US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at UNSC briefing
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday criticized Russia for the war in Ukraine and said countries that maintain “close ties” with Moscow have publicly condemned the conflict. Blinken, without naming any country, said there were questions and concerns among Russian allies about President Putin’s attack. Blinken said this while addressing a session of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) regarding the Russian attack in Ukraine.
Blinken said that “even many countries that maintain close ties with Moscow have publicly stated that they have serious questions and concerns about President Putin’s aggression.”
US, Russia and Ukraine’s foreign ministers face-to-face for the first time
As the Security Council meeting began, there were signs of an already charged atmosphere around the table. During the meeting, US Secretary of State Blinken, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba met for the first time. Throughout his address, Blinken called on every UNSC member state to send a “clear message” that the threat of a Russian nuclear attack must be stopped at all costs.
Putin adding fuel to fire: Blinken
“When it comes to the (Russia-Ukraine) war, there is remarkable unity among member states. Leaders of developing and developed countries, big and small, north and south, spoke at the UNGA to end the war,” he said. of it.” Blinken went on to say that leaders of various countries have spoken about the need to end the war. But Russian President Putin decided to escalate tensions by threatening to use nuclear weapons instead of withdrawing troops. He is pouring ghee into the fire. We will not allow Putin to do that.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier this week that his nuclear-armed country would use all available options to protect its people in the event of a threat to the nation. Blinken said that a clear message should be sent to the council members that the unintentional nuclear (threats) should be stopped immediately. He countered allegations of war crimes and other atrocities and called on other countries to raise their voices against it.
America welcomes PM Modi’s remarks
Blinken said the remarks made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Putin last week have been welcomed by the US. Let us tell you that during the meeting with Russian President Putin at the SCO summit, PM Modi had said that ‘this is not the time for war’.
Just before Blinken’s address, a senior administration official told reporters that other countries, including India, were speaking out against Russia. “You are seeing increasing signs of countries including India who have so far refrained from speaking on this issue, speaking in a different way, including through remarks made directly to Putin,” the official said.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said PM Modi’s remarks “are a statement of principle on his part which he believes to be true and just”. He said the remarks have been highly welcomed by the US and that the Indian leadership, which has longstanding ties with Moscow, reinforces the message that the time has come for the war to end.
The leaders of Turkey, China and India, all of whom have relatively positive relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, have kept their distance publicly on the recent war, which the White House described as “interesting”. John Kirby, a former spokesman for the US State Department and coordinator of strategic communications at the White House National Security Council, said, “I think what the leaders of China and India have said at the SCO summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, is this. It is a sign that Putin no longer has much sympathy for what he is doing in Ukraine.