Embassy of Poland in Moscow doused with red paint

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Unknown people poured red paint on the building of the Polish embassy in Moscow, Onet reports. The embassy staff is waiting for the police to arrive.

The video of the incident was published by the Rise Telegram channel.

The footage shows how three men approach the entrance to the embassy from Bolshoi Tishinsky Lane and take out containers of paint. One of them poured water on the sign at the entrance, the other splashed paint on the checkpoint window. Another man was filming what was happening.

RBC turned to the Polish Embassy in Russia and the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment. The press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Moscow told RBC that there was no information about this incident.

On May 9, in Poland, unidentified persons poured red liquid over Russian Ambassador Sergei Andreev as he took part in a ceremony at the Soviet military cemetery in Warsaw. The crowd did not allow Andreev to lay a wreath, and he was forced to leave the memorial. Later it became known that the ambassador was doused with syrup.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry protested to the Polish authorities and also demanded an apology from Warsaw.

Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminsky said that the emotions of those who attacked the Russian ambassador were “understandable”. “The emotions of the participants in the action, Ukrainian women, whose husbands fight courageously to defend their homeland, are understandable,” — he commented.

The head of the Polish Foreign Ministry called the incident “an incident that should not have happened and which, of course, is regrettable.”

Poland, along with other European countries, opposes the Russian operation in Ukraine and provides military assistance to the country, and also accepts refugees from there.

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The WHO European Office will study the issue of closing the organization’s office in Moscow

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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Military equipment of the Victory Parade drove through the streets of Moscow. Video

The Victory Parade will begin at 10:00 Moscow time. It will be attended by 11 thousand soldiers, 131 combat vehicles, 77 aircraft and helicopters, the Defense Ministry reported earlier. Foreign leaders were not invited to the event this year

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A rehearsal of the Victory Parade with participants in the operation in Ukraine took place in Moscow

The dress rehearsal of the Victory Parade ended on Red Square. This year, 11,000 military personnel, 131 combat vehicles, 77 aircraft and helicopters will be involved in it, the Ministry of Defense reported

The general rehearsal of the Victory Parade took place in Moscow, the Defense Ministry told journalists.

According to RIA Novosti, a parade squad of participants in the military operation in Ukraine passed through Red Square as part of a mechanized column.

In total, according to the Ministry of Defense, 11 thousand military men took part in the rehearsal. The foot column was formed from 33 ceremonial calculations. As part of the mechanized column involved 131 units of military equipment. 77 planes and helicopters also took part in the rehearsal.

Earlier, the ministry reported that the T-34-85, T-72B3M, T-90M “Breakthrough” tanks, T-14 “Armata”, infantry fighting vehicles “Kurganets”, self-propelled artillery installations “Msta-S”, operational-tactical missile systems “Iskander”, robotic systems “Uran-9”. In addition, Tu-95MS and Tu-160 “White Swan” missile carriers will take part in it. along with the Il-78 tanker, MiG-29, Su-35S, MiG-31 fighters and fifth-generation Su-57 aircraft, etc.

Last year, the Victory Parade was held with the participation of 12 thousand military personnel, 190 ground military equipment, 76 aircraft and helicopters.

According to presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov, foreign leaders were not invited to the celebration of Victory Day in Moscow because this year is not an anniversary date. Peskov called May 9 “a sacred day, the main holiday” for the Russians and announced the speech of Vladimir Putin on Red Square.

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As Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, the Russian military participating in the operation in Ukraine will not artificially adjust their actions to a specific date, including May 9th. According to him, the pace of the special operation depends “on the need to minimize any risks for the civilian population and Russian military personnel.”

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The US Embassy in Moscow advised Americans not to attend May 9 parades

The embassy recalled the “existing tension” and the traditional presence of a large number of police officers at the events on the occasion of Victory Day

The US Embassy in Moscow warned Americans against participating in mass events on May 9.

such events saw an increased police presence. Given the existing tensions, US citizens are advised to avoid large mass gatherings, — reads a warning on the website of the diplomatic mission.

The embassy advised Americans to “look around”, “be on the lookout for places where tourists and citizens of Western countries often stay”, always carry a passport with a valid Russian visa and have an emergency plan “not relying on the help of the US government.”

On May 9, parades in honor of the 77th anniversary of the Victory will be held in Russian cities. Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak at the military parade in Moscow, he will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

This year's parade will be held in full format. The Ministry of Defense reported that 11,000 military personnel, 131 combat vehicles, 77 aircraft and helicopters will take part in it.

Foreign leaders were not invited to the parade. The press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov explained this by the fact that the date this year is not an anniversary. Peskov called May 9 “a sacred day, the main holiday” for Russians.

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Putin told Macron that Moscow is open to dialogue with Kyiv

Kyiv negotiators show “inconsistency and unpreparedness” for serious work, but Russia is open for dialogue, Putin says

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Russia is open to negotiations with the Ukrainian side, despite “inconsistency and unpreparedness” representatives of Kyiv to serious work. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, the Kremlin press service reports.

“The President of Russia outlined the principled approaches to negotiating with Ukrainian representatives”, — the message says.

EU countries ignore “crimes of Ukrainian security forces” and their massive shelling of cities and towns in the Donbass, Putin said during the conversation, expressing confidence that Western states are able to make efforts to “stop these atrocities.” The Russian president noted that this could be achieved by “having an appropriate impact on the Kyiv authorities, as well as stopping arms supplies to Ukraine,” the Kremlin said.

Putin also told his French counterpart about «about the liberation of Mariupol» and spoke about the process of evacuating civilians from the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant.

Macron, during the conversation, expressed concern about the “emerging problem of ensuring global food security.” In response, Putin said that this situation is aggravated primarily because of international sanctions against Russia. The President of Russia also pointed out the importance of the smooth functioning of the global transport and logistics infrastructure.

The conversation between Putin and Macron lasted 2 hours and 10 minutes, BFM journalist Patrick Sos said earlier.

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At the end of April, the French leader discussed the situation in Ukraine with President Volodymyr Zelensky, the conversation lasted about an hour. Macron said that a total of 615 tons of equipment was transferred to Kyiv, and promised during his second presidential term to increase the volume of supplies of military and humanitarian supplies. Before, he said that France was ready to become a security guarantor for Ukraine, subject to the withdrawal of Russian troops from its territory.

Security guarantees for Ukraine became one of the requirements of Kyiv in negotiations with Moscow, the first rounds of meetings of delegations were held at the end of February in Belarus. The parties achieved the greatest progress a month later, during a meeting in Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace.

Putin called the results of the meeting a breakthrough. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the end of the talks that they had given a significant “impetus to the peace process.” The head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, said that Moscow had taken “two huge steps towards peace.”

After the events in the city of Bucha, the Ukrainian side reported a change in the emotional background at the talks. “It leaves a certain imprint,” — said adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian president Mikhail Podolyak, explaining that the country's residents have become more negative about any negotiation concept.

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The Ministry of Emergency Situations issued a warning about strong winds in Moscow

Strong winds with gusts of up to 15 m/s are expected in Moscow today.

The Moscow Emergencies Ministry issued a warning, which is valid until 18:00 on May 3.

The department emphasized that drivers should be especially careful on the roads, and pedestrians should better avoid shaky structures.

Recall that on Tuesday, the “yellow” the level of weather danger.

Earlier, in the Phobos weather center, they said that the beginning of May in the central part of the Russian Federation would be cool. During the May holidays, the air temperature will be three to four degrees below normal.

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Turkish Foreign Ministry announces Bolsonaro’s readiness to come to Moscow with Erdogan

The leaders of a number of Latin American countries are “with great pleasure” watching the role of Ankara in resolving the conflict between Moscow and Kyiv and want to contribute, the Turkish Foreign Minister said

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is ready come to Moscow along with other leaders, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogon, to help resolve the conflict in Ukraine. This was stated by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu following a visit to Latin American countries, Vatan reports.

According to Cavusoglu, the leaders of Brazil, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama and Venezuela “with great satisfaction” watch how Turkey plays the role of a mediator in Russian-Ukrainian negotiations. “We'd like to do our part,” — he quoted Bolsonaro. The head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry promised that Ankara would study the proposal.

RBC sent a request to the Brazilian Foreign Ministry.

Cavusoglu noted that Erdogan maintains contacts with the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky, in order to contribute to the cessation of hostilities and achieve a meeting between the heads of the two states.

Speaking of NATO's position in relation to the situation in Ukraine, Cavusoglu said that the alliance will not interfere in hostilities, but in the event of an attack on an ally country, it will “respond accordingly.”

Bolsonaro said at the end of February that Brazil took a neutral position in relation to the Russian military operation in Ukraine and would not condemn Moscow for it. Brazilian Foreign Minister Carlos França called sanctions against Russia “illegal” and infringing on the interests of some states.

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Latin American countries did not join the restrictive measures against Moscow, but at the same time, Chile and Argentina suspended the supply of lithium raw materials to Russia, which is necessary for technological development many industries.

On April 22, Russia lost its observer status in the Organization of American States (OAS), which unites the vast majority of countries in North and South America, with the exception of Cuba and Venezuela. Earlier, a group of US senators called on US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to achieve this. Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov responded by accusing Washington of trying to quarrel Moscow with Latin America.

The first foreign leader to come to Moscow for talks with Putin after the start of the military operation was Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Austrian Prime Minister Karl Nehammer also visited the Russian capital, this was the first visit of an EU leader to Russia since February 24. Their meeting with Putin was held in a closed format, following the results, Nehammer said that the parties had a “very tough and open conversation.” On April 26, talks with Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were held by UN Secretary General António Guterres.

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What is known about the cancellation and delay of a dozen flights at Moscow airports?

On Sunday, May 1, at Vnukovo and Domodedovo airports in Moscow and "Sheremetyevo" about 50 flights were canceled or delayed. This is evidenced by the data of the Yandex. Schedule".

As as of 11.00 h to Moscow time May 1 

  • "Vnukovo". Six flights delayed, one canceled;
  • “Domodedovo. Six flights delayed, five cancelled.
  • Sheremetyevo. 12 flights delayed, 20 cancelled.

At Zhukovsky airport flights follow the schedule.

Why are flights often canceled and delayed at Moscow airports?

Frequent delays and cancellations of flights in Moscow are connected with the introduction of Western sanctions against Russia, writes RIA Novosti. Against the backdrop of military events in Ukraine, the European Union announced a ban on the supply of civil aircraft and spare parts to Russia, and instructed lessors to break contracts with Russian airlines until the end of March.

Restrictions also affected aircraft maintenance and insurance services for domestic airlines. In addition, the European Union, the USA, Canada and a number of other countries closed the airspace for Russian airliners.

Rosaviatsia, in turn, in order to avoid the arrest or detention of aircraft registered abroad and belonging to foreign lessors, recommended that Russian carriers with aircrafts in foreign registries suspend international flights.

We also recall that the Federal Air Transport Agency extended the flight restriction regime at 11 Russian airports in the south of the country until 7 May.  Their number includes:

  • Anapa;
  • Belgorod;
  • Bryansk;
  • Voronezh;
  • Gelendzhik;
  • Krasnodar;
  • Kursk;
  • Lipetsk;
  • Rostov-on-Don;
  • < li>Simferopol;

  • Elista.

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Belarusian veterans invited to Moscow for Victory Day

The Embassy of the Russian Federation in Belarus invited a group of Belarusian veterans to Moscow to take part in the celebrations on May 9, the press service of the department reports.

“May 9, the day of the celebration On the occasion of the 77th anniversary of the Great Victory, a group of veterans from Belarus will take part in the celebrations on Red Square and the procession of the “Immortal Regiment” in Moscow», — The report says.

In total, more than 100 people will arrive in the capital of Russia, among whom there will be veterans, participants in military operations on the territory of other states, representatives of youth and public organizations. They represent all regions of the republic and the capital — Minsk city. The trip was organized with the support of the Russian Embassy in Belarus. 

Earlier it was reported that the Kremlin did not invite foreign leaders to Moscow for Victory Day. The arrival of the head of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, is also not expected.

This year, about 11 thousand people, 131 pieces of equipment, as well as 77 aircraft and helicopters will take part in the Victory Parade on Red Square. In addition, the annual action “Immortal Regiment” will be held in Moscow.

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Rus and goose for 1.5 kopecks. What adventures experienced prices in different centuries

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Rising? Is it falling? Getting stronger? Weaker? Is it about airplane or health? No, about the ruble. Attention to the behavior of the national currency has recently increased many times.

And on         is inevitable a revival of interest in all sorts of historical speculations on the topic: "But under the tsar-father, a cow cost three rubles!" As an option: “When Russia was free, a goose cost three kopecks.” This wit was common in times, which are commonly called “stagnation”.

In fact, the ruble — the second of the  oldest national currencies after the British pound sterling, which is fixed by Novgorod birch bark letters of the 13th century. He has seen a lot — there were ups and downs, price revolutions and periods of calm, galloping inflation and the return of positions… Which, in turn, entailed exciting adventures in prices and wages.

A hundred chickens for a ducat

The time of true satiety and stability is rightly considered XV century — then the proverb begins to circulate: “In Russia, no one has ever died of hunger.” And everything happened. So, in 1445 g. after an unsuccessful battle near Suzdal, the Kazan Khan Ulu-Mahmet was taken prisoner the great Moscow prince Vasily II, later earned the nickname Dark. A monstrous ransom was appointed for the prince. Novgorod chronicles indicate that 200 thousand. rub., then"the entire Moscow treasury". There was not enough cash then, so church utensils had to be melted down. To understand the scale of what was requested: the market price of a slave was several orders of magnitude lower — monk Iona Pleshcheev in 1482  bequeathed to the Trinity-Sergius Monastery, among other things, a slave worth 2 rubles.

Those who were between the princes and the lackeys, on the whole, lived quite well. Judging by the taxes levied, the average peasant farm gave an annual income of  2 to 2.5 rubles. The hired worker was paid by the day, the payment was one and a half Moscow money, which was equal to 0.75 & nbsp; kopecks. The work of an artisan, depending on his qualifications, was more expensive — from 2 to 4 money, that is from 1 to 2 kopecks per day. How many days were working in the year, the Austrian Sigismund Herberstein, who left notes on Russia, can answer: saying that to celebrate — business of the lord. In a word, for 300 days in a year, an employee could receive 2.25 rubles, and an artisan — from 3 to 6 rubles

What could you buy for this money? Venetian Ambrogio Contarinifixes the cheapness in the & nbsp; Moscow markets of the sample of 1477 & nbsp; “Russians sell huge amounts of cow and pork meat; I think that for one market you can get more than three pounds. A hundred chickens are sold for a ducat, for the same — — 40 ducks, and the geese cost three marks each   " 1 dukat then “weighed” 0.5 rub. The market corresponded to Moscow money or 0.5 kopecks. It turns out that for 1 kopeck you could buy 2.5 kg of meat or two chickens. For the same penny they bought 5.2 kg of rye flour or 1.7 kg of honey. A squirrel coat cost 60–70 kopecks. For a good riding horse they gave 6 rubles. And a peasant horse could be bought for 1 rubles.

The first attempts to attach peasants to land date back to the Sudebnik of 1497  Russia was truly free. So the wit about the goose needs to be redone — it cost in those years not three, but one and a half kopecks.

Attack of America

And then we had to part with freedom, as well as with relatively low prices. This is where America screwed up. Rather, the consequences of its discovery in 1492 g. Real rivers of silver flowed from the New World to Europe. Money was rapidly becoming cheaper, and goods were becoming more expensive. This was already felt in the times of Ivan the Terrible. Representative of the same genus Pleshcheevin 1559  left a will, according to which “horse pacer drill” was estimated at 10 rubles, and "sovrasoy gelding for arable land" — in 2 rub. That is, the prices of horses have doubled. Chickens and beef have risen in price about the same. Bread jumped in price by 4 times, honey —  5 times. And for 60 cop. now it was possible to buy only a sheepskin coat — squirrels cost three times as much.

And & nbsp; here, proportionally to increase the salary, they slightly sought. At the oprichny court of Ivan the Terrible, many artisans worked — from tailors and buttons to saber and slingers. Almost all of them had an annual salary from 3 to 5 rubles. — the same as their colleagues received 100 years ago. Individual artisans, for example, someone Ivan Pozdeev, “self-made master”, received in the year 15 rubles. money “yes” good cloth, yes “taffeta”, yes “300 couples of the estate”. That is, he moved into the & nbsp; category of landowners-landowners. Tailor Ivan Butalso belonged to this category, but lower — «5 rub. money, 24 altyns for cloth, 5 half-carcasses (half-carcasses) of meat, 5 poods of salt and 50 quarters of earth. For comparison: the notorious “Boris Fedorov son of Godunov”, being a middle manager, receives 50 rubles from Ivan the Terrible. annual salary.

“People's Contentment”

The ensuing Troubles partly ruined the Russian kingdom. 80% of arable land, the basis of the domestic economy, fell into desolation. A Mikhail Romanov, the first tsar from  the new dynasty, in  the Kremlin plundered by the Poles, this is what awaited: "Tsar's chambers and mansions, all without roofs, floors and shops. There are no doors and  windows, it is necessary to do it, but the forest cannot get suitable there is no money in the treasury, and no carpenters…»

But soon foreigners begin to note: “Here there is such an abundance of all the things necessary for life, convenience and luxury, and and bought at very moderate price that Russians have nothing to envy any country in the world, even  ;with better climate…» In the Palace Book of Expenses, one can find entries that are practically indistinguishable from those that were in the time of Ivan the Terrible. Tailor's annual salary — the same 5 rub. Oddly strangely enough, the prices are also almost rising. Then growth nevertheless begins, but this is noticed at the very top: “In the old days it was possible for a master man with his wife to be full of altyn food during the day.” That is, before, together, for three kopecks, you could live a day, but now it's gone. The salary is indexed. The standard salary of a court artisan increases to  7 rubles, the daily wage rises by 2–3 kopecks… In a word, one can live. Yes   prices have risen not to brutally. If under Mikhail Romanov for 1 cop. it was possible to buy 1.2 kg of wheat bread, then after 70 years under the princess Sofya — 1 kg. Some items  price didn change at all — an ax still cost 20 kopecks, and Russian cloth — 5 kop. per arshin. In general, Prince Boris Kurakin had every reason to declare about Princess Sophia: “The whole state came during her rule to the color of great wealth. And then the contentment of the people triumphed».

Royal tricks

ordered to live long under Peter I. Great accomplishments required great expenses, as well as frankly fraudulent tricks. Let's say Peter halved the value of the ruble, equating it to a thaler. And 30 years later we have the evidence of Mikhail Lomonosov, whose scholarship at the Slavic-Greek-Latin Academy was “on the Altyn Day”. Earlier in  altyn "full in day" there were two. Now this amount was barely enough for a removable corner in the room and daily bread and kvass with onions. For  Peter's kopeck it was possible to buy 300 g of beef (for ruble — 30 kg), 500 g of perch or 500 g of bread. With a salary, too, everything was not very fun — the clerk of the Artillery Order received no more than 30 rubles per year. But the captain of the Peter's army earned 110 rubles a year.

A further inflation rushed at a gallop. If at the beginning of the reign of Catherine II for a kopeck you could buy 200 g of bread, then after 15 years — only 75 g. After another 15 years — miserable 20 g. To & nbsp; comparative satiety came only after more than 100 & nbsp; years. But and under Nicholas II  a cow didn cost 3 rubles. For this money at a price of 45 kopecks. for 1 kg you could buy 6.7 kg of beef, which, you see, is not enough for a whole cow  A cash cow of average merits then cost from 60 rubles. with an average salary of a worker of 20 25 ruble per month.

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Up to +10 °C is expected in Moscow on the afternoon of April 30

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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Zakharova called fake reports of Western media about the nuclear threat from Moscow

The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry believes that Western officials are “feeding the media” a fake about Moscow's nuclear threats. At the same time, Zakharova notes that Russia is doing everything possible to prevent a nuclear war. jpg” alt=”Zakharova called Western media reports about the nuclear threat from Moscow fake” />

Western media reports about the nuclear threat posed by Moscow are fake, follows from a statement by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, published in her Telegram channel.

“In the West, at the highest level, transboundary and transformatively, mechanisms have been launched to throw a new thesis into the public space. It is extremely primitive and at the same time extremely terrible: the Russians are threatening a nuclear war, the Russians are shaking a nuclear baton. Needless to say that this thesis is extremely false and false? Apparently, it’s already necessary, & mdash; Zakharova wrote.

She recalled how, on April 25, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in an interview with the host of the Big Game program on Channel One told Dmitry Simes about his “principled position” Russia on “the inadmissibility of nuclear war”. He spoke about Russia's attempts to convince the United States to confirm the 1987 statement by ex-USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev and ex-US President Ronald Reagan that there can be no winners in a nuclear war, as well as to convince the five permanent members of the UN Security Council to accept the same statement.< /p>

“The risks are very significant now. I didn't want them artificially inflated. There are many who wish. The danger is serious, real, — added then Lavrov.

Zakharova herself emphasized that Russia “did everything possible to prevent a nuclear war, to create all the necessary obstacles on the way to such a scenario.” In her opinion, Western officials “feed the media” fake about Moscow's nuclear threats.

“Our country is against nuclear war, this is what the Russian Minister claims, this is what our diplomacy is guided by in its activities”,— concluded the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

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Even in early March, Lavrov himself said that he did not believe in the possible start of a nuclear war. He noted that the “nuclear topic” in connection with the aggravation of events in Ukraine in recent years, “exclusively Western representatives, primarily NATO members, threw them in.”

Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev then named several grounds for Moscow to use nuclear weapons. Among them, a missile attack on Russian territory using nuclear weapons, as well as an act of aggression against Russia or its allies, when the existence of the country was threatened.

Later, on April 26, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said that the rhetoric about a possible nuclear war “dangerous and not useful.” He stated that the United States, Ukraine and the international community would do everything possible to ensure that the situation did not get out of control.

After him, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki asked to reduce the number of statements on the possibility of starting a nuclear war. “Our national security staff has made it clear that a nuclear war cannot be won. Our goal, obviously, is still to call for a reduction in rhetoric about this, — she said.

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Up to nine degrees Celsius expected in Moscow on Thursday

Partly cloudy weather is predicted in the Russian capital on Thursday, April 28, according to the official website of the Hydrometeorological Center of the Russian Federation.

“Partly cloudy weather. Mostly without precipitation,” the message says.

Daytime air temperature in the city will be from seven to nine degrees Celsius.

Atmospheric pressure – 754 millimeters of mercury. The wind is northwest at a speed of four to nine meters per second.

On Friday night, partly cloudy weather is also predicted in the capital. Light rain is expected in some places in the region.

The air temperature will be from minus one degree to one degree of heat. Atmospheric pressure – 754 millimeters of mercury.

Formerly leading employee of the Phobos weather center Evgeny Tishkovets said that relatively sunny, dry and cool weather is expected in the Russian capital on May Day.

In turn, the scientific director of the Hydrometeorological Center Roman Vilfand said that cool rainy weather is expected in Moscow from May 1 to May 3 with night frosts.

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What kind of reconciliation services will appear in the capital’s schools?

Reconciliation services will appear in 400 metropolitan schools to resolve conflict situations between students, teachers and parents, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Social Development Anastasia Rakova said. Anyone can contact the service. p>

Why are reconciliation services created? 

School reconciliation services will help resolve situations of misunderstanding between students, teachers and parents. According to Rakova, in 380 schools teachers have already received the necessary training, and in 127 schools they regularly use restorative techniques in cases of conflict situations.

In the event of a conflict situation, the mediator and student volunteers will invite the parties to the conflict to the negotiating table to discuss and find a way to resolve disputed issues. For example, students will be told how to act in a situation of bullying or a gross violation of personal boundaries. At the same time, under the guidance of the curator of the service, schoolchildren will be able to take part in resolving conflicts with peers or younger students.  

«Adolescents such work will allow them to gain serious experience in constructive communication, which will be useful to them in the future, &mdash ; reported in the press service of the Moscow government.

Who can become a member of the reconciliation service? 

A member of the reconciliation service can be:

  • school employees who will attend training seminars by specialists of the City Psychological and Pedagogical Center on technologies and effective methods for resolving difficult situations;
  • pupils over 14 years old as volunteers;
  • teacher-psychologists of the City Psychologist -pedagogical center. 
  • In what cases will the reconciliation service be involved? 
  • The reconciliation service will be involved in the work in the following situations:
  • when there is a conflict occurred between children or between student and teacher;
  • when a common language could not be found — a newcomer came to the class or a teacher changed;
  • when a conflict arose between students due to a struggle for authority, rivalry, deceit, insults, personal hostility, etc. 

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Podolyak announced the work on the legal registration of the positions of Kyiv and Moscow

Moscow and Kyiv continue consultations at the level of working subgroups, Podolyak said. They prepare the positions of the parties in legal terms, he explained

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The time of the meeting between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, as well as its context, has not yet been determined, Interfax-Ukraine told the agency “Interfax-Ukraine”. Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Mykhailo Podolyak.

“On the one hand, we are seeing a certain intensification of clashes in the east of the country <…>. On the other hand, consultations continue at the level of working subgroups, which prepare the positions of the parties in legal terms. As soon as the specifics appear, we will make a special message about this, & mdash; says in his comment.

Thus, Podolyak commented on the words of the head of the Turkish Ministry of Defense Hulusi Akar. He admitted that a meeting between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky, could take place “in the coming days.” The Russian authorities, in turn, have repeatedly stressed that such a meeting would be possible only after the preparation of a peace treaty.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly proposed holding talks between Putin and Zelensky in Turkey. On his initiative, the Russian and Ukrainian delegations met in person in Istanbul at the end of March. As a result of this meeting, Kyiv handed over proposals for a peace agreement to Moscow.

Russia sent a counter draft treaty on April 15, but has not yet received a response to it, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on April 22. The negotiations of the delegations, according to him, are moving “slowly, slowly”; and demonstrate the insolvency and inability to negotiate Kyiv. “Statements by Ukrainian representatives, including the president and his advisers, suggest that they do not need these negotiations at all and that they have resigned themselves to their fate,” — the minister noted.

In turn, Putin said the day before that the position of the Ukrainian authorities on the terms of the settlement had changed dramatically after the talks in Istanbul. According to him, Ukraine wants to discuss Crimea and Donbass at the summit of the leaders of the two countries, while Russia insists on resolving this issue at the stage of drafting a settlement agreement.

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Moscow to introduce electronic voter list

The electronic list will help to avoid errors when entering data, the head of the Moscow City Electoral Committee believes. The procedure for issuing ballots will also change – passport scanners and the ability to sign with a stylus will be used in the elections in Moscow

An electronic voter list will be used in Moscow, Olga Kirillova, chairwoman of the Moscow City Electoral Committee, said at a meeting of the Central Election Commission.

She stressed that the use of such a list is important for the capital because of the large number of voters and their dynamics: according to the head of the Moscow City Electoral Committee, about 45,000 corrections are made per month on average about voters who change their place of residence. In addition, changes are also associated with departure, death or coming of age. When entering data in any department, errors are possible, the electronic list will reduce them, she explained.

“The human factor generates a fairly large number of errors. The electronic list will allow us to quickly, especially with the involvement of technical innovations, minimize human errors, — Kirillova said at a CEC meeting on Wednesday.

The changes will also affect the process of issuing a ballot and confirming receipt by the voter. In the Moscow elections, scanners for voters' passports and the ability to sign a ballot with a stylus will be used, said Artem Kostyrko, head of the department for improving territorial administration and developing smart projects of the Moscow government. At the same time, the voter will still be able to choose the usual way— in this case, the PEC member will make a corresponding note in the electronic list.

Kostyrko stressed that the workplace of the PEC member will become universal— the voter will be able to receive a ballot at any table, regardless of the address of the house. However, according to him, the division by tables will remain in the first year. “The approach is such as not to scare,” & mdash; noted Olga Kirillova.

Kirillova added that electronic lists in the future will make it possible to refuse to apply for participation in remote electronic voting. Voters who voted online will be automatically marked as having voted in the system.

“We will approach the fact that the voter will not need to submit an additional application for the DEG. The list of voters is unified, and if he has registered himself on the site, all the information about him has been verified, he has the opportunity to vote— wonderful, he votes, and we immediately get a note that the person used his right in electronic form, — noted the head of the Moscow City Electoral Committee.

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At a meeting of the CEC on April 27, a resolution was adopted “On the requirements for compiling, clarifying and using lists of voters, referendum participants in electronic form.” In particular, it regulates the information that the list should contain (full name, address of residence, year of birth, passport number), and also indicates the need to “affix an electronic graphic signature of the voter for each ballot received by him and a mark on affixing electronic signature or electronic graphic signature of the member of the election commission who issued the ballot. Observers should be given access to the electronic list of voters.

The possibility of introducing electronic lists was introduced in March with the adoption of the law on remote electronic voting. The amendment on electronic lists was introduced on second reading. Deputy Dmitry Vyatkin emphasized that such lists would be introduced by decision of the commission, subject to technical feasibility. Oleg Artamonov, general secretary of the Direct Democracy Party, said that electronic voter books would close the window of falsifications with the substitution of voter books by unscrupulous commissions, but would require “total digitalization”, which is unlikely outside of Moscow.

In the fall of 2022, in Moscow will hold municipal elections. Deputies will be elected immediately in 125 out of 146 districts. For the municipal elections in the capital, the rules for the formation of councils of municipal deputies were clarified— their number will depend on the number of voters in the constituency.

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The plane with the pilot Yaroshenko landed in Moscow

The An-148-100E aircraft with Konstantin Yaroshenko on board at the Sochi airport

Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who was arrested in the United States and exchanged by the authorities for American student Trevor Reid, has arrived in Moscow. The footage of his arrival was shown by the Rossiya 1 TV channel.

The plane landed at Vnukovo airport. On the footage, Yaroshenko is met by his family— wife Victoria and daughter Ekaterina. The pilot has now gone home.

Yaroshenko was detained in Liberia in 2010 and extradited to the United States on charges of drug smuggling. A year later, an American court sentenced Yaroshenko to 20 years in prison.

Trevor Reed was convicted in Russia in the summer of 2020 to nine years in prison for assaulting police officers. According to investigators, in August 2019, a young man attacked police officers in Moscow who were trying to take him to the police station. Reed himself claimed that he did not remember anything about what happened, because he was very drunk.

In the summer of 2021, Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden agreed on the mutual extradition of prisoners. At the same time, Putin noted that the number of Russian citizens imprisoned in US prisons does not coincide with the number of Americans imprisoned in Russia.

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Moscow is ready to study UN initiatives “to alleviate the suffering of Ukrainians”

Foreign Ministry: Russia is ready to consider UN initiatives to alleviate the suffering of Ukrainians Moscow will take this step if the UN proposals actually contribute to this goal, the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed /s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/media/img/8/14/756509976133148.jpg” alt=”Moscow is ready to study UN initiatives “to alleviate the suffering of Ukrainians”” />

Sergey Lavrov and António Guterres (left to right)

Russia is ready to consider specific initiatives from the UN “to alleviate the suffering of civilians in Ukraine.” This is stated in the message of the Russian Foreign Ministry following the talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and UN Secretary General António Guterres.

“Russia is ready to consider specific initiatives, incl. by the UN, to alleviate the suffering of the civilian population in the zone of the special military operation, if they actually contribute to this noble goal, —

Earlier, Guterres said that the UN proposed to create a joint contact group with Moscow and Kyiv to organize safe humanitarian corridors from Ukraine for civilians.

According to him, it is necessary to open humanitarian corridors in Ukraine, which “would really be safe and effective.” and which “would be respected by all for the evacuation of civilians and the delivery of the necessary assistance.”

On April 26, Guterres held talks in Moscow with Lavrov and President Vladimir Putin. In two days, he will visit Kyiv, where he will hold talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Representative of the UN Secretary-General Farhan Haq said that during the trips, Guterres wants to understand “what progress can be made.” on the situation in Ukraine. «Our goal— ceasefire and improvement of the situation of people in Ukraine»,— he said.

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On April 19, the UN Secretary General called on Russia and Ukraine to a humanitarian truce from April 21 for four days in connection with the celebration of Easter. The pause would open “safe passage for all civilians,” he said. Pope Francis addressed the two countries with a similar request.

First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Dmitry Polyansky said on April 25 that Moscow does not consider it possible to introduce a ceasefire at present .

“The only benefit it will give is— an opportunity for the Ukrainian armed forces to regroup and arrange more provocations, — he concluded.

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What will the weather be like in Moscow for the first May holidays?

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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. 

Source: https://www.mskagency.ru
 

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Erdogan promised to call Putin on the day of the visit of the UN Secretary General to Moscow

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (center)

On Tuesday, April 26, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to have a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Erdogan announced this at a meeting of the Turkish government, the statement was quoted by A Haber TV channel.

“I continue my attempts and negotiations with parties and institutions for a peaceful end to the Russian-Ukrainian war. <…> Tomorrow we will have a telephone conversation with Mr Putin, — Erdogan said.

He noted that he had already held talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and also met with UN Secretary General António Guterres, who will visit Moscow on April 26, and on April 28 — Kyiv.

During a conversation with Zelensky on April 24, Erdogan expressed his readiness to provide all possible assistance in the negotiation process, including mediation. In addition, the Turkish leader indicated that Ankara generally has a positive attitude towards the role of a security guarantor for Kyiv. Zelensky tweeted that the presidents also discussed issues of defense capability and global food security, which was threatened by the shutdown of shipping in the Black Sea.

According to Anadolu agency, at the meeting with Guterres, Erdogan stressed that the negotiations between Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul are the most suitable way to establish peace, and expressed confidence that the conflict will be resolved precisely diplomatically, since the crisis has consequences for the whole world.

Last time Putin and Erdogan spoke by phone on April 1, after talks between Moscow and Kyiv in Istanbul. In addition, the leaders held telephone conversations twice in March, another conversation took place on the eve of the start of the special operation.

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Guterres named the topics of negotiations in Moscow and Kyiv

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UN Secretary General António Guterres is going to discuss the cessation of hostilities and the provision of humanitarian assistance to those in need during visits to Moscow and Kyiv this week. This was announced at a briefing by his deputy representative Farhan Haq.

As the ultimate goal, he called a ceasefire and the creation of ways to improve the situation, as well as reducing threats to people in Ukraine and providing them with humanitarian assistance, TASS reports. .

Hack expressed confidence that, among other things, they will talk about such UN initiatives as a humanitarian truce in the Mariupol region, in particular, the creation of humanitarian corridors.

At the same time, the deputy representative of the Secretary General The UN added that it is too early to predict the results of the upcoming meetings in the capitals of Russia and Ukraine.

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UN Secretary General Guterres spoiled Putin’s visit to Moscow in advance

Against the backdrop of requests for a “humanitarian pause”, they want to restrict Russia's rights again

Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, will pay an official visit to Moscow on April 26. He has at least two significant meetings scheduled in the Russian capital: with President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Agenda expected — situation in Ukraine. But much more revealing is the timing of Guterres' arrival. His visit will coincide with a resonant meeting in the UN General Assembly, and immediately after Moscow, the Secretary General will go to Kyiv.

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Guterres has been talking about his desire to visit the Russian and Ukrainian capitals for a long time. Just a few days after the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, the Secretary General recognized the responsibility of the UN for the failure to prevent hostilities, but he consistently called on Moscow and Kyiv to resolve the crisis through diplomacy.

A week ago, he again delivered a message of reconciliation, speaking of the need for a “humanitarian pause”; — at least for the period of the celebration of Orthodox Easter. At the same time, it became known that Guterres sent letters to the permanent missions of Russia and Ukraine to the UN with requests for meetings with the leaders of both states.

The Russian and Ukrainian visits were promptly coordinated. According to the representative of the Secretary General Stefan Dujarric, Kyiv is ready to receive Guterres on April 28. And two days earlier, he will visit Moscow, which was confirmed by the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov. He also stressed that the Secretary General will hold talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and will also be received personally by Vladimir Putin.

The sequence of Guterres' visits can have a twofold explanation. On the one hand, the schedule largely depends on the capabilities of the host. 

On the other hand — and foreign media focus on this, — during his visit to Moscow, Guterres probably hopes to “bargain” some concessions for Kyiv to come to Vladimir Zelensky, as they say, not empty-handed.

The explanation, it would seem, is logical — at least from the point of view of the attitude of the West and Ukraine to the crisis. However, this logic is essentially naive. Russian representatives have repeatedly stated that Moscow's position is clear and unchanging, and the specific conditions put forward by it have long been formulated and submitted to the Ukrainian authorities. In this context, the arrival of Guterres will mean nothing but another clumsy “conciliatory gesture”.

At the same time, the symbolism of the Secretary General's visit to Russia may lie in a different area, however, directly related to the Ukrainian situation. It was for April 26 that the UN General Assembly scheduled a meeting on the situation within the organization's Security Council. We are talking, in particular, about the right of veto, which is enjoyed by the permanent members of the Security Council, including, of course, Russia (besides it, Great Britain, China, the USA and France have this status). 

It is the Security Council that takes fundamental and binding decisions within the framework of the UN. It is not surprising that the veto power of the “elected” far from being to everyone's taste. This situation is intended to be partially corrected by the resolution, the draft of which was submitted for consideration at the initiative of Liechtenstein.

The document assumes that if a certain decision is vetoed in the Security Council by one of the states the UN General Assembly will have the opportunity to meet within ten days after that and demand clarification on the issue from the vetoed permanent member.

It is easy to guess that the adoption of such a resolution will be aimed primarily at Russia, whose veto right ties the hands of the West in the Ukrainian direction. Of course, China is also targeted, whose policies also run counter to American and European ones. Therefore, there is no doubt that the document will be approved by the General Assembly.

The question is whether or not Guterres deliberately decided to combine his visit to Russia and the demonstrative meeting of the Assembly. But it is absolutely clear that such a background for negotiations with Moscow will not be positive. As, however, the next UN resolution will not be an effective measure.

The demand for mandatory clarifications on the use of the veto right will only add delay to the already bureaucratic work of the organization, but will not deprive the permanent members of the Security Council of their privileges (for this you will have to change the entire UN charter). It is symptomatic that the draft resolution was actively supported by the United States, which itself has the ability to block the decisions of the Security Council. Washington obviously understands well that the document poses no real threat.

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UN Secretary General to meet with Putin in Moscow

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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.

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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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Zelensky announced proposals to Moscow for the removal of people from Mariupol

According to the President of Ukraine, Kyiv proposed a format with the exchange of the wounded and the participation of intermediaries. However, he said, the Russian side did not agree. On April 21, Defense Minister Shoigu reported to President Putin about the capture of Mariupol “Zelensky announced proposals to Moscow to take people out of Mariupol” />

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Kyiv offered Moscow several options for the withdrawal of civilians and military personnel from Russia-blocked Mariupol, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said after talks with Spanish and Danish Prime Ministers Pedro Sanchez and Mette Frederiksen in Kyiv.

He noted that the withdrawal of people There are two ways: by force and by diplomacy. “To implement the military path, we need weapons, which are currently not enough, and the help of our partners. Diplomatically, you can release people faster— and Ukraine proposed several options,»,— said Zelensky.

According to him, the Ukrainian side proposed a format with the exchange of the wounded and the participation of mediators. However, Moscow, as Zelensky says, did not agree.

The Ukrainian leader said that a decisive moment lay ahead, the “decisive battle for the Donbass.”

Formerly an adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian president and a member of the Ukrainian delegation, Mykhailo Podolyak spoke about Ukraine's readiness to hold talks in Mariupol in a one-on-one format; or “two by two”.

On April 21, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin that Russian troops and the People's Militia of the DPR had taken control of Mariupol, and the territory of the Azovstal plant had been taken over. “with the remaining remnants of nationalists and foreign mercenaries”, in his words, “securely blocked”. “As for those who fled at the Azovstal plant, and blocked there thoroughly and along the entire perimeter, it takes us about three or four days to complete this work at Azovstal,— Shoigu said. Putin responded by ordering the assault on Azovstal to be cancelled. “Lock off this industrial area so that a fly doesn't fly by,” — the head of state demanded.

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According to Shoigu, the Russian side has been opening humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians and foreign citizens from Mariupol every day since March 21, and the Ukrainian servicemen were asked to lay down their arms. Despite the “opposition” On the Ukrainian side, the Russian military evacuated more than 142 thousand civilians from the city, the head of the Ministry of Defense claims.

Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine since February 24.

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The UN Secretary General asked to be received in Moscow and Kyiv

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UN Secretary General António Guterres sent letters to the permanent missions of Russia and Ukraine requesting meetings with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow and the President Vladimir Zelensky in Kyiv. Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the United Nations, announced this. He specified that Guterres wants to discuss with the Russian and Ukrainian leaders “urgent steps aimed at achieving peace in Ukraine.”

In the letters of the UN head, it is noted that Russia and Ukraine are among the founding countries of the organization.

A few days after the start of the Russian special operation, the UN Secretary General admitted that the organization was unable to prevent a military operation on Ukraine. Nevertheless, he again urged not to give up and “give the world another chance.”

At the end of March, Guterres pointed to signs of diplomatic progress on several key issues in resolving the situation around Ukraine. In his opinion, the parties should immediately intensify the “serious negotiation process.” He urged not to delay the search for compromise solutions.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on April 20 that negotiations between Russia and Ukraine to resolve the situation are ongoing. Nevertheless, participants from Kyiv “refuse to show a constructive approach” on priority issues, she noted.

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According to her, the Ukrainians are trying to drag out the negotiations, including not promptly responding to the materials and proposals that Moscow makes. Zakharova proposed to start looking for realistic options for agreements.

The representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry recalled that on the agenda of the talks were “issues of demilitarization and denazification, restoration of the official status of the Russian language, recognition of modern territorial realities, including the Russian ownership of Crimea and the independence of the DPR and LNR».

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that Russia had handed over to the Ukrainian side a draft document “with clear language”. According to him, now “the ball is on the side of Kyiv.”

Advisor to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Mikhail Podolyak said that Kyiv would study the document.

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Zakharova invited Kiev to find a “realistic version” of an agreement with Moscow

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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