Britain and Lithuania signed a joint declaration on Monday to boost defence and security collaboration, stepping up London’s support of nations that fear Russian President Vladimir Putin will not stop at Ukraine in trying to redraw Europe’s borders.

Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy meets with European Parliament President Roberta Metsola at the Knesset in Jerusalem on May 23, 2022. (Noam Moskowitz/Knesset)

Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy meets with European Parliament President Roberta Metsola at the Knesset in Jerusalem on May 23, 2022. (Noam Moskowitz/Knesset)

Arriving in the Knesset ahead of her speech to the plenum this evening, European Parliament President Roberta Metsola meets with Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy, who asks Metsola “to condition donations to the Palestinian Authority upon the cessation of incitement.”

The European Union provides the PA with about €214 million in annual aid, and the EP is one of the EU’s legislative bodies.

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Levy emphasizes to Metsola the seriousness of incitement among Palestinians, especially in the context of the recent terror wave that has so far killed 19 people.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, Baltic states such as Lithuania, a NATO member and former Soviet state, have become increasingly concerned they could be next to face Russian aggression.

Britain said the declaration would build on the defence cooperation the countries share as NATO allies and would increase resistance to threats, including from Russia and China. It gave no further details.

“The UK and Lithuania are two countries which believe in freedom and sovereignty, and who stand up to authoritarian regimes in Europe and across the world,” British foreign minister Liz Truss said in a statement.

“We stand together with Ukraine in the face of Russia’s illegal, barbaric war.”

Britain has been a vocal supporter of Kyiv in its war with Russia, which Putin describes as a “special military operation” to disarm and “denazify” Ukraine. Kyiv and its Western allies say the invasion is illegal and unjustified.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Nick Macfie)

mid the ongoing water shortage in Pakistan and incessant rise in water theft, a high profile committee has been appointed during the proceedings of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Water Resources in Islamabad to deal with the alarming crisis.

The meeting was attended by Sindh irrigation minister Jam Khan Shoro while the core investigative team included the ministry’s joint secretary, the chairman of Indus River System Authority (IRSA), IRSA Punjab and Balochistan members, as well as members of the national assembly from Balochistan and Punjab.

According to Dawn, the team measured discharges at Taunsa, Guddu and Sukkur barrages with state of art devices like ADCP (Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler), which is a rare exercise in recent times, and found out missing flows between Taunsa and Guddu at 16,000 cusecs in May which means flows were used in Punjab at a cost of Sindh’s share of water, cited sources.

Earlier in August 2019, an IRSA team claimed to have detected water theft at Guddu and Sukkur barrages as well.

While Sindh has proved missing flows, the small and medium-sized farmers have also been heavily affected. This puts them at disadvantage for they lack clout in water governance as the elite, regardless of political, bureaucratic, police or law enforcement backgrounds.

Rangers’ deployment to control water theft is a financial burden on Sindh’s kitty as they charge for logistics however it is also indicative of the government’s failure to check water theft.

The water situation in Sindh has worsened with little water flowing into its Indus-linked canals province from the upstream region of Punjab, sparking a small kerfuffle between the irrigation and water ministers of the two provinces.

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