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Germany urges UK’s Rishi Sunak to spend big on defense – POLITICO

Germany urges UK’s Rishi Sunak to spend big on defense – POLITICO

No. 10 Downing Street said Monday evening that the U.K. would now be sending £3 billion in military support to Ukraine this year — a £500 million increase on previously-announced funds. The extra cash will be spent on much-need ammunition and air defense systems for Ukraine. “Ukraine’s armed forces continue to fight bravely, but they need our support — and they need it now,” Sunak said. “The United Kingdom will always play its part at the forefront of European security.” Germany will give the Kyiv government nearly double the amount of military aid this year than the U.K. | Valda Kalnina/EPA-EFE Sunak would certainly bristle at any suggestion from Berlin that Britain is not pulling its weight. The U.K. has long been Europe’s leading military power, while Germany’s armed forces were in a parlous state before Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine — and remain so, despite the increase in spending. “Unfortunately, I have to say that the Bundeswehr still has too little of everything,” Eva Högl, Germany’s parliamentary commissioner for the armed forces, said last …

Zelensky urges U.S. to send weapons quickly ahead of Russian offensive

Zelensky urges U.S. to send weapons quickly ahead of Russian offensive

Following passage in the House of a major military aid package for Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday that his country will only be able to repel an anticipated Russian offensive if the U.S. weapons arrive quickly. Zelensky said his forces are preparing for a significant battle in the east of the country, where Russia aims to capture the city of Chasiv Yar by May 9, the holiday when Russia marks the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi forces in World War II. Zelensky told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that his soldiers are outgunned and “lack equipment they need to fight Russian reconnaissance drones, which essentially guide their artillery.” He said Ukrainian forces lack long-range weapons of their own, as well as adequate air defenses, and indicated that while U.S. lawmakers debated the aid package, Ukraine lost time and momentum. “We’ve had the process stalled for half a year and we had losses in several directions, in the east. It was very difficult and we did lose the initiative there,” Zelensky said. “Now we have all …

Zelensky welcomes US House approval of Ukraine aid, urges passage into law

Zelensky welcomes US House approval of Ukraine aid, urges passage into law

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday welcomed the passage of $60 billion in aid for Ukraine by the US House of Representatives but urged Washington to quickly turn the bill into law and proceed with the actual transfer of weapons, saying long-range arms and air defense systems were top priorities.  Issued on: 21/04/2024 – 16:31Modified: 21/04/2024 – 18:56 2 min In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Zelensky said the passage of the bill would send a powerful message to Russia that Washington stands by Kyiv and that it would not be “a second Afghanistan.” “I think this support will really strengthen the armed forces of Ukraine and we will have a chance for victory,” Zelensky said through an interpreter. During the interview he repeatedly urged US lawmakers to take swift action to pass the bill in the Senate. He said Ukraine urgently needed US long-range weapons including ATACMS (Army Tactical Missile Systems) and air defense systems to turn around its fortunes on the battlefield. “This is crucial. These are the priorities now,” Zelensky …

Climate conference founder urges more action on clean air ahead of Earth Day

Climate conference founder urges more action on clean air ahead of Earth Day

“…there’s a crucial role in setting up an effective policy framework by prioritising investments in renewable energy, sustainable transportation and green infrastructure. Pollution is such a massive problem in a city like London and we need to prioritise people walking, cycling and clean streets. It’s such a key part from both a climate and air pollution point of view.” Source link

London Marathon director urges protesters not to disrupt ‘force for good’ | London Marathon

London Marathon director urges protesters not to disrupt ‘force for good’ | London Marathon

London Marathon organisers have urged potential protesters not to allow the heightened tensions in the Middle East to disrupt Sunday’s race, which the event’s director, Hugh Brasher, said was “a force for good” throughout society. Brasher confirmed multiple ­security measures would be in place this weekend, but said he hoped the focus would be on the race’s celebration of humanity. He also revealed that among the 50,000 expected finishers there would be runners raising money for both Palestinians and Israelis who had been affected by the conflict. Organisers believe the event will break the single-day world record for charity fundraising, which stands at £66.4m from the 2019 race. “We are always taking ­mitigations in case people try to disrupt the ­­London Marathon,” said Brasher. “But we are a force for good in ­society. Charity runners will raise more than £66.4m on Sunday. “There are people running for Palestinians that have been affected. There are people running for ­Israelis that have been affected. There are so many people running for so many ­different causes. What we’ve always tried …

Secret Russian foreign policy document urges action to weaken the U.S.

Secret Russian foreign policy document urges action to weaken the U.S.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has been drawing up plans to try to weaken its Western adversaries, including the United States, and leverage the Ukraine war to forge a global order free from what it sees as American dominance, according to a secret Foreign Ministry document. In a classified addendum to Russia’s official — and public — “Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation,” the ministry calls for an “offensive information campaign” and other measures spanning “the military-political, economic and trade and informational psychological spheres” against a “coalition of unfriendly countries” led by the United States. “We need to continue adjusting our approach to relations with unfriendly states,” states the 2023 document, which was provided to The Washington Post by a European intelligence service. “It’s important to create a mechanism for finding the vulnerable points of their external and internal policies with the aim of developing practical steps to weaken Russia’s opponents.” The document for the first time provides official confirmation and codification of what many in the Moscow elite say has become a hybrid war against …

U.S. envoy to U.N. urges Russia and China not to ‘reward’ North Korea’s bad behavior

U.S. envoy to U.N. urges Russia and China not to ‘reward’ North Korea’s bad behavior

PANMUNJOM, South Korea — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations urged Russia and China on Tuesday to reverse course, and stop rewarding North Korea’s bad behavior and blocking U.N. scrutiny of the isolated country’s efforts to evade sanctions over its weapons programs. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield made the remarks during a visit to the Demilitarized Zone, a heavily fortified border between the two Koreas, which remain technically at war. Her trip to South Korea came after Russia rejected the annual renewal of the multinational panel of experts that has over the past 15 years monitored the implementation of U.N. sanctions aimed at curbing North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. Moscow’s veto and China’s abstention only “empowers” North Korea’s efforts to sidestep international sanctions and “shields” it from accountability, Thomas-Greenfield said. “Hiding the truth does not change it. Rewarding bad behavior only encourages it,” she told reporters. “We urge Russia and China to reverse course and once again to urge Pyongyang to choose diplomacy and come to the negotiating table to commit to constructive dialogue.” Washington will work with South …

German chancellor urges China to use ‘influence’ to end Ukraine war

German chancellor urges China to use ‘influence’ to end Ukraine war

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has urged China’s leader Xi Jinping to use his country’s influence to press Russia to end its war in Ukraine. Following meetings with Xi on Tuesday in Beijing, Scholz said on the social media platform X that “China’s word carries weight in Russia,” and that “I have therefore asked President Xi to influence Russia so that Putin finally … ends this terrible war.” He added that Xi agreed to support a peace conference in Switzerland. The statements come at the tail end of Scholz’s three-day visit to China, in which he discussed a wide range of issues with Xi and other leaders. Scholz on Tuesday warned against threatening nuclear weapons during the war, after Russian President Vladimir Putin last month said he is ready to use them if the country’s sovereignty or independence is threatened. He also told Xi that Moscow’s invasion threatens global security and that the two countries could work together to achieve a “just peace for Ukraine.” Commenting on the crisis, Xi said, “China encourages and supports all …

Republican Senator Tom Cotton urges followers to attack pro-Palestine protesters who block traffic

Republican Senator Tom Cotton urges followers to attack pro-Palestine protesters who block traffic

Back in 2020, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton took to The New York Times to demand that U.S. soldiers be deployed against protesters. Now he’s again calling for a violent response to protests, but this time by vigilantes. “I encourage people who get stuck behind the pro-Hamas mobs blocking traffic: take matters into your own hands to get them out of the way,” Cotton wrote Monday evening on X, where he has over 500,000 followers. “It’s time to put an end to this nonsense.” After Cotton’s post garnered critical attention, he posted a video the next morning showing a man dragging protesters blocking traffic in San Francisco from the street to the curb, writing: “How it should be done.” As in 2020, Cotton is using the platform available to him to inflame — to pour “gasoline on the fire,” as the News Guild of New York, a union representing many Times journalists, phrased it following his Op-Ed. Amid the war in Gaza and protests over U.S. support for Israel, Cotton is again offering incitement. The danger is …