Europe paid for Russia for pumping oil through the territory of Ukraine

The Ukrainian side returned the money from Russia.

Oil pumping began along the southern branch of Druzhba in the direction of Hungary and Slovakia.

As it turned out, Hungary and Slovakia paid for the Russian side to resume the process.

According to RIA Novosti , according to the statement of Transneft, the pumping of oil begins at 16:00 (Moscow time) – the oil will come through the Druzhba pipeline, which runs through Ukrainian territory

Earlier, Transneft announced that it had paid for transit through the southern branch of the “Friendship” of Russian hydrocarbons for Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Soon, Ukraine refused to pay and returned the money to the Gazprombank account.

In response to the actions of Ukrtransnafta Europeans took unprecedented measures – they paid for the Russian side.

The Hungarian company MOL and the Slovak Slovnaft intervened. Thus, they circumvented the seventh package of sanctions imposed by the EU.

“Initially, the Russian Federation itself tried to pay for transit, but the payment did not go through due to sanctions, after which Ukraine stopped the pumping of oil. Well, what about the Europeans? They took and paid, do not freeze the same. For some reason, Europe agrees to sanctions in order to pay for everything later. Some kind of schizophrenia”, – ironic on the Web.

European companies explained that there were “technical problems in connection with payment from the Russian side at the level of banks.”

Ukraine confirmed that it had received payment for its transit through its territory.

As Topnews wrote earlier, in November 2021, Belarus cut off oil through the Druzhba pipeline. Poland turned out to be without supplies.


Estonian Prime Minister urged to deprive Russians of the “privilege” to visit Europe

Estonian Prime Minister Kallas urged to deprive Russians of the “privilege” to visit Europe After the events in Ukraine, the EU stopped air traffic with Russia. And while Russians are being issued Schengen visas, the countries with which Russia has open land borders — Finland, Estonia and Latvia — bear the burden, Kallas said

Kaja Kallas

The EU authorities should stop issuing entry visas to Russian tourists, said Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.

“Stop issuing tourist visas to Russians. Visiting Europe— it's a privilege, not a human right,” — she wrote on Twitter.

Kallas recalled that after the start of the military operation in Ukraine, the European Union closed air traffic with Russia. “This means that while the countries of the Schengen zone issue visas, the burden falls on the countries neighboring Russia” Finland, Estonia, Latvia, which are the only land entry points. It's time to end tourism from Russia right now, — Prime Minister said.

Estonia has previously called for a ban on the issuance of EU visas to Russians. Foreign Minister of the Republic Urmas Reinsalu proposed to include this measure in the next package of sanctions against Russia. According to him, the EU should “isolate even more” Russia due to the ongoing military operation in Ukraine.

Again, the issue of banning the issuance of visas to Russians Kallas raised after the statement of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The day before, he called on Western countries to close the borders for Russians for a year and impose a complete embargo on the purchase of Russian energy resources. The President believes that these measures will be stronger than previous sanctions and serve as “the only way to influence [Russian President Vladimir] Putin.”

By closing the borders, Zelensky said, one can “hold all population” Russia: its citizens must “live in their own world until they change their philosophy.”

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Deputy head of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev reacted to Zelensky's words. “The last time Adolf Hitler tried to implement such ideas in relation to an entire nation. Are there any more questions about the nature of Ukrainian power?»— he said.

The European Commission, in turn, ruled out a complete ban on issuing visas to Russians. “There are always groups of people who need to be given visas. These are humanitarian cases, family members [of EU citizens], journalists and dissidents,— noted in it. As explained in the EC, the Brussels sanctions are directed primarily against the Russian authorities and elites, and not against ordinary citizens. The Kremlin promised to respond in case of “emotional decisions” according to Schengen.

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Finland threatens holders of Finnish visas for traveling to Europe in transit

Finnish Foreign Ministry: Watching Russians who only use the Finnish Schengen for transit The Finnish Foreign Ministry is aware that some Russians use the Finnish Schengen only for transit to other European countries. The consular department of the department warned that it plans to “intervene” in this situation

Finland intends to limit “transit tourism” for Russians and in the future may refuse to issue new Schengen visas to those who used a previous entry permit to enter the country only to then go somewhere else, Jussi Tanner, head of the consular service of the Finnish Foreign Ministry, said in an interview with the Yle television and radio company.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country is already drawing attention to the fact that after the lifting of coronavirus restrictions, many Russians use the Finnish Schengen only to use it to enter other countries of the agreement, for example, to the Mediterranean Sea through Finland.

"We will intervene if the Russians start traveling around the Finnish Schengen somewhere else,— promised the head of the consular service.

In addition, the Finnish Foreign Ministry has already reduced the number of tourist visas issued to Russians, limiting the possibility of making an appointment at the country's diplomatic missions in Russia. Embassies and consulates now accept only 1,000 applications daily. Tanner warned that this number could be further reduced in the future.

Finnish visas give the right to travel to other Schengen countries (there are 26 in total), including most EU countries. However, if the visa issued by Finland is clearly used only for transit to another country, the applicant may be denied the next visa, Yle points out.

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More than half of the inhabitants of Finland are in favor of stopping the issuance of tourist visas to Russians, follows from a Yle survey conducted by the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation earlier. When asked whether Finland should stop issuing entry permits to Russian citizens, 58% of respondents answered positively, 24% voted in favor of continuing the issuance of permits, and another 18% of citizens found it difficult to answer.

Tanner also previously said that the Finnish authorities are considering six options for restricting tourism from Russia: a complete cessation of issuing visas, limiting the number of applications accepted, allowing entry only for a good reason (funeral, medical treatment, visiting relatives, etc.), cancellation of previously issued visas and the closure of passenger traffic.

The sixth option, which is supported by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs itself,— is to follow the policy of the European Union. “This issue [issuance of tourist visas in Russia] should be coordinated at the level of the EU and the Schengen countries,” — stated earlier and.about. Prime Minister of Finland, Minister for EU Affairs and Public Property Tytti Tuppurainen.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, commenting on Helsinki's plans, warned that if Finland refused to issue visas to Russians, Moscow would take retaliatory measures. Agency spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that this kind of “discriminatory political measure” may lead to increased tension in Europe.

Russia and the EU signed an agreement on a simplified visa regime, which implies a simplified procedure for processing documents for officials and entrepreneurs. On February 26, Brussels partially suspended its action due to Russia's special military operation in Ukraine.

The European Commission previously ruled out a complete cessation of issuing visas to Russians, as this is contrary to EU standards. However, they recalled that the countries of the association have the right to independently decide whether to issue a visa to enter the country or not.

The issuance of short-term Schengen visas to Russians in one way or another has already been limited by the visa centers of Belgium, Malta, the Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Estonia.

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“I was exhausted, I almost died.” How to get to Europe without planes and trains?

The system of penetration of our tourist into Europe is so far — you should travel by land through the border checkpoints of the EU states closest to us: Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Finland. From there, you can fly to any desired country with a low-cost airline. Also, many travel to Lithuania through Belarus — if you drive your own car, you will have to pay a tax in bank in advance: 29 Belarusian rubles (694 our re).

The rules are constantly changing and not for the better — Recently, Latvia began to oblige Russian citizens to sign a paper at the entrance condemning Russia's actions in Ukraine. Those who disagree are turned back.  I was advised not to travel by car — hot vacation time, giant traffic jams from cars" and buses stand for 8-10 hours: it is better to cross on foot. In the case of Finland, it does  — The Finnish authorities allow you to cross the border only by car or bicycle. Therefore, it is easier to follow through Ivangorod to the Estonian Narva, plus two points in the Kaliningrad region — Sovetsk and Chernyshevskoe, from where they pass to Lithuania. Personally, I chose the last option.

YLE: “Gazprom” began to burn gas that did not reach Europe

The Finnish edition writes about a huge torch on the border with Russia.

Due to a serious reduction in gas supplies to Europe via “Nord Stream” the company “Gazprom”, according to media reports, burns excess fuel.

Journalists estimate the scale as industrial.

According to the Finnish YLE, referring to NASA data and testimony According to eyewitnesses, a giant torch flared up near the Russian-Finnish border on June 17.

Not far from the place of fire is the impression station “Portovaya”, which provides gas pumping.

Torch visible on the other side of the border, the publication points out.

The NASA monitoring system has the same data, despite the fact that there were no other fires during this period.

As TASS specified, Gazprom introduced restrictions on blue fuel via Nord Stream, reducing volumes from 167 million to 67 million cubic meters per day at the beginning of summer.

The company said that the reason for this was a malfunction of the equipment

Therefore, two turbines that were serviced in Canada did not arrive on time.

As Topnews wrote, the other side said that the acceptance of the equipment “Gazprom” slows down itself, delaying customs documents.

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Medvedev responded to Stoltenberg’s words about the “most dangerous moment” in Europe

The story of Russia's victory will repeat itself, Medvedev said. So he responded to Stoltenberg's words that what is happening in Ukraine is the most dangerous time for Europe since World War II

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg forgot that Russia won the Second World War, now it will win in Ukraine, Deputy Security Council Head Dmitry Medvedev wrote on Telegram.

So he reacted to the statement of Stoltenberg, who called the conflict in Ukraine “the most dangerous situation since the Second World War.” The NATO Secretary General also noted that “Russia cannot be allowed to win.”

“He has a bad memory. I forgot who won then, in World War II. History will repeat itself,— Medvedev said.

The Kremlin did not agree with Stoltenberg's statement either. According to the press secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, the current situation “was ripening for several decades.” It was largely “provoked by the aggressive policy of NATO”; in relation to Russia, which brought its infrastructure closer to the country's borders, which created “additional dangers” for it; and required action, he said.

In addition, continued Peskov, “a threat to the world order and the situation in the world.” was the coup in Ukraine in 2014, “carefully staged, including by NATO countries.” “This is where the threat and danger to the world order comes from. Therefore, we do not agree with such a formulation of the issue by Mr. Stoltenberg, — he concluded.

Russia has been conducting a military special operation in Ukraine since February 24th. President Vladimir Putin said that the authorities intend to achieve “demilitarization and denazification” neighboring state, as well as to protect the inhabitants of Donbass from “genocide”.

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Ukraine, in response, severed diplomatic relations with Russia and introduced martial law. And Western countries began to tighten sanctions, in particular, they partially banned the supply of Russian oil and refused to import Russian gold. The Russian authorities consider these sanctions illegal, insisting that they primarily violate the interests of those who impose them.

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Abnormal heat in Europe

Anomalous heat continues in Western Europe. How do people escape the heat — in the photo feed.

Rescuers in Stralsund, Germany © Sauer/dpa/Global Look Press

Holidaymakers take shelter in the heat in Rome's Piazza del Popolo © Mamengni/XinHua/Global Look Press

Resting by the fountain at the Trocadero in Paris © Reuters/Sarah Meyssonnier/Reuters

Residents of the German city of Kiel relax in the 35-degree heat © Scholz/dpa/Global Look Press

A man drinks water at the Place du Trocadero in Paris © Reuters/Sarah Meyssonnier/Reuters

Vacationers on the Mediterranean coast in Fuengirola, Spain © Reuters/Jon Nazca/File Photo/Reuters

People fill bottles with drinking water on a hot day in Rome © Mamengni/XinHua/Global Look Press

Vacationers on the coast of the Baltic Sea in the German Haff Circle © Marks/dpa/Global Look Press

Hamburgers in the Plantin-un-Blomen fountain on a hot day © Charisius/dpa/Global Look Press

High fire risk warning sign in Richmond Park, London © Reuters/Toby Melville/Reuters

Berliners bathe in a lake in 33-degree heat © Koall/dpa/Global Look Press

A man drinks water at the Trocadero in Paris © Reuters/Sarah Meyssonnier/Reuters

Vacationers on the Mediterranean coast in Fuengirola, Spain © Reuters/Jon Nazca/File Photo/Reuters

People fill bottles with drinking water on a hot day in Rome © Mamengni/XinHua/Global Look Press

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Woman in the fountain at the Trocadero in Paris © Reuters/Sarah Meyssonnier/Reuters


The main weapon of Putin began to discuss in Europe

Inconsistent news of the week

While everyone was following the spy story of the attempted hijacking of a Russian combat aircraft, the flight of an American military aircraft with Nancy Pelosi on board, the extravagant sawing of a branch of a gas pipeline by Europe, on which she sits, an almost unnoticed event took place in Russia. Meanwhile, a cornerstone has been laid at the foundation of the country that is being reborn before our eyes.

President Biden: who is playing with fire? Photo: AP

One of my hated acquaintances told me that he had a special notebook in which he wrote down what he had lied to. For a while, this helped a lot, and this man even gained a reputation as almost a moral authority. But lies gained a critical mass, climbed out of all the cracks, like Mishka's porridge, and the person turned into an outcast when his deceit became obvious to everyone. The story of an attempt to bribe our pilot and hijack a plane from Russia to Ukraine is exactly the same. Investigative-loving liberal oppositionists have been saying for years that they are not against Russia, but against the regime. And then it turned out that their main “investigator” and moral authority, Khristo Grozev, was a soldier of the enemy. They are not fighting with Putin, they are fighting against the Russians, and the beautiful Russia of the future in their understanding is many, many small states that are Western colonies en masse. My friend, by the way, went through the pain of repentance and active repentance. Now he is doing well. I'm not sure if our liberals will succeed in the same thing: they have too strong, egocentrism is the basis of their worldview.

The clash of egocentrism and harsh reality could be observed at the very end of the week. Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi began her tour. She said she would fly to Taiwan. Like, it is necessary to support the democratic regime as opposed to the totalitarian communist China. But on the eve of the tour, an event took place that was breathtaking. Comrade Xi told Mr Biden that anyone who plays with fire is sure to get burned. It's not even a flick on the nose. This is a direct indication to America how it should behave. An instruction given at the level of dialogue between the two leaders of states. A severe blow to the pride and authority of the United States, which no one has ever dared to point out and which always and in everything behaved exactly as they wanted. Summed up egocentrism. Now Pelosi will turn to Taiwan (the tour was still going on when I write this) – America will begin to crumble under the inevitable blows (not directly military) of China. If he doesn’t show up, the political system will begin to crumble, because Trump will definitely and completely humiliate Grandfather. Moreover, the version that Biden is not real is still gaining popularity there – he doesn’t blink for an inhumanly long time during television broadcasts, and he looks too different in different photographs. Yes, and covid attacks him every other day.

In Europe, the EU political system has already begun to crumble. There is no unanimity on the issue of renunciation of Russian gas, and on the issue of sanctions in general, no matter how it is portrayed. It got to the point that the heads of the settlements of the German island of Rügen wrote a letter to the federal government in which they propose to launch … Nord Stream 2. Not even just a “SP”, for which the turbines will not be given away, but the “second” – Putin's “weapon” of the main caliber. Attempts to switch to gas from manure, which turned out to be successful in small villages, are unlikely, according to the German press, to save industry and big cities. It is also impossible to redistribute gas between different countries in winter – Poland and Portugal flatly refused to share. Cracks and fissures are no longer running just along the lines of state borders, but also within countries … But the most surprising thing is, of course, the European consistency: on the one hand, to say that we are supposedly reducing consumption and generally want to abandon Russian gas , and on the other hand, to be indignant that Russia is meeting these desires and turning the valve. Imagine a drug addict who tells everyone he is determined to quit, but yells like a victim when his dope supply is taken from him.

By the way, about Zelensky. The President of Ukraine and his wife starred in a world famous fashion magazine. And as expected, he caught a wave of negativity – both from ordinary citizens and from politicians at the level of American congressmen. The latter were outraged, as befits the Americans, by the misappropriation of their money. And ordinary people – the level of grief on the faces of the Zelensky couple. The grief was at the level of “our beloved pug died.” And this, it should be noted, speaks of who killed fifty “Azov” in the colony in Yelenovka much more than the fragments of the American missile from “Khimars” found on the spot and the invitation of international experts by Russia to investigate the strike.

Of course, seemingly small events inside Russia are not so noticeable behind all this. But in fact, they are no less important than victories at the front. It would seem, well, what is the significance of the words of Deputy Prime Minister Borisov that “in Russia they missed the transition to an industrial model for the production of satellites, a radical restructuring of processes is needed, moreover, under sanctions”? Huge. In the sense that the scheme “you can’t upset the bosses” breaks down. Admitting a mistake in public is not just progress. This is progress, progress. Or Mishustin assigns high-tech industries to vice-premiers. It's the same thing. After all, nothing prevented doing this before (in fact, it did, but with the beginning of the NWO, he emigrated from Russia).

But for me personally, the main event of the week was the decision of the Ministry of Education that from September 1 in all schools of the country will hold a weekly ceremony of raising the State flag. Someone snorts: that's nonsense! And you go up to anyone who caught the pioneers and withstood the torture of capitalism, and say: “Be ready!” The answer bounces off the teeth.


Kneissl said that Europe is losing its importance more and more

According to the ex-Foreign Minister of Austria, the Europe in which she grew up no longer exists. “Deep-rooted Eurocentrism” and ignorance of reality have put the mainland “in a very dangerous situation,” she says webp 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

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Europe is becoming more and more irrelevant, said former Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl in an interview with Asia Times.

“Demographically and, unfortunately, politically too. And now I am writing a book under the working title “Requiem for Europe”, because the Europe in which I grew up and the Europe to which I was devoted ceased to exist, — she said.

According to Kneisl, European politicians and officials underestimate the importance of geopolitical thinking. “When I was Foreign Minister [of Austria], I was annoyed by the lack of genuine geopolitical thinking among my colleagues. And even if they do not have the ability for geopolitical thinking, then at least they should have a person on their staff who has this understanding. But it is not there, and it is naive,— noted the former Foreign Minister.

Now, she believes, this is becoming “a very dangerous situation”; due to Europe's disregard for “reality, geographic reality, commodity reality, the foundations of diplomacy.”

Kneissl drew attention to “deeply rooted Eurocentrism.” “We believe that we are so good that no one can do without us. We pay the best price [for energy], so we have to get large volumes, which is nonsense. This has been nonsense for at least two decades. But it is so regrettable to observe that ignorance and arrogance— this is a dangerous combination— saved»,— noted the ex-minister.

Kneisl headed the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2017 to 2019 in the government of Sebastian Kurz. She took this post under the quota of the far-right Freedom Party, which maintains close ties with Russia. In December 2016, United Russia and the Freedom Party signed an agreement “on interaction and cooperation aimed at the exchange of experience between Russia and Austria in the field of economy, trade and investment.”

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In June 2021, Kneisl joined the board of directors of Rosneft. However, in May of this year, after the European Parliament called for sanctions against her, she left the company.

In early July, the ex-minister announced “threats to kill” and the decision to leave Austria.

The ex-Foreign Minister has repeatedly called for a dialogue with Russia against the backdrop of its confrontation with the West. “We need to keep talking. When I spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, I always had a feeling of dialogue. It is just that the USA and Europe lack it, which actually repeat the same thing over and over again, — Kneissl said in February 2020. She also stated that the Western countries did not try to negotiate with Russia, but “always answered with silence”; her.

Kneissl rose to prominence in Russia after Vladimir Putin visited her wedding to businessman Wolfgang Meilinger in 2018 and danced with her.

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Bloomberg learned about Moscow’s plans to “continue pressure” on Europe for gas

Russia is using supply disruptions to encourage European countries to “rethink painful sanctions,” Bloomberg sources say. The Kremlin has repeatedly stressed that they do not use gas as a political tool alt=”Bloomberg learned of Moscow's plans to 'continue pressure' on Europe on gas” />

Russia is likely to keep gas supplies to the European Union at a minimum, increasing pressure on it due to sanctions, sources told Bloomberg.

As the agency writes, officially the Russian authorities called the reasons for the reduction in gas pumping to Europe that “Gazprom”; did not receive a turbine from repair in Canada, as well as the documents necessary for the import of the unit. However, in reality, Moscow is using supply disruptions to encourage European countries to “revise painful sanctions” and a position to support Ukraine, Bloomberg interlocutors say.

They expect the Kremlin and Gazprom to “will continue to find reasons” to reduce supplies, preventing European consumers from increasing the volume of purchased gas they need for the winter.

At the same time, one of the agency's sources noted that there really are technical problems that Moscow announced. However, Gazprom could still supply more gas via Nord Stream 1, postponing routine turbine maintenance, he said. But this has already created additional risks for the operation of the pipeline, and given the tough position of Europe regarding the events in Ukraine, Russia sees no reason to take such a step, the source of the agency explained.

RBC turned to Gazprom for comment.

“Gazprom” reduced supplies via Nord Stream 1 in mid-June, explaining the decision by the fact that he did not receive a Siemens turbine from Canada. The country imposed sanctions against Russia, but later, after a request from Berlin, agreed to transfer the unit to Moscow. However, then, as Gazprom reported, there were problems with the documents on the turbines. According to the company, the papers received from Canada do not remove sanctions risks and only “raise additional questions.”

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In addition, on the eve of July 25, Gazprom stopped another Siemens gas turbine engine, due to which the daily volume of gas pumping from July 27 will be 33 million cubic meters. m (20% of the gas pipeline's design capacity).

In the European Union, Germany and Siemens believe that Russia has reduced supplies not for technical, but for political reasons. The Kremlin denied these accusations more than once. According to the press secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, the situation is “critical” complicate sanctions against Russia. “If there were no such restrictions, <…> all repair work, and warranty, and repair, and service work would be carried out in the usual, routine, operational manner, without leading to such situations that we see now, — he noted.

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German authorities compared the launch of Nord Stream 2 with the capitulation of Europe

The issuance of a permit to launch Nord Stream 2 will increase Europe's dependence on Russian fuel, which cannot be allowed, said the Vice Chancellor of Germany. He supported the agreement of the EU countries to temporarily reduce gas consumption by 15% =”The German authorities compared the launch of Nord Stream 2 with the capitulation of Europe” />

Neither Germany nor the European Union allow the possibility of commissioning the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, despite concerns about fuel supplies, German Vice Chancellor, Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck said at a meeting in Brussels.

According to the minister, if European regulators approve the launch of the pipeline, this will increase Europe's dependence on Russian gas. “This is in direct contradiction to what we have been working on here for the past six months, — and, of course, it is also a surrender with all the sanctions that we have taken, — said Habek (quote from the Sueddeutsche Zeitung).

Khabek called the reduction in gas supplies via Nord Stream 1 “Kremlin's strategy”. On the eve of Gazprom announced that it is decommissioning another Siemens gas turbine engine for the pipeline at the Portovaya compressor station, due to which the daily volume of gas pumped from July 27 will be 33 million cubic meters. m (20% of the design capacity of the gas pipeline). Prior to this, the Russian company twice reduced the volume of pumping through Nord Stream; due to the fact that one Siemens turbine that was being repaired in Canada could not return to Russia due to sanctions, and another had to be stopped for repairs.

“I believe that” Gazprom ” is no longer the master of his own decisions,»— said Habek (quoted from Oe.24), calling the situation around Nord Stream 1 and turbines for him a farce: “Everything is politicized, the agreements are no longer respected.” Russia has previously rejected accusations that the Nord Stream 1 supply cut caused by political reasons.

According to Habek, the agreement of the EU countries to reduce gas consumption by 15% by the end of March next year was “a strong signal to all those who mock the EU and those who despise it.”

“Nord Stream-2″— gas pipeline from Russia to Europe across the Baltic Sea. It consists of two lines with a length of more than 1.2 thousand km each. The project budget was estimated at €9.5 billion. The construction of the pipeline was complicated by US sanctions, it was completed in September 2021.

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After the Russian authorities recognized the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, Germany suspended the certification of the gas pipeline. Due to the start of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, the operator of the Nord Stream 2 project was under US sanctions, the company's executive director Matthias Warnig was included in the SDN sanctions list, which provides for the blocking of assets and isolation from the dollar system. Authorities in Switzerland, where Nord Stream 2 was headquartered, said the company had laid off all employees and must file for bankruptcy.

Habek criticized Nord Stream 2 and before the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine, calling the project a geopolitical mistake in Germany. On July 22, he said that launching the pipeline was “categorically impossible.”

The proposal to launch the pipeline to resolve the energy crisis was earlier voiced by Russian President Vladimir Putin. He said that he raised this topic in a conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, but he considered the idea inappropriate, because there are “more important questions”.

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Putin gave a terrible prophecy to Europe

News of the week destroyed the usual picture of the world

Of course, it is very easy to blame Russia for the fact that with the start of a military operation, the world plunges into madness and flies into hell. The fact that this is a false accusation is easily proven by simple mental effort.


In Firstly, it is worth remembering that the world is not only the USA, Canada, a little old Europe and Australia, but many, many other things, all sorts of countries and continents.

Secondly, it is worth understanding that it is not the world that is collapsing, but the familiar and therefore seemed to many a normal picture of the world. But all the same politicians of all the same countries were doing the same thing before the special operation, they were exactly the same. Just now, as if under a flare on a night battlefield, it became clear where the real tank is and where the inflatable model is – where is the conservative reality, and where is the liberal illusion.

“The winter turned out to be long, there was no wind, that's all,” this Putin phrase, said by him during a visit to Iran, claims to be the phrase of the week. It is not just about illusions: “They are great experts in the field of non-traditional relations, so in the field of energy they also decided to rely on non-traditional types of energy.” Note that a bet that does not take into account reality (“a green transition” is certainly possible, but not at a gallop) was made only for the sake of the Greta Thunberg liberal trend, many years before the CBO. This phrase is also a terrible prophecy. Because if you figure out what “that's all” is, it becomes scary for ordinary Europeans. At best, these are popular uprisings. This is not my idea, this is the opinion of German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock: “If we don't get a gas turbine, then we won't get more gas. We will not be able to provide any support to Ukraine at all, because we will be busy with popular uprisings!”.

Rear Admiral, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby called Putin's visit to Iran a demonstration of Russia's isolation. Do you think that because of the SVO his logic broke down, or did the American view of the world simply become visible? Where is, as mentioned above, the United States and a bit of Europe, and all the rest are chukhomors?

Meanwhile, after Putin's visit, the commander of the Iranian ground forces, Brigadier General Kiyumars Heydari, said on July 19 that Iran has “technologies for the production of advanced drones” that “can be used over long distances, as well as for reconnaissance and strikes abroad” and Iran has already prepared weapons and equipment for export to “friendly countries”. Here, by the way, one of the “militarist” telegram channels posted a sign comparing our Orion UAVs and the Iranian Shahed-129. And wow, in terms of dimensions, practical ceiling and range, they are identical.

Interestingly, when Putin said at a profile meeting last week that now Rostec (and drones are his domain) would complain about the lack of funding, but he “knows what is happening there” – what did he mean?

Even in the week it was possible to observe that insanity is treatable. For example, the European Union has amended sanctions against Russia. Now the Russian state-owned companies Rosneft and Gazpromneft will be able to supply oil to third countries. How is it? It just dawned on me that the winter could actually be long. And if you buy Russian oil not from Russia, but in third countries, then theoretically you can eat a fish and not choke on a bone. Poland managed to refuse Russian gas, receiving Russian gas from Germany. And Russian titanium was not sent under sanctions (so that the aircraft industry would not stand up) and at the same time sanctions were eased for the aviation industry in Russia (suddenly it will be possible to fly over Russia again – because if bypassing, then the losses are exorbitant).

But, of course, the most striking example is the grain agreements. True, behind the political brilliance – the “civilized world” managed to force Russia to “liberate” Ukrainian grain – few people noticed the harsh reality. And the reality is that Russia has received the full right to military blockade of Ukrainian ports (in the sense of not allowing warships and ships with a cargo of weapons), with which both the UN and Ukraine agreed. The reality is that nothing prevents Russia from engaging in further demilitarization of ports (well, of course, the Black Sea region in general). After the Caliber strike on military facilities in the port of Odessa, even The New York Times wrote: the UN said that technically Russia did not violate the grain deal by striking Odessa. The reality is that in monetary terms, and in terms of weight in the region, Erdogan received the main gain – Turkey will buy Ukrainian grain below the market (it will be able to satisfy its grain needs on more favorable terms than other countries, writes the Sabah newspaper). And how this will affect the food crisis in the world is still worth seeing.

But what will definitely have an impact is the memorandum signed by Russia and the UN on UN assistance in the supply of Russian agricultural products and fertilizers to the world market. Simply put, the sanctions will have to be adjusted or even lifted.

Well, here, at the end of the week, the fighters against corruption, Putin's dictatorship and, in general, for everything good, against everything bad, finally “revealed”. The brainchild of the now imprisoned “fighter” – the pseudo-trade union “Alliance of Teachers” – transferred abroad and to the SBU the stolen personal data of Russian teachers leaving to work in the DPR and LPR. And openly, and even boasting: “These teachers are occupiers. They don’t care about their personal data”, “Probably, for the SBU, teachers are not the most interesting object, but suddenly the data will come in handy for something.” Deputy Khinshtein wrote: “This is nothing more than a public confession in cooperation with a foreign intelligence service and in committing actions that directly threaten the security of Russian citizens. Corresponding requests to the Prosecutor General's Office and the FSB will be sent by me on Monday.” I hope Comrade Major will not let you down. And then there is another oppositionist, a protégé of Smart Voting, a district deputy Helga Pirogova, dirtyly insulted the dead Russian soldiers, as if she dumped her from Russia after initiating a criminal case against her. Amazing, right? If you overdue alimony – you won’t fly anywhere, but if a criminal case is initiated – please.

There is something to work on – there is no end to it. Under the flares it became much better visible.


Poland has promised to create the strongest NATO ground forces in Europe

Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak assured that the republic will have the strongest ground forces among European NATO countries

Mariusz Blaszczak

Poland will have the strongest ground forces among European NATO countries, said the Minister of Defense of the Republic, Mariusz Blaszczak, in an interview with Sieci, excerpts from which were published by the portal wPolityce.

“Polish Armed Forces must be so numerous and strong that their existence deterred the aggressor. <…> Both in terms of artillery and armored forces, in the final analysis, there will be no stronger country in Europe. We will have the strongest ground forces among European NATO countries,— Blaszczak assured, answering the question whether the country would be able to repel the attack.

He recalled that Poland purchased American Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems back in 2018. At the end of May of this year, Blaszczak announced that he had ordered six more Patriot batteries. The day before, the minister wrote on Twitter that deliveries of Patriot elements, including PAC-3 MSE missiles and IBCS fire control systems, continue.

Warsaw also acquired the British Sky Saber air defense system, the head of the Ministry of Defense announced its receipt in early July.

“Finally, we have our own Piorun [Polish portable anti-aircraft missile systems], which have proven themselves in Ukraine,” — he noted.

In early March, U.S. European Command announced that the United States would move two Patriot batteries to Poland “in a proactive manner to counter any potential threats to the U.S., allied forces, and NATO territory.” They assured that the batteries would be transferred under Article 5 on NATO collective defense (it means that an attack on one of the NATO members will be considered as an attack on all NATO members). Later, the Pentagon explained that the Patriot would be placed in Poland temporarily.

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In early April, the republic purchased 250 Abrams tanks from the United States. The first combat armored vehicles have already arrived for military training, the Polish defense minister said in mid-July. The value of the contract is $4.75 billion. Deliveries are scheduled to be completed in 2026.

Poland is ranked 24th in the ranking of the strongest armies in the world according to Globalfirepower. The index takes into account more than 50 factors, including not only the number of military and equipment, but also logistical capabilities and geography. The number of military in Poland is estimated at 152 thousand people, the country has 863 tanks, 4786 armored vehicles, 609 self-propelled artillery installations and 197 multiple rocket launchers.

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Putin proved to Europe that she whipped herself

The Kremlin has staged an Italian strike for the West

Until now, only one creature in history was thought to have managed to “flog itself by mistake”: Gogol's non-commissioned officer's widow. But now this “record” has been broken. In the course of his communication with the press in Iran, Vladimir Putin proved this convincingly.

And who is this lucky (or, conversely, unlucky) record holder? Of course, Europe, which, according to the logic of the Kremlin, absolutely vainly accuses Russia of strangling it in the grip of an energy blockade.

Who, then, is to blame for the fact that the European Union, which has declared economic war on Moscow, is now suffocating due to a lack of gas (yes, yes, this can also happen)? It is known who, “non-traditional relations” – this time not between people of the same sex, but in the sphere of political decision-making regarding the energy sector.

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Are you a little confused? Don't worry, everything will become very clear to you now.

The President of the Russian Federation is asked: “Vladimir Vladimirovich, a serious energy crisis is approaching Europe… Tell me, please, is Russia justly blamed for this energy crisis?”

The President of the Russian Federation replies: “I don’t know if it’s worth going into details about the energy policy of European countries that have neglected the importance of traditional types of energy and have relied on non-traditional ones. They are great experts in the field of non-traditional relations, so in the field of energy they also decided to rely on non-traditional types of energy.

How politely worded! Not a single word that could be construed as disrespectful to the “great specialists in the field of non-traditional relationships.”

There is, however, one “but”. When, in 1962, Nikita Khrushchev made his famous visit to the Manege for an exhibition of avant-garde artists, he also spoke there about adherents of “non-traditional relations.” And as a politician, much less refined than Putin, he did it using much less intelligent vocabulary – for example, one common word for the letter “p”.

And this is the suspicion that gnaws at me: the meaning of the signal that Vladimir Vladimirovich sent from Iran to the “European partners” is not very different from what Nikita Sergeevich 60 years ago stated in plain text to the then experimenters in the field of art. But simply sending “partners” on a long and exciting “erotic journey” is not Putin's style. Putin's style is to ensure that this “journey” has a sobering and healing effect for the “partners”.

There is such a thing as the “Italian strike”. Here is its scientific definition: “A form of protest, in which the employees of the enterprise strictly fulfill their official duties and rules, not stepping back from them and not going beyond them … This method of strike struggle is very effective, since it is almost impossible to work strictly according to the instructions.”

Now compare this definition with the following public reflections by Putin on the return of the notorious Siemens turbine from Canada: “Now we are told that we will soon receive this machine from Canada, but Gazprom has no official documents on this yet. Of course, we must get them, because this is our property, this is the property of Gazprom. “Gazprom” must receive not only metal, not only a car, but also documents for it, and legal documents, and technical documentation. We must understand what Gazprom takes, in what condition the car arrived and what is its legal status: it is under sanctions, not under sanctions, what to do with it, tomorrow, maybe they will take it back. But that's not all.”

Are you sure it's not all, Vladimir Vladimirovich? If I were Russia's “European partner”, then at the sound of Putin's words “that's not all” it would cost me a lot of effort not to instantly turn gray.

But Putin really has “not everything yet”: “The fact is that at the end of July, in my opinion, on the 26th, in my opinion, this should be asked from Gazprom, also for maintenance work, for repairs should be another car sent.

Where can we get the refurbished ones? It is completely incomprehensible.

And another machine has already failed, because some kind of internal lining has fallen off, Siemens confirmed this.

Now you are convinced that Russia has nothing to do with the “gas famine” in Europe, that this “hunger” is a direct result of the fact that the EU flogged itself? I'm sure you've made sure. Putin's arguments in favor of this theory (I have given here only a part of such arguments) can be called quite exhaustive. yeah, just a coincidence. In the end, should adherents of traditional relationships get moral satisfaction from the fact that adherence to non-traditional relationships leads somewhere wrong?

And here we are talking not only about moral, but also about quite a material pleasure. The last quote from GDP in this text: “Look, the year before last, in the first half of the year before last, gas in Europe cost 100 euros per 1000 cubic meters. In the first half of last year – 250. Today, these days – 1,700 euros for 1,000 cubic meters.

In short, traditions are our everything. To comply with them, as Putin has just proved, is easier, cheaper, and more pleasant.


IEA names five measures to reduce gas consumption in Europe

The head of the agency urged to take additional steps in this direction and prepare for a “hard winter”, pointing out the risk of a complete reduction in gas supplies from Russia

The International Energy Agency (IEA) called on Europe to take immediate measures to reduce consumption gas, according to the report of the head of the organization, Fatih Birol.

IEA— body within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The agency performs an advisory function— provides analytics and policy advice in the energy sector.

He noted that higher prices have already naturally contributed to lower consumption, but “significant additional reductions are needed to prepare Europe for a difficult winter.” According to Birol, in the next three months it is necessary to save about 12 billion cubic meters. m of gas (annual consumption in the European Union, according to various estimates, is approximately 300-400 billion cubic meters). He urged not to rely on supplies from other countries: they will not be enough to compensate for the lack of Russian gas.

“Russia's latest moves to further squeeze natural gas supplies to Europe, along with other recent supply disruptions” a wake-up call for the European Union»,— Birol warned, urging EU countries “not to waste a day” while filling up gas storages.

He proposed five measures that Brussels could take to prepare for winter:

  • create auction platforms to encourage businesses to reduce consumption;
  • reduce consumption in the energy sector;
  • improve coordination between gasification and electricity operators, including on the issue of peak loads— this will help to minimize the negative consequences of reducing consumption;
  • stimulate the reduction of gas consumption in everyday life, change the habits of the population;
  • improve planning both at the state and at the pan-European level.

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According to two sources from the Financial Times, there was a discussion in Brussels over the weekend about whether to introduce consumption reduction regulations for member countries.

Earlier on July 18, Reuters reported that Gazprom announced force majeure on gas supplies to Europe to at least one major consumer. According to the source of the agency, we are talking about supplies to Germany via Nord Stream. In June, the company has already reduced pumping through this gas pipeline by 40%, and then by another third, citing a delay in the return of Siemens gas compressor turbines from repairs. They are produced in Canada and could not be returned due to sanctions.

Germany, which has experienced the most tense gas situation due to the reduction in supplies from Russia, asked Canada to return the turbine. Ottawa agreed to transfer it to Berlin, which, in turn, will send it to Russia.

Now supplies via Nord Stream completely suspended due to scheduled repairs, which will last until July 22. At Gazprom On July 13, they refused to predict the further development of the situation with the pipeline.

The situation with gas has worsened not only in Germany. In April, Russia introduced a payment mechanism in rubles for unfriendly countries, after which many states refused Russian gas, supplies there stopped. The state of emergency in the energy sector was introduced by Hungary, and Denmark and the Netherlands have the first level of the emergency warning regime.

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Borrell urged Europe to “be patient” and pointed to Russia’s losses from sanctions

Europe must show strategic patience to wait for the full manifestation of the consequences of sanctions for Russia, said Josep Borrell /756580675810952.jpg” alt=”Borrell urged Europe to “be patient” and pointed to Russia's losses from sanctions” />

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The consequences of sanctions for Russia may not be too noticeable at the moment, but in the long term they will prove effective in the long run, so Europe must show strategic patience, European diplomat Josep Borrell said in a blog post on the EU website.

“We have no other choice. To allow Russia to gain the upper hand would be to allow it to destroy our democracies and the very foundation of the rules-based international world order. he wrote.

Borrell notes that some of the consequences of the sanctions are visible now, but they will be fully visible in the long term. In particular, according to him, the ban on the supply of semiconductors to Russia limits the production of high-precision missiles in the country. The politician noted that this is of decisive importance in the fighting in Ukraine. In the medium term, thanks to the sanctions, Russia will be in scientific, economic and technological isolation, says Borrell.

Earlier, Borrell said that cutting off Russian energy resources, which Europe is striving for, creates serious difficulties for the EU countries, but this is “the price we must pay for protecting our democracy and international law, and we are taking the necessary measures to solve these problems in solidarity.

He noted that the Russian side miscalculated, thinking that the EU would not dare to impose serious sanctions because of its dependence on its energy resources. In addition, Borrell said that Russia in the field of technology is more dependent on the United States and Europe than on China.

Since the end of February, after the start of military operations in Ukraine, the EU has imposed six packages of sanctions against Russia, including partial an oil embargo, a freeze on Central Bank assets, a ban on financial transactions, sectoral restrictions, and personal sanctions against the political elite and businessmen.

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Russian authorities consider Western sanctions illegitimate. President Vladimir Putin called them “crazy and thoughtless”; and also said that only the direct losses of the European Union “from the sanctions fever” for the coming year may exceed $400 billion. Putin said.

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Medvedev said that Europe “was riddled with diarrhea”


Deputy head of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev published a message on the topic of transit to the Kaliningrad region in his telegram channel. Earlier on Wednesday, the European Commission clarified transit restrictions, in particular, indicated that, with a number of reservations, the transit of sanctioned goods to and from Kaliningrad through the EU is allowed. In Lithuania, they said they support the updated EC rules and are committed to preventing violations of EU sanctions.

Medvedev believes that with these clarifications “the EU reluctantly recognized that the requirements for transit to OUR Kaliningrad region are fair” (author's spelling).

In his opinion, there was a “rare case” victories "holes of the mind" over “cretinism and cave Russophobia”.

Or, in his opinion, there may be another explanation for the decision made in Europe: “I got diarrhea from fear of losing a profitable transit.”


Europe demonstrates “turbo fatigue” from Ukraine

The constant reproaches of official Kyiv cause natural irritation

Despite all the requests, threats and tantrums of the Ukrainian side, Canada will still return the gas turbine for Nord Stream 1 to Russia after repairs.

For a whole month, official Kyiv bombarded Europeans with almost daily statements: “If the Canadians decide to transfer the turbine, it doesn’t matter to Gazprom or Germany, so that it passes it on, this will be a precedent when the two G7 countries bypass the sanctions imposed against Russia.” “There are seven turbines, this is just one of them, and the ones that are working now are enough for full power.” Here we must take into account that in Canada there is a super influential Ukrainian diaspora (it is the third country in the world in terms of the Ukrainian population). But Kyiv has achieved only a formal curtsy. Canada, where the turbine was repaired, will not transfer it directly to Russia, but first to Germany. And the German minister explained that he asked Canada about this with a “heavy heart.”

What is so burdensome to the German “heart” is understandable. Having not received back its own turbine after scheduled maintenance at the plant in Montreal, Gazprom predictably reduced gas pumping from 167 million to 100 million cubic meters. m, and then up to 67 million cubic meters. m of gas per day. And winter is ahead. And if the Ukrainian authorities have already warned their citizens about reducing the average winter temperatures in their homes from 20 to 16 degrees, the German authorities are not ready for this.

In Europe, the constant reproaches of Ukrainians for insufficient solidarity and assistance have already become rather annoying. Several videos have already been published, where the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany Melnyk (who became famous for calling the German Chancellor Scholz an “offended liver sausage”) “Melnik, get out.” And the incident itself, it turns out, was continued at the highest official level. As you know, Scholz became a “sausage” after he did not go to Kyiv after the Ukrainian authorities refused a visit to German President Stanmeier for his “close ties” with Russia. But only now has the German publication Spiegel become aware of how long and unpleasantly Zelensky had to justify himself to the German authorities for this blatant faux pas. Moreover, the Ukrainian president first tried to shift all the blame on his subordinates. In response, the German president allegedly said that he had all the correspondence regarding the cancellation of the visit before his eyes. “Please spare yourself and me the trouble of reading all this now,”

On Saturday, July 9, in an interview with CNN, Zelensky blamed the United States for insufficient assistance. He also demanded that Ukraine be admitted to NATO.

The matter has not yet reached the cancellation of visits. But as if without this I didn’t have to apologize again.


El País learned about NATO’s plans for the largest deployment in Europe in 30 years

NATO may decide during the Madrid summit to increase the number of troops stationed in Europe, which will be the bloc's largest deployment since the end of the Cold War. Countries close to Russia are asked to form divisions

NATO countries during the upcoming summit will discuss a possible strengthening of the alliance's presence in Europe, if approved, the number of military personnel deployed on the continent of the bloc will be the largest since the end of the Cold War, El País writes, citing sources.

“Some countries want to move from the current presence in the east of the alliance, consisting of battle groups, to brigades, & mdash; informed interlocutors of the newspaper reported.

Currently, the combat groups stationed in Eastern Europe number from 1-1.6 thousand military, the brigade formation implies an increase in their number at least twice, the newspaper writes. New units can also be armed with more sophisticated weapons, they will be given greater autonomy of action. Members of the alliance closer to Russia insist on the need to form divisions under the command of generals, the number of soldiers in it can reach 15 thousand.

Discussions on the largest deployment took place on Saturday, June 25, at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, El País sources said. According to them, the countries of the bloc intend to update the provisions of the “Position of Defense and Deterrence”, based, in particular, on the set of weapons and troops available to NATO to respond to potential security threats to the Euro-Atlantic region. The Alliance thus intends to demonstrate its readiness to protect its members, the newspaper writes.

El Pa&iacute's sources also noted that the new NATO strategic concept, which is planned to be adopted at the summit, actually “buries ties” with Russia, which have developed until recently. Unofficially, the document is already called the “Madrid Concept”, they note.

In the current strategic concept “Active participation, modern defense” (2010), in relation to Russia, it was said that the country “does not pose any threat”, and cooperation with official Moscow was recognized as “strategically significant”. The new version of the document classifies Russia as a direct and immediate threat due to fear of aggression against members of the alliance, El País interlocutors told.

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NATO's Strategic Concept defines the alliance's long-term strategy. It outlines NATO's goals and fundamental security objectives, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing the Alliance. The NATO Summit will be held in Madrid next week — from 28 to 30 June.

Alliance officials have spoken about changing NATO's strategic concept at the Madrid summit more than once. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called the forthcoming document “the basis for the era of strategic rivalry.” The U.S. representative to the alliance, Julianne Smith, said: “We basically agree that Russia is the top challenge, the top threat that NATO is currently facing.” The White House announced “broader balance-of-power announcements.”

At the same time, the United States, NATO and other European countries have repeatedly stated that they do not want a military confrontation with Russia. US President Joe Biden pointed out that such a scenario would lead to a world war. This, in particular, he explained the decision not to send US troops to Ukraine. At the same time, after the start of the special operation in Ukraine, NATO reinforced its military contingent in a number of Eastern European countries— Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. Bloomberg sources said that Germany intends to increase the number of alliance military deployed in the Baltics.

Russia, for its part, accuses NATO and the United States of ignoring key security issues. In early February, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow was “thrown, well, just deceived”; in connection with the broken promise not to expand the alliance to the east. He called Russia’s special operation in Ukraine in early May a “preemptive rebuff,” since Western countries were supplying weapons to Kyiv and everything indicated that “a clash with neo-Nazis, Bandera, on whom the United States and its younger partners staked, would be inevitable.”

NATO denied Russia's promises not to expand the alliance to the east. “There is no solution anywhere in which the NATO countries agreed to abandon what is written in the founding NATO treaty, the Washington Treaty” — explained Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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Pushkov caustically answered Johnson about the establishment of a “new energy” in Europe


Russian Senator Alexei Pushkov commented in his Telegram channel on the statements of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson regarding Western attempts to abandon energy “dependence” from Russia and “find hydrocarbons somewhere else.”

“Somewhere else”, if Johnson is not in the know, there is no free and affordable carbon fuel. Establishment of “new energy” in Europe will be extremely painful for many countries and will require many years of restructuring,” Pushkov wrote.

The member of the Federation Council cited Hungary as an example and added that it was not by chance that the authorities of this country refused to follow this path.


Putin issues final warning to Europe

The news of the week reminded us of Phoebe's run from Friends

In Friends – and during the week, due to a number of events, it was fashionable to remember how young we were – so Phoebe was on Friends. And she ran very funny – her arms, legs and head in the process wrote out a pretzel and dangled as they had to. Here in our week the whole world (well, okay, not all, but the parts we are interested in) was like that Phoebe on the run.


Let's start from the ocean. There, it seemed, the transformation into Sodom and Gomorrah was going on, nothing foreshadowed trouble. First, Jennifer Lopez, speaking at a concert in Los Angeles, called her daughter on stage and addressed her as “they”. That is, the girl thinks that she is not a girl. But not a boy either. Unknown animal. Sorry – non-binary person. Then Elon Musk's son Xavier, a normal man with a normal woman, also announced that he did not want to be a son, but wanted to be a daughter. That is, everything is according to the plan of degeneration: the inculcation of the idea that sex is the free choice of a free person in a free country, climbed out of all the cracks. And then – as if poured from the soul: America abolished the constitutional right to abortion at the federal level (that's what propaganda does – almost wrote the right of women to have abortions). Directly the best undertakings of Stalin were taken into service. And then a number of “republican” states introduced a ban on abortion. In Washington, a road repair was urgently started near the White House to prevent the protests (did you think this was a purely Russian invention?). But the protests have begun nonetheless, and many are predicting America's summer will be no less fun than it was during the heyday of BLM. And some boring political scientists believe that all this was done on purpose to distract US citizens from sideline inflation. Biden, by the way, said that this decision of the US Supreme Court “thrown America back 150 years”, although in 2006 he said that abortion is bad.

But Biden is generally progressing. If in March of this year he had a cheat sheet with theses for answers to journalists, then this week, June 23, in the cheat sheet of the US President for a meeting with representatives of “green” energy, elementary physical actions were already prescribed. For example: YOU take YOUR seat (YOU take YOUR seat). And it would also seem that everything is clear with Biden. An no. During the week, he gives out a very clear, clear idea that explains a lot of what is happening: an endurance contest begins between Russia and Europe. “What can Russia endure and what will Europe's willingness to endure hardship?”. That is, the winner will be the one who can withstand the most inconvenience longer. Here we have a clear advantage. But European politicians decided to demonstrate the wonders of masochism.

No sooner had Moldova (together with Ukraine) become a candidate for EU membership than its boss Sandu immediately announced that the country would support the anti-Russian sanctions of the European Union. But this is still half the trouble. Lithuania generally took a run to jump off a cliff. The chronology is important here. So, first Lithuania announced that it would restrict transit to the Kaliningrad region. Russia promised problems. Lithuania made round eyes and began to nod at the EU – they say, we only comply with their sanctions. The European Union (and there they also guess about the “Squid Game” with Russia) began to point fingers at Lithuania – this is all Baltic amateur performance. But. There were no immediate problems from Russia. And Lithuania got excited again – we will block it, we will not let it in, we are not afraid of threats. This very chronology is, after all, a purely Ukrainian case. Then Russia, too, exhorted, asked, warned for a long time. But Lithuania is stepping on the Ukrainian rake. Will they notice there (in Lithuania in particular, and in Europe in general) Putin's last warning or not? A very simple warning made at a meeting with Lukashenka: Iskander complexes will be delivered to Belarus in the near future. Those who wish can independently familiarize themselves, even on Wikipedia, with the capabilities of the complex and with what warheads can be installed on its missiles. It would be better if they listened, because time has accelerated, and times have changed: the limit of trust has been exhausted – Russia no longer believes in promises, even in writing, only in actions. Peskov spoke about this last week (“Yes, it will be a protracted crisis, but we will never trust the West again”) and Patrushev (“You cannot trust not only the oral statements of the West, but also written ones”).

Well, as they once said on TV – news of culture. There were many of them, of course, but there were only two popular ones. The same ones, because of which the boomers began to remember how they rewound cassettes on a pencil. Tsoi would have turned 60 in a week, and Yuri Shatunov died at the age of 48. One is the hero of the generation, the other is the idol. And it seems they are not at all alike, but both are loved by the people. Tsoi sang about the blood group on his sleeve and a star named the Sun, and Shatunov about white roses and gray night. In my youth, it seemed to me that they sing about different things. And now I understand – they sang about one thing.


Russian gays were not allowed to gay parade in Europe

Russophobia turned out to be more important than liberal principles

Everyone is already used to the fact that Russians in the world are being deleted from everywhere – from public life, from culture, from sports. But here the Russophobia that was unleashed in Europe dealt a vile blow to the holy place for Western ideology – to the fifth point. Russians were not allowed on the March of Equals. Or, simply, a gay parade.

Biden promised Russia and Europe a terrible survival game

It will be hungry, cold and uncomfortable

Now this is for a long time. Do you feel it? You don’t even have to explain what is hidden behind the word “this” – it’s vague for everyone, but understandable. It becomes even clearer after the words of Joe Biden: “What I really think is that at some stage this will turn into a waiting game to a certain extent – in terms of what the Russians can endure and what Europe will be ready to endure.”

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Let's start at the end of the sentence. There's not a word about America. An experienced politician Biden speaks about Europe, removing the United States from the list of those who will have to “endure” in advance. Yes, America is having a hard time – exorbitant gas prices, problems with baby food, bidenflation (no matter how they tried to call inflation in the United States Putin's – nothing happened, it did not take root). But resisting, enduring, surviving – Biden assigned this role to Europe in the confrontation with Russia. Comfortable. Good move.

It is clear that the hot phase of the crisis will end the way Russia wants it to. But it is naive to think that the crisis will also end there – balloons and white doves will fly into the blue sky, and all the people on the planet will begin to hug and, smiling embarrassedly, say to each other: “Well, somehow we parted ways. too, let's be friends.”

“Yes, it will be a protracted crisis, we will never trust the West again,” said Dmitry Peskov, the presidential press secretary.

In fact, the point is not even trust. And in the global divergence of the worlds.

Here we have a single carrot, and we eat it. We just eat – and everything is prescribed by nature. And they have a carriage of carrots. And another wagon, and another. There is nowhere to put it, there is an excess, and at some stage they inevitably begin to put this carrot where they shouldn’t. And then they begin to suffer: is it convenient for carrots there? And how to make it comfortable for her and no one discriminates against her? And for those who discriminate, begin to doubt the correctness of eating carrots, there is a culture of cancellation. And everything would be fine, but the cult of sticking carrots becomes a religion, and therefore the only true way of life.

Soviet propaganda has long guessed about the decaying consumer society. Not materially decaying, but in a completely different way. It is here that the division of the worlds takes place: between putting your “I” in the center of the world and “love your neighbor as yourself.”

There will be no mutual understanding. At best, it will come when there will be only one carrot in the West for many years. It will be hungry, cold and uncomfortable. That is what they will have to endure and endure. Biden spoke about this game of waiting “in terms of what the Russians can endure and what Europe will be ready to endure.”

The only surprise is his complete misunderstanding of a simple fact. This game has already been lost by Europe. We live with a single carrot for generations. We are no strangers.


Russian oil continues to flow to the US and Europe through India


According to the National Post portal, Russian raw meat continues to flow to Europe and the United States, despite the plans of countries West “to give up energy dependence” from the Russian Federation.

“A significant share of crude oil is re-exported from Russia to the United States and Europe through refineries in India,” the publication writes.

Moreover, the National Post claims that France , India, China, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have increased their purchases of Russian fuel.


Medvedev predicted the deepening of the energy crisis in Europe

Russia's opponents will do everything to harm its fuel and energy complex and economy, but the rejection of Russian energy resources will exacerbate the crisis in the Western countries themselves, the deputy chairman of the Security Council believes

The energy crisis in Europe, which arose against the backdrop of attempts by Western countries to abandon Russian energy resources, will only get worse, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said on Telegram.

“Our opponents will continue to do everything to inflict maximum damage on the domestic fuel and energy complex, to undermine Russia's position in the Arctic. However, the mere intention of Western countries to abandon our energy resources is already having an extremely negative effect on millions of Europeans. Today they are experiencing an energy crisis, the scale of which will only increase, — states the politician.

The head of the European Commission called the moral duty of Europe to restore Ukraine

Europe has a “moral obligation” to Ukraine, various European countries will participate in its restoration, the head of the European Commission said. Previously, she said that the condition for financial assistance to Ukraine would be reforms “The head of the European Commission called the restoration of Ukraine a moral duty of Europe” />

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The restoration of Ukraine is a moral obligation of Europe, said the head of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen. Her words, spoken during a speech at the MAXXI Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, are quoted by the Italian agency ANSA.

Von der Leyen said that she had planned “a discussion with the mayor of Mariupol and with Ukrainian architects”, as European countries will “restore Ukraine.” “We must do it, and we will do it,” & mdash; she said, adding, “It's our moral duty.”

Von der Leyen performed at the opening of the international festival New European Bauhaus, and before that— at the opening of the conference “Reconstruction of the future for people and the planet— new European bauhaus initiative organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

The head of the European Commission said that the EU is launching an initiative whose goal, according to her, is to “create a circular economy that values ​​nature and human health.” Buildings and architecture play an important role in this, because, according to her, “buildings account for almost 40% of carbon dioxide emissions in Europe”— “More than the carbon emissions of the entire Japanese economy.” “The new European Bauhaus is working as an incubator for this plan. We need to bring nature back to our cities»,— said the head of the EC.

Bauhaus— direction in architecture and design that originated in Germany after the First World War. The name comes from two German words: Bau— “construction” and Haus— “house”. The Bauhaus school influenced the formation of various concepts of art of the 20th century: such trends as modernism, minimalism and functionalism were inspired by the ideas of the Bauhaus.

In design, the hallmark of the Bauhaus— simple geometric shapes and straight lines. Furniture items should be as functional as possible.

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At the end of May, von der Leyen said at a press conference that the leaders of the European Union held intensive negotiations on the restoration of Ukraine, but this process is directly related to the reforms carried out by the Ukrainian authorities.

According to her, we are talking about reforms of the system administration and the judiciary, as well as the fight against corruption, in order to create a “positive environment” for business. She also added that the EU is working on a mechanism for providing Ukraine with an emergency package of macro-financial assistance in the amount of €9 billion

Following the meeting, it was decided to consider the creation of a platform for the restoration of Ukraine, which will unite the authorities of the country, the EU, the European Investment Bank, international partners, financial institutions and other “stakeholders”, according to the website of the European Council.

According to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, $600 billion will be needed to restore Ukraine.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of T-72 tanks from Europe on the outskirts of Kyiv

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On the outskirts of Kyiv, T-72 tanks and other armored vehicles that arrived in Ukraine from Eastern Europe were destroyed, Russian aircraft hit them with long-range high-precision missiles, reported in the Ministry of Defense of Russia.

Military equipment was placed in the buildings of the car repair enterprise, specified in the ministry.

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Lavrov announced the emergence of “new poor” in Europe and the fall in living standards

Foreign Minister Lavrov: Inflation is growing in Europe and “new poor” appear European countries are facing a deterioration in living standards and rising inflation, an increase in the number of poor people, Lavrov said. He accused the German authorities of sending money to Ukraine instead of supporting their citizens

In European countries, inflation is rising, living standards are deteriorating, and economic growth is slowing down, and some Europeans are threatened with poverty & mdash; even the concept of “new poor” has appeared, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Larov said in an interview with the Bosnian-Serb television and radio company Radio and Television of the Republika Srpska. (RTRS).

“In Europe, living standards are deteriorating, inflation is rising, and growth is slowing down. There was even the concept of “new poor”. People are suffering from upcoming problems, including rising prices. Poverty threatens many,— he said.

At the same time, the minister noted, the authorities are sending tens of billions of dollars and euros to purchase weapons for Ukraine.

“Germany announced that it was important for them not to support the Germans in difficult periods of rising prices, but to allocate $100 billion for militarization of their country,— added by Lavrov.

In March, after the start of Russia's military operation in Ukraine and the sanctions imposed by Europe against companies, banks, the Central Bank, imports and exports, inflation in the eurozone reached 7.5% on an annualized basis, Eurostat reported. This value has become the highest since the introduction of the euro. This happened despite the European Central Bank's inflation target of 2%.

At that time, the growth of consumer prices in the euro area beat records for the fifth month in a row. The largest price increase in March was recorded by Eurostat for energy products (44.7%, in February – 32%), food, alcohol and tobacco (5 vs. 4.2% in February), services (2.7 vs. 2.5% in February). The highest rate of inflation was in Lithuania— 15.6%, and the lowest in Malta— 4.6%.

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The biggest jump in prices occurred in Estonia, where consumer prices increased by 19% in a year. Among the leaders in this indicator are: Lithuania— 16.8%. Bulgaria— 14.4%, Czech Republic— 14.2%, Romania— 13.8%, Latvia— 13%, Poland— 12.4%, Slovakia— 11.7%. In Germany, inflation in annual terms reached 7.9% in May, the Federal Statistical Office reported. For the country, this figure was a record for 50 years.

On June 4, the head of the Bruegel think tank, Guntram Wolf, predicted that due to the ban on oil imports from Russia, which the European Union introduced as part of of the sixth package of sanctions, inflation in Europe will continue to rise, this will hit European consumers and businesses.

Meanwhile, in Russia, inflation due to military actions in Ukraine and subsequent sanctions rose to 17.7% in May , but by the middle of the month it slowed down to 17.5%, the Ministry of Economic Development pointed out.

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CNN announced US intention to leave 100,000 troops in Europe

The United States has brought the grouping of troops in Europe to 100,000 against the background of the Russian military operation. Washington does not rule out that the contingent will grow. The military will not take part in hostilities on the territory of Ukraine, the authorities emphasize alt=”CNN announces US intention to keep 100,000 troops in Europe” />

The United States is expected to maintain a presence of about 100,000 troops in Europe in the near future, CNN reports citing American officials.

The U.S. force could temporarily increase if NATO decides to conduct additional exercises in the region, the sources said. In addition, they admit, the number of troops could increase if the US deploys new bases in Europe deploys new bases in Europe “in the event of a change in the security situation.”

The US began considering these plans after a meeting of the commanders in chief of the armed forces NATO countries in Brussels, the TV channel reports.

The United States brought its grouping of troops in Europe to 100,000 in March, the US European Command reported. Before the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, there were about 60,000 American troops in the region. In addition, Washington sent thousands of soldiers to the NATO Response Force.

President Joe Biden has stressed that US troops are in the region to protect NATO allies, not to fight Russia and fight in Ukraine. The United States authorities have repeatedly said that there is no option for the development of events in Ukraine, in which Biden will send American soldiers to fight in this country against Russia.

In late March, Chief of Staff of the Army James McConville said that the United States would not increase military presence in Europe to the level that was on the continent during the Cold War era – up to 350 thousand.

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On May 13, the Pentagon announced that the United States, as part of strengthening the defensive capabilities on the eastern flank of NATO against the backdrop of events in Ukraine, will rotate the military contingent in Europe. On behalf of the head of department Lloyd Austin, 10.5 thousand soldiers will return to the United States, while the other 10.5 thousand will go to bases in Europe; thus, the total number of soldiers stationed in the region will remain the same — about 100 thousand.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of equipment from the US and Europe near Zhytomyr

Russian forces with Kalibr missiles in the Zhytomyr region destroyed weapons supplied from the United States and Europe to Ukrainian troops. In the Odessa region, the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed storage facilities with fuel for armored vehicles of the Ukrainian forces alt=”The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of equipment from the US and Europe near Zhytomyr” />

In the Zhytomyr region, Russian forces with Kalibr missiles destroyed the “large party” weapons and equipment supplied from the US and Europe to Ukrainian troops, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

“High-precision long-range sea-based missiles” Kalibr ” a large consignment of weapons and military equipment delivered from the United States and European countries for the grouping of Ukrainian troops in the Donbas was destroyed in the area of ​​​​the Malin railway station in the Zhytomyr region, — said the official representative of the department, Igor Konashenkov, during a briefing, without specifying the specific amount of equipment and weapons.


In the Odessa area, the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed storage facilities with fuel for armored vehicles of the Ukrainian forces, which were located at the Odessa Port Plant chemical plant.

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

Russian aviation and air defense systems shot down two Ukrainian Su-25 aircraft: one— during an air battle near the city of Belitskoye in the Donetsk People's Republic, and the second & mdash; near the village of Novoaleksandrovka, Kherson region.

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According to the Ministry of Defense, since the beginning of the special military operation, Russian troops have destroyed 174 aircraft, 125 helicopters; automotive equipment.

Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine since February 24th. The Ministry of Defense has repeatedly said that strikes are inflicted only on military infrastructure. The Ukrainian authorities have introduced martial law in the country and announced a general mobilization. Kyiv also severed diplomatic relations with Moscow.