Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, April 4 (Xinhua) — Roscosmos said on the 3rd that it had stopped joint projects with Western countries. On the 3rd, Ukraine released a video identifying the Russian army for killing civilians in the town of Bucha on the outskirts of the capital Kyiv. Germany and other EU countries said they would impose new sanctions on Russia on this ground. The Russian side condemned the fake video, which was aimed at interfering with the peace talks between Russia and Ukraine.
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Rogozin, president of Roscosmos, posted on social media on the 3rd that “for moral and ethical reasons”, Roscosmos stopped joint projects with Western countries. The company will not have any cooperation with countries that provide arms and political support to Ukrainian authorities.
On March 30, American astronaut Mark van der Hay (left) and Russian cosmonauts Peter Dubrov (right) and Anton Shkaplerov returned from the International Space Station on the Russian “Soyuz” spacecraft Earth. Xinhua News Agency (Photo courtesy of NASA)
Russian Presidential Press Secretary Peskov said on the 3rd that Russia will expand the scope of application of the “Ruble Settlement Order” from natural gas at this stage to other export goods due to the reduced credibility of the US dollar and the euro due to sanctions imposed on Russia by Western countries. He pointed out that Russia’s “Ruble Settlement Order” was not to embarrass European partners, but to hedge risks and protect trade. Russia has always been a reliable supplier, a position it cherishes.
The Russian-Ukrainian negotiations continue to be conducted by video. The two sides have different views on the progress of the peace talks. According to the Ukrainian News Agency, Alahamia, a member of the Ukrainian negotiating delegation and chairman of the parliamentary group of the Ukrainian People’s Servant Party, said on the 2nd that the Ukrainian side believes that the draft peace treaty that needs to be signed is sufficient enough to allow Ukrainian President Zelensky and Russia President Vladimir Putin holds direct consultations.
Mejinsky, head of the Russian negotiating delegation and assistant to the president, said on the 3rd that the draft agreement has not yet reached the stage of handing over to the head of state, and Russia’s position on the status of Crimea and Donbass remains unchanged.
Ukraine released a video on the 3rd, alleging that Russian troops killed civilians in Bucya, a suburb of the capital Kyiv. The Russian Ministry of Defense said that the Russian army completely withdrew from Bucca as early as March 30. During the period when the Russian army controlled Bucca, no local residents suffered violence. Photos and videos are another provocation.
European Council President Michel said on social media that day that the EU is helping Ukraine to collect evidence about the atrocities of Russian troops in Bucca for litigation in the International Court of Justice. Michel said the EU was discussing new sanctions on Russia. German Chancellor Scholz also issued a statement saying that Germany and its allies will reach an agreement on further sanctions against Russia in the next few days.
NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg speaks at a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, March 31.Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Zheng Huansong
In addition, Finland and Sweden have changed their positions on whether to join NATO. Finnish Prime Minister Marin said on the 2nd that in view of changes in the European security environment, Finland must reconsider the issue of joining NATO. Swedish Prime Minister Andersson said in an interview with Swedish TV on March 30 that Sweden is re-examining its own security policy and “does not rule out” the option of joining NATO.
NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg said in an interview with CNN on the 3rd that if Finland and Sweden apply to join NATO, NATO will take a more rapid approach to admit the two countries.
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