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WASHINGTON, Dec 2 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden has floated a trial balloon to President Vladimir Putin to determine whether Russia, after months of battlefield losses and stalled gains, is ready to end its invasion of Ukraine. "I'm prepared to speak with Mr. Putin if in fact there is an interest in him deciding he's looking for a way to end the war. Where does he find himself in a position he does not, not only lose face but lose significant power in Russia," Biden said at a Democratic fundraiser in New York in October. Biden, who talks regularly to Ukraine President Volodomyr Zelenskiy, has previously been clear he defers to Ukraine's wishes. "There’s no — nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine," Biden said Nov. 14, when asked about possible negotiations.
WASHINGTON, Dec 2 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden floated a trial balloon to President Vladimir Putin intended to determine whether Russia, after months of battlefield losses and stalled gains, is ready to end its invasion of Ukraine. Biden and his national security advisers have wondered for months what it would take to entice Putin into a diplomatic off-ramp. Where does he find himself in a position he does not, not only lose face but lose significant power in Russia," Biden said at a Democratic fundraiser in New York in October. Biden, who talks regularly to Ukraine President Volodomyr Zelenskiy, has previously been clear he defers to Ukraine's wishes. "There’s no — nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine," Biden said Nov. 14, when asked about possible negotiations.
After the meeting, Thomas-Greenfield also read a statement by 14 countries that supported action to limit North Korea’s advancement of its weapons programs. During the Security Council meeting, the United States and its allies strongly criticized the ICBM launch and called for action to limit North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. But Russia and China, both veto-wielding members of the Security Council, opposed any new pressure and sanctions on North Korea. The status of North Korea’s nuclear capability remains shrouded in secrecy. Some analysts say North Korea already has nuclear-armed missiles that can strike both the U.S. mainland and its allies South Korea and Japan, but others say the North is still years away from possessing such missiles.
REUTERS/Juan Medina/File PhotoNov 23 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy appealed to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday to take action to stop Russian air strikes targeting vital infrastructure that have once again plunged Ukrainian cities into darkness and cold as winter sets in. That's the Russian formula of terror," Zelenskiy said via video link to the council chamber in New York, adding that hospitals, schools, transport infrastructure and residential areas had all been hit. Ukraine is waiting to see "a very firm reaction" to Wednesday's air strikes from the world, he added. The council is unlikely to take any action in response to the appeal since Russia is a member with veto power. The Russian president "will try to freeze the country into submission," she added.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield said it was vital the 15-member Security Council respond with one voice and reiterated U.S. charges that China and Russia were "emboldening" Pyongyang by blocking council action. The United States will be proposing a Presidential Statement to this end," she said, referring to North Korea by the initials of its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. He said Washington should take the initiative and put forward realistic proposals to respond to North Korea's "legitimate concerns." A spokesperson for the U.S. mission to the United Nations said a draft president's statement would be shared with the Security Council soon and negotiations would follow. It said the Council must act to limit the advancement of North Korea's weapons programs.
LONDON — In a rare display of public discord, Ukraine and its Western backers are openly clashing over who launched the missile that killed two civilians in NATO member Poland. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy insisted “it was not our missile” that struck Polish farmland, a harrowing incident that raised the specter of NATO and its nuclear-armed members being dragged directly into the Kremlin’s war. This is not Ukraine’s fault,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels. Citing Ukraine’s need for self-defense, he added: “Russia bears ultimate responsibility.”The White House quickly agreed, saying the U.S. had “seen nothing that contradicts” Poland’s assessment that a Ukrainian air defense missile likely landed in its territory. At the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the U.S. was “still gathering information” but concurred about the missile’s likely Ukrainian origins.
WASHINGTON, Nov 16 (Reuters) - The United States and its allies on Wednesday criticized Russia in the United Nations Security Council over missile attacks on Ukraine in a meeting a day after a missile that NATO said was a stray fired by Ukraine's air defenses crashed inside Poland. Military alliance NATO and member Poland said the missile was probably a stray fired by Ukraine's air defenses and not a Russian strike, easing international fears that the war could widen. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy demurred, saying there was no doubt the missile was not Ukrainian. Two people were killed by the missile in a Polish village near the Ukraine-Poland border on Tuesday, the same day Russia fired scores of missiles at cities across Ukraine, targeting its energy grid and worsening power blackouts for millions. The British and Polish ambassadors to the U.N. echoed the statement that Russia's invasion was ultimately to blame for the explosion in Poland.
IRPIN, Ukraine — America would unleash the full force of its response if Russia carried out its “horrific” threats of a nuclear strike against its enemies, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations warned Tuesday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy meets with the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, in Kyiv on Tuesday. During the one-day trip to Kyiv, Thomas-Greenfield also surveyed damage and met with some victims of Russia’s nine-month-old invasion, including a woman working for the Red Cross who was allegedly captured by Russian forces and tortured. Sergei Supinsky / AFP - Getty Images“So, in her pain and her suffering, she was still thinking about how she can help other people,” Thomas-Greenfield said. The child asked the ambassador if she could help the Ukrainian people, before saying she just wants to see her friends and go back to school.
Some U.S. and Western officials increasingly believe that neither side can achieve all of their goals in the Ukraine war and are eyeing the expected winter slowdown in fighting as an opportunity for diplomacy to begin between Russia and Ukraine, say officials familiar with the matter. “In the winter everything slows down,” said a Western official with direct knowledge of military operations. U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan made a surprise visit to Kyiv last week, where he met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and top Ukrainian officials. Kherson is the last major front line that could shift before winter, officials said, after which neither side is likely to make large advances. If Ukraine wins in Kherson it could put the Zelenskyy government in a better position to negotiate, U.S. and Western officials said.
Shift in power ... and Ukraine support? Russia could well hope that a shift in power after the the midterm elections could herald a cooler attitude toward Ukraine. "Further, most Republicans remain staunchly committed to Ukraine support, despite House minority leader Kevin McCarthy's announcement of 'no blank check' for the Ukrainians under a Republican-led House. Russia's President Vladimir Putin listens while then-U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in Helsinki, Finland, in 2019. "The war in Ukraine must provide the U.S. with the best chance for regime change in Russia, of taking Putin out.
President Joe Biden vowed to "free Iran" on Thursday, before saying demonstrators there appeared on track to "free themselves" as anti-government unrest sweeps the country. They have also triggered support from women and others across the world, with the Biden administration facing growing pressure from Iranian American activists to do more. "Don't worry, we're gonna free Iran," Biden told supporters in an aside during a campaign speech in California late Thursday after audience members appeared to call on him to address the ongoing protests. The president was speaking at a campaign rally for Democratic Rep. Mike Levin at the MiraCosta College near San Diego. “Change in Iran should only come from within Iran.
The United States on Wednesday called for Iran to be expelled from a U.N. commission on women, citing the regime’s “systematic oppression” of women and its violent crackdown on street protests. Iranian women have been at the forefront of protests across the country since a 22-year-old woman from the country’s Kurdish region, Mahsa Amini, died in police custody in September. Human rights groups have made similar allegations and issued detailed accounts of the crackdown. Two rights groups, Norway-based group Iran Human Rights and the U.S.-based Human Rights Activists News Agency, said last week that more than 250 protesters have been killed since the protests began. “It’s time for us to stop abetting the Islamic Republic of Iran and start supporting the freedom-loving people of Iran,” said Boniadi.
Austin later condemned North Korea’s “irresponsible and reckless activities” during a joint press conference with Lee. The South Korean government source said officials suspect it was a Hwasong-17, North Korea’s most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile that was first successfully tested on March 24. That launch set a new standard for Pyongyang, recording the highest altitude and longest duration of any North Korean missile ever tested. North Korea followed the presumed ICBM test Thursday with two short-range ballistic missile launches, according to South Korea and Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks to the media in Tokyo following North Korea's weapons tests.
Seoul, South Korea CNN —The South Korean military said Wednesday North Korea launched the highest number of short-range missiles in a day as Seoul retaliated to Pyongyang’s latest barrage of weapons tests, further escalating tensions in the region. JCS said the South Korean Air Force targeted international waters north of the NLL at an equal distance to that which the North Korean missile had earlier landed south of the line. North Korea is “fully responsible” for the situation as they are the ones continuing to provoke despite warnings, JCS added. South Korea responded to North Korea's barrage of missiles on Wednesday by firing three air-to-surface missiles from F-15K and KF-16 fighter jets. Correction: This story has been updated to clarify that this is not the first time North and South Korea have fired missiles off their respective coasts, and to reflect that North Korea fired a number of missiles of various types and the distance in kilometers from the NLL.
REUTERS/Eduardo MunozUNITED NATIONS, Oct 27 (Reuters) - The United States and allies slammed Russia on Thursday for wasting the time of the U.N. Security Council and spreading conspiracies by again raising its accusation that the United States has "military biological programs" in Ukraine. Russia has previously raised at least twice at the Security Council the issue of biological weapons programs in Ukraine. It has drafted a Security Council resolution to set up a commission, made up of all 15 council members, to investigate its claims. Such a move is possible - but has never been invoked - under the Biological Weapons Convention, which took effect in 1975. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield described Russia's accusations as "pure fabrications brought forth without a shred of evidence."
The United Nations is expected to vote this week on sanctions against a powerful gang leader in Haiti who has blocked supplies of food, fuel and drinking water as the impoverished Caribbean country struggles with a cholera outbreak. The sanctions resolution, drafted by the U.S. and Mexico, would target gang leader Jimmy Cherizier —known as Barbecue—and others, and would aim to clamp down on illicit arms sales to Haiti. Ambassador to the U.N., Linda Thomas-Greenfield , had called Monday for a non-U.N. mission led by a yet-to-be-named country.
Oct 17 (Reuters) - The United States and Mexico said on Monday they will seek support from the United Nations for a security mission to restore order in Haiti amid a worsening humanitarian crisis, but did not identify who would lead the mission. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier this month suggested sending in a "rapid-action force," according to a letter seen by Reuters. read moreU.S. lawmakers introduced a bill on Monday to investigate and punish any political elites colluding with the gangs. "Will sending such a rapid action force to Haiti receive the understanding, support and cooperation of the parties in Haiti?" A U.N. peacekeeping mission known as MINUSTAH, which operated in Haiti between 2004 and 2017, faced harsh criticism over problems including its role in a 2010 cholera outbreak.
Monitors at the United Nations General Assembly hall display a vote on a resolution condemning the annexation of parts of Ukraine by Russia, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., October 12, 2022. Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who said the result showed Russia could not intimidate the world. The General Assembly vote followed a veto by Russia last month of a similar resolution in the 15-member Security Council. 'DOUBLE STANDARDS'The moves at the United Nations mirror what happened in 2014 after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea. The General Assembly then adopted a resolution declaring the referendum invalid with 100 votes in favor, 11 against and 58 formal abstentions.
UNITED NATIONS — When U.S. President Joe Biden takes the famed speakers rostrum at the United Nations Assembly Hall on Wednesday, he will do so under immense international scrutiny. Biden's address to the 77th United Nations General Assembly comes as Russia's war in Ukraine marches past its 200th day, while governments continue to grapple with the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic and as climate change uncertainties mount. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Biden's Ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters on Friday that a U.S. delegation will meet with a Ukrainian delegation on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. What they're interested in is continuing to raise this unprovoked war on Ukraine," she told reporters during a press briefing at the United Nations. Michele Sison, assistant secretary for International Organization Affairs at the State Department, said the Biden administration did not view this year's General Assembly "as business as usual."
Curtis Ried, a career foreign service officer and veteran of the National Security staff for two presidents, has been named as the NSC’s new chief of staff, officials tell NBC News. He has traveled regularly with President Biden at home and abroad, another key factor in his selection. Ried in particular played a key role in working with the United Nations and rebuilding the refugee admissions program. That number doesn’t include so-called DNC “fellows” and other part time staff who are engaged in some of the key party efforts, especially voter registration. Obama has already done fundraisers for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (August 30 in Martha’s Vineyard) and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (Sept. 8 in New York).
"Nu putem rezolva singuri problemele lumii, trebuie să lucrăm cu alte ţări", a declarat Blinken, adjunctul secretarului de stat american în administraţia Obama, care a subliniat, în intervenţia sa, necesitatea "cooperării" şi a "parteneriatului" cu ţările străine. "Multilateralismul a revenit, diplomaţia a revenit", a subliniat, la rândul ei, viitoarea ambasadoare a SUA la ONU, Linda Thomas-Greenfield.Semnalând angajamentul de a aborda "criza climatică", viitorul preşedinte al SUA a creat o funcţie de emisar special pentru John Kerry, fostul şef al diplomaţiei americane, pentru ca acesta "să se mobilizeze pentru a face faţă" acestei "ameninţări existenţiale". A se înţelege că această decizie nu a venit ca urmare a deciziei preşedintelui Trump, ci după certificarea rezultatelor în mai multe state-cheie şi a valului de nereuşite în instanţă pentru echipa de campanie a lui Trump. De asemenea, Joe Biden va avea de acum acces la informaţii clasificate.Părând tot mai izolat în încercarea sa de a nega înfrângerea, Donald Trump a avut marţi o intervenţie foarte scurtă şi mai puţin obişnuită. Un alt eveniment pe agenda sa este graţierea a doi curcani, obicei organizat în mod tradiţional la Casa Albă înaintea sărbătoririi Zilei Recunoştinţei.
Persons: Joe Biden, Obama, Antony Blinken, diplomaţia, Linda Thomas, John Kerry, Alejandro Mayorkas, Avril Haines.Jake Sullivan, Biden, Janet Yellen, Donald Trump, Trump, Trump ., Joe, Dow Jones Organizations: Albă, ONU, Centrale Locations: Wilmington, America, american, ambasadoare, SUA, Paris, preşedintelui, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York
Preşedintele ales al SUA, Joe Biden, şi-a prezentat marţi echipa diplomatică şi de securitate naţională, precum şi viziunea unei politici externe bazate pe asumarea de către Statele Unite a unui rol de lider şi de întărire a alianţelor în regiunea Asia-Pacific, transmite Reuters. 'Este o echipă care reflectă faptul că America a revenit, pregătită să ghideze lumea şi nu să se retragă din ea', a spus Biden, semnalând virajul pe care intenţionează să-l facă în politica externă a Statelor Unite, scrie agerpres.ro Joe Biden a anunţat nominalizarea lui Anthony Blinken pentru funcţia de şef al diplomaţiei, subliniind că acesta 'va reconstrui moralul şi încrederea în Departamentul de Stat'.Alejandro Mayorkas va fi numit şef al Departamentului Securităţii Interne, primul politician hispanic care va primi această funcţie, una care supervizează agenţii-cheie de aplicare a legii şi de imigraţie.Avril Haines va deţine funcţia de director al Informaţiilor naţionale, prima femeie într-un astfel de rol.Tot o femeie, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, va fi numită ambasadoare la ONU, iar Jake Sullivan va deveni consilier pentru securitate naţională.În premieră, un preşedinte american va avea un reprezentant special pentru probleme climatice, în persoana lui John Kerry, fost secretar de stat, care va ocupa un loc în Consiliul Naţional de Securitate.Joe Biden şi-a exprimat speranţa că Senatul îi va audia în curând pe cei nominalizaţi. Toate aceste poziţii din viitoarea administraţie americană trebuie confirmate de camera legislativă superioară a Congresului.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Anthony Blinken, Alejandro Mayorkas, Linda Thomas, Jake Sullivan, John Kerry Organizations: Reuters, ONU, Congresului Locations: SUA, Statele Unite, Asia - Pacific, America, Statelor Unite, hispanic, american
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