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Rep. Michael McCaul accused the White House of failing to plan the withdrawal from Afghanistan. McCaul is the ranking GOP member in the House's Foreign Affairs Committee. His comments came as Republicans on the committee prepared a scathing report of the withdrawal. Sign up for our newsletter to receive our top stories based on your reading preferences — delivered daily to your inbox. There was no plan, and there's no plan executed," McCaul said of the withdrawal.
Persons: Michael McCaul, , Biden, Joe Biden, Margaret Brennan, McCaul, Brennan, Antony Blinken, Hunter Biden, Adrienne Watson, Watson Organizations: Foreign Affairs, Service, Rep, Republican, House Foreign Affairs, US State Department, GOP, CBS, White, Hamid, State Department, American, Washington Post, National Security, United States Locations: Afghanistan, McCaul, White House, Vietnam, Kabul, Kabul's, Iran, Iranian, United
Iran says Rushdie and supporters to blame for attack
  + stars: | 2022-08-15 | by ( )   time to read: +4 min
Author Salman Rushdie listens during the opening news conference of the Frankfurt book fair, Germany October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski/File PhotoDUBAI, Aug 15 (Reuters) - No one has the right to level accusations against Iran over Friday's attack on Salman Rushdie, for which he and his supporters are solely to blame, the foreign ministry in Tehran said on Monday. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Register"During the attack on Salman Rushdie, we do not consider anyone other than himself and his supporters worthy of reproach, reproach and condemnation," Kanaani told a news briefing. Hardline Iranian state media outlets celebrated the attack with headlines including "Satan has been blinded" and some Iranians voiced support online for the stabbing. A Hezbollah official told Reuters on Saturday that the group had no additional information on the attack on Rushdie.
Persons: Salman Rushdie, Ralph Orlowski, Nasser Kanaani, Kanaani, Antony Blinken, Rushdie, Iran's, Ruhollah Khomeini, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s, Hadi Matar, Nathaniel Barone, Matar, Ali Tehfe, Khomeini, Qassem Soleimani, Maya Gebeily, Michael Georgy, John Stonestreet Organizations: REUTERS, Iran, Twitter, Chautauqua Institution, Reuters, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, NBC, Rushdie, Dubai Newsroom, Thomson Locations: Frankfurt, Germany, DUBAI, Iran, Tehran, New York, United States, Fairview , New Jersey, NBC New York, Yaroun, Lebanon, U.S, Beirut
Salman Rushdie is "more than a literary giant," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday as the icon remained in critical condition after Friday's stabbing attack. Rushdie "has consistently stood up for the universal rights of freedom of expression, freedom of religion or belief, and freedom of the press," Blinken said. There has, indeed, been global outrage in the wake of the Rushdie attack. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese called the attack "an assault on global freedom of expression." On Sunday, Rushdie's son Zafar said that "though his life changing injuries are severe, his usual feisty & defiant sense of humor remains intact.
Persons: Salman Rushdie, Antony Blinken, Rushdie, Blinken, Biden, Anthony Albanese, Rushdie's, Zafar Organizations: CNN Locations: York
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken listens as U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin speaks with reporters after returning from their trip to Kyiv and meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, near the Ukraine border, in Poland, April 25, 2022. Alex Brandon/Pool via REUTERSAug 12 (Reuters) - The United States is concerned by reports that British, Swedish and Croatian nationals were being charged by "illegitimate authorities in eastern Ukraine", Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday. "Russia and its proxies have an obligation to respect international humanitarian law, including the rights & protections afforded to prisoners of war," Blinken wrote on Twitter. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterReporting by Costas Pitas in Los Angeles; Editing by William MallardOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Defense Lloyd Austin, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Alex Brandon, Blinken, Costas Pitas, William Mallard Organizations: Defense, REUTERS, Twitter, Thomson Locations: Kyiv, Ukraine, Poland, United States, Russia, Los Angeles
Paraguay's Vice-President Hugo Velazquez addresses the media after Foreign Minister Antonio Rivas took office in Asuncion,Paraguay July 31, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge AdornoWASHINGTON, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Paraguayan Vice President Hugo Velazquez on Friday said he would resign and withdraw his candidacy for the presidency, after being blacklisted by the United States for alleged "significant" acts of corruption. Velazquez denied the accusation but said that, to "protect" his party, he would submit his resignation next week. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterThe U.S. State Department accused Velazquez earlier on Friday of involvement in significant acts of corruption. The state department in July accused former Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes of "significant corruption" and of obstructing a cross-border criminal investigation read more .
Persons: Hugo Velazquez, Antonio Rivas, Jorge Adorno WASHINGTON, Friday, Velazquez, Antony Blinken, Valazquez, Juan Carlos Duarte, Marc Ostfield, Duarte, Duarte's, Horacio Cartes, Daniela Desantis, Paul Grant, Isabel Woodford, Ismail Shakil, John Stonestreet Organizations: Foreign, REUTERS, Paraguayan, . State Department, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Asuncion, Paraguay, United States, U.S, Paraguayan
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the President’s Office in Urugwiro Village in Kigali, Rwanda August 11, 2022. The United States is a longstanding ally of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame, but Blinken told reporters on Tuesday in Kinshasa he was very concerned about "credible reports" Rwanda has provided support to M23. read moreLast year the U.S. administration gave Rwanda $147 million in bilateral assistance, and $500,000 for peace and security. Blinken's visit "will lead to a re-evaluation of what's happening on the ground," Stearns told Reuters by telephone. Rwanda's foreign affairs ministry said Rusesabagina's arrest and conviction were lawful under Rwandan and international law.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Paul Kagame, Andrew Harnik, Blinken, Rwanda's, Bill Gates, Jason Stearns, Stearns, Kagame, Paul Rusesabagina, Hereward Holland, James Macharia Chege, Deepa Babington Organizations: Rwandan, REUTERS, United Nations, United Nations Security, Rwanda, Starbucks, New, Congo Research, U.S, Thomson Locations: Urugwiro Village, Kigali, Rwanda, REUTERS KIGALI, Democratic Republic of Congo, United States, Congo, Kinshasa, New York, Great Lakes Region, U.S
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the President’s Office in Urugwiro Village in Kigali, Rwanda August 11, 2022. Rusesabagina, 67, a U.S. permanent resident, was sentenced last September to 25 years in prison over eight terrorism charges tied to an organization opposed to President Paul Kagame's rule. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterRusesabagina, who was feted around the world after being portrayed by actor Don Cheadle in 2004's "Hotel Rwanda," is a vocal critic of Kagame. Blinken said he had discussed Rusesabagina's case with Kagame in his meeting earlier on Thursday but declined to say how Kagame responded. Therefore, Rwanda will continue to abide by our laws and the decisions made by our judiciary," Biruta said.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Paul Kagame, Andrew Harnik, Paul Rusesabagina, Paul Kagame's, Vincent Biruta, Rusesabagina, Don Cheadle, Kagame, Blinken, Washington, Biruta, Joe Biden, Washington's, Biden, Brittney Griner, Paul Whelan, Humeyra Pamuk, Njuwa Maina, David Holmes Organizations: Rwandan, REUTERS, Biruta, Rwanda Movement, Democratic, National Liberation Front, U.S, State Department's Bureau, Consular Affairs, Hostage Affairs, Thomson Locations: Urugwiro Village, Kigali, Rwanda, REUTERS KIGALI, U.S, United States, Russia, Washington, Moscow
(CNN) US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday said he had raised "serious concerns" related to human rights as well as issues about regional tensions with the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo during a meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame in the capital Kigali. Speaking at a press conference with his Rwandan counterpart on Thursday, Blinken said he raised "serious concerns" about human rights during his earlier meeting with Kagame, including the case of Rwandan citizen and US permanent resident Paul Rusesabagina. "We believe people in every country should be able to express their views without fear of intimidation, imprisonment, violence or any other forms of repression," Blinken said at a press conference with Rwandan Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta. "[We] underscored our concerns about the lack of fair trial guarantees provided to him," Blinken added, referring to Rusesabagina's case. "We continue to urge the government to address concerns about the legal protections afforded to him in this case and establish safeguards to prevent similar outcomes in the future," Blinken added later, responding to a journalist's question.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Paul Kagame, Blinken, Kagame, Paul Rusesabagina, Vincent Biruta, Read Organizations: CNN, Democratic, Rwandan Locations: Democratic Republic of Congo, Kigali
And I recognize that some criticisms of my government’s policies are justified. But Americans must also recognize that U.S. behavior is hardly setting a good example. The shift in Chinese attitudes wasn’t a given. But when U.S.-led NATO forces mistakenly bombed the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1999 during the Kosovo war, our idolizing of America began to wane. Two years later, a U.S. spy plane and a Chinese fighter jet collided in the South China Sea, leaving a Chinese pilot dead.
Persons: Antony Blinken Organizations: NATO, Embassy Locations: United States, China, Belgrade, Serbia, Kosovo, U.S, Chinese, South China, Iraq
U.S. defense secretary raises concerns for Tunisia democracy
  + stars: | 2022-08-09 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin looks on during the 15th Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas (CDMA) in Brasilia, Brazil July 26, 2022. After the referendum, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and incoming U.S. ambassador to Tunis Joey Hood voiced concern for Tunisia's democracy, and Tunisian authorities summoned the acting U.S. charge d'affaires to complain. Tunisia is now seeking a rescue package from the International Monetary Fund to avert a collapse in public finances. "We can feel those headwinds in Tunisia, where people inspired the world with their demands for democracy", he added. The U.S. Africa Command, headquartered in Germany, is responsible for all U.S. Department of Defense operations, exercises and security cooperation in Africa and surrounding waters.
Persons: Lloyd Austin, Adriano Machado, Kais Saied, Antony Blinken, Tunis Joey Hood, Ben Ali, Austin, Angus McDowall, David Gregorio Our Organizations: Defense, Conference of Defense, REUTERS, . Defense, Register Washington, International Monetary Fund, U.S . Africa Command, U.S . Department of Defense, Thomson Locations: Brasilia, Brazil, TUNIS, Tunis, Tunisia, U.S, Africa, United States, Germany
‘Too often, African nations have been treated as instruments of other nations’ progress, rather than the authors of their own,’ Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday in Pretoria, South Africa. The U.S. won’t ask African governments to pick sides in an intensifying standoff with other powers such as Russia and China, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in South Africa Monday, in a speech about the Biden administration’s strategy toward the continent. Mr. Blinken’s visit, with stops scheduled later this week in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, comes at a time of growing U.S. concern about Russia’s clout in Africa and on the heels of a recent trip by Moscow’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov.
Persons: Antony Blinken, won’t, Blinken’s, Sergei Lavrov Organizations: , Biden, Democratic Locations: Pretoria, South Africa, The U.S, Russia, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Africa
South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin meets U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the Sokha Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, August 5, 2022. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERSSEOUL, Aug 8 (Reuters) - South Korea foreign minister Park Jin is set for his first visit to China on Monday as President Yoon Suk-yeol's government seeks to reassure Beijing about their relationship despite stronger ties with the United States and tensions over Taiwan. Park is scheduled for a three-day stay in the eastern port city of Qingdao, during which he will hold talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Seoul's foreign ministry said. Park is the first high-level official to travel to China since Yoon took office in May. His trip comes after Beijing expressed outrage over U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan last week.
Persons: Park, Antony Blinken, Andrew Harnik, Jin, Yoon Suk, Wang Yi, Yoon, Nancy Pelosi's, Pelosi, Wang, Hyonhee Shin, Joori Roh, Gerry Doyle Organizations: South Korean Foreign, Park Jin, U.S, REUTERS, Foreign, Park, Thomson Locations: Phnom Penh, Cambodia, REUTERS SEOUL, South Korea, China, Beijing, United States, Taiwan, Qingdao, Seoul, South, Thailand, U.S, Asia, Japan, Korea
PRETORIA, South Africa, August 8, 2022: South Africa's Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor (R) and Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) attend a strategic dialogue opening session meeting at the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in South Africa on Monday to begin a three-country tour as major powers jostle for influence on the continent. "South Africa is a country which doesn't have a good relationship with the United States. He suggested that this is the reason why South Africa is Blinken's first port of call, and that particular attention will be paid to aligning the two countries' perspectives on Russia's war in Ukraine. In a recent blog, the European Council on Foreign Relations said that while that message was tailored to African sensitivities, the primary objective of Lavrov's trip was "political theater."
Persons: Naledi Pandor, Antony Blinken, Sergei Lavrov, Emmanuel Macron, , Joe Biden's, Alex Vines, Vines, Russia's Lavrov Organizations: Africa's, South African Department of International Relations, Cooperation, Cooperation . U.S, Democratic, Russian, — Blinken's, Chatham House, African National Congress, CNBC, Kremlin, Central African, European Council, Foreign Relations Locations: PRETORIA, South Africa, Cooperation ., Democratic Republic of, Congo, Rwanda, Egypt, Uganda, Ethiopia, Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Benin, Guinea, Bissau, Africa, United States, Ukraine, Pretoria, Russia, Washington, Mali, Mozambique, Central African Republic, Angola, Algeria, Burundi, Madagascar, Namibia, Senegal, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Libya, Moscow
U.S. Africa strategy stresses China, Russia threats
  + stars: | 2022-08-08 | by ( David Brunnstrom | )   time to read: +5 min
Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERSJOHANNESBURG, Aug 8 (Reuters) - The United States released a new strategy document for sub-Saharan Africa on Monday, stressing the region's importance, the threats posed by China and Russia, and vowing to extend defense cooperation with like-minded African countries. It expands on a November speech by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken first laying out the Biden administration's approach to Africa. Its release comes as Blinken is in South Africa and visiting two more African countries this week. "Effective, legitimate, and accountable militaries and other security forces are essential to support open, democratic, and resilient societies and to counter destabilizing threats, including in Africa," the paper said. Russia saw Africa as "a permissive environment for parastatals and private military companies, often fomenting instability for strategic and financial benefit," it said.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Naledi Pandor, Andrew Harnik, Biden, Blinken, Donald Trump, David Brunnstrom, Doina Chiacu, Jeff Mason, Diane Craft Organizations: South Africa's, South African Department of International Relations, Cooperation, REUTERS, United, U.S, . National Defense Strategy, Pentagon, African Union, U.S . Agency for International Development, Thomson Locations: Pretoria, South Africa, REUTERS JOHANNESBURG, United States, Saharan Africa, China, Russia, Africa, Washington, Russian, U.S, Europe, Pacific, Washington . China
Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERSJOHANNESBURG, Aug 8 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that if Russia were allowed to bully Ukraine, to invade and take territory without being opposed, then it would be "open season" around the world. "If we allow a big country to bully a smaller one, to simply invade it and take its territory, then it's going to be open season, not just in Europe but around the world," Blinken said. Russia deployed tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine on Feb. 24, in what it calls a "special military operation" to demilitarise Ukraine and protect Russian speakers there. Pandor said no one in South Africa supported the war in Ukraine but that the prescripts of international law were not being applied evenly. South Africa abstained from a United Nations vote denouncing the invasion of Ukraine, and like other African countries has resisted calls to condemn Russia.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Naledi Pandor, Andrew Harnik, Blinken, Pandor, Bhargav, Alexander Winning, James Macharia Organizations: South Africa's, South African Department of International Relations, Cooperation, REUTERS, United, South, Democratic, Thomson Locations: South, Pretoria, South Africa, REUTERS JOHANNESBURG, Russia, Ukraine, United States, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Europe, Palestine, United Nations, China, Africa, U.S, Bengaluru, Johannesburg
Ukraine was already stocking up on U.S.-made Javelins before Russia invaded. Here a group of Ukrainian servicemen take a shipment of Javelins in early February, as Russia positioned troops on Ukraine's border. WASHINGTON – The Biden administration announced a $1 billion security assistance package for Ukraine on Monday, the largest installment yet since Russia's full-scale invasion began in late February. The upcoming military aid package, the 18th such tranche, brings U.S. commitment to about $9.8 billion and includes munitions for long-range weapons and armored medical transport vehicles. The Pentagon will also send 1,000 Javelins, hundreds of AT4 anti-armor systems, 50 armored medical treatment vehicles, anti-personnel munitions, explosives, demolition munitions and demolition equipment.
Persons: WASHINGTON –, Lockheed Martin, Antony Blinken Organizations: Biden, Ukraine, High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, Air Missile Systems, Lockheed, Pentagon Locations: Ukraine, Russia, Ukraine's, WASHINGTON
(CNN) US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday drew firm distinctions between the United States and Russia as he sought to make the case that the US is the better partner for countries in Africa. "Our strategy is rooted in the recognition that Sub-Saharan Africa is a major geopolitical force -- one that shaped our past, is shaping our present, and will shape our future," Blinken said. Blinken's visit to the continent -- with stops in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Rwanda -- and pitch for US partnership there comes as Moscow has sought to step up its influence in Africa amid isolation from Europe over its war in Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov traveled to Ethiopia, Uganda, the Republic of Congo, and Egypt at the end of July. Blinken said his visit was not about countering Russia's influence on the continent, telling South Africa's "eNCA" that the US' "focus is not on saying to friends, partners: you have to choose."
Persons: Antony Blinken, Biden, Blinken, Blinken's, Sergey Lavrov Organizations: CNN, Monday, Democratic, Russian Locations: United States, Russia, Africa, Saharan Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, Rwanda, Moscow, Europe, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Uganda, Republic of Congo, Egypt
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Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterHe assured Marcos the United States would honour its commitments to their decades-old joint defence pact. "The alliance is strong and I believe can grow even stronger," Blinken told Marcos. The Philippines is a fulcrum of the geopolitical rivalry between the United States and China and Marcos faces a tricky challenging in balancing his country's ties between the two major economic powers. U.S.-Philippines ties were shaken by overtures towards China by Marcos' predecessor, Rodrigo Duterte, his frequent outbursts over his disdain for the United States and his threats to downgrade their defence ties. Marcos said Pelosi's trip "just demonstrated...the intensity of that conflict."
Persons: Ferdinand Marcos Jr, Antony Blinken, Ezra Acayan, Pelosi, Blinken, Nancy Pelosi's, Marcos, Washington, Rodrigo Duterte, Blinken's, Enrique Manalo, Manalo, David Brunnstrom, Karen Lema, Martin Petty Organizations: U.S ., U.S, Thomson Locations: Manila, Philippines, Manila Philippines, Taiwan, MANILA, U.S, Hawaii, United States, China, COVID
Taiwan's defence ministry also said it fired flares late on Friday to warn away seven drones flying over its Kinmen islands and unidentified aircraft flying over its Matsu islands. The United States called the response "irresponsible". "We wish to issue a warning to the United States: Do not act rashly, do not create a greater crisis," Wang said. read more"There's nothing here for the United States to rectify. read moreJapan's defence ministry reported that as many as four missiles flew over Taiwan's capital, which is unprecedented.
Persons: Nancy Pelosi, Joseph Wu, Pelosi, Antony Blinken, Washington, Blinken, Lloyd Austin, Wang Yi, Wang, Jing Quan, John Kirby, Kirby, Mark Milley, Todd Breasseale, Fumio Kishida, Mao Zedong's, Chiang Kai, China's, Yimou Lee, Tony Munroe, Robert Birsel Organizations: House, Taiwan Foreign, Taipei Songshan, Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, REUTERS, U.S, Eastern Theater Command, Liberation Army, Pentagon, U.S . Defense, Embassy, Austin, Joint Chiefs, Thomson Locations: Taipei, Taipei Songshan Airport, Taiwan, REUTERS TAIPEI, Beijing, United States, China, Japan, Asia, Cambodia, Washington, U.S, Kuomintang
Ezra Acayan/Pool via REUTERSMANILA, Aug 6 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused China of "irresponsible steps" on Saturday by halting key communication channels with Washington, and said its Taiwan actions showed a move from prioritising peaceful resolution towards use of force. "Suspending climate cooperation doesn't punish the United States, it punishes the world, particularly the developing world. He said he had conveyed to China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a regional meeting in Cambodia that the United States was determined to keep communication channels going to prevent miscalculations, as countries around the world expected them to. "So let me be clear, the United States doesn't believe that it's in the interest of Taiwan, the region, or our own national security to escalate the situation," he said. "We'll keep our channels of communication with China open, with the intent of avoiding escalation due to misunderstanding or miscommunication."
Persons: Antony Blinken, Ferdinand Marcos Jr, Ezra Acayan, Nancy Pelosi, Blinken, Wang Yi, David Brunnstrom, Karen Lema, Martin Petty, Kim Coghill Organizations: Philippine, REUTERS, U.S, Thomson Locations: Manila, Philippines, REUTERS MANILA, China, Washington, Taiwan, Beijing, United States, Cambodia
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan drew praise for bolstering an American partner struggling to fend off China, but also set off a response from Beijing that is creating new risks to regional security and is further straining relations between the two powers. In response to Mrs. Pelosi’s Taiwan stop, China pressed ahead Friday with a second day of large-scale military exercises, suspended climate-change talks and some military contacts with the U.S. and placed unspecified sanctions on Mrs. Pelosi and her family. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Beijing was overreacting, and Mrs. Pelosi sounded defiant.
Persons: Nancy Pelosi’s, Pelosi, Antony Blinken Organizations: U.S Locations: Taiwan, China, Beijing
TOKYO—China’s firing of missiles near Japan has left little doubt that Tokyo would be pulled into any potential war over Taiwan—and would be part of the U.S.-led alliance likely to defend the island. China’s military launched five missiles that landed inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone on Thursday, Tokyo’s Defense Ministry said, describing it as the first such case. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken , on a visit to Cambodia, cited those launches in calling China’s moves a “significant escalation,” and he said the moves against Japan were “understandably causing them, and all of us, grave concern.”
Persons: Antony Blinken, China’s, Organizations: Tokyo’s Defense Ministry, Japan Locations: TOKYO, Japan, Tokyo, Taiwan, U.S, Cambodia
Russia said Friday it was ready to discuss a prisoner swap with the United States, a day after WNBA star Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in prison by a Russian court for a drugs offense. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow was “ready to discuss this topic,” but only within the framework of a diplomatic channel that he said had been previously agreed upon by President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Lavrov warned the U.S. against conducting “public diplomacy” and making “loud announcements” on the issue, suggesting it could imperil the high-stakes efforts to secure a swap. But Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Lavrov's comments suggested Russia was "prepared to engage through channels we've established ... and we'll be pursuing that." The last time they spoke directly was during a planned phone call last week, the official said.
Persons: Brittney Griner, Sergey Lavrov, Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, , Biden, Paul Whelan, Viktor Bout, Lavrov, Antony Blinken, Lavrov's, we'll Organizations: Association of Southeast Asian Nations, State Department, ASEAN Locations: Russia, United States, Moscow, Cambodia, U.S, Russian, Phnom Penh
Russia ready to discuss prisoner swap with U.S., Lavrov says
  + stars: | 2022-08-05 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Aug 5 (Reuters) - Russian said on Friday that it was ready to discuss prisoner swaps with Washington through an existing diplomatic channel, a day after basketball star Brittney Griner was handed a nine-year prison sentence for a drugs offence. "We are ready to discuss this topic, but within the framework of the channel that was agreed upon by Presidents Putin and Biden," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Griner's sentence -- which Joe Biden called "unacceptable" -- could pave the way for a U.S.-Russia prisoner swap that would include the 31-year-old athlete and a prolific Russian arms dealer. She pled guilty to the changes against her but insisted that she did not intend to break Russian law. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterReporting by Reuters; editing by Guy FaulconbridgeOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Brittney Griner, Presidents Putin, Biden, Sergei Lavrov, Joe Biden, Antony Blinken, Marine Paul Whelan, Griner, Guy Faulconbridge Organizations: Washington, Presidents, Marine, National Basketball Association, Moscow's, Reuters, Thomson Locations: United States, U.S, Russia, Russian
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