Russian legislature speaker says West exhausted inventory of tools to constrain Russia
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Medvedev criticizes West for sanctions on family members of politicians
MOSCOW, June 4. /TASS/. Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Security Council Dmitry Medvedev has criticized the West for illegitimate sanctions against family members of Russian politicians.
“It seems that the West decided to reproduce the best practices of the past,” he said on Telegram. “Let’s take sanctions. They are doubly illegal. Now, according to their model, not only participants in political events – statesmen or deputies – but also their families, who are in no way capable of influencing their relatives, are responsible for the mythical violations invented in the West.”
“If European and US lawmakers decided, then the families will answer,” he went on to say. “To the full extend and without the fault. And let’s block the accounts of family members, their property, ban them from crossing the border to Western values.”
Medvedev noted with irony that now the West in the future could embrace “other progressive family rules as well.”
“For example, there are many useful things in the ways of the Italian ‘Ndrangheta and Cosa Nostra. Or you can go deeper into history. Recall the Laws of Hammurabi that said, as you know, if a poorly built house collapsed and killed a son of its owner, it was permissible to kill a son of the builder,” the official said.
Russian legislature speaker says West exhausted inventory of tools to constrain Russia
MOSCOW, June 4. /TASS/. State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin on Saturday said Washington and Brussels have exhausted their inventory of tools to constrain Russia’s development.
“The European Union has adopted the sixth package of sanctions against Russia,” he said on Telegram. “Analyzing it, as well as the previous decisions by Brussels and Washington, we can conclude that the arsenal of means to curb the development of our country has been exhausted.”
Volodin said “when taking new sanctions measures, Western politicians are forced to choose between a bad and a very bad scenario for the economies and citizens of their countries.”
The lawmaker said Russia’s estimated losses from the ban on oil exports to Europe could amount to $22 billion a year. “But due to the rise in energy prices, which is provoked by the sanctions, and the redirection of Russian oil sales to Asian markets, the costs can be fully compensated. Or perhaps our economy will even be ‘in the black,’” he said.
Volodin said Europe, due to record high prices for energy resources, “will pay an extra of more than 250 billion euros annually,” excluding the additional costs for the transition of refineries to new grades of oil.
“Washington is doing everything to ensure that the main burden of the implementation of sanctions falls on European countries,” the Duma speaker said. “It’s deliberately weakening the economies of the EU states in order to make them even more dependent on the US.”
“It wants to govern countries that previously sought greater independence,” Volodin continued. “Now these states can hardly even think about it. They have more problems.”
“By overcoming all sanctions, our country will only become stronger,” he said.
On February 24 Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in response to a request for help by the heads of the Donbass republics. The US and its allies retaliated by imposing sweeping sanctions on Russia.
Grain prices fall after Putin pledge
Global grain prices have dropped following Russia’s pledge to ensure safe passage of Ukrainian grain ships
Updated Jun. 04, 2022 06:57 PM
Global grain prices have fallen to April levels following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s promise to ensure the safe export of Ukrainian grain through Black Sea ports controlled by Russia.
Wheat was trading at $10.4 per bushel (27.2kg) on Friday, data from the Chicago Board of Trade shows. That was its lowest price since April 7, when it was quoted at $10.2 per bushel, and a 10% drop from its peak price in mid-May.
Prices of corn for animal fodder were also down this week, falling to $7.27 per bushel.
Grain prices rose last month on fears that Russia’s ongoing military operation would prevent Ukraine’s grain exports from reaching buyers. Western countries accused Russia of impeding exports, but Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not to blame and that the ships carrying Ukrainian grain are unable to leave ports due to mines placed in the area by Kiev’s forces. Putin on Friday once again said that Russia is in no way responsible for holding up shipments and promised to assist in the ships’ passage.
“As for the export of Ukrainian grain, we do not interfere with this… It was not we who mined the passages to the ports. Ukraine mined them. I have already told all of our colleagues many times: [Ukraine] should clear the mines and allow the ships with grain leave the ports. We guarantee peaceful passage without any problems,” Putin said during an interview with the Rossiya 24 TV channel. He also noted that there are several other ways to export grain, including via the ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol, which are under Russia’s control, or via the Danube River, through Hungary, Poland or Belarus.
Fears over the fate of Ukrainian grain have led to warnings of food insecurity and hunger in the past weeks, especially in poorer nations. According to Coldiretti, Italy’s association representing agricultural producers, Ukrainian ships must be allowed to move from ports as soon as possible, especially as the country’s warehouses will soon need to accommodate the new harvest.
“The departure of ships from the ports of the Black Sea means the emptying of Ukrainian warehouses where over 20 million tons of grain including wheat, barley and corn destined for exports are stored… The [ship] blockade raises risks of riots and famine,” Coldiretti said in a statement published on its website on Friday.
Ukraine ranks sixth among the world’s wheat exporters. Together, Russia and Ukraine supply nearly 30% of the wheat exported globally. According to Coldiretti, countries such as Egypt, Turkey, Bangladesh and Iran buy more than 60% of their wheat from Russia and Ukraine, while Lebanon, Tunisia, Yemen, Libya and Pakistan are also heavily dependent on supplies from the two countries.
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Western inflation down to ‘unprecedented’ money-printing – Putin
The Russian leader pointed to the US “printing press” and EU “green energy” policies
Inflation in the US is a consequence of mistakes by American financial authorities, which they have conceded themselves, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday. He added that the EU’s problems, in this regard, are down to short-sighted energy policies in Brussels,
Either way, the situation has nothing to do with Moscow or its actions in Ukraine, Putin insisted.
Attempts to blame the turmoil in Ukraine for the skyrocketing cost of living in the West amount to dodging responsibility, Putin declared in a TV interview that followed his meeting with the African Union head Macky Sall in Sochi.
Pretty much all governments resorted to fiscal stimulus to support the population and enterprises affected by the Covid-19 lockdowns. Russia did so “much more carefully and precisely,” without disturbing the macroeconomic picture and fueling inflation, Putin argued. In the US, by contrast, the money supply grew by 38% – by $5.9 trillion – in less than two years, in what he termed the “unprecedented output of the printing press.”
Apparently, the US financial authorities assumed that since the dollar is the world currency, as in the old days, this would dissipate throughout the world economy and would not be noticeable in the States. It turned out that this was not the case.
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen did the “decent” thing by admitting she was wrong about inflation, Putin said. “So this is a mistake of the financial and economic authorities of the US, it has nothing to do with Russia’s actions in Ukraine, not at all.”
In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Yellen said she did not fully understand the “unanticipated and large shocks to the economy that boosted energy and food prices, and supply bottlenecks” that ended up driving inflation.
As for the EU, Putin suggested the inflation there was due to the “short-sighted policy” of the European Commission in the energy sector in promoting the “green agenda” out of climate concerns. The Europeans also rejected Russian proposals for long-term natural gas contracts, which drove up prices on the spot market, Putin said.
“Everything is interconnected,” the Russian leader said, noting that rising gas prices then “dramatically” drove up the price of fertilizer – among other things – and turned many industries unprofitable, forcing them to close.
For many European politicians, he said, this was a totally unexpected development. “But we warned about this, and this has nothing to do with any Russian military operation in the Donbass, nothing to do with it at all,” Putin said.
SPECIAL MILITARY OPERATION IN UKRAINE
Orthodox monastery burns on Ukrainian-controlled territory
Moscow and Kiev have traded accusations of deliberately targeting the site
A major fire broke out at an Orthodox monastery located near the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) town of Svyatogorsk on Saturday. The area is controlled by the Ukrainian military and intense fighting has been reported from the area over the past few days.
Footage from the scene circulating shows the Skete of All Saints engulfed in flames. The sprawling wooden structure was constructed in the late 2000s at the site of the former All Saints Church, which had been destroyed during the Soviet era.
It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, but Moscow and Kiev have already pointed the finger at each other. A Ukrainian officer with the 95th Airborne Assault Brigade, Yuri Kochevenko, posted a picture of the burning skete on Facebook, branding the fire a “crime” committed by “Russian barbarians.”
The Russian military, however, pinned the blame for the blaze at the monastery on the Ukrainian troops. Before retreating from the site, Ukrainian nationalists and units with the 79th Airborne Assault Brigade deliberately fired incendiary rounds at the skete, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, citing eyewitnesses.
“The units of the Russian Armed Forces located north of Svyatogorsk are not conducting combat operations in this area and are not shelling the territory of the Svyatogorsk historical and architectural conservation area,” the ministry stressed.
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German- and French-brokered protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force.
Crimes of Ukrainian Nazis and the armed forces of Ukraine
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has initiated two criminal cases against servicemen of the 24th separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the grounds of a crime under Part 1 of Article 356 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (ill-treatment of civilians, use of prohibited means and methods of warfare in an armed conflict).
According to the investigation, during the period from June 1 to June 2, 2022, these servicemen gave and executed criminal orders for targeted artillery attacks from heavy weapons on civilian infrastructure facilities in the cities of Donetsk, Makeyevka, Gorlovka and the settlements of Mineralnoye, Novomayorskoye of the Donetsk People’s Republic, as well as in the cities of Pervomaisk and Severodonetsk of the Luhansk People’s Republic.
As a result of the shelling of the cities of Donetsk, Makeyevka and Gorlovka, as well as the settlements of Mineralnoye and Novomayorskoye, two civilians were killed, 17 civilians, including a minor, were injured, 31 civilian infrastructure facilities were damaged. As a result of artillery shelling of the cities of Pervomaisk and Severodonetsk of the Luhansk People’s Republic, a civilian was injured, 3 gas pipelines were damaged. Three civilians who were injured in May 2022 in Nyrkovo and Severodonetsk turned to the hospital of the city of Starobilsk for medical help.
The Russian Investigative Committee continues to ascertain units of Ukrainian Army individuals involved in the shelling of civilians. (https://sledcom.ru)
Russia says it struck artillery training center with foreign staff outside Sumy
MOSCOW, June 4. /TASS/. Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov on Saturday said Russia’s high-precision air-launched missiles struck a Ukrainian artillery training center with foreign instructors outside Sumy, 27 clusters of troops and ammunition and two command posts.
“High-precision air-launched missiles struck a Ukrainian artillery training center with foreign instructors in the area of the Stetsovka settlement of the Sumy Region,” he said. The spokesman said foreign instructors used the center to tarin Ukrainians on using operating 155-mm M777 Howitzers.
Konashenkov said a foreign mercenary based was destroyed by a missile strike in the Dachnoye district of the Odessa region.
“In addition, 27 clusters of troops and military equipment of the armed forces of Ukraine were hit, and two command posts of the armed forces of Ukraine, six depots of missile and artillery weapons, ammunition and fuel in the areas of the settlements of Vesyoloye and Bakhmut of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Spornoye, Podlesnoye and Loskutovka of the Lugansk People’s Republic were destroyed,” he said.
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