NATO ruled out the withdrawal of troops from Bulgaria and Romania at the request of Russia

NATO considered unacceptable Russia's demand for the withdrawal of troops from Romania and Bulgaria The alliance said that this would lead to the division of countries into first and second grade. Moscow demands the withdrawal of NATO forces from the territory of countries that were not members of the alliance in 1997. Bulgaria and Romania joined it only in 2004

NATO rejected Russia's demand for the withdrawal of troops from Romania and Bulgaria, Oana Lungescu, the official representative of the alliance, said on Twitter.

“Russia's demands will divide the NATO countries into first and second grade, which is unacceptable. We reject any idea of ​​spheres of influence in Europe,” — she wrote.

Moscow demands the withdrawal of NATO military forces and equipment from the territory of countries that were not members of the alliance in 1997. These are, in particular, Bulgaria and Romania, which joined NATO only in 2004.

In the spring of 1997, Russia and the North Atlantic Alliance signed the Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security, which stated that the parties did not consider each other as adversaries. By 1997, NATO did not include the states of Eastern Europe. Several waves of bloc expansion followed. In 1999, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary joined it, in 2004— Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Slovakia, in 2009— Croatia and Albania, and in 2020— North Macedonia.

Russia is trying to obtain security guarantees from the West, primarily regarding the refusal to advance NATO to the east and accept the former USSR countries, including Ukraine and Georgia, into its ranks . In January, Moscow held talks with the United States and its allies in the alliance and the OSCE. However, the parties failed to reach a compromise. After failed negotiations, Russia requested a written response to its proposals. Washington promised to hand it over next week.

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Gryzlov warned about the reaction to the build-up of NATO forces near the borders of Belarus

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Russia will not leave unnoticed the buildup of NATO forces near the borders of Belarus, said the new Russian ambassador to Minsk Boris Gryzlov in an interview with TASS.

“During the aforementioned migration crisis, Poland deployed additional forces, including heavy weapons, to the Belarusian border. Of course, this does not go unnoticed, — he said.

According to Gryzlov, NATO does not cease to increase the number of forces and means “at the gates”; Russia”, which is attentive to the issue of border protection. As an example of activities in this direction, he cited the regular joint patrolling of the borders of the Union State by Russian and Belarusian aircraft.

The day before, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that about 30,000 military men, along with equipment and weapons, had accumulated on the border of the country with Poland and the Baltic states. In these countries, “on a rotational basis” there are from 8,000 to 10,000 US military personnel, the head of Belarus believes.

In addition, Lukashenka added that Poland has turned to NATO for military assistance. She asked for a “multi-layered logistics and technical support system” to be deployed in the region, the president said. This shows that the West is preparing something “long and serious,” he concluded.

NATO, where the parties discussed, among other things, the non-expansion of the alliance to the east. After that, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the alliance incapable of negotiating. In turn, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that the organization is ready to discuss arms reduction, despite the refusal not to accept new members.

Gryzlov became Russia's ambassador to Belarus on January 14, a corresponding decree was signed by President Vladimir Putin. Earlier, RBC sources in diplomatic circles said that Gryzlov would replace Yevgeny Lukyanov in this post.

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Gryzlov commented on the transfer of NATO forces to the borders of Belarus

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Chairman of the Supreme Council of the United Russia party Boris Gryzlov, recently also appointed Russian ambassador to Belarus , said that against the background of the migration crisis, “the build-up of NATO forces and means continues, in fact, does not stop at our gates.” Gryzlov specified that additional forces, including heavy weapons, were deployed from Poland to the Belarusian border.

Gryzlov also recalled that the updated Military Doctrine of the Union State was approved in November 2021, adding that further expansion of Russian cooperation and Belarus in the military sphere should be considered within the framework of this doctrine.

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Volodin spoke about NATO attempts to occupy Ukraine

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State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said that NATO allegedly seeks to occupy Ukraine. In this regard, the alliance is conducting informational preparations for the advancement of forces on Ukrainian territory.

Speaking at the opening of the spring session, Volodin stressed that NATO advisers and instructors are already there. According to him, now they are thinking “how to justify the introduction of troops.”

And also, in recent months, American congressmen and representatives of the State Department have been scaring the whole world with Russia's alleged plans to invade Ukraine. However, in reality, “Washington is trying to justify its expansion and the advance of NATO troops to Russian borders.” And now it is extremely important to conduct a dialogue on security guarantees.

Volodin also noted that Washington needs to revise its foreign policy doctrine. The U.S. should stop threatening because it will do nothing but complicate relations.

The New York Times previously reported, citing a senior SBU official, that diplomats at two Russian consulates in Ukraine were allegedly ordered to prepare for leaving the country. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation denied this information.

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NYT learned about US plans to train Ukrainian fighters in three NATO countries

NYT: in the event of an escalation, the United States will train Ukrainian fighters in Poland, Slovakia and Romania According to the newspaper, in the event of a Russian “invasion” Washington may organize the training of Ukrainian fighters in Poland, Romania and Slovakia. The United States and its NATO allies will supply Ukraine with weapons and medical equipment =”NYT learned about US plans to train Ukrainian fighters in three NATO countries” />

US authorities are considering the possibility of providing assistance to “Ukrainian rebels” in case of “invasion” Russia to Ukraine. This is reported by The New York Times with reference to representatives of the American administration.

According to the newspaper, as part of providing assistance to Kiev, Washington can organize the training of Ukrainian fighters on the territory of three countries from the eastern flank of NATO— Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

According to the interlocutors of the publication, the United States and its NATO allies intend to provide Ukraine with material and technical support and supply weapons. In addition, they say, Washington and other members of the North Atlantic Alliance will provide medical equipment and services to Ukraine, and will also be ready to provide shelter “in the event of a Russian offensive.”

According to NYT information, which refers to high-ranking officials of the administration of US President Joe Biden, in the event of an escalation of the situation, the Ministry of Defense and the CIA intend to provide military assistance to Ukraine, and it will come from the Pentagon openly, and from the intelligence department— secretly.

Russia has repeatedly rejected reports of an impending “invasion”; to Ukraine and called them escalating tensions. The Kremlin emphasized that Moscow had no “aggressive plans”; in relation to other countries. The theme of a possible “attack” Russian side to Ukraine began to rise in the Western media in the fall of 2021, and the US authorities also expressed concerns about this.

On January 14, the NYT and CNN reported that the United States had evidence that Moscow was preparing a “task force to conduct a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine.” According to CNN, the Biden administration believes that Russia could drop the saboteurs weeks before the “military invasion” that could begin between mid-January and mid-February. Later this was announced in the White House. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the data unfounded.

Earlier this month, CNN reported that the United States would provide Ukraine with $200 million in military aid, which President Joe Biden's administration secretly approved. According to the channel, the new aid package includes the same defensive equipment as before, including small arms, ammunition, protected radios, medical equipment. Politico wrote that as part of its support for Kiev, Washington will give it a radar system and maritime equipment. In addition, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki reported that the United States is studying the option of sending military personnel to Eastern European countries if relations between Russia and Ukraine escalate even more.

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The State Department announced the readiness of the United States and NATO for a new meeting with Russia

US State Department: Washington and NATO are ready for a new meeting with Russia On January 10-13, three rounds of negotiations on security guarantees were held. Russia considered them fruitless and does not consider it necessary to hold new consultations in the near future. The US and NATO expressed their readiness to continue the dialogue

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (left) and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken (right)

The United States and NATO are ready to meet again with the Russian side to continue the dialogue, they say in a State Department statement following telephone conversations between Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Blinken and Stoltenberg discussed “the next steps after the meeting of the Council of Russia— NATO”, which took place on January 12. The State Department statement emphasizes that Washington and its allies in the North Atlantic Alliance are committed to a diplomatic way of resolving the situation. The parties called on Russia to “immediately take measures to de-escalate the ongoing aggression against Ukraine.”

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From January 10 to 13, three rounds of talks between Russia and the United States, NATO and the OSCE on Moscow's proposed security guarantees took place. The consultations ended without concrete results, the Russian side assessed them as unsuccessful.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov earlier said in an interview with RTVI that he sees no reason to sit down again at the negotiating table in the coming days, pointing to “a dead end or difference in approaches sides.

Last December, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent draft strategic security treaties to the US and NATO. In particular, Moscow suggested that the alliance refuse to expand to the east and include Ukraine in its composition, as well as to deploy military bases on the territory of the countries of the former USSR.

On January 10, talks between Russia and the United States took place in Geneva. They lasted almost eight hours. The day before, Ryabkov and US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman held preliminary consultations as part of negotiations on the situation in Ukraine and strategic security treaties.

On January 12, a meeting of the Russia— NATO in Brussels. Ryabkov said that the consultations failed to agree on the non-expansion of the alliance to the east, and Russia considers this topic to be key for its national security. Earlier, Stoltenberg stated that NATO excludes the possibility of a compromise with Moscow on the issue of Ukraine's membership.

On January 13, the discussion of security guarantees continued in Vienna at the OSCE site. Russia's representative to the organization, Alexander Lukashevich, following the talks, said that to get an “adequate response” from the partners Moscow's proposals failed.

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Baltic states start talks on increasing NATO contingent

The Baltic countries, amid the aggravation of the situation around Ukraine and the negotiations between Russia and the United States, are asking Brussels to increase the military presence of the alliance in the region. To date, only a few battalions are deployed there

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The Baltic countries are negotiating an increase in the number of NATO contingents on their territory in connection with the threat from Russia. Estonian Prime Minister Kaya Kallas said this, according to Reuters.

“ Of course, we are discussing with our allies the issue of increasing their presence here as a deterrent. If you look at the map, the Baltic states & mdash; this is a NATO peninsula, and therefore we have concerns '', & mdash; she said.

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In an interview with the French newspaper Le Figaro on January 10, Callas also said that the Baltic countries are seeking an increase in their military presence from NATO and specifically the United States. “ In 2014, after the Russian aggression against Ukraine, the allies decided to deploy an international contingent in our country. Since then, there has been a battalion of British, French and Danish servicemen in Estonia, and in Latvia & mdash; another, under Canadian command. Our goal is & mdash; to strengthen this contingent, and the recent events on the border of Ukraine, of course, cannot but force us to redouble efforts in this regard, '', & mdash; she explained. According to Callas, the “ most powerful deterrent '' the appearance of US troops in the Baltics could become.

Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg did not rule out the possibility of increasing the military presence in the countries of NATO's eastern flank. “ If Russia once again uses force against Ukraine and continues the 'invasion' to Ukraine, then we must seriously consider the need to further increase our presence in the eastern part of the alliance '', & mdash; quoted by Reuters in Brussels.

An agency source among NATO diplomats confirmed to Reuters that NATO defense ministers could discuss additional deployments in the Baltic states at a scheduled meeting in mid-February.

In 2016, NATO members agreed to deploy four multinational combined battalions in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. In addition, fighters from NATO countries are present in the Baltic countries on a rotational basis, which protect the airspace in this region. The air forces of NATO countries have been protecting the airspace of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania since 2004. They are deployed at three military airfields, one in each state.

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The United States may exclude the Baltic countries from NATO for the sake of a deal with the Russian Federation

According to The National Interest, American analyst David Pine suggested that the US authorities may be ready to exclude the Baltic states from NATO for a strategic deal with Russia.

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Pine is confident that the United States at all times pursues exclusively its own national interests. And the Baltic republics are not included in this list.

“ Washington … is ready to exclude Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia from the alliance … .

He recalled that in the security agreement proposed by Russia there is a clause that the States will undertake & nbsp; themselves to prevent further NATO expansion to the & nbsp; east and & nbsp; refuse to & nbsp; join the states of the former USSR.

& quot; This can be interpreted as the exception of Estonia, Latvia and & nbsp; Lithuania & quot;, & nbsp; – explained Pine.

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Analyst assessed Helsinki’s aspiration to NATO: de facto ally

“Today it’s not worth talking about Finland’s real neutrality”

In his New Year address, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin spoke about the country's possible accession to NATO. This was done by the head of the government of a neighboring country against the background of the problem of NATO expansion to the east raised at the highest level by Moscow.

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How big is the danger that neutral Finland will change its status and become another NATO foothold in the confrontation with Russia? This was assessed by the head of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST), member of the Public Council under the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation Ruslan Pukhov.

Sanna Marin said literally the following on the air of the state television and radio company Yle: “We reserve the right to apply for membership in NATO. We must value the freedom of choice and take it as a real opportunity “(quoted by RIA Novosti).

In fact, Ruslan Pukhov told the Army Standard electronic publication that Helsinki has long made its geopolitical choice, developing close military-technical cooperation with NATO. This is confirmed, for example, by the recent deal on the purchase by Finland from the American company Lockheed Martin of a large batch of the 5th generation F-35 multipurpose fighter-bombers. The contract amount is 10 billion euros for 64 aircraft.

According to the analyst, one should not have illusions about the northern neighbor. After the end of World War II, in which Finland was an ally of Hitler, the Finns always considered the only real potential enemy only the USSR. The Finnish military system of total mobilization was built only for the tasks of organizing defense against the USSR. The West, on the other hand, has always been a potential ally for the Finns in the event of a possible confrontation with the USSR.

“It would be wrong to talk about the neutrality of the Finns for any period,” said Pukhov. “Their so-called balanced course was always a necessary measure, and not at all a sincere neutral position.”

According to him, since the 90s “there has been a complete reorientation of Finnish defense purchases to the West”. For the past 20 years, there has been no significant military-technical cooperation between Russia and Finland.

“According to Western patterns, they are also engaged in military construction, frankly considering Russia their potential enemy,” the analyst noted.

He highly appreciated the technical equipment of the Finnish armed forces and the training of the fighters. The Finnish army, in his opinion, can pose a serious military threat.

“It should be borne in mind that the debate on Finland's entry into NATO has been going on for a long time. I believe that joining NATO will not happen in the near future, but the importance of such formalities should not be exaggerated, ”said Pukhov. According to him, the same Sweden, de jure not being a NATO member, is already de facto a much greater ally of the alliance than many of its formal members.

Finland, Pukhov noted, can also be considered in fact an ally NATO. The Finns are actively involved in integration with NATO structures and the armed forces of a number of countries of the alliance. It is not worth talking about some kind of real neutrality of Finland. In the event of a military confrontation between NATO and Russia, Finland is unlikely to refrain from military action against Russia. “And we should not forget that another potential enemy of ours is maturing and gaining strength near our northwestern borders,” he concluded.

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Political scientist Kashin assessed the likelihood of war between Russia and NATO

“The Alliance will definitely not defend Ukraine”

“If only there was no war” is a spell that many are now repeating. Whether the new year 2022 can bring war and whether there is a likelihood of a conflict between NATO and Russia – we asked political scientist Vasily Kashin about this.

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– In 2022, this is extremely unlikely. Hypothetically, such a possibility exists, of course, but I don’t think it will happen exactly next year. The United States still has a clear military superiority. At the moment, it is the strongest superpower in the world. But the main problem for Americans is that their military forces are scattered throughout the world. They are simultaneously forced to contain Russia, China, Iran and still participate in many conflicts in other countries. The United States no longer has enough strength for all this.

– This is just a common misconception. Although China has an advantage in certain types of weapons, it will only be able to catch up with the United States in overall military power by 2050. According to the calculations of the Chinese themselves, they will have to catch up with their rivals in 2035.

– No, not necessarily. If, for example, there is a local conflict in the western part of the Pacific Ocean, everything will depend on the level of combat readiness of American troops at that moment, on the actions of other countries, including Russia, and on how quickly the United States can react. China's advantage is that the overwhelming majority of its armed forces are located in only one theater of operations – the Pacific Ocean. Within the framework of a local conflict, China has a chance of victory, but if an aggravation occurs before a full-scale war, then the advantage will be on the side of the United States. But in this situation, the presence of nuclear weapons on both sides is a serious limitation.

– No, such a development of events does not correspond to the plans of either side. On the contrary, the Americans are trying to reduce tensions in this region in order to be able to transfer their forces to the Pacific Ocean to contain China. Of course, the United States is not ready to make concessions to Iran, but there are no signs of an impending conflict.

– Armenia has no chances to resist Azerbaijan. Even before the 2020 conflict, it was a militarily weaker state compared to its neighbor, and after most of the armed forces of Armenia were defeated, there can be no question of any revenge. Local skirmishes may periodically occur on the border, but the Armenians have neither the strength nor the ability to resist Azerbaijan.

As for Iran, intervention in the war on the side of Armenia means an inevitable conflict with Turkey, and this is simply not in the interests of Tehran, which has super-tense relations with Israel and tense relations with the United States. In addition, Iran is not a strong ally for Armenia to rely on.

– I think this is extremely unlikely. Both sides are actively trying to find a compromise. But even if you can't find him, no one will definitely fight. As for the weapons. The United States, I repeat, is the strongest military power with the most powerful naval forces in the world. In this regard, we cannot even compete with them, since, unlike the United States, Russia has not re-equipped its Navy on a significant scale. In addition, the United States has an advantage in the air force.

On the other hand, the Russian army has significant combat experience. We have superiority in certain types of weapons – hypersonic complexes “Dagger”, “Zircon”, “Sarmat”, “Avangard”.

Do not forget that Russia, like the United States, is a nuclear power, so a full-scale war will inevitably take many lives on both sides. In this case, we will come to the threat of the termination of the existence of the whole world in its present form. So, I think, negotiations will take place and positions will be agreed to prevent such a huge risk.

As for local clashes, it depends on the number of our and enemy troops in the region at a particular time. Russia will have superiority in the Black Sea, the eastern part of the Baltic, Belarus, and possibly eastern Ukraine. But in general, the enemy, of course, has more opportunities to strike at us.

– I hope that local clashes will not occur either. In an extreme case, various events may occur in Ukraine, but NATO will definitely not defend it. There is also a chance of provocation, like the situation with the British destroyer “Defender” in the Black World, which will end with gunfire and, perhaps, the sinking of one ship. But even this will not entail a full-scale war between Russia and NATO.

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Finnish President considers Russia’s demands on NATO contrary to order

President of Finland Niinistö: Russia’s demands on NATO worries Europe The demands of Russia on NATO and the United States for security are incompatible with the existing order of ensuring European security, Niinistö said. According to him, the principle of full equality of states must be observed by all

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Russia's demand for security guarantees from the US and NATO worries Europe, this contradicts the established order of ensuring European security. This was stated by the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö in the New Year's address to the residents of the country.

Earlier, in December, Russia asked the United States and NATO to provide written and legally binding guarantees not to expand the North Atlantic Alliance to the east and not to deploy weapons near Russian borders.

“ The December ultimatum to Russia worries Europe. It is incompatible with the established order of ensuring European security. The past has no place in the 2020s. Full equality of all states & mdash; a fundamental principle that must be followed by everyone ', & mdash; said the president.

According to Niinistö, after the meeting of the leaders of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Joseph Biden in Geneva last summer, Europe, which remained an “ observer '', had hope of starting a dialogue between the two countries. p>

According to him, the only ways to resolve differences are restraint, responsibility and dialogue.

The Finnish President said that the situation around European security is rapidly heating up. “ The conflict on the borders of Ukraine is on the verge of aggravation. & lt; … & gt; The situation changed rapidly. Until last summer, prior to Biden's trip to Europe, concern seemed to be centered mainly around China, '' & mdash; added Niinistö.

Vladimir Putin announced Russia's demand for security guarantees from NATO and the United States in early December. In particular, the Russian side proposed not to admit the former republics of the USSR into NATO, but to sign an agreement with the United States on renouncing the deployment of nuclear weapons outside national territories.

In response, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance would not agree to compromise on Ukraine's accession. The US replied that they were preparing their proposals on security and confirmed that the first part of the talks on the issue raised by Putin would take place on January 10, Russia will be represented by First Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, and the American – & mdash; First Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the risk of an armed conflict with NATO due to provocations

Deputy Defense Minister Fomin admitted an armed conflict due to NATO provocations near the borders In 2021, the presence of NATO ships in the Black Sea zone “actually acquired a permanent character,” and the intensity of actions of the alliance's reconnaissance aircraft increased by more than 60%, the Russian Defense Ministry reported

The Ministry of Defense announced the risk of an armed conflict with NATO due to provocations

NATO provocations near the Russian borders may escalate into an armed conflict. This was stated by Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin at a briefing, RIA Novosti reports.

“Recently, the alliance has switched to the practice of direct provocations, associated with a high risk of escalating into an armed confrontation,” “mdash” he said.

As an example, he cited the incident in the Black Sea on June 23, when the British destroyer URO Defender tried to penetrate the territorial waters of Russia in the area of ​​Cape Fiolent in the Crimea. He pointed out that the actions of the British ship were supported by the US strategic reconnaissance aircraft RC-135.

In general, in 2021, the intensity of the use of reconnaissance aircraft in the Black Sea region increased by more than 60% compared to last year. added Fomin. The minimum approach to the Russian border in the western part of Crimea was 15 km.

In total, NATO conducted 15 exercises in the Black Sea this year, while in the past & mdash; eight, and the presence of ships of the alliance in the water area has become almost permanent, the Deputy Minister emphasized.

According to the Ministry of Defense, in the Baltic sea zone this year, NATO countries made more than 1.2 thousand aircraft sorties and more than 50 combat sorties ships for sea reconnaissance.

In early December, the FSB reported that the Ukrainian ship Donbass followed from Mariupol to the Kerch Strait and did not respond to demands to change the course, posing a threat to navigation. The ship was escorted by a Russian coast guard ship. Later Donbass changed course.

The Kremlin considered the incident in the Sea of ​​Azov a provocation. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also expressed confidence that it became part of the “ complex '' provocations against Moscow.

Kiev regarded the incident as an information attack by Russia. Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov expressed bewilderment that the FSB saw a threat in an unarmed search and rescue vessel.

After that, Senator from Crimea Olga Kovitidi demanded that the incident be considered by the United Nations Security Council (UN) urgently. She pointed out that such incidents “ are rapidly moving towards the unfolding of a heated conflict in the very center of Europe. ''

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said NATO has “ swung to the doorstep of our home, '' which Russia will not tolerate. The Russian President also said that the United States came with missiles to the “ doorstep of our home. ''

In November, the Russian Defense Ministry already spoke about the increased military activity of the United States and its NATO allies in the Black Sea region. In particular, the intensity of operations by the naval forces, air and sea reconnaissance assets, and strategic aviation has increased.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, in turn, said that the US military will continue to conduct operations in the Black Sea during in all cases when it is necessary. He also accused Russia of pulling troops to the borders of Ukraine.

The Kremlin, commenting on such accusations, stressed that Russia had no plans to invade, and the movement of troops across the country was called an internal affair. Putin expressed 'some concern' in connection with large-scale NATO exercises in the Black Sea on the border with Russia.

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The White House named the dates of the negotiations of Russia with the USA, NATO and the OSCE on Ukraine

White House: negotiations with Russia on Ukraine and arms control will be held on January 10 The US National Security Council said it hopes to cooperate with Russia. Talks between Moscow and Washington are scheduled for January 10, two days later a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council will be held, followed by a meeting of OSCE representatives

Russia and the United States will hold talks on arms control on January 10 and the situation in Ukraine. This is reported by AFP with reference to the White House.

“The United States hopes to cooperate with Russia,” & mdash; a representative of the American National Security Council told the agency.

According to him, it is expected that on January 12 a meeting of the Council Russia & mdash; NATO, and the next day & mdash; negotiations between representatives of Russia and the OSCE.

The day before, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow is planning a main round of talks with Washington on security guarantees right after the New Year holidays. From the Russian side, they will be led by an interdepartmental delegation with the participation of the ministry and the military.

According to the minister, Russia does not put forward any ultimatums to the United States, but about an “ endless discussion '' there can be no question. For Moscow, the result of diplomatic efforts on this issue is important, and “ at a certain time, '' he said.

In mid-December, Russia handed over draft agreements on security guarantees to the United States and NATO. They contain clauses on the non-expansion of NATO to the east, non-joining the alliance of the countries of the former USSR and the prohibition of military activity on the territory of Ukraine. In addition, Moscow offered Washington to return to the principle of refusal to deploy ground-based intermediate and shorter-range missiles and nuclear weapons outside the national territory.

According to White House spokesman Jen Psaki, the American side may agree with some of Russia's proposals but not with those related to NATO. The United States said it was ready to begin diplomatic discussion of security guarantees from early January “ through multiple channels. '' Secretary of State Anthony Blinken admitted that negotiations could take place “ relatively early '' in 2022.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance is ready for a dialogue with Russia, but ruled out a compromise with Moscow on Ukraine's accession to NATO. He proposed to hold the first meeting of the Russia Council in 2.5 years & mdash; NATO January 12. On the same day, a meeting of the chiefs of general staff of the countries participating in the North Atlantic Alliance will meet in Brussels. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova previously reported that Moscow is considering “ in practical terms '' NATO proposal for a meeting at the level of ambassadors.

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Foreign Ministry reported lack of consensus on aspects of negotiations with the US and NATO

Ryabkov said that there is no final agreement on aspects of negotiations with the US and NATO

Final agreements on all aspects of possible negotiations with the US and NATO on security guarantees have not yet been reached. About this RIA Novosti said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

According to him, only January 10 and 12 next year are considered as dates for meetings, but there are no final agreements.

“ We do not have final, full agreement on all aspects, but alternative dates are also not considered ', & mdash; Ryabkov said.

Earlier AFP, referring to the White House, reported that Russia and the US will hold talks on arms control and the situation in Ukraine 10 January, and the meeting of the Council of Russia & mdash; NATO will take place on January 12.

Ryabkov pointed out that Russia has officially submitted to the United States proposals on the agenda for the talks, but the American side is talking about “ some abstractions. '' “ Now we see links to unnamed representatives of the US administration that they imply a discussion of both Ukraine and arms control. What is arms control? This is some kind of abstraction & raquo;, & mdash; explained the deputy minister. He stressed that it is necessary to discuss at the consultations, first of all, the draft agreements with the United States and NATO provided by Moscow, “ our colleagues in Washington should proceed from this. ''

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National Interest: In case of war, NATO will hit Russia from the Black Sea

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Ukraine is in contact with Russia on land and could be easily accessible to its ground forces lined up on the border of the two countries. The United States and NATO have already deployed large numbers of F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters on the continent. They will be able to partially cover Kiev in the event of a war.

However, according to National Interest columnist Chris Osborne, the naval aspect should not be overlooked either. The heavy and precise firepower provided by Tomahawk missiles launched from submarines and ships can inflict huge damage on Russian troops.

Moreover, the new Tactical Tomahawk is capable of tracking and destroying moving targets. It can hit targets at a distance of up to 1448 kilometers. Consequently, objects in the depths of Ukraine and Russia will be vulnerable to attacks from the Black Sea.

The expert also noted that US aircraft carriers could become a decisive factor in the alleged clash. Most likely, the US Navy has superiority over Russia in the Black Sea. The landing of the Marine Corps will lead to a conflict on two fronts. If any foothold is created, Russia will have to defend itself against NATO forces advancing from Eastern Europe and attacks by the US Navy from the sea.

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Lithuania urges NATO to pull troops to eastern front

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda called on NATO to strengthen its military potential on the eastern front The President of Lithuania, at a meeting with his Ukrainian and Polish counterparts, said that NATO needs to strengthen its military potential in Eastern Europe and develop an algorithm of actions in case of different threatening scenarios

Gitanas Nauseda

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda at a joint press conference with the Presidents of Ukraine and Poland Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Andrzej Duda in Guta (Ivano-Frankivsk region) said that NATO should have an algorithm of actions for any scenarios that could threaten the security of Eastern Europe, reports “ Interfax-Ukraine.

NATO should respond not only by concentrating its troops on the eastern front, but also by strengthening its military potential. Strengthening military potential & mdash; that's good, but we must have an algorithm of what to do if there is scenario A, scenario B, scenario C '', & mdash; said Nauseda.

The President of Lithuania noted that the events of recent months near the border of Ukraine indicate that “ we are losing balance in our region, '' therefore, actions must be taken to restore it. “ If the balance is now being lost, there must be some reaction from the other side for this balance to be restored. This applies to the European Union and NATO ', & mdash; noticed Naused.

In addition, the Lithuanian president said that the military integration of Russia and Belarus is already an indisputable fact that has been going on for a long time. “ NATO should react to this first of all, because it changes the security situation for the Baltic countries '', & mdash; he believes.

According to Nauseda, the security of Ukraine and the Baltic is interconnected. “ So that we discuss not only the Ukrainian, Polish or Lithuanian situation separately. And so that it was a discussion of regional security. And this should be a broad response at the regional level '', & mdash; he concluded.

Information about the accumulation of Russian troops on the borders of Ukraine began to appear in the Western media in October. In mid-November, Zelenskiy announced 100,000 Russian troops at the border. US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland said the “ invasion '' Russia to Ukraine could happen in early 2022. The United States and other Western countries admitted that they would introduce new sanctions against Russia if it tries to send troops to Ukraine.

The Russian side has repeatedly denied information about the impending offensive and named information about a possible intrusion to Ukraine by “ empty injection ''. Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that it is NATO that is making “ dangerous attempts to conquer Ukrainian territory. ''

Last week, Russia demanded to exclude Ukraine from joining NATO and suggested that the alliance abandon military operations in countries neighboring Russia … The Foreign Ministry included the relevant provisions in the draft security treaty, which was sent to Washington.

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FT learned of the lack of consensus in NATO on negotiations with Russia

FT: NATO has no consensus on negotiations with Russia on security issues

NATO members did not come to a consensus on negotiations with Russia on security guarantees. This is reported by The Financial Times, citing sources.

According to the report, the allies of the alliance have “ resigned themselves to the need ''; negotiate with Moscow to reach “ mutual agreement and calm the situation. '' At the same time, privately, Western officials reject almost all the proposals of the Russian side, calling them “ impossible. ''

will not & raquo;, & mdash; said a high-ranking NATO diplomat.

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Peskov: participation of CIS countries in partnership programs with NATO should be discussed

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Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the Kremlin shares the promotion of NATO infrastructure on the territory of the former Soviet republics and their participation in affiliate programs with an alliance. In particular, the closest allies of the Russian Federation, Armenia and Kazakhstan, are involved in such programs.

“Participation in partner programs is one thing, and integration into the alliance infrastructure is another thing. These are different things, “- said Peskov.

He recalled that with most of the CIS countries Moscow is bound by allied obligations within the framework of the CSTO. And on this platform “these substances” (that is, participation in partnership programs with NATO – “MK”) “were spoken out and continue to be discussed.”

Peskov stressed that the position of Russia regarding the participation of allies in the programs of the alliance depends on the specific program, “the depth and nature of participation.”

“It is necessary to discuss each individual program. It is impossible to draw general conclusions here, “the Kremlin speaker said.

Earlier, Russia submitted to the United States its proposals on security guarantees, which, in particular, require NATO to stop any military cooperation with the CIS countries.

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Spiegel learned about the idea of ​​expanding NATO contingent in Bulgaria and Romania

Spiegel: NATO general proposed to expand the contingent in Bulgaria and Romania NATO Chief of the Alliance for Europe Todd Walters proposed to expand the presence of the alliance contingent in Bulgaria and Romania within the framework of the Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) program

Chapter of the joint NATO armed forces in Europe, American General Tod Walters proposed expanding the alliance's contingent in Bulgaria and Romania against the backdrop of a build-up of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine. This is reported by Spiegel, citing sources.

According to the newspaper, he came up with this initiative at a secret video conference with the leaders of the military departments of the partner countries of the alliance.

Walters proposed to create contingents of up to 1.5 thousand people in Bulgaria and Romania within the framework of the NATO program Expanded Forward Presence (EFP), as happened in 2017 in the Baltics and Poland.

Earlier, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, when asked about the possibility of expanding the US military presence in countries on the eastern flank of NATO, replied that he had nothing to say about the new rotation of forces. “ We have significant funds in this region '', & mdash; he added.

Kirby quoted US National Security Assistant Jake Sullivan as saying that “if an invasion ensues and some NATO members request additional funds,” Washington will consider the request.

According to him, the United States continues to monitor the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border, allegedly a large number of Russian troops are concentrated.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, after a meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, said on December 17 the best in the situation with Ukraine, but urges to prepare for the worst.

He stressed that NATO is seeing a “ significant build-up of Russian military power and a more 'aggressive' '' rhetoric towards Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in turn, pointed to “ active military development '' the territory of Ukraine by NATO countries, which poses a threat to the security of Russia. He considered it necessary to start negotiations to work out agreements.

The Kremlin has also repeatedly assured that Russia has no “ aggressive plans '' in relation to Ukraine, and the movement of troops across the country was called an internal affair.

So, on December 17, the Russian Foreign Ministry disclosed the content of the proposals to the US authorities. They exclude Ukraine from joining NATO and conducting any military operations on Ukrainian territory. Russia also offered to guarantee the non-entry of the countries of the former USSR into NATO.

The White House and NATO confirmed that they had received Russian proposals on security. However, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that

negotiations on European security would not take place without the participation of US allies and partners in Europe. Stoltenberg also said that the dialogue should take into account the opinion of Ukraine.

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NATO head speaks out against conference with Russia on spheres of influence

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When discussing the prospects for Ukraine's membership in NATO, the head of the North Atlantic bloc Jens Stoltenberg opposed a new conference with Russia on spheres of influence. In his opinion, Moscow has no right to them.

The NATO Secretary General explained that the discussion of the great powers' own spheres of influence, which could control the choice of neighbors, would be a step backward for the bloc. Stoltenberg stressed that this is the wrong direction.

He proposed to discuss with Russia confidence-building measures, transparency of exercises and arms control.

Earlier, the Kremlin has repeatedly stated that statements about “Moscow's aggression” are used as a pretext for deploying NATO military equipment on Russia's borders. Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov stressed that Moscow has every right to move its army across the country. It does not threaten anyone, and does not intend to attack anyone.

If the US rejects the security guarantees offered by Russia, Moscow will switch to a counter-threat regime. She has enough technical capabilities to ensure her own safety.

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Foreigners on the Web supported Russia’s demands for the United States and NATO

“Moscow clearly explains to the Alliance countries that they have no place here”

The Russian Foreign Ministry has formulated the requirements for security guarantees that Russia expects to receive from the US and NATO. In particular, the draft agreements include a ban on NATO expansion, a limitation on the deployment of nuclear weapons on the territory of other states and an invitation to peace talks. Judging by the numerous responses on social networks, the opinions of foreigners were divided: some reacted with irony to the demands of Russia, while others saw in the proposals of the Russian Federation a chance to establish a dialogue between Washington and Moscow and prevent the worst case scenario.

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Brahma Chellani, an Indian professor of strategic studies, tweeted the following: “By agreeing to strengthen relations with Russia, the United States will be able to shift all of its financial and military forces to the more significant economic and technological threat – China. But the main question remains: does Biden have enough strength to drive a wedge between China and Russia, or will he continue to play the Cold War on two fronts? ”.

Netizen Joe Gordon wrote: “My dears, this road is a two-way road, so let's stop acting like a hypocrite and take a detour. Why do we attribute the presence of Russian troops on Russian territory to a readiness to inflict a surreptitious blow on America? Russia could just as well accuse the United States of sending our armed forces to Florida, which is 90 miles from Cuba – it's very close! ”.

American blogger Jim O'Reilly enthusiastically accepted the proposal of the Russian Foreign Ministry to the United States and NATO: “I see nothing illogical in Russia's demand to limit the US’s eastward movement. Let's agree with this so that another bloody war does not start in Europe. ”

This opinion was expressed not only by American users, but also by citizens of other countries that are part of the North Atlantic Treaty. Danish user Boerge R. Jensen remarked: “Moscow explains in very clear language to NATO countries that they have no place here. Russia is moving its military forces to the Ukrainian border in response to the presence of NATO troops in Ukraine and the Baltic countries. I think that NATO countries just want to start a new “cold” war, just like in the “good old days!” logical and even necessary. Recently, the United States has been behaving as the most unpredictable and belligerent aggressor in the entire world. If NATO refuses to further expand to the east, the likelihood of a global war in Europe will tend to zero! ”

But not all users believe that the US should improve relations with Russia. Steven Wertheim, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment, wrote: “With these demands on NATO, the likelihood of war has skyrocketed. I think the US should reject them, limit Russia's dialogue with NATO and send troops to Ukraine to resolve the conflict in Donbas. Russia's demands are too extravagant to pay attention to! ”.

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Peskov: Russia is worried about the transfer of NATO equipment through the Greek port

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Russia is concerned about the transfer of NATO soldiers and military equipment through the Greek port of Alexandroupolis. This was stated by the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov in an interview with the Greek TV channel Antenna.

Answering the question why Russia is unhappy with the close cooperation between Greece and NATO, Peskov explained that a large number of Alliance soldiers are concentrating on Greek territory. And NATO openly calls Russia an enemy. And he declares his goal – to contain our state.

At the same time, the official stressed that Greece has always been a friendly country for Russia. And now she is simply bound to the Alliance. It is clear that there are more claims to NATO than to Greece itself.

Peskov added that Moscow views Greece as a partner and expects that if the Americans impose sanctions, Athens will make the right decision and maintain friendly relations. He also pointed out that Greece is a sovereign country and should not act under the dictation of either the US or the EU.

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Bloomberg has learned the opinion of the Kremlin on the chances of agreeing on the non-expansion of NATO

Bloomberg: The Kremlin understands that there is almost no chance of agreeing on the non-expansion of NATO Russia is preparing proposals on security issues for the meeting announced by Biden with NATO member countries. According to the agency's sources, the Kremlin does not believe in the possibility of agreeing on the non-expansion of the alliance to the east

Meeting of Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin (via videoconference)

The Russian authorities understand that there is practically no possibility of reaching an agreement with NATO on its non-expansion to the east and the non-deployment of weapons near the country's borders, Bloomberg writes, citing sources close to the Kremlin.

On December 8, US President Joe Biden announced a meeting with the participation of representatives of Russia and NATO member countries. At least four of the main allies of the United States in the alliance should take part in it (Biden did not specify which countries they would be). The parties will discuss Russia's concerns about NATO enlargement and assess the possibility of agreements that would “ reduce tensions on the eastern flank. ''

On Friday, December 10, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov announced that Moscow is working on proposals on security issues for consultation with the North Atlantic Alliance. “ [Russian President Vladimir] Putin said that we will hand over such a document within a week, '' & mdash; he specified.

On December 7, the presidents of the two countries held talks in video format. Biden expressed concern about the movement of Russian military equipment near the border with Ukraine, and Putin replied that it was NATO that was making attempts to “ master '' the territory of Ukraine and is building up its military potential at the Russian borders.

Putin suggested to Biden to legally fix the guarantees of NATO's non-expansion to the east and the non-deployment of offensive strike weapons systems in countries bordering on Russia. The president first voiced this proposal on December 1 at a ceremony to present his credentials in the Kremlin.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said at a press conference following the talks that Biden did not give Putin is guaranteed not to expand NATO to the east. “ He supports the idea that countries should be free to choose who they associate with, '' & mdash; Sullivan stressed. White House press secretary Jen Psaki, in response to a journalist's question about Russia's demand for guarantees of non-expansion of the alliance, said that the decision on membership in it is made by NATO member states, and not Russia. She added that the United States is actively consulting with its European partners on the build-up of Russian troops near the Ukrainian borders.

Some Western media have recently expressed assumptions about an impending Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Russian side denied such publications.

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Bloomberg learns about “rage” in NATO over US plan for dialogue with Russia

Bloomberg: Eastern Europe criticized Biden's proposal for a Russia-NATO meeting According to the agency, countries from the eastern flank of NATO are concerned about what concessions negotiations with Russia may lead to. The authorities of one of the states of Eastern Europe “flew into a rage” because of Biden's initiative

Aviation experts praised the dispatchers who “sorted out” the situation with the NATO reconnaissance aircraft

“This is how American pilots are having fun”

NATO air activity over the Black Sea almost went sideways. Spy planes, which make reconnaissance flights near the Crimea, following their own course, known only to them, run ahead and do not pay attention to international air corridors for civilian liners. As a result, Russian air traffic controllers miraculously saved an A330 airbus flying from Tel Aviv to Moscow from a collision with a NATO CL600 reconnaissance aircraft. Experts told MK about the danger of such incidents.

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Civil aircraft on international routes do not move chaotically in the sky, but along established corridors, at certain heights (echelons) and above designated landmarks. This is done in order to exclude a collision of aircraft and ensure the continuity of communication between the crews and ground control points. One control tower “leads” each aircraft in its area of ​​responsibility, and then transfers to another.

Unfortunately, this air traffic control system does fail. And then real tragedies are played out in the sky. So, on August 24, 1981, in the sky over the Amur region near Zavitinsk, a passenger An-24RV and a Tu-16K missile carrier, performing weather reconnaissance, collided. 37 people were killed. An-24 passenger Larisa Savitskaya, who survived a fall from a height of 5220 meters, miraculously survived.

Another similar tragedy occurred on July 1, 2002 over Lake Constance. In the skies over Germany, near Überlingen and Lake Constance, a Tu-154M passenger airliner of Bashkir Airlines and a Boeing 757-200PF cargo plane of DHL airline collided. Killed 71 people, including 52 children, flying on a Russian plane.

That story had a dramatic continuation. For various reasons, dispatcher Peter Nielsen was unable to separate the planes in the sky and prevent the tragedy that day. Russian citizen Vitaly Kaloev, who lost his wife and two children in the crash, killed Peter Nielsen in Switzerland, inflicting 12 stab wounds on him. Kaloev was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 8 years in prison. After appeals, he was released early and returned to Russia.

On December 3, 2021, there was also a danger of an aircraft collision over the Black Sea. But it was avoided. Rosaviatsia on December 5 disclosed the details of the incident. It all happened on the morning of December 3, at 09:53 Moscow time. Close to the area of ​​responsibility of Russian air traffic services, the NATO CL600 reconnaissance aircraft unexpectedly began a sharp decline from an altitude of 11 thousand meters to 9.2 thousand meters. At the same time, he crossed the air corridor established for civil aircraft. The air hooligan did not respond to inquiries from the ground.

At the same time, civilian airliners passed through this area: the A330 aircraft of the Aeroflot company, flying from Tel Aviv to Moscow, and the Maltese CL650, en route from Sochi in Skopje (North Macedonia). There were 142 passengers on board the A330. According to the Federal Air Transport Agency, “the directions and flight levels of civil aircraft were promptly changed.” As a result, everything worked out.

However, the “sediment” from the behavior of the spy plane in the air remained. Rosaviatsia will initiate a protest through diplomatic channels in connection with a dangerous situation.

As the pilot with 40 years of experience, in the recent past, the crew commander Vladimir Salnikov, told MK, this happened in his flight biography. p>

– It was so. The Americans very often used all these abnormal techniques over Afghanistan. I flew the Il-96 then. The Americans had bases in Central Asia, and they came literally “under the belly” of civilian aircraft with their transponders turned off. And then, when they turned them on for ten seconds, as if indulging, immediately in our cockpit the command of the TCAS dangerous approach equipment sounded: “pull up” or, conversely, “descend”.

If I receive from TCAS command to change course, I have to carry it out. I begin to change course with a report to the ground dispatcher, but over Afghanistan the connection was poor, that is, you can't get the word out right the first time. And the Americans had fun because of it. The same thing happened in other areas.

– At the air traffic control points, there are civilian dispatchers and nearby – the military, who use the data of their locators. The information is mutual. When an abnormal situation, as in this case, work together.

The only question here is for the scout crew: why do all these dangerous encounters? All the more unpredictable. Which cannot be predicted by other crews – to what height it will descend and what course it will take.

TCAS starts to fire 30 kilometers away. When the crew reports to the ground that a TCAS command has been issued to change the course and altitude, the dispatcher's task also becomes more complicated: he needs to notify all neighboring aircraft and separate. This creates great difficulties for pilots and air traffic controllers.

Commenting on the incident, leading aviation expert, editor-in-chief of the Internet portal AVIA.RU Roman Gusarov told MK:

– Dispatch services did what they had to do. All civil aviation flights take place along international routes, corridors, and not just anywhere. In these corridors, flights are carried out under the supervision of ground control services.

Any civil aircraft shall submit information about its flight to the air traffic control system in advance. The dispatchers know for sure: on this route such and such an aircraft of such and such an airline, at such and such an altitude, should fly. He must have a responder who provides information and thanks to which the dispatchers “see” all the data on the board, right down to the flight parameters. You can contact the crew and talk.

That is, the dispatchers “lead” these planes so that they fly at the right altitude, with the right interval, in the right direction. There should be no other aircraft, let alone those not subordinate to air traffic control, on the route.

If suddenly some strange aircraft appears on this route, unidentified, such a kind of UFO, and even not responding to requests and not obeying the commands of the dispatchers, then he is a threat. Because no one knows how he will behave.

Considering that there is some kind of aircraft on the route, the dispatchers made the right decision: to take the planes to unplanned heights and routes in order to fly around the danger zone. The danger in the unpredictability of UFO behavior. There was no information about him, the crew did not answer.

– No special. You can complain to the International Civil Aviation Organization that reconnaissance aircraft operate flights that threaten the safety of civil aviation.

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French presidential candidate announced his desire to withdraw the country from NATO

Eric Zemmour also intends to significantly reduce the flow of refugees to France, including cutting social assistance and canceling the family reunification program

French presidential candidate Eric Zemmour said he intends to withdraw the country from NATO if he becomes head of state, reports LCI.

“I want France to withdraw from NATO's unified military command”, & mdash; said Zemmour, speaking to his supporters in the suburbs of Paris.

Voicing his election program, Zemmour also announced that he intends to raise salaries for employees, change the public procurement system so that more orders go to French companies, and also reduce taxes. In addition, he intends to transform France's migration policy by reducing the number of refugees arriving in the country. In particular, Zemmur plans to abolish the right to family reunification of migrants and reduce social assistance for migrants of non-European origin.

Before the meeting with supporters, Zemmur announced the name of his own movement & mdash; Reconquista. According to LCI, in order to become a member of the movement, it will be necessary to pay a deposit of & euro; 30, which is standard in such cases. For the French in a quandary it will be reduced to & quot; euro; 10.

& quot; Reconquista & quot; is called the process of reconquest of lands by Christians from the Moors on the Iberian Peninsula. Reconquista went from VIII to XV centuries, ended in 1492 with the victory of Christians.

Zemmour announced his official registration as a presidential candidate on November 30. “Now is not the time to reform France; we need to save it. This is why I decided to run for president '', & mdash; he explained in a video message.

Zemmur is 63 years old, he has been a journalist and writer for a long time. He collaborated with Le Figaro as a political columnist and hosted a polemic broadcast on CNews (formerly I-T & eacute; l & eacute;). He gained notoriety for his harsh statements, several lawsuits were filed against him, he was accused of inciting hatred and violence. Adheres to ultra-right views.

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White House responds to Putin’s demand for guarantees of non-expansion of NATO

Earlier, the Russian President made a proposal to start substantive negotiations on achieving legal guarantees of NATO's eastward expansion

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki not Russia. This was stated by the press secretary of the White House, Jen Psaki, reports The Washington Post.

“ Only NATO countries can decide who is a member of the alliance, not Russia. It is important to remember who is the provocateur in this situation, and it is not the United States or Ukraine, '' & mdash; she answered a journalist's question about Russia's demand for guarantees of non-expansion of the alliance.

She also added that the United States is actively consulting with its European partners and the US Congress on the build-up of Russian troops near Ukraine's borders. “We know what [Russian President Vladimir] Putin has done in the past. We see him facing difficulties in ordering the invasion [of Ukraine] in a short time, '', & mdash; she added.

On December 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed starting substantive negotiations on achieving legal guarantees of NATO's eastward expansion. According to him, Russia intends to seek “ reliable and long-term security guarantees '' and in negotiations with the United States and its allies will “ insist on the development of specific agreements. ''

In early December, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also said that the decision on the degree of Ukraine's readiness to join NATO would be made by the members of the alliance, and Russia does not have the right to veto on this issue. Any future Russian aggression against Ukraine will be costly and entail serious political and economic consequences for Moscow, he said. In November, Stoltenberg also admitted that American nuclear weapons stationed in Europe could end up in Eastern European countries if Germany refuses to deploy them.

In early November, the Washington Post and Politico reported citing on its own sources and data from satellite images that Russia is building up troops on the border with Ukraine. Kiev initially denied the threat, but later Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reported 100,000 Russian troops concentrated on the eastern borders.

In response, Putin said that the topic of the “ invasion '' Russian troops were raised in Ukraine at the beginning of the year, but the invasion itself has not happened yet. He also noted that he sees threats to those who live in the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR due to the movement of the Ukrainian armed forces near their territories.

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Permanent Representative of Russia to the CSTO assessed the risks of weapons abandoned by the US and NATO in Afghanistan

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The weapons abandoned in Afghanistan by NATO and the United States pose uncontrollable risks. This was stated by the Ambassador-at-Large, Permanent Representative of Russia to the CSTO.

The Russian diplomat clarified that a large number of modern weapons remained in Afghanistan, which were left by the soldiers of the coalition forces who fled the country.

Recall that in August, The Mirror reported that after the American military left Afghanistan, many weapons remained in the country. This allowed the Taliban (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) to become one of the most equipped terrorist armies in the world.

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Military expert appreciated the increase in the level of combat readiness of the US Army and NATO

American-Russian relations have rolled back to the Cold War era

The US and NATO have raised their armed forces' combat readiness level from 5 to 4 on November 30. This decision was taken by the United States in connection with the tense situation on the Ukrainian border. Military expert and political scientist Ivan Konovalov told the MK correspondent what NATO wanted to tell Russia with this action.

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– The fifth level of the DEFCON US Armed Forces readiness scale corresponds to peacetime. It looks like the US has decided that now is no longer a time of peace. At the fourth level, all special services, including military intelligence, become more active. During the Cold War, when the US and NATO confronted the USSR and its allies, this level of readiness was the main one.

– In fact, yes. Unfortunately, in many respects, relations between America and Russia have rolled back almost to the time of the Cuban missile crisis. This is primarily due to the policy of the United States, which is beginning to build its Armed Forces under the Cold War model.

– The Russian Federation has a whole range of countermeasures. They have long been included in the programs for the construction and development of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. All this is a response to the troubled situation in Ukraine, the deployment of NATO troops along the Russian and Belarusian borders, the West's interest in the Arctic, ”the political scientist explained. – The main thing in this situation is not to be nervous. Fortunately, the Russian Ministry of Defense knows exactly how to respond to such provocations.

Military expert Alexei Leonkov discussed the deteriorating relations between the West and Russia on Telegram: “In Europe, the degree of hysteria continues to rise, talking about Russia's aggression, while Poland and Ukraine are moving their military units to the borders of Belarus. The likelihood of a full-scale conflict on the line of a combat clash has risen to maximum values, the military expert warned. – There will be no Third World War, because fortunately, neither the United States nor NATO has suicides willing to do this. But local conflict is still possible. Now the main thing for Western countries is to provoke Russia to retaliate. If this happens, the United States and Great Britain will have an excuse to subjugate all of Europe, in order to then use it as an obedient instrument against Russia and China. ”

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Latvian Prime Minister called on the EU and NATO to send a signal to Russia regarding Ukraine

Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins believes that Russia should receive a signal from the European Union and NATO regarding a possible escalation against Ukraine. He stated this at a press conference in Riga after a meeting with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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“It is important that the European Union and NATO monitor the situation near Ukraine's borders and give Russia a signal that in the event of an escalation, very clear consequences are expected,” he said.

Karins added that another hybrid threat in Europe is the migration crisis on the border of Belarus with Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

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