Blinken: Russia must be punished for the war in Ukraine, says Blinken

NEW DELHI: Russia cannot be allowed to wage war with impunity, US secretary tells State Antony Blinken said on Friday after meeting his Indian, Japanese and Australian counterparts in New Delhi.
the said Quadruple The group, in a statement released after the meeting, also said the use, or threat of use, of nuclear weapons in Ukraine was “unacceptable”.
Late last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin suspended a landmark nuclear arms control treaty and threatened to resume nuclear testing.
“If we allow Russia to do with impunity what it is doing in Ukraine, then it sends a message to would-be aggressors everywhere that they too may be able to get away with it,” he said. -he adds. Blinker said at a forum in India also attended by Quad ministers.
Blinken met with Quad Group counterparts on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in New Delhi, where ministers had traded blame over the dispute.
A day earlier in New Delhi, Blinken met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for the first time since the conflict in Ukraine began just over a year ago. During the brief meeting, Blinken urged Moscow to end the war and reverse its suspension of the New START nuclear treaty, a senior US official said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said Lavrov and Blinken spoke for less than 10 minutes and engaged in no negotiations, Russian news agencies reported.
At the G20, the United States and its allies called on member countries to continue to pressure Russia to end the conflict, but the G20 was unable to agree on a joint statement on the war due to opposition from Russia, which calls its actions a “special military mission”. operation”, and China.
On Friday, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell urged the global community to work together. “Anyone who abstains in several different regions needs to understand that we are facing something that breaks the possibility of having a global consensus,” he said.
In their statement, the Quad ministers also delivered a thinly disguised blow to China by denouncing actions that increase tensions in the South China Sea and the “militarization” of disputed territories in the region.
China denounced the Quad as a Cold War construct and a clique “targeting other countries”. The title of the group is Quadrilateral Security Dialoguefocused on strategic issues in the Indo-Pacific region.


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