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Archive for November 1, 2022

Newsline: Top US diplomat for European affairs visits Ukraine

The State Department announced Tuesday that the top US diplomat for European affairs will be visiting Ukraine this week. The purpose of Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried’s visit is to “highlight the United States’ unwavering and enduring support for Ukraine as it defends its freedom and territorial integrity from Russia’s brutal war,” according to a statement from the State Department. (https://www.bolnews.com/world/2022/11/the-top-us-diplomat-for-european-affairs-visits-ukraine/) Her visit coincides with an increase in Russian attacks on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure and one week before the US midterm elections.

Newsline: Azerbaijan to open embassy in Israel

Azerbaijan has decided to open an embassy in Israel, after 30 years of relations between the two countries and amid tensions with neighboring Iran, local media reported. “The decision has already been made, the opening of the Azerbaijani embassy in Israel can only be delayed for technical reasons,” Arzu Naghiyev, an MP and member of the Azerbaijan-Israel parliamentary friendship group, told the Azerbaijani news site Pravda. He pointed out that the two countries have very good relations, despite the absence of an embassy. (https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/diplomacy/1667313067-azerbaijan-to-open-embassy-in-israel) Israel and Azerbaijan enjoy close relations, especially in defense matters, as 69 percent of Azerbaijan’s arms imports between 2016 and 2020 came from Israel.

Newsline: Rwanda criticized expulsion of its ambassador from Congo

Rwanda accused neighboring Congo of escalating tensions between the two countries after the Rwandan ambassador to Congo was given 48 hours to leave the country following rebel advances in the east. In a statement issued after Rwandan Ambassador Vincent Karega was order to leave Congo, the Rwandan government said its forces along the border “remain on alert.” “It is regrettable the government of the DRC continues to scapegoat Rwanda to cover up and distract from their own governance and security failures,” said the statement attributed to the Office of the Government Spokesperson. (https://news.yahoo.com/rwanda-criticizes-expulsion-ambassador-congo-172010084.html) Congo believes that Rwanda is supporting the M23 rebels, who have expanded their control over the past year. On Saturday, residents said the rebels gained control of two more towns, including Kiwanja.

Newsline: Moldova expels Russian embassy employee

Moldova declared a Russian embassy employee in the capital Chisinau persona non grata on Monday, and Russian news agencies quoted Moscow as saying it would respond to the decision. The Moldovan Foreign Ministry did not identify the employee in a statement issued after the Russian ambassador was summoned and informed that the employee must leave Moldova. (https://news.yahoo.com/moldova-declares-russian-embassy-representative-161452645.html) Russian news agencies quoted the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying Moscow would respond to Moldova’s move but gave no further details.