World NATO wonders how to avoid clash with China as PLA bombers land in Russia
Ukraine Situation Report: Germany Deploying Patriots To Poland's Border
Ukraine hopes that the Patriot battery Germany will send to Poland can protect its skies from Russia as well.“I accepted with satisfaction the proposal of the German Minister of Defense regarding the deployment of additional Patriot missile launchers in our country,” Blaszczak said in a tweet. “During today's telephone conversation with the German side, I will propose that the system be stationed at the border with Ukraine.
A sortie of Chinese bombers landed at aair base for the first time, the Russian government said Wednesday, as Western leaders contemplated emergence as a threat to members.
“We do not seek conflict with China; on the contrary, we want to avoid it,” Secretary of Statetold reporters in Romania. "We don’t want a new Cold War; we’re not looking to decouple our economies. We’re simply looking to be clear-eyed about some of the challenges that China poses and ... to make sure that, in addressing those challenges, we’re doing it with others.”
Blinken and other foreign ministers across the trans-Atlantic alliance spent much of their time in Bucharest preoccupied with the war in neighboring Ukraine. Yet Western leaders have acknowledged a growing unease about China in recent years, one underscored from afar by “a new joint aerial patrol in the Asia-Pacific region” of Russian and Chinese bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons.
Missiles for Poland May Disrupt NATO’s Stance on Ukraine War
WARSAW — When a missile slammed into a Polish village just a few miles from Ukraine last week and killed two local residents, fears surged that Russia had attacked a NATO country and threatened a global conflagration — until it turned out that it was probably a wayward Ukrainian air defense missile that had fallen into Poland by accident. Just how risky the situation remains, however, was put into focus this week when Poland announced that it had accepted a German offer of Patriot air defense systems and would deploy them “near the border” with Ukraine.
“The air task force composed of Tu-95MS strategic missile-carrying bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces and Hong-6K strategic bombers of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army conducted an aerial patrol over the waters of the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea," the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday. “For the first time in the history of aerial patrolling, Russian aircraft landed at an airfield in the People’s Republic of China and Chinese planes landed at an airfield on the territory of the Russian Federation.”
Russian Presidentand Chinese General Secretary 's relationship was dramatized most notably through a meeting of the two leaders at the Beijing Olympics just weeks before Putin launched his campaign to overthrow Ukrainian President . Xi and Putin then for a “transformation of the global governance architecture and world order,” and Chinese officials have provided rhetorical support to Putin over the last year, while U.S. and other Western officials have worked to deter China from sending weaponry to Russia.
Ukraine welcomes arms offers, no word on Patriot missiles
BUCHAREST (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned Russia’s weeks-long assault on Ukraine’s power grid, saying as NATO scrambled Wednesday to scrape up replacement electrical gear that Russia had turned its war machine to strikes aiming to “turn off the heat…so that civilians suffer.” Blinken spoke at a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Bucharest, Romania devoted in part to coordinating aid to keep the lights — and furnaces — on in Ukraine, where Russian strikes have damaged an estimated third of that country’s electrical infrastructure.
“We do not see China as an adversary. We will continue to engage with China when it is in our interests, not least to convey our united position on Russia’s illegal war in Ukraine,” NATO Secretary-Generalsaid in a Wednesday press conference. “Today, ministers considered China’s ambitious military developments, its technological advances, and its growing cyber and hybrid activities.”
British Prime Ministermade that point more forcefully this week by forcing a Chinese state-owned nuclear company to abandon its role in a British power plant project.
“Let’s be clear, the so-called golden era is over, along with the naive idea that trade would lead to social and political reform,” SunakMonday. “But nor should we rely on simplistic Cold War rhetoric. We recognize China poses a systemic challenge to our values and interests, a challenge that grows more acute as it moves toward even greater authoritarianism.”
Chinese and Russian Warplanes Patrol the Pacific in a Show of Strengthening Military Ties
While Beijing and Moscow share aspirations to push the U.S. from its hegemonic role over world affairs, a formal alliance between the two nations will prove challenging to sustain. Read More: U.S. Unveils Strategy for Nuclear Threats from China and Russia Three weeks before Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a deepening strategic alignment with one another in the coming years. In a lengthy Feb. 4 joint statement, they declared a “new era” of partnership in which cooperation would have “no limits” on a range of issues, including trade and defense.
That language echoed the European Union’s characterization of China as a “systemic rival” to the West, a formation first unfurled in 2019, although it did not stop EU leaders from attempting to finalize a major investment deal with China the following year.
“What I’ve seen, not only at NATO but also, for example, with the European Union, as well as in other parts of the world, is a growing convergence in the approach to the challenges that China poses,” Blinken said. “This is not about taking NATO to Asia or, in the parlance of NATO, acting out-of-area. This is about some of the challenges that China poses in-area to countries that are members of NATO and making sure that, for example, we’re building resilience around our infrastructure.”
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Brittney Griner Released from Russian Prison: Everything to Know About Her Case .
On Thursday, the former WNBA star was released in a one-for-one prisoner swap.On Aug. 4, the Phoenix Mercury player was sentenced to 9 years in prison and given a fine of 1 million rubles (approximately $16,500) after she was found guilty of drug possession and smuggling by a Russian court. Brittney has had an uphill battle trying to have her criminal case acquitted in a trial that experts said was unlikely to be fair and that Russian authorities are using her as a diplomatic bargaining chip amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.