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G7 endorses global infrastructure plan to rival China’s Belt and Road | Source: TRT World

Italian PM Draghi, US President Biden, French President Macron and President European Commission von der Leyen speak, during the G7 Summit, in Cornwall, England, June 11, 2021. 

G7 leaders, who are meeting in England, have adopted a rival plan to oppose China’s Belt and Road Initiative by helping build infrastructure in poorer nations in a “values-driven, high-standard and transparent” partnership. The adoption of the US-inspired “Build Back Better World” (B3W) project came after President Joe Biden and leaders met to address “strategic competition with China “.

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NATO summit underway with Russia, China on agenda | Source: YENI SAFAK

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

NATO leaders are gathering in Brussels to hold their first in-person summit since 2018, with Russia and China high on the agenda, according to the alliance’s top official. The summit will be a great opportunity for NATO leaders to exchange views on these issues ahead of a meeting between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Geneva slated for Wednesday.

Source: Yeni Safak


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Putin states risks of Ukraine’s accession into NATO for Russia | Source: 112

President of Russia Vladimir Putin stated that if Ukraine enters NATO, the arrival time of the alliance’s missiles to Moscow will shorten up to 7-10 minutes. He noted that the interests of Russia are not considered since the decision on the extension was made despite the earlier reached agreements.

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NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warns of ‘new dangers’ from Russia-China ties | Source: Economic Times

Growing political and military cooperation between Russia and China poses “new dangers” for NATO, the head of the military alliance said. “Moscow and Beijing are increasingly coordinating their respective positions in decisions taken in multilateral organisations like the UN, and  both countries conduct joint military exercises. “China is very active in Africa, in the Western Balkans and the Arctic. It makes massive investments in key infrastructure in Europe. In cyberspace, China is a key player. All this has a huge impact on our security.”

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EU envoys extend sanctions against Crimea | Source: Tass

The European Union has extended restrictions against Crimea for another year. The EU introduced restrictions against Crimea in June 2014 in response to what Brussels calls “the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia.

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France and Turkey attempt to mend fences after long period of confrontation | Source: RFI

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on a visit to Athens, Greece, May 31, 2021.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on a visit to Athens, Greece, May 31, 2021. 

Turkish Foreign Minister is visiting France, the first high-level diplomatic contact after months of tensions between the two countries. Points of contention between the two countries include Turkey’s military backing of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya; the dispute over Turkish gas exploration off the northern coast of the divided island of Cyprus; Turkey’s increasingly dominant role in northern Syria, and Turkey’s support for Azerbaijan against Armenia during the recent standoff over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave.

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Russia within 62 miles of finishing Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline -report | Source: Reuters

A road sign directs traffic towards the Nord Stream 2 gas line landfall facility entrance in Lubmin, Germany, September 10, 2020.

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline led by Gazprom is projected to be completed by the end of this year,” allowing Russia to ship more gas to Western Europe, while bypassing Ukraine, potentially depriving it of lucrative transit revenues at a time when Kyiv is locked in a confrontation with Moscow.

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G7 set to launch green alternative to China’s Belt and Road | Source: Al Jazeera

The G7 is expected to launch a ‘Clean Green Initiative’ to rival China’s Belt and Road Initiative when leaders meet at a summit next week in UK. The strategy would provide a framework to support sustainable development and the green transition in developing countries. Germany, France and Italy are keen for it to support activities in Africa, while the U.S. is pushing for action in Latin America and Asia. Japan argues for more focus on the Indo-Pacific region.

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Turkey Undermines NATO, Yet Again | Source: The Globalist

Turkey has reportedly used its veto power as a member of NATO to water down an official condemnation of Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko, for forcing down of a passenger plane, in order to arrest Roman Protasevich, a dissident journalist on board. Erdogan’s move to protect Russia’s Belarusian ally is only the latest case of collusion between Ankara and Moscow to undermine NATO.

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Italy ‘approves Huawei to work on Vodafone’s 5G network’ | Source: CGTN

Huawei’s logo at a consumer technology fair in Berlin. Italy can impose restrictions on how, or even if, Italian companies make deals with non-EU vendors. /Reuters/ Michele Tantussi

An Italian telecommunications company has been given conditional approval to use the china company Huawei for its 5G radio access network, according to Reuters. The U.S. has tried to persuade European countries to ban Huawei, claiming the company is a security threat.

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