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OPEC unity

Iran’s president has warned the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries against some Western government’s attempts to sow discord among its member states.

Ebrahim Raeisi made the remarks during a meeting with OPEC Secretary-General, Haitham al-Ghais, in Tehran. Raeisi said OPEC member states should work to promote unity within the organization to foil such plots. He added Iran is ready to uplift cooperation with the organization, expressing hope OPEC will be able to control the oil market’s volatility in the coming months. Meanwhile, Al-Ghais hailed Iran for its constructive cooperation with the organization, saying Tehran has always worked to foster unity among other OPEC members. He noted that unity within the organization will bring calm to the market. 

Military aid to Ukraine 

Germany’s defense ministry says Ukraine has asked Berlin to provide it with long-range air-to-surface missiles. 

A defense ministry spokesman said Germany has received the request from the Ukrainian side in recent days, without providing further details. The missile system would allow Kiev to strike well inside Russia with a range of over 500 kilometers. Germany, along with other US allies, have been so far cautious on giving Kiev weapons that could reach inside Russia, including fighter jets and air-to-surface missiles. Moscow has repeatedly warned the West not to provide Kiev with such weapons. It has already narrowed its diplomatic ties with Berlin. 

Spain-Italy protests 

Protests over worsening economic conditions have recently struck a number of European countries. Many blame the war in Ukraine. 

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