Dhaka June 15 2022 :
Inside Russia : Outside Russia : News Digest by the Embassy of Russian Federation in Bangladesh on June 15 2022.
Russia blacklists British media and military figures
The list includes 49 people, including journalists, heads of major media outlets, armed forces personnel and defense officials.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry has barred 49 British nationals from entering the country.
The list, released on Tuesday, includes defense industry officials, representatives of the British Armed Forces, as well as 29 journalists and heads of major news outlets such as the BBC, The Financial Times, Sky News, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Independent, Channel 4 News, and The Guardian.
Two former Moscow correspondents of the latter outlet are included: Luke Harding and Shaun Walker. Harding had previously been briefly expelled from Moscow, in 2011, due to visa violations. Long time The Moscow Times columnist, and trenchant Russia critic, Mark Galeotti, is also included. He is currently employed at RUSI, a defence sector lobby group funded by the US State Department, the British and Qatari governments and weapons contractors – such as BAe Systems and Lockheed Martin.
Other prominent media figures blacklisted include Financial Times writer Gideon Rachman, Sunday Times regular Dominic Lawson and BBC correspondent Orla Guerin.
The ministry released a statement on its website explaining the decision and stating that it believes “the British journalists on the list are involved in the deliberate dissemination of false and one-sided information about Russia and the events in Ukraine and Donbass.”
“With their biased assessments, they also contribute to fueling Russophobia in British society,” the statement added.
Moscow claims that the blacklisting of Western journalists comes in response to the sanctions and pressure put on Russian media outlets abroad.
Russia’s list also includes 20 British nationals that have been deemed to be tied to the UK’s defense industry, including Deputy Secretary of Defense Jeremy Mark Quin, Under Secretary of Defense Leo Docherty, Commander of the Royal Navy Benjamin John Key and Royal Air Force commander Michael Wigston.
The ministry noted that these people were involved in making decisions on the supply of weapons to Ukraine, which are being used by “local Nazi formations to kill civilians and destroy civilian infrastructure.”
The statement concludes by stating that the “stop-list” is still not finalized and that the ministry will continue working on it, presumably planning to add more people to the list.
So far, Russia has banned a number of foreign politicians, actors and business figures, including 1,023 American nationals, including US President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Vice President Kamala Harris and Hollywood star Morgan Freeman.
Putin to give assessments to situation in global policy and economy at SPIEF — aide
MOSCOW, June 15. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will give assessments to the situation in global policy and economy when speaking at the plenary session of the 25th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), aide to the Russian President Yury Ushakov told reporters.
“It is anticipated that the President will give assessments to the current situation in the global economy and policy. Certainly, the case in point will be problems currently faced by the world’s economy at large, unfair competition among states, trade and financial wars, sanctions, restrictions, and so on,” he said.
“The President will share his assessment of multipolar economic model forming and will give the assessment to opportunities and prospects opening this process for players of the entire global market,” Ushakov noted.
The greater portion of the President’s speech will be dedicated to further economic development of the country, the Kremlin spokesman said. “The President will dedicate a significant part of his statement to tasks Russia faces at present and will face tomorrow – tasks of supporting further economic development of the country, stimulating domestic business activity, creating conditions for comfortable doing business and strengthening external trade and investment ties,” Ushakov added.
Delegation of Afghanistan’s ACCI to come to SPIEF to negotiate purchases of petroleum products, wheat from Russia
MOSCOW. June 14 (Interfax) – Afghan entrepreneurs are interested in the procurement of petroleum products, wheat and other essential goods from Russia, commercial contracts can be signed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Zamir Kabulov, director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asian Department and the Russian presidential special envoy for Afghanistan, said.
“A delegation of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries, not of the Taliban [terrorist organization banned in Russia], is coming [to SPIEF]. Afghan businessmen are coming to the St. Petersburg forum. Several months ago I was a member of an interagency delegation in Kabul, we discussed possible tracks of our cooperation, reached agreements on priority tracks, they are mainly reduced to trade in petroleum products, wheat, food and other essential goods, which they will, of course, need,” Kabulov said on the Bolshaya Igra (which translates as “Big Game”) program on Channel One.
“At the forum, they will have an opportunity to agree on some contracts and supply. Moreover, we are making preparations for a visit to Moscow by the Afghan commerce minister, who has already appealed to Russia with a list of priority nomenclature goods Afghan business is interested in, we are talking about commercial supply,” he said.
The list given by the Afghan commerce minister includes petroleum products, wheat, and various types of other civilian goods, the Russian diplomat said.
“I have to say these are very liquid goods, and Afghan merchants are ready to pay for it,” Kabulov said.
The economic situation in Afghanistan is “serious” and it may aggravate this summer because there was little snow last winter and the country may harvest 30% less grain than the average amount, the Russian diplomat said.
“An interagency delegation reported its ideas to the president after the visit to Afghanistan, and Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin] gave his general consent for the provision of grain if necessary. The volumes of such assistance will be determined by the government depending on the specific situation,” he said.
Indian Health Minister to Discuss Fertilizer Supplies During Visit to SPIEF
NEW DELHI (Sputnik) – Indian Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Chemical and Fertilisers Mansukh Mandaviya will discuss the supply of potash and other fertilizers to the country, during his visit to the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), media reported on Tuesday, citing sources.
Earlier in the day, a government source told Sputnik that Mandaviya will lead the Indian delegation to the SPIEF.
The Indian delegation will focus on securing fertilizer supplies from Russia, The Hindu newspaper reported, citing sources. The focus on fertilizers arises against the backdrop of the disruption in the supply of potash, which is a key component of fertilizers. In June, India entered the monsoon season and the kharif cultivation, thus there is a need to ensure steady supply of potash by the end of this summer, the media added.
Kharif crops in India are planted before the arrival of the monsoons in June-July, in particular rice, corn and cotton.
The 25th SPIEF will be held in the Russian northern capital St. Petersburg from June 15-18.
Diplomat slams media silence on Ukrainian shelling of maternity hospital
“Where is the Western media reaction?” asks the deputy head of Russia’s mission to the UN
Deputy head of Russia’s mission to the UN Dmitry Polyansky has criticized the Western media for its unwillingness to condemn the shelling of a maternity hospital in Donetsk by Ukraine.
“Where is Western media reaction?” Polyansky asked in a tweet on Tuesday. “All those BBC, Reuters, AFP, who were shouting about damage to [a] maternity hospital in Mariupol used by Ukrainian nationalists as a firing position?”
Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) officials reported that Kiev’s forces recently stepped up their indiscriminate shelling of Donetsk. On Monday, five people were killed and almost 40 others injured as several areas of the city, including a market, came under fire.
At least one of the shells hit a maternity hospital, damaging the building and shattering its windows. Fatalities and injuries were avoided due to the fact that patients and staff had taken shelter in the basement, according to DPR officials.
“Ukraine is deliberately targeting civilians. Will we hear a word of condemnation?” the Russian diplomat wrote.
He also shared a video of a reporter showing the damage done to the maternity hospital and patients hiding in the basement.
In an earlier tweet, Polyansky stressed that there were no military units in the areas that Ukraine shelled. “The West is fully responsible for these crimes” as Donetsk is being struck with NATO shells that were recently provided to Kiev by its foreign backers, he wrote.
Ukraine’s attack on the maternity hospital in Donetsk has been largely ignored by the Western media, but Reuters did dedicate a few lines to the incident in its report on Monday.
“Russian news agencies later reported that a shell had fallen on a maternity hospital in the city of Donetsk, triggering a fire and prompting staff to send patients into the basement. There was no independent confirmation of any of the attacks and Reuters could not ascertain whether they had taken place,” the agency wrote.
However, when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed that Russia struck a maternity hospital in Mariupol on March 9, the story made headlines in most major Western media outlets. Three people, including a child, were killed in the incident, local authorities said.
Russia’s Defense Ministry has denied targeting the medical facility at all, suggesting the whole thing had been staged by the Ukrainians, who detonated explosives on the ground. The authenticity of the photos presented by Kiev as proof of the claimed Russian attack has also been questioned by many online.
Marianna Vyshemirskaya, one of the pregnant women featured in the images that appeared on the front pages of many major outlets, later claimed that there had been no Russian airstrike on the hospital. She insisted that she told AP journalists about it, but they decided not to mention it in their reporting.
Vyshemirskaya, who was evacuated to the DPR from Mariupol and has since become a mother, also said her photos had been distributed without her consent.
All parties confirm participation for Syria talks in Nur-Sultan on June 15-16 — diplomat
NUR-SULTAN, June 14. /TASS/. All negotiating parties for the Astana-format Syrian peace talks have confirmed their participation in the event, which is scheduled to be held in the Kazakh capital on June 15-16, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Aibek Smadiyarov told reporters on Tuesday.
“All parties to the Astana process on Syria have confirmed their participation in the talks to be held in the capital of Kazakhstan on June 15-16. Delegations from the guarantor countries: Russia, Turkey and Iran, as well as the Syrian government and the Syrian armed opposition will take part,” Smadiyarov said.
According to him, the Russian delegation will be headed by Russia’s Special Presidential Envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, and Turkey will be represented by Selcuk Unal, Foreign Ministry’s Director General of Multilateral Relations. The Iranian delegation will take part as well, it will be headed by Ali Asghar Khaji, the country’s foreign minister’s senior advisor for political affairs.
“A UN delegation led by Robert Dunn, Principal Political Affairs Officer of the UN Office, Special Envoy for Syria, a Jordanian delegation, representatives of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Committee of the Red Cross will participate in the meeting as observers,” the Foreign Ministry Spokesman explained.
The day before the event, representatives of the guarantor countries intend to hold bilateral and trilateral consultations at the expert level. A plenary session with the participation of all parties is scheduled for June 16.
European energy crisis will only get worse – Medvedev
Western countries will keep sanctioning Moscow and damaging their own economies, former Russian president says
Europe is in the grip of an energy crisis and the situation will only get worse as the West attempts to ban Russian energy imports, the country’s former president Dmitry Medvedev wrote on his Telegram channel on Tuesday.
“Of course, our opponents will continue to do everything to cause maximum damage to our fuel and energy complex… Today, they are experiencing an energy crisis, the scope of which will only increase. Even the main instigator of anti-Russian aggression, the US, has suffered,” Medvedev stated, likely referring to the spike in gasoline prices in the US.
He noted that the desire of so-called “unfriendly” countries to abandon Russian energy has had an “extremely negative” effect on EU citizens. The latest data from statistics agency Eurostat shows that annual inflation in the Eurozone area was estimated at 8.1% last month, up from 7.4% in April.
According to Medvedev, things will get worse, as Western states don’t seem to be eager to stop their sanctions war against Russia.
“Everyone understands that in their zeal to destroy our economy, our enemies will go to the very end, imposing more and more new sanctions against us, expelling Russia from various organizations under far-fetched pretexts,” Medvedev wrote.
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Serbia will not be able to import Russian oil from November 1 due to EU sanctions — Vucic
BELGRADE, June 14. /TASS/. From November 1, Serbia will not be able to import Russian oil due to EU sanctions, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Tuesday.
“Dozens of new problems emerge every day <…> We consume 350 tonnes of fuel oil daily, and in winter we will spend seven times more. We need to find fuel oil, there is not enough fuel oil in the NIS (Naftna industrija Srbije – TASS). <…> On November 1, we will no longer be able to import Russian oil under the current sanctions, and God knows what sanctions will be introduced by then,” Vucic said.
Earlier, Vucic said that EU sanctions against Russian oil pulled out $600 mln of Serbia’s pocket.
“Only by imposing sanctions on Russian oil, they directly took $600 million from our pocket! $600 million was taken directly from the pockets of Serbian citizens, this is within a year. People in Serbia should know this. Kirkuk, Iraqi oil, is $31 per barrel more expensive. They took $600 million from us, and we still have to invest additional money for gas,” Vucic said.
On June 3, the EU Council adopted the sixth package of sanctions against the Russian Federation, including a postponed embargo on maritime supplies of oil and petroleum products from Russia. The ban on sea supplies of oil has been postponed until early December, for oil products – until February 2023. Temporary exemptions from the embargo are provided for imports via oil pipelines for those EU states that, due to their location, are extremely dependent on supplies from Russia and have no alternatives. These are first of all Hungary and Slovakia.
SPECIAL MILITARY OPERATION IN UKRAINE
Ukraine asks for evacuation from besieged plant – Moscow
Russia will provide a way for civilians to leave the Azot factory at Kiev’s request, but in a different way to what was asked
Russia will provide a way out for civilians at the Azot fertilizer plant in the contested city of Severodonetsk, but will use a different plan to that which Kiev requested, the Russian military said on Tuesday. The Ukrainian proposal may have been an attempt to extract its soldiers from the blockaded plant, it claimed.
The Russian statement said the civilians at the Azot plant were being used as a “human shield” by Ukrainian troops who took cover at the facility. It explained that hundreds of non-combatants had been forced to move to the last stronghold of the Ukrainian forces in the city as Russian and allied troops were capturing residential areas in Severodonetsk. The city is claimed by the Russia-allied Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) as part of its territory.
“The Ukrainian side considers the position of its military units as hopeless, so we consider the request to save the civilians as an attempt to extract the surviving troops out of the blockade,” said Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev.
The Russian military noted the situation is not unlike what happened in the city of Mariupol, where Ukrainian troops remained blockaded at the Azovstal plant for weeks before surrendering to Russian and allied troops. Mizintsev urged Ukrainian officials to order their soldiers in Severodonetsk to lay down their arms and surrender too. In the meantime, Russia is willing to grant civilians safe passage to territory controlled by the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), provided the Ukrainian troops let them go, the statement said.
Severodonetsk is one of just a handful of places in LPR-claimed territory where Ukrainian troops are still present. Last week, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said his country’s troops and local militias were in control of 97% of the republic’s territory.
Zelensky aide explains why Ukraine fights in urban areas
Taking up positions in cities is the Ukrainian military’s calculated tactic to minimize their own losses and maximize those of Russian forces, a top adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has revealed.
In an interview with the New York Times published on Tuesday, Mikhail Podolyak argued that the “Russians fight poorly in the cities.” The Ukrainian official went on to explain that “in the cities, it is possible to maneuver, and find cover, and you minimize losses; you can resist a longer time and inflict significant casualties on the Russians.”
Podolyak added that combat in an urban environment is where the infantry stands a chance. And since Russian forces have far more artillery, Ukrainian troops have to resort to this strategy, according to the presidential adviser. As an example, he referenced the city of Severodonetsk in the Lugansk region, where heavy street fighting has been taking place for several days now.
The official noted that the Ukrainian military did not have very many alternate options due to a dearth of heavy weapons. Zelensky’s aide said that the apparent reluctance of Western leaders to provide Kiev with an adequate number of big guns was partly to blame.
“If you think we should lose, just tell us directly: ‘We want you to lose’. Then we will understand why you give us weapons at this level,” Podolyak said.
The official complained that some of Kievs Western backers lacked a sense of urgency despite the Ukrainian army being seriously outgunned in Donbass.
Podolyak also became the first Ukrainian official to outline the total number of each type of heavy weaponry Kiev thinks it would need to achieve parity with Russian forces on the eastern front: 1,000 howitzers, 300 multiple-launch rocket systems, 500 tanks, 2,000 armored vehicles and 1,000 drones.
While the US has supplied around 100 howitzers and several dozen self-propelled artillery guns to Ukraine, and pledged this month, along with the UK, to ship several multiple-launch rocket systems, this still falls far short of the Ukrainian military’s needs, Podolyak warned.
According to the official’s estimates, Russian forces are firing about 70,000 projectiles daily in Donbass, while Ukrainian troops can return 10 times fewer shells.
Podolyak went on to stress that any cease-fire calling for territorial concessions on the part of Ukraine would lead to a “permanent war” as Moscow would encroach further on Ukrainian territory down the road.
Zelensky’s adviser suggested that elites in some Western countries were unwilling to acknowledge that their previous attempts at establishing friendly relations with Russia were misguided. On top of that, a lot of the leaders in Western Europe would still love to restore pre-war business ties with Moscow and were susceptible to a pro-Russia lobby, Podolyak claimed.
“A problem is a problem,” the Ukrainian official said, adding that “there is reluctance of the elite, for example, the French, to make this a top topic for themselves. They are hiding from the war.”
Talking about an outcome of the conflict that Ukraine would see as a victory, Zelensky’s aide said that Kiev was aiming to “inflict several military defeats on” Russian forces, which, in turn, would result in a “transformation of the political system of the Russian Federation,” according to Podolyak.
He explained that a period of political turmoil in Russia would give Ukraine the opportunity to regain full control over its borders and seal defensive alliances to prevent the conflict from resuming going forward.
To make this all come true, however, Kiev needs substantially more heavy weapons than it is currently receiving from its Western allies, Podolyak stressed.
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