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Turkey says it will not approve Finland and Sweden’s NATO memberships

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan holds a press conference during the NATO summit at the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on June 14, 2021.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated Ankara’s objections to Sweden and Finland joining NATO, saying Turkey would not approve the proposals.

It claims that the countries harbor people linked to groups Turkey considers terrorist organisations.

Finland and Sweden said they would send delegations to Ankara to persuade Turkey to accept their offer; However, Erdogan said they “shouldn’t disturb”.

“None of these countries have a clear and open stance against terrorist organizations,” Erdogan said at a press conference on Monday. said. “How can we trust them?”

NATO enlargement requires the unanimous agreement of the 30 existing members.

Turkey accuses Finland and Sweden of harboring members of the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. The PKK has clashed with Turkish security forces for years, but says their aim is to establish greater cultural and political rights for the Kurds and ultimately an independent Kurdish state.

CNBC reached out to the Swedish and Finnish foreign ministries for comment.

Erdogan also said that he could not accept the offers of Finland and Sweden due to the arms embargo imposed on Turkey by the countries after he entered Syria in 2019.

“First of all, we cannot say ‘yes’ to those who impose sanctions on Turkey’s NATO membership, which is a security organization.

— Holly Ellyatt

UNICEF warns Ukraine war could cause ‘catastrophic’ levels of malnutrition in children

UNICEF said nearly 13.6 million children under the age of five suffer from severe fatigue, a condition in which children are too weak for their height and cause their immune systems to weaken.

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According to UNICEF, the war in Ukraine, along with other global shocks to food security, is creating the conditions for a significant increase in life-threatening malnutrition for children.

The rising food prices caused by the war will increase the cost of “life-saving” therapeutic food treatment, the United Nations agency said in a statement. He added that severe malnutrition in children can go to “catastrophic levels.”

About 13.6 million children under the age of five suffer from severe exhaustion, a condition in which children are too weak for their height and cause their immune systems to weaken. The UN agency said in a press release.

The most effective cure is a ready-to-use therapeutic food, but its price is expected to increase by up to 16% in the next six months due to the sharp increase in the prices of the ingredients.

“For millions of children every year, these therapeutic paste bags are the difference between life and death,” said Catherine Russell, Executive Director of UNICEF.

Unicef ​​added that nearly 10 million children who are heavily spent do not have access to treatment, and 600,000 children may lose access at current spending levels.

Russell said that before the war in Ukraine started, conflicts, climate change and Kovid made it difficult for families to feed their children.

“The world is fast becoming a virtual box of preventable child deaths and children suffering,” he said.

“There is little time to reinvigorate a global effort to prevent, detect and treat malnutrition before a bad situation gets much, much worse,” he added.

– Abigail Ng

The British Ministry of Defense has said that Russia will heavily use artillery strikes in its advance in the eastern Donbas region.

A car drives past a large missile crater in front of an apartment block damaged in a Russian missile attack on May 06, 2022 in a city in the Donbas region of Ukraine.

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Britain’s Ministry of Defense said in its daily intelligence update that Russia will likely continue to rely on mass artillery strikes as it seeks to gain momentum in its advance in the eastern Donbas region.

The update added that Russia has proven its willingness to use strikes against enclaves.

In its update published on Twitter, the ministry estimated that around 3,500 buildings were destroyed or damaged in the Chernihiv district, north of Kiev, during Russia’s abandonment of its advance towards the Ukrainian capital. About 80% of the damage occurred in residences.

“The scale of this damage demonstrates that Russia is prepared to use artillery against enclaves with minimal respect for discrimination or proportionality,” the ministry said in its update posted on Twitter.

The ministry said Russia likely puts more reliance on such “indiscriminate” bombing because of its “unwillingness to take the risk of routinely flying combat aircraft beyond its front lines”.

— Weizhen Tan

More than 260 fighters evacuated from Mariupol steelworks

The Ukrainian military said on Monday that more than 260 Ukrainian fighters, including critically wounded, were evacuated from a steel mill in the devastated city of Mariupol and taken to areas under Russian control.

Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said that 53 seriously injured fighters were taken to a hospital in Novoazovsk, east of Mariupol. 211 fighters were evacuated to Olenivka via a more humane corridor. “There will be an exchange for their return home,” he said.

Malyar said missions are underway to rescue the remaining fighters at the facility, the last stronghold of resistance in the devastated southern port city.

“Thanks to the defenders of Mariupol, Ukraine has gained a critically important time to create reserves, regroup forces and seek help from partners,” he said. “And they have fulfilled all their duties. But it is not possible to unblock Azovstal by military means.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the evacuation of fighters from Azovstal to the separatist-controlled area was to save their lives. He said the “severely injured” received medical attention.

“Ukraine needs Ukrainian heroes to survive. This is our principle,” he said. “The work is ongoing to bring the kids home and it takes tact and time.”

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President Putin says NATO enlargement ‘a problem’

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech when he meets Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in Helsinki, Finland, on August 21, 2019. Russian President Putin is on a one-day visit to Finland.

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Moscow wasted no time in expressing its feelings about the possible expansion of the Western military alliance, NATO, and President Putin said on Monday it was a “problem”.

In comments reported by Reuters, Putin claimed the move was in the interests of the United States and insisted that Russia would respond to Sweden and Finland expanding military infrastructure, but insisted Moscow “had no problems” with the countries.

Putin’s comments came after other senior Kremlin officials condemned future NATO expansion, and one said it was a “serious mistake” with global consequences.

Holly Ellyatt

McDonald’s announces it will sell its business in Russia

The logo of the McDonald’s restaurant is seen in the window with the reflection of the Kremlin tower in the center of Moscow, Russia, March 9, 2022.

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McDonald’s said on Monday it will sell its business in Russia, a little over two months after it shut down operations in the country due to the invasion of Ukraine.

“The humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine and the accelerating unpredictable work environment has led McDonald’s to conclude that continued business ownership in Russia is no longer reasonable and is not consistent with McDonald’s values,” the company said in a statement. newsletter.

Russian forces, led by President Vladimir Putin, are accused of committing a series of war crimes during their offensive against Ukraine.

The exit of McDonald’s from Russia is the bitter end of a once promising era. The company, which is among the most recognizable symbols of American capitalism, opened its first restaurant in Russia over 32 years ago as the communist Soviet regime collapsed.

Mike Calia

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