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Russia Ukraine war latest news: Putin makes absurd claim new military pact with North Korea and Kim is ‘peaceful’

According to Zelensky, China is trying to undermine the peace conference in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has stressed that a new partnership with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un – including a mutual defense clause – is “peaceful”, according to state news.

Mr Kim hailed the new deal struck during Putin’s first visit to Pyongyang in 24 years as heralding a “new, high level of alliance” between their countries, claiming it would become “a driving force that would accelerate the creation of a new multipolar world.”

The details of the partnership were not immediately clear, but Western countries have expressed growing concerns about an arms arrangement under which Moscow receives munitions for its war in Ukraine in return for economic and technological assistance that could counter the threat of North Korea’s nuclear program enlarge.

Putin was received with great pomp and ceremony in North Korea, where Kim pledged his full support for Russia’s war in Ukraine ahead of their one-on-one meeting.

The visit appears to cast a shadow on the huge peace talks that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held in Switzerland this weekend. Nearly 80 countries agreed that peace talks will only begin after Russia restores Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

The European Commission will impose tariffs on the import of Ukrainian eggs

The European Commission will impose tariffs on imports of Ukrainian eggs within the next two weeks after a previously agreed annual threshold level for those imports is reached, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

The Commission took the same decision on Tuesday regarding the import of oats from Ukraine.

Following the Russian invasion in 2022, the country has benefited from a special mechanism introduced to boost trade flows with the EU, its main export market. However, the EU set maximum import volumes after farmers’ protests across the bloc labeled cheap Ukrainian imports as unfair competition. (

Maryam Zakir-HusseinJune 20, 2024 5:00 am

Putin now reaches Vietnam for talks, to meet top leaders

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Vietnam early today for talks with the country’s communist leaders on the final stop of his two-nation tour of Asia after inking a defense pact with North Korea.

This is Putin’s third foreign visit, after China and North Korea, since he became president in March.

Putin’s plane landed at Hanoi airport, where he was met on a red carpet by Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha and top party diplomat Le Hoai Trung.

Putin will meet with Communist Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong, State President To Lam and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh. Although both North Korea and Russia face international isolation, Vietnam has forged careful alliances with the United States and the European Union.

“President Putin’s visit to North Korea and Vietnam is to demonstrate that Western efforts to isolate Russia are not working and that Russia has partners in Asia,” said Carl Thayer, an expert on Vietnam’s security. the Australian Defense Force Academy in Canberra.

However, ahead of his visit, Putin thanked the communist-ruled Southeast Asian country for supporting “a pragmatic way to resolve the crisis” in Ukraine.

Arpan RaiJune 20, 2024 04:53

NATO chief warns about Putin and Kim Jong-un’s ‘authoritarian’ deal

Russia’s new defensive pact with North Korea shows increasing alignment among authoritarian powers and underlines the importance of democracies presenting a united front, NATO’s chief said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a deal with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un that included a mutual defense pledge, a move that overhauls Moscow’s policy toward Pyongyang.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said North Korea had supplied “an enormous amount of ammunition” to Russia, while both China and Iran were supporting Moscow militarily in its war against Ukraine.

“We must be aware that authoritarian powers are increasingly aligned. They support each other in a way that we haven’t seen before,” he said during a panel discussion during an official visit to Ottawa.

“When they become more and more aligned – authoritarian regimes like North Korea and China, Iran, Russia – then it is even more important that we are aligned as countries that believe in freedom and democracy” , he said.

The growing closeness between Russia and other Asian countries means it is all the more important that NATO works with allies in the Asia-Pacific, he said, adding that this was why leaders from Australia, Japan, New Zealand Zeeland and South Korea were invited to a meeting. NATO summit in Washington next month.

Arpan RaiJune 20, 2024 04:36

North Korea and Russia sign an agreement on immediate military assistance in the event of war

Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin took their bilateral ties to a new high when they signed a new agreement on “immediate military assistance” in the event of war during the Russian president’s visit to North Korea.

The new agreement between Russia and North Korea, reached by their leaders at a summit in Pyongyang, requires both countries to use all available means to provide immediate military assistance in the event of war, North Korean state media said today.

In the new agreement, Russia and North Korea provided assistance in security, trade, investment, and cultural and humanitarian ties. Outside observers said this could be the strongest connection between Moscow and Pyongyang since the end of the Cold War.

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency today reported the language of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement. The agency said Article 4 of the agreement stipulates that if one of the countries is invaded and enters a state of war, the other country must “deploy without delay all means at its disposal” to provide “military and other assistance.” grant.

Arpan RaiJune 20, 2024 04:11

Fire at Russian oil depot hit by drones rages for a second day

A fire caused by a Ukrainian drone attack on an oil terminal in southern Russia has been raging for more than a day and a half despite the efforts of firefighters, the regional governor said on Wednesday.

Several oil storage tanks in the city of Azov caught fire early on Tuesday after a drone attack that a Ukrainian intelligence source told Reuters was carried out by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

Vasily Golubev, governor of the Rostov region, wrote on Telegram that emergency services had failed to extinguish the flames on Tuesday afternoon because the second storage tank had become depressurized.

Azov has two oil product terminals, DonTerminal and Azovproduct, which processed a total of approximately 220,000 tons of fuel for export in the period from January to May 2024.

Ukraine has often said that targeting Russia’s energy, military and transportation infrastructure undermines Moscow’s war effort.

Maryam Zakir-HusseinJune 20, 2024 4:00 am

Russian court sentences American soldier to almost four years for theft

A court in the Russian far-eastern city of Vladivostok on Wednesday sentenced a US soldier arrested earlier this year to three years and nine months in prison on charges of robbery and threatening to kill, according to Russian news reports.

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

Russian state news agencies Tass and RIA Novosti reported from the courtroom of the Pervomaisky District Court in Vladivostok that the judge had also ordered Black to pay 10,000 rubles ($115) in damages. Prosecutors had sentenced Black to four years and eight months in prison.

Maryam Zakir-HusseinJune 20, 2024 3:00 am

Ukraine launches a national register of sexual violence for victims of Russian armed forces

Authorities in Ukraine have set up a national registry to document cases of sexual violence allegedly committed by Russian forces, a senior prosecutor told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

Viktoriia Litvinova, the country’s deputy attorney general, said the registry was created on the basis of a pilot project that had already resulted in the convictions of five people in absentia. She declined to comment on the details of the cases.

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

Maryam Zakir-HusseinJune 20, 2024 2:00 am

White House feels ‘comfortable’ with its nuclear position after NATO chief suggests increase in weapons deployed

Speaking at a White House briefing, spokesman John Kirby said the US is “comfortable” with its “strategic deterrent posture.”

Asked about Mr Stoltenberg’s comments, Mr Kirby said: “We’re not talking specifically about the nuclear posture – and I’m certainly not going to do that from the podium here.

Maryam Zakir-HusseinJune 20, 2024 1:00 am

Estonia convicts a university professor from Russia of spying for Moscow

A university professor was jailed in Estonia on Tuesday after being found guilty of spying for Russian military intelligence, part of a campaign of sabotage, electronic warfare and information gathering that Estonian officials blame on Moscow.

Viacheslav Morozov, a Russian citizen who taught at Estonia’s most prestigious university, was sentenced to six years and three months in prison for undermining the security of the Baltic state during the fourteen years he operated in the country until his arrest in January.

Estonian officials have been extremely hawkish about the threat from Russia and have convicted a number of people in recent years for spying for Russia. The Harju District Court in the Estonian capital said Morozov collected information about Estonia’s defense and security policies and the people and infrastructure related to them.

Maryam Zakir-HusseinJune 20, 2024 00:00

Finance Ministry sanctions network linked to separatist Bosnian leader

A network of people and companies supporting sanctioned Bosnian Serb President Milorad Dodik has been hit by a new round of sanctions.

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control on Tuesday identified two people and seven companies that generate income for Dodik and his family, including his son Igor Dodik.

The Treasury Department says Dodik has used his presidency to pass government contracts to a network of private companies he and his son oversee.

Maryam Zakir-HusseinJune 19, 2024 11:00 PM

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