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West must avoid Russian ‘trap’ in talks, says Estonian premier

  Bloomberg Estonia’s prime minister issued a warning that the European Union and the US must avoid falling into a Russian “trap” in negotiations with the Kremlin, whose aim is to weaken security in the EU. Russia’s negotiating tactics amount to “blackmail,” said Kaja Kallas, the Estonian premier, using some of the most hawkish language of an EU member state ...

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Putin aide: Tensions with Ukraine, Nato disturbing

  Bloomberg This week’s inconclusive diplomacy by the US and Europe to head off a possible Russian military move against Ukraine was a “disturbing” outcome, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN. While saying “we’re not speaking about military action” in the sense of setting an ultimatum, Peskov reiterated Russia’s call for Nato to guarantee it will never admit Ukraine — ...

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N Korea says it tested tactical guided missiles

  Bloomberg North Korea said it tested two tactical guided missiles, as it ratchets up pressure on the Biden administration with its biggest string of missile launches since August 2019. “The test-fire was aimed to selectively evaluate tactical guided missiles being produced and deployed and to verify the accuracy of the weapon system,” the state’s official Korean Central News Agency ...

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Support for Australia PM’s coalition falls ahead of polls

  Bloomberg Australia’s Liberal National Coalition government has seen its approvals fall to the lowest point since April last year in a new opinion poll, in the latest sign of eroding support for Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s handling of the Omicron surge during an election year. The primary vote for the center-right Liberal and National parties dropped to 34% in ...

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Boris Johnson’s ex-aide accuses him of lying to parliament

  Bloomberg Boris Johnson’s former top aide Dominic Cummings accused the prime minister of lying to Parliament, saying he would “swear under oath” that the premier was aware of and allowed a drinks party at Downing Street at the height of lockdown in the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. By saying Johnson misled lawmakers, Cummings is again upping the ...

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North Macedonia, Bulgaria seek way to resolve dispute

  Bloomberg Bulgaria’s new premier and his freshly sworn-in counterpart in North Macedonia made a joint push to resolve a regional dispute that would open a path for the former Yugoslav republic to begin accession talks with the European Union. Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov traveled to North Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, on Tuesday for talks with that country’s newly elected ...

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Kim fires two more missiles as 2022 barrage continues

  Bloomberg North Korea test-launched two suspected ballistic missiles on Monday in its fourth rocket volley this year, turning up pressure on the Biden administration with its biggest string of tests since August 2019. South Korea’s military said North Korea fired what appeared to be two ballistic missiles into waters off its east coast at 8:50 and 8:54 am that ...

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Serbia closer to join EU as voters back constitution change

  Bloomberg Serbia took a step closer to joining the European Union as voters in the Balkan nation decided to change the constitution to create a more independent judiciary in line with the 27-member bloc’s standards. Shielding judges and prosecutors from political influence is a key step in aligning the former Yugoslav republic’s laws with the EU. Almost 62% of ...

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Australia’s opposition toughens China stance ahead of elections

  Bloomberg Australia’s opposition leader Anthony Albanese said the government needs to respond to Beijing in a way that is strong but also diplomatic, toughening his stance on China in the lead up to the 2022 elections. The Chinese government’s “posture in the region” had changed in recent years and is responsible for the worsening relationship with Australia, Albanese, the ...

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Ukraine’s ex-president returns to face treason charges

  Bloomberg Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko arrived back in Kyiv on Monday to fight charges of treason, accusing his successor of crossing a “red line” with allegations that he denies. The legal standoff with a former head of state injects a level of political instability in the region as Russia amasses troops on Ukraine’s eastern frontier, a move that’s ...

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