New sanctions for Navalny: “Rejection. Deterrence. Cooperation”
On Monday, EU foreign ministers discussed the response to the verdicts on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. As expected, they agreed to impose sanctions on a number of Russian officials.
The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, hopes that the list of Russians falling under these sanctions will be determined within a week. Reuters sources suggest that among them will be the head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin, the director of the Federal Penitentiary Service Alexander Kalashnikov, the director of the National Guard Viktor Zolotov and the Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov.
Borrell also formulated a new EU approach to relations with Russia: “Fight back – where Russia violates international law and human rights. Deter – where Russia is trying to increase pressure on us, including through disinformation and cyber attacks. Cooperate – in those issues we are interested in. “
More details about the sanctions and the formula “Fight. Deterrence. Cooperation” – in the report of our correspondent Juri Vendik.
Half a million victims of coronavirus in the United States
On Tuesday, the number of Americans who died from complications of Covid-19 exceeded 500 thousand. This is a record in the world – and almost 20% of all global deaths from the virus, although the US population is about 4.25% of the world’s inhabitants.
The New York Times estimates that more Americans have died from the coronavirus than in three wars – World War I, World War II, and Vietnam – combined.
England will be completely out of lockdown by summer
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday announced the government’s plans to pull England out of a tough lockdown. It is a gradual and very careful process in which Johnson outlined four stages:
- March 8: opening of schools
- March 29: lifting the ban on meetings in the street and in private gardens for six people or two households, as well as travel around the country and sports on the street
- April 12th: opening of shops, verandas of establishments, as well as gyms and swimming pools
- May 17: up to six people or two households will be able to meet on the streets and in houses, hotels, pubs and restaurants will open, air travel will resume
- 21st of June: removal of remaining restrictions
This plan depends on the epidemiological situation, including maintaining a high rate of vaccination, reducing the number of infections and controlling the spread of new variants of the virus.
Johnson also touched upon the controversial topic of vaccination certificates, which are actively discussed in many countries, including Russia.
So far, the British prime minister has only outlined the possibility of their introduction and stressed that further discussions are required.
Britain to call on UN Security Council to fight global warming
On Tuesday, the British Prime Minister will chair a meeting of the UN Security Council for the first time since 1992.
Johnson will focus on the threat of global warming. In addition to him, UN Secretary General António Guterres, as well as British TV presenter and naturalist Sir David Attenborough and Sudanese eco-activist Nisrin Elsheim will speak at the meeting.
“The challenge for the UN Security Council is to respond to threats to global security and peace, such as climate change,” Johnson warns in a speech released ahead of the meeting.
He names refugees from climate change, extreme weather conditions, famine and monopolization of resources by militants among the consequences of global warming.
Reducing emissions and supporting poor countries contribute to the prosperity and security of the whole world, the British leader said.
New government in Georgia – but old government
On Monday, the Georgian parliament expressed confidence in the cabinet of Irakli Garibashvili, a former defense minister who was already prime minister in 2013-2015.
His predecessor, Giorgi Gakharia, resigned over a disagreement with his team over a court decision to arrest Nick Melia, leader of the largest opposition party, United National Movement.
However, there are no cardinal differences between the governments of Gakharia and Garibashvili: both belong to the ruling Georgian Dream party, and only two ministers have changed in the cabinet.
The opposition has already called the choice of parliament “the worst decision”.
The details of the political crisis in Tbilisi are in our material.
25 years “On needles”
Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, based on the novel of the same name by Irwin Welch, was released 25 years ago in British cinemas. The film about the adventures of heroin addicts from Edinburgh has become cult all over the world.
A quarter of a century later, the problem has not gone away – in 2019, according to local authorities, Scotland has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in Europe and one of the highest in the world. The British press calls the situation a national disaster.
EU leans towards tough US stance on Russia and China: WSJ
In a note following the meeting of EU foreign ministers, the Wall Street Journal analyzes the mood in Brussels – and sees signs of a rapprochement between the positions of the EU and the United States on Russia and China after Joe Biden came to power in Washington.
And it’s not just about sanctions against Moscow. On Monday, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, indicated Brussels’ readiness to argue more actively with China’s policy in Hong Kong – an issue in which Europe has recently been much softer than America.
The newspaper got acquainted with a closed EU report, which lists possible steps towards Hong Kong. Among them is the support of dissidents and coordination of actions with international partners, including the United States.
Four theaters of the new Cold War: Bloomberg
The new Cold War for a dominant role in the world – between the United States and China – includes the division of spheres of influence, Bloomberg writes.
Four key countries exemplifying the nature of the new confrontation are Germany, Djibouti, India and the Philippines.
“The key countries are not just intermediaries or pawns that Washington or Beijing rearranges. Some play on their differences, others are looking for a third way in an increasingly bipolar world, and still others are leaning towards one camp or another. ”
This is the first in a five-column series, and future installments will cover the cases of each of these countries.
Hockey player, politics and accusations: the scandal around Artemy Panarin
Last week, former coach of the Vityaz hockey club, Andrei Nazarov, said that his former ward Artemy Panarin, now an NHL star in the New York Rangers, beat a girl ten years ago, but allegedly the case was “put on hold”.
Tuesday at New York Rangers saidthat Panarin categorically denies all the details of this story, which he considers fabricated, and the club fully supports him. Moreover, the team linked the accusations with the political position of the Russian hockey player.
The USA Today newspaper writes that two interlocutors familiar with the situation confirmed that Panarin considers the speech of the former mentor as a punishment for his political position.
Panarin has repeatedly criticized the Russian authorities, and in January supported Navalny.
Remains of over 200 German soldiers of WWI found: Times
The German People’s Union for the Care of War Graves told the British newspaper The Times that they are confident in the organization – they have found the Winterberg Tunnel, in which the German detachment was buried alive during the second Battle of the Aisne in 1917.
During that battle, a French shell exploded at the entrance to a German tunnel, and more than 200 soldiers were buried alive in it.
German search engines are also trying to find the descendants of the dead soldiers.
Will male nail art take root in Russia?
Nail painting (nail art) is becoming more and more popular among men. What is the fate of this trend in Russia – and which of the Russian men paints their nails?
Details are in the material by Alina Isachenko.
NASA has released historical video footage of the landing of the Perseverance rover on the surface of the Red Planet.
The task of “Perseverance” is to search for traces of life in the area of the ancient river in the crater of Jezero.
Digest prepared Grigor Atanesyan and Marina Raboutмадова
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