The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the US ambassador to the country, Lynn Tracy, this Thursday (7), to ask for an end to cooperation with NGOs considered “anti-Russian” by Putin’s government.

“The ambassador received an official note demanding that she cease any collaboration with the activities of the aforementioned NGOs,” the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a note.

Among the NGOs mentioned, Russia mentions the Institute of International Education and the American Council on Education, which would use diplomatic benefits for activities contrary to the country. The Russian Foreign Ministry also wants US diplomatic websites to exclude mention of these NGOs’ projects.

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“Attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of the Russian Federation, including subversive actions and the dissemination of disinformation in the context of elections and special military operations, will be repressed harshly and firmly, up to the point of expulsion with the status of ‘persona non grateful’ to the US embassy staff involved in such actions,” the statement said.

Greek premier

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was near a site that was bombed by a Russian missile in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, this Wednesday (6). The attack would have occurred around 800 m from where the prime minister was.

The Russian Defense Ministry admitted the attack hit “a hangar in a commercial port area of ​​Odessa where unmanned surface vehicles were being prepared for their combat use by the Ukrainian armed forces.”

At the time of the bombing, Mitsotakis was at the port in a bilateral meeting with the President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky. Russia stated that what happened was an accident with no intention of affecting the heads of state, only the port infrastructure.

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Greece is a member of NATO, the Western military alliance. The expansion of the entity to former Soviet republics has caused an increase in tensions with Moscow.

Editing: Leandro Melito


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