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Zalensky calls on the international community to end Russia’s blockade of wheat exports. Nearly 25 million tons of grain are stuck in Ukraine while a global hunger crisis looms. Russian forces fire seven missiles at targets in the vital port city of Odesa.
The civilian death toll in Ukraine is feared to be ‘thousands higher’ than the official number of 3,381.
Europe and Central Asia
A NATO spokesperson says a two-week fast-track process is available to Sweden and Finland. Norway’s foreign minister says this isn’t guaranteed, emphasizing the importance of consensus among NATO countries. A former French ambassador to the UN suggests that Russia’s Nordic neighbors would be getting a free ride. A former Finnish prime minister offers a factual correction.
According to FSB figures, nearly four million Russians have fled the country. As we’ve previously relayed, this includes a large number of educated professionals and those opposed to Putin. Perhaps they imagine a better future for their children than this.
China’s Covid policies are making it a tough sell for US-owned businesses seeking expat talent.
The Middle East and Africa
Following an attack in the Sinai peninsula, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hopes to strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation with the US. Earlier this year, Biden announced plans to cut $130 million in aid to Egypt over human rights issues. He nevertheless approved a $2.5 billion arms deal to Egypt, ostensibly to counter the national security threat of Egyptian dependence on Russian arms.
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