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Russia’s Medvedev: new regions can be defended with strategic nuclear weapons

Russia’s Medvedev: new regions can be defended with strategic nuclear weapons

FORMER Russian president Dmitry Medvedev said that any weapons in Moscow's arsenal, including strategic nuclear weapons, could be used to defend territories incorporated in Russia from Ukraine. Medvedev, deputy chairman of Russia's Security Council, said that referendums being organised by Russian-installed and separatist authorities in large swathes of Russian-occupied Ukrainian territory will take place, and that "there is no going back": "The Donbas (Donetsk and Luhansk) republics and other territories will be accepted into Russia." Medvedev said the protection of all the territories would be significantly strengthened by the Russian armed forces, adding: "Russia has announced that not only mobilisation…
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India’s Modi assails Putin over Ukraine war

India’s Modi assails Putin over Ukraine war

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Russian President Vladimir Putin that now was not the time for war, directly assailing the Kremlin chief in public over the nearly seven-month-long conflict in Ukraine. Locked in a confrontation with the West over the war, Putin has repeatedly said Russia is not isolated because it can look eastwards to major Asian powers such as China and India. But at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), concerns spilled out into the open. "I know that today's era is not an era of war, and I have spoken to you on the phone…
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Analysis: Action wanes at U.N. to isolate Russia almost six months into Ukraine war

Analysis: Action wanes at U.N. to isolate Russia almost six months into Ukraine war

MICHELLE NICHOLS and EMMA FARGE ON a June night under the chandeliers of Russia's United Nations mission in New York, dozens of U.N. ambassadors from Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia attended a reception to mark the country's national day - less than four months after its forces invaded neighboring Ukraine. "We thank all of you for your support and your principled position against the so-called anti-Russian crusade," Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told them, after accusing countries he did not name of trying to "cancel" Russia and its culture. The crowd of ambassadors illustrated the difficulties facing…
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Ignoring Ukraine setbacks, Putin touts ‘superior’ Russian weapons exports

Ignoring Ukraine setbacks, Putin touts ‘superior’ Russian weapons exports

MARK TREVELYAN PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin said that Russia was ready to sell advanced weapons to allies globally and cooperate in developing military technology, nearly six months into the Ukraine war in which his army has performed worse than expected. With its forces beaten back from Ukraine's two biggest cities and making slow headway at heavy cost in eastern provinces, the war has so far proved an unconvincing showcase for Russia's arms industry. But Putin, addressing an arms show outside Moscow, insisted Russian weaponry was years ahead of the competition. Russia cherished its strong ties with Latin America, Asia and Africa…
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Analysis: Ukraine war rekindles Europe’s demand for African oil and gas

Analysis: Ukraine war rekindles Europe’s demand for African oil and gas

NOAH BROWNING, RON BOUSSO and WENDELL ROELF Europe's thirst for oil and gas to replace sanctioned Russian supply is reviving interest in African energy projects that were shunned due to costs and climate change concerns, industry executives and African officials said. Energy firms are considering projects worth a total of $100 billion on the continent, according to Reuters calculations based on public and private company estimates. African countries that currently have little or no oil and gas output could see billions in energy investments in the coming years, including Namibia, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania. Namibia alone could…
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Putin meets Iran’s Khamenei on first trip outside ex-Soviet Union since Ukraine war

Putin meets Iran’s Khamenei on first trip outside ex-Soviet Union since Ukraine war

GUY FAULCONBRIDGE and PARISA HAFEZI RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin had talks with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Iran on Tuesday, the Kremlin leader's first trip outside the former Soviet Union since Moscow's February 24 invasion of Ukraine. In Tehran, Putin also held his first face-to-face meeting since the invasion with a NATO leader, Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan, to discuss a deal that would resume Ukraine's Black Sea grain exports as well as the conflict in northern Syria. Putin's trip, coming just days after U.S. President Joe Biden visited Israel and Saudi Arabia, sends a strong message to the West about…
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Senegal sees growing support for African gas amid Ukraine war

Senegal sees growing support for African gas amid Ukraine war

AARON ROSS SENEGALESE President Macky Sall said there is growing international support for developing gas resources in Africa as part of the continent's energy transition. African leaders have bristled at pledges by Western countries to eliminate or reduce development financing in Africa for gas projects in the name of fighting climate change, even as those same countries tout gas as a "transition fuel" at home. On Wednesday, the European Parliament backed EU rules labelling investments in gas and nuclear power plants as climate-friendly. Gas is a fossil fuel that produces planet-warming emissions, but far less than coal.  "We need to…
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NATO warns of long Ukraine war as battles grind on

NATO warns of long Ukraine war as battles grind on

NATALIA ZINETS and MAX HUNDER THE war in Ukraine could last for years, the head of NATO said, calling for steadfast support from Ukraine's allies as Russian forces battle for territory in the country's east. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said supplying state-of-the-art weaponry to Ukrainian troops would boost the chance of freeing its eastern region of Donbas from Russian control, Germany's Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported. After failing to take the capital Kyiv early on in the war, Russian forces have focused efforts on trying to take complete control of the Donbas, parts of which were already held by Russian-backed separatists…
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Ukraine war: No pardon for Moroccan, Britons sentenced to death

Ukraine war: No pardon for Moroccan, Britons sentenced to death

THE leader of the Russian-backed separatist Donetsk region of Ukraine said there was no reason to pardon two British nationals who were sentenced to death last week after being captured while fighting for Ukraine. A court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic on Thursday found Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner - and Moroccan Brahim Saadoun - guilty of "mercenary activities" seeking to overthrow the republic. Britain says Aslin and Pinner were regular soldiers and should be exempt under the Geneva Conventions from prosecution for participation in hostilities. The pro-Russian separatists who control Donetsk say they committed grave crimes and have…
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After Ukraine, African students battle in Europe

After Ukraine, African students battle in Europe

NITA BHALLA THE clock is ticking and Toluwalase Kolapo-Bello knows it. Over the past six weeks, the 21-year-old Nigerian medical student has fled Russian air strikes in Ukraine and faced extortion by taxi drivers and racism from train passengers in her harrowing escape to neighbouring Hungary.    Still reeling from her ordeal and dependent on handouts, she has just weeks to find a medical school where she can complete the last two years of her degree and fulfill her dream of becoming a pediatrician - or risk being deported. "I was only given permission to stay in Hungary until June 3," said Kolapo-Bello…
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