02 December 2021 Military News
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- 1ABCT, 1st Infantry Division begins Combined Resolve XVI Army News 02 Dec 2021 -- A blanket of snow fell upon tanks, armored personnel carriers and fuel trucks, staged and ready for action at Camp Albertshof, Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, December 2nd.
- Readout from Tech Track II Symposium DoD 02 Dec 2021 -- Department of Defense Spokeswoman Jessica Maxwell provided the following readout:
- DoD Kicks Off 5G Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Experimentation at Hill AFB DoD 02 Dec 2021 -- The Department of Defense hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the successful deployment of a private 5G cellular network at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Dec. 2, 2021.
- Pentagon Chief Slams Chinese Hypersonic Weapons During Visit to Shore Up South Korean Alliance Sputnik 02 Dec 2021 -- The People's Republic of China (PRC) has developed extensive missile capabilities, including ballistics and hypersonic weapons, but maintains only a very small nuclear arsenal, as well as a no-first-use policy. The US, which lags behind Beijing and Moscow on hypersonics, has claimed their advances are a threat.
- Hurricane Hunters wrap up 2021 season; brace for winter ops US Air Force 02 Dec 2021 -- After a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season in 2020, the Air Force Reserve's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters at Keesler Air Force Base were given a relative reprieve, though it was still a busy hurricane season this year.
- Commander, Task Force 70 Conducts Flag Talks with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force US Navy 02 Dec 2021 -- Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70 staff conducted discussions with leadership from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) at the Funakoshi Fleet headquarters Nov. 30.
- Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and Allied Joint Forces Command Naples Visits Charles de Gaulle US Navy 02 Dec 2021 -- Adm. Robert Burke, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) and Allied Joint Forces Command (JFC) Naples, visited the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R 91) during the French exercise POLARIS 21, Dec. 2, 2021.
- U.S. and PRC Hold Working Level Meeting on DoD 2021 Annual Report DoD 02 Dec 2021 -- On November 30, U.S. and PRC defense officials held a working level virtual meeting to discuss the Department's recently released annual report on "Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China."
- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook Hold a Press Conference Following the 53rd U.S.-Republic of Korea Security Consultative Meeting in Seoul DoD 02 Dec 2021 -- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III; Suh Wook, Defense Minister, Republic Of Korea
- 53rd Security Consultative Meeting Joint Communique DoD 02 Dec 2021 -- The 53rd Republic of Korea (ROK)-United States (U.S.) Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) was held in Seoul on December 02, 2021. ROK Minister of National Defense Suh Wook and U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III led their respective delegations, which included senior defense and foreign affairs officials.
- U.S., South Korean Defense Leaders Assess State of Alliance DoD News 02 Dec 2021 -- In a complex and changing security environment in the Indo-Pacific, one constant is the ironclad alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said today in Seoul.
- New Army Aviation Command established Australia DOD 02 Dec 2021 -- The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO, today announced the establishment of a new Army Aviation Command, at a ceremonial parade and helicopter flyover at Blamey Square, Canberra.
- Pentagon: US Nearly Doubled Military Personnel Stationed in Taiwan This Year VOA 02 Dec 2021 -- The United States has doubled its unofficial military presence in Taiwan over the past year in what specialists describe as the latest signal to China that Taiwan's future remains a priority.
- EU To Help Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine Improve Defense Capabilities RFE/RL 02 Dec 2021 -- The European Council has adopted assistance measures to strengthen the military and defense capacities of Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine over three years.
- Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Andersson US Dept. of State 02 Dec 2021
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson Before Their Meeting US Dept. of State 02 Dec 2021
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Press Availability at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) US Dept. of State 02 Dec 2021
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken at OSCE Session 1 US Dept. of State 02 Dec 2021
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Israeli Prime Minister Bennett US Dept. of State 02 Dec 2021
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, December 2, 2021 The White House 02 Dec 2021
- 2 December 2021 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 02 Dec 2021
- Emergency aid needs set to rise by 17% to assist 274 million, UN humanitarians warn UN News 02 Dec 2021 -- A total of 274 million people worldwide will need emergency aid and protection in 2022, a 17 per cent increase compared with this year, UN humanitarians said on Thursday.
- COVID, Conflicts Prompt UN to Make Record Appeal for Humanitarian Aid VOA 02 Dec 2021 -- The United Nations is appealing for a record $41 billion to help 183 million of the world's most vulnerable people suffering from multiple crises, including poverty, hunger, conflict, and the impact of COVID-19.
- Taliban Decry UN Deferral on Who Will Represent Afghanistan VOA 02 Dec 2021 -- Afghanistan's ruling Taliban criticized the United Nations Thursday for postponing a decision on who would represent the country at the world body.
- 'No Reason To Stay': Taliban Repression, Economic Collapse Accelerate Exodus From Afghanistan RFE/RL Gandhara 02 Dec 2021 -- Murad, a former public prosecutor, has been living in hiding since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in August.
- UN Appeals For Record $41 Billion For World Aid, Citing Afghanistan Crisis RFE/RL Gandhara 02 Dec 2021 -- The United Nations is appealing for a record $41 billion to provide life-saving assistance next year to the 183 million most vulnerable people across 63 countries -- led by a tripling of its program in Afghanistan, where "needs are skyrocketing."
- Massive blasts heard as Saudi-led war coalition attacks Yemen's Sana'a, Sa'ada Press TV 02 Dec 2021 -- The Saudi-led military campaign has carried out airstrikes against the Yemeni provinces of Sana'a and Sa'ada, with reports of massive explosions in the capital.
- Uganda Sends Ground Troops into the Democratic Republic of Congo VOA 02 Dec 2021 -- Uganda's military has confirmed sending troops into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) against Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels. Uganda blames the ADF for a series of bombings in the country. But analysts say inviting the Ugandan army into the DRC could raise tensions with neighboring Rwanda.
- UN General Assembly demands full Israeli withdrawal from occupied Syrian Golan Press TV 02 Dec 2021 -- The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution demanding that the Israeli regime fully withdraw from the Syrian Golan Heights, declaring "null" and "void" the regime's imposition of its jurisdiction on the occupied territory.
- Joint Statement on the Syria Special Envoy Meeting US Dept. of State 02 Dec 2021 -- The following is the Joint Statement on the Syria Special Envoy Meeting.
- Continued momentum to address the heinous crimes committed by Da'esh in Iraq UK FCDO 02 Dec 2021 -- Statement by Fergus Eckersley, UK Political Coordinator at the UN, at the Security Council briefing on UNITAD
- 'Turning point' reached for survivors of ISIL crimes in Iraq, Security Council hears UN News 02 Dec 2021 -- The international community has reached a "turning point" in pursuing justice for atrocities committed by the ISIL terrorist group in Iraq, the new head of a special UN investigative team told the Security Council in New York on Thursday.
- Russian FM: 'Nightmare scenario' of military confrontation returning to Europe Press TV 02 Dec 2021 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned that the "nightmare scenario of a military confrontation" is returning to Europe as tensions escalate over Ukraine.
- Russia to respond to US 'geopolitical games' in Ukraine, Lavrov warns Press TV 02 Dec 2021 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned that Moscow will respond to any provocative moves by the United States to drag Ukraine into "geopolitical games" as tensions between the two sides escalate over Russia's neighbor.
- U.S. Would 'Consult Internationally' Before Any Response To Russian Moves On Ukraine RFE/RL 02 Dec 2021 -- Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has suggested that any U.S. response to Russia's actions toward Ukraine would be carried out in conjunction with the international community.
- Blinken Warns Russia Of 'Significant Costs' In Case Of Aggression Against Ukraine RFE/RL 02 Dec 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has urged Russia to withdraw its troops deployed near Ukraine and seek a diplomatic solution to escalating tensions in the region, warning Moscow of "severe costs" in case of an aggression against its neighbor.
- US Calls on Russia to Cool Tensions with Ukraine VOA 02 Dec 2021 -- A top U.S. defense official says Washington will not be alone if it needs to take action in response to Russia's massive troop buildup along its border with Ukraine.
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dymtro Kuleba Before Their Meeting US Dept. of State 02 Dec 2021
- Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba US Dept. of State 02 Dec 2021
- NATO chief says military bloc intends to prevent conflict with Russia over Ukraine Press TV 02 Dec 2021 -- US-led NATO says it intends to prevent a conflict with Russia, as Moscow has already warned that it will act if the military alliance crosses its red lines in Ukraine while refuting claims by Washington and Kiev that Russia could be preparing to invade its crisis-hit neighbor.
- Ethiopian Army Recaptures Historic Lalibela, Eight Other Towns in Counteroffensive Against TPLF Sputnik 02 Dec 2021 -- The Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) said on Wednesday it had recaptured more than eight towns from the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), including the historic town of Lalibela, helping push the TPLF further back from the capital.
- Han Chinese now hold most government posts in Tibet as Beijing extends control Radio Free Asia 02 Dec 2021 -- Han Chinese now outnumber Tibetans in top government posts in Tibet by more than 2-to-1, an indication, Tibetan sources say, of China's push to dominate the region.
- Britain Appoints Balkan Envoy, Citing Threats To Stability, Security RFE/RL 02 Dec 2021 -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed a special envoy to the Western Balkans at a time when the region is experiencing "the biggest threat" to its stability and security in more than two decades.
- Bosnian Serb Leader Meets With Putin For Talks On Gas, Balkan Issues RFE/RL 02 Dec 2021 -- The Serb member of Bosnia-Herzegovina's tripartite presidency, Milorad Dodik, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on December 2 for talks that reportedly included discussion of an infrastructure project to receive Russian gas.
- Hundreds of villagers fled fighting in Myanmar’s Shan state to border with China Radio Free Asia 02 Dec 2021 -- Intensified fighting between the military and the ethnic Kokang forces in Myanmar’s northern Shan state has driven some 1,500 villagers to seek shelter in refugee camps near the border with China, according to residents.
- Croatia: Decades after Balkan wars, UN expert urges new push for justice UN News 02 Dec 2021 -- Following armed conflict from1991 to 1994 in Croatia and the rest of former Yugoslavia, that triggered increased radicalization and hate speech, an independent UN human rights expert urged the authorities on Thursday to redouble efforts towards full justice for victims and survivors.
- Violence in Cameroon, impacting over 700,000 children shut out of school UN News 02 Dec 2021 -- Over 700,000 children have been impacted by school closures due to often brutal violence in Cameroon, according to an analysis released by the UN humanitarian arm, OCHA, on Thursday.
- Jan. 6 Panel Unanimously Votes to Hold Trump-Era DoJ Official Jeffrey Clark in Contempt of Congress Sputnik 02 Dec 2021 -- Back in November, Jeffrey Clark, who served as Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division from 2018 to 2021, and his attorney argued to the House Select Committee that certain legal privileges granted him immunity from answering various questions associated with the deadly January 6 riot on the US Capitol.
- NASA Selects Companies to Develop Commercial Destinations in Space NASA 02 Dec 2021 -- NASA has signed agreements with three U.S. companies to develop designs of space stations and other commercial destinations in space. The agreements are part of the agency's efforts to enable a robust, American-led commercial economy in low-Earth orbit.
- US Signs $415Mln Deals With 3 Companies to Design Commercial Space Stations - NASA Sputnik 02 Dec 2021 -- The Biden administration has signed business agreements worth $415 million with three high tech space technology companies to design new space stations and other commercial activities in low earth orbit (LEO), NASA announced in a press release.
- Biden Admin Finalizes Plan to Reinstate Trump-Era 'Remain in Mexico' Policy at Southern Border Sputnik 02 Dec 2021 -- In March 2020, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden criticized US President Donald Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy as a "dangerous" and "inhumane" immigration program that goes against US values. While the Biden administration has since suspended the program, the SCOTUS upheld a lower court order calling for its reinstatement.
- US Agrees to Force Migrants to Stay in Mexico While Asylum Claims Considered VOA 02 Dec 2021 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Thursday it will comply with a court order and reinstate a program to force migrants trying to reach the United States to remain in Mexico while their asylum claims are adjudicated.
- Russia Accuses Three Ukrainians Of Spying, Kyiv Rejects Charges RFE/RL 02 Dec 2021 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) says it has apprehended three Ukrainian nationals suspected of working for Ukraine's intelligence agencies, a claim Kyiv immediately rejected.
- Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's remarks at the 28th OSCE Ministerial Council meeting, Stockholm, December 2, 2021 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 02 Dec 2021
- Telephone conversation with Nursultan Nazarbayev President of Russia 01 Dec 2021
- Navalny Associate Sobol's Suspended Sentence Replaced With Prison Term RFE/RL 02 Dec 2021 -- A court in Moscow has switched the one-year suspended sentence handed to opposition politician Lyubov Sobol, a close associate of jailed anti-corruption campaigner Aleksei Navalny, to actual prison time.
- Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's opening remarks during a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting, Stockholm, December 2, 2021 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 02 Dec 2021
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Remarks to the Press Before Their Meeting US Dept. of State 02 Dec 2021
- Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov US Dept. of State 02 Dec 2021
- OSCE Ministerial Council 2021: Foreign Secretary's meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov UK FCDO 02 Dec 2021 -- UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss met the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Stockholm and discussed Ukraine, Belarus, Iran and Afghanistan.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on December 2, 2021 PRC MofA 02 Dec 2021
- U.S.-EU: Joint Press Release by the EEAS and Department of State on the Second High-Level Meeting of the U.S.-EU Dialogue on China US Dept. of State 02 Dec 2021 -- The following is the text of a joint press release by the U.S. Department of State and the European External Action Service.
- Can Europe Compete With China's Belt and Road Initiative? VOA 02 Dec 2021 -- The European Union this week launched a $340 billion "Global Gateway" fund to boost global infrastructure, which analysts say is aimed at rivaling China's Belt and Road Initiative. But can it compete with Beijing's billions?
- Calls grow for probe into Beijing's influence after London Chinatown attacks Radio Free Asia 02 Dec 2021 -- Screenshots of a message calling for Chinese patriots "of the kind who know how to fight" and rewards for the doxxing of pro-democracy Hongkongers in the U.K. are circulating online, amid growing concerns over Beijing's clandestine United Front operations in the country.
- Understanding China requires understanding of CPC, says Xi PLA Daily 02 Dec 2021 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday that to understand China today, one must learn to understand the Communist Party of China (CPC).
- 85 pct of China's population to speak Mandarin by 2025 People's Daily 02 Dec 2021 -- The number of Chinese people who speak Putonghua, or Mandarin Chinese, will be increased to 85 percent of China's population by 2025, according to a recent circular.
- Giant China, tiny Laos link up with launch of high-speed train Radio Free Asia 02 Dec 2021 -- Top leaders of China and Laos on Friday hailed the opening of a high-speed railway connecting the two Communist neighbors, with Chinese President Xi Jinping vowing to turn the $6 billion project into “money and gold.”
- Malaysian state okays stalled $12Bn China-backed rail project Radio Free Asia 02 Dec 2021 -- A Malaysian state controlled by the opposition has cleared a multibillion-dollar Chinese-backed rail project - the country's largest - its chief minister announced Thursday about a controversial venture stalled since 2016.
- China Launches High-Speed Rail Through Laos in First Leg of SE Asia Corridor VOA 02 Dec 2021 -- Chinese and Lao officials Friday will inaugurate a $5.9 billion high-speed rail line through Laos, six years after breaking ground on the first leg of Beijing's grand plans to link China's underdeveloped interior with the bustling seaports of Singapore by train.
- Taiwanese Rejecting China's Attempts Woo Them Into Reunification VOA 02 Dec 2021 -- Experts say China is ramping up its push for unification with Taiwan by promoting the potential economic benefits, advantages most Taiwanese are unwilling to accept in exchange for their democracy.
- Pelosi says U.S. will uphold Taiwan's security and freedom CNA 02 Dec 2021 -- U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said the U.S. is committed to upholding the freedom, security, and human rights of the people of Taiwan, in a letter sent ahead of the 2021 Open Parliament Forum.
- Ireland's Senate passes resolution backing Taiwan CNA 02 Dec 2021 -- Ireland's Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution seeking to enhance Dublin's relations with Taipei while also objecting to Beijing's attempts to take over Taiwan by force.
- Chinese Foreign Ministry summons Japanese ambassador over wrong remarks of former PM Abe on Taiwan question Global Times 02 Dec 2021 -- Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Hua Chunying called an emergency meeting with Japanese Ambassador to China Tarumi Hideo on Wednesday night, lodging solemn representations regarding the wrong remarks made by former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe concerning China.
- China firmly opposes Abe's remarks on Taiwan People's Daily 02 Dec 2021 -- China on Wednesday expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent remarks on Taiwan.
- Chinese Foreign Ministry lodges solemn representations on former Japanese leader's wrong claims on Taiwan Global Times 02 Dec 2021 -- Assistant Foreign Minister Hua Chunying called an emergency meeting with Japanese Ambassador to China Hideo Tarumi and lodged solemn representations on the remarks made by former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on the Taiwan question.
- 5th Political Bureau Meeting of 8th C.C., WPK Held KCNA 02 Dec 2021 -- The 5th Political Bureau Meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) took place at the office building of the Party Central Committee on December 1.
- U.S. Says 'Not Too Late' For Return To Nuclear Compliance Despite Recent Moves RFE/RL 02 Dec 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Iran on December 2 there was still time to return to compliance with its nuclear deal with world powers despite its latest rhetoric.
- IAEA chief meets with Iran top nuclear negotiator IRNA 02 Dec 2021 -- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Rafael Grossi met and held talks with the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and head of the Iranian team in Vienna talks, Ali Bagheri Kani on Thursday.
- IAEA chief: There is no 90% enrichment in Iran IRNA 02 Dec 2021 -- Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi has said that there is no 90% enrichment at the moment in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
- Mora, E3 representatives meets with Iran top nuclear negotiator IRNA 02 Dec 2021 -- The Coordinator of the Joint Commission of the IAEA Board Enrique Mora and representatives of three European countries in Vienna met and held talks with the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and head of the Iranian team in Vienna talks, Ali Bagheri Kani on Thursday.
- FM: Iran follows clear agenda in Vienna talks, not optimistic about US, E3 intention' Press TV 02 Dec 2021 -- Iran's foreign minister says the Islamic Republic is following a clear agenda during the ongoing talks in the Austrian capital, but is not optimistic about the true intention and determination of the United States and the three European signatories to the 2015 nuclear agreement.
- Baqeri-Kani: Iran resolved to actively, positively engage in Vienna talks Press TV 02 Dec 2021 -- Iran's top negotiator to Vienna talks on removal of sanctions imposed on Tehran says the Islamic Republic is resolute to actively and positively engage in negotiations with other signatories to 2015 nuclear deal, officially called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
- Iran Foreign Ministry spox: Delegates in Vienna won't take instructions from Israeli PM Press TV 02 Dec 2021 -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman has lashed out at the latest remarks by the Israeli prime minister, Naftali Bennett, who has urged world powers to immediately stop ongoing talks in the Austrian capital on the removal of Iran sanctions, saying that negotiating delegates do not take orders from Bennett.
- Iran's top negotiator: Ball in US court, Americans must remove sanctions Press TV 02 Dec 2021 -- Iran's top negotiator to the Vienna talks on the removal of sanctions imposed on Tehran says the ball is now in US court to remove the bans because Washington has violated not only the nuclear deal with Iran, but also the United Nations Security Council resolution that upheld it and other international laws.
- In Vienna, Iran gives JCPOA parties draft documents on sanctions removal, nuclear steps Press TV 02 Dec 2021 -- As negotiations in Vienna enter a fourth day, Iran says it has provided the five parties to the 2015 nuclear deal with draft documents detailing its proposals and positions on the removal of sanctions imposed by the United States after leaving the agreement and the nuclear steps Tehran has taken in response.
- IAEA chief rejects Israeli claims on Iran's plan for 90% uranium enrichment Press TV 02 Dec 2021 -- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has dismissed claims by the Israeli regime that Iran is gearing up to enrich uranium to 90 percent purity.
- Iran FM: Good deal within reach in Vienna if West shows goodwill Press TV 02 Dec 2021 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says a "good" agreement is at hand in the talks underway in Vienna, Austria, between Tehran and the five other parties to the 2015 nuclear deal "if the West shows good will."
- UN postpones decision on Myanmar rep in apparent win for shadow government Radio Free Asia 02 Dec 2021 -- The United Nations has deferred a decision on who will represent Myanmar at the world body in an apparent diplomatic win for the country's shadow National Unity Government (NUG), which will continue to hold the seat despite the ruling military junta's efforts to install its own envoy.
- Belarus Threatens 'Harsh' Response After EU And Allies Expand Sanctions RFE/RL 02 Dec 2021 -- The European Union, the United States, and key Western allies have further expanded their sanctions against Belarus's political and economic elite over alleged antidemocratic behavior, rights violations, and the exploitation of migrants by strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka's regime.
- EU agrees on more sanctions against Belarus over migrant crisis Press TV 02 Dec 2021 -- Diplomats of the European Union (EU) have agreed to add 28 individuals and bodies to a list of sanctions against Belarus, repeating claims that Minsk is luring migrants to the border with Poland in retaliation for existing EU sanctions.
- US, EU, UK and Canada Announce New Belarus Sanctions VOA 02 Dec 2021 -- The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and Canada have announced a new round of sanctions against Belarus officials and entities, citing the government's "ongoing attacks on democracy, human rights, and international norms, and for their brutal repression of Belarusians both inside and outside the country," U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.
- Accountability for the Lukashenka Regime's Continued Acts of Repression and Disregard for International Norms US Dept. of State 02 Dec 2021 -- In coordination with international allies and partners, today we are taking additional measures to raise the cost on Alyaksandr Lukashenka and his regime for their ongoing attacks on democracy, human rights, and international norms, and for their brutal repression of Belarusians both inside and outside the country.
- Joint Statement on December 2 Sanctions in Response to the Situation in Belarus US Dept. of State 02 Dec 2021 -- The text of the following statement was released by the United States of America, Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom.
- UK imposes further sanctions to hold Lukashenko regime to account for human rights violations in Belarus UK FCDO 02 Dec 2021 -- The UK imposed more sanctions in response to the Lukashenko regime's continued disregard for international law, and ongoing human rights violations in Belarus.
- Treasury Expands Sanctions Against Belarusian Regime with Partners and Allies US Treasury 02 Dec 2021 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), in response to the Lukashenka regime's blatant disregard for international norms and the wellbeing of its own citizens, is designating 20 individuals and 12 entities and identifying three aircraft as blocked property pursuant to Executive Orders (E.O.) 14038 and 13405.
- Belarusian KGB Accused Of Using Fake Social-Media Accounts To Inflame Migrant Crisis RFE/RL 02 Dec 2021 -- Facebook's parent company, Meta, says it has removed dozens of fake social-media accounts "linked to the Belarusian KGB" that were used to inflame an ongoing migrant crisis on the border between Belarus and Poland.
- On the Australian Sanctions Regime US Dept. of State 02 Dec 2021 -- The United States commends Australia on passing legislation that strengthens its sanctions regime to address more comprehensively human rights abuses, corruption, malicious cyber activity, violations of international humanitarian law, and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) proliferation globally - all of which threaten international peace and security.
- Irish minister: EU, UK unlikely to resolve border dispute for now Press TV 02 Dec 2021 -- Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney says an agreement between the UK and the European Union regarding the Irish border dispute is unlikely before the end of this year.
- UK calls for early intervention to address growing humanitarian crises caused by climate change UK FCDO 02 Dec 2021 -- The UK, this year's Global Humanitarian Overview launch co-host, is investing in earlier interventions to prevent humanitarian suffering and reduce growing needs.
- Top EU Lawyer Calls For Dismissal Of Hungary, Poland's Challenge To Rule-Of-Law Mechanism RFE/RL 02 Dec 2021 -- The European Union's top court should dismiss Hungary and Poland's legal challenge to a new tool aimed at cutting cash payments to member states that violate the bloc's rules on democracy, according to a legal opinion released on December 2.
- Assault On Kyrgyz Opposition Leader Adds Fuel To Complaints About Election Results RFE/RL 02 Dec 2021 -- "It was a political attack," longtime Kyrgyz opposition leader Omurbek Tekebaev told journalists in Bishkek after being assaulted. "The start of political terror."
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