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EU sends warning to Russia amid rising Ukraine border tensions



European Commission warns Russia not to invade Ukraine as tensions rise along the border

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine are continuing to escalate as the military presence along the countries’ borders increases. 

The world is watching Eastern Europe as Ukraine expresses fears that Russia will invade its territory.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinked and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the situation last week with Mr Blinken demanding Russia to withdraw its troops from the Ukrainian border.

“We have deep concerns about Russia’s plans for renewed aggression against Ukraine,” Mr Blinken says.

NATO’s military has since expanded eastward which Lavrov views as a “fundamental security threat”.

“No one should strengthen their security at the expense of the security of others,” Mr Lavrov says.

“Further advance of NATO to the east will unambiguously affect the fundamental interests of our security.” 

The European Union has warned that if Russia advances into Ukraine they will respond accordingly.

Ticker’s Ahron Young spoke to the European Commission’s Peter Stano on Turning Point last week.

Ticker’s Ahron Young spoke to the European Commission’s Lead Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy who says the conflict between the two former Soviet Union countries would benefit no one.

“If they do proceed in this way it would only lead to further misery in Russia in terms of economic performance and international isolation,” Mr Stano says.

“If Russia proceeds we have a huge toolbox of measures we can take and instrument we can use and I don’t think this is in the interest of Russia.”

Russian officials have denied any plans to invade Ukraine, explaining their border troops as a military exercise

Mr Stano doubts Russia’s desire to invade Ukraine as “no country in a civilised world wants to be seen as systematically violating international law and invading its neighbours”. 

When analysing Russia’s intimidating behaviour, Mr Stano believes the superpower is using Ukraine to showcase its dissatisfaction with Europe.  

“Ukraine cannot become a battleground and an expression of Russia’s frustrations or paranoia against the European Union or against NATO,” says Mr Stano.

This comes only five years after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula sparking a separatist insurgency in Ukraine’s east. 

Since the occupation the Ukrainian government has banned three Russian state TV stations and imposed sanctions on one of President Putin’s confidants. 

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How to make your money work for you over the next decade



With high interest rates, persistent inflation, and a tight labor market—the next decade is expected to be very different from the last 10 years.

Companies and households around the world are still trying to get back to pre-pandemic economic outputs and lifestyles.

So, how can people successfully invest and better manage their personal finances?

James Faris, an Investing Reporter with Insider joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #InAmericaToday #featured #money #finance #economy #investing

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Parents buying houses for their adult children



Rise in parents purchasing homes for adult children sparks concerns

A growing trend of parents buying houses for their adult children is causing a stir, raising questions about the potential downsides of such arrangements. While the gesture may seem benevolent, experts warn of the pitfalls associated with this practice.

Financial advisors express concerns about the impact on both generations’ financial independence. By providing ready-made homes, parents might inadvertently hinder their children’s ability to learn crucial financial lessons, such as budgeting, mortgage management, and property ownership responsibilities.

The trend also sparks debates on the long-term implications for the housing market. Critics argue that such parental interventions can distort property prices and exacerbate existing affordability challenges, particularly for younger individuals aspiring to enter the property market independently.

There’s a call for a broader societal discussion on the balance between parental support and fostering financial autonomy. While the intention is often rooted in care, the unintended consequences of sheltering adult children from financial realities are prompting a reassessment of this well-meaning practice.

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Victoria’s Secret criticized for trans woman’s apology



Victoria’s Secret is facing backlash after issuing an apology to a transgender woman who had a negative experience while trying on bras at one of their stores.

The incident has ignited a debate about inclusivity and sensitivity in the fashion industry.

The controversy began when the trans woman, who remains anonymous, visited a Victoria’s Secret store to shop for bras. She reported feeling uncomfortable and discriminated against by store staff.

In response to her complaint, Victoria’s Secret issued an apology, acknowledging the incident and expressing their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

However, the apology itself has come under fire from both supporters and critics.

Some argue that the brand’s apology is insincere and merely an attempt to save face, while others believe it is a step in the right direction towards a more inclusive shopping experience for all customers.

The incident raises important questions about how brands should handle situations involving discrimination and whether their apologies are genuine or performative.

It also highlights the ongoing challenges faced by transgender individuals when accessing spaces traditionally designed for cisgender customers.

As the fashion industry continues to evolve, many are calling for a deeper examination of inclusivity and sensitivity, not just in policies but in practice.

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