Merkel said the desire to cooperate with Russia :: Policy :: RBC

Germany needs to establish a constructive dialogue with Russia, including because of the influence which Moscow has in Syria and Libya. About that German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview with several European Newspapers, reports The Guardian.

“There are good reasons to continue a constructive dialogue with Russia. In countries such as Syria and Libya, the States that are in the vicinity of Europe, the strategic influence of Russia is huge. So I will continue to seek cooperation,” said Merkel.

Merkel said about the need to think about a world without US leadership

So the Chancellor has answered the question of how Germany treats coming from Russian threats in Eastern Europe. Merkel also said that “hybrid warfare and methods of destabilization are the model of Russia’s behavior.”

Earlier, the heads of member States of the EU agreed to extend economic sanctions against Russia by six months. According to the head of the European Council of Charles Michel, the restrictions will be in effect until the end of January 2021. He stated after the online summit, where the leaders of France and Germany informed the other heads of the EU, in relation to the Minsk agreements was not sufficient progress is being made.


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The media learned about the plans of Germany in case of sanctions against the “Nord stream-2”

The administration of German Chancellor Angela Merkel is preparing retaliatory measures in case of imposition of us sanctions against the gas pipeline “Nord stream-2”, found out by Bloomberg.

  • In particular, the German authorities are considering a coordinated response of the European Union in relation to possible sanctions. What exactly are these actions has not yet been disclosed.
  • Last week the Chairman of the Commission of the German Bundestag for economy and energy, Klaus Ernst, has suggested several possible measures in response to sanctions: a call to the American Ambassador in Germany, personal limitations against the initiators of the sanctions, the imposition of duties on American LNG.
  • On new sanctions against the pipeline, which was prepared by the U.S. Senate, became known in early June. According to the Ministry of economy of Germany, these restrictions may affect German and European companies, banks and government agencies.

Venediktov said the number of voters on the Constitution online

On the first day of voting on amendments to the Constitution remotely voted for almost half of all registered, have informed RBC head of the public headquarters for the monitoring and observation of elections Alexei Venediktov.


The media learned about the plans of Germany in case of sanctions against the “Nord stream 2” :: Society :: RBC

The administration of German Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering a coordinated EU action, if the United States will impose new sanctions against the pipeline, according to Bloomberg. What retaliatory measures will be taken, has not yet been disclosed

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Germany is preparing retaliatory measures if the US imposes further sanctions against the pipeline “Nord stream — 2”, according to Bloomberg.

As reported, referring to the two German officials in the administration of German Chancellor Angela Merkel are considering the probability to insist on coordinated action of the European Union in relation to possible sanctions. The Agency, citing the Ministry of economy of Germany, reports that the new sanctions will hit German and European companies, banks and public institutions. What a response considering the German authorities, is not specified.

Last week the Chairman of the Commission of the German Bundestag for economy and energy, Klaus Ernst said the German government should consider their actions if the US sanctions will take effect. In response, he offered to call the American Ambassador in Germany, to impose personal sanctions against senators who prepared the draft law on restrictions against the “Nord stream — 2” and to impose duties on incoming US liquefied natural gas (LNG).

In the Bundestag made the sanctions in response to US measures against Nord Stream 2

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Sanctions against companies involved in the construction of the United States approved in December 2019. Then the Swiss Allseas, which was engaged in pipe-laying of “Nord stream — 2” stopped working. The Russian authorities have repeatedly said that to complete the construction of the pipeline is possible on their own, and to do this, according to Minister of energy Alexander Novak, capable of ship-laying vessel “Akademik Chersky” (left to lay 160 km of pipes). In 2016, it was in the operational management of OOO “Gazprom FLOT” (“daughter” company of “Gazprom”, which is also the sole shareholder of the operator of project Nord Stream AG 2).


Aeroflot responded to the article about performing a “luxury” flight abroad :: Society :: RBC

According to him, in case of contact on the plane passenger has no right to enter the destination country (including Russia), airlines exhibited a fine migration service, and therefore that entitlement is “the main criterion of acceptance for carriage.”.

“Since the introduction of the procedure, not a single person entered the country of our flights, bypassing the registration process through the website services, or the procedure for obtaining special permits to enter the Russian authorities”, — said the representative of “Aeroflot”.

Entry to Russia of the majority of foreigners and persons without citizenship (except diplomats and certain other groups) is prohibited from March 18. Scheduled and Charter passenger air service between Russia and other countries suspended since 27 March, however, the flights with special permission are performed.

Mishustin has simplified the entry and exit from Russia

April 29, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin was allowed to leave Russian citizens who have second citizenship, residence permit abroad or other document confirming the right of permanent residence abroad. On 8 June the same Mishustin expanded whitelist, including the Russians, who are sent abroad to take care of sick relatives living in other States, as well as for medical treatment, work or study. The same order of the Prime Minister to enter Russia allowed foreigners, who here have close relatives in need of care, and the citizens of other countries wishing to undergo treatment at the Russian doctors.

In late may, Reuters reported that wealthy Russians are increasingly using business jets to move to other countries, where we have introduced the pandemic COVID-19 limitations has already mitigated, and the number of new infections significantly less than in Russia.


Trump has imposed restrictions on the issuance of work visas :: Policy :: RBC

Due to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the number of temporary work visas “are an extraordinary threat to employment” of Americans, said trump. In this regard, their results will be withheld until the end of the year

The United States has suspended until the end of 2020, the issuance of a number of temporary work visas. The corresponding decree was signed by President Donald trump, the document published on the White house website.

“Temporary workers often accompany their spouses and children, many of whom also compete with American workers. Under normal conditions, a properly organized program of temporary employment can benefit the economy. But in an emergency the economic downturn caused by the outbreak COVID-19, some nonimmigrant visa program to allow such employment, present an extraordinary threat to the employment of American workers,” said trump.

Under restriction were the following visas:

  • H-1B visa that allow to work in USA for foreign qualified professionals, mainly in the field of technology;
  • visa H-4 family members of holders of H-1B visa;
  • seasonal workers visa H-2B;
  • visa L-1 for official intra-company transfer for executives, managers and professionals. These visas allow you to move from a foreign company to its subsidiary or branch in the United States to work on a temporary basis;
  • some J-1 visa for cultural and professional exchange.

At the same time, those workers who are already in the United States, under the restrictions imposed do not fall.

Trump has signed a decree on the suspension of immigration to the United States

The unemployment rate in the United States on the background of the pandemic coronavirus reached in April to 14.7%, which was the worst result since the great depression, reported the labor Department. Without work then was 20.5 million people. In may the figure fell to 13.3%.

To protect Americans who have lost their jobs due to the effects of coronavirus, trump in late April signed a decree on the suspension of immigration to the United States. The restriction will be in effect at least 60 days and a decision on its withdrawal or extension will be made based on the situation on the labor market, noted in the White house. Medical and other employees whose assistance is needed to combat the outbreak of coronavirus, the restriction does not affect.

According to the Johns Hopkins University, in the United States since the beginning of the pandemic coronavirus has infected 2.3 million people, victims of the disease become 120,3 thousand inhabitants. According to both indicators, the country is in the world in the first place.

The spread of the coronavirus Covid-19 in the world

The number of confirmed cases of infection

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In Moscow for days revealed less than a thousand cases COVID-19 :: Society :: RBC

In Moscow during the day, the coronavirus diagnosed 968 people. This is the minimum increase in cases from April 9. For more than two months, the number of people infected per day did not fall below 1 thousand people

Photo: Kirill Zykov / AGN “Moscow”

In Moscow in recent days had identified 968 new cases of infection with coronavirus. This is the minimum daily increase in cases of more than two months, follows from the data of the operational headquarters for the fight against COVID-19.

The last time less than a thousand new cases per day identified on April 9. Then COVID-19 diagnosed 857 people.

Since the beginning of the epidemic in Moscow recorded 213 946 cases of infection with coronavirus. Recovered 135 556 people died 3597.

In Moscow from the coronavirus during the day, recovered more than 1 million people

Throughout the country over the past 24 hours have revealed 7728 cases COVID-19. Since the beginning of the pandemic in Russia coronavirus infection diagnosed 584 680.


The number of recovered patients with the coronavirus in Moscow exceeded 134 thousand :: Society :: RBC

In the capital from the coronavirus recovered another 2115 people, said Deputy mayor for social development Anastasia Rakova, reports the operational headquarters.The total number of recovered patients with COVID-19 in Moscow has reached 134 549.

Earlier the mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin suggested to keep the remote work in the capital “for some time”.

“If possible, we must save the coming weeks. Maybe even a month or two still further, as still there is still the risk of infection”, he said. According to him, this is especially important when the city comes “from Chavignol history.” Sobyanin believes that “the less people sit in the office, the better.”

The mayor noted that after removal of number of restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus, the amount of movement in the city has increased significantly and is approximately 70% percent of the level that was before the pandemic. Sobyanin recalled the importance of observing safety precautions, including mask regime and social distance.


The US has invited China for talks on arms control Policy:::: RBC

The US has invited China to join the negotiations of the Russian and American parties, which will discuss arms control. This is stated in the statement of the US state Department.

The meeting of Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Ryabkov and the special representative of the President of the United States arms control Marshall Billingsley will be held in Austria on June 22-23.

“The United States sent an invitation to China to join in these discussions and clearly stated the need for all three countries have negotiated in good faith on arms control”, — stated in the message of the state Department.

The United States proposed to include in the new Treaty, the nuclear arsenals of Russia and China

In may, Billingsley said that Russia needs to convince China to join the negotiations on the extension of the Treaty on strategic offensive arms. A year ago, the US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo noted that the Treaty on the reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms (start) you need to involve all parties concerned.

At the same time, China, whose nuclear Arsenal is less than Russian and American, has repeatedly expressed reluctance to become a party to the trilateral nuclear agreement, reports the Wall Street Journal.


The Ministry of communications has issued a schedule of the export flight prior to July 1,:: Society :: RBC

The Ministry has published the schedule of export of flights from 20 June to 1 July. It is housed in the Ministry of Telegram channel for the removal of the Russians from abroad in connection with the pandemic coronavirus.

The date of the 32 planned flight. On 20 June the Russians evacuated from Osh (Kyrgyzstan), Ho Chi Minh city (Vietnam) and Tashkent. The next day scheduled flight to Moscow from Bishkek, Chisinau and Belgrade and from Tashkent to Ekaterinburg.

June 22 will be five flights on route Phuket — Novosibirsk — Moscow — Saint-Petersburg, Bangkok — Novosibirsk — Moscow — Petersburg, Larnaca, Moscow, Dushanbe — Novosibirsk — Ekaterinburg and tel Aviv — Moscow.

The Russian Embassy reported cases of foreigners for export from USA

On June 23, scheduled flights from Tehran to Moscow from Tashkent to St. Petersburg with transfer in Moscow, and also two flights from Yerevan to Kaluga and Voronezh. On June 24 scheduled flights Hong Kong — Vladivostok and Yerevan — Rostov-on-don.


The German Ambassador called unacceptable threats of US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 :: Politics :: RBC

The Ambassador of Germany in Russia géza Andreas von Geir believes that the Europeans themselves should decide how to ensure its energy security. Earlier intention to impose new sanctions against the pipeline said the senators

Geza Andreas von Geir

(Photo: Nikita Markov)

Threat to the United States on the application of extraterritorial sanctions to block 2 project Nord Stream (“Northern stream-2”) is unacceptable. About it RBC said the Ambassador of Germany in Russia géza Andreas von Geir. “We Germans and Europeans are well able to decide for themselves how best to ensure its energy security. We do not accept outside pressure, through extraterritorial sanctions,” he said.

In early June, a group of senators in the U.S. Congress said that it had prepared the text of the bill on new US sanctions against the “Nord stream-2”. According to the document, financial constraints may fall all vessels engaged in laying pipes for the project. The sanctions may relate to businesses, including companies insuring these vessels and their maintenance and the installation of special equipment. The sanctions prompted to enter retroactively, from December 2019. That the US imposed the first restrictions against companies involved in the construction of “Nord stream-2”, their managers denied entry to the US, and US accounts have been blocked.

USA has prepared a draft law on new sanctions against the “Nord stream-2”

Photo: Krisztian Bocsi / Bloomberg

On Tuesday, the Chairman of the Commission of Bundestag for economy and energy, Klaus Ernst, called upon the German government to think about their actions in case the US decides to extend sanctions against the “Nord stream-2”. In response, Ernst has proposed to introduce personal sanctions against senators — authors of the bill about the new restrictions and duties on coming from the States liquefied natural gas (LNG).