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Russia keeps 82000 troops in Donbas, Crimea and on border with Ukraine, – General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces  112 International

Russia holds 82000 servicemen on border with Ukraine.

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The German Chancellor confirmed that Germany is making efforts to return delegation of the Russian parliament to the PACE and expects that to succeed soon.

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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Witness in Mueller Inquiry Who Advises U.A.E. Ruler Also Has Ties to Russia

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WASHINGTON — A witness who is cooperating in the special counsel investigation, George Nader, has connections to both the Persian Gulf states and Russia and may have information that links two important strands of the inquiry together, interviews and records show.

Mr. Nader’s ties to the United Arab Emirates are well documented — he is an adviser to its leader — but the extent of his links to Russia had not been previously disclosed.

Mr. Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman, has a catalog of international connections that paved the way for numerous meetings with White House officials that have drawn the attention of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. For example, Mr. Nader used his longstanding ties to Kirill Dmitriev, the manager of a state-run Russian investment fund, to help set up a meeting in the Seychelles between Mr. Dmitriev and a Trump adviser days before Donald J. Trump took office.

Separately, investigators have asked witnesses about a meeting Mr. Nader attended in 2017 with a New York hedge fund manager, where he was joined by Jared Kushner and Stephen K. Bannon, who at the time were both senior advisers to Mr. Trump.

The investigative trail even led Mr. Mueller’s team to stop an Australian entrepreneur with ties to the U.A.E. after he landed at a Washington-area airport, according to people briefed on the matter. The investigators questioned the entrepreneur about Mr. Nader, including Mr. Nader’s relationship with Russia and his contacts with Mr. Trump’s advisers, as well as the movement of money from the U.A.E. into the United States.

Mr. Nader has received at least partial immunity for his cooperation, and it appears unlikely that Mr. Mueller is trying to build a case against him. Instead, it is common for prosecutors to interview as many people as possible to corroborate the testimony of a key witness like Mr. Nader.

Mr. Nader’s dealings with Russia date at least to 2012, when he helped broker a controversial $4.2 billion deal for the government of Iraq to buy Russian weapons. At the time, he was an informal adviser to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq, and he accompanied Mr. Maliki to Moscow in September 2012 to sign the arms deal at a meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. Mr. Nader’s role in the deal was earlier reported by Al-Monitor.

The deal was canceled shortly after because of concerns about corruption, and a spokesman for the prime minister said it would be renegotiated.

Earlier that year, Mr. Nader also attended the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, an invitation-only conference organized by senior officials close to Mr. Putin that Russia presents as its answer to the World Economic Forum held annually in Davos, Switzerland. Mr. Nader is on a list of participants from 2012. Representatives of the St. Petersburg forum did not respond to inquiries about his attendance in subsequent years.

Since then, according to people familiar with his travels, Mr. Nader has returned frequently to Russia on behalf of the Emirati government. He even had his picture taken with Mr. Putin, according to one person who has seen the photograph, although it is unclear when the picture was taken.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, the de facto ruler of the U.A.E., is a close ally of the United States and a frequent visitor to the White House. He has also visited Moscow and met with Mr. Putin several times in recent years. One person briefed on the matter said Mr. Nader had accompanied the crown prince to Moscow on numerous occasions.

Last year, days before Mr. Trump took office, Mr. Nader helped set up a meeting at a Seychelles resort between Mr. Dmitriev, Emirati officials and Erik Prince, the former head of Blackwater Worldwide and an adviser to Mr. Trump’s transition team. The meeting, at the bar of a Four Seasons Hotel overlooking the Indian Ocean, was brokered in part to explore the possibility of a back channel for discussions between the Trump administration and the Kremlin, according to people familiar with the meeting.

Such contacts are at the heart of Mr. Mueller’s investigation, and his investigators have repeatedly used aggressive tactics to press witnesses. About four weeks ago, F.B.I. agents working with Mr. Mueller’s team stopped a Russian oligarch at a New York-area airport, questioned him about his dealings with Mr. Trump and seized his electronics, according to a person familiar with the matter, which was first reported by CNN.

Mr. Mueller’s investigators have asked multiple witnesses about the Seychelles meeting, part of a broader line of inquiry surrounding contacts between Emirati advisers and Trump administration officials. They have also pressed for details about a meeting Mr. Nader attended in New York in early 2017 with Mr. Kushner and Mr. Bannon with the hedge fund manager Richard Gerson, a friend of Mr. Kushner’s and the founder of Falcon Edge Capital.

Mr. Mueller’s particular interest in that meeting is unclear, although Mr. Gerson has had business dealings with the court of the U.A.E.’s Prince Mohammed. Mr. Gerson has developed relations with several senior Emirati officials over the years, including with Prince Mohammed himself, and he has often sought investments from Emirati state funds.

Mr. Gerson’s family also has business and philanthropic ties to the Kushners. Mr. Kushner has been friends for more than a decade with Mr. Gerson’s brother Mark, a founder of the specialized research company Gerson Lehrman Group. Mark Gerson was also an early investor in Cadre, a real estate technology company founded by Mr. Kushner and his brother, Josh.

Jared Kushner’s family foundation has also donated tens of thousands of dollars to an Israeli medical aid group led by Mark Gerson.

A lawyer for Mr. Nader and a spokesman for Rick Gerson declined to comment. Mark Gerson did not reply to requests for comment.

Mr. Mueller’s investigators have also questioned Joel Zamel, an Australian entrepreneur who has an office in Tel Aviv and knows Mr. Nader, according to people briefed on the matter. Mr. Zamel has had contacts with senior U.A.E. officials close to its ruler since at least 2014.

In February, federal agents working for Mr. Mueller stopped Mr. Zamel at Reagan National Airport outside Washington and briefly seized his electronic devices, the people said. Mr. Zamel later appeared before a grand jury and was questioned about Mr. Nader, though it was unclear whether Mr. Zamel had any information about Mr. Nader’s ties to Russia.

Mr. Zamel is a witness in Mr. Mueller’s investigation and is not suspected of any wrongdoing, according to Marc Mukasey, a lawyer for Mr. Zamel and his crowdsourced consulting firm, Wikistrat. The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Mr. Zamel informally met with Mr. Mueller’s team.

“Joel and Wikistrat have not been accused of anything, have done nothing wrong and are not the focus of the special counsel,” said Mr. Mukasey, a global chairman of Greenberg Traurig’s white-collar defense and special investigations practice. “Prosecutors like to question as many people as they can — even if they have tangential involvement and limited knowledge.”

Mr. Zamel briefly met last spring with Jared Kushner at the White House, another person said, though that meeting does not appear to be a focus of Mr. Mueller’s inquiry.

Wikistrat, which pays security experts around the world for their insights, has landed several government contracts, according to databases and news reports. Its website says the firm can draw from a group of more than 2,200 analysts worldwide who share their thinking on an interactive platform.

Some well-known experts serve on Wikistrat’s advisory council, including Michael V. Hayden, a former head of the C.I.A. and the National Security Agency, and Dennis Ross, a former United States diplomat with deep expertise in the Middle East.

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“Russia Ukraine” – Google News: UNIAN: Kremlin says Zelensky, Poroshenko’s positions on Russia similar | KyivPost – Ukraine’s Global Voice – Kyiv Post

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UNIAN: Kremlin says Zelensky, Poroshenko’s positions on Russia similar | KyivPost – Ukraine’s Global Voice  Kyiv Post

Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelensky holds a joint press conference with the NATO secretary general following their meeting at the NATO headquarters …

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Lenta.ru : Новости: Перехваченный Су-27 вблизи Крыма B-52 аварийно сел

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После перехвата вблизи Крыма истребителем Су-27 Воздушно-космических сил (ВКС) России стратегический бомбардировщик B-52 Stratofortress Военно-воздушных сил (ВВС) США совершил аварийную посадку на базе Милденхолл Королевских ВВС Великобритании, пишет американское издание The Drive.

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РБК – Все материалы: Зеленский понадеялся на транзит газа из России «без выкручивания рук»

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Россия и Украина в ближайшее время договорятся о транзите газа в Европу, считает Владимир Зеленский. «Выкручивать руки» Киеву никто не будет, заметил он

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Взгляд: В МВД пообещали жестко наказывать полицейских за провокации с наркотиками

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Первый замглавы МВД Александр Горовой заявил, что ведомство будет жестко наказывать сотрудников за провокации с наркотиками при сборе доказательств.

Об этом сообщает РИА «Новости».

Напомним, журналист Иван Голунов был задержан 6 июня по обвинению в попытке сбыта наркотиков, однако 11 июня глава МВД Владимир Колокольцев сообщил о прекращении уголовного преследования, с него сняли все обвинения. Также по просьбе Колокольцева были уволены генералы Девяткин и Пучков.

Ранее газета ВЗГЛЯД писала, какие выводы относительно системы борьбы с наркоторговлей и уголовного законодательства можно сделать после этой истории.

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Global Voices: Mozambicans celebrate after the state’s infamous ‘hidden debts’ are declared null

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Mozambique free from the hidden debts?

Courtroom with the ex-Minister of Finances. Photo: Centre for Public Integrity, used with permission.

On 4 June, Mozambique’s Constitutional Council, the country’s highest judiciary body, declared null the guarantees from the Mozambican state for debts acquired by public companies during the previous government, a move welcomed by many citizens.

Since 2015, Mozambique has seen the unfolding of a corruption case named “hidden debts” or “illegal debts” by local media. Three public companies (EMATUM, MAM and ProIndicus) contracted debt during the government of then-president Armando Guebuza without the approval of the Assembly of the Republic, as the constitution requires in these cases.

The debt totals over two billion dollars, which has led several of the country’s partners, among them the IMF and European countries, to cut financial support to Mozambique.

This case has also led the South African courts to decide on the extradition of Mozambique’s former Finance Minister Manuel Chang, detained on 29 December 2018 in that country. Both Mozambique and USA made extradition requests, and the South African courts announced it had accepted the former.

The United States is involved in the investigation because the transactions were made in US dollars and through electronic devices from the United States’ territory.

The Constitutional Council’s decision on 4 June followed an appeal from civil society organizations. A petition asked that the council declare null the guarantee given by the Mozambican state for these debts, with a particular focus on the Mozambican tuna company (EMATUM).

EMATUM’s debt was the first to be discovered and to come under the international media’s spotlight in 2015 whereas the other two only came to light some time later.

It was in 2017 that the Forum for Budget Monitoring (FMO) — a platform of civil society organizations focused on public finances management – submitted a request for the EMATUM debt to be declared unconstitutional and withdrawn from the state budget.

After the decision on June 4, 2019, the FMO shared a copy of the request they had submitted to the Constitutional Court, as well as the nullifying declaration:

The Constitutional Court of #Mozambique declared the acts related to the loan contracted by EMATUM null. Read the petition and the agreement in the link below

Adriano Nuvunga, an activist and university teacher, was one of those at the forefront of pushing the case and on Twitter said that he was in tears after hearing about the historic decision:

Historic!!!!!!!!!!!! Constitutional Council declares null #EMATUM and the respective #sovereign guarantee! A struggle by civil society and @FMO_Moz in particular and VICTORY of the #Mozambican #People. I’m in tears! Thank you Constitutional Court

The Centre for Public Integrity enthusiastically celebrated the event. Early this year it launched a campaign on social media, using the hashtag #EuNaoPagoDividasOcultas (I’m not paying hidden debts) so that Mozambicans could oppose any payment of the debts. On Facebook, it expressed its pride with the achievement:

This is a great victory for civil society. Constitutional Council declared null EMATUM’s debt, a great victory for CIP (Centre for Public Integrity). #CIP #FMO

I’m not paying hidden debts, not even with gas!

Future uncertainty

Despite the enthusiastic celebration from many Mozambicans, a lot still needs to be clarified. Mozambique’s debts have links to bodies outside the country, and the current decision may not be applicable internationally.

The fact that the debt was contracted through institutions outside Mozambique means that the USA has an interest in seeing the case resolved under its courts, with bankers and businesspeople from Switzerland, Albania, and Dubai facing imprisonment.

Clearly showing the uncertainty over the steps to come, President Filipe Nyusi, who on the day after the decision was headed to the Constitutional Council to submit his candidacy for the elections to be held on 15 October, said:

O Conselho Constitucional fez a decisão que fez e nós como Frelimo, nós como Governo, continuaremos a acompanhar o processo para ver e se calhar na altura própria, quanto tivermos a documentação toda em dia iremos dizer qual é o passo.

The Constitutional Council made the decision that it made and we as Frelimo [the ruling party], we as the government, will continue to follow the trial to see and in due course possibly, when we have all the documents finalized we will say what the next step is.

The legal representative of the debt holders stated publicly that the Constitutional Council’s recent decision will ultimately change nothing, as Mozambique’s government undertook a commitment governed by international rules, which in other words means that Mozambique will still need to pay the debt.

On the day after making the decision, the president of the Constitutional Council, Hermenegildo Gamito, resigned from office, which is a first for a presidentially-nominated position:

Hermenegildo Gamito resigned of his own free will and “without drama” from the position of President of the Constitutional Council

The Constitutional Council’s decision adds to the government’s recent decision to also annul the linking of guarantees of debt payments to future revenues from gas exploitation. Mozambique’s Finance Minister justified the withdrawal of these revenues from negotiations with creditors of the state’s hidden debts due to public perception.

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