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Ukraine News in brief. Monday 31 July. [Ukrainian sources]

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:56 am
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TODAY'S HEADLINES:
Putin's, Putin - Trump Presidency Has Impressive Consequences. Putin "allowed" the US to choose which diplomats to expel from Russia. "Ukrainian soldiers did stop the Russians,".  The US can bury the project of construction of the North Stream-2.  The integrity of many of the candidates to the Ukrainian Supreme Court is questionable - US Embassy.  Russian politician explained why Putin needed a complete ban on anonymizers in Russia.  In the US Army they were told if Russia is going to return the Crimea.  US doubles the number of fighter jets in Lithuania through Russian-Belarusian training.  Terrorists demand the release of the Russians Ageev, having written it in the "militia".  White House stated that the Trump compromise, published in January, was collected on the orders of Russians. Slava Rabinovich: The main problems with new US sanctions will not be in Putin, but in his entourage. General Goges: The Ukrainian experience of the war against the Russians is very helpful to the American Army. The commander-in-chief of the US Army estimated the probability of Russia's invasion of Central Ukraine.

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The commander-in-chief of the US Army estimated the probability of Russia's invasion of Central Ukraine

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:00 am
The commander-in-chief of the US Army estimated the probability of Russia's invasion of Central Ukraine

Invasion of Russia in the central regions of Ukraine is unlikely.

The commander of the US Army in Europe, Ben Hodges, said in an interview with Censor.

"As for me, this is unlikely now, but people are worried because the actions of Russians are not transparent, there are no media, no one knows what they are doing, they are threateningly talking about a nuclear arms race." They recreated shock units such as the 1st Guards Tank army, they are very actively modernizing their army, so Eastern Europeans, including Ukrainians, are worried about Russian military force, "he said.

According to Hodges, a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine would exclude any normal relations between Moscow and the West and the United States.

"I do not think that this is probable, since why should they have a massive invasion now?" What is the purpose? " - he added.

Recall, the head of the Verkhovna Rada, Andrew Parubius, said that he was holding back Russia from the invasion of Ukraine.

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White House stated that the Trump compromise, published in January, was collected on the orders of Russians

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:04 am
White House stated that the Trump compromise, published in January, was collected on the orders of Russians

Representatives of Russia paid a company that produced unconfirmed compromise on American leader Donald Trump, assigned to British intelligence officer David Steel, said the spokeswoman for the White House, Sarah Sanders. According to her, this is confirmed by the words of the US president about witch hunting.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said at a briefing on July 27 that a compromise dossier for US President Donald Trump was being prepared by a company paid by the Russians, according  to a US administration website.
According to her, in the United States there were public hearings that "further discredited this lilac dossier, which became the source of many false news and conspiracy theories."

"We learned that the Russian company was also paid by the company, which only confirms the fact that the president spoke about witch hunting and fake. It's a shame that the country should always go through this charade," Sanders said.

On January 10, BuzzFeed published a report on "compromising facts" on Trump. It contains specific, unconfirmed and unverified reports of contacts with Trump's assistants with Russian operatives, as well as information on "sexual acts" recorded by Russians. It was assumed that the report was prepared by a former British intelligence officer Christopher Still.

Trump himself called the report a fairy tale and "total political hunting for a witch," and the publication BuzzFeed - "a bunch of trash."

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Putin "allowed" the US to choose which diplomats to expel from Russia

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:14 am
Putin "allowed" the US to choose which diplomats to expel from Russia

Russian authorities say that the United States can decide for themselves which employees will stop working in the Russian diplomatic mission

This was stated by the press secretary of Russian President Vladimir Putin Dmytro Peskov, Tass reported.

"This is a US choice, it will be both diplomats and technical staff. It's not just about diplomats, the number of US diplomats in the Russian Federation, there are diplomats, and individuals with non-diplomatic status, as well as those taken on the spot, that is, citizens of the Russian Federation, Who work there", he stressed.

Peskov reminded that on the eve of 2017, Russian diplomats were expelled from the United States and noted that the staff of the American Embassy in Moscow had been given enough time to leave the country, because it is, according to him, a common practice.

Earlier, it was reported that the United States would withdraw 300 diplomats from Russia because of the Kremlin's statement.

President Vladimir Putin said that 755 US diplomats should go from Russia.

The US Department of State considers inappropriate comments by the Russian authorities on the need to send over 750 American diplomats.

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US doubles the number of fighter jets in Lithuania through Russian-Belarusian training

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:16 am
US doubles the number of fighter jets in Lithuania through Russian-Belarusian training

USA will double the number of air patrol missions in Lithuania through the Russian-Belarusian military exercises "West-2017"

This was stated by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Deutsche Welle reports.

"During the exercises" West-2017 "the military presence will be increased, the mission of air patrol will be doubled, there will be more American military equipment, vehicles," Grybauskaite said.

The conduct of military exercises "West-2017" is scheduled for September 2017.

Recall that US Vice President Mike Pence began traveling to countries worried about the possibility of Russia's invasion.

The United States is negotiating the deployment of patriot anti-aircraft missile systems in Estonia.

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Putin's, Putin Trump Presidency Has Impressive Consequences

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:18 am
Putin's, Putin Trump Presidency Has Impressive Consequences

The White House has not left hope for a better relationship

More than a year after becoming aware of Russia's efforts to intervene in the US presidential election, diplomatic implications - the collapse of relations between Moscow and Washington on a scale unprecedented for decades - make themselves known, writes The New York Times.

"President Vladimir Putin has been betting on the fact that Donald Trump, who has warmly spoken about Russia and its authoritarian leader for years, will treat his country like Putin passionately wants the West to address it," the newspaper notes. - That is, as with the superpower that it once was, or at least as much as with the great force that we must rely on from Syria to Europe and which is proud of an army revived after twenty years of contempt. "

His decision to punish hundreds of American diplomats and Russians who work for the US embassy, ​​leave Putin, known as a great tactic, but not a very good strategist, changed the course again, the article says. So far, as the American officials and external experts have said on Sunday, he seems to think that his main lever of influence is to escalate the Cold War-style dispute, rather than in an unobtrusive attempt to manipulate events, using a mixture of twists, cyber attacks and information warfare. .

"One of Putin's main goals is to ensure that Russia is treated as if it is still the USSR, an atomic state that needs to be respected and feared," says Angela Stent, Director of the Center for the Study of Eurasia, Russia and Eastern Europe of Georgetown The university.

"And he thought he could get this from Trump," added Stent, a specialist in research on Russia and Eurasia under the US National Intelligence Council during the George W. Bush administration. However, now, the expert noted, the Russians are looking at the chaos in the White House "and see there the level of unpredictability that makes them nervous." According to Stent, Russia's reaction was to return to old habits, and the expulsion of diplomats, of course, is one of the oldest.

According to a source - an official in a leading position in the US presidential administration, the White House has not left hope for a better relationship. In an interview with Putin on Russian television, in which he announced a reduction in the number of employees, there was no fuss, the author of the official said. "Russia, it seems, has not decided on the direction of relations, leaving open the possibility of a reversal," - said in the article.

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The US can bury the project of construction of the North Stream-2

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:19 am
The US can bury the project of construction of the North Stream-2

Putin will soon have to miss, - German journalists

With the help of a new law on anti-Russian sanctions, the US president may bury a project for the construction of the North Stream 2 pipeline, the German edition Die Zeit writes .

"If Trump goes according to the canons of Russian theatrical art, President Putin will soon have to miss it," the newspaper writes, recalling the words of the writer Anton Chekhov about a gun that hangs on the wall in the first act of the play and inevitably fires at the end. "It turns out, Russia should cut off construction as soon as possible, so that it will not continue to invest in a hopeless project that has already cost 9 billion euros. Since the new package of sanctions, passed through the House of Representatives and the Senate, fell into the hands of the US president not just a gun, but rather a bazooka. "

The article says that initially the law on sanctions was directed against Trump, his goal was to restrict the president in adopting an individual decision to abolish anti-Russian sanctions. At the same time, it was supposed to punish Russia for interfering in the US election campaign. Eventually, the passage at number 232 caused dissatisfaction not only in Russia but also in Germany. It is about penalties directed against companies that are associated with Russia in the framework of the North Stream 2 project.

"The additional conflict potential also contains the place in the law, which says that the new sanctions are aimed at preventing Russian dominance in the European gas market and support the export of American energy resources," the author notes.

"It is precisely in the case of the topic of gas pipelines and gas exports that the objectives of the sanctions are in line with those that Trump himself identified," the newspaper notes. Speaking in Warsaw, the US president said that "America is ready to help Poland and other European powers diversify sources of energy supply so that they do not feel pressure from one supplier." Returning from the summit in Hamburg, Trump told reporters that he plans to turn the United States into a gas exporter.

However, after dissatisfaction from the EU, US lawmakers have amended the text of the law: according to the new option, in the case of gas pipelines, Trump will continue to discuss steps with European partners.

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The integrity of many of the candidates to the Supreme Court is questionable - the US Embassy

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:23 am
The integrity of many of the candidates to the Supreme Court is questionable - the US Embassy

Candidates of all 120 applicants for the positions of judges of the new Supreme Court of Ukraine, selected as a result of the competition by the High Qualifications Commission, should be considered by the High Council of Justice of the country.

This is necessary because "the integrity of many of them is questionable," according to a statement by the US Embassy in Kyiv.



TRANSLATION:
Several strong candidates have been included in the Supreme Court, but nevertheless the integrity of many of them is in doubt ...



TRANSLATION:
... The High Council of Justice should separately review each candidate.

Recall that on July 28, the High Qualifications Commission of Judges of Ukraine unveiled 120 winners of the Contest for the position of judges of the new Supreme Court.

According to the Center for Combating Corruption, out of 120 winners of the competition for posts to the new Supreme Court, almost 80% or 93 candidates are or were judges. According to human rights activists, every fourth contender to the Supreme Court violated human rights.

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Russian politician explained why Putin needed a complete ban on anonymizers in Russia

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:31 am
Russian politician explained why Putin needed a complete ban on anonymizers in Russia

The main purpose of the prohibition of anonymizers and VPNs in Russia is to intimidate people who use illegal software.

This was written in his column on "Apostrophe" by Russian oppositionalist Konstantin Borovyi.

"This is an attempt to control the Internet, for the Kremlin, this decision has a more symbolic meaning, and people have been repeatedly accused of being cursed and reprinted." The VPN ban is an attempt to scare off those who use illegal software, and I think this is the main task. " - said Borovoy.

The Russian opposition also said that such a ban expands the power of the authorities to bring people to responsibility for using programs that have built-in VPN tools.

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"Ukrainian soldiers did stop the Russians," - US Army Europe Commander Hodges

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:35 am
"Ukrainian soldiers did stop the Russians," - US Army Europe Commander Hodges



Ukrainian army is making significant progress in becoming a fully capable fighting unit.

U.S. Army Europe Commander General Ben Hodges told Censor.NET in an exclusive interview.

He said Ukrainian Army fighters demonstrate high level of proficiency despite not having much time to master it.

"What I have seen is Ukrainian soldiers did stop the Russians. The military I've watched, the Ukrainian military rapidly improve its capability over the last three years. They are very technically savvy, more than I realized, with counter-fire radar [provided by the U.S. - ed.], for example. They learn very fast, they've adjusted," Hodges said.

The general said some units have been impressively innovative in the use of modern technologies, and said he was optimistic about the potential of the Ukrainian military.

"I've seen examples where units were innovative with their small UAVs, drones. So that's been impressive to me. The fact is even though at the start of the war they were not prepared, they have adjusted and learned, and you see the result was to stop the Russian forces. And so that gives me some optimism about the potential that's in the [Ukrainian] military," the general said.

To read the full text of the interview with Ben Hodges in English, please Click here.

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In the US Army they were told if Russia is going to return the Crimea

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:37 am
In the US Army they were told if Russia is going to return the Crimea

The way Russia builds its infrastructure shows that it does not intend to return Crimea to Ukraine

This was told by the commander of the US Army in Europe Ben Hodges in an interview with Censor. NET.

According to him, the way Russia builds its own infrastructure, says that it does not consider the possibility of voluntary return of Crimea to Ukraine.

"We are following Russia's actions throughout the Western Military District, Belarus, Syria, the Caucasus, the Black Sea coast, including Ukraine. I see how Russia's infrastructure is growing along the northern border with Ukraine, as well as in Rostov. That Russia has no intentions to return Crimea to Ukraine, "he said.

July 9, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the Crimea is constantly on the agenda of the United States.

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Terrorists demand the release of the Russians Ageev, having written it in the "militia"

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:40 am
Terrorists demand the release of the Russians Ageev, having written it in the "militia"

Offenders from the occupied territories of Donbass demand the release of Russian military Viktor Ageev, arguing that he is a militia

This was written on his Facebook page by a representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, First Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Irina Gerashchenko.

"One more piquant moment - ORDLOs included in their demands for the liberation of the Russian" potiryashka ", the personnel army of the Russian army Ageev, the tip is" militiaman. "Here the position of Ukraine is unambiguous - it's a war criminal," she stressed.

According to Gerashchenko, the Ukrainian authorities expect Russia to recognize Ageev's presence in Ukraine, after which the court will determine the extent of his crime. In turn, world countries must know the details of his crime, because this is another fact of the Russian military presence in the Donbas.

Agaev was arrested by Ukrainian soldiers near the village of Zholobok in the Luhansk region. He is currently detained in a pre-trial detention center in Starobelsk.

The RF Ministry of Defense denies information on the detention of the Russian military , arguing that Agiev actually served in the Armed Forces of Russia, but last year allegedly retired to the reserve and was not included in the contract service.

Together with him, four local mercenaries who were citizens of Ukraine were seized . Their personal data has already appeared in open access.

Earlier, Svetlana Ageeva said she knew about another Russian woman who died in the Donbas.

The Russian saboteur Victor Agiev, who was arrested in the Donbass, said that the intelligence officer Yevgeny Yerofeyev, whom he had exchanged for Nadiya Savchenko, was killed upon his return to Russia .

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Rabinovich: The main problems with new US sanctions will not be in Putin, but in his entourage

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:42 am
Rabinovich: The main problems with new US sanctions will not be in Putin, but in his entourage

Russian President Vladimir Putin knows what the US Congress supported the bill on the new anti-Russian sanctions, said in a comment publication "GORDON" Russian financier and blogger Slava Rabinovich.

Extending US sanctions anti-Russian first strike on the inner circle of President Vladimir Putin, said in a comment publication "GORDON" Russian financier and blogger Slava Rabinovich.

"Statements war criminal and international terrorist Putin's people like you and I no longer have interest and surprise. I hope only that the surrounding Putin, which is increasingly affected by his actions, would get out of the closet dusty snuff for aesthetics wipe it and put an end to this regime. after major problems because of new US sanctions will not Putin and his entourage. This is due to the fact that Putin, who hides behind the mask of the President, in the Hague while dopravyty not " , - noted Rabinovich.

According to him, all Putin's comments on new sanctions of the United States are designed exclusively for the Russian audience.

"Putin knows well why the US Congress supported the bill on new anti-Russian sanctions, which he does not need to explain. All he says is a chatter designed for an internal consumer who still does not slide off to the end of the TV screen and can not refuse The Russians may respond to new US sanctions, and I am very worried about Voronezh, that is, in response, they can only bomble Voronezh. "As an option, it's possible to kill two or three Russian citizens every day, or we can mention the ban on Americans adopting You Russian orphans. Putin is able to come up with the same kind of meanness "- said Rabinovich.

On July 25, the House of Representatives of the US Congress supported a bill on new sanctions against Russia, Iran and the DPRK. July 27, it was approved by the Senate . The document should then be endorsed by US President Donald Trump.

New US sanctions include a reduction in the maximum term of market financing for Russian banks, currently under sanctions, up to 14 days, and for companies in the oil and gas sector - up to 30 days. The document also suggests that the US president can impose sanctions on individuals who intend to invest more than $ 5 million a year or $ 1 million in construction of Russian export pipelines once.

The bill obliges the US president to agree in advance with the Congress any mitigation or abolition of sanctions. The head of the White House will not be able to remove the restrictive measures by a personal decree, as it was before.

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General Goges: The Ukrainian experience of the war against the Russians is very helpful to the American Army

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:45 am
General Goges: The Ukrainian experience of the war against the Russians is very helpful to the American Army

Based on assessments received from the Armed Forces of Ukraine after the battles in the Donbass, the American troops introduced changes to their own combat training program and conduct exercises.



The Donbas War helps the United States to keep abreast of the actual state of the Russian army. About this in an interview with "Tsensor.NET" said the commander of the United States land forces in Europe, Lieutenant-General Ben-Goges.

"Ukraine is the only place where you shoot Russian artillery, Russian shells, where Russian troops spend intelligence, so we learn about the potential of Russia, even in conversations with Ukrainian soldiers, so the Ukrainian experience of the war against the Russians is very helpful to the American army," he said.

According to Goges, based on assessments received from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, American troops introduced changes to the program of combat training and conducting exercises.

"We are watching how Ukraine improves counter-tank fighting, artillery, and its actions in the very difficult conditions of the cyber and e-war waged by the Russian army in the Donbass. We are very helpful in this," said Lieutenant-General.

The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine began in April 2014 . The fighting takes place between the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the pro-Russian militants who control part of the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.

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Poroshenko signed Law on Constitutional Court

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:46 am
Poroshenko signed Law on Constitutional Court

President Petro Poroshenko has signed the Law "On Constitutional Court of Ukraine," adopted by the Rada on July 13.

This was announced by Presidential Administration press service, Censor.NET reports.

The head of state said the signed document is a part of the judicial reform aimed at enforcement of Ukrainian citizens' right for fair trial.

The president stressed two important innovations stipulated by the Law.

"[It's] absolutely transparent competitive selection of judge candidates to Constitutional Court," the head of state said.

The president said everyone will be able to learn more about any candidate.

The second innovation is that any legal entity (except for state representatives and local government) or individual will be able to file a claim to the Constitutional Court. The head of state said never in Ukraine's history an ordinary citizen was able to do that.

"If a person, after having his/her case considered in ordinary courts, believes that the law that was applied when deciding on it is unconstitutional, then he/she should no longer seek people's deputies or the president. He/She will finally have the right to directly appeal to the Constitutional Court with a constitutional complaint, and the court must consider it and make an appropriate decision," the head of state said.

The president added: "I think this significantly increases the level of protection of constitutional rights and freedoms of citizens."

Petro Poroshenko thanked the MPs for supporting the presidential proposals considered in the Law.

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US voices strong support to Baltic states as VP Pence visits Estonia

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:40 pm
US voices strong support to Baltic states as VP Pence visits Estonia

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday assured the Baltic states of U.S. support if they faced aggression from Russia, telling them that Washington firmly backs NATO's doctrine of collective defense.
Censor.NET reports citing Reuters.

Pence's comments to the presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, ahead of Russian war games on their doorstep, were clearly intended to reassure following Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and U.S. President Donald Trump's early lukewarm support for NATO.

"A strong and united NATO is more necessary today than at any point since the collapse of communism a quarter-century ago and no threat looms larger in the Baltic states than the specter of aggression from your unpredictable neighbor to the east," Pence said at news conference with the three Baltic presidents.

"Under President Donald Trump, the United States stands firmly behind our Article 5 pledge of mutual defense. An attack on one of us is an attack on us all," Pence said/.

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Russia is trying to reshape borders, undermine democracy and set up European countries against each other, - Pence

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:23 pm
Russia is trying to reshape borders, undermine democracy and set up European countries against each other - Pence

Today, Russia is the greatest threat to the Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia).

According to Censor.NET, with reference to the BBC , this was stated by US Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to Estonia.

"No threat hangs over the Baltic states wider than the range of aggression from an unpredictable neighbor from the east," he said.

Pence stressed that Moscow continues "to try to force the international borders, to undermine democracy in sovereign states and to set up free countries of Europe against each other."

"A strong and united bloc of NATO today is more necessary than ever since the fall of communism a quarter of a century ago," the vice president believes. He also added that the US is ready to defend the security of the Baltic countries.

July 31 Pence should arrive in Georgia, where he will express support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of this country, part of which is occupied by Russia. There Pence will also visit NATO exercises .

Pence visit will end in Montenegro, the new NATO member. On August 2, the US Vice President will take part in the Adriatic Charter Summit in Podgorica. The leaders of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia and Croatia should take part in the summit.

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Over the past 400 years, Russia has never voluntarily fulfilled any agreement that it signed, Lieutenant-General Hodges

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:29 pm
Over the past 400 years, Russia has never voluntarily fulfilled any agreement that it signed, Lieutenant-General Hodges

Russia has never voluntarily fulfilled any agreement signed in the history, except for those rare cases when it was forced through international control mechanisms.
This was in an interview with Censor.NE reported the commander of the US Army in Europe, Lieutenant-General Ben Hodges.

Also read: The Minsk process has reached a deadlock, - Volker

"The US supports the Minsk process." I believe that at the moment the only decision is to seriously and sincerely participate in the process of the Russian Federation. Yes, we see that the Russians do not give a special We do not know how much ammunition and technology the Russians import and export through the Russian-Ukrainian border to the Donbass, they threaten them, shoot at them. "Brave men and women from a special monitoring mission are not given full-time employment If Russia were serious about the Minsk agreements being successfully implemented,

It would allow the OSCE to work better, "said the commander of the US Army in Europe. " Therefore, the key to success is to make Russia take seriously the full implementation of the Minsk accords. Well in this process, Germany and France worked, and I'm glad that the US is also connected: support, continue to demand the return of the Crimea, for example, the extension of sanctions. Sanctions are crucial,"- said Hodges.

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Trump will soon sign a law on new sanctions against Russia, - US Vice President Pence

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:40 pm
Trump will soon sign a law on new sanctions against Russia, - US Vice President Pence

President of the United States of America Donald Trump will very soon sign a law on new sanctions against the Russian Federation.

As informs Censor. NO , this was written on Twitter by US Vice President Mike Pence.

"Very soon, as a sign of our commitment, Trump will sign legislation to strengthen US sanctions against Russia," Pence said.

On July 25, the House of Representatives of the US Congress voted for a bill providing for additional sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. The Senate, following the House of Representatives, approved this law. For the document to come into force, it must be signed by US President Donald Trump.

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He and his friends will still pay, - McCain about Putin's decision to expel US diplomats

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:52 pm
He and his friends will still pay, - McCain about Putin's decision to expel US diplomats

An influential American senator, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, John McCain, reacted harshly to the Russian leadership's statement to reduce the staff of American diplomatic departments in Russia by 755 people.
As informs the Censor. No, he wrote about this in his Twitter.

"It's no surprise that Putin is expelling US diplomats, but he and his friends will still pay for the attack on our democracy," McCain said.

. On July 28, the Russian Foreign Ministry demanded to reduce the number of diplomatic and technical staff of the US Embassy in Moscow until September 1 In the consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok to 455 people. In addition, since August 1, the US Embassy in Moscow is forbidden to use the dacha in the Silver Forest and warehouses on Dorognaya Street in Moscow.

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In Russia, there are not so many American diplomats as Putin wants to expel, - the former US ambassador to Russia McFaul

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:54 pm
In Russia, there are not so many American diplomats as Putin wants to expel, - the former US ambassador to Russia McFaul

The former ambassador of the United States of America to Russia, Michael McFaul, doubts that Russia has 755 US diplomats.

As informs Censor.NET, with reference to UNIAN , he wrote about this in the social network, commenting on the statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin that so many Americans from diplomatic institutions should stop working in Russia.

"We do not have 755 American diplomats in Russia," he wrote.

To the remark of journalist Andrew Roth that many of these employees are support staff, not diplomats, McFaul remembered: "When I was there, we did not have as many Americans in the entire embassy."

We will remind, on July, 28th, The Russian Foreign Ministry demanded until September 1 to reduce the number of diplomatic and technical staff of the US Embassy in Moscow and in the consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok to 455 people. In addition, since August 1, the US Embassy in Moscow is forbidden to use the dacha in the Silver Forest and warehouses on Road Street in Moscow.

The US State Department did not specify how many diplomats will be required to leave the Russian Federation, but, according to The Washington Post, it is about a few hundred people.

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US is studying the options for answering Russia's decision on diplomats

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:37 pm
US is studying the options for answering Russia's decision on diplomats

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said that the US leadership is exploring possible retaliatory measures to Russia's decision to reduce the number of US embassy staff.

This is reported by Censor.NET with reference to Gazeta.ru.

Also read: American diplomats have been canceled ahead of schedule access to the dacha in Moscow.

"Currently we are studying our options and when we have something to say we will let you know," Sanders said.

Recall, on July 28, the Russian Foreign Ministry demanded until September 1 to reduce the number of diplomatic and technical staff of the US Embassy in Moscow and in the consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok to 455 people. In addition, since August 1, the US Embassy in Moscow is forbidden to use the dacha in the Silver Forest and warehouses on Dorognaya Street in Moscow.

- Putin The US State Department did not specify how many diplomats will have to leave the Russian Federation, but, according to The Washington Post, it is about a few hundred people.

Moscow's decision came after the US Senate voted overwhelmingly for an updated package of restrictive penal measures against Russia, Iran and North Korea.

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Pro-Putin Night Wolves bikers were not given a grant from Putin

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:44 pm
Pro-Putin Night Wolves bikers were not given a grant from Putin



The Night Wolves Bike Club, known for its support of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has not received a presidential grant for the first time since 2012.
According to Tsenzor.NET with reference to "Kommersant" , the decision was approved by the Coordinating Committee on the distribution of presidential grants under the direction of first deputy head of presidential administration Sergei Kiriyenko.

"Night Wolves" filed three bids for the contest. Two of them are not admitted to the examination as not meeting the requirements of the competition. So, the local organization "Night Wolves Izmailovo Moscow" could not prove the need for the project "Your Russia", the creation of the "Travel History Card", oriented to foreign audiences (2.6 million rubles.).

"Night Wolves of Chechnya" filed an application, which was also not considered, - on the strengthening of interethnic and interreligious harmony at the international festival of travelers "Pobramim" (3.8 million rubles).

The application of the Moscow organization "Children's New Year's trees in the Bike Center" for the amount of 9.5 million rubles. Was reviewed by experts, but not satisfied.

Starting in 2012, "Night Wolves" received at least 60 million rubles in the framework of presidential grants. The organization received them annually: 3.7 million rubles. In 2012 to conduct biker trees (they became annual); In 2013 - 3.5 million rubles; In 2014 - two grants of 9 million rubles; In 2015 - 9 million and 12 million rubles; In 2016 - 7 million and 4.2 million rubles.

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