Stoltenberg announced a NATO agreement on a full package of military assistance to Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Photo: Wikipedia.org.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the Spanish newspaper El País that the Alliance's Madrid summit, scheduled for June 29-30, would be decisive, transformative and historic.

According to him, an increase in the number of troops will be agreed, readiness to react quickly with more equipment.

“And we will agree on a full package of assistance to Ukraine.” , “Stoltenberg emphasized.

The NATO chief also noted that the conflict taking place in Ukraine is likely to end at the negotiating table. The Alliance intends to ensure the strongest possible position for Ukraine to remain a “reconciled and independent European nation”.

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There was a “technical scandal” at the BRICS summit with Putin: they communicated gestures

Narendry Modi's greatest happiness

The leaders of the BRICS countries, who met at a live summit, had communication problems. Only the presidents of Russia, China and Brazil were able to speak without interference. The South African leader lost the image and the Indian prime minister lost the sound. Everyone, including Vladimir Putin, had to temporarily switch to sign language. In real life, however, the BRICS have no problems: all participants have assured that cooperation is deepening and the authority of the “five” on the world stage is constantly growing.

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Unlike other international associations, whose members have been meeting face to face for a long time, BRICS remains quarantined. Only the presidents of South Africa and Brazil travel actively around the world. Whereas the leaders of China, Russia and India prefer to stay at home and go abroad only rarely. Vladimir Putin attended the BRICS summit from the Zavidovo residence, where Alexander Lukashenko has been visiting since Thursday. Given that the communication between the two leaders, as Dmitry Peskov explained to reporters, is informal, it was not difficult for Putin to interrupt and contact the members of the “five” at the appointed time.

The event was opened as a host by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Chinese usually prepare very carefully for such meetings – they think about the cultural program, compile special menus and produce various souvenirs. But now they obviously don't have it: the country is in permanent lock – when the inhabitants of some cities can briefly breathe fresh air, others are closed between four walls. Not surprisingly, in his speech, Xi Jinping spoke again of the pandemic, as well as other traditional topics for Beijing – especially the building of a multipolar world and the danger of unilateral sanctions. The Chinese chief called on the BRICS partners to abandon the Cold War mentality and the confrontation between the blocs. “A large family of 'communities of common destiny for humanity' will thus overtake a small group of hegemons,” Xi explained Xi's historical mission of 'five', although in the current situation his wishes, frankly, look utopian. : Russia does not intend to give up the confrontation with NATO, nor does it hide it.

When the camera showed all the participants in the summit, it turned out that they still could not do without souvenirs. The Chinese sent each president a cup using the famous “tsinghua” technique (where white porcelain is painted blue. – “MK” ). The four leaders had a gift lying idle on the table. And in front of everyone, only Vladimir Putin sipped from a painted glass, who a few years ago became addicted to green tea. The Russian president was the fourth to speak, and by then it was clear that there were major communication problems at the online summit. Translators were almost non-existent. And the image of South African President Cyril Ramaphos regularly disappeared from the screen. Vladimir Putin said that the authority of the BRICS on the world stage is constantly growing – this is due to the economic, political and human potential of the participating countries. According to him, the transnational nature of the challenges and threats requires joint responses. Well, with the help of financial mechanisms, Western countries are transmitting their own mistakes in macroeconomic policy to the world. “We are convinced that now, more than ever, the leadership of the BRICS countries is required to create a unifying course for building a multipolar system of international relations,” said GDP, adding that such an agenda would find the support of many countries. in Asia, Africa and Latin America. It is worth noting that the day before, the Russian leader was more specific and explained how useful the BRICS is for Russia in the face of sanctioning pressure. China and India are increasing Russian oil purchases. Negotiations are underway to open Indian chains and deliveries of Chinese cars. Russian IT technologies are in demand in India and South Africa, while space satellites are in demand in Brazil. On the agenda is the issue of creating an international reserve currency based on a basket of the currencies of five countries. In general, the prospects outlined by the Russian leader are really good, but the reality is not very good yet. Exports of goods from friendly countries are not growing, but declining. As for oil, purchases have risen due to the big rebate that Chinese and Indian companies are negotiating for themselves, taking advantage of the situation.

The last speaker at the summit was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Judging by his face, he spoke with inspiration and enthusiasm, but unfortunately no one heard him. Other presidents tried to draw the attention of their colleagues to the problem with the microphone: Vladimir Putin pointed to a button on the table, Ramaphosa shook the headphones, Bolsonaro made a “stop” sign with both hands. (One Xi continued to smile at the screen as if nothing had happened.) But it didn't bring a quick effect. Modi spoke for about 2 minutes, until the broadcasters finally managed to tell the Indian side in English that “other leaders do not hear the prime minister.” When the merger was resolved, Modi also emerged worried about the pandemic, but hoped that the BRICS 'cooperation would contribute to a global recovery.

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The Armed Forces of Ukraine stored ammunition in the basement of a high-rise residential building in Gorski

Armed forces of Ukraine in the basement of a multi-storey residential building in the city of Gorsky stored ammunition and deployed personnel. The Lugano Information Center (LIC) informed about it, referring to the official & nbsp; representative & nbsp; of the People's Militia LPR Ivan Filiponenko.

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Media: Germany is now arming Ukraine only in statements by German politicians

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During the Russian special operation in Ukraine, the word šolcov appeared in the speech of the inhabitants of the country – to give empty promises, writes the Czech portal iDNES.сz. According to not only Ukrainians, but even Germans themselves, Chancellor Olaf Scholz and other German politicians have spoken out loud about helping Ukraine with weapons so many times that there was a feeling of their utter inability to keep their promise, the German media writes. .

After Berlin published a list of arms supplies to Ukraine, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung criticized the German government's actions: “On paper, the federal government is one of the main suppliers of arms to Kiev. But on closer inspection, it is clear that no country has ever had a bigger gap between complaints and deliveries. “

And according to the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, from March 30 to May 26, the German government actually reduced aid to Ukraine to a minimum. In response to Scholz's statement that Germany is “one of Ukraine's main aides” and providing its weapons in large volumes, the publication published an article on the actual volumes of German supplies. It turned out that instead of the promised heavy weapons, Germany sent spare parts for machine guns, fuses, hand grenades and mines. In addition, according to the list of weapons delivered published by the German government, Germany has not transferred any of the previously promised Marder armored personnel carriers.

As iDNES.cz writes, “in times of tweets and information that live for an hour at most, empty words sometimes cost more than deeds, and Berlin understands this very well.” Iris missile systems, which, as it turned out, are not yet available to the Bundeswehr.

At the end of April, Germany announced the delivery of Cheetah self-propelled guns to Ukraine, but they were never sent due to the need to coordinate their exports with the Swiss authorities. And on May 17, Scholz said that self-propelled guns “need to be prepared first.” Now, according to expert calculations, if they are nevertheless sent, the combat vehicles will not reach the front line until July, which may be too late.

that Germany, the world's fifth arms exporter, has problems with supplies to Ukraine. As of March, the German government has not been able to approve the transfer of the hundreds of Marder armored personnel carriers already in stock, which are in stock and ready for shipment.

As they write on iDNES. The SS portal, German Deputy Defense Minister Simti Moller, was accused of lying when she stated that the armored personnel carriers were not sent due to agreements between NATO countries on not transporting Western-type heavy weapons to Ukraine. Later, the words of the German Minister of Defense raised reasonable doubts that the country had nothing left to send to Ukraine.

As a result, German experts note that the arms supply situation looks strange and evokes the most outrageous ideas: ” And what if we don't give Ukraine anything to really help it with? ”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

Lisichansk is located 75 kilometers northwest of Lugansk on the right bank of the North Donetsk. The area of ​​the city is 76 square kilometers. & Nbsp;

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

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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.

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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.

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