Putin warned Biden of Ukraine's actions to dismantle the Minsk agreements

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As stated by the press service During the Kremlin, during talks with US leader Joe Biden, Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated that the Ukrainian authorities have recently made efforts to abolish the Minsk agreements altogether.

“ President of Russia & nbsp; He illustrated the destructive line of Kiev with concrete examples aimed at completely eliminating the Minsk agreements and the agreements reached in the Norman format, the report said.

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The Kremlin reaffirms Putin's demand that Biden rule out NATO enlargement

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The Press Service The Kremlin has given details of talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden. Specifically, during a video conference, the Russian leader told Biden that Moscow had a serious interest in obtaining reliable guarantees, & nbsp; without NATO enlargement to the east.

Overall, the Kremlin assessed the conduct as sincere and matter-of-fact. Moscow noted that Biden had warned of allegedly “ threatening & # 39; & # 39; character of the movement of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border. In addition, Biden outlined the sanctions that the United States and its allies will be prepared to apply in the event of an escalation at the Russia-Ukraine border.

In response, Putin gave concrete examples of devastating Kiev. line aimed at the complete abolition of the Minsk agreements. Putin also expressed serious concern over Kiev's provocative actions against the Donbas. At the same time, the Russian leader asked Biden not to transfer responsibility to Russia, because NATO is making dangerous attempts to conquer Ukraine.

In addition, Putin proposed lifting all the accumulated restrictions on the functioning of diplomatic missions in order to normalize other aspects of relations.

The Parties agree to instruct their representatives to enter into factual consultations on sensitive issues.

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Sanctions on the Russian Federation's national debt have been excluded from the US defense budget

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US lawmakers remove budget defense from agreed proposal sanctions on the national debt of the Russian Federation.

According to the published text of the bill, there is no clause prohibiting US citizens from incurring government debt obligations in the Russian Federation.

Earlier, lawmakers removed the sanctions clause against Nord Stream 2.

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Minsk has imposed a food embargo on the United States, Canada and European countries

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In Belarusian law The Internet portal has published a list of countries in which the Republic plans to impose a food embargo. The list includes the countries of the European Union, Canada and the United States of America, as well as Albania, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Norway, Northern Macedonia, Montenegro and the Swiss Confederation.

Goods that are prohibited from being imported into Belarus include live pigs, certain types of meat and meat products, as well as salt, milk, fruit, confectionery, etc.

the main provisions of the decree will take effect during the first half of 2022.

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US authorities have begun studying the evacuation of Americans from Ukraine

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The Biden administration is considering options possible evacuation of US citizens from Ukraine in the event of a Russian invasion/

According to CNN, with reference to more resources, emergency planning is led by the Pentagon.

On the eve of US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland at a briefing of senators, during which she spoke about a package of harsh sanctions developed in response to a potential Russian attack on Ukraine. At the same time, she noted that the United States' ability to suppress the invasion is “rather limited.” Planning only concerns situations where security deteriorates.

However, sources state that the very fact of such planning speaks to how seriously the administration takes a possible intrusion.

The Pentagon is currently planning a number of different evacuation scenarios, from a small evacuation of underage US government personnel to a larger evacuation involving a wider circle of American citizens.

The Department of State will be responsible for making the final decision on whether an evacuation operation is necessary.

It is not clear how many American civilians are currently in Ukraine.

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The expert named the reasons for the Russian-Indian military friendship

“Indians need our technology, we need a reliable partner”

The Ministers of Defense of Russia and India & mdash; Sergei Shoigu and Rajnath Singh met in New Delhi on December 6. According to the Indian minister, “a number of agreements, treaties and protocols on small arms and military cooperation have been signed on Twitter”. He also noted that “India appreciates Russia's strong support.”

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About why India is interested in developing military-technical cooperation with Russia and why it is an important partner for Russia like India, MK. said Russian military analyst, director of the Moscow Center for Strategy and Technology Analysis, a member of the public council of the Russian Ministry of Defense Ruslan Pukhov.

& mdash; The Indians themselves have colossal ambitions, the expert believes. & ndash; & nbsp; They are absolutely sure that India & ndash; the second most important country in the world after the USA. They even have self-determination, which translates as follows: “ the largest democracy in the world and the second most important country after the United States. & # 39; & # 39; India pursues a relatively aggressive foreign policy, which must be supported by strong forces. Given that their armed forces are large and their own defense-industrial complex, to put it mildly, average, they need a range of technologies that, until recently, only our country could provide. & Nbsp; In particular, nuclear-powered submarines, sophisticated missile technology that has given India a large number of supersonic heavy missiles “ BrahMos & # 39; & # 39; (“ Brahmaputra-Moscow & # 39; & # 39;). We help India build their own air defense systems, now they buy anti-aircraft missile systems from us & nbsp; S-400.

& mdash; We need it because & nbsp; India & ndash; growing countries, large, actively participating in various kinds of international organizations, forums, conferences. It is certainly better for us to have India as a friend than as an enemy. And then & nbsp; Indians pay decent money. Although it is true that dealing with them is always very difficult. India & ndash; our old Soviet-era arms market. Unlike China, which was opened only in 1989. We have long-standing historical ties with India and, of course, we pretend to keep this market behind. True, a number of other players are now pushing us hard. Especially French military companies. Americans and Israelis have become very active. So we are facing tough competition in this market, practically a struggle, which is why, from this point of view, the forthcoming visit of the Russian President to India, as well as the meetings of the military ministers, is very important & nbsp; for us.

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The US Embassy comments on time limits for Russian diplomats

Photo: pixabay.com Russian diplomats should ensure the same staff rotation and create more parity for work. It was announced at the US embassy.

The press secretary of the diplomatic mission Jason Rebholz commented on the situation with the work of the Russian and American embassies and a possible new reduction in the number of diplomats. Rebholz noted that more than a year ago, the United States informed the Russian Federation that Russian diplomats would not be able to work in the states for more than three years.

“The American approach creates more parity in the work of our diplomatic missions by ensuring that staff rotate on the same frequency. This will help facilitate the gradual resumption of our diplomatic missions, which is essential for establishing more stable and predictable relations with Russia, “he said.

He emphasized that what was happening was not the expulsion of diplomats. Russia can replace employees who need to leave because they have been working for more than three years.

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“Russia will become the second Chernobyl”: The Americans threatened Putin over Ukraine

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Washington Post readers are actively commenting on material released hours before talks between Russian and US presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden to discuss the situation around Ukraine. . Some Americans accuse Moscow of trying to revive the USSR and threaten, among other things, military consequences. Others point out that the US and NATO have not kept their promises not to move towards Russia's borders.

The publication notes that during the negotiations, Putin may present an ultimatum to Biden: “ Provide guarantees that NATO will never include Ukraine in & nbsp; and otherwise Russia could launch an offensive against it in the near future. . & # 39; & # 39; At the same time, information has already leaked to the media that Washington is preparing unprecedented sanctions against Moscow in the event of aggression against Ukraine, including the disconnection of Russia from the world. financial system.

In the comments, the Americans write that Putin intends to submit to Biden the demands that cannot be met. Russia will therefore launch a scenario in which Ukraine first attacks the separatist forces and then Russian troops enter the case, claiming the right to self-defense.

A user nicknamed Americanalltheway believes that Putin has no right to decide who accepts NATO membership. He also called on us not to allow the revival of the USSR, which the Russian president is said to be & nbsp; Did we not promise Russia 20 years ago that NATO would not expand eastward? Didn't we break that promise? They promised and “broke”, says another participant in the discussion.

Philebuster believes that Biden should answer Putin as follows: “Look, Vlad, you stole Crimea. At least one Russian will enter Ukraine and & nbsp; Russia will become the second Chernobyl. I have it? “If the United States were like Russia, it would not want to live surrounded by hostile countries,” another interviewer said, adding that tensions would ease if Russia received effective guarantees in this regard.

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Former “House-2” participant on Donbas service: “Nazis mocked for fun”

How a reality show participant came to the fore

In Russia, December 5 is celebrated as Volunteers' Day. What drives volunteers? A question to which there is perhaps no clear answer. For some, “saving” is a state of mind, for some, helping others is an ideology of life. They are not always understood, some even condemn them and look for a catch in every act. Others admire and cite them as examples. But one way or another, these people are among us. The MK correspondent spoke with Nataly Khim, a former participant in the “Dom-2” show, the call sign “Wolf Mother”, who came to Donbass as a volunteer in 2014 and spent three years in the militia.

Photo: From my personal archive < p style = "text-align: center;"> “ I got into an argument on Dom-2″

This slim blonde could be more of a model or an actress – without too much flattery, I will say that her appearance allows it. But she chose a different path for herself. Looking ahead, I note that during our conversation, the question was “How could this girl end up in a war?” with a sense of pride that, despite all the political, economic and social difficulties, there are people ready to help those who need it.

– It was a long time ago, in 2007. In general, I went there to bet. Before the war, I sang a little and starred in movies. My friends and I celebrated on February 23, and then I heard a phone call on my cell phone inviting me to come to the project. The friends heard it and started, “Yes, you're weak, you're not going …” Well, I went on principle. It so happened that other participants voted for me and I stayed. Just a few days later, my family found out where I was. There, as soon as you sign the contract, your phone is immediately removed. But I didn't want to stay there long, so I didn't have a relationship with anyone, but just constant conflicts. At that time, I still had the image of a child: shaved bald head, grinders … Of course, the producer did not like my position, and because of that we also had scandals. Four months later, the heat level hadn't risen anywhere and I decided I had had enough. The project has been completed. Speaking of volunteering, before Donbas, I joined the Liza Alert search team and I remain there to this day. I try to help the animals whenever possible.

– Let's start by knowing before Donbas what war is. At the end of the second Chechen campaign, I arrived in Grozny with humanitarian aid. Therefore, I had a clear idea that there is no resort. No illusions.

My youth passed in a so-called informal environment: skinheads, football fans … At that time we were very close friends with the Shakhtar fan club.

Shakhtar is a Ukrainian professional football club from Donetsk, which plays the Ukrainian Premier League. Winner of the UEFA Cup, thirteen-time champion of Ukraine, thirteen-time winner of the Ukrainian Cup, nine-time winner of the Ukrainian Super Cup, four-time winner of the USSR Cup.

Even before the tragedy in Odessa on May 2, 2014, the guys from the “support” (fans supporting the team. – Auth. ) began to agitate me to side with Ukraine. At first, I didn't quite understand where they were calling me. There were a few vague phrases: “Come on, let's go there.”

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I will not hide the fact that at first the idea of ​​Maidan itself was as close to me as it was to many others. But no one expected how it would turn out. People were “divorcing,” pushing for painful, lively topics that made everyone very tired: unbridled corruption, nothing can be done without money, but there is no money … And then Odessa happened when people were burned alive. It just didn't fit in my head. In our crowd, opinions split and then it became clear who, where and on whose side.

And so I come to Donetsk, but it turns out that my “barkers” are already in Kiev. I remember we called, I said, “I mean, are you in Kiev? You are residents of Donetsk. What did you forget there? “And they said to me,” Live. Come to us, too. Let's go to Azov to serve together. “

I didn't believe my ears. “What” Azov “?! – I shout on the phone.” You will kill your own people, you will set fire to your own houses? “

– They became zombies, heard nothing and no one.

Of course, I was very offended then. I left everything in Moscow, came, I think, nowhere, and how to continue – it is not clear. “Mine” – everyone in Ukraine, more precisely those I considered “mine”. By the way, they also wrote to me later: like, we'll meet on the battlefield, they sent all sorts of threats … To make you understand, I was only 25 years old at the time.

Fortunately, in addition to those “comrades”, I had other acquaintances in Donetsk. In general, I loved this city very much before the war and I often went there. For myself, I have clearly decided to stay here in the militia. I simply could not return and live in peace in Moscow, knowing that people, children, were being killed here. Grandmother comes out with a cross on the tank and the tank crushes her … It was impossible to remain indifferent. You know, if I didn't stay there, it wouldn't be me.

– Of course, it's scary. For yourself, for those who stayed in the Donbas, for those who left the side of Ukraine … This is a very strange feeling: you knew people, you even befriended someone. Now, if you meet and the situation forces you to do so, you will kill him. Simply because otherwise he will kill you.

– I found the end of 2014 in Lugansk. First I went to LPR, I wanted to get into service with Alexei Mozgovoy or Alexander Bednov. But unfortunately I did not have time to get to know them personally, I went to Donetsk. Then they were gone. And I just nailed to the militia and I stayed.

S Polynkov Photo: From the personal archive

– Well, of course, at first they were different jokes, not without it. But I didn't hear any vulgarities from anyone and no one bothered. Fortunately for me the first year, no one knew that I was a participant in the Dom-2 project, otherwise I can't imagine how many jokes I would hear about myself. Probably this show was not so popular in Ukraine and people didn't know me. Or maybe I've changed so much. I don't know.

– In 2015, I was invited to a live broadcast and someone there met me and wrote that I was in “House 2”. But at that time, all colleagues took it more or less normally.

The Nazis made fun of the prisoners

– Lots of people. Igor Strelkov, Givi, Motorola. Mamai and I were very friendly.

Oleg Mamiev, call sign “Mamai”, a participant in the war in Donbas, lieutenant colonel of the DLR Armed Forces, commander of the international Pyatnaška brigade, one of the founders of the Donbas Volunteer Union, died on 17 May 2018.

Together we came up with a birthday present for Sasha Zacharchenko: we wanted to give a black wolf. But Oleg did not live to see this moment, and we presented the gift together with the boys from Pyatnashka. The wolf cub was named Faithful Alan Mountain Winds.

Mamai and I also dreamed of moving the bombed Dokuchaev Zoo to Donetsk and a new, large one where they could stand so that the animals could move freely. Zacharchenko supported us in this idea. But they didn't have time.

– Oh, listen, whatever you have to do. It so happened that the money was not a penny. For some time I worked in Igor Ivanovich Strelkov's warehouse with humanitarian aid. By the way, he is the only person who has gathered huge supplies of humanitarian supplies for animals to various domestic and small shelters. I was offended because of the animals and just asked him to send at least some food to the “4 Paws” shelter, where we took the injured animals. And Igor Ivanovich sent a few tons and began to do it continuously. What was there for the animals! Thanks to this, not only advertised shelters were provided by feeding, such as Pif, where money and food from abroad were always sent, but also ordinary, domestic and private shelters. They were in need more than anyone else, but no one cared.

It's not just people who suffer from war. We ourselves brought seriously injured animals to the shelters from the front line, and the girls took care of them. There were no days off: you were on the front line, then in the warehouse.

We lived in a locality and in closets of all incomprehensible, when the financial situation was a little better, in a hotel … We moved constantly. There was nothing like that – that's all. The longest place I've lived was the Central Hotel.

– Of course not. They made a discount and that's fine. We paid 900 rubles a month for water and electricity.

– Everyone has different ways. I personally rented an apartment in Moscow. We always helped each other. The money will come to my apartment – I'll buy something for the guys. Then if they don't do well, they will help. Yes, we actually had everything in common. There is no other way to survive the war.

– Good. That's really very good. Except when the people were sold to the Ukrainians and handed us over. For example, we carry water, bread, medicine, the locals see it, and after a while we come under fire. Once a school bus with children almost came under such shelling. Fortunately, we managed to deploy it. In Novolasp (Telman District – “MK” )) It was. First the machine gunners fired at us, then the snipers started working. Upon arrival, they already understood who was shooting what. Two hundred meters to the car. I had to crawl over rocks, over broken glass. There was a girl with us, the driver's wife, she thought: she was walking in a dress and heels. At the beginning of the trip, I told her, “Why did I dress like that? You're setting us up. How can I get you out then ?! “It was hard for her to crawl at all. As we drove through the houses, we saw a bus with children. The driver seemed to be asleep and did not see them bombing. I had to block the car. I fly to the bus and shout at the driver … In general, they turned the bus around. Fortunately, nothing happened to anyone.

– A lot. There were even prisoners who said they were glad they came to us. I remember catching a 17-year-old boy, so he generally said he came to us on purpose. He was afraid to openly side with the Donbas because he understood that inadequate Nazis were serving around him and would kill him if he found out.

– Often. Both ours and Ukrainians. The side of the plate that concerned the prisoners. Sometimes they just mocked for fun. When I think about it, I keep crouching. It seems that time has passed and I myself somehow try to abstract from the memories, but I still can't fully return to a peaceful life. Gone is the habit of listening to every noise. And in front of any fireworks, firecrackers – you are immediately looking for where they are flying from.

Donbass Volunteer Badge Photo: From personal archive

– Enough. Let me tell you, there were women who were braver than some men.

– The girls are mostly local. Guys – 50 to 50. The girls were really appreciated, protected as best they could.

– Well, how can we be without it? Yet people live. I married in the war myself. Our wedding was the second most discussed after Motorola's wedding. The whole internet buzzed …

Arsen Pavlov, the call sign of “Motorola”, is a participant in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, commander of the anti-tank special unit “Sparta” DLR. He died on October 16, 2016.

In general, we thought there would be some provocation at the wedding – more precisely, we were even warned that it was possible. But the blessing took place in silence. Then in 2016 I gave birth to a child in Donetsk and went to Moscow with my daughter. And my husband still serves in Donbas.

“There is always propaganda that Russia is the enemy”

– I came to fight because I needed to , and not because of a soldier or anything, so I stayed in the “unofficial.” Someone checked out.

– It's gotten worse. More violence. See for yourself (Ukrainian. – Auth. ) children. They didn't figure it out themselves – that is, someone put such thoughts and words in their heads. It is constantly rumored that Russia is the enemy and all their troubles are because of the Russians.

– I do not think. The most important ones remained. Why should they leave, leave their homes and run? Do you know how to understand that a person born in Donbas is Russian? He didn't run. I'm not saying that everyone should follow suit. But personally, I'm proud of these people. They live for the good of their country, so that their children can live there, without war, without Maidans …

– Let me tell you straight: everyone already understands that this is the most commercial war. And why Mozgovoy was killed. And why didn't Sasha Zacharchenko happen. Now it seems to me that the 2014 scenario is playing out in Donbass. And it will not be possible to stop without Russia's help. Many are now dissatisfied with Putin, but I personally believe that he is not to blame, but his surroundings. And he needs to clean this environment. In my opinion, war is a kind of vicious circle that can be broken not by forced reconciliation, but by non-standards. Because the standards now used to unify countries no longer work. Pay attention to Armenia and Azerbaijan. No matter how much they have done, armed conflicts are still going on.

As far as Ukraine is concerned, it seems to me that once its financial support from the West has stopped, the war will end.

Wedding photo: From the personal archive < p>– I went to Moscow in 2016, after the birth of my child, – I had to make documents and so some issues were resolved. It took more time than I originally thought. And when everything was settled, I realized there was no point in going back to Donbas. year 2017. What was I supposed to do there? At first I still went there often and then less and less.

But it was hard to get rid of the habit. And now it happens, he will find it. Do you think, “Why is that? Mine is all there and I'm here. “She's just holding a baby. If it weren't for my daughters, she'd be long gone. Especially when I see what's going on now.

– I've been thinking about that, too. a situation where volunteers come to the rescue and not those who should come to work or work, but for those who are waiting for help, where it came from is not so important. to instill in children the care of those in need. Otherwise, society is doomed.

There was a pause after my question. It doesn't help because of something, but simply because it can't help it.

“I don't even know what to say,” Natasha was the first to break the silence. And it doesn't matter who or where you help: you take humanitarian aid to the front line, you brought a bag to your grandmother or you didn't leave a dog hit by a car m die on the street. Above all, you help.

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The West can impose sanctions on Russia and limit currency exchange

The possibility of imposing sanctions against the largest EU Russians and The US is considering banks and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF). According to Bloomberg, this will happen if Russia “attacks” Ukraine.

This release was announced by a source familiar with the discussion of this issue. According to him, restrictions on the conversion of rubles into US dollars and other foreign currencies, including euros and pounds sterling, are being considered.

The West has also begun thinking about restricting investors' ability to buy Russian debt securities on the secondary market.

As Bloomberg noted, the most radical option would be for Russia to deny access to the SWIFT financial payment system. But in the West, they understand that it would harm ordinary citizens of the Russian Federation. European and American officials have so far decided to take advantage of Russia's ability to convert the ruble into currency.

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