The Ambassador named the main factors when creating the “security equation” with

Paccording to Anatoly Antonov, the new “security equation” should cover all offensive and defensive weapons in nuclear and non-nuclear equipment

The Ambassador named the main factors when creating the

Anatoly Antonov

The goal of the strategic stability dialogue between Russia and the United States should be to develop a new “security equation”. This was stated by Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov during a speech to Russian-speaking students of the Middlebury Institute.

“We proceed from the fact that the goal of the strategic dialogue should be to develop a new “security equation” taking into account all significant factors, ” the diplomat said.

According to Antonov, such an “equation” should cover all offensive and defensive weapons in nuclear and non-nuclear equipment capable of solving strategic tasks.

The Ambassador clarified that it is about missile defense, ensuring predictability and restraint in the missile sphere in the conditions of the termination of the Treaty on the Elimination of Short-and Medium-Range Missiles (INF), as well as preventing an arms race in outer space, destabilizing military technologies and responding to “crisis situations fraught with nuclear escalation”.

As Antonov noted, Russia considers it necessary to do everything possible to prevent the emergence of any armed conflict with the United States, which would inevitably create a threat of escalation “up to the nuclear level”.

In addition, the ambassador said that Russia considers cooperation with the United States in the field of ensuring security in cyberspace to be one of the priority topics. “This is a common problem that needs to be solved. We have submitted concrete proposals on the restoration of interaction mechanisms for the effective investigation of incidents in the information space. We are counting on a positive reaction from the [US] administration, ” he said.

In June, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had put forward a proposal to NATO to develop a new “security equation”. “It should take into account all the factors affecting strategic stability in their interrelation,” the head of state said.

According to Putin, the North Atlantic Alliance refuses to consider Russia’s proposals to de-escalate tensions. At the same time, he noted that the willingness to compromise can give a positive result: “A clear evidence of this is the extension by Russia and the United States of the Strategic Offensive Arms Reduction Treaty until 2026.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stated that the development of a new “security equation” between Moscow and Washington should take into account, among other things, the situation in space and the problems of cybersecurity. In addition, it is necessary to take into account strategic defensive and strategic offensive weapons in their interrelation, as well as strategic offensive weapons in non-nuclear equipment, he pointed out.Instagram Live broadcasts and instant news on our Instagram

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Merkel promised Zelensky to preserve gas transit from Russia

The Chancellor assured Zelensky that the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine will continue after the launch of the Nord Stream-2. “We promised this to Ukraine and we will stick to it,” she said Merkel promised Zelensky to preserve gas transit from Russia

Vladimir Zelensky and Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during a joint briefing with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, stated the need to preserve the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine after the launch of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.

“We want gas transit through Ukraine to remain. And in the future, Ukraine will remain a gas transit country for us even if the construction of the Nord Stream-2 is completed, ” she said.

According to her, there are concerns on the part of Kiev on this issue, but the West takes them seriously. “We will discuss this topic. It will have an important role during my visit to the United States (July 14–16), since the United States also considers this issue essential, ” the Chancellor added.

She recalled that European countries have already negotiated for the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine to be preserved until 2024. “We promised this to Ukraine and we will stick to it. I care about sticking to my promises, and I think this applies to every next German chancellor, ” said Merkel, who will leave her post after the parliamentary elections in September.

The Nord Stream-2 project (the operator is Nord Stream 2 AG) involves the construction of two gas pipeline strands along the bottom of the Baltic Sea with a length of more than 1.2 thousand km each with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters. m per year. They will supply gas to Germany through the maritime territories of Russia, Germany, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Now the pipeline is more than 90% complete. In total, about 5% of the gas pipeline remains to be completed, mainly in the waters of Denmark.

During the implementation of the project, the United States imposed two sets of sanctions against companies and ships involved in the construction of the Nord Stream-2. At the same time, Washington did not impose restrictions on Nord Stream 2 AG. US President Joe Biden has previously said that the construction of the pipeline is “almost complete” and the application of new measures would be “unproductive” for US relations with Europe.

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The pro-Western party won a majority in the Moldovan parliament

Toak Maia Sandu and the ruling party use a “comfortable majority” In Moldova, the pro-Western PAS party won the parliamentary elections, putting the fight against corruption and poverty at the top of the agenda. Now President Maia Sandu will be able to implement what she promised the voters

The pro-Western party won a majority in the Moldovan parliament

The triumph of pro-European forces

The pro-presidential party “Action and Solidarity”(PAS), following the results of the July 11 elections to the Moldovan parliament, won a majority of 63 out of 101 seats. This means that now it can independently form a government without entering into coalitions with other parties.

In order to implement most of the promises made during the election campaign in the next four years, to conduct a socially oriented policy, increase pensions and salaries, and start fighting corruption, this result is enough. The little that the PAS will not be able to change the Constitution without allies.

On the morning of July 12, the elected members of parliament from PAS held a closed meeting at which they discussed the future composition of the leadership of the parliament and the government, its participants told RBC. The speakers read the first number of the party list of Igor Grosu, the prime minister-the second number is Natalia Gavrilitsa.

The elected parliament will be able to meet for the first session no earlier than in one and a half to two weeks, the CEC must officially summarize the voting results and submit the report and all documents related to the election process to the Constitutional Court. The COP will make a decision within ten days from the date of receipt of the documents: to approve their results or not. The first legislative decisions should be expected from the parliament no earlier than August, and it will fully work in the autumn, when the session opens, predicts the third number of the PAS electoral list, Mihai Popshoy.

Igor Dodon, one of the leaders of the bloc of socialists and communists, the main opponent of the PAS in these elections, called on supporters before the voting day to be ready to go out to protest in case of the defeat of the bloc. But the morning after the election, the ex-president of the republic congratulated the competitors on their victory and said that no one should go out on the streets: “People are tired of protests, people are tired of politics, people want concrete results.” Dodon also stated that his party is now going into opposition, adding that ” we did not have such a professional opposition that they [PAS] will have.”

The bloc of Socialists and Communists won 32 seats in the parliament, the party of “Shor” of businessman Ilan Shor, who fled the country,won six seats,other political forces did not enter the parliament.

PAS Reform Program

Founded by the current President of Moldova, Maia Sandu, PAS is a pro-European party, one of its main priorities is rapprochement with the European Union. However, during the parliamentary campaign, the party devoted most of its time to social issues and issues of public support.

“European integration is one of the five key points of our program. This is our strategic vector. The fight against corruption and European integration together— not necessarily in this order— is our political DNA,— says Popshoy. According to him, during the election campaign, the European vector was not articulated, because “everyone already perceives us as a pro-European party”.

PAS expects that the European Union will help the country to carry out all the necessary reforms, including judicial and prosecutor’s offices. A month ago, the European Commission approved a 600 million euro assistance plan to help Chisinau overcome the financial crisis and implement an ambitious reform program, Ursula von der Leinen, the head of the EU executive body, explained at the time.

According to the opinion poll “Barometer of Public Opinion” conducted before the elections, in a hypothetical referendum, 56.8% of Moldovans voted for joining the EU, 27.9% for joining the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). The rest either found it difficult to answer, or did not want to participate in such a vote. PAS wants to bring the number of supporters of European integration to 70%, one of the interlocutors in the party told RBC.

Popshoy is sure that against the background of the “tug of war between the West and the East”, representatives of the former leadership for a long time thought only about their own selfish interests. “In this tug-of-war, they managed to interrupt the anti-corruption agenda with a geopolitical one. But people are tired of it, ” he adds.

Now the PAS has a comfortable majority, the politician continues. “There are several fundamental proposals to change the Constitution,” it is necessary to change what concerns the removal of immunity for corruption crimes. And, for example, to simplify the confiscation of illegally acquired property. There is also a more comprehensive reform of justice and many more things, ” he lists what PAS will need two-thirds in parliament for. “And I don’t think the opposition won’t vote for it,” he added.

One of the traditional controversial issues for Moldova is the issue of relations with neighboring Romania. According to Popshoy, PAS cannot have an official position on the issue of unification of the two countries. “We [in the party] have both those who are for it, and those who are skeptical about this idea. And this is normal. We got 53% of the vote & mdash; if we were a unionist party, we could not get such support»,— he says.

Supporters of unification with Romania— the Alliance for the Unification of Romanians and the National Unity Party & mdash; received less than 2% of the votes in this election.

Reasons for the defeat of the left

According to the survey “Public Opinion Barometer”, Moldovans are most concerned about social problems-poverty (57.4% of respondents put it first), high prices (52.6%), the future of children (45.3%), corruption (43.5%) and unemployment (31.2%). Meanwhile, the left in these elections focused on geopolitical issues, accusing Sandu andits problem is that they are not independent and act under the dictation of the West. As a result, the bloc, which was supposed to promote the social agenda, turned out to be on the opposite flank. While Sandu and PAS almost completely refused to declare any geopolitical plans and offered a socially oriented program.

The interlocutor of RBC, close to the PAS headquarters, also called the complete rejection of pre-election debates with socialists and communists, which they sought, the right decision, because they inevitably reduced to disputes about the geopolitical choice of Moldova. As a result, the Socialists and Communists, on the one hand, were unable to mobilize the left-wing electorate, and on the other hand, they did not convince supporters of rapprochement with Russia to vote for them. The results of voting in Pridnestrovie speak eloquently about this: less than 12% of residents of the unrecognized republic came to the polling stations, less than 30 thousand people (62% of them voted for socialists and communists).

It was also important that Sandu reached the elections with the image of a politician intolerant of corruption and an unblemished reputation, in comparison with Dodon. And the latter was not helped even by the fact that the bloc put the leader of the Communist Party, Vladimir Voronin, as the first number of the list.

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Zelensky explained the purpose of pressure on Russia

At a joint briefing with Merkel, Zelensky stated the need for a meeting of the leaders of the “Normandy four” in order to achieve a settlement in the east of Ukraine. The President added that he wanted the US would like to participate in resolving the conflict in the Donbas

 Zelensky explained the purpose of pressure on Russia

Vladimir Zelensky

The other countries participating in the Normandy format, which, in addition to Russia, includes Ukraine, Germany and France, should put pressure on Moscow to hold talks between the leaders of the states on resolving the situation in the Donbass. This was stated by the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky at a joint briefing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the broadcast was conducted on the Facebook page of his office.

“It seems to me that all countries, we should all turn to the Russian side together and put pressure on the meeting to be held in the Normandy format, and yet we have ended the war in eastern Ukraine and returned our illegally annexed territories,” the president said. He added that he wanted the United States to take part in the settlement of the conflict in the Donbass.

Zelensky said that Germany and France have prepared steps to implement the Minsk agreements, Ukraine has supported this project, and now Russia has it. The Russian side, according to him, has not yet “accepted these steps of ending the war in the Donbass”.

Merkel said during the briefing that Ukraine should include in the legislation the so-called “Steinmeier formula”, which was agreed in October 2019. It regulates the introduction of a special status for the territories of Donbass not controlled by Kiev, as well as the withdrawal of forces and means in the region.

The German Chancellor also touched upon the topic of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. According to her, Berlin stands for gas transit through the territory of Ukraine to be preserved after the launch of the pipeline. Merkel noted that she will discuss this issue at a meeting with US President Joe Biden.

Zelensky arrived in Berlin the day before. Earlier, on July 12, he held talks with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The Ukrainian leader was also supposed to meet with German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, but the talks were canceled.

The Normandy format has been in existence since June 2014 to resolve the conflict in the Donbas. The last meeting of the leaders of the “Normandy Four” was held on December 9, 2019 in Paris. In the final statement, they called for the establishment of a full-fledged truce in the territories of Donbass not controlled by Kiev, the introduction of amendments to the legislation of Ukraine in accordance with the “Steinmeier formula”, as well as the consolidation of the special status of Donbass in the country’s Constitution. Most of the items remain unrealized.

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Data on active cases in the region disappeared from the Stopkoronavirus website

Withaccording to the website ” Stopkoronavirus.the Russian Federation”, the last time statistics on active cases of COVID-19 in the regions were updated there on July 8. The headquarters said that they report new cases, deaths and discharges every day

 Data on active cases in the region disappeared from the site

The website “Stopcoronavirus. rf” has stopped displaying statistics of active cases of COVID-19 in the regions: as of July 12, there is no column “Active cases” in the section dedicated to the situation with coronavirus infection in the regions.

According to the cached copies of the site, which are stored in the web archive, data on active cases is available only until July 8, in the following days (July 9, 10 and 11) they are no longer there. As of July 8, according to the headquarters, there were 423422 active cases in Russia.

The operational headquarters of RBC said that in their daily reports they provide information about new cases of the disease, including without clinical manifestations, deaths and discharged citizens. They advised to clarify the information about the disappearance of the column with active cases from the site. It is written on “Stopcoronavirus.rf” that the site is developed and maintained by the ANO “National Priorities”.

The ANO & laquo;National Priorities & raquo; told RBC that the column & laquo;Active cases» is calculated and the graph of this indicator should be considered only in dynamics— as a characteristic of the development of the pandemic (wave process). “Despite the corresponding explanation to the column published on the website, some media outlets interpreted it incorrectly. The editors of the website “Stopcoronavirus.rf” analyzed the media reports and decided to remove the column “Active cases” as uninformative, ” the ANO reported.

As the Telegram channel Baza drew attention, the graph with active cases disappeared after the data of the operational headquarters on active cases in St. Petersburg diverged from the information of the city authorities.

On July 9, the headquarters reported that there were 711 active cases of coronavirus in St. Petersburg that day. At the same time, according to the headquarters, 1951 new cases of infection were detected in the city during the day. “Fontanka” in the city health committee said that at that time, 11.5 thousand coronavirus beds were deployed in the city, of which only 10% are free. Thus, the publication noted, there were more than 10 thousand patients with COVID-19 in hospitals alone.

The committee did not comment on the information about the number of active cases, noting that the data is formed by the operational headquarters.

According to the statistics of the headquarters, the number of people infected with COVID-19 has been growing daily in St. Petersburg since June. On July 12, he reported 2,029 new cases. In total, 491.9 thousand cases have been detected in the city since the beginning of the pandemic.

Despite the difficult epidemiological situation and the restrictions imposed, on the night of June 26, the annual Scarlet Sails Alumni festival was held in the city. The authorities of St. Petersburg said that in the two weeks that have passed since the holiday, an outbreak of COVID-19 among graduates and their family members has not been recorded. Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova explained the sharp increase in the incidence of the European Football Championship— seven matches of the tournament were held in the city.

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The largest protests since the beginning of the 1990s took place in Cuba

Andthe main reason was the decline of the economy, inflation, a shortage of medicines and other essential goods On Sunday, numerous protests were held in several cities of Cuba. The country’s authorities accused the United States of inciting the demonstrators, admitting, however, that the Cubans have reasons for discontent

 The largest protests since the beginning of the 1990s took place in Cuba

How Cubans remembered the protests

Over the weekend, the streets of several Cuban cities were filled with protesters with anti-government slogans, in some places it came to clashes with the police.

The first city where the protests began was San Antonio de los Banos with a population of 46 thousand people, located south of Havana, The Financial Times said. In addition, anti-government rallies were held in at least eight cities during Sunday, including in Palma Soriano, Matanzas and in the Cuban capital. Hundreds of people took to the streets in each of them.The most popular slogans were “Down with the dictatorship”, “Freedom”, “Homeland and life”(a reinterpreted slogan of the Cuban revolution “Homeland or death”), according to The Guardian and El Pais. According to the latter,thousands of people took part in the actions. The slogans “Freedom” and “Down with the dictatorship”were replicated on social networks, writes El Pais.

The police used pepper spray and batons in a few cases, but there was no mass violence; at the same time, Internet outages were reported on the island.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel visited San Antonio de los Banos on Sunday, and then made an urgent televised address. In it, he accused the United States of inciting protests, but admitted that some Cubans may have reasons for discontent. «[There are people who are] dissatisfied with the situation in which they live, ” he said (quoted by RIA Novosti). The Head of State called on supporters of the authorities to also take to the streets. “We are ready to give our lives. They needstep over our dead bodies if they want to face the revolution. We are ready for anything and we will fight in the streets, ” threatened Diaz-Canel, who has been heading the Communist Party of Cuba since April this year and replaced Raul Castro in this post, which marked the end of the rule of the Castro brothers. In Havana, his call was heard & mdash; on Sunday, an action in support of the government was held there. “We came out to defend our gains,” one of the participants of the rally told The Guardian.

The current protests, as well as the situation in the Cuban economy, reminded many analysts of the period following the collapse of the USSR, when Moscow stopped providing generous financial support to the country. In 1994, thousands of protest marches were constantly held on the island, after which one of the mass waves of emigration to the United States began.

What could have provoked the speeches

In San Antonio de los Banos, protesters interviewed by The Financial Times said they were tired of the communist regime, of shops where everything is sold for dollars, of restrictions due to the pandemic and interruptions in the supply of even essential goods. “I’m here because of hunger, because there are no medicines, because the electricity is cut off, because there is not enough of everything,” the Guardian quotes a 40-year-old participant of the demonstration.

“There is very little objective information on the situation so far. It is hardly possible to talk about a specific instigator, rather it is spontaneous protests against the power outage and restrictive measures in the pandemic, ” commented Andrey Pyatakov, senior researcher at the Institute of Latin America of the Russian Academy of Sciences.Non-governmental organizations in Cuba are in an underground situation, they have not yet shown themselves in any way, he continues. “The effect of lifting the taboo on protests has worked, it accidentally broke out in one place, social networks picked up and spread information about the protests, this became the reason for actions in other places,” Pyatakov suggested.

“The protests started spontaneously in small towns as a response to the economic and health situation and reached Havana on Sunday afternoon. There have already been precedents in recent months— there was a protest by artists («The San Isidro Movement» and & laquo;Groups on November 27 & raquo;)», — said the expert of the club«Valdai & raquo; Andres Serbin, executive director of the Regional Coordination Center for Economic and Social Research (CRIES), based in Nicaragua.

“The San Isidro movement” in 2018 was created by several Cuban musicians, journalists and scientists protesting against censorship in the field of culture. In November last year, they held a protest, barricading themselves in a house in the San Isidro district of Havana and demanding the release of one of the detained members of the group. A week later, the police stormed the building, detaining everyone who was there. After that, another protest rally was held near the building of the Ministry of Culture. The President of Cuba also accused the participants of the “San Isidro Movement” of having ties with the United States.

The key factors of discontent are the rise in food prices and its shortage, the power outage, the lack of medical supplies due to the economic crisis and the tourist downturn, the slowness of economic reforms, lists Serbin. The hopes that the normalization of relations will begin under the new US President Joe Biden, as it was under Barack Obama, have not come true, the expert noted.

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How the US responded to the protests

Solidarity actions were held in Miami, where a large Cuban diaspora lives. Republican Governor Ron De Santis wrote on Twitter that Florida supports the people of Cuba, ” who took to the streets against the tyrannical regime in Havana.” The US President’s National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, noted that ” the United States supports freedom of expression and assembly throughout Cuba and condemns any violence directed against peaceful protestants.”

What is happening with the Cuban economy

The state of the Cuban economy has recently been strongly influenced by the sanctions imposed by the 45th US President Donald Trump (about 200 new restrictive measures were introduced) and the pandemic. At the end of last year, in particular, Western Union money transfer points were closed in Cuba, which limited the ability of the population to receive financial support from relatives abroad.

This year, the Cuban Government began with the reform of the financial system, abandoning the dual currency system: previously, the Cuban peso and the Cuban convertible peso were used simultaneously. Cuban pesos were used by the inhabitants of the island, and the convertible peso, the value of which was equal to one dollar, was mainly used by enterprises in the tourism sector. During the reform, Cubans could exchange a convertible peso for a regular one at the rate of 1: 24, which actually meant the devaluation of the Cuban currency.

There is a shortage of essential goods in the country, including medicines, writes Reuters. To combat the shortage, the government has opened stores where goods are sold for dollars, but it is extremely difficult to exchange pesos for dollars. As a result, prices have soared, inflation will be at least 500% this year, Pavel Vidal, a former economist at the Cuban Central Bank, told Reuters.

Due to last year’s decision of the authorities to close the entrance to the island for tourists due to the pandemic, the tourism industry, which is one of the most important sources of income of the country, has been seriously affected. Restrictive measures remain in place and now a curfew is in effect in most provinces, entertainment facilities are closed, restaurants and takeaway cafes are open, the Russian embassy in Havana reports.

Cubans and the coronavirus

For quite a long time, few cases of COVID-19 were recorded on the island. But recently, the number of cases has begun to grow. The Ministry of Health reports that on July 11, 6923 new cases of infection and 47 deaths were recorded in the country with a population of 11 million people (the data is provided by the government). Developed in Cubaown vaccine, 15% of the population are vaccinated. The pandemic has created additional difficulties for the healthcare system-there is a shortage of medicines in pharmacies: people stand in queues for hours in the provinces, but it is impossible to meet the hype demand for medicines.

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Lavrov said about an important signal from the United States

Thus, the minister appreciated the visit to Russia of the special representative of the US President on climate issues, John Kerry, noting that this will help the development of relations between the two countries

 Lavrov announced an important signal from the United States

Sergey Lavrov and John Kerry

The visit to Moscow of the special representative of the US President on climate issues, John Kerry, is a positive signal for relations between the two countries. This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in his opening speech before the talks with Kerry, the correspondent of RBC reports.

“I consider your visit an important and positive signal from the point of view of the development of bilateral relations, the removal of tensions in them and the establishment of professional substantive work in those areas where we can find common denominators,” the minister said.

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According to him, Russia is ready to strengthen relations “on the basis of an equal and mutually beneficial dialogue, which is aimed at finding a balance of interests”. Lavrov added that Moscow expects close cooperation with Washington on climate issues.

Kerry, in turn, said that there are certainly differences between the countries on some issues, but the climate agenda should be discussed separately. “It is too important, too significant, we must work together,” he said.

Kerry arrived in Moscow on July 12. As previously reported by RBC sources, he will meet with the special representative of the President of Russia for relations with international organizations Anatoly Chubais and the special representative for climate Issues Ruslan Edelgeriev. The representative of Edelgeriev noted that they plan to discuss the Paris Climate Agreement and the role of nuclear and hydrogen energy in ensuring the transition to low-carbon development.

On April 22–23, the international climate summit was held, it was organized in the format of a video conference. The event was initiated by US President Joe Biden, who invited the leaders of more than 40 countries, including Russia, to it.

Vladimir Putin, speaking at the summit, pointed out the need to unite the efforts of all countries in working on international projects to combat climate change. Biden praised Putin’s speech and called the summit “the beginning of a long journey”.

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Putin wrote an article about the wall between Russia and Ukraine

Nthe article is published on the website of the President of Russia in Russian and Ukrainian. It consists of an analysis of the history of the two peoples and an analysis of the current state of affairs. “Russia has never been and will never be “anti-Ukraine,” Putin assured

 Putin wrote an article about the wall between Russia and Ukraine

The article promised during the direct line by Vladimir Putin “About the historical unity of Russians and Ukrainians”has been published on the Kremlin’s website. There is also a translation of this article into Ukrainian. Moreover, in the Russian version of the text, the phrase “in Ukraine” is used, and in Ukrainian, instead of the preposition “in”, the ” in ” is used.

In the introductory part, Putin said that he perceives the wall that has arisen between Russia and Ukraine in recent years as a “big common trouble, as a tragedy”.

“I would like to emphasize right away that I perceive the wall that has arisen in recent years between Russia and Ukraine, between parts of, in fact, one historical and spiritual space, as a great common misfortune, as a tragedy. These are primarily the consequences of our own mistakes made in different periods, ” Putin wrote.

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However, this was not the only reason, the president believes. «[This is also the result of the purposeful work of those forces that have always sought to undermine our unity. The formula that is used has been known for centuries: divide and conquer. Nothing new. Hence the attempts to play on the national issue, to sow discord between people. And as a super-task— to divide, and then to pit against each other parts of a single people»,— he points out.

The historical part of the article ends with the conclusion that “modern Ukraine” is entirely the brainchild of the Soviet era. According to Putin, “the Bolsheviks treated the Russian people as an inexhaustible material for social experiments “and therefore” arbitrarily cut borders, distributed generous territorial gifts”. “One thing is obvious: Russia was actually robbed,” Putin sums up.

In the USSR, the borders between the republics were conditional and were not perceived as state borders. The President recalled the proposal of the Mayor of St. Petersburg, Anatoly Sobchak, that the republics-the founders of the Soviet Union should leave it within the borders in which they joined the USSR. “The Russian Federation has recognized the new geopolitical realities. And not just recognized, but did a lot to make Ukraine an independent country, ” Putin noted and added that in 1991 and 2013, Ukraine saved $82 billion due to low prices for Russian gas.

Putin believes that Ukraine came out of the USSR as a powerful power with advanced industries and developed science, and now it is the poorest country in Europe with a per capita GDP below Albania, Moldova and Kosovo.

“In fact, the Ukrainian elites decided to justify the independence of their country through the denial of its past,” however, with the exception of the issue of borders. They began to mythologize and rewrite history, to erase everything that unites us from it, to talk about the period when Ukraine was part of the Russian Empire and the USSR as an occupation. The common tragedy of collectivization, the famine of the early 30s, should be passed off as the genocide of the Ukrainian people, ” Putin wrote.

Long before 2014, the United States and the EU countries were pushing Kiev to “curtail, limit economic cooperation with Russia,” although at that time it was Russia that was the largest trade and economic partner of Ukraine.

“Step by step, Ukraine was drawn into a dangerous geopolitical game, the purpose of which is to turn Ukraine into a barrier between Europe and Russia, into a springboard against Russia. Inevitably, the time came when the concept of “Ukraine is not Russia” was no longer satisfied. It took & laquo;anti-Russia», which we will never put up with»,— the article says.

Russian Russian and Ukrainian peoples, and first of all the Russian language, have come under attack after the events of 2014, which Putin considers a coup d’etat in Ukraine. “The project” anti-Russia ” was rejected by millions of residents of Ukraine. Crimeans and residents of Sevastopol have made their historical choice. And people in the south-east peacefully tried to defend their position. But all of them, including children, were registered as separatists and terrorists, ” Putin believes.

He called the Minsk agreements an attempt to stop the fratricidal war in Ukraine, while Putin reproached Kiev for officially assuring it of its commitment to the Minsk agreements, but at the same time talking about their “unacceptability”.

“Apparently, and I am becoming more and more convinced of this: Kiev simply does not need the Donbass,” the Russian president noted. According to him, an atmosphere of fear is being created in Ukrainian society, aggressive rhetoric is flourishing, and the authorities are indulging neo-Nazis, the country is being militarized. All this is happening “under the protectorate, under the control of the Western powers”.

“The Western authors of the anti-Russia project are setting up the Ukrainian political system in such a way that presidents, deputies, ministers change, but there is an unchanging attitude to division with Russia, to enmity with it. The main pre-election slogan of the current president was the achievement of peace. This is how he came to power. The promises turned out to be lies. Nothing has changed. And in some ways, the situation in Ukraine and around the Donbass has also degraded, ” Putin wrote.

He assured that Russia remains open for dialogue with Ukraine, but only if the authorities will defend their national interests, and not serve others ‘ interests, and will not be a tool in someone’s hands to fight us.

“We respect the Ukrainian language and traditions. To the desire of Ukrainians to see their state free, safe, prosperous, ” the President of Russia assured.

In the final part, Putin wrote that “Russia has never been and will never be “anti-Ukraine”, and the true sovereignty of Ukraine is possible precisely in partnership with Russia. “Together we have always been and will be many times stronger and more successful. After all, we are “one people”, the President of Russia stated and added that the fate of Ukraine will be decided by its citizens.Instagram Live broadcasts and instant news on our Instagram

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Zelensky’s meeting with the German Defense Minister was canceled without explanation.

Pthe resident of Ukraine during his visit to Germany was scheduled to meet with the Chancellor, the President and the Minister of Defense. But the negotiations in the Ministry of Defense were canceled without specifying the reasons

 Zelensky's meeting with the German Defense Minister was canceled without explanation at

Vladimir Zelensky

The talks scheduled for today in Berlin between German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky were canceled. The corresponding announcement was published on the website of the German Defense Ministry.

Earlier, the German Defense Ministry announced that a bilateral meeting of its head of the President of Ukraine will be held on July 12.

“On July 12, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is waiting for the President of Ukraine, Mr. Vladimir Zelensky, at a bilateral working meeting at the Ministry of Defense in Berlin,” the press service said in a publication.

The conversation was supposed to be about the current development of the situation in the region and bilateral relations.

However, on Monday, July 12, a note appeared above the message that the negotiations were canceled.

The representative of the department did not name the reasons for canceling the negotiations. “The meeting was part of a large program of the visit to the German government. There were reshuffles, and the meeting with the Minister of Defense did not take place or will not take place, but I do not have any additional information for you, ” RIA Novosti quotes a representative of the department.

On July 9, the press service of the Ukrainian president reported that during his visit to Germany, which is scheduled for July 11, Zelensky will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. During the negotiations, the parties intend to discuss “strengthening the role of Germany in the “Normandy format” and in establishing peace in the Donbas, ” they said in Kiev.

On the morning of July 12, Zelensky held talks with Steinmeier. At the time of preparing this publication, there was no information about the results of the negotiations on the website of the President of Ukraine, the press service of the Ukrainian president published only a photo report about them.

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Recently, Zelensky has demanded that Western countries, in particular Germany, provide greater assistance to Ukraine in the fight against Russia’s aggression, abandon the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline and clearly name the dates of his country’s accession to NATO and the European Union.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that the supply of weapons to Ukraine will not help resolve the conflict in the Donbas, it is necessary to remain within the framework of political agreements. According to him, since 2014, Germany has strengthened Ukraine in the civil sector by almost 2 billion euros. Maas also believes that the conflict can be resolvedonly by political means. Zelenskiy also stated that the new US President Joe Biden “should do more”to” contain Russia”and put an end to the conflict in the Donbas. “If the United States wants to see Ukraine in NATO, they should say so directly and do it. Not in words, ” the Ukrainian leader added.

The Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, makes regular harsh statements about Germany’s policy. In particular, in an interview with Deutschlandfunk in April, he called on the West to help Ukraine with modern weapons and immediately accept the country into NATO, and the issue of restoring its nuclear status will be on the agenda. In June, the ambassadorUkraine has announced that it will boycott the event with the participation of Steinmeier, who opened the exhibition “Dimensions of Crime” at the German-Russian Museum “Berlin-Karlshorst”. Soviet prisoners of war in World War II”because of the mention of Russia in the name of the museum.

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