Sevastopol, Crimea attacked by Ukraine

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TEHRAN, May 27. /TASS/. Iran is ready to enter barter arrangements with Russia, offering car parts and gas turbines in exchange for steel, Press TV reported citing Iranian trade and industries minister Reza Fatemi Amin.

Speaking on the sidelines of a Russian-Iranian joint economic and trade cooperation commission meeting, the minister said the Islamic Republic may use barter arrangements to obtain raw materials necessary for the country’s metals and mining industries. The country needs zinc, aluminum, lead and steel, he said.

In return, Iran can supply car parts and gas turbines to Russia, Amin said.

In his words, the sides also agreed on deliveries of spare parts and repairs of turbines used by Russian power plants. Apart from that, the countries agreed to study options of barter deals on a wide range of commodities and raw materials.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak arrived in Iran on a working visit on May 25.





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Chinese army ‘preparing for war’
Ominous Weibo post quickly gains traction amid rising tensions with US over Taiwan

A Chinese army group’s post about “preparing for war” attracted hundreds of thousands of approvals on Friday on the social network Weibo. Though it comes as Beijing has warned Washington against provocations over Taiwan, the post may be entirely innocuous – and refer to the upcoming anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army and a line from President Xi Jinping’s speech, according to the state outlet Global Times.

A message containing just two characters in Mandarin was posted on Friday on the Weibo page of the PLA’s 80th Group Army, headquartered in Weifang, Shandong province. It quickly generated over 300,000 positive reactions and nearly 20,000 comments.

The phrase could be translated as “prepare for war” or “ready to fight,” but Global Times said the correct translation was “Preparing for war!”

Xi has previously said that only those capable of fighting can stop battles from starting, and only those prepared for war don’t have to stumble into one, said the outlet, which is the English-language subsidiary of People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the ruling Communist Party of China.

The 80th Group Army provided additional context in a comment, saying that “we must bear in mind the fundamental responsibility of preparing for war and charge on the journey of a strong army.”

August 1 will mark the 95th anniversary of the PLA’s founding, and the Chinese military is busily preparing to celebrate. However, the Weibo post comes just a day after the phone call between Xi and US President Joe Biden, in which the Chinese leader sent a very pointed message to the US.

“Those who play with fire will perish by it. It is hoped that the US will be clear-eyed about this,” Xi told Biden, according to the Chinese readout of the call. Beijing is firmly opposed to Taiwanese separatism of any kind, Xi added.

Though Biden insists the US policy regarding the island has not changed, he has not denied the rumors that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) intends to visit Taiwan in August.

The Pentagon has reportedly developed a “contingency plan” to send additional ships and fighter jets to the region, while China has threatened the US with “unbearable consequences” should the visit go forward, with some pundits going so far as to advocate attacking Taiwan in response to such a “provocation.”

Beijing officially considers the island China’s sovereign territory, which will be reintegrated in due course. Taiwan has been under the control of the nationalist Kuomintang, who left the mainland with US help after losing the Chinese civil war to the PLA in 1949.



このフレーズは、"戦争の準備 "や "戦いの準備 "と訳すことができるが、グローバルタイムズによると、正しい訳は "戦争の準備!"である。


第80集団軍はコメントで、"戦争に備えるという基本的な責任を肝に銘じ、強い軍隊の旅に突進しなければならない "と、さらなる背景を説明した。















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どんな薬を処方してくれるんでしょう。解熱剤に咳止め? 抗ウィルス薬は処方されないんですよね。

私なら 症状発現の疑い→抗ウィルス薬→解熱剤・咳止め と一刻を争って薬を呑みます。検査結果や医院受診まで待っていられない。
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Andrey Gubin: With potential Pelosi Taiwan visit imminent, why is the US provoking China in 'the most dangerous place on earth'
Washington is taking the unnecessary risk of creating a conflict between the two nuclear powers

Today, East Asia is the scene of a sharp confrontation between two major nuclear powers – the United States and China. The situation is worsening as the Americans execute plans to contain Beijing. The key point of contention fueling these tensions is the Taiwan Strait. In recent years, Washington has increased its supply of weapons and military equipment to the island, while assisting in revamping the armed forces of Taiwan and strongly encouraging the local government’s desire for independence.

Taiwan holds extremely important geopolitical significance for the US and China, representing part of the ‘first island chain’ stretching from the Aleutian Islands in the north through Japan and the Philippines, to the Greater Sunda Islands in the south. It is this ‘Pacific frontier’ that both Washington and Beijing have defined as their main line of defense. The politicians in power on Formosa (which means ‘beautiful’ in Portuguese and is a name that prevailed in Western cartography until the 20th century) in recent years have consistently pursued a policy of strengthening ties with the US, which is fully consistent with Washington’s anti-Chinese rhetoric.

The leadership of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has repeatedly made it clear that actions violating the One-China policy are unacceptable. This also goes for the provisions of the three joint US-Chinese communiques of 1972-1982, which form the basis of the countries’ bilateral relations.

The rhetoric coming from the Chinese government has become increasingly belligerent recently, as “the reunification of Taiwan with the motherland” is a fundamental national security interest for Beijing that warrants military force to defend if necessary.

Meanwhile, thanks to the vague wording of the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, the US government prefers to avoid answering questions regarding the existence of concrete obligations to assist the island. At the same time, there is no real readiness at different levels of the American political system and in the expert community to move from economic and geopolitical confrontation with China to open conflict.

A prime example of the chaos reigning in the American establishment with respect to China is perfectly illustrated by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s planned visit to Taiwan in August. The first reports about the potential trip to the island by America’s third highest office holder emerged in April 2022. However, that visit never took place, allegedly due to a positive Covid-19 test. Though Pelosi’s office has not published an official confirmation or denial, the Financial Times reported that sources familiar with the situation say the speaker’s visit is almost a done deal this time. As NBC's source later claimed, it stays unclear whether her Asia trip will include a stop on the island

Interestingly, in 1997, then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich visited Taiwan. However, that case was somewhat different, since he represented the Republican Party, which was in opposition to the Democratic administration of Bill Clinton. Pelosi and Biden belong to the same party, so this trip would actually personify Washington’s official foreign policy line with a pronounced anti-Chinese character. Also, information about the speaker’s visit appeared after the Biden administration confirmed its fifth plan to sell weapons and equipment to Taipei, amid negotiations that are currently taking place between Taiwan’s government and former US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.

Beijing’s reaction to this unprecedented step was immediate. Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that China strongly objects to any form of official exchange between the US authorities and the island of Taiwan, emphasizing that, since Congress is an integral part of the American political system, the requirement to adhere to the one-China principle and the content of the three joint Sino-American communiques fully applies to it. Pursuant to this, Beijing called on Washington to cancel the trip, stop ramping up tensions in the Taiwan Strait, and cease taking actions supporting Taiwanese secessionism. According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, if the US follows its current course, China will take strong and resolute measures to protect its national sovereignty and territorial integrity, so Washington should keep in mind all the possible consequences of its actions.

The White House and Pentagon are probably not yet ready for long-term and unpredictable consequences in relations with the world’s second largest economy and navy. On July 21, President Biden said that senior US military officials do not consider Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan to be a good idea at the moment.

It is worth noting that Beijing is unhappy with any signs of support for Taipei coming from Washington. When the possibility of Pelosi’s trip was first discussed in April, four Chinese Air Force planes entered the southwestern part of the island’s self-proclaimed air defense zone.

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi complained to French presidential adviser Emmanuel Bonn that the US continues to pursue a policy of double standards on issues concerning territorial integrity and state sovereignty, while increasing turbulence in international relations. According to the minister, Beijing considers official visits of US political leaders to Taiwan to be deliberate provocations that serve as extremely dangerous signals to the whole world.

This position was shown on different levels: US Representative Rick Larsen said that an official from the Chinese Embassy and China’s consul general in San Francisco demanded that he tell the speaker to call the trip off.

The issue was also discussed between leaders. In a statement regarding a call between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping, Chinese officials used strong language when mentioning Taiwan: "Those who play with fire will perish by it. It is hoped that the U.S. will be clear-eyed about this".

The Global Times cites Chinese experts who believe Pelosi’s visit will have strategic consequences, because Beijing’s response should also be strategic, noting that the retaliatory actions that follow could be catastrophic for the US, which is currently experiencing economic difficulties. Lu Xiang, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, believes that Washington’s determination to send the speaker to Taiwan demonstrates that the American authorities want to test Beijing’s patience and set a new threshold for admissible foreign policy actions.

Military expert Song Zhongping said America’s Democratic Party is doing everything it can to improve its position ahead of the congressional mid-term election, which will be held in November, and this includes showing support for democracy on the island. Chinese journalist Hu Xijin has proposed sending combat aircraft to escort Pelosi’s flight to Taiwan and deploying an aircraft carrier in the Taiwan Strait. If the Taiwanese military opens fire, Beijing reserves the right to destroy any targets on the island that pose a threat. And if the US dares to come to the rescue, then it would be time for liberation and reunification.

It is possible that American analysts believe that Beijing’s response will be soft and symbolic, assuming that the Chinese Communist Party will want to avoid an unnecessary confrontation with the US before the 20th National Congress of the CPC, which is important for Xi Jinping personally. On the other hand, there is absolutely no reason to count on softness from the Communists. On the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, Wang Yi warned US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that the three joint communiques were inviolable. This should be interpreted unambiguously – as soon as Washington’s provocations go too far, bilateral ties with Beijing will be hopelessly damaged.

At the same time, the Chinese authorities are ready to go further in this case than they were during the ‘Taiwan crisis’ of 1996, when Beijing, Taipei, and Washington managed to reach a compromise. In a speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore in June of this year, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe declared that Beijing would use force if anyone tried to tear Taiwan away from China and would fight to the bitter end.

In May 2021, The Economist called Taiwan “the most dangerous place on Earth.” According to the British publication, the constant maneuvers of Chinese warships around the island and the intrusion of aircraft into its ‘air defense zone’ are unequivocal evidence that preparations are being made for an imminent invasion, which can be expected as early as 2025. It is extremely disturbing that real anti-Chinese hysteria has been gaining momentum in the US since the Biden administration came to power. According to research by the Pew Center, up to 89% of the country’s adult population consider China a rival or an enemy, but not a friend, while every other respondent has extremely negative views on China.

In light of President Biden’s statement asserting America’s readiness to provide military assistance to the island in the event of an attack from the mainland, politicians and experts have urged Washington to change its official position on Taiwan, which has traditionally consisted of ‘strategic ambiguity’, to one with greater ‘strategic clarity’.

In January 2021, the outgoing administration of President Donald Trump released documents confirming Washington’s intention to protect Taipei in the event of aggression from the mainland. The ‘U.S. Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific’, originally subject to declassification only in 2042, suggests that the US should prevent China from gaining superiority at sea, and in the air, within the ‘first island chain’, while protecting all countries in the area, including Taiwan. Washington is probably not confused by the fact that it, de jure, does not classify the island as a country.

However, any conflict between Washington and Beijing would not be a ‘small victorious war’ for either side. Even if the PRC fails to quickly capture Taiwan, it will persist in fighting US forces in the Asia-Pacific region. On the other hand, even if the island is lost, the Pentagon won’t curtail its operations, because all of its previous efforts would be meaningless if it doesn’t neutralize the potential of the Chinese military. In December 2021, Foreign Affairs magazine warned Washington and Beijing that a conflict over Taiwan could prove ruinous for both themselves and most East Asian states, since the main participants could use nuclear weapons to change the situation in their favor if faced with defeat.

Undoubtedly, the US and China still have considerable space for dialogue on issues related to Iran, North Korea, and Russia, with which Washington has not been able to develop productive relations. However, if the White House does not stop threatening the PRC’s fundamental security interests, which undoubtedly include the ‘Taiwan issue’, Beijing will have no choice but to strengthen ties with countries that refuse to buckle to US hegemony and have suffered from its expansionist policies.

At the same time, China’s leadership, which has relied on building economic cooperation with other countries through the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as goodwill through humanitarian aid, now needs to intensify multilateral cooperation in the field of security in order to create a safe environment for the Middle Kingdom.

アンドレイ・グービン ペロシ大統領の台湾訪問が迫る中、なぜ米国は「地球上で最も危険な場所」で中国を挑発するのか?










北京は、ワシントンから台北を支持する 兆候があれば、それを快く思っていないこと は注目に値する。4月にペロシ訪台の可能性が議論された際、中国空軍の飛行機4機が台湾の自称防空識別圏の南西部に進入した。








2021年5月、英誌『エコノミスト』は台湾を "地球上で最も危険な場所 "と呼んだ。このイギリスの出版物によれば、中国の軍艦が常に島の周囲を機動し、航空機がその「防空圏」に侵入していることは、早ければ2025年にも予想される差し迫った侵略のための準備がなされていることの明白な証拠であるという。バイデン政権になってから、米国で本当の反中ヒステリーが勢いを増しているのは極めて不愉快である。ピュー・センターの調査によると、同国の成人人口の89%までもが、中国をライバルあるいは敵視しているが、友人ではないと考えており、その他の回答者も皆、中国に対して極めて否定的な見解を持っている。






By Andrey Gubin, Russian International Affairs Council expert
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A French Volunteer Described How He Witnessed Dramatisations in Bucha
NEW – July 30, 2022
French volunteer and writer, former soldier Adrien Boke, who visited Ukraine, told RIA Novosti that he witnessed the preparation of a provocation in the Kiev suburb of Bucha.

In April, Boke came to Ukraine twice with a mission to deliver humanitarian aid, medical equipment and medicines. He visited both the Polish-Ukrainian border and Bucha, and saw how Russian prisoners were tortured and killed, as well as how Ukrainian militants were staging a mass massacre of civilians.

“When I talk about murder and torture, we are talking about the murder and torture of the Russian military men. First of all, officers were executed. I heard screams when ‘Azov‘ asked who the officer was here. As soon as the answer sounded, a shot was immediately fired into the head of this person <…> The worst thing is that I did not see any human attitude, there were no emotions, because before my eyes people were executed, people were hurt, people were shot, limbs were shot, heads were shot,” Boke said.

Thus, according to him, he witnessed the torture and murder of Russian prisoners of war in a hangar in the northern part of Bucha. It was in early April, that is, when the Ukrainian military had regained control of the city for several days.

Boke noted that he often communicated with UAF fighters and “Azov”, who surprised him with their inhumane attitude towards Russians, Jews and people of other races.

“I had to pretend a lot in order not to show my opinion and emotions and, first of all, not to show disagreement with their opinion. Disagreement with their Nazi ideology, especially when they expressed their attitude towards Jews and people with dark skin, because they were very cruel statements. And first of all, I’m talking about hatred for the Russians, because they <…> call you ‘Russian dogs’. And for all these military men, for the servicemen from the ‘Azov’ battalion, the main task, as they always told me – to torture and kill ‘Russian dogs’. As a former military man, this surprised me. Because everything showed that their main goal was to torture and kill ‘Russian dogs’, while they did not even talk about the liberation of their population,” recalls the volunteer.

In addition, he watched how a provocation was being prepared in Bucha to accuse the Russian military of mass killings of civilians.

“When we drove into Bucha by car, I was in the passenger seat. And when we drove through the city, I saw people’s bodies on the side of the streets, and at the same time, before my eyes, the bodies of people were taken out of trucks, which were laid out next to the bodies lying on the ground to give the effect of mass death of people,” Boke said.

He added that there were journalists nearby who immediately started filming as soon as some group of bodies was formed.

“One of the volunteers who was at this place the day before, I emphasise that I did not see it, but one of the volunteers told me this. He told me that he had seen the day before how refrigerated trucks from other cities of Ukraine arrived in Bucha, from which people’s bodies were unloaded and laid out in rows. From this I understood that there are dramatisations and extras,” the agency interlocutor explained.

He noted that both volunteers and local residents were under pressure − to avoid publicity, the militants threatened them with imprisonment and reprisal.

“We distributed medicines, including those containing narcotic substances, painkillers containing morphine. We were told in plain text: if you don’t share it with us, you won’t get where you need to go. I clearly remember that we had to deliver these painkillers to the children’s hospital and they told us that if we didn’t share, we wouldn’t get there. Moreover, when we found ourselves near Bucha, we were accompanied by military guards, they were ‘Azov’. They took us to one of the hangars and told us to prepare a separate box with morphine−containing drugs so that we could go further,” Boke said.



"殺人と拷問 "といえば、ロシア軍人の殺人と拷問のことです。まず、将校が処刑された。アゾフ』が「ここにいる将校は誰だ」と聞いたとき、私は悲鳴を聞いた。答えが鳴るとすぐに、この人の頭に銃弾が撃ち込まれた<...>最悪なのは、人間の態度が見えず、感情もなかったことだ。目の前で人が処刑され、人が傷つき、人が撃たれ、手足や頭が撃たれたのだから」ボーク氏はそう言った。








彼は、ボランティアと地元住民の両方が圧力下にあったことを指摘しました - 公表を避けるために、武装勢力は投獄と報復で彼らを脅しました。


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人口動態は、厚生労働省全国人口動態統計速報 2022/5までを使用




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Google Schalor 
Kutsuna Satoshi 忽那賢志
Macoto Kikuchi 菊池誠
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 17:07| Comment(0) | 社会・経済

コロナてんでんこ ワクチン親知らず子知らず


出生死亡比率=月別の出生数÷死亡数 死亡数が出生数の倍あれば0.5です。



次に狂人集団としか思えない維新支配下の大阪府 ここ1、2年出生死亡比率の低下が加速しています。









@ 目下の感染拡大がどこまで死亡者数の増加を生むか。BA.5は年代を問わず重症化する人も多いようですから、死亡数が増えることは避けがたいとみられます。

A ワクチン接種の障害でかなりの数の死亡者が出ると予測されています。これまでの死亡者の発生状況からみてどうも確実なのではないかと危惧されます。

B 福島第一原発事故の影響による晩発性の障害が出てきます。がんです。ワクチン接種による影響と相乗的に現れる恐れがあります。

C 出生数については、コロナ罹患、ワクチン接種ともに不妊になる障害発生が懸念されています。経済的な面でも先行きは改善が見込めず、これも出生数低迷の要因になります。


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 14:54| Comment(0) | Covid19

Wall Street is collapsing

Wall Street is collapsing – NYC mayor
Eric Adams contradicted US President Biden’s claims that the economy is fine before later backtracking
The US has entered a recession, New York Mayor Eric Adams said on Thursday, contradicting earlier claims by President Joe Biden that the economy is “on the right path.”

“We are in a financial crisis like you can never imagine… Wall Street is collapsing; we are in a recession,” Adams said at a New York event hosted by nonprofit Project Hospitality, as cited by Hamodia news outlet.

“You tell me what to take off the plate if you want me to put something else on the plate. I’m coming to you as a city and saying, ‘This is how much we have, that’s it,” he proclaimed.

The top city official’s statements come in contrast with the assurances that Biden gave earlier the same day, stating that despite the fact “the economy is slowing down,” Washington’s efforts to battle soaring inflation in the country put it “on the right path.”

Both Adams and Biden were commenting on official figures released earlier on Thursday that showed that the US economy has shrunk for two consecutive quarters, which is considered a sign of a recession.

The New York mayor later amended his words, however, stating that it is the president’s prerogative to describe the state of the economy.

“The president will make a determination on the official title of where we are; that’s the president, and I follow the lead of the president. We’re dealing with tough economic times, but we’re going to get through it, because I trust in the president,” he told the media.

For more stories on economy & finance visit RT's business section







経済と金融に関するその他の記事については、RT のビジネス セクションをご覧ください。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:46| Comment(0) | 国際・政治


US and Russia hold first top level call since February
Moscow has confirmed a phone conversation took place between the two top diplomats

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at Washington’s request by phone on Friday, the ministry has confirmed.

It was the first conversation between Moscow and Washington’s top diplomats since Russia launched its military offensive in Ukraine in February.

Aside from the conflict, they discussed the Ukrainian grain export deal, signed in Turkey last week, and a potential prisoner exchange between the two nations, the ministry reported.

Earlier on Friday, Blinken told a news briefing that he had “a frank and direct conversation” with the Russian minister and “pressed the Kremlin to accept the substantial proposal that we put forth on the release of Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner.”

Basketball star Brittney Griner and former US Marine Paul Whelan are currently both in Russian custody. Griner was arrested on drug smuggling charges, and Whelan was jailed for espionage.

CNN reported earlier they could be exchanged for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who was sentenced to 25 years' imprisonment by a Manhattan federal court in 2012 on charges of providing aid to a US-designated terrorist organization and conspiring to kill US nationals.

Moscow has not confirmed receiving any specific proposals on the matter from the US and instead said Lavrov urged the US to “return to professional dialogue in the form of ‘quiet diplomacy’ without any speculations.” The US State Department did not reveal any details about its “substantial proposal” and hasn't mentioned Bout by name so far.

The minister also said that continuous Western arms deliveries to Kiev would only prolong the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and lead to further human suffering. The Russian forces in Ukraine strictly follow the norms of international law, Lavrov said, adding that Russia also undertakes “systemic efforts” to help people living on territories under its control return to normal life.

The conversation came after US diplomats said they had repeatedly requested a phone call between Lavrov and Blinken to discuss the potential prisoner exchange. On Thursday, Moscow said that Lavrov would consider the request as soon as his busy schedule allowed. The Russian minister is about to take part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization ministerial summit and hold several bilateral meetings.

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Borrell ラブロフと張り合おうとしても到底無理

Cover me, not Lavrov – EU's top diplomat tells media
Josep Borrell complains that the Western media keeps ignoring him, while reporting the Russian foreign minister's words
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has complained that he’s less popular with the Western media than Russia’s top diplomat Sergey Lavrov.

In an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena SER on Tuesday, Borrell touched on the Russian foreign minister’s recent tour of Egypt, DR Congo, Ethiopia and Uganda, saying: “Lavrov goes to Africa and tries to persuade the Africans that sanctions are to blame for all that’s happening... and the whole of the Western media repeats it.”

“I go to Africa to say the opposite, that sanctions have nothing to do with it, and nobody picks it up,” he lamented.

The EU foreign policy chief explained the attention Lavrov is getting, saying: “There’s a certain tendency to listen to the enemy, the adversary.”

“Lies circulate faster than the truth,” and because of this Brussels should “redouble” efforts to explain its stance to the public, he concluded.

The US news magazine Politico echoed the comparison between the diplomats’ Africa trips in an article on Monday, saying the contest for an African audience, between the EU and Russian diplomats, was “lopsided” in favour of Lavrov.

An opinion piece, explaining the role of the US and the EU in Africa’s food crisis, which the Russian foreign minister penned before his tour of the continent, was picked up by scores of local media outlets and shared by thousands of people on Facebook, it pointed out.

“Over the same time period, Josep Borrell… was a virtual ghost online, based on data from CrowdTangle, a social media analytics tool owned by Meta. He garnered just one mention on Facebook about Africa compared to Lavrov’s tidal wave of coverage,” Politico wrote.

According to the outlet, this situation “highlights what many within EU political circles have known for years, but few are willing to acknowledge publicly.”

In the information battle with Moscow, Brussels “remains outmatched, outgunned and under-resourced to combat the Kremlin's sophisticated playbook,” it concluded.

Last week, Ukraine, Russia, the UN and Turkey signed a deal to unblock exports of grain from Ukrainian ports. In addition, Russia and the United Nations signed a memorandum implying the UN’s involvement in lifting restrictions on the export of Russian grain and fertilizers to world markets.

EU makes new Russian gas pledge
The bloc will look for alternative energy sources, but it won’t happen overnight, Josep Borrell promises
The European Union will wean itself off natural gas supplied by Russia in the coming years, the bloc’s top diplomat promised on Thursday.

Speaking to Television Espanola, Josep Borrell, the high representative of the EU for foreign affairs and security policy, said EU members had come to the conclusion that they are too dependent on Russian gas.

“First it will be coal, then... oil... but it will take more time to [phase out Russian] gas, because we have to adapt, we cannot go from 40% to 0% overnight,” he said. “And Russia knows that we will stop buying its gas.”

“Russia wants to sell its gas, but not necessarily to us,” Borrell added, urging EU member states to cut down on energy consumption voluntarily so that the authorities will not have to enforce mandatory restrictions.

The EU diplomat also said that the bloc had already made efforts to cut back on Russian gas. “We have already started saving Russian gas,” he noted. “Reducing average heating temperature in Europe by one degree is equivalent to saving 6% of gas.”

According to Borrell, before the conflict in Ukraine broke out, Europe imported about 40% of its natural gas from Russia, but that figure has now dropped to around 20%.

“We have approved almost all [sanctions on Russia] that we could have,” he said. “But the situation with the gas is the opposite; the point isn’t that we don’t want to buy it, the point is that [Russia] may refuse to sell it to us.”

Earlier this week, EU nations agreed to reduce their use of gas in preparation for a potential complete stoppage of supplies from Russia. The emergency plan will see member states voluntarily reduce their consumption of natural gas by 15% between August 2022 and the end of March 2023. In adopting this controversial scheme, EU members hope it will soften the impact if Moscow decides to stop deliveries.

Although the plan has sparked some protest within the bloc, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen defended it, saying the EU “must be prepared for the worst-case scenario,” while describing Moscow as “not a reliable partner for Europe’s energy supply.”

Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed speculation about Moscow’s intentions to cut off the EU from gas supplies. Despite tense relations between Moscow and Brussels over Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine, Gazprom is “ready to pump as much as necessary,” but it is the EU that has “closed everything themselves,” he said.






"我々は持てる限りの(ロシアへの)制裁をほぼすべて承認した"。"しかし、ガスの状況は逆だ。ポイントは、我々がそれを買いたくないということではなく、(ロシアが)我々に売ることを拒否するかもしれないということだ "と述べた。



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Ukraine bombards Donetsk with landmines – mayor
The Donbass official urged residents to stay vigilant for banned explosive devices
Ukrainian forces airdropped banned PFM-1 anti-personnel landmines on the capital of the Donetsk People’s Republic on Wednesday night, Mayor Aleksey Kulemzin said.

The mayor wrote on his Telegram channel that mines were discovered on several streets in the northwestern part of the city.

“A bomb squad and rescuers have been working on the site since the early morning. A vehicle equipped with a loudspeaker is alerting local residents,” Kulemzin said, urging people to be vigilant and not approach the mines.

The small butterfly-shaped PFM-1 landmines are banned under the 1997 Ottawa Convention, of which Ukraine is part. Even when they do not kill the victim when stepped on, they often rip the person’s foot off.

Earlier, Lugansk People’s Republic authorities reported finding the PFM-1s in places left by Ukrainian troops after retreating.

Both Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of using internationally banned munitions, as well as shelling residential areas and other civilian targets.

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Play with fire – get burned, China warns US

Play with fire – get burned, China warns US
President Xi sent a blunt message on Taiwan in “candid” phone call with Biden

Taiwan is a part of China and the 1.4 billion Chinese will not tolerate any challenges to the country’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity, President Xi Jinping told his US counterpart, Joe Biden, in a phone call on Thursday. Xi’s warning comes amid reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is preparing to visit the island next month, something Beijing has warned her against.

Xi “highlighted that the historical ins and outs of the Taiwan question are crystal clear, and so are the fact and status quo that both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one and the same China,” according to Beijing’s readout of Thursday’s call, also noting that Biden was the one who initiated it.

China is firmly opposed to Taiwanese separatism and will not tolerate “independence” for the island “in whatever form,” Xi told Biden, in the first direct call between the two leaders since March 18.

Those who play with fire will perish by it. It is hoped that the US will be clear-eyed about this.

According to the readout, Xi also told Biden that the US approach to China as the primary rival, strategic competitor, and a security challenge “would be misperceiving China-US relations and misreading China’s development,” adding that US attempts at “decoupling or severing supply chains in defiance of underlying laws” would not help its economy, but “only make the world economy more vulnerable.”

China and the US need to “uphold the international system centering on the UN and the international order underpinned by international law,” said Xi, who also “reiterated China’s principled position” on the crisis in Ukraine.

The much shorter White House readout of the call did not mention Ukraine or the specifics of economic discussions, instead singling out the issues of “climate change and health security.” It did, however, say that the call was “part of the Biden Administration’s efforts to maintain and deepen lines of communication between the United States and the PRC and responsibly manage our differences and work together where our interests align.”

When it comes to Taiwan, Biden “underscored that the US policy has not changed and that the US strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” according to the White House.

Tensions between China and the US have escalated in recent weeks, after reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) intended to take a congressional delegation to Taiwan in August.

Pelosi has neither confirmed nor denied the trip. Asked about it earlier this month, Biden said the US military thought it was “not a good idea right now.”

Since then, however, the Pentagon has reportedly developed a “contingency plan” to send additional ships and fighter jets to the region. Meanwhile, Chinese officials threatened the US with “unbearable consequences” should Pelosi go forward with her visit, and some pundits even advocated attacking Taiwan in response to such a “provocation.”

House Speaker Newt Gingrich visited Taiwan in 1997, but as government officials in Beijing have noted, he was opposition leader at the time, while Pelosi is from the same party as Biden.

Taiwan has been ruled by the nationalist Kuomintang, who found refuge on the island after losing the civil war to the Communists in 1949 and leaving the mainland with US help.

習近平主席、バイデン氏との "率直な "電話会談で台湾に露骨なメッセージを送る








台湾に関しては、ホワイトハウスによると、バイデンは、"米国の政策は変わっておらず、米国は現状を変更したり、台湾海峡の平和と安定を損なおうとする一方的な努力に強く反対していることを強調した "という。


ペロシはこの訪台を肯定も否定もしていない。今月初め、この件について問われたバイデン氏は、米軍は "今は良いアイデアではない "と考えていると述べた。





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