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The Estonian government falls. PM breaks coalition with Putin-linked party – columnist

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The coalition that brought together the Reform Party (the centre-right) and the Center Party (which even had ties to Vladimir Putin’s party in Russia) in the Estonian government has not withstood the prime minister’s criticism of government partners. Kaja Kallas accused the now former partners of the Center of not defending Estonia’s interests and “actively working” against the country’s values.

The Financial Times moving forward that Prime Minister Kaja Kallas asked Estonian President Alar Karis to fire seven ministers of the Center (center-left) Party, despite the fact that the party cut ties with United Russia at the start of the war. “The security situation in Europe does not allow me to continue cooperation with the Center Party, which unable to put the interests of Estonia above the interests of political parties“, he said, quoting the publication. Kallas went further and even accused the party ofwork actively against the core values ​​of Estonia“.

The prime minister will try to form a new coalition with two smaller parties. Guardian writes that Kallas’ party, the Reform, proposed negotiations for a possible coalition with Isamaa’s conservatives and social democrats. If this is not possible, Center leader and former Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will be given the opportunity to form an alternative government.

On Friday, Kallas defended herself: “Unfortunately, it turned out that there are two parties in parliament that just can’t sculpteven in the current situation and ensure the protection of our independence and our constitutional values.”

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The Financial Times explains that several factors may have contributed to the rupture of relations between government partners. Among them is a bill on pre-school education (which was rejected by the Center along with the far-right Ekre party), but the document also points to “long-standing tensions.”

Although the Center Party had already severed ties with Putin’s party after the invasion of Ukraine, that relationship did not last long. Kallas, whose country borders Russia, advocates for Europe and the United States to increase military and sanctions assistance to Ukraine against Moscow. But the newspaper claims there is an understanding in civil society that the Center Party may not have approved of aid to Kyiv.

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Boris Johnson confirms resignation and expresses regret “for turning down the best job in the world” | Great Britain

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Boris Johnson confirmed this Thursday in a speech in front of 10 Downing Street in London that he will step down as leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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Unprecedented warning: MI5 and FBI warn of Chinese spying in the West – News

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Speaking to corporate officials and executives, MI5 CEO Ken McCallum and FBI Director Chris Wray said the threat from Chinese spies is very high in both countries and growing.

McCallum pointed out that MI5, Britain’s domestic intelligence service, had greatly expanded its operations centered in China. “We are currently doing seven times as many investigations as we did in 2018,” the director of MI5 said. “We plan to grow again while maintaining significant efforts against hidden threats from Russia and Iran,” he added.

McCallum noted that Chinese intelligence is slowly and patiently approaching sources and access to information. “In terms of volume, most of what is threatened by the Chinese Communist Party’s aggression is not, so to speak, my business. It’s yours, the world-class experience, technology, research and commercial advantage developed and in the hands of the people in this room.”

The FBI’s Ray said the Chinese threat is a “complex, ongoing and wide-ranging danger” to the US and UK, as well as other allies. China is “seeking to steal your technology, everything that drives your industry, and use it to undermine your business and dominate your market,” he said.

Both officials also warned that a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, which Beijing considers a breakaway province, would cause a massive disruption to global trade and industry. They urged companies to remain vigilant and report potential threats.

“The Chinese Communist Party is interested in our democratic, media and legal systems. Unfortunately, not to copy them, but to use them to your advantage,” McCallum said.

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Beijing called the accusations “completely unfounded.” “The alleged cases listed are pure persecution of lies,” a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom said in a statement posted on the mission’s website.

“They are spreading all sorts of lies about China to discredit the Chinese political system, stir up anti-Chinese sentiment, and divert public attention to cover up their heinous acts,” the spokesman added.

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The Chairman of the Duma reminds the USA that Russia can lay claim to Alaska. Vice proposes US state referendum – Observer

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Vyacheslav Volodin, the chairman of the Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, left a warning on Wednesday: The US must remember that the state of Alaska was once Russian and that Moscow could begin laying claim to it.

Let America always remember: there is part of the territory of Russia, Alaska, ”Vyacheslav Volodin said, the newspaper reports. pro-Russian RBC. “So when you start trying to dispose of our resources abroad, you must remember that we also have something to lay claim to.”

The Chairman of the Duma also took the opportunity to ridicule Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential election: “We [Moscovo] we do not interfere in your internal affairsand them [EUA] they have been saying for decades that everything that happens to them, like the election of their presidents, is due to Russian interference. You don’t respect your presidents that much. One of them was bad, now another fell off the bike, and here we are again.”

For his part, Deputy Chairman of the Duma Pyotr Tolstoy proposed referendum in alaska decide the fate of this North American state.

The territory of Alaska was purchased from Russia by the United States of America in March 1867. for $7.2 million (to date). On October 18 of the same year, the American flag was raised in Alaska for the first time.

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