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Erdogan’s diplomacy with Russia alarms West – FT

Western officials are “increasingly alarmed” that Turkey, a NATO ally and prospective EU member, is deepening its cooperation with Russia, the Financial Times has reported. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently returned from Sochi vowing to boost trade after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Six unnamed Western officials told …

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US military exercise to take place near Chinese border – media

The American and Indian militaries will hold joint exercises in the Himalayan mountains in October, less than 100km from India’s disputed border with China, CNN reported. The location was announced amid heightened tensions between the US and China over Taiwan, while India and China have been clashing along their mountain …

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First ship carrying Ukrainian grain reaches Turkey

The Panama-flagged ship Navistar, carrying around 33,000 tons of Ukrainian corn to Ireland, has reached Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait and dropped anchor in Istanbul, the Turkish Defense Ministry confirmed in a tweet on Saturday. The vessel is now expected to undergo an inspection by the members of the Joint Coordination Center …

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IDF says how long it’s prepared to fight in Gaza

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Saturday they are prepared for a “week of fighting” after Israel began striking targets in Gaza the previous day. They added that there are no peace talks at the moment. The IDF said that more than 160 rockets have been fired at Israel …

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Ukraine snatching up millions worth of Russian assets – Zelensky

Ukraine has seized about $765 million worth of Russian assets in the country, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said on his Telegram channel on Saturday. “Held a meeting today on sanctions policy, confiscation of Russian assets. As government officials reported, assets worth 28 billion hryvnias {about $765 million} have already been …

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EU members who rejected gas plan named – media

Poland and Hungary have refused to support the EU’s plan to cut gas consumption by 15%, Reuters reported on Saturday, citing a document published by the Czech Republic, which currently chairs negotiations within the bloc. EU countries last week agreed on a plan to reduce gas usage in order to fill …

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US prepares new weapons package for Ukraine – Reuters

The US government is reportedly preparing its largest weapons transfer to Ukraine to date, with officials ready to authorize another $1 billion in military aid, including advanced rocket and missile platforms and additional ammunition. The new aid package could be announced as soon as next week, Reuters reported on Friday, …

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China ignores phone calls from Pentagon – Politico

As China continues its snap military drills around Taiwan in retaliation to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s provocative visit to the island this week, top Chinese military officials are refusing to return calls from their counterparts at the Pentagon, according to Politico. Beijing allegedly rejected several calls from Defense Secretary …

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Ukrainian strike in Donetsk kills 3 civilians – officials

At least three civilians were killed in the Ukrainian shelling of northwestern Donetsk, the local territorial defense force said on Friday. One of the Ukrainian projectiles hit a regular bus carrying people home from work, authorities said, adding that the bus was “destroyed.” Photos and videos that surfaced on social …

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