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The US and its allies vowed at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

We’ll break down the highlights of the meeting. In addition, we will preview Foreign Minister Antony Blinken’s meeting with his Chinese counterpart following President Biden’s recent remarks about Taiwan.

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Ukraine allies pledge to punish Russia

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other top diplomats with ties to Ukraine confronted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Thursday, confronting Russia with alleged war crimes and promising those responsible. to prosecute.

The Security Council meeting took place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly the day after Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a televised speech mobilizing 300,000 troops to ramp up the war in Ukraine.

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What Blink said: “That President Putin chose this week, as most of the world gathers at the United Nations, to add fuel to the fire he started, shows his utter disregard for the UN Charter for the General Assembly and for this advice,” said Blinken.

  • “The highly international order that we have gathered here to maintain is being torn apart before our very eyes. We can, we will not allow President Putin to get away with it.”
  • Blinken also noted the chorus of condemnation of Russia’s war at the General Assembly, coming from “countries that are developing and developing, big and small, north and south.”
  • “Even some countries with close ties to Moscow have publicly said they have serious questions and concerns about President Putin’s ongoing invasion,” he added.

Ukraine weighs in: The Security Council meeting was attended by the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kulebawho told a press conference before the meeting that he would “keep a safe social distance” with Lavrov, in one of the few cases where the two diplomats would be in the same room.

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Kuleba used his comments to the council to call for the creation of a special tribunal to “trial President Putin and his entourage… for the crime of aggression against Ukraine.”

“And Russia should know one thing: it will never be able to kill us all,” he added.

What the ICC said:United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres bluntly blamed Russia for the deaths and injuries of civilians.

Those comments were followed by International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Karim Khan, who – while not specifically blaming Russia – Moscow’s claims of staged atrocities in Ukrainian villages where mass graves and bodies lying in the streets were Russian war crimes suggested, rejected .

  • “When I went to Bucha and went behind St Andrew’s Church, the bodies I saw were not fake,” Khan said, adding that the ICC is committed to investigating crimes that fall under the jurisdiction of the court.
  • “We must show the determination, the determination and the principle not to disappoint and abandon those who need the law most right now.”

Russia support: Russia received only lukewarm support from countries with ties to Moscow.

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing supports “dialogue and negotiations without preconditions” and that “sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries must be respected”.

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Shine for meeting with Chinese counterpart

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet his Chinese counterpart on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly this week, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

The meeting is scheduled for Friday and comes after President Biden emphatically said “yes” when asked whether US troops would defend Taiwan if China invaded, in an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday.

China’s Foreign Ministry filed a formal complaint and issued “harsh statements” in response to Biden’s comments, which the White House said did not constitute a change in US policy.

What China Said: “As part of our ongoing efforts to maintain open lines of communication and responsibly manage competition, the Secretary will discuss a range of bilateral and global issues with” the State Council of the People’s Republic of China and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, said in a statement. the explanation.

Increasing tensions: China sees all attempts by foreign governments to improve relations with Taiwan as a red line and views the self-governed island as an inalienable part of the mainland.

The US stance on Taiwan and Biden’s repeated statements that US troops would defend the democratic island have infuriated the Chinese. Relations between Washington and Beijing have deteriorated further due to a host of security, military, geopolitical, economic and environmental issues.

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‘FAT LEONARD’ ARRESTED IN VENEZUELA

Leonard Francis, better known as “Fat Leonard”, has been arrested in Venezuela after he escaped from house arrest earlier this month pending his conviction in the largest US military corruption case in the past decade.

Francis, a former Malaysian military contractor, pleaded guilty in 2015 to bribing US Navy officials as part of a $35 million bribery scandal. He was placed under house arrest in San Diego weeks before he was due to be sentenced, but is said to have cut off his GPS monitor and left on Sept. 4.

Francis arrived in Venezuela from Mexico and planned to make a stop in Cuba before heading to Russia, Venezuelan Interpol chief Carlos Gárate Rondón said in an Instagram post on Wednesday.

Rondón said Francis was arrested at Simón Bolívar International Airport in the city of Maiquetía as he was about to leave the country and will be handed over to Venezuela’s judicial authorities to start extradition proceedings.

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ON TAP FOR TOMORROW

  • The Belfer Center will host a discussion on “Beyond the Nuclear Canon: Teaching the Bomb in the 21st Century” at 10am
  • The Hudson Institute will host an event on “The Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict and the American interest” at 12 noon
  • The Middle East Institute receives His Excellency Rashad al-Alimi of the Republic of Yemen at 3 p.m.

WHAT WE READ

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