Estonian Prime Minister urged to deprive Russians of the “privilege” to visit Europe

Estonian Prime Minister Kallas urged to deprive Russians of the “privilege” to visit Europe After the events in Ukraine, the EU stopped air traffic with Russia. And while Russians are being issued Schengen visas, the countries with which Russia has open land borders — Finland, Estonia and Latvia — bear the burden, Kallas said< source srcset=" 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >

Kaja Kallas

The EU authorities should stop issuing entry visas to Russian tourists, said Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.

“Stop issuing tourist visas to Russians. Visiting Europe— it's a privilege, not a human right,” — she wrote on Twitter.

Kallas recalled that after the start of the military operation in Ukraine, the European Union closed air traffic with Russia. “This means that while the countries of the Schengen zone issue visas, the burden falls on the countries neighboring Russia” Finland, Estonia, Latvia, which are the only land entry points. It's time to end tourism from Russia right now, — Prime Minister said.

Estonia has previously called for a ban on the issuance of EU visas to Russians. Foreign Minister of the Republic Urmas Reinsalu proposed to include this measure in the next package of sanctions against Russia. According to him, the EU should “isolate even more” Russia due to the ongoing military operation in Ukraine.

Again, the issue of banning the issuance of visas to Russians Kallas raised after the statement of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The day before, he called on Western countries to close the borders for Russians for a year and impose a complete embargo on the purchase of Russian energy resources. The President believes that these measures will be stronger than previous sanctions and serve as “the only way to influence [Russian President Vladimir] Putin.”

By closing the borders, Zelensky said, one can “hold all population” Russia: its citizens must “live in their own world until they change their philosophy.”

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Deputy head of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev reacted to Zelensky's words. “The last time Adolf Hitler tried to implement such ideas in relation to an entire nation. Are there any more questions about the nature of Ukrainian power?»— he said.

The European Commission, in turn, ruled out a complete ban on issuing visas to Russians. “There are always groups of people who need to be given visas. These are humanitarian cases, family members [of EU citizens], journalists and dissidents,— noted in it. As explained in the EC, the Brussels sanctions are directed primarily against the Russian authorities and elites, and not against ordinary citizens. The Kremlin promised to respond in case of “emotional decisions” according to Schengen.

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Finland threatens holders of Finnish visas for traveling to Europe in transit

Finnish Foreign Ministry: Watching Russians who only use the Finnish Schengen for transit The Finnish Foreign Ministry is aware that some Russians use the Finnish Schengen only for transit to other European countries. The consular department of the department warned that it plans to “intervene” in this situation< source srcset=" 590w" type="image/webp" >

Finland intends to limit “transit tourism” for Russians and in the future may refuse to issue new Schengen visas to those who used a previous entry permit to enter the country only to then go somewhere else, Jussi Tanner, head of the consular service of the Finnish Foreign Ministry, said in an interview with the Yle television and radio company.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country is already drawing attention to the fact that after the lifting of coronavirus restrictions, many Russians use the Finnish Schengen only to use it to enter other countries of the agreement, for example, to the Mediterranean Sea through Finland.

"We will intervene if the Russians start traveling around the Finnish Schengen somewhere else,— promised the head of the consular service.

In addition, the Finnish Foreign Ministry has already reduced the number of tourist visas issued to Russians, limiting the possibility of making an appointment at the country's diplomatic missions in Russia. Embassies and consulates now accept only 1,000 applications daily. Tanner warned that this number could be further reduced in the future.

Finnish visas give the right to travel to other Schengen countries (there are 26 in total), including most EU countries. However, if the visa issued by Finland is clearly used only for transit to another country, the applicant may be denied the next visa, Yle points out.

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More than half of the inhabitants of Finland are in favor of stopping the issuance of tourist visas to Russians, follows from a Yle survey conducted by the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation earlier. When asked whether Finland should stop issuing entry permits to Russian citizens, 58% of respondents answered positively, 24% voted in favor of continuing the issuance of permits, and another 18% of citizens found it difficult to answer.

Tanner also previously said that the Finnish authorities are considering six options for restricting tourism from Russia: a complete cessation of issuing visas, limiting the number of applications accepted, allowing entry only for a good reason (funeral, medical treatment, visiting relatives, etc.), cancellation of previously issued visas and the closure of passenger traffic.

The sixth option, which is supported by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs itself,— is to follow the policy of the European Union. “This issue [issuance of tourist visas in Russia] should be coordinated at the level of the EU and the Schengen countries,” — stated earlier and.about. Prime Minister of Finland, Minister for EU Affairs and Public Property Tytti Tuppurainen.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, commenting on Helsinki's plans, warned that if Finland refused to issue visas to Russians, Moscow would take retaliatory measures. Agency spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that this kind of “discriminatory political measure” may lead to increased tension in Europe.

Russia and the EU signed an agreement on a simplified visa regime, which implies a simplified procedure for processing documents for officials and entrepreneurs. On February 26, Brussels partially suspended its action due to Russia's special military operation in Ukraine.

The European Commission previously ruled out a complete cessation of issuing visas to Russians, as this is contrary to EU standards. However, they recalled that the countries of the association have the right to independently decide whether to issue a visa to enter the country or not.

The issuance of short-term Schengen visas to Russians in one way or another has already been limited by the visa centers of Belgium, Malta, the Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Estonia.

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Europe has solved the problem of gas shortages: a country friendly to the Russian Federation will provide record deliveries

The EU assures that gas imports from Russia have decreased from 40% to 20%.

Europe has found a way to partially solve the problem of shortage of natural gas, which was formed in the context of the energy crisis. This was caused by anti-Russian sanctions imposed due to the special operation of the Russian Federation in Ukraine.

According to Haber7, Europe has relied on Azerbaijan, which will increase the supply of “blue fuel” to 11 billion cubic meters.

The country wants to break the record of natural gas supplies in 2022 – up to 9.1 billion cubic meters.

In 2023, the figure will reach 11 billion cubic meters, InoSMI writes.

According to media reports, Azerbaijan has come to replace Russia and is already increasing gas supplies.

Against this backdrop, EU Foreign and Security Policy Chief Josep Borrell confirmed that they have made progress in buying fuel from Norway, Algeria and Azerbaijan.

“The harsh reality is that this winter we are approaching the limit of how much additional gas we can buy from non-Russian sources. Thus, the main part will have to fall on energy savings, that is, demand reduction”, – said Borrell.

At the same time, Russia's share of gas imports dropped from 40% to 20%. And this is due to an increase in the volume of purchases of liquefied natural gas (LNG), its share in consumption has only doubled.

In mid-July, a memorandum on partnership in the energy sector was signed between Azerbaijan and the European Commission.

< p>The EU continues to talk about increasing gas supplies, the Southern Gas Corridor is of particular importance in relations with Azerbaijan.

Recall that the Southern Gas Corridor is the supply of natural gas to Europe from the regions of the Caspian Sea and the Middle East.

As Topnews wrote earlier, Gazprom announced problems with the supply of turbines for Nord Stream – its delivery is not possible due to the sanctions of Canada, the EU and the UK.


YLE: “Gazprom” began to burn gas that did not reach Europe

The Finnish edition writes about a huge torch on the border with Russia.

Due to a serious reduction in gas supplies to Europe via “Nord Stream” the company “Gazprom”, according to media reports, burns excess fuel.

Journalists estimate the scale as industrial.

According to the Finnish YLE, referring to NASA data and testimony According to eyewitnesses, a giant torch flared up near the Russian-Finnish border on June 17.

Not far from the place of fire is the impression station “Portovaya”, which provides gas pumping.

Torch visible on the other side of the border, the publication points out.

The NASA monitoring system has the same data, despite the fact that there were no other fires during this period.

As TASS specified, Gazprom introduced restrictions on blue fuel via Nord Stream, reducing volumes from 167 million to 67 million cubic meters per day at the beginning of summer.

The company said that the reason for this was a malfunction of the equipment

Therefore, two turbines that were serviced in Canada did not arrive on time.

As Topnews wrote, the other side said that the acceptance of the equipment “Gazprom” slows down itself, delaying customs documents.

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Abnormal heat in Europe

Anomalous heat continues in Western Europe. How do people escape the heat — in the photo feed.

Rescuers in Stralsund, Germany © Sauer/dpa/Global Look Press

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Residents of the German city of Kiel relax in the 35-degree heat © Scholz/dpa/Global Look Press

A man drinks water at the Place du Trocadero in Paris © Reuters/Sarah Meyssonnier/Reuters

Vacationers on the Mediterranean coast in Fuengirola, Spain © Reuters/Jon Nazca/File Photo/Reuters

People fill bottles with drinking water on a hot day in Rome © Mamengni/XinHua/Global Look Press

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Hamburgers in the Plantin-un-Blomen fountain on a hot day © Charisius/dpa/Global Look Press

High fire risk warning sign in Richmond Park, London © Reuters/Toby Melville/Reuters

Berliners bathe in a lake in 33-degree heat © Koall/dpa/Global Look Press

A man drinks water at the Trocadero in Paris © Reuters/Sarah Meyssonnier/Reuters

Vacationers on the Mediterranean coast in Fuengirola, Spain © Reuters/Jon Nazca/File Photo/Reuters

People fill bottles with drinking water on a hot day in Rome © Mamengni/XinHua/Global Look Press

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Medvedev responded to Stoltenberg’s words about the “most dangerous moment” in Europe

The story of Russia's victory will repeat itself, Medvedev said. So he responded to Stoltenberg's words that what is happening in Ukraine is the most dangerous time for Europe since World War II< source srcset=" 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >< source srcset=" 590w" type="image/webp" >

Dmitry Medvedev

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg forgot that Russia won the Second World War, now it will win in Ukraine, Deputy Security Council Head Dmitry Medvedev wrote on Telegram.

So he reacted to the statement of Stoltenberg, who called the conflict in Ukraine “the most dangerous situation since the Second World War.” The NATO Secretary General also noted that “Russia cannot be allowed to win.”

“He has a bad memory. I forgot who won then, in World War II. History will repeat itself,— Medvedev said.

The Kremlin did not agree with Stoltenberg's statement either. According to the press secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, the current situation “was ripening for several decades.” It was largely “provoked by the aggressive policy of NATO”; in relation to Russia, which brought its infrastructure closer to the country's borders, which created “additional dangers” for it; and required action, he said.

In addition, continued Peskov, “a threat to the world order and the situation in the world.” was the coup in Ukraine in 2014, “carefully staged, including by NATO countries.” “This is where the threat and danger to the world order comes from. Therefore, we do not agree with such a formulation of the issue by Mr. Stoltenberg, — he concluded.

Russia has been conducting a military special operation in Ukraine since February 24th. President Vladimir Putin said that the authorities intend to achieve “demilitarization and denazification” neighboring state, as well as to protect the inhabitants of Donbass from “genocide”.

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Ukraine, in response, severed diplomatic relations with Russia and introduced martial law. And Western countries began to tighten sanctions, in particular, they partially banned the supply of Russian oil and refused to import Russian gold. The Russian authorities consider these sanctions illegal, insisting that they primarily violate the interests of those who impose them.

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Ukrainian refugees expressed dissatisfaction with working conditions in Europe

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Refugees from Ukraine call working conditions in European countries hellish. The Strana newspaper writes about this.

One of the interlocutors of the publication said that she had moved from Ukraine to Italy. Here she was provided with free housing and for the first three months she was paid an allowance of 300 euros per adult and 150 euros per child. However, now the payments have stopped.

A Ukrainian refugee noted that she had to get a job picking cherries. Pay for such work 6 euros per hour. You have to work 10 hours a day and 1 day off per month. The conditions, which the woman described as “hellish,” forced her to resign shortly after.

Another refugee complained about gray employment schemes developed in Italy. An employee can be deceived by not paying him money. For employment in good vacancies, you need to pay an intermediary up to 500 euros. Even qualified specialists, for example, doctors, who in Italy are paid from 2-2.5 thousand euros, cannot find a job.


The main weapon of Putin began to discuss in Europe

Inconsistent news of the week

While everyone was following the spy story of the attempted hijacking of a Russian combat aircraft, the flight of an American military aircraft with Nancy Pelosi on board, the extravagant sawing of a branch of a gas pipeline by Europe, on which she sits, an almost unnoticed event took place in Russia. Meanwhile, a cornerstone has been laid at the foundation of the country that is being reborn before our eyes.

President Biden: who is playing with fire? Photo: AP

One of my hated acquaintances told me that he had a special notebook in which he wrote down what he had lied to. For a while, this helped a lot, and this man even gained a reputation as almost a moral authority. But lies gained a critical mass, climbed out of all the cracks, like Mishka's porridge, and the person turned into an outcast when his deceit became obvious to everyone. The story of an attempt to bribe our pilot and hijack a plane from Russia to Ukraine is exactly the same. Investigative-loving liberal oppositionists have been saying for years that they are not against Russia, but against the regime. And then it turned out that their main “investigator” and moral authority, Khristo Grozev, was a soldier of the enemy. They are not fighting with Putin, they are fighting against the Russians, and the beautiful Russia of the future in their understanding is many, many small states that are Western colonies en masse. My friend, by the way, went through the pain of repentance and active repentance. Now he is doing well. I'm not sure if our liberals will succeed in the same thing: they have too strong, egocentrism is the basis of their worldview.

The clash of egocentrism and harsh reality could be observed at the very end of the week. Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi began her tour. She said she would fly to Taiwan. Like, it is necessary to support the democratic regime as opposed to the totalitarian communist China. But on the eve of the tour, an event took place that was breathtaking. Comrade Xi told Mr Biden that anyone who plays with fire is sure to get burned. It's not even a flick on the nose. This is a direct indication to America how it should behave. An instruction given at the level of dialogue between the two leaders of states. A severe blow to the pride and authority of the United States, which no one has ever dared to point out and which always and in everything behaved exactly as they wanted. Summed up egocentrism. Now Pelosi will turn to Taiwan (the tour was still going on when I write this) – America will begin to crumble under the inevitable blows (not directly military) of China. If he doesn’t show up, the political system will begin to crumble, because Trump will definitely and completely humiliate Grandfather. Moreover, the version that Biden is not real is still gaining popularity there – he doesn’t blink for an inhumanly long time during television broadcasts, and he looks too different in different photographs. Yes, and covid attacks him every other day.

In Europe, the EU political system has already begun to crumble. There is no unanimity on the issue of renunciation of Russian gas, and on the issue of sanctions in general, no matter how it is portrayed. It got to the point that the heads of the settlements of the German island of Rügen wrote a letter to the federal government in which they propose to launch … Nord Stream 2. Not even just a “SP”, for which the turbines will not be given away, but the “second” – Putin's “weapon” of the main caliber. Attempts to switch to gas from manure, which turned out to be successful in small villages, are unlikely, according to the German press, to save industry and big cities. It is also impossible to redistribute gas between different countries in winter – Poland and Portugal flatly refused to share. Cracks and fissures are no longer running just along the lines of state borders, but also within countries … But the most surprising thing is, of course, the European consistency: on the one hand, to say that we are supposedly reducing consumption and generally want to abandon Russian gas , and on the other hand, to be indignant that Russia is meeting these desires and turning the valve. Imagine a drug addict who tells everyone he is determined to quit, but yells like a victim when his dope supply is taken from him.

By the way, about Zelensky. The President of Ukraine and his wife starred in a world famous fashion magazine. And as expected, he caught a wave of negativity – both from ordinary citizens and from politicians at the level of American congressmen. The latter were outraged, as befits the Americans, by the misappropriation of their money. And ordinary people – the level of grief on the faces of the Zelensky couple. The grief was at the level of “our beloved pug died.” And this, it should be noted, speaks of who killed fifty “Azov” in the colony in Yelenovka much more than the fragments of the American missile from “Khimars” found on the spot and the invitation of international experts by Russia to investigate the strike.

Of course, seemingly small events inside Russia are not so noticeable behind all this. But in fact, they are no less important than victories at the front. It would seem, well, what is the significance of the words of Deputy Prime Minister Borisov that “in Russia they missed the transition to an industrial model for the production of satellites, a radical restructuring of processes is needed, moreover, under sanctions”? Huge. In the sense that the scheme “you can’t upset the bosses” breaks down. Admitting a mistake in public is not just progress. This is progress, progress. Or Mishustin assigns high-tech industries to vice-premiers. It's the same thing. After all, nothing prevented doing this before (in fact, it did, but with the beginning of the NWO, he emigrated from Russia).

But for me personally, the main event of the week was the decision of the Ministry of Education that from September 1 in all schools of the country will hold a weekly ceremony of raising the State flag. Someone snorts: that's nonsense! And you go up to anyone who caught the pioneers and withstood the torture of capitalism, and say: “Be ready!” The answer bounces off the teeth.


Estonia proposed to completely close Europe to Russians

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Russian citizens should be banned from entering Europe as a basic rule. This statement was made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu, whose words are quoted by ERR.

The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the republic said that Estonia would develop and submit an appropriate initiative. He explained his proposal by the fact that even after the republic stopped issuing visas to Russians, they continue to arrive in the country on visas issued in other states of the Schengen zone.

“At the end of August, I will meet with the foreign ministers other countries in Prague, and then I will present a plan for pan-European restrictions,” Reinsalu said.

The minister also said that Estonia should take an example from neighboring Latvia, which, when crossing the border, forces Russians to express their attitude towards the Russian special operation on Ukraine.

In addition, according to Reinsalu, Estonia needs to cancel the visas previously issued to Russians, which are still valid.


Bloomberg learned about Moscow’s plans to “continue pressure” on Europe for gas

Russia is using supply disruptions to encourage European countries to “rethink painful sanctions,” Bloomberg sources say. The Kremlin has repeatedly stressed that they do not use gas as a political tool alt=”Bloomberg learned of Moscow's plans to 'continue pressure' on Europe on gas” />

Russia is likely to keep gas supplies to the European Union at a minimum, increasing pressure on it due to sanctions, sources told Bloomberg.

As the agency writes, officially the Russian authorities called the reasons for the reduction in gas pumping to Europe that “Gazprom”; did not receive a turbine from repair in Canada, as well as the documents necessary for the import of the unit. However, in reality, Moscow is using supply disruptions to encourage European countries to “revise painful sanctions” and a position to support Ukraine, Bloomberg interlocutors say.

They expect the Kremlin and Gazprom to “will continue to find reasons” to reduce supplies, preventing European consumers from increasing the volume of purchased gas they need for the winter.

At the same time, one of the agency's sources noted that there really are technical problems that Moscow announced. However, Gazprom could still supply more gas via Nord Stream 1, postponing routine turbine maintenance, he said. But this has already created additional risks for the operation of the pipeline, and given the tough position of Europe regarding the events in Ukraine, Russia sees no reason to take such a step, the source of the agency explained.

RBC turned to Gazprom for comment.

“Gazprom” reduced supplies via Nord Stream 1 in mid-June, explaining the decision by the fact that he did not receive a Siemens turbine from Canada. The country imposed sanctions against Russia, but later, after a request from Berlin, agreed to transfer the unit to Moscow. However, then, as Gazprom reported, there were problems with the documents on the turbines. According to the company, the papers received from Canada do not remove sanctions risks and only “raise additional questions.”

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In addition, on the eve of July 25, Gazprom stopped another Siemens gas turbine engine, due to which the daily volume of gas pumping from July 27 will be 33 million cubic meters. m (20% of the gas pipeline's design capacity).

In the European Union, Germany and Siemens believe that Russia has reduced supplies not for technical, but for political reasons. The Kremlin denied these accusations more than once. According to the press secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, the situation is “critical” complicate sanctions against Russia. “If there were no such restrictions, <…> all repair work, and warranty, and repair, and service work would be carried out in the usual, routine, operational manner, without leading to such situations that we see now, — he noted.

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German authorities compared the launch of Nord Stream 2 with the capitulation of Europe

The issuance of a permit to launch Nord Stream 2 will increase Europe's dependence on Russian fuel, which cannot be allowed, said the Vice Chancellor of Germany. He supported the agreement of the EU countries to temporarily reduce gas consumption by 15% =”The German authorities compared the launch of Nord Stream 2 with the capitulation of Europe” />

Neither Germany nor the European Union allow the possibility of commissioning the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, despite concerns about fuel supplies, German Vice Chancellor, Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck said at a meeting in Brussels.

According to the minister, if European regulators approve the launch of the pipeline, this will increase Europe's dependence on Russian gas. “This is in direct contradiction to what we have been working on here for the past six months, — and, of course, it is also a surrender with all the sanctions that we have taken, — said Habek (quote from the Sueddeutsche Zeitung).

Khabek called the reduction in gas supplies via Nord Stream 1 “Kremlin's strategy”. On the eve of Gazprom announced that it is decommissioning another Siemens gas turbine engine for the pipeline at the Portovaya compressor station, due to which the daily volume of gas pumped from July 27 will be 33 million cubic meters. m (20% of the design capacity of the gas pipeline). Prior to this, the Russian company twice reduced the volume of pumping through Nord Stream; due to the fact that one Siemens turbine that was being repaired in Canada could not return to Russia due to sanctions, and another had to be stopped for repairs.

“I believe that” Gazprom ” is no longer the master of his own decisions,»— said Habek (quoted from Oe.24), calling the situation around Nord Stream 1 and turbines for him a farce: “Everything is politicized, the agreements are no longer respected.” Russia has previously rejected accusations that the Nord Stream 1 supply cut caused by political reasons.

According to Habek, the agreement of the EU countries to reduce gas consumption by 15% by the end of March next year was “a strong signal to all those who mock the EU and those who despise it.”

“Nord Stream-2″— gas pipeline from Russia to Europe across the Baltic Sea. It consists of two lines with a length of more than 1.2 thousand km each. The project budget was estimated at €9.5 billion. The construction of the pipeline was complicated by US sanctions, it was completed in September 2021.

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After the Russian authorities recognized the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, Germany suspended the certification of the gas pipeline. Due to the start of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, the operator of the Nord Stream 2 project was under US sanctions, the company's executive director Matthias Warnig was included in the SDN sanctions list, which provides for the blocking of assets and isolation from the dollar system. Authorities in Switzerland, where Nord Stream 2 was headquartered, said the company had laid off all employees and must file for bankruptcy.

Habek criticized Nord Stream 2 and before the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine, calling the project a geopolitical mistake in Germany. On July 22, he said that launching the pipeline was “categorically impossible.”

The proposal to launch the pipeline to resolve the energy crisis was earlier voiced by Russian President Vladimir Putin. He said that he raised this topic in a conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, but he considered the idea inappropriate, because there are “more important questions”.

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Express: Gazprom’s new statement caused panic in Europe

Siemens sees no connection between turbine maintenance and gas supplies.

Holding “Gazprom” announced that he was forced to suspend the operation of one of his turbines, namely – Siemens engine at station “Portovaya”. In this regard, pumping fuel through the gas pipeline “Nord Stream” will be reduced to 33 million cubic meters. m per day (20%) already on July 27.

The current supply volume is 67 million cubic meters. meters, and the reason for its decline, according to TASS with reference to the statement & # 8220; Gazprom & # 8221; , was the end of the time between overhauls before overhaul.

As a result, the company's statement led to an increase of 4.2% in fuel prices in Europe – such data was provided by the London Stock Exchange ICE.

A month ago, the Russian supplier announced the suspension of supplies via “Nord Stream” by 40%, explaining this by the fact that the Canadian division of the German Siemens, which repaired its units, did not return them to “Gazprom”, citing anti-Russian sanctions.

The decision was later changed and announced delivery of the German engine. The media reported that in Europe they were afraid of stopping fuel supplies via “SP” when the repair was completed.

Siemens itself explained that they were ready to extend the maintenance and increase its volume if the company was submitted request.

At the moment, according to the British Express, Europe fell into a panic after learning about the halving of the flow. Thus, gas quotes rose, reaching $1,880.

According to columnist Jacob Paul, what is happening with the supply has led to an emergency meeting in Brussels of the heads of energy ministries. The meeting will discuss the EU's plan to save gas, which the European Commission had previously feared.

Siemens said they see no relationship between supply cuts and repairs.

In a conversation with RIA Novosti, a representative of the company said that the turbine, the repair of which in Canada has already been completed, can be delivered to Russia “immediately”. For this “Gazprom” must submit customs documents for importation. Canada also announced its readiness to withdraw from the sanctions restriction the engines that Siemens Energy maintains in Montreal.

The company explained that the maintenance of turbines – a routine procedure and “any future maintenance work can be provided”, and the government of the country allowed them to be exported from Siemens Energy to Germany”.

Regarding the “stumbling turbine&# 8221;, then Germany handed over all documents for export to Russia last week.

The representative of the company said that the Russian company is aware of this, and only “Gazprom” can prepare customs documents as a client and continue the process of importing the engine to Russia.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that “Gazprom” fell by a quarter after the announcement of the refusal to pay dividends.

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Poland has promised to create the strongest NATO ground forces in Europe

Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak assured that the republic will have the strongest ground forces among European NATO countries

Mariusz Blaszczak

Poland will have the strongest ground forces among European NATO countries, said the Minister of Defense of the Republic, Mariusz Blaszczak, in an interview with Sieci, excerpts from which were published by the portal wPolityce.

“Polish Armed Forces must be so numerous and strong that their existence deterred the aggressor. <…> Both in terms of artillery and armored forces, in the final analysis, there will be no stronger country in Europe. We will have the strongest ground forces among European NATO countries,— Blaszczak assured, answering the question whether the country would be able to repel the attack.

He recalled that Poland purchased American Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems back in 2018. At the end of May of this year, Blaszczak announced that he had ordered six more Patriot batteries. The day before, the minister wrote on Twitter that deliveries of Patriot elements, including PAC-3 MSE missiles and IBCS fire control systems, continue.

Warsaw also acquired the British Sky Saber air defense system, the head of the Ministry of Defense announced its receipt in early July.

“Finally, we have our own Piorun [Polish portable anti-aircraft missile systems], which have proven themselves in Ukraine,” — he noted.

In early March, U.S. European Command announced that the United States would move two Patriot batteries to Poland “in a proactive manner to counter any potential threats to the U.S., allied forces, and NATO territory.” They assured that the batteries would be transferred under Article 5 on NATO collective defense (it means that an attack on one of the NATO members will be considered as an attack on all NATO members). Later, the Pentagon explained that the Patriot would be placed in Poland temporarily.

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In early April, the republic purchased 250 Abrams tanks from the United States. The first combat armored vehicles have already arrived for military training, the Polish defense minister said in mid-July. The value of the contract is $4.75 billion. Deliveries are scheduled to be completed in 2026.

Poland is ranked 24th in the ranking of the strongest armies in the world according to Globalfirepower. The index takes into account more than 50 factors, including not only the number of military and equipment, but also logistical capabilities and geography. The number of military in Poland is estimated at 152 thousand people, the country has 863 tanks, 4786 armored vehicles, 609 self-propelled artillery installations and 197 multiple rocket launchers.

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Kadyrov announced the compulsion of Russia to start a full-scale war in Europe

Iskander missile system. video frame, source: social networks

Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov pointed out in his telegram channel that Europe is pursuing the goal of forcing the Russian Federation to start a full-scale war.

According to him, “Europe, with its statements and military support” wants “force Russia to switch from a special operation to a full-scale war using all types of weapons along the entire front line.”

Kadyrov also wrote that NATO countries are “naive”, assuming that a possible war would weaken Russia. The head of Chechnya stressed that Russia “throughout its history” was ready for any military action.

At the same time, he turned to the Ukrainians: “It will suit us if Russia is confronted by NATO helmets, but your fathers will be sent instead , husbands, brothers and sons.”

According to Kadyrov, it is precisely the Ukrainians who can prevent the war, who, in his opinion, should “remove the Zelensky noodles of pseudo-patriotism from their ears” and change the government that pushes his citizens to an allegedly heroic death.

The politician also said that Western aid that comes to Ukraine ends up in the pockets of the Kyiv authorities and still does not lead to the results expected by the West.


Putin gave a terrible prophecy to Europe

News of the week destroyed the usual picture of the world

Of course, it is very easy to blame Russia for the fact that with the start of a military operation, the world plunges into madness and flies into hell. The fact that this is a false accusation is easily proven by simple mental effort.


In Firstly, it is worth remembering that the world is not only the USA, Canada, a little old Europe and Australia, but many, many other things, all sorts of countries and continents.

Secondly, it is worth understanding that it is not the world that is collapsing, but the familiar and therefore seemed to many a normal picture of the world. But all the same politicians of all the same countries were doing the same thing before the special operation, they were exactly the same. Just now, as if under a flare on a night battlefield, it became clear where the real tank is and where the inflatable model is – where is the conservative reality, and where is the liberal illusion.

“The winter turned out to be long, there was no wind, that's all,” this Putin phrase, said by him during a visit to Iran, claims to be the phrase of the week. It is not just about illusions: “They are great experts in the field of non-traditional relations, so in the field of energy they also decided to rely on non-traditional types of energy.” Note that a bet that does not take into account reality (“a green transition” is certainly possible, but not at a gallop) was made only for the sake of the Greta Thunberg liberal trend, many years before the CBO. This phrase is also a terrible prophecy. Because if you figure out what “that's all” is, it becomes scary for ordinary Europeans. At best, these are popular uprisings. This is not my idea, this is the opinion of German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock: “If we don't get a gas turbine, then we won't get more gas. We will not be able to provide any support to Ukraine at all, because we will be busy with popular uprisings!”.

Rear Admiral, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby called Putin's visit to Iran a demonstration of Russia's isolation. Do you think that because of the SVO his logic broke down, or did the American view of the world simply become visible? Where is, as mentioned above, the United States and a bit of Europe, and all the rest are chukhomors?

Meanwhile, after Putin's visit, the commander of the Iranian ground forces, Brigadier General Kiyumars Heydari, said on July 19 that Iran has “technologies for the production of advanced drones” that “can be used over long distances, as well as for reconnaissance and strikes abroad” and Iran has already prepared weapons and equipment for export to “friendly countries”. Here, by the way, one of the “militarist” telegram channels posted a sign comparing our Orion UAVs and the Iranian Shahed-129. And wow, in terms of dimensions, practical ceiling and range, they are identical.

Interestingly, when Putin said at a profile meeting last week that now Rostec (and drones are his domain) would complain about the lack of funding, but he “knows what is happening there” – what did he mean?

Even in the week it was possible to observe that insanity is treatable. For example, the European Union has amended sanctions against Russia. Now the Russian state-owned companies Rosneft and Gazpromneft will be able to supply oil to third countries. How is it? It just dawned on me that the winter could actually be long. And if you buy Russian oil not from Russia, but in third countries, then theoretically you can eat a fish and not choke on a bone. Poland managed to refuse Russian gas, receiving Russian gas from Germany. And Russian titanium was not sent under sanctions (so that the aircraft industry would not stand up) and at the same time sanctions were eased for the aviation industry in Russia (suddenly it will be possible to fly over Russia again – because if bypassing, then the losses are exorbitant).

But, of course, the most striking example is the grain agreements. True, behind the political brilliance – the “civilized world” managed to force Russia to “liberate” Ukrainian grain – few people noticed the harsh reality. And the reality is that Russia has received the full right to military blockade of Ukrainian ports (in the sense of not allowing warships and ships with a cargo of weapons), with which both the UN and Ukraine agreed. The reality is that nothing prevents Russia from engaging in further demilitarization of ports (well, of course, the Black Sea region in general). After the Caliber strike on military facilities in the port of Odessa, even The New York Times wrote: the UN said that technically Russia did not violate the grain deal by striking Odessa. The reality is that in monetary terms, and in terms of weight in the region, Erdogan received the main gain – Turkey will buy Ukrainian grain below the market (it will be able to satisfy its grain needs on more favorable terms than other countries, writes the Sabah newspaper). And how this will affect the food crisis in the world is still worth seeing.

But what will definitely have an impact is the memorandum signed by Russia and the UN on UN assistance in the supply of Russian agricultural products and fertilizers to the world market. Simply put, the sanctions will have to be adjusted or even lifted.

Well, here, at the end of the week, the fighters against corruption, Putin's dictatorship and, in general, for everything good, against everything bad, finally “revealed”. The brainchild of the now imprisoned “fighter” – the pseudo-trade union “Alliance of Teachers” – transferred abroad and to the SBU the stolen personal data of Russian teachers leaving to work in the DPR and LPR. And openly, and even boasting: “These teachers are occupiers. They don’t care about their personal data”, “Probably, for the SBU, teachers are not the most interesting object, but suddenly the data will come in handy for something.” Deputy Khinshtein wrote: “This is nothing more than a public confession in cooperation with a foreign intelligence service and in committing actions that directly threaten the security of Russian citizens. Corresponding requests to the Prosecutor General's Office and the FSB will be sent by me on Monday.” I hope Comrade Major will not let you down. And then there is another oppositionist, a protégé of Smart Voting, a district deputy Helga Pirogova, dirtyly insulted the dead Russian soldiers, as if she dumped her from Russia after initiating a criminal case against her. Amazing, right? If you overdue alimony – you won’t fly anywhere, but if a criminal case is initiated – please.

There is something to work on – there is no end to it. Under the flares it became much better visible.


Hungarian Foreign Minister says Europe contradicts itself on gas

European politicians, Peter Szijjarto pointed out, declare that they no longer depend on energy resources from Russia, and at the same time, the EC asks to save gas. The minister had previously visited Moscow after deciding to buy more gas from Russia

The EC proposal to reduce gas consumption by 15% is at odds with politicians' statements that their countries are no longer dependent on Russian energy resources, pointed out Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto at a press conference after talks in Moscow. His words are quoted by Index.

Szijjarto arrived in Russia on July 21 after the Hungarian authorities declared a state of emergency in the energy sector and decided to buy 700 million cubic meters. m of gas in addition to the volumes under the contracts.

“In recent months, I have heard from leading Western European politicians that they have decided everything. They found alternative sources, bought natural gas from other places, got rid of their dependence on Russia. <…> So where does the anxiety come from?»— asked the head of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry.

He noted that gas purchases “are not an ideological issue, but a physical one”: the heating season is coming— “and it is useless for politicians to say that there is gas when it is not.”

This week, the European Commission proposed to cut gas use by 15% from August 1 this year to March 31, 2023 due to fears of stopping supplies from Russia. Spain, Greece and Portugal have already objected to this.

European countries “made mistakes” and now they are looking for someone to blame and are calling on citizens to save water and electricity in order to “annoy Putin,” the Russian president said. “The picture, the person is depicted and at the bottom is the signature:“ Do you want to annoy Putin— mine is only these four places. And shown— here, here, here, here. Well, what is it? They went completely crazy, you understand, & mdash; said Vladimir Putin.

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The head of MI6 announced the expulsion of “half of Russian spies” from Europe

Since the beginning of the military operation in Ukraine, about 400 employees of Russian intelligence services have been expelled from European countries, who acted under diplomatic cover, says the head of MI6

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About 400 Russian diplomats have been expelled from Europe since the beginning of the Russian military operation, who, according to the head of the British Foreign Intelligence Service (MI6), Richard Moore, worked in intelligence, reports The Guardian.

“All over Europe they sent about half of the— at last count, more than 400 Russian intelligence officers operating under diplomatic cover,— he said. According to Moore, this cut Russia's ability to “spy” in half; in the region.

Speaking at a security conference in Aspen, Colorado, Moore said that since late February, Western intelligence agencies have taken “reasonably coordinated” efforts to expose Russian intelligence agents.

According to Moore, several Russian spies have also been exposed and arrested in recent months, acting undercover and posing as civilians, CNN reports.

In connection with the Russian military operation, European countries expelled hundreds of Russian diplomats. Among them— Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Slovakia, France, Italy, Germany, the Baltic countries, Greece, Norway, Luxembourg and others. In June, Bulgaria decided to declare 70 employees of the Russian embassy persona non grata. According to Prime Minister Kirill Petkov, most of the diplomats worked for the special services, and their diplomatic work was a front.

The Russian embassy considered Bulgaria's actions “an unprecedented, slanderous, completely unfounded and provocative act.” and stated that Moscow is considering breaking off diplomatic relations with Sofia. The Russian Foreign Ministry considered the work of the diplomatic mission impossible and threatened with retaliatory actions. The Russian authorities have previously denied allegations of espionage against diplomats and called them baseless.

At the end of June, Switzerland's Federal Intelligence Service (NDB) warned of a “growing threat from Russian spies,” especially in cyberspace, amid the fighting in Ukraine. “We know that several dozen intelligence officers work in the diplomatic and consular missions of Russia in Geneva,” — said the head of the department, Christian Doussi.

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Head of MI6 Moore: only half of Russian intelligence officers were expelled from Europe

/p> Photo: At present, only half of all Russian intelligence officers who worked under diplomatic cover were expelled from Europe.

According to him, 400 diplomats from the Russian Federation, expelled from various European countries after the start of a special military operation, are only a part of Russian intelligence officers.< /p>

“Only half of the Russian intelligence officers were expelled from European countries. More than 400 intelligence officers operated under diplomatic cover. Thus, the ability of the Russian Federation to conduct its espionage activities in Europe has been halved, ”Moore said.

At the same time, he did not specify whether new measures would be taken by the government of Britain or other countries against diplomats from Russia .


The leader of the “Night Wolves” reported searches in the homes of members of the club in Europe

Zaldastanov announced the searches amid reports that the EU is preparing sanctions against him and the Night Wolves. According to the leader of the bike club, there were “even arrests” and some members received “veiled threats”

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In the homes of a number of members of the Night Wolves ; searches began to be carried out abroad, said on the page in “VKontakte” leader of the biker club Alexander Zaldastanov (Surgeon). So he reacted to reports that the European Union may impose sanctions against the “Night Wolves” and some club members.

“News of new sanctions against Night Wolves” found us in Sevastopol during the preparation of the bike show. <…> A few days ago, in many of the houses of the Night Wolves, searches, pressure and even arrests began. People were asked some idiotic questions, some veiled threats and so on, — written by Zaldastanov.

According to the leader of the club, to ban the “Night Wolves” “will not succeed”, and for him the sanctions of the European Union “do not matter”.

As the press secretary of the “Night Wolves” told RBC Alexander Bulldog, members of the motorcycle club have been facing searches since the beginning of the special operation, and they are carried out in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland. “Somewhere people were summoned for interrogations, they came to someone’s house with interrogations because of their connection with a motorcycle club, with Russia. Motoclub "Night Wolves" in Europe since 2014 under the scrutiny of intelligence agencies. It started with our run of the “Road of Victory”, — said Bulldog.

RBC sent inquiries to the press services of the police in Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland.

Since the end of February, the European Union has introduced six packages of sanctions against Russia and is preparing a seventh. Zaldastanov was also included in the draft of new restrictive measures. He is “accused of actively supporting Russian state propaganda, publicly denying Ukraine's right to statehood, and calling for 'denazification', as well as 'de-Ukrainization'.” countries”, writes EUobserver.

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In addition to Zaldastanov, the draft new sanctions were introduced by three of his deputies, including a citizen of Slovakia and the head of the European branch of the club, Josef Hambalek. If the restrictions are approved, Bratislava will have to freeze his assets and ban him from crossing the Slovak border with other EU countries. The biker club itself may also be subject to sanctions. then “Night Wolves” will be banned from entering Europe.

Biker club “Night Wolves” exists since 1989. In 1995, he was registered as a public non-profit organization “Russian Motorcyclists”. President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly met with members of the club, attended their bike shows, and in 2011 took part in a motorcycle race in Novorossiysk.

The club organizes motorcycle races with patriotic goals on a regular basis. In particular, in the spring of 2015, “Night Wolves” planned to hold a “Victory Motorcycle Ride” dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory Day. The route ran through Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany. However, the authorities of these countries did not give permission for a motorcycle race through their territory.

Since December 2014, Night Wolves are under US and Canadian sanctions in connection with support for the annexation of Crimea.

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Putin dismissed Europe’s calls to save water as nonsense to ‘annoy’ him

According to Putin, the other day he was shown a picture with a man and the caption: “If you want to annoy Putin, these are the only four places that are mine.” In Europe, “they went completely crazy” – “made mistakes” and are now “looking for the guilty”, said the President

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The European authorities “made mistakes”, and now they are looking for someone to blame and urge citizens to conserve water and electricity to “annoy” Russian authorities, said President Vladimir Putin at the Strong Ideas for the New Times forum. The broadcast was conducted on the Roscongress website.

“In some Western countries today they are faced with energy problems, and one of the components— This is environmental speculation. They speculate on the domestic political agenda, they scare people with these problems. And then they make unreasonable, uncalculated decisions. And the next step— looking for someone to blame, — said the president.

According to Putin, the other day he was “showed a picture” that is being distributed “in the media in Europe.”

“The picture, the person is depicted and at the bottom is the signature:“ Do you want to annoy Putin— mine is only these four places. And shown— here, here, here, here. Well, what is it? Completely crazy, you know. Save water, save, therefore, electricity, electricity. Well, it's just some bullshit. They made mistakes, and now they don’t know what to do with it and they are looking for the guilty, & mdash; he declared.

The tense situation with gas in the EU has worsened since the end of February. Against the backdrop of sanctions, Russia has transferred payments for gas into rubles, to which not all European countries agreed. In addition, Gazprom from mid-June limited supplies via Nord Stream 1; to Germany, explaining the decision by the fact that the German Siemens did not return the turbine after repairs in Canada due to anti-Russian sanctions. From July 11 to July 21, both strings of the gas pipeline were turned off, but for a different reason— for scheduled annual repairs, according to the operator Nord Stream AG.

Germany and the European Union accused Russia of using gas as a weapon. The Russian authorities have repeatedly denied such accusations. The Kremlin emphasized that Moscow does not use gas as a political tool and “is very, very careful about its reputation as a responsible supplier.”

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Against the backdrop of high energy prices and a tense situation with Russian gas in Germany, which is largely dependent on Russian supplies (by 55%, as the Minister of Economy and Climate Protection, Vice-Chancellor of Germany Robert Habeck said in January), in June it was decided to increase load on coal-fired power plants and reduce the use of gas in industry to increase stocks for the winter. German Food and Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir also encouraged motorists to drive more slowly on motorways, opting for a more economical low-speed option. And Khabek admitted that he began to spend less time in the shower.

The European Union as a whole is also going to take measures in terms of saving energy resources. As Bloomberg learned, he is going to propose to his countries to reduce gas consumption by 15% from next month for fear that Russia could cut off supplies. In addition, the plan provides for limiting the heating of public buildings to 19 degrees, and air conditioning— up to 25 degrees.

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Putin proved to Europe that she whipped herself

The Kremlin has staged an Italian strike for the West

Until now, only one creature in history was thought to have managed to “flog itself by mistake”: Gogol's non-commissioned officer's widow. But now this “record” has been broken. In the course of his communication with the press in Iran, Vladimir Putin proved this convincingly.

And who is this lucky (or, conversely, unlucky) record holder? Of course, Europe, which, according to the logic of the Kremlin, absolutely vainly accuses Russia of strangling it in the grip of an energy blockade.

Who, then, is to blame for the fact that the European Union, which has declared economic war on Moscow, is now suffocating due to a lack of gas (yes, yes, this can also happen)? It is known who, “non-traditional relations” – this time not between people of the same sex, but in the sphere of political decision-making regarding the energy sector.

Photo: AP

Are you a little confused? Don't worry, everything will become very clear to you now.

The President of the Russian Federation is asked: “Vladimir Vladimirovich, a serious energy crisis is approaching Europe… Tell me, please, is Russia justly blamed for this energy crisis?”< /p>

The President of the Russian Federation replies: “I don’t know if it’s worth going into details about the energy policy of European countries that have neglected the importance of traditional types of energy and have relied on non-traditional ones. They are great experts in the field of non-traditional relations, so in the field of energy they also decided to rely on non-traditional types of energy.

How politely worded! Not a single word that could be construed as disrespectful to the “great specialists in the field of non-traditional relationships.”

There is, however, one “but”. When, in 1962, Nikita Khrushchev made his famous visit to the Manege for an exhibition of avant-garde artists, he also spoke there about adherents of “non-traditional relations.” And as a politician, much less refined than Putin, he did it using much less intelligent vocabulary – for example, one common word for the letter “p”.

And this is the suspicion that gnaws at me: the meaning of the signal that Vladimir Vladimirovich sent from Iran to the “European partners” is not very different from what Nikita Sergeevich 60 years ago stated in plain text to the then experimenters in the field of art. But simply sending “partners” on a long and exciting “erotic journey” is not Putin's style. Putin's style is to ensure that this “journey” has a sobering and healing effect for the “partners”.

There is such a thing as the “Italian strike”. Here is its scientific definition: “A form of protest, in which the employees of the enterprise strictly fulfill their official duties and rules, not stepping back from them and not going beyond them … This method of strike struggle is very effective, since it is almost impossible to work strictly according to the instructions.”

Now compare this definition with the following public reflections by Putin on the return of the notorious Siemens turbine from Canada: “Now we are told that we will soon receive this machine from Canada, but Gazprom has no official documents on this yet. Of course, we must get them, because this is our property, this is the property of Gazprom. “Gazprom” must receive not only metal, not only a car, but also documents for it, and legal documents, and technical documentation. We must understand what Gazprom takes, in what condition the car arrived and what is its legal status: it is under sanctions, not under sanctions, what to do with it, tomorrow, maybe they will take it back. But that's not all.”

Are you sure it's not all, Vladimir Vladimirovich? If I were Russia's “European partner”, then at the sound of Putin's words “that's not all” it would cost me a lot of effort not to instantly turn gray.

But Putin really has “not everything yet”: “The fact is that at the end of July, in my opinion, on the 26th, in my opinion, this should be asked from Gazprom, also for maintenance work, for repairs should be another car sent.

Where can we get the refurbished ones? It is completely incomprehensible.

And another machine has already failed, because some kind of internal lining has fallen off, Siemens confirmed this.

Now you are convinced that Russia has nothing to do with the “gas famine” in Europe, that this “hunger” is a direct result of the fact that the EU flogged itself? I'm sure you've made sure. Putin's arguments in favor of this theory (I have given here only a part of such arguments) can be called quite exhaustive. yeah, just a coincidence. In the end, should adherents of traditional relationships get moral satisfaction from the fact that adherence to non-traditional relationships leads somewhere wrong?

And here we are talking not only about moral, but also about quite a material pleasure. The last quote from GDP in this text: “Look, the year before last, in the first half of the year before last, gas in Europe cost 100 euros per 1000 cubic meters. In the first half of last year – 250. Today, these days – 1,700 euros for 1,000 cubic meters.

In short, traditions are our everything. To comply with them, as Putin has just proved, is easier, cheaper, and more pleasant.


Putin invited Europe to launch Sevpotok-2 to solve the crisis

According to the President of Russia, he raised this topic in a conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, but he considered it “out of place”

Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to resolve the energy crisis in Europe to launch the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. He told reporters about this following a working visit to Iran.

“We have one more route ready— Nord Stream 2. It can be run»,— Putin said.

He said that he raised this topic in a conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, pointing out that Gazprom; has already reserved power and “they cannot hang in the air indefinitely.” However, Scholz, he said, replied that there were “more important questions”; and now “out of place” do it.

Then, Putin continued, he warned the chancellor that in this case, half of the volume of gas would be directed to domestic needs. «And«Gazprom» <…> I have already done this, so even if we launch Nord Stream 2 tomorrow, it will not be 55 billion cubic meters per year, but exactly half. And if we keep in mind that only the second half of the year is left of this year, then, therefore, one quarter, — concluded the president.

«Nord Stream-2»— gas pipeline from Russia to Europe across the Baltic Sea. It consists of two lines with a length of more than 1.2 thousand km each. The laying of the pipeline was complicated by US sanctions. In September 2021, Nord Stream 2 was completed.

In November, Germany suspended the certification of the gas pipeline, obliging its operator— Nord Stream 2 AG— bring its organizational and legal form in line with German law. Nord Stream 2 AG decided to create a “daughter” that will become the owner and operator of the German section of the gas pipeline, which the company did in January of this year by establishing Gas for Europe GmbH with headquarters in Schwerin, Germany.

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Experts predict energy “storm and chaos” in Europe in the coming days

Bloomberg, citing experts, published a disappointing forecast.

Bloomberg, analyzing the weather conditions that Europe will face in the near future, made a disappointing forecast for the state of energy in the coming winter.

So, the media mentions abnormal heat, which will become an obstacle to replenishing European gas stocks.

The publication, citing experts from Maxar, reports that no later than in the first half of the week, France, like the UK, will have to experience record high air temperatures.

This will lead to the fact that the population will try to cool the premises in which they are located, which may lead to an increase in demand for liquefied natural gas.

Analysts emphasize that, in addition to heat, the weather scenario adjustment includes a storm. And this will happen much earlier than expected.

As a result, the European region, as Rystad Energy specialists specify, will find itself in a difficult situation.

“The region will not be sufficiently prepared for chaos that it will bring,” they say.

Recall that the forecast was made against the backdrop of a recent statement by a number of countries about the fear of an emergency due to the energy crisis. This was reported by the German and Hungarian authorities.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that Putin predicted an energy crisis in Europe 11 years ago.


Are murderers and pimps political prisoners? Who did Europe refuse to extradite to Russia?

After the start of the special operation in Ukraine, European countries have already 43  times denied the Prosecutor General of extradition of those accused of crimes.

Among such countries — Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and so on.

Often, the courts did not even hide the political motivation of their decisions. Although among the accused — far from politics.

Mikhail Golikov

Cusation: Murder, robbery, intentional destruction of another's property (part 3 of article 162, part .2 Art.105, Part 2 Art 167 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation)

Country of residence: Germany

In 2006, Golikov was sentenced to 20 years in a strict regime colony for assault and related murder. Together with accomplices, Mikhail stole a car with two passengers. One of them was beaten and injured by the criminals with an axe, and the other was burned alive. In 2020, Golikov's sentence was mitigated to corrective labor, after which he fled from Russia through the Finnish border. In Europe, Golikov surrendered to the authorities and asked for asylum. Back in December, the Düsseldorf court was going to extradite Golikov to Russia, but after the start of the SVO, the decision was canceled.

Svetlana Titova

< p>Charge: involvement in prostitution, including with the participation of minors (Art 241 and 240 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation)

Country of residence : Austria

The modeling agency “Lel”, which was led by Titova, received scandalous fame. The woman invited young girls, including minors, to her agency to participate in fashion shows. Young models were promised a career on world catwalks, but they performed most often in front of men in Mordovian clubs. One of the agency's shows was called Miss Bust. At the end of the 2000s, after a series of revealing reports, the office closed, and Titova herself transferred the business to Thailand. Austria decided not to extradite Titova due to  uncertainty about reliability of guarantees in observance by Russia of the rights of the person requested». 

Adnan Nagaev

Charge: Attempt to sell drugs (Art. 30 and 228.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation)

< em>Home Country: Germany

Not much is known about this 54-year-old resident of KhMAO. According to the media, Nagaev has repeatedly come to the attention of the police as suspected of selling heroin. By the verdict of the district court, the dealer was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison.

Andrey Isaev

Charge: Fraud on an especially large scale (part 4 art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

Country of residence: France

In Russia, the ex-banker Isaev was put on the wanted list at the end of 2018 . According to investigators, he stole real estate and land belonging to the Baltic Bank in the amount of 500 million rubles. It is believed that the crime was committed in 2013 before the reorganization of the bank, which was included in the list of the 100 largest in the country.

Isaev fled to Monaco, where in 2020 he was arrested for speeding. After that, the citizen of the Russian Federation was taken under legal control, since a request for extradition was received against him. However, after the start of the SVO, the court decided not to extradite Isaev.

About who else is known

The Prague court decided not to extradite to Russia a citizen with the surname Sergeev, accused of the theft committed by an organized group on an especially large scale.

Austria refused to extradite the former co-owner of the Aktis factories and "Escort" Vladimir Baziyan, who is accused of  bankruptcy of the headed companies and theft of credit funds in the amount of 300 million rubles.

Great Britain has not extradited the former CEO of Mezhregionsoyuzenergo holding JSC ; Yuri Shulgin. He is accused of creating a criminal community, managing it and theft by fraud of at least 10 billion rubles.

In the court rejected the extradition request of the former general director of the Antipinsky Oil RefineryGennady Lisovichenko . In Russia, he was arrested in absentia in 2020 as a defendant in fraud case.

«Non-extradition — it's complicity”

The decision of European countries not to extradite persons accused of serious criminal offenses to Russia has no precedents in judicial practice. lawyer, specialist in international law Maria Yarmush.

“What's going on — these are political games against the background of negative rhetoric and sanction pressure on Russia. At another time, all these people would certainly have been extradited. But now it would not like the Western political beau monde. None of the European countries wants to stand out. There are no legal grounds for refusal, since we are talking about those convicted under serious criminal articles. In essence, the actions of the European courts — this is complicity in  crimes».

According to the lawyer, refusal to  extradition is justified only in the case of political persecution.

“But” this is clearly not about those who suffered because of their beliefs. We can remember how the former Minister of Finance of the Moscow Region was extradited from France. At the requests of the Prosecutor General's Office, they not only extradited the accused, but and arrested their accounts. The cases that were initiated in the Russian Federation were investigated through the line of Interpol and so on. Of course, there have always been problems with the Great Britain, which is considered the most reliable place for those who flee from Russia, so the behavior of the British here is not surprising».

According to the expert, it will be difficult to influence the situation .

“There are practically no opportunities to influence these decisions of Europe now. The Prosecutor General's Office will simply continue to send their requests and track the whereabouts of these people. Perhaps, when the situation on the front stabilizes, when the West admits its defeat, when peace agreements are signed, and sanctions are lifted, then these requests will be satisfied».

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Romanian authorities warn of the worst winter in Europe in 60 years

Sanctions against Russia because of the military operation in Ukraine are necessary, as “there are no other levers of influence,” but Europe “will pay a high price,” said the Deputy Prime Minister of Romania. The EC admits that Moscow may stop gas supplies Romanian authorities have warned of the most severe winter in Europe in 60 years” />

Europe may face the most severe winter since World War II, Romanian Deputy Prime Minister, leader of the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania, Hunor Kelemen, said on B1 TV.

“I hope that we will not have problems with gas, but it will be more expensive. & lt; … & gt; It will be a harsh winter, perhaps the most severe in the last 40–50–60 years»,— he said (quote from Agerpres), noting that this situation will be observed throughout Europe.

According to the politician, about 80% of the storage facilities are now filled in Romania, but about 2 billion cubic meters. m of gas will need to be bought on the market.

The Deputy Prime Minister said that he considers sanctions against Russia because of the military operation in Ukraine necessary, since “there are no other levers of influence,” but admitted that “we will all pay the price this winter.” “At the moment there are no signs that the end of the war is approaching. The conflict turned out to be longer than some thought six months ago & raquo;, & mdash; he admitted.

Deputy of the European Parliament Yevgeny Tomak, chairman of the Romanian Party of the People’s Movement, said that the European Commission admits the script in which Russia can completely stop gas supply; in this case, some countries are facing “one of the coldest and most difficult winters in the last hundred years.” “We cannot eliminate this risk, which is why we insisted that the European Commission have a well-prepared plan,” he said. Tomac said that EU states should comply with the recommendations of the European Commission to achieve 80% filling of storage facilities by November.

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Concerns about Russia's possible refusal to supply gas were previously expressed by the German authorities after the Russian side reduced the volume of pumping through the Nord Stream gas pipeline. and announced the suspension from 11 to 21 July of deliveries for routine maintenance. “Gazprom” explained the reduction by the fact that the Siemens turbine was delayed in Canada after repairs, and sanctions prevented its return to Germany (on July 10, the Canadian authorities announced that they would transfer the turbine to Berlin). The German authorities and the management of Siemens Energy considered that the real reasons for the reduction in gas supplies were political, not technical considerations. Moscow rejected these statements.

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire also urged to prepare for the fact that Russia will completely shut off the gas. Italian Minister of Environmental Transformations Roberto Cingolani also warned about a difficult winter in such a development of events. without air conditioners. “Sanctions against us turn into a boomerang for Western economies, once again we are convinced of this,” — said Dmitry Birichevsky, director of the ministry's economic cooperation department, and warned that Russia had not yet used “countermeasures in full force.”

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Medvedev said that Europe “was riddled with diarrhea”


Deputy head of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev published a message on the topic of transit to the Kaliningrad region in his telegram channel. Earlier on Wednesday, the European Commission clarified transit restrictions, in particular, indicated that, with a number of reservations, the transit of sanctioned goods to and from Kaliningrad through the EU is allowed. In Lithuania, they said they support the updated EC rules and are committed to preventing violations of EU sanctions.

Medvedev believes that with these clarifications “the EU reluctantly recognized that the requirements for transit to OUR Kaliningrad region are fair” (author's spelling).

In his opinion, there was a “rare case” victories "holes of the mind" over “cretinism and cave Russophobia”.

Or, in his opinion, there may be another explanation for the decision made in Europe: “I got diarrhea from fear of losing a profitable transit.”


The Foreign Ministry ruled out Russia’s guilt in the “winter without heating” for Europe

Foreign Ministry warned of “painful measures” by Russia in response to Western sanctions Russia is developing measures that could become “very painful” for the European Union, the Foreign Ministry warned. Residents of Europe are threatened by a lack of heating in winter, anti-Russian sanctions are to blame for this, the ministry is sure .jpg” alt=”The Foreign Ministry ruled out Russia's guilt in the “winter without heating” for Europe” />

The actions of the European Union led to problems in the economy and for the inhabitants of European countries, while Russia has not yet applied the “winter without heating” countermeasures in full force,” said in an interview with RIA Novosti Director of the Department of Economic Cooperation of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dmitry Birichevsky.

“It is not Russia that is to blame for the fact that Europeans are threatened with winter without heating, but the summer heat” no air conditioners. Sanctions against us turn into a boomerang for Western economies, once again we are convinced of this, — says the diplomat.

Moskva has the right to toughen “our special measures,” he continued, these decisions are now being worked out in the government of the country. Birichevsky warned: “The restrictive actions of the West are sensitive to the Russian economy, but our response can be very painful.”

The countries of the European Union adopted the latest to date, the sixth package of sanctions in June. Within its framework, Brussels introduced a partial ban on the purchase of oil of Russian origin, this step was tried to be agreed in the European Union for more than a month. The sanctions also affected 65 individuals and 18 legal entities from Russia, including the National Settlement Depository, which acts as a paying agent for Eurobonds. According to Bloomberg, in the coming weeks, the EU will introduce the seventh package of sanctions against Russia, discussing the mechanism for limiting the price of oil from Russia.

In June Gazprom twice reduced the volume of supplies to Germany via the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, first from 167 million to 100 million cubic meters. m per day, and then up to 67 million cubic meters. m per day. This was due to the fact that a turbine remains in Canada after repairs, sanctions prevent its return to Germany, Gazprom explained. The German authorities and the management of Siemens Energy considered that the real reasons for the reduction in gas supplies were political reasons, not technical ones.

Official Moscow intends to “ignite social unrest and destroy unity”, — Vice Chancellor Robert Habek is sure. He also called Russia's actions “an economic war.” Chancellor Olaf Scholz in early July called a possible increase in the cost of heating “social explosives.” According to him, Berlin is making efforts to prevent such a situation: coal-fired power plants are being put into operation, liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals are being built.

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In Moscow, the accusations were rejected. “From a technological point of view, the mechanical infrastructure of this pipeline is suffering because of the sanctions imposed by the European Union,” said the representative of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov. He added that Moscow remains the most reliable supplier and Russian gas is ready for supplies.

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Right to the body. “Abortion tourism” is forced to develop in Europe and the USA

Abortion tourism has begun in the United States. Recently, a 10-year-old pregnant victim of violence had to travel from Ohio to Indiana to have an abortion, as in her region, abortions are prohibited for more than 6 weeks, and the girl had it for three days more.

Catch to the last carriage

According to The Guardian, six US states — South Dakota, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Alabama — Abortion has been completely banned. Another 12 will soon ban it or impose severe restrictions. Abortion rights are under threat in 12 more states. By some estimates, more than half of the US states will move to ban abortion in the coming months.

In those regions where abortion is still allowed, they are preparing for an influx of patients. For example, Bend, Oregon, has the only family planning clinic that serves the eastern half of the state. They're expecting an influx of women from neighboring Idaho, where a law to ban most abortions is expected to go into effect this summer.

“We've already started recruiting,” — said Joanna Dennis-Cook, manager of Benda Health Center.

It's worth saying that such tourism is quite expensive. You need to pay for both medical services and a many-hour trip with a stay in a hotel. Therefore, some large financial companies support abortion tourism by offering to cover travel expenses.

Mass protests continue against the background of the ban on abortion in the United States.

In an underground way

Recommendations to do “herbal abortions” spread in the American TikTok; against the background of the abolition of the legal right to medical abortion. Girls are advised to drink tea with a specific herb several times a day to terminate a pregnancy. 

Doctors are horrified by such methods, trying to debunk the myths and warn of serious harm to health: vomiting, abdominal pain or liver necrosis. The social network has already reacted to the resonance and started deleting the videos. 

European “tolerance”

In Europe, abortion tourism is especially developed in Poland. Local law prohibits termination of pregnancy. Recently, 37-year-old Savita Halappanavar died because of this. The woman died from an infection caused by the pathology of pregnancy. It happened in a Galway hospital after her requests for an abortion were denied. This is the third known case since the near-total ban went into effect in January 2021. 

Malta — another country in the European Union that completely bans abortion. Recently, local doctors refused to perform an abortion on an American woman who was bleeding. The only chance to survive was a flight for medical care to another country. “I just want to get out of here alive,” — the woman told The Guardian. After several days of waiting, she and her husband Jaywere airlifted from Malta to Spain, where Andrea received the treatment she was denied by the Maltese doctors. A pregnancies that were thought not to be viable were terminated before a potentially fatal infection developed in the woman's body.

In Germany, doctors are not allowed to provide information about abortions. They may claim to have abortions, but they cannot say how or under what conditions. Restrictive rules also apply in the countries of Andorra, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, Monaco.

Support for volunteers

In Europe there is an association of volunteers who support abortion (ASN). They explain to which nearest country you can go for the procedure, suggest where to get help. The first to contact the hotline were women from Ireland — a country that has long had strict rules on abortion. Now most of all women from Poland, Malta and Gibraltar are asking for help from ASN, and they are calling from other countries. According to the volunteers, just because abortion is technically legal in the country doesn't mean it's always easy.

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Outpost in Europe: how Kaliningrad and its inhabitants live in the new conditions

After the introduction of new EU sanctions, Kaliningrad found itself in fact in a blockade – European countries limited transit to the region. How the inhabitants of the Russian region live and what dreams they have – in the RBC video


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Europe demonstrates “turbo fatigue” from Ukraine

The constant reproaches of official Kyiv cause natural irritation

Despite all the requests, threats and tantrums of the Ukrainian side, Canada will still return the gas turbine for Nord Stream 1 to Russia after repairs.< /p>

For a whole month, official Kyiv bombarded Europeans with almost daily statements: “If the Canadians decide to transfer the turbine, it doesn’t matter to Gazprom or Germany, so that it passes it on, this will be a precedent when the two G7 countries bypass the sanctions imposed against Russia.” “There are seven turbines, this is just one of them, and the ones that are working now are enough for full power.” Here we must take into account that in Canada there is a super influential Ukrainian diaspora (it is the third country in the world in terms of the Ukrainian population). But Kyiv has achieved only a formal curtsy. Canada, where the turbine was repaired, will not transfer it directly to Russia, but first to Germany. And the German minister explained that he asked Canada about this with a “heavy heart.”

What is so burdensome to the German “heart” is understandable. Having not received back its own turbine after scheduled maintenance at the plant in Montreal, Gazprom predictably reduced gas pumping from 167 million to 100 million cubic meters. m, and then up to 67 million cubic meters. m of gas per day. And winter is ahead. And if the Ukrainian authorities have already warned their citizens about reducing the average winter temperatures in their homes from 20 to 16 degrees, the German authorities are not ready for this.

In Europe, the constant reproaches of Ukrainians for insufficient solidarity and assistance have already become rather annoying. Several videos have already been published, where the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany Melnyk (who became famous for calling the German Chancellor Scholz an “offended liver sausage”) “Melnik, get out.” And the incident itself, it turns out, was continued at the highest official level. As you know, Scholz became a “sausage” after he did not go to Kyiv after the Ukrainian authorities refused a visit to German President Stanmeier for his “close ties” with Russia. But only now has the German publication Spiegel become aware of how long and unpleasantly Zelensky had to justify himself to the German authorities for this blatant faux pas. Moreover, the Ukrainian president first tried to shift all the blame on his subordinates. In response, the German president allegedly said that he had all the correspondence regarding the cancellation of the visit before his eyes. “Please spare yourself and me the trouble of reading all this now,”

On Saturday, July 9, in an interview with CNN, Zelensky blamed the United States for insufficient assistance. He also demanded that Ukraine be admitted to NATO.

The matter has not yet reached the cancellation of visits. But as if without this I didn’t have to apologize again.