We Believe They Are Ready: US On Sweden, Finland’s Candidacy For NATO

The United States said on the candidacies of Sweden and Finland for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) that the two Nordic countries are ready and should be added to the world’s strongest defence alliance at the earliest possible opportunity. Addressing a press briefing on Tuesday, the US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said that the US has been very clear about its views on Finland and Sweden’s candidacies for NATO membership in public, as well as in private.    “The issue of Sweden and Finland is not a bilateral…

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NATO Making Overtures To India To Create Problems In India-China Relations: Russian Foreign Minister

NATO is attempting to make overtures to India to create additional problems in India’s relations with China. Their battle cry is indivisibility of security in the Euro-Atlantic and Indo-Pacific regions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a news conference on the performance of Russian diplomacy in 2022 in Moscow on Wednesday. “NATO is not limited to organising life on the European continent. NATO’s Madrid Summit declared that the military bloc had a global commitment, specifically in relation of the Asia-Pacific region, which they call the Indo-Pacific region. It is…

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US Lawmaker Tables Bill To Terminate Pakistan’s ‘Non-NATO Ally’ Status

A US lawmaker has introduced a bill titled “To terminate the designation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally and for other purposes” in the US Congress that seeks to cancel the designation of Pakistan as a Major Non-NATO Ally (MNNA). The bill tabled by US Congressman Andy Biggs on 9 January, removes Pakistan’s designation as a major non-NATO ally, a status that allows for various benefits such as access to excess US defence supplies and makes countries eligible for loans of material, supplies, or equipment…

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Sydney To Host Quad Summit In Mid-2023

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese home-town Sydney has been chosen for hosting the Quad summit mid-2023 as Japan this week raised severe concerns to China and Russia over coordinated air patrols over the Sea of Japan and scrambled jets in response. While the QUAD summit’s dates are still being finalised, US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will travel to Sydney to strengthen bilateral ties and push back against China’s aggressive actions in the Indo-Pacific and towards all four democratic nations.However, while the…

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Missile Kills Two People In Poland Unlikely Fired From Russia: Biden

A missile that killed two people in Poland was most likely not fired by Russia, according to US President Joe Biden, who spoke with leaders of Western allies on Wednesday amid concerns that the Ukraine conflict could spill over into neighbouring countries. The explosion at a grain facility near the Ukrainian border occurred on the same day that Russia launched a barrage of missiles at Ukrainian energy infrastructure, which Kyiv described as the heaviest in nearly nine months of conflict. According to the Polish Foreign Ministry, the rocket landed in…

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No Intention To Use Nuclear Weapons In Ukraine: Putin

At a conference of international foreign policy experts, Putin said that using nuclear weapons against Ukraine is foolish, it serves no purpose, neither political nor military Russian President Vladimir Putin ruled out any chances of using nuclear weapons in Ukraine on Thursday. However, he said, the fight is against the West’s aspirations to gain global dominance, which are bound to fail. At a conference of international foreign policy experts, Putin said that using nuclear weapons against Ukraine is foolish. “We don’t see the point, it serves no purpose, neither political…

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Don’t Trade Security For Economic Profit, NATO Tells Countries

Western countries must not trade security for economic profit, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Tuesday, referring to debates over the use of Chinese technology in 5G networks and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline for Russian gas. “We must recognize that our economic choices have consequences for our security. Freedom is more important than free trade, the protection of our values is more important than profit,” Stoltenberg told business leaders at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos. “I am not arguing against trade with China, but…

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Russian fiasco in Ukraine and the future of warfare

A Watershed of Many Sorts The ongoing Ukraine Conflict has many useful lessons to offer.  While it may be facile to come to early conclusions, it is certainly worth the while to reflect on key issues. The sweep, of course, is vast: The crisis has seen a revival  of   geo-politics, it could lead to a marked fragmentation in the international system, it may significantly diminish Russia, it could propel the Rise of China further – the possibilities are numerous. There are valuable lessons for deterrence; the crisis also underlines…

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Poland To Hike Defence Spending By 47% To $22.2 Bn Amid Ukraine Crisis

Dramatic Defence budget increases are being planned across Europe in the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Following a sharp increase in Defence spending by Germany and Denmark, Poland is reported to have initiated a whopping 47 per cent hike in its Defence budget. Poland is a frontline NATO state.   Reports suggest that Poland is hiking its Defence spending to 3 per cent of its GDP. This far surpasses the 2 per cent target set by NATO.   In actual terms, the spending is set to go up from…

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UK Will Sanction Putin Imminently: M Johnson To NATO

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday told the leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) that the UK will “imminently” impose direct sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Addressing a virtual meeting of NATO leaders, Johnson said his government will personally sanction the Russian leaders over their “revanchist mission” to overturn the post-Cold War order. He also called for “immediate action” to ban Russia from the SWIFT payment platform to “inflict maximum pain” on the Russian regime. The Prime Minister urged leaders to…

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