March 23, 2023

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Borrell announced the exhaustion of sanctions against Russia

Head of Diplomacy EU Josep Borrell announced the almost complete exhaustion of the possibilities of the European Union in the issue of imposing restrictions on the Russian side. He made the corresponding statement in an interview with Euractiv.

“There’s not much left to do,” Borrell stressed.

At the same time, according to him, this is normal in the context of a protracted conflict. As he clarified, “it would be strange” if there were many options left. He also said that the European Union is approaching “the last rungs of the ladder.” Now he needs to focus on building up financial and military support. KyivBorrell said.

In Kyiv, called the timing of the start of the counteroffensive

“We need to increase the supply of heavy artillery shells of 155 mm caliber. We are not in a hurry, we will reorganize over the next two months,” the official said.

Lavrov spoke about the conversation with Blinken on the sidelines of the G20

According to Lavrov, when they met and parted, they shook hands, and the conversation itself passed without emotion. He stressed that it was “an absolutely civilized conversation.”

“It was a normal conversation. I don’t know to what extent this reflects the understanding by the United States of the absolute abnormality of the situation, when they cut off all channels of dialogue, but just talking like a human being on the sidelines of some event has never been a sensation,” the minister said.

FT: Ukraine received one of the Patriot air defense systems promised by the US and Germany

Ukraine has already received one of the two Patriot air defense systems, but it has not yet been put into operation.

“Ukraine has received one of two Patriot air defense systems promised by the US and Germany, but it has not yet entered service,” The Financial Times reported.

In addition, the publication notes that the delivery of several Patriot launchers from the Netherlands is also expected.

Soldiers of PMC “Wagner” entered the territory of the plant “AZOM”

Units of the PMC “Wagner” entered the territory of the “Artemovsky Metal Processing Plant” (AZOM) from the north and began to move deeper into the enterprise, a war correspondent said on Telegram Alexander Simonov.

“AZOM is a huge territory with dense industrial development and a network of underground utilities that goes underground for dozens of floors,” the military commander wrote.

Alternative routes for transit of sanctioned goods to Turkey named

The business began looking for alternative routes after Turkey stopped transit to the territory of the Russian Federation as part of the parallel import of goods with products that fell under restrictions. This was stated by Alesya Litvinenko, head of the procurement sector for the western direction of STALOGISTIC, RBC reports.

She called the UAE a possible alternative. Noytech Supply Chain Solutions also believes that in this case it is advisable to consider routes using transit to the UAE and further through Iran. Another option is to visit a number of CIS countries. However, the company warns that this will affect the timing and prices.

Peskov spoke about Russians traveling from Georgia

Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov commented on the data that a large number of cars had accumulated at the exit from Georgia to Russia. He stressed that there are always citizens who “chase something better,” RBC reports.

At the same time, according to the official representative of the Kremlin, these people do not understand that “the best, of course, is the Motherland.”

In addition, Peskov noted that some citizens behave “reactively.” He explained that they easily change their place of residence. At the same time, the press secretary of the head of state noted that this trend cannot be called general.

Georgian parliament votes against draft law on foreign agents

On Friday, the Georgian parliament voted by a majority against the bill on foreign agents, which caused mass protests in Tbilisi. About it writes RIA Novosti.

In order to formally withdraw the draft law, it was necessary to gain a simple majority in the second reading. So, 35 parliamentarians voted against, one voted for, 58 abstained.

Also Speaker of Parliament Shalva Papuashvili said that the authors of the American version of the bill asked the Parliament to withdraw the initiative.

A shootout took place in the center of Baku

There was a shootout in the center of Baku. As a result, three people were injured. About it writes RIA Novosti.

According to local media, the incident occurred in the Nasimi district, near the Baku State Circus. The shooter fled the scene. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan, three people were injured as a result of the shooting.

Currently, employees of the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as ambulances are at the scene of the emergency.

Erdogan signed a decree on the preparation of presidential and parliamentary elections

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a decree, according to which preparations for the presidential and parliamentary elections begin in the country. This is reported by TASS with reference to local TV channels broadcasting the signing process.

Recall that the elections are scheduled for May 14. The head of state specified that from the moment this decision was published on March 11 in the official newspaper, the process of preparing for the vote would begin.

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