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Hollande backs up Merkel revelation on Donbass peace

The 2014 Minsk Agreement was indeed a ploy to buy Ukraine time and should be credited for Kiev’s “successful resilience” now, former French president Francois Hollande said on Friday. Confirming former German chancellor Angela Merkel’s assessment of the truce, Hollande also blamed US weakness for the failure to deter Russia. …

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European Commission backs harsher visa rules for Russians

The European Commission has backed a proposal put out by EU foreign ministers to suspend an agreement with Moscow that allows Russian citizens to apply for EU visas under simplified procedures. In a statement put out on Tuesday, the commission said it hopes the EU Council will approve the move …

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EU Commission officially backs Ukraine as candidate

The European Commission believes Ukraine should be granted the status of candidate for European Union membership, the chief of the EU’s executive body, Ursula von der Leyen announced on Friday. The country would still need to implement some changes to match the EU’s requirements, but it already boasts a “very …

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US backs idea of another military bloc

The US Permanent Representative to NATO, Julianne Smith, said on Tuesday that Washington would “want to support” the idea of a new security alliance, which could reportedly include Ukraine, the UK, Poland, the Baltic States, and possibly Turkey. Last month, Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper reported that British Prime Minister …

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China backs Argentina over Falklands, angering Britain

In a statement on Sunday, China said it would support Argentina in its claims over the Falklands Islands  – also known as Islas Malvinas – a self-governing British overseas territory in the southern Atlantic. The remote archipelago is a subject of an almost 200-year sovereignty dispute. Beijing said that it …

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Royal backs Djokovic against Australian ‘tyranny’

Prince Philip of Serbia has slammed the ongoing saga involving Novak Djokovic’s apparently doomed attempt to defend his Australian Open title, accusing Australia’s immigration officials of ‘tyranny’. The 39-year-old Philip Karadordevic has added his voice to the chorus of disapproval from Djokovic’s native country after officials from Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s …

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Biden backs calls to abolish key Senate procedure

US President Joe Biden has called for the Senate to change the rule requiring 60 votes to move a bill forward, saying it was the only way to pass the two Democrat initiatives federalizing elections and ensure “majority rule.” Speaking in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday, Biden declared “this is the …

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China backs Russia in ‘distorted democracy’ row

Diplomatic spokesman Zhao Lijian remarked on Friday that Kremlin press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, was correct in stating earlier this week that Washington “prefers to create new dividing lines, to separate countries into those that – in their opinion – are good, and those that are bad.” By doing this, the US …

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First EU country backs Covid jabs for 5 year olds

On Friday, Helene Probst, Deputy Director of the National Board of Health, told the press that the decision came at a time of concern for the Nordic nation, as Covid cases continue to rise. “We have seen a worrying infection in the hospitals, and that the number of hospitalizations has …

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