Russian Envoy Planning U.S. Return After Biden ‘Killer’ Comment – The Moscow Times

Russia’s ambassador to the United States plans to return to Washington soon following talks in Moscow on the future of bilateral ties after U.S. President Joe Biden called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin a “killer.” Ambassador Anatoly Antonov, who was recalled for emergency consultations on March 21, told the state-run TASS news agency Monday that […]

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EU Holds Off Navalny Sanctions, Envoy to Visit Moscow Next Month – The Moscow Times

Brussels foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Monday he will press for the release of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny during a visit to Moscow next month — but EU members steered clear of seeking fresh sanctions. “This will be a good opportunity to discuss with my Russian counterpart all relevant issues, to pass clear messages […]

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OPCW should not be a ‘geopolitical tool,’ Russian envoy tells UN Security Council as Germany seeks to involve it in Navalny case

Russian ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya slammed Germany for withholding information about the health of opposition activist Alexey Navalny and condemned Western attempts to politicize the chemical weapons watchdog. “Russia is deeply concerned by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons becoming an instrument in the geopolitical struggle,” Nebenzya said Thursday at the […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Czechs summon Chinese envoy over Taiwan row

The Czech foreign ministry said Monday it had summoned the Chinese envoy to Prague after Beijing threatened an opposition politician currently on a visit to Taiwan. A delegation led by Czech Senate speaker Milos Vystrcil arrived in Taipei on Sunday, angering China which is trying to keep the island isolated from the rest of the […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan appoints Tsai Ing-wen confidant Hsiao Bi-khim as US envoy

Taiwan has appointed a confidant of President Tsai Ing-wen to serve as the island’s representative to the United States. Hsiao Bi-khim, a member of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and adviser to Taiwan’s National Security Council, is the first woman to fill the de facto ambassador role, the presidential office said on Wednesday. The […]

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‘Absolutely untrue’: US trade envoy denies Bolton claim that Trump sought re-election help from China’s Xi

The top US trade official has forcefully denied ex-national security advisor John Bolton’s allegation that the president went to his Chinese counterpart for help in the 2020 race, insisting it “never happened.” Excerpts published from Bolton’s forthcoming book on Wednesday claim that, during a sideline meeting at last year’s G-20 summit in Japan, President Donald […]

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Obama’s EU envoy says Trump ‘like Mussolini’ for ‘openly fomenting racial divisions’ amid police brutality protests

The former US ambassador to the European Union has compared President Donald Trump to Benito Mussolini, Italy’s fascist strongman, insisting he has only widened racial divisions among citizens as protests rage around the US. The former envoy, Anthony Gardner – who served under President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2017 – told Politico on Monday […]

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US spl envoy Khalilzad Zalmay meets Pak Army chief Bajwa; discusses Afghan peace process – Times of India

Zalmay Khalilzad (AFP file photo) ISLAMABAD: Special US Representative Zalmay Khalilzad discussed the Afghanistan peace process with Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi on Sunday. The special US representative for Afghan reconciliation is travelling to Qatar, Pakistan and Afghanistan this week as part of efforts to bring peace in the war-torn country. “During […]

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US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to travel to Qatar, Pakistan and Afghanistan – Times of India

Special US Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (File Photo) WASHINGTON: Special US Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad will travel to Doha, Islamabad and Kabul as part of his relentless efforts to bring peace in Afghanistan, the State Department has said. The top American diplomat left Washington DC for the region on Friday. “The […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan envoy provides insights on Japan’s travel bubble

The Taiwanese representative in Japan, Frank Hsieh, on Monday (June 1) shared his take on Japan’s planned reopening to selected countries and offered possible explanations of why Taiwan was not included in the initial draft. According to CNA, the Japanese government has proposed a tourism plan that would allow travellers from selected countries with low […]

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