Daily: 31/12/2021

Білий дім схвалив подовження діяльності МКС до 2030-го – NASA

За словами очільника NASA, адміністрація Байдена хоче забезпечити «продовження новаторських досліджень в цій унікальній орбітальній лабораторії»

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Зеленський поспілкується з президентом США в неділю

Сторони планують «скоординувати кроки заради миру в Україні та безпеки у Європі», повідомив президент України

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Biden, Ukraine President to Speak Sunday Amid Tensions with Russia 

President Joe Biden plans to speak Sunday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a White house official said Friday, a day after Biden spoke with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on how to reduce tensions on the Ukraine-Russia border. 

Biden will reaffirm support for Ukraine, discuss Russia’s military build-up on its borders and review preparations for diplomatic efforts to calm the situation in the region, the official said Friday. 

The U.S. and Russian leaders exchanged warnings over Ukraine in Thursday’s call, but their countries voiced some optimism afterwards about planned security talks in January to address Russian military actions that drew the threat of sanctions from Washington and its allies. 

The leaders’ exchange set the stage for lower-level engagement between the countries that includes the U.S.-Russia security meeting on January 9-10, followed by a Russia-NATO session on January 12, and a broader conference including Moscow, Washington and other European countries on January 13. 

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken sought to lay the groundwork for the talks Friday in calls with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and others, the State Department said. 

In conversations with the foreign ministers of Canada and Italy, Blinken discussed a united response to deter further Russian aggression against Ukraine and their consensus to impose “severe costs” on Moscow for any such actions. 



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США: лісова пожежа знищила сотні житлових будинків у Колорадо

У округах поблизу Денвера, з літа випало небагато опадів, через що цей район був надмірно сухим і мав високу ймовірність пожеж

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Міграційна криза: Литва встановила вже 150 кілометрів колючого дроту на кордоні з Білоруссю

Також збудовано збудовано понад 10 кілометрів «стаціонарних загороджувачів, які неможливо розрізати», повідомив голова Комітету нацбезпеки й оборони

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«Слава Україні!» – посольство США привітало українців із Новим роком

«Рушаймо в 2022 рік! Слава Україні!», – сказала у вітанні тимчасова повірена в справах США в Україні Крістіна Квін

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Колишній прем’єр Азаров через суд хоче скасувати санкції РНБО

Наразі ОАСК вирішує питання про відкриття провадження за позовом Азарова

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Кадиров та його батьки оголошені у Чечні «заслуженими правозахисниками»

Раніше медаль, нагороду і звання дали старшій дочці Кадирова Айшат, яка обіймає посаду міністра культури республіки

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Німеччина очолить групу послів G7 в Україні в 2022-му

Німеччина перебере головування 1 січня

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Росія встановила рекорд за кількістю смертей від COVID за місяць

Кількість смертей протягом листопада склала 87 527, що побило рекорд, встановлений у жовтні

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Головне на ранок: розмова Байдена і Путіна, засідання РНБО

Про це та інше – в огляді Радіо Свобода

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COVID-19: літнім людям за вакцинацію у Словаччині обіцяють по 300 євро

Наразі у Словаччині першу вакцину отримали понад 2,4 млн громадян, повністю вакцинованими є більш ніж 2,5 мільйони людей

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Biden Urges Putin to De-escalate Ukraine Tensions

U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday “urged Russia to de-escalate tensions with Ukraine” in a 50-minute call with his Russian counterpart, the White House said. A senior administration official added that President Vladimir Putin made no concrete promises about the tens of thousands of Russian troops massed along the Ukrainian border.

Biden “made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

A top Kremlin official told journalists that during the call, Biden again warned Putin that the U.S. and its allies would exert serious economic sanctions if Russia invaded Ukraine. Putin responded with a warning of his own: Such a move could lead to a complete rupture in U.S.-Russia relations.

Psaki added that the two nations would participate in three separate rounds of talks next month: first through bilateral talks scheduled to start January 10, and then through two sets of multiparty talks with the NATO-Russia Council and at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

“President Biden reiterated that substantive progress in these dialogues can occur only in an environment of de-escalation rather than escalation,” she added.

For months now, Putin has built up troops along the Russia-Ukraine border. U.S. intelligence officials have estimated, from looking at satellite photos, that as many as 100,000 troops are in the area. Meanwhile, Ukraine has been building up its own defenses on its side of the border.

For years, the former Soviet state has been seeking entry into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, alongside the U.S. and other Western nations. Russia strongly opposes that move.

Kremlin pleased

Putin foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov said the Kremlin was pleased with the talks, but he also said that Putin pushed Biden for concrete results from the upcoming security talks. Russia’s demands include that NATO deny membership to Ukraine and that the security alliance reduce its deployments in Central and Eastern Europe. White House officials have declined to discuss their terms publicly.

This was the second time this month that the two men had held direct talks. According to Leon Aron, an analyst with the American Enterprise Institute, it was the eighth time that the U.S. and Russian leaders have met in one year. That, he said, is “a record in the entire history of U.S.-Russian and U.S.-Soviet relations.”

Biden administration officials said that the two had a “serious and substantive” discussion. But a senior administration official said that Putin made “no declarations as to intentions.” The two presidents will not participate in the high-level talks set for January 10 in Geneva.

Although analysts seem to doubt Putin will invade Ukraine, they worry that tens of thousands of battle-ready troops in the region could accidentally or intentionally spark a war.

“If he is bluffing, then it is a very serious bluff, which entails particular risks to Putin, because he has to make sure that 100,000 troops-plus are occupied and ready – but not taking the initiative themselves before an order is given,” said Will Pomeranz, deputy director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute. ”So I think that it is just simply a situation that is fraught with peril on both sides.”

The White House has said repeatedly that there will be “significant consequences” if Russia invades, including harsh economic sanctions and increased security support for Ukraine. Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, tweeted Wednesday that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken vowed “full [U.S.] support for [Ukraine] in countering Russian aggression.”

A compromise?

“Both presidents essentially have their backs against the wall,” Aron told VOA. “Putin’s ultimatum is no more expansion of NATO, withdrawal of NATO troops from the Baltics and, most importantly, a promise to never have Ukraine inside NATO. In essence, on all those three, Biden said, ‘No.’ So the question is: Will they arrive at some sort of compromise?” 

And like many analysts, he postulated that Putin is posturing, projecting strength ahead of key elections in two years.

“Putin successfully creates a sense of emergency, if you notice the language is almost the same: He’s about to start a war, he’s about to invade Ukraine,” he said. “And apparently, the White House goes for it. I wouldn’t, because, I wrote, and I also spoke about this, Putin is not going to invade Ukraine at this time. He’s playing to his domestic audience. And all of this is a part of the game that Putin is playing, and I think will continue to play at least until his elections in 2024.”

Some information for this report came from Agence France-Presse.

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Biden, Putin Address Ukraine Tensions in High-Stakes Phone Call

For the second time in a month, US President Joe Biden has spoken directly to his Russian counterpart and urged him to de-escalate, as President Vladimir Putin continues to amass soldiers near the border with Ukraine. But administration officials said Putin provided no assurances of his intentions. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Washington.

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Розмова Байдена і Путіна тривала 50 хвилин – Білий дім

Подробиці переговорів наразі невідомі

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Данілов розповів, за яких умов можуть розглянути санкції проти Порошенка

«Якщо такі документи з’являться, я думаю, що голосів буде більше, ніж достатньо», – заявив секретар РНБО

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Байден і Путін почали телефонну розмову

Розмову ініціювала Москва

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