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Ukraine War: Macron describes Russian statements after a phone call as “strange and threatening”

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Macron describes Russian statements as “strange and threatening”

French Head of State Emmanuel Macron

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The Defense Ministers of Russia and France spoke on the phone for the first time since 2022. It was about the terrorist attack in Moscow and the war in Ukraine. Then the French President spoke of „manipulation of information.”

nAfter a telephone conversation between French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, French President Emmanuel Macron rejected Moscow’s statements, describing them as “strange and threatening.” On Thursday, on the sidelines of the opening of a water sports center for the Olympic Games in Paris, Macron said that this led to “manipulation of information” in Russian reports.

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Macron stressed that the French initiative for the phone call was intended to provide Russia with “useful information” about the background to the deadly attack on a concert hall near Moscow.

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After the phone call, the Russian Ministry of Defense indicated the possible involvement of French intelligence in the attack. “The regime in Kiev does nothing without the approval of its Western supervisors. We hope that the French intelligence service is not behind this case,” the ministry said.

On March 22, masked attackers stormed the crowded Crocus City Hall in the northwestern Moscow suburb of Krasnogorsk and opened fire. At least 144 people were killed. The Islamic State jihadist organization claimed responsibility for the crime shortly after the attack. Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that „radical Islamists” were responsible for the crime, but continued to talk about the perpetrators' ties to Ukraine.

“France did not accept or propose anything like this.”

According to information received from Paris, Defense Minister Lecornu confirmed in the phone call that France had no information about a link between the attack and Ukraine. The minister appealed to Russia to refrain from any exploitation.

According to Paris, the French Defense Minister unreservedly condemned Russia's aggressive war on Ukraine. France will support Ukraine for as long as possible and to the extent necessary in its struggle for freedom and sovereignty in order to restore peace and security on the European continent.

The Russian Defense Ministry also said that Minister Shoigu and his French counterpart “declared their readiness to enter into a dialogue regarding Ukraine.” The French Ministry of Defense denied this shortly after. The delegation accompanying Lecornu told Agence France-Presse, “France has not accepted or proposed anything of the kind.”

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Great Britain: Sunak wants to deport people „without conditions or reservations.”

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Great Britain: Sunak wants to deport people „without conditions or reservations.”

As of: April 22, 2024 at 2:29 p.m

Despite the temporary injunction, Supreme Court decision and harsh criticism: British Prime Minister Sunak wants to adhere to the controversial deportation agreement with Rwanda in all circumstances.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wants to ignore orders from the European Court of Human Rights regarding his asylum deal with Rwanda. This was stated by the conservative politician at a press conference in London shortly before the start of new discussions in Parliament on his deportation law. Sunak said that he does not believe that his country is contravening international law.

The asylum agreement with Rwanda stipulates that migrants who have arrived illegally should not be given the opportunity to apply for asylum in Great Britain. Instead, regardless of their origin, they should be brought to Rwanda and apply for asylum there. There are no plans to return to Great Britain. The British House of Commons approved the law in mid-January.

The first plane is scheduled to take off within twelve weeks

According to the government, the regulation aims to prevent people from making dangerous journeys across the English Channel in small boats. “Once the law is passed, we will begin the process of deporting those scheduled on the first flight,” Sunak said. The first plane is expected to take off within ten to twelve weeks.

The government had previously announced the first departure for the spring semester. Sunak said commercial charter flights had been booked for deportations. In addition, hundreds of clerks and judges were selected to handle potential lawsuits.

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They met until the law was passed

The only flight that was supposed to take off to Rwanda was stopped at the last minute in June 2022 by an injunction from the European Court of Human Rights. A year later, Great Britain's highest court declared the asylum agreement illegal.

The deportation law now aims to overturn this ruling. The draft law is currently pending between the House of Representatives and the Senate, as most of them have reservations about it. However, Sunak instructed his party's MPs in both houses to sit on Monday for it to be passed. He ruled out making any concessions. “There is no answer or question, these flights will take off to Rwanda,” the Prime Minister said.

Criticism from almost all sides

The opposition, as well as human rights activists, strongly criticize the project. But the deal is also controversial among Sunak's Conservatives. Hardliners within the Prime Minister's Conservative Party say the government's bill does not go far enough – and the Conservative Liberals, in turn, fear that Great Britain will violate international law.

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According to Russia, the United States faces humiliation in Ukraine

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The United States decided to provide billions more in aid to Ukraine. Russia warns of an exhausting war, such as what happened in Vietnam or Afghanistan.

Moscow – The US House of Representatives approved on Sunday a billion-dollar aid package for Ukraine after months of deadlock in the House of Representatives: Washington is investing an additional $60.84 billion against Vladimir Putin. Moscow's leadership responded to the decision with a warning.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said loudly that Washington would start a hybrid war against Moscow that would end in humiliation similar to the conflict in Vietnam or Afghanistan. Reuters. Above all, Washington's money would keep the United States embroiled in an exhausting, protracted conflict with losses for both sides.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Sakharova with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. © Imago/Russian Foreign Ministry

The United States does not want to send armed forces, but Russia warns against escalation

Zakharova also said that Russia would provide an “unconditional and decisive response” if the United States becomes more involved in the Ukraine war than before. Even if the United States once again rules out sending its or NATO forces to Ukraine. The United States clearly wanted to fight Ukraine “to the last Ukrainian” – including launching attacks on Russian territory and civilians.

CIA Director William Burns warned last week that Ukraine may lose on the battlefield without more American military support, but with this support, Ukrainian forces can survive this year.

Relations between the United States and Russia are worse than they have been since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962

According to Russian and American diplomats Reuters A large-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022 sparked the worst conflict in relations between Russia and the West since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

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In any case, the United States wants to prevent scenarios like those that occurred in the Vietnam War between 1955 and 1975. They lost more than 58 thousand soldiers and killed hundreds of thousands of civilians. The exhausting war ended with the victory of communist North Vietnam and the capture of the South. (M)

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Ukraine destroys Putin's factory – the factory is located 1,300 kilometers across the border

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During the Ukraine war, drones repeatedly penetrated deep into Putin's territory and caused massive damage. An aircraft factory has recently been targeted.

MOSCOW – Although Kiev has to rely primarily on the defensive side of the front in the Ukrainian war, long-range drones can frequently penetrate deep into Russian territory. Now it seems that another strike has been achieved – and this one has achieved everything. On Wednesday (April 17), Ukrainian drones appear to have struck a fighter jet factory in the Tatarstan region.

The Gorbunov Aircraft Factory produces the important Russian Tu-22M and Tu-160M ​​bombers, which have been repeatedly used against Ukrainian cities and sites since the beginning of the Russian invasion. The military factory is located 1,300 kilometers from the Ukrainian border – deep in the heart Russia. That is why such an attack is doubly painful for the Russians. Drone attacks bring the conflict to the aggressor's country and also make it clear to the people of Russia: the Tsarist Empire is at war.

Various drones at a Ukrainian defense industry event. © imago/bahmutbuffalo/ukrinform/abaca

The Russian Ministry of Defense denies the attack: no damage was caused to Putin's factories

The Ukrainian army is still assessing the extent of the damage caused Kyiv Post mentioned. Meanwhile, the Russian Ministry of Defense denied that the factory was damaged, only reporting that two drones had been successfully shot down over the Tatarstan and Mordovia regions. Russian news agency TASS He announced that the terrorist drone attack on factories located on Russian territory had been repelled. The head of the Mordovia region thanked the “defenders of the sky for their work.”

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Ukraine relies on attacks against Russia's oil industries and wars

It was another Kyiv On April 2, the Shahed drone factory in the Tatarstan region was hit. A video recording showed a converted Cessna plane colliding with the factory buildings and exploding spectacularly, turning into a ball of flame. In addition to the Russian military industry, the Ukrainians have also repeatedly targeted oil depots and refineries in order to stop Vladimir Putin's oil exports.

These attacks hit Putin twice. On the one hand, the Russian autocrat had to impose an export ban, and on the other hand, precious oil was also necessary for the war. Fuel keeps tanks and machinery running, and without continuous production, the Russian army would stand still.

A Ukrainian intelligence source said Kyiv Post With: “We continue to work systematically to ensure that Russia has fewer and fewer options to continue its aggressive war against Ukraine An attempt is being made to stop the flow of Putin's „petrodollars” into Russia's war treasury. (sicher)

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