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

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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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Ultra-processed diets could be the hidden path to weight gain

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Understanding calories and their role in dieting on the human body.

Calories, units of energy from food, are vital for bodily functions, and calorie counting helps manage weight by tracking energy intake. However, recent insights reveal that not all calories are equal, and nutritional quality is crucial.

Processed foods, rich in added sugars, unhealthy fats, and sodium, lack essential nutrients, contributing to obesity and diseases.

Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to discuss.

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Online shopping and the pivotal issue of returns continues

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Big businesses are continuing to balance customer expectations and logistics.

While many love the convenience, there are still significant challenges with delivery and returns. From delayed packages to cumbersome return processes, its clear that there’s room for improvement.

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss.

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U.S. joins Europeans to censure Iran at UN watchdog

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Global concerns are growing over Iran’s nuclear activities.

In a rare move, the U.S. joined European allies in censuring Iran at the UN nuclear watchdog, citing Iran’s lack of cooperation with nuclear inspectors.

This decision underscores growing concerns over Iran’s nuclear activities and signals a unified stance among Western nations.

Despite fears of further escalation, the U.S. supported the resolution to pressure Iran into compliance with international nuclear agreements.

Andrew Ghalili, Senior Policy Analyst, with the National Union for Democracy in Iran (NUFDI) joins Veronica Dudo to discuss.

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