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Medvedev threatens the West with a nuclear strike – “worst case scenario”



Medvedev threatens the West with a nuclear strike – “worst case scenario”
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Germany allowed Ukraine to use its weapons on Russian territory – and Medvedev, who is close to Putin, threatens NATO with a nuclear strike.

Moscow – Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedevhe have NATOCountries on Friday threatened a nuclear strike after some of them lifted restrictions on Ukraine’s use of weapons in the war against Russia. This is not the first time that the former president and a close associate of Putin has joined the Russian voices warning of an imminent escalation. In a long post on his Telegram channel, he directed his threats towards NATO. Chancellor Olaf Scholz confirmed that he wants to avoid a war between Russia and NATO.

In his post on Telegram, which was also reported by the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti As reported, Medvedev addressed „Western countries” that have allowed the use of long-range weapons against Russian territory – „regardless of whether these are old or new parts of our country.” “Military assistance” to Ukraine is not that, but rather “participation in the war” against Russia. According to Medvedev, it can also be considered a so-called “cause of war”, that is, a reason for declaring war.

Threatening the West with nuclear war: Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin. © Pavel Golovkin/Yuri Kochetkov/DPA/Montage

„The final stage” – Medvedev threatens a nuclear strike

“A few years ago, they claimed that Russia would not enter into an open military conflict with the Bandiri regime so as not to antagonize the West. I was wrong. “There is war,” Medvedev writes. As with the unexpected attack on Ukraine, the “use of tactical nuclear weapons” could also become a miscalculation.

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The former Russian president added: “As the Russian president rightly pointed out, the population density in European countries is very high.” The military conflict with “the West” is developing according to the “worst-case scenario,” and there is “an increase in the power of NATO weapons used.” Therefore, no one today can rule out that the conflict is entering its final stage.”

A close associate of Putin warns NATO of “harmful mistakes”

“Russia assumes that all long-range weapons used by former Ukraine are directly used by NATO armies,” Medvedev wrote in his contribution. His country will attack „both on the territory of former Ukraine and on the territory of other states” if attacks on Russian territory are launched from there.

Medvedev said it would be a „serious and harmful mistake” for NATO to act as if its support for Ukraine was a matter of „sovereign decisions of individual countries.” “Operation of long-range cruise missiles” or “sending contingents of troops to Ukraine” constitute a “dangerous escalation” of the conflict.

Despite the threat of a nuclear strike: Germany and the United States allow the use of weapons on Russian territory

Following the United States, and after a long debate on Friday, the federal government also allowed Ukraine to use weapons supplied to it against targets in Russia’s border area with the Kharkiv region. Federal Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said during a visit to Moldova: “This decision is the right decision” and includes “all the systems we have delivered.”

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (Social Democratic Party) said about the use of German weapons: „We must avoid a major war – a war between Russia and NATO.” At the same time, Germany must guarantee „Ukraine’s ability to defend its independence and sovereignty.” Germany supplied Kiev, among other things, with self-propelled howitzers 2000 and the Mars 2 system.

On Thursday, US President Joe Biden allowed Ukraine to attack Russian military sites in the border region with American weapons. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the lifting of restrictions as “a step forward towards the goal of enabling the defense of our population in the villages located on the border.”

NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg wants new help for Ukraine in the war against Russia

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg proposed new aid to Ukraine worth at least 40 billion euros annually to NATO member states. On Friday, at the conclusion of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Prague, he said that Ukraine needs “long-term predictability.” According to Stoltenberg, the amount of 40 billion euros corresponds to the amount that the allies have raised together annually since the start of the Russian war of aggression in February 2022. “We have to maintain this level of support at least every year, and for as long as it is necessary,” the Norwegian said.

Only on Thursday did the federal government promise Ukraine another German arms package. “Its value is approximately 500 million euros,” a spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Defense told the news agency. France Press agency. This includes deliveries “in the five categories of artillery, air defence, drones, endurance and protection”. (CES/AFP)

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Ukraine War: Ukraine and NATO reject Putin’s ceasefire conditions



Ukraine War: Ukraine and NATO reject Putin’s ceasefire conditions

the Ukraine He rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s conditions for a ceasefire and peace negotiations, describing them as „eyewash.” “There is nothing new, no real peace proposals and no desire to end the fighting,” Ukrainian presidential advisor Mykhailo Podlyak wrote on Channel X. One must stop taking Russia’s „proposals” seriously, which contradict common sense.

It was before Put it in He told Russian Foreign Ministry executives that his country would „immediately cease fire and begin talks” if Ukraine withdraws from the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions and renounces NATO membership. Ukraine should also fully hand over to Russia the areas partially occupied by the Russian army.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba described Putin’s statements as ridiculous. Kuleba said that Putin’s goal is to mislead the international community.

The United States government does not want peace through dictatorship

Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg He said at the conclusion of a meeting of defense ministers in Brussels that Putin’s conditions „are not a peace proposal” but „a proposal for more aggression and more occupation.”

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin accused Putin of wanting to „dictate” peace to Ukraine. Putin has occupied Ukrainian territory in violation of international law and has been unable to tell Ukraine what to do to reach a solution. Austin said: “We do not want the leader of a country to wake up one day and decide to erase his neighbor’s borders and annex his lands. This is not the world we all want to live in.”

Ukraine demands the complete withdrawal of Russian forces

Ukraine is conducting a complete withdrawal of Russian forces from its internationally recognized territory, including in 2014. Russia Annexation of Crimea as a condition for possible peace negotiations.

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Sahira Wagenknecht finds Putin’s demands „understandable”

On the other hand, BSW President Sarah Wagenknecht called for openness to Putin’s conditions. Wagenknecht said Ukraine and the West must „avoid the historical mistake of crudely dismissing signals from Moscow as unrealistic maximum demands.” Instead, Putin’s initiative should be treated “with due seriousness” and seen as a starting point for negotiations.

Wagenknecht said that Ukraine’s permanent non-nuclear status and renunciation of NATO membership are „understandable demands from Russia.” It is „in Europe’s existential interest to find a compromise now to avoid the risk of a major European war.” The G7 heads of state and government must respond quickly to this offer.

At the end of the week, representatives of more than 90 countries and organizations want to speak in Switzerland about the possibilities for achieving peace in Ukraine. Russia does not participate.

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Elections in Great Britain: Poll finds the UK Reform Party ahead of the Conservative Party for the first time



Elections in Great Britain: Poll finds the UK Reform Party ahead of the Conservative Party for the first time

Three weeks before Great Britain’s general election, the right-wing populist Reform Party of Britain is said to have overtaken Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s conservative Conservative Party in a poll for the first time. In the institute’s published survey YouGov On behalf of the newspaper times The UK’s reform rate rose by two percentage points to 19 per cent, putting it in second place behind Labour.

According to the poll, Labor itself lost one percentage point, but is still clearly in the lead with 37 percent. President Rishi Sunak’s Conservatives remained unchanged at 18 percent, putting them in third place for the first time. Although the gap between the Conservatives and Reform in the UK is small, YouGov is already talking about a political 'earthquake’.

However, the impressive result of the poll by international opinion research institute YouGov rests on a relatively uncertain foundation. There is currently no other poll to confirm the result. YouGov surveys are based on invitations via email or in the YouGov app. There, users can answer questions on a wide range of topics. Users receive points that can be collected and redeemed for rewards.

About uncertainties in surveys

Representative surveys are always subject to errors. It can be assumed that the actual value is likely to be in the range of one to three percentage points above or below the finally declared measured values. We now show the corridor for this statistical error in our graphics of the election polls.

Results are always based on sample surveys. These services usually only cover certain parts of the population (such as people with a landline phone connection or Internet users). Some potential participants are passive and do not even want to be interviewed. Questions are sometimes misunderstood and not always answered truthfully. For example, also in response to previous surveys. However, in order to account for general opinion across all population groups, pollsters must compensate for missing measurements and suspected inaccuracies and reweight the available numbers. These (usually opaque) formulas vary between institutions and therefore lead to different data.

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Survey results are always snapshots. Nothing more can be drawn from this than an approximate tendency of opinion. Even if the statements and calculations at the time of the poll’s publication were close to reality, it is still unclear whether voters surveyed at that time would actually cast their ballots later or change their minds in a short time.

The Conservatives have been in power for 14 years and are under intense pressure before the elections. In opinion polls, the Conservatives have been significantly trailing the opposition Labor Party for several months.

The Reform Party UK is the new party led by Nigel Farage, who was previously leader of the Brexit Party. With its tough anti-immigrant stance, the UK Reform Party could steal more votes from the Conservatives. Farage said in a debate on Britain’s ITV that he actually sees his party as „the opposition to Labour”.

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The United States warns of destabilization: The Israeli Finance Minister cuts off funds to the Palestinians



The United States warns of destabilization: The Israeli Finance Minister cuts off funds to the Palestinians

The United States warns of destabilization
The Israeli Minister of Finance cuts off funds to the Palestinians

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Israel collects taxes and customs duties for the benefit of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. Finance Minister Smotrich is holding back 30 million euros and wants to pay this money to the Israeli victims of the Hamas massacre. The United States rejects this step.

Far-right Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich wants to withhold funds totaling $32.5 million (about 30.3 million euros) from the Palestinian Authority and pay them instead to Israeli victims of terrorism. The minister wrote on Platform X that he had signed a similar order and spoke of “historical justice.”

Smotrich accused the Palestinian Authority of promoting terrorism and paying money to the families of terrorists and Palestinian prisoners. According to the minister, the compensation amounts determined by the Israeli courts for victims of terrorism and their families will be deducted from the funds allocated to the Palestinian Authority.

The US government criticized the minister’s move, describing it as a „highly misleading decision” that threatens to destabilize the situation in the West Bank. US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said when asked in Washington that this conflicts with Israeli security interests. “We have made it clear to the Israeli government that this money belongs to the Palestinian people,” Miller said. “It must be transferred immediately to the Palestinian Authority. It must not be withheld. It must not be delayed.”

Payments to Hamas also stopped

Since the terrorist attack carried out by the Islamist Hamas movement on October 7, the Israeli authorities have withheld certain parts of tax and customs revenues from the Gaza Strip in order to prevent the payment of funds to Hamas.

Israel collects taxes and customs duties on behalf of the Authority. According to Norwegian information, this money constitutes about 65% of the income of the Palestinian Authority based in the West Bank, which it also uses to pay salaries. As part of an agreement with Norway, money from Israel began flowing to the Palestinian Authority again at the end of February. The Palestinian Authority pays social welfare to the families of Palestinian prisoners. The same applies to relatives of people killed by Israeli soldiers or settlers who are still alive.

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