After Rockets Strike Near Nuclear Plant, Ukraine and Russia Trade Blame

Moscow accused Ukraine of striking near spent-fuel storage at the Zaporizhzhia power plant, while Ukrainian intelligence said it was a move by Russia to destroy infrastructure.

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In the Philippines, Blinken Vows to Strengthen Military Ties

Against a backdrop of rising regional tensions with China, the U.S. secretary of state reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to defending Manila.

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U.N. Chief Issues Grim Warning of Risk of ‘Nuclear Annihilation’

Conflicts in Ukraine, Asia and the Middle East have lifted the threat of nuclear disaster to a level not seen since the Cold War, according to António Guterres.

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Blinken and Lavrov Discuss Griner in Their First Call of the War

Ukraine said it was ready for Black Sea grain shipments to resume, while the top Russian and American diplomats talked about a prisoner swap involving the basketball star Brittney Griner.

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Blinken Resists Push to Label Russia a Terrorist State

The Biden administration is wary of making the designation despite strong calls from Congress and pleas from Ukraine.

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Lavrov To Propose a Time to Discuss Possible Prisoner Swap for Brittney Griner

Sergey Lavrov said he would listen to what U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had to say about a proposal for the release of Brittney Griner and another American.

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Why the U.S. Offered to Swap Griner for Bout, a Russian Arms Dealer

The negotiations raise questions about what, if any, standards should apply when the United States agrees to trade prisoners.

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U.S. Offers to Swap Arms Dealer for Griner, Whelan

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said that Washington had offered to trade Viktor Bout and that he expected to raise it soon directly with Russia’s foreign minister.

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Russia’s Lavrov Is Pariah at Group of 20 Event, but Only for Some

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and other Western foreign ministers refused to meet with the Russian diplomat, but for many others it was business as usual.

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Is Biden’s Foreign Policy Team the Best of ‘the Blob’?

It is certainly cohesive. But the downside of cohesion is groupthink.

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U.S. Aims to Constrain China by Shaping Environment Around It, Blinken Says

The U.S. secretary of state gave a glimpse of President Biden’s classified strategy on China, in which officials have concluded they cannot change Beijing’s aggressive behavior.

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Biden Could Make the World Safer, but He’s Too Afraid of the Politics

The administration knows how to get the Iran nuclear deal back. It’s just afraid of Republicans.

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Virus Cases Grow After White House Correspondents Dinner

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken was among the attendees reporting coronavirus infections on Wednesday.

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Behind Austin’s Call for a ‘Weakened’ Russia, Hints of a Shift

The United States is edging toward a dynamic that pits Washington more directly against Moscow, and one that U.S. officials see as likely to play out for years.

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America’s Road to the Ukraine War

For years, the United States sent mixed signals about its interests in the country. Then Vladimir V. Putin made his move.

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U.S. Report Describes a Global Retreat on Human Rights

Secretary of State Antony Blinken says repressive governments “are growing more brazen” and reaching across borders to target their critics.

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NATO Nations Divided As Ukraine War Enters Uncertain Stage

The alliance is examining what Ukraine needs as it tries to expel Russia from the east and how to ensure an outcome that enhances European security.

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Images of Dead Civilians in Bucha Draws Outrage From U.S. and Others

Russia’s Ministry of Defense called the images “staged,” saying in a statement that “not a single” civilian had been injured in the town.

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U.S. Pressured to Open Consulates in Jerusalem and Western Sahara

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, on travels through the Middle East and North Africa over the past week, was urged by Arab leaders to make good on past promises.

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Peace Talks May Be Little More Than Russian Tactics, Analysts Say

As signs of progress emerged during the peace talks, some saw them as Russia buying time to regroup its military forces before another offensive push in Ukraine.

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American Officials Try to Walk Back Biden’s Comments on Putin

Senior officials, including Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, and top lawmakers stressed that the United States was not seeking regime change in Russia.

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Blinken to Press Mideast Allies for Stronger Support for Ukraine

The countries, which have their own relationships with Russia, have provided some modest backing, but Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will ask for more.

#bahrain, #blinken-antony-j, #international-relations, #israel, #middle-east, #morocco, #nahyan-mohamed-bin-zayed-al-1961, #palestinians, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-arab-emirates

What to Know About Israel’s Summit With 4 Arab Countries

Four Arab foreign ministers will meet in Israel’s Negev desert on Sunday, along with their U.S. counterpart. The talks mark a realignment of Middle Eastern powers, accelerated by the war in Ukraine.

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Israel to Host 3 Arab Foreign Ministers in Historic Meeting

The gathering of top diplomats from Israel, the U.A.E., Bahrain and Morocco, as well as Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, is a sign of how quickly Middle Eastern alliances are shifting.

#bahrain, #blinken-antony-j, #international-relations, #israel, #morocco, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Myanmar’s Military Committed Genocide Against Rohingya, U.S. Says

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the official designation. More than 9,000 people were killed in the violence.

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U.S. to Declare That Myanmar’s Military Committed Genocide

The Biden administration had been weighing the legal designation for the bloody campaign against members of the Rohingya, a minority ethnic group.

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U.S. Says Russia Committed War Crimes, but Consequences Are Unclear

A day after President Biden’s remark, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he agreed. Experts warned of hurdles to a successful prosecution.

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Biden Will Punish China if It Gives Military Aid to Russia, Blinken Says

President Biden plans to talk on Friday with Xi Jinping, who has a close partnership with Vladimir V. Putin and supports him in the Ukraine war.

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Iran Nuclear Talks Paused Following Russian Demands to Ease Sanctions

A deal to revive the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran is “essentially ready,” a top E.U. official says, but has run into complications because of Russia’s war against Ukraine.

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Poland’s Fraught Offer: Fighter Jets for Ukraine, but Only Through U.S. Hands

Neither Poland nor the United States wants to make itself — or NATO — a target of Russia. And providing MIG fighters might cross over Putin’s invisible line.

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Iran Nuclear Deal Nears Completion, but Russia Poses Complication

With the world eager to wean itself from Russian oil after the invasion of Ukraine, negotiators appeared close to signing a revived nuclear pact with Iran and lifting sanctions. Then Moscow put up a hurdle.

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Baltics, in Russia’s Shadow, Demand Tougher Stance From West

“We have no illusions about Putin’s Russia anymore,” said one Baltic official in a meeting with the U.S. secretary of state.

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Oil and Gas Prices Surge Amid Fears of a Cutoff of Russian Supplies

Analysts see long-lasting implications for commodities markets as a result of the war in Ukraine.

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Inside the U.S. Race to Arm Ukraine Against Russia

The United States has walked to the edge of direct conflict with Russia in an operation that is reminiscent of the Berlin airlift of 1948-49, but far more complex.

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On Ukraine’s Border, Moldovans Wonder: Where Will Putin Stop?

Moldovans fear that Transnistria, a region run by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Moldova, might be the next target after Ukraine.

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Blinken Arrives in Poland to Gauge Additional US Aid for Ukraine

The Russian invasion has pushed more than one million refugees to flee Ukraine for neighboring nations.

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State Dept. Says Moscow’s Ukraine Diplomacy Was a ‘Pretense’

Officials in the Biden administration met repeatedly with Russian emissaries as the threat of an invasion of Ukraine grew more apparent.

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Ukraine Crisis: What Happens Next for the Rest of the World?

Europe faces a new refugee crisis, and harsh economic penalties to punish Russia are expected to reverberate worldwide.

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U.S. Says Russia Has a List of Ukrainians to Kill or Detain

A U.S. ambassador cited “credible information” that Russian forces have compiled a list of Ukrainians to be targeted after an invasion.

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U.S. says Russia has a list of Ukrainians to kill or detain after an invasion.

A U.S. ambassador cited “credible information” that Russian forces have compiled a list of Ukrainians to be targeted after an invasion.

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Putin Has Choice of Blitzkrieg or Minor Incursion in Ukraine

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia may be looking for fissures in the Western alliance, which so far has been united against him.

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Biden Says Putin Has Chosen ‘Catastrophic’ War Over Diplomacy

President Biden spoke amid fears that Russia was setting the stage for an invasion that could ignite the biggest conflict in Europe in decades.

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Ukraine Fighting May Open Door to Russian Invasion, U.S. Warns

As shelling intensified in the east, officials warned that Moscow might use false claims of “genocide” against Russians in the region as a pretext for an attack.

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United States Hopes to Deter a Russian Invasion of Ukraine

“If Russia doesn’t invade Ukraine, then we will be relieved that Russia changed course,’’ Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said at the United Nations.

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U.S. Warns Americans Abroad Not to Count on a Rescue

In Ukraine and Ethiopia, Biden officials have made clear that the 2021 Kabul airlift was a “unique” operation that won’t be repeated.

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In Hawaii, Blinken Aims for a United Front With Allies on North Korea

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and his counterparts from South Korea and Japan denounced the North’s recent missile tests and called for a resumption of talks.

#blinken-antony-j, #japan, #north-korea, #south-korea, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

U.S. Pulls Most Diplomats From Kyiv as Tensions Mount

Western officials made another diplomatic push on Saturday to dissuade President Vladimir V. Putin from invading Ukraine.

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Blinken Says U.S. Has a ‘Long-Term Future’ in the Pacific Islands

The secretary of state promised a new embassy in the Solomon Islands and help on issues like climate change, as Washington vies with Beijing for influence in the region.

#blinken-antony-j, #china, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #fiji, #global-warming, #solomon-islands, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

As Other Hot Spots Boil, U.S. Shows Its Foreign Policy Focus Is Asia

Antony Blinken’s Asia-Pacific trip during the crisis with Russia and Ukraine signals that the U.S. is committing to the world’s largest region — and to competition with China.

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The Crisis That Defined Blinken’s First Year

As the secretary of state enters his second year in office, Russia threatens, China looms and Afghanistan remains a challenge.

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