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  • The territory near the British embassy in Moscow will be called the LNR(Luhansk People’s Republic) square Residents of Moscow voted for the name of the territory near the British Embassy in the area of the Luhansk People’s Republic. This was reported on Monday on the official website of the mayor and government of the capital.  The voting, in which 109,603 people took part, took place in the Active Citizen project. The winning option received 56.85% of the votes, the second most popular option was to give this name territory along Akademika Pilyugina Street between Vorontsovsky Park and Leninsky Prospekt (10.64%). The third most popular option was to name the area along Bolshoi Rzhevsky Lane at the junction of Malaya Molchanovka (13.78%). Earlier, Muscovites voted to rename the unnamed territory near the US Embassy in the Presnensky District to the DNR( Donetsk People’s Republic) Square.
  • Finland and Sweden on Monday began and in one round completed negotiations on accession to NATO, on July 5 the accession protocol will be signed. This is stated in the statement of the alliance spread in Brussels. «Finland and Sweden concluded negotiations on July 4 to join NATO in accordance with the agreement at the NATO summit in Madrid [June 28-30]. Both countries have officially confirmed their desire and ability to fulfill the political, legal and military obligations stipulated by NATO membership,» — noted in the statement. It saysthat the negotiations were held at the level of foreign ministers and defense ministers.»After the completion of negotiations, the allies [on the alliance] must sign on July 5 at NATO headquarters the protocols on the accession of Finland and Sweden to the alliance. Further, the accession protocols will be sent to the NATO countries for ratification in accordance with their national procedures,» the message emphasizes.

    On May 18, Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO, but Turkey immediately blocked the accession process, demanding that these countries declare Kurdish organizations terrorist, extradite to Ankara those accused of terrorism or participation in a coup attempt in 2016, and lift bans on supply of weapons to Turkey.

    On June 28, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Based on their results, a memorandum was signed allowing Stockholm and Helsinki to join NATO. As the Turkish leader stated, all the demands of Ankara were met.

  • The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation will ask the Russian Guard for information confirming the work of OSCE observers in the interests of the Ukrainian special services. This was reported to journalists on Tuesday in the press service of the UK. According to the National Guard, special forces officers found in the house of the former head of the SBU department in the Kherson region, General Vyacheslav Savchenko, documents of the OSCE international monitoring organization, which testify to its cooperation with the Ukrainian special services. In addition, a handwritten diagram of the places of deployment of units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the border areas was confiscated. «The indicated facts and actions of persons involved in illegal intelligence activities will be given a criminal-legal assessment by the investigators of the Russian Investigative Committee,» the Investigative Committee said.
  • Swede who surrendered at Azovstal was charged with mercenarism in the DPR. DPR investigators charged a Swedish citizen who surrendered at the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol with participating in hostilities as part of the Ukrainian armed formations as mercenaries. «A criminal case has been initiated against a Swedish citizen, charged under Article 430 of the Criminal Code of the DPR («Mercenary»). Investigative actions are underway with the accused».
  • Kremlin weighs in on recent developments in Uzbek region

    The events in the Karakalpakstan region are Uzbekistan’s domestic affair, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.

    «Uzbekistan is our ally, a friendly country and a very important partner for us. Everything that happens in Uzbekistan is this country’s domestic affair,» he pointed out, when asked if Moscow was keeping an eye on the developments in Karakalpakstan.

    According to Peskov, Russia has no doubt that «all the existing issues will be resolved through active efforts by Uzbekistan’s leadership.»

    Mass riots occurred in Karakalpakstan on July 1-2 in protest against plans to change the region’s status in Uzbekistan’s amended constitution. The authorities said that people had been misled in a bid to seize local government agencies. Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev declared a state of emergency in the region and dropped plans to introduce constitutional amendments that would deprive Karakalpakstan of the status of a sovereign republic within Uzbekistan and the right to secede from the country through a referendum.

    Russia welcomes measures taken in Uzbekistan to normalize the situation in the country, the Russian foreign ministry said on Monday, following the situation in Karakalpakstan.

    «We welcome measures taken by Uzbekistan’s authorities and are convinced that they will help normalize the situation in this part of the country,» it said.

    According to the ministry, Moscow is keeping a close eye on the developments in Uzbekistan amid a discussion of constitutional amendments. «We are keeping a close eye on developments in Uzbekistan, our friendly nation, where a nationwide discussion of changes and additions to the country’s constitution is underway based on the authorities’ policy aimed at improving the legal foundations of the state,» it said.

    The ministry noted that riots in Nukus were provoked by lawbreakers and led to acts of violence and vandalism. «There are casualties, including among Uzbek law enforcers. According to the Russian embassy, Russian nationals were not hurt in Karakalpakstan,» the ministry added.

    «We insist that any problems should be resolved within the legal frame rather than by means of riots,» the ministry stressed.

    Mass riots occurred in Karakalpakstan on July 1-2 in protest against plans to change the region’s status in Uzbekistan’s amended constitution. The authorities said that people had been misled in a bid to seize local government agencies. Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev declared a state of emergency in the region and dropped plans to introduce constitutional amendments that would deprive Karakalpakstan of the status of a sovereign republic within Uzbekistan and the right to secede from the country through a referendum.

 






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