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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.

EU threatened to restrict vaccine exports to countries that do not share their vaccines

The EU may restrict the export of vaccines to countries with a higher vaccination rate of the population, which do not share their own vaccines so that EU countries do not suffer from a shortage.

According to Politico, this was said by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

At a press conference on March 17, she threatened to restrict exports to countries that do not share their vaccines. The media took this as an allusion to the UK in the first place.

“We want to see the reciprocity and proportionality of exports, and we are ready to use any available tools to ensure this. This is a way to ensure that Europe gets its fair share,” the President of the European Commission explained, saying that she would discuss this issue with the leaders of the bloc and countries – members.

Ursula von der Ljaen noted that over the past 6 weeks, 41 million doses of vaccine have been exported from the EU to 33 other countries of the world.

“The open road must be open in both directions, and therefore we want to guarantee reciprocity and proportionality,” said the President of the European Commission. If such reciprocity is not observed, the EU “will have to think about how to make exports to countries where the vaccine is also produced, dependent on their openness.”

“We will consider whether exports to countries with a higher vaccination rate than ours is still proportional,” she added.

When asked which countries this might affect in the first place, von der Leyen said that Britain is the “# 1 destination” for the export of EU-produced vaccines.

“Over the past 6 weeks, 10 million doses of the vaccine have been exported to Britain,” she said, adding that the EU is still waiting for shipments that should have come from Britain.

She noted that the situation with the United States is different – there is no export of finished vaccines in both directions, and the supply of some components is proceeding without problems.

The UK criticized these words as a threat, saying that when introducing a vaccine export control mechanism, Brussels explained this primarily by the need for transparency.

“We expect the EU to continue to adhere to its commitments … The implementation of the restrictions will hurt global efforts to combat this virus,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman.

Politico writes that the level of vaccination is higher than in the EU. except Britain – in Israel, Chile, USA, UAE, Bahrain, Serbia, Qatar, Turkey, and Morocco.

Germany in 2020 overtook the USA in the number of electric vehicles sold

ZSW data indicate that in 2020, 395 thousand electric vehicles, as well as hybrid vehicles, were sold to customers in Germany. At the same time, 322 thousand cars of this type were sold in the USA. Other countries were unable to overcome the level of 200 thousand.

For example, in France and the UK, sales amounted to 195 and 175 thousand units, respectively. Global sales of this vehicle category jumped 38% in 2020.

China remains the leader in terms of sales. However, in the past year, the Chinese market for electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles showed modest growth. It was only 3%.

Tesla became the world leader in terms of sales. German automakers Volkswagen and BMW took 2nd and 4th places. By the end of last year, the total number of electric vehicles and hybrids worldwide had reached 10.9 million. China has 5 million of these machines. In the United States, there are significantly fewer of them — 1.8 million. There are 569,000 registered hybrid and electric vehicles in Germany.

The US accused the Saudi Prince of involvement in the murder of Khashoggi

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence of the United States published a report on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 in Istanbul, which claims that the operation to capture or kill the journalist was personally approved by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman.

The intelligence service believes that his level of control over decision-making in the country is so high that such actions could not take place without the approval of the prince.

“The Crown Prince viewed Khashoggi as a threat to the kingdom and broadly supported the use of violent measures if necessary to silence him,” the report said.

It states that Saudi officials planned the operation in advance, and provides a list of 21 people whom the United States “with a high degree of confidence” suspects in the murder of Khashoggi. At the same time, the intelligence service cannot claim that the persons involved knew in advance what the final outcome of this operation would be.

Khashoggi was killed in October 2018 in Istanbul at the Saudi consulate. At first, the Saudi authorities denied his disappearance at the diplomatic mission, but after some time after the appearance of video and audio recordings, they were forced to admit that Khashoggi was killed “as a result of an argument with consular employees.” Turkish police were never able to find his body.

The Arab media put forward versions that the order to kill Khashoggi, who criticized the actions of the Saudi authorities, could have been given by the pretender to the throne in the kingdom — Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. However, the Foreign Ministry of the kingdom stated that the Crown Prince had nothing to do with this crime.

Russia said the US was late warning of an airstrike in Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the United States had warned the Russian military about impending strikes on Syria in just 4-5 minutes. He said this at a press conference on Friday, February 26.

“Our military was warned 4 or 5 minutes in advance. Of course, even if we talk about deconflicting, as is customary in relations between Russian and American servicemen, it does not give anything. This kind of notification when a strike is already being delivered,” Lavrov said.

He added: “This concerns the military side of the matter. But in no case should it be considered in isolation from the fact that the United States is in Syria illegally, in violation of all norms of international law, including the Security Council resolutions on a settlement in the Syrian Arab Republic.”

On the night of February 26, the US Air Force launched a strike on the infrastructure of Syrian armed groups supported by Iran in eastern Syria. According to media reports, 17 militants were killed in the attack.

The Pentagon said the strikes were authorized “in response to recent attacks on the US and international coalition personnel in Iraq and ongoing threats against this personnel.” Let us remind you that a few days ago the “green zone” of Baghdad, where, in particular, the US Embassy is located, was fired upon with rockets.