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TWIP: Israel & Lebanon Gas Deal?; Crimean Kerch Bridge Fallout; Kim Jung Un; Food Inflation

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2022 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 10:34 He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an axe, and Lebanon will fall by the Majestic One.

On This Week in Prophecy… It would appear Israel and Lebanon have reached a historic agreement in regards to maritime borders and the development of natural gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea. The agreement has not been signed on the dotted line. Details are beginning to leak out into news outlets.

Israel appears to have its security concerns addressed and met. The Karish gas field will likely remain under Israeli control.

Lebanon will get the economic benefit of the Qana gas field. Total Energy of France will help develop the gas field. Allegedly…

The devil will be in the details…

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/10/11/israel-lebanon-agree-on-draft-deal-on-maritime-borders

Ezekiel 38:1… The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, O Gog…

The Kerch Bridge connecting the Crimea Peninsula and the mainland of Russia was blown up over the weekend. Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved with the opening of the bridge a few years ago. The explosion of the bridge occurred on Putin’s birthday.

Russia has since responded with heavy missile attacks across Ukraine over the past two days. Utilities including electricity and water have been destroyed throughout Ukraine.

Things are escalating quickly…

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/kerch-strait-bridge-road-and-rail-traffic-resume-to-very-limited-degree

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Kim Jung Un in North Korea is personally overseeing military drills involving a tactical nuclear attack on South Korea. He continues to aggressively posture towards the United States.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/north-koreas-kim-jong-un-oversaw-tactical-nuclear-military-training

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Revelation 6:5-6 When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!”

Grain container barges are backed up on the Mississippi River. Drought has resulted in lower water levels on the mighty river. The result is shipping costs are going through the roof.

https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/huge-barge-logjam-mississippi-eases-vessel-shipping-prices-hyperinflate

A Dutch seed and plant company is shutting its doors in April 2023 due to the rising cost of energy, wages, and red tape. This is yet another example of food supply chains being squeezed.

https://www.amazon.com/Paul-Lehr/e/B09W8FB77N

Watchmen: Shanghai Cooperation Org; Mahsa Amini & Iran; Russia & Ukraine; Food & Water Security; Rosh Hashanah & Trumpets

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Czekmate, Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2022 by paulthepoke

Welcome to the Watchmen. We are just a couple of dudes sitting on the wall watching the world go by. On this episode of the Watchmen…

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization met about a week ago. This is the last time Chinese President Xi Xinping was seen in public.

There are currently 8 member states that make up the organization. Iran signed a Memorandum of Obligations to become a permanent member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan wants to become a member nation. Those two additions would make for 10 nations. Interesting number…

Daniel 2:40-43 And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks to pieces and shatters all things. And like iron that crushes, it shall break and crush all these. And as you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom, but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle. As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay.

https://news.yahoo.com/turkeys-erdogan-targets-joining-shanghai-144218896.html

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Ezekiel 38:5 Persia, Cush, and Put are with them, all of them with shield and helmet…

The death of Mahsa Amini in Iran has set off a nationwide protest against the Shiite controlled government. She died because she refused to wear a hijab. People have take to the streets. The Iranian government has closed off the internet for at least 6 days.

https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/09/21/will-irans-clerics-survive-the-latest-wave-of-unrest/

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Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia has thrown his hat into being a peace broker. He negotiated a deal between the Russians and Ukrainians for a prisoner exchange. In addition, 5 British nationals were released as well.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11241307/Saudis-aim-broker-peace-deal-Russia-Ukraine-securing-British-hostage-releases.html

The situation in Russia and Ukraine grows more intense every day. People are protesting the war across Russia.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11248035/zelensky-ukraine-russia-putin.html

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Lebanon continues to spiral out of control economically. People are breaking into banks to get their own money. Hyperinflation continues to rise as the Lebanese Lira is devalued.

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The food supply continues to be under assault across the planet. The largest wholesale fresh produce market in the world has caught fire in Paris. Hunger hotspots are emerging around the world. An updated list of food processing plants has been provided below.

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/global-food-crisis-worsens-hunger-hotspots-identified

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A second oil refinery plant has caught fire in the upper Midwest. This time in Toledo, Ohio.

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Lastly, Rosh Hashanah or Feast of Trumpets or Yom Teruah is a upon us. What does this mean to us? The search is on for the sliver of the new moon outside of Jerusalem.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/to-overturn-the-evil-decree/

http://whenisthenewmoon.com/

Rest“… The word is “shamat” in the Hebrew. It is defined by Strong’s Concordance as: to release, let drop or loose or rest or fall.

The Jewish people also refer to this as “shemitah”. It literally means to release.

Deuteronomy 15:1-2 At the end of every seven years you shall grant a remission of debts. This is the manner of remission: every creditor shall release what he has loaned to his neighbor; he shall not exact it of his neighbor and his brother, because the LORD’S remission has been proclaimed.

“remission of debts…” In the original Hebrew text “of debts” is not present. “of debts” was added by the translators. Shemitah is the Hebrew word for remission. Shemitah as defined by Strong’s Concordance means: cancellation of debts, letting drop of exactions, (temporary) remitting, release (from debt).

Shemitah comes from the root word shamat.

For multiple posts regarding teachings on the Shemitah, click on the link below.

https://paulthepoke.com/?s=shemitah

Debt will be released on either Monday, September 26th or Tuesday, September 27th pending the sighting of the new moon. Historically, challenging economic circumstances arise.

This Week in Prophecy: Baghdad Turmoil; Russia & Iran, Rubles & Drones; Libya Civil War? Yangtze Drought, US Oil Emergency

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Iraq/Babylon/Shinar, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2022 by paulthepoke

This Week in Prophecy: 8/29/22

On This Week in Prophecy… Iraq is breaking down. Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has announced he is stepping down from politics. The result is a violent power grab. The Green Zone is Baghdad is a war zone. The violence is spreading throughout the country. A nationwide curfew has been imposed. The United States appears to be air lifting personnel from their embassy facility within the Green Zone.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/liveblog/2022/8/29/iraq-unrest-live-blog-sadr-announces-hunger-strike

https://www.middleeasteye.net/live/iraq-protests-muqtada-sadr-quits-politics

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Iran and Russia continue to strengthen their economic ties. Both countries have agreed to complete financial transactions with rials and rubles. India, China, and Saudi Arabia have signaled they are willing to complete economic transactions apart from the US Dollar. Other currencies include the yuan and the rupee.

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/08/iran-russia-use-own-currencies-trade

Iran recently completed a two day show of force with their drone technology.

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China’s Yangtze River is running dry. Drought and a heat wave is gripping China this summer. Crops do not have water to grow. Pressures continue to mount on food security around the globe. Hydroelectric plants are no longer producing energy.

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Floods are devastating Pakistan. Over 1,000 are dead. 33,000,000 people have been affected. Basic provisions of food, water, and shelter have been significantly disrupted.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/27/pakistan-floods-death-toll-nearing-1000-say-officials

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A regional energy emergency has been declared. Gas prices in the upper Midwest of the United States are going up. A major fire at a refinery has severely affected gas distribution in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The refinery accounts for 20-25% of gas to the four states.

For all of this and more analysis and commentary, click on the YouTube link below. Welcome to This Week in Prophecy.

https://www.amazon.com/Paul-Lehr/e/B09W8FB77N

The Watchmen: Israeli Gov’t Vacuum, Hezbollah Drones, Putin’s Watching, Biden to Middle East, Saudi Oil & China’s Yuan, Finland & Sweden to NATO?, Food Under Attack, Sri Lanka Revolt

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Czekmate, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Saudi Arabia/Sheba/Dedan, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2022 by paulthepoke

The Watchmen, just a couple of dudes sitting on the wall watching the world… Click on the video link at the bottom of the post for content and analysis by Czekmate and Paul.

In this edition of The Watchmen… Israel has a new Prime Minister and he is Yair Lapid. The former government and leadership under Naftali Bennett has collapsed. As of now, elections to form a new government in Israel are set for November 1, 2022. Speculation is running rampant on coalition formations. Politics do make for strange bed fellows. One situation has a conservative rabbi and an Arab looking to help form a government led by Benjamin Netanyahu. Expect more twists and turns.

Currently, Israel is suffering from a lack of leadership. Are we watching a trend that will result in the appointment of a really evil leader?

1 John 2:18 Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.

Hezbollah launched an attack from Lebanon to the Karish gas field in the Mediterranean Sea. Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) stepped in and destroyed three drones intended for the drilling rig. The international boundary remains a point of contention for Lebanon and segments of the international community.

Russia is watching and will ultimately intervene according the Prophet Ezekiel 38-39. President Vladimir Putin has stated he wants to control the flow of oil and gas from east to west into Europe. Only Israel stands in the way from a Russian monopoly on energy in the region. Russia smells weakness with a leadership vacuum in Israel, Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States

https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/article-711021

https://www.memri.org/reports/hizbullah-and-israeli-lebanese-gas-field-dispute

President Biden is making a trip to the Middle East this week. He looks to stop in Israel, Palestine (as he sees it), and Saudi Arabia. Biden will visit with Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman. The Saudis feel betrayed by the Biden Administration. The Saudis have openly discussed the notion of oil payments in the Chinese Yuan. The ripple effects could be staggering. These are economic high stakes.

What will Biden’s policy be toward the land of Israel and its capital Jerusalem? Will he look to divide the land and capital? Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/gulf/2022/07/10/Biden-says-always-aimed-to-reorient-not-rupture-Saudi-relations-ahead-of-visit

In a little over a week, Turkish President Recep Erdogan faced the lowest of lows and the highest of highs. First, Erdogan had an abysmal meeting with the Saudi’s Mohammed bin Salman, then Turkey agreed to accept Finland and Sweden into NATO. Erdogan reached an agreement. His vote of acceptance was bought at the price of American F16’s and labeling the Kurds terrorists.

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/29/nato-deal-between-turkey-sweden-and-finland-brings-wins-for-erdogan.html

Food is under attack!

Russia continues with its invasion of Ukraine. Wheat fields are being set on fire. Mines are being placed in fields resulting in the destruction of farm equipment. Mines are being set in destroyed sea ports. Grain exportation to other parts of the region and world are severely hampered.

What started out as a farmer protest in the Netherlands is spreading. The Dutch are major food exporters across Europe from the north. Farmers across Europe are beginning to show their muscle. The rallying cry is a simple one. “No farmers, no food.”

Farmers are protesting “green energy” policies which are restricting. Government authorities state “targets introduced last month (are) to reduce harmful nitrogen compounds by 2030, (which) are necessary in emissions of nitrogen oxides from farm animal manure and from the use of ammonia in fertilizer.”

Government Authorities have responded by opening fire on farmers with guns. Tear gas has been released. Dogs have been unleashed. Fines have been levied.

Farmer protests have spread to Poland, Germany, and Italy.

https://thefederalist.com/2022/07/06/dutch-government-launches-canadian-style-crackdown-on-farmer-protests/

Food security complications continue to grow across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

What we are witnessing in Sri Lanka is the end result…

Revelation 6:5-6 When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!”

A hallmark of the beginning of the tribulation is hyperinflation as noted in Revelation 6 which leads to global famine. Revelation 6 talks of a time when it will cost a day’s wage just to eat. Inflation is in the headlines. Food security continues to be a growing issue. We are trending and living in times as described by John the Revelator. We should pay attention.

The Watchmen: Burden of Damascus Airport, Europe Gas Deal with Israel?, Lawlessness, Food Security Concerns Increase, Feet of Iron and Clay?

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Czekmate, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2022 by paulthepoke

The Watchmen, just a couple of dudes sitting on the wall watching the world…

Isaiah 17, The Burden of Damascus

In this episode of The Watchmen, it would appear Israel has upped the ante by targeting the Damascus International Airport. Significant damage has occurred to the runways of the airport which resulted in the closing of the airport to commercial and domestic traffic. Russia has voiced their displeasure towards Israel. The concern is the flow of military equipment from Iran to Lebanon and Hezbollah.

The European Commission is proposing a gas deal with Israel via Egypt. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is traveling to Israel this week to iron a potential gas deal. The goal is “to advance relations between the EU and Israel, especially cooperation in the area of energy. The president will also discuss with Israeli government representatives the global reaction to the food crisis and the situation in the Middle East.”

Meanwhile, the Israeli Navy is standing by drilling rigs as they travel to the Karish gas field in the Mediterranean Sea. Israel looks to continue to expand their production of natural gas.

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2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.

Lawlessness continues to abound. Mexican President López Obrador attempted to blackmail President Biden at the Summit of the Americas. To President Biden’s credit, “We do not believe that dictators should be invited.” However, The International Organization for Migration tells the United States more immigration is coming and deal with it. Meanwhile, governors from Texas and Florida are bickering on how to manage the influx of illegal people coming to the United States. All the while, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has allowed Russian troops into the country for training, law enforcement and emergency response. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was not invited to Los Angeles for the summit, so Maduro went Tehran to visit President Ebrahim Raisi at the Sa’adabad Palace. Backroom deals galore…

Iran is inching closer to a nuclear bomb.

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Revelation 6:6 And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!”

Hyperinflated food prices are noted at the onset of the Tribulation. So we continue to watch trends of food inflation. Russian President Vladimir Putin and “Nazis” and others continue to weaponize food by setting grain fields on fire, laying mines in fields and sea ports, and destroying stockpiles of grains in Ukraine.

The list continues to grow in the United States. Ninety-five (95) food processing plants have gone up in flames since President Biden has taken office. The list continues to expand and increase in frequency. This essentially has become a war on poultry. Chickens and turkey plants appear to be the main target with millions upon millions of birds destroyed. The result is a reasonably priced source of protein in eggs and birds are impacted.

Chinese owned Smithfield Farms has announced they are closing business in California due to bureaucratic red tape. Yet another strain on the food supply.

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China continues to threaten Taiwan.

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Daniel 2:33 …its legs were iron, and its feet were part iron and part clay.

This is Nebuchadnezzar’s statue from the prophet Daniel. The focus is the last global empire. This has yet to emerge on the scene. The point is to file this information away. It is interesting only because there are 10 nations involved. The Deterring Enemy Forces and Enabling National Defenses (DEFEND) Act has bipartisan support in the House and Senate in the United States. The goal is to create an integrated missile and air defense infrastructure to defend against the Iranians. The bill would allow the US Defense Department to support Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman. Are we saying this confederation of nations is the group of 10 nations? NO! Just watching with interest.

All of this and more on this edition of The Watchmen. Click on the link below for analysis and details.

photo: Energean

https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/article-709108

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-709197

https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Israel-Sends-Battleships-To-Escort-Drilling-Rig-In-Disputed-Gas-Field.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/06/09/menendez-lopez-obrador-biden-americas-summit/7569819001/

https://www.iom.int/news/iom-statement-los-angeles-declaration-migration-and-protection

https://floridapolitics.com/archives/531130-gov-desantis-texas-greg-abbott-should-send-migrants-back-to-mexico/

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/nicaragua-authorizes-entry-russian-troops-planes-ships-85329515

https://en.irna.ir/news/84785218/A-brief-look-into-Maduro-visit-to-Iran

https://www.timesofisrael.com/bennett-without-western-pressure-iran-dangerously-close-to-nuclear-weapon/

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10906621/Putins-forces-deliberately-targeting-wheat-fields-shells-torch-harvest-Ukraine-says.html

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-06-11/farmer-john-plant-to-close

https://www.wionews.com/world/us-defence-secretary-lloyd-austin-slams-chinas-destabilising-military-activity-near-taiwan-487110

https://www.israel365news.com/270236/israel-may-unite-with-nine-arab-countries-to-fight-iran

The Watchmen: Biden & Temple Mount, New President for UAE, Food Security Expansion, Russia & Ukraine, Finland Applies to NATO, Energy & Rubles, China Active in Pacific

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Czekmate, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2022 by paulthepoke

The Watchmen, just a couple of dudes sitting on the wall watching the world…

Genesis 12:3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.

In this episode of The Watchmen, President Biden reaches out to Jordanian King Abdullah and discussed Temple Mount Security. A reminder, never a good idea to divide God’s land or capital.

The United Arab Emirates has a new president. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan was elected president by a federal supreme council. He replaces his half brother, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed.

Revelation 6:6 And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!”

Food security continues to play an increasing role in our world. India will no longer export wheat. India is the world’s second largest producer. Three (Russia, Ukraine, India) of the top 10 wheat producers in the world will no longer export wheat. This accounts for 40-50% of the planet’s grain trade. This is a very big deal!!!

Iranian citizens have taken to the streets to protest the exploding price of basic staples. Grains and cooking oils have gone up 300% over the last week. In response, the government cut off the internet briefly.

Diesel supply shortages are starting to be a concern on the east coast of the United States. All of these things point to higher food and fuel costs.

Ukraine’s President Zelensky has been invited to the Davos Economic Forum scheduled for later this week. Zelensky appears to have the support of the world’s economic elite. More weapons please…

Democrat House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer made the following admission this past week on the floor of the House of Representatives. “It is unfortunate that in a time of war, we spend all the time blaming our own president.” So we are fighting a proxy war with the Russians.

Finland announces its intent to join NATO. Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan is not so sure about this move and a states Finland and Sweden are hot beds of terrorism. Russia promptly cuts off electricity to Finland.

It would appear Europe is starting to understand Putin a little more clearly. European companies, not sovereign countries, are opening accounts with Gazprom Bank to pay for natural gas in rubles. Mind you, this does not violate any European sanctions against Russia. No conflict of interest, move along.

Revelation 9:16 The number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them.

The People’s Republic of China is on the move in the Pacific. A Chinese aircraft carrier was spotted off the coast of Taiwan and Japan. A reconnaissance vessel was also spotted off the west coast of Australia. Plus, the Chinese are making end roads in the Solomon Islands. Australia responds with strong language to the Chinese.

All of this and more on The Watchmen. Click on the link below for content and analysis.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/05/13/readout-of-president-bidens-meeting-with-his-majesty-king-abdullah-ii-of-jordan/

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/05/14/uae-strongman-sheikh-mohammed-bin-zayed-named-new-president.html

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/05/14/india-blocks-all-wheat-exports-with-immediate-effect.html

https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/wheat-production-by-country

https://www.foxnews.com/world/iran-protests-break-out-skyrocketing-food-prices

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/top-truck-stop-love-s-is-monitoring-diesel-supplies-amid-shortage-fears-271652313169

https://euroweeklynews.com/2022/05/13/zelensky-world-economic-forum-davos/

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/white-house-responds-house-majority-leader-steny-hoyers-admission-us-proxy-war-nuclear-armed-russia-video/

https://www.presidentti.fi/en/press-release/joint-statement-by-the-president-of-the-republic-and-prime-minister-of-finland-on-finlands-nato-membership/

https://www.timesofisrael.com/turkey-breaks-with-rest-of-nato-to-oppose-membership-for-finland-sweden/

https://www.rferl.org/a/31848687.html

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/world/2022/05/12/Ten-more-European-gas-buyers-open-ruble-accounts-for-payments

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/chinese-carrier-group-found-off-taiwan-in-satellite-imagery

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/chinese-spy-ship-makes-first-appearance-near-australian-submarine-communications-base

https://news.usni.org/category/fleet-tracker

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