The leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) will adopt a prohibition on restarting oil imports from Russia, according to the Financial Times. The “highly symbolic” ban falls well short of the total export embargo proposed by Washington.
EU, Japan Reject Washington’s Proposal to Ban Exports to Russia
An American plan to strengthen its economic war against Russia by banning all exports has not been well received by US allies. According to the Financial Times, the European Union and Japan have pushed back against a trade embargo on Moscow.
Ukraine Asks NATO to Boost Military Support to Deliver ‘Victory’
Kiev’s war goals have changed from “survival to victory,“ according to a top Ukrainian defense official. The country’s aims have grown increasingly ambitious as its Western backers continue to provide billions of dollars in advanced weapons and oversee training for Ukrainian soldiers.
US, Allies Consider Ban on All Exports to Russia
Washington is in discussion with several Western partners about ending trade with Russia outright. The debate is occurring as the US-led economic war on Moscow has failed to halt its military action in Ukraine.
After Feared Global Food Shortage, Rift in EU Emerges Over Grain Glut
Poland and Hungary will pause imports of Ukrainian grain. The European Union’s agricultural policies in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine have caused a glut of wheat in Central Europe, harming the region’s farmers.
White House Slams Brazil After Accusing US of ‘Encouraging’ War in Ukraine
The White House has accused Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of repeating Russian and Chinese propaganda. While visiting China, Lula said that the US should stop "encouraging" the war in Ukraine and seek peace instead. Speaking with reporters on Tuesday,...
Russia Calls EU ‘Peacekeeper’ Proposal ‘Extremely Dangerous’
Moscow has vowed to retaliate should the European Union send a “peacekeeping” force to Ukraine, saying the move would likely kick off a third world war after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban suggested Western leaders are considering such a deployment.
EU Planning to Invest Frozen Russian Assets, Give Returns to Ukraine
The European Union is developing proposals on what to do with assets seized from the Russian central bank by member states. According to European officials, the bloc may invest the money and hand the returns to Ukraine.
UN Has Plan to Curb World Hunger, But EU Won’t Lift Sanctions
UN Secretary-General António Guterres is attempting to persuade the European Union to lift sanctions on the Belarusian fertilizer industry but is making little progress, according to Politico. The UN believes removing the export restrictions will help get more agricultural products to Africa. However, the EU claims the sanctions are key to applying pressure on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
Syrian Arab Red Crescent Calls for Lifting of Sanctions on Syria After Earthquake
The head of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) on Tuesday called for the lifting of US and other Western economic sanctions on Syria following a massive earthquake that has killed over 7,000 people in Syria and Turkey.
EU to Train 30,000 Ukrainian Troops as Kiev’s Losses Mount
The European Union doubled its pledge to train Ukrainian forces from 15,000 to 30,000 troops. The EU made the announcement shortly after Berlin found Kiev was losing hundreds of soldiers a day fighting in just one Eastern Ukrainian city.
News Roundup 2/2/2023
Russia British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Wednesday that sending fighter jets to Ukraine isn’t the right approach “for now,” but stressed that nothing should be ruled out. AWC A former British MP that held a position in Britain’s Ministry of Defense said on...
US to Transfer Seized Russian Assets to Ukraine
The US government is preparing to hand Ukraine assets confiscated from Russian businessmen under a scheme proposed by the Biden administration last year, which aims to target the wealth of “oligarchs” and pass it on to Kiev.
Ukrainian Ambassador: ‘Silly’ to Pretend Kiev Won’t Become a Member of NATO
A Ukrainian official said it was logical for Kiev to become a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union. The country’s Ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko, claimed it was “silly” to exclude Kiev from the Brussels-based alliance because...
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