Former Japanese Economy Minister sentenced to fines for bribing voters


Former Minister of Economy , trade and industry of Japan Isshu Sugawara was sentenced for bribery of voters to a fine (400 thousand yen) and deprivation of the right to stand for election in any election for three years. The former official was convicted on Monday by a Tokyo court of general jurisdiction, according to NHK.

It is clear that the investigation accused Isshu Sugawara of paying organizations in his constituency in Tokyo in 2018 and 2019, as part of masking the payment for funeral services of 800,000 yen.

The exminister resigned from the mandate in March this year. He held his position in the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who resigned after being revealed in the press.


The ships of the Pacific Fleet worked out the destruction of a simulated group of enemy aircraft carriers


Warship exercises in the Pacific Pacific Fleet (Pacific Fleet) completed the task of destroying a group of aircraft carriers of a false enemy. This was announced in the press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

It is specified that one of the episodes of the exercise took place at a distance of 2.5 thousand miles from the Kurils towards the Hawaiian Islands, which are more than 5 thousand kilometers from Russia.

“The ships, which operated as part of two divisions at a distance of about 300 miles from each other, completed the tasks of destroying the strike group of an aircraft carrier simulated by the enemy,” the ministry added.

According to the Department of Defense, during one of the stages, in order to create an environment as close as possible to the fulfillment of combat missions, the Pacific Fleet Force Groups of the Far Sea were divided into two tactical groups. One of the groups of ships played the role of a conditioned enemy and opposed the main forces of the fleet group.


Pashinyan reported on the “steel revolution” in Armenia after the parliamentary elections


Acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, evaluating the preliminary results of the early parliamentary elections, he stated that a revolution had taken place in the republic again.

“Winning the parliamentary elections will restore social and national consolidation. Armenian citizens carried out the second revolution in three years. “Instead of” velvet “. All agreements will be fulfilled, “he said during a video on Facebook.

According to him, “the people of Armenia have started talking” – the decision they have made, and its content is clear.

“This (decision – MC ) was formulated during the election campaign. What was expected happened. It was expected that the citizen would inevitably win these elections, “added Pashinyan.

I.O. The prime minister said that the electoral fraud site was closed forever in the country, and also announced his intention to enter into “consultations with all sound political forces” soon.

from 30% of polling stations, with a profit of 58.52%. Second place is taken by the “Armenia” bloc of former President of the Republic Robert Kocharian with 18.56%.


Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has criticized the results of the NATO summit: no details


Anadolu, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, commented on the outcome of the recent NATO summit, expressed dissatisfaction with the Alliance's reluctance to set any real conditions for its admission to the Independent.

& C; confirmed that Ukraine will be a member of NATO. US President Joe Biden … has also reiterated that he sees our country as a full member of the alliance … But the bad thing is that NATO has not given a hint of the timing of this process, “said the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry./P>

Kuleba recalled that for 13 years, since NATO first formally confirmed Ukraine's accession to the Alliance, Kiev has been making great efforts to meet these demands, while blaming NATO leadership for the complete absence of mutual action. & Nbsp;

< "What has NATO done ... to implement this decision (Ukraine's accession to the Alliance - ed. note?)? My answer is honest:" Nothing. "Since 2008, NATO has not taken a single step," Kuleba said.

The minister added that it could take a very long time to demand that Ukraine implement some reforms.

“It can be an endless story … So my question to NATO is:” How many reforms do you want? “… Because the more reforms we make, the higher the expectations from you,” said the Ukrainian minister. abroad.


The Belgian foreign minister negotiated with Tikhanovskaya


Minister of Foreign Affairs Belgian affairs On Sunday 20 June, Sophie Wilmes met with former candidate for President of Belarus Svetlana Tikhanovska.

“Belgium supports the Belarusian people in their fight for a democratic society without violence,” she wrote on Twitter.

According to her, the EU supports Belarus and is preparing to impose sanctions on those responsible for the violence in the country.

On Monday 21 June, the Council of EU Foreign Ministers will meet in Luxembourg.


Pashinyan's party leads in electronic voting


Party deliberations After the results of the electronic voting in In the parliamentary elections, the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan took the lead. She received 163 votes. At the same time, the “Armenia” bloc of former President Robert Kocharian has 135 votes.

As stated by the Chairman of the Central Election Commission Tigran Mukuchyan at the CEC meeting, 500 people out of 650 included in the list took part in the electronic voting from 11 to 13 June. As a result, 163 people voted for the “Civil Treaty” party and 135 for the “Armenian” bloc.

Overall, Armenian diplomats abroad took part in the electronic vote. The military, the country's representatives in international organizations and members of their families also voted.

Meanwhile, early parliamentary elections in Armenia have ended. According to preliminary estimates, the total turnout was 49.4% out of 1 million 281 thousand 174 voters. Voting took place only on the territory of the country, in these elections there is no limit of participation. Entrance barrier for parties – 5%, blocks – 7%.


Turnout in the elections in Armenia was about 50%


Armenia ends soon parliamentary elections, according to preliminary estimates, the final turnout was 49.4% 1 million 281 thousand 174 voters).

25 political forces fought for the right to form a new government in the elections. The main rivalry took place between the actors' side. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan Civil Treaty and block “Armenia” former President Robert Kocharian.

Voting took place only on the territory of the country, in these elections there is no limit of turnout. The entry barrier for parties is 5%, for blocks – 7%.

On Sunday morning, it was announced that inspections were being carried out at the headquarters of the Armenian bloc. No reasons were given.


Ambassador Antonov, who returned to the United States, was disappointed by the announcement of new sanctions

Photo: Russian Embassy Website

Ambassador Russia in Washington, Anatoly Antonov, commented on the words of US Assistant President for National Security Jake Sullivan about the preparation of new sanctions against the Russian Federation. After arriving from Russia, the diplomat stressed that “this is not the signal that everyone is waiting for after the summit.”

According to him, it is difficult to stabilize relations between countries through sanctions. Overall, as Antonov emphasized, Moscow and Washington have very serious problems in their relations. However, the Russian Federation is ready for a constructive dialogue.

It was announced on Sunday that Anatoly Antonov had returned to the United States to work on a diplomatic mission. The decision to return US and Russian ambassadors to their posts was made after the summit of Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden in Geneva on 16 June.

Early Sunday, Sullivan announced that the US authorities would continue to impose new sanctions on Russian companies participating in the Nord Stream 2 project. In addition, Washington is preparing a new package of sanctions for the situation with Alexei Navalny.


The US promises new sanctions against Nord Stream 2


The US government will continue to save new sanctions against Russian companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 project. US Presidential Adviser Joe Biden Jake Sullivan told CNN.

In addition, Washington is preparing a new package of sanctions for the situation with Alexei Navalny. “ We are preparing another package of sanctions to apply in this case, “ & mdash; Sullivan pointed out.

Earlier, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken discussed with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau the threat posed by the construction of Nord Stream 2. Americans believe that this project threatens the European Union's energy security. According to Washington, the basis of energy security in Europe is a reduction in the supply of hydrocarbons from Russia. That is why the Russian gas pipeline has become a major threat.

The Americans have long opposed the project. It has to sell its liquefied natural gas to the EU. Washington has been imposing sanctions on building contractors for the third year in a row.


In Germany, he publishes an article by Putin on the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War


Russian President Vladimir Putin has prepared an article on 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War. This was reported in Moscow. Kremlin. Putin on TV channel Russia 1.

This material will be published in one of the leading German publications. In addition, on June 22, Putin will lay flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and deliver a speech.

Vladimir Putin's articles on World War II have previously been published in various publications in Russia and the world. In particular, an article on the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory was published on the US National Interest website in June 2020. It was called “ Vladimir Putin: Real Lessons from the 75th Anniversary of World War II“ (Vladimir Putin: A Real Lesson from the 75th Anniversary of World War II). war).

In it he speculated about the premises of the war. Putin also assessed the consequences of the tragedy and called for lessons to be learned. Meanwhile, the Russian president has noted attempts by a number of European politicians to hide some facts that may present their countries in an unfavorable light.