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Hong Kong CNN —China’s top diplomat Wang Yi has had a busy week in which two devastating conflicts have loomed large. Kuleba’s visit was the first time in the nearly 29 months of Russia’s war on Ukraine that a high-level Ukrainian official has visited China. Official statements from Beijing and Kyiv after Wednesday’s Wang-Kuleba talks gave no indication that the Ukrainian diplomat had swayed Beijing toward Kyiv’s vision for peace. Observers say Beijing could, at some point, play a role in any potential future talks, but is unlikely to shift its relationship with Russia. But it was met with some skepticism from observers in the region given the failure of past attempts at unity.
Persons: Hong Kong CNN —, Wang Yi, Wang, Fatah, Dmytro Kuleba –, , Kuleba, Beijing “, ” Wang, , Steve Tsang, Kuleba’s, Vladimir Putin, Volodymyr Zelensky, , Zelensky, Russia ”, Antony Blinken, Mahmoud al, Mussa Abu Marzuk, Pedro Pardo, Beijing’s, Wednesday’s Wang, ” Kuleba, Xi, Chong Ja Ian, Donald Trump, Trump’s, JD Vance, ” Chong, Jonathan Fulton Organizations: Hong Kong CNN, Hamas, Ukrainian, SOAS China Institute, University of London, Beijing, NATO, Central Committee, Fatah, China's, Getty, Foreign Ministry, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Kyiv, Observers, West, National University of Singapore, Republican, Global, , Palestinian, US State Department, West Bank ”, Atlantic Locations: China, Hong Kong, Beijing, Gaza, Ukraine, Russia, United States, Russian, Kyiv, Laos, AFP, Guangzhou, Ukrainian, Moscow, China’s, ” Russia, India, Brazil, Israel
More than 10,500 athletes from some 200 countries will participate in the Olympic Games in Paris, but only 15 of them will be from Russia. Back in Russia, the competition will not be shown on television for the first time since 1984. And media commentators expressed disgust that a drag queen carried the Olympic torch — which is antithetical to Russia’s increasing emphasis on what it calls “traditional values” and its crackdown on L.G.B.T.Q. It’s quite a comedown for Russia, a traditional Olympic powerhouse that for years used the competition as a way to project power and foster national pride, and often finished first in the final medal count. And it represents the price the country is paying for its invasion of Ukraine two years ago and the daily mayhem it inflicts there.
Organizations: Olympic Games Locations: Paris, Russia, Ukraine
It’s just a decisive move toward America First on foreign policy.”Trump’s selection of Vance is one of the clearest barometers of the former president’s tightening hold over the GOP. Those included Christian conservatives, the business community, congressional insiders and traditional Republican foreign policy hawks shaped by Ronald Reagan’s vision of the US as the muscular leader of the free world. Instead, with Vance, Trump chose an acolyte and potential successor who could deepen and extend the direction the former president has set for the party. Vance has been most unequivocal in criticizing the internationalist approach to foreign policy centered on robust alliances. With the selection of Vance, Trump has broadcast his belief that he has conclusively won the internal GOP debate over all aspects of US interactions with the world – foreign policy, immigration and trade.
Persons: Ohio Sen, JD, Donald Trump’s, Republican Party’s reorientation, Vance, Trump, Trump’s, , Bill Kristol, , It’s, Mike Pence, Ronald Reagan’s, Geoffrey Kabaservice, Dwight Eisenhower, Sen, Robert Taft, Taft, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George W, Bush, John McCain, Mitt Romney –, Patrick J, Buchanan’s, George H.W, George H.W . Bush, John Bolton, Bolton, James Mattis, Mark Esper, State Rex Tillerson, Mike Pompeo, Ivo Daalder, Barack Obama, Richard Fontaine, Republican Sen, Fontaine, “ Vance, Matthias Matthijs, Vance’s, Ohio Republican unreservedly, Donald Trump, ” Vance, Steve Bannon, Joe Biden, Adam Kinzinger, He’s, he’s, Biden, ” Trump, Vladimir Putin, Volodymyr Zelensky, ” Daalder, ” Matthijs, Putin, Aaron Friedberg, Gabriel Schoenfeld, Nikki Haley, Reagan, Haley Organizations: CNN, Ohio, Republican, GOP, Trump, America, New, Niskanen Center, Republican Party, American Free Trade, NATO, , H.R, McMaster, Defense, State, Chicago Council, Global Affairs, Center, New American Security, Johns Hopkins ’ School, International, Senate, Ohio Republican, NAFTA, Fox News, Air Force, National Guard, Businessweek, Taiwan, Biden, Chicago, South Carolina Gov, Ukraine Locations: New York, mollifying, Europe, Soviet Union, China, Canada, George H.W ., Asia, Ukraine, New American, Russian, Johns, America, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Israel, Taiwan, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Milwaukee, Moscow, , Wisconsin, Mexico ”, Kabul, Kyiv, Trump
CNN —Authorities in the city of Moscow are offering a record signing-on bonus for new recruits to fight in Ukraine, in the latest sign of a scramble to boost Russian troop numbers. Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin introduced the one-time signing bonus of 1.9 million rubles (about $22,000) for city residents who join the military, according to a statement on Tuesday. Putin initially ordered an immediate “partial mobilization” of Russian citizens in September 2022 following a string of defeats that caused recriminations in Moscow. Russia has recruited as many as 15,000 Nepalis to fight its war in Ukraine, with many of them left traumatized, while an unknown number remain missing or possibly dead. A Nepali soldier who spoke to CNN said Afghan, Indian, Congolese and Egyptian recruits were among those being trained in Russia’s military academies for foreign fighters.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Sergey Sobyanin, Putin, recriminations Organizations: CNN, Authorities, Moscow, Congress, Ukrainian, Kremlin Locations: Moscow, Ukraine, Kharkiv, Russia, Indian
Ukraine’s top diplomat met with China’s foreign minister on Wednesday in talks that signaled Kyiv’s increased willingness to pursue a diplomatic solution to the war with Russia and to have China play a more central role in the effort. “I am convinced that a just peace in Ukraine is in China’s strategic interests,” Dmytro Kuleba said in a statement after a meeting with Wang Yi, the Chinese official, in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. “China’s role as a global force for peace is important.”Mr. Kuleba made clear that Ukraine attached conditions to such negotiations, saying it would only engage Russia when Moscow was “ready to negotiate in good faith.” He added: “No such readiness is currently observed on the Russian side.”Mr. Kuleba is visiting China for the first time since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. His trip comes as Ukraine is slowly losing ground in the war and faces growing uncertainty about the level of support it will have from the West. Moscow and Kyiv briefly held peace talks in the spring of 2022 but they quickly broke down over critical issues.
Persons: Kyiv’s, ” Dmytro Kuleba, Wang Yi, , Mr, Kuleba Locations: Russia, China, Ukraine, Guangzhou, Moscow, West, Kyiv
Editor’s Note: Rear Adm. Richard Timme retired from the US Coast Guard after 32 years of service. For the antithesis of this ethos, look directly at the China Coast Guard. It’s an homage, intended or not, to the nobility of purpose embodied in our coast guard. That is why I find the conduct of the China Coast Guard so jarring and disconcerting — such as attacking and destroying a Philippine resupply mission. Video Ad Feedback Shocking scenes as Filipino boats are targeted by the Chinese coast guard 03:04 - Source: CNNInstead of guarding, protecting, defending and saving, as a coast guard should do, the China Coast Guard is attacking, intimidating, violating and threatening its neighbors in the region.
Persons: Richard Timme, “ Gray, Adm, Samuel Paparo, Guard Cutter Healy, ’ EEZs, who’s Organizations: US Coast Guard, CNN, China Coast Guard, Guard, Navy, Mellon, Pacific, Center for Strategic, International Studies, CSIS, United Nations Convention, US Navy, Pacific Command, Arctic Council, Security, Polar, US, Coast Guard Locations: Philippine, China, Philippines, South, US, Richard Timme China, South China, People’s Republic, United States, Japan
CNN —Russia’s lower house of parliament has proposed punishing Russian soldiers caught using smartphones while fighting in Ukraine, state media TASS reported, amid growing concerns that electronic devices can reveal troops’ location on the battlefield. According to a draft law supported by the State Duma Committee on Defense, carrying internet-connected cell phones whose data can identify Russian troops or the location of forces will be classified as a “gross disciplinary offense” punishable by up to 10 days of arrest. Both Russian and Ukrainian militaries have reportedly used enemy cell phones to identify targets during the war, scraping data from photos and messages to track coordinates and launch attacks. Although the Kremlin has acknowledged the risks posed by soldiers carrying cell phones, Russian military bloggers have criticized the draft law, claiming it shows the Duma’s lack of understanding of the nature of modern warfare. Russian soldiers are already banned from publicly distributing information that could reveal the identity or location of military personnel.
Persons: United Kingdom –, Elon, , let’s Organizations: CNN, TASS, State, Defense, Ukraine’s Security, Russia’s Defense Ministry, Kremlin, Veteran Records, Duma, Federation Council Locations: Ukraine, United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ukrainian, Makiivka
It began in Tokyo when Simone Biles said she couldn’t go on and no one told her she’d better go anyway. We were all beaten down and battered,” Strug’s teammate Dominique Dawes says in “Simone Biles Rising,” a Netflix documentary. Simone Biles talks with coach Cécile Canqueteau-Landi after the vault that led her to withdraw from the team all-around at the Tokyo Olympics. Are they really letting Simone Biles try out for the Olympics? GO DEEPER Team USA's Olympics gymnastics leotards revealed: A look at the eight designs for Paris(Top illustration: Dan Goldfarb / The Athletic; photo of Simone Biles: Jamie Squire / Getty Images)
Persons: couldn’t, Kerri Strug, Béla Károlyi, , Larry Nassar, Simone Biles, Strug, Jack Youngblood’s, Kirk Gibson’s, Willis Reed’s, Michael Jordan’s, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Bill Clinton, , Doug Pensinger, Karolyi, Dominique Dawes, “ Simone Biles, Biles, Cécile Canqueteau, Landi, Robert Deutsch, “ It’s, I’ve, ” Simone, don’t, ” Simone Biles, Elsa, Getty, audibly —, “ They’ll, leotards, Dan Goldfarb, Jamie Squire Organizations: Paris Games, United, Olympic, Gymnastics, Paris, Planet Hollywood, Sports Illustrated, USA, Netflix, Team, U.S, Tokyo, Russian Olympic Locations: Atlanta, United States, Tokyo, U.S, American, Strug, Russia, USA, Paris
“I can say that all member states, with one single exception, were very much critical about this behavior,” he added. “European Union policy is not a pro-war policy. Borrell’s decision comes after European Council President Charles Michel firmly hit back at Orbán’s claim that the EU has led a “pro-war policy” in a letter published last week. “Russia is the aggressor and Ukraine is the victim exercising its legitimate right to self-defense. Russia is leading a war of aggression in blatant violation of international law, Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty in accordance with the UN Charter,” Michel wrote.
Persons: Viktor Orbán, ” Borrell, , , ” Borrel, Putin, Borrell’s, Charles Michel, ” Michel, Orbán, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Donald Trump, Orban, Ursula von der Leyen, ” Orban, Niamh Kennedy, James Frater, Amy Cassidy, Jennifer Hansler Organizations: London CNN, European Union, Union, European, EU, UN, Ukraine “, CNN Locations: Budapest, Brussels, Hungary, Ukraine, Hungary’s, Hungarian, Russia, Moscow, Beijing, Florida
European leaders have been relying on President Biden to guide them through some of the continent’s darkest days in decades. When Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, they found in him a shepherd of sorts, who worked with them to unite behind Kyiv and shaped the response to Russia’s aggression. Mr. Biden urged his European counterparts to impose sanctions on Russia quickly, and his administration lent expertise on how to do so in lock step with the United States. He pushed European allies to get it together when it came to defense and to commit to spend more on NATO.
Persons: Biden, Mr . Biden Organizations: NATO Locations: Russia, Ukraine, Kyiv, United States
Several European nations have reintroduced or expanded compulsory military service amid Moscow’s mounting threat, part of a range of policies aimed at boosting defenses that are likely to be scaled up even further. Compulsory military service was reintroduced on January 1 this year, after being abolished in 2006. In the UK, the Conservatives floated the idea of military service in their ill-fated election campaign. In Lithuania, for instance, opinions about military service among students vary, said Paulius Vaitiekus, president of Lithuania’s National Students’ Union. However as an alliance we do not prescribe mandatory military service,” Dakhlallah said.
Persons: , Robert Hamilton, Vladimir Putin “, Wesley Clark, we’ve, Clark, , Arturs Pīlācis, Ints Kalnins, Jonas Gahr Støre, Jens Bartnes, ” Bartnes, Max Henrik Arvidson, Boris Pistorius, Thomas Frey, Sean Monaghan, Paulius Vaitiekus, Vaitiekus, Monaghan, Hamilton, it’s, ” Radebo, Mikael Sjoberg, Russia’s, Farah Dakhlallah, Dakhlallah, ” Dakhlallah, ” Monaghan, Donald Trump –, ” Clark Organizations: CNN, Foreign Policy Research Institute, US Army, Allied, Europe, NATO, ” Latvian, Reuters, European Union, Conservatives, Federal, of Defense, Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic, International Studies, Lithuania’s, ’ Union, Finnish Defence Forces, Swedish Armed Forces, Marinette, Ministry of Defense, Bloomberg, Getty Locations: Russia, Ukraine, Kyiv, Europe, Eurasia, Kosovo, Scandinavia, Latvia, , Riga, Norway, Norwegian, Germany, B'chel, Lithuania, Ukrainian, NATO, Finland, Soviet Union, Sweden, NATO’s, Swedish, Gotland, Visby, Moscow, Crimea
CNN —President Joe Biden ran for reelection to save democracy. “It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as your President,” Biden said in a letter he posted to X on Sunday afternoon. His struggles validated concerns of majorities of voters that he would be too old for a second term that would have ended when he is 86. But in the end, Biden could not find a way to make voters unsee the poignant picture of an 81-year-old commander in chief who appeared to have seriously declined and was stumbling in the debate. Years earlier, in March 1952, Harry S. Truman, another Democratic president, had decided not to seek his own second term.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, ” Biden, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, Still Biden, Lyndon Johnson, , Trump, Biden’s, , he’s, plagiarizing, Obama, Hillary Clinton, he’d, Beau, Hunter, Johnson, Robert F, Kennedy, President Hubert Humphrey, Republican Richard Nixon, Harry S, Truman, Adlai Stevenson, Republican Dwight Eisenhower, Harris Organizations: CNN, Democratic, Biden, Trump, American, White, Overseas, NATO, , Democratic Party, Republican Party, Republican Locations: Delaware, Chicago, Atlanta, American, Ukraine, Afghanistan, British, Milwaukee
Gavin Newsom of California, had previously said he would not challenge Ms. Harris. He often rambles incoherently in interviews and at campaign rallies and has confused names, dates and facts just as Mr. Biden has. Mr. Biden consistently maintained that his experience was an advantage, enabling him to pass landmark legislation and manage foreign policy crises. He maintained that he was the Democrat best equipped to defeat Mr. Trump given that he did so in 2020. On the international front, Mr. Biden revitalized international alliances that frayed under Mr. Trump, rallying much of the world to stand against Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
Persons: Biden, Kamala Harris, Donald J, Trump, , Mr, Ms, Harris, , it’s, I’ve, Kamala, , Gretchen Whitmer, Gavin Newsom, pollsters, Franklin, Lyndon, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, Biden’s, James K, Polk, James Buchanan, Rutherford B, Hayes, Lyndon Johnson, John F Organizations: Sunday, Trump, Democratic, Democratic Party, Gov, Mr, Democratic National Convention, Senate, Democrat, White, Roosevelt’s, Society, Supreme, Republican, Republicans, Hamas Locations: Michigan, California, Chicago, Europe, County, Delaware, Ukraine, Israel, Gaza, Rafah, Afghanistan, Kabul, U.S, Vietnam
Former US President Donald Trump told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “not to believe the ‘fake news’” that his possible reelection would help Russia, the Ukrainian president’s press secretary said Saturday. The two also talked about the latest Russian attacks on Ukraine and “agreed in principle” to hold a joint meeting, he said. The phone call between Trump and Zelensky marked their first conversation since the former president left the White House, and came the day after Trump formally accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for president. Trump’s newly minted running mate, Ohio Sen. JD Vance, is a staunch critic of sending support to Ukraine. Trump on Friday said he “had a very good phone call” with Zelensky, while the Ukrainian president said he wished Trump “strength and absolute safety in the future,” and “noted the vital bipartisan and bicameral” US support for Ukraine.
Persons: Donald Trump, Volodymyr Zelensky “, Serhiy Nikiforov, , Trump, , ” Nikiforov, , Ohio Sen, JD Vance, Zelensky, Germany — Organizations: Ukrainian, Trump, White, Republican, Ukraine Locations: Russia, Ukrainian, Ukraine, Moscow, Ukraine’s, United States, Germany, Kyiv
Zelensky suggested Moscow should send a delegation to the next peace summit that he hopes to hold in November. Kyiv is currently facing the double whammy of a difficult frontline situation and political uncertainty over the level of future support from Ukraine’s closest allies. Trump and Zelensky spoke on Friday in what Trump called a “had a very good phone call”. Putin said Russia would end its war in Ukraine if Kyiv surrendered the entirety of four regions claimed by Moscow: Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia. Despite being considerably bigger and stronger than Ukraine, Russia has not managed to fulfil its territorial goals – even when Kyiv was receiving only limited help from the West.
Persons: Volodymyr Zelensky, Zelensky, , Germany –, Ukraine John Herbst, Donald Trump, JD Vance, Herbst, Trump, , Vladimir Putin, Putin, Orysia Lutsevych, Russia … Putin, Lutsevych, Riley Bailey, Bailey, , ” Bailey, hasn’t, Vance, Libkos, Ukraine wasn’t, doesn’t, ” Herbst, Ukraine doesn’t, you’re Organizations: CNN, NATO, Monday, Aspen Security, , Chatham House, Kyiv, Trump, Democrats, Locations: Russia, Moscow, Switzerland, Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine’s, United States, Germany, Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Eurasia, Chatham, Kharkiv, Europe, Afghanistan, Crimea, Kerch, Russian
CNN —Residents in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar staged a rare protest on Saturday over electricity cuts and water supply interruptions due to a power grid failure amid record-high temperatures. Angry residents gathered on the streets near residential buildings shouting “Give me light,” after experiencing power cuts for several days, videos posted on social media show. Work to repair the accident is underway and residents are being supplied with drinking water, the city’s mayor Evgeny Naumov said Saturday. The power cuts came as the city is experiencing unusually high temperatures and on Friday a daily record was set for the fourth day in a row, according to Russian state news agency TASS. The government has introduced war censorship laws that can result in severe punishment, including imprisonment, for discrediting the military.
Persons: Evgeny Naumov, Krasnodar Governor Veniamin Kondratyev, Kondratyev, , ” Kondratyev Organizations: CNN, Residents, TASS, Rostov Nuclear Locations: Russian, Krasnodar, Krasnodar Governor, Rostov, Russia, Ukraine
Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky became the first foreign leader to attend Britain’s cabinet meeting in person since former U.S. president Bill Clinton in 1997, in a public display of Britain’s staunch support for Ukraine as doubts grow about future U.S. military aid if Donald J. Trump wins a second presidential term. Mr. Zelensky briefed the British government’s top ministers on Friday on his country’s military conflict with Russia, while discussing moves to prevent oil tankers from breaching international sanctions against Moscow. The Ukrainian president, who was greeted with a standing ovation, was the first foreign leader to be invited into Downing Street by Keir Starmer, the new British prime minister, following his general election victory earlier this month. The two leaders also discussed a new defense export support treaty designed to boost production of military hardware and weaponry in both countries. Mr. Zelensky’s visit to Downing Street followed his attendance on Thursday at a summit of more than 45 European leaders at Blenheim Palace, near Oxford, where Ukraine was high on the agenda, and where he won renewed pledges of support for his battle against the forces of Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin.
Persons: Volodymyr Zelensky, Bill Clinton, Donald J, Zelensky, Keir Starmer, Zelensky’s, Vladimir V, Putin Organizations: Trump, British, Moscow, Downing Locations: Ukraine, Russia, Blenheim, Oxford
However, Russia and Belarus are exceptions due to the invasion of Ukraine,” a Hiroshima city government spokesperson told CNN. Envoys from Russia and Belarus haven’t attended since Hiroshima excluded them in 2022 following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in February that year. Russia used Belarus as one of the launch pads for its assault and later moved some of its tactical nuclear weapons there. “As a city of international peace, Hiroshima city needs to invite all nations, regardless of whether they are at war or not,” said Kunihiko Sakuma, president of Hiroshima Hidankyo, an atomic bomb survivors’ advocacy group. Hiroshima authorities said they only send invitations to countries with embassies in Japan and have never invited Palestinian representatives to the ceremony.
Persons: haven’t, Israel, , Hiroshima’s, Belarus haven’t, Tetsuji Kumada, Khan Younis, Mohammed Salem, Fumio Kishida, Volodymyr Zelensky, Naoya Azuma, Kunihiko Sakuma, Yoko Kamikawa, Junko Ogura Organizations: Tokyo CNN —, CNN, , , European Union, Hiroshima’s, Russia, Hamas, Reuters, AP Japan, Kyodo, ” Kyodo, Mission of Locations: Tokyo CNN — Hiroshima, Gaza, Hiroshima, Israel, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, , “ Russia, Nagasaki, Palestine, Japan, Israeli, Al, Khan, Reuters Japanese, Hiroshima Peace, Kyiv, Tokyo, Mission of Palestine
CNN —Former President Donald Trump said he “had a very good phone call” with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday. It also comes amid concerns in Europe about what Trump’s policy toward the Russia-Ukraine war would be if he were to win the presidential election in November. “President Zelenskyy of Ukraine and I had a very good phone call earlier today. Trump and Zelensky also have their own history. Last week, when Zelensky was in the US, he said that “everyone is waiting for November,” including Putin.
Persons: Donald Trump, , Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump, Zelenskyy, ” Trump, Zelensky, ” “, , ” Zelensky, Russia –, Joe Biden, Hunter, Putin, Biden, Kylie Atwood, Mariya Knight Organizations: CNN, White, Republican, Republican National Convention, Kyiv, NATO, Trump, White House, Ukraine Locations: Europe, Russia, Ukraine, United States, Pennsylvania, American, Kyiv, Washington
The only surprise in the guilty verdict against Evan Gershkovich, a Wall Street Journal correspondent who was arrested in Russia last year on phony charges of espionage, was that it came so quickly. No evidence was ever made public, the hearings were held in secret, and Mr. Gershkovich’s lawyers were barred from saying anything in public about the case. Mr. Gershkovich’s arrest, trial and conviction all serve President Vladimir Putin’s goal of silencing any honest reporting from inside Russia about the invasion of Ukraine and of making Russians even warier of speaking with any foreigner about the war. Independent Russian news outlets have been almost entirely shut down and their journalists imprisoned or forced to leave the country, so foreign correspondents are among the few remaining sources of independent reporting from inside Russia. Mr. Gershkovich’s last published article before his arrest, on March 29, 2023, was headlined “Russia’s Economy Is Starting to Come Undone” — just the sort of vital independent journalism that challenges Mr. Putin’s claims of a strong and vibrant Russia fighting a just war.
Persons: Evan Gershkovich, Gershkovich’s, Vladimir Putin’s, Putin’s, Gershkovich Organizations: Street Journal, Independent Locations: Russia, Ukraine, Independent Russian, Washington, Russian, Yekaterinburg
Trump and Vance at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on July 16. Here are some key things to know about Trump’s VP pick:Once a Trump critic CNN reported last month that Vance liked tweets in 2016 and 2017 that harshly criticized Trump and his policies. Pivot to support Trump “Like a lot of people, I criticized Trump back in 2016,” Vance told CNN in 2021. Vance earlier this year told ABC he would not have certified the 2020 election results until states submitted pro-Trump electors. He committed to accepting the 2024 election results in May in an interview with CNN, provided it’s a “free and fair election” and despite the winner.
Persons: Trump, Vance, Bernadette Tuazon, Donald Trump’s, JD Vance, , “ America’s Hitler, Peter Thiel, ” Vance, , Mike Pence, Joe Biden Organizations: Fiserv Forum, CNN, Trump, Trump ” Republican, Trump’s, ABC Locations: Milwaukee , Wisconsin, Ohio, Ukraine, New York
Reuters —Germany plans to halve its military aid to Ukraine next year, despite concerns that US support for Kyiv could potentially diminish if Republican candidate Donald Trump returns to the White House. German aid to Ukraine will be cut to €4 billion ($4.35 billion) in 2025 from around €8 billion in 2024, according to a draft of the 2025 budget seen by Reuters. Germany has faced criticism for repeatedly missing a NATO target of spending 2% of its economic output on defense. Days after Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine, Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced a “Zeitenwende” – German for historic turning point - with a €100 billion special fund to bring the military up to speed. The defense budget is set to receive a meagre €1.3 billion more than in 2024, far below the €6.7 billion requested by Pistorius.
Persons: Donald Trump, Christian Lindner, Trump, JD Vance, Olaf Scholz, Kay Nietfeld, Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Boris Pistorius, Pistorius . Scholz, Zelensky, John MacDougall, , , Ingo Gaedechens Organizations: Reuters, House, Group, German, Washington, Ukraine, Trump, NATO, Social Democrats, Greens, Defense, Getty, CDU Locations: Germany, Ukraine, , Europe, United States, Russia, Irpin, Kyiv, Berlin
Tokyo CNN —America’s two most powerful allies in the Pacific are taking their defense ties to new heights amid increasing concerns over China’s assertiveness in the region and North Korean threats, Japan’s top general said Thursday. Yoshida called on Japan, South Korea and the United States to “demonstrate our strong unity domestically and globally to ensure regional peace and stability.”But bilateral cooperation between Japan and South Korea is the most noteworthy result of this week’s meeting in Tokyo. Kim said he and Yoshida “share a lot of the same thoughts,” an acknowledgment of the mutual perspective on the regional threat posed by China and North Korea. Last month, Japan and South Korea joined the US in the inaugural Freedom Edge in the Pacific, a military exercise that focused on ballistic missile and air defense, anti-submarine warfare and more. “Domestic politics remain complicated in Seoul and Tokyo, but policymakers and military professionals want to lock in coordinated responses to North Korea, Russia, and China before any major political changes occur in Washington,” Easley said.
Persons: Tokyo CNN —, China’s, CQ, Kim Myung, Yoshihide Yoshida, , Yoshida, South Korea’s Kim, Kim, Yoshida “, James Brown, Yoon Suk Yeol, Moon Jae, Brown, they’ve, Japan ”, Joe Biden’s, Biden, Joe Biden, Fumio Kishida, Camp David, Andrew Harnik, Lloyd Austin, , ” Leif, Eric Easley, ” Easley Organizations: Tokyo CNN, Joint Chiefs, CQ Brown, South, East, , Temple University, Tokyo ., Japan's, Camp, US, Korean, Japanese Defense Ministry, NATO, CNN, Ewha Womans University Locations: China, East China, South China, North Korea, , Russia, Japan, South Korea, United States, Tokyo, South, Seoul, Pacific, Camp, Singapore, Washington, Europe
Two-and-a-half years after Chancellor Olaf Scholz vowed to overhaul Germany’s military, his government’s proposed budget for 2025 calls for only a modest increase in defense spending. The draft budget was deeply disappointing to those looking for signs that Germany would live up to Mr. Scholz’s promise of a “Zeitenwende,” defined by the chancellor himself as an “epochal tectonic shift” in strategy, which he announced with great fanfare in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. With the war in Ukraine grinding on, Russia continuing to saber-rattle and Donald J. Trump gaining momentum for a return to the White House, Germany has been under increasing pressure from its allies to step into a more robust security role. To live up to that pledge, Boris Pistorius, Germany’s defense minister, had asked for an increase of 6.7 billion, or $7.3 billion, over the 52 billion euros, or nearly $57 billion, in this year’s budget. The shortfall deepened concerns that Mr. Scholz’s unpopular government lacks the will or political backing to push Germans to overcome their historical reluctance to take the lead militarily since the calamity of World War II.
Persons: Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Scholz’s, Donald J, Boris Pistorius Organizations: Trump, White Locations: Germany, Ukraine, Russia
CNN —American citizen Travis Leake has been sentenced to 13 years in a penal colony in Russia, state media RIA Novosti reported Thursday, after he was detained on drug charges last year. A Moscow court had accused the “former paratrooper and musician” of engaging in a narcotics business, according to RIA. Leake pleaded not guilty to the charges, Russian state media TASS said. From January to June 2023, Leake allegedly purchased narcotic drugs from an accomplice in another criminal case, Russian state media reported, citing Moscow’s prosecutor’s office. A second person involved in the case was also found guilty and sentenced to time in a penal colony, Russian state media reported Thursday.
Persons: Travis Leake, , Leake, , ” Leake, Evan Gershkovich, Anthony Bourdain, Moscow’s Organizations: CNN, Novosti, RIA, TASS Locations: Russia, Moscow, Washington, Ukraine, American, Lovi, St . Petersburg
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