War Crimes Prosecutors to Interview Kosovo President 

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci will go to The Hague on Monday to be interviewed by international war crimes prosecutors.Thaci was a top commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army, which fought a guerrilla war for independence from Serbia in the late 1990s. He announced his appearance on his Facebook page on Wednesday.A special international court has indicted Thaci and other former fighters for alleged war crimes by the KLA, including murder, kidnapping and torture. Thaci has denied the charges.  “While my compatriots as well as me will face international justice with dignity and integrity, I call upon you to stand united in dealing with the challenges that our country is facing,” he said on Facebook. A pretrial judge in the Kosovo Specialist Chambers has yet to decide whether to put Thaci and the others on trial or throw out the case.Thaci has told Kosovars that if he is tried, he will “will immediately resign as your president and face the accusations.”Thaci’s indictment forced the cancellation of last month’s White House peace talks between Kosovar and Serbian leaders. Serbia has refused to recognize an independent Kosovo. NATO peacekeepers remain in Kosovo to prevent tension between the two sides from exploding into violence.

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«Бюджет порахований за курсом 30» – Зеленський про курсову політику НБУ

Президент України Володимир Зеленський вважає, що через завищений, на його думку, курс гривні щодо долара США українські підприємства «недоотримали мільйони і закрилися».

«Ми з цим боролися з самого початку моєї каденції, з літа (2019 року)… Так, і ми підтримуємо незалежність Національного банку України, але говорили всім, що як ми можемо жити, якщо у нас навіть бюджет порахований за курсом 30, а гривня, ви бачите, яка у нас. Нам говорили, що це ринкові умови, банк незалежний тощо, і ви це прекрасно все знаєте», – сказав глава держави на зустрічі з представниками бізнесу Чернівецької області 8 липня.

На думку Зеленського, всі підприємці «прекрасно розуміють» ситуацію навколо голови Національного банку України.

Президент також зазначив, що довкола вистачає «людей, які «допомагають» Україні», і навів приклад заяви ексголови Національного банку Валерії Гонтаревої, що МВФ потрібно не надавати підтримку Україні, доки не буде призначено незалежного керівника НБУ.

 

Раніше 8 липня Служба безпеки України відреагувала на заяву колишньої голови Національного банку Валерії Гонтаревої, яка закликала Міжнародний валютний фонд вимагати повернення грошей у межах нової кредитної програми, якщо не буде гарантовано незалежності НБУ.

Видання Central Banking взяло інтерв’ю про відставку голови НБУ Якова Смолія, поговоривши з колишньою очільницею НБУ Валерією Гонтаревою. Вона сказала, що МВФ має діяти рішуче для захисту незалежності НБУ. На її думку, МВФ має призупинити виділення коштів Україні допоки уряд не призначить на посаду голови НБУ незалежну людину.

Гонтарева сказала виданню, що найважливішим фактором, що стояв за відставкою Смолія, була кампанія, що її організував олігарх Ігор Коломойський. За словами Гонтаревої, без рішучих дій МВФ, президент Зеленський, ймовірно, призначить на посаду голови НБУ когось, хто буде піддатливий вимогам Коломойського.

 

У широкому коридорі 26,5–27 гривень за долар національна валюта перебувала понад два місяці – від кінця квітня до початку липня. Зроблена 1 липня заява ексголови НБУ Якова Смолія про відставку через політичний тиск на нього спричинила зростання котирувань до 27 гривень 20 копійок за долар і навіть вище. Упродовж кількох торгових сесій ситуація стабілізувалася, нині офіційний курс перебуває нижче за 27 гривень за долар.

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Britain In Huawei Dilemma as China Relations Sour

There is growing speculation that Britain may be about to reverse course and ban the Chinese firm Huawei from its rollout of 5G mobile telecoms technology.  A move by the United States to ban U.S. companies from selling crucial microchips to Huawei appears to have changed the calculation in London. But as Henry Ridgwell reports from London, Beijing has warned Britain against what it calls ‘making China into an enemy.’Camera: Henry Ridgwell

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Serbian President Retracts COVID-19 Curfew After 60 Hurt in Violence

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has retracted his decision to reimpose a coronavirus curfew and has urged people to stop attending anti-government rallies after a violent clash between protesters and police.The president said Wednesday that new measures could still include shortened hours for nightclubs and penalties for those not wearing masks.On Tuesday, Vucic said at a news conference he would implement a curfew Friday, “probably” to run from 6 p.m. until 5 a.m. on July 13. The president added that gatherings would be restricted to five people starting Wednesday, citing a rising number of coronavirus cases in the country and hospitals running at full capacity.Vucic’s backtracking Wednesday came after a protest by thousands Tuesday night outside the parliament building in Belgrade. Police fired tear gas and beat demonstrators, while protesters retaliated by throwing stones and bottles at officers, some chanting for the resignation of the president.The clash left 17 protesters and 43 police injured and 23 protesters arrested, according to police director Vladmir Rebic. More protests were reported Wednesday.Vucic said foreign secret services were behind the protests by “right-wing and pro-fascist demonstrators.” He did not name specific intelligence agencies and stood by the police’s handling of the protests.”We will never allow the destabilization of Serbia from within and abroad,” he said.The president’s critics have accused him of lifting previous lockdown measures to hold parliamentary elections on June 21, which Vucic’s Progressive Party won by a landslide — accusations the president has denied.Critics also blame Vucic for the swell in infection rates, as the government permitted sports matches, religious festivities, parties and private gatherings to resume after lifting state of emergency restrictions on May 6.As of Wednesday afternoon EDT, Serbia had 17,076 reported cases of the coronavirus infection and 341 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University statistics.

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Уряд підтримав відстрочку з виплати дивідендів «Укрзалізницею» – Мінінфраструктури

Уряд схвалив розроблений Міністерством інфраструктури законопрєект щодо забезпечення додаткових економічних гарантій у зв’язку з поширенням COVID-19 та запровадженням карантину, який передбачає надання «Укрзалізниці» відстрочки з виплати дивідендів до державного бюджету за результатами фінансово-господарської діяльності за 2018-2019 роки. Про це повідомив міністр інфраструктури Владислав Криклій.

«З 18 березня цього року були тимчасово зупинені пасажирські перевезення, що очікувано негативно позначилося на чистому прибутку «Укрзалізниці». При цьому, компанія мусила повернути пасажирам значні суми коштів за квитки, що були придбані раніше. До 12% скоротилися і обсяги вантажних перевезень через зниження об’ємів виробництва всередині країни та припинення роботи окремих підприємств-вантажовідправників. Девальвація курсу гривні в першому кварталі також негативно зобразиться на прибутках УЗ. Ми розробили законопроєкт з метою підтримки «Укрзалізниці» і я вдячний всім членам уряду за схвалення цього рішення», – сказав Криклій.

Відповідно до рішення про нарахування дивідендів, «Укрзалізниця» додатково спрямує 60% чистого прибутку за результатами фінансово-господарської діяльності за 2018 рік в розмірі 206,2 мільйонів гривень на виплату дивідендів до державного бюджету не пізніше нажі 31 грудня 2020 року. На суму таких коштів, сплачених вчасно, не нараховуватиметься пеня.

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Валютний ринок знайшов нову точку рівноваги

Український міжбанківський валютний ринок знайшов нову точку рівноваги після ажіотажу, викликаного відставкою минулого тижня голови НБУ Якова Смолія. За даними Finance.ua, торги 8 липня завершилися на рівні 26 гривень 93–95 копійок за долар.

«Паніка після відставки голови Нацбанку явно зникла, і клієнти увійшли вже у звичайний діловий ритм, що призвело до поступового повернення котирувань міжбанку та готівкового ринку до рівнів нижче 27 гривень. Це заспокоїло частину покупців і дає їм можливість навіть активно торгуватися протягом дня і обирати оптимально низький рівень курсу. Але всі розуміють, що інтрига навколо нового голови НБУ і подальшої грошово-кредитної та валютної політики регулятора зберігається, що впливає на настрої учасників ринку в середньостроковій перспективі», – відзначають аналітики сайту «Мінфін».

Національний банк України встановив на 9 липня курс 26 гривень 95 копійок за долар, це на дві копійки більше за офіційний курс на 8 липня.

У широкому коридорі 26,5–27 гривень за долар національна валюта перебувала понад два місяці – від кінця квітня до початку липня. Заява ексголови НБУ Якова Смолія про відставку через політичний тиск на нього спричинила зростання котирувань до 27 гривень 20 копійок за долар і навіть вище. Упродовж кількох торгових сесій ситуація стабілізувалася.

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Russian Journalists Fear Growing Media Persecution After Treason Arrest 

Russian journalists have launched a petition demanding treason allegations against a former reporter be made public, fearing the case is bogus and that media are being increasingly persecuted.   Ivan Safronov, a former newspaper journalist working at Russia’s space agency since May, was detained by security agents outside his flat on Tuesday and accused of passing military secrets to the Czech Republic. He denies the charges.   At a closed hearing, the court ordered Safronov to be held in custody for two months. One of his lawyers, Ivan Pavlov, said the hearing was unusual as the state investigator had not presented any evidence. Ivan Safronov stands inside a defendants’ cage before a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, July 7, 2020. “Now they’ve taken Ivan Safronov,” read the petition circulated online by journalists at investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta and signed by nearly 7,500 people.   The petition said the case should be declassified and the allegations made public, adding: “Otherwise it’s fake. The evidence is hidden when it is fake.”   The Kremlin noted what it described as some emotional media reactions, but said those outlets had not seen the evidence, which would be reviewed in court. It said it had seen no signs of a campaign of pressure against reporters.   Several journalists were photographed staging one-person pickets in various Russian cities on Wednesday, demanding Safronov be freed. Dozens of people, including journalists, were detained by Moscow police on Tuesday.   On Monday, a court in the city of Pskov found another journalist guilty of justifying terrorism. She denied the charge.   Russian journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva charged with publicly justifying terrorism arrives for a court hearing in Pskov, Russia, July 6, 2020.Mediazona, a private media outlet, wrote that it looked like law enforcement agencies were trying to “force us to stay silent.”   FILE – Pyotr Verzilov gestures during a court hearing in Moscow, July 16, 2018.Police opened a criminal case this week against Mediazona’s publisher, Pyotr Verzilov, for failing to declare dual Canadian citizenship. He is an anti-Kremlin activist.   The U.S. Embassy’s spokeswoman wrote on Twitter it was “starting to look like a concerted campaign against #MediaFreedom.”   “Mind your own business,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry responded. 

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British Prime Minister Takes Responsibility for COVID-19 Response

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday he takes full responsibility for the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, two days after appearing to blame workers in health care facilities for the deaths of residents there.Johnson was responding in parliament to opposition Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer, who quoted the prime minister regarding deaths in British care homes.  Johnson said, “too many care workers did not follow procedures the way they should have.” Starmer said front-line care workers took great offense at the remark and called on Johnson to apologize.The prime minister responded by saying the last thing he wanted to do was blame care workers or for anyone to think he was blaming them and said they have done “an outstanding job.” He said, “When it comes to taking blame, I take full responsibility for what has happened.”Johnson added that no one knew when the pandemic began that COVID-19 would spread asymptomatically the way it does, and procedures changed.Starmer said Johnson’s explanation was not an apology and said by refusing to do so, Johnson “rubs salt in the wound” of the frontline workers he says he admires so much.  Johnson responded by calling for bipartisan measures to invest in and reform Britain’s care home sector.

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Rock Legend Ringo Starr Turns 80 

Legendary rock musician and former drummer of the Beatles Ringo Starr turned 80 Tuesday and celebrated with an online concert. Starr made an appearance Tuesday — wearing a mask with peace signs on it and practicing social distancing — along with his wife, Barbara Bach, at the “Peace and Love” statue to promote his online birthday concert, the proceeds from which, among other causes, went to support the Black Lives Matter movement. The iconic drummer told reporters “peace and love around the world” was his birthday wish and he believes supporting the Black Lives Matter movement is part of that. He said, “You can’t say ‘peace and love’ with someone’s knee on your throat,” referring to the death of George Floyd while in custody of the Minneapolis police department. Starr looked fit and healthy as he spoke with reporters and was, asked if he had a secret. He said, “God blessed me with these good looks. I don’t know, I work out, I eat right, I just do the best I can for the body and the mind.” His online concert, “Ringo’s Big Birthday Show” was streamed live on YouTube and other online channels, and featured, among other acts, his former Beatle bandmate Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, and Sheryl Crow, and included birthday wishes from celebrities.      

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Kanye West Breaks Ranks with Trump, Vows to Win Presidential Race

Rapper Kanye West signaled he no longer supported U.S. President Donald Trump and said he would enter the presidential race to win it, according to an interview published on Wednesday.West, previously a vocal supporter of Trump, announced on Saturday that he would run for president in 2020. West and his reality TV star wife Kim Kardashian West have visited Trump in the White House.”I am taking the red hat off, with this interview,” West told Forbes magazine, referring to Trump’s trademark red “Make America Great Again” baseball cap. “Like anything I’ve ever done in my life, I’m doing (this) to win.”Kanye West? The Girl Scouts? Hedge funds? All Got PPP LoansThe government’s small business lending program has benefited millions of companies, with the goal of minimizing the number of layoffs Americans have suffered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet the recipients include many you probably wouldn’t have expectedHe said he would run under a new banner – the Birthday Party.There was no record of West filing any official paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. The deadline to add independent candidates to the ballot has not yet passed in many states.West denied that his aim was to split the Black vote and hurt the chances of Trump’s Democratic opponent, Joe Biden. It was “a form of racism and white supremacy” to suggest all Black people should support the Democrats, he said.Trump, who hosted Kanye West in a widely publicized visit to the Oval Office in 2018, said the rapper’s candidacy “would be a great trial run” and that he had a “real voice,” according to an interview Tuesday with Real Clear Politics news website.Kanye West Wants the Oval OfficeEntertainer says he’s running for presidentWhite House spokesman Hogan Gidley on Wednesday called Kanye’s announcement “a scathing indictment of the Democrat Party, not just their policies on abortion, the Planned Parenthood, but also the policies that disproportionately affected African Americans in a negative way.”West told Forbes he believed “Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work.” The group provides reproductive health care and education, with most of that being preventive care.The rapper also said he had been ill in February with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, and would be suspicious of any vaccines developed to prevent the infection. Reiterating false theories that link vaccines with child developmental disorders, he said: “So when they say the way we’re going to fix COVID is with a vaccine, I’m extremely cautious.”

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Russia Charges Former Journalist with Treason 

A former Russian journalist currently employed by the country’s space agency has been arrested and charged with state treason for passing secrets to the West — punishment, his supporters argue, for his past coverage of sensitive Russian military and political affairs.    Ivan Safronov, 30, spent much of the past decade was a military analyst and reporter for Kommersant and Vedomosti, two vaunted national newspapers that have seen their independence increasingly clipped and key staff shakeups amid a wider curtailing of media freedoms in Russia.  Video released by Russia’s Federal Security Service, FSB, showed the former journalist quickly being detained by agents as he approached his car outside his home in Moscow on Wednesday morning.  Ivan Safronov is escorted before a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, July 7, 2020.“Safronov, carrying out tasks for one of the NATO countries’ intelligence services, gathered and handed over to its representative state secrets and information about military-technical cooperation and about the defense and security of the Russian Federation,” said the agency in a statement Tuesday.  Safronov has denied the charges and says the arrest is tied to his journalist work.  He could be heard saying “I’m not guilty” to reporters as agents frog-marched him into a closed court hearing.  A judge later ruled he remain in pre-trial detention until September 6, pending an investigation.  Allegations of spying for NATO Safronov’s lawyer, Ivan Pavlov, says the FSB alleges Czech agents recruited Safronov in 2012 on behalf of the US, and that his client is accused of passing information about Russian military cooperation with a country in the Middle East and Africa to them in 2017.  “No evidence was presented on which those charges are based,” said Pavlov to journalists.  Yet Russian media attention has focused on publications that may have played a role in Safronov’s troubles.  In June 2019, the state launched court proceedings against Kommersant over allegedly disclosing state secrets.  The article in question was widely considered to be a piece co-authored by Safronov that said the Kremlin was preparing the sale of Russian SU-35 Sukhoi fighter jets to Egypt, a U.S. ally.  The piece caught the attention of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who reacted by threatening Egypt with sanctions.  The deal never took place and the article has since been pulled from Kommersant’s online archives.  FILE – Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, meets with the speaker of the Federation Council, upper parliament chamber Valentina Matviyenko at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, June 26, 2017.Safronov also provoked the ire of authorities as one of the authors of a 2019 article asserting that Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of Russia’s Upper Chamber, was being pushed out of her position amid a Kremlin shakeup.    Kommersant’s management fired Safronov over the article amid the government pressure.  Kommersant’s entire political department quit over the decision.   Today, Matviyenko remains in her post.  Two months ago, Safronov left journalism for a job as a media advisor to Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s former Ambassador to NATO who currently heads Russia’s Space Agency, Roscosmos.   Roscosmos issued a statement insisting the arrest and nothing to do Safronov’s work at the agency.  Yet the Kremlin insisted Safronov’s journalistic work was not related to the charges.  ”As far as we know this is not linked to his prior journalistic activity in any way,” said spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Safronov had worked for a time in the so-called “presidential pool” covering the activities of Vladimir Putin.  Supporters detained Outraged Russian journalists picketed in support of Safronov outside of FSB headquarters in Moscow — with a number of people briefly detained.   FSB representatives justified the arrests by pointing to restrictions outlawing protests amid to the coronavirus outbreak.  Protesters also expressed anger at the detention of journalist Taisiya Bekbulatova, the editor of the online portal Kholod and a friend of Safronov’s, after police raided her apartment and took her in for questioning related to the case.  “When they imprison one journalist after another — it’s a bad sign, a bad sign for the country,” said Kommersant reporter Alexander Chernikh, in a video posted to Twitter from the back of a police van.   «Когда один за другим сажают журналистов — это очень плохой знак, очень плохой знак для всей нашей страны». Задержанный корреспондент “Ъ” Александр Черных о деле Ивана Сафронова. pic.twitter.com/VHMmzkNuOQ
— Коммерсантъ (@kommersant) Prominent Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, cries as he leaves a Investigative Committee building in Moscow, Russia, June 11, 2019.While Safronov’s supporters are preparing to launch a similar public campaign, some note that treason charges make examining the evidence in trial all but impossible.   “It will be carried out with maximum secrecy,” wrote Medizona editor Sergei Smirnov FILE – Paul Whelan, a former U.S. marine who was arrested for alleged spying, listens to the verdict in a courtroom at the Moscow City Court in Moscow, Russia, June 15, 2020.Under Russian law, Safronov could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.  Safronov developed skills as a military analyst in the footsteps of his father,  Ivan Safronov Sr., who worked at Kommersant as a military analyst before his son.    
He died in 2007 after falling from a 5th story of his apartment under disputed circumstances.   At the time, he was investigating illicit sales of arms to Syria and Iran.  

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Чому білоруси їдуть в Україну і покидають концтабір тривідсоткового таргана

Чому білоруси їдуть в Україну.

Згідно з офіційною статистикою, в 2019 році з Білорусі виїхали 20’976 осіб. Але офіційні дані мінська і європейських статистичних органів різняться. Білоруси їдуть, в тому числі, до України – працювати, реалізовувати свої творчі плани, уникнути політичного переслідування на своїй батьківщині
 

 
 
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