SNP’s anger at money for Ukraine weapons

At the summit, Mr Biden mistakenly referred to Switzerland joining Nato instead of Sweden in his latest gaffe during a speech.

The US president was praising two new additions – Finland and Sweden – to the alliance when he incorrectly referred to Switzerland. Watch it here.

As world leaders have done their best to appear statesmanlike, a poll showed Mr Johnson’s favorability among Ukrainians is almost as high as Volodymyr Zelensky’s.

The Prime Minister was viewed “very” or “somewhat” favorably by nine out of 10 Ukrainians surveyed, in comparison to 93pc who thought the same of the Ukrainian president.

Snake Island exit

On the front line, Russia has said their forces have withdrawn from Snake Island in a move that could be pivotal in ending the blockade on Ukraine’s Black Sea ports.

Moscow’s defense ministry said today its troops left the rocky outcrop as a “gesture of goodwill” to demonstrate that Russia is not impeding the United Nations’ effort to open a humanitarian corridor to export grains out of the country.

But the Operational Command of Ukraine’s armed forces in the south said the remaining Russian forces fled the outpost on a speedboat after a number of missile attacks.

This special report reveals why Ukraine just would not let Snake Island go, while Dominic Nicholls analyzes why Ukraine’s Snake Island victory could be a major blow for Vladimir Putin.

‘disgusting sight’

Perhaps the retreat from Snake Island explains some of the cattiness displayed by Russia’s leader after Mr Johnson mocked him at the G7 summit earlier this week, where he joked about taking his jacket off to emulate Putin’s topless photo opportunities.

Putin said Mr Johnson would be a “disgusting sight” with his shirt off, after his joke with Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister.

He later added that Mr Putin was evil, that he was an example of “toxic masculinity” and that he would not have invaded Ukraine if he was a woman.

yet Michael Deacon suggests that if Putin were female he would be just as brutal.

Bizarrely there was one former world leader prepared to defend Putin – well, a sporting one – as ex-Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone said he would “take a bullet” for the Russian president and described him as “a first-class person”.

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Around the world: Xi arrives in silenced Hong Kong

Hong Kong has overcome its challenges and “risen from the ashes”, China’s President Xi Jinping said today, as he arrived in the former British colony to celebrate 25 years since its return to Chinese rule. Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, were greeted by children waving flowers and Chinese and Hong Kong flags who chanted, “Welcome, welcome, warmly welcome” in Mandarin. One of Hong Kong’s last remaining opposition groups canceled the only pro-democracy protest planned for Xi’s visit after its members were threatened by national security police.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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