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The US to continue sanctions against Nord Stream 2

Washington’s position on the pipeline remains clear. It lies in the fact that this is a geopolitical project of Russia, which threatens European security.

The United States will continue to take measures against individuals and companies involved in the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project.

This was stated by the official representative of the State Department Ned Price.

“We will continue to take appropriate measures against organizations and individuals engaged in sub-sanctioned activities to demonstrate our continued opposition to this pipeline,” he stressed during a daily briefing.

Price also added that Washington’s main goal in this matter is to prevent Russia from using the gas pipeline “as a tool of coercion against Ukraine or any other country.”

The US position on the pipeline remains clear. It lies in the fact that this is a geopolitical project of Russia, which threatens European energy security and undermines the security of other partner countries.

Recall that the White House previously stated that it is impossible to stop the Nord Stream 2 because it is almost ready.

At the same time, according to Anthony Blinken, the United States is cooperating with Germany in studying compensation to Ukraine for the possible loss of transit payments when Nord Stream 2 is completed, but they do not rule out that they will also impose sanctions against the operator of the Nord Stream 2 AG project.

In the USA, a pharmacist was jailed for spoiling half a thousand doses of the vaccine

A man who deliberately tainted 500 doses of the COVID vaccine has been sentenced to three years in prison.

A former pharmacist from the United States was sentenced to three years in prison for deliberately spoiling 500 doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine at the end of last year, CNN reports.

Stephen Brandenburg, 46, of Grafton, pleaded guilty in February to two counts of attempting to falsify consumer goods with reckless disregard for the risk of putting another person in danger of death or bodily harm.

The court found that Brandenburg deliberately removed vials of the Moderna vaccine from the hospital’s refrigeration unit during two-night shifts last December. He said he was skeptical of vaccines in general, particularly Moderna, and told colleagues about his beliefs about vaccines.

The Moderna coronavirus vaccine must be stored at a certain temperature to remain effective.

“Brandenburg admitted that after leaving the vaccines for a few hours each night, he returned them to the refrigerator to be used in the hospital’s vaccine clinic the next day. Before all the consequences of Brandenburg’s actions were clarified, 57 people received doses of the vaccine from these vials, “ the report says.

The former pharmacist apologized before U.S. District Judge Brett Ludwig sentenced him.

“I had no right to make that decision,” Brandenburg said, adding that he felt “terrible” and was “ desperately sorry and ashamed.”

Recall that the incident occurred in the American city of Milwaukee (Wisconsin) in December last year. Soon it became known that the pharmacist who spoiled 500 doses of COVID-vaccine was arrested.

In the US, a gold 20-dollar coin sold for $19.5 million

A copy called the Double Eagle was released in 1933 and was never in circulation.

The US Double Eagle gold coin with a face value of $20 on Tuesday, June 8, was sold at Sotheby’s in New York for a record amount of $19.5 million. It refers to the last gold banknotes allowed to circulate in the United States.

On the obverse of the coin is the goddess of Freedom, on the reverse-the bald eagle, which is the national symbol of the United States.

This copy was released in 1933 and has never been in circulation. The United States under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt abandoned the gold standard. The manufactured coins had to be melted down, but several pieces survived.

Since 2002, the coin has been owned by American shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, who bought it for $7.6 million. At the time of the acquisition, this amount was also a record. The name of the new buyer is still unknown. Weizmann said he would use the profits from the sale of the Double Eagle and two rare stamps to support his charitable projects, including medical research, the School of Design, and the Jewish Museum in Madrid.

The U.S. extends sanctions against Belarus

Biden said that the actions of the Belarusian authorities continue to pose an extraordinary and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.

President of the United States Joe Biden on Tuesday, June 8, signed a decree on the extension of US sanctions against the Belarusian authorities for another year and notified the US Congress about it.

This was reported by the press service of the White House.

“The actions and policies of individual members of the Government of Belarus and others continue to pose an extraordinary and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” the ruling reads.

The sanctions in question were imposed on the Belarusian leadership back in June 2006, after the “fundamentally undemocratic elections” that had taken place a couple of months earlier.

The White House noted that the “human rights violations related to political repression, including detentions and disappearances, as well as corruption and abuse of power” recorded at that time have persisted to this day.

Recall that the European Union next week, most likely, will approve sanctions against the representatives of the Belarusian authorities responsible for the forced landing of the Ryanair plane in Minsk.

In April, the US Treasury Department resumed previously imposed but then suspended sanctions against nine enterprises of the petrochemical industry of Belarus due to the” blatant disregard of human rights by the Belarusian authorities “and Belarus’ failure to comply with its obligations under international law.

Hollywood will start shooting a film about Harvey Weinstein in the summer

The shooting of the Hollywood film, which is dedicated to the scandal with the famous American producer Harvey Weinstein, accused of harassing and raping dozens of women, will begin this summer, according to Deadline.

The film She said will be produced by Universal Pictures based on the 2019 book of the same name, which is a compilation of The New York Times investigation into Weinstein’s harassment and violence against actresses and other women.

It is assumed that the roles of two journalists Megan Toohey and Jodie Cantor — the authors of the investigation and the book — will be played by actresses Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan. At this stage, the final stage of negotiations takes place.

The film will be directed by the German actress and director Maria Schrider, and the screenwriter-the winner of the “Oscar” award Rebecca Lenkievich from the UK. There is no information about the release date yet.

Earlier, Harvey Weinstein appealed the decision of the court, which sentenced him to 23 years in prison.