(Photo by Alexey Kudenko - Host Photo Agency via Getty Images)Western nations should be bolder about confiscating Russian assets which they froze after the country's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said.
"We must be bolder in hitting the Russian war economy .... And we must be bolder in seizing the hundreds of billions of frozen Russian assets," he said .
Last month British Investment Minister Dominic Johnson met U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo to discuss the seizure of frozen Russian assets, but stressed this needed to be done in accordance with international law.
The European Union, U.S., Japan and Canada froze some $300 billion of Russian central bank assets in 2022 when Russia invaded Ukraine.
Sunak also urged the U.S. to continue to provide financial and military support for Ukraine.
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Lithuania, a NATO state that borders Russia, is acquiring tanks for the first time.
AdvertisementLithuania, a NATO member with Russia on its doorstep, is acquiring tanks for the first time in its history.
Vaidotas Urbelis, the policy director of Lithuania's defense ministry, told BI the purchase was driven by watching Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
It's the first time the country has acquired tanks since its independence from the collapsing Soviet Union in 1990.
Lithuania is also acquiring more armored vehicles and missiles, hosting more NATO troops permanently in the country, and strengthening its border fortifications.
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As the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine approaches, it has become a commonplace that time favors President Vladimir Putin.
For Mr. Putin, more concerned by Ukraine than any other country that arose from the wreckage of the Soviet Union, that alone is tantamount to defeat.
If the fundamental purpose of Mr. Putin’s war was to keep Ukraine within Russia’s orbit — politically, culturally and economically — it has had the opposite effect.
Ukraine’s leaders and citizens, particularly those from younger generations, have decided that their future lies with the West, not Russia.
Everywhere you go, Ukrainians speak Western languages, particularly English, in seemingly ever greater numbers.
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For more than a decade, he played a double game, giving the F.B.I.
In 2020, Mr. Smirnov told his F.B.I.
handler what prosecutors say was a brazen lie — that the oligarch owner of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma had arranged to pay $5 million bribes to both President Biden and his son Hunter.
The explosive claim was leaked to Republicans, who made Mr. Smirnov’s allegations a centerpiece of their now-stalled effort to impeach President Biden, apparently without verifying the allegation.
Last week, Mr. Smirnov, 43, was indicted on charges that he lied to investigators about the Bidens.
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Yulia Navalnaya, wife of late Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, attends the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, on February 16.
Kai Pfaffenbach/ReutersYulia Navalnaya said Monday that the Russian authorities are hiding her husband's body and “lying pathetically,” while waiting for traces of poisoning to disappear.
A CNN and Bellingcat investigation later uncovered that a Russian intelligence service squad planted the poison on his underwear.
Navalny returned to Russia in 2021 after being treated in Germany for Novichok poisoning.
Even today, no country outside of Russia is known to have developed the substance.
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Cryptic intelligence reports this week of Russia building an unspecified nuclear space weapon stoked fear among Americans who worried escalating nuclear threats could mean global catastrophe is near.
Experts on space security and the risks posed by nuclear weapons told Business Insider that rumors of Russia creating such a weapon are likely true but that it's not time to panic just yet.
NPR reported the White House confirmed that Russia is working on a weapon that could threaten satellites in space but that nothing has been deployed.
However, Russia has been developing anti-satellite weapons for years, John Erath, senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, told BI.
But that's where this gets a little bit complicated because a nuclear weapon isn't really that."
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But if it is what the White House suggests, we may now find ourselves facing this generation’s Sputnik moment.
Now that we know what Russia is planning, the United States cannot afford to be slow to act.
The 1967 Outer Space Treaty, to which Russia is a party, prohibits the placement of “nuclear weapons or any other kinds of weapons of mass destruction” in orbit around Earth.
While the United States has made advances in space defenses, it would struggle to defend its satellites against a nuclear attack in space.
We use satellites to collect intelligence and to detect missile launches, and for navigation, communications and controlling precision weapons.
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Tokyo CNN —Japan’s space agency says it has successfully launched its flagship H3 space rocket, a year after its maiden attempt ended in failure.
The H3 left the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan at 9:22 a.m. local time on Saturday, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said in a statement.
H3’s maiden launch ended in failure last March when its second stage failed to ignite and its controllers issued a destruct command just 15 minutes after lift-off.
That was just one of a string of problems for the maiden launch, which had already been postponed after ignition failures hit two of the rocket’s secondary booster engines.
Experts say this could be used for drinking water or for fuel as humanity pushes the boundaries of space exploration in the future.
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The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife, Anne Gelbspan, said.
Mr. Gelbspan’s career included reporting on dissidents in the Soviet Union and on F.B.I.
harassment of domestic critics, and his interest in the climate crisis, like those other subjects, came from a sense of outrage that powerful interests were suppressing information needed for democracy.
“I didn’t get into the climate issue because I love the trees — I tolerate the trees,” he said on YouTube last year.
“I got into the issue because I learned the coal industry was paying a handful of scientists under the table to say nothing was happening to the climate.”
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