Ukraine’s former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who was released from prison after the ousting of former president Viktor Yanukovich, has said that Russia has declared war not just on the Ukraine, but on the whole world. She added that diplomacy is not working with the Kremlin, and that continued dialogue is a waste of time.
The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have withdrawn their ambassadors from Qatar because Doha has not implemented an agreement among Gulf Arab countries not to interfere with each others’ internal affairs. But Qatar has called the move ‘a big mistake’.
A pair or warships ordered by Russia have left France to take part in a sea trial. The Vladivostok warship – a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel (pictured) is one of the two crafts produced by France under instruction from Russia. The warship was built at the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, and has left for its first trial at sea.
Diplomats from the United Nations are preparing to hammer out the details of a peacekeeping plan for the Central African Republic. Muslims from CAR have been forced out of many towns and cities and into refugee camps by Christian militias, prompting the UN to explore measures to restore order.
Germany company GEKA has been appointed to destroy Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons. Syria agreed to give up its chemical weapons last August, and disposal is scheduled to be completed by June this year. GEKA is federally-funded and its sole function is the destruction of chemical weapons from military arsenals.