Extended edition: Episode 3-21-23
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Russia and Ukraine news:
China’s leader Xi Jinping is in Russia for a three-day visit. Day one included a four-and-a-half hour meal and NOT meeting Jinping at the airport, because that’s official Russian protocol (Is this not MORE proof that the Russians are a cold-hearted people? I jest. But only a little. lol.)
The Washington Post stated that Putin and Xi appear to be positioning themselves as the leaders of a new global order opposed to U.S. power.
Interestingly, Japan’s leader is in Kyiv to back Ukraine as China’s Xi visits Russia.
Putin may be glad to finally have a friend, so to speak, in the short term, but he may regret the imbalance between China and Russia. As Russia’s economic and military might crater further, Putin will soon find China using its clout with the Kremlin to extract further political concessions, including Chinese access to Arctic naval bases owned by Russia or pressuring Russia to alter its own dealings with China’s regional rivals, such as India, argues a group of experts in an analysis piece of The Washington Post.
While Putin is feasting with Jinping, more and more bad news is happening in Ukraine.
Poland is delivering four Soviet Mig-29 fighters.
And as I discussed as a possible option two weeks ago on the podcast, Slovakia is moving forward to donate its fleet of 13 MIGs.
All-in-all, Ukraine can expect to receive around 20 MiG-29s from Poland, as well as the 13 that Slovakia will provide.
Finally, in weapons news for Ukraine news, I wanted to share this really cool video of the tank training that Ukrainians are getting in the United Kingdom.
What’s interesting is how each person gets their own individual training alone, and then are only brought together at the end. It’s far more complicated and complex than you’d initially imagine.
Something tells me Russian training is far simpler.
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