The French Parliament has approved the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO. On Wednesday, it will be the turn of the US Senate to decide on the issue. Follow here the latest developments in the Ukrainian war.

  • First shipment of grain awaiting inspection near Istanbul

A team of Russian and Ukrainian officials will inspect near Istanbul on Wednesday the first shipment of grain exported by Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, under the agreement signed in July between Kyiv and Moscow to stem the global food crisis. .

The Razoni, a freighter flying the Sierra Leonean flag, arrived off the Black Sea coast north of Istanbul on Tuesday after leaving the Ukrainian port of Odessa on Monday with 26,000 tons of corn bound for Tripoli in Lebanon.

“Our goal now is consistency. Continuity, regularity is a necessary principle for consumers of our agricultural production », Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his daily speech on Tuesday night.

  • The US Senate will speak today on the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO

Chuck Schumer, the leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, announced that the US Senate will decide on Wednesday, August 3, on the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO. The debates will start around 7:30 p.m. (Paris time).

  • The French Parliament ratifies the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO

The French deputies ratified by 209 votes against 46 the accession protocols of Sweden and Finland to NATO, by a vote of the National Assembly on Tuesday, after the historic decision of these two countries to renounce their neutrality.

However, Sweden and Finland need the ratification of the thirty member states of the organization to benefit from the protection of article 5 of the NATO Charter in case of attack. And Turkey threatens to “freeze” the process, accusing the two Scandinavian countries of benevolence towards the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its allies that Ankara considers terrorist organizations.

France joins “about twenty allies” who “have already ratified the protocols,” said French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna.

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