According to Antonov, he will start meetings tomorrow. The diplomat noted that he returns to the United States with an optimistic mood
Russian diplomats will soon have a lot of work to do in the United States. This was stated by Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov before flying to New York from Sheremetyevo airport, RIA Novosti reports.
According to Antonov, he has already scheduled several meetings. They will begin on Monday, June 21, and continue in the following days. “There’s a lot of work to be done. We are counting on progress, ” the diplomat said, adding that he is returning to Washington with an optimistic mood.
At 9: 20 Moscow time, the Aeroflot plane with Antonov on board took off from Moscow to the New York City airport. John F. Kennedy. From there, the head of the diplomatic mission will go to Washington.
The ambassador stayed in Russia for three months-in March, he was summoned to Moscow for consultations after statements by American President Joe Biden, who agreed to call his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin a “murderer”.
The words of the American leader caused a diplomatic scandal. Putin himself “without irony” wished Biden good health in response to his statement. Later, White House press secretary Jen Psaki reported that Biden does not regret what he said.
In April, the Foreign Ministry reported that the timing of Antonov’s return directly depends on Washington’s actions to normalize relations between the two countries. In the same month, Putin’s aide Yuri Ushakov recommended that the American ambassador to Russia, John Sullivan, return to the United States.
Before the meeting between Biden and Putin in Geneva on June 16, both sides expressed hope for the return of the heads of their diplomatic missions to work. At the summit, the presidents agreed to return the ambassadors. In addition, Moscow and Washington will start working together to eliminate problems in the work of diplomats.
PUS companies owned by the former Republican candidate reported on “italiyagate” — the use of satellites by an Italian company and the CIA to rewrite votes in favor of Biden in the November 2020 elections
Two companies from the US state of Virginia in late 2020 and early 2021 were engaged in spreading a conspiracy theory about foreign interference in the US presidential election. This is reported by The Washington Post with reference to congressional documents.
According to the newspaper, at the end of December last year, former President Donald Trump demanded that his associates and senior White House officials find evidence of election fraud. After that, the head of the presidential administration, Mark Meadows, sent acting US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen information about the so-called italiyagate.
The conspiracy theory was that an Italian military contractor colluded with senior CIA officials and used military satellites to steal votes from Trump and redirect them in favor of Joe Biden.
The letter outlining this theory was printed on the letterhead of USAerospace Partners, a Virginia-based company. In January 2021, another organization from this state, the Institute for Good Governance, published a press release in which an Italian prosecutor allegedly confirms the existence of a hacker who confessed to plotting against Trump.
According to WP, both companies are owned by Michelle Roosevelt Edwards, a former Republican congressional candidate. Edwards previously went by the name Michelle Ballarin, but changed it in 2013. The publication, citing the Post magazine, reports that the woman was in a difficult situation in the past. But after the shiftthe name revealed itself in business. She is also known as a defender of the people of Somalia and for negotiating with Somali terrorists and pirates. WP does not rule out that Edwards ‘ position is due to connections among high-ranking people from Somalia. In addition, Edwards and her company are suspected of real estate fraud.
In 2019, the Washington Post wrote that Trump had conspired with Russia for subsequent interference in the 2016 US presidential election. In addition, the publication reported that the ex-president may receive help from North Korea to win future elections.
Trump’s campaign headquarters in 2020 sued WP over these publications. Lawyers for the former head of state claimed that the newspaper knew for sure that the statements about Trump’s conspiracy with Moscow were false, but continued to spread this information.
According to the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Kiev and Ankara are the stabilizing forces of the Black Sea region. In May, he accused Russia of strengthening its military presence in the Sea of Azov and blocking trade routes there.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba during a speech at the Antalya Diplomatic Forum called Kiev and Ankara forces that stabilize the Black Sea region, according to the ministry’s website.
According to Kuleba, ” The Black Sea is now full of threats due to the temporary occupation of Crimea by Russia.” “But Ukraine and Turkey are the two geographically most stabilizing forces in the Black Sea region,” the minister said.
The Ukrainian Foreign Minister added that his country cooperates with Turkey “in almost all areas”, one of them is energy. Kuleba added that Kiev expects the completion of the construction of the Turkish Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP), which will connect the Black and Mediterranean Seas. He called the pipeline one of the elements of strategic energy stability, adding that TANAP will create new opportunities for the supply of liquefied natural gas to the countries of the Black Sea region.
Kuleba also said that the Russian gas pipeline “Nord Stream-2” undermines the energy security of Europe. According to the minister, the only goal of the project is to bypass Ukraine for political reasons, because from an economic and strategic point of view, gas should be supplied from Russia to the European Union through its territory.
In early May, the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry announced the threat of “creeping annexation” from Russia in the Sea of Azov: according to the politician, the Russian side is strengthening its military presence there and blocking trade routes.
Russia suspended the passage of foreign warships and other state-owned vessels in three areas of the Black Sea from April 24 to the end of October. The Kerch Strait and its approaches were not included in the zone. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry protested, calling Russia’s actions a violation of the right to freedom of navigation guaranteed by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Ministry pointed out that according to the Convention, ” Russia should not hinder or hinder transit passage through the international Strait to ports in the Sea of Azov.”
The president of Belarus said that he “feeds” on antibodies by visiting patients with coronavirus in hospitals. Earlier, Lukashenko has repeatedly said that he is not going to get vaccinated against COVID-19, as he has enough antibodies
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, during a visit to the 2nd city children’s clinical hospital in Minsk, said that he was ” fed “with antibodies to coronavirus infection in the “red zones” where infected patients are kept. The video, in which he communicates with doctors, was published by the Telegram channel “Pool of the first”, close to the head of state.
Lukashenko asked the hospital staff if they had been ill with COVID-19 and had been vaccinated, and also asked what level of antibodies they had in their body. “I had 25 a month ago. But I was fueled by being in the “red zones”, the president said.
As BelTA notes, Lukashenko visited several departments of the medical institution, the intensive care unit, the school of diabetes and the isotope laboratory, and also talked with some patients. During a conversation with a sick child, he called himself “glucose for adults” and promised to cure the boy when he grows up: “I will be your glucose. You don’t mind? Think you still have time.”
During a visit to the hospital, Lukashenko also said that in Belarus there is no need to introduce mandatory vaccination against COVID-19, as it was done in some regions of Russia. “God forbid. If such a situation arises, such a principle will certainly be introduced. Thank God, there is no such need yet, ” he said.
In July last year, Lukashenko said that he had been ill with COVID-19.According to the president, he suffered the infection on his feet, without symptoms, and learned about the disease from doctors. Later, he admitted that the coronavirus was “planted” on him. The Head of State also announced his readiness to donate blood plasma with antibodies, so that all the opposition members would receive a drop of blood.
In December, Lukashenko said that he was not going to be vaccinated against the coronavirus: “Immunity is developed, so it will be easier”. Three months later, he confirmed that he did not intend to be vaccinated, as, according to him, a blood test showed the presence of sufficient antibodies after the disease. The President added that he had never been vaccinated against the flu before.
In Armenia will hold early parliamentary elections on Sunday, called after protests over the defeat in the war in Karabakh. Voters will be given 26 ballots, with most of them to be thrown out at the polling station
The live line will be held on June 30, the broadcast will begin on TV channels at 12: 00 Moscow time. Last year, the event was canceled due to the coronavirus
This year, President Vladimir Putin’s direct line with citizens will be held on June 30, the Kremlin’s press service reports.
The program will start at 12: 00 Moscow time, and will be broadcast by the channels “First”, “Russia 1”, “Russia 24”, NTV, OTR, “Mir”, as well as radio stations “Mayak”, “Vesti FM” and “Radio of Russia”.
“The head of state will freely answer questions of interest to the citizens of the country,” the message says. They can be set through the application “Moscow” to Putin, the program’s website moskva-putinu.ru (moscow to Putin.Russian Federation), SMS messages to the number 0 & ndash;40 & ndash;40 and by phone 8 & ndash;800 & ndash;200 & ndash;40 & ndash;40, as well as in the program groups in social networks & laquo; VKontakte & raquo; and« Odnoklassniki & raquo;. Questions will be accepted from June 20 until the end of the program.
In early June, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that preparations for the direct line had begun. Then he did not name the date of the event, promising that it will be known later.
For the first time, a direct line with Putin was held in 2001. Since then, every year, except for 2004, 2012 and 2020, he has communicated with Russians in this format.In 2008 & ndash;2011, when Putin served as Prime Minister, the program was called “Direct conversation with Vladimir Putin”.
Last year, the event in the traditional format was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but,as Peskov reported, “some elements of it” were added to Putin’s big press conference, which was held in December. Also during the year, the president made several televised addresses to the Russians.
When vaccination against coronavirus began, drugs for employees of Russian diplomatic missions in other countries were often delivered by plane to the head of the Foreign Ministry, the ministry said. Now the vaccinations were made by employees of 82 foreign institutions
When the coronavirus vaccination campaign started in Russia, vaccines for employees of diplomatic missions abroad were delivered on the plane of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. This was reported to RBC by the head of the Department of Medical and Wellness support in the Department of Affairs (Department) Foreign Ministry Alina Kosachenko.
“Vaccination began, and often the minister carried the vaccine on his board, and the deputy Prime Minister carried the vaccine, because there are countries where planes simply did not fly then,” Kosachenko said, noting that as a result, most of the Foreign Ministry employees were vaccinated.
According to her, employees of 82 foreign institutions of the ministry were vaccinated against coronavirus. “About 80% of our employees are already vaccinated, all this often in conditions of closed skies. In Europe, Africa, Asia, America, despite the closed sky. Many of our doctors have received state orders for a reason, ” said the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“It’s a lot of work. Now our task is to complete the vaccination, to prevent the virus from being imported by new employees of foreign diplomatic missions, ” she added.
According to Kosachenko, it was especially difficult at the beginning of the pandemic, when not only there were no vaccines, but also there were not enough means of protection. “I remember when we sent masks to our representative office in Shanghai, Beijing, where the box said Made in China. In Italy, about the same was delivered. And doctors have always been at the forefront. Often this is the only doctor at the embassy, ” she said.
As the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, reported in February, vaccination of employees of Russian diplomatic missions abroad and their family members is carried out on the basis of the principle of voluntariness, the staff can choose an alternative vaccination. Diplomats also take into account the possibility of delivering a Russian vaccine to a particular country or using local drugs, she noted.
The Foreign Ministry also said that most foreign countries are meeting Russia halfway in the matter of vaccinating employees of Russian foreign institutions. “We are in cooperation with the ministries of foreign Affairs along the lines of our embassies, in most cases they meet us halfway, realizing that everyone, in general, is in the same boat,” Zakharova said.
In the winter, the ministry invited all foreign employees of diplomatic missions working in Russia to be vaccinated. The ministry noted that this practice is common in many countries.
United Russia has approved the list of candidates for the State Duma elections. The party’s list, as previously reported by RBC, was divided into 57 regional groups. Most of them will be headed by governors
The participants of the United Russia congress approved the party’s electoral list for the upcoming State Duma elections.
At the suggestion of President Vladimir Putin, the head of the list includes Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Chief physician of the infectious diseases hospital in Kommunarka Denis Protsenko, co-chairman of the central headquarters of the ONF Elena Shmeleva and Commissioner for Children’s Rights Anna Kuznetsova. The head of the party, Dmitry Medvedev, did not get into it.In total, the electoral list includes more than 600 candidates for deputies, according to the EP website.
“United Russia”, as previously reported by RBC, divided the party’s list into 57 regional groups. Most of them will be headed by governors. The regional group from Moscow will be headed by the mayor of the capital Sergey Sobyanin, and from the Moscow region-the head of the region Andrey Vorobyov. Also among the current governors are regional groupsIt will be headed by Olsen Nikolaev (Yakutia), Alexey Tsydenov (Buryatia), Igor Kobzev (Irkutsk Region), Andrey Travnikov (Novosibirsk Region). The head of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov became the leader of the regional group for the republic and Sevastopol, the acting head of Dagestan Sergey Melikov for Dagestan, the Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov for Chechnya.
The largest regional group in the Far East will be headed by Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev, as previously reported by RBC. Number one in the EP list for Tatarstan is the President of the Republic, Rustam Minnikhanov. The former head of the FIU and former Minister of Labor and Social Protection Maxim Topilin joined this regional group. His possible participation in the campaign was previously reported by RBC sources. One of the interlocutors of RBC said that the nomination to the State Duma is a personal initiative of the former head of the Pension Fund.
Presidential Envoy to the Ural Federal District and former Minister of Construction and Housing and Communal Services Vladimir Yakushev headed the regional group No. 9 for the Kurgan, Tyumen regions, KhMAO and YaNAO. The leader of the regional group of the EP list in St. Petersburg was the director of the Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky.
State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin will head the party’s electoral list for the Saratov region. He will also be nominated to the State Duma from the Saratov 163rd single-member electoral district. Group No. 31 (Kostroma and Yaroslavl regions) will be headed by the State Duma Deputy, the first female cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova.
In addition, the EP approved candidates for single-member districts. Among them are deputies Sergey Neverov (Smolensk region), Andrey Isaev (Udmurt single-member electoral district), Nikolai Valuev (Bryansk Region), deputy Alexander Khinshtein is represented in the Samara single-member district, and Irina Yarovaya in the Kamchatka Territory. Amongthe new candidates are the Minister of Sports of the Moscow Region Roman Teryushkov, who is participating in the elections from the Lyubertsy single-member district, the rector of the D. I. Mendeleev RCTU Alexander Mazhuga (Tushinsky electoral district of Moscow) and the president of the medical center named after him. Dmitry Rogachev Alexander Rumyantsev (Cheremushkinsky electoral district of the capital).
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s State Duma elections will be held in three days, from September 17 to 19. A total of 450 deputies will be elected, of which 225 will be on party lists, and another 225 will be on single-member constituencies. In Moscow, Sevastopol, Kursk, Murmansk, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov and Yaroslavl regions, you can vote online.
Putin proposed to include five people in the top five of the United Russia list in the State Duma elections, but Medvedev was not among them. Sources of RBC assumed that this would happen and that the head of the party would lead her campaign
Dmitry Medvedev at the XX Congress of the All-Russian political Party “United Russia”
Among the candidates for the federal list of “United Russia” for the upcoming State Duma elections, which were announced by President Vladimir Putin at the party congress, there was no leader, Deputy chairman of the Security Council and former Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Medvedev, after Putin’s speech, said that the federal five list is a joint proposal from him and the president. The list includes Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, chief physician of the hospital in Kommunarka Denis Protsenko, co-chairman of the ONF Elena Shmeleva and Commissioner for Children Anna Kuznetsova.
“These candidates are our joint proposal with Vladimir Putin. We can entrust the party to people who work in the most important areas of our life, which are well known to the people of our country. I hope that you will support the president’s proposal, ” he said, according to a RBC correspondent.
The fact that Medvedev may not be included in the federal part of the list of “United Russia”, was previously reported by sources of RBC. According to them, the party also discussed the option in which Medvedev will not be on the election list. Among the reasons, one of the interlocutors of RBC called the fact that Medvedev’s leadership is now not added to the EP in terms of rating and in connection with its sociological indicators can cause “unnecessary conversations and discussions”.
According to VTSIOM at the end of May, 23.3% of respondents said they trusted Medvedev, and 66.6% said they did not trust him (a closed question, when a respondent should choose one politician from the proposed list). According to the answers to an open question, when respondents could name any number of politicians, 2.1% of citizens expressed confidence in the chairman of United Russia, and 12.1% expressed distrust.
If Medvedev is not included in the federal list of the EP, it will need to be explained to the voter, said the source of RBC. According to him, it is possible that Medvedev, as the head of the party, will lead its campaign, while remaining in the post of deputy head of the Security Council.
At the congress, Putin explained his proposal for the federal five of United Russia by saying that the party, especially its head list, should include both “political heavyweights” and new members-those who “represent important areas of our life”.
Pthe resident did not name the head of United Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, among those whom he proposed to nominate to the federal five. The fact that Medvedev may not be included in this part of the EP list, RBC sources said
Vladimir Putin at the XX Congress of the All-Russian political Party “United Russia”
At the congress of “United Russia” held in Moscow, President Vladimir Putin named Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, chief physician of the hospital in Kommunarka Denis Protsenko, co-chairman of the ONF Elena Shmeleva and Commissioner for Children Anna Kuznetsova as those who deserve to be included in the federal part of the list, the correspondent of RBC reports.
“In my opinion, the list, especially the top five, should look so that there are both those who are commonly called political heavyweights, and relatively new ones-those who represent important areas of our life. These are support for children, education, healthcare, defending the country’s interests in the international arena, strengthening the state’s defense capability, ” he said.
Shoigu, after the president’s proposal to include him in the head list, expressed gratitude to the president for his trust. “If you support our inclusion in the party list, we will try to do everything to justify this trust. Comparing the situation of 20 years ago with today, we can say that we have done a lot, ” he said.
The name of the party chairman Dmitry Medvedev was not mentioned. The fact that it may not be included in the main part of the EP list, RBC sources previously said. According to them, they also discussed a scenario in which the party chairman will not end up on the electoral list. Firstly, his leadership now has not added to the popularity of United Russia in terms of rating; secondly, the party now has some advantage in the agenda, and Medvedev’s leadership with his sociological indicators can cause “unnecessary conversations and discussions”, explained one of the interlocutors of RBC.
The United Russia congress will approve the draft election program for the party to go to the polls in September, as well as a list of candidates for State Duma deputies and candidates for single-member districts.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s State Duma elections will be held in three days, from September 17 to 19. A total of 450 deputies will be elected, of which 225 will be on party lists, and another 225 will be on single-member constituencies. Residents of Moscow, Sevastopol, Kursk, Murmansk, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov and Yaroslavl regions will be able to vote online.