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The West needs to be vigilant on China support for Russia, EU says

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There’s a ‘huge divide’ on Ukraine on the G-20, EU’s Borrell says

There was a “big divide” in opinions concerning the Ukraine warfare on the G-20 international affairs assembly, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell stated Friday.

He additionally careworn that the West must be “vigilant” on China’s help for Russia.

“There is a big divide, and Russia will continue the war,” he informed CNBC’s Tanvir Gill in India.

“China has always told us that they are not providing arms to Russia, and they do not plan to do it, very much explicitly,” he added. “But, certainly we have to remain vigilant.”

— Katrina Bishop and Silvia Amaro

Quad members name Putin’s nuclear threats unacceptable

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech throughout a gathering of the Federal Security Service collegium in Moscow on Feb. 28, 2023.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats should not acceptable, international ministers of the “Quad” group the U.S., Japan, Australia and India stated in a joint assertion on Friday in the course of the Group of 20 assembly of ministers in India.

“We continued to discuss our responses to the conflict in Ukraine and the immense human suffering it is causing, and concurred that the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is inadmissible,” the assertion stated.

The assertion was a uncommon level of consensus between the U.S. and India on the Ukraine warfare. India’s authorities has to date refused to outright condemn Russia for the warfare. Moscow is a longtime ally and essential commerce accomplice to India.

— Natasha Turak

Russia can’t be allowed impunity for the warfare, Blinken says

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks throughout a press convention on the sidelines of the Group of 20 international ministers’ assembly in New Delhi on March 2, 2023.

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Russia needs to be punished for its warfare in Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated after a gathering in New Delhi with international ministers of the “Quad” group, whose members are the United States, India, Japan and Australia.

“If we allow with impunity Russia to do what it’s doing in Ukraine, then that’s a message to would-be aggressors everywhere that they may be able to get away with it too,” Blinken stated, chatting with a discussion board.

The assembly with Quad members got here in the course of the Group of 20 assembly in India of the world’s high 20 economies, the place the warfare in Ukraine dominated discussions. Western officers urged different international locations current to maintain pressuring Russia, however a joint communique from the assembly condemning Russia’s warfare couldn’t be agreed due to opposition from Moscow and Beijing. The Kremlin nonetheless calls the warfare its “special military operation.”

— Natasha Turak

Russian envoy says nuclear powers could conflict over Ukraine

A senior Russian diplomat warned that growing Western help for Ukraine may set off an open battle between nuclear powers.

Speaking on the U.N. convention on disarmament, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov denounced the U.S. and its allies for overtly declaring the purpose of defeating Russia in a “hybrid” warfare, arguing that it violates their obligations beneath worldwide agreements and is fraught with the warfare in Ukraine spilling uncontrolled.

Ryabkov warned that “the U.S. and NATO policy of fueling the conflict in Ukraine” and their “increasing involvement in the military confrontation is fraught with a direct military clash of nuclear powers with catastrophic consequences.”

He emphasised that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s transfer to droop the 2010 New START treaty, the final remaining nuclear arms pact with the U.S. got here in response to the U.S. and NATO motion on Ukraine.

— Associated Press

China has not but supplied Russia with weapons for the Kremlin’s warfare in Ukraine, White House says

John Kirby, Coordinator for Strategic Communications on the National Security Council, solutions questions in the course of the every day press briefing on the White House on March 2, 2023 in Washington, DC.

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The White House stated it has not but seen China provide Russia with weapons for the warfare in Ukraine.

“We haven’t seen the Chinese make a decision to move in that direction,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby stated when requested about any potential weapons transfers.

“Ultimately it’s their choice to make,” Kirby added, declining to elaborate on potential U.S. retaliatory actions.

— Amanda Macias

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