Russia will act if Nato countries cross Ukraine ‘red lines’, Putin says

Deployment of weapons or troops in Ukraine by Nato would trigger strong response, Russian president says Vladimir Putin has warned Nato countries that deploying weapons or soldiers to Ukraine would cross a “red line” for Russia and trigger a strong response, including a potential deployment of Russian missiles targeting Europe. Nato countries have warned PutinContinue reading “Russia will act if Nato countries cross Ukraine ‘red lines’, Putin says”

NATO monitors Ukraine border for signs of Russian invasion – DW News

Aerial images shared by the United States have sparked concerns of a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine. In recent weeks evidence has emerged of an estimated 100,000 Russian troops building up on Russia’s western border. Ukraine says that Moscow is preparing a sea and ground attack from Russian-annexed Crimea and the Donbass region. Kyiv hasContinue reading “NATO monitors Ukraine border for signs of Russian invasion – DW News”

Poland says Belarus border crisis may be prelude to “something worse”

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki warned on Sunday that the migrant crisis on the Belarus border may be a prelude to “something much worse”, and Poland’s border guard said Belarusian forces were still ferrying migrants to the frontier. The European Union accuses Belarus of flying in thousands of people from the Middle East and pushingContinue reading “Poland says Belarus border crisis may be prelude to “something worse””

Estonia plans snap military exercise, razor wire along Russian border

The Estonian government summoned 1,700 reserve soldiers on Wednesday for an unannounced exercise which will include installing a razor wire barrier along 40 km of its border with Russia, as the migration crisis in nearby Belarus intensifies. The EU has accused Belarus of flying inthousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa and pushingContinue reading “Estonia plans snap military exercise, razor wire along Russian border”

Why did Eastern Europe and the Baltics get so badly hit by the latest COVID-19 wave? – DW News

As winter approaches, cases of COVID-19 are rising across Europe. Eastern Europe and the Baltics are seeing the highest numbers, and some countries and cities are turning to lockdowns to pull them back from the brink. Latvia has the highest rate of new cases of any European Union country, with nearly 900 cases per 100,000Continue reading “Why did Eastern Europe and the Baltics get so badly hit by the latest COVID-19 wave? – DW News”

U.N. Security Council to discuss Ethiopia expulsion of U.N. staff

The United Nations Security Council will privately discuss on Friday a decision by Ethiopia to expel seven senior U.N. officials, diplomats said, as malnutrition rates rise and famine looms in the country’s war-torn northern region of Tigray. The United States, Britain, Ireland, Estonia, France and Norway, plan to raise the issue during a closed-door meetingContinue reading “U.N. Security Council to discuss Ethiopia expulsion of U.N. staff”

Finnish far right hopes to use local elections as national springboard

Finns Party is on course for huge gains in local elections. The far-right Finns Party is on course to more than double its share of the vote at local elections in Finland on Sunday in a show of strength that could spell trouble for Brussels. Over recent weeks, Finns Party leader Jussi Halla-aho has revvedContinue reading “Finnish far right hopes to use local elections as national springboard”

Baltic states expel Russian diplomats in solidarity with Prague

Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania will expel several Russian diplomats and embassy employees in solidarity with Prague, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis announced during a press conference on Friday. “My Latvian and Estonian colleagues have each expelled one [embassy] employee involved in espionage activities,” Landsbergis said. Lithuania will expel two Russian diplomats, he said without disclosingContinue reading “Baltic states expel Russian diplomats in solidarity with Prague”

Russia ‘threatening Ukraine with destruction’, Kyiv says

The foreign minister’s comments come as his counterparts from the Baltic nations visit Kyiv in a show of solidarity. Ukraine’s foreign minister has accused Russia of flagrantly threatening Ukraine with destruction as fears continue to rise over a possible escalation of hostilities in the country’s conflict-stricken east. Fighting has intensified in recent weeks in Ukraine’sContinue reading “Russia ‘threatening Ukraine with destruction’, Kyiv says”

Estonia warns of “silenced world dominated by Beijing”

In its annual report released today, the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service paints a stark picture of China’s attempts to silence criticism and dominate key technologies in Estonia and other democracies. Why it matters: The small Baltic state has decades of experience in staring down Russia’s authoritarian encroachment. China’s actions in Estonia are now ringing similar alarmContinue reading “Estonia warns of “silenced world dominated by Beijing””

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