Facts about Russia-Ukraine conflict: Erdogan, Guterres discuss Ukraine crisis over phone

BEIJING, April 27– The following are the latest developments regarding the conflict between Russia and Ukraine:. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres discussed Guterres’s visit to Russia over the phone on Wednesday. Ukraine is seeking to receive 5 billion U.S. dollars from the International…

BEIJING, April 27 (Xinhua) — The following are the latest developments regarding the conflict between Russia and Ukraine:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres discussed Guterres’s visit to Russia over the phone on Wednesday.

Guterres briefed Erdogan about his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Turkey’s Directorate of Communications said in a statement.

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The Russian army has destroyed warehouses storing foreign weapons at Ukraine’s Zaporozhye aluminum plant, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

The Russian armed forces used high-precision sea-based Kalibr missiles to destroy “hangars, with a large batch of foreign weapons and ammunition supplied by the United States and European countries,” ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said during a briefing.

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Ukraine is seeking to receive 5 billion U.S. dollars from the International Monetary Fund per month, Ukraine’s media outlet Hromadske reported on Wednesday, citing the country’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.

“We are talking about 5 billion dollars a month — the need for this amount has been confirmed by both the IMF and the World Bank. These are the funds that the budget of Ukraine needs in order to fulfill all our social and humanitarian obligations,” Shmyhal said.

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Russia has imposed personal sanctions against 287 British parliament members in a retaliatory move, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday.

In response to the decision of the British government to impose sanctions against 386 members of Russia’s State Duma on March 11, personal restrictions will be imposed against 287 members of the House of Commons, said the ministry.

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Russia has declared three Norwegian diplomats “personae non gratae” in a tit-for-tat move, the country’s foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Norwegian Ambassador Rune Resaland was summoned to the ministry on Wednesday in protest over the unjustified decision to expel employees at the Russian Embassy in Norway, as well as Norway’s provision of military assistance to Ukraine and Oslo’s cover-up of the crimes of Ukrainian nationalists, said the ministry.

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Russia has announced the expulsion of eight Japanese diplomats, ordering the individuals to leave the country before May 10, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

A representative of the Japanese Embassy in Moscow was summoned to the ministry on Wednesday, where he was informed about the expulsion of the Japanese diplomats, said the ministry.

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The European Union (EU) is ready to face the suspension of Russian gas deliveries to its member states, said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday.

The Russian gas supplier Gazprom announced earlier Wednesday that it was fully stopping its gas deliveries to Poland and Bulgaria, due to the two EU member states’ “failure to pay in rubles.” Enditem

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