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Merkel under fire over telephone call to Lukashenko

The telephone conversation of the acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel with the self-proclaimed president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko caused sharp criticism in Germany, Estonia and Poland. The deputy of the Green Party faction and a member of the Bundestag Committee on International Affairs, Omid Nouripour, speaking on the radio station Deutschlandfunk,  called these talks “a terrible signal”. He noted that

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While Putin is rattling his weapons. What Europe is doing

Vladimir Ohryzko I am quite surprised by some of our Western partners. These days , warnings are being heard from Western partners about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine . Everyone is wondering if the situation is so critical? I am grateful to our Western partners for sharing intelligence information with us. The only surprise was that the first reaction of our high-ranking officials was as

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Ukraine and Britain announce deal – shoulder to shoulder in face of Russian military build-up

Britain stands shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine in the face of a Russian military build-up, defence ministers have declared in a new, joint statement designed to offer assistance to the beleaguered Kyiv government. Russia has been massing tens of thousands of troops on the border of Ukraine and there have been warnings from the US of imminent invasion. Russia may

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Russia Criticizes Polish Use of Tear Gas on Migrants

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday said the use of tear gas and water cannon by Polish forces to stop migrants entering from Belarus was “absolutely unacceptable.” “The behavior of the Polish side is absolutely unacceptable,” he told a press conference in Moscow, citing “tear gas and a water cannon and shots fired above the heads of migrants towards

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The EU will have to choose between Russian gas and the protection of Ukraine – Boris Johnson

Speaking at a banquet with the Lord of London, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson said that European countries should choose between dependence on Russian gas and protection of Ukraine. This was reported by UA with reference to the website of the British Parliament. “We hope that our friends may realize that a choice is shortly coming

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Germany Suspends Nord Stream 2 Certification

Regulator says Gazprom-owned operator needs to establish German subsidiary before it can approve the pipeline. Germany’s energy regulator on Tuesday suspended the certification process for Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the latest setback for the controversial project. The pipeline, which was completed earlier this year after months of delays and setbacks amid U.S. sanctions designed to thwart it,

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This is not a migration crisis. This is invasion

Arkady Babchenko The situation is seen in a completely different way, if you call things by their real names, right? This is not a migration crisis. This is an invasion. As Donetsk ” separatists” were not any separatists. The separatists are Scots, Basques and Kurds. Nations that have the right to self-determination and want to use it to gain independence. And if your ” separatism” suits the aggressor,

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Russia threatening space war with US

Russia’s test-firing of an anti-satellite weapon after a US warning to NATO over Ukraine was no coincidence Last week, US President Joe Biden’s administration briefed NATO members about the imminence of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. This came after months of increasing tensions between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Russia over Crimea, the small peninsula that juts out into

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Berlin and Paris warn Moscow about consequences of aggression against Ukraine

Germany and France call on Russia not to escalate the situation with Ukraine and warn about the catastrophic consequences of aggression. “Against the backdrop of renewed concerns about Russian movements of troops and hardware near Ukraine, we call on Russia to adopt a posture of restraint and provide transparent information about its military activities. Any new attempt to undermine Ukraine’s

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Russia, Belarus should be excluded from international organizations, – Polish PM

The pressure on the regimes in these countries should be much stronger, Piotr Glinski says There should be more international pressure on the Russian and Belarusian governments. Polish Prime Minister Piotr Glinski claimed this in his interview for Polska Times. “International pressure on these two regimes, Belarusian and Russian must be much stronger. I would even consider the chance to

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Polish PM calls for “concrete steps” from NATO amid Belarus border crisis

Poland, Lithuania and Latvia may ask for consultations under the alliance’s treaty NATO must take “concrete steps” to resolve the migrant crisis on the Belarus border. This was stated by Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Voice of America reports. According to him, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia may ask for consultations under the alliance’s treaty. “It is not enough just for

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Russia froze. Why is this extremely dangerous silence

The migration crisis provoked by Lukashenka speaks of his attempt to survive by pitting Russia against the West and hiding behind the Russian back. But the Kremlin’s gain here is questionable Russia froze. All the more hopeless are the murmurs of those who are being rolled under the asphalt. All the more indifferent are those who are watching this. The problem is that the

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British special forces ready to deploy 600 troops to Ukraine amid Russia invasion fears British task force of SAS and Paras set to mobilise to Ukraine as MI6 warns the prime minister that President Putin could be a threat to Ukraine and the west A task force of up to 600 UK troops is ready to deploy in Ukraine amid

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Closing Russian NGO Memorial Would Be ‘Devastating Blow’ – Council of Europe

Closing down respected Russian rights group Memorial would deal a “devastating blow” to civil society in the country, the secretary-general of pan-European rights body the Council of Europe said Friday. The closure of “Memorial would deal a further devastating blow to civil society, which is an essential pillar of any democracy,” said Marija Pejcinovic Buric, calling on Russian prosecutors to

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Russia Not Among EU’s Sanctions Targets for Belarus Migrant Crisis – Brussels

Russia is not among the countries the European Union is considering sanctioning over the migrant crisis on the Poland-Belarus border, a senior EU official said Thursday after reports suggested Brussels could punish Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot for what it called “human trafficking.” Bloomberg previously reported that the European Commission was considering sanctioning Aeroflot alongside Belarus’ Belavia, Turkish Airlines, FlyDubai and other

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Shoygu: Russia has developed new S-550 air-defense missile system

Russia has developed a new S-550 anti-aircraft missile system, said Russian Defense Sergey Shoygu at a conference call with the leadership of the Russian armed forces. “The Minister of Defense recalled that from November 1 to November 3, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief [Putin] held in Sochi another series of meetings with the leadership of the Defense Ministry and enterprises of the

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Belarus’s Lukashenko Threatens to Cut Off Gas Over Sanctions

Belarus’s strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday threatened to cut off gas to Europe in retaliation for any new sanctions imposed over the migrant crisis on his country’s border with EU member Poland. “If they impose additional sanctions on us… we must respond,” Lukashenko told government officials in comments released by the presidency. “We are warming Europe, and they are

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Russia’s Aeroflot Denies Transporting Migrants to Belarus

Russia’s flagship airline Aeroflot has denied helping migrants and refugees from the Middle East travel to Belarus as European leaders scramble to deal with a migrant crisis on the Polish border. A Bloomberg report that the European Commission was considering sanctioning the state-controlled airline for participating in what Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen has called “human trafficking” triggered a

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Blinken: Should Russia attempt to use energy as weapon, commit further aggression against Ukraine, US and Germany to take appropriate action

If Russia tries to use energy as a weapon or commit further aggression against Ukraine, the United States and Germany will take appropriate action, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said. “Should Russia attempt to use energy as a weapon or commit further aggressive acts against Ukraine, we are committed and Germany is committed to taking appropriate action,” Blinken

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‘Why Should The Average American Care?’: Tucker Goes Head To Head With GOP Congressman Who Wants Troops In Ukraine

Dylan Housman Fox News host and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson engaged in a fiery debate with Ohio Republican Rep. Mike Turner Wednesday night on whether the United States should send additional troops to Ukraine to defend the country from Russian aggression. Turner was a signatory to a letter to President Joe Biden urging his administration to increase assistance to

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Germany discuss possibility of involving Ukraine in solving refugee problem on Belarus-Poland border

Bundestag believes that it would be possible to agree with Ukraine on the reception of refugees while their application for asylum in the EU is being considered Nils Schmid, a foreign policy expert with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) faction in the German Bundestag, suggests involving Ukraine in solving the refugee problem on the Belarus-Poland border. This was reported by

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New Russian Prison Torture Video Surfaces From Bombshell Leak

This article contains graphic content that may be disturbing to some readers. A prominent NGO that tracks abuses in Russia’s prison system has released a new leaked video that shows inmates being sexually assaulted in a notorious prison hospital at the heart of a national torture scandal. “These terrifying videos are unpleasant to watch and will cause stress and indignation,”

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Belarus migrants: Poland PM blames Russia’s Putin for migrant crisis

Poland’s Prime Minister has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being behind a migrant crisis at Belarus’s border with Poland. Mateusz Morawiecki said that Belarus’s authoritarian leader, a close ally of Mr Putin, is orchestrating the crisis, but “it has its mastermind in Moscow”. At least 2,000 migrants are stuck at the border in freezing conditions. Belarus’s leader Alexander Lukashenko

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Poland to double size of its army making it the largest in Europe

The Polish government has prepared an updated defense decree, which provides for a sharp increase in the number of the country’s armed forces. According to Poland Daily Live, the document will replace the military doctrine adopted in 1967, when Poland was part of the Soviet bloc. According to the bill, the number of personnel in the Polish army  should double

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