Reuters reports first US oil tanker arrives in Germany

The tanker loaded crude oil off the coast of Louisiana in the US and offloaded it in Rostock, Germany, Reuters reported. German refineries are looking for alternatives to Russian raw materials due to the partial EU embargo, which will come into force in December 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

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A tanker has delivered US sour crude to the German city of Rostock for the first time amid attempts by local refineries to find an alternative to Russian crude, Reuters reported, citing sources, analysts and vessel tracking data.

We are talking about the tanker Capricorn Sun. It loaded crude oil off the coast of Louisiana in the US and offloaded it in Rostock on August 3, the agency writes.

The tanker was delivering high-sulphur Mars Sour oil. This is the first shipment of this oil to Germany.

According to Jim Mitchell, head of oil research in the Americas at Refinitiv, in the past there were only “a few” US oil in Germany from the United States. deliveries of another grade— West Texas Sour.

German refineries are looking for an alternative to Russian oil in connection with the partial EU embargo. It will come into force in December and will affect sea supplies of Russian raw materials. Under the EU ban, not only oil in its pure form will fall, but also as part of mixtures— so-called blends.

This embargo was included in the sixth package of EU sanctions. The European Union expands restrictive measures against Russia in connection with the events in Ukraine.

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Reuters learned the details of the ambulance delivery of US weapons to Ukraine for $ 1 billion

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The next U.S. security support package to Ukraine will be one of the largest to date, with an estimated $1 billion in weapons and equipment planned for transfer, Reuters reported, citing three people familiar with the matter.

It is planned to that Ukraine will receive ammunition for the multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) HIMARS, surface-to-air missile system; NASAMS and 50 tracked M113 armored personnel carriers, the agency writes. It remains unclear whether the munitions are intended for NASAMS already delivered to Kyiv, or the shells will be pre-positioned in Ukraine before the delivery of launchers, Reuters notes.

US President Joe Biden has not yet signed a document on the allocation of this aid package , its composition may change, sources told Reuters. Ukraine will receive the planned set of weapons and equipment under Biden's authority to transfer Pentagon stocks without congressional approval as a response to an emergency.

NASASMS systems are produced by the American Raytheon Technologies and the Norwegian Kongsberg.


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Six Russian billionaires from the Forbes list fell under US sanctions

The United States imposed sanctions against Melnichenko, Pumpyansky and MMK The list included the co-owners of PhosAgro Guryevs, businessmen Viktor Rashnikov, Andrey Melnichenko and the head of the board of directors of the National Media Group Alina Kabaeva. MMK, STLC and Skolkovo also fell under the sanctions webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

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The United States has updated the OFAC SDN Treasury Department sanctions list, which provides for the blocking of assets, isolation from the dollar system, by adding six Russian billionaires from the Forbes list. This is:

  • former owner of Eurochem Andrey Melnichenko (9th place in the Russian Forbes-2022 rating, his fortune is estimated at $11.1 billion);
  • Head of the Board of Directors of MMK Viktor Rashnikov (18th place in Forbes-2022, $6.6 billion );
  • PhosAgro co-owners Andrey Grigoryevich and Andrey Andreyevich Guryev (24th place, $4.8 billion);
  • co-owner of Sheremetyevo Alexander Ponomarenko (47th, $1.9 billion);
  • former member of the Board of Directors of TMK Dmitry Pumpyansky (not included in the rating of 2022, in 2021 he took 62nd place).

The US Treasury explained that Guryev, Melnichenko and Ponomarenko do not own 50% companies “PhosAgro”, “Evrokhim” and Sheremetyevo Airport, respectively, these companies are not subject to sanctions.

The European Union imposed sanctions against Pumpyansky, Melnichenko and Guryev in early March.

Also under the sanctions were the heads of administrations in the territories that came under Russian control after the start of the operation in Ukraine: the head of Mariupol Konstantin Ivashchenko, the head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region Vladimir Saldo, his deputy Kirill Stremousov.

Except for them in the list the head of the board of directors of the National Media Group, Olympic champion Alina Kabaeva, in the American list she is ranked with Russia and Switzerland. Also, the deputy head of the Innopraktika Foundation, TV presenter Natalia Popova, was sanctioned.

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“These elites and businessmen work in sectors of the economy that bring significant income to the Russian regime, including from sources outside of Russia,”— US Treasury said in a statement.

Washington notes that Andrey Guryev is a “close associate” of the Russian President Vladimir Putin. His son Andrei is also included in the list among the elite close to the Kremlin. Viktor Rashnikov is the majority owner and chairman of the board of directors of MMK, one of the largest taxpayers in Russia. and the State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK).

The United States also imposed sanctions against the Skolkovo Technopark; and the Skolkovo Foundation, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology.

Since the beginning of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, Western countries, including the United States, have already introduced several packages of sanctions against Moscow. The restrictions affected the top officials of the state, the banking and financial sectors, military and technology companies, as well as the reserves of the Central Bank.

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The historian suggested that the US and China could go “on a ram”

“Large-scale armed conflict could break out”

Possible US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan could provoke a large-scale conflict between China and the United States, as Washington will not allow Beijing to “take” the island, after all, if the PRC succeeds, the United States will lose the status of world hegemon. Military historian Yevgeny Norin believes that both sides will not be able to “play back” either, since they made a lot of harsh statements.

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In an interview with, Norin noted that China and the United States, with their rhetoric, are bringing the situation closer when they will have to “ram” in the hope that someone will turn off. According to the historian, this is very dangerous, as it can lead to a large-scale armed conflict.

The expert noted that in this case, China will try to return Taiwan by force, and the United States will do everything to prevent them, since this is a very serious challenge for them. The historian explains this by saying that their hegemon status is at stake, at least in the public field, in the media space.

According to Norin, China and the United States will not bring the “case to sin”, and Pelosi will rather go to any another country in Southeast Asia. The historian believes that the speaker will not make “sudden movements”, since the visit to Taiwan was not officially discussed, and Washington and Beijing, in turn, will find common ground that will satisfy mutual interests.

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US imposes sanctions against “anti-globalist” and “creative diplomat”

The United States imposed sanctions against the president of the anti-globalization movement, Alexander Ionov. The head of an organization that gathered separatists from around the world in Moscow, Alexander Ionov, fell under the restrictions. Sanctions have also been imposed on Natalya Burlinova, an expert on international relations

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The United States expanded sanctions against Russia, imposing restrictions on two people and four organizations associated with them. The president of the “Center for Support and Development of Public Initiatives” fell under the sanctions; “Creative Diplomacy” Natalya Burlinova (expert of the Russian International Affairs Council) and Alexander Ionov, president of the anti-globalization movement in Russia.

It was after Ionov's denunciation that the publication “Medusa” recognized in Russia as a media-foreign agent. Ionov asked to be recognized as a foreign agent and The Bell. The Ministry of Justice eventually entered the founder of the project, Elizaveta Osetinskaya, and editor-in-chief, Irina Malkova, into the register of foreign agents.

Ionov is also known for the fact that in 2016 his movement organized the “Dialogue of Nations” conference in Moscow, to which, for example, representatives of the “Nationalist Movement of Texas”, separatists from Catalonia, Hawaii, Latin America, as well as delegates from the DPR were invited and the LPR.

In addition to the organizations headed by Burlinova and Ionov, Ionov Transcontinental LLC also fell under sanctions; and, which bills itself as the “world news agency”.

“Creative Diplomacy” positions itself as an organization that connects with young leaders in the US and Europe. According to Burlinova, she “specializes in soft power and public diplomacy.”

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“I don’t know how the sanctions will affect me and my activities, I don’t think so. I don't have any connections or accounts in the US. You should probably punch yourself in the chest and say it's cool— to be on such a list, but I feel disappointed: they imposed sanctions on an organization that tried to establish contact with the United States, now there is nothing left between our countries. We have never been seen in such “Russian propaganda” as they call it. On the contrary, we have an English-language program, we have always promoted it, it is done at the expense of the Presidential Grants Fund, this is a normal practice, — commented RBC Burlinova.

“They have exhausted the limit of sanctions, since they descend to our ant level, they impose sanctions against the mother of two children, who has never been seen in anything. I build bridges and they destroy them. I don’t care, I was in America, I managed to travel, I don’t have any property there, but it’s very sad. I don’t have any assets, I don’t have accounts there, it’s more of a political sign, they mark all Russian NGOs that are at least somehow engaged in public diplomacy, — she continued.

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US says Russia’s Sarmat missile is ‘a hell of a good thing’

The head of the strategic command of the United States Armed Forces, Charles Richard, believes that the newest intercontinental strategic missile of the Russian Federation “Sarmat” – “Damn good thing.”

Richard noted that Russia is testing more and more new types of weapons.

“Soon there will be a hit parade of three new weapons systems, including intercontinental ballistic missile “Sarmat”, a damn good thing, which is being prepared for the second stage of testing,” RIA Novosti quotes him.

It was previously reported that the mass production of a new missile had begun. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the first “Sarmatians” it is planned to put it on combat duty by the end of 2022.

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Ukraine will ask the US for “gas lend-lease”

According to the Ukrainian prime minister, “gas lend-lease” is necessary for the successful completion of the heating season. The head of Naftogaz, Yuriy Vitrenko, said earlier that Ukraine needs about $8 billion for this

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Ukraine intends to apply to the United States with a request for “gas lend-lease” for the heating season. Prime Minister Denys Shmygal announced this on Tuesday in his Telegram channel.

“The government of Ukraine has decided to apply to the government of the United States of America to provide our state with a “gas lend-lease” for a stable heating season. Preparations for the worst winter in our history continue, and in this preparation we are looking for all possible tools to be ready for any scenarios,— he wrote.


In early July, the head of Naftogaz Yuriy Vitrenko estimated the gas reserves needed by Ukraine for winter at 6 billion cubic meters. m, which require about $8 billion, reported. The Ukrainian authorities, according to him, are considering various options from where to get money for the purchase of gas, including the issue of obtaining financial assistance for these needs under the American lend-lease program.

July 20 RBC Ukraine» citing his own sources, he said that NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine asked the Cabinet of Ministers for a subsidy of 150 billion hryvnias (about $5 billion) for the purchase of gas for the heating season.

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Since the beginning of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, Washington has already imposed several packages of sanctions against Moscow, and continues to provide military and financial assistance. On May 9, US President Joe Biden signed a lend-lease law for Ukraine, which, among other things, speeds up and simplifies the delivery of military assistance to the country.

In turn, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin then said, that the lend-lease program will lead Ukraine into debt. «Lend-Lease— this is a commodity loan, and not cheap: for all the ammunition, equipment and food supplied by the United States, many future generations of Ukrainian citizens will pay. Zelensky is driving the country into a debt hole, & mdash; he counted.

Lend-Lease— a program under which the United States leased or loaned military hardware and equipment to the Allies during World War II. From March 1941 to August 1945, the United States transferred more than $50 billion in lend-lease assistance to the allies, of which about $11 billion went to the USSR.

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CNN reports US concerns over European energy crisis

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The US authorities have strong concerns about the impact of the energy crisis in European countries on the cost of gas and electricity in America. This was reported by CNN.

The administration of US President Joe Biden decided to send Amos Hochstein, a representative of the US State Department, to Europe on an official visit. In the US foreign policy department, the diplomat is responsible for global energy security issues.

Hochstein will meet in Paris and Brussels with representatives of the leadership of European countries and discuss with them issues of stabilizing the situation on the European energy market. In the US, according to CNN, they are also worried about a possible split among EU members over the gas problem.

Among alternatives, the US and the EU are ready to consider the possibility of increasing the capacity of nuclear power plants. Meanwhile, Germany planned to completely abandon nuclear power plants by the end of 2022.


Zakharova spoke about the pleas of US diplomats not to be photographed with Lavrov

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Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that US diplomats tried to influence the minister's foreign tour Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov. She wrote about this in her Telegram channel.

“American diplomats run from house to house in different countries and beg (don’t laugh out loud now) not to take pictures with Lavrov,” she said, adding that the Americans are trying to prevent Moscow from using these pictures as evidence of the lack of isolation of Russia.

The representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry also convicted American diplomats that they do not even “know” that Russian diplomats are using them for these purposes themselves: “stupidity, aplomb and a complete lack of a sense of reality.”

Last Saturday, July 23, Lavrov arrived on a working visit to Egypt. In Cairo, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry will hold talks with the country's leadership. Then he will visit a number of African countries, including Uganda, Congo and Ethiopia.

Lavrov's African tour will last until July 28.



US reports ‘more aggressive’ aircraft intercepts by China

According to US Commander-in-Chief Mark Milley, China has become “noticeably more aggressive” in recent years, and its actions could threaten key US allies in the

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China behind the last few years has become “more aggressive” in intercepting US military aircraft and conducting unsafe air maneuvers near the borders of American allies. This was stated in an interview for the Financial Times by the commander of the US military, Mark Milley.

“The number of Chinese intercepts at sea and in the air has increased significantly in five years,”— declared the general.

According to him, the Chinese military has become “noticeably more aggressive” and their actions could threaten the security of Canada, Australia, Japan and other US partners.

At the same time, Milley refused to provide specific data on the total number of incidents, but explained that the volume of unsafe intercepts increased “in equal proportion.”

According to the FT, intercepts— just one of the many contentious issues in “stretched relations” between the US and China, so US President Joe Biden intends to hold telephone conversations with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jiping in the coming days.

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Tension between China and the US has persisted for several years. Even under the presidency of Donald Trump, Washington increased the sanctions pressure on Beijing, including because of the Uyghur and Taiwan issues.

The United States has repeatedly stressed that it does not support Taiwan independence. Biden said that the decision on this issue depends on the island itself. At the same time, at the end of May, he stated that Washington was ready for a military response to the possible use of force by China against Taiwan.

In turn, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian stated that Beijing strongly opposes any form of official interaction between USA and Taiwan. In addition, China demanded that the United States withdraw $108 million in military aid to Taiwan announced by the State Department last week.

Taiwan announced its secession from China in 1949, during the civil war. Beijing does not recognize the independence of the island and considers it its province.

The administrative status of the region has not been settled. Washington does not have diplomatic relations with the Taiwan authorities, but since 1979 a law has been in force according to which the United States can supply weapons to the region to protect it. At the same time, Washington adheres to the “one China” policy.

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CNN learned about the possible interception of data on the US nuclear arsenal by Huawei

CNN learned about the possible interception of data on the US nuclear arsenal by Chinese Huawei According to the channel, the FBI suspected that Huawei could intercept classified data, including on the US nuclear arsenal, using cell towers installed near US military bases

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) suspects the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei of possible theft of data on the country's nuclear arsenal. This was reported by CNN, citing sources.

According to the channel, the FBI investigation found that Chinese-made Huawei equipment installed on cell towers near US military bases is capable of jamming and intercepting communications through the Department of Defense , including those used by US Strategic Nuclear Command.

CNN clarifies that the investigation into Huawei was launched during the presidency of Barack Obama, but the details have not yet been known. The investigation was so secretive that some senior politicians in the White House and other government bodies were not informed of its existence until 2019, according to two people familiar with the matter.

In addition, according to the channel, in 2017, the American authorities “quietly covered up” a $100 million Chinese garden project at the Washington National Arboretum proposed by the Chinese government over fears of placing Chinese telecommunications equipment in close proximity to the US Capitol.

At the same time, it is not known whether the intelligence community actually determined any data was intercepted and sent to Beijing from these towers, writes CNN. Huawei, in a statement to the TV channel, denied the possibility for the company's equipment to work in the spectrum allocated to the US Department of Defense.

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Washington included Huawei in the sanctions list due to the threat to national security in May 2019. The United States accused the company of industrial espionage, theft of technology and threats to the economy.

In February 2020, The Wall Street Journal, citing statements by US officials, reported that Huawei has covert access to mobile networks around the world.

According to The Times, the CIA found out that Huawei received funding from Chinese intelligence, the military, and the Central National Security Commission of the Communist Party of China.

In turn, , a representative of Huawei told the newspaper that the company “does not comment on unfounded accusations” that are not supported by evidence and based on anonymous sources.

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FT learns of China’s warning because of US delegation’s visit to Taiwan

FT: China warned the US about the possible visit of the Speaker of the House of Representatives to Taiwan According to Reuters, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi may visit Taiwan in August. FT sources said that China warned the United States against this visit, including threatening a “military response”

China has privately warned the administration of US President Joe Biden about the consequences of a possible trip to Taiwan by Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, the Financial Times reported, citing sources.

According to the publication, the latest Chinese warning contained much bigger threats than those sent by Beijing before. Private rhetoric suggested a possible military response, two people familiar with the situation told the FT.

At the same time, a CNN source told CNN that the Biden administration is concerned that during Pelosi's visit, China could send its fighter jets into Taiwan's air defense zone, provoking a response from Taiwan and the United States.

Nancy Pelosi, according to Reuters, expects to visit Taiwan next week, after her official visit to Japan.

In turn, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that Beijing strongly opposes any form of official interaction between the United States and Taiwan, and Washington should cancel the trip. “If the US insists on going this route, China will respond with strong measures to protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity. All possible consequences that will follow from this will fall entirely on the American side,” — he pointed out.

Taiwan declared secession from China in 1949, during the civil war. Beijing does not recognize the independence of the island and considers it its province.

The administrative status of the region has not been settled. Washington does not have diplomatic relations with the Taiwan authorities, but since 1979 a law has been in force according to which the United States can supply weapons to the region to protect it. At the same time, Washington adheres to the “one China” policy.

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Earlier, US President Joe Biden said that the Pentagon does not support the idea of ​​Pelosi's visit to Taiwan at the current stage. “The military thinks this is not a good idea right now. However, I don't know what the status of this is,— the American leader said about the plans for this trip.

The United States has repeatedly emphasized that they do not support the independence of Taiwan. Biden said that the decision on this issue depends on the island itself. At the same time, at the end of May, he said that Washington was ready for a military response to the possible use of force by China against Taiwan.

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US to give Ukraine 580 Phoenix Ghost attack drones

In addition to drones, Ukraine will receive four HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems, 36 thousand artillery ammunition, anti-tank weapons and vehicles from the United States

US will provide another $270 million military aid package to Ukraine, citing White House spokesman John Kirby told Reuters.

“The Department of Defense will announce today that they are providing Ukraine with up to 580 Phoenix Ghost tactical unmanned aerial systems,”” said Kirby.

Of the total amount, $100 million will be allocated for drones, the Pentagon noted. The rest of the military assistance package is estimated at $175 million. The military assistance package is expected to include four HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems, 36,000 artillery ammunition, anti-tank weapons and vehicles.

In early June, the United States announced the provision of five HIMARS MLRS to Ukraine. The office of the President of Ukraine assured that they did not plan to use these weapons to strike targets in Russia. On June 23, Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov announced the arrival of the complexes in the country. Two days later, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny said that weapons were already being used in the Donbass.

The Russian Ministry of Defense, in turn, reported on the destruction of two installations and ammunition depots for them. The authorities of the LPR and the Russian-controlled Kherson region reported about Ukrainian strikes on their territories from HIMARS.

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Biden’s doctor described the symptoms of the US president’s illness

The text of a letter from US President Joe Biden's personal physician Kevin O'Connor, which describes the symptoms of the American leader's illness, has been published.

It was previously known that Biden had contracted the coronavirus, however suffers a mild illness, having been revaccinated twice.

“President Biden is currently experiencing mild symptoms, mostly runny nose and fatigue, with an occasional dry cough that started last night,” quotes a letter from RIA Novosti.

The President of the United States observes the regime of self-isolation. He will continue to perform his duties remotely by phone and using the Zoom service until he receives a negative PCR test result. Biden is now taking the antiviral drug Paxlovid.

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Iranian President calls for early withdrawal of US troops from Syria

Ebrahim Raisi believes that the US should withdraw troops from Syria. He pointed out that the fate of the country should be decided without foreign interference. According to the Iranian leader, the Syrian conflict can only be resolved by political means =”The President of Iran announced the need for an early withdrawal of US troops from Syria” />

The United States must withdraw troops from Syria and the entire region as soon as possible, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said at a summit on the settlement of the Syrian conflict with the participation of leaders Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

«The fate of Syria should be decided by its people, without foreign interference <…> the illegal presence of US occupying forces will destabilize Syria <…> the powerful presence of the Syrian army will help to preserve the integrity of the country”, — said the Iranian leader (quoted by Reuters).

According to him, the Syrian crisis has no military solution, the conflict can only be resolved through political means, and military action can worsen the situation. Raisi considered the Astana format effective, within which the leaders of the countries meet.

Putin in response spoke about the “destructive line of Western states led by the United States”, which contributes to the growth of crime, extremism, separatism” in the territories not controlled by the Syrian authorities.

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China demanded that the US withdraw $108 million in military aid to Taiwan

Beijing demanded that Washington abandon the arms deal with Taiwan. The State Department announced its approval a few days ago. The Taiwan Ministry of Defense said that the deal will take effect within a month =”China demanded that the US withdraw $108 million in military aid to Taiwan” />

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The US should immediately cancel a deal that provides for $108 in military aid to Taiwan million, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Tan Kefei said.

“China demands that the United States immediately withdraw this plan to sell arms to Taiwan, stop all such arms sales, and sever military ties between them and Taiwan,”— says the statement.

This is how the PRC reacted to reports that the US State Department, in response to a request from Taiwan, approved the provision of services and the sale of equipment and spare parts for the repair of military equipment to Taiwan for a total of $108 million. serves U.S. national and economic interests” and may also “improve recipient security” and “will contribute to political stability, military balance, the economy and progress in the region,” Reuters reports.

The State Department, however, did not specify whether the contract was signed or negotiations were completed. In turn, the Ministry of Defense of Taiwan said that the deal should come into force within a month.


China has repeatedly accused the US of interfering in the country's internal affairs. In particular, in early July, Beijing held military exercises in the Taiwan area in response to support for “separatist forces”; from Washington. Large-scale exercises were also held in April, when the reason was the visit to Taiwan of six US congressmen.

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The United States, for its part, has emphasized that it does not support Taiwanese independence. The decision on this issue depends on the island itself, said President Joe Biden.

Taiwan declared secession from China in 1949, during the civil war. Beijing does not recognize the independence of the island and considers it its province.

The administrative status of the region has not been settled. Washington does not have diplomatic relations with the Taiwan authorities, but since 1979 a law has been in force between them, according to which the United States can supply weapons to the region to protect it. At the same time, the American authorities adhere to the “one China” policy.

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US cargo spacecraft successfully docked with the ISS

The SpaceX Cargo Dragon 2 spacecraft of the United States successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS), TASS reports.

On July 14, the ship launched from the space center in Florida. Docking with the ISS occurred at 18:21 Moscow time.

Dragon is on SpaceX's 25th commercial mission. About 3 tons of cargo was delivered: supplies, equipment, goods for various kinds of experiments.

Recall that the launch of Cargo Dragon 2 was scheduled for early June, but was repeatedly postponed due to various technical problems. So, on July 7, the launch of an American cargo ship was postponed indefinitely due to malfunctions in the operation of its onboard engine systems.

Earlier it was reported that Roskosmos and NASA signed an agreement on cross-flights of cosmonauts on American ships and astronauts on Russian Soyuz to the ISS.

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Saudi prince points out US mistakes after Biden’s words about Khashoggi

On the eve of Biden, he declared the personal responsibility of the prince for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In response, Mohammed bin Salman recalled the torture of US military prisoners in Iraq alt=”Saudi prince pointed out US mistakes after Biden's words about Khashoggi” />

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Saudi Arabia has taken all necessary measures to prevent situations like the murder of The Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the future, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said during talks with US President Joe Biden and pointed out that the United States also made mistakes, including in Iraq , reports Reuters with reference to the statement of the Saudi side following the meeting with Biden.

On the eve of Biden told the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia that he considers him personally responsible for the death of Khashoggi. The American leader also said that he does not regret his campaign promise to make the Middle Eastern country a “rogue” because of the murder of a journalist.

“The Kingdom has taken all measures to prevent similar mistakes in the future,”— quotes Reuters the words of the prince during negotiations with Biden.

Mohammed bin Salman also stated that in 2018 such “mistakes” happened to journalists in other parts of the world. He pointed out that the American authorities also made “mistakes”; and mentioned the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq. In 2004, CBS published a story about the torture and abuse of prisoners by the US military. The American media later published numerous photographs taken by the military themselves along with the prisoners during the abuse.

The Crown Prince also raised the issue of the murder of US-Palestinian journalist Shirin Abu Akle. She worked for Al Jazeera and was killed during an Israel Defense Forces raid in the West Bank city of Jenin. Al Jazeera and the Palestinian authorities blamed the Israeli military for her murder. Israel claimed to have evidence that Palestinians shot at her.

Journalist Jamil Khashoggi has lived in the US since 2017 and worked for The Washington Post. He was killed in October 2018 in the building of the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul, the authorities of the kingdom recognized. The authorities of Turkey, on whose territory the murder took place, claimed that it was Riyadh that ordered the elimination of Khashoggi. The crown prince claimed responsibility for the journalist's death, but said Saudi officials involved in the killing acted without his knowledge. In the case of the death of Khashoggi, five people in Saudi Arabia were sentenced to death, three more received prison terms.

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On July 13, US President Joe Biden began a trip to the Middle East, where he was the first to visit Israel. Before his tour, the American leader wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post. The upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia has drawn criticism, the president admits, but it is necessary because the United States must “resist Russian aggression,” and for this it is necessary to interact with countries that are able to influence global processes. Saudi Arabia, according to him, is one of these countries.

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Iran imposes new sanctions on Mike Pompeo and 60 other US citizens

Tehran has imposed sanctions on Mike Pompeo, John Bolton and Rudolph Giuliani for “supporting an Iranian group of dissidents and militants”

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Iran imposes sanctions on 61 Americans, including former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. This is reported by Eghtesad News with reference to the list of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to the report, the sanctions were imposed for “support for the Iranian group of dissidents and militants” Mujahedin-e-Khalq “; (ICE, MEK)».

Tehran's sanctions list includes:

  • Former US Ambassador to the UN and former White House National Security Adviser John Bolton;
  • Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo;
  • Republican Senator Ted Cruz;
  • Sen. Joseph Lieberman;
  • Former U.S. Donald Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani and others.

In January 2021, the Iranian authorities imposed sanctions on most top-level leaders from the Donald Trump administration, as well as other high-ranking US officials.

Then, the sanctions list included the then-incumbent President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, former Pentagon chief Mark Esper, Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller and CIA chief Gina Haspel.

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Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzade noted that they were sanctioned for supporting terrorist crimes against Tehran. In particular, Iran considers them involved in the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani in January 2020, “financing, arming and training terrorist groups”, Israel's support in the assassination of nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

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Zatulin explained the emergency call to leave Ukraine to US citizens

“Any “emergency” is actually in the interests of the leadership of America”

The United States called on its citizens in Ukraine to leave the territory of Independence as soon as possible. Security considerations are cited as the reason. Ukrainians are already sounding the alarm about this.


"The US Embassy urges American citizens not to go to Ukraine, and those who are in Ukraine, – leave it immediately using the available ground transportation options if it is safe to do so,” – this is called for by a message on the official website of the diplomatic mission. The following is a short guide on how Americans should behave in an emergency.

“U.S. citizens must remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their safety awareness. Know the location of your nearest shelter or protected area. In the event of a mortar and/or rocket attack, follow the instructions of local authorities and seek shelter immediately.

If you feel that your current location is no longer safe, you should carefully evaluate the potential risks associated with moving to another location. ;.

It is noteworthy that once such a “special treatment” from the United States sounded just on the eve of the start of a special military operation. “On the recommendation of the US Embassy, ​​flee Ukraine. They definitely KNOW. As they knew then. Only the authorities will not tell you, – Anatoly Shariy, a well-known Ukrainian politician and journalist, appreciated the call.

Some Telegram channels link the call to the recent attack on the House of Officers in Vinnitsa. Presumably, American specialists coordinating the shelling of the liberated territories of Ukraine could have been stationed there.

The meaning of the US call “MK” disclosed the first deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Konstantin Zatulin.

– Not only the US Embassy, ​​– says Zatulin, – Even before, members of the Ukrainian government have repeatedly appealed to residents of the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, now controlled by Russia, urging them to leave their homes as soon as possible, as Ukraine is preparing for a powerful counteroffensive, and these territories could come under attack. I do not rule out that the situation with the embassy may be a continuation of the same line of escalating tension in connection with the alleged aggravation of hostilities, which is predicted by both sides.

The interest of the Ukrainian side – to be rewarded with new arms shipments to confirm that they are using them effectively. Any “emergency” actually – in the interests of the US leadership, which makes this a pretext for new sanctions and justification of their line.

— Of course it's a tool. This is a public statement, and you can show care without such public statements. The United States does not interfere with those Americans who go to Ukraine as mercenaries. They are, and we have them counted. There are no more of them than mercenaries from Poland or other countries, but they exist. On the one hand, America warns of threats, and on the other – encourages “specialized tourism” to Ukraine, connected with ensuring its defense interests, training personnel, and so on.



US to allocate $368 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine

Washington is providing $368 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, these funds will go to food, drinking water, financial and medical assistance. This is stated in a statement on the State Department website.

“This additional funding, including almost $288 million through the State Department and more than $80 million through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will provide food, safe drinking water, cash assistance, protection, affordable housing, emergency medical care, logistics and humanitarian coordination, —

In total, since the beginning of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine, Washington has provided Kiev with financial assistance in the amount of $1.28 billion.

The day before, the president US Joe Biden instructed to allocate additional military assistance to Ukraine in the amount of about $ 400 million. The US Department of Defense specified that the specified assistance package will include four HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) and their ammunition, three tactical vehicles, 155-millimeter artillery ammunition, explosive munitions, counter-battery systems, spare parts for military equipment and other equipment.

In total, as stated in the Pentagon, the United States has already allocated about $8 billion in security assistance to Ukraine during the hostilities.

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What was the MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor that crashed in the US?

The MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor crashed in a desert area in California. As a result of the tragedy with this aircraft, combining the properties of an airplane and a helicopter, five American servicemen were killed, which was confirmed by the command of the US Marine Corps.

What happened?

The tiltrotor crashed during an exercise in a remote area of ​​Imperial County near the village of Glamis, about 185 km east of San Diego, near the Arizona border. No additional details are given. The military reported that they had launched an investigation into the causes of the disaster.

The United States Marine Corps the day before denied reports that appeared in a number of media outlets that there were nuclear materials on board, as reported by journalists.

Where based?

The tiltrotor was based at Camp Pendleton along with the 39th Marine Air Group and was part of the 3rd Marine Air Wing stationed at Miramar Air Force Base in San Diego. Various versions of the Osprey are used by the Marine Corps, Navy and US Air Force.

What is it?

Osprey — it is a hybrid of an airplane and a helicopter. It can take off and land like a helicopter and move through the air like a turboprop. It combines the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long range and high speed cruising performance of a turboprop aircraft. This is a joint project between Bell Helicopter Textron and Boeing.

Development and Testing

Development has been lengthy due to significant cost increases, partly driven by the “fold” requirement. wings and rotors to fit aboard the ship.

The first V-22 was publicly unveiled in May 1988. It first flew on March 19, 1989 in helicopter mode and on September 14, 1989 in airplane mode. In October 2015, NAVAIR conducted landing and takeoff tests on an aircraft carrier.

Design Features

Tiltrotor is equipped with two engines located at the ends of the wing in gondolas, which can rotate almost 98 degrees. In order to reduce the mass of the structure, about 70% (5700 kg) of the device is made of composite materials based on carbon and fiberglass with an epoxy binder, which makes it a quarter lighter than its metal counterpart.

General characteristics

The crew of the vehicle is 3-4 people, but it can accommodate up to 24 paratroopers. Total length 17.5 meters, weight 14.4 tons. The maximum speed is 509 km/h, the practical ceiling is more than 7 kilometers. The combat range is 1628 kilometers.

Other Incidents

The tiltrotor has been repeatedly criticized for safety issues. As a result of accidents of tiltrotor Osprey, a total of 51 people died

For example, on March 18, four Marines aboard the Osprey were killed in Norway during a NATO exercise. In 2017, the same fate befell three of their colleagues when their MV-22B Osprey crashed off the coast of Queensland, Australia. In 2015, one Marine died and 21 were injured when the MV-22 Osprey they were aboard caught fire during a hard landing. in Hawaii.

In April 2000, when the device was just being developed, there was a crash in Arizona, which killed 19 Marines.

In October 2007, in an article in Time V- 22 was condemned as unsafe, overpriced, and unsuitable for its mission. The USMC responded that the articles are partly outdated, inaccurate and have high hopes for any new field of aviation.






Rogozin announced a significant lag of US missiles from “Sarmat”

The latest Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles “Sarmat” significantly outnumber the strategic weapons owned by the United States, said on the TV channel “Russia-24” head of Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin.

According to him, the technical characteristics of American nuclear weapons are lower than Russian ones.

“And, moreover, they lag far behind the characteristics declared and already confirmed by the first flight design test of our heavy intercontinental ballistic complex “Sarmat”, – said the general director of the state corporation.

Earlier, Rogozin announced the start of serial production of “Sarmatov”. According to the head of Roskosmos, it is planned to put the new missiles on combat duty in one of the regiments of the Uzhur missile formation in the Krasnoyarsk Territory before the end of the year. 

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Unsuccessful start. US test of hypersonic missile fails

A flight test of a hypersonic missile system in Hawaii ended in failure due to a post-ignition problem. This was stated by the US Department of Defense. It turns out that the hypersound test program failed again. No further details were provided. Although the US Department of Defense has no doubts that it will complete the program as scheduled.

What happened?

“The problem happened after the test asset ignited,” — vaguely stated in a statement by Pentagon spokesman, US Navy Commander Tim Gorman. Of course, the program staff initiated an investigation to determine the cause. Although the Department was not able to collect data on all flight parameters, the information obtained from this event will provide developers with new data.

We are talking about testing non-nuclear means of delivering a CPS surprise strike (conventional prompt strike). The United States plans to install this missile on the latest stealth destroyers of the Zumwalt DDG-1000 type, and on submarines of the Virginia type. Project CPS/LRHW — this is the creation of unified sea and ground operational-tactical hypersonic missiles in the interests of the US Armed Forces.

Possible causes

Russian military experts suggest that during the unsuccessful launch of the American missile, the second stage failed. It is she who ensures the stable flight of the product at hypersonic speed. Theoretically, the presence of a second stage indicates that the design of the rocket is too complex and contains several high-tech elements. Their work needs to be linked to each other. This is a rather lengthy and labor-intensive process, which, moreover, will require a large number of tests, as well as launches.

Variable success

The test marked the second unsuccessful test flight of the weapon prototype, known as hypersonic. During the first flight test in October, the launch vehicle failed   been unable to leave the launch pad.

Although in May of this year, the United States announced the successful test of the AGM-183A hypersonic missile. Her speed was five times the speed of sound. The launch was first carried out from air carrier — strategic bomber B-52H Stratofortress.

Where will the weapon be mounted?

The weapons are expected to appear on Zumwalt destroyers and Virginia-class submarines. A ground-based version of the weapon is also being developed, with Lockheed Martin Corp and Northrop Grumman Corp being the lead contractors.

Hypersonic competition

The Pentagon is pushing the fact that Russia and China are also developing weapons. According to Pentagon statements, this project is a response to the Russian Zircon missile system. Russian developers of hypersonic munitions do not seek to create such overly complex missile systems. In & nbsp; in particular, "Zircon" it flies quite successfully without a second stage. China is investing heavily in the "hypersonic project". In July last year, he placed one of the missiles into orbit, which, according to a senior US nuclear commander, covered 40,000 kilometers in more than 100 minutes of flight. In January, North Korea conducted two separate launches of hypersonic missile systems flying several hundred kilometers.


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Borrell says Iran and US will resume talks on nuclear deal

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Iran and the US will resume talks on a nuclear deal, said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell in Twitter.

“At a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, we agreed to resume negotiations between Iran and the United States in the coming days with the assistance of my team to resolve the last outstanding issues,”— said Borrell.

The head of EU diplomacy noted that three months have passed since he suspended the negotiations in Vienna. He felt that the parties need to speed up the work and close the deal now.

The Iranian minister confirmed that the country is ready to resume the negotiation process within a few days, Reuters reported. He expressed the hope that this time the United States will make real steps to complete the negotiations, and Iran will receive economic benefits.

The US, France, UK, Germany, China, Russia and Iran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). They agreed not to impose sanctions on Tehran if the country abandons the development of nuclear weapons, limits uranium enrichment and gives IAEA inspectors access to all nuclear facilities in the country.

However, under the presidency of Donald Trump, the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran accusing the country of violating the agreement. After that, Tehran began to exceed the permissible level of uranium enrichment, and also limited cooperation with the IAEA.

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The next American president, Joe Biden, in September 2021, announced his readiness to return to the nuclear deal with Iran. On March 15, 2022, State Department spokesman Ned Price reported that negotiations were close to the finish line, but some difficult issues remained unresolved. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov then emphasized that the restoration of the JCPOA would lead to the return of Iranian oil to the market.

In April, the Iranian parliament put forward conditions for the renewal of the nuclear agreement to President Ibrahim Raisi. Among them— the US refusal to impose new sanctions against Iran, lifting restrictions on oil exports from Iran and legal guarantees approved by the US Congress that Washington will not withdraw from the agreements.

On June 23, Sergey Lavrov held talks with the head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry. He stated that Russia will seek to restore the JCPOA on the nuclear program in its original configuration, without any changes.

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Russian extradited from Thailand to US faces up to 20 years in prison

Russian citizen Dmitry Ukrainsky, who was extradited by the Thai authorities to the United States, faces up to 20 years in prison, TASS reports, citing the conclusion of the US prosecutor's office.

The Russian is accused of conspiracy to commit fraud, banking fraud, cyber fraud and money laundering.

In particular, law enforcement officers believe that Ukrainian stole the money of American citizens, and then legalized them in Thailand. The man denies his guilt, adding that he has never even been to the United States.

It is noted that the Russian was convicted in Thailand for financial crimes for 10 years in prison. According to the laws of the kingdom, he was to be released on parole. However, a Thai court later granted the request to extradite the accused to the United States, although before that there had already been an extradition order against him to Russia. On June 16, Ukrainsky was taken to the States.

Earlier it was reported that the Russian side sent a request to the US Attorney General to restore the rights of Russian Dmitry Ukrainsky.

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US temporarily withdraws export privileges from Pobeda, S7 and Nordwind

Previously, similar decisions were made by the US authorities in relation to Aeroflot, Rossiya, Utair and Azur Air

The US Department of Commerce withdrew export privileges from Russian Pobeda airlines for six months , S7 and Nordwind, Reuters reported, citing a ministry statement.

It says that the decision was made due to violations of export controls imposed by the United States against Russia after the start of a special operation in Ukraine. The recall will be valid for six months and may be extended, the message says.

RBC sent a request to representatives of S7, Nordwind Airlines and Pobeda.

In April, export privileges were withdrawn from Aeroflot, Utair, Azur Air and the cargo company Aviastar-TU. They were deprived of access to products from the United States, as well as the re-export of American goods from other countries. In May, the US authorities canceled export privileges for Rossiya Airlines.

In late February, the US imposed restrictions on exports to Russia, including in the aviation sector. Aircraft manufactured in the US or with more than 25% US parts require a license.

In early March, the US Department of Commerce banned 100 aircraft, mostly Boeing, that violated US export controls, according to the Department. The decision affected the private jet of businessman Roman Abramovich and the liners of Russian air carriers.

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Against the background of US restrictive measures, the American company Boeing decided to stop servicing and supplying spare parts to Russia.

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Biden said the US and EU knew about the consequences of restrictions on oil

According to the American president, Western countries have cut off Russian oil in response to Moscow's actions in Ukraine, knowing that this will lead to higher fuel prices. But they had no choice

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The US and the EU understood that due to restrictions on Russian oil, they would face higher fuel prices, said US President Joe Biden.


«Russia— one of the world's largest oil producers. We have cut off the supply of Russian oil to the US, and our European partners have done the same, knowing that we will face an increase in gasoline prices,— Biden said.

He noted that one could “close one's eyes” on Russia's actions in Ukraine, but, in his opinion, it would be “wrong.” “I thought so then and I think so now. The free world had no choice, — convinced the American leader.

Biden called for the abolition of the fuel tax for three months, although he acknowledged that this measure would not solve the problem with rising prices, but would ease the burden on families. Authorities levy a tax of 18 cents per gallon (3.78 liters) of gasoline and 24 cents per gallon of diesel fuel.

In early June, the price of gasoline at gas stations in the US hit a new all-time high, exceeding $5 per gallon. Now fuel costs an average of about $ 5. The American leader has repeatedly called the rise in prices for fuel and products “Putin's”, as well as a “by-product” aid to Ukraine. “It will cost the Western countries dearly. This will cost NATO dearly. It will cost dearly to European countries and dearly to us, & mdash; he declared.

The United States refused to import Russian oil in early March. The European Union included a partial embargo on Russian raw materials in the sixth package of sanctions in early June. The ban affected maritime supplies. Russian authorities consider Western sanctions illegal.

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Putin called US statements about “Putin’s inflation” stupidity

The West is using the Russian special operation as a “lifeline” that allows it to “blame its own miscalculations on others,” Putin said. According to him, the increase in imports from the US and the EU led to an increase in prices in the world. 756554722171579.jpg” alt=”Putin called the US statement about “Putin's inflation” stupid” />

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Today's rise in prices— this is the result of systemic mistakes by the United States and the European Union in economic policy, and Russia, with its special operation in the Donbass, has “absolutely nothing to do with it,” President Vladimir Putin said during a speech at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum.

“Recently, more and more often I hear <…> about the so-called “Putin's inflation” in the West. When I see this, I always think: who is this stupidity designed for? For those who can't read and write, that's all. People who can even read understand what's really going on, — he said.


According to the president, Russia and its “actions to liberate Donbass have absolutely nothing to do with it.” «Today's rise in prices— this is the result of systematic mistakes in the economic policy of the current US administration and the European bureaucracy. Here are the reasons. And only in this»,— Putin noted.

Western countries are already using the beginning of the Russian special operation as a “lifeline” that allows them to “blame their own miscalculations on others, in this case Russia.” “They printed money in huge quantities” And then what, where did all these funds flow? Obviously, including the purchase of goods and services outside Western countries. They [the US and the EU] have literally started vacuuming, raking out the global markets. Of course, no one thought about the interests of other states, including the poorest ones, and did not want to think, — the president said. According to him, the poorest countries were left only “scraps”, and even then at “astronomical prices”.

In particular, if at the end of 2019 the volume of imports to the United States was about $250 billion per month, by now it has grown to $350 billion, Putin said. “Growth 40%” in proportion, this exactly corresponds to the unsecured pumping of the dollar mass of recent years, — he said.

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Even higher rates of increasing imports of goods, according to him, are observed in the EU. “It is clear that such a sharp increase in demand, not backed by product supply, launched a wave of shortages and global inflation” that's where it comes from, this global inflation,»,— said the head of state.

And while these countries continue to import, the balance between exports and imports has already shifted to the other side, Putin added. However, the conclusion already suggests itself that “the economy of imaginary entities will inevitably be replaced by the economy of real values ​​and assets,” he noted.

In this way, Putin reacted, among other things, to the statement of US President Joe Biden. Speaking at the Port of Los Angeles last week about inflation and his administration's price-cutting measures, he said the United States “has never seen anything like Putin's tax on food and gasoline.” “Today's inflation report confirms what America already knows: Putin's price hike is hitting America hard— gas station prices, energy and food prices account for half of the monthly price increase in May,— said the president, commenting on the report of the US Department of Labor. According to this report, consumer prices in the country rose by 8.6% in annual terms in May, and this is the largest increase since December 1981. “I'm doing everything in my power to blunt Putin's price hike and bring down the cost of gas and food,” Biden then concluded.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, commenting on the statements of the US President, noted that food prices were rising throughout 2020 and 2021, even before the start of the operation in Ukraine. “If we listen to what the White House says, Biden, calling inside himself, American prices “Putin’s”, “Putin’s tax”, “Putin’s gasoline”, “Putin’s inflation”, & mdash; yes, they live in a fantasy world»,— said the representative of the department, Maria Zakharova, in an interview with the TV channel “360” on the margins of SPIEF.

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