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Ex-German Chancellor in fix over ties with Putin

The pressure on Schroder to distance himself from Putin increased after the invasion of Ukraine…reports Asian Lite News

Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) will on Mondau announce a decision on the possible expulsion of disgraced former Chancellor Gerhard Schrder from the party over his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

An arbitration committee in the northern city of Hanover has been considering the decision for several weeks after 17 motions for expulsion were received from different chapters of the party, reports dpa news agency.

Schroder himself did not appear at hearings and did not send a lawyer.

The decision of the arbitration committee can be appealed within two weeks.

The former Chancellor, who was in office between 1998 and 2005, has been criticized for years for his involvement with Russian state-owned companies and is considered a close personal friend of Putin.

The pressure on Schroder to distance himself from Putin increased after the invasion of Ukraine.

In May, he finally announced that he would leave the supervisory board of the Russian energy giant Rosneft.

He also turned down a nomination for a supervisory board position at Gazprom.

But in a recent interview with private broadcaster RTL/ntv, Schroder once again refused to distance himself from Putin.

He also advocated putting the controversial Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline, which was put on hold in light on the Russian invasion, into operation.

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EURO CHAMPIONS!

The Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 at Wembley to win Euro 2022 thanks to goals from substitutes Ella Toone and Chloe Kelly…reports Asian Lite News

The Queen has led the tributes to England’s Euro 2022 winners, sending a message of congratulations in which she called them “an inspiration”.

The Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 at Wembley thanks to goals from substitutes Ella Toone and Chloe Kelly.

It is England’s first major tournament success since the 1966 men’s World Cup.

“My warmest congratulations, and those of my family, go to you all on winning the European Women’s Championships,” a statement from the UK monarch said.

The Queen’s message added: “It is a significant achievement for the entire team, including your support staff.

“The Championships and your performance in them have rightly won praise. However, your success goes far beyond the trophy you have so deservedly earned. You have all set an example that will be an inspiration for girls and women today, and for future generations. It is my hope that you will be as proud of the impact you have had on your sport as you are of the result today.”

Prince William, writing on his Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Twitter account, said: “Sensational. An incredible win. The whole nation couldn’t be prouder of you all. Wonderful to see history in the making tonight at Wembley, congratulations!”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised Sarina Wiegman’s side on social media, writing: “Football has come home! A stunning victory by the Lionesses.

“Huge congratulations to Sarina [Wiegman, manager], Leah [Williamson, captain] and the whole team. Football pitches across the country will be filled as never before by girls and women inspired by your triumph.”

In front of a record crowd of 87,192 for any match in the history of the European Championships, Kelly prodded home a loose ball from close range to end English football’s 56-year wait for a World Cup or Euro victory.

England looked set for victory in the 90 minutes when substitute Ella Toone’s sublime chip over Merle Frohms put the hosts in front.

Germany showed remarkable resilience to bounce back as Lina Magull levelled 11 minutes from time.

But for once, England were not to be denied a major tournament success.

Kelly fought back from an anterior cruciate ligament tear to be fit in time for the tournament and made herself a national hero by being in the right place to pounce when Germany failed to clear a corner in the 110th minute.

Fortune did not favour Germany, who lost captain and top goalscorer Alexandra Popp to a muscle injury in the warm-up.

But England will feel their time for some luck was due as 12 months on from the Three Lions’ defeat on penalties to Italy in the Euro 2020 men’s final, the nation’s women went one better.

England manager Sarina Wiegman has now led the home nation to the title in back-to-back women’s Euros after leading the Netherlands to victory five years ago.

Under Wiegman, England are unbeaten in 20 games but were pushed to the limit by the eight-time winners despite missing the massive presence of Popp.

The Wolfsburg striker, who missed the entirety of Euro 2013 and 2017 through injury, had scored six goals in five games on route to the final.

Despite losing their major goal threat and facing the intimidating atmosphere of a full Wembley waiting to party, Germany showed remarkable resilience.

England were saved by desperate defending from a combination of Mary Earps, Leah Williamson and Millie Bright then prevented Marina Hegering from turning in a corner.

Wiegman did not make a change to the England starting line-up throughout the whole tournament as she resisted the clamour for Alessia Russo to start ahead of Ellen White up front.

White, England women’s all-time leading goalscorer, had the hosts best chance before the break but blazed Beth Mead’s cut-back over.

Germany started the second half even stronger and were inches away from the vital opening goal when Magull prodded just wide at the end of a flowing team move.

Strength in depth has been one of the key features of England’s success under Wiegman and the Dutch coach turned to Russo and Toone to turn the tide as they did in the quarter-final win over Spain.

The changes worked to perfection once more as Toone timed her run through the heart of the German defence to latch onto Keira Walsh’s through ball and showed the composure to coolly lift the ball over Frohms.

Lesser sides than the eight-time champions would have been broken, but Germany immediately pushed forward in search of an equaliser.

The excellent Magull smashed a shot off the post and Popp’s replacement Lea Schueller should have converted the rebound rather than rolling the ball into the arms of the grateful Earps.

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side were not to be denied, though, and fittingly it was Magull who sent the game to extra-time as the Bayern Munich midfielder slotted Tabea Wassmuth’s cross into the roof of the net.

The German attack was further blunted by Magull’s withdrawal at the end of 90 minutes due to a knock and both sides felt the pace of a physical encounter in the extra 30 minutes.

England just had enough left in the tank to finally get the job done as Germany failed to deal with the second ball from a corner and Kelly’s telescopic right leg flicked the ball home.

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Germany hails Turkey’s efforts in Ukraine grain export deal

Visiting German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock hailed the Black Sea grain export deal recently signed in Istanbul to transfer Ukrainian grain to global markets, according to Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency.

“Turkey has accomplished a big achievement,” Baerbock praised at a joint press conference with her Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday.

She said that “you have managed to give a glimmer of hope to the people that are facing hunger. You have our respect for that.”

Baerbock’s Mediterranean region visit, which included Greece and Turkey, sought to increase cooperation and dialogue in the region, which is facing increased tensions due to the global refugee crisis and border dispute, Xinhua news agency reported.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock during a joint press conference with her Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Istanbul.

The situation in Ukraine and Syria, NATO issues, and the refugee crisis were among the topics discussed by the Foreign Ministers, according to the report.

Despite having certain dispute, Germany and Turkey have a long tradition of close cooperation. The bilateral trade volume stood at $41.1 billion in 2021, it said.

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German weather service expects extreme heat to continue

Following weeks of heat and drought, livestock farmers are now concerned about fodder supplies…reports Asian Lite News

The heat wave that is sweeping across Europe continues to wreak havoc in Germany, the country’s meteorological service (DWD) has said here.

The “focus of the heat is shifting further eastward,” DWD said on Twitter.

Tuesday was the hottest day in Germany so far in 2022, with a high temperature of 39.5 degrees Celsius. The historical record was 41.2 degrees Celsius registered in 2019, Xinhua news agency reported.

Record temperatures show that “climate change is here and we humans need to adapt”, the German government said in a statement Tuesday.

Germany’s Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building recently earmarked an additional 176 million euros ($180.4 million) of funding for green spaces in urban areas. Since the program was launched in 2020, a total of 467 million euros has been allocated for climate adaptation in urban areas.

The hot and dry weather is wreaking havoc on agriculture. The German Farmers’ Association (DBV) warned on Tuesday that the scorching weather in June had hit wheat production, and both yield and quality declined. Cornfields were also affected.

Following weeks of heat and drought, livestock farmers are now concerned about fodder supplies.

“The heat records predicted for this week lead us to expect further aggravation,” DBV said.

“At present, drought and extreme heat are putting a strain on the water balance everywhere in central Europe,” Oliver Luksic, Parliamentary State Secretary with the Ministry for Digital and Transport, told the news agency on Wednesday.

Luksic said the water level is “untypically low” in many rivers and has impeded navigation as shipping channels become shallower in some stretches. The German waterway network in general, however, is still navigable, he said.

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Nord Stream 1 resumes gas deliveries to Germany

Klaus Mueller, chief of the federal network agency Bundesnetzagentur, said on Wednesday evening that 30 per cent of the maximum transport capacity was to flow through the pipeline…reports Asian Lite News

Gas deliveries through the German-Russian pipeline Nord Stream 1 resumed on Thursday morning after 10 days of maintenance, the German news agency dpa reported.

Gas is flowing again and the gas transport level via Nord Stream 1 has resumed at the pre-maintenance level, around 40 per cent of the pipeline’s transport capacity, a spokesman for Nord Stream AG said.

However, he added that the registered volumes could also change in the course of a day, and it would take some time before full transport capacity is reached.

Meanwhile, Klaus Mueller, chief of the federal network agency Bundesnetzagentur, said on Wednesday evening that 30 per cent of the maximum transport capacity was to flow through the pipeline.

The Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which went into operation in 2011, transports gas from Vyborg in Russia to Lubmin in northeastern Germany. From there, gas is further transported to other European countries such as Belgium, Denmark, France and the Netherlands, according to the operator.

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Winter is coming: Should Germany be worried?

Germany’s decision to significantly overhaul its energy reliance on Russia may have helped it to overcome its negative perception of a free-rider in European strategic security but the difficult roads are yet to be navigated, writes Vivek Mishra

“The winter is coming” may have become an overplayed phrase from the fantasy series Game of Thrones. But, with the spectre of gas shortages looming on account of the Ukraine-Russia war, Europe, particularly Germany should be bracing for real-life difficulties, especially when a harsh winter is closing in. A host of factors have contributed to a grim energy situation, used for heating , transportation and electricity in Europe.

When the rest of Europe was reeling under energy related pressure, Germany was relatively well positioned because of established and uninterrupted channels of energy imports from Russia as well as the size of its economy which allowed it to sustain large energy imports unlike other European economies. However, rapidly changing metrics of global security, the lingering impact of the pandemic leading to disrupted supplies, a pent-up demand, climate policies of countries to shift away from traditional sources of energy and above all, the Russia-Ukraine war have all contributed to a rapidly changing energy situation in Europe.

Currently, Germany only produces about 40 per cent of its electricity putting massive strain on other sources. For Germany, while its Energiewende has been a relatively successful experiment with rapid transitions to renewables, the Russia-Ukraine war has thrown a gauntlet for the country.

Germany’s energy targets announced in 2019, consistent with global climate goals, are not helping its expanding demand amidst resource constraints.

Above all, Germany has no plans to expand its nuclear energy basket with only three functional plants. Although Germany had drawn a blueprint for the closure of its dependence on coal before the Ukraine war, it has now been forced to increase its dependence on coal as a source of energy.

At least since 2021, the price of gas has kept Europe on the edge and has slowed global recovery. The interlinkage of the energy sector with almost every other important sector such as food, fertilizer and even national security has impacted countries’ domestic and external choices. In Germany, farmers have found it difficult to avail fertilizers for their corn and wheat farming as natural gas required for making fertilizers remains scarce. Germany is a heavily industrialized country and depends on manufacturing. The German industry sector accounts for 40 percent of all electricity usage in the country and an estimate in January this year has shown that manufacturers in Germany paid 25 per cent more than the year before in electricity charges. The energy costs have percolated down to the masses in Germany and is likely to get worse as the winter approaches and the war in Europe drags on.

The sudden shift in energy supplies from its east to other parts has necessitated a massive overhaul in energy infrastructure for Germany.

At the heart of this rejig are the two main energy supply lines from Russia; Nord Stream 1 and the Nord Stream 2. While the latter was still under construction before the crisis hit Europe, the Nord Stream 1 remains a primary channel for energy supplies to Germany from Russia. Russia has already reduced gas flows through the Nord Stream 1 by 40 percent since the war began. Coalition pressure due to the war in Ukraine has forced Germany to limit natural gas, its primary energy import from Russia, to minimal. Until May this year, 12 percent of Germany’s oil imports still came from Russia as opposed to 35 percent previously.

The EU’s promise that it will ban 90 per cent of Russian oil by this year-end may have intensified both short- and long-term challenges for Berlin. While in the short term it means securing alternate sources of energy in a limited time-frame, the long-term challenges for Germany include building newer energy infrastructure and supply routes, and above all sustaining supplies from its new partners.

The German Economy Minister Robert Habeck has said that, “the construction of electricity networks, LNG terminals and renewable energy must be done at ‘Tesla speed’.”

In all these, redirecting supply chains for Germany will perhaps pose the greatest challenge of all amidst a combined western scramble to isolate Russia and replace Moscow’s exports with other OPEC members and other energy rich countries. Beyond the supplies, Germany’s race against time will be to complete billion-dollar construction projects concerned with energy needs before the winter. What may ameliorate Berlin’s energy target-stress is its substantive expansion of renewables which is in sync with its 2019 target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 65 per cent by 2030 and 88 per cent by 2040.



The post-Ukraine scramble of the West ushers a new era of geopolitics around energy in which Germany possibly stands to pay a greater price than its other Western partners. Germany’s decision to significantly curtail its energy reliance on Moscow rides on a lot of uncertainties. Despite the assurance by the US, OPEC member countries like Saudi Arabia, UAE and Venezuela remain guarded.

Germany’s decision to significantly overhaul its energy reliance on Russia may have helped it to overcome its negative perception of a free-rider in European strategic security but the difficult roads are yet to be navigated. In some ways, Germany’s dalliance with Moscow continues, most recently with the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz favouring Russia and opposing a decision by Lithuania – an EU partner and a NATO member -to check Russian supplies crossing its territory between Moscow and Kaliningrad causing substantive delays. Germany’s interests still overlap with Moscow, even if dwindling.

While Germany’s decision to significantly increase its defence spending to 100 billion euros and its promise to keep its defence spending above 2 percent of its GDP principally consolidate its position as a security contributor to NATO for this year, the potential impact of such diversification of funds on other sectors within the country remains to be seen. Besides, whether such funding will be sustained for successive years to come also remains unclear.

(Vivek Mishra is Fellow Strategic Studies Programme, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. Views expressed are personal and exclusive to India Narrative)

(The content is being carried under an arrangement with indianarrative.com)

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UAE Prez, German Chancellor review cooperation

The two leaders reviewed cooperation and its prospects for the UAE and Germany…reports Asian Lite News

UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has received a phone call from German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, dealing with bilateral relations and ways to enhance them as part of the strategic partnership between the two countries.

President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and the German Chancellor also tackled a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest.

During the conversation, the two leaders reviewed cooperation and its prospects for the UAE and Germany, especially in the economic, trade, investment and, energy domains as well as other fields that consolidate sustainable development goals for the benefit of the two countries.

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They also discussed joint international efforts to address weather change, referring to the 28th session of the Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 28) that will be hosted by the UAE in 2023.

The two sides exchanged views regarding a number of the latest regional and global issues of mutual concern.

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Germany, Ireland slam Britain

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Irish counterpart Simon Coveney said there was no legal or political justification for overriding the agreed trade rules in Northern Ireland…reports Asian Lite News

Germany and Ireland have condemned the government’s move towards unilaterally rewriting parts of the post-Brexit deal with the European Union.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Irish counterpart Simon Coveney said there was no legal or political justification for overriding the agreed trade rules in Northern Ireland.

Writing in British newspaper The Observer on Sunday, the ministers say Britain will be breaking an international agreement just two years old which it hadn’t engaged in with good faith.

The so-called Northern Ireland Protocol within the deal maintains an open border with EU member Ireland and free of customs posts.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s administration wants to remove the checks on goods such as meat and eggs arriving in Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK, which protect the European Union’s single market.

Lawmakers in London passed legislation which permits the move last week.

Johnson’s critics, opponents and some members of his own party, along with European observers, have said the plan breaks international law. The government argues it is justified because of the genuinely exceptional situation.

Baerbock and Coveney said the bill wouldn’t fix the challenges around the protocol.

Instead, it will create a new set of uncertainties and make it more challenging to find durable solutions, they wrote.

The foreign ministers also argued the move jeopardises peace in Northern Ireland under the Good Friday Agreement, which helped end decades of sectarian violence and has stood since 1998.

Johnson’s government has hoped to pass the legislation, which will be debated again in Parliament on July 13 by the time its summer break begins later in the month. This could see it become law by the end of 2022.

The EU has threatened to retaliate against the UK if it goes ahead, raising the prospect of a trade war between the two major economic partners.

Separately, Irish Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told the BBC on Sunday it wasn’t appropriate or right time for a poll on Irish reunification.

Varadkar said such a referendum, permitted under the Good Friday Agreement when a majority in Northern Ireland in favour of a united Ireland is considered likely, would be divisive and defeated at the moment.

The Northern Ireland Assembly, its devolved legislature, has been paralysed for months over the implementation of the protocol, leaving it without a regional government.

A fortnight ago, the British government had tabled a new Northern Ireland Protocol Bill in Parliament, which Britain insists is aimed at fixing parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol and denies any potential breach of international law.

The bill is aimed at changing trade, tax and governance arrangements in the 2019 deal but the EU believes the unilateral move is illegal.

“If the UK doesn’t reply within two months we may take them to the court of justice,” said Maros Sefcovic, vice-president of the European Commission.

“Let there be no doubt: there is no legal nor political justification whatsoever for unilaterally changing an international agreement. This is illegal. The UK bill is extremely damaging to mutual trust and respect between the EU and the UK. It has created deep uncertainty and casts a shadow over our international cooperation,” he had said.

The Commission confirmed that Brussels will also resume legal proceedings against the UK, which it suspended in September last year, for breaching the EU withdrawal treaty agreed in 2020.

“It is disappointing that the EU has chosen to relaunch legal proceedings relating to the grace periods currently in place, which are vital to stop the problems caused by the Protocol from getting worse,” a UK government spokesperson said.

What is the protocol?

The Northern Ireland Protocol is a special arrangement that keeps Northern Ireland in the EU’s Single Market for goods, avoiding a hard border between the UK territory and the Republic of Ireland, an EU member-state.

The arrangement ensured free trade could continue across the Irish land border, which is a sensitive issue because of the history of conflict in Northern Ireland.

The Bill follows 18 months of discussions with the EU for a negotiated solution to “fix” what the UK sees as “problems which are baked into the Protocol” and the government maintains it is “consistent” with international law.

But it has been heavily criticised by senior EU figures.

The European Commission has also launched two new proceedings over claims the UK has failed in its obligations to share trade data and set up border inspection posts.

These legal steps could eventually lead to the UK being fined under a dispute process overseen by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

The UK government has proposed scrapping some checks on goods arriving in Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK and challenged the role of the ECJ in overseeing the implementation of parts of the protocol.

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Modi to visit Germany, UAE

Modi is visiting the UAE on his return to India after travelling to Germany for the G7 Summit. He will leave the UAE the same night on June 28, reports Shaneer N Siddiqui…reports Asian Lite News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the UAE on June 28, India’s Ministry of External Affairs announced on Wednesday.

PM Modi will be visiting the UAE after attending the G7 Summit, and will be travelling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on June 28 to pay his personal condolences on the passing away of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the former UAE President and Abu Dhabi Ruler. Modi will also take the opportunity to congratulate H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on his election as the new President of the UAE and the ruler of Abu Dhabi.

Modi is visiting the UAE on his return to India after travelling to Germany for the G7 Summit. He will leave the UAE the same night on June 28, the ministry said.

This is PM Modi’s first visit after signing CEPA. PM Modi’s visit is much awaited, as was postponed during Expo held recently. His visit will give strong momentum to the relations between the two nations, with bilateral ministerial meetings and outreach programmes underway on the benefits of the free trade deal.

This will be PM Modi’s fourth visit to the UAE, after 2015, 2018, and 2019. On the other hand, Sheikh Mohammed travelled to India in 2016 and 2017. In the last visit, Modi was honoured with the UAE’s highest award, the ‘Order of Zayed’.

Indian Business community in the UAE is enthusiastic about PM Modi’s upcoming visit. Industry leaders are looking at it with optimism.

Dr Azad Moopen, Chairman and MD, Aster DM Healthcare said, “The UAE and India have shared a strong bond for decades which has been strengthened further this year with the signing of the CEPA. Apart from the country to country and people to people relationship between the two countries, President of UAE HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and PM Narendra Modi share a very strong personal equation and friendship and this visit is the first after HH Sheik Mohammed Bin Zayed has assumed office as the President. From a business angle, CEPA is expected to double the bilateral trade to $100 billion in the next five years, up from the current $50-60 billion at present, while eliminating tariffs on a range of products being exported by India and the UAE. The visit is expected to reaffirm the commitment of the two governments which would see the various Indian and UAE businesses seizing the opportunities and making more investments in either country.”

Kamal Vachani, Partner and Group Director of Al Maya Group said that Prime Minister Modi’s fourth trip to the UAE is significant for several reasons. “The benefits of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), which came into effect earlier this year, is expected to occupy centrestage during Modi’s visit to the UAE. CEPA will boost further trade volumes to a large extent. India will export not only traditional items, but also new products. The UAE residents will enjoy new products from India as new companies will enter UAE through opening of new trade channel,” he said.

Significant visit

Bobby Naqvi, former Editor of Gulf News said, “PM’s visit to the UAE is significant in many ways. First, from May, India and UAE operationalized the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. Second, it is coming in the backdrop of the GCC countries’ condemnation of offensive remarks made by BJP spokespersons against the Prophet of Islam. Repairing the damage and putting relations back on track must be on top of the visit’s agenda. There is also the protocol of the death of UAE’s former President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.”

Chandu Siroya, Vice Chairman, Dubai Gold and Jwellary Group and MD Siroya Jewellers said that PM Modi’s visit will definitely add value to the relations in terms of diplomacy and business. “As we all know that PM Modi has a good personal relations with the rulers of UAE, every Indian will be benefited with this visit, as now India and the UAE are sharing the relations at multiple levels including culture, entertainment and import and export,” he said.

Industry leader in the steel sector, Bharat Bhatia, founder & CEO of Conares, added that the visit from PM Modi is exciting not just for the Indian business community, but for the entire Indian community in the UAE as a whole. “Recently, the signing of the CEPA has created countless new opportunities for investment in the two countries. It will therefore be interesting, to keep an eye on this latest visit as it may define economic development for both countries in the next few years. Moreover, PM Modi’s visit will enhance the bilateral relationship between India and the UAE as well,” he said.

“This visit might be to reaffirm India’s strong commitment to and strategic partnership with the UAE. It is understood that Prime Minister Modi will, while expressing his condolences to the late President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed and congratulating President HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed on his becoming the UAE President, will also push for strengthening ties under the CEPA. Both countries are optimistic to raise the two-way trade to US$100 billion. We might hear some announcement towards that direction,” Mr Rizwan Sajan, Founder and Chairman of Danube Group, said.

“As private sector players, we are ready to play our our role within the CEPA framework and we are waiting to see how we can expand our role to strengthen the relationship.”

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Germany donates howitzers to Ukraine

The supply of PzH 2000 is an example of cooperation in support of Ukrain…reports Asian Lite News

Ukraine has received 155-millimetre self-propelled howitzers Panzerhaubitze 2000s ((PzH 2000)) from Germany, Ukraine’s Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said.

“German Panzerhaubitze 2000s with trained Ukrainian crews have joined the Ukrainian artillery family,” Reznikov wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.

The supply of PzH 2000 is an example of cooperation in support of Ukraine, he added.

Apart from PzH 2000, Ukraine uses five types of 155-mm artillery, namely M777, FH70, M109, AHS Krab and Ceasar howitzers, the Minister said.

In May, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said the German government is working to provide modern weapons to Ukraine, Xinhua news agencxy reported.

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