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Zelensky blasts NATO’s refusal on Ukraine as “absurd”



Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has criticised the absence of a timetable for his country’s NATO membership, describing it as “absurd” during a gathering of alliance leaders focused on showcasing solidarity in the face of Russian aggression

Zelensky’s remarks may rekindle tensions at the summit, although there was a positive development when Turkey agreed to support Sweden’s bid to join NATO.

The aim of the summit is to resolve negotiations and provide a clear path forward for the alliance and its support for Ukraine.

Although a proposal on Ukraine’s potential membership has been drafted by officials, it has not been made public.

While U.S. President Joe Biden expressed his support for Ukraine’s NATO membership during a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Zelensky expressed dissatisfaction on Twitter.

“We value our allies,” he said, adding that “Ukraine also deserves respect.”

“It’s unprecedented and absurd when time frame is not set neither for the invitation nor for Ukraine’s membership,” Zelensky said. He finished with, “Uncertainty is weakness. And I will openly discuss this at the summit.”

Zelensky is scheduled to meet with Biden and other NATO leaders on Wednesday.

There have been divisions within the alliance regarding Ukraine’s desire to join NATO, despite the promise made in 2008.

Stoltenberg suggested in an article that the alliance would enhance its political ties by establishing a NATO-Ukraine Council, which would serve as a platform for decision-making and crisis consultations.

Additionally, Stoltenberg announced on Tuesday that NATO would no longer require a “membership action plan” for Ukraine, removing another hurdle.

However, Zelensky remains concerned, and the Baltic states, particularly Lithuania, the host of the summit, are advocating for strong support and a clear pathway to membership for Ukraine.

On the other hand, the United States and Germany are urging caution. Biden stated that Ukraine is not yet ready to join NATO, emphasising the need for member countries to meet all qualifications, including democratisation and addressing governance and corruption concerns.

Some within NATO fear that Ukraine’s membership could provoke Russia rather than act as a deterrent against aggression.

Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, noted that allies are debating the specifics of Ukraine’s pathway to membership. However, he assured that the summit would demonstrate that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hopes for dividing NATO would be unsuccessful.


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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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