The war in Ukraine is dominating global geopolitics this week as the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion fast approaches.
Officials in Moscow appeared unrepentant about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement on Tuesday that Russia was suspending its participation in the New START nuclear arms control treaty with the U.S., a pact that limits the two sides’ strategic nuclear arsenals.
U.S. President Joe Biden, wrapping up a tour in Europe to reaffirm support for Ukraine, called the decision a “big mistake.”
Putin looked to deepen ties with China on Wednesday as he welcomed one of Beijing’s top diplomats to Moscow. Russia’s courting of China comes ahead of an expected visit by President Xi Jinping to Russia this spring.