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EU clarifies stance on Russian exclave blockade

No “sanctioned goods” are allowed to be transported by Russian operators through EU territory by roads, the EU Commission has said in its fresh “additional guidance” on the transit of Russian goods. The document published on Wednesday comes amid tensions around the Russian Kaliningrad exclave. Lithuania had previously blocked the …

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Kremlin clarifies Putin’s remark on Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin’s observation that Russian troops in Ukraine “haven’t even really started anything yet” simply states that Moscow is far superior in its military strength, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov clarified on Friday. On Thursday, Putin dared Western leaders who seek Russia’s defeat on the battlefield in Ukraine to deliver …

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Lithuania clarifies stance on Russian exclave transit

Lithuania will maintain the ban on the transit of sanctioned goods between Kaliningrad Region and mainland Russia, President Gitanas Nauseda has said. “It is absolutely clear that Lithuania must and will implement EU sanctions,” Nauseda wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday. “Lithuania must and will maintain control over the …

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Moscow clarifies status of UK citizens sentenced to death

Russia has rebuked Britain for its reaction to the death sentences passed by the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) on two British nationals, who were captured while fighting for Ukraine. In a statement from the Russian foreign ministry, Moscow rejected the claim that the two were combatants, who should be treated …

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Taser clarifies proposal for armed drones in US schools

The firm that produces Taser stun guns was forced to reverse course after its CEO suggested it would create armed, “non-lethal” drones to deploy in American schools as a way to stop mass shooters, immediately triggering outrage from within the company itself.  Rick Smith – CEO of Axon Enterprise, formerly …

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Switzerland clarifies rules on arms shipments to Ukraine

Switzerland ruled on Friday that shipping weapons with Swiss-made components to Ukraine does not violate the country’s centuries-old neutrality, if certain conditions are met. “The delivery of war material in the form of assembly elements or spare parts to European armament companies will… remain possible, even if the manufactured war …

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US clarifies policy on Taiwan

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken declared on Thursday that Washington’s policy of strategic ambiguity toward Taiwan remains intact, despite President Joe Biden having promised to involve the US military in the event of a Chinese invasion. Blinken is the second senior Biden administration official to correct the president’s statement. …

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Turkey clarifies position on new NATO members

Turkey is not seeking to outright shoot down the accession of Sweden and Finland to the US-led NATO bloc, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s top adviser Ibrahim Kalin told Reuters on Saturday. Nonetheless, Ankara’s concerns about organizations it deems to be “terrorist” that are operating in these countries must be addressed, …

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Berlin clarifies stance on Russian and Ukrainian flags ban

Public displays of Russian and Ukrainian flags will be banned at 15 memorial sites in Berlin, including the iconic Soviet WWII memorial in the Treptower Park, during Victory Day celebrations on May 8 and 9, the city’s interior ministry has said on Friday. The move has sparked controversy after some …

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Elon Musk clarifies free speech stance

Billionaire Twitter purchaser Elon Musk has qualified his much-hyped embrace of “free speech” on Tuesday, his first full day as the platform’s owner, reassuring the world’s governments he will obey their speech restrictions under the reasoning that such officials behave according to the will of the people they govern. After …

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