Canada Foreign Affairs minister returns to U.S. capital to talk Ukraine with Blinken
As Putin ramps up nuclear threats, how world reacts to ‘sham’ referendums is key: Joly
Claiming the territories as part of Russia, many fear, would provide a dangerous pretext for Putin to use nuclear weapons to stop the continued Ukrainian counteroffensive. Your browser does not support this video Joly called the nuclear threats made by Putin amid the counteroffensive in recent days "irresponsible" and "unthinkable," but also warned that "we can't be naive" about the threats. "We have to make sure that we work with allies on different scenarios. We know now that Putin is cornered. He’s cornered and he’s becoming more and more isolated," she said. "At the same time, we have to be very careful.
WASHINGTON — Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly is headed back to the U.S. capital to talk about Ukraine with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
It will be the pair's second meeting in just over a week, coming on the heels of the UN General Assembly in New York.
A news release says the two counterparts will also work on "shared priorities" under the bilateral agreement forged last year between Canada and the United States.
Shortly after President Joe Biden's inauguration, he and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed to the "Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership."
Russia’s nuclear threats require world to stand strong with Ukraine: envoy
A United Nations inquiry into Russian atrocities in Ukraine determined on Thursday that war crimes including rape, torture and confinement of children have been committed. Investigators from the commission, created by the UN human rights council in March, visited 27 places and interviewed more than 150 victims and witnesses. They found evidence of a large number of executions including bodies with tied hands, slit throats and gunshot wounds to the head, Reuters reported, with investigators identifying victims of sexual violence aged between four and 82.
That agreement, however, became largely sidelined, first by the COVID-19 pandemic and then Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
Joly is also planning to meet members of Congress and speak at the Atlantic Council think tank, where she'll detail Canada's efforts on Ukraine's behalf.
"Our partnership endures because we invest in each other's success and offer opportunities for people on both sides of the border," Joly said in a statement.
"At a time when the rules that have kept the world at relative peace are being challenged, I look forward to engaging with the United States to continue our partnership in protecting human rights, combating global threats and advancing peace and security."
Climate change is also likely to be a hot topic.
Russia readies to annex parts of Ukraine after ‘sham’ referendums. What happens next?
"Sham" referendums being held in four areas of Ukraine could provide Russia a pretext to escalate the war in Ukraine. Here's what could happen next.Held in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, where the war in Ukraine has been focused for months, the referendums took place between Sept. 23 and Sept. 27.
Canada has joined a U.S.-led initiative to boost ties with Pacific island nations, a group that includes the U.K., New Zealand, Germany, Australia and Japan.
On Wednesday, Blinken kicked off two days of meetings with Pacific leaders that will culminate today with Biden taking part. It wasn't immediately clear if Joly would be part of those meetings.
"Building resilience is about more than equipping communities to adapt to the effects of the climate crisis, which for many of you is an existential threat," Blinken said.
"It's also about preparing communities to weather a wide range of interrelated shocks that we know have caused cascading effects."
The interconnected crises of climate change, the lingering economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, as well as their impact on the developing world, was a prominent theme of Trudeau's UN visit last week.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2022.
James McCarten, The Canadian Press
War in Ukraine: What do we see on the military cards broadcast by Moscow which seem to confirm its decline on the front? .
The reconquest of the Ukrainian army to the east and in the south progresses, by the very admission of Moscow. The Russians confirmed Tuesday during their daily briefing their decline on several fronts through military cards. © supplied by Franceinfo If an image is better than a thousand words, a map has all the more value, especially to summarize the advanced of the Ukrainian troops towards the East .