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Ukraine “deserves to join NATO”, says Turkish President Erdogan, after his meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky

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Cover image: Turkish and Ukrainian presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) and Volodymyr Zelensky shake hands after a joint press conference in Istanbul, July 7, 2023. OZAN KOSE / AFP

US President Joe Biden has endorsed the supply of cluster munitions to Ukraineannounce the Washington Postaccording to which the information must be formalized during the day. Germany opposes sending such weaponsannounced the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Annalena Baerbock.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on the eve of the 500th day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and in the run-up to a crucial NATO summit. During this first visit to Turkey by the Ukrainian Head of State since February 2022, MM. Zelensky and Erdogan will discuss July 2022 Ukrainian grain export deal with UN and Turkish sponsorship, which Russia does not see ” no reason “ to extend when it expires on July 17.“I think we are making progress”said the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, in southern Ukraine. Rafael Grossi, speaking during a visit to Tokyo, said inspectors had visited several sites, including cooling ponds, but that they had no access to the roofwhere the Ukrainian government suspects the Russian forces, which occupy the plant, of having placed mines or explosives.The Russian army launched 18 Shahed-136/131 drones overnight in the direction of Ukraine, the Air Force announced. Twelve were shot down in the east and south of the country, and six were destroyed in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, but debris fell on a car traveling on a highway, killing its two occupants, according to the Serhi Lyssak, governor of the region. The body of a woman was discovered in the rubble of buildings in Lviv bombed Thursday, announces Andri Sadovy, mayor of the city in western Ukraine, on Telegram. The toll of this bombardment is now ten dead and forty-two wounded, including three children.Ukrainian forces have advanced more than a kilometer in the past 24 hours on the outskirts of Bakhmouta city in the east of the country that they seek to encircle, announced an army spokesman.Yevgeny Prigozhin returned to St. Petersburg to recover cash and weapons seized by Russian security servicesaccording to a businessman quoted by the Washington Post. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko had announced the day before that the head of the Wagner Group had returned to Russia, despite the agreement reached at the end of June with Moscow – and which ended the uprising of his militia – under which he had to go into exile in Belarus to escape prosecution.

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