Brexit: UK divorce bill offer worth up to 50 billion euros

After weeks of turmoil. British government has offered 50 billion euros (£44 billion) to pay its costs of EU withdraw.  According to BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuensberg; there has been no final agreement on a number but the offer was given a “broad welcome” by Brussels.

It end a dealock among London and Brussels over that.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the UK would make a “fair offer” to help break the current deadlock.

“Now is the moment to get the whole ship off the rocks and move it forwards,” he said during a trip to Ivory Coast, where he is attending a meeting of European and African leaders.

Mr Johnson said he would “not get into the figures” but said all sides wanted to see progress to the next phase of negotiations and discussions on a transition and future relationship.

Speaking in Berlin on Wednesday, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said “we are not there” and negotiations were continuing.

Conclusion: More troubles among Britons and Europeans over Brexit issues.

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Middle East: Iran and Saudi Arabia trades acusations of direct agression

The ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia is worsen these days. On Tuesday, Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman  has accused Iran of an act of “direct military aggression” by supplying missiles to rebels in Yemen.

This “may be considered an act of war”, state media quoted the prince as telling UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in a telephone conversation.

Otherwise, Iran has responsed it denies arming the Houthi movement, which has fought a Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen’s government since 2015.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the prince’s claim was “dangerous”

Conclusion: This is a muslim cold war

Spain: Catalonia want indepence on matters of days

The constituional crisis in Spain among Madrid and Catalonia has a new chapter today. The Catalonian president Carles Puidegmont has given an interview to UK’s BBC which said it is a matters of days. King Filipe VI has spoken to the nation in TV adresses who said organisers of the vote put themselves “outside the law”.

He said the situation in Spain was “extremely serious”, calling for unity.

Conclusion: Spaniards and Catalonians don’t undestands themselves.

Europe: Russia launches Zapad war games in Belarus

European countries has concerned a military drill made by Russia and Belarus today. It are called Zapad which involves 12.000 Russian troops in Belarus. Nato expected the numbers is higher.

Poland and Estonia has criticised it.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has warned that Zapad-2017 (Russian for “West”) could be a prelude for an invasion of Ukraine. Kiev has stepped up security on Ukraine’s borders.

Conclusion: Europe is a playground to Putin today.

World affairs: US and North Korea trades new provocations

After UN’ Security Council approves a resolution with more sanctions to North Korea in cause of their nuclear programme. Pyongyang’s envoy to UN has accused Washington of opting for “political, economic and military confrontation”.

US President Donald Trump said the move was nothing compared to what would have to happen to deal with North Korea.

The UN sanctions are an attempt to starve the country of fuel and income for its weapons programmes.

The measures restrict oil imports and ban textile exports, and were approved after North Korea’s sixth and largest nuclear test earlier this month.

Han Tae Song, North Korea’s ambassador to the UN, said he “categorically rejected” what he called an “illegal resolution”.

North Korea threatens US with a greatest pain.

Conclusion: The world isn’t calm with North Korea and US fights for nothing.

Kenya 2017: Kenyatta urges peace ahead of general polls

On Tuesday, Kenyians goes to the polls to choose a new parliament also a new preisdent. The dispute between president Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition candidate Raila Odinga has raised more concerns over that.

Uhuru calls for peace on Tuesday vote

“After you cast your ballot, please go home,” Kenyatta said on Monday.

“Go back to your neighbour. Regardless of where he or she comes from, their tribe, their colour or their religion. Shake their hand, share a meal and tell them ‘let us wait for the results,’ for Kenya will be here long after this general election.”

Otherwise, Odinga has praised Kenyatta by his campaing. But he raised concerns of rigging vote and claimed the deployment of at least 150,000 members of the security forces was a ploy to intimidate voters.

However, he congratulated Kenyatta on his campaign, describing him as a “worthy opponent”.

“May the stronger candidate win tomorrow,” he said.

Conclusion: Vote in Peace, Kenyians.

 

US: House of representatives approves new sanctions to Russia

The ties between Russia and US has new low today.  US’ House of Representatives has approved a new bill which tightens sanctions againts Iran, North Korea and Russia by 419 to 3.

It needs to be passed through the Senate before it can be sent on to the president to be signed.

The White House says it is reviewing the bill, and it is unclear whether the president will veto it.

“While the president supports tough sanctions on North Korea, Iran and Russia, the White House is reviewing the House legislation and awaits a final legislative package for the president’s desk,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

Prior to the vote, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said such measures would plant a “dangerous mine” under the foundation of ties.

Mr Ryabkov said: “All this is very worrying. We can see no signs that that Russophobe hysteria that has engulfed the entire US Congress is dying down.”

After it passed, Russian MP Leonid Slutsky said the sanctions “undermine the prospects for the restoration of Russian-American relations and further complicate them for the foreseeable future”.

“Opportunities for diplomatic manoeuvring” are now “extremely” small, he told Russia’s Interfax news agency.

Conclusion: Further handshakes between Trump and Putin to save US-Russia ties as soon as possible,