Erdogan visited Aliyev in the Karabakh Shusha

ShUsha is one of the key cities of Nagorno-Karabakh. Its loss by the Armenian military was one of the final events of the conflict in the fall of 2020. Erdogan was accused of directly supporting the fighting in Karabakh

 Erdogan came to see Aliyev in the Karabakh Shusha

Recep Erdogan and Ilham Aliyev

The official welcoming ceremony of Turkish President Recep Erdogan, who arrived in Azerbaijan on a visit today, was held in the city of Shusha, located in Nagorno-Karabakh. This is stated in the message published on the website of the President of Azerbaijan.


A company of honor guards was formed in the square in honor of the Turkish President, and the national anthems of Turkey and Azerbaijan were played.

The Presidents of Azerbaijan and Turkey were accompanied by their wives Mehriban Aliyeva and Amina Erdogan.

During their stay in Shusha, the presidents signed several interstate agreements, including the Shusha Declaration on Allied Relations.

In addition, Erdogan announced that Turkey plans to open a consulate general in Shusha.

In May 2021, Aliyev officially declared Shusha (the Armenians call it Shushi) the cultural capital of the country. The order signed by him stated that the decision was made to “restore the historical appearance of the city of Shusha, return it to its former glory and resume the traditional meaningful cultural life”. It is also planned to position the city on the world stage as a “bright pearl of the centuries-old rich culture of Azerbaijan”.

The document spoke about the “exceptional spiritual value for the Azerbaijani people” of the city of Shusha and that they should be treated “with special care and sensitivity”.

Aliyev announced the capture of Shushi by the Azerbaijani military on November 8, 2020.”We won this victory on the battlefield, not at the negotiating table. I have said many times that despite all the statements, there are military solutions to this conflict…”and today we proved it,” he said at the time.Aliyev noted that “almost 30 years of senseless negotiations have not led to any result” and the ancient historical lands of Azerbaijan have been occupied all this time. In conducting the negotiations, Armenia, according to Aliyev, ” just wanted to buy time and consolidate the status quo.”

Large-scale military operations in Nagorno-Karabakh began on September 27, 2020. They ended on November 10, when, with the mediation of Russia, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and the President of Azerbaijan announced the cessation of hostilities. Under the terms of the agreement,Azerbaijan received Shusha and a number of other territories in Nagorno-Karabakh, which were lost in the early 1990s.

On the second day after the start of the conflict, Erdogan announced that Turkey will continue to support Azerbaijan in the conflict. He said then that peace and tranquility will return to the region only after Armenia leaves the occupied Azerbaijani territories. The Turkish President also accused the OSCE Minsk Group, co-chaired by Russia, the United States and France, of ” failing to resolve the issue [of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict] in 30 years.”

Yerevan has repeatedly stated Turkey’s direct intervention in the Karabakh conflict. The representative of the Armenian Defense Ministry, Artsrun Hovhannisyan, spoke about the fate of mercenaries in the battles on the side of Azerbaijan. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accused Turkey of inciting Azerbaijan to attack Nagorno-Karabakh.”This conflict would not have started without Turkey’s intervention. It was Turkey that called on Azerbaijan to attack Nagorno-Karabakh, ” he stressed. The Prime minister also noted that the Turks sent their own military, as well as fighters from Syria, to fight on the side of Baku.

Erdogan has been repeatedly accused of wanting to recreate the Ottoman Empire. This was stated in February 2019 by the adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on political and media issues, Buseina Shaaban. In January 2016, this accusation was made by the Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi.

In February 2021, images of a map taken from the materials of the American private intelligence company Stratfor appeared in various Turkish media, including the daily newspaper Takvim and the Haber TV channel.It depicted the territories that the company predicted would be under the influence of Turkey by 2050. So, according to Stratfor, Ankara can strengthen itspositions in North Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East, Transcaucasia, Central Asia, as well as in parts of Russia (the North Caucasus, Crimea, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, Astrakhan and Rostov Regions, Kalmykia, etc.). In addition, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Greece and Cyprus may be under the influence of Turkey.The first deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, Vladimir Dzhabarov, said at the time that the Russian authorities do not take this information seriously.”It seems to me that such information is deliberately planted to see the reaction. But we will not react to this. We have normal relations with Turkey, we are partners in many ways. I don’t think anyone seriously suggests that the Turks can strengthen their influence over the regions of the Russian Federation, ” he said at the time.


The Ministry of Internal Affairs explained the disappearance of the data on the search for Tikhanovskaya

In the agency explained that the decision to start or stop the search is made by the initiator country, which is also responsible for placing information about the search in the database

 The Ministry of Internal Affairs explained the disappearance of the data on the search for Tikhanovskaya

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya

The decision to terminate the interstate search for a person is within the competence of the CIS member state that initiated the search, the Ministry of Internal Affairs told RBC in response to a request about why information about the search for the leader of the Belarusian opposition, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, disappeared from the agency’s database.

They explained that in the Interstate Information Bank, the law enforcement agencies of the CIS member states jointly place search, forensic and other information, including keeping records of people declared on the interstate wanted list.

“At the same time, the decision to declare a person on the interstate wanted list or to terminate it, as well as to send this information to the centralized accounting of the IIB, is exclusively within the competence of the law enforcement agencies of the CIS member state, which is the initiator of the search,” the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported. The agency advised RBC to contact the law enforcement agencies of Belarus for comments.

RBC asked the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus for a comment.

The fact that information about Tikhanovskaya appeared in the database of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs about wanted persons became known in early October. The Ministry of Internal Affairs explained that the information in the database is entered on the basis of the agreement on relations between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the two countries, as well as agreements on the exchange of information. In Russia, no criminal cases were opened against Tikhanovskaya.

Minsk confirmed that Tikhanovskaya was put on the interstate wanted list, and reported that the basis was actions falling under the article on calls to harm national security.

At the same time, Tikhanovskaya reported that she did not know that she was “involved in some criminal case in Belarus”. “I should probably check my mailbox. <..."My schedule was too busy until I heard this news," she commented.

Data on the search for the opposition leader disappeared from the database of the Russian Interior Ministry at the end of May.

Tikhanovskaya was the only candidate of the Belarusian opposition in the presidential election. According to official data, she lost, taking second place after the current president Alexander Lukashenko. The opposition did not recognize the CEC data and claimed fraud. Tikhanovskaya left Belarus in August 2020 and went to Lithuania.


Peskov did not see censorship in the exclusion of “Rain” from the presidential pool

According to him, the state does not interfere in the editorial policy of the channel, and therefore there is no reason to talk about censorship

 Peskov did not see censorship in the exclusion of

Dmitry Peskov

Press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov believes that the decision to exclude the TV channel “Rain” from the presidential pool is not censorship.


“This is not political censorship. This is not censorship at all. We do not interfere in the editorial policy of the channel, ” Peskov was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. He described the incident as “the impossibility of further interaction”.

The presidential press secretary also disagreed with the editor-in-chief of the radio station Echo of Moscow, Alexey Venediktov, who in his address called it erroneous to deprive Dozhd of accreditation under the President of Russia for covering illegal actions in support of Alexei Navalny. The channel did not cover illegal actions, but called for illegal actions de facto. This is absolutely not in keeping with the journalistic craft from our point of view, “he said.” This is what we use and will use in relation to the Rain, ” Peskov added.

Earlier, the editor-in-chief of Dozhd, Tikhon Dzyadko, said that the channel’s journalists have not participated in the work of the presidential pool for several weeks.

On June 14, Venediktov published an appeal in which he called the decision to exclude “Rain” from the pool “erroneous”. According to him, this causes “bewilderment and indignation”.

At the end of April, the police began to call journalists who covered the Moscow rally in support of Navalny on April 21. Law enforcement officers, in particular, demanded to submit documents on the basis of which the correspondents worked at the rally.


Putin extends moratorium on expelling migrants from Russia

AndNostrans who do not have a legal basis for being in Russia can settle the issue before September 30. The exceptions are former prisoners, those who support terrorism and participate in uncoordinated rallies

 Putin extends moratorium on expelling migrants from Russia

The term of temporary stay in Russia of foreign citizens and stateless persons who do not have a legal basis for this has been extended until September 30, 2021, according to a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin. The document is published on the Kremlin’s website.

Foreigners who arrived in Russia before March 15, 2020 and on June 16 do not have legal grounds to stay in Russia, can settle their legal status or leave Russia until September 30.


“Until September 30, 2021, inclusive, in respect of foreign citizens and stateless persons residing in the territory of the Russian Federation”…> Decisions on administrative expulsion from the Russian Federation in the form of forced expulsion are not taken…& gt;», & mdash; says the decree. This clause does not apply to certain categories of foreigners, in particular those who have been released from prison, advocate a violent change in the foundations of the constitutional order of Russia, support terrorism, and participate in an uncoordinated rally.

The decree will come into force on June 16. The previous similar decree expires on June 15.

The President has repeatedly extended the terms of stay of migrants due to the pandemic. The last time this happened was in mid-December 2020.

By May, the number of migrants who did not leave Russia after the end of their stay in the country reached 1.6 million, the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported. “For the period from March 15, 2020 to the present, approximately 1.6 million citizens ended their stay on the territory of the Russian Federation and there was no information in the records of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia about their departure from the Russian Federation. The measures taken made it possible to regulate the legal status of about 400 thousand people, ” the ministry said.

More than 134 thousand people applied for the extension of the visa validity period, of which 7 thousand justified it with anti-coronavirus measures. About 2.5 million people applied for an extension of their temporary stay.

The authorities have repeatedly said that Russia lacks migrant workers in some areas, in particular in agriculture and construction. In early May, Putin said that Russia is making every effort to make life easier for migrant workers from other countries. “We do everything to make people feel comfortable, especially since we currently do not have enough workers in entire sectors of the economy,” he explained.


Germany does not rule out new US sanctions against Nord Stream-2»

In Washington is “not very positive” about the project, so the possibility of introducing new restrictions cannot be ruled out, the German Foreign Minister said. At the same time, he allowed the “resolution of the issue” in the coming months

 Germany has not ruled out new US sanctions against Nord Stream 2

The US administration has a negative attitude to the Nord Stream-2 pipeline project, so it is impossible to completely exclude the possibility of imposing sanctions, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with RTL.

“I have not said that there will be no more [sanctions]. Both Democrats and Republicans are not very positive about the “Nord Stream-2”, the minister said in response to a question whether he expects Washington to refuse to tighten restrictions against the pipeline.

At the same time, according to Maas, the discussions on this issue over the past few weeks are such that one can hope for its resolution in the coming months. “So this topic will not always remain a source of conflict in the really broad cooperation between Germany and the United States,” the Foreign Minister said.

On Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after meeting with US President Joe Biden at the G7 summit, said that negotiations on the “Nord Stream-2” are going in the “right direction”. She also agreed with the American leader that it is “vital” for Ukraine to continue to participate in the transit of gas from Russia to Europe.

In July, Merkel will travel to Washington for talks with Biden. Berlin reported that the exact agenda of the meeting has not yet been determined, but the Handelsblatt newspaper wrote that the leaders will first discuss the future of Nord Stream 2. At the meeting, Merkel intends to resolve the conflict over the pipeline, the newspaper reported.

At the end of May, the United States included two Russian companies, one institution, and 13 vessels in the sanctions list in connection with the construction of the Nord Stream-2. At the same time, Washington did not impose sanctions against the project operator Nord Stream 2 AG and its executive director Matthias Warnig.


Biden explained that the construction of the pipeline is almost finished and the introduction of new restrictions would be “unproductive” for US-European relations. On June 4, President Vladimir Putin announced the completion of the first line of the Nord Stream-2. On June 11, Nord Stream 2 AG began preparatory work to fill it with gas.


The Kremlin told about the plan for a meeting between Putin and Biden

Withthe ammit will consist of three parts: a conversation in a narrow format, then in an expanded format and the continuation of negotiations after a break, said Yuri Ushakov. The presidents will discuss “almost all topics” that concern Moscow and Washington

 The Kremlin told about the plan for a meeting between Putin and Biden

Villa La Grange

The meeting of Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, which will be held in Geneva on June 16, will begin at 13: 00. This was stated at a briefing by the assistant to the Russian leader Yuri Ushakov, the correspondent of RBC.

According to Ushakov, Putin will arrive in Geneva on Wednesday. At the Villa La Grange, he will be met by Swiss President Guy Parmelin, then Biden will arrive there. After the photo-taking ceremony and Parmalen’s speech, the Putin-Biden summit will begin.

“The negotiations are planned in three parts. The first conversation was in a narrow format, then in an extended format. Then a short break for tea and coffee and then the continuation of the negotiations, ” Ushakov said. The presidents will then speak separately at press conferences, and after the summit, Putin will meet with his Swiss counterpart, the presidential aide said.

The Russian delegation at the talks with the American side, in addition to Ushakov, will include, in particular, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, presidential press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov, Head of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov, and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. They also invited Deputy head of the presidential Administration Dmitry Kozak and Special Representative for the Syrian settlement Alexander Lavrentiev.

According to Ushakov, the talks in a narrow format will involve Lavrov from the Russian side, and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken from the American side.

The aide to the president added that Moscow and Washington agreed on the agenda of the summit, and even pre-agreed on the order of issues to be discussed. According to Ushakov, the presidents will discuss “almost all topics that are currently of concern to us and the American side,” including the state and prospects for the development of Russian-American relations, issues of strategic stability, the fight against cybercrime, issues of economic cooperation, the climate and the Arctic.


Then Putin and Biden will talk about regional issues: the Middle East, Syria, Libya, the situation around the Iranian nuclear program, Afghanistan, the Korean Peninsula, Nagorno-Karabakh and Ukraine. Ushakov did not rule out that the leaders may touch on other issues, such as Belarus and Alexei Navalny.

When asked how long the talks will last and whether the next meeting of the presidents is planned, Ushakov replied: “It all depends on how the discussion will take place.”

The White House announced on May 12 that Putin and Biden will not give a joint briefing following the summit. The New York Times wrote that the proposal for a joint conference came from Moscow, but Washington rejected it. The reason, according to the newspaper, is that at a briefing with Donald Trump in Helsinki in 2018, the Russian president “took over”. Biden said that the briefing is not a competition, but an opportunity to clearly explain what the conditions of relations between the countries are.

The main goal of the future summit, Putin called the restoration of personal contacts and direct dialogue, as well as the creation of really functioning mechanisms in areas in which Russia and the United States have mutual interests. He expressed the opinion that relations between Moscow and Washington have reached the lowest level in the last few years. Biden agreed with this view, adding that the future of relations between the two states depends on whether Russia will act “in accordance with international norms”.


Zyuganov saw a “great danger” before the State Duma elections

The leader of the Communist Party explained that the national wealth is distributed unfairly and inequality in society is growing. Similar crises in the first half of the XX century ended with World wars, he said Zyuganov saw

Gennady Zyuganov

The chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Gennady Zyuganov, in an interview with “Kommersant” before the start of the campaign for the elections to the State Duma, said about the “very great danger”.

Answering the question of how the upcoming elections will differ from the previous ones, Zyuganov noted that the situation in the country has changed since then, so the elections themselves are fundamentally different from the previous ones. “Our country and the entire planet have been gripped by a systemic crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to its exacerbation, but it is not the point. It is in the degradation of the system of public administration, which is observed both in our country and in the West, ” he believes.

Also, according to him, it is worth paying attention to the unfair distribution of national wealth and the constant growth of inequality, which is an inevitable consequence of neoliberal capitalism. “In the first half of the twentieth century, two similar crises ended in world wars. And today we are again standing on the threshold of a very great danger, ” Zyuganov said.

According to the Communist leader, there are only two ways to solve problems of this magnitude. This can be achieved either through fair elections that reflect the true will of society, rather than falsifying it, or with the “rifle and the cobblestone”. “In my opinion, the world is now at a political fork: either follow the path of socialist transformation, or move towards fascization,” Zyuganov said.

As the leader of the Communist Party noted, the principles of social justice were previously at the heart of the country’s development. “But we have all been robbed: the main resources of the country are owned by a narrow group of individuals who have concentrated nine-tenths of our resources in their hands,” the politician said. Without these resources, Zyuganov stressed, neither the government nor society can count on becoming one of the world’s leading economies and achieving a technological breakthrough, as well as overcoming mass poverty and stopping the demographic catastrophe.

The State Duma elections are scheduled to take place on September 19 on a single voting day. According to the VTsIOM poll for June 6, the Communist Party is supported by 12.7% of respondents (they answered the question of which party they voted for if the elections were held next Sunday). This is the second result, with United Russia in first place with 30.6% support.