. REUTERS (UK)
Putin warns West of lightning retaliation for intervention in Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of lightning-fast retaliation if countries interfere in Ukraine, while U.S. President Joe Biden was set to comment on Thursday in support of Ukraine’s fight against “Russia’s brutal war”.
EC triggers rule of law conditionality mechanism against Hungary
The EU has officially launched its rule-of-law mechanism against the Hungarian government on Wednesday, after the EU Commission Chief Ursula von der Leyen slammed “corruption” in the EU country earlier this month.
. AL JAZEERA (QATAR)
Turkey’s Erdogan to visit Saudi Arabia as relations warm
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to arrive in Saudi Arabia and meet the country’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS)
. NIKKEI ASIA (JAPAN)
Biden to visit South Korea, Japan in May in Indo-Pacific push
U.S. President Joe Biden will visit South Korea and Japan from May 20 to 24 to advance a “free and open Indo-Pacific” and strengthen ties with its two Asian allies, the White House said Wednesday, making it his first trip to the region since taking office last year.
. THE RIO TIMES (BRAZIL)
Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina begin political rapprochement over regional lithium
Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile began a political rapprochement to design a joint economic project for the industrialization of resources in the so-called “lithium triangle.”