This was stated by the US President at the end of the NATO summit. The leaders of the alliance’s member states stressed in their final statement that Russia has “stepped up its hybrid actions” against its NATO partners.
Washington is not looking for a conflict with Moscow, but is ready to respond to the “malicious” activity coming from Russia. This was stated by US President Joe Biden at a press conference following the NATO summit.
“We will respond if Russia continues its malicious activity,” the American leader said.
According to Biden, during the summit, the participants ” talked about Russia’s aggressive actions that threaten the integrity and security of the alliance members.”
According to the president, he told the leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, with whom he met at the NATO summit in Brussels, about the support of the United States in countering Russia’s actions.
Biden stressed that the NATO countries will stick together. “This is how we dealt with the threats of the past. <..."We will defend the transatlantic alliance," he concluded.
Following the summit, the leaders of the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance said that Russia had “stepped up its hybrid actions” against NATO partners. These include “attempts to interfere in elections,” political and economic pressure, “cyber attacks, as well as” illegal and destructive actions of the Russian special services on the territory of the allied countries.” The Russian side has repeatedly denied these accusations.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko, commenting on the results of the NATO summit, expressed the opinion that the results of this event require in-depth study. “The general impression is that the psychology of a besieged fortress prevails in NATO,” he said.
Putin and Biden will meet in Geneva on June 16. After it, politicians will hold separate press conferences. According to the White House administration, this is the most appropriate form of communication with the “free press”. The Kremlin noted that the refusal to hold a joint press conference does not indicate low expectations regarding the results of the summit.
Biden himself said that their meeting with Putin will not turn into a contest of press conferences. “It’s not a competition to see who can perform better at a press conference to embarrass each other. It is about explaining very clearly what the conditions of relations between the countries are, ” the president explained.
Biden, answering the question, paused several times, starting the thought anew. “In the past, he has essentially admitted that he had certain things that he could have done or did,” the US president said.
US President Joe Biden at a press conference in Brussels following the NATO summit answered the question whether he continues to consider his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin a murderer.
Reporters told Biden that Putin, during a recent interview with NBC, laughed after being told that the US president had called him a murderer. After that, Biden was asked if he continues to consider Putin a murderer. “I laugh too,” the American president replied.
Then Biden did not immediately find the words and broke off several times, starting the thought again. “They actually, I… well, look, I mean, he made it clear that…»
“I believe that in the past, he essentially admitted that he had certain things that he could have done or had done. But, look, when I was asked this question on the air, I answered honestly, ” Biden concluded.
At the same time, he noted that this situation does not matter much from the point of view of the meeting with Putin, which is due to take place on June 16 in Switzerland.
An ABC News reporter asked Biden if he thought Putin was a murderer during an interview the American president gave on March 17. The interviewer said: “So you know Vladimir Putin. Do you think he’s the killer?”Mmm, yes,” Biden replied.
The next day, Putin commented on Biden’s statement. “As for my American colleague’s statement, we are indeed, as he said, personally acquainted. So that I can answer him? I said to him, ” Be well!” I wish him good health, “Putin said, and clarified that he was saying this” without irony and without jokes.”
The Russian president also recalled the disputes and conflicts that took place in his childhood in the courtyard. “We used to say,’ Whoever calls himself that, calls himself that.’ And this is not accidental, this is not just a joke, the psychological meaning in this is very deep, ” Putin added.
Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, commenting on Biden’s statement, called it “very bad”. “He definitely does not want to establish relations with our country, we will continue to proceed from this,” the Kremlin representative said.
State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said that such statements offend the citizens of Russia, and called Biden’s words “hysteria from impotence”. First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council Andrey Turchak considered Biden’s statement a triumph of the US political insanity and age-related dementia of their leader.
In turn, White House press secretary Jen Psaki then said that Biden does not regret his words about Putin. “The president gave a direct answer to a direct question,” she said.
The head of the State Department, Anthony Blinken, in an interview with The Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, answering the question of how the American leader can simultaneously call Putin a murderer and work with him, said that Biden is guided by a pragmatic approach in relations with Russia. According to Blinken, Biden ” understands two things very well.”;: he needs to hold Russia accountable for any reckless and hostile actions it takes, and at the same time be open to cooperation in the common interests of the two countries.
On June 16, the first meeting of Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden will take place in Geneva. What the parties approached it with and what results in politics, economics and business to expect from the Russian-American summit, RBC understood
Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin
Under what circumstances will the Russian-American summit be held
For the sake of the meeting at the Geneva Villa La Grange, Russian President Vladimir Putin will break the pause in foreign travel caused by the pandemic-the last time he went abroad on a visit was in January 2020, for events in Jerusalem. Biden will also come to Switzerland during the first foreign trip since the beginning of his presidency, which began on January 20 this year.
If you look at the chronology of the last meetings of the American and Russian presidents, you can see that usually the first meeting after the inauguration of the new head of the United States was held just in the next spring or summer. Putin met with George W. Bush in May, with Barack Obama in April, with Donald Trump in July, and with Biden in June.
Biden’s trajectory to the summit with Putin follows the trajectory of his predecessor Trump, who also arrived at a separate bilateral summit with Putin (held in July 2018) during a European tour, after a visit to the UK. Biden began his European tour with a visit to the G7 summit in the United Kingdom, and will come to Geneva from Brussels, from the NATO summit.
What do the parties expect from the meeting
As relations between Russia and the United States continue to deteriorate, expectations from the current meeting between the parties are quite low. “We do not have any high expectations, illusions that some “breakthroughs” are coming. But there is an objective need for an exchange of views at the highest level on what threats Russia and the United States see as the two largest nuclear powers in the international arena, ” the Foreign minister stated on June 9.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. According to him, the very fact of the conversation between the leaders of the two leading nuclear powers is important. This repeats the approaches of the Russian side to the previous Russian-American summit in 2018. “Whatever we say, the very fact of the meeting is very important for building the appropriate chemistry of relations between the presidents in the future,” said Yuri Ushakov, an assistant to the Russian president, three years ago.
Trump as president, the Russian leader assessed positively, and in an interview published on June 12, NBC repeated that he considers him a “talented, outstanding politician”. Putin defined Biden as a “professional politician”. The American president in the run-up to the meeting avoided harsh characteristics of his future counterpart. If at the beginning of the term he agreed that Putin can be called a murderer, then during a press conference on June 13, he limited himself to calling the Russian leader an autocrat.
In any case, both presidents expressed their willingness to engage in dialogue. It can be conducted on several topics. According to Lavrov, Russia wanted to find out the US approach to issues of strategic stability and cybersecurity. Biden said that the United States does not intend to seek confrontation, but intends to discuss issues on which the two countries have opportunities for interaction. AmongThe topics to be discussed were bilateral relations, Ukraine, Libya and Syria, North Korea, Afghanistan, and the coronavirus pandemic. This agenda is not much different from the one that was discussed three years ago. At that time, the focus was also on the crisis state of bilateral relations and ways to improve them, as well as international issues (Syria, North Korea, and others).
Putin and Biden assess the level of relations between the two countries equally. “Our bilateral relations have sunk to their lowest point in recent years,” Putin told NBC. “I think he’s right, this is the lowest point,” Biden agreed. The level of relations and expectations eloquently illustrates the refusal of Putin and Biden from the usual joint press conference for such meetings.
Since the previous summit, Russia and the United States have further complicated the work of each other’s diplomatic missions. In the spring, Russian and US Ambassadors Anatoly Antonov and John Sullivan returned to their capitals. Russia added the United States to the list of unfriendly states, banning the embassy from hiring Russians, which led to a further reduction in the size of the embassy and stopping the issuance of American visas to Russians. Moscow and Washington mutually expelled diplomats and government officialsin the sanctions lists (among those included in the US-deputy head of the presidential administration Sergey Kiriyenko and FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov; in the Russian-US Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray). Washington has twice imposed sanctions on Russia during Biden’s administration. The reasons were the poisoning and the situation with the opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2020 presidential election, and a cyber attack on the Solar Winds company.
“I think that during the meeting, both sides will focus on marking their red lines. It’s not just about getting every president to show a domestic and international audience that he can stand up to a colleague, it’s also important to move toward a more constructive relationship, ” Chris Tuck, Deputy director of political risk at GPW Consulting, told RBC.
What can be the political outcome
According to Putin, a good result of the summit was the opportunity to restore our personal contacts, establish a direct dialogue, and create a mechanism for interaction on topics of mutual interest. Experts call approximately the same key points. As stated at the conference & laquo; Primakov Readings & raquo; Americanexpert Tom Graham, the success of the meeting was the continuation of the dialogue after it. For this number, it is necessary to return to “normal diplomatic relations,” he recalled. “Our ambassadors must return to their seats so that normal, stable diplomatic relations can be conducted for dialogue, then it will be a success,” Graham said.
The summit can provide a basis for stabilizing relations, another American expert, Michael Kofman, said at the same conference. In his opinion, the rivalry between the countries will continue, but its borders may be outlined. Russian expert Sergei Rogov is sure that a new cold war is already underway and there are no prerequisites for it to stop in the near future, and we can hope to get some reduction in tension in relations from the summit. At the same time, Moscow does not exclude the possibility of further deterioration of relations-this was stated by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
“I would see the success of this event in the fact that, following its results, both presidents said that they understand the complexity of the situation and the responsibility that lies on them, and therefore instruct experts to begin a detailed analysis of how strategic stability can be ensured,” Fyodor Lukyanov, editor-in-chief of the magazine “Russia in Global Politics”, told RBC. After that, a professional conversation on this topic should begin between the countries.a topic, he thinks. If the summit has some practical results, it will be easier for Biden to implement them than for Trump, since, unlike his predecessor, he does not face systemic sabotage, and in general, the information background of this meeting in the United States is much more constructive-Russia has ceased to be a factor in domestic politics to such an extent as it was under Trump, Lukyanov notes.
What to expect from the summit in terms of business and economy
“I don’t expect the summit to bring any positive news in terms of business, trade, or the sanctions agenda,” Nick Trickett, an independent political risk analyst and editor-in-chief of the OGs and OFZs blog, told RBC. But relations between Russia and the United States are so bad that even the absence of news will already be good news, Trickett added. “Ifthe summit will simply pass without significant signs of confrontation, the ruble and other Russian assets may receive short-term support, ” predicts Chris Tuck. But since Biden tends to use the policy of carrot and stick, even if the summit goes relatively well, it is impossible to exclude negative “surprises” after it, the analyst points out.
The economic context of the meeting is the US sanctions that came into force on June 14, prohibiting US investors from buying Russian federal loan bonds (OFZ) at auctions of the Ministry of Finance, and the decision of the Russian government to completely withdraw the National Welfare Fund (NWF) from dollar assets. The fact that the de-dollarization of the NWF was announced shortly before the summit is intended to send a signal to the markets and Washington that sanctions will not change Moscow’s behavior and in response it will only strengthen its macro-financial protection, Tuck said.
Since 2014, economic relations between Russia and the United States have been steadily deteriorating. Bilateral trade fell by 18% by 2020 compared to 2014, according to the Federal Customs Service of Russia. The supply of Russian goods to America mainly consists of low-grade products-oil and petroleum products, steel, palladium, mineral fertilizers, while Russia depends on imports.American civil aircraft, automobiles and spare parts, industrial equipment, medicines and medical devices. The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) predicted in a 2019 report that economic ties are likely to shrink further over the next five to seven years as the overall sanctions regime tightens.
Trickett is confident that the Biden administration will continue to pursue its current strategy toward Russia, including sanctions. Biden is experiencing quite a lot of political pressure in Washington, which forces him to at least raise the issue of the treatment of the Russian authorities with Alexei Navalny and his organization.expert. On June 2, three months have elapsed since the White House formally considered that Navalny was poisoned by a banned chemical weapon, and under the American Chemical and Biological Weapons Control Act (CBW Act), Biden now has clear grounds for imposing a second, mandatory round of sanctions, Tuck recalls.
At the same time, the US administration is likely to seek some diplomatic steps forward, as it “cannot afford to spend money endlessly on deterring both Russia and China, while it has to overcome the economic consequences of COVID-19 and choose among a long list of political priorities”.;,Trickett counts. “Biden is trying to balance” avoiding unnecessary confrontation with Russia and at the same time not looking too weak as a president, ” Tuck agrees. Even if relations between Russia and the United States deteriorate further, Biden will try to avoid rash steps that could cause a domino effect for international markets, he said.
In In an interview with NBC, Putin said that relations between Russia and the United States “have sunk to the lowest point in recent years.” “This may be the only thing I agree with Putin on, an accurate description,” the head of the State Department said.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in an interview with MSNBC that relations between Moscow and Washington are at a low point.
“From our point of view, it is quite clear that the reckless and aggressive actions that Russia consistently takes are responsible [for the deterioration of relations],” he said.
The head of the State Department agreed with the assessment that relations between Russia and the United States are at a low point. “This may be the only thing I agree with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin on,” the Secretary of State said.
Blinken stressed that for US President Joe Biden, the goal of the meeting with Putin is to say that the US wants a more stable and predictable relationship. According to him, Washington is ready for such relations and would prefer them, as it is in the interests of both states and the whole world.
At the same time, Blinken noted that if Russia continues to behave as it does now in relation to the United States and its allies, Washington will respond decisively.
Last week, NBC interviewed Putin, during which the Russian president said that relations between Russia and the United States ” have sunk to the lowest point in recent years.” Biden later said that he agreed with Putin’s point of view. “I think he’s right, this is the lowest point,” the US president said.
According to him, the future of the dialogue between the countries depends on whether Russia will act “in accordance with international norms”. At the same time, Biden stressed that Washington is not looking for a conflict with Moscow.
Putin and Biden will hold a face-to-face meeting in Geneva on June 16. They plan to discuss the state and prospects of bilateral relations, strategic stability and topical issues on the international agenda, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the settlement of regional conflicts. 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.
The reason was the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus (Indian strain), which the UK authorities call more contagious. Now it is detected in more than 90% of infected people
The removal of restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 in England is postponed for four weeks-from June 21 to July 19. This was announced at a press conference by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, reports Reuters.
“I think it’s wise to wait a little longer,” he said. The main reason for the delay was the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus (the so-called Indian strain). According to the authorities, it is 40-80% more contagious than the alpha variant (the British strain).
Previously, this possibility was not ruled out in the British government. According to the Financial Times, the country’s chief health officer, Chris Whitty, was able to convince Johnson to postpone “freedom day” from restrictions for a month.
According to the Prime Minister, in two weeks the government will study the statistics and make a final decision on the removal or extension of restrictive measures, Sky News reports. According to Johnson, the authorities expect that by July 19, two-thirds of the adult population will receive both doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
The UK authorities imposed a lockdown in January due to the spread of a new strain of coronavirus. The government then developed a four-step plan to break the restrictions as the number of vaccinated people increased. The first two stages were held in March and April. Catering establishments and service organizations were opened, residents were allowed to walk in the parks in small companies. In May, the third stage came: hotels, theaters, and museums were opened. The authorities also allowed to hold sports events with spectators and return universities to full-time education. The removal of the remaining measures was scheduled for June 21.
On June 14, 7.7 thousand new cases of coronavirus infection were confirmed in the UK. As noted by Sky News, the daily increase is held at this level for the sixth day in a row. According to the head of the Ministry of Health, Matt Hancock, 91% of new cases are infected with the delta variant of the coronavirus. He said that the government plans to modify the vaccines as soon as possible.
According to the medical director of the Health Service of England, now most often infected young Britons who have not yet had time to get vaccinated.
The ex-editor-in-chief of Nexta responded negatively to the question of whether the Belarusian authorities promised him freedom in exchange for cooperation. He explained the work with the investigation with the desire to “help his country”
The former editor-in-chief of the Telegram channel Nexta, Roman Protasevich, said at a press conference in Minsk organized by the Belarusian Foreign Ministry that he was not forced to cooperate with the investigation.
Answering a question from a RBC correspondent about whether he was promised freedom in return for cooperation, Protasevich said: “I did not have any bargaining with the investigation, any participation in the events is voluntary.”
According to the young man, it also concerns his interview with the program “Markov”. Nothing personal”, which was released on the Belarusian state TV channel ONT in early June. “You know, my conscience is absolutely clear. I don’t betray anyone, I don’t betray anyone. I cooperate with the investigation, I help my country and I intend to help further, ” Protasevich added.
According to the ex-editor-in-chief of Nexta, his cooperation with the investigation is due to the fact that he is aware of the damage he has caused to the country: “Now I want to do everything in my power to correct this situation.”
At this conference, the young man also stated that he had “heard a lot of fakes about his health” and the information that he had been beaten in the pre-trial detention center was not true: “I am all right, I have no complaints about anything, no one has beaten me, no one has touched me.” Protasevich’s words about voluntary participation in the briefing did not convince some EU diplomats who were invited to the conference, and journalists: for example, a BBC film crew left the hall, believing that he was forced to do so.
Representatives of the Belarusian opposition previously called Protasevich’s interview with ONT, in which he admitted guilt in organizing and preparing riots, ” a record of the result of torture.” Nexta founder Stepan Putilo and Protasevich’s parents are also convinced that the ex-editor-in-chief’s statements made in the interview were made under pressure.
Protasevich was among the passengers of the Ryanair plane that flew from Athens to Vilnius on May 23. The airliner was forced to land in Minsk because of a report about a bomb, which was not confirmed. Then the plane was allowed to continue the flight, but without the ex-editor-in-chief of Nexta-he was removed from the flight along with his girlfriend, Russian Sofia Sapega. The Belarusian authorities accuse the girl of inciting social hostility and discord. Now both are in pre-trial detention.
ButLlans pointed to Russia’s “hybrid actions” against NATO member states, but at the same time declared its commitment to dialogue. NATO confirmed its intention to review the strategic concept and not to deploy nuclear missiles in Europe
NATO leaders at a meeting in Brussels
Russia should exclude the United States and the Czech Republic from the list of “unfriendly countries”. This is stated in the final statement of NATO, adopted at the end of the summit held in Brussels.
“We call on Russia to reverse the definition of the Czech Republic and the United States as ‘unfriendly countries’ and to refrain from any other steps inconsistent with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, ” the document says.
The leaders of the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance believe that Russia has stepped up its hybrid actions against its NATO partners. Among them, they named attempts to interfere in the elections, “political and economic pressure”, cyber attacks, as well as “illegal and destructive actions of the Russian special services on the territory of the allied countries”. The Russian side has repeatedly denied these accusations.
Due to Russia’s non-compliance with international obligations, military cooperation between the parties was terminated, but the alliance is open for political dialogue, NATO said. « We & lt;…”We are ready to cooperate on the basis of reciprocity in the NRC (the Russia-NATO Council) in order to avoid misunderstandings, miscalculations and unintentional escalation and to increase transparency and predictability,” the statement said.
The document notes that the North Atlantic Alliance will support new negotiations between Russia and the United States on strategic stability, arms control and prospects for further disarmament.
The summit participants also reported that they had agreed to develop a new strategic concept for the alliance. As previously stated in the White House, it will be revised due to the “aggressive policy” of Russia and challenges from China.
In addition, the alliance said in a statement, NATO does not intend to deploy its ground-based nuclear missiles in Europe. Defense News previously called it a way to defuse political tensions ahead of U.S. President Joe Biden’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 16 in Geneva.
On May 14, the Russian authorities added the Czech Republic and the United States to the list of “unfriendly countries”, which restricts the embassy of the state that has fallen into it from entering into employment contracts with individuals from Russia. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov explained that these states have taken the “most rabid position in the confrontation”with the Russian side, and admitted that in the future the list may be expanded.
Washington and Prague were included in this list amid a diplomatic conflict with Moscow. In April, the United States announced new sanctions against Russia, including the expulsion of ten Russian diplomats. Among them, according to Washington, were employees of the Russian special services. After that, a number of Russian diplomats alsothe Czech Republic, Poland and the Baltic states were expelled. In particular, the Czech Republic said that among the employees of the diplomatic mission were representatives of the special services, and they also suspected Russian intelligence of involvement in the explosions in Vrbetice in 2014. Russia responded by expelling a number of diplomats from these countries. The Czech Foreign Ministry called the accusations absurd.
The European Union called on Russia to reconsider the decision to create a list of foreign states that commit unfriendly actions against Moscow. The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrel, said that Russia’s accusations against the United States and the Czech Republic are unfounded and can lead to further deterioration of relations. The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, said that there are no grounds for revising this list.
Sobol announced her intention to run for the State Duma in March 2020. Due to the recognition of the FBK as an extremist organization, the lawyer stopped her election campaign
The lawyer of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK, recognized as a foreign agent and extremist organization, the court decided to liquidate it) said in her Facebook that she was stopping her election campaign before the September elections to the State Duma.
This decision was made due to the recognition of the FBK as an extremist organization, ” despite the incredible support of people, the formed headquarters, hundreds of volunteers, the presence of an organizational structure and a clear advantage over rivals.”
According to Sobol, she is going to seek the repeal of laws that deprive her and other independent candidates of the right to vote. The lawyer also intends to focus on supporting the project “Smart Voting”, created by supporters of Alexei Navalny.
Sobol announced her intention to run for the State Duma in March 2020. These plans were voiced by some other employees of the FBK and many former members of Navalny’s regional headquarters (also recognized as extremist, in April their activities were stopped by the decision of the prosecutor’s office).
The Moscow City Court recognized the FBK as extremist, as well as the Foundation for the Protection of Citizens ‘ Rights (the organization was previously recognized as a foreign agent) on June 9. The meeting was held in closed mode, in the absence of the press and listeners: the prosecutor’s office claimed that the materials contain data that constitute state secrets. A few days earlier, President Vladimir Putin signed a law that temporarily prohibits persons involved in the activities of such organizations from holding any elected office.
Sobol has been under house arrest since January 2021. She is accused of violating sanitary and epidemiological restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus (part 1 of Article 236 of the Criminal Code), the case was opened after an uncoordinated protest in Moscow on January 23 in support of Alexei Navalny. In April, the court changed her measure of restraint to a ban on certain actions. So, Sobol is forbidden to leave the house from 20: 00 to 6: 00, to communicate with the defendants and witnesses in the case, as well as to use means of communication. The measure is extended until November 26.
Pthe resident noted that when another person takes his place, Russia will not collapse. Putin added that he will support his successors if they are really ready to serve the country, despite their criticism of him.
Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that after his departure from the post of head of state, there will be no cardinal events in the country. He said this in an interview with NBC, the text of which was published by the Kremlin press service.
The host asked Putin if he was afraid that after the arrival of a successor, everything would collapse overnight. “What’s going to happen overnight?” <...> There are a lot of problems now, but the situation is completely different. Another person will definitely come to my place sometime. And why does it all have to collapse, what?”the president said.
He recalled that in 2000, when he came to power, Russia was teetering on the brink of preserving its sovereignty, a large number of people lived below the poverty line, and the level of GDP “fell below the plinth”. Now, according to Putin, the situation is different, although there are many problems in Russia.
The Head of State stressed that even despite the criticism against him, he will support the candidates for the post of president if they work for the strengthening of the country. & laquo;If I see that & lt;…”some person is devoted to the country, ready to lay down on the altar of the Fatherland not just years, but his whole life, no matter how he treats me personally, I will do everything to support such people,” Putin said.
The President added that one day all people will be replaced, and called this process “natural, biological”. At the same time, he expressed confidence that the fundamental foundations of the Russian state will remain the same and the country will “stand firmly on its feet”.
Last summer, Russians voted to amend the Constitution. One of the changes was the actual “zeroing” of the presidential terms of the current head of state. This allowed Putin to run in the elections in 2024 and 2030.
In 2019, in an interview with the Financial Times, the Russian leader said that he had been thinking about a successor since 2000. At the same time, he noted that even despite the support of the new candidate from the former authorities, the voters should have the decisive word.
Later, the general director of MIA “Russia Today” Dmitry Kiselyov at a meeting with students of Moscow State University said that Putin is preparing a successor as president of Russia. The Kremlin then replied that since the beginning of the presidential cycle is underway, it is too early to raise the question of a successor.
Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov then stated that the age limit for the head of state is determined by the Constitution (at that time 70 years).
EAt a briefing organized by the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, the ex-editor-in-chief of Nexta said that “he feels fine, no one has touched him with a finger.” He called the information that he was beaten in the pre-trial detention center rumors and asked not to spread them
The former editor-in-chief of the Telegram channel Nexta, Roman Protasevich, at a press conference in Minsk on the situation with the emergency landing of the Ryanair plane, called untrue reports that he was beaten in a pre-trial detention center. This is reported by the correspondent of RBC.
Answering the journalist’s question about the traces that were previously noticed on Protasevich’s hands, the young man said that “these are the traces of screeds during the detention”.
According to the ex-editor-in-chief of Nexta, he “heard a lot of fakes about his health”. “I feel fine, I’m fine, I don’t have any complaints, no one has hit me, no one has touched me. I just want to make a request not to spread further rumors, ” he said.
The real hostages of the current situation, Protasevich said, were his girlfriend, a Russian citizen, Sofia Sapega, who was removed from a Ryanair flight with him, and his parents, who are now in Poland “in the conditions of an information vacuum”. “Think about how your mothers would react if you were in the same places as me, and you were talking about your son being beaten up?& raquo; & mdash; he added.
According to Protasevich, the pre-trial detention center is certainly not an apartment in Vilnius,but everything is fine with it. “I understand why I am under investigation, I understand what crimes I will have to answer for,” he claims.
The organization of the next press conference in Minsk dedicated to the emergency landing of the Ryanair airliner did not begin until Friday, when several Russian journalists, including a correspondent of RBC, received an invitation to take part in it. The announced participants were representatives of the Belarusian Aviation Department of the Ministry of Transport, the Investigative Committee, the Ministry of Defense and the Border Committee. As well as “other relevant speakers”, the announcement said.
Roman Protasevich’s participation in it was kept in strict secrecy-almost until the moment when he personally appeared in the hall. A minute earlier, the press secretary of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, Anatoly Glaz, the moderator of the press conference, placed a sign with his name in front of the only unsigned chair. At the last moment, the composition of the press conference participants changed, he said.
The hall where the press conference was held, the National Press Center, is a small room with six rows of chairs. The first two rows were filled with diplomats, including from the European Union countries-the seats for them were signed-there was also a girl with a British flag on her mask. Most of them quickly left the hall after Protasevich appeared in it. Demonstratively, the BBC film crew also left the hall. The correspondent of the publication Johnfisher wrote on Twitter that he was not going to participate in such a press conference, in which Protasevich was clearly forced to participate.
“Do you not believe that I am sincere? If you don’t believe me, just say so, ” Protasevich said to the audience. There was silence for a few seconds after his question. BelaPAN journalist Tatyana Korovenkova got up from her seat and loudly stated that she did not believe that Protasevich was making statements without pressure. “I can’t imagine what you’ve been through in the last few weeks. I sincerely sympathize with you. Many people in Belarus and many of your colleagues also sincerely sympathize with you. To everything that you hold on to and survive it, ” she said.
Three criminal cases have been opened against the former editor-in-chief of Nexta in Belarus, related to mass riots during the protests after the presidential election. On June 3, in an interview with the state TV channel ONT, Protasevich said that he had pleaded guilty to charges of organizing mass actions.
At the same time, Protasevich’s parents are convinced that this interview was given under pressure. “Everything that Roman says, he does not say himself,” his father Dmitry declared. He believes that his son was intimidated, tortured, psychologically abused, and could have been blackmailed with threats to his life. Nexta founder Stepan Putilo, in turn, believes that Protasevich’s confessions are the result of unbearable torture, coupled with personal experiences and well-inspired beliefs about total betrayal on the part of his former entourage.
European politicians have also claimed that Protasevich was beaten in jail. “You can see the traces of the beating, you can see that the way he speaks signals that he is being subjected to actions contrary to human rights,” said Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski, commenting on the footage of the Belarus 1 TV channel, where Protasevich reported no health problems.
On the twenty-third of May, Protasevich and Sapega flew by Ryanair from Athens to Vilnius, but the plane had to land at the Minsk airport. The Belarusian authorities said that the plane landed because of the data about the bomb on board. Ryanair told RBC that the crew received information about the mining from Belarusian dispatchers, who instructed them to land the plane in Minsk. No dangerous items were found on board, but Belarusian security forces detained Protasevich and Sapieha.