► The Chinese defense minister will visit Russia on Sunday
Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu will visit Russia on Sunday, the government announced in a statement on Friday (April 14th).
“At the invitation of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Defense Minister Li Shangfu will pay an official visit to Russia from April 16 to 19,” the defense ministry said.
► Zaporijjia power plant: “we are on borrowed time”, warns the head of the IAEA
The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, estimated on Thursday April 13 that we were “on borrowed time” concerning the “safety” of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporijjia, near which two mines recently exploded.
“If we do not act to protect the plant, our luck will run out sooner or later, with potentially serious consequences for human health and the environment,” Rafael Grossi warned in a statement.
Two landmine explosions occurred outside the fence surrounding this site, the first on April 8 and another four days later, the statement said.
► China must “call on the Russian aggressor to stop the war”, says the head of German diplomacy
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Friday urged Beijing to ask “the Russian aggressor to stop the war” in Ukraine, saying “no other country has more influence on Russia than China” .
“I must openly say that I wonder why the Chinese position so far does not include a request to the Russian aggressor to stop the war,” the German foreign minister told a press conference. alongside his Chinese counterpart.
► A suspect arrested in the investigation into the leak of confidential American documents
A 21-year-old young man was arrested Thursday, April 13 in the United States as part of the investigation into the leak of confidential American documents, a case posing a “very serious” risk to national security according to the Pentagon.
This arrest, filmed live by American television, is the culmination of a week of investigations into one of the most important classified document leak files of the past ten years. The leaks point in particular to American doubts about the impact of the Ukrainian counter-offensives in preparation, due in particular to the lack of ammunition and trained troops, after a year of heavy fighting.