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Scholz urged Schroeder to leave all posts in Russia

German Chancellor Scholz called on Schroeder to leave all posts in Russia after leaving Rosneft. Gerhard Schroeder previously announced the impossibility of extending his powers on the board of directors of Rosneft. The German chancellor urged him to leave all posts in Russia

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz urged Schroeder to leave all posts in Russia after leaving Rosneft, Der Spiegel reports.

“We note that this happened with one [post], more should follow”, — he said.

Schroeder was Chancellor of Germany from 1998 to 2005. Board of Directors of Rosneft he has been in charge since 2017. He is also Chairman of the Shareholders' Committee of Nord Stream AG, operator of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. In addition, in early February, Schroeder was nominated to the board of directors of Gazprom. instead of the son-in-law of the former President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev Timur Kulibayev.

Schroeder left the board of directors of Rosneft May 20. The company said they understand the decision of the former chancellor.

This happened after the European Parliament proposed imposing sanctions against European board members of large Russian companies and politicians who continue to receive money from Russia. In particular, the deputies mentioned Schroeder, who, against the backdrop of the events in Ukraine, was already offered by the current German Chancellor to leave his posts in Russian state-owned companies.

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Schroeder himself stated that Russia should not isolate in the long run and German industry needs Russian resources. According to him, after the special operation in Ukraine, the West will have to interact with Russia again. summed up the former chancellor.

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Reshetnikov urged to solve logistics issues for Russia’s “pivot” to Asia

According to the head of the Ministry of Economic Development, the current supply chains with Asian countries are more suitable for trade in raw materials, and for the development of mutual trade, Russia needs to “solve issues with logistics”

For a successful turn of Russian foreign economic activity to Asia Russia needs to solve logistics issues in a new way. About this “RIA Novosti” said Minister of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov.

“If we are talking about the development of trade [with Asia], then we will also have to solve logistics issues. The logistics chains that exist now are suitable for trade, relatively speaking, in grain, trade in petroleum products. And as for, for example, the supply of fertilizers, here the logistics are already more complicated— where to carry, how to ship»,— the minister explained.

According to him, it is problematic to transport such cargoes through the north-west of Russia, therefore, at present, the authorities are developing the corridor north— south using the infrastructure of the southern neighbors. “There are also opportunities to use the Eurasian infrastructure, the potential of our neighbors as transit countries,” he added.

In addition, Reshetnikov announced an increase in the capacity of Russia's Far Eastern ports. “We are evaluating how ready our ports are to export all this— These are the questions we are currently working on. We need new opportunities there, including an increase in container handling,— he said.

Since the end of February, many Western companies have announced the suspension of activities in Russia, as well as the suspension of supplies. Such a decision was made, for example, by the world's largest container operator Maersk and the American logistics company UPS. Sea lines MSC, Hapag-Lloyd and Yang Ming have also suspended vessel bookings (bookings) in the direction of Russia. In addition, several dozen countries closed the skies for Russian airlines, which forced them to stop flying to the EU countries, the USA, Canada, etc.

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In turn, the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov at the end of March estimated the time needed to rebuild logistics in the country at “three, maximum six months.” According to him, distribution channels during this time will be reoriented to those countries that are ready to buy Russian products and supply their own to Russia.

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Blinken joked about relations with Russia with a line from a Taylor Swift song

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, speaking to alumni of Georgetown University, quoted a song by American singer Taylor Swift, hinting that Washington might not restore relations with the Russian leadership. The broadcast was hosted by the Reuters YouTube channel.

“Indeed, Taylor Swift spoke at the graduation ceremony at New York University. Unfortunately, my team did not allow me to bring my guitar to dedicate the song “We are never ever getting back together” President [of Russia Vladimir] Putin, — said Blinken.

According to the diplomat, such a move on his part would be “undiplomatic and cringeworthy.”

After launched a special operation in Ukraine, many Western countries, including the EU and the United States, imposed sanctions against Russia. The restrictions included foreign exchange reserves, financial and industrial companies, as well as high-ranking officials and the military. In addition, in April, the United States expelled 10 Russian diplomats from Washington, bringing the number of diplomatic workers from Russia to a historic low.

Russia called Western sanctions illegal and repeatedly introduced mirror measures, including against Blinken and other first US persons. At the end of March, Deputy Head of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said that relations with Western countries are now worse than during the Cold War.

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Commander of the Strategic Missile Forces of Russia revealed the technical characteristics of “Sarmat”

According to the general, the Sarmat missile is capable of flying across the North and South Poles, and the means to intercept it are unlikely to be developed in the coming decades

The latest Russian intercontinental ballistic missile “Sarmat” capable of flying over the North and South Poles and other trajectories. About this on the air of the TV channel “Star” said the commander of the Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) of Russia, Colonel-General Sergei Karakaev.

“Due to the power supply of the new missile system, the trajectory has the ability to change. From our notorious trajectory through the North Pole, if necessary, it is possible to lay a trajectory through the South Pole, which, in principle, is not protected today. And also there are possibilities of other trajectories— from the point of view of the possibility of launching into outer space,»,— he said.

According to Karakaev, in the coming decades it is “hardly possible” create means to intercept a Russian missile.

On April 20, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the successful launch of the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile. from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region. This missile system will replace the “Voevoda” complex with the intercontinental ballistic missile R-36M2, which is currently armed with the Russian strategic missile forces. President Vladimir Putin watched the test launch via video link.

Head of Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin said that the deliveries of “Sarmatov” the troops will begin in the fall. He noted that only one such missile is capable of destroying half of the coast of the “disliked” continent. Technical capabilities of “Sarmat” “allow it to become much more invulnerable to US missile defense,” the head of the state corporation claimed.

At the same time, the Pentagon did not see Sarmat ICBMs in tests a threat to the United States.

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Monkeypox infection. How dangerous is it, and is there a vaccine

In May 2022, the monkeypox virus began to spread around the world, which usually does not go beyond endemic countries. How the virus is transmitted, what its characteristic symptoms are, and whether there is a vaccine against it – RBC understood

Where the monkeypox virus was found

In Europe, the first case of monkeypox infection was detected in the UK on 7 May. The infected person recently returned from Nigeria, which is characterized by the spread of this virus. It is the countries of West and Central Africa— breeding grounds for this virus. The virus was discovered in 1958, and was first detected in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

By May 20, there were already 20 cases in the UK. After the UK, the virus was found in Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium and other countries. The virus has also been detected in patients in the United States, Australia, Canada, where examinations are carried out in 13 people who are presumably infected.

Some of the cases identified in the UK were not directly related to travel to Africa, meaning that the virus was already transmitted within the country. The Ministry of Health notes that a significant proportion of the identified cases were among gay and bisexual men, because of this, the ministry calls on this part of society to be especially on the alert. Until now, it was not believed that the virus was transmitted sexually, the department draws attention. The virus is transmitted through close contact with the sick person, as well as through contact with the clothes or bedding of an infected person, the materials indicate. “The virus does not usually spread easily between people. Population risk remains low,— government release says.

Outbreaks in Africa

In May 2018, an outbreak was in Cameroon— one confirmed case, another 15 suspected, no one died.

Nigeria— from September to December 2017— 172 suspected cases, 61 confirmed, no death reported.

Central African Republic— September—October 2016, there were 26 suspected cases, three confirmed, one person died.

Source: African Union data.

By May 21, WHO had confirmed 92 cases of monkeypox from 12 non-endemic countries. The organization further clarified that the confirmed and suspected cases of monkeypox were not associated with the travel of infected people to endemic areas, which is a “highly unusual event.” The cases now identified are of the West African variant of monkeypox— they are similar to what was recorded in the UK, Israel and Singapore in 2018-2019, the WHO reported.

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How the virus is transmitted

The so-called natural reservoir of the virus are monkeys and some rodents (African squirrels, prairie dogs), from which the virus can be transmitted to humans. Experts interviewed by RBC note that outbreaks of monkeypox have happened before, they occurred mainly in endemic countries, but cases of importation to Europe were also known and occurred annually.

The type of transmission of the virus is similar to the type of transmission of smallpox— close contact of a person with a person, you can also become infected by contact with human body fluids, by contact with secretions from the patient's pustules and by interacting with his personal belongings. Due to the fact that transmission requires close contact, Konstantin Severinov, head of the laboratory at the Institute of Molecular Genetics and the Institute of Gene Biology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, explains to RBC, the rate of spread of this infection is much lower than with coronavirus, which is transmitted by airborne droplets.

The possibility of airborne transmission is now being discussed, but to date it is not known how effectively it is being implemented, says the director of the Institute of Medical Parasitology, Tropical and Vector-borne Diseases. E.I.Martsinovsky Sechenov University Alexander Lukashev.

Experts note that monkeypox, like other infectious diseases, has an incubation period. Identified 92 cases— this is the result of an infection about a week ago, so it can be argued that there are others infected, and expect an increase in the number of cases, regardless of the efforts of doctors, warns Lukashev.

The fact that there are more gay and bisexual males among monkeys with smallpox than statistically expected may be due to the fact that sexual contacts of people from this group are more traumatic and often lead to damage to the mucous membranes and skin, due to which the virus is transmitted. says Severinov. According to him, this may simply be an accident, since there are not so many infected yet. “In heterosexual intercourse, the same thing will happen if there are cracks or damage to the outer integument and mucous membranes,” — the expert explains. The WHO also notes that the identified cases are mainly, but not exclusively, recorded among men who have sex with men.

Will monkeypox appear in Russia

The official health departments, the Ministry of Health and Rospotrebnadzor, said on May 22 that there were no cases of monkeypox in Russia. Rospotrebnadzor considered the risk of importation “extremely low”.

Despite the fact that experts interviewed by RBC consider the risk of importation of the virus unlikely, Alexander Lukashev notes that monkeypox can spread among various ethnic groups.

< p>Among the measures to be taken to minimize the risk of a wide spread of the disease in Russia, the Deputy General Director for Research at the Center. Chumakov Ilya Gordeychuk calls: PCR diagnostics, isolation of infected and contact persons— at the health system level. On an individual level— careful monitoring of flu-like respiratory symptoms in yourself and others, wearing masks and cleaning hands with disinfectants.

How the disease progresses

The initial symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and fatigue. A rash may develop, often beginning on the face, then spreading to other parts of the body, including the genitals. The rash changes and goes through different stages and may look like the varicella or syphilis rash before finally forming a scab that later falls off, UK Department of Health describes symptoms.

According to WHO, the incubation period ranges from six to 13 days, but can be from five to 21. Two periods can be distinguished during the course of the disease. The first lasts up to five days and is characterized by fever, severe headache, swollen lymph nodes, back pain, myalgia, and fatigue. Abnormal sizes of lymph nodes— a characteristic sign of this particular type of smallpox, with chickenpox, measles and smallpox this is not. After one to three days after the onset of the heat, rashes begin on the skin.

The rash tends to be more concentrated on the face and limbs than on the trunk. The rash develops in succession from macules (lesions with a flat base) to papules (slightly raised firm lesions), vesicles (clear fluid-filled lesions), pustules (yellowish fluid-filled lesions), and crusts that dry up and fall off. The number of lesions ranges from several tens to several thousand. In severe cases, lesions may coalesce until large areas of skin are shed.

Monkeypox, the WHO continues, usually— self-limiting disease with symptoms lasting two to four weeks. Severe cases are more common among children and are related to the degree of exposure to the virus, the health of the patient, and the nature of the complications. The case fatality rate for monkeypox has historically ranged from 0% to 11% in the general population and has been higher among young children. Recently, the fatality rate has been around 3–6%.

With damage to the cornea, loss of vision is possible, added in a conversation with RBC, the chief researcher of the Center. N.F. Gamalei Viktor Zuev, who took part in the suppression of an outbreak of smallpox in Moscow in the 1960s.

Is there a vaccine for monkeypox

While smallpox vaccination was a protection in the past, today people younger than 40-50 years old (depending on the country) may be more susceptible to monkeypox due to for ending smallpox vaccination campaigns around the world after the eradication of the disease, says WHO.

“I started working on monkeypox in 2002 in the DRC. Now, 20 years later, the vast majority of people in the world do not have immunity to smallpox viruses, — noted in an interview with The Telegraph Anne Rimouin, professor of epidemiology at the University of California at Los Angeles. She estimates that as the world becomes more susceptible to poxviruses (smallpox viruses) and as travel increases, the number of cases could increase.

The smallpox vaccine also works against monkeypox, Vector said earlier, as all poxviruses provide good cross-protection. “The two viruses are similar, so the immune response generated by the smallpox vaccine is effective against monkeypox,” confirms RBC Gordeychuk.

Also in Vector; spoke about their own previously developed test system, which allows to detect cases of monkeypox infection. According to the center's experts, the test is specific and does not detect cross-reactions with rubella and chickenpox viruses.

The experts with whom RBC spoke explained that in the Vector center contains a strain of smallpox, but it is not needed to create the smallpox vaccine itself. “A vaccinia virus is used, similar to the vaccinia virus, which the physician Edward Jenner used to vaccinate back in the 18th century. The same vaccine can protect against monkeypox, & mdash; says Severinov.

Such a vaccine, if necessary, can be quickly developed, since the technology is not new. Experts confirm that there is no independent vaccine against monkeypox in the world.

Vaccination against smallpox was carried out in the USSR. Will the vaccinated be protected now

In 1979, the World Health Assembly issued a declaration declaring the world's victory over smallpox. In the USSR, vaccination was carried out until about 1982, after which it stopped. The smallpox vaccine is expected to provide protection against monkeypox, Lukashev says. “Perhaps, the inhabitants of Russia, vaccinated before the 80s, will be partially protected when they meet with monkeypox, but we do not know how effective their immunity is, because more than 40 years have passed after vaccination,” — he says. Chief Researcher at the Center N.F. Gamalei Viktor Zuev doubts that the vaccinated still have protection.

The smallpox vaccine gave sterile immunity, that is, the vaccinated person ceased to be a source of new viruses, and vaccination gave lifelong immunity, Konstantin Severinov believes. “Since young children were vaccinated, it can be assumed that almost everyone born before the 80s will be resistant to monkeypox,” — explains the expert.

Nevertheless, one cannot speak of significant herd immunity, since the vast majority of people under 40 years of age have not been vaccinated against smallpox, Gordeychuk summarizes.

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Ukraine withdrew from agreements on taxes with Russia and on the heroism of the peoples of the CIS

We are talking about the Agreement on perpetuating the memory of the courage and heroism of the peoples of the CIS in the Great Patriotic War (it regulated the cooperation of countries in this area) and an agreement that excludes double taxation

Ukraine denounced agreements on perpetuating the memory of the courage and heroism of the peoples of the CIS in the Great Patriotic War and on the avoidance of double taxation of income and property and the prevention of tax evasion, members of the Verkhovna Rada spoke in support of these decisions. This was announced in the Telegram channel by a member of the Ukrainian parliament from the party “Voice” Yaroslav Zheleznyak.

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  • withdrawal from the Agreement on perpetuating the memory of the courage and heroism of the peoples of the CIS in the Great Patriotic War;
  • Agreement on perpetuating the memory of the courage and heroism of the peoples of the states— participants of the CIS in the Great Patriotic War, Russia and Ukraine signed September 3, 2011 in Dushanbe. Two years later, Kyiv ratified the document. On February 23, the day before the start of the Russian special operation, the government of Ukraine approved the withdrawal from the agreement, calling participation in it “unreasonable.” Then the draft document was submitted to the Verkhovna Rada.

    The document defines such terms as “commemoration”, “dead soldiers”, “military graves”, “military monuments”, “arrangement of military graves” and “search job”.

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    According to its provisions, the parties undertook to coordinate their actions to perpetuate the memory of the courage and heroism of the peoples of the states— participants of the CIS in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. Russia and Ukraine also agreed on how exactly they will preserve the memory of the fallen servicemen, equip and maintain memorials and military graves, and search for the remains of the dead.

    The Ukrainian Ministry of Finance noted that after the innovation, the state budget will not lose income from taxes that Ukrainians pay to the Russian treasury. In addition, Kyiv will stop exchanging tax information with Moscow.

    These are not the first agreements between Russia and Ukraine that Kyiv has been denouncing since the end of February. So, on May 3, the Ukrainian parliament canceled the agreement on conducting a coordinated policy in the field of standardization, metrology and certification of 1992, and on March 25 withdrew from the agreement with Russia on the mutual recognition of diplomas.

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Berlusconi invited the EU to persuade Kyiv to accept Russia’s terms of peace

Europe must convince Kyiv to accept the demands put forward by Moscow and personally by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the politician said. EU countries need to join forces and develop proposals for a settlement, he said.

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Europe must convince the Ukrainian authorities to accept Russia's terms in peace talks, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said, according to Libero Quatidiano.

“It is necessary to reach the world <…> as soon as possible. I believe that Europe should join forces to put forward a peace proposal for [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and the Ukrainians, trying to convince the Ukrainians to accept Putin's questions, — he said.

The day before, on May 19, the newspaper La Repubblica, citing the document, reported that Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio handed over Rome's proposals for a peaceful settlement in Ukraine to UN Secretary General António Guterres. Excerpts from the project, cited by the Huffington Post and Open Online, said the plan had four stages:

  • ceasefire in Ukraine and demilitarization of the front line under UN supervision;
  • negotiations on the status of Ukraine, which involve the country's accession to the EU, but not joining NATO;
  • In turn, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, at a briefing following the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council on development issues, said that he supported the proposals of Rome, but noted that the final decision on the conditions of peaceful settlement must be accepted by Kyiv.

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Hungary proposed to the EU to impose a ban on offshore oil supplies from Russia

The Foreign Ministry believes that this will help find a compromise, since most of the oil from Russia comes to the EU by sea. Hungary depends on Russian oil imports by 60% and does not remove the veto from the sixth package of EU sanctions, it has no access to the sea

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In the sixth package of sanctions against Russia, which the EU is currently discussing, there is a proposal for an embargo on imports of crude oil from its territory. If the package is approved, Brussels may impose a ban in six months, and restrict the import of Russian oil products from 2023.

Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia did not support the idea of ​​an oil embargo because of their dependence on Russian energy supplies. Then the European Commission gave in and allowed Hungary and Slovakia to import Russian oil until the end of 2024, and the Czech Republic— until June 2024. After that, Bratislava and Prague stopped opposing the ban, but Hungary did not change its position.

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Gasum announced the suspension of gas supplies from Russia to Finland

Gas supplies from Russia have been stopped, Finland will supply it in the summer season via the Balticconnector pipeline, Gasum reported. Gasgrid Finland assured that the country's system is balanced

Natural gas imports from Russia to Finland are suspended, during the entire summer season the company will purchase it from other suppliers through the Balticconnector pipeline, according to the website of the Finnish state gas company Gasum.

“Gasum will supply natural gas to its customers from other sources via the Balticconnector pipeline. Gasum filling stations in the gas network will continue to operate as usual,— said in the message.

According to the Finnish state gas operator Gasgrid Finland, gas supplies were stopped through the Imatra point, while all the volume needed by the country is already imported through Balticconnector. According to the company, “[Finland's] gas system is now balanced.”

Balticconnector connects Finland to Estonia, this pipeline provides the Finnish side with access to the Latvian natural gas storage facilities in Incukalns.

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Gasum CEO Mika Välänen said earlier that the company had prepared for such a situation and was ready to provide customers with fuel in the coming months in the absence of interruptions in the operation of the gas transport network. The company also indicated that they refused to pay for gas in rubles or according to the new scheme proposed by Russia, while there are other “substantial disagreements”; in relation to other requirements presented to the contract. Gasum “had no choice but to arbitrate the contract,” Viljanen added.

At Gazprom, previously warned that they intend to “defend their interests in arbitration by available means”, and gas supplies will be suspended due to the refusal of the Finnish side to pay for them under the new conditions.

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At the end of April, the Finnish government announced its intention to stop Russian gas supplies as soon as possible. «Purpose— get rid of all payments to Russia so that we don't use them to fund Putin's military fund. It would be undesirable to be in a situation where we have to pay for breach of contract,— said Minister for European Affairs and Corporate Governance Titti Tuppurainen.

Bloomberg learned in mid-May that Gasgrid Finland intends to charter a specialized tanker used as an offshore LNG terminal from US Excelerate Energy. Helsinki believed that this deal would stop the import of Russian gas. The head of Excelerate Energy Stephen Cobos noted that Finland and Estonia need 3 billion cubic meters. m of gas annually, while the tanker is capable of delivering 5 billion cubic meters. According to the company, this is about 52 freight shipments.

The Exemplar vessel, which is currently in Argentina, will sail to Finland by the end of the year. The agreement was signed for ten years, while the surplus gas can be sold to neighboring countries, including Estonia.

The contract between Gasum and Gazprom Export valid until the end of 2031. The Russian company reported that it supplied the Finnish side in 2016-2019 with about 2.5 billion cubic meters. m of gas. In 2020, against the backdrop of the spread of the coronavirus, supplies fell by 34.5%, but in the first half of 2021 they reached 1.035 billion cubic meters. m, which is 35.6% more than in the same period last year.

According to Bloomberg, Finland purchased 92% of natural gas from Russia last year, but this type of fuel accounts for only 5% of energy, consumed in the country.

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Russia bans 963 US citizens from entering the country

Russia has banned 963 US citizens from entering the country, including Joe Biden and Morgan Freeman Among the US citizens who are now banned from entering Russia are US President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, members of Congress, US ministers and representatives of the military-industrial complex, as well as actor Morgan Freeman

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The Russian Foreign Ministry has published a list of American citizens who have been banned from entering the country on a permanent basis. The list includes 963 people, including US President Joe Biden.

Also listed:

  • US President's son Hunter Biden;
  • CIA Director William Burns;
  • FBI Director Christopher Wray;
  • Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Treasury Department Andrea Gaki;
  • U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland;
  • < li>Attorneys for Maria Butina and Konstantin Yaroshenko Eric Kenerson and Randall Jackson respectively;

  • U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mallorcas;
  • National Security Agency Director Paul Nacasone;
  • U.S. Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Jacob Sullivan.

In addition, the list included members of Congress, US ministers and representatives of the military-industrial complex (MIC). Moscow also banned Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and actor Morgan Freeman from entering the country, who “recorded a video message in September 2017 accusing Russia of conspiring against the United States and calling for a fight against our country.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that it had included on the list the US authorities, inciting Russophobia, as well as those who “serve” them. At the same time, Russia invariably respects the American people and is open to honest and respectful dialogue, the department added.

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“The Russian counter-sanctions are forced and aimed at forcing the ruling American regime, which is trying to impose the neo-colonial “rules-based world order” on the rest of the world, to change its behavior, recognizing the new geopolitical realities,” & mdash; the message says.

The US authorities have also imposed sanctions against the Russian leadership. So, on February 26, Washington announced restrictive measures against President Vladimir Putin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov.

Biden and Psaki were banned from entering Russia back in mid-March. Together with them, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were listed.

At the end of April, the Russian Foreign Ministry added to the “stop list” 29 American top executives, businessmen, experts and journalists “shaping the Russophobic agenda.” These included Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Meta (recognized as extremist and banned in Russia), US Vice President Kamala Harris, and State Department spokesman Ned Price.

In 2017, In the United States, the NGO “Committee in Support of the Russian Investigation” appeared. Morgan Freeman recorded a video address on behalf of this organization. In the first seconds, he declared: “We were attacked. We are at war.” According to him, Russian President Vladimir Putin “is using cyberweapons to attack democracies around the world.”

The actor called on then-U.S. President Donald Trump to protect the country from a Russian plot to undermine the United States.

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Hungarian Prime Minister Orban compares sanctions against Russia with an atomic bomb

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Ill-considered sanctions against Russia are equivalent to an atomic bomb and lead to famine and migration. This was stated by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a meeting with Serbian leader Aleksandar Vučić, 24.hu reports.

“All sorts of ill-conceived measures, sanctions against Russia that destroy Hungarian agriculture are equivalent to an atomic bomb.” ,— he said.

Smarter economic solutions are now needed, Orban said, “because otherwise there will be big problems.” He added that Budapest will not accept decisions from Brussels that are economically unsound and will lead to higher prices.

The Hungarian Prime Minister said that in 2020 and 2021 the heroes were nurses and doctors, and the heroes of this and next year will be “farmers who will have to work in very difficult conditions.”

Orban stressed that if they fail to provide people with bread, many of them will leave for other European countries, not only in the hope of a better life, but also in order to survive. He warned that in this case, the migration that has been so far will seem like a “children's fairy tale”; compared to what will happen next.

Vučić, in turn, stressed that more than a quarter of the world's population could face a food crisis due to fighting in Ukraine. This problem could cause a number of others, including in the area of ​​security, he added.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin also said that the EU countries and their residents will face with “intractable consequences” with continued sanctions pressure on Russia.

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Truss rejected the British desire for a change of power in Russia

British Foreign Minister Truss: London and Washington are not seeking a change of power in Russia London and Washington are not making efforts to change power in Russia, Truss said. Earlier, Biden said that Putin could no longer remain in power, the White House explained that he meant influence on neighboring countries

Great Britain and the United States do not set the goal of their policy to change power in Russia, said British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in an interview with Corriere della Sera.

“We are not seeking regime change, but we must ensure that Russia can no longer commit these acts of aggression,”— she said.

The office of the British Prime Minister previously stressed that London only wants to “stop Russia seeking to subdue a democratic country.” “That's been our message all along,” — said in the message.

At the end of March, American President Joe Biden said during a speech in Warsaw: “For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power.” Later, the White House assured that he did not call for a change in Russian power, but meant “power over neighbors.” Russia. Biden also rejected the suggestion that he meant a change of power in Russia.

The United States is not interested in a change of power in Russia, US Vice President Kamalla Harris assured in early April. “This is not our policy. Dot»,— she said.

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The Kremlin then noted that they did not know the meaning of the words of the US President, but called him “a victim of many delusions.” The representative of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, added that the issue of people in power in Russia is decided by the Russians during the elections, and not by the governments of other countries. “In general, of course, this speech and those passages of the speech that relate to Russia are amazing, if not worse,” — stressed Peskov.

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The EC urged European companies to pay Russia for gas in euros

According to the vice-president of the European Commission, the agreements concluded with Gazprom clearly spell out the gas payment scheme in euros, and the Russian president violates the agreements with his demands

European companies must pay for Russian natural gas exclusively in euros . Frans Timmermans, Vice President of the European Commission, stated this on ERR.

Commenting on reports that a number of large European gas companies have opened accounts with Gazprombank through which payments made in euros are converted into Russian rubles, Timmermans said that “this is not normal.”

“The agreements are very clear, the agreements speak about euros and dollars. It's not rubles. With this trick that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is trying to use, he is trying to keep his Central Bank afloat with foreign currency, which is not allowed by the sanctions, — said the Vice-President of the EC.

Timmermans said that the Russian Central Bank is under sanctions, and European companies, in accordance with existing agreements, must pay for gas exclusively in euros. “It's written in the contracts. Putin Demands Violation of Treaties»,— he emphasized.

According to the decree of the President of Russia of March 31, in order to pay for gas under the new scheme, foreign buyers must open two accounts with Gazprombank— currency and ruble. The company transfers the payment to the first one, after which the bank sells the currency on the stock exchange, and credits the rubles to the second one. Russia recognizes the payment as completed only after the funds are credited to the ruble account.

In April, the European Commission issued a document in which it considered the gas payment scheme proposed by Russia to be contrary to European sanctions. At that time, Brussels explained that the conversion of currencies into rubles at Gazprombank could be considered a foreign currency loan, which was prohibited by the 2014 restrictions. They also pointed to the involvement of the Central Bank in transactions.

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At the same time, on May 12, Bloomberg reported that the total number of European companies that opened ruble accounts with Gazprombank had reached 20. Another 14 buyers said they needed to prepare documents. At that time, four companies had already paid for gas in rubles, the agency noted.

On May 19, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said that about half of the 54 companies that had contracts with « Gazprom».

At the end of April, due to non-payment for gas in rubles, Gazprom suspended deliveries to Poland and Bulgaria. At the same time, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi previously claimed that Germany had already paid for the supplies in rubles.

Last year, the EU imported 155 billion cubic meters from Russia. m of natural gas (pipeline and LNG) in the amount of €17.8 billion, followed from the data of the European Commission.

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Blinken said that Russia itself refused NATO membership in the 1990s

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Russia itself abandoned the idea of ​​joining NATO in the 1990s, said US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in an interview with The Late Show TV presenter Stephen Colbert. The transcript of the conversation is published on the website of the State Department.

Discussing with Blinken the political situation in the world, including the events in Ukraine and Russia's fears about the possible expansion of NATO to the East, the host proposed a “crazy idea” & mdash; “invite Russia to join the alliance.” According to him, then the Russian authorities would have nothing more to worry about.

The Secretary of State replied that the issue had already been discussed in the past, but Russia abandoned this idea.

“You know what? Back in the 1990s, this question (Russia's proposal to become part of NATO.— RBC) has indeed been discussed. The Russians decided that this was not what they wanted to do, — he said.

The fact that the United States offered Russia to join NATO was also announced in early April by former US President Bill Clinton. According to him, in the 1990s, relations between the North Atlantic Alliance and Moscow developed: it participated in the Partnership for Peace program, the founding act of Russia was concluded; NATO on mutual relations, cooperation and security, and the United States provided financial assistance to Russia for the withdrawal of its military from the Baltics. “All this time we have kept the doors of NATO open for Russian entry, as I clearly stated to Yeltsin, and then to his successor Vladimir Putin,” Clinton said.

The Kremlin, commenting on his words, said that the doors of NATO in the 1990s were closed for Russia. According to the press secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, the United States has repeatedly spoken about the impossibility of the country's entry into the alliance.

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Putin instructed to revise Russia’s strategy in the WTO

The President also instructed to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the measures taken by WTO members in relation to Russia, for compliance with the principles of the organization

President Vladimir Putin instructed the government to analyze the restrictions adopted against Russia by countries— members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and submit proposals for updating the strategy for the country's participation in the organization, according to the Kremlin website.

“The Government of Russia to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the adopted in 2022 by the states— members of the World Trade Organization of measures to restrict trade with Russia for their compliance with the rules and principles of this organization,— follows from the list of instructions of the head of state following the meeting on the development of the metallurgical complex.

In addition, Putin instructed the Cabinet of Ministers “to submit proposals for Russia to challenge such measures within the framework of the organization, as well as to update the strategy for Russia's participation in the World Trade organizations».

Russia joined the WTO in 2012. Against the background of the military operation in Ukraine, in mid-March, the WTO received a statement from 14 members of the organization depriving Russia of the most favored nation in trade.

In response, the Russian representative office in the WTO warned of dangers to the multilateral trading system due to aggressive and politically motivated trade restrictions. The mission also accused Western countries of trying to undermine the Russian economy through sanctions. The Foreign Ministry considered Russia's withdrawal from the WTO a “gift to enemies”.

Most favored nation treatment— this is a key principle of the WTO, which implies that when trading with a particular state, member countries enjoy the same privileges. The absence of this status in a country means that any customs duties can be set for it. WTO rules do not provide for the direct possibility of excluding states, but do not prohibit the withdrawal of the most favored nation treatment.

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Nevertheless, on May 17, the State Duma Committee on Economic Policy proposed returning the bill to the authors. The committee pointed out that the authors did not attach the government's conclusion to the document. They also explained that the decision to withdraw Russia from the WTO would allow other countries— members of the organization to impose increased duties on the export of Russian goods.

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

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Canada bans exports of luxury goods to Russia

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Canada has imposed new sanctions against Russia, banning the import into the country and the supply of luxury goods from it, the country's Foreign Ministry said. Ottawa also expanded the sanctions list by adding 14 Russians, their names are not named.

“Canada prohibits the export of luxury goods to Russia, including alcoholic beverages, tobacco, some textiles and sportswear, shoes, luxury clothing and accessories, jewelry, dishes and art, — the message says. It is forbidden to import alcoholic beverages, seafood, fish and diamonds from Russia.

According to the Canadian authorities, we are talking about goods worth $75.7 million.

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Finland has announced the date of cessation of gas supplies from Russia amid record sales

Helsinki reported that they had not received notifications from Gazprom.

A message appeared on the website of the Finnish state-owned gas company Gasum that fuel supplies from Russia are being stopped this week.

The statement also mentions the dates when the pumping will be stopped – the evening of May 20, or the 21st. The company also noted that no information about the suspension was received from the Russian side. That is, neither “Gazprom Export”, nor the Russian operator reported anything to the Finnish side.

However, Gasum believes that such a risk is very real. Their opinion was formed against the backdrop of a statement made on May 17 by Finland refusing to fulfill the conditions of Gazprom, that is, to pay for fuel in rubles.

Recall that according to the contract, payments from Finland to Russia must arrive no later than May 23 . Official Helsinki already assumed that there would be no deliveries from May 14, but did not comment on the situation.

The scenario may be possible because Gazprom has already deprived Bulgaria and Poland of Russian fuel after a similar refusal to pay. On the eve of the blackout, Varashava imposed sanctions against “Gazprom”.

At the same time, France reports a record increase in Russian revenues against the backdrop of European fuel supplies. So, the Echos edition, citing Citi analysts, called the size & # 8211; $100 billion. They cite rising prices as the reason.

It is indicated that the amount is twice the transfers of 2021.

“And this is without taking into account income from oil, coal and other raw materials” and the embargo, imposed on Russia, he emphasizes. Thus, Moscow can celebrate the first victory in the “energy battle” with Europe. Even a decrease in fuel purchases will not affect income, because. prices compensate for the gap.

The French observer believes that the embargo has trapped Europe itself, and the President of the Russian Federation “wins”.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that about twenty European companies opened accounts in “Gazprombank” to pay for Russian gas supplies. And EU members have still not been able to agree on the size and terms of the embargo.

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Russia to work on resuming flights with Georgia

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Russia will work on resuming flights with Georgia. Grigory Karasin, head of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, stated this in a conversation with TASS.

“Let's hope we will work in this direction,” — he said on the sidelines of the XIII International Economic Summit “Russia” Islamic World: KazanSummit 2022».

In January, the Russian Foreign Ministry recalled that among the conditions for lifting the ban on air travel with Georgia— “stopping the Russophobic campaign”, “a more balanced policy” against Russia and the “disappearance of threats to security” Russians.

Moscow remains committed to the goals of normalizing Russian-Georgian relations and restoring bilateral ties, but such a process should be a “two-way street,” the ministry stressed.

Ban on flights with Georgia is temporary, the Foreign Ministry emphasized.

Russia severed direct flights with Georgia on June 21 amid protests in Tbilisi. The reason for the protests was that State Duma deputy from the Communist Party Sergei Gavrilov sat in the speaker's chair during the opening of the meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy in the Georgian parliament.

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After that, the opposition Georgian parties “United National Movement” and “European Georgia” considered that a deputy from Russia cannot be in the Georgian parliament and take the chair.

The protesters demanded the resignation of speaker Irakli Kobakhidze and the holding of early parliamentary elections. Kobakhidze complied with their demands by resigning on June 21.

According to the decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin, flights of Russian airlines to the country ceased on July 8. Later, the Russian Ministry of Transport announced that from that date a temporary ban on flights to Russia of Georgian airlines would also be introduced.

The head of the Ministry of Transport at that time, Yevgeny Dietrich, then warned that due to the decision to close direct flights with Georgia, Russian airlines will lose about 3 billion rubles.

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Klishas announced the failure of the import substitution program in Russia

Senator Klishas: the import substitution program in Russia has completely failed And the head of the National Anti-Corruption Committee, Kabanov, accused “some leaders” of trying to “transplant” Russian industry and the economy to a “new, now Chinese” needle “

In Russia, the import substitution program has failed completely, Andrey Klishas, ​​head of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, wrote on his Telegram channel.

“There is nothing but bravura reports from industry departments. Our people see this both in consumer goods and in many other areas, — he added.

This is how the senator commented on the post of chairman of the National Anti-Corruption Committee and member of the HRC Kirill Kabanov.

Kabanov, in turn, accused “some leaders” in an effort to “transplant” Russian industry and economy into a “new, now Chinese” needle, changing the logistics of purchases and “investors”, instead of seeking economic independence.

In his opinion, at first it is necessary to revise large projects with budgetary financing in order to abandon those that are inappropriate at this stage.

RBC sent requests to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Economics and the government press service.

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Against the background of the introduction of anti-Russian sanctions by Western countries, the supply of goods to Russia was suspended by many foreign companies. In addition, due to a shortage of components, AvtoVAZ, which produces domestic Lada cars, has transferred its employees to a four-day work week.

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The Russian authorities promised to support domestic producers in order to accelerate import substitution in some industries. Subsidies were promised to pharmaceutical companies in order to reduce the dependence of the Russian market on imported drugs.

At the same time, businessman Oleg Deripaska warned companies against appointing “import substitution chiefs.” According to him, they should not create such conditional positions, but focus solely on the needs of business.

In April, Russian schools were recommended to conduct special lessons on the benefits of import substitution, the Ministry of Education confirmed that it had sent out manuals. They, among other things, talked about “the most important areas of anti-sanctions policy”, which were called by the head of government Mikhail Mishustin, — it is “protection of the domestic market and maintaining the employment of the working population”.

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Russia decides to expel five diplomats from Portugal

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Ambassador of Portugal Madalena Fischer was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry, where she was told about the expulsion of five employees of the embassy. They must leave Russia within 14 days.

This was Russia's response to the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats.

“It is emphasized that this unfriendly step will have a negative impact on Russian-Portuguese relations”, — reported in the ministry.

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Media: McDonald’s in Russia can be bought by a relative of Nazarbayev or an oilman from Siberia

The Bell reports on a relative of Nazarbayev and an oilman from Novokuznetsk.

The Bell publication, citing sources, reports that the Russian share of McDonald’s business may be bought out by Russian or Kazakh entrepreneurs.

As Topnews reported earlier, McDonald’s announced that it was leaving the Russian market. Prior to this, the company repeatedly postponed the closure of stores for a certain period, keeping employees and premises busy.

However, against the backdrop of anti-Russian sanctions, it could not hold out for a long time.

Now, as reported Media, her business may be bought out in the near future by the relatives of the former President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. So, the name of the entrepreneur Kairat Boranbaev, the owner of the SPP company, is called.

It is known that earlier it was this company that managed the McDonald’s network in six Russian regions – Sverdlovsk, Orenburg, Chelyabinsk, Kurgan, Tyumen and Kirov regions.

It is also known that Boranbaev owns a McDonald’s franchise in Belarus and Kazakhstan. A relative of the president was also the head of the JV KazRosGas JSC.

According to “Kommersant” citing two sources, it is Boranbaev's firms that will become the new owner of the closed establishments of the American fast food chain.

The second contender for Russian establishments is McDonald’s, according to The Bell, – Russian entrepreneur Alexander Govor, who lives in Novokuznetsk.

According to “RG”, he owns the GiD company, which managed the activities of 25 McDonald’s establishments in Novosibirsk, Berdsk, Tomsk, Kemerovo, Novokuznetsk, Barnaul and Krasnoyarsk.

In addition, Govor is a member of the board of directors of NefteKhimService.

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Khusnullin: Zaporozhye NPP will work for Russia, but is ready to supply electricity to Ukraine

Deputy Prime Minister Khusnullin announced the conditions for supplying the resource.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Marat Khusnullin told the media that the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant will work for Russia.

According to the official, if Ukraine is ready to pay for electricity, then Russia is ready to supply electricity there too.< /p>

According to RIA Novosti with reference to the words of Khusnullin, “energy – this is a product that cannot be put into a warehouse”.

He explained that if the Ukrainian power engineers refuse to pay for the supplied resource, the nuclear power plant will work for Russia.

“If the Ukrainian energy system is ready to receive and pay for ZNPP electricity, then the plant will work for Ukraine, if it does not receive it, then the nuclear power plant will work for Russia”, & # 8211; said the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

He is sure that nuclear energy is one of the cheapest and highly competitive.

There will be no problems with its sale, the politician believes .

Besides, as “Izvestia” clarifies, the Deputy Prime Minister said that already in May, residents of the region will receive pensions and salaries in rubles. The Russian national currency will eventually replace the hryvnia, Khusnullin specified.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that a fire broke out at the nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye in early March.

The fire was extinguished, as reported by the Russian Defense Ministry.

The department said that they completely control the level of radiation at the nuclear power plant.

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Foreign Ministry demanded from Slovenia to reduce the number of diplomats in Russia

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The Charge d'Affaires of Slovenia in Russia was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The diplomat was handed a note with a demand to reduce the number of diplomatic staff in Moscow by four people. How many employees will remain there now, the department did not specify. The ministry also decided to “adjust the conditions for the functioning of the Slovenian diplomatic mission”; taking into account the work of the Russian embassy in Ljubljana.

In addition, according to the Foreign Ministry, the charge d'affaires was protested in connection with the “groundless attempts of the Slovenian authorities to blame Russia for war crimes on Ukraine and the provision of military assistance by the Slovenian side to the neo-Nazi Kyiv regime.

On April 5, Slovenia announced that it was reducing the staff of the Russian embassy in Ljubljana from 41 to eight people, or 80%. On the same day, the European Union decided to expel a number of Russian diplomats.

In March, the STA agency reported that Slovenia would send several planes with weapons, ammunition and helmets to Ukraine. At the end of April, the German television channel n-tv, citing sources in the German government, reported that Slovenia would transfer Soviet T-72 tanks to the Armed Forces of Ukraine in exchange for weapons from the FRG— Marder combat vehicles and Fuchs armored personnel carriers.

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Chiefs of the General Staffs of Russia and the United States talked for the first time since the beginning of the special operation

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The Bundestag stripped ex-Chancellor Schroeder of part of the privileges for ties with Russia

In 2019, Schroeder called the annexation of Crimea to Russia legal from a legal point of view, and accusations of Russia of aggressive actions untenable. Now the ex-chancellor is left without an office

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The Budget Committee of the German Bundestag withdrew part of the privileges of the former Federal Chancellor of the country Gerhard Schroeder, the ARD TV channel reported.

“The Budget Committee abolished the staff and suspended the office of former SPD Chancellor Schröder. Thus, formally, the powers of the ex-chancellor are suspended, — TV channel reports.

In 2021, the ex-Chancellor's office staff and travel costs amounted to almost €419 thousand, excluding the cost of renting and maintaining the office space and its equipment.

According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, there were four employees in Schröder's office who retired a few weeks ago. According to the committee's decision, these vacancies will not be filled.

However, according to the committee's decision, 78-year-old Schroeder, who was Chancellor from 1998 to 2005, will retain his pension and will continue to be protected. Usually, after retirement, the ex-chancellor receives 65% of the deputy salary (about €10 thousand) per month, as well as office space, assistants, a secretary and a driver.

The initiative to deprive Schroeder of privileges was taken by the ruling coalition of social democrats, the Greens and the JCPOA. Reuters reports that she was supported in the vote by the Christian Social Union, which at first intended to deprive Schroeder even of his pension.

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The reason was the ex-chancellor's work for Russian state-owned companies. Schroeder has been the head of the board of directors of PJSC NK Rosneft since 2017, and is also the chairman of the shareholders' committee of Nord Stream AG, the operator of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. In addition, he was nominated to the board of directors of Gazprom. instead of Timur Kulibayev, son-in-law of the first President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev.

In April, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner proposed to stop financing Schroeder from the budget. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz urged Schroeder to leave his posts in Russian state-owned companies.

Schroeder himself stated that Russia cannot be isolated in the long term and German industry needs Russian resources. According to him, after the special operation in Ukraine, the West will have to interact with Russia again. summed up the former chancellor.

On March 10, Politico reported that Schroeder was visiting Moscow to discuss the situation in Ukraine with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In 2019, Schroeder called the annexation of Crimea to Russia legal from a legal point of view: this was approved by the population, so any “aggressive actions” there is no speech. Former Chancellor Called Crimea “Old Russian Territory” and noted that in the days of the USSR “it did not matter where the Crimea was assigned territorially.” In November 2018, he stated in an interview that the entry of the Crimean Peninsula into Russia has already become a reality, regardless of what other countries think about it, and concluded that the world community will recognize it sooner or later.

< p> Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking about the candidacy of the former German chancellor for the post of a member of the board of directors of Gazprom, called him a decent person who is respected in Russia and who “first of all, of course, sets himself the task of realizing the interests of his own country” ;. “In any case, the Federal Republic [Germany], the Europeans will have a person who can both influence decisions as a member of the board of directors, and certainly receive directly from Gazprom; objective information»,— Putin said.

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Beijing called on NATO and the EU for a comprehensive dialogue with Russia

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the international community should join forces to establish peace and “take concrete actions to cool the conflict, and not add fuel to the fire”

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China calls on NATO and The EU will start a comprehensive dialogue with Russia, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a video conference meeting with the Foreign Ministers of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), his words are quoted on the website of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

He noted that the Ukrainian crisis is dragging on. “Arms deliveries cannot lead to peace in Ukraine, and sanctions and pressure cannot solve the problem of European security,” — says the head of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

The global community must join forces to establish peace and “take concrete action to cool the conflict, not add fuel to the fire.” “China expects Russia and Ukraine to overcome difficulties and continue peace talks,” — noted by Wang Yi.

Beijing opposes forcing other countries to choose one side. According to the Chinese minister, the crisis affects the development of international trade and the stability of production and supply chains, threatening global food, energy and financial security. “Efforts should be made to reduce side effects, especially to support vulnerable developing countries in overcoming difficulties,” urged Wang Yi.

The minister wished the BRICS countries to adhere to the “principles of independence, objectivity and impartiality” in the Ukrainian problem, and also to do everything possible to establish peace.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he would like China to side with his country. Kyiv also expects that Beijing will act as one of the guarantors of the republic's security.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a conversation with US President Joe Biden, called the crisis in Ukraine “not something China would like to see.” In his opinion, the conflict is not in anyone's interests, and the United States and China should take “due international responsibility and make efforts for world peace and tranquility.” The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Zhao Lijian, speaking about the position of the PRC, argued that the Chinese side has always taken “the initiative of reconciliation and negotiations.”

Beijing did not join the sanctions against Russia after the start of the military operation.

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Lukashenko announced the purchase of Iskander and S-400 missiles from Russia

According to the Belarusian president, the republic has purchased a sufficient number of missile systems from Russia. In addition, Moscow promised to help the neighboring country “bring to mind” the missiles it is developing

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Belarus has purchased a sufficient number of missiles from Russia complexes “Iskander” and anti-aircraft missile systems S-400 “Triumph”, said President of the Republic Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region Gleb Nikitin, the words of the head of state are given on his website.

“We agreed with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin. We bought from you the number of these Iskanders, S-400s we needed, and armed our army. Now it is a completely different army with such weapons. At the very least, the unacceptable damage this weapon can cause is colossal,— said Lukashenka.

In addition, Russia, he said, will help Belarus “bring to mind the new missiles” that it creates. “We have made significant progress, but with the Russians we will quickly create a normal rocket— they have more competencies»,— noted the Belarusian president, adding that “if a smart person comes and tells us that we are not doing it that way,” then by the end of this year, the Belarusians will receive a missile modeled on the Iskanders. “Very good weapon”, — considers Lukashenka.

On May 10, the Belarusian president announced that Russia would assist the republic in the development of missile weapons. According to him, he has already agreed on this with his Russian colleague. As Lukashenko said, Putin “with him” set such a task to the General Director of Roskosmos To Dmitry Rogozin: so that Belarusians do not reinvent the wheel, but can rely on the experience of Russian developers.

In addition, Belarus expects to keep the existing S-400 and Iskander air defense systems. “Good weapons” will allow the Belarusian army “to fight and inflict unacceptable damage on the enemy,” the head of state said. “We are realists, we understand that we will not succeed in defeating NATO. But to cause damage, especially to those territories from which we will be attacked,— we have all these weapons,»,— BelTA quoted his words.

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In early February, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that combat crews The S-400 air defense system took up combat duty at a training ground in the Brest region during an inspection of the reaction forces of the Union State.

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G7 countries will create a “grain” alliance against Russia

The goals and objectives of this alliance are named.

The G7 countries intend to create a so-called grain alliance.

The corresponding agreement between the United States, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Canada is aimed at preventing problems with food supplies against the backdrop of the current blockade of Ukrainian ports by RF.

According to Der Spiegel, the initiators of the creation of the alliance are Svenje Schulz and David Malpass.

The main task of the “grain alliance” is to ensure financing and cooperation in the framework of food supply against the background of shortages.

In particular, food shortages with the threat of hunger exist for the countries of Africa and the Middle East, since they are dependent on grain exports from Ukraine.

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The already deplorable situation is aggravated by the ban of the Indian authorities on the export of wheat, as a result of which the prices for this crop have soared to record highs and now amount to $456 per ton.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that the UN called a way to ensure the passage of ships with grain from Ukraine.

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It became known who will be the owner of the McDonald’s business in Russia

The media forecast came true by 50%. The terms of the deal have been named.

McDonald's has announced a decision on a deal with a Russian entrepreneur who will buy the Russian market share from it.

The licensee of McDonald's in the Siberian Federal District, Alexander Govor, became it. The terms of the deal are a new brand under which fast food restaurants will operate.

Recall that the fast food chain tried to keep the Russian business, stating that it would continue to work under a different brand, while maintaining jobs, stores and menus, in mid-June.

However, later she announced the sale of the business.

According to “Interfax”, one of the conditions for the transaction is the approval of regulators. The chain will be shutting down in the next few weeks, McDonald’s said.

Govor will have the chain's restaurant portfolio, which he will use under the new name of the Chain. The second condition for the sale was the preservation of staff and conditions for at least two years.

Also, Govor, according to the agency, assumed the cost of salaries of the corporation's employees who work in Russian branches in 45 regions of Russia.

However, payouts are calculated before the transaction is made. The entrepreneur will also finance the obligations assumed by the American company to suppliers, owners of rented premises and housing and communal services.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that according to Bell, the fast food chain could be owned by Govor and a relative of the ex-president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, Entrepreneur Kairat Boranbaev, owner of SPP.

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Senator Klishas said that the import substitution program in Russia has failed

He wrote about this in his Telegram.

Senator of the Federation Council Andrei Klishas criticized the import substitution program in Russia.

He believes that these measures have completely failed.

Klishas wrote about this in his Telegram.

< p>The senator said that sectoral departments are actively reporting in this direction, but apart from “bravura reports” nothing else happens.

“Our people see this in consumer goods and in many other areas”, – Klishas noted, commenting on the publication of the head of the NAC and member of the HRC Kirill Kabanov.

Recall that Kabanov accused a number of leaders of trying to “transplant” on “new Chinese “needle” industry and the economy of the Russian Federation by changing the logistics of purchases and investments, instead of developing their own independence in the economy.

However, the Kremlin does not agree with Klishas' opinion about the failure of import substitution.

According to the presidential press secretary Russia Dmitry Peskov, hard work is being done in this direction.

“To say that everything has failed – one can hardly agree with this. That there are unfulfilled plans, yes, for sure. You and I do not live and work in ideal conditions, the conditions, on the contrary, are aggressive”, – TASS quotes Peskov.

He noted that many things have to be done in an emergency mode.

Recall that after the imposition of Western sanctions, many companies suspended deliveries to Russia, and AvtoVAZ from -due to a shortage of components, he switched to a four-day work week.

Earlier, TopNews wrote that Senator Klishas predicted blocking YouTube. He stated that the video service “signed his sentence”.

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