The world last week – GEOPOLITICS of the week

17 May SUNDAY GENEVA

The regional director of the World Health Organization for Europe, Hans Kluge, warns that the easing of the pandemic in European countries cannot be considered, since he may face a second lethal outbreak of the pandemic from next October. That official recommended that European countries, which are beginning to lift traffic restrictions, look at the examples of Singapore and Japan.

18 May MONDAY PARIS

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron presented, in a sign of unity, a joint initiative before the European Commission announced the 500 billion fund to recover from the economic crisis caused by the covid-19. It is, in fact, a signal that sends a powerful message to Brussels and several other European capitals for a compromise solution.

19 May TUESDAY TRIPOLI

Troops loyal to Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj's National Accord (GAN) government, supported by the UN, Turkey and Italy, have just pushed Khalifa Haftar's rebel forces from the Libyan National Army (ENL) into more 100 kilometers from the capital. The rebel forces are supported by Russia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates. Turkey supports the government to guarantee access to natural gas fields in the Libyan Mediterranean.

20 May FOURTH CARACAS

Five oil tankers loaded with Iranian crude, worth US $ 45.5 million, are on their way to Venezuela. Both Tehran and Caracas are subject to sanctions by Washington and challenge unprecedented Donald Trump, whose administration will be considering an appropriate response. Four US Navy warships were sent to the Caribbean for possible confrontation with oil tankers.

21 May THURSDAY WASHINGTON

The United States abandoned the Open Skies Treaty, which allowed military flights to be carried out over the territories of the 35 signatories to strengthen trust relationships worldwide. Trump pointed a finger in the direction of Russia, considering that the Putin executive has not respected the terms of the treaty. For the Russians, the departure of the USA represents a blow to Europe's military security system.

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