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Russia-Ukraine war live: Finland MPs to vote on Nato bid; Blinken warns central Asia against ignoring Russian aggression

Finnish MPs to vote Wednesday on accelerating ascension process; all five Central Asian republics abstained in UN general assembly vote a vote condemning invasion

The Biden administration on Tuesday pledged to support the independence of the five Central Asian nations, in what the AP calls a not-so-subtle warning to the former Soviet states that Russia’s value as a partner has been badly compromised by its year-old war against Ukraine.

In Kazakhstan for meetings with top Central Asian diplomats, US secretary of state Antony Blinken said no country, particularly those that have traditionally been in Moscow’s orbit, can afford to ignore the threats posed by Russian aggression to not only their territory but to the international rules-based order and the global economy. In all of his discussions, Blinken stressed the importance of respect for “sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence.”

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