“Our latest wave of measures will end British imports of Russian energy and decimate Putin’s war machine,” British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said.
As the British armed forces remembered the Falkland Islands conflict in 1982, the UNGA suspended Russia from UNHCR on a US resolution for gross and systemic human rights violations and abuses in Ukraine by Russian troops; the Russian Federation said it had withdrawn before its term expired. As each side fights for victory, Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, on Thursday appealed for more weapons which he stressed were needed within days. Ben Wallace, the British Defense Secretary, discussed with his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksii Reznikov the provision of additional operational and lethal support. It is understood that Ukraine has requested tanks, armored vehicles, aircraft, air defense systems, long-range artillery and anti-ship missiles, the latter to defend Odessa.
NATO has a renewed raison d’être to provide collective security against the Russian Federation, which is no different from NATO’s original raison d’être which was to deter Soviet expansionism. Sweden and Finland could be fast-tracked into NATO if they wish, both countries now participate in all NATO consultations on the war; there is speculation that Georgia and Bosnia and Herzegovina could be next. Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announced an increase in British sanctions against Russia applied to banks, individuals, industry and technology, she said: “Our latest wave of measures will end British imports of Russian energy and sanction even more individuals and companies, decimating Putin’s war machine. People in the UK are ready to sponsor and take in Ukrainian refugees, but the Minister for Refugees has criticized the process. The minister also denied that the Home Office intends to send migrants crossing the Channel to Rwanda for processing.
The government introduced a bill banning sexual orientation and gender identity conversion therapy. The ban apparently confused sexual orientation with gender identity, and so transgender people are excluded until this can be better understood. As a result, the first-ever international LGBT+ conference in June was canceled as up to 100 organizations pulled out until the bill became trans-inclusive.
RishiSunak’s ordeal isn’t over, his Indian-born wife Akshata Murthy would have chosen to be a “non-dom”, and many people don’t consider that appropriate for a chancellor’s wife. It comes at the same time as the introduction of Sunak’s unpopular new health and social care tax, which is set to raise £17billion for the Treasury but add 1.25% to the National Insurance contribution paid by both employee and employer. The levy is designed to tackle NHS Covid backlogs, reduce waiting times for appointments, tests and operations. There could be more to this than meets the eye. The Telegraph reports that ‘Sunak’s bad press could be more conspiracy than coincidence, insiders believe Boris Johnson loyalists are undermining the Chancellor’s reputation with a series of negative briefings’ to diminish his popularity.
The Culture Secretary has created an uproar when he announced his intention to sell Channel 4 after forty years of ad-supported independent productions, financially but not politically independent as the channel has acquired an anti-Tory flavour. It is hoped the privatization will make the channel more competitive with rivals Amazon Prime and Netflix.
Boris Johnson donned his yellow vest and helmet to tour the Hinckley C nuclear reactor in Somerset on the day his government released its UK Energy Security Strategy to avoid reliance on Russian oil and gas. The UK will build one reactor a year for the next one. eight years. The Prime Minister foresees a major acceleration of clean and affordable energy in a plan for greater energy independence, including wind, solar, hydrogen and domestic oil and gas production. Critics complain that the plan does not help the current rise in energy costs affecting the UK.
Everyone wants a free trade agreement with India, the huge market and the technological expertise are very convincing; Following the free trade agreement between India and Australia (both members of QUAD), there are reports that Boris Johnson will visit India in the coming weeks, but there has been no official announcement. Data flow and e-commerce will play an important role in a trade agreement and the necessary data protection legislation will be required.
This week it was announced that the implementation of the AUKUS partnership has begun. AUKUS will develop and deliver joint advanced military capabilities to promote security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison and President Joe Biden “reaffirmed their commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, and more broadly to an international system that respects human rights, state of law and the peaceful settlement of disputes without coercion”. – a commitment that has only grown in importance in response to Russia’s unprovoked, unjustified and illegal invasion of Ukraine.