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Putin Warns South Korea Against Arms Supply To Ukraine After Visit To North

Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened South Korea against supplying arms to Ukraine after he visited North Korea saying Seoul would be making a "big mistake".  Putin made the comment after Seoul said it was considering such a possibility in response to the pact between North Korea and Russia to help each other in the event of "aggression" against either country, reported BBC.  Russia "will... [make] decisions which are unlikely to please the current leadership of South Korea"  if Seoul decides to supply arms to Kyiv, Putin told reporters in Vietnam on Thursday. He also warned that Russia is willing to arm North Korea if the US and its allies continue supplying Ukraine with weapons.  "Those who supply these weapons believe that they are not at w...
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Ukraine may fire US-provided missiles deeper into Russia in self-defense, Pentagon says – Times of India

Ukraine's military is allowed to use longer-range missiles provided by the US to strike targets inside Russia across more than just the front lines near Kharkiv if Kyiv is acting in self-defense, the Pentagon said. President Joe Biden initially loosened the restrictions on how Ukraine could use US-provided munitions to give it another option to better defend the eastern city of Kharkiv from a relentless barrage of Russian missiles.Since the beginning of Russia's 2022 invasion, the US had maintained a policy of not allowing Ukraine to use the weapons it provided to hit targets inside Russia for fear of further escalating the war. Russia has been firing on Ukrainian targets from inside its border, treating its area as a "safe zone," said Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder, Pentagon press secretary. "As...
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U.N. chief says Russia must uphold North Korea sanctions

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres. File. | Photo Credit: Reuters Russia must abide by United Nations sanctions on North Korea, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on June 21 after the two countries this week deepened ties and agreed to provide immediate military assistance if either faces armed aggression.The pact — signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday — follows U.S. accusations that Pyongyang has been transferring weapons to Russia for use against Ukraine, which it invaded in February 2022. Both Moscow and Pyongyang have denied the accusations.Also read: What’s behind the Russia-North Korea security pact? | ExplainedThe U.N. Security Council will meet June 28 on North Korea, diplomats said, at the request ...
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Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un Take Turns Driving Each Other In Limousine: WATCH

In a carefully staged public relations opportunity, Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took turns driving each other around in a Russian-built Aurus Limousine on Wednesday. Amid tight security, the two leaders used the occasion to show how close their working relationship was during a pomp-filled visit to Pyongyang, his first in nearly a quarter of a century. Vladimir Putin driving North Korea's Kim Jong Un in a brand new Aurus Russian luxury carpic.twitter.com/PDPk1xCGcU — Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) June 20, 2024 This was held after the two had signed a deal that included a mutual defence pledge, one of Russia’s most significant moves in Asia for years that Kim said amounted to an “alliance” In a video release...
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Putin’s hybrid war opens a second front on Nato’s eastern border – Times of India

Shortly after midnight, several masked men in boats began removing orange navigational aids on the Narva River that separates Estonia from Russia — a watercourse which demarcates the extent of Nato’s reach.Even that late in the day it’s twilight in northern Europe at the end of May, leaving the Russian border guards who were working to lift the markers clearly visible to the watching Estonian authorities. Then again, Russia’s actions in the early hours of May 23 weren’t necessarily meant to be conducted under cover of darkness; Estonia took it as an explicit signal of intent to the Baltic states and the West more broadly.The incident was catalogued as one in a series of acts intended to provoke and destabilize the nations that share a 3,550-kilometer (2,210-mile) frontier with Russia an...
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‘Doesn’t look too great’: CIA analyst sparks concerns over Kim Jong Un health – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Concerns regarding the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un have emerged following his latest public appearance alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin. Speculation about Kim's well-being intensified after a former CIA analyst remarked, "Oof, he doesn't look too great," referencing Kim's appearance during their recent meeting.During the highly anticipated summit, Kim Jong-Un and Vladimir Putin signed a comprehensive strategic partnership treaty aimed at strengthening the bilateral ties between their countries.The agreement emphasizes mutual military support in times of conflict and seeks to enhance trade and security cooperation. This development marks a significant step in the geopolitical landscape, underscoring the alliance between North Korea and Russia against We...
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Putin vows to support North Korea against the United States – Times of India

SEOUL/MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed on Tuesday to deepen trade and security ties with North Korea and to support it against the United States, as he headed to the reclusive nuclear-armed country for the first time in 24 years. The US and its Asian allies are trying to work out just how far Russia will go in support of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whose country is the only one to have conducted nuclear weapon tests in the 21st century. In a signal that Russia, a veto-wielding member of the United Nations Security Council, is reassessing its entire approach to North Korea, Putin praised Pyongyang for resisting what he said was US economic pressure, blackmail and threats. In an article published by North Korean state media, Putin praised "Comrade" Kim, and promised to...
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Ahead Of North Korea Visit, Putin Lauds Pyongyang’s ‘Firm Support’ For Ukraine War

Ahead of his visit to North Korea later on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Pyongyang "for firmly supporting" its war with Ukraine". His visit to the country is aimed at boosting ties between the nuclear-armed allies, AFP reported.  Putin wrote an article published by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), where he stated that he “highly appreciated that the DPRK (North Korea) is firmly supporting” the special military operations that are being conducted in Ukraine. The Russian president stated in the article that the two countries were developing a “many-sided partnership”, and "maintaining the common line and stand at the UN." Putin is visiting the most isolated nation on Earth in an attempt to gather support for his military ...
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Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg warns China of consequences over support to Russia in Ukraine war – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, during his visit to Washington in preparation for the Nato's 75th anniversary summit, called China to face repercussions if it continues to support Russia. He emphasized that a consistent supply of weapons to Ukraine is the only way to end the ongoing conflict. The upcoming July summit aims to send a strong, enduring message of support for Ukraine, particularly as President Joe Biden faces a challenging reelection campaign against Donald Trump, who has expressed skepticism about Western support for Kyiv.Stoltenberg accused China of exacerbating the conflict by rebuilding Russia's defence industry through significant exports, as reported by US officials. He stated, "Beijing cannot have it both ways. At some point -- and unless China cha...
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Russian President Putin To Be On ‘Friendly’ Visit To North Korea On June 18-19, Kremlin Says

Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to make his "friendly" visit to North Korea on June 18-19, as announced by the Kremlin on Monday. This visit comes amid Western suspicions that Pyongyang is supplying Moscow with weapons for its offensive in Ukraine. Putin is visiting the most isolated nation on earth in an attempt to gather support for his military campaign against Ukraine, which was initiated in February 2022 and has pushed Moscow into unheard-of levels of isolation on a worldwide scale. This visit follows Putin's meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un nine months ago in the Russian Far East, where they exchanged high praises. "President Vladimir Putin on June 18-19 will go to the North Korean Democratic Republic on a friendly state visit,...
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Indians May Soon Travel To Russia Without Visa. Here’s All You Need To Know

India and Russia are on the brink of finalising an agreement that will allow visa-free travel between the two nations. According to PTI, consultations to finalise the criteria under this bilateral agreement will commence in June. Currently, Russia allows visa-free entry for citizens from China and Iran under its tourist exchange programme.  Nikita Kondratyev, director of the Russian Economic Development Ministry's Department of Multilateral Economic Cooperation and Special Projects, said, "Russia and India are set to strengthen their tourism ties as they gear up for the launch of visa-free group tourist exchanges. The first round of consultations between the two nations is scheduled for June, with an aim to finalise a bilateral agreement by the end of th...
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‘Will Hold Talks With Russia If…’: Zelenskyy At Peace Summit

Russia-Ukraine War: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Sunday that Kyiv will hold peace talks with Russia tomorrow if Moscow pulls out of all Ukrainian territory, as reported by the BBC. But speaking at the close of a summit for peace in Switzerland, Zelenskyy said that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not end the war and had to be stopped either by military or diplomatic means. The Ukrainian President said that Western aid was not enough to win the war, but the summit showed that international support for Ukraine was not weakening. The meeting came to an end with dozens of countries committing to Ukraine's territorial integrity. A final document was adopted that blamed the war's widespread suffering and destruction firmly on Russia. H...
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Russia absent, India refuses to endorse peace communique | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The issue of Russia’s absence loomed large at the peace summit in Switzerland, as India joined over a dozen other countries in not signing a joint communique that declared any peace agreement must be based on Ukraine’s territorial integrity. India backed out saying abiding peace isn’t possible in the absence of options acceptable to both sides, as the summit also could not elicit the kind of support Ukraine was hoping for from the Global South. Among others who did not back the communique, which was endorsed by 84 countries and organisations out of the 100 that participated, were important Indian BRICS partners like Brazil, South Africa and UAE apart from countries in the extended neighbourhood like Indonesia and Thailand.Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, Libya, Mexic...
India opts out of Ukraine summit joint communiqué — ‘peace requires bringing together all stakeholders’
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India opts out of Ukraine summit joint communiqué — ‘peace requires bringing together all stakeholders’

New Delhi: India Sunday opted out of the joint communiqué arising from the Global Peace Summit on the war in Ukraine hosted by Switzerland. It is among 13 countries that attended the two-day summit but did not sign the final document.“In our view, only those options acceptable to both parties can lead to an abiding peace. In line with this approach, we have decided to avoid association with a joint communiqué or any other document emerging from the summit,” said Pavan Kapoor, secretary (west) and a former ambassador to Russia who served as India’s representative at the summit. Speaking at the summit, Kapoor added: “India shares the global concern over the situation in Ukraine and supports any collective desire to facilitate a peaceful resolution of the conflict…We continue to believe th...
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Ukraine conference draft communique calls out Russia’s war on Ukraine

United States security advisor Jake Sullivan,second from left, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, third from left, security advisor to the vice president Phil Gordon, fourth from left, and the U.S. delegation talk during a bilateral meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, second from right, of Ukraine, and his delegation during the Summit on Peace Summit on Peace in Ukraine in Obbürgen, Switzerland, on June 15, 2024. | Photo Credit: AP A draft communique for a summit of world leaders convened to pursue a pathway for peace in Ukraine makes reference to Russia's "war" against Kyiv and urges that Ukraine's territorial integrity be respected, according to a copy of the document seen by Reuters.The final communique is due to be issued on Sunday at the conclusion of the two-day conferen...
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Sweden Scrambles Fighter Jets As Military Says Russian SU-24 Bomber Violated Airspace

A Russian SU-24 bomber breached Swedish airspace close to the strategic Baltic Sea island of Gotland, promising Sweden's military to scramble two JAS-39 fighter jets to intercept and escort the intruding aircraft out of its territory, the country's earned forces confirmed on Saturday. The incident occurred on Friday afternoon, just three months after Sweden's accession to full NATO membership, abandoning its longstanding policy of military non-alignment. According to a statement from the Swedish armed forces, "On Friday afternoon, a Russian SU-24 jet violated Swedish airspace east of Gotland's southern tip. The Swedish air combat command warned the Russian aircraft with a verbal call".  "When this warning was disregarded and the aircraft persisted in its...
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World Leaders To Meet In Switzerland To Discuss Ukraine Peace Plan, China Backs Out

Over 100 world leaders including US Vice President Kamala Harris, and the presidents or heads of the European Union, South American, Middle Eastern and Asian countries will gather at a luxury resort in Switzerland on Saturday, for the Global Peace Summit, to pressure Russia to end its war in Ukraine. However, the absence of powerful allies of Moscow such as China will blunt its potential impact, according to Reuters. I arrived in Switzerland for the Global Peace Summit. There will be two days of active work with countries from all parts of the world, with different nations that are nonetheless united by a common goal of bringing a just and lasting peace in Ukraine closer. The Peace Summit… pic.twitter.com/DhS54e1Xk0 — Volodymyr Zelenskyy / Вол...
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Russia Uses Deadly Hypersonic Kinzhal Missile To Attack Ukrainian Region With Airbase For Allie

Russia-Ukraine War: Russia has launched multiple attacks on Ukraine using various missiles, including Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, according to the Ukrainian Air Force, as reported by news agency IANS. The modern Kinzhal missiles are tough to intercept with current defence systems due to their high speed and explosive power. According to residents, multiple explosions were heard early Friday in the western Ukrainian region of Khmelnytskyi, IANS reported, citing Public broadcaster Suspilne. The region houses a crucial Ukrainian airbase near the town of Starokostyantyniv, which is likely to host Western F-16 fighter jets supplied by Ukraine's allies. Mayor Vitali Klitschko noted on Telegram that explosions were also reported near the capital, Kiev. Earlier...
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Putin Vows ‘Immediate’ Ceasefire If Ukraine Withdraws From Occupied Regions, Renounces NATO Bid

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday vowed to order a ceasefire in Ukraine "immediately" and proceed towards negotiations with the country if Kyiv began withdrawing its troops from the four regions annexed by Moscow. Another condition stated by Putin was Kyiv shoud renounce its plans to join NATO. "We will do it immediately," the Russia President stated in a speech at the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow, news agency Associated Press reported. Putin's remarks came as the leaders of the Group of Seven nations are in Italy for the G7 Outreach Summit in Apulia. Also, this comes ahead of the 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' hosted by Switzerland, which will be attended by scores of world leaders. Russia had, however, dismissed this summit, calling it irr...
Moscow plays hardball with New Delhi over Indians recruited into Russian military for Ukraine war
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Moscow plays hardball with New Delhi over Indians recruited into Russian military for Ukraine war

New Delhi: India is trying to get back the bodies of two Punjabis who were killed in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war after being recruited into the Russian Army as “security helpers”. However, the repatriation of the bodies could take time as they have to be extracted from the conflict zone, ThePrint has learnt.  The recruitment of Indians by the Russian military as “helpers” has become a thorny issue between the two countries, government sources said.   Show Full Article According to the sources, the Russians have played hardball and not responded to Indian requests since the beginning of this year to send back such recruits urgently.  Tired of Russian stonewalling, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) this week issued a strong statement demanding that th...
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G7 Leaders Back $50B Loan Proposal For War-Torn Ukraine On Day 1 Of Summit

The Group of Seven (G7) meeting opened on Thursday, with the countries agreeing to provide a $50 billion loan package to Ukraine as it fights out Russia. The annual summit which is being held in southern Italy was attended by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for a second successive year. The money and the security support were announced during the summit with the intention to show Russian President Vladimir Putin that the world's leading industrialised democracies were standing behind Ukraine. The agreement will leverage interest and income from more than $260 billion in frozen Russian assets, largely held in Europe, to secure a USD 50 billion loan from the US and additional loans from other partners, as per a PTI report. US President Joe Biden sa...
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G7 leaders mull using frozen Russian assets to aid war-torn Ukraine: How will it work? – Times of India

NEW DELHI: G7 leaders have reportedly reached a consensus to allocate $50 billion to support war-torn Ukraine by the end of the current year, according to a statement from the French presidency on Wednesday. The funds will be sourced from Russian assets that have been frozen."We have an agreement," a presidency official said, ahead of a G7 summit in Italy that will focus on backing Kyiv's fight against Russia.The United States has proposed providing Ukraine with a substantial loan of $50 billion, using the interest on the 300 billion euros ($325 billion) of Russian central bank assets frozen by the G7 and the EU after Russia's invasion of Ukraine as collateral.How it could work?The EU and the G7 have frozen approximately 300 billion euros of Russian central bank assets and have also sei...
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Video | Russia Ukraine War: रूस-यूक्रेन युद्ध में दो भारतीय नागरिकों की मौत | Breaking News | NDTV India

Russia Ukraine War Update: रूस-यूक्रेन युद्ध में दो भारतीय नागरिकों की मौत दोनों रूसी सेना में भर्ती किए गए थे, यूक्रेन के ख़िलाफ़ मोर्चे में थे तैनात विदेश मंत्रालय ने मृतकों के परिजनों के प्रति अपनी गहरी संवेदना जताई है. Source link
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90 countries to attend Swiss-hosted Ukraine peace summit that Russia is snubbing – Times of India

BERN: Nearly 90 countries and organizations, half from Europe, have confirmed attending the Swiss-hosted Ukraine peace summit over the weekend despite Russia's refusal to participate in the conference, Switzerland's president said Monday. Viola Amherd told reporters in the Swiss capital that the summit, on Saturday and Sunday, will aim to chart a path toward possible peace nearly 28 months after Russian forces invaded Ukraine and the war grinding on. "This is not propaganda," said Amherd. "This is about the basis of humanitarian aid provided by Switzerland ... and to initiate a dialogue." The Swiss president added that most participants - about half of which will be represented at the level of head of state or government - are country leaders, but "a handful" are from organizations like...
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Joe Biden vows US ‘standing strong’ with Ukraine on France state visit – Times of India

PARIS: President Joe Biden on Saturday vowed Washington was "standing strong" with Ukraine as French counterpart Emmanuel Macron hosted him on a state visit shadowed by Kyiv's fight against Russia's invasion and the looming US election.Speaking after visiting Normandy earlier this week to mark 80 years since D-Day, Biden repeatedly emphasised the value of America's European alliances in a swipe at his more isolationist election rival Donald Trump.With Ukraine struggling to repel Russian advances over two years into the war and in desperate need of greater Western military aid, Biden insisted that under his rule the United States would not flinch in its support."Putin is not going to stop at Ukraine," Biden said alongside Macron after talks at the Elysee Palace. "All of Europe will be th...
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Russia destroys three Ukrainian drones over North Ossetia, local head says – Times of India

Representative Image (Picture Credit: Reuters) Russian air defence units destroyed three Ukrainian drones on Saturday in Russia's town of Mozdok in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, regional head Sergey Meniaylo said.It was the first drone attack on the region, Russian news agencies reported.Meniaylo, writing on the Telegram messaging app, said that the attack had caused "minor damage and fires", and that no one was injured.The drone was aimed to attack a military airfield, Meniaylo said.!(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { function loadFBEvents(isFBCampaignActive) { if (!isFBCampaignActive) { return; } (function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { if (f.fbq) return; n = f.fbq = function() { n.callMethod ? n.callMethod(...arguments) : n.queue...