Israel refused US request to transfer anti-tank missiles to Ukraine – report

Israel refused US request to transfer anti-tank missiles to Ukraine – report

Israel recently turned down a US request to approve the transfer of its advanced anti-tank Spike missiles from Germany, where they are made under license in an Israeli-owned factory, to Ukraine for use against Russia’s invasion forces, the Axios website reported Wednesday Israel was reportedly concerned about the impact such a move would have on … Read more

Tanks, but no ammo – Germany’s Ukraine pledges show military muddle

Tanks, but no ammo – Germany’s Ukraine pledges show military muddle

BERLIN, May 25 (Reuters) – Four weeks ago, Germany agreed to send dozens of anti-aircraft tanks to help defend Ukraine from Russia’s invasion, part of what it called a turning point after decades of military restraint. Berlin says it can deliver the first Cheetah tanks in July. That’s too slow, a Ukrainian parliamentarian said on … Read more

New Zealand’s Ardern urges US to return to regional trade pact | International Trade

New Zealand’s Ardern urges US to return to regional trade pact |  International Trade

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has urged the United States to rejoin a sweeping trade deal it quit in 2017, in the latest signal by an Asia-Pacific leader that Washington’s efforts to engage the region are falling short. Speaking on a visit to Washington, DC, on Thursday, Ardern said the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement … Read more

West mulls having Russian oligarchs buy way out of sanctions

West mulls having Russian oligarchs buy way out of sanctions

BERLIN (AP) – Western allies are considering whether to allow Russian oligarchs to buy their way out of sanctions and using the money to rebuild Ukraine, according to government officials familiar with the matter. Canadian Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland proposed the idea at a G-7 finance ministers’ meeting in Germany last … Read more

Leading experts accuse Russia of inciting genocide in Ukraine and intending to ‘destroy’ Ukrainian people

Leading experts accuse Russia of inciting genocide in Ukraine and intending to ‘destroy’ Ukrainian people

CNN – Russia’s actions in Ukraine provide enough evidence to conclude that Moscow is inciting genocide and committing atrocities intended to destroy the Ukrainian people, according to the first independent report into allegations of genocide in that country. The legal report, signed by more than 30 leading legal scholars and genocide experts, accuses the Russian … Read more

Exclusive-US and Ukraine discuss danger of escalation as new arms extend Kyiv’s reach

Exclusive-US and Ukraine discuss danger of escalation as new arms extend Kyiv’s reach

By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the United States and its allies provide Ukraine with increasingly sophisticated arms, Washington has held discussions with Kyiv about the danger of escalation if it strikes deep inside Russia, US and diplomatic officials tell Reuters. The behind-the-scenes discussions, which are highly sensitive and have not … Read more

China strategy is about rules-based order, not ‘new Cold War,’ Blinken says

China strategy is about rules-based order, not ‘new Cold War,’ Blinken says

Blinken calls China the most serious challenge to global order In response, China says both stand to gain from cooperation WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) – The United States will not block China from growing its economy, but wants it to adhere to international rules, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday in a long-awaited … Read more