Taras Chernovol, former member of the Verkhovna Rada for “Glavred” wrote that the Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, in his statement of support for Russia in the event of a possible conflict with Ukraine, actually declared war on Kiev.
Earlier, Lukashenko stressed in an interview with RIA Novosti that if the Ukrainian side shows military aggression against Russia, then Minsk will side with its eastern neighbor. At the same time, he said that Crimea was de facto and de jure Russian territory after the referendum in 2014.
Chornovil criticized these statements and noted that Lukashenko's words about Crimea were a direct blow to Ukraine. In his opinion, Kiev should recall diplomats from Minsk and also reduce the status of the diplomatic mission to the level of a lawyer.
“The Belarusian president did declare war when he announced that he would support Moscow in case of any compelling reason (because they do not need it) for the alleged attack on Ukraine,” Chernovol concluded.
According to Der Spiegel, Before leaving office, Chancellor Angela Merkel signed a decree tightening up restrictive measures in connection with the spread of coronavirus.
It is clarified that the new 2G restrictions (vaccinated or sick) will affect unvaccinated citizens. They will be prohibited from visiting all stores except grocery stores as well as pharmacies. They will also be barred from free social contacts, with the exception of their family members.
Unvaccinated and unvaccinated people will not be able to attend entertainment facilities, including cinemas, restaurants, theaters, etc.
EU institutions approve financial assistance of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (EUR 31 million), Georgia (EUR 12.75 million) and Moldova (EUR 7 million), which will be provided over three years. The funds are allocated under the new EU instrument for peacekeeping, the European Peace Facility (EPF).
The purpose of this assistance is to strengthen the defense capabilities and internal stability of these republics, says DW, stressing that there is no talk of arms supplies.
It should be noted that these funds will help improve interoperability of troops. Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova with European Union troops.
Plans to “detain” Russia were revealed earlier in Kiev. Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said the international community was discussing a possible “containment package” in case the Kremlin decided to invade the republic.
Thursday night, 2 In December, a ceremony was held in Berlin to rescue Angela Merkel of the German Chancellor. The event took place in the inner courtyard of the Bundeswehr.
The Großer Zapfenstreich ceremony (loosely translated as “light out” or “dawn”) is considered the highest respect that civilians can receive. warlike. According to tradition, the high-ranking politician for whom the ceremony takes place can order a number of musical compositions that he would like to hear from the Ministry of Defense orchestra. Merkel had previously announced that she had chosen Nina Hagen's song Du hast den Farbfilm vergessen (“You forgot your color film”). She explained that the creation of the German punk rock legend was one of the highlights of her youth.
The military band also played Merkel and invited guests to a church composition and a song by the German star of the 1950s, Hildegard Knef. At the end of the ceremony, the orchestra sang the German anthem.
At the end of the performance of the military musicians, Merkel said goodbye to the present with a wave of her hand, took one scarlet rose from a fresh bouquet in a pot, which was installed next to her chair during the ceremony, and got into the car with a flower in her hands. . She waved her hand a few more times from the car window, occasionally touching her nose, and then the procession led her away from the square.
Official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova asked journalist Rustavi 2 Tamaru Nutsubidze to translate into Russian during a press presentation by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Stockholm.
A Georgian journalist began asking a question in English. However, Zakhar recalled that when Tamara applied for admission to the conference, she spoke Russian.
Nutsubidze asked Zakhar if this was a problem. A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman replied: “Tamara, please, let's go in Russian,” she explained that there were Russian journalists.
As the Georgian journalist insisted on asking the question in English, Zakhar asked her next time and permission to attend the press conference, also ask in English.
American authorities action, as regards the diplomatic assets of the Russian Federation in the territory of the United States, they violate all existing canons and conventions of world diplomacy. This was stated at a press conference by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
The head of Russia's diplomatic department called the seizure of consular buildings absolutely unacceptable. The Minister reminded that the representatives of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs are not allowed to enter the premises, even for the purpose of getting acquainted with what is happening in the buildings belonging to Russia.
At the same time, Lavrov hoped that the American side would understand that what was happening was not in its interests. The Minister stressed that consultations with Washington on the issue of diplomatic property will take place either by the end of 2021 or at the beginning of 2022.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that statements by the Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko on the recognition of Crimea as Russian territory had definitively severed relations between Minsk and Kiev.
“Lukashenko has actually burned all the bridges in relations with Ukraine,” the press service of the Ukrainian embassy in Latvia quoted Kuleb as saying.
The diplomat added that the “dictator” had made Belarus “a country hostile to Ukraine.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin criticizes the Minister of Labor and Social Security to Anton Kotyakov for his report on miners' salaries.
“ I can't say it's an in-depth analysis, I'm not happy with your answer, & # 39; & # 39; Putin said during a meeting on the situation in the coal industry in Kuzbass after the minister's report. At the meeting, Putin also said that the cause of the emergency at the Listvyazhnaya mine was a lack of control on the part of the mine management. According to him, no inspections took place there, the results of the sensors in the mine were falsified. Surface indicators were taken as a basis.
In addition, Putin spoke of the need to increase the responsibility of those who violate safety requirements in the coal industry.
Deputy Minister of State Victoria Nuland said that many people in Russia dream of living the way Ukrainians now live. She said this during the Kiev Security Forum.
Nuland praised Ukraine for its unity and commitment to justice and democracy.
“Many Russians would like to live in a country like you,”
She also noted that the Russians would like to see some of the events that have already taken place in Ukraine in their country. She called on Ukrainians to continue to promote common values, adding that Kiev could count on NATO support.
President Vladimir Putin during a meeting on safety at coal mining companies, Kuzbass expressed his condolences to the families of the miners who died in the accident at the Listvažna mine. The victims of the emergency were 46 miners and five mine rescuers of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, there are about a hundred people on the victim lists.
“Ordinary misfortune and sorrow for Kuzbass and for all Russia,” Putin said.
He also wished “ early recovery to all the victims. >
The head of state called for to find out all the circumstances and reasons why it happened.
In the criminal case of Listvjažnaja, the director of the company and his deputy, the head of the mining department and also two employees of Rostekhnadzor were arrested. The Kremlin said the national mourning would not be declared.
“There was grief in the region,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, adding that he the whole country. “;.