The European Commission warned of rising gas prices due to geopolitics

European Commissioner for Energy Simson announced the impact of geopolitics on the cost of gas Geopolitics will aggravate the already difficult situation with gas prices, they say. Energy Ministers of the EU countries note the uncertainty in the markets due to the situation around Ukraine, as well as the reduction in gas supplies from Russia

In the near future, Europe will face “unusually high energy prices”, and this trend will be exacerbated by the geopolitical situation, European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson said during an informal meeting of energy ministers of the countries — members of the EU.

She recalled the record growth in gas prices over the past few months and added that the energy transition to cleaner energy sources will reduce prices.

“We also focused on the security of [gas] supplies,” Simson told.— The levels of gas in storage in the EU are significantly lower than usual at this time of the year. Many ministers noted that the situation beyond the eastern border of the EU creates uncertainty in the markets and that gas flows from Russia have significantly decreased in recent months.

At the same time, the European Commissioner stressed that the European gas infrastructure reliable and well diversified, and emergency protocols contain clear procedures.

“But we need to remain extremely vigilant, increase our risk appetite and strengthen solidarity among [EU] member states. The Commission is conducting a deeper analysis of various scenarios to ensure that existing national plans are fit for purpose, in particular taking into account recent developments and levels [of gas] in storage,” — added Simson.

In mid-January, natural gas stock prices rose again in Europe. having exceeded the mark of $1.1 thousand per 1 thousand cubic meters. Before that, at the end of December, fuel prices jumped to a historic high (December 21, $2,190.4 per 1,000 cubic meters), but after that they dropped to $1,000.

In 2022, the price of gas in Europe will remain at fairly high levels, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak predicted at the end of last year. “The balance of supply and demand today is such that the price is quite high. I think that next year it will be at high levels, — he explained without naming specific figures.

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Vučić accuses Rockefeller Foundation of intent to overthrow Serbian government

Serbian President Vucic accused the Rockefeller Foundation of funding protests In his opinion, they are funded by foreign organizations that want to overthrow the current government ” alt=”Vučić accused the Rockefeller Foundation of intent to overthrow the government of Serbia” />

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The environmental protests that have been going on in Serbia since last autumn against a lithium production project are funded by foreign funds, which thus want to overthrow the country's government, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić told Pink TV. One of these organizations he called the Rockefeller Foundation.

According to Vučić, the Rockefeller Foundation “gives money” to one of the organizers of the protest actions, Savo Manoilovich. “These foreign funds are helping to bring down the government in Serbia. <…> As I said, these protests have nothing to do with ecology,— stressed the president.

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnobic also spoke about the fact that environmental protests in Serbia are financed from abroad. She stated that Manoilovich received $25,000 from the Rockefeller Foundation. In addition, among the organizations that, in her opinion, finance the protests in Serbia, Brnobic named USAID (US Agency for International Development), the Open Society Foundation; (founded by George Soros, declared undesirable in Russia), the National Endowment for Democracy (NED, declared undesirable in Russia), the British Council and other organizations.

Protests have begun in Serbia due to the plans of the Australian-British concern Rio Tinto to develop a lithium deposit in the west of the country. The investment was estimated at $2.4 billion. The Serbian government agreed to transfer the rights to develop the mine to the concern.

Environmental activists said that this would lead to environmental degradation, in particular soil and water pollution, despite assurances from the concern to comply with environmental laws . They held a series of actions against the project, including blocking key highways, including those that go to Belgrade and Novi Sad.

As a result, the authorities decided to abandon the Rio Tinto project and revoke all licenses for development of the deposit. In response, the international company stated that it would check the legality of such a step.

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US urged to neutralize Kaliningrad in case of war with Russia

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The Kaliningrad factor can be very significant for Russia in the event of a war with the West. Sarah White, an analyst at the Lexington Institute, wrote about this in her article for the American edition of 19Fortyfive.

In her opinion, Western countries should resort to a plan to neutralize this region in the event of a conflict. After all, Kaliningrad is well armed. There are complexes "Iskander— M". Also in the region are fighters with cruise missiles. In addition, a part of the Russian Navy is based in Kaliningrad. Geographically, the Kaliningrad region borders on Poland and Lithuania.

Thus, in the event of a war, it will be necessary to neutralize this region first. But it will not be easy for Poland and Lithuania alone to cope with this task, the analyst believes.

According to her, other European countries urgently need to strengthen their air defense and weapons. In particular, it is necessary to purchase American Patriot anti-aircraft systems (SAMs), as well as M1 Abrams tanks and fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II aircraft.

Earlier, General of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Serhiy Krivonos said that Russia is capable of quickly annexing Ukraine. According to him, the Russians will be able to carry out an airborne landing using five to seven airfields within a radius of less than 50 kilometers from Kiev. The airfield at the Antonov plant and the Zhuliany airfield will also help them.

According to the scenario described by Krivonos, at the first stage, a train of helicopters bypasses the reconnaissance zone of the Kiev air defense. He will leave the fighters of the Ukrainian Air Force at low altitudes, and then establish control over the runways. Then the second stage, when the military transport planes will land at the airports. These actions will allow Russia to quickly take control of the main city of Ukraine, Kryvonos is sure.



Britain promised Russia sanctions even without an “attack on Ukraine”


British Justice Minister Dominic Raab said that London is ready to apply serious economic sanctions against Russia not only in the case of an “invasion of Ukraine”. According to him, restrictive measures will be used in Moscow's attempt to bring politicians loyal to itself to power in Kiev.

According to Raab, “Russia will face serious consequences.” in both cases – “if he tries to invade Ukraine” or if he tries to “install a puppet regime”.

As for the prospect of Russia being cut off from the SWIFT banking system, the minister said that a large package of both economic and financial restrictions could be applied.

At the same time, Raab called “unlikely” London's decision to send troops to the borders of Ukraine.



In London, estimated the likelihood of sending the military to the border of Ukraine


British Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Justice Dominic Raab said that London was ready to support Ukraine in case of ” Russian invasion,” however, they consider it unlikely that they will send their troops to the border of the country.

“It is highly unlikely that we will do this,” Raab told Sky News.

He added that the British authorities are ready to support Kiev together with NATO allies. In particular, London does not rule out the imposition of sanctions against Moscow. Raab explained that a wide package of restrictive economic and financial measures could be introduced not only in the event of the outbreak of hostilities, but also in the event of Russia's attempts to bring pro-Russian politicians to power in Ukraine.



“Revelations” of the British Foreign Office about Russia’s plans for Ukraine called “nonsense”

Allegations about Moscow's desire to bring a “pro-Russian” leader to power in Kiev were associated with Johnson's domestic political difficulties

The Russian Foreign Ministry characterized the statement of the British Foreign Office about the Kremlin's plans to bring a “pro-Russian” leader” as misinformation. On Smolenskaya Square, they called the “revelations” of the Foreign Office another evidence that it is the NATO countries, led by the “Anglo-Saxons”, that contribute to the escalation of tension around Ukraine.

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The British Foreign Office has accused the Russian intelligence services of planning to bring a “pro-Russian leader” to power in Ukraine – ex-deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Yevgeny Muraev was named as such in London.

The British side also mentioned several more former high-ranking representatives Ukrainian authorities, including former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, in the context of the “attack on Ukraine” plan attributed by the West to Russia.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a statement that the published information “sheds light on the extent of Russian activities aimed at undermining Ukraine and gives an idea of ​​the Kremlin's thinking.”

“We call on the British Foreign Office to stop provocative activities, to stop spread nonsense and concentrate on studying the history of the Tatar-Mongol yoke, ”the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to these statements of London.

A few hours before the appearance of the statements of the British diplomatic department about Moscow’s intention to plant a “pro-Russian” leadership in Kiev, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued warnings about impending information and military provocations from the West in the Ukrainian direction on the eve of the Beijing Olympics 2022.

British The Guardian was rather reserved in assessing the Foreign Office's allegations of a “plot to establish a pro-Moscow government” in Ukraine, pointing out, in particular, that four of the five people whom the British Foreign Office mentioned as candidates for the role of the future “pro-Russian leadership” in Kiev, live in emigration in Moscow.

The British Foreign Office's statements were further confused, The Guardian notes, when Yevgeny Muraev, whom the Foreign Office described as a “potential candidate” as Moscow's presidential candidate, said he would be an unlikely candidate to head Moscow's puppet government. “You made my evening. The UK Foreign Office seems to be confused, said Yevgeny Muraev, a former Ukrainian MP, laughing. – It's not very logical. I am banned from entering Russia. Not only that, but also the money of my father’s firm was confiscated.”

The BBC in this regard recalls that Russian sanctions have been in place against Yevgeny Muraev since 2018, and cites his words: “How the British intelligence services and the Foreign Office combine this with the fact that Russia allegedly wants to appoint me the head of the “occupation government” – this is a question for Mr. Bean.

In Ukraine, Vasily Filipchuk, a former Ukrainian foreign ministry spokesman who now runs a think tank, called the British conspiracy allegations “ludicrous”, The Guardian notes. He stated that even rigged elections would not bring pro-Russian actors to power, and an attempt to install them by force would mean a very long and very bloody struggle.

According to British analysts and regional experts, The Guardian points out that the Foreign Office statement, while plausible, did not contain any obvious new intelligence, given that Moscow is concentrating troops near the border and does not hide its displeasure with the current government of the country.

< p>A British Foreign Office spokesman declined to answer questions about whether the British government had any details about the timing or method Russia intended to use to change leadership in Kiev.

“Lack of details about the plot and a sudden diplomatic push after a period of international sidelines puts Johnson at risk of remaining open to accusations that he is using a volatile international crisis to bolster his position at home. premiere. Boris Johnson is known to be under fire in the UK for his handling of the pandemic, including allegations of partying during his own government's covid restrictions.



Sick leave in numbers. The procedure for issuing disability certificates has changed

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From January 1, 2022 in Russia in all regions disability certificates are issued electronically.

Thanks to the national project “Healthcare” in hospitals and polyclinics continues to create a single digital circuit. Computer equipment is being updated in healthcare institutions, the possibilities of telemedicine consultations are being developed.

In 2021, 29.52 million citizens (with a planned value of 18.0 million people for 2021) used the services in the Patient's Personal Account “My Health” on the Unified portal of public services and functions.

974,968 (with a plan of 966 thousand for 2021) automated workplaces of medical workers are connected to medical information systems in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

The electronic form of the certificate of incapacity for work appeared in Russia in 2017. All this time, both paper and electronic forms of sick leave were available to citizens. Since January 2022, sick leave has been issued only in electronic form. Medical organizations draw up electronic certificates of incapacity for work and upload them to the information system of the Social Insurance Fund. Automatically to a citizen in his personal account on the portal “Gosuslugi” a notification comes about the opening (and then about closing) of the sick leave. At the same time, it is not necessary to inform the employer about temporary disability, because the information received from the medical institution to the Social Insurance Fund system reaches the place of work itself. The employer, using information from the FSS database, fills out the necessary part of the form for calculating the amount of social benefits, after which the payment is calculated.

Thus, in the Republic of Chuvashia, the republican medical information system is integrated with the information system of the Social Insurance Fund. To date, electronic sick leave is issued by almost all medical organizations subordinate to the Ministry of Health of Chuvashia. In 2021, already & nbsp; 98% of sick leave certificates for residents of the republic are issued in electronic form.

In the Samara region in 2021, more than 800 thousand residents used the services in the Patient's Personal Account “My Health” on the Unified Portal of Public Services. In addition, all residents of the region have access to a remote appointment with a doctor through the Unified Contact Center. More than 800 thousand residents of the province also used this resource during the year. More than 4.5 million appointments with a doctor, emergency medical care were made in 2021 by phone numbers of registries of medical institutions. For this, self-registration terminals for citizens to see a doctor were also used.

In the Tyumen region, they are completely ready for the transition to electronic sick leave. This was reminded by the information center of the government of the Tyumen region. According to the regional health department, the region gradually switched to an electronic system for issuing sick leave. For this, a unified medical information system was successfully introduced. She reduced the time spent on issuing a disability certificate. In 2021, medical organizations issued 700 thousand documents on temporary disability, of which 646 thousand — electronic. 131 clinics have licenses to issue sick leave.

In the Vologda Oblast, the connection of feldsher-obstetric stations to high-speed Internet continues. In 2021, it was possible to expand telecommunication opportunities for 173 FAPs in all 26 districts. As a result, since the implementation of the national project, 364 medical institutions in small towns have been connected to the Internet, which contributes to increasing the availability and quality of medical care. FAPs are equipped with automated workstations, which are united by a single integrated information system. This significantly expands the capabilities of medical workers in the field. In the information system, an appointment is made with specialists and information about the state of health of patients is entered.

Creation of a unified digital circuit in healthcare based on a unified state information system in the field of healthcare — one of the main directions of the national project “Health”. It is aimed at improving the efficiency of the healthcare system by creating mechanisms for the interaction of medical organizations on the basis of a unified state system in the field of healthcare and the introduction of digital technologies and platform solutions that form a single digital healthcare circuit.



Alien brain for everyone. Artificial intelligence – for all specialties

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In 2021, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education developed and implemented the educational module “Artificial Intelligence Systems” in Russian universities. for all specialties.

These works were made possible thanks to the national project “Science and Universities”.Guidelines for the introduction of disciplines in the study of artificial intelligence will expand the knowledge of all specialists in various industries in the field of new technologies, allowing them to solve more complex applied and research problems. For example, graduates who have completed this course will be able to master the methods of setting problems and processing the results of computer simulation, create mathematical and information models of the studied processes, phenomena and objects, plan the process of modeling and computational experiment, and much more.

The module can be used in the implementation of educational programs in all areas of training and specialties of all levels of higher education and additional professional programs. At the same time, the module will be supplemented with topics and sections, taking into account the level and professional orientation of a particular university program.

In the Year of Science and Technology, this module was also used to create the master's program “Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technologies in Modern Politics” at the Faculty of Political Science of Moscow State University. M.V. Lomonosov. With its help, students study the features of the use of artificial intelligence in international relations research and political analysis. Thanks to such knowledge, it will be possible to analyze huge amounts of meaningful information to improve the quality of decisions made.

The program examines in detail issues related to the political and legal regulation of artificial intelligence; the introduction of modern technologies based on artificial intelligence in the political process, and much more. According to Master's program student Alexander Samoilov, at the moment the need for such disciplines, combining artificial intelligence and political science, will qualitatively improve the level of prepared frames. In his opinion, a detailed study makes it clear that in the era of dynamically developing digital technologies, Russian political science must keep up with the times and modern trends, and this is due to the inclusion of artificial intelligence research in political science.



Synthesizing the mouse brain. Scientists are working on artificial intelligence

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Southern Federal University has developed a platform that can improve the quality of education with the help of artificial intelligence, and artificial intelligence has become the subject of active study at many universities.

Thanks to the national project “Science and universities» the country is actively conducting not only research and development in the field of artificial intelligence, but also its implementation in the educational process.

Southern Federal University (SFU) in the Year of Science and Technology received funding to create a neurotechnological platform to improve the quality of education. The complex created using neurotechnologies has a number of applied tasks that will improve the quality of education and determine the level of their motivation and competencies. "Smart" the algorithm will be able to include the functionality of an assistant for compiling optimal educational trajectories for students — with the help of machine learning technology, it will be possible to analyze the individual characteristics, interests and abilities of both students and university staff. According to the developers, with the help of such programs it is possible to achieve a qualitatively new level of university education.

The prospect of creating software capable of real-time comparison of many variables that reflect the workload, desires and psychological characteristics of students and university staff will make it possible to build individual educational trajectories without the need to increase the staff. Without the use of the latest technology, such work would require a huge number of employees and enormous costs. Already now we can say with confidence that technologies that were previously used exclusively in the corporate sphere and closed research can be used in areas that are useful for society and the individual.

SFedU became one of the participants in the strategic university development program “Priority 2030”. The program is included in the implementation of the national project “Science and Universities” and involves the multidisciplinary development of universities. SFU opened two new laboratories that study the features of our brain, which will bring us closer to new, more efficient developments in the field of neural networks and artificial intelligence.

The head of the laboratory of biology of synapses was a world-famous scientist, an expert in the field of neurosciences Ilya Bezprozvanny — one of the world's strongest experts in the field of combating neurodiseases, having worked for more than 20 years in the world's leading research centers. The work of the laboratory “Biology of synapses” will be aimed at studying the organization of neural networks of the brain. Uncovering the secrets of the functioning of synapses and neurons will improve the methods of diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, neuropathic pain, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy and many other brain diseases. Joint projects with the Laboratory of “Molecular Neurodegeneration” will soon be launched. St. Petersburg Polytechnic. The synthesis of the experience accumulated in St. Petersburg with the opportunities that are opening up with the new laboratory in Rostov-on-Don will further increase the level of research.

Comprehension of the mysteries of the brain will be dealt with by scientists in the neuroimaging laboratory. With the help of the latest technologies, research will be carried out in the field of elucidating the fine organization of the brain of humans and animals. With the help of neuroimaging methods, scientists will come closer to understanding the mechanisms of the brain and the nature of consciousness.

A young scientist, candidate of technical sciences and head of the neuroimaging laboratory, Dmitry Shaposhnikov, is confident that solving fundamental problems in the field of neuroimaging will make significant progress in creating nature-like artificial intelligence and technical vision systems. To date, simulations of the brain of fruit flies and other creatures of the microcosm have already been created in the world, the brain structures of small mammals, which are well known to many scientists — laboratory mice. Improving the cognitive functions of a person, expanding the scope of his consciousness through the development of fundamentally new channels of communication, overcoming evolutionarily established restrictions on the speed and volume of perceived and analyzed information, direct integration of neural networks of the brain with information networks and systems, technical devices based on neural interface technologies — these are just some of the areas of research and development that will be actively pursued within the framework of the new laboratory.



An additional 11.5 thousand doses of Sputnik Light were sent to the Pskov region

Additional 11.5 thousand doses of the vaccine "Sputnik Light" sent to the Pskov region. The Russian Ministry of Health organized an emergency delivery after the region ran out of this drug. 

According to the press service of the department, residents of the region will be able to use the vaccine from Monday, January 24.

Earlier, the Governor of the Pskov Region, Mikhail Vedernikov, announced that the Sputnik Light vaccine had run out in the region. According to him, this happened after 45 thousand doses of the vaccine were spoiled due to for breakdowns of the refrigeration unit.

The service check on this fact is coming to an end, the head of the region promised to publish its results.



What time should school start?

Weekly “Arguments and Facts” No. 03. Either a bus, or a vision. When will the modernization of public transport reach cities and villages? 01/19/2022

Every day is a problem to get a child to school. Why can't I start studying later?

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Pediatricians from the University of Zurich also believe that the later start of lessons at school – at 10 & 11 am – can improve students' well-being and life satisfaction. They found that during the pandemic, students went to bed 15 minutes late and woke up 90 minutes later, respectively, and slept well. “Similar studies were previously carried out in the USA, – says sleep doctor, MD, Professor Roman Buzunov. – There, in different states, children begin to study at 8, and even at 7 in the morning. So it turned out that if the start of lessons was postponed to 9-10 in the morning, then the children studied better. But after 2-3 weeks of life according to the new schedule, the children began to go to bed even later and did not get enough sleep again. Therefore, it is more important to follow the regime and a healthy lifestyle. It is advisable to pick up gadgets from children 2 hours before bedtime. Adolescents exclude strong tea, coffee, tonics and energy drinks in the afternoon. On weekends, it is recommended to sleep a maximum of 1-2 hours longer than on weekdays.



London threatened Moscow with sanctions without invading Ukraine

Minister Raab: Russia is waiting for sanctions when trying to establish a puppet regime in Ukraine Earlier, the British Foreign Office announced Moscow's intentions to bring to power in Ukraine a leader loyal to her. The Deputy Prime Minister of the country said that in this case there would be “serious consequences” for Russia

Dominic Raab

There will be “very serious consequences” for Russia if it tries to install a “puppet regime” in Ukraine, British Deputy Prime Minister, Attorney General and Lord Chancellor Dominic Raab told Sky News.

“We will support them [Ukraine] in protecting themselves, as well as the international community, NATO allies in West. We stand shoulder to shoulder and declare that Russia will face very serious consequences if it tries to invade and also establish a puppet regime,— he declared.

At the same time, Raab noted that sending the British military “extremely unlikely” in case of “invasion” Russia. The Deputy Prime Minister, however, recalled that Britain is participating in training programs for Ukrainian military personnel.

Earlier, the British Foreign Office said that, according to its information, the Russian government is looking for an opportunity to bring a leader loyal to Moscow to power in Ukraine. At the same time, the Kremlin is considering the possibility of “invading Ukraine and occupying it,” the ministry added.

One of the possible candidates for this role in the Foreign Ministry was the ex-deputy of the Rada Yevgeny Muraev. In addition, the ministry's message listed the former first vice-premiers of Ukraine Serhiy Arbuzov and Andriy Klyuyev, ex-prime minister Mykola Azarov and ex-deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Volodymyr Sivkovich. They, according to the Foreign Ministry, “keep in touch” with Russian intelligence, including employees “who are now involved in planning an attack on Ukraine.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry responded to the statement, calling on “stop spreading nonsense” about the situation around Ukraine. They called the message of the British Foreign Office disinformation and considered it evidence that “it is the NATO countries, led by the Anglo-Saxons, who are escalating tensions around Ukraine.” which has been under Russian sanctions since 2018. “Since 2018, I have been under Russian sanctions due to a conflict with Medvedchuk (chairman of the Opposition Platform“ For Life ”party, loyal to Russia. — RBC). My family's assets have been seized there. As with the British intelligence services and the Foreign Office, this is combined with the fact that Russia allegedly wants to appoint me the head of the “occupation government,” — this is a question for Mr. Bean (the hero of the British comedy series. — RBC)»,— he said.

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Muraev, after talking about ties with Moscow, said that Kiev needs new leaders

Ex-deputy Muraev, after accusations of ties with Moscow, said that Kiev needs new leaders those who will take into account the interests of Ukraine

Evgeny Muraev

Ex-deputy of the Rada Yevgeny Muraev, whom the British Foreign Office named as a candidate for the role of “pro-Russian leader”; in Ukraine, said that his country needed new politicians— not pro-Russian or pro-Western, but those whose policy will be formed based on Ukrainian interests. He wrote about this in his Facebook account.

“The time of pro-Western and pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine is gone forever. <…> Ukraine needs new politicians whose policy will be based solely on the principles of the national interests of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. Thirty years— enough time to understand the simple truth— Ukraine is an independent, independent state, and we can and must decide our own destiny, — Muraev wrote.

In his opinion, Ukraine needs new political leaders who “will not push people together on linguistic or religious grounds.” “I appeal to everyone who is not indifferent to the fate of Ukraine— stop dividing us into classes, into pro-Russian and pro-Western ones, stop pushing our foreheads against each other and setting us against each other, and we ourselves will build peace in our country, — he concluded.

Earlier, the British Foreign Office issued a statement in which it announced Russia's intention to put a politician loyal to her at the head of the government. Muraev was named one of the candidates for this role.

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab later said that there would be “very serious consequences” for Russia if it tried to install a “puppet regime” in Kiev.

Ex-deputy Muraev recalled that since 2018 he has been under Russian sanctions, and his family’s assets in Russia have been arrested. “Like the British intelligence services and the Foreign Office, this is combined with the fact that Russia allegedly wants to appoint me the head of the “occupation government,” — this is a question for Mr. Bean (the hero of the British comedy series. — RBC)”, he said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry considered London's message disinformation and asked “not to spread nonsense”; about the situation around Ukraine.

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Austria names exceptions to sanctions in case of invasion of Ukraine

Austrian Foreign Minister ruled out sanctions against the gas sector and Nord Stream 2

Alexander Schallenberg

In the event of an “invasion” Russia will impose large-scale sanctions on Ukraine against Moscow, however, the gas sector and the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline they won't, said Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg in an interview with Die Presse, quoted by Kurier.

“We in Europe are to a certain extent dependent on energy from Russia. <…> We can't change that overnight if we suddenly need heat and electricity,” — he explained.

At the same time, Schallenbregg noted that a number of Russia's security requirements are unacceptable. He considered these demands not to accept Ukraine into NATO and to withdraw the military of the alliance from the territories of states that have already joined NATO.

The head of the Austrian Foreign Ministry also warned that in the event of military aggression against Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin “will have to reckon with extensive economic and financial sanctions,” writes Kurier.

“In the event of an escalation, there will be a very clear, unambiguous and quick response"— Schallenberg explained.

The minister noted that “no one knows what [Russian President Vladimir] Putin has in his head.” He expressed readiness for an open dialogue with Russia, but not under the motto: “make or break”.

Schallenberg called “absurd” a NATO threat attributed by Moscow. “Who invaded Ossetia, Abkhazia, Transnistria, Donbass, Crimea? Not us»,— he concluded.

Earlier, Bloomberg reported that some European countries fear that the unprecedented sanctions against Russia, which the West threatened in case of aggression against Ukraine, could damage their economies and force President Vladimir Putin to cut off gas to Europe in the winter. In turn, the United States doubted that Moscow could take this step. As Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Ambassador to the UN, said, this is not in Russia's interests, as it will harm Russia itself.

CNN, citing sources, reported that the White House was discussing several options for restrictions. They may affect individuals from Putin's inner circle, energy companies and banks. Sanctions can also be applied against public debt. Among the radical measures were the disconnection of Russia from the SWIFT international interbank payment system and the restriction of the ruble conversion.

Democrats and Republicans in the US Congress have already presented their options for restrictive measures against Russia in case of escalation, they affect, among other things, Putin and his environment, Russian banks and public debt.

Russia has repeatedly stated that it does not threaten anyone, did not attack anyone first, and did not rule out military provocations on Ukraine from the West.

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Kiev promised to remember Germany’s refusal to supply weapons “for decades”

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Dmitry Kuleba

Ukrainians will remember Germany's refusal to supply weapons to Kiev for decades, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said in an interview with Die Welt.

According to him, Germany's unwillingness to supply weapons could negatively affect German-Ukrainian relations.


“German refusal <…> disappoints the Ukrainian public. Unfortunately, Ukrainians will remember this for decades to come, and this is very sad for me as the Minister of Foreign Affairs,— Kuleba noted, adding that he wishes the partnership to flourish and “friendly and warm” feelings of the peoples of the two countries.

The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that the disappointment would be even greater if Germany prevents other countries from providing Ukraine with weapons.

The Minister recalled the losses of Ukraine during the Second World War and stressed that part of Germany's responsibility today— make the right decisions. According to Kuleba, the only reasonable policy— allow Ukraine to defend itself against Russian aggression, including through the supply of weapons. He assured that Kiev needed weapons only for defense— Ukraine does not plan any military attack.

Last April, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that Germany had refused Ukraine's request for defensive weapons to protect the Black Sea coast. However, disputes arose in the Bundestag on this issue. German Foreign Minister (at that time) Heiko Maas reacted negatively to the idea, unlike Defense Minister Annegrett Kramp-Karrenbauer.

Later, Bild wrote that Angela Merkel, who was then Chancellor of Germany, was directly stated to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that Germany would not end the “blockade”; sales of weapons to Kiev through NATO.

The day before, on January 22, The Wall Street Journal, citing Estonian and German officials, spoke about Germany's refusal to allow Estonia to export German weapons to Ukraine. According to the publication, we are talking about the supply of Soviet-made 122-mm D-30 howitzers, which the USSR deployed in the former East Germany.

Since the fall of last year, the media have been publishing information about Russia's plans to invade Ukraine. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied these accusations.

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