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Russia sparks panic as armed fighter jets 'harassed' Dutch navy frigate in Black Sea

Russia sparks panic as armed fighter jets 'harassed' Dutch navy frigate in Black Sea

The Russian defence ministry said it had scrambled fighter jets and bombers to prevent the frigate from entering Russian waters, according to news agencies. The Russian military said the warplanes flew at a safe distance from the vessel and in line with international regulations.

The Netherlands’ defence ministry said the Russian actions took place over the span of five hours on June 24 and violated rights to free use of the sea.

The frigate, Evertsen, was sailing with Britain’s Carrier Strike Group, including HMS Defender, which was carrying out a patrol in the area at the time.

Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld-Schouten called the Russian action “irresponsible”.

She said in a statement: “The Evertsen has every right to sail there.

“There is no justification for this kind of aggressive act, which needlessly increases the chance of accidents.”

She indicated the Netherlands would raise the matter with Russia at the diplomatic level.

The Russia’s defence ministry said on Tuesday that it had scrambled fighter jets and bombers to prevent a Dutch frigate from entering Russian waters in the Black Sea, Interfax news agency reported.

The military said the warplanes flew at a safe distance from the vessel.

The Netherlands’ defence minister said earlier on Tuesday that Russian fighter jets armed with air-to-surface missiles had harassed a Dutch navy frigate in the Black Sea earlier this month, conducting mock attacks and jamming communication systems.

 

Abour 20 planes and helicopters of the Black Sea Fleet and the Southern Military District were involved in drills in Crimea, the Black Sea Fleet press service announced on Tuesday.

A statement said: “Crews of the Black Sea Fleet planes and helicopters and an air force formation of the Southern Military District carried out training with divisions of S-400 missile systems and Panzir missile systems to test the combat readiness of the Crimean Peninsula’s alert force and air defense systems.”

The latest incident comes a week after Russia claimed HMS Defender had been forced to retreat after a Russian ship fired warning shots and a warplane dropped bombs – with the UK denying Moscow’s version of events.

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We tried to warn you! EU tightens stranglehold as Dutch MPs BLOCK veto powers – Nexit fury

We tried to warn you! EU tightens stranglehold as Dutch MPs BLOCK veto powers – Nexit fury

The proposal to “not exclude EU Treaty amendments in advance”, was passed by a majority of Dutch MPs on Wednesday. Announcing the parliamentary victory, MP Sjoerd Wiemer Sjoerdsma, who proposed the motion, tweeted: “Proposal accepted!

“The Netherlands will no longer stand in the way of fundamental reforms in Europe.

“Whether it concerns climate, migration, security or human rights: this is necessary.

“This open and realistic attitude suits the Netherlands.”

But the news sparked the outraged reaction of Nexit Denktank campaigners who pointed out Mr Sjoerdsma’s confusion between Europe and the EU.

They wrote: “Can someone first explain to these people the difference between the EU and Europe?

“Only 40 percent of the continent of Europe is in the EU and the four largest cities in Europe are NOT in the EU.

“They talk as if they represent the whole continent of Europe.”

Reacting to the legislation, some Dutch citizens also lashed out against Mr Sjoerdsma.

One person said: “Sad.

“We are handing over our own decision-making powers to a disorganised bunch of money-lenders and we will soon have nothing to say in our own country.”

READ MORE: Quiet, Leo! Varadkar shamed for arrogant UK outburst

But the Nexit campaigners hit back: “That argument has long since become obsolete.

“It turns out that the UK can do very well without it.

“What the Netherlands needs is a good trade agreement, not a political union in which we have to take countries like Cyprus and Romania into account.”

The Dutch Parliament also agreed to support the start of EU membership talks with Albania and thus the organisation of the first intergovernmental conference as soon as EU leaders decide.

The decision will be formally voted through the Dutch parliament today.

It followed Mark Rutte’s government’s positive report on Albania’s progress with EU accession reform and fulfilment of conditions set in March 2020 by the Council of the European Union.

The news was greeted by Prime Minister Edi Rama who said it confirmed his assessment that the Dutch had so far refused Albania on pure political grounds, due to the March 2021 general elections.

The start of talks requires the unanimous decision of all 27 EU member states. The Netherlands, whose government and parliament must both agree on EU enlargement issues, has so far blocked this phase of Albania’s progress on grounds of insufficient achievements.

The Dutch parliament has agreed with the government and European Commission assessment that Albania has met the necessary conditions for talks to start after the EU leaders summit on 24-25 June.

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Brexit row as Dutch media claimed UK 'back where it belongs' in parting swipe

Brexit row as Dutch media claimed UK 'back where it belongs' in parting swipe
Post-Brexit relations between the EU and UK have soured since the implementation of the trade deal agreed in December last year. The Northern Ireland Protocol has continued to be a source of disagreement for Brussels and London, the vaccine row earlier this year heightened tensions and fishing remains a wedge between the UK and France. In April, the European Parliament ratified the trade deal while warning that Brexit is a “historic mistake.”
The agreement cleared its final political hurdle and was backed by 660 votes in favour to five against, with 32 abstentions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson greeted the news by saying: “This week is the final step in a long journey, providing stability to our new relationship with the EU as vital trading partners, close allies and sovereign equals.

“Now is the time to look forward to the future and to building a more global Britain.”

But in February, European media hit out at the UK’s ambitions.

Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant’s columnist Bert Wagendorp celebrated the departure, saying the UK is “back where it belongs”.

He said: “Hooray! I like that the British are leaving the EU.”

“The ‘historic error’ of 1973 has finally been corrected. Why did it take so long? We could have known right away that it was a mistake to call in the perfidious Albion.

“For 47 years the British have done their utmost to sabotage, slow down, dilute and transform Europe into a market for Marmite and Pringles, replacing their lost colonial empire.”

He also implied that Brexit was an act of self-harm, claiming Britain had shot itself in the foot.

READ MORE: Verhofstadt’s rant about Brexit as he warned ‘UK now adversaries’

However, in Austria, the mood was more sombre as one newspaper editor warned the EU was losing one of its “main pillars” in the UK.

Rainer Nowak of Die Presse said: “The European Union loses one of its most important members, one of its strongest nations, the second largest economy, around an eighth of its population… one of the model countries for the successful integration of millions of immigrants. The Union loses one of its main pillars.”

Addressing those glad to see the back of Britain, Mr Nowak insisted that “good organisations not only allow internal criticism and debates, but promote them”.

“Leaders who fear contradiction are anxious and often overwhelmed intellectually,” he added.

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Dutch govt grants $2.4 billion in subsidies to huge carbon storage project

Dutch govt grants $  2.4 billion in subsidies to huge carbon storage project© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A container terminal is seen in the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Kooren/

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) -The Dutch government has granted a consortium that includes oil majors Royal Dutch Shell (LON:) and ExxonMobil (NYSE:) around 2 billion euros ($ 2.4 billion) in subsidies for what is set to become one of the largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects in the world, the Port of Rotterdam said on Sunday.

Shell and Exxon requested the subsidies in January together with industrial gas suppliers Air Liquide (OTC:) and Air Products (NYSE:) for a project which aims to capture CO2 emitted by factories and refineries in the Rotterdam port area and store it in empty Dutch gas fields in the North Sea.

The companies involved have been told that their applications will be granted, port spokesman Sjaak Poppe told Reuters, confirming an earlier report by Dutch public broadcaster NOS.

This clears the most important hurdle for the project, which is set to become operational in 2024 and is expected to reduce emissions in the industrial cluster surrounding Europe’s largest sea port by around 10%.

Economy ministry spokesman Dion Huidekooper declined to comment on the reports on Sunday evening.

Details of the subsidies would be made public after decisions had been taken on all applications for this year, he said, which was expected to happen later this month.

The government has said it will grant a total of 5 billion euros in subsidies in 2021 for technologies that will help it achieve its climate goals.

It received applications for a total sum of 6.4 billion euros.

The CCS subsidies are meant to compensate the companies for the extra costs of capturing the greenhouse gasses instead of emitting them, while the port will provide the necessary infrastructure to transport the carbon dioxide to the empty offshore gas fields.

Home to many large industries and Europe’s main seaport, the Netherlands is among the countries with the highest emissions of greenhouse gasses per capita in Europe.

It aims to lower emissions by 55% relative to 1990 levels by 2030. Emissions were down 24.5% from 1990 levels last year.

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Netherlands holidays: Dutch government to lift UK flight and ferry ban

Netherlands holidays: Dutch government to lift UK flight and ferry ban

This will include the latest statistics on the vaccine roll-out and the impact it has had on Covid cases and deaths.

As of March 4, 2,249,002 people are reported to have received an NHS vaccination for COVID-19 in England according to official NHS statistics.

Of those vaccinated, 598,345 people have received a second dose, taking the total number of vaccinations given to 17,777,836.

Currently, the FCDO continues to advise against all but “essential” travel to the Netherlands.