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From: Helena Gries, Tobias Utz, Luke Zigo


The Russian Foreign Ministry makes a rough analogy. The G7 and NATO summits are scheduled for the end of June. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky plans to attend.

Updates from Thursday, June 16 9:00: After Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accepted the invitation to the G7 and NATO summits on Wednesday, he listed all Wednesday’s international contacts in his evening video. In addition to phone calls with US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, it also included a meeting with the heads of government of Albania and Montenegro, Edim Rama and Dritan Abazovic. Zelensky said that Wednesday’s meeting of the US-led contact group for Ukraine in Brussels sent a signal that arms supplies would be stabilized.

Selensky also announced that Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) had invited him to join the group of seven leading Western industrialized countries. The invitation to NATO came from Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The G7 meeting is scheduled for June 26-28 at the luxurious Alpine Hotel Schloss Elmau in Bavaria. In addition to the US and Germany, the G7 also includes Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Canada, and the EU is represented at all negotiations.

Volodymyr Selensky, President of Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accepted an invitation to the G7 and NATO summits. © Ukrainian Presidency / Ukrainian Presidency / dpa

War in Ukraine: Zelensky accepts invitations to G7 and NATO summits

+++ 21:44: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accepted an invitation to the G7 and NATO summits. Selensky wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. The group of seven leading industrialized countries (G7) will meet in Bavaria at the end of June, followed by NATO in Madrid.

Ukrainian War: The West is “shooting in the head” – Moscow with crude rhetoric

+++ 20:30: According to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marie Zakharova, the West has “shot in the head” with its decision to curb Russian oil and gas imports.

“China knows what it wants and won’t shoot itself in the leg.” On the contrary, they are shooting in the head west of Moscow. ”Moscow’s strategic partnership with Beijing has stopped Western attempts to sow disagreements. On the other hand, the EU is leading a “suicide” course by trying to separate itself from Russia’s energy supply.

In any case, Russia’s diplomatic focus has shifted to Asia, Africa and the states of the former Soviet Union, Zacharov said.

Slovakia calls on Germany to support Ukraine as a candidate for the EU

+++ 17:47: Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger called on Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) to support Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova as candidates for EU membership. At the same time, during his visit to Berlin on Monday (June 13, 2022), he called on the Chancellor to see the horrors of war “with her own eyes”.

Heger traveled to Germany to speak for the three countries before next week’s European Council talks on candidate countries. According to several officials, the European Commission will recommend granting Ukraine official candidate status for EU membership, but the final decision is up to the European Council.

Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron have previously warned that the EU should not speed up the process for the trio. Not even in the face of the continuing Russian attack on Ukraine, which forced it to apply to join the Union.

War in Ukraine: Turkey threatens to delay NATO accession talks for years

+++ 17:00: Turkey has indicated that it would delay Sweden and Finland’s membership of NATO by more than a year if the Nordic countries do not end their support for Kurdish groups identified as terrorist organizations. Accession talks between the two countries could come to a halt if no breakthrough is reached ahead of a major NATO summit in Madrid on June 29, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Tuesday (June 14th): “If we do not address these issues sooner (there is a risk that the situation will freeze. “

NATO Secretary General on a visit to Turkey

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (r), President of Turkey, is shaking hands with Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, at a joint meeting in Istanbul. © NATO / dpa

Turkey has accused Sweden and Finland of harboring suspicious members of the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK). Ankara is also a thorn in the side of the arms embargo on Turkey over the military operation in Syria. Akif Çağatay Kılıç, a member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), denied that the crisis would be used to obtain weapons from the United States.

Meanwhile, NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised Sweden’s efforts to address Turkey’s concerns (see update at 11:00).

War in Ukraine: Stoltenberg announces NATO aid package – invitation to summit for Selensky

+++ 14:00: NATO has invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenský to its summit in Madrid in two weeks. If he is unable to come to Spain in person because of the Russian war of aggression, he will speak to the Heads of State and Government via video conference, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday before a meeting of Alliance defense ministers in Brussels. The Council is preparing a summit on 29 and 30 June.

According to Stoltenberg, a “comprehensive aid package” for Ukraine is to be set up in Madrid. NATO countries want to “help the country in the long run in the transition from Soviet-era equipment to modern NATO equipment,” he added. With regard to Russia’s offensive in eastern Ukraine, Stoltenberg preferred further arms supplies to Kiev: “Ukraine is in a critical situation and more is urgently needed,” the secretary general said. In particular, the delivery of comprehensive air defense systems will “take some time” due to the necessary training of Ukrainian forces, he stressed.

According to his adviser, President Selensky previously demanded 500 tanks, 2,000 armored vehicles, 1,000 howitzers and 300 multiple rocket launchers from the United States to fight in the Donbas. As many as 50 countries, the so-called Contact Group on Ukraine, originally wanted to discuss this in Brussels on Wednesday afternoon under the leadership of US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

In the evening, 30 NATO countries will meet with Ukraine, Georgia and the candidate countries Sweden and Finland. The Netherlands and other NATO countries have previously promised Ukraine additional weapons at the Hague meeting.

News of the war in Ukraine: NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg announces rearmament

+++ 11:00: At a press conference on Wednesday morning, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reiterated that the military alliance should be modernized. “We will now decide on the scope – in the long run,” he said. According to Stoltenberg, the goal is to achieve “more presence, more skills and more willingness”. In Eastern Europe in particular, the aim is to strengthen the armed forces in a targeted manner. Stoltenberg also welcomed Germany’s intention to work on it together with Lithuania. He described the efforts of Finland and Sweden to join NATO as “historic”. According to Stoltenberg, they want to provide any support.

According to Stoltenberg, the defense ministers should consult in the afternoon.

News of the war in Ukraine: NATO plans to rearm

First report from Wednesday 15 June 09:00: The Hague – At the Madrid summit in late June, NATO plans to decide to significantly strengthen Allied defense and deterrence measures. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced this on Tuesday evening (June 14) in The Hague, the Netherlands. This includes further arms deliveries to Ukraine. “Yes, Ukraine should have more heavy weapons,” Stoltenberg replied. “Because they are absolutely dependent on it to defend themselves against the brutal Russian invasion.” He repeatedly referred to Russia’s military superiority, despite heavy losses. For example, Ukraine needs long-range artillery to compete with Russian artillery.

The NATO summit planned to supply arms in the war in Ukraine

In particular, the government in Kiev criticized the German position as too hesitant in this regard. Selensky sharply criticized it again earlier this week, before Olaf Scholz’s visit to Ukraine.

After much hesitation, the federal government agreed to supply a number of heavy weapons, including the Cheetah and Panzerhaubitz anti-aircraft tanks in 2000. Olaf Scholz rejected the criticism. Military support was guaranteed “from the beginning,” he said. It would be a “mistake” to simply supply modern weapons systems, such as the Panzerhaubitz 2000, “without any instruction, without training,” the Federal Chancellor emphasized.

Regardless of Zelensky’s criticism of German arms supplies, NATO officials want to prepare for the aforementioned military alliance summit on Wednesday (June 15). The focus of the meeting will be on the coordination of arms supplies in the war in Ukraine, she said on Tuesday. The respondents will meet at 3 p.m. (tu / hg with AFP / dpa)

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