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Bayern wants to buy 2.5 million doses of Sputnik V

The authorities of the German federal state of Bavaria are ready to purchase 2.5 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine if the drug is approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA); a preliminary supply agreement will be signed with R-Pharm in Illertissen on April 7. This was stated at a press conference by the Prime Minister of the region Markus Zeder.

“The Minister of Health of Bavaria has concluded a preliminary contract with the company in Illertissen, which will be signed today. We are talking about the supply of “Sputnik V”: if it is allowed in Europe, then Bavaria through this company will probably receive an additional number of doses in July. That’s 2.5 million doses, ” Zeder said. According to him, this will expand the region’s ability to vaccinate the population against coronavirus.

Zeder added that production of the Sputnik V in Bavaria could begin within this year.

The US imposes sanctions on Turkey over deal with Russia

The United States has been imposing sanctions on the Turkish Defense Industry Authority (SSB) since April 7, as well as four officials for a “major deal” with Russia’s defense sector in 2017.

This is stated in the notification in the US Federal Register.

According to the document, the head of the SSB, Ismail Demir, and three other officials who work in it was sanctioned. They will no longer be able to visit the United States, their assets in American jurisdiction will be blocked and Americans will be banned from doing business with them.

The sanctions are imposed under Countering America’s Adversaries through the Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

What kind of agreement was concluded in 2017, between Turkey and Russia is not specified, but it can be assumed that we are talking about a contract for the supply of Moscow to Ankara S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems.

Earlier, Turkey said that it would not abandon the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems purchased from Russia, even despite the threat of US sanctions.

Recall that NATO explained why Turkey does not need Russian missile systems — they are incompatible with the technologies of the Alliance and can not be integrated into its air defense.

Scandal: Czech Deputy Prime Minister called Russia to build nuclear power plants

The opposition demands to dismiss the Minister of Industry Karel Havlicek for ignoring the demands of the special services

Five opposition parties in the Czech parliament are calling for the removal of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry, Trade, and Transport Karel Havlicek, who invited Russia to participate in the construction of a new unit of the Dukovany nuclear power plant.

This was reported on April 1 by iDnes.

The parties “Pirates”, TOP 09, “Measures and Independence”, the Civil Democratic Party, and the Christian Democratic Union-Czechoslovak People’s Party recalled that for national security purposes, the Czech intelligence service demanded that China and Russia be excluded from the tender.

However, the Russian energy giant Rosatom was among the four potential partners of the nuclear program, along with EDF (France), Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (South Korea), and Westinghouse Electric (USA-Japan).

“Minister Havlicek bypassed the government, bypassed the agreement that was in the hall of the Chamber of Deputies, and invited Russia to the so–called security review,” said the leader of the “Pirates” Ivan Bartos.

He also recalled the scandal with the dismissal of the government commissioner for atomic Energy Yaroslav Mila, who opposed the participation of Rosatom in the program.

In turn, the chairman of the Civic Democratic Party, Petr Fiala, called Russia’s admission to the project “an extremely dangerous and short-sighted step”, as well as” games with national security and the future “ of the country. He also recalled that the Kremlin is trying to strengthen its position in Central Europe in every possible way.

Earlier, another scandal broke out in the Czech Republic-President Milos Zeman demanded to dismiss ministers who oppose the simplified legalization of the Russian vaccine against the coronavirus “Sputnik V”. The opposition called him an imbecile for this.

Microsoft will supply the US army with augmented reality glasses for $22 billion

Microsoft has won a contract with the US Army for the supply of augmented reality headsets, the Associated Press reports.

Under the terms of the agreement, the company will supply the military with augmented reality glasses worth $22 billion. The technology will be based on Microsoft HoloLens glasses, which were originally created for the video game and entertainment industry.

According to the Pentagon, the use of augmented reality glasses by military personnel will increase the soldier’s awareness of the surrounding environment, as well as improve their ability to detect targets and danger.

Augmented reality technology allows people to see virtual images superimposed on the physical world in front of them.

Earlier, CNN reported on the US intention to conduct large-scale virtual exercises to counter Russia and China. According to the TV channel, we are talking about a “strictly classified war game”, the exercises will take place in the summer of this year.

Sanctions against China: bold, stupid — or pointless?

In view of the harassment of the Uighur minority in China by the Chinese authorities, the European Union has imposed sanctions on Beijing for the first time in 30 years. According to the decision of the EU foreign ministers, the sanctions are imposed on four representatives of the Communist Party of China in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, as well as the organization responsible, according to the EU, for the management of correctional camps for the “re-education” of this Muslim minority. Beijing’s response was not long in coming.

To see a partner in Beijing? Hardly…

The EU should re-check its attitude to Beijing, — says De Volkskrant:

“An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth — this is the language that Beijing speaks fluently. His latest movie, namely the imposition of sanctions on European politicians, officials, and scientists, is just a light warm-up in the business of conducting “military operations” with the help of legal weapons. … And now Brussels has felt it for itself. … In order to pass the controversial investment agreement through the European Parliament, despite all the criticism, the European Commission needs a strong political rear. However, against the background of such an extensive sanctions list compiled by China, Brussels will have to reconsider its attitude towards Beijing. It is becoming increasingly difficult to see China as anything other than a rival.»

They try to maneuver all the time

The EU at least makes some gestures, “ notes Neue Zurcher Zeitung:

“This measure is a step towards the formation of a common pan-European policy towards China. However, it should be recognized: the goal is still very far away and is in a fog. The European Union, that is, the backbone of the 27 countries, does not manage to develop a coherent and consistent strategy towards China. Back in December, the EU concluded an investment agreement with Beijing after long negotiations. … A number of European countries, including France and Germany, insist on their right to pursue their own policies towards China. … In fact, this means nothing more than that the Europeans are still trying to maneuver between the option of investment and the option of sanctions.”

Beijing can still be useful to Europe!

Now the European Union should have set its priorities quite differently, — the Hungarian pro-government newspaper Magyar Hirlap is indignant:

“For several months now, the pages of the world press have been full of headlines about the inability of the European Union to provide its countries with a covid vaccine. … In this regard, it is particularly piquant that the EU is starting to impose sanctions against China right now when the call to buy vaccines from the east is getting louder and louder — including as a result of mistakes made by Brussels. As Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said: such a position is senseless, harmful — and aimed only at an external effect.”

This hasn’t worked before

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung does not believe that EU sanctions will have any effect:

“China is no longer the same developing country that was once sanctioned after the Tiananmen Square events. Now it is a rearing world power, with which Germany conducts a very intensive and extensive trade. The Chinese leadership is confident in its own abilities: unlike in the past, it has both the means and the will to resist Western pressure. The EU, as a union of democratic states, cannot look with indifference at human rights violations. However, there are other opportunities to raise this issue in the dialogue with China. In any case, the EU’s decisions are unlikely to have a serious effect. For example, the sanctions of 1989, including the arms embargo, did not lead to China becoming more politically open, nor to the country refusing to increase its military potential.”