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Masks will no longer be required in England. French people can be vaccinated anywhere



The use of anti-covid-19 masks will become optional in England, given that the data underlying the deconfinement measures are “very positive”. Secretary of State for Housing and Communities Robert Jenrick told Sky News.

“This will be a different stage in which we, the citizens, will decide, instead of the government telling us what to do,” he explained this Sunday.

Jenrik also said the restrictions should be lifted on July 19 and that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will reveal more details on the latest phase of the UK decontamination plan in the coming days.

“It looks like we can now move forward and move to a much more liberal regime, thereby moving away from the constraints that were so difficult for us,” he said. “We need to ensure that every adult gets both doses of the vaccine because that is the key to staying in control of the virus as fall and winter approach.”

As a reminder, Boris Johnson initially expected the restrictions to be lifted in June, but the rise of the Delta variant in the country ultimately thwarted his plan.

France gives freedom to choose where to vaccinate

The French government is also focused on “simplifying and expanding” the COVID-19 vaccination campaign to contain the threat of a new wave of pandemic this summer. The Delta variant already accounts for a third of new infections in France.

Although in June the health minister urged people to take both doses at the same vaccination center – because he feared that vacation spots in France would not respond given the concentration of people in the summer months – the speech has now changed.

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“From Monday, when they make an appointment via the Internet, they will be able to prescribe the first dose of the vaccine at the vaccination center, and the second at any other center in the country, including recreation areas,” said Minister Olivier Veran. this Saturday the French newspaper Le Monde.

The minister also states that the time between two doses should be increased to three to seven weeks to give more options to those who go on vacation.

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EU close to compromise on lifting partial blockade of Kaliningrad – columnist



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Freight traffic through Lithuania to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad could resume within a few days. The information was disclosed to Reuters two sources familiar with the case say European authorities are seeking an understanding with Lithuania to resolve the dispute with Russia.

Since June 17, Lithuanian authorities have partially blocked the delivery of goods to the enclave, which mainly uses Lithuanian rail and road networks to transport goods.

The measure, justified by the fourth package of EU sanctions against Russia, affected the industrial sector, including the transportation of coal, metals and building materials, and became hotbed of tension with the Kremlin.

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Russian leadership accuses Lithuania of “unprecedented” measures what kind constitute a “violation of international law”. The Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, guarantees that it does not apply any individual sanctions against Moscow, explaining this by the fact that it only implements the measures prescribed by Brussels.


According to Reuters sources, who wished to remain anonymous, negotiations are underway to free the territory from sanctions. One of them says that despite the West’s willingness to continue to support Ukraine, it is proving difficult to maintain restrictive sanctions.

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Kyiv is negotiating with Moscow on the release of foreign fighters – News



Moscow is holding captive “thousands” of Ukrainians and “military personnel from all over the world who have volunteered” to defend Ukraine, Zelensky reminded in statements to the US television channel NBC.

The head of the Ukrainian state thanked for the support of volunteer fighters, whom he considers “heroes”, and confirmed that negotiations are underway to release those who were captured.

“Everyone understands that the war in Ukraine today is here on this earth, but tomorrow it can happen anywhere in Europe, and the “day after tomorrow” can happen in the United States,” the Ukrainian president said.

Thus, he added, “it would be absolutely fair to say that the war in Ukraine is already a war in Europe and the United States, only – territorially – it is happening here.”

Zelenskiy’s announcement came on the same day that the defense of British citizen Sean Pinner, who was sentenced to death in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine, announced that he had appealed the sentence.

Pinner, 48, was sentenced to death on June 9, along with fellow Briton Aiden Aislin, 28, and Moroccan citizen Braquim Saadoun, after being found guilty of participating in hostilities “as mercenaries” in support of Ukrainian forces.

Two Britons were captured by Russian forces during Moscow’s siege of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on the Sea of ​​Azov, Brakim Saadoun was taken prisoner in March.

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Turkey lifts veto on Swedish and Finnish membership in NATO



Turkey lifted its veto on Finland and Sweden joining NATO on Tuesday.

The leaders of the three countries met on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has announced that Turkey has lifted its veto on Finland and Sweden joining the Atlantic Alliance after signing a memorandum that “answers Ankara’s concerns.”

“We have completed a very constructive meeting with the President [da Turquia, Recep Tayyip] Erdogan or President [da Finlândia, Sauli] Niinistö and the Prime Minister [da Suécia, Magdalena] Andersson, and I am pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement that paves the way for Sweden and Finland to join NATO,” Stoltenberg said.

The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) spoke at a press conference at the Exhibition Park of Madrid, in the northeast of the Spanish capital, where the summit of the leaders of the North Atlantic Alliance is taking place.

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Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO on May 18 after the Russian invasion of Ukraine ended the historic policy of neutrality.

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