Special operation to end when its goals are achieved : Kremlin
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Kremlin dismisses isolation of Russia as impossible
MOSCOW, June 9. /TASS/. The isolation of Russia, even as far as technology goes, is impossible, despite such schemes by unfriendly countries, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.
“No one is talking about isolation. It is impossible to isolate Russia, despite the fact that countries unfriendly, or rather hostile to us, are trying to isolate us economically, politically, and in the sphere of trade. They cannot and will not succeed, because in today’s world it is impossible to isolate a country, especially such a huge country like Russia.”
The Kremlin spokesman also stressed that no country would want to isolate itself.
When commenting on the RBC news column by Russian Special Presidential Envoy for Digital Development Dmitry Peskov on the need to strengthen the country’s digital and technological sovereignty, the Kremlin spokesman called his namesake “a proven expert who holds fairly wide clout and is a strong authority in his field.”
“Now everyone is expressing different points of view on the subject of our technological and economic sovereignty. In general, because everything is changing in the world, in politics, security, trade, and in the economy, so everyone is interested in this issue. This is an issue for discussion. I am sure that this topic will be widely discussed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum as well,” the Kremlin spokesman concluded.
Putin: Full rejection of Russian energy resources in next few years unlikely possible
MOSCOW. June 9 (Interfax) – A complete rejection of Russian energy resources in the next few years is unlikely possible, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a meeting with young entrepreneurs on Thursday.
“In terms of rejecting our energy resources – this is unlikely over the next few years; and over these few years, it is not known what will happen. Therefore, no one will ‘lay concrete in the wells’ – there is no such need,” Putin said.
“In the extreme case, what does this lead to, as it is now? The volume of oil is decreasing on the worldwide market, prices are rising – that is all. Companies’ incomes are increasing in monetary terms. Everyone sees this, everyone understands this,” Putin added.
Haval begins sales of locally produced Dargo crossover in Russia
MOSCOW. June 9 (Interfax) – China’s Great Wall has begun sales of its Haval Dargo crossover in the Russian market.
The car, which has a 2-liter gasoline engine (192 hp), a semi-automatic transmission and two types of drive is available in four configurations – Comfort, Elite, Premium and Tech Plus.
The Dargo model is produced on a full cycle basis at the Haval plant in the Tula region, along with other vehicles of the SUV segment: F7, F7x, H9 and Jolion. In addition, Haval Motor Rus LLC distributes the GWM Poer and GWM Wingle 7 pickup trucks.
According to the Association of European Business (AEB), Haval sales in Russia in 2021 rose 2.2-fold to 39,100 cars. Market share increased from 1.1% to 2.3%. During January-May 2022, Great Wall Group, in which Haval accounts for the bulk of sales, reduced its sales in Russia by 19.3% (to 10,300 vehicles) – much less dramatically than some other famous brands. Great Wall’s share in 5M amounted to 3.2% compared with 1.9% in 2021.
Russia to strip Japan of right to fish near Kuril Islands
VLADIVOSTOK. June 10 (Interfax) – Russia will strip Japan of the right to fish in waters near the Kuril Islands, Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far East Federal District Yury Trutnev said.
“In actual fact, we have already restricted their right [to fish in waters near the Kuril Islands] through their own efforts. They refused to pay for quotas to fish near the Kuril Islands. Consequently, they will lose this right,” Trutnev told reporters in Vladivostok.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said earlier that Moscow was suspending the Russian-Japanese agreement on cooperation in harvesting marine living resources.
The Japanese government, in turn, said that it intends to continue consultations with Russia on the aforementioned agreement in order to enable fishermen to work safely in accordance with this document.
Putin Mocks West for Naming Inflation After Him
Responding to Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine, Western countries have imposed a slew of anti-Russian sanctions aiming to “isolate” Russia from the global economy.
Commenting on the Western sanctions targeting Russia’s economy, President Vladimir Putin stated that it is impossible to isolate such a big country.
“For a country like Russia, it is impossible to be surrounded by a fence from the outside,” he said. “And we ourselves are not going to erect such a fence around [our own country]”.
The Russian president also explained that the country is never going to have a closed economy. According to him, Moscow does not aim to create a Soviet-style “iron curtain” around itself, rather preferring to remain open to any nation wanting to do business with it. Those that opt not to trade with Russia will only be “robbing themselves”, Putin said.
Putin also addressed claims that he is personally responsible for skyrocketing inflation in Western countries, saying that he has nothing to do with the economic hardships faced by other nations.
“This is a result of their [Western countries] own mistakes [made during a long time],” he noted.
With US officials regularly referring to their country’s record-high inflation as “Putin’s price hike”, the Russian president joked that “they already call inflation with my name”.
Putin also suggested that the current generation in Russia has the same fate as Russian 17th century emperor, Peter The Great, who “returned and strengthened territories”.
“This fate also fell on us,” the president concluded.
He explained that if a country is not able to make its own sovereign decisions, then it’s a colony, especially in today’s harsh geopolitical conditions.
“In order to claim to be a leader, let alone a global leader, […] any country, any people, any ethnic group must ensure its sovereignty,” Putin continued. “A country is either a sovereign nation or a colony. There is nothing in-between”.
After Russia launched its military operation in Ukraine on 24 February, the West condemned it as an “invasion” and responded with a slew of sanctions targeting its economy, businesses, culture, media, sports, as well as many other spheres.
The Kremlin has criticised western sanctions as an attempt to “isolate” Russia, underlining that such efforts are destined to be fruitless.
Russian Foreign Intelligence: Zelensky Handing Over Ukrainian Sovereignty to Poland
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Volodymyr Zelensky seems to be agreeing to the transfer of Ukrainian sovereignty to Poland, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) reported, citing its Director Sergei Naryshkin.
“Zelensky seems to agree to the transfer of Ukraine’s sovereignty to Poland”, the statement read. “The dreams of the Polish authorities about the return of the Eastern Borderlands are being embodied in these steps”.
The Kiev clique has already agreed to the annexation of Ukraine by Poland, Naryshkin said.
According to the SVR, with the consent of Kiev, Poland starts hosting a backup data processing center of the State Tax Service of Ukraine.
The main task of installing the equipment of Ukraine’s tax service in Poland was taken over by technology company SILTEC, which is affiliated with local intelligence agencies, while methodological support of the ongoing operation is provided by representatives of US tech giants Dell, IBM and Cisco, the SVR said.
“The state is not a private corporation, and in this case we see that the Kiev junta has already agreed with the annexation of Ukraine by Poland and voluntarily surrenders state sovereignty to it”, Naryshkin said.
Ukraine deliberately discloses to the United States and Poland information of national importance, including taxpayer data and the real financial situation of the country,
“In business, such a ‘transaction’ could be classified as mergers and acquisitions,” the statement says.
Moscow ready to facilitate full normalization of Armenia-Azerbaijan relations — Lavrov
YEREVAN, June 9. /TASS/. Moscow is interested in a full normalization of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan and is ready to facilitate it in every possible way, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Thursday.
“On the whole, we are interested in a full normalization of relations between our neighbors Armenia and Azerbaijan. We are certainly aware of the proposals that Azerbaijan has put forward in this regard, as we are aware of your position that you have put on paper,” Lavrov noted. “We are ready to do everything that Russia can do in order to facilitate efforts to reach a mutual agreement. As I have already said, we are determined to fully implement all accords,” he added.
When speaking about the activities of the Russian-Armenian-Azerbaijani group involving deputy prime ministers, Lavrov said: “The trilateral working group of deputy prime ministers on restoring transport and logistics ties has achieved progress in concurring on the specific aspects of agreements. We discussed additional steps that need to be taken and we are ready to report about it now.”
Lavrov also welcomed the start of border delimitation activities. “An inauguration meeting has taken place, which we consider to be very important. We will make preparations for a Moscow meeting that will involve Russian representatives who will provide advisory services, including cartographic materials,” the Russian foreign minister added.
Bad harvest forecast for EU
Grain production is expected to drop across Europe this year due to dry weather, data shows
Production of wheat and other grains in the European Union is expected to fall this year, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing a survey by agriculture consulting firm Strategie Grains, published on Thursday. A bad harvest in the EU could further pressure grain markets, it said.
According to the survey, the EU is expected to produce almost 5% less wheat this year compared with 2021. It was also forecast to produce 278.8 million metric tons of all grains in the 2022-2023 growing season, down over 4% from last year, because of the dry weather.
Production in France, which is the fifth-largest grower of wheat in the world, was also projected to decline by more than 5%. The country accounts for about 18% of European agricultural production, according to the French Ministry of Agriculture. France is also the fourth-biggest wheat exporter globally.
In addition to dry weather, the country’s agricultural land has been hit with severe storms, that damaged wheat, fruit and vineyard land.
“Combined with spells of extreme heat–the mercury having risen well above seasonal averages–this weather took a negative toll on the condition of all cereal crops in Europe, during the period of critical yield formation phases,” Strategie Grains said.
The grim forecast comes at a time when the grain crisis is being felt across the globe as wheat prices have surged to record highs over the past two months. The global food market, already affected by weather and the Covid pandemic, was dealt another blow due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict and Western sanctions on Moscow. Together, Russia and Ukraine export more than a quarter of the world’s wheat. Russia is also the world’s largest exporter of fertilizers.
This has sparked fears of global food insecurity and hunger. The executive director for the UN’s World Food Program, David Beasley, had earlier said that 49 million people in 43 countries are already “knocking on famine’s door.”
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SPECIAL MILITARY OPERATION IN UKRAINE
British mercenary says he was ‘duped’ into Ukraine conflict by Western media
A UK national captured in Donbass says he has been abandoned by both Kiev and London
A UK citizen who fought for Ukrainian forces in Mariupol before surrendering in mid-April has told RT that he regrets his decision to fight for Kiev.
Aiden Aslin said the Western media had played a major role in convincing him to support the Ukrainian cause and eventually made him a “pawn” in a political game.
He was speaking to RT in an interview before a court in Donetsk sentenced him and two other foreigners to death on charges of acting as mercenaries and seeking to seize power by force in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).
Aslin said he had followed the Ukrainian conflict since 2014 and was “originally pro-Russian” and “pro-Donbass.” He supported Crimea’s reunification with Russia and believes the people of Donbass have a right to independence.
“My views started to change after I started seeing media reports and stuff that was basically saying that it was not locals but the Russian soldiers that were doing everything [in Donbass],” Aslin admitted, adding that he was watching CNN as well as BBC and Fox News. Since surrendering to the DPR militia, he has found that he has more in common with the Donbass soldiers than Ukrainians with whom he had fought.
I was kind of duped.
The Briton said he even received threats from fighters of the infamous Azov Battalion, known for its neo-Nazi ideology. Aslin said he believed Azov had changed since being incorporated in the Ukrainian National Guard but eventually saw firsthand that “they have not changed much.”
The UK national had previously fought Islamic State (IS, former ISIS) terrorists in Syria together with the Kurdish YPG militia and has a YPG insignia as a tattoo on his arm. When an Azov fighter saw that tattoo two years ago, he told Aslin he “wanted to cut it off,” the Briton said. “I told him I was a leftist and his attitude changed” completely, Aslin said, adding that the Azov regiment member began to see him “not as a friend but… more like an enemy” after that exchange.
He was also skeptical about the level of training in the Ukrainian Army. “They are not as professional as they would like to be,” he said, calling their artillery training “substandard” to the extent that they can miss military targets and hit civilian infrastructure instead.
“Another factor you have to consider [in case of the Ukrainian] Army is that there is a lot of alcohol involved,” he added.
Looking back, Aslin said he should have avoided the Ukrainian forces and sought a civilian job instead. “I wish I had done things differently and not chosen to be a political pawn in the military system,” he stated, blaming Kiev for its failure to end the conflict.
“They [the Ukrainian government] could have easily ended the war. They had the opportunity but they chose not to, mainly because I think money was involved,” Aslin said. He now feels abandoned by both Kiev and London.
All his attempts to contact the Ukrainian side from captivity have been unsuccessful, said the former combatant.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has not mentioned Aslin’s case “even once” since the Briton surrendered, he said. Meanwhile, UK officials who he and his lawyers have contacted just keep saying he is “of utmost priority” for Ukraine.
“I have to ask the Ukrainian government, ‘If you consider us, as you say, heroes, why do you act as if we do not exist?’” Aslin said.
He urged other foreigners who might consider joining Kiev’s cause not to be “duped into a war that is one you should not be fighting.”
Brit sentenced to death in Donetsk issues warning
“Don’t get into war you don’t really understand,” Shaun Pinner tells aspiring foreign mercenaries
Shaun Pinner, a British citizen who fought with the Ukrainian forces and was sentenced to death on Thursday by a court in Donetsk, has issued a stark warning for all foreigners who might be considering joining the fight against Russian troops: “Don’t get into a war you don’t really understand.”
Shaun Pinner, his compatriot Aiden Aslin and Moroccan Saadun Ibrahim were found guilty of acting as mercenaries and attempting to seize power by force in the Donetsk People’s Republic. They were also accused of undergoing training in order to carry out terrorist activities on the territory of the state, which was formally recognized by Russia in February.
In an exclusive interview with RT, conducted shortly before the sentence was announced, Pinner called on aspiring mercenaries to accept the fact that they can be put on trial and – in the worst-case scenario – may get a death sentence, and warned them against complaining when it happens.
Pinner revealed that his time in captivity was in many ways an eye-opening experience for him.
“Some people do want to be a part of Russia, and you have to accept that,” he said, adding that, now, after he saw Donetsk’s “face,” his “war will be over” no matter what happens to him. He also revealed that he would like to “learn more about the history of both sides.”
Pinner said that his decision to join the Ukrainian military was prompted by several factors: his Ukrainian wife did not want to move to the UK and he could not find a job to support his family. With nine years of service in the British military behind him, Pinner decided to sign a three-year contract with the Ukrainian armed forces which would also provide him with a residency in Ukraine. Being a “patriot of Ukraine,” the Brit decided that it would be a good opportunity for “giving something to Ukraine and, obviously, receiving something back in return.”
He revealed that the standard salary of a contractor at a point of permanent deployment was an amount equivalent to 360 British pounds, which could be raised to around £1,000 for participating in military operations.
According to Pinner, the emphasis of the military training was mainly on “cleaning” and “maintaining military” equipment with not much of actual military training.
There were several foreigners in his unit, the Brit revealed, but three of them deserted last year, “just walked away.”
The active combat service for Pinner did not start till December last year and since February it was “full-on” every day.
Captivity and questioning has been “very very hard” for Pinner, as were solitude and “very confined” conditions. He said that during the questioning he was shown “terrible” photos, allegedly depicting the abuse of Russian prisoners of war by Ukrainian militants.
“I can’t really grumble, I wasn’t shot and I’ve still got all my limbs and my fingers,” the Briton said.
He expressed hope that he and other foreigners who are being tried as mercenaries would be exchanged.
When asked what he’d planned to do after his contract with the Ukrainian military terminated, Pinner said that he and his family intended to move to England and “to start a new life” there.
Pinner and Aslin were captured in Mariupol in April, as Russian and DPR troops cut off a brigade of Ukrainian marines to which they were attached. The British government has demanded that they be treated as prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions, despite not being formally at war with the republic. However, the DPR has pointed out that the conventions only apply to uniformed soldiers of a national military, not to apparent foreign mercenaries.
Earlier this month, Russian military spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov, claimed that the number of foreign fighters in Ukraine, whom he described as “mercenaries,” had decreased from 6,600 to 3,500. Konashenkov specified that hundreds of foreign mercenaries in Ukraine had been destroyed by Russian long-range precision weapons “shortly after their arrival at the places where they were undergoing additional training and where the tactical units were coordinated.” However, most of the mercenaries, according to the spokesman, were killed “due to the low level of training and the lack of real combat experience.”
Therefore, Konashenkov claimed, since the beginning of May, “the flow of foreign mercenaries to Ukraine to participate in hostilities against the Russian armed forces has virtually dried up.”
Russia warns of Ukrainian false-flag chemical attack
“Kiev’s script writers” are trying to frame the Russian military, Defense Ministry claims
Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) is plotting “another provocation with the use of hazardous chemicals” as part of Kiev’s smear campaign against Moscow, Russia’s Ministry of Defense claimed on Wednesday, amid the ongoing military offensive in the neighboring country.
Speaking at a briefing, the head of the National Defense Control Center of Russia, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev said that the incident allegedly being planned is set to take place in the city of Sumy in northeastern Ukraine. He claimed that Ukrainian territorial defense units have already been provided with protective hazmat suits and are now participating in training within a chemical attack scenario.
“According to the plan of the Kiev scriptwriters,” Mizintsev claimed, “units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will launch artillery strikes on the border regions of Russia from the settlements of the Sumy region. After a staged retaliatory fire attack, allegedly carried out by the Russian armed forces, Ukrainian special services plan to spray potent poisonous substances in the provocation area.”
After the staged incident is recorded by experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, it will be “used to subsequently accuse the Russian armed forces of using chemical weapons against civilians,” the chief of the National Defense Control Center said, citing “available reliable information” obtained by the Russian military.
Kiev has not yet commented on the allegations.
Mizintsev stressed that Russian forces do not use chemical weapons and that the country’s stockpiles have been destroyed in accordance with international agreements.
Since the launch of the Russian attack on Ukraine in late February Moscow and Kiev have repeatedly accused each other of various war crimes, each in turn then denying any culpability. Russia has repeatedly warned of possible chemical attacks by the SBU. In April it also accused the US of planning to use weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Ukraine in order to frame Moscow. Kiev and its Western supporters have been denying these accusations.
Over the last two months Moscow has been publishing information about a sprawling network of US-funded biolabs scattered across Ukraine. It claims that the secret installations have been involved in questionable research and allegedly in the development of biological weaponry. US officials confirmed the existence of “biological research facilities” in Ukraine, but said Washington only provided what they called “assistance” for efforts that did not involve the development of bioweapons.
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.
Moscow vows immediate response if Kiev uses long-range systems against Russia, says envoy
MOSCOW, June 9. /TASS/. Moscow will respond immediately if Russia is attacked with long-range weapon systems, Head of the Russian Delegation to the Negotiations on Military Security and Arms Control in Vienna Konstantin Gavrilov told the Rossiya-24 TV channel on Thursday.
“We particularly put the spotlight on the delivery [to Ukraine] of long-range howitzers and HIMARS MLRS that threaten not only Donbass but Russia as well. We have clearly laid out Russia’s stance: if the Russian Federation is attacked with these long-range systems, the response against the decision-making centers will be immediate,” he stressed.
The envoy noted that the darknet is now abuzz with offers of selling those Javelins that Ukraine had received from the US. “I think, this is happening not without the involvement of Ukraine’s military and political leadership. I am not ruling out anything anymore,” he added.
According to the diplomat, the Kiev regime’s promises Ukraine won’t use the HIMARS system to strike Russia are “not worth a red cent.”
Last week, the Biden administration announced that it would provide a new military aid package to Ukraine that would include the delivery of HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) weapons and ammunition. It said that the first batch would include four rocket systems. US officials earlier said that the striking range of a light HIMARS wheeled rocket launcher would not exceed 80 kilometers. As Washington insisted, Kiev gave assurances that the US rocket systems would not be used against targets on Russian territory. Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova asserted that Kiev’s assurances that it would not use these US-made weapon systems against targets on Russian territory were worthless and could not be trusted.
Special operation in Ukraine proceeds according to plan – Nebenzya
UNITED NATIONS, June 10. /TASS/. The Russian special military operation in Ukraine is proceeding as scheduled, Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said in an interview for BBC aired on Thursday.
I think it [the special operation] is progressing. Nobody promised to deliver it in three or seven days. Some pundits are saying now: ‘the Russian special military operation now stalled, and is not progressing at the pace that was initially envisaged.’ But the progress is being made. That’s clear,” the Russian diplomat said.
“One of the reasons of so the so-called slow pace is that we are not targeting civilian infrastructure,” he continued, adding that the Russian forces are “only hitting military targets and that takes time.”
“We’re not doing carpet bombing or anything else like that. But the progress is there, that’s for sure,” Nebenzya said.
In his words, the operation “is developing according to the military plans that were initially envisaged.”
“Of course [the operation proceeds] with minor tactical changes, because you cannot predict whatever happens on the frontline, but the plan is moving. I don’t think that anybody in the Russian leadership was ever announcing the plans to take Kiev and install what you call a puppet government,” he said.
Special operation to end when its goals are achieved — Kremlin
MOSCOW, June 9. /TASS/. Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine will end when its goals are achieved, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.
“Russian President [Vladimir] Putin has outlined the tasks for this special military operation. The fulfillment of these tasks will mean the end of the special military operation,” the Kremlin spokesman pointed out.
This is how he responded to a request to designate the date of the special military operation’s end.
At the same time, Peskov did not comment on the statement that the results of the special operation could not be achieved under the current Ukrainian regime.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, when announcing the start of the military special operation in Ukraine on February 24, set several goals. Among them were the denazification and demilitarization of the country.
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