him, no one was hurt.

RBC sent a request to the press services of the Ministry of Defense and the Main Directorate of the Russian Emergencies Ministry for the Republic of Crimea.

Earlier, about the shelling of the Chernomorneftegaz tower, Telegram-channel Baza reported. According to him, the blow was delivered at night on the Tavrida self-elevating drilling rig. (presumably by a rocket), the projectile hit the helipad and left a hole with a diameter of almost 5m.

On June 20, the Crimean authorities reported that three towers of Chornomorneftegaz were hit by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. at the Odessa deposit, 71 km from Odessa. As a result, a fire started. There were 109 people on the platforms, three were injured, seven were missing. Senator Olga Kovitidi said that the workers managed to “turn off the gas” before the impact — otherwise, a large-scale explosion would have occurred, in which Odessa could have suffered.

The families of the missing were promised to pay compensation— 6.5 million rubles

«Chernomorneftegaz»— one of the Ukrainian companies that the authorities nationalized after the annexation of Crimea to Russia in 2014. The enterprise is managed by the Crimean Ministry of Fuel and Energy. In 2014, the company produced 2 billion cubic meters. m of gas, in 2020— about 1 billion.

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Blinken estimated the damage to Russia from the G7 ban on gold imports

Blinken: Russia will lose about $19 billion annually from the G7 ban on gold imports The US Secretary of State stressed that the sanctions already imposed on Russia are seriously affecting its economy. Following the summit in Germany, the G7 plans to announce a ban on Russian gold imports were announced by American leader Joe Biden

Anthony Blinken

The losses of the Russian economy from the ban on Russian gold imports by the G7 countries will amount to about $19 billion a year, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in an interview with CNN. “This is the second most profitable export item after energy resources,” — he said.

Russia— one of the world's largest exporters of gold. According to the Ministry of Finance, in 2021, Russian gold mining companies produced 346.4 tons of gold. Of these, 302.2 tons were exported and, according to FCS statistics, brought Moscow $17.4 billion.

The head of the State Department called the effect of the sanctions already imposed against Russia because of the special operation in Ukraine “colossal”. “What we have been doing since the beginning, these unprecedented sanctions and export restrictions are having a significant impact on Russia even with oil revenues amid rising prices. She can't spend this money because of export restrictions,” — Blinken explained. According to him, as a result, over time, Moscow will lose the tools for mobilizing the defense sector, technology and resource extraction. noted the Secretary of State.

On June 25, US President Joe Biden announced that the G7 countries (USA, UK, Germany, Canada, France, Italy and Japan) would announce a ban on Russian gold imports. G7 Summit takes place from 26 to 28 June in Germany. The UK government has indicated that the value of gold for Russian elites has grown in recent months due to demand from big businessmen who are trying to avoid the financial consequences of international sanctions.

The EU said it was ready to consider joining the G7 in ban on the import of Russian gold. The head of the European Council, Charles Michel, stressed that the restrictions should be studied for damage to the EU economy.

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The Russian authorities have repeatedly called the sanctions imposed because of the special operation illegitimate and emphasized the harm of restrictions for those states that impose them.

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Bloomberg learned about the decision of the G7 to provide military assistance to Ukraine indefinitely

Against the backdrop of statements about the possibility of a protracted conflict in Ukraine, the leaders of the Seven, following the summit in Germany, plan to announce their intention to help Kyiv “as much as it takes”

G7 countries (Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, USA, France and Japan) in a statement following the summit that began on June 26 in Germany, they will announce their intention to provide unlimited support to Ukraine, writes Bloomberg with reference to the draft document.

“We will continue to provide financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support and be with Ukraine for as long as necessary,” says the text.

According to the agency, the G7 states are also considering using customs revenues to help Ukraine.

Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. Its goal is called “demilitarization and denazification” by the authorities; neighboring state, as well as the protection of the DNR and LNR. Moscow emphasizes that the special operation will end when its goals are achieved.

On June 19, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg admitted that the conflict could drag on for years, and stressed that the alliance should be is ready to assist Kyiv in the conditions of protracted hostilities. Similar forecasts were voiced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The Washington Post, citing sources, reported that the United States and its allies were preparing for a protracted scenario. The Kremlin also agreed with this assessment.

An attempt by Western leaders to resolve the conflict now will give Russia the opportunity to manipulate “sovereign countries and international markets,” Johnson warned French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G7 summit. Macron, after the outbreak of hostilities, often called up Russian President Vladimir Putin and in early June said that he had talked with his Russian colleague about Ukraine for “a hundred hours.” At the talks, Johnson and Macron agreed that in order to change the course of the conflict, it is necessary to continue to help Kyiv to strengthen its negotiating and military position.

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The Russian leadership accuses Western countries of trying to prolong the hostilities by supplying Ukraine with military aid. At the same time, the Kremlin emphasizes that the tasks of the special operation will be completed, despite the “pumping” Kyiv with Western weapons.

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G7 to launch competitor to China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ project

The G7 Global Infrastructure Partnership will implement “groundbreaking projects” in developing countries. The US will send $200 billion to the project; the total investment of the G7 countries will amount to $600 billion by 2027 =”G7 will launch a competitor to China's 'One Belt, One Road' project” />

G7 leaders at the summit at Elmau Castle in Bavaria, Germany

G7 countries (G7, uniting the UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, France, Japan and the US) are launching the Partnership for Global Infrastructure (PGII), the White House said. According to Reuters, it should become a competitor to China's “One Belt, One Road” initiative.

The partnership will implement “groundbreaking projects” that will address infrastructure gaps in developing countries, strengthen the global economy and supply chains, and advance US national security interests. Its launch will be officially announced at the G7 summit, which takes place in the Elmau castle in the south of Bavaria from June 26 to 28.

The White House said the US will allocate $200 billion over the next five years to fund the necessary infrastructure in developing countries as part of the project. Funds are planned to be raised through grants, federal funding and private investment. In total, the G7 countries are expected to contribute $600 billion to the initiative by 2027.

PGII will focus on four priorities:

  • fighting change climate;
  • development of digital infrastructure;
  • promoting gender equality and equity;
  • development and modernization of health systems.

Biden will present several specific projects at the summit along with the leaders of the UK, Japan, Canada and the EU. According to Reuters, French President Emmanuel Macron will not join them, as he previously supported China's One Belt, One Road program. In 2019, Xinhua reported that Macron pledged to help align China's initiative with the EU's Europe-Asia connectivity strategy, and to promote green energy. development of the Belt and Road.

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Reuters, citing officials in the White House, writes that Xi Jinping's initiative has brought “little tangible benefits” many developing countries. According to them, within the framework of the project, the main jobs go to employees from China, at the same time, they say, cases of forced labor are growing.

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Johnson announced the end of the “party” for Russian energy carriers

The Prime Minister of Great Britain, in particular, counts on the help of the OPEC countries with the supply of energy resources instead of Russian

Boris Johnson

G7 countries realize that the “party” for Russian hydrocarbons has come to an end, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in an interview with CNN.

“I think here at the G7 [summit] we all realize that the party is over for Russian hydrocarbons. Everyone is trying to find ways to adapt, — Johnson said.

In the short term, countries need to find hydrocarbons “somewhere else,” he said. At the same time, the British Prime Minister pointed to the heroic efforts of some states in the current situation. “However, in the long term, we need to work together on green solutions we all believe in,— he added.

Johnson is counting on help with energy supplies from other sources, including OPEC countries.

In early March, the UK and the US announced their decision to stop importing Russian oil (both countries are less depended on Russian supplies, unlike Europe).

The EU decided to impose a partial embargo on Russian oil only at the beginning of June. The ban will affect only maritime shipments. The European Union has not yet begun to restrict imports through the Druzhba oil pipeline, on which Hungary depends. Brussels for a long time could not agree on a ban on oil imports from Russia because of the position of Budapest.

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Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak warned at the end of March that “without Russian hydrocarbons, the gas and oil markets would collapse” ;. Russia has already begun to increase supplies to other markets.

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The Times has learned that Prince Charles received from the Prime Minister of Qatar € 3 million in bags

Between 2011 and 2015, Prince Charles personally accepted donations to the charitable foundation from the Qatari sheikh. Their total amount was €3 million, cash was packed into bags and a suitcase .jpg” alt=”The Times has learned that Prince Charles received €3 million in bags from the Prime Minister of Qatar” />

Prince Charles of Wales

Prince Charles of Wales, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, personally received € 3 million in cash as a donation to his charitable foundation from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, who was Prime Minister of Qatar in 2007-2013. This is reported by The Sunday Times.

According to the newspaper, the money was donated between 2011 and 2015, with Charles accepting donations three times. In one case €1 million cash was packed in a travel bag, in another — in bags from the elite British department store Fortnum & Mason.

In addition, the Qatari sheikh gave the British prince a suitcase with €1 million during a personal meeting at the Westminster residence of members of the British royal family, Clarence House. There were banknotes of €500; bills are called “Osama bin Laden's money” (the leader of the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda, banned in Russia, who was liquidated in 2011), as they are believed to be most often used in the financing of terrorism, the newspaper notes. The issue of banknotes was stopped in 2014.

The money went to the accounts of the Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation (PWCF), which provides grants and scholarships to hundreds of people and organizations. According to the Times, “there is no suggestion that the payments were illegal.” A spokesman for Clarence House confirmed to the publication that the donations “were immediately handed over to one of the Prince's charities, which <…> assured us that all due process had been followed.

At the same time, the newspaper notes that according to the policy of members of the royal family regarding gifts, they can accept a “check” from donors, and nothing is said about cash.

One of Charles's former advisers, who handled the Qatari sheikh's money, told the newspaper that “everyone felt very uncomfortable about this situation.” But, in his words, “the only thing we could do” it is to count the money and report on their actions.

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In February 2022, Scotland Yard launched an investigation into the foundation following reports that the organization had offered assistance to a Saudi citizen in obtaining British citizenship. The Foundation emphasized that the Prince of Wales has nothing to do with the situation.

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Johnson invited G7 leaders to show in the photo that they are “cooler” than Putin

The Prime Minister of Britain jokingly suggested that his colleagues undress to show that they are “cooler” than the President of Russia. “We will demonstrate bare-chested riding,” said the Prime Minister of Canada. Putin has been photographed more than once with a naked torso on vacation

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson jokingly suggested that colleagues from the G7, who had gathered at Elmau Castle in Germany, undress for a photo, The Washington Post writes, accompanying the publication of a video before their lunch meeting.

< p>“In jackets? No jackets? Let's undress?»— Johnson joked as he sat down at the table. “We all have to show that we are cooler than [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,” — he added.

“We will demonstrate bare-chested riding,” — said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“Here! Here! We have to show them our chest muscles!"— supported by the British Prime Minister.

In August 2009, President Vladimir Putin was vacationing in Tuva. Then photos appeared in the media, in which, in particular, he rides naked to the waist.

Putin was next seen bare-chested fishing in Tuva with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in August 2017. In one of the photographs, the president, bare-chested and wearing dark glasses, is sitting sprawled on a chair, along with Shoigu, in another— posing with a caught fish.

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The journalist clarified with Putin: “ Are you saying that people like it when you are photographed without a shirt?"

To this he replied:"You know, I saw pictures of myself when I ride a bear. But I haven’t ridden a bear yet, but there are such photos.

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Matvienko announced Russia’s unwillingness to “engage in boltology” with Ukraine

According to the speaker of the Federation Council, Moscow is ready to negotiate with Kyiv “on realistic terms”, which are known. “Clearly and clearly stated our conditions must be accepted,” she said

Valentina Matvienko

Russia is ready to negotiate with Ukraine “on realistic terms”, said Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko in an interview Belarusian TV channel STV.

“They [the conditions] are known. We also announced them publicly. These are the conditions that have been declared for the purpose of a special military operation, and, of course, Russia will not negotiate under any other conditions, because it is Ukraine that has crossed the red line, — Matviyenko said when asked what conditions are needed to resume the negotiation process.

According to her, Western countries, if they wish, could “seat Kyiv at the negotiating table and force them to reach peace agreements”, but they had “completely different goals, different tasks.” Nevertheless, Moscow did not shy away from negotiations with Kyiv, the speaker noted.

She is convinced that “not Russia is at war”, but the West and NATO “at the hands of Ukrainians are at war with Russia”. Moscow had to do everything to defend itself.

Returning to the negotiations, the chairman of the Federation Council stressed that Russia was not ready to “engage in boltology”. Negotiations should not be “declarative”. “Clearly and distinctly stated our conditions must be accepted. And this will become the basis for negotiations, during which the nuances and so on can be clarified, — she added.

Matvienko called the President of Ukraine “a puppet in the hands of the United States”, who is not allowed to negotiate, but “ordered to fight”.

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“This is not a pro-Ukrainian president, that this is a president who does not think about the fate of his country, which is already destroyed and continues to crumble. <…> In order to preserve peace, tranquility, the lives of his citizens, he was obliged to sit down at the negotiating table and look for mutually acceptable solutions, taking into account the already existing realities, — concluded the speaker.

The Russian side had previously insisted on the demilitarization and denazification of the neighboring country, as well as on its non-bloc and non-nuclear status. The parties suspended negotiations in May. The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergey Lavrov, blamed Kyiv for this, which, in his words, “was poked by the Americans, the British primarily, because it is the Anglo-Saxons who are now in charge.” there. He doubts that Ukraine will return to the negotiation process in the near future. Kyiv at the same time allowed the resumption of negotiations with Russia in August. According to the head of the Ukrainian delegation, David Arakhamia, Ukraine is preparing a counteroffensive, which will strengthen its position in the negotiations. He ruled out resuming the dialogue in the current situation.

Matvienko, speaking about the sanctions, said that “this is a serious attempt to maintain the hegemony of the United States, an attempt by the countries of the West, this is a struggle for this hegemony, which means that the collective West should decide how to develop, in which direction to move.” So, “without trial, without investigation” part of the currency reserves of the Bank of Russia was frozen, the accounts of Russians and Belarusians are being blocked “on an ethnic basis”. “This is discrimination, this is genocide,” — she thinks.

According to her, “discredit” dollar and euro forces Russia to get rid of “unreliable currencies”, switching to settlements in national currencies. “And in general, today the Russian Federation, both with Belarus and with other states, is increasingly switching to payment in national currencies. But this movement must be phased, smooth, gradual, so as not to harm, so that there is a return from such a transition, — added the speaker of the Federation Council.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, commenting on the freezing of part of the Russian reserves, stated that “illegitimate actions” West “draw a line under the reliability of the so-called first-class assets.” In his opinion, by their actions, the US and the EU have actually declared “a real default on their obligations to Russia.” “Now everyone knows that financial reserves can simply be stolen,” — Putin spoke.

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Swiss customs reveals 18 violations of sanctions against Russia

The Swiss authorities have identified 18 cases of violation of the sanctions imposed against Russia because of the military operation in Ukraine. It is reported by Bloomberg with reference to the Federal Office for Customs and Border Security. The department did not give details.

The country, despite its neutral status, decided to join the restrictive measures that the European Union introduced against Russia. On June 10, Switzerland supported the sixth EU sanctions package, which includes a partial embargo of Russian oil, as well as imposing financial restrictions and banning 100 people from entering. Among them are citizens of Russia and Belarus — military personnel, politicians, businessmen, “persons involved in the dissemination of disinformation.”

Now the European Union is preparing the sixth package of sanctions. According to Reuters, Russian gold may be included in it.

On June 21, Bloomberg, citing Swiss customs data, reported that Switzerland had imported Russian gold for the first time since the beginning of the Russian military operation. About 3 tons of metal were imported into the country from Russia, which accounted for 2% of all gold imports. The agency noted that most enterprises refused to accept Russian metals after the London Bullion Market Association deprived six Russian plants of the status of suppliers of gold and silver.

The Swiss Federal Office for Customs and Border Protection later clarified that the gold of Russian origin arrived in the country from the UK. The agency did not disclose data on importers for legal reasons, but announced a check for compliance with existing sanctions.



Turkey vows not to join sanctions against Russia

Erdogan's representative Kalin: Turkey does not intend to join sanctions against Russia According to Erdogan's representative, Turkey periodically receives Western requests for anti-Russian sanctions, but Ankara protects its interests and does not intend to impose sanctions against Russia

Turkey does not intend to join the sanctions that the West has imposed on Russia, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on the air of the Haberturk TV channel.

According to him, Turkey periodically receives requests from the West regarding the need for sanctions against Russia, however, Ankara “adheres to a policy of balance.”

“We do not impose sanctions [against Moscow] and will not be connected to them. We must protect our interests. If everyone destroys the bridges, who will end up talking to Russia? Our economic relations with Russia are of such a nature that the imposition of sanctions will cause more damage to the Turkish economy than to Russia. We have taken a clear position [on the issue of sanctions]. In the West, it was accepted, & mdash; Erdogan's spokesman said.

Besides, Kalyn continued, Western sanctions have not pushed Russia to the negotiating table, on the contrary: “[Russian President Vladimir] Putin has further strengthened his position inside, and the ruble has recovered economically.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special military operation in Ukraine on the morning of February 24. According to him, the purpose of the operation — “demilitarization and denazification” Ukraine, as well as protecting the population from “genocide” in Donbass. Ukraine, in response, introduced martial law and announced mobilization.

Since the beginning of the conflict, the Turkish authorities have called on the parties to peace talks. So, at the end of March, the last face-to-face meeting of the Russian and Ukrainian delegations took place in Istanbul, where the parties agreed on the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Kyiv and Chernihiv directions, as well as the organization of gum corridors. However, later the parties announced the termination of negotiations.

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Ankara also acts as an intermediary in negotiations on the export of Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea ports. The Milliyet newspaper reported on June 20 that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the creation of a “grain corridor” with UN Secretary General António Guterres. According to the publication, this mechanism assumes that ships within a month will begin to export grain from the ports of Ukraine through the Dardanelles and Bosporus. The parties intend to export up to 40 million tons of grain within 6-8 months, the newspaper noted. Quadripartite meeting on the “grain problem” with the participation of Kyiv, Ankara, Moscow and the UN is planned in Turkey “in the coming weeks”.

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