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🇬🇧Israel's National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir signed an order banning the Palestinian radio station "the Voice of Palestine" from operating inside Israel on the grounds that it is backed by the PA.
"I will not accept and we will not allow incitement and support for terrorism and terrorists, neither by the Palestinian Authority nor by any other body," he said.
"The state of Israel is sovereign, and anyone who tries to fight us will find himself outside," he said.
⚡️🇲🇽🇺🇸 The Mexican military seized the marine terminal of an American company (Vulcan Materials) in Mexico.
🇲🇽🇺🇸 Mexico's leftist President AMLO held a MASSIVE rally in the heart of Mexico City honoring the 85th anniversary of the state's expropriation of the oil reserves.
Speaking in the center of Mexico City, President AMLO denounced "hypocritical" US politicians, declaring:
"Mexico is independent and free, not a US colony or protectorate!"
🇲🇽 Banner at yesterday's rally in Mexico City linking the nationalization of petroleum (1938), electricity (1960), and lithium (2022).
🇫🇷 - Macron compares protesters to J6 rioters and Brasilian pro-Bolsonaro rioters, says that with these new facts, it is impossible to give the "crowd" a legitimacy.
🇫🇷 - Macron says he doesn't seek a third term.
🇫🇷🇬🇧 - Buckingham Palace is concerned that King Charles' visit to France next week will be disrupted by French anti-government protesters.
🇫🇷 - When a company makes exceptional profits, its workers must be able to benefit from it - Macron
🇫🇷 - Macron says ready to be unpopular.
🇫🇷 - Macron says it isn't actually because of the retirement pensions that people are protesting, but because "labour doesn't pay enough".
🇫🇷 - We go through the law too much in our Republic - Macron
Can also be translated by "We use the law too much" in our republic...
🇹🇳🇪🇺 Tunisia dismisses EU warning of economic collapse
Tunisia has dismissed concerns expressed by the European Union's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, warning of a looming economic collapse in the country.
Borrell said on Monday that a very dangerous situation was developing in which new flows of migrants would head from the North African country to southern Europe.
Tunisia's foreign ministry described the comments as "overblown".
The Black Sea Fleet repelled a drone attack on Sevastopol by the AFU: Naval drones attacked Sevastopol, the Black Sea Fleet repulsed the attack. This was announced on Wednesday by the city's governor Mikhail Razvozhaev.In the early morning, our fleet repelled an attack by naval drones. In total, three objects have been destroyed by this hour. They tried to enter the bay, and our sailors fired small arms fire at them. The air defense system also worked on an air target, " Razvozhaev wrote.
According to him, the warships were not damaged as a result of the attack, but windows were broken in several buildings. "From the explosions of destroyed enemy naval drones in buildings on [the street] Lenin, 2, in the House of Moscow broke the glass. People were not injured, " the governor said.
According to him, the military confidently repelled the attack of enemy drones. Monitoring of the situation continues. All operational services are on standby
😳😡😡Some people think:
The collapse of the US banks means only one thing - the likelihood of a large-scale war has increased dramatically. The US has no other option for getting out of the depression but to launch a large-scale war during which they can write off their debts, and the debt is crazy, over 30 trillion dollars, plus the collapse of the banks. Therefore, only war is a way out
😳White House spokesman John Kirby said the coming weeks would be "critical" for Ukraine.
Russia will try to launch another offensive soon.
🇬🇧 Transfer of ammunition with uranium to Ukraine is not a nuclear escalation
British Foreign Office
❗️🇬🇧Most countries do not share the West's views on the Ukrainian crisis, Guardian columnist Jonathan Steele wrote.
"Now, 30 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there are signs that the end of the unipolar world with American dominance is near," the journalist said.
🚨BREAKING - The US is flying surveillance drones farther south above the Black Sea after a Russian jet collided with a US drone last week, according to two US officials.
❗🇺🇸 U.S. Air Force Says All Photos / Videos of 2023 Balloon Shootdowns Classified and will not released for the public.
🚨BREAKING - Azerbaijan has cut off gas supply from Armenia to the karabakh region.
Nagorno Karabakh’s national gas operator Artsakhgas said on March 22 that Azerbaijan blocked the Armenia-Artsakh gas pipeline at midnight.
🇺🇸🇵🇭US to Gain Military Access in North Philippines Near Taiwan
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said the US will gain expanded access to military sites in northern Philippines close to Taiwan - Bloomberg
🇺🇸🇪🇺🇷🇺🇨🇳🇮🇷🇰🇵 John Bolton: "I think that the Russia-China axis is being formed, to which Iran and North Korea are adjacent. Look at the map, look at the geography, we need to take this seriously."
🇺🇸🇷🇺⚔️🇺🇦The official representative of the US National Security Council, John Kirby, said that the coming weeks will be "critical" in the war.
He said that Vladimir Putin would "try to mount another offensive and maybe along many different vectors."
When asked by a CNN correspondent if Kiev spends too much time fighting for Bakhmut, Kirby replied that Ukrainians are still "bravely fighting" in the city in the east of the country.
At the same time, he stressed that the United States will continue to provide Ukraine with "everything that is necessary."
"We need to make sure that we are doing everything possible so that Ukraine is ready for this," he said.
Kirby said that the United States wants Ukrainians to be able to protect themselves from any Russian offensive, and also have the opportunity to "conduct their own offensive operations at any time and in any place, as well as on any scale."
🇺🇸🚁🇸🇰✈️🇺🇦🇷🇺Slovakia will transfer MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine in the coming weeks
Slovakia will transfer supersonic MiG-29 fighters withdrawn from the national Air Force to Ukraine in the coming weeks. Acting Prime Minister of Slovakia Eduard Heger told the Markiza TV channel on Tuesday.
"The fighters will be delivered [to Ukraine] in the coming weeks," Heger said.
The United States has offered Slovakia 12 new Bell AH-1Z Viper helicopters to replace the MiG-29 fighters transferred by Bratislava to Ukraine, Slovak Defense Minister Yaroslav Nagy said on Wednesday morning.
🇵🇱🇷🇺🤝🇨🇳Poland considers it unsafe to strengthen relations between Russia and China
The head of the Polish government, Mateusz Morawiecki, said that the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Moscow causes concern
The visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Russia caused concern in Warsaw. This was stated on Wednesday at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the head of the Polish government Mateusz Morawiecki.
"The visit of the Chinese President to Moscow causes us concern," he said. According to Morawiecki, "the China-Russia axis is "unsafe." "We are trying to convince China not to support Russia," the Polish prime minister added.
🇯🇵🇷🇺The Japanese Prime Minister stated the need to maintain tough sanctions against Russia
Fumio Kishida also believes that it is important for allied countries, including Poland, to actively support Ukraine
Tough sanctions against Russia due to its actions in Ukraine must be maintained. This confidence was expressed by the head of the Japanese government Fumio Kishida at a joint press conference with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Tuesday.
"In order to stop the Russian invasion of Ukraine as soon as possible, it is important for the allied countries, including Poland, to continue cooperation, maintain tough sanctions against Russia and provide active support to Ukraine," he said.
🇷🇺🇨🇳🇺🇸🇺🇦The main thing from Dmitry Peskov's statements:
◾️Putin did not discuss Ukrainian peace plan with Chinese leader - there was an exchange of views on Chinese initiative,
◾️At the talks between Putin and Xi Jinping, issues of expanding Russian gas supplies to China were discussed
◾️Bloomberg's report that Xi Jinping allegedly did not agree to increase gas supplies from Russia is a low—skilled stuffing;
◾️It is recommended to read in detail the statements of Putin and Xi Jinping on the development of relations between Russia and China for a better understanding of the outcome of the meeting;
◾️Coverage of Xi Jinping's state visit to Russia in the West is predictably unfriendly and deeply hostile, but the main thing is the results;
🇩🇪🇷🇺The State Duma at its plenary session on Wednesday will consider a draft statement recognizing the actions of Germany and its accomplices during the Great Patriotic War as genocide of the peoples of the USSR, as well as a draft denunciation of agreements on the procedure for pension provision of military personnel of the CIS member states. In addition, the deputies will discuss the draft basic law on northern import.
The draft statement of the State Duma on the recognition of the actions of Germany and its accomplices during the Great Patriotic War as genocide of the peoples of the USSR was submitted to the Duma Committee on International Affairs. The document notes that "the attempts of today's German authorities to promote a false thesis about the alleged joint responsibility and identity of Hitler's Germany and the USSR look especially cynical." At the same time, the German authorities "shy away from any steps to perpetuate the memory of millions of peaceful Soviet citizens," the deputies said.
🇬🇧🇺🇦☢️⚛️🇧🇾🇷🇺Lukashenko – about Britain's plans to supply depleted uranium shells to Ukraine: "And Russia will supply us with ammunition with real uranium. If they [the British] are mad, then they will give this process an impetus. That's the scariest and most dangerous."
🇬🇧🇺🇦☢️⚛️🇷🇺The UK's supply of depleted uranium shells to Ukraine does not lead to a nuclear escalation of the conflict. This point of view was expressed on Wednesday by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, James Cleverley.
"There is no nuclear escalation. The only country that talks about nuclear aspects is Russia," the head of the Foreign Office said. According to him, Russia is not in danger, "we are talking exclusively about helping Ukraine to protect itself.
🇰🇵⚛️☢️North Korea Foreign Ministry said that forcing denuclearization is equal to declaring war on North Korea - KCNA
✅🇸🇪🗳🇺🇸🇪🇺The Swedish parliament voted for the country's membership in NATO
The Swedish parliament on Wednesday supported the country's membership in NATO. The meeting was broadcast on the website of the legislative body.
269 deputies voted for joining the alliance, 37 against. Members of the Left Party and the Party of Environmental Protection opposed the country's accession to the military bloc.
🇺🇸🏴☠️🇷🇺Blinken: adding Russia to the list of sponsors of terrorism would have undesirable consequences
According to the US Secretary of State, the US authorities are considering other measures
Washington believes that adding Russia to the American list of countries that sponsor terrorism may entail undesirable consequences, the US authorities are considering other measures. This was stated on Wednesday by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee of the US Congress.
🇩🇪🪖55% of German residents are afraid of dragging their country into the war.
These are the results of a sociological survey by the German insurance company R+V, the n-tv channel reports.
According to the study, this figure has increased by 13% compared to 2022.
It is also reported that 63% of Germans are afraid of the military defeat of Germany in this conflict (in 2022 – 40%) because of the poor readiness of the Bundeswehr.
Online translated version
🤡🇺🇸🇷🇺⚖️Graham: If Putin came to the US for whatever reason, would we turn him over to the ICC?
Blinken: Well, I can't get ahead of that,because I have to look at the laws and rules. As you know that we are not really a party to the ICC.
🇫🇷✈️🇺🇦France has been training pilots from Ukraine on Mirage 2000 aircraft for a month and a half. - Le Figaro
According to the publication, accelerated training on French fighter-bombers takes place at the Mont-de-Marsan and Nancy air bases. The decision to train pilots was made on the eve of President Vladimir Zelensky's visit to Paris on February 8.
In the event of a political decision, France could supply the Ukrainian army with a dozen fighters, the article says.
Paris is gradually abandoning the Mirage in favor of other aircraft, in particular, the Rafale. However, the modification of the Mirage 2000-C is considered a fairly good aircraft, which, after additional repairs, can be sold to interested countries.
🇺🇸⚛️☢️United States does not believe that depleted uranium ammunition poses a threat from the point of view of the spread of radiation - The White House
⚛️☢️Dmitry Medvedev:"Seriously.Has the threat of nuclear conflict passed? No, it has not passed! It has increased."
🇺🇸🪧Blinken hearing was interupted by Medea Benjamin(activist) and the woman had to be removed,since she said some truths....
"You are supposed to be a dplomat,start negotiating.If you don't like Chinese proposals, where are your peace proposals?"-she asked as she was led away from the hall by the police.
Foreign Affairs magazine has proposed the creation of a NATO analogue to the deployment of Western troops in Ukraine
The US magazine Foreign Affairs has proposed for the creation of a NATO analogue to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, which would involve the presence of Western troops in Ukraine, including US forces, but would be led by a neutral country.
"Western leaders should develop security mechanisms and consider strategies to assist Ukraine and manage future relations with Russia," according to the magazine, which is published by the Council on Foreign Relations, an American non-governmental organization.
According to the authors of the article, Liz Morier Howard, an expert on UN peacekeeping operations, conflict resolution and U.S. foreign policy, and Michael Edward O'Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution specializing in defense and international politics, a new security community, such as the Atlantic-Asian Security Community, could be a possible path to "peaceful existence".
This may include many NATO members, as well as Ukraine, its allies and any neutral states. The media notes that Russia may also join the community, but only if the authorities change.
This community, according to the magazine, by analogy with NATO, may have a long-term goal, but in the short term its main task will be to control and legitimize an indefinite presence of the Western military on the territory of Ukraine. The authors of the article do not rule out that the new community could be engaged for other tasks, including reaching an agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan, solving the migration crisis and combating terrorism.
"These troops - both from NATO and non-NATO countries - will monitor Russian forces, help train Ukraine's armed forces, assist in demobilization, monitor any future peace agreement and act as a 'stretching force' to prevent new Russian aggression," said in the article
Japanese prime minister arrives in Ukraine without advance notice
Fumio Kishida arrived in Kiev early on Tuesday morning by train from Poland to meet with Volodymyr Zelensky.
The politician is expected to promise Japan's support to Ukraine against Russia ahead of the May summit of the G-7 organization, which is currently chaired by Japan.
▪️ Previously, Tokyo's aid to Zelensky's regime was limited to non-combat military equipment, helmets, body armour and drones, as well as humanitarian supplies including generators.
- It is possible that this could change. Kishida is the first post-war Japanese leader to arrive in a country engaged in hostilities.
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Britain has officially announced that it will supply depleted uranium rounds to Ukraine.
These munitions contaminate the area and may cause oncological diseases.
In the past, depleted uranium munitions were used by US and NATO forces in bombardments in Yugoslavia and during the invasion of Iraq.
💥Source: Операция Z: Военкоры Русской Весны
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💢North Korea fired several cruise missiles towards the Japan Sea
🇬🇧📈UK Inflation in February was 10.4 percent
The rate of inflation has taken a surprise leap, driven by a rising cost of alcoholic drinks in pubs and food - partly a consequence of the recent salad shortage. - National Statistics Service
UK should first send salads to their people and then think about sendind depleted Uranium to Ukraine
🌐🏦🇺🇦Reuters: The World Bank, the EU and Kiev estimated the cost of restoring Ukraine at $411 billion
According to the agency, this amount is 2.6 times higher than the GDP of Ukraine
The World Bank (WB), the European Commission (EC) and the authorities in Kiev estimated the cost of restoring Ukraine at $411 billion. This was reported on Wednesday by Reuters.
As it stated, this amount is 2.6 times higher than Ukraine's GDP, according to estimates for 2022. The report prepared by the EC, the World Bank and Kiev covers one year from February 24, 2022.
In September 2022, a similar study estimated the cost of rebuilding Ukraine at $349 billion.
According to the parties, Ukraine needs investments for reconstruction in the amount of $14 billion this year. The report says that the extent of damage to Ukraine's energy system has increased fivefold compared to estimates for June 2022.
🇺🇸🔼💰The US Federal Reserve announced that it raised the base interest rate by 25 bps, to 4.75-5%
- another rate increase by 0.25%
- reduction of the rate by 0.75% in 2024
- the rate is 5.1% by the end of 2023, 4.3% by the end of 2024
- it may be necessary to increase the rate further
- the labor market is still very strong
- inflation has subsided, but still at a high level
- further reduction of the qt balance is appropriate
- the US banking system is strong banks
Recent financial turbulence could add to “downside risks” in the eurozone, European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde warned Wednesday, while insisting policymakers remained focused on taming sky-high inflation.
The collapse of three regional US lenders and the enforced UBS buyout of Swiss rival Credit Suisse plunged global markets into turmoil and triggered fears of a snowballing banking sector crisis.
Lagarde said the latest ECB forecasts — which lowered inflation projections and raised the growth outlook for this year — did not take into account the recent upheaval.
“Those tensions have added new downside risks and have made the risk assessment blurrier,” she said in a speech in Frankfurt.
She added that there was “additional uncertainty” when it came to the ECB projections.
The ECB president insisted, however, that if the most recent forecasts were confirmed, “we will still have ground to cover to make sure that inflation pressures are stamped out”.
Federal Reserve: FedNow Service is a new instant payment service in development. The goal is to enable financial institutions of every size to provide safe and efficient instant payment services in real time, around the clock, every day of the year.
Williams: This is a good thing. The Fed is starting to accommodate consumer and business needs to transfer money more quickly than has historically been the case.
First, there were checks. They were mailed, had to go through the post office, and then deposited into a bank account. It took days for those checks to clear and become available to the consumer or business. Then, there's Automated Clearing House (ACH). Although it was faster than mailing a check, it still takes one or two days for a payment to clear.
FedNow will change all that.
How will FedNow change business as usual?
Federal Reserve: Through financial institutions that participate in the FedNow Service, individuals and businesses will be able to send and receive payments instantly.
Williams: With fintech apps like PayPal, CashApp, and Venmo, money is transferred from one party to another instantly. This makes the Fed's current process too slow.
The Fed has been working to speed up the time it takes to process money through the banking system. In essence, the Fed is catching up with how quickly fintech companies can transfer money.
- YELLEN: NOT CONSIDERING BROAD INCREASE IN DEPOSIT INSURANCE
... and the rest was silence... or rather selling.
Commenting on our chart, Bloomberg's Mark Cudmore noted it was Yellen who was "to blame for the stock slump", pointing out that "the pessimistic turn in US stocks began within a minute of Janet Yellen starting to speak."
The S&P 500 rose almost 1% in the first 47 minutes after the Fed decision. Powell wasn’t the problem either: the index was 0.6% higher in the first 17 minutes after his press conference started.
Why am I picking that exact timing of 2:47pm NY time? Because that is the minute Yellen started speaking at the Senate panel hearing. The high for the S&P 500 was 2:48pm NY time and it fell more than 2.5% over the subsequent 72 minutes. Good effort.
A temporary systemwide deposit guarantee is needed to stop the bleeding. The longer the uncertainty continues, the more permanent the damage is to the smaller banks, and the more difficult it will be to bring their customers back. -Ackman