Faced with yet another hesitation from Berlin, Warsaw has decided that it will send its Leopard tanks even without the necessary German go-ahead. The United States does not rule out sending Abrams tanks. A former FBI chief arrested, accused of being in the pay of an oligarch. Borrell: “Russian oil sold at half price”Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev Photo Video
The case of Berlin's refusal to send tanks is becoming more and more intricate Leopard 2 in Kiev. Poland says it is ready to send hers without the ok of Germany which sold them to her. The United States does not rule out sending tanks Abrams . But Kiev warns: 'We need hundreds of tanks, not 10-20'. Erdogan says no to Sweden in NATO if it 'does not respect Islam'. A former FBI chief arrested: 'He was paid by the Russian oligarch Deripaska.' Borrell: “Russian oil sold at half price.” Medvedev threatens: 'We are approaching the third world war'. - Photo | video 1 | video 2 | video 3 | video 4 | video 5 | video 6 | video 7Olena Zelenska at the World Economic Forum: 'Nothing is off limits for Russia' Olena Zelenska at the World Economic Forum: 'Nothing is off limits for Russia'
THE CASE OF TANKS - The case of Germany's refusal to send its tanks is becoming a real mystery Leopard 2 in Kiev. Olaf Scholz had hesitated for a long time. According to Kiev, he had done so because of the threats by Moscow's foreign minister Sergej Lavrov to widen the conflict into a direct confrontation with NATO in the event of the delivery of the tanks. For this reason, some rumors claimed - denied by Berlin - the chancellor had made it a condition that Washington should first send its tanks to the battlefield Abrams . But then everything seemed to have been resolved with the go-ahead from Berlin's Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock: 'We asked ourselves the question and we will not oppose the request'. But no. The debate is still open. So much so that Poland has decided to force it and says it is ready to donate its money Leopard , purchased from Germany. He would need the OK from Berlin to do it, but Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki tells al Guardian : “We will ask for such permission, but this is a matter of secondary importance. Even if we don't get approval, we would still transfer our tanks along with others to Ukraine.' A stance such as to risk the diplomatic incident. At the end of the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Josep Borrell tried to calm things down: 'The main note that emerged from our discussion is that Germany will not block countries that decide to send tank'. At the same time, John Kirby, spokesman for the National Security Council of the White House, almost in response to the rumors about Scholz's requests, no longer excludes sending the Abrams : “We haven't made a decision one way or the other. We expect quite a lot of ground maneuvers, for which obviously tanks would be of great help.” Yeah, but how many? So far we have talked about dozens of crawlers. But Andriy Yermak, of the Ukrainian presidential office, writes on Telegram quite the opposite: “We need several hundred tanks, not 10-20. Our goal is the 1991 borders and the punishment of the enemy who will pay for the crimes”. Meanwhile, Germany is sending Patriot missiles to Poland to defend its borders and airspace.
HUNGARY AND THE OK TO NEW WEAPONS - The 27 EU foreign ministers have given the green light to the new tranche of military aid to Ukraine worth 500 million. Estonia expels Russian ambassador and announces it will hand over all its 155mm howitzers to Kiev. Ambassador Kaimo Kuusk says: 'We want to create a precedent, so that other countries will have no excuse not to provide Ukraine with the weapons it needs to win the war.' On the NATO front, however, there is another setback. That of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who continues to oppose Sweden's entry into the Atlantic Alliance: 'Sweden's administration should not talk about rights and freedoms; first show respect for the faith of religious people, if there is no respect there will be no support from us'.
WAR FRONTS - For Kiev's 007 we are at the gates of the crucial phases of the conflict: 'Spring and the beginning of summer will be decisive in the war. If the major Russian offensive planned for this period fails, it will be the collapse of Russia and Putin,” explains Major General Vadim Skibitsky. The Ukrainian Air Force has shot down two Russian planes and a helicopter. But the Kremlin reportedly carried out 111 attacks in 24 hours in the Zaporizhzhia region, hitting the communities of Hulyaipole, Orikhiv and Stepnohirsk. Heavy clashes are underway in Bakhmut and Avdiivka, in eastern Ukraine. And the former commander of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner Andrey Medvedev, who fled to Norway ten days ago and was ready to talk about the war crimes of the mercenary group, was arrested by the Norwegian police under immigration law.
TOWARDS WORLD WAR THIRD - If a stalemate seems to have begun on the battlefield, something else is happening outside Ukraine. In fact, the arrest of 54-year-old Charles McGonigal, who headed the FBI division in New York, on charges of violating US sanctions against Russia by receiving hidden payments from oligarch Oleg Deripaska is surprising in the United States. And Borrell, in the press conference at the end of the EU Foreign Affairs Council, explains to reporters that today “Russian oil is sold at a 50% discount and was purchased mainly from India and China. For the first time, the oil market in Russia is driven by demand, 40%, when Russia needs 70% to balance the budget. So it's losing $40 a barrel. It is a big blow to Russia's financial stability.' In Moscow the tension is thus becoming increasingly high. Speaking from South Africa, Lavrov says: 'Russia's war with the West is no longer hybrid, but almost real.' And he adds that Ukrainians 'must understand that the longer they refuse negotiations, the more difficult it will be to find a solution'. Less diplomatic is the vice president of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, quoted by the Tass : “The world is approaching the risk of World War III in the face of aggressive preparations against Russia. The special operation that is being carried out was a forced and extreme measure, a response to the preparation of the aggression by the United States of America and its satellites. It's obvious that the world has come close to threatening a third world war because of what happened.'Source: oggi.it