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Beijing and Moscow Pursue Talks as Biden Declares “Ukraine Will Never Be a Victory for Russia”

HeadlineFeb 22, 2023

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with top Chinese diplomat Wang Yi in Moscow. This comes after Russia announced its withdrawal from the New START nuclear arms control treaty and as Beijing seeks to play a larger role in ending the year-long war in Ukraine. The Wall Street Journal reports Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to visit Moscow for a summit in the coming months.

Meanwhile, President Biden delivered a speech in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, following his visit to Ukraine.

President Joe Biden: “Kyiv stands proud. It stands tall. And most important, it stands free. … Brutality will never grind down the will of the free. And Ukraine — Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia.”

In Ukraine, Russian rockets killed six people at a bus station in Kherson Tuesday. The U.N. said at least 8,000 civilians have been confirmed killed since the start of the war but that the true death toll is likely “thousands higher.”

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