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EU considering ‘big Ukraine mission’ – top diplomat

The EU is considering establishing a major program to train Ukrainian troops in neighboring nations, the bloc’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, has said. EU defense ministers will discuss the matter during a meeting in Prague on August 29.   “I hope it will be approved,” Borrell stated on the sidelines of …

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Russia slams Norwegian diplomat for xenophobia

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has condemned a Norwegian consul for a “hateful” tirade after a video emerged showing her arguing with the staff at a Russian hotel. “The Russian Foreign Ministry is now considering options on how to respond to this outrageous act of hatred, nationalism and xenophobia,” spokeswoman Maria Zakharova …

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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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EU’s weapons stockpile depleted – top diplomat

The EU needs to take more responsibility for its security and compensate for the shortfalls that have been underlined by the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the bloc’s foreign affairs chief, Josep Borell has said. “The most obvious example” of such shortfalls are “the depleted stockpiles resulting from the military …

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Top EU diplomat wants to see frozen Russian assets seized

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, citing the precedent with the Afghan central bank’s assets worth billions, suggested seizing frozen Russian foreign exchange reserves and using them to cover the costs of rebuilding Ukraine once the military conflict is over. In an interview with FT published on Monday, Borrell said …

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Top US diplomat tests positive for Covid

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday afternoon, the State Department announced. Blinken is experiencing only mild symptoms and will work from home until he can return to Foggy Bottom, his spokesman added.  “The Secretary is fully vaccinated and boosted against the virus and is …

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