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We proposed over 10 billion euros in macro-financial assistance — the largest such package ever conceived by the EU for a third country," she said. In the speech, the senior EU official also accused Russia of using hunger and grain to wield power and putting the whole international order into question. Last week, Russia's UN mission said the global food crisis started before Russia's operation in Ukraine and blamed Western countries for provoking the food crisis while failing to acknowledge their role.
Russian gas producer Gazprom said it continues to supply gas to Europe through Ukraine via the Sudzha entry point, with volumes on Tuesday seen at An application to supply gas via the main Sokhranovka entry point was rejected by Ukraine, Gazprom said. The dollar exchange rate on the Moscow Exchange fell below 57 rubles on Tuesday, the first time since March , trade data showed. Editor's note: Nikola Mikovic is a freelance journalist based in Serbia.
He covers mostly Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian foreign policy issues and writes for multiple web magazines. The article reflects the author's opinions, and not necessarily those of CGTN. Belarus was actively participating in the first phase of Moscow's special military operation in Ukraine by allowing Russian troops to use Belarusian territory for their actions in the eastern European country.
Minsk now seems to be preparing for Poland's potential involvement in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict. According to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, countries of the world should unite and prevent the regional conflict in Europe from escalating into a full-scale world war. The Belarusian leader also stressed that Ukrainians will eventually have to "ask Belarus to prevent the separation of their country. Such a statement came one day after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced a "historic" joint customs control with Warsaw.
Once the law is adopted, Poles would likely be able to be elected as state authorities in Ukraine, and the two countries' security forces are expected to be integrated. Such a scenario, according to Moscow, could have an impact on the future of Ukraine. Russia, just like Belarus, claims that Poland will not hesitate to seize lands in western Ukraine.
At this point, however, any annexation by Poland of Ukrainian territories does not seem very probable. However, if the conflict in the Eastern European country continues to drag on — which is something that Lukashenko recently warned about — it is entirely possible that Polish, or troops of other neighboring NATO countries, will eventually enter western Ukraine.
Such a move would allow the Ukrainian army to freely redeploy its troops from the West of the country to the Donbas, as well as to southern parts of Ukraine, given that Polish or other NATO forces would secure its western flank. If, however, Russia turns a blind eye to Polish actions, the West will undoubtedly interpret it as a serious demonstration of Russian weakness and will likely continue deploying NATO troops to Ukraine. Quite aware that such a scenario is not off the table, Lukashenko recently said that "under certain circumstances, Russia, Belarus and Ukraine might fight against Poland for preservation of Ukrainian territorial integrity.
For Moscow, the Donbas and Crimea are not part of Ukraine, and the southern part of Ukraine has been effectively under Russian control for almost three months. Thus, there is no doubt that certain political forces in Warsaw would seek to annex Lviv, and some other regions of western Ukraine that were part of Poland until However, it is highly uncertain if the U.
Minsk, for its part, has already started preparing for a potential escalation. On May 10, Viktor Gulevich, Belarusian chief of general staff, accused Washington and its allies of building up military personnel on Belarusian borders, which is why the Russian ally deployed its air defense, artillery and missile units for drills in the west of the country.
Ukrainian armed forces, on the other hand, have reportedly built a new line of defense along the nation's border with Belarus, which suggests that Kyiv is taking Gulevich and Lukashenko's statements very seriously. Ever since the Ukraine conflict escalated, the Belarusian leader repeatedly vowed not to send troops to the eastern European country, and the Kremlin never publicly pressured Lukashenko to make such a radical move.
However, closer military and political ties between Warsaw and Kyiv could force Moscow and Minsk to eventually change their strategy. If you want to contribute and have specific expertise, please contact us at opinions cgtn. Russia on Monday said domestic exporting companies would have to sell 50 percent of their income in foreign currency, a reduction from 80 percent, after Moscow said the ruble had stabilized.
After the West slapped sanctions on Russia over the start of Moscow's military offensive in Ukraine in February, financial authorities introduced harsh capital controls. They ordered exporting companies to sell 80 percent of their export earnings to buy rubles, among other measures. Since then, the ruble has staged a spectacular rebound and strengthened around 30 percent against the dollar.
On Monday, the finance ministry, citing a government commission, said exporting companies would now be required to sell 50 percent of their income in foreign currency. President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly claimed that Russia's economy has managed to weather the barrage of unprecedented Western sanctions. There is nothing else to talk about," Zelenskyy said. Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has sent a message to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the topic of European and international security amid the ongoing events in Ukraine, Belta news agency reported citing the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Starbucks said in a statement on Monday that it will cease operations after 15 years in Russia, shuttering its cafes in the country. The coffee chain, which suspended its operations in early March following the Russia-Ukraine conflict, said it "has made the decision to exit and no longer have a brand presence in the market.
The cafes to be closed, which are all licensed locations, account for less than 1 percent of the company's annual revenue, according to a CNBC report on Monday. The move follows a similar action last week by the U. McDonald's had roughly restaurants in Russia, most of which were operated by the company instead of licensees, CNBC reported. The firm on Thursday announced that it would be selling those locations for an undisclosed sum to a Siberian franchisee to run under a new brand.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Monday welcomed defense ministers of more than 40 countries in the second virtual meeting of the Ukraine Contact Group. The Russian ruble firmed more than 6 percent against the euro on Monday to a near seven-year high, boosted by capital controls, strong oil prices and an upcoming month-end tax period. By p. GMT, the ruble had gained 6. It was 4. The international community should help secure safe passage for food export vessels in a corridor out of the port city of Odesa, the BBC quoted Ukrainian First Deputy Prime Minister Yulia Svyrydenko as saying on Monday.
Hungary on Monday stuck to its demands for energy investment before it agrees to a Russian oil embargo. The European Commission proposed a new package of sanctions against Russia earlier this month but the measures have not yet been adopted. Russia's transition to trade with other countries in rubles, including with Belarus, has strengthened the rubles, Putin told Lukashenko, according to TASS news agency.
Russia's economy is withstanding sanctions, despite all the difficulties, he said. Lukashenko said the West's decisions to slap sanctions on Russia and Belarus hit themselves, according to RIA news agency. He expressed concerns that the West is "taking steps to dismember Ukraine. Shishimarin, a year-old tank commander, had pleaded guilty to killing a year old man in the northeastern Ukrainian village of Chupakhivka on February There was no immediate response from Russia on the verdict.
The Kremlin has previously said that it has no information about the trial and that the absence of a diplomatic mission in Ukraine limits its ability to provide assistance. Russia decided to withdraw Moscow's candidacy for the right to host the World Expo, the foreign ministry said on Monday. It is hardly possible to talk about the possibility of exchanging Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk for Ukrainian soldiers who left Azovstal, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, adding that they are completely different categories of people.
There should be no trade with Russia and the world needs to set a precedent, he said. Zelenskyy said he hopes that at Lugano conference in July all countries will come up with offers for reconstruction in Ukraine. Moscow is ready to return to the negotiating table with the constructive position of Kyiv, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko said on Monday. He added that Russia would not rule out the possibility of discussing with Kyiv the exchange of prisoners with Azovstal.
Poland has decided to terminate an intergovernmental agreement with Russia regarding the Yamal gas pipeline, Polish Climate Minister Anna Moskwa said on Twitter on Monday. The European Union on Monday extended through its suspension of rules against overspending by the bloc's governments, prolonging a pandemic-era reprieve because of the conflict in Ukraine. The article reflects the author's opinions and not necessarily those of CGTN.
When U. With that reorientation, it officially became a 'surrogate' war of the U. While U. Many are still talking about the need for negotiations, including French President Emmanuel Macron. While there is yet only 'rumbling' underneath the surface, the full brunt of this momentous shift has yet to be felt.
Biden's idea is that through economic warfare, combined with Ukrainian sacrifices on the battlefield, he can bring Russia down, or perhaps only President Vladimir Putin, whom he previously said should "no longer be in power. This on top of the billions that have already been spent on this risky venture. The sanctions on Russia and the attempt to prevent the sale of Russian gas and oil to Europe have already led to a serious crisis for Europe's energy security.
Data of the American adults' negative feelings on the U. While Biden is already tapping America's strategic reserves to keep the price of gasoline in the U. More significantly, the price of food, which is heavily dependent on energy — and fertilizer — is now sky-rocketing. And business confidence is going down the tubes with Wall Street experiencing a virtual "market meltdown," not seen since the days of the crisis.
Biden is also getting hit in his own numbers with the lowest figures of people believing that he is doing a good job since he became president. He may not care since it is not likely that he will run for another term. The presidency takes its toll on everyone, and most tellingly on someone Biden's age.
But his obsession with Ukraine seems to have made him oblivious to everything else. Certainly, he can continue his attempt to blame the economic downturn on Putin, but fewer and fewer people are going to accept that for long. He is the president and his job is to fix things.
And as Americans continue to see billions of dollars flying off to somewhere in Eastern Europe, while U. The Federal Reserve has already raised interest rates in the face of rising inflation and has cued in more to be made in the course of the year. But the calculations as to how this situation will develop could be radically overturned by reality, requiring much more than they have predicted.
And the rising interest rates will undoubtedly lead to reduced investment and more unemployment. The longer-term effects will be on the role of the dollar as a reserve currency. The arbitrary measures taken against Russia by freezing Russia's dollar assets have taken the luster off the dollar-based system.
If the U. And the measures now taken by Russia and other countries still prepared to work with them economically and to purchase Russian oil and gas are leading to alternative financial frameworks which bypass the dollar. All in all, we are just at the beginning of what threatens to become a major economic blowout for the U.
Are the Europeans going to stay on board in a conflict in their neighborhood with a nuclear power as jobs are lost, and blackouts and brownouts occur due to energy shortages? And even if the political elites are prepared to weather the storm, are their citizens likewise ready to tighten their belts to preserve the so-called American way of life? It is sure to be a hot summer in more ways than one as the effects of sanctions and war begin to take their toll on people's livelihood.
And you may soon begin to see people take to the streets to demand change from what has become an absolutely unacceptable situation. The Ukrainian lawmakers also banned medicine from Russia and Belarus, and canceled the agreement between Russia and Ukraine on the avoidance of double taxation, according to the report. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday announced an agreement reached with Polish President Andrzej Duda to simplify border crossing between countries.
A bid by Ukraine to join the European Union could not be finalized for "15 or 20 years," France's Europe minister said Sunday. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has said he hopes to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin next week to discuss gas supplies, Sputnik reported on Sunday. Only Ukraine has the right to decide its future, Poland's president told lawmakers in Kyiv on Sunday, as he became the first foreign leader to give a speech in person to the Ukrainian parliament since the conflict began.
Mariupol's mayor Konstantin Ivashchenko Sunday said public transport had resumed in the city, and that four hospitals and three gas stations had also resumed operations, according to TASS. He is the first foreign head of state to address the council since the conflict began, according to the president's office. Lithuania officially stopped importing Russian gas, oil and electricity on Sunday, according to the country's Ministry of Energy.
Polish President Andrzej Duda is now in Ukraine and is expected to deliver an in-person address at the country's parliament on Sunday, making him the first head of a foreign state to do so since Russia's "special military operation" in Ukraine began on February 24, the Polish presidency said in a short statement on Saturday.
The U. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Sweden to end financial and political support, as well as supply of weapons, to "terrorist organizations" during his phone talks with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson on Saturday, Turkish media outlet Anadolu Agency reported. Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said on Saturday that "Finland condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations," after his phone call with Erdogan.
Niinisto tweeted that, "as NATO Allies, Finland and Turkey will commit to each other's security and our relationship will thus grow stronger, and close dialogue continues. The Foreign Ministry said that "Russia is not looking for confrontation and is open to honest dialogue, separating the American people from the U. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted on Saturday that "Ukraine has established two alternative land routes to deliver food exports and save Africa and other regions from hunger.
Kuleba accused Russia of putting millions of people at risk of hunger by blocking Ukrainian ports and urged Russia "must end its blockade to allow full and free export. The Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday that high-precision Kalibr missiles destroyed a large batch of weapons and equipment delivered to Ukraine from the U.
The "Ukraine war" can only be resolved through "diplomacy," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Saturday amid a deadlock in negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow. Russia's Gazprom on Saturday halted fuel exports to neighboring Finland, the Finnish fuel system operator said.
The prime minister's spokesperson said Johnson asked Erdogan to work with the Swedish, Finnish and NATO teams to address any concerns ahead of a leaders summit in Madrid, Spain, next month, confirming that Britain stands ready to support. Johnson and Erdogan also agreed to work to unlock supply routes for Ukrainian grain to alleviate rising global food prices.
The Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday that it has taken full control of the Azovstal steel plant in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Friday that all civilians who were trapped at the plant have been evacuated, adding that he believes the evacuation of all Ukrainian defenders will be completed in the near future.
During the meeting, Zelenskyy called for international pressure on Russia, saying the key to this is now the introduction of the sixth package of EU sanctions against Russia. Canada has imposed additional sanctions against 14 Russian individuals, including several Russian businessmen and their families, according to a statement from Canadian Foreign Ministry.
Canada will provide a new loan of million Canadian dollars to Ukraine as financial assistance, Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced on Friday. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said that the number of cyber attacks on Russia by foreign "state structures" had increased and Moscow would need to bolster its cyber defences.
The Russian president proposed the creation of state information security system and other means limiting foreign software and hardware systems. Let me remind you that before that, 1, marines laid down their arms there," the minister said at a military board meeting. He added that civilians, including 47 children, were rescued from the Azovstal area in Mariupol.
He warned that the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO would continue to fuel tensions in the region, especially given the fact that U. She added that EU had proposed an additional 9 billion euros in loans for Ukraine this year. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for efforts to reintegrate the agricultural production of both Russia and Ukraine into world markets. Investing in political solutions to end conflicts, preventing new ones, and building sustainable peace is crucial in addressing food insecurity, said the secretary-general.
Furthermore, he called for attention to the interconnected risks of food insecurity, energy, and financing, which "require far greater coordination and leadership. Serhiy Haidai, governor of Ukraine's Luhansk region, said on Friday that 13 civilians were killed by Russian shelling in the region overnight. State Department spokesperson Ned Price. It was the first conversation between the generals since Russia began its "special military operation" in Ukraine on February The new defense package includes 18 additional howitzers, 18 more tactical vehicles and three additional counter-artillery radars, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said during a news briefing.
The Senate voted in favor of the emergency package of military, economic and humanitarian assistance, by far the largest U. French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that he wanted the European Union to give a "quick opinion" on Moldova's request for membership of the bloc, as he hosted a meeting with Moldovan President Maia Sandu in Paris. Macron added that the risk of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia spreading to neighboring countries could not be ruled out.
The Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday that it had expelled four Slovenian diplomats in a retaliatory move. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday discussed longer-term security proposals for Ukraine and ways to get grain exports out of the country, Johnson's office said. The European Parliament has called for sanctions to be imposed on former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder for his business and political ties to Russia.
The European Union legislature passed a resolution on Thursday that said sanctions against Russia should be extended "to the European members of the boards of major Russian companies and to politicians who continue to receive Russian money.
Germany on Thursday removed official perks accorded to the former chancellor, assessing that he has failed to uphold the obligations of his office by refusing to sever ties with Russian energy giants. A Ukrainian general said on Thursday the "evacuation" of Ukrainian troops from the city of Mariupol was continuing but provided no details. Civilians must be protected," he tweeted. Russia on Thursday expelled five diplomats of the Portuguese embassy as a response to Portugal's expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats in April.
Ukraine's foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba criticized the "second-class treatment" of Kyiv by some EU countries on Thursday, after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said the war-torn country's bid to join the bloc cannot be sped up. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Thursday to the Senate that government estimates indicate that the country could become independent from Russian gas in the second half of , Italy's biggest news agency ANSA has reported.
Ukraine's bid to join the EU cannot be sped up despite the current crisis, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Thursday, adding that the bloc must find a 'fast and pragmatic' way to help Kyiv. The Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday that Ukrainian fighters from the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol have surrendered in the last 24 hours, adding that a total of 1, people, including 80 wounded, had given themselves up so far. The United States, Canada and Switzerland are among the top three unfriendly countries that have imposed the most sanctions against Russia, and provoked a global rise in energy and food prices, Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said on Thursday, according to TASS news agency.
The administration now plans to push for her quick confirmation by the full Senate. State Department officially reopened its embassy in Kyiv on Wednesday after closing it for three months. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at the United Nations during a ministerial meeting on global food security on Wednesday. Blinken also said that the U. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday signed a presidential decree to extend martial law and mobilization in Ukraine for another 90 days.
Russia's foreign ministry said on Wednesday that it had expelled 27 Spanish diplomats in response to Spain earlier expelling Russian diplomats. EU leaders have agreed to set up a platform for the joint purchase of gas, liquefied natural gas LNG and hydrogen, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said during a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday. About 10 billion euros will fund missing links for gas, LNG and oil infrastructure to stop shipments from Russia, she said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has threatened to block Finland and Sweden from joining NATO, on Wednesday urged the alliance's members to "respect" Ankara's concerns regarding the two countries, which Turkey accuses of providing safe haven to terrorists. Russia on Wednesday expelled 34 French diplomats in response to the expulsion of 41 Russian diplomatic employees from France in April, the country's foreign ministry said.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday that Ukraine had shown a "complete unwillingness" to continue negotiations on a peace deal. On Tuesday, Ukrainian negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak issued a statement saying peace talks were "on hold. Peskov added that Azovstal fighters must lay down their arms and surrender if they wanted to exit the steel plant in Mariupol. Denis Pushilin, leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, said that a court would decide the fate of the Ukrainian fighters who had "surrendered" at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, a local media outlet reported on Wednesday.
Russia said earlier that a total of Ukrainian fighters, including 80 wounded, had surrendered from the bunkers and tunnels below the Azovstal steelworks since Monday. The main commanders inside the plant had yet to surrender, DAN news agency quoted Pushilin as saying. Although Russia and Ukraine have conducted several prisoner exchanges, it is unclear how these surrenders will be treated.
The Kremlin has guaranteed that all would be treated "in accordance with international standards," but Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, is considering to ban the exchange of Russian servicemen for members of Ukraine's ultra-nationalist Azov regiment, which made up a large part of the fighters defending Mariupol.
In April, the Spanish and French authorities expelled a number of employees from the Russian diplomatic missions in their respective countries. The Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that Ukrainian fighters trapped at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol had "surrendered" in one day, including 29 wounded.
It also said that fighters had "surrendered" at the Azovstal plant in total, including 80 wounded, of which 51 who needed inpatient treatment were transferred to the Novoazovsk hospital in Donetsk. Sweden and Finland on Wednesday submitted simultaneous membership applications to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO , shifting both countries' long-held neutral stance and reflecting one of the most significant changes in Europe's security architecture for decades.
You are our closest partners, and your membership in NATO will increase our shared security," Stoltenberg said. With the applications formally submitted, the Nordic countries and their many backers now face uncertain months where any resistance to their bids needs to be overcome, with all 30 of NATO's members needing to approve the enlargement.
Turkey, which has strained relations with its NATO allies in recent years, has voiced objection to the applications. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Helsinki and Stockholm of harboring militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party PKK , which has waged a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state and is deemed a terrorist group by Ankara. Buses with service members of Ukrainian forces from the besieged Azovstal steel plant who have surrendered aboard drive away under escort of the Russian troops in Donetsk, May 17, Ukraine will not exchange its territories for a peace deal with Russia, the government-run Ukrinform news agency reported on Tuesday, citing Mykhailo Podolyak, a member of the Ukrainian delegation to the peace talks with Russia.
He noted that many Ukrainian civilians were either killed or assaulted in the conflict, making it impossible for Ukraine to make concessions to Russia. Ukraine will not agree on a ceasefire with Russia without troop withdrawal as Russia will control part of Ukrainian territory, Podolyak said. He also ruled out the signing of a deal with Russia similar to the Minsk peace agreements, saying it would only lead to a frozen conflict, but not sustainable peace.
Earlier in the day, Podolyak said that the negotiation process within the delegations between Ukraine and Russia has been suspended. At the same time, he voiced the belief that peace talks will resume. Ukraine and Russia held the latest round of their face-to-face peace talks in Istanbul, Turkey, on March The Minsk agreements, reached in September and February respectively, outlined the steps needed to end the conflict in Ukraine's eastern region of Donbas that started in April Ukraine has surpassed Egypt and Israel as the largest recipient of U.
The report states that the U. The European Commission will unveil a billion-euro plan on Wednesday that will detail how Europe can "end its reliance on Russian fossil fuels" by , thus pivoting from Moscow toward green energy, Reuters has reported. Russia currently supplies 40 percent of the bloc's gas and 27 percent of its imported oil, and EU countries are struggling to agree on sanctioning the latter. The Australian government on Wednesday announced further sanctions against more than two dozen individuals and entities in the media industry, political and security areas over the Ukraine conflict.
The targets include the first deputy chief of the general staff of Russia's Armed Forces, the first deputy director of the Federal Security Service, Russian journalists and news anchors, acting ministers and a museum curator, as well as pro-Russia research and cultural institutions. Canada introduced a bill in the Senate on Tuesday that would ban Russian President Vladimir Putin and some 1, other members of his government and military from entering the country.
Canada said the decision was "one of the many ways in which we're holding Russia accountable for its crimes," referring to the "special military operation" Moscow launched against Ukraine in February. However, seemingly being protected by NATO, the members have already lost their strategic autonomy at large, becoming tools for the U.
A senior Russian official on Tuesday has accused the U. But Mykhailo Podolyak, a member of the Ukrainian delegation, voiced his belief that peace talks "will resume. The most recent round of face-to-face talks between Russia and Ukraine took place in Istanbul on March A Ukrainian police officer documents the destruction at what was previously one of Europe's largest clothing markets "Barabashovo" in Kharkiv on May 16, French President Emmanuel Macron told his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a call on Tuesday that arms supplies from Paris would "increase in intensity", according to a statement from the French presidency.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Tuesday he had a "long and meaningful" phone conversation with Macron about the latest situation in Ukraine. Raised the issue of fuel supply to Ukraine," Zelensky said on Twitter. Held a substantive discussion of our application for the status of a candidate for EU membership," Zelensky tweeted. Their applications will culminate decades of military non-alignment to join the alliance as a defense mechanism.
But the main obstacle to their membership comes from within the alliance despite NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg repeatedly insisting the two countries would be welcomed "with open arms". Turkey has insisted that Ankara will not approve expansion. Any membership bid must be unanimously approved by NATO's 30 members. Niinisto said Tuesday he was "optimistic" Finland and Sweden would be able to secure Turkey's support. Andersson and Niinisto are to meet U.
President Joe Biden in Washington Thursday to discuss their historic bids. After a marathon debate lasting a day-and-a-half, out of Finnish lawmakers voted in favour of NATO membership, a dramatic reversal of Finland's military non-alignment policy dating back more than 75 years.
Finland will proceed with its application for North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO membership, a special parliament session held on Tuesday confirmed, marking a historic policy shift prompted by the ongoing Ukraine crisis. After a marathon debate lasting a day and a half, of members of parliament voted in favor of NATO membership, a dramatic turnaround from Finland's military non-alignment policy. Sharing a 1,kilometer mile border with Russia, the country has in the past stayed out of military alliances.
At the start of the debate, Prime Minister Sanna Marin told parliament the country's security environment "has fundamentally changed. Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto stressed that the joining will not change the country's basic thinking. Opponents to the application included some lawmakers from the Left Alliance, part of Finland's five-party coalition, among them Markus Mustajarvi, who challenged the decision with a counter proposal resulting in it being put to the vote.
Mustajarvi pointed out that the decision will make Finland's border become the border between the military alliance and Russia. President Sauli Niinisto and the government decided officially on Sunday that Finland would apply for membership, but the decision was pending parliament's approval.
Germany is ready to "ratify very quickly" the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO, as well as to give them guarantees for the transition period, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said at a press conference in Berlin on Tuesday.
The surplus of the federal budget of Russia in January-April amounted to 1. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on Tuesday that 52 seriously wounded soldiers have been evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant. After stabilizing their status, we will exchange them for Russian prisoners. We are working on further stages of the humanitarian operation," Vereshchuk said in a Facebook post.
The Russian Defense Ministry on the same day said in a briefing that Ukrainian soldiers, including 51 seriously wounded, surrendered at the plant over the past 24 hours, and all those in need of medical care were sent to a hospital in the town of Novoazovsk. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday that Finland and Sweden joining NATO would probably make "not much difference" as the two countries have long participated in the alliance's military drills.
So in this sense there is probably not much difference. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Tuesday held phone talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the current situation in Ukraine, further pressure on Russia, including further sanctions, the prospects of peace and further assistance on path to full membership in the EU. Russian shelling hit hospital buildings and four high-rise buildings in the city of Severodonetsk, killing at least 10 people and injuring three, the governor of Ukraine's Luhansk Oblast Serhiy Haidai said via Telegram on Tuesday.
Petersburg have been closed. Ukraine's military command declared early Tuesday that the mission to defend the besieged Azovstal steelworks by "the heroes of our time" in the southern port of Mariupol is over, and pledged to rescue the servicemen still trapped inside. Defenders of Mariupol are the heroes of our time. Deputy Defence Minister Anna Malyar said 53 injured troops were taken to a hospital in the Russian-controlled town of Novoazovsk, some 32 kilometers to the east, and that another people were taken to the town of Olenivka in an area controlled by pro-Russian local forces, where all of the evacuees will be eligible for a potential prisoner exchange.
Moscow has not made any public statements about an exchange, according to Russian media outlet rt. Cover: A wounded Ukrainian soldier from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol is transported on a stretcher out of a bus, which arrived under escort of the pro-Russian military in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in Novoazovsk, Ukraine, May 16, A military infrastructure facility in Lviv's Yavoriv district near the Polish border was shelled again on Tuesday morning, according to Maksym Kozytsky, head of the regional military-civilian administration.
Kozytsky added that more information would follow, and he urged local residents to heed air raid sirens. Are they coming to convince us? Excuse me but they should not tire themselves," Erdogan said. Earlier on Monday, the Swedish foreign office said senior representatives of Sweden and Finland would travel to Turkey for talks to address Ankara's objections.
We look forward to further fruitful joint work in maintaining financial stability of Ukraine. Georgieva said they also talked about the importance of strong financial support from international partners. Turkey must maintain a delicate diplomatic balance to be able to help facilitate an eventual negotiated end to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said in an interview with Reuters at the weekend.
Ibrahim Kalin, who is also Erdogan's chief foreign policy adviser, said that while Ankara has criticized Moscow's February 24 military operation and actions on the battlefield, it would do no good to take a more punitive stance against Russia. But it has also supplied Kyiv with armed drones and blocked some Russian naval passage to the Black Sea.
Turkey has already hosted talks between the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers and separately between their teams. I think it is really in everybody's shared interest that everybody maintains a balanced position. At local time, Sweden's Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson told a press conference that the government will apply for membership of the military alliance after a parliamentary debate.
Andersson acknowledged that Sweden's decision to join NATO was closely tied to that of Finland, which announced its official bid on Sunday. As the only country in the Baltic Sea region outside of NATO, Sweden would find itself "in a very vulnerable position," she told parliament, citing the risk of "Russia increasing the pressure on Sweden. But if Sweden were to join, cooperation and defense capabilities around the Baltic Sea "would increase drastically.
Though lawmakers did not vote on the issue, the Left Party and the Green Party were opposed the membership. Sweden's ruling party backs joining NATO, paving way for bid. French President Emmanuel Macron fully supports Sweden's decision to join the military alliance, the Elysee presidential office said on Monday. Sweden has not fought a war for years. Finland gained independence from Russia in and fought two wars against it during World War Two during which it lost territory.
The accession of Finland and Sweden into NATO would be one of the biggest strategic consequences of the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine to date. Russia said on Monday that the West should have no illusions that Moscow will simply put up with the Nordic expansion of the U. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly cited the post-Soviet enlargement of the NATO alliance eastwards towards Russia's borders as a reason for Russia's "special military operation" in Ukraine.
Ryabkov, who led talks with the United States on a doomed Russian proposal to halt NATO's eastward expansion, said the decisions by Helsinki and Stockholm to join the alliance were a mistake. It is a shame that common sense is being sacrificed to some phantom provision about what should be done in this unfolding situation," Ryabkov said. Russia has given few clues about what it will do in response to the Nordic enlargement of NATO, saying merely that there would be a "military-technical response.
Russian defense ministry said that humanitarian corridor has been opened at Azovstal steel plant to evacuate those injured in the conflict, RIA news agency reported Monday. Ukrainian Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko said the loan will be used to help vulnerable people in Ukraine.
Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the "Vostok" battalion in the "Donetsk People's Republic", said on Monday that Russian forces were negotiating with Ukraine at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol where intense fighting has been going on. Wheat prices surged to a record high on Monday after India decided to ban exports of the commodity as a heatwave hit production.
Russia is closely following Finland and Sweden's bid to join the U. Commenting on Ukraine's potential entry into the military organization, he said it could lead to a situation where Russia would have a territorial dispute with an alliance member-state. According to Kuznetsov, the restoration of bilateral trade and economic relations between Russia and Finland "will take a long time and will be quite painful. The European Commission is expecting a decrease in private investment in Russia by more than 20 percent this year, according to the European Commission's spring economic forecast released on Monday.
The European Commission Monday sharply cut its growth forecast for the euro zone this year to 2. The EU's executive also revisited its euro zone inflation prediction for , with consumer prices forecast to jump by 6. The European Central Bank is increasingly expected to increase interest rates in July to tackle soaring inflation , however, critics warn that this could put a brake on economic activity.
For the EU as a whole, including the eight countries that do not use the euro as their currency, the commission had also forecast growth of four percent in February, but has now cut this to 2. Apart from McConnell, the U. Ten Ukrainian soldiers in the Azovstal plant in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol have surrendered with white flags, Interfax reported Monday, citing Alexander Khodakovsky, a commander of the "Donetsk People's Republic.
But Petro Andryushchenko, spokesperson for the mayor of Mariupol, was quoted by Ukraine 24 as saying the report is fake. Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said the European Union will agree on a sixth sanctions package against Russia in the coming days. Ukraine's position in negotiations with Russia is getting tougher, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said in an interview with German newspaper Welt published on Monday.
The European Union's foreign ministers cannot be sure of reaching an agreement on a Russian oil embargo on Monday, EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell said, citing "strong positions from some member states. The Russian assets of French carmaker Renault have become state property, the Russian industry and trade ministry said on Monday, as foreign companies leave the country amid Ukraine crisis.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has spoken with his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksii Reznikov regarding the current battlefield situation and Ukraine's ongoing capability needs, according to a Pentagon statement released on Sunday. Austin also provided an update on his call last Friday with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, in which he urged an immediate end to the conflict and emphasized the importance of maintaining lines of communication, the statement added.
It came after the Finnish government officially announced its application for NATO membership on Sunday, breaking away from a tradition of non-alignment and neutrality. Following internal debates over the past week among the leadership of the Social Democrats, the biggest party in every election for the past century, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said NATO entry was "the best thing for the security of Sweden and the Swedish people.
Meanwhile, NATO and the United States said on Sunday that they were confident that Turkish concerns would not hold up bids by Finland and Sweden to join the Western military alliance in response to Russia's "special military operation" in Ukraine.
On the sidelines of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin, Ankara said it wanted the two countries to halt support for Kurdish militant groups that have a presence on their territory, and lift bans on some sales of arms to Turkey. Secretary of State Antony Blinken declined to go into details of closed-door conversations in Berlin but echoed Stoltenberg's position.
On the Ukraine crisis, Blinken reaffirmed that the U. Meanwhile, the diplomat said the U. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on the same day told reporters virtually at an alliance meeting in Berlin that NATO will look at providing security guarantees for Finland and Sweden during the interim period from their application for membership to accession.
At a joint press conference with Prime Minister Sanna Marin in Helsinki, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said the country's leadership has decided to join the military alliance. The report will be submitted to a government council meeting later on Sunday, and is expected to be presented to parliament, which will review it on Monday.
Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told reporters that the written application will be officially submitted by the country's ambassador to NATO headquarters in Brussels, which will "most likely" take place on May The latest official confirmation of Finland's bid comes three days after the leaders publicly said their country "must apply for NATO membership without delay," in a major policy shift prompted by Russia's "special military operation" in Ukraine.
On Saturday, during a phone call with the Finnish president, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Finland's rejection of the traditional policy of military neutrality would be a mistake , and the changes in foreign policy may have a negative impact on relations with Russia. Sweden is also expected to follow suit as public support for NATO membership has grown amid security concerns.
Foreign ministers from NATO's 30 member states are holding two days of talks this weekend in Berlin that are focused on the two Nordic countries' membership bids. Many allies at the Berlin meeting backed the two countries, stressing the need for swift ratification of their membership bids, which typically take up to a year.
After the meeting, U. Medvedev also explicitly raised the nuclear threat by saying that there could be no more talk of a "nuclear free" Baltic - where Russia has its Kaliningrad exclave sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania. Then the enlargement of the European Union and the adhesions to NATO, we will be able to talk in the coming months," the Italian politician was quoted as saying by local media.
What brings peace closer must be done immediately, what takes away peace must be put on the waiting list," he said. The Ukrainian authorities said on Sunday that a green corridor will be opened for citizens who want to leave Zaporizhzhia through Kamianske, the local Regional Military Administration said on its Telegram. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Berlin, and discussed the provision of more weapons and other aid to Ukraine. We agreed to work closely together to ensure that Ukrainian food exports reach consumers in Africa and Asia," Kuleba said.
A military infrastructure facility in the Lviv region was completely destroyed by four Russian cruise missiles on Sunday morning, Lviv's governor Maksym Kozytskyi said on Facebook. The Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday that its air force hit two command posts, 11 strongholds and four depots of weapons and ammunition, as well as 32 military facilities in Ukraine overnight.
It added that two S missile launchers and a radar post were destroyed in the Shpylivka area of the Sumy region. It further claimed that six command posts, military facilities and 13 artillery batteries in firing positions, including up to Ukrainian soldiers have been hit by its missile and artillery forces. Donetsk local authorities on Sunday announced the planned "nationalization" of infrastructure facilities including water, energy supply and railways located in the region, a document signed by local leader Denis Pushilin showed on its official website.
She also expressed her "strong support" for Finland and Sweden joining the alliance, and emphasized the importance of ensuring Ukraine has NATO-standard weapons. The Russian military used incendiary or phosphorous bombs against the defenders of Azovstal steel plant for the first time on Sunday, Ukrainian media Ukrinform reported, citing Mariupol mayor's adviser Petro Andryushchenko. On the other hand, the governor of the Belgorod region in Russia, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said the Belgorod village of Sereda in Russia came under fire from Ukraine, and one civilian was injured.
Multiple explosions have been heard in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, local media reported on Sunday morning. Head of the Lviv Regional State Administration Maksym Kozytskyi said the Russian military launched a missile strike on one of the military infrastructure facilities in the Lviv region at a. Kyiv's city council has renamed an arch that had been regarded as symbolic of Ukraine-Russia friendship, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram on Saturday local time.
The arch, previously called the "Arch of the Friendship of the Peoples," has been renamed the "Arch of the Freedom of the Ukrainian People. Klitschko said officials had also "approved a list of more than 40 monuments and memorial plaques that will have to be removed from streets and buildings of the capital and transferred to a museum of totalitarianism. Employees of the Russian embassy in Washington are being threatened with violence and U.
Anatoly Antonov as saying on Saturday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday signed a law banning pro-Russian parties, Ukrainian media reported. Finnish ruling party, Social Democrats, Saturday voted in favor of joining NATO by 53 members voted in favor, five voted against, and two abstained, local media reported. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with a U. It is unclear whether the meeting took place Saturday and whether the delegation is still in Kyiv, according to CNN.
Western politicians need to understand that their efforts to isolate Russia are doomed, Lavrov told the assembly, according to RIA news agency. Russia doesn't remember such a "synchronous" expulsion of diplomats even in the "darkest years of the Cold War," he added. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Finland's rejection of the traditional policy of military neutrality would be a mistake. He made the statement during a conversation with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto on Saturday, according to the Kremlin.
The changes in Finland's foreign policy may have a negative impact on relations with the Russian Federation, Putin said. He added that Kyiv suspended the negotiation process between Russia and Ukraine since it does not show interest in a serious and constructive dialogue. Niinisto's office said in a statement that the Finnish head of state told Putin that the militarily non-aligned Nordic country that shares a long border and history with Russia "will decide to apply for the NATO membership in the coming days.
Avoiding tensions was considered important," Niinisto was quoted as saying in a statement by his office. Niinisto pointed out that he had already told Putin at their first meeting in that "each independent nation would maximize its own security.
It is not something away from anybody," Niinisto said. Finland shares a 1,kilometer mile border with Russia, the longest of any European Union member. Niinisto and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin on Thursday jointly endorsed Finland's NATO bid and recommended that the country "must apply for NATO membership without delay" to guarantee the nation's security amid Russia's "special military operation" in Ukraine and Europe's changed geopolitical and security landscape.
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