The FT learned about the EU’s plans to hold the first summit with Russia in seven years

German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a proposal to resume meetings with the Russian president. Russia — EU summits have not been held since January 2014

 FT learned about the EU's plans to hold the first summit with Russia in seven years

Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered to arrange a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with the leaders of the European Union, the Financial Times newspaper reports, citing diplomatic sources. According to the publication, this initiative was supported by French President Emmanuel Macron.

According to the FT’s interlocutors, the German and French ambassadors have already started discussing a possible Russia-EU summit with representatives of other European countries. We are talking about the preparation of new proposals that could somehow change relations with Moscow.

According to Berlin, Putin’s meeting with American President Joe Biden in Geneva is a good reason to revive relations with Russia. At the same time, France and Germany insist that the EU has common points of contact with Moscow. Among them are the climate, the situation in the Arctic region, cross-border cooperation, healthcare, space exploration, the fight against terrorism, relations with Syria and Iran.

FT at the same time noted the fact that on the eve of Merkel called Putin in connection with the 80th anniversary of the attack of Nazi Germany on the USSR. “Angela Merkel expressed a sense of empathy in connection with the incalculable troubles and suffering that the war unleashed by the Nazi regime brought. Both sides stressed the importance of preserving the historical memory of the tragic events of those years, ” the Kremlin commented on this call.

According to the British edition, the Franco-German initiative was a surprise for a number of EU countries. According to one of the diplomats, some members of the Union directly indicated that it was not worth doing so. Another FT source said that the European Union is now analyzing Merkel’s proposal.

Russia— EU summits have been held regularly since 1995, either in various Russian cities or in Europe. They discussed issues of respect for human rights in Russia, Moscow’s interference in the affairs of the former Soviet republics, infringement of the rights of the Russian-speaking population in the Baltic countries, the possible introduction of a mutual visa-free regime for tourist trips. The last such summit was held in January 2014 in Brussels. With the annexation of Crimea to Russia and the introduction of sanctions, bilateral summits were frozen.

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The court justified the ban of the FBK with Nazi symbols and hatred of the security officer

Mthe osgorsud, according to documents published on June 23, considered Navalny’s organizations extremist for discrediting the authorities, calling for uncoordinated actions and reposting them by supporters of Nazi symbols and Rammstein clips

 The court justified the ban of the FBK with Nazi symbols and hatred of the security forces

Alexey Navalny

The judge of the Moscow City Court, Vyacheslav Polyga, explained the decision to recognize Alexey Navalny’s organizations as extremist and ban them by saying that their members incited hatred and hostility towards government officials, called for uncoordinated rallies, and also used Nazi symbols and paraphernalia. This is stated in the reasoning part of the decision of the Moscow City Court in the relevant case; its full text was published on June 23 by the association “Team 29”, which represented the interests of Navalny’s organizations in the process.

On June 9, the Moscow City Court, at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office, banned the activities of the Anti-Corruption Fund, its legal entity, the Foundation for the Protection of Citizens ‘Rights (both organizations are recognized as foreign agents) and the public movement “Navalny’s Headquarters”.

Hatred of the security forces and uncoordinated actions

As stated in the motivational part of the decision of the Moscow City Court, the websites of the FBK, the Foundation for the Protection of Citizens ‘ Rights and Navalny’s headquarters, created for the purpose of promoting extremist activities, have repeatedly posted information of an extremist nature. This includes the video “Let’s remember the crooks and thieves their manifesto-2002”, which the Novosibirsk court recognized in 2013extremist material. This video from 2011 quoted the election promises of “United Russia” nine years ago. Subsequently, according to the Sova Center (recognized by the Ministry of Justice as a foreign agent), at least sixty people were fined for publishing this video, including from Yoshkar-Ola, the Voronezh Region, Vologda, Omsk, Tyumen, Mordovia and other regions.

Another argument of the court is that the leaders and members of the FBK, the FZPG and Navalny’s headquarters systematically conduct public events that are not coordinated with the authorities in the prescribed manner. The court lists the protest actions due to the refusal to register independent candidates for the Moscow City Duma in 2019 and due to the arrest of Alexey Navalny in January 2021, and also notes that Kira Yarmysh, Lyubov Sobol, Georgy Alburov are accused of violating sanitary standards (Article 236 of the Criminal Code) in connection with the latest actions.

Navalny’s associates published posts and videos, “encouraging participation in illegal public events, containing false information, discrediting state authorities, and public calls to incite hatred and enmity against government officials,” the document says. During the massat public events organized by them, there were “calls for extremist and terrorist activities”, “violence was used against law enforcement officers in connection with ensuring the protection of public order”, for which many participants of these actions were convicted or are under investigation.

In their “political and extremist” activities, the FBK, the FZPG and Navalny’s headquarters actively involve minors, as well as incite persons who are not direct participants and members of organizations to crimes, the court claims.

The supporters of FBK and Navalny have repeatedly been brought to administrative and criminal responsibility “for holding protest actions, pickets, rallies, committing extremist offenses, namely for calls for extremist and terrorist activities, distribution of extremist materials, propaganda and demonstration of Nazi symbols, calls for violent actions against law enforcement officers,” the court notes.

Among Navalny’s supporters brought to justice for such crimes and offenses, the court names the coordinator of the headquarters in Cheboksary, Semyon Kochkin, who was fined for reposting a sketch from an American TV show that mentioned Chechnya and the Islamic State banned in Russia, the coordinator of the headquarters in Vladivostok, Vladimir Dubovsky, who published a song on VKontaktethe right-wing group “Argentina”, and the head of the Kemerovo headquarters, Stanislav Kalinichenko, who was arrested for three days for publishing an image containing a swastika in Odnoklassniki. Ufa activist Rustem Mulyukov was sentenced to two years of probation for calls for “violent change of the foundations of the constitutional system and violence against government representatives,” the court notes.

The accused and convicted persons in their testimonies spoke about ” political hatred and hostility, intolerance towards certain social groups (law enforcement officers, supporters of active political parties)”They were formed under the influence of the videos and texts of FBK and Navalny,” the court decision claims.

The arguments that the actions of all these people lay outside the scope of the activities of the FBK and Navalny’s headquarters, the court called untenable. The court refused to attach a number of the defendants ‘ evidence to the case.

“Some individual people across the country actually demonstrated [Nazi symbols]. We have only one question: what does the FBK have to do with it? The FBK did not demonstrate this symbolism in any way, and the connection of people with the FBK has not been established, and the court did not even try to establish it. That is, the FBK was charged with something to which they have nothing to do, ” Valeria Vetoshkina, a lawyer of Team 29, told RBC.

Among those who were prosecuted for extremism, the court also names the former coordinator of the Arkhangelsk headquarters, Andrey Borovikov, who was sentenced to 2.5 years in a penal colony for reposting a Rammstein clip, while he was charged not with extremism, but with distributing pornography (Article 242 of the Criminal Code). Before that, Borovikov was fined in 2020 for drug propaganda after reposting the clip of Decla “My ligalayz”.

The list cited by the court also includes the head of Navalny’s headquarters, Leonid Volkov, who left Russia; he is being persecuted for involving minors in protests, violating the sanepidnorm and participating in the activities of an organization that encroaches on the identity of citizens.

Consequences of the court’s decision

The court concluded that Navalny’s organizations “propagandize the ideas of undermining public security and state integrity” of Russia and “pose a real threat to the preservation of the foundations of the constitutional system”, are engaged in “inciting social discord”, hinder the activities of government bodies, including election commissions, and use Nazi paraphernalia. The activities of the FBK, the FZPG and Navalny’s headquarters entail “violation of human and civil rights, causing harm to public order and security,” Judge Polyga is sure.

The actions of the FBK listed in the court decision cannot be considered extremist within the meaning of the law, the Team of 29 is sure. “In general, a closed list of what constitutes extremist activity is contained in article 1 of the federal law “On Countering Extremist Activity”. The prosecutor’s office proceeded from the fact that the FBK calls for a change of power, bypassing the procedures provided for by law-elections. That isuncoordinated protest actions, according to the prosecutor’s office, are equal to calls for a change of power in the country. But how can the FBK try to change the power in the country in other ways? It is impossible for the opposition to coordinate a public event; independent candidates are not allowed before the elections. They simply did not have any methods left, and the prosecutor’s office regarded everything that allegedly does not comply with the law as extremism, ” says Vetoshkina.

The defendants are appealing the court’s decision. If it is approved by the second instance and the Ministry of Justice adds the FBK, the FZPG and Navalny’s headquarters to the list of extremist organizations, employees and volunteers of organizations can be brought as defendants under Article 282.2 of the Criminal Code (organization of the activities of an extremist organization), a possible sentence of up to ten years in prison. Criminal liability is threatened for involvement in the activities of organizations, for their financing, and for demonstrating their symbols. Members of organizations will not be able to actively participate in the elections for some time.

The Prosecutor General’s office demanded to ban the FBK and “the Headquarters Bulk” after their founder returned to Russia from Germany after treatment for severe poisoning. Navalny was arrested, the suspended sentence in the case of “Yves Rocher” was replaced with a real one; now he is being held in a colony in the Vladimir region. Navalny’s detention provoked uncoordinated protests in January, in April, the reason for street protests was the refusal of the colony’s management to allow a doctor to see Navalny, who suffered from back pain and went on a hunger strike.

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Kadyrov complained to Putin about the shortage of coronavirus vaccine in Chechnya

In Chechnya, the number of people who want to be vaccinated has increased dramatically. According to official information, the Republic of the outsiders became the leader in the rate of vaccination campaign

 Kadyrov complained to Putin about the shortage of coronavirus vaccine in Chechnya

The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, during a video call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, complained about the shortage of coronavirus vaccine that the region has been experiencing in the last week.

“There are queues at some vaccination points, we have been experiencing a shortage of vaccines for the last week, and I want you to pay attention to this,” Kadyrov said (quoted by TASS).

On June 9, the publication “Chechnya Today” reported that about 21% of the population (that is, a little more than 110 thousand people) were vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine in the republic. According to TASS, to date, 175671 people (31.5%) have been vaccinated with the first component of the vaccine.

Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova at a meeting with Putin on Wednesday said that Chechnya is now one of the leaders in the rate of vaccination in Russia.

At the same time, in mid-May, the vaccination rate in the republics of the North Caucasus (including Chechnya) did not exceed 5%, according to a study conducted by RBC. The situation was worse only in Dagestan.

On June 23, Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov acknowledged the shortage of COVID-19 vaccines, explaining it as “temporary logistical difficulties”. “I think that in the coming days it will all be compensated and in the required amount, as it was all the previous months, the vaccine will be in civilian circulation,” he said.

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Putin with the phrase “we must go” approved the nomination of Kadyrov for a new term

The World Congress of the Peoples of the Chechen Republic in Grozny also demanded that the head of Chechnya go to the polls

 Putin with the phrase

Ramzan Kadyrov

President Vladimir Putin said that he supports the proposal to nominate Ramzan Kadyrov to the post of head of the Chechen Republic for a new term. The head of state said this at a video conference.

“We must go to them [the elections],” Putin said.

“The region is fully prepared for them [the elections], so as your loyal infantryman, I am waiting for further instructions and ready to carry out any of your orders,” Kadyrov said.

Earlier, the press secretary of the president Dmitry Peskov suggested that Putin and Kadyrov may discuss the issue of the election of the head of the republic on September 19.

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In May, Kadyrov said that he did not rule out his participation in the elections. And he assured that he would refuse this if even a few percent of the population of Chechnya were against it.

The conversation between Kadyrov and Putin took place against the backdrop of the World Congress of the Peoples of the Chechen Republic in Grozny, which was attended by about 5 thousand delegates from 23 countries. According to the newspaper “Chechnya Today”, they adopted a resolution demanding Kadyrov to stand as a candidate for the elections.

“In the name of continuing the political course of the first President of the Chechen Republic, Hero of Russia Akhmat-Haji Kadyrov, whose devoted son you are, you cannot fail to meet our demand,” the text of the resolution says.

Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Ruslan Khasbulatov and representatives of Chechen diasporas in different countries also spoke in support of Kadyrov. “The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, who cares [for the Chechen people] and helps the Chechen people around the world. It is our duty to protect it. I’m ready to fighteven with his brother, if he opposes Ramzan Kadyrov, ” said Ayhan Ergyuven, a representative of the Chechen diaspora in Turkey.

Kadyrov has been the head of Chechnya since 2007. In 2011, his candidacy was approved by the Parliament of the republic on the proposal of President Dmitry Medvedev. In 2016, Kadyrov won the election with 97.94%.

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The British Ministry of Defense denied firing in the direction of the destroyer Defender

Bthe British military decided that their Russian colleagues were conducting exercises in the Black Sea, and not trying to stop the ship. The British Defense Minister assured that the Defender was making a peaceful transition along an internationally recognized corridor

 The British Ministry of Defense denied firing in the direction of the destroyer Defender

Destroyer HMS Defender

The British military has denied a statement by the Russian Defense Ministry that a warning fire was opened on the course of the destroyer HMS Defender, which violated the Russian border off the coast of Crimea.

“The British Navy ship made a peaceful passage through the territorial waters of Ukraine in accordance with international law,” the press service of the British Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

The British military department suggested that the Russian military conducted training firing in the Black Sea, while assuring that no warning shots were fired in the direction of the destroyer Defender.

No warning shots were fired at HMS Defender. No shots were fired in the direction of HMS Defender, and we do not recognize the allegations that bombs were dropped in its path, ” says a message posted on the British Defense Ministry’s Twitter page.

On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that a British destroyer violated the border in the area of Cape Fiolent in Crimea and did not respond to warnings, so the Russian patrol ship was forced to open a warning fire. In addition, the Su-24M bomber dropped several bombs in front of the intruder ship.

The head of the British Ministry of Defense, Ben Wallace, said that the Defender was making a “routine transition” across the Black Sea from Odessa to Georgia, moving along an “internationally recognized corridor”.

“As usual, the Russian ships were monitoring the passage of the Defender, and [the ship] received notification of an exercise nearby,” Wallace said.

HMS Defender is one of six guided missile defense destroyers built for the British Navy. It was commissioned into the British Navy in 2013. The basis of the Defender’s weapons is the PAAMS anti-aircraft missile system, designed to protect ship formations from attacks with missiles, including supersonic ones. In addition, the destroyer is equipped with a 114-mm gun and several anti-aircraft guns. The ship is also capable of carrying a company of Marines on board.

Defender entered the Black Sea in mid-June with the Dutch frigate Evertsen. Before that, the destroyer was in the Mediterranean Sea as part of the air group of the British aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth. On June 21, on board the Defender, which was in Odessa, the Minister for Defense Procurement of the United Kingdom, Jeremy Queen, and the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Alexander Mironyuk, signed a memorandum on the joint construction of warships and bases for the Ukrainian Navy.

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The Ministry of Defense summoned the British attache after the incident with the destroyer Defender

A British diplomat was summoned to the Ministry of Defense after the Russian military opened warning fire on the destroyer Defender, which violated the Russian border off the coast of Crimea. The Ministry of Defense summoned the British attache after the incident with the destroyer Defender

Destroyer HMS Defender

The British military attache in Moscow was summoned to the Russian Defense Ministry after the Russian military opened warning fire on the British destroyer Defender, which violated the border in the Black Sea. This is reported by TASS with reference to the military department.

“In connection with the violation of the state border of the Russian Federation by a British Navy destroyer, the Russian Defense Ministry has summoned the defense attache at the British Embassy in Moscow,” the ministry said.

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On Wednesday, the Ministry of Defense reported that the British destroyer violated the border in the area of Cape Fiolent in Crimea and did not respond to warnings, so the Russian patrol ship was forced to open a warning fire. In addition, the Su-24M bomber dropped several bombs in front of the intruder ship.

Defender entered the Black Sea in mid-June with the Dutch frigate Evertsen. Before that, the destroyer was in the Mediterranean Sea as part of the air group of the British aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth.

The forces and assets of the Black Sea Fleet have begun monitoring the actions of the destroyer URO “Defender” of the British Navy and the frigate URO “Everton” of the Dutch Navy, ” the National Defense Control Center of Russia reported on June 14.

HMS Defender is one of six guided missile defense destroyers built for the British Navy. It was commissioned into the British Navy in 2013. The basis of the Defender’s weapons is the PAAMS anti-aircraft missile system, designed to protect ship formations from attacks with missiles, including supersonic ones. In addition, the destroyer is equipped with a 114-mm gun and several anti-aircraft guns. The ship is also capable of carrying a company of Marines on board.

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The Kremlin announced the correction of the WHO’s comments to the manufacturer of the vaccine in Ukraine

There were complaints from the inspection team, but they have already been corrected, Dmitry Peskov said. The Kremlin announced the correction of the WHO's comments to the manufacturer of the vaccine in Russia

Ufa Vitamin Plant

The manufacturer of the ” V ” satellite from Ufa has corrected all the shortcomings that were pointed out by the WHO in terms of the production of the vaccine, said the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.

“Indeed, there were complaints from the inspection team. And as far as we know, they have already been taken into account and everything that needed to be fixed has been fixed, ” Peskov said (quoted by RIA Novosti).

Earlier, the WHO published a report on the results of the inspection of four Russian enterprises that produce the vaccine “Sputnik V”. To the work of one of them-the enterprise of JSC “Pharmstandard” Ufa Vitamin Plant-the organization had comments.

Peskov noted that the control over the production of vaccines in Russia is carried out by the relevant control agencies. “Of course, the tightest control,” he said.

Earlier, the Ministry of Industry and Trade said that the WHO’s comments relate only to one of the manufacturers and “do not apply to the rest”. The Ministry of Industry and Trade initiated unscheduled inspections at the Ufa plant. After removing the comments, WHO specialists will be able to re-check the enterprise.

In the WHO report, experts expressed concerns about the company’s implementation of “adequate measures to reduce the risks of cross-contamination of the vaccine”, “control of aseptic conditions on its bottling lines”, as well as compliance with production standards. In addition, WHO found shortcomings in the way the identification and tracking of the batch history of the produced vaccine and two medicinal components, designated as “Component I” and “Component II”, is organized.

Roszdravnadzor told RBC that the control of vaccines goes in several stages: the production is controlled by the developer, the manufacturer (the Ministry of Industry and Trade is responsible for this stage) and the actual laboratories of the Ministry of Health. If at some stage a non-compliance with the safety criteria is detected, the vaccine is destroyed.

The Ministry of Health pointed out that citizens receive “only vaccines of proper quality”, since Russia has a multi-stage system of quality control of immunobiological drugs and their admission to the market.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the vaccine “Sputnik V” in Russia is produced at seven sites-this is a branch of “Medgamal” of the N. F. Gamalei Federal State Budgetary Institution, JSC “Binnopharm”, JSC “R-Pharm”, CJSC “Biocad”, JSC Generium, CJSC Lecco, JSC Pharmstandard-UfaVITA.

In early May, the WHO reported that the organization hopes to give a full assessment of the safety of the vaccine “Sputnik V” in late June-early July.

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The Russian ship opened a warning fire on the destroyer Briton

The British destroyer left Russian waters only after warning fire. On the course of the ship’s movement, four bombs were dropped from the plane

 Russian ship opens warning fire on British destroyer

Destroyer HMS Defender

A Russian patrol ship in the Black Sea opened warning fire on the British guided missile destroyer Defender, and a Su-24M aircraft dropped bombs on its course. This is reported by the Russian Defense Ministry, TASS reports.

The British destroyer violated the territorial border in the Black Sea, in the area of the Crimean Cape Fiolent, going 3 km beyond it, and did not respond to preliminary warnings about violating the state border.

In order to stop the advance of the British ship, the Su-24M aircraft performed a warning bombing along its course, dropping four OFAB-250T high-explosive bombs.

The Defender then left Russian territorial waters. The Defense Ministry points out that this was due to the joint work of the Black Sea Fleet and the Border Service of the FSB of Russia.

HMS Defender is one of six Type 45 destroyers of the British Navy. It was launched in 2009. The length of the ship is 152m, the speed is about 30 knots (55 km/h). The destroyer is equipped with a long-range radar station, anti-aircraft artillery, and also has the ability to place missile weapons.

The destroyer HMS Defender entered the Black Sea on June 14, followed by the Dutch air defense frigate HNLMS Evertsen (“Everton”), the Russian National Defense Control Center reported. From that day on, the Black Sea Fleet began tracking the actions of these ships.

Shortly before the Ministry of Defense reported the incident with the violation of the Russian border by a destroyer on June 23, the chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Valery Gerasimov, said at a security conference in Moscow that the activity of the NATO naval forces had significantly increased near the Russian borders.

“Almost on a permanent basis, ships equipped with high-precision long-range missile weapons operate in the Black and Baltic Seas, flights of reconnaissance, patrol and strike aircraft, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles are carried out,” he said (quoted by TASS). Gerasimov added that the actions of the US ships and their allies are “clearly provocative”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also said that Russia is concerned about the build-up of NATO’s military potential and infrastructure near the Russian borders. He noted that the North Atlantic Alliance refuses to engage in dialogue on de-escalating tensions and reducing the risk of unpredictable incidents, but expressed hope that “common sense” and the desire to develop constructive relations with Moscow will prevail.

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The Kremlin said there was no data on lockdowns in the regions

According to Peskov, such decisions are made by the regions themselves, but so far the Kremlin is not aware of such plans. The Kremlin announced the lack of data on lockdowns in the regions

The Kremlin has not heard that any of the Russian regions are going to introduce a lockdown in the near future due to the situation with the coronavirus. According to the agency “RIA Novosti”, this was told to journalists by the press secretary of the president Dmitry Peskov.

Answering the question about the sufficiency of the measures currently being introduced by the Moscow authorities, Peskov noted that the topic of a possible lockdown is the responsibility of the regions. “Here it is no longer important what we think, it is important what decisions are made within the framework of special powers of the region. It is the region that determines the measures that should be taken in the current conditions. We have no information that anyone is discussing a full lockdown, ” he said.

Peskov also responded negatively to the question whether the introduction of lockdown at the federal level is being considered.

This week, the Moscow authorities announced the introduction of restrictions for those who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus. From June 28, they will not be able to visit cafes and restaurants. At the same time, the mayor’s office assured that there are no plans to introduce special QR codes for visiting shopping centers and gyms.

Commenting on the decisions of the Moscow authorities, Peskov said yesterday that some discrimination of citizens without immunity to COVID-19 is inevitable. “People without immunity and without vaccination will not be able to work in all areas. It’s impossible. This will pose a threat to others, ” he explained.

According to the federal operational headquarters, 17,594 new cases of coronavirus infection were detected in Russia over the past day. The most infected people were found in Moscow (6534), the Moscow region (2323) and St. Petersburg (1092).

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Putin proposed a new “security equation” for NATO»

Tthis “equation” should take into account all the factors that affect strategic stability, the president said. According to him, Moscow is committed to dialogue and reaching concrete agreements. Putin offered NATO a new

Vladimir Putin

The North Atlantic Alliance refuses to consider Russia’s proposals to de-escalate tensions, but Moscow hopes that “common sense and the desire to develop constructive relations” will eventually prevail, President Vladimir Putin said in an address to participants and guests of the IX Moscow Conference on International Security.

According to Putin, Moscow seeks to reduce risks, ensure predictability and resolve differences through dialogue and concrete agreements, including in the field of arms control.

“Russia has put forward a proposal to develop a new ‘security equation’. It should take into account all the factors that affect strategic stability in their relationship, ” Putin said.

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According to the president, the willingness to compromise can give a positive result. “A clear proof of this is the extension by Russia and the United States of the Treaty on the Reduction of Strategic Offensive Arms until 2026,” he said.

The development of a new “security equation” for Russia and the United States should take into account, among other things, the situation in space and the problems of cybersecurity, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said earlier. In addition, it is necessary to take into account strategic defensive and strategic offensive weapons in their relationship, as well as strategic offensive weapons in non-nuclear equipment, Ryabkov pointed out.

On June 16, the summit of Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden was held in Geneva. Following the talks, the heads of state signed a joint statement confirming the commitment of Russia and the United States to strategic arms control. The document says that “there can be no winners in a nuclear war”, so the countrieswe intend to launch a bilateral dialogue on this issue in the near future.

Russia and the United States also agreed on the return of the ambassadors. On June 20, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov arrived at the embassy in Washington. US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan will return to Moscow this week, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said on June 22.

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