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  #2934949 27-Jun-2022 16:19
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Press release:

 

 

Aotearoa New Zealand is providing further support to Ukraine and its self-defence in the face of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. 

 

"Russia’s continued assault on Ukraine is a blatant attack on innocent lives and the sovereignty of another country. Our response has not only included the condemnation of Russia’s actions, but practical support for Ukraine,” Jacinda Ardern said.

 

“Today’s announcement involves a broad package of measures such as funding for military supplies and equipment, backing for international efforts to ensure legal accountability, including for war crimes and crimes against humanity, and extensions and enhancements of NZDF deployments.

 

“It is on top of extensive assistance already provided across the diplomatic, humanitarian, legal and military aspects of the conflict which total more than $33 million of assistance to date. Trade and economic sanctions have also limited Russia’s ability to finance and equip the war.

 

“New Zealand’s contribution has been significant and meaningful. While in Madrid I intend to discuss the future trajectory of the war, and what additional humanitarian needs we can expect.

 

“We are also contributing a further $4.5 million via the NATO Trust Fund for priority non-lethal military supplies. This includes items like military first aid kits, fuel, communications equipment and rations. This is on top of $4.24 million to the NATO fund announced in March,” Jacinda Ardern said.

 

“Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is a grave breach of international rules. The use of force to change borders is strictly prohibited under international law, as is the deliberate targeting of civilians,” Nanaia Mahuta said.

 

“We support international efforts to investigate this and hold war criminals to account. Further financial support of $1 million will go to the work of the ICC. This will be directed to the ICC Trust Fund for Victims, and the ICC Office of the Prosecutor. New Zealand will also support the ICC’s investigative efforts through the secondment of a NZDF senior officer.

 

“International efforts to hold people criminally accountable for war crimes and crimes against humanity through the ICC is a priority for Ukraine over the long-term,” Nanaia Mahuta said.

 

“The Government is extending and enhancing NZDF deployments to the UK and Europe for intelligence, liaison and logistics support, as part of international efforts to support Ukraine’s self-defence,” Peeni Henare said.

 

“The Defence Force personnel deployed over recent months have provided a welcome and practical contribution that is valued by our partners. In response to requests, we are increasing our intelligence contributions to support international efforts,” Peeni Henare said.

 

The changes to NZDF’s deployments include:

 

  • Extending the deployment of six NZDF intelligence analysts to the UK, and the use of the New Zealand-based open-source intelligence capability to support partner intelligence requirements, by five months to 30 November.
  • A further six NZDF intelligence analysts deployed to the UK till 30 November.
  • Extending the deployment of four NZDF logistics specialists in Germany by two months till 31 August.
  • Extending the deployment of two NZDF liaison officers to Belgium and the UK by five months till 30 November, and deploying an additional liaison officer to Germany for two months.
  • The deployment of the Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130H transport aircraft and crew concluded this month, with the aircraft arriving back in New Zealand yesterday. It will undergo planned maintenance to be ready and available for national tasking leading into the Pacific cyclone season. During its deployment, crew on the Hercules carried out 62 flights transporting 256,000 kg of military aid. The deployment of personnel to train Ukrainian service personnel on the L119 Light Gun in the UK is scheduled to be completed shortly, with personnel returning next month.

Today’s package of military, diplomatic and legal support for Ukraine is estimated to be worth up to $8 million and will be funded from within existing MFAT and NZDF budgets.

 





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  #2934993 27-Jun-2022 17:35
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Russia defaults on foreign debt for first time since 1917 revolution – reports | Russia | The Guardian

 

 

Russia has defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time since the 1917 revolution, according to reports, further alienating the country from the global financial system after sanctions imposed over its war in Ukraine.

 

The country missed a deadline of Sunday night to meet a 30-day grace period on interest payments of $100m on two Eurobonds originally due on 27 May, Bloomberg reported on Monday morning.

 

Some Taiwanese holders of Russian Eurobonds said on Monday that they had not received interest payments due, two sources told Reuters.

 

Official confirmation of the default was expected to come from international ratings agencies.

 

Russia calls any default artificial because it has the money to pay its debts but says sanctions have frozen its foreign currency reserves held abroad.

 

“It’s a very, very rare thing, where a government that otherwise has the means is forced by an external government into default,” said Hassan Malik, senior sovereign analyst at Loomis Sayles told Bloomberg. “It’s going to be one of the big watershed defaults in history.”

 

Russia owes about $40bn in foreign bonds. Before the start of the war, Russia had around $640bn in foreign currency and gold reserves, much of which was held overseas and is now frozen.

 





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  #2934996 27-Jun-2022 17:45
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freitasm:

Official confirmation of the default was expected to come from international ratings agencies.

 

 

I wonder if that'll actually happen, Russia has been rated NR (not rated) for several months now so they'd have to actually rate it in order to declare it in default.

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  #2935261 28-Jun-2022 10:58
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BBC News - NATO plans huge upgrade in rapid reaction force

 

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NATO has announced plans to massively increase the number of its forces at high readiness to over 300,000 troops.

 

The bloc's rapid reaction force currently has 40,000 troops at its disposal, with many of those based along the alliance's eastern flank.

 

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the increase followed a direct threat from Russia to European security.

 

He earlier said that "the new military blueprint" would "drastically upgrade" the bloc's eastern defences.

 

Mr Stoltenberg said several NATO battlegroups in eastern Europe would be bolstered to "brigade level" - tactical units of several thousand troops - which the bloc's civilian leader said was intended to send a clear message of deterrence to Russia.

 

 

 

 

I grew up in the "cold war" / "mutually assured destruction" era, and remember being outraged as a child by the Russian invasion of Hungary in 1956.

 

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  #2935289 28-Jun-2022 11:52
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Sideface: NATO has announced plans to massively increase the number of its forces at high readiness to over 300,000 troops.


Putin miscalculated this "special military operation" outcome. We miscalculated how emboldened he would become after his free-reign in Syria.


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  #2935350 28-Jun-2022 14:05
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End of term report card

 

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V Putin

 

Positives

 

Vladimir has had a very busy term. He has invested a great deal of time and energy in a visit to Eastern Ukraine following on from his successful visit to the Crimea some years ago.

 

Negatives

 

He has caused thousands of his younger class mates to be killed to satisfy his own ego.

 

He is on course to bankrupt his extended family, single-handedly lowering their standard of living.

 

He has united students who don't share his views in opposition including those who were previously neutral.

 

He has cause many international students to leave his school permanently.

 

He has had little success in attracting new members to the Putin Appreciation Society. The membership remains at 1.

 

Summary

 

He is of little or no value to his school and his future prospects are poor. A manual job, somewhere in Siberia, is the best he can hope for.

 

 


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  #2935734 29-Jun-2022 08:12
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BBC News - Turkey backs Sweden and Finland's Nato bids

 

29 June 2022

 

 

  • Turkey has agreed to support Finland and Sweden's NATO membership applications

  • Finland's president ​says the breakthrough came after the three countries signed a joint memorandum after meeting at the NATO summit in Madrid

  • Nato leaders will formally invite Finland and Sweden to join the alliance tomorrow, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says



 

 

 

 

Finland and Sweden will bring the number of NATO countries bordering the Baltic Sea to seven, effectively turning it into a NATO lake. 





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  #2935735 29-Jun-2022 08:20
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Putin's learning the consequences of his actions. Or as the meme goes, "fuck around and find out"





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  #2935736 29-Jun-2022 08:26
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freitasm:  Putin's learning the consequences of his actions. ...

 






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  #2935749 29-Jun-2022 08:45
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freitasm:

 

Putin's learning the consequences of his actions. Or as the meme goes, "**** around and find out"

 

 

It's the 'finding out' but I'm concerned about, given the stories we've been seeing questioning has grip on power and health.

 

Plus the grim possibility of whether or not an even harder hardliner is waiting in the wings to replace/overthrow him. 


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  #2935829 29-Jun-2022 11:20
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Plus the grim possibility of whether or not an even harder hardliner is waiting in the wings to replace/overthrow him. 

 

 

 

 

You certainly would have to expect that anyone with the willingness and ability to overthrow him at this point is not going to be a champion of democracy.





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  #2935839 29-Jun-2022 11:38
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I see China has warned of chilling consequences if Asia Pacific countries or NZ get closer to NATO. NATO is there to give members protection, and its had very little use since its inception

 

Whereas Russia and China are aggressive. They need to realise that aggressiveness creates a desire for friends to unite. They seem to think that its ok for bullies to bully but not ok if anyone wants to help the victim/potential victim

 

They need to pull their head in, and be told why


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  #2935950 29-Jun-2022 13:42
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tdgeek:

 

I see China has warned of chilling consequences if Asia Pacific countries or NZ get closer to NATO. NATO is there to give members protection, and its had very little use since its inception

 

Whereas Russia and China are aggressive. They need to realise that aggressiveness creates a desire for friends to unite. They seem to think that its ok for bullies to bully but not ok if anyone wants to help the victim/potential victim

 

They need to pull their head in, and be told why

 

 

I am really really tired of threats. Do what I want or there will be dire consequences. Give me my way or I will throw food on the walls. Join that club and you will be sorry. Wear a red T-shirt and we will beat you up. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

 

How about this instead: Please consider not encouraging American military expansion in the South Pacific and we will treat you to ice-cream and be extra polite to Taiwan.

 

 





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  #2935955 29-Jun-2022 13:54
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SaltyNZ:

 

You certainly would have to expect that anyone with the willingness and ability to overthrow him at this point is not going to be a champion of democracy.

 

 

No, but the expansion of new NATO border states possibly gives him an excuse to double-down.

 

I'd love to know what the Doomsday Clock would be reading if they had a meeting about it at this very moment. 


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  #2935959 29-Jun-2022 14:02
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neb: I wonder if that'll actually happen, Russia has been rated NR (not rated) for several months now so they'd have to actually rate it in order to declare it in default.

 

 

Just did a quick check and they're in a really weird place, they can't pay their debts because of sanctions but they can't be declared in default because they're not rated (NR).

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