The EU, out of fear of Russia’s actions, began to look for new gas suppliers

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The European Union intends to hold talks with Azerbaijan on gas supplies, writes the Financial Times newspaper. The EU fears that Russia, which supplies 40% of fuel to Europe, may reduce pumping in response to Western sanctions that it threatens in the event of an invasion of Ukraine.

According to the publication, the US has already talked with Qatar and other major gas exporters about additional supplies of liquefied natural gas. Brussels, in turn, is negotiating LNG swap deals with some Asian countries. According to the newspaper, European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson will travel to Azerbaijan in early February to negotiate with the Minister of Energy and the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of the country to agree on additional gas supplies to the EU, and on February 7 she will arrive in Washington for the US Energy Council— EU.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and US President Joe Biden said the European Union and the United States are seeking fuel supplies in the event of a disruption due to Russian aggression against Ukraine. “We are partnering with governments and market participants to supply additional volumes of natural gas to Europe from various sources around the world,” — says in the statement. It notes that the United States is already the largest LNG supplier to the EU.

Azerbaijan is ready to pump additional gas to Europe in an emergency if tensions between Russia and Ukraine disrupt supplies, said the republic's ambassador to the UK, Elin Suleymanov, reports Bloomberg.

Earlier, The Times, citing sources, reported on the fears of British officials that due to possible Western sanctions against Russia, it could cut gas supplies to Europe. The UK authorities believe that if restrictions are imposed, Moscow can use its natural resources as a weapon. The press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, in response, called the publication's material an example of “fake hysteria.” The United States, meanwhile, promised to find gas suppliers from other regions— North Africa, the Middle East, Asia.

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The EU promised a response to Russia’s entry restrictions for Europeans

The EU has promised a response to expanding the list of Europeans who are banned from entering Russia

The EU will respond to restrictions on the entry of European citizens into Russia announced by Moscow, the European External Action Service said in a statement. Brussels expressed regret over the actions of the Russian side.

“This decision is devoid of any legal basis and transparency, the corresponding reaction [to it] will follow. Russia continues to escalate tension in Europe instead of promoting de-escalation,— stated in the diplomatic service of the European Union.

On January 28, the Foreign Ministry banned the entry into Russia of “heads of certain European PMCs”; (private military companies), as well as representatives of law enforcement agencies, legislative and executive authorities of the EU countries, which, according to Moscow, are responsible for promoting anti-Russian policy and “planting” measures that infringe on the legal rights of Russian-speaking residents and the media. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a note to the EU Delegation.

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Medvedchuk said that Ukraine should become an intermediary between Russia and the West

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The head of the political council of the Ukrainian party “Opposition Platform – For Life” Viktor Medvedchuk told in his Telegram channel about future reforms in the country.

In his opinion, Ukraine should become a bridge in relations between Russia, the West and the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. He is also convinced of the need to achieve social democracy through “Scandinavian reforms.”

Medvedchuk condemned “wild capitalism”, which, according to him, is destroying Ukraine right now. The country's authorities should focus on the development of healthcare, the economy, education and provision of pensioners, the politician believes.


Lavrov’s reservation about the start of the war revealed Russia’s plans

Putin's November orders are carried out with the help of a “parasitic connection”

“There will be no war if it depends on Russia,” Sergey Lavrov said on Friday. This is a very important caveat. Because, according to the Hamburg account, the start of the war does not depend on Russia in any way.

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More precisely, in order to avoid it, we need to give up the Crimea, the DPR, the LPR, Abkhazia with South Ossetia, Belarus and fall apart into Muscovy, Tataria and a dozen other small principalities. That is, if we do not exist, there will be no war, and then the “civilized” world will be able to return China to the bosom of democracy with all its might – to pull the communist thorn out of the transgender ass. Which means: the beginning of the war does not depend on Russia in any way.

What does it depend on? It depends on whether a rather bold (since other methods have been exhausted) experiment of our foreign policy will work in the generalized West.

Let's go back to November last year. At the collegium of the Foreign Ministry, Vladimir Vladimirovich instructed to maintain a state of tension among our Western partners for as long as possible, “so that it would not occur to them to arrange for us on our western borders some kind of conflict we do not need, and we do not need conflicts,” and to raise the question of that “to seek to provide Russia with serious long-term guarantees to ensure our security in this area.”

The question was raised. And then it started…

There is such a thing: “parasitic connection”. This is when the microphone is brought to the speaker, from which the sound from this very microphone comes through the amplifier. The louder the sound from the speaker, the stronger the signal from the microphone, the correspondingly louder the sound from the speaker – and so on. The system goes into overload and may even burn out.

Now we are seeing an overload: Russia will pay dearly when it attacks Ukraine; Russia will receive unprecedented sanctions if it deploys missiles in Cuba; Russia uses paratrooper dogs and intelligent Kalashnikov assault rifles to attack Ukraine, which independently shoot at enemies (the latter is, of course, the British press, but nonetheless) … Reality is drowning in a sea of ​​excess information – fiction, speculation, assumptions.

Here is a recent example. Biden spoke on the phone with Zelensky. CNN, citing a “high-ranking Ukrainian official,” reports: “Biden said a Russian invasion is now almost certain to happen as soon as the ground freezes over. Biden said that Kiev would be devastated, Russian troops would attempt to occupy it. Get ready to hit!” And this – all the time.

And ours periodically “amplify the signal.” Here you go: Russian Foreign Ministry diplomat Zaitsev called even the idea of ​​a war between the peoples of Russia and Ukraine unacceptable. Well, it’s clear, any pro-Western figure will say: he made a special reservation about “peoples” – they will justify the invasion by a war with the “Banderites”. Like, we are not at war with the people of Ukraine, but with the neo-Nazi regime.

The calculation with this “parasitic connection” is that sane Western politicians who do not want war will still begin to listen to Russian proposals – or the system will inevitably burn out, and the war will still begin.

In fact, the glimpses have already begun. The White House reacted harshly to the CNN report. National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said it was all a lie: “President Biden said there is a certain possibility that the Russian side could invade Ukraine in February. He has previously said this publicly and we have been warning about it for months. Reports of anything more or other than this are completely false.”

President Zelensky, the head of the country that is being occupied by the evil Russians just the other day, also seems to have begun to marvel at the general hysteria. Recently, he has already twice spoken in the spirit that, in fact, he does not expect any invasion, and all this sluggish schizophrenia in relations has been going on since 2014. The first time, by the way, he was pulled back from across the ocean in the spirit that since we said – Russia will attack – then sit and wait in silence.

Germany clearly stated to Ukraine: here you have 5 thousand helmets, and non-lethal weapons.

On Friday, there was already a “leak” from NATO: they say, they admit here that the Russian Federation “does not plan an invasion” of Ukraine, since this requires military capabilities that are different from those that allegedly “currently deployed” near the borders of Ukraine. And in general, “there are options for reducing tension tomorrow” on this situation.

One could say that the Russian ultimatum, although the thing, of course, is risky, but it worked. Moreover, Putin began to enter and put pressure on Western politicians and, on the other hand, a series of meetings with business representatives from European countries. I have already met with the Italians, the Germans are next.

To summarize, the question is this: either the West recognizes Russia's right to exist and its own national interests, or unleashes a war (through Ukraine's hands). So its beginning really does not depend on Russia.


The expert assessed the possibility of concluding a military pact between Russia and China in Beijing

“A treaty on the forceful union of the two countries should not be expected in the foreseeable future”

The upcoming meeting between President Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping next week in Beijing during the opening of the Winter Olympic Games, -2022 causes great concern among the leaders of a number of Western countries, especially the United States. They fear that the talks between the leaders of Russia and China will give a new impetus to military cooperation between the two countries.


What can Putin and Xi Jinping agree on in the military field that will be especially unpleasant for the States? Will Russia have any additional Chinese-Russian military arguments in the dialogue with the US? Vasily Kashin, a Russian political scientist, orientalist, Ph.D.“Our military cooperation with China is already developing quite rapidly,” the expert believes. – One of the important factors in what is happening now in Ukraine (and the American media is writing about this) is the US fear of coordinated actions by Russia in Eastern Europe and China in relation to Taiwan and in general in the western part of the Pacific region. The United States perceives such coordination as a serious threat. This scares them. They admit that it will be difficult for them to react in the event of such joint simultaneous actions by Russia and China.

At the same time, says Vasily Kashin, the conclusion of any official agreement on the military-political union of the two countries should not be expected in the foreseeable future. In his opinion, Moscow and Beijing already have enough mechanisms to coordinate their actions.

“If an agreement on a military alliance between Russia and China appears,” explains Kashin, “it will undermine our relations with India, Vietnam and a number of other partners in Asia who have difficult relations with China. The Chinese have a similar situation – they have quite developed trade and economic cooperation with the European Union. They would not want to sacrifice their relationship with Europe by entering into a military alliance with Russia. At the same time, the Chinese support us. In particular, they now supported Russia on the issue of security guarantees and in connection with the Ukrainian problem.

At the same time, Vasily Kashin is sure that at the upcoming meeting of the leaders of Cathay and Russia, one should expect some kind of breakthrough in the form of an agreement on strategic military alliance between the two countries should not be expected.

– In the future, the number of joint exercises will continue to grow – and we already have a lot of them, – the expert clarifies. – Now they will be more diverse. There will be more events like the Russia-China-Iran trilateral maneuvers that took place recently in the Indian Ocean. And this is also a serious way to influence the situation in the world. Our industrial cooperation will certainly develop. But there is a peculiarity here: after the adoption of the CAATSA law (US federal law on countering America's adversaries through sanctions – “MK”), it has become more difficult to receive open information about new Russian-Chinese military-technical cooperation projects. Both sides began to classify everything related to the field of their military-technical cooperation much more tightly.

Now, according to the expert, the conclusion of large contracts becomes known with a great delay. Sometimes after a couple of years. For example, the contract for the supply of a batch of 120 Russian helicopters to China, concluded in 2018, became known only in 2020, when these helicopters began to be mass-produced, which was simply impossible to hide.

Kashin believes that the upcoming meeting between Putin and Xi Jinping will certainly boost the interaction of countries in the field of military-technical cooperation. However, much more breakthrough should still be expected in the areas of the economy related to possible agreements on new gas contracts, as well as the creation of more advanced financial mechanisms for trade that protect against sanctions.


The level of herd immunity in Russia remained at 64.4%

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The level of herd immunity in the country did not change over the week and remained at 64.4%, according to the Stopcoronavirus.rf portal.

“As of January 28, vaccination with the first component carried out 83 674 549 times, vaccination of the full cycle — 79,269,115 times. The level of herd immunity in Russia is 64.4%, — said Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova.

She specified that five regions had reached the required level of 80% — Sevastopol (89.8%), St. Petersburg (85.3%), Karelia (84.2%), Murmansk region (80.5%) and Chukotka (80.3%). In Sevastopol and Chukotka, the level of herd immunity decreased by 0.7 p.p. over the week. and 0.3 p.p. respectively.

«The greatest decrease in the level of collective immunity is observed in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug (by 3.6 p.p.), the Chechen Republic (by 2.8 p.p.), Moscow (by 1, 8 p.p.) and the Moscow Region (by 1.4 p.p.)”, — Golikova said. She clarified that when calculating the level of immunity, the number of both recovered, and vaccinated and revaccinated Russians is taken into account.

Recall that on January 28, 98,040 new cases of coronavirus infection were detected in Russia, which was a record figure since the beginning of the pandemic.< /p>


RIA Novosti reported on the preparation of the EU for counter-sanctions of Russia

RIA Novosti: an official of the European Commission announced the preparation of the EU for counter-sanctions to Russia The European Commission does not exclude that Russian countermeasures may affect gas supplies. The EU is trying to ensure an uninterrupted supply of fuel to European consumers in the event of an escalation “RIA Novosti reported on EU preparations for Russian counter-sanctions” />

The EU is preparing for a possible Russian response to Western sanctions that it threatens in the event of an invasion of Ukraine, a senior official at the European Commission said at a briefing, RIA Novosti reports.

According to him, countermeasures may affect the energy sector.

“Since we are preparing sanctions, we are preparing for possible counter-sanctions, and, according to our feeling, the energy market— this is something you need to pay close attention to, & mdash; he said.

The EC representative added that the EU maintains links with partners to ensure uninterrupted gas supplies to Europe in the event of an escalation.

The day before, EC President Ursula von der Leyen and US President Joe Biden said in a joint statement that the European Union and the United States are looking for alternative fuel suppliers in the event of disruptions due to Russian aggression against Ukraine.

The EU fears that Russia, which supplies 40% of gas to Europe, may reduce pumping in response to Western restrictions, which is why Brussels intends to negotiate with Azerbaijan on gas, the Financial Times wrote. According to the publication, European Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson will travel to Azerbaijan in early February to negotiate additional supplies to the European Union. In addition, Brussels is negotiating LNG swap deals with some Asian states. The United States, meanwhile, has already discussed additional LNG supplies with Qatar and other major exporters.

Western countries are threatening unprecedented sanctions in the event of a Russian attack on Ukraine. Among the possible measures were restrictions on the leadership of Russia, including President Vladimir Putin, Russian public debt, banks, Nord Stream & mdash; 2". The West did not rule out such radical measures as disconnecting the country from the SWIFT international interbank payment system and limiting the conversion of the ruble. At the same time, there is no agreement on the issue of sanctions against the gas sector. Nevertheless, the Financial Times wrote that the European Union and Great Britain, with the support of the United States, are still preparing restrictive measures that will affect Russian new gas projects.

Moscow stated that it did not even allow about the war with Ukraine, and did not rule out a break in relations in the event of severe restrictions.

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Russia transferred to Belarus a division of ZRPK “Pantsir-S”

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The RF Ministry of Defense reports that Russia has deployed a battalion of Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missile and gun systems to Belarus . This was done as part of the exercises of the Union State.

It is specified that the redeployment was carried out by the forces of the railway echelon. The division includes 12 vehicles with 12 missiles each.

The exercises of the Union State will be held in two stages. Until February 9, groupings of troops on the territory of Belarus will be created, and until February 20, the military will work out repelling external aggression.


Russia transferred Pantsir-S complexes to Belarus

Russia continues to redeploy units of the armed forces to Belarus as part of an inspection of the reaction forces of the Union State, RIA Novosti reports.

According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, anti-aircraft missile and gun complexes «Pantsir-S». They were delivered to the country by rail.

The arrived division includes 12 combat vehicles, each of which can carry 12 anti-aircraft missiles in transport and launch containers.

According to representatives of the department, after unloading personnel will march to the designated areas, where they will equip positions and take up combat training duty as part of the unified regional air defense system of Belarus and Russia.

Recall that earlier the Russian side also completed the relocation of Su- 35.


German intelligence chief says Russia is ready to attack Ukraine

German intelligence chief: Russia has not made a final decision to invade Ukraine Russia is ready to invade Ukraine, but has not yet made a final decision on this step, German intelligence chief Bruno Kahl said ://” alt=”German intelligence chief announced Russia's readiness to attack Ukraine” />

Bruno Kahl

Russia is ready attack Ukraine, but has not yet decided whether to do so. This was stated by the head of the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) Bruno Kahl in an interview with Reuters.

“I believe that the decision on the attack has not yet been made. A crisis can unfold in a thousand ways,»,— he said, listing scenarios, including moves to destabilize the government in Kiev.

Kahl refused to answer the question of what sanctions should be applied against Russia in the event of an “invasion”, but supported the German approach to keep Moscow in the dark about possible restrictive measures.

The West has repeatedly argued that Russia is preparing an “invasion” to Ukraine. In mid-January, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Russia was laying the groundwork for an invasion of Ukraine. According to her, this may happen in January-February, and the pretext for aggressive actions will be staged.

Moscow has repeatedly denied plans to invade Ukraine. “We consider unacceptable even the thought of a war between our peoples,” — said Alexei Zaitsev, deputy director of the information and press department of the department.

Against the backdrop of Western statements about a possible “invasion” Russian troops in Ukraine and threats of new sanctions On December 17, 2021, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent proposals on security guarantees to the United States and NATO. They included clauses on non-expansion of the alliance to the east and a ban on the inclusion of countries that were part of the USSR into the bloc.

On January 10, 12 and 13, a series of consultations between Russia and the United States, NATO and the OSCE took place in Geneva and Brussels on mutual security guarantees, but the negotiations did not lead to significant results. On January 26, the US and NATO handed over to the Russian side a response to security proposals. They declared that they would not abandon the principle of “open doors”; to join the bloc.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, commenting on the US response to Moscow's proposals, said that he did not see a positive reaction in Washington's answer to Russia's main question.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock, in turn, assured that NATO is not currently discussing Ukraine's entry into the alliance and its further expansion to the east.

According to her, at the moment it is more important to establish a dialogue on the situation in eastern Ukraine and the implementation of the Minsk agreements, rather than talk about the imminent accession of the country to NATO.

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Lukashenka urged “not to bathe” about the absorption of Belarus by Russia

“There are no such goals”

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko noted that there are concerns in society about the upcoming in-depth integration of Belarus and Russia. However, there should be no cause for concern, since Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Lukashenko himself are smart enough to prevent the two countries from merging.

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In his address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly, Lukashenka called Russia the main partner in the economy. “The pillars of the Belarusian economic strategy are to increase and diversify exports, attract investments and develop cooperation. Our number one partner – Russia, with which we are consistently moving along the path of economic integration. Almost half of our goods are exported to this country, – noted the Belarusian ruler.

He recalled that during his last talks with Putin they were asked what the essence of the upcoming integration of the two countries is and whether this means the absorption of Belarus by Russia. “There are no such goals, and I have already frankly said that we are not so stupid and so smart with Putin that, having two independent states, we can build such a system that any unitary state would envy. This is the answer to the question. What are you doing about some kind of takeover? This will never happen, and the leadership of Russia has no such goals, – concluded Lukashenka.

In his televised address, Lukashenka compared power to a chocolate bar: “Eat to your health”

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The United States is confident in its assessment of the possibility of Russia’s “invasion” of Ukraine


White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, speaking to reporters, said that the White House is confident in the loyalty of its assessments regarding the possibility of “invasion” Russia to Ukraine.

According to her, last week in Washington they observed the preparation and build-up of the Russian military presence on the border with Ukraine. In this regard, the White House assumed that the invasion could happen at any moment.

"Our assessment has not changed since then … We cannot read the mind of President Putin … The invasion can happen at any time”, – said Psaki.


Russia received a call to war

Who will run out of patience first

In fact, things are much worse. This is not NATO in the person of Stoltenberg or America in the person of Biden are trying to destroy Russia (and China too, but it is more difficult). It is not at all that Russia, in the person of Putin, is eager to seize Ukraine and Europe. The new world order, which originated somewhere across the ocean, no longer fits within its borders and, like porridge, climbs over the side of the pan. It is designed in such a way that there is no one to negotiate with.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss welcomes NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Photo: AP

President Trump was the last in America who still tried to save that country of big pickups and opportunities, double-barreled shotguns in the hands of farmers brown from the sun, families with many children in one-story houses with a jug of iced tea on the porch, his own rules and his own opinion about everything in the world. He was devoured by Something – shapeless, changing gender every two seconds, incoherently shouting something about black lives, colonialism, oppression and infringement for any reason, a menstrual cup, a carbon footprint and psychotherapy, where without it. Something obviously not controlled by anyone, shaping its agenda from a cloud of thoughts of social networks and a swamp of feelings of social injustice. Standing for diversity and freedom of speech, but not tolerating diversity and freedom of speech that does not coincide with his opinion.

This Something does not have at the head of a dashing, hungry, evil and cheerful colonel from the twentieth century, overthrowing and establishing regimes, who has rockets there, rockets here, and now they seem to have agreed. There is no such colonel to whom one can write. Russia wrote. But this is not even in the grandfather's village. It's like writing to the Internet – it seems like there is an addressee, but there is no decision-making center.

Therefore, the result is predictable: Russia says – move your troops back, you want to attack, the West answers – move your troops back, you want to attack. But in fact, the United States as a state does not need Ukraine. This Something demands (does not directly command what to do, but simply “has an opinion”, and for the disobedient – kansel kulcher) the dissemination of its values, the agenda to all cities and villages. And Biden and Stoltenberg – so, repeaters, smart speaker. And the war can become a consequence of the fact that here, across our border, the new world order will not crawl through in a good way. Something wins there, in foreign countries, almost without bloodshed, they surrender voluntarily (not to take seriously the same BLM pogroms), but what really, consider it won.

Now we and the Chinese stand in the way of the new world order . He climbs to us from all the cracks. And it gets through. Listen, for example, to your “snowflakes”-zoomers. You will hear the same muttering: shelter, mansplaining, veganism, awareness, transgender transition in coliving and, of course, psychotherapy, where would we be without it. And the most important message is bad Russia, because everything is wrong here. Here the souls are circling over the domes with the ringing of the gospel, the icy steps of the temple and the mother in a headscarf carrying her child to communion. Darkness, in short. Outdated values ​​with backward design.

War is just the most intense way to get your opinion across to your opponent. Which of the worlds – new or old – will run out of patience first, it will be the first to start.

The old world, for all its reinforced concrete, is actually quite flexible and capable of compromises. The new world order will not accept this. Only submission is required. And there is no one to negotiate with …


FT learned about the preparation of EU sanctions against the gas sector of Russia

FT: The EU and Britain are developing sanctions against new gas projects in Russia because of Ukraine They will affect new Russian projects in the gas sector, reducing funding and technology supplies. At the same time, the FT writes that damage can also be done to Western companies that invest in projects in Russia

The EU countries and the United Kingdom, with the support of the United States, are developing a package of sanctions against new Russian gas projects, which can be activated in the event of an invasion of Ukraine, the Financial Times writes, citing sources.

According to her, the measures are aimed at to seriously cut funding and supply of technology for new Russian projects in the gas sector. The interlocutors of the publication argue that this package of measures will be part of larger economic sanctions. Their degree of severity will be adjusted depending on the scale of the “Russian offensive”.

The FT reports that this is the first time that Europe has admitted the possibility of hitting the gas sector, in which 40% of the fuel comes from Russia.

However, such sanctions could also harm Western companies, including BP, Total and Shell who invest in Russian gas projects, the newspaper writes. She recalls that the French Total, for example, is one of the largest investors in the development of fields in the Yamal, and last year Shell signed a five-year agreement with Gazprom.

The US and EU have already declared their readiness to impose sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which runs from Russia to Germany, in the event of an escalation in Ukraine. “I want to be very clear: if Russia invades Ukraine one way or another, the deal with Nord Stream 2 won't move forward,— State Department spokesman Ned Price. A similar statement was made by Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock also said that the EU has a “wide range of responses.” in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, including responses on Nord Stream 2.

On Thursday, Gazprom reported that more than three-quarters of the gas injected there in the summer had already been taken from underground storage facilities in Europe (data as of January 25). In general, European storage facilities are 40.9% full, while German and French— by 39%, according to the company.

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UK and EU prepare sanctions against new gas projects in Russia

The UK and the EU are developing a new package of sanctions against Russian projects in the gas sector, which may be introduced in the event of an escalation around Ukraine.


The UK and the EU are developing a new package of sanctions against Russian projects in the gas sector, which may be introduced in the event of an escalation around Ukraine. This is reported by the Financial Times, citing its own sources.

The publication clarifies that the next sanctions are being developed with the support of the United States. The goal of the “gas” package is to “hard limit” the technological and financial injections that are associated with Russian initiatives in this industry.

It is clarified that the sanctions may also affect European companies, including Shell, Total and BP, which cooperate with Russian companies and invest in the gas sector of the Russian Federation.

Recall that earlier a number of European officials announced the introduction of restrictions on the construction and launch of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the event that Russia invades Ukraine.

Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov stated that Russia does not plan an invasion and does not pose a threat to anyone.


German readers asked the US to give in to Russia


Readers of the German newspaper Der Spiegel urged the US and NATO to come to a compromise with Russia on granting it security guarantees.

Most of the users came to the conclusion that Washington should give way to Moscow.

“The Americans are to blame for the ongoing nightmare,” says user Eugen_der_chinGisKahn, admitting that NATO should be dissolved and create its own defense organization in the EU.

“The US is ignoring the problem of expanding the alliance,” says Mitte.

According to commentator bukowski, it is not clear why the North Atlantic Alliance cannot promise not to accept the Russian Federation join Ukraine: “NATO could wait and see what the political development of such an unstable state as Ukraine will be.”

Another read Tel under the nickname Proton said that the Ukrainian side is behaving strangely. In his opinion, Zelensky does not see any particular danger posed by Russia, while “the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany constantly demands weapons from us for the war.”


Russia blames US for environmental catastrophe

The United States has caused an environmental disaster in Syria. This was stated by Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN.

The Russian side believes that the state of emergency is taking place in the territories “where the Americans steal oil.”

“I would like to use the meeting to emphasizing the disastrous situation that is generally developing in the northeast of Syria, which is still illegally occupied by the United States,” the Russian representative said. He pointed out that the UN does not give any assessment of the situation. Polyansky added that in areas “where the United States is outright stealing oil, an ecological catastrophe is unfolding.”

According to Polyansky, the disaster covered the territory beyond the Euphrates River. He pointed out that the Trans-Euphrates and the Al-Tanf zone are a gray spot on the map of Syria. According to the deputy representative, the militants of “Magavir al-Saura” feel their impunity and permissiveness with the “light hand of the States”.


Politico reveals scenario for Russia’s “invasion” of Ukraine

According to the publication, the Russian Federation may try to occupy the eastern part of the republic

The Russian Federation may try to seize the territory of Ukraine east of the Dnieper River, launching an offensive on several fronts at once. The corresponding scenario of the “invasion” allegedly being prepared by Moscow was predicted by experts from the United States, writes Politico.


As the American publication emphasizes, although there are a large number of scenarios for the development of events – from the creation of a “land bridge” to Crimea to the complete occupation of the republic, the scenario with an attempt to take control of the eastern part of Ukraine seems to be the most likely. From the point of view of experts from the United States and a number of other states, a series of skirmishes in the Donbass, which will subsequently develop into a full-scale military conflict, may start an armed confrontation.

The authors of the article suggested that Russia could attack Ukraine from several directions using military equipment and aircraft. So, according to experts' forecasts, the main goal of the “invasion” will be the capture of Kiev, which will be attacked from both sides of the Dnieper and from the air. After that, as suggested in the United States, Russian military personnel will attempt to apply the same approach to other key cities in Ukraine, such as Kharkov. In addition to the regular army, Moscow can send Russian Guard troops to the conflict zone to ensure order in the captured settlements and fight dissidents, the interviewed experts shared their opinion.

Thus, experts believe, the Russian Federation will be able to establish control over eastern Ukraine and create a so-called puppet government in Kiev. At the same time, the western part of the republic, where the overwhelming majority of the population speaks Ukrainian, will turn into a kind of stump country that will act as a buffer between the Russian Federation and the North Atlantic Alliance, the publication says. With such a development of events, the Kremlin, in all likelihood, will consider that the threat posed by an independent Ukraine has been eliminated, but the price of such a solution to the problem will be high for all parties, the journalists of the American edition summarized.

Recently from Kiev and the states of the West, statements about the threat of a Russian attack on Ukraine are increasingly heard. At the same time, the Russian side denies the existence of any plans for an invasion. In particular, the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Zakharova, said that, hiding behind an allegedly imminent attack by Russia, Kiev itself is preparing provocations.


Putin’s secret diplomacy: what Russia and the United States agree on

Presidents “hide” in plain sight

“Say the password and go!” – “Password!” – “Come on!” – after the American side delivered a written response to Russian security proposals, the main character of this joke no longer seems like a complete idiot.


How is secret diplomacy usually done in the world? Here is a classic example: in 1956, big bosses from London, Paris and Tel Aviv arranged a secret rendezvous in the French city of Sèvres and agreed there to launch a military strike on Egypt at the same time. The war itself ended quickly: America threatened its younger allies with a finger, and they instantly tucked their tail. But the very fact of signing the Protocols of Sevres, their co-author, former British Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd, recognized only when he was on his deathbed almost twenty years later. And their photographic copy was only published in 2010.

What is the matter of the current secret diplomacy of Putin and Biden! Guided by the principle of the well-known detective “it is necessary to hide in plain sight”, the two presidents did not even put up a sign: “Do not interfere! Trying to negotiate a backroom deal!”

Although, however, no, they set it. “We will not publish the document because we believe that diplomacy has a great chance of success if we leave room for confidential negotiations. We hope and expect that Russia shares our views,” this statement by US Secretary of State Tony Blinken actually performs the function of such a virtual “plaque”. And this “tablet”, in turn, has one important, useful function – useful not only for the participants in the negotiations, but also for those who, like us, are watching them from the side, frantically trying to understand what is happening.

Biden's policy towards Putin and Russia is based on the matryoshka principle. The upper matryoshka is available to the eyes of absolutely everyone. The President of the United States publicly flexes his muscles (of course, intellectual and ideological, not physical), publicly calls GDP a “murderer” and tells how Washington will effortlessly twist Moscow into a ram's horn.

The medium matryoshka is only visible to Putin and a narrow group of other high-ranking Russian and American officials. According to reliable information, at the summer talks in Geneva, Biden behaved with emphatic amiability and assured that he understood the special role of Russia in international affairs and our concerns. At the same time, however, it was emphasized that the American leader would continue his previous line of conduct in public.

What is Biden's smallest nesting doll hiding? Here, alas, while stop. At the moment we can say absolutely nothing about its content. And perhaps even the American leader himself does not know everything yet. What kind of nesting doll he will eventually have to present to the world depends on whether there will be some kind of agreement with Russia in this very end or not. And this is not yet obvious.

Lavrov about the American response: “There is no positive reaction on the main issue. The main issue is our clear position on the inadmissibility of NATO expansion and the deployment of strike weapons that could threaten the territory of the Russian Federation.” Another gloomy forecast by the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, which, it would seem, kills my thesis about the “secret diplomacy of Putin and Biden” in the bud: “I have no doubt that in the very near future it will (the text of the American response. – “ MK ) will become known to the general public. It “leaks”.

So, at first, two deputy ministers (Sergei Ryabkov and Wendy Sherman), and now two ministers (Lavrov and Blinken) could not agree on anything breakthrough. But could they actually agree on something? Do they deserve such achievements?

In politics, as in cinema, there is a division into main and secondary characters. The main achievements (or main villainies) are the lot of the main characters of the film. If these main characters suddenly find themselves in the shadow of supporting characters, then the whole dramaturgy falls apart. The point of our Russian-American political dramaturgy is that the main characters in our “movie” are Putin and Biden. Only they can agree on something in the final. And the failure of the ministers is an obligatory item in the program on the way to this finale. Remember the obligatory outline of any good action movie? The closer the final, the stronger the tension. It would seem that there is no way out, a happy ending is impossible. But suddenly something happens, and by some miracle everything grows together.

Am I too carried away by cinematic analogies? Perhaps everything is actually much simpler and sadder. In principle, I am not trying to predict something or convince you and myself of the inevitability of a happy ending. I am trying to prove something completely different: if there is such a happy ending, then the current emotional roller coaster is its absolutely necessary condition. The gap between the positions of Russia and the collective West is too wide. To smooth and “sew” it, Putin and Biden need emotional tension. Only in the presence of fear – what will happen if a war starts ?! – the final political compromises will have the necessary moral legitimacy. This is the only way to make these compromises without destroying the base of its political support in the process (in the case of Biden; Putin has incomparably more freedom to maneuver).

Federal quote: “Russia will not rush to assess US response on guarantees, Peskov said. It’s a pity, it’s infinitely pity that, unlike a cinematic thriller, the “political thriller” that our life has become cannot be immediately skipped to a happy ending. But this is probably part of the price for the fact that we live not on the silver screen, but in real life.


Russia named scenarios for the development of relations with the West after receiving a response

“As long as there is imitation of dialogue, it provides time to consider the next steps”

The United States has given the Russian side a written response to Moscow's proposals in the field of European security. Although it is assumed that the text of this document is not subject to publication, apparently, no fundamentally new theses were made by Washington. We talked about the prospects for relations between Russia and its, as they say in diplomatic circles, “Western partners” with international relations expert Vladimir Frolov.

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— Only President Vladimir Putin knows this. The reaction of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov to the American and NATO written response leaves the head of state the opportunity to make a decision in one direction or another. As long as there is dialogue imitation, it provides time to think about the next steps.

— The choice is simple: either be satisfied with “secondary negotiations”, which are not bad, but the main problem for Russia of “Ukraine's withdrawal to the West” they don’t decide, and they will continue for a long time, and with an unpredictable result, and with new obligations of the Russian Federation not to place something and limit it on its territory … And here we need to think: do we need it?

The second option — “break the pattern” and solve the main problem ourselves: preventing the emergence of a strong but hostile Ukraine, integrating, if not into NATO, then into bilateral military alliances. This, however, can only be achieved by regime change in Kiev. The Kremlin has such a choice.

— Dont clear. At the same time, there is already information that Minister Lavrov is allegedly going to meet again next week with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Geneva. So far, however, this has not been confirmed.

— Productive new negotiations between diplomats can only be made by Putin's choice of the first of the above options. That is — minor meetings without solving the problem of Ukraine. However, it seems to me that this is not the choice to be made. Then the meeting between Lavrov and Blinken will again be a waste of time, just like the negotiations between the advisers of the —  "Normandy Format" in Berlin in two weeks.

If the Kremlin gives the go-ahead to “small” negotiations, then Lavrov and his deputy Sergei Ryabkov will quickly arrange everything. If this scenario is rejected, they will have to play for time.


“We will not allow Putin”: Kuleba named four ways to contain Russia

The Ukrainian Minister announced the main directions for working with Moscow

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba named four ways to contain the Russian Federation against the backdrop of the threat of its invasion of the republic, RBC-Ukraine writes.

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The first factor, from Kuleba's point of view, could be coordinated and consistent signals to Moscow that that her attack on Ukraine would fail and be met with stiff economic and political resistance from the West.

The second factor, as the minister emphasized, will be the preparation of economic restrictive measures against Russia. “We have heard many important and inspiring messages about the price Russia will have to pay. Unfortunately, these messages have recently been weakened due to public discussions about sanctions that will not be imposed against Russia,” the Ukrainian Foreign Minister said. According to Kuleba, this development inspires Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the Russian leader may come to the conclusion that the sanctions he may face will de facto be tolerable. The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry noted that Ukraine is counting on a consistent and very strong package of sanctions aimed at containing Russia.

Another factor Kuleba called the strengthening of cooperation between Kiev and other states in the military sphere.

< p>Fourth direction — support for the economic and financial stability of the republic, which the Russian government, according to the minister, is trying to undermine.

“If we succeed on all four points, we will succeed in this confrontation, we will not allow Putin to destroy the security of Europe” ;, — summed up the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

Meanwhile, the Russian side considers even the idea of ​​a military confrontation between Russia and Ukraine unacceptable. This was stated by Alexei Zaitsev, Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. According to an employee of the diplomatic department, Moscow has repeatedly stated that it has no intention to attack anyone.


The expert spoke about the danger of possible EU sanctions for Russia

“Sanction-mongering is a key EU element in containing Russia”

The European Union is considering imposing sanctions against Russia in the event of gas supply cuts, cyberattacks and a disinformation campaign as a tool to put pressure on background of the situation around Ukraine. This is reported by Bloomberg, citing unnamed European officials. The expert assessed the impact and danger of new anti-Russian penalties.


According to the agency, a possible sanctions package against the Russian Federation may also include a restriction on currency conversion, disconnecting the country from SWIFT, and bans on the import and export of goods and services.< /p>

Meanwhile, the German government and a number of European Union countries are asking politicians in Brussels and Washington to remove the Russian energy sector from the list of possible anti-Russian punitive measures and to ease all potential restrictions in the event of an escalation of the situation around Ukraine.

Minister of Economy and Vice Chancellor Germany Robert Habeck stressed at a briefing in Berlin that any possible sanctions against Russia would also affect the German economy.

“The situation in the international arena is seriously heated up,” Nikolai Topornin, Associate Professor of the Department of European Law at MGIMO, comments to MK. – This is due to the mythical possibility of a Russian attack on Ukraine. Western countries say that a large contingent of Russian troops is concentrated on the Russian-Ukrainian border, which can attack at any moment. From their point of view, the situation is threatening also because no one can predict the Kremlin's decision on this issue. Assurances from the president and foreign minister are not enough to reassure EU leaders.

Brussels expects the worst-case scenario. The Europeans have already convinced themselves that the probability of an attack is extremely high, which means that you need to prepare for this in advance. It is also necessary to somehow influence Moscow so that it understands its risks if the territorial integrity of Ukraine is violated. That is why there is a sanctions whipping up of passions. For the EU, this is a key element in containing the Russian Federation.”

Meanwhile, according to the expert, both the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov and the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of the country Oleksiy Danilov said that according to their data, there is no reason for panic, since nothing supernatural is happening, and the maneuvers of Russian troops on the border are of a normal nature. In addition, Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky assured citizens that there would be no war in 2022.

“On the other hand, Kiev is also not giving up,” continues Mykola Topornin. – The Ukrainian authorities do not call Washington, Brussels or Berlin and say that everything is calm at the border. They also need a certain amount of escalation in order to solve their problems.

For example, Ukrainians received from the European Union another package of macro-financial assistance in the amount of 1.2 billion euros. The Americans gave them either $200 million or $400 million, and now they are supplying weapons. Kiev uses this moment very competently.

Moreover, this false psychosis is not only gaining strength, but also has political inertia. The fears themselves are reduced. But since this mechanism is already running, it cannot be stopped immediately. It is necessary to make considerable efforts so that, at least, public opinion in the West calms down a little and returns to normal.

Plus, such an ultimatum behavior of Russia unites the European Union and NATO with Ukraine. This was facilitated, in particular, by Moscow's draft agreements on security guarantees, which stated that the Russian Federation would not tolerate the expansion of the North Atlantic Alliance to the East, the emergence of new military bases, etc.

As a result, Western countries are ready to rebuff Russia . Of course, they are not going to fight, they have no such intentions. However, they can help Ukraine defend its territorial integrity and independence just by imposing anti-Russian sanctions. And then they can manipulate them any way they want. Still, we are to a certain extent dependent on the EU: we supply oil and gas there, we get technology from there. Therefore, this is, of course, paramount for us.

At the same time, both Germany and France say that solutions and compromises must be sought through dialogue. Therefore, some positive signals are still present. But so far they are not enough to stop the anti-Russian political flywheel that has gained momentum.”


The Foreign Ministry appreciated the US responses to Russia’s ideas with the phrase “read, study”

Deputy Foreign Minister Grushko: Russia is going to study US and NATO security proposals Moscow is going to “read” and “study” the ideas put forward by the West, said Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko. According to the NATO Secretary General, the alliance will not refuse Ukraine, but offered Russia areas where cooperation is possible

Four fleets: which ships of Russia went to sea against the backdrop of aggravation with the United States

The ships of four Russian fleets went to sea for exercises – among them two missile cruisers, frigates and corvettes. Large-scale exercises are taking place against the backdrop of worsening relations with the United States, NATO and Ukraine. Where the ships went – in RBC video


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NATO Secretary General called on Russia to withdraw troops from Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Russia should withdraw troops from territories that the alliance considers belong to Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, noting that the Russian military are there without the consent of the authorities of these states. He said this during a briefing after giving Russia a response to its security proposals.

“Russia should refrain from threatening deployment of forces, aggressive rhetoric against NATO countries and other states. Russia must also withdraw its troops from Ukraine, from Georgia and Moldova,»,— Stoltenberg said. He added that Russian troops are “deployed there without the consent of these countries.”


Stoltenberg did not explain which troops and which specific areas of these countries are in question. NATO does not recognize the entry of Crimea into Russia, and does not consider the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR independent. In addition, the alliance regards Abkhazia and South Ossetia as part of Georgia. In addition, NATO considers Transnistria, where Russian peacekeepers are deployed, to be Moldovan territory.

During the briefing, Stoltenberg also said that, according to the bloc, progress with Russia is possible in three areas: the restoration of contacts between Russia and NATO; a real discussion of concerns, including Russian ones; conducting exercises.

The Alliance offered Russia to establish a direct line of communication and make maximum use of military contacts, as well as to restore offices in Moscow and Brussels.

After the responses to Russia's security proposals were handed over to Russia, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken also spoke. He stated that Washington is ready for negotiations in case of de-escalation and generally prefers the diplomatic way of resolving the conflict. In its response, the United States indicated areas where cooperation between the two states is possible, Blinken explained. According to him, the United States is ready to discuss with Russia the non-deployment of missiles in Ukraine, military exercises in Europe, arms control, transparency and risk mitigation measures. The Secretary of State also emphasized that the principle of “open doors” remains in NATO.

NATO and US responses to Russian proposals were received on Wednesday, they were brought by US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan.

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The deputy of the Rada said that the West is filling Ukraine with weapons in order to draw it into a war with Russia

Ilya Kiva said that the intensification of the supply of flying weapons from the West to Ukraine would not solve the issue of the country's defense capability, but could pave the way for bloody consequences.


Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Ilya Kiva said that the intensification of the supply of flying weapons from the West to Ukraine would not solve the issue of the country's defense capability, but could create ground for bloody consequences. He emphasized that the purpose of these actions is the war between Kiev and Moscow.

“Representatives of Western countries are preparing their diplomatic missions for evacuation and at the same time increasing the supply of weapons to Ukraine so that we can kill each other more effectively,” Kiva said in social networks.

He stressed that Western countries are trying to “systematically play off the Slavic peoples.” Because in the event that a military conflict occurs, then “neither an American nor an English soldier will die in Ukraine.” This mission will be given to Ukrainians and their children.

According to Kiva, such a policy could result in hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties, and “the country will face the loss of statehood and a final split.”


Kuleba assessed whether Russia has enough troops to “invade” Ukraine

Kuleba: Russia does not have enough forces to “invade” Ukraine, its goal is to “sow panic”

Russia has not concentrated enough force to 'invade' Ukraine to Ukraine, its main goal now — “spread panic”. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba, reports Reuters.

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CNN learned when the US will send a written response to Russia’s demands

CNN: White House may send response to Russia on security guarantees within 24 hours According to the channel's sources, the White House will give a written response to Russia's demands within 24 hours. At the same time, the response will indicate the areas in which the United States intends to work with Russia

The White House may send a written response to the US on Russia's proposed security guarantees within 24 hours. This is reported by CNN, citing sources.

“The Biden administration intends to send a written response to Russia to Moscow’s publicly disclosed concerns, as well as US proposals for further action, as early as Wednesday [difference between Washington and Moscow— 8 hours]»,— The channel said in a statement.

It is noted that the response will indicate areas in which the United States intends to work with Russia, including arms control, increased transparency, risk reduction, and the deployment of missile systems. According to CNN, the response will also contain “slightly more detailed” details than the US has publicly stated.

The Russian Foreign Ministry sent draft agreements on security assurances to the United States and NATO in December 2021. Among other things, they contained clauses on the non-expansion of the alliance to the east and on the refusal to accept former Soviet republics, including Ukraine, as members of the alliance. On January 10, 12 and 13, three rounds of negotiations between Russia and the United States, NATO and the OSCE took place. They ended without visible results, but the parties agreed to continue the dialogue.

On January 21, Foreign Ministers of Russia and the United States Sergei Lavrov and Anthony Blinken met in Geneva. Following the meeting, the United States promised to give a written response to Moscow's demands within a week. The deadline was also confirmed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

The day before, on January 25, Bloomberg reported that the US and the EU were jointly working on the content of Russia's written response to the issue of security guarantees. According to the source of the agency, the written appeal is unlikely to contain a detailed response to specific requirements. Instead, the White House will name areas in which the US and its allies are ready to “resolve” Russian questions. In addition, the United States intends to point out to Moscow its actions, which cause concern among NATO allies in Europe.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba also said that the US response to Russia's proposals for security guarantees would take into account the position of Ukraine . “Our position has been taken into account, and the proposals that the United States will send to Russia in parts of Ukraine do not raise our objections,” — the minister noted.

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U.S. hands over written responses to Russia on security guarantees

Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko received US Ambassador John Sullivan at his request. American diplomat delivered document with Washington's responses to Moscow's proposals

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US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan brought to the Foreign Office Washington's written response to Russian security proposals. This was reported on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

“During the meeting, the head of the American diplomatic mission handed over a written response from the US administration to the draft bilateral treaty on security guarantees previously presented by the Russian side,” — the message says.

According to Kommersant, Sullivan delivered two documents: one— from USA, second— from NATO.

The visit of the American ambassador to the Russian Foreign Ministry ended, the meeting lasted about half an hour, TASS reported. He left the Foreign Ministry building without comment.

A Bloomberg source said that the US response is likely to put forward ideas that the administration of US President Joe Biden has already identified as areas it is willing to work on with Russia, such as arms control and more transparent communications.

Earlier, CNN reported that the White House may send a written response to the United States on Russia's proposed security guarantees on January 26. According to the channel, the response will also contain “slightly more detailed” details than the United States publicly announced.

On December 17, 2021, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent proposals on security guarantees to the United States and NATO. They spoke about the non-expansion of the alliance to the east and the refusal to admit former Soviet republics, including Ukraine, to the alliance.

On January 10, 12 and 13, three rounds of negotiations between Russia and the United States, NATO and the OSCE took place. They ended without significant results, but the parties agreed to continue the dialogue.

Thus, on January 21, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US State Department Secretary Anthony met in Geneva Blinken. Washington promised to give a written answer within a week. The dates were also confirmed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that the US response would take into account the position of Ukraine. “The proposals that the United States will send to Russia in parts of Ukraine do not raise our objections,” — he emphasized.

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The United States spoke about the content of the responses to the demands of Russia

Blinken: US response to Russia's demands is a 'set of ideas', not a formal document The submitted response includes US concerns about Russia's actions and Washington's proposal for security guarantees, Blinken said

Anthony Blinken

The US response to Russian security assurance proposals includes US concerns about Russian actions and US proposals. This was announced by the head of the State Department, Anthony Blinken.

He added that Washington would not publish the document in order to have space for closed negotiations. According to him, the content of the document is consistent with what the United States has said publicly on this topic.

Blinken stressed that Washington will not compromise NATO's open door principle, as stated in Russia's written response. However, there are “positive points” in the document that can be worked on if Moscow is ready, he added.

The head of the State Department outlined areas where Washington sees an opportunity for progress in the negotiations: the arms control regime, including the issue of the deployment of missiles in Europe, as well as ways to increase transparency and stability.

Blinken stressed that Russia's written responses are more of a “set of ideas” rather than a formal negotiating document or proposal.

The decision on further steps remains with Russia, but the United States is ready for any scenarios, Blinken assured.

"In coordination with European partners, we continue to work on tough economic sanctions <…> We are developing a plan of action that can have a powerful impact and that will have a high price for the Russian economy and financial system, — he said.

He added that the United States and its allies are now discussing coordinating gas supplies to Europe in the event that Russia decides to use gas as a weapon by reducing supplies.

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan handed over Washington's written response to Russian security proposals.

A Bloomberg source reported that the American side's response would most likely refer to those areas over which The United States is ready to work with Russia, including on arms control and more transparent communication.

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