A court in Moscow has arrested blogger and journalist Veronika Belotserkovskaya in absentia, accused of spreading false information about the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
She was sentenced to a two-month detention as a preventive measure from the moment of detention or extradition to Russia, Interfax reports.
Belotserkovskaya is charged with two episodes of public dissemination of deliberately false information about the Russian army. The blogger faces up to 10 years in prison.
The ICR opened a criminal case against 52-year-old Belotserkovskaya on March 16. According to investigators, she posted several publications on social networks that discredit the Russian Armed Forces.
In mid-May, the Russian Interior Ministry put Veronika Belotserkovskaya on the wanted list. The blogger is a native of Odessa, now she lives outside of Russia.
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President Vucic: Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia for as long as it can
The Serbian authorities will adhere to the decision of the National Security Council of the country not to impose sanctions on Russia as much as possible, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on TV Pink.
“Today I have not heard the position” for ” or “against” sanctions— (say— RBC) if something happens, then you can, and if it doesn’t — it is forbidden. Others, at least openly declare — impose sanctions and we know what their policy is. Our business— fight for your country, stick to the paper that you yourself wrote— decisions of the National Security Council, as far as we can and for as long as we can,— he said.
In addition, Vučić said that he intends to have a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the near future, including on the issue of gas supplies and prices.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the closure of the office of the Canadian CBC TV channel in Moscow
Russia will close the office of the Canadian CBC TV channel in Moscow and cancel the visas of journalists, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing.
“A decision was made to introduce retaliatory measures in connection with with the actions of Canada, namely & mdash; closure of the Moscow office of the Canadian state broadcasting corporation CBC, including the annulment of accreditations and Russian visas of its journalists,— she said at the briefing.
Zakharova noted that the measure is not directed against the people of Canada. According to her, the CBC has become a “propaganda mouthpiece”.
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The resolution to move the WHO Office for Noncommunicable Diseases from Moscow was supported by Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey, Moldova and the EU countries, among others. Russia, Belarus and Tajikistan voted against
The Regional Committee for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO) during a special session adopted a resolution that proposes to explore the possibility of moving the WHO office for combating noncommunicable diseases located in Moscow outside Russia, Reuters reports.
Special session of the WHO committee, dedicated to the situation in the healthcare sector in Ukraine, was convened at the request of 43 states— members of the WHO European Office. Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey, Moldova, Israel, as well as the EU countries voted for the draft resolution. Russia, Belarus and Tajikistan opposed the resolution, Armenia and Kazakhstan abstained.
The resolution invites WHO Regional Director for Europe (EBR) Hans Kluge to “explore the possibility of relocating the above office [noncommunicable diseases in Moscow] outside the Russian Federation.” At the same time, the document contains a call to consider the possibility of suspending all regional meetings in Russia, as well as conferences and seminars whose participants are determined by the WHO European Office, until a peaceful resolution of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
A Reuters source previously reported that WHO is avoiding tough measures against Russia. The closure of the office in Moscow is more of a political nature and was undertaken to increase the isolation of Russia, one of the interlocutors of the agency specified.
Deputy Minister of Health of Russia Andrei Plutnitsky, who spoke during the session via video link, said that the resolution was built to please the political ambitions of some countries in the region and could jeopardize the health of the population of Europe. “We strongly oppose the adoption of the submitted draft resolution, it is aimed at undermining the work of WHO in the Eurasian space. Its adoption will inevitably lead to the curtailment of programs for the provision of medical care to the countries concerned, the destruction of interaction in the interests of ensuring the health of the population of the WHO European Region and the whole world, which is completely inconsistent with the WHO charter,— he said (TASS quote).
The closure of the office will not affect the provision of medical care to residents of Russia, as well as scientific activities, Alexei Kuznetsov, assistant to the Minister of Health, later said.
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The Regional Office for Europe is one of six WHO Regional Offices located in different parts of the world. EURO serves the WHO European Region, which includes 53 countries, including Russia, Ukraine and EU states.
The WHO office in Moscow for combating noncommunicable diseases was opened in December 1998. In Russia, the world organization implements programs to combat tuberculosis, HIV, AIDS and other activities. In total, 26 employees work in the Moscow office.
At the end of February, shortly after the start of the Russian military operation, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine asked WHO to stop cooperation with Russia. Later, Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, visited Ukraine. He visited medical facilities in Lviv and met with Ukraine's Health Minister Viktor Lyashko. During the meeting, Kluge reaffirmed WHO's readiness to provide continued support to the country in addressing urgent health system problems and taking long-term measures to restore it. He assured that WHO is committed to helping with the elimination of the consequences of serious damage to the Ukrainian healthcare system, and will ensure its restoration on the principle of “better than it was.”
Also in early April, WHO put the question of inspection on hold at enterprises in Russia on the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. According to the head of the organization, Tedros Ghebreyesus, the inspection team was originally supposed to go to Russia a few days before the start of the special operation in Ukraine, but now “there is no way for action, so everything has been put on hold.”
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The press service of the Hydrometeorological Center of Russia reported that on Saturday, April 30, the air temperature in Moscow will rise to +10 °C in the afternoon.
According to weather forecasters, Partly cloudy with occasional light rain. Northwest wind, 6—11 m/s.
Formerly leading employee of the weather center “Phobos” Evgeny Tishkovets said that the weather in early May in the central part of Russia will be cool.
According to him, during the May holidays, the temperature will be three to four degrees below the norm.
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From May 1 to May 3, cool rainy weather with night frosts is expected in the capital.
According to the weatherman, on the night of Sunday, May 1, the air temperature will be fluctuate from minus 1 to plus 3 degrees. The cold snap will last until May 3.
“On the night of Sunday, May 1, the temperature will be from minus 1 to plus 3 degrees, that is, in early May there will be frosts. And although frosts are unlikely on May 2 and 3, the weather will be cloudy, with clearings, light rains are expected, — told the city news agency “Moscow” Vilfand.
When will the cold snap start in the capital?
Residents of the capital will feel a cold snap on Wednesday, April 27th. It will get colder in Moscow. The temperature will be around 5-6 degrees at night, 10-12 degrees during the day, the expert noted.
As Vilfand noted, the cooling will continue in the future. On Thursday, April 28, in the capital, the thermometers will drop to 0 degrees at night. During the day, the air in Moscow will warm up only to plus 5-10 degrees. Severe frosts are expected in the Moscow region.
According to Evgeny Tishkovets, a specialist of the Phobos Center, a cold snap will begin due to the intrusion of polar air. The temperature background will be 6 & minus 7 degrees below the norm. On Friday, April 29, at night the air temperature will drop to minus 4 degrees, and in the daytime it is expected to reach plus 6−11 degrees of heat.
When can we expect the next warming?
Warming in the capital it is expected only at the beginning of the working week, from May 4.
«According to preliminary calculations, the temperature increase is predicted at the beginning of the working days, from May 4 the temperature will gradually begin to rise», — Vilfand said.
The heads of the Russian and Ukrainian delegations had several lengthy conversations, Vladimir Medinsky confirmed. The topics and outcomes of the talks are not specified
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UN Secretary General António Guterres will arrive in Moscow on April 26 for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the press secretary of the Russian leader Dmitry Peskov, reports TASS.
“On Tuesday, April 26, UN Secretary General António Guterres will arrive in Moscow for talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. He will also be received by Russian President Vladimir Putin,— said a Kremlin spokesman.
Guterres spokesman Stefan Dujjaric said earlier that the UN Secretary General asked Putin to meet in Moscow, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky— in Kyiv. Corresponding letters were handed over to the permanent missions of these countries to the UN, Guterres' representative added.
The purpose of the UN Secretary General's visits to Moscow and Kyiv, Duzhzharik called the discussion of urgent measures to establish peace in Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special operation in Ukraine on February 24. In response, the Ukrainian authorities declared martial law and general mobilization, and Western countries began to impose sanctions against Russia.
Two days after the start of the special operation, Guterres said that the UN had not been able to prevent hostilities in Ukraine, but urged not to give up and “give the world another chance.” On April 19, against the background of the ongoing special operation, the UN Secretary General called on Russia and Ukraine to a humanitarian truce in connection with Orthodox Easter. According to him, this will open a safe passage for everyone who wants to leave the areas of current and potential confrontation.
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Moscow and Kyiv have been negotiating for almost two months to resolve the situation. The last face-to-face meeting of the negotiators took place on March 29 in Istanbul, then the Ukrainian side handed over to the Russian proposals, according to which Kyiv is ready to agree to a nuclear-free and neutral status, as well as to refuse to deploy offensive weapons and foreign military bases if security guarantees are provided. Moscow acknowledged receipt of the proposals, and later sent its response to Kiev, but, as Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, there was no reaction from the Ukrainian authorities.
Commenting on the negotiations, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that they went into a “dead end”. According to him, Kyiv moved away from the agreements reached in Istanbul, and Russia, which created the conditions for further negotiations, faced a “provocation in Bucha”.
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The Ukrainian negotiating delegation should focus on finding “realistic options” for an agreement with Moscow, Maria Zakharova said. Earlier, the Kremlin said that Kiev was given a document with “clear wording” alt=”Zakharova suggested that Kiev find a “realistic version” of an agreement with Moscow” />
Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine to resolve the situation continue, but their participants from Kyiv “refuse to show a constructive approach” on priority issues, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing.
According to her, the Ukrainians are “trying to drag out the negotiation process”, including “sometimes simply refusing to promptly respond to those materials and proposals which the Russian side is doing».
“If the Kyiv regime is committed to its desire, expressed publicly and confirmed, — to negotiate, he must start looking for realistic options for agreements, — Zakharova said.
According to her, now on the agenda of the negotiations are “questions of demilitarization and denazification, the restoration of the official status of the Russian language, the recognition of modern territorial realities, including the Russian ownership of Crimea and the independence of the DPR and LPR.”
Earlier, Zakharova said that Moscow has lost confidence in the Ukrainian negotiators, as Kyiv changes its position and demonstrates a “non-independent” attitude to the fact of the negotiations themselves,.
Russia, as part of negotiations to resolve the situation in Ukraine, handed over to the Ukrainian side a draft document “with clear wording”, Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian president, told reporters. According to him, now “the ball is on the side of Kyiv.” Peskov also said that the Ukrainian side is constantly moving away from previously agreed options for agreements. In terms of the effectiveness of negotiations, this “has very bad consequences,” he said.
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Kyiv will study the document submitted by Moscow, Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, said. “The Russian side studied the proposals and expressed its mutual positions. Next— it is our turn to study, compare, draw conclusions. Including political and legal nature»,— said Podolyak.
After the start of the special operation, the Russian and Ukrainian delegations met three times in Belarus, after which the parties switched to negotiations in video format. Another face-to-face meeting initiated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was held in Istanbul on March 29.
Then Kyiv handed over to Moscow proposals for a peace treaty providing for security guarantees for Ukraine, their non-proliferation to the Crimea and Donbass, and the country's refusal to seek to return these territories by force. Moscow, in turn, promised to reduce military activity near Kyiv and Chernigov. Then the negotiations resumed via video link.
According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in early April, after the publication of materials from Bucha, Kyiv tried to interrupt the negotiations, and also handed over to Moscow a new draft of peace agreements, which differs from the one provided in Istanbul.
The head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Mikhail Podolyak, said that the process became more complicated after the events in Bucha, Mariupol, Volnovakha and the Kiev region. “The situation is constantly changing. And the emotional background in which the negotiations are taking place today gives grounds for a slightly different look at the situation as a whole, — he noted (quote from Interfax-Ukraine).
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Extremely dangerous “Reaper”
The United States continues massive arms supplies to Kiev. A new $800 million military aid package has been announced, including planes and drones – although the Pentagon openly says it is unable to trace the further path of these weapons. MK asked Denis Fedutinov, an expert in the field of unmanned aerial systems, whether the United States could supply Ukraine with long-range strike drones capable of flying to Moscow.
The United States plans to send Ukraine 11 Mi-17 helicopters, 18 Howitzer 155 mm cannons and, in addition to previously delivered, 300 Switchblade loitering drones.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU) will get helicopters that the United States once purchased from Russia for the Afghan army. They did not have time to hand them over to the Afghans, since the government in Kabul changed, and the Americans themselves barely managed to get their feet out of there.
American large-caliber guns are serious weapons. The Ukrainian military will be taught how to handle them by American instructors on the territory of Poland. And then the trained Ukrainian artillerymen will transfer their knowledge and skills to the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It doesn't happen in a day or two. In addition, there is a possibility that the guns simply will not reach the troops, but will be destroyed by Russian missile strikes, as happened the other day with the NATO weapons transshipment base in Lvov.
Disposable Switchblade drones can cause a lot of trouble for our troops on the front lines. In total, the United States has already delivered about a thousand of these kamikaze drones. This is a melee weapon. Weight – several kilograms. Carried in a backpack. Speed - about 110 km/h. It can stay in the air for 15 minutes. It flies at a relatively low altitude. During this time, the operator must detect the target, aim and hit.
Fighting such devices is difficult, but possible. In particular, short-range anti-aircraft missile systems and electronic warfare (EW) systems.
Can the United States transfer to Ukraine more serious heavy reconnaissance and strike drones capable of striking at a distance of several hundred kilometers, for example, in Moscow ? An expert in the field of unmanned aerial systems Denis Fedutinov believes that the United States will not agree to this for several reasons.
– Unmanned aerial vehicles of long flight duration, the so-called MALE-class drones, – Denis Fedutinov told MK, – whether it be the American reconnaissance and strike vehicle MQ-9 Reaper (“Reaper”) or other “classmates” conceptually similar to it, regardless of the country of origin, are not difficult targets for the modern air defense systems that Russia possesses.
The expert recalled that earlier the United States used the same Reaper devices in the course of operations by the US army and its allies against an enemy that was obviously weaker in terms of technical equipment in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, etc.
– The Pentagon is well aware that this kind of drones will not last long if they are used, say, against Russia or China, – said the expert. – In addition, they probably have concerns about the possibility of intercepting such unmanned aerial vehicles by electronic warfare, which could allow Moscow to get them in one form or another as trophies. Precedents with other, no less advanced drones have already taken place in Iran, and they are unlikely to be forgotten in the United States.
Facts are known when the armies of Iran and China intercepted control of heavy American drones, having received them at their disposal. This, by the way, helped these countries make serious progress in creating their own drones.
The American MQ-9 Reaper drone is based on the MQ-1 Predator. Takeoff weight – more than 4500 kg. Equipped with a turboprop engine. Speed - more than 400 km/h. Ceiling – 15 kilometers. The duration of the flight is more than a day. Range – 1900 kilometers.
In response to Moscow's statement about the expulsion of 18 diplomats of the mission, the European Union expressed its regret and called this step ” unreasonable.”
“The EU regrets the unreasonable and unreasonable decision to expel 18 members of the EU Delegation to Russia,” the EU Foreign Service said in a statement.
Russia declared them persona non grata and demanded to leave the country as soon as possible. The measure was taken in response to the EU decision to deprive 19 employees of the Russian Permanent Mission in Brussels of accreditation.
Head of the EU Delegation Markus Ederer was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry. He was strongly protested in connection with the unjustified expulsion of Russian diplomats.
Agreeing on the disputed points in the negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations on a peace treaty will take from several days to one and a half weeks, a member of the Ukrainian delegation and adviser to the head of the presidential office said in an interview with Wirtualna Polska Mikhail Podolyak.
«For the time being, both the Russian and Ukrainian delegations remain at their positions. Coordination of disputed points can take from several days to one and a half weeks. During this time, we must approach the drafting of a peace agreement, & mdash; he said.
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The day before, after several hours of negotiations via video link, the parties took a technical break. A member of the Ukrainian delegation explained that the pause was taken until the morning so that “technical and legal groups could work productively all night”
The Russian and Ukrainian delegations resumed negotiations, Strana.ua reports. with reference to the head of the Servant of the People faction; in the Rada and a member of the Ukrainian delegation, David Arakhamia.
The fourth round of negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow began yesterday, March 14. After several hours of discussion via video link, the parties took a technical break.
As explained in a conversation with “Strana.ua”; a member of the Ukrainian delegation and adviser to the head of the presidential office, Mikhail Podolyak, the pause was taken until the morning, so that “technical and legal groups could work productively all night long.” They also had to clarify “certain definitions”, he noted.
Before that, the negotiations were held in person: the delegations met in Belarus. They then agreed to continue the discussion in a video format to save time and effort spent on the road.
Commenting on the progress of the negotiations, Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, said that they had come to a “fork”. According to him, under a successful scenario, the parties can conclude a peace agreement within one to two weeks, the deadline— until the end of May. Among the possible options, he did not rule out the continuation of hostilities.
The Kremlin, in turn, said they did not want to make predictions. “Let's wait until there are tangible results, about which it will be possible to inform the public of the two countries. In this case, these are his [Arestovich's] forecasts, we would not like to rush with forecasts, — Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.
On March 12, adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian president, Mikhail Podolyak, in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper reported on the movement of Kyiv and Moscow to a compromise in the negotiations. According to him, the parties are discussing “various proposals, there are many, there are a dozen proposals”, they, in particular, relate to a ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops. Speaking about the treaty between Ukraine and Russia, Podolya noted that it should be “multi-component”, it should include clauses on the cessation of hostilities, the withdrawal of Russian troops and security guarantees to Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24 announced the start of a military operation in Ukraine, he called its goals “demilitarization”; and “denazification”. Moscow insists that Ukraine should become a neutral country, recognize Crimea as Russian, as well as the DPR and LPR within the administrative borders of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
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The Russian and Ukrainian delegations resumed negotiations after a technical pause, the parties will discuss issues of settlement, a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine, Mikhail Podolyak, a member of the Ukrainian delegation and adviser to the head of the presidential office, said on Twitter.
“Negotiations continue . Resumed consultations on the main negotiation platform. General issues of settlement, ceasefire, withdrawal of troops from the territory of the country, — he wrote.
The fourth round of negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations began on the morning of March 14. After several hours of discussion via video link, the parties took a technical break. This was necessary for the additional work of the technical and legal teams, Podolyak explained. On the afternoon of March 15, he announced that negotiations had resumed.
According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the ongoing negotiations are aimed at returning Ukraine to a neutral status “in the context of security guarantees for all participants in this process, the demilitarization of Ukraine and the end of the country's nazification policy, which is enshrined in a number of legislative acts.” In particular, we are talking about the need to abolish “all discriminatory restrictions that were imposed on the Russian language, Russian education, culture, Russian media,” Lavrov noted.
The office of the President of Ukraine, in turn, said that the negotiations have come to a fork. According to Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, with a successful scenario, the parties can conclude a peace agreement within one to two weeks, the deadline— until the end of May. He called the continuation of hostilities another option.
The Kremlin refused to give any forecasts regarding the outcome of the negotiations. “Let's wait until there are tangible results, about which it will be possible to inform the public of the two countries. In this case, these are his [Arestovich's] forecasts, we would not like to rush with forecasts, — Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.
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The weather with variable cloudiness and no precipitation is expected in Moscow on Thursday, March 10, according to the official website of the Hydrometeorological Center of the Russian Federation.
According to weather forecasters, during the day the air temperature in the capital will be from three down to five degrees below zero. On Friday night, temperatures in the city may drop to minus 14 degrees.
In the Moscow region, it is expected to reach seven degrees below zero during the day. At night, the temperature in the region can drop to minus 17 degrees.
Northeast wind at a speed of up to ten meters per second. Atmospheric pressure will be 764 millimeters of mercury.
Earlier, the scientific director of the Hydrometeorological Center Roman Vilfand told what weather is expected in March in the center of the European part of Russia.
It is assumed that the network will include 250 fast food restaurants.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, at a meeting with the heads of retail chains and catering enterprises, announced the decision to allocate 500 million rubles for a targeted loan.
It is assumed that the money will be spent on preferential terms to create a chain of fast food restaurants “McDonald's”, which the day before announced the closure of its establishments in the country.
According to Interfax, citing the words of the mayor, it is assumed that the Russian analogue will be able to replace 250 establishments in a year &# 8220;McDonald's”, covering consumer demand in the capital.
Sobyanin explained that the decision was made after a conversation with the management of a number of Moscow enterprises that are already operating in the same area.
He recalled that 99% of food for American fast food was supplied by Russian firms. Now the authorities will be asked to use the same personnel potential for the Russian counterpart.
According to the mayor, at the moment there are more than 12,000 catering establishments in Moscow that have appeared over the past 5 – 8 years old, and they “quietly” will replace foreign restaurants that will not be able to return to the market for another 6 – 12 months.
As Topnews wrote earlier, “McDonald's” it was said that the salaries of employees of closed restaurants would be kept at least until May 2022.
Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Transport Maxim Liksutov announced the restart of the Music in the Metro project. This event was specially timed to coincide with the holiday of March 8 and combined with the awarding of the leading employees of the subway.
«Today, the Music in the Metro project is being resumed. The musicians started performing at the venues that operated before the pandemic, in the next few months we will add 5-6 more venues,” the Deputy Mayor noted.
The project is already in operation. This is the comment AIF.RU received from musician Maxim, who was tuning his electro-acoustic guitar at noon to start a two-hour shift in the transition between Tverskaya and Tverskaya. and “Chekhovskaya”: “I am very glad that the project was resumed. This is a good opportunity to show yourself and earn extra money. There is a lot of demand among musicians, for example, the place where I play now is extremely popular. All slots (this is a reservation for 2 specific hours) are sorted out until the evening. A gray line passes here, intelligent people live here. The passengers are pleasant, willing to stop and listen. I have a large repertoire – from classical to jazz. Latin American music is also very well received.
Musician Maxim today held his first performance in transition to "Chekhovskaya". Photo: Photo of the transport complex of Moscow
The musicians get permission to play in the subway for free, the permitted points are marked with bright floor stickers and wall signs. Now there are three dozen sites. Passengers, if they wish, can thank the artists with money.
The festive rewarding of employees of the transport complex took place in the building of the Northern River Station. Certificates of honor, thanks and letters of thanks were received by Muscovites working in the TsODD, metro ticket offices, drivers of buses, trams and electric trains, engineers and station attendants.
«Thank you for such a wonderful gift by March 8, – says Maria Yakovleva,electric train driver of the depot “Fili” metropolitan subway. – I am very glad that I work in the subway and that I am part of a huge well-coordinated mechanism. height=”600″ width=”337″ style=”display: block;” />
Rewarding Maria Yakovleva, electric train driver at the Fili depot. Photo: Photo of the Moscow transport complex
According to Maxim Liksutov, women make up 30% of the staff of the metropolitan subway: “Among the world's subways, ours is in second place in terms of the number of women working in such a serious transport infrastructure. We are especially proud that in the last few years they have taken on roles such as subway train drivers. In terms of the quality of work, our employees are among the best among all the drivers of the Moscow Metro. We are extremely interested in the fact that our ranks are replenished with professionals, while we are ready to conduct training ourselves.
Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with Sky News Arabic that Moscow is looking forward to the third round of talks with the Ukrainian side and hopes that the Ukrainian side will listen to Russia's concerns.
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A stable transition of the average daily temperature to zero in Moscow is expected around March 15–17. It is reported by “Evening Moscow” with reference to the leading specialist of the weather center «Phobos» Mikhail Leus.
He added that according to the new climatic norms, spring usually comes to Moscow around March 20–22.
Why have weather forecasters not yet recorded a meteorological spring in Moscow, despite the warm weather?
According to the weather forecaster, the weather in the capital is sunny and dry, but at night it is still quite frosty. “On average, the temperature will be slightly above normal, and the birds are singing cheerfully, and the snow cover is actively decreasing. From this point of view, we can talk about the arrival of spring, », — Leus added.
However, weather forecasters call meteorological spring the weather in which the average daily air temperature steadily passes through zero towards positive marks.
What will the weather be like in Moscow in the coming days?
According to the Phobos weather center, on Saturday, March 5, partly cloudy weather is predicted, the air temperature — 0°-2°C. Atmospheric pressure is within normal limits.
On Sunday, March 6, the city will have partly cloudy weather, at night the air temperature will be -3…-5°C, in the afternoon — 0…-2°C.
On Monday, March 7, partly cloudy and light snow will be in the afternoon in Moscow. At night, the thermometers will drop to -4…-6°C. The day will be — -1…+1°C.
On Tuesday, March 8, partly cloudy and light snow are also predicted, fog is possible. At night and during the day, the air temperature will be -3…-5°C.
Sources: https://vm.ru/, https://www.meteovesti .ru/
The parties will meet on March 2 at the Polish-Belarusian border. The Ukrainian edition reports that Russia demands recognition of the LPR and DPR within the borders of the regions and the refusal to return the Crimea
Leonid Slutsky, Vladimir Medinsky, Andrei Rudenko, Alexander Fomin, Boris Gryzlov (from left to right) and David Arakhamia ( third from right) during Russian-Ukrainian talks
The second round of talks between Russia and Ukraine on settling the operation in the country may take place on the Belarusian-Polish border on Wednesday, March 2. This was stated by Belarusian political scientist Yury Voskresensky, close to the co-organizers of the negotiations, whose words are quoted by RIA Novosti.
His words are confirmed by the Ukrainian publication Glavkom, which names the date as March 2, citing sources in the Ukrainian delegation. The first meeting was held on Monday, February 28, in Belarus.
«After the negotiations of the Ukrainian and Russian delegations on the cessation of hostilities, the parties limited themselves to general phrases about the search for common ground and agreed again meet on March 2»,— writes «Commander-in-Chief».
The publication also named the demands that the Russian delegation made at the first round of negotiations with the Ukrainians.
“Glavkom” announced the following demands of Russia:
- securing the non-bloc status of Ukraine by a decision of the parliament and holding a referendum on this issue;
- recognition of the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics within the administrative borders of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine ;
- denazification of Ukraine, which the publication calls “fictional”; term;
- take out «out of brackets» question on Crimea.
Ukraine, in turn, asked to establish a “silence regime”, that is, to suspend the Russian special operation until Wednesday, March 2, when the parties planned “next meeting”. Also, the Ukrainian side demanded a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian forces.
According to the publication, Russia refused to suspend the special operation for the duration of the negotiations. At the same time, the Kremlin stated on February 26 that Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian troops to suspend the advance before the negotiations, but it was resumed after Kyiv “refused to negotiate.” In Kyiv, the delay in agreeing to negotiations was explained by the unacceptability of “ultimatums” Moscow.
Negotiations, which became the first face-to-face diplomatic contact between Russia and Ukraine after the start of the Russian special operation, were held on Monday, February 28, in the Gomel region of Belarus.
Russia was represented at the talks by former Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky, Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin, head of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky and Russian Ambassador to Belarus Boris Gryzlov.
From Ukraine, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, chairman of the Servant of the People party David Arakhamia, adviser to the head of the presidential office Mykhailo Podolyak, deputy foreign minister Mykola Tochitsky, first deputy head of the Kyiv delegation in the trilateral contact group Andriy Kostin and people's deputy Rustem Umerov.
Zelensky, commenting on the results of the meeting, said that there were no managed to achieve the results that Ukraine would like to receive. At the same time, he noted that the Russian side at the talks voiced its positions, and Ukraine put forward counter points.
Adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian President Mikhail Podolyak told reporters after the talks that the parties had identified priority topics for dialogue and outlined “prospects for reaching mutually acceptable solutions” on them.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that he refers to the results of the negotiations with cautious optimism. He noted that the negotiators on both sides were “well done, just handsome”, they did more than was possible, and “brilliantly” carried out the work at the first stage.
Russian presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky, who led the Russian delegation, said after the meeting that the next round would take place in the “coming days” on the Polish-Belarusian border. He did not tell the details of the last round, limiting himself to the phrase that the parties went through the entire agenda and found some points “by which common positions can be predicted.”
Russia has been conducting a special operation in Ukraine since February 24. Announcing its start, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the goals of this step are “denazification” and “demilitarization” Ukraine, as well as saving its inhabitants from “genocide”.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on March 1 that the Russian Armed Forces would continue to carry out the operation in Ukraine “until the set goals are achieved.” However, according to the minister, “the Russian army does not occupy Ukrainian territory, it takes all measures to preserve the lives and safety of civilians.”
Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense assured that during the special operation, the Russian military did not strike at civilian objects .
Photo: Natalia Gubernatorova
Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to send a delegation to Minsk to negotiate with the Ukrainian authorities. Putin informed the head of China Xi Jinping about this in a telephone conversation.
Recall that earlier President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky requested urgent negotiations with President Putin.
In addition, in a telephone conversation between the heads of Russia and China, Putin told his Chinese counterpart about the reasons for recognizing the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, as well as about the reasons for the military operation. According to Putin, it should protect the civilian population from genocide, as well as ensure the demilitarization and denazification of the Ukrainian state.
In response, Xi Jinping said that he respects the actions of his Russian counterpart in this crisis situation, reports TASS. At the same time, the head of China spoke in favor of maintaining a settlement between Ukraine and Russia through negotiations. In particular, Xi Jinping noted that China stands for respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states, respect for the provisions and principles of the UN Charter.
Foreign Ministry: Moscow's response to US sanctions will be sensitive and strong Russia has already proved that, despite all the restrictions, it is able to minimize the damage from them, the diplomats noted. Restrictive tools “are ineffective and counterproductive from the point of view of American interests” alt=”Moscow promised a sensitive response to sanctions for the US” />
View of the building of the Russian Foreign Ministry
Russia will give a strong response to US sanctions, according to the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The reaction will not necessarily be symmetrical, but “calculated and sensitive for the American side,” the department explained.
“The package of sanctions announced by the US administration (already the 101st in a row) the list of persons against whom personal restrictions are being imposed is in line with Washington's ongoing attempts to change the course of Russia, — the message says.
At the same time, Moscow has already proved that, despite all the restrictions, it is able to minimize the damage. “And even more so, sanctions pressure is not able to affect our determination to firmly defend our interests,” — stressed the Foreign Ministry.
Restrictive instruments are “ineffective and counterproductive from the point of view of American interests,” diplomats are convinced.
On February 21, Putin announced his decision to recognize the independence and sovereignty of the DPR and LPR, explaining such measures by Kiev's unwillingness to comply with the Minsk agreements. Ukraine, the European Union and the United States condemned Moscow's actions and threatened with sanctions.
The day before, United States President Joe Biden announced the introduction of restrictions against Russia. They affect the sovereign debt of Russia, Promsvyazbank and VEB and more than 40 of their subsidiaries, as well as some Russians. Among them— son of the director of the FSB and deputy president— Chairman of the Board of VTB Denis Bortnikov, son of the former director of the SVR and chairman of the board of Promsvyazbank Petr Fradkov, as well as the son of the first deputy head of the presidential administration and CEO of VK Vladimir Kiriyenko.
The European Union has also prepared its own list of sanctions. The restrictive measures concern 351 State Duma deputies who voted for the recognition of the DPR and LPR, 27 individuals and legal entities, Russia's access to the financial and capital markets of the EU.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced sanctions against five Russian banks and three businessmen: Gennady Timchenko, Boris and Igor Rotenberg.
Presentation of small arms at the CSC «TsPS-2». Photo: AGN Moscow
From March 1, new rules for obtaining weapons permits are introduced in Russia. Vadim Medvedev, deputy head of the Main Directorate of the Russian Guard in Moscow, head of the Center for Licensing and Permitting Work, recalled this.
First of all, the changes will affect the procedure for passing a medical examination, he told TASS.
What will change in the rules for obtaining a gun permit?
The changes are contained in the federal law of July 2, 2021 No. 313-FZ. The new procedure for passing the examination will determine whether a person has medical contraindications to owning a weapon. A medical board will have to be passed once every five years for both first-time purchasers and owners of weapons, including premium ones (with the exception of military ones).
The study includes the delivery of chemical and toxicological tests for the presence of narcotic and psychotropic substances in the human body, their metabolites, as well as an examination by a psychiatrist. The conclusion will be issued in electronic form, it will be certified with an enhanced qualified electronic signature of a medical worker and medical organization.
The National Guard will be informed about the identification of diseases in a citizen in electronic form, and the owner of the weapon will have to immediately hand over the license and weapon. After that, within two months, a person will have to undergo an extraordinary medical examination or lose the right to own a weapon.
According to Vadim Medvedev, the main difference between the new order and the current one will be the mandatory passage of a specialized examination in medical institutions of the state or municipal healthcare system. “In addition, the National Guard gets the opportunity to check in real time the authenticity of the fact that a citizen has passed this medical examination,” — he said.
Why is Russia introducing a new procedure for obtaining weapons permits?
Vladimir Putininstructed to tighten legislation in the field of civilian arms trafficking after the shooting at school No. 175 in Kazan . Then 19-year-old former student Ilnaz Galyavievcame to school with a gun and opened fire on people. Nine people were killed, including seven children, 23 people were injured.
The FT claims that this is a former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada
The British newspaper Financial Times reports, citing a source in Western intelligence services, that Moscow is allegedly considering the role of the head of a “puppet regime » Oleg Tsarev, ex-deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, in Kiev.
The source of the publication stated that Tsarev and others could be put in leadership positions during these “efforts” (creating a government controlled by Moscow – “MK“).
At the same time It is noted that the name of Tsarev is allegedly mentioned in the US intelligence materials, which were introduced to representatives of Great Britain, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. These countries, along with the United States, are part of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance.
Tsarev himself has already commented on the publication, calling this situation rather funny.
“I don’t even I'm invited to speak on state channels because I'm not big enough. I work as the director of a sanatorium in Yalta,” said the former Ukrainian parliamentarian.
Earlier, at the end of January, the British Foreign Office issued a statement that Moscow allegedly wants to bring to power a pro-Russian government headed by another former member of the Rada Evgeny Muraev. He also denied these rumors and threatened to sue the publications that disseminated these data.
In turn, in a commentary for the Financial Times, American political scientist Brian Mefford noted that both Tsarev and Muraev would hardly have come to the roles attributed to them, as both are “toxic” politicians for Ukraine.
Another source of the publication, a former member of Western intelligence agencies, suggested that Moscow may consider Tsarev as an interim head of Ukraine until a more suitable candidate appears.< /p>
Cloudy weather with clearings is predicted in the Russian capital on Sunday, February 13, according to the official website of the Hydrometeorological Center of the Russian Federation.
«Cloudy with clearings. Light snow in places. Black ice,” the message says.
Daytime air temperature in the city will be from zero to plus two degrees.
Western and southwestern wind at a speed of five to ten meters per second . Atmospheric pressure – 751 millimeters of mercury.
On Monday night, cloudy weather with clearings and sleet is predicted in the capital. No precipitation. The wind is southwest at a speed of six to 11 meters per second.
The thermometers can drop to minus four degrees. Atmospheric pressure will be 750 millimeters of mercury.
Earlier the scientific director of the Hydrometeorological Center of Russia Roman Vilfand said that at the beginning of next week the air in Moscow will be six to seven degrees warmer than the climatic norm.
Reuters: Scholz will call on Putin for dialogue, de-escalation in Ukraine and warn of sanctions Scholz will arrive in Kiev on February 14, and then in Moscow, where he will talk with Putin. During the conversation, he will declare the common position of Western countries on the issue of Ukraine and warn of “painful sanctions” in the event of Russian aggression
The build-up of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine can only be regarded as a threat. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz intends to say this at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, according to Reuters, citing a source in the German government.
“He will emphasize that we [Germany] are not only ready for dialogue, but also insist on de-exalation and an end to the buildup of troops, which can only be interpreted as a threat,” — the source said. According to the agency, Scholz will advise Putin not to underestimate the unity of the West on the situation around Ukraine and the willingness to impose “painful sanctions” against Russia. in the event of an invasion of a neighboring country.
Germany does not expect concrete results from Scholz's meeting with Putin, but hopes to get a more detailed understanding of Russia's intentions, a source in the German government also said. According to him, Scholz's trip to Moscow— this is not an attempt to prevent a war, but part of a diplomatic effort to resolve the Russian-Ukrainian crisis.
During a trip to Kiev, according to an agency source, Scholz will discuss with the Ukrainian authorities measures to stabilize the country's economy.
The German chancellor will arrive in Kiev on Monday, February 14, and his visit to Russia will take place the next day. Kremlin announces “substantive bilateral talks” Putin and Scholz, followed by a press conference.
Earlier this week, Scholz said that in resolving the situation around Ukraine, he considers it right to resort to a dual strategy, which includes the simultaneous combination of dialogue with Russia and the policy of containment of Moscow , transmitted by Deutsche Welle.
On February 7, Putin held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Moscow, they lasted more than five hours. At them, according to a Reuters source, the Russian president recalled claims to Western countries since the Cold War and accused them of “betrayal”; and breaking the promise not to expand NATO. Macronge, after the talks, allowed the adoption of innovative solutions to resolve the crisis.
On February 12, Putin and Macron spoke on the phone for more than an hour and a half about the situation in Ukraine. According to the Kremlin, they discussed “provocative speculation” that Moscow is preparing aggression against Kiev.
On the same day, the Russian president spoke with American leader Joe Biden. The latter warned that Russia, in the event of aggression against Ukraine, would face the reaction of the West, and said that Washington was ready for both diplomatic cooperation with Moscow and other scenarios. Putin, in turn, pointed to the “targeted pumping of weapons”; Ukraine by Western countries.
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