New York to tighten gun laws after Buffalo shooting

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On Tuesday, May 17, New York City officials will introduce a package of laws to combat gun trafficking, said State Gov. Kathy Hokul, CBS reports. .

This is how the Governor reacted to the shooting at the Buffalo supermarket near New York. Ten people were killed in the attack, and three more were injured.

“This must be stopped. On Tuesday, we already planned to announce a comprehensive package (of laws. — RBC) to combat arms trafficking in order to eliminate the remaining loopholes in the current legislation,— she said.

Hokul vowed that New York State would do “everything possible to keep laws tough to give law enforcement the resources they need.”

Shooting at Tops Friendly Supermarket Markets in Buffalo, New York took place on May 14th. According to the latest police reports, ten people were killed and three others were injured. At the same time, 11 out of 13 victims were African Americans.

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The police specified that the attacker was an 18-year-old white man who was heavily armed, wearing a helmet and other equipment. After the shooting, he was apprehended.

BNO News reported that the shooter broadcast his attack on Twitch and published an extremist manifesto. “In the document, he identified himself as an 18-year-old male and identified himself as a white supremacist, racist and anti-Semite,” published the publication. Twitch temporarily blocked the man's account and promised to take measures to prevent the distribution of the record, follows from the company's statement.

Later, the New York prosecutor's office charged the man with first-degree murder— the state's most serious allegation, Attorney John Flynn said at a news conference. The article provides for life imprisonment without the right to parole. The suspect was assigned a medical examination and may be charged with terrorism, said the prosecutor.

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Finland plans to apply for NATO membership on May 18

The Permanent Representative of Finland to NATO in Brussels is likely to apply to join the alliance on Wednesday 18 May. Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told the Aftonbladet newspaper about this.

“For our part, this [application] will be done by the NATO ambassador in Brussels physically, probably on Wednesday. Then, if negotiations with NATO begin, they will be dealt with by a delegation headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Defence. said Haavisto.

Earlier, Finland's intention to apply for NATO membership “in the coming days” said President Sauli Niinistö during a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

On May 12, Niinistö and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin stressed in a joint statement the need to apply for NATO membership. Haavisto explained this decision by the fact that “the hostilities launched by Russia created a danger to the stability of the whole of Europe.” Similar plans are being considered by Sweden, which, like Finland, has the status of a state— NATO partner.

The next day, Putin held a meeting of the Security Council, where they discussed possible risks in connection with the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier that Moscow views such a scenario as a threat and Russia's actions will depend on how the “expansion process” is expressed. and how the military infrastructure of the alliance will move.

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Volodin announced bills to counter sanctions

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Initiatives aimed at protecting the citizens and economy of Russia will be considered during the spring session of the State Duma. Speaker of the lower house of parliament Vyacheslav Volodin stated this on his Telegram channel.

“Many of your appeals are devoted to the questions of what measures are being taken to counteract the sanctions imposed against our country. <…> These initiatives, aimed at protecting our citizens and the economy, will be considered without fail during the spring session,— he wrote.

One of the bills concerns the security of personal data. It provides for the commission of cross-border transfer of personal data, and also establishes the possibility of interference by the Russian authorities in the processing of data of Russian citizens on the territory of other countries.

Another bill allows the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, when identifying “unfriendly” actions of a foreign state against Russian media to block or restrict the activities of publications of this country in Russia. Also, the work of these media outlets may be terminated if materials are published that discredit the Russian armed forces or call for sanctions against Russia.

In addition, the authorities intend to simplify obtaining a residence permit for foreign IT specialists, as well as increase the number of state-funded places in the magistracy of Russian universities. Also, the concept of “compatriot abroad” will be changed in the legislation. They will be considered all persons who speak Russian and belong to the peoples “historically residing on the territory of the Russian Federation, and those whose direct ancestors were born on the territory of the Russian Federation.” “At the same time, from the definition of the concept of“ compatriot ” the connection with the citizenship of the USSR is excluded, — notes Volodin.

The State Duma will also consider a draft law on the external management of companies that have left the Russian market. It is noted that the initiative will affect only those companies that are “essential for the Russian economy and left without obvious economic reasons, based on anti-Russian sentiments abroad.” The State Duma also intends to support lessees: companies will be able to repay leasing ahead of schedule without penalties and fines.

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The bills will also affect fiscal changes. The State Duma intends to extend the period for reducing income tax rates until January 1, 2024. The term now ends on January 1, 2023. In addition, the State Duma intends to simplify the treasury support of contracts. Funds will be credited to the supplier's settlement account without opening an account of a treasury support participant. And the government will have the opportunity, without changing the law, to use revenues from oil and gas exports to replace government borrowings and pay off the public debt.

Sanctions against Russia began to be actively introduced after February 24 due to the start of a special military operation in Ukraine. Simultaneously with the sanctions, foreign companies began to leave the Russian market.

Senior economist at the Bank of Finland Institute for Economies in Transition (BOFIT, an institute specializing in the analysis of the Russian economy) Heli Simola estimated that due to sanctions, Russia's GDP could decrease by 4– eighteen%. “Trade sanctions could have a significant negative effect if Russia fails to find alternative markets for imports and exports,” — BOFIT economist states.

According to the World Bank, by the end of 2022, the Russian economy may shrink by about 11.2%. According to the authors of the document, “the severe consequences of the already imposed sanctions” may lead to the fall of the Russian economy, including due to a reduction in domestic demand. In 2023 and 2024, according to the report, Russia's GDP should grow by 0.6% and 1.3%, respectively.

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German Foreign Minister urged to quickly accept Sweden and Finland into NATO

Annalena Burbock emphasized that there should be no “grey zone” between countries applying for NATO membership and their acceptance, the allies should ensure their security after the initiative of Helsinki and Stockholm

Annalena Burbock

Germany will do everything to speed up the process of Finland and Sweden joining NATO, Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock told reporters ahead of a meeting of the alliance's foreign ministers in Berlin, Reuters reports. She emphasized that the period between countries submitting applications and their inclusion in NATO should be minimal.

“If they decide to join, they can join quickly <…>. We must give them security guarantees, there should be no transitional period, no gray area, when their status would be indeterminate,— underlined Burbock.

The process of ratifying countries' applications to join the alliance could take up to a year, Reuters explains. During this time, candidates are not covered by the article of the North Atlantic Treaty on collective defense, according to which an armed attack on any of the participating states is regarded as an attack on the entire alliance.

On the need for security guarantees from allies for the period between The Swedish Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist previously spoke about the application and its ratification.

Helsinki and Stockholm have started talking about possible NATO membership amid the escalation in Ukraine. Finnish President and Prime Minister Sauli Niinistö and Sanna Marin on May 12 announced the need to immediately apply for the country's accession to NATO. Edition Helsingin Sanomat wrote that Finland and Sweden plan to apply at the same time. Niinistö is scheduled to visit Sweden on May 17.

The Finnish President spoke about his intention to make a decision in the near future to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a telephone conversation on May 14. Niinistö explained that in this way his country “strengthens its own security.” Finland's desire to become a member of the North Atlantic Alliance was influenced by “Russia's massive invasion of Ukraine in February 2022,” the head of state noted. Putin called Finland's refusal of neutrality a mistake. The country's minister for European affairs and property management, Tytti Tuppurainen, said that Helsinki is not afraid of threats and is ready for Moscow's response.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of S-300 launchers near Sumy

In the same region, a radar station was destroyed. Air defense systems shot down 15 drones during the night, while missile forces and artillery destroyed “up to 150 nationalists” and disabled 26 units of military equipment

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Russian tactical and army aviation struck 32 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Defense Ministry said. The military destroyed two launchers of the S-300 air defense system and a radar post in the Shpilevka area (Sumy region).

During the night, air defense systems shot down 15 Ukrainian drones “in the areas of the settlements of Novotroitskoye, Vladimirovka, Luganskoye of the Donetsk People's Republic; Epifanovka, Kudryashovka, Verkhnyaya Duvanka of the Luhansk People's Republic, as well as the villages of Chkalovskoye, Velikie Prokhody, Vysshee Salt in the Kharkiv region and over Snake Island. A Tochka-U missile was intercepted near the village of Stepnoye in the Kherson region. “In the districts of Kamenka, Malaya Kamyshevakha, Brazhkovka of the Kharkiv region and Chernobaevka of the Kherson region, 11 rockets of the Smerch multiple launch rocket system were intercepted, — continued in the department.

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

Missile forces and artillery hit six command posts, 123 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment, 13 artillery batteries of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on fire positions. As a result, “up to 150 nationalists were destroyed, 26 units of military equipment were disabled.”

During the night, airborne missiles of the Aerospace Forces hit two command posts, 11 company strongholds and four weapons and ammunition depots near the villages of Zaporozhye, Paraskovievka, Konstantinovka and Novomikhailovka in the DPR.

In total, since the beginning of the special operation, destroyed:

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  • 165 aircraft;
  • 125 helicopters;
  • 879 unmanned aerial vehicles;
  • 306 anti-aircraft missile systems;
  • 3098 tanks and other armored fighting vehicles;
  • 381 installation of multiple launch rocket systems;
  • 1525 field artillery guns and mortars;
  • 2934 units of special military car plentiful equipment.

The Russian military operation in Ukraine began on February 24th. Its goal is called “demilitarization and denazification” by the authorities; neighboring state. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky introduced martial law in the country and severed diplomatic relations with Moscow.

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Croatian Foreign Ministry says Turkey is on the right path in NATO issues

Ankara's talks with Finland and Sweden on their entry into NATO are going in the right direction, Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlich-Radman said. Turkey objects to the entry of these northern European countries into the alliance

Gordan Grlich-Radman

Negotiations between Turkey, Finland and Sweden over Ankara's concern about their desire to join NATO are moving in the right direction, Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlich-Radman said, quoted by Reuters.

“And we hope that today we will have a good result to demonstrate solidarity and speak with one voice,— Grlich-Radman told reporters at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin.

Earlier, the Hungarian minister expressed hope that the meeting would resolve all Turkey's doubts about the membership of these northern European countries in the North Atlantic Alliance. According to him, he hopes that the NATO countries will be able to reach an agreement on this issue. At the same time, Croatian President Zoran Milanovic threatened to veto Finland and Sweden joining NATO. Grlic-Radman does not agree with the position of the head of state.

Turkey objects to the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO. The President of the Republic, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, called these countries “a guest house for terrorist organizations”: members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party banned in the country, according to him, live in Sweden, the Netherlands and even participate in parliament. “We can't look at it positively,” — he noted. Later, the official representative of the Turkish leader, Ibrahim Kalin, explained that Ankara “does not close the doors”; for Sweden and Finland in NATO, but wants negotiations with the Nordic countries.

On May 12, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin issued a statement that the country should immediately apply to join NATO. On the same day, the newspaper Expressen reported on Sweden's plans to do so on Monday 16 May. The next day, Niinistö is scheduled to visit the neighboring country, during which he will hold talks with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson. Edition Helsingin Sanomat wrote that the countries plan to apply to NATO at the same time. The day before, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said that Helsinki was going to apply to NATO on Wednesday, May 18.

Finland's refusal of neutrality and its entry into the bloc would be a mistake, since there are no threats to Helsinki's security, the president said Russian Vladimir Putin during a telephone conversation with a Finnish colleague.

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Latvia terminated the agreement with Belarus on the transportation of military cargo

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The Ministry of Transport of Latvia terminated the agreement with Belarus on the transportation of military cargo from this republic to third countries through Latvian ports. This was reported on the agency's website.

They noted that the agreement was signed by the government in January 1994, when Latvia had not yet joined the European Union. The Republic became a member of the EU on May 1, 2004, and on March 29 of the same year— a member of NATO.

“In this regard, Latvia is bound by the legal norms of these international organizations, and the agreement with Belarus does not apply to these norms”,— The Ministry of Transport said in a statement.

After the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the Latvian authorities are reviewing relations with Moscow and Minsk, the ministry noted.

In the spring of last year, Belarus began to reorient trade flows from the Baltic ports to Russian ones. The country shipped the first batches of oil products— gasoline and fuel oil— to Russian ports. Gasoline will be transshipped through the Portenergo terminal in the port of Ust-Luga, fuel oil— through the Petersburg oil terminal in the port of St. Petersburg. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko announced a possible reorientation of cargo flows from the Baltic ports back in 2020, after the expansion of sanctions against Minsk. In February last year, Russia and Belarus signed an intergovernmental agreement on transshipment of Belarusian oil products for export through Russian ports. The country will be able to transship more than 9.8 million tons of oil products in 2021-2023.

At the end of March, the Latvian authorities announced plans to close their ports to Russian ships. According to the Minister of Transport of the country, Talis Linkaits, in this case, with a pessimistic forecast, the cargo turnover in the port of Ventspils will be reduced by two thirds, in Riga— by 45%, in Liepaja— by 20–30%.

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In early April, the European Union imposed new sanctions against Russia due to the military operation in Ukraine. In particular, the restrictive measures include a ban on Russian-flagged ships from entering EU ports. In addition, Brussels restricted the entry of trucks with Russian and Belarusian license plates.

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In Lvov, they reported the destruction of a military facility by Russian missiles

According to the head of the local administration, the facility is located near the border with Poland. No one was hurt during the rocket attack. The Russian Ministry of Defense did not report strikes in the Lviv region

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Four Russian missiles hit one of the military infrastructure facilities in the Lviv region, it was completely destroyed, said the head of the regional administration Maxim Kozitsky. According to preliminary information, there were no victims or injured.

Subsequently, Kozitsky clarified that this was a facility in the Yavoriv district— near the border with Poland.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has not reported any attacks on the military infrastructure of the Lviv region.

From February 24, Russia has been conducting a special military operation in Ukraine to “demilitarization and denazification”. Martial law is in effect in Ukraine, diplomatic relations between Moscow and Kyiv have been severed.

The Lviv region is located in the west of the country and borders on Poland. In March, the agency said it had killed up to 180 foreign mercenaries in the region. Kozitsky in the same month reported on the rocket attack on the Yavorovsky military training ground. According to the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov, foreign instructors work there.

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Roskomnadzor restricted access to news portals Germania.One and USA.One

As a reason for blocking, the regulator calls the article of the law on information about sites that publish calls for extremism and inaccurate socially significant information

Roskomnadzor restricted access to Germania.One and USA news portals. One, which publish news about Germany and the United States in Russian.

Access to Germania.One is limited on the basis of six decisions of the Prosecutor General's Office at once— dated May 3, April 29, April 25, April 20, March 31 and February 24, follows from the register of the regulator. The site of the publication is included in the register in connection with the violation of Art. 15.3 of the law on information, which implies restricting access to Internet resources that disseminate calls for participation in illegal mass events and extremist activities, as well as false socially significant information disguised as reliable.

The USA website falls under the same article .One. It is blocked on the basis of the decision of the Prosecutor General's Office of May 14.

When you try to access these portals, a warning from the provider appears on the screen, stating that they are included in the register of prohibited sites of Roskomnadzor or access to he was blocked by a court decision.

After the start of the military operation in Ukraine, Roskomnadzor ordered the media to cover the hostilities based on information from Russian official sources. Subsequently, the regulator, referring to Article 15.3 of the law on information, blocked the websites of many media outlets: Meduza (included by the Ministry of Justice in the register of foreign agents), Kholod, Ekho Moskvy; (liquidated), Novaya Gazeta. Europe» and others.

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Finland decides to join NATO

Earlier, Vladimir Putin said that Finland's rejection of the traditional policy of neutrality and the country's entry into NATO would be a mistake, since there are no threats to the security of Helsinki

Sanna Marin and Sauli Niinistö

The government of Finland has officially decided to join the North Atlantic Alliance ( NATO). This was announced by President Sauli Niinistöy and Prime Minister Sanna Marin at a joint press conference.

“Finland will apply for membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) after consultations with Parliament,” Niinistö said. The consultation will take place on Monday.

Earlier, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said that the country's permanent representative to NATO in Brussels is likely to apply to join the alliance on Wednesday, May 18. After that, in the event that negotiations with NATO begin, they will be led by Haavisto himself and the Minister of Defense of Finland.

The day before, Niinistös had a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. During the conversation, Niinistö warned the Russian leader that the country had made the final decision to join the alliance. The decision of Helsinki was also influenced by “Russia's massive invasion of Ukraine in February 2022,” he added.

Putin said that Finland's rejection of the traditional policy of neutrality and the country's entry into NATO would be a mistake, since there are no threats to the security of Helsinki. “Such a change in the country's foreign policy may have a negative impact on Russian-Finnish relations, which have been built in the spirit of good neighborliness for many years,” — according to a message on the Kremlin website.

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On May 12, Niinistöy Marin, in a joint statement, stressed the need to apply for membership in the North Atlantic Alliance. Similar plans are being considered by Sweden, which, like Finland, has the status of a state— partner of NATO.

The next day, Putin held a meeting of the Security Council, where they discussed possible risks in connection with the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier that Moscow views such a scenario as a threat and Russia's actions will depend on how the “expansion process” is expressed. and how the military infrastructure of the alliance will move.

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Vucic declared resistance to sanctions against Russia to the last

According to the Serbian president, his country will refuse sanctions against Russia, despite the fact that it has to pay dearly for it. Serbia does this not for profit, but because of “an honest attitude towards itself”

Aleksandar Vučić

Serbia will resist the imposition of sanctions against Russia as much as possible, President of the Republic Aleksandar Vučić told TV Prva, quoted by Novosti .rs.

According to him, the country has to pay dearly for refusing to impose restrictive measures against Russia, in particular, the lack of access to the capital market and difficulties in servicing loans. “Everyone will say, 'Vučić announces sanctions.' No. We will resist as long as we can,— said the head of state.

Vučić explained that Serbia is doing this not because it benefits (Belgrade buys gas from Russia), but because of “an honest attitude to yourself” and respect for international law. “We know what sanctions are, how unfair and unnecessary they are,” — the president added.

The Serbian leader has repeatedly stated that his country will not support restrictions on Russia, despite the fact that it has to pay dearly for this and it itself seeks to join the European Union. “Serbia will not trample on and extinguish her friendship that she has in the east, and it does not occur to us to do this. And I'm not interested in what force is exerting pressure, only the strength of Serbian interests can change our attitude, — Vučić noted.

At the same time, he pointed out that the EU demands that Serbia join the sanctions against Russia, while at the same time it does not refuse Russian oil and gas.

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Zakharova said about the “incomplete picture” without the victory of Ukraine at Eurovision

Without Ukraine's victory in the competition, “the picture of what happened to this country would be incomplete,” said an official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The Eurovision was won by the musicians of the folk rap group Kalush Orchestra with the song Stefania jpg” alt=”Zakharova said about the “incomplete picture” without the victory of Ukraine at Eurovision” />

To complete the picture of what is happening around Ukraine, her victory in the Eurovision Song Contest was missing, wrote the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova in Telegram.

“National costumes and musical instruments, two Baba Yagas on strings, a break -dance and chants about Azovstal. Europe applauds standing. Curtain»,— she remarked ironically.

The musicians of the Ukrainian folk rap group Kalush Orchestra with the song Stefania won Eurovision 2022, which was held in Turin, Italy. Ukraine received the maximum number of points from the jury of Poland, Moldova, Latvia, Romania, Lithuania. According to the results of the jury voting, Ukraine scored 192 points. Thanks to the viewers, the group received another 439 points.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated the Kalush Orchestra on winning the competition. “Our courage strikes the world, our music conquers Europe! Next year Ukraine will host Eurovision! For the third time in its history. And I believe— not the last one. We will do everything so that one day the participants and guests of Eurovision hosted the Ukrainian Mariupol. Free, peaceful, rebuilt,"— Zelensky said.

Great Britain took second place (466 points), third— Spain (459).

Russia did not participate in the competition this year.

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Bloomberg learned about the “Russian threat” clause in the new NATO concept

The current concept refers to partnership with Russia. According to Bloomberg, the new document is likely to include a provision on a direct threat from Moscow's actions

NATO in the new strategic concept may designate Russia's actions as a direct threat, writes Bloomberg. Brussels' position may change if Moscow changes its behavior, the agency's interlocutor noted.

According to Bloomberg, the document also touches upon the topic of assistance to neighboring countries that may be subjected to aggression.

It is expected that the strategy will take its final form during the NATO summit, which will be held in late June in Madrid. The document was discussed the day before by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. This concept will guide the alliance for the next decade.

Commenting on the future concept, Stoltenberg said on May 15 that it will determine NATO's position for the “period of strategic rivalry”, Reuters reports.

Strategic the concept determines the long-term strategy of the alliance. It outlines NATO's security goals and objectives and, in particular, the challenges it faces.

The current NATO Strategic Concept was adopted in 2010. It notes the need for a “strategic partnership”; with Russia. The main tasks listed in it— collective defence, crisis management and cooperative security.

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A report on alliance reform published in 2020 states that Russia is the main military threat to NATO until at least 2030.

NATO, after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, held extraordinary meetings several times and announced troop movements. Stoltenberg said in April that the alliance was working on plans to send a permanent and full-scale military force to the eastern borders to protect against a possible Russian attack. According to the Secretary General, NATO is in “the midst of a fundamental transformation.”

Russia, in turn, declares the threat from NATO and opposes its expansion. At the end of 2021, Moscow proposed draft security guarantees to Washington and Brussels, which included, among other things, the rejection of NATO expansion to the east. Negotiations on these documents did not produce concrete results. On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine.

In March, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu proposed strengthening Russia's western borders due to the actions of the alliance countries.

On May 15, Finland officially announced its decision to join the NATO. According to the newspaper Expressen, on May 16, Sweden plans to apply for membership in the alliance. The Russian authorities said they would consider the entry of the Scandinavian countries into NATO a threat to the country's security. If Finland is admitted to the organization, Moscow will take military-technical measures, warned the Foreign Ministry.

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Turkish Foreign Ministry announced the absence of “bargaining” in the position on Finland in NATO

Cavusoglu called the republic's position clear: Ankara supports the principle of “open doors” in NATO, but cannot ignore information about “support for terrorism” in the Scandinavian countries seeking to join the alliance

Mevlut Cavusoglu

Turkey's position on Finland's accession to NATO is “very clear”, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, Hurriyet reports.

Earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara “does not see the positive” in the accession of Sweden and Finland to the North Atlantic Alliance. He called the Scandinavian countries “a guest house for terrorist organizations”; and noted that members of the PKK, banned in Turkey, live in Sweden and even participate in parliament.

“This is not a threat. This is not a bargain. This is not populism. These are our specific findings on the support of terrorism in countries that are seeking [to join NATO],” — Cavusoglu emphasized.

He said that Turkey nevertheless supports the “open door policy”; alliance.

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On May 15, Finland officially announced its intention to apply for NATO membership. Many countries have expressed support for such a move. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg assured that the alliance would be able to quickly accept Helsinki and Stockholm if such a request was received.

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President Sauli Niinistö noted that he was “confused”; Ankara's statements on this topic, since in a personal telephone conversation Erdogan told him that he would accept Finland's entry into the alliance, but publicly he voiced a different position. Niinistö noted the need for a clear response from Erdogan and expressed his readiness to discuss his claims with the Turkish leader.

According to the Expressen newspaper, Sweden may apply for NATO membership on May 16.

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Scholz did not attach importance to the words of the Ukrainian ambassador about the “insulted sausage”

Olaf Scholz urged not to “put on the golden scales” every word of Kyiv, pointing out that hostilities are taking place in Ukraine. The Ambassador of Ukraine called him “an insulted liver sausage” after refusing to visit Kyiv before the visit of the President of Germany

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Since hostilities have been going on in Ukraine for several weeks, every word of Kyiv should not be “put on the golden scales,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in an interview with t-online. So he commented on the words of the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, who called Scholz “an offended liver sausage.” after he called an obstacle to his visit to Kyiv the refusal of the Ukrainian authorities to receive German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

When Scholz was asked to comment on Melnik's criticism, he wished to leave these words to the journalist.

< p>“The important thing is that we are focused on the main thing: we want to help Ukraine defend itself. And together with our allies, we want to silence Russia and withdraw its troops from Ukraine. That's why we have imposed extensive sanctions,” — Scholz stressed.

In early May, Melnyk said that the fact that not a single representative of the federal government of Germany had visited the country since the start of hostilities indicated “lethargy German politics”, specifying that his criticism does not concern Scholz personally, but the entire government of the Federal Republic of Germany.

After that, Scholz, in an interview with ZDF, said that he could not come to Kyiv until the German president visited there. He considered “a rather remarkable event” that Ukraine refused to accept Steinmeier when the latter wanted to visit Kyiv with the presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in April. However, according to the President of Germany, the Ukrainian side denied him a visit. According to Bild, the reason was “close ties”; President of Germany with Russia in recent years.

Scholz recalled that Berlin provides financial and military assistance to Kyiv and can become a potential guarantor of its security. “You can't say: the president can't come,” — concluded the Chancellor.

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In response to this, Melnik said that “pretending to be an insulted liver sausage” not very stately,” adding that, nevertheless, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would be happy with Scholz’s visit. The Ukrainian ambassador stressed that Kyiv is waiting for more than symbolic visits from the German government to approve a proposal for the supply of heavy weapons.

Later, Zelensky invited Scholz to visit Ukraine on May 9. “He [Scholz] can take this very powerful political step and come here to Kyiv on May 9th. I will not explain the meaning of this, I think you are educated enough to understand why, — Zelensky said. Scholz never arrived in Kyiv.

On May 10, German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock visited Ukraine, it was noted that this was the first visit of a representative of the federal government of Germany since the beginning of the Russian military operation. According to Scholz, Burbock's visit was the result of a conversation between German and Ukrainian Presidents Steinmeier and Zelensky, in which the parties eliminated “annoying factors that were in the past.”

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The head of NATO called the new concept of the alliance the basis of the era of rivalry

Jens Stoltenberg called the new concept of NATO the basis of the “epoch of strategic rivalry.” Bloomberg wrote that the document would include a clause on a direct “Russian threat.” The current concept refers to partnership with Russia

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NATO's new strategic concept will be the basis for the “era of strategic rivalry”, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, speaking via video link at a press conference following an informal meeting foreign ministers of countries— block members. The broadcast was conducted on the NATO website.

“NATO's new strategic concept will be the basis for an era of strategic rivalry”, — said Stoltenberg (quoted by Reuters).

Earlier, Bloomberg wrote that NATO in the new strategic concept could designate Russia's actions as a direct threat. According to the source of the agency, the position of Brussels may change if Moscow changes its behavior.

It is expected that the new concept of NATO will be adopted at the summit in Madrid, which will be held from 28 to 30 June. On May 15, Stoltenberg and US Secretary of State Blinken discussed preparations for the event. This concept will guide the alliance for the next decade.

The strategic concept defines the long-term strategy of the alliance. It sets out the goals and objectives of NATO in the field of security and, in particular, the challenges it faces.

In the current strategic concept “Active participation, modern defence”, which was adopted in 2010, the main tasks called collective defense, crisis management and cooperative security.

It also notes the need for a “strategic partnership” with Russia.

The NATO 2030 Reform Report Russia is designated as the main military threat to the bloc. The document notes that the alliance intends to strengthen its capabilities to contain Russia, but at the same time continuing the dialogue on peaceful coexistence on the basis of the Council of Russia— NATO. Dialogue, as emphasized in the document, NATO is ready to conduct only from a position of strength.

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NATO talked about revising the strategic concept to counter the “aggressive policy” Russia and challenges from China last June. At the same time, it was planned to agree on the implementation of new military concepts and strategies that would strengthen NATO's deterrent and defense capabilities to deal with threats from Russia and other countries. “NATO also continues to monitor the deployment of Russian troops in and around Ukraine,” noted in the message of the White House.

Since the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, NATO has held emergency meetings several times and announced troop movements. Stoltenberg said in April that the alliance was working on plans to send a permanent and full-scale military force to the eastern borders to protect against a possible Russian attack. According to the Secretary General, NATO is in “the midst of a fundamental transformation.”

Russia, in turn, declares a threat from NATO and opposes its expansion. At the end of 2021, Moscow proposed draft security guarantees to Washington and Brussels, which included, among other things, the rejection of NATO expansion to the east. Negotiations on these documents did not yield concrete results.

It was repeatedly emphasized that the parties do not want a direct clash between Russia and NATO.

On May 15, Finland officially announced its decision to join NATO. According to the newspaper Expressen, on May 16, Sweden plans to apply for membership in the alliance. The Russian authorities said that they would consider the entry of the Scandinavian countries into NATO a threat to the country's security. If Finland is admitted to the organization, Moscow will take military-technical measures, the Foreign Ministry warned.

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The European Parliament threatened Turkey with isolation due to its position on NATO

There is no objective reason to prevent Finland and Sweden from joining NATO, such actions would be a pretext for isolation in the alliance, Weber warned. Earlier Erdogan called Sweden a “guest house” for terrorists The European Parliament threatened Turkey with isolation due to its position on NATO” />

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If any NATO member prevents Finland and Sweden from joining the alliance, this will be a reason for isolating this country within the bloc, Manfred Weber, leader of the European People's Party, the largest faction in the European Parliament, told WAZ.

“Anyone who whoever questions the unity of NATO will be isolated within the Commonwealth. <…> If the two countries want it themselves, then Finland and Sweden are part of it, this is out of the question. There is no apparent reason to delay or block this,— said the politician.

In mid-May, Finland made a formal decision to join NATO, and a similar step is being considered in Sweden. However, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that he did not see the “positive” in these plans. According to him, Sweden and Finland have become a “guest house” for terrorist organizations. The Turkish people are asking the country's authorities to block Finland's and Sweden's applications to join NATO, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on May 14. He added that the country's position is not bargaining, populism or a threat.

Ankara then explained that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), recognized as a terrorist organization in Turkey, is engaged in “fundraising and recruiting” in Europe, it is especially active in Sweden, and therefore the entry of these countries into the alliance has become “a matter of Turkey's national security.” ;. “We don't close the door,” — stressed the representative of the President of Turkey Ibrahim Kalin.

Ankara, Stockholm and Helsinki are negotiating on this issue, there is hope for a “good result”, announced on May 15 the head of the Croatian Foreign Ministry, Gordan Grlich-Radman.

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Russian Deputy Chairman to the UN Dmitry Polyansky added that these countries would become a possible target for a strike, provided that NATO units are deployed on their territory.

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Bloomberg learned about the EU plan to buy gas from Russia without violating sanctions

Importers will have to declare the fulfillment of all obligations to Russia after paying for gas in euros or dollars, the EC plan says, writes Bloomberg, further actions are unacceptable. Poland did not see clarity in the plan

The European Commission has prepared a plan for the purchase of Russian gas, which will allow importers to comply with Moscow's conditions without violating sanctions. In particular, European companies will have to indicate that they consider their obligations fulfilled after payment in dollars or euros in accordance with the contracts, Bloomberg writes, citing sources.

The EC informed the European governments about this at a closed meeting. Once the importers have made payment in euros or dollars and declared that they have fulfilled their obligations, Russia should not require them to take any further action regarding the payment.

Bloomberg interlocutors added that the European Commission decided not to prevent companies from opening an account with Gazprombank in US or European currency, but did not specify its attitude towards opening a ruble account.

Bloomberg sources indicated that European countries were divided in assessing the new recommendations of the European Commission. Germany, Hungary, France and Italy generally approved of the plan, but the Polish representatives felt that it did not bring legal clarity, calling for discussion of this topic by EU ambassadors. The rest of the countries, the agency’s interlocutors added, noted the absence of specific instructions on opening a ruble account.

German companies have already approved the European Commission’s plan, one Bloomberg source added.

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Moscow's requirements oblige buyers from the list of “unfriendly countries” open two accounts in Gazprombank— currency and ruble. After the payment is received on the first account in dollars or the Eurobank independently converts the funds on the Moscow Exchange, after which it credits rubles to the second account.

The European Commission called for not fulfilling the requirements of Russia, noting that this would be regarded as a violation of the laws imposed against countries of sanctions. Bloomberg notes that these warnings were made verbally without being fixed in documents.

Bulgaria and Poland at the end of April refused to comply with the conditions of Moscow, Gazprom; then suspended gas supplies to these countries. At the same time, a number of European companies noted that they would continue to buy gas from Russia even if they opened an account with Gazprombank. “We will pay the invoice amount, which will continue to be denominated in euros, to accounts with Gazprombank in accordance with the planned procedure,” explained in German VNG.

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Russian Ambassador to the United States reported on incoming threats against diplomats

Russian Ambassador to the US Antonov: Diplomats receive death threats The Russian embassy in Washington operates in a hostile environment and resembles a besieged fortress, Ambassador Antonov said. He added that they are trying to push Russian diplomats to betrayal

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Employees of the Russian Embassy in the United States receive threats, including physical violence. This was stated by Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov on the air of Soloviev Live.

“Every day, anti-Russian actions are held at our diplomatic mission, hooligan antics, acts of vandalism take place. My comrades, the embassy staff, are receiving threats, including physical violence,»,— he said.

Antonov pointed out that the Russian embassy operates in a hostile environment and agreed with the comparison that the diplomatic mission resembles a besieged fortress. Nevertheless, the Russian embassy in Washington continues normal diplomatic work, he stressed.

According to him, Russian diplomats in the United States are also trying to push for betrayal: politicians publish in the American media calls for embassy employees and the military to “go over on the side of the so-called democracy.

Earlier on May 14, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Western countries were trying to find traitors among Russian diplomats both inside Russia and abroad.

“Traitors could not be found among diplomats,”— he declared. Lavrov stressed that Russian diplomatic representatives continue to fulfill their professional duties in accordance with the requirements of the time.

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So, on May 9, Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergey Andreev was doused with red syrup when he took part in the ceremony at the Soviet military cemetery in Warsaw. The crowd did not allow the ambassador to lay a wreath, and he was forced to leave the memorial.

The Russian Foreign Ministry protested to the Polish authorities and demanded an apology from Warsaw. The head of the Polish Foreign Ministry called the incident “an incident that should not have happened and which, of course, is regrettable.”

Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminsky, in turn, said that the emotions of the Ukrainians who attacked the Russian ambassador ” ;understandable».

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The head of the DPR allowed the import of goods from Kharkiv and Kherson regions

The ban on the import of goods from Ukraine to the DPR was introduced in 2017. With a new decree, Pushilin lifted restrictions on the import of a number of goods from the Kharkiv, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions of Ukraine

The head of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin lifted the ban on the import of a number of goods from Kharkov, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions of Ukraine to the territory of the DPR. The corresponding decree is published on the website of the head of the republic.

According to the Donetsk News Agency, the ban introduced in 2017 in accordance with Decree No. 73 has been lifted by new Decree No. 206. According to the new decree, residents of the DPR and LPR are allowed to conclude foreign economic transactions with non-residents of Kharkiv, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions without customs procedures.

It is noted that the import and export of goods on the basis of such transactions is allowed without customs duties, while the import of alcohol and tobacco products into the single customs zone of the DPR and LPR remains prohibited.

At the end of April, the head of the DPR already announced the beginning of trade relations between the republic and the territories of Ukraine controlled by the Russian Armed Forces. “This work (trade and economic relations with the territories of Ukraine under the control of the Russian Armed Forces — RBC) is already underway, the exchange of products in a test mode is already underway, and products are being shipped from the territory of the DPR to those directions, and from there, too, products are already being delivered here,»,— Pushilin said then.

Russia launched an operation in Ukraine on February 24. President Vladimir Putin called its goals “demilitarization and denazification”; neighboring state. Kherson, as well as part of the Kharkiv and Zaporozhye regions are currently under the control of the Russian military.

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The authorities of the provisional military-civilian administrations of the Kharkiv and Kherson regions did not previously rule out holding a referendum on the political future of the regions. Kirill Stremousov, deputy chairman of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region, in particular, announced his intention to turn to Putin with a request to annex the region to Russia.

In turn, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov previously noted that the issue of including the Kherson region in Russia should be decided by the inhabitants of the region. At the same time, the issue should be “clearly and carefully verified by lawyers and lawyers,” he added.

After the outbreak of hostilities, Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with Russia, introduced martial law and announced mobilization. The parties have held several rounds of negotiations since the end of February. The Ukrainian authorities deny the existence of “neo-Nazi formations,” said Vladimir Medinsky, head of the Russian delegation. In Kyiv, they warned that they would withdraw from the negotiation process if referendums were held on Ukrainian territory occupied by Russia.

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Zelensky signs law banning “pro-Russian” parties in Ukraine

President of Ukraine Zelensky signed a law banning “pro-Russian” parties in the country. A pro-Russian party will be considered a party that “denies aggression against Ukraine” does not recognize the “temporary occupation” of certain territories of the country or glorifies the “militia”. The court will liquidate the party. “pro-Russian” parties in Ukraine” />

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed a law banning the activities of political parties with a “pro-Russian” position, says the page of the law on the website of the Verkhovna Rada.

The law will come into force on May 15— the day after publication. Earlier, on May 3, the draft document was approved by the Verkhovna Rada.

The Parliament’s Telegram channel explained that any political party that conducts “anti-Ukrainian activities” can be banned. The law expands the list of grounds for such a ban in court. Party activity can now be terminated if:

  • "justifies, justifies or denies the armed aggression against Ukraine";
  • calls the conflict “internal”;
  • denies “temporary occupation” parts of the country;

Antonov announced US plans to limit the use of Sarmat missiles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Khusnullin announced the start of assistance in restoring the infrastructure of the LPR

According to the Deputy Prime Minister, the first column of equipment and specialists from Russia has already arrived on the territory of the republic

Russia has begun to assist the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) in restoring infrastructure, the first column of equipment and specialists has already arrived in the region . This was stated by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin on his Telegram channel.

“We have begun active assistance to the LPR in restoring infrastructure! The first convoy of 70 vehicles and about 350 specialists arrived in the region today! The plans include the repair of housing, roads and infrastructure,»,— he wrote.

According to him, “this is only the first step.” He promised to continue to cooperate with the authorities of the republic.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special military operation in Ukraine in the early morning of February 24. According to him, the main goals of the operation— “demilitarization” and “denazification” Ukraine, as well as protecting the population of the republics of Donbass. Ukraine, in response, imposed martial law and announced mobilization.

On May 9, Minister of Construction and Housing and Public Utilities Irek Fayzullin said that the Ministry of Construction was assessing the costs required to restore the infrastructure of Donbass. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky previously estimated the restoration of Ukraine's damaged infrastructure at $600 billion.

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Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly stated that foreign funds from the Bank of Russia, frozen as a result of sanctions, can be used to restore the country. The Ministry of Economy of Ukraine has estimated their size at $415 billion and asks Western partners to develop a mechanism for the confiscation of this money in favor of Kyiv. According to Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, the West has frozen about $300 billion out of $640 billion in Central Bank reserves abroad.

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US diplomat called an acceptable version of the agreement between Russia and Ukraine

According to the US Charge d'Affaires in Ukraine, Washington is counting on a diplomatic solution to the conflict, but it must first of all be acceptable to Kyiv

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The United States is ready to support a peace agreement between Moscow and Kyiv, in which Ukraine will emerge victorious from the conflict. This was stated by Chargé d'Affaires of the United States in Ukraine Christina Quinn on ICTV.

“I would like to see a diplomatic solution to this [conflict], but obviously there cannot be a diplomatic solution where Ukraine loses and Russia wins. This is an unacceptable way to end this unilateral aggression. Yaby wanted Ukraine and Russia to reach an amicable agreement that would be acceptable to Ukraine. And if it is so, then the United States will support it, — she declared.

Earlier on May 14, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said that Russian diplomats “firmly and clearly” declared the United States of the impossibility of capitulation of Moscow in Ukraine. “The Americans, in principle, are pushing us to negotiate from all sides, but under certain conditions, and I would name three such conditions. This is, firstly, to stop hostilities in the course of a special military operation. Second— withdraw our troops behind the line until February 24 of this year. And the third — “repent for everything you have done,” — he said and clarified that “there will never be such a surrender.”

Antonov also expressed confidence that all the tasks set by Russian President Vladimir Putin for the armed forces would be completed.

Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine on a peace agreement and security guarantees for Kyiv began a few days after the start of the special operation. Several meetings were held in person at the end of February— early March. On March 29, delegations from both sides met in Istanbul, then Ukraine submitted written proposals to Moscow to resolve the conflict.

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According to the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, Kyiv confirmed Ukraine's desire to remain a neutral and non-nuclear state. The theses on the status of Donbass and Crimea have disappeared from the list of provisions on security guarantees. In addition, Kyiv decided not to return the peninsula under its control by military means.

In early April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that after the publication of materials on the situation in the Ukrainian city of Bucha, Kyiv tried to interrupt the negotiation process and abandon its proposals. Since then, the Russian authorities have repeatedly said that negotiations have stalled. On May 11, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov described them as “sluggish and ineffective”, and a day later said that the results of the meetings “have nothing to brag about.”

In turn, the head of US national intelligence, Avril Haynes stated that Washington sees no prospects for successful negotiations around the situation in Ukraine in the near future. “Given that both Russia and Ukraine believe they can continue to make military gains, we see no viable way forward through negotiations.” at least in the short term,»— she said. In addition, in her opinion, in Ukraine there is the possibility of a “potential escalation” in the next few months.

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Blinken discussed with Stoltenberg a new strategic concept of NATO

The new concept of the North Atlantic Alliance should be adopted at the summit in Madrid, which will be held from 28 to 30 June. This document will guide the alliance over the next decade discussed NATO's new strategic concept with Stoltenberg” />

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, during a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, discussed support for Ukraine and the defense potential of the alliance, according to the website of the American diplomatic department.

< p>“[They] reaffirmed their support for the Ukrainian people and the territorial integrity of Ukraine and discussed the importance of maintaining NATO's credible deterrence and defense policy,” said in the message.

Blinken and Stoltenberg also discussed preparations for the upcoming NATO summit in Madrid on June 28-30, including a new NATO Strategic Concept Paper. This document will guide the alliance for the next decade.

NATO's Strategic Concept defines the Alliance's long-term strategy. It sets out NATO's purpose, nature and fundamental security missions, and the challenges and opportunities the Alliance faces in a changing security environment.

In the current Strategic Concept “Active Participation, Modern Defense” (2010) outlined three main objectives: collective defence, crisis management and cooperative security.

Against the backdrop of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, NATO countries have already held extraordinary congresses several times and announced the redeployment of troops. On April 10, Stoltenberg said that NATO was “in the midst of a fundamental transformation”; and is working on plans to send a permanent and full-scale military force to the eastern borders to defend against Russia.

At the same time, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stressed that NATO does not want a direct confrontation with Russia. According to the head of the Pentagon, the clash between Russia and the alliance “will quickly develop into another kind of struggle and no one would like to see it.”

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Russian Ambassador to Germany expressed hope for the launch of Nord Stream 2

At the same time, the diplomat noted that in Germany there is a “political order” not to use gas from Russia and reduce dependence on Moscow

Russian Ambassador to Germany Sergei Nechaev expressed hope that the German authorities will eventually return to the Nord Stream gas pipeline project; 2". The diplomat stated this on the air of Solovyov Live.

“The time will come to return to this project, at least I hope so,”— he said.

According to him, technically the project is completed, the pipes are not only laid, but also filled with process gas. He explained that Nord Stream— 2″ can start supplying gas to Germany at any moment.

“On the other hand, there is a political order not to use gas from Russia in any way, on the contrary, to follow the path of reducing imports from Russia,”— added by Nechaev.

Germany suspends Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline certification February 22, the day after Moscow recognized the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.

On February 23, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck allowed the project to be completely stopped. In his opinion, it was wiser not to build the gas pipeline at all, because it turned out to be a “lump of risk”; in the Baltic Sea, and energy policy “should be assessed from a security policy and geopolitical perspective.” On the same day, US President Joe Biden instructed his administration to impose sanctions against the project.

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The Kremlin expressed hope that the suspension of certification by the German regulator would be temporary. At the same time, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak did not rule out that Moscow had the right to respond to the refusal to certify Nord Stream 2 stopping the flow of gas through Nord Stream 1.

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline consists of two strings of pipes with a length of about 1200 km. Their total power— 55 bcm m of gas per year. The preliminary decision to start construction of the gas pipeline with the participation of an international consortium, which included ENGIE, OMV, Royal Dutch Shell, Uniper and Wintershall, was made in 2012. The construction of the gas pipeline was completed in September 2021.

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German business called a catastrophe the cessation of gas supplies from Russia

Stopping Russian gas supplies will have devastating consequences for the country. This was stated in an interview with the Bild am Sontag newspaper by the head of the German industrial union, Siegfried Ruswurm.

“To date, the consequences of cutting off Russian gas supplies would be catastrophic. We must proceed from the fact that with a shortage of such volumes, gas would no longer enter the final branches of our gas pipeline system at all, — he said.

According to him, with the introduction of an embargo on energy resources from Russia, a number of German enterprises would have to stop production.

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Since the beginning of the Russian operation in Ukraine, Berlin has already imposed several packages of sanctions against Moscow, and the country's top officials have repeatedly spoken about their intention to get rid of energy dependence on Russia. The head of German diplomacy Annalena Burbock, in particular, on May 10 announced the country's intention to completely and forever abandon energy from Russia in the future.

Prior to this, the G7 countries (G7), which includes Germany, agreed to gradually abandon the import of Russian oil or impose an embargo after the United States. At the same time, the German Ministry of Economy noted that the rejection of Russian oil would be a “heavy burden”, but indicated their readiness to take this step.

Earlier, the fact that some subsidiaries of Gazprom Germania GmbH do not receive gas due to retaliatory sanctions that Russia has imposed on the West was announced by the Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habek. According to him, due to Russian sanctions, the country receives less than 10 million cubic meters. m of gas per day.

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The first level of the emergency prevention regime is introduced if there are signs of a future deterioration in the gas supply situation. If they are implemented, a second level is introduced. The third is announced in case of a significant disruption of gas supply. In this case, the government takes measures to provide gas to citizens, hospitals, fire services and the police.

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Czech Republic supports Finland and Sweden joining NATO

The Czech Republic fully supports the entry of Finland and Sweden into the North Atlantic Alliance, said Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky.

“We warmly welcome Finland and Sweden, and support their interest in joining [NATO], we believe them with their friends», — he said.

At the same time, the diplomat recalled that time is needed to expand the alliance through the two Scandinavian countries. “We still need to reach a political agreement. As soon as we have it, the question of ratification in the national parliaments will remain, — indicated by the head of the Czech Foreign Ministry.

On May 12, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin issued a statement that Helsinki should immediately apply to join NATO. According to the Finnish leader, his decision was influenced by Russia's demand from NATO to abandon the advance to the east and the start of a military operation in Ukraine.

On the same day, the Swedish newspaper Expressen reported on Stockholm's plans to apply for membership in the North Atlantic Alliance in Monday, May 16 the next day, the President of Finland is scheduled to visit Sweden, during which he will hold talks with Andersson.

Today, Sweden and Finland have the status of states— NATO partners. 30 countries are members of the bloc, including Scandinavian Denmark and Norway.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin considered it a mistake for Finland to abandon its traditional policy of neutrality and join NATO, warning that this step could negatively affect on Russian-Finnish relations. He also held a meeting of the Security Council, where they discussed possible risks in connection with the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO.

As stated by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, Finland and Sweden, having joined NATO, “will become a space of confrontation between the North Atlantic bloc and Russia with all the ensuing consequences. According to her, the alliance has been “processing” Helsinki and Stockholm to influence their politics, “carefully sculpting the image of the enemy from Russia.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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