At Shangri-La meetings, Chinese war rhetoric goes up a notch against the West

Speaking at the Shangri-La meetings, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe said that the reunification between the People's Republic of China and Taiwan would unquestionably take place, and that China would fight "to the end" against anyone who tries to oppose it. Begun in 2002, the Shangri-La Dialogue, organized each year in Singapore by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, brings together some fifty countries from the Pacific theater for political and security discussions. In recent years, however, these meetings have become the site of verbal sparring and growing invective between China and the Western camps, particularly about Taiwan autonomy. This…

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Did Sweden shoot itself in the foot regarding its NATO candidacy?

In order to protect her Minister of Justice from a vote of no confidence, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson negotiated an agreement with Swedish MP Amineh Kakabaveh of Kurdish origin and former Peshmerga, guaranteeing her not to give in to Turkish demands regarding the Swedish membership in NATO. Since the announcement of Finnish and Swedish candidacies to join the Atlantic Alliance, Turkish President RT Erdogan has shown himself to be very hostile to this possibility, blaming the two Scandinavian countries not only for the arms embargo pronounced by Stockholm against Ankara, but also a complacent policy towards Kurdish refugees, and in particular members of the YPG and…

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With the delivery of Slovak S-300PMUs, the West shifts into high gear to support Ukraine

While since the beginning of the conflict, the West had been confined to reacting on the international scene against Russia, in particular by delivering only light or defensive armaments to Ukraine, the dynamic seems to have evolved considerably in recent days. Thus, after the announcement of the delivery of several dozen T-72M1 tanks and BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles from the reserves of the Czech army, it is the turn today of Slovakia to announce the transfer of its unique S-300PMU long-range anti-aircraft defense battery to Ukraine, information confirmed by Slovak Prime Minister Edouar Heger on Twitter. Britain, from its…

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Can Russia still impose itself militarily in Ukraine?

“The Special Military Operation in Ukraine is proceeding according to plan”. This is how General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, presented his daily briefing yesterday, Thursday March 10, after 15 days of war. However, many information radically contradict this statement, and it seems, on the contrary, that this military operation which was to be only a formality for the super-powerful Russian army, is turning into a veritable quagmire for Vladimir Putin. Faced with appalling losses in man and material, a difficult progression, distended lines, a Ukrainian resistance much more efficient and determined than envisaged as well as a response and mobilization...

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Cacophony within NATO over Polish MiG-29s

Yesterday evening we published an article (to avoid any confusion, it has been deleted and is accessible for information at the end of this article) concerning the announced decision of Warsaw to transfer its Mig-29 fighter planes to the American base of Rammstein in Germany, suggesting that the United States would ensure the delivery of these fighters to the Ukrainian air force in order to support the defense effort against Russian aggression. In the same press release, the Polish authorities announced that they would replace the aircraft offered indirectly to Ukraine, by acquiring second-hand combat aircraft with the same capabilities as those of its Mig-29s, suggesting that …

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How the Russian-Ukrainian war redrawn the world geopolitical map in a few days?

Beyond the heroic resistance of the Ukrainians and their president against the Russian forces, and the obvious change of strategy in the Kremlin's attack plan returning to a more conventional but also much more violent strategy vis-à-vis the civilian populations, Vladimir Putin's decision to launch this offensive against Ukraine has provoked, on an international scale, a geopolitical tidal wave of unprecedented magnitude since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Because if the Russian soldiers have seriously underestimated the resistance capacity of the soldiers but also of the Ukrainian civilians, the Kremlin has, for its part, deeply underestimated the unity and the response that will be demonstrated…

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The crisis is racing between Ukraine, Russia and the West

Tensions are now at their highest between Ukraine, its Western partners and Russia, and the chain of events seems to have accelerated in recent hours. After the foreseeable false start of February 16, the date publicly advanced by Washington as likely for a Russian attack against Ukraine, and after the factually unsubstantiated announcement of a partial withdrawal of Russian forces deployed along the Ukrainian border , these last hours have been the scene of a series of declarations from Moscow, Washington and Europe, showing a very disastrous trajectory for Ukraine and, more generally, for peace in Europe. 1- Discreet redeployment of forces…

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Russian military deployment around Ukraine reaches critical threshold

For several months now, since November 2021, the Russian armies have been deploying and stationing a large number of troops around Ukraine, whether along the border with Donbass, in Crimea, and along the northern border. from the country. At the Fun of December, physical and satellite observations made it possible to estimate the number of soldiers deployed in the immediate vicinity of Ukraine's borders at 100.000, and at around sixty the number of combined arms battalions, the Russian equivalent of the Battle Group Inter-Armes, or GTIA, French, constituted. But in recent days, Moscow has carried out a significant reinforcement of the forces deployed,…

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Washington hardens the tone vis-a-vis Moscow in the Ukrainian crisis

While many observations have confirmed the increase in the number of Russian soldiers deployed along the Ukrainian borders, to the east facing the Donbass, in Crimea but also in Belarus, where no less than 30.000 Russian soldiers are being deployed, and that the Russian fleet has begun vast naval maneuvers in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Sea bringing together 140 military ships, Washington has decided to considerably harden its tone in recent hours, in a joint action carried out at the White House, but also at the Pentagon, in the Congress and at the United Nations, in an atmosphere reminiscent of the darkest hours…

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Towards a failure of the Russia-NATO negotiations?

The negotiations which are being held this week in Geneva between the representatives of the Russian Federation and those of the Western camp, including the United States and NATO, have been experiencing a severe hardening since yesterday evening after the rejection, on the whole predictable, of the Westerners of the demands in the form of an ultimatum put on the table by the Kremlin. Since then, the situation has continued to deteriorate; and the statements, largely coming from the Russian side, raise fears of a very severe hardening of relations between the two camps, which could even lead to an armed conflict, in Ukraine or even beyond. Remember that Russia is demanding several concessions from NATO...

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