Antony Blinkenthe US Secretary of State, who is in India, said on Friday that the world should not let Vladimir Putin wage war with impunity in Ukraine.
What Happened: Blinkenafter meeting his Quad counterparts from India, Japan and Australia in New Delhi, said, “If we allow with impunity Russia to do what it’s doing in Ukraine, then that’s a message to would-be aggressors everywhere that they may be able to get away with it too,” reported Reuters.
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Blinken met his Quad counterparts on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in New Delhi.
In a joint statement after the meeting, the Quad leaders also said that the use, or threat of use, of nuclear weapons in Ukraine was “inadmissible.” This came after Putin, in January, suspended a landmark nuclear arms control treaty and threatened to resume nuclear tests.
On Thursday, Blinken also briefly met the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in New Delhi. The US State Secretary urged Lavrov to take steps towards peace and pushed for releasing a US citizen detained by Russia.
“End this war of aggression, engage in meaningful diplomacy that can produce a just and lasting peace,” Blinken said, according to the White House statement.
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