Thought for the day

"The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets." -- Will Rogers

Elon Musk denounced President Joe Biden’s push to free WNBA player Brittney Griner from Russia for a drug offense while thousands of Americans are locked up at home for similar crimes.

Griner was sentenced to 9 years in a Russian jail late last week after Russian prosecutors had claimed that Griner, who was convicted of deliberately sneaking marijuana vaping materials into the nation, should serve 9 1/2 years in prison.

Western countries should close their borders to all Russians, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky told The Washington Post newspaper.

According to him, "the most important sanctions are to close the borders — because the Russians are taking away someone else’s land." He said that Russians should "live in their own world until they change their philosophy." In his opinion, this should also involve those Russians who left the country protesting the government’s actions. "Whichever kind of Russian <… > make them go to Russia," he said.

While the United States and Europe flood Ukraine with tens of billions of dollars of weapons, using it as an anti-Russian proxy and pouring fuel on the fire of a brutal war that is devastating the country, they are also making plans to essentially plunder its post-war economy.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Monday said the Kiev regime ‘effectively takes all of Europe hostage’ by shelling the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will lead the Russian delegation to the UN General Assembly (UNGA), scheduled for the end of September in New York, the Kremlin announced on Monday.

The Kremlin confirmed on Monday that President Vladimir Putin neither intends to travel to the UNGA nor address the event online. Instead, the Russian president signed a directive designating Lavrov as the head of the Russian delegation. 

Due to sanctions, it's unclear whether the US will allow Lavrov to enter the country, even for the global event.

Ukraine’s state oil pipeline operator Ukrtransnafta has stopped pumping Russian crude through the southern branch of the Druzhba system to the EU, RIA Novosti news agency reported on Monday, citing Russia’s Transneft.

According to the report, transit supplies have been halted to Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Igor Demin, spokesperson for the president of Transneft, told the agency that transit through Belarus in the direction of Poland and Germany continues.