Ukraine’s Zelensky imposes sanctions on nearly 200 Russian cultural figures

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has enacted the decision of the country’s national security council on sanctions against 198 cultural figures from Russia and Ukraine, according to a decree released on Sunday, APA reports citing Sputnik.

The sanctions target multiple prominent Russian journalists, TV presenters and actors, including filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky, TV producer Yana Rudkovskaya, journalist Marina Akhmedova and actor Egor Beroev. Kiev also introduced sanctions against Ukrainian journalist Diana Panchenko.

In particular, the sanctions involve blocking assets, restricting trade operations, banning flights and transportation through Ukraine, as well as suspending intellectual property rights.

They will be in effect for 10 years.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

Today, 22 vehicles belonging to RPC passed through Lachin road without hindrance

Supply vehicles belonging to Russian peacekeeping contingent pass through the peaceful protest area on the Lachin-Khankandi road without hindrance, APA reports.

Conditions have been created for 22 supply vehicles belonging to Russian peacekeepers moving from Lachin towards Khankandi to pass through the protest area today.

This once again shows that the protesters do not obstruct the movement of vehicles used for humanitarian purposes.

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Stoltenberg: “Even if the war in Ukraine war ends, the West-Russia relations won’t be normalized”

Even if the war in Ukraine ends, relations between Russia and the West will not be normal, said Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General in an interview with “Handelsblatt” newspaper, APA reports.

“It won’t be the same as it was. We don’t expect the normalization of our relations with Russia even if the gun sounds went silent in Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said.

The Secretary-General also noted that even if the West has enormous resources, it mustn’t misunderestimate Russia.

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Three CSTO drills to be held in Belarus

This year the drills of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will be held in Belarus, said Pavel Muraveyko, the First Deputy State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus, in an interview with CTV channel, APA reports.

According to him, three of the four drills will be held in Belarus.

These are exercises called “Interactivity” by the Agile Movement Collective Forces, “Search” by the intelligence units, and “Echelon” by the rear front.

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Turkiye demanded the extradition of about 130 terrorists from Sweden

Ankara demanded the extradition of about 130 terrorists from Stockholm to approve Sweden and Finland’s NATO bid by the Turkish Parliament, said Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President in a meeting with young people in Mugla, APA’s Istanbul correspondent reports.

According to him, Sweden did not fulfill this request of Turkiye.

He noted that demonstrations of PKK supporters continue on the streets of Sweden, and Turkiye has warned in this regard:

“Unfortunately, no steps have been taken to stop the PKK/PYD demonstrations.”

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Biden orders federal aid for storm-affected Alabama

US President Joe Biden has instructed the government to allocate federal aid for the state of Alabama to ensure its recovery from storm, the White House said on Sunday, APA reports citing Sputnik.

“Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Alabama and ordered Federal aid to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes on January 12, 2023,” the statement read.

The federal funding can be used for temporary housing and infrastructure repairs, as well as for hazard mitigation measures statewide on a cost-sharing basis, according to the statement.

Last week, severe storms and tornadoes hit Alabama as well as several other US states. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said on Friday that six people died as a result of the ravaging storms.

Earlier in the day, the White House announced that Biden also ordered to provide federal aid to the areas in California mostly affected by storms, floods and landslides that have been gripping the state since the end of 2022.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency