The expectations are as high as the stakes. 48 hours before the opening of the NATO summit in Vilnius, the Ukrainian president said he hoped, on Sunday July 9, “the best possible result” of this meeting during which Kyiv hopes to see its aspirations to join the Alliance come to fruition. Franceinfo takes stock of what to remember from the day on the side of the conflict in Ukraine.
Volodymyr Zelensky’s hopes are high for the NATO summit
Ukraine’s president said he hoped on Sunday “the best possible result” of the Vilnius NATO summit to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, during which kyiv hopes to see its aspirations to join the Alliance come true. This summit will take place just over a month after the start of a counter-offensive by Ukrainian forces on the front, which has so far achieved only modest gains in the face of strong Russian defensive lines and due to from a lack of air force and artillery ammunition.
In addition, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is blocking Sweden’s NATO membership, will meet at the summit with US President Joe Biden, the Turkish presidency announced on Sunday.
Germany calls for not “blocking” the delivery of cluster bombs by Washington
“The German position against cluster munitions is still just as justified. But in the current situation, we cannot block the United States”said theth President of the German Republic. “If Ukraine no longer has the means to defend itself, or if those who help defend it no longer do so, then it will be the end of Ukraine”further justified Frank Walter Steinmeier, whose powers are essentially representative and ceremonial. The United States announced on Friday new military aid in support of Ukraine in the face of Russia, including cluster munitions, crossing a new threshold in the type of armament provided to Kiev
Cambodia warns Ukraine recalling its “painful experience”
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday warned Ukraine against usingcluster munitions. He reminded “painful experience” of his country, hit by American cluster bombs in the early 1970s. “It would be the greatest danger for Ukrainians for many years, even up to a hundred years, if cluster bombs were used in Russian-occupied areas on Ukrainian territory”, he tweeted.
Polish helicopters donated to Ukraine
According to wall street journal, which cites sources familiar with the matter, Poland has sent Ukraine a dozen MI-24 helicopters dating from Soviet times. This transfer had not been made public until now. In addition, during a visit to Ukraine, the Polish president insisted on the need to show unity before an important NATO summit next week.
South Africa to host Brics summit despite mandate against Vladimir Putin
South Africa will organize the next Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in August, where Vladimir Putin is invited, despite the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC). ) against the Russian president, the country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, confirmed on Sunday July 9. As a member of the ICC, South Africa is theoretically supposed to arrest the Russian president, targeted since March by an ICC warrant for the war crime of “deportation” of Ukrainian children, if he entered its territory.