Are the Baltic republics ready?
20 April 2022 | 3:10 pm
Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks has said the Russian invasion of Ukraine has united the West, and that Kyiv has earned a right to be granted candidate status to the European Union. Ukraine has paid in blood, Pabriks told DW's Sarah Kelly.
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said that the success of negotiations depends on Russia approaching them with good faith without dictating ultimatums. He spoke with France 24's Marc Perelman about the situation in the cities of Mariupol and Odessa, the negotiations that will take place on Monday and what Ukraine expects from Europe.
Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets granted an interview to FRANCE 24. Her country is one of the five EU member states that border Russia. Liimets explained why Estonia strongly supports Ukraine’s bid to join the EU. She also warned that "we have to be very cautious" in talks with Russia, adding that "we have to be prepared for long-term instability in Europe" as a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The German town of Jemgum is the site of a huge gas storage facility owned by a subsidiary of Russia's energy giant Gazprom. The mayor now wants the operators to foot the bill for the costs it incurs his town.
The number of Ukrainians fleeing the war keeps climbing. Within a few days, volunteers in the border cities of Frankfurt (Oder) in Germany and Slubice in Poland have put together a large support network for refugees.
A carbon tax is set to be introduced in January in the hope companies will switch to climate-friendly energy sources. But businesses are already complaining about costs while they are still struggling from the pandemic.
German schools want to make sure that Ukrainian refugee children do not lose out on education. But after two years of COVID pandemic the system is already overstretched.
Ferat Kocak from the socialist Left party wasn't told of a fresh threat against him by the far-right NSU 2.0 terrorist group, German media reported. His car and parents' home were damaged in an arson attack in 2018.
Germany has vowed to wean itself off Russian gas imports in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine. Economy Minister Robert Habeck is visiting Qatar, one of the world's largest exporters of liquified natural gas (LNG).
Relations between India and China took a nosedive after deadly border clashes in June 2020. The Chinese foreign minister's visit marks the first high-level trip by a Chinese official in nearly two years.
Beijing's top diplomat Wang Yi has met with top Taliban leaders in Kabul for the first time since the fundamentalist group took power in August. Wang also visited India amid a controversy regarding Kashmir.
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