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Biden calls for Russia to be expelled from the G-20

Biden calls for Russia to be expelled from the G-20

BRUSSELS – President Biden said Russia should be kicked out of the Group of 20 major economies and pledged that the United States would participate Up to 100,000 refugees Flee Ukraine where he met world leaders on Thursday to discuss new sanctions and humanitarian aid in response to the invasion of Moscow.

The rallies in Brussels came amid fears of the Russian president

Russian President Vladimir Putin

He could order the use of chemical or other unconventional weapons in Ukraine, a move Mr. Biden said would lead to a response from the United States and its allies.

During a press conference, Mr. Biden stressed that NATO and European allies are united in their efforts. The United States announced a new round of sanctions against political figures, oligarchs, defense companies, and $1 billion in humanitarian aid funding.

“The most important thing for us is that we stay united and that the world continues to focus on what this brute man is,” Biden said of Putin. “And all innocent lives will be lost and destroyed.”

Mr. Biden also said he believed Russia should be excluded from the G-20, adding that the decision was up to the group. He said the issue was discussed Thursday among the leaders. He said he brought up the idea that if Russia cannot be removed, Ukraine should be allowed to attend meetings and observe. The G-20 summit is scheduled to be held in Bali, Indonesia, in the fall.

Russia has been excluded from the Group of Seven economically advanced nations – formerly the Group of Eight – since its 2014 annexation of Crimea.

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After arriving in Brussels on Wednesday, Biden on Thursday met with leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, as well as with leaders of the Group of Seven and the European Union. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau traveled to Brussels for the meetings.

Other countries also used the gathering to announce increased spending on humanitarian relief and other efforts. German Chancellor Olaf Schulz, who chaired the G7 meeting, called for a global response humanitarian crisis He warned of food supply disruptions outside Ukraine due to Fighting.

before NATO meetingMr. Biden emphasized the need to strengthen the alliance’s eastern wing and said he would welcome pledges to increase military spending from various nations, officials said.

NATO commanders agreed to deploy more battle groups – groups of combat-ready forces – to the eastern flank, doubling their number to eight.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed NATO leaders and asked for more support, lamenting that answers were not always forthcoming. “You have at least 20,000 tanks! Ukraine asked for one percent or one percent of all your tanks to be given to us or sold! But we don’t have a clear answer yet. The worst thing during the war is the lack of clear answers to requests for help,” he said.

Ukraine targeted a port facility used by Russian forces, and hit a naval vessel; Biden meets world leaders in Brussels to discuss next steps with Russia; The Ukrainian president called for global rallies to commemorate one month of the war. Photo: Ukrainian Armed Forces

not revived Appeal for NATO membership or for No-fly zoneAccording to senior officials in the Biden administration. Mr. Zelensky later addressed the leaders of the Group of Seven.

against the Russian forces Unexpectedly powerful and deadly opposition Of the Ukrainian forces, Western leaders say they are concerned that Mr. Putin will resort to the use of weapons of mass destruction. NATO officials wrestling with the question What actions Russia is taking can be seen as red lines that could lead to more direct NATO involvement. Officials said Russia’s possible use of chemical weapons was part of the discussion among NATO leaders.

“The Allies agreed to provide Ukraine with equipment to help protect against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after the summit. He noted that this includes equipment to detect and protect against such weapons, as well as medical support and decontamination equipment.

He said NATO has also activated chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense forces. “We are taking measures to support Ukraine as well as to defend ourselves,” he said.

The accidental release of chemical agents is also of concern to some members. “We are concerned when Russian forces of aggression bomb chemical plants and similar facilities,” Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa said before the NATO summit. “This could lead to disaster on a large scale.”

Mr. Biden and others were careful not to telegraph exactly what the United States and its allies would do if Mr. Putin used chemical weapons. “The nature of the response will depend on the nature of the use,” he said Thursday.

“Strategic ambiguity and discretion are more effective” than red lines, French President Emmanuel Macron said, explaining why Russian action that might lead to a NATO response was not identified.

Mr. Stoltenberg, whose term has been extended to 2023 amid the crisis, also emphasized the alliance’s open-door policy to welcome new members. Moscow has long worried about the possibility of countries close to its borders joining the Western alliance.

NATO was walking a tightrope to supply Ukraine with weapons and other support, without being drawn directly in combat. Mr. Stoltenberg said NATO’s direct participation, such as the establishment of No-fly zone over Ukrainecould carry a significant risk of expanding the war.

Officials said the allies also spoke of the need to call on China not to support Russia in its war against Ukraine. During his press conference, Mr. Biden said he was outspoken Friday conversation With President Xi Jinping.

“I didn’t make any threats, but I did point out how many US and foreign companies have left Russia as a result of their barbaric behavior,” Biden said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to the media in Brussels.


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He said he had reminded his counterpart of China’s interest in economic growth with Europe and the United States, and said Mr. Xi would “be at great risk to these goals” if he were to support Russia.

The United States and the European Union imposed Largest coordinated package of sanctions Ever against a major economy in the wake Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

On Thursday, the United States said it would impose a new round of sanctions on more than 400 political figures, oligarchs and defense companies. According to US officials, Mr. Biden’s new sanctions will cover more than 300 Members of the Russian State Duma, the lower house of parliament, as well as 17 members of the board of directors of the Russian financial institution Sofcombank; Hermann Gref, a longtime Putin adviser who leads Sberbank; and Russian businessman Gennady Timchenko. The White House said 48 major Russian state-owned defense entities would be part of the new round of sanctions.

The Group of Seven and the European Union also announced a new initiative aimed at preventing Russia from evading sanctions already in place. US officials said one example would be blocking roads for the Russian central bank to prop up the ruble.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nosida said Thursday that sanctions should target Russia’s middle class amid signs that public support for Mr. Putin may grow.

Mr. Biden has promised more than $1 billion in new funding to meet humanitarian needs as a result of the conflict in Ukraine. The United States will do that too open its borders Administration officials said as many as 100,000 Ukrainians and others fled the Russia attack. Save more than 3.6 million people The fighting in Ukraine Since the start of the conflict, most of them have been destined for Poland.

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Biden will travel to Warsaw on Friday and is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting on Saturday with Polish President Andrzej Duda. Mr. Duda recently pressed cum

Kamala Harris

During an hour-long meeting in Warsaw to expedite the granting of US visas to Ukrainians in Poland who hope to join family members in the United States

The United States is expected to make an announcement on Friday about strengthening European energy security and reducing the continent’s dependence on Russian natural gas, U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said.

Ahead of Thursday’s meeting, NATO released estimates that Russia may have lost as many as a fifth of its combat forces in about a month of fighting in Ukraine. US military analysts estimated the number of casualties was low.

Up to 40,000 Russian soldiers A senior NATO military official said Ukraine had been killed, wounded, captured or missing. Another NATO official said Russia may also have lost 10% of its equipment, impairing Moscow’s ability to maintain the pace of its operations. Moscow has not released updated casualty figures since admitting on March 2 that 498 soldiers were killed in Ukraine.

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