Biden was advised to defiantly deal with Lukashenko

The sanctions against Minsk were compared to a light slap in the face

The Washington Post published an article by Brian Paul Klaas, associate professor of Global Politics at University College London, in which he called on the US president to demonstratively and as harshly as possible punish the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko. The author believes that in this way Washington will send a clear signal to other “non-free” countries.

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The class recalled the recent death in Kiev of the Belarusian dissident Vitaly Shishov, who first disappeared during a morning jog, and a day later was found dead in one of the parks of the Ukrainian capital.

The author called this incident one of the most brazen attacks on opponents of the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Klaas also mentioned the story of the landing at the Minsk airport of a plane flying from Athens to Vilnius. After landing at the airport of the Belarusian capital, opposition leader Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend were detained on that flight.

The class said it was time for Biden to strike back. At the same time, the author called the sanctions against Minsk ineffective, comparing them to a slap in the face. According to the observer, Lukashenka has already taken into account his financial losses and was able to adapt to them.

Now, Klass believes, Washington should shock Minsk with a “terrible punishment”. In particular, he called, in coordination with the US allies, to impose sanctions on the petrochemical industry of Belarus, as well as to destroy “tax havens” where Belarusians “launder” dirty money.

The author, among other things, called on the White House to create a special fund to support the Belarusian opposition and provide asylum to Belarusian dissidents.

“The White House should even consider the possibility of using some limited cyber operations against the Belarusian regime as warning shots,” Klaas believes.

At the end of June, the United States and the European Union imposed sanctions against Belarus, which affected the export of potash fertilizers, oil and petrochemical products, as well as the tobacco industry and the financial sector of the republic.


The US Embassy urged all Americans to leave Afghanistan urgently


The American Embassy in Kabul called on US citizens to leave Afghanistan immediately. The reason is the unsafe situation, as reported in the embassy’s statement.

Diplomats recommend that all Americans take advantage of available commercial flights. The statement recalled the reduction of staff, which is why ” the embassy’s capabilities to provide assistance to US citizens in Afghanistan are extremely limited, even in Kabul.”

Now the diplomatic mission is ready to provide a loan for citizens who do not have the opportunity to buy tickets for a commercial flight to the United States.

And American citizens are also recommended to register in the STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) program. This will allow you to receive updates about the security situation. With the help of the program, the embassy can contact them in emergency cases.

Earlier, the US deputy representative to the UN, Jeffrey Delaurentis, said that the radical Taliban movement banned in Russia will be in international isolation if it seizes power in Afghanistan. He also called on the Taliban to return to the path of a political settlement of the situation in the republic and stop attacking the positions of government troops. Recall that the actions of the “Taliban” in Afghanistan sharply intensified after the United States began withdrawing troops from the territory of this country.


In Ukraine, they predicted which countries would tear off a piece from it


Former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Yevgeny Muraev reported on the upcoming, in his opinion, partition of Ukraine. On the air of the NASH TV channel, the politician said that there is a mobilization of radical citizens in the country, they are getting together in groups and can be used to” shake up ” the situation and provocations next autumn.

“I think that we are being prepared for the partition,” the ex-deputy said. – They will play right field.”

According to him, the financing of the radicals goes through the International Renaissance Foundation and former President Petro Poroshenko. And the current leader, Vladimir Zelensky, because of his “childish thinking”, does not realize the seriousness of the situation, Muraev believes.

He is convinced that if the internal confrontation develops into a “global” one, then Ukraine will be “saved by everyone”: “The Poles will “save” Galicia, the Hungarians will “save ” Transcarpathia”. Romanians, the politician believes, will undertake to” save ” Bessarabia and Bukovina. As a result, only a “small piece” of the country may remain, Muraev concluded.

Earlier, a similar opinion was expressed by the former people’s Deputy Nadezhda Savchenko.


Estonian Prime Minister will raise the issue of migrants in Lithuania at the UN Security Council

Photo: Estonian Prime Minister Kaya Kallas promised to raise the topic of the migration crisis in Lithuania in the Security Council.

According to LRT, Tallinn decided to support Vilnius with diplomatic efforts.

“We will raise this issue there (about the influx of migrants to Lithuania) Scheduled for September… meetings with representatives of the United States and European allies, with whom we will also talk about supporting Lithuania, ” the Estonian Prime Minister said.


The US may soon announce new sanctions against Belarus


The US authorities may announce new restrictions on Belarus at the beginning of next week, sources in the US Congress told CNN.

A new package of sanctions against Belarus will be announced on August 9, a year after the presidential elections in the republic.

Probably, the decision of the American authorities will follow the arrival of ex-candidate for ex-president of Belarus Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who said at a meeting with the Belarusian diaspora in New York that at meetings at the White House with representatives of the US administration she asked for the expansion of sanctions against Belarus. However, I haven’t received any specific promises yet.


Antonov denied the US accusations of Russia’s attempts to convince Americans not to be vaccinated


The Russian ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, denied the US accusations against Russia regarding the call for Americans not to be vaccinated against coronavirus. This is stated in the published statement of Antonov on the diplomatic mission’s Facebook page.

The Russian Ambassador to the United States stressed that such insinuations have nothing to do with reality, and Moscow always stands for international cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, including with the United States.

“As for the unfounded accusations against us in attempts to” undermine” vaccination campaigns in certain countries, we can only explain them by the Russophobia that has taken root in American society, ” Antonov said.

A highly placed Russian diplomat called on American journalists to provide readers with verified information, without replicating gossip and speculation.

As US President Joe Biden said earlier, 165 million Americans have been vaccinated in the country, and about 90 million residents of the country do not want to be vaccinated against coronavirus.


Antonov spoke about the” double standards ” of the West for coronavirus vaccines


The Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, said that the West refuses to recognize the ability of Russian scientists to ensure the well-being of all mankind with the help of domestic coronavirus vaccines.

Antonov commented on the readiness of foreign Russian partners to accept the vaccine from COVID-19 “Sputnik V”. According to him, Russia has established joint production with a number of countries in this matter, but continues to face “double standards”.

“The West refuses to recognize that the achievements of our scientists can help in ensuring the health and well-being of all mankind. Moreover, a targeted campaign is being conducted against domestic drugs, ” the ambassador stressed.

At the same time, Anton noted that the annual report of the US Department of Health for 2020 says that the administration used the representation of the Ministry of Health in Brazil to convince the country to abandon the Russian drug.

” There should be no place for politics where people’s health and life are at stake. We urge our partners to realize this as soon as possible. Only by joining forces, we will be able to win in the fight against infection, ” the Russian ambassador summed up.


The British Air Force reported the interception of two Russian Tu-142 fighters

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British Typhoon fighters were lifted from the Lossiemouth air base in Scotland into the air to escort two Tu-142 anti-submarine aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces, which flew “near the borders of the airspace of the United Kingdom,” the press service of the British Air Force said.

It is noted that the British pilots were assisted by NATO allies. The fighters replenished their fuel reserves from the Voyager tanker, which took off from the Brize Norton air base in the English county of Oxfordshire.

Then Typhoon and Voyager returned to the bases “on alert” after the crews made sure that the Russian aircraft “left the zone of interests of the United Kingdom”, making it clear that “they can respond to any potential threats to the United Kingdom”.


Calvi received a suspended sentence in the Baring Vostok case

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The Meshchansky court handed down a suspended sentence to the founder of the Baring Vostok investment fund, American Michael Calvi, in the case of embezzlement of 2.5 billion rubles. All the defendants in this case also received a suspended sentence.

“The court appoints 5 years and 6 months of probation,” the verdict against Michael Calvi says. He must not change his place of residence without notifying the supervisory authority and personally appear at the inspection. At the same time, the time spent by him in the pre-trial detention center, under house arrest and under the ban of certain actions was counted as punishment. The court also lifted the arrest of Calvi’s account and real estate.

Another person involved in the case, Frenchman Philippe Delpal, was sentenced to 4.5 years of probation.

Judge Anna Sokova noted that the correction of the defendants is possible without isolation from society. 

The court also stopped the proceedings on the claim of 2.5 billion rubles to the defendants of Baring Vostok. Recall that the claim was filed by the Vostochny Bank, but then the defendants in the case repaid the damage and concluded a settlement agreement with the bank. This was taken into account as mitigating circumstances.