Belarus ahead of Russia in the number of objects of US sanctions under Biden

In 2021, the administration of US President Joseph Biden imposed the most sanctions (in terms of the number of subjects and objects included in the sanctions list) against China, Belarus and Russia. Moreover, in terms of the number of new targets (95) added to the SDN (Specially Designated Nationals) sanctions list, Russia lost to Belarus (96), follows from an analysis conducted by experts from the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in Washington. In first place — China with 100 new targets on lists. In total, last year the United States added 765 objects to the SDN list, China, Belarus and Russia each accounted for 12-13% of such decisions. In for             the first place in the the-nbsp;nbsp; ;Second — Venezuela (13%). Which sanctions were taken into account, which — no Listing on the SDN List means freezing the assets of the person in  US jurisdiction and banning               for of U.S. citizens and companies from doing business with the sanctioned person. As a rule, individuals

What changes have already been proposed to the bill on “health certificates”

Among them, as “Kommersant” found out, there are both proposals consonant with what the government has already made, and&nbsp ;new initiatives regarding, for example, the cost of PCR tests and features of the use of QR codes in cities of federal significance. A bill allowing regions to introduce certificates with QR codes for visiting mass events, cultural institutions, public catering facilities and retail trade, the government submitted to the Duma on November 12 . Immediately after that, he was sent to distribution to regions, the vast majority of which sent positive feedback to Duma. On December 16 & nbsp; the project was approved in & nbsp; the first reading by the votes of the United Russia, the Liberal Democratic Party and part of the “New People”, the Communist Party faction and the “Fair Russia” voted against For truth» (SRZP). The second reading was tentatively scheduled for January 18  Authorities will tie QR code decision to herd immunity As  Kommersant has already reported, their joint proposal

France passes law on vaccination passport

According to the law, citizens will have no other way to obtain a vaccination passport other than by completing a full course of vaccinations. Residents of the country from 12 to 15 years of age can use the old rules of the sanitary passport, which allow the replacement of full vaccination with negative PCR tests. The presentation of a vaccination passport may be accompanied by the presentation of an identity card. For the use of a fake document, the law provides for three years in prison and a €45,000 fine or, in case of relapse, five years and €75,000. will be punished. The government intends to introduce vaccination passports on the 20th of January. Opponents of the law can still prevent its entry into force — file an appeal with Constitutional Council. Aleksey Tarkhanov, Paris

Peskov announced NATO's “gradual invasion” of Ukraine

«We are watching a gradual incursion of NATO into the territory of Ukraine with its infrastructure, its instructors, defensive and  weapons, training of the Ukrainian military and the like» — he said (quote from RIA Novosti). Peskov believes that the current situation poses a threat to stability and security in Europe and the “European security architecture”, and Moscow “can no longer tolerate” such a development of events . “And this was the main reason why President Putin said: “Guys, for us — real threat” — added the press secretary. According to him, against the backdrop of an “unfriendly atmosphere” due to the exercises of the North Atlantic Alliance and the promotion of its infrastructure to the east, Moscow “is forced to take precautionary measures.” “Russian troops are on territory of the Russian Federation near the Ukrainian border, and we consider it necessary to leave them there in the face of a very tense situation  — said Peskov. In an interview with Echo of Moscow" the press secretary indicated that the Kremlin ruled out

In Germany, Russia's disconnection from SWIFT was compared with an “atomic bomb” for the market

In an interview with the DPA, Merz compared Russia's possible disconnection from SWIFT to the "atomic bomb" for the market of capital, goods and services. There would be a massive economic downturn, and Germany “would hurt itself considerably,” said the future head of the CDU. “So Merz called for caution, because “ Germany — strong export country”. He fears serious consequences not for European-Russian trade, but for worldwide  — reports the contents of the ZDF interview. In addition, the disconnection of Moscow from SWIFT “will break the foundation of this international payment system,” Merz emphasized. In January of this year, the United States introduced a new package of sanctions against Russia in the event of an invasion of Ukraine. The document titled “Deterrence of Authoritarian Warfare Act 2022” proposes, among other things, the introduction of a ban on transactions with Russian companies in energy, financial, mining and aerospace sectors, and imposes sanctions against the SWIFT international interbank system if it does stop providing services to Russian banks and  ;companies

Mandatory vaccination against coronavirus in Austria will cover people over 18

“Compulsory vaccination starts in early February”, — he said at a press conference in Vienna. The chancellor added that the campaign will apply to persons only from 18 years old». Earlier, the government stated that the covid vaccination would become mandatory for all residents of the republic from 14 years old. Compulsory vaccination law should enter into force at the beginning of February this year after the support in the parliament by a simple majority of deputies of only two ruling parties. Voting on the bill is scheduled for 20 January. Compulsory vaccination will not cover pregnant women who have been ill within six months after the disease and people for whom vaccination is contraindicated for health reasons with medical confirmation of a medical exemption. February the population of Austria will be informed in writing about the need to be vaccinated. Corresponding letters will be sent to the place of residence of a person with registration in Austria. From March 15 monitoring compliance with the law will

WSJ learned about the discontent in NATO because of the negotiations between the US and Russia

According to the interlocutors of the publication, we are talking about the idea of ​​"mutual reduction in the scale of military exercises", about which some allies learned only from  the media (for example, on 7 January, before  the talks between the US and Russia, NBC reported that  Washington was ready to military exercises conducted by both sides). The      does does specify which states are in question, but   the material says that they are “especially close to Russia”. In addition, the WSJ writes, US allies would like to achieve greater clarity about Washington's proposals for the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), from which the country officially withdrew in August 2019. According to the newspaper, some allies are concerned that since NATO rejects major Russian demands (in particular, not to expand the alliance to the east), Washington may make minor concessions in an attempt to “placate” Moscow. The                 d d made official proposals to Russia, but only put forward ideas     according to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg,

Ukraine implements 'containment package' against Russia, Kuleba says

“We doubled our efforts to mobilize international support for Ukraine. Among other things, we work closely with our allies and partners to implement a comprehensive containment package   — Kuleba said in an interview with the German publication Bild. According to the minister, the package consists of three levels: active de-escalation diplomacy, the development of a complex of “painful economic sanctions”, as well as deepening defense cooperation with Ukraine. Negotiations with Russia that took place this week were “the culmination of our common deterrence diplomacy,” Kuleba said. “The decisiveness of the West was obvious”,  — the diplomat added. At the beginning of the week, a series of consultations took place between Russia, the United States and NATO on security guarantees — On January 9 10 the issue was discussed in Geneva at meetings with USA, on January  — during the meeting of the Russia-NATO Council, January 13  — on the OSCE platform. Russia has repeatedly rejected the accusations of the West and Ukraine of  escalation, stating that it threats nobody       is not going to attack      within its

Trump says U.S. officials' lies about Russia hindered his work

“What is the most difficult country they've dealt with,” they asked: Russia, China, North Korea, Iran ? The hardest country I've ever dealt with — this is USA. We've got some crazy people who created these fakes: “Russia, Russia, Russia”. Everything fabricated, everything created, — Trump said at a support rally in Florence, Arizona. The event was broadcast by American cable networks. Trump said that this technology was used against him when he was accused of  relations with RF. Since the 2016 presidential election, US authorities have been investigating alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. The Russian Federation denies allegations of interference in the American elections. In the United States version of "collusion" disavowed and now investigating the background of the campaign against the former US president. Like all former US presidents, Trump regularly receives classified information at briefings on national security.

Peskov said about the high level of tension on the border with Ukraine

Moscow, according to him, wants a “very specific answer to” its very specific proposals.   We have too much tension on the border. Too much tension in this part of Europe», — Peskov said, noting that such a situation is “extremely dangerous for” our continent. Nuland announced 18 scenarios of sanctions and “acute pain” waiting for Russia For this reason, according to the presidential press secretary, Russia is waiting for a “direct answer” on his concerns. Peskov also noted that the the US provided no evidence of the that Russia was allegedly planning an escalation around Ukraine. “We still waiting for evidence,” — he noticed  The presidential press secretary stated that you have to live  in the world of fake accusations, fake news, in the world of lies». Earlier, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, without presenting any evidence, said that the United States had determined the timing of the “invasion” Russia to Ukraine, probably on a"fabricated pretext". A similar statement that Moscow is looking for a reason for such actions was also made