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    Marwan Bishara “The thing about imperial powers like the UK and the US is that they don't give a damn about the action, in this case, the occupation. They care for the actor, and the actor is an ally, Israel. That's why this court is important, because this court does not see actors. It doesn't care about the identity of the actor, it only cares about the nature of the act. And in this case, it's 75 years of dispossession, 56 years of occupation. The UK and the US don't want you to know the legal opinion of this question, because what they care about is the cynical calculus of geopolitics.” 13 hours ago
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    Josep Borrell “Today, we are further tightening the restrictive measures against Russia's military and defence sector. We remain united in our determination to dent Russia's war machine and help Ukraine win its legitimate fight for self-defence.” 13 hours ago
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“The thing about imperial powers like the UK and the US is that they don't give a damn about the action, in this case, the occupation. They care for the actor, and the actor is an ally, Israel. That's why this court is important, because this court does not see actors. It doesn't care about the identity of the actor, it only cares about the nature of the act. And in this case, it's 75 years of dispossession, 56 years of occupation. The UK and the US don't want you to know the legal opinion of this question, because what they care about is the cynical calculus of geopolitics.”

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Senior political analyst at Al Jazeera
23 Feb 2024 5 3
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“Today, we are further tightening the restrictive measures against Russia's military and defence sector. We remain united in our determination to dent Russia's war machine and help Ukraine win its legitimate fight for self-defence.”

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EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
23 Feb 2024 3 3
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“Russia's full-scale armed attack on Ukraine, which is about to enter its third year with no end in sight, continues to cause serious and widespread human rights violations, destroying lives and livelihoods. The invasion has exacted a horrific human cost, inflicting immense suffering on millions of civilians.”

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UN high commissioner for human rights
22 Feb 2024 3 2
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“In 2022, the [US] administration [of Joe Biden] submitted funding requests in the spring, almost immediately after the invasion. But in 2023, it waited until mid-fall to announce what it plans to submit. Avdiivka demonstrates the cost of these political delays: human lives, lost territory, and encouraged Russia. If that's the plan 'to be with Ukraine as long as it takes', then the US delays in aid have just prolonged the war.”

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Kyiv School of Economics director
22 Feb 2024 5 3
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“The era of peace in Europe is over. And every time Ukrainian soldiers withdraw from a Ukrainian town because of the lack of ammunition, think of it not only in terms of democracy and defending the world-based order, but also in terms of Russian soldiers getting a few kilometres closer to your towns.”

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Foreign Minister of Ukraine
22 Feb 2024 (approx) 5 1
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“Ukraine is not getting a sufficient amount of artillery ammunition to meet its minimum defensive needs, and this is not a sustainable situation moving forward.”

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Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
21 Feb 2024 3 3
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“So my message to the G20 foreign ministers this week is clear: We have been pleading with Israel, as the occupying power in Gaza, to facilitate aid delivery - to little or no avail. We have been calling for the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages - to little or no avail. We have been urging the parties to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law - to little or no avail. We have been exhorting countries which have stopped funding UNRWA to reverse their decision - to little or no avail. Today, we implore you, G20 members, to use your political leadership and influence to help end this war and save the people of Gaza. You have the power to make a difference. Use it. Your silence and lack of action will only lead to more women and children thrown into the open graves of Gaza. Humanitarian agencies are doing everything they can. Are you?”

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U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
21 Feb 2024 6 2
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“By way of example, one report on Russian equipment losses indicates that from September 17 to October 17, FPV [first-person view] drones were involved in about 35 percent of elimination operations. During this period, 388 cases of Russian equipment destruction were documented with 146 units destroyed by FPV drones. The attacks destroyed $140m in equipment, including a $25m Tor air defence system.”

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President of the Transatlantic Dialogue Center
21 Feb 2024 4 4
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“The appellant's prosecution might be unprecedented, but what he did was unprecedented. Assange indiscriminately and knowingly published to the world the names of individuals who acted as sources of information to the U.S It is these facts which distinguish him, not his political opinions.”

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Lawyers representing the US in the Assange case
21 Feb 2024 2 2
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“No one should face such treatment for publishing information in the public interest. It's time to protect journalism, press freedom, and all of our right to know. It's time to free Assange now.”

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Director of Campaigns Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
21 Feb 2024 4 2
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“Kim Yo Jong courteously conveyed Kim Jong Un's thanks to Putin to the Russian side, saying that the gift serves as a clear demonstration of the special personal relations between the top leaders of the DPRK and Russia and as the best one.”

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Report by North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)
19 Feb 2024 5 1
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“This has been experimented [with] over the past three decades. Palestinians have been negotiating with Israel, and Israel doesn't want to get anywhere with these negotiations. At the same time … Israel has been taking more land, expelling Palestinians from their homes and controlling their lives more. What we can see today in the Gaza Strip, Israel has not even thought that apartheid is enough, now they are committing genocide. So what should we wait for? Should we wait until there are no more Palestinians to talk to?”

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Palestinian human rights lawyer from occupied East Jerusalem
20 Feb 2024 4 2
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“The Americans and the British must realise that Yemen's position will not change and will not break. Rather, Yemen is becoming more steadfast and adhering to its position. It is escalating its operations against Israeli ships or those heading to the ports of occupied Palestine until the aggression stops and the siege on the Gaza Strip is lifted.”

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Houthi official
19 Feb 2024 6 3
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“Those who claim that Republika Srpska is isolated probably think that we should be sitting in [U.S. President Joe] Biden's office and watching him stumble. Let them say what they want. After Lukashenka, I will talk with Putin in two or three days, then with the president of Tatarstan [Rustam Minnikhanov].”

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Serbian member of Bosnia's tripartite presidency
19 Feb 2024 7 2
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“Rafah is the last bastion of Hamas control and there remain battalions in Rafah which Israel must dismantle to achieve its goals in this war. The only potential delay to the Israeli assault on Rafah could come should Hamas give ground in hostage negotiations and hand over the prisoners it took on Oct. 7. Even that would only delay the advance on Rafah unless it is coupled with the demilitarization of the city and surrender of the Hamas battalions there.”

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Former Israeli intelligence official and a negotiator during the first and second intifadas
19 Feb 2024 3 1
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“In Gaza, we are bearing witness to a humanitarian catastrophe. People are in dire need of the most basic life-saving provisions - food, water, shelter. In these most harrowing conditions, facing the prospect of further military escalation, UNRWA is the backbone of the humanitarian response. It urgently needs support from all UN member states.”

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Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs
15 Feb 2024 5 2
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“Measures are being taken to completely clear the town of militants and to block Ukrainian units that have left the town and are entrenched at the Avdiivka Coke and Chemical Plant.”

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Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman
18 Feb 2024 5 1
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“What is happening in the Gaza Strip with the Palestinian people has no parallel in other historical moments. In fact, it did exist when Hitler decided to kill the Jews.”

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Brazil’s President
18 Feb 2024 4 3
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“Avdiivka is a very important strong point in the Ukrainian system of defense, because it protects Pokrovsk, about 30 miles to the northwest, a logistical hub for the Ukrainian Army. Taking control of Avdiivka might create an opening for Russia.”

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Military analyst at the National Institute for Strategic Studies in Ukraine
17 Feb 2024 4 1
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“We shall not bow down to international dictates in regards to a future deal with the Palestinians. Such a compromise should be through direct negotiations with no preconditions. How can we give recognition to such a state after the massacre of October 7. This would be a reward for terrorism.”

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Prime Minister of Israel
17 Feb 2024 2 2
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“The Israeli offensive in Rafah could have very tragic consequences for the people in the area. You can imagine that any extensive military action there will have a devastating effect on the humanitarian situation. People are already suffering for lack of shelter, food, medicine, sanitation. The current scale of the conflict … is [already] leading to a daily loss of life for men, women, and children. And I think the international community is conscious, if not tainted … and strained by what is happening to civilians in Gaza.”

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Egyptian Foreign Minister
17 Feb 2024 4 3
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“Europe faces a dilemma in aiding Ukraine: Providing assistance requires significant financial commitment, and there is considerable opposition within Europe; however, refraining from giving aid would completely undermine years of political correctness. Europe will still provide assistance to Ukraine, but the extent and speed of aid will be reduced. The previously approved 50 billion euro aid package may not be implemented as quickly as anticipated. Regardless of how the situation unfolds in the future, the European powers will not be dragged into conflicts. Zelensky has gained the support of the European powers he desired, achieving a win-win situation with a document that holds little substance.”

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Scholar from the Shanghai-based China National Institute for SCO International Exchange and Judicial Cooperation
17 Feb 2024 2 2
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“In a situation where the enemy is advancing over the corpses of their own soldiers with a 10-to-one shelling advantage, under constant bombardment, this is the only right decision.”

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Ukrainian brigadier general commander of the Avdiivka area
17 Feb 2024 1 1
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“I decided to withdraw our units from the town and move to defence from more favourable lines in order to avoid encirclement and preserve the lives and health of servicemen.”

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Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
17 Feb 2024 1 1
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“We cannot allow this humanitarian disaster to continue. An international peace conference [must be held] as soon as possible to revive the two-state solution.”

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State Councillor and China's foreign minister
17 Feb 2024 5 2
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“There are about 300,000 people in the north and I have no idea how they've survived. What we managed to bring up there is absolutely not enough. It is pure misery. Repeatedly, when we are allowed to cross the checkpoint at Wadi Gaza to deliver food assistance, thousands of people block and unload the trucks at the risk of being shot.”

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Head of the UN humanitarian agency OCHA in the Palestinian territories
17 Feb 2024 3 2
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“It has turned into a violent state that kills people who dream of a better future, like Nemtsov [Putin critic Boris Nemtsov] or now Navalny - imprisoned and tortured to death for standing up to Putin.”

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
16 Feb 2024 4 1
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“His death in a Russian prison and the fixation and fear of one man only underscores the weakness and rot at the heart of the system that Putin has built. Russia is responsible for this.”

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U.S. Secretary of State
16 Feb 2024 4 0
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“He bravely stood up to the corruption, the violence and all the bad things the Putin government were doing. Putin is responsible for Navalny's death.”

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President of the United States
16 Feb 2024 3 1
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“Alexey Navalny was tortured and tormented for three years. As Navalny's doctor told me: the body cannot endure such things. Murder was added to Alexey Navalny's sentence.”

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Russian Nobel Peace Prize
16 Feb 2024 2 1
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“There is nothing more the dictator can do to Navalny, Navalny is dead and has become immortal. I also think that a murdered Alexey Navalny will be a bigger threat for the dictator than a living one. Most likely, to drown out voices of protest, [Putin] will launch a campaign of terror in the country.”

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Renowned Russian writer who lives in self-imposed exile in Europe
16 Feb 2024 3 1
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“I've had extensive conversations with the prime minister of Israel over the last several days, one hour each. And I made the case, that I feel very strongly about, that there has to be a temporary ceasefire to get the hostages out. In the meantime, I anticipate, I'm hoping, that the Israelis will not make any massive land invasion [of Rafah] in the meantime. So, my expectation, that's not gonna happen.”

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President of the United States
16 Feb 2024 2 3
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“I think it's crystal clear the situation cannot go on like it is. Families are waiting for their fathers, for their mothers … who have been captured by the terrorist organisation Hamas. On the other hand, we also need a humanitarian pause for the hundreds of thousands of people suffering in Gaza. There are also children who have lost their parents. Imagine our own children living without any parents, any water, any food. The easiest way to achieve the pause would be for Hamas to lay down its weapons.”

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Foreign Minister of Germany
16 Feb 2024 3 3
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“The Yamal prison decided to break Vladimir's record of fawning and pleasing the Moscow authorities. They just gave me 15 days in solitary confinement. This is the fourth solitary confinement spell in less than 2 months that I have been with them.”

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Russian opposition politician
15 Feb 2024 2 1
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“This was a predictable development of the situation on the ground. The tension has been brewing in the West Bank, including Jerusalem, since October 7. More than 7,000 Palestinians have been detained, almost 400 Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers and settlers. The situation was being described as a pressure cooker, and now we've seen just how that pressure would explode in a very deadly and tragic manner. The writing was on the wall, and anyone who didn't see it just didn't want to.”

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Palestinian political analyst based in Ramallah
16 Feb 2024 6 2
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“The situation in Gaza is an appalling indictment of the deadlock in global relations. The level of death and destruction is shocking in itself, and the war is also spilling over borders across the region and affecting global trade. Humanitarians are working under unimaginable conditions including live-fire, multiple physical obstacles … as well as the breakdown of public order.”

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Secretary-general of the United Nations
16 Feb 2024 2 2
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“Your Honour, I will send you my personal account number so that you can use your huge salary as a federal judge to 'warm up' my personal account, because I am running out of money.”

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Russian opposition politician
15 Feb 2024 0 1
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“Our security agreement with Ukraine is historic. For the first time in its history, the Federal Republic of Germany is acting as a guarantor state.”

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Minister of Defence of Germany
16 Feb 2024 3 2
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“Fierce battles are taking place within the city. Our troops are using all available forces and means to restrain the enemy. New positions have been prepared and powerful fortifications continue to be prepared, taking into account all possible scenarios. Commanders have been tasked to stabilise the situation.”

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Ukrainian General
16 Feb 2024 1 2
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“Reports of forcing the transfer of many patients into a different building are gravely concerning. WHO has warned many times that depriving patients of life-saving care and forcing the movement of the sick and injured could lead to the deterioration of their condition or even death. Patients' health must be prioritised and uninterrupted care in a safe environment must be ensured.”

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WHO spokesperson
16 Feb 2024 3 2
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“A peace deal between Israel and Hamas will only be reached through direct negotiations between the parties. Israel outright rejects international dictates regarding a permanent settlement with the Palestinians. Israel will continue to oppose the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. Such recognition in the wake of the October 7 massacre would give a huge reward to unprecedented terrorism and prevent any future peace settlement.”

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Prime Minister of Israel
15 Feb 2024 4 3
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“Now is not the time to be speaking about gifts for the Palestinian people, at a time when the Palestinian Authority themselves have yet to even condemn the October 7 massacre. Here in Israel, we are still in the aftermath of the October 7 massacre. Now is the time for victory, total victory over Hamas. All discussions of the day after Hamas will be had the day after Hamas.”

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Spokesperson for the Israeli government
15 Feb 2024 3 2
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“We will in no way agree to this plan, which says Palestinians deserve a prize for the terrible massacre they carried out against us: a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. A Palestinian state is an existential threat to the State of Israel as was proven on Oct. 7.”

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Finance Minister of Israel
15 Feb 2024 3 2
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“We should leave no room for miscalculation or misunderstanding in Moscow, about our readiness and our commitment, our resolve to protect allies. NATO has the capabilities, we have the resolve to protect and defend all allies. We don't see any imminent threat against any NATO ally.”

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Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
14 Feb 2024 1 2
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“People in Rafah with nowhere to go cannot simply vanish into thin air. They need safe places and safe corridors to avoid being caught in the crossfire even more.”

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Foreign Minister of Germany
14 Feb 2024 2 1
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“An assault on Rafah would be an unfathomable catastrophe... and would even further expand the humanitarian disaster beyond imagination.”

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World Health Organization representative for Gaza and the West Bank
14 Feb 2024 3 1
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“Russia has chosen a path which is a long-term confrontation ... and the Kremlin is probably anticipating a possible conflict with NATO within the next decade or so. A military attack by Russia is highly unlikely in the short term partly because Russia has to keep troops in Ukraine, and would remain unlikely if Russian buildup of forces was matched in Europe. If we are not prepared, the likelihood (of a military Russian attack) would be much higher than without any preparation.”

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Estonian military officer
13 Feb 2024 4 2
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“It's certainly been years, perhaps decades, since the Senate has passed a bill that so greatly impacts not just our national security, not just the security of our allies, but the security of Western democracy.”

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New York’s Senator and the Senate Majority Leader
13 Feb 2024 2 3
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“Our friends abroad are watching closely how we vote in the upcoming days. Ukrainian fighters are watching and you can be sure (Russian President) Vladimir Putin is watching the Senate, too.”

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New York’s Senator and the Senate Majority Leader
11 Feb 2024 3 7
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“We are seeing more and more people essentially on the brink of and moving into famine-like conditions every day.”

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Deputy Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization
12 Feb 2024 2 2
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“Fernando [Fernando Simon Marman] and Louis [Louis Hare], welcome home. Only continued military pressure, until total victory, will bring about the release of all of our hostages.”

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Prime Minister of Israel
12 Feb 2024 3 2
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“Kyiv certainly has the capacity to mass produce FPV [first person viewer] UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] given that many of these are based on commercial or hobbyist products. Manufacturing larger multi-role UAVs is more demanding, but again Kyiv has the ability to do this, if on a far smaller scale.”

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Senior fellow for military aerospace at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)
12 Feb 2024 5 4
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“Our task this year is not only to bolster our sky shield and Ukraine's long-range capabilities to the fullest extent possible, but also to inflict maximum systemic losses on Russia.”

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President of Ukraine
06 Feb 2024 1 3
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“What I expected to hear from Biden [is something] we will never hear. His comments about the imminent Israeli attack on Rafah should have been accompanied by the United States supporting a ceasefire. Rafah is the only area that is not destroyed completely in Gaza. Israel never gave up on its plan to ethnically cleanse the Palestinian population into Egypt. That's what the US president should have opposed. But he doesn't. The US is a participant in this attack.”

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General Secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative
11 Feb 2024 6 3
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“A military offensive in the middle of these completely exposed, vulnerable people is a recipe for disaster. I am almost becoming wordless.”

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Commissioner general of UNRWA
11 Feb 2024 2 1
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“We're going to do it while providing safe passage for the civilian population so they can leave. Those who say that under no circumstances should we enter Rafah, are basically saying 'lose the war, keep Hamas there'.”

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Prime Minister of Israel
10 Feb 2024 4 3
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“The southern part of Gaza is one of [Hamas's] command posts, as they call them. There are strategic tunnels, they go deep, like 60 metres or so, and the tactical tunnels, which are like 20, 43 metres. In order to control these tunnels they have to work very hard, to cut these command posts or destroy them so [Hamas] loses this command as a whole, but this would be a very very difficult fight, it would take months. Israel's plan is to begin by forcing Palestinians in the city, many of whom have been displaced multiple times since the beginning of the war, to leave Rafah and move towards the coast, before launching its attacks. This would be a disaster for the civilian population in Rafah.”

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Retired general of the Jordanian air force
10 Feb 2024 6 5
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“Taiwanese elections are a far more sensitive topic for Beijing than elections in other democracies as the democratic example being set by Taipei can be a more direct source of inspiration for people in mainland China. When you see that people from your own in-group have democracy and can elect their leaders, it can cause particular frustration with your own non-elected leaders. That makes Taiwanese elections a threat to the CPC [Communist Party of China].”

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Research Director for China, Hong Kong and Taiwan at Freedom House
10 Feb 2024 4 3
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“There is limited space and great risk in putting Rafah under further military escalation due to the growing number of Palestinians there. An escalation would have dire consequences.”

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Egyptian Foreign Minister
10 Feb 2024 2 4
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“There have been many successful examples of these talks crowned with success. Probably this is going to be crowned with success as well but we have to come to an agreement.”

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President of Russia
08 Feb 2024 3 2
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“He [Netanyahu] is adamant about continuing to the southern tip of Gaza, where, as we've heard from our correspondent, over one million Palestinians are concentrated. This means so many things can go wrong now, in terms of the mass massacre of people, or, what we've been fearing all along, not just a massacre of people but the expulsion of the Palestinians into the Sinai. This is the time for whoever has leverage, or for whoever cares, especially those in Washington, those in London, but also those in Riyadh and Cairo, to move now, before it's too late.”

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Senior political analyst at Al Jazeera
09 Feb 2024 5 3
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“I don't know who exactly decided [that] about me, but I know exactly the reason … because my election rating, the number of people who are ready to vote for me grows 5 percent a week. [The] official understanding is that all the society is for Putin, for [the] special military operation as we call it, but it's not so. Majority of people in Russia want the conflict in Ukraine to stop.”

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Russian opposition politician and 2024 Russia’s presidential hopeful
09 Feb 2024 2 3
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“I collected more than 200,000 signatures across Russia. We conducted the collection openly and honestly - the queues at our headquarters and collection points were watched by the whole world. Taking part in the presidential election in 2024 is the most important political decision of my life. I am not giving up on my intentions.”

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Russian opposition politician and 2024 Russia’s presidential hopeful
08 Feb 2024 1 3
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“A reset, a new beginning is necessary. If we want to win, we must all push in the same direction, convinced of victory. We cannot be discouraged, let our arms fall. … That's why I'm talking about restarting, replacement. I have something serious in mind, which is not about a single person but about the direction of the country's leadership.”

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President of Ukraine
04 Feb 2024 0 2
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“By the end of the year, the planned deliveries [of artillery shells] will reach more than 1 million because the figure in the pipeline amounts to 630,000.”

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EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
07 Feb 2024 3 1
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“Even if the U.N.-led process does move forward, it would likely lead to essentially an agreement between Saudi Arabia and the Houthis that doesn't solve the underlying conflict between the Houthis and the anti-Houthi forces.”

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Associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation
06 Feb 2024 4 3
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“The escalation in the Red Sea has resulted in the direct suspension of a deal that was anticipated to be announced in recent months. The U.N.-led political discussions are presently at a standstill.”

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Senior Yemen analyst at the International Crisis Group
06 Feb 2024 1 3
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“I've seen enough. This bill is even worse than we expected, and won't come close to ending the border catastrophe the President has created. As the lead Democrat negotiator proclaimed: Under this legislation, 'the border never closes.' If this bill reaches the House, it will be dead on arrival.”

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US House of Representatives Speaker
04 Feb 2024 0 2
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“These trips have considerable significance for preventing any further escalation of hostilities, especially as election year rhetoric in the U.S. ramps up. I think both sides are very eager to tamp down any further escalation of hostilities.”

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Cornell University professor and former head of the International Monetary Fund’s China division
05 Feb 2024 1 3
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“My first reaction was profound distress. Injecting saltwater will definitely contaminate the aquifer and this will have long-term consequences. It would ruin the conditions of life in Gaza. If we don't react to this kind of behaviour, what's to stop any other country from doing this to another group of people in the future? What we see happening in Gaza is beyond the pale. With the definition of the Genocide Convention in mind, I think salinating the aquifer, which is the main source of water, will bring about its partial destruction. Part of it could collapse and become unusable.”

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Professor at the Geneva Graduate Institute
03 Feb 2024 4 2
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“They [Iran] keep the enemy behind the borders, far away. They are not interested in any direct military confrontation which might lead to attacks on their cities or their homeland. They will maintain that status quo.”

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Director of the Gulf Studies Center in Doha, Qatar
04 Feb 2024 0 2
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“We intend to take additional strikes, and additional action, to continue to send a clear message that the United States will respond when our forces are attacked, when our people are killed.”

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US National Security Adviser
04 Feb 2024 4 2
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“This is the start of our response. We do not seek conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else, but the president and I will not tolerate attacks on American forces.”

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US Secretary of Defense
03 Feb 2024 5 1
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“Hezbollah had in particular helped the Houthis to build their naval capabilities. These include seven naval bases and 30 control posts along Yemen's coast that have radar and electro-optical directors for better control of missile launches. It's a massive coastal defense line for detection, and they're also using AIS (ship tracking) systems, and also intelligence from Iran. Among the unused weapons in the Houthis arsenal are Iranian-made Sadaf floating mines. While such munitions are relatively unsophisticated and easy to deploy, their impact on merchant shipping would be considerable if they were used in the Red Sea.”

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Former senior official with Israel's intelligence services until 2017 now working at Bar Ilan University's Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies
02 Feb 2024 5 5
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“I want to emphasise our deep concern about the escalation of hostilities in Khan Younis, which has resulted in an increase in the number of internally displaced people seeking refuge in Rafah in recent days. Thousands of Palestinians have continued to flee to the south, which is already hosting over half the population of some 2.3 million people. … Rafah is a pressure cooker of despair, and we fear for what comes next.”

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Spokesman for United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
02 Feb 2024 5 3
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“For many, it's increased the level of panic. They don't have anywhere else to go to. This is the last refuge for Palestinians in Gaza. Beyond, it is only the Egyptian border. Gallant says the 'victory won't be complete unless the military expands into Rafah' - a city declared a 'safe zone'. For Palestinians, this means another genocide.”

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Al Jazeera’s journalist reporting from Rafah
02 Feb 2024 7 4
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“The Khan Younis Brigade of the Hamas organisation is disbanded, we will complete the mission there and continue to Rafah. We will continue until the end, there is no other way.”

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Israeli Defence Minister
01 Feb 2024 4 2
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“Michigan has a large Arab American and Muslim population who voted overwhelmingly for Biden in the last election. If he loses even half of their vote, it's unlikely he can win Michigan - and without Michigan, he has a very narrow path to winning a second term.”

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Al Jazeera correspondent reporting from Warren (Michigan)
01 Feb 2024 4 3
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“If you look at the way the economy is unfolding, largely things are happening in the urban areas where normal activity has resumed in the period after the COVID pandemic, but there's a fair amount of stress in rural areas which is reflected in the consumption demand. The budget is a sign of a government very comfortable in the prospects of its re-election. They are far more confident of their re-election this time than the previous interim budget in 2019, so played their cards accordingly on the budget … and did not go against convention.”

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Senior director at India Ratings & Research, a Fitch unit
01 Feb 2024 3 4
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“We finally negotiated a control mechanism to guarantee that the money would be used sensibly, and we received a guarantee that Hungary's money would not end up in Ukraine.”

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Prime Minister of Hungary
01 Feb 2024 3 4
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“This guarantees funding for four years, so it gives a longer-term sense of security. There's also a lot of talk here about some of these funds going into an investment fund to try to attract private sector investment.”

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Al Jazeera’s journalist reporting from Kyiv
01 Feb 2024 4 2
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“We have a deal. The move locks in steadfast, long-term, predictable funding for Ukraine. EU is taking leadership and responsibility in support for Ukraine; we know what is at stake.”

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President of the European Council
01 Feb 2024 2 3
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“The groups in Baghdad's government are worried about Iraq becoming a playground in the wider regional conflict and have domestic reasons not to want to risk the status quo.”

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Researcher at the UK-based Chatham House
31 Jan 2024 2 2
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“The global economy continues to display remarkable resilience, with inflation declining steadily and growth holding up. The chance of a 'soft landing' has increased. We are very far from a global recession scenario.”

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Chief Economist, International Monetary Fund
30 Jan 2024 4 2
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“The move by the trio is likely the silliest own goal since the United Kingdom voted for Brexit. The three countries were already among the poorest in ECOWAS, and indeed the world - and leaving [ECOWAS] won't help.”

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Head of macro strategy at London-based investment management company FIM Partners
30 Jan 2024 4 5
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“[Hungary and Serbia] are the leading recipients of Chinese foreign direct investment in 2023 in Central and Eastern Europe. China is building and partly financing a Budapest-Belgrade high-speed railway. Chinese electrical vehicle battery manufacturer CATL is investing $7.6bn in the Hungarian city of Debrecen for the construction of a battery plant. It would be Europe's largest electrical battery facility. It would be CATL's single-largest overseas investment and its second facility in Hungary.”

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Fellow with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs
29 Jan 2024 4 8
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“Victor Orban reads the cards right, unfortunately. He understands the wind in the EU is changing. There are more and more voices in the EU that want the Ukrainians to just sit down at the table and negotiate peace with the Russians because we cannot afford to support Ukraine forever.”

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University of Helsinki lecturer in Eastern European studies
29 Jan 2024 4 3
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“My message to the Arab world, particularly to the Gulf, is where are you? Because they're making billions each day on oil revenues. A tiny fraction of those oil revenues would see UNRWA's financial problems disappear overnight. This unconscionable gap inflicted by these Western countries would be filled very quickly. Some of the most desperate people in the Middle East are now facing starvation, they're facing famine, and the Arab states need to step up to the plate.”

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Former UNRWA spokesman
27 Jan 2024 (approx) 6 3
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“It is shocking to see a suspension of funds to the Agency in reaction to allegations against a small group of staff, especially given the immediate action that UNRWA took by terminating their contracts and asking for a transparent independent investigation. The United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), the highest investigative authority in the UN system, has already been seized of this very serious matter.  UNRWA is the primary humanitarian agency in Gaza, with over 2 million people depending on it for their sheer survival.   Many are hungry as the clock is ticking towards a looming famine. The Agency runs shelters for over 1 million people and provides food and primary healthcare even at the height of the hostilities. It would be immensely irresponsible to sanction an Agency and an entire community it serves because of allegations of criminal acts against some individuals, especially at a time of war, displacement and political crises in the region.  UNRWA shares the list of all its staff with host countries every year, including Israel. The Agency never received any concerns on specific staff members. Meanwhile, an investigation by OIOS into the heinous allegations will establish the facts. Moreover, as I announced on 17 January, an independent review by external experts will help UNRWA strengthen its framework for the strict adherence of all staff to the humanitarian principles.  I urge countries who have suspended their funding to re-consider their decisions before UNRWA is forced to suspend its humanitarian response. The lives of people in Gaza depend on this support and so does regional stability.”

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Head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA
27 Jan 2024 4 3
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“What's been negotiated would - if passed into law - be the toughest and fairest set of reforms to secure the border we've ever had in our country. It would give me, as President, a new emergency authority to shut down the border when it becomes overwhelmed. And if given that authority, I would use it the day I sign the bill into law.”

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President of the United States
26 Jan 2024 1 2
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“Our last government under Prime Minister Natano had extensive internal discussions about it [diplomatic recognition of Taiwan or China] upon the commencement of our term in government to determine our policy stance on it, so undoubtedly the new government would need to look at the matter and decide its policy position accordingly.”

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Tuvaluan politician
27 Jan 2024 3 5
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“There is a fine line between deterring China and provoking it. My take is that while we should do significantly more to help Taiwan boost defenses and deter aggression, we should do so quietly, without needlessly humiliating China. Sometimes Americans loudly embrace Taiwan in ways that inflame tensions at times when we should be hoping to lower them. Let me also make the case that we think too much in terms of an invasion - when the greater risk may be China's taking lesser nibbles to pressure Taiwan, leading to the possibility of accidents and escalation that could drag us into an unintended world war, as happened in 1914.”

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NY Times columnist, author
27 Jan 2024 3 3
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“My approval of Turkey's request to purchase F-16 aircraft has been contingent on Turkish approval of Sweden's NATO membership. But make no mistake: This was not a decision I came to lightly. I look forward to beginning this new chapter in our relationship with Turkey, expanding the NATO alliance, and working with our global allies in standing up to ongoing Russian aggression against its peaceful neighbours.”

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United States Democratic Senator - Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
27 Jan 2024 (approx) 4 4
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“One military agency was preparing the usually-secret prisoner swap. Another military agency in a no-less-secret mode moved a Patriot or something similar to the Russian border because it knew that something big and heavy was flying beyond it. And as soon as they saw [the Il-76 plane] on their monitors, it didn't occur to anyone to call Kyiv and ask whether a prisoner swap was in the works and could [the prisoners] be on that plane.”

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Research Fellow at Bremen University
26 Jan 2024 3 1
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“I don't know if they did it on purpose or by mistake, but it is obvious that they did it. In any case, what happened is a crime. Either through negligence or on purpose, but in any case, it is a crime. The plane could not have been brought down by Russian friendly fire. There are 'friend or foe' systems there, and no matter how much the operator presses the button, our air defence systems would not work.”

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President of Russia
26 Jan 2024 2 2
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“The ICJ ruling puts a lot more pressure on the US and other Western allies to move on a ceasefire resolution. It makes it a lot harder for the US, along with Israel, to make the case to Western governments that are still very much concerned with international legitimacy, to maintain the idea that Israel is acting within the constraints of international law in Gaza and that it's acting in self-defence.”

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Human rights lawyer and a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
26 Jan 2024 4 1
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“Israeli politicians have already said that they're going to ignore the ICJ order. It is much harder for, particularly, the US and European states including the UK, to ignore the order because they have a much stronger record of holding or supporting the International Court of Justice.”

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Executive director of Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights
26 Jan 2024 7 1
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“The ruling sends a strong message to Israel that the court views the situation as very serious and that Israel should do what it can to perform restraint in carrying out its military campaign.”

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Assistant professor of international human rights law at Trinity College in Dublin who served as an associate legal officer at the International Court of Justice in The Hague from 2010 to 2014
26 Jan 2024 2 1
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“All of a sudden South Korea's rhetoric became even more hostile towards Pyongyang. In Japan as well, we hear aggressive rhetoric and it is seriously talking about setting up NATO infrastructure with U.S. assistance. They're preparing for war with the DPRK.”

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Russian Foreign Minister
24 Jan 2024 6 4
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