Ukraine is firmly moving towards joining NATO, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal has said.
“Ukraine is creating a national system of transition to NATO standards. The launch of such a system was presented this week [on April 6] by Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olga Stefanishyna. Ukraine is firmly and steadfastly moving towards joining the Alliance. After all, as the President of Ukraine noted that NATO is the only way to end the war in eastern Ukraine,” Shmyhal wrote on his Facebook page…
The Kremlin on Sunday said it was not moving toward war with Ukraine as Russia increased its military presence on the border with Ukraine’s eastern breakaway territories.
In recent weeks fighting has intensified between Ukraine’s army and pro-Russian separatists controlling two regions in the country’s east, raising concerns of major escalation in the long-running conflict.
“Of course, nobody is planning to move toward war and in general, nobody accepts the possibility of such a war,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a televised interview on Sunday.
President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman added that “nobody also accepts the possibility of civil war in Ukraine.”…
The “authorities” of the Russia-controlled entity in eastern Ukraine, the internationally-unrecognized “Donetsk People’s Republic”, are reportedly preparing to release a public appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding the future of the occupied territories.
That’s according to a report by ZN.UA referring to documents obtained by Ukrainian intelligence, of which security officials have allegedly informed the country’s foreign partners.
As Russia has amassed along Ukraine borders the largest military grouping since the onset of hostilities in eastern Ukraine back in 2014, Russian puppet “authorities” are apparently set to create pretext for the Kremlin’s further steps by sending a formal appeal for certain action to be taken to “resolve crisis”…
Turkey is committed to a strategic partnership with Ukraine, intends to expand cooperation with Kyiv in defense and does not recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea, said Turkish President Recep Erdogan after talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Istanbul.
“We stand for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. We reaffirmed our principled decision not to recognize the annexation of Crimea,” Erdogan said, adding that he also supports the Crimean Platform, Kyiv’s initiative to involve the international community in solving the peninsula problem.
“We hope that this initiative will bring positive results for all the peoples of Crimea, including the Crimean Tatars,” TASS quoted the Turkish president as saying.
According to Erdogan, during the meeting with Zelensky, it was decided to start negotiations on strengthening cooperation in the defense industry.
“We have started new consultations in the 2+2 format (talks of the foreign ministers and the Defense Ministry of the two countries),” Erdogan said. – . Our cooperation in the defence industry is by no means an initiative against third countries.”
As a result of the talks, Erdogan and Zelesnky issued a joint declaration emphasizing Ukraine’s plans to join NATO…
#AceNewsReport – Apr.11: Lin Yongxin, the director of China’s National Institute for South China Sea Studies, told the South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Thursday “there are only a few places where depths are more than 2,000 meters [6,561 feet] in the South China Sea, including in the northwest and southern parts.”
China Drills for Sediment Core in Disputed South China Sea: After recently completed deep-sea drilling to obtain sediment core in an undisclosed location in the South China Sea, Chinese state media reported Thursday.
Gabriel Reyes: Apr.2021:
The “Sea Bull II” drilling system used on Wednesday may be used to explore natural gas hydrate resources in the waterway’s seabed, Xinhua noted in its report: Natural gas hydrates, also known as “combustible ice” or “flammable ice,” are frozen fossil fuel deposits found in seabeds beneath the permafrost. The substance consists of water and gas, typically methane.
Energy experts believe the South China Sea may contain some of the world’s most promising deposits of methane hydrate. China – the world’s top importer of oil and gas – has identified “combustible ice” as a potential new energy source, researching how to successfully extract methane hydrate from the South China Sea’s bed in recent years.
Methane hydrate extraction remains far from the industrialization phase, however, with energy experts cautioning that the process, especially in the South China Sea, is still highly difficult and costly. Despite this, Chinese state media boasted of allegedly extracting a “world record” amount of natural gas from methane hydrate in the South China Sea last spring.
Chinese drillers extracted 861,400 cubic meters of natural gas from methane hydrate during a one-month trial production in an area north of the South China Sea, Xinhua reported in March 2020. The gas was extracted from a depth of about 4,020 feet.
“This test has brought gas extraction from ‘experimental production’ to ‘trial production,’ considered a crucial step in the industrialization of methane hydrate,” China’s Ministry of Land Resources reported at the time. The bureau described the 30-day trial as a “solid technical foundation for commercial exploitation.”
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that the South China Sea holds about “11 billion barrels (bbl) of oil reserves and 190 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas reserves.”
“The majority of current reserves exist in shallow water basins on the boundaries of the sea,” the EIA reported in 2019.
Chinese energy exploration in the South China Sea sparked anti-China protests in Vietnam in 2014 after the China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) deployed a drilling rig near the disputed Paracel Islands. The archipelago is located along the northwestern boundary of the South China Sea and is claimed by China, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
“Hanoi had said the rig was in its 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone and on its continental shelf. Beijing had said it was operating completely within its waters around the Paracel islands, which China occupies,” Reuters reported after Beijing agreed to move the rig away from the Paracels.
“The U.S. added CNOOC to an economic blacklist in January, saying it had helped China intimidate neighbors in the South China Sea,” the SCMP noted on Friday.
China sent warships to Taiwan, its aircraft carrier the Liaoning, putting US China relations on edge and threatening Taiwan independence. The CCP continues to censor Western brands that criticize the Chinese regime for using Xinjiang cotton made with Uyghur slave labor. That and more on this week’s China news headlines.
The Turkish military listed 131 islands, islets and rock formations in the Aegean Sea whose status was disputed with neighboring Greece and prepared plans to take them over during a conflict, according to a confidential document obtained by Nordic Monitor.
The secret document, a PowerPoint presentation with 16 slides, included a map with the disputed locations marked. The presentation appears to have been prepared by the War Academies and lacks a date stamp…
Comment by tonytran2015: China has skillfully applied Divide and Conquer Method against ASEAN countries. It chose one member as victim, actually chipped it away while bribing the others with money; then it chose another country as its new target and do it again with each country taking turn to be victim or to be bribed. Finally it has successfully chipped away every of the victims while keeping them bickering against each other.Bribery is an effective weapon in Asian cultures.