Zelensky and Burbock have expressed hope for an early summit in Normandy

Vladimir Zelensky. Photos from the website of the President of Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock discussed in Kiev about the security situation in Ukraine, Nord Stream 2 and Ukraine's European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

After the meeting, the Ukrainian leader expressed hope that the next summit will soon be organized in Normandy format.

Burbock promised Zelensky that if Russia uses Nord Stream 2 as a weapon, then strict measures will be taken.

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Grushko called Russia's proposals on security guarantees a warning

Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko. Photo: Wikipedia.org. In an interview with Kommersant, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said that Russia was not threatening anyone, but was warning. According to him, NATO knows what Russia's military-technical reaction could be.

“Our position is perfectly understandable and predictable,” Grushko emphasized, adding that Russia was now waiting for an honest response.

< According to him, the decision to continue consultations with the US and NATO will be made after Moscow receives written answers to its proposals from its Western partners and examines them.

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HB: The EU and the US are no longer considering disconnecting Russia from SWIFT

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The EU and the US no longer consider the disconnection of Russian banks from the SWIFT international payment system to be a sanction. Instead, targeted economic sanctions are being developed against Russian banks, Handelsblatt said, citing sources. This report has caused a noticeable strengthening of the ruble.

As stated in the publication, the idea of ​​disconnecting Russian banks from the payment service provider Swift, and thus in fact from global financial flows, is no EU and the US is no longer considering. Government officials have said that targeted economic sanctions are being prepared against Russia's largest banks instead. Russia to Ukraine. & Nbsp;

According to sources during the consultations, the parties concluded that Russia's complete disconnection from the Swift system could lead to destabilization of financial markets in the short term and contribute to the creation of an alternative payment infrastructure in the medium term. Western countries will no longer dominate. & nbsp; & nbsp;

Following the publication of this report, the ruble has significantly strengthened its trading on the Moscow Stock Exchange. So if the dollar had previously sold for 76.74 rubles, now the US currency has fallen to 76 rubles. And the euro fell from 87.59 rubles to 86.21 rubles.

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The Guardian: Nazarbayev furiously shares his property with Tokajev

The strongest riots since Kazakhstan in early January since the outbreak of independence, the first President of the Republic Nursultan Nazarbayev is silent. 225 people died, but the leader of the nation, who personified him for many years, simply disappeared.

Some sources in the British edition of The Guardian stated that he was hiding somewhere on the shores of Lake Geneva. Others claim that he flew to Dubai, others that he is probably dead.

But most likely he is still in Kazakhstan.

“According to my latest information, Nazarbayev is engaged in furious talks with Kassy-Jomart Tokyev on the redistribution of assets, businesses and bank accounts,” a Western government official in Kazakhstan said in a good contact.

intending to deprive his former benefactor and members of his family of power.

“The power struggle continues. There is no guarantee that everything will end peacefully, “said the Western leader.””Negotiations are ongoing, but it is clear that the era of Nazarbayev is over,” Jertysbayev said. He accused “the reactionary and conservative forces of the Nazarbayev clan of recent violence.” In particular, the statue of Nazarbayev on a pedestal has not been restored, and street signs with his name have disappeared from the streets of Almaty.

The local elite is in a hurry to declare their commitment to Tokajev. He hopes that the purges in the government will end with Nazarbayev's family members and those close to him.

“Tokyev is a healthy person and knows how important the image of the country is. He will act smoothly and carefully. “He will not shoot from a machine gun, he will accurately shoot unwanted people from a sniper rifle,” said the source of the publication.

it will revive the cult of personality, or just keep quiet.

See also: 4 versions of the fate of Nursultan Nazarbayev are named.

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Almost half of the municipal councilors will be on the street by 2028

Photo: pixabay.com for 2023-2028 one third of municipal employees and almost half of the deputies may be out of work.

This was announced by Deputy Minister of Justice Loginov in the Federation Council. According to him, 293,000 municipal employees worked part-time or full-time in 2020.

“they will lose their jobs with us,” said Loginov.

employees of subordinate municipal institutions.

“In this respect, up to 45% may be on the street,” said the Deputy Minister of Justice. We are talking about amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, tabled by Senator Andrei Klisas and MP Pavel. Krasheninnikov.

They submitted to the State Duma a bill that changes the general principles of local government organization.

On the website of the Federation Council Klishas explained that for the benefit of citizens, the work of different levels of government as a whole and updating its model.

By 19 January, the relevant committee is studying the bill. The lower house of parliament will then consider the document at first reading.

At the end of December 2021, Andrey Klishas, ​​chairman of the Federation Council's Constitutional Legislature Committee, said the law on the responsibility of government representatives for torture would considered by the Assembly by mid-2022.

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The Kremlin spoke of the deployment of missiles in Cuba and Venezuela

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Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov answered reporters to the question of whether it is possible to deploy Russian troops and missiles in Cuba and Venezuela in response to the West's refusal to extend NATO to Russia's borders.

“Certainly, in context own security, “Peskov said.

A Kremlin spokesman stressed that the United States has 18 different scenarios and Moscow is considering different scenarios, but so far it is impossible to talk about any specific scenarios.

Also The head of the presidential press service asked that the sovereignty of Latin American countries not be forgotten.

Peskov added that Estonia's request for the deployment of additional NATO forces on its territory proved the legitimacy of Russia's concerns.

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Oligarch Ablyazov spoke about a plan to change power in Kazakhstan


Fugitive Kazakh banker Mukhtar Ablyazov he said he had drawn up a plan to change power in Kazakhstan. He announced that he intended to become prime minister and that he had already turned to Western countries for help.

“We have drawn up a plan, we will achieve a change of regime. I will fly and head the caretaker government of Kazakhstan for six months. The election will then be called, & nbsp; said.

Ablyazov noted that if his party wins & nbsp; he will become prime minister and the president's office will be abolished. He also said that he had personally turned to French President Emmanuel Macron for support. it will be a colder pot than in Afghanistan, “the oligarch added.” According to him, Ablyazov wants to return to Kazakhstan soon. Recall that in this country he was sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment in 2004 for the murder of his business partner Jerzhan Tatishev.

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Tokyev released Nazarbayev's nephew Samat Abish

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President Kasym- Yokart Tokayev removed another relative of the republic's former president, Nursultan Nazarbayev. He released his nephew, the first deputy head of the National Security Committee (CBN), Lieutenant General Samat Abish.

This was announced on the president's official website. The reasons for the decision were not specified.

KNB chief Karim Massimov lost his position on 6 January. A little later, sources reported that Abish was arrested, but the information was not confirmed. Tokajev fired two other deputies of the KNB chief on January 9. He and Maksimov were detained on charges of treason. Former Deputy Energy Minister Zhumabay Karagayev and others involved in the unjustified increase in liquefied gas prices were recently detained. The measure provoked mass protests in the republic.

Nazarbayev's son-in-law Timur Kulibayev resigned on January 17 of his own accord. A few days earlier, Dimash Dosanov, Chairman of the Board of KazTransOil JSC, and Kairat Sharipbaev, Chairman of the Board of Directors of QazaqGaz National Company JSC, resigned. They are also Nazarayev's son-in-law.

See also: Nazarbayev visited his home village on January 2-3, flying over Kyrgyzstan to the UAE.

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Fourteen Il-76 peacekeepers returned from Kazakhstan

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The Russian Defense Press Service announced that that all 14 flights scheduled for January 17 with Russian peacekeepers from the CSTO forces arrived in Russia from Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan's “Chkalovsky” airport says the report.

It is stated that the army is now unloading equipment and other weapons and then going to permanent deployment sites.

Among other things, further flights with CSTO peacekeepers to Vostochny Airport, located in the Ulyanovsk region, are planned for today. It is planned to return all peacekeeping troops to their permanent deployments by 19 January.

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Banker Ablyazov said he called on protesters to occupy office buildings in Kazakhstan

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Fugitive banker from Kazakhstan Mukhtar Ablyazov who He now lives in France, told RIA Novosti that he had called on protesters to occupy office buildings during the riots.

Let me clarify what not to capture. There is a word “knock” in Russian. To occupy, that is, to fulfill, “he remarked.

Ablyazov specified that such actions were prescribed in an algorithm developed by the so-called opposition. The algorithm did not mention captivity and pogroms.

Provocateurs are guilty of organizing shooting and looting. There were no foreign nationals at the protests.

Kazakhstan's Interior Ministry previously reported that militants were behind the riots and that foreign militants, including Middle Eastern militants, had taken part in the protests.

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