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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
US president Donald Trump was invited by his French conuterpart Emmanuel Macron to Two-day visit to celebrates 14 July. So, both leaders has discussed environment issues like Paris climate accord in a press conference today.
Macron said he “respected” Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord but that France would remain committed.
“On climate we know what our differences are,” Macron said in Paris on Thursday, adding that it was important to move forward.
Speaking alongside Macron, Trump then hinted that the US could shift its position but failed to elaborate.
“Something could happen with respect to the Paris accord,” he said.
Trump added: “We’ll see what happens.”
Conclusion: Trump and his stubborness.