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Putin refuses to waver on east Ukraine; Finland's leaders endorse NATO bid

Laura King and David Pierson, Los Angeles Times on

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Germany, too, has changed its security calculus, pledging a $100 billion boost in military spending to reach targets set by NATO that it had failed to meet for years.

Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, buoyed by Germany’s’ shifting position, called on German companies to pull out of the country and relocate to Ukraine.

“As Russia keeps committing heinous atrocities in Ukraine, revenues of foreign companies still doing business in Russia are stained with Ukrainian blood,” Kuleba posted on Twitter. “I urge German businesses to pull out of Russia and relocate to Ukraine. This will be a sincere contribution to peace in Europe.”

But European officials will need more than just U.S. support to bring Moscow to heel, which is one reason European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was in Tokyo on Thursday meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Her visit followed one by the Finnish prime minister, Marin, on Wednesday.

Von der Leyen and Kishida called on China — which has steadfastly refused to criticize Russia over Ukraine — to do more to exert influence on the Kremlin to bring an end to the war.


“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not just a matter for Europe, but it shakes the core of the international order, including Asia. This must not be tolerated,” said Kishida, whose government has joined Western sanctions against Russia.


(King reported from Lviv and Pierson from Singapore. Times staff writer Jenny Jarvie contributed from Atlanta.)

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