Archiv: exports / imports


16.09.2022 - 09:11 [ nbianews.com ]

Pipeline gas supplies to Pakistan are possible, says Putin

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Samarkand on Thursday.

During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations and ways to further strengthen cooperation.

06.09.2022 - 07:53 [ Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) ]

Financing Putin’s war: Fossil fuel exports from Russia in the first six months of the invasion of Ukraine

Key findings include:

Fossil fuels continue to fill Kremlin’s war chest, due to high prices

– Russia earned EUR 158 billion in revenue from fossil fuel exports in the first six months of the war (February 24 to August 24). The EU imported 54% of this, worth approximately EUR 85 billion.

– Fossil fuel exports have contributed approximately EUR 43 billion to Russia’s federal budget since the start of the invasion, helping fund war crimes in Ukraine.

– The largest fossil fuel importer was the EU (EUR 85.1bln), followed by China (EUR34.9bln), Turkey (EUR10.7bln), India (EUR6.6bln), Japan (EUR2.5bln), Egypt (EUR2.3bln, and South Korea (EUR2bln).

– Surging fossil fuel prices mean that Russia’s current revenue is far above previous years’ level, despite the reductions in this year’s export volumes.

02.09.2022 - 19:49 [ theGuardian.com ]

Energy price inflation: how the UK and EU could fight it

Is there international action that can be taken now?

It appears increasingly likely that some forms of coordinated international action will be taken, mirroring responses to the global financial crisis, the eurozone debt crisis and the Covid pandemic.

The former Italian prime minister Mario Draghi floated the idea of “a cartel of buyers” at a meeting with the US president, Joe Biden, in May. This would involve large oil consumers working together to negotiate prices.

02.09.2022 - 19:22 [ CNBC ]

An Iran nuclear deal revival could dramatically alter oil prices — if it happens

But so far, it seems there are a few remaining sticking points that are proving fairly difficult to resolve. The main issue of contention between the Iranian and Western camps is an ongoing investigation by the International Atomic Energy Agency — the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog — into unexplained traces of uranium found at Iranian facilities in the early 2000s. Tehran wants the investigation closed before they’ll accept any deal; the IAEA and U.S. and European governments are so far refusing.

02.09.2022 - 19:15 [ CNBC ]

G-7 nations back plan to cap Russian oil prices in a bid to drain the Kremlin’s war chest

Energy analysts have been highly skeptical about the integrity of the proposal, however, warning the policy could backfire if key consumers such as China and India are not involved.

Oil prices were higher on the news.

01.09.2022 - 16:53 [ Iranintl.com ]

Iran Says Europe Needs A Nuclear Deal ‚Not To Freeze‘ This Winter

Once the deal is restored the United States will lift oil export sanctions imposed by former President Donald Trump when he withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018. It will also remove international banking restrictions also imposed as part of Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ on Tehran.

But what Iranian media presents as ‘Europe’s freezing winter” has almost nothing to do with Tehran’s crude oil exports, except generally helping to bring down oil prices. Europe’s need to replace Russian gas is a specific issue on its own that Iran cannot help with at all.

01.09.2022 - 16:50 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Granholm to Europe: Tough Luck – The Energy Secretary bullies U.S. companies to reduce fuel exports.

America’s allies in Europe are desperate for alternative supplies of fuel amid the Ukraine war, and U.S. producers are happy to provide what they can. So wouldn’t you know the Biden Administration now wants to limit fuel exports.

That’s the message Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm sent last week in a letter imploring seven major refiners to limit fuel exports. We obtained a copy of the letter, which the Administration didn’t release publicly.

01.09.2022 - 16:23 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Putin has pulled off a shock win that could destroy the free world

We risk ending up with calamitous poverty, civil disobedience, a new socialist government by next year, a break-up of the UK, nationalisations, price and incomes policies, punitive wealth taxes and eventually a complete economic and financial meltdown and IMF bailout. The situation in the EU is, if anything, worse.

This is not a plea for pacifism, for looking away when Ukraine is being illegally invaded by a savage regime. Britain was – and remains – morally right to back Ukraine in a carefully calibrated way. Instead, this is a plea for an economic counter-offensive, for Liz Truss, the next PM, to tackle Putin’s economic and energy war head-on.

30.08.2022 - 20:12 [ Bloomberg.com ]

Iran May Drain Offshore Oil Cache If Nuclear Deal Reached

Progress toward an Iranian nuclear deal has thrown the spotlight onto a sizeable cache of crude held by Tehran that could be swiftly dispatched to buyers in the event an agreement gets hammered out.

30.08.2022 - 18:44 [ CNBC ]

How China’s strict Covid policies led to supply chain bottlenecks

“What supply chains thrive on is predictability,” said Simon Geale, executive vice president of procurement at Proxima, in an interview with CNBC. “And the only thing we can say about China at the moment is that for many businesses, they’re looking at China as being predictably unpredictable.”

30.08.2022 - 18:13 [ Yahoo.com ]

Could China’s Yuan replace the U.S. dollar as the world’s dominant currency? Here’s how the Asian nation’s trade supremacy is rapidly boosting its reserve status

Meanwhile, the Chinese Yuan has already become a de facto reserve currency in Russia. Russian leadership turned to China after facing sanctions from the West due to its invasion of Ukraine earlier this year. Now, 17% of Russia’s foreign reserves are denominated in yuan. The yuan is also the third most demanded currency on The Moscow Exchange.

As these partnerships become stronger, the yuan’s status as a reserve currency could be further entrenched.

30.08.2022 - 17:57 [ CNN ]

China’s yuan slid to the weakest in two years as hawkish Fed signals more rate hikes

Another driver is from the government’s side, as Chinese authorities were tolerant of a „gradually“ weaker yuan, which can benefit exporters by making the price of their goods more competitive.

29.08.2022 - 14:17 [ Tehran Times ]

Iran, a major oil and natural gas supplier, can help stabilize volatile market: Atlantic Council

As fuel prices skyrocket following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Iran as another major supplier of oil and natural gas is poised to play an important role, the Atlantic Council said in a commentary on March 3.

07.08.2022 - 17:06 [ trades-academy.com ]

Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vow to deepen economic ties

After a four-hour assembly at Putin’s residence in Sochi on Friday, the Russian and Turkish presidents launched a joint assertion pledging to lift their bilateral commerce volumes and deepen their financial and power ties.

Deputy prime minister Alexander Novak, Moscow’s high power official, instructed reporters that Turkey had agreed to start paying for Russia’s gasoline in roubles, in response to Interfax.

06.08.2022 - 20:25 [ Haaretz ]

Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

(Jul. 9, 2018)

A group of more than 40 human rights activists have filed a petition with the High Court of Justice, demanding the cessation of Israeli arms exports to Ukraine.

They argue that these weapons serve forces that openly espouse a neo-Nazi ideology and cite evidence that the right-wing Azov militia, whose members are part of Ukraine’s armed forces, and are supported by the country’s ministry of internal affairs, is using these weapons.

25.07.2022 - 18:55 [ Oilprice.com ]

Europe Does A Complete U-Turn On African Oil And Gas

„The gas here goes to Bonny and Europe to power homes and industries but we have no benefits from it,“ one local community development activist from the Niger Delta told Bloomberg recently. „Nothing comes to us.“

The comment was part of an in-depth analysis by Bloomberg on Europe’s mad dash for gas that has seen Nigeria, for example, send millions of tons of LNG abroad while local communities use illegally made fuels and wood to stay warm. Nigeria is far from the only one.

25.07.2022 - 18:47 [ bnnBloomberg.ca ]

Europe’s Rush to Buy Africa’s Natural Gas Draws Cries of Hypocrisy

The issue of climate finance will likely dominate this year’s COP27 talks in Egypt, which is set to focus heavily on solutions for Africa. The future of gas will also be a key topic given the host nation and many developing countries see it as a way to move away from coal, according to Kwasi Kwarteng, business secretary of the UK, which hosted last year’s summit. “For them, gas is part of the transition.“

The International Energy Agency, which last year called for an end to new fossil fuel developments, in a recent report argued that Africa should be allowed to exploit its gas resources.

25.07.2022 - 18:18 [ Express.co.uk ]

Germany ‘urgently’ begs for gas as Russia supplies running dry: ‚We can’t afford it‘

(Apr 28, 2022)

The Haidach gas storage facility near Salzburg is reportedly almost empty. This is where Russia’s state-owned energy giant, Gazprom, sends its gas. But Bavaria’s Economics Minister Aiwanger has warned that the German state urgently needs to ramp up its capacity before winter.

24.07.2022 - 18:20 [ @Windmill128 / Twitter ]

Russia attacks Odessa port a day after signing grain deal, Ukraine says – The Washington Post this really isn’t surprising to anyone is it????? Disgusting!😡

24.07.2022 - 17:52 [ RT.com ]

Moscow reveals target of strike on key Ukrainian port

The Russian Ministry of Defense has confirmed striking targets in the major Ukrainian port of Odessa on Saturday, revealing that its missiles hit military infrastructure and arms stockpiles.

23.07.2022 - 19:27 [ RT.com ]

Ukraine claims Russia targeted major port city

Moscow has so far remained silent on the latest claims from Kiev.

23.07.2022 - 19:23 [ Washington Post ]

Russia attacks Odessa port a day after signing grain deal, Ukraine says

Air raid warnings rang at about 11 a.m. with the sounds of explosions echoing across the city. The military’s southern command reported no casualties. It said air defense systems shot down two other missiles in the attack, which the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine described as “outrageous.”

The strike threatens an agreement that diplomats had hailed less than 24 hours earlier as a breakthrough after months of negotiations.

23.07.2022 - 12:41 [ RT.com ]

Ukraine grain deal signed: Why it matters

While not all details of the agreement have been revealed, shipments from Ukrainian ports will begin in full in a couple of weeks, according to the UN. The ports will reportedly not be fully demined and the Ukrainian Navy and Coast Guard captains will be allowed to escort ships avoiding mined waters. Officials from Russia and other countries are expected to inspect the shipments to ensure no weapons are smuggled.

23.07.2022 - 12:29 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Istanbul initiative to unblock maritime agricultural exports from Ukraine must be fully implemented – UN Secretary General

The initiative for the safe transportation of grain and food products from Ukrainian ports, the documents on which were signed on Friday in Istanbul, must be fully implemented, UN Secretary General António Guterres said during the signing of the documents.

22.07.2022 - 19:31 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚War will end at the negotiating table. This is a turning point‘: Ukraine and Russia sign grain export deal with Turkey and UN in first breakthrough of the conflict

– Russia and Ukraine sent defence and infrastructure ministers to Istanbul, Turkey
– They signed the landmark deal alongside U.N. gen sec and Turkish president
– The accord opens the way to significant volumes of vital commercial food exports from three key Ukrainian ports – Odesa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny
– Russia had been blockading the ports, preventing essential grain from leaving
– The deal, seen by many as the first breakthrough in the conflict, comes after almost six months of war

22.07.2022 - 19:27 [ Hurriyet ]

Historic deals for grain corridor signed in Istanbul

Ukraine and Russia, two neighboring countries in war since February, have signed two historic deals with Türkiye and the U.N. for the creation of a secure food corridor through the Black Sea under a comprehensive plan, dubbed the Black Sea Initiative, that would prevent a major global food crisis.

Ukraine and Russia signed two memorandums of understanding with Türkiye and the U.N. on July 22 to begin exporting their grains and other food products.

19.07.2022 - 18:25 [ Nexta / Nitter ]

Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Defense Gavrilov said that AFU is building up its potential and waiting for long-range weapons before launching an assault. The deputy minister added that Russia must give up #Crimea if it wants to continue existing as a state.

16.07.2022 - 21:55 [ Reuters ]

Biden fails to secure major security, oil commitments at Arab summit

President Joe Biden told Arab leaders on Saturday that the United States would remain an active partner in the Middle East, but he failed to secure commitments to a regional security axis that would include Israel or an immediate oil output rise.

16.07.2022 - 21:43 [ Reuters ]

Exclusive: Saudi Arabia doubles second-quarter Russian fuel oil imports for power generation

(15.07.2022)

Energy analytics firm Vortexa found rising flows of Russian-origin fuel oil cargoes through Egypt and Estonia boosted imports, Vortexa said.

It found Saudi fuel imports from Egypt spiked to a record 110,000 bpd in June as Egypt’s imports of Russian fuel oil jumped to a record 70,000 bpd in the same month.

16.07.2022 - 13:02 [ Bernie's Tweets / Nitter ]

SAUDI ARABIA – the world’s largest oil exporter, more than doubled the amount of Russian fuel oil it imported in the 2nd qtr, to feed power stations And have just told Biden they will be increasing oil in small amounts & sticking to OPEC ie. Russia. That went well then

12.07.2022 - 10:31 [ Oilprice.com ]

Why Is The U.S. Sending Its Emergency Oil Reserves To China?

(08.07.2022)

What is most notable is that a third cargo headed to US arch-enemy, China, which is now directly benefiting at the expense of US consumers as a result of Biden’s escalating panic to undo the consequences of his catastrophic green policies by selling the most valuable US assets directly to Beijing!

But what is even scarier is the following exchange, in which the White House simply had no response when asked if the US is selling its emergency reserve oil to China.

12.07.2022 - 10:22 [ Oilprice.com ]

Saudis Unwilling To Upset Putin As Biden Begs For More Crude

(Jul 03, 2022)

The world’s largest crude oil exporter, Saudi Arabia, continues to keep close ties with Russia while the top oil consumer, the United States, pleads with major producers—including the Kingdom—to boost supply to the market and help ease consumers’ pain at the pump. While the U.S. and its Western allies are sanctioning Moscow and banning oil imports from Russia, U.S. President Joe Biden is also turning to Saudi Arabia to ask it to pump more oil as Americans pay on average $5 a gallon for gasoline.

12.07.2022 - 09:31 [ Yahoo.com ]

Biden’s Quest for Saudi Oil Faces Reality-Check of Slim Capacity

The US president’s visit to a country he once vowed to isolate represents a significant thawing of relations, but the Saudis and their OPEC partners have limited spare production capacity to offer in return for this political concession. Some market watchers also question whether tapping this supply buffer would calm energy markets, or just make matters worse.

“A surge in Saudi production seems unlikely,” said Ben Cahill, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

12.07.2022 - 08:33 [ New York Post ]

White House weighs restarting arms sales to Saudis as Biden visits: report

Senior Saudi officials have been in talks with their US counterparts in Riyadh and Washington for months about setting aside the ban that was established by President Biden in February 2021, Reuters reported. ​

Biden, who leaves Tuesday for a four-day trip to Israel, the West Bank and Saudi Arabia, is keen on resetting relations at a time when the US needs Saudi help to increase the global oil supply to bring down fuel prices that have reached record highs in recent months.

28.06.2022 - 23:32 [ Demoracy Now! ]

France Says Western Powers Should Open Oil Markets to Iran and Venezuela

President Nicolás Maduro: “I would tell President Macron: Venezuela is ready to receive all the French companies that want to come to produce gas and petrol for the European market, for the global market. You are welcome to come whenever. The road is paved. We are prepared, ready and happy to do it.”

28.06.2022 - 09:13 [ AFP News Agency / Nitter.net ]

#BREAKING France wants oil from Iran, Venezuela back on the market: Macron’s office

(19 hours ago)

28.06.2022 - 09:06 [ Reuters ]

Powers need to study all oil options, including Iran, Venezuela -France

„There are resources elsewhere that need to be explored,“ a French official said on the sidelines of a G7 summit in Germany, when asked about how to alleviate high oil prices.

28.06.2022 - 09:01 [ Statecraft.co.in ]

Maduro Forms Energy Commission With Kuwait, Continuing Pushback Against US “Blackmail”

(15.06.2022)

In Kuwait on Tuesday, the fourth stop of his tour of the Middle East and North Africa, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, formed a joint oil and gas commission aimed at strengthening the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC+) and stabilising global oil prices.

28.06.2022 - 08:52 [ marketwatch.com ]

Oil prices end higher as the U.S. announces new sanctions on Iran

(16.06.2022)

Oil futures climbed on Thursday, shaking off early losses from economic growth worries in the wake of the Federal Reserve’s latest interest-rate hike, to finish higher after the U.S. announced new economic sanctions on Iran.

25.06.2022 - 21:07 [ Tehran Times ]

Iran says nuclear talks to lift sanctions will resume soon

Amir Abdollahian said the decision was made after detailed and in-depth talks with Josep Borrell, the EU foreign policy chief.

“The talks to remove the sanctions imposed on Iran will be resumed soon,“ Amir Abdollahian said in a joint press conference with Borrell.

25.06.2022 - 06:37 [ YnetNews.com ]

Zelensky says Israel not doing enough to support Ukraine

He also said he expects Israel to join the sanctions imposed by the West. „Unfortunately, we haven’t seen Israel joining yet,“ he said.

16.06.2022 - 06:15 [ Secretary Antony Blinken / Nitter.net ]

As authorized by @POTUS, I am directing the drawdown of $350 million in additional U.S. arms, equipment & supplies for Ukraine—part of $1 billion in U.S. support announced today to reinforce Ukraine’s defenses against Russia’s senseless war of choice. We stand #UnitedwithUkraine.

14.06.2022 - 06:44 [ Times of Israel ]

As Russia threat grows, visiting European Union chief looks to Israel for solutions

“For the first time in history, the EU is financing deliveries of weapons – we have so far allocated two billion euros to cover the needs of the Ukrainian defense forces,” von der Leyen, now president of the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, told The Times of Israel in an interview by email ahead of her visit to Israel, which began Monday.

31.05.2022 - 19:24 [ @UsBurning / Nitter.net ]

Germany announces swap deal with Greece for tanks to Ukraine: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Tuesday he had agreed a deal with Greece that would see Athens send Soviet-era military vehicles to Ukraine in exchange for… /

28.05.2022 - 19:22 [ Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom / Nitter.net ]

I told President @ZelenskyyUa this morning that we stand with Ukraine for the long-term. We’ll continue to provide equipment to help the Ukrainian Armed Forces defend their country, and we’re working intensively to find ways to resume grain exports & avert a global food crisis.

28.05.2022 - 19:12 [ CBS News ]

U.S. leans toward sending powerful multiple launch rockets as Ukraine seeks „heavy weapons“ to stop Russia’s Donbas offensive

The appeals from Kyiv have apparently been heard in Washington, where a Biden administration official told CBS News senior national security correspondent David Martin that the White House was leaning toward providing multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) to Ukraine as part of the next package of military aid for the country.

No final decision has been made in Washington, officials told CBS News, …

23.05.2022 - 01:31 [ Tehran Times ]

Resumption of Vienna talks awaits U.S. decision

Hadi Afghahi, a former Iranian diplomat, told the Arabic-language Iran News Agency that Mora carried two messages: One is related to Europe’s desire to import energy from Iran in light of the war in Ukraine and the other includes ideas about the IRGC designation. According to Afghahi, Mora carried American proposals that included lifting the sanctions on some Iranian entities and companies, but keeping the IRGC and some of its figures on the U.S. blacklist. The American proposals also included a paragraph calling on Iran not to avenge the assassination of top IRGC general Qassem Soleimani, according to Afghahi.

16.05.2022 - 18:38 [ Haaretz ]

Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

(Jul. 9, 2018)

A group of more than 40 human rights activists have filed a petition with the High Court of Justice, demanding the cessation of Israeli arms exports to Ukraine.

They argue that these weapons serve forces that openly espouse a neo-Nazi ideology and cite evidence that the right-wing Azov militia, whose members are part of Ukraine’s armed forces, and are supported by the country’s ministry of internal affairs, is using these weapons.

16.05.2022 - 18:26 [ Haaretz ]

The Truth About Israel, Iran and 1980s U.S. Arms Deals

(Nov. 26, 2010)

In the aforesaid period Netanyahu served as deputy to Moshe Arens, when he was Israel’s ambassador to Washington, D.C. (1982-83 ).

(…)

The recently revealed documents deal with an operation dubbed „Tipped Kettle,“ involving weapons the Israel Defense Forces looted from the Palestine Liberation Organization during Operation Peace for Galilee in Lebanon, and their transfer to the Contras – opponents of the socialistic Sandinista regime in Nicaragua.

(…)

Part II was patently illegal – a blatant effort by the White House to violate a Congressional order and to cook up a strange deal involving the sale of American weapons (originally supplied to the IDF ) to anti-American Iran, for use in its war with Iraq; the release of Western hostages being held in Lebanon by Iranian-controlled Hezbollah; and the financing of Contras‘ activities thanks to the difference between the sum paid by the Iranians and the true value of the weapons – minus a profit for those engaged in the deal.

(…)

The CIA had direct intelligence connections with the Mossad, but in the affair of the captured weapons the American agency preferred to hide behind the Pentagon.

14.05.2022 - 13:01 [ France24.com ]

UN chief ‚deeply concerned‘ about risks of global hunger due to war in Ukraine

(11.05.2022)

Speaking alongside Austria’s chancellor and foreign minister in Vienna, Guterres also said talks were ongoing to evacuate more civilians from conflict zones in Ukraine.

„I have to say that I am deeply concerned, namely with the risks of hunger becoming widespread in different parts of the world because of the dramatic food security situation we are facing because of the war in Ukraine,“ he said.

14.05.2022 - 12:18 [ Bloomberg.com ]

India Bans Wheat Exports in Growing Wave of Food Protectionism

India prohibited wheat exports that the world was counting on to alleviate supply constraints sparked by the war in Ukraine, saying that the nation’s food security is under threat.

Exports will still be allowed to countries that require wheat for food security needs and based on the requests of their governments,

07.05.2022 - 10:41 [ Bernie's Tweets / Twitter ]

CHINA – Every dot is a vessel stacked in queues at all ports, not just Shanghai. China’s lockdown policies will cripple western supply chains, destroy businesses and weaken economies & governments. Almost like sanctions.

05.05.2022 - 20:16 [ New York Times ]

Spain Says Cellphones of Prime Minister and Defense Minister Were Hacked

(02.05.2022)

Officials said the devices were breached by the Pegasus spyware, made by an Israeli company, which is intended to track illegal behavior but has been misused by some governments.

05.05.2022 - 20:01 [ ORF.at ]

Spaniens Geheimdienst bespitzelte Separatisten

Bei der Überwachung kam die israelische Spähsoftware Pegasus zum Einsatz.

Für jeden dieser Fälle habe CNI-Chefin Paz Esteban heute in einer parlamentarischen Kontrollkommission eine richterliche Erlaubnis vorgelegt, berichtete die Zeitung „El Pais“.

04.05.2022 - 14:37 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Israeli authorities discuss possibility of supplying defense systems to Ukraine – media

Also, „there is a consensus among the relevant Israeli officials that, at least at this stage, the Ukrainian army will not receive anti-aircraft systems, modern weapons, offensive weapons.“ Instead, for the time being, it is about the supply of „defensive systems that will protect troops on the ground, personal combat equipment and warning systems that could be sent without causing a crisis with Russia,“ Haaretz writes.

02.05.2022 - 16:05 [ Haaretz ]

Spanish Prime Minister, Defense Minister Hacked Using Israel’s Pegasus Spyware in 2021, Officials Say

Israel’s NSO Group, the cyber offensive firm which developed Pegasus, said it was unfamiliar with the details of the specific case and, as a software provider, cannot know who the targets of its customers are.

Spain’s government is under pressure to explain why the cellphones of dozens of people connected to the separatist movement in the northeastern Catalonia region were infected with Pegasus between 2017 and 2020, according to cybersecurity experts’ group Citizen Lab.

02.05.2022 - 15:16 [ Ukrinform.net ]

Russian mole exposed in Ukraine Army’s General Staff – adviser to President’s Office chief

He added that this false-flag attack was allegedly supposed to be carried out using Ukrainian weapons – portable anti-aircraft missile systems. The spies planned to obtain the weapons, used by our troops, through volunteers. To this end, they had been trying to win trust of the latter, giving them real data on the movement of Russian troops, giving away the coordinates of Ramzan Kadyrov’s ethnic Chechen unit.

„There are three components to this story that describe everything that’s happening in the Russian army now. The first is shooting down a passenger plane, the second is deceiving their leadership, and the third is setting up the Kadyrovites,“ Arestovych concluded.

01.05.2022 - 17:26 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

US military instructors train Ukrainian soldiers in Germany, other European countries – Pentagon

American instructors are training the Ukrainian military in Germany and other European countries as part of providing assistance to the Ukrainian army, Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby said at a briefing on Friday.

„This new training effort in Germany and at other locations in Europe is in direct support of recent U.S. security assistance packages that are designed to help Ukraine,“ he said.

29.04.2022 - 11:48 [ James Melville / Twitter ]

The lockdown in Shanghai is causing a massive logjam in maritime cargo transportation. A fifth of the world’s containerships are currently stuck in congestion. The largest share are stuck offshore around China. The global supply chain repercussions are enormous. Cause and effect.

26.04.2022 - 09:17 [ @IWOMissive / Twitter ]

The sooner I never have to hear the name Lavrov again, the better.

Hell isn’t deep enough for this man.

24.04.2022 - 09:58 [ Times of Israel ]

Russian envoy: We’ll ‘respond accordingly’ if Israel gives Ukraine defensive gear

Speaking with Russian state television, Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov noted Defense Ministry Benny Gantz’s announcement a day earlier that Israel will provide Ukraine with helmets and flak jackets.

Gantz’s office stressed the equipment will go to Ukrainian civilian rescue and medical forces, not the military.

20.04.2022 - 08:52 [ Bloomberg ]

India Soaks Up Every Major Russian Oil Variety as Flows Persist

State-run oil refiners are now looking at privately negotiated deals instead of buying through public tenders in order to get better prices, according to Indian refinery officials and traders. The South Asian nation has purchased everything from flagship Urals that ships from ports in the west, to a rare cargo of ESPO from the Far East, typically favored by China.

20.04.2022 - 07:24 [ CNN ]

What happens to weapons sent to Ukraine? The US doesn’t really know

But the risk, both current US officials and defense analysts say, is that in the long term, some of those weapons may wind up in the hands of other militaries and militias that the US did not intend to arm.

„We have fidelity for a short time, but when it enters the fog of war, we have almost zero,“ said one source briefed on US intelligence. „It drops into a big black hole, and you have almost no sense of it at all after a short period of time.“

20.04.2022 - 07:08 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Germany reviewing list of weapons requested by Ukraine to find out what can be delivered quickly – Scholz

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that Germany is studying the list of weapons requested by Ukraine and plans to „find out what can be supplied quickly.“

„The lists include anti-tank weapons and air defense weapons,“ Scholz told reporters in Berlin on Tuesday following a video conference with U.S. President Joe Biden and other G7 leaders.

19.04.2022 - 21:57 [ Haaretz ]

Will Israel’s New Gulf Friends Get Its State-of-art Laser Defense System?

Israel takes a cautious tone on future sales of the laser system, which just passed another test. But statements about a new ‚regional anti-missile defense architecture‘ hint that they may play more than a local role

19.04.2022 - 21:52 [ Arctic Friend / Twitter ]

Why did Israel stop the US from selling the Iron dome to Ukraine? And one other question: Why are they excepting Russian oligarchs money? It’s essentially blood money. Israel should be enforcing our sanctions against Russia, not helping them skirt the sanctions.

12.04.2022 - 15:18 [ Haaretz ]

Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

(Jul. 9, 2018)

A group of more than 40 human rights activists have filed a petition with the High Court of Justice, demanding the cessation of Israeli arms exports to Ukraine.

They argue that these weapons serve forces that openly espouse a neo-Nazi ideology and cite evidence that the right-wing Azov militia, whose members are part of Ukraine’s armed forces, and are supported by the country’s ministry of internal affairs, is using these weapons.

09.04.2022 - 07:38 [ theGuardian.com ]

Germany will stop importing Russian gas ‘very soon’, says Olaf Scholz

The German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, has said his country is doing all it can to wean itself off Russian energy, but declined to endorse a claim by Boris Johnson that it would stop importing Russian gas by the middle of 2024.

03.04.2022 - 19:35 [ Jeruslaem Post ]

Israeli military surprised at how the war in Ukraine is going

(MARCH 29, 2022)

A month after Russia invaded, Moscow has yes to achieve its goals.

03.04.2022 - 19:31 [ ndweiss. a brokedown palace. / Twitter ]

Israel isn’t providing Ukraine with Iron Dome tech for which Ukraine has been begging because “A good working relationship with the Kremlin has long been seen as an essential component of Israeli national security.” A good relationship w/the Kremlin?

03.04.2022 - 17:56 [ Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine / Twitter ]

Bucha massacre was deliberate. Russians aim to eliminate as many Ukrainians as they can. We must stop them and kick them out. I demand new devastating G7 sanctions NOW: -Oil, gas, coal embargo -Close all ports to Russian vessels and goods -Disconnect all Russian banks from SWIFT

03.04.2022 - 06:12 [ theGuardian.com ]

Russia and India will find ways to trade despite sanctions, says Lavrov

Russian foreign minister meets Narendra Modi and praises India’s refusal to condemn Ukraine invasion

03.04.2022 - 05:59 [ IndiaToday.in ]

US warns India against buying discounted oil from Russia

The United States said India should not increase its oil imports from Russia and it could expose New Delhi to a „great risk“. Reports said the US might be looking to slap sanctions on the purchase of Russian oil.

30.03.2022 - 05:09 [ Newsweek ]

Zelensky Begs Israel for Defense Systems, Calls ‚Iron Dome‘ World’s Best

(March 20, 2022)

„We are turning to you and asking whether it is better to provide help or mediation without choosing a side,“ he said. „I will let you decide the answer to the question, but I do want to point out that indifference kills.“

The Jerusalem Post reported that some within the Israeli government were taken aback by Zelensky’s critical tone during the meeting. Nonetheless, the country does not plan to change course and provide weapons or other equipment to Ukraine.

30.03.2022 - 05:04 [ Washington Post ]

Why Israel Won’t Supply the Iron Dome to Ukraine

(March 13, 2022)

IDF and Russian commanders in Syria use a deconfliction mechanism that coordinates IDF activity and allows Israel to operate without endangering Russian assets.

This is well understood by Israelis. A poll published this week shows 67% of the public supports the government’s cautious approach to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and favors not taking a firm stance against Russia. Only 21% disagree.

30.03.2022 - 04:48 [ theTimes.co.uk ]

Iron Dome plan to shield German skies

Germany is looking to create an “Iron Dome” protection shield, similar to the one used by Israel, to protect against Russian missiles.

“That is certainly among the things that we are discussing, and for good reasons,” Olaf Scholz, the chancellor, told the state television channel ARD. “We need to be aware that we have a neighbour who is prepared to use violence to enforce their interests.”

10.03.2022 - 12:43 [ Haaretz ]

Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

(Jul. 9, 2018)

A group of more than 40 human rights activists have filed a petition with the High Court of Justice, demanding the cessation of Israeli arms exports to Ukraine.

They argue that these weapons serve forces that openly espouse a neo-Nazi ideology and cite evidence that the right-wing Azov militia, whose members are part of Ukraine’s armed forces, and are supported by the country’s ministry of internal affairs, is using these weapons.

08.03.2022 - 19:54 [ CNN ]

Biden announces ban on Russian energy imports

„Today I am announcing the United States is targeting the main artery of Russia’s economy. We’re banning all imports of Russian oil and gas and energy,“ Biden said in remarks from the White House. „That means Russian oil will no longer be acceptable at US ports and the American people will deal another powerful blow to Putin’s war machine.“

26.02.2022 - 15:24 [ ResponsibleStatecraft.org ]

US-backed Middle East states cozy up to Russia during Ukraine invasion

A few months later, the Ukrainian government asked the U.S. government to purchase the Iron Dome anti-missile system. Because the Iron Dome is a joint U.S.-Israeli project, the sale also required permission from the Israeli government, which Israel reportedly refused to grant.

That refusal was not based on any concern with whether the sale was a good idea for Eastern Europe, but on Israel’s desire to maintain a good relationship with Russia, according to the Times of Israel. Russia, which has forces stationed in Syria, gives Israel tacit permission to intervene in the Syrian civil war.

23.02.2022 - 07:34 [ AsiaTimes.com ]

China takes rare earth aim at Raytheon and Lockheed

Early this month, Washington approved a deal for the two firms to provide maintenance services to Taiwan’s missile defense systems worth US$100 million. The latest round of Chinese sanctions marks its third salvo, with previous punitive measures imposed in 2019 and 2020.

State media said without Chinese rare earth minerals, the two US firms’ production would be seriously disrupted.

01.02.2022 - 03:14 [ Haaretz ]

NSO Is an Arm of Israel’s Government

In 2019 NSO agreed to reconnect the Pegasus system in Saudi Arabia, in the context of Netanyahu’s contacts regarding the Abraham Accords. Until the accords were announced, Israel gave NSO a permit to sell Pegasus to almost all of the countries that signed the agreements.

01.02.2022 - 03:00 [ New York Times ]

The Battle for the World’s Most Powerful Cyberweapon

(Jan. 28, 2022)

The F.B.I. had bought a version of Pegasus, NSO’s premier spying tool. For nearly a decade, the Israeli firm had been selling its surveillance software on a subscription basis to law-enforcement and intelligence agencies around the world, promising that it could do what no one else — not a private company, not even a state intelligence service — could do: consistently and reliably crack the encrypted communications of any iPhone or Android smartphone.

01.02.2022 - 02:28 [ New York Times ]

F.B.I. Secretly Bought Israeli Spyware and Explored Hacking U.S. Phones

(Jan. 28, 2022)

The Times found that sales of Pegasus played a critical role in securing the support of Arab nations in Israel’s campaign against Iran and negotiating the Abraham Accords, the 2020 diplomatic agreements, signed at a Trump White House ceremony, that normalized relations between Israel and some of its longtime Arab adversaries.

The U.S. had also moved to acquire Pegasus, The Times found. The F.B.I., in a deal never previously reported, bought the spyware in 2019, despite multiple reports that it had been used against activists and political opponents in other countries. It also spent two years discussing whether to deploy a newer product, called Phantom, inside the United States.

21.12.2021 - 14:09 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Coronavirus testing effort hampered by kits contaminated with Covid-19: Traces of the virus were detected in parts due for delivery from overseas in the coming day

(30.04.2020)

One of the suppliers – the Luxembourg-based firm Eurofins – sent an email on Monday morning to government laboratories in the UK warning that a delivery of key components called “probes and primers” had been contaminated with coronavirus and would be delayed.

The firm admitted there had been “an issue” and insisted other private providers had suffered the same problem.

22.11.2021 - 19:45 [ TeenVogue.com ]

What Was the Iran-Contra Affair? A Political Scandal That Engulfed the Reagan White House

(18.11.2021)

An exiled Iranian arms dealer named Manucher Ghorbanifar claimed to have contacts with a moderate faction inside Iran, and further alleged that weapons sales would improve that faction’s standing. Ghorbanifar collaborated with Israel, which proved to be an important intermediary. While Israel was no ally of Iran, it was also no ally of Iraq, and the ongoing war between the two countries kept them both distracted. Israel began selling U.S.-made weapons to Iran in 1981, even after the U.S. State Department began an effort to end arm sales, known as Operation Staunch, in 1983.

18.11.2021 - 17:32 [ Haaretz ]

Two UAE Princes Each Got Their Own Personal NSO Spyware

Why does UAE – one country with a joint federal military, police and security force, need two separate NSO spyware systems held by two different leaders?

03.11.2021 - 17:40 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Blacklists Israeli Cyberarms Firms NSO, Candiru for Harming ‚National Security and Interests‘

„NSO Group and Candiru (Israel) were added to the Entity List based on evidence that these entities developed and supplied spyware to foreign governments,“ the statement read, adding that the spyware’s tools were used „to maliciously target government officials, journalists, businesspeople, activists, academics, and embassy workers.“

27.10.2021 - 13:45 [ .theHinduBusinessLine.com ]

What has the US-China trade ‘war’ achieved?

(04.10.2021)

On July 6, 2018, US President Donald Trump unilaterally imposed a 25 per cent tariff on Chinese imports of around $34 billion, and further tariffs in 2018 and 2019 — claiming that trade between US and China had been unfairly skewed in China’s favour and needed to be rebalanced. The ostensible reason put forward was the persistence of what were called “unfair trade practices” and “technology theft” by China.

Thereafter, the trade war has continued into the administration of President Joe Biden, and morphed into a technology war, which is probably what it was always about.

27.10.2021 - 13:18 [ Nikkei.com ]

China to create rare-earths giant by joining three state companies

(October 24, 2021)

China accounts for 60% of the world’s production of rare earths according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The top export destinations are Japan (49% by value) followed by the U.S. (15%), according to Chinese media.

For the Xi leadership, rare earths can also be used as a diplomatic trump card. When China protested Japan’s nationalization of the Senkaku Islands in 2010, Beijing stalled exports of rare earths as a means to pressure the Japanese side. The new move to restructure the rare-earth industry, therefore, may affect rare-earth supply to Japan and the U.S., analysts warn.

27.10.2021 - 13:06 [ ABC.net.au ]

China says the West should respect its ‚own pace‘ as Europe and US face magnesium supply crisis

The paper said the magnesium shortage was not a simple issue that could be resolved by increasing production from China.

„Global supply chains face challenges of climate change targets, high inflation and logistics obstacles,“ it noted in an editorial on Monday.

27.10.2021 - 12:25 [ Bloomberg ]

China’s Curbs on Fertilizer Exports to Worsen Global Price Shock

(October 19, 2021)

Some Chinese fertilizer cargoes ready to be shipped are being held up by local authorities for additional checks or to obtain new export certificates, according to people familiar with the matter. The supplies will either end up being sold on the domestic market or face delays in being exported, said the people, who asked not to be named as they are not authorized to speak on the matter.

27.10.2021 - 12:18 [ Wisconsin State Farmer ]

China halts phosphate exports

(Sept 28, 2021)

“We’re in a trade war,” Ezinga said. “You’ve got a supply-restricted market today. Ten to 12 years ago, you had a demand-led market with some supply constraints. Logistics is a mess, but I feel pretty comfortable that we’re going to have the supply in the U.S. It’s just — at what price?”

27.10.2021 - 12:16 [ S&P Global ]

China gasoil exports likely to hit over six-year low in Oct on rising domestic prices, tight quotas

(08 Oct 2021)

Unless the Chinese government allocates new export quotas for 2021, only 5.87 million mt, or 1.47 million mt/month, of quotas were available for gasoline, gasoil and jet fuel exports between September and December, Platts reported earlier. China exported 31.13 million mt, or 3.89 million mt/month, of oil products between January-August, data from the country’s General Administration of Customs showed.

27.10.2021 - 12:00 [ S&P Global ]

China to allow transfer of fuel oil export quotas to gasoline, gasoil, jet fuel: sources

(26.10.2021)

With the quotas running out, the oil companies have decided to lower their gasoil and gasoline exports to minimum levels to ensure domestic supplies, while saving quotas for exporting jet fuel, Platts reported earlier. Jet fuel currently faces poor demand in China.

Beijing is set to cut China’s key oil product exports in an effort to reduce carbon emissions along the value chain.

26.10.2021 - 07:55 [ International Chamber of Shipping ]

Joint open letter – Transport heads call on world leaders to secure global supply chains

29 September 2021

Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the maritime, road and aviation industries have called loudly and clearly on governments to ensure the free movement of transport workers and to end travel bans and other restrictions that have had an enormously detrimental impact on their wellbeing and safety. Transport workers keep the world running and are vital for the free movement of products, including vaccines and PPE, but have been continually failed by governments and taken for granted by their officials.

Our calls have been consistent and clear: freedom of movement for transport workers, for governments to use protocols that have been endorsed by international bodies for each sector and to prioritise transport workers for vaccinations as called for in the World Health Organization’s SAGE Roadmap for Prioritizing Uses of COVID-19 Vaccines in the Context of Limited Supply.

Heads of government have failed to listen, to end the blame-shifting within and between governments and take the decisive and coordinated action needed to resolve this crisis.

26.10.2021 - 07:51 [ CNN ]

The workers who keep global supply chains moving are warning of a ’system collapse‘

(29.09.2021)

Seafarers, truck drivers and airline workers have endured quarantines, travel restrictions and complex Covid-19 vaccination and testing requirements to keep stretched supply chains moving during the pandemic.
But many are now reaching their breaking point, posing yet another threat to the badly tangled network of ports, container vessels and trucking companies that moves goods around the world.

02.10.2021 - 18:40 [ Financial Times ]

Global supply chains at risk of collapse, warn business leaders

(29.09.2021)

At the peak of the crisis 400,000 seafarers were unable to leave their ships, with some working for as long as 18 months over their initial contracts, the letter said. Flights have been restricted and aviation workers have faced the inconsistency of border, travel and vaccine restrictions/requirements, it added.

Additional and systemic stopping at road borders has also meant truck drivers have been forced to wait, sometimes weeks, before being able to complete their journeys and return home.

02.10.2021 - 16:53 [ Rabobank.com ]

In Deep Ship: A deep-dive into the supply-chain crisis

One root of the problem…

In 2020, COVID-19 become a global pandemic, and lockdowns ensued: factories, restaurants, and shops all closed,bringing global supplychain almost to a halt. In this context, container carriers had no visibility on future demand and did the only reasonable thing: cut capacity.

There is no economic sense in moving half-empty ships across the globe; it is costly, especially for a sector operated on tiny margins for a very long time.The consequence was widespread vessel cancellations, which soared in the first months of 2020 (figure 3).Progressively, more trade lines and ports were involved as containment measures were enacted globally.

(…)

At present 10% of global container capacity is waiting to be unloaded on ship atthe anchor outside some por

02.10.2021 - 16:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

‘A perfect storm’: supply chain crisis could blow world economy off course

Along with ongoing Covid-related restrictions in some large manufacturing countries such as Vietnam, and a well-documented shortage of components such as computer chips, factories are simply not producing enough.

British car production dropped by 27% year on year in August as a lack of semiconductors and led to a big drop in the number of vehicles exported to Australia, the US and China. On Thursday, Volkswagen, Ford and Opel maker Stellantis announced fresh temporary closures in Germany because of the chip problem.

01.09.2021 - 18:41 [ Radio Utopie ]

Why are the state leaders of China and Russia complying with U.S. sanctions against Iran, Venezuela, Syria, and Cuba?

(07.08.2021)

Because they want to.

07.08.2021 - 06:38 [ Radio Utopie ]

Why are the state leaders of China and Russia complying with U.S. sanctions against Iran, Venezuela, Syria, and Cuba?

Because they want to.

07.08.2021 - 05:07 [ Presstv.ir ]

Iran rejects any limit to oil exports after Russian envoy’s tweet

His remarks came in response to his Russian counterpart Mikhail Ulyanov’s tweet that hoped after the removal of the sanctions, „Iran will join efforts of OPEC+ to maintain the oil market stability“.

„This would be merely a national decision rather than a decision to be taken through joint efforts,“ Gharibabadi responded.

27.07.2021 - 07:34 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Lawmakers Call for Punitive Measures Against Israeli NSO Over Spyware Allegations

Finally, the four House Democrats call to „investigate and assess the possible targeting of American journalists, aid works, diplomats and others’ with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, determine whether America’s national security was harmed, and take steps to protect all Americans, including federal employees, from the threat posed by the growing mercenary spyware industry.“

23.07.2021 - 06:41 [ Haaretz ]

‘The State’s Right’: Top Court Refuses to Rule on Israeli Sale of Spy Tech to Russia

(26.06.2021)

Israel’s defense exports, including the sale of offensive cyber technologies to foreign countries, and the policy that governs them is beyond the jurisdiction of Israeli courts, the Supreme Court ruled Sunday. The court’s justices refused to hear a petition filed by human right activists against the director of Israel’s Defense Ministry and Cellebrite, the digital forensics company, for the sale of phone-hacking tech to Russia.

23.07.2021 - 06:26 [ Haaretz ]

Pegasus Project: Israel Will Review Defense Export Regulation After NSO Allegations, Lawmaker Says

(22.07.2021)

The Israeli interministerial team „will conduct its checks, and we will be sure to look into the findings and see if we need to fix things here,“ Ben Barak said.

DECA is within Israel’s Defense Ministry and oversees NSO exports.

22.07.2021 - 06:37 [ CommonDreams.org ]

Senators Introduce Legislation to Curb Endless US Wars, Lethal Arms Sales

(20.07.2021)

The measure would also sunset 180 days after enactment all existing AUMFs, including the 2001 AUMF passed in the wake of the September 11 attacks and upon which every consecutive administration has leaned to justify military actions in regions around the world.

Instead of the current default approval of arms sales barring a passage of a resolution of disapproval by veto-proof majorities of the House and Senate, the proposal directs Congress to proactively approve certain sales topping $14 million including those of air to ground munitions.

21.07.2021 - 19:10 [ Axios.com ]

Scoop: Israel forms damage control team after NSO Pegasus spyware reports

Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz spoke at the same conference and said Israel was „studying“ reports about the alleged use of the Pegasus software in violation of the terms of its export license.

“We approve the export of cyber products only to governments and only for lawful use in order to prevent crime and terrorism. Countries who purchase those systems must adhere to the conditions of use,“ Gantz said.

20.07.2021 - 19:13 [ Haaretz ]

The Pegasus Project | Where Netanyahu Went, NSO Followed: How Israel Pushed Cyberweapon Sales

Investigation of potential Pegasus targets reveals: From Hungary to India and even Saudi Arabia, this is how Israel became the cyber industry’s patron and pushed spyware sales across the world,

13.07.2021 - 18:22 [ Rick Rozoff / Antiwar.com ]

Germany Provides NATO Ally Turkey With First of Six Submarines

It is not inconceivable that a German-designed Turkish submarine and a German-constructed Israeli submarine would clash at some point in the eastern Mediterranean. All in a day’s work for NATO weapon interoperability purposes. “Maintaining peace,” or whatever pat justification the bloc uses for global military expansion and bombing defenseless nations on several continents, is a highly lucrative trade.

29.06.2021 - 13:10 [ Haaretz ]

‘The State’s Right’: Top Court Refuses to Rule on Israeli Sale of Spy Tech to Russia

Israel’s defense exports, including the sale of offensive cyber technologies to foreign countries, and the policy that governs them is beyond the jurisdiction of Israeli courts, the Supreme Court ruled Sunday. The court’s justices refused to hear a petition filed by human right activists against the director of Israel’s Defense Ministry and Cellebrite, the digital forensics company, for the sale of phone-hacking tech to Russia.

20.05.2021 - 13:47 [ Press TV ]

Vienna talks: Significant progress made, key issues remain unresolved

Iranian lead delegate Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said the issues that needed resolution were difficult. Araqchi said Iran is standing firm on its position that the US needs to fully lift all sanctions in a verifiable manner before Tehran can take action to come back to full compliance with the JCPOA.

Reports indicate that though the US has agreed to ease sanctions on various sectors like oil and gas, banking, shipping and insurance there are still differences on sanctioned individuals and entities including Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

20.05.2021 - 13:44 [ Haaretz ]

Iran’s Rohani Says ‚Agreement in Principle‘ Has Been Achieved in Nuke Talks

“All parties to the talks have agreed to lift all major sanctions on oil, petrochemicals, shipping, insurance, the central bank and so on,” he said.

On Wednesday, Enrique Mora, the EU official leading the talks, said that he was confident a deal would be reached as the negotiations adjourned, although European diplomats said success was not guaranteed with very difficult issues remaining.

04.05.2021 - 19:11 [ menafn.com ]

US dollar decreases against Iranian currency rial

Sources close to the US government stated that the restoration of the deal may permit Iran to improve its oil exports as confronting no curbs on its banking system and ports operations, adding that Washington would lift oil, banking, and ports sanctions from Iran to let Tehran resume compliance with the JCPOA.

20.04.2021 - 20:06 [ SPglobal.com ]

Volatility in store for Chad’s oil industry after president’s death

Despite its oil wealth, Chad has been facing an enormous debt burden. Global Commodity trading house Glencore is one of the largest creditors to Chad through an oil-for-cash loan. Last year, the Chadian government requested that Glencore suspend payments on its oil-for-cash loan. The oil producer now also relies on oil-for-cash loadings from Chinese creditors.

Chad holds around 1.5 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, according to BP’s Energy Outlook 2020, making it the 10th-largest oil reserve holder in Africa. Oil accounts for almost 90% of the country’s export revenues.

20.04.2021 - 20:00 [ EnergyVoice.com ]

Chad denies sale plans for export pipeline

(March 5, 2021)

SHT acquired a 25% stake in the Doba consortium from Chevron in 2014 for $1.3 billion. ExxonMobil and Malaysia’s Petronas also hold equity in the upstream and pipeline assets. Both foreign companies were considering sales in 2020, according to reports.

20.04.2021 - 19:42 [ News24.com ]

Chad: Hardline rule, poverty and oil

(April 13, 2021)

In 2003 Chad began to export oil to an Atlantic terminal through a pipeline built across neighbouring Cameroon.

01.04.2021 - 23:48 [ DailyMail.xo.uk ]

Now EUROPE goes to India in an attempt to buy 10m extra doses of AstraZeneca vaccine while Delhi blocks shipment of 5m jabs to Britain

The European Union has approached India in a bid to buy 10million doses of the AstraZeneca jab from its Serum Institute, as the bloc desperately scrambles to procure more vaccine supplies.

Britain has already blamed India’s export ban for delaying the shipment of five million doses to the UK and restricting the country’s vaccine drive to mainly administering second doses to the over-50s in April.

27.03.2021 - 19:06 [ HellenicShippingNews.com ]

China’s crude imports from Oman, UAE jump as Iranian barrels fall

(23.03.2021)

China brought in 3.42 million tonnes of U.S. oil in the two-month period, versus zero from a year earlier.

27.03.2021 - 19:01 [ Hindustan Times ]

UAE sheikh lays claim to oil cargo that US seized alleging Iran’s

(14.03.2021)

The case underscores the difficulty the US faces as it tries to bar Iran from generating income from energy sales and pressure it into re-starting nuclear talks.

While shipments of Iranian oil have slumped due to threat of US penalties, they have picked in recent months, though their origin is often disguised. The main buyers are refiners in China.

27.03.2021 - 13:52 [ Yahoo.com ]

Boris Johnson sends envoy to Serum Institute for vaccine deal with India

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has sent an envoy to India to secure millions of doses of the AstraZeneca (AZN.L) COVID-19 vaccine.

Lord Eddie Lister, the PM’s Conservative peer, and international adviser David Quarrey, met with India’s foreign secretary Harsh Shringla in New Delhi on Monday.

27.03.2021 - 13:16 [ Standard.co.uk ]

UK ‘to speed up Covid vaccine rollout’ as EU stops short of export ban

Britain is set to speed up its “world-leading” vaccine roll-out in coming months after the EU stopped short of imposing a ban on exports of jabs across the Channel, a Cabinet minister said today.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick stressed that more vaccination supplies were due to arrive in the UK during the spring and summer.

27.03.2021 - 12:38 [ theGuardian.com ]

France claims UK will struggle to source second Covid jabs

“The UK is proud to have vaccinated many people with the first dose, but they will have a problem with the second dose,” Le Drian said. “And we are fully vaccinated with two doses, not one. Today we have the same number of fully vaccinated people in France and the United Kingdom.

22.03.2021 - 16:49 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris ‚will offer to SHARE millions of doses of AstraZeneca’s jab made at Dutch factory with the EU‘ as he warns a THIRD Covid wave will ‚wash up on our shores‘ from Europe

The PM is appealing to other leaders in a bid to resolve the crisis without a clash, and he spoke with continental heavyweights Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron last night to try and persuade them to soften their stance. He has also sent Lord Lister, a government ally, to India to ease tensions over the delay to a batch of five million UK-bound doses of the same vaccine.

21.03.2021 - 18:43 [ Express.co.uk ]

EU vaccine export ban: Can Ursula von der Leyen REALLY block jab export? Is it legal?

Ms von der Leyen said Brussels had the right to ban the export of vaccines to the UK. But according to a UK Government official, such a move would be illegal.

The source told the Daily Mail: “The reality is our contract with AstraZeneca is rock-solid and better than the EU’s.

“And we’re only getting what we helped to develop and paid for.”

21.03.2021 - 13:43 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: The EU elite’s seething resentment at Britain’s success hurts them more than us and does no one any good

The grotesque behaviour of EU governments and leaders over the Oxford vaccine has gone beyond all limits of reason and civilised action.

First, they attacked its usefulness. Then they cast doubts on its safety. Now they seek to grab hold of supplies, and so slow down its distribution in one of the few countries that has welcomed and used it widely and effectively.

21.03.2021 - 13:14 [ theGuardian.com ]

Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Morocco ‚told of delay in Covid jabs from India‘

The Serum Institute of India (SII) has told Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Morocco that further supplies of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will be delayed because of surging demand at home and work on capacity expansion, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.

20.03.2021 - 13:38 [ navyrecognition.com ]

Israel, Greece and Cyprus hold naval drill with a participation of France

(15.03.2021)

The Dolphin 2-class are the largest submarines to have been built in Germany since World War II. The Dolphin class boats are the most expensive single vehicles in the Israel Defense Forces.

Each Dolphin-class submarine is capable of carrying a combined total of up to 16 torpedoes and Popeye Turbo submarine-launched cruise missiles (SLCMs). The cruise missiles have a range of at least 1,500 km (930 mi) and are widely believed to be equipped with a 200 kiloton nuclear warhead containing up to 6 kilograms (13 lb) of plutonium.

20.03.2021 - 13:33 [ Süddeutsche.de ]

Below the Surface

In the last 20 years, Israel has spent billions on submarines ordered from Germany, with a political agreement having been reached on three additional vessels. The big question, though, is: Why so many? Why does Israel want so many more submarines than are, according to experts, necessary for the defense of the country?

19.03.2021 - 23:47 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Has Struck at Least 12 Ships Carrying Iranian Oil to Syria, Report Says

(11.03.2021)

The naval attacks had not been reported before Thursday.

19.03.2021 - 06:14 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚We over-promised again‘: Matt Hancock faces Tory backlash as he FINALLY admits that India IS behind jabs delay with four million AstraZeneca doses held back by Delhi in ‚act of vaccine nationalism‘ – dealing serious blow to UK’s rollout

– Matt Hancock under fire for raising hopes of huge ramp up in vaccines only for supplies setback to emerge
– Serum Institute of India has been told it must hand jabs to its own citizens before exporting vaccine stocks
– One batch of five million doses of the AstraZeneca jab bound for the UK has been delayed by a month
. Confusingly Boris Johnson insisted Indian government has not blocked any exports, as he prepares to visit

03.03.2021 - 11:08 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

The mythology, that the US acts in the world to stop tyranny and punish despotism — as it ships arms and money to Saudi, Egypt, UAE, supports coups in Bolivia, etc. — is as glaringly false as it gets. Yet it remains vital for propagandizing Endless War:

12.02.2021 - 07:15 [ Politico.eu ]

Belgian plant blamed for AstraZeneca vaccine shortage says it met all deliveries

(10.02.2021)

AstraZeneca subcontracted the plant — previously owned by Novasep — to produce the drug substance of its vaccine. Volanti would not say how many doses the plant was contracted to provide. He said the plant sends its drug substance to an Italian company to be put into vials and packaged for distribution.

AstraZeneca declined to comment on Thermo Fisher’s remarks, according to Reuters.

12.02.2021 - 05:33 [ Haaretz ]

Illegal Missile Sale to ‚Asian Country‘ Could Harm Israel-U.S. Ties

Investigations by the Shin Bet and police into the alleged sale of military technology to an unnamed Asian country may become one of the most serious security issues in recent memory. Defense officials are concerned that the case may have far-reaching consequences involving a large number of people and potential intelligence and technological fallout.

02.02.2021 - 22:20 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

EU turns to Russia for Covid jabs: Merkel says ‚all vaccines welcome‘ and praises Sputnik V jab amid German shambles after Hungary accepts first batch and blasts Brussels failings

‚Every vaccine is welcome in the European Union,‘ Merkel said in an interview with German broadcaster ARD. ‚Today we have read good data for the Russian vaccine too‘.

Merkel also told ARD she had recently spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the vaccine, which has been found to 91.6 per cent effective in trial results.

A batch of Sputnik V arrived in Hungary today, making it the first country to adopt the once-controversial jab.

02.02.2021 - 08:56 [ Killian Foley-Walsh, Esq. / Twitter ]

Sabine Weyand was Michel Barnier’s number 2 in the Brexit negotiations. If she is responsible for triggering Art. 16, it’s not credible to suggest she didn’t understand its implications.

02.02.2021 - 08:54 [ Irish Times ]

‘I regret that article 16 was mentioned’: Von der Leyen statement in full

Below are the responses in full from European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen to questions posed by Irish Times Europe Correspondent Naomi O’Leary.

01.02.2021 - 19:24 [ theGuardian.com ]

Germany considering Russian and Chinese vaccines to boost Covid inoculation drive

Speaking ahead of an emergency summit with vaccine manufacturers to tackle the country’s sluggish rollout, Jens Spahn said that if a vaccine “can be considered safe and effective, regardless of what country it has been produced in, then it could help”.

30.01.2021 - 11:44 [ Independent.ie ]

Covid-19 vaccine chaos as EU is forced into U-turn after blocking supplies to the North

A government source said the Taoiseach had not been given any advance warning of the EU decision to invoke the article in the protocol.

The source said the article may have been inadvertently triggered by “someone who did not understand the political implications” of the decision.

Some EU officials are understood to be livid about the move, which they see as ruining the work they’ve done since the Brexit vote in 2016.

30.01.2021 - 11:32 [ Irish Times ]

EU backs down on plan to control export of Covid-19 vaccines across Border into North amid outcry

In a steep escalation of the EU’s fight to secure vaccine supplies, Brussels had said it would trigger clauses in the Northern Irish Protocol in the EU-UK withdrawal agreement to control shots moving across the open Border between the State and the North. It said this plan aimed to prevent the movement of vaccines onwards into the rest of the UK via a Northern Ireland “backdoor”, while preserving the capacity to allow shipments into the North.

30.01.2021 - 11:27 [ Belfastlive.co.uk ]

EU withdraws threat to trigger Article 16 of Northern Ireland Protocol

It comes after the bloc invoked part of the Northern Ireland Protocol in an attempt to stop vaccines made in the EU from getting into the UK through the back door.

The protocol, which is part of the Brexit deal, allows goods from the EU to be exported to Northern Ireland without checks.

However the EU triggered Article 16 of the protocol tonight to slap temporary export controls on vaccines sent to Northern Ireland.

30.01.2021 - 11:01 [ Rob Gillies, Chief of Bureau for The Associated Press in Canada / Twitter ]

EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and British leader Boris Johnson had an unexpected phone call, during which the UK PM “expressed his grave concerns about the potential impact which the steps the EU has taken today on vaccine exports could have

28.01.2021 - 15:31 [ theHindu.com ]

Vaccine factory in Belgium inspected amid European Union dispute with AstraZeneca

The Novasep’s factory in the town of Seneffe is part of the European production chain for the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.

27.01.2021 - 13:45 [ devdiscourse.com ]

India’s Serum Institute says AstraZeneca vaccine output unaffected due to fire

(21.01.2021)

SII has licensed the vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. Many low- and middle-income countries, from Bangladesh to Brazil, are depending on SII delivering the vaccine, known as COVISHIELD in India, to fight the COVID-19 epidemic.

27.01.2021 - 13:37 [ DailyMirror / Twitter ]

500,000 vials of the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine will arrive in #SriLanka tomorrow at 11 am on an Air India flight which will be donated by the Indian govt to the Sri Lankan health ministry.

Under this program, 250,000 front line workers will be vaccinated – Lalith Weeratunga

27.01.2021 - 01:34 [ theGuardian.com ]

Why experts say there is no basis to claims in Germany about efficacy of AstraZeneca vaccine

A University of Oxford spokesperson said clinical trials showed similar immune responses in younger and older adults, a good safety profile and high efficacy in younger adults. “There is no basis for the claims of very low efficacy of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine which have been circulating in the media,” they said.

While it is true that there was less data from older adults involved in the trials, the team say early figures were promising: “Preliminary efficacy data in older adults supports the importance of this vaccine for use in this population,” they said.

27.01.2021 - 01:12 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

German media doubles-down on AstraZeneca vaccine stats: Handelsblatt newspaper REPUBLISHES widely rubbished claim that Oxford jab is only 8% effective in Over-65s and says there was NOT a mix-up in its reporting

Handelsblatt was still running the original story today with the headline: ‚Setback to coronavirus vaccine: AstraZeneca vaccine appears to hardly work on seniors‘.

A subheading noted that Germany’s health minister Jens Spahn had been ‚circumspect‘ about the claim, without mentioning the ministry’s subsequent denial.

Gregor Waschinski, one of the journalists behind the story, stood by it on Monday night and said it was confirmed by ‚multiple sources familiar with the German vaccination policy‘.

26.01.2021 - 16:55 [ Yahoo.com ]

UK government ‚confident‘ in Pfizer jabs supply despite EU threat to block COVID vaccine exports

The European Commission has warned it will impose controls on vaccines that could affect the UK’s supply of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, which is shipped from its manufacturing base in Belgium.

But vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News on Tuesday: “I’m confident that the Pfizer vaccine will be delivered.

26.01.2021 - 16:39 [ Reuters ]

EU to monitor vaccine exports, but says it’s not a ban

EU countries learnt late last week that deliveries of the vaccine from AstraZeneca, which is expected to be approved on Friday, would be some 60% lower in the first quarter than initially indicated.

There have also been reduced deliveries of a vaccine jointly produced by Pfizer and BioNTech.

26.01.2021 - 12:18 [ Michaela Kuefner, hief Political Editor at DW, Germany's international TV channel / Twitter ]

In an exclusive interview with @dw_politics German health minister @jensspahn calls for a licensing requirement for the export of vaccines outside the EU. Given the state funds spent on building up production capacity this is not about EU “first, but fair” Spahn told me.

26.01.2021 - 11:52 [ Express.co.uk ]

‚F***ing bonkers!‘ UK attacks Germany over Oxford vaccine ‚lies‘ – EU row erupts

Another Westminster official said: “The efficacy claims circulating in the German media are unsubstantiated and incorrect.”

Speaking to Politico, a third added: “After this, support for Brexit will be at about 90 percent.”

The claims in the German media were made on the same day a row broke out between the European Union and AstraZeneca over supplies of the vaccine to the continent.

26.01.2021 - 11:29 [ Novasep.com ]

Coronavirus: NOVASEP partners with ASTRAZENECA to produce Covid-19 Oxford vaccine for Europe

(15.06.2020)

Novasep brings to AstraZeneca more than 20 years of expertise in viral vector production. Novasep’s investment strategy in the large-scale production of biopharmaceutical products for immunotherapy and gene therapy enables Novasep to support the alliance for the production of the vaccine active substance in Europe.

The production operations will be carried out at Novasep’s Belgian site in Seneffe. Furthermore, the biopharmaceutical ecosystem in the region allows Novasep to rapidly mobilize the additional human resources needed to achieve this project.

26.01.2021 - 11:22 [ hitc.com ]

Where is the Pfizer vaccine made? USA headquarters but produced in Europe!

(December 2020)

Most of the UK’s supply of the vaccine is being produced at Pfizer’s facilities in Puurs, Belgium.

Some does are also being made at BioNTech’s sites in Germany.

26.01.2021 - 11:01 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

The great vaccine blockade? EU threat to cut off UK’s supply of Pfizer jabs will ‚poison relations for a generation‘ as Germans are accused of ‚Russian-style‘ disinformation over ‚rubbish‘ claim that AstraZeneca version is just 8% effective in elderly

Meanwhile, there is another row raging after two German newspapers claimed the EU’s regulator could refuse to give the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab full approval, with officials anonymously briefing its efficacy for pensioners was just eight per cent.

However, the claim was branded ‚absolutely incorrect‘ and ‚unsubstantiated‘ by the pharmaceutical company – and No10 sources told MailOnline it was ‚rubbish‘. One Whitehall source told Playbook it was the kind of tactics ‚you expect from the Russians‘.

26.01.2021 - 10:05 [ Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety / Twitter ]

With our Member States, we have requested from AZ a detailed planning of vaccine deliveries and when distribution will take place to Member States. Another meeting will be convened on Wednesday to discuss the matter further.

25.01.2021 - 20:25 [ Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety / Twitter ]

In addition, today we discussed with the 27 Member States in the Steering Board that an export transparency mechanism will be put in place as soon as possible. We want clarity on transactions and full transparency concerning the export of vaccines from the EU.

24.01.2021 - 06:10 [ theHindu.com ]

India clears vaccine exports to Brazil after delay

(21.01.2021)

Brazil is set to collect two million doses of Serum Institute’s (SII) Covishield vaccine, two weeks after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi for their “urgent” clearance, sources confirmed to The Hindu.

23.01.2021 - 11:00 [ Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety / Twitter ]

. @EU_Commission and Member States expressed deep dissatisfaction with this. We insisted on a precise delivery schedule on the basis of which Member States should be planning their vaccination programs, subject to the granting of a contitional marketing authorisation. /2

The @EU_Commission will continue to insist with @AstraZeneca on measures to increase predictability and stability of deliveries, and acceleration of the distribution of doses/3.

23.01.2021 - 10:39 [ Sky.com ]

COVID-19: AstraZeneca to ‚cut COVID-19 vaccine delivery to EU by 60%‘

The company was expected to deliver around 80 million doses to the 27 EU countries by the end of March, an EU official told the agency.

However, it now expects that to be cut to 31 million doses due to „production problems“ at a vaccine factory in Belgium run by its partner Novasep.

17.01.2021 - 11:00 [ Bloomberg ]

President Biden Won’t Unlock a Wave of Iranian Crude

There was strong opposition to the Iran nuclear deal in the U.S., from both Republicans and Democrats, when it was negotiated back in 2015, which prevented it from being ratified by the Senate. That opposition remains.

12.01.2021 - 14:35 [ Yahoo.com ]

China’s Kangtai starts mid-stage trial of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate

(29.10.2020)

Apart from developing its own vaccine, Kangtai also has a deal to make and supply mainland China with the vaccine candidate developed by AstraZeneca and researchers at the University of Oxford.

12.01.2021 - 14:28 [ New York Times ]

China’s ‘King of Vaccines,’ a partner to AstraZeneca, is plagued by scandal.

(Dec. 7, 2020)

Kangtai will be the exclusive manufacturer in mainland China for the vaccine made by AstraZeneca, and the companies could work together on deals for other countries. Kangtai is also in early trials for its own candidate.

12.01.2021 - 14:20 [ LSE.co.uk ]

UPDATE 1-Brazil’s Fiocruz says AstraZeneca vaccine ingredients may be delayed weeks

(08.01.2021)

A source with knowledge of the situation said the active
ingredient is ready to be shipped to Brazil, but is still
waiting for an export license from China, where it is produced.

23.12.2020 - 18:49 [ Sky.com ]

COVID-19: Germany extends UK travel ban to 6 January – despite EU urging countries to lift restrictions

Germany has extended its ban on travellers arriving from the UK to 6 January, despite the EU telling countries to lift restrictions to allow essential journeys and minimise trade disruption.

23.12.2020 - 18:43 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Kent lorry chaos could get WORSE: Army is performing as little as 200 tests an hour – meaning 10,000 stranded truckers could take DAYS to clear threatening food shortages after clashes with police and blockades

– Truckers try to force their way past police guarding Port of Dover as hundreds leave cabs and walk along road
– Jeering and whistling with some shouting: ‚Open the border‘, ‚We just want to go home‘ and ‚F*** you, Boris!‘
– France announced travel ban on all traffic from UK on Sunday night after emergence of new Covid-19 strain
– Decision meant Port of Dover was dramatically closed to all freight vehicles leaving the UK for next 48 hours
– Deal now struck with France which means every driver must be tested for coronavirus using lateral flow tests
– Tensions also boiled over at Manston Airport, where truckers whose lorries are being held staged a protest

23.12.2020 - 10:58 [ Sky.com ]

Lorry drivers scuffle with police as tension mounts over Dover backlog

A group of drivers began booing and whistling police just after 8am this morning, before a small number started pushing officers in an apparent attempt to break through their lines.

UK and French governments have now reached a deal to reopen the border from Wednesday if the drivers test negative for COVID.

23.12.2020 - 07:53 [ theSun.co.uk ]

TRUCK OFF, MACRON: Stranded Brit truckers on the move again as shamed Emmanuel Macron is forced to reopen French border

STRANDED truckers were ready to roll again last night after shamed French leader Emmanuel Macron was forced to reopen his country’s border with the UK.

He caved in after pressure from Britain and the EU to end a 48-hour blockade imposed amid fears over the new Covid strain.

23.12.2020 - 07:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Thousands of truckers in Dover will have controversial rapid Covid test today after Macron gives way and says lorry drivers CAN now enter France if they have negative result – but freight backlog will take days to clear

The agreement requires every driver to have been tested for coronavirus, using controversial lateral flow tests, which are able to turn around results in under an hour but have had their effectiveness questioned.

Those who come back negative will be told by text message in as little as 20 minutes, and be given the green light to hit the road and head over to the continent, but positive cases will be sent to a hotel to isolate.

23.12.2020 - 07:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

Von der Leyen takes control of Brexit talks in attempt to strike deal

Von der Leyen spoke by telephone to Johnson on Monday night to discuss a way forward and further calls are expected in the next 24 hours, but the commission refused to offer details.

Barnier said as he went into a meeting with EU ambassadors: “We are really in the crucial moment. We are giving it the final push. In 10 days the UK will leave the single market and we continue to work in total transparency with the member states right now and with the parliament.”

23.12.2020 - 07:00 [ theGuardian.com ]

Brexit poses grave risks to UK health and care sector, report finds

The Nuffield Trust thinktank stated: “The perilously uncertain future facing the UK at the end of the Brexit transition period could put the UK’s health and care system at risk.”

The report said new migration rules, possible disruption to medicines and devices, an ongoing economic slowdown and barriers to science investment would hit the health sector.

23.12.2020 - 06:56 [ Standard.co.uk ]

NHS leaders call for Brexit talks extension warning no-deal risks adding to health crisis amid pandemic

The warning came as a negotiated Brexit deal looks increasingly unlikely and Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the new variant of coronavirus as being „out of control“.

21.12.2020 - 20:47 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris blusters his way through pointless press conference without giving a single answer about when truckers will be allowed into France: Port chaos could continue until Xmas after Macron insists on Covid tests or no travel

– Port of Dover in Kent was dramatically closed to all freight vehicles leaving the UK for the next 48 hours
– Hauliers coming to UK will still be allowed but there are fears drivers won’t travel to avoid being ‚marooned‘
– Countries including France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Poland have announced restrictions on UK travel
– Comes after emergence of mutant strain of coronavirus in England which spreads quicker than predecessor
– PM Boris Johnson held a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee this afternoon to discuss travel ban
– Port of Dover later confirmed inbound freights were still arriving and France said movement would resume
– But Mr Johnson was unable to say exactly when the travel ban will be lifted as he expressed his frustrations

21.12.2020 - 20:27 [ Yahoo.com ]

Europe blockade pushes UK closer to food shortages at Christmas

Responding to yesterday evening’s suspension of accompanied freight traffic from the UK to France, FDF CEO Ian Wright told Yahoo Finance UK: “Yesterday’s suspension of accompanied freight traffic from the UK to France has the potential to cause serious disruption to UK post-Christmas fresh food supplies – and exports of UK food and drink.

23.11.2020 - 11:41 [ Ro Khanna, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Flournoy supported the war in Iraq & Libya, criticized Obama on Syria, and helped craft the surge in Afghanistan. I want to support the President’s picks. But will Flournoy now commit to a full withdrawal from Afghanistan & a ban on arms sales to the Saudis to end the Yemen war?

23.10.2020 - 22:45 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Says Israel Agreed to Sale of F-35s to UAE; Gantz: Talks Were Kept From Me

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that Israel’s authorization of the United States‘ sale of F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates was not part of the peace deal signed between the nations in Washington, and that this came about through discussions held by Defense Minister Benny Gantz with the Pentagon.

Meanwhile, in a statement of his own, Gantz claimed that negotiations on the sale of arms were known to some Israeli officials, but were kept hidden from him and Israel’s security establishment.

17.10.2020 - 17:28 [ armenpress.am ]

Turkey violated US legislation by using F-16s in Azerbaijan, says expert on American studies

Turkey has violated the US legislation by using the American-made F-16 fighter jets in the territory of Azerbaijan during the war against Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh), Expert on American studies Suren Sargsyan told Armenpress, adding that the F-16s could be deployed in Azerbaijan’s territory only by the permission of the US President, which, however, didn’t take place.

17.10.2020 - 16:19 [ ISCResearch / Twitter ]

URGENT – According to unconfirmed data, Azerbaijani Armed Forces destroyed another S-300 anti-aircraft missile system of the Armenian Armed Forces, today. #Turkey tested today its new S-400 Air Defense systems (likely useful against Armenia)

CONFIRMED – A Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 UAV/drone by the Azerbaijan armed forces captured the moments when the Armenian S-300 Air Defense System was destroyed.

04.10.2020 - 18:49 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Azerbaijan uses Israeli LORA missile in conflict with Armenia – WATCH

A video shared from the clashes between Armenian and Azeri forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh region show Azerbaijani forces using an Israeli „LORA“ missile to shell a bridge in Armenia, according to Channel 12 News.
Azerbaijan is currently fighting ethnic Armenian forces in the mountainous enclave after fighting broke out on Sunday between the two sides.

28.09.2020 - 15:10 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Israel revolutionized Azerbaijan’s drone arsenal. Are the weapons working?

(21.07.2020)

The Orbiter 1K is what is known as a “loitering munition,” or kamikaze drone. The drone behaves like a drone, hovering around, until it finds a target and then slams into it like a cruise missile. In February 2019, Aeronautics reportedly completed new sales to Azerbaijan. The country has a hunger for Israeli kamikaze-style drones. The Washington Post reported in 2016 that it used an IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) Harop against Armenians as well. Armenia has complained about the 2016 incident.

28.09.2020 - 15:00 [ Haaretz.com ]

Israeli Kamikaze Drone Maker Carried Out Live Demo on Armenian Army Targets, Complaint Says

(15.08.2017)

Israeli Defense Ministry probes allegation that Azerbaijan asked Aeronautics Defense Systems to demonstrate drone on military target. When the drone operators refused, managers attempted to carry out the test. The company denies the allegation.

28.09.2020 - 14:39 [ SIPRI.org ]

USA and France dramatically increase major arms exports; Saudi Arabia is largest arms importer, says SIPRI

(09.03.2020)

Russia accounted for almost all of Armenia’s arms imports over the past five years. A total of 60 per cent of Azerbaijan’s arms imports came from Israel and 31 per cent from Russia.

28.09.2020 - 14:25 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

Russia says won’t halt arms sales to arch foes Armenia and Azerbaijan

(09.04.2016)

Russia will continue its arms sales to both Azerbaijan and Armenia despite the latest flare-up of the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview broadcast on Saturday.

28.09.2020 - 14:17 [ Jamestown.org ]

Russia’s Arms Sales: A Foreign Policy Tool in Relations With Azerbaijan and Armenia

(28.03.2018)

Russia has long been Azerbaijan’s main arms supplier. Between 2013 and 2017, its share was 65 percent of Azerbaijan’s total foreign weapons imports (Sipri.org, March 2018). Although Russia is the main arms seller to Azerbaijan, it also provides military equipment to Armenia.

28.09.2020 - 14:05 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

Armenia and Azerbaijan Are at War Again – and Not in Nagorno-Karabakh

(24.08.2020)a

A 2018 report by the Moscow-based Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies shows that annual defense spending rose from $700 million in 2007 to $3.7 billion in 2013. Included in this was roughly $5 billion in Russian arms purchases: Baku bought T-90C battle tanks, BTR-82A armored personnel carriers, Mi-35M helicopter gunships, and other equipment.

Baku’s Israeli purchases, however, have been most visible on the battlefield, in particular its drones. All eight drone types reportedly in Azerbaijan’s inventory hail from Israel, with which Azerbaijan has a long-running military relationship.

10.09.2020 - 09:15 [ New York Times ]

Surging Euro Presents E.C.B. With a Dilemma

For the European Central Bank, which is meeting Thursday to discuss monetary policy, the stronger euro is yet another headache. The bank’s Governing Council is not expected to make any changes to its stimulus program, which is already enormous.

03.09.2020 - 20:53 [ Haaretz ]

Cellphone Hacking and Millions in Gulf Deals: Inner Workings of Top Secret Israeli Cyberattack Firm Revealed

NSO’s specialty is hacking smartphones. Up till now, little was known about Candiru. TheMarker has revealed that the firm offers hacking tools used to break into computers and servers, and now, for the first time, has confirmed it also has technology for breaking into mobile devices.

According to a document signed by an unnamed vice president for Candiru, they also offer a “high-end cyber intelligence platform dedicated to infiltrate PC computers, networks, mobile handsets, by using explosions and disseminations operations.“

02.09.2020 - 13:12 [ Times of India ]

In change of tack, EU leaves door open to COVID vaccines purchase through WHO

The move could allow EU governments to secure vaccines from companies that are not negotiating with Brussels, such as U.S. firms Merck, Inovio and Novavax. They are all in talks with the WHO scheme, dubbed COVAX, but have so far not been reported to be involved in negotiations with the EU Commission.

01.09.2020 - 09:11 [ Weißes Haus ]

Joint Statement by the United States, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates

The UAE and Israel wish to express their gratitude for the overwhelmingly positive response to this historic accord from governments around the world. They are especially grateful to President Donald J. Trump for his leadership and to his administration for the critical role it has played in achieving this diplomatic breakthrough. They are also greatly encouraged by the broad bipartisan support for this breakthrough from the United States Congress.

01.09.2020 - 09:01 [ i24news.tv ]

Historic US-Israeli delegation lands in Abu Dhabi with ‚Message of Peace‘

The first official flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) landed Monday in Abu Dhabi, carrying an Israeli-American delegation to advance the landmark peace agreement between the two Middle Eastern states.

Leading the historic occasion, special White House advisor Jared Kushner addressed reporters at the airport promptly after landing, as Arab media televised the event under the title “Message of Peace.”

30.08.2020 - 12:17 [ i24NEWS English / Twitter ]

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and a #US delegation are set to visit #Israel on Sunday

25.08.2020 - 06:30 [ i24news.tv ]

UAE canceled trilateral meeting with US, Israel over F-35 sales: report

However, the UAE decided to cancel the public vent in a bid to protest the statements on the prospect of the US selling advanced F-35 stealth fighter jets to the Gulf Kingdom coming from the Israeli security establishment.

Earlier reports in the Israeli media suggested that the sales of F-35s and other advanced military hardware to the UAE came as a secret clasue in the accord to normalize the ties.

22.08.2020 - 06:22 [ Haaretz ]

F-35 Sale to UAE: ‚Netanyahu Knew… It’s an Outrage‘

“The whole system is being upended by this. It’s security recklessness. Netanyahu knew where Trump was going with the arms deal and didn’t tell us a thing,” an Israeli defense source told Haaretz on Thursday.

“Both the Ben Shabbat-Norkin conversation and the Netanyahu-Gantz meeting were part of the prime minister’s feelers without him showing his cards. We suspect that Netanyahu gave Trump a wink. The result will be that if the United States wishes, it will sell those planes, and with them offensive drones and other advanced weapons. It will happen without any prior professional discussion in Israel.

22.08.2020 - 05:44 [ Haaretz ]

Democratic Convention Proves That on Israel, This Is Still Joe Biden’s Party

Much of this was by design. Onstage and off, the convention organizers delicately and carefully walked a tightrope in order to create as unified a front as possible. They needed to show respect to Sanders, who came in second in the primary contest, and to win the trust of high-profile acolytes like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, so that the party’s activist progressive wing will remain engaged in the election.

22.08.2020 - 05:22 [ Haaretz ]

Bibi Awaits Biden? F-35 Ordeal Proves Again the Complex Relations With Trump

In light of all this and more, one may certainly imagine a scenario in which, very quietly, at night before he goes to sleep, Netanyahu is secretly waiting for Joe Biden. The Democratic presidential nominee and his vice-presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, are much easier for AIPAC to maneuver and have a proven record of support for Israel.

True, they won’t pull a gesture out of their sleeve like a new embassy, and it’s also true that there is a wing of the Democratic Party that is very critical of Israel, partially because Netanyahu’s backing of Trump spurred opposition. But they are much more conventional, predictable and easier to work with.

20.08.2020 - 09:14 [ theHill.com ]

Netanyahu calls reported US F-35 sales to UAE ‚fake news‘

(19.08.2020)

But Netanyahu said Israel would oppose such a deal, as the Israeli military must maintain superiority in the region.

The peace agreement “did not include Israel’s consent to any arms deal whatsoever between the United States and the UAE,” according to a statement from Netanyahu’s office.

“The U.S. made clear to Israel that it will always ensure to protect Israel’s qualitative edge.”

20.08.2020 - 09:04 [ Times of Israel ]

Defense minister: It’s not good for Israel if other countries get F-35

(18.08.2020)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Tuesday warned that the proliferation of the F-35 fighter jet was “not good for Israel,” following reports that the United States would sell the advanced aircraft to the United Arab Emirates.

“It’s not good for Israel that the plane is going around in other places. We need to talk to the Emiratis, to the Americans, and make sure that our security interests are being upheld,” Gantz told reporters in a press conference.

20.08.2020 - 09:02 [ i24news.tv ]

US confirms review of potential F-35 sale to United Arab Emirates

On Wednesday, Channel 13 reported that Meir Ben-Shabbat, chief of Israel’s National Securit Council, approached Israeli Air Force head Amikam Norkin in June for a review of Israel’s position on such a sale.

According to the report, the move came in a breach of the command chain, as Ben-Shabbat was supposed to first speak with Defense Minister and Alternative Prime Minister Benny Gantz, whom Netanyahu kept in the dark in regards to the upcoming deal with the UAE.

19.08.2020 - 03:34 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: Netanyahu aware of Emirati arms deal, UAE official says

The UAE official added that Israel, the United States and the Emiratis agreed to bolster the military capabilities of the Gulf kingdom as an integral part of the peace deal.

Israel procured its first two F-35 jets in 2016 and has reportedly been using the aircraft in some of the strikes in Syria, becoming the first nation to deploy the jets in combat.

As of today, the Jewish state is also the only Middle East nation to have the jet in its air force, with Turkey booted out of the F-35 program in 2019.

19.08.2020 - 03:20 [ Haaretz ]

UAE Is an ‚Advanced Democracy,‘ Netanyahu Said – Then Deleted

In an interview with Sky News Arabia, the leading television channel in the UAE, Netanyahu was asked how the normalization deal between the UAE and Israel will serve regional peace. He answered: „Vastly. The deal connects the UAE with Israel; both of them are advanced democracies and their societies are advanced.“ Netanyahu uploaded a video of the interview to his Twitter account, and deleted it shortly after.

19.08.2020 - 03:12 [ Axios.com ]

Netanyahu denies Israel-UAE deal included secret clause on F-35s

Why it matters: U.S. law requires the administration to consult with Israel before selling arms to any Arab country to ensure Israel can maintain its qualitative military edge. It must also report to Congress on the matter.

This morning, Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported that the normalization deal included a secret clause, approved by Netanyahu, about F-35 sales to the UAE.

17.08.2020 - 09:07 [ Defence Blog ]

China infuriated after the U.S. formalizes sale of new F-16s to Taiwan

A U.S. Department of Defense announcement on Thursday said Pentagon’s No.1 weapons supplier Lockheed Martin Corp has been awarded a $62 billion, 10-year contract for the production of F-16s for Foreign Military Sale (FMS), and the initial delivery order is for 90 aircraft.