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BRICS: THE OPPONENT AWE OF THE WEST

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Brazil, Russia, India and China originally formed the bloc in 2009 after a series of meetings and understandings. The first BRIC Summit was held in Yekaterinburg, Russia on June 16 of the same year, where the heads of states in question agreed to strengthen dialogue and cooperation between them.

The following year, in Brasilia, Brazil in April 2010, the second Summit was held, where the leaders of these countries emphasized the necessity of a multidimensional global intergovernmental system.

Then, at their third meeting in New York in September 2010, the BRICs agreed on the entry of South Africa. South Africa managed to join after a strong effort as a result of its active foreign policy, this coalition of states changing it from “BRIC” to “BRICS”.

At the Fourth Summit in March 2012 in New Delhi, India, a first announcement was made of the establishment of a New Development Bank (NDB), which was formalized at their Fifth Summit in Durban, South Africa in 2013, with the clear intention of independence of BRICS by the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the US and the European Union. The agreement for its establishment, after resolving disputes over organizational issues, was finally reached in 2014, during the sixth BRICS meeting in Fortaleza, Brazil.

The BRICS countries comprise 40% of the world’s population, which amounts to over 3.1 billion people. BRICS co-exists countries with different degrees of development and different strategies.

Brazil is the largest country in South America, both in population (about 213 million) and in area, since it occupies 1/3 of South America by itself. It is also the fourth richest country in the Americas in terms of GDP. However, it does not have the appropriate infrastructure (inadequate road and rail network, inadequate port infrastructure, etc.) and in combination with extreme economic inequality (1 in 4 citizens lives in absolute poverty) do not allow it to emerge as a economic superpower. According to the World Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum, Brazil ranked 108th among 137 economies in 2017 in terms of the general quality of its infrastructure. Corruption scandals are also present in the country. Brazil deals with regional issues.

Russia, which is the world’s largest transcontinental country of global influence and a large economy, also possesses the largest nuclear arsenal on the planet and enormous military power, which it has used in Syria and now in Ukraine. Russia provides the best standard of living for its residents, compared to the rest of the BRICS countries, with 3.5% of GDP spent on education and 3.1% on public health. The number of residents living below the poverty line amounts to just 0.2% of its population. The Russian economy suffers, however, from the critical problem of corruption-which exists in all countries to a greater or lesser degree-as well as from the significant lack of banking infrastructure, due to insufficiently developed financial markets, difficulty in obtaining loans and limited investment options.

India is an emerging world power with an ever-growing economy. It is currently the fifth largest economy in the world based on its GDP, while its territory is home to the second largest population in the world, after that of China, reaching close to 1.4 billion people. The country’s GDP growth has been among the highest in the world over the past decade, achieving an annual growth of between 6-7%. However, India has one of the lowest per capita incomes in the world, while facing huge social problems at home due to poverty. India has the lowest percentages of GDP spent on education and health among the BRICS, at 2.7% and 1.2% respectively. India is regionally oriented.

China, which is home to 1.4 billion people, is expanding rapidly with economic penetration in Asia, Latin America, Africa and other regions of the world. It is the economic giant of the East with an annual growth rate of 6.6%, thus threatening the economic primacy of the USA. China has been the world’s leading exporter since 2014. At the same time, China, although it is the second largest economy in the world, remains a middle-income country as its per capita income is still only about a quarter of that of countries with high income and about 375 million Chinese live below the poverty line of $5.50 a day. Finally, corruption appears at particularly high rates.

South Africa, due to its geographical position at the southern tip of the continent, which gives it access to two oceans, is a hub country. South Africa is China’s largest trading partner in Africa. At the same time, hundreds of Chinese companies, both state-owned and private, are currently active in the country. South Africa’s economy is the second largest on the African continent behind Nigeria’s. It has natural wealth in gold, silver and coal but also one of the highest rates of inequality in the world. The richest 10% of the population owns about 71% of the net wealth, while the bottom 60% owns 7% of the net wealth. It is a country with particular political weight in Africa as the only African member state of the G20 group, which, however, needs a reform effort for its further economic development.

The BRICS are, therefore, the opposing camp of the West, whether this is expressed politically, by the US-Anglo-Saxon countries-European Union alliance, or militarily, with NATO, or economically, with the international economic organizations of American origin, such as the IMF, the World Bank or the World Trade Organization. The bloc’s strategic direction is close cooperation to effectively and successfully counter the US-dominated international financial architecture.

After fifteen years, during which many questioned the viability of the scheme, the existing global balances lead to the enlargement of the bloc. Many countries have expressed their desire to become members of BRICS, such as Argentina, Egypt, Venezuela, Mexico, Iran, Vietnam, Bangladesh and others.

In closing, I would like to emphasize that the agenda of the BRICS, which have succeeded in consolidating their position on the global political and economic scene, leads to the reduction of the dominance of the USA and the Western world in general and to the establishment of a new multipolar reality.

The author is known:

Isidoros Karderinis

Isidoros Karderinis was born in Athens in 1967. He is a novelist, poet and columnist. He studied economics and completed postgraduate studies in tourism economics. His articles have been published in newspapers, magazines and websites around the world. His poems have been translated into English, French and Spanish and published in poetic anthologies, literary magazines and literary newspaper columns. He has published eight books of poetry and three novels in Greece. His books have been translated and published in the United States, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.

সার্টিফিকেটটি কার!

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নিজস্ব প্রতিবেদকঃ পদ্মা অয়েল কোম্পানী লিমিটেড-এর ঢাকা এভিয়েশন ডিপো-এর মেকানিক্যাল সুপারভাইজার মো. জয়নাল আবেদীন সিকদার-এর মাধ্যমিক স্কুল সার্টিফিকেট নিয়ে জালিয়াতি করার অভিযোগ পাওয়া গেছে।

জানা যায়, মো: জয়নাল আবেদীন সিকদার পদ্মা অয়েল কোম্পানী লিমিটেড-এ চাকুরিতে যোগদানের সময় তার যে স্কুল সার্টিফিকেট দাখিল করেছেন সেটি আরেকজনের সার্টিফিকেট।

মো: জয়নাল আবেদীন সিকদার সিদ্ধেশ্বরী বালক উচ্চবিদ্যালয় থেকে মাধ্যমিক স্কুল সার্টিফিকেট পরীক্ষায় অংশগ্রহণ করে ১৯৮১ সালে পরীক্ষায় উত্তির্ণ হন। সার্টিফিকেটে তার নাম মো. জয়নাল আবেদীন সিকদার এবং পিতার নাম মো. আপ্তাব উদ্দিন উল্লেখ রয়েছে। কিন্তু অভিযোগ অনুযায়ী সার্টিফিকেটে উল্লেখিত নামের ব্যক্তি আর এয়ারপোর্ট ডিপো-এর মেকানিক্যাল সুপারভাইজার মো. জয়নাল আবেদীন সিকদার দুজন ভিন্ন ব্যক্তি।

অভিযোগের সত্যতা যাচাইয়ের জন্য সিদ্ধেশ্বরী বালক উচ্চবিদ্যালয়ে খোঁজ নেওয়া হলে রেজিস্ট্রেশন নং- ৪৬২৫/১৯৭৯ রোল নং- ঢাকা ৬০১ নাম: মো. জয়নাল আবেদীন সিকদার পিতা: মো: আপ্তাব উদ্দিন, সার্টিফিকেটটি পাওয়া যায়। কিন্তু সার্টিফিকেটে ছবি না থাকায় সার্টিফিকেটটি মূলত কার সে বিষয়ে নিশ্চিত হওয়া যায়নি।

নাম প্রকাশে অনিচ্ছুক এক স্কুল কর্মকর্তা বলেন যে এই সার্টিফিকেট নিয়ে তাদেরও সন্দেহ আছে।

তবে তথ্য মতে বর্তমানে যে এই সার্টিফিকেট দিয়ে যিনি পদ্মা অয়েল কোম্পানী লিমিটেড-এ চাকুরি করছেন তিনি এবং মূল সার্টিফিকেটটি যার তারা এক ব্যক্তি নয়।

মো: জয়নাল আবেদীন সিকদার এর জাতীয় পরিচয়পত্র

এমনকি এই সার্টিফিকেট দিয়ে মো: জয়নাল আবেদীন সিকদার জাতীয় পরিচয় পত্র নং ২৬১১০৩৮৭৭৬৪৭৮ নিবন্ধিত করেন। যেখানে তার বর্তমান ঠিকানা: ১২৩ নদ্দাপাড়া, দক্ষিণ খান, ঢাকা উল্লেখ রয়েছে।

সরজমিনে বর্তমান ঠিকানায় গিয়ে দেখা যায় সেখানে ৫ তলা বিশিষ্ঠ একটি বাড়ি করেছেন তিনি ‘দীপ মহল’ নামে। এই বাড়িটি ২০০৭ সালে তিনি নির্মাণ করেছেন। বাড়িতে তাকে পাওয়া না গেলে তার ছেলে দীপ কথা বলেন এই প্রতিবেদকের সাথে।

দীপ জানান, যে তার জানা মতে তার বাবার সার্টিফিকেট এবং চাকুরির তথ্যে বয়স নিয়ে একটু ঝামেলা রয়েছে। এটা চাকুরিতে গোপন করা হয়েছে।

দীপের কথায় কেচো খুড়তে সাপ বেড়িয়ে এসেছে। প্রশ্ন জাগে তাহলে মো. জয়নাল আবেদীন সিকদার চাকুরিতে যোগদানের সময় তাহলে বয়স নিয়েও জালিয়াতি করেছেন!!

দীপকে তার বাবা সিদ্ধেশ্বরী বালিক উচ্চ বিদ্যালয় থেকে মাধ্যমিক স্কুল পরীক্ষায় উত্তির্ণ হয়েছেন কিনা জানতে চাইলে তিনি ইতস্তত করতে থাকেন। পরবর্তীতে তিনি সংবাদ প্রচার না করার জন্য জোর অনুরোধ করেন।

মো: জয়নাল আবেদীন সিকদার এর ছেলে দীপ

সূত্র মতে জানা যায়, মো. জয়নাল আবেদীন সিকদার শরিয়তপুর জেলার বাসিন্দা। তিনি যে সময় ঢাকা থেকে মাধ্যমিক স্কুল পরীক্ষায় উত্তির্ণ হয়েছেন সেসময় তিনি শরিয়তপুর জেলায় ছিলেন।

এবিষয়ে পদ্মা অয়েল কোম্পানী লিমিটেদের মানবসম্পদ ও প্রশাসন বিভাগের জেনারেল ম্যানেজার মো. শহিদুল আলমের সাথে মুঠোফোনে যোগাযোগ করা হলে তিনি বলেন, মুঠোফোনে মন্তব্য দেওয়ার বিধি-নিষেধ রয়েছে। সরাসরি তার চট্টগ্রাম অফিসে গিয়ে তার সাথে কথা বলতে বলেন।

Whose certificate is it?

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Fake Certificate

Staff Reporter: Mechanical Supervisor of Dhaka Aviation Depot of Padma Oil Company Ltd. Md. Jainal Abedin Sikder has been accused of forging his secondary school certificate.

According to the information, the school certificate submitted by Md Jainal Abedin Sikder while joining the service in Padma Oil Company Limited is another person’s certificate.

Md Jainal Abedin Sikder participated in Secondary School Certificate Examination from Siddheswari Boys High School and passed the examination in 1981. His name on the certificate, Md. Jainal Abedin Sikder and his father’s name Md. Aptab Uddin are mentioned. But according to the complaint, the person named in the certificate and the mechanical supervisor of the airport depot Jainal Abedin Sikder are two different people.

In order to verify the truth of the complaint, Siddheshwari Boys’ High School was searched. Registration No. 4625/1979 Roll No. Dhaka 601 Name: Md. Jainal Abedin Sikder Father: Md. Aptab Uddin, Certificate Available. But as there is no picture on the certificate, it cannot be confirmed who the certificate is originally from.

A school official, who did not wish to be named, said that they too have doubts about the certificate.

However, according to the information, the person currently working in Padma Oil Company Limited with this certificate and the original certificate is not the same person.

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National Identity Card of Md Jainal Abedin Sikder

Even with this certificate, Md Jainal Abedin Sikder registered National Identity Card No. 2611038776478. Wherein his present address is mentioned as 123 Naddapara, Dakshin Khan, Dhaka.

Going to the present address physically, it is seen that he has built a 5-story house called ‘Deep Mahal’. He built this house in 2007. When he could not be found at home, his son Deep spoke to this reporter.

Deep said that as far as he knows there is some age issue in his father’s certificate and employment information. It is hidden by his father to obtain the job.

At Deep’s words, the snake came out to dig up the cat. If the question arises, Md. Jainal Abedin Sikdar has also falsified his age while joining the service!!

When Deep asks if his father passed the secondary school examination from Siddheshwari Boys high school, he hesitates. Later, he strongly requested not to broadcast the news.

Md Jainal Abedin Sikder’s son Deep

It is known according to sources, Md. Jainal Abedin Sikder is a resident of the Shariatpur district. He was in the Shariatpur district when he passed the secondary school examination from Dhaka.

In this regard, General Manager of the Human Resources and Administration Department of Padma Oil Company Limited. When Shahidul Alam was contacted on the phone, he said to Beaconbangla24.com that there are restrictions on giving comments on the phone. Directly went to his Chittagong office and asked to speak to him.

The mayor should kill us all with poison

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Staff Reporter: Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) has recently issued a notice to 130 families of the Telugu community to vacate the colony in Dhalpur outfall of Jatrabari in the capital. People of the Telugu community held a press conference at the National Press Club on Thursday (February 16) to protest this notice.

At the press conference addressed to DSCC Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Tapas, Telugu community woman Ramnamma said crying, ‘We have not slept, we have not eaten for a week. What sin did we do, mayor? What crime have we committed? Is it our fault to be born on this earth?’

Ramnamma said, ‘Where we are living now, blood would flow if we stepped there. This soil is now hard. And it has caught the eye of the administration. Where do we go? If you want to take this place, kill all our Telugus with poison. Then took place.

Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Parishad, Nijra Kari, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), BLAST, Bangladesh Environmental Law Society (BELA), Law and Arbitration organized the press conference titled ‘Payatara protest against eviction without resettlement of 130 landless families of Outfall Telugu Colony’. Center, Human Rights Culture Foundation, ALRD, and victim communities.

Seven demands emerged from the press conference. These include stopping evictions without resettlement, providing legal documents for permanent resettlement, protecting of their places of worship, job guarantees, non-eviction if cleaners are not employed, and provision of livable housing for them.

The city corporation ordered them to vacate the area within two days on February 9. Then the local councilor and the officer in charge of the police station gave the same order. When this word spread, the panic of eviction spread throughout the colony.

It was informed in the press conference that they had been living in the city corporation and municipal areas since the British and Pakistan eras for cleaning the city. In 1982, they were brought from Tikatuli to Huzurbari area of Sayedabad through an NGO. Later, the Huzurbari site was written off by the Ershad government, and they were officially brought to Dhalpur in 1990, which later came to be known as Mathor Colony.

In a written statement at the press conference, ALRD Manager (Program) Rafiq Ahmed said that there is a directive of the High Court in the slum eviction case, no slum or colony can be eviction without rehabilitation. Because, in the constitution, the right to housing the people is included in the principles of governance of the state. Eviction of cleaners living here legally would be a gross violation of human rights.

Rana Dasgupta, general secretary of Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Parishad, said, ‘Mayor Tapas is a lawyer in his professional life. It seems surprising that despite being a lawyer, he could ignore all the precedents of the High Court and the Supreme Court and talk about their eviction without any notice, without any arrangement for rehabilitation. While in power, they say, we are not the master of the people, but the servant. But we didn’t expect from Fazle Noor Tapas how a servant can assume the role of a master when he comes to power.

Rana Dasgupta also said, ‘The demands raised from today’s press conference should be taken into logical consideration by the Dhaka South City Corporation, the mayor, and the higher authorities of the government. Otherwise, we will assume that the government and administration cannot be friends of the people.

Kajal Debnath, a member of the Presidium of the Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Parishad, said that there are dumping stations in 14 places in Dhaka city. The place where Telugus were allowed to stay was also a dumping station. Dead cows, goats, sacrificial skins, and garbage are thrown there. Now that the place is habitable, it has caught the eye of the city corporation.

ALRD executive director Shamsul Huda said that injustice and injustice will not be allowed to happen to the Telugu community. He said, “They were in another place. They went to the outfall area at the will of the government. Time and again they have been transferred from one place to another. Do they hand toys? Are they not citizens of this country? You will transfer them here and there whenever you want, take away the shelter, and their security, dignity, and respect will be lost, this cannot happen.

Professor Robayet Ferdous of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism of Dhaka University, Ferozul Islam, Head of Program of Bela, Tajul Islam of Blast, Nahid Shams, lawyer of Human Rights Culture Foundation, etc. spoke at the press conference.

Redwan Rahman graduates from Filmdom

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Redwan Rahman: I am a Director's Actor

Redwan is one of the most popular and busy actors of this time, who stepped into the media as a host and a model. He made his debut as an anchor in a magazine show, Movie time, which gave him mass popularity. He has been picked as a model by celebrated actor Afzal Hossain for a TV commercial on beautiful Bangladesh. Since then, the talented model-actor has occupied a strong position in showbiz. Currently, Redwan Rahman is all set to debut on the silver screen with an action romantic film game, directed by Razu Chowdhury. In an interview with Beaconbangla.com Redwan talked about his recent ventures:

*What are you up to nowadays?
I am working on Razu Chowdhury’s first film game. As it is my silver screen debut, I am giving my all concentration towards the film.

*Why you have chosen this film as your debut on the silver screen?

I found this film to be appropriate for my debut. I also love the story and every detail of the role. I am lucky that I am starting my journey on the silver screen with the same director whose telefilm was my first acting debut.

Furthermore, have a good understanding of Razu Chowdhury. I started my career with his telefilm Jolpoddo. We also have a strong connection, I was always confident about Razu’s ability to deliver good entertainment pieces to the audience. Another point is, I trust that he is introducing this role specifically for me because it feels that this role is tailor-made to suit my abilities.

*How did you get yourself ready for the silver screen debut?

I have done huge homework about working on the silver screen. I learned how to be a dancer, coordinate as an action hero, and also did a lot of work to improve my acting. From the very begging of my career, everyone helped me a lot.

*Who inspired you?

At first, I thought it was not my cup of tea. Being a host was enough for me. But, Afzal Hossain just played the lead role in launching my career, and he is my mentor. He taught me every small detail of the trade. I have learned so many things from him. Celebrated and noted actor Asaduzzaman Noor also inspired me.

*Do you have any plans to stick to modeling?

I won’t stop modeling. In my entire career, I have done only eight advertisements, and every single one succeeded in the market.

*What is your current goal?

I don’t have any plans right now except for this film. A movie reel keeps a performance alive for years, with repeated views by the audience. I want my performance to leave a good impression.

According to Redwan Rahman, hard work and determination never go unrewarded, and he believes that he is a director’s actor.

The local government minister has instructed to cut the road if necessary to remove the water

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Senior Reporter: Local government, rural development, and co-operative minister Md. Tajul Islam.

He told a press briefing at the Government Bus Building on Minto Road on Saturday that the local government engineering department and the Sylhet City Corporation had been instructed in this regard.

“Roads that are not able to go down due to waterlogging have been asked to be cut off immediately,” he said. Officials from the local government engineering department and the city corporation are monitoring the situation. ”

Besides, instructions have been given to supply electricity through the generator to Sylhet MAG Osmani Hospital, said Tajul Islam.

Record rains from Assam and Meghalaya in India have brought extreme misery to large areas of northeastern Bangladesh. At least 35 lakh people in Sylhet and Sunamganj have been inundated by the third phase of floods. In addition to the local administration, the army is also conducting rescue operations in these two districts.

The minister said the main goal of the government was to protect people from flood-hit areas and bring them to safety. Provide dry food, pure water, and water purification tablets to the stranded people.

He said, “It is possible to take quick action, as the government was prepared in advance.”

State Minister for Disaster Management Enamur Rahman said that 32,000 packets of dry and other food items have been allotted for the flood victims.

Besides, Tk 80 lakh has been disbursed in Sunamganj and Sylhet so far, he said in a briefing at the secretariat on Saturday afternoon.

According to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center, moderate to heavy rains are expected in the next 72 hours in the northern part of the country, northeast and adjoining parts of Assam, Meghalaya, and West Bengal.

According to the Centre’s forecast, the situation could worsen in the next 24 hours in 11 flood-hit districts. And Teesta water may be near or above the danger level at this time.

The local government minister told reporters that the government would provide the necessary funds to repair the roads, bridges, and other damage caused by the floods.

Request to withdraw closure shop at night till EID

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Staff Reporter: The FBCCI, the apex body of traders, has requested to suspend the directive to close shops, stalls, markets, and raw material markets after 8 pm till next Eid-ul-Azha.

The request was made at a meeting of the Standing Committee on Local Garments at the organization’s own office on Saturday, a press release said.

The government has made a rule to close all kinds of shops in the country after 8 pm for a long time to save electricity. But in most cases, it is not accepted.

The Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday sent a letter to the concerned departments of the government instructing them to abide by the order to reduce the cost of electricity and fuel.

The issue came up at a meeting at the FBCCI office on Saturday. At the same time, the efforts of businessmen to revive the country’s economy with the help of the incentive package announced by the government were highlighted.

Mostafa Azad Chowdhury Babu, senior vice-president of the FBCCI, said:

“In such a situation, if the business is closed after 8 pm, the attempt of the traders to turn around will be hampered.”

The senior vice-president of FBCCI called for postponing the decision to close shops, shopping malls, markets, shopping malls, and raw material markets after 8 pm till Eid-ul-Azha in view of the demands of traders.

He said: In such a scenario, if the trade is restricted till 8 pm, millions of small and medium traders of the country will be in trouble and at the same time the public will have to suffer. ”

The meeting called for taking the initiative to set up a garment village for garment manufacturers in the domestic market, FBCCI Vice President MA Momen.

He said, “For the domestic market, it costs a lot of money for garment manufacturers to collect raw materials from different places and re-package them and sell them in the wholesale market.

“If there is a designated village, the cost will be reduced a lot. This will help the buyers to meet the demand for clothes at more affordable prices. ”

Chairman of the committee and president of the Bangladesh Owners’ Association of Owners. Alauddin Malik presided over the meeting.

He said, “A huge amount of import cost is being saved for the welfare of locally produced garments. This sector will be more prosperous if we get bank loans. ”

FBCCI Director Shafiqul Islam Varsa and Hafeez Harun addressed the meeting. Co-Chairman MH Mostafa, Md. Abul Khair, Md. Sarwar Uddin Khan, Haji. Tipu Sultan, Md. Kefayetullah Twinkle and Junaid Ibn Ali were present at the meeting.

The days of the Western monolithic world are over: Putin

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Md. Ashraful Islam: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of trying to destabilize the world, saying “the era of the monolithic world is over.”

Putin made the remarks while addressing the annual conference of the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg on Friday, CNN reported.

“After winning the war of nerves, the United States has declared itself its representative in the world,” Putin said. Those who have no other responsibility but to protect their own interests. And they declared their own interests sacred. It is their one-sided behavior that has destabilized the world. “

Russia was hit by a major cyberattack before Putin’s speech at the Economic Forum on Friday. As a result, Putin spoke 90 minutes later than scheduled. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed to reporters that the cyber-attack and Putin’s speech had been delayed.

It was not immediately clear who carried out the cyberattack. However, it is thought that hackers from the IT department of the Ukrainian army may have caused it.

The world was watching what Putin said at the annual conference of the International Economic Forum after the aggression on Ukraine began four months ago. Analysts hope that Putin’s remarks on the Ukraine war will give him a clear idea of ​​what is going on in his mind.

As soon as Putin stepped on the stage to deliver his speech, he began sharply criticizing the United States and its Western allies.

“They (Westerners) live in their own delusion … they think they have won,” he said. Everything else is a colony, backyard and the people living there are second-class citizens. ”

At the time, Putin blamed the West for trying to hurt Russia’s economy. He called the sanctions against Moscow “crazy” and “reckless.”

Putin claims that the Western sanctions have already failed. He says sanctions are more harmful to those who impose them.

Putin noted that the imposition of sanctions on Russia could cost the European Union 400 million. According to him, the EU has lost its political authority in responding to the war in Ukraine.

Putin said inflation was rising in EU countries. Inequality will only increase as a result of sanctions. With this ban, the real interests of the people of Europe have been sidelined.

“We are tough people,” he said. We can continue to face any challenge. ”

“Russia is just beginning its journey as a strong and sovereign nation. We will definitely take advantage of the opportunities that are available at this time, and we will be stronger. ”

Russia will be an open economy and will not walk the path of isolation despite sanctions, Putin said. He says Russia will continue to work with Western companies.

Moreover, Putin hopes that the flow of gas on new routes will continue. He also said that Russia would try to increase the range of economic cooperation with those seeking it.

Putin has called for investment in Russia to keep trade and commerce in the country, saying his country has great potential. The West could not pull Moscow down.

Leaders of Germany, France, and Italy in Kyiv to express solidarity

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International Desk: French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Schultz, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi have arrived in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, to show solidarity against the Russian invasion.

The top European leaders arrived in the war-torn continent on a joint visit on Thursday. A train carrying them to Ukraine took the three leaders together overnight, Reuters reported.

Appearing in Kyiv, Macron said: “This is an important moment. We are sending a message of unity, support, present and future of the Ukrainians, as the coming weeks may be very difficult. “

They will be joined by Romanian President Klaus Johannes during a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The meeting is expected to focus on Kyiv’s accession to the European Union and the war.

They are not responding enough to the war, and the three leaders are thought to have fled to Kyiv to escape criticism from Ukraine. It took them a few weeks to organize the tour.

“We are here, we are focused, we will go with President Zelensky on a battlefield where genocide has taken place,” Macron said.

Asked why he was on the trip now, an official at the Elijah Palace said they considered it the best time to visit ahead of next week’s EU summit. The 28-member bloc is expected to discuss Kyiv’s request to join the conference.

Zelensky is also expected to pressure visiting leaders to send more weapons to his army, which is under pressure from Russia’s onslaught.

Ukraine accuses France, Germany, and Italy of wasting time helping Ukraine. These countries are putting their own prosperity ahead of Ukraine’s independence and security and are delaying arms supplies, Kyiv said.

“Zelensky is in a very difficult situation,” said a senior European Union official. The Ukrainian army needs weapons, and its numbers are dwindling. “

‘Presidents of two countries call and pressurized Mbappé’

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Sports Reporter: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said talks with Killian Mbappé had gone too far. However, he quickly saw some changes in the French star. According to the Real president, the head of state of France and Qatar, and the mayor of Paris had called and pressured Mbappé to change his mind.

Mbappé’s new contract with PSG was one of the most talked-about events in the football world this year. The childhood dream club Real Madrid will come to Mbappé, many took it for granted. But after a few dramatic days, the picture changed. He extended his contract with PSG for three seasons.

Too many Real Madrid supporters, Mbappé, was then branded a “traitor.”

“It simply came to our notice then that he had not betrayed me. He told everyone about his desire to play for Real Madrid. She said it was her dream. They did not release him last August, and PSG did not accept our offer. “

“We are waiting (for the season to end). Mbappé has always said that his dream is to come to Real. But (probable time) 15 days ago everything changed. Political and economic pressures put some compulsions on him. We noticed this change in him. In a hurry, I saw a Mbappé who is not like before. The Mbappé I wanted to bring, this Mbappé is not like that. It was as if his dream had changed. “

The president of Real Madrid also gave an example of how intense that pressure was.

“He was called (Emanuel) Macron, there was a lot of pressure. Political pressure, the issue of two countries, is a lot of pressure for a 23-year-old man. For legal reasons, we could not pre-contract. Anyway, at least I didn’t go down without explaining myself first. It’s better to say, this is not my Mbappé. “

“It’s not uncommon for the presidents of the two countries to call. Even the mayor of Paris called. Then came such a tempting offer from Qatar. He was under pressure and chose the easy way out. It doesn’t occur to me how the President of France calls him! Can the King of Spain tell a footballer like this? The presidents of two countries, France and Qatar, have called and pressured him. “

Perez also claimed that Mbappé’s mother wanted to see her son at Real.

“Mbappé’s mother wanted her son to come to Real Madrid because she knows about her son’s childhood dreams. I did not talk to his mother. But I heard he was embarrassed. “

Perez is no longer interested in that Mbappé of a changed mindset due to stress. He also made it clear that as a footballer, the club’s values ​​would never be compromised.

“I still have affection for Mbappé. But no one is bigger than the club. We have some values ​​in this club that we never want to change. She sent me a message. But I already noticed that he had changed. “

“Madrid fans may be disappointed, but no player can be bigger than the club. No footballer in the history of Real Madrid is bigger than the club. We can’t put the club management at risk by doing anything exceptional for anyone. “

The club president also said that the doors of Real Madrid have not been closed forever for Mbappé.

“The door of this club is never closed for any footballer who understands Real Madrid and understands the excellence of the club. I wish Mbappé all the best. He is a great footballer and will make many people smile. But no one is bigger than the club. ”

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