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https://avalanches.com/us/houston_russia_expands_blacklist_by_adding_us_and_canadian_deputies1929000_14_04_2022

398 US congressmen and 87 Canadian senators have been added to the Russian sanctions list.


This was reported by Evropeyskaya Pravda with reference to two reports from the Russian Foreign Ministry: for Canada and for the United States.


This is far from the first inclusion in the sanctions list of US and Canadian legislators.


As for the US congressmen, the Russian Foreign Ministry notes that this step was a response to the imposition of sanctions on March 24 against 328 deputies of the Russian State Duma.


"These persons, including the leadership and heads of committees of the lower house of the US Congress, are included in the Russian "stop list" on an ongoing basis. Together with other current legislators, who, like Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was previously denied entry to the Russian Federation," correspondence " on the basis of reciprocity, all US congressmen are subjected," the Russian ministry says about restrictions against the United States.


Similarly, they described the sanctions against Canada. All Canadian senators fall under the sanctions - this is revenge for a similar step by Canada on March 24 against all members of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation.


"These individuals are permanently included in the Russian" stop list "in response to the hostile steps taken by Ottawa, which, contrary to national interests, is trying to be at the forefront of the Russophobic course of the current US administration," the Russian statement says.


At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry has already announced new "countermeasures" against the US and Canada - a new expansion of the "stop list", as well as the adoption of other "retaliatory measures".


It is worth recalling that earlier the Russian Federation imposed sanctions against Canadian officials, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, Defense Minister Aniti Anand, as well as 313 deputies, calling them "pro-Bandera elements."

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https://avalanches.com/us/houston__ukrainian_politician_and_oligarch_viktor_medvedchuk_who_is_the_godfa1928999_14_04_2022

Ukrainian politician and oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, who is the godfather of Russian President Vladimir Putin, appeared in an American investigation into Russian interference in the US presidential election due to links with Paul Manafort


Source: The New York Times


Details: Accused of treason and captured in Ukraine after escaping from house arrest, Medvedchuk emerged in a US publication as "an influential figure in Ukraine with potential knowledge of Russian interference in the United States elections, although for years he strongly denied this ".


Medvedchuk is a close confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin and was also a client of Republican political consultant Paul Manafort.


The New York Times notes that in Ukraine, Medvedchuk is accused of buying coal from "pro-Russian separatists" and treason, but "more broadly, he is associated with a whirlwind of financial and political intrigues around Moscow's operations to influence politics in foreign countries" .


Medvedchuk is linked to Russian interference in US elections due to ties to Manafort. He did not play a major role in the special counsel's report or in the two federal trials of Manafort.


Manafort worked for ten years as a consultant for Ukrainian politicians committed to Russia, including Medvedchuk's party, before becoming head of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Medvedchuk said in 2017 that Manafort advised the party on its poll-based election strategy, attended a party conference ahead of parliamentary elections, and allegedly approved the party's pro-Russian policies for elections in southern and eastern Ukraine.


At the time, Medvedchuk said that Manafort supported the need to adhere to positions of "economic integration with Russia" in order to get votes in Russian-speaking regions.


Manafort resigned from the Trump campaign in August 2016 after Ukrainian authorities released black-book entries from the Party of Regions showing that the American consultant received $12.7 million from pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine in an illegal scheme.


In 2017, an investigation into Russian interference began in the United States - and Medvedchuk's name emerged as one of several pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians close to both Manafort and Putin.


Reuters reported that year that the FBI and investigators were investigating 18 phone calls and text messages between people close to Trump and people associated with Putin, including Medvedchuk.


Medvedchuk denied wrongdoing.


The publication notes that if Medvedchuk is extradited to Russia for the return of Ukrainian prisoners, it is not known whether he will testify and whether the investigation will be interested in his role in American politics, or the investigators will focus on his role in Ukrainian politics.


Background:


Since May 2021, Medvedchuk has been under house arrest on suspicion of treason and attempted plunder of national resources (oil and gas) in the occupied Crimea, since October also on suspicion of treason and facilitating the activities of a terrorist organization through coal purchase schemes in ORDLO.

5 days before Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Medvedchuk's wife Oksana Marchenko left for Belarus, then posted a video from Moscow. On February 21, property was taken out of Medvedchuk's mansion in Kyiv. On February 27, it became known that Medvedchuk had escaped from house arrest.

The search for the fugitive deputy was carried out by a special group of the Security Service together with prosecutors. The Office of the Prosecutor General assured that Medvedchuk had not fled abroad.

On March 18, 2022, the court allowed Medvedchuk to be arrested in absentia.

On April 12, it became known about the detention in Ukraine of Viktor Medvedchuk, who escaped from house arrest in February and tried to leave Ukraine in April. First, a photograph of Medvedchuk in military uniform and handcuffed appeared on the telegram channel of President Volodymyr Zelensky. Then the details of the SBU special operation appeared.

Zelensky offered Russia to exchange Medvedchuk for Ukrainian citizens who are held captive by the Russian military, and Ukrainian law enforcement agencies to consider such a possibility.

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https://avalanches.com/us/houston__us_treasury_secretary_janet_yellen_warned_of_the_economic_and_financi1928998_14_04_2022

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned of the economic and financial consequences for China and other countries that try to help Russia circumvent sanctions.


This is reported by the Financial Times with reference to the words of the minister.


She noted that the United States is ready to take action if countries close to the aggressor try to blow up a large-scale package of sanctions imposed by Western allies.


In her speech, the official singled out China and other countries that avoid decision-making "and perhaps see an opportunity to benefit by maintaining their relationship with Russia and filling the void left by others."


"The coalition of countries imposing sanctions will not be indifferent to actions that undermine them," Yellen said. "China cannot expect the international community to respect its calls for the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity in the future if it does not respect those principles now, when it matters," she warned.


"The attitude of the world towards China and its further economic integration may be affected by China's reaction to our call for decisive action against Russia."


Reminder:


The United States for the first time introduced secondary sanctions against companies that are not registered in the Russian Federation, but can help the aggressor evade sanctions.

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https://avalanches.com/us/houston__the_united_states_of_america_is_ready_to_provide_ukraine_with_the_wea1925723_11_04_2022

The United States of America is ready to provide Ukraine with the weapons it needs to defend itself against Russia, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday on ABC News.


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“We are going to provide Ukraine with the weapons it needs to fight back against the Russians and prevent them from taking over the new cities and towns where they are committing these crimes,” Sullivan said.


On April 7, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said that Kyiv expects air defense systems, long-range artillery, tanks and armored vehicles, anti-ship missiles, and reconnaissance and strike drones from the West.


Sullivan also said during an interview with ABC that the West is effectively helping Ukraine on another front - the economic one.


“If you look at independent forecasts for the Russian economy, they suggest a fall of somewhere between 10-15% this year. It is likely that it will cease to be one of the largest economies in the world due to the economic pressure that we put on it,” – he declared.

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https://avalanches.com/us/houston__india_has_already_bought_almost_as_much_oil_as_it_did_the_previous_ye1925721_11_04_2022

India has already bought almost as much oil as it did the previous year.

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India has already bought almost as much oil as it did the previous year.

The United States opposed the increase in India's purchases of cheap Russian oil

On Monday, the head of the White House will talk with the head of the Indian cabinet, Narendra Modi. It is reported by "Voice of America".


"President Biden will continue ... consultations on the implications of Russia's brutal war against Ukraine and mitigating its destabilizing impact on global food supplies and commodity markets," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Sunday.


At the same time, US Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economics Duleep Singh, who recently visited India, said that the US would not impose a "red limit" on India's energy imports from Russia, but did not want to see a "sharp increase" in purchases.


After the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the announced Western sanctions against Moscow, India could not resist the big discounts on Russian oil and bought at least 13 million barrels of Russian crude oil. For the whole of last year, India bought 16 million barrels.


Last talking to Indian Prime Minister Modi in March, Biden said that among the Quartet countries, only India took a "not tough enough" position in connection with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


Recall that India has not imposed sanctions against Russia and is now the third largest importer and consumer of oil in the world. While India has increased its purchases from the US over the past decade, Russia has long been the country's largest supplier of defense equipment.

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https://avalanches.com/us/houston__timely_notification_of_the_authorities_in_kyiv_helped_to_repel_the_ru1922664_04_04_2022

Timely notification of the authorities in Kyiv helped to repel the Russian attack on the capital of Ukraine in the first days of the war. The CIA director told Zelensky about the Kremlin's plans back in mid-January, The Wall Street Journal reported.

US intelligence handed over to the leadership of Ukraine plans for a Russian offensive against Kyiv, which may have played a key role in repelling aggression in the early days of the war, the American newspaper The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Friday, April 1, citing informed sources.


According to the publication, the director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), William Burns, secretly visited Kyiv in mid-January, where he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and told him about Moscow's plans. Then, WSJ notes, US intelligence already knew that Russian troops would deliver the main blow from the territory of Belarus through the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Intelligence also knew about Moscow's plans to seize the airfield in Gostomel near Kiev in order to use it as a springboard.


This airfield was indeed captured on the first day of the Russian invasion on February 24 by helicopter landings, and Russian troops began to attack Kyiv from the north. However, thanks to the information received from the CIA, the Ukrainian military managed to organize defense on the Irpin River and did not let the enemy into Kyiv. This made it possible to stabilize the front.


Putin's desire to subjugate Ukraine

A few days ago, Russian troops began to leave the territory of the Kiev region. According to reports, Russia is moving these units to the Donbass as reinforcements. On April 2, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine announced the complete liberation of the Kiev region.


The WSJ article suggests that Russian President Vladimir Putin's goal was to subjugate Ukraine throughout his 20 years in office. Last November, preparations for an armed invasion entered its final phase. At the same time, the United States began to warn Moscow about the consequences in the form of tough sanctions.


The material also reports on how the United States discussed preparations for a possible war in Ukraine with Western allies. According to the WSJ interlocutors, not all allies believed the US intelligence that Putin was really planning an invasion.

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The blogger demonstrated the process of training a robot dog.


With a special code and several tubes, the robot can identify the glass on the floor, sit on it and release a stream of beer into the container.

Reeves said that the accuracy of the jet is still low, and it still needs to be worked on.

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Rapper Will.i.am teamed up with technology corporation Honeywell to create a new technically advanced XUPERMASK face mask with an impressive set of built-in features

Dual fan filtering system, LED lighting, built-in microphone, pair of active noise canceling headphones and Bluetooth 5.0.

In addition, XUPERMASK features noise canceling headphones and microphone, Bluetooth connectivity, LED lighting, and a magnetically mounted headphone docking system.

The mask is rated for seven hours of battery life and is sold in two colors: white and black.


The device will go on sale on April 8th in the US, Canada, UK and EU countries. The cost of the mask is $ 299.

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