Conflict in Ukraine 🔴 Reside: China’s Xi Jinping to go to Moscow in present of assist for Vladimir Putin

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Chinese language President Xi Jinping is about to go to Moscow from Monday to Wednesday subsequent week in an obvious present of assist for his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. In the meantime Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday stated Warsaw would ship MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, in what can be the primary such cargo by a NATO member. Learn our dwell weblog to see how all of the day’s occasions unfolded. All instances are Paris time (GMT+1).

10:28am: Slovakia to ship fighter jets to Ukraine

The Slovak authorities authorised sending MIG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, Prime Minister Eduard Heger stated on Friday, stepping up its army help to Kyiv.

The fleet of 11 MiG-29 planes was retired final summer time, and most of them are usually not in operational situation.

10:00am: Russian defence ministry decorates pilots for downing US drone

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu offered pilots with awards for stopping a US drone from coming into the world of Russia’s army marketing campaign in Ukraine, Russian state-owned information company RIA reported on Friday.

The drone crashed into the Black Sea on Tuesday after being intercepted by Russian jets.

9:15am: Xi Jinping to go to Russia early subsequent week

Chinese language President Xi Jinping will go to Russia subsequent week, Beijing’s overseas ministry stated Friday, his first journey to Moscow in practically 4 years.

“On the invitation of President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation, President Xi Jinping pays a state go to to Russia from March 20 to 22,” the ministry stated in an announcement.

Xi final visited Russia in 2019, although Putin attended the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing final 12 months and the 2 leaders additionally met at a regional safety gathering in Uzbekistan in September.

The pair will speak about “strategic cooperation”, in accordance with a near-simultaneous assertion from the Kremlin.

The 2 leaders “will focus on deepening the exhaustive partnership and strategic cooperation between Russia and China”, together with on the worldwide stage, the Kremlin stated, including, “vital bilateral paperwork might be signed”.

6:00am: Poland to be first NATO member to provide Ukraine fighter jets

Poland stated Thursday it plans to provide Ukraine a couple of dozen MiG-29 fighter jets, which might make it the primary NATO member to meet Kyiv’s more and more pressing requests for warplanes to defend itself towards the Russian invasion.

Warsaw will hand over 4 of the Soviet-made warplanes “inside the subsequent few days,” President Andrzej Duda stated, and the remainder wanted servicing however can be provided later. The Polish phrase he used to explain the whole quantity can imply between 11 and 19.

“They’re within the final years of their functioning, however they’re in good working situation,” Duda stated.

He didn’t say whether or not different nations would observe swimsuit, though Slovakia has stated it might ship its personal disused MiGs to Ukraine. Poland additionally was the primary NATO nation to offer Ukraine with German-made Leopard 2 tanks.

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(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP & Reuters)