Relations between Russia and Canada have become “virtual” – ambassadors

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Relations between Russia and Canada lost any content in the form of economic, humanitarian or academic contacts and became “virtual,” said Russian Ambassador to Canada Oleg Stepanov.

Departments of Russian studies are closing down in Canadian universities.

“Universities have clearly been given an unspoken order to stop communicating with their partners. The political and academic dimension is completely frozen, “he said.” There are no economic contacts, no humanitarian, no cultural, no academic … Our relations are becoming politically virtual, “he said, accusing Justin. Trudeau's government.

According to Stepanov, Trudeau's cabinet completely destroyed bilateral relations between the Russian Federation and Canada and froze where it could not. He noted that due to sanctions, trade ended and all ties were terminated at all levels.

The diplomat described the situation as “sad” and expressed doubts that relations could worsen.

For “Poor propaganda” was also described by the statement of the Canadian Minister of International Development Harjit Sajjan that the Kremlin is trying to “starve the world”. According to Stepan, the Canadian government knows who is responsible for the food crisis in the world.


Russia has created an underwater drone

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For EMERCOM of Russia has created an underwater drone. It is necessary for the inspection of dangerous objects. In the first place, the device will be used to work in radiation conditions. This was stated by Vladislav Zanin, advisor to the general director of the manufacturer.

He added that the novelty will be ready for serial production in three to four years. Prototypes are now being transformed into specialized equipment. The developer noted that prototype devices were already working on the Ministry of Emergency Situations.

The new drone is immersed in water by filling a ballast tank. The wings then convert the vertical movement into a horizontal one and prevent the vessel from sinking. In order to ascend, it is enough for the device to get rid of ballast.

The drone can be programmed for a certain number of dives. This is necessary so that the device can send the collected information and receive coordinates after output.

According to the developers, the drone can be used to monitor the environment and search for minerals.


The European Parliament has voted to grant EU candidate country status to Ukraine and Moldova

Kyiv still has many steps to actually join the European Union

MEPs voted overwhelmingly in favor of granting EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova. 529 deputies voted for the decision, 45 were against, 14 abstained. The resolution is of an advisory nature. The final decision is to be made later at the EU summit. Representatives of the association note that the countries will first have to carry out serious reforms.

Ruslan Stefanchuk, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada. Photo: AP

The European Parliament's statement states that the EU leadership must fulfill its historic responsibility – to give Ukraine and Moldova “a clear political signal confirming their European perspective.”

“With 529 votes in favor, 45 against and 14 abstentions, Parliament adopted a resolution on Thursday calling on the heads of state to host the summit today and tomorrow to grant Ukraine and Moldova EU candidate status without delay,” the European Parliament said. he said in a statement. . .

MEPs also called on the EU to grant Georgia candidate status. At the same time, they specified that this should happen once its government meets the conditions set by the European Commission.

It is important to understand that the resolution adopted by the European Parliament is purely advisory. The final decision on this issue will be taken later at the EU summit, which is currently taking place in Brussels.

The European Parliament noted that such a decision was taken as a “symbol of hope” to preserve the spirit of Ukrainians. After all, for real accession to the European Union, Kyiv will have to “take a lot of steps.”

In addition, this process could easily be reversed if the future Kiev government fails to implement the necessary rule of law reforms and align its economy. with EU standards.

The transition from “applicant” status to “candidate” status usually takes years. However, the European Union has accelerated this process in relation to Ukraine. According to the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, the desire of Kiev to join the EU led the Ukrainians to “go through hell”. Ukraine and Moldova.

“This is a crucial moment for the European Union,” he said. he told reporters. “It is also a geopolitical choice that we will make today, and I am sure that we will grant Ukraine and Moldova candidate status.”

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the candidate's status would “draw a line behind decades of ambiguity” and “carve them in stone: Ukraine is Europe, not part of the” Russian world. “

Ukrainian Ambassador to the EU Vsevolod Chentsov commented on the possibility of obtaining such status and noted that the European Union is acting “fast lightning” according to its standards.

“We need this clarity [in terms of EU membership] to support the Ukrainian army, Ukrainian society morally, psychologically and gain a clear sense and understanding of the direction of the country's movement,” he added.

Meanwhile, senior European officials The Guardian said 10 member states that had previously opposed Ukraine's status as a candidate for EU membership. Recently, however, they have changed their positions under some pressure.

The draft conclusions of the summit, which the publication read, say that the “progress” of a candidate country will depend on “its own merits” as well as “the EU's ability to accept new members. “

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz previously said in this context that the EU needs to” reform its internal procedures “in order to prepare for the admission of new members. The politician called for greater use of the votes of the super-majority in areas such as foreign policy to end the blocking of decisions by one country.

Recall that a two-day European Union summit was held in Brussels on Thursday 23 June. . The main topic of the summit was the EU's further steps to strengthen security and stability on the continent.


The General Staff of the French Army tried to explain the captivity of CAESAR self-propelled guns by Russia

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Armed General Headquarters French forces tried to explain the situation by capturing French-made CAESAR self-propelled artillery guns (ACS) by Russian troops in Ukraine.

Earlier, Uralvagonzavod thanked French President Emmanuel Macron on his television channel Telegram. French politician Régis Castelnau to thank the head of the European state for “donated” self-propelled guns.

France handed over 18 CAESAR self-propelled artillery guns to Ukraine. The General Staff of the French Armed Forces completely denied the information about the confiscation of weapons and at the same time without providing any evidence to support its position.

However, the French headquarters immediately admitted the possibility of capture. Russian military self-propelled guns, with the situation seeming unlikely and unlikely.



Russian Ministry of Defense: a group of troops “Center” blocked Lisichansk from the south

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Force Group & quot The “center”, which broke through the well-prepared defenses of Ukrainian troops, defeated the enemy and blocked Lysichansk from the south, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation informed.

Earlier, the WarGonzo telegram . Fighting has been reported on the outskirts of the city.

Chechnya chief Ramzan Kadyrov also said that almost all settlements near Lisichansk “are either liberated from the Nazis or surrounded.”

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Video of prisoners from Gorski and Zolote: “Commanders lied from the very beginning”

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Blinken: The US is ready to support any diplomatic decisions about Ukraine


Secretary Anthony Blinken said Washington was ready to support any diplomatic decisions about Ukraine and would continue to discuss the issue with partners.

“But we don't think Russia has shown any interest,” Blinken added.


He also noted that the United States will continue to strengthen the defense of the Ukrainian army, which in his opinion will strengthen Kiev's position in the negotiations.



The Ministry of Defense has published a video of Ukrainian soldiers who surrendered in Gorsky Kotl

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Russian Ministry of Defense has released a video with Ukrainian soldiers who surrendered in the Gorski Kotl. The record shows dozens of captured UAF soldiers lined up in front of the camera.

Earlier, Chechnya chief Ramzan Kadyrov said that the city of Zolote in the LPR had been completely liberated. In his publication on the Telegram channel, the Chechen leader noted that the fighters were beginning to completely liberate the nearby city of Gorskoye. According to him, the cleaning takes place in stages.

According to the platoon leader with the call sign “Flint”, there are now about 100 militants in Gorskoye, including foreign mercenaries. & Nbsp;

the federation announced that in the area of ​​вad ‹вad‹ the settlements of Gorskoye and Zolote they managed to completely block a group of armed forces of Ukraine. Up to 2,000 Ukrainian soldiers were taken to the Gorski Kotl.


WarGonzo: Russian troops and LPR troops entered Lisichansk

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WarGonzo Telegram Channel , citing sources, reports that “Allied forces have entered Lisichansk.” It is also stated that “battles on the periphery” are taking place.

The channel does not provide details. It is also stated that the information was obtained from sources “from the front line of the Donbas.” freed from the Nazis or surrounded. “

Ukrainian authorities said on Thursday that the Ukrainian armed forces were considering the possibility of retreating from these cities and moving to fortified positions. In particular, it was reported that “many protective structures have been destroyed in the Severodonetsk industrial zone.”


Terrified by the Ukrainian conflict, NATO has begun restructuring and is threatening Russia

The North Atlantic Alliance is preparing for a sixfold increase in the Rapid Reaction Force on Russia's borders

NATO is set to agree on the largest reconstruction of its defense policy since the Cold War, including an increase in reactionary size from 40 000 people.

Photo: ruwikipedia < At the Madrid Summit next week, NATO is expected to agree on the largest rebuilding of power since the Cold War, including the massive expansion of its 40,000 combat forces in response to the crisis.

According to Sky News, according to military and diplomatic sources, Russia's special military operation in Ukraine has prompted a fundamental reassessment of NATO's defense concept.

The mentality has changed overnight, says a NATO source. “NATO now appears to be electrified. You can feel the energy flowing through the system. “

A diplomatic source predicts that the Madrid summit will result in (or at least agree on a” radical change of position “).

However, Sky News admits that it is disappointing that the desire for historically neutral Sweden and Finland to join the alliance has not yet been activated due to Turkey's concerns. As you know, Ankara has accused Stockholm of hiding Kurdish militants.

Among the steps expected to get the green light at NATO's Madrid summit next week, Sky News reports the expansion and rebranding of NATO's 40,000-strong NATO response force. , according to two military sources, maybe six times.

Consideration will also be given to increasing the size of the mission to “keep Russia” from strikes on NATO's eastern and south-eastern wings with the addition of thousands more troops, although many should be based in their country and deployed only when needed.

It is not difficult to guess that Russia will be described as the “most significant and direct threat” to NATO security. Of course, it is planned to consider a new “comprehensive assistance package” for Ukraine, including equipment to combat Russian drones and ensure secure communication.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Madrid meeting would be a “transformation summit, because we at a crucial moment for our security. ”

The new way of thinking, Sky News explains, requires NATO allies to have even more combat-ready soldiers, sailors, marines and aircraft crews ready to move in varying degrees of readiness. This can range from two days after mobilization to six months.

NATO's Rapid Reaction Force is already offering US General Todd Walters, Allied Commander Europe, the Alliance's Supreme Military Commander, about 40,000 troops in the Supreme emergency.

According to the expected new structure, the size of the capability will increase further and the name is expected to change to the Allied Reaction Force (ARF).

It is assumed that every NATO member state (except Iceland, because it does not have an army) considers the possibility of placing more of one's own strength in a state of greater readiness. They may be tasked with defending a certain area of ​​NATO territory in accordance with so-called “regional plans”, which are still being worked on and are not expected to be completed by the end of the year.

“The ARF will be about six times larger than the NATO Rapid Reaction Force, much more,” said one military source. That would mean about 240,000 soldiers. Another officer confirms that he also heard about a six-fold increase. However, a NATO source said the decision had not yet been made and the final figure for increasing the high preparedness force was likely to be lower.

NATO's new plan also includes further strengthening the Alliance's defense in eight countries along its eastern and southeastern borders./p>

In a public interview with the Politico news website on Tuesday, the Allies will agree to “strengthen the battle groups in the East to the level of brigades. The battle group includes about 1,000 troops and the brigade can have 3,000 to 5,000 people.

Comments suggest that a set of eight existing missions in the three Baltic countries, as well as in Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, will be extended. The Allies, including Britain, the United States, Canada and Germany, are already sending forces to battle groups.

Britain, which is leading the NATO mission in Estonia, has increased its presence in the country to two battle groups this year. British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said it was “very likely” that a third would be added, turning the forces into a small brigade of about 3,000, but some of the new troops could be stationed at home.

Germany. , which leads a battle group in Lithuania, is also expanding its brigade commitments, but said it would have “pre-assigned” troops in reserve at home if needed.

In contrast, the Baltic states bordering Russia want a more physical presence NATO forces on its territory. They would also like to see NATO further strengthen its defense, for example through the Israeli-style “iron dome” air defense system.

It is unlikely that such a move will be agreed in the foreseeable future, but according to military and diplomatic

In addition to the immediate crisis, the Allies in Madrid are also uncovering a so-called new “strategic concept” – essentially NATO's action plan for the threats and challenges they face. This will include China, climate change, cyber warfare and the development of space capabilities.


Zakhar announced impossibility of consulting with the United States on “irritants”

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Official representative of the Russian Ministry Maria Zacharov said that Russia now did not consider it possible to consult with the United States on “irritants”. “In this context, we emphasize that the Russian side considers it objectively impossible to conduct planned Russian-American expert consultations on bilateral” irritants “in the near future, Zakhar said in a statement. She added that in practice the United States will “multiply” these “irritants”.

Recall that the Russian ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said in February Russia was ready to continue consultations with The United States on bilateral “irritants”, provided that interests are taken into account in the same way.