DHe Putin confidante and former Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has angered Twitter with his bizarre predictions for 2023. Medvedev shared a list of anti-Western predictions on stage Tuesday night, describing it as a “modest contribution” to the competition for “wild” and “very absurd” future hypotheses.
In the book, which was apparently not taken seriously, he prophesied the collapse of the European Union, the rise of a “Fourth Reich” in Europe, and the outbreak of civil war in the United States. As a result individual states would break up. In addition, Medvedev wrote, Twitter boss Elon Musk will win the presidential election in some states.
Not only did the post create a stir, it also drew a reaction from Elon Musk. “Epic thread!!” The businessman wrote in a reply to Medvedev. Many Twitter users criticized Musk for this. “Are you a Russian agent/propagandist now? Why are you doing this? ” said former Sydney mayor Lucy Turnbull.
British investigative journalist Eliot Higgins opined that Musk’s ego may have gotten the better of him after reading the presidential election forecast. However, other Twitter users speculated that the Twitter owner wanted to poke fun at Medvedev with his response.
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9:12 a.m. – Russia says Ukrainians have been killed along the border
According to the Russian domestic secret service FSB, four saboteurs were killed on the Russian-Ukrainian border. The FSB said the Ukrainians were trying to cross the border in the Bryansk region. They allegedly carried home-made explosives, foreign arms and ammunition, communication and navigation equipment to carry out terrorist attacks on Russian territory.
Ukrainian media reported that they were doing military work against Russia’s war of aggression. A soldier of the Ukrainian Armed Forces confirmed the death of his comrades in a telegram, whose names and photos he also published. However, he assumed the men had been killed by a mine explosion. According to the FSB, they were already killed on December 25.
6:00 am – Kiffi also expects more refugees and migrants in 2023
Berlin’s ruling mayor, Franziska Kiffi, expects many new refugees and immigrants in the coming year. “You have to be prepared for people fleeing us, and the numbers will continue,” the SPD politician told a German press agency. For Berlin, their accommodation and care is a major challenge.
Among other things, it is being investigated whether an empty ICC can be used for this purpose. To quickly accommodate people, lightweight halls are also an option, such as those built in Tegel for example. “But of course it’s not ideal and can’t be a permanent solution,” says Kiffi.
“We are also preparing modular residential buildings,” he added. “But construction will take a year, so there will be no spontaneous relief.” The first such buildings are expected to be completed by the end of 2023. “That means we will have a phase for many more months in which we will have to use emergency shelters like the one just opened at the former Tempelhof airport.”
04:55 am – German arms exports to exceed eight billion euros in 2022
The central government has approved arms exports worth at least 8.35 billion euros this year. This is already the second highest value in the history of the Federal Republic. Last year alone this figure was more than 9.35 billion euros. More than a quarter of the weapons and military equipment delivered between January 1 and December 22 went to Russia-occupied Ukraine. This emerges from the Federal Ministry of Economy’s response to a request by a left-wing member of the Bundestag Sevim Dagdelen. The letter is available from a German press agency.
3:58 am – UN reacts cautiously to Ukraine proposal for peace summit
The United Nations is reluctant to accept Ukraine’s proposal for an international peace conference. “As the Secretary-General has said many times in the past, he can only mediate if all parties want him to mediate,” UN spokeswoman Florencia Soto Nino-Martinez said of Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kulebas’ move. In an interview with the Associated Press, he had previously indicated that the government in Kyiv was aiming for a summit by the end of February that would explore paths to peace after a year of war.
12:25 am – Strack-Zimmerman criticizes president for Ukraine policy
FDP defense politician Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann has accused the chancellor’s office of accepting Russian statements while justifying the embargo on the delivery of combat and infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine. “Obviously the Russian narrative is working and some in the presidency are preventing Ukraine from supplying urgently needed tanks,” said the head of Germany’s (RND) editorial network defense committee. “Anyone who fantasizes about worrying about crossing a red line with Russia is telling the story of the aggressor, not the story of the victims.”
Strack-Zimmerman also accused the president’s office of repeated delays over the past few months in dealing with arms deliveries to Ukraine. Chancellor Olaf Scholes’ (SPD) advisers are “always behind the curve and don’t think strategically”. Now in the winter, “Ukrainian soldiers will have to train in Marder and Leopard 2,” he said. Despite Kiev’s demands, the German government has so far refused to hand over modern Panther and mortar tanks to Ukraine.
11:44 pm – Lavrov: Kiev must meet Moscow’s demands or military will decide
Moscow has reiterated its calls for the “demilitarization” and “detente” of Ukraine. “The enemies are well aware of our proposals to demilitarize and destroy regime-controlled areas to eliminate threats they pose to Russia’s security, including our new territories,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying by Russia’s state news agency. . “The message is very simple: fulfill them for your own good. Otherwise, the Russian army will answer the question.
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