Missiles for HIMARS and Javelin included in the new package of assistance to Ukraine from the United States

The next package of US military assistance to Ukraine has become the largest in recent times, its cost is estimated at $1 billion. These funds will be mainly spent on the purchase of ammunition for already delivered systems

The U.S. is providing Ukraine with a new $1 billion military aid package, which will be the largest single delivery of military products, Reuters reports.

Ukraine is to receive HIMARS missiles for multiple launch rocket systems, ammunition for NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems, 50 armored medical vehicles M113, as well as artillery ammunition, a thousand man-portable anti-tank systems FGM-148 Javelin, medical supplies and explosives.

The total amount of US military assistance to Ukraine after the implementation of this package will grow to $9.8 billion from February 2022 and to $11.8 billion from 2014.

The Pentagon spokesman also said that the final analysis of the possibility of delivering F-16 fighters to Ukraine is not yet ready. According to him, this option does not apply to the short term.

On July 21, the head of the US Air Force headquarters, General Charles Brown Jr., said that Ukraine could receive modern fourth-generation fighters from Western countries. “There are American, there are Gripen from Sweden, there is Eurofighter or Rafale. So there are a number of different weapons systems that could go to Ukraine, — the general said at the time.

The planes planned for transfer will not be Russian-made, Brown Jr. added. At the same time, he stressed that he could not yet specify which fighters Ukraine would receive.

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Mars II— German version of the American MLRS M270 MLRS. It is capable of firing various munitions, including guided missiles with a GPS system. Batteries with a combat load of 12 missiles are mounted on tracked vehicles that can move at speeds up to 50 km/h.

Then Reznikov said that four more US-made HIMARS MLRS units arrived in Ukraine.

On August 2, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the Russian military had destroyed 33 American-made M777 howitzers, five launchers since the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine the Harpoon anti-ship missile system, as well as six launchers and over 200 HIMARS MLRS missiles.

“We believe that the United States is purposefully and diligently adding fuel to the fire, the United States, obviously, really adheres to the line that fight with Russia to the last Ukrainian,»,— commented in June on the supply of American weapons by the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov. He noted that the supplies “do not contribute to awakening the desire of the Ukrainian leadership to resume peace negotiations.” According to him, Moscow has a negative attitude towards the US plans.

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The Department of Defense admitted the involvement of the United States in the emergence of COVID-19

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The Russian Ministry of Defense believes that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) may be involved in the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, Igor Kirillov, head of the radiation, chemical and biological protection troops of the Armed Forces, said at a briefing.

USAID has funded PREDICT, an international epidemiology research program since 2009, launched in response to the 2005 outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza. PREDICT was engaged in identifying new infections in animals that could threaten human health, as well as preparing to prevent possible outbreaks of diseases. During the existence of the program, more than 1,000 new viruses have been identified, including a new strain of Ebola.

Among the contractors of the project was the Metabiota company, “known for its military biological activities on the territory of Ukraine,” claims Kirillov.

According to him, in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute. Johns Hopkins held the exercise “Event-201”, which worked out actions in the context of an epidemic of a previously unknown coronavirus. “According to the legend of the doctrine [coronavirus] was transferred from bats to humans through an intermediate host— pigs. This is how the Spanish flu virus spread, which claimed tens of millions of human lives, & mdash; said Kirillov.

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In his opinion, “implementation of the scenario for the development of COVID-19” and the phasing out of the PREDICT program in 2019 “suggests that the pandemic was deliberate and the United States was involved.”

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Scientists from different countries continue to study all possible versions of the origin of COVID-19. In early 2021, a team of experts conducted a study in Wuhan, China (from where the infection began to spread at the end of 2019), as a result of which the World Health Organization published a report. Scientists have identified four theories of the origin of the infection. So, they considered the most likely transmission of the virus to humans from bats through an intermediary animal. The organization considered the version about the transmission of coronavirus through chilled or frozen foods unlikely, and about its leakage from the Wuhan laboratory— “highly unlikely.”

The version about the artificial origin of COVID-19 has been repeatedly put forward in the United States. In the summer of 2021, the national intelligence released a report stating that the coronavirus was not developed by China as a biological weapon and that Chinese officials had no information about the virus before the first outbreaks of SARS-CoV-2. At the same time, the agency pointed to insufficient evidence to rule out the hypothesis of the artificial origin of the virus.

The Chinese authorities reject theories related to the artificial origin of the coronavirus, and recall the WHO statement that evidence its creation is not in the laboratory. Beijing also insists that it did not hide data on the pandemic and the ability of the virus to be transmitted from person to person.

According to WHO, as of the summer of this year, data on the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus still remain gaps, missing key pieces of information that do not allow to fully restore the picture of the spread of infection. The organization notes that it is necessary to continue research.

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The President of the United States again passed a positive test for covid and began to cough

President of the United States Joe Biden has again tested positive for coronavirus infection. This is reported by Lenta.ru with reference to the attending physician of the head of the United States.

The doctor said that Biden is coughing again, but he feels well.

“He has no temperature, mood good», – said the expert.

Recall that the President of the United States became ill with the coronavirus, it became known on July 21.

Formerly Ancha Baranova, Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor of the School of Systems Biology at George Mason University (USA) explained Joe Biden's repeated positive test for COVID-19.

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Relations between China and the United States predicted further aggravation: the case in Pelosi

Analysts Discuss Xi Jinping-Biden Talks

A two-hour “in-depth and candid” phone call between US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping made no tangible progress on key political issues brought. Bilateral relations between Washington and Beijing remain at an impasse due to escalating tensions over Taiwan and other problems.

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Thursday's phone calls marked the fifth time China and the United States have spoken since Biden took office, and marked the latest attempt to keep US-China relations from deteriorating by ” maintaining open lines of communication to ensure the United States and China can manage our differences,” said a senior US administration official.

As noted by Politico, the most pressing issue for the parties has been managing tensions over Taiwan, which have risen sharply over the alleged visit of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to the island.

According to the Chinese side, Xi Jinping criticized Biden for alleged US violations of three US-China communiqués outlining Washington's relationship with Taiwan. Beijing's interpretation of the conversation contained a veiled threat to anyone trying to develop the theme of Taiwanese independence: “Those who play with fire will die from it.”

Half an hour after the talks concluded, Liu Pengyu, spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington , posted on social media a video featuring what Politico describes as “Chinese Communist Party propagandist from Shanghai” New Zealander Andy Borham. The video is titled “Taiwan is not a country and Nancy Pelosi should stay away.”

Experts in both the US and China believe that Pelosi's alleged trip to Taiwan looks like an unjustified inflammatory gesture that will only worsen US-China relations.

“Her presence in Taipei will not highlight any points that the United States would not have been announced lately and repeatedly…and distracts both sides from efforts to shape and stabilize their dangerous relationship,” said Robert Daly, director of the Kissinger Institute for China and the United States at the Wilson Center.

If anyone tries to separate the island of Taiwan from the country, if anyone wants to challenge China's red lines, then the Chinese military will take decisive action to firmly protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity, China's ambassador to the United States said at a recent event.

According to the Chinese edition of Global Times, the Chinese diplomat made such a statement at a reception on the occasion of the 95th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army of China. The Taiwan issue has always been the most important and sensitive issue in Sino-US relations, the ambassador said, noting that the Chinese government values ​​peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and is making every effort for peaceful reunification.

However, the separatist “independence” forces Taiwan” and their activities pose the greatest threat to peace and stability on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, said the Chinese representative.

Tensions over the issue have escalated in recent days, with China issuing a string of warnings about US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's unconfirmed plan to visit Taiwan. China's defense ministry vowed on Tuesday that if the US insists on intervention, the Chinese military will by no means sit idly by and strong measures will be taken to thwart any outside interference and separatist attempts at “Taiwan independence.”

Commenting on the talks between Xi Jinping and Biden, Chinese experts said that American politicians who intended to “play with fire” on the Taiwan issue will feel strong pressure after the conversation between the two leaders.

“The phone call shows that China always refused to view Sino-American relations as competitive, as this would only lead to more tragedies. It is clear that the U.S. attitude towards Sino-U.S. relations as competitive has led to obvious misjudgments,” a foreign affairs expert told the Global Times on condition of anonymity.

And Yang Xiyu, a senior fellow at the China Institute of International Studies, told the Global Times that after Xi and Biden's phone call, the focus should be on whether Pelosi goes to Taiwan after all.

“If Pelosi drops his plan to visit Taiwan, it will be a major achievement in the talks between the two presidents and will stabilize Sino-US relations, sending a strong and positive message to the world. But if she insists on the implementation of the plan, it will cause great damage to Sino-US relations and introduce great uncertainty into the global political and economic situation, ”the Chinese expert says.

Biden and Pelosi disagree on a possible trip speaker of the House of Representatives to the island, as Pelosi thinks about the upcoming United States midterm elections and his own political interests, and Biden must see the situation from the point of view of the White House and be responsible for US national interests, analysts say.

But experts also warned that Beijing should not place too high hopes on the American side in terms of limiting Pelosi's behavior, since the US has proven many times that it cannot keep its word, even when it has openly made promises to China again and again, so preparations for worst-case scenario, especially military training, is the best way for China to prevent prevent or contain the deterioration of the situation, writes the Global Times.

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Russian cybersportsman, who drew the letter Z, was not given a visa to the United States

Russian Dota 2 esportsman Ivan ‎Pure Moskalenko, who drew the letter Z during an official match at one of the tournaments in April, was denied a US visa. This was reported by his teammate Dmitry Fishman Polishchuk.

«Pure denied a visa», — he wrote in his Telegram channel. Earlier, Polishchuk said that Moskalenko was scheduled for an interview on July 27 regarding an American visa.

From August 4 to August 14, the PGL Dota 2 Arlington Major 2022 championship will be held in the USA, where 18 teams are invited. Ivan Pure Moskalenko plays for the Indian organization Entity.

Recall that at the end of April, the Russian cybersport organization Virtus.pro terminated the contract with the Dota 2 player Ivan «‎Pure» Moskalenko, who drew the letter Z during an official match at the Beyond the Summit tournament. The team was then disqualified. Later, the Russian explained that he drew the symbol unconsciously, and he did not want to offend anyone.

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Biden’s doctor said that the head of the United States, who fell ill with COVID-19, almost recovered

U.S. President Joe Biden remains in isolation for now, but he has almost got rid of all the symptoms of coronavirus, said his doctor Kevin O'Connor.

“The symptoms are now almost completely overcome… Pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate remain absolutely within normal limits. Blood oxygen saturation is still excellent at room temperature. His lungs remain clear, — RIA Novosti quotes an excerpt from a doctor's letter.

According to him, the patient has been taking Paxlovid for four days, as well as small doses of aspirin to thin the blood. Biden was diagnosed with a particularly contagious variant of the BA5 coronavirus, so for now he remains in self-isolation.

Recall that the head of the United States became ill with a coronavirus infection, it became known on Thursday, July 21. Then he said on social networks that he endures the disease easily and continues to work.

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Podolyak was surprised by the constant interference of the United States in the internal affairs of Ukraine

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Advisor to the head of the President's Office Mykhailo Podolyak said he did not understand why the United States constantly interferes in the internal affairs of Ukraine , Ukrainian Telegram channels report.

Podolyak commented on the new appeal of US Congresswoman Victoria Spartz, in which she reacted to the deprivation of citizenship of the head of the Dnieper defense headquarters, Gennady Korban. She also stated that President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky should give an answer to the Ukrainian people why the head of his office, Andriy Yermak, is creating a dictatorship under the guise of war.

Podolyak urged not to “scale local conflict situations that have some compromising color.”

“It is not very clear to me why it is necessary to constantly interfere in the internal affairs of Ukraine. We cannot, for example, interfere in the political affairs of the United States,” he said.

According to him, he sees no reason for interference at the level of the US Congress.

“I don’t think that it is necessary to continue to demonize Mr. Yermak. It looks like there is no water somewhere – that's it, Mr. Yermak is to blame for this. We cannot follow this path, because this is the path to nowhere,” he said.

Earlier, the head of the headquarters of the territorial defense of the Dnipropetrovsk region, businessman Gennady Korban, was not allowed into Ukraine, there were reports that Zelensky stripped him of his citizenship. Korban's passport was confiscated when he tried to enter Ukraine from Poland.

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False pleas Zelenskaya to the United States for the supply of air defense systems explained

“Who will sort out the details if a woman asks”

The Western press continues to actively discuss Ms. Zelenskaya’s speech in the US Congress, where she asked for new arms supplies for Ukraine, pushing primarily for air defense systems.

Why Kyiv is now so interested in anti-aircraft missile systems and anti-aircraft systems, explained a military expert, ex-head of the anti-aircraft missile forces of the Special Forces Command (Moscow Air Defense District), reserve colonel Sergey Khatylev.

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The visit of the wife of the Ukrainian president caused an ambiguous reaction in the West – fatigue from the Ukrainian theme is clearly visible. A number of media outlets emphasize that the wife of the president, even if such a publicized one, does not have the authority to demand arms supplies from statesmen. And even more so, reproach them for not doing it very actively. Readers of the British tabloid Daily Mail, for example, ironically remark: who else from the relatives of the Ukrainian president should soon be expected in Washington with similar speeches?

Although, of course, it must be admitted that Madame Zelenskaya, a spectacular woman in a light-colored jacket with buttons on each breast, made a vivid impression on congressmen. And most of all – on President Biden. He did not take his eyes off her at all, and for the first time in public he went where he needed to, looked at who he needed and shook his hand at who he needed. Perhaps that is why none of the hosts paid attention to the fact that the guest was clearly lying when, with a tear in her eyes and awe in her voice, she spoke about air defense weapons “to protect your home and the right to wake up in this house alive.”

The fact is that the air defense systems “only for themselves”, to protect “their home”, the Zelenskys just left. Assuming, of course, that Ms. Zelenskaya's house is still in Kyiv, and not somewhere on the coast of Miami. But with air defense systems to protect the Ukrainian troops, Kyiv really is in trouble. So, under the pretext of “protecting the home,” in fact, she asked the US Congress for the supply of military air defense. But who will understand such trifles if a woman asks?

Here is how the MK expert Colonel in the reserve Sergey Khatylev says about it:

– The main part of the air defense that they now have left there – about 20 anti-aircraft missile systems – is on the defense of Kyiv and two or three other large cities. For example, Dnepropetrovsk, where one of the anti-aircraft missile regiments was traditionally based. But on the battlefield, the military air defense systems of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are now very much lacking.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine have American Stinger man-portable anti-aircraft missile systems. They are quite effective for working on helicopters and other low-altitude targets. But today they do not have “big air defense” complexes. That is why they are asking the Americans: give us your Patriot complex, at least in the PAC-3 modification. That is, medium and long range.

– Of course. Our aviation has completely won air supremacy and is ironing them left and right.

The fact is that the American MLRS HIMARS, according to Western experts, are currently replacing Ukrainians with tactical aviation, which the Armed Forces of Ukraine have practically no longer have. True, the Americans promise to supply them with their F-15 and F-16 fighters, but so far there are none. And now their HIMARS solve the tasks of tactical aviation in delivering strikes, including on our air defense systems.

But they don't have their own air defense to protect the troops from us. We destroyed it.

– As for the Patriot, I deeply doubt it. Americans simply do not have free complexes to give them to someone. They'll have to take them from someone. Not all countries are ready to go for it. They will immediately require supplies of similar newer complexes. They don't exist either. In short, everything is complicated here.

But as for the Norwegian NASAMS complexes and the German Iris, it may well be. Both of them use specially modified aircraft missiles to hit targets. Their range is up to 40 km. True, there is a data leak indicating that a new missile with a range of up to 80 km has already been made for it. However, whether it passed the full cycle of tests and whether it will be given to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, there is no information about this. But with old missiles, Kyiv will most likely receive Norwegian and German air defense systems. Especially if a beautiful woman asked for it.

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WSJ called the reasons for the reluctance of the United States to sell Gray Eagle drones to Ukraine

The U.S. fears that Russia could get advanced Gray Eagle drone technology. Its maximum flight altitude is 8 km, it can be armed with eight Hellfire missiles. Reuters wrote that the Pentagon opposed

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White House refrains from selling requested long-range MQ-1 °C Gray Eagle drones to Ukraine due to risk of advanced technology falling into Russian hands forces. This is reported by The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed US officials.

This is one of several reasons why the Gray Eagle deal has yet to be approved by US authorities. Another reason was the need to train the Ukrainian military to control drones, the newspaper writes.

The Gray Eagle drone is a version of the more famous Predator drone. The flight duration is up to 30 hours. The drone can be used for both reconnaissance and strikes— it can be equipped with eight Hellfire missiles.

The Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly turned to the United States and other Western countries with a request to transfer or sell more modern weapons. They asked to sell Gray Eagle in Kyiv about two months ago— in the end of April. The United States has already supplied Switchblade and Phoenix Ghost kamikaze drones to Ukraine, but the Ukrainian authorities are interested in Gray Eagle and Reaper because of the ability of these models to travel a considerable distance, fly at high altitude and recharge.

Kyiv has held relevant negotiations with the manufacturing company General Atomics, but the supply of attack drones falls under the US missile technology control regime (MTCR), which limits transactions in relation to them. Politico wrote that a number of US partners tried unsuccessfully to obtain them, including Qatar and Indonesia.

According to Reuters, we are talking about the transfer of four Gray Eagle drones to Ukraine, this issue had been considered by the Pentagon for several weeks by the beginning of June. Politico pointed out that it takes months to learn how to use this drone model, in addition, special infrastructure is needed— encrypted communication channels, airstrips and special equipment.

By mid-June, the Gray Eagle sale stalled. The objection to the deal was raised by the Pentagon's Office of Defense Technology Security, a division dedicated to securing high-value technology so it doesn't end up in the wrong hands, sources told Reuters.

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The Russian authorities are critical of the supply of Western countries with weapons to Ukraine. The Foreign Ministry warned that they consider convoys with him a legitimate target for strikes, the Kremlin argued that “these weapons are not enough to stop our offensive, and they will not prevent us from achieving our goals.” “Their air defense systems are cracking like nuts,” — said President Vladimir Putin.

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Ishchenko announced the entry of the United States into an open confrontation with Russia

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Political scientist Rostyslav Ishchenko explained why he believes that the United States has already entered into an open armed confrontation with Russia.

As he noted in an article for Ukraina.ru, the United States supplied the Ukrainian army with precision-guided missile weapons a sufficiently long range, and this in itself “is the crossing of a red line.”

At the same time, the expert noted that the Ukrainian military cannot effectively use these weapons on their own. They need American participation in order to obtain intelligence and target designation.

“That is, the United States entered into an open armed confrontation with Russia,” Ishchenko emphasized.

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Biden called the goal of the United States the strategic failure of Russia in Ukraine

The United States will continue to help Ukraine, the President assured. He announced the threat to “peace and stability” in all countries due to Russia's actions

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The United States intends to seek “strategic failure” Russian military operation in Ukraine, said President Joe Biden at a press conference in Israel.

“[Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s attack on Ukraine— a threat to peace and stability throughout the world”, — said the American leader (Fox News broadcast the speech). According to the US President, the countries of the world should help Ukraine “defend its democracy”, and Washington will continue to support Kyiv and the Ukrainian people.

Earlier on the desire to achieve “strategic failure” Celeste Wallander, assistant head of the Pentagon for international security affairs, spoke to Russia in Ukraine. In her opinion, Moscow must suffer military, political and economic setbacks. Wallander noted that Western countries will seek to hold the Russian leadership accountable to their citizens and the world community.

Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin spoke in April about Washington's desire to weaken Russia so much that she “could no longer do that what she did” and so that she would not have the opportunity to “restore military potential.”

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who nominated her candidacy for the post of prime minister after the resignation of Boris Johnson, said that London must achieve the defeat of Russia in Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in turn, believes that those who want the country to lose politicians “probably didn't do well in school” and draw the wrong conclusions, not understanding “what Russia is.” According to Lavrov, the West will not be able to weaken Russia: Moscow, despite the sanctions, will reconfigure the economy and protect itself “from possible illegitimate hostile actions of opponents in the future,” the minister is sure.

The Russian authorities emphasize that the goals of the special operation— “demilitarization and denazification” Ukraine, protection of the people of Donbass from “genocide”— will be fulfilled despite the support of Kyiv by the West, including the supply of weapons.

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In the United States, the general was suspended from work for commenting on the post of Biden’s wife

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The US military command has suspended a retired general who left a sarcastic comment under a tweet by US First Lady Jill Biden and launched an investigation into his behavior. USA Today writes about this.

Biden on her Twitter condemned the decision of the Supreme Court, which deprived women of the constitutional guarantees of the right to abortion. “I'm glad you finally figured out what a woman is,” — Iraq veteran Gary Volesky wrote under the post.

According to a US Army spokeswoman, Volesky is suspended from his duties pending the completion of the proceedings. Voleski works with the army as a “senior mentor”, providing a variety of consulting services.

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1973 ruling in Crowe v. Wade. Then the judges decided that women have the right to terminate the pregnancy of their own free will until the fetus becomes viable.

This time, five of the six Republican judges favored overturning the ruling, while three Democratic judges and Chief Justice John Roberts argued otherwise. The court decision states that the US Constitution “does not give the right to abortion”, which is a “deep moral issue”, powers are transferred to the state level. The Democratic judges said in a joint statement that the Supreme Court ruling limits women's rights and their status as free and equal citizens.

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“The Court has literally taken America 150 years back. In my opinion, this is a sad day for the country, but this does not mean that the fight is over, », — said Joe Biden, adding that the court took away from Americans a constitutional right that he had already recognized. The decision became a “tragic mistake”; and “implementation of extremist ideology,” Biden stressed.

Former President Donald Trump at the same time approved the incident, indicating that the Republican judges he appointed contributed to this. “God made a decision,” — he added.

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Russia and the United States vetoed draft resolutions on aid to Syria

Russia and the United States vetoed draft resolutions on the extension of cross-border assistance to Syria Russia vetoed a draft resolution on the extension of cross-border assistance to Syria for a year due to the fact that Western countries did not fulfill the agreements last year. The United States rejected the Russian draft draft resolutions on assistance to Syria” />

Russia used its veto power in voting in the UN Security Council on a draft resolution on the extension of the mechanism of cross-border assistance to Syria, follows from the broadcast on YouTube.

“Our delegation voted against the draft resolution on the extension of the cross-border assistance mechanism in Syria for one year. The document put to the vote ignored the interests of Damascus, which should be the main beneficiary of the resolution,— said Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Dmitry Polyansky.

According to him, the project of Ireland and Norway did not take into account the fact that over the past year the Security Council and the UN as a whole failed to establish supplies via intra-Syrian routes to the north-west of the country, increase donor assistance for early recovery projects, and increase transparency in reporting on UN activities in Syria.

The document prepared by Ireland and Norway provided for the continuation of the mechanism for a year— until July 2023. China abstained during the vote, the rest of the Security Council supported it.

In turn, Russia submitted its draft resolution and proposed extending the cross-border assistance mechanism for six months, until January 10, 2023. If the agreements are fulfilled, then an extension for another six months will follow.

The US vetoed the Russian project. Permanent Representative Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Russia's resolution was aimed at helping the Syrian regime, not the people. She noted that in six months it would be impossible to establish a stable supply of aid, and needy Syrians would suffer from this. Thomas-Greenfield called the Russian project wrong for organizing the aid process.

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Representatives of two countries voted in favor of the Russian project, three were against, ten more abstained, summed up the Chairman of the Security Council Ronaldo Costa Filho.

The UN Security Council decided to launch cross-border humanitarian operations in Syria in July 2014 amid hostilities in the country. Until 2020, UN humanitarian agencies and their partners could use four border checkpoints— «Bab es-Salaam» and “Bab el-Hawa” on the border with Turkey, “Al-Yarubiya” on the border with Iraq and “Al-Ramta” on the border with Jordan. The mechanism made it possible to deliver vital products directly to those areas occupied by the opposition, bypassing the government of Bashar al-Assad.

When the Syrian army began to establish control over more and more territory, Damascus and Moscow began to advocate curtailing the work of border crossings. In January 2020, the Security Council extended the operation of two checkpoints on the Turkish border for six months.

In the summer of 2021, the Security Council extended the mechanism after only five attempts. Russia and China twice vetoed the draft resolution of Germany and Belgium. At the same time, the Russian version failed to win the majority of votes twice. As a result, the representatives of the countries compromised and left only the Bab el-Hawa checkpoint open, through which humanitarian goods enter Idlib from Turkey. This resolution expires on July 10.

On June 15, the president's special envoy for the Syrian settlement, Alexander Lavrentiev, stated that Russia was in favor of curtailing the assistance mechanism. He accused the West of violating commitments to implement early recovery projects. Lavrentiev pointed out that Western countries are not easing the sanctions regime.

The day before, before the meeting of the UN Security Council, the Syrians staged a strike near the Bab al-Hawa checkpoint, reported Al Jazeera. They demanded an extension of the assistance mandate, as the termination of the mechanism would endanger the lives of 4.5 million people in the north-west of the country, including 2.5 million internally displaced people.

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WSJ learned about the registration of a company in the United States by a foreign agent to help Abramovich

WSJ: U.S. law firm becomes foreign agent to work with Abramovich Law firm Kobre & Kim says it is ready to offer Abramovich assistance “in matters of legal significance to ensure fair application of the law,” writes Billionaire Roman Abramovich hired an American company Kobre & Kim for legal advice, writes The Wall Street Journal. To cooperate with the businessman, her lawyers had to register in the US as foreign agents.

Under US law, a foreign agent must work for a foreign entity or individual. In reporting documents, he discloses his name and specific payments for services rendered.

The source of the publication emphasized that Abramovich does not plan to use the company for lobbying the government.

Co-founder of Kobre & Kim Michael Kim stated that the firm is “ready to offer its assistance in matters of legal significance to ensure the fair application of the law.” He mentioned Abramovich's participation in peace negotiations at the beginning of the war and his humanitarian work.

Kobre & Kim declined to provide the publication with more details about her work with Abramovich.

The Wall Street Journal noted that the United States did not impose sanctions against Abramovich, but a federal judge in Manhattan in June issued an arrest warrant for two of the businessman's planes for violating US export controls.

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Kobre & Kim was founded in 2003 by two former Manhattan federal prosecutors. She specializes in international disputes and investigations and is involved in challenging “cross-border asset freeze attempts.”

Sanctions against Abramovich were imposed by the EU and the UK in March. At the end of March, The Wall Street Journal, citing sources, wrote that the United States was supposed to do this simultaneously with European countries, but postponed this decision at the request of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. According to the newspaper, he told US President Joe Biden that the Russian billionaire could mediate a settlement between Moscow and Kyiv.

In mid-April, after Russian-Ukrainian talks stalled, the American magazine Fortune wrote that Abramovich visited Kyiv to discuss the possibility of resuming them. However, his representative denied these data.

Then Bloomberg noted that in the United States, high-ranking officials again insisted on imposing sanctions against the businessman, since his trip to Kyiv did not lead to significant results.

In early June, The Times reported that David Arakhamia, head of the Ukrainian delegation to negotiations with Russia to resolve the conflict, wrote a letter in support of Abramovich, who is trying to challenge EU sanctions against him in court. He pointed out that the billionaire played a “positive role” in the negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv, thanks to which agreements were reached on “humanitarian corridors, along which more than 400 thousand civilians were evacuated.”

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The Pentagon will protect the United States from missiles from Russia and China with balloons

The Politico edition learned about the US plans to create a system to protect against hypersonic missiles based on balloons. In 2023, Washington plans to spend seven times more on it than in the last two years

The Pentagon is developing an addition to the missile defense system based on aircraft in the form of balloons to protect the United States from hypersonic weapons, According to Politico, citing documents from the US Defense Department. Aerostats— vehicles that use encapsulated gas to take off, such as hot air balloons, airships, meteorological probes.

“The new plan should allow [the US] to outperform the competition: Russia and China. High-altitude inflatable aircraft capable of moving at an altitude of 18 to 27 km can become an integral part of a wide surveillance network and, in the future, can be used to track hypersonic weapons,— writes the newspaper.

In confirmation of the reality of such plans, which, according to Politico, may look like science fiction, the publication cites data from Pentagon documents, according to which $ 27.1 million will be allocated for development under this program in 2023, while over the past two $ 3.8 million was allocated for these purposes.

“High-altitude or ultra-high-altitude systems have many advantages due to stability, maneuverability and the ability to carry several types of payload at once,” & mdash; The newspaper quotes Tom Karako, head of missile defense programs at the International Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The Pentagon is interested in balloons because they can be used for different purposes: in particular, they can “track and deter hypersonic weapons being developed by Russia and China,” according to Politico. “One of the ways to use balloons” in addition to expensive satellites when tracking missiles. Made in the form of a drop, the devices collect complex data and navigate in space with the help of artificial intelligence, — writes the publication.

The newspaper recalls that the Pentagon has been testing high-altitude inflatable aircraft and drones powered by solar energy for several years in the field of data collection, providing ground forces with communications and communications, as well as for “safety net” satellites in case of problems. Politico also reports, citing Defense Department budget documents, that the Pentagon has already begun secretly transferring such technology to the military to power the Air Force.

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In 2019, the United States reported on the existence of a program called “Hidden long-term stratospheric architecture”; (Covert Long-Dwell Stratospheric Architecture, COLD STAR), which was originally created to trace drug supply chains. At the same time, the Pentagon Politico confirmed that this program was transferred to the military, but refused to provide any details about its development for reasons of secrecy. It is only known that the US Department of Defense has since made 25 test launches of special balloons from sites in the state of South Dakota.

“They [aerostats] can be used for any number of systems, whether they be communication and data transmission nodes, intelligence, surveillance and target acquisition (ISR) systems, air and missile threat tracking networks, and even various types of weapons. And all this without the use of satellites that move in predictable orbits, — notes Karako.

Politico quotes the words of Russell van der Werff, director of development at the company— manufacturer of such aircraft Raven Aerostar, which is a division of Raven Industries. According to him, the devices are equipped with a flight control unit, which is powered by solar panels, as well as a module responsible for flight safety, navigation and communications. Raven Aerostar also said that the modules of the devices use a patented machine learning algorithm that predicts the direction of the wind and combines sensor data in real time.

Tests of hypersonic weapons have been reported in both Russia and the United States. The last major Russian test was the May 28 launch of the Zirkon hypersonic missile. from the frigate “Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov” in the Barents Sea. The Ministry of Defense reported that the missile successfully hit a sea target located at a distance of about 1 thousand km in the White Sea.

«Zirkon»— Russian-made anti-ship hypersonic missile. It is being developed in the NPO of Mechanical Engineering near Moscow. The rocket can reach speeds of more than 9.5 thousand km/h. Last November, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the missiles would enter service in 2022.

The first salvo launch of “Zircon” took place on December 24, 2021. At the end of the month, the Northern Fleet reported on 12 successful launches of the Zirkon rocket. About ten launches were carried out by the crew of the frigate “Admiral Gorshkov”, two more — the crew of the nuclear submarine “Severodvinsk” (project «Ash»). The Kremlin noted that the successful tests of “Zircon” will be a convincing note for the West.

President Vladimir Putin said in June 2020 that Russia would be ready for the emergence of hypersonic weapons in other countries. According to him, by this time she “with a high degree of probability will have a means of combating these weapons.”

The latest tests in the United States, which took place on June 30 in Hawaii, on the contrary, ended in failure. When turning on the engine on the prototype rocket, a failure occurred, Bloomberg reported, citing US Navy spokesman Tim Gorman. No other details were given.

In April, a source told CNN that the United States had successfully tested a hypersonic missile in mid-March. However, they decided to keep them secret due to unwillingness to allow tensions in relations with Russia to grow, the source said.

The tests in China of a hypersonic missile capable of carrying nuclear weapons became known in October 2021. According to the Financial Times, citing sources, during the tests, the device flew through low-orbit space, but could not reach the target, passing several tens of kilometers away.

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Poll in the United States revealed the danger of civil war

One ​​in four Americans are ready to take up arms against the White House

A quarter of Americans are ready to take up arms against their own government, a survey conducted among registered voters in the United States shows such shocking data. Moreover, sociological data show that most Americans consider the government of the United States “corrupt and rigged.”

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As President Biden pledges another tranche of military aid to Ukraine, boasting that US aid to Kyiv has topped $7 billion, there are dangerous trends in his homeland. The most alarmist-minded observers talk about the “specter of a new civil war” in the States. And this point of view is not without foundation. According to a survey released by the University of Chicago Policy Institute (IOP), about 28 percent of US residents feel so alienated from their government that they “soon need to take up arms” against it.

A survey conducted among 1,000 registered American voters also showed that the majority of US citizens agree with the statement that their government is “corrupt and opposed to ordinary people like me.”

The rift runs not only in relations “vertically” (between citizens and the US federal government), but also “horizontally” (for example, between conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats). New evidence suggests that extreme polarization in American politics and its impact on Americans' relationships with one another remain strong.

The results of the latest poll come amid a congressional hearing on the January 6 insurgency last year, when supporters of Trump, who accused Democrats led by Biden of rigging the 2020 presidential election, attacked the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Republican Trump supporters insist that the committee holding hearings on the Capitol takeover is illegitimate.

The survey shows that distrust of the US government varies depending on the party affiliation of the respondents. Overall, 56% of survey participants said they trust the elections. But if almost 80% of Democrats adhere to this point of view, then among independents the level of confidence drops to 51%, and among Republicans – even to 33%.

According to the survey, 49% of Americans agreed that they “more and more they feel like strangers in their own country.”

Of those voters polled who believe it may soon be necessary to take up arms against the government, 37% have weapons at home, according to the data. The opinion that it is necessary to take up arms is held by a third of Republicans, but among Democrats there were 20% of them (that is, one in five).

At the same time, the respondents spoke negatively about the representatives of political parties located on the other side of the barricades. Seventy-three percent of self-identified Republican voters agreed that “Democrats tend to be bullies who want to impose their political beliefs on those who disagree.” Almost the same percentage of Democrats (74%) expresses a similar opinion about Republicans.

“Despite the fact that we have been documenting partisan polarization in the country for years, these survey results are perhaps the clearest indication of the deep divisions in party sentiment that have gripped the country,” commented sociologist Neil Newhouse, who conducted the survey.

The poll also showed that almost half of the respondents said they avoid political conversations with other people because they do not know what position they stand on. A quarter of respondents reported that they had lost friends due to politics, and the same proportion said they avoided contact with relatives and friends for the same reason.

Back in December last year, a poll by the University of Virginia Policy Center showed that 52 percent of Trump supporters and 41 percent of Biden supporters would like the “Republican” and “Democratic” states to secede from each other and form two new countries in place of the United States. And more than 75% of voters on both sides agreed with the statement: “I believe that Americans who strongly support the opposite party have become a clear and real danger to the American way of life.”

A schism of this magnitude makes US residents remember the bitter experience when, in the second half of the 19th century, a group of states tried to secede from the Union, which provoked a bloody Civil War. It is believed that the withdrawal of states from the United States has no constitutional justification. But given the extreme political polarization of American society, many of whose representatives are armed to the teeth, it is impossible to completely exclude violent excesses that could result in internecine confrontation. And the recent Black Lives Matter riots, and the attempt to seize the Capitol in Washington, which led to the loss of life, are evidence of this.

And in this regard, another characteristic touch. The “glory” of US citizens who are ready to defend with arms in their hands from their own compatriots the “correct”, from their point of view, “American way of life”, went far beyond North America and reached New Zealand. The authorities of this country have included two far-right groups from the States (Proud Boys – Proud Boys and Base – Base) in the list of terrorist organizations. It was the Proud Boys who, during the attack on the Capitol building last year, inflamed the crowd, coordinated attacks on law enforcement officers and led other rioters to break through, the New Zealand authorities explained in the decision. “Baza” was accused of the fact that the key goal of the group is “training cadres of extremists capable of accelerationist violence.” And “accelerationists” in the United States are just called radicals whose goal is to specifically cause chaos and destruction in the country, which would give impetus to ignite a “new civil war”.

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Zelensky spoke about the new aid package from the United States

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a new US military aid package will soon be sent to the front lines. He spoke about this in his video message.

“The US authorities announced a new support package for Ukraine. I am grateful to Biden for this help, it will go to the front line soon,” he said.

Recall that earlier, US President Joe Biden said that more than 50 countries will send a new military assistance package to Ukraine, which will include more than 600 tanks, about 500 artillery systems and other weapons.

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In the United States, dozens of people were detained at protests against the decision to ban abortion

At least 25 people were detained in New York during a protest against the decision of the Supreme Court to abolish the right to abortion.

According to the New York Post, they took to the streets about 17 thousand people. Many carried placards and also chanted “My Body – my choice.

ABC7 TV channel reports that in Los Angeles there were clashes between the police and protesters who threw pyrotechnics and other objects at law enforcement officers. Dozens of people have been detained. In Arizona, the police had to use tear gas to disperse the crowd.

The right to abortion has been in effect in the United States since 1973. On the eve of the Supreme Court of the country overturned this decision and thus gave the opportunity to individual states to make their own rules. Nearly half of the 50 states now plan to ban or significantly restrict abortion in their territories.

President Joe Biden condemned the decision, saying it “sets America back 150 years.”

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Assessed the prospects of the Republican bid for the secession of Texas from the United States

Local separatism called 'polarization on steroids'

Texas Republicans at their convention this weekend called for a referendum to determine whether the state should “reclaim its status as an independent nation.” This is not the first time that some Texans are in favor of secession from the Lone Star State and the formation of an independent state. Let's try to figure out how great the Texas separatists' chances of success are this time.

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Texas Republicans want to secede from the US. Can they do it? “The federal government has violated our right to local self-government. Therefore, federal legislation that violates the rights of Texas under the 10th Amendment should be ignored, opposed, rejected and repealed, ”says the political platform approved by delegates to the Texas Republican party convention.

According to the Independent, calls for secession are nothing new in Texas. After all, this is a state that prides itself on its independence. But do separatists stand a chance in an age of heightened polarization?

Darrell M. West, director of governance research at the Brookings Institution, thinks that's unlikely to happen any time soon.

“There are people in Texas who don't like the direction the United States is headed on a wide range of issues, including immigration, gun control, climate change. But it's one thing to complain about the national government, and another to chart your own course,” he comments to the Independent. “Once they get into it, they will discover how difficult it is. Will Texas need to develop its own currency? Will he have his own army? Will people need a passport to travel from Texas to Oklahoma? And, of course, there is the question of whether the nation will really allow Texas to secede.”

The answer to the last of these questions was already given by the US Supreme Court more than 150 years ago, after several difficult decades that marked the state's youth. As the Independent recalls, Texas was part of Mexico until it gained independence in 1836. It was an independent nation for nine years before joining the United States. Then, in 1861, Texas seceded from the US in solidarity with the “fraternal slave states” and formed the Confederacy, which started the American Civil War.

Even before the end of the Civil War, the Supreme Court declared secession illegal. In Texas v. White of 1869, the court ruled that states could not secede unilaterally and nullified Texans' efforts to secede from the American federation. The state was reunited with the United States in 1870 at the end of the Civil War.

However, some Texans in the Republican-dominated state are holding out hope of choosing their own path again. According to Darrell West, these calls become louder when the White House is occupied by a Democrat. But today the national political atmosphere also plays a role.

“This is the logical culmination of political polarization. There has just been a sharp increase in our internal divisions, and people do not trust each other. Secession is essentially polarization on steroids,” says the expert.

“It just tells us what a perilous time we live in. Crazy ideas that used to be on the fringes are now on party platforms,” adds West.

Dreams of secession are not exclusive to Republicans. When Donald Trump was elected in 2016, the securely Democratic state of California also toyed with the idea of ​​secession—the so-called “Kaliaxite.”

Richard Kreitner, author of Break It Down: Secession, Division, and the Secret History of America's Imperfect Union ”, says that although the secession of any state seems a distant prospect today, this does not mean that it will never happen.

“It is quite expected that a party that has been deprived of power in its largest state will think about secession, as liberals did in the largest Democratic state (California) under Trump,” he says. “However, with each presidency, the flirtation with secession, so to speak, has come closer and closer to completion.”

Kreitner argues that the frequent calls for secession from both sides should cause some soul-searching in Americans.

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In any case, according to Darrell West, it may soon be time for Democrats to think about leaving again. The next few years will likely mark a shift in power from Democrats to Republicans due to institutional imbalances in the Electoral College and the historic precedent of the midterm elections.

“It would actually be shortsighted for Texas to try to leave now, because By all indications, Republicans are poised to do well in 2022 and possibly even 2024. be at the head of the country. Other people may grow dissatisfied with conservative dominance,” West says.

For Kreitner, the “signal” from the Texas Republicans heralds more serious problems with the American political system: “It confirms what we all already know namely, that we have a completely non-functional political system, completely out of step with the challenges that our society faces, and that unless there is some kind of constitutional breakthrough that leads to a more intelligent top-to-bottom recycling, someone will eventually will decide that it is better for them to leave and go about their business.

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Mercenaries from the United States spoke about the “chaos” in the battle near Kharkov

“More than a hundred infantrymen advanced on our positions”

A former American soldier who fought on the side of the Armed Forces of Ukraine spoke in an interview with CNN about the battle, which he witnessed on June 9 near Kharkov, when two US mercenaries Andy Huyn and Alexander Druke were captured. The channel's interlocutor also spoke about the numerical superiority of the Russian military.

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A man named Pip reported that his unit was sent on a mission east of Kharkov, where a full-scale Russian armored offensive was underway. The group was forced to retreat quickly as more than 100 Russian infantry went on the attack. When asked about what happened to Huyn and Druke, Peep replied that he did not have this information.

Another mercenary who participated in the battle, acting as a sergeant, told that there was “absolute chaos” that day. “Our positions were attacked by more than a hundred infantrymen. We had a T-72 that opened fire from a distance of 30-40 meters,” the man shared the details.

Meanwhile, the United States is unable to confirm the location of the third mercenary to go to Ukraine, U.S. Marine veteran Grady Kurpasi, who retired last November. “We don’t know where they are, but I want to reiterate: Americans should not go to Ukraine now,” US President Joe Biden said.

On June 15, it was reported that Russian army soldiers were taken prisoner near Kharkov two American mercenaries who took part in the armed conflict on the side of Ukraine. According to data published by The Telegraph, 39-year-old Druke and 27-year-old Huyn are considered the first Americans captured.

Huyn, in particular, said that he was part of a detachment that belonged to the reconnaissance battalion. After receiving the order to retreat, he and his colleague walked through the forest belt for a long time, and then decided to surrender to the Russian military.

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Peskov called the condition for the resumption of relations between Russia and the United States

According to the presidential press secretary, the only way to normalize relations with the United States would be for Washington to abandon the policy of hegemonism

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become a vassal. About this in an interview with RIA Novosti said the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.

“The only way” it is to abandon the policy of hegemonism in world affairs and understand that Russia does not want, cannot and is not going to be anyone's vassal, in any sense of the word, — said the Kremlin spokesman.

According to Peskov, only when there is a “maturing” that it is possible to speak with Russia on the basis of mutual benefit and mutual respect, then it will be time to plan the next contacts.

Earlier, Peskov said that relations between Russia and the United States are at a zero point, and there is no dialogue between the countries. Assessing the results of last year's summit in Geneva, the spokesman said that they are worthless.

Russia's relations with Western countries deteriorated sharply after the start of a special operation in Ukraine on February 24. President Vladimir Putin, announcing it, said that Moscow took such a step to protect the population of Donbass from “genocide”, to achieve “denazification and demilitarization” Ukraine.

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After the start of the special operation, Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with Russia, introduced martial law and announced general mobilization. Western countries, in particular the United States, have imposed sanctions against certain Russian politicians and officials, as well as members of their families. The restrictions affected banks, industry, transport and other sectors of the economy. In addition, the United States and its allies began to massively expel employees of Russian diplomatic missions.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier that Moscow would “seriously think” before resuming relations with Western countries, even if they offered it do.

At the same time, US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan noted that Washington and Moscow cannot completely break off diplomatic relations, as they must maintain bilateral contacts. “We will also never part at all. We cannot take and break off diplomatic relations and stop talking to each other,— he said.

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Russia’s permanent representative to the EU refused to consider the United States “the ruler of the world”

The day before, the US Treasury Department said that the United States is discussing with its allies a limit on the purchase prices of Russian oil. Russia's permanent representative to the EU said that the world is not limited to the United States, and oil consumption is actively growing in other regions

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The world is much wider than the United States, and energy consumption is growing primarily in Asia, Africa, Latin America, where “Russian energy carriers will be glad to see.” So the Permanent Representative of Russia to the EU Vladimir Chizhov on the sidelines of the SPIEF commented on RIA Novosti Washington's plans to limit Moscow's oil revenues.

“Let's see, because the United States is not the ruler of the world,”— said the diplomat.

The day before, US Deputy Treasury Secretary Adewale Adeyemo said that Russia, after the start of the military operation in Ukraine, probably increased its oil revenues, so Washington is discussing with its allies the possibility of introducing a ceiling on purchase prices for supplies from Russia.

Earlier, the head of the US Treasury, Janet Yellen, voiced this idea: on May 20, she said that Western countries could create a cartel of Russian oil buyers to control the increase in fuel prices, and within this cartel a price limit would be set that would reduce Russian budget revenues without causing ” “too much pressure on the global economy.” The minister warned that such a move could cause “stagflation-type shocks.”

In March, the United States banned oil and gas imports from Russia, and in April, Deputy National Security Adviser Dulip Singh said that Washington intends to deprive Moscow of all income from the export of these resources. In June, the European Union imposed sanctions against Russian oil, banning its shipments by sea.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov ruled out budget losses in 2022 due to restrictions imposed by the EU. According to him, Russia, on the contrary, will increase its profits from energy exports: the country has alternative markets, where Moscow is already increasing supplies. Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak previously reported that Russia has increased exports to the Asia-Pacific region.

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The expert assessed the possibility of the presence of Russian ships in Nicaragua: the underbelly of the United States

Leonkov explained the meaning of the proposal of President Daniel Ortega

The Nicaraguan edition of La Gaceta published on its pages a decree of President Daniel Ortega, which states: starting from the second half of this year, it is allowed to the presence for humanitarian purposes of warships and aircraft of a number of countries, including Russia. We asked for expert opinion on the features provided by the Central American state.

What military prospects in this regard are opening up for our country, “MK” explained the military analyst, editor of the magazine “Arsenal of the Fatherland” Alexei Leonkov.

A number of experts saw in this decision of the President of Nicaragua unprecedented prospects: Russian military bases in the underbelly of the United States with medium-range missiles. And they even began to draw pictures with “Caliber” and “Daggers” getting from Nicaragua to Florida, including Cape Canaveral.

Here they, of course, got excited. In fairness, it should be noted that Russia is not the only country whose army was invited by Daniel Ortega for “humanitarian missions” to the territory of Nicaragua. The list also includes countries that are members of the conference of the armed forces of Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Dominican Republic. And also Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba and, oddly enough, the United States.

How can one explain this step of Daniel Ortega, made immediately after the Biden summit of the “Two Americas”? Why is there such a wide range of countries in the decree of the Nicaraguan leader on military cooperation – from Russia to the United States inclusive?

– If Ortega said that he was going to let only Russia, and even more so China, he would have greatly strained his northern neighbor – the United States. – says Alexei Leonkov. – The secret services would immediately become more active there, with all the ensuing consequences.

US President Biden has just held the long-awaited “summit of the Americas” – North and South. He promised to distribute money to everyone. Although the amounts promised to the neighbors turned out to be absolutely incomparable with those huge billions of dollars that go to help Ukraine.

– Yes, but no one entered into an open confrontation with the United States there either (note that the United States, as the host country of the summit, refused to invite representatives of Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela, which led to a boycott of the event by the leaders of a number of Latin American states – “MK”). Especially Daniel Ortega. He is a “hard-boiled man” and understands perfectly well that Nicaragua is a small country, and if he goes into a fundamental conflict with Biden, he can “break away” on the “defense of democracy” in his small country. Moreover, it will not cost Biden anything. On the contrary, he will earn points on this, which will only go to plus his falling ratings. Biden now urgently needs some kind of victory, and Ortega, of course, will not openly provoke him.

That is why this document contains such a wide list of countries. Say, guys, please come to us with humanitarian missions – the fight against some pirates, or floods – we will always be happy to help you. But in fact, this is such a veiled invitation to Russia …

– That's it. But at the same time, one condition: you will have to ask us if you can come to us? And we will decide who to let in and who not. Thus, the Americans must understand: they seem to be able to enter, but they still have to ask the hosts.

– This means that we are gaining serious influence points around the world. And Latin America has been looking in our direction for a long time. First of all, Cuba and Venezuela. Nicaragua can also be included in this list.

And, of course, in Nicaragua they understand that it is one thing to simply express loyalty to someone, but if such loyalty is backed up by the presence of Russian military equipment, then this is a completely different alignment.

And you need to start here, of course, small. Suppose, for a start, they are allowed to enter the ports of the country in order to replenish food and water supplies. We have ships in the Atlantic, they go to Cuba, to Venezuela. Even our strategic Tu-160 aircraft flew there recently.

Many countries now see America losing its grip. Including thanks to Russia, therefore, such an ally as our country will not hurt anyone.

– For us, such an invitation to our Armed Forces – fleet and aviation – means a lot. Think for yourself: what kind of Russian military aircraft can fly to Nicaragua? Only strategic aircraft. Nothing else will fly. Well, maybe another IL-96 as a civilian aircraft. But we are talking about the military. That is, our “strategists” are hinted: come to visit us, we will refuel you here, treat you with fruit …

– Rather, to military-technical cooperation, where certain horizons and contours are indicated: if possible, in the future we could become, for example, a temporary base for you. We flew in, refueled, took part in humanitarian actions and flew away. Or, let's say, there was a Russian expeditionary naval strike group, entered Nicaragua, conducted joint exercises to catch some drug dealers – pirates of the Caribbean – took a break and went home again.

– Yes, this is actually the same as Cuba, close, close to the USA. Well, of course, if we consider this Nicaragua-Cuba-Venezuela triangle in military-technical terms – if I planned it – then here, of course, Nicaragua and Cuba need to be more actively protected by air defense systems.

It is necessary to install a radar station on the island of Cuba that would “see” the entire territory of the United States, as well as warning systems for missile attacks. In Norway, not far from Murmansk, do they have such a station? Why don't we put a similar radar closer to US territory? You bet and we will. And we’ll also protect it with air defense systems – otherwise you never know, suddenly more and more nervous presidents will come to power there every year?

Approximately the same air defense system could be installed in Nicaragua, creating there layered defense, which should include the S-300 or S-400 complexes, as well as the Buk and Tor complexes. And that's it: the country is immediately protected from the air from possible threats. And we can service this equipment, quietly enter it, establish connections …

– Yes. Our “three hundred”, “beeches” and “toras” are just standing there. With their help, a layered air defense system was created in Venezuela. The Americans have already tried it “by the tooth”, nothing happened. To break through such air defense, you will need to lose a lot of your planes, so they no longer go there. They don't want to embarrass themselves.

Well, if we do the same in Nicaragua, then our “strategists” could eventually fly there. And there, you see, we will bring them our new fighters, new helicopters through Venezuela.

– Well, yes. But we need trade routes, we are developing economic ties with these countries, right? This means that it is necessary to ensure the safety of both these routes and these countries. It's not us, but we and them are being clamped down with all sorts of sanctions, our goods are not allowed in.

But, mind you, we are doing everything peacefully and exclusively for humanitarian purposes. For example, civilian dry cargo ships or some container ships can go there. Although many people know that they can also be transported by missile launchers, for example, anti-ship But this is so, just in case. You never know…

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The Foreign Ministry demanded from the United States an explanation for the transfer of Russian Mi-17s to Ukraine

The United States intends to transfer Russian-made helicopters to Ukraine, the contract for the purchase of which does not provide for their transfer to Kyiv, Zakharova said. She accused Washington of “unbridled desire to pump” Kyiv with weapons “The Foreign Ministry demanded that the US explain the transfer of Russian Mi-17s to Ukraine” />

Russia is demanding an explanation from the United States for the decision to transfer four Mi-17 helicopters to Ukraine, which Moscow previously supplied to Washington for use only by the armed forces of Afghanistan, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. Her statement is published on the website of the department.

“Only this way, and nothing else. However, these legal restrictions, as we see, are not an obstacle for Washington in its unrestrained desire to pump weapons to Kyiv,— Zakharova wrote.

The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized that the rules for the operation of helicopters were enshrined in the contract and the end user certificate. Moscow has repeatedly appealed to Washington with comments on compliance with the agreements, she noted, but Washington insists that military assistance to Ukraine strengthens only the country's defense, and US actions are in line with national interests and legislation. She called the decisions of the American authorities “another egregious fact of violation by the American side of its international obligations.” and “the policy of double standards”.

The representative of the Foreign Ministry also criticized the supply of multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) to Ukraine, doubting Kyiv's guarantees that military equipment would not be used for strikes outside the country. She continued: “We know very well and remember from the history of ‘observance’ of Kyiv what Kyiv’s assurances are worth. Ukrainian side of the Minsk agreements.

We are talking about a $ 700 million military aid package for Ukraine, which US President Joe Biden announced two days earlier, on June 1. He clarified that Kyiv would be provided with “timely and necessary” support, including the Himaris MLRS and its ammunition. The Pentagon added that four Mi-17 helicopters, two radar stations, five anti-artillery radars, 1,000 Javelin man-portable anti-tank missile systems and 50 missile launchers, 15,000 155-mm artillery shells and other weapons will also be sent to Ukraine. At the same time, the department did not specify how the helicopters came into the possession of the United States.

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Washington has previously transferred Mi-17 helicopters to Kyiv, they included in the aid package announced in mid-April. Then they decided to send 11 helicopters to Ukraine.

Five Mi-17 helicopters were already in Ukraine at the time of the start of the Russian special operation, Ukrainian enterprises were engaged in repairing machines, since they were familiar with Soviet-made equipment, The Washington Post wrote, pointing out that in total the United States then planned to transfer 16 helicopters to Kyiv. The helicopters were technically still owned by the Afghan government, but since they were paid for by the US budget as part of aid to Afghanistan, the Pentagon notified Congress last December that it intended to treat the helicopters as the property of the ministry, the newspaper wrote.

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NYT: the United States was afraid of the consequences of the confiscation of Russian assets

The NYT publication reports doubts in the Biden administration.

The New York Times, citing sources, reports that the US authorities fear that the proposed confiscation of the assets of the Russian Central Bank will undermine the US international reputation as a reliable investment partner for storing the latter.

A positive solution to the issue is only possible after the legal and reputational consequences are settled, according to a number of US financiers. According to the source of the publication, officials in the Biden administration announced the illegal status of this seizure.

In general, the country's financial sector took the idea with more caution than foreign countries in Europe, for example, who use Russian assets openly.

The NYT notes that the discussion in the Biden camp is still ongoing.

In particular, the confiscation of deposits in dollars and euros placed in local banks by the Russian authorities before the start of the NWO is being discussed.

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“Most deposited in Europe, including with the Bank for International Settlements in Switzerland”, – the newspaper writes.

Reputational risks may lead to the fact that banks in other countries, and not only Russia, will invest assets not in dollars, but in a different currency, administration officials say.

Recall that about $300 billion of Russian reserves were frozen in the United States.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that the Jersey authorities froze almost 50% of the assets of oligarch Roman Abramovich, in monetary terms – 7 billion dollars.

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The Foreign Ministry announced the continuation of dialogue with the United States on the resumption of START-3 inspections

Russia and the United States did not stop cooperation on the strategic offensive arms reduction treaty, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The agreement expires in 2026. Contract inspections were suspended due to the pandemic

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Moscow and Washington continue to discuss the implementation of the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START-3), the dialogue has not been terminated. This was stated by the director of the department for non-proliferation and arms control of the Russian Foreign Ministry Vladimir Ermakov in an interview with TASS.

“We would like to clarify that the interaction between Russia and the United States as parties to the current START Treaty, or as it is also called START-3, has not been interrupted. In the forms provided for this, the consideration of issues related to its implementation continues, the exchange of the necessary data and notifications is being conducted, — Yermakov said.

He also added that Russia expects to continue this work until the expiration of the Treaty— until February 2026. The diplomat recalled that START inspections were suspended by mutual agreement of the parties due to quarantine in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Russia and the United States signed START in 2010 for ten years. The agreement entered into force in February 2011. According to the treaty, each side must have no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads. The number of deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) ​​and strategic missile-carrying bombers should not exceed 700 units, and the number of deployed and non-deployed launchers of ICBMs and SLBMs and heavy bombers— 800 units.

On February 5, 2021, the agreement expired. The administration of former US President Donald Trump offered to connect China to it, but Russia refused. In January 2021, current US President Joe Biden submitted a proposal to extend START-3. UN Secretary General António Guterres urged Moscow and Washington to act quickly. At the end of the month, Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted a bill to the State Duma to extend the contract for five years.

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Zelensky explained the refusal to “dig trenches” before the hostilities on the advice of the United States

According to him, the United States proposed “to sound the alarm, dig trenches and evacuate people from the country” a year before the start of the Russian military operation, but if Kyiv went for it, there would be panic and the country's economy would no longer exist

The United States offered Ukraine to “sound the alarm, dig trenches and evacuate people from the country” a year before the outbreak of hostilities, but Kyiv did not go for it, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with the Nieuwsuur program on the NOS TV channel.

The head of state does not agree that such measures were necessary because they would cause panic in the country. “It affected our financial situation, budget and economy. Now we understand this very well, — Zelensky said, noting that now the budget deficit that arose in March is at least $5 billion.

If the Ukrainian authorities acted differently, the country's economy would no longer exist.

The Ukrainian leader also said that the allies repeatedly recommended that he immediately leave Ukraine with his family and warned that Russia could take control of the country in three days, and he himself risked death.

On May 21, Zelensky also spoke about the fact that some allies even before the start of the Russian military operation recommended Ukraine to “dig trenches”. According to him, he replied that it was impossible to defeat with a shovel, and asked for weapons.

Before the start of hostilities, the president repeatedly urged citizens not to panic, “not to buy buckwheat and matches.” and “don’t scream that everything is gone.” The situation in the east of the country is under control, he assured.

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The Pentagon denied that the United States plans to destroy the Black Sea Fleet

The fact that the United States is preparing such plans, said the adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby assured that this was not true. He also did not confirm the discussion of the supply of anti-ship weapons to Kyiv. denied that the United States has plans to destroy the Black Sea Fleet” />

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The United States does not have any plans to destroy the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said at a briefing.

“That's not true,” — he assured reporters.

Kirby was asked to comment on a May 20 Twitter post by adviser to Ukrainian Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko that “the United States is preparing a plan to destroy the Black Sea Fleet.”

Gerashchenko also wrote that Kyiv was able to convince Washington of the need ” prepare a plan to unblock the ports. According to the adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the countries are discussing the supply of anti-ship weapons to Ukraine— Harpoon and Naval Strike Missile missiles with a range of 250-300 km).

On May 19, the White House is considering providing Ukraine with anti-ship missiles to overcome the naval blockade of Russia, Reuters reported, citing US officials and congressional sources. According to them, Washington is considering their direct transfer from the United States or from one of the European countries that also has such weapons. Kirby, commenting on this data, said: “I will not speculate about systems that have not been sent or have not yet been approved for shipment.”

On May 19, the US Senate approved the allocation of $40 billion in aid to Ukraine. According to Bloomberg, $6 billion will go to direct security assistance, $8.8 billion— for economic support, $9.05 billion— to replenish stockpiles of weapons from the Pentagon, and other countries that supply weapons to Ukraine are calculated $ 4 billion. Now the law must be signed by President Joe Biden.

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Senator who froze aid to Ukraine spoke out against its success to the detriment of the United States

Republican Rand Paul said that it is irresponsible to allocate $40 billion to Kyiv against the backdrop of the economic situation in the United States. This is how the senator commented on his decision to send the aid package approved by the House of Representatives

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The United States now cannot afford to provide Ukraine with $40 billion in aid, Republican Senator Rand said on WMAL DC Paul, who blocked the corresponding bill in the upper house of Congress. He stressed that he was “very sympathetic” Ukrainians and wants their success, but “not through the bankruptcy of the United States.”

“I think sending $40 billion to another country without checking and making sure no one steals the money,” a recipe for disaster,— he thinks. This does not mean that Kyiv should not be sympathized with, the senator stressed, but “we should not forget that Ukraine has been in the top ten [countries] in terms of corruption for the past ten years.”

Rand Paul said that he represents primarily the interests of the United States. The senator called it irresponsible to provide assistance to another country when the United States itself “does not have enough baby food.”

On May 10, the House of Representatives of Congress approved a bill to help Kyiv in the amount of $40 billion. The package of measures includes the supply of weapons and humanitarian aid. The initiative was supported by 368 congressmen, 57 opposed, after which it got into the Senate.

Paul demanded amendments to the text of the document, as a result of which the final vote in the upper house was postponed. The Republican explained that if the bill is passed, the total US assistance to Ukraine since last year will reach $60 billion, which is more than the State Department's budget for 2022. This amount of funds could accelerate inflation, the senator warned: “This is due to deficit spending.”

The Pentagon then warned that a delay in approving the aid package could lead to interruptions in the supply of weapons to Kyiv.

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