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Zeit: USA demanded from Germany to confiscate “Yevgeny Prigozhin’s plane”


The US authorities sent & nbsp; Germany a request to seize a private jet, which, according to them, belongs to a Russian billionaire Evgeny Prigozhin. Berlin refused to do this, reports the German newspaper Die Zeit.

According to the newspaper, American diplomats handed over the plane's dossier to the German Foreign Ministry at the end of 2021. The documents say that the Hawker 800 XP jet has been under maintenance at Berlin-Brandenburg Airport since the end of 2020. It is registered to a dummy company from the San Marino Club Group.

The German government has refused to confiscate the plane due to opaque ownership schemes. At the same time, the German side decided to initiate a customs check, until its completion, the owner of the plane will not be able to use it.

Prigozhin himself told the newspaper that he did not own the plane and he was “ sorry for the real owner '', because they want to take it away from him plane and assign it.


USA withdrew request for extradition of Russian musician Kaznacheev from Germany

The US Department of Justice has withdrawn the request for the extradition from Germany of Russian musician Denis Kaznacheev, accused of money laundering, writes TASS with reference to Ivan Melnikov, vice-president of the Russian branch of the International Committee for the Defense of Human Rights.

“ In fact, it was possible to prove that Kaznacheev was not involved in the crime incriminated by the US authorities. All accusations against him looked absurd, & ndash; said the interlocutor of the agency. & ndash; Considering that Denis & ndash; a simple musician who did not have any skills in economics, information technology, who periodically borrowed money from friends to live on, it was rather strange to accuse him of involvement in multi-million dollar embezzlements. ”

Melnikov noted that such a result was achieved “ attention to this problem of Russian and foreign media, participation of caring citizens, competent work of lawyers, human rights defenders and support from the Russian Foreign Ministry. ''

Earlier, the Court of Appeal in Germany ruled to extradite Kaznacheev to the United States. In the United States, it was stated that he used the shadow network of the darknet and from 2010 to 2020, together with his accomplices, he laundered more than a million dollars. He was arrested in Berlin on May 29, 2020, and later released on bail. Kaznacheev denies his guilt.

Earlier, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova protested over the US plans to extradite the Russian musician.

In late December, it was reported that the founder of the WikiLeaks portal, Julian Assange, had filed a petition to appeal the extradition order to the United States. The appeal is currently being reviewed by the High Court of London.


The United States refused to request the extradition of a Russian DJ from Germany

The US Department of Justice withdrew the request for extradition from Germany of Russian DJ Kaznacheev Musician Denis Kaznacheev, detained in Germany, was accused of cyber fraud and money laundering of $ 310 million. The Berlin Court of Appeal agreed to extradition, but as a result, the US Department of Justice withdrew its demand

Denis Kaznacheev

The US Department of Justice dropped all charges against Russian musician Denis Kaznacheev, who lives in Berlin, and withdrew the request for his extradition on suspicion of money laundering of $ 310 million, DJ's manager Denise Gluk said on his Facebook page.

“ Later a year and a half of fighting for justice, the United States dropped all charges against Denis and withdrew the extradition request! '' & mdash; wrote Gluk.

Vice-President of the Russian branch of the International Committee for the Protection of Human Rights Ivan Melnikov confirmed to RBC the information about the withdrawal of the request by the US Department of Justice.

“ Today, the defense received a notification from the prosecutor in charge of the extradition case, Denis Kaznacheev, that the US Department of Justice had sent a formal notice of refusal to extradite Kaznacheev to the United States. This is a logical, in my opinion, chain, because all the accusations against Denis looked, to put it mildly, far-fetched, given that they tried to incriminate him, a simple musician who does not have any special financial or technical education, of involvement in multi-million dollar embezzlement, to multimillion-dollar illegal financial transactions & raquo;, & mdash; told Melnikov.

He noted that Kaznacheev & mdash; 'a simple musician who lives in a small rented apartment' on the outskirts of Berlin. Melnikov believes that his release “ became possible thanks to the attention of Russian and foreign media, support from friends and fans of Denis, the coordinated work of human rights defenders and lawyers, as well as support from the Russian Foreign Ministry. ''

RBC turned to Denis Kaznacheev and Deniz Gluk for a comment, and also sent inquiries to the US Department of Justice and the Russian Embassy in Germany.

Kaznacheev was arrested by the German police at the request of the United States in June 2020. His friends believed that the criminals could impersonate Kaznacheev. They created a donation page on the Internet to help pay Kaznacheev's legal fees and rent his apartment, since without an address he could not ask for bail. The money was also needed to pay the costs of living in the prison.

On November 22, 2021, the Berlin Court of Appeals ordered the extradition of the Treasuryev to the United States. The decision was made in absentia, Kaznacheev himself was not warned about the meeting. At the same time, the court decided that extradition could be made only on the condition that the United States, without the consent of the FRG, would not bring charges other than those contained in the extradition request and indictment, and the nature of Kaznacheev's detention in custody would not change for the worse.

The Russian Foreign Ministry protested against this decision. “ We declare a strong protest against the possible extradition of a Russian citizen to the United States by the FRG authorities, '' & mdash; said ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova after the court ruling. According to her, Russia has never, in principle, “ recognized, does not recognize and does not recognize in the future the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the American judicial authorities and the judicial authorities of any other states. ''


USA withdrew request for extradition of Russian DJ Kaznacheev from Germany


The US Department of Justice has withdrawn the request to extradite Russian musician Denis Kaznacheev from Germany. He is accused of money laundering. As noted by Ivan Melnikov, vice-president of the Russian branch of the International Committee for the Protection of Human Rights, in fact, it was possible to prove the innocence of the Russian in the crime incriminated to him.

According to Melnikov, all the accusations against him looked absurd. He added that Denis is a simple musician who does not have “any skills in economics or information technology.” Moreover, he periodically borrowed money from friends to live on.

Kaznacheev was helped “thanks to the attention of Russian and foreign media to this problem.” The participation of “caring citizens, the competent work of lawyers, human rights defenders and support from the Russian Foreign Ministry” also affected.

In November 2021, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled to extradite Russian musician Denis Kaznacheev to the United States. At the same time, it was then decided that the United States should not bring additional charges against the Russian without the consent of Germany. And the conditions of Kaznacheev's detention in custody should not change.

According to American investigators, Kaznacheev is a member of the Russian cyber mafia and from 2010 to 2020, using the shadow part of the Internet, he and his accomplices laundered more than a million dollars. The musician was arrested in Berlin in May 2020. Later, the court released him on bail of 20 thousand euros.


Ambassador declared Germany’s “historical responsibility” for Ukraine

Ukrainian ambassador: Germany should sell weapons to Kiev because of “historical responsibility” Germany bears the same historical and moral responsibility for Ukraine as for Israel, the Ukrainian ambassador to the FRG believes. This means that Berlin should start transferring weapons to Kiev, he concludes

Andriy Melnyk

Germany is morally responsible for the future of Ukraine and therefore must sell defensive weapons to Kiev. Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk said this in an interview with the Funke media group.

“ We call on the [FRG] government to abandon the existing position, which is morally superfluous, and urgently provide Ukraine with the necessary defensive weapons. We have the right to self-defense '', & mdash; he said (quoted by TASS).

According to Melnik, Germany “ bears the same historical responsibility for Ukraine as for Israel. ''

Miller noted that Berlin's reluctance to provide weapons to Kiev could negatively affect the state of relations between Ukraine and Germany. “ The refusal of the FRG from the supply of defensive weapons causes great discontent in Ukrainian society and may have serious consequences for bilateral relations, '' & mdash; he emphasized.

In late December, German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock said in an interview with DPA that Berlin did not intend to supply weapons to Ukraine, even despite the possible threat from Russia. She stressed that, according to Berlin, “ further military escalation will not bring more security to Ukraine. '' and the FRG intends to look for a way out of their current situation exclusively through diplomatic means, through the Normandy format; and the OSCE. At the same time, the head of the German foreign policy department stressed that “ violation of international law and the sovereignty of Ukraine will have enormous political and economic consequences for Russia. ''

The United States is already supplying defensive weapons to Ukraine. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken reported that over the past year, Washington has transferred weapons to Ukraine for $ 0.5 billion. Deliveries will continue in case of aggression from Russia, he stressed.

According to the Axios portal, on the eve of negotiations with Russian officials officials in Geneva, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan received a recommendation from the expert group to increase arms supplies to Ukraine.

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Ambassador of Ukraine urged Germany to “finally abandon” Nord Stream 2

Germany must finally abandon the launch of the Nord Stream gas pipeline. 2 ''. This opinion was expressed by the Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany Andriy Melnyk.

According to him, the United States and Europe need to take tough preventive measures against Russia, instead of waiting for an escalation in their relations. 'Final abandonment of the Nord Stream gas pipeline' 2 '' must be part of this directory & raquo;, & mdash; he believes.

In addition, Melnyk called on the German government to facilitate Ukraine's accession to NATO and the European Union.

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“The USSR included Germany”: the youth of the former Soviet republics have forgotten history

The Soviet Union yielded in importance to the era of Tamerlane

30 years have passed since the collapse of the Soviet Union. During this time, generations have grown up who know about the former USSR only from textbooks and from the stories of relatives. We tried to find out what is the opinion of young people in the CIS countries about the former large country.


Belarus: “Everyone had to be kinder”

Belarus has largely preserved its Soviet legacy. And even the symbols of the country do not differ much from the state symbols of those years. The stories of Belarusians about the Soviet era are not much different from the ideas of most Russians – coupons, queues and food shortages, pioneers and red ties. Young residents of Belarus told MK about what they know about the USSR.

Alena is 28 years old, in the year of her birth, events took place in the country that determine all the further development of the state. There was a heated debate in the country's leadership over whether to become part of the CIS collective security treaty or to maintain neutrality. Most of the members of parliament, led by Prime Minister Vyacheslav Kebich, were in favor of cooperation with Russia. A year later, the first president appeared in Belarus – Alexander Lukashenko won the elections with a huge gap, having secured the support of 80% of citizens.

The political events of those years are not discussed in Alena's family, but the attitude towards the entire Soviet era is unequivocally negative. “The most striking thing that I remembered from my conversations with my parents was the shortage, it was impossible to get anything,” the girl says. – The counters in the shops were always empty. And it turns out that there was money, but there was nothing to buy. Saleswomen were endowed with a certain amount of power, as they distributed who were given quality goods and who were worse. Therefore, they could afford to behave very rudely, if you go for groceries, they will surely bark at you. ”

Her childhood was spent in a small village near Minsk. To avoid standing in lines once again, the girl's parents organized their own household. “Our family kept a cow, a pig, a goat, and there were chickens. We had our own dairy products, we also grew vegetables ourselves.

Furniture was ordered several months in advance. To do this, you had to stand in line and wait for a call or an invitation in writing so that you could finally buy a wardrobe. It may have been easier to live in large cities, but it was like that here, ”said our interlocutor.

She drew attention to the difference between modern people and people of Soviet training, the most important difference is that former citizens of the USSR rely on their own strength in everything. “My parents know how to sew, fix and tinker,” she said. – They still grow potatoes. I don't understand this: why strain your back when you can go and buy, as if they have some kind of special potatoes in the garden? If something breaks, then we take it to the repair, and they will fix it themselves. They believe that now we live better than in the days of the USSR, because now there are more opportunities. At least you can go wherever you want. ”

However, from the recollections of her relatives, she knows a lot of positive things: that during the times of the USSR, people were kinder and showed mutual assistance. “Children could be allowed to walk in the yard without supervision, everyone knew that this girl from such and such an apartment was looking after each other. The shortage of food and difficulties seemed to bring people closer together and everyone had to be kinder to each other. Because, say, you need salt or help, in any case you will go to your neighbor. ”

In 1990, the Supreme Soviet of the Byelorussian SSR declared the Belarusian language the only state language, after which educational institutions began to massively translate into the Belarusian language of instruction. But already in 1995, a referendum was held, in which 83.3% of the population voted for giving the Russian language the status of a second state language. Since then, the Russian language began to oust Belarusian from all spheres of life. The school curriculum was again started to be taught in Russian, but a separate subject “Belarusian language” was added.

The attitude of students towards him was ambiguous. “I didn’t understand why he was needed and taught him very badly. I thought that there is English and Russian – why another one if I don't need it in my life. Now, of course, I regret not having learned it, ”Alena added.

A resident of Minsk, Roman, turned 26 in November. In 1995, when he was born, Lukashenko received the right to early dissolution of parliament, and Belarus adopted state symbols, which differed from the Soviet one only in a couple of elements. According to Roman, in the entire post-Soviet space Belarus has preserved the legacy of the USSR the most.

“All people who earn their living by their labor have no attitude towards the Soviet Union other than a negative one,” says Roman. – I consider myself to be such people. My grandfather was a professor at the Belarusian Academy of Sciences, and his salary was only one and a half times higher than the salary of an ordinary worker. ”

He noted that low prices for food at that time was a myth, since good quality chicken could not be found, and blue carcasses on the counter could cost 4 rubles, and this with an average salary of 150 rubles.

“This system could function solely based on lies, obligations and a policy of double standards. The economy in such conditions will only degrade, which was shown by the experience of the USSR. All the post-World War II gains came from high oil prices and a fully resource-driven economy. Moreover, most of these resources were spent on the formation of military power and the construction of a strong defense capability. Yes, we sent a man into space, there was the largest number of tanks, but at the same time it was difficult to get ordinary potatoes so that they would not rot, and toilet paper was not produced at all until the early 80s. ”

Roman's family has a very good attitude towards Mikhail Gorbachev, because under him “it became possible to breathe and a discussion arose,” in addition, it became obvious that most residents do not support and do not believe in the Soviet Union.

“The reason for the collapse of the USSR was the falling oil price in the 1980s, which only proves the impossibility of the existence of a socialist or communist society as a whole. This system can only be supported by brutal repression. The number of people shot and the number of those who worked in the camps is appalling. All this happened in front of my grandparents' eyes. ”

There were also nationalist sentiments in Belarus, but this was not as noticeable as in other republics. The residents were in favor of preserving the identity and the Belarusian language. “The Soviet Union has served to the fact that many national republics, including Belarus, have practically lost their identity,” says Roman. – People tried to fight for the culture and the Belarusian language. There were marches, but they were harshly dispersed by the authorities, who were afraid of any large associations. “

Kazakhstan:” The Soviet Union is associated with Russians “

The Central Asian countries did not advocate secession from the Soviet Union. In Kazakhstan, for example, 94.1% of voters who came to the ballot boxes voted for the preservation of the Soviet Union, and in Kyrgyzstan – 94.6%. However, 30 years later, the children of referendum participants often do not know what the USSR was.

Director of the Central Asian Foundation for the Development of Democracy Tolganay Umbetalieva was born in 1974. According to her, in general, she retained fond memories of the Soviet Union, although there were problems. For example, in the 9th grade she faced a shortage of clothes, in addition, there was a shortage of eggs, and in the 5th grade, for some reason, there was not enough milk. “At the same time, there was a feeling that we live in one of the strongest states in the world. We all felt proud of our country. For example, I was very happy that I was an Octobrist and a pioneer, but I didn’t have time to become a Komsomol member, ”Umbetalieva recalls.

But after the events of Alma-Ata in 1986, the classes were divided into Russian and Kazakh, and there were constant fights between them. “Moreover, if a Kazakh studied in the Russian class, then he also got it from the Kazakh class. It was very difficult to stop this. Boys always walked around beaten, ”says the director of the Central Asian Foundation for the Development of Democracy.

In 1990, Tolganai had a sister. “Once, when she was in fifth grade, we were sitting with her in the kitchen, and suddenly she said that we had nothing on the table, just like in the Soviet Union. I tried to find out from her how she imagines those times, and it turned out that, in her opinion, some wild people lived then, almost cavemen, ”the political scientist recalls.

Umbetalieva said that in 2021, her foundation held focus groups among young people. Then some respondents, mostly boys, said that their parents were afraid of police officers and officials because they grew up in the Soviet Union. “At the same time, one guy claimed that he grew up after the USSR, so he is not afraid of anyone and even makes the authorities accountable to him. Turns on the video camera when talking to the police, – says Umbetalieva, – Some children, on the contrary, have a romantic idea of ​​the USSR. But the majority thinks that there was nothing there, everyone was afraid of everything, there were queues and so on. “

The expert believes that the key role in this case was not played by upbringing within the family. “For example, my dad started talking about the USSR only when he was old. And when my brother sent his son to English courses, he went there once, and then said that he would not go there anymore, because a Russian girl was studying there. We were all shocked. Our family has always spoken Russian, and no one has ever allowed himself to incite any kind of interethnic enmity. The brother decided that the child brought this from school, so she was quickly replaced, and the nephew was re-educated. As a result, he has already received a green card and is going to move to the United States, ”Umbetalieva cited as an example.

According to her, now the people of Kazakhstan associate the Soviet Union with Russians and Russia, although 30 years ago the USSR was considered a country of all the peoples that were part of it. Moscow was the capital of the motherland, and Alma-Ata did not perform in this status.

However, no matter how the perception of the Soviet Union changed, one thing remained unchanged. The leader of the Kazakh SSR, Dinmukhamed Kunayev, is still considered the strongest Kazakh politician. In particular, young people mention him in this status more often than the first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Kyrgyzstan: “There was horror, war and development”

A resident of Kyrgyzstan, Bayel Isaev, born in 2000, admitted to an MK correspondent that he became interested in the Soviet Union after he became disillusioned with libertarianism. “At some point, this ideology stopped answering my questions. I could not understand why some countries are rich and others are poor. And then I started reading leftist literature. Plus, I was a volunteer in the Red Crescent, “says Isaev.

He said that he had a positive attitude towards the Soviet past. Moreover, his political views were formed after school. “In short, the school course presents the history of Kyrgyzstan like this: before 1917 there was an absolute horror, then there were positive reforms, in 1937 there was horror again, then war, development and Brezhnev, in which half of the population drank and the other half stole. In the end, a good man, Gorbachev, came to power, under whom the Soviet Union collapsed for some reason, “- says the interlocutor of” MK “.

Isaev believes that his peers, as a rule, are indifferent to the past of their country. “Most people know that once there was a war, grandfathers fought and so on, but nothing else interests them. Many do not know how the USSR is deciphered, which republics were part of it, what communism, socialism, the International, the Comintern, and so on are.

Only a small part of young people have a positive attitude towards the USSR. There are also those who believe that it is necessary to open secret archives, because they allegedly store materials proving the cannibalism of the Soviet regime. Usually nationalists and liberals call for this, but the problem is that they cannot find their own ideological leader in the past. Wherever you look, some communists have to write off their membership in the party as a forced step by a patriot, ”says the left-wing activist.

At the same time, Isaev noted that young people succumb to left-wing agitation: “Recently, my comrades and I participated in a liberal forum, they sold Marxist literature there, handed out brochures, and so on. Many approached and asked with interest about the class struggle, building a just democratic society “

Uzbekistan: they cannot decipher the abbreviation of the USSR

Visiting Researcher at George Washington University and Lecturer at Webster University in Tashkent Nozima Davletova was born in 1988. According to her, most young people are not aware of the Soviet past, unless their field of study is directly related to history or political sciences.

“The attitude of young people towards the Soviet Union is rather neutral, but much depends on how the USSR is perceived by their parents and grandparents. Young people born in the years of independence know about the USSR only from textbooks and stories of previous generations, respectively, they perceive it as a part of history, unknown to them personally, “says Davletova.

In her words, modern youth in Uzbekistan is being formed in the digital age. Its priorities, ideals and role models are very far from those that were in the period of the USSR. In addition, sympathy and interest in the Soviet atheistic past is prevented from developing traditionalism and religiosity.

“I don’t think that the general mass knows about such terms as the Comintern, the International, and so on. I think that even specialists in this field will know more about the leftist ideas of Marxism and neo-Marxism that have gained influence in the modern West than in the Soviet past, “Davletova said.

Scientific consultant of the Carnegie Moscow Center Temur Umarov was born in 1996 in Samarkand. He believes that the attitude of his peers to the Soviet Union largely depends on the level of education and age.

“For example, my brothers and older comrades, who were born in the 1980s, perceive the USSR with a little nostalgia, they believe that then everything was stable and predictable. Younger people either have no idea about that time at all, or are limited by some kind of templates. I think that many will not be able to decipher the abbreviation of the USSR or say which republics were included in it. At least 80% of my classmates would not be able to do this. For example, in the 7th grade, my classmate said that Germany was part of the USSR, ”Umarov says.

In addition, he considers school history books in Uzbekistan to be Russophobic. “Firstly, the term Great Patriotic War is not used, and Victory Day is called the Day of Remembrance and Honor.

Secondly, in the textbooks in the chapters devoted to this period, they talk exclusively about the role of Uzbekistan in the war, everything else is listed in general strokes. Well, in general, the history of the Soviet Union is paid little attention if the role of Uzbekistan in the events is insignificant or none at all. The focus is on the era of Tamerlane, and the history of the USSR is perceived as a temporary stage at which the country lost its independence, and now everything is returning to normal, “the expert said.

Speaking about why young people are not interested in Soviet past, Umarov noted that she, in principle, has little interest in politics, and the authorities support such sentiments. “In Uzbekistan, even among professional political scientists, there are few people who can adequately perceive what is happening in the country and the world. There is practically no discussion of political issues in the public space. Students also don't get together to discuss a book. The state is satisfied that the population has no interest in history, including the Soviet past, and is trying to keep this situation in check, ”Umarov said.


Prime Minister of Bavaria said that the government’s policy on “Nord Stream – 2” threatens Germany

Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Seder criticized the “naive” position of German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock on Nord Stream 2.


N-tv reports that Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Seder criticized the” naive “position of German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock on Nord Stream 2 “.

According to him, the foreign policy of the new federal government threatens the energy security of Germany.

The” green “threat of not using Nord Stream 2 will primarily harm Germany itself. I believe that in the current conditions of a sharp increase in the cost of gas, Germany needs reliable suppliers of blue fuel, “Zeder added and called the skeptical attitude of the country's foreign minister to the Russian project a mistake.

Recall, last week Annalena Berbock said that Nord Stream 2 plays a “great geostrategic role.” She clarified that the gas pipeline is much more than a “private economic project”.


USA, Germany, Britain and France discussed “Russian aggression”

The Foreign Ministers of the USA, Germany, France and Britain discussed the “containment” of Russia The Foreign Ministers discussed the possible consequences for Russia in the event of “further aggression” against Ukraine

Anthony Blinken (Evelyn Hockstein/AP)

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken discussed the situation around Ukraine and concerns over nuclear Iranian programs. He announced this on Twitter.

Blinken said that the topic of the conversation was activities to “ contain Russian aggression against Ukraine. '' “ We are united in our commitment to impose serious consequences and heavy costs in the event of further aggression, '' & mdash; he said.

The parties also discussed the upcoming format of the dialogue with Moscow, according to the statement of the German Foreign Ministry.

Moscow in mid-December sent Washington draft agreements on security guarantees for Russia and NATO. In particular, Moscow's initiative contains a requirement not to expand the alliance to the east and a ban on the inclusion of former USSR states in the bloc, as well as a ban on the deployment of military bases, servicemen and weapons on their territory.

If a refusal occurs, Moscow's response can be “very different,” admitted Russian President Vladimir Putin. In his opinion, Russia was “ pinned down '' to the red lines, “ beyond which there is nowhere to retreat. '' “It’s not even a line that we don’t want anyone to cross. The fact is that we have nowhere to go ', & mdash; he pointed out. Putin also spoke about concerns about the risk of missile systems appearing in Ukraine as they will be deployed close to Russia. “ Four to five minutes of flight time to Moscow. Well, where are we going to move now? They just drove us to the point where we have to tell them: stop! '' & Mdash; he concluded.

According to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko, Western countries must either take the proposals seriously or prepare for a “ military-technical alternative. '' Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov called Ukraine's accession to NATO a matter of “ life and death for us. ''

At the end of December, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noted that representatives of the alliance never gave promises not to expand the bloc, as this is allowed by the charter of the organization. He pointed out that a compromise with Russia regarding Ukraine's membership is impossible, since the member states of the bloc and Kiev will be discussing joining the alliance. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba called Russia's demands humiliating.

Talks between Russia and the United States are scheduled for January 10, a representative of the American National Security Council said. Already on January 12, he added, a meeting of the Russia Council is expected & mdash; NATO, and a day later & mdash; negotiations between representatives of Moscow and the OSCE.

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Postcards with Putin sent to freezing residents in Germany

Before the New Year, against the background of an acute shortage of gas and heating, a postcard was sent to the Germans with the image of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the inscription 'Turn on the heating & ndash; you support Putin. '' This was announced by the Russian-speaking subscriber of the “ Bear's corner '' platform under the nickname Konung Ing.

In his opinion, the Germans really want both. But they are afraid to publicly support the head of Russia and turn on the heating for the whole day. The people of Germany are quite smart and take the hint.

“Many want to support Putin. But they cannot. Fearfully. Because … Because here & hellip; What if he is an aggressor? Besides, he wants to deal with all of Europe at once with expensive gas? '' & mdash; & nbsp; asked Konung Ing.

As a result, the Germans have to, for example, buy special briquettes for heating and warm themselves by the fireplace. Or they only turn on the gas heating for two hours in the evening. Otherwise, troubles may begin.

Neighbors are able to write a complaint about the indecent behavior of the violator's dog. Or, as & nbsp; Konung Ing wittily suggested, to announce that the Russian store in the morning loudly plays the anthem of Russia.

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Germany recognizes the geostrategic role of Nord Stream 2

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is much more important than a private economic project. In recent years, it has become clear in Europe that it plays a huge geostrategic role. According to German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock, the previous German government was also worried about the “security issue” raised by the project.

The head of the department recalled the agreement on the gas pipeline concluded by the ex-Cabinet of Ministers of the country and the United States. The document stipulated the inadmissibility of using energy “as a weapon” and the consequences that such an attempt would have caused. Annalena Berbock stressed that the agreement continues to operate.

The new German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, has repeatedly noted the economic orientation of the Nord Stream 2 project. According to him, certification, which is being carried out by the Federal Network Agency of Germany, goes “completely without politics.” The process has now been suspended due to the need to create a subsidiary of the Swedish company Nord Stream 2 AG in Germany. It is the sole shareholder of the project.

After commissioning, both strings of the gas pipeline will annually pass 55 billion cubic meters of gas through themselves.

Moscow has repeatedly stated that the pipeline is beneficial to Europe and offered not to connect it with any political context.

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Germany refused to discuss the reverse of gas from Russia to Ukraine


The Ministry of Energy of the Federal Republic of Germany cannot comment on statements or individual messages from Russia regarding certain gas directions. The necessary statements must be made by the persons responsible for the sales markets or traders.

This was stated at a briefing in the ministry by the representative of the department, Annicke Einhorn.

“The situation is that the situation on the gas market in Germany determined by traders and the so-called responsible for the sales market. This means that it is not the federal government that makes decisions on gas flows, but traders on the market, ”the official quotes.

Einhorn added that there is no shortage of Russian gas, and Moscow is fulfilling its contract obligations.

Her remark is caused by a statement made by the representative of “Gazprom” Sergei Kupriyanov. He said that in recent days, reverse gas supplies are being carried out from Germany to Poland and, presumably, to Ukraine. Their volume is 3-5 million cubic meters of fuel per day. When gas comes to Ukraine from Europe, it is taken by Naftogaz on the territory of the republic.

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Reuters learned about “rare meeting” between Russia and Germany over Ukraine

Reuters: Negotiators from Russia and Germany will meet in person to discuss Ukraine, in January The meeting is due to take place in January, with the participation of Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration Dmitry Kozak and adviser to the German Chancellor Jens Pletner. The agency explains that face-to-face meetings of officials of this level are rare

Dmitry Kozak

Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Russia Dmitry Kozak and Foreign Policy Advisor to the German Chancellor Jens Pletner decided to hold a face-to-face meeting on Ukraine in January, Reuters reports, citing a source in the German government.

According to him , they agreed on this during a lengthy telephone conversation, which took place on Thursday.

Reuters calls such a meeting “ rare '', explaining that telephone calls on the Ukrainian issue between heads of state have been made frequently lately, but face-to-face meetings between high-ranking officials are rare.

Berlin is more doubtful than Washington in Russia's intention to attack Ukraine and seeks to reduce tensions. two sources in the FRG government told Reuters. “ The goal of the German side remains the early restoration of the Normandy format, '' & mdash; clarified one of the agency's interlocutors.

Reuters noted that the new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, after taking office, stressed the need for dialogue with Russia on the presence of its military on the western borders. At the same time, he supported the idea of ​​introducing sanctions against Russia if it invades Ukraine.

In mid-December, Scholz said that Germany intends to return to the Normandy format; and restart it. He discussed this issue with President of France Emmanuel Macron and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Kremlin announced its readiness for negotiations in the Normandy format, but emphasized that for this it is necessary to prepare a document that “ reflects a common understanding. ''

In October, Dmitry Kozak held negotiations with US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who arrived in Moscow. During the meeting, Nuland confirmed that a settlement in eastern Ukraine is possible only if the special status of Donbass within the state is agreed upon, the deputy head of the presidential administration noted.

According to him, he and Nuland agreed that the Minsk agreement.

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the then-preparing meeting of Kozak and Nuland, announced the revival of the “ first, timid contacts ''; on a bilateral basis. “ A lot of controversy, but nevertheless such contacts are welcome, '' & mdash; he explained.

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Deputy Prime Minister of Poland Kaczynski accused Germany of creating the “fourth Reich”

Polish politician criticized the actions of the European Union

Another episode of the protracted confrontation between Poland and the European Union was the scandalous statements made by the leader of the right-wing conservative Law and Justice party Jaroslaw Kaczynski in an ultra-right newspaper. The Polish Deputy Prime Minister said that Germany wants to turn the EU into a “fourth Reich”.

The head of the ruling party in Poland, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, said that Germany is trying to turn the European Union into a federal “fourth German Reich,” writes The Guardian.

Speaking on the pages of the extreme right-wing Polish newspaper GPC, the head of the Law and Justice party (PiS) said some countries are “not happy with the prospect of building a German Fourth Reich based on the EU.”

“If we Poles were to accept this modern view, we would be humiliated in different ways,” said Kaczynski, who is also Poland's deputy prime minister. He added that the European Court is being used as a “tool” for federalist ideas.

Supporters of PiS argue that Germany wants to turn the European Union into a federal state, which will be governed by itself.

Poland is involved in a long confrontation with the EU, especially due to the judicial changes that Kaczynski's party has pushed through since 2015.

Recently, the European Union announced that it is initiating a lawsuit against Poland for ignoring EU legislation and undermining judicial independence. Warsaw responded by accusing Brussels of “bureaucratic centralism.”

In October, the Polish Constitutional Court ruled that Polish national legislation took precedence over European Union legislation. In this regard, the question arose sharply whether Warsaw is going to repeat the example of Brexit and arrange Polexit by leaving the EU. True, the same Jaroslaw Kaczynski denied this assumption.

Recently, the European Commission decided to launch a legal procedure for examining violations against Warsaw in connection with “serious concerns” after the recent rulings of the Polish Constitutional Court, which found the provisions of EU treaties incompatible with the Polish Constitution, directly challenging the primacy of European legislation. Brussels gave the Polish authorities two months to respond to the letter with official notification.

Meanwhile, The Guardian reminds, during a visit to Warsaw of the new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz this month, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said, that the support of EU federalism by the current government of the Federal Republic of Germany is “utopian and therefore dangerous.” along with Hitler and Goebbels. At the same time, Warsaw accuses Berlin of the fact that the German authorities do not want to pay war reparations to Poland.


Senators urged Biden to cooperate with Germany against Nord Stream 2

Senators asked Biden to cooperate more closely with Germany against the commissioning of Nord Stream 2 Senators Portman and Shahin believe that Moscow is using energy resources as a weapon, therefore it is in the interests of the EU to deprive it of “one more leverage over our allies”

Senators Rob Portman (Republican Party) and Gene Shaheen (Democratic Party) believe that US President Joe Biden should work more closely with the German government to prevent the commissioning of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. This is stated in their article for The Washington Post.

Senators said Russia is 'showing aggression' in relation to Ukraine, starting with the events of 2014 and ending with the recent concentration of troops on the border. They also accused Moscow of intending to violate international norms by demanding that NATO abandon its eastward expansion, including at the expense of Ukraine, which wants to join the alliance.

“ The Biden administration has made diplomacy at the forefront of its efforts to contain Russia. However, these efforts must be combined with the necessary economic and military measures that will strengthen the diplomatic approach and give it more weight, '' & mdash; written by senators.

They call one such measure a major overhaul. Biden's position on the introduction of sanctions against Nord Stream 2. Portman and Shahin believe that Russia is using its energy resources as a weapon, including demanding “ geopolitical concessions '' from Moldova and refusing to increase gas supplies to Europe amid a sharp jump in prices there.

“ The administration should work closely with the new German government to prevent the pipeline from going into operation; it is in the interests of Europe to deprive Putin of another leverage over our allies, '' & mdash; the senators considered.

They also believe that the United States should increase arms supplies to Ukraine and should not support attempts to force Kiev to cede control of Donbass outside the Minsk agreements.

Russia has repeatedly stated that it does not intend to be the first to attack Ukraine and invade its territory. Moscow argued that the movement of Russian troops in the west of the country poses no threat to other states and emphasized that the Russian military can move through its territory by any route.

In early November, a group of senators spoke with a new initiative to impose sanctions against Nord Stream 2. They proposed an appropriate amendment to the draft US defense budget for fiscal 2022.

However, in early December, the relevant House committee published the final budget provisions and sanctions against Nord Stream 2; it was not mentioned.

Nevertheless, the Senate plans to consider the issue of new sanctions against the Russian pipeline. We are talking about Senator Ted Cruz's bill, which he introduced in mid-December. Bloomberg wrote that Cruz, in exchange for considering his initiative, promised to stop blocking the approval of candidates for 32 positions in the government. The bill will be considered by January 14.

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Germany did not rule out a split in the government over the “Nord Stream – 2”


The German coalition government is on the verge of a split. The new ministers cannot come to a consensus on the issue of putting the Nord Stream 2 pipeline into operation. This was stated by the journalist of the Das Erste TV channel in her story. Now especially active discussions are going on between the Greens, who oppose the project, and the Social Democratic Party, which supports the launch of the pipeline. So far, there is no consensus in the government.

Political analysts are confident that this project is a good test of strength for the new cabinet of ministers. Disagreements can lead to the fact that the coalition falls apart. At the same time, it was previously noted that the new German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, refuses to view Nord Stream 2 as a purely political project. He also opposes the use of the private economic situation as a lever of pressure on Russia.

Two days ago, German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock, who is an ardent opponent of the pipeline launch, stated that she and Chancellor Scholz had come to a common opinion: Nord Stream 2 must be certified based on European legislation. At the same time, the diplomat remained convinced that the project could be shut down in the event of an aggravation of the situation in Ukraine.

The pipeline was completed in early September this year. Germany must issue a certificate to the operating company. So far, they decided to postpone this issue until mid-2022.


Putin spoke for the first time with the new Chancellor of Germany

President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz discussed Ukraine and security in Europe Putin congratulated Scholz on taking office as chancellor, discussed with him the situation in Ukraine and Russia's proposals on security guarantees

Olaf Scholz

Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Germany, during a telephone conversation discussed Russia's proposals on security in Europe and the situation in Ukraine. This is the first public conversation between the two leaders since Scholz succeeded Angela Merkel as head of the German government.

According to the Kremlin, Putin congratulated Scholz on starting his tenure as chancellor. “ Both sides expressed interest in further developing Russian-German ties and maintaining contacts through various channels, '' & mdash; the message says. On December 8, the President sent a congratulatory telegram to the Chancellor.

Putin told Scholz about Russian proposals for security guarantees, which exclude further NATO advance eastward and the deployment of strike weapons systems in neighboring countries (the Russian Foreign Ministry transmitted these proposals to the United States and alliance members on December 15). He also discussed this topic today with French President Emmanuel Macron.

At the request of Scholz, politicians discussed the conflict in eastern Ukraine. “ Vladimir Putin informed in detail about the state of affairs in this area, noting, in particular, that Kiev still stubbornly avoids fulfilling its obligations under the Minsk agreements, '' & mdash; said in the Kremlin.

Scholz previously called on Russia to resume work within the Normandy format; across Ukraine, stating that this would reduce tensions in the southeast of the country.

Scholz was elected the new chancellor of Germany on December 8. He became the candidate for this post from the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in August 2020.

Merkel led the country's government for 16 years. In a telegram to the ex-Chancellor, Putin addressed her as “ you '', declared Merkel's high authority in Europe and the world, and promised to continue friendly communication with her.

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Gazprom suspends gas transit to Germany via the Yamal-Europe pipeline

Peskov commented on this decision. Meanwhile, the price of gas in Europe exceeded $ 2,000 per thousand cubic meters for the first time.

Gas transmission operator Gascade announced the suspension of gas supplies to Germany via the Yamal-Europe pipeline, TASS reports.

According to the agency, & # 8220; Gazprom & # 8221; the day before, he did not book the capacity for pumping gas for Tuesday, December 21, and neither during a regular session, nor in an additional session.

Commenting on this issue, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov called the situation commercial and advised to seek comments in & # 8220; Gazprom & # 8221 ;.

At the same time, Peskov denied rumors that the actions of the leadership of & # 8220; Gazprom & # 8221; connected with the statement of the head of BNA Jochen Homann about the delay in the certification of Nord Stream 2. pipeline & # 8220; Yamal-Europe & # 8221; against the backdrop of an impending peak in the growth of gas prices in the winter period on the European gas market.

The maximum value as of December 17 was 10 million kWh to the minimum of 1.2 million kWh at the current time, or 20 % of the main capacities.

Against the background, the decision of & # 8220; Gazprom & # 8221; reverse gas supplies from Germany to Poland began.

Meanwhile, spot prices for natural gas in Europe for the first time in history exceeded $ 2,000 per 1,000 cubic meters.

January futures price on the TTF hub in The Netherlands grew to $ 2004 per thousand cubic meters. m, or € 171.52 per MWh.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that Germany declared it was impossible to approve Nord Stream 2.

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Baltic countries “bend” Germany to sanction Putin – political scientist


German politicians started talking about the need to protect Poland, the Baltic states and Ukraine from Russia. Instead, they would be better off building a patient dialogue with Moscow. German War Minister Christine Lambrecht is apparently trying to imitate Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock, who is not shy about expressing herself against the Russian authorities.

German political analyst Alexander Rahr wrote about this in Telegram. He stressed that the “Young Europeans” know how to “morally” put pressure on the Germans in order to bend them in their direction.

“Let's imagine for a moment what would happen if Minister Shoigu proposed to close the entrance for the German business for the fact that NATO is conducting military maneuvers on the Russian borders, “Rahr wrote.

He added that Russian interests are not taken into account at all. Moscow's statements are dismissed as “annoying fly”. The political scientist lamented that Western experts are foaming at the mouth with indignation at the demands put forward by Russia in relation to NATO and the EU. Moreover, Moscow demands the fulfillment of the 1997 agreement, when the alliance promised not to create military infrastructures in Eastern Europe.

Alexander Rahr stressed that if the West rejects Russia's offer, it would mean that it does not want a compromise.

The political scientist suggested that some forces would like a real Russian invasion of Donbass and the recognition of the self-proclaimed republics. NATO generals and soldiers are not going to die for the integrity of the territory of Ukraine. But Kiev can be made a sacred victim to justify new sanctions and attempts to morally strangle Moscow.

Earlier, the new German Defense Minister Christina Lambrech, during a visit to Lithuania, demanded the imposition of sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin and his entourage. This is how Moscow should feel responsible for the “aggression” against Ukraine.


Migrants reveal the scheme of transfer from Belarus to Germany

The RBC correspondent contacted the migrants who were able to cross the Belarusian-Polish border, and then get to Germany. Now they live in the distribution center, from where they will be sent further

Route Minsk-Dresden

The migration crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border is gradually coming to an end: the Iraqi authorities are reporting on the evacuation of 3.5 thousand citizens by evacuation flights from Belarus, and the spontaneous camp behind the Bruzgi checkpoint does not exist near Grodno. In the logistics center near the checkpoint, where due to the cold weather all migrants were moved a month ago, about 800 people remain – & mdash; at least three times less than it was at the beginning in the spontaneous camp. Most of its inhabitants returned to their homeland. It is not known exactly how many immigrants from the Middle East remained on the territory of Belarus, the President of the country Alexander Lukashenko spoke about two or three thousand people who were outside the camp.

New people, ready to storm the Polish border, do not arrive in Belarus: airlines no longer take on board citizens of Iraq, Syria and Yemen who have bought tickets to Minsk, and the Belarusian consul in Iraq, from where most of the migrants flew in, does not issue visas. Poland continues to strenuously guard the border. In mid-November, international organizations offered migrants to come to terms with the impossibility of getting into the European Union & mdash; stay in Belarus or return home. However, among them there were those who managed to fulfill their dream and get to Germany.


About a month ago, on November 12, a RBC correspondent talked in the shopping center Gallery Minsk. in the center of the Belarusian capital with a group of young people from different cities of Iraq who did not know if they would manage to get to Germany, showed their living conditions in the city and asked about the latest statements from Berlin. Now they say that their dream has come true.

Nine days in the forest

Matin and his friend Keiser (name has been changed), who in Minsk, during a conversation with an RBC correspondent, took on the role of translators for their fellow countrymen & mdash; of the whole group, only they spoke English & mdash; told that a few days after the meeting in Minsk they went to the border of Belarus with Poland. To say exactly which section of the border it was, the interlocutors of RBC could not & mdash; they were brought there by taxi, as previously promised by the travel agency. The only thing they know is & mdash; this is not the place where the spontaneous migrant camp was located.

In addition to them, about 60-70 people gathered at the border, whom they had not seen before. Matin said that when everyone was assembled, the Belarusian border guards let them into the no-man's land (Lukashenko admitted that the military could help the migrants out of sympathy). There they spent three days, hiding in the forest, after which they were able to get to the no-man's land from the Polish side. Then there were six days with spending the night in the forest without food, during which they were looking for a way to get into the country. On the last day, the whole group was “ covered '' Polish border guards. “ We all scattered, most were caught. Me and nine other people managed to escape and get to Poland. What about the others? They were deported back to Belarus, where they are now & mdash; I don’t know, we have no contact with them ”, & mdash; said Keyser. They didn't manage to get to Germany right away, they had to spend three more days in Poland. All this time, they were waiting for a car that would take them to their final destination. “ The driver was a local Pole. We paid for his services, as well as the services of everyone who helped us in Belarus, back in Iraq before leaving the country. So everything was according to the agreement ', & mdash; said Matin.

Then, Matin said, they were brought to Frankfurt am Main, he showed photographs from the city. They stayed there for a week, after which they were detained by the police and sent to the migration center, from which, a day later, they were transported to Dresden. They have now been in the refugee and asylum distribution center for a week.

The center in Dresden was opened in 2017 to receive immigrants from Syria, but has now become a temporary shelter for people from different parts of the world. Now there are about 200 people in it, but they are constantly changing. Every day, several people leave the center, who are distributed further and given either a place in a hostel or an apartment, and others come to their place. Most of the residents are still Syrians who did not come to Germany via Belarus, but traveled along the Syria-Turkey-Serbia route or through other Balkan countries, Matin said.

Large barracks, a sports ground and a Christmas tree in the dining room

Matin and Keyser arranged a small video tour of the camp for the RBC correspondent. In their room, designed for five people, the letter “ P '' along the walls there are metal beds with high backs, one window. Immediately from the room you find yourself in a long corridor: on each side there are three or four such rooms.

Building & mdash; a large gray barrack, there are at least four of them on the territory: they stand opposite each other. After passing along the main road to the left, you find yourself on an open sports ground, which can be found in an ordinary courtyard. This time it was empty & mdash; it was cloudy outside and most of the migrants remained inside the barracks. At the other end of the camp is a spacious dining room, with two rows of long wooden tables and benches along the wall, next to a food service window and racks for empty trays. In the corner stands a decorated Christmas tree topped with a silver lance and entwined with tinsel. Lunch time has already ended and there is no one left in the dining room except the staff.

According to Iraqis, they like this place & mdash; “ decent housing, they are fed and given pocket money '', but most importantly, the migrants were explained their prospects and helped to fill out the documents for granting refugee status & mdash; they call it 'green card' for Germany.

So far, everyone has a temporary card regulating their stay in the country. Keyser brought his to the camera, on it you can see: the number assigned to him, photo, name with surname, date of birth. It usually takes up to three months to review an application – & mdash; during this period, asylum seekers are not allowed to leave the federal state in which they applied, and they undertake to live in a migration center. Further, if the first stage has been successfully completed and the applicants have been formally recognized as asylum candidates, they can expect to be transferred from the migration center to a hostel or apartment. It is at the stage of status confirmation that Matin and Keyser are. If the German authorities approve their applications, they, in addition to more comfortable housing, will receive an extended temporary residence permit, and will await a final verdict. Sometimes this process can take years.

How many refugees Germany accepts

According to the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) for the first 11 months of 2021 over 172 thousand applications for asylum were submitted in the country. Most applicants & mdash; immigrants from Syria (68 thousand), Afghanistan (27.9 thousand) and Iraq (14.4 thousand). This number includes both initial and repeated applications, while 132,000 people filed for the first time.

In 2020, the numbers were significantly lower: 122 and 102 thousand applications. Excluding December data, the overall growth in the number of applications amounted to 58%, according to BAMF. In total, in the first 11 months of 2021, the decision was made on 51 thousand applications, of which 29 thousand applicants received refugee status, another thousand & mdash; family status of a refugee, and 31 thousand people were denied.

If a person receives refugee status, he is issued a residence permit for a period of three years, which can be extended after the expiration of the period. Also, the status gives the right to receive social benefits (about 400 euros per person), including housing and health insurance, to attend integration and language courses, a work permit and the right to move a family. If, after three years, a person with refugee status is able to prove that he or she speaks German at the C1 level (fluency) and independently supports himself, then he can apply for a permanent residence permit.

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The Minister of Finance of the Federal Republic of Germany spoke about the launch of Nord Stream 2


German Finance Minister Christian Lindner commented on the delay in the launch of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. In an interview with Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, he called this not a political but a legal issue.

“The Federal Network Agency is studying the possibility of putting the pipeline into operation in accordance with European law,” Lindner said.

He noted that it is not known what the results of the examination will be.

Earlier, the Federal Network Agency of Germany announced that the decision on the joint venture-2 would be made no earlier than the middle of next year. The head of the agency, Jozen Homann, noted that the department had not yet received the documents necessary to continue the certification of the highway. The process will continue after the pipeline operator provides them.


The German politician said that the recognition of Crimea by Russia is in the interests of Germany


Recognition of Crimea as part of the Russian Federation serves the interests of Germany, believes a member of the Bundestag Committee on International Affairs from the party & laquo ; Alternative for Germany & raquo; Evgeny Schmidt.

At the same time, the politician admitted that the normalization of relations between the countries is not in the interests of the United States and NATO, in this regard, they are inflating the “ atmosphere around Russia '', and Crimea turned out to be a reason for imposing sanctions and providing pressure.

Earlier, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that his country intends to conduct a constructive dialogue with Russia, but this should not be understood as a unilateral new “ Eastern policy '' Berlin. The German leader drew attention to the need for Russia to comply with its obligations, “ grossly violated in connection with the annexation of Crimea. ''


Germany will expel two Russian diplomats after the verdict in the murder case

German Foreign Ministry: two employees of the Russian embassy declared persona non grata Earlier, a Berlin court found a Russian guilty of murdering a Georgian citizen and sentenced him to life imprisonment. In Germany, it is believed that the murder was commissioned by the Russian authorities. Moscow denies this

Germany will expel two employees of the Russian embassy after a Berlin court sentenced a Russian to life imprisonment for the murder of Georgian citizen Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, Reuters reports, citing a statement by German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock .

The minister said the murder was a “ serious violation of the laws of Germany and its sovereignty '' and will significantly complicate Russian-German relations.

She also added that the German Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian ambassador, he was informed that two embassy employees had been declared persona non grata.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova promised that Moscow would respond to the expulsion of its diplomats. Berlin's unfriendly actions will not be left without an adequate response, & mdash; she wrote in Telegram.

The verdict on the 56-year-old Russian was passed by a Berlin court on December 15. He agreed with the prosecutor's office that the murder was committed by a “ state order '' and the killer was acting on the orders of the Russian authorities. Khangoshvili was shot dead in a park in Berlin in August 2019.

Earlier, Spiegel wrote that Russian Vadim Sokolov is involved in the murder of Khangoshvili, who was a field commander in Chechnya (he entered Germany with a passport in the name of Vadim Sokolov ). According to the newspaper, he previously served in the FSB special forces Pennant.

Russia has repeatedly denied any connection to the Khangoshvili assassination, and President Vladimir Putin described the murdered person as a “ combatant. '' and a 'separatist.' “ We consider this verdict to be a biased, politically motivated decision that seriously aggravates the already difficult Russian-German relations, '' & mdash; the ambassador noted.

Germany had previously expelled Russian diplomats in connection with the Khangoshvili murder case. In December 2019, Berlin declared two employees of the Russian embassy persona non grata. The German authorities explained that this is & mdash; response to the insufficient participation of the Russian side in the investigation, despite the requests of the FRG.

Moscow responded in a mirror-like manner and declared two employees of the FRG embassy in Russia persona non grata.

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Germany declares the impossibility of approving Nord Stream 2

The Prime Minister of Poland promised not to allow the gas pipeline to be launched.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock made a resonant statement on “Nord Stream 2”.

He said that the pipeline could not get approval, as it did not comply with the rules adopted in Europe.

He said that the German Foreign Ministry held a conversation on putting the gas pipeline into operation as part of the coalition negotiations.

As a result, this agreement stated that the law should be applied to projects in the energy sector. Europe in the energy field.

& # 8220; This means that at the moment this gas pipeline cannot be approved & # 8221 ;, & # 8211; Berbock quoted ZDF.

She added that security issues remain open.

Against this backdrop, Poland continues to sharply criticize the launch of & # 8220; Nord Stream & # 8211; 2 & # 8221 ;. The country intends to develop responses to the likely risks with partners from Germany.

This statement was made by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki after a conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

& # 8220 ; We are trying to work out solutions with German partners that would respond to these risks. The best solution would be to prevent the launch of & # 8220; Nord Stream & # 8211; 2 & # 8221 ;, & # 8211; he explained.

Moravetsky added that because of the work of & # 8220; Nord Stream 2 & # 8221; Ukraine, Poland and a number of other Eastern European countries may become victims of blackmail from Russia, which means the possibility of destabilizing the situation in the region.

Earlier, TopNews wrote that the United States told that it could be & # 8220; guaranteed & # 8221; destroy & # 8220; Nord Stream 2 & # 8221 ;.

It became known that it could stop the operation of the gas pipeline.


Ukraine accused Germany of blocking arms supplies

The Minister of Defense of Ukraine said that Germany is blocking the supply of weapons to his country The Minister of Defense of the country added that because of this Kiev will try to acquire weapons through deals with the United States, Britain, Lithuania and France

Germany is blocking arms supplies to Ukraine through NATO's supply and procurement agency, Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov told the Financial Times.

“They (Germany) continue to build the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.” and blocking [the supply of] defensive weapons '', & mdash; said Reznikov. According to him, in November, Berlin vetoed Ukraine's purchase of anti-sniper systems.

The Minister of Defense added that Ukraine will try to acquire weapons through bilateral agreements with the United States, Great Britain, Lithuania and France. According to Reznikov, he has negotiated the purchase of defensive weapons with the United States and other Western countries and is “optimistic.” on this score. But the head of the Ministry of Defense said that he was not sure if the country would be able to obtain the necessary military equipment before Russia's alleged invasion of Ukraine.

Reznikov stressed that Western countries should not be afraid of drastic measures against Russia. “ Russia's strategy of non-provocation is ineffective and will never be effective, '' & mdash; he stated.

On December 11, Ukraine's Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnik warned in an interview with that the cabinet of the new chancellor, Olaf Scholz, “ is unlikely to change attitudes. '' to the provision of weapons to Ukraine. “ This is very disappointing, because for us right now the moment of truth has come, it's time to understand & mdash; who is a true friend, not only in words, but also in deeds & raquo ;, & mdash; lamented the diplomat.

As previously reported by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the former German government did not want to supply Ukraine with air defense systems, parts of anti-ship missiles, and corvettes. The publication claimed that Foreign Minister Heiko Maas spoke out against this.

Over the past two months, the Ukrainian military has repeatedly argued that Russia is preparing to invade their country. Vladimir Putin, commenting on the discussion of a possible attack, said that the same conversations took place in the spring, but so far what everyone feared has not happened. “ The point is not to send troops or not to enter, to fight or not to fight, but to establish relations to create a fairer, more sustainable development and take into account the security interests of all participants in international activities, '' & mdash; emphasized Putin.

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Ukrainian ambassador urged not to wait for arms from Germany

Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk does not hope for the supply of weapons under the new Chancellor With the arrival of the new Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Germany will not change its negative attitude towards the possibility of supplying weapons to Ukraine, the Ukrainian Ambassador believes

The cabinet of the new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is unlikely to change the country's attitude towards the provision of weapons to Ukraine, Ukrainian Ambassador to the country Andriy Melnyk said in an interview with

“ I think it would be too optimistic to expect that the cabinet of Chancellor Olaf Scholz will have some other course '', “ mdash; said the Miller. So he answered the question of whether we should expect the new German government to abolish the blocking of the supply of anti-drone rifles to Ukraine.

According to him, the previous leadership of Germany explained the refusal to provide weapons with a potential military escalation, despite the” occupation by Russia ” part of the Ukrainian territory.

He thinks Berlin will keep this 'illogical' position under Scholz. At the same time, Ukraine will continue to convince the German side that the country needs weapons not for provocations, but for “ deterring new aggression. ''

time to understand & mdash; who is a true friend, not only in words, but also in deeds & raquo;, & mdash; the ambassador said.

In April of this year, Ukraine asked Germany to supply defensive weapons to protect the Black Sea coast from invasion. The list included corvettes, air defense systems, anti-ship missile parts and demining tools. At the time, sources in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was opposed to deliveries. While Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer supports this idea.

Later, in response to Zelensky's request for the supply of weapons, Maas said that this would not help Ukraine resolve the conflict.

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Reuters learned about the cancellation of Belarusian oil exports to Germany due to sanctions

Reuters: “Belorusneft” canceled a year of oil exports to Germany for 2022 due to EU sanctions “Belorusneft” planned to supply 40 thousand tons of oil per month to Germany next year, but abandoned these plans, as it came under EU sanctions, writes Reuters

Belarusian state company Belorusneft canceled scheduled 2022 oil exports to Germany via the Druzhba pipeline due to EU sanctions, Reuters reports, citing traders who are aware of this.

Instead of supplies abroad, the company may redirect oil to Belarusian refineries, which will reduce oil supplies from Russia, the agency writes.

Tender for oil supplies to Germany in 2022 Belorusneft announced in November. At the same time, the company sold only part of the planned volumes & mdash; about 40 thousand tons per month, the buyer was Shell.

According to Reuters, Friendship most of the oil of the Belarusian state company goes to Germany. In October, November and December, she planned to supply about 450 thousand tons to Germany.

Belorusneft did not respond to the agency's request. Shell said it is complying with all restrictions imposed by the sanctions. Reuters sources suggest Shell can compensate for the shortfall with its own production in Russia.

Wednesday, December 8, Interfax citing Russian statistics, he reported that oil exports from Belarus to Germany have been absent since the beginning of December. According to the schedule, 151.6 thousand tons of Belarusian oil should have been delivered to Germany in December, but as of December 7, there were no supplies. In general, it was planned to supply 450 thousand tons of oil to Germany in the fourth quarter, but this plan was fulfilled by 87%.

The European Union approved the fifth package of sanctions against Belarus on December 2. The restrictions included 17 individuals and 11 organizations, including Belorusneft. The union explained that the people and companies included in the list were involved in organizing the migration crisis on the border with Poland, or supported political repression. Belorusneft, in particular, fired employees who supported anti-government protests. The company thus “ bears responsibility for the suppression of civil society, '' the EU decided.

In the summer, Minsk had already made an attempt to withdraw Belorusneft. from under the sanctions. In July, President Alexander Lukashenko signed a decree removing the company from subordination to the Belneftekhim concern. A month and a half earlier, from June 3, the US sanctions against Belneftekhim resumed.

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Olaf Scholz is congratulated on his election as the new chancellor of Germany. Video

Frames congratulating the new chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Olaf Scholz on his election to the post The deputies of the Bundestag elected a new Chancellor of Germany – they became the former Vice Chancellor and Minister of Finance of the Federal Republic of Germany, a member of the SPD Olaf Scholz. He replaced Angela Merkel, who held the post for 16 years


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Germany elected a new chancellor

The new Chancellor of Germany is the former interim chairman of the SPD Olaf Scholz


Olaf Scholz became the new chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. He was elected to this post during a meeting of the German parliament & mdash; Bundestag, Reuters reports.

Scholz replaced Angela Merkel, who was Chancellor for the last 16 years, as head of the German government.

At the elections held in Germany on September 26, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU ), led by Angela Merkel for many years, showed the worst result in history, gaining 24.1% of the vote. The first place was taken by the Social Democrats from the SPD, led by Scholcems, with a score of 25.7%. Third place went to the Greens with a score of 14.8%, followed by & mdash; Free Democrats with 11.5%, Alternative for Germany (AfD) with 10.3% and the Left from 4.9%.

On November 24, Scholz announced the conclusion of a coalition agreement with the Greens and the Free Democrats. This coalition in Germany was named the Traffic Light after the colors of the parties involved.

The Traffic Light has started working, & mdash; Scholz said then, noting that the three parties are united by the desire to make the country better. 'Purpose of' traffic light '' mdash; not looking for the lowest common denominator, but a policy of big action & raquo;, & mdash; Scholz emphasized then.

The coalition presented a 177-page document, which was the result of negotiations of 22 working groups. For a month and a half, they tried to bring the positions of the three political forces closer together on key issues of the internal and external agenda.

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Ukrainian military arrived in Germany to participate in Combined Resolve

Ukrainian military arrived in Germany to participate in Combined Resolve maneuvers.

Soldiers of the 92nd OMBR and The MTR of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will “fight” on the American side as part of the BLUFOR battalion. They brought with them the modernized BTR-4E, BREM-4RM and BMM.

Earlier it was reported that exercises of territorial defense forces are taking place near Kiev, and in the Ukrainian capital itself, bomb shelters and dual-use objects are being massively checked in case aggression “.