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Lithuania allocates funds in support of the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine

Friday, June 18, 2021

In order to support the efforts of the United Nations (UN) in the field of human rights, Lithuania has allocated 15 thousand euros to the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU). The UN HRMM in Ukraine monitors, reports and advocates on the human rights situation in Ukraine, with a particular focus on the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, temporarily occupied by the Russian…

Amid pandemic, number of people forced to flee homes has risen, says U.N.

Friday, June 18, 2021

The number of people forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution and human rights abuses has doubled in the past decade to reach 82.4 million at the end of last year, the United Nations said on Friday. “In the year of COVID, in a year in which movement was practically impossible for most of us… 3 million more people have been forcibly displaced,” U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees…

Russia says it expects U.S. arms control talks agreed at summit to start within weeks

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Russia expects arms control talks with the United States that were agreed at a summit in Geneva to start within weeks, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said in an interview published on the foreign ministry’s website on Thursday. U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed at a summit in Geneva on Wednesday to embark on an integrated bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue to lay the groundwork for future arms…

China launches first crew to new space station

Thursday, June 17, 2021

China has launched three astronauts into orbit to begin occupation of the country’s new space station. The three men – Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo – are to spend three months aboard the Tianhe module some 380km (236 miles) above the Earth. It will be China’s longest crewed space mission to date and the first in nearly five years. On Thursday, their Shenzhou-12 capsule successfully took off atop…

Polish minister: Baltic Pipe project will continue

Thursday, June 17, 2021

The Danish authorities have withdrawn the environmental permit for the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline in part of its territory on the grounds of the construction interfering in the habitat of mice and bats. Minister Piotr Naimski denied that this decision should in any way be linked to the decision recently taken by the European Court Justice (ECJ) on the Turow power plant in the south of Poland. Both are serious…

Reaction to Biden-Putin summit ranges from ‘positive’ to ‘disturbing’

Thursday, June 17, 2021

-U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed at their first summit on Wednesday to hold talks on arms control and cybersecurity. Here is some reaction to their bilateral meeting in Geneva. VLADIMIRKARA-MURZA, RUSSIANOPPOSITIONPOLITICIANANDVICEPRESIDENT, FREERUSSIAFOUNDATION “President Biden not only has the advantage of lessons learned from the failures of past administrations in dealing with Vladimir Putin, but I think he also has the advantage of a very high…

Baltic herring larvae appear earlier and grow faster due to climate change

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Data collected for over two decades shows that rising Baltic Sea water temperature is one of the main factors in the increasingly earlier appearance and faster growth of Baltic herring larvae. Baltic herring (Clupea harengus membras) is commercially the most important fish species in Finland, and an important part of the Baltic marine ecosystem. Conditions during herring spawning may have cascading effects on the whole Baltic ecosystem. According to a…

EU has carried out 300 million COVID-19 vaccinations – Von der Leyen

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The European Union has passed the 300 million COVID-19 vaccinations threshold, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday. “We have passed 300 million vaccinations in the EU. Every day, we get closer to our goal: to have enough doses delivered to vaccinate 70% of adults in the EU next month,” Von der Leyen wrote on her Twitter account.

Biden: “I’m Not Looking For Conflict With Russia”

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

President Joe Biden responds to questions from the press after his meeting with NATO leaders on Monday and called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “worthy adversary.” JOE BIDEN: NATO, NATO stands together. That’s how we’ve met every other threat in the past. It’s our greatest strength as we meet our challenges of the future, and there are many. Can everyone, everyone in the room today understood the shared appreciation, quite…

Emmanuel Macron Sparred With Boris Johnson Over Brexit Geography At G7

Monday, June 14, 2021

Over years of discussions, UK and France have made little headway, agreeing multiple texts and deals only to find that their solutions fall well short of expectations, and then bickering over what to do. French President Emmanuel Macron stepped into the Brexit maelstrom on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit by sparring with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the post-Brexit geography of the United Kingdom and France.…