LIVE – War in Ukraine: Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden clash by interposed speech

LIVE - War in Ukraine: Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden clash by interposed speech

LIVE War in Ukraine Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden

JOE BIDEN AND NATO

US President Joe Biden meets Wednesday in Warsaw with the group of nine leaders of the NATO countries of Central and Eastern Europe, in the presence of the Secretary General of the Atlantic Alliance, to assure them of the “unwavering” support of Washington facing Moscow the day after a belligerent speech by Vladimir Putin.

Joe Biden “will meet with leaders of the Bucharest Nine (B9), a group of NATO allies on our eastern flank, in the presence of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to reaffirm the United States’ unwavering support for security of the Alliance,” the White House said in a statement.

This demonstration of support, planned for the presidential palace in Warsaw, aims to reassure these nine countries (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia) whose the common point is to be former members of the Soviet Union or the Warsaw Pact and to be on the eastern flank of NATO.

DRAFT RESOLUTION AT THE UN

The UN General Assembly meets from Wednesday on the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with Kyiv and its allies hoping to garner the widest support for a resolution calling for a “just and lasting” peace.

The draft resolution sponsored by some 60 countries “stresses the need to achieve, as soon as possible, a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine in accordance with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations”. It must be put to the vote at the end of the debates which will begin at 3 p.m. (8 p.m. GMT, 9 p.m. in France) and will last at least until Thursday.

Like previous resolutions, the text reaffirms the “attachment” to “the territorial integrity of Ukraine”, “demands” the immediate withdrawal of Russian forces, and calls for a “cessation of hostilities”.

CHINA-RUSSIA MEETING

The head of Chinese diplomacy, Wang Yi, is due to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday in Moscow. He could meet Vladimir Putin during his visit to the Russian capital, according to the Tass news agency.

The United States this week accused China of considering supplying arms to Russia to support its offensive in Ukraine, which Beijing denies. For its part, France is monitoring the activity of Chinese companies likely to provide aid to Russia, the French Foreign Minister said on Tuesday.

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