New York to tighten gun laws after Buffalo shooting

Video On Tuesday, May 17, New York City officials will introduce a package of laws to combat gun trafficking, said State Gov. Kathy Hokul, CBS reports. . This is how the Governor reacted to the shooting at the Buffalo supermarket near New York. Ten people were killed in the attack, and three more were injured. “This must be stopped. On Tuesday, we already planned to announce a comprehensive package (of laws. — RBC) to combat arms trafficking in order to eliminate the remaining loopholes in the current legislation,— she said. Hokul vowed that New York State would do “everything possible to keep laws tough to give law enforcement the resources they need.” Shooting at Tops Friendly Supermarket Markets in Buffalo, New York took place on May 14th. According to the la...

Finland plans to apply for NATO membership on May 18

The Permanent Representative of Finland to NATO in Brussels is likely to apply to join the alliance on Wednesday 18 May. Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told the Aftonbladet newspaper about this. “For our part, this [application] will be done by the NATO ambassador in Brussels physically, probably on Wednesday. Then, if negotiations with NATO begin, they will be dealt with by a delegation headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Defence. said Haavisto. Earlier, Finland's intention to apply for NATO membership “in the coming days” said President Sauli Niinistö during a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. On May 12, Niinistö and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin stressed in a joint statement the need to apply for ...

Volodin announced bills to counter sanctions

At the spring session of the State Duma, deputies will consider bills to counteract anti-Russian sanctions. The documents will cover IT, education, tax breaks and external management of companies alt=”Volodin announced bills to counter sanctions” /> Initiatives aimed at protecting the citizens and economy of Russia will be considered during the spring session of the State Duma. Speaker of the lower house of parliament Vyacheslav Volodin stated this on his Telegram channel. “Many of your appeals are devoted to the questions of what measures are being taken to counteract the sanctions imposed against our country. <…> These initiatives, aimed at protecting our citizens and the economy, will be considered without fail during the spring session,— he wrote. One of t...

German Foreign Minister urged to quickly accept Sweden and Finland into NATO

Annalena Burbock emphasized that there should be no “grey zone” between countries applying for NATO membership and their acceptance, the allies should ensure their security after the initiative of Helsinki and Stockholm Annalena Burbock Germany will do everything to speed up the process of Finland and Sweden joining NATO, Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock told reporters ahead of a meeting of the alliance's foreign ministers in Berlin, Reuters reports. She emphasized that the period between countries submitting applications and their inclusion in NATO should be minimal. “If they decide to join, they can join quickly <…>. We must give them security guarantees, there should be no transitional period, no gray area, when their status would be indeterminate,— unde...

The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of S-300 launchers near Sumy

In the same region, a radar station was destroyed. Air defense systems shot down 15 drones during the night, while missile forces and artillery destroyed “up to 150 nationalists” and disabled 26 units of military equipment Video Russian tactical and army aviation struck 32 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Defense Ministry said. The military destroyed two launchers of the S-300 air defense system and a radar post in the Shpilevka area (Sumy region). During the night, air defense systems shot down 15 Ukrainian drones “in the areas of the settlements of Novotroitskoye, Vladimirovka, Luganskoye of the Donetsk People's Republic; Epifanovka, Kudryashovka, Verkhnyaya Duvanka of the Luhansk People's Republic, as well as the v...

Croatian Foreign Ministry says Turkey is on the right path in NATO issues

Ankara's talks with Finland and Sweden on their entry into NATO are going in the right direction, Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlich-Radman said. Turkey objects to the entry of these northern European countries into the alliance Gordan Grlich-Radman Negotiations between Turkey, Finland and Sweden over Ankara's concern about their desire to join NATO are moving in the right direction, Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlich-Radman said, quoted by Reuters. “And we hope that today we will have a good result to demonstrate solidarity and speak with one voice,— Grlich-Radman told reporters at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin. Earlier, the Hungarian minister expressed hope that the meeting would resolve all Turkey's doubts about ...

Latvia terminated the agreement with Belarus on the transportation of military cargo

An agreement on the transportation of military cargo from Belarus through Latvian ports was signed even before the republic joined the EU and NATO. Against the backdrop of the military operation in Ukraine, Riga is reviewing relations with Moscow and Minsk alt=”Latvia terminated the agreement with Belarus on the transportation of military cargo” /> The Ministry of Transport of Latvia terminated the agreement with Belarus on the transportation of military cargo from this republic to third countries through Latvian ports. This was reported on the agency's website. They noted that the agreement was signed by the government in January 1994, when Latvia had not yet joined the European Union. The Republic became a member of the EU on May 1, 2004, and on March 29 of the same year&...

In Lvov, they reported the destruction of a military facility by Russian missiles

According to the head of the local administration, the facility is located near the border with Poland. No one was hurt during the rocket attack. The Russian Ministry of Defense did not report strikes in the Lviv region Maxim Kozitsky Four Russian missiles hit one of the military infrastructure facilities in the Lviv region, it was completely destroyed, said the head of the regional administration Maxim Kozitsky. According to preliminary information, there were no victims or injured. Subsequently, Kozitsky clarified that this was a facility in the Yavoriv district— near the border with Poland. The Russian Ministry of Defense has not reported any attacks on the military infrastructure of the Lviv region. From February 24, Russia has been conducting a special military operation in...

Roskomnadzor restricted access to news portals Germania.One and USA.One

As a reason for blocking, the regulator calls the article of the law on information about sites that publish calls for extremism and inaccurate socially significant information Roskomnadzor restricted access to Germania.One and USA news portals. One, which publish news about Germany and the United States in Russian. Access to Germania.One is limited on the basis of six decisions of the Prosecutor General's Office at once— dated May 3, April 29, April 25, April 20, March 31 and February 24, follows from the register of the regulator. The site of the publication is included in the register in connection with the violation of Art. 15.3 of the law on information, which implies restricting access to Internet resources that disseminate calls for participation in illegal mass events a...

Finland decides to join NATO

Earlier, Vladimir Putin said that Finland's rejection of the traditional policy of neutrality and the country's entry into NATO would be a mistake, since there are no threats to the security of Helsinki Sanna Marin and Sauli Niinistö The government of Finland has officially decided to join the North Atlantic Alliance ( NATO). This was announced by President Sauli Niinistöy and Prime Minister Sanna Marin at a joint press conference. “Finland will apply for membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) after consultations with Parliament,” Niinistö said. The consultation will take place on Monday. Earlier, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said that the country's permanent representative to NATO in Brussels is likely to apply to join the allia...

Vucic declared resistance to sanctions against Russia to the last

According to the Serbian president, his country will refuse sanctions against Russia, despite the fact that it has to pay dearly for it. Serbia does this not for profit, but because of “an honest attitude towards itself” Aleksandar Vučić Serbia will resist the imposition of sanctions against Russia as much as possible, President of the Republic Aleksandar Vučić told TV Prva, quoted by Novosti .rs. According to him, the country has to pay dearly for refusing to impose restrictive measures against Russia, in particular, the lack of access to the capital market and difficulties in servicing loans. “Everyone will say, 'Vučić announces sanctions.' No. We will resist as long as we can,— said the head of state. Vučić explained that Serbia is doing this not because it bene...

Zakharova said about the “incomplete picture” without the victory of Ukraine at Eurovision

Without Ukraine's victory in the competition, “the picture of what happened to this country would be incomplete,” said an official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The Eurovision was won by the musicians of the folk rap group Kalush Orchestra with the song Stefania jpg” alt=”Zakharova said about the “incomplete picture” without the victory of Ukraine at Eurovision” /> To complete the picture of what is happening around Ukraine, her victory in the Eurovision Song Contest was missing, wrote the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova in Telegram. “National costumes and musical instruments, two Baba Yagas on strings, a break -dance and chants about Azovstal. Europe applauds standing. Curtain&raq...

Bloomberg learned about the “Russian threat” clause in the new NATO concept

The current concept refers to partnership with Russia. According to Bloomberg, the new document is likely to include a provision on a direct threat from Moscow's actions NATO in the new strategic concept may designate Russia's actions as a direct threat, writes Bloomberg. Brussels' position may change if Moscow changes its behavior, the agency's interlocutor noted. According to Bloomberg, the document also touches upon the topic of assistance to neighboring countries that may be subjected to aggression. It is expected that the strategy will take its final form during the NATO summit, which will be held in late June in Madrid. The document was discussed the day before by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. This concept will gu...

Turkish Foreign Ministry announced the absence of “bargaining” in the position on Finland in NATO

Cavusoglu called the republic's position clear: Ankara supports the principle of “open doors” in NATO, but cannot ignore information about “support for terrorism” in the Scandinavian countries seeking to join the alliance Mevlut Cavusoglu Turkey's position on Finland's accession to NATO is “very clear”, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, Hurriyet reports. Earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara “does not see the positive” in the accession of Sweden and Finland to the North Atlantic Alliance. He called the Scandinavian countries “a guest house for terrorist organizations”; and noted that members of the PKK, banned in Turkey, live in Sweden and even participate in parliament. “This is not a thr...

Scholz did not attach importance to the words of the Ukrainian ambassador about the “insulted sausage”

Olaf Scholz urged not to “put on the golden scales” every word of Kyiv, pointing out that hostilities are taking place in Ukraine. The Ambassador of Ukraine called him “an insulted liver sausage” after refusing to visit Kyiv before the visit of the President of Germany Olaf Scholz Since hostilities have been going on in Ukraine for several weeks, every word of Kyiv should not be “put on the golden scales,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in an interview with t-online. So he commented on the words of the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, who called Scholz “an offended liver sausage.” after he called an obstacle to his visit to Kyiv the refusal of the Ukrainian authorities to receive German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. When Scholz was asked ...

The head of NATO called the new concept of the alliance the basis of the era of rivalry

Jens Stoltenberg called the new concept of NATO the basis of the “epoch of strategic rivalry.” Bloomberg wrote that the document would include a clause on a direct “Russian threat.” The current concept refers to partnership with Russia Jens Stoltenberg NATO's new strategic concept will be the basis for the “era of strategic rivalry”, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, speaking via video link at a press conference following an informal meeting foreign ministers of countries— block members. The broadcast was conducted on the NATO website. “NATO's new strategic concept will be the basis for an era of strategic rivalry”, — said Stoltenberg (quoted by Reuters). Earlier, Bloomberg wrote that NATO in the new strategic concept ...

The European Parliament threatened Turkey with isolation due to its position on NATO

There is no objective reason to prevent Finland and Sweden from joining NATO, such actions would be a pretext for isolation in the alliance, Weber warned. Earlier Erdogan called Sweden a “guest house” for terrorists The European Parliament threatened Turkey with isolation due to its position on NATO” /> European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium If any NATO member prevents Finland and Sweden from joining the alliance, this will be a reason for isolating this country within the bloc, Manfred Weber, leader of the European People's Party, the largest faction in the European Parliament, told WAZ. “Anyone who whoever questions the unity of NATO will be isolated within the Commonwealth. <…> If the two countries want it themselves, then Finland and Sweden a...

Bloomberg learned about the EU plan to buy gas from Russia without violating sanctions

Importers will have to declare the fulfillment of all obligations to Russia after paying for gas in euros or dollars, the EC plan says, writes Bloomberg, further actions are unacceptable. Poland did not see clarity in the plan The European Commission has prepared a plan for the purchase of Russian gas, which will allow importers to comply with Moscow's conditions without violating sanctions. In particular, European companies will have to indicate that they consider their obligations fulfilled after payment in dollars or euros in accordance with the contracts, Bloomberg writes, citing sources. The EC informed the European governments about this at a closed meeting. Once the importers have made payment in euros or dollars and declared that they have fulfilled their obligations, Russia ...

Russian Ambassador to the United States reported on incoming threats against diplomats

Russian Ambassador to the US Antonov: Diplomats receive death threats The Russian embassy in Washington operates in a hostile environment and resembles a besieged fortress, Ambassador Antonov said. He added that they are trying to push Russian diplomats to betrayal The Russian Embassy in the United States Employees of the Russian Embassy in the United States receive threats, including physical violence. This was stated by Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov on the air of Soloviev Live. “Every day, anti-Russian actions are held at our diplomatic mission, hooligan antics, acts of vandalism take place. My comrades, the embassy staff, are receiving threats, including physical violence,»,— he said. Antonov pointed out that the Russian embassy operates in a hostile environment and...

The head of the DPR allowed the import of goods from Kharkiv and Kherson regions

The ban on the import of goods from Ukraine to the DPR was introduced in 2017. With a new decree, Pushilin lifted restrictions on the import of a number of goods from the Kharkiv, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions of Ukraine The head of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin lifted the ban on the import of a number of goods from Kharkov, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions of Ukraine to the territory of the DPR. The corresponding decree is published on the website of the head of the republic. According to the Donetsk News Agency, the ban introduced in 2017 in accordance with Decree No. 73 has been lifted by new Decree No. 206. According to the new decree, residents of the DPR and LPR are allowed to conclude foreign economic transactions with non-residents of Kharkiv, Kherson and ...

Zelensky signs law banning “pro-Russian” parties in Ukraine

President of Ukraine Zelensky signed a law banning “pro-Russian” parties in the country. A pro-Russian party will be considered a party that “denies aggression against Ukraine” does not recognize the “temporary occupation” of certain territories of the country or glorifies the “militia”. The court will liquidate the party. “pro-Russian” parties in Ukraine” /> Vladimir Zelensky President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed a law banning the activities of political parties with a “pro-Russian” position, says the page of the law on the website of the Verkhovna Rada. The law will come into force on May 15— the day after publication. Earlier, on May 3, the draft document was approved by the Verkhovna Rada. Th...

Antonov announced US plans to limit the use of Sarmat missiles

According to the Russian ambassador to the United States, Washington “really dislikes” Russia's Sarmat intercontinental missiles and Poseidon unmanned underwater vehicles, so they insist on limiting their use Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov Washington “doesn't like” Russia's strategic weapons, including the intercontinental ballistic missile “Sarmat” and the carrier of unmanned underwater vehicles “Poseidon”, they insist on the restriction or complete ban on their use. About this on the air «Soloviev Live» said Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov. «Poseidon» they really don't like, they really don't like Sarmat, and in all the meetings that we have wit...

Khusnullin announced the start of assistance in restoring the infrastructure of the LPR

According to the Deputy Prime Minister, the first column of equipment and specialists from Russia has already arrived on the territory of the republic Russia has begun to assist the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) in restoring infrastructure, the first column of equipment and specialists has already arrived in the region . This was stated by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin on his Telegram channel. “We have begun active assistance to the LPR in restoring infrastructure! The first convoy of 70 vehicles and about 350 specialists arrived in the region today! The plans include the repair of housing, roads and infrastructure,»,— he wrote. According to him, “this is only the first step.” He promised to continue to cooperate with the authorities of the ...

US diplomat called an acceptable version of the agreement between Russia and Ukraine

According to the US Charge d'Affaires in Ukraine, Washington is counting on a diplomatic solution to the conflict, but it must first of all be acceptable to Kyiv Chargé d'Affaires of the United States in Ukraine Christina Quinn (center) The United States is ready to support a peace agreement between Moscow and Kyiv, in which Ukraine will emerge victorious from the conflict. This was stated by Chargé d'Affaires of the United States in Ukraine Christina Quinn on ICTV. “I would like to see a diplomatic solution to this [conflict], but obviously there cannot be a diplomatic solution where Ukraine loses and Russia wins. This is an unacceptable way to end this unilateral aggression. Yaby wanted Ukraine and Russia to reach an amicable agreement that would be acceptable to Ukraine...

Blinken discussed with Stoltenberg a new strategic concept of NATO

The new concept of the North Atlantic Alliance should be adopted at the summit in Madrid, which will be held from 28 to 30 June. This document will guide the alliance over the next decade discussed NATO's new strategic concept with Stoltenberg” /> U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, during a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, discussed support for Ukraine and the defense potential of the alliance, according to the website of the American diplomatic department. < p>“[They] reaffirmed their support for the Ukrainian people and the territorial integrity of Ukraine and discussed the importance of maintaining NATO's credible deterrence and defense policy,” said in the message. Blinken and Stoltenberg also discussed preparations f...

Russian Ambassador to Germany expressed hope for the launch of Nord Stream 2

At the same time, the diplomat noted that in Germany there is a “political order” not to use gas from Russia and reduce dependence on Moscow Russian Ambassador to Germany Sergei Nechaev expressed hope that the German authorities will eventually return to the Nord Stream gas pipeline project; 2". The diplomat stated this on the air of Solovyov Live. “The time will come to return to this project, at least I hope so,”— he said. According to him, technically the project is completed, the pipes are not only laid, but also filled with process gas. He explained that Nord Stream— 2″ can start supplying gas to Germany at any moment. “On the other hand, there is a political order not to use gas from Russia in any way, on the contrary, to follow the path of reducing imports f...

German business called a catastrophe the cessation of gas supplies from Russia

Stopping Russian gas supplies will have devastating consequences for the country. This was stated in an interview with the Bild am Sontag newspaper by the head of the German industrial union, Siegfried Ruswurm. “To date, the consequences of cutting off Russian gas supplies would be catastrophic. We must proceed from the fact that with a shortage of such volumes, gas would no longer enter the final branches of our gas pipeline system at all, — he said. According to him, with the introduction of an embargo on energy resources from Russia, a number of German enterprises would have to stop production. < /p> Since the beginning of the Russian operation in Ukraine, Berlin has already imposed several packages of sanctions against Moscow, and the country's top officials have repeatedly ...

Czech Republic supports Finland and Sweden joining NATO

The Czech Republic fully supports the entry of Finland and Sweden into the North Atlantic Alliance, said Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky. “We warmly welcome Finland and Sweden, and support their interest in joining [NATO], we believe them with their friends», — he said. At the same time, the diplomat recalled that time is needed to expand the alliance through the two Scandinavian countries. “We still need to reach a political agreement. As soon as we have it, the question of ratification in the national parliaments will remain, — indicated by the head of the Czech Foreign Ministry. On May 12, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin issued a statement that Helsinki should immediately apply to join NATO. According to the Finnish leader, h...

Biden announced his intention to cut the US budget deficit by $1.5 trillion

According to the President of the United States, reducing the budget deficit is one of the main ways to ease inflationary pressures .jpg” alt=”Biden announced his intention to cut the US budget deficit by $1.5 trillion” /> The US authorities intend to cut the US budget deficit by a record $1.5 trillion this year. This was stated on his Twitter by American President Joe Biden. “Under my predecessor, the deficit increased every year. This year we [the administration] are on track to reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion— biggest one-year cut in history,— he wrote. Biden stressed that deficit reduction— one of the main ways to ease inflationary pressure. By the end of 2020, the US budget deficit increased by $3.12 trillion, and by the end of 2021— for $...