NATO ended its summit in Madrid on Thursday, where more than 40 heads of state and government discussed the future of the Alliance, which reaffirmed its massive support for Ukraine. Its new strategic roadmap now identifies Russia as “the most significant and direct threat to the security of the allies”. For its part, Moscow evokes a new “iron curtain” falling between Russia and the West. NATO ended its summit in Madrid on Thursday, June 30 on the observation, made by Moscow, that a new “iron curtain” was falling in Europe at a time when Ukraine, on the strength of the renewed support of the alliance, took back from the Russians a symbolic and strategic island for the control of the maritime routes. ‘a press conference in Minsk, using the term that marked the history of Europe during the Cold War, and only fell with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.’This iron curtain is erected today by the Westerners themselves”, added his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makeï, whose country is an ally of Moscow in its confrontation with the West. Moscow and Minsk reacted to the summit of Wednesday and Thursday of the Atlantic Alliance who reaffirmed his massive support for Ukraine. Its new strategic roadmap now names Russia as “the most significant and direct threat to the security of the allies”, and denounces attempts by Moscow and Beijing to join forces to “destabilize the international order”. We will stand by Ukraine and the whole Alliance will stand by Ukraine for as long as it takes,” US President Joe Biden said at the end of the summit. NATO is not at war and Russia bears sole responsibility for the conflict in Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday during a press conference following an Alliance summit in Madrid. “If the European continent is no longer in peace, the Atlantic Alliance is not at war for all that,” declared the French president, emphasizing that “Russia alone bears the responsibility for this war as well as the serious consequences it imposes on the whole world.” Ukraine is not part of NATO (…) but the fight t that it leads to defend itself is ours” and it will therefore benefit from the support of the Alliance “as long as it takes”, continued Emmanuel Macron. 32:26 Emmanuel Macron at the NATO summit in Madrid © France24 The allies have announced new military aid to Ukraine: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced an additional one billion pounds (1.16 billion euros), Joe Biden a new tranche of 800 million dollars. As for French President Emmanuel Macron, he has planned the revision of the country’s military programming, stressing that “we must now, entering a period of war, know how to produce certain types of equipment faster, stronger”. Ridiculous” Finally, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz considered “ridiculous” the accusation of Russian President Vladimir Putin who had affirmed Wednesday evening – taking up a leitmotif of the Russian narrative – that NATO had “imperialist ambitions” with regard to Russia. “It is rather Putin who has made imperialism the goal of his policy” by saying that the neighboring countries were “part of his country”, added the German chancellor, who promised to make the German army from now on the first conventional army in Europe, also breaking with the détente born of the fall of the Berlin wall more than thirty years ago. China, a cautious ally of Moscow and cautious in the Ukrainian crisis, contented itself with declaring NATO, which has writes Beijing as a “challenge” to its interests and its security, “obstinates (…) to smear Chinese foreign policy”. As for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is trying – while providing deadly to Ukraine – to keep in touch with both sides and mediate, he called for “intensifying efforts” for a ceasefire.”For Turkey there will be no losers with peace”, he told the press at the end of the NATO summit, of which his country is a member. Serpents’ Island But for now, on the ground where they have been for weeks under very strong pressure in the Donbass in the east of the country, it is a victory of great symbolic value that the Ukrainians obtained with the withdrawal of Russian forces from Serpents’ Island, a strategic islet in the Black Sea which they had taken from the first hours of their offensive. The Russian army claimed to withdraw “as a sign of goodwill”, its objectives having been “accomplished” according to her, and to facilitate Ukrainian grain exports from Ukraine through the Black Sea. This militarized islet, initially held by Ukrainian border guards, is located in the northwest of the Black Sea, southwest of Odessa , the largest Ukrainian port where millions of tonnes of cereals are waiting to be exported, and facing the mouth of the Danube.>> Read also: Serpents’ Island, this little piece of land that has become crucial in the Black SeaThe version of the Russian withdrawal is significantly different.”Unable to withstand the fire of our artillery, missiles and air strikes, the occupiers left Serpents’ Island,” the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian armed forces announced on Telegram , Valeriï Zaloujniï, accompanying his message with a video showing strikes on the island. The southern command of the Ukrainian army specified that “the enemy fled in two speedboats”, leaving the island “on fire ” where “explosions are always heard”. Risk of a major food crisisThe issue is also strategic and global, since this area of the Black Sea is at the center of the issues for the export by boat of millions of tonnes of Ukrainian cereals, the blockage of which threatens the world with a crisis. The authorities installed by the Russian occupation forces in southern Ukraine announced on Thursday the departure of a ship loaded with 7,000 tonnes of Ukrainian cereals from the port of Berdiansk, which has come under Russian control. Ukraine has been accusing Russia for weeks of stealing its wheat crops from the occupied regions to sell them illegally internationally. reiterated on Thursday that Russia was not “obstructing the export of Ukrainian wheat”, and blamed Western sanctions for restrictions on Russian fertilizer exports and food products. The Indonesian president said for his part that he had given Vladimir Putin a message from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “The battle continues” On the eastern front, the bombardments continued Thursday morning in the region of the Donbass, where the majority of the fighting is concentrated. The city of Lyssytchansk, a major stake on this front after the capture of the neighboring city of Severodonetsk “lives under an uninterrupted bombardment of all kinds of weapons”, deplored Wednesday evening the governor of the Lugansk region, Sergei Gaïdaï, estimating that 15,000 civilians remain in the city. But the number 2 of the general staff, Oleksiï Gromov, told reporters on Thursday that the Ukrainian forces had “no intention to retreat.” “Measures for the defense of the town are continuing. In the morning, the enemy began assault operations from different directions (but) the battle continues”. This is the last major city to be conquered for the Russians in the Lugansk region, one of the two provinces in the Donbass industrial basin, which Moscow intends to fully control. According to the Russian agency Ria Novosti, Moscow forces and pro-Russian separatists claimed responsibility for the capture of the city’s refinery on Thursday morning. Near Dnipro, in the center-east of the country, a bombardment also hit an agricultural company, destroying 40 tons of corn, according to regional authorities. Announcement by Ukraine that it had obtained the return, in an exchange, of 144 soldiers, including 95 “Azovstal defenders” to Mariupol within the framework of the “biggest exchange since the beginning of the Russian invasion”. AFP and Reuters
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