Trump plans to pardon his former adviser Michael Flynn

FILE PHOTO: US President Michael Flynn’s former national security adviser arrives for a court hearing in Washington, DC, on December 18, 2020. REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON, Nov 24 (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump has told allies that he plans to pardon his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during an investigation into meddling. Russia in the 2016 presidential election, a source familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

Trump could still change his mind on the pardon, one of several being considered by the Republican president, the source said. The news was first published by the Axios news portal.

Democrat Joe Biden defeated Trump in the US election earlier this month, but Trump has refused to formally acknowledge him, claiming without evidence that major electoral fraud occurred. However, Trump on Monday gave the go-ahead for federal funds to start flowing to Biden so he can transition before he takes office on January 20.

If Trump grants a clemency to Flynn, it would be the highest-profile position ever forgiven by the US president since he took office.

Flynn, a retired US Army general, pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about interactions he had with Russia’s ambassador to the US in the weeks leading up to Trump’s inauguration. He has since tried to withdraw the statement, arguing that prosecutors violated his rights and tricked him into pleading guilty.

Flynn was one of several former Trump aides who pleaded guilty or were convicted at trial over former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election to boost Trump’s candidacy.

Trump said in March that he was seriously considering a full pardon for Flynn. He said the FBI and the Department of Justice had “destroyed” Flynn’s life and that of his family.

Information from Steve Holland; written by Eric Beech and Ted Hesson; translated by Jose Elías Rodríguez


Borrell deactivates in Europe the thesis of the 10,000 Russian soldiers to Catalonia

Listening to Victor Terradellas in the framework of the Voloh operation in which he presumed to have a commitment from the Kremlin so that they will send him 10,000 Russian soldiers to Catalonia after the declaration of independence it has not transpired in the upper echelons of the European Union.

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, has the matter of the Russian interference in places like Syria or Libya as a priority on his agenda, but he disassociates it from the information that has appeared on Catalonia. “Catalonia was only on the table of the European Union on October 1, 2017”, explain the sources consulted by Vozpópuli.

Beyond the investigation underway by the Civil Guard and the indications of corruption of positions of ERC and JxCat, the issue of a hypothetical Russian aid to the rupturist plans of Carles Puigdemont It “doesn’t even register” in the day-to-day life of the European Union. From the Department led by Borrell they circumscribe it to some wiretaps from a man “without public office”: “At this low level nothing will be done. The alleged author of the recordings is a man without charge. Characters like this are found in all member countries ”.

On Borrell’s agenda is the “great problem of the activity of Russia and Turkey throughout the Mediterranean. In places like Libya or Syria, they are making it their own. Waves oil exploration What is Turkey doing off the coast of Cyprus. These are the serious problems ”, add the sources consulted.

Nobody denies the influence that Russia tries to have on the continent and the flirtations of some of Puigdemont’s men with Putin, but they do not pose anywhere near the level of threat that other Kremlin operations represent in countries bordering the European Union.

European Parliament

The MEPs consulted by this means also recognize that the wiretapping of Terradellas has not been a cause for concern in the European Parliament, although the job of many of these parliamentarians is to denounce within the European Union the risk that the process represents for European interests.

They point out, however, the difference between the debates in the plenary session of Parliament and the attention that the governments of other countries can give to the issue. That is, despite the fact that MEPs bring national issues to the plenary sessions of the European Parliament, many times these interventions end up being only for internal consumption, with a practically empty hemicycle. “In all countries there are Eurosceptic or pro-Russian forces, but it does not mean that they are a real threat,” they explain.

Other times the interest is only mediatic and due to the formalism in the response of the spokesmen of the European Union, who are obliged to answer all the questions, confusion is generated about the real importance they give to an issue. “The procedure of the European Parliament, with daily press conferences, makes it often speak on behalf of the European Union when in reality it has only been a formal response to a journalist ”, these sources abound to delimit that a response from European spokespersons on Catalonia does not mean that it is a priority issue or in the Union or by the Member States.

European reports

In fact, the sources consulted cite the Guide for Holding Referendums, approved by the European Commission, as an example that “Catalonia is not even mentioned there”. Although it represents a clear support for Spain and respect for constitutional norms in any direct voting process, it is avoided to speak of the referendum of October 1, 2017.

Although Borrell knows the Catalan reality well, his new responsibility prevents him from speaking about “internal affairs”

For this reason, these sources point out, they exclude the preparation of any community-wide report on the Voloh case. And they remember that even though Borrell knows the Catalan reality well, his new responsibility prevents him from speaking about “internal affairs.” All his public interventions have dealt with security and defense issues in the face of the main threats posed by the old continent. And the conversations about Russia as a possible ally of Terradellas that are inferred from the eavesdropping is not one of them.


Donald Trump administration withdraws the US from the Open Skies Treaty


United States / 22.11.2020 14:13:13

United States today made his departure from the Open Skies Treaty official (Open Skies, in English), an important international agreement that was born to favor the transparency of nations in terms of arms control, but that the Donald Trump administration recently rejected, accusing Russia of not complying with it.

With this measure, Trump adds another international will that he rejects during his government, previously he did so with the Paris Agreement, which today also justified his decision to leave.

The deal Open Skies it emerged just after the end of the Cold War to verify the military movements and arms control measures of the signatory countries.

“The United States is no longer part of the Open Skies Treaty,” indicates the brief note from the State Department, which recalls that the withdrawal process involved a wait of exactly six months, which had already been communicated.

The agreement was signed in 1992, after the Cold War, and entered into force in 2002, allowing 35 signatory countries, including the United States and Russia, carry out observation overflights in the territories of each, photographing from the air, with the aim of ensuring that their neighbors or rivals do not prepare military attacks.

Moscow and Washington have accused each other of violating the terms of the agreement, and in May the Trump administration gave the required six-month notice to abandon the pact.

The argument that the United States used to withdraw is that Russia prevents it from monitoring its military exercises from the air, and does not allow flights over regions where Moscow is believed to have nuclear weapons that could reach Europe, specifically in Kaliningrad, nor near the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Since Trump’s coming to power in 2017, the United States has pulled out of the Iranian nuclear deal, as well as the Paris treaty against climate change.



The Russian vaccine against Covid-19 is now ready to be distributed

The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, announced this Saturday to the rest of the G20 leaders that the vaccine developed in his country against Covid-19 it is ready to be distributed.

As the SER string, Putin also said that there are a second and a third vaccine Developing.

Argentina has already announced that next week it will sign the contract to buy the first remittances from the Sputnik V, the name given to the vaccine developed in Russia.

“We expect to be signing the contract next week. (…) The process it is progressing very wellAnd from the conversation that the president (Alberto Fernández) had with Vladimir Putin that also made the management a little easier, “said the Argentine president’s chief of staff.

The Sputnik V vaccine has already been tested and has an effectiveness of 92%. The tests were carried out with 16,000 patients.


Macron attacks Russia and Turkey for fueling anti-French sentiment – ANHA | HAWARNEWS

“There is a strategy that is being followed, and it is sometimes implemented by African leaders, but mainly foreign powers like Russia and Turkey, playing on post-colonial resentment,” Macron said in an interview published by “John Africa” ​​magazine.

He added: “We must not be naive. Many of those who speak out and take videos, and those in the French-speaking media are being bribed from Russia or Turkey.”

Macron also highlighted the total opposition of France, which has a military presence on the coast, to any negotiations with extremists, an issue that is being discussed in the region, especially in Mali.



Photos and videos of the impressive storm in Vladivostok

And one covered up to the nose with the tiger quilt on the Mexico City after one yellow alert… but hey, it’s not a matter of starting to compete to see who freezes first. The joke is that things in Vladivostok, a port city in eastern Russia, they are getting albino ant color after an impressive storm.

Just take a look at the Photos and the videos that are going viral all over the world.


Foto: BBC Weather


Foto: BBC Weather

Of course, not everything is so cool: this beautiful natural and frozen landscape is a true emergency. The storm hit Vladivostok on Thursday night and at the time more than 150 thousand houses and other services are without electricity.

Hospitals and respirators in health centers are working, hardly, with generators.


Foto: BBC Weather


Foto: BBC Weather

In addition to energy, journalists from the BBC they pointed out that power lines froze, the trees cluttering primary roads and emergency teams it is costing them a lot of work get to the places where they are needed.

The coolest in Vladivostok is that the situation was complicated by a strange meteorological phenomenon.


Foto: BBC Weather

It turns out that the freezing storm collided with hot airs causing literally frozen rain. This Friday, they woke up covered —Cars, streets, trees, houses, and just about everything— in a 2 centimeter layer of ice.


Foto: @WeatherSarov1

The BBC reports that things are somewhat chaotic: there are videos of a lot of people slipping, road accidents because everyone skids, slowness in public transport and covered streets that, although in the Instagram they look white, after minutes they become pure mud.

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If you want a good side it is that this will probably be over soon, the authorities of Vladivostok expect the despapaye to melt with warmer temperatures arriving next week.


Trump and Xi will coincide in virtual Asia-Pacific summit on the world economy

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will attend a virtual summit of Asia-Pacific leaders on Friday to discuss the coronavirus and global economic recovery, and it is Lingering trade differences are likely to cloud the meeting.

An advertisement displays the flags of the United States and Papua New Guinea one day after the end of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, November 19, 2018. REUTERS / David Gray

Both leaders will lead the meeting of the leaders of the 21 nations of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, organized by Malaysia, just two weeks after Trump lost the US elections.

Asia-Pacific leaders have called for more open and multilateral trade to support economic recovery, and have warned against protectionist trade policies.

After coming to power in 2017, Trump slapped tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese goods, sparking a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

At the last APEC summit, in 2018, member countries failed to agree on a joint statement for the first time in the bloc’s history, as the United States and China disagreed on trade and investment.

In the run-up to Friday’s meeting, several APEC leaders warned against protectionism as the world grapples with the economic impact of the new coronavirus.

“As we face the greatest economic challenge of this generation, we must not repeat the mistakes of history by backtracking into protectionism,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said during her remarks at the APEC CEO Dialogues on Friday.

“APEC must continue to commit to keeping markets open and trade flowing.”

Xi, for his part, said Thursday that “increasing unilateralism, protectionism and intimidation, as well as the backlash against economic globalization” had increased risks and uncertainties in the world economy.

The president noted that China will remain committed to multilateralism, openness and cooperation.

Other leaders from the Asia-Pacific region have also expressed hope that the Joe Biden administration will support multilateral trade.

Japan aims to expand the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday, which could satisfy the interest of China and the United Kingdom to join the agreement.

Information from Rozanna Latiff and A. Ananthalakshmi; additional information from Kiyoshi Takenaka and Ju-min Park in Tokyo; edited by Sam Holmes; translation by Jorge Martínez


Lingard will decide destination in January

The hours of Jesse Lingard at Manchester United are numbered. The poor performance of the English footballer since the arrival of Ole Gunner Solskjaer to the Old Trafford bench is more than evident. For this reason, he has decided to look for a destination where he can meet his best version even if it has to be far from the club of his loves.

Last season his own Lingard was mocked in England. Throughout 2019, Jesse’s statistics were 0 assists and 0 goals, a figure that highlights his low level of form. The truth is that it is an extraordinary case, since the footballer himself had performed at a good level under the command of Jose MourinhoEven at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he was a fixture in Southgate’s eleven, becoming a starter in the semifinals against Croatia.

Coincidence or not, he has been relegated to the bench and to the stands, without prominence. This same summer his departure from the club was already rumored for the interest of Zenit of St. Petersburg, but decided to stay to show that he could have a place in the planets of Solskjaer, something that has not happened.

A friendly outing

However, given this situation Lingard has decided to change his mind, he wants to go out in January in search of a challenge where he can feel like a footballer again and allows him to return to the national team. The Manchester United stonemason wants a peaceful exit from the club, either in the form of a loan or a transfer, but in which all parties benefit. Equipment like West Ham, Monaco and his own Zenit they would value their incorporation.


Censorship in the White House

Donald Trump he is not limiting himself only to propagating urbi et orbe that the elections that will remove him from power are fraudulent. As the hours pass, the States where the votes have been counted and recounted certify that the scrutinies have been correct. Meanwhile, the outgoing president continues to make decisions, dismissing officials and replacing them with others he fully trusts.

The Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo he seconded it by reiterating to the international community that the elections have not been resolved. In addition, Trump keeps the process for the transfer of powers paralyzed on January 20. He has prohibited those in charge of negotiating the transfer to speak with representatives of Biden. And what is more regrettable: he has given the order to block the congratulations and correspondence that are addressed to Biden in his capacity as president-elect.

The censorship imposed on correspondence keeps hundreds of congratulations from heads of state from around the world blocked. So far only four countries, Brazil, Mexico, Russia and China have refused to recognize him. Of course, Biden is not wasting his time. Is aware of the problems

he will inherit in the field of international relations and has already begun to maintain direct contacts.

The round was started with the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudoau, followed by the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macrón and “British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He has also spoken with the heads of government of Japan, Australia and South Korea. There is no precedent for an elected president to be subjected to such censorship.


Erdogan: Turkey will monitor truce in Nagorno Karabakh

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces that his country will participate in the supervision of the truce achieved in the disputed region of Nagorno Karabakh.

The presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan, Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliev, respectively, as well as the Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, signed an agreement of “total ceasefire” to end the war in the disputed Nagorno Karabakh from Tuesday .

Through a statement, the Turkish Presidency reported that Erdogan, in a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart, declared that Ankara will control, together with Moscow, the ceasefire in the disputed area between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

“Erdogan declared that Turkey will carry out together with Russia the control and supervision of the ceasefire on the platform of a joint center to be created (…) in the territory liberated from the Armenian occupation”, it reads in the text.

According to the note, Erdogan also emphasized that “a correct step” had been taken towards the solution of the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh, where on September 27 the fighting resumed.

It is important, according to the Turkish leader, that the Azerbaijanis return to Nagorno Karabakh and that a corridor be opened between Azerbaijan and the Autonomous Republic of Nakhichevan.

Turkey, which has been the only country to openly express its support for Azerbaijan, since the beginning of hostilities in the region accused Armenia of “occupying” Azerbaijani land and promised “full solidarity” with Baku. Furthermore, there were reports of the transfer of terrorists through Ankara to Nagorno Karabakh.

Azerbaijan and Armenia have been at odds since the beginning of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict in 1991, when this enclave, with the support of the Government of Armenia, became independent from the then Azerbaijani Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1994, a ceasefire ended the war between these countries, but did not solve the problem, so skirmishes have been frequent on the border since then.