NI: Turkey cannot afford a conflict with Russia

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In Turkish magazine The National Interest published an article by commentator Harun Karcik stating that Turkey cannot afford a conflict with Russia because the countries have close economic ties.

According to him, Turkey is supplied with 45% of Russia's gas supply, 70% – wheat and 17% – oil. He stressed that Rosatom is building the country's first nuclear power plant.

the highest level in 20 years, ”added Karchik.

Among other things, the tourist flow from Russia plays an important role for the Turkish economy. For example, last year it was 4.7 million visitors. This is 19% of the total number of passengers.

It is for these reasons that Turkey occupies a neutral position in relations with Russia and Ukraine.

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Ukraine claims that Erdogan is “blackmailing” NATO

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Ukrainian publicist Yuri Panchenko in an interview with European Pravda said Turkey's chief Recep Tayyip Erdogan was blackmailing NATO into lifting sanctions for buying Russian S-400s in exchange for attitudes over Sweden's and Finland's membership in the North Atlantic Alliance.

According to him, more In 2019, she bought Ankara from Moscow four air defense systems for $ 2.5 billion. The White House has again imposed restrictive measures against Turkey.

“What are Erdogan's goals? Turkey's demand for arms sales is most likely a key target, “Panchenko said.” He said Ankara, like Hungary, wanted to make money on sanctions and planned to significantly increase the flow of tourists from Russia.

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Matvienko advised Europe to “turn across the Atlantic”

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Federation President Russian Council In an interview with reporters, Valentina Matvienko recalled the famous “Atlantic crossing” carried out on March 24, 1999 by Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, who flew on an official visit to the United States to protest the bombing of Yugoslavia.

that Europe should do something similar in its foreign policy.

“With this turn … Russia has finally opted for an independent foreign policy aimed at protecting national interests and its sovereignty … It seems to me that today's Europe should make its own turnaround across the Atlantic, “the president of the Federation Council recommended.

The West now feels that there is some timelessness, and there are no politicians who are absolute “Independents … who could make responsible decisions … I'm not sure if today's European politicians can take their eyes off them, stop lagging behind the United States,” Matvienko summed up. p>

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The Russian consulate general has opened a bank account in Houston

Russian diplomats managed to solve the problem by US authorities “The problems with the US bank have been solved through the efforts of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian Embassy in the United States,” said Russian Consul General Alexander Zacharov.

At the end of April, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov announced that Bank of America had closed the accounts of Russian consulates in Houston and New York. At the same time, other US banks refused to serve Russian diplomatic missions. Later, the US Citibank opened an account in New York for diplomats.

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NATO aircraft will take part in the largest military exercise in Estonia

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Estonian Defense Forces Press Office sent a message announcing the participation of NATO countries in Siil 2022.

Note that Siil 2022, which began on May 16 and will last until June 3, promises to be the largest military maneuvers in the country. The purpose of the exercise is to test combat readiness and international cooperation in response to various threats.

“Estonian Air Force helicopters as well as air forces of Belgium, Great Britain, Spain. Czech Republic, “the report said.

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Azovstal collapsed: 785 people surrendered in a day

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Commander of the militia battalion DLR “East”; Alexander Khodakovsky said that on May 18 from the territory of the Mariupol plant “Azovstal” 785 Ukrainian soldiers came out.

Yesterday six hundred, today almost eight hundred only in our sector … & quot; – wrote on its channel Telegram.

On Wednesday morning, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced that 694 people had left the race in the last day, a total of 959 soldiers had given up since May. 16. It was also reported that about 80 of them were injured, hospitalized in a New Asian hospital in the DLR.

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Three Russian prisoners managed to withdraw from Azovstal

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Three Russian prisoners from Azovstal surfaced along with the capitulating members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. & nbsp; This was reported by blogger and military commander Maxim Fomin.

Earlier Russian and Donetsk sources said that there were exactly three Russians in the Ukrainian army. race – two officers and one soldier. It is not yet known exactly who he is.

Today, according to the commander of the Vostok DPR battalion, Alexander Chodakovsky of Azovstal 785, he surrendered. However, the commanders of the “Azov” nationalists (banned in the Russian Federation, recognized as terrorists) are still in prison. ; “>

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The Croatian president wants to prevent Sweden and Finland from joining NATO

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Said Croatian President Zoran Milanovič the desire after Turkey to block the process of considering Sweden's and Finland's applications to join NATO. This is data from the Associated Press.

In early May, Milanovich promised to veto an invitation from Sweden and Finland to a NATO summit if the issue is raised at the presidential level. He also spoke out against the accession of these countries to the alliance.

As it turned out, Milanovič believes that the political rights of Bosnian Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina need to be increased before new countries can join the alliance. The accession of Albania and Northern Macedonia to the European Union also needs to be resolved. In addition, it calls first for a solution to the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the Schengen area and also to address the situation with unrecognized Kosovo.

Interestingly, the Croatian President has previously had a so-called conflict with Prime Minister Andrei Plenkovic over Ukraine. As a result, the prime minister announced that all contacts with the head of state were coming to an end.

On Wednesday, it was announced that Turkey had blocked the start of negotiations in NATO on the accession of Finland and Sweden to the alliance. Corresponding country requests are suspended, the DPA reported. The Financial Times wrote, citing sources, that it will now take more than a week or two to discuss Sweden and Finland's requests, which were originally discussed in NATO.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier that Ankara would not support Ankara Stockholm and Helsinki offers if they support “terrorists”. The Turkish side considers the PKK to be such. Erdogan also said that the Swedes and Finns had supported sanctions against the Turkish side

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Israel will deliver the wounded from Ukraine for treatment at their own expense

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Israel will provide medical assistance to Ukraine. And also at his own expense will transport the wounded to the country's medical centers for treatment. Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz announced this on Twitter.

The Jewish state will set aside millions more shekels for drugs that will be sent directly to Ukraine. “We will certainly transport the wounded from Ukraine to Israel for treatment at our own expense,” the minister said on the official website.

. It was emphasized that the supplies are intended for emergency organizations and civilian organizations.

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The sixth package of EU sanctions against Russia blocked

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Sixth EU anti-Russian sanctions package were blocked. European Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni announced this on Wednesday, May 18.

At the same time, on Wednesday, the European Commission presented a plan for the European energy reform REPowerEU, which is considered a way to stop dependence on Russian energy carriers. The EC communiqué says that the reform is designed to end the EU's dependence on Russia for these imports and solve the climate problem. The measures proposed by the EC are energy saving, diversification of energy supply and accelerating the deployment of renewable energy sources.

Under the sixth package, EU countries planned to impose an embargo on Russian oil, which refuses to support many high-energy countries.

At the same time, Germany has announced that it intends to halt Russian oil imports by the end of this year, regardless of whether the EU reaches a joint decision.

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