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TASS learned about the interest of the security forces in Chubais’ “hidden accounts” in Europe


According to the source of the agency, we are talking about several billion in foreign currency, “possibly obtained illegally”

Anatoly Chubais

Russian security officials will check information about the accounts of the former head of Rosnano who left Russia, hidden in European banks and former presidential aide Anatoly Chubais. This was reported by TASS with reference to sources in law enforcement agencies.

“Power structures will check information about hidden accounts of Chubais, which may be in European banks,” — said the interlocutor of the agency.

According to him, the amount of foreign currency in these accounts can reach several billion. In the interests of the investigation, the sources did not specify in which particular banks “impressive amounts may be stored, possibly obtained illegally.”

On March 23, Bloomberg, citing sources, reported that Chubais, who after Rosnano served as special representative of the president, resigned from his post and left the country. RBC sources stated that Chubais left for Istanbul, but, according to one of the interlocutors, “he was going to return”; in Russia. The Kremlin later confirmed that Chubais resigned of his own accord. Later it became known that he also left the board of directors of AFK Sistema. and resigned from the board of directors of the Elektrozavod company.

At the end of April, TASS, citing a source close to Chubais, said that the politician was in Europe and did not plan to return to Russia, including to testify as a victim in the case of the theft of property from him for 70 million rubles. As the source of the agency pointed out, Chubais left Russia on a private plane, first he was in Turkey, and then he went to Italy, where he has property.

In turn, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin could not and did not want to follow the fate of Chubais. “We have neither the ability nor the desire to follow the fate of Chubais. It is known that he is abroad, he does not work for us, — said Peskov.

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Earlier, RBC announced the appeal of the new head of Rosnano Sergei Kulikov to the Prosecutor General's Office with a request to conduct an audit of the company's work for 2010-2020, when it was headed by Chubais. In his letter, the head of the state corporation announced the costly attracted financing, which could cause damage to the company by 28 billion rubles. Kulikov also spoke about non-payment of “Rosnano” in 2017–2018 dividends to the government for 1.1 billion rubles.

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In the Kherson region, the border with the regions controlled by Kyiv was closed


According to Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the military-civilian administration of the region, this was done for security purposes. You can drive to the Crimea and the part of the Zaporozhye region controlled by the Russian military

The authorities of the Kherson region closed the border with the regions controlled by Kyiv, the deputy head of the military-civil administration of the region Kirill Stremousov told RIA Novosti.

“Now the border closed for security reasons. Crossing the border from the Mykolaiv and Dnepropetrovsk regions is very dangerous, given the systematic shelling of Ukrainian militants,— said Stremousov.

He clarified that at the moment, residents can travel to Crimea and the part of the Zaporozhye region under the control of the Russian military, from where they can get to the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, as of May 27, in the Zaporozhye region the Russian military controls the southern and central parts of the region: the cities of Energodar, Vasilievka, Melitopol, Berdyansk and other settlements. Kherson region has been under the complete control of Russian troops since March 15.

At the end of April, the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region was headed by Vladimir Saldo, who led Kherson until 2012. Pro-Russian authorities have also been established in the controlled part of the Zaporozhye region.

The authorities announced the establishment of a dual-currency zone in the Kherson region and promised to make Russian the state language.

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In mid-May, the deputy head of the Kherson military-civilian administration, Stremousov, said that the authorities were going to turn to Russian President Vladimir Putin with request to join the region to the country. The press secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov, said in response that the issue of including the region into Russia should be decided by its inhabitants with the participation of lawyers. Later, Stremousov noted that the region headed for unification with Russia and would no longer return under the control of Kyiv and would not be “a colony of Western partners who brought Ukraine to complete degradation.” The Kherson region has great prospects and will take its rightful place in the “Russian family”, Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin said in mid-May.

Putin has simplified the acquisition of Russian citizenship for residents of the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.

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The Ministry of Defense showed tests of a hypersonic missile in the Barents Sea


Ministry of Defense: Admiral Gorshkov frigate conducted a test launch of the Zircon missile The Zircon missile was fired at a sea target located at a distance of about 1,000 km from the Barents Sea to the White Sea. The launch was performed by the crew of the Admiral Gorshkov frigate

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Frigate “Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov” fired a hypersonic missile “Zirkon” in the Barents Sea as part of testing new types of weapons, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

“According to objective control data, the Zircon hypersonic cruise missile successfully hit a sea target located at a distance of about 1 thousand km. The flight of the hypersonic missile corresponded to the specified parameters, — the message says. It is specified that the target itself was located in the White Sea.

«Zircon»— Russian-made anti-ship hypersonic missile. It is being developed in the NPO of Mechanical Engineering near Moscow. The rocket can reach speeds of more than 9.5 thousand km/h. Last November, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the missiles would enter service in 2022.

The first salvo launch of “Zircon” took place on December 24, 2021. At the end of the month, the Northern Fleet reported on 12 successful launches of the Zirkon rocket. About ten launches were carried out by the crew of the frigate “Admiral Gorshkov”, two more — the crew of the nuclear submarine “Severodvinsk” (project «Ash»). The Kremlin noted that the successful tests of “Zircon” will be a convincing note for the West.

In April of this year, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, commenting on the plans of Sweden and Finland to join NATO (Stockholm and Helsinki submitted applications for membership in the alliance on May 18. — RBC), said that in this case Russia will need to “strengthen its borders.” According to him, it will be necessary to strengthen the grouping of ground forces and air defense, deploy significant naval forces in the Gulf of Finland.

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“No one in their right mind wants higher prices and taxes, increased tensions along the borders, Iskanders, hypersonics and nuclear-powered ships. weapons literally at arm's length from their own home. Let's hope that the mind of our northern neighbors will still win. But if not— then, as they say, “he himself came”, — wrote Medvedev in Telegram.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the capture of the city of Krasny Liman


Ministry of Defense: Russian military and DPR forces took control of the city of Krasny Liman A few days ago, the DPR announced the beginning of the assault on the city, which included the forces of the republic and the Russian Armed Forces, the day before they announced the capture of the city

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The city of Krasny Liman (Liman) in the Donetsk region has completely come under the control of the Russian military, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.

“As a result of the joint actions of the units of the People's Militia of the Donetsk People's Republic and the Russian armed forces, the city of Krasny Liman was completely liberated from Ukrainian nationalists,” said in the department.

Red Estuary — a city 60 km northwest of Donetsk in the Kramatorsk district of the Donetsk region of Ukraine. It is located near the intersection of highways from Konstantinovka, Avdiivka and Selidovo towards the Ukrainian city of Dnipro. Last year, the population of Krasny Liman was estimated at 20 thousand people.

The start of the assault on Krasny Liman was announced in the DPR on May 24. The head of the republic, Denis Pushilin, said that the armed forces of Russia and the republics of Donbass had entered the city. “About half of the city is under our divisions,” — he claimed.

On the night of May 27, the office of the President of Ukraine announced the retreat of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from Krasny Liman. “According to unverified reports, we lost the city of Liman. This still needs to be checked»— said Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the office.

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The day before, the DPR headquarters announced that the city had been taken under control.

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

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Putin canceled the upper age limit for contractors


President Vladimir Putin signed a law abolishing the upper age limit for those wishing to conclude a first contract for military service. The document is published on the portal of legal information.

The law comes into force from the date of publication. Previously, a contract could be concluded by Russian citizens aged 18 to 40 and foreigners aged 18 to 30.

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Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened 7 more criminal cases against the commanders of the Armed Forces of Ukraine


The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened 7 more criminal cases on the fact of shelling of settlements in Donbass by Ukrainian servicemen, follows from a message in the agency's Telegram channel.

According to the investigation, in From May 22 to May 27 of this year, militants issued and carried out criminal orders to shell civilian infrastructure with heavy weapons in the cities of Donetsk, Makeevka, Dokuchaevsk, Gorlovka, Kramatorsk, Mariupol, Yasinovataya and other settlements.

As a result of the attack, eight civilians were killed and 35 people were injured, including two minors. In addition, 145 houses,  kindergartens, a children's clinic, a hospital, and a sports complex were damaged.

Earlier it was reported that investigators of the Russian Investigative Committee would record the facts of the mortar attack of the Armed Forces of the border villages Alekseevka and Dronovka  in the Kursk region, which were announced on May 19 by the governor of the Kursk region Roman Starovoit. There were no casualties or damage after the shelling.

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The Russian Defense Ministry showed a test of the Zircon hypersonic missile in the Barents Sea


The frigate “Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov” performed test firing of the Zirkon hypersonic cruise missile in the waters of the Barents Sea.

Shooting was carried out on Saturday, May 28, at a target position located in the White Sea, as part of testing new types of weapons, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry reports.

According to the agency, the missile successfully hit a sea target at a distance of about 1,000 kilometers. The flight of “Zircon” corresponded to the specified parameters.

State tests of “Zircon” should be completed next summer. Then the missile is planned to be put into service for surface ships by the end of the year. 

It was reported the day before that Russia is developing a new coastal missile system under "Zircon".

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What is the age limit for military service under a contract?


President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putinsigned the law on the abolition of the age limit for concluding the first military service contract. Now citizens from  18 years of age can do contract military service.

«Citizens or foreign citizens of age 18 years of age have the right to conclude the first contract for military service. The law comes into  force from the day of its official publication», — it is said in the text of the law.

Previously, the law provided that the first contract on military service was entitled to be concluded by citizens aged 18 to 40 years, and foreign citizens — aged 18 to 30 years.

What is the current age limit for military service?

The law excludes the age limit for both Russian citizens of working age and  foreigners, under which they can conclude the first contract for military service.

Why was the age limit abolished?

As noted in the explanatory note, for application high-precision weapons, operation of weapons and military equipment, highly professional specialists are needed. Experience shows that they become such by 40–45 years.

The document also says that the implementation of such approaches will help to attract specialists in demanded specialties, primarily related to civilians (medical support , engineering units, maintenance, operation, communications, etc.).

As Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Nikolai Pankov previously stated, Russians who are in reserves in the rank private or sergeant, are on military records up to 50 years.

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Why do octopuses kill themselves?


“Arguments and Facts” Weekly No. 21. Got it from Azovstal 25/05/2022

I was surprised to learn that female octopuses cripple themselves after laying eggs . Why why did nature arrange it this way?

S. Travkina, Perm

Self-destruction of octopuses is associated with an excess of cholesterol. Photo: pixabay.com

Scientists have long been interested in the mechanism of self-destruction of these cephalopods: shortly after mating, male octopuses die, and females care laying eggs, but torment themselves with hunger and age quickly, and sometimes injure themselves, after which they also die.

Recently, biologists from the University of Chicago found that the self-destruction of octopuses is associated with changes in cholesterol metabolism in their optic glands. This organ is located between the eyes of the animal and is similar to the pituitary gland in humans. Mating seems to change the biochemical reactions in the gland, and it begins to secrete more sex hormones, insulin-like hormones, and cholesterol precursors.  Cholesterol is important from a dietary point of view, and  ;various signaling systems of the body, — says molecular biologist Yan Wang, one of the authors of the study.  It is involved in everything from flexibility of cell membranes to the production of stress hormones,but it was a big surprise to see that it also influences span of the lifecycle».

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What is an e-ticket and what guarantees does it give?


The President of Russia signed a law, according to which tour operators will be required to enter information about vouchers in a unified information system of electronic vouchers. According to the text of the adopted law, the electronic voucher will appear already from September 2022.

Without transferring information to the “Electronic voucher” system; the tour operator and  travel agent will not be able to conduct their activities. In case of violation of the deadline for transfer or transfer of false, incomplete information, the tour operator may be excluded from the federal register.

What is an electronic ticket?

Electronic voucher — this is a document generated in electronic form in the unified information system of electronic vouchers based on the information contained in agreement on realization of the tourist product.

Tour operators will enter into the unified state information system (EIS ES ) all data about booking and payment of the tour package. There will be no payment for the operation and development of the system with tourists and tour operators.

Why do I need an electronic ticket?

An electronic ticket will be issued and entered into the system for each tour. It will have a unique number. Data about buyers and information about their journey will be reflected in the form of a QR-code.

The number of the electronic voucher is transferred to the customer of the tour by the tour operator/travel agent after entering the information about the tour into the system. Using this number, the tourist will be able to track the status and parameters of his tour online, in particular, whether the money was received from the agent to the operator, whether the ticket was issued, etc. Also, the number will be required by the tourist in the case of contacting the tour operator's personal responsibility fund at the Tourist Assistance Association. in case of non-fulfillment by the tour operator of its obligations.

The system should ensure the uninterrupted exchange of information between the Federal Tourism Agency, Rospotrebnadzor, the Financial Guarantee Fund, the Federal Tax Service, banks and insurance companies, tour operators and providers of travel services.

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Putin signed a law on automatic registration of those in need of social support


President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a law providing for the automatic identification of citizens who need social support.

The document appeared on the portal of legal information.

Information about such citizens will be automatically collected and transmitted through the Unified State Social Security Information System.

The system contains information processed by the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation on the basis of data provided by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography, and the Federal Tax Service.< /p>

The adopted law will help to significantly reduce the time for obtaining benefits and reduce the burden on citizens in collecting supporting documents. All this will be possible thanks to the optimization of interdepartmental interaction between various services.

In addition, the law will inform Russians about the possibility of receiving social support measures in accordance with their life situation.

Earlier, Putin also signed a law on fines for coercion to transfer personal data. If the seller refuses to enter into or execute the contract if the buyer refuses to transfer his personal data to the seller, a fine will be due.

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Provocation or hooliganism? How Amateur Pilot Matthias Rust Helped Gorbachev


28 May 1987        a foreign light aircraft Cessna-172, piloted by an 18-year-old amateur pilot from Germany, landed on  Matthias Rust.

«Gift» on Border Guard Day

Rust flew from  Hamburg to  Moscow, overcoming more than 1 thousand km without any obstacles. Ironically, it was on this day in the USSR that the professional holiday of the border troops was celebrated — Day of the border guard.

As it turned out later, on the territory of the USSR, the Rust aircraft was detected by radio equipment of air defense units, after which 3 anti-aircraft missile divisions were put on alert. However, they never received orders to destroy the target. Then the Soviet fighters visually fixed the Cessna. not far from & nbsp; Gdov, defining it as “a sports aircraft of the Yak-12 type”. “Cessna” was at low altitude and low speed, so     could accompany the fighters could not accompany it, and, having flown around the intruder, returned to base.

After the “debriefing” because of Rust's demarche, the air troops began to say that the military, “abundantly noted” The day of the border guard, in fact, just, as they say, missed the intruder plane. And  experts since haven not come to unanimous opinion since that it was — trick, childishness, stupidity of a lone youngster or a scrupulously prepared operation of the special services. Rust himself claimed that he wanted to establish an “air bridge” between two hostile social systems. Say, he flew to the former "Evil Empire" with a mission of peace, inspired by the warming of relations between the West and the USSR.

Despite this, the pilot was accused of hooliganism, violation of aviation laws, illegal border crossing and sentenced to 4 years in prison. But in the summer of 1988  Andrey Gromyko, Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSRsigned a decree on his amnesty. Rust spent in the “Lefortovo” pre-trial detention center 432 days, after which he returned to Germany. In 2012 at the age of years in an interview with "Stern" he called his flight an “irresponsible act”.

The sports plane that Rust flew. 1987 Photo: RIA Novosti/Yuri Abramochkin

“Gorbachev showed his strength”

"I think that it was really just a frivolous act, which youth can be a lot of — said “AiF” historian Roy Medvedev. — Matthias Rust wanted to do something unusual — and did it. Rust was spotted by our military, but they did not attach much importance to this: just think, some one small sports plane with a single pilot on board. It's indecent to shoot down like that, because it won't bring any harm for sure… It could have been destroyed ten times, but, apparently, they simply didn't want to. And his landing on Red Square came as a complete surprise to everyone.

However, Gorbachev used this essentially insignificant event in the most dishonest way: he fired a number of prominent military commanders who were in no way responsible for landing the plane Rust on Red Square. In particular, she became the reason for the resignation of Minister of Defense Sergei Sokolov and Commander-in-Chief of the Air Defense Forces Alexander Koldunov, who were opponents of Mikhail Gorbachev's policy, and also for a large-scale purge in the army ranks. Although it would be enough to punish the air defense commander of the city of Moscow.

Thus, Gorbachev showed his strength and power, took control of the army and appointed low-authority people to the highest military posts. The military obeyed, but terribly disliked the Secretary General — Marshal Sergei Akhromeev, who was Gorbachev's assistant in military affairs, told me about this.

The Secretary General achieved his goal, but gave rise to discontent of the entire generals. And when                                              And it had a huge impact on the fate of the country.

Was Rust's flight a provocation by Gorbachev himself, who decided to frame the military in this way? It is not out of the question. He couldn't organize such a flight, but could"miss" Rust, when he was informed by the state security and intelligence lines about his intentions or about the start of his flight. But & nbsp; most likely, it was still just an accidental act of the "reckless" young man. But this insignificant event led to very important internal political changes in the USSR».

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End of the Dream. An-225, which was so symbolically doomed by Ukraine


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One of the most high-profile events of the first weeks of the special military operation to protect the DPR and LPR was the battle for Gostomel airfield. Russian paratroopers occupied this facility near Kyiv, not allowing themselves to be knocked out by units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Cutting into metal

The paratroopers left there only by order of the command, as as part of a cardinal de-escalation of military activity in the Kyiv region, which became a step towards the authorities of Ukraine in as part of the negotiation process.

In the course of the battles for Gostomel, Ukrainian artillery, trying to inflict damage on the Russians, attacked the hangar, which housed the largest cargo aircraft in the world, An-225 Mriya. As a result, the liner was damaged, after which it was beyond repair.

According to Strana.ua, the wreckage of Mriya were sent for disposal. As evidence of this, a video was provided, in which an armored personnel carrier with a flag of Ukraine tows the remains of the destroyed “Mriya” from the hangar. With confidence, you can say — so they don't drag what else they plan to restore.

What is happening is very symbolic. The authorities of the Independent have always demonstrated the An-225 & nbsp; as an example of a national achievement, although this was an outright lie & nbsp; & mdash; the plane has nothing to do with modern Ukraine.

A big project of a great country

“Mriya” in translated from Ukrainian "Dream". Flying “Dream” was a purely Soviet project, the scale of which required the involvement of the forces of the entire great power.

The decision to start construction of the An-225 was made by the Politburo of the CPSU Central Committee in 1985. The new aircraft was built to solve a narrow problem — transportation of the Buran reusable spacecraft. “Mriya” was supposed to carry a space plane mounted on top of it.

It was decided to build the An-225 on the basis of the "big brother" — heavy cargo aircraft An-124 “Ruslan”. Thanks to this, “Mriya” got the opportunity to carry oversized cargo not only outside, but and inside the cargo compartment.

The forces of enterprises from all over the Soviet Union were mobilized for the construction of the An-225. Units and parts of the aircraft were made in Ulyanovsk, parts of the wings — in Tashkent, flight equipment — in Moscow, chassis — in Gorky, the engines were built in Zaporozhye, and assembly and all subsequent work was carried out in Kyiv.

Pampers instead of space

The An-225 made its first flight on December 21, 1988. But by by the time when "Mriya" was ready, the Buran program have already started rolling. An-225 managed to bring “Buran” at the  Paris Air Show in May 1989 to make several demonstration flights at Baikonur in April 1991 and       Soon the Soviet Union disappeared along with its ambitious space program.

The plane, which never fulfilled its purpose, went to Ukraine simply because it was based at Antonov Design Bureau airfield near Kyiv.

The new Ukraine did not know what to do with the giant with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tons and a wingspan of 88.4 meters. Since 1994, the only built copy of the An-225 stopped flying altogether, the engines were removed from it, and it seemed that the plane was about to go to scrap metal. But in the beginning of the 2000s in Ukraine it was decided that “Mriya” can be used for commercial purposes. Having received a license in 2001 year, An-225 began to fulfill orders for delivery of superheavy and oversized cargo.

That is, a plane built in the USSR for the sake of space has turned into a banal truck carrying everything from diapers and toilet paper to ending with disposable masks.

Everything's for sale!

And Ukrainian politicians have made it a rule to be proud of a plane they have nothing to do with.

Now it's funny sounds, but at at the very beginning of the 2010s Antonov Design Bureau expected to complete the construction of the second An-225, the skeleton of which had been ownerless since Soviet times, with the help of… the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. However, they rightly reasoned there that there was no particular point in & nbsp; such a construction.

In the summer of 2016, there was information that the Ukrainians sold all the documentation for the An-225 to the Chinese company China Airspace. B exchange at Antonov enterprise they hoped to receive money for completion of the second Mriya, as well as contracts for the production of several more giant aircraft.

But either the Americans interfered with the Ukrainian-Chinese partnership, or the Chinese were initially interested only draft papers, but the topic has stalled.

Those born to destroy cannot create

Becoming president, Vladimir Zelenskyalso raised the issue of building a second Mriya. He spoke about this again in May 2022    

“In this case, it's not a question of money, it's a question of ambition. We were approached by “Ukroboronprom”, the team of “Antonov”. This is a matter of the image of our state and all the excellent professional pilots who died», — The Interfax-Ukraine agency quotes Zelensky's words.

Here you don't even know whether to laugh or cry. It's not just that the project is estimated at $3-4 billion. It is not clear how a country that killed its own aviation industry, inherited from the USSR, is going to build something that even in the Soviet years was created only within the framework of cooperation between the republics?

And, most importantly, why? In the USSR, the An-225 was built under the project of a reusable spacecraft. Why “Mriya” modern Ukraine? Fly for a new batch of salt that suddenly disappeared in Ukraine? Or just to show off her politicians?

In the death and disposal of the Mriya” there is a lot of symbolism. Independent Ukraine, having inherited the Soviet  Dream, is not in able to reproduce it, but it successfully succeeded destroying it.

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The Foreign Ministry announced the continuation of dialogue with the United States on the resumption of START-3 inspections


Russia and the United States did not stop cooperation on the strategic offensive arms reduction treaty, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The agreement expires in 2026. Contract inspections were suspended due to the pandemic

View of the building of the Russian Foreign Ministry

Moscow and Washington continue to discuss the implementation of the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START-3), the dialogue has not been terminated. This was stated by the director of the department for non-proliferation and arms control of the Russian Foreign Ministry Vladimir Ermakov in an interview with TASS.

“We would like to clarify that the interaction between Russia and the United States as parties to the current START Treaty, or as it is also called START-3, has not been interrupted. In the forms provided for this, the consideration of issues related to its implementation continues, the exchange of the necessary data and notifications is being conducted, — Yermakov said.

He also added that Russia expects to continue this work until the expiration of the Treaty— until February 2026. The diplomat recalled that START inspections were suspended by mutual agreement of the parties due to quarantine in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Russia and the United States signed START in 2010 for ten years. The agreement entered into force in February 2011. According to the treaty, each side must have no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads. The number of deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) ​​and strategic missile-carrying bombers should not exceed 700 units, and the number of deployed and non-deployed launchers of ICBMs and SLBMs and heavy bombers— 800 units.

On February 5, 2021, the agreement expired. The administration of former US President Donald Trump offered to connect China to it, but Russia refused. In January 2021, current US President Joe Biden submitted a proposal to extend START-3. UN Secretary General António Guterres urged Moscow and Washington to act quickly. At the end of the month, Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted a bill to the State Duma to extend the contract for five years.

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Medvedev urged to “stop bullshitting” with foreign agents


Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Medvedev called for tougher liability for foreign agents Medvedev called for tougher liability for those who “operate against the country and receive money from enemies” rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/media/img/4/80/756537358752804.jpg” alt=”Medvedev urged to 'stop being silly' with foreign agents” />

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Russia needs to introduce stricter control over foreign agents, said in his Telegram channel the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council, the Chairman of the “United Russia” Dmitry Medvedev.

“Stop talking nonsense, especially during the period of a special military operation and unlimited anti-Russian sanctions,” — he wrote. Deputy Chairman of the Security Council believes that it is necessary to “introduce a more accurate classification” for foreign agents and toughen responsibility for people who “carry out activities directed against the country in such a difficult period, and receive money from our enemies for this.”

“The activities of foreign agents should be put under strict control, become transparent for our society, — he calls.

According to Medvedev, control over foreign agents in Russia was “rather formal.” He believes that the Russian authorities act “much more liberally than American legislators,” since they do not consider foreign agents to be criminals. An organization that receives such a status does not fall under a ban, as in the United States or Europe, “just a marking appears on its page or in references to it,” Medvedev wrote.

Deputy Chairman of the Security Council believes that for individuals , “working in the interests of a foreign state”, there should be a ban on public activity and criminal prosecution.

The Russian Ministry of Justice maintains four registers of foreign agents: the media, individuals-foreign agents, unregistered associations and NGOs. All foreign agents must report on their activities and how the money received from abroad was spent. They are also required to mark their materials with a special signature. Violation of the rules of activity of foreign agents provides not only administrative, but also criminal liability. For example, in March 2021, amendments came into force, according to which for “malicious evasion”; from inclusion in the registry or failure to provide activity reports can face up to five years in prison.

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In April, the State Duma submitted a draft law “On Control over the Activities of Persons Under Foreign Influence”, which, according to the authors, is designed to consolidate the disparate current legislation in this area. In particular, the document formulated the concepts of “foreign agent”; and “foreign influence”.

The first ones are proposed to be considered a person “who has received support and (or) is under foreign influence in other forms”; foreign influence means the provision of support to a person by a foreign source (for example, a foreign state, its authorities, international organizations), as well as the impact on this person, “including by coercion, persuasion”; or in other ways. According to the document, it is possible to obtain the status of a foreign agent without foreign funding or certain types of assistance, and, for example, as a result of the “influence” of foreign source.

The authors propose to merge four registers of foreign agents into one. The initiative implies that those who receive such a status will be prohibited from organizing public events (rallies, processions, pickets); conduct teaching, educational, educational activities for minors; to produce information products for them and receive state financial support.

According to Vasily Piskarev, the head of the commission for investigating the facts of interference of foreign states in the internal affairs of Russia, the main goal of the document— “not prohibitive, not repressive, but more informational, aimed at ensuring the transparency of their activities.”

The Human Rights Council said that the bill contains a number of shortcomings, it is “actually unreasonable” expands the list of those who can be recognized as foreign agents. In particular, the HRC pointed out that the concept of “foreign influence” the document is spelled out in such a way that it can be understood as “any method of influence that the administrative body deems sufficient at its discretion.”

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Zelensky explained the refusal to “dig trenches” before the hostilities on the advice of the United States


According to him, the United States proposed “to sound the alarm, dig trenches and evacuate people from the country” a year before the start of the Russian military operation, but if Kyiv went for it, there would be panic and the country's economy would no longer exist

The United States offered Ukraine to “sound the alarm, dig trenches and evacuate people from the country” a year before the outbreak of hostilities, but Kyiv did not go for it, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with the Nieuwsuur program on the NOS TV channel.

The head of state does not agree that such measures were necessary because they would cause panic in the country. “It affected our financial situation, budget and economy. Now we understand this very well, — Zelensky said, noting that now the budget deficit that arose in March is at least $5 billion.

If the Ukrainian authorities acted differently, the country's economy would no longer exist.

The Ukrainian leader also said that the allies repeatedly recommended that he immediately leave Ukraine with his family and warned that Russia could take control of the country in three days, and he himself risked death.

On May 21, Zelensky also spoke about the fact that some allies even before the start of the Russian military operation recommended Ukraine to “dig trenches”. According to him, he replied that it was impossible to defeat with a shovel, and asked for weapons.

Before the start of hostilities, the president repeatedly urged citizens not to panic, “not to buy buckwheat and matches.” and “don’t scream that everything is gone.” The situation in the east of the country is under control, he assured.

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Poroshenko tried to leave Ukraine for the second time in a day


Poroshenko drove into the oncoming lane to bypass the queue on the border between Ukraine and Poland, and was stopped by patrolmen, according to Ukrayinska Pravda

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Former President of Ukraine, leader of the European Solidarity party; Petro Poroshenko again tried to cross the border with Poland. This is reported by “Ukrainian Truth” and “Strana.ua” with reference to law enforcement sources.

According to the publication, Poroshenko arrived at the Rava Russkaya checkpoint for the second time. in the Lviv region, where he had previously been denied permission to leave the country.

The ex-president and his entourage arrived at the border in three cars. “I went around the line in the opposite direction and ran into the police,” — said the source.

At the checkpoint, Poroshenko presented his diplomatic passport, Ukrayinska Pravda notes.

Earlier on May 28, Irina Gerashchenko, a deputy of the party he leads, said that Poroshenko, who was going to visit Vilnius to participate in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, was not allowed to cross the border without explaining the reasons. “The border guards at the Rava-Russkaya crossing point were talking some nonsense about a “forged or canceled order”, & mdash; she wrote.

Then the sources of Ukrayinska Pravda The State Border Service reported that when passing through passport control, a copy of the order of the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk on the business trip of the delegation was presented.

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The spring session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly was supposed to be held in Kyiv, but in March it was moved to Vilnius, where it takes place from 27 to 30 May.

In 2021, Poroshenko was charged with treason in the case of the supply of coal from the republics of Donbass in 2014-2015, when he was president. He is also a suspect under articles on financing terrorism and creating a terrorist organization.

The court chose a measure of restraint for the politician in the form of a personal obligation to appear in court or for interrogation on first demand. Poroshenko calls his persecution politically motivated.

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El Pais learned about plans to deploy anti-aircraft missile systems in Latvia


The country is going to deploy a battery of NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems in the Baltic republic as a sign of NATO's commitment. The Alliance will hold a summit in Madrid on June 29 and 30 Pais learned about plans to deploy anti-aircraft missile systems in Latvia” />

Spain is going to deploy anti-aircraft missile systems in Latvia, El País newspaper reports, citing government sources.

“Spain will strengthen its contingent in Eastern Europe as a sign of its commitment to NATO, which will hold a historic summit in Madrid a month later, on June 29 and 30,” writes the publication.

We are talking about deploying a battery of NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems in the Baltic republic to protect “against a possible Russian air attack.”

This air defense system is equipped with six Fire-and-forget AMRAAM missiles (“launched and forgotten”) ; such missiles do not require further control after launch and can hit a target outside the line of sight) and a Sentinel radar with a range of seven to ten kilometers, the publication clarifies.

Thus, Spain will increase the number of its military personnel in Latvia by 90-100 people, writes Crónica Global. About 500 Spanish soldiers are already at the base in Adazi, 120km from the border with Russia, under the command of Canada.

In March, Latvian President Egils Levits announced the need for a permanent presence of American troops in the country. According to him, the NATO contingent should be located on the eastern flank in the Baltic states, Poland and Romania, which would be a “powerful signal” for Russia. about the readiness of the alliance to protect its member countries.

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The Kremlin stated that in the east of the alliance a “powerful such a fist” had been created. “Even before the decision was made to reinforce the eastern flank of NATO, de facto this reinforcement had already been carried out,” — said the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.

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Putin Offered Macron and Scholz Fertilizers in Exchange for Lifting Sanctions


The “misguided economic and financial policies” of Western countries and their sanctions against Russia led to problems with food supplies, Putin said. If they are removed, Moscow is ready to increase the export of fertilizers and agricultural products “Putin offered Macron and Scholz fertilizer in exchange for the lifting of sanctions” />

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President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with French leader Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, according to the Kremlin website.

They discussed the food security situation in the world; Putin said that the supply difficulties arose as a result of “the erroneous economic and financial policies of Western countries”; and sanctions against Russia. “The increase in the supply of Russian fertilizers and agricultural products will also reduce tension on the global food market, which, of course, will require the removal of the relevant sanctions restrictions,” — the Kremlin said.

Putin said that Russia is ready to help find options for the unimpeded export of Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea ports. In early May, the UN reported that about 4.5 million tons of grain had accumulated there, and they could not take it out because of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. The UN believes that Russia's actions led to the current situation, and some Western politicians agree with this. However, the Kremlin blames “illegal actions” for the blockade of Ukrainian grain supplies. Western countries.

Putin, Macron and Scholz also discussed the course of the military operation in Ukraine: in particular, the Russian president spoke about the work “to establish a peaceful life in Mariupol and other liberated cities of Donbass.” According to Putin, Russian-Ukrainian negotiations are “in a frozen state due to the fault of Kyiv,” and Moscow is open to resuming dialogue. In addition, the Russian president warned interlocutors that “the continued pumping of Ukraine with Western weapons” can lead to destabilization and exacerbation of the humanitarian crisis.

As the official representative of the German Cabinet of Ministers, Steffen Hebeshtreit, clarified, the conversation between the three leaders lasted 80 minutes, it took place at the initiative of Macron and Scholz. They called on Putin for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine, the withdrawal of Russian troops and direct talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. According to Macron and Scholz, the food situation has become especially tense as a result of Russia's actions. During the conversation, “Putin assured that he wants to allow the export of grain from Ukraine by sea,” according to the website of the German Chancellor.

At the Elysee Palace, in turn, they said that Scholz and Macron urged Putin to urgently remove blockade from the port of Odessa to make it possible to export grain across the Black Sea.

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On May 26, during a conversation with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Putin said that Russia “is unreasonably accused of problems with the supply of agricultural products to world markets.” The country is ready to “make a significant contribution to overcoming the food crisis through the export of grain and fertilizers” if the West removes “politically motivated restrictions” from Russia, the Kremlin said. For their part, the press service of the Italian prime minister said that Putin and Draghi discussed “efforts to find a common solution to the ongoing food crisis and its serious consequences for the world's poorest countries.”

The next day, Putin spoke on telephoned Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer and reiterated that “attempts to hold Russia responsible for the difficulties in supplying agricultural products to world markets are unfounded,” and US and EU sanctions led to problems. Washington does not agree with this. The United States is not discussing the possibility of lifting restrictions in exchange for assistance in exporting grain from Ukraine, the White House stressed.

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Putin told Scholz and Macron about readiness for negotiations with Ukraine


Moscow is ready for negotiations “frozen due to Kyiv’s fault,” Putin said in a conversation with German Chancellor Scholz and French President Macron

Moscow is ready to resume negotiations with Kyiv. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin in a conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron, according to the Kremlin website.

“Special attention is paid to the state of affairs on the negotiation track, which is frozen due to the fault of Kyiv. Vladimir Putin confirmed the openness of the Russian side to the resumption of the dialogue, — The report says.

Macron and Scholz called on the Russian leader to withdraw troops and start direct negotiations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for a diplomatic settlement of the conflict.

The day before, May 27, Putin in a conversation with the chancellor Austrian Karl Nehammer said that Kyiv sabotaged negotiations with Moscow.

Earlier, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Ukrainian authorities constantly make contradictory statements on the issue of negotiations, which makes it impossible to understand what Kyiv wants.

Before that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky considered negotiations with Moscow necessary to end the military conflict, but said that, in his opinion, “the Russian side does not want negotiations.”

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At the same time, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that Kyiv had no preconditions for resuming diplomatic negotiations with Moscow. Zelensky, in turn, on May 24 called the return of territories to Ukraine that she controlled before February 24 as a condition for resuming negotiations with Russia.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, in response to the words of the Ukrainian leader, indicated that Kyiv's demands to unblock negotiations make “doubt the sincerity of their desire to find a peaceful solution.”

Russia and Ukraine suspended negotiations on May 17. After the meeting of the delegations in Istanbul on March 29, the negotiation process continued via video link, but now it is not going on in any form, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Responsibility for the suspension of negotiations in the department was assigned to Kyiv.

According to the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, Moscow sent a draft treaty to Kyiv, in which a number of principle positions already agreed, but received no response. In his opinion, the Ukrainian authorities decided to freeze the negotiation process.

Zelensky has repeatedly spoken about his readiness for personal negotiations with Putin, noting that the conversation should take place without intermediaries. The Kremlin does not refuse the possibility of a meeting of the presidents, however, before the delegations should prepare a specific document, which they will approve during the meeting, Peskov noted.

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Zelensky demanded from the Netherlands to answer “does Ukraine have a place in the EU”


Zelensky urged the Prime Minister of the Netherlands to clarify the position on the issue of Ukraine's membership in the EU Zelensky spoke about the negotiations with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, during which he urged him to give a clear answer whether there is a place for Ukraine in the EU. Mark Rutte answered in the affirmative, but pointed out that Kyiv “needs to go through certain stages” .jpg” alt=”Zelensky demanded from the Netherlands to answer “does” Ukraine have a place in the EU” />

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Kyiv wants Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to express a clearer position on Ukraine's accession to the European Union. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated this in an interview with the Nieuwsuur program on the NOS channel.

The journalist recalled that a few weeks ago, Rutte, in an address to the Ukrainian parliament, called Ukraine “part of the European family”, but did not say anything about membership countries in the EU.

Zelensky replied that he had recently spoken with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands on the phone and thanked him for the assistance that the country is providing to Ukraine. “But as far as the EU is concerned, you were silent about everything we wanted to hear. <…> If you think that we do not belong in the EU, you must clearly say so, — he conveyed the contents of the conversation.

According to Zelensky, Rutte replied that there is a place for Ukraine in the EU, but for entry “you need to go through certain stages.” The President of Ukraine agreed that reforms were needed in the country: “This is what we are doing not for the EU, but for ourselves. We want to implement them.

Earlier this week, Rutte, speaking in the Dutch parliament, called it unlikely that Ukraine would soon receive the status of a candidate member of the European Union. According to him, the country was “very far away” from this to the start of the Russian military operation. In addition, according to Rutte, many states would not like Ukraine's soon entry into the EU— this would be unfair to the countries of the Western Balkans, which have been claiming to be candidates for much longer.

There is an association agreement between the European Union and Ukraine; the country's constitution enshrined the desire to join the EU and NATO. On February 28, Zelensky signed an application for Ukraine's membership in the European Union— he believes that the appeal should be considered as soon as possible. Rutte then pointed out that there is no accelerated procedure for joining the EU.

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The Foreign Ministry said that Russia will not violate contracts for the supply of food


Zakharova called groundless the accusations of Western politicians of trying to block foreign ships in the Black Sea ports. According to the diplomat, Western countries are trying to “blame all the troubles on a special military operation.”

In particular, the port of Mariupol resumed operation when it came under the control of the Russian military and troops of the Donetsk People's Republic. They managed to open the fairway and create conditions for ships to leave the harbour, she explained.

In addition, Russian troops “daily from 8:00 to 19:00 open two maritime humanitarian corridors— safe lanes for ship traffic,” the diplomat added. One of them is open in the Black Sea in the south-west direction from the territorial sea of ​​Ukraine. Through it, according to Zakharova, ships can leave the ports of Kherson, Nikolaev, Chernomorsk, Ochakov, Odessa and Yuzhny.

The second corridor was opened in the Sea of ​​Azov. It starts in the “assembly area in the immediate vicinity of Mariupol”; and ends in the “disbandment area at the confluence of the Kerch Strait into the Black Sea”, concluded the representative of the Foreign Ministry.

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On May 25, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the opening of corridors for the exit of foreign ships from ports on the Black and Azov Seas. Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the National Defense Control Center of Russia, said that they would be lanes for the safe movement of ships. The day before, the Ministry of Defense recalled that they had created all the conditions for the exit of foreign ships from the ports. According to the data provided by Mizintsev, 70 ships from 16 countries remained blocked in six Ukrainian ports.

In early May, the UN stated that about 4.5 million tons of grain had accumulated in Ukrainian ports. It cannot enter the world market due to a Russian special operation, the organization believes. The same opinion is expressed by some Western politicians. In particular, US President Joe Biden spoke about this. At the same time, the head of state cited data on 20 million tons of unexported grain. Moscow denies the allegations and cites “illegal actions” as the cause of the food crisis. West and anti-Russian sanctions.

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Poroshenko again denied permission to travel outside Ukraine


Despite the fact that the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Stefanchuk confirmed the purpose of Petro Poroshenko’s trip — participation in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Vilnius — the border guards did not let the ex-president leave Ukraine, the Ukrainian people’s deputy said


Putin discussed by phone with Macron and Scholz the situation in Ukraine


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Russian President Vladimir Putin held telephone conversations with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and discussed the situation in Ukraine with them, the Kremlin press service reports.

Putin, Macron and Scholz last spoke on March 12. Macron has called Putin at least ten times since the beginning of the Russian special operation in Ukraine. Earlier, he said that he considers it his duty to continue the dialogue with Moscow. Putin and Scholz have also spoken repeatedly since the beginning of the special operation, their last conversation took place on May 14.

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Macron and Scholz called on Putin to release captured soldiers from Azovstal


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French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to release about 2,500 Ukrainian servicemen who left the territory of the Azovstal plant. in Mariupol. This was reported by the press service of the Elysee Palace following a telephone conversation between politicians.

German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit, in turn, said that Scholz and Macron positively perceived “the commitment of the President of Russia to the treatment of prisoners in accordance with humanitarian international law, in particular the Geneva Convention.” He also said that representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross would provide access to the prisoners, the press service of the German Cabinet added.

The Kremlin statement does not say that Putin, Macron and Scholz discussed the exchange of prisoners with Ukraine. But they indicated that the Russian president told his interlocutors about the course of the military operation in Ukraine, “noting that the Russian Armed Forces strictly observe the norms of international humanitarian law.”

The telephone conversation took place on the afternoon of May 28 at the initiative of France and Germany; Scholz and Macron called on Putin for a ceasefire in Ukraine and direct negotiations with President Vladimir Zelensky.

The day before, Putin spoke by phone with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer. As stated in Vienna, the Russian president promised that Moscow would intensify efforts to exchange prisoners with Kyiv, the Red Cross should participate in this process. The Kremlin message does not mention this topic.

On May 20, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the territory of Azovstal “completely released” from the Ukrainian military, who were blocked at the metallurgical plant. On this day, according to the ministry, the last group of 531 people left; from May 16 & mdash; 2439. The department calls them “Nazis” Azov ” (the symbols of the unit are recognized as extremist in Russia and are prohibited) and military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Now, according to the head of the Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin, they are in the DPR.

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The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the military had surrendered; Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, for his part, said that they received a “signal” from the command of the Ukrainian army about the right to “go out and save your life.” He stressed that the military from Azovstal Ukraine needs them alive and the authorities are working to return them to the territory controlled by Kyiv.

on Russian servicemen, said that such a scenario is allowed. At the same time, the State Duma is discussing the issue of a ban on the exchange of “Nazi criminals” so that they can be brought to justice (the Russian authorities have repeatedly called the Azov regiment a neo-Nazi association), and Pushilin insists on a tribunal, arguing that this is what ordinary people want and ” sane part of the world community».

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Poland accused the EU of lack of funds for refugees from Ukraine


Warsaw was supposed to receive €144.6 million from the EU. However, Poland pointed out that the country's expenses for Ukrainian refugees amount to billions of euros, so assistance from the EU should also go in billions, not millions

< p> The European Union has not yet transferred to Poland the funds necessary to help Ukrainian refugees. This was stated by the deputy head of the Polish Ministry of Internal Affairs Pavel Shefernaker, PAP reports.

“The costs we incur are in billions of euros, not millions. Therefore, EU aid for countries that help refugees should also go in billions of euros,— he added.

Schafernaker noted that the Polish government constantly reminds of the need for an additional fund for refugees from Ukraine.

According to the agency, Warsaw should have received €144.6 from the EU million to help Ukrainian refugees, but funds have not yet been received.

The European Commission told PAP that the subsidy agreements would be signed “in the coming weeks”, but before that, the commission should talk with the Polish authorities on this issue.

In mid-May, Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz said that Warsaw is seeking from the European Commission the allocation of additional funds to support refugees from Ukraine.

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At the end of March, German and Polish Interior Ministers Nancy Feser and Mariusz Kaminski asked the EC to review the distribution of refugees by country and provide additional financial assistance to Berlin and Warsaw, pointing out the lack of resources.

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In Germany, it was considered impossible to satisfy all the desires of Kyiv in arms


In the near future, Berlin will supply Kyiv with PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers, said German Vice Chancellor Habek, rejecting accusations that the country does not support Ukraine enough

Germany helps Ukraine with arms supplies, but cannot satisfy all desires Kyiv. This was stated by the Vice-Chancellor of Germany, Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection of Germany Robert Habek in an interview with Die Welt.

“As we speak, Ukrainian soldiers are being trained to handle PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers. This is one of the most modern artillery pieces,” — he stressed.

According to him, in the near future, Berlin will deliver these weapons to Kyiv. Habek denied accusations against Germany that the country is not making enough efforts to support the Ukrainian side.

“The point is not that Germany supplies nothing or too little. Correct— Berlin cannot fulfill all the desires of Ukraine»,— added the Vice Chancellor. He said that in connection with this there is a “certain tension in relations”; Kyiv and Berlin.

Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk has repeatedly criticized the German authorities for not supplying heavy weapons to Kyiv.

So, on May 27, he said that he was disappointed with the speech of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the forum in Davos. Kyiv hoped to hear about concrete steps taken by the German government to provide Ukraine with “big support for victory”; in hostilities, but this did not happen.

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In mid-April, the German Chancellor, after negotiations with leaders of other Western countries, announced that the Bundeswehr had exhausted the limit of arms supplies to Ukraine from reserves. The German government then sent a request to arms manufacturers about how quickly they could provide a new batch.

According to Scholz, first of all, Ukraine asked Germany for anti-tank guns and air defense systems. When asked if Germany would supply Kyiv with Leopard tanks, Scholz replied that it would be better to send Soviet weapons to Ukraine, which the Ukrainian military is familiar with.

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The Crimean diocese decided to remain subordinate to Patriarch Kirill


The Simferopol and Crimean diocese voted against the decision on the independence of the UOC from the Moscow Patriarchate, saying that the current status of the Ukrainian Church “is optimal”

The Simferopol and Crimean diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church did not support the decision of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on independence from the Moscow Patriarchate, according to its website. The diocese will remain under the omophorion (in church jurisdiction, under the auspices of — RBK) Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

The delegation of the diocese, which participated in the meeting of bishops, priests, monks and laity on May 27, unanimously voted against the adoption of the decision of the Council and the proposed amendments to the charter of the UOC. Metropolitan Lazar of Simferopol and Crimea stated “that the current canonical status of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church as a self-governing part of the Russian Orthodox Church is optimal.”

On the eve of the Council of the UOC expressed disagreement with the position of Patriarch Kirill regarding the military operation in Ukraine, saying that the fighting violates the commandment “Thou shalt not kill.” The clergy appealed to the Russian authorities with a request to continue negotiations with Ukraine and “search for a strong and reasonable word that could stop the bloodshed.” The UOC declared “full autonomy and independence”.

The Donetsk diocese stated that the decision of the UOC will not affect everyone: “That is, church life in the Donetsk diocese will not be subject to any changes.”

The chairman of the Synodal Information and Education Department of the UOC, Metropolitan Kliment, explained to RBC that the decision taken by the Council does not mean a break in relations with the ROC. According to him, the status of an independent and self-governing church of the UOC has been for almost 30 years. “It’s just that the Council once again emphasized [this status]. And we continue to maintain spiritual unity not only with the Russian Orthodox Church, but also with other Orthodox Churches, — noted the metropolitan.

The head of the Synodal Department for Church Relations with Society and the Media of the Moscow Patriarchate, Vladimir Legoyda, refused to comment on the decision of the Council of the UOC “in a situation where external forces are trying to destroy the unity of the Russian Orthodox Church.” Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, said that the UOC “does not depend on Moscow either administratively or financially, or in any other respects,” and added that the ROC maintains unity with the Ukrainian Church.

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UOC— self-governing church within the Moscow Patriarchate. At the end of 2018, an autocephalous church was formed in Ukraine as a result of the merger of two non-canonical church structures— Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. It was called the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU). In the Moscow Patriarchate, this decision was called “canonically insignificant”.

On May 26, the primate of the OCU, Epiphanius, called for the removal of Patriarch Kirill from the throne for supporting the military operation. The UOC also asked to stop hostilities in Ukraine; the priests of some dioceses stopped commemorating Patriarch Kirill in divine services, after which the head of the Russian Orthodox Church reproached them for weakness.

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The Kremlin called the format of further contacts between Putin, Macron and Scholz


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Russian President Vladimir Putin, his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz agreed to continue negotiations by phone, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, TASS reports.

“[ The heads of state will continue to communicate] by phone,— he answered the question about the format of further contacts.

The fact that the heads of state agreed to continue contacts was previously reported by the Kremlin press service after a telephone conversation between Macron, Scholz and Putin.

Putin's talks with Scholz and Macron took place earlier on May 28 at the initiative of the German and French sides. They called on Putin for a ceasefire in Ukraine and asked him to start direct talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky. The heads of state also called on the Russian president to release about 2.5 thousand Ukrainian servicemen who left the territory of the Azovstal plant. in Mariupol.



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