Speed in training our forces, speed in supplying tanks to Ukraine. Ukraine and Russia have been relying primarily on Soviet-era T-72 tanks. U.S. President Joe Biden announced his decision to supply 31 M1 Abrams tanks hours after Berlin said it would provide Leopard 2 tanks - the workhorse of NATO armies across Europe. Germany will send an initial company of 14 tanks from its stocks and approve shipments by allied European states. "This extremely dangerous decision takes the conflict to a new level of confrontation," said Sergei Nechayev, Russia's ambassador to Germany.
Swiss Army knives are very popular in Russia, the fifth-largest market for manufacturer Victorinox © Keystone / Gaetan BallyLeading Swiss brands have withdrawn from Russia because of the war in Ukraine. But since the knives are very popular in Russia, it’s unsurprising that dealers continue to sell them through unofficial channels on the so-called grey market. But by no means all Swiss companies and brands have withdrawn from Russia. But the fact is that most companies simply do not know whether their products enter Russia via the grey market. For example, Swiss chocolate company Lindt & Sprüngli opened its first Russian shop in 2016 and has been expanding steadily ever since.3 months ago Swissinfo
This content was published on October 21, 2022 - 13:52(Bloomberg) -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu discussed the Ukraine war with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Friday. (All times CET)Russian, US Defense Chiefs Speak for First Time Since May (3:22 p.m.)Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu discussed the Ukraine war and other global security issues with US counterpart Lloyd Austin, Tass said, citing the Russian Defense Ministry. Austin also spoke on Friday with Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, the Pentagon said. He repeated calls for more air defense to protect Ukrainian civilians and critical infrastructure from Russian attacks. Musk Wades In on Ukraine Again (1 p.m.)Elon Musk says hasn’t spoken with Vladimir Putin since the Russian president sent his troops into Ukraine.3 months ago Swissinfo
FILE PHOTO: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gestures, as he meets supporters at the Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, December 12, 2022. REUTERS/Adriano Machado reuters_tickersThis content was published on January 9, 2023 - 08:42By Gabriel StargardterRIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The United States has a Jair Bolsonaro problem. But Bolsonaro left behind a violent movement of election-denying supporters, who on Sunday stormed Brazil's presidential palace, Congress and Supreme Court. "The United States should not be a refuge for this authoritarian who has inspired domestic terrorism in Brazil. Former Panamanian President Martinelli was extradited from the United States back to Panama in 2018, three years after Panama's Supreme Court issued its arrest warrant.26 days ago Swissinfo
Source: Anadolu Anadolu/Getty ImagesThings are tense in northern Kosovo as a deadline approaches for Serbs to swap their Belgrade-issued number plates for local ones. To ease tensions, the deadline for swapping number plates was pushed back to the end of October. As East European correspondent for Swiss Public Television, SRF, it’s Peter Balzli’s job to report on developments in northern Kosovo. The correspondent’s view is that the situation there is likely to remain tense because, from the Serbian perspective, Kosovo remains Serbian territory. Serb media outlet Telegraf reported on October 19 that only 12 out of 9,000 cars with Serbian plates had been re-registered.3 months ago Swissinfo
FILE PHOTO: A leisure cruiser is seen on the River Thames near Windsor Castle, in Eton, Britain, January 26, 2023. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo reuters_tickersThis content was published on February 3, 2023 - 13:50By Sam TobinLONDON (Reuters) -A man caught carrying a loaded crossbow at late Queen Elizabeth’s Windsor Castle home pleaded guilty in a London court on Friday to an offence under the Treason Act and threatening to kill the monarch. The recovered crossbow was a "Supersonic X-bow", the discharged bolt from which has the potential to cause serious or fatal injuries. "Chail entered the protected areas within Windsor Castle after making threats to kill her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Judge Jeremy Baker said he would sentence Chail on March 31, and the court ordered medical reports be prepared.1 day ago Swissinfo
Israel has offered to assist Ukraine in developing a missile warning system, but has made it clear it won’t provide weapons. He repeated calls for more air defense to protect Ukrainian civilians and critical infrastructure from Russian attacks. Musk Wades In on Ukraine Again (1 p.m.)Elon Musk says hasn’t spoken with Vladimir Putin since the Russian president sent his troops into Ukraine. “The role they play in the Ukrainian war is more and more clear,” De Croo told reporters ahead of the second day of the EU summit in Brussels. Mordashov, the biggest shareholder in steelmaker Severstal PJSC, was sanctioned by the European Union, the UK and US following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.3 months ago Swissinfo
(See RSAN on the Bloomberg Terminal for the Russian Sanctions Dashboard.) Russia is attempting offensives in the Bakhmut and Avdiivka directions, Ukrainian army spokesman Oleksandr Shtupun said. “The situation in Ukraine, which has a steady tendency towards further, uncontrolled escalation, was discussed,” by Shoigu and France’s Sebastien Lecornu, the ministry said. Vyacheslav Bohuslayev, Motor Sich’s president and co-owner, didn’t pick up calls from Bloomberg News to his personal phone. Ukraine Says Russian Troops Flee in Kherson Area (1 a.m.)Russian troops continue to leave the Kherson region amid a Ukrainian counteroffensive, the general staff in Kyiv said on Facebook.3 months ago Swissinfo