No Antigua and Barbuda students in Ukraine, says Ambassador Hurst


LOOP: Antigua and Barbuda confirmed today that they do not have any nationals currently studying in Ukraine.

On the flip side, Chief of Staff at the Prime Minister’s Office Lionel Hurst told reporters at the post-cabinet media briefing that there are Antiguans and Barbudians studying in Russia.

He did not indicate if these students had expressed any intention to return home.

Jamaica is the only Caribbean Community member to confirm that it had students in Ukraine prior to this morning’s invasion by the Russian military.

Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson-Smith confirmed that eight of the students have left Ukraine and another five are preparing to leave this week.

Hurst reiterated the government’s concern about the breakout of war in Europe since it will have a negative impact on the global economy.

“War in Europe can be very disruptive and impact significantly the economic output of Antigua and Barbuda especially in so far as tourists coming from Europe is concerned,” Hurst stated.

Hurst said that another major issue could be the price of fuel since Russia is a major global supplier but he noted Antigua and Barbuda will be looking to sources closer to home such as Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela for its petroleum needs.

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    LOL they are preparing to leave this week.?
    Ok the Titanic is tilting and sinking but the band just keep on playing till the end..
    Get your asses out.

  2. Russia Reportedly Offers Ukraine Terms Of Surrender — Here Are The Details

    Last night, Russian President Putin shared the following before invading Ukraine and bombing airports and other locations throughout the country.

    Here is a snippet of Putin’s speech last night announcing his decision to send the Russian military into Ukraine:

    Citizens of Russia, friends,

    I consider it necessary today to speak again about the tragic events in Donbass and the key aspects of ensuring the security of Russia.

    I will begin with what I said in my address on February 21, 2022. I spoke about our biggest concerns and worries, and about the fundamental threats which irresponsible Western politicians created for Russia consistently, rudely and unceremoniously from year to year. I am referring to the eastward expansion of NATO, which is moving its military infrastructure ever closer to the Russian border.

    It is a fact that over the past 30 years we have been patiently trying to come to an agreement with the leading NATO countries regarding the principles of equal and indivisible security in Europe. In response to our proposals, we invariably faced either cynical deception and lies or attempts at pressure and blackmail, while the North Atlantic alliance continued to expand despite our protests and concerns. Its military machine is moving and, as I said, is approaching our very border.

    Why is this happening? Where did this insolent manner of talking down from the height of their exceptionalism, infallibility and all-permissiveness come from? What is the explanation for this contemptuous and disdainful attitude to our interests and absolutely legitimate demands? … ”

    It is clear that Putin doesn’t want NATO and its missiles in Ukraine. Newsmax is now reporting that Russia is ready to negotiate with Ukraine terms of surrender. According to Newsmax:

    Russia is willing to negotiate terms of surrender with Ukraine, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, seeking guarantees from Ukraine of neutral status and no weapons on its territory, has expressed readiness to engage in surrender discussions with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Peskov said, state-owned RT reported.

    Peskov said the stated guarantees would achieve the demilitarization of Ukraine, and eliminate what Russia currently views as a threat to the security of its state and people, RT said.

    Peskov said Russia would engage in discussions only “if the leadership of Ukraine is ready to talk about it.”

    Russia Today reported on Putin’s comments. The website was down earlier but it’s back online.

    We’ll see what Ukraine does. They are outmanned, out trained, and Ukraine lacks the weapons necessary to protect itself.

    • You are an antagonistic ill informed s..t stirrer. Why don’t you fly your fat mouth to Moscow and freeze your arse. You think you can comment from a tiny island reliant on China and dirty money? How dare you! See how China and Russia welcome you and then have a friggin opinion.

        • It’s time ANR to muzzles you for good. Get off your fat ass and get a job and become a product member of society. Or move on to Moscow and see how you like it there. Better yet check yourself into an asylum for an evaluation because you may be suffering from a mental illness. Just my opinion.

          @ Free, I understand that ANGEL does not even live in Antigua, so please don’t think she is the voice of Antiguans. Time for Uncle Sam to cut off her welfare cheque! We’ll se if Putin will send one instead.

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