The Belarusian Foreign Ministry informed Moscow about the situation with the detained Russians

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Belarusian side informed the ministry about the situation around the Russian citizens detained in Minsk. He expressed hope that the situation with Sofia Sapega, who was arrested in May, will be resolved soon.

Earlier it was reported that on Friday, June 18, Sergey Lavrov and his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei will discuss the situation with the detention of Sapieha.

Sofia Sapega was detained at the Minsk airport on May 23 after the forced landing of a Ryanair airliner together with her boyfriend Roman Protasevich. Protasevich is the co-founder and former editor of the opposition telegram channel NEXTA. In Belarus, he is accused of organizing mass riots.

According to the investigation, Sofia Sapega collected and publicly released personal data of Belarusian security forces.


Putin vetoed the law on fakes in the media

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has vetoed a law that establishes the responsibility of journalists and editorial offices of mass media for the distribution of fake news. The bill was sent for reconsideration, according to the data of the State Duma.

The bill in question originally dealt with the rules of age marking in the media. However, to the second reading The Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications amended the document. As a result, the bill affected one of the significant points of article 57 of the law on mass media. According to the current norms, if one media outlet prints false information, and another quotes it with a reference tothe original source, only the first edition is responsible. According to the bill, the responsibility could also extend to the second media outlet if the editor-in-chief of the first one could not be found.

The document was adopted in the second reading on May 18, and on May 19 — in the third. I comment on this fact, chapter The Union of Journalists of Russia Vladimir Solovyov called the innovation “quite strange” and could ” lead to restrictions on the freedom of dissemination of information.”


Western media drew attention to the” shortening ” of the Putin-Biden summit

“The summit was less lengthy than the White House originally expected”

Foreign media closely followed the summit of the presidents of Russia and the United States in Geneva. We collected the first responses of the Western press following the meeting between Putin and Biden, which some media outlets called “historic”.

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Commenting on the outcome of the Geneva summit, the US channel CNN reports: “President Joe Biden said that he focused on human rights and establishing stable relations with Russia during the most important talks of his long career, which ended on Wednesday in Geneva with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Biden began his post-summit press conference by emphasizing his focus during the meeting on human rights. Earlier, Putin said that he did not notice any hostility between the two leaders. The summit ended with a modest agreement to return each country’s ambassadors to their posts – an expected summit decision that put Biden’s decades of experience on the world stage to the test…

Speaking at an hour-long press conference shortly before Biden’s press conference, Putin called the talks “constructive” and said he had a generally positive impression of the American leader. “He is a well – balanced and professional person, and it is obvious that he is very experienced,” Putin said.

“However,” CNN claims, ” he has not provided any indication of a change in the malicious behavior that is testing the West’s ability and willingness to respond. And he did not change his rhetoric, condemning opposition leader Alexei Navalny and denying Russia’s role in the cyberattacks. Instead, he described a frank and pragmatic three hours that did not lead to a deep or emotional connection. “This, of course, does not mean that we looked into each other’s eyes and found a soul there or swore eternal friendship,” he said.

The summit between Biden and Putin lasted just over three hours and was divided into two rounds: the first – a small session, and the second — with the participation of larger delegations. The total opening time was less than the four to five hours that officials had initially predicted for the summit. Biden said he had achieved his goal of declaring his desire to have a stable and predictable relationship with the Kremlin.”

“US President Joe Biden spoke today about why his summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin ended earlier than expected at a press conference following the meeting in Geneva, “CNN reported.” The summit, which was originally supposed to last from four to five hours, ended in three. “The reason it didn’t last longer is because when was the last time the two heads of state spent two hours in a direct conversation right across the table, going into excruciating detail? You can keep track of the time, but I didn’t, ” Biden said…

Biden also reiterated that there were “no threats” during the meeting: “Simple statements were made… Just let him know where I stand, what I think we can achieve together, and what, in fact, in the event of a violation of American sovereignty, we will do.”

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“President Biden said that the tone of his long-awaited meeting with Russian President Putin was “good” and “positive,” saying that he “did not threaten” his Russian counterpart, but warned of “consequences,” another American channel, Fox News, reports on the outcome of the Geneva meeting. – On Wednesday, Biden spoke about the several-hour meeting with Putin, saying that “there was a lot of hype around it,” but said that the meeting was “simple.”

The president said U.S. relations with Russia “must be stable and predictable, “and said the two countries”must be able to cooperate where it is in our mutual interests.” “We have differences where I want Putin to understand why I say what I say and why I do what I do and how I will respond,” Biden said. “My program is not directed against Russia or anyone else. She is for the American people-fighting COVID-19, rebuilding our economy, rebuilding relationships around the world with our allies and friends, and protecting the American people.”

“The president said that in the coming months, the US will ‘find out’ whether there is a ‘strategic dialogue’ with Russia and whether there is a ‘cybersecurity arrangement that will start to bring some order, ‘” Fox News continues. Biden said the two leaders talked about human rights violations… ” The bottom line is that I told Putin that we should have some basic rules of conduct that we can all abide by,” Biden said, adding that it was “in our common interest for our peoples – Russians and Americans – but also for the good and security of the world.”

“US President Joe Biden says he told Russian leader Vladimir Putin that he would always raise’ basic human rights ‘ issues, including jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny,” Sky News reports of the summit, which came after about four hours of talks between the two leaders in Switzerland – significantly less time than Biden’s advisers had said they expected.

Speaking at a press conference afterwards, Biden said that ” human rights will always be discussed.” Mr. Biden told reporters: “I did what I came here to do,” and said the summit went “well,” adding that “the last thing he (Putin) wanted was to get out of here.”) what he wants now is a cold war, ” but the Russian leader “is not ready to throw out the white flag.” He added that the new cold war ” does not interest anyone.”

Mr Biden said he had told his Russian counterpart that “no US president can maintain faith in the American people if he does not defend democratic values.”

According to him, relations between the United States and Russia should be stable and predictable, and he and Mr. Putin share a unique responsibility. Mr Biden also said he believed there was “a real prospect of a significant improvement in relations between countries without us abandoning something based on principles and values.”

The US president added that the two leaders had spent a lot of time on cybersecurity, and told Mr Putin that critical infrastructure should be closed to attacks. And he also said that both leaders agreed to work to ensure that Iran does not possess nuclear weapons.”

“Earlier, Putin said at a briefing that during his meeting with Biden, there was no hostility, and the summit was constructive,” Sky News reports. – Mr. Putin said that he saw a “glimmer of hope” for mutual trust with the United States, also describing the discussions as pragmatic and fruitful. In a major development, he said, he and Biden agreed to return their ambassadors to their posts in each other’s capitals in an effort to reduce tensions.”

“Joe Biden chose not to answer the question of whether he revised his comment that Vladimir Putin does not have a ‘soul’, as he said after meeting with the Russian leader in 2011, ” writes The Guardian. “Instead, Biden just put on his aviator sunglasses and started walking off the podium, telling reporters,’ Thank you very much.’ But when the president left the podium, he answered a couple more questions. It seemed that hehe became agitated when a reporter asked him why he was so sure that Putin would change his behavior. Biden said this was a mischaracterization of his comments, saying, ” I’m not sure he’ll change his behavior.” Instead, he argued that the global reaction to Russia’s actions would force Putin to change.”

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“Joe Biden downplayed the fact that his summit meeting with Vladimir Putin was shorter than the White House originally expected,” The Guardian reports. -The talks between Biden and Putin lasted about three hours, while White House officials said they expected the summit to end in four to five hours.

Biden stressed that it was a remarkable achievement for the two world leaders to come together for any length of time, and they were satisfied with the discussion after a couple of hours. Confirming earlier statements made by Putin about the respectful tone of the meeting, Biden said: “There were no threats.”

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Gordon said that Poroshenko and Putin are members of “the same gang»


Journalist Dmitry Gordon in his talk show “Right to Vlada” called the former head of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin members of “one gang”. A recording of the show is available on TSN’s YouTube channel.

He said that about a month ago, Poroshenko’s lawyer said that he wanted to file a lawsuit because of the statement that the leaders of Russia and Ukraine “agreed on the surrender of Mariupol.”

“Now I claim that Poroshenko and Putin, Poroshenko and Medvedchuk are all one gang. My aides listened to 35 hours of recordings of the talks of the leader of the Opposition Platform – For Life party, Viktor Medvedchuk. During the conversations, Poroshenko’s last name was repeatedly mentioned. This is a disgrace to Ukraine. People with a weak mind listen to thiscannot. File a lawsuit, it will be fun, ” Gordon said.

Earlier, the former president of Ukraine filed a lawsuit for libel against Gordon. Poroshenko was outraged by the journalist’s words, in which he claimed that Poroshenko ” colluded with Putin and ordered the Ukrainian army to leave Mariupol in 2014 as part of this deal.”


Russia called on the UN to condemn the attack of Ukrainian saboteurs on the post of the LPR militia


Russia has called on the UN Security Council to condemn the attack carried out by a Ukrainian sabotage group on the LPR militia post on June 11. This is reported on the website of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN.

It is specified that Russia on Thursday initiated a discussion in the UN Security Council of this incident.

“We call on the members of the Security Council to condemn this brutal and senseless attack by the Ukrainian military on the Luhansk militia post. This incident was a direct violation of the Minsk agreements, as well as the ban on intelligence and sabotage actions of the parties,” the appeal says.

The People’s Militia of the LPR said on June 11 that five of its employees were killed in an attack by a sabotage group of Ukrainian security forces. The head of the LPR Leonid Pasechnik added that the saboteurs were specially trained professionals, and the “operation” itself was approved and planned by the country’s leadership on the eve of the meeting of the presidents of Russia and the United States.


The Israeli army launched rocket attacks on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip


The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has once again attacked Hamas military installations located in the Gaza Strip. This time, the reason for the attack was the fireballs launched into the air with an incendiary mixture.

“In response to the launch of explosive balloons from Gaza towards Israel, we launched rockets at military facilities and a missile launch site,” the IDF said.

The IDF clarified that it has increased its readiness for various scenarios and will continue to strike at Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.

Recall that this morning in the south of Israel, air raid sirens went off. The security forces clarified that the cause was not rockets fired from Gaza towards Israel, but a fire.


The Ministry of Labor named the leading regions in terms of the number of employees on the remote site


The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Russia has published a list of leading regions in terms of the prevalence of remote employment, the Izvestia newspaper reports.

“The top 5 regions for the spread of remote employment mode included Moscow, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Sverdlovsk and Novosibirsk regions,” the publication says.

At the same time, the Ministry of Labor, with reference to the monitoring of the portal “Work in Russia”, indicated that at the moment the number of employees working on the remote site is almost 3 million people – this is significantly less than in the same period in 2020.

“This is more than half the number of employees who worked remotely in May-June last year, when their share reached 11%, or 6 million people, ” the ministry said.


Erdogan said that the EU cannot become a center of power without Turkey

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the European Union to accept the republic into its membership, stressing that without Ankara, Brussels will not be able to become a center of attraction and power.

“We want to finally reach the result of our long-standing commitment to the EU. It is impossible for the EU to become a center of attraction and power without the presence of Turkey in it. We want the EU to get rid of the blindness it has fallen into as soon as possible,” Erdogan said.

He made the corresponding statement at the summit of the countries of South-Eastern Europe in Antalya.

The agreement on the Euroassociation of Turkey was signed in 1963. In 1987, Ankara applied for EU membership, and accession negotiations began in 2005, but were repeatedly suspended.


Senator Klishas expects attempts of external interference in the State Duma elections

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Attempts of external interference in the elections to the State Duma will be made, but they will not go unnoticed by the public, said the chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional legislation Andrey Klishas.

“There will certainly be attempts to interfere, but the law is written in such a way that any interference in the electoral process from abroad will be obvious to the public. No one will be able to secretly influence the elections, ” he said.

The senator also called the electoral legislation in Russia one of the best, emphasizing that it takes into account all modern world practices

“It ensures the representative nature of the government and the confidence of citizens in both the procedure and the results of the elections, ” Klishas explained.

Earlier, Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the appointment of elections of deputies of the State Duma on September 19.


Foreign Ministry of Ukraine: Donbass will be a key topic of negotiations between Zelensky and Biden

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As reported by the TV channel “1+1”, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba announced the main topic of the talks between the Presidents of Ukraine and the United States Vladimir Zelensky and Joe Biden in Washington.

The minister said that the initiator of the negotiations was the American side, an invitation from Biden has already been received, and active preparations are underway for the visit, which is scheduled for the end of July.

“The topic of continuing to attract the United States… The visit will focus on the process of peaceful settlement in the Donbas. There will be many other topics, but this one is number one, ” Kuleba said.