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Erdogan: S-400 dispute with US to be solved without sanctions

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Ankara, July 1 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the dispute between Ankara and Washington on the issue of Russian-made S-400 defence systems would be resolved “without any problem”, the media reported on Monday.

“Our meeting with President (Donald) Trump was very positive. They support us on the deals of S-400 and F-35s,” Erdogan told Turkish journalists on Sunday after his meeting with his US counterpart Donald Trump in Japan where he participated G20 summit.

“I am of the opinion that we will overcome this process without any problem,” Erdogan said, adding that the first delivery of the S-400 missile defence system would take place within 10 days.

The Turkish leader said that Trump agreed with him to delegate officials to follow the issue and “open the doors” to resolve the matter, Xinhua news agency reported.

The US administration has threatened to impose severe sanctions on Turkey if the S-400 missiles deal with Moscow is followed through.

Washington repeatedly warned that it will cut off Turkey’s purchase of F-35 fighters if Ankara goes ahead with the delivery of the S-400s.

Erdogan recalled that Ankara wanted to buy US Patriot systems during the term of former US President Barack Obama but Washington declined Ankara’s demand at the time.

The Turkish President said that when he reminded his US counterpart about this case, Trump told him that “you are right” on the dispute over the purchase of S-400 systems.

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Twitter targets Republicans, allows China to spread lies: Trump

“Twitter is doing nothing about all of the lies & propaganda being put out by China or the Radical Left Democrat Party,” Trump said.

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San Francisco, May 29 : After issuing an executive order on social media, US President Donald Trump on Friday again accused Twitter of engaging in selective censorship, saying that the platform is “doing nothing about all of the lies & propaganda being put out by China.”

“Twitter is doing nothing about all of the lies & propaganda being put out by China or the Radical Left Democrat Party,” Trump said.

“They have targeted Republicans, Conservatives & the President of the United States. Section 230 should be revoked by Congress. Until then, it will be regulated,” he added.

In his executive order on Thursday, Trump said that “online platforms are engaging in selective censorship that is harming our national discourse.”

The order seeks to blunt Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act which generally protects internet companies from legal liability for user comments.

“Section 230 was not intended to allow a handful of companies to grow into titans controlling vital avenues for our national discourse under the guise of promoting open forums for debate, and then to provide those behemoths blanket immunity when they use their power to censor content and silence viewpoints that they dislike,” said the order.

Trump’s offensive came on the back of fact checks by Twitter which took the form of a hyperlink that tagged onto exactly two of Trump’s tweets and said “Get the facts about mail-in ballots”.

Even after the executive order was issued, Twitter flagged a fresh tweet from Trump about the Minneapolis violence, saying that the tweet violated Twitter policies about glorifying violence.

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Indian Army officer to be honoured with UN Gender Advocate Award

The officer also commanded the UN Peacekeepers Day Parade organised at South Sudan, where she commanded twelve contingents of United Nations Police, Military and Civilians.

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New Delhi, May 29 : An Indian Army officer Major Suman Gawani is being awarded the prestigious United Nations Military Gender Advocate award later on Friday. She served as a women peacekeeper with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in 2019.

She will receive the award from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres during an online ceremony being organised at the UN Headquarters, New York on the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.

Major Suman will be receiving this award along with a Brazilian Naval Officer Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo.

She served as a military observer in South Sudan from November 2018 to December 2019. While at the mission, she was the principal focal point of contact for gender issues for military observers in the mission.

The officer encouraged participation in joint military patrols to maintain gender balance, irrespective of the hardships under extreme field conditions.

She visited various mission team sites across South Sudan to integrate gender perspective into the planning and military activity in the mission.

The officer was selected to attend specialised training on Conflict Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) at Nairobi and participated in various UN forums to demonstrate how a gender perspective can help in protecting civilians, especially from conflict related sexual violence.

Apart from supporting the United Nations Mission in South Sudan initiatives, she also trained the South Sudan government forces on Conflict Related Sexual Violence related aspects.

The officer also commanded the UN Peacekeepers Day Parade organised at South Sudan, where she commanded twelve contingents of United Nations Police, Military and Civilians.

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Sino-India border standoff: Chinese Foreign Ministry rejects US offer, says ‘don’t need third-party intervention’

Reacting for the first time to the US president’s offer, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, the two countries did not want the ‘intervention’ from a third party.

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Beijing, May 29 : China on Friday rejected US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate between India and China to end their current border standoff, saying the two countries does not need the intervention of a “third party” to settle their differences.

In a surprise move, Trump on Wednesday offered to “mediate or arbitrate” the raging border dispute between India and China, saying he was “ready, willing and able” to ease the tensions, amid the continuing standoff between the armies of the two Asian giants.

Reacting for the first time to the US president’s offer, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, the two countries did not want the “intervention” from a third party to resolve the current military standoff.

‘Between China and India we have existing border-related mechanisms and communication channels’, Zhao told a media briefing here when asked about Trump’s offer.

‘We are capable of properly resolving the issues between us through dialogue and consultation. We do not need the intervention of the third party’, he said.

“We have informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute. Thank you!” Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

He reiterated his offer on Thursday while speaking to reporters at the White House.

Responding to a question on his tweet, Trump renewed his offer, saying if called for help, “I would do that (mediate). If they thought it would help” about “mediate or arbitrate, I would do that,” he said.

India on Wednesday said it was engaged with China to peacefully resolve the border row, in a carefully crafted reaction to Trump’s offer to arbitrate between the two Asian giants to settle their decades-old dispute.

“We are engaged with the Chinese side to peacefully resolve it,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, replying to questions at an online media briefing.

President Trump has previously offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, a proposal that was rejected by New Delhi.

At the Chinese Foreign Ministry briefing, the spokesman said ‘China’s position on the China-India boundary question is consistent and clear’.

‘We have been implementing the important consensus reached by leaders of both the countries, observing the bilateral agreements and have been committed to safeguarding territorial sovereignty and security, stability and peace in the border area’, Zhao said.

He reiterated his earlier comment that ‘Now the overall situation in the China-India border area is stable and controllable’, he said, once again indicating a conciliatory tone amidst the tense situation along the border.

Several areas along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh and North Sikkim have witnessed major military build-up by both the Indian and Chinese armies recently, in a clear signal of escalating tension and hardening of respective positions by the two sides even two weeks after they were engaged in two separate face-offs.

India has said the Chinese military was hindering normal patrolling by its troops along the LAC in Ladakh and Sikkim and strongly refuted Beijing’s contention that the escalating tension between the two armies was triggered by trespassing of Indian forces across the Chinese side.

The Ministry of External Affairs said all Indian activities were carried out on its side of the border, asserting that India has always taken a very responsible approach towards border management.

At the same time, it said, India was deeply committed to protect its sovereignty and security.

MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava on Thursday said India is committed to the objective of maintenance of peace and tranquillity along the Line of Actual Control and that Indian troops take a very responsible approach towards border management.

“The two sides have established mechanisms both at military and diplomatic levels to resolve situations which may arise in border areas peacefully through dialogue and continue to remain engaged through these channels,” he said at an online media briefing.

The India-China border dispute covers the 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control.

China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet while India contests it.

Both sides have been asserting that pending the final resolution of the boundary issue, it is necessary to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas.

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