HMS Defender encounters Russian military activity in the Black Sea
Russia’s Ministry of Defence claimed
to have fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of HMS Defender as she was undertaking a freedom of navigation operation through Russian-occupied Ukrainian territorial waters. The British Ministry of Defence denies
Professor Mark Galeotti writes
in the Spectator about Russia’s overblown reaction to HMS Defender’s presence in the Black Sea, and his article
in Britains World at the start of HMS Defender’s deployment predicted a similar reaction.
A leaked report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggests the Earth is closer to climate tipping points than previously thought
Published by Agence France-Presse, the report highlights
concerns that global warming will trigger a series of potentially irreversible tipping points that will cause climate change to spiral out of control sooner than previously thought.
‘Being Open, Despite the Past’
Russian President Vladimir Putin published an article
on Tuesday in German paper Die Zeit marking the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Russia. He states that Russia is open to ‘honest and constructive interaction’ with Europe, two days before the FT breaks
the story that Macron and Merkel want to consider inviting Putin to EU summits again.