Pubblicato in: Commercio, Economia e Produzione Industriale, Putin, Russia

Kremlin. Putin. La Russia potenzia estrazione ed esportazione del carbone.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-08-17.

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Proprio quando l’enclave liberal socialista occidentale abbandona l’estrazione e l’uso del carbone, la Russia vara un ambizioso piano di potenziamento di questo settore, che al momento  estrae 400 milioni di tonnellate e ne esporta il 50%, con un aumento del 33% negli ultimi otto anni.

Mr Putin ha tenuto un discorso da statista, con ottime conoscenze economiche e geopolitiche.

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«The President held a meeting, via videoconference, on coal industry development»

«→→ Today, I suggest that we discuss the situation in the national coal industry, a key pillar of the national fuel and energy sector ←←»

«It has great significance for the socioeconomic development of entire Russian regions; we have five coal-mining regions»

«I would like to note that Russia has been producing over 400 million tonnes of coal per year since 2017»

«Over 50 percent of this amount is exported elsewhere»

«Coal export volumes have soared by over 33 percent in the past eight years»

«Today, the main coal sales are happening in the Asia-Pacific. Last year, 122 million tonnes of Russian coal were supplied to the region»

«At the same time, there is an additional demand in the Asia-Pacific that Russian companies could meet»

«we should increase the export capacity of the domestic coal industry»

«And this, I emphasise, means new jobs and higher incomes for people employed in this industry and Russia’s transport sector»

«We have already launched plans to develop the Eastern Operating Domain and to expand the capacity of the BAM [Baikal-Amur Mainline] and Transsib [Trans-Siberian Railway], which go to the seaports in the Far East.»

«It is no secret that some of them suggest a significant market contraction …. We also know what is happening with this: Texas froze because of the cold weather»

«it is important to use the export revenues of the coal industry to strengthen and diversify the economies of coal-mining regions»

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«I would like you to pay special attention to the export potential of our leading coal region, Kuzbass»

«As I said in my opening remarks, we must diversify the economy in the coal-mining regions»

«preventing critical dependence of people’s lives on one industry alone»

«As I noted earlier, it is important to use the proceeds from coal exports to develop non-coal mining sectors in regions like Kuzbass»

«It also includes a new motorway to bypass Kemerovo and the expansion of the Sheregesh resort in line with today’s proposals, as well as building new social facilities, which was put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic»

«Please, finalise what we have agreed on today as soon as possible, put it in the form of regulatory acts, and submit it to me»

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Le grandi distanze e la situazione climatica avversa rendono essenziale il ruolo svolto dalle linee ferrate, che possono funzionare anche durante i più rigidi inverni.

Certamente sono investimenti costosi, ma una volta ultimati i lavori di costruzione, e delle relative infrastrutture, il ritorno dovrebbe consentire di ammortizzare le spese fatte.

Ma oltre al beneficio economico si dovrebbe constatare anche quello politico, specie tenendo conto che per motivi ideologici molti paesi vogliono cessare la estrazione.

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Kremlin. Meeting on coal industry development.

The President held a meeting, via videoconference, on coal industry development.

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino, First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov, Deputy Prime Minister – Chief of the Government Staff Dmitry Grigorenko, deputy prime ministers Alexander Novak and Marat Khusnullin, presidential aides Igor Levitin and Maxim Oreshkin, Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, Minister of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov, Minister of Transport Vitaly Savelyev, Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov and Minister of Energy Nikolai Shulginov, as well as some regional heads and CEOs of major coal industry and transport sector companies.

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues. I can see that everyone is here.

We are in various regions of our country. I hope that our equipment will function smoothly, and that we will be able to work fruitfully.

Today, I suggest that we discuss the situation in the national coal industry, a key pillar of the national fuel and energy sector. It has great significance for the socioeconomic development of entire Russian regions; we have five coal-mining regions. It is also important for the labour market, for securing employment to hundreds of thousands of Russian citizens and securing their incomes. We have a total of 11 million residents in these regions. Of course, the industry employs far less. However, a total of 11 million people live in these regions.

We regularly address this subject in various formats. In the past few years, we have drafted a number of strategic documents reflecting the coal industry’s plans and tasks. First of all, they include the programme for coal industry development through to 2035, as well as decisions of the Commission for Strategic Development of the Fuel and Energy Sector that met in Kemerovo in the summer of 2018.

Today, I suggest reviewing the implementation of our tasks. And, of course, we will discuss subsequent steps to develop the coal industry, with due consideration for the transport sector projects because it is impossible to ensure cost-effective operations, unless they operate in unison. Russia’s traditional and new coal-mining centres have substantial capabilities. And, of course, proceeding from global coal demand trends, we have to assess current and future developments.

I would like to note that Russia has been producing over 400 million tonnes of coal per year since 2017. Over 50 percent of this amount is exported elsewhere. Coal export volumes have soared by over 33 percent in the past eight years.

For further sustainable development of the industry, it is necessary to constantly analyse the market and make plans both for the next three to four years and for a longer period, based on the strategic challenges and long-term prospects of the global coal market. We understand what this is about.

Today, the main coal sales are happening in the Asia-Pacific. Last year, 122 million tonnes of Russian coal were supplied to the region.

At the same time, there is an additional demand in the Asia-Pacific that Russian companies could meet. And it is important not to pass up this opportunity; flexibly using the logistics capabilities of our transport system, we should increase the export capacity of the domestic coal industry. And this, I emphasise, means new jobs and higher incomes for people employed in this industry and Russia’s transport sector.

We have already launched plans to develop the Eastern Operating Domain and to expand the capacity of the BAM [Baikal-Amur Mainline] and Transsib [Trans-Siberian Railway], which go to the seaports in the Far East. Today I am expecting to hear a report on how this work is going.

As for the long-term prospects of the global coal market beyond the current decade, I know that there are different forecasts in this regard. It is no secret that some of them suggest a significant market contraction, including due to technological changes in the global fuel and energy sector, as well as the active use of alternative fuels.

We also know what is happening with this: Texas froze because of the cold weather. And the windmills had to be thawed in ways that are far from environmentally friendly. Maybe this will also cause adjustments.

In any case, it is necessary to carefully study all possible scenarios in order to guarantee the steady development of our coal-mining regions even with a decrease in global demand for coal and with a decline in the global situation.

In particular, it is important to use the export revenues of the coal industry to strengthen and diversify the economies of coal-mining regions. And of course, this resource should really work to improve the well-being of people and to create modern, comfortable living conditions.

A separate, highly important task is certainly environmental protection, improving the environment in coal mining and transhipment areas. These issues also need constant monitoring.

All these issues require the coordinated, joint work of businesses, regional and federal authorities. Instructions in this regard have already been given more than once. Today I am asking you to report on the progress, including on the implementation of the socioeconomic development programme for Kuzbass, the country’s leading coal region.

Let us get down to work.

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Vladimir Putin: Colleagues, I would like to thank you for our joint work today. I would like the Government to analyse and make use of all the proposals voiced today, including those made by representatives of the regions and our colleagues from the coal companies who have spoken here.

This is what I would like to point out in conclusion of our meeting.

First of all, today we paid much attention to the development of the Eastern Operating Domain. In point of fact, we keep returning to this subject. Today we spoke about it in detail, listening to how this project is being organised and the potential risks. We must carry out this work as precisely and smoothly as possible.

Therefore, based on the discussion we have had today, I would like to ask the Government to provide a clear construction timeframe and the extension parameters for the BAM and the Trans-Siberian Railway. We started talking about this back in 2018, and today we can see that the problems are still with us. We must do what I have mentioned, stipulating the throughput and carrying capacity, not of the railway line in general but of its individual sections, as well as the maximum weight of trainloads before and after we finish this project. I would like to ask you to provide this schedule. I know that there were disagreements about this before the meeting; I am asking you to provide a quarterly schedule until the end of 2024. Please, submit it to me and formalise it in a government enactment. Yes, and do please show it to me, because unless we strictly regulate this matter, the problems will remain.

I would like to remind you once again that the quantity framework for the expansion of the Eastern Operating Domain has been approved. Mr Belousov has reported on this today. The next task is to set a concrete timeframe for the work. This is important both for the implementation of regional development programmes and for the coal companies’ investments. Our colleagues from these companies have pointed this out just now.

Second, I would like the Government to strictly coordinate the implementation of the development plans for the BAM and the Trans-Siberian Railway, as well as the obligations of the parties involved in this work.

I would like to ask you to ensure, before July 1 this year, the signing of relevant agreements (I understand the companies do not object to this) between the coal companies and Russian Railways. These agreements must run up to 2024 so they have a clear idea of how much they can take out. The agreements must be based on mutual responsibility. I do not know what rules underlie them now: carry-or-pay or some other regulations but this does not matter. What matters is that the commitments of the coal companies and the carriers, including the volume of coal, loading stations and destinations must be determined precisely.

I would like you to pay special attention to the export potential of our leading coal region, Kuzbass. By 2024, we must ensure (even though this is not what we agreed on before, but I agree with Mr Belousov) at least a 30 percent increase in coal shipments to the east over 2020. Please stick to this target. Yes, we adjusted it compared with what we had planned before but this is life, it’s understandable. That said, the plans for shipping Kuzbass coal must be based on an understandable and transparent foundation. I heard today that this is what seems to happen in reality. If this is the case, well done. If so, there is no need to change anything. This must be based on the shipping volumes to the west and the domestic market, as my colleagues said today, and also based on existing port capacities.

I am also instructing the Government to present additional proposals on expanding the eastern section of the Baikal-Amur Railway (BAM). We need to increase eastbound coal shipments from Yakutia. The governor mentioned this today as well. I would like you to review mechanisms for funding this project, including from the National Welfare Fund as the Minister of Economic Development suggested today, if this is necessary, of course. In any event, I would like to say that I will not object to this in any way. Please present your proposals, if necessary.

The third point. As I said in my opening remarks, we must diversify the economy in the coal-mining regions. Mr Siluanov made a convincing speech today to this effect. It is necessary to achieve priority development of other economic sectors and services with a view to stabilising the regional labour markets and preventing critical dependence of people’s lives on one industry alone.

I want the Government to identify the benchmarks and closely monitor the employment dynamics in the coal-mining regions. Everything must be done in a timely manner. Please focus on creating jobs in the non-coal mining sectors and on bringing in more private investment. As we have just heard, the companies operating in this industry have no objections to that.

As I noted earlier, it is important to use the proceeds from coal exports to develop non-coal mining sectors in regions like Kuzbass. Again, our colleagues have no objections to that. It is good that the coal companies are receptive of this idea.

I want to add here that other enterprises are also willing to invest in the coal-mining regions’ economies and to work in priority development areas. If these tools can be used, please go ahead and use them. We heard about such examples today.

One such company plans to invest in the construction of a logistics centre in Kuzbass which will create several thousand new jobs.

Of course, we must support these initiatives, adjust the regulations to fit the businesses and regions’ needs and find new and appropriate solutions.

I also want you to approve the programme for the socioeconomic development of the Kemerovo Region by the end of March. This should include investment in the region’s transport, utilities and other infrastructure, and promotion of the tourism industry, which includes Sheregesh that we discussed today. It also includes a new motorway to bypass Kemerovo and the expansion of the Sheregesh resort in line with today’s proposals, as well as building new social facilities, which was put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Colleagues, there are many questions. Please systematise them and present them to me soon as proposals to expand the industry that is critically important not only for the coal-mining regions of our country, which is home to 11 million people as I said earlier today, but also for the rest of our vast country.

Please, finalise what we have agreed on today as soon as possible, put it in the form of regulatory acts, and submit it to me. I want to see this. These will be Government decisions, but I want to see them.

Thank you.

Pubblicato in: Banche Centrali, Devoluzione socialismo, Stati Uniti

Usa. Maggio21. Inflazione in rapida salita. – Il commento di Bloomberg.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-06-16.

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Tranne Bloomberg, al momento in cui si scrive nessuna testata liberal ha riportato o commentato il dato relativo ai prezzi alla produzione. Sarebbe stato indelicato farlo poco tempo prima dell’incontro di Mr Putin con Biden.

Tuttavia il Cpi al 5% ed il Ppi al 6.6% sono dati sicuramente presenti al Kremlin.

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«The annual advance in the overall PPI rose to a 6.6% gain»

«The increase was the largest in data going back to 2010»

«Almost 60% of the May increase in the index for final demand can be traced to a 1.5% advance in prices of goods»

«The costs of nonferrous metals, motor vehicles, and beef and veal all climbed»

«Prices for services rose for a fifth straight month, with more than 40% of the increase attributable to automobile-retailing margins, which surged 27.3%»

«Producer prices excluding food, energy, and trade services …. advanced 0.7% from the prior month and rose 5.3% from a year earlier.»

«Federal Reserve officials have said the upward pressure on prices will likely prove temporary, but others worry recent price gains will lead to a more sustained pickup in inflation»

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È un report inusitatamente scarno, anche se tecnicamente corretto.

Notiamo come alla fine si menzioni anche la prima innominabile ‘inflazione’.

La Fed ripete che questo processo dovrebbe essere temporaneo, ma si potrebbe dubitare che il rialzo dei metalli non ferrosi, dei veicoli a motore e delle carni bovine, solo per citarne alcuni, siano temporanei.

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U.S. Producer Prices Rose Strongly in May, Adding to Inflation Pressures

Prices paid to U.S. producers rose more than expected in May, fueling companies to raise prices on American consumers. The producer price index for final demand increased 0.8% from the prior month after a 0.6% gain in April, according to data from the Labor Department Tuesday. Excluding volatile food and energy components, the so-called core PPI rose 0.7%. The PPI, which tracks changes in production costs, has surged in recent months. Elevated materials prices and shortages paired with shipping bottlenecks and rising labor expenses have enlarged production costs. Meantime, a burst of pent-up demand has outstripped capacity, stoking further price gains.

Federal Reserve officials have said the upward pressure on prices will likely prove temporary, but others worry recent price gains will lead to a more sustained pickup in inflation. A Bloomberg survey of economists called for a 0.5% monthly gain in the overall measure and the same advance in the core figure. Data out last week signaled businesses are successfully passing along at least some of the burden of higher costs along to consumers. The consumer price index advanced more than expected for a third straight month in May, extending a months-long buildup in inflation.

The annual advance in the overall PPI rose to a 6.6% gain, a figure biased higher by the fact that it was compared to the soft reading seen in May of last year. The increase was the largest in data going back to 2010. Almost 60% of the May increase in the index for final demand can be traced to a 1.5% advance in prices of goods. The costs of nonferrous metals, motor vehicles, and beef and veal all climbed.

Prices for services rose for a fifth straight month, with more than 40% of the increase attributable to automobile-retailing margins, which surged 27.3%.

Producer prices excluding food, energy, and trade services — a measure often preferred by economists because it strips out the most volatile components — advanced 0.7% from the prior month and rose 5.3% from a year earlier.

Pubblicato in: Armamenti, Devoluzione socialismo, Russia, Unione Europea

EU. Quasi tutti gli stati hanno mandato gli ambasciatori alla sfilata russa del 9 maggio.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-05-14.

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«Most EU states are sending their ambassadors to Russia’s WW2 victory parade on Sunday (9 May) despite tense relations»

«The list includes: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden.»

«The three Baltic states and Spain are not sending anyone»

«the Baltic states are boycotting the event for political motives»

«Lithuania’s ambassador will place flowers on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on 8 May»

«But the 2021 guest list also gives a snapshot of where individual EU states stand on Russia»

«But Berlin, in any case, always sends a VIP to the Red Square on 9 May because of Nazi Germany’s role in WW2»

«The EU ambassador is not in Moscow on the day»

«For a number of countries, this [9 May] is an important date and they appreciate the undeniable role the Soviet Union played in defeating the Nazis»

«This year, the Kremlin said it had not invited big names because the 76th anniversary was less important than the 75th»

«Presence at the level of an ambassador is always the lowest official representation possible, so this is also a sign»

«nuclear-capable ‘Iskander’ missiles, which Russia has placed in its Kaliningrad exclave, putting them in range of Warsaw and Berlin»

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Gli stati dell’Unione Europea hanno nei confronti della Russia e di Mr Putin posizioni conflittuali ed incongruenti.

Da una parte devono constatare come essi dipendano dalle forniture di gas naturale russo, volenti o nolenti.

Nel contempo assistono al continuo ripristino delle forze armate russe, tornate ad essere allo stato dell’arte. Gli europei si sentono i missili russi puntati sulle loro teste.

È ben capibile che i governi europei odino di odio distillato Mr Putin, che nel giro di venti anni ha riportato la Russia al ruolo di potenza mondiale. Mr Putin è un russo che cura gli interessi del suo paese: sufficit.

Ma a tutto questo si aggiunge il fatto che Mr Putin è paladino del retaggio religioso, umano, sociale e politico: ha persino fatto scrivere nella Costituzione che il matrimonio è tale solo tra un maschio ed una femmina.

Per l’Unione Europea liberal socialista questa Weltanschauung è l’esatto opposto della loro ideologia.

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In ogni caso si constata che “Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden” hanno inviato i loro ambasciatori.

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EU ambassadors flock to Red Square for Putin’s parade

Most EU states are sending their ambassadors to Russia’s WW2 victory parade on Sunday (9 May) despite tense relations.

The list includes: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden.

The Dutch ambassador is also expected to go, but had not confirmed as of Friday.

Austria, Cyprus, and the EU embassy in Moscow are sending chargé d’affaires.

The three Baltic states and Spain are not sending anyone.

Malta did not reply to EUobserver.

In Cold War times, Western analysts used to study who sat close to the Soviet leader at the annual event to try to understand Moscow’s opaque power structures in a practice called “Kremlinology”.

But the 2021 guest list also gives a snapshot of where individual EU states stand on Russia.

Relations nosedived in 2014 when Russia invaded Ukraine, prompting EU sanctions.

They got worse recently, when the EU imposed blacklists over Russia’s violence against opposition leader Alexei Navalny and Russia listed the EU Parliament president in revenge.

The Czech Republic and Russia also expelled dozens of each other’s diplomats after revelations that Russian spies blew up a Czech arms depot in 2014, killing two people.

But Berlin, in any case, always sends a VIP to the Red Square on 9 May because of Nazi Germany’s role in WW2, an EU diplomat noted.

The fact the Czech ambassador is going indicates Prague wants to mend ties despite the bomb attack.

Meanwhile, Austria, Cyprus, Spain, and the EU embassy’s decisions not to send top people mean little, because these were due to logistical reasons.

The EU ambassador is not in Moscow on the day, for instance.

But the Baltic states are boycotting the event for political motives, diplomatic sources said.

Lithuania’s ambassador will place flowers on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on 8 May instead.

And his gesture was meant “to honour the victims of all the nations that fought in WW2, civilian and military,” an EU diplomat noted.

“For a number of countries, this [9 May] is an important date and they appreciate the undeniable role the Soviet Union played in defeating the Nazis,” another EU source said.

“Ambassadors cannot escape from an invitation to attend such an event – it’s a matter of courtesy and, actually, their duty to come – unless bilateral relations are so bad that they couldn’t care less,” the source added.

Last year, the Austrian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, French, and Italian presidents or prime ministers, as well as the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, had planned to go.

But the parade was cancelled due to the pandemic and, in the end, the Hungarian foreign minister was the only EU politician who went to a mini-event on 24 June.

                         Spin?

This year, the Kremlin said it had not invited big names because the 76th anniversary was less important than the 75th.

“This year is not a [major] anniversary year, so we don’t intend to invite foreign participants,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in April.

But the EU source indicated that this was spin designed to avoid a potential “snub”.

“Presence at the level of an ambassador is always the lowest official representation possible, so this is also a sign,” the source said.

“This is a snub for the Russians. Although they will try to present it as EU member states attending,” he added.

The 2021 parade is to involve 12,000 soldiers, 190 combat vehicles, 53 warplanes, and 23 helicopters, according to Russia’s Tass news agency.

This includes ‘S-400’ anti-aircraft systems, which Russia installed in Crimea after seizing the peninsula from Ukraine.

It also includes nuclear-capable ‘Iskander’ missiles, which Russia has placed in its Kaliningrad exclave, putting them in range of Warsaw and Berlin.

                         Iskanders.

And for some Western observers, Russian president Vladimir Putin’s parades have come to look more like propaganda for future conflicts than celebrating the end of WW2.

Recalling a 9 May parade shortly after Russia attacked Ukraine, Robert Pszczel, a former Nato spokesman in Moscow, told EUobserver in 2015: “I don’t have a problem with kids cheering when they watch their country’s tanks go by”.

“But I do have a problem when the biggest cheer, the kind you hear at a hockey match, comes when they see the Iskanders go by,” Pszczel said.

“The West is dealing with a leader [Putin] who is bored by domestic politics, driven by a big but touchy ego, dreaming of his huge role in history, progressively emboldened by the short-term successes of his brinkmanship, and unchained from the restrictions of political, legal, and moral accountability,” Pszczel also said on Friday, in an op-ed for British think-tank Rusi.

Pubblicato in: Putin, Russia

Russia. Putin. Ordine Esecutivo sulle contromisure verso azioni ostili di stati stranieri.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-04-30.

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«Executive Order on measures (countermeasures) in response to unfriendly actions of foreign states»

«To protect the interests and security of the Russian Federation and in accordance with the federal laws of December 30, 2006, No 281-FZ On Special Economic and Coercive Measures and of June 4, 2018, No 127-FZ On Measures (Countermeasures) in Response to Unfriendly Actions of the United States and Other Foreign States, I hereby resolve ….»

«To restrict (including the imposition of a complete ban if necessary) the signing by diplomatic missions and consular agencies, representatives of government bodies and government agencies of foreign states that take unfriendly actions towards the Russian Federation, citizens of the Russian Federation or Russian legal entities, of labour contracts, employment agreements with workers (personnel) and of other civil-law contracts leading to labour relations with individuals on the territory of the Russian Federation»

«To establish that the number of individuals on the territory of the Russian Federation with whom contracts may be signed shall be determined by the Government of the Russian Federation»

«compile a list of unfriendly foreign states»

«determine the number of individuals that are on the territory of the Russian Federation»

«ensure control over compliance with the labour rights of the citizens of the Russian Federation»

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Putin signs decree on countermeasures to other states’ unfriendly actions.

The government is tasked to define number of individuals that can be employed by foreign missions.

MOSCOW, April 24. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on countermeasures to unfriendly action of foreign states, as follows from a document posted on the Kremlin website on Friday.

Under the document, diplomatic missions, consular institutions and offices of government institutions of foreign countries acting in an unfriendly manner against Russia, Russian nationals or legal entities will face restrictions, or even a complete ban, if necessary, in terms of employing Russian nationals.

The government is tasked to define number of individuals that can be employed by foreign missions. “Labor contracts with individuals in excess of the number set by the government that were signed before the commencement day of this decree are to be terminated,” the document says. However, restrictions “are not applicable to nationals of unfriendly states arriving from such states as employees of diplomatic missions, consular institutions and offices of government institutions of corresponding unfriendly foreign states.”

Apart from that, the government is tasked to draw up a list of unfriendly foreign states subject to these measures and to ensure control over the observance of labor rights of Russian nationals in case of their contracts termination under the decree.

According to the document, it is geared to “protect Russia’s interests and security under federal laws No 281-FZ On Special Economic Measures and Enforcement Measures of December 30, 2006 and No127-FZ On Countermeasures to Unfriendly Actions of the United States and Other Foreign States of June 4, 2018.”

The decree comes into effect from the day of its official publishing and stays in force until these countermeasures are cancelled.

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Comme d’habitude, gli ordini esecutivi di Mr Putin somigliano più ad ordini militari che a provvedimenti politici.

Secondo il documento, le missioni diplomatiche, le istituzioni consolari e gli uffici delle istituzioni governative di paesi stranieri che agiscono in modo ostile contro la Russia, i cittadini russi o le persone giuridiche dovranno affrontare restrizioni, o anche un divieto completo, se necessario, in termini di assunzione di cittadini russi.

Il governo è incaricato di definire il numero di individui che possono essere impiegati dalle missioni straniere.

Il documento è orientato a proteggere gli interessi e la sicurezza della Russia.

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Questo è un gran brutto colpo all’intelligence svolta dagli stati stranieri ostili in Russia.

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Executive Order on measures (countermeasures) in response to unfriendly actions of foreign states.

Vladimir Putin signed the Executive Order On Measures (Countermeasures) in Response to Unfriendly Actions of Foreign States.

April 23, 2021, 21:10.

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Text of the Executive Order:

To protect the interests and security of the Russian Federation and in accordance with the federal laws of December 30, 2006, No 281-FZ On Special Economic and Coercive Measures and of June 4, 2018, No 127-FZ On Measures (Countermeasures) in Response to Unfriendly Actions of the United States and Other Foreign States, I hereby resolve:

  1. To restrict (including the imposition of a complete ban if necessary) the signing by diplomatic missions and consular agencies, representatives of government bodies and government agencies of foreign states that take unfriendly actions towards the Russian Federation, citizens of the Russian Federation or Russian legal entities, of labour contracts, employment agreements with workers (personnel) and of other civil-law contracts leading to labour relations with individuals on the territory of the Russian Federation.
  2. To establish that the number of individuals on the territory of the Russian Federation with whom contracts may be signed shall be determined by the Government of the Russian Federation.
  3. Contracts signed with individuals in excess of the number determined by the Government of the Russian Federation prior to the entry into force of this Executive Order shall be subject to termination.
  4. Provisions of items 1 and 3 of this Executive Order shall not apply to citizens of unfriendly foreign states that arrive (have arrived) from such states as employees of diplomatic missions and consular agencies, representatives of government bodies and government agencies of the relevant unfriendly foreign states.
  5. The Government of the Russian Federation shall:

    а) compile a list of unfriendly foreign states towards which the measures (countermeasures) established by this Executive Order apply;

  1. b) determine the number of individuals that are on the territory of the Russian Federation and with whom contracts may be signed;
  2. c) submit proposals, as necessary, to alter the measures (countermeasures) established by this Executive Order and the duration of such measures;
  3. d) ensure control over compliance with the labour rights of the citizens of the Russian Federation following the termination of their contracts in accordance with item 3 of this Executive Order.
  4. This Executive Order enters in force on the day of its official publication and shall be valid until the cancellation of the measures (countermeasures) it has established.
Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Diplomazia, Russia, Unione Europea

Russia – Rep Ceka. Sedi diplomatiche quasi azzerate.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-04-24.

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«About 60 Russian diplomats were ordered out of the Czech Republic, which said it had evidence of Moscow’s involvement in an ammunition dump explosion in 2014»

«Russia’s unraveling relations with the West took a dramatic turn for the worse on Thursday when the Czech Republic, furious over what it said were Moscow’s fingerprints on a military-style sabotage attack on a Czech weapons warehouse in 2014, ordered the expulsion of as many as 60 Russian diplomats»

«The Czech move, announced a day after President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia warned that the West risked a “fast and tough” response if it interfered with his country, escalated not only a diplomatic crisis between Prague and Moscow but also a wider showdown between Russia and NATO, of which the Czech Republic is a member»

«With Russian troops massing near the border with Ukraine and President Biden taking a tough stand against the Kremlin, Mr. Putin on Wednesday bluntly warned the West not to test Russia’s resolve in defending its interests, telling it not to cross unspecified “red lines” that he said would be defined by Russia»

«The slashing of staff at Moscow’s embassy in Prague does not directly challenge Russian security»

«But it will severely damage intelligence operations, something that Mr. Putin, a K.G.B. officer in Eastern Europe during the Cold War, views as vitally important»

«The Czech ministry did not specify how many Russians would be expelled, but the foreign minister, Jakub Kulhanek, said this week that bringing the two countries’ embassies to the same level would mean the departure of around 60 Russian diplomats»

«The expulsion of the Czech diplomats from Moscow on Sunday followed the ejection on Saturday of 18 Russian diplomats from Prague»

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«Prague will have to downsize its personnel by 16 diplomats, 4 technical employees and 91 locally recruited employees»

«The staff of the Russian Embassy in Prague and the Czech Embassy in Moscow will be reduced to 7 diplomats, 25 technical employees and 19 locally employed each by May 31, the Russian Foreign Ministry told TASS Friday»

«By May 31, the Russian Embassy in Prague staff will be reduced by 35 diplomats and 46 administrative and technical personnel»

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Al di là del fatto che vi siano evidenti tensioni, resta tuttora molto difficile comprendere i veri motivi che hanno spinto la Rep Ceka a scatenare una guerra diplomatica con la Russia. È del tutto naturale che non avrebbe mai fatto un simile sconquasso senza aver l’appoggio, forse l’ordine, della Nato e, quindi, degli Stati Uniti.

Se scuramente la Harris-Biden Administration ha un gran bisogno e desiderio di materializzare dei potenti nemici esterni, veri o presunti che siano, un aspetto degno di considerazione è racchiuso in questa frase:

«But it will severely damage intelligence operations».

Di questi tempi, le esigenze dell’intelligence fanno aggio anche su quelli politici.

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Russia’s Ties With West Fray Further After Czech Republic Expels Its Diplomats.

About 60 Russian diplomats were ordered out of the Czech Republic, which said it had evidence of Moscow’s involvement in an ammunition dump explosion in 2014.

PRAGUE — Russia’s unraveling relations with the West took a dramatic turn for the worse on Thursday when the Czech Republic, furious over what it said were Moscow’s fingerprints on a military-style sabotage attack on a Czech weapons warehouse in 2014, ordered the expulsion of as many as 60 Russian diplomats.

The Czech move, announced a day after President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia warned that the West risked a “fast and tough” response if it interfered with his country, escalated not only a diplomatic crisis between Prague and Moscow but also a wider showdown between Russia and NATO, of which the Czech Republic is a member.

With Russian troops massing near the border with Ukraine and President Biden taking a tough stand against the Kremlin, Mr. Putin on Wednesday bluntly warned the West not to test Russia’s resolve in defending its interests, telling it not to cross unspecified “red lines” that he said would be defined by Russia.

The slashing of staff at Moscow’s embassy in Prague does not directly challenge Russian security. But it will severely damage intelligence operations, something that Mr. Putin, a K.G.B. officer in Eastern Europe during the Cold War, views as vitally important.

It is the largest number of Russian diplomats ejected from a single country since President Ronald Reagan expelled 80 Cold War-era Soviet emissaries in 1986.

Michal Koran, a researcher in Prague at the Global Arena Research Institute, described the escalating dispute as “the most serious crisis in Czech-Russian relations” since the Soviet Union invaded what was then Czechoslovakia in 1968 to crush efforts by the leadership in Prague to create “communism with a human face.”

Russia withdrew its last troops from what is now the Czech Republic and other previously communist nations in East and Central Europe in the early 1990s. But it has long viewed the region as an area of special interest that owes Moscow gratitude, and a measure of deference, in return for the role played by the Red Army in liberating it from Nazi occupation.

The Czech president, Milos Zeman, is widely seen as pro-Russian but Prime Minister Andrej Babis and much of the opposition now tend to view Russia as an aggressive menace.

The Czech foreign ministry, in a statement on Thursday, said Russia must reduce the size of its embassy staff in Prague to correspond with the level of Czech representation in Moscow, which shrank to a skeleton staff after Russia on Sunday ordered out 20 Czech diplomats. Russia, which has used its Prague embassy as a center of espionage across the region, according to intelligence experts, previously had far more diplomats in the city than the Czech Republic had in Moscow.

The Czech ministry did not specify how many Russians would be expelled, but the foreign minister, Jakub Kulhanek, said this week that bringing the two countries’ embassies to the same level would mean the departure of around 60 Russian diplomats. Prague, he said, had no choice but to slash Russia’s diplomatic representation unless Moscow reversed its decision to expel Czech diplomats, a demand that the Russian government rejected as an impertinent ultimatum.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said it would respond “soon” to the Czech announcement. It usually responds with what it calls “mirror measures,” normally a series of reciprocal expulsions. But with so few Czech diplomats left in Moscow — around five — this is now impossible, raising the possibility of a different form of retaliation.

The expulsion of the Czech diplomats from Moscow on Sunday followed the ejection on Saturday of 18 Russian diplomats from Prague. The rapid deterioration in relations was triggered by accusations that Russian military intelligence operatives were responsible for blowing up a Czech ammunition depot in 2014.

The Czech authorities had been investigating the mysterious explosions, which killed two Czech workers, with little success for years. But they got what they say was a big break thanks to evidence uncovered in Britain after the 2018 attack with a nerve agent on a turncoat former Russian spy, Sergei V. Skripal, in the English town of Salisbury.

Two Russians identified by Britain as the main culprits in the Salisbury attack, both members of a military intelligence sabotage and assassination squad known as Unit 29155, turned out to be the same men Czech investigators had long suspected of involvement in the ammunition warehouse blasts but had not been able to identify.

Both men arrived in the Czech Republic under false names several days before the blasts and traveled to the site of the warehouse in Vrbetice, leaving on the day of the first explosion on Oct. 16, 2014.

Miroslav Mares, an expert on security policy at Masaryk University in the Czech city of Brno, said the Czech Republic wanted to “demonstrate its self-confidence and capability for resilience toward Russian aggressive behavior.” But he added that “the final effect strongly depends on support from Czech allies in the European Union and NATO.”

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Russia, Czech Republic to reduce embassy staff to 7 diplomats each

Prague will have to downsize its personnel by 16 diplomats, 4 technical employees and 91 locally recruited employees.

Moscow, April 23. /TASS/. The staff of the Russian Embassy in Prague and the Czech Embassy in Moscow will be reduced to 7 diplomats, 25 technical employees and 19 locally employed each by May 31, the Russian Foreign Ministry told TASS Friday.

“[By May 31], both sides will have 7 diplomats, 25 technical and administrative [employees] and 19 locally employed. An irresponsible and provocative behavior of the Czech authorities has harmed their own diplomatic service,” the Foreign Ministry said.

Therefore, the staff of the Czech Embassy in Moscow will be reduced by 16 diplomats, 4 technical employees and 91 locally recruited employees.

“By May 31, the Russian Embassy in Prague staff will be reduced by 35 diplomats and 46 administrative and technical personnel,” the Ministry added.

Pubblicato in: Cina, Devoluzione socialismo, Russia, Senza categoria, Stati Uniti

Biden vs Mr Putin. Per il momento la montagna ha partorito un topolino piccolo piccolo.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela

2021-03-25.

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Putin: “a rational actor within his own frame of reference (who) calculates risks and benefits.”


Sotto l’effetto di qualcosa che se non lo era ci assomigliava benissimo, Joe Biden aveva formalmente accusato il Presidente Putin di essere un ‘assassino’ e di aver interferito con le elezioni presidenziali del 2020, proclamando a gran voce che gliela avrebbe fatta pagare a carissimo prezzo.

Dal tono e dall’enfasi si sarebbe detto che avrebbe scatenato sul Kremlin almeno un bomba atomica.

Al contrario, la montagna ha partorito un topolino piccolo piccolo, sciancato, e senza denti.

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US Department of Commerce. U.S. Department of Commerce to Expand Restrictions on Exports to Russia in Response to Chemical Weapons Poisoning

«By deploying illegal nerve agents against dissidents, both inside and outside its borders, the Russian government has acted in flagrant violation of its commitments under the Chemical Weapons Convention and has directly put its own citizens and those of other countries at mortal risk. The Department of Commerce is committed to preventing Russia from accessing sensitive U.S. technologies that might be diverted to its malign chemical weapons activities»

«This partial waiver will also apply to the licensing of certain categories of export and reexport transactions involving NS items. License applications for such transactions will be reviewed consistent with Export Administration Regulations (EAR) export licensing policy for Russia prior to enactment of these restrictions. These categories are as follows: items necessary for the safety of flight of civil fixed-wing passenger aviation; deemed exports and reexports to Russian nationals; items destined for wholly-owned U.S. subsidiaries and other foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies that are located in Russia; and items in support of government space cooperation. This partial waiver will also apply until September 1, 2021 to items in support of commercial space launch activities; following this date, applications for such items will be reviewed under a presumption of denial»

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«U.S. sanctions may not deter Russia from its alleged election meddling and cyber hacking in the short term but will signal Washington’s renewed willingness to hold the Kremlin publicly to account for acts it views as malign»

«President Joe Biden has vowed Russian President Vladimir Putin will “pay a price” and is expected to impose sanctions as soon as this week that could range from freezing the U.S. assets of Russians to curbing Moscow’s ability to issue sovereign debt»

«In an interview last week the new Democratic president agreed with an interviewer who asked if he thought the Russian leader was a “killer,” prompting Putin to respond with a Russian playground chant that “he who said it, did it.”»

«Under pressure from Congress after the British government accused Russia of using the Novichok nerve agent to try to kill former spy Sergei Skripal, Trump in 2019 prohibited U.S. banks from participating in the primary market for Russia’s non-rouble sovereign debt»

«Biden could go further by applying such restrictions to rouble-denominated debt or by extending them to the secondary market, though this would be a big step»

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Siamo in attesa di conoscere quali potrebbero essere le prossime dolorose sanzioni.

Analysis: U.S. sanctions on Russia will send a signal, if not deter

U.S. sanctions may not deter Russia from its alleged election meddling and cyber hacking in the short term but will signal Washington’s renewed willingness to hold the Kremlin publicly to account for acts it views as malign.

President Joe Biden has vowed Russian President Vladimir Putin will “pay a price” and is expected to impose sanctions as soon as this week that could range from freezing the U.S. assets of Russians to curbing Moscow’s ability to issue sovereign debt.

Russia denies meddling in U.S. elections and orchestrating the cyber hack that used U.S. tech company SolarWinds Corp to penetrate U.S. government networks.

The Kremlin has also dismissed reports it offered bounties to Taliban militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

While the two nations’ presidents quickly extended the New START arms control treaty, Biden has taken a much tougher stance toward Putin than his predecessor, Donald Trump, and the U.S. and Russian leaders have made no secret of their disagreements.

In an interview last week the new Democratic president agreed with an interviewer who asked if he thought the Russian leader was a “killer,” prompting Putin to respond with a Russian playground chant that “he who said it, did it.”

Analysts said sanctions were unlikely to deter Russia and it was necessary to harden U.S. society to resist disinformation campaigns like the one Putin likely directed to try to sway the 2020 U.S. election in favor of Trump, a Republican, according to a U.S. intelligence assessment released on Tuesday.

The assessment showed Russia did little to hide its hand in trying to influence the election, suggesting such efforts may now simply be a fact of life, said Andrew Weiss of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank.

“That’s a long-term problem for Western societies and we shouldn’t expect the administration is just magically going to solve it,” he said, adding Washington wanted “to send a message: we’re watching these activities, we’re going to call them out.”

A former U.S. official said that even though sanctions may not change Moscow’s behavior in the short term, there can be a benefit to drawing clear lines about what is not acceptable.

“What they are trying to do with their Russia policy is to discourage risk-taking by the Russians, to carve out small areas where there are abilities to cooperate and to be very clear in specific and timely reactions that there will always be a cost to Russian behavior,” said the former U.S. official.

“That wasn’t the case under the Trump administration,” the former official said on condition of anonymity.

MANY SANCTIONS IN U.S. ARSENAL

Among the punitive tools in Biden’s arsenal are:

– Executive Order 13848, under which the U.S. government can freeze the U.S. assets of any foreign individual or entity found to have directly or indirectly interfered in a U.S. election;

– Executive Orders 13757 and 13694, which enables Washington to freeze the U.S. assets of those engaging in “cyber-enabled” activities from abroad that threaten U.S. national security, foreign policy, economic health or financial stability;

– Executive Order 13818, which implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act and lets Washington freeze the U.S. assets and bar the U.S. entry of foreigners who commit human rights violations or engage in corruption;

— the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991, which, among other things, authorizes the president to bar U.S. banks from lending to a country that used chemical weapons.

Under pressure from Congress after the British government accused Russia of using the Novichok nerve agent to try to kill former spy Sergei Skripal, Trump in 2019 prohibited U.S. banks from participating in the primary market for Russia’s non-rouble sovereign debt.

Biden could go further by applying such restrictions to rouble-denominated debt or by extending them to the secondary market, though this would be a big step.

The Kremlin has accused British intelligence agencies of staging the Skripal attack to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a congressional aide played down the effectiveness of U.S. sanctions in general and said Russian sovereign debt restrictions were not likely to have much effect “on Putin’s calculations on the use of poison.”

However, Dan Fried, a former top U.S. diplomat for Europe, described Putin as “a rational actor within his own frame of reference (who) calculates risks and benefits.”

“If he sees that there will be a strong and organized response from the West, that will enter into his calculations,” Fried said. “We know from Soviet history that sustained pressure over time, combined with internal stagnation … both political and economic can lead to a strategic reassessment by Russia’s leaders.”

Pubblicato in: Cina, Devoluzione socialismo, Russia, Unione Europea

Russia e Cina. Kremlin blocca i rapporti diplomatici con l’Unione Europea.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-03-24.

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«The entire infrastructure of relations with the European Union has been destroyed by unilateral steps taken by Brussels, so Moscow has no relations with that organization now, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Tuesday at a joint news conference with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. ….

we only have individuals European countries that want to be guided by their national interests, then, probably, objectively, this leads to the fact that our relations with China are developing faster that what is left of relations with European countries» [Tass]

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«Russia and China said on Tuesday they wanted a summit of permanent members of the U.N. Security Council amid what they called heightened political turbulence, with Moscow saying they both believed the United States was acting in a destructive way»

«The two allies, whose relations with the West are under increasing strain, made the call for a summit in a joint statement after talks between their foreign ministers in the city of Guilin»

«At a time of increasing global political turbulence, a summit of the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council is particularly necessary to establish direct dialogue about ways to resolve humankind’s common problems in the interests of maintaining global stability»

«Moscow and Beijing were both unhappy with U.S. behaviour»

«We emphasised that against the background of active attempts by the West to promote its concept of a ‘rules-based world order’»

«Kicking off his two-day trip to China on Monday, Lavrov issued a call for Moscow and Beijing to reduce their dependence on the U.S. dollar»

«Lavrov said Russia and China regarded European and Western sanctions as unacceptable»

«Tuesday’s joint statement urged other countries to refrain from interfering in the domestic affairs of Russia and China»

«Lavrov also took a swipe at the European Union, accusing Brussels of destroying Russia-EU ties»

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I liberal americani ed europei hanno scatenato un pressing politico contro Russia e Cina accusando queste due nazioni di non condividere il loro modo di intendere il ‘rules-based world order’.

La reazione sinorussa è stata immediata.

– la Russia ha bloccato i rapporti diplomatici con l’Unione Europea

– Lavrov ha indicato di ridurre l’influenza del dollaro americano

– Cina e Russia adiranno al Consiglio di Sicurezza delle Nazioni Unite.

Ma sembrerebbe che si sia solo agli inizi.

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Russia, China push for U.N. Security Council summit, lash out at West

Beijing/Moscow (Reuters) – Russia and China said on Tuesday they wanted a summit of permanent members of the U.N. Security Council amid what they called heightened political turbulence, with Moscow saying they both believed the United States was acting in a destructive way.

The two allies, whose relations with the West are under increasing strain, made the call for a summit in a joint statement after talks between their foreign ministers in the city of Guilin.

“At a time of increasing global political turbulence, a summit of the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council is particularly necessary to establish direct dialogue about ways to resolve humankind’s common problems in the interests of maintaining global stability,” they said in a statement published on the Russian foreign ministry’s website.

Moscow has long been pushing for such a summit.

The statement did not mention the United States by name. But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference after talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi that Moscow and Beijing were both unhappy with U.S. behaviour.

“We noted the destructive nature of U.S. intentions, relying on the military-political alliances of the Cold War era and creating new closed alliances in the same spirit, to undermine the U.N.-centered international legal architecture,” said Lavrov.

“We emphasised that against the background of active attempts by the West to promote its concept of a ‘rules-based world order’, the joint efforts of Russia and China…to preserve the modern system of international law are becoming more and more relevant.”

Both countries’ ties with Washington are strained.

U.S. and Chinese officials on Friday concluded what Washington called “tough and direct” talks in Alaska, while Russia’s ambassador is back in Moscow for talks after U.S. President Joe Biden said he believed President Vladimir Putin was a killer.

Kicking off his two-day trip to China on Monday, Lavrov issued a call for Moscow and Beijing to reduce their dependence on the U.S. dollar.

Tuesday’s joint statement urged other countries to refrain from interfering in the domestic affairs of Russia and China.

Lavrov said Russia and China regarded European and Western sanctions as unacceptable.

On Monday, the United States, European Union, Britain and Canada imposed sanctions on a handful of Chinese officials for alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

Russia too is braced for a new round of U.S. sanctions over what Washington says was its meddling in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, which Moscow denies.

Lavrov also took a swipe at the European Union, accusing Brussels of destroying Russia-EU ties. He said that Moscow only had relations with individual EU nations now.

“On the Western front there are no changes, but in the East there is an intensive agenda which grows richer every year,” he said.

Pubblicato in: Cina, Russia, Stati Uniti

Kremlin. Ecco come Xinhua riporta la reazione alle parole di Biden.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-03-23.

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Spesso i grandi media occidentali si domandano stupiti perché un crescente numero di persone si tenga informato su quanto accade leggendo le news delle testate cinesi.

Tranne che per loro, però, la risposta sarebbe semplicissima: report dei fatti, parole misurate, nessun commento.

In poche parole, le news delle testate cinesi sono obbiettive e sintetiche.

Forse un esempio potrebbe meglio esprimere come stia la situazione.

Proponiamo di leggere con cura l’articolo comparso il 20 marzo su Xinhua circa la diatriba di Biden con Mr Putin.

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Xinhuanet. Kremlin says hoping for best, yet “prepared for worst” in ties with U.S.

MOSCOW, March 19 (Xinhua) — The Kremlin said Friday that it hoped for the best regarding its relations with the United States, yet it was also “prepared for the worst.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has already made it clear that Russia wished to maintain its relations with the United States as this would be of advantage for the rest of the world, the RIA Novosti news agency quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.

Nevertheless, “we cannot fail to take into account” U.S. President Joe Biden’s words, Peskov added.

The Kremlin made such remarks amid escalating Moscow-Washington tensions after a U.S. intelligence report on Tuesday, accusing Russia of “denigrating” Biden’s candidacy during the elections to increase support for former President Donald Trump.

Peskov has stressed once again that those claims of Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2020 U.S. elections were baseless and regretful, calling them just another pretext for additional sanctions. Enditem

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La differenza di contenuti e di stile dovrebbe essere semplicemente evidente.

Pubblicato in: Diplomazia, Putin, Russia, Stati Uniti

Mosca esige le scuse da parte di Biden il quale dice che Mr Putin sia un ‘assassino’

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-03-19.

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«This kind of assessment is not allowed from the mouth of a statesman of such a rank»

«This kind of statement is not acceptable under any circumstances»

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«Russia wants an apology from the United States after President Joe Biden said he thought Vladimir Putin was a killer»

«In an ABC News interview broadcast a day earlier, Biden said “I do” when asked if he believed the Russian president was a killer»

«He also described Putin as having no soul»

«promised he would pay a price for alleged Russian meddling in the 2020 U.S. presidential election»

«This kind of assessment is not allowed from the mouth of a statesman of such a rank. This kind of statement is not acceptable under any circumstances»

«The Kremlin has not yet responded publicly to Biden’s comments»

«Biden told ABC “You’ll see shortly” when asked what consequences Russia would face for its alleged behaviour»

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Tali valutazioni sono inammissibili da parte di un capo di stato del rango di Biden, ma sono inaccettabili in qualsiasi circostanza.

Biden dovrà bene assumersi la responsabilità di quello che ha detto.

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Nota.

Si prenda atto di quanto Reuters e le agenzia siano diventate molto più caute su argomenti del genere.

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Russia wants an apology from U.S. after Biden called Putin a killer, says Kremlin ally.

Moscow (Reuters) – Russia wants an apology from the United States after President Joe Biden said he thought Vladimir Putin was a killer and may retaliate against Washington unless it gets one, a senior Russian lawmaker said on Thursday.

In an ABC News interview broadcast a day earlier, Biden said “I do” when asked if he believed the Russian president was a killer.

He also described Putin as having no soul, and promised he would pay a price for alleged Russian meddling in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, something the Kremlin denies.

In a highly unusual move following Biden’s interview, Russia on Wednesday said it was recalling its ambassador to the United States for urgent consultations over the future of U.S.-Russia ties.

Konstantin Kosachyov, deputy chairman of parliament’s upper house, said Biden’s comments were unacceptable, would inevitably inflame already bad ties, and ended any hope in Moscow of a change of U.S. policy under a new U.S. administration.

He said Moscow’s recall of its ambassador was the only reasonable step to take in the circumstances.

“I suspect it will not be the last one if no explanation or apology follows from the American side,” Kosachyov said in a Facebook post.

“This kind of assessment is not allowed from the mouth of a statesman of such a rank. This kind of statement is not acceptable under any circumstances,” he added, calling it a watershed moment in U.S.-Russia ties.

The Kremlin has not yet responded publicly to Biden’s comments, but is likely to do so later on Thursday.

Artur Chilingarov, a pro-Kremlin lawmaker in the lower house of parliament, called for a “tough reaction” from Moscow in comments made to Russia’s Ekho Moskvy radio station.

Russia’s ties with the West, already languishing at post-Cold War lows since 2014, have come under new pressure over Russia’s jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny whose freedom the West has demanded.

Russia has dismissed that as unacceptable interference in its domestic affairs.

The United States has said it is preparing new sanctions against Russia over an alleged hack and the alleged election meddling.

Biden told ABC “You’ll see shortly” when asked what consequences Russia would face for its alleged behaviour.

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ABC News. Russia warns it may scale up response to Biden’s statement

A senior Russian lawmaker is warning that Moscow would follow up on its move to recall its ambassador in Washington with other moves if the United States fails to offer an explanation and apology for President Joe Biden’s remarks.

A senior Russian lawmaker warned Thursday that Moscow would follow up on its move to recall its ambassador in Washington with other moves if the United States fails to offer an explanation and apology for President Joe Biden’s remarks.

In a television interview aired on Wednesday, Biden was asked whether he thought Putin is a killer and said “I do.”

Konstantin Kosachev, a deputy speaker of the upper house of Russian parliament, said Biden’s “boorish statement” marks a watershed.

“Such assessments are inadmissible for a statesman of his rank,” Kosachev said. “Such statements are unacceptable under any circumstances. They inevitably lead to a sharp exacerbation of our bilateral ties.”

Russia announced Wednesday it is recalling its ambassador to the United States for consultations. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova blamed the U.S. for bringing bilateral ties to a “dead end,” adding that “we are interested in preventing their irreversible degradation, if the Americans are aware of the associated risks,” she added.

Commenting on the Russian move Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki emphasized that “we will be direct, we will speak out on areas where we have concerns, and it will certainly be, as the president said last night — certainly, the Russians will be held accountable for the actions that they have taken.”

The exchange of tough statements comes on the heels of a declassified report from the U.S. national intelligence director’s office that finds President Vladimir Putin authorized influence operations to help Donald Trump in last November’s presidential election.

“(Putin) will pay a price,” Biden said in the interview, asked about the declassified report.

In Moscow, Kosachev warned Thursday that Russia’s response wouldn’t be limited to recalling the Russian ambassador “if the American side fails to offer explanation and excuse.” He wouldn’t elaborate on what other action the Kremlin may take.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Putin, Russia, Stati Uniti

Putin risponde a Biden augurandogli buona salute. Da vero signore.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-03-18.

Video.

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Signori si nasce, non lo si diventa.

«Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that people tend view others as they actually see themselves after U.S. President Joe Biden said he thought Putin was a killer, and quipped that he wished the U.S. president good health.»

«Niente costa tanto nella vita quanto la malattia e la stupidità». Dmitry Medvedev.

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«President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that it takes one to know one after the US president said he thought Putin was a killer, adding that he wished Biden good health»

«Putin was speaking on television after Biden, in an ABC News interview that prompted Russia to recall its Washington ambassador for consultations on Wednesday, said “I do” when asked if he believed the Russian president was a killer»

«Biden also described Putin as having no soul, and said he would pay a price for alleged Russian meddling in the November 2020 US presidential election, something the Kremlin denies»

«We always see our own traits in other people and think they are like how we really are. And as a result we assess (a person’s) activities and give assessments»

«As he (Biden) said, we know each other personally. What would I reply to him? I would say: I wish you health. I wish you health. I say that without any irony or joke»

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Il Presidente Putin risponde a Biden con il suo classico stampo signorile, senza raccogliere gli insulti ricevuti e le calunnie propalate, augurandogli alla fine di godere buona salute, “without any irony or joke”.

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Interfax. Putin: U.S. will have to take Russia’s interests into account

Moscow. March 18 (Interfax) – Russia will cooperate with the United States, but on its own terms, and Washington will have to deal with that, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

“I know that the U.S., the U.S. leadership is generally inclined to have certain relations with us, but on issues which the U.S. itself is interested in and on its terms. They think that we’re the same as them, but we’re different. We have a different genetic and cultural and moral code. But we know how to defend our own interests. And we’ll work with them, but in fields that we ourselves are interested in and on terms that we deem beneficial to ourselves. And they will have to take that into account,” Putin said during an online meeting with civil society members from Crimea.

The U.S. will have to deal with that “despite all attempts to halt the development” of Russia and “despite sanctions and insults,” Putin said.

“They will have to take that into account. And, we, acting in line with our national interests, will develop relations with all countries, including the U.S.,” he said.

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Alarabia News. Russia’s Putin wishes Biden good health after US President calls him killer

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that it takes one to know one after the US president said he thought Putin was a killer, adding that he wished Biden good health.

Putin was speaking on television after Biden, in an ABC News interview that prompted Russia to recall its Washington ambassador for consultations on Wednesday, said “I do” when asked if he believed the Russian president was a killer.

Biden also described Putin as having no soul, and said he would pay a price for alleged Russian meddling in the November 2020 US presidential election, something the Kremlin denies.

“I remember in my childhood, when we argued in the courtyard we used to say: it takes one to know one. And that’s not a coincidence, not just a children’s saying or joke,” Putin said.

“We always see our own traits in other people and think they are like how we really are. And as a result we assess (a person’s) activities and give assessments,” he said.

“As he (Biden) said, we know each other personally. What would I reply to him? I would say: I wish you health. I wish you health. I say that without any irony or joke,” Putin added.

In a highly unusual move following Biden’s interview, Russia said it was recalling its ambassador to the US for urgent consultations over the future of US-Russia ties.

‘Really bad remarks’

Shortly before Putin spoke, the Kremlin’s spokesman said Biden’s remarks showed he had no interest in fixing ties with Moscow.

“These are really bad remarks by the US president. He has clearly shown that he doesn’t want to improve relations with our country,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “We will now proceed from that.”

“Of course, this hasn’t happened before in history,” Peskov told reporters, describing the state of bilateral relations as “really bad”.

Konstantin Kosachyov, deputy chairman of parliament’s upper house, said Biden’s comments were unacceptable, would inevitably inflame already bad ties, and ended any hope in Moscow of a change of US policy under the new US administration.

He said Moscow’s recall of its ambassador was the only reasonable step to take in the circumstances.

“I suspect it will not be the last one if no explanation or apology follows from the American side,” Kosachyov said in a Facebook post.

“This kind of assessment is not allowed from the mouth of a statesman of such a rank. This kind of statement is not acceptable under any circumstances,” he added, calling it a watershed moment in US-Russia ties.

Ties strained over Navalny, election

Russia’s ties with the West, already languishing at post-Cold War lows since 2014, have come under new pressure in recent months over Russia’s jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny whose freedom the West has demanded.

Russia has dismissed that as unacceptable interference in its domestic affairs.

The US has said it is preparing new sanctions against Russia over an alleged hack and the alleged meddling in the 2020 election.

Biden told ABC “You’ll see shortly” when asked what consequences Russia would face for its alleged behavior.

Russia’s foreign ministry said Moscow expected an explanation for Biden’s remarks, the Interfax news agency reported.

Artur Chilingarov, a pro-Kremlin lawmaker in the lower house of parliament, called for a “tough reaction” from Moscow, in comments made to Russia’s Ekho Moskvy radio station. (Reporting by Tom Balmforth, Anto

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Putin a Biden: «Assassino? Chi lo dice sa di esserlo: gli auguro buona salute»

Il capo del Cremlino esclude comunque di voler rompere le relazioni con Washington: «Sviluppiamo rapporti con tutti i Paesi del mondo»

Il presidente russo, Vladimir Putin, ha augurato all’omologo americano, Joe Biden – che ieri lo aveva definito «un assassino» – «buona salute».

«Per quanto riguarda la dichiarazione del mio collega americano, come ha detto lui stesso ci conosciamo personalmente. Cosa gli risponderei? Gli direi: sii sano! Gli auguro buona salute», ha detto Putin durante un incontro in Crimea, commentando per la prima volte le parole del capo della Casa Bianca.

Il leader russo ha tenuto a sottolineare che le sue parole non erano ironiche, né voleva scherzare. È questa la prima replica del presidente russo al duro attacco di Biden che nel corso di un’intervista tv lo aveva definito «assassino» e «senz’anima».

Riguardo all’accusa di essere un assassino Putin ha detto testualmente: «Chi lo dice sa di esserlo».

Il capo del Cremlino ha proseguito nella sua risposta articolata: «Se gli Stati Uniti pensano che i russi ragionino come loro, non è cosi’: sono popoli geneticamente diversi»; ma ha rassicurato di non volere arrivare a una rottura con Washington: «La Russia svilupperà rapporti con tutti i Paesi del mondo, compresi gli Stati Uniti». Ciò detto, Mosca torna a chiedere spiegazioni agli Usa per le accuse di Biden (convinto, sulla base di un rapporto dell’intelligence, che i russi abbiano esercitato interferenze sul voto presidenziale). «Perché dobbiamo sempre tradurre le loro strane e incomprensibili sciocchezze politiche in un discorso normale?», ha detto Maria Zakharova , portavoce del ministero degli esteri. Come è noto, la Russia ha richiamato in patria il suo ambasciatore a Washington in segno di protesta contro le parole di Biden. Anche l’ex presidente russo Dmitry Medvedev, attualmente vice segretario del Consiglio di Sicurezza russo, ha reagito alle dichiarazioni di Joe Biden su Vladimir Putin con una citazione freudiana: «Niente costa tanto nella vita quanto la malattia e la stupidità».