Splits open at NATO about how to boost presence in Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe wants big new deployments of NATO troops to defend against Russia, but some other alliance members are skeptical of then need for shifting major forces east, particulalry after seeing Russian forces struggle in Ukraine.washingtonpost.com
General Secretary of the CSTO: Putin talked about Ukraine but there was no discussion concerning [the CSTO countries] participating in the war
SVITLANA KIZILOVA - Monday, 16 May 2022, 17:50 According to the CSTO General Secretary, at a summit meeting of the organisation the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, talked about Ukraine but reportedly did not raise the question of using CSTO forces against Kyiv.news.yahoo.com
Scholz's party keeps Ukraine policy despite state vote loss
Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s party says it sees no need for changes to the German leader’s often-criticized approach to the war in Ukraine after an election in Germany’s most populous state brought a clear defeat for his center-left Social Democrats.
McDonald's says it will sell its Russia business after previously pausing operations due to Ukraine war
McDonald's said Monday that it would sell its business in Russia, a little more than two months after it paused operations in the country due to its invasion of Ukraine. "The humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, and the precipitating unpredictable operating environment, have led McDonald's to conclude that continued ownership of the business in Russia is no longer tenable, nor is it consistent with McDonald's values," the company said in a news release. McDonald's has more than 800 restaurants and 62,000 employees in Russia. McDonald's exit from Russia is a bitter end to an era. The company, among the most recognizable symbols of American capitalism, opened its first restaurant in Russia over 30 years ago as the communist Soviet regime was falling apart and Western businesses and ideas infiltrated the Iron Curtain.cnbc.com
"Like in a horror movie": the war in Ukraine has become hell for occupying forces - communications interception by Security Service of Ukraine
VALENTYNA ROMANENKO - MONDAY, MAY 16, 2022, 12:21 The Security Service of Ukraine has intercepted telephone conversations between the occupying troops, which show that the only thing they dream of is to survive, retire from the army and never return to Ukraine.news.yahoo.com
How Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Pushed Finland and Sweden Toward NATO
Despite their orientation toward the US and western Europe, Finland and Sweden since the Cold War have bet that their national security was best protected by staying out of NATO. They had aimed to avoid disturbing the military balance in the Baltic Sea region and provoking Russia. However, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its demands to stop NATO expansion have now pushed both countries to seek entry into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.washingtonpost.com
No. 2 Medvedev back on ATP tour after Wimbledon ban
Watching the recent news from Ukraine is “very upsetting," No. 2-ranked tennis player Daniil Medvedev said Sunday of the war that led Wimbledon organizers to ban him and other Russians from their tournament. The U.S. Open champion spoke at the Geneva Open where he returns to action after a five-week absence from the ATP Tour for surgery on a hernia injury. “I had some time to follow what is happening, yeah, it’s very upsetting,” Medvedev said when asked if he could monitor the conflict in Ukraine more closely while not playing.news.yahoo.com
Voters in Beirut cast their ballot in first election since crisis
'Voting is a duty,' says a Beirut citizen as she casts her ballot in the first election since multiple crises dragged Lebanon to the brink of failed statehood. The vote is a major test for new opposition groups bent on removing the ruling elite.news.yahoo.com
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Russians confirm they are hitting Ukrainian targets with banned cluster and phosphorus weapons Security Service of Ukraine
VALENTYNA ROMANENKO - SUNDAY, 15 MAY 2022, 14: 22 The Russian invaders confirm that they are using phosphorus and cluster weapons in Ukraine, which are prohibited by international conventions. Source: another intercept of the invaders' conversation by the Security Service of Ukraine Details: These are particularly dangerous and inhumane types of weapons.news.yahoo.com
Saudi oil giant Aramco's first-quarter profits surge 80%
Oil giant Saudi Aramco says its profits soared more than 80% in the first three months of the year, as the state-backed company cashes in on the volatility in global energy markets and soaring oil prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Across the nation gas prices are at an all-time high, but inflation has slightly dropped
Inflation has been caused by the supply chain challenges because of this historic pandemic and more recently because of Putin’s unprovoked war in Ukraine, according to Heather Boushey, who is a part of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers.
AP Interview: Lithuania FM calls for regime change in Russia
Lithuania’s top diplomat says that removing Russian President Vladimir Putin and his inner circle from power is the only way to protect the West and its allies from future threats from Moscow, urging an even tougher stance than the U.S. and many NATO allies have been willing to pursue.
Photos from overseas: Russia pounds Ukraine, targeting supply of Western arms
Russian forces pounded targets across Ukraine, taking aim at supply lines for foreign weapons in the west and intensifying an offensive in the east, as the European Union moved Wednesday to further punish Moscow for the war with a proposed ban on oil imports.
Ukraine war stokes concerns over Turkey's nuclear plant
Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot activists say uncertainty over the safety of war-wracked Ukraine’s nuclear power plants has reignited concerns over a Russian-owned nuclear power station being built in a quake-prone area on Turkey’s southern coast.
DJI halts Russia, Ukraine business to prevent drone misuse
Drone company DJI Technology Co has temporarily suspended business activities in Russia and Ukraine to ensure its products are not used during the hostilities in a rare example of a Chinese company publicly withdrawing from Russia due to the war.