Russian helicopter violates Estonian airspace: “A very dangerous act.” Moscow holds a meeting of the European Union ambassador in Kaliningrad – Mubasher


The Kremlin: “Talks with Turkey on sea lanes for grain”

The Russian Defense Ministry will hold talks with Turkey in the coming days on the establishment of sea lanes for Ukrainian grain exports. This was announced by the Kremlin, according to TASS, stressing that the participation of President Vladimir Putin was not expected. The meeting should be in preparation for negotiations between Moscow and Kiev next week in Istanbul, mediated by Ankara and the United Nations.


Russian raid on Kharkiv: 4 dead and 10 wounded

Four dead, including a child, and ten wounded are the outcome of the latest Russian attack on Kharkiv. This was announced by Ukrinform, citing the adviser to the Chairman of the Kharkiv Regional Council, Natalia Popova. Kharkiv police chief, Volodymyr Tymoshko, said that a kidney was injured in the Russian attack with the aim of frightening residents.


The Estonian siege of Kaliningrad also extended to overland transit

After the railway blockade, now comes the roadblock: this – according to the authorities of the Kaliningrad enclave – will be the new restrictions on the transit of goods from Russia decided to Lithuania. A dynasty that would allow at this point to transport goods to the region from Russia only by sea. As reported by Interfax, trucking companies confirmed that the announcement arrived from Kaliningrad: the Lithuanian customs authorities had closed the border with Belarus, causing a queue of vehicles in a short time. The new blockade comes in addition to restrictions on rail traffic from Russia to the Kaliningrad region, a decision motivated by EU sanctions that prompted the Secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, to threaten retaliatory measures against the decision.


The second American volunteer to die in battle

The US State Department has confirmed the death of Stephen Zabelsky, the second American killed in the fighting in Ukraine alongside Kyiv’s forces. “We have been in contact with the family and have provided all possible consular assistance,” a ministry spokesman said. Zabelsky was killed on May 15. Navy veteran Willie Cancel was killed in April.


Russian helicopter violates Estonian airspace

A Russian helicopter responsible for border protection violated Estonian airspace. This was announced today by the military of the Baltic state, specifying that the helicopter in question was a Mi-8 and entered Estonian airspace without permission on June 18. The Foreign Ministry in Tallinn summoned the Russian ambassador. “Estonia considers this a very unfortunate and serious incident, which undoubtedly causes further tension and is totally unacceptable,” he said. According to the Estonian military, this is the second violation of Russia’s airspace this year. The accident lasted about two minutes and took place in the Koidula region in southeastern Estonia. The military in Tallinn also confirmed that no flight plan was presented to the helicopter and the electronic recognition function was not activated, in addition, the pilot did not have radio communication with Estonian air traffic control.


Wheat talks between Moscow and Kiev in Istanbul. Mediators of the United Nations and Turkey

Talks between Russia and Ukraine on sea lanes for grain will be mediated by Turkey and the United Nations next week in Istanbul. This came on the lips of the sources of the presidency of Ankara, quoting the Turkish newspaper Milliyet. She expected the participation of Turkish leader Erdogan and United Nations Secretary-General Guterres, with the aim of dismantling the ports “within a month,” according to the same sources. Ahead of the quadripartite meeting in Istanbul, a Turkish military delegation is expected to travel to Russia this week to discuss the working mechanism of the grain corridors, which will be managed through a coordination center in Istanbul. According to the sources, Ankara has prepared a roadmap to open “35-40 million tons of wheat, which should be sent to world markets through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits in the next six to eight months.” Ahead of the quadripartite meeting in Istanbul, a Turkish military delegation is expected to travel to Russia this week to discuss the working mechanism of the grain corridors, which will be managed through a coordination center in Istanbul. According to the sources, Ankara has prepared a roadmap to open “35-40 million tons of wheat, which should be sent to world markets through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits in the next six to eight months.”


Kyiv: “The Russian invasion caused losses of 100 billion euros”

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, between 20% and 30% of infrastructure such as roads, bridges, ports, railways and airports has been destroyed. This was stated by the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Oleksandr Kobrakov in an interview with Le Monde newspaper, explaining that as of May 25, the total amount of direct damage to the Ukrainian economy through the destruction of residential and non-residential buildings (schools, hospitals, etc. .) and infrastructure amounts to 100.4 1 billion euros, of which about 40 billion is due to the destruction of transport.


France: “Unanimous agreement in the European Union on the candidacy of Kyiv”

“We noted complete unanimity on the question of Ukraine’s EU candidate country status.” This was stated by Clément Bonn, the French Minister for European Affairs at the end of the General Affairs Council meeting. “Now the leaders will discuss it, but at our level European unity remains a reality,” he added. “But it is not about immediate membership, it will be a long journey, and that is the reason for the idea of ​​the European Political Community: this morning we discussed some possible ways but they would be complementary, not replace full membership,” he added.

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