U.S, Papua New Guinea Sign Security Treaty
The United States and Papua New Guinea have signed a new bilateral defense cooperation agreement that gives American troops access to the island nation’s ports and airports.
Armenia Formally Recognizes Karabakh As Part of Azerbaijan After Years-Long Conflict
Ethnic Armenians and Azerbaijan have long been engulfed in a territorial dispute over the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. The United States, as a Minsk Group co-chair country alongside France and Russia, jointly led Minsk Group activities to advance the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict before Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022.
The Importance of Railways for Safety and Growth of Three Seas Initiative
One area of cooperation is that in the field of rail transport that serves a major role for economy and security, which is highly noticeable now, as Ukraine is fighting Russia’s invasion. However, so are some shortages in the countries of the Three Seas Initiative, including links along the north-south axis, all of them crucial for regional cohesion.
The U.S. Is Guardian of Religious Belief, Russia, China Violate Religious Practices
The U.S. Department of State just released its 2022 Report on International Religious Freedom, The report mentioned Russia and China as two countries that violated religious faith most. Twenty-five years ago, President Clinton signed the International Religious Freedom Act into law, declaring it a bedrock American belief. For the Joe Biden administration, democracy, including religious freedom, and human rights are core values that the United States seeks to protect across the globe.
Russian Crackdown on Crimean Tatar Activists Continue
Crimean Tatar activists are being sentenced to long prison terms after being detained, moved to Russia, and tried by military courts in Russia. A court in Russia’s southwestern city of Rostov-on-Don has sentenced four Crimean Tatar activists to prison sentences ranging from 12 to 17 years for organizing and participating in the activities of the Islamic political organization Hizb ut-Tahrir.
The U.S. Visit of President Marcos Jr. New Resulting in the New U.S., Philippines Defense Guidelines
From 30th of April to 4th of May 2023, an official visit of the Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. took place in the U.S. President Marcos’ second visit was an opportunity to strengthen bilateral cooperation and a symbol of the Philippines’ ships towards the United States.
Russia Is Bracing For Ukrainian Counteroffensive
Ukraine’s effective counterattacks near Bakhmut have shrouded Russian forces in confusion. That might mean a Ukrainian counteroffensive is drawing near. Perhaps Ukrainian troops are seeking to distract Russian attention as the authorities in Moscow have no clue where or when a Ukrainian assault might happen. Despite that, the Kremlin is making continuous efforts to thwart a Ukrainian success.
Russia, Iran Continue Military And Economic Rapprochement
Seeing the United States as its common foe, Tehran and Moscow have embarked on deepening cooperation amid massive Western sanctions. Iran supports Russia’s invasion of Ukraine while Moscow is helping Tehran in the Middle East. This is confirmed by recent meetings between top Russian and Iranian officials.
Kyiv Is Playing Information Game As Its Counteroffensive Is Drawing Near
Ukraine’s highly anticipated spring offensive appears imminent, according to several indicators from the battlefield, as Ukrainian forces are boldly striking Russian targets including Moscow’s logistics and facilities. Ukraine has launched an assault near Bakhmut. However, Kyiv has not announced the beginning of its operation and thus Russian troops have no clue when and where to expect a new strike.
Russian Seaborne Oil Exports Hit Record High
Russian seaborne oil product exports rebounded to the highest level since the start of its war with Ukraine, before it invaded Ukraine, despite Western sanctions. The shipping data shows that Russian product exports headed to India and China surged. India makes money from processing cheap Russian oil in its refineries before reselling it to Europe. Indian oil is increasingly used to produce diesel and aviation fuel.
Ukraine Hails Offensive Success Near Bakhmut
After a months-long defensive operation, Ukraine launched an operation to retake Bakhmut–– much to a surprise to Russian forces that believed to seize the eastern Ukrainian city within days. Bakhmut had been in a Russian grip from the north and south while Ukrainian forces tried to repel the enemy in the west, with just one supply line. The recent attack again took the Russians by surprise.
SpaceX’s Failure Of an Orbital Launch Puts the Lunar Crew Landing Mission’s 2025 Deadline in Jeopardy
On April 20, Starship and the Super Heavy booster merged for the first time, aiming for an orbital test of the Starship system. Although its initial success, Starship failed to separate from the booster, thus disintegrating in a fireball not seen on the Texas sky before.
Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Agency Detains Odesa Mayor
Odesa Mayor Hennadiy Trukhanov has been detained in a corruption case. Investigators accuse Trukhanov of embezzling money from the city budget. Both he and his deputy were detained at Kyiv airport. The mayor’s problems with law enforcement agencies began several years ago. Perhaps the authorities in Kyiv seek to demonstrate they are capable of tackling corruption proactively.
Victory Day (?) in Russia
Russia has seen the most scaled-back annual holiday marking the defeat of Nazi Germany in at least fifteen years. Many Victory Day events across the country were canceled or pared back because of security concerns and fears of Ukrainian strikes, and the annual military parade in Moscow was surprisingly modest. Moscow has felt bitterly disappointed with its lack of military success in Ukraine while fearing a looming Ukrainian assault.