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Ukraine News. Wednesday 18 April. [Ukrainian sources]

on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:12 pm
WEDNESDAY HEADLINES:
Putin hopes to work with Trump even after sanctions.  Sanctions against the RF remain on the agenda in the US.  US State Department: additional sanctions on Russia under review.  Russian sanctions against the US most hit by the Russians themselves.  Kremlin: in the talks between Putin's counselor Surkov and Volcker.  Medvedchuk said that he did not consider Russia an aggressor.  Russia is not ready now to be involved in a full-fledged conflict in the Donbas.  Russia does not want to be a positive player in an international system based on the rules, Trudeau.  The Government of the Russian Federation is studying the creation of a "Infrastructure" special structure to respond to US sanctions.  Russia got the right to host the 2018 World Cup due to corruption.  Yanukovych knew of Russia's expansion in Ukraine, - prosecutors demonstrate declassified letter at ex-president’s trial.  A new, improved anti-tank complex has been tested in Ukraine.  In Russia, a student committed a massacre and a fire at school.  In Britain, 7 cases were opened against the Russian Today propaganda channel.  Russian state-run TV channel faces seven probes over 'fantasies' around nerve agent attack in Salisbury.  Again sent: the network made a nasty reminder to Putin.

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Putin hopes to work with Trump even after sanctions

on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:24 pm
Putin hopes to work with Trump even after sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin still hopes to negotiate with the administration of US President Donald Trump, despite the intensification of political and economic relations after recent sanctions.

This was reported by Bloomberg.

In particular, according to information published by sources of information, Vladimir Putin ordered high officials to "curb" anti-Western rhetoric.

Putin's decision explains why Russian MPs have decided to postpone voting for sanctions against the United States on Monday, April 16.

"Putin understands that Russia can not compete with the West in the economic plan, so he does not plan to bring the situation to war," said Igor Bunin of the Russian Center for Political Technologies, told reporters to Bloomberg.

According to the report, recent American sanctions have hit Russia's aluminum producer Rusal, owned by the oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Thus, the company has lost about $ 6 billion and threatens unemployment of 100 thousand Russians.

Delayed in consideration of the bill, the State Duma proposed to ban the export of American food and pharmaceutical products to Russia. According to analysts, such a move, first of all, will harm the Russians.

The United States has imposed sanctions against Russian oligarchs close to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a case involving Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Shares of the Russian oligarch Deripaska dropped twice after the US sanctions. US companies began to cancel contracts with Russian organizations on the list of sanctions.

After new US sanctions in Russia, the dollar for the first time since November 2017 exceeded 60 rubles.

In Russia, they also canceled the sale of state-owned bonds due to the introduction of US sanctions against Russian oligarchs, companies and officials.

Earlier Donald Trump's appointment to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US has not yet fully used the potential of sanctions against Russia.

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Sanctions against the RF remain on the agenda in the US - the spokesman for the State Department

on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:26 pm
Sanctions against the RF remain on the agenda in the US - the spokesman for the State Department

New sanctions against the Russian Federation are currently pending in the US administration.

This was stated by the spokesman of the US Department of State Heather Neuert.

"Additional sanctions against Russia, as far as Russian companies are concerned, are being considered. This is often happening. You all know it very well, because we talk about these things almost continuously, "she said.

"The United States has been involved, we are actively considering it. Sanctions are not removed from the table. I want to clear it clearly. Sanctions are not removed from the table. We simply have nothing that can be announced now, "Neuer assured.

Earlier, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders reported that the US Presidential Administration "will soon" decide on additional sanctions against Russia.

Earlier, Bloomberg reported that foreign investors could lose $ 1.6 billion as a result of the introduction of new US sanctions against Russian oligarchs and their companies.

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US State Department: additional sanctions on Russia under review

on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:28 pm
US State Department: additional sanctions on Russia under review



U.S. has additional sanctions against Russia under consideration at the interagency level.

As reported by Censor.NET, spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State Heather Nauert told a briefing on Tuesday that additional sanctions against Russia are under review at this time.

"Additional sanctions on Russia, on Russia entities, are under review," she said.

"About 10 or 11 days ago, we announced those sanctions against Russian oligarchs. I’d like to highlight that there were two Russian oligarchs’ companies that were involved in selling equipment and material to Syria, including some components for the S-400 system. Those companies and individuals were sanctioned under the oligarch sanction. The United States has been involved; we’re actively looking at this. Sanctions are not off the table. We just don’t have anything to announce at this time," the spokesperson said.

Asked why U.S. Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley said last weekend that there would be Syria-based sanctions on Russians on Monday, and then nothing came out, Nauert said: "Sanctions are always under consideration. That is something that the administration at the interagency level has under consideration. And that is still under consideration at this time, but we have nothing that we are ready – nothing that we are set to announce at this time."

As reported, the White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders on Monday said that sanctions against Russia will be announced in the near future.

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Russian sanctions against the US most hit by the Russians themselves

on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:32 pm
Russian sanctions against the US most hit by the Russians themselves

The sanctions that Russia is preparing to punish the richest Russian oligarchs and the business under their control in response to a decision by the administration of the United States, Donald Trump, will hit the Russian population more than American companies.

Such an opinion was expressed by an analyst at Bloomberg Leonid Bershidsky.

In particular, Russian deputies propose to restrict imports of American products, tobacco, alcohol and drugs. According to Bershidsky, such actions will not cause significant losses for American companies.

"The import of American food and alcohol in 2017 amounted to only 4% of the $ 9 billion of goods sold by the United States to Russia," the analyst said.

At the same time, the prohibition of American drugs to Russia in the first place will hurt the Russians themselves. After all, American drugs accounted for about 13% of all pharmaceutical imports of Russia.

"For the American company Pfizer, the loss of the Russian market for one year is tantamount to a loss of revenue that the company gets in 5 days", - says the analyst.

He also adds that Russian analogues of American drugs have much lower quality and will affect the quality and effectiveness of treatment for Russian patients.

Recall that earlier the State Duma of Russia have submitted a bill on the response to US sanctions .

The United States has imposed sanctions against Russian oligarchs close to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a case involving Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Shares of the Russian oligarch Deripaska dropped twice after the US sanctions. US companies began to cancel contracts with Russian organizations on the list of sanctions.

After new US sanctions in Russia, the dollar for the first time since November 2017 exceeded 60 rubles.

In Russia, they also canceled the sale of state-owned bonds due to the introduction of US sanctions against Russian oligarchs, companies and officials.

Earlier Donald Trump's appointment to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US has not yet fully used the potential of sanctions against Russia.

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Kremlin: in the talks between Putin's counselor Surkov and Volcker, a pause has been taken

on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:35 pm
Kremlin: in the talks between Putin's counselor Surkov and Volker, a pause has been taken

In negotiations between Putin's advisor to the Russian President Vladislav Surkov and the special representative of the State Department Kurt Volker, a pause is being taken.

This was reported by the press secretary of the head of the Russian state Dmitry Peskov, the Russian agency RIA Novosti reports.

Peskov also stressed that Russia is currently suspending work in the format of the "Norman Four."

"Now there is a certain pause in the work of the" Norman Four, "and through the exchange of thoughts on the Channel of Surkov-Volker," said Peskov.

He added that, at the same time, Putin's conversations with the French President Emmanuel Macron and Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel are now "renewed and active".

"But, according to channels of well-known formats, indeed, now a pause is being recorded," said Putin's spokesman.

Earlier, Peskov confirmed that Putin would not participate in the "Norman format" talks scheduled for May .

Last time,  Volker and Surkov met  in late January in Dubai. Volker discussed with Surkin the  issue of Russia's return to the SCCC, the restoration of mobile communications in the Donbass, and others like that. It was reported that the interlocutors  did not reach a common position  on the law of de-occupation.

Earlier Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin  does not expect anything special  from the meeting between Surkov and Volker. "This is a" verification of clocks ", it is a workflow on the situation in the south-east of Ukraine," he said.

This was the fourth meeting of Volcker and Surkov. The previous, third meeting on the settlement of the situation in the Donbas - took place  in mid-November  last year in Belgrade.

Then Surkov said that Russia had agreed on three of the 29 paragraphs of the US proposal to deploy peacekeepers in the Donbas.

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Medvedchuk said that he did not consider Russia an aggressor

on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:39 pm
Medvedchuk said that he did not consider Russia an aggressor

The representative of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group on the Settlement on the Donbass, leader of the Ukrainian Choice Viktor Medvedchuk said that he does not consider Russia an aggressor or a party to the conflict in the Donbas.

He noted this in an interview with DW, which was taken by journalist Zhanna Nemtsova.

"The conflict in the Donbas is a conflict between people who did not agree with the coming of the new government and with the policies of the new government," Medvedchuk says.

The politician believes that Russia, like the OSCE, acts merely as an intermediary in resolving the conflict in the Donbas, which is "directly written in the Minsk treaties."

"Russia is present in the Norman format and assumed the role of influencing the leadership of the unrecognized republics," Medvedchuk said.

He also said that the special monitoring mission of the OSCE "never reported the presence of regular parts of the Russian Federation in the territory of non-controlling Ukraine."

Medvedchuk did not answer the question of the presence of Russian weapons in the Donbas. Also, he does not care about who finances militants in the Donbas.

Let's remind, former deputy of the president of the Russian Federation Viktor Medvedchuk announced his intention to sue through the statement of the Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko on the alleged involvement of Medvedchuk in the work of the deputy Savchenko and an ex-negotiator on the release of Ruban's hostages.

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Russia is not ready now to be involved in a full-fledged conflict in the Donbas, - the head of the NATO Military Committee Pavel

on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:43 pm
Russia is not ready now to be involved in a full-fledged conflict in the Donbas, - the head of the NATO Military Committee Pavel



The resurgence of the conflict on the Donbass in full-scale aggression by the Russian Federation is unlikely.

According to the head of the NATO Military Committee, General Petro Pavel, on the eve of the visit of the VC to Ukraine, which will take place in Lviv on April 18-19, UNN reported with reference to UNIAN.

"Our assessment is that this option will be very unlikely." There is even a question as to whether Russia will benefit from such an aggression. "We must be realistic: On the one hand, Russia does not support a political solution to the conflict. To some extent, we can also argue about the fact that this is a convenient political tool is to have a frozen conflict in Georgia, Transnistria and the Donbas, in order to create political pressure on NATO and on separate countries. At the same time, Russia is not ready now to be involved in a full-fledged conflict with greater magnitude, "Pavel explained. At the same time, the general noted that this does not mean that "we should not pay attention to the situation".

"We must do our best to force Russia to return to the respect of international law and norms, to return to standard norms of conduct among other countries, based on the law and order that exist on the international scene. In this sense, we also support Ukraine in that, so that it develops opportunities to curtail any aggression, which is what we are aiming for - to make the Ukrainian Armed Forces credible and capable of containing any potential aggression, "the head of the VC commented.

In addition, he does not consider that the situation in the Donbas is possible military solution.

"Perhaps it will be surprising to hear from a military officer, but I do not believe in solving military problems of any kind. There is only a political solution that can be supported by certain military tools, but these are military instruments only in terms of deterrence rather than real use. military instruments to solve the situation, because the use of military instruments will cause more suffering to people who live in the Donbas and in the neighboring regions. The only solution - only through a political settlement, and for this should be like a mini um, two - Russia and Ukraine. All others can support the process", - chairman VK justified their opinion.

At the same time Pavel noted that NATO supports this process by "improving the ability of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, creating sufficient and reliable deterrence to keep Russia from further aggression and, at the same time, creating a situation in which Russia will be able to see the Ukrainian forces strong enough to if necessary, will protect the country and will also help to prevent any further escalation of the conflict in the Donbas."

"The only solution is through the negotiations and implementation of the Minsk agreements. Potentially, the improvement of the Minsk agreements, the addition of a procedure of actions, clear responsibility and timetable will be able to create conditions for all parties to achieve goals, one after another, and finally come to normalize the situation on the Donbas," - he added.

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Russia does not want to be a positive player in an international system based on the rules, Trudeau

on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:45 pm
Russia does not want to be a positive player in an international system based on the rules, Trudeau



Russia's actions in Ukraine, support for the Syrian regime and poisoning by Sergei Skripal demonstrated that the Russian Federation does not want to be a positive player on the world stage.
According to Censor.NET, referring to Ukrinform, such opinion was expressed by Justin Trudo, Prime Minister of Canada, writes iPolitics.

"All this has shown that Russia is not interested in being a positive player in an international system based on rules," Trudeau said.

In his opinion, this shows that "the rest of the international community must remain united."

As it was reported earlier, Justin Trudeau has already said that it is open to discuss the possibility of extending sanctions against Russia for the illegal actions of the Kremlin around the world, in particular in Ukraine.

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The Government of the Russian Federation is studying the creation of a "Infrastructure" special structure to respond to US sanctions

on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:48 pm
The Government of the Russian Federation is studying the creation of a "Infrastructure" special structure to respond to US sanctions

The Government will consider the possibility of creating a special structure that will respond to sanctions.

This was stated by the head of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) Oleksandr Shokhin after the meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, reports Censor.NET with reference to RBC.

According to Shokhin, the idea of ​​creating such a department, he proposed in a conversation with the head of government of the Russian Federation. The prime minister of Russia positively evaluated this initiative and promised to consider the possibility of such a structure. "In a number of cases, the answer can be found by embedding in these schemes or specially created state structures or using existing ones... In this regard, our proposal arose to create in the government a monitoring center for the situation, not only the support of specific companies, but the construction of some technology", - explained Shokhin.

The head of the RSPP specified that he suggests to call such a structure "Counterfeit". "My suggestion - I can not say jokingly in the order - is to create a structure called" Counterfeit. "Since the US Ministry of Finance has [OFAC] (the Department of the US Treasury Department for Foreign Assets Control - Ed.), We need to create a" Contrast", - he said.

Shokhin also said that at the meeting, the prime minister of Russia was also questioned about the assistance to Russian companies that came under sanctions. According to him, it is a question of "point support". "Both" Rusal "and" Renova", of course, have a list of issues on which they would like to receive support in one form or another, but we did not discuss these topics in detail, we just stated that such requests are", - said the head of the RSPP.

The head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia Denis Manturov said that one of the methods of supporting companies can be "centralized procurement" of their products by the state. The head of the agency added that Rusal, who was seriously hurt by American sanctions, has already appealed to the government for support. "Rusal itself has appealed to the Ministry of Industry and Trade with proposals to support the directions on which the further development of the aluminum industry depends, in particular, the creation of the processing industry of primary aluminum in three directions is Krasnoyarsk, Khakassia and Volgograd," the minister said.

As reported, the US Treasury Department announced on April 6 that after consulting the State Department, the US administration imposed sanctions on seven Russian businessmen, 12 companies, 17 government officials of the Russian Federation, and against a Russian arms trade company and related bank.

Shareholders of companies from the list of sanctions in a few days lost billions of dollars. Also, with the fall faced and those Russian companies that formally did not fall under the sanctions. Only on Monday, April 9, the total loss of Russian billionaires amounted to about $16 billion.

Sanctions also led to a weakening of the Russian currency.

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Russia got the right to host the 2018 World Cup due to corruption, - Cameron

on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:51 pm
Russia got the right to host the 2018 World Cup due to corruption, - Cameron



Former British Prime Minister David Cameron said that Russia had the right to host the 2018 World Cup through corruption.

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

"Corruption has become an obstacle to many of the things that we wanted to achieve. We all wanted to get rid of poverty, which prevented Southern Sudan or Burundi from spending money on food, health or education." The answer is simple: corruption, "quotes Cameron Independent.

"We wanted to help countries escape from poverty, but why people in distant countries like Equatorial Guinea and Venezuela are poor, while in their country there are many minerals? The answer is simple: corruption. We wanted to lead the world in big sports events, which unites people. Nevertheless, how could Russia ultimately win an application for the 2018 World Cup? I will allow you to fill the gap here,"- added Cameron.

Recall that the FIFA World Cup 2018 will be held in Russia from June 15 to July 14.

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Yanukovych knew of Russia's expansion in Ukraine, - prosecutors demonstrate declassified letter at ex-president’s trial

on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:54 pm
Yanukovych knew of Russia's expansion in Ukraine, - prosecutors demonstrate declassified letter at ex-president’s trial



In January 2013, the then Chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), Ihor Kalinin, shred his concerns about the economic expansion and intervention of the Russian Federation in Ukraine with President Viktor Yanukovych.

This became known from the text of the declassified letter, which was demonstrated by prosecutors during hearing of Yanukovych treason case, a correspondent for Censor.NET reports.

There is Yanukovych’s instruction on the letter, which means that he was definitely familiar with the text. The letter says that a task force was created under the auspices of the Russian president that was pushing for the intervention and expansion in Ukraine.

"The Russian Federation and its secret services are engaged in active expansion of Ukraine," Judge Deviatko read out the letter.

The document says that Russia’s influence on Ukraine’s commerce and economy is rapidly growing, that Russia seeks to gain control over Ukrainian farming lands, and that Ukrainian businesses are controlled by the Russian special services.

"Ivanov, Surkov, Fradkov are behind this economic expansion. Russia is trying to take control of the Ukrainian economy under the guise of joint enterprises," the judge went on reading.

The letter also mentions humanitarian intervention – outreach to the Russians who live in Ukraine, language and historical issues.

On April 18, 2018, the Obolonskyi district court of Kyiv held the 46th hearing of the case against Ukraine’s ex-President Viktor Yanukovych charged with high treason and complicity in waging of the war where incumbent member of the Ukrainian parliament Mykhailo Dobkin witnessed for the accused.

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A new, improved anti-tank complex has been tested in Ukraine

on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:59 pm
A new, improved anti-tank complex has been tested in Ukraine

In Ukraine, a new modification of the anti-tank guided missile complex "Skif" , which is an export version of "Stugna-P", was tested.

It is reported on Facebook on the page of KB "Luch".

The changes in the complex were aimed at adapting the launching unit for use in soft soils and sand. The rocket itself was not changed, because from the very beginning it was developed for use in all climatic and weather conditions.






Recall, the complex "Skif" is intended for the defeat of fixed and moving armored targets and is able to do it in conditions of complex visibility and at night. The shooting range of the PTRK in the daytime is 100-5000 m.

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In Russia, a student committed a massacre and a fire at school: published the first video and photo of the attacker

on Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:04 pm
In Russia, a student committed a massacre and a fire at school: published the first video and photo of the attacker

In Russia, in the Bashkir city of Sterlitamak, a student at a school attacked one of the teachers with a knife, and then set fire to the class, which resulted in the death of two schoolgirls.

This is reported by the Russian media.



According to preliminary data, the teacher of informatics received heavy knife wounds. Also seriously suffered a girl, who due to the fire had to jump out of the window on the second floor.

The attacker himself tried to lay hands on himself. The boy broke his throat with a knife, but remained alive.

Also, his person is installed. It is reported that the attacker is a student of the 9th grade Artem Tagirov. In the photo he is on the left.



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In Britain, 7 cases were opened against the Russian Today propaganda channel

on Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:06 pm
In Britain, 7 cases were opened against the Russian Today propaganda channel

The UK media regulator opened seven investigations to find out whether the Russia Today channel violated the rules of impartiality in the broadcasts of Salisbury's poisoning.

This was reported by Reuters.

The regulator also warned that the channel may lose the right to broadcast in Britain, unless a "fitness and affiliation" test passes.

It is noted that RT did not respond to an agency's request for comment on open procedures.

Let's remind, 66-year-old citizen of Russia Sergey Skripal has got to hospital with heavy poisoning on March, 4th. With him was his daughter . British intelligence considers Russia involved in the poisoning of the Violinist.

Earlier, Twitter has banned Russia Today and Sputnik from advertising. Also, Twitter blocked one of the accounts of Russia Today, which operated under the name of the British Embassy.

In November 2017, Russian journalists from Russia Today denied accreditation in the US Congress .

November 13 Russia Today registered as a foreign agent in the United States.

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Russian state-run TV channel faces seven probes over 'fantasies' around nerve agent attack in Salisbury

on Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:11 pm
Russian state-run TV channel faces seven probes over 'fantasies' around nerve agent attack in Salisbury



RT, the Kremlin-backed news channel that broadcasts in the UK, is facing seven new investigations after the broadcasting watchdog, Ofcom, said that it had seen a significant rise in potentially problematic material since the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

As reported by Censor.NET citing The Guardian, Ofcom said it had monitored RT intensively since the news became public and was now examining a number of instances in which the channel potentially breached broadcast laws on impartiality.

It said that not all cases necessarily related to the Salisbury attack.

The UK broadcast regulator repeated that it could ultimately revoke the channel’s licence to operate in the UK following the conclusion of its investigation, forcing the channel off air.

"Since the events in Salisbury, we have observed a significant increase in the number of programmes broadcast that we consider warrant investigation as potential breaches of the broadcasting code," said the regulator, which promised to publish its conclusion as soon as possible.

"Ultimately, we may decide that the licence should be revoked because the licensee is not fit and proper, on broadcasting compliance grounds."

British intelligence officials have concluded that it is highly likely that Russia was responsible for the Salisbury attack, prompting dozens of countries to expel Russian diplomats in solidarity with the UK. Moscow has strongly denied any involvement and has repeatedly disputed the British version of events.

In the immediate aftermath of the attack there were calls from MPs for RT, originally known as Russia Today, to be taken off air. Tom Tugendhat, the chair of the Commons foreign affairs select committee, called it a hostile agent carrying out information warfare, and the former Labour minister Chris Bryant asked: "Can we just stop Russia Today broadcasting its propaganda in this country?"

RT accused its critics of treating it as a political pawn. It said at the time: "In one fell swoop they are doing away with any concept of press freedom in the UK".

Ofcom said it considered the channel’s operator, TV Novosti, to be ultimately controlled by the Russian government and would take that into account when deciding whether the company was considered fit and proper to hold a UK broadcasting licence. It said it wanted any decision to be based on the news channel’s broadcasting output rather than ruling on who attempted to poison the Skripals.

RT has been found guilty of 15 breaches of the Ofcom code since 2012, which the British regulator says is not an unusually high number for a news channel. Most of the breaches related to a lack of impartiality regarding coverage of Russian foreign policy, especially the wars in Syria and Ukraine.

The channel has delighted in attacks on its impartiality, repurposing official criticism as evidence of its outsider status and claiming that the UK government is trying to shut down a dissenting voice. Last year it spent hundreds of thousands on advertising campaigns that ran on London’s public transport network. The posters mocked suggestions that Russia intervened in western elections and suggested viewers should watch RT to "find out who we are planning to hack next".

RT’s willingness to give a platform to figures ignored by larger mainstream news channels has made it a favoured home for political figures who struggle to get a hearing elsewhere. The former SNP leader Alex Salmond hosts a show on the network, and Nigel Farage has been a regular guest.

Following the Salisbury poisoning, the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, said it was no longer appropriate for Labour MPs to appear on the network, because "what we’re seeing from Russia Today at times goes beyond objective journalism".

The channel’s UK audience remains relatively small, reaching just 1% of British adults a week, according to Barb viewing figures. It does, however, have a substantial online following.

A spokesperson for RT said: "We are pleased to see that Ofcom has acknowledged RT’s compliance record has been in line with other broadcasters – putting to bed any of the salacious political statements and challenges made against our channel. Our editorial approach has not changed since the events in Salisbury, and we will be directly addressing this matter with the regulator."

As reported, Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and daughter Yulia Skripal, 33, remain critically ill in hospital, after they were found unconscious on a bench in the Wiltshire city on March 4. The UK government says they were poisoned with a nerve agent of a type developed by Russia called Novichok and PM Theresa May said she believed Moscow was "culpable."

UK expelled 23 Russian diplomats as part of a "full and robust" response – prompting Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to say it will "certainly" expel British diplomats in response.

On March 16, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance had "no reason to doubt the findings and assessments by the British government" which suggested Russian responsibility. He said the "UK is not alone" and Nato allies gave "strong political support" to Britain, following a joint statement from the US, France and Germany backing Mrs May's government and a pledge of support from Australia.

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said that the U.K.'s government believes that it was likely Putin's decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the U.K.

On March 26, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the expulsion of 60 Russians from the United States, including 12 people identified as Russian intelligence officers who have been stationed at the United Nations in New York.

BBC reported on April 12, that the 33-year-old Yulia left Salisbury District Hospital on Monday and has been taken to a secure location.

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Again sent: the network made a nasty reminder to Putin

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Again sent: the network made a nasty reminder to Putin

In the network, the telephone conversations of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, April 17, during which the issue of the meeting of two leaders was discussed, aroused a stormy reaction.

"Merkel's meeting with Putin: I think we will meet in an affordable time, but not yet. In my opinion, the number of topics - from Ukraine, gas to the big theme" Syria "- requires a direct exchange of views," - cites the words of the Chancellor on his Twitter page, a journalist of the Kremlin pool Dmitry Smirnov.



Users immediately began to comment on what Merkel said.

"Merkel does not want to talk with zombies who live in another reality?" (The author refers to Merkel's statement to Putin in 2014, when after a telephone conversation with him, she was "not sure that he is in contact with reality" - note "Apostrophe")," It makes no sense to meet those who encourage fascism and do not adhere to international agreements", "Again Vovku * Aher sent. They remembered Paulus," they write.

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