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Ukraine postpones summit boycotted over Tymoshenko

Ukraine has postponed a regional cooperation summit of Central and Eastern European nations boycotted by most heads of state over the treatment of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

(AP) KIEV - Ukraine has postponed a regional cooperation summit of Central and Eastern European nations boycotted by most heads of state over the treatment of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

More than a dozen heads of states have refused to attend the May 11-12 summit at the Crimean Black sea resort of Yalta after Tymoshenko went on a hunger strike protesting an alleged beating by prison officials. The Ukraine Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that it has decided to put off the summit until a later date.

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How Ukraine Keeps Getting The West To Flip On Arms Supplies

The open debate on weapon deliveries to Ukraine is highly unusual, but Kyiv has figured out how to use the public moral suasion — and patience — to repeatedly shift the question in its favor. But will it work now for fighter jets?

Photo of a sunset over the USS Nimitz with a man guiding fighter jets ready for takeoff

U.S fighter jets ready for takeoff on the USS Nimitz

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PARIS — In what other war have arms deliveries been negotiated so openly in the public sphere?

On Monday, a journalist asked Joe Biden if he plans on supplying F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. He answered “No”. A few hours later, the same question was asked to Emmanuel Macron, about French fighter jets. Macron did not rule it out.

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Visiting Paris on Tuesday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksïï Reznikov recalled that a year ago, the United States had refused him ground-air Stinger missiles deliveries. Eleven months later, Washington is delivering heavy tanks, in addition to everything else. The 'no' of yesterday is the green light of tomorrow: this is the lesson that the very pragmatic minister seemed to learn.

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