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Happy Science is among the most enduring and far-reaching “new religious movement,” as they’re called in Japan.
The WorldNovember 30, 2022 · 3:00 PM EST
- By Patrick Winn
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In the run-up to Dec. 21, 2012 — the date of Earth’s annihilation, according to a supposed Mayan prophecy — a Japanese mystic urged mankind to abandon all fear. Master Ryuho Okawa would intervene with the cosmos to avert Armageddon.
He stood before adherents — draped in spangly fabric, black hair shaped in a perfect coif — and declared in a warbling voice: “There shall be no ending of the world because I have my mission … and my mission is not over yet!”
Okawa is the 66-year-old leader of Happy Science, a religion he founded in the mid-1980s after leaving behind a stockbroker career. However, this incarnation is merely his current form. Over the millennia, a benevolent alien God named El Cantare, from Venus, has inhabited legendary figures: Socrates, Jesus, Buddha and, at present, Okawa. So he claims.
Though Japan’s population is famously averse to organized religion (more than half claim no religious affiliation), self-avowed prophets have long emerged from the fringes of society in attempts to fill the spiritual void. Happy Science is among the most enduring and far-reaching “new religious movement,” as they’re called in Japan. The organization runs dozens of missionary offices overseas, including a North American bastion in Manhattan. It also boasts more than 10 million adherents.
But this claim — like much of its founders’ teachings — is fantastical, according to Hiroshi Okawa, 33, the master’s eldest son. Once groomed as a successor, Hiroshi defected five years ago, calling his father’s operation a “cult” and a profit-machine endlessly searching for fresh converts.
“Ten million believers is a complete lie,” Hiroshi told The World. “I’d say 13,000 at most. I know this because I had inside information and access to their resources.”
(The Happy Science organization turned down an interview request from The World.)
Much of the organization’s revenue comes from followers’ donations. According to Happy Science representatives: “It really is a spiritual discipline to get rid of worldly attachments. It’s just to show your love and gratitude to God.”
New converts, after swearing their belief in El Cantare, provide their address and bank account details.
Prophetic books are Happy Science’s other major revenue stream. Master Okawa will frequently go into a trance, summon the spirit of some legendary figure and report their deepest thoughts, which are then transcribed and sold. He’s channeled Zeus, Moses, Joan of Arc, Osama bin Laden and living figures too: Hillary Clinton, Kim Jong-un and Leonardo DiCaprio.
“He doesn’t believe any of it,” Hiroshi Okawa said. “It’s a fantasy world — and he knows it.”
Hiroshi said that he too was once urged by the organization to feign supernatural powers. He studied at his father’s side, observing spiritual channelings, often in front of other top Happy Science officials.
“You ask some spirit to come inside you and start talking as if you’re them. It’s just a performance.”
“I remember Ryuho [Okawa] trying to channel Michael Jackson’s spirit and making that iconic sound” — hee, hee! — “and the impersonation was so bad. Luckily he didn’t ask me to try but, if he did, I was ready to do my impersonation [of the pop star] as best as I could.”
(Hiroshi later parlayed skills learned from channeling sessions into acting; he starred in and directed “Gray Zone,” a popular film in Japan.)
Happy Science’s follower count in Japan is likely maxed out, according to Hiroshi, and that has forced Okawa to increasingly target the West — namely America.
“He wants to be king of the world. That’s his sole motivation. But if you want to rule the world, you must first become king of America.”
In recent years, Master Okawa has intensively courted Donald Trump supporters with books such as “The Trump Secret,” “Trump Shall Never Die” and other titles drawn from supposed channelings of Trump’s eternal soul. Not only does Trump possess the “spirit of bushido” (a moral code governing ancient samurai), according to Okawa, he is also the reincarnation of America’s founder: George Washington.
The mystic’s other recent pronouncements appear calibrated to entice right-wing conspiracy theorists: China’s government is working behind Greta Thunberg; Xi Jinping is inhabited by a malevolent alien alter ego named “Xi Jinping X”; COVID-19 can be cured by “spiritual vaccines,” available at Happy Science outposts in eight US states, including Florida, Georgia and New Jersey.
The stated mission of Okawa’s organization is to spread freedom, truth and happiness. But Hiroshi warns potential converts to stay away, contending that their donations will only make his father even richer. (The organization, in denouncing Hiroshi, claims he is “jealous” and likens his falling out to the rift between Jesus Christ and Judas.)
Master Okawa, according to his son, lives “like a Hollywood star” in a Tokyo glam district, Shirokane, inhabiting a four-story mansion complete with a pool, sauna and tennis courts — often surrounded by “pleasant-looking” female secretaries.
“He’s originally from a small village in a mountainous area of Japan,” Hiroshi said, “and grew up with an elder brother who was extremely smart, referred to as a prodigy. Nobody paid attention to little Ryuho [Okawa] so he developed an inferiority complex, desperate for someone to look at him instead of his older brother.”
Master Okawa, according to his son, spends much of his time inside his mansion grousing about politics, with news channels such as CNN International playing the background, “just going on and on about this or that prime minister.”
It’s ironic, Hiroshi said, but the Veunsian deity who founded Happy Science does not appear all that happy himself.
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The Finnish press announced its intention to build a fence on the border between Finland and Russia. According to Finnish journalists, the initiative comes from the Border Guard Service of the Republic of Finland. The head of this department, Lieutenant General Pasi Kostamovaara, said that the fence could be ready in two or three years and will last at least 50 years.
In general, purely technically, this is not difficult, since the border service proposes to fence off from 1/10 to 1/5 of the entire 1300-kilometer border between Russia and Finland. It is very possible to build from 130 to 260 km of fence in two or three years. Another thing — why? What will it give in the perspective? And about what does the desire to fence off with a wall say?
Who is the first, Rome or China?
Pasi Kostamovaara explains the intention to build a fence with the prospect of a powerful migration flow to Finland, which without such a fence will be difficult, if not completely impossible to control. And he is, as they say, in trend — over the past 15 years, building fences at the border has become something of a national sport. The wall between the USA and Mexico, the walls between Greece and Turkey, Bulgaria and Turkey, Austria and Slovenia, Hungary and Serbia… All of them, from a purely formal point of view, are designed precisely to regulate migration flows. But if we consider the problem of walls and fences in historical perspective, then you can understand that the official declarations are something else.
In itself, the idea of u200bu200bto fence off with a fence falls into the category of “well-forgotten old”. In the memory of any person who is more or less familiar with history, a hook image of the Great Wall of China immediately appears, the construction of which began in III c. BC BC. e. At the other end of Eurasia, at the beginning of our era, construction begins on a smaller scale, but also impressive — the Romans hastily organize the German Limes, that is, a fortified border. Later it will be supplemented by the Danube Limes, the Walls of Adrian and Antonin, the Trajan Walls, the Arabian and African Limes…
A famous quote from Rudyard Kipling«West is West, East is East, they never meet in this case it misfires. And the West in the face of the Roman Empire, and the East in the face of the empire Qinvery much agreed. The point of their ideological contact was extremely important. Both empires saw themselves as a civilization that resisted the chaos and barbarism of the surrounding world. Here, behind a wall or limestone, order, law, law and the state triumph. Out there in the outside world — don understand that. Anarchy, lack of rights and lawlessness, hordes of bandits, murderers and rapists, it is possible that cannibals come across, and also people with dog heads. In a word, the wall has turned from a purely functional border structure into a symbol. A symbol that separates civilization from barbarism and horror. Separator of the “pure” from "unclean".
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In addition, the wall fixed one more not so obvious, but interesting thing. Specifically — impotence of “civilization” before the “barbarians”. Wall — this means that the offensive has been stopped and that now we need to think no longer of "carrying our values" into the outside world, but about deep defense.
What what this led to, more or less everyone imagines. The famous Great Wall of China, or as the Chinese themselves called it, “an unbending powerful force”, was broken through by the troops of Genghis Khanin 1211 China has been conquered. Something similar happened with Roman limes — in early 5th c. n. e. it was broken through at once in several places, and after a while the “barbarians” done away with the Roman Empire.
That is from the point of pure functionality walls and fences work not to very well and sooner or later become simply useless. But as long as they exist, the world is divided physically and symbolically. And & nbsp; the one who builds the wall, respectively, signs in & nbsp; his own impotence in front of a certain problem. Perhaps this and for the currentPresident of the United States, Joe Biden stopped funding further construction and improvement of the fence wall on the border Mexico — this is a kind of symbolic declaration of intent to solve the problem, and not isolate itself from it.
But this is almost an isolated case. In & nbsp; a couple of & nbsp; it can be put only the destruction of the Berlin Wall in & nbsp; 1989 & nbsp; It was a grand symbolic gesture. A gesture of goodwill, designed to demonstrate the desire of the USSR to solve problems together with the conditional collective West. The most interesting thing is that it all started for health. In 1990, US Secretary of State James Baker and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl assured Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachevin the fact that the unification of Germany will not lead to the expansion of NATO to the east. But what happened next is known to everyone — explosive expansion of NATO in precisely this direction.
It is symbolic that each of countries admitted to this military-political union considered it their duty to declare the construction of a fence on the border with Russia, or at least such an intention. Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland… The issue of Finland's joining NATO has not yet been fully determined, but the Finns have already announced the fence. Symbolically, the gesture is read immediately — all these states, with their fences, are shouting, signing loyalty to their overlords: “We are our own!” We with you, and not with Russian barbarians — you see, they even built a fence!»
In fact they sign the fact that they fully agree with the role imposed on them. This very role is very, very unenviable. Be a limitrope. Actually, the word itself goes back to the times of the Roman Empire. Limitrophes were then called areas that were obliged to maintain special units of imperial troops stationed on their territories. After the First World War, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Poland received this disparaging nickname from their owners — “Great Entente”. Now, hastily erecting fences on the border with Russia, these states are again trying on their unenviable infamous role — be a kind of sub-fence outskirts.
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Orban called for a frank conversation with the United States on the lifting of sanctions against Russia
Hungarian Prime Minister Orban: All Europe is waiting for Brussels to answer on the duration of sanctions Borrell called the dynamics of the cost of energy “the price of freedom” : 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
Hungary, along with the rest of Europe, is waiting for clarification from the EU leadership on the duration of international sanctions against Russia against the backdrop of rising energy prices. This was stated by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on his Facebook page. (owned by Meta, the company is recognized as extremist in Russia and banned).
“If this continues, it will affect all of Europe. The time has come to talk frankly about this with our American friends. Before it's too late, — he wrote.
Orban noted that back in June, Brussels promised that sanctions against Russia would “put an end to the war,” but so far “we do not see the end of the war,” while the cost of electricity has skyrocketed, which causes enormous damage to the countries of the continent. Since the outbreak of hostilities, Russia has received €158 billion in revenue from the growth of energy exports, he said, noting that this exceeds all of Russia's export earnings for the past year.
sanctions, Europeans became poorer, and Russia did not fall to its knees. This weapon backfired,— emphasized the President of Hungary.
Orban has repeatedly criticized international sanctions against Russia before. In mid-September, he pointed out that Hungary is located closer to Russia than the United States, Spain and Belgium, for which “it is easy to implement sanctions policies.” For Budapest, restrictive measures against Moscow have become painful, they threaten to deprive the country of “a large part of our successes that we have achieved in recent years,” he continued, calling European countries “energy dwarfs.” To avoid a recession in Europe and restore the economy, sanctions must be lifted, Orban insisted. In this case, the Hungarian president explained, prices would fall by half.
The Hungarian Foreign Ministry also notes the negative impact of sanctions on the price of energy resources. Minister Peter Szijjarto called the introduction of additional sanctions in this area a “red line” for Budapest.
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The position of Hungary caused criticism within the European Union, in particular, the Minister for European Affairs of the Czech Republic, Mikulas Beck, said that the opinion of Budapest often diverges from the opinion of other European countries. In his opinion, Hungary “has come a long way to the edge of some kind of abyss, and now she has to decide whether to step back or take a chance and jump, the consequences of the latter I do not want to talk about.” Beck explained that such a “jump” could be Hungary's exit from the EU.
“Words that the sanctions have not shaken Russia, — a classic example of Russian propaganda. The sanctions are effective, they have significantly reduced the ability of the Russian military machine to wage war against Ukraine”, — spoke in the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. The representative of the department, Oleg Nikolenko, called the corresponding thesis of Orban “a classic example of Russian propaganda.”
The EU leadership recognized the negative impact of sanctions against Russia on the cost of energy in the short term. The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, called this situation the “price of freedom” that the West will have to pay. The sanctions will not stop the conflict in Ukraine in a short time, but they are designed to create a lot of economic problems for Russia, he explained, insisting that Europe had no other choice. In the medium term, due to restrictive measures, Russia will be in scientific, economic and technological isolation, Borrell is sure.
The United States uses sanctions as an instrument of political blackmail and “twisting the arms” of all countries striving for independence, Lavrov said. In his opinion, the unipolar model of the world is still becoming a thing of the past max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
The United States is trying to turn the entire globe into its “backyard” by imposing illegal unilateral sanctions on dissenters, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.
“Obviously that the notorious Monroe Doctrine is gaining global coverage. Washington is trying to turn the entire globe into its “backyard”, — he said, adding that sanctions are being used as a tool of political blackmail.
Lavrov stressed that the restrictions affect the lives of ordinary citizens, preventing the supply of essential goods, including medicines and food. The Russian minister pointed out that the United States and its allies want to “stop the flywheel of time”, despite the fact that the unipolar model of world development, which “served the interests of the” golden billion ” at the expense of the resources of Asia, Africa and Latin America, is becoming a thing of the past.
He believes that Washington does not want other states to develop independently, and that is why it seeks to “destroy, dismember” Russia. Lavrov called on everyone who wants to develop towards a democratic and just world, and not order with one hegemon, to join Russia.
“Today, the formation of sovereign states, ready to defend national interests, leads to the formation of an equal, socially oriented and sustainable multipolar architecture. However, objective geopolitical processes are perceived by Washington and the ruling elites of the Western countries who have completely submitted to it as a threat to their dominant position. said the minister.
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US Secretary of State Blinken warned Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi about the consequences of supporting Russia and called for “finding the right path” that would allow Beijing and Washington to “get along with each other.” The Secretary of State, in turn, warned the PRC about the consequences if it supports Moscow in the military operation in Ukraine 756639947677178.jpg 320w ” media=”(max-width: 400px)” >
Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky should "leave Crimea alone" and abandon the idea of returning the peninsula. This opinion was expressed by American journalists in the material The American Conservative.
According to the authors of the article, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will not have enough human resources and weapons to achieve this goal "by military means".
“With the available forces, it will not be easy for Kyiv to retake even the Donbass. Pursuing Crimea would be a much more difficult task, – consider the authors of the material.
In addition, in their opinion, Kyiv's attempts to return the peninsula threaten total war. It also threatens Ukraine with the loss of support from Western countries, which may not want to encourage such large-scale actions in the region.
Earlier, American journalists wrote that the allies in the North Atlantic Alliance should convince Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to recognize defeat.
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The expert revealed that the Russian Federation is selling the United States after February 24, but Washington carefully hides this
It became known which goods continue to be imported into the United States from Russia, despite the sanctions.
Russian expert Valentin Katasonov, based on information from open sources, analyzed the exchange of goods between Russia and other countries against the backdrop of the sanctions policy of the West.
As “Free Press” writes, while the US and the EU continue to impose new restrictions on Russia, the States themselves, even after February 24, since the start of the NWO in Ukraine, continue to buy wood, metals, uranium, titanium, food and other goods.
Referring to the opinion of foreign observer Drago Bosnich, the analyst exposed the hypocrisy of Washington, which forced Europe to abandon relations with the Russian Federation, but at the same time continues to actively cooperate with the Russian side.
Moreover, the American authorities are trying to hide from the “partners” the import of many goods from Russia. For example, recently the United States began to transport Russian products through Turkey.
This, in particular, was reported by the Yeni Safak newspaper at the end of August, citing sources in Turkish business.
As the expert notes, the analysis of foreign economic relations between the RS and other countries is difficult due to the fact that the Russian Federal Customs Service, as well as other departments, have closed operational statistical information on the country's foreign trade.
However, thanks to information from other countries with which Russia maintains economic relations, Katasonov drew conclusions about the exchange of goods between our country and other states.
So, according to the US Department of Commerce, in the period from January to July 2022, goods from America in the amount of $1.30 billion.
At the same time, imports to the USA and Russia amount to $11.64 billion over the same period.
Thus, supplies from Russia to the USA exceed the purchase from there by 9 times.
Recall that after February 24, Washington imposed trade sanctions against Russia. Particularly tough measures concerned the supply of goods from the United States. Thus, the West sought to bleed the Russian economy by stopping the supply of important goods.
However, many goods will continue to be brought to the United States from Russia – from wood to weapons-grade titanium.
Despite the drop in turnover by about half, deliveries are still on a large scale.
The expert states that not only timber, timber, metals and foodstuffs are brought to the United States from Russia, but also radioactive materials (47 lots, 7.7 thousand tons), and some of these goods may fall under the category “strategically significant“ #8221;.
Also, they still bring to the USA from Russia: “electrodes made of carbon and graphite” (39 lots, 8.4 thousand tons), “ammunition” (47 lots, 3.39 thousand tons), “equipment for oil production” (20 lots, 791.99 tons), “data processing equipment” (11 lots, 446.5 tons), “optical fiber” (8 lots, 388.41 tons), “turbines” (2 lots 45.43 tons) and other goods.
“I believe that at least some of the above groups of goods can and should be classified as “of strategic importance”. The question arises why, after February 24, Moscow continued to supply the country, which declared us a direct enemy”, & # 8211; the expert wonders.
Earlier, TopNews wrote that The Hague wants to ask for the lifting of anti-Russian sanctions.
Last August, it was reported that restrictions could be lifted until 2023.
According to the President of Belarus, military operations in Europe are beneficial to Washington. The United States is also fueling other conflicts: in Kosovo, in Syria, Nagorno-Karabakh, “tomorrow it will be Moldova or the Baltic states, Poland or Romania,” Lukashenka said
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The United States is pushing Europe into a military confrontation with Russia in Ukraine, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said at an event dedicated to the Day of National Unity (the video was published by the BelTA agency).
“They do not hide their plans. Contracts have already been signed for years to come. That is, Ukraine will be destroyed to the ground. And the goal at the same time— weakening of Russia and destruction of Belarus»,— says the Belarusian leader.
In his opinion, the US— the only country that can benefit from conflicts in Europe. “And put Europe in its place, and remove competitors, — Lukashenka described Washington's aspirations.— Today Ukraine, tomorrow it will be Moldova or the Baltic states, Poland or Romania.
Lukashenka is convinced that it is the United States that is “fueling the war in Kosovo”, “throwing coals into the smoldering conflict in Karabakh, muddying the waters in Syria”, while the White House completely ignores the internal contradictions “on the verge of civil confrontation”. For the first time since the beginning of the Cold War, humanity was on the brink of a nuclear conflict, he stated.
“The world has lost its head and is bursting at the seams. How will it all end?»— asked the President. He assured the audience that in the event of a military threat, Belarus would be able to defend its borders.
Moscow began to conduct a special military operation in Ukraine to “demilitarize and denazify” 24 February. The authorities stated that the purpose of the hostilities— protect the people of Donbass and ensure the security of Russia.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said in August that the United States was not only prolonging hostilities in Ukraine, but also stoking “conflict potential in Asia , Africa, Latin America».
Lukashenko has spoken about US involvement in the conflict in Ukraine before. According to him, “no Ukraine is at war today— Today, the entire NATO bloc and America above all are at war with Russia, and Europe would have stopped what is happening long ago if Washington, with the help of Poland, did not continue to spur hostilities.
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Kuleba: Kyiv continues to discuss with Washington the supply of longer-range missiles He admitted that the United States would make a positive decision on the supply of long-range missiles (max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
Ukraine continues to negotiate with the United States on the supply of longer-range missiles. This was stated by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba in an interview with PBS.
According to him, the Ukrainian generals “have an excellent line of communication” with American generals, and they are discussing this issue.
“We appreciate everything the US has done. But there are some specific weapons that are necessary, again, in order to succeed on the battlefield. I do not rule out the possibility that the United States will make a positive decision on this particular type of weapon, — Kuleba stressed.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said earlier that if supplies of longer-range missiles to Ukraine begin, the United States will cross the “red line”; and become one of the parties to the conflict.
CNN, citing senior US officials, reported on September 15 that Washington is not yet ready to transfer ATACMS missiles with a range of up to 300 km to Kiev.
According to sources, the White House still believes that the supply of such missiles missiles could escalate as Ukraine could use them to strike Russian territory.
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The Russian Embassy urged the United States to take care of their own elections after criticizing the Russian elections of governors, deputies of legislative assemblies and city parliaments were held in Russia from 9 to 11 September. The CEC declared no serious violations during the voting
The Russian Embassy in the United States recommended that Washington refrain from allegations about the Russian elections and take care to ensure the transparency of its own electoral processes.
Diplomats suggested that the US administration refer to the data of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Russia, and more do not interfere in the internal affairs of the country.
“We recommend taking more care to ensure the transparency of electoral processes in the United States itself, not interfering in our internal affairs,” — said the embassy (quote from RIA Novosti).
Thus, the diplomats reacted to the words of State Department spokesman Ned Price, who accused the Russian authorities of numerous violations of the principles of freedom of expression during regional and municipal elections.
Elections at different levels were held in 82 regions of Russia from 9 to 11 September. Governors were elected in 14 regions, and acting or temporarily acting governors won everywhere. As for elections to legislative assemblies and city parliaments, United Russia won in all regions where they were held, and improved the result in three subjects compared to the 2017 campaign— in North Ossetia, the Penza region and Sakhalin.
The head of the Central Election Commission, Ella Pamfilova, said that the elections were held normally and without serious violations. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin considers the election results as a demonstration of a high level of support for Vladimir Putin and his policies, including the decision to conduct a special operation in Ukraine.
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Kadyrov suggested that the United States “do not drag out the rubber” with sanctions against his children
After the decision of the US Treasury to impose sanctions on the closest relatives of Kadyrov, he proposed to impose sanctions on all his children and recalled the restrictions that the EU introduced in 2014 against his horses
The head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, in response to the sanctions imposed by Washington against his family, said that the US Treasury should include in the sanctions lists of all his minor children. Kadyrov stated this on his Telegram channel.
“They [the United States] stubbornly put me on the sanctions list, and this time, for some reason, they even included members of my family. Among them is a daughter who has just come of age. Why stretch the rubber? Come on, turn on, Americans, all my children. There are 14 of them, the youngest, the twins Hasan and Hussein, are five years old. Add them to your list too. Above, they did not disdain horses and grooms when they imposed sanctions against them because of their connection with me, — he said.
On September 15, Washington tightened sanctions against:
- daughters Aishat (Minister of Culture of Chechnya), Khadizhat (Karina, head of the Grozny department of preschool education) and Tabarik Kadyrov;
- wife Medni Kadyrova;
- Chechen beauty contestants Fatima Khazuyeva and singer Aminat Akhmadova, whom the Ministry of Finance considers to be members of Kadyrov's inner circle.
- cousin Ramzan Kadyrov and First Deputy Head of Administration of the Head and Government of Chechnya Turpal-Ali Ibragimov.
America's first fifth-generation stealth fighter, the F-22 Raptor, which made its maiden flight 25 years ago, looks like a failure. Military Watch writes about this.
It is noted that in the air force this aircraft was recognized as problematic, since this model has a number of shortcomings, for example, avionics: the computer systems of the combat aircraft are quite outdated.
According to the publication, the Raptor still cannot communicate with other aircraft. In addition, the lack of infrared search and tracking systems also undermines the combat capability of the vehicle.
The publication also recalls the so-called “Raptor cough”, which developed among pilots due to the design of a high-altitude-compensating suit that squeezed the chest .
In addition, the high maintenance requirements of the F-22 have always led to low availability rates, the material says.
Previously it was reported that the Russian multi-role super-maneuverable fighters of the 4++ Su generation -35C performed aerobatics – a closed “Nesterov's loop” at the Kubinka airfield as part of the Army-2022 military-technical forum.
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In the United States, the phrase “tomorrow will be worse” threatened with sanctions for supporting Russia
The State Department said that the United States will impose new sanctions against Russians for supporting the special operation The United States will continue to work on restrictive measures, Jim O'Brien, head of the State Department's department for coordinating sanctions, said during a briefing
The United States will continue to impose sanctions against Russian citizens who support the policy of the Russian authorities. Jim O'Brien, head of the US Department of State's Office for the Coordination of Sanctions, said this during a briefing. The broadcast was conducted on YouTube.
“I want to say, as always, that those who support the policies of the Kremlin will have a worse tomorrow, as they will face the consequences of our measures or the way we apply them,” — he said.
According to him, the US authorities will continue to work on new sanctions.
Most of the briefing was devoted to the situation in the global food market. O'Brien pointed out that the US does not impose sanctions on Russian products and fertilizers, since the functioning of the grain markets— for the most vulnerable countries. He also said that the agreement on the export of grain from Ukraine, in particular the opening of the port of Odessa, reduced food prices by 5%.
Since the end of February, the US, the EU and their allies have imposed several packages of sanctions against Russia due to a special operation in Ukraine. The restrictive measures affected the Central Bank, gold and foreign exchange reserves, major banks, a wide range of imports and exports, the energy sector, Russian businessmen, politicians and public figures.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly called the sanctions illegitimate, and also stated that they will hit everyone, and the presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov described restrictive measures against Russian businessmen as “banditry at the international level.”
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In September, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for limiting grain export routes, since most of it was exported to the EU, and only 3% of the total was delivered to the poorest countries. His position was supported by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said that Putin is right when he says that grain goes to rich, not poor countries.
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On September 8, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain died at the age of 96. She spent a record 70 years on the throne. In their condolences, world leaders call her a symbol of Britain and a source of strength and confidence ” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
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Prince Charles (son of Elizabeth II and the new king of Great Britain Charles III)
“The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of greatest sadness for me and all members of my family. I know that her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, kingdoms, commonwealth and countless people around the world.
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Liz Truss, British Prime Minister
“Queen Elizabeth II was the rock on which modern Britain was built. Our country has grown and flourished under her rule. UK— the great country that exists now is thanks to her. <…> This is an outstanding achievement— to rule with such dignity and grace for 70 years.
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Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
“The most important events of the recent history of the United Kingdom are inextricably linked with the name of Her Majesty. For many decades, Elizabeth II rightfully enjoyed the love and respect of her subjects, as well as authority on the world stage.
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Joe Biden, President of the United States(Joint Statement by US President and First Lady Jill Biden)
“In a world of constant change, she has been a constant source of comfort and pride to generations of Britons, including many who never knew their country before her. Enduring admiration for Queen Elizabeth II has united people across the Commonwealth. The seven decades of her historic reign have witnessed unprecedented human progress and the advancement of human dignity.
She was the first British monarch with whom people all over the world felt a personal and immediate connection— whether they heard her on the radio as a young princess speaking to the children of the United Kingdom, or gathered around the television sets for her coronation, or watched her last Christmas speech or her platinum anniversary on their phones. And she, in turn, dedicated her whole life to serving them.
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Emmanuel Macron, President of France
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has embodied the continuity and unity of the British nation for over 70 years. I will remember her as a friend of France, a queen with a big heart, who will forever be remembered by her country and her age.
Olaf Scholz, Prime Minister of Germany
“We mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II. She was a role model and an inspiration to millions of people, including here in Germany. <…> Her commitment to German-British reconciliation after the horrors of World War II will remain unforgettable.
António Guterres, UN Secretary General
“I offer my sincere condolences to her grieving family, to the government and people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and to the Commonwealth of Nations. <…> Queen Elizabeth was a good friend of the UN and visited New York headquarters twice. She was deeply committed to charitable work and environmental protection.
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Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
“I will never forget her warmth and kindness. During one of the meetings, she showed me the handkerchief that Mahatma Gandhi had given her for her wedding. I will always cherish this gesture. <…> She has provided inspiring leadership to her nation and people. She personified dignity and decency in public life. Saddened by her death. My thoughts are with her family and the people of Great Britain at this sad hour.
Michol Martin, Prime Minister of Ireland
“The reign of the queen commanded respect and admiration throughout the world. Her devotion to duty and public service was evident, and her wisdom and experience were truly unique. The Queen's death truly marked the end of an era. Her state visit to Ireland in 2011 was an important step in the normalization of relations with our closest neighbor.”
Vladimir Zelensky, President of Ukraine
“With profound We are saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On behalf of the Ukrainian people, we express our sincere condolences to the royal family, the entire United Kingdom and the Commonwealth countries in connection with this irreparable loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Yitzhak Herzog, President of Israel
«Her departure— it's the end of an era. Together with the people of Israel, I mourn her loss and express my deepest condolences to the British people and to all the peoples of the Commonwealth who have lost their matriarch. <…> During her long and important reign, the world has changed, and the Queen has remained an icon of stable, responsible leadership and a beacon of morality, humanity and patriotism. <…> The Queen personified the spirit of honesty, duty and ancient traditions. 673w” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >Elizabeth II and Justin Trudeau (Photo: Steve Parsons/Getty Images )
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
“It is with heavy hearts that we learned of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II <…> She was a constant presence in our lives, and her service to Canadians will forever remain an important part of the history of our country.
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Republicans suspect partisan interest in Biden's request for $12 billion to Kyiv By requesting another aid package to Ukraine, US President Joe Biden may be acting in favor of the Democrats ahead of the midterm elections, and not in the interests of the country, the Republican Party said
The Republican Party of the United States suspects that President Joe Biden is guided by the interests of his own party, not the country, asking Congress for $ 11.7 billion in aid to Ukraine, Fox News reports.
According to the Republicans, the allocation of new funds to Kyiv calculated on the growing popularity of the Democrats ahead of the US midterm elections, which will be held in November.
“This latest request from President Biden— just a superficial stunt in the midterms that will only hurt our country in both the short and long term,— said Republican Rep. Andy Biggs.
Another Republican congressman Scott Perry pointed out that the timing of Kyiv's funding request should be adopted in the context of Biden's recent behavior, namely attempts to portray the Republicans as a threat to democracy.
“Over the past five weeks, the federal government has raided the home of former President [Donald Trump] <…> at the same time, President [Joe Biden] says that half of the country— “semi-fascists”, — Perry pointed out. He added that the questions [around this relief bill] seem “very political.”
U.S. President Joe Biden said on Sept. 2 that Republicans who support Donald Trump and his Make America Great Again (MAGA) program , “Make America Great Again”, represent extremist forces that threaten “the very foundations of the Republic”.
In response, Trump called the incumbent leader “an enemy of the state.” According to him, Biden's speech was “the most vicious, full of hatred and division.”
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White House Press Service 2 September, announced that the administration of President Joe Biden intends to ask Congress for $11.7 billion for weapons and assistance for Ukraine.
WSJ learned about the creation of a “group of tigers” in the United States to speed up the supply of weapons
A working group set up in August is tasked with identifying the causes of the ineffectiveness of the U.S. allied arms program and finding ways to speed up the process, writes
The Pentagon is seeking to speed up sales of US weapons to foreign allies, a task force was created to do this in August, writes the Wall Street Journal.
According to a senior Defense Department official, the so-called Tiger it remains to identify the reasons for the ineffectiveness of the American arms supply program, as well as find ways to speed up this process.
The publication calls the goal the opportunity to better compete with China and replenish the stocks of allies who have transferred their weapons to Ukraine.
In late March, the New York Times reported that the White House had formed a team to develop a response plan for Washington and its allies in case Moscow used nuclear weapons. Sources of the publication then explained that we are talking about the so-called “Tiger” group. This has been the designation of emergency response teams at the US National Security Council for many years, the newspaper noted. According to the NYT, the previous roster was developing scenarios for imposing tough sanctions, building up troops in NATO countries, and arming Ukrainian troops.
In mid-August, the Baltic and Eastern European countries asked the United States to increase defense production in order to speed up the fulfillment of orders for weapons to contain Russia. In particular, Poland is waiting for the promised American Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems, HIMARS MLRS, F-16 fighters and Abrams tanks, and Estonia wants to get HIMARS and Reaper attack drones.
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The Foreign Ministry announced the search for an alternative to Geneva for dialogue with the United States
Ryabkov said that he does not expect breakthroughs in the dialogue with the United States on strategic stability According to Deputy Minister Sergei Ryabkov, the positions of Switzerland and the European Union on the military operation in Ukraine “merged”, so the role of Geneva as a platform for dialogue with the United States on strategic stability has decreased
The Pentagon ruled out a threat to the combat readiness of the United States due to the supply of weapons to Kyiv
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The Pentagon denied reports that due to military assistance to Ukraine, US stockpiles of weapons are depleted, and combat readiness may be threatened.
“We are able to provide what we have provided, and still maintain our readiness as the armed forces»,— told reporters at a briefing unnamed representative of the military command. His words are published on the website of the US Department of Defense.
So the Pentagon spokesman responded to a request for comment on an article in The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), which said that the fighting in Ukraine and the supply of American weapons there “led to the depletion of certain types of ammunition in the United States.” At the same time, the article argues, the Pentagon is slow to replenish the arsenal, and this causes US officials to fear that the shortage could jeopardize the combat readiness of the US army.
Over the past six months, Washington has supplied Kyiv with 16 HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), thousands of weapons, drones and other equipment. Most of these came directly from US stockpiles, an unnamed Pentagon official told the WSJ, leaving stockpiles of 155mm shells at “uncomfortably low” levels. level.
By mid-August, the volume of military aid that Washington allocated to Kyiv under the presidency of Joe Biden exceeded $10 billion. Reuters reported that the United States had prepared the largest package of — in the amount of about $3 billion. According to AP, the money will go to fund contracts for drones and other weapons, and this will allow Kyiv to strengthen the defense in the medium and long term, while previous deliveries were aimed at meeting urgent needs.
On the eve of The Washington Post reported that in the spring, after the United States began to provide Ukraine with howitzers and other heavy weapons that require a constant flow of ammunition, Washington increased the supply by sea. Delivering goods by air is faster, but sea transport allows you to transport more.
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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, speaking about US President Joe Biden's attitude towards the Republicans, officially recognized the presence of fascism in the United States. This was stated in her Telegram channel by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.
Jean-Pierre earlier said that Biden is not shy about her assessment of the Republican supporters of former President Donald Trump as “fascists”. and will continue to fight them for the rights of Americans.
«Karine Jean-Pierre said out loud what many only guessed— Fascism is on the rise in the US. I wonder if some Israeli statesman will say (as they said about the Kiev regime) that “there are many Jews among the Republicans, so they cannot be fascists a priori”? Or shall we wait for the refutation of this revelation by the Americans themselves? Zakharova wrote.
Biden called some Trump supporters “fascists” August 27 during a performance in the city of Bethesda. “The extreme philosophy of MAGA (Make America Great Again) is similar to semi-fascism,” — he said then.
The slogan “Make America great again” Trump actively promoted before the 2016 presidential election, which he won. In the 2020 elections, he also used the slogan Keep America Great (“Let's keep America great”).
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Russian oil ended up on the market in New York, which caused discontent among the White House, and India is the culprit.
Observers of the Chinese edition of Sohu came to the conclusion that the presence of Russian oil in the United States is a slap in the face to Washington.
The authors of the article explained that the US partner in the person of India continues to purchase oil from Russia and even increased them with the beginning NWO in Ukraine.
On this occasion, there was no reaction from Washington in terms of restrictions, since this could simply push New Delhi to join the Russian camp.
As a result, Russian oil turned out to be in the market in New York, which caused discontent among the White House, and also became a slap in the face of the Americans.
Moreover, the United States is concerned about the fact that India hides the origin of this oil.
It is noted that an Indian vessel met a Russian tanker at sea, after which the cargo was delivered to a port in Gujarat.
There it was processed into a product used for the production of single-use plastic, after which it was shipped to New York.
“This is a real slap in the face for the Americans. For the first time, India has violated anti-Russian sanctions in such a gross way that the US has clearly expressed its displeasure. Washington has already expressed its “concern” about New Delhi. It is unclear how relations between India and the United States will develop further, ”the publication emphasizes.
Nevertheless, against this background, India is unlikely to refuse to purchase oil from Russia, since now this market is for purchases energy resources is one of the most profitable, Sohu quotes the PolitRussia portal.
The Chinese edition recalls that the Russian authorities have reduced the export duty on oil to $53 per ton.
Earlier, Topnews wrote that Russia achieved a jump in oil prices by turning off the valve to three European countries.
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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that the future of the EU is only in cooperation with Belarus and Russia. He believes that the US will “disappear from the radar”, BelTA reports.
“All the resources are here. Take, digest, we will live and work together – and America will disappear from the radar. They are afraid of this,” he said during a trip to the Minsk Mechanical Plant.
Lukashenko also said that the Belarusian Su-24 aircraft could be converted to carry nuclear weapons, they discussed this possibility with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Politico: U.S. may secretly send more military aid to Ukraine A new military aid package for Kyiv, announced on Aug. 19, includes Excalibur guided artillery shells that have not been publicly discussed, sources told Politico
The U.S. may not have publicly reported on the transfer of certain types of weapons to Ukraine as part of military assistance, writes Politico.
According to the publication, a senior Pentagon official admitted on August 19 that the United States had been supplying HARM anti-radar missiles to Kyiv for some time even though it was not announced publicly.
“When we first announced the delivery of HARM missiles, their mention in the statement was not specific. We have described it as providing anti-radar capabilities,— said the official.
After that, Yahoo News suggested that Washington transferred ATACMS family of guided tactical ballistic missiles to Kyiv. August, Excalibur guided artillery shells entered, which also did not appear in the Pentagon's official statement on weapons supplied to Ukraine.
In addition, Politico reviewed the official notice given by the US administration to Congress in connection with the allocation of another aid package to Kyiv, which, according to the newspaper, notes that the supply of Washington to Ukraine “is not limited to” what is listed.
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The publication pointed out that it was only an assumption, since not a single member of the administration confirmed or even hinted that secret arms supplies were carried out in Ukraine.
“Even if they were, it is unlikely that they (U.S. authorities) would inform us of this secret decision,— concluded Politico.
U.S. President Joe Biden on August 19 ordered additional military assistance to Ukraine in the amount of up to $775 million.
On this day, the Pentagon announced the allocation of another package of military assistance to Kyiv. The package will include HIMARS munitions, 16 howitzers, 1,000 Javelin anti-tank missiles, 15 ScanEagle drones for reconnaissance, 40 armored vehicles with enhanced mine protection (MRAP), HARM anti-radar missiles, 1,500 TOW anti-tank missile systems, demining equipment and Hummer military vehicles.
The Pentagon added that it is exploring new means that will allow the Ukrainian military to “successfully operate in terms of changing the battlefield not only in the east, but also in the south,” without specifying which weapons are in question. According to CNN, this is the Pentagon's 19th aid package for Ukraine this year.
In July, US Air Force Chief of Staff Charles Brown Jr. admitted that Ukraine could receive modern fourth-generation fighter jets from the West. , there is Gripen from Sweden, there is Eurofighter or Rafale. So there are a number of different weapons systems that could go to Ukraine,” — said the general.
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Ryabkov called “unobvious” the prospect of a dialogue on strategic offensive arms with the United States
The Deputy Foreign Minister considered that the United States is pursuing an aggressive policy towards Russia, so the possibility of a dialogue on a strategic arms reduction treaty is not obvious
To talk about the prospects for a dialogue with the United States on strategic stability, after Washington interrupted it,— “It's a thankless task,” said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in an interview with Izvestia.
) resumption is far from obvious given the recklessly aggressive policy that Washington is pursuing against Russia, — said the diplomat. According to him, Russia sees “some signals regarding the resumption of dialogue” on the topic of START, “but what is behind them” not yet clear. “And in general, negotiations through the media are not conducted,” — Ryabkov stressed.
The Russian side has repeatedly confirmed that it is open to discuss issues of a strategic degree, recalled the Deputy Minister. He added that for this it is necessary to understand whether the United States has changed its deliberately destructive course. and whether they will be ready to take into account the interests of Moscow.
Russia and the United States signed the START-3 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in 2010. Since its entry into force in 2011, it has been in effect for ten years, renewable for another five. After the deadline expired in 2021, Russian President Vladimir Putin ratified the agreement to extend the treaty until February 5, 2026.
According to the treaty, each side can have no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads. The number of deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and strategic missile-carrying bombers should not exceed 700 units, and the number of deployed and non-deployed launchers of ICBMs and SLBMs and heavy bombers— 800 units. To monitor compliance with these positions, the parties agreed to conduct inspections.
At the end of May, against the backdrop of Russia's military actions in Ukraine and the subsequent deterioration of relations with the West, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced the continuation of the dialogue on the extension of START-3 with the United States. Later, the US State Department announced plans to extend and expand the agreement, but US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan noted that dialogue is unlikely under the current conditions.
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Already in early August, US President Joe Biden announced that the United States is ready to discuss START-3 with Russia, but Moscow must show readiness to resume work on nuclear arms control. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov then replied that the Russian side had repeatedly spoken about the need for negotiations, and now there was little time left.
On August 8, Russia temporarily withdrew its facilities from START-3 inspections. The Foreign Ministry explained that the US is trying to achieve a restart of inspections after a stop during the pandemic, but does not take into account the conditions of “existing realities” and deprive Russia of the right to conduct inspections in the United States.
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Axios learned about the “difficult negotiations” between the United States and Israel on concessions to Iran
The US is trying to convince Israel that no additional concessions will be made to Iran on the Iranian nuclear program. The Israeli authorities believe that the US and the EU have crossed the established red lines, and the draft agreement differs from the text of 2015 756610507930087.jpg 673w” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
The governments of the United States and Israel are engaged in difficult and intense negotiations regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program, Washington is convincing Jerusalem that there are no new concessions to Tehran. Axios writes about this, citing unnamed US and Israeli officials.
US officials insist that the outcome of negotiations with Iran is not yet determined, and that an agreement is not inevitable. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and his Israeli counterpart Eyal Hulata will meet in Washington next week to discuss this issue. Israeli officials have said they expect tougher discussions.
“We weren't convinced by [US arguments]. We are very concerned,— underlined one of them Axios.
At the same time, Israel does not intend to bring the situation to a public confrontation with the United States on the issue of Iran's nuclear program, sources assured the publication. One of them recalled that the previous Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2015 “ruined relations” because of this. with the USA. He said the agreement would be “a horror to the planet”; and “a dream for Iran”.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program was agreed in 2015 after years of negotiations between Russia, the US, France, the UK, China and Iran. It provided for the lifting of sanctions against the Islamic Republic in exchange for limiting its nuclear program and guarantees that it would not develop nuclear weapons. In May 2018, the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, decided to withdraw from the JCPOA and restore US sanctions on Iran. In turn, Tehran began to gradually reduce its obligations under the agreement, including those related to uranium enrichment indicators and the number of centrifuges. The Joe Biden administration has indicated interest in returning to the deal.
During the negotiations on the FDP, the European Union proposed lifting sanctions against 17 banks of Iranian banks and 150 economic structures, lifting the ban on the export of Iranian oil (120 days after the signing, Tehran will be able to export 2.5 million barrels of oil daily), and returning $ 7 billion to the Islamic Republic frozen funds. The EU has also proposed easing sanctions against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Politico reported in mid-August, citing sources. Washington then assured that they did not change their rules and standards on the issue of sanctions.
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Permanent representative of Crimea Muradov predicted intensification of provocations from Ukraine and the United States Washington and Kyiv expect to create a new point of escalation in the NATO-Russia war by increasing the number of provocations in Crimea using alliance weapons, said permanent representative of the republic Muradov
The United States will try to legalize the increase in provocations of Ukrainian nationalists in Crimea with the use of NATO weapons, explaining this by the fact that the countries of the alliance do not recognize the peninsula as part of Russia. This opinion was expressed by the Permanent Representative of the Republic under the President of Russia, Deputy Prime Minister of the Crimean Government Georgy Muradov in a conversation with RIA Novosti.
Kyiv plans to hold the second international summit of the Crimean Platform online on August 23. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed his participation in it.
According to Muradov, Washington and Kyiv are counting on creating a new point of escalation in the war between NATO and Russia.
“It is for the sake of this that the Secretary General of the bloc Stoltenberg, with a NATO whip, is actively driving his wards to a meeting of the so-called international platform for the de-occupation of Crimea. It is hardly worth ignoring this action, conducted by the Americans. It will obviously mean a certain boundary, the edges of which have already received their outlines, — he said.
The Permanent Representative of the Crimea called “obvious” the fact that the West set itself the goal of taking the conflict in Ukraine to a new, larger level, so that this escalation would be impossible to keep in the previous format of the Russian special operation.
At the same time, Muradov considered unrealistic the NATO plan to defeat Russia by further pumping weapons into Kyiv, supplying thousands of foreign instructors and mercenaries, and providing space support.
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“Our opponents do not take into account that the pumped Ukrainian” ball ” it will simply burst loudly when it stumbles upon a Russian needle, which Moscow has not yet taken out of its arsenals. And the direct involvement in the conflict of the NATO bloc— a direct route to a nuclear catastrophe in which there will be no winners,— he concluded.
Earlier, the Politico newspaper reported that Washington allowed Kyiv to use US-supplied weapons to strike military targets in Crimea. This publication was reported by a senior representative of US President Joe Biden.
Oleg Kryuchkov, adviser to the head of Crimea on information policy, commenting on the publication, assured that strikes on the territory of the peninsula would cause a boomerang effect and cause more serious damage to Ukraine itself.
“All their aggressive plans will hit them with a boomerang, only with much stronger impact and irreparable consequences,»,— he said.
Over the past few days, air defense in Crimea has worked several times: August 18— in Kerch, August 19— in Evpatoria, on the morning of August 20, an UAV attacked the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet. There were no casualties as a result.
The head of the republic, Sergei Aksyonov, said on August 20 that the air defense systems “successfully hit all targets over Crimea.”
A yellow terrorist threat level is in effect in Crimea. The same measure was introduced by the Sevastopol authorities after the drone attack on the fleet headquarters on July 31. Then six people were injured.
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The Foreign Ministry said it does not want the United States to turn into a side of the conflict in Ukraine
Russia does not want the United States to become a party to the conflict in Ukraine, but Washington has so far refused to hear these warnings. About this on the air of the TV channel “Russia 1” said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
“We do not want an escalation. We want to avoid a situation where the United States becomes a party to the conflict, but so far we do not see the willingness of that side to take these warnings really deeply and seriously. he said.
According to Ryabkov, Moscow repeatedly sent letters and notes to Washington warning that the increasingly obvious and deep involvement in what is happening in Ukraine is putting the United States on the verge of turning into a conflict.
“They dispute this, but the facts speak for themselves, no matter how much they deny or deny that they are not involved in any decisions on the use of weapons, this is all refuted by life, refuted by statements, including statements by the Ukrainian side, to which we draw attention, & mdash ; said the diplomat.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special military operation in Ukraine. Since then, the United States and other Western countries have regularly provided Kyiv with military, economic and political assistance. The West supplies Ukraine with weapons and provides financial assistance.
Earlier, Reuters reported that the United States intends to provide additional assistance to Ukraine in the amount of $800 million. Last week, it allocated $1 billion in assistance to Ukraine. The package included HIMARS rockets for multiple rocket launchers, NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems ammunition, 50 armored medical vehicles M113, as well as artillery ammunition, a thousand FGM-148 Javelin portable anti-tank systems, medicines and explosives.
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Total US military aid to Ukraine thus rose to $9.8 billion since the start of the Russian military operation in February.
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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the US and NATO are aggravating the situation in Ukraine with their assertions about the possibility of an attack into Russian territory from the Ukrainian side. Moscow warns Washington on the topic of de-escalation against the Russian Federation.
As the Deputy Minister pointed out, the situation is now extremely acute. Moscow would not want Washington to become a party to the conflict. However, the United States has not yet heard the warnings, Ryabkov added.
Earlier, Washington allowed the Armed Forces to use American weapons in Crimea for self-defense, as Politico wrote, citing an anonymous source in the White House.
Later, Russian Senator Sergei Tsekov pointed out that US weapons can be used to strike not only in the Crimea, but also in other territories of the Russian Federation. In particular, these are the Bryansk and Kursk regions.
Politico: U.S. will approve UAF use of Western weapons against military installations in Crimea Politico, citing an anonymous Biden administration official, said the U.S. would not object if Ukraine uses Western weapons to attack military installations in Crimea. Moscow promised to respond if this happens
A US Air Force sergeant checks pallets of shells bound for Ukraine
The United States does not object to the Ukrainian army striking military targets in Crimea, Politico reports, citing a senior representative of US President Joe Biden.
“Of course, we don't select targets, and all the [weapons] we have provided are for self-defense purposes. Any goal that they [the Armed Forces] decide to pursue on sovereign Ukrainian soil is, by definition, self-defense,— he said.
To the clarifying question of the correspondent of the newspaper, whether he was talking about the peninsula, he answered: “Crimea— this is Ukraine. The administration official also said that Kyiv is aware of Washington's point of view.
Former U.S. State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volcker told Politico that “Russian forces have nothing to do there [in Crimea].” According to him, the attack on Russian military facilities in Crimea “is no different from the attack on them near Kyiv, Kherson or in eastern Ukraine.”
Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014 following a referendum in which the majority of the inhabitants of the peninsula voted for joining Russia. Ukraine and Western countries did not recognize its results, they consider the peninsula an occupied territory and accuse Moscow of annexation. The Russian authorities have repeatedly stated that the issue of Crimea is closed.
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Back in the summer, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense assumed that Kyiv could use American HIMARS MLRS to strike Russian targets in Crimea, which, as the department said, is “a hub for the movement of all Russian equipment, ammunition and weapons.” to the south of Ukraine. The representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Vadym Skibitsky, also noted the threat from the Black Sea, from the waters of which rocket launches are made on Ukrainian territory. In turn, Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian president, stated that the promise given to Western partners not to hit targets on Russian territory with foreign weapons does not apply to the Crimean bridge.
In the Kremlin, the words about a possible strike on the Crimean bridge were called “the announcement of a possible terrorist act.” The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, said that the army takes “note” all threats of attacks on the bridge. Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, for his part, promised that in the event of an attack from Kyiv, Russia would hit the “decision-making centers”: “Everyone understands what these centers are” this is the Ministry of Defense, and the General Staff, and whatever.
On the evening of August 18, air defense systems went off in Kerch, local communities on Vkontakte the sounds of explosions were reported. Oleg Kryuchkov, adviser to the head of Crimea, said that there was no danger to the city and the Crimean bridge.
Two days earlier, on August 16, in the village of Mayskoye, Dzhankoy district, ammunition detonated at a temporary warehouse . Two people were injured, power lines, a power plant, a railway and residential buildings were damaged. The Russian Ministry of Defense explained the incident as sabotage, and an emergency mode was introduced in the north of the peninsula. A local emergency situation has already been introduced on the peninsula after explosions at the Saki airfield near the resort village of Novofedorovka, which occurred on the afternoon of August 9. The Ministry of Defense stated that several aviation ammunition detonated on the territory of the airfield at the storage site.
Ukraine has not officially confirmed its involvement in the incident in Mayskoye. However, on August 17, CNN reported, citing a Ukrainian government report received from a Ukrainian official, that Kyiv was behind the explosions at Russian military facilities.
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The Russian Foreign Ministry assessed the possibility of a direct clash with the United States and NATO
Russia is not interested in a direct clash with the United States and NATO countries, said Ivan Nechaev, Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“Our Armed Forces are equipped with modern and high-precision conventional (non-nuclear. — RBC) weapons, which allow us to fully implement the goals and tasks set by the President of Russia for the purposes of the NMD in Ukraine. Russia, as a nuclear power, will continue to act as responsibly as possible, a direct clash with the United States and NATO is not in our interests, — he said.
Nechaev stressed that “Russia has never saber-rattled, let alone nuclear.” At the same time, according to him, due to the supply of the “regime in Kyiv” clashes between Russia and the forces of the collective West are quite real.
Russia announced the start of a military special operation in Ukraine on the morning of February 24th. President Vladimir Putin called its goals the denazization and demilitarization of the neighboring country, as well as the protection of the population of Donbass from “genocide”; from Kyiv. Ukraine, in response, severed diplomatic relations with Moscow and declared martial law.
Against the backdrop of a special operation, the heads of state— members of the North Atlantic Alliance at the end of June adopted a new NATO strategic concept, in which Russia is called the most significant and direct threat to the security of the bloc. At the same time, the document notes that the alliance does not seek confrontation and does not pose a threat to Russia, and is also ready to keep channels of communication with Moscow open, despite the fact that it no longer considers it a partner.
This is not the first time the Russian leadership has accused NATO of an aggressive policy towards Moscow. In particular, the first deputy head of the presidential administration, Sergei Kiriyenko, said that the bloc was conducting a “hot military operation”; against Russia on the territory of Ukraine. Putin called the expansion of NATO to the East one of the reasons for holding the NWO in Ukraine.
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Former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Ilya Kiva said on social networks that the United States has the last chance to harm Russia.
Former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Ilya Kiva said on social networks that the United States has the last chance to harm Russia.
He specified that representatives of the White House could reissue dollar bills. This is the last opportunity for Washington to influence Moscow. In turn, the reissuance of the national currency may also damage the global economy.
“The White House may use its last opportunity to destabilize the situation in Russia. Among other things, by these actions, the United States will harm the global economy and will be able to partially write off its debts, since they will exchange old dollars according to the rules that are convenient for them,” Kiva added.