Latest Developments: Putin’s Phone Call with South African President and South Korean President’s Surprise Visit to Ukraine

2023-07-15 16:40:00

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Latest developments: Putin and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa had a phone call South Korean President Yoon Suk-yue held talks with Zelenskiy

Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, July 15th. According to reports from foreign correspondents of Xinhua News Agency: Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on July 15 to discuss issues such as exporting agricultural products from Black Sea ports. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yue made a surprise visit to Ukraine on the 15th and held talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

——The Russian Kremlin released news on the 15th that Putin said in a phone call with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa that the terms of the relevant memorandum reached between Russia and the United Nations concerning the removal of obstacles to Russia’s grain and fertilizer exports have not yet been fulfilled. In addition, the supply of food to African countries and other countries in need, which is the main goal of the black sea port agreement on the export of agricultural products, has not been realized.

—— According to Yonhap News Agency, South Korean President Yoon Seok-yue made a surprise visit to Ukraine on the 15th and held talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The two sides issued a joint statement after the meeting. Yin Xiyue said that South Korea will increase the scale of assistance this year. But he made no mention of plans to provide assistance with lethal weapons.

——The Russian Federal Security Service said on the 15th that law enforcement officers thwarted an assassination attempt against the editor-in-chief of Russia’s RT TV station Margarita Simonyan and reporter Ksenia Sobchak. The Russian Federal Security Service said that law enforcement officers arrested several members of a neo-Nazi organization in Moscow and Ryazan Oblast on the 14th. They admitted to being employed by the Ukrainian State Security Service and were preparing to carry out assassinations.

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——The Russian Ministry of Defense announced on the 15th that a total of 147,000 people have been recruited into the army in the spring. The Russian Ministry of Defense said that recruits will learn to use modern military equipment and master military expertise within five months.

——Ukrainian Defense Minister Reznikov posted on social media on the 13th that during the NATO summit in Vilnius, Ukraine reached new military assistance of more than 1.5 billion euros with Germany, France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Norway and other countries Agreement, the new military aid includes two sets of “Patriot” air defense missile systems, 25 German “Leopard 1A5” tanks, 70 British tanks, 30 Australian “Borer” armored vehicles, 1,000 “Black Hornet” miniature unmanned vehicles aircraft, French “Scape” cruise missiles and demining equipment, as well as a large number of artillery shells, etc.

——Russian President Vladimir Putin talked about the possibility of Ukraine’s joining NATO in a program broadcast on the “Russia-24” TV station on the 13th, saying that Ukraine’s possible joining of NATO is one of the reasons why Russia launched special military operations. Ukraine’s entry into NATO will pose a threat to Russia’s security and will not enhance Ukraine’s own security.

——According to a report by the Ukrainian National News Agency on the 13th, Ukrainian military personnel Tarnavsky said in an interview with the media that day that the Ukrainian army has received cluster munitions provided by the United States but has not yet used them.

——The Russian Government Information Bureau said on the 14th that Russian Prime Minister Mishustin signed an order on the same day, deciding to close the Polish consulate in the western Russian city of Smolensk. The TASS news agency quoted a statement from the Russian government saying that the move was a response to the unfriendly actions taken by the Polish government against Russia. (Participating reporters: Hua Di, Liu Kai, Li Dongxu, Lu Jinbo, An Xiaomeng)

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