Cellular operators in Russia raise prices for mobile communications

The cost of archive plans will increase by 10%.

In Russia, mobile operators in 2022 increase the cost of archival tariffs. On average, mobile communications will rise in price by 10-12% this year. The operators themselves explain that this is due to the rise in equipment costs and the growth of mobile traffic.

The Kommersant publication found out that in the near future the cost of VimpelCom's archive plans will increase by 10%.

Next, MegaFon raises prices, and later Tele2. Since January of this year, prices for MTS tariffs have increased: by an average of 60 rubles.

Vympelcom announced that they would change the cost of archival plans, and subscriptions in advance warn them by offering them new services. So far, the company has about 40 archival tariffs.

Before VimpelCom, MTS also offered its subscribers a choice of services. This mobile operator explained that the construction of networks has risen in price in the country, prices for electricity and external contractors have risen.

MTS was the first to set the upward trend.

“As a rule, operators look at each other and hesitate to raise prices first among competitors”, – experts say.

Services and legal requirements are becoming more expensive, for example, the implementation of the Yarovaya Law.

Experts confirm that mobile operators will raise prices to bring them up to current realities . Some tariffs worked for 5-6 years. With the help of a rise in price, companies will push subscribers to change their tariff. Moreover, some tariffs will be cheaper than the old ones.

By the way, in 2021 the services of mobile operators have risen in price by 2%, in 2022 by 10-12%. In the meantime, the most expensive services are in Chechnya, Dagestan, and the cheapest ones are in Moscow, Magadan, Sakhalin, etc.

As Topnews wrote earlier, Russians were warned about rising food prices. The cost of meat, semi-finished products, sausages will increase several times – by 7-20%, experts predict.

Retail chains report that this is due to the rise in the cost of raw materials and packaging.

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The Metropolitan who returned the icon of Our Lady of Tikhvin from the USA to Russia has died

Retired Metropolitan Vladimir (Kotlyarov), who participated in the return to Russia of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God “Hodegetria”, painted by the Evangelist Luke, died at the age of 93.

“Our leader appeared before God” hellip; Kingdom of heaven and eternal rest, dear Vladyka!” – Bishop Nazariy of Kronstadt wrote on Facebook.

According to legend, the Tikhvin Icon appeared in the air over the waters of Lake Ladoga in the 14th century. In December 1941, she was taken to Riga, where she came to Bishop John, who came to the USA with her 8 years later.

The shrine was kept in the United States until 2004, when it was solemnly returned by a delegation led by Metropolitan Vladimir .

Earlier it was reported that the Moscow Art Theater returned to the St. Petersburg Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker the relics and two icons that were in the so-called prayer room.

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Biden compared the possible “invasion” of Russia to Ukraine with the Second World War

Biden: Russia's invasion of Ukraine will be the most serious event since World War II Biden is concerned that the situation around Ukraine could “get out of control”

If Russia “invades” Ukraine to Ukraine, this step will have serious consequences for the world, US President Joe Biden said at a press conference.

According to Biden, if Russian President Vladimir Putin makes such a decision, it will be “the most serious event that has happened in the world in terms of war and peace since the Second World War.” (quote from CBS).

The US leader said he was concerned that the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border “may get out of control”, including due to the fact that Ukraine borders on several NATO countries. “The only war worse than planned,” this is an unintentional war,— he said.

Biden warned Russia of tough economic measures, including a ban on banks from dealing in dollars, in the event of an escalation in Ukraine. At the same time, he said that the Russian authorities have not yet made a final decision on actions against the neighboring country, and expressed confidence that Putin does not want a full-scale war with the West.

On January 18, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the United States believes Russia may launch an “attack” on to a neighboring country at any time. However, she stressed, in response to this, the strictest sanctions from the West will follow.

Moscow has repeatedly rejected reports of a planned “aggression”; regarding Kiev. The Russian Foreign Ministry emphasized that the actions of the Russian armed forces on the territory of the country — “legitimate right of a sovereign state”. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the “outrageous measure” imposition of likely restrictions on the country's leadership and warned that they could lead to a complete cessation of relations between the United States and Russia.

The day before, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a video message to the nation in which he said that “Ukraine does not want war, but must always be ready for it,” and urged citizens not to panic about the news of a possible Russian invasion. According to him, the war with the participation of Ukraine has been going on for the eighth year already.

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What kind of new aircraft appeared in Russia to replace the “corn”?

Flight tests of the newest Russian light multi-purpose aircraft “Baikal” enter active phase — it became known that the car broke away from the ground. This aircraft was designed to replace the An-2 and AIF. ru suggests to understand its peculiarities.

What happened?

“Baikal” during one of runs along the runway, it took off the ground and flying a few meters again descended onto the runway. The first full-fledged flight should be completed by the end of January. They wanted to start its flight tests in October last year, but subsequently they rescheduled the beginning of 2022. nicknamed one of the  most efficient, sought-after, irreplaceable and  long-operated aircraft of domestic design. The reason for this is its versatility or, in modern terms, utility, resulting in the indispensability of its agricultural modification. However, they want to replace the indispensable aircraft practically from the moment it began to be operated.

Plans for production

Project "Baikal" has been developed since  2019 and should replace the obsolete light multi-purpose aircraft (LMS) An-2, known as “maize”. Now, according to plans, they want to produce 30 winged vehicles per year.

The aircraft will be assembled in Komsomolsk-on-Amur (KnAAZ), and not at UZGA in Yekaterinburg. For the production of aircraft, a special assembly shop will be built next to the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant. In fact and  legally, it will be a separate production from  KnAAZ. According to plans, the production of LMS-901 aircraft should be 30 units per year, with further growth to 50.

The Ural Civil Aviation Plant (UZGA) expects to conclude a firm contract this year for the supply of ten Baikal aircraft in 2023-2025, Oleg Bogomolov, UZGA Sales and Marketing Director , said in the summer.< /strong>

The cost of “Baikal” in the basic version is 120 million rubles. The volume of the market of the state order of the Russian Federation for "Baikal"aircraft can reach 300 cars until 2030.  

Developer

The developer of “Baikal”, which should replace the Soviet “maize”, is the company “Baikal Engineering” (subsidiary structure of UZGA). “Baikal” will be equipped with a domestic VK-800 engine. This aircraft is created to increase the transport accessibility of remote regions of Russia and the development of local airlines.

History of creation

LMS-901 “Baikal” cannot be considered absolutely new: when creating it, they used the backlog of the T-101 Grach aircraft, which made its first flight in 1994. Around the & nbsp; 90th year, the idea arose to make a car in & nbsp; the dimensions of the An-2 aircraft. Because the operation of the aircraft was coming to an end, there were problems with spare parts, with gasoline. There was an idea to make a car with kerosene, without gasoline, without fabric.

History of "Rook" got a sequel. The chief designer of OSKBES MAI, with & nbsp; partners, offered the T-101 in the guise of Viscount V100. Later, UZGA began to gain strength, which occupied a niche in flights up to 50 persons. 

Characteristics

“Baikal” easy to maintenance, can be repaired in field conditions and stored outside of hangars at temperatures from minus 50 to plus 50 degrees Celsius. Depending on the cabin layout, it can be used as a passenger, cargo, agricultural or medical aircraft.

As Baikal-Engineering Company reported, the aircraft created by Russian designers and engineers is safe, affordable and versatile, and its economic performance is significantly better than that of foreign competitors, the price is 30-50%, and  cost per flight hour — more than two times less.

LMS-901 “Baikal” has a length of 12.2 meters, a height — 3.7 meters and wingspan — 16.5 & nbsp; meters. Maximum takeoff weight — 4.8 tons, speed — up to 300 km/h. Maximum flight range — 3 thousand km. Accommodates 9 passengers and can carry up to 2 tons of payload. At current it is equipped with a General Electric H80-200 engine;

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The celebration of Epiphany in the regions of Russia

On January 19, Orthodox believers in Russia celebrate the Epiphany. This day is associated with the gospel event — baptism by John the Forerunner of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River. Baptism in Russia is traditionally accompanied by Epiphany bathing in ice holes (Jordan).

Epiphany celebration in Russian cities — in the AiF.ru photo feed.

Rector of the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Archpriest Yevgeny Popichenko (left) during the rite of consecrating water on Epiphany Christmas Eve at Verkh-Isetsky Pond in Yekaterinburg © RIA Novosti/Pavel Lisitsyn

A man during Epiphany bathing in a font in the waters of the Verkh-Isetsky pond in Yekaterinburg © RIA Novosti/Pavel Lisitsyn

A believer during a water-blessed prayer service for Baptism in the Church of St. Nicholas in Moscow © RIA Novosti/Mikhail Voskresensky

Distribution of Epiphany water on the day of the celebration of the Epiphany in the Church of the Holy Righteous John of Kronstadt in Moscow © RIA Novosti/Sergey Pyatakov

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During Epiphany bathing in a font in the waters of the Middle Harbor in Kronstadt © RIA Novosti/Alexander Galperin

A clergyman during the blessing of water in a font in Pereslavl-Zalessky © Reuters

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A man during Epiphany bathing in a font in the waters of the Verkh-Isetsky pond in Yekaterinburg © RIA Novosti/Pavel Lisitsyn

Priests during Epiphany bathing in a font on the Ob River in Novosibirsk © RIA Novosti/Alexander Kryazhev

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Bloomberg learned about the transfer of the British Foreign Office to a crisis mode because of Russia

Bloomberg: UK FM to go into crisis mode amid Ukraine tensions Switching to this mode means diplomats and other FM officials will focus on policy towards Ukraine and Russia, as well as Britain's work on a response in the event of an escalation, including sanctions < p>

The UK authorities have instructed UK Foreign Office staff to be prepared to switch to crisis mode as soon as possible amid growing concerns about “Russian aggression” in relation to Ukraine, Bloomberg reports citing a source.

The interlocutor of the agency specified that the employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were informed about this this week. The launch of the crisis regime will mean the redistribution of duties of the leading employees of the department. They will primarily focus on policy issues towards Russia and Ukraine, as well as developing UK responses to rising potential tensions, including work on “containment”; and sanctions.

The instructions received by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs say that “this is a critical work to form and ensure security.” in Europe.

Some experts have already been brought in to develop contingency plans, a source told Bloomberg. The ministry did not respond to the agency's request.

The order to switch to a crisis regime does not mean that the British authorities consider a Russian attack on Ukraine inevitable, the agency notes. Rather, it is a precautionary measure that will allow the ministry to react quickly if necessary.

The day before, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said that London would supply Kiev with light anti-tank weapons for self-defense due to the “increasingly threatening behavior of Russia”: according to the minister, there is real reason to worry that Moscow will show military aggression. He stressed that the systems are not strategic weapons and do not pose a threat to Russia. “Ukraine has every right to defend its borders, the new aid package will further expand its ability to do so,” — Wallace said.

The minister also invited his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu to London to discuss the situation. The Times reported last week that British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss may be planning a visit to Moscow to hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Western media began reporting late last year on Russia's impending invasion of Ukraine , referring to the concentration of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border. Then similar fears began to be expressed by the authorities of the United States, Germany, Britain and other countries, the West threatened Moscow with harsh sanctions in the event of an attack on Ukraine.

The Kremlin denied these assumptions more than once, called them escalation of tension, and emphasized that Moscow there are no aggressive plans towards other countries. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that not Russia, but NATO is gradually invading Ukraine “with its infrastructure, its instructors, stocks of defensive and offensive weapons” and in these conditions the Russian side must take precautions.

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WSJ learned what the next US sanctions over Russia and Ukraine will be

WSJ: US prepares sanctions against four “pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine” Restrictions, which include an asset freeze, will be imposed against four “pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine”, Washington will announce them on Thursday, January 20th. The United States does not yet want to introduce measures directly against Russia, writes WSJ =”WSJ learned what the next US sanctions will be because of Russia and Ukraine” />

The US is preparing financial sanctions against “pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine,” reports The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), citing sources. According to the newspaper, the measures are to put diplomatic pressure on Moscow and “dissuade her from invading”; to a neighboring country.

Sanctions will affect at least four people, they mean the freezing of their assets in the United States, the newspaper writes. Against whom exactly the restrictions will be introduced, it is not specified. Washington is expected to announce these measures on Thursday, January 20.

The sanctions will be adopted as part of US President Joe Biden's April 2021 executive order targeting individuals involved in “external aggression” Russia, writes WSJ.

The US Department of State and Treasury did not respond to the publication's request.

The newspaper's sources note that the imposition of sanctions against citizens of Ukraine, and not the Russian authorities, indicates “some indecision”; administration of the United States in relation to direct action against Moscow. Washington and allies hope for a diplomatic solution to the situation around Ukraine, writes WSJ.

US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said the United States has prepared 18 scenarios for sanctions against Russia in the event of an attack on Ukraine. According to The New York Times, among the measures being considered are — a ban on the export to Russia of any consumer goods: from mobile phones and laptops to refrigerators and washing machines designed in the United States or containing American-made parts. Bloomberg wrote last year that the sanctions imply cutting Russia off from SWIFT and limiting the ruble's conversion.

On January 12, the US Senate released a draft of a new package of sanctions prepared by the Democrats against Russia's national debt, the banking sector and leadership of the country, including against President Vladimir Putin. Then Republican Senator Marco Rubio introduced a bill in the Senate “On the containment of authoritarian military actions”, which provides for tough personal sanctions against Putin and other leaders of the country in the event of a further escalation in Ukraine.

Moscow has repeatedly rejected reports of planned “aggression” regarding Kiev. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the “outrageous measure” imposition of likely restrictions against Putin and warned that they could lead to a complete cessation of relations between the countries, “which would not be in the interests of either Moscow or Washington.”

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The United States announced the possibility of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine through Belarus

US State Department: Russia may use exercises in Belarus to attack Ukraine According to a State Department official, Russia may use troops sent to Belarus to conduct exercises to invade. The Ministry of Defense of Belarus called the purpose of the exercises an assessment of the readiness of the forces of the Union State to protect the borders

Russian troops arriving in Belarus could be used to attack Ukraine, a senior US State Department official said. Exercises in Belarus give Russia an opportunity to attack a neighboring country, according to Washington.

“The information we have suggests that Belarus may play a role in Russia's planned invasion of Ukraine. <…> There is concern about reports of Russian troops moving into Belarus under the pretext of regular planned joint military exercises,— said a spokesman for the department. He pointed to the possibility of an attack on Ukraine from the north.

Moscow sent more troops than the US could expect as part of a standard exercise, according to a State Department official.

The official also said it was “a defining moment” for Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. and he must decide on the future sovereignty of his country.

On January 18, the first units of the Russian Armed Forces arrived in the republic, which will participate in the joint exercises “Allied Resolve”. The troops will arrive from Russia throughout the entire first stage of the exercises, after unloading they will go to the training area.

The Ministry of Defense of Belarus called the goal of the joint exercises to assess the readiness of the forces of the Union State to carry out tasks to neutralize threats at the borders. The military will work out the regrouping of forces over long distances and perform combat training tasks. The main result of the maneuvers should be an assessment of the ability of commanders and troops to quickly respond to challenges to the military security of the Union State, the department noted.

Lukashenka announced the exercises on January 17. They will be held in February (the head of the republic did not name the exact dates). According to him, he and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on the need for maneuvers in December last year.

“Today we see what we need in this western and southern region, the “Belarusian balcony”, to conduct solid exercises,— Lukashenka said.

Earlier on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Russia could launch an attack on Ukraine at any moment.

The situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border escalated in the fall of 2021 : foreign media began to publish materials about the impending “invasion”; Russia to Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly rejected such accusations and stated that it does not plan any attack.

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Sullivan said the number of cyberattacks decreased after contacts between the United States and Russia

Assistant to the President of the United States Sullivan: the number of cyber attacks on the United States has decreased after contacts with the Russian Federation According to the adviser to the President of the United States, the number of ransomware attacks on infrastructure has decreased in recent months. He thanked Russia for detaining the hackers who staged such cyberattacks

The United States has noted a decrease in hacker activity in recent months, said Jake Sullivan, assistant to the president for national security. He thanked Russia for its assistance in this area.

“Over the past few months, we have seen a decrease in activity in the field of high-profile ransomware attacks against key infrastructure,”— he said in an interview with Foreign Policy.

He commended the Russian authorities' detention of “several criminals linked to extortionate cyberattacks in the United States.”

On January 14, the FSB reported on the suppression of the activities of the REvil hacker group, whose members used malware to steal money from the accounts of foreign citizens and companies. Alleged hackers were detained in 14 Russian cities, some of them were arrested. “The basis for the search activities was the appeal of the competent authorities of the United States”, — reported to the FSB.

According to the US authorities, the leader of the group is involved in “encroachments on the information resources of foreign high-tech companies by introducing malicious software, encrypting information and extorting money for its decryption.”

Among the victims of REvil were one of Apple's key partners, Quanta Computer, the largest meat producer JBS Foods, IT company Acer and others. According to a Kaspersky Lab report, the group earned $100 million in 2020.

The presidents of Russia and the United States have been discussing cyberattacks by hackers since last summer. Joe Biden demanded that Vladimir Putin stop the activity of extortionists.

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FT praised Russia’s preparations for new US and EU sanctions

FT: Russia is better prepared than the EU for the consequences of possible sanctions Russia is quite prepared for the consequences of possible sanctions, writes the Financial Times. The European Union, in turn, was unable to reduce dependence on Russian gas, oil and other raw materials

Russia has prepared for the sanctions that Western countries promise to impose in the event of its “invasion” to Ukraine, writes the Financial Times.

According to the publication, Moscow was helped in this, in particular, by actions aimed at reducing dependence on the global financial system.

The newspaper quoted Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov as saying in an interview with RBC last week that the Russian economy would be able to withstand US sanctions. He added that Russia has already created a safety cushion in the form of the National Welfare Fund (NWF)— it will help protect the economy. According to Siluanov, Russian financial institutions will be able to cope with the risks that may arise.

“In general, we will withstand the restrictions that are being discussed today, but I think that this should not come to that,” ; said Siluanov.

The Financial Times also noted the de-dollarization of the economy initiated by the Russian authorities. In 2018, President Vladimir Putin backed a government-led plan in response to the tightening of US sanctions. According to ING Bank, in 2014–2019, the share of the dollar in Russia's trade and financial flows fell by 15–20 p.p.

In addition, Russia has become less dependent on foreign investors, the newspaper writes. At the same time, the European Union has not made due efforts to reduce its dependence on Russian energy resources.

At the end of last year, foreign media began to write about Russia's impending invasion of Ukraine. Soon, Western politicians also started talking about a possible attack. Moscow has denied these data more than once.

US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland announced 18 scenarios for sanctions against Russia in the event of military aggression. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia is also considering different options for the development of the situation in the event of an escalation of the conflict over Ukraine, but believes that there should be “much fewer” of them; 18.

The New York Times wrote that the authorities are considering, in particular, a ban on the export of any consumer goods. Bloomberg reported that the sanctions imply Russia's disconnection from the interbank SWIFT and the restriction of the ruble conversion. Later, Handelsblatt, citing sources, wrote that the West was no longer considering the idea of ​​disconnecting Russian banks from SWIFT.

The Wall Street Journal reported on January 18 that Washington was preparing financial sanctions against at least four “pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.” ; to put diplomatic pressure on Moscow and “dissuade it from invading.”

On January 12, the US Senate published a draft of a new package of sanctions prepared by the Democrats against Russia's public debt, the banking sector and the country's leadership, including President Vladimir Putin. In addition, Republican Marco Rubio introduced a bill providing for tough personal sanctions against Putin and other leaders of the country in the event of further escalation.

Peskov called the introduction of restrictions against the head of state an “outrageous measure” and stated that they could lead to a breakdown in relations between countries.

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Bloomberg learned that in the US they are discussing the “problem of Germany” because of Russia

Bloomberg: US discusses whether Germany is ready to impose tough sanctions on Russia Washington is concerned about whether Germany will be ready to impose tough sanctions on Russia if necessary, including restrictions on Nord Stream 2

The situation around Nord Stream 2 and the expanding influence of Russia could become a reason for disagreement between the US and Germany, writes Bloomberg, citing sources. Washington has doubts about Berlin's readiness for tough sanctions and is starting to talk about the “problem of Germany”, the agency's interlocutors say.

A former official associated with the current White House administration, in a conversation with Bloomberg, confirmed that the concerns of the US authorities lies in the fact that they doubt the readiness of the FRG for tough sanctions against Russia.

Nils Schmid, a Bundestag member and foreign policy spokesman for the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) faction involved in the formation of a new government coalition in Germany, told Bloomberg that it is “easy for the US to urge Germany to take a tougher stance.” “The West must ask itself if it was prepared to pay the economic price, including a possible energy boycott. There are good reasons not to do it,— he said.

On the discussion of the “problem of Germany” in the US, Bloomberg reported on the background of the visit of German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock to Moscow. During a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Burbock announced the presence of a “chubby folder” disagreements in relations with Russia, including on fundamental issues. In particular, she pointed out that the future of Nord Stream 2 will be related to whether Russia will use energy as a weapon.

The previous German government, led by Angela Merkel, who represented the CDU (Christian Democratic Union) party, has repeatedly expressed interest in continuing the Nord Stream project -2».

«Gazprom» announced the completion of the gas pipeline in September 2021. Now the project must be approved by the German and then the European regulator. On December 16, the German Federal Network Agency, which is responsible for the certification of Nord Stream 2, announced that it would not make a decision on this issue until July 2022.

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Germany and NATO threatened Russia with a “tough reaction” because of Ukraine

Germany and NATO warned Russia about a “tough reaction” in case of aggression against Ukraine Western countries will prepare a tough response in case of growing tension around Ukraine, any aggression against the country “will have a high economic price”, Scholz and Stoltenberg warned

Russia will face a “tough reaction” Western countries in the event of any aggression against Ukraine, said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Berlin. The broadcast on Twitter was published by the representative of the North Atlantic Alliance, Oana Lugnescu.

“We are constantly talking about this and the possible need to prepare a joint response,” — he said. The chancellor threatened that “military aggression against Ukraine would have a high economic cost.”

According to Scholz, Germany expects Russia to take steps to de-escalate on the Russian-Ukrainian border, in particular, to reduce the number of its troops there.

At the same time, the chancellor pointed out that the FRG does not want tension between Berlin and Moscow, but is interested in constructive relations with it.

Stoltenberg also stated the importance of dialogue with Russia, especially on the issue of military exercises and reducing threats from nuclear and missile systems. He urged the Russian authorities to “refuse the decision to sever diplomatic ties with NATO”, as well as to take part in a series of meetings with the countries of the alliance to discuss European security and the situation in Ukraine.

The NATO Secretary General once again stated that the bloc will not compromise with Russia on the issue of non-expansion of the alliance or deployment of its military infrastructure. He also warned that Moscow would have to pay a “high price” for in case of further growth of tension around Ukraine.

Western countries have repeatedly stated that in the event of an invasion of Ukraine, tough sanctions would be imposed against Russia. The New York Times wrote that the US was considering a ban on exports to the country of any consumer products that use US-made or designed electronics. Possible sanctions were also reported by the Associated Press and Bloomberg. According to them, the United States may include Russia in the list of countries for which there are strict export restrictions. Now this list includes Iran, North Korea, Cuba and Syria. Among other measures— possible disconnection of Russia from SWIFT and restriction of ruble conversion.

Russia has repeatedly stated that the country does not threaten anyone and is not going to attack anyone, and the movement of troops on its own territory— her internal affairs. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov pointed out that against the background of the “unfriendly atmosphere” due to NATO exercises and the advance of its infrastructure to the east, Moscow is “forced to take precautionary measures.” “Russian troops are on the territory of the Russian Federation near the Ukrainian border, and we consider it necessary to leave them there in the face of a very tense situation,” — he said in an interview with CNN.

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US authorities allowed Russia to disconnect from SWIFT

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The US administration does not rule out that Russian banks will be disconnected from the SWIFT system. This may happen in the event of a further escalation of the crisis around Ukraine, said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

According to her, Washington continues to consult with partners on this matter. Psaki added that various options for tough sanctions are being considered “in case Russia invades Ukraine.”

Earlier, the future chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of Germany, Friedrich Merz, said that Russia's disconnection from the interbank transfer system information about SWIFT payments will undoubtedly hit the country's economy. But this measure will also hit the market as a whole and other states.

Before that, the head of the Eastern Committee of the German Economy, Oliver Hermes, also warned that the Russian Federation is not Iran and that it will not be possible to disconnect it from the SWIFT system painlessly for Western countries. In addition, Moscow may strengthen ties with China, which is highly undesirable.

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Mass layoffs of officials predicted in Russia

A third of municipal employees may be left without work

Russian officials risk losing their jobs en masse due to the implementation of the new draft law on local self-government (LSG).

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Deputy Minister of Justice Andrey Loginov told Kommersant that by 2028 a third of municipal employees, more than 100, may lose their posts thousand people.

The new reform will hit civil servants of three federal districts: the Central, Southern and North Caucasian districts the hardest.

The bill was submitted to the State Duma at the end of last year. The document provides that rural and urban settlements will be deprived of their own governing bodies – heads and deputies.

Instead, it is proposed to create a single-level system of LSG, in which only urban and municipal districts will remain. At the same time, intracity districts are provided for in federal cities.

The reform is planned to be launched in early 2023 and completed by early 2028.

According to the Ministry of Justice, at the end of 2020, 293,000 municipal employees, including 119,000 in local governments of urban districts, will not be affected by the reform.

Another 111,000 people work at the level of municipal districts and districts – their number is planned to be reduced by half. The remaining 60 thousand are employed in local self-government bodies of urban and rural settlements – these rates are planned to be removed completely.

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Europe is preparing Ukraine for a conflict with Russia: but Kiev will fight alone

Western partners do not give Zelensky offensive weapons

After a tense – and, in fact, inconclusive – last week of negotiations between Russia and the collective West, European countries are again increasing their activity in the Ukrainian direction . And if such states as Sweden use the conflict in Donbass to justify strengthening their defense, then, for example, Great Britain and Germany are talking about the supply of military assistance directly to Kiev. However, not without significant nuances.

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German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock began the third week of January with a trip to Ukraine, where she held a series of meetings, including face-to-face talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. During the contacts, the importance of interaction between the two states was again emphasized, as well as Germany's commitment to the principle of the territorial integrity of the Eastern European republic. However, such statements did not come as a surprise: a week earlier, Ukrainian representatives proudly reminded during the OSCE negotiations that the West is invariably on the side of Kiev.

However, during Burbock's visit, Ukrainians were also in for an unpleasant surprise. The German minister reiterated that her country does not intend to provide lethal weapons to Kiev for use in the Donbass conflict, and this problem itself must still be resolved exclusively on the diplomatic field, in particular, within the so-called Normandy format, where, in addition to Germany, includes Russia, Ukraine and France.

A fragile hope for the support of the case from the Ukrainian authorities was caused even by the statement of the head of the Bundestag committee on foreign policy, Michael Roth, representing the ruling Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). According to him, Berlin will still be able to provide military assistance to Kiev in the future, but only in terms of the supply of protective equipment: body armor and helmets.

The position of Germany, despite the regularly declared solidarity with Ukraine, is quite understandable. As a member of the Normandy Four, Germany cannot afford to directly intervene in hostilities, which would be the supply of offensive or simply lethal weapons: this would simply marginalize its role in the negotiation process against the backdrop of France and Russia, which are also not parties to the conflict. In addition, Berlin fundamentally avoids direct intervention in territorial disputes, managing only official, albeit sometimes harsh, statements.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, in turn, expressed hope for the continuation of negotiations with the FRG on possible arms supplies, but this statement was made, rather, for the sake of the notorious “saving face” and for the domestic audience. Both the minister himself and his German partners are well aware that Berlin's decision is final. Even the United States, whose hands seem to be untied (they are not burdened with diplomatic obligations of the “Normandy format”, and there are enough “hawks” in the American Congress), and even then they were in no hurry to supply lethal weapons to Kiev: under these conditions, Germany definitely cannot run ahead of the locomotive meaning.

Nevertheless, Burbock's uncompromising statement, ironically, coincided with the activation of Great Britain in the Ukrainian direction. The authorities of the United Kingdom announced the start of deliveries of defensive weapons to Kiev, in particular, anti-tank ones.

The position of London in this context is much less categorical than the German one. On the one hand, formally, we are really talking about means of protection. The head of the British Ministry of Defense, Ben Wallace, emphasized that they do not pose a threat to Russia, not being strategic. He also denied the possibility of direct intervention in the hostilities in the Donbass. “It would be a mistake to assume that representatives of the British armed forces will go to Ukraine and unite with local [government] troops there,” the minister said. “That is why we are making every effort so that the Ukrainians can help themselves.” In addition, once again emphasizing the unwillingness to go into conflict with Moscow, Wallace recalled that a few weeks ago he invited his Russian colleague Sergei Shoigu to London to discuss security issues.

However, even despite such conditionally friendly rhetoric, the very fact of deliveries from the UK is a tricky move and, if I may say so, slippery. Anti-tank weapons, while formally defensive, are still incomparable with protective equipment like bulletproof vests, since in fact they are lethal in nature (it is difficult to avoid victims when an anti-tank projectile hits an armored vehicle). This is well understood in Kiev, Moscow, and London: the question is to what extent Russia is ready to turn a blind eye to a not too elegant British maneuver.

As for the Ukrainian side, it is no less important than the issue of armaments, for her remains “Nord Stream – 2”. Minister Kuleba, during a meeting with Burbock, raised this problem, again calling on Europe to prevent the operation of the gas pipeline. The head of the German Foreign Ministry, however, escaped with vague statements, which, in fact, nevertheless made it clear: the leading EU countries do not intend to sacrifice their energy stability to please the whims of Kiev.

Burbock's visit, like the “half-hearted” the position of London, proved once again: the resolution of the crisis in Ukraine is, first of all, in the US-Russian plane and, judging by the unsuccessful negotiations at the level of official representatives, in this case, a direct dialogue is needed between the US and Russian presidents, who can directly influence the parties Donbas conflict.

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Borrell rules out preventive sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

Borrell: everyone could benefit from the revision of the European security architecture The EU is ready to take measures in case of “aggression” against Ukraine, but there is no talk of preventive restrictions, the diplomat said. He also did not rule out a revision of the European security architecture, which would be beneficial for everyone

On preventive restrictions against Russia in the event of an “invasion” is not going to Ukraine, said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.

“Nobody is talking about preventive sanctions, there can be no preventive sanctions. We discuss what to do if something happens. <…> If it is necessary to act, we will have to act,— said Borrell.

At the same time, he noted that the European Union is ready in the event of “aggression” take action against Ukraine.

The European Union agrees that the architecture of European security needs to be revised, this could benefit everyone, the head of European diplomacy pointed out. “Revisiting the European Security Architecture Could Benefit Everyone,” — he thinks. At the same time, the diplomat pointed out that it is impossible to discuss the security of Europe without Europe itself. “No decisions can be made without the participation of Europeans”, — he noticed.

Western media and politicians have repeatedly reported on the concentration of Russian troops to the border with Ukraine and a possible “invasion” to a neighboring country.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, in particular, recently said, citing intelligence, that Russia is looking for a pretext for “aggression” against Ukraine. “Russia is working to create a reason for the invasion, including through sabotage, accusing Ukraine of preparing an attack on Russian forces in eastern Ukraine,” — he said. CNN reported that Moscow is preparing “a task force to carry out a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine.” Later, this information was confirmed by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. According to her, “attack” should happen between mid-January and mid-February.

The West is threatening to take drastic measures if this happens. Among them, Russia's disconnection from SWIFT and the restriction of the ruble's conversion.

The New York Times wrote that the United States could effectively ban the export of any consumer goods to Russia— from mobile phones and laptops to refrigerators and washing machines,— designed in the USA or which contain parts of American production.

Preventive measures were insisted, in particular, by the former Special Representative of the US State Department for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, who asked not to wait until « too late.” They also called for it in Ukraine.

Russia has repeatedly stated that the movement of troops on its own territory— her internal affairs. At the same time, the Kremlin assured that the country did not threaten anyone and was not going to attack anyone.

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In Britain, they announced the threatening behavior of Russia and gave Ukraine tanks

British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace made a statement in Parliament on January 17.

According to him, on Today, there are allegedly tens of thousands of Russian servicemen near the border with Ukraine. “Their deployment is not routine, and they are equipped with tanks, armored fighting vehicles, rocket artillery and short-range ballistic missiles,” the representative of the kingdom believes.

“Today, I can confirm to the House of Commons that in light of increasingly Russia's threatening behavior and in addition to our ongoing support, the UK is providing a new security assistance package to boost Ukraine's defense capabilities,” Wallace said.

In this regard, Britain will supply Ukraine with light, anti-tank, defensive weapons systems. A small number of British personnel will also conduct initial training over a short period of time as part of Operation ORBITAL

“The weapons supplied are purely defensive, non-strategic and do not pose a threat to Russia,” Wallace assured.

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Epidemic thresholds for influenza and SARS exceeded in 46 regions of Russia

The press service of Rospotrebnadzor reported that the epidemic thresholds for the incidence of acute respiratory viral infections (ARVI) and influenza viruses have been exceeded in 46 regions of the country, Interfax reports.

“On the territory of the Russian Federation, compared with the previous two weeks, an increase in the incidence of influenza and acute respiratory viral infections among all age groups is recorded, — The message says.

In total, more than 68.5 million people have been vaccinated against the flu, which is 46.9% of the country's population.

Formerly, Alexander Gamalei Center Director Gintsburg said that the simultaneous use of vaccines against influenza and coronavirus increases the effectiveness of the drugs.

The head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova said that the incidence of influenza in Russia has decreased by 51 times compared to 2019.

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Why are there no fences in the USA like in Russia?

Weekly “Arguments and Facts” No. 01-02. Why did Kazakhstan burst into flames? 12/01/2022

Relatives from the USA are surprised by our fences every time, because they don't build fences in front of their houses across the ocean. Why such a difference?

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“In our country, this is a consequence of the Soviet period of history, when everything in the countryside was so“ socialized ”that people really wanted to at least somehow isolate their personal space. This became especially evident when dacha associations, cooperatives, etc., appeared en masse, – Yury Shchegolkov, Director of the Foundation for the Development of Small Historical Towns, explained to AIF . – But sometimes they become the reason for a showdown between neighbors, when the sun blocks the fence for someone. So high fences are still not a tradition with us. Exception – monumental fences in the North Caucasus, where really  «my house– my fortress.

As for the States, Protestant traditions are strong there, where it is not customary to fence off other members of the community. Compare, for example, with Spain, where the majority are Catholics and there are fences. Plus, in the USA, a fence, even on your own land, must be coordinated with the local administration, add to this the considerable price of the fence itself. So it turns out that it is easier to do without it.

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The EU did not receive a letter from Russia for the recognition of COVID-certificates

EU Ambassador: Russia must send letter for recognition of COVID certificates Russia has not sent a letter to the European Union asking for recognition of COVID certificates, said EU Ambassador Ederer. Brussels proposed to start the procedure of mutual recognition of documents last summer

In order for the EU to recognize Russian COVID-certificates, Russia needs to send a letter to the European Union with a request to recognize their equivalence. As of the beginning of this year, it had not been received, EU Ambassador Markus Ederer said at a press conference in Moscow on January 17.

“I can report that in October there was a technical online meeting between representatives of Russia and the EU on equivalence. It was a positive meeting, the experts discussed how to do it, Russia said that at the political level it is interested in achieving equivalence,— he reported on the state of negotiations, answering a question from RBC. However, so far, according to the ambassador, the situation has remained unchanged.

Mutual recognition of COVID certificates would allow vaccinated citizens of the EU and Russia to make mutual trips based on vaccination certificates obtained in their countries, without the need to provide additional documents and without Russian vaccines being officially approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Ederer explained earlier. . Brussels invited Moscow to start the process of mutual recognition in July last year. The EU now recognizes vaccination documents from 33 countries, including Armenia, Georgia, Israel, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine.

On November 12, the European Commission reported that Russia had taken the first step and provided the EU with the documents needed to test the technical compatibility of the Russian and European vaccination control systems. After that, an application was to be submitted for the recognition of Russian certificates of vaccination against COVID-19 as equivalent to European ones.

In late November, the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov indicated that the possible recognition of documents on a completed course of vaccination against infection is “technological process”, which consists of different tasks. He admitted that the mutual recognition of certificates could take place within “a certain number of months”.

The EU Ambassador commented on the EMA recognition of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. “The situation remains unchanged. Authorization work is ongoing, there were two inspections in the first half of last year, after which the EMAs requested additional documents, which, as far as I know, have not yet been received, — Ederer said at a press conference. According to him, the receipt of documents made new EMA inspections possible.

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British soldiers in Estonia master the winter conditions of a possible conflict with Russia

“Bathing in the hole, building shelters, killing and boiling a chicken”

British soldiers based in Estonia to “contain Russia” continue to master “military science” in harsh climatic conditions . Well, as “science”… It's more like a Boy Scout survival course: navigating the terrain, swimming in ice-cold water, cooking chicken killed by one's own hands.

Representatives of Her Majesty's Armed Forces, stationed at a military base in the Estonian city of Tapa, where they came after taking over from their Danish colleagues, have completed their winter training course. “In the morning, the soldiers made a forced march for 7 kilometers. They had the tactical part of the exercise at night, in particular, a survival course, building shelters, as well as — how to kill and cook a chicken», — said the organizer of the exercise, Major Mark Dowds.

Apparently, in the view of the fathers-commanders, who set such a task for their fighters, a walk through the night forest in winter — A favorite pastime of Estonian chickens. Catch — I don't want to. 

Jumping into icy water was the final stage of the strength test. The instructors, mostly Marines who are undergoing similar tests during Arctic exercises in Norway, explained to the soldiers how the body reacts to sudden changes in temperature and how not to panic. However, judging by the reviews, the event did not cause either enthusiasm or instilled a love for winter swimming.

“It was cold, even breathless for a second,” — shared his impressions of a British soldier named Tanner.

“I wouldn't say I liked it. But after you jump, it doesn't seem so terrible anymore. Everything turned out to be not too scary & nbsp; and, in general, now it’s somehow warmer than before the jump, & mdash; admitted Soldier Jones.

The grateful public from among the local fishermen were not too impressionable and did not show sympathy for the frozen allies.

“They are diving in suits. Well, it's cold, but you have to get used to it in the army… When it's cold, it's even better. There is no frost today. And if it’s -10 outside, for example, and the water is +4, it’s warmer there, it turns out,” — explained to local television by a fisherman named Alexander.

But in Russian Internet communities, this news caused special revival.

“It turns out that the Russians took a course of survival voluntarily. Who do they want to defeat there in the West? — Written by a user with the nickname «Polar Bear».

“In 2014, during exercises in northern Norway, British special forces refused to leave the barracks at temperatures below -8: there are no warm dry closets in the surrounding forests, and diapers freeze if you walk under you,” the user “Ivan Bessmertny” shared.< /p>

“Very soon, millions of Russians will voluntarily climb into the hole, cheerful and happy. But how many lawsuits will be filed by British soldiers to their Ministry of Defense for bullying — question», — summed up «Marisha».

And the question, I must say, was not born from scratch. As The Daily Mail reported back in December last year, 31-year-old Chailishe Mwamba, a former military tank engineer from the UK, is seeking compensation from the British Defense Department in the amount of 860 thousand pounds sterling (about 1 million euros) because of « consequences» too cold climate during his service in Estonia. According to the warrior of Foggy Albion himself, in 2017 he served on the territory of Estonia and was so cold that his chronic disease worsened, due to which he began to stutter so much that now no one can understand his speech.

By the way, the British Ministry of Defense partially admits responsibility for the “injuries” received by Mwamba, however, it is in no hurry to pay the required compensation, demanding evidence.

It is possible that if after the last exercises, the number of “frostbitten” ; in the British military, and with them the number of lawsuits will increase, the Ministry of Defense will have to revise the course of training or increase its staff of lawyers.    

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NYT learned of Russia’s “hints” to deploy nuclear weapons closer to the United States

NYT: Russian diplomats in talks 'hint' about deploying missiles off US coast According to the NYT, in Geneva, Russian officials hinted at a readiness to deploy “certain weapons systems in unspecified locations” off US coasts in case of failure to comply with security guarantees

Intercontinental ballistic missile of strategic missile system “Avangard”

Russia's representatives, in a series of consultations with the US and NATO in Europe this week, conceded that if the West fails to meet its demands for security guarantees, the country could deploy nuclear weapons close to US borders. This is reported by The New York Times.

According to the newspaper, this is not about direct statements, but about “hints” to deploy nuclear missiles near the coast of the United States, which would reduce the time of approach to the target to five minutes.

RBC sent a request to the press center of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

As the newspaper writes, in negotiations with the United States in Geneva, Russia insisted that it had no plans to invade Ukraine. However, according to the article, the Russian side has hinted that it may take other steps. According to the NYT, a senior Russian diplomat admitted that “Moscow is ready to place some weapons systems in unspecified places.”

The publication notes that this coincides with the assumptions of American intelligence that Russia may consider the possibility of deploying new nuclear weapons— tactical nuclear weapons or hypersonic missiles.

At the same time, the newspaper does not rule out that we can talk about “intimidation”; from Russia.

The WSJ recalled President Vladimir Putin's November statement at the Russia Calling! forum. Then he said that at the beginning of 2022, the Zircon sea-based hypersonic missile would enter the country's armed forces. Her flight time “to those who give orders” to NATO would be five minutes, he said. According to the head of state, such weapons in the country began to be created in response to threats from the alliance.

The Pentagon previously called the tests of “Zircon” a threat and a “destabilizing factor”, since this weapon system, according to the US military, can carry a nuclear charge.

At the end of December, Putin said that Russia's response in the event that NATO countries refuse to consider proposals for security guarantees can be “very different”, it depends on the proposals of military experts. On January 13, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, in an interview with RTVI, allowed the deployment of Russian troops in Cuba or in Venezuela. According to him, the decision depends on “the actions of American colleagues,” although Moscow does not want such a development of the situation. “If Russia were moving in this direction, we would decisively deal with this,” — US presidential adviser Jake Sullivan said in response.

Negotiations between Russia and the United States on security guarantees were held in Geneva on January 9–10, and on January 12 a meeting of the Russia— Council took place in Brussels; NATO.

All parties rated the meetings as businesslike and useful. At the same time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, following the results of the talks, declared that NATO was completely incapable of negotiating. US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman called unacceptable some of Russia's proposals regarding refusal to admit Ukraine and Georgia to NATO and move the alliance eastward.

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Secretary General announced NATO’s readiness to discuss arms reduction with Russia

Stoltenberg: NATO will not withdraw troops from countries that joined the alliance after 1997 At the same time, the bloc is ready to discuss arms reduction with Russia

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance is ready to discuss arms reduction issues with Russia, despite the fact that the parties disagree on key issues, for example, on the entry of new members into NATO, in particular, Ukraine. Stoltenberg said this in an interview with the Canadian television channel CBC.

“NATO allies cannot compromise the absolutely key principles of European, national security: the fact that each country chooses its own path— whether or not she wants to be a member of an alliance like NATO <…>. Also, we cannot agree that we should not have a military in all the countries that have joined NATO since 1997,— said Stoltenberg.

He noted that if the bloc goes to withdraw its troops, half of the countries that joined it will find themselves without protection and will become “second-class members.” At the same time, NATO is ready to discuss important issues with Russia, the solution of which “would be good for both Russia and NATO”, for example, the reduction of weapons, including nuclear ones.

The NATO Secretary General also called for a de-escalation of the situation in Ukraine. In his opinion, Russia should take measures for this. At the same time, the alliance is ready to listen to “concerns” Moscow regarding security in the region. According to Stoltenberg, NATO is not yet sure what Russia's intentions are regarding Ukraine, but given its “rhetoric” and «gathering of troops» near the Ukrainian border, we can talk about the threat of an escalation of the situation.

On January 12, in Brussels, for the first time in 2.5 years, meetings of the Council of Russia— NATO, where the parties discussed, among other things, draft security guarantees submitted by Russia. Stoltenberg called the discussion “difficult” but important. He said that the parties exchanged views on the situation in and around Ukraine, as well as the implications for European security. The Secretary General acknowledged that there are “significant differences” between Russia and NATO; on these issues and it will not be easy to overcome them.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in turn, noted that the negotiations were held in a businesslike manner and the alliance stated its tough position calmly.

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Ukraine accuses Russia of involvement in cyberattack on ministries’ websites

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Russia is involved in hacker attacks on the websites of state and commercial organizations of Ukraine. This is stated on the website of the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine.

“Today, we can say that all the evidence points to the fact that Russia is behind the cyberattack,” — said in the message. At the same time, the ministry said that the personal data of Ukrainian citizens are safe.

The ministry believes that the purpose of cyber attacks was to destabilize the situation in Ukraine, stop the work of the public sector and undermine confidence in power from the citizens of the country. The attacks are being investigated by the State Communications Service, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and cyber police officers.

As a result of a large-scale hacker attack on the websites of state structures in Ukraine, the portals of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Sports, the Ministry of Communities and Territories Development, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Ecology and other departments did not work. They appeared appeal in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish, the authors of which called on Ukrainian citizens “to be afraid and expect the worst.” It claimed that all the personal data of Ukrainians was “uploaded to the general network”.

According to the SBU, in total, hackers attacked 70 state portals, ten of them were subjected to unauthorized interference. However, the agency assured that no personal data was leaked.

The fact that Russia is behind the hacker attack was previously stated by Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov. This is also stated on the website of the country's Security Council (SBU). According to the department, the attackers used the so-called supply chain attack, that is, an attack through the supply chain. The hackers hacked the infrastructure of a commercial company that had access to the administration rights of the affected sites, the service believes.

The Kremlin denies Russian hackers' involvement in hacking Ukrainian sites. According to presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the accusations against Russia are unfounded. “We are almost used to the fact that Ukrainians blame Russia for everything, even bad weather in their country,” — said Peskov.

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The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry revealed a plan to “contain” Russia

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba spoke about working with allies to “contain” Russia The package of containment measures for Russia, which “has set a course for escalation”, includes diplomatic efforts, the development of sanctions and increased defense cooperation between Western countries and Ukraine, the minister said

Dmitry Kuleba

Last fall, Russia “took a dangerous new course of escalation” in this regard, Ukraine is working with partners and allies to implement a comprehensive “containment package” Moscow. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba stated this in an interview with the Bild newspaper.

The plan includes three levels:

  • “strong de-escalation diplomacy”;
  • developing “painful economic sanctions”;
  • deepening defense cooperation with Ukraine.

“There is no better deterrent to further Russian aggression than a strong Ukraine. What we saw in last week's talks was the culmination of our shared containment diplomacy. The unity of the West was obvious, — said Kuleba.

The minister is referring to three rounds of talks by Russia— with the US, NATO and the OSCE, which took place this week. They discussed draft treaties on security guarantees that Moscow sent to Washington and Brussels (among other things, the proposals included clauses on the non-inclusion of Ukraine into NATO and the non-conduct of military activities on the territory of the country). According to the Russian side, they failed to achieve concrete results, the US and NATO expressed their readiness to continue the dialogue.

According to Kuleba, in these negotiations, “the overseas community has shown Russia that it is firmly on the side of Ukraine.” “I believe in the power of diplomacy and would like to emphasize that all our efforts are aimed at dissuading Russia from further escalation,” — he said.

Speaking about Ukraine's accession to NATO, the minister stressed that this decision should be made by Kiev and the countries— alliance members. “We aspire to NATO membership, as stated in our Constitution and in our national foreign policy strategy,” — Kuleba said, adding that this course is supported by the majority of Ukrainians.

Since the fall of last year, reports began to appear in the Western media that Russia was preparing for an “invasion”; to Ukraine, similar concerns were also expressed by the US authorities. In particular, after the talks, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that Russia was preparing a provocation to invade Ukraine. According to her, the attack should take place between mid-January and mid-February, and to create a pretext, Moscow is preparing a “false flag” operation. The press secretary of the President of Russia called these allegations unsubstantiated, the Russian embassy in the United States considered them to be an unsubstantiated stuffing.

In late December, Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova said in an interview with LB.ua that Kiev and Washington knew for sure, ” what needs to be done to deter Russia from further full-scale attack. According to her, Ukraine and Western countries are working on “option A”, which implies diplomatic containment, but are also preparing for “option B” (what it is, the diplomat did not specify).

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WSJ learned about the discontent in NATO because of the negotiations between the US and Russia

WSJ: US allies concerned about ideas Washington put forward in talks with Moscow US allies are concerned that Washington has not discussed with them the ideas it put forward in talks with Moscow. In particular, according to the WSJ, we are talking about exercises in Europe and the missile treaty

Some countries— US allies remained unsettled by the proposals that Washington put forward in negotiations with Moscow on security guarantees without first discussing them with partners. This is reported by The Wall Street Journal, citing NATO diplomats.

According to the interlocutors of the publication, we are talking about the idea of ​​”mutual reduction in the scale of military exercises”, which some allies only learned about from the media (for example, on January 7, before the negotiations between the United States and Russia took place, NBC reported that Washington was ready to discuss the reduction the number of US troops in the Baltics and Poland, and the extent of military exercises conducted by both sides). The WSJ does not specify which states are in question, but the material says that they are “especially close to Russia.”

In addition, the WSJ writes, US allies would like to achieve greater clarity about Washington's proposals for Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), from which the country officially withdrew in August 2019.

According to the newspaper, some allies are concerned that as NATO rejects key Russian demands (notably that the alliance not expand eastward), Washington may make minor concessions in an attempt to “placate” NATO. Moscow.

The US and NATO say that they did not make official proposals to Russia, but only put forward ideas. According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, quoted by the WSJ, if it comes to specific proposals, and even more so agreements, “this will be discussed in detail with the allies.”

Washington also says it works closely with allies and consults with them frequently. Earlier this week, US Ambassador to NATO Julianne Smith assured that there was no question of any concessions. According to her, “some differences of opinion” within the North Atlantic Alliance— this is normal, since it includes 30 countries, but all NATO members are united in their readiness to continue the dialogue.

Negotiations between the United States and Russia on security guarantees took place on January 10 in Geneva, the Russian side called them complex, “very professional deep, specific. Deputy US Secretary of State Wendy Sherman considers the conversation to be not negotiations, but discussions, as they were not preceded by a meeting of experts who could work out the details.

Two days later, Russian representatives met with a NATO delegation in Brussels. All parties rated the meetings as businesslike and useful, but each of them stated that their opponents' demands were unacceptable. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the alliance demonstrated “complete inability to negotiate.”

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In Germany, Russia’s disconnection from SWIFT was compared with an “atomic bomb” for the market

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Friedrich Merz

Russia's disconnection from the interbank system for transmitting information about payments SWIFT will have negative consequences for the economy— not only Russian, but also other countries, the future chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of Germany, Friedrich Merz, said in an interview with dpa.

According to Merz, this is comparable to “an atomic bomb for the capital market, and also goods and services (quote from ZDF). The politician urged “not to touch SWIFT”.

“If something like this happens [off Russia from the interbank system], I think there will be a massive economic downturn,” — Merz said. The measure will hit Russia, but will also significantly harm Germany, he believes.

According to the politician, serious consequences threaten not only European-Russian, but also world trade.

Merz— former leader of the CDU/CSU faction in the Bundestag. On December 17, members of the Christian Democratic Union voted for his candidacy for the post of the new chairman of the party. As expected, the politician will be officially approved in this position at the CDU virtual congress on January 21-22.

Possible sanctions against Russia that affect the SWIFT system,— this is one of the measures that the United States is considering introducing in the event of an escalation of the situation in Ukraine. In January, Democratic senators prepared a bill that would impose blocking secondary sanctions on SWIFT and the Russian financial messaging system, which was being developed as an alternative in the event of a SWIFT shutdown in Russia.

Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov questioned the possibility of disconnecting the country from SWIFT. “What will happen to European consumers of hydrocarbons [if Russia is disconnected from the system]? How will they pay us? Or will they refuse our export goods? No, of course they won't refuse, — he said at the end of December. The unprofitability of disconnecting Russia from the system was also announced in SWIFT itself.

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