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EU’s top diplomat defends anti-Russia sanctions

The EU’s top diplomat has hit back at those who criticize the Western sanctions slapped on Russia, saying on Monday that he does not believe them to be a mistake, and adding that the bloc will continue to stand by its policies. “There is a big debate about ‘are the …

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German Chancellor defends Merkel over Russia stance

Angela Merkel’s policy of maintaining good relations with Moscow during her tenure as the German chancellor was by no means wrong, her successor, Olaf Scholz, told the news agency dpa on Sunday. He admitted, though, that he considered Germany’s overreliance on Russian energy supply to be a mistake. When asked …

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Merkel defends Ukraine stance

Former German chancellor Angela Merkel once again defended her 2008 decision to impede Kiev from joining NATO, insisting that Moscow would perceive the move as an open “declaration of war.” Speaking from a Berlin theater stage on Tuesday, she claimed that a failed German-brokered peace initiative “bought” Ukraine a lot of …

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DHS defends disinformation unit

The newly-unveiled ‘Disinformation Governance Board’, operating within the Department of Homeland Security, has triggered a massive pushback, forcing DHS chief Alejandro Mayorkas to make several appearances on national TV in an attempt to clarify how this unit will operate. Many critics, including top Republicans, blasted the initiative as a “Ministry of …

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Macron defends dialogue with Russia against Polish PM

French President Emmanuel Macron lashed out at Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, calling his recent statements “scandalous.” Morawiecki criticized the French leader’s efforts aimed at maintaining dialogue with Moscow amid the ongoing military action in Ukraine. “These statements are both baseless and scandalous,” Macron told French TF1 TV on Wednesday, …

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Pentagon defends ICBM test decision

The Pentagon has defended its decision to cancel a planned test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, saying it would be reckless to disregard risks of escalating the Ukraine crisis with Russian nuclear forces on high alert. “We are trying to help Ukraine defend itself; we’re going to make sure NATO …

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Putin defends motivation for Ukraine offensive

Sending Russian forces to Ukraine was “a difficult decision, without a doubt,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday, before going on to relate the chain of events that, in his opinion, had made the attack unavoidable. The offensive was launched on February 24 on Putin’s orders. The majority of …

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Kremlin defends harsh ‘fake military news’ law

The Kremlin has insisted that making it illegal to spread “fake news” about its ongoing military offensive in Ukraine was a proper response to the alleged propaganda war waged by the West. The harsh measures were “necessary and urgently needed during these difficult times,” Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, …

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Putin defends Santa in lawsuit over bad presents

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he hopes Santa will bring his countrymen everything they want this year, and weighed in on a case brought against him by a lawyer who says he has never received the presents he hoped for. Speaking to journalists on Thursday as part of his …

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France defends Russia in Belarus border row

Speaking to French media outlet BFMTV on Thursday, European Affairs minister Clément Beaune blasted the Belarusian government for launching a “migratory attack” that was designed to “destabilize the European Union.” Despite concerns about the migrant crisis on the EU-Belarus border, Beaune rejected claims that Russia was involved or behind the …

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