Russia successfully uses Kinzhal missiles in a special operation

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According to the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force of Russia, Lieutenant General Sergei Dronov, aircraft armed with hypersonic missiles “Dagger” successfully perform combat tasks during a special operation on the territory of Ukraine.

In an interview with Krasnaya Zvezda, Dronov said that the MiG-31I regiment with missiles of this type became part of long-range aviation in 2021. At the moment, these aircraft are successfully used in the course of a special military operation, he added.

Russian troops control the Kherson region and the Azov part of the Zaporozhye region, large cities such as Kherson, Melitopol and Berdjansk are occupied. A new administration is already operating in these regions, the broadcasting of Russian TV channels and radio stations has been established, and trade and transport links with Crimea are being restored.

9-A-7660 Kinzhal is a Russian hypersonic air-to-air missile system. Hypersonic missiles of the 9-S-7760 complex are capable of hitting both stationary objects and surface ships: aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and frigates.

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In the United States, they proposed to “decolonize” Russia in the interests of world security

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Russia needs to be “decolonized” with the aim is to remove “a threat to the security of the world”, believes American publicist Casey Michel.

The reason for such a statement was the statement of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Russia, unlike Western countries, has never had colonies abroad.

Michel himself stated that Russia colonized adjacent territories, while European countries expanded their colonies overseas.

The publicist believes that the Russian Empire conquered a large number of different nationalities “from the Caucasus to the Crimea, from Arctic to Amur, from the Volga to the Pacific Ocean” and called on Russian citizens to study their country's colonial past.

Michel believes that Russia's threat to global stability and security will continue until its “decolonization “. The publicist is sure that confidence is beginning to form in the West in the need for “decolonization” of Russia.

Previously, the spokesman of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, said that many countries are currently exceeding the limits of reason in their anti-Russian impulse.

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The United States has declared its commitment to START-3 and limiting nuclear escalation

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President Biden Administration is committed to implementing the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (START-3), said Vedant Patel, deputy spokesman for the State Department.

At a press briefing, Patel commented on the withdrawal of Russian facilities from START inspection activities, as well as a corresponding statement the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergei Ryabkov, previously stated that Moscow made this decision after receiving a notification from Washington about the intention to conduct an inspection on the territory of the Russian Federation in the coming days. The Russian Foreign Ministry saw the announcement as a direct provocation.

“The United States is committed to complying with START,” Patel said, adding that parties to the treaty should now work to reduce the risk of weapons. race or new nuclear escalation even more actively than during the Cold War.

START-3 is a bilateral agreement between Russia and the United States to further reduce each other's deployed arsenals of strategic nuclear weapons. The agreement stipulated a reduction of deployed nuclear warheads for each side to 1550 units, intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine ballistic missiles and heavy bombers to 700 units.

The agreement was signed by Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama on April 8, 2010 in Prague and entered into force on February 5, 2011, replacing the START I treaty, which expired in December 2009, and the Strategic Offensive Limitation Treaty of May 24, 2002. The treaty was designed for 10 years, with the possibility of extension by mutual agreement of the parties for 5 years . On January 27, 2021, the State Duma and the Federation Council ratified an agreement between Russia and the United States to extend START until February 5, 2026. On January 29, President Putin signed the START extension law, and on February 3, the agreement entered into force.

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Turkey begins issuing long-term residence permits to Crimean Tatars

Turkey began to extradite Crimean Tatars for a long time – term view of residence. This order was issued by Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu, writes Anadolu Agency.

From the beginning of August, the migration service of the Turkish Ministry of the Interior began to grant long-term residence permits to Crimean Tatars. They are thus recognized with the status of “compatriots with Turkish roots”.

Previously, as the agency recalled, this status included Ahis Turks, Uighurs and ethnic Turks from Bulgaria and Greece. Since 2002, 101,995 Ahi Turks and 6,787 Uighurs have acquired Turkish citizenship. Now the Crimean Tatars will not have to fulfill this long-term condition.

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Sweden has extradited a Turkish citizen for the first time since the agreement with Ankara

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The Swedish authorities agreed on the extradition of a Turkish citizen. This is the first time since Ankara demanded the extradition of some people by Stockholm in exchange for Sweden's agreement to join NATO.

This is a man who was sentenced to 14 years in prison in Turkey on the charges. of bank card fraud in 2013 and 2016, Swedish Justice Minister Morgan Johansson told Reuters.

At the same time, a man detained in Sweden last year said he was unjustly convicted in Turkey for converting to Christianity , and also refused military service and has Kurdish roots. It is not yet known whether this person was included in the list of persons whose extradition Turkey requested.

On May 18, Sweden and Finland submitted a request to the NATO Secretary General to join the bloc. However, Turkey has blocked the start of the process of assessing these applications. Ankara was particularly unhappy that the two Scandinavian countries allegedly harbored members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), banned in Turkey.

However, on June 29, Ankara, Helsinki and Stockholm signed a security memorandum, taking into account all the concerns of the Turkish authorities . As part of the deal, Turkey has provided a list of people it is seeking extradition. Ankara therefore withdrew its objections to the entry of both Scandinavian countries into NATO.

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In the United States, they declared that the Russians had no right to “settle down in the free world”

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Former Ambassador of the United States in the Russian Federation Michael McFaul said on the social network that the Russians do not have the right to “freeze in the free world.”

According to the American diplomat, this is a privilege these days. At the same time, the former US ambassador called for the encouragement of citizens of the Russian Federation who want to leave the country and “try to fight for freedom and human rights in Russia from abroad.”

The day before, former US ambassador to the Russian Federation Michael McFaul suggested the introduction of a special tax for Russians who want to enter Western countries. The funds obtained from these special taxes or fees should then be transferred to the Fund for the Reconstruction of Ukraine, the diplomat noted.

Earlier it was revealed that the European Union is discussing a new package of anti-Russian restrictive measures, including a ban on granting Schengen visas to citizens Russia. Such an initiative was taken by the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi.

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The UN Secretary General called for the creation of a security perimeter around the Zaporizhia NPP

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres appealed to the parties to the conflict in Ukraine to create a security perimeter around the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant and to refuse to select its objects as targets for destruction. He also pointed out that any damage to Zaporozhye or any other nuclear power plant in Ukraine could lead to catastrophic consequences.

“I call on the armed forces of the Russian Federation and Ukraine to immediately stop any hostile actions in Ukraine. the immediate vicinity of the nuclear power plant and not to use its facilities and surroundings as targets,” Guterres said in a statement on Thursday, calling for the withdrawal of all military personnel and equipment from the nuclear power plant and not to use them in any part of the nuclear power plant. military operation.

In his speech, the UN Secretary General also emphasized the need to urgently reach an agreement “on a secure demilitarization perimeter to ensure the security of the area.”

At the same time, the document notes that “instead of de-escalation in recent days there have been reports of new rebels who are deeply concerned about the incidents”, which, as António Guterres warns, could lead to disaster.

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Estonia has specified which Russians with Schengen visas will be allowed to enter

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu said that the previously announced ban on entering the country for Russians on Schengen visas will not affect employees of diplomatic missions in Estonia and their families, as well as those involved in international freight and passenger transport. In addition, the new rules do not apply to Russians who have the right to free movement under EU law and those whose arrival is necessary for humanitarian reasons.

Also Russians whose close relatives have Estonian citizenship or permanent residence. visa will be able to come to Estonia to stay in Estonia.

Reinsalu said that visas issued by Estonia to Russians will be valid, but entry into the country is prohibited.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry denied Switzerland the right to represent the interests of Ukraine

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Switzerland cannot represent interests Ukraine in Russia for joining the sanctions, thereby losing the status of a neutral state. This was said by the Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ivan Nechaev.

He specified that Switzerland has long been interested in the opinion of the Russian Federation on the possible representation of Kyiv's interests. However, Moscow's response was very clear.

The day before, on August 10, it was reported that Ukraine had asked Switzerland to represent its diplomatic interests in Russia. This is because there are currently no diplomatic relations between Moscow and Kyiv. As noted by the representative of the Swiss Foreign Ministry, Pierre Alain Elchinger, the country's authorities are ready for this if Moscow agrees.

Elchinger recalled that his country had previously offered mediation services to both sides, including announcing its readiness to host negotiations and meetings. In addition, it was proposed to provide various possible negotiations, including professional support.

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The US urged Zelensky to acknowledge the crimes committed by the Ukrainian armed forces following the Amnesty International report

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy should react differently to the report of the international human rights organization Amnesty International and admit mistakes on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). Politico reports.

“A mature response to such criticism would be to take the findings seriously and work to improve military practices and protect civilians, rather not shoot the messenger   ; , – The publication says.

Notes that the right decision on the part of the Ukrainian leader would be to admit that Ukraine's armed forces are capable of making mistakes.

Notes to Politico that the international human rights organization's report is uncomfortable for both Kyiv and the West. However, the information provided here does not mean that it is inaccurate or incorrect.

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