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Baerbock Brings Feminists Foreign Policy to Europe

by Oui Tue Sep 13th, 2022 at 10:43:10 AM EST

Who Is Baerbock, What Is Her Vision? Is plagiarism her being, lacking conviction and coloring into the environment where she operates. From the start I found it impossible to grasp her ideas and what her vision is on the world stage. Like so many in leadership roles in European politics, she has little humility, untimely arrogance and just blowing with the wind of militarization in NATO and on the European continent. I find Habeck as someone I do not agree with, but he does have conviction. He has character and personality. A sorry state of affairs in Germany. Chancellor Scholz is quite weak as a leader. Due to a dumb campaign by CDU/CSU and its leader Lanschet, the position of Chancellor was thrown into his lap. I'm all for change, always hoping new leadership will set a clear vision and policy. Citizens and small businesses are hurting and there is no solution ... a wrong turn of events in 2021-2022.

German politicians suffer higher degree of embarrassment from plagiarism than from sex scandals | The Guardian |

London School of Economics: Master's degree in Public International Law 2005

Germany: Greens candidate Baerbock apologizes for using N-word

With just two months to go before Germany heads to the polls to elect a new chancellor, the Green Party's candidate, Annalena Baerbock, apologized for using the N-word during an interview.

Baerbock said that she used the slur during a discussion about antisemitism and racism. "Unfortunately, in the recording of the interview, I quoted the N-word in the emotional description of this unspeakable incident."

The interview might prove itself to be yet another blow to Baerbock's already troubled public image.  She has already faced accusations of failing to report some party-related funds and was forced to correct some claims made in her public resume. More recently, she was accused of plagiarism in a book she wrote.

Tachles Arena mit Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen - Kanzlerkandidatin Annalena Baerbock

Annalena Baerbock is set to become Germany's new foreign minister. What does the Green Party leader think of the Jewish state? | JPost - Nov. 26, 2021 |

In 2018, however, Baerbock campaigned against arms exports for Israel. In an interview with YouTuber Thilo Jung, she stressed that "no submarines should be delivered to crisis regions that can then be refitted." This statement suggests that under a government with the Greens, no more arms exports will be sent to Israel. Her testimony was met with criticism. "Solidarity with Israel looks different," wrote CSU defense expert Florian Hahn on Twitter.

After the Hamas rocket attacks in May 2021, Baerbock rowed back. She told the German newspaper Bild: "Should the Greens be part of the next German government, they will discuss and continue security cooperation with the state of Israel in partnership." The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians could only be settled by a "resilient peace solution."

As a future foreign minister, Baerbock must dispel the suspicion that she is naïve in foreign policy. So far, she has tried to do this by trying to fit in with the state in the places where she is least likely to cause trouble.

According to the coalition's plans, German arms exports are to be better controlled in future with their own law. So far, there are only political guidelines for the export of arms and other military equipment. Among other things, they prohibit the export of weapons to crisis regions. Whether Israel will be defined as such a crisis area by this law remains to be seen.

Visit to NATO Jens Stoltenberg on Baerbock's first working day - indoctrination

First Time Stoltenberg Sweats Under the Collar

There was no fundamental discussion with Russian counterparts, solely the arrogance of confrontation. Crossing Russia's red lines for its very existence and national security was never taken seriously. Joe Biden set out a plan for confrontation and closing ranks ... circling the wagons from afar. America knew quite well it would not suffer an economic setback ... Europe would pay the economic price. Europe has to import its fossil fuel just like developing nations India, China and Indonesia. A New World Order has been created ... chaos first.

Biden, NATO and Ukraine seeking confrontation - Fall 2021

President Biden warned Vladimir Putin that he will not accept Russian "red lines" on Ukraine | BBC News - Dec. 4, 2021 |

A video call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Mr Biden to ease tensions is expected this week. The US President told reporters he is expecting to have a long discussion with the Russian leader, and warned that he will not "accept anybody's red lines".

"What I am doing is putting together what I believe to be the most comprehensive and meaningful set of initiatives to make it very, very difficult for Mr Putin to go ahead and do what people are worried he's going to do," Mr Biden said as he left for the presidential retreat at Camp David.

While Mr Biden did not set out what precise actions the US plans to take, American and Ukrainian officials warned again this week that severe economic sanctions are on the table against Russia.

On Thursday Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the US had threatened fresh sanctions after his meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov [appointed Nov. 4, 2021] has said that he believes the most likely timing of any Russian escalation "will be the end of January".

More recently, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky has moved against Russian interests, slapping sanctions on a powerful friend of President Putin and banning broadcasts by three pro-Russian TV stations.

Biden clarifies Ukraine ‘minor incursion’ comment, after criticism from Ukrainian president


US president alarms government in Kyiv by saying NATO was divided on how to respond to ’minor incursion’ | The Guardian - Jan. 19, 2022 |

Asked about Vladimir Putin’s intentions, the US president said: “I’m not so sure he is certain what he’s going to do. My guess is he will move in. He has to do something.”

Biden said a full-scale invasion would be “the most consequential thing that’s happened in the world in terms of war and peace since World War Two”, with the risk of spilling outside Ukraine’s borders, and “could get out of hand”.

He said that Russia would prevail militarily in an invasion but would suffer heavy casualties.

“This is not all just a cakewalk for Russia militarily,” he said, noting the military aid the US has provided recently. “They’ll pay a stiff price, immediately, short-term, medium-term and long-term if they do it.”

Nato has said it would move troops to its eastern flank in the event of an attack, and the US has been discussing a range of sanctions with its European allies.

Words, hollow phrases about diplomacy but no meaningful action

Ukraine: Zelensky Lighting Fire With War Rhetoric | Jan. 26, 2022 |

Only person serious on a track of diplomacy was EU president Macron … he got no support and came empty handed in the Kremlin … NATO, nor Biden, nor Boris Johnson were willing to budge.

France's Macron Flies to Moscow in Bid to Ease Ukraine Tensions | US News - Feb. 7, 2022 |

Moscow gave the visit a guarded welcome, saying it would listen to Macron's ideas, but played down expectations of a breakthrough.

Dmitry Peskov said Russia was aware of Macron's plans to ease tensions. But he added: "The situation is too complex to expect decisive breakthroughs in the course of one meeting."

"In recent days there has been nothing new on the topic of security guarantees for Russia, our Western interlocutors prefer not to mention this topic," Peskov added.

…. To counter critics ahead of the trip and take on the mantle of European leadership in this crisis, Macron has been at pains to consult with other Western leaders, including Britain's Boris Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden.

However, unlike in the previous Ukraine crisis in 2015 when then German chancellor Angela Merkel and former French President Francois Hollande travelled to the Kremlin together, Macron has not taken his German counterpart with him.

In mid-February the American and British OSCE members pulled out of the Donbas as Ukrainian forces intensified shelling civilian areas. Russian speaking population were asked to move out and Donetsk and Luhansk administration requested political and military support from Russia. On February 24 Russian forces invaded over a long front to attack the Ukraine.

Speech by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock at the UN General Assembly regarding the conflict in Ukraine, 1 March 2022

The principles of the United Nations provide the framework for our peace: For an order that is based on common rules, on international law, on cooperation and on the peaceful settlement of conflict. Russia has brutally attacked this order. And that is why this war is not only about Ukraine, not only about Europe - but about all of us.

Russia's war marks the dawn of a new era. It's a watershed moment. Yesterday's certainties are gone. Today, we face a new reality that none of us chose. It is a reality that President Putin has forced upon us.

Russia's war is one of aggression. And it is based on lies. They were repeated again by Foreign Minister Lavrov at the Human Rights Council today in Geneva. You say you are acting in self-defence. But the whole world watched as you built up your troops over months in preparation for this attack. You say Russia is acting to protect Russian-speakers from aggression. But today the whole world is watching as you are bombing the homes of Russian-speaking Ukrainians in Kharkiv. You say Russia is sending peace-keepers. But your tanks are not carrying water, your tanks are not carrying nutrition for babies, your tanks are not carrying peace. Your tanks are carrying death and destruction. In fact, you are abusing your power as a permanent member of the Security Council. Mr Lavrov, you can deceive yourself. But you won't deceive us. You won't deceive our people - and you won't deceive your own people.

Russia's war marks a new reality. It requires each and every one of us to take a firm and responsible decision, and to take a side. My country is stepping up its support to Ukraine with medicine, food, humanitarian goods and shelter to refugees. So are many of us here today. And I applaud you for it.

We note that there are rumours spreading - also today in this room - that people fleeing from Ukraine who are of African origin are being discriminated against at the EU's borders. I was in Poland this morning. And together with my Polish and French colleagues, we made it very clear: Every refugee must receive protection, no matter what their nationality, their origin or the colour of their skin.

We have decided to support Ukraine militarily - to defend itself against the aggressor, in line with Article 51 of our Charter. Germany is deeply aware of its historic responsibility. That's why we are and will always be committed to diplomacy and seeking out peaceful solutions. But when our peaceful order comes under attack, we must face up to that new reality. We must act responsibly. That's why we must unite for peace today!

I have heard some of my colleagues say, when I was speaking on the phone around the world in the last days: "You are calling on us to show solidarity for Europe. But where have you been for us in the past?" And frankly speaking, I am telling you: I hear you. We hear you. And I truly believe we should always be willing to critically question our own actions, our past engagements in the world. I am willing to do so.

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I get it, we got Feminists Foreign Policy thanks to Annalena Baerbock ...

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by Cat on Tue Sep 13th, 2022 at 02:45:31 PM EST
YLE | Finland's PM Marin tells EU Parliament: Ukraine will win war with EU support, 13 Sep
send more weapons, I will party harder in my free time.
by Cat on Tue Sep 13th, 2022 at 06:44:03 PM EST
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The German green party Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen and security and defence policy: pursuing a moderate line

To understand the current political vision of security and defence issues within a party like Alliance 90/The Greens, the place they hold must first be examined. This is no trivial question and requires an incursion into the past6 to measure the extent of the change.

1.1. Pacifism: a constituent axiom of the party (1979-1983)

The party, called "Die Grünen" up to the Reunification, formed at the end of the 1970s out of environmentalist and anti-nuclear citizen movements. These fairly conservative groups were gradually joined by feminists, extra-parliamentary left-wing groups and SPD and FDP dissidents. This coming together of heterogeneous ideological forces to say the least, benefitted from three driving forces: the environmentalist scene was keen to unite; with the revolutionary Leninist and Maoist models running out of steam, the alternative left was in search of a new forum of expression; and the social liberal policy pursued by Chancellor Helmut Schmidt (1974-1982) created a wave of frustration. The turning point undoubtedly came with the adoption of NATO's "double-track decision" on theatre nuclear forces (December 1979), which brought together opponents to both civil and military nuclear power, the heirs of a German democratic pacifist tradition and more radical supporters of neutrality rejecting the logic of blocs. "Die Grünen" (The Greens) was thus formed on 12 and 13 January 1980. Pacifism was asserted as one of the party's cardinal values.

1.2. One-upmanship as the solution to conflicts and difficulties coping with a new strategic order (1984-1994)

In the mid-1980s, after making its entry into several regional parliaments (Bade- Wurtemberg, Hamburg and Hesse) and the Bundestag, the party found itself facing a dilemma. Either it joined forces with established parties in order to govern, or locked itself into an ideology and pattern of protest, like the "anti-party party" ("Antipartei-Partei") dreamt of by some8. In this context of integration, pacifism became an intensive corrosive theme and a power struggle issue. While it remained a key hallmark, it was harnessed by the different factions of the party (briefly, the "fundamentalists", called the "Fundis", and the "realists", also called the "Realos" mainly from the "Sponti" movement). This resulted not only in overemphasis on questions of international policy, but also in a radicalisation of positions.

On the one hand, the party's most anti-establishment components, which were better represented in federal governing bodies, took charge of drafting programmes and turned the initially nuclear pacifistic position into an all-out criticism of the military factor which reached its height with the rejection of NATO and the Bundeswehr. On the other hand, the advocates of a realist line sought to moderate and demonstrated their support for more conventional views of German foreign and defence policy, such as "Western integration" ("Westbindung"). They therefore moved closer to the social democrats, where peace causes were regaining momentum from the opposition benches.

The Reunification seemed to leave the Green party in complete disarray. The period that followed shows the extent to which "Die Grünen", by then united with the Eastern German citizen groups of "Bündnis 90", struggled to cope with the new order. The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the bipolar world order triggered virulent internal debates, but they did not, at least to begin with, fundamentally change the party's public position. Disarmament and the end of military blocs in Europe therefore ranked second in its priorities on the 1990 programme, behind the environment. The line failed to convince and the party did not win any seats in reunified Germany's first federal parliament.

1.3. Weakening of security and defence issues (1994 to the present day)

Faced with the spectre of disappearing from the political landscape, the party moved into a period of integration and reconstruction which saw the departure of its most radical figures. The change was underway. In the 1994 federal election programme, "greening" the economic and social system became a central aspect, relegating defence and security questions to the bottom of the list of concerns. This trend was fostered by persistent internal controversies over the advisability of maintaining an extreme pacifistic position, which was utopian in the context of the Yugoslav Wars.

It is true that its participation in social democrat Gerhard Schröder's federal government (1998-2005) forced the party to clarify its position on use of military force when air strikes were launched on Serbia. The subject momentarily took on a spectacular new dimension with the convening of an extraordinary party congress in May 1999 (Bielefeld), held in a highly rowdy atmosphere and sparking off a second wave of member departures. The question resurfaced in 2007 in Göttingen, at the extraordinary congress held to decide on military deployment in Afghanistan. On this occasion, the delegates, representing the party's activist base, voiced their disapproval of extending Germany's participation in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), supported nonetheless by the party's leadership, and voted by majority for a rapid retreat from Afghan soil.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 13th, 2022 at 05:08:40 PM EST
Step by step transforming from pacifism to today's militarism voiced by textbook scholar Annalena Baerbock. In a position of foreign policy ... as green 🟢 as they come.

James Cleverly: The UK's new foreign secretary accused of ignoring Gulf abuses | MEE |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 13th, 2022 at 05:09:46 PM EST
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Transaction in Russian roebels?

Russian uranium transport from Rotterdam to Germany

On Sunday, September 11, the Mikhail Dudin arrives in the port of Rotterdam; a ship carrying Russian uranium. There it will be transferred to trucks that will then transport it across the Netherlands on Monday to Lingen, Germany, where the uranium will be processed into fuel rods. This was announced this morning by the Russian Ecodefense, Bündnis AgieL from Germany and Laka in a joint press release.

A few weeks ago, it was already known that a transit license had been issued by the Dutch regulator ANVS for the transport of Russian uranium through the Netherlands. As far as is known, this will be the first transport of Russian uranium in the Netherlands and Germany after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Nuclear energy (and therefore enriched uranium) is not covered by the sanctions against Russia.

I had searched for a delivery of fuel rods to France ...

Vessel finder Mikhail Dudin - flag Panama 🇵🇦

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 13th, 2022 at 08:57:16 PM EST
Uranium delivery from Russia on its way to Germany to supply Europe's nuclear plants with fuel rods | Clean Energy Wire - Sept. 9, 2022 |

Licences for the shipments granted in 2021 to the fuel rod factory in the northern German town of Lingen are still valid, the Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management (BASE) said. "There is no uranium embargo at the EU level," an environment ministry spokesperson told the news agency.

According to anti-nuclear power activists from the region the shipment of uranium from Russia already embarked towards Rotterdam in the Netherlands, from where it will be transferred to Lingen over the weekend. The factory is owned by French company Framatome and has supplied nuclear plants in Belgium, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the UK, Spain, Sweden and Finland. 

Key words #Nuclear phase-out #EU

Economy ministry blocks ban on German nuclear fuel rod exports | Feb. 25, 2020 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 14th, 2022 at 08:56:30 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 14th, 2022 at 09:06:28 AM EST
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Putin tells Scholz that export of Russian food and fertilizers still blocked | TASS |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 13th, 2022 at 09:48:30 PM EST

Name the Dictatorship | By soj on Jan 8, 2006 |

Russia Is the Enemy | By Jerome a Paris - May 6, 2006 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 13th, 2022 at 10:02:28 PM EST
US Embassy Kyiv Deletes Files Funded Biolabs, Feb 26
8 March 2022 two psychos meet in a hearing ...
UN says no evidence to back Russian claim of Ukraine biological weapons program 11 Mar
UNSC Arria-formula meeting organized by Russian Federation, 6 Apr A/V

FF >>| Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning's Regular Press Conference on September 13, 2022

Hubei Media Group: A Formal Consultative Meeting of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) concluded in Geneva on September 9. Is there anything you could share about the meeting and how would you comment on the meeting?
Mao Ning: At Russia's request, a Formal Consultative Meeting of the BWC was held in Geneva from September 5 to 9. The meeting was held to review the US compliance with the BWC. The meeting was widely attended by states parties to the BWC, who viewed it as an important event.

We have noted that Russia demonstrated a group of evidence and materials to support allegations that the US's biological military activities constitute violations of the BWC, to which the US responded in defense. Other states parties including China raised multiple questions at the meeting that required clarification from the US. They also called for an early resumption of negotiations for a verification protocol to the BWC so that the Convention can be effectively implemented from the very start. Regrettably, the US side did not make a full and effective response to these allegations and questions and failed to address the concerns of the states parties. Going forward, the states parties will further look into and work on the issues related to US compliance....

UNODA, Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) - Formal Consultative Meeting, 5-9 Sep index
1. As agreed at the Informal Meeting held on 27 July 2022 and subsequently confirmed in a letter sent by Ambassador Aidan Liddle of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to all States Parties on 28 July 2022, the Formal Consultative Meeting of States Parties to the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) requested by the Russian Federation was convened at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, on 26 August 2022 by the Depositary Governments. The Meeting was reconvened from 5 to 9 September 2022. The States Parties held eight meetings during that period under the Chairmanship of Ambassador Gyorgy Molnar of Hungary who was elected on 5 September 2022.
6. The following 89 States Parties to the Convention participated in the Meeting:...
by Cat on Wed Sep 14th, 2022 at 12:08:12 AM EST
CSTO (1992 mil): AM, BY, KZ, KG, TJ, RU
SCO (2001 NGO): CN, RU, IN, PK, KZ, KG, TJ, UZ, AM*, AF*, AZ*, BY*, TR*, LK*, KH*, SA*, IR*, EG*

daily pakistan | Nearly 100 reported dead in fresh clashes between Azerbaijani, Armenian, 13 Sep

According to reports, Azerbaijani forces shelled Armenian troops at three locations along the border at around midnight. Azerbaijan said it was responding to a buildup of Armenian landmines and weapons near the border. The fighting took place near the Nagorno-Karabakh region, an area within Azerbaijan where ethnic Armenian separatists declared a breakaway republic -- later known as Artsakh -- in 1991.

At a press briefing early on Tuesday, Armenian defence spokesperson Aram Torosyan said the situation remains "extremely tense" as fighting continues....

TASS | CSTO countries agreed to send a mission to Armenia led by Secretary General, 13 Sep
The Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), at an extraordinary session via videoconference on Tuesday, decided to send a mission to Armenia led by the Secretary General of the organization to assess the situation in connection with the aggravation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

"During the session of the Collective Security Council, an agreement was reached to send a mission of the Collective Security Treaty Organization to the Republic of Armenia, headed by CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas, with the participation of Colonel General Anatoly Sidorov, Chief of the CSTO Joint Staff, and representatives of the CSTO member states to assess the current situation. preparation of a detailed report to the heads of state at the next session of the Collective Security Council (which is scheduled to be held in Yerevan in autumn) on the situation in the region and the development of proposals for de-escalating the tension that has arisen," the press service of the secretariat of the organization reported....

euractive | EU [offers] to mediate in Armenia-Azerbaijan hostilities as spectre of war looms, 13 Sep
Michel said the EU was "ready to make efforts to prevent further escalation" and said there was "no alternative to peace and stability in the region," according to an Armenian readout of the call. The EU repeatedly has tried to step into the diplomatic breach, presenting itself as a mediator.
"Last night's armed confrontations between Armenia and Azerbaijan is a dangerous escalation that needs to stop," Borrell said in a short statement, adding that Toivo Klaar, the EU's special representative for the South Caucasus, was being rushed to the region. However, with no significant EU presence on the ground, it is not in a position to enforce the ceasefire terms.
On a visit to Baku last month, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen signed a memorandum of understanding with Aliyev [, Azerbaijan] as part of efforts to gain access to the country's massive natural gas reserves and help cover for Europe's reduced supplies coming from Russia....
archived May 2022 stretch goals
by Cat on Wed Sep 14th, 2022 at 01:35:35 AM EST
rai-see.org | European Parliament Calls for Targeted Sanctions Against Azerbaijan, 15 Sep 2015
The resolution asks the European Council [of the European Union?] to consider targeted sanctions and visa bans against Azerbaijani politicians, judges and officials involved in political persecutions. It also asks the European Union authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into allegations of corruption involving President Ilham Aliyev and his family.

The resolution also urges that "the negotiations for a Strategic Partnership Agreement with Azerbaijan should be immediately put on hold as long the government fails to take concrete steps in advancing respect for universal human rights." The resolution was adopted by 365 votes to 202....

EUobserver | EU and Azerbaijan draft deal on extra gas supplies, 14 July 2022
a no-strings-attached [20 bcm] gas-import deal with Azerbaijan to reduce dependence on Russia following cut-offs to Europe. ...And that would entail "significant investments to the expansion of the Southern Gas Corridor pipeline network" the draft deal also said, without giving a figure for the investment.
The memo also envisages "the development of electricity interconnections between the EU and Azerbaijan, including through the Black Sea and through the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of the Republic of Azerbaijan". ....
archived May 2022 stretch goals: Azerbaijan rail, sea, pipe cost/km @00:01:00->∞
Politico.eu.com | opEd | The EU-Azerbaijan gas deal is a repeat mistake, 17 Aug 2022
What's little discussed, however, is that critical infrastructure needed to extract and transport the gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe is co-owned by Lukoil -- a Russian oil and gas giant closely linked to Russian President Vladimir PUTIN's regime.  

One of the largest oil and gas companies in the world, Lukoil itself claims it's one of the three biggest taxpayers in Russia, having paid more than $200 billion [?!] in taxes in 2019 alone. Lukoil is also among the companies on the United States sanctions list.....  

VolDemoRT: MEPs call for sanctions on Azerbaijan, 14 Sep 2022
French MEP Francois-Xavier Bellamy told the EU Parliament on Tuesday. He was joined by a number of other lawmakers calling for the step after Armenia reported the deaths of dozens of its soldiers in the latest border clashes.

"If we act now, we can stop this war," Bellamy said in a fiery speech as he blasted Baku's strikes on Armenia as "criminal aggression" and called for the EU to prepare sanctions, as well as demanding a meeting of the UN Security Council. He warned that Europe's security will be "directly threatened" by the conflict. ...

by Cat on Wed Sep 14th, 2022 at 03:26:51 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 14th, 2022 at 03:59:17 PM EST
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Biden chooses veteran diplomat for new US envoy to Russia, 14 Sep
Administration officials familiar with the matter say the nomination of Lynne Tracy, the current U.S. ambassador to Armenia, will be submitted to the Senate as soon as the Russian government signs off on the choice. Ambassadorial nominations must be approved by the host government under the rules < wipes tears > of diplomatic protocol.

Such approval is generally routine, but Russia's acceptance of President Joe Biden's pick for ambassador cannot be taken for granted at a time of particularly fraught U.S.-Russian relations over UKRAINE, the detention of Americans in Russia, allegations of Russian meddling in U.S. and other elections, and an escalating spat over the staffing of embassies in Washington and Moscow. ...

archived Departure US Ambassador to Moscow, Russia 'alarmed' at no US visas to attend UN
by Cat on Wed Sep 14th, 2022 at 05:48:16 PM EST
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h/t Cat Re: September 2022 "political union"

EU intelligence chief's trip to Taiwan sabotaged by China | Taiwan News |

Morgado was forced to cancel the trip after information about his visit had been obtained by China and Beijing applied pressure on the EU.

It is uncertain whether the sensitive data had been leaked to China via human or electronic sources. The diplomats also privately expressed concerns about China's interference in the EU official's itinerary.

After the article was published, an EU official denied reports that Morgado was planning to visit Taiwan and claimed that the meeting was merely to take place over the phone. The official then claimed that the teleconference was also canceled due to China's aggressive military response to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan in August.

Exchanges between the EU and Taiwan have been on the rise with Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) making an unprecedented visit to Brussels on Oct. 29, 2021 to meet with EU figures, while members of the European Parliament's Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes (INGE) arrived in Taipei on Nov. 3 last year.

On Tuesday (Sept. 13), Reuters cited six sources as saying that top Taiwanese officials are pitching the idea of preparing sanctions in the event China invades the country in the wake of its stepped-up military exercises and Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

U.S. considers China sanctions to deter Taiwan action, Taiwan presses EU-27

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 14th, 2022 at 08:20:35 AM EST
A "Japanese" journalist in Taiwan 矢板明夫俱樂部 Yaita Akio

After Russia loses in Ukraine, China will become 'enemy of all people': Japanese journalist | Taiwan News |

During the Ukrainian-Russian war, China's Xi Jinping regime made a serious miscalculation and made a wrong bet, and must pay a considerable price. In addition, in recent years, China has been unanimously condemned by the international community for its various perverse actions on Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Taiwan issues. Next, it is likely to become the next "enemy of the whole people" after Russia.

The whole world is concerned: how will the CCP regime after the 20th National Congress face the new international order? Are you choosing to continue fighting? Or put down your stature and make concessions on issues such as human rights?

The Wolf Warrior diplomacy in recent years has made the international community no longer easily trust China. Even if China wants to repair relations with Europe and the United States and return to the line of reform and opening up, it will be difficult to win the trust of others. Moreover, China's domestic economy has gradually lost its vitality in recent years, and the practice of "spending money" to buy younger brothers in the international community has gradually become ineffective.

The Ukrainian-Russian war ended with the defeat of the aggressors, which is of course a good thing for Taiwan. In the future, the international community will concentrate its efforts and pay more attention to the security of the Taiwan Strait. However, as Taiwan, we must not take it lightly. We must strengthen the awareness of civil defense at any time, and be alert to the desperate and desperate attempts of dictators on the other side.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 14th, 2022 at 08:21:43 AM EST
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h/t Cat Security guarantees are not an alternative to NATO membership

Another "peace" proposal circulating from Kyiv - 13 Sept. 2022

Co-Chairs of the Working Group On International Security Guarantees for Ukraine
Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Mr. Andrii Yermak

Key words #non-starter #stopUA #fundingoligarchs #corruption #divided

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 14th, 2022 at 02:37:51 PM EST

Can there be a cooperation with #Russia? Prof.@merkel_wolfgang and @n_roettgen @cducsubt have completely different opinions. #phoenixUnterDenLinden "Turning point? Is #Putin's power eroding - a chance for peace?"

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 22nd, 2022 at 06:39:40 PM EST

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