Merkel acknowledged her disagreements with Putin 20 years ago


German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she realized in 2001 that she had serious disagreements with Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to her, this happened during his speech in German in the Bundestag in September of that year, when he spoke about the traditions of bilateral relations, about the contribution of Germans to the development of the Russian economy and culture and about ensuring global

In an interview with the Suddeutsche Zeitung that, first, for Putin, the collapse of the USSR was a “sad event,” while the Germans welcomed the end of the Cold War. The chancellor added that in those years she “could not even imagine that he would annex Crimea” and that on the border of Europe, in eastern Ukraine, “such military clashes will end.” Germany in the world and growing China. In this regard, she called on Berlin to “build our relationship strategically and intelligently.”


An enemy of the Taliban in disgrace deported from Russia

“I spent the night in the” monkey bar “

There are coincidences: a delegation of the Taliban terrorist organization banned in Russia will come to Russia for a business visit, a meeting, if not friendly, then in no way In the case of a hostile reception and the enemy of this organization, student Rafiulla Rohani, is embarrassedly deported from Russia, or is it not a coincidence and an as yet unrecognized pattern? “text-align: center;”>

Deported 21-year-old student of the Cuban Technical University Rafiulla Rohani. Photo: [email protected]_rohani

​​Let's try to understand these complexities and solve the problem. So because: Rafiulla Rohani, 21, a citizen of Afghanistan, a student of the Cuban State Technological University (Krasnodar). However, the key fact of his biography – in terms of the problem – seems to be different.

Rafiullah Rohani is a member of an influential Afghan family whose leaders held key government positions for a previous regime overthrown by the Taliban. His father was the governor of Helmand province and an adviser to the president of Afghanistan, his uncle, General Haybatullah Alizai, was the chief of staff. On October 15, Rohani arrived at Domodedovo Airport in Iran, where his family is now, with the intention of going to the place of study. But he was detained at the border crossing.

“Rohani Rafiulla was questioned harshly and brutally by representatives of Russia's special civilian services,” said Daria Mitina, a publicist and politician, representative of the State Duma of the 2nd convocation (1995-1999) on her telegram channel. – They asked what he forgot in this country, – the paper from the university that he was a student did not impress him. They picked up the phone, demanded passwords from all social networks and accounts, opened correspondence with his uncle, who was now also forced to leave the country – they are after him, he was one of the main opponents of the Taliban. Rohani spent the night in the “monkey bar” without food and water, sleeping on the floor. I was deported in the morning. “

Fortunately, he was not deported to Afghanistan. But that would also be technically impossible: there is now no direct flight between Russia and this country. Rohani was deployed on a regular flight to Doha, the capital of Qatar. In Doha, however, according to the head of the Center for the Study of Afghan Politics, Andrei Serenko, Taliban officials tried to capture the young man: they met with him and tried to put pressure on him and offered to “surrender voluntarily”. “Which, of course, Rohani refused. And eventually returned to Tehran.

According to Serenko, the decision to deport Rafiullah Rohani was lobbied by the Taliban – through Russian officials, some of whom reportedly maintain not only business but also personal relations with the current lords of Afghanistan. The Taliban need a student hostage – to put pressure on his family and especially on his uncle's general, whom the expert calls “the enemy of Taliban number 1.”

It is clear that there is no direct evidence for this hypothesis. But unfortunately, there is also not enough material to refute “speculation”. First, the very fact of deportation is evident. And second, the growing ties between the Taliban and official Moscow. Not everyone, you see, a foreign organization allowed in Russia visits our region so often and feels as confident here as this one is banned. Why are there foreigners! Few Russian organizations find such hospitality in the corridors of power.

By the way, there is no information on the Russian Foreign Ministry's website banning the Taliban. The latest text on the State Department's website mentioning the Taliban – the announcement of the next Moscow-format meeting of consultations on Afghanistan, which was actually attended by the bearded guests of the capital – is as follows: “

And there is some indication that Roskomnadzor did not fine this internet resource for” disseminating information about a public association or other organization on the published list of organizations in respect of which the court has finally ruled on liquidation or prohibition. “

Realpolitik has its own logic, which does not coincide with the logic of general humanity. Relations between Moscow and the Taliban are apparently in that tender candy age, when everything is shaky and uncertain, when everything can collapse. It is not yet possible to talk openly about feelings, but gifts need to be made.

But there are certainly too many gifts in the form of giving new partners to be torn apart by their political opponents.

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Ukraine has explained why Kiev is afraid of the “return” of Crimea

Photos from a video from the Nash TV channel

Former Minister of Transport and Communications of Ukraine Yevhen Chervonenko said in a broadcast on the television channel “NASH” that the current authorities of the country do not want to “return” Crimea and Donbas. The politician believes that those in power are simply afraid that people in these territories will not vote for them.

According to the ex-official, former President Petro Poroshenko had the same attitude. The current head of state. Volodymyr Zelensky only declares that Crimea is “Ukrainian”. However, it does not take real steps to restore the territory. The politician is outraged that he is trying to talk to ordinary people in uncontrolled territories from a position of power.

Chervonenko believes that if the people of the Russian Peninsula, unrecognized DLR and LLR participated in the Ukrainian elections, it could support the opposition platform – for life. ”


The situation of the Czech president has improved

Miloš Zeman's photos: From the video

iROZHLAS portal .cz informs about the improvement of the hospitalized president of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman. A spokesman for the military hospital said the president was recovering thanks to comprehensive treatment.

The hospitalization of 77-year-old Zeman came to light on October 10. It is specified that the Czech president is undergoing planned treatment in a hospital, but ended up in the intensive care unit. He forbade doctors to publish their diagnosis.

The President of the Czech Senate, Miloš Vystrchil, said on Monday that Zeman could not fulfill his presidential duties due to health reasons. Former Czech President Vaclav Klaus visited the head of state on Thursday.


The United States has begun controls on Biden's withdrawal from Afghanistan

Photos: Photos from the video

Several US departments will investigate the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan by the Biden administration. The Wall Street Journal reported.

According to the daily, inspectors from the Pentagon and the State Department, the US Agency for International Development and the Department of Health and Human Services will conduct inspections. John Sopko, US Special Inspector General for the Reconstruction of Afghanistan, will take part in the investigation.

April, US President Joe Biden announced the end of the military operation in Afghanistan. The length of the military operation has become the longest in American history – US troops have been present in Afghanistan since October 2001.


Washington wants to negotiate the use of Pakistan's airspace


The White House Coming soon may agree with Pakistan to use the country's airspace for military operations in Afghanistan. CNN informs about it.

The Pakistani government insists on an agreement with the United States that commits the Joe Biden administration to support Islamabad in the fight against terrorism in exchange for access to airspace.

It needs to be clarified that the US military is already using Pakistan's airspace, but risks losing access to it. The US leadership will therefore try to ensure that it is possible to use Pakistan's airspace.


Rocket launches from the DPRK were considered a secondary problem of the Korean Peninsula

Pyongyang is not alone in provoking arms races in the region

North Korea has once again become a cause for concern for world powers. Pyongyang confirmed that a ballistic missile was fired from the DPRK's territorial waters on October 19. The authorities of neighboring South Korea and Japan were the first to respond to the tests. Gradually, Western countries began to share their reaction. However, according to an expert contacted by the Ministry of Culture, regular missile tests did not bring anything fundamentally new to the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Moreover, they are not the only destabilizing factor.

Photo: AP

On Wednesday, October 20, the German Foreign Ministry condemned the tests conducted by Pyongyang. Previous statements have been made by Japan, South Korea, the United States, France and many others. Seoul noted that the South Korean side had a planned telephone conversation with Pyongyang shortly before the start, but the North Korean authorities did not warn about their plans.

According to the DPRK, the country's leader Kim Jong-un was not present at the tests. On the one hand, it speaks to the routine nature of the event: the North Korean leader will appear in person for the frontier military tests. On the other hand, the absence of the head of state could be due to the nature of the launch: Kim, as you know, cares carefully for his own safety, but a submarine on the high seas, even armed with ballistic missiles, is an extremely vulnerable object.

The response to the provocative actions of the DPRK, as considered in the West, has already followed from the UN. However, as Konstantin Asmolov, a leading researcher at the Center for Korean Studies of the Institute of Far East Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, noted in an interview with MK, the current situation is not very different from similar incidents observed in the past. In addition, the expert stressed, North Korea's actions do not address issues for its neighbors in the south.

– The fact is that the DPRK is at the forefront of any step, although South Korea is behaving similarly, it is also conducting tests, etc. – Asmolov reminded. – But everyone is talking about Pyongyang as if he intended to launch the Death Star (a fantastic weapon from the Star Wars movie saga, capable of destroying planets. – MK). At the same time, it is excluded that the South Korean military budget is several times larger than the North Korean, that Seoul launched a ballistic missile this autumn – also from a submarine – launched a guided missile, announced plans to build its own analogy of the Iron Dome (Israeli missile defense system). defense, considered one of the most effective in the world. – 'MK'). Such things affect regional arms races as well.

The analyst also notes that South Korea is also not warning its neighbors of all these steps. It is therefore not worth waiting for the situation to turn around. “The North Korean problem is now seen in the context of the US-China confrontation. It must be understood that when the Northerners launched a hypersonic glider, at the request of France and Estonia, the UN Security Council met in extraordinary session, but ended without a statement. the reaction may be a bit sharper because it was a ballistic missile from a submarine – it is not clear what range should be considered, while Pyongyang launches short-range missiles, it is seen as fulfilling promises made by Kim Jong-un to former US President Donald Trump “In particular, not to fire intercontinental ballistic missiles and not to conduct nuclear tests. It was an informal promise, it is not legally formalized,” the expert reminded.


Britain is ready to use military financiers against Russia


The United Kingdom has created special units of the Ministry of Defense, which are made up of financiers and former employees of the City. These experts plan to use against Russia, China and Iran. The Financial Times writes about it.

The publication indicates that the work of special forces is classified. But journalists have learned that this should help wage an “economic war.” In addition, it is the responsibility of the fighters of the financial front to protect the country from the threat of terrorism, cyber attacks and the targeted spread of disinformation.

The publication states that the unit has already been used to combat the activities of the terrorist group Islamic State (banned in the Russian Federation) in Iraq and Syria. Journalists have learned that the unit is now consolidating. At least that's evidenced by the demand for specialists who understand the international financial flows in the British Armed Forces. According to the sources of the publication, the tasks of the unit could hypothetically include interfering in the financial operations and interests of the Russian PMC “Wagner” as well as combating groups of ransomware hackers.


Tymoshenko called the termination of Russian gas imports a fraud


Party Leader ” Batkivshchyna “Yulia Tymoshenko accused the Ukrainian authorities of deceiving the population. In her view, Kiev is not telling the truth when it announces the cessation of Russian gas imports. She reminded that there is no “European gas”. And she asked those who claim to supply fuel from Europe to say exactly where they are made there.

Tymoshenko stressed that the stories of refusing to buy Russian gas are only an element of propaganda. Those who came to power in 2014 simply “tangled up a fictitious trumpet.” In addition, they paid for the work of a European mediator.

The former Prime Minister of Ukraine expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that no investigation into gas purchases from Europe had taken place after Vladimir Zelensky came to power. began under his predecessor Petr Poroshenko p>

In addition, Tymoshenko said that due to Naftogaz now in Ukraine there is no fuel. It will have to be bought at a high price.

Since November 2015, Kiev has not bought Russian gas directly. Instead, the so-called virtual reverse from Europe was used. He assumed that Ukraine formally buys gas from European companies, but in fact takes some of the transit fuel that goes from Russia to Europe. From October 1, 2021, Kiev lost this possibility due to the termination of the transit of Russian natural gas to Hungary through Ukrainian territory.


The United States has sent new military aid to Ukraine


Ukraine received from United States third batch of weapons. The Ministry of Defense of the country informs about it.

Weapons transferred to the Ukrainian side include ammunition, anti-tank and precision weapons for the needs of military units.

Earlier, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andriy Taran stressed in a comment on US military aid to the country that US weapons help increase the combat capabilities of the Ukrainian army.