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Eleven bodies found off Spanish Balearic archipelago – News

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Initially, local authorities said that “about 17 bodies” were found by a sailboat “west of Cabrera Island.” Later, the same sources reported on a “preliminary balance,” which states that “three people were saved and 11 bodies recovered.”

The authorities of the archipelago, which together with the Canary Islands is one of the areas of Spanish territory that registers the largest number of irregular migrants arriving by sea, have not yet provided many details about the situation reported today, and they have not yet confirmed whether migrants are dying.

The influx of migrants has increased in recent months, many of them from Algeria, towards the Balearic Islands or southeastern Spain.

Last week, Monday through Friday, about 300 people were rescued off the Balearic Islands.

Despite tightening controls in the Strait of Gibraltar, located between southern Spain and northern Morocco and which establishes a link between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean, the flow on the so-called “harragas” migration route, a name in Arabic that is used by the number of assignments of irregular migrants, leaving Algeria is increasing, according to local authorities and various non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

In mid-September, the bodies of eight migrants who reportedly fled Algeria or Morocco, including a child and three women, were found by Spanish authorities on the beaches of the province of Almeria in the southeastern part of the peninsula.

A pregnant Algerian woman and her five children were rescued in the province of Alicante last week.

Several NGOs supporting migrants on the east and south coasts of Spain have reported an increase in the number of women and minors along the migration route in recent months.

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For many of these migrants, Spain is viewed as a border crossing point, as their ultimate goal is often to reach France.

At least 13,320 migrants arrived in irregular sea routes to mainland Spain or the Balearic Islands in the first nine months of this year, up 19% (2,104 more arrivals) compared to the same period last year, according to the latest data. from the Spanish Ministry of the Interior.

In the same months, another 13,118 migrants arrived in the Canary Islands (the so-called West African route crossing the Atlantic Ocean and the west coast of Africa), more than double the number recorded in the same period last year (6,124).

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 2021 will be “the deadliest year on migration to Spain,” with at least 1,025 people killed or missing while trying to cross mainland Spain, the Canary Islands or the Balearic archipelagos. …

Spain, along with Greece, Italy, Malta or Cyprus, is one of the “advanced” countries in terms of the arrival of illegal migrants in Europe.

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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.

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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

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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

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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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