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On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, The Washington Post editorial board take President Obama and European leaders to task for their tepid response to Russia’s involvement in Ukraine saying the “West has no willingness to defend freedom against Russia.”

“Mr. Putin’s proxies are tightening their grip over Luhansk and the adjacent province of Donetsk in fighting that has steadily escalated since Mr. Poroshenko’s election. Yet Mr. Putin not only has paid no price for the aggression — threatened U.S. and European Union sanctions remain on hold — but he was on his way Wednesday to D-Day celebrations in France, where he was invited to meet with the leaders of Britain, France and Germany. Mr. Obama, too, was talking up “the importance of maintaining good relations with Russia” and his hope to “rebuild some of the trust” with Moscow in coming months,” say the editors.

Obama, who is in Europe for a meeting of the G-7, issued another warning to Russian President Vladmir Putin that if “he continues a strategy of undermining the sovereignty of Ukraine, then we have no choice but to respond,” but did not expand on the threat.

In fact, Obama expressed hope that he hoped Putin would “seize the moment” to reset relations with the world.

Japanese Prime Minister: Securing The Law Of The Sea
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe authored an op-ed in which he stated that Japan was in position to “play a larger and more proactive role in ensuring peace in Asia,” particularly with regard to securing international law.

“Nowhere is that need clearer than in the area of international maritime law. The  Asia-Pacific region has achieved tremendous growth in the span of a single  generation. Regrettably, a large and relatively disproportionate share of the  fruits of that growth is going toward military expansion. The sources of  instability include not only the threat of weapons of mass destruction, but also  – and more immediately – efforts to alter the territorial status quo through force or coercion. And those efforts are taking place largely at sea,” the prime minister asserts.

Is Iran’s Ahmadinejad Making A Comeback
An article in the Middle East magazine Al Monitor examines whether Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may be angling for a comeback noting the recent arrests of people who criticize the former leader.

“It’s likely that these arrests are warning signs coming from a group of political elites who are not going to accept the possibility of Ahmadinejad, or people close to him, returning to the political arena. The judiciary and police force are in control of right-wing forces in Iran, and if the arrests of Ahmadinejad associates are political, it is they who are making these decisions.

As Sadegh Zibakalam, a Tehran University professor, told the website Fararu: ‘Certain factions are conveying this message to Ahmadinejad that you should not  think about the future presidential elections or the next year’s parliamentary  elections. Your future is in the University of Science and Technology.'”

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