- US President Joe Biden renews a warning to China against helping Russia in Ukraine war.
- Biden also warns that NATO would “respond” if Russian President Vladimir Putin uses a chemical weapon in the conflict.
- G7 nations say they are “appalled” by attacks in Ukraine and back an International Criminal Court probe into possible war crimes.
- The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution demanding aid access and civilian protection in Ukraine.
- The Ukraine crisis is expected to dominate US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s upcoming trip to the Middle East.
Here are all the latest updates:
G7 warns against threat of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons
The G7 countries have warned against the threat of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, rebuking Russia over what they called “completely unfounded” allegations of bioweapons in Ukraine.
“We recall Russia’s obligations under the international treaties to which it is a signatory, and which protect us all,” the countries said in a joint statement.
Daniil Medvedev shrugs off Wimbledon ban threat
Daniil Medvedev has shrugged off the possibility of being barred from this year’s Wimbledon after the status of Russian players at the tournament was called into question by the British government.
British sports minister Nigel Huddleston told a parliamentary hearing last week the government could require Medvedev to provide assurances he did not support Russian President Vladimir Putin before being allowed to compete at Wimbledon.
“Do not have any response to Wimbledon,” Medvedev said. “I will need to see what happens next. I try to take it tournament by tournament. I mean, there are always different rules, regulations in order to play or not to play. ”
Russian space chief says cooperation with Europe now ‘impossible’
Russia’s space director has accused Europe of wrecking cooperation by imposing sanctions against his agency, saying that rockets that were meant to launch European satellites would now be used for Russian companies or countries friendly to Moscow.
Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos, said in a Chinese television interview that the decision would apply to about 10 rockets.
“At this moment, after the European Space Agency and the whole European Union have taken a frenzied position on the conduct of [Russia’s] special military operation in Ukraine and introduced sanctions against Roscosmos, we consider further cooperation impossible, ”Rogozin said.
Ukraine to feature heavily in Blinken’s upcoming Middle East trip: US official
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s upcoming trip to the Middle East and North Africa will be heavily dominated by discussion of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Iran, a US official has said.
“Both of those are going to be really at the top of the agenda,” Washington’s top diplomat for Near Eastern affairs, Yael Lempert, told reporters.
Blinken is set to visit Israel, the West Bank, Morocco and Algeria from March 26 to 30.
G7 backs ICC investigation into war crimes in Ukraine
The G7 countries – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and the US – have backed the International Criminal Court’s probe into possible war crimes in Ukraine, saying they are “appalled” by Russian attacks on Ukrainian towns and cities.
“We will work together to support the gathering of evidence of war crimes,” the G7 said in a joint statement.
“The siege of Mariupol and other Ukrainian cities, and the denial of humanitarian access by Russian military forces are unacceptable. Russian forces must immediately provide for safe pathways to other parts of Ukraine, as well as humanitarian aid to be delivered to Mariupol and other besieged cities. ”
Biden renews warnings to China against aiding Russia in Ukraine
US President Joe Biden has reiterated his warnings to China against coming to Russia’s aid in Ukraine, saying that he made clear “the consequences” of such assistance to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a phone call last week.
The US president said Xi understands that China’s economic interests are with the West, not China.
“I made no threats, but I pointed out the number of American and foreign corporations who left Russia as a consequence of their barbaric behavior,” Biden told reporters of his conversation with Xi.
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