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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 29, 2018, 09.00 AM (IST)

Ukraine asks NATO to send ships to back it in conflict with Russia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked NATO members including Germany Thursday to send naval vessels to the Sea of Azov to back his country in the standoff with Russia.

"Germany is one of our closest allies, and we hope that states within NATO are now ready to relocate naval ships to the Sea of Azov in order to assist Ukraine and provide security," he told Germany's Bild daily.


Vladimir Putin defends 'lawful' seizure of Ukrainian ships

President Vladimir Putin insisted Wednesday that Russian forces were in the right to seize three Ukrainian ships last weekend, but President Donald Trump expressed "deep concern" at Moscow's actions against a US ally.

In his first extensive remarks since the confrontation at sea on Sunday, Putin said it had been orchestrated by Kiev as a "provocation".

He said the Ukrainian ships had entered Russian territorial waters and refused to respond to requests to stop from Russian patrol boats. 


Trump studying new auto tariffs after General Motors announces job cuts

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that new auto tariffs were "being studied now," asserting they could prevent job cuts such as the US layoffs and plant closures that General Motors Co announced this week.


More love and respect for Sidhu in Pakistan than in India: Harsimrat Kaur Badal

Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Wednesday took a jibe at Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu and said that he seems to be getting more love and respect from Pakistan than India.

Badal`s statement comes after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan during the groundbreaking ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor across the border said that Sidhu can also win elections in his country.


Champions League: Liverpool made to look 'like butchers' against PSG, says Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said his team "looked like butchers" because of the reactions of the Paris Saint-Germain players to challenges during the French team's 2-1 Champions League win on Wednesday.

"We are one of the fairest teams in England but tonight we looked like butchers," Klopp said. 

Liverpool -- beaten in each of their past five games away from Anfield in the Champions League -- now face the real prospect of missing out on the knockout stages just six months after reaching the final against Real Madrid.