the end of Finnish military neutrality “would be a mistake”, says Vladimir Putin

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5:39 p.m. : According to the Ukrainian Azov regiment, which communicates on the social network Telegram, the Russian bombardments are increasing on the site of the Azovstal factory, besieged for a month. “The defenders of the site, at the cost of superhuman efforts, repel the enemy assaults”comments this controversial regiment of the Ukrainian army.

4:34 p.m. : Let’s make a new update on the news:

The war in Ukraine will experience a “turning point” in August and Russia will be defeated “before the end of the year”, predicted the head of Ukrainian military intelligence, assuring that kyiv would manage to reconquer all of its territory. In the south of the country, negotiations “very difficult” are underway on the fate of the last defenders of the strategic port city of Mariupol, still intensely bombarded by the Russians, according to kyiv. Follow our live.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has called his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, about the Nordic country’s imminent candidacy for NATO denounced by Moscow, Helsinki announced. “The conversation was direct and direct and passed without annoyance. Avoiding tension was considered important”said the Finnish head of state in a press release from the presidency.

MIDDLE EAST Images of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral went around the world. After the international outcry sparked by the charge of the security forces to disperse Palestinian demonstrators on Friday, the Israeli police announced the opening of an internal investigation soon. This decision was taken by the National Police Commissioner, in coordination with the Minister of Public Security.

Victory by singing? Nothing is certain but the Ukrainians, favorites of the competition, could benefit from a large vote of solidarity during the Eurovision final this evening in Turin. In this article, we explain to you how Russia and Ukraine have been waging a merciless war for years under the spotlights of the European high mass of song.

4:30 p.m. : While the Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine seems to be stalling, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are still waiting to be able to return home. In Ouman, a medium-sized city located in the heart of the country, thousands of civilians find themselves somewhat by chance, far from the fighting. Report.

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3:21 p.m. : The end of Finland’s military neutrality would be a “error”Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a telephone conversation with his Finnish counterpart, according to a Kremlin statement. “Such a change in the political orientation of the country can have a negative impact on Russian-Finnish relations, which have developed for years in the spirit of good neighborliness and cooperation between partners, being mutually beneficial”continues the press release.

3:20 p.m. : It’s a little after 2 p.m., it’s time to take stock of the news:

The G7 ensures that it does not “will never recognize” the borders that Russia wants to impose by force with its war in Ukraine, affirmed the foreign ministers of the group of seven major powers. “We will maintain our commitment to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea”, they said in a statement released after a three-day meeting in Germany. Follow our live.

MIDDLE EAST Israeli police say they will open an internal investigation after international outcry over footage of police intervening at Friday’s funeral in East Jerusalem of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, whose coffin nearly fell down.

Emmanuel Macron will travel to Abu Dhabi tomorrow to pay tribute to the President of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, who died Friday at the age of 73, the Elysée announced. Consequence: the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, will not go to the Vatican as planned, the two heads of the executive cannot be outside the territory at the same time, specified Matignon. Follow our live.

3:14 p.m. : Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has called his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, about the Nordic country’s imminent candidacy for NATO which is arousing hostility from Moscow, Helsinki announced. “The conversation was direct and direct and passed without annoyance. Avoiding tension was considered important”said the Finnish head of state in a press release from the presidency.

3:02 p.m. : The G7 Foreign Ministers have also promised “to broaden the sanctions” economic targets aimed at Moscow “sectors on which Russia is particularly dependent” while urging China to “do not undermine” these measures. The seven major economic powers want “accelerate efforts” for “put an end to dependence on Russian energy”, according to the press release.

3:02 p.m. : The heads of diplomacy signed a statement released after a three-day meeting in Wangels, northern Germany, in which they again called on Belarus to “stop facilitating Russia’s intervention and respect its international commitments”.

12:13 p.m. : The G7 does not “will never recognize” the borders that Russia wants to impose by force with its war in Ukraine, affirmed the foreign ministers of the group of seven major powers.

3:00 p.m. : It’s time to take stock of the news:

Russia has cut off its electricity deliveries to Finland as a retaliatory measure in the face of this Scandinavian country’s stated desire to join NATO. The Finnish electricity network operator assured that it could do without Russian electricity, which represents “less than 10%” of his needs. Follow our live.

Emmanuel Macron officially begins his second term today. But the appointment of the next head of government, who will succeed Jean Castex, is still pending. The current Prime Minister is preparing his boxes for Matignon. Follow our live.

The Head of State will travel to Abu Dhabi tomorrow to pay tribute to the President of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, who died Friday at the age of 73, the Elysée announced. Consequence: the Prime Minister will not go to the Vatican as planned for his last official trip, the two heads of the executive cannot be outside the territory at the same time, said Matignon.

MIDDLE EAST The UN Security Council has “strongly condemns the May 11 murder of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and the wounding of another journalist in the West Bank city of Jenin, in a unanimous statement adopted yesterday, according to diplomats. The Security Council also calls for “an immediate, thorough, transparent and impartial investigation” about this murder.

2:50 p.m. : Electricity exports from Russia to Finland ceased last night after an announcement to that effect from a Russian supplier. The company responsible for Russian electricity sales to Finland, RAO Nordic, announced yesterday its intention to stop deliveries, citing unpaid bills, as Finland prepares to announce its candidacy for NATO.

1:29 p.m. : In Grasse (Alpes-Maritimes), a company is rehabilitating part of its premises to allow the reception of families fleeing Ukraine, tells us France 3 Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The real estate management company Agefim has made premises (400 square meters) available, which it has rehabilitated and furnished, for refugees.

1:28 p.m. : Finland’s application for NATO membership “give a golden argument” to the “Mr. Putin’s propaganda”, believes Bertrand Badie, specialist in international relations. The Helsinki approach “feeds Moscow’s argument, which “tries to explain senseless aggression, saying that Russia feels threatened, surrounded by NATO”, according to the specialist.

Finland has asked to join NATO (photo illustration).  (MARC OLLIVIER / MAXPPP)(MARC OLLIVIER / MAXPPP)

1:20 p.m. : We start immediately with a point on the news:

Russia is suspending electricity deliveries to Finland from today, supplier RAO Nordic Oy, 100% owned by Russian company InterRAO, announced yesterday. This announcement comes against a backdrop of rising tensions between Moscow and Helsinki, which has announced its desire to join “without delay” to NATO under the influence of the Russian offensive in Ukraine. An intention seen with a very bad eye by Moscow, which has already threatened a response “military-technical”.

• A page turned last night, at midnight, with the start of Macron’s second five-year term. But the expectation of the appointment of the next Prime Minister to replace Jean Castex, who will remain in office at least until Monday, persists. If the Élysée has given no indication, one thing is certain: the head of government is in the process of packing his boxes. But the change is not for this weekend.

• The French group Sanofi was sentenced by the Nanterre court to compensate up to 450,000 euros a family whose daughter, exhibited at Dépakine in utero, was born with birth defects. The court considered that the risk of autistic disorders linked to Depakine was known to the laboratory, at least in 2005, and that it therefore had a duty to mention it in the instructions.

• At Eurovision, the noises of notes rise before the grand final this evening in Italy: from the wolves of Norway to the Ukrainian favourites, the great song contest should beat new decibel records. France is represented by the Alvan & Ahez group, whose title Fulenn is inspired by a Breton legend.