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The US is expected to withdraw from other major arms agreements



The US is expected to withdraw from other major arms agreements

Announcements can be made tomorrow, an administrative source tells CNN.

The agreement signed in 1992 allowed member states to conduct short, unarmed reconnaissance flights over all other countries to collect data on troops and military activities.

It is part of a broad network of arms control agreements intended to ensure stability and certainty in the European continent and reduce the risk of misunderstandings that can trigger conflicts by ensuring transparency.

European allies, who have lobbied for the US to remain in the agreement, see it as a central part of their security infrastructure and the US decision to withdraw is likely to add to the tension in trans-Atlantic relations, analysts said.

The president, and many officials in his administration, have criticized the idea that the United States must be bound by international treaties. But analysts say ignoring other agreements will potentially deepen global instability.

The Trump administration has withdrawn from the Nuclear Forces Mid-Term Agreement and has set conditions for renewing the remaining nuclear weapons pact with Russia – the NEW Start Agreement – that experts and analysts say all but guarantee it will not be extended.

The Open Skies Agreement is part of “a set of reinforcing documents that create stability and certainty in and around Europe,” said Jon Wolfsthal, director of the Nuclear Crisis Group at Global Zero. “Trump and his advisers have systematically destroyed the agreement partly because of Russia’s disobedience, but when you look at Trump’s approach, it tumbles him down and doesn’t put anything in his place and sometimes, makes it more difficult for people to put anything in his place. ‘”

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“It’s about ignoring all the tools that have proven to safeguard the interests of America and allies,” Wolfsthal said.

The US accused Russia of not obeying the agreement. In early March, Amb. Jim Gilmore, US Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), said that the government was looking for “reciprocity” from Moscow on the agreement.

“We think that we should ask Russia to take responsibility for the Open Skies Agreement,” he said. “The President’s policy is that in all agreements there must be reciprocity. If we will strictly comply with this – for our treaty obligations, we expect Russia to hold tightly their treaty obligations.”

The US has also accused Moscow in the past of imposing flight restrictions near its exclusion in Kaliningrad, an area between Poland and Lithuania where the Russian military maintains a strong presence.

According to the State Department, the agreement “was designed to enhance mutual understanding and confidence by giving all participants, regardless of size, a direct role in gathering information through aerial imaging of military forces and activities of their concern.”

Last year Trump signed a document indicating his intention to step down, according to people familiar with the decision, but discussions were ongoing at the time.

European countries, including Ukraine, have pushed to preserve the agreement, seeing it as an integral part of their national security. Some analysts said the agreement, which was designed to increase confidence that countries were not planning attacks, was a driving factor in Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine with a smaller military force that was not too visible from the air.

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European countries say any dispute regarding Russia’s compliance must be dealt with through negotiations. Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, has long been skeptical of arms control agreements, and his allies in the government have challenged Russia’s claims of obedience. Before he left his post, he urged Trump to sign documents indicating US intentions to step down, said two US officials.

Jennifer Hansler from CNN contributed to this report.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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