Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner was freed from prison in Russia and on her way home Thursday, President Joe Biden said at the White House. The United States agreed to release imprisoned Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, Biden said, in a swap of prisoners that ends nearly 10 months of detainment for Griner.
The United States has designated China, Iran and Russia among other nations as “countries of particular concern” under the Religious Freedom Act, secretary of state Anthony Blinken said on Friday.
Labeling Wagner a foreign terrorist organization would allow the US to pursue criminal prosecution against the group and its members, as well as go after its assets around the globe.
The United States initiated a call through the “deconfliction” line to communicate its concerns about Russian military operations near critical infrastructure in Ukraine. However, few details are known surrounding the specific incident that led to the call on the line, which connects the US military’s European Command and Russia’s National Defense Management Center.
The US and other top leaders now say they believe the strike was probably launched by Ukrainian air defenses to defend against a Russian missile bombardment. But uncertainty swirled for hours. Several US defense officials said it isn’t unusual for Gerasimov to not be available for a call.
Addressing reporters at an Asia-Pacific summit in Bangkok, Blinken said that he had spoken again with his Ukrainian counterpart on the probe but added: “Whatever its final conclusion, we already know the party ultimately responsible for this tragic incident – Russia.”
President Joe Biden will meet Monday with President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of next week’s Group of 20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, a face-to-face meeting that comes amid increasingly strained US-China relations, the White House announced Thursday.It will be the first in-person meeting between the leaders of the world’s two biggest economies since Biden …
The paper quoted unnamed people familiar with the discussions as saying that the request by American officials was not aimed at pushing Ukraine to the negotiating table, but a calculated attempt to ensure Kyiv maintains the support of other nations facing constituencies wary of fueling a war for many years to come.
Asked by reporters whether he thinks Russia is preparing a dirty bomb attack that it would then blame on Ukraine, Biden said: “Russia would be making an incredibly serious mistake were it to use a tactical nuclear weapon.”
Russia is tearing at the very foundations of international peace and security: Joe Biden after UN vote
“Today, the overwhelming majority of the world — nations from every region, large and small, representing a wide array of ideologies and governments – voted to defend the United Nations Charter and condemn Russia’s illegal attempt to annex Ukrainian territory by force,” Biden said.
The People’s Republic of China harbors the intention and, increasingly, the capacity to reshape the international order in favor of one that tilts the global playing field to its benefit, even as the United States remains committed to managing the competition between our countries responsibly,” national security advisor Jake Sullivan said in outlining the policy.
The US President spoke out in a rare televised interview as his administration looks for what he has described as an “off-ramp” for Putin to deescalate his invasion of Ukraine before he resorts to weapons of mass destruction.
The resolution – drafted by the United States and Albania and whose exact contents are not yet public – has no chance of passing thanks to Moscow’s veto power, though it can then be presented to the general assembly.
US President Joe Biden, asked by a reporter if he would blacklist Russia as a terrorist state, said simply, “no,” after months of non-committal answers from senior officials. A label of “state sponsor of terrorism” by the US, the world’s largest economy, has wide-ranging ramifications, with many businesses and banks unwilling to incur the risk …