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Putin To Help Belarus Overcome EU Sanctions | Source: Telesur

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin promised to help President Alexander Lukashenko overcome the economic problems caused by European Union sanctions against Belarus. Last week, the EU imposed restrictions on Belarus’ trade in petroleum derivatives, among others.

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EU agrees military training mission for Mozambique | Source: Business Recorder

EU ambassadors gave the green light to setting up a military mission in Mozambique to help train its armed forces battling jihadists in the north of the country. A deadly insurgency by militants linked to the Islamic State group has ravaged the gas-rich Cabo Delgado province since late 2017, claiming some 3,000 lives and displacing 800,000 people.

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U.S., EU Forge Closer Ties on Emerging Technologies to Counter Russia and China | Source: Wall Street Journal

The U.S. agreed with the European Union to cooperate more on technology regulation, industrial development and bilateral trade, in a bid to help Western allies better compete with China and Russia on developing and protecting critical and emerging technologies. They will boost innovation and investment within and between the two allied economies, strengthen supply chains and avert unnecessary obstacles to trade, among other tasks.

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Japan defense chief urges stronger EU military presence in Asia | Source: Japan Times

Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi attends a live fire exercise at the Ground Self-Defense Force’s training grounds in Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture, on May 22.

Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi told a European Parliament he expects EU member states to “visibly increase their military presence” in the Indo-Pacific region, where China is raising its clout. The remarks suggest that Tokyo wishes to have its view reflected in the European Union’s detailed strategy on the Indo-Pacific, which the bloc plans to draw up by September.

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EU agrees additional sanctions on Belarus | Source: Metro US

A Ryanair aircraft, which was carrying Belarusian dissident journalist Roman Protasevich and diverted to Belarus, where authorities detained him, lands at Vilnius Airport in Vilnius, Lithuania May 23, 2021.

The European Union agreed additional sanctions on Belarus in response to the forced landing in May of a Ryanair flight in Minsk and the arrest of a dissident journalist on board, an EU diplomat said.

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Beijing ready to pass ‘anti-sanctions’ law against the US and the EU | Source: Asia News

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) is preparing to pass a law to counter sanctions imposed by other countries on China. Beijing wants to give legal status to its countermeasures against the punitive actions taken against China by the United States, the European Union and their allies.

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Georgia and EU jointly celebrate political agreement | SOURCE: EURO NEWS

European Council President Charles Michel, left, speaks with Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, on screen, during a video conference at the European Council on April 19

Georgia and the EU celebrate a political agreement putting an end to a crisis that could have disrupted the democratic advancement achieved over the past decades and weakened Georgia’s progress along its European path. “The EU can count now on a stable, fiercely pro-European partner in a region essential to Europe’s values, security and connectivity “

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Russia Accuses EU of Stopping Access to Sputnik Vaccine | SOURCE: NOVINITE

The European Union is blocking Russia-made vaccines against Covid-19, the head of Russia’s external intelligence service said. Russia has repeatedly accused the West of political manoeuvring against the vaccine. However, Russian leaders also said early on in the pandemic that the country would not approve widely used Western vaccines made by companies such as Moderna and BioNTech.

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U.K. and France Call in the Navy, Sort of, in Channel Islands Fishing Dispute | SOURCE: NEW YORK TIMES

French fishing boats at the entrance to the harbor in St. Helier, Jersey, on Thursday.Credit…Marc Le Cornu, via Reuters

An ugly spat over post-Brexit fishing rights has erupted between Britain and France, as naval ships from both countries converged in the waters off the island of Jersey, where dozens of French fishing boats were threatening to blockade a port. Relations between Britain and France had already soured on a range of issues as Britain and the European Union divorced.

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