Russian nuclear warheads in Belarus on the 399th day of conflict

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An already very controversial announcement. On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended the reinstatement of Russian and Belarusian athletes in international competitions, and will decide “at the appropriate time” on their participation in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The athletes concerned will only be able to “compete as neutral individual athletes”, as long as they do not “actively support the war in Ukraine” and are not “under contract” with the army or security agencies of the two countries, announced to the press Thomas Bach, the boss of the IOC.

Remarks which did not fail to react to the German Minister of Sports Nancy Faeser: “International sport must condemn in all clarity the brutal war of aggression waged by Russia. This can only be done by completely excluding Russian and Belarusian athletes, ”judge Nancy Faeser in a press release.

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I want to be very clear, Russia must withdraw from every square meter of Ukrainian territory. There can be no misunderstanding what the word withdrawal means

These are the words of the head of Ukrainian diplomacy Dmytro Kouleba, at a discussion forum on “peace in Ukraine” under the auspices of the United States. “In this war, we are defending the democratic world as a whole,” he added. “No other country wants peace more than Ukraine. But peace at any price is an illusion”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was to take part in this forum organized on the sidelines of the Democracy Summit but apologized and was replaced by his Foreign Minister.

The number of the day

2. This is the number of years a Russian must spend in prison for having, according to the Russian authorities, “discredited” the offensive in Ukraine on social networks. This affair has aroused great indignation for several weeks in Russia, becoming one of the symbols of the merciless repression against those who oppose the military operation launched more than a year ago by the Kremlin in Ukraine. The man was also separated from his 13-year-old daughter, who was placed because of a drawing done at school.

But the case took a new turn on Tuesday when the court in Efremov, 300 kilometers south of Moscow, announced that the defendant Alexei Moskaliov, placed under house arrest since March, had vanished. According to an official of the court’s press service, “he fled last night”, simply told journalists Olga Diatchouk.

The trend of the day

The escalation of the nuclear threat. On Tuesday, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry announced that Belarus will soon host Russian “tactical” nuclear weapons on its territory in response to “unprecedented” Western “pressure”.

“Belarus has been facing unprecedented pressure (…) for two and a half years from the United States, Great Britain and their allies”, indicates Belarusian diplomacy, denouncing “direct interference and rude” in the internal affairs of Minsk.

The economic and political sanctions against this former Soviet republic allied with Russia are accompanied by the “reinforcement of the military potential” of NATO on the territory of the member countries of the Alliance neighboring Belarus, she continued.

In view of the context, Belarus said it was “forced to take response measures”. Minsk, however, assured that it will not have control over these weapons and that their deployment “does not in any way contradict Articles I and II of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty”.

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