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US satellite filmed Belgorod three days before the UAF missile attack

The United States commercial satellite GeoEye-1 by Maxar was filming Belgorod three days before the missile attack on the city by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, RIA Novosti reports.

The satellite was filming the city 30 June. It is also reported that other US spacecraft Worldview-2 and Worldview-3 surveyed the Belgorod region on June 20, 22 and 27.

Recall that the shelling was carried out by the Ukrainian military on the night of July 3.

Earlier, the Governor of the Belgorod Region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said that the death toll from the shelling of Belgorod by the Armed Forces of Ukraine had increased to four people. The UK confirms the death of three people, two are missing. 

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Rogozin announced a significant lag of US missiles from “Sarmat”

The latest Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles “Sarmat” significantly outnumber the strategic weapons owned by the United States, said on the TV channel “Russia-24” head of Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin.

According to him, the technical characteristics of American nuclear weapons are lower than Russian ones.

“And, moreover, they lag far behind the characteristics declared and already confirmed by the first flight design test of our heavy intercontinental ballistic complex “Sarmat”, – said the general director of the state corporation.

Earlier, Rogozin announced the start of serial production of “Sarmatov”. According to the head of Roskosmos, it is planned to put the new missiles on combat duty in one of the regiments of the Uzhur missile formation in the Krasnoyarsk Territory before the end of the year. 

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Satanovsky explained the US fixation on the creation of new military blocs

American politicians make money on their creation

The new Partners in the Blue Pacific (PBP) block, which was created by the United States in partnership with Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, according to a political scientist Evgeny Satanovsky, directed against China. Despite the fact that it does not yet include South Korea and Taiwan, sooner or later they may appear there. Moreover, the expert believes that Russia may face this bloc in the future, however, the goals of the formation of this partnership are obvious to the political scientist.

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On his telegram channel, Satanovsky noted that the United States is “obsessed” with creating targeted blocs and alliances, of which a huge number were created after the Second World War. However, the political scientist emphasized that all of them were created against someone specific, but later “crashed” disintegrated without reaching the desired goals.

According to Satanovsky, first of all, American politicians make money on the creation of military blocs, using schemes for personal enrichment. The expert believes that money allows the right people to put it in the right pockets. At the same time, as the political scientist noted, there can be any formal goals, and no one has canceled the issues of earning “big” on anything and anyone. Satanovsky added that the same applies to the “horde of experts” from the United States.

In addition, the political scientist specified that the advantage of the tactics chosen by the United States to create blocs is the impact on the arms market. Satanovsky explained that by his actions, Washington is pushing the military-industrial complexes of partners into the background, at the same time advertising its own developments and gaining control over supply chains. The expert added that ports, airports, bases, cargo and passenger terminals, as well as raw materials of all types and types are under the control of the Americans.

According to the political scientist, if this does not help to cope with China, then at least delay “America's Sunset” Satanovsky believes that this is “also a goal”, in which there will be no sentimentality, as is always the case with Americans.

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“Make anti-Russia out of a piece of Ukraine”: political scientist Markov described the US plan

The West has developed three scenarios

Ukraine became one of the main topics at the G7 summit. According to some reports, Germany, France, Italy and part of the American political establishment are inclined to believe that the country needs peace talks with Russia. Like, only the semblance of “Minsk 3” will save the remnants of Nezalezhnaya. However, Britain believes that Zelensky should not make concessions. MK tried to figure out how the West sees a solution to the Ukrainian crisis.

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The G7, which includes the UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, France, Japan and the United States, are united in their determination to continue supporting Ukraine economically, diplomatically and militarily. The most active at the summit was British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said that Ukrainians need the support of the G7 “more than ever”; and urged Kyiv not to agree to a “bad peace”.

The British position is also emphasized in a joint article by the Foreign Ministers of Britain and Ukraine. This curious document explicitly states that countries should ignore “defeatist voices that say people are getting tired and that offer to sell Ukraine in order to quickly end the ongoing horror.” That is, British and Ukrainian diplomats do not intend to resolve the issue through diplomacy.

France's position somewhat contrasts with this approach. As you know, France, along with Italy, is considered a supporter of establishing contacts between the parties and a more compromise treaty solution to the Ukrainian issue. The White House also reports that US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz consider it necessary to resolve the Ukrainian problem through negotiations.  Who will Zelensky listen to in such a situation and what compromises are his European leaders inciting?

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“No sex until we get our rights back!” Pro-Abortion in the US

On June 24, the US Supreme Court struck down the constitutional right to abortion. Now decisions about their legality must be made at the state level. In many of them, abortion will be prohibited. This decision provoked mass protests in the United States. It has gotten to the point where feminists are urging women to give up sex until the decision is reconsidered. The Supreme Court, meanwhile, has already thought about revising the license for same-sex marriages.

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The decision of the US Supreme Court cannot be called sensational. Almost 2 months ago, Politico published a draft of the judges' decision, which outlined the June 24 decision. The publication of the draft sparked massive protests against Supreme Court judges across the country, which are now ongoing.

The right to abortion — is one of those politically significant discussions in the United States between conservatives and liberals that continues without small for several decades. In 1973, the US Supreme Court during the consideration of the case “Roe v. Wade” recognized abortion as a fundamental right of US citizens.

A new consideration for the right to abortion began after Texas passed the “Heartbeat Law” — Abortion is prohibited from the moment the fetus has a heartbeat (about the sixth week after conception). This law was challenged at the federal level, and the proceedings reached the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court eventually reversed its own 1973 decision.

Then the judges decided that the right to abortion is guaranteed by the constitutional right to privacy. The new decision states that the constitution does not mention or protect the right to abortion. In many states, abortion will now be banned. In 7 states, legislation from 1973 retains abortion bans that were blocked by a Supreme Court decision. Now these restrictions will not be. Another 13 states passed abortion bans in case Roe v. Wade was overturned. In Louisiana, South Dakota, Kentucky, and Missouri, the bans are already in place.

According to the American Guttmacher Institute, 26 states “surely or probably” prohibit abortion.

How did the US react to the decision?

The decision of the Supreme Court provoked a celebration among conservatives and massive protests among liberals.

Former US President Donald Trump called the event “the great victory of life.” His former Vice President Mike Pencecalled on all states to ban abortion.

In turn, US President Joe Biden opposed the decision. He called it “a tragic mistake that takes the country back 150 years.” He pledged that his administration would do everything possible to protect women's right to travel to states where abortion is legal and to ensure that they have access to abortion pills and contraceptives. Some large American companies have announced that they will pay their employees to travel to other states for abortions if they work in places where abortion is prohibited. These include Starbucks, Tesla, Airbnb, Netflix, JPMorgan Chase and Reddit.

Pro-abortion activists are taking initiatives of varying degrees of madness. For example, they propose to arrange a nationwide sex strike, writes Breitbart. “No sex with sperm donors until we get our rights back!”, — it quotes the slogans of one of the radical feminists.

A 24-year-old woman protesting the New York Supreme Court decision told the New York Post that she would not have sex with men unless they wanted a vasectomy. “If you're a man who doesn't want to have a vasectomy, even if it's reversible, and you don't take to the streets fighting for my rights, you don't deserve to have sex with me,” she said, — .

< p>The police were forced to increase security measures near the homes of Supreme Court judges in early May, when a draft decision leaked into the public space. And, it seems, not in vain. At least one person was detained because of the preparation of an assassination attempt on one of the conservative judges. The 26-year-old California resident said he went for it because he was outraged by the published decision.

What can the Supreme Court's decision lead to?

The issue of the right to abortion threatens to become the most important issue in the forthcoming congressional elections this fall. Bidencalled on Congress to remedy the situation by recognizing the right to abortion as a federal right. He called this topic the key one for the autumn elections.

Experts believe that abortion may become a key card for the Democrats in the upcoming elections. The Biden administration has so far suffered a complete collapse in terms of the economy. If the presidential election took place right now, Biden would have lost to Donald Trump with a score of 44% to 49%, according to federal polls. However, more than 85% of Americans support the right to have an abortion under certain circumstances. 61% of Americans believe abortion rights should remain legal in their current form, Pew Research poll says.

More importantly, Biden, after the congressional elections, may begin to reform the institution of the Supreme Court. He and other Democrats are not satisfied that now the Supreme Court, in which judges hold office for life, is now actually under the control of conservatives — 6 out of 9 members of the court adhere to conservative views. This was made possible by the fact that Trump replaced three — judges during his presidency, two elderly Conservative judges who voluntarily retired, and one liberal judge who passed away.

Biden wants to expand the composition of the court to 13 people, putting on 4 new seats of their candidates. This would once again give the Liberals an advantage in court. However, he can pull off such a truly tectonic reform (the number of members of the Supreme Court has not changed even once in the entire history of its existence) only with the full support of Congress.

For Democrats, this approach may be the only solution, because the Supreme Court, apparently, has set its sights on overturning its other liberal decisions. As Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said in a written opinion, the Court now “should review other similar decisions that protect Americans' rights to contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage.”

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Canceled a day later: how US and UN sanctions were lifted from different countries

Over the past decades, UN and US sanctions have been imposed repeatedly – South Africa, Myanmar, Yugoslavia, Iraq. Why sanctions were imposed and how quickly they were lifted from different countries – in the RBC video 7/30/756560064213307.jpg” alt=”Canceled a day later: how US and UN sanctions were lifted from different countries” />

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Borrell says Iran and US will resume talks on nuclear deal

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Iran and the US will resume talks on a nuclear deal, said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell in Twitter.

“At a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, we agreed to resume negotiations between Iran and the United States in the coming days with the assistance of my team to resolve the last outstanding issues,”— said Borrell.

The head of EU diplomacy noted that three months have passed since he suspended the negotiations in Vienna. He felt that the parties need to speed up the work and close the deal now.

The Iranian minister confirmed that the country is ready to resume the negotiation process within a few days, Reuters reported. He expressed the hope that this time the United States will make real steps to complete the negotiations, and Iran will receive economic benefits.

The US, France, UK, Germany, China, Russia and Iran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). They agreed not to impose sanctions on Tehran if the country abandons the development of nuclear weapons, limits uranium enrichment and gives IAEA inspectors access to all nuclear facilities in the country.

However, under the presidency of Donald Trump, the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran accusing the country of violating the agreement. After that, Tehran began to exceed the permissible level of uranium enrichment, and also limited cooperation with the IAEA.

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The next American president, Joe Biden, in September 2021, announced his readiness to return to the nuclear deal with Iran. On March 15, 2022, State Department spokesman Ned Price reported that negotiations were close to the finish line, but some difficult issues remained unresolved. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov then emphasized that the restoration of the JCPOA would lead to the return of Iranian oil to the market.

In April, the Iranian parliament put forward conditions for the renewal of the nuclear agreement to President Ibrahim Raisi. Among them— the US refusal to impose new sanctions against Iran, lifting restrictions on oil exports from Iran and legal guarantees approved by the US Congress that Washington will not withdraw from the agreements.

On June 23, Sergey Lavrov held talks with the head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry. He stated that Russia will seek to restore the JCPOA on the nuclear program in its original configuration, without any changes.

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The Hermitage announced a moratorium on exhibitions in the US and Europe

The moratorium is introduced for a year, all exhibits previously sent to European museums have already returned to Russia. The Hermitage pointed out that in the 1990s such a moratorium was in place inside Russia for security reasons

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The State Hermitage will not hold exhibitions in Europe and the US for a year, according to the museum page on VKontakte.

“The Hermitage introduces a one-year moratorium on exhibitions in Europe and the USA. Recall that in the 1990s, the museum introduced a moratorium on exhibitions in Russia for security reasons and because of high financial risks,— The message says.

The Hermitage has announced that all of the museum's exhibits have returned from exhibitions in Europe. From March to June, the exhibits participated in eight foreign exhibitions: in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Brussels, London, Milan, Rome and Paris. On June 21, Titian's “Portrait of a Young Woman” was the last to be returned from the exhibitions. and Cariani's Temptation.

In April, Mikhail Shvydkoi, special representative of the president for international cultural cooperation, announced the detention of paintings from Russian museums in Finland due to bureaucratic procedures, since the border passes there Russia with the EU. Finnish customs confirmed the detention of goods that are “subject to European sanctions.” Among them were exhibits from the Hermitage, the Tretyakov Gallery, the Pushkin Museum, etc.

The Foreign Ministry protested to the Finnish ambassador, and a few days later the paintings crossed the border. The Hermitage explained that the canvases were returned after clarifying that “exhibition exchanges have a special status even under sanctions restrictions.”

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US explains NATO’s fear of Iskanders

The most modern Russian platform for launching ballistic and cruise missiles

The United States explained the fear of the North Atlantic Alliance of the Russian OTRK 9K720 Iskander. The Russian-made operational-tactical missile system is highly accurate, writes the 19FortyFive portal.

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According to observer Wesley Culp, the Iskander (the 9P78 launcher, capable of carrying two missiles for three people) remains the most modern Russian platform for launching ballistic and cruise missiles.

The target range of the 9M723 quasi-ballistic missile is 500 km, and the circular probable deviation using the homing head does not exceed 5 meters, the author of the publication noted. The missile has the ability to carry a warhead weighing up to 700 kg. Also, the operational-tactical missile system can use R-500 cruise missiles.

Iskander, the development of which began in 1988, and the first test launch is dated 1996, is designed to destroy air defense and missile defense systems, as well as important enemy targets.

It was previously reported that Iskander missiles can carry special elements that allow you to deceive air defense systems.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WP learned that the FBI is investigating the case of US chips in Russian military equipment

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FBI agents, together with the US Department of Commerce, began investigating the case of US chips in Russian military equipment, which is involved in military operations in Ukraine. The Washington Post writes about this, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter.

Department officials come to the offices of technology companies to learn about how Western chips and other components ended up in Russian radar systems, drones, tanks, ground control equipment and coastal ships.

A lawyer for one such American company told publication that investigators are studying many different chips and electronic components. They have a list of companies, he said, including intermediaries who may have passed products through the supply chain.

In April, a team of researchers from the Royal United Armed Forces Institute (RUSI) found computer chips from 12 American companies in Russian technology in Ukraine. Based on the ID numbers, WP determined that the list included Intel, Analog Devices, Texas Instruments, and Onsemi, as well as components from six chip manufacturers in Europe, Japan, and Taiwan.

The publication asked several American companies about the supply of electronics to Russia. Intel processor manufacturer spokesman William Moss said that for more than a decade the company has sold products to Russia through distributors who are responsible for complying with US export control regulations.

The — Semiconductor supplier Onsemi indicated that it stopped manufacturing one of the chips it found in Russian equipment back in 2008. Like chip maker Texas Instruments, the company stressed that it does not sell any products to Russia or Belarus. The developer of more than a dozen components for Russian military equipment, Analog Devices, did not answer questions from WP.

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One of the authors of the report, Nick Reynolds, said that Western chips were installed in Borisoglebsk-2 radio interference equipment, which was produced in 2015 or later. The group's researchers found an American fiber-optic gyroscope inside a Russian 9M949 guided missile.

At the same time, electrical engineers interviewed by the publication found that the elements were designed for general use, and not for the military. Most of them belong to the production of 2000-2010.

In addition, in May, a group of researchers of conflict weapons (Conflict Armament Research), after a visit to Ukraine, found in radio stations, on-board systems and the remains of Kh-59 Ovod cruise missiles. electronic components from 86 companies from the USA and Europe. At the same time, many parts were manufactured after 2014, including in 2019-2020.

One of the group's investigators, Damien Spleeters, said that the group found microcircuits with scratched markings inside two Russian radio stations in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. One set of parts manufactured in 2013-2018 was found in a rocket that fell in the central part of Ukraine on February 24. The group found another set of chips manufactured in 2017-2020 in a rocket after the attack on Nikolaev on March 29.

Since 2014, after the annexation of Crimea to Russia, the United States began to control the sale of high-tech elements to Russia for military use. The authorities required exporters to obtain a state license. At the same time, there were no restrictions on the supply of electronics for general use.

After the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine in February, the United States banned the sale of any chips to the Russian military and imposed export restrictions on other buyers from Russia.

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US to allocate $1 billion to Israel to strengthen Iron Dome missile defense system

Biden will visit Israel in mid-July. During the trip, he will also visit the Iron Dome air defense systems

The United States plans to allocate about $1 billion to complete the Iron Dome missile defense system (ABM) after the escalation of the conflict with Gaza in May 2021. This, according to The Times of Israel, was announced at a briefing by a representative of the administration of the American president.

Joe Biden will visit Israel in mid-July. During the visit, he will visit the sites of the Iron Dome missile defense systems, as well as discuss possible cooperation in the field of innovation in the defense industry between the two countries.

In addition, the American president will visit the West Bank of the Jordan River, where he will meet with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. During the trip, Biden will also hold cooperation talks with Israeli and Indian Prime Ministers Naftali Bennet and Narendra Modi as part of the virtual I2-U2 summit (which brings together India, Israel, the UAE and the United States).

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In May 2021, the situation in the Gaza Strip escalated. For more than ten days, Israel has been attacking Gaza in response to missile launches from there. In total, according to the Israel Defense Forces, the Gaza Strip then fired about 4,000 missiles across the country, most of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system.

«Iron Dome»— a system that is designed to protect against unguided tactical missiles with a flight range of 4 to 70 km. It was developed by the Israeli company Rafael, the project was created with US funding. The first battery took up combat duty in 2011, by July 2014 there were nine of them in Israel.

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US senators reach agreement on tougher gun control

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fiji court orders US to seize yacht linked to Russian businessman

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The Fiji Supreme Court has ruled that the Russian-linked superyacht Amadea must be removed by the United States, as it is a “waste” for the island nation. funds needed to maintain the vessel during fission legal disputes, according to Reuters.

The Amadea yacht was detained by the Fiji police on April 14, after the 106-meter vessel entered the state's exclusive economic zone after an 18-day passage from Mexico, which it did under the flag of the Cayman Islands. The United States linked the yacht to the Russian billionaire and senator Suleiman Kerimov and sought its confiscation as part of the sanctions imposed against him.

The FBI said operating costs for a $300+ million vessel are between $25 million and $30 million a year, and the United States will pay for the upkeep of the vessel after it is confiscated. Fiji's Supreme Court allowed Amadea to be seized on a US warrant on May 3.

At the same time, Millemarin Investment Limited stated that it is the real owner of the superyacht, and Faisal Haniff, the defense lawyer representing her, asked the court to stay the decision pending an appeal against this decision. He also stated in court that the yacht is not related to Kerimov, but belongs to another Russian businessman— to the owner of «NNK-Oil» Eduard Khudainatov.

The Fiji government paid for the maintenance of the yacht while the appeal was pending in court.

On Tuesday, June 7, the Supreme Court ruled that the public interest requires that the yacht “sail out of Fiji waters” because its parking “is costly to the government of Fiji.” The court also indicated that the yacht entered the waters of the state without proper permission, in the hope, probably, of avoiding criminal prosecution by the United States.

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“Issues relating to money laundering and property rights” must be resolved in the US court that initiated the proceedings, the Fiji Supreme Court indicated. Faisal Haniff, a lawyer for Millemarin Investment Limited, declined to comment on the verdict to Reuters.

RBC sent a request to Khudainatov's representative.

Since February 24, when President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military special operation in Ukraine, Western countries have imposed numerous sanctions against Russia. Already on March 2, the US Department of Justice announced the creation of a multi-agency task force, KleptoCapture, tasked with enforcing sanctions and export restrictions against Russia, as well as combating “corrupt Russian oligarchs.” The group will explore ways to circumvent US anti-money laundering and anti-money laundering laws and search for their assets.

German shipbuilder Lürssen's website reports that Amadea's yacht was built at a shipyard in Hamburg. Its length— 106 m, there are eight cabins on board, 36 people are engaged in the maintenance of the vessel. The Superyacht Fan portal estimates the cost of the yacht at $ 325 million, and calls it an “unknown billionaire” as its owner.

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NYT learned about the US letter to 14 countries on the sale of Ukrainian grain

According to the publication, Washington sent a warning to 14 countries that Russia is trying to sell grain from Ukrainian ports. Africa has been particularly hard hit by food shortages due to the conflict in Ukraine alt=”NYT learned about the US letter to 14 countries about the sale of Ukrainian grain” />

In mid-May, the United States sent a warning to 14 countries (mostly African) that Russian ships were trying to sell “stolen Ukrainian grain”, writes The New York Times. According to the publication, in the letter, the US administration indicated the names of three cargo ships that allegedly left the Black Sea ports with grain on board.

The State Department, in response to a request from the publication, said that the United States “is cooperating with other countries to prevent the sale of grain that was likely stolen from Ukraine.” Officials from several other countries said that Washington asked them to prevent the purchase of illegally obtained Ukrainian grain. The interlocutors of the newspaper stressed that the US message was not coercive.

The New York Times writes about the dilemma that arose in African states after receiving a message from Washington: on the one hand, there is an opportunity to get cheap grain against the backdrop of rising world prices, and on the other hand— the purchase of grain from Russia would not please the United States and would mean taking advantage of the actions of the Russian army in Ukraine. According to the director of the Kenyan International Institute for Strategic Studies HORN, Hassan Hannenje, the shortage of food in Africa is so acute that the countries of the continent do not care where it comes from, even from Ukraine. “[For them] it's not a dilemma. Those who try to talk about morality here are delusional, — the expert considers.

Due to hostilities in Ukraine, which, like Russia, is one of the largest suppliers of grain to world markets, it has accumulated in a large number of Black Sea ports. In early May, the UN estimated the volume of blocked grain at 4.5 million tons. On May 19, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that about 20 million tons of grain remained unused on Ukrainian territory. In this regard, the leaders of many countries expressed concern about the possible deterioration of the food situation in the world.

The Ukrainian authorities claim that the Russian military exports grain mainly to the Crimea. The Ukrainian embassy in Beirut said that Russia transferred more than 100 tons of Ukrainian wheat to Syria. The Ukrainian ambassador in Ankara, Vasily Bondar, named Turkey as one of the buyers. In Moscow, accusations of exporting grain from the territory of Ukraine were denied.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that a delegation would leave for Turkey on June 7 to negotiate the organization of the export of grain from the ports of Ukraine. Anadolu previously wrote that the meeting will be attended by representatives of Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN.

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Commission of the Federation Council and the State Duma discussed US biological laboratories in Nigeria

Vice Speaker of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev announced the operation of six US biological laboratories in Nigeria, where monkeypox originated. It is reported by RIA Novosti. 

«We received absolutely new information about the activities of biolaboratories (USA) in Nigeria», – Kosachev said during the  commission to investigate the activities of US biolaboratories in Ukraine.

He clarified that at the moment the nature of the activities of the discovered laboratories remains unknown.

Earlier Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev said that after the discovery of US biological laboratories in Ukraine, additional measures were taken to protect Russia. According to him, the measures were aimed not only at protecting the Russian Federation, but also citizens of neighboring countries from the effects of dangerous biological factors.

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WP learns about US aid to the Saudi military in Yemen airstrikes

The Washington Post learned that the United States provided military support to the Saudi Air Force in Yemen The armed conflict in Yemen began in 2015. At first, the US worried that the airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition might violate the customs of war. However, then they began to conclude military contracts with this country

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The United States supported the air force of the coalition led by Saudi Arabia, which has been targeting Yemeni civilian infrastructure since 2015, The Washington Post and Security Force Monitor found out in a joint investigation.

The journalists analyzed more than 3,000 publicly available images, press releases, media reports and videos and identified 19 fighter squadrons that participated in the military campaign.

They found that most of the aircraft belonged to Saudi Arabia or the UAE, which entered into at least 94 contracts with the United States for weapons, training or maintenance. Most of the 39 squadrons of countries— members of the coalition who had the ability to carry out airstrikes flew fighter jets designed and sold by American companies.

The United States participated in joint exercises with at least 80% of the squadrons that carried out strikes on Yemen, an analysis of more than 1,500 videos, photos and military statements showed. Moreover, approximately four times such exercises were held in the United States.

Since 2015, US officials have raised concerns that coalition airstrikes may have violated the rules of war. They also trained the Saudi Air Force in civilian casualty prevention, the law of armed conflict and human rights. After four years of hostilities, in 2019, the United States adopted a policy requiring high-precision missile guidance.

Since the bombing began in 2015, the United States has awarded dozens of contracts to support the F-15SA fighter and upgrade other aircraft from the same series and pilot training. The last fighter jet was delivered to Saudi Arabia in 2020.

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“Both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates face a significant threat to their territories. We intend to continue to strengthen the defense capabilities of these countries, — Pentagon spokesman Ned Price said in a comment to the publication. He explained the support by the fact that over the past year the Houthis have attacked Saudi Arabia hundreds of times.

Since August 2014, a conflict has been going on in Yemen between government forces and armed groups of the Houthis. In March 2015, the conflict moved into an active phase, when coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia entered Yemen.

According to the UN, more than 17.4 million Yemenis suffer from food shortages due to the consequences of hostilities. To resolve the humanitarian crisis in the country, UNICEF will need $484.4 million in 2022 alone. The situation is complicated by military operations in Ukraine, from which Yemen receives 30% of all wheat.

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Ex-ambassador reported about US deception regarding Ukraine’s accession to NATO

Former US Ambassador McFaul: American diplomats deceived Ukraine about joining NATO

For several years, United States diplomats promised Ukraine to join the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO), which turned out to be a lie. This was stated by former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, speaking at The Munk Debate.

Thus, the moderator of the debate, Radoslav Sikorsky, reminded McFaul of the promises made by Washington to Kyiv on the country's accession to NATO and asked the question— “Did the [American] diplomats lie?”

The ex-ambassador answered in the affirmative, adding that this is how the “real world” works.

McFaul served as US Ambassador to Moscow from 2012 to 2014. In November 2016, he came under Russian sanctions. The diplomat claimed that this was due to his close ties with former US President Barack Obama. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, McFaul came under restrictions due to “targeted damage to Russian-American relations.”

In March 2021, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky approved a national military security strategy. The document envisaged measures to strengthen integration with NATO for further membership in it.

He also repeatedly criticized the position of Western countries on Ukraine's membership in the alliance. In September, the Ukrainian leader also discussed this issue at the talks with Joe Biden, and, according to Zelensky, the US President announced his consent to Ukraine's entry into NATO.

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CNN announced US intention to leave 100,000 troops in Europe

The United States has brought the grouping of troops in Europe to 100,000 against the background of the Russian military operation. Washington does not rule out that the contingent will grow. The military will not take part in hostilities on the territory of Ukraine, the authorities emphasize alt=”CNN announces US intention to keep 100,000 troops in Europe” />

The United States is expected to maintain a presence of about 100,000 troops in Europe in the near future, CNN reports citing American officials.

The U.S. force could temporarily increase if NATO decides to conduct additional exercises in the region, the sources said. In addition, they admit, the number of troops could increase if the US deploys new bases in Europe deploys new bases in Europe “in the event of a change in the security situation.”

The US began considering these plans after a meeting of the commanders in chief of the armed forces NATO countries in Brussels, the TV channel reports.

The United States brought its grouping of troops in Europe to 100,000 in March, the US European Command reported. Before the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, there were about 60,000 American troops in the region. In addition, Washington sent thousands of soldiers to the NATO Response Force.

President Joe Biden has stressed that US troops are in the region to protect NATO allies, not to fight Russia and fight in Ukraine. The United States authorities have repeatedly said that there is no option for the development of events in Ukraine, in which Biden will send American soldiers to fight in this country against Russia.

In late March, Chief of Staff of the Army James McConville said that the United States would not increase military presence in Europe to the level that was on the continent during the Cold War era – up to 350 thousand.

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On May 13, the Pentagon announced that the United States, as part of strengthening the defensive capabilities on the eastern flank of NATO against the backdrop of events in Ukraine, will rotate the military contingent in Europe. On behalf of the head of department Lloyd Austin, 10.5 thousand soldiers will return to the United States, while the other 10.5 thousand will go to bases in Europe; thus, the total number of soldiers stationed in the region will remain the same — about 100 thousand.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of equipment from the US and Europe near Zhytomyr

Russian forces with Kalibr missiles in the Zhytomyr region destroyed weapons supplied from the United States and Europe to Ukrainian troops. In the Odessa region, the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed storage facilities with fuel for armored vehicles of the Ukrainian forces alt=”The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of equipment from the US and Europe near Zhytomyr” />

In the Zhytomyr region, Russian forces with Kalibr missiles destroyed the “large party” weapons and equipment supplied from the US and Europe to Ukrainian troops, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

“High-precision long-range sea-based missiles” Kalibr ” a large consignment of weapons and military equipment delivered from the United States and European countries for the grouping of Ukrainian troops in the Donbas was destroyed in the area of ​​​​the Malin railway station in the Zhytomyr region, — said the official representative of the department, Igor Konashenkov, during a briefing, without specifying the specific amount of equipment and weapons.

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In the Odessa area, the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed storage facilities with fuel for armored vehicles of the Ukrainian forces, which were located at the Odessa Port Plant chemical plant.

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

Russian aviation and air defense systems shot down two Ukrainian Su-25 aircraft: one— during an air battle near the city of Belitskoye in the Donetsk People's Republic, and the second & mdash; near the village of Novoaleksandrovka, Kherson region.

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According to the Ministry of Defense, since the beginning of the special military operation, Russian troops have destroyed 174 aircraft, 125 helicopters; automotive equipment.

Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine since February 24th. The Ministry of Defense has repeatedly said that strikes are inflicted only on military infrastructure. The Ukrainian authorities have introduced martial law in the country and announced a general mobilization. Kyiv also severed diplomatic relations with Moscow.

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WSJ learned about US plans to lift sanctions from Minsk in exchange for grain transit

Washington may temporarily lift sanctions on Belarusian potash fertilizers if the country allows Ukrainian grain to be exported to Latvia, WSJ sources say. Earlier, the newspaper reported that the UN Secretary General offered Moscow a similar deal “WSJ learned about the US plans to lift sanctions from Minsk in exchange for the transit of grain” />

The US authorities are considering the possibility of lifting restrictive measures imposed against potash fertilizers produced in Belarus if the official Minsk agrees to the transit of Ukrainian grain through the territory Belarus, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing informed sources.

The interlocutors of the publication clarified that these sanctions could be lifted for six months, if the Belarusian authorities agree, grain crops will be delivered by rail to the port of the Lithuanian city of Klaipeda .

Earlier, WSJ diplomatic sources reported a similar proposal by UN Secretary General António Guterres. According to sources, he urged Moscow to ease export restrictions on fertilizers from Russia and Belarus in exchange for the passage of ships with grain from Ukraine.

Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya then called the publication “a free interpretation.” The diplomat said that during his visit to Russia at the end of April, Guterres did discuss the lifting of sanctions against potash fertilizers, but without reference to the situation with grain. “This issue was indeed raised by Guterres, but not in terms of exchanging one for the other,” — claimed Nebenzya.

The American authorities believe that about 20 million tons of grain have accumulated in Ukraine, which are difficult to take out of the country. The UN World Food Program estimates the volume of grain at 25 million tons, indicating that this situation has developed due to the “blocked ports of the Black Sea”; and infrastructure problems. “We are studying ways to bring this grain back to the world market and thereby achieve lower prices,” — US President Joe Biden announced in mid-May.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CNN learned about the development of US and EU routes for the export of Ukrainian grain

According to the TV channel, Western countries are considering the possibility of exporting wheat and corn from Ukraine by rail and aircraft

The US authorities, together with European partners, are working on ways to export wheat and corn from Ukraine in order to further deliveries to global markets, CNN reports, citing sources.

According to the channel, the administration of US President Joe Biden began to work on this issue with European allies after the blockade of the Ukrainian port by the Russian Navy. The interlocutors of CNN specified that the States are considering, among other things, the possibility of exporting grain by rail and by plane.

At the same time, according to sources, the development of scenarios will not include Russia's position on this issue. “There is still a long way to go before any deal is reached. There are many factors, many things that can influence the course of these discussions, — one source said.

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

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

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

On Against this background, Biden announced the search for an opportunity to export 20 million tons of grain from Ukraine. The US president explained the need to export grain with record food prices in the world. According to him, the return of Ukrainian grain to the world market should help reduce prices

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The Wall Street Journal, citing informed diplomatic sources, previously wrote that UN Secretary General António Guterres proposed easing restrictions on export of Russian and Belarusian potash fertilizers in exchange for the passage of ships with grain from Ukrainian ports. According to the sources of the newspaper, the UN Secretary General is negotiating with Russia, Turkey and other countries, and Ankara has already agreed to participate in the clearance of the Black Sea.

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Moscow State Duma decided to change the address of the US embassy to the square of the Defenders of Donbass

Deputies of the Moscow Duma proposed to name the place near the American Embassy in Moscow as the Defenders of Donbass Square and change the address of the US diplomatic mission

Deputies of the Moscow City Duma from “United Russia”, “Fair Russia”, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and the deputy association “My Moscow” proposed to name the area near the US Embassy in the capital “the square of the Defenders of Donbass”. We are talking about an unnamed place at the intersection of Bolshoi Devyatinsky Lane and Konyushkovskaya Street.

According to the head of the faction of the party “United Russia” in the Moscow City Duma, Stepan Orlov, chairman of the Moscow State Duma commission on urban economy and housing policy, the parliamentarians also propose changing the address of the US diplomatic mission from 8, Bolshoy Devyatinsky Lane, to the Defenders of Donbass Square. According to the authors of the initiative, if the proposal is approved, “American diplomats will receive a much more easily remembered topographic landmark.”

According to Orlov, residents of Moscow and city public associations “repeatedly turned to the deputies of the Moscow City Duma with requests to perpetuate on the map of the capital in memory of the heroism and military prowess of the defenders of Donbass».

The head of the Communist Party faction in the Moscow City Duma, Nikolai Zubrilin, said that the authors of the initiative “went on a constructive path”: they proposed not to change the Soviet names, but “to give the new square a worthy name.”

The proposal was handed over to the Moscow mayor's office.

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The issues of naming and renaming the territorial units of Moscow are handled by the City Interdepartmental Commission for the naming of territorial units, streets, metro stations, organizations and other objects; its activities are coordinated by the capital's department of cultural heritage.

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In February 2018, a section of Wisconsin Avenue in front of the Russian Embassy in Washington was named after Boris Nemtsov. The politician was killed in 2015 in the center of Moscow with four shots in the back. In 2020, on the fifth anniversary of the assassination, the name of Boris Nemtsov was given to the square Pod Chestnuts, where the Russian embassy is located in Prague.

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Biden decided to send US troops to Somalia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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In Chechnya, they announced the death of seven US citizens in a special operation in Ukraine

Seven Americans who fought on the side of Ukraine as part of the special forces were killed in the Donbass, the Chechen authorities said. The State Department previously said that one of them is alive and safe

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Seven American citizens who fought on the side of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as part of special forces were killed in the Ukrainian city of Rubezhnoye, RIA Novosti said. assistant to the head of Chechnya on the security bloc Apta Alaudinov.

He clarified that US citizens died as a result of the battle at the Dye Plant, one of them was named Joseph Ward Clark. “They were fixed by us, and they all departed to another world, leaving behind Javelins, documents and their weapons,” — Alaudinov reported.

A month earlier, on April 14, Clark's documents were published by the Minister of Information and Press of Chechnya, Akhmed Dudayev. He posted on VKontakte video showing the passport of a US citizen named Joseph Ward Clark.

Dudayev claimed that the passport belonged to one of the “representatives” of the US intelligence agencies that “work on the territory of Donbass and are engaged in the destruction of the civilian population.” “They all find shelter here in the Ukrainian land, the so-called,” added the Chechen minister.

On the same day, the State Department called reports of Clark's death or capture untrue. “I'm limited in what I can say due to privacy concerns, but I have reason to believe this person is safe,” — said department spokesman Ned Price.

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The US administration then recommended that US citizens refrain from traveling to Ukraine and not participate in hostilities. “We know that people want to help, but we urge Americans to find other ways to do it, — urged the representative of the White House Jen Psaki.

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Antonov announced US plans to limit the use of Sarmat missiles

According to the Russian ambassador to the United States, Washington “really dislikes” Russia's Sarmat intercontinental missiles and Poseidon unmanned underwater vehicles, so they insist on limiting their use

Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov

Washington “doesn't like” Russia's strategic weapons, including the intercontinental ballistic missile “Sarmat” and the carrier of unmanned underwater vehicles “Poseidon”, they insist on the restriction or complete ban on their use. About this on the air «Soloviev Live» said Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov.

«Poseidon» they really don't like, they really don't like Sarmat, and in all the meetings that we have with academia, we are told all the time that in a future arms control agreement, these Poseidons should be banned, of course, it is necessary to limit the use of “Sarmatians” and so on»,— said the diplomat.

«Sarmat»— complex with a heavy intercontinental missile, its weight exceeds 200 tons. Firing range— 18 thousand km. The missile has a short active flight segment, which complicates the process of intercepting it by means of air defense.

According to the director general and designer of the State Missile Center. Makeev (the developer of Sarmat) Vladimir Degtyar, the rocket is capable of providing a flight path around the entire globe.

On April 20, the Ministry of Defense announced the first successful launch of the Sarmat. The launch was carried out from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, the warheads of the rocket reached the test site in Kamchatka, and the design characteristics of the rocket were confirmed at all stages of the flight, the ministry said. Head of Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin then stated that the first Sarmat missiles will be put into service in the Krasnoyarsk Territory no later than the autumn of 2022.

On the development of the missile “Sarmat” first told by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2018. He called the rocket “unique” a weapon that can ensure the security of Russia from external threats, and also stated that there are no analogues “in the world and will not be for a long time to come.” He repeated these words, congratulating the military on the launch in April this year.

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Biden announced his intention to cut the US budget deficit by $1.5 trillion

According to the President of the United States, reducing the budget deficit is one of the main ways to ease inflationary pressures .jpg” alt=”Biden announced his intention to cut the US budget deficit by $1.5 trillion” />

The US authorities intend to cut the US budget deficit by a record $1.5 trillion this year. This was stated on his Twitter by American President Joe Biden.

“Under my predecessor, the deficit increased every year. This year we [the administration] are on track to reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion— biggest one-year cut in history,— he wrote.

Biden stressed that deficit reduction— one of the main ways to ease inflationary pressure.

By the end of 2020, the US budget deficit increased by $3.12 trillion, and by the end of 2021— for $2.77 trillion. In early February 2022, the total US national debt for the first time exceeded $30 trillion, the amount became equal to $30.012 trillion.

Last December, Biden signed into law an increase in the national debt limit by $2.5 trillion to $31.4 trillion. If not for this measure, the funds in the federal budget could run out by December 15, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned.

On May 4, the US Federal Reserve System (FRS) announced the largest interest rate hike since 2000— immediately by 0.5 percentage points, up to a range of 0.75 & ndash; 1% per annum. At the same time, the American regulator pointed to the appropriateness of further tightening of its policy. Thus, in March, the growth rate of prices in the US broke a 40-year record, rising to 8.5%. Nevertheless, inflation slowed down in April and, according to the US Department of Labor, amounted to 8.3%. For 2022, the Fed predicts inflation of 4.3% with US GDP growth of 2.8%.

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on May 10 that the US labor market may be experiencing the biggest supply-demand imbalance since World War II. Unemployment in the US rose to 6.1% in April from 6% in March, according to the country's Department of Labor. At the same time, in the first quarter of 2022, the US economy shrank by 1.4% year-on-year, according to preliminary data from the US Department of Commerce.

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Medvedev warned about “hunters to share” $ 40 billion in US aid to Ukraine

The allocation of this amount to help Ukraine was approved by the House of Representatives of Congress. Medvedev said that the purpose of providing Kyiv with such “huge” funds is to continue the proxy war against Russia in order to limit its development

Dmitry Medvedev

Money, the allocation of which to Kyiv was approved by the US House of Representatives, — huge, and “there will be a lot of hunters to divide them in the American military-industrial complex,” Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, is sure.

“It is clear that ‘help’ on such an unprecedented scale is not at all due to love for Ukraine and not even support for its own economy. Her goal— the continuation of the proxy war against Russia, the desire to inflict a heavy defeat on our country, limit its economic development and political influence in the world,— Medvedev wrote in his Telegram. In his opinion, Washington will not be able to carry out its plan: “their printing press will break faster”, due to which the US national debt is constantly increasing, and the goals of the Russian military operation in Ukraine will be achieved.

The politician noted that the Americans can thank “their Russophobic authorities” for rising prices for gasoline and groceries.

Earlier, the House of Representatives passed a bill on additional assistance to Ukraine for $40 billion. The aid package includes the supply of weapons and humanitarian aid to Kyiv. Now the initiative must be approved by the upper house of the US Congress— Senate.

President Joe Biden asked for $33 billion in bailouts, but congressmen, as Medvedev put it, “donated a couple more billion out of generosity.”

Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Washington has transferred more than $3.5 billion worth of weapons (howitzers, Stinger anti-aircraft systems, Javelin anti-tank missiles, Ghost drones) to Kyiv. The government’s funding package for the current fiscal year, adopted by the Senate, includes humanitarian, military and economic assistance Ukraine in the amount of about $13.6 billion.

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On May 9, Biden signed a law on lend-lease for Ukraine (under a similar program, the United States during the Second World War leased or transferred military equipment and equipment to its allies on a long-term loan).

The Russian side has warned Western countries more than once that convoys with foreign weapons on the territory of Ukraine will become legitimate military targets. At the same time, the authorities emphasize that the supply of weapons to Kyiv will not prevent Moscow from conducting a special military operation.

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Bulgaria agrees to buy LNG from the US at prices lower than those of Gazprom

The Bulgarian government has not specified how the cost of gas will be calculated when buying from the United States and how much it will be. At the end of April, Gazprom stopped deliveries to Bulgaria due to non-payment in rubles .jpg” alt=”Bulgaria agreed to buy LNG from the US at prices lower than from Gazprom” />

Bulgaria will buy LNG from the US at prices lower than those of Gazprom, the Bulgarian government said in a statement. Deliveries will begin in June.

The corresponding agreement was reached during a meeting between Bulgarian Prime Minister Kirill Petkov and US Vice President Kamala Harris.

“The Bulgarian Prime Minister pointed out that what is happening in Europe is a clear sign of the need for accelerated and real measures in the energy sector. Vice President Kamala Harris congratulated Bulgaria on taking decisive action to defend its energy sovereignty,— said in a government release.

The Bulgarian government has not indicated how the price of gas supplied from the United States will be calculated, and how much it will be.

Until March 2020, the cost of Russian gas for Bulgaria was determined by a contract with a link to the price of oil. However, from the beginning of 2020, Sofia began to seek a discount, as prices on the spot European gas markets turned out to be lower and countries whose contracts were not linked to the price of oil found themselves in more favorable conditions.

In March 2020, ” ;Gazprom» reduced the price of gas for Bulgaria by 40%.

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At the end of April of this year, Bulgaria reported that Gazprom Export notified its Bulgarian partner, the Bulgargaz company, of the suspension of gas supplies. The Russian company later confirmed the message, specifying that such a decision was made due to non-payment in rubles.

Bulgarian Energy Minister Alexander Nikolov later explained that the procedure for paying for gas in rubles, on which Russia insists “involves significant risks.” “In practice, we will lose control of our money after paying in US dollars, as we agreed. There will be a risk of breach of obligations— non-fulfilment [of conditions] by a Russian bank, which will be responsible for converting the corresponding amount into rubles, — he clarified.

Bulgaria warned the Russian side about the refusal to pay for Russian gas in rubles even earlier.

French Minister of Environmental Transformations Barbara Pompili called the cessation of gas supplies to Bulgaria a violation of contracts.

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