Czech Republic backtracks on finding cash to buy 800,000 shells for Ukraine – POLITICO

Prague is leading an initiative to purchase 500,000 artillery shells of 155 mm caliber and 300,000 artillery shells of 122 mm caliber for Kiev. A total of 18 countries have agreed to finance the purchases under the Czech Republic-led initiative. While some governments – including Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands – have announced actual financial … Read more

Moldova turns to France in face of threats from Putin – POLITICO

That call was noticed in Moscow. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday: “Russia is open to providing this assistance, but we prefer to solve all problems without any exception through dialogue, political dialogue,” TASS news agency reported. Strengthen the defense Although Moldovan Foreign Minister Mihail Popșoi sees no immediate threat of a Russian invasion, … Read more

Sending Taurus missiles won’t escalate Ukraine war – POLITICO

“It is said at every stage that if you give anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, that is escalation. No, it wasn’t,” Cameron said at a press conference alongside German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Wednesday. ‘If you give tanks to the Ukrainians, that is escalation. No, that wasn’t the case. If you give long-range artillery or … Read more

NATO to fly Sweden’s flag on Monday – POLITICO

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and Foreign Minister Tobias Billström travel to Washington today. Sweden’s accession documentation will be officially filed with the US Department of State, formally ending the process. Sweden cleared the final hurdle to becoming the country’s 32nd ally last week, after Hungary – the last remnant among member states – held … Read more

Explosion rocks Odesa near where Zelenskyy was meeting Greek PM – POLITICO

Authorities are investigating the cause of the explosion. Odesa has been under Russian fire since the start of Moscow’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. The meeting between Zelenskyy and Mitsotakis went as planned despite the explosion. Mitsotakis’ visit was organized to demonstrate Greece’s support for Ukraine. At a joint press conference after the … Read more

Berlin blames Taurus call leak on officer logging in via insecure Singapore hotel line – POLITICO

On Friday, Russian state media outlet Russia Today released details of a 38-minute conversation between senior German officers – including the air force chief – in which they discussed the hypothetical shipment of Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine as part of preparations for a meeting with Pistorius. Chancellor Olaf Scholz is against sending the missiles, … Read more

Putin’s masterful spy op leaves Scholz in the cold – POLITICO

For Putin, who after decades as Russia’s leader is still a spy through and through, there is no greater joy than outsmarting Russia’s opponents in the dark arts (especially Germany, where he built part of his KGB career as an agent). It is fair to say that Putin – however unconsciously – received great support … Read more

The grand master of grandstanding – POLITICO

And yet, it appears Paris didn’t listen – or possibly even care – when Macron publicly raised the possibility, despite the clear response from his allies, which was echoed by leaders gathered in Paris before his press conference. Instead, the French leader noted blandly: “There is no consensus today to officially send ground troops.” So … Read more

Ukraine’s in a dire position. Macron’s gaffe made things worse. – POLITICO

Moreover, only 31 percent of respondents overall indicated that they preferred that Europe support Ukraine until it regains occupied territory, while 41 percent preferred that Europe push Ukraine to negotiate a peace deal to negotiate with Russia. Strikingly, “people’s solidarity seems to be wavering in some of the country’s neighbors,” wrote Ivan Krastev and Mark … Read more

Putin’s bluffing on nukes (for now), says top NATO official – POLITICO

He added: “We see no immediate threat that Russia will use these weapons. But these statements in themselves are very dangerous because they undermine confidence. Russia knows the consequences of taking such a step.” Geoană, who could step down later this year to run in Romania’s presidential elections in September, also said NATO would “continue … Read more