Inspection of first Ukrainian grain shipment completed in Turkey

A Russian-Ukrainian team Wednesday completed inspections in Istanbul of a cargo ship carrying the first grain delivery from Ukraine since the Kremlin invasion, Turkish officials said. Follow the FRANCE 24 live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).

12:15pm: Russian President Vladimir Putin says ex-German Chancellor’s Schroeder Nord Stream 2 pipeline ready for use

Russian President Vladimir Putin told former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder at a meeting last week that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is ready to be used to help supply Europe, a Kremlin spokesman said. , Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday

Peskov said Russia’s gas supply would drop from 167 million cubic meters per day to about 30 million cubic meters per day after Poland licensed the Yamal-European pipeline and Ukraine stopped flow through one of its routes. said Putin told Schroeder that it had declined.

11:55 am: Inspection of first grain shipment from Ukraine completed in Turkey

A Russian-Ukrainian team Wednesday completed inspections in Istanbul of a cargo ship carrying the first grain delivery from Ukraine since the Kremlin invasion, Turkish officials said.

A team of 20 inspectors, including UN and Turkish officials, have “completed inspection work on the Lazoni”, allowing the Sierra Leone-flagged ship to sail to its final destination in Lebanon. said the Turkish Ministry of Defense.

11:49 am: Finland seizes military equipment on Russian border

Finnish customs said Wednesday that it had spotted several travelers carrying drones and other sanctioned goods across the border with Russia.

The seizure comes as Finland debates restrictions on Russian visas following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

The rise in Russian tourists to Finland has fueled frustration as many believe tourism should be restricted because of the war in Ukraine. Proposed suspension of new tourist visas to people.

President Sauli Niinisto is scheduled to discuss the issue with the government on Thursday, and the proposal appears to have widespread support in Congress. Last week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia “would react very negatively” if Russian visas were restricted.

The number of Russian tourists heading to Finland has risen steadily after Russia lifted Covid travel restrictions on July 15. Numbers are still below pre-corona levels, but up from 125,000 in June There were over 185,000 border crossings in July.

11:00 am: Russia announces it has destroyed an arsenal in the Lviv region of Ukraine

Russia’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday that a Russian missile destroyed a depot containing weapons supplied by Poland in Ukraine’s Lviv region.

9:37am: Zelensky says China wants to join nations opposing Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Wednesday that China has remained balanced and neutral over Russia’s war in Ukraine, but wants China to join the ranks of countries opposing Russia over aggression.

9:17am Inspection team heads to first Ukrainian grain ship off Turkey

He made a commentary with a video link at an event held at the Australian National University.

Footage from state broadcaster TRT Harbor shows a team of inspectors embarked on a boat on Wednesday to check the first grain carrier to leave a Ukrainian port during the war, the day after it anchored in the Black Sea off the coast of Turkey. Indicated.

The Razoni, carrying 26,527 tons of maize to Lebanon, left the Ukrainian port of Odesa on Monday to be inspected by Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and UN officials working at the Joint Coordination Center in nearby Istanbul. was

7:46 a.m.: Lavrov, Russia: US not offering Moscow to resume New START negotiations

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that the United States is taking no approach to resuming negotiations on a new strategic nuclear arms reduction treaty to replace the so-called 2011 “New START” agreement.

US President Joe Biden has said he is ready to “expeditiously negotiate a new arms control framework” to replace the New START, which expires in 2026, while President Vladimir Putin has said that in any nuclear war there will be no winner. said no.

“It’s become a habit for them to announce something through the microphone and then forget it,” Lavrov said. “There was no approach taken to restart the negotiation process.”

7:12am: British military intelligence says it is highly unlikely that the rail link between Kherson and Crimea will remain operational

Britain said on Wednesday it was highly unlikely that the rail link between Russian-occupied Kherson and Crimea in southern Ukraine would become operational due to a Ukrainian strike against Russian ammunition trains.

Russian forces are likely to repair the rail line within days, but vulnerabilities will remain for Russian forces and the logistical supply route from Crimea to Kherson, Britain said in a Twitter update. .

According to the latest information, as hostilities continue and food shortages worsen, more civilians are likely to flee Kherson and the surrounding areas.

2:05am: The US Senate will vote on Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership on Wednesday.

The US Senate will vote Wednesday to approve Finland and Sweden’s membership in NATO, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Tuesday.

Schumer said the debate will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET (1730 GMT).

1:35 am: French parliament ratifies Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership

The French National Assembly voted on Tuesday to ratify Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO. A historic decision for both countries to renounce their neutrality; The bill passed with 209 votes in favor and 46 against.

France will join “20 allies” who have “already ratified the protocol”, said French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna.

All 30 NATO member countries For Sweden and Finland to enjoy the full protection of Article 5 of the NATO Charter in the event of an attack, they must formally ratify the measure. Turkey, meanwhile, has accused her two Scandinavian nations of supporting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its allies, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization, and has threatened to “freeze” the process. .

12:30 am: Putin’s alleged ‘girlfriend’ attacked in latest US sanctions

The US on Tuesday blacklisted the alleged girlfriend of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the owner of London’s second largest property, in the latest sanctions against the invasion of Ukraine.

Also several oligarchs believed to be close to President Putin, four senior officials appointed by Russia to manage occupied territories in Ukraine, and about 20 high-tech labs and companies, including a major state-sponsored electronics company. subject to a U.S. business ban.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)

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