The media called the deadline for holding a direct line with Putin

According to Vedomosti, it should take place in late June or early July, but it may be postponed due to the coronavirus. The Kremlin said that preparations for the event are underway, but it is too early to name the date. Last year, the direct line did not take place

 The media called the deadline for a direct line with Putin

Vladimir Putin

This year, President Vladimir Putin may hold a direct line with citizens in late June or early July, Vedomosti reports, citing a source close to the presidential administration, an interlocutor in the State Duma and three sources on federal channels.

Sources on TV channels reported that they discussed June 24 and 30 as a possible date. According to an interlocutor close to the presidential administration, the event should take place in the next few weeks, but due to the deterioration of the epidemiological situation, it may be postponed.

The direct line will take place before the State Duma elections, which will be held in September, but so far no relevant officials from the regions have been involved in its preparation, a source in one of the regional administrations told Vedomosti. He clarified that this usually happens a month before the event.

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 2017 & ndash;2019, the event was held in the first month of summer.

Last year, the direct line in the traditional format was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, according to the press secretary of the president Dmitry Peskov, “some of its elements” were added to the large press conference of Putin, which was held in December. Also during the year, the president made several televised addresses to the Russians.

On the eve of the Mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, said that in the capital in recent days, they have recorded an “explosive increase in the diagnosis of COVID”. Because of this, the city has introduced additional restrictions: the days from 15 to 19 June are declared non-working for some categories of Muscovites, from 13 to 20 June it is forbidden to visit zoos, food courts and children’s playrooms, and restaurants and cafes are closed from 23: 00 to 6: 00. Sobyanin alsoI recommended that employers transfer at least 30% of their employees to remote work. Following the capital, new restrictions were introduced in the regions.

Nevertheless, in early June, Peskov said that this year the direct line will take place. The day before, he told reporters that preparations for the event are continuing, but it is too early to name the date. “We will inform you in a timely manner,” he promised.

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Peskov said about the positive before the meeting of Putin and Biden

The representative of the president noted that the United States “added rhetoric” in favor of dialogue, which is “an undeniable positive”. At the same time, the United States did not refuse to talk with Moscow in terms of deterrence and pressure

 Peskov said about the positive before the meeting between Putin and Biden

The rhetoric of the United States before the meeting of the Presidents of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden in Geneva, “added positive”, this will be taken into account during the negotiations, said the representative of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov.

“Clear signals were sent to Moscow on the eve of the Russian-American talks, and the rhetoric in favor of the need for dialogue was added, which is an undeniable positive. This positive, of course, will be taken into account by the president. But at the same time, there are still notes in favor of the fact that it is necessary to talk to Moscow through deterrence, through pressure, and so on, ” the presidential representative said.

He noted that both Putin and Biden have “intentions to speak”.

On Saturday, June 12, White House press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the United States expects to find ways to improve relations between the countries at the Putin-Biden summit. “The meeting is organized precisely because of the existing differences,”…> because of a hostile relationship. And we expect to find a way forward, ” she stressed.

Later, Biden’s national security aide, Jake Sullivan, noted that there are areas for the United States in which it is in Washington’s interests to find a basis for working with Russia. Among them, he called strategic stability, Syria and the issue of access to humanitarian aid, the Arctic.

Dmitry Peskov also spoke about some details of the upcoming summit, which will begin in a few hours. So, for example, the presidents will communicate as much as they deem necessary, no one restricts them in time. “Heads of state” – they are heads of state. If they find it necessary to talk face-to-face, they will talk face-to-face, and the time is also not fixed for the presidents. It will be absolutely their choice, ” Peskov explained.

According to him, Putin and Biden will begin negotiations with the participation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, but later they will be able to hold face-to-face talks if they see fit.

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As for the agenda of the negotiations, bilateral relations are its cornerstone, but in addition, the presidents will have to “sort out all the rubble” in the accumulated issues, including those related to Russian diplomatic property in the United States, Peskov said. In addition, the heads of state will have to decide what to do next with the Russian and American ambassadors, who, amid a diplomatic scandal, left the countries of their destination and temporarily returned to their homeland. “This will be the decision of the two presidents,” Peskov stressed.

Putin and Biden will also discuss the lack of dialogue in areas such as the fight against terrorism and information security.

On the eve of Peskov reported that the talks between Putin and Biden will last about four to five hours, taking into account breaks. Three parts of the summit are planned: a conversation in a narrow format, then in an expanded format, and then, after a break, the continuation of negotiations.

There will be no joint briefing of the presidents on the results of the negotiations. As The New York Times wrote, the proposal for a joint conference came from Moscow, but Washington rejected it. According to the publication, the reason was that in 2018, after a meeting with the previous US President Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin “got the upper hand”over him.

Biden, in turn, stated that the briefing is not a competition, but an opportunity to clearly explain what the relations between the countries are.

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The head of the Bundestag called the meeting between Putin and Biden “a sign of hope»

The head of the Bundestag, following the Swiss president, called the future meeting between Putin and Biden a “sign of hope”. The leaders will hold talks in Geneva on June 16

 The head of the Bundestag called the meeting between Putin and Biden a

Wolfgang Schaeuble

The upcoming meeting of the Russian and US presidents in Geneva is a “sign of hope”, the head of the Bundestag, former German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, said in an interview with the Funke group.

“We are all happy in the person of President [Joe] Biden to have a partner who understands the responsibility of the United States to ensure that the world does not lose stability,” he said (quoted by TASS).

Schaeuble added that Russia should not have been called a regional power in the past.

“Russia is a big and important country, with which we need to cooperate on the principles of respect in order to find answers on such global topics as climate, stability and the fight against hunger,” the head of the Bundestag said. However, it is necessary to clearly express disagreement on issues such as the situation in Belarus or Ukraine, he said.

Swiss President Guy Parmelin also said earlier that he expects progress in relations between Russia and the United States after the leaders ‘ meeting in Geneva. According to him, this meeting “gives a little hope to all world politics”.

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The first summit of Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden will be held at the Villa La Grange in Geneva on June 16. According to Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, the meeting will last four to five hours, taking into account the break. It will consist of three parts: meetings in a narrow format and in an expanded format, and the continuation of negotiations after a coffee break.

In addition to the presidents, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will participate in the talks in a narrow format. According to the Foreign Minister, Russia does not have “any”…> 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,” Lavrov said. According to him, the very fact of the conversation between the leaders of the two leading nuclear powers is important.

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Swiss President calls Putin-Biden summit the hope of world politics

Guy Parmelin said after the meeting with Biden that he expects progress in relations between Russia and the United States after tomorrow’s summit in Geneva. The American president himself said that he is ready to meet with Putin

The Swiss President called the Putin—Biden summit the hope of world politics

Guy Parmelin (right) and US President Joe Biden (left)

The upcoming meeting of the Presidents of Russia and the United States in Geneva is a hope for the entire international community. This was stated by Swiss President Guy Parmelin after a meeting with Joe Biden, reports 20 minuten.

“The meeting in Geneva gives a little hope to all world politics,” Parmelin said at a press conference after the talks.

The Swiss president expressed hope that the talks will make progress in relations between Moscow and Washington. He recalled that Switzerland has established “excellent contacts” with Russia, in which Bern particularly values sincerity.

The first summit of Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden will be held at the Villa La Grange in Geneva on June 16. The American leader has already arrived in Switzerland. During the meeting with Parmelin, he said that he was ready for talks with his Russian counterpart.

According to Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, the meeting will last four to five hours, taking into account breaks. It will consist of three parts: a meeting in a narrow format, an extended meeting and the continuation of negotiations after a coffee break.

In addition to the presidents, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will participate in the talks in a narrow format. According to Putin’s aide Yuri Ushakov, the presidents will discuss “almost all the 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.

There will be no joint press conference following the meeting-the leaders will address the journalists separately. The NYT reported that Moscow offered to hold a joint press conference, but Washington refused. As a reason, the newspaper pointed to a joint briefing by Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump in 2018, at which the Russian leader “got the better” of the American president.

Both Russia and the United States on the eve of the summit advised the international community not to make high expectations. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow does not expect any breakthroughs from the meeting. But he stressed that the very fact of the meeting of the leaders of the two leading nuclear powers is an optimistic sign.

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The government decided to prohibit sharing bank secrets with a foreigner

Under this law, banks will be required to report requests from abroad about their customers to Rosfinmonitoring and the Central Bank. They will be able to satisfy requests from abroad only if they comply with the laws of Russia

The government has decided to prohibit sharing bank secrets with a foreigner

The government has submitted to the State Duma amendments to the law “On measures of influence (counteraction) to unfriendly actions of the United States and other foreign states”. The document is registered in the legislative base of the Parliament.

The amendments provide for a ban on Russian banks to provide foreign countries with data on customers and their transactions.

“Credit institutions are prohibited from providing the competent authorities of foreign states with the information requested by such authorities about customers and their transactions, except for the cases provided for in part 2 of this article,” the bill says.

As stated in the explanatory note, the draft law is designed to minimize the risks associated with the adoption by unfriendly states of changes to national legislation aimed at obtaining from foreign banks, under the threat of penalties, confidential information that constitutes bank secrecy.

In addition, banks will be required to inform the Federal Financial Monitoring Service and the Bank of Russia about receiving requests from the authorities of foreign countries within 24 hours after receiving a request from abroad.

There is one exception-if the response to the request can be provided, if it complies with Russian legislation and regulations.

As previously reported by RBC sources, the bill was developed by the Ministry of Finance. The expert opinion on the bill stated that the US Treasury and the US Department of Justice now have the right to demand such data from any foreign banks, if they have a correspondent account in the United States. Such a right appeared in American government agencies from January 1, 2021, according to the adopted Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (the AML Act). The US authorities can request a foreign bank for any account if one of the following conditions is met:

  • the account is the subject of a criminal investigation in the United States;
  • the account is the subject of anti-money laundering proceedings in the United States;
  • the procedure for confiscation of funds to the US revenue has been initiated in respect of this account.

The bill restricts the application of this rule only by countries included in the list of unfriendly countries, it applies to any foreign states.

Currently, the United States and the Czech Republic are on the list of countries that are unfriendly to Russia. The participants of the NATO summit in Brussels adopted a statement calling for the removal of the United States and the Czech Republic from this list. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that there is no reason to expect a revision of this list. “Before this order, there was simply no legal basis, now it has appeared, and, accordingly, there is no reason to expect that the list will be revised,” Ryabkov said.

According to him, in order for Russia to exclude the United States from the list, Washington must “stop pursuing an unfriendly policy”.

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The EU and the US have identified a common approach to Russia

In Ahead of Biden’s meeting with Putin, the EU authorities agreed with the US on three main approaches to relations with Moscow. The head of the European Commission noted that Brussels would like more predictability from Moscow

 The EU and the US have defined a common approach to Russia

Ursula von der Leyen and Joe BidenThe leaders of the European Union and the United States, following a joint summit in Brussels on June 15, determined a common approach to relations with Russia. They stated this at the final press conference.

According to the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, the EU and the United States are now united on this issue. “Relations between the European Union and Russia are now following a negative scenario. And we want to turn them into a more predictable relationship, ” she said.

According to von der Leyen, Brussels and Washington have formed three main principles of mutual relations. “Stop violations of international law, human rights. To resist Russia’s attempts to undermine our democracies, as well as to interact with Russia in areas where this is possible-in health care, contacts between hotel citizens, ” the head of the EC explained.

The head of the European Council, Charles Michel, said that before tomorrow’s meeting of Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, he conveyed to the host of the White House “a signal of unity of the 27 EU countries, which discussed in detail the actions of Russia and condemned them”.

Michel stressed that Brussels and Washington have come to realize the need to help the states of the Eastern Partnership and the Western Balkans to preserve democratic institutions so that they can resist the pressure of totalitarian regimes.

On June 8, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Glushko said that relations between Moscow and Brussels have reached an impasse and the current situation does not allow them to move on.

“This is the zero point, which does not allow you to move forward. And the current state of affairs contradicts the deep interests of the Europeans themselves, ” the deputy Foreign minister noted.

Prior to this, the German and French authorities said that, despite “destabilizing behavior and repeated violations of international law” on the part of Russia, Berlin and Paris intend to maintain a dialogue with Moscow.

State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said in late May that the EU authorities are trying to impose their own confrontational agenda on the United States before the upcoming Biden-Putin summit.

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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.

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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.

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