We are talking about Moscow’s response to US diplomatic moves towards Ukraine and concern about a generation missing in India after two years of pandemic school closures.
Russia is pessimistic about the US response to the requests
After the US and NATO issued written responses to Russian requests regarding Ukraine, the Kremlin warned that “There’s not much reason for optimism.” President Vladimir Putin is taking time to study the response as fears of a Russian attack on Ukraine grow.
Putin’s spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, told reporters: “All these papers belong to the president. “Of course it will take some time to analyze them – we won’t rush to any conclusions.”
Peskov did not discuss much of the content of the response, referring only to what US Secretary of State Antony Blinken shared on Wednesday. “There’s not much reason to be optimistic,” Peskov said, responding to a question about whether Russia was satisfied with the West’s responses. “But I will continue not to make any conceptual evaluations.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov took a similarly negative view, saying in comments posted on the ministry’s website that the US document had “no positive response” to key Russian requests. .
What’s next: Officials on all sides say there is still a diplomatic opportunity to resolve the crisis. President Biden will speak with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine on Thursday. French President Emmanuel Macron will speak by phone with Putin today.
A shooting increases tension: A soldier protecting the country in Ukraine Shooting at an aerospace and rocket factory in the eastern part of the country, killing five people. However, there was no immediate indication that the shooting was related to the military build-up in the area.
Upgraded Russian Army: Under Putin’s leadership, Russian forces have overhauled into a sophisticated modern army now provides leverage in the Ukraine crisis.
Education Covid stunts in India
For many years, India has relied on its large pool of young people as a source of future growth. Now, after two years of a pandemic, it looks like a lost generationdestroy the middle-class dreams of families who are looking for opportunities for their children.
Hundreds of millions of students across India have received little or no face-to-face instruction, with schools repeatedly closed since the start of the pandemic. When pandemic restrictions are lifted and then reintroduced, schools are often the first to close and the last to reopen.
The consequences could be particularly dire in South Asia. Girls started getting married, boys left school to go to work.
Until before the pandemic, India had pulled millions out of poverty, pinning its hopes for greater economic growth on education. Now, the illiterate and underemployed can become a burden on India, consuming resources such as free medicine and food subsidies.
Can quote: “In India, the numbers are staggering,” said Poonam Mattreja, head of Population Foundation, an advocacy group in New Delhi. “Gender and other inequalities are growing, and we will have many more development deficits in the years to come.”
In other developments:
The US military wants safer air wars
The US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, ordered the military to improve efforts to prevent civilian deaths following reports of several air strikes.
A new directive outlining the steps intends to change the way commanders think about their jobs and to prevent civilian harm becomes a core part of their missions. The directive follows a series of investigations by The Times into US air strikes, revealing systematic failures to prevent civilian deaths in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.
Other military news: US-backed forces in Syria still fighting the Islamic State at a prison in Hasaka, despite earlier claims that forces had regained full control of the complex.
A string of coups in Africa
It is never a good sign when a soldier in a state of fatigue appears on television during a live broadcast.
That’s what happened this week in Burkina Faso after the soldiers were overthrown democratically elected president. It was the fourth coup on the continent in less than a year, following similar military takeovers in Mali, Guinea and Sudan.
Faith Mabera, a senior research fellow at the Institute for Global Dialogue in Johannesburg, the success of these coups shows a shift in the African political landscape: the erosion of democratic norms.
A big factor behind this slide is the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to economic struggles in Africa, Mabera said. Daily hardships take people’s lives, even if the number of deaths recorded in this continent is lower than in other regions.
Other everyday concerns can determine whether the public supports a coup. In Burkina Faso, for example, the ever-present threat of an Islamic insurgency has aroused anxiety. In Mali, where there have been two coups in the space of a year, citizens appear to have resigned to submit to a military-led government after a civilian government failed to provide basic conditions, as a functioning economy, peace and security.
Mali and Burkina Faso are part of the Sahel region, where soldiers have been well trained and equipped by France, the United States and other countries as part of a counterterrorism intervention. The soldier claiming to be the new leader of Guinea is trained by American green berets.
The coup plotters were encouraged by the lack of consequences. “There is also the failure of regional agencies and international partners to really anticipate and respond to a developing coup scenario,” Mabera said.
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