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Blinken criticizes China’s ‘alignment’ with Russia; divided G-20 ends

Ukrainian soldiers ride atop a tank through a street in Pokrovsk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Friday, July 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

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NUSA DUA, Indonesia — Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday criticized China’s “alignment” with Russia, following talks with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi. Blinken accused China of regurgitating Russian propaganda about the invasion of Ukraine, and questioned how any country could be neutral in the face of Moscow’s aggression. The meeting was Blinken’s first face-to-face engagement with Wang since October.

The Group of 20 summit ended Friday without a traditional communique, or even a group photo, in a sign of the deep divisions among the world’s largest economies caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine. Western diplomats condemned Moscow’s blockade of millions of tons of grain held in Ukrainian ports, the catalyst for rising global food prices. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who walked out of Friday’s G-20 sessions twice, accused his Western counterparts of “rabid Russophobia.”

Here’s what else to know

  • During a visit to the CIA headquarters Friday, Biden praised the agency for its work enabling the United States to “forewarn the world what Vladimir Putin was planning in Ukraine.”
  • The first Ukrainian soldiers have arrived in the U.K. for what Defense Minister Ben Wallace called an “ambitious new training program” that is eventually expected to prepare 10,000 recruits for front-line combat.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sacked more than a dozen foreign envoys, including Kyiv’s often-abrasive ambassador to Germany.
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During a visit to the CIA headquarters Friday, Biden praised the agency for its work enabling the United States to “forewarn the world what Vladimir Putin was planning in Ukraine.”
The first Ukrainian soldiers have arrived in the U.K. for what Defense Minister Ben Wallace called an “ambitious new training program” that is eventually expected to prepare 10,000 recruits for front-line combat.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sacked more than a dozen foreign envoys, including Kyiv’s often-abrasive ambassador to Germany.

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