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Zelensky says China attempting to undermine Ukraine peace summit

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has insisted a brand new partnership struck with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un – together with a mutual defence clause – is “peaceful”, in response to state information.

Mr Kim hailed the brand new settlement struck throughout Mr Putin’s first go to to Pyongyang in 24 years as heralding a “new, high level of alliance” between their international locations, and claimed it might “become a driving force accelerating the creation of a new multipolar world”.

The particulars of the partnership weren’t instantly clear, however Western nations have expressed rising concern over an arms association during which Moscow receives ammuntion for its battle in Ukraine in alternate for financial and know-how help which may improve the specter of North Korea’s nuclear programme.

Mr Putin was acquired with a lot pomp in North Korea, the place Mr Kim promised his full assist for Russia’s battle in Ukraine forward of their one-on-one assembly.

The go to seems to solid a shadow over the mammoth peace talks held by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky in Switzerland over the weekend. Nearly 80 nations agreed that peace talks will start solely after Russia restores Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

EU Commission to impose tariffs on Ukrainian egg imports

The European Commission will introduce tariffs on Ukrainian egg imports inside the subsequent two weeks after a beforehand agreed annual threshold degree for these imports has been reached, a spokesperson mentioned on Wednesday.

The Commission took the identical determination on Tuesday concerning oat imports from Ukraine.

Following Russia‘s invasion in 2022, the country has benefited from a special mechanism put in place to boost trade flows with the EU, it’s most necessary export market. The EU, nevertheless, set most import volumes after farmer protest throughout the bloc smashed low cost Ukrainian imports as unfair competitors. (

Maryam Zakir-Hussain20 June 2024 05:00

Putin now reaches Vietnam for talks, to satisfy prime leaders

Russian president Vladimir Putin arrived in Vietnam early at present for talks with the nation’s Communist leaders on the ultimate cease of his two-nation tour of Asia after concluding a defence pact with North Korea.

This is the third international go to by Mr Putin, after China and North Korea, since he took the presidential workplace in March.

Putin’s plane touched down at Hanoi’s airport, the place he was met on a purple carpet by Vietnamese deputy prime minister Tran Hong Ha and prime get together diplomat Le Hoai Trung.

Putin is because of meet Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong, state president To Lam and prime minster Pham Minh Chinh. Although each North Korea and Russia face worldwide isolation, Vietnam has constructed cautious alliances with the United States and the European Union.

“President Putin’s visit to North Korea and Vietnam is to demonstrate that Western attempts to isolate Russia are not working and that Russia has partners in Asia,” mentioned Carl Thayer, an knowledgeable on Vietnam safety on the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra.

However, forward of his go to, Putin thanked the Southeast Asian Communist-ruled nation for supporting “a pragmatic way to solve the crisis” in Ukraine.

Arpan Rai20 June 2024 04:53

Nato chief warns on Putin, Kim Jong-un’s ‘authoritarian’ deal

Russia’s new defensive pact with North Korea reveals rising alignment amongst authoritarian powers and underscores the significance of democracies presenting a united entrance, the pinnacle of Nato mentioned.

Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a take care of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un that included a mutual defence pledge, a transfer that overhauls Moscow’s coverage in direction of Pyongyang.

Nato secretary normal Jens Stoltenberg mentioned North Korea had offered “an enormous amount of ammunition” to Russia whereas each China and Iran had been supporting Moscow militarily in its battle in opposition to Ukraine.

“We need to be aware that authoritarian powers are aligning more and more. They are supporting each other in a way we haven’t seen before,” he instructed a panel dialogue throughout an official go to to Ottawa.

“When they are more and more aligned – authoritarian regimes like North Korea and China, Iran, Russia – then it’s even more important that we are aligned as countries believing in freedom and democracy,” he mentioned.

The rising closeness between Russia and different Asian nations means it’s all the extra necessary that Nato works with allies within the Asia-Pacific, he mentioned, including this was why leaders from Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea had been invited to a Nato summit in Washington subsequent month.

Arpan Rai20 June 2024 04:36

North Korea and Russia signal a deal on rapid army help in occasion of battle

Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin upgraded their bilateral ties to a brand new excessive as they signed a recent settlement of “immediate military assistance” within the occasion of battle throughout the Russian president’s go to to North Korea.

The new settlement between Russia and North Korea reached by their leaders at a Pyongyang summit requires each international locations to make use of all accessible means to offer rapid army help within the occasion of battle, North Korean state media at present.

In the brand new settlement, Russia and North Korea have inked help on safety, commerce, funding, cultural and humanitarian ties. Outside observers mentioned it may mark the strongest connection between Moscow and Pyongyang because the finish of the Cold War.

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency at present reported the language of the great strategic partnership settlement. The company mentioned Article 4 of the settlement states that if one of many international locations will get invaded and is pushed right into a state of battle, the opposite should deploy “all means at its disposal without delay” to offer “military and other assistance.”

Arpan Rai20 June 2024 04:11

Fire at drone-hit Russian oil depot rages for second day

A blaze attributable to a Ukrainian drone strike on an oil terminal in southern Russia has been raging for greater than a day and a half regardless of the efforts of firefighters, the regional governor mentioned on Wednesday.

Several oil storage tanks within the city of Azov caught hearth after a drone assault early on Tuesday {that a} Ukrainian intelligence supply instructed Reuters was carried out by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

Vasily Golubev, governor of the Rostov area, wrote on Telegram that emergency companies had been unable to extinguish the flames as of Tuesday afternoon because the second storage tank had been depressurised.

Azov has two oil product terminals, DonTerminal and Azovproduct, which dealt with a complete of about 220,000 tons of gas for export throughout the interval from January to May 2024.

Ukraine has typically mentioned that concentrating on Russia‘s energy, military and transport infrastructure undermines Moscow’s battle effort.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain20 June 2024 04:00

Russian courtroom sentences US soldier to almost 4 years on theft prices

A courtroom in Russia’s far japanese metropolis of Vladivostok on Wednesday sentenced an American soldier arrested earlier this 12 months to 3 years and 9 months in jail on prices of stealing and threats of homicide, Russian information studies mentioned.

Staff Sgt. Gordon Black, 34, flew to Vladivostok, a Pacific port metropolis, to see his girlfriend and was arrested after she accused him of stealing from her, in response to U.S. officers and Russian authorities.

Russian state information companies Tass and RIA Novosti reported from the courtroom within the Pervomaisky District Court in Vladivostok that the choose additionally ordered Black to pay 10,000 rubles ($115) in damages. Prosecutors had requested for Black to be sentenced to 4 years and eight months in jail.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain20 June 2024 03:00

Ukraine launches a nationwide sexual assault registry for victims of Russian forces

Authorities in Ukraine have created a nationwide registry to doc instances of sexual violence allegedly dedicated by Russian forces, a senior prosecutor instructed The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Viktoriia Litvinova, the nation’s deputy prosecutor normal, mentioned that the registry was created out of a pilot challenge that had already resulted within the convictions of 5 folks in absentia. She declined to touch upon particulars of the instances.

“We used to have to visit territories where hostilities are taking place ourselves,” she mentioned. “But now people – individuals who have experienced sexual abuse – are seeking us out for information.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain20 June 2024 02:00

White House ‘comfortable’ with its nuclear place after Nato chief suggests improve in deployed weapons

Addressing studies at a White House Briefing, spokesperson John Kirby declared that the US are “comfortable” with their “strategic deterrent posture”.

Asked about Mr Stoltenberg’s feedback, Mr Kirby mentioned: “We don’t discuss nuclear posture with any specificity – and I’m actually not going to start out doing that right here from the rostrum.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain20 June 2024 01:00

Estonia convicts a college professor from Russia of spying for Moscow

A college professor was jailed Tuesday in Estonia after being discovered responsible of spying for Russian army intelligence, a part of a marketing campaign of sabotage, digital warfare and data gathering that Estonian officers blame on Moscow.

Viacheslav Morozov, a Russian citizen who taught at Estonia’s nation’s most prestigious college, was sentenced to 6 years and three months in jail for undermining the safety of the Baltic state throughout the 14 years he operated within the nation till his arrest in January.

Estonian officers are extraordinarily hawkish in regards to the menace from Russia and have convicted a lot of folks of spying for Russia in recent times. Harju County Court within the Estonian capital mentioned Morozov collected details about Estonia’s protection and safety coverage and the folks and infrastructure associated to it.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain20 June 2024 00:00

Treasury sanctions community related to separatist Bosnian chief

A community of individuals and corporations that assist the sanctioned president of Bosnia’s Serb-run portion, Milorad Dodik, has been hit with a brand new spherical of sanctions.

Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control on Tuesday designated two folks and 7 corporations that present income for Dodik and his household, together with his son Igor Dodik.

Treasury says Dodik used his presidency to direct authorities contracts to a community of personal corporations that he and his son oversee.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain19 June 2024 23:00