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  • On Tuesday, all 30 NATO members approved the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland, sending the two countries’ membership requests to the allies’ capitals for legislative approval, according to the Associated Press. The decision worsens Russia’s geopolitical isolation in the aftermath of its February invasion of Ukraine and subsequent military struggles there.
  • An international summit in Lugano, Switzerland, agreed on a set of principles that would help Ukraine rebuild and recover from its conflict with Russia in the long run, CNN reported. The declaration commits to long-term economic and technological assistance “that will prepare Ukraine for the time after the war while the war is still raging,” said Ignazio Cassis, president of the Swiss Confederation and head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
  • The Russian government will be allowed to compel firms to supply the military with commodities and force their workers to work overtime under two laws adopted in an initial vote in parliament on Tuesday to assist Moscow’s war in Ukraine, Reuters wrote. Nearly 19 weeks into the invasion, which Moscow defines as a “special military operation,” the actions practically put Russia on a war footing.

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