コロナの米国研究所起源説が確認されれば米国は世界の被害を補償すべき ロシア下院議長

Covid-19 may have originated in US biolab – Lancet chair
Jeffrey Sachs, who chairs Covid-19 commission at the prestigious medical journal, has claimed the deadly virus did not come out of nature

US should pay compensation if Covid-19 claim confirmed – Russia
Damage caused by Covid-19 to countries globally should be covered by Washington if the US bioresearch origin claim is confirmed, the Duma speaker says

US should pay compensation if Covid-19 claim confirmed – Russia
The US may owe the world huge compensation for the damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the Russian State Duma, said on Wednesday. He cited remarks made by the chair of The Lancet commission on the disease, who suggested the SARS-CoV-2 virus may have originated from an American research program.

Speaking in Madrid last month, economist Jeffrey Sachs called the current situation “a mess” and blamed diminishing American leadership for it, identifying the pandemic as one of the US failures. He said he was convinced that the virus “came out of US lab biotechnology” as opposed to evolving naturally, citing his experience with the authoritative British medical magazine.

Volodin asserted that the US government would not comment on Sachs’ remarks because President Joe Biden is “afraid that the world will know the truth about the true culprit of the pandemic.”

He added that the suffering of millions of people who contracted the virus, including the many who passed away, and the economic crisis caused by the pandemic were the US’ responsibility. “The US must compensate the damage to all nations affected,” he demanded.

The Russian official added that the US should “stop and declassify” its “military bioweapons research,” referring to the chain of biolabs scattered across the world that receive funding from the Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The US says they are used to detect emerging pathogens, but some countries, including Russia and China, believe they may be used for clandestine military research.

Sachs himself called his remark “provocative” and lamented that the theory “is not being investigated, not in the United States, not anywhere,” despite evidence that warrants such a probe. “They don’t want to look underneath the rug too much,” he said.

The theory that Covid-19 started as a leak from a Chinese lab in Wuhan was popularized by the US government under President Donald Trump, who stated that Beijing should pay compensation for its supposed guilt. The Chinese government and Trump’s political opponents at home angrily rejected the idea. Major US tech companies even suppressed the lab leak theory as “disinformation” on their online platforms.

The censorship was reversed under President Joe Biden's administration, which accused Beijing of failing to subject its microbiology research to international scrutiny. The outbreak was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan, which hosts a top biosecurity lab that has extensive records of doing research funded by American grants.

The World Health Organization conducted a probe into the origins of Covid-19 and concluded last February that the virus most likely came from an animal host.



ヴォロディン氏は、ジョー・バイデン大統領が "パンデミックの真犯人について世界が真実を知ることを恐れている "ため、サックス氏の発言について米国政府はコメントしないと断言した。







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By taking on American hegemony and challenging the dollar, BRICS members represent the best hope for a fairer world order  by Bradley Blankenship
With the potential for a new reserve currency and investment without political strings attached, the group can present an alternative to a world choked by Western dominance
The 14th BRICS Summit in Beijing is just wrapping up amid a turbulent international geopolitical landscape, which highlights the importance of the organization in general. Given the combined challenges of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, global conflict, a looming economic crash and climate change – the current international system is failing and a new, multi-polar alternative must take its place.

It’s worth noting the context of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) format. Started in 2009 amid a financial crisis, the main goal of that year’s first BRICS (or BRIC as it was then) summit in Yekaterinburg was to improve the global economic situation and reform financial institutions.

Although these countries are not joined by any particular ideology, each saw the need to democratize the global economic system that had been crashed pretty much single-handedly by the United States in an extraordinarily irresponsible – even illegal by US law, in some instances – manner. The head of China’s Central Bank bluntly called for abandoning the dollar as the global reserve currency in 2009 because of a lack of faith in US monetary leadership.

That was 13 years ago, yet the necessity of a new reserve currency could not be more relevant these days. In fact, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on June 22 just ahead of the latest BRICS summit that the group was indeed developing its own reserve currency based on a basket of their currencies. With this, Putin said the group is hoping to develop alternatives to the existing international payment scheme.

While this could be seen as provocative in the West, it is actually for the betterment of mankind and is not aimed strictly at one country or one coalition of countries. To note, India pushed back against any “anti-US” rhetoric in the group’s joint statement, being a country that is considered part of the Global South, e.g., a developing country, and also has strong relations with the West.

Yet, at the same time, it’s clear that all BRICS states, including India, would benefit from a democratized global economic and financial system. That is why New Delhi has not joined Western-led sanctions against Russia over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, because doing so does not serve India’s economic interests – and it would also establish a bad precedent where countries could essentially be excluded from the international community over political disagreements.

Indeed, BRICS and its members have gone a long way to pursue zero-strings-attached development cooperation. China alone had already replaced the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank as the world’s largest net creditor at the beginning of the last decade, expanding investments in tangible assets across the Global South (and beyond) through the Belt and Road Initiative. But in a direct challenge to these two previously mentioned US-led institutions, which have morphed into weapons of economic coercion, BRICS established the New Development Bank in 2014.

Another area where BRICS is currently not active but could be is security. Financial and economic stability is an inextricable part of security; without a stable economic and financial system there can be no sustainable peace. Likewise, without a stable security framework, there can be no drive for the human development that BRICS and its partners desire. Unfortunately, the connection between these two facets has not been established in the prevailing liberal international system, but BRICS could help tie them together which would be an extraordinarily beneficial development.

Meanwhile, as BRICS wraps up, the G7 and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), two US-led international formats, will convene soon. Of note, NATO will draft its first “strategic concept” – the document which defines the organization’s objectives and principles – since 2010. It is anticipated that it will expand the military bloc’s reach far beyond Europe and probably to the Asia-Pacific, representing a serious challenge to China’s neighborhood. This probably explains why Chinese President Xi Jinping denounced “small circles” built around hegemony in his BRICS address.

At a minimum, BRICS has a serious role in balancing out the malignant influence of the US, NATO and the prevailing Western-led world system. Finance and economics are no small part of this, and BRICS’ drive to establish alternatives to the dollar-based Bretton Woods system, providing credit to the Global South without political conditions and establishing a new reserve currency, is an extraordinary push toward a multi-polar future.


これらの国々は特定のイデオロギーに参加していませんが、それぞれが非常に無責任で、場合によっては米国の法律によって違法でさえある方法で、米国によってほとんど片手で崩壊した世界経済システムを民主化する必要性を見ました。 。中国の中央銀行の長は、米国の金融リーダーシップへの信頼が欠如しているため、2009年に世界の予備通貨としてのドルを放棄することを率直に求めました。








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ロシア産石油価格「半分に」 岸田首相、G7の上限設定で

Japan calls out Russia over move to end LNG
Tokyo demands information about ownership change at Sakhalin-2
Japan has requested an explanation from Russia regarding President Putin’s recent decree on the Sakhalin-2 LNG project, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said during a press conference on Tuesday.

Last week, President Putin ordered the re-organization of the Sakhalin-2 LNG project, transferring ownership to a new, domestic, company. The move, which came in response to actions from ‘unfriendly states’, could force out Japanese investors Mitsui and Mitsubishi, which hold a 22.5% stake in the project. Moscow earlier accused Japan of benefiting from its participation in the project while joining the West in placing sanctions on Russia.

“As for the Sakhalin-2 project, it is important for ensuring stable energy supplies for our country. I think that the presidential decree does not mean that energy supplies from Sakhalin will be immediately stopped,” Hayashi said, as quoted by RIA Novosti.

“However, a detailed analysis of information is currently being carried out on how the rights of Japanese companies will be respected under this decree, as well as what impact this will have on LNG supplies to Japan,” he added.

Japan said it would not give up its interests in the project, which is important for the country’s energy security. Sakhalin is the closest LNG facility to Japan and shipments from the site on Russia’s far eastern coast take less than two days to arrive, compared to around a month for imports from the US. Japan imports 10% of its LNG each year from Russia, mainly under long-term contracts from Sakhalin-2.

The Japanese government is reportedly starting to prepare for a possible energy crisis in the country and has recently told residents and businesses in the Tokyo area to conserve energy to avert blackouts.

Russia responds to Japanese threat
Former President Dmitry Medvedev has warned that Tokyo’s proposed oil price cap could push crude above $400 a barrel

Tokyo’s proposal to place a cap on Russian oil prices would lead to significantly less crude on the market and could drastically push oil prices higher, former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev warned on Tuesday.

Responding to the idea put forward by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Sunday, Medvedev wrote on his Telegram channel that Japan “would have neither oil nor gas from Russia, as well as no participation in the Sakhalin-2 LNG project” if Tokyo decided to go through with the proposal.

“Japanese PM Kishida recently blurted out that the price ceiling for Russian oil would be set at half its current price. Plus, a mechanism will be created that will not allow the purchase of our oil at a price higher than the established one,” the former president wrote.

He went on to explain what this would mean when “translated from Japanese into Russian,” writing that such a move would severely limit the amount of oil available on the market, causing its price to be “much higher.”

“In fact, it will be even higher than the predicted astronomical price of $300-400 a barrel. Compare this with the dynamic of gas prices,” Medvedev said.

During last week’s G7 summit, the leaders of Germany, France, Canada, the US, the UK, Japan, and Italy agreed to explore the feasibility of introducing temporary import price caps on Russian fossil fuels, including oil, citing the ongoing military conflict between Moscow and Kiev.

However, as the Kremlin has pointed out, implementing a measure such as the one proposed by Japan would first require the approval of other countries. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated on Monday that Kishida’s idea was merely “a single statement only, without any decisions taken.”

Japan warned about Russian gas supply
The Asian nation has no choice but to buy LNG from Moscow, according to Mitsui OSK Lines
Japan will have to continue importing Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) due to surging energy prices and limited prospects for rebooting nuclear plants, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing Japanese transportation giant Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).

The company’s CEO, Takeshi Hashimoto, told the business daily that Japan lacks viable alternatives to Russian LNG, which it buys relatively cheaply under long-term deals, to secure its baseload power.

“We cannot use many nuclear power stations; therefore, the supply and demand balance of the power industry is quite tight,” the CEO said. “Nowadays, the spot market of both LNG and coal is quite expensive. That is one of the reasons why Japan is so reluctant to stop the LNG imports from Russia.”

According to Hashimoto, MOL plans to keep servicing Japanese gas buyers such as Tokyo Gas and Jera with imports from Russia. “Since Japanese buyers require Sakhalin-2 LNG, definitely we will try our best to continue our normal services regardless of Russian national policy.”

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the re-organization of the Far Eastern Sakhalin-2 LNG project, transferring ownership to a new domestic company. The move, which came in response to actions from ‘unfriendly states’, could force out Japanese investors Mitsui and Mitsubishi, which hold a 22.5% stake in the project.

Moscow said that in spite of the changes, supplies of LNG to the global market will continue unhindered. Nevertheless, the Japanese government has reportedly told residents and businesses in the Tokyo area to conserve energy to avert blackouts.
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サハリン2はキックオフ 日ロの緊張高まる




[東京 1日 ロイター] - 木原誠二官房副長官は1日、ロシアのプーチン大統領が石油・天然ガス開発事業「サハリン2」の権益を全て引き継ぐ新たな運営体を設立する大統領令に署名したことに関連し、日本企業の権益の扱いや日本の液化天然ガス(LNG)輸入への影響を精査している段階だと明らかにした。その上で「一般論として、わが国の資源にかかる権益が損なわれることがあってはならない」との認識を示した。






2022/07/01 18:55
[モスクワ 1日 ロイター] - ロシアのペスコフ大統領報道官は1日、ロシア極東の石油・天然ガス開発事業「サハリン2」の権益などを引き継ぐ新たな事業体を設立する大統領令について、事業体の設立後にサハリン2から液化天然ガス(LNG)の供給が止まる根拠はないと述べた。[nL4N2YH3UC]

Kremlin reacts to gas project 'nationalization' claims
President Putin ordered a domestic company to take ownership of Sakhalin 2 on Thursday
The change in ownership of the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project in Russia’s Far East should not be viewed as nationalization, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree ordering the creation of a firm to take over all rights and obligations of the Sakhalin Energy Investment Company. The document indicates that it is up to Moscow to decide whether foreign shareholders are to remain in the enterprise.

Asked whether other projects involving Western corporations in Russia would follow suit, Peskov responded that each situation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The Kremlin spokesman added that the government sees no reason for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Sakhalin-2 to stop after the measure is implemented.

Major shareholders of the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project include Russian energy giant Gazprom, which holds 50% plus one share. Foreign firms include Britain’s Shell, which owns 27.5% minus one share, and Japan’s Mitsui & and Mitsubishi, with 12.5% and 10% respectively.

Shell is currently evaluating the requirements set out by the Russian authorities, a company spokesperson told TASS news agency. In May, Reuters reported that the UK company was in talks with a consortium of Indian energy firms to sell its stake in Sakhalin-2.
Putin orders a huge Far Eastern oil and gas project be re-organised: Is Russia kicking the West out of key energy deals?
The Kremlin has decided that ownership of the LNG operation should be changed to a new domestic entity

What does Putin’s decree say?

The presidential order creates a new Russian firm to take over all the rights and obligations of Sakhalin Energy Investment. Gazprom will retain its stake while the other partners have one month to indicate whether they want a share in the new company. If permission is denied by the Russian government, the stakes would be divested and the proceeds from the sale would be moved to a special account. The money could then be used to repay unspecified damages or be sent to the shareholder under the production sharing agreement, according to the decree. Those who chose to exit may not be fully compensated.

Putin orders a huge Far Eastern oil and gas project be re-organised: Is Russia kicking the West out of key energy deals?
The Kremlin has decided that ownership of the LNG operation should be changed to a new domestic entity (抜粋)

Shell said on Friday that the company was aware of the decree and was “assessing its implications.” The firm made clear its intention to quit the project months ago and has been in talks with potential buyers, including from China and India. Those plans appear to be in jeopardy.

Japan has previously said it would not give up its interests in the Sakhalin-2 project, which is important for its energy security. Moscow earlier accused Japan of benefiting from its participation in the project while being an “unfriendly nation” that joined the West in placing sanctions on Russia. It won’t be easy for Japan to withdraw from the project, experts point out. Replacing Russian LNG from Sakhalin-2 would reportedly cost Tokyo $15 billion, with the price tag for imports jumping 35% if Mitsui and Mitsubishi opt out. But now Russia could make the decision for Japan and redirect its imports to other nations, such as China, India, or Vietnam.

Moscow sees no grounds for supplies to stop from Sakhalin-2 after the new operator takes over. However, some analysts warn the move may unsettle an already tight LNG market, taking into account that the European Union is adding to increased competition for liquified natural gas amid a global energy crunch. Sakhalin-2 supplies about 4% of the world’s current LNG market.



МОСКВА, 5 июл − РИА Новости. Замглавы Совета безопасности Дмитрий Медведев, комментируя заявление главы японского правительства Фумио Кисиды про потолок цены на российскую нефть, заявил, что Токио не получит энергоносители из России и может забыть об участии в "Сахалине-2".
Ране Кисида сказал, что решение об ограничении стоимости российской нефти уже принято. При этом в Кремле отметили, что такое заявление само по себе не значит, что эти меры поддержали другие страны.
"В переводе с японского на русский это означает: нефти будет на рынке существенно меньше, а цена ее будет гораздо выше. Причем выше прогнозируемой астрономической цены в 300-400 долларов. Сравните с динамикой цен на газ. А вот у Японии не будет ни нефти, ни газа из России. Как и участия в проекте по СПГ "Сахалин-2", − написал он в Telegram-канале.

Лидеры G7 на саммите 26-28 июня подтвердили намерение снизить зависимость от энергоносителей из России и предварительно договорились о начале ограничения цен на российские нефть и газ. В коммюнике по итогам саммита отмечается, что участники поддерживают решение ЕС изучить пути сдерживания цен на энергоресурсы, включая введение временного ограничения цен на импорт.
При этом западные СМИ со ссылкой на официальные лица в ЕС сообщали, что Германия и некоторые другие стран Евросоюза на закрытой встрече выражали обеспокоенность в связи с возможным "лимитом цен" на российскую нефть после того, как страны G7 договорились начать работу по этому вопросу. В Берлине заявили, что такое предложение добавили в коммюнике под давлением Вашингтона. На следующий день посол призвал относиться к этому предложению "реалистично", отмечало агентство Рейтер. Озабоченность Германии поддержала Венгрия.
モスクワ、7月5日 - RIA Novosti. 安全保障理事会のドミトリー・メドベージェフ副議長は、岸田文雄首相がロシアの原油価格の上限について発言したことについて、東京はロシアからエネルギー資源を受け取らず、サハリン2プロジェクトに参加することも忘れるかもしれないとコメントした。


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