Russian Ambassador Antonov boarded a plane to the United States

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Ambassador Russia in Washington Anatoly Antonov arrived at Sheremetyevo's main airport on the morning of June 20 and boarded a plane that would soon fly to the United States.

An agreement between the two countries to resume the work of ambassadors was reached during a summit in Geneva on June 16 between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden. Russia's foreign ministry later said the head of the diplomatic mission Antonov would spend the next working week in Washington.

US Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan has announced that he will return to work soon.

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Media: 20,000 people will be admitted to the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics

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was not accepted by more than 20,000 people. This number includes VIP guests and their companions. Kyodo claims this.

The Summer Olympic Games were to take place in late July – early August last year. However, due to the pandemic, the competition was postponed for a year. The Olympics will begin on July 23 and end on August 8.

In March, it was decided to hold the Olympics without foreign fans. Locals will be admitted to the stalls. However, he must follow several rules. Always wear masks first. And secondly, don't shout or cheer on the stadium. If the epidemiological situation worsens, there will be a competition with empty stalls.

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Lukashenko said he was “fed” by anti-coronavirus antibodies

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Alexander Lukashenko explained why cannot be vaccinated. It controls the level of antibodies. And when the indicators fall, the Belarusian president goes to the “red zones” of hospitals and is “fed” with antibodies.

Lukashenko told about it during his visit to the 2nd Children's Children's Hospital in Minsk. He also asked the staff of the medical facility if they checked the antibody titer and what indicators.

The head of Belarus added that he did not see the need to introduce compulsory vaccination against COVID-19 in the country. At least while the situation in the country remains relatively stable. However, he is ready to consider this option if the number of cases starts to increase sharply.

Lukashenko announced that he had a coronavirus in July last year. In addition, he believes that he suffered from the disease almost without symptoms. And the doctors told him he was sick. Since then, the head of Belarus has refused to vaccinate.

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Putin's veto on false law in the media was hidden for three days

Obviously, it won't spoil the grand finale of the Duma's work.

President Putin has vetoed a “fake” law passed by both chambers, which allows journalists and the media to be fully responsible for referring to a fake report from another media outlet. This is the second veto of the head of state for all 5 years of the State Duma of this convocation.

State Duma meeting. Source: website of the State Duma of the Russian Federation

As you know, Vladimir Putin rarely uses his constitutional right to block the entry into force of a law passed by parliament. If the “yamb” is revealed from the Kremlin's point of view after the State Duma voted “for”, the document is usually wrapped by the Federation Council, but this is not a very common case. This assembly holds a presidential veto for the second time in five years: in December 2016, under pressure from public parent organizations, a law was passed to create a unified student registration system.

The law, which the head of state now categorically disliked, was a law that changed unexpectedly and radically as it went through various stages of reflection. When it was introduced last summer, signed by United Russia Sergei Boyarsky and Yevgeny Revenko, he only suggested clarifying the rules on age marking in the media law and it looked quite harmless – the media themselves were interested in clarifying these rules. But in the second reading, which took place on May 18, 2021, an amendment signed by the same authors on a completely different topic appeared in the text. The regulations of the State Duma in fact prohibit a change in the concept of the law after its adoption at first reading, but unfortunately this is happening.

What is the essence of the matter? Now, Article 57 of the Media Act exempts an editorial office, editor-in-chief or journalist from administrative or even criminal liability for disseminating false information if an insidious fake “literally reproduces news and materials or fragments thereof distributed by other store media, including online publications.” “He referred to information from another medium – it is a different medium and should be punished if the information turns out to be a lie.

So Mr Boyarsky's and Revenko's amendments, supported by the Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications, by a majority of MEPs and senators, proposed punishing journalists or the editorial board for bogus ones, citing a source that was properly cited (not sleep), if not possible find and prosecute the media editor-in-chief who generated the false information. It is impossible to punish the lie of the one who invented it – they will punish the one who believed this lie and spread it. By the way, the fines for spreading false information are very serious. For editors, they will reach several million rubles …

When the bill was discussed by the State Duma in the second decisive reading, the spokesman, Mr. Boyarsky, did not even briefly tell his colleagues about the substance of the changes made to the document: “ready for second reading, three amendments were made, supported.” votes of the United Russia faction. Neither the government representative nor the president in the State Duma had any comments …

All decisions on the presidential veto usually attract the attention of the general public and are announced immediately upon adoption. But here's a different story. The decision, according to information in the electronic database of the Duma's legislative work, was made by Mr Putin on 15 June. On the same day, a letter signed by the head of state arrived at the State Duma and sent to the relevant committee on 16 June. The State Duma worked on the 16th and 17th, but no one said a word about the sentence – apparently so as not to spoil the solemn finals of the convocation with such a clear indication of marriage.

As the text of the letter itself has not yet been published, it is not yet possible to find out with certainty exactly what the President did not agree with. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who answered questions from journalists, said briefly on June 18 that the law had been sent for revision because Vladimir Putin “had questions to relieve the media of responsibility.”

What will be next? The law returned to the State Duma. The Constitution leaves several possibilities. First, parliament may try to overcome the president's veto – it requires that the constitutional majority of both chambers be prepared to insist. Secondly, a conciliation commission can be set up to finalize the law, taking into account the President's remarks, and after the changes have been made, the law has been adopted again – a possibility suggested by Mr Peskov. By the way, in December 2016, according to a previously rejected law, such a commission was created, but no compromise could be reached and the law was simply removed from consideration.

As it may be, it will now be necessary to address the issue following the Eighth Convening State Duma elections, said Alexander Khinshtein (“ER”), head of the Duma's Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications. He believes there is a problem with the media's responsibility for quoting, and the idea of ​​the law should be completed: “When someone reprints a piece from a” black “site, it can be nothing more than a blackie campaign and the responsibility for that should be.”

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The West boycotted the exhibition of Belarusian weapons MILEX-2021

Arms companies from Russia, China and Turkey to come to Minsk

The International Exhibition of Arms and Military Equipment “MILEX-2021” will take place on the tenth anniversary in Minsk from 23 to 26 June 2021. However, compared to last year, this time many Western countries refused to participate in the defense exhibition in Minsk.

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MILEX is the largest international arms salon. The exhibition is held every two years. The aim is to present the products of Belarus' defense industry in the field of high technologies and to demonstrate the potential of military enterprises. The organizers of the exhibition are the State Military-Industrial Committee and the Ministry of Defense of Belarus. The exhibition program also includes an international scientific conference.

In 2019, MILEX was visited by 59 official delegations from 35 countries. Hundreds of companies from many countries presented their products. In 2021, however, the extent of overseas representation decreased significantly. This was due to a new package of Western sanctions imposed on Belarus after the 2019 presidential election by a massive opposition rally.

The situation with sanctions worsened after an Irish airline plane made an emergency landing in Minsk and two of its passengers, Roman Protasevich and Sofia Sapega, were detained. Western countries have imposed restrictions on the flights of their aircraft in Belarusian airspace and have also banned Belarusian airlines from flying to Europe. Sanctions also affected the defense exhibition in Minsk.

In 2019, companies from Brazil, Germany, Italy, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and other countries arrived at MILEX in Minsk. In 2021, most of these companies decided not to participate in the Belarusian exhibition.

Only companies from Russia, China, Turkey, Iraq and Uzbekistan announced their participation in MILEX-2021.

Rosoboronexport again announced a wide participation in the MILEX-2021 fair and the company's course for military-technical cooperation with Belarus. Alexander Mikheev, CEO of Rosoboronexport, said that it was proposed to implement joint projects for the production of military equipment and expand the areas of interaction.

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Sohu: Russian planes over Baltic Sea turn NATO planes into “laughter”

The Chinese pointed to the unpleasant consequences of the incident in the sky

Russian aviation did not allow the planes of several NATO countries to approach their Tu-160 bombers during their flight over the Baltic Sea, which exposes the Western Alliance on “; laughter, “analysts write for the Chinese edition of Sohu. The aircraft of the Armed Forces of the RF flew in the international airspace in accordance with all standards, was accompanied by aircraft Su-35S and Su-27.

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However, NATO decided to hold back. “Italy, Denmark and Sweden have taken their fighters into the air and tried to detain Russian bombers,” the report said. The F-16, Saab 39 and famous F-35 fighters took off into the air. However, pilots of other Russian Air Force aircraft accompanying the bombers drove off NATO aircraft and prevented them from approaching.

Chinese experts add that Russian Tu-160 bombers, even unaccompanied, are a big problem for the West. They are equipped with powerful engines and the aircraft can reach high speeds, so the F-35 fighters remain.

There were no further incidents during the flight and Russian aviation returned to base.

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The blonde girl presented a test drive of the anti-aircraft complex TOR-M2

A drone storm won't let go of a sparrow

I was allowed to drive the latest modification of the Tor-M2U anti-aircraft missile system – under the control of an experienced officer, of course. And learn the secrets of training anti-aircraft gunners.

Domestic air defense systems have always been considered some of the best in the world. And the latest modification of “Thor” is direct evidence of this. The MK correspondent managed to inspect the training of anti-aircraft gunners from the inside and talk to them.

Correspondent “MK” in front of the anti-aircraft missile system.

Thor is a Thunderer

If you enter only “Thor” into your browser's search box, then “Thor the Thunderer” will be the first to offer you. In Scandinavian mythology, he is the chief protector of all gods and people from evil. The most powerful giants and wild monsters can't resist Thor.

Of course, this is not about a tactical anti-aircraft missile system (SAM). Although there is no denying that the names of our military equipment hide the answers to many questions.

So the same thing – what is a “drone storm” and why was it nicknamed like that?

Tor-M2 is a representative of a new generation of short-range air defense systems. Designed to cover important administrative, economic and military facilities against attacks by missiles, remote-controlled aircraft, air bombs, aircraft and helicopters. Including those made using stealth technology. This means “invisible” with a low radar signature. The “Tor” system itself simultaneously controls the designated airspace and independently captures all air targets that the “friend or foe” system did not recognize.

MC Help: “They differ in increased efficiency repelling massive air raids of modern air attack weapons in conditions of fire and electronic countermeasures. The anti-aircraft missile system can operate both in manual mode, with the participation of operators, and in fully automatic mode, which simultaneously monitors up to 24 air targets, “- states in the materials of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

Tor-M2 is the only air defense system in the world that is able to fire on the fly. This will allow you to cover the transferred units from air strikes.

In order to get to know this technique better, I was allowed to visit the training ground of the Kantemirovskaya tank division near Moscow, where tactical and special exercises with Tor complexes were planned. According to the scenario, the combat crews were to march as part of a mechanized pole to the designated area. During the march, the soldiers had to work out measures to repel the sabotage groups of the conditioned enemy and repel the air strike during the raids.

– No. The devices recognize even the smallest object.

– The system recognizes that it is a bird. This technology is smart.

– Of course not. The decision is made by the person. Inside is a trained calculation. They control everything. They see the target, then – they capture, accompany and only press a button on command.

– Driver mechanic, crew leader and operator.

– Four combat vehicles of the “Tor” system and in front is the command post of the battery. There, as you probably already understand from the name, is the battery commander, who controls everything.

The lieutenant colonel said that both conscripts and professional soldiers were on duty. During military service, young people are constantly trained. Many conscripts are so dependent that they continue to serve – already on the basis of a contract.

– There are enough people who want to sign a contract, – shared it Zakri Khazhbikarovich.

– I think attention. To do this, we have regular courses that are held.

– Convenient. And there's plenty of room to shake, “the policeman assured me. – You can see that later.

The lieutenant colonel also said that hours like today are held daily. Every day, one of the batteries develops the necessary skills. Repairmen – not involved – are busy with something else. Fire, tactical and special training. No one is sitting idle. Great attention is also paid to the physical education of fighters. Daily training is mandatory, including hand-to-hand combat.

Military equipment appeared on the hill. Behind him, the “Thors” column passed through the designated area and stopped right next to us. The repairmen dismounted. Then there was the battle. As planned, the battery was to repel the attack of a sabotage group armed with machine guns.

“You're lying on the ground shooting from behind a hill,” one of the officers gave the order to a pseudo-saboteur dressed in civilian clothes.

The roar of automatic missiles shook the air briefly. time. The battle ended, the enemies were destroyed.

One target – one rocket

– Will you go inside? – the lieutenant asked me and pointed to the equipment.

– Of course, – I agreed without hesitation.

My “Thor” (let me call it that for a moment) went first, just behind the battery commander's combat vehicle. It was really quite spacious, as Lieutenant Colonel Lyanov had promised. And even though I was the fourth person and there were only three in the carriage, there was enough space for everyone. The unevenness of the road was almost not felt. The soft ride added many advantages to “Thor” compared to my favorite tanks. The policeman also said that Thor is deservedly called the most efficient complex in the world. If it was previously guaranteed that two bullets would hit the target, now “one target – one bullet”.

“Get behind the wheel,” suggested the deputy commander of the battery, Lieutenant David Khachaturian.

How could such an offer be rejected? Without hesitation, I immediately boarded the driver's seat.

A short on-the-spot briefing on safety, a question of my driving experience – and you're off!

Of the obvious advantages, at least for myself, I noticed that there were only two pedals: “accelerator” and “brake”. This significantly minimized the risk of embarrassment and it was not even possible to get in the way. David explained how and where to print. Theoretically, it sounded difficult at all – no more complicated than a regular car.

– Don't worry. It develops off-road with low speed – 30 kilometers per hour. And so, of course, he accelerates to 70, – the lieutenant encouraged me.

In fact, the speed of the turtle for a normal car in “Thor” seems to have been perceived differently. I can't say it was scary, but I had no desire to “turn on the gas.” Of course, the policeman carefully monitored all my actions and corrected them in time. So not a single Thor was injured during the experiment.

– What happens if the battery loses its command post? – I'm interested in the unit commander standing nearby, Lieutenant Denis Fleganov. – Can the battery handle the task on its own?

– It can. It will then be taken over by the Deputy Commander, who is in the first vehicle. Gives instructions to others through radio communication. Even if one vehicle remains, the complex will still be able to perform its tasks.

– Ammunition of the complex includes 16 9M338K missiles.

– Water. If the level is higher than the track. This technique cannot swim. But the enemy fire lasts: the armor is strong enough.

– Don't come to practice, – the officer laughed …

The Tor anti-aircraft missile system underwent a successful baptism of fire in Syria and covered the Russian base Khmeimim. On his behalf – dozens of shot down drones launched by gunmen towards the base. None of them broke through.

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Sohu: Russia prepared an unpleasant “surprise” for NATO before the meeting of Biden and Putin

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Russian Air Force organized According to Chinese analysts on the Sohu website, an unpleasant surprise for NATO before the summit attended by Vladimir Putin and Joseph Biden, which took place on 16 June in Geneva. We are talking about the departure of Russian Tu-160 bombers, accompanied by two Su-27 fighters and two Su-35 fighters. Then NATO aircraft, which were lifted into the air, could not even approach them.

The flight of Russian planes over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea lasted 8 hours. “Several European countries have started to panic,” the Chinese write. They note that everything happened at the most unpleasant moment for Western countries. After all, NATO officials themselves regularly provoked Russia by providing flights along its borders, but then found themselves in a situation where they themselves encountered an approaching squadron.

“The maneuvers of Russian planes have become a signal for the USA and its allies. Russia took the opportunity to show its opponents that it is not worth trying to have a dialogue with it from a position of power, “Sohu observers write.

Earlier, Chinese analysts noted that the action led to NATO aircraft being subjected to “ridicule” as a result of clumsy actions.

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Senator Kovitidi reacted to a joke by Ukraine about the flooding of Crimea

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Statement by Ukrainian NSDC leader Alexei Danilov on The floods in Crimea are linked to the crisis in a number of areas in the state, said Olga Kovitidi, a member of the Federation Council of the Crimean Republic, for “speaking in Moscow.” Recall that earlier Danilov said that after heavy rains, the Crimeans do not know what to do with the water, which they lacked so much.

The crisis in Ukraine has affected the spheres of the economy, Internet communications and confessional relations. “In my opinion, the crisis processes have reached their highest point in politics and, as a result, statements by politicians who have accepted statements that are unacceptable in a civilized society,” the senator said.

Let us recall that in Crimea, Yalta, Kerch and several other settlements were flooded due to torrential rains. There is also one victim. The army of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation was sent to work on reconstruction after the flood.

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“They live in another world”: Chubais demanded “system change” after Putin's speech

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Philosopher and Sociologist Igor In his blog on “ Echo of Moscow“, Chubais wrote a post commenting on Vladimir Putin's speech at the United Russia Congress. It turned out that Chubais's comment was like a manifesto. “ I was convinced again & ndash; these people live in another world, “the politician emphasized.

Chubais named several issues that the Russian president did not mention. Firstly, about poverty and the “exhaustion of the system”. In Russia, 80 million people live below the poverty line. & laquo; Prices of food and everything important & ndash; grow, salaries and pensions & ndash; “Do not change,” says Chubais.

Second, there is still “ transcendental & # 39; & # 39 ;. corruption in Russia. There is a huge difference in income between the rich and the poor in the country. The Russian Federation has about 4 million “ forgotten“ homeless people, tens of millions of people receiving salaries of $ 150.

“We need to change the system,” Chubais added.

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