Tokayev called Nazarbayev’s miscalculations a lesson for the future presidents of Kazakhstan

President of Kazakhstan Tokayev: Nazarbayev's miscalculations will serve as lessons for future presidents The first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, like other world leaders, made miscalculations, said the current head of state, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. However, all leaders have shortcomings, and denigrating one's past is not good

Portrait of Nursultan Nazarbayev in front of the mayor's office after clashes in the central square

Possible miscalculations by Nursultan Nazarbayev should be considered as lessons for the country's future leaders, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said, Tengri News reports. At the same time, according to him, one should not forget about the “historical merits” of the first president of the country.

“Let us also pay tribute to the historical merits of the first president [of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev], highlight his undoubted successes and merits, and leave possible miscalculations as a warning to the future leaders of our country”, — said Tokayev.

According to him, the shortcomings are inherent in the leaders of any country. “Flaws have been inherent in both American presidents and Chinese leaders. And even the Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew, about whom everyone is now speaking so laudatoryly, — Tokayev noted, explaining that only those who do not work are not mistaken.

At the same time, according to him, the people who denigrate their past have no future, he added.

In early January, protests began in Kazakhstan over a sharp increase in gas prices, which quickly turned into street riots and pogroms. The epicenter of street riots was the former capital of Kazakhstan, the city of Alma-Ata. By January 5, the situation got out of control of the local law enforcement agencies responsible for maintaining order in the city: the rioters destroyed the building of the city administration and the presidential residence in this city, and participated in skirmishes with the police and the military.

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In order to ensure the security of infrastructure facilities, Tokayev turned to the CSTO with a request to send peacekeepers to the country, after which he ordered an anti-terrorist operation in the city against militant groups from Central Asia and Afghanistan, who, according to Tokayev, took advantage of the situation with protests to try to make a coup d'état in the country. Tokayev estimated the damage from the unrest in the country at $2–3 billion.

After the normalization of the situation in the city, Tokayev announced structural reforms, including the reform of law enforcement agencies.

The President of Kazakhstan also said that the country's governance system with the participation of influential financial and oligarchic groups was established during the reign of Nursultan Nazarbayev. This, according to him, led to an increase in property stratification in the country and was the reason for the start of protests.

Nazarbayev, after leaving the presidency in 2019, bore the honorary title of Elbasy— “father of the people”, and also served as head of the Security Council of the Republic, leader of the ruling Nur Otan party, chairman of the Constitutional Council and head of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan (ANK)— it is a consultative and advisory body that brings together representatives of all nations and nationalities living in the country. During the protests, Tokayev dismissed him from the post of head of the Security Council of the republic and took it himself, later the parliament deprived Nazarbayev of the lifelong chairmanship of the Security Council and canceled his chairmanship of the ANC.

During the protests, Nazarbayev himself remained silent and turned to the people only January 18th. He called himself a pensioner, said that, contrary to rumors, he did not leave the country anywhere and stressed that there was no split in the ruling elite and Tokayev had full power.

On January 28, Tokayev replaced Nazarbayev as chairman of the ruling party “Nur Otan”. The first president retained the right to be a member of the Constitutional Council of the Republic.

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Peskov responded to Nuland’s words about vodka and gas with the phrase “let them joke better”

Peskov about Nuland's words about vodka and Nord Stream 2: let them joke, not escalate the situation The day before, the Deputy Secretary of State joked about pumping vodka and olive oil through Nord Stream 2. “Let them joke rather than escalate tensions in Europe,” Peskov replied


Lavrov named the cities where Zelensky can come for negotiations

Lavrov: Zelensky can discuss relations with Russia in Moscow, St. Petersburg or Sochi If Zelensky wants to discuss bilateral relations with the Russian authorities, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sochi are ready to accept him, Lavrov said. The situation in Donbas should be discussed in the contact group, he stressed

Sergey Lavrov

The Russian authorities are ready to discuss bilateral relations with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with radio stations. The broadcast was conducted by the RBC channel.

“If Zelenskiy wants to discuss the normalization of bilateral relations that are suffering from the damage done by his regime’s unilateral actions, <…> we are ready. Please, let him come to Moscow, to Sochi, to St. Petersburg, where they [with Russian President Vladimir Putin] will agree, — he said.


If the Ukrainian leader wants to discuss the situation in Donbass, for this it is necessary to convene a Contact Group, since it is there, according to the decision of the Normandy format, that issues of settlement between Kiev should be considered , DPR and LPR, the minister emphasized.

According to Lavrov, when the Ukrainian authorities say that they will not talk to representatives of the self-proclaimed republics, “this is bad, but it's bad for the intra-Ukrainian crisis.”

Zelensky raised the issue of a meeting with Putin in April 2021 when he suggested that it be held “anywhere in the Ukrainian Donbas where there is a war.” Putin responded by saying that Moscow was ready “at any time” accept Zelensky, but to discuss bilateral relations. He added that Kiev should first of all discuss the problems of Donbass with the authorities of the DPR and LPR, and only then— with Russia as a third party. Later, Zelensky said he was ready to meet “anywhere”, and specified that any format of negotiations would suit him.

In January, amid reports of an impending Russian invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow rejected, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan invited Putin and Zelensky to his country to “settle differences”. The press secretary of the Russian president replied that there was “nothing” at the meeting, but only a “pump”; Ukraine with weapons and failure to comply with the Minsk agreements.

On January 26, eight-hour talks of advisers to the leaders of the Normandy Four were held in Paris. (Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France). Dmitry Kozak, deputy head of the presidential administration of Russia, described them as “difficult” and called the last conversation “an inventory of different readings of the Minsk agreements.”

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Lukashenka promised to return Ukraine to the “bosom of the Slavs”

President of Belarus Lukashenko: “We will return our Ukraine to the bosom of our Slavs” Fraternal Slavic peoples live in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, Alexander Lukashenko announced. And no “parochial political ambitions” can change this fact

Alexander Lukashenko

It is necessary to preserve the brotherhood of the Slavic peoples of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, which is much more important than far-fetched grievances and small-town political ambitions, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said during an address to the people.

< p>“It is important for the West to drown the Russian-Ukrainian brotherhood, our Slavic brotherhood, in blood. But we are native Slavic peoples, people from the same baptismal font. Our roots are from the depths of centuries, and this must be preserved, no matter what the cost, — urged Lukashenka.— No matter how anyone wants, we will return our Ukraine to the bosom of our Slavs. We will definitely do it.


Ukraine, according to the President of Belarus, has become the subject of behind-the-scenes bargaining, and its citizens are purposefully prepared for aggression and form their hostile attitude “to the fraternal peoples , including Belarusians».

This is not the first speech where Lukashenka appeals to the common Slavic roots of the peoples of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus and proposes to build a dialogue on this basis— for example, about the future of Donbass. “Forget all the formulas. Sit in Ukraine and call those who want peace, including Belarusians. We, the three Slavic peoples, must resolve this conflict, because this is our home. And there you can’t turn away: either decide, or say that you don’t want to solve this conflict, & mdash; he said in September 2019 at a meeting with Ukrainian journalists. With the proposal that “three Slavic peoples” should resolve the conflict in Donbass, he spoke earlier, in 2018.

The fact that Russia, Belarus and Ukraine are connected by fraternal relations was also mentioned by President Vladimir Putin. In the summer of 2021, he wrote an article “On the historical unity of Russians and Ukrainians”, which was published in Russian and Ukrainian on the Kremlin website.

The author analyzed the history of the two peoples and their current relationship, which developed due to a series of mistakes of the two countries, as well as under the influence of “the purposeful work of those forces that have always sought to undermine our unity.”

“And Russians, and Ukrainians, and Belarusians— heirs of Ancient Russia, which was the largest state in Europe. Slavic and other tribes in a vast area— from Ladoga, [Veliky] Novgorod, Pskov to Kiev and Chernigov— were united by one language (now we call it Old Russian), economic ties, the power of the princes of the Rurik dynasty. And after the baptism of Rus— and one Orthodox faith,»— Putin's article says. He also emphasized that Russia has never been and never will be “anti-Ukraine”.

In May 2021, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky submitted a draft law on the indigenous peoples of Ukraine to the Verkhovna Rada . The wording that was used to define indigenous peoples implies that national minorities living on the territory of the republic that have their own national states cannot be considered as such.

Russians, Hungarians (they live in Beregovsky district of the Transcarpathian region), Romanians, Poles and others. At the same time, the document separately defines the indigenous peoples of Ukraine formed on the Crimean peninsula: these are the Crimean Tatars, Karaites and Krymchaks. The law was adopted by the Rada on July 1 and signed by Zelensky.

Putin called this law an example of the unfriendly attitude of the current Kiev administration towards Russia.

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The US ambassador said he was waiting for Moscow’s response to security proposals

US Ambassador Sullivan: Washington awaits Moscow's response to security proposals Washington is awaiting Moscow's response to written responses to security guarantees, US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan said. After that, a new contact between Minister Lavrov and Secretary of State Blinken is possible

John Sullivan

The US response to Russian proposals on security guarantees paves the way for diplomacy and de-escalation, Washington is waiting for Moscow's reaction to the document, US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan said during an online briefing. “We will wait to see what the reaction and response of Russia will be. And after that, a discussion can take place— telephone conversation or meeting— I don't know, it's not agreed yet. Previously, Secretary of State Blinken used both formats to communicate with Minister Lavrov,— Sullivan said. Lavrov and Blinken spoke about the possibility of such contact after their personal meeting in Geneva on January 21.

He recalled that the American document contains proposals for measures for mutual transparency including weapons in Ukraine, military exercises and maneuvers in Europe, and potential arms control measures, including in Europe. The ambassador stressed that the US responses also take into account a number of Russia's concerns.

Commenting on the fact that the Russian authorities deny the possibility of an attack on Ukraine, Sullivan replied that “the facts” on the ground ” testify to the contrary. “If Russia carries out aggression against Ukraine and violates its sovereignty, then huge economic consequences await it,” — he said. According to Sullivan, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project will also be affected in the event of an attack on Ukraine. As long as it exists, but gas is not supplied through it, Russia does not receive profit, it can be used as a lever of pressure on Moscow. At the same time, economic sanctions— this is just one aspect of the West's reaction to Russia's possible actions towards Ukraine. “Economic Sanctions” just one aspect of the answers given by President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken, — said Sullivan.

Sullivan delivered written US responses to Russian proposals for security guarantees on the evening of January 26 to Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko. Commenting on their content, Lavrov stated that the document does not contain a positive reaction on the main issue for Russia— the demand for NATO's non-expansion to the east. However, the letter allows you to count on the beginning of a “serious conversation”; on secondary points. The Kremlin, in turn, urged not to rush to conclusions on the US security responses. The spokesman noted that “the president has all the papers” and it will take time to analyze them.

At the same time, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry called the US written response “a model of diplomatic decency.” compared to the document that Moscow received from NATO. “The answer from NATO is so ideological, it breathes so much with the exclusivity of the North Atlantic Alliance, its special mission, its special purpose, that I was just a little ashamed of those who wrote these texts,” — said the minister in an interview with Russian radio stations on Friday.

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Tokayev called the “trigger” of the January riots in Kazakhstan

Tokayev called systemic corruption the “trigger” of the January riots Systemic corruption became the cause of demonstrations and pogroms in Kazakhstan, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

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Systemic corruption in the republic served as a “trigger” unrest in January of this year, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said. His words were conveyed by the press service of the head of state on Twitter.

The leader of Kazakhstan noted that one of the main tasks of the ruling party “Nur Otan” there must be a fight against corruption. The authorities should put forward useful initiatives on this issue and fill the anti-corruption strategy with new content.

“It is important to form in society an absolute rejection of corrupt behavior by citizens. And this is impossible without the mobilization of civil society,»,— Tokayev argues.

And the unrest that has arisen in Kazakhstan has demonstrated serious omissions in the socio-economic adaptation of young people. Tokayev placed responsibility for this both on local executive bodies and on the entire system of state administration. The President pointed to the need to work with disadvantaged youth in cities.

Tokayev recalled that in early January, Kazakhstan faced a carefully planned attack, which was aimed at the collapse of the statehood and integrity of the country. Thanks to the unity and consciousness of the population, it was possible to prevent the undermining of the constitutional order, he concluded.

Protests began in Kazakhstan at the beginning of the year due to a sharp rise in the price of automobile gas. They escalated into riots in which more than 200 people died. To restore order, Kazakhstan had to send troops from the countries— CSTO members.

Tokayev on January 5 announced the removal of ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev from the post of head of the Security Council of Kazakhstan. On January 11, he noted that during Nazarbayev's nearly 30-year presidency, “a group of very profitable companies and a layer of wealthy people has appeared in the country, even by international standards.” Now it's time for them to “pay their dues” people, Tokayev suggested. For such deductions, a special fund should be created.

After the riots were suppressed, Nazarbayev's sons-in-law left their posts in state-owned companies: the chairman of the board of KazTransOil JSC; Dimash Dosanov, Chairman of the Board of QazaqGaz National Company JSC Kairat Sharipbaev and the head of the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs Timur Kulibayev.

Later, Tokayev admitted that in Kazakhstan the share of purchases in a non-competitive way is too high, and instructed to look into the purchases made by the Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund, which was created by Nazarbayev's decree.

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Spiegel learned about the expulsion of a Russian diplomat from Germany for espionage

Spiegel: Germany declares Russian diplomat suspected of espionage persona non grata German law enforcement authorities believe that he was the curator of a scientist who provided Moscow with data on European aerospace developments, in particular, on the Ariane launch vehicle

Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Munich

In 2021, the German authorities declared a Russian diplomat suspected of espionage persona non grata, Spiegel reports, citing sources.

According to Spiegel, we are talking about a consular officer in Munich. His expulsion is connected with the case of a scientist, Russian citizen Ilnur N., accused of espionage (German law enforcement agencies do not give his full name). The fact that the scientist was charged, it became known the day before, January 27, from the message of the Federal Prosecutor's Office of Germany. He was arrested in June 2021. He worked as a researcher in the department of technical specialty at one of the universities in Bavaria. In 2019, according to investigators, he agreed to cooperate with the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR). (a family of launch vehicles, the latest of which, Ariane-7, is under development). For this he was paid €2.5 thousand

According to Spiegel, German investigators believe that the diplomat expelled from the country was a member of Russian intelligence. The prosecutor's report on the case of Ilnur N. stated that he was in regular contact with a certain “high-ranking official”; SVR in the country. Spiegel writes that his diplomatic status did not allow the German intelligence services to arrest the curator of the scientist, so he was declared persona non grata.

The detention of the RBC scientist was confirmed at the Russian embassy in Berlin. “We confirm that the German Prosecutor General’s Office has indeed filed formal charges against the Russian citizen in this case. He is currently in a pre-trial detention center in Augsburg (Federal State of Bavaria). Russian consular officials visited a Russian citizen, are in contact with his relatives, as well as a lawyer with a view to providing possible consular assistance within the framework of the powers provided for by law, — said an embassy spokesman.

Last October, a court in Berlin found 56-year-old German Jens F. guilty of spying for Russia and sentenced him to two years in prison and a fine € 15 thousand (more than 1 million rubles). According to investigators, he handed over plans for the premises of the German parliament (Bundestag) to Russian intelligence. And in August, a British citizen was arrested in Germany, who was also accused of working for Russian intelligence services.

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German intelligence chief says Russia is ready to attack Ukraine

German intelligence chief: Russia has not made a final decision to invade Ukraine Russia is ready to invade Ukraine, but has not yet made a final decision on this step, German intelligence chief Bruno Kahl said ://” alt=”German intelligence chief announced Russia's readiness to attack Ukraine” />

Bruno Kahl

Russia is ready attack Ukraine, but has not yet decided whether to do so. This was stated by the head of the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) Bruno Kahl in an interview with Reuters.

“I believe that the decision on the attack has not yet been made. A crisis can unfold in a thousand ways,»,— he said, listing scenarios, including moves to destabilize the government in Kiev.

Kahl refused to answer the question of what sanctions should be applied against Russia in the event of an “invasion”, but supported the German approach to keep Moscow in the dark about possible restrictive measures.

The West has repeatedly argued that Russia is preparing an “invasion” to Ukraine. In mid-January, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Russia was laying the groundwork for an invasion of Ukraine. According to her, this may happen in January-February, and the pretext for aggressive actions will be staged.

Moscow has repeatedly denied plans to invade Ukraine. “We consider unacceptable even the thought of a war between our peoples,” — said Alexei Zaitsev, deputy director of the information and press department of the department.

Against the backdrop of Western statements about a possible “invasion” Russian troops in Ukraine and threats of new sanctions On December 17, 2021, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent proposals on security guarantees to the United States and NATO. They included clauses on non-expansion of the alliance to the east and a ban on the inclusion of countries that were part of the USSR into the bloc.

On January 10, 12 and 13, a series of consultations between Russia and the United States, NATO and the OSCE took place in Geneva and Brussels on mutual security guarantees, but the negotiations did not lead to significant results. On January 26, the US and NATO handed over to the Russian side a response to security proposals. They declared that they would not abandon the principle of “open doors”; to join the bloc.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, commenting on the US response to Moscow's proposals, said that he did not see a positive reaction in Washington's answer to Russia's main question.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock, in turn, assured that NATO is not currently discussing Ukraine's entry into the alliance and its further expansion to the east.

According to her, at the moment it is more important to establish a dialogue on the situation in eastern Ukraine and the implementation of the Minsk agreements, rather than talk about the imminent accession of the country to NATO.

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The Duma estimated the term for the adoption of a law banning surrogate motherhood

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The Duma may adopt a law on a complete ban on surrogate motherhood in Russia in the autumn session, said the head of the Duma Committee on Family, Women and Children, member Communist Party of the Russian Federation Nina Ostanina, RIA Novosti reports.

“We may not get through the spring session [with this law]. In the autumn "— Ostanina said, answering the question when the Duma can adopt a law on a complete ban on surrogate motherhood.

According to her, women who cannot have children will still have the opportunity to carry out the in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure at the budget expense or adopt a child.

At the same time, Ostanina's first deputy on the committee, a member of the United Russia party; Tatyana Butskaya told the agency that the committee does not yet have a relevant bill. “There is no bill in our committee to completely ban surrogacy,” — Butskaya said. The deputy noted that surrogate motherhood— salvation for women who cannot have children, but, according to her, this should not be associated with “exploitation for money.”

Last January, the Duma drafted a bill banning surrogacy services for foreigners. According to the Vice Speaker of the State Duma from the “United Russia” Peter Tolstoy, who took part in its development, the need for such a law arose after many foreign parents did not come to Russia due to the COVID-19 pandemic, who were supposed to pick up children from Russian surrogate mothers. The bill also provided for a ban on surrogate motherhood for single women and men.

This bill has drawn criticism. Oksana Pushkina, who was then a State Duma deputy, told RBC that this idea is contrary to the basic norms of the Constitution, including Art. 19, which guarantees the equality of all citizens before the law and the courts. If a person is not married, this is not a basis for limiting his rights, she noted. The bill was also criticized by lawyers and doctors.

The initiative was rejected in the first reading; Ostanina, the head of the Duma committee, asked to do this at the end of December.

“Unfortunately, the law itself” just the first step towards a ban on surrogacy. <…> We believe that the sale of children in general should be banned, including that Russian citizens are not entitled to order and buy children. And secondly, the law is so technically carelessly implemented that both the legal department of the State Duma, the main legal department under the president, and the Supreme Court issued negative conclusions. But to the credit of the authors who prepared this law, they are ready to introduce it again in a new edition. The committee asks to reject the bill, — she said during the vote in the State Duma.

In the fall, the Ministry of Labor developed amendments to the legislation that would allow families where a man is the only parent of a child born by a surrogate mother to receive maternity capital. They should earn money in 2022.

The State Duma Committee on Labour, Social Policy and Veterans Affairs reported that they were ready to support the bill. “No matter how you feel about surrogate motherhood, we have it in our country, just like single fathers who raise children in the same way as single mothers. Therefore, I personally think it is right that these citizens will be able to use the funds of maternity capital,»,— told Izvestia head of the committee, deputy chairman of the LDPR faction Yaroslav Nilov.

reported that they consider it necessary to support the initiative in the United Russia factions; and the Communist Party of the Russian Federation said they would give an assessment after the document was submitted to the lower house of parliament.

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Putin called Macron topics that the West ignored

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Vladimir Putin (on ekane) and Emmanuel Macron

The United States and NATO, in Russia's written responses to its proposals in the field of security guarantees, did not take into account Moscow's fundamental concerns: the inadmissibility of the expansion of the North Atlantic Alliance to the east, the refusal to deploy strike weapons systems near Russian borders and the bloc's return to the positions of 1997 . Russian President Vladimir Putin stated this to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron during a telephone conversation, the Kremlin press service reports.

In addition, according to Putin, Western countries have ignored the key issue of how the US and its allies will follow the principle of indivisibility of security, which is enshrined in the OSCE and Russia-NATO documents. It provides that no one should strengthen their security at the expense of the security of other countries.

Putin added that Russia is still studying the responses of the United States and NATO, and will decide on further actions later.


The presidents discussed the situation in Ukraine. According to the Kremlin, Putin pointed out to Macron the importance of Kiev's implementation of the Minsk agreements and the establishment of a dialogue with the self-proclaimed DNR and LNR.

Russia submitted its demands for security assurances to the US and NATO last December. Among the main points— the alliance's refusal to expand to the east, include the former republics of the USSR in its composition, conduct military activities on the territory of Ukraine and non-deployment of the bloc's military forces on the territory of countries that were not members of the alliance in 1997. On January 10, 12 and 13, three rounds of talks between the US and Russia, the Russia Council— NATO and Russia and the OSCE. They ended without concrete results, and Moscow requested written answers to its proposals.

Russia received a US response from Ambassador John Sullivan on January 26. According to the head of the State Department, Anthony Blinken, in it Washington rejected Moscow's main demand, indicating that NATO would adhere to the open door principle. At the same time, he pointed to “positive things” that could be worked on: the arms control regime, including the issue of placing missiles in Europe, as well as ways to increase transparency and stability.

On the same day, the response from NATO was handed over to the Russian ambassador in Brussels. Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg named three areas in which progress is possible: NATO's relations with Russia, discussion of Russian concerns on the principles of the EU, and holding exercises.

According to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, NATO's response is “so ideologized, so breathes with the exclusivity of the North Atlantic Alliance” that the document received from the United States can be called “a model of diplomatic decency”. At the same time, he pointed out that in the response of the American side there is no positive reaction to the main question of non-expansion of NATO.

The Kremlin noted that “it is not worth rushing to any conclusions”, Putin has all the documents, and he will need time to analyze them.

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Orban told what he wants to achieve from negotiations with Putin

Hungarian Prime Minister Orban announced plans to discuss with Putin an increase in gas supplies The meeting between the Hungarian Prime Minister and the Russian President will take place on 1 February. Viktor Orban intends during the negotiations to achieve an increase in gas supplies from the levels specified in the Russian-Hungarian gas contract

Viktor Orban

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will use his visit to Moscow to increase natural gas volumes , which the country buys from Russia. His words are reported by Bloomberg and Reuters.

“I would like to achieve in the negotiations that in the current difficult environment with high energy prices, the amount of gas available to us in the long term will be increased,” — he said.

Orban will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 1 in Moscow.

In September 2021, the Hungarian energy company MVM signed a long-term gas transportation agreement with Gazprom. According to contracts concluded for 15 years, up to 4.5 billion cubic meters will be supplied to Hungary. m of Russian gas annually bypassing Ukraine— through the Turkish Stream and gas pipelines in Southeast Europe.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expressed disappointment with the decision of Budapest. The department called this step “taken to please the Kremlin” in order to damage the national interests of Ukraine and Ukrainian-Hungarian relations.

Then Viktor Orban said that the point of view of Ukraine was not taken into account on this issue. “We need gas. This is reality <…> On the gas front, I need to meet the interests of the Hungarian people, not the Ukrainian people,— said the head of the Hungarian government.

Two long-term contracts for the supply of Russian natural gas to Hungary were signed in 1996. Since the start of deliveries to Hungary by the end of 2019, about 261 billion cubic meters were exported. m of natural gas. In 2020, Hungary received 8.6 billion cubic meters. m of gas, for 2019— 11.26 bcm m.

In autumn 2021, gas prices in Europe rose significantly. If at the beginning of last year the cost of futures for TTF fuel was slightly above $200 per 1,000 cubic meters. m, then on August 30 the prices exceeded $600, on September 15— over $900. At the end of the year, exchange prices for gas in Europe beat records and approached $2.2 thousand per 1 thousand cubic meters. m.

Later, the cost decreased, but still remains above the levels of previous years. As of January 28, according to the ICE exchange, the cost of gas futures in Europe is above $1,088 per 1,000 cubic meters. m.

Against the backdrop of the gas crisis, many European politicians began to accuse Russia of price manipulation. The head of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, said that Moscow held back gas supplies to Europe during a period of “heightened geopolitical tensions.”

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak responded by pointing out that Russia was not to blame for the energy crisis. In his opinion, the crisis was caused by a long winter, which forced the extraction of significant volumes of gas from underground gas storage facilities in Europe.

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Tokayev spoke about the “trigger” of the riots in Kazakhstan

The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, said that systemic corruption became the “trigger” of the protest actions in the country, which turned into unrest .

Tokayev announced that he had announced a merciless fight against corruption, and the Nur Otan party in power should be at the forefront of this fight, putting forward appropriate initiatives.

According to Tokayev, who cites the press service of the head of state on Twitter, it is important in society to form an absolute rejection of corrupt behavior by citizens.



“Not far from Washington”: Satanovsky named the best country for Russian bases

Political scientist Yevgeny Satanovsky argued that the deployment of military bases in Cuba or Venezuela would be contrary to the national interests of these countries, since they seek to break out of isolation and improve relations with the United States.

According to the political scientist referred to by, Canada could be the best country for hosting Russian military bases. “Washington is not far away,” he said, adding that “during the Anglo-American War of 1812-1815, the British from Canada “captured Washington and burned it” in response to the devastation of their settlements.

Earlier the media has already discussed the version that Cuba and Venezuela can become valuable allies for Russia in the event of a confrontation with the United States of America. Subsequently, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed with the heads of these two countries, as well as Nicaragua, to develop cooperation in all areas, including military-technical.



Der Spiegel: Russians and Ukrainians do not want to fight each other

Photo: Gennady Cherkasov

Readers of the German magazine Der Spiegel reacted violently to the material on the situation in the Donbass. The journalists of the publication, who are in the region, interviewed local residents and found out that none of them wants war.

Commentators supported the residents of Donbass. They remembered that at the time of the division of Germany, the Germans just did not want to fight each other, despite the efforts of politicians who tried to push them head-on.

“The common people never want war. Why is she to him? War is a perversion!” — wrote a user with the nickname Berti-bj. He added that Ukrainians and Russians are fraternal peoples.

“Everything is much simpler: people are afraid to die, and it doesn’t matter who is to blame,” agreed SirDusseltrutz.

Many readers agreed that NATO is to blame for the tension, which, contrary to the agreements, continues to expand to the east.

“If the United States were in the place of Russia and such a military bloc was approaching them, war would have broken out long ago!” Warumichxxx noted.

“I don't want brothers to fight each other, I want peace for everyone.” We thought so for years in the GDR. Maybe not apparatchiks, but we!” — reminded Michael-IX.



The Belarusian presenter called Dudya a “lousy nit” and threatened Sobchak

Azarenok promised “Belarusization” to Russia

Belarusian journalist Grigory Azarenok harshly criticized Russian blogger Yury Dudya, who made a film about the life of Belarusian migrants. The TV presenter called him a “nitty nit” and “the main liberal scarecrow of Russian YouTube”, and also predicted an early “Belarusization” of Russia.

Photo: A frame from the video

Azarenok said on the STV channel that Dud's film “How to live if they are deprived of their homeland” is paid.

“You betrayed your homeland, sold it for a penny, you wanted to put it on under the obscene and vile West,” the journalist said, referring to Belarusian migrants, who mainly live in neighboring Lithuania and Poland.

Also, the program showed a fragment of Dudya’s film, in which he asks whether Russia is threatened with “Belarusization”.

“Consider this my political forecast – maybe. The western Belarusian wind is already blowing in your direction. Get ready, mongrels,” the journalist said, adding that the “Belarusization of Russia” is an insurmountable reality.

According to the presenter, after the “Belarusization” of Russia takes place, his opponents will record “repentant videos”, and the “sobchachka” (journalist Ksenia Sobchak – “MK”) “right in the wedding coffin will go to” where Dud filmed “false Kolyma films.”

On January 26, Dud published an almost three-hour film on his YouTube channel about how Belarusian migrants who were forced to leave the country live.