White House responds to Putin’s threats to nationalize companies leaving Russia: LIVE UPDATES

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Russia and China are stepping up claims that the United States is conducting biological weapons research in “biolabs” in war-torn Ukraine — claims that leaders in Washington and Kyiv have called absurd.

Russian diplomat Dmitry Polyanski has asked the United Nations Security Council to discuss the alleged research findings at a meeting on Friday, Kremlin-affiliated media outlet RIA Novosti previously reported.

The report also highlighted allegations by the Russian Defense Ministry that the US spent $200 million on Ukrainian laboratories for an alleged “bioweapons program.” Russia claims its forces uncovered evidence during Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, which it describes as a “military special operation.”

“This is exactly the kind of false flag attempt that we warned Russia about to justify a biological or chemical weapons attack,” Olivia Dalton, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, told Fox on Thursday News Digital. “Russia has a well-documented history of using chemical weapons and has long maintained a biological weapons program that violates international law.”

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‘Highly unlikely’ Russia has pre-invasion targets: UK MoD

Britain’s Ministry of Defense said in an update Friday morning it was “highly unlikely that Russia has successfully achieved the objectives set out in its pre-invasion plan”.

The update added that Russian troops are making “limited progress.”

“Logistics problems that hampered the Russian advance persist, as does strong Ukrainian resistance,” the ministry said. Russia will likely seek to reposition and reposition its forces for renewed offensive activity in the coming days. This will likely include operations against the capital Kyiv.”

Putin’s threat to companies to give up Russia could cause “even more economic pain,” Psaki warns

After Russian President Vladimir Putin floated the idea of ​​nationalizing companies that refuse to do business in Russia over the invasion of Ukraine, White House press secretary Jen Psaki suggested on Thursday that such a step would further damage Russia economically.

“The rights of investors and colleagues residing and working in Russia must be fully protected,” Putin said, according to a report in RIA Novosti on Thursday.

“I ask the government to keep this in mind. Those who plan to close shops – we must act decisively… As the Prime Minister suggested, we must introduce external control and transfer these shops to those who want to work. “

“We have seen reports that Russia may be considering confiscating the assets of U.S. and international companies that have announced plans to cease operations in Russia or withdraw from the Russian market,” Psaki noted in a series of on Thursday tweets.

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Blinken says US-Colombia relationship is “strong” on war in Ukraine and other issues

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he met with President Biden and Colombian President Ivan Duque at the White House on Thursday.

“From countering Russian aggression in Ukraine to our partnership to fight irregular migration and climate change, the US-Colombia relationship is strong and effective,” Blinken tweeted about the meeting.

Blinken has just returned from a week-long trip to Europe where he met with NATO allies.

Biden said Thursday he plans to nominate Colombia as a key non-NATO ally.

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