The President of the European Parliament, Josep Borrel, said that a new package of sanctions against Russia will be prepared in the coming weeks or months. In addition, he intends to identify possible areas of interaction with Moscow.
Borrel noted that the EU is interested in involving Russia in working on solving global problems. According to him, Moscow is a major player on the world stage. He wrote about this in his weekly blog.
“The last pillar of our relations with Russia is interaction. Like it or not, Russia is a major player on the world stage, and it has increased its political presence in many parts of the world, including in countries where the interests of the EU are at stake: Libya, Afghanistan, Nagorno — Karabakh and Syria are illustrative examples,” the politician said.
According to the head of the European Parliament, without Russia, Europe will not be able to solve global problems that affect all countries.
Readers of the Bulgarian newspaper & quot;Facts&”we appreciated the NATO exercises Sea Breeze, which are taking place in the Black Sea. They also commented on the information of the Russian Defense Ministry, which stated that it controls the actions of the US Navy ships.
One of the readers reminded that since the Crimea returned to Russia, the Black Sea has become a Russian lake and nothing can happen there without the knowledge and permission of the Russians!”.
“The Russians can easily sink all the NATO ships in the Black Sea, but the problem is that if they do, NATO will have a reason to attack,” the reader with the nickname Gloopy emphasized.
Another reader noted that Bulgaria will also suffer because of the exercises, which again remained ” without the summer season”. The sea will bloom, and the water will be an unnatural color,he believes.
Another user claims that participation in NATO makes Bulgaria one of Russia’s goals in the event of war.
Earlier it was reported that the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation began to monitor the US missile destroyer Ross, which entered the Black Sea on Saturday, the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation reported.
The newspaper El Pais reported that the accounting chamber of Spain will demand more than 1.9 million euros from the former head of the Catalan government, Carles Puigdemont, for promoting separatist ideas abroad. The agency will demand the same amount from the former deputy head of the Catalan government, Oriol Junqueras, who was convicted for the 2017 independence referendum and pardoned by the decision of the Spanish cabinet.
In total, the Spaniards hope to get money out of 39 people involved in Catalan separatism. In total, Madrid wants to receive 5.4 million euros. According to the Spanish authorities, this is the amount they spent on popularizing their views abroad from 2011 to 2017.
At the same time, Puigdemont is currently in Belgium. Spain demands his extradition.
Chen Yijun, a researcher at the Institute of Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, called the possible de-dollarization a protest, mockery and contempt of the American hegemony Of Russia. He expressed his opinion in an article for the newspaper Huanqiu Shibao.
In his opinion, de-dollarization will not have a significant impact on Russia. The status of the ruble as a legal tender is stable. He also pointed out that the volume of direct trade between Russia and the United States is insignificant. Moscow’s main trading partners are Europe and China.
Chen Yijun says that de-dollarization is harmful only for the States. This will put Washington in an awkward position in front of their allies, which in itself is a kind of humiliation for the United States.
President Vladimir Putin announced the country’s readiness to switch to settlements with partners in national currencies. He pointed out that this is also relevant for gas supplies to the EU. Putin believes that the American authorities themselves do not value the dollar, using it as a tool of competitive and political struggle.
Moscow will allow Washington to join the Ukrainian settlement only if the United States influences Kiev to implement the Minsk agreements, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.
“There used to be situations when the US was allowed to participate in this process,” he explained, answering the question of how Moscow assessed Ukraine’s intentions to attract the States to settle in the east of the country.
According to him, the main question is “how capable are our American colleagues to play a constructive role”, “how much do they understand that without certain steps on the part of Kiev, it will not be possible to move this whole process”.
As Ryabkov noted, if Washington understands that there is a prospect of such work with Kiev, then they may well help in one form or another. The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister added that Moscow does not take the position that US participation is excluded under any conditions.
“The main thing here is the position and approach,” he said.
At the same time, according to the highly placed diplomat, ” with the current approach, the Americans have nothing to do in Ukraine.”
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The US Foreign Ministry has published explanations informing about the extension of recommendations for US citizens not to visit Russia.
“US citizens are advised to refrain from traveling to Russia, especially to the North Caucasus, including Chechnya and Mount Elbrus, due to the risk of abduction, as well as to the Republic of Crimea,” the State Department’s recommendations say.
The basis for this decision is a number of detentions (unjustified in the opinion of the US authorities) of American citizens in Russia.
The Deputy Head of the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom, Jeremy Queen, commented on the incident with the loss of documents containing plans for the passage of the destroyer Defender of the British Navy through the territorial waters of Russia in the Black Sea.
“I don’t want to say anything until the results of the investigation appear, but it seems that this is the mistake of an individual, an individual official,… who later confessed everything,” Quinn said.
The Deputy Minister added that some of the lost documents contained the stamp ” secret”.
& quot; These papers were intended for Secret Service employees. I am very sorry that such an incident took place, its investigation will be conducted in the most thorough way”, – he assured.
The official representative of the US State Department, Ned Price, in his microblog on Twitter, commented on the decision of the Moscow City Court, which sentenced an American student, Trevor Reed, to nine years in a penal colony for attacking two employees of the teaching staff in the north of Moscow.
“We are deeply concerned about the decision of the Moscow court to uphold the sentence of Trevor Reed…. The United States will continue to work on behalf of Trevor until the Russian authorities do everything right and return him to his family. Trevor has been deprived of his freedom for too long”, – Price wrote.
Recall that the incident occurred in August 2019. Reed, being in a state of strong alcoholic intoxication, had a fight on the street with two women. The police squad that arrived at the scene detained the young man who was brawling. In the traffic police car, the guy hit one policeman and attacked another who was driving, which almost led to an accident..
US Ambassador John Sullivan spoke about the state of affairs of the embassy after his return to Moscow.
According to the diplomat, upon arrival in Russia, he held a meeting with the assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Yuri Ushakov. It is indicated that the results of the summit of Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden in Geneva were discussed. The Ambassador stressed that both he and the interlocutor agreed that the meeting of the leaders of the states was useful.
“But it marked only the beginning of discussions on a wide range of issues,” Sullivan added.
On Thursday, July 1, the diplomat intends to meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel believes that the EU countries should take a unified position in relation to Russia. Only there will Russian President Vladimir Putin begin to take Europe seriously.
According to her, she wants the European Union to talk to Putin against the background of the fact that American President Joe Biden is also talking to him. Merkel stressed that this is “not a conversation of friends” who have good relations.
“Rather, it is about the fact that we as Europe will be stronger when we have a common position,” she said during a conversation with European students at the Conference of the Future of Europe.
According to the Chancellor, the European Union should directly tell Russia about the detected cyber attacks, as well as hybrid military actions and “support for ultranationalist parties”. Merkel is sure that everyone ” should say the same thing to the Russian president.”
Earlier, Merkel positively assessed the decision of European leaders to work out the format of potential negotiations with Russia. According to her, this is a “step forward”.