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16 Mar 2023, 02:05 GMT+10

MOSCOW -- Russia will try to retrieve the wreckage of a U.S. surveillance drone that crashed into the Black Sea on Tuesday, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said Wednesday.

"I don't know if we will be able to get the remains or not, but it is a must to do it and we will do it. I hope, of course, it will be a success," Patrushev told a Russian TV program. (Russia-US-Drone Crash)

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BRUSSELS -- The European Union (EU) aims to produce 40 percent of its own clean technologies by 2030, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday.

"The global market for net-zero technologies is set to triple by 2030. In other words: the race is on. We must get our act together if we want to stay frontrunners. This is what the Green Deal Industrial Plan is all about," von der Leyen told the European Parliament in Strasbourg. (EU-Clean tech)

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THE HAGUE -- Elections for 12 provincial legislatures began Wednesday in the Netherlands as voters cast their ballots that will indirectly elect the country's national senate.

The vote came amid widespread discontent with the government and fury among farmers at plans to curb nitrate pollution. (Netherlands-Vote)

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MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday said the theory that Ukrainian activists were involved in the Nord Stream pipelines blast last year is "complete nonsense," alleging the United States is behind what he called a "terrorist attack."

"We must always look for those who are interested. Theoretically, the United States is certainly interested in stopping the delivery of Russian energy to the European market and supplying its own, including LNG, even if it is 25-30 percent more expensive than Russia's," Putin said in an interview with a Russian TV program. (Russia-Putin-US-Nord Stream Sabotage)

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