Pelosi flies out of Taiwan after visiting the country. Live Stream

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi leaves Taiwan after a one-day visit. This caused a scandal: China considers the island its territory and after her arrival announced military exercises in the region



The Ministry of Defense announced a strike on a warehouse with weapons from Poland in Ukraine

Russian troops destroyed a warehouse of foreign weapons and ammunition that arrived in Ukraine from Poland, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported on Telegram.

“High-precision long-range air-launched missiles in the area of ​​​​the settlement of Radekhiv, Lviv region, destroyed a storage base with foreign-made weapons and ammunition received by the Kyiv regime from Poland” & mdash; said the department.


The Pentagon questioned the destruction of six HIMARS in Ukraine

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The statement by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu about the destruction of six HIMARS multiple rocket launchers (MLRS) in Ukraine is not true, says Pentagon spokesman Todd Bressail. According to him, Ukrainian forces use “each of the MLRS systems provided by the United States, its allies and partners.”

This is how the Pentagon reacted to Shoigu's words. The day before, he said that since the start of the special operation, Russia has destroyed six launchers and over 200 HIMARS MLRS missiles in Ukraine, as well as 33 American-made M777 howitzers and five launchers of the Harpoon anti-ship missile system. In addition, over the past two weeks, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have lost 396 Javelin and NLAW anti-tank missile systems, 125 Stinger-type man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS), the minister added.

US President Joe Biden announced the transfer of HIMARS systems to Ukraine in early July. In total, Kyiv will receive 20 such MLRS, of which 12 have already been delivered. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine promised that they would not use the systems for attacks on Russian territory, but at the same time they allowed their use on targets in the Crimea.

In turn, Deputy Head of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev warned that when trying to use American MLRS against Russian territories Moscow “will act to kill” decision-making centers that “are not even located on the territory of Kyiv.”

The Russian authorities have repeatedly criticized the West for supplying weapons to Ukraine. According to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, “the continued pumping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and national battalions with American and NATO weapons <…> only prolongs the agony of the regime in Kyiv, prolonging the conflict and multiplying the victims.

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Russian troops destroyed foreign weapons of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Lviv region

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The Russian Ministry of Defense reports that the storage base with the information received by the Kyiv regime was destroyed near the village of Radekhiv, Lviv region of Ukraine from Poland with weapons and ammunition of foreign production. Russian troops attacked with high-precision long-range air-launched missiles.

And also, as Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, pointed out, four depots of missile and artillery weapons and ammunition were destroyed. The storage of fuel for military equipment was liquidated.

In addition, Russian troops managed to hit three command posts, including a battalion of the 72nd mechanized brigade and the 65th mechanized brigade. The manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 133 districts were liquidated.

The day before, on August 2, it was reported that the Russian Aerospace Forces attacked the bases of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the settlements of Merefa and Chuguev in the Kharkiv region with high-precision weapons. As a result of the strikes, up to 500 soldiers of the Ukrainian army were eliminated.

In addition, a significant amount of military equipment was destroyed during the strike, Konashenkov shared the details.



Senator Klimov said that the United States is afraid of Zelensky’s flight

photo: Andrey Klimov. source: wikipedia

The Kyiv authorities are not trusted in the United States and they fear the flight of Vladimir Zelensky from the Ukrainian political scene. This opinion was expressed on Wednesday in his telegram channel by the head of the commission of the Federation Council for the protection of the state sovereignty of the Russian Federation, Andrei Klimov.

“Washington has never trusted anyone,” the senator said. – Especially to some Ukrainian actor.

According to Klimov, “the only thing that Pan Zelensky was hired for” in Washington was “to betray the interests of Ukraine and its people for the sake of the US victory over Russia.”

The legislator said that Zelensky first betrayed the interests of his voters , residents of Ukraine, doing exactly the opposite in terms of their own election promises.

The former comedian then staged a pessimistic comedy in his country's domestic politics. He finally surrendered the “square” to Washington after the election of US President Joe Biden, refused to renew the key cooperation agreement with Russia, tore the Minsk agreements, severed diplomatic relations with Moscow, and also helped the North Atlantic Alliance start an all-out hybrid war with the Russian Federation.

< p>“Zelensky betrayed the true national interests of his country more than all his predecessors in the presidency put together,” Klimov said.

He also said that the President of Ukraine “now personally oversees the massacres of Ukrainian citizens and scandalous funeral of Ukrainian statehood.”

According to the parliamentarian, Zelensky is not trusted in the White House and the Capitol because he is a traitor by nature, which was specially selected there.

Zelensky’s guard in Kyiv, as well as the “Anglo-Saxon special services”, according to Klimov, “not so much protecting the comedian who has played for the presidency” from the Russians “, but from the fact that this showman does not draped from the Ukrainian political scene.”

However, as the Russian politician noted, Zelensky has nowhere to run – “unless he is captured.”



Invasion of giant slugs in Moscow

Giant Spanish slugs have appeared in Moscow. According to the Mospriroda, they were supposedly brought in with fruits and vegetables or specially to keep at home, and then thrown away.

Spanish slugs — a species of terrestrial gastropod mollusks from the pulmonary order. Snails are devoid of a shell, they grow up to 18 centimeters long. Until the first half of the 20th century, slugs were distributed only within the Iberian Peninsula, but over the years they have mastered Central and Northern Europe.

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The expert named five emotional hooks of phone scammers

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Psychologists have identified five main emotional hooks used by phone scammers. This was told to by the head of the “School of Emotional Intelligence” Oleg Kalinichev.

In six months, almost 40,000 people have become victims of cybercrime, primarily phone scammers. They call, pose as law enforcement officers or bank employees, report some kind of problem or a sudden big win. If citizens trust the interlocutor, begin to follow his instructions and provide information, then very soon he will steal money. According to the Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, the damage in each case ranges from several thousand to several million rubles.

The first emotional hook is authority. It is enough for a fraudster to introduce himself as a law enforcement major or a bank security officer, then the habit of believing and obeying is activated. This is especially true for older citizens.

“Do not trust unknown authorities. Bank security officers never call themselves, and a summons is needed to talk with a law enforcement representative,” Kalinichev said.

The second emotional hook – fear. This is the most favorite emotion of scammers. In fear or anxiety, people stop thinking rationally. Even the innocent notice “only two hotel rooms or two air tickets left on our site” forced to make a purchase. Not to mention the fact that “an attempt to conduct a dubious operation was detected on your card.”

“If a call or message causes fear or anxiety in you – stop talking. It is enough for a swindler to catch you on the hook, then everything will go according to the worked out scheme,” the expert noted.

The third hook is trust or helping. Fraudsters will try in every way to inspire confidence and inspire that they are trying to help. This is – the key to their success. To do this, they will use such simple and banal (but working) tricks as, for example, first saying that the accounts are at stake in order to cause fear. Then – “Don't worry, everything is under control. Go right now to your personal account and make sure that your money is safe and sound. And the frightened man agrees.

The fourth emotional hook – urgency. Swindlers will do their best to inspire that the time to solve the “problem” limited. It is necessary to act quickly. You need to provide card details, a three-digit password on the back, or make a transfer to some account within a few minutes.

“A couple of minutes never solve anything! If you feel pressured to do something you're not sure about – interrupt communication immediately,” said Oleg Kalinichev.

The fifth hook is greed. Sometimes scammers use this emotion of people to control them. “You have won a valuable prize, but you need to pay for the services of a lawyer.” Or, let's say you are selling something more or less valuable on the Internet, and the buyer, as luck would have it, runs out of gas on the way to you. “Could you please throw off 1000 rubles, and I’ll get to you and return it right away.”

“Only your own vigilance can save you from bad consequences. After all, in all cases of telephone fraud, the victims themselves provided the criminals with the information they needed and sent money to the accounts of the criminals themselves,” the expert noted.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation reminds: if you think that you may be , call the police at 112.

Earlier, Honored Lawyer of Russia Ivan Solovyov said that lately scammers have often introduced themselves as the bank's voice assistant. He reports that the bank allegedly received an application to change the client's phone number.

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The largest European satellite operator stopped broadcasting NTV Mir

The French satellite operator Eutelsat stopped broadcasting the Russian TV channel NTV Mir in Europe. at the request of the regulator Arcom, reports AFP.

“French satellite operator Eutelsat said that on Wednesday, at the request of the French media regulator Arcom, stopped broadcasting in Europe of the Russian TV channel NTV Mir, which compares Ukrainians to Nazis.” ;, — the report says.

The regulator insists that the TV channel has repeatedly represented “the Ukrainian leadership and the Ukrainian army, but, above all, the Ukrainian population as adherents of Nazi ideology.”

In which countries there was a shutdown of broadcasting & nbsp; "NTV World", not reported. Since the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine, Eutelsat has also stopped broadcasting the news channels RT, RTR Planeta; and “Russia 24”.

Eutelsat — one of the largest satellite communications operators in the world, broadcasting to Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and also partially to North America and Australia. TV channel “NTV-Mir” began work in December 2001.

Recall that in early June, Montenegro turned off the broadcasting of Russian TV channels.

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State Duma deputy Belousov sentenced to 10 years in prison for bribery

State Duma Deputy Vadim Belousov was sentenced to 10 years in a penal colony for taking a bribe in the amount of 3.25 billion rubles. He will also pay a fine of 500 million rubles, TASS reports.

The decision was made by the Moscow City Court. Belousov was found guilty of accepting a bribe on an especially large scale by an organized group. The deputy was sentenced in absentia, because he did not appear for the announcement of the verdict.

In addition, the court deprived the deputy of state awards and the right to hold leadership positions after serving his sentence.

Recall that Vadim Belousov was detained in Yekaterinburg on charges of taking a bribe in March 2019. According to the investigation, in the period from 2010 to 2014, he, along with his mother-in-law Margarita Butakova, as part of an organized criminal group, together with the former head of the Chelyabinsk region Mikhail Yurevich and other persons, received a bribe from a road construction holding. For illegal remuneration, they promised patronage in the distribution of government orders.

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Russian Soyuz to launch satellite for Iran

Russian Soyuz On August 9, Khayyam, a satellite for remote sensing of the Earth, will be launched into orbit from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. It was created by Russian enterprises on the order of Iran, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the press service of Roskosmos.

The state corporation added that in addition to the Iranian satellite, 16 small devices intended for for scientific and technological research. We are talking about developing technologies for inter-satellite communications, monitoring the environmental situation and remote sensing of the Earth.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Roscosmos and local specialists in Myanmar are building infrastructure for remote sensing of the Earth.

It was also reported that Russia will create a new monitoring system for the space around the Earth, which will monitor the risks of collisions in orbit and monitor the approach of dangerous asteroids. The development was called “Milky Way”.

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The DPR remembers the deceased legendary artilleryman Olga “Korsu”

The Donetsk People's Republic is mourning the death of Olga Kachura (Korsa), Colonel, commander of a rocket artillery battalion, who died today in Gorlovka. Journalist Olga Zhukova became one of the few who met with Korsa at home.

“I was struck by how Olga instantly passed from the usual incarnation of a warrior woman to a hospitable hostess, and in this image she was completely unusual and unrecognizable for me,” Zhukova said.

She remembered drinking coffee and cake with the Corsa, talking about the most ordinary things.

“At the Corsa” there was a masculine firmness and calmness. She answered my questions very frankly, but, probably, with such openness, which is typical only for women. Corsa she didn’t try to impress, she was alien to aplomb, although sometimes she could answer sharply,” the journalist recalled.

Earlier, the head of Gorlovka, Ivan Prikhodko, said that Colonel Olga Kachura died in the line of duty.

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Composition of the Chinese Armed Forces. infographics

The Army of the People's Republic of China (PRC) occupies the third place in the world in terms of power in the military ranking of the Global Firepower, behind the United States and Russia.

In 2022, the number of the Armed Forces of the PRC reached about 2 million people, and according to the military bulletin The Millitary Balance, the Chinese army has 2 million 350 thousand soldiers.

The current geopolitical situation is forcing China to increasingly make harsh statements and demonstrate its strength. The reason was the visit to the island of Taiwan on August 2 by the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the US Congress Nancy Pelosi. China has already protested to the United States and increased its military presence in the southeast of the country.

Taiwan seceded from China in 1949 during a civil war. Beijing still does not recognize the independence of the island, considering it its own territory. The United States openly supports the Taiwan authorities.

See the infographic composition of the Chinese Armed Forces. 

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What fine threatens poachers for catching Red Book fish?

From August 3, fines for poachers who catch fish listed in the Red Book of Russia will almost triple. The corresponding government decree (dated July 23, 2022 No. 1322) is published on the website of legal information.

For the damage caused to the country's aquatic biological resources, poachers will have to pay hundreds of thousands of rubles for each individual caught, regardless of size and weight. So, the most expensive catch will be gray and bowhead whales; for their capture they will be fined almost 2 million rubles, and more than 800 thousand rubles will have to be paid for the caught Azov beluga.

What are the fines (taxes) for catching Red Book fish?

  • Azov Beluga — 826,500 rubles;
  • Kaluga — 807,750 rubles;
  • Sakhalin, Baltic, Atlantic sturgeon and thorn — 641,824 rubles;
  • Siberian and Amur sturgeon — 481 368 rubles;
  • white salmon — 44,592 rubles;
  • Sakhalin taimen — 42,540 rubles;
  • Atlantic salmon and mykizha — 41,025 rubles;
  • nelma — 32,433 rubles;
  • common taimen — 31,905 rubles;
  • Eizenam trout — 20,512 rubles;
  • Caspian, Ukrainian and sea lamprey — 17,055 rubles.
  • Common, Black Sea and Caspian trout — 15,384 rubles;
  • sterlet — 13,716 rubles;
  • whitefish, baunt, whitefish — 10,920 rubles;
  • river eel — 10,356 rubles;
  • carp and Kilda cod — 9 915 rubles;
  • blunt-snouted and sharp-snouted lenok, arctic char, small-mouthed and long-finned char, European grayling, Azov-Black Sea shemaya, common barbel, fish — 2,775 rubles;
  • Volga herring and Abrau kilka — 2,055 rubles;
  • European vendace — 1,500 rubles;
  • pygmy valek, Crimean short-whiskered gudgeon, Colchian bitterling, Crimean loach, seahorse — 750 rubles.

What is the penalty for hunting marine mammals? 

  • grey and bowhead whales of the Okhotsk population — 1,918,000 rubles;
  • grey whale Chukchi-California population, bowhead whale of the Barents Sea and Bering-Chukotka population, Japanese right whale, humpback whale, northern blue whale, northern fin whale, sei whale — 1,438,500 rubles;
  • high-browed bottlenose, beaked beak, Commander's belt tooth — 546,791 rubles;
  • Black Sea bottlenose dolphin — 500,000 rubles;
  • small killer whale, Far Eastern killer whale, narwhal (unicorn) — 411 000;
  • walrus of the Atlantic and Laptev subspecies — 172,620 rubles;
  • grey monk seal — 109 600 rubles;
  • sea lion and sea otter — 106,860 rubles:
  • Baltic gray seal — 82,200 rubles;
  • ringed seal — 27,400 rubles;
  • common or Caspian seal — 20 550 rubles.

What are the penalties for trapping amphibians, reptiles and mollusks?

  • Far Eastern tortoise and Colchis marsh tortoise — 38,031 rubles;
  • Ussuri clawed and Asia Minor newt, Lanz newt, Caucasian krestovka — 7,606 rubles.
  • Far Eastern chelice crab, Japanese Sea mantis shrimp, Caucasian freshwater crab — 1,268 rubles.
  • Andriyashev's lepidozone, Dahurian pearl oyster, Kuril pearl oyster, Kyi anemina and others — 819 rubles.

For collecting turtle eggs, a fine of 1,500 rubles per piece is imposed.

How much will poachers pay for each kilogram of caviar collected from Red Book fish?

  • beluga, kaluga — 246,600 rubles;
  • sturgeon — 164,730 rubles;
  • salmon — 82,365 rubles;
  • other types of fish — 6 864 rubles.

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New schools and equipment. How is education modernized in the Kuban?

Story National projects

Over the past ten years, the number of residents of the Krasnodar Territory has almost doubled. Families with children from all regions of Russia move here. Of course, the question of the distribution of schoolchildren and the construction of new educational institutions is now a priority for the Kuban authorities. In 2022, schools in the region should accept more than 80,000 first-graders. And the active participation of the administration in the national project “Education” helps to cope with this task. We tell you what results have already been achieved.

60 schools in 6 years

“Now we are accepting applications from the parents of future first-graders, including from residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics who moved to the Kuban. We expect that in total this year, for the first time, more than 80,000 children will sit at their desks. Krasnodar Territory — an attractive region for living, every year tens of thousands of people from all over the country come to us. Therefore, we pay special attention to the construction of social facilities. Over the past six years, over 60 schools have been opened, — told Governor of the Krasnodar Territory Veniamin Kondratiev.

According to the head of the Kuban, over the past two months, an additional 5.6 billion rubles have been received from the federal budget for national projects. The total amount for all national projects — almost 70.8 billion, this is only for 2022. According to the results of the first half of the year, 29.8 billion rubles — 42% of the funds from the plan. This is at the level of 2021. The national project “Education” shows the greatest dynamics.

Now 37 schools are being built in the region at the same time, 27 of which — on national projects. 17 objects are planned to be commissioned this year. In Krasnodar, according to the national project, seven schools with a total capacity of 8600 places are being prepared. Work on construction sites began at the end of 2021.

“We are building schools where there is a particularly acute shortage of social facilities today. In the villages of Znamensky, Rossiysky, Fertile, as well as in the area of ​​the Western bypass, Central and Kuban districts. This will help reduce the burden on existing educational institutions, », — explained by Veniamin Kondratiev.

Four new schools will open by the first of September. All conditions are provided in the institutions, specialized classes for labor, physics, chemistry, computer science lessons, which are equipped with special equipment, have been created. There is a place for practicing various sports — right up to gymnastics and choreography.

“These are very important facilities for microdistricts, because the population has grown significantly in recent years, respectively, and the need for school places is extremely high,” — noted vice-governor Anna Minkova.

What about in the districts?

New schools are being built in many municipalities of the region. For example, a school for 1,100 students will be built in the village of Tbilisskaya. It will be erected to replace the emergency facility. The construction is planned to be completed in 2023. The school will house a library, a museum, a gym, doctor's offices, a speech therapist, aesthetics, and a dance studio. Large gym with changing rooms, showers, workshops for processing wood, metal and fabrics with modern equipment. Two assembly halls for 675 seats, a stage, separate artistic rooms for boys and girls, and rooms for storing costumes are also planned. There will be several areas for outdoor games and recreation on the territory of the school.

In the village of Anapskaya, in 2022, the construction of an elementary school building for 400 students will be completed. Also in Anapa, work on the construction of a school for 1,100 students will soon be completed.

“According to the plan, all facilities should be completed this year. The people are waiting for them. Measures must be taken promptly to keep up with schedules and complete all work on time, — said Vice Governor of the Krasnodar Territory Evgeny Naumov.

Near Novorossiysk, on the territory of school No. 28 in Tsemdolin, also under the national project, they continue to build an elementary school building for 400 seats.

“We are investing heavily in creating an educational environment. And in the new economic conditions, not a single social construction project was stopped. We expect that the new building will appear in Tsemdolin by the end of the year and will unload the main building, — said Veniamin Kondratiev.

The building will be a separate three-story building. A sports area and utility facilities will appear on the territory adjacent to the building. The sports ground will include a gymnasium, volleyball and basketball courts, a mini-football field.

Laboratories for rural schools

Another promising direction of the national project — is the creation of “Points of Growth” in schools that are located in rural areas and small towns of the region. Starting from the new academic year, 136 centers of the natural science and technology profile will be launched in the Kuban. In addition, the region is among the leaders in the country. Today there are 329 such laboratories. Since 2019, more than 160,000 children have been able to get an education in the new conditions. By the end of 2024, they plan to organize the work of 782 “Points of Growth”.

Schoolchildren in the most remote settlements study programs in science and technology subjects, receive additional education, learn to play chess or create videos, presentations and mini-movies. The classrooms are equipped with digital laboratories in physics, chemistry, and biology. The set of equipment for each school includes laptops, microscopes, robotics kits and construction robots. About 213 million rubles were allocated to upgrade the material and technical base of organizations in 2022.

“The children's eyes burn, even in our small school, students want to receive knowledge at a high level, many graduates then enter Kuban universities. Every year, future chemists, biologists, plant growers come out of our walls. And the national project helps them in this, — said principal of school No. 10 in the village of Girey, Gulkevichsky district, Valentina Oleinikova.

By the way, the opening of “Points of Growth” It also involves retraining teachers, improving their qualifications.

To future IT specialists

From September, the IT-cube digital education center will start working at a school in the small town of Timashevsk. (the fourth in the region), it will also be opened thanks to the national project. 17.4 million rubles are planned for material and technical equipment. Schoolchildren will be introduced to the basics of programming and Internet technologies, they will be taught how to develop mobile applications, design and control robots.

“For the Krasnodar Territory, the project is becoming another point in the development of information technologies in the system of additional education for children. Students who dream of a career as a programmer or game developer will be able to study here for free, — told Minister of Education, Science and Youth Policy of the Region Elena Vorobyeva.

Three such centers are already operating in the Regional Palace of Creativity in Krasnodar, in the Center for Creative Development and Humanitarian Education in Sochi, as well as in Krasnodar Gymnasium No. 87 .

Workshops in technical schools

23 modern laboratories will be equipped this year in 17 colleges and technical schools of the Kuban. In 2021, 24 similar workshops have already been opened in 12 professional educational organizations. In total, since the beginning of the implementation of the national project “Education” 54 laboratories were created in 34 institutions in the region, 451 new workplaces were equipped in them. and Mobile Robotics. Mechatronics technicians for food production will be trained there. Novorossiysk College of Construction and Economics will open workshops in the field of “Construction”. They will train more than a thousand students in six specialties. During the academic year, career guidance events will be held there for schoolchildren, where children will be able to learn their first profession.

All equipment meets international standards and will make it possible to accredit the demonstration exam site. Employers and experts participate in the conduct of such an exam, and students receive a competency passport, which confirms the level of proficiency in professional skills in accordance with national, international and corporate standards.

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The Kremlin named the topic of the conversation between Putin and Schroeder in Moscow

Presidential press secretary Peskov: Putin and Schroeder discussed the energy crisis in Europe Gerhard Schroeder did not express a desire to become a mediator in the negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, Peskov said. The ex-Chancellor of Germany earlier said that the conflict in Ukraine can only be resolved through negotiations, and called for the launch of Nord Stream 2 4/05/756595256011054.webp 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset=" 1200w" type="image/webp" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi) " >

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Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder expressed concern to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the emerging energy crisis in Europe. This was announced to journalists by the presidential representative Dmitry Peskov, TASS reports.

“The former chancellor, like all thinking and understanding people and specialists in Europe, <…> is also concerned about the very bleak prospects in this area. Of course, he asked Putin to explain the situation and explain the vision of the Russian side, — Peskov said.

According to him, the ex-chancellor asked Putin whether it was possible “in a crisis situation, hypothetically speaking,” to use the gas pipeline, emphasizing that the initiator of this topic was not the president. Putin, in response, assured Schroeder that the technical capabilities of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline allow “instantly” use it to supply gas to Europe.

“Even if we imagine that we have turned on Nord Stream 2 now, we will be able to pump 27.5 billion cubic meters, no more, by the end of the year, in a year. Half went to our internal consumption, — said the presidential press secretary.

Peskov stressed that the Kremlin has a record of the conversation between Putin and Schroeder, if “someone decides to play” with its content.

Schroeder arrived in Moscow at the end of July for a few days, the politician said in an interview with an n-tv correspondent. The journalist met the politician near the headquarters of the Rosneft company. and drew the attention of the ex-chancellor to this, to which he replied: “Is it really so? Oh yes, that's right, you're right.

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At the same time, Schroeder's wife said that he was not on vacation, but was negotiating energy issues. The ex-chancellor intends to meet with Putin to discuss the situation in Ukraine as part of a mediation effort to end hostilities, unnamed sources told Politico.

The Kremlin assured on July 27 that Schroeder did not meet with Putin, official Berlin called the trip Schroeder by his personal initiative.

Returning to Germany, the ex-chancellor gave an interview to Stern and n-tv, saying that the launch of Nord Stream 2 became the “easiest solution” the situation. He pointed out that “when things get really tight” there are both gas pipelines of the Nord Stream project. When the energy crisis in Germany deepens, the inhabitants of the republic will ask why the country refuses gas from Nord Stream 2, he continued. “When supply decreases, prices rise,” — emphasized Schroeder.

He also expressed confidence that in resolving the conflict in Ukraine “it will not work without negotiations”, an agreement on the export of grain from Ukrainian ports, concluded at the end of July, could lead to a ceasefire.

In early August, the European Commission urged to prepare for the worst situation with gas supplies. The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, noted that all those responsible for the energy crisis “are in Moscow and nowhere else,” and therefore EU members must remain united. She noted that a number of European countries are more dependent on Russian gas than others, either “because of their geographical location” or “because of their sovereign energy decisions.”

The German authorities ruled out the launch of the “Northern flow-2» under the sanctions imposed against Russia. German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck called this scenario “surrender.”

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