Macron slammed over Putin call leak

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the publication of a call between Russian and French leaders is a breach of “diplomatic etiquette”.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says air alerts rang out across almost all of Ukraine on Tuesday night, as he calls again for a modern, effective air-defence system.
  • He says there were attacks in the Khmelnytskyi region of western Ukraine, the central region of Dnipropetrovsk, the border region of Sumy, and the Black Sea port city of Mykolaiv.
  • Russian troops are engaged in heavy fighting, making their way into Ukraine’s Donetsk region, the governor of Luhansk has said.

    Ukraine expects harvest of at least 50 million tonnes of grain: official

    Ukraine expects a grain harvest of at least 50 million tonnes this year, which is “not bad given all the difficulties,” according to the country’s first deputy agriculture minister.

    Ukraine, a major global grain grower and exporter, harvested a record 86 million tonnes of grain in 2021.

    Taras Vysotskiy added in televised comments that most of Ukraine’s 2022 wheat harvest would be of milling quality and that the country, which has been invaded by Russia, would have to export at least 30 million tonnes of the 2022 grain harvest in the 2022/23 season.

    Russia says Turkey hasn’t detained grain ship

    Russia’s foreign ministry has said reports the Russian-flagged cargo ship Zhibek Zholy is detained in the Turkish port of Karasu on suspicion of carrying stolen Ukrainian grain are false.

    Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexei Zaitsev said Zhibek Zholy, which Ukrainian authorities have said is carrying grain from the occupied port of Berdyansk, was “undergoing standard procedures”.

    Ukraine’s ambassador to Turkey said on Sunday that Turkish authorities had detained the Zhibek Zholy. Reuters previously reported that Ukraine had asked Turkey to arrest the ship.

    Lavrov: Putin-Macron call leak breached ‘diplomatic etiquette’

    Russia’s Lavrov has said that the publication of a call between President Emmanuel Macron and Russian leader Vladimir Putin is a breach of “diplomatic etiquette”.

    “Diplomatic etiquette does not provide for unilateral leaks of (such) recordings,” Lavrov said on a trip to Vietnam. Lavrov added that Russia had nothing to be ashamed of from the content of the conversation between the two leaders.

    The details of the confidential call days before Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine were revealed by the broadcaster France 2 in a documentary on the French president’s handling of the conflict.

    Britain adds two Russians to its sanctions list

    Britain has added two Russian individuals to its sanctions list, subjecting them to an asset freeze and travel ban.

    The sanctions list was updated to add Denis Gafner and Valeriya Kalabayeva – both of whom Britain said were involved in spreading disinformation and promoting Russian actions in Ukraine.

    Kremlin slams Japan’s ‘unfriendly’ position towards Russia

    Japan has taken an “unfriendly” position toward Russia which does not help to develop ties in either trade and economy or the energy sector, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

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