The war in Ukraine will be one of the dominant topics at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. Among other things, the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, has confirmed his presence in the Swiss Alpine town, as the WEF announced on Friday. President Volodymyr Zelenskyj will join in virtually and give the opening speech on May 23. (dpa)

India wants to reopen its embassy in Ukraine. Operations in Kyiv are scheduled to resume next Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry in New Delhi said on Friday. Two months ago, the embassy was temporarily relocated to Warsaw.

India has attracted attention with its neutral stance on the war in Ukraine. The country does not condemn the war and does not support western sanctions. Instead, it has expanded trade with Russia — buying more cheap oil from Russia, for example. India is also heavily dependent on Moscow for its military equipment and spare parts. However, the country also has good relations with the West. (dpa)

Turkey is the first NATO country to object to Sweden and Finland joining the military alliance. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday in Istanbul that he had no “positive opinion” about the admission of the two countries. The foreign ministers from Stockholm and Helsinki then announced that they wanted to consult with their Turkish counterparts in Berlin on Saturday.

“Scandinavian countries are like a guest house for terrorist organizations,” Erdogan justified his position. Turkey has long accused the Nordic countries, particularly Sweden, where many Turkish immigrants live, of harboring extremist Kurdish groups as well as supporters of US-based preacher Fethullah G├╝len.

The admission of new members must be approved unanimously by the NATO member states. Turkey would thus have the opportunity to block the admission of Sweden and Finland. (AFP)

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