Dwell updates: Russia’s warfare in Ukraine
Russian authorities officers weren’t invited to this 12 months’s annual Munich Safety Convention (MSC) in Germany, the place the warfare in Ukraine might be a prime precedence for international leaders attending the summit.
The convention is because of happen within the German metropolis between February 17 and February 19 — 5 days earlier than the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“We do not wish to give (Russian International Minister Sergey) Lavrov a platform for his propaganda,“ the chairman of the MSC mentioned Monday.
“He has intentionally not been invited,” Christoph Heusgen added throughout a press convention in Berlin.
Friends who’ve confirmed their attendance at this 12 months’s convention embody US Vice President Kamala Harris, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron, Polish President Andrzej Duda and China’s International Minister Qin Gang.
“We deem China’s participation essential,“ Heusgen mentioned. “We hope that there might be sideline talks with the Chinese language FM.”
Round 600 to 700 members are anticipated to attend the MSC, in response to Heusgen.
Some context: A Chinese language International Ministry spokesperson mentioned earlier that prime Chinese language diplomat Wang Yi will go to Russia as a part of a diplomatic tour of Europe, throughout which he’ll communicate on the MSC.
Though Beijing has claimed impartiality in Russia’s warfare on Ukraine, it has refused to sentence the invasion.