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Biden speech today: President wants Russia removed from G20, hopes to visit refugees in Poland

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President Joe Biden wants Russia removed from the G20, but stressed that it is the organisation’s decision adding that an alternative would be for Ukraine to attend as an observer.

Mr Biden was speaking at a press conference at Nato Headquarters following meetings with leaders of both the alliance and the G7 in an extraordinary day of summits in Brussels over the invasion of Ukraine.

The president also said that he warned China not to help Russia or risk its economy; there would be an appropriate response to the use of chemical weapons; and that he will likely be visiting refugees at the Polish border tomorrow.

Mr Biden is now meeting with the European Council in a day focussed on allied unity.

Thursday’s meetings are to coordinate with Nato allies on military assistance for Ukraine, new sanctions on Russia, and the boosting of defences in Eastern Europe. The US has also now officially accused Russian forces of war crimes in Ukraine.

The US also announced it will welcome 100,000 refugees displaced by the Russian invasion — one of the country’s biggest refugee intakes in years.

At home, the latest polling shows the majority of Americans want the president to take a tougher stance on Russia, while his approval rating remains unchanged since the beginning of the conflict in Europe.

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Defence Sec speaks with Ukraine counterpart

Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin tweets that he spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksii Reznikov to reiterate the unwavering support of the US.

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Canada to boost oil exports

Canada announced on Thursday it will boost oil exports by about five per cent to help address supply shortages in the west.

Oliver O’Connell24 March 2022 20:10

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Americans want Biden to be tougher on Russia as approval rating remains stagnant according to new poll

The majority of Americans want Joe Biden to take a tougher stance when responding to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine according to a new poll by the Associated Press and NORC Public Affairs Research.

Released on Thursday, the results show 56 per cent of respondents say they believe the president’s response to Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine has not been tough enough, while only 36 per cent think it has been about right, and six per cent said it has been too tough.

Oliver O’Connell24 March 2022 20:00

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‘No substitute for face-to-face diplomacy’

US Ambassador to Nato Julianne Smith tweets: “There is no substitute for face-to-face diplomacy & Nato Allies are determined to hold Putin accountable while we continue to assist Ukraine and bolster our deterrence and defense.”

Oliver O’Connell24 March 2022 19:45

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Biden met with Italian PM

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Justice Breyer says Clarence Thomas is doing ‘fine’ following hospitalisation

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said his colleague Clarence Thomas is doing “fine” following the conservative justice’s hospitalisation for an infection.

“I think he’s fine,” Mr Breyer told TMZ in a brief interaction on Wednesday in Washington DC.

Oliver O’Connell24 March 2022 19:15

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Texas attorney general declares Pride Week ‘illegal’

As Pride Week gets underway in one Texas school district, the state’s attorney general has declared the whole event illegal.

In a stern letter to the Austin Independent School District – which he also posted on Twitter – Attorney General Ken Paxton said the week-long celebration of LGBTQ students violates state laws against teaching “human sexuality” without parents’ permission.

Oliver O’Connell24 March 2022 18:45

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US military leaders have tried calling Russian counterparts but calls not taken

Lines of communication between top US Defense Department officials and their Russian counterparts have gone dark since Russia launched its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine last month, placing the world’s two nuclear superpowers in jeopardy of mischaracterising each other’s troop movements and drilling with potentially disastrous consequences.

US military leaders have tried calling Russian counterparts but calls not taken

Lines of communication between top US Defense Department officials and their Russian counterparts have gone dark since Russia launched its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine last month, placing the world’s two nuclear superpowers in jeopardy of mischaracterising each other’s troop movements and drilling with potentially disastrous consequences.

Oliver O’Connell24 March 2022 18:20

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Biden says he told Xi helping Russia would put China in ‘significant jeopardy’

US President Joe Biden says he warned Chinese leader Xi Jinping that taking any steps to aid Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine would put him and his country in “significant jeopardy”.

Speaking from Nato headquarters in Brussels, Mr Biden said he did not threaten Mr Xi, but “[made] sure he understood the consequences of him helping Russia”.

“I made no threats, but I pointed out the number of American and foreign corporations [that] left Russia as a consequence of their barbaric behavior,” he said.

Oliver O’Connell24 March 2022 17:58

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