The United States is able to stop the Nord Stream-2 project at the very last moment, which is at the final stage of construction and will open closer to mid-September, The New York Times reports. This will depend on the outcome of Joe Biden’s meeting with Vladimir Zelensky, who will arrive in the United States on September 1.
“It should be a good meeting, but there will be a “big elephant” in the room — “Nord Stream-2”, – the author of the article emphasizes. It is noted that if Zelensky asks Biden to disrupt the commissioning of the pipeline, the United States can take such a step. This is due to the fact that there may not be another chance – there are only a few kilometers of pipes left to complete the construction.
Ukraine will lose billions of dollars if the Nord Stream-2 starts working. “All that will be required to completely stop the pipeline is for the Biden administration to change its recent refusal on additional sanctions against Nord Stream-2,” the article notes.
At the same time, the author of the article completely ignores the decline in confidence in the United States after such a step, because Biden signed an agreement with Merkel in the summer, pledging not to interfere with the completion of the construction of the gas pipeline. Washington and Berlin have also provided for the possibility of imposing sanctions if Moscow uses the Nord Stream-2 as a “weapon” against Ukraine.
The Presidents of Russia and Belarus, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, will hold a meeting in Moscow on September 9. They agreed on the date of the talks during a telephone conversation on Monday. This was reported in the press service of the Belarusian leader.
During the meeting, Putin and Lukashenko will once again discuss the union programs developed by the governments of the two states. In addition, the agenda will include issues of bilateral cooperation and international issues.
On the morning of August 30, Alexander Lukashenko held several telephone talks on the situation in Afghanistan. In particular, he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Political scientist Yevgeny Satanovsky commented on an article in Newsweek Polska in Telegram, in which the Polish military predicted Poland’s defeat in a possible war with Russia in two days. Satanovsky recalled that earlier in another Polish publication, more loyal to the authorities, they voiced a different forecast – defeat in 5 days. The difference of three days does not mean anything, but another thing is interesting – why do the Poles constantly think about the war with Russia?
Satanovsky noted that since the Poles have decided that they will lose, it is better for them to stay out of the fight between the United States and Russia, so as not to voluntarily turn into a front line. Satanovsky also speculated about the desire, fear and fear of Poland to be in a military confrontation with the Russian Federation. “What kind of masochism is this? However, Sacher-Masoch lived at one time just on the territory of historical Poland, although he was not a Pole. Maybe he infected the Polish and Eastern European leadership as a whole with his complex form of psychopathy?” the political scientist asked.
Satanovsky believes that the Polish leadership has not come to the necessary conclusions and continues to buy expensive weapons from the Americans, which is unlikely to help it in the conflict, as the Poles themselves believe. The whole point is either monstrous corruption, or the success of American marketing. And maybe both, the expert added.
Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Alexander Chaly said that Russia’s position will not allow the two countries to ” agree on the Crimea.” As a scenario that could help the Ukrainian side, the politician called the” absolutely confrontational “policy towards Moscow on the part of Western countries — according to Chaly, this could lead to” collapseRussia”. Nevertheless, this strategy has not been implemented, because “the West was not able, and Russia turned out to be more stable,” the ex-deputy minister said.
The only remaining way to “return Crimea”, the politician on the air of the NASH TV channel called the construction of such a successful state in Ukraine “that all regions of Russia will want to join Ukraine”.
The hunt for Russian citizens in third countries for the purpose of subsequent extradition to the United States is being conducted by the American authorities. This statement was made by the authorized representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry for Human Rights, democracy and the rule of Law, Deputy Director of the Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights Grigory Lukyantsev.
In his opinion, ” a blatant example is the practice that is actively used by the United States.” He told how the States are trying to take out citizens of the Russian Federation to bring them to justice on the territory of the United States.
Lukyantsev speaks about 50 cases since 2008. The Russians are being brought before an American court, and powerful pressure is being exerted on them, the diplomat added.They are trying to persuade them to cooperate with the investigation or to admit guilt by using psychological measures, the representative of Russia believes.
He recalled that it comes down to the denial of medical care.
As an example, he named the cases of the pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, Viktor Bout and others.
American air defense systems intercepted at least five missiles fired at the Kabul airport, according to Reuters.
On the morning of August 30, AFP news agency journalists said that the sounds of flying missiles were heard over the capital of Afghanistan.
It is specified that the place of the fall of the shells is still unknown. Other details of the incident are also not given.
Recall that on Sunday, the US military launched a drone strike, destroying a car with explosives that the militants wanted to use to commit a terrorist attack. As a result, two vehicles were destroyed and a residential building was partially destroyed.
Footage of special forces of the Taliban group banned in Russia on the streets of Kabul and in Nangarhar province has been published.
#Afghanistan An elite Taliban unit, Badri-313 (“special forces”), appeared in the province of Nangarhar. pic.twitter.com/MwyxB93Vjz
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Taliban Special Forces “Bardi 313”. It is supplied and trained by Pakistan. And you really didn’t think that the Taliban are just men in flip-flops? pic.twitter.com/hbDLcHhazQ
— Korotkin Andrey (@ceverarvedus) August 19, 2021
Earlier, a representative of the Taliban movement, Zabiullah Mujahid, said in an interview with NHK that the militants now control part of the airport in Kabul, and soon the air harbor will completely come under their control.
He said that at the moment, the US military has withdrawn from several zones at the airport and now they are controlled by the Taliban.
The White House press service issued a statement confirming that the meeting of US President Joe Biden with his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky is postponed from August 31 to September 1.
“President Biden will receive President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky at the White House on September 1, 2021,” the document says.
The statement also says that these high-level talks serve as a confirmation of the US commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, close cooperation between the two countries in the field of energy security and support for the Ukrainian authorities in the fight against corruption and the implementation of reforms.
According to the data of the report of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the North Korean authorities could decide to resume the operation of a nuclear reactor for the production of plutonium in the Yongbyon area, the Wall Street Journal newspaper reports.
“Since the beginning of July, indirect signs have appeared (for example, the discharge of cooling water) indicating the operation of the reactor in Yongbyon County in the North Korean province of Pyeongan-Pukto,” the IAEA report says.
Experts admit that this reactor was most likely idle in the period from December 2018 to the beginning of July 2021.
No, no matter what you say, there are still political careers with a happy ending. Until recently, it seemed that the story of Natalia Poklonskaya was not from this category. A small but proud bird ascended, they say, broke away from the collective, singed its wings and is about to fall from heaven to earth. However, the latest news about the fate of the scorched-disgraced politician confirms a well-known truth: Putin does not abandon his own.
Natalia Poklonskaya, deputy chairman of the Committee on International Affairs, who is finishing her powers in the State Duma, will become a diplomat. Namely, the Russian ambassador to the African state of Cape Verde, also known by its former name-the Cape Verde Islands. Geographically, it is an archipelago of 10 large and 8 small islands located in the central part of the Atlantic Ocean – 600 kilometers from the coast of West Africa.
The information reported by the media was in the status of a rumor for a few hours. Natalia Poklonskaya’s Duma colleagues immediately informed the public that a meeting of the international committee “on this issue”would be held in the near future.
For reference: according to the current procedure, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to a foreign state is appointed and recalled by the President on the proposal of the Minister of Foreign Affairs “after consultations with the relevant committees or commissions of the chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation”.
In other words, the convening of a committee to resolve “this issue ” means that” this issue ” is practically resolved. Although Poklonskaya herself is flirting: they say, she does not want to run ahead and comment on information about future employment before the end of the deputy cadence. But there is no doubt: according to the words of a once popular song, Natalia Vladimirovna already ” dreams of islands and amazing countries… And time is slowly passing.”
The turn in the life of a young politician is, of course, unexpected. But you can’t call it absolutely incredible. A living symbol of the Russian spring, the first prosecutor of” our ” Crimea, turned out, despite her appearance and fragile constitution, to be a rather hard, unyielding human material. This was already evident in the Crimea, and, according to rumors, was one of the reasons for the transition – or rather, the transfer – of Poklonskaya to parliamentary work: the authorities of the republic dreamed of a more accommodating prosecutor.
But all its sides, this tough nut shone, of course, in Moscow. One can recall the frenzy with which she fought with the film “Matilda”, and her differences with the Kremlin on a number of items on the domestic political agenda (including, for example, on the issue of raising the retirement age). Poklonskaya paid for her waywardness with the post of chairman of the Duma commission for monitoring the reliability of declaring the income of deputies.
And in the end, it came to the external agenda. “People (in the Donbass.– “MK”) they are afraid – ” Poklonskaya said in an interview with Russia Today TV channel. – Someone puts on a military uniform for them and shouts: “Donbass is Russia!” We need to somehow put an end to it, we do not need to spread the whole world to the planet Mars, the Russian world.”
After these words, the Public Chamber of the DPR appealed to the Russian authorities not to nominate Natalia Poklonskaya for the State Duma elections as a person who insulted the memory of the dead residents of Donbass with his statements and therefore is not worthy to represent the interests of the Russian people.
And it seems that the call was heard. At the end of May, Poklonskaya announced her refusal to participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections, explaining this by “switching to a job that is not related to the work of a deputy.” However, she completely refused to specify the nature of this field: she only said that this work would be interesting for her and that she wanted to be useful for the people, for our leadership and for Russia.
And now, as it turns out, Natalia Vladimirovna was not bluffing. The new service is really interesting and not useless. By the way, Poklonskaya recently graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Department of International Security), so this is also a job in her specialty. However, it is difficult to see any other logic in choosing the place of application of her new professional knowledge, except for the solid age of the current Russian ambassador to Cape Verde (Vladimir Sokolenko turned 68 in January this year).
But, on the other hand, where else? In any case, Poklonskaya, who is accused by Ukraine of treason, did not become an ambassador in Kiev. And Japan, where she enjoys a special, double popularity – both as a person and as a comic book character in the anime style – Natalia Vladimirovna is still out of rank. As one famous literary character said about another famous literary character on a similar occasion, “he did not deserve the light, he deserved peace.”
The path to the highest political light is closed for Polonskaya because of her too restless and independent character, and peace is ensured by her participation in the annexation of the Crimea. Such merits, as we see, are not forgotten in our country. But there will be peace – at least fill up.
“The Republic of Cape Verde. The motto is: “Unidade, Trabalho, Progresso (Unity, Labor, Progress)”. Official languages: Portuguese and Caboverdiano. Form of government: parliamentary republic. Territory: 4033 square kilometers (176th in the world). 4033 square kilometers (176th in the world). Population: 583,255 people (173rd in the world)… ”
The information posted on Wikipedia, of course, is not enough to get a complete picture of this country. But it is enough to understand that the new Russian ambassador will not have too much trouble and anxiety. Except for the unrest on the sea-ocean, which prevents an active beach holiday.
However, who knows, perhaps we are very wrong, predicting Natalia Vladimirovna dolce far niente, sweet idleness and oblivion. As you know, it is not a place that paints a place, but a person paints a place. This was proved by the singer Cesaria Evora, the most famous native of the Cape Verde Islands today. Poklonskaya herself has repeatedly proved this. And, quite possibly, he will prove it again.
Natalia Poklonskaya’s new happiness: photo of the future Russian ambassador to Africa