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Alberto Nardelli
For Alberto Nardelli's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 19, 2023
Macron driving diplomatic efforts toward talks between Russia and Ukraine
The French president has tasked his foreign policy adviser to work with China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, to establish a framework for the talks, sources have said.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Apr 18, 2023
Macron wants China’s help to bring Russia and Ukraine to the table
On his recent trip to China, the French president fell short of his goal to convince Xi to talk to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 27, 2023
Sunak set to unveil Northern Ireland Brexit deal with EU
Meeting could see resolution to a standoff that has persisted since the U.K. left the EU single market and customs union in 2021.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 23, 2023
How Europe needs freight trains to cross Russia from China
Russia is at the center of a rail cargo route from China supplying Western arms manufacturers with a steady supply of rare metals used in modern weaponry.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 13, 2023
In fresh talks, U.K. and EU aim for deal to end Brexit clash over Irish trade
Intense negotiations are aimed at overcoming the trading relationship dispute ahead of the anniversary of Northern Ireland's peace agreement in April.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 12, 2023
As Ukraine battlefields freeze, don’t expect the big offensive yet
Military analysts say that while the shift from muddy to frozen terrain is important, it's just one of many factors commanders would consider before risking a major new assault.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 6, 2022
U.S. and EU weigh climate-based tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum
The move would mark a novel approach, usually employed in trade disputes, to further their climate agenda.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 4, 2022
EU studies use of Russian central bank assets to rebuild Ukraine
The discussions are at an early stage and legal experts have been recently tasked with looking into possible options, sources said.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 25, 2022
Putin’s threats worry Ukraine’s NATO allies as sign of Russian desperation
The view among Ukraine's allies is that the Kremlin is trying to scare them with the talk of 'unthinkable” weapons into reducing their supplies of weapons and other support for Kyiv.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 15, 2022
Putin tried for years to stop his military from using Western parts — and mostly failed
Previously unreported assessments show a program with specific targets was put in place from 2019 to slash Russia's dependence on Western parts for its arsenal by 2025.
Japan Times
WORLD
Aug 12, 2022
Russia is scouring the globe for weapons to use against Ukraine
While Ukraine has received billions of dollars of weapons from the U.S. and Europe to help defend itself, Russia must rely on its own resources to support front-line forces.
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Jul 23, 2022
Ukraine's grain challenge involves clearing mines, finding ships and trusting Putin
Ukraine finally secured a deal aimed at restarting crucial Black Sea grain exports that have been crippled by Russia's invasion. But getting them going won't be easy.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 4, 2022
Putin’s media blitz on Africa food crisis sparks alarm in Europe
Russian diplomats have gone on a media offensive in recent months to push the narrative that sanctions, rather than Russian blockades, are causing shortages.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 28, 2022
G7 grapples for ways to punish Russia while taking on China
Leaders stressed their 'unwavering commitment” to the government and people of Ukraine, and made clear their determination to make Vladimir Putin pay for his invasion.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jun 21, 2022
Ukraine is poised to get backing of EU states on membership path
Discussions are going in the right direction and Ukraine's candidate status is on track to be approved, according to an EU official.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 16, 2022
Putin has reason to slow-walk a Ukraine grain deal
European officials see little chance of Russia striking a deal to let Ukraine resume crucial grain exports, saying the Kremlin views the food crisis as leverage against Kyiv and its allies.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 15, 2022
Russia turns to old tanks as it burns through weapons in Ukraine
Some of the aging arsenal could be devoted to security and other uses behind the lines, as it would quickly run into trouble if deployed at the front.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
May 31, 2022
EU leaders back push to ban most Russia oil over Putin’s war
The sanctions would forbid the purchase of crude oil and petroleum products from Russia delivered to member states by sea but would include a temporary exemption for pipeline crude.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 28, 2022
Europe’s push to punish Putin is falling short of the rhetoric
Diplomats and officials are getting increasingly frustrated the EU may already be reaching the limits of the short-term pain it can inflict on Russia.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 1, 2022
EU to propose phasing out Russian oil by the end of the year
The EU will also push for more banks from Russia and Belarus to be cut off from the SWIFT international payment system, including Sberbank, Russia's largest lender.

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