Satanovsky explained the US fixation on the creation of new military blocs

American politicians make money on their creation

The new Partners in the Blue Pacific (PBP) block, which was created by the United States in partnership with Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, according to a political scientist Evgeny Satanovsky, directed against China. Despite the fact that it does not yet include South Korea and Taiwan, sooner or later they may appear there. Moreover, the expert believes that Russia may face this bloc in the future, however, the goals of the formation of this partnership are obvious to the political scientist.

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On his telegram channel, Satanovsky noted that the United States is “obsessed” with creating targeted blocs and alliances, of which a huge number were created after the Second World War. However, the political scientist emphasized that all of them were created against someone specific, but later “crashed” disintegrated without reaching the desired goals.

According to Satanovsky, first of all, American politicians make money on the creation of military blocs, using schemes for personal enrichment. The expert believes that money allows the right people to put it in the right pockets. At the same time, as the political scientist noted, there can be any formal goals, and no one has canceled the issues of earning “big” on anything and anyone. Satanovsky added that the same applies to the “horde of experts” from the United States.

In addition, the political scientist specified that the advantage of the tactics chosen by the United States to create blocs is the impact on the arms market. Satanovsky explained that by his actions, Washington is pushing the military-industrial complexes of partners into the background, at the same time advertising its own developments and gaining control over supply chains. The expert added that ports, airports, bases, cargo and passenger terminals, as well as raw materials of all types and types are under the control of the Americans.

According to the political scientist, if this does not help to cope with China, then at least delay “America's Sunset” Satanovsky believes that this is “also a goal”, in which there will be no sentimentality, as is always the case with Americans.

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“Make anti-Russia out of a piece of Ukraine”: political scientist Markov described the US plan

The West has developed three scenarios

Ukraine became one of the main topics at the G7 summit. According to some reports, Germany, France, Italy and part of the American political establishment are inclined to believe that the country needs peace talks with Russia. Like, only the semblance of “Minsk 3” will save the remnants of Nezalezhnaya. However, Britain believes that Zelensky should not make concessions. MK tried to figure out how the West sees a solution to the Ukrainian crisis.

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The G7, which includes the UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, France, Japan and the United States, are united in their determination to continue supporting Ukraine economically, diplomatically and militarily. The most active at the summit was British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said that Ukrainians need the support of the G7 “more than ever”; and urged Kyiv not to agree to a “bad peace”.

The British position is also emphasized in a joint article by the Foreign Ministers of Britain and Ukraine. This curious document explicitly states that countries should ignore “defeatist voices that say people are getting tired and that offer to sell Ukraine in order to quickly end the ongoing horror.” That is, British and Ukrainian diplomats do not intend to resolve the issue through diplomacy.

France's position somewhat contrasts with this approach. As you know, France, along with Italy, is considered a supporter of establishing contacts between the parties and a more compromise treaty solution to the Ukrainian issue. The White House also reports that US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz consider it necessary to resolve the Ukrainian problem through negotiations.  Who will Zelensky listen to in such a situation and what compromises are his European leaders inciting?

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“No sex until we get our rights back!” Pro-Abortion in the US

On June 24, the US Supreme Court struck down the constitutional right to abortion. Now decisions about their legality must be made at the state level. In many of them, abortion will be prohibited. This decision provoked mass protests in the United States. It has gotten to the point where feminists are urging women to give up sex until the decision is reconsidered. The Supreme Court, meanwhile, has already thought about revising the license for same-sex marriages.

Why did the court abolish the right to abortion? ;                          ;            

The decision of the US Supreme Court cannot be called sensational. Almost 2 months ago, Politico published a draft of the judges' decision, which outlined the June 24 decision. The publication of the draft sparked massive protests against Supreme Court judges across the country, which are now ongoing.

The right to abortion — is one of those politically significant discussions in the United States between conservatives and liberals that continues without small for several decades. In 1973, the US Supreme Court during the consideration of the case “Roe v. Wade” recognized abortion as a fundamental right of US citizens.

A new consideration for the right to abortion began after Texas passed the “Heartbeat Law” — Abortion is prohibited from the moment the fetus has a heartbeat (about the sixth week after conception). This law was challenged at the federal level, and the proceedings reached the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court eventually reversed its own 1973 decision.

Then the judges decided that the right to abortion is guaranteed by the constitutional right to privacy. The new decision states that the constitution does not mention or protect the right to abortion. In many states, abortion will now be banned. In 7 states, legislation from 1973 retains abortion bans that were blocked by a Supreme Court decision. Now these restrictions will not be. Another 13 states passed abortion bans in case Roe v. Wade was overturned. In Louisiana, South Dakota, Kentucky, and Missouri, the bans are already in place.

According to the American Guttmacher Institute, 26 states “surely or probably” prohibit abortion.

How did the US react to the decision?

The decision of the Supreme Court provoked a celebration among conservatives and massive protests among liberals.

Former US President Donald Trump called the event “the great victory of life.” His former Vice President Mike Pencecalled on all states to ban abortion.

In turn, US President Joe Biden opposed the decision. He called it “a tragic mistake that takes the country back 150 years.” He pledged that his administration would do everything possible to protect women's right to travel to states where abortion is legal and to ensure that they have access to abortion pills and contraceptives. Some large American companies have announced that they will pay their employees to travel to other states for abortions if they work in places where abortion is prohibited. These include Starbucks, Tesla, Airbnb, Netflix, JPMorgan Chase and Reddit.

Pro-abortion activists are taking initiatives of varying degrees of madness. For example, they propose to arrange a nationwide sex strike, writes Breitbart. “No sex with sperm donors until we get our rights back!”, — it quotes the slogans of one of the radical feminists.

A 24-year-old woman protesting the New York Supreme Court decision told the New York Post that she would not have sex with men unless they wanted a vasectomy. “If you're a man who doesn't want to have a vasectomy, even if it's reversible, and you don't take to the streets fighting for my rights, you don't deserve to have sex with me,” she said, — .

< p>The police were forced to increase security measures near the homes of Supreme Court judges in early May, when a draft decision leaked into the public space. And, it seems, not in vain. At least one person was detained because of the preparation of an assassination attempt on one of the conservative judges. The 26-year-old California resident said he went for it because he was outraged by the published decision.

What can the Supreme Court's decision lead to?

The issue of the right to abortion threatens to become the most important issue in the forthcoming congressional elections this fall. Bidencalled on Congress to remedy the situation by recognizing the right to abortion as a federal right. He called this topic the key one for the autumn elections.

Experts believe that abortion may become a key card for the Democrats in the upcoming elections. The Biden administration has so far suffered a complete collapse in terms of the economy. If the presidential election took place right now, Biden would have lost to Donald Trump with a score of 44% to 49%, according to federal polls. However, more than 85% of Americans support the right to have an abortion under certain circumstances. 61% of Americans believe abortion rights should remain legal in their current form, Pew Research poll says.

More importantly, Biden, after the congressional elections, may begin to reform the institution of the Supreme Court. He and other Democrats are not satisfied that now the Supreme Court, in which judges hold office for life, is now actually under the control of conservatives — 6 out of 9 members of the court adhere to conservative views. This was made possible by the fact that Trump replaced three — judges during his presidency, two elderly Conservative judges who voluntarily retired, and one liberal judge who passed away.

Biden wants to expand the composition of the court to 13 people, putting on 4 new seats of their candidates. This would once again give the Liberals an advantage in court. However, he can pull off such a truly tectonic reform (the number of members of the Supreme Court has not changed even once in the entire history of its existence) only with the full support of Congress.

For Democrats, this approach may be the only solution, because the Supreme Court, apparently, has set its sights on overturning its other liberal decisions. As Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said in a written opinion, the Court now “should review other similar decisions that protect Americans' rights to contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage.”

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Canceled a day later: how US and UN sanctions were lifted from different countries

Over the past decades, UN and US sanctions have been imposed repeatedly – South Africa, Myanmar, Yugoslavia, Iraq. Why sanctions were imposed and how quickly they were lifted from different countries – in the RBC video 7/30/756560064213307.jpg” alt=”Canceled a day later: how US and UN sanctions were lifted from different countries” />


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Trump says US has become ‘the laughing stock of the world’

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Former US President Donald Trump has criticized the state that he believes the United States has become in the past two years.

Speaking at a rally of his supporters in Illinois, Trump called the United States “a country of decline “and” laughing stock. RBC writes about this, referring to the broadcast of Trump's speech, which was broadcast by the WMBD News channel.

“This is no longer a great country, this is a country of decline,” Trump said.

And added, that he was “disgusted” to say these words to his compatriots. But he attributed them to record inflation rates, soaring fuel prices, the loss of energy independence, which is why the United States is now asking for oil from Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, as well as a lack of media freedom and a high crime rate. ”.

Trump stated: “In many ways, this country has become a laughingstock.”

In the United States, according to the country's Ministry of Labor, annual inflation in May increased to 8.6%. This is a record figure since December 1981.

The current President Joe Biden, commenting on these figures, called the increased prices for fuel and products “Putin's tax.”

At the same time, he said that the authorities The United States is able to fight inflation “from a position of strength like no other country in the world.”


Borrell says Iran and US will resume talks on nuclear deal

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Iran and the US will resume talks on a nuclear deal, said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell in Twitter.

“At a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, we agreed to resume negotiations between Iran and the United States in the coming days with the assistance of my team to resolve the last outstanding issues,”— said Borrell.

The head of EU diplomacy noted that three months have passed since he suspended the negotiations in Vienna. He felt that the parties need to speed up the work and close the deal now.

The Iranian minister confirmed that the country is ready to resume the negotiation process within a few days, Reuters reported. He expressed the hope that this time the United States will make real steps to complete the negotiations, and Iran will receive economic benefits.

The US, France, UK, Germany, China, Russia and Iran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). They agreed not to impose sanctions on Tehran if the country abandons the development of nuclear weapons, limits uranium enrichment and gives IAEA inspectors access to all nuclear facilities in the country.

However, under the presidency of Donald Trump, the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran accusing the country of violating the agreement. After that, Tehran began to exceed the permissible level of uranium enrichment, and also limited cooperation with the IAEA.

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The next American president, Joe Biden, in September 2021, announced his readiness to return to the nuclear deal with Iran. On March 15, 2022, State Department spokesman Ned Price reported that negotiations were close to the finish line, but some difficult issues remained unresolved. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov then emphasized that the restoration of the JCPOA would lead to the return of Iranian oil to the market.

In April, the Iranian parliament put forward conditions for the renewal of the nuclear agreement to President Ibrahim Raisi. Among them— the US refusal to impose new sanctions against Iran, lifting restrictions on oil exports from Iran and legal guarantees approved by the US Congress that Washington will not withdraw from the agreements.

On June 23, Sergey Lavrov held talks with the head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry. He stated that Russia will seek to restore the JCPOA on the nuclear program in its original configuration, without any changes.

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Russian extradited from Thailand to US faces up to 20 years in prison

Russian citizen Dmitry Ukrainsky, who was extradited by the Thai authorities to the United States, faces up to 20 years in prison, TASS reports, citing the conclusion of the US prosecutor's office.

The Russian is accused of conspiracy to commit fraud, banking fraud, cyber fraud and money laundering.

In particular, law enforcement officers believe that Ukrainian stole the money of American citizens, and then legalized them in Thailand. The man denies his guilt, adding that he has never even been to the United States.

It is noted that the Russian was convicted in Thailand for financial crimes for 10 years in prison. According to the laws of the kingdom, he was to be released on parole. However, a Thai court later granted the request to extradite the accused to the United States, although before that there had already been an extradition order against him to Russia. On June 16, Ukrainsky was taken to the States.

Earlier it was reported that the Russian side sent a request to the US Attorney General to restore the rights of Russian Dmitry Ukrainsky.

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US temporarily withdraws export privileges from Pobeda, S7 and Nordwind

Previously, similar decisions were made by the US authorities in relation to Aeroflot, Rossiya, Utair and Azur Air

The US Department of Commerce withdrew export privileges from Russian Pobeda airlines for six months , S7 and Nordwind, Reuters reported, citing a ministry statement.

It says that the decision was made due to violations of export controls imposed by the United States against Russia after the start of a special operation in Ukraine. The recall will be valid for six months and may be extended, the message says.

RBC sent a request to representatives of S7, Nordwind Airlines and Pobeda.

In April, export privileges were withdrawn from Aeroflot, Utair, Azur Air and the cargo company Aviastar-TU. They were deprived of access to products from the United States, as well as the re-export of American goods from other countries. In May, the US authorities canceled export privileges for Rossiya Airlines.

In late February, the US imposed restrictions on exports to Russia, including in the aviation sector. Aircraft manufactured in the US or with more than 25% US parts require a license.

In early March, the US Department of Commerce banned 100 aircraft, mostly Boeing, that violated US export controls, according to the Department. The decision affected the private jet of businessman Roman Abramovich and the liners of Russian air carriers.

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Against the background of US restrictive measures, the American company Boeing decided to stop servicing and supplying spare parts to Russia.

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US announces new $450 million military aid package for Ukraine

In total, since the beginning of the military operation, Washington has sent military assistance to Kyiv for $ 6.1 billion. The new package, among other weapons, will include additional HIMARS MLRS military equipment and munitions, White House National Security Council (NSC) strategic communications coordinator John Kirby said during a briefing.

“The United States announced a $450 million additional military aid package for Ukraine as part of our commitment to support Ukraine in defending its democracy in the face of unprovoked Russian aggression. This package contains weapons and equipment, including new HIMARS, tens of thousands of shells for artillery systems that have already been provided, as well as patrol boats to help Ukraine protect its coast and waterways, — said Kirby.

He stressed that since February 24, the United States has provided a total of $ 6.1 billion in assistance to Kyiv, and since the beginning of the presidential term of Joe Biden— for $6.8 billion

Kirby recalled that Biden assured Zelensky last week that Washington would continue to support Ukraine's defense capability.


The delivery of the HIMARS MLRS to Ukraine was widely discussed in the spring. Depending on the projectile, the firing range of the system can vary from 45-70 km to 220-270 km. Russia expressed concern about the planned supply of MLRS. Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov expressed the hope that Washington would not supply Ukraine with long-range shells. According to him, in this case, there would be a risk of strikes against Russian cities.

President Joe Biden ruled out the supply of missiles to Ukraine capable of reaching Russian territory. Kyiv, in turn, argued that the Ukrainian army “with a head” missiles with a range of 70 km are enough.

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Biden announced the first delivery of HIMARS on June 1st. On June 18, Politico, citing sources in the Pentagon, wrote that Washington intends to supply additional systems to Kyiv.

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The Hermitage announced a moratorium on exhibitions in the US and Europe

The moratorium is introduced for a year, all exhibits previously sent to European museums have already returned to Russia. The Hermitage pointed out that in the 1990s such a moratorium was in place inside Russia for security reasons

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The State Hermitage will not hold exhibitions in Europe and the US for a year, according to the museum page on VKontakte.

“The Hermitage introduces a one-year moratorium on exhibitions in Europe and the USA. Recall that in the 1990s, the museum introduced a moratorium on exhibitions in Russia for security reasons and because of high financial risks,— The message says.

The Hermitage has announced that all of the museum's exhibits have returned from exhibitions in Europe. From March to June, the exhibits participated in eight foreign exhibitions: in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Brussels, London, Milan, Rome and Paris. On June 21, Titian's “Portrait of a Young Woman” was the last to be returned from the exhibitions. and Cariani's Temptation.

In April, Mikhail Shvydkoi, special representative of the president for international cultural cooperation, announced the detention of paintings from Russian museums in Finland due to bureaucratic procedures, since the border passes there Russia with the EU. Finnish customs confirmed the detention of goods that are “subject to European sanctions.” Among them were exhibits from the Hermitage, the Tretyakov Gallery, the Pushkin Museum, etc.

The Foreign Ministry protested to the Finnish ambassador, and a few days later the paintings crossed the border. The Hermitage explained that the canvases were returned after clarifying that “exhibition exchanges have a special status even under sanctions restrictions.”

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Biden said the US and EU knew about the consequences of restrictions on oil

According to the American president, Western countries have cut off Russian oil in response to Moscow's actions in Ukraine, knowing that this will lead to higher fuel prices. But they had no choice

Joe Biden

The US and the EU understood that due to restrictions on Russian oil, they would face higher fuel prices, said US President Joe Biden.


«Russia— one of the world's largest oil producers. We have cut off the supply of Russian oil to the US, and our European partners have done the same, knowing that we will face an increase in gasoline prices,— Biden said.

He noted that one could “close one's eyes” on Russia's actions in Ukraine, but, in his opinion, it would be “wrong.” “I thought so then and I think so now. The free world had no choice, — convinced the American leader.

Biden called for the abolition of the fuel tax for three months, although he acknowledged that this measure would not solve the problem with rising prices, but would ease the burden on families. Authorities levy a tax of 18 cents per gallon (3.78 liters) of gasoline and 24 cents per gallon of diesel fuel.

In early June, the price of gasoline at gas stations in the US hit a new all-time high, exceeding $5 per gallon. Now fuel costs an average of about $ 5. The American leader has repeatedly called the rise in prices for fuel and products “Putin's”, as well as a “by-product” aid to Ukraine. “It will cost the Western countries dearly. This will cost NATO dearly. It will cost dearly to European countries and dearly to us, & mdash; he declared.

The United States refused to import Russian oil in early March. The European Union included a partial embargo on Russian raw materials in the sixth package of sanctions in early June. The ban affected maritime supplies. Russian authorities consider Western sanctions illegal.

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US explains NATO’s fear of Iskanders

The most modern Russian platform for launching ballistic and cruise missiles

The United States explained the fear of the North Atlantic Alliance of the Russian OTRK 9K720 Iskander. The Russian-made operational-tactical missile system is highly accurate, writes the 19FortyFive portal.

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According to observer Wesley Culp, the Iskander (the 9P78 launcher, capable of carrying two missiles for three people) remains the most modern Russian platform for launching ballistic and cruise missiles.

The target range of the 9M723 quasi-ballistic missile is 500 km, and the circular probable deviation using the homing head does not exceed 5 meters, the author of the publication noted. The missile has the ability to carry a warhead weighing up to 700 kg. Also, the operational-tactical missile system can use R-500 cruise missiles.

Iskander, the development of which began in 1988, and the first test launch is dated 1996, is designed to destroy air defense and missile defense systems, as well as important enemy targets.

It was previously reported that Iskander missiles can carry special elements that allow you to deceive air defense systems.


The White House considered Peskov’s words about the execution of US citizens in the Donbass terrible

Peskov did not reject the possibility of a death sentence for two Americans captured in Ukraine, this is appalling, the White House said. The Russian Ministry of Defense considers foreigners fighting on the side of Ukraine to be mercenaries The house considered Peskov's words about the execution of US citizens in the Donbass terrible” />

John Kirby

The situation in which the representative of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov allows the use of the death penalty against US citizens captured in Ukraine is “terrible,” said John Kirby, coordinator for strategic communications at the US National Security Council, during a briefing at the White House.

” ;It is appalling that a government official in Russia even suggested the death penalty for two American citizens who were in Ukraine. And we will continue to try to find out everything we can about this,— Kirby said (quote from CNN).

The prospect of executing US citizens is worrying, whether Peskov's threat was real or hypothetical, he pointed out.

We are talking about Peskov's statement, which he made the day before in an interview with NBC. The press secretary of the Russian President said that the Geneva Convention for the Protection of Prisoners of War does not apply to US citizens Alexander John-Robert Druke and Andy Wien, who took part in the battles on the side of Ukraine. According to him, they were not members of the Ukrainian army, they are “soldiers of fortune”, “involved in illegal activities”; and shelling of the Russian military.

“They endangered their (the Russian military.— RBC) lives. And they must be held accountable. They should be held accountable <…> for the crimes they have committed. These crimes must be investigated,»— Peskov said. He emphasized that he could not “guarantee anything.”

Answering a question about the fate of US citizens who were previously sentenced to death by the DPR court, the British Sean Pinner and Aiden Aslin, as well as the Moroccan Brahim Saadoun, he stressed that “he cannot guarantee anything, it depends on the investigation.”

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“Prisoners of war must always be treated humanely. Any unlawful act or omission on the part of the Detaining Power which results in the death of a prisoner of war in its power, or which seriously endangers the health of a prisoner of war, is prohibited and will be considered a serious breach of this Convention,” stated in Article 13 of the Geneva Convention. The Russian authorities consider the captured foreigners to be mercenaries. “In accordance with international humanitarian law, mercenaries are not combatants, and the best that awaits them is criminal liability,” — warned the Ministry of Defense.

In mid-June, RT and Izvestia published videos with two men who identified themselves as US citizens, — Alexander Dryuke and Andy Wiene. The latter said that he had previously “believed in propaganda” that showed the Russians in an unfavorable light, but now he allegedly believes in the corruption of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

According to The Telegraph, the Americans were captured near Kharkov. Relatives told CNN that by the time the video was published, there had been no contact with them for about a week. According to the channel, Dryuke and Vin disappeared during the battle near the village of Izbitskoye, the search yielded no results. Biden, after the appearance of footage with captured US citizens, again urged the Americans not to participate in hostilities in Ukraine.

The head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, ruled out the possibility of exchanging or pardoning the British sentenced to death, according to him, such a scenario “is not even is being discussed. “I don't see any reason for this,” — he explained.

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Washington Post learned about US preparations for a protracted conflict in Ukraine

The White House predicted such a scenario even before the start of hostilities, writes WP. To speed up the denouement, the United States stepped up arms supplies to Kyiv. In Russia, on the contrary, the transfer of arms is associated with the desire to prolong the conflict alt=”Washington Post learned of US preparations for protracted conflict in Ukraine” />

The United States and its allies are preparing for a protracted conflict in Ukraine, the Washington Post writes, citing sources.

According to one of the interlocutors of the publication in the State Department, the possibility of prolonged hostilities was discussed in the White House even before the start of the Russian special operation, when the media began to report on the likelihood of an armed conflict. The official explained that the increase in the supply of American weapons to Ukraine is precisely aimed at preventing the prolongation of hostilities: Washington is trying to get Moscow to refuse to continue them and at the same time strengthen Kyiv's position in peace negotiations.

According to a State Department official, the US administration assumes that Russia's achievement of its goals in Ukraine would be “very bad”; for the United States, its allies and the international community.

The United States, as well as the EU countries, Australia, Canada, after the start of the Russian military operation, delivered several packages of military assistance to Ukraine. In April, Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, complained that the EU was not supplying Kyiv with the weapons it needed, and that the deliveries themselves were taking too long. President Volodymyr Zelensky asked for planes, missiles, and “anything” with which to defend the country. At the end of the same month, he declared that he was “finally heard”; and Ukraine receives the weapons it asked for.

In early June, the US authorities announced that they would supply Ukraine with HIMARS MLRS, other weapons, ammunition and equipment as part of a $700 million military aid package.

< p>The Russian authorities condemn the transfer of weapons to Kyiv. According to President Vladimir Putin, the purpose of the “fuss” around such supplies— prolong the conflict as much as possible. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that since NATO “enters into a war with Russia through a proxy and arms this proxy, then in war as in war.”

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At the same time, Moscow emphasizes that the goals of the military operation in Ukraine will be fulfilled, despite the “pumping” Kyiv with Western weapons.

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US senators complained to TikTok about the failure to remove the content of Russian state media

The senators said that although TikTok restricted operations in Russia, it allowed state media to publish news for a while. Also, the platform did not remove previously posted “misleading pro-government content”

Republican U.S. senators sent a message to TikTok CEO Show Zi Chu expressing concern over the placement of Russian state media content on the platform in conditions where the publication of other videos is limited. This is reported by Reuters.

Letter Author— Montana Senator Steve Danes, also signed by John Cornyn (Texas), Roger Wicker (Mississippi), James Lankford (Oklahoma), John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis (Wyoming).

In early March, due to a law adopted shortly after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, which criminalizes fakes about the actions of Russian troops, TikTok limited its work in the country: it temporarily banned live broadcasts and uploading new content. However, the senators write, the social network has failed to “equally enforce this policy.”

The appeal, quoted by the agency, says that TikTok “allowed Russian state media to flood the platform with dangerous pro-war propaganda.” Posting such content was banned only on March 25. At the same time, the social network did not remove “misleading pro-government content” published before this date, the senators write.

The authors of the letter asked the management of TikTok to answer a series of questions (the agency did not specify which ones). The company told Reuters that they are ready to cooperate. The Russian Embassy in the United States did not respond to the agency's request.

Before TikTok suspended work in Russia, the country's authorities had complaints about the service. In particular, the platform, at the request of the European Union, restricted access to the official accounts of a number of Russian media in Europe, including RT and Sputnik. Roskomnadzor called it “open censorship” and demanded that TikTok lift restrictions. The agency also demanded to explain the reasons for the removal of a number of publications in the official account of the state agency RIA Novosti. The RKN reported that from May 2021 to March 2022, it discovered “seven facts of discrimination against official accounts of Russian media and public figures on the platform.”

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On March 9, the RKN announced that TikTok restricted access to the audio track of President Vladimir Putin's video address for foreign users. The agency considered that such actions of the social network “fundamentally violate the key principles of the free flow of information and unhindered access to it.” At the same time, since the end of February, Russia has blocked access to hundreds of resources on the basis of Art. 15.3 of the law on information.

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Putin called US statements about “Putin’s inflation” stupidity

The West is using the Russian special operation as a “lifeline” that allows it to “blame its own miscalculations on others,” Putin said. According to him, the increase in imports from the US and the EU led to an increase in prices in the world. 756554722171579.jpg” alt=”Putin called the US statement about “Putin's inflation” stupid” />

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Today's rise in prices— this is the result of systemic mistakes by the United States and the European Union in economic policy, and Russia, with its special operation in the Donbass, has “absolutely nothing to do with it,” President Vladimir Putin said during a speech at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum.

“Recently, more and more often I hear <…> about the so-called “Putin's inflation” in the West. When I see this, I always think: who is this stupidity designed for? For those who can't read and write, that's all. People who can even read understand what's really going on, — he said.


According to the president, Russia and its “actions to liberate Donbass have absolutely nothing to do with it.” «Today's rise in prices— this is the result of systematic mistakes in the economic policy of the current US administration and the European bureaucracy. Here are the reasons. And only in this»,— Putin noted.

Western countries are already using the beginning of the Russian special operation as a “lifeline” that allows them to “blame their own miscalculations on others, in this case Russia.” “They printed money in huge quantities” And then what, where did all these funds flow? Obviously, including the purchase of goods and services outside Western countries. They [the US and the EU] have literally started vacuuming, raking out the global markets. Of course, no one thought about the interests of other states, including the poorest ones, and did not want to think, — the president said. According to him, the poorest countries were left only “scraps”, and even then at “astronomical prices”.

In particular, if at the end of 2019 the volume of imports to the United States was about $250 billion per month, by now it has grown to $350 billion, Putin said. “Growth 40%” in proportion, this exactly corresponds to the unsecured pumping of the dollar mass of recent years, — he said.

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Even higher rates of increasing imports of goods, according to him, are observed in the EU. “It is clear that such a sharp increase in demand, not backed by product supply, launched a wave of shortages and global inflation” that's where it comes from, this global inflation,»,— said the head of state.

And while these countries continue to import, the balance between exports and imports has already shifted to the other side, Putin added. However, the conclusion already suggests itself that “the economy of imaginary entities will inevitably be replaced by the economy of real values ​​and assets,” he noted.

In this way, Putin reacted, among other things, to the statement of US President Joe Biden. Speaking at the Port of Los Angeles last week about inflation and his administration's price-cutting measures, he said the United States “has never seen anything like Putin's tax on food and gasoline.” “Today's inflation report confirms what America already knows: Putin's price hike is hitting America hard— gas station prices, energy and food prices account for half of the monthly price increase in May,— said the president, commenting on the report of the US Department of Labor. According to this report, consumer prices in the country rose by 8.6% in annual terms in May, and this is the largest increase since December 1981. “I'm doing everything in my power to blunt Putin's price hike and bring down the cost of gas and food,” Biden then concluded.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, commenting on the statements of the US President, noted that food prices were rising throughout 2020 and 2021, even before the start of the operation in Ukraine. “If we listen to what the White House says, Biden, calling inside himself, American prices “Putin’s”, “Putin’s tax”, “Putin’s gasoline”, “Putin’s inflation”, & mdash; yes, they live in a fantasy world»,— said the representative of the department, Maria Zakharova, in an interview with the TV channel “360” on the margins of SPIEF.

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WP learned that the FBI is investigating the case of US chips in Russian military equipment

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FBI agents, together with the US Department of Commerce, began investigating the case of US chips in Russian military equipment, which is involved in military operations in Ukraine. The Washington Post writes about this, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter.

Department officials come to the offices of technology companies to learn about how Western chips and other components ended up in Russian radar systems, drones, tanks, ground control equipment and coastal ships.

A lawyer for one such American company told publication that investigators are studying many different chips and electronic components. They have a list of companies, he said, including intermediaries who may have passed products through the supply chain.

In April, a team of researchers from the Royal United Armed Forces Institute (RUSI) found computer chips from 12 American companies in Russian technology in Ukraine. Based on the ID numbers, WP determined that the list included Intel, Analog Devices, Texas Instruments, and Onsemi, as well as components from six chip manufacturers in Europe, Japan, and Taiwan.

The publication asked several American companies about the supply of electronics to Russia. Intel processor manufacturer spokesman William Moss said that for more than a decade the company has sold products to Russia through distributors who are responsible for complying with US export control regulations.

The — Semiconductor supplier Onsemi indicated that it stopped manufacturing one of the chips it found in Russian equipment back in 2008. Like chip maker Texas Instruments, the company stressed that it does not sell any products to Russia or Belarus. The developer of more than a dozen components for Russian military equipment, Analog Devices, did not answer questions from WP.

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One of the authors of the report, Nick Reynolds, said that Western chips were installed in Borisoglebsk-2 radio interference equipment, which was produced in 2015 or later. The group's researchers found an American fiber-optic gyroscope inside a Russian 9M949 guided missile.

At the same time, electrical engineers interviewed by the publication found that the elements were designed for general use, and not for the military. Most of them belong to the production of 2000-2010.

In addition, in May, a group of researchers of conflict weapons (Conflict Armament Research), after a visit to Ukraine, found in radio stations, on-board systems and the remains of Kh-59 Ovod cruise missiles. electronic components from 86 companies from the USA and Europe. At the same time, many parts were manufactured after 2014, including in 2019-2020.

One of the group's investigators, Damien Spleeters, said that the group found microcircuits with scratched markings inside two Russian radio stations in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. One set of parts manufactured in 2013-2018 was found in a rocket that fell in the central part of Ukraine on February 24. The group found another set of chips manufactured in 2017-2020 in a rocket after the attack on Nikolaev on March 29.

Since 2014, after the annexation of Crimea to Russia, the United States began to control the sale of high-tech elements to Russia for military use. The authorities required exporters to obtain a state license. At the same time, there were no restrictions on the supply of electronics for general use.

After the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine in February, the United States banned the sale of any chips to the Russian military and imposed export restrictions on other buyers from Russia.

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US admits ‘monstrous mistake’ against Putin

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American political analyst James Dore said on a Youtube show that the US must admit it was a terrible mistake when it thought President Vladimir Putin was bluffing about Russia's economic power.

According to Dore, in 2014 Senator Lindsey Graham said that Putin had “weak cards” in his hands and expressed a lack of understanding of how the Russian leader manages to “win a game of poker.”

And now, the expert says, the ruble is becoming the most reliable currency in the world, and the effect of the sanctions is causing the rise in fuel and food prices around the world.

“Moscow is winning the economic confrontation,” the observer concludes.

“It is extremely rare for the West to make such monstrous mistakes in evaluating economies,” the expert added.

He also noted that a further break in trade cooperation with Moscow would threaten the restructuring of the entire global market.


US to allocate $1 billion to Israel to strengthen Iron Dome missile defense system

Biden will visit Israel in mid-July. During the trip, he will also visit the Iron Dome air defense systems

The United States plans to allocate about $1 billion to complete the Iron Dome missile defense system (ABM) after the escalation of the conflict with Gaza in May 2021. This, according to The Times of Israel, was announced at a briefing by a representative of the administration of the American president.

Joe Biden will visit Israel in mid-July. During the visit, he will visit the sites of the Iron Dome missile defense systems, as well as discuss possible cooperation in the field of innovation in the defense industry between the two countries.

In addition, the American president will visit the West Bank of the Jordan River, where he will meet with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. During the trip, Biden will also hold cooperation talks with Israeli and Indian Prime Ministers Naftali Bennet and Narendra Modi as part of the virtual I2-U2 summit (which brings together India, Israel, the UAE and the United States).


In May 2021, the situation in the Gaza Strip escalated. For more than ten days, Israel has been attacking Gaza in response to missile launches from there. In total, according to the Israel Defense Forces, the Gaza Strip then fired about 4,000 missiles across the country, most of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system.

«Iron Dome»— a system that is designed to protect against unguided tactical missiles with a flight range of 4 to 70 km. It was developed by the Israeli company Rafael, the project was created with US funding. The first battery took up combat duty in 2011, by July 2014 there were nine of them in Israel.

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US senators reach agreement on tougher gun control

US Democratic and Republican Senators Agree on Key Measures to Reduce Gun Violence

U.S. senators have reached a bipartisan agreement on the main provisions of a bill to tighten gun control in the United States, reports The New York Times.

According to the report, a group of 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans approved proposals to fund mental health resources; improving school safety; providing grants to states to implement the so-called “red flag” law, which allows the confiscation of weapons from people who may pose a potential danger.

Senators also propose tougher checks if the buyer of weapons is people under the age of 21.

“Today we are announcing a sound bipartisan proposal to protect American children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence across our nation,”— said in a joint statement by 20 senators.

They emphasized that now American families are scared, and their duty— help restore their sense of safety and security in society.

Now a group of senators must finalize the bill and gain enough support in both houses to pass the law, the newspaper notes.

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In early June, US President Joe Biden called on Congress to tighten control over the circulation of firearms in the country. He proposed to ban the sale of assault weapons and magazines for a large number of cartridges to ordinary citizens.

If a ban is not possible, in his opinion, it is necessary to raise the age at which you can buy weapons from 18 to 21 years. Biden also pointed to a “serious mental health crisis” in the USA.

May 24, there was a shooting at a school in Uvalda, Texas. The fire was opened by 18-year-old former student Salvador Ramos. He was carrying a pistol and a semi-automatic rifle. As a result, 19 children and two adults were killed, the shooter himself died during the arrest.

After that, the US President announced that he was tired of inaction on the issue of tightening gun laws and called for resisting the gun lobby. He recalled that since 2012 there have been more than 900 cases of mass shooting in the country.

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China’s defense minister says US should stop slandering China


China has demanded that the US government stop vilifying it and stop attempts to contain it.

This was stated by Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe at the Shangri-La Dialogue security conference in Singapore. His speech can be viewed live on the forum's YouTube channel.

“Persistently pursuing a policy that sees China as a threat, an adversary, and even an enemy, could be a historical and strategic mistake. We demand that the United States stop slandering China and stop trying to contain China,” he said.


Kissinger found US parties more divided than during the Vietnam War

Today, politicians even argue about “America's core values,” including issues of individual freedom and the provisions of the national Constitution, and every US administration faces “continuous hostility” from the opposition, according to politician

Modern American parties are more divided than during the Vietnam War, said former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in an interview with The Sunday Times.

“Yes, incomparably more,” — he answered the question of whether American society and politics are more divided (quote from RIA Novosti).

According to the diplomat, in the early 1970s, the Republican and Democratic parties of the United States could still cooperate with each other, and « national interest” was “meaningful” concept and was not discussed on its own.

“The term” national interests ” was filled with meaning, it was not even discussed. Now that [time] is over. Every administration faces ongoing hostility from the opposition based on ideological differences,— he said (TASS quote).

Today, politicians are even arguing about “America's core values”, including issues of individual freedom and the provisions of the national Constitution, the diplomat noted.

Several world politicians, including Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, spoke of a split in American society. According to him, the split deepened after the announcement of the results of the presidential election, which took place in November 2020.

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Since then, Democrats and Republicans have repeatedly rejected each other's bills submitted to the US Parliament at various stages of voting. In November 2021, the Democratic Party rejected a Republican project that included the introduction of sanctions against the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline into the draft budget. Earlier, in September, the party acted in the same way, blocking the project to raise the national debt limit.

The country has been debating the issue of restricting the right to bear arms, which is spelled out in the US Constitution, for several years.

In May, an American entrepreneur, Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, announced that he no longer supports the Democrats and will vote for the Republicans. In his words, the US Democratic Party, which used to be basically a “kindness party”, has become a “split and hate party”.

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US vows ‘strong and quick’ response to North Korean nuclear test

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman promised a “strong and swift” response to Pyongyang's nuclear test during her visit to South Korea.


Yonhap News Agency reported that U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman promised a “strong and swift” response to Pyongyang's nuclear test during her visit to South Korea.

Recall that the representative of the White House arrived in South Korea on an official visit on Monday. Today, she held a meeting in Seoul with First Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea Cho Hyun-don. The topic of their conversation was the missile launches of North Korea.

According to her, nuclear tests are a violation of the UN Security Council resolution. Among other things, she urged Kim Jong-un not to take “dangerous, provocative and destabilizing actions”, but to turn his attention to problems with the spread of coronavirus in the country.

“Such a test would immediately be followed by a decisive and quick answer. I believe that the whole world will react clearly and decisively. Now everyone is ready for this,” Sherman added.


Fiji court orders US to seize yacht linked to Russian businessman

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Amadea superyacht in Lautoka, Fiji

The Fiji Supreme Court has ruled that the Russian-linked superyacht Amadea must be removed by the United States, as it is a “waste” for the island nation. funds needed to maintain the vessel during fission legal disputes, according to Reuters.

The Amadea yacht was detained by the Fiji police on April 14, after the 106-meter vessel entered the state's exclusive economic zone after an 18-day passage from Mexico, which it did under the flag of the Cayman Islands. The United States linked the yacht to the Russian billionaire and senator Suleiman Kerimov and sought its confiscation as part of the sanctions imposed against him.

The FBI said operating costs for a $300+ million vessel are between $25 million and $30 million a year, and the United States will pay for the upkeep of the vessel after it is confiscated. Fiji's Supreme Court allowed Amadea to be seized on a US warrant on May 3.

At the same time, Millemarin Investment Limited stated that it is the real owner of the superyacht, and Faisal Haniff, the defense lawyer representing her, asked the court to stay the decision pending an appeal against this decision. He also stated in court that the yacht is not related to Kerimov, but belongs to another Russian businessman— to the owner of «NNK-Oil» Eduard Khudainatov.

The Fiji government paid for the maintenance of the yacht while the appeal was pending in court.

On Tuesday, June 7, the Supreme Court ruled that the public interest requires that the yacht “sail out of Fiji waters” because its parking “is costly to the government of Fiji.” The court also indicated that the yacht entered the waters of the state without proper permission, in the hope, probably, of avoiding criminal prosecution by the United States.

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“Issues relating to money laundering and property rights” must be resolved in the US court that initiated the proceedings, the Fiji Supreme Court indicated. Faisal Haniff, a lawyer for Millemarin Investment Limited, declined to comment on the verdict to Reuters.

RBC sent a request to Khudainatov's representative.

Since February 24, when President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military special operation in Ukraine, Western countries have imposed numerous sanctions against Russia. Already on March 2, the US Department of Justice announced the creation of a multi-agency task force, KleptoCapture, tasked with enforcing sanctions and export restrictions against Russia, as well as combating “corrupt Russian oligarchs.” The group will explore ways to circumvent US anti-money laundering and anti-money laundering laws and search for their assets.

German shipbuilder Lürssen's website reports that Amadea's yacht was built at a shipyard in Hamburg. Its length— 106 m, there are eight cabins on board, 36 people are engaged in the maintenance of the vessel. The Superyacht Fan portal estimates the cost of the yacht at $ 325 million, and calls it an “unknown billionaire” as its owner.

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The Foreign Ministry put US ministers, heads of Universal Pictures and Netflix on the “stop list”

Russia is imposing sanctions on 61 more American citizens, including the heads and leaders of the Treasury, Energy, Netflix, Moody's, NASDAQ and Fitch Group. In total, Moscow imposed restrictive measures against 963 US citizens put on the “stop list” of US ministers, heads of Universal Pictures and Netflix” />

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The Russian Foreign Ministry announced personal sanctions against another 61 US citizens, the list appeared on the department's website. In particular, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen were hit.

“In response to the ever-expanding US sanctions against Russian political and public figures, as well as representatives of domestic business, the” stop list ” 61 American citizens are included from among the heads of leading military-industrial complex corporations, media platforms and rating agencies, aircraft and shipbuilding companies, as well as individual US State Department officials involved in stuffing about “malicious” Russian cyberattacks»,— said the Foreign Ministry.

The list also includes Fitch Group President and CEO Paul Taylor, Moody's CEO Rob Fauber, NASDAQ President and CEO Adena Friedman, United Airlines President Brett Hart, Senior Executive Director of Netflix Wilmont Hasting, President of Universal Pictures Peter Kramer and others.

After the appearance of a new list, the total number of US citizens under Russian sanctions has grown to 963. Among them are US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Netflix previously refused to broadcast 20 Russian federal channels (their broadcasting is mandatory by law from March 1), and in early March it suspended operations in Russia. Work on the original Russian projects was also temporarily stopped— TV series "Loop", "Nothing Special" and others. At the end of March, Netflix removed its app from the App Store and Google Play stores in Russia; at the end of May, the site stopped working for Russian users without a VPN. Roskomnadzor reported that they had not blocked access to the resource.

Universal Pictures, together with other major Hollywood film studios, suspended all scheduled screenings in Russia by the beginning of March: in particular, the cartoon “Bad Boys” was supposed to be released on March 24; , and on April 7— film “ER”. Similar decisions were also made at Disney, Paramount, Warner Bros. and Sony.

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The absence of a license allowed the Russian Ministry of Finance to bring money to any holders of Russian international bonds denominated in US dollars, and if they are denominated in euros, then at least to American investors.

Speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin then stated that “the United States and the satellites” it is worth “getting used to the ruble”, since Moscow will pay off the public debt in Russian currency.

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NYT learned about the US letter to 14 countries on the sale of Ukrainian grain

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In mid-May, the United States sent a warning to 14 countries (mostly African) that Russian ships were trying to sell “stolen Ukrainian grain”, writes The New York Times. According to the publication, in the letter, the US administration indicated the names of three cargo ships that allegedly left the Black Sea ports with grain on board.

The State Department, in response to a request from the publication, said that the United States “is cooperating with other countries to prevent the sale of grain that was likely stolen from Ukraine.” Officials from several other countries said that Washington asked them to prevent the purchase of illegally obtained Ukrainian grain. The interlocutors of the newspaper stressed that the US message was not coercive.

The New York Times writes about the dilemma that arose in African states after receiving a message from Washington: on the one hand, there is an opportunity to get cheap grain against the backdrop of rising world prices, and on the other hand— the purchase of grain from Russia would not please the United States and would mean taking advantage of the actions of the Russian army in Ukraine. According to the director of the Kenyan International Institute for Strategic Studies HORN, Hassan Hannenje, the shortage of food in Africa is so acute that the countries of the continent do not care where it comes from, even from Ukraine. “[For them] it's not a dilemma. Those who try to talk about morality here are delusional, — the expert considers.

Due to hostilities in Ukraine, which, like Russia, is one of the largest suppliers of grain to world markets, it has accumulated in a large number of Black Sea ports. In early May, the UN estimated the volume of blocked grain at 4.5 million tons. On May 19, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that about 20 million tons of grain remained unused on Ukrainian territory. In this regard, the leaders of many countries expressed concern about the possible deterioration of the food situation in the world.

The Ukrainian authorities claim that the Russian military exports grain mainly to the Crimea. The Ukrainian embassy in Beirut said that Russia transferred more than 100 tons of Ukrainian wheat to Syria. The Ukrainian ambassador in Ankara, Vasily Bondar, named Turkey as one of the buyers. In Moscow, accusations of exporting grain from the territory of Ukraine were denied.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that a delegation would leave for Turkey on June 7 to negotiate the organization of the export of grain from the ports of Ukraine. Anadolu previously wrote that the meeting will be attended by representatives of Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN.

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Commission of the Federation Council and the State Duma discussed US biological laboratories in Nigeria

Vice Speaker of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev announced the operation of six US biological laboratories in Nigeria, where monkeypox originated. It is reported by RIA Novosti. 

«We received absolutely new information about the activities of biolaboratories (USA) in Nigeria», – Kosachev said during the  commission to investigate the activities of US biolaboratories in Ukraine.

He clarified that at the moment the nature of the activities of the discovered laboratories remains unknown.

Earlier Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev said that after the discovery of US biological laboratories in Ukraine, additional measures were taken to protect Russia. According to him, the measures were aimed not only at protecting the Russian Federation, but also citizens of neighboring countries from the effects of dangerous biological factors.

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US and South Korea launch eight missiles in response to North Korean launches

Eight surface-to-surface missiles were launched from the American ATACMS missile system in response to North Korean launches on June 5. Then North Korea fired the same number of shells. South Korea fired seven missiles, the US fired one in response to the launches of the DPRK on June 5, Yonhap reports with reference to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The first launch was carried out at approximately 4:45 am local time (19:45 Moscow time on June 5). The remaining missiles were launched within 10 minutes. The South Korean military fired a total of seven rounds, and the American side— one. The launches were made from the American operational-tactical missile system ATACMS.

The day before, the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea reported that the DPRK launched eight short-range ballistic missiles towards the Sea of ​​Japan. According to the military, the shells were launched from several points around Sunan Airport in Pyongyang between 09:08 and 09:43 local time (from 03:08 to 03:48 Moscow time). A Yonhap source also claimed that North Korea fired from at least two different locations. According to the calculations of the South Korean military, this launch was the 18th for the DPRK since the beginning of the year.

North Korean missile tests have been confirmed in Japan. The head of the Ministry of Defense of the country, Nobuo Kishi, announced the launch of at least six missiles from the DPRK in the direction of the Sea of ​​Japan, some of the shells fell in its waters outside the exclusive economic zone of Japan.

The Indo-Pacific Command of the US Armed Forces then announced that the unit is aware of multiple ballistic missile launches from North Korea and is consulting with allies. Then the United States reaffirmed its commitment to the defense of South Korea and Japan.

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WP learns about US aid to the Saudi military in Yemen airstrikes

The Washington Post learned that the United States provided military support to the Saudi Air Force in Yemen The armed conflict in Yemen began in 2015. At first, the US worried that the airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition might violate the customs of war. However, then they began to conclude military contracts with this country

The consequences of the airstrikes of the Saudi-led coalition on the city of Sanaa in Yemen, March 2022

The United States supported the air force of the coalition led by Saudi Arabia, which has been targeting Yemeni civilian infrastructure since 2015, The Washington Post and Security Force Monitor found out in a joint investigation.

The journalists analyzed more than 3,000 publicly available images, press releases, media reports and videos and identified 19 fighter squadrons that participated in the military campaign.

They found that most of the aircraft belonged to Saudi Arabia or the UAE, which entered into at least 94 contracts with the United States for weapons, training or maintenance. Most of the 39 squadrons of countries— members of the coalition who had the ability to carry out airstrikes flew fighter jets designed and sold by American companies.

The United States participated in joint exercises with at least 80% of the squadrons that carried out strikes on Yemen, an analysis of more than 1,500 videos, photos and military statements showed. Moreover, approximately four times such exercises were held in the United States.

Since 2015, US officials have raised concerns that coalition airstrikes may have violated the rules of war. They also trained the Saudi Air Force in civilian casualty prevention, the law of armed conflict and human rights. After four years of hostilities, in 2019, the United States adopted a policy requiring high-precision missile guidance.

Since the bombing began in 2015, the United States has awarded dozens of contracts to support the F-15SA fighter and upgrade other aircraft from the same series and pilot training. The last fighter jet was delivered to Saudi Arabia in 2020.

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“Both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates face a significant threat to their territories. We intend to continue to strengthen the defense capabilities of these countries, — Pentagon spokesman Ned Price said in a comment to the publication. He explained the support by the fact that over the past year the Houthis have attacked Saudi Arabia hundreds of times.

Since August 2014, a conflict has been going on in Yemen between government forces and armed groups of the Houthis. In March 2015, the conflict moved into an active phase, when coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia entered Yemen.

According to the UN, more than 17.4 million Yemenis suffer from food shortages due to the consequences of hostilities. To resolve the humanitarian crisis in the country, UNICEF will need $484.4 million in 2022 alone. The situation is complicated by military operations in Ukraine, from which Yemen receives 30% of all wheat.

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Fiji Supreme Court suspends decision to extradite ‘Kerimov’s yacht’ to US

The vessel will remain in the port while the court considers the next appeal of the owner company: Millevarin Investment says that Fiji has no reason to extradite the yacht to the United States, since it does not belong to Kerimov, who fell under the sanctions


The Fiji Supreme Court has suspended the extradition of the US superyacht Amadea, which US authorities have linked to Russian businessman and senator Suleiman Kerimov, Bloomberg writes, citing prosecutors. a higher authority suspended this decision.

According to Lürssen, the Amadea is 106m long and has a crew of 36. Service Superyacht Fan estimated the cost of the yacht at $ 325 million. She moored in the port of Lautoka in mid-April, she was soon detained for entering the exclusive economic zone of the state without permission. The ship was banned from leaving Fiji territorial waters.

The official owner of Amadea, the Cayman Islands-registered company Millemarin Investment Limited, attempted to challenge Fiji's right to transfer the ship to the US. The company claims that the yacht does not belong to Kerimov, but to another Russian businessman. US authorities still believe that in reality Amadea— Kerimov's ship.


The court rejected Millevarin Investment's attempt to appeal the extradition decision. The company then filed another appeal. According to Bloomberg, the Supreme Court will consider it on June 7, and until then Amadea will remain in port.

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